Friday, August 18, 2017

Who should I minister to?

Although the Lord loves everyone, not everyone is ready to receive. I've learned this through the experience of speaking to thousands and thousands of people one on one over the past 9 years. This is why it's important to discern what the Lord is doing. We want to get involved in what the Lord is doing because that is what will be fruitful.

He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. - Proverbs 8:7-8



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Antifa (Anti-Fascists) are not Christians

Yesterday I wrote about how White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's are not Christian, even if they claim to be. Today I want to make the point that the Anti-Fascists (antifa) are not Christian either, although they seemingly oppose the hate and bigotry of White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's. When President Trump denounced both sides of the Charlottesville situation, he wasn't supporting White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's, as many liberals claim he was. The evidence is very clear how both sides are exhibiting behavior that is not Christian behavior. Video of the situation shows both the White Supremacists and the Anti-Fascists using carnal weapons to hurt people.

For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds  -2Corinthians 10:3-4




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

White Supremacists are not Christians

I wouldn't call white supremacists or neo-nazi's far-right, but rather, far-left. These groups are not conservative and they certainly don't represent accurate Christian theology. Many of them would call themselves Christians, but that means nothing. Someone can say they're Christian until they're blue in the face, but that doesn't make them Christian.

Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them. For those who are such don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent. - Romans 16:17-18


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Fragrance of Life

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into all that the Lord has for you. This world operates from a system that decays. The world will make you labor and toil and then try and steal what's yours. The Kingdom of Heaven doesn't work like that. The Holy Spirit is constantly looking to invite Jesus into your daily walk, so that what's produced will draw people to Jesus. Fruit that will last.

Awake, O north wind and come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance. Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden and eat its choice fruits!” - Song of Solomon 4:16


Monday, August 14, 2017

How to develop a love for God

Many believers want to know what to do in order to develop a relationship with the Lord. There are any number of scripture verses that can help you. Here are four verses from Psalm 105. Put this into action and you'll see great progress.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually. - Psalm 105:1-4


Friday, August 11, 2017

A spirit empowers you

Many people don't recognize the impact of the spirit realm. All people have a spirit sent from God that gives life at conception. Because of the sin nature, that spirit is dead. Not dead in the sense that it doesn't have the ability to keep our heart beating, but dead in the sense that we are separated from God because of sin. When Paul was in Athens, he was talking to unbelievers when he said that God gives us life and breath and the ability to have our being.

...for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ - Acts 17:28


Thursday, August 10, 2017

An encounter with God will change you

Many people who say they believe in Jesus Christ are really believing in what he taught. They're believing in the doctrine of Jesus. That's a great start, but there's much more. Knowing Him through an encounter, will change your life and bring you to the place of truly recognizing your spiritual condition. Job was an amazing man on the earth and after his severe trials, he came to understand both God and himself.

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” - Job 42:5-6





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All things work together for good...

Wow! What a day we had with Cardboard Box Church. I don't refer to healing miracles, but rather to persecution. Without getting into too many details, the trouble brought the police who told us we couldn't do this (Cardboard Box Church) legally and if we've been doing it without the police stopping us, it's because certain officers didn't fully know the ordinances. Long story short, we were directed to an organization in town that showed us how to do this legally and in a better location. What the devil meant for trouble, the Lord turned around for good.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Remaining in Him

Although salvation is a work of God and not of ourselves, it's important to remember our role in believing. When someone hears the gospel message clearly and receives Christ, that person is coming into agreement with the terms of the covenant. The terms of the covenant includes, continuing to believe just as from the beginning.

As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. - 1John 2:24


Monday, August 7, 2017

Is there correction in grace?

The grace of God builds us up and encourages us. We're taught to grow in grace, but grace without reproof is no grace at all.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, - Titus 2:11-12


Friday, August 4, 2017

Rightly dividing the word

Many Christians take scripture out of context. For instance, Isaiah 55:8 says,

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

Because of this verse, people think it's not possible to figure out God, but they fail to see the context of that verse, which shows us that the Lord is speaking about the wicked man. We can see this clearly by what verse 7 says.

Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

However, the Christian is a new creation. We have the mind of Christ, who is God.

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him. But we have the mind of Christ. - 1Corinthians 2:16 




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stumbling

All of us stumble in different ways. If we know Jesus Christ, we'll feel grieved when we stumble (sin).  I feel bad when I stumble, especially when I mess up in a way that I know I've been victorious in. The scripture has a simple way of helping us to not stumble. It's through love.

He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. - 1John 2:10


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The mystery of God's power

After almost 9 years of experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit stirring and flowing everyday, I still can't explain to you how it works. I just know it does.

But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. - 2Corinthians 4:7


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Parting ways

Sometimes we need to part ways with those who are not part of God's plan for our lives. The Lord has a good plan for us, but if we have people in our lives that are just not part of what the Lord is doing through us, we need to pull away. This doesn't mean certain people around us are from the devil. It just means God is very precise in all that He does.

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. - Genesis 13:14-15


Monday, July 31, 2017

Ministry of reconciliation in the Old Testament

There's a lot of symbolism in the Old Testament that points to Christ and also the role of today's Christian. As Christians we should have a strong desire to win Jews to Jesus. The Lord gives gentile believers salvation and we bring it to the Jew. This happens more and more as the full number of gentiles come into the kingdom. In the Old Testament book of Ruth, Ruth the gentile brings the barley (salvation) to Naomi the Jew after she has eaten enough of it.

So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough. - Ruth 2:17-18


Friday, July 28, 2017

Healing animals

I've experienced the Lord heal many animals. One time a friend asked me to come over to his home and pray for his cat because she hadn't eaten anything in over a week. The cat was lethargic and it seemed as if she might die. I went over there and prayed for the cat. Afterwards, we had a conversation and forgot about the cat. Ten minutes later, we looked down and the cat was eating.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. - Psalm 36:6


Thursday, July 27, 2017

One way shame comes

Yesterday's blog was about shame and how to let go of it. Today, we look at a scripture that shows one way that shame comes. We should never do anything that harms another person, nor should we ever hope for someone to be ruined.

May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. - Psalm 35:4


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Letting go of shame

Over the years I've ministered to many people who are bound by shame. They can't seem to get past the guilt of sins they've committed in the past. Usually, these people are overly concerned about what others will think of them. They need to remember that everyone has committed shameful acts and they need to fix their eyes on Christ, who wipes out all their shame.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. - Psalm 34:5



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Fire of the Lord

The fire of the Lord in the Old Testament consumed the disobedient. This is a foreshadowing of the wrath to come for all those who reject Jesus Christ.

In today's world with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, people will often feel heat when the power of God comes upon them. For those who humble themselves, this heat is a cleansing fire.

Old Testament fire:
When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath and his fire will consume them. - Psalm 21:9

New Testament fire:
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” - Matthew 3:12



Monday, July 24, 2017

Unclean spirits multitask

Not all pain and sickness is from a demon, but, often when someone is dealing with pain and sickness and it's not going away, there usually is some type of involvement from the kingdom of darkness. There may not be an unlimited amount of unclean spirits, but that doesn't matter because they multitask. We see from scripture that one spirit successfully lies to 400 disobedient people at one time. Getting people to believe a lie is the enemy's greatest attack strategy.

And the Lord said, "Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?" One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, "I will entice him." “By what means?" the Lord asked. "I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets" he said. "You will succeed in enticing him," said the Lord. "Go and do it." - 1Kings 22:20-22


Friday, July 21, 2017

He will tell you what is yet to come

I'm on the road doing Cardboard Box church ministry. Yesterday, while standing in the kitchen of the home of my hosts, I felt compelled to share a testimony about scoliosis healed. As I was sharing, the Spirit started to release His power and we all felt it while standing there in the kitchen. I knew what it meant. I asked my friends if someone was coming to the meeting tonight who needed healing of scoliosis. They very excitedly said, "Yes, a young girl with scoliosis will be here". I said, "The Lord is going to heal her and that's why we're feeling His power concerning this testimony. Testimonies are meant to be repeated. Sure enough, the young girl shows up and get blasted by the power of God and healed. She had pain in her back everyday for 5 years and all the pain left for the first time and she felt straight and strong in her back. A demon causes scoliosis. I cast the demon out.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. - John 16:13








Thursday, July 20, 2017

Praying for others helps us overcome

Praying for others, especially family, helps you overcome any issues in your own life. In Daniel 9, Daniel acknowledges and takes responsibility for the sins of his fellow countrymen, the Israelites, yet Daniel was not guilty of the sins he was taking responsibility for.

