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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 6:33 pm

Violence vs Peace

Romans 3: 16, 17 Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way
of peace have they not known:

We are well versed with the sayings violence breeds violence, hatred
breeds hatred and only love breeds love. These are worldly sayings and
they are true when we work in the natural / carnal nature.

Today message talks of people who operate in their carnal nature, they
do not know the ways of peace for them violence has to be answered with
more violence and misery should be answered with more misery. If we all
do that what will be the result? There is another saying eye for and eye
will turn the whole world blind.

We as Christians are called to answer violence, hatred, anger will love,
compassion and patience. We do this for we know one thing, when we
rebelled with God by sinning against Him, He did not reciprocate by
destroying us immediately, He showed love, compassion and patience
towards us.

Many Christians have the wrong understanding that when someone does
wrong against us we are called to simply pray for them. Bible says we
are called to reciprocate, but not with violence but will love /with
good. Praying is necessary but we are not called just to pray, we are
called to 'show' love. Paul says when nothing is possible then one of
the last options is pray for them.

The world does not know God for they do not see God in us. Let us
demonstrate God in our lives and if God is in our lives we need to be
people in peace. Where God is there is peace.

Psalms 85:10 is one of the most important verses in the Bible which
speaks of the two Siamese twins Mercy and Truth, Righteousness and
Peace. Hold on to one and receive the other.

Mercy is not something we can demand of God but if we hold on to His
Truth we automatically get hold of mercy / grace. The same is with
righteousness and peace. If we want peace we need to hold on to His
righteousness, which means we need to walk in the ways of the Lord. If
we do violence for violence then can we be walking in His ways?

Because He showered His love and mercy on us even when we were still
enemies against Him, let us too shower love and mercy on those who hate
us so that we receive His peace and they know the Lord in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Love. No man knew love until You manifested
true love as man Jesus. Lord You are Mercy and true mercy comes only
from You. Lord You are peace and it is only in You that we receive true
peace. Lord we pray we seek You and imitate You to receive true love,
true mercy and true peace...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

James 3:18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that
make peace.

Matthew 5:43-48

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour,
and hate thine enemy.

44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you;

45That 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.

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

47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do
not even the publicans so?

48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

Romans 12:18-21

18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto
wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him
drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Post  Admin on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 10:47 pm

Importance of Gift of Tongues

Acts 10:46,47 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

There is always this debate of Tongues and the cause of this is mainly
because Jesus did not speak in Tongues. If a person really understands
Tongues then they will know why Jesus never needed to speak in Tongues.
We need it but the day we reach the level of spiritual maturity which
Jesus as man was then we too would not need. Similar is the case of
singing and worshiping God. We see Jesus and His disciples only once did
sing and worship that too only a few lines just before He went to the
Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion.

Tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit and Bible says if we pray and ask
the Holy Spirit of any of the Gifts i.e. wisdom, word of knowledge etc.
He will be most pleased to give us. Lack of knowledge on Tongues has
cause people to have some real crazy misconceptions of it and one can
see this in an old English movie called '5th Element'.

In the Bible we see Baptism of the Holy Spirit was mostly manifested
with the Gift of Tongues. I too received the Gift of Tongues the day I
surrendered to the Holy Spirit. That does not mean a person who does not
speak in Tongues is not Baptized in the Spirit. Baptism of the Holy
Spirit always manifests with a Gift of the Holy Spirit and usually is
Wisdom (of the Word) and Tongues, there can be others also.

In today's message we see as Peter was preaching on remission of sins
and they received the Gift of Tongues from the Holy Spirit that is why
Peter found it logical for them to publically declare their baptism in
the Lord Jesus Christ by Water baptism.

One another major misconception of Tongues is that people think it is a
dialect or language like other human languages so has a vocabulary, this
causes people not gifted with Tongues to imitate by speaking words
considered as 'Tongues' language. I have seen Preachers train people to
speak in 'Tongues'!

If we read at Pentecost there were 120 in the upper room of a house and
thousands gathered around that house and it is written the people
outside heard 'them' (collectively) speaking in their own individual
native languages.

Tongues has nothing to do with the nonsensical sound / words that people
make. Tongues is when the Spirit communicates, the natural nonsensical
words that manifests helps in suppressing the natural being / the
natural mind and enables the spiritual person to take over. God helps us
understand Tongues by understanding the dove [Noah sent a dove even
though a raven was at the job].

When we pray in spirit we usually do so via our thoughts and our
natural/carnal mind does intervene and thus does not allow our spirits
to freely communicate, but when we pray in Tongues our natural mind does
not function and thus allows our spirits to freely communicate. This is
the reason the Holy Spirit usually gifts the Gift of Tongues and Gift of
Wisdom during baptism in the Spirit so that the doors of communication
open and also true understanding the Word begins. Some may only receive
the Gift of Wisdom but as they surrender more to the Spirit they receive
the Gift of Tongues.

Tongues is for personal communication with the Holy Spirit thus not
advised for a congregation. Interpretation of Tongues allows another
person to know what our spirit is speaking. The person does not need to
be in audible range of the other person praying.There are various types
of Tongues that does not mean various types of spiritual languages.
Angelic Tongues is unlike human Tongues since the way we communicate in
spirit v/s them does vary. Those who have experience both will know.

Today God is telling those who do not have the Gift of Tongues to pray
and ask the Holy Spirit and He will give it to them. It pleases Him that
we communicate with Him in spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and the Heavens are a Spirit place. Lord Your Word
says we need to be born again in spirit to enter your Kingdom. We pray
Lord we learn to overcome our natural being especially our natural mind
and let our spirits overtake. Help us understand the Gift of Tongues and
grow in it...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 10:42-48

42And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it
is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever
believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word.

45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many
as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the
gift of the Holy Ghost.

46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered
Peter,

47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which
have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then
prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 2:2-6

2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat
upon each of them.

4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues [not plural], as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every
nation under heaven.

6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

1 Corinthians 13:1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 Corinthians 12:8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

James 1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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All will be judged

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men.

Simon the son of Jonah was time and again ridiculed for his foolishness
so much that the nickname Cephas / Peter which means stone/ pebble
(symbolizing man of little knowledge) got stuck to him. But we see even
in this man of many mistakes, God did work great sparks of revelation
and power. Even the great Paul who was well known for his knowledge and
understanding of scriptures hardly touched the topic which we read today
from the second letter of Peter (Jude too touched this topic).

Bible says every knee in Heaven (Angels), earth (our creation) and those
below (Hell) will bow at the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. All
think that God [Son] will sit on a throne and all mankind will bow its
knee, they are mistaken. When it is written Jesus or Christ it means the
Lord still as man or Son of Man.

When a third of the Angels led by Satan (plural – Dragon and Beast /
Serpent and Young Lion / King and Prince of Tyrus) rebelled against the
plans of God and bough darkness, God created man to be the light to
overcome this darkness. Man who is the least of the Heavenly beings (God
used the term 'worm' for man not to degrade man but to let us know who
we are) and God takes this little being to work in and work through to
bring correction to the whole Heavens.

We should realize our battle is not against man but against the fallen
angels (darkness) and this battle we cannot fight unless we overcome our
own selves. We should remember we cannot do it as an individual but can
only do it collectively thus we need to reach out of each and every soul
listed in the Book of Life. It is collectively effort under the
leadership of the Son of Man Lord Jesus Christ that we overcome the
fallen angels.

Evangelism is not a choice but a necessity because we are unable to know
who has and who does not have the seed of faith within them therefore we
are called to water everyone with the Gospel of hope in Jesus Christ.
Those who have the seed within them will hear His voice and return to
Him to be counted amongst us on Judgment Day.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Awesome God. It was nothing for You to just crush the
angels that left their position by rebelling against your plans, You
Lord chose to make a spectacle of them by making a little being called
man to bring these being to their knees. You Lord became man to lead us
unto this battle which the angels did not even dream of. We thank You
Lord for making us and using us for this mighty work and thus blessing
us with the unimaginable things of Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 6:3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more
things that pertain to this life?

2 Peter 2:4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved
unto judgment;

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

Philippians 2:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

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

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

Ezekiel 28:8-10

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

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

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

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mportance of documentation

2 Timothy 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou
comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

When Jesus was confronted He used the words 'it is written'.

Documentation is a very important aspect of any belief. A belief without
proper documentation is all messed up and no one will know the head from
the tail. We see God has always inspired those He spoke to, to write
what He spoke or what happened and hand these to the coming generations.

Today leaving for Christianity no other belief has proper documentation
of their belief. Our belief roots from the beginning of creation since
our God started created all things but our documents are just 3400 years
old (even older for the oldest book is the book of Job which was before
Moses) .We may not have the originals but our copies are very ancient
with many dated near to the original date. Yes our copies do have plenty
of errs but the large number of handwritten copies helps us confirm the
text we hold today is as of the original. Till date we have found no err
which affects our foundation belief, 98 percent of the errors are either
grammatical or spelling mistakes.

We do not have texts of just those who followed the belief but even the
texts of the secular writers and including those who hated us help us to
confirm the incidents mentioned in our Bible as true. Leaving aside the
texts, we also have plenty archaeological objects found of the various
eras as per the Bible. We also can also scientifically confirm the
correctness of scriptures as our technologies advance to understand that
which is hidden. Leaving aside all these our scriptures are filled with
thousands of prophecies and history confirms those mentioned have come
to past as written. So in every angle we can prove the authenticity of
our scriptures and above all that they are a divine aspect to them.

