The Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures will also expect obedience to the Scriptures. If we do not obey the Scriptures, we quench Him. If there is anything bigger in your life than your desire to be a Spirit-filled Christian, then you will never be a Spirit-filled Christian til that is cured...never!
All around the world, people are claiming their right to God's inheritance. "I am a King's Kid! I am blessed and not cursed! I am the head and not the tail!" Yet, they are merely exalting themselves. Not having sought the genuine authority & anointing of the Lord, they are moving out in their own power to make of themselves some great one before the people.
If you would attack the breaches in your own soul with as much vigor and tenacity as you attack the perceived breaches in the souls of others, then not only would you be delivered, you would be able to bring deliverance to those whom you think need it so badly.
The same God who said that He is the Prince of Peace said that He came not to bring peace, but a sword. The same Savior who said to honor your mother & your father said that He has come to set at odds a man from his parents. God's priority is not to bring or keep families together. This doesn't mean that God doesn't care about our families. I am saying that God's objective is to bring people into HIS family.
One of the affects of spiritual sodomy is people having unhealthy, inordinate, unGodly, enslaving soul ties to those they deem to be leaders in the church. A lot of this stems from a failure to understand not only who the church is, but who the head of the church is. The only person the Christian is exhorted to follow at all times and in all things is Jesus Christ.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Kind of makes you wonder what she had been all this time. A dishonest woman? A fake woman? An impure woman? A woman of ill repute?
honest: good; not hiding the truth about someone or something; free from fraud or deception, legitimate; reputable, respectable; praiseworthy; marked by integrity
There are those who have been hanging around Jesus for some time; attending church, singing hymns, claiming His name, etc. God is looking to make of you an honest woman. Instead of only going to church, you will become the church. No longer will you simply sing songs, your life will become a new song unto the Lord (Isaiah 43:18-21). Rather than just claiming His name, you will bear His name as you obey Him, walking in His authority and power. Eye has not seen nor ear heard the glorious things in store for those who love the Lord, but it requires your submission to Him in all things (Ephesians 5:24). You must be made an honest woman.
"And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." Isaiah 4:11
In Babylon, there are plenty of whorish women around - one on every corner - offering a relationship with God in name only. You can claim to belong to Jesus, but live for yourself. You can have the appearance of being holy, but do as you please, never submitting to the headship of Christ. As Minister David Wilkerson stated, such persons only want to be free from the guilt of sin, but truly have no desire to stop sinning. When we join ourselves to such women, we make of ourselves a harlot and will never be acceptable to God (I Corinthians 6:16).
"There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God." Deuteronomy 23:17-18
One thing we need to understand is that a harlot can be extremely religious. Deceit is her cover and she seeks acceptability by being found amongst God's people. However, the difference between a whore and a bride is that the bride submits to her husband as a sign of her love for him. When you see a professing believer in deliberate disobedience to God, then you know such is not the Bride of Christ.
Jesus wants to take away the shame, loneliness, fear, and pain of being estranged from Him and give you a crown of righteousness, but are you willing to receive it?
Friday, August 15, 2014
First, let us not fall into the trap of believing that God needs validation from sources that are not inspired by the Holy Spirit and merely reflects the wisdom of men (James 3:15). While things that are true may be found in any writing, the standard of truth are the Scriptures.
Yet, much of the information cited from the Qur'an as validating the identity of Jesus Christ is inaccurate and unbiblical. These are reportedly the things that are said of Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Qur'an:
- Mary was ever-virgin
- Mary was born without sin
- Mary never sinned
- Mary was ascended bodily into Heaven
What some may not realize is that the statements above about Mary are part of the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. Why would Islam be so supportive of false Catholic doctrine?
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The above verse is just beautiful to me. "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness".
We should be satisfied each day to be in the presence of the Lord. He should be the first whom we seek in the morning and the last whom we seek at night. We should be in constant communion with Him (I Thessalonians 5:17).
Yet, as I read that verse yesterday, God put upon my heart an additional meaning. "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with [to possess] your likeness". I shall be satisfied when I finally find myself transformed into the image of Christ. Is that not the goal? To be like Christ?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:28-29
As this verse implies, it is by beholding the face of Jesus that such a transformation occurs.
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:17-18
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD." Deuteronomy 6:4
You might be surprised to realize how many Christians have splintered the image of God in their minds. God the Father is considered to be the relentless tyrant, but Jesus Christ is seen as the merciful Savior.
They do not realize that when we see Jesus, we are seeing a revelation of the Father.
"All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." Matthew 11:27 (Also Psalm 40:8; Luke 10:22; John 1:18, 14:7-9; I John 2:23)Jesus does not perform His own will; He does the will of the Father alone.
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." John 6:38 (Also Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 5:19-30)Neither did Jesus come to do a separate or different work than the Father; He came to complete the Father's work.
"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." John 4:24 (Also John 14:10, 17:4)Jesus does not speak His own words, but only what the Father speaks.
"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 12:49-50 (Also John 8:28)Jesus is the Creator of all things, but He will also be the Judge of all things.
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:...And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man." John 5:22, 27 (Also Matthew 25:31-46; Act 10:42; Act 17:31; Romans 2:16, 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; II Timothy 4:1; I Peter 4:5; Psalm 9:7-8, 96:13; 98:9; Revelation 20:11-12)We are reconciled to the Father by the Son, but it is the Father who gives us to the Son.
"As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him...I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word...Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." John 17:2, 6, 24 (Also John 6:6-44, 10:29)
Monday, August 11, 2014
plead: shaphat; to judge, govern, vindicate, punishYet, some may ask, "Isn't Jesus up in Heaven interceding for all sinners?"
"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:27
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25
"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine...Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." John 17:9, 20
Jesus' primary focus in intercession is for believers. Does this mean that He doesn't care for the lost? Not at all. It is God's desire that all would be saved (I Timothy 2:4). The reason that Jesus prays for the Church is because such is God's vehicle for proclaiming Christ (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2; Romans 10:14-15). Jesus prays for the Church so that we will be an effective witness to the world and a powerful army against Satan; the empowerment of the Church is to be a key focus of our prayers as well (Colossians 1:9-11; Ephesians 6:18-20; I Thessalonians 5:25; II Timothy 1:3; James 5:16).
In the same way, Jesus came primarily for the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24), but it was for the benefit of the whole world. God deals primarily with His people, because it is His people through which He brings the deliverance. This is rather different than the picture of intercession painted by much of the Church, because much of what is preached these days is based on carnal emotion - what people want to believe - and not Scripture.