Thursday, June 11, 2015

Let the Power Flow

image by Matthew Kern


You have prayed but where is the result? You exercised your spiritual authority but where is the result? You laid hands on the sick but no recovery even worse you yourself are smitten by sickness.

Why? These things ought not be so.

Jesus prayed and received result. He laid hands on the sick and diseases moved. He spoke and it came to pass. He told us, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." - John 14:12

This has been my own heartfelt question I pose to God continually because I personally hate with absolute passion Religion (Anything done with no understanding; usually public show). 

There should/must be a difference between those that serve God and those that don't. Mal 3:18

The above mentioned question puzzled Jesus disciples at the time  including myself and many Christians today. Why can't we do what we see or hear you do? Where is the power? Why could we not cast out that demon?

Jesus unequivocal answer to his disciples then and us today is, "...because of Unbelief (Matt 17:20)"

Many of us, if we are truthful to ourselves are walking in pure unbelief which many a times we mistake as Faith.

Matt 11:6 tells us that God is not pleased or moved outside of faith. In order words you can cry all you want, without Faith God cant be moved. Jesus said, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
Faith is the conviction of the existence of an unseen God who rewards those that diligently seek him out. Assurance of things we do not see. Conviction leaves no room for doubt. If you know and are convinced that your car is white, no one can tell you otherwise even when you just woke from sleep.

James 1:6-7 lets us know that the person who Doubts/fears should not expect to receive ANYTHING from the Lord. This is very serious. God can not negotiate out of his own word no matter how much he loves you. This is what makes him sovereign and almighty.

Hmm... Doubt doubt doubt!!!

So what is the cure for this evil Doubt and his brother Fear? How do we get rid of it

FAITH

Faith in God or God kind of faith is the Antidote of doubt/fear. It is the ONLY medication which cures doubt/fear. 

This is why Paul said in Roman 1:16 that He is not ashamed of the gospel. The gospel of Christ is Gods ONLY power on earth to save any man who will believe and have Faith. This is why the gospel must be preached to the end of the earth. The words of the gospel are vehicle/carrier/capsules of Faith. And this Faith is the victory that overcomes the World (1 John 5:4)

How do I lay my hands on this medicine that can cure doubt/fear so I can live and witness the power that Christ worked with?

Roman 10:17 tells us that this Medicine(Faith) comes through hearing the words(Rhema) of Christ. 

Observe the continuous tense "hearing..." Used above instead of "heard". It is a continual thing as opposed to one time action.  You must be eating everyday, continually anew and fresh. Manner in the wilderness was to be eaten fresh. No left overs!

Christ is alive in us today by his Holy Spirit. As we spend precious time continually in fellowship with Him and His word, He speaks anointed words to our ears which in turn deposits faith to our spirit. As faith comes, Fear and doubt check out. Faith and fear cannot co-inhabit. It's either one or the other.

Joshua 1:8 now is not a suggestion or recommendation to us but rather a command from God to us all who will live Powerfully and Faithfully for him. 

My prayer to God today for me and you then is for his mighty hand to keep us from wandering away from his words or commandments. To keep us away from useless activities, distractions and cares of this world that benefit us not so we can just as Mary chose to remain at your feet(presence) and have you pour into our spirits living water curing us from every doubt and unbelief so we can witness and partake of the glory and power which Christ brought. In Jesus Might Name

Amen!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deception & Great Fall-Away in the Church


 

Matthew 22, Jude 1

There is an impending doom awaiting the Church. If it fails to wake up on time, it will be too late. There is a great deception ongoing in The Body. Men are sleeping and satan is busy sowing tares amongst Gods people privily. This is because most believers don't know the scriptures or rather chose not to study the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to teach them instead they gullibly digest mens interpretation as truths and thus ignoring the ministry of the Spirit of God. These sometimes are words carefully crafted and chosen to tingle the ears, pulled out of context and spewed to satisfy their desire. In this is the fulfillment of end time prophecy, "In the last days, some would not be able to accept wholesome teaching…". - 2 Timothy 4:3

The Holy Spirit showed us the way of growth by endorsing the Church in Berea as example on how we should receive the Word of God as Christians. He said, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" - Acts 17:11.  How many believers today after receiving messages from their man/woman of God go back to examine (Greek ~ Anakrino - Examine, investigate, scrutinize, sift.) the scriptures to see what they said is true? rather mans word is accepted readily at face value as if it is from God. It is only truth if and when it is endorsed and breathed upon by the Holy Spirit in ones heart. It is just mere letter otherwise and it kills. 

Jude went a great length describing and detailing this apostasy that is ongoing in the church referring to tares as was described by Jesus in the parable of Wheat and Tares. Jude reminded the church how that God after having saved his people with great demonstration of power from the Egyptians, thereafter (Greek ~ Deuteros - second of the two) killed them in the wilderness those that did not believe, urging the saints to contend for the faith. It is only the one that endures to the end that is ultimately saved. Just because you are saved(born again), does not mean you will be saved the second time. Some even claim that a child of God cannot apostate. Don't be fooled. Falling away is going on even now in mass proportion. Great Idolatry is ongoing in the church. People are literally worshiping men/women of God instead of God alone to whom all reverence and praise is due. Are you not aware you are enspoused to one Husband and that He is coming again for His chaste virgin without blemish or spot? This is exactly what Jude's entire writing was on. Because this evil men has crept into the church deception is going on rampage attempting to derail the elect of God. 

