Janvier 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus tells the parable of the laborers.
He compares the Kingdom of God to the owner of a vineyard, who goes out early in the morning to hire workers.
He agrees to pay them a certain sum for a day's work.
Then he goes out again, three hours later, and hires some more workers. Three hours after that, he hires even more. Finally, at the 11th hour, WHEN THERE'S HARDLY ANY WORK LEFT, he hires more workers.
When evening came, He paid EXACTLY THE SAME WAGES TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED SINCE 6 A.M. TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED FOR ONLY ONE HOUR.
In fact He paid the last workers first, and the first workers [those who'd toiled since 6 a.m.] last.
The first workers then complained that they should have received more than the last workers, since they had WORKED a lot longer AND HARDER.
But the owner of the vineyard told them "hey, didn't I pay you the sum you agreed to work for?What business of yours is it if I WANT TO pay these last guys the same as you guys? It's my money. I can do with it, whatever I want. YOU'RE JUST UPSET BECAUSE I'M GOOD".
[Obviously, I'm paraphrasing what Jesus said].
The first laborers are an allegory for those who try to EARN THEIR WAY into the Kingdom thru WORKS. They THINK they're more "deserving", and "entitled" to "more pay" because they've borne the "burden and heat" of the day.
They THINK keeping the law and the 10 commandments, and going to a building they INCORRECTLY call "church" on Saturday, will get them Salvation and a better place in the Kingdom.
But Jesus unequivocally stated THAT WASN'T THE CASE: Those who hardly did anything, WHO JUST TRUSTED THE OWNER'S WORD, AND HIS UNDESERVED GOODNESS TOWARD THEM, got paid the same, AND GOT THEIR PAY FIRST, which means they ENTERED INTO THE KINGDOM AHEAD OF THE "WORKERS".
Then, the Lord makes the astounding statement "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last: for many are CALLED, but few are CHOSEN".
God didn't call his children to toil and labor for the Kingdom; He called them, and CHOSE THEM, to REST.
The TRUE SABBATH, according to Hebrews 4:10, is CEASING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING JESUS' FINISHED WORK OF SALVATION ON OUR BEHALF. It's resting in Him, and what He did for us.
THAT'S what the Old Testament Sabbath was merely a shadow of [Colossians 2:16,17].
It's NOT what WE DO, it's WHAT HE DID.
ONLY WHAT HE DID will get us into heaven.
Here's Jesus' personal invitation to ALL "workers":
"Come unto me, ALL YOU who LABOR and are HEAVY LADEN, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" [Matthew 11:28].
Are you a "WORKER"?
STOP. Stop working for Salvation and ACCEPT Jesus' invitation of FREE and ETERNAL Salvation to all who RECEIVE Him.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
Jesus is the Pearl of great price (Matthew 13:46).
He compared the Kingdom of heaven to TREASURE hid in a field [Matthew 13:44].
He went on to say that, when a person discovers such treasure, he or she sells all they possess, and buys that field.
In other words the Kingdom of heaven - INSIDE YOU where Jesus lives and is King -- is worth EVERYTHING you've got:
Your heart, your life, your possessions, your money (just don't give it to some lying televangelist), your cars, your home, your career, your relationships, your favorite whatever, your time, your energy, your dedication, your devotion, your FULL and UNDIVIDED attention.
In Matthew 12:35 He explains that such treasure is HIDDEN IN OUR HEARTS.
It's from that treasure that we bring forth [manifest] good things.
It's from the heart that Jesus comes forth and manifests in and thru us.
One way to discover your treasure is to listen to yourself.
"Out of the ABUNDANCE of your heart, your mouth speaks" [Matthew 12:34].
Who, or what, are you constantly speaking of? Who or what is constantly on your lips, to the point you just can't shut up about?
THAT'S your treasure.
Last, but not least, Jesus said that where your treasure is, there will YOUR HEART be also [Matthew 6:21].
Your heart is on your treasure, and your treasure is in your heart: and whoever or whatever's in your heart, will INEVITABLY come out your mouth.
i GOT MY PEARL. I've found my Treasure.
Have you found yours?
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012
Forgiveness is probably the single hardest thing anyone has to do in their spiritual walk.
For Christians, forgiveness is not an option.
God's Word says we are to forgive "70 times 7" (Matthew 18:22).
WHY would we want to hold on to resentment and bitterness, anyway?
Do you know that, when we hold a grudge, we're actually HARMING OURSELVES?
That's right. Think about it: UNFORGIVENESS IS LIKE AN OPEN WOUND THAT IS ALLOWED TO FESTER, UNTIL IT becomes infected, spreads, and THREATENS YOUR VERY LIFE.
It doesn't hurt "the other" person, it HURTS YOU!
Show me an unforgiving person and I'll show you a miserable person.
Likewise, those who harbor resentment in their hearts, and RUN AWAY FROM IT through drugs, alcohol, sex, trying to sweep it under the rug, are simply in denial.
FORGIVENESS is GOOD FOR YOU. It's therapeutic.
Having said all that, FORGIVENESS IS IMPOSSIBLE.
How can any human forgive years of abuse, pain, hurt feelings?
How can we forgive someone who's totally ruined our lives? Someone who's caused us IRREPARABLE harm? A drunk driver who took your loved one's life? An evil terrorist who MURDERED a friend or family member, for BLIND HATRED, just for the sake of killing?
The answer is WE CAN'T.
Forgiveness is SUPERNATURAL.
It never comes from us. It ONLY comes from God.
All He needs is your WILLINGNESS to forgive. If you're WILLING, He's ABLE.
At the cross, Jesus PAID FOR, and FORGAVE ALL OUR SINS.
When we forgive others, we are being like Jesus Himself. In fact, FORGIVENESS is Jesus MANIFESTING His Holy Heart thru us.
We've all heard the saying "to err is human, TO FORGIVE IS DIVINE".
This is one instance when "they" GOT IT RIGHT.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012
"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes: TO THE JEW FIRST, and also to the Greek"
Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days (Hosea 3:5).
Yitzchak Kaduri was a 108-year old Ultra-orthodox Haredi rabbi, kabbalist, and head of a Jerusalem Yeshiva, who died on January 28, 2006.
He was widely admired and regarded as a holy man who dedicated most of his life to studying the torah, praying for Israel, and is said to have learned the Talmud by heart. Around 300,000 people (almost half of Jerusalem's population) attended his funeral and mourned his passing the following day.
Shortly before his death, the rabbi surprised a group of his students by announcing that he had met the Messiah.
He wrote the Messiah's Name in code on a note which he sealed and gave specific instructions that it should be opened exactly ONE YEAR after his death.
A year passed, and when his note was finally opened it contained the cryptic Hebrew phrase:
Yarim Ha'Am Weyokhiakh Shedvaro Wetorato Omdim
The initials form the acronym which spells the name:
Yahuwshua, Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus).
The rabbi's website Kaduri.net confirmed the note was authentic and Kaduri's disciples admitted that it was confusing to them, and that they had no idea how the rabbi had come up with that name.
Lest there be any doubt as to which Yeshua he was talking about, the rabbi also DREW CROSSES all over his study Bible.
For those unfamiliar with Jewish culture, the cross is not only a very unpopular symbol in Israel; Jews don't even use PLUS SIGNS (+) because they "too closely resemble" the hated, pagan cross.
The incident received negligible mention in the Israeli press, but was reported, verified and documented by the news service Israel Today:
You can view a copy of the rabbi's handwritten note, directly below this message.
Kaduri also said that Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon's death.
Sharon is 84 and has been in a coma for 6 years (since January 4, 2006) when he suffered a stroke.
Obviously, we neither formulate doctrine based on Kaduri's teaching, nor believe something will happen just because he said it.
However, his timing seems to be well in line with the Bible's timing for the Second Coming given in Daniel 9:25 and Luke 21:27-32.
When even a hyper-legalistic Haredi rabbi calls Jesus the Messiah and puts his own reputation and memory to future generations on the line by announcing His SOON appearing to Israel, it should give everyone, especially our Jewish brothers, something to think about.
For a short (4-minute) video presentation on THE ELUSIVE MESSIAH, please click on this link: The Elusive Messiah : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH6KbAqUDP4
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012
I'm sick and tired of people writing that some preacher, some friend, some website or some YouTube video SAYS... "whatever".
I'm fed up about them wanting me to go over that person's material - like I sit here DOING NOTHING and have time for such worthless nonsense - then give them MY OPINION, pro or con.
WHO CARES WHAT "THEY" say?
And WHO CARES WHAT I think?
THE ONLY ONE that you should care about WHAT HE SAYS AND THINKS IS JESUS.
It's His Word that matters.
It's His OPINION - NOT ANYONE ELSE'S - we should be concerned about.
It's HIS THOUGHTS that should shape WHAT WE BELIEVE.
"They" don't get to decide who's saved and who isn't.
"I" don't get to decide that, either.
Why do you seek answers from "them"?
Why do you even care what I think?
Only a fool would hang his eternal destiny on my - or someone else's - fallible opinion.
Do you want to know WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT IT?
Do you want to know WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT IT?
Then ask me "WHAT DOES GOD SAY"?
Better yet, FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF.
That's WHY He gave us His written Word, the Bible.
That's WHY Jesus died, rose from the dead, and made A NEW COVENANT sealed in His OWN BLOOD.
You owe it to yourself to find out what JESUS has to say about it.
