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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Nov 2017, 12:25 am

Let He alone be the purpose of our lives

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now
also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
death.

An army solider, police officer, fireman etc. are professions we know
associated with men and women who live and die for the honor of their duty.
In uniform or out of uniform the nature within them changes once they have
joined the forces. It is true they glory themselves when they are in
uniform. What they honor most is to die in duty.

We as Christians need to learn to live our lives like we are in the forces,
not earthly but heavenly forces. If we know what awaits us after death, we
will surely live a better natural life. It is our ignorance that causes us
to err in this life and seek vanity.

In today’s message Paul speaks of the little he knew of the things that
await him after death, and that became an inspiration (hope) for him to
live as a true disciple of Christ while he was naturally alive and also
when he exited this world, so that he glorified Christ while he was alive
and also when he died.

Let us ask ourselves, are we living anywhere like Paul?
Is Christ the center of our lives?
Do we seek our own glory or His glory?

If we are people who get offended then we have put ourselves before Christ.
If we are people having no time for others or for the lost, we are seeking
our glory.
If we are people using the words ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘mine’ more often then we
have made ourselves the focus of our lives, not Christ.
If we desire people to appreciate us, honor us then we have put ourselves
in place of Christ in our lives and the lives of others; we have made
ourselves a savior.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Almighty God. In the Bible even though You are One God yet
You never failed to honor your Son and His Spirit, You lifted Him up for
the world to see. He too sought His glory in You and in You alone. Lord we
pray we being Disciples of Christ, may imitate Him. We pray we seek Him and
Him alone while breathe is in us and also when it leaves our natural body...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,
and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved,
and in them that perish:

Philippians 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service
of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we
die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the
Lord’s.

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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Nov 2017, 10:53 pm

Scripture is supreme

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the
promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

These few days were days of experiences. I met various kinds of people at
various places. One thing I saw from them is that Churches are become
places of soul entertainment.

People come to church to hear what they want and when Pastors deliver what
people want to hear, then the magic happens, they just adore the Pastor and
praise him to great heights. When Pastors see this happen they like it.
This causes the people to destroy the Pastor and the Pastor to destroy the
people.

People like to hear only about the love and mercy of God. A God that
blesses, forgives, heals and opens the gates of Heaven wide so all can
enter. If we read the Word of God this is contrary to what it says. So if
your Pastor preaches only this then you need to run from that Church. The
Lord did not tell us to follow the Pastor but told us to follow the Word of
God and to be led by the Spirit of God. Pastor will not take us to Heaven
but the Word and Spirit of God will. Pastors are supposed to guide people
according to the Word and get them to have relationship with the Holy
Spirit.

If people correct us according to the Word, thank God for them. If it is
not for them, we are sure not to see Heaven but see the wrath of God.

God is love but people forget God is also Holy, Righteous and Truth. So
even though His love saves us, it is not at the cost of His Holiness,
Righteousness and Truth. His love brings us to the truth and the truth
transforms us to be holy and righteous. If the truth is not in us then His
love also is not in us and the transformation will not happen.

Today’s message tells us Word of God shows us our faults and at the same
time gives us the promises of God. When we repent for our faults and
believe in the promises then only we receive our glory in Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy God, and in Heaven all beings worship You shouting
‘Holy, Holy, Holy’. Lord we pray we are not deceived by emotions and lies.
We pray we realize You and your love cannot be taken for granted. You bent
and set forth your Hand for man to be lifted up; You did not lower your
position. You were, You are and will always be the same. Lord we prayer we
need understand without internal change we cannot enter Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 3:20-26
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there
had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness
should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by
faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the
faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we
might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word
above all thy name.

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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 11:39 pm

Suffer more than Christ!

2 Corinthians 11:24, 25 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes
save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I
suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

Just a few days back a brother came back from Israel and was sharing his
experience there and one of the things he shared was his surprise to see
some South Koreans carry a large crucifix on the so assumed path which
Jesus took to Calvary. We also have regular accounts of people who crucify
themselves on crucifixes on ‘Good Friday’ in the Philippines. In other
places they scourge themselves by being whipped and tied to the crucifix.

Firstly we have a greatly distorted understanding of the Crucifixion of our
Lord Jesus Christ / Passion of Christ. By this fact one will understand how
the Beast deceives the whole world. This distorting is all because of the
Catholic Church, which goes by hearsay more than the Word of God. Even
though we Believers call ourselves as (Sola Scriptura) Word rooted people,
yet many anti-scriptural baggage we carry of the Catholic Church (Babylon
the Great which deceives the whole world - many generations).

When we say we are healed by the stripes of Jesus, it does not refer to
those caused by the Jews. Jews used standard whips which hardly tore the
flesh; it referred to the deep stripes which the Romans caused. They
inflected 100 stripes, delivered by 3 strong persons (in turns) and by
whips having 9 to 13 strands fastened with objects like glass bits, sharp
iron pieces etc. to its ends. Even the facts of how He was pierced and hung
on the crucifix or for how many days he was tortured and abused is all
hidden from people. All the dates and days are misreported on purpose so as
to hide the real suffering of Christ. The movie ‘Passion of Christ’ shows
not even 10percent of His real suffering.

What is more important to note is not just the suffering of Christ as man
but the suffering He endured from the foundation of creation for our sake
and that is thousands of times greater than what He bore on the crucifix.
That is why when we say ‘He loved us before we knew Him’ is one of the
greatest declarations of His love for us.

Paul knew of Christ’s suffering thus even though he was whipped by the Jews
5 times, beaten by rods thrice, almost stoned to death once and kept in
dark dungeons for days together yet he did not consider his suffering
anywhere close to what Christ suffered for us.

It is because we do not know Christ and what He has done for us that we
think we do great things and suffer great. Let us educate ourselves about
Him according to His Word and not accord to what people tell us of Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are eternal God. Beginning and end are not terms related to You
but You are the beginning and end of all living beings since all are
created by You. Lord we pray we understand the Word of God better and know
You better. Let us never compare our pain, sorrow or deeds ever with what
you have done for us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and
risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is
Christ.

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win
Christ,

Hebrew 5:8-9
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he
suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all
them that obey him;

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

1 Peter 4:1-2
1 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the
flesh has ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the
lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Dated 11 Nov 2017
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2 Only Christ can judge the spiritual
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:09 pm (PST
Only Christ can judge the spiritual

1 Corinthians 2:15, 16 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he
himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that
he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Greek word for judge is ‘krino’ and the word for discern is ‘diakrino’.
The Greek meaning of the word for ‘judge’ is to separate or choose and the
word for ‘discern’ being a compound word means to thoroughly inspect or
doubly judge.

Humans are advance beings mainly because they can discern things. Animals
discern only by natural senses but humans do so also using their mind. A
person is called mature (naturally and also spiritually) when one starts to
use and grow in discernment. So when we use our worldly senses of
discernment then we are called worldly mature and if we use our spiritual
discernment then we are called spiritually mature.

