June 1, 2016
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People need to hear the truth contained in the Word of God, to the edification of their souls.
It is enervating to see, in present day, the continued trend inherent in the church’s style-of-preaching (and teaching).
There is this seduction of feeling (though not in ALL) that draws souls away to the slumber zone; to destruction and not to edification.
Paul had to communicate similarly to the Corinthian Church three times:
“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” ~2 Corinthians 13:10, AuthorizedKJV
Today’s messages feel good and appeal to the soul, but do little to change the soul or transform the mind to the mind of Christ. We are supposed to have the mind of Christ, ARE WE NOT?
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:16, AuthorizedKJV
The mind needs to be renewed to take on the mind of Christ. Renewal comes by being edified from the Word of God. The scripture urges us to be transformed by renewing our minds and to NOT be like the world system.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~ Romans 12:2, AuthorizedKJV
The feel-good gospel is like a Sunday pill that wears off on Monday. People go back to the carnal weekly routines and pine for next Sunday’s fix.
April 28, 2016
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FAST & PRAY (for the best way through enemy territory)
Imagine you’re a ten year old who has to walk to and from school everyday. Now imagine that twice daily on this journey you have to literally tiptoe downwind past a yard of vicious dogs. Wouldn’t you consider this enemy territory?
In our daily lives we travel through “enemy territory” regularly. Our experiences may be different in context and severity but we can all relate to having to pass through “hostile territory” fearing getting mauled and robbed.
So how can we ensure that we are completely protected when we have to navigate through enemy territory? Consider this, Ezra wanted to return to Jerusalem and had finally persuaded some of the exiles to leave Babylon and go home with him. He also had a lot of temple treasures to carry.
Ezra knew the journey (from Babylon through Palestine to Jerusalem) would be dangerous because of robbers and enemies along the way, and he didn’t want to ask the king of Babylon for soldiers, so he proclaimed a fast to seek God’s provision specifically for the journey.
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.” Ezra 8:21-23 Auth.KJV
Here is something to consider: Ezra didn’t want to ask the king for help because during his time in the king’s court he had preached about God’s protection over those who seek Him. Asking the king for help, instead of trusting God, would be denying the power he had preached about.
It would have been a two-fold denial: 1. denying God before men; and 2. denying God to God’s face. Ezra had to walk the talk not just talk the talk so he went to the source: his Heavenly Father.
Ezra’s fast was very specific. The purpose was to seek “a right way” for three specific things: the grown ups, the children, and all their property.
This right way was literally an even way, specifically referring to an unobstructed way. Ezra asked God for the unobstructed and most fortunate way through the territory of his enemies and God granted his request because he had prayed and fasted for it.
“Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.“ Ezra 8:31 Auth.KJV
FAST & PRAY (for the best way through enemy territory)
February 16, 2016
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COMPROMISE displeases GOD
Hey, you, Christian, believer; Do you think you can bend the rules a little and not face consequences? I’m talking about COMPROMISE. I wrote about it a few years ago. You can find that study at this LINK. <–
The Holy Bible teaches us that God views compromise seriously. In fact, here are some examples of Biblical people who had consequences as a result of compromise. Read their stories and let these truths affect your spirit.
Adam & Eve were the first Biblical people to compromise God’s Word. God told Adam specifically not to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17). But when Eve compromised and disobeyed God’s command, Adam chose to do so too (Genesis 3:6). The result of their compromise was that God cursed the serpent (Genesis 3:14) and the ground (Genesis 3:17), sentenced Eve to sorrow and the pain of childbirth (Genesis 3:16), and kicked them out of The Garden (Genesis 3:24). Adam was also sentenced to sorrow (Genesis 3:17) and to till the cursed ground for life (Genesis 3:23).
Cain made compromises when he offered produce from the ground as an offering to God (Genesis 4:3). God had previously cursed the ground because of Adam, so a cursed ground could not produce an acceptable offering for God. The immediate consequence of his compromise was that God did not accept his offering (Genesis 4:5). Cain also became very angry and ended up killing his brother Abel (Genesis 4:8), a subsequent and more serious consequence of his compromise.