You must DISCOVER for yourself what His Covenant offers and guarantees.
After all is said and done my opinion doesn't amount to a hill of beans, neither does any other mortal's.
The ONLY THING we should care about, THE ONLY THING that matters is:
What DOES JESUS say?
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
"Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED US in the heavenly realms WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING in Christ"
God says that NO ONE can curse what He has blessed (Numbers 23:20).
He also says that Christ HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE CURSE of the law (Galatians 3:13).
Yet ENTIRE "MINISTRIES" have been built around so-called "generational curses".
And these "ministries" are NOT aimed at the unsaved, but to born-again believers.
Of course, if you want to break your "generational curses" that, supposedly, are keeping you from achieving $ucce$$, you have to BUY the CD or DVD series the "minister" hawks in order to find out how to "get deliverance".
There's NOTHING, NOT A WORD in the entire Bible that mentions such thing.
Those who spread that lie PROMOTE FEAR, which is NOT of God (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
Moreover, they would have you believe that Satan can curse those whom Jesus saved, cleansed THRU HIS BLOOD, sanctified and BLESSED.
They'd have you believe that Satan's curses have more power than God's blessings. Hence that Satan is more powerful than God.
They DISTORT Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; and Deuteronomy 5:9.
In each of those verses God says that He VISITS the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
What IT DOESN'T SAY is that God curses children for the iniquity of their fathers.
Or that if a father does something wrong, it brings a curse that is passed down to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
NO SUCH THING IS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE.
The Hebrew Word poked, means TO VISIT.
In other words, God SEES and is AWARE OF ("visits") the wickedness fathers pass down to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so forth.
He's not talking about cursing anyone. In fact the word "curse" (arar) is not even in the text.
He's referring to the fact that fathers can pass down good things to their children, through instruction and example, but they can also pass down bad things.
Frequently, parents teach their children to sin.
If a son has a hard-drinking, womanizing father who repeatedly told him that, in order to be "a real man" one must act that way, it's quite probable that the son will act in like manner, since he learned it from his father.
It's also quite likely that the son will pass that sinful way of thinking and living down to his son, and so on...
If a little girl had a lying or promiscuous mother who set a bad example for her, it's quite probable that, when she reaches adolescence, she will lie and be a slut just like mom.
That's what it's talking about. Those verses were intended to motivate parents to instruct their children in righteousness and set a good example: Nothing more, nothing less.
These verses DON'T SAY that children are BLAMED FOR the wickedness of their parents or ancestors, either.
Matter of fact, Ezekiel 18:20 says THE VERY OPPOSITE:
"The soul that sins, it shall die. THE SON SHALL NOT BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHER, NEITHER SHALL THE FATHER BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE SON: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him".
Can't say it any clearer than that.
They also distort Matthew 12:43-45:
"When the unclean spirit is gone OUT OF A MAN, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
Then he said, I will return into my house FROM WHERE I CAME OUT; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state OF THAT MAN is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto THIS wicked generation".
They point out that the word for "house" in this passage, oikon, can also figuratively mean "family". That much is true.
What is NOT TRUE is that the evil spirit that guy had will possess other members of his family. It doesn't say that ANYWHERE. THAT is an ABSOLUTE LIE.
The text is quite clear that THE STATE OF THAT MAN (not the members of his family) is worse than before.
What it DOESN'T SAY either is that the evil spirit will be passed down to that man's future generations.
Again, the Greek is painstakingly clear, "so it shall be unto THIS wicked generation", not to FUTURE generations.
In context, Jesus had berated THE GENERATION of His day, first for blaspheming the Holy Spirit by rejecting Him and attributing His works to Beelzebub (Matthew 12:34), secondly for requesting a sign as a "condition" to believe in Him (Matthew 12:39,40), thirdly for their unbelief (Matthew 12:41) and fourthly for rejecting His Word and Wisdom (Matthew 12:42).
Jesus spoke those words ONLY about THIS (His) generation, NOT about future generations.
He spoke those words BEFORE GOING TO CALVARY.
After Calvary, demon possession is quite rare, since Jesus defeated Satan and every evil spirit.
After Calvary, demons can't just come and possess or oppress whoever they want.
One would have to ACTIVELY, PERSISTENTLY and PREMEDITATEDLY SEEK TO BE POSSESSED.
NO BORN-AGAIN child of God can be possessed by Satan or by an evil spirit, PERIOD.
If that were possible, it would mean that the evil spirit is stronger than Jesus (perish the very idea) and that he can kick Jesus out of you and wrest Jesus' possession (you) away from Him.
You want my advice? Give your whole heart and life to Jesus Christ, get FILLED WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, LIVE IN HIM AND FOR HIM, walk in His love, with NO FEAR, and throw those stupid CD's where they belong : IN THE TRASH.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
There isn't ONE person reading this today who hasn't received one or more of those pesky chain letters.
CHAIN LETTERS usually mention "God", "Jesus" or some "saint". Even when they come from Christians, THERE'S NOTHING GODLY ABOUT THEM.
They used to come in the mail, in unmarked envelopes, with no return address. Or, someone would place one inside your mailbox, usually with a penny scotch-taped to it.
Nowadays, we get them mostly in our computer's mailbox, often from someone we know, like a friend or family member.
What to do about chain letters, regardless of how they arrive? Get rid of them!
This includes, by the way, so-called "prayer chains". Some Christian sends you one these, asking you to pray for our troops, or some other worthy cause, then you're supposed to "send it back" to the person who sent it to you, plus 10 other people.
What's so terrible about praying for our troops?
You should pray for them every day, ON YOUR OWN. Not because someone sent you one of those silly, unscriptural letters.
Well, what's so wrong about them? They're ALL based on FEAR. Fear NEVER, EVER comes from God (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear is the opposite of God who is Perfect Love (1 John 4:18).
The most blatant ones, will THREATEN YOU by saying that so-and so broke the chain, and had a terrible accident, or a ladder fell on them, or some other tragedy.
If that were true, I would have died at least 1,000 times.
They invariably stir fear in people's hearts by suggesting that, if you don't keep the chain going, you'll "MISS OUT" ON SOME BLESSING.
ALL blessings come from God.
And God's blessings aren't CONTINGENT ON ANYTHING, let alone some stupid, fear-based chain letter.
Every blessing God gives is BY GRACE (it's totally UNDESERVED).
He BLESSES US because of His unspeakable Goodness.
He DELIGHTS in doing good things for His children because He's AN EXCEEDINGLY GOOD Father.
Chain letters are forms of MANIPULATION.
Manipulation NEVER, EVER comes from God.
Manipulation is a form of WITCHCRAFT.
So, even if the person who sent it is well-intentioned (many Christians do it out of sheer ignorance), it's still wrong, it still puts you in bondage.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is... there's FREEDOM (2 Corinthians 3:17).
If it's any consolation, I have born-again family members who constantly bombard me with these.
I haven't answered a single one, nor will I.
God gave us free will. I pray for whomever I want, whenever I want, or when the Spirit moves me. I don't need someone else to tell me who or what to pray for... or when, and neither do you.
Any prayer that isn't Spirit-generated is nothing but EMPTY WORDS, AND WON'T DO ANYBODY ANY GOOD.
Chain letters and prayer chains are FEAR-FILLED MANIPULATION at worst, and religious superstition, at best.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
Jesus lived, died, spilled His Holy Blood to cleanse us of sin, and rose from the dead.
Because of what He did, everyone who receives Him as Lord and God, is saved. That is the basic Gospel (John 1:12).
However, there's a part of the Gospel that doesn't get the attention it deserves: After Jesus rose from the dead HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.
He ascended to the Father, from Whom He came (Acts 1:11).
Why's that important to us? Because if we are in Him, we died with Him, rose with Him, and we will ALSO ASCEND TO THE FATHER IN HIM.
We came from the Father too, you know.
He chose you and predestined you in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
For whom He foreknew, He also did predestinate to be CONFORMED to the Image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
Those who've come from God, will ASCEND to God, just as Jesus did. And, not just spiritually, but in a new, glorified tangible body as well.
From our perspective that ascension hasn't taken place yet. From God's perspective, it's a done deal. From His perspective, we've already ASCENDED to Him.
So, get ready, and start even now, to go higher and higher into Jesus.
He is not called "THE MOST HIGH God" for nothing.
He said if He be LIFTED UP from the earth, He will draw ALL MEN unto Him (John 12:32).
THAT is the Church's destiny. THAT'S YOUR destiny in Christ.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
REASONS TO HATE US
The vast majority who follow this ministry LOVE US.
Every single day -- Jesus be praised -- we hear from people who come to know Jesus through this ministry, from those who've forsaken cults and come to TRUE FAITH IN Christ because their eyes were opened when they learned and SAW the Truth, from those already born-again who have learned, grown, been edified and strengthened in their faith, and even from unbelievers who say that at least we "make them think".
We also answer many questions, work in tandem with ministries overseas, send out free materials, and minister to many people who are undergoing trials and need spiritual and emotional counsel and support.
Even the unsaved appreciate our clear, straight talk, with (as someone put it recently) "no religious baloney".
However, there is also a small group of so-called "Christians" who TOTALLY HATE US.
And by "hate" I don't mean casual dislike. I mean INTENSE, VICIOUS, vitriolic, UNDILUTED hatred.
They, in fact, are TOTALLY OBSESSED WITH this ministry.