Today’s message tells us we who use our spiritual discernment can only be
judged by Christ, but if we do not use them then we fall under judgment of
people.

Let us not condemn people who judge us if we are walking in the natural.
Let us check our spiritual walk and our spiritual maturity before
condemning people for judging us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Even though You are above all
things yet You have put your Word above You. You Lord bring yourself under
submission of your Word. Lord we pray we discern our words, thoughts and
actions. Let everything about us be discerned by us so that we do not fall
under judgment of people but only by You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you
shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good
and evil.

1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are
without? do not you judge them that are within?

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Warning of disaster

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world:
which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

In the Bible we see when sin increases beyond a threshold God intervenes
and we find disaster falls on man. If that place has even a handful of
people who truly walk in the ways of the Lord then that place is saved. We
also see when people of God are persecuted then God does let His wrath
fall, it may not happen immediately for God does give time for repentance.
God is slow to anger but not forgetful. He is merciful and does forgive but
only to those who repent. At times for the reason of our ancestors or love
ones we do not see the wrath of God.

Having Men or Women of God dwelling amongst us is very critical it is
because of them we do not perish. Problems may come but still life will not
perish.

In today’s message when people of God gathered to pray we see God sends a
warning about a great famine falling across the world. If we read a few
verses before it talks of the murder of Stephen and persecution of God’s
people.

Yesterday’s message we read of Paul calling himself chief sinner. Paul knew
he had his hand in the murder of Stephen since he was a religious guide to
the Jews at that time and it was he who gave his agreement to Stephen being
stoned to death. The people placing their garments at the feet of Paul Saul
(that was his full name, he was before called by this latter Jewish name
and not his Roman name) symbolized that Paul alone was responsible for this
death and they were just instruments of enacting it.

When people kill, persecute or mock a Man of God, it ignites the wrath of
God and disaster falls. God may punish a Man of God for his mistake but
then we do not have the right to point a finger at that man. Men and Women
of God are considered apple of His eyes (dear to Him). Unless God has
instructed us to rebuke a Man or Woman of God it is best we keep shut.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are an Loving Father. Even though You love all mankind yet only
those who harken unto your Word are the ones who are saved from hell,
amongst them only those who abide in your Will enter your Kingdom to enjoy
eternal and abundant life. Even amongst these only those who truly complete
the mission given to them enjoy a greater position in Heaven. Lord we pray
we understand how You love your people and how dear are those who are on
mission. We pray we do not err by touching or pointing a finger at your
dear ones and fall victim to your wrath...

This pray we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 11: 19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch,
preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

Genesis 18:23-33

Genesis 19:24-29

Matthew 10:14-15
14 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart
out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 11:22-24
22 But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
day of judgment, than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought down
to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been
done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
in the day of judgment, than for you.

Acts 7:58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses
laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

Acts 8: 1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was
a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they
were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria,
except the apostles.

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Self-confirmation

2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

The people of Corinth were one hard lot for Paul. It was due to them that
Paul was under great stress in his spiritual life, for they started
comparing Paul with his own student Timothy.

Timothy was an Evangelist while Paul was an Apostle. Being an Evangelist
Timothy was blessed with the gift of being a good orator as well of doing
miracles while preaching. Paul too did miracles but on the other hand was
known to be very knowledgeable, and this was seen through his letters but
when it came to preaching even though he knew a lot, he was very bad at
putting it across in words in person. When he preached to crowds he would
literately put people to sleep. This Paul known by theologians to be humble
did have pride in himself until then (writing of his 2nd letter to the
Corinthians). He just could not take the fact he was compared to his own
student.

In today’s message we see Paul crediting himself as a good Apostle. Even
though he tries to credit himself as a great Apostle to the Church of
Corinth, in the same letter he also tells them about his battle with his
pride and how thrice the Lord told him that the grace on him was sufficient
to overcome this thorn.

In his later letter to the Romans Paul wrote about our battle with our
inner man / old man not just by knowledge through scriptures but also by
self-experience. Paul went through this battle of overcoming his pride and
we read in his latter letter he speaks of his complete victory of being an
overcomer. A man, who once said work out one’s salvation with fear and
trembling, was later confident when he knew he did overcome.

However great a Man of God one may be, there will be an area which the Lord
would want to work on and the more we do not allow Him, the more difficult
situations we will be faced with. Our problem may seem small to others but
since we try to cover it, the greater this battle will become for us.

For many things we can say ‘be like Paul’ but at this one point let us not
be like Paul but learn to surrender more gracefully. Let us not be a
testimony for others but learning for other’s testimonies overcome more
gracefully.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. When we are baptized in You, You Lord take away
most of our weakness and strengthen us in those areas. But then You keep
one area for us to battle with and overcome. Heaven is a place for
overcomers and since You desire us to dwell in Heaven with You therefore
You make us overcomers. Lord we pray we do not struggle that one area You
want us to overcome but acknowledge our weakness and by the help of your
Word and Spirit overcome that area...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk
down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful;
but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached
among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and
nay, but in him was yea.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10, 12
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.
21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that
I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the
uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

2 Corinthians 13: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which
to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge;
but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

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Paul the chief sinner!

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Imagine someone telling you he is the worst criminal in the world. Think
what all thoughts will go in your head about that person. In today’s
message we see Paul confessing to be the greatest sinner that was before
Christ changed his life. Was Paul that bad?

Before I get to how bad Paul was, let us understand sin. Sin by definition
means breaking the commandment of God, so any person who breaks the
commandment of God is a sinner. We all know there were 10 Commandments
given to the children of Israel. Now were the commandments given in order
of their seriousness? No.

We see Jesus summarized all the ten into just two. That means the first 5
including the Sabbath commandment was to do with loving God and trusting
Him while the remaining 5 was about loving the people of God (neighbor). It
was this reason they were written on 2 tablets and not just 1.

Let us get it into ourselves there is no bigger sin or smaller sin; sin is
sin. Even if I murder a person or lie I have sinned. In the sight of man
the seriousness of the acts may vary but in the sight of God both are evil.
If He can forgive a liar then He can also forgive a killer.

Yes there are more serious sins but these are not dependent on the act but
on the person doing it. If the person is knowledgeable of the Kingdom of
God and has been given the grace and yet sins then that person is worse
than a killer who did not know God. It is for this reason the only sin not
forgivable is grieving the Holy Spirit. To grieve the Holy Spirit one needs
to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and matured in the Spirit to be in
communication with Him.

Before Paul came into the Lord he was a religious Jew who studied
scriptures and parroted them but did not understand them. He followed them
in the letter but never in the spirit. He had not reached the state of
being baptized in the Holy Spirit but continued to reject the Word of God
while claiming to follow it. So we see he had reached that state after
which there was no return or forgiveness.

Let us understand as Christians our sins are more serious in the eyes of
God than those who do not know Him. Let us also understand that as we are
maturing in the Holy Spirit we still have a chance of receiving God’s
forgiveness but once we are considered matured then we will be seriously
held responsible for even the smallest act of disobedience.