Take any other belief and we see they fail in very angel. Let us look at
Islam which is the second largest belief and their Quran, they have time
and again manipulated their books destroying the oldest ones themselves.
During the time of their prophet they were forbidden to write the verses
what their prophet spoke since they had to memorize them and if they
failed or if they cheated and wrote them, they were ridiculed
publically. Some people sold chits of these written verses on the sly.
Later after their prophet died they were in a dilemma since they could
hardly put forth all what their prophet had said. They authorized a
person to note all the verses (ayahs) from the memories of people and
even collect the chits which the forgetful wrote on. This collection was
also later destroyed for there were thousands of verses and over 75
versions of the collections; so the caliph Uthman ibn Affan did the
canonizing (official documentation) of the Quran by collecting all the
copies in a deceitful way and destroying them all after keeping only 20
percent of the ayahs, calling them as authentic. This one collection he
got four persons to hand-copy them and send to different places. Today
even these are not available and have varying versions of them. It is
only in the 1900s that the modern Quran which is read widely was
standardized in Saudi Arabia. The oldest manuscripts of the Quran are
called the 'Sanna' text and it was found that these parchments were
reused by washing the original text. Similar is stories of the texts of
other beliefs.

Let us as Christians understand the importance of the Bible. If it is
not for the Word of God we are without any foundation. Tradition have
changed and been adulterated over years but what is written stood the
test of time and generations even through the dark ages. Many gave their
lives to preserve them, so let us value them and have them embedded in
our hearts by the Finger of God (Spirit of God).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty, Omnipresent and All Knowing God. You Lord knew
how deceitful and evil man would be so You had every Word that was
required for the Salvation of man to be written and preserved. Lord we
pray we give importance to your written Word and have the same written
in our hearts...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Joshua 8:31As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of
Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of
whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered
thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

Psalms 40:7Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is
written of me,

Jeremiah 25:13And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have
pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which
Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.

Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

2 Corinthians 4:13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is
written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and
therefore speak;

Revelation 22:18-19

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto
him the plagues that are written in this book:

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

“Many (of the passages) of the Qur'an that were sent down were known by
those who died on the day of Yamama ... but they were not known (by
those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr,
Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur'an, nor were they found
with even one (person) after them.” -- Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif, p.23

`Abdullah b.`Umar reportedly said, 'Let none of you say, "I have got the
whole of the Qur'an." How does he know what all of it is? Much of the
Qur'an has gone. Let him say instead, "I have got what has survived."'
-- Jalal al Din `Abdul Rahman b. Abi Bakr al Suyuti, al-Itqan fi `ulum
al-Qur'an, Halabi, Cairo, 1935/1354, Volume 2, p. 25

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Resurrection from the dead

Acts 4:2,3Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached
through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on
them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

Resurrection is one fact on which the whole of Christianity is based on.
If Jesus had not resurrected then there would not have been any
existence of Christianity, He would have been another god-man in history
and his disciples would have been regular people carrying His story, but
His resurrection changed everything. His disciples came back and they
witnessed Him fearlessly even under the threat of persecution and death.

Resurrection being so important yet is least understood. Today you ask
Christians what is resurrection and they will say 'dead coming to life'.
If you cross question them they show total confusion. If our spirit does
not die then how can it be raised to life? Then some may say it is about
the body, the body comes to life, which is wrong since our body perishes
in the dust and even if we receive a new body (as many believe) yet it
cannot be termed resurrection. Jesus was the only one whose flesh did
not perish (it disappeared from the tomb) since His body had not seen
corruption (He was sinless) and this was fulfillment of a prophecy
(Psalms 16:9-10).

It is only when we understand spirit life and Heaven, will we understand
resurrection and eternal life. Only God (and the Son) has life within
Himself to live eternally (John 5:26). But we can live eternally even
though we do not have eternal life within us only if we dwell in Heaven
via the Tree of Life. When we say Heaven we normally refer to the upper
Heavens where the glory of God is great. The level we dwell in and its
lower levels i.e.Grave and Hell are called the lower Heavens. God is
everywhere since He is omnipresent but His glory varies accord to the
level. In the Bible at right hand (righteousness side) or to the west
means near to His glory or upper level, and to the east or left hand
(unrighteousness side) means away from His glory or lower level. Hell is
a place where His glory is not experienced.

When we die our spirit-man (spirit and inner-man which are connected
together) leaves the body and goes to Hell or Grave depending on our
faith. As humans between us and the Angels the difference is we dwell in
the body of flesh while they do not. They are pure spirit beings. After
death we too become spirit beings.

The Greek word for resurrection means 'to rise' and not to come alive.
Resurrection simply means being raised from one level to another. Hell
is a prison controlled by the Angels of God. The devil is there but he
is not in control of the place (as taught by Catholic Church), he is a
prisoner there (bond there). Hell is also called 'death' since the souls
there perish after suffering their sins through their spirit lives. When
Jesus died and went to Hell since He was forsaken by the Father because
our sins were on Him. But He could not be kept in Hell since there were
no sins in Him thus He resurrected (rose to the upper level). Bible says
He preached there to the souls since the time Noah and not since the
time of Adam. This and other clues like His resurrection on the third
day (Spirit world does not do by our day and night) tells us about our
spirit lifespan.

Resurrection by itself does mean eternal life. On judgment day all those
who believe (saved from Hell) will resurrect (from Grave) and will be
judged. Only those whose who abided in the Will of the Father will rise
to the Upper Heavens to experience eternal life. Others will be put in
the Lake of Fire/Sulphur a place worse than Hell since here they suffer
not their sins but suffer for rejecting His Word /Will.

Jesus' resurrection is a confirmation for us that the curse of Hell is
broken for us who believe in Him. But let us not think that we will
receive eternal life by just believing. We need to abide in the Father's
Will to be raised to the Upper Heavens when He comes again.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Holy God. Even though You are omnipresent yet your Word
says You dwell in the Upper Heavens. Lord let us understand your glory
is the confirmation of our being close to You. We can experience Heaven
here when we experience your glory. Help us to seek your glory and thus
glorify You in our lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 16:9-10

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall
rest in hope.

10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption.

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

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

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

1 Peter 3:19-20

19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

20Which 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 7:21-22

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

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

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

2 Corinthians 5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Matthew 25:31-33

31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

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Eunuchs

Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went
down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Just yesterday as I was walking the street on my way back from office
and there was a young woman walking before me, the way she was swaying
her hip it caught my attention. It caused me to think, is it natural for
a woman to walk this way? Then a question arose of girls who are labeled
as 'tom boys' for the way they dress or walk which is similar to a boy.
Now these tomboys are also girls and have the same biological body
composition yet it is the mental state that causes them to behave
differently.

Society since ancient times has labeled things as male and female
including actions like walking, talking, dressing etc... Society
encourages females to walk, talk is ways that classified as feminine and
this is because it is very gender biased.

In the Bible we see many places gender distinction and gender disparity,
but one understands it truly it is more spiritual then natural because
the Bible also has scriptures which speak of gender equality not only in
NT but also in OT. In the OT they both wore the same dress / robe, what
differed was only the length. Later the difference became prominent when
they started doing work on the material differently for women and men.

Aside from male and female we have another term mentioned in the Bible
that is 'eunuch'. This one word 'eunuch' in the Bible has many in
confusion; the root of this Hebrew word comes from the word 'castrate'.
In India we use this word commonly for transgender and transvestite.

A transgender is person having hormone problems therefore is unable to
be identified with either sex. A transvestite is a (mostly) male dressed
as or behaving like a 'female'. Eunuch most refers to a castrated male
having feminine behavior.

In India we see people fear transgender and this in nothing to do with
natural but with spiritual fear. They believe if these people curse, the
gods will curse them and if they bless the gods will bless them. That is
why when they beg they do not request but demand (more like extortion).
There are different clangs of eunuchs in India some beg, some do
prostitution and some into crime. These eunuchs are looked at as priests
/ priestess to their gods.

In Biblical history we see eunuchs were important people for they were
castrated men dedicated to service the palace women / wives of the king.
There was also a flip side - eunuchs were also dedicated to temple
service to look after the interest of the goddesses / gods. They were
male (gay) prostitutes set to encourage greater attendance of the men.

In the OT and the NT we see the term specifies a person who gave up
their personal lives interest (living a life of chastity) to serve the
king / king's wives thus they were given the utmost importance in the
palace and they may be or may not be physically castrated. Today's
message speaks of one such palace eunuch who accepts the Lord and is
baptized in Him by Philip.

In Matthew 19:12 Jesus equates Men of god to spiritual eunuchs who are
dedicated to the Lord's ministry. He puts this as a deep understanding
thus says only those who have wisdom may understand. He puts Men of God
in 2 categories those who were chosen by the Lord even before they were
born and those who were made of men.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord know all things from the start to
the finish and thus You have already written the names in the Book of
Life. You God see the heart more than anything. You know our thoughts
even before they take birth in our minds. You Lord do not influence our
decision but encourage it. We pray Lord we understand what it means to
be a Man or Woman of God, how to be a spiritual eunuch and do not become
natural eunuchs instead...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 39:7And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt
beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of
the king of Babylon.

Isaiah 56:4-5

4For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and
choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

5Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place
and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an
everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Acts 8:26-29

26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go
toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza,
which is desert.

27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of
great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the
charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this
chariot.

Matthew 19:12For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their
mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of
men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the
kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

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Ministry of Jesus

John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

It is said if a lie is repeated over a long period of time, everyone
starts to believe in it without question. Most religions are based on
this principle. In Christianity also we see this principle working. Many
of the so called Catholic Church errors, wrong doctrines or traditions
have found their way due to this principle into Believer Churches and
into preaching of well-known Bible preachers / teachers.

Ask anyone about the ministry of Jesus and they will immediately say it
was a 3 year ministry starting from the wedding of Cana. This so called
teaching was not getting digested in me for how could a person like
Jesus stay dormant for 30 years? Anyone truly knowing God cannot be made
to shut up and not preach about Him.

If we read the scripture it says Jesus went to the wedding along with
His disciples. If He had not started His ministry how could He have
disciple? If we read the scripture it talks of Jesus doing miracle or
manifesting the glory of God starting with the wedding of Cana and not
His ministry. The disciples who were with Him at the wedding were
listeners to His teachings and thus followed Him but after the miracle
of Cana they started believing in Him. His ministry was not of three
years but thirty three years; His full time ministry was of three years.
He desired to do fulltime ministry from the age of twelve but due to
family responsibility He waited. His family was not poor that they need
Him to work and feed them for they had received very precious gifts from
the Wise Men that could fulfill their life time needs.