Actually, these clowns AREN'T Christians AT ALL. They only PRETEND to be.
They only have STALE, DEAD RELIGION, but lack a personal, intimate relationship with the Savior.
They are wolves in sheep's clothing.
They are petty, jealous, small-minded, malicious, IGNORANT puppets of Satan.
These hypocrites keep saying we should "take the website down" -- as if I'm about to forsake my Christ ordained ministry and listen to some devil-possessed nitwit -- BUT THEY CAN'T TEAR THEMSELVES FROM IT!!!
They keep saying "HOW EVIL" we are, and how much we "harm the cause of Christ" -- as if they cared at all, or even KNEW - WHAT "the cause of Christ" is -- but they read this message DAILY, and scrutinize our website TO DEATH looking for some tiny detail they can nitpick.
They're as sincere as mourners at the Kim Jong-Il funeral : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSWN6Qj98Iw
They are RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES, modern Pharisees, twice dead and plucked up by the roots, who DON'T KNOW JESUS and are LOST.
The simple solution for these morons -- who couldn't present a biblical argument about ANYTHING, and whose collective I.Q. is around 58 -- is to SIMPLY STOP VISITING AND READING OUR WEBSITE.
You don't like the content? Go elsewhere! PLEASE.
There are MILLIONS -- if not billions - of religious websites, blogs and YouTube channels that will say ANYTHING YOU WANT TO HEAR supposedly "in the Name of Jesus".
Go find something you like, and LEAVE US ALONE.
NO COMPUTER, IPhone, IPad -- or any other gadget in the world -- brings ANYONE automatically to christconnection.net
Unless you've made us your "home page" ON PURPOSE, NO GADGET brings ANYONE automatically to "Word 4 Today".
People HAVE TO either ENTER our internet address into their browser, or search for it, and click on the corresponding links, in order to reach us.
AND NO ONE IN HEAVEN, HELL, OR EARTH FORCES THEM TO.
But these puppets of Satan CANNOT leave us alone.
Apparently, their puppeteer master is too upset about what we teach and won't allow his slaving marionettes to pursue anything constructive, only to FALSELY ACCUSE and hurl insults.
Come to think of it, if I were Satan, I'd hate this ministry, too.
He hates us because we teach the CLEAR, UNAMBIGUOUS, Bible-based Gospel of the Grace of God and that Salvation is through Jesus Christ ALONE.
He hates us because we CONSTANTLY DEBUNK cults who teach a false "gospel" of salvation through works.
He hates us because we've UNMASKED his Antichrist in front of (potentially) the entire world BEFORE he brings him up from the pit.
He hates us because we've THOROUGHLY DEBUNKED the many lies that confused Christians spread about salvation and prophecy.
He hates us because we've PROVEN, from the Bible, the pre-tribulation Rapture (Myth #43)- and it's AIRTIGHT.
He hates us because we've PROVEN, from the Bible and from recent history, the VERY YEAR of Jesus' Second Coming, at which time the Antichrist goes into the lake of fire and SATAN GOES TO HELL FOR 1,000 YEARS.
Personally, I can't wait for him to be shut up in the bottomless pit.
Hence, Satan KNOWS -- and, to Jesus be ALL THE GLORY, he LEARNED IT HERE - that "his time is short" (less than 5 years, actually).
Best of all, we've done ALL OF THE ABOVE FREE OF CHARGE: NEVER TAKING a dime FROM ANYONE.
Never asking for donations; never making merchandise of the Gospel, or SELLING ANYTHING;
Never bothering our readers or correspondents IN ANY WAY, so that NO ONE can say we do what we do for "ulterior motives".
If you were Satan, WOULDN'T YOU HATE US, TOO ?
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012
I've often said that Christians in America have it TOO EASY.
We have TOTAL FREEDOM to hear the Word and preach the gospel.
We live in a system where they even give tax exemptions for PRETENDING to do the latter.
We have churches in every community, and usually several to choose from.
We can walk into a number of bookstores and get AS MANY BIBLES AS WE WANT.
If Church history teaches us anything it's that LACK OF PERSECUTION breeds COMPLACENCY.
Complacency, in turn, breeds spiritual weaklings.
Weaklings are swept about by EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, usually by FALSE doctrine.
Weaklings have no spiritual mooring and are like the waves of the sea, tossed to and fro.
They are not grounded. They don't really know WHAT they believe.
They are religious, though. They have A FORM OF godliness, but not only deny the power thereof, THEY CAN'T EVEN STAND FOR Jesus and His Word.
Hence, they FALL FOR ANYTHING.
And I do mean ANYTHING.
I wish I could share some of the emails we receive from supposed believers so you could see HOW QUICKLY, EASILY AND EXCITEDLY they embrace some strange, ungodly doctrine they found on the internet, just because "they'd never heard it before".
Eventually the novelty wears off, and they seek some new religious invention to satisfy their whims.
... Ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of The Truth...
Too much freedom and leisure - such as we've enjoyed -- breed boredom.
...Which, in turn, causes people to seek "entertainment".
And Satan -- who knows an opening when he sees one -- will provide ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT YOU WANT AND SEEK, even in the form of "Christian" programming, blogs, websites and videos.
I often wonder, would you be seeking (let alone watching) that video or reading that website if you lived in China or North Korea?
Would you waste your time in such worthless pursuits if you had to HIDE your faith in some place like Iran, because you can get thrown in jail, be tortured, and even killed for it?
Would you be seeking some fantastic religious thrill knowing if you were found out, you could be declared insane and thrown into some squalid asylum to rot for the rest of your life?
Would you neglect studying your Bible if you could only read it in secret and the only way you could get one was to have it smuggled?
Would you be so easily swayed if there were no houses of worship anywhere near?
I guarantee that Christians whose lives are in peril because of their faith, DO NOT HAVE TIME or even DESIRE to seek some new, ungodly, boredom-killing religious thrill.
I guarantee, they regard the Word of God as SUPREMELY PRECIOUS, which He REALLY IS.
I guarantee they HOLD ON TO Jesus and to THEIR FAITH as their MOST VALUABLE possessions, and are not easily confused, shaken or moved by every contrived religious fantasy that comes along.
They KNOW what they believe.
They STAND for something.
More importantly, they STAND for Someone.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
THE WAR OF PSALM 83
From time to time we receive inquiries about the conflict between certain Arab nations and Israel mentioned in this Psalm.
There are so-called prophetic ministries that place this conflict in our future.
Most try to equate it with the war of Gog and Magog, mentioned in the 38 and 39th chapters of Ezekiel.
I can CATEGORICALLY state that these are TWO VERY DIFFERENT WARS.
For one thing, Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal and Persia - all major players in Ezekiel's war - ARE NOWHERE MENTIONED in that Psalm.
For another thing, the war of Gog and Magog takes place, as Scripture CLEARLY indicates, AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM, which is to say, about 1,005 years FROM NOW (Revelation 20:7-9).
NO WAY can they be the same.
Conversely, others claim this war took place during Israel's War of Independence in 1948, and still others that it was fulfilled in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Actually, the fulfillment of this war took place in ancient times, since it mentions TWO DISTINCT PEOPLE (Amalek and the Phillistines) who NO LONGER EXIST.
It happened around the time of the Assyrian empire, during which Israel was attacked by all the groups mentioned there and which, indeed, produced the intended outcome, as Psalm 83:4 says, of Israel no longer being a nation.
It culminated in the 10 northern tribes being taken into captivity in 721 B.C.
Although God hasn't lost track of them and knows exactly who they are and where they are, their whereabouts, for the most part, are unknown to us to this very day.
Hence, most people still refer to them -- 2,700 years later -- as "the 10 LOST tribes".
Prophecies can have MORE THAN ONE fulfillment (Ecclesiastes 1:9). On the other hand, NOT ALL prophecies do. Some are fulfilled only ONCE.
If it were to have additional fulfillment at the time of the end (UNDERLINE "IF"), IT WOULD HAVE TO BE what's described in Zechariah chapter 12:1-7 and 14:1-4 since it's the only "end time" passage where the nations mentioned in that Psalm, or their modern equivalent, would fit.
That should happen around the time when Antichrist rises to power.
Daniel 12:7 specifies that his reign will begin when he finally crushes the power of the holy people, meaning, in context, when he crushes Israel's power.
Well, don't you think it describes what happened in 1948 or in 1967? No.
That's not even worth arguing about, and I respect those who may differ, but Egypt played A MAJOR role in both the War of Independence and in the Six-Day War, yet it (Mizraim) is NOT EVEN MENTIONED in this particular Psalm.
While I remain open to the possibility of more than one fulfillment, for the reasons given above I'm not a big fan of the "Psalm 83 is yet to be fulfilled" theory.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
"I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, CAN'T YOU CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE"?
Line spoken by Tevye the Milkman, from Fiddler on the Roof
To say that Israel's history is fraught with pain and hardship would be a gross understatement:
Enslaved, deported, mistreated, ostracized, persecuted, discriminated, stripped of national identity, HATED and almost annihilated.
Yet, somehow, by the SHEER Grace of God, by Divine Design, managing to emerge better and stronger...
Ever since Esau and Jacob fought inside their mother's womb, and later over their birthright, Jacob (Israel) has been loathed by its Arab brothers and cousins:
Exiled at least three times, SOLD into slavery three times, and serving as slaves at least four, having their infants slaughtered by evil tyrants at least twice, subjected for millennia to the scourge of religion-fueled anti-Semitism, enduring the unspeakable horrors of the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Holocaust.