So as we grow in the Lord let us be more careful about our walk in Him, let
us not take our mistakes likely.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God and You Lord desire your children to walk in
holiness. You know by themselves your children will never know holiness,
leave alone to become holy, for this reason You gave them your Spirit. Lord
we pray your people understand beyond your Spirit there is nothing that can
same us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 20: 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the
children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Exodus 24:11-12
11 And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also
they saw God, and did eat and drink.
12 And the LORD said to Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there:
and I will give you tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I
have written; that you may teach them.

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing
with him on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written
with the finger of God.

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are
sealed to the day of redemption.

Matthew 12:31 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven to men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be
forgiven to men.

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He comforts us in all our tribulation

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

When we read the English translation of today’s message, it makes us to
believe that when we are in problems God helps us through them and thus
when others are in problems we too should help others.

We all know many a times when problems come how we struggle through them.
How they linger for long. So can scripture be wrong? It is only when we
read the Greek text we understand it better.

The word translated as tribulation means pressure, it talks of tough
situations. The word translated as comfort means to console or advice a
person; it is about talking or communicating to a person in problem.

In the Bible it is very clear that as Christians we will face tribulation,
means if we do not face tough situations then we are not practicing
Christians. These tribulations need not be only from people who hate us but
also things happening in our lives. Bible also goes on to say God is in
control of them and does not allow more than what we can take. So if we are
in the Lord then every problem we face is below us. It also says in all
these problems God makes an escape for us. So the time we are in them need
not be long.

Today’s message tells us God communicates to us when we are problems and
guides us a way out through them and this He never fails to do so. If we
are lingering in our problems, it means we are not listening to God. The
ability to come out of them is already provided, what we need is to know is
how, and this God does tell us.

‘Problems will come’ means they are spiral in our lives, situations that
will always come and there is no escaping or way to avoid them from coming.
But this spiral is not a ring, meaning we remain in the same place; it is
like a spiral staircase, meaning takes us from one position to a greater
position.

Testing or tribulations do help us grow once we overcome them, but that
does not mean we should pursue or desire tribulation, testing. Bible says
we suffer due to lack of knowledge. If we have knowledge of the Kingdom of
God, God does not need us to be taken through testing, tribulations. That
means if we hear what the Word of God tells us and what His Spirit speaks
to us we will go through less tribulations or testing. Even if we go
through them, yet it is His speaking to us that gets us out of them. So
listening to God before and growing in Him is better than listen to Him
afterwards when we get into problems and then grow through them.

We as Christians are called to guide others through their problems like the
Lord does to us. We are called to be the voice of God for that person.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are a merciful Father. You love your children that does not You
protect them from all problems. You Lord allow problems but make an escape
through them. Since You love your children You desire they grow in You so
that they can be truly blessed in You, if we do not grow by
self-submission, then You get us to submit through situations. You do not
desire we be put through tribulations, but then You will not stand and see
us perish. Help us Lord to not be tested but abide in You and walk in grace
always...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Serving a Man of God

Philemon 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he
might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

Paul in his letter to Philemon speaks about Onesimus a bondservant of
Philemon who robbed him and fled to Rome. It was in Rome Paul meets
Onesimus and gives him the gospel. Onesimus repents and was ready to return
back to Philemon, but Paul being old request Philemon to let him remain
with him as help.

Onesimus was not a slave but a bondservant, meaning he had taken an amount
in return to render service for a period of time. In the whole Bible the
Israelites were not allowed to keep slaves. They were under Law of God
obliged to release their bond servants after 7 years. If their servant on
their own will did not leave after 7 years, they were allowed to remain but
as an extended part of the family, having some privileges of a family
member.

Onesimus had taken money from Philemon and still fled so was by law
required to return and serve Philemon. Initially Paul offers to pay on
behalf of Onesimus but goes on to say if Philemon does not take the money
and does want Onesimus to return then Paul would consider the service of
Onesimus as service of Philemon.

Serving a Man of God in his needs is obliging God, it puts God in
obligation to bless us. A Man of God cannot demand service for himself for
God Himself does not demand. The service needs to be a free will service,
understanding we are not serving the man but the God of the man. Paul
instructed the Churches to give unto poor Men of God / Saints but not
doing, was not considered a sin.

Let us understand the importance of servicing poor Men of God and
especially Saints (those who dedicate their lives to serve God, not taking
anything as their own). But giving a Man of God already having lots is like
being partner to the back sliding of that Man of God. We need to be led by
the Spirit to give.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Mighty God and nothing is impossible for You. Yet Lord You
have in your wisdom selected man to be a vessel to bring glory to your
Kingdom. Lord we pray we understand the importance of being a vessel of
service unto You, your Kingdom and those who stand in your Name. help us to
know whom to give and whom not to...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 14-18
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to
the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
14 Let all your things be done with charity.
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is
the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the
ministry of the saints,)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with
us, and laboureth.
17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for
that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye
them that are such.

2 Corinthians 9:10-15
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your
righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth
through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of
the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your
professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal
distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding
grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Nov 2017, 2:02 pm

Mark 5

Hierarchy in the Kingdom of God

1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which
labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish [warn] you;

In today’s Church a Pastor who has a larger Church is respected more, a
Preacher who has a larger gathering is respected more, an Evangelist or
Prophet who has a greater gifting has greater respect... all these are
worldly norms applied to the Kingdom of God.

Yesterday in my message I had written about rebuking an anointed Man of
God, this caused a person to delete my message from a FB group. The lack of
knowledge has people do things thinking they are pleasing God, but not
knowing they anger God.

David was one of the greatest anointed kings of Israel, a man written as
close to the heart of God, yet it is written God sent persons like Gad and
Nathan to rebuke him. There is hardly much written of these men compared to
that of David, yet they were above David in hierarchy as per the Kingdom of
God.

We need to realize our achievement in God’s Kingdom is not because of our
ability, but because of God’s provision. Had not the Lord provided, could
anyone achieve anything? Thus can any Man or Woman of God take credit for
his or her work?

Hierarchy in the Kingdom of God depends on Calling and growth in that
Calling. Paul in his letters touched on the topic but did not write in
detail about it. The Believer Church follows the Nicolaitan hierarchy which
it inherited from the Catholic Church. In the Old and New Testament we see
even though the Priest was in charge of the congregation yet he submitted
to the authority of the Prophets. In our Churches the Prophet reports to
the Priest (Pastor / Bishop).

Pastor is not a title or designation, it means shepherd and refers to
anyone who is leading others in the Lord. Each and every Christian is
called to be a Pastor.

In the Old Testament Callings were not revealed for Christ was not
revealed. It was only on His coming that Callings are understood. According
to the New Testament the person in charge of the congregation is referred
to as Bishop [meaning overseer] this is a Calling. This Calling is also
referred to in the letter to the Corinthians by Paul as ‘Administrator’.
Titus was anointed as a Bishop of the Church of Cretians and Paul guided
him in his Calling. Timothy on the other hand was an Evangelist and was
over a Bishop so was called to setup Churches and appoint Bishops and
deacons (who were like apprentices). Timothy although being an Evangelist
submitted to Paul not just because he was his spiritual mentor but more
because as an Apostle Paul was over Timothy. As Timothy grew spiritually he
grew from a spiritual son to being an associate of Paul.