We may be great teachers of the Word of God, knowing great depth of
knowledge but if we do not manifest that understanding with the power of
God then we are not teaching God's Word but some history, physiology,
etc. which is of man but not something from God.

Jesus was a Nazarene which meant a person taken oath / whose parent/s
has taken oath to dedicate the person to God's purpose. In Jewish belief
this oath would be a temporary (for a period of time) or permanent
(lifelong). During this oath the person was expected to live a holy life
and a life of chastity; they also did other statutes like not shaving or
cutting their hair. Samson was a Nazarene who was gifted immense
physical power during his vow but lost it when he broke all statutes of
his vow. The power was not in his hair but in his vow as a Nazarene,
cutting the hair was the last statute of the vow broken by him.

Let us understand as Christians we are called to ministry from the day
we come to know God. We may dedicate our lives to full time ministry
some period of time, but ministering to people is all the time of our
lives starting from the day we know Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Holy God. As your people we are called to live
a holy life. We pray Lord we understand when we live a holy life your
glory is manifested in us. We pray we know our purpose in You and also
know as your people we are called to ministry every day of our lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 2:1-2

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

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

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

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

Luke 2:41-52

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the
passover.

42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the
custom of the feast.

43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child
Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's
journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,
seeking him.

46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and
asking them questions.

47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him,
Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have
sought thee sorrowing.

49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I
must be about my Father's business?

50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto
them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

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Raised from a sepulchre

Matthew 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until
the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and
say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall
be worse than the first.

In the Bible when a person died it was required to bury the body so that
it decomposes into the soil. It was the traditions of the pagan of
placing the body in caves that got induced into Israelites. Later they
induced the traditions of the Syrians and later made famous by the
Egyptians of using spices to preserve the body. They did this since they
believed in life after death, but unlike Biblical belief. They believed
the natural body would come to life again for they could not contemplate
a being without the natural body.

One may ask why the Lord even entertained such a thing to be done to the
body of Jesus Christ. What is interesting is Jesus Himself acknowledged
this before His death when a woman anointed His feet with spikenard, a
very expensive incense.

We need to understand when we die our body decomposes and is not raised,
for our body has seen spiritual corruption. When we come in Christ what
is renewed is our inner man (and spirit). Jesus on the other hand was
born without sin (without sin nature since He was not born of a human
father and Mary was a surrogate mother to Him); He also lived His life
without sinning. So His body had not seen any corruption (both spiritual
as well as natural corruption - like sickness) and this was prophesy
fulfilled, that is why He alone resurrected in His natural body.

We see in the case of Jesus, God allowed the Jews to have way with their
traditions even thought they were inspired by wrong beliefs. But He did
not let them a free hand since they came on the third day to mummify the
body (Egyptian tradition partly followed by Galileans; was also done
unto Lazarus' body) but did not find it since He had resurrected.
Nicodemus had provided them with 100 pounds of spice for this, which the
women (including Mary the Magdalene, Mary His mother and others)
prepared and bought to the sepulchre.

If we understand transfiguration we will realize our natural bodies
would not be physically restricted under natural laws if it was not for
sin. Jesus demonstrated many feats which defied laws of nature known to
man. We also see at times others like Philip under the power of God also
did the same. It was not that Philip has overcome like Jesus but like
the difference between gift of faith and the faith the Fruit, so also at
times God can temporarily offset our lacking and enable us to do the
impossible.

Let us get it into our heads Heaven not a beautiful earthly city with
roads of gold and precious gems. The description is symbolic for us to
understand things beyond our understanding. Man has not yet apprehended
the understanding of spirit and calls them ghost which is a gaseous
being having a human like form. Mohammad the prophet of Islam also
thought the same therefore believed spirit beings could not enter the
room if the door was shut. But Jesus did enter a shut room that too in
the flesh after His resurrection.

When we enter Heaven we will not be what we are, so also we will not see
Jesus as a human. He said when He finishes His task He will return to
the Father and will be glorified in Him. He had humbled Himself and will
be glorified again as it was before creation.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and only those who are born again in spirit can come
to You. The Heavens are a spirit place and are permanent unlike this
natural world which is temporary. Lord we pray your people understand
the difference between this natural world and your Kingdom so that they
overcome the desires and corruption of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 14:3-8

3And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at
meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of
spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

4And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said,
Why was this waste of the ointment made?

5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have
been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

6And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a
good work on me.

7For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do
them good: but me ye have not always.

8She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body
to the burying.

John 19:39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to
Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an
hundred pound weight.

Luke 23:1-3

1Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared,
and certain others with them.

2And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

3And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for
fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto
them, Peace be unto you.

Acts 2:25-27

25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my
face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also
my flesh shall rest in hope:

27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption.

Matthew 22:29-30

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

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

Acts 8:39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on
his way rejoicing.

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

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Son of Man or Son of God

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

Some days back a brother asked me, what is the difference between Jesus
as Son of man and Him as Son of God?

In today's message we read Jesus is referring to Judgment Day and on
Judgment Day He does not refer to Himself as Son of God or God or God
the Son, but as Son of man. It is only when we understand who Jesus is
that we understand what He is telling us in today's message.

Lord Jesus Christ can be defined as God - God the Son [Part of God yet
an individual in Himself] who humbled Himself and became Son of man. He
is from God and He will return to God. He has become man so that He
makes way for us to be restored to the Father.

Most people ignore the fact that God does not judge us, we are judged by
a man on Judgment Day. But no man was found worthy to sit in judgment.
Jesus said He became worthy to sit in Judgment because He overcame and
He was a Son of man.

Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (His Spirit) restores us by
helping us remove the corruption that sin has done on us. We are
restored with the Fruit of Truth and Righteousness so that we may again
be called Sons of God, we may again have dominance which we lost due to
corruption.

Son of God is not a person but a title like Mr or Mrs, and we see all
who have the image of God are called Sons of God. Jesus as man was
without blemish (sin) thus had the image of God thus He was and is
called Son of God. He became the hope for us to again become Sons of God.

In today's message we read at the end on Judgment Day, Jesus Christ will
come as man to sit on Judgment Seat to judge His flock [those who do not
believe in Him are already judged]. He separates the sheep from the
goat. Those who abide in the Will of the Father (Holy Spirit), in other
words are baptized in the Holy Spirit are the ones who will enter Heaven
and will be restored to the Heavenly Father. Today's message also says
He comes along with His Angels and these are not to be mistaken with
Heavenly Angels.

We need to understand the battle is between man and the fallen angels.
Lord Jesus Christ as Son of man and Chief Prince [Israel] leads us.
Satan (plural - dragon and the beast) leads the fallen angels. This may
look a very unfair confrontation for man is nothing before an angel and
especially Cherubim like the dragon and the beast / serpent and young
lion / king and prince of Tyrus who are many time more powerful than an
Angel forget man. But the weapon of Truth in us is that which does the
job of bringing Satan and the fallen angels into submission. Doubt
destroyed us by making us sin and Truth restores us our glory in the Father.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. Lord it does not take a moment to destroy
Satan and his flock but You in your wisdom have chosen a little being
like man to shame a cherub. Lord we pray we understand the power of
Truth and how it enables us to be restored to You. Lord we pray we
diligently seek the Truth and quicken the coming again of the Son of Man
our Lord Jesus Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Philippians 2:5-11

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which
is above every name:

10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

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

John 5:27-30

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

28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice,

29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment
is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father
which hath sent me.

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

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

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

Ezekiel 28:6-9

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

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

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

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

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Did Jesus struggle to heal the blind man?

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the
town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he
asked him if he saw ought.

In today's message in the town of Bethsaida which was near the river
Jordan, we see when some people bought a blind man to Jesus to heal
Jesus took him by his hand out of the town and then healed him. Also
this healing was unlike the normal way Jesus healed people that was by
touching, speaking or just by His presence.

One needs to ask why Jesus went through all these efforts to heal a
bling man. Even to bring the dead to alive and especially to bring
Lazarus who was semi mummified according to Galilean traditions Jesus
did not struggle but just commanded. Jesus nearly regenerated most of
Lazarus' internal organs.

If we read backwards in chapter 6 we see Jesus had done a great miracle
just close to this town, it was the multiplication of bread to feed 5000
people. I have heard many preachers preach on this miracle but sadly
none understood how it was really done. I too would not have understood
but it happened one day a preaching from abroad was preaching in church
on this and I was amazed to hear how it was done. After service I went
to meet him and appreciated on how he explained it but to my surprise he
was taken back on what I was speaking. He had said something else and it
was the Lord speaking to me through his preaching and this was not the
first time this happened to me.

Multiplication of bread was one of the miracles that Jesus repeated in
the same fashion, which is documented in detail. When Jesus did it
people were so taken back that they openly acknowledge Him to be a great
Prophet. Not getting into the details of the miracle but just to put it
this miracle involved the people and they were party to perform it.

We see even after doing this miracle near this town the people of this
town lacked faith; they were hard of hearing and understanding what
Jesus spoke. Thus we see Jesus took this man by holding his hand outside
this town. Jesus wanted to heal him and being in this town it would have
been difficult to heal this man with all the lack of faith around.
Towards the end the town of Bethsaida was cursed by Jesus for their
faithlessness. Jesus faced this same problem in some of the other towns too.

This blind man being from Bethsaida was himself also not strong in faith
or believing Jesus being from God, had authority to simply heal him. For
him Jesus was more like a magician who did things therefore Jesus took
His spit on his eyes and then placed his hands on them. Even after this
he did not get a clear sight and Jesus had to once again place His hands
on his eyes to restore his sight fully. Jesus had done a similar thing
of applying spit and mud in another town to heal a blind man.

Let us understand we can stop God from working in our lives is our lack
of faith. We will see God has to do crazing things or shake our lives at
times just that He can do things in our lives. Let our lack of faith not
be so bad that God gives up on us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and nothing is impossible for You. But You
Lord are a God of principles and give us a choice to choose You are
reject You. Lord we pray we may realize in You alone is life and
abundance of life, rejecting You means choosing suffering and dead. Lord
we pray we increase in faith and thus grow close to You...