Being wiped off the map as a nation for over 2,000 years, yet, SOMEHOW, reasserting its national identity on May 14, 1948.
Evicted and banned from beloved Jerusalem, only to recover it on June 7, 1967 and making it their capital.
A TINY nation surrounded by Arabs who hate them, yet somehow able to survive.
Existing under the ever-present threat of terrorism, of radical regimes obsessed with its destruction, having rockets fired daily from the north and south, yet being pressured by the West (primarily the United States) to give away even more of its God bequeathed land.
My heart breaks for all the evil and injustice our precious Israelite brothers and sisters have had to endure.
I wish I could make it all JUST GO AWAY.
I wish they'd never have to face any more military challenges, or that their very survival would be at stake.
But I can't.
In human terms, and in EVERY way imaginable, IT COSTS A LOT to be God's chosen.
There's Good and BAD news concerning our Jewish brethren.
The Good News is that in the NEAR future (just a few years from now) IT WILL all go away.
Israel will be established FOREVER, the 12 tribes relocated to their ancient territories, David will once again be their King, and they will (at long last!) enjoy lasting peace under the rulership of Messiah.
The bad news is their toughest challenge still lies ahead.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
IS JESUS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU ?
Oh, come on! You must have that backwards! You mean "AM I good enough for Jesus?"
Nope. I mean EXACTLY what the title says: IS JESUS GOOD ENOUGH for you?
He already told us that, through His Blood, you're "good enough" for Him.
He said that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
He said that WHOEVER comes to Him, He will IN NO WAY cast out or reject (John 6:37).
But there are MILLIONS of people the world over for whom Jesus ISN'T good enough.
And 95% of them are RELIGIOUS!!!
For instance, Jesus WASN'T "good enough" for the Pharisees of His day.
They had PERFECTION Personified in front of them, yet ALL THEY COULD DO was criticize.
They neither saved anyone, nor were themselves saved, yet constantly attacked THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD SAVE THEM.
Likewise, Jesus ISN'T good enough for today's Pharisees. And - believe me - they abound as much today as they did back then.
Jesus ISN'T good enough for Muslims, since they DO NOT believe He is God, nor do they believe they can be saved through Him.
Likewise, Jesus ISN'T good enough for Buddhists who believe He was a gifted teacher but that we must achieve multiple reincarnations and, finally, totally lose our sense of self in order to reach a placid state of being.
Jesus ISN'T good enough for Hindus who believe in multiple demons they call "gods", all of which must be regularly appeased. Hence, they have NO REST and can NEVER TRUST.
Jesus ISN'T good enough for those who practice the religion of Atheism (which really is Agnosticism). They'd rather take pride in "intellectual" doubt, than REST in KNOWING.
Unfortunately, Jesus ISN'T good enough for many Jews who, for the most part, still reject Him.
Jesus ISN'T even "good enough" for SOME (thank God, NOT ALL) Messianic Jews, who pontificate that being born of His Spirit, and HAVING JESUS IN ONE'S HEART ISN'T good enough and that, in fact, it's MEANINGLESS WITHOUT keeping the torah.
But saddest of all, there are MILLIONS who call themselves "Christian" for whom Jesus ISN'T good enough.
If He WERE good enough, THEY WOULDN'T NEED ANYTHING ELSE in order to be saved.
If He WERE good enough, then THEY WOULD TRUST that His Blood and His COMPLETE Work of Redemption DID THE JOB, ONCE AND FOR ALL, and ACCOMPLISHED our Salvation for ALL ETERNITY.
If He WERE good enough, then they wouldn't TRUST 10 commandment keeping, torah keeping, kosher eating, observing the weekly Sabbath, or belonging to their stupid denomination, or some combination thereof, for Salvation.
If He WERE good enough, they WOULDN'T ADD ANYTHING to His PERFECT, FINISHED Atonement.
Hey, Kristian... Stop running.
Stop hiding behind your dead religion and pious facade and FACE FACTS:
Is Jesus, MY Jesus, the Jesus who is God Incarnate, the Jesus who bled and died for your sins, the Jesus who rose bodily from the dead, the Jesus that ascended to heaven, the Jesus that's about to return... is HE "good enough" for you?
Is He "good enough" to LIVE IN YOUR HEART?
Is He "good enough" to SAVE YOU?
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2016
I was recently contacted by a heretic who accused me of teaching Calvinism. My reply was that, while I'm quite familiar with Calvinist doctrine and have no major problems with it, I believe and formulate doctrine STRICTLY BY the Word of God.
We exchanged several messages back and forth. Eventually, he replied that while I may not be Calvinist "the seeds (of Calvinism) were there" because I teach eternal security.
Having dealt with many heretics during my years in ministry, I knew EXACTLY where this heretic was coming from and, basically, gave him just enough rope to hang himself.
I don't know how the Holy Spirit manifests in others in cases like this, but the way He manifests in me is like A SPIRITUAL VOLCANO RISING and erupting from my gut and spewing lava and ashes to COMPLETELY EXTERMINATE the arrogance of LIARS.
Lest I sound too sanctimonious, I also experience regular, carnal, human anger, and SOMETIMES BOTH.
I knew, FROM THE VERY FIRST email,that his REAL problem with my teaching was ETERNAL SECURITY.
I knew all along that this individual was adherent to, and brainwashed by, a heretical sect that teaches salvation is dependent on works of obedience and that, once received, Salvation (i.e., Jesus) can be lost.
That's when the Spirit rose within me in the above described manner.
I pointed out that if we can LOSE the Presence OF Jesus IN US (Salvation), the implication is that Jesus IS UNABLE TO safeguard His possession and can be KICKED OUT by the very sin He conquered (Romans 8:1-4).
Secondly, I pointed out that by teaching Salvation can be lost, he was DEBASING Jesus and His Work of atonement, making them INSUFFICIENT.
And thirdly, I pointed out that THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO eternal security is ETERNAL INSECURITY.
Think about it: Salvation is A DONE DEAL (Hebrews 10:14).
Jesus has ALREADY DONE EVERYTHING He's going to do to save us (John 19:30; Revelation 13:8).
In God's realm OF ETERNITY, Salvation has ALREADY, ONCE AND FOR ALL, been taken care of.
If we CANNOT rest in His PERFECT Work of Redemption, totally trusting His provision of ETERNAL Salvation, the ONLY OTHER possible scenario is that WE CANNOT BE SURE OF SALVATION NOW, OR EVER...
Which means that THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE to ETERNAL security, is ETERNAL INSECURITY.
The ONLY alternative, therefore, is AN ETERNITY filled with doubt and FEAR of LOSING Him, who IS Salvation.
Since fear brings TORMENT (1 John 4:18), that would mean AN ETERNITY IN TORMENT.
That, in turn, makes the Christian concept of heaven as a place of ETERNAL joy and bliss where we forever enjoy the Presence of Jesus, NULL AND VOID.
The lines of communication are STILL OPEN.
Glory to Jesus, that was THREE WEEKS AGO.
I haven't heard from the heretic since.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
ETERNITY IS NOW
When most people think of eternity they think of some "time" way off in the DISTANT future. You know, some day in the "bye and bye".
That's how religion has conditioned our minds to think.
However, NOTHING could be further from the Truth.
In fact, it's THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
It's "time" that depends on THE FALSE NOTION OF the "future".
Eternity is ALWAYS PRESENT.
ETERNITY IS RIGHT NOW.
When Jesus promised that "whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have ETERNAL life", He meant in the HERE AND NOW.
Eternal life is not "then" but NOW.
How can that be, some of you may wonder, when I'm still mortal?
Actually, your physical body is the only mortal part of you because it's an illusion. The REAL you is IMMORTAL at this very moment (2 Corinthians 5:1-4).
If your physical body were to drop dead this very second, you'd be instantly in the Presence of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8), and there's NO DEATH in His Presence because He is THE LIFE (John 14:6).
Furthermore, even that momentarily mortal body of yours will be either raised from the dead or transformed into immortal at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
The false notion of "future" is experienced by beings that are trapped in the fallen realm of SOUND.
But ETERNITY is the realm of light where there's no time and no death OF ANY KIND.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
Do you like lots of salt in your food? I do. I remember, since about age 5, my parents telling me not to use so much salt.
I also remember a family get-together where my uncle got so upset, because of my persistent habit, that he threw the salt shaker out into the yard...
Eventually, he got saved, and is now with the Lord, since I led him to Christ many years later. He didn't know it then, but I was ministering "salt" to him.
Despite what you may have heard from friends, family members or doctors, salt is good. Unless you suffer from some serious health condition like high blood pressure, or kidney disease, there's nothing wrong with salt.
You heard it: Salt IS GOOD. Jesus Himself said it's good [Mark 9:50].
Salt was always used in sacrifices offered under the Old Testament [Leviticus 2:13].
Not only does it make food taste better, salt has both curative and preservative properties.
In ancient times, when there were no fridges, how did people preserve their food? You guessed it. They salted it.
Even in modern times, with all the technology at our disposal, certain foods, like ham, are cured with salt.
A big lump of salt has sometimes been applied to open wounds to both stop the bleeding, and prevent infection.
The eternal covenant God made with David and His Royal Family [us] is called in the Bible "a covenant of salt", thereby indicating it's preserved forever [2 Chronicles 13:5].