This deception is very great and subtle as all satans trickery which requires one who is spiritually alert to discern. Once the Holy Spirit starts revealing these errors, genuine repentance and great vigilance ensues. Why would Jude ask us to contend for the faith if there is nothing to fight off or Paul to fight the good fight of faith if there is nothing to fight? Bible says that Many(not few) false prophets have gone into the world. The term 'Many' connotes large percentage out of any given set. In other words, out of the prophets or teachers we have today many are false (something like 7 out 10 would be conservative). It is always easy to say oh but it is not us, It's them. Don't be too sure. Beware. If satan can disguise himself as angel of Light (2 Corinthians 11:14). You think his prophets don't have the power? They will have all the bells and whistles but they are not of God. They are the Tares sowed by the enemy. (For more info... Do a Tare vs Wheat comparison)

Always keep an eye on the fruit and see who is getting all the praise. Who and what is getting exalted? But they are an abomination to God because they are highly exalted amongst men. - Luke 16:15

Just because you are born again is not guarantee of Heaven. Surprised? The bible talks about the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Many preach only about the former which is simply the new birth but what about the latter, the refining process that the Holy Spirit came to do, molding men into the image of Christ and bringing forth his fruit in them - Romans 8:29. There is not that many who talk about this. All that is preached today is how God will bless you and will deliver you and give you victory and prosper you. Where is the message of dying to self and abiding in the vine? Jesus said, "If any man would come after me, he must first deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Him". 
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Have you started to suffer persecution yet? from your family, friends or even the brethren maybe? 


God is not a slot machine which when you enter a password you get what you want. You can't reach Him by formulas. He requires relationship and fellowship. You must abide/stay/remain in the vine to do anything that will be accepted by God. He is only accepting fruit not the works of flesh or dead works. Many Christians secretly are frustrated, made little progress or in utter denial of their state. I was too, but as I started praying to God to deliver me from religion (anything I do without understanding), the Spirit of God started guiding me through his Word and helping me. Now I understand why He came - John 16:13. He alone will guide you into all truths NOT man. 

Ultimately It is about fellowship and relationship. Don't just approach God when you need something, you must remain in his word and fellowship with his Spirit to remain fruitful. Christ (The Spirit of truth) is the one who does his work through a yielded vessel but we receive the benefit. He died for all so that we who live should not live unto ourselves but unto Him who died for us and was raised again - 2 Corinthians 5:15.

Christ in me, the hope of glory. Christ in us glorifying the Father. We have been admonished to be vigilant and watchful, even more so now and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The day is very evil and only few out of the many called out ones, the remnant will make it and it is by the way of the cross. Carry your cross daily, choose what Mary chose and Fight the good fight to find that narrow gate. 

Let us cling and hold unto Jesus our only hope of salvation and never lose sight of him.

Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you and All Glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I will conclude by borrowing a single question from Stella Paterson (Calling forth the remnant by the way of the cross) - Is tradition of greater importance than the Truth which came through Jesus?


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Sunesis on the Mind


Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

How can I make my prayer earnest?
This requires the unadulterated involvement of the mind. There has to be a singular focus of the mind to the object or subject at hand until it touches the heart. Remember the mind is the gateway to the heart. By focusing the mind, our emotion is stirred and when mixed with faith produces result.

Our mind is vitally important in our devotion to God. Remember the bible states:

Deutronomy 6:5
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. My Strength?? ... But how can I love the lord my God with all my strength."

Thanks be to Jesus who later elaborated and enlightened this scripture

Matthew 22:37
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' - Oh Oh! Jesus introduced a new term, the Mind. The mind must be involved. A complete focus on Jesus.

The bible taught us the way to find the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:13
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Hebrew Lebab - which can stand for the Mind) - Again we can see that our mind is a faculty that was intended to be used for seeking God and not for thinking evil.

Finally, you want to know and stay in peace. Again,

Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Conclusion
 
 
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

If the mind is the door to the heart, where do you guard? The Mind of course. So in essence I can restate this, "Guard your mind with all diligence; For out of it is EVERYTHING.

2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Quoting a great man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Ph.d -
"The exciting reality of the mind is that its content and processes can be managed. That is, reorganized and reprogrammed"

The ONLY potent instrument to effectively achieve this is still and remains the Word of God.

Our mind should not be allowed to just wonder. It is not okay. Don't say it's impossible. Just desire it for it is not by power nor might. It must be tamed and trained to focus on the right things (Phillipians 4:8) and to seek God. Spirit of the living God is here to help

This is a tasking but a very worthy and rewarding exercise -

...I am already on my way, please join me.