This prayer I make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 8:22-26

22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and
besought him to touch him.

23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town;
and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked
him if he saw ought.

24And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

25After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up:
and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town,
nor tell it to any in the town.

Mar 6:31-44

John 6:11-14

11And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he
distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set
down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the
fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

13Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with
the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above
unto them that had eaten.

14Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said,
This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

Luke 10:13Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the
mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in
you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

John 9:6-7

6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the
spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by
interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came
seeing.

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Know Christ the Savior

John 4:25,26The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which
is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus
saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he

People all over the world celebrate the coming of the New Year. In
actual it is just another moment in the clock but for us it is a
milestone in time. It is a landmark where we reflect on what has passed,
where we thank God for blessing us through those moments, especially
those difficult moments and ask Him to bless our walk ahead.

Now that all have moved from 2016 to 2017 milestone, the Lord wants us
to know Him better.

Samarians were Israelites who worshiped Yahweh but were from northern
part of ancient Israel of which Samaria was the capital. They were
passionate about God but had induced lots of pagan traditions and
beliefs into their system due to which were hated by the Jews who were
Israelites from ancient southern Israel (Judah) of which Jerusalem was
the capital.

The Samarian woman at the well was one of those who were awaiting the
coming of the Messiah but could not identify Jesus Christ as the one
whom she was waiting for. This is also the story of the Jews even today.

What is important in today's message was the claim she made about the
Messiah. She said when he comes he will tell all things.

Jesus as man did teach many things but He did not tell all things for He
said people at His time were not ready to hear them. He also said He had
to go so that the one whom He sends (The Holy Spirit) would be able to
come. It was the Holy Spirit who He said would tell all things.

We as Christians need to understand the man Jesus is the Door/Way to the
House / Kingdom of God, without Him we cannot enter the House. But
standing at the door (believing in Him) does not mean we are in the
House. Jesus said it is the Holy Spirit who is the Helper and it is He
who will take us along the way (Door). It is also the Holy Spirit who
tells us all things about the Lord Jesus Christ, makes us understand all
what Christ spoke and helps us become like Him. Jesus is the Nature of
God manifested in the flesh and the Holy Spirit helps us put on the
Nature of God.

Jesus as man did not draw people unto Him or glorify Himself. He always
glorified the Father. As man He was born of the Holy Spirit so on earth
as Son of Man the Holy Spirit was also His father as the Heavenly Father
was (Mary was His surrogate mother that is why He directly referred to
her as Woman but indirectly as mother).

Let us not fail Jesus Christ by standing at the door / by just believing
in Him. We need to connect to the Holy Spirit the one He paid the price
of ours sins for, so that we receive Him. Without the Holy Spirit,
Christ in us will be a failure. This year let us concentrate on
connecting to the Holy Spirit and on building a relation by which we
hear Him and speak to Him so that He can tell us all things and make us
understand all things so that Christ is complete in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God and none who are unholy can come to You or dwell
before You. You Lord made a way when there was no way. You Lord also
paid the price for our un-holiness so that we receive the Holy Spirit
and by the working of the Holy Spirit we may know the Truth and return
to You. Lord we pray this year we may have a personal relationship with
the Holy Spirit so that we may talk to Him and hear Him like Moses did
with You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 16:7-15

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

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

9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans 13:14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision
for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Galatians 3:27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ.

Ephesians 4:5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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Re: R.D SOUZA Saved by faith

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Hold on to the faith and pray for each other

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when
thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Every year on my birthday (which was a few days back) I ask the Lord for
direction for the year ahead and every time He has been true with what
He spoke to me. This year too I asked of Him and I got a not too
pleasant message. Today being the end of the year I asked for what would
be beholding us this coming year and the message above is also similar
to what I received on my birthday.

These few days we have been receiving messages of correction for this
coming year is going to be a time of testing. We are going to see a
great shaking of Churches and especially 'Men of God'. God is going to
expose all those who have made themselves 'Anointed Men of God'.

People of God understand one does not become an anointed Man of God
because of miracles or prophecy or stage charisma or Bible knowledge. In
the Bible we have records of many who were against God and did these.

Note one of the greatest men of the Bible that is Paul was a terrible
preacher. He knew a lot but lacked the skill to convey the same in
person, though he did an excellent job in his writings. Let us not be
fooled to think those who preach well are great Men of God. What they
preach is more important than the way they preach. Those who make us
confortable in our worldly life or entertain us spiritually while
shunning our spiritual growth will never be an anointed Man of God.

When Jesus said we need to die to ourselves then how can someone from
Him preach the opposite? It is better to be rebuked in this world and
find ourselves in the House of God than to be pleased in this world and
find ourselves in the Lake of Fire / Sulphur (which by the way is worse
than Hell - where the unbelievers go).

Let us pray for each other for this coming year that each one of us
holds on to the principles of the Kingdom of God and do not compromise.
That we be founded on the Rock of Truth; that the Holy Spirit be with us
and guide us and let not our desires guide us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Loving Father. You are a Jealous (Zealous) God
for You are possessive of your children. You not only protect them from
others but also protect them from themselves. We pray Lord this coming
year that each and everyone who are yours may hold fast unto their
faith, that they be focused on your Kingdom more than the pleasures and
desires of this world. May they see the light of the truth and walk in it...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Corinthians 10:8-10

8For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the
Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I
should not be ashamed:

9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

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

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

Mark 8:35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever
shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

Luke 8:14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they
have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures
of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luke 12:22-23

22And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye
shall put on.

23The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Luke 14:26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother,
and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple.

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Deceitful as a brook

Job 6:15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the
stream of brooks they pass away;

Today's message compares deceit to a fast flowing stream which changes
part as and when there is any resistance.

If we look at this scientifically it is just water that has the force of
gravity working on it; water that flows from a higher position to a
lower position thus it takes the easiest path to flow down, it does not
have a mind of its own.

The word deceitful is also translated in the Bible as treacherous or
faithless.

Today the Lord is telling us when we live like an opportunist people
always on the lookout for any opportunity, always taking the easy way
out of situations, not having a mind of our own or a vision that we work
on, then we are a deceitful people.

We see today Christians hurting Christians, people trampling each other
spiritually and also naturally all because they have a drive for fame,
greed, desire for pleasure, ego etc...

Yesterday a brother posted a message that there are too many Judas
Iscariots in Churches. I would say we are worse than Judas for he at
least sold Jesus for 30 coins; we sell Him for just a vain desire.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are Father for You alone are Creator, Provider and
Protector. You Lord created all, all provision comes from You alone and
none can touch us without your knowledge. Lord we pray we be not like a
mindless stream that has no thought of its own. Lord we pray we be
people of faith, people of vision. We pray we are not driven by
opportunities but create them by the authority given by You to manifest
the unseen to seen...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 6:8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

James 1:23-25

23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a
man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this
man shall be blessed in his deed.

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#The Christ Mass Confusion

Acts 19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having
caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in
travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

Yesterday I visited a house which had a grand Christmas tree beautifully
decorated. It was an imported tree with all imported decoration and this
tree was given the best place in the drawing room. When I looked at it I
remembered in the old days I too used to do this for I had such a tree
gifted to me by an unbeliever with all its imported deco, but as I came
to know more of this tree and the festival, I got rid of this tree.

How many Christians ever gave a thought as to why only a pine tree is
decorated on this day?

Bible says there is nothing new (evil) that the world does, what is done
is repeated in new ways. We see the Catholics managed to get back the
worship of goddess Ashtoreth by making people to celebrate Easter
instead of Resurrection Sunday. They did the same with the feast of
nativity which was celebrated by the pagans where they cut pine trees
which was worshiped as goddess of nativity this they made it stand
upright and decorated it. This was not something new but was done even
during the times of Jeremiah alone with worship of the Queen of Heaven
(Ashtoreth and now Mary).

This Church first confused the people about the date of Jesus' birth
stating it does not exist in the Bible so people believed it and
therefore did try to investigate [it was on the Feast of Tabernacle].
They then made them believe Jesus was born in a stable with all kinds of
cattle around, so got them to make cribs even though the Bible says he
was born in a manger (wooden box) kept to feed the donkeys tied outside
an inn since Mary delivered after her 9 months of pregnancy as they were
waiting for a room outside an inn and there was none (Luke 2:6-7). It
was not that they searched the whole town for a room in an inn when she
got labor pain as shown in movies.

Understand labor pain during birth is a curse (Genesis 3:16) and Christ
was not born under a curse. People who know of the curse and that it is
broken have given birth without even experiencing noticeable pain.

Then they got people to put another star which they call Christmas star
(contrary to Jesus who is called the Star of David / Eternal Promised
King of David) even though people know stars do not move. Bible says a
heavenly body / light moved, since at that time they did not know the
difference types of heavenly / astronomical bodies. Even after 600 years
people like Muhammad though shooting stars were angels falling from Heaven.

People who have investigated this even astronomically have found it to
be a planet and not a star and the astronomical wonder as stated in
Revelation 12:1 had actually happened that day which incidentally was
around Dec 25. Would people put a Christmas planet from tomorrow instead
of star?

They also made the wise men land along with the shepherds at the stable.
Firstly Bible does not say how many wise men were there. They assumed
three since there were three types of gifts. These men came from the
east and these gifts were symbolically given to a great king. Also Bible
says they say not a just born child in a manger but child which was a
few months old and they saw the child was around December 25. So what
are they celebrating the birth or the visitation?

Try to find one thing true in all this Christ Mass Confusion and you
will see other than the word Christ everything is a great lie / great
confusion. All the justifications people give are just to whitewash lies
so that they follow the traditions of men which were pagan in origin.