Jesus said believers are the salt of the earth [Matthew 5:13]. We, His Church, are SUPPOSED TO BE SALT.
We're supposed to be the spiritual agent that keeps this rotten world from rotting completely.
Problem is, instead of getting our salt into the world's cupboards, we've kept the salt to ourselves.
We've restricted our salt to our segregated groups, within the four walls of our brick buildings, or state of the art production facilities.
No wonder our culture is rotten to the core. No wonder Christian values are being trampled.
We've stopped being salty. We've mixed our salt with worldly additives, and compromised His Message beyond recognition.
Our salt has lost its flavor.
Jesus said when that happens it's good for nothing. All it's good for is for being thrown out and trampled.
People are going to hell every day, in part, because our lack of saltiness.
We need a whole bunch of SALTY Christians, bold enough to stand for Jesus and His Gospel, and to boldly share it with others.
For the most part, today's Church isn't worth its salt, and it shows.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012
I'LL GET SAVED TOMORROW
It's always baffling to hear HOW MANY EXCUSES people come up with TO POSTPONE Salvation:
"I'll receive Jesus ONE OF THESE DAYS"
"I'll receive Him next time I go to church"
"I'll receive Him next time I hear the Gospel preached"
"I'll receive Him when I turn ____" (a certain age).
(How do you know that you'll even REACH that age?)
"I'll receive Him when I'm old, after I've lived MY life".
"I'll receive Him when I'm good and ready".
"I'll receive Him when I see THE SIGNS of His impending appearance".
(How do you know you'll even HAVE TIME to react)?
"I'll receive Him when the Rapture's about to happen".
(You may be asleep when the Rapture happens... Luke 17:34).
"I'll receive Him when I'm on my deathbed".
Really? How do you know, you won't die suddenly?
How do you know your heart won't have HARDENED by then?
If you KNEW Jesus, if you realized how utterly lovely and wonderful He is, you wouldn't wait ANOTHER SECOND.
"Well, that all sounds good, but I have to think about it"...
WHAT, exactly, is there to "think about"???
WHAT is it you're not "sure" of?
That you're a sinner?
That you're lost?
That you need Salvation?
That being a sinner, you have A BIG PROBLEM and you're helpless to do anything about it?
That UNLESS JESUS took care of the SIN PROBLEM for you, and you receive Him, you're going to hell?
Geez, you'd think you were getting saved FOR SOMEONE ELSE!!!
You're NOT getting saved for anyone else, Dodo...
You're NOT doing someone else "A FAVOR" by getting saved!
You're not doing it for mom, pop, grandma, grandpa, the pastor, your boyfriend, your girlfriend or me.
And you're certainly NOT doing Jesus ANY FAVORS!!!
YOU'RE DOING IT FOR YOURSELF!!!
You're the ONE AND ONLY beneficiary.
It's your ETERNAL DESTINY that's hanging on the balance.
It's YOUR BEHIND (not mine, or anyone else's) we're talking about.
"O.K. I'll receive Him TOMORROW".
WHO KNOWS where YOU'LL be "tomorrow"?
WHO KNOWS if you'll still be in this world?
THERE'S NO SUCH THING as "getting saved tomorrow".
It's NEVER tomorrow.
By the time "tomorrow" arrives, IT'S TODAY!!!
TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!!!
The time to get saved is NOW.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
Did you know that some people have Word allergies?
They're allergic to the Word of God.
That, in turn, explains THEIR REACTION, when confronted with it.
They're allergic to Word 4 Today, and to this ministry, since it teaches the Word of God.
Sinners aren't allergic.
Saints aren't allergic.
ALL who favor man-invented RELIGION, and man-invented fables, OVER God's Word are allergic:
Those who quench the Spirit are allergic to 1st Corinthians.
Post tribulationists are allergic to 1 Thessalonians.
Hate mongers are allergic to 1 John.
Sabbath worshippers are allergic to Colossians.
Puritanicals are allergic to Song of Solomon.
Those with praise allergies, get hives when they read Psalms.
Those allergic to literary beauty, faint if they read Habakkuk.
Those stuck in the Old Testament are allergic to Hebrews.
Atheists and Agnostics (they have religion, too) are allergic to Daniel.
Greedy bastards are allergic to 1 and 2 Timothy.
"ALL ROADS" lead to heaven LIARS, are allergic to Acts.
Armstrongnists are allergic to Romans.
Campbellists are allergic to Ephesians.
All legalists are allergic to Galatians.
So-called Church of Christ is allergic to Luke.
Jehovah's Witnesses are allergic to John.
Christian Science is allergic to the Gospels.
Mormons are allergic to the whole Bible.
Last, but not least, their father Satan is allergic to Revelation.
The devil SWEATS BULLETS every time someone reads, or QUOTES, the "end of the Book".
Because it tells of his defeat and ETERNAL DOOM (Revelation 20:8-10).
That's right... We KNOW how it all ends.
Jesus wins, Satan loses.
Those who side with THE WINNER win, those who side with THE LOSER lose.
There's ONLY ONE REMEDY for Word allergies and that's A HEAVY DOSE OF Jesus.
The only remedy is for Jesus to INJECT His Holy Spirit into their hearts.
Those who have Him, are immune to word allergies.
Those who refuse Him, will get a bad rash on their tuchus.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012
WARS AND NOAH
On the one hand we have Jesus' statement in Matthew 24:4-8 that says the end of the age would be marked, among other things, by "wars and rumors of wars" and by "nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom".
On the other hand, later in that same chapter (Matthew 24:37-39), we have this statement:
"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man".
How do we equate these two seemingly disparate statements?
HOW can we have, on the one hand, wars and rumors of wars and multi-national upheavals and, at the same time, have people just go on about their daily lives oblivious as to what's about to take place?
When THE SECOND large earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2011, heaping even more havoc and destruction, I was struck by the news that one couple, who had planned their wedding right around that catastrophic date, DECIDED TO GO AHEAD ANYWAY and get married.
The bride put on her wedding dress and they went ahead and got married in the midst of the surrounding chaos and rubble.
Granted this was ONE isolated incident, but it drove home the words of Jesus about the "days of Noah".
This is a VERY LARGE world we live in. And, while we have been hearing of wars and rumors of war for more than a decade, and while for the past two years we've seen multiple revolutions and national strife, people who are not directly affected by these events ARE going on about their daily business and most seem rather unfazed by them.
I think television and movies have, to a large extent, desensitized us to many of these tragedies. After all, the violence, destruction and bloodshed presented on the screen look so real...
When the real stuff happens, it's hard to tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
We have both these things going on simultaneously.
What at first glance appears to be a contradiction, upon closer examination, matches perfectly what our Lord predicted.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012
THE SPOKEN WORD
"...the Word was God...Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:1-3).
"... the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of visible things" (Hebrews 11:3).
The problem with much of the false teaching that pollutes the air waves and cyberspace is PART of it is true.
It's the PART that's UNTRUE that does the damage.
Legalists teach that God's law is good. They're right. The part they DON'T teach is that Jesus (God) ALREADY FULFILLED HIS OWN LAW on our behalf, since NONE OF US could keep it (Matthew 5:17, Romans 8:4).
Likewise, so-called faith teachers teach PARTIAL truth.
Jesus meant what He said and said what He meant in Mark 11:22.
Problem is, they turn right around and POLLUTE His teaching BY ADDING that, in order for your confession of faith to "work", and for God to grant you what you want and confessed, YOU HAVE TO TITHE 10% of your income PLUS GIVE TO THEIR unscrupulous, greedy "ministries".
That's a flat-out, UNGODLY, UNSCRIPTURAL LIE.
You can examine that Scripture forward, backward and sideways, and you won't find A SINGLE WORD about "tithing" or about "giving" to ANYONE.
The only "conditions" given by Jesus are:
1) Having the faith OF God (God's OWN faith).
2) Not doubting in your heart
3) Believing that those things which you say SHALL come to pass.
The ONLY WAY to meet those conditions, IS to have God's OWN faith.
We see God's faith in operation in Genesis 1:2: He SPOKE (the Word) and "it" (He) WAS!!!
Since Jesus is God (the Word) incarnate, we see it again and again in His ministry when He COMMANDS the storm "peace, be still", or when He "tells the dead girl "little girl, arise", or when He says to Lazarus "come forth!"
Since it is the faith OF God, such faith can ONLY be obtained FROM GOD.
It CANNOT BE conjured up.
It DOES NOT COME from listening to "faith CD's".
It's NEVER dependent on WORLDLY (yes, I said "WORLDLY") CONDITIONS like "tithing" or "giving in order to get".
Such faith IS FOUND ONLY in God's Spirit.
UNLESS the Spirit of God MOVES and PROVIDES such faith, all our confession is nothing but VAIN REPETITION.
When, on the other hand, His Holy Spirit DOES MOVE in us and does GENERATE such faith in us, what will come out of our lips is His Word and it SHALL COME TO PASS.
It's INEVITABLE. He/it will NOT return void (Isaiah 55:11).
The Holy Spirit will manifest His Fruit in ANY believer who pays attention to Him. He is supremely wise and KNOWS TO WHAT EXTENT such Fruit can manifest. He knows WHO CAN HANDLE IT and WHO CAN'T.
If the "confession" CONTRADICTS the Word of God in ANY way, shape or form, IT DOES NOT COME FROM the Spirit of God.
