Precious Spiritual Children- 3

How do we handle the traditions of men? I prefer to follow the word of God. I went to a religious Institution for college and it was a Wesleyan Methodist University. Thus we studied about John Wesley and his interpretation of the Bible. When I study the Bible I prefer to study it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As such  I rejected the traditional teachings of Wesley. The Holy Spirit teaches me comparing spiritual things with spiritual. By way of an illustration, the Holy Spirit will take me to an Old Testament reference and then compare it to a new testament text. Therefore I prefer the teaching of the Holy Spirit to any man-made Institution. Do I now seek to persuade men or God? That is a question from Galatians 1:10. If I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ. That’s pretty clear-cut. Often times in church today we have the Pharisee type of religion.

Those that do such a thing follow the law of Moses to the letter. The New Testament teaches us that the letter kills but the spirit gives life. Which would you prefer? I shudder to think of how you might answer that question because some people are so used to the rules and regulations of their Church superseding scripture. That should not be so. Then there are those in church who are so tolerant of sin that it makes me sick. These are the affirming churches who will affirm nearly everything but the word of God which is often out of season in those churches. Paul said that that we are to preach the word both in season and out.

Are you a Pharisee of the false love that has invaded the church? Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? Until we get back to speaking the truth in love the church will flounder and be without any power whatsoever. There’s a caution flag here though because remember the seventy whom Jesus sent out.

They returned with great joy saying, even the demons are subject to us in your name. I can almost imagine how Jesus looked at them shaking his head. Do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you but Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. Absolute power corrupts. They were more joyful in the power they were given then the fact that they were serving Jesus Christ. When one is given power they can become Power Mad which destroys the gift. Simon the Sorcerer was like that as he wanted the power to make himself look great. He even asked to buy this power. Your money perish with you because you thought you could buy the power of the spirit. You can’t. The power of the spirit in my life issues understanding and to know scripture better by the day. Sanctify them by your word. That is found in John 17:17 which means set them apart by Your Word. Your word is truth. To me that is the power of the Holy Spirit. When he the spirit of Truth has come he will guide you into all truth from John 16:13. Do I follow the tradition of men? Absolutely not because then, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Ezra and Studying

2nd Timothy 2:15 says, study to show thyself approved by God rightly dividing the word of Truth. That is what Ezra was doing as he first was studying the Hebrew texts of scripture which he would next put into practice

Practice and teaching are outgrowths of study. Walk as children of light. You shall know them by their fruits. Ezra then taught what he had learned and practiced. He was unable to rightly divide the word of God because that came later. Still he had to keep the Hebrew texts of scripture in context. How often do you study the word of God? I’m not talking about reading but studying it. You take the time to go behind the English into the Hebrew words. You cross reference from one verse to another. In Ezra’s day they did not have the Holy Spirit as we do today. The Holy Spirit guides you into all truth. But the first component to understand the Bible is to study is perhaps one half hour a day that will enrich your lives draw you closer to God.

The LOVE Manual- 2

Have you found your significant other yet? Do you know that the early Israelites had a PG 30 rating on this book called The Song of Solomon? I believe it was due to its suggestive language although flowery and poetic. A junior high teacher in Sunday School wanted to teach this to his students but the Pastor said no. He also knew of the power of the words of this book. In fact if a husband and wife read this book together once per month it would enrich their marriage greatly.

Have you found this precious love? When I found the one I love, I held him and would not let him go. What passionate love!

What can separate us from the love of God? Even so it Remains the Same with husband and wife if the commitment is there in Chr

Here is a reminder from 1st Corinthians 7 14 that an unbelieving spouse can be Sanctified by the believing spouse. Oh the depths of spiritual love! Just make sure of one thing and that is that you don’t use all the verses of the Song of Solomon in describing your spouse. For example, your waist is a Heap of wheat or your nose is like the Tower of Lebanon. Descriptions like that can send you to the couch for the night. But the wonderful versus far outweigh the others even so discernment must be exercised. What wondrous love is this oh my soul.


Prayer Should Never Be the Last Resort

Today I had an interesting thing happen to me. I ate a normal breakfast but the bacon was not well done part of it got caught in my esophagus. Normally this would call for a certain type of medicine that breaks it up. The last time I had it I drink a glass of water with the interior of the pill in the water. It also got caught in my throat and I began choking and gagging as the medicine had no place to go. I began to pass out when all of a sudden the passageway opened up and I could swallow again. It