Today's message tells people of God to stay away from this Christ Mass
Confusion like Paul was advised to stay away. This whole event is a
theatre played out so that people gratify their fleshy desires in the
pretext of celebrating Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God. In your Word You have instructed that your
people do not worship You in High Places even though your Word says You
dwell on Mount Zion for You speak to people from there. We know this is
High Place is symbolic and that You do not desire people to exaggerate
things and worship You, but worship You in Truth. Lord we pray your
people do not mix lies with holy things and do not take holy things as
an excuse to fulfill their lust for worldly pleasure...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 19:29-32

29And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius
and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they
rushed with one accord into the theatre.

30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples
suffered him not.

31And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto
him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.

32Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was
confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

Ecclesiastes 1:9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and
that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new
thing under the sun.

Genesis 3:16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow
and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy
desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

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

Luke 2:6-7

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.

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

Jeremiah 10:3-5

3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of
the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and
with hammers, that it move not.

5They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be
borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do
evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

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Assos to Mitylene

Acts 20:14And when he met with us at Assos [approach], we took him in,
and came to Mitylene [mutilated].

In the Bible we see all names have meanings to them be it name of a
person or name of a place. What we also find is that in many places
there exists a relationship between the names to the event, like Jesus
was born in Bethlehem which means House of Bread and Jesus identified
Himself as Bread of Life that came from Heaven.

In today's message we find names of two places Assos and Mitylene.
Asssos means approach; it was a sea port in the Roman province of Mysia.
Mitylene means mutilated; it was the capital of the island of Lesbos
(now part of Turkey).

The Lord is talking to us not about Paul's trip from Assos to Mitylene
but about our trip from Assos to Mitylene. He is not talking about the
places but about what we do in the name of preaching the Gospel.

In the Bible Paul says to gain the Jews he became as a Jew. He does not
say became a Jew but says as a Jew. Similarly to gain the gentile
(without the Law) he became as a gentile (but kept himself under the Law
of God). He then also goes on to say for the weak he became as a weak.
We see Paul did not change himself by following their traditions,
beliefs or hopelessness but changed his approach while keeping himself
and that which was within him and he did this so that he could share the
Gospel. Had Paul changed himself then he would have defeated the very
purpose he was approaching them, he would have mutilated the Gospel. The
Gospel is not a message or story but a part within us. If we are not
living the Gospel we cannot preach the Gospel. So when we give the
Gospel we are giving a part of ourselves.

During this so called 'season of Christ' we find people use different
means of approach but do they realized they are becoming the people they
are approaching and not as Paul who maintained whom he was but yet
became as them. In the process of approach we are changing ourselves and
thus mutilating the Gospel within us. In the name of giving the Gospel
we travel from Assos to Mitylene. Let us not become those whom we are
trying to save.

Let us not mutilate the Gospel within us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty, Holy God. God a part of You humbled yourself and
became man. Even though You became man You did not give up your
holiness, You Lord kept yourself without blemish. Lord we pray we are
not deceived into becoming them whom we are out to save. Help us to
separate ourselves from them even when we approach them to share the
Gospel that is within us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 6:51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man
eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will
give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto
all, that I might gain the more.

20And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to
them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them
that are under the law;

21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law
to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are
without law.

22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made
all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof
with you

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Sexual immorality

1 Corinthians 5:9,10I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company
with fornicators;not at all meaning with the fornicators of this world,
or with the covetous [greedy] and extortioners [robbers], or with
idolaters [worshiping false gods]; for then must ye needs go out of the
world:

Yesterday in one of the Whatsapp group someone had posted a message on
sexual immorality of how a girl needs to dress or behave and I saw many
(manly men) were very happy with the post and some were interested to
have in different languages so they could share it with people who did
not understand English. At times I have brothers who look more at the
dress of the sisters worshipping on the stage and commenting than giving
yield to the worship

Yes, the way we dress (including boys) is very important. Inappropriate
dressing sense can make one an ambassador of lust. It is not about the
amount of skin / muscles one displays but even a person fully covered
can be erotically dressed. Sadly people think comments like being sexy
means being beautiful, they do not understand being sexy means being
appealing to have sex with, is that the comment we desire?

Sexual immorality is surely bad but Paul in his letter wrote worse than
these are the ones who are spiritually immoral. In today's message we
see Paul reminds the people of Corinth about his previous letter (which
is not in the Bible) not to keep company with sexual immoral people, he
goes on to specify not those who are weak in the flesh but those who are
immoral in the spirit. He goes on to specify what kind of people he is
mentioning and he includes those who are greedy, those who rob others,
those who worship other gods. Paul says we should not socially associate
with them, meaning we can minister to them privately but do not be seen
associating with them in public.

Of late I was shocked to know in ministries and in Churches we have
Christians we boldly rob not only people in name of business but also
the ministries or churches itself stating they will compensate later. It
baffles me how they face God with what they do? How do they stand in the
name of the Lord before people being aware of their deeds? Such people
can exist only if they make themselves immute or spiritually dead.

Also about worshiping other gods, Paul was not writing to non-Christians
but to Christians. We see many Christians in the name of traditions or
festivals take a holiday from Christianity to worship other gods. I am
not talking of 'non-Christian' festival but of so called 'Christian'
festival, which have no relation to God or His Christ or His Word - the
Bible.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and You are Spirit. Lord in your Word, You
said if a person wants to enter your Kingdom they need to be born from
above, that is born again in spirit. Lord You look at us and test our
spirits, for our flesh will not be united with You but our spirits will.
You are a Holy God and You ask us your children to be holy. You did not
say to dress holy but to live a holy life. Lord we pray we discern well
in spirit and do not stumble...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 3:3-7

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

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

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

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

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born anew.

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God shows no partiality

Acts 10: 34, 35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he
that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

It is amusing when we see 2 Christian countries having a sports
tournament and both the teams are praying to God for a win and both
expect God to answer their prayer. There are times when one team is a
Christian team and the other is not yet the other team wins, does it
mean their god is greater or that God was sleeping!

Today's message tells us that God is not a respecter of persons. It does
not mean God does not appreciate man but means God is impartial to the
worldly difference in man. He only differentiates according to spiritual
values like those who fear Him or follow the path of righteousness.

We need to get it into us - NO MAN IS RIGHTEOUS (leaving for the Lord
Jesus Christ). In the Bible there are people like Job, Daniel and Noah
who were highlighted as exceptional righteous people yet Bible says in
time of trouble their little righteous could have saved them but not
saved anyone else. Even though we have lots of people stated are being
righteous yet Bible says 'none were found righteous'. It is those who
walk the path of righteousness are called righteous but they have not
reached any mark of righteousness to be really considered righteous.

Righteous is one who is without abomination. We who have sinned, but
because we seek the righteousness of God by trying to follow His ways
are called righteous [seekers of righteousness]; even though we continue
to sin yet our efforts to walk in His ways are appreciated.

What is very important to note in the very next verse Peter mentions
about Israel. Almost 90 percent of Christians consider Israel to be
God's love country - thus making God a partial God, a respecter of man
thereby going against scriptures and ultimately making God a liar.

Peter says God did choose Israel as the first nation to give His Word
and give the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ, but then He did not
stop there. He sent the same Word and Gospel to all the nations.

For God every human is the same, since He created them. He is partial
only to those who fear Him and seek His righteousness and not because of
their race, color or place of origin. Paul himself was more Roman than
Jew since his father was a Roman. He hated being Roman therefore took on
his Jewish name Saul but when he came into the light of the truth he
understood his place of origin was irrelevant nor his race so he changed
his name to his Roman name Paul (which means little), as given by his
father.

You may be born in an XYZ country but you are no less than an Israelite
in the eyes of God. He is looking not on your country of origin nor your
race. He looks at your heart, your priorities in life and where He and
His Kingdom fit in them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and Creator of the whole universe; all that was, is and
will come is already created by You. Lord when You created You made all
mankind the same, differences is what man's doings got him into. It is
man and his deeds that created nations and races. Lord we pray we
understand You love each and every one the same but your Face shines on
those who fear You and seek your righteousness. Help us Lord to know who
You are, so that there is fear in us and also help us know how important
it is to seek your ways...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 10:34-36 [ESV]

34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God
shows no partiality,

35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is
acceptable to him.

36As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace
through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),

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

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

John 3:16-21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans 10:12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the
same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him:

Galatians 3:28There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither
bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man
in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and
uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is
all, and in all.

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Belief in the unknown

Acts 8:9, 10 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime
in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria,
giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed,
from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

One of the ministries I am connected to is Apologetics. Apologetics is
actually not a ministry it is about answering a person having a question
in a way that the person can understand. Like Paul suggested, speak to a
Jew as a Jew, a Roman as a Roman and a gentile as a gentile. So it is
about learning their belief and their traditions and then exposing their
vanity, but this is done only after having a strong foundation of the
Christian belief, because one of the prime reasons of apologetics is
defending an attack on our belief.

We as Christians are all called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we are ministering to people who quickly repent and accept the Lord
then there is no need of apologetics, it is only when they have
questions or when they question our Gospel or the Bible we need to be
ready to answer.

An apologetics group I belong to is having a program this Saturday on
the topics Atheism and Yoga, so I was putting info of the same on
various social media networks. On one such network a 'Christian'
(Catholic to be precise) stated that 'Yoga is only a tool to help us
experience the Kingdom of God which is within us', he went on to state
'the Bible talks about the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN but does not tell you on
how to seek it and experience it and get its benefits'.

Today's message talks of a person name Simon who was into what is called
sorcery. Now this term does not mean magic or witchcraft as children
stories define it. The Greek term Magos meant study of the unknown. Yoga
is one such unknown field that is why there is so much mysticism
attached to it. It is only when we study and understand the belief and
the science behind it becomes easy to expose it.

Later we see this man Simon saw the miracles that Philip did and
realized his science did not stand anywhere to what was done in the Name
of the Lord Jesus Christ that caused him to give up his science and
accepted Christ.

Let us like Philip manifest the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to bring down
the unknown and wisdom is also one such Gift. Let us destroy the
mysticism behind the unknown and bring the darkness to light.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are God. This world is created by You and everything
when You created it You did either in 'Your Kind' or 'Their Kind'. Lord
let us understand these things so that people seek You and not that is
'Theirs'.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 8:9-13

9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same
city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that
himself was some great one:

10To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying,
This man is the great power of God.