Callings in the Kingdom of God are as follow:
Apostle – Prophet – Teacher – Evangelist – Administrator – Healer

These Callings are as per the Seven Spirits of the Lord (Spirit of the Lord
and the six Callings) [Isaiah 11:2]. They are according to the dress of
High Priest (Aaron). They are also according the design in which man is
physically created (Image of God). Callings are permanent and one cannot
change from one Calling to another. Thus one cannot become an Apostle from
a Prophet, or become a Prophet from an Evangelist.

Just having a high Calling is not important but growth in that respective
Calling is also important. These being spiritual matters need due spiritual
guidance and not thumb rule judgments.

Today’s message Paul writes to a more mature Church of Thessalonians about
people having a high Calling working amongst them and are there to guide
them in spiritual matters.

Let us not follow the Nicolaitan system which the Lord says He hates. If we
want the Church to really grow then let us function as per the Body of
Christ. Like we have hands, legs, shoulders, torso, stomach, hips etc. so
also Callings are like the different parts of the Body of Christ. If
everything is controlled and done by one part, in the worldly system we
call such a person ‘handicapped’. Let us get our Church to move from a
handicapped church to a full bodied Church of Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God. Before You created this world You saw and then created.
Your Word says without vision people perish. The vision also needs to be as
per your vision, for only You can see things clearly. Lord we pray we
follow things as set by You and not be deceived into doing things contrary
to your instructions...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 11: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of
wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was
called.

Revelation 4:5 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.

Revelation 2:14-16
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that
hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock
before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to
commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which
thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against
them with the sword of my mouth.

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What is death?

Acts 23: 14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We
have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we
have slain Paul.

In the Bible we have many words translated as ‘kill’, like in Hebrew the
words harag, nakah, muwth, shachat all are translated as ‘kill’. Death has
always fascinated man so much that even evil spirits use it as a very
powerful tool to destroy man. We have in many religions a god of death, can
there be a god concerning death? It is all because we do not know what
death is, that we land up worshiping death or the dead.

Today we have people playing with the dead and tomorrow they will worship
the dead. Today they celebrate Halloween and tomorrow All Saints Day / All
Souls Day.

In today’s message the Jews hated Paul so much that they wanted to kill
him. They wanted to do away with him and they knew if they kill him, he
will cease to function. They wanted to bring his natural functioning life
to an end.

Bible talks of two death, one is the natural dead where the natural person
dies in the flesh and if the body is corrupted (seen sin) then it decays
(Jesus was the only human whose body did not decay since He did not ever
sin). Even though the body decays, the person whom we know (the spirit
person - his or her life and character) still lives. Bible says those who
are in the Lord go to sleep (gathered unto their fathers /His people) and
the others go to a prison called Hell where they are bound in a place
described as endless pit. Ignorance to scriptures has caused people to
distort this place called Hell as a place ruled by Satan and his goons.
They fail to realize scriptures tell us evil spirits hate Hell and dread
going there. In Hell no one punishes another person, not even God punishes
any one; people punish themselves for they suffer the sins in them. Their
own sins become like never dying coals of fire. People in Hell do not live
eternally here (the Hebrew word rendering gives an idea of a very, very
long time) but I can tell you it is in thousands of years after which the
life ceases to exist (when Jesus went to Hell only souls from the time of
Noah existed).

Coming to those who sleep in the Lord; in the Bible God forbids man (in the
flesh) to communicate with those who are asleep (deviation). King Saul did
this mistake by communicating with the Prophet Samuel and was punished for
this. Prophet Samuel was not in Heaven but asleep after he died. Similarly
we see even after Stephen was martyred and prayed Lord receive my soul, it
is written he slept. We on our death too will sleep and arise (resurrect)
on Judgment Day to be judged and enter Heaven as one body (bride). When
Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah, He transfigured so as to not break the
Law.

Now those who have not gone to Hell and asleep but fail Judgment Day will
receive a greater suffering since by their faith they are forgiven of their
sins but because they rejected the Word and Will of God they will suffer
punishment for rejecting the Son (His Word, His Spirit). The place they go
in the Bible is described as Lake of Fire / Lake of Sulphur.

People dislike natural pain but when a mind is corrupted, even pain becomes
a pleasure; the same with death, those who do not know death take pleasure
in death. They play with death and worship death.

Let us realize our natural life will decide our spiritual life. Our natural
life is just a minuscule of the period of our spirit life. If we use it
well and reap spiritual fruits then we will dwell in a comfortable place
called Heaven where we will get access to the Tree of Life via which we
will never see spiritual death but live eternally. Let us realize spiritual
pain is not like natural pain but unthinkable.

Today the Lord is telling us people after death do not dwell in natural
graves nor exist with us in this natural world. It is the evil spirits
(fallen angels) that deceive humans to believe in ghosts / dead spirits
that roam this world. Death is neither a thing to play with nor a thing to
worship. It was sin that bought death into existence for God is life and
Heaven is a place where all live eternally, life outside Heaven perishes.
We are called not to fear natural death but called to dread spiritual
death; spiritual death meanings separation from the Lord until our spirit
life perishes (again to remind you it is equivalent to thousands of natural
years).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and Creator. You are Life and creator of all life. You
made man for a purpose, not to exist as man but to be reformed to a greater
life. Lord your Word says unless we are not renewed / born-again in spirit
we will not experience Heaven and eternal life. We pray the truth lives in
us and keeps us from deceit and danger of death...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 16:22-24

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

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

1 Samuel 28:11-15

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.

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

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that
his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

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Protected even by the enemy

Acts 23:25-30 And he wrote a letter after this manner:
Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then
came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a
Roman. And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I
brought him forth into their council: Whom I perceived to be accused of
questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of
death or of bonds. And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for
the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers
also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

Claudius Lysias a tribune of the Roman cohort rescued Paul from the hands
of the mob at Jerusalem and send him to Rome with a letter. Even though
this letter was a closed letter yet you and I are able to read this letter
since it was made known later. In the letter we read Claudius Lysias (in
Greek means ‘lame releaser’) a senior Roman military official was the Chief
Captain of Roman troops in Jerusalem. He was called Lysias after another
Roman legend mentioned in the book of Maccabees. That Lysias was of royal
bloodline and was instrument in besieging Jerusalem from the hands of Judas
Maccabaeus a Jewish freedom fighter. All this happened less than 200years
ago.

In today’s message we read the Lord sent a person with a name that was a
terror for the Jews to protect Paul. Paul was neither a friend of the Jews
nor the Romans. Both wanted to do away with him but none could stop him
from the mission which the Lord had set for him.