...we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. - Daniel 9:5

The point I'm making is that if you want to be mature in the Lord, you do the things mature believers do.

Old Testament truth always has it's counterpart in the New Testament. Paul speaks of how we should be concerned for the spiritual condition of those around us.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. - Romans 12:15

...And in Romans 9, we see the full extent of Paul's selfless devotion to his own people, even to the point of being cut off himself.

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. - Romans 9:1-4


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Let go of this world

Many believers suffer adversity from the enemy, not because they're doing the right thing, but because they're still holding onto this world. Sometimes holding onto this world is related to us clinging to the traditions and thoughts of parents that didn't walk uprightly before the Lord. This is different from the absolute need to honor our father and mother. We can honor our parents, but also separate ourselves from any wrong thinking they lived their lives by.

Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country and from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you". - Genesis 12:1


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

When pain comes back

Over the years, I've discovered that there are a number of reasons why pain comes back after it has gone away supernaturally. I've recognized the reasons because I've ministered to many people whose pain did come back. When I minister to someone who just received healing, I will often inform them of what can happen after we part ways. If the person is not grounded in God's word, the devil immediately begins to work on their mind to bring doubt. Satan will do this in a variety of ways, including, engaging them in conversation with an unbeliever who doubts many things. Since we're all effected by the things we see and hear, it's important to shroud ourselves from unbelief and remain in the presence of the Lord.

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. - James 1:6-7


Monday, July 17, 2017

Work out your salvation?

Many believers speculate what it means to, "work out your salvation" when it is clear that we are saved by grace and not works. But, James says, faith without works is dead.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. - James 2:17

The "work out your salvation" passage is found in Philippians 2:12. Verse 13 gives us more insight as to what verse 12 means. God does the work in us and our job is to come into agreement with God. Agreeing with God means we take action. We become co-laborers with God. So, we are doing something, but it's God who is accomplishing it through our action.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. - Philippians 2:12-13 



Friday, July 14, 2017

The vanity of chasing after the wind

Those who go their own way in life, we'll be lured into putting attention on things that will only bring sorrow. Even if they believe they're doing good, they will still come up short and their names will not be mentioned in the presence of the Father.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. - Psalm 16:4


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Do you want more joy?

We all want more joy, but many people miss one of the ways in which we can get more joy. You don't just get joy because you believe its been given to you. Your thoughts and actions concerning life on earth play a role in how much joy you receive.

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” - Hebrews 1:9


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What should I pray?

If you ever wonder what you should pray about for others, always keep in mind that people need the Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life. The Spirit of God is the one who brings us through this life successfully. That which the Holy Spirit does for us is centered around what we do for the kingdom of God. Paul prayed for people to understand who they are in Christ, so that they will bear fruit and be grateful to God for how good he is, as they finish the race strong.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. - Colossians 1:9-12


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Religious Christians are powerless

Religious people always quote the same scripture over and over to try and discredit the power of the Spirit flowing through the believer. They quote Matthew 7:22-23 as if it applies to every believer who is operating in the power of God.

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ - Matthew 7:22-23

No doubt, this scripture will apply to many people who get results supernaturally, but it doesn't apply to everyone the way many religious people think. In fact, there are far more scripture verses that identify the one operating in power as a real believer. Since this is a quick to read blog, I'll just quote one portion of scripture, but if you do an in depth search, you'll see that I'm correct in saying there are many verses that define the true believer as one operating in power.