11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched
them with sorceries.

12But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the
kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both
men and women.

13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he
continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs
which were done.

Genesis 1:20-21

20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving
creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the
open firmament of heaven.

21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth,
which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every
winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

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Wisdom and Knowledge of Solomon

2 Chronicles 1:11, 12 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine
heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life
of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked
wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over
whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee;
and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the
kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after
thee have the like.

It is written no one could match the wisdom and knowledge of Solomon
during his time. He was so much famous that people travelled for days
and weeks just to meet him, sit in his presence and hear him. These
included not just ordinary people, ministers of various states but also
royals of various kingdoms.

Solomon was blessed not once but twice with wisdom and knowledge.
Today's message points to the second time he was blessed with wisdom and
knowledge. The first time he received worldly wisdom and knowledge, and
second time he received wisdom and knowledge to administer his people.
Along with wisdom and knowledge Solomon was blessed with wealth and fame
like no king had before him, nor after him. We see this prophecy is true
today, for there are so many movies made that talk of the wealth of King
Solomon by even people who hate Christianity or are Atheist - hating God.

Like every person I too used to admire the wisdom and knowledge of
Solomon, after reading the books written by him, especially the book
Songs of Solomon. People have no idea of the treasure that this book
holds but think it about some romance. But then if today God were to ask
me if I would want the gifts that He blessed Solomon with, surprisingly
I would refuse it.

All the wisdom and knowledge that Solomon had were a waste because he
lacked spiritual discernment. Solomon was a lover of beauty and that
caused him to possess the most beautiful things around him, his clothes,
his palaces, his throne, and also the temple he built for the Lord were
beyond description. He loved beauty so much that he married most of the
beautiful maidens he came across, even though they were of strange
beliefs, so much so the number wives touched almost a thousand. He was
not a pervert or man of lust that he married these women, but was a
collector of beauty that is why he had limited children though he had
almost unlimited wives.

Solomon without spiritual discernment but with unbelieving wives and
unlimited riches was a dangerous combination. His wives caused Solomon
to do the unthinkable that is to worship gods and goddesses which
Solomon knew did not exist. Solomon did what today we call as having a
secular approach to unbelieving people we care and love, respecting
their beliefs and their way of life.

It is written when Solomon died he was gathered unto his fathers /
people meaning he did not go to Hell and slept in the Lord, but on
Judgment Day will Solomon go to Heaven is a big question. It is written
even on his death God had a case against him for worshipping false gods
and that is why his generations were not allowed to rule as kings.

We need to understand the importance of spiritual discernment. Having
extra riches or extra worldly gifts like what we call 'talents' but not
having spiritual discernment is like giving a monkey a loaded gun, which
without intention he can hurt any person or even himself. Spiritual
discernment is like eyes to our spirits and it is our discernment which
will warn us and guide us in our spiritual walk.

Wisdom and knowledge is important but understanding is even more
important. In computers we can call knowledge as data, wisdom as the
program that processes the data and understanding as the output of that
program. It is understanding that builds spiritual discernment, not just
knowledge and wisdom.

Understanding can be received as a revelation from God or by study and
experience. It is our discipleship, our walking in the Lord that brings
about understanding of the Truth, not just studying His Word or our wisdom.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God who dwells in the Upper Heavens. Bible says no
being has seen You other that the Son but we will see You only when the
Truth abides in us and to have this Truth we need to follow Christ. Lord
we pray your people do not seek just knowledge and wisdom but seek
understanding. May they be aware of the dangers of having anything
worldly in excess even if they seem good...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Kings 4:29-34

1 Kings 11:4-13

John 8:31-32

31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in
my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

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

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Separation in marriage

1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A
brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath
called us to peace.

One of the most unchristian things that has been happening is divorce.
We see even famous preachers divorce their wives or husband, and over
that they get married to another. There is nothing like divorce in
Christianity. Other than death, yes a husband and wife can separate but
this separation is only on very specific conditions like one which is
given today of being an unbeliever. This option is not something that is
recommended but available only when the other person does not want to
change at any circumstances. Even the other conditions eventually come
to this condition.

Many have raised finger at the Bible as being sexist with regards to
marriage due to Deuteronomy 24 which speaks of the law set for marriage.
When Jesus was questioned about this law He said it did not please God
to give such a law but because of the hardness of the hearts of the
people Moses did. So this is not a God given Law but a law which Moses
gave keeping in mind the principles of God.

One should understand if there are two Believers and there exist a
problem between them then that problem is not a problem that cannot be
solved since for God nothing is impossible. A problem is really a
problem when one or both the parties are truly unbelievers. One or both
have declared God as dead and not a living God. Note where faith does
not exist even Jesus failed to do miracles, for God does not force but
follows the free will principle.

One needs to firstly understand marriage is not about the two that get
married but about the purpose they get married and that purpose is
family. It was for this reason God forbid a man to leave his just
married wife and go to war, not just for a month or two but for a year.
He did that so for it was sufficient time to have a child and for the
husband to help in the initial stages of bringing up the child.

World tell us marriage is about romance and when two people love each
other they get married. If we see this in the Bible those who romanced
paid a heavy price. Love is what we need to do not only to our husbands
and wives or our children but to all our brethren. There are not various
types of love, love is just love and anything else is not love. We do
have more responsibilities towards our husband / wife and children that
cannot be denied.

Jesus said love one another as I have loved you, He did not say this to
a husband and wife. If we are called to love our brethren as Jesus loved
us then can we love our family more than Jesus? Either we are not
following Jesus or stating we are greater than Him!

When God created man and woman in spirit they were of the same gender,
there was no gender difference between them; they both were made in the
image of God. It was only when they were put in the flesh that the
gender difference arrived. Woman was made from the bone (character) of
man. So even though both have the image of God in the spirit yet in the
flesh they are different. God did this so as to understand the design
and image of things that are hidden. Marriage is one such covenant to
understand the relationship between God and man, therefore it is more a
role play and we need to do that with full honestly and respect. Paul
himself was not married or planned to get married but he understood the
covenant therefore instructed the people of Corinth about it.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. Even though in spirit man and woman are alike
yet You have made each differently in the flesh. You Lord have called
man and woman into marriage so as to understand the hidden things of the
Kingdom of God, You did not call them to behave like the animals who do
not marry nor are given in marriage. In Heaven we do not exist in the
flesh that is why in Heaven there is no marriage or any one given in
marriage since we will cease to be man or woman as we are on earth but
be like the Angels who are spirit beings. We pray Lord we understand the
covenant of marriage and its purpose. We pray You heal the faithlessness
of the people who are having problems in marriage...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Deuteronomy 24:1-6

1When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that
she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness
in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her
hand, and send her out of his house.

2And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another
man's wife.

3And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of
divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his
house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

4Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be
his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the
LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God
giveth thee for an inheritance.

5When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither
shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one
year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

6No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he
taketh a man's life to pledge.

Mark 12:19-25

19Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his
wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his
wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

20Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying
left no seed.

21And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the
third likewise.

22And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.

23In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall
she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

24And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because
ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

25For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Matthew 19:7-12

7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of
divorcement, and to put her away?

8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts
suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for
fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso
marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his
wife, it is not good to marry.

11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they
to whom it is given.

12For there are some eunuchs [officials], which were so born from their
mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of
men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the
kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

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Resurrected from the dead

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant,

In our previous message we saw the term ‘blood of Jesus’ symbolized His
sacrifice and in today’s message we read it was His sacrifice that was
behind His resurrection since the Greek word ‘anago’ translated as ‘brought
again’ means to lead or bring up to a higher place, in other words speaks
of resurrection / to rise.

After His death Jesus did go to Hell and He rose again on the 3rd day. He
went to Hell as our sin sacrifice since He took all our sins on Him and was
forsaken by the Father. In the book of Moses they laid their hands on the
sin sacrifice, and with Jesus they did the same when they placed the crown
of thorns on His head. Those who placed the crown on His head represented
us.

People think like Jesus we will resurrect in the flesh that means our dead
body will come to life. This prophecy was only for Jesus since His flesh
did not see corruption. We are born anew in the spirit not in the flesh;
our spirit is made uncorrupt not our flesh. Our body perishes here on earth
but our soul and spirit goes where it is due. If the person is a believer
in the Lord Jesus Christ then it goes to sleep/rest in Him (a place called
Grave) else it goes to Hell (a prison where it suffers its sins - in hell
no one punishes anyone, they punish themselves, meaning it is their own
sins that tortures them / burns in them like never dying coals of fire). In
Hell Jesus did not suffer since there was no sin in Him.

Our God is a just God; Bible says our sins were so much on Him that He was
forsaken by the Father, but God being Just could not keep Him in Hell since
there was no sin in Him so He was set free. Hell in the spiritual world is
the lowest level (farthest away or to the east from the Glory of God /
Throne of God). Grave is a level which is above Hell but below the level
that we who are alive in the flesh dwell (not physically up or down - note
earth is round and Hell is also not in the center of the earth).

If one understands resurrection it does not mean being raised from a dead
state but means raised from one level to another. Hell and death are
synchronous therefore it is written Jesus was raise from death /Hell. Also
the souls in Grave do not actually sleep they rest or wait there. Grave
unlike Hell is not a prison where the soul/spirit is bound. When the
Prophet Samuel died and was resting in Grave, Saul tried to communicate
with him. We see when Samuel appeared he was aware of things that happened
even after his death. Even when Jesus died it is written many of the
anointed (saints) resting in Him came out of Grave and appeared to people.

That does not mean those in Grave are freely allowed to appear to people,
Jesus in His parable of the poor man Lazarus and the rich man showed God
does not desire those resting in Grave to preach or witness but those who
are alive to do so; thus spirits that appear and claim to be the characters
in the Bible, like we find one that comes as Mary the mother of Jesus is
not the spirit of the real Mary but an evil spirit in disguise. God has
forbidden man (Adam) to communicate with lower spirits (like that of humans
or fallen angels) / those in Grave; Jesus Himself had to transfigure to
communicate to Moses and Elijah, He could transfigure since He had overcome
corruption. That is also the reason why we do not find any Nabi / Man of
God speaking to another dead Nabi / Man of God.