Even in the case of Jesus, when people came to stone Him to death or to
kill Him before His time they could not touch Him since He had not finished
the purpose He came for. We read four ‘finished’ recorded with Jesus.
One after He was done with His parables which were focused for those who
lacked wisdom (worldly people). Matthew 13:53
Second was after His preaching on the Mount of Olives where He finished the
teachings the general people (general Believers). Matthew 19:1
Third was after He finished teaching His disciples and just before His
crucifixion (true Disciples). Matthew 26:1
Fourth was on the crucifix where He finished His work as a human (Himself -
His mission as a man). John 19:30

Yesterday we read about knowing our Calling and mission in Christ. Today
the Lord is telling us unless we are done with our mission nothing can stop
us. Abraham’s faith was confirmed as strong, when he was willing to
sacrifice the promised son given by the Lord. He knew even if he did kill,
he would somehow regain him due to the promise that the Lord had given.

We fear for our lives since we have no idea of the mission the Lord has set
for us. When we are knowledgeable of our mission then we will never fear
death or anything else, for nothing can stop us until we are done with the
work the Lord has set for us. The Lord will do the impossible to get us to
finish it like He did in the case of Paul by getting his enemy to protect
him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and nothing can happen to those on whom your eyes
are set. Lord may we not be people living in vanity without purpose,
ignorant of your plans in our lives. We pray You Lord reveal to each and
every one of us the mission You have set for us in our lives so that we
live a life of purpose and without fear...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these
parables, he departed thence.

Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these
sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea
beyond Jordan;

Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these
sayings, he said unto his disciples,

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is
finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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Knowing the plans of God in your life

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to
the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a
good warfare;

Imagine travelling to a place and not knowing when one will reach there,
through which points or locations one will pass through. We may be okay
with even in this situation but if we are told we will face problems along
the way then going blindly will not give us comfort and may eventually
cause us to abort the journey in between.

Being a Christian is like taking a spiritual walk to a destination of
renewal and while we are traveling this path most of us go blindly. Many
amongst us have very little information of where we are going. They know
one thing the destination is Heaven, but what Heaven is and what to expect
there is not known to them. They are so ignorant of it that they have made
Heaven another glorified earth, they have taken the symbolism literal and
think Heaven has pathways made of earthly gold and earthly gems.

In today’s message Paul instructed Timothy whom he spiritually molded
according to prophecies revealed about Timothy and about prophecies
concerning the world events in general.

We need to ask ourselves this very critical question, ‘are we aware of the
plans of God in our life, as to what mission and Calling He has called us
to?’

Knowing our Calling and mission is very critical in our spiritual battle
for it give us an upper hand to overcome situations and causes less
problematic situations in our spiritual lives. In other words it gives us a
renewed strength and also sustaining power in our spiritual battles.

Having been told by the Lord about my own life, the first thing I did when
my daughter was born was ask about her mission and Calling. Knowing this
has helped me to mold her in her spiritual path ahead even though she is
yet only 12years old today.

There are many ways of knowing what God has called us to, one is by asking
the Lord directly (there are many ways to do that) and other way is by
knowing what God has already blessed us with.

Let us not walk our spiritual journey blindly in darkness but being
children of the day, be aware of His plans in our life collectively and
individually.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and All-knowing God. You have called us to be your
children, thus desire us to know and walk in light, not in darkness. Lord
we pray we realize the importance to be aware of prophecies concerning the
world and also concerning us. We pray You reveal them to us so that we do
not suffer our walk and also do not abandon this life journey...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee
by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of
this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the
time is at hand.

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

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Enriched in everything

2 Corinthians 9:11 ye being enriched in everything unto all liberality,
which worketh through us thanksgiving to God.

One of the greatest dangers to Christianity is not other religions or even
atheist. The greatest danger that destroys most Christians comes from
within and the ones that top the list are ‘Prosperity Gospel’ and sects
that believe in penance.

Sects like Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic churches etc. believe in penance.
They believe Jesus did not do sufficient to save them from the penalty of
sin. That is why they search for other means and routes like going through
Mary His mother (supposedly a spirit that comes in her name) and things
like penance. It is this concept of penance which exists widely in other
religions that has caused these lots to believe in a place like Purgatory,
do rituals like lent, pray for dead souls, do rituals like ‘confession’
etc... The concept called penance is totally anti-Christianity. One of the
greatest aspects of God is His love and His mercy, and penance undermines
these aspects of God.

We have the other extreme of ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Christians; these lots
desire the world and also desire God. Their desire for the first is greater
than their desire for the second. They use the second to get the first.
They use God to fulfill their desires for earthly pleasures. It is this lot
who are more dangerous than most sects and the reason of destruction of
many souls.

The Bible does say we are blessed with every Heavenly blessing but people
attribute these blessings mainly to earthly riches and not heavenly
spiritual riches. Today’s message clearly says we are enriched with
everything unto all liberality; these blessings are to renewal of the
understanding that means are more soul centric.

Yes God blesses us in the natural as He does spiritually but His blessings
in the natural are limited to needs and not to luxury. Any person who seeks
natural luxury are rejecting the Kingdom of God and seeking an earthly
kingdom. Even in spiritual realm the blessings even though being bountiful
yet are purpose driven. God does not give us any spiritual gift that is not
for the purpose of the mission which He has called us for, that is why each
one is uniquely gifted in different spiritual areas.

Let us always remember we are called to overcome our carnal nature. This
overcoming is not through penance but by being led by the Spirit. We are
not called to fight flesh with flesh but overcome the flesh by being spirit
led. We overcome by the power of the Spirit like Jesus as man did. Let us
not try to be better than Jesus claiming to find a better way to overcome.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God yet You Lord do not demonstrate your power to
defeat evil. You Lord made man to be light to overcome the darkness. You do
this not by your power or might but by your Spirit. Lord we pray we
understand we need to be renewed in the spirit and are also called to
overcome the desires of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye
are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom
were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be
delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

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

Matthew 13:22,37-43
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke
the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son
of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it
be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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

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God puts people in your life

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

Paul Saul who was previously been known by his second name from his Jewish
mother’s side, was latter known by his Roman, first name, from his father’s
side. He did this because he realized being a Jew or Roman did not matter
but his faith and walk in the Lord did.

Paul was previously set to become a Rabbi so was under training with one of
the best teachers of Jewish traditions / religious laws. After his
encounter with the Lord for 3 days he was physically blinded but
spiritually the Lord opened his eyes to the true understanding of
scriptures. It was after this that Paul Saul boldly preached Jesus Christ
from the OT scriptures.

Even though the Lord directly ministered to Paul yet he was not perfect in
his understanding, we see later the Lord brings a couple Aquila and
Priscilla into his life. It is this couple (especially Priscilla) who were
instruments in bettering Paul’s understanding and improving his ways of
ministering to people. This couple being of the same trade was not a
coincident, if they were not then they would not have interacted with Paul
and helped him.

God works people into our lives, our surroundings, our professions, our
social network etc. these people are not by mistake. They are put by the
Lord to spiritually improve us or may even be spiritual dumbbells that make
our faith stronger.