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. - 1Thessalonians 1:4-5


Monday, July 10, 2017

Discerning Christ In Others

When you've been with Jesus, you begin to discern him in others.  This morning at the gym, I noticed a man working out who had a lot of peace on his face. I told him I could see Christ in him. He immediately responded with a scripture verse.

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. - 2Corinthians 3:2-3


Friday, July 7, 2017

A simple life

I have often noticed that when I get busy with too many things that have to do with my life and what I want, I will feel the power of the Holy Spirit less. But, when I get my mind off myself and onto others, I feel the power of the Holy Spirit more. We all have to do things that are self directed, but if we keep adding "stuff" and activities to our lives, we'll notice soon enough that we've experienced a dryness in terms of feeling power of the Holy Spirit. Simplify your life. A cluttered life disturbs your rest.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. - 1Thessalonians 4:11

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. - Isaiah 30:15





Thursday, July 6, 2017

I believe in a new world order

We can extrapolate from scripture that when Jesus returns to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem, there will be a new world order. Not the new world order of the disobedient globalists who are currently looking to enslave the masses, but a new world order that Jesus sets up. Jesus will rule the world, but there will also be nations. The only globalist worth following is Jesus Christ, who rules in righteousness.

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.  This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. - Zechariah 14:16-19




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Cloud led them

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit is necessary for us to successfully carry out the Lord's will on the earth. Before I came to Christ, I had no clear purpose in life and so life revolved around me. The more I grow in Christ, the more I see how life is about Jesus. The Lord gives us the privilege of being directly involved with the setting up his kingdom on the earth. When the great I Am made himself known to the Israelites, he gave them the Law, but he also led them by his Spirit. We can learn a lot from how the Lord interacted with the ancient people of Israel, because we see the Spirit leading them and subduing their enemies.

The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp. Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, Lord! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.” Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.” - Numbers 10:34-36


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Trials

Trials take time to overcome and gain the victory. You should be verbalizing healing scriptures and thanking the Lord for the victory. It's not a new thing to have to wait on the Lord. Jesus has already defeated Satan, but he wants us to overcome the enemy as well and so the Lord allows the test. You will be stronger and wiser afterwards.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. - Romans 16:20


Monday, July 3, 2017

The enemy brings confusion in order to block blessing

The enemy will do his best to bring confusion and misunderstanding. There's a need to understand what the Spirit is doing, so that opportunities to bring glory to God are not missed, amidst the ignorant.

Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” - 2Kings 5:2-7


Friday, June 30, 2017

New Testament blessing for obedience

Some believers automatically associate the book of Deuteronomy with the Law of Moses. If you quote this book as a Christian, they think you're trying to be justified by keeping the law. But, what if you find Jesus in this law?

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. - Deuteronomy 28:9-10

...And what if you can find companion verses in the New Testament?

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” - 1Peter 3:9-12


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sanctified by the word

Many believers who contact me for prayer have not spent enough time getting the word in them. The bible is a living book with layers of truth. You can read a portion of scripture many times over and then all of a sudden a particular verse will jump out at you and mean so much more than you always thought it meant. Getting the word of truth in you is part of the sanctification process that every believer must go through. John 17:17 is a short verse of scripture that holds a powerful truth that is meant to bring a believer to maturity.

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. - John 17:17


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Heaven is our original home

When God made man, He put everyone who was to be born into Adam. We come out of Adam. Hebrews 7 shows us this truth. Verse ten speaks of how Levi was still in the body of his ancestor Abraham, when Abraham met Melchizedek. What's even more exciting and profound than this, is that we all came from heaven. This is why heaven is our home. 1Peter 1:3 tells us how God has once again become our Father through faith in Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - 1Peter 1:3


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Testing our faith

Many believers shrink back to old ways when trials become too tough. Trials come to all believers because trials test our faith. How we respond to the trials that come our way, determines our ability to move forward. If we respond incorrectly, we'll have to repeat the trial. The Lord is bringing us to maturity so that we will be true witnesses for Him. Jesus was tempted in every way and yet, failed not. The victory is in Jesus, so remaining in Jesus is the only way to attain the same victory. Once the testing is complete, we lack nothing. No lack is awesome. We have complete confidence in the Lord for everything and nothing rattles our faith.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4


Monday, June 26, 2017

Punching the demons out

When Ahava and I were in Scotland visiting the Curwen family, we met a man who wanted prayer because he'd been having trouble walking consistently with the Lord. Sin kept getting the better of him. When you come across someone in this situation and they're confessing faith in Christ, you have to be tough because the word says so.

Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die. - Proverbs 15:10

I recorded the deliverance situation and will be publishing it on my Youtube Channel on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST. During this deliverance session I was punching the man in the gut to expel demons and it was bringing him peace.

Trustworthy are the blows of a friend, dangerous, the kisses of an enemy. - Proverbs 27:6


Friday, June 23, 2017

The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed is supposedly written by the Apostles themselves. Some Christians reject it because it's popular in the Roman Catholic Church and because the words, "holy catholic" are used in the creed. However, the word "catholic" means, "universal". The word doesn't specifically refer to the Roman Catholic Church. I believe this creed is good to meditate on. I especially like the part about the communion of saints because I believe this could refer to communion with saints in glory. John mentions communion with saints in his first letter. It could be that John was referring to those alive at that time, but since the scriptures are eternal, this particular verse could open the door for communion with saints in glory.

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. - 1John 1:3

Here's the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
      and born of the virgin Mary.
      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      was crucified, died, and was buried;
      he descended to hell.
      The third day he rose again from the dead.
      He ascended to heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the holy catholic* church,
      the communion of saints,
      the forgiveness of sins,
      the resurrection of the body,
      and the life everlasting. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Generational curses

I believe Jesus has broken every curse and because of that, we don't need to be plagued by the sins of our fathers. However, we continue to see believers dealing with the results of generational curses. A young Christian may struggle with Rheumatoid arthritis and there's no clear explanation as to why the believer is struggling with this at such a young age. However, a closer look tells us that the young believer's mom struggled with Rheumatoid arthritis and her mom struggled with it as well. How do we make sense of this in light of New Testament teaching and what Jesus did for us.

I believe I have some clear answers, but it's not new revelation from heaven. The answers are found in rightly dividing the word of God. In a couple days, I'll be publishing a new video on this topic that I believe will help many believers heal and overcome.

He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. - Isaiah 28:6


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

All are welcome

Since Christ was crucified from the foundation of the world, God kept telling the Old Covenant Jews that He had redeemed them. The Lord says this through Isaiah.

But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. - Isaiah 43:1

When Old Testament people trusted in God and did the right thing in His eyes, it was evidence of trusting in Christ.

The people of today don't realize that God has redeemed them through Christ. Their sins are forgiven. All they have to do is humble themselves and receive the free gift. For those who aren't able to enter heaven at the end of their lives, it won't be because God had refused them, but because they'd refused Him. All are welcome.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. - 1John 2:1-2



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The blood of Jesus

When we come to Christ, we receive the forgiveness of sins because of his sacrifice on the cross, shedding his blood for us. The shed blood of Jesus is supernaturally eternal and always available, because it is continually needed throughout our lives on earth. Believing in Jesus is a day by day decision and we live amongst disobedient people being used by the enemy to try and entangle us in sin. There's no need to be afraid of the enemy. We just walk in the light as he himself is in the light and the eternal blood continually cleanses us.

1John 1:5-7 shows us this truth

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. - 1John 1:5-7



Monday, June 19, 2017

Divine protection

One time when I was ministering by myself in England, I came across a group of young girls that were clearly underage, but I felt like talking with them about Jesus. The surroundings were good because it was a public setting with plenty of people walking around, so I didn't think I was setting myself up for trouble. As I shared with them, a man on a scooter became very agitated because I was preaching Jesus. He mocked and said, "If you're for real, heal me so that I can walk!" I replied, "How can you possibly receive from me, since you need an attitude adjustment?" At that point he took out a wand that he opened up to about 3 feet length and jumped up from the scooter to strike me with it. I just stood there and didn't even try to defend myself. As he was bringing the stick towards my head, a friend came out of nowhere from behind me and grabbed the stick out of his hand before I was hit by it. This particular friend knew I was in town, but we had no plans to meet up anywhere. About 30 seconds later, two police officers, who were watching the whole thing, came running over and tackled the man to the ground.