If the spoken command DOESN'T come from the Spirit, confessing you have a million dollars is a waste of energy, and will probably make you poorer.
Confessing that someone is in love with you, or that they leave their spouse to be with you, DOES NOT COME FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD and is carnal and childish at best, and manipulative witchcraft at worst.
If the command is Spirit generated, then the confession is not a hopeful petition, but rather A STATEMENT OF PRESENT REALITY.
The spoken word will manifest WHAT ALREADY IS in the Eternal Present.
The Spirit of God will only MANIFEST Truth (the Word of God).
The Spirit WILL NEVER manifest LIES.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012
"NAME IT AND CLAIM IT"
Mark 11:22 is the Bible verse that launched a thousand "ministries".
I say "ministries" in quotation marks, because ministry is ALL about serving, not about being served.
In this verse, Jesus says: "Have the faith of God. Because truly I say unto you, whosoever will say to this mountain be removed and cast into the sea, and will not doubt in his heart, but will believe that those things which he says will come to pass, he will have whatsoever he says".
Those in the so-called "Word of faith" movement claim this verse means that ANYTHING YOU WANT will become reality in your life if you speak it often enough.
Of course, you have to speak it in faith which, they also claim, CAN BE INCREASED ON PURPOSE because it comes "from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" [Romans 10:17].
Since faith only comes from hearing God's Word, presumably preached by these "ministers", you should BUY as many of the preacher's books, tapes, cd's or dvd's as you can afford, since listening to them will increase your faith, thereby making your confession "work".
Oh, and there's one more catch: No matter how many of their CD's you listen to, your faith won't work, and your confession won't materialize UNLESS - in addition to BUYING all the books, tapes, CD's and DVD's -- you TITHE 10% of your income AND give generously to one of these ministries which claim to be "good ground".
THIS FALSE "WORD OF FAITH" TEACHING HAS RUINED THE LIVES AND FAITH OF THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS, OF CHRISTIANS.
IT HAS BROUGHT THEM DISGRACE, HEARTACHE AND DISENCHANTMENT. IT HAS DECREASED, OR ALTOGETHER NEGATED THEIR FAITH, INSTEAD OF INCREASING IT.
Predictably, THE ONLY ONES WHO'VE BENEFITED FROM THIS FALSE TEACHING ARE THE "TEACHERS" THEMSELVES.
THEY ALL BOAST OF BEING "FAITH GIANTS" BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MANSIONS, FLY AROUND IN PRIVATE JETS, AND DRIVE LUXURIOUS AUTOMOBILES... ALL COURTESY OF YOUR MANIPULATED GENEROSITY (IF YOU WERE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO FALL FOR THEIR SCAM) thank you very much...
Six of these so-called ministries were recently the object of a Senate investigation which ended up leading nowhere, since the ministers refused to cooperate.
What these charlatans do is exploit the lack of knowledge about God's Word that, sad to say, is prevalent in the Church.
Because the Church at large is so ignorant about what God's Word REALLY SAYS, they can isolate certain Bible verses and "spin" them to their advantage.
"Well, don't you believe that faith comes by hearing God's Word?" Saving faith, yes. Faith that'll move mountains, no.
This verse is talking about saving faith which DOES COME by hearing God's Word. THAT'S WHY the Gospel must be preached.
The entire passage is ALL about the preaching of the Gospel (Romans 10:14-18).
Mountain-moving faith, which can only be experienced AFTER WE'RE SAVED is a FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (Galatians 5:22). It only comes from the Spirit of God. It's found only in God's Divine Nature, within your spirit, after you're saved.
Mark 11:22 clearly states that two of the prerequisites for "speaking to the mountain" are a] having God's faith, and b] not doubting in your heart.
Mark 11:22 begins by saying "have the faith of God". IT'S THE FAITH OF GOD, AND ONLY THE VERY FAITH OF GOD, THAT WILL MAKE A COMMAND HAPPEN.
God's faith has no doubt whatsoever. That's why it materializes.
The only way to get GOD'S FAITH is DIRECTLY from God Himself. From HIS SPIRIT.
If you get nothing else from today's message, please get this:
You can spend your entire income and savings on "faith tapes".
You can listen to so-called "faith tapes" until your ears pop.
You can "confess" something you want until your face turns blue.
You can "speak to your mountain" until your tongue gets numb.
If the source of your command or confession ISN'T the Spirit of God, inside your stomach, it ain't happening!
I don't care how many cd's you listen to. I don't care if you hear them 24/7. YOUR NATURAL, CARNAL MIND WILL NEVER PRODUCE SUCH FAITH. IN FACT, IT WILL SHORT-CIRCUIT YOUR FAITH EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Creative faith, faith that truly CHANGES CIRCUMSTANCES AND makes things happen, doesn't come from hearing, it comes from GOD'S SPIRIT.
IF IT ISN'T GOD'S OWN FAITH, IF IT'S NOT HOLY SPIRIT GENERATED, YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME, AND THE ONLY THING YOU CAN COUNT ON "GETTING" IS DISILLUSIONED.
MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
"...worshipers once purged should have had NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SINS" (Hebrews 10:2).
"...we are SANCTIFIED (made holy) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL" (Hebrews 10:10).
GUILT is a very negative emotion.
GUILT is a form of FEAR.
GUILT invites "punishment".
GUILT is sin (Romans 14:23).
Jesus has washed away ALL our sins (past, present and future), praise His Name! He's made us holy ONCE AND FOR ALL!
So, instead of focusing on our human shortcomings, we should focus ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE IMPARTED TO US when we received Him into our hearts and trusted Him to save us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Righteousness INVITES blessings.
But, you may be wondering, what about when I sin? (And we ALL do at some point, right?)
Shouldn't we feel guilt over that?
Jesus paid for that sin BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8).
It's already TOTALLY paid for!
Remember, He didn't FIND OUT ABOUT that sin when you committed it.
He KNEW ABOUT IT before He even CREATED YOU.
However -- human nature being what it is -- IF you feel guilty, CONFESS THE SIN, receive forgiveness, and MOVE ON!
I cannot overemphasize the importance of RIDDING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS OF SIN AND GUILT.
When you feel guilty it's because that guilt is buried somewhere in your subconscious mind.
And THAT'S THE BIGGEST ENEMY we have.
Satan's been TOTALLY defeated by our Lord.
But the seeds of fear, guilt, doubt and other garbage he planted in the subconscious human mind at the fall can still assert themselves, if we let them.
Why? Because our minds have not been regenerated (born again) YET.
Only our spirit's been re-born.
THOUGHTS ARE THINGS.
The stuff buried deep in our subconscious IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE EVIL MANIFESTED IN THIS SIN LADEN WORLD.
As a man THINKS... so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
We need to TRUST that Jesus' FULL PAYMENT for all our sins (past, present and future) IS MORE THAN ENOUGH to CLEANSE US and REMOVE ALL GUILT CONSCIOUSNESS.
We need to REJECT GUILT and WELCOME HIS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS.
We need to BE CONSCIOUS OF HOW PERFECTLY RIGHTEOUS He has made us by His precious Blood.
Jesus is more than capable of handling our sin(s). He can handle ANYTHING.
All He's ever wanted from us is OUR TOTAL, COMPLETE, ABSOLUTE TRUST.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2012
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able TO STAND against the wiles of the devil. For WE VIBRATE NOT AGAINST flesh and blood, but AGAINST principalities, AGAINST powers, AGAINST the rulers of the darkness of this world, AGAINST spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to with STAND in the evil day, and having done all, TO STAND.
STAND therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Ephesians 6:11-14).
This ISN'T a message about "spiritual warfare" since NO SUCH THING is taught in the New Testament.
Verse 12 in the above referenced Bible passage is usually translated "for we WRESTLE not against flesh and blood". However, the Greek word translated "wrestle" is pallo which literally means "to be" or TO "VIBRATE".
Wait a minute! What about 2 Corinthians 10:4 which says "the WEAPONS of our WARFARE are not carnal"?
The word translated "weapons" is hopla which means "instruments" or "tools" and the word for "warfare" is strateias which means "expedition".
We can go on a camping expedition to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon and bring along camping and/or climbing gear (instruments, hopla) without engaging in warfare with anyone.
The most accurate rendering of that passage is "the instruments of our expedition" referring to our journey in this 3-D, space-time realm.
In fact, the language used in that entire passage is LEGAL terminology which speaks of TAKING DOWN (discrediting) arguments and reasonings (as in a court of law) THAT EXALT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, and bringing thoughts into captivity. It has NOTHING TO DO with WAR or the military.
Likewise, if you read Ephesians 6 closely, it DOESN'T TELL US TO CHARGE, STRIKE OR ATTACK ANYONE. ALL IT TELLS US TO DO IS STAND.
In real warfare "standing", without any aggression, is not considered very effective.
I know... I know... TAKE A LONG, DEEP BREATH.
I know I just knocked down A BIG, SACRED RELIGIOUS COW.
I know there are ENTIRE "MINISTRIES" BASED ON THE ERRONEOUS CONCEPT OF "spiritual warfare". Too bad.
Fact is, neither you, nor I, nor ANY PREACHER -- I don't care how "anointed" he or she claims to be -- CAN DEFEAT SATAN ANY BETTER THAN JESUS ALREADY HAS!!!
That's A FACT.