Let us bless everyone in our lives and thank God for them, they are not by
mistake but by plan, His plan.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and everything is by You, or by your knowledge. Every
person in our lives is by You and they have a purpose in building us. At
times they may seem as disastrous but You Lord make way from all things and
through it teach us. Lord we pray we always remember You are in control and
that we always thank people like Priscilla who quicken our spiritual
growth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 18:1-2,18,26
1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from
Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all
Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his
leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla
and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
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.

Romans 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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Can Christ dwell in our hearts?

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
being rooted and grounded in love,

In our previous two messages we learnt that Jews not being spiritual but
religious people rejected Christ, we also learnt that God is Spirit and
only those who know Him in Spirit and Truth are His and will be reconciled
unto Him. Our today’s message goes on the same line.

Today’s message speaks of ‘Christ dwelling in our hearts’. The moment the
word heart is mentioned people think the natural organ. Like I said before
to understand biblical words we need to go to its Hebrew roots (even if
given in NT), in OT the words translated as ‘heart’ mostly refer to the
inner-man, reins (emotional control), natural heart and even kidney. What
is interesting is the term love is related more to the organ kidney than
the natural heart. It is righteousness that is more related to the natural
heart (pump that separately sends the good and bad blood to its respective
destination, helping to purify / oxidize / edify the system). When we see
through the Bible lens we see the foolishness of man and his worldly wisdom.

If we read the verse just before today’s message it speaks of the spirit
man within us. The heart, today’s message speaks of is not our natural
heart but is our spirit man. Christ does not dwell in our natural body but
in our spirit man (not to be confused with our spirit), also called soul.

I have done quite a deep study on the inner-man. It has a body and various
parts, like our natural body does and these parts interact with each other
and support each other. Like our brain controls our natural body and guides
it, in our spiritual body it is not our knowledge and understanding that
controls our spirit man but it is our will that does. Even if we have all
the knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God but if the Will of
God is not our will then we are not considered ‘in the Lord’ or in other
words ‘God does not dwell in us’.

When we say Christ is in us or the His Spirit dwells in us then His Will
should be enthroned on our will meaning our inner nature or thoughts, our
behavior, our desires etc. needs to be Christ like. We may grow gradually
but then we need to pursue it, it needs to be in us, needs to be alive and
radiating with us. It is like a light which cannot be hidden.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You are Spirit. Lord we pray we realize that the
things concerning the Spirit are actual and more real than the things of
the natural. Your Word guides us to seek the treasures of the Spirit than
the things of the natural. Natural treasures will perish but those of the
Spirit will not, they only grow within us. Lord we pray we dwell more as
spirit beings and less as natural beings...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [leb - inner man]
was only evil continually.

Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart
of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers [nephesh - soul] in the land of
Egypt.

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my
heart [me‘ah - internal organ].

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Break free from bondages of worshiping nature

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?

In today’s message Paul speaks of the Galatians as being pagan worshippers
before and now have returned to again worshiping nature by observing days
[natural days], months [moons] and times [seasons] and years [period of
time].

We as Christian belittle God when we restrict Him to an area, race, period,
time, object etc… when we do that we actually as Paul says put aside God
and make that area, race, period, time, object etc… as gods.

Jesus was hated by Jews because He did not observe the traditions and
beliefs of the Jews. The Jews due to their lack of understanding of
scriptures followed them in the letter and not in its spirit; one of them
was the law of the Sabbath.

The Jews had / have a book explaining the law of Sabbath, which is fatter
than the Torah. They knew it was impossible to abide in every aspect of the
law in letter so created means and ways to justify their failures by
misinterpreting the text.

We also read of cases like Paul pulling up Peter on enforcing the Jewish
custom of circumcision on the Gentile Christians and of the Lord opening
the mind of Peter towards so called ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ food being edible
and do not defile the spirit person.

God is God of all creation and is not a respecter of man, irrespective of
race, age, personality, riches, fame etc. For Him all are created by Him
but yet all are not His people, only those who have faith in Him and His
Word are considered His people. He does not punish those who do not
know/reject Him; they punish themselves through their deeds. God only
judges and punishes those who know Him and yet reject Him and His Word.

In today’s message Paul warns us of using back doors of rejecting God by
worshiping nature in the name of God. If we are observing natural days,
moons and seasons and period of time, or even races as chosen then we are
deforming the principals of God and thus worshiping gods and not the Lord.

Let us always remember God is Spirit and He desires people to worship Him
in Spirit and Truth. If we worship in the natural then we do not please Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You alone are God and there is none other than You. Flesh and bones
cannot inherit the Heavens for You are Spirit and the Heavens is a spirit
place. Your Word says unless we are born again in spirit we cannot enter
your Kingdom. Our natural body becomes dust but we exist. Lord we pray we
renew our minds, our understanding so that we do not fail to enter your
Kingdom. After knowing You, we do not have an excuse to do the things we
did before we knew You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 4:8-10
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by
nature are no gods.
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?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.

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

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

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in
respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath day:

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Jesus whom the Jews rejected

Acts 28:23,24 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to
him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of
God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and
out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the
things which were spoken, and some believed not.

In the OT the Hebrew word Jerusalem is written with 2 spellings (ways),
when we track the context of the writings we find it was intentional.

The word ‘Jew’ comes from the word Judah, the people of Judah were called
Jews and Jerusalem was the capital of Judah. The people of Israel of which
Samaria was the capital were called Samarians. The term ‘Jews’ changed its
context from being territorial to being religious, since the people of
Judah were super religious and claimed to follow scriptures and traditions
of the elders, while the Samaritan were more secular and incorporated
traditions and beliefs of other religions into their fold. Galilee was a
Samarian city and center for this concoction therefore hated most by the
Jews. Jews were more orthodox and traditions focused, this caused them to
move from the understanding of the Bible to forming a religion called
Judaism. Judaism like Islam and Catholicism may refer to people and events
in the Bible but has nothing to do with the understanding of the Bible.
Like Catholics worship the Pope as a god so also did /do the Jews to Moses.
Killing of Stephen was due to this factor.

One needs to know the character Lord Jesus Christ and compare this with the
one whom we or people believe and follow. Jews worship Yahweh but do not
know who Yahweh is (the word YHWH means Behold the Hand Behold the Nail).
The Muslims believe Isa is Jesus but their Isa has no relationship with
Jesus other than some things cut pasted and distorted from the Bible. The
Catholic Jesus also is not related to the biblical ‘Jesus’, this may sound
weird but is a fact.

We have some Christian of Jewish origin calling themselves as ‘Messianic
Jews’ and is something like calling oneself ‘Christian Hindus’ - the term
Hindus originally meant people dwelling near the river Hind but now refers
to a belief / way of spiritual life. It was later in 18 century that people
called all local beliefs as Hinduism. In the Bible we see all those who
accepted Christ and followed Him were called Christian and nothing else
added unto it.

In today’s message we see even after a whole day session by Paul explaining
Jesus from the Old Testament scriptures yet we find not all accepted Jesus,
nor did most do, only some did. This problem is not restricted to people of
other religions but even among Believers we find people do not follow the
Jesus of the Bible but have varying understandings of Jesus.