Psalm 121:7-8 show us the deliverance of the Lord.

The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. - Psalm 121:7-8



Friday, June 16, 2017

Is there still hope for you

I've had many people come to me for prayer, thinking they've fallen away and that there's no longer any hope for them. Although I do believe there's such a thing as a dead man walking, I also believe that it doesn't apply to the one coming to Jesus in repentance. The person who feels as if they've fallen away beyond hope, has been lied to by the devil and they've believed the lie. These people wouldn't be asking for prayer if they'd fallen away completely. We see in scripture how the dead man walking is the person who delights in wickedness without a repentant heart.

2Thessalonians 2:9-12 shows us this truth.

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. - 2Thessalonians 2:9-12



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why does Armageddon happen?

God hasn't forsaken Israel. He's jealous for Israel. Even though the wrath of God is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, there's still wrath coming to this world for rejecting and harming Israel. Yes, God's wrath does come on the world for rejecting Jesus Christ, but his wrath is also tied to what the world does to Israel. Jesus is the king of Israel, besides being the king of all who put their trust in him. We see this in the book of Joel as God describes the battle of Armageddon and why it takes place.

Joel 3:1-2 show us this truth.

“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. - Joel 3:1-2



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Religious thinking denies the Father

The so-called believers who deny the power of God flowing through the believer don't realize the danger they're in with their hard-hearted denial, because Jesus used the evidence of miracles to make the point that the Father lives in him. If you have Jesus living in you, you have the Father living in you as well. The miracles are not just evidence that believers will do these works, but also that the Father lives in the believer.

We see this truth in John 10:37-38 and in John 14:11

Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” - John 10:37-38

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. - John 14:11



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The power of our words

Our words are very powerful and we will eat the fruit of them. It's good to know this and be reminded of it because we learn to be careful with our words and even limit them. An Amalekite learned this the hard way. When King Saul of Israel went into battle against the Philistines, he was wounded critically and then killed himself so that he wouldn't be tortured by the Philistines. The Amalekite came to David and claimed to have killed Saul, thinking to get rewarded by David. Although it's true that Saul, out of jealousy, wanted to kill David many times, David still respected God's anointing on Saul. David had the Amalekite put to death for claiming to have killed God's anointed, even though it wasn't true. David told the Amalekite that his own mouth testified to killing King Saul and he would be held responsible.

We see this spiritual truth played out in 2Samuel 1:6-16

“I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’ “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “‘An Amalekite,’ I answered. “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”

Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.

David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’” - 2Samuel 1:6-16



Monday, June 12, 2017

Baptizing new believers

About 5 years ago I was contacted by a young man who wanted to be baptized. I made arrangements to meet him at a beach in NJ. I spoke with him about baptism and other important matters and then we both went into the cold ocean water. Afterwards, he was very grateful and excited. His parents were even there to witness the event. Less than a year later, he told me that he didn't believe anymore. I must confess that I didn't stay in touch with him for discipleship, but I don't overemphasize my responsibility for his falling away. The scripture shows us that even though we are called to make disciples, the main responsibility lies with the person confessing faith in Christ. In Acts 8 Philip is told by the Spirit to engage an Ethiopian Eunuch who is reading scripture while sitting in his chariot. Philip explains the gospel to him and the Ethiopian Eunuch asks to be baptized when they come upon water. Philip says he will baptize him, but his posture isn't that of just handing out baptisms like handing out candy to children. He says he'll baptize him only if he truly believes. Philip had a posture that put across the point that a person needs to be very clear about their decision to follow Christ. Also, there's no indication of Philip ever discipling this man. If anything, the scripture is clear that the Ethiopian Eunuch never saw Philip again.

Acts 8:35-39 makes this clear.

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. - Acts 8:35-39