The whole concept of "spiritual warfare" is both AN ABOMINATION, and a slap to our Lord's precious Face, since it implies that He DIDN'T GET THE JOB DONE, hence we must "supplement it" by fighting Satan ourselves.
Time to take ANOTHER long, deep breath... Whew!
I haven't even gotten to the MAIN POINT of my message yet...
The main point is that verse 12 says "for we VIBRATE not AGAINST flesh and blood"...
Satan and his principalities, while already utterly defeated by King Jesus, DO PICK UP OUR VIBES.
And if we send the wrong vibes, they can detect them and USE THEM (TURN THEM) AGAINST US.
One of those "wrong vibes" is guilt.
Guilt is fear-based.
Guilt is NOT of God.
That's one reason that religion has been SO OFTEN used by Satan to kill, steal, destroy and discredit the Christian faith: because religion THRIVES on fear and guilt.
Guilt is a carnal, fallen, mortal emotion that makes us VULNERABLE and, when detected by the enemy, can be used against us.
Hence, we are told to PUT ON the breastplate OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Not our own righteousness, since WE HAVE NONE.
But Jesus' Righteousness.
Doesn't His Word tell us that we have been made THE VERY RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM? (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Brother, sister, THERE'S NO BIGGER OR BETTER RIGHTEOUSNESS THAN GOD'S.
It's HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE ARE TO SEEK FIRST AND FOREMOST (Matthew 6:33).
His Righteousness is FREELY CREDITED TO US WHEN WE'RE BORN AGAIN (Romans 3:24).
It's His Righteousness that we need to PUT ON and KEEP ON.
One problem with many believers is they put on their breastplate for a little while, by trusting His Righteousness and then GO BACK TO FEELING GUILTY and fearful (they take it off).
Thus they go back to sending WRONG VIBES to the enemy.
NO, NO, NO, NO!!!
KEEP IT ON! AT ALL TIMES.
Jesus' Righteousness is FOREVER YOURS!
That's why you're ETERNALLY saved!
His Righteousness ENDURES... FOREVER... (Psalm 112:3; 2 Corinthians 9:9).
There's both POWER and PROTECTION in His Righteousness.
It's the BIGGEST part of "the armor of God" and the part that COVERS the LARGEST and most vulnerable areas.
Don't put it on and then toss it aside like an old pair of flip flops! KEEP HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ON AT ALL TIMES.
Be CONSCIOUS OF His Righteousness IN YOU AT ALL TIMES.
Think based on His Righteousness.
Speak based on His Righteousness.
ACT based on His Righteousness.
Live based on His Righteousness, and
STAND ALWAYS on His Righteousness.
TRUST His ETERNAL Righteousness ALL THE TIME.
Do it, and Satan will have NOTHING to work with.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
The other current fad in the prophecy MARKETPLACE is "Hebraic" teaching.
This fad, at first glance, seems logical... After all, don't we live in a Judeo-Christian culture? And isn't the Christian faith itself rooted in Judaism?
Yes and yes.
But too often I have seen people who STARTED OFF WITH good intentions, to gain deeper knowledge of the Bible, and share such knowledge with their audience, stray from the Gospel of Grace and degenerate into Judaizing legalists.
Again, I remind everyone, that our Lord warned us NOT TO BE DECEIVED because, in these last days, there would come MANY in His Name [not atheists, not agnostics, not satanists, but supposed believers in Christ] who would DECEIVE MANY [Matthew 24:4,5].
Does the fact something is believed or taught in Hebraic circles make it automatically true?
Are ALL Hebrew beliefs and traditions biblical?
Is Hebrew thinking or understanding of the Scriptures always correct?
We have numerous references, right in the Scriptures, which SAY IT'S NOT.
Jesus Himself said IT WASN'T [Matthew 15:2-6; 22:29].
It was Hebraic thinking that led the children of Israel to forsake their God (Jeremiah 2:13).
It was Hebraic thinking that took only 40 days to engage in idol worship and build a golden calf (Exodus 32:8).
It was Hebraic thinking WHICH DIDN'T TRUST GOD'S GRACE and prevented them from entering the Land of Promise, and caused them to wander 40 years in the hot, barren desert (Hebrews 3:17).
It was Hebraic thinking, which time and again, forsook Yahweh in favor of false gods, man-made statues and idols (1 Kings 9:9).
It was Hebraic thinking and tradition which dismissed Jesus as the Messiah, despite His INCOMPARABLE wisdom, teaching, miracles, AND RESURRECTION, because "no good thing could come from [insignificant] Nazareth" or from pagan Galilee (John 1:46; 7:52).
It is Hebraic thinking and tradition which, to this very day, REFUSES TO RECEIVE Jesus as Messiah, despite OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE that He ROSE FROM THE DEAD and that He IS.
So much for "Hebraic" thinking and teaching.
I'll match my appreciation and love for Israel against ANYONE'S.
I attended a Messianic congregation years ago and was baptized in water by a Messianic Rabbi.
I have sincere appreciation for Messianic rabbis and congregations that, while keeping certain Hebrew traditions alive, teach the Gospel of Grace.
And I will readily admit that study and knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures, literature, and traditions IS A BIG HELP in understanding many portions of the Bible. I've studied all of it A LOT.
But to say, or imply, that JUST BECAUSE something is "Hebraic" it's AUTOMATICALLY SACROSANCT is both foolish, and unscriptural.
Whenever something is unscriptural, that means IT'S A LIE.
To say or teach that Hebrew thinking and Hebrew traditions are ALWAYS RIGHT is to CONTRADICT the VERY Hebrew Bible.
And THAT'S THE ONLY "Hebraic" thing that's INFALLIBLE.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
NO OTHER GOSPEL
Jesus answered: "Watch out THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU. Because MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, saying that I AM THE CHRIST, and will deceive many" (Matthew 24:4,5).
"But even if WE or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN should preach a gospel OTHER THAN the one we preached to you, let him be ETERNALLY CONDEMNED"! (Galatians 1:8)
I have to admit that sometimes, in the natural, I feel sad, disheartened and angry.
I feel like A DROP of Truth in the midst of AN OCEAN of RELIGIOUS DECEPTION.
I have warned, time and again, to the point that some of you are probably sick and tired of reading it, that the internet in particular is TEEMING WITH LIES presented, supposedly, "in the Name of Jesus".
Yet it seems to go in one eye and out the other.
And DECEPTION is NOT abating, mind you, BUT GROWING and SPREADING, just as Jesus predicted.
The latest fad in the deception camp is to attack the apostle Paul.
They figure if they can DISCREDIT Paul's writings, they can IMPOSE THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE, they can get Bible illiterates (which, unfortunately, is about 80% of professed Christians) to trust LAW KEEPING, INSTEAD OF the Blood of Jesus for Salvation, thus dragging you to hell ALONG WITH themselves.
This deception has spread like wildfire, which prompted us to produce a video PROVING, with non-Pauline Scriptures,that Salvation is ONLY by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His perfect, ETERNAL, once for all, Work of Redemption: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaV0GlwcMFI
To my knowledge, ours is THE ONLY video directly refuting that false teaching. THE APOSTATES have at least TWO DOZEN videos, and countless websites, promulgating that lie.
What breaks my heart even more is when I read the messages posted by Kristian nitwits PRAISING the FALSE TEACHING THAT WILL LEAD TO HELL ITSELF, and thanking the instrument of Satan who's deceiving them, for "how much they've learned".
Brothers and sisters, wake up... PLEASE.
Just because "you've never heard it before" doesn't make the teaching true.
There's ONLY ONE true Gospel.
The Word of God says ANY OTHER teaching, ANY OTHER "gospel" is TO BE REJECTED.
God's Word says that whoever preaches ANY OTHER "gospel", EVEN IF IT'S ONE OF THE APOSTLES OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, he/she/it IS TO BE ANATHEMA, meaning ACCURSED.
God's Word also says that those who TRUST LAW KEEPING have FALLEN FROM GRACE and Christ has become OF NO EFFECT to them (Galatians 5:4).
If Christ becomes OF NO EFFECT TO US (heaven forbid) WE'RE NOT SAVED.
Those who trust law keeping ARE GOING TO HELL (Galatians 2:16).
Those who teach law keeping as a means of Salvation ARE INSTRUMENTS OF SATAN.
That's why Jesus warned us NOT TO BE DECEIVED by people who CLAIMED, FALSELY, to preach "in His Name" (Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:5,6; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 2 Timothy 4:3,4; Titus 1:10-16; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
That's what prompted Him to warn the Philadelphian Church "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that NO ONE may TAKE YOUR CROWN" (Revelation 3:11).
Just because someone CLAIMS to follow Jesus, just because they CLAIM to teach or preach in His Name, just because they grow a beard and don some funny costume, just because they CLAIM to be "one of the Two Witnesses", DOESN'T MAKE THE TEACHING TRUE, NOR DOES IT MAKE THE TEACHER(S) SAVED.
But don't believe it because I tell you.
Believe it, and HEED IT, because Jesus TOLD YOU.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012
As is customary every year, all the "prophets" and "prophetesses" in Christendom are gearing up for their 2012 prognostications:
Special broadcasts and appearances on "Christian" talk shows promoting themselves, and their proverbial books, CD's and DVD's foretelling what the next 12 months will bring.
I thought the Bible forbade fortune telling (Leviticus 19:26).
Does God give someone special knowledge about the next 12 months, or a Word of Prophecy, just because it happens to be early January in the Gregorian calendar?