Bible says Jesus preached in Hell and all the souls who accepted Him also
rose. It did not mean they were roaming as ghosts nor did the go to Heaven,
but they rested in the level called Grave. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes
again we who are resting in Him will rise and will be judged. Those who are
found having the Truth in them that is abiding in the Will of God will be
clothed with the Righteousness of the Son and will enter Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and a Holy God, nothing corrupt can dwell before
You. You Lord are transforming us from corrupt beings unto incorrupt beings
that hold your perfect image in us. Lord we pray your people understand the
importance of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and without them we can stand
before You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Samuel 28:15-19

15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?
And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war
against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither
by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest
make known unto me what I shall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD
is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath
rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to
David:

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his
fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee
this day.

19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of
the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD
also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

Matthew 27:52-53

52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept
arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the
holy city, and appeared unto many.

Hebrews 9:26-28

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.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Matthew 25:31-34, 41

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

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

John 5:25-29

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

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The unexpected

Romans 15:24Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you:
for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way
thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

In today's message taken from Paul's letter to the Romans; he wrote that
he hoped to visit Rome on his way to Spain. Paul had great desire of
visiting Rome and had confidence of visiting Spain, but what really
happened is Paul got to visit Rome but did not get to visit Spain so the
unexpected happened but the expected did not [some Church 'fathers'
claim he went to Spain but it does not fall in the timeline of that
which is recorded].

We later see it was the Church of Rome which Paul planted that was
instrument in the expansion of Christianity throughout the world, even
though they corrupted the Word with their traditions but they did do the
job of spreading the Gospel of hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. By
Paul going to Rome he was instrument to fulfil prophecy, since it was
already written about this Church, its increase and its fall.

Everything Jesus did was to fulfil the Word/that which was written. If
we walk according to Jesus to fulfil that which is written then we would
not experience the unexpected.

In today's message the Lord is saying when we are in Him we cannot plan
things in the natural according to our understanding, according to the
situation that exist, as to what we see happening around, for God will
use us for the unimaginable thus we need to be ready for the unexpected.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. There is nothing that is impossible to You.
Your Word says You have plans for us which are good.Lord we pray we
abide in You so that all that You have set for us gets fulfilled in our
lives. Moses refused to go alone and speak to Pharaoh so Aaron
accompanied him and it was Aaron's children who were selected to be High
Priests, not Moses'. Lord we pray we realize the importance of abiding
in You even unto the unexpected...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Chronicles 29:18O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our
fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the
heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

1 Corinthians 2:7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the
hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 4:5Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord
come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and
will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man
have praise of God.

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Selective hearing

Ezekiel 14:4, 5 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith 
the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols 
in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his 
face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh 
according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of 
Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me 
through their idols.

You will find many Men and Women of God / Evangelist having a gift which 
they called as 'Word of Knowledge' which is basically hearing the Holy 
Spirit speaking unto them. This ability does not always come from the 
Holy Spirit at times even evil spirits / spirit of divination also give 
the ability to know things which are hidden. Christians who have gone 
deep into things like astrology, palmistry, tarot cards, face reading 
etc. will know that these are just gimmicks and the real thing behind 
all this are divination spirits.

The Greek word translated as divination is the word 'Puthon' which was 
the name of a mythological serpent /dragon in charge of guarding 
oracles. In Hebrew the word simply comes from the meaning 'prohibited'. 
Evil spirits are nothing but fallen angels and Angels are classified 
according to departments or the specialized task they do, their names 
are set accordingly. Evil spirits / fallen angels were 'marked' around 
the time of Noah's floods, meaning their powers were restricted. 
Believers are given authority to drive them away and bind the effect of 
their powers, but those who submit to them or to evil are affected by 
their powers. Therefore a preacher who craves too much for things like 
wealth or fame can also be under the power of a divination spirit. He 
may preach about God and at the same time operate under a divination 
spirit. We can identify this simply by looking at their fruits. No just 
their own growth but also of the people around them. Thus never blindly 
follow a person having the gift of 'word of knowledge'.

What is very important to note, most preachers today hear the Word of 
God with regards to people who are attending their preaching. How many 
times have you seen a preacher giving a word of correction to another 
Man or Woman of God, or to the Church? Does the Holy Spirit have nothing 
to say about those who labor in His Vineyard and are not bearing fruit? 
Unless we are assuming that everything is working perfectly.

In the Bible we find the anointed Men of God spoke a word from the Lord 
/ 'word of knowledge' more to the congregation and less to an 
individual, like todays word that came to Ezekiel for the people.

We think when we ask the Lord He speaks unto us, it is not that way. We 
see the Bible says the 'word came', but it also says 'the word' existed 
from the beginning, people think in sense of Jesus Christ as the Word; 
He was/is the manifestation of the Word. Psalm 105:19 says 'Until the 
time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him'. So we see the 
word existed before it came to the person.

Everything is already spoken, when we tune into the Lord we hear what 
which is already spoken, speak unto us. God does not see and speak, He 
knows and knew everything, including the end result and thus everything 
is already spoken and already finished. We are walking into the finished.

During the times of Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel etc. we see people 
feared them for they spoke not only good words but more words of 
correction especially when people went far from God. Like we tune in to 
hear Word of the Lord about our personal lives or about the lives of 
others, let us also tune in to hear what the Lord has spoken with 
regards to the Church or those set to lead His people. Let us not make 
them our idols by lifting them up. We should at the same time discern 
which spirit is speaking unto us and the best test is the test of 
fruitfulness if what we hear does not edify then it is not from the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Omnipotent, Omnipresent and All-knowing God. Bible says You 
spoke in the beginning and what we are seeing today is that what You 
spoke. Lord we pray we do not seek only about ourselves but more about 
the Body of Christ. We see the Body is struggling, suffering and being 
persecuted. We pray we hear You and your Word unto the Church and those 
set to take care of it...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 16:16-19

16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed 
with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain 
by soothsaying:

17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the 
servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said 
to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of 
her. And he came out the same hour.

19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they 
caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

Jeremiah 36:1And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son 
of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the 
LORD, saying,

Psalms 105:19Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD 
tried him.

Psalms 130:3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall 
stand?

Romans 16:17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions 
and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

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The Blood of Jesus

Acts 20:26Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure 
[innocent] from the blood of all men.

In today's message we see Paul speaks of being innocent of the blood of 
the people. We know Paul is not talking of actual blood but about the 
life / death and that too not natural death.

We see many Christians, when it comes to the words 'blood of Jesus', 
they take the word literally. They confess the blood of Jesus and do not 
realize the scripture speaks of the sacrifice of Jesus not actual human 
blood. We find people pray with words like 'I cover you with the blood 
of Jesus'. I do not understand what they actually mean? Are they 
spiritually pouring human blood! What angers me, is when they cover 
objects, properties etc. with the blood of Jesus; worse used the blood 
of Jesus to bind Satan or for protection from evil.

Scriptures like 1 Peter 1:2 which mentions about 'sprinkling of the 
blood', speaks about the symbolism of what the Jews did in OT with what 
Jesus fulfilled for us on the Cross, or 1 John 1:7 'cleansing of sins by 
the blood', speaks of the price of our sins being paid by the sacrifice 
of Jesus Christ and not actual sprinkling of blood nor washing using blood.

It is sad Christians do not know why Jesus died on the Cross. They 
believe He died on the Cross to defeat Satan. They glorify Satan to the 
level of God. Please understand Jesus' sacrifice saves us from death 
which is the consequence of our sins. The person whom Jesus saved us 
from on the Cross is not Satan but God.

Before we believed in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ we due to 
pay for the consequence of our sins, which is death (death of the spirit 
in Hell by suffering our sins). By our faith in Jesus' sacrifice we are 
saved from the curse of Hell. When in sin we were enemies of God but by 
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are now Family and we can call God as 
our Father.

Please do not degrade the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. His Blood / 
Sacrifice is very precious and it saves us from the wrath of God as far 
as we remain [believe] in the sacrifice. Jesus defeated the plans of 
Satan in our lives and to deal with him [and his team] He will come 
again and lead us to close the chapter of the works of Satan once for 
all. Satan desired we be destroyed for he knew why God created us.

Let us understand we are called to be people of authority [mature in 
faith]. We are given authority over evil spirits, sickness and 
weaknesses and for that we do not need to bring in or invoke the 
Sacrifice / Blood of Jesus. We are told to just speak knowing who we are 
in Christ and exercise our authority.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You are a Righteous God. Every wrong had to pay its price. 
But You being a merciful God, You paid the price for our sins through 
your Son Lord Jesus Christ. Father did this because You desire we be 
restored and be part of your glory in Heaven. We pray we understand the 
importance and purpose of your Sacrifice and give it due respect...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 6:53Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have 
no life in you.

Ephesians 2:13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are 
made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Hebrews 13:12, 20

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

20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, 
that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting 
covenant,

1 Peter 1:2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, 
through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of 
the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

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

Romans 5:10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by 
the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by 
his life.

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Hear, Your Lord God is One Lord

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our
Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and
good hope through grace,

If we read today’s scripture through the Greek text it may shake the
understanding of most Christians. The text starts with the words

Himself, but/moreover the Lord I Jesus Christ and the God, even our Father

What is amazing is the word ‘Himself’ is singular while the word ‘I’ is
plural in sense meaning ‘we’ and at the same time Jesus Christ, including
the Father are mentioned as Lord God. So the start of the verse would
render as follow.

Himself, moreover the Lord we Jesus Christ and the God, even our Father

What is more interesting is the person Holy Spirit is not mentioned here,
that does not deny His existence since He is the Spirit of the Son and also
the Spirit of the Father. So the 3 are 2 and the 2 are 1, remember when
Jesus described the Father, He said the Father is Spirit.