Lot’s wife compromised when she turned around to look back at the burning Sodom & Gomorrah. The immediate consequence of her compromise was that she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).
Esau compromised when he halfheartedly told Jacob he would give him his birthright if Jacob gave him some stew. The eventual consequence was that Esau actually lost his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:29-34).
Moses compromised when he struck the rock with his rod. God told him to speak to the rock (Numbers 20:7-10) instead he hit it twice (Numbers 20:11). The consequence of his blatant compromise was that both he and his brother Aaron did not get to enter the promised land (Numbers 20:12). Moses did not enter the promised land but only saw it from the mountain top (Deuteronomy 34:1-4).
Samson compromised when he told Delilah the secret to his strength (Judges 16:17). The consequence was that God departed from him (Judges:16:20), and thus his enemies were able to conquer him and put his eyes out (Judges:16:21).
Eli compromised because of his sons. The sons of Eli were children of the devil and committed many grievous acts against the children of Israel and against God (1 Samuel 2:12). Eli spoke to them but did not stop them (1 Samuel 2:23). The direct consequence of this was that God was displeased with Eli because Eli’s compromise honored his sons more than God (1 Samuel 2:29). The subsequent consequence was that Eli’s family was cut off from the priesthood and no man in his family lived to a ripe old age. Eli himself started to go blind, his heart was grieved and both his sons died on the same day (1 Samuel 2:31-34).
King Saul compromised when he disobeyed God’s direct command to utterly destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions (1 Samuel 15:3). First Saul allowed the Kenites to go free (1 Samuel 15:6) then he captured King Agag alive and kept all the good spoils of war (1 Samuel 15:9). The immediate consequence of his compromise was that God rejected Saul from being King (1 Samuel 15:26) and eventually tore the kingdom from him. The Spirit of the Lord also departed from Saul (1 Samuel 16:14).
King David compromised when he lusted after Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. He sent servants to take Bathsheba, brought her to his chamber where he lay with her, and she became pregnant (2 Samuel 11:2-5). After that David tried to get Uriah to lay with Bathsheba in an obvious plot to make it look like the baby was Uriah’s (2 Samuel 11:8-11). David then had Uriah killed by sending him into the heat of battle (2 Samuel 11:15). The direct consequence of David’s compromise was that it displeased God. The subsequent consequence was that evil entered David’s house (2 Samuel 12:11), God’s enemies got bold enough to blaspheme Him and the first child born from David’s union with Bathsheba died (2 Samuel 12:14-18).
Jonah compromised when he decided that he would not go where God had sent him (Jonah 1:1-2). The consequence was that he got swallowed by a large fish (Jonah 1:17), had a life-changing experience and eventually had to go where God sent him anyway (Jonah 3:1-3).
The Apostle Peter compromised when he decided not to sit and eat with Gentiles in the presence of Jews, even though he previously sat and ate with them when Jews were not present. The consequence of this compromise was that God used the Apostle Paul to rebuke Peter in front of the Jews and Barnabas, and to show him that he was not walking uprightly according to the truth of the gospel (Galatians 2:11-14).
Ananias and Sapphira compromised when they lied to the Holy Spirit and to God (Acts 5:1-4). The immediate consequence was that both he and his wife fell down dead (Acts 5:5-11).
These are just some of the Biblical people who allowed compromise, which resulted in consequences in their lives. The people of Israel also continuously compromised and are still living with the consequences of that today. The point of this lesson is:
“Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.“ ~1 Samuel 15:22-23 AuthorizedKJV
God is displeased with compromise! He prefers obedience over sacrifice and compares rebellion and stubbornness to witchcraft and idolatry.
Don’t be stubborn! Don’t continue to live in compromise! It is like quicksand and it displeases God. Stick your foot in quicksand and before long you’ll be up to your nose. Listen to God’s caution and repent.
COMPROMISE displeases GOD