Let us put aside the human interpretation and only stick to what the
scriptures say. We cannot remove anything or add anything to Him that is
not written in the Word of God, the moment we do that we change the Jesus
into another Jesus and another Christ. Jesus said it is His Spirit who will
reveal more of Him, His teachings and make us more like Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You alone are God. Your Word says You are One God and
yet we know You as Father, Son and Spirit. Lord we pray your people
understand You more and more and have power in You. We pray a renewal of
our minds and a cleanliness of all the worldly garbage we carry in our
understandings...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 24:27 And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he
interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Acts 28:25-29
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that
Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit by Esaias the prophet
unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should
be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto
the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great
reasoning among themselves.

Acts 18:28 for he powerfully confuted the Jews, and that publicly, showing
by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

John 8:48-49
48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou
art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do
dishonour me.

Mark 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a
great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

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

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He gives the harvest

John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great
fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet
was not the net broken.

Simon Peter and his brother were fishermen and we know from scriptures
Simon was a passionate fishermen who did not give up and who knew his
business well.

Costal fishes are found between the shoreline and deep sea where the oxygen
level is best maintained. But we see in two incidents Jesus breaks the
conventional and asks them to do the unconventional, in the first incident
He tells them to go in the deeper waters and in the second incident He
tells them to throw the net towards the shallow region.

In the first incident the catch is so much that their net breaks and they
call for help from other fishers in another boat nearby. They come to help
catch the fishes and load both the boats but they find the weight causes
both the boats to start to sink.

In the second incident even after trying whole night they do not catch any
fish but on the instruction of Jesus they net 153 fishes (they were not
small ones) and yet their net does not tear.

We struggle to bring people to the Lord because we use our conventional
worldly means, approach and understanding. Even the people we bring to
Church land up being good religious people but not people on fire for the
Kingdom of God.

Let us remember He is the Lord of the Harvest. Even though He commands us
to reach out to the lost yet it is He who draws the lost unto us, it is He
who adds people unto us when we abide by His instructions.

Today the Lord is telling us not to struggle but just abide in Him and He
will make our work easy.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and Lord of the Harvest. It is You Lord who brings your
children unto us when we abide in You. They are precious for You and that
is why You desire the right person to build them. Lord we pray we do not
lead goats but lead sheep which enter the Kingdom in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 21:3-6
3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also
go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and
that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the
disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered
him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and
ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it
for the multitude of fishes.

Luke 5:4-9
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the
deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night,
and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes:
and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship,
that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the
ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the
fishes which they had taken:

Acts 2:41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were
added unto them in that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord
added to them day by day those that were saved.

Acts 5:11-14
11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard
these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought
among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 But of the rest durst no man join himself to them: howbeit the people
magnified them;
14 and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men
and women;

Acts 11:22-24
22 And the report concerning them came to the ears of the church which was
in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch:
23 who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad; and he
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the
Lord:
24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and
much people was added unto the Lord.

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The Oneness of God

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, direct our way unto you.

Last Sunday I was preaching at a Church in another city and the topic that
was given to me was about the transformed man having a glorious body in
Heaven (Philippians 3:21).

Some of the questions I put forth to the Church caused them to change their
thinking.

Who all will live in our mansion which Jesus said exists and He will ready
for us in Heaven?
Will it be we with our parents and children?
If Bible says we will worship the Lord unceasingly in Heaven, then will we
not get bored? Worshiping in Church for 30mins - 45mins and people get
tired.
Since we do not get married in Heaven to each other then we will not be
having children, if so then what will we be doing through our eternal lives
there?

Man is a carnal being, his thoughts are carnal in nature and even his
interpretations of scriptures are carnal. It is only the Holy Spirit who
can reveal the scriptures with its true understanding.

We see people use their carnal (earthly) wisdom towards understanding God.
In both the extremes they fail. Some believe in ‘Jesus Only’, stating Jesus
is the Father, Son and Spirit, the others go the opposite direction of
‘Trinity’, physically there exist 3 gods with one nature. They both fail to
know Jesus and also fail to know God.

There is one question I ask people which most fail to answer. When we enter
Heaven will we see the man Jesus there?

Jesus said HE CAME FROM the Father and HE WILL RETURN to the Father when He
has completed His mission of saving man.
He said He and the Father ARE ONE.
Everywhere in the Bible it says we receive THE SPIRIT OF THE SON, whom we
call the HOLY SPIRIT and yet Jesus called the Holy Spirit ‘Father’.
Jesus said NO BEING (no living being, not just man) HAS SEEN THE HEAVENLY
FATHER other than the Son.
Evil spirits called Him GOD THE SON (meaning ‘OF GOD’) and He charged them
not to reveal this to man.
Most think Yahweh refers to the Father while the word YHWH is an ideogram
which means ‘Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail’.

In today’s message we see Paul chooses to eliminate the Holy Spirit as the
one who leads us, but opts to name only the Father and Lord Jesus Christ,
even though it is Paul who in Romans that it is the Holy Spirit who leads
us and transforms us into Sons of God.

Let us not use carnal earthly approach towards Heavenly things which are
spirit. Let us first understand the basic as to what a spirit is. When we
say the Holy Spirit dwells in us, what do we mean by it?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You alone are God. When Moses and Jacob asked You
your name, You said ‘I am, who I am’. Lord, help us understand the
difference between earthly and spiritual worlds. Help us understand all
that is earthly will perish and only spirit man from this creation will
exist. Those who are of the Father will enter Heaven to have access to the
Tree of Life and live eternally, while the other will live their spirit
life to it end, suffering their sins and for not doing the Will of the
Father...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Philippians 3:20-21
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue
all things unto himself.

John 14:2 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.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but
God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of
his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Philippians 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through
your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will
pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men
shall dream dreams:

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his
glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and
truth.

John 6:46 Not that any man [being] hath seen the Father, save he that is
from God, he hath seen the Father.

John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in
me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father
abiding in me doeth his works.

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the
Almighty, and the Lamb [the Greek word does not refer a lamb the animal but
comes from the word man], are the temple thereof.

Ephesians 4:9-10
9 (Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the
lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the
heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not (a mediator) of one; but God is one.

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all,
and in all.

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The great Paul did fall

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then
took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him
Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

Paul was a great spiritual man, having very good scriptural understanding
and was also a guide unto other of his colleagues in this matter. In fact
we see he rebuked his colleagues i.e. Peter for acting in the flesh when it
pertained to spiritual matters. Paul was very clear traditions are like
bondages to the spirit man. He was not against statutes but knew the
difference between statutes and traditions. He rebuked Peter right before a
congregation when Peter (along with a few others) was promoting
circumcision (as essential) to new Christians.

But we see Paul in today’s message did a mistake himself by cutting his
hair has a symbol of completing a vow. This was not the only fall of Paul,
in fact he did the same mistake once again under the influence of other in
Acts 21, Paul’s second this led to him getting arrested and there on to be
taken to Rome to be a martyr.