We see Christians (it started with the Catholics) have taken a pagan
definition ‘Trinity’ [Bible uses the term Godhead] and party applied it to
the relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit. It is not that they are
wrong (with the part that they apply) but it is also a fact that they are
not fully right. It is the case of the ten blind men who went to see the
elephant in a zoo and each one described the part of the elephant they
touched to objects that were known to them. So physically they were not
wrong but actually they were nowhere near the truth.

My journey to word study (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic words) started with
trying to understand the relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit.
It took me more than 2 years to understand (somewhat broadly since it is
impossible to understand God fully) the relationship between the Father,
Son and Spirit. This came only by understanding creation (the one we live
in) and also the Angelic world (Heavens), it purpose and it history. I
tried to explain many a times to people but always faced problems become I
need to first explain the other things before I do remotely touch the
topic. Paul too took time to understand and it is only in his latter
letters he is very clear in his definition. He also writes about it only to
the Thessalonians who were more mature amongst those he wrote to, that too
only in his second letter where he tries to clear their confusion on end
times.

NT has another scripture 1 John 5:7-8 which talks of the relationship of
the Father, Son and Spirit and used by many to justify Trinity, this is
actually not part of the original manuscripts since it was added about
1000years later so as to support the belief of the Trinity.

The problem with people today with understanding God is like the ten blind
men we try to understand their relationship in worldly ways, according to
what we know. My first step was the need to understand life in Heaven is
not simple like it is on earth one life one being [life /spirit itself is
an element not ability]. In Heaven there are complex beings like Cherubs
who have multiple lives (thousands of lives) yet are one being,
comparatively God is defined as infinite lives yet one Being, leave alone
the characteristics of the life’s ability to live eternally by itself
unlike the lives of the man, Angels or Cherubs. These characteristics also
give Him the ability to be omnipresent (time and space/Heavens).

Let us open our minds when it comes to understanding Heavenly/spiritual
things and not look at it according to earthly knowledge and understanding.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are called Ancient God for You existed before and beyond time;
before existence of all things. Lord we pray we do not try to understand
the things of Heaven by using worldly understandings. We pray we surrender
our understanding so as to be renewed in You. That we see things according
to You. Your Word says the things that You have set for us in Heaven are
beyond the imagination of man, but at the same time your Word says You
desire to open the minds and understanding of man to know them, especially
of those who diligently seek You in spirit and truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is,
Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

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

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he
shall testify of me:

John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he
sent me.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his
hands, and that he was come [aorist tense - past, present and future] from
God, and went [returns - present active tense] to God;

1 John 5:7-8

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

8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the
water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

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Flesh shall see destruction

1 Corinthians 6:13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God 
shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but 
for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

Today's message was not written to unbelievers but to believers since 
this problem is also between believers. In today's Christians this 
problem is very strong. It is not just about being foodies but also with 
other things for Paul uses the general word fornication and in the verse 
before says 'all things' pointing to all kinds of fornications.

The word fornication comes from the word to prostitute one's body. In 
the OT the Lord used this word more often for people who worshiped other 
gods. In the NT we see it is used more often for things like lust, 
worldly beauty, riches, power and other earthly personal desires. Paul 
also uses it in a statement where he says people will be lovers of 
themselves which including things like fame and social acceptance.

Fornication is one sin where the person uses one's body and these 
include things like:-

Lust of the flesh (unlawful sex like outside marriage, 
self-gratification of sexual desires)

Worshipping other gods - idol worship or even things like astrology or 
palmistry etc. connected to one's future

Worshipping oneself - fame / beauty / bodybuilding (done not for fitness 
but for looks)

Foodies - people who live to eat, who eat not for nourishment but more 
for taste and are obsessed with taste.

Some of the fornications are not sin like being a foodie or being 
obsessed with beauty / looks, fame but Paul warns these lead to the 
spiritual downfall of the person. He also generalizes all fornications 
as idolatry; idolatry of oneself and of objects like food, clothes, 
electronic gadgets, automobiles, property etc...

King Solomon was a man of great wisdom and great understanding, of both 
earthly and spiritual things yet his obsession to beauty caused him to 
marry hundreds of women. He did it not out of lust but out of obsession 
to beauty so he married any and every very beautiful damsel. This 
obsession caused him to spiritually fall and worship other gods.

We Christians are called to live sober lives, a life of needs and not of 
wants. We should know our priorities and set them in its proper order. 
We should never forget the fact we are just passing through this world 
and this life is very short while the life ahead is eternal. We should 
always remember the more earthly desires we hold on to, it will 
spiritually slow us down and may even restrict us not to enter Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You alone are God and there is none other than You. 
Lord we pray we understand the things seen are temporary and made to 
understand the things unseen. Lord we pray we do not get obsessed with 
the temporary seen and lose the permanent unseen. Help us always 
remember we are spirit being temporary dwelling in this body of flesh, 
the day we overcome the flesh we will gain the things of the spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, 
except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth 
adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Romans 1:28-32

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God 
gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not 
convenient;

29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, 
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, 
malignity; whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of 
evil things, disobedient to parents,

31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, 
implacable, unmerciful:

32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things 
are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them 
that do them.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 10:8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them 
committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Colossians 3:5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; 
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and 
covetousness, which is idolatry:

Matthew 19:23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, 
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

1 Timothy 6:9,17-18

9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into 
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and 
perdition.

17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, 
nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us 
richly all things to enjoy;

18That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to 
distribute, willing to communicate;

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Sexism or culture issue?

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

On the 5th of this month in our message I had explained how Paul was not 
against feminine gender. But yet we see Paul was very blunt to tell the 
people of Corinth to prevent their women from speaking in the 
congregation and to keep silent.

Although in spirit man and woman are no different [1 Corinthians 
11:11-12, Genesis 1:27] yet it cannot be denied that in the natural that 
man and a woman are not the same. The woman whom we see today is not 
what God created but a woman which society has created. The mistake of 
Eve being the first to be tempted has taken its toll on all women across 
ages. In religions like Islam we see women are called a curse due to 
Eve's mistake and treated like lifeless objects, at times worse than 
animals. Also in religion like Hinduism we see women are considered 2nd 
grade citizens but ironically in all these religions women are 
spiritually worshiped or religiously lifted up. In Islam where a wife of 
Muhammad said it was a curse to be born a Muslim woman yet we see in the 
Quran women have two whole chapters dedicated them (Chapter / Surah 3 
and 18 - Mary). In Hinduism also where women have no rights in society 
and ill-treated for women issues yet we find female goddesses are more 
revered than male gods. They have traditions like in Nepal (a Hindu 
state) of female living goddesses but not male living gods.

In ancient pagan religions also where women had little rights there too 
you will find goddesses were given supreme importance, like in Babylon 
the Tower of Babel was a temple of a female goddess and make supreme by 
all religions that existed at that time.

In Catholicism which is considered a religion having a modern outlook in 
that too women are not given important religious posts but all Catholics 
pray to a woman more than God or Jesus, take example of the rosary or 
Novenas which are dedicated to Mary.

When God created woman she was called a 'strong man' but the consistent 
hammering of the woman gender has had its toll on the gender and it is 
today called the 'weaker gender'. This hammering has also had the other 
side effect of revolt and doing things in extreme in the opposite 
direction. Women who were made to cover up are today objects abused by 
over exposure, women who were forced to shut up today speak the most, so 
much so that we have words like gossip connected to that gender 
(although men also do it).

Paul was well aware of the cultural impact on women especially in 
Corinth which was a metropolis city and where all types of cultures 
mixed and culture revolt was also common. When Paul wrote to advice 
women to remain shut he was very specific that he was referring to the 
women of Corinth for he uses the words 'your women'. Paul did not 
mention anything of this to the people of any of the other places, he 
wrote on the same only to Timothy who was a mentor to the people of Corinth.

In the OT we see God too was aware of this culture issue and even though 
man and woman wore the similar design of clothes which was a long gown 
/robe the only difference between them was the length of the gown yet we 
see God gave a commandment that woman should not wear clothes of a man 
nor a man of the woman. If this commandment was to be expanded it would 
mean women not to wear short dresses and man not to wear long dresses. 
It was more to do with social outlook than the length of the dress since 
God hated the (spiritual) nakedness of man as much of the women. God was 
simply saying women and men behave yourselves and not to behave like the 
other.

In the Bible like in Proverbs 31 verse 10 onwards which shows an ideal 
woman did almost everything that man did and also more.

Like I specified in my earlier message a spiritual mature woman is a 
(spiritual) Son of God and spiritually immature man is a (spiritual) 
daughter. Only spiritual Sons inherit the Kingdom of God (Heaven). So 
the sexism in OT is more related to spiritual gender and thus a shadow. 
God did not and does discriminate between natural genders but also does 
not support extremism.

In today's message God is telling us to be aware of the culture of the 
people around us at the same time keep the valued of Christianity in 
place. We are called not to do things that cause hurdle for others to 
come to Christ. Christianity is not a new age religion but a 
relationship started from the time of beginning of creation but 
manifested in Jesus Christ. Paul knew about this therefore among Romans 
behaved like a Roman and among Jews as a Jew.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Spirit. You Lord look at the spirit and not 
the outlook of man. You Lord can see all things within us and nothing is 
hidden from You. Lord when You created man You created both male and 
female in your image yet You made them naturally different for You 
desired us to know of the relation between You and man. Lord we pray we 
understand and respect this relationship...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Deuteronomy 22:5A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, 
neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whosoever doeth these 
things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.

Deuteronomy 22:5A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, 
neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whosoever doeth these 
things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.

1 Corinthians 11:12For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by 
the woman; but all things are of God.

1 Timothy 2:12But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion 
over a man, but to be in quietness.

1 Corinthians 11:11-12

11Nevertheless neither is the man separate /different than the woman, 
neither the woman separate /different than the man, in the Lord.

12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; 
but all things of God.

Genesis 1:27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God 
created he him; male and female created he them [male gender, plural].

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