Not unless you're Pat Robertson.
O.K., O.K., I'm being facetious, but you get my point.
Of course, they'll all tell you they fasted two or three weeks, and therefore, they have the inside track on what's going to happen this year.
Jesus fasted 40 days and nights, and the only one He encountered at the end of that prolonged fast was Satan (Matthew 4:1-4).
In fact, these guys and gals know squat, ZERO, about the future. They are GUESSING.
When someone has to GUESS, that means they DON'T KNOW.
So, if you're looking for MY prophetic forecast for 2012, you've come to the wrong person. I'm simply NOT going to play that game.
LAST TIME I CHECKED THE BIBLE FORBIDS DIVINATION. AND, WHEN WE'RE GUESSING, WHEN WE DIDN'T HEAR DIRECTLY AND GENUINELY FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD, AND WHEN WE DON'T HAVE ANY SCRIPTURES TO BACK IT UP, THAT'S ALL IT IS.
What I CAN give you is Jesus' prediction for the unique time we're living in.
It's found in Matthew 24:3-8:
"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
"Watch out THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU.
For many will come IN MY NAME, saying I am Christ and WILL DECEIVE MANY.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be famines and earthquakes (seismic activity) in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pangs".
Even a casual observer would have to admit that all these have been going on for a couple of years.
Clearly, we are in the cycle of birthpangs that Jesus predicted, since ALL the conditions He described are taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY.
And 2012 began with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake just off the coast of already quake and tsunami ravaged Japan.
Based on Jesus' words, based ON HIS PREDICTION, it's safe to say that we should EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
PRAYING IN PUBLIC
Is it wrong to pray IN PUBLIC?
About two weeks ago, in the midst of Tebow Mania, I read this article where the sports columnist, a self professed agnostic, berated Tim Tebow for falling on one knee and praying to Jesus in public.
He self-servingly quoted what is probably THE ONLY verse in the Bible he knows, Matthew 6:6 (Jesus speaking):
"But you, when you pray, ENTER INTO YOUR ROOM, AND WHEN YOU HAVE SHUT YOUR DOOR, pray to your Father who is IN SECRET; and your Father who sees IN SECRET shall reward you openly".
Thus, the agnostic claimed, Tebow was disobeying Jesus by praying to Him in public, and Jesus should know more about the proper way to pray to Him than Tim Tebow.
Was the agnostic right?
After all, he quoted THE BIBLE!!!
I'm going to repeat this until EVERYONE gets it:
You CANNOT take ONE VERSE of the Bible OUT OF CONTEXT, isolate it from the text, and FORMULATE DOCTRINE.
When we do that, 95% of the time such doctrine WILL BE FALSE.
The first thing we need to do in order to understand what was meant IS TO CHECK OUT THE CONTEXT.
WHO was Jesus talking to? WHERE? WHAT topic was He addressing? WHAT was happening around Him at the time?
CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT...
Otherwise we can make the Bible "say" nearly ANYTHING we want.
The second thing we need to consider is HOW DOES THIS STATEMENT STACK UP AGAINST OTHER STATEMENTS on that same subject in the New Testament?
If it CONTRADICTS other portions of the New Testament, something is wrong somewhere.
And that "something" usually has to do with religious traditions pounded into our brains through the centuries.
In this portion of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus was talking about RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY. The word "hypocrites", in fact, is mentioned THREE TIMES.
Jesus was teaching the error and hypocrisy of doing things FOR APPEARANCE'S SAKE, or "TO BE SEEN OF MEN".
The VERY FIRST verse in that chapter says "Take heed that you give not your alms BEFORE MEN, TO BE SEEN OF THEM".
Verse two: "Therefore when you give your alms, DO NOT SOUND A TRUMPET BEFORE YOU, AS THE HYPOCRITES do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory OF MEN".
Verse 16 of the same chapter: "Moreover when you fast, don't be as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that THEY MAY APPEAR UNTO MEN to fast".
So, IN CONTEXT, Jesus was clearly speaking about doing good stuff FOR THE WRONG REASON: For the SAKE OF APPEARANCE, in order TO IMPRESS OTHERS.
We're not to give alms that way, we're not to fast that way, and we're not to pray that way.
We're to do it NOT FOR MEN'S SAKES - for what THEY may think -- but for God's.
That's ALL Jesus was saying.
Is it wrong to give alms? No. Jesus gave.
Is it wrong to fast? No. Jesus fasted.
Is it wrong, as Tebow does, to move over to a side of the field and quietly drop to one knee and thank Jesus? Absolutely not!
It's perfectly O.K. to pray in public, and glorify Jesus IN PUBLIC, as long as we do it sincerely, with a pure heart, and NOT FOR SHOW.
In fact, we have Jesus Himself praying in public in Matthew 11:25, before A CROWD; and, again, in John 11:41, 42; and, again, in John 12:27-34, where He prays IN PUBLIC and the Father ANSWERS Him IN PUBLIC.
Even when He hung on the cross, He prayed to the Father IN PUBLIC (Luke 23:34, 46).
So, this business of prayer always having to be done "in secret" is a bunch of hooey.
It's THE MOTIVATION OF THE HEART that counts.
If your REASON FOR praying in public is to "be seen" and to SHOW OTHERS HOW PIOUS you are, that prayer won't please God and won't go higher than the ceiling.
That's THE POINT Jesus was making.
If your MOTIVE, on the other hand, is to glorify God and do His Will, not only will He hear, but He will HONOR YOU in public as He did with His First Son.
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Before 2011 was even over, we already were knee-deep in letters and questions about some of the "doomsday" predictions for THIS YEAR.
Prominent among them is the Mayan calendar and its supposed "prediction" that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
Should anyone be looking to the Mayan calendar for answers?
Is it a reliable predictor of future events?
No, no, and NO.
Mayans were SATAN WORSHIPPERS.
Of course, they didn't call him "Satan", but their "main god", depicted on the famed Pyramid of Chichen Itza, was a serpent.
Whom does that sound like?
Why would ANYBODY, Christian or non-Christian, seek guidance or information from THE FATHER OF LIES?
The Mayas were barbarians who practiced horrible rituals, including human sacrifice. Why on earth would anyone seek guidance from THAT?
They were pagans.
Mayans failed TO PREDICT THEIR OWN DEMISE as a civilization, so why would ANYONE believe they could accurately predict the future?
Mayans did know a thing or two about the stars. They observed the movements of the planets, and were able to calculate certain planetary alignments accurately, just like astronomers are able to do today.
Nobody's taking that away from them. I'm certainly not.
Does that mean they KNOW THE FUTURE? Do astronomers today know the future?
NO ONE should seek knowledge of the future from the Mayas anymore than they should seek it from NASA.
Name JUST ONE Mayan "prophecy" that has come to pass.
Go ahead, I'm waiting...
As I said, they couldn't even predict their own extinction.
The Bible, on the other hand, has a well-established, 5,000-year old track record of prophetic accuracy.
Over 2,000 biblical prophecies have been fulfilled in PRECISE detail.
Looking to a satanic stone, from a barbarous, EXTINCT "civilization", in order to predict our "future", is folly.
Especially when we have God's INFALLIBLE WORD, WHICH HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME, WHOSE PREDICTIONS HAVE BEEN PROVEN, TIME AND AGAIN, TO BE EXCRUCIATINGLY ACCURATE.
That's why we should look ONLY to the Holy Word of God to predict the future.
You can believe whatever you like.
That is your God-given right.
But I also have the God-given and BIBLICALLY BASED right, to tell the Truth:
If predictions are NOT supported by the Bible, they ain't happening, no matter WHO makes them.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012
"... THIS ONE THING I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13,14).
A lot of the pain and misery that we experience in this fallen world is caused by thinking too much, DWELLING TOO MUCH, on what has happened, what someone said, did, or what/whom we THINK we've lost.
Or by dwelling on our past sins, failures and shortcomings. There are even believers who are wracked with guilt over something they did, or should have done, and didn't.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda...
None of that is gonna help you.
Here's Good News: God has forgotten about it, and so should you (Hebrews 10:17).
No one had more reason to "live in the past" than the apostle Paul.
As Saul of Tarsus he had persecuted Christians, imprisoned them, forced them to blaspheme, and even participated in murdering (by some scholarly estimates) around 6,000 of them (Acts 26:11).
Paul was an intellectual. Before becoming Christian himself, he was held in high esteem, came from a well-to-do, prestigious family, was a Roman citizen, a Pharisee, studied theology under Gamaliel, the most renowned teacher of his day.
And what conclusion did Paul finally arrive at?ALL of it was a bunch of (as the King James translation very properly says...) DUNG [Philippians 3:8].
In modern English we'd say it's ALL "a load of crap".
As usual, Paul was right.
In Philippians chapter 3:7 the apostle makes the following statement:
"Whatever things were GAIN to me, I count them as loss, for Christ".
Are you dragging the past behind you like a ball and chain?
Is your "past" preventing you from advancing toward your preordained destiny in Christ?
Let it go! Forget it!
It's ALL a bunch of manure.
You can't advance, you can't do anything for God or anyone, including yourself, when you're holding on to your past.
Stand up, FLUSH IT, and GO FORWARD, in the Name of the Lord.
Paul concludes that passage with this sage advice:
ONE THING I DO: Forgetting those things which are BEHIND, and reaching forth to those things which are AHEAD, I press toward the mark for... the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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