People say God makes temptations into opportunities of blessings, like in
this case if Paul had not done this mistake he would have not got arrested,
not be taken to Rome, not allowed to preach there, that too under official
protection, not able to witness before Caesar (as Paul desired to) and thus
set the pace for Christianity to spread all around the world through the
Roman Christians.

Did God run out of options that He needed Paul to make a mistake for the
betterment of His Kingdom?

NO, God does allow us to make mistakes but does not desire we make
mistakes. Jesus as man was also taken the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to
be to be weakened and tempted but He did not make a mistake and fall to the
temptation, but stood strong on the Word and overcame it.

When we make mistakes God at times lets us fall so as to be a testimony
unto others, but even in the fall He makes available doors of blessings as
an exit for us. Yes, there will be times we may spiritual fall but then
they are not what God desires. A few times He may ignore but then will pull
us up. God desires a perfect walk of righteousness but then in His mercy He
does salvage our failures.

Paul was let scout free at the first mistake but then was taken to task at
his second, even though he was pulled up on the second yet God blessed him.

Let us not look forward for God to salvage our failures, but let us walk in
His walks perfectly like Jesus Christ did, standing strong on the Word and
with the help of the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy and Perfect God thus never change. You Lord desire your
children to also be holy. We pray lord we do not take your grace for
granted and keep making mistakes especial those before your people or
against your Name, which You least tolerate. We pray we walk steadfast in
your ways by holding on to your Word and your Spirit like Jesus Christ as
man did...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 21:23-24
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a
vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them,
that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things,
whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou
thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Galatians 2:9-11
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.
10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also
was forward to do.
11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Hebrew 12:12-13
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

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God knows the heart

Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving
them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

When the Bible says heart, it refers to the inner-man also called soul.
Like our body has a form which identifies us so also our spirit has a form
which is the soul and it is the soul that is the identity of the person.
When Bible says God knows us by name, this name does not mean our earthly
name but speaks of the soul and it is by this understanding Peter stated
today’s verse boldly.

The Lord had made me to study the soul quiet deeply and write about it. As
our earthly body has various parts so also does our soul (5 parts), knowing
them gives us better advantage in our spiritual fight since the soul is our
battle field.

Genesis 2 says when God created man out of dust and breath a spirit in him,
his soul became alive. Our soul is moldable only till our natural body is
alive. Sin corrupts our soul and God tries to restore it. The image of God
in us, or we becoming Sons of God matters on the condition of our soul.
Once we die we cannot change or amend our soul, thus if we want to save a
person we need to do so while the person is alive. Praying or fasting for a
death person is like putting water on a rock and hoping it will grow.

God is omnipresent not only in space (that means He is everywhere) but also
in time (thus He knows all). If we understand this we will be assured that
God did not make a mistake by choosing us to know Him. If He has taken us
along a journey of change He already knows how we will reach our
destination. He does not see what we are today but sees what we will finish
into at the end. Today’s message talks of God knowing the finished us, He
sees us in Christ, better put Christ in us. Today’s message talks of Him
confirming this by giving us the most precious gift, His Spirit. It is the
Spirit of the Son who molds us as Him and confirms our entry into Heaven.

Jesus Christ is our RSVP invitation to Heaven; our receiving and abiding in
His Spirit is our assurance of going to Heaven. Jesus Christ by His
sacrifice has made the invitation available to all mankind. If anyone
desires to go to Heaven must accept this invitation (Jesus Christ) by
having faith in Him. We also need to receive His Spirit promised to us on
receiving the invitation. Let all who have not accepted His invitation do
so while they are alive, and all those who have received must confirm
themselves by their baptism in the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. You are perfect and You desire perfection in us.
Because of your love You have made a way through your Spirit for us to be
restored and made perfect in You. Lord help us understand the importance of
your Spirit and understand unless we surrender to You, to be molded by You,
there is no assurance of us entering Heaven and being reunited unto You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 2: 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Acts 15:5-9
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed,
saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep
the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto
them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice
among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel,
and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the
Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by
faith.

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

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of
repentance for the remission of sins.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water,
the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:12-14
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after
the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

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Betraying with a kiss

Luke 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man
with a kiss?

Yesterday I was in my Church prayer room for 24x7days chain prayer and the
organizing team had put up verses from 2 Peter 2:1-3 on one of the walls
(various points are put on ‘walls’ / charts) and this scripture on false
prophets and teachers struck me. A question came to me what if I am one of
those misleading people without knowing? Then as I was meditating on the
scripture, it spoke a very serious point which today’s message also tells
us.

Verse 3 of 2 Peter 2 speaks of the clue to identify a false prophet or
false teacher. The clue says for ‘their desire for profit they will come to
you with words of deceit’. This profiting would be in form of riches, fame
and pleasure of the eye, taste, touch or smell.

So now if we look at all the preachers, prophets, apostles, pastors etc.
who have done ministry and have changed their lifestyle through the
ministry, they are most likely to be listed amongst these false prophets
and teachers. That includes almost all of them and that is scary.

To be blessed through the ministry is the right of the minister but as the
Bible states the priest was allowed only a hand full, which means that
which was necessary for him and his family’s needs (not desires). There are
people like Paul who preferred not to take even that but to be a vessel for
God to bless them for not only their own needs but even the needs of their
colleagues.

Judas did not betray the Lord but betrayed the Son of Man. The Lord cannot
be betrayed since the word ‘betray’ means to give into another’s hand and
no man has power over the Lord. We can betray others who trust us or
entrust themselves unto us; we also can betray our own selves. Since Jesus
as Son of Man had become a servant unto man thus He could be given in the
hands of His enemies by Judas. What is also important to note is that Judas
did this with a kiss. The Greek word kiss comes from the word love /
fellowship. Judas’ did love Jesus and was among those who left their homes,
families to follow Him but Judas’ love was more towards material things
than towards Jesus and it was this greater love that led him to betray
Jesus.

If you find a preacher who has changed his or her lifestyle through their
ministry, it is time to think again about following that person.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and a Holy God. If an anointed Cherub like Lucifer could
fall by a simple desire of greed then we humans are nothing before it.
Lord, You demand a sacrifice of oneself so that we overcome this great evil
called greed. Help us to be spiritually watchful and set people around us
who will keep a watch on us if we stray away from the path...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Peter 2:1-3
1 But there were false prophets among the people, as there will be false
teachers among you, who will secretly put forward wrong teachings for your
destruction, even turning away from the Lord who gave himself for them;
whose destruction will come quickly, and they themselves will be the cause
of it.
2 And a great number will go with them in their evil ways, through whom
the true way will have a bad name.
3 And in their desire for profit they will come to you with words of
deceit, like traders doing business in souls: whose punishment has been
ready for a long time and their destruction is watching for them.

John 13:26-31
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have
dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot,
the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him,
That thou doest, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had
said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or,
that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man
glorified, and God is glorified in him.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to
the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings [hoarding] when I
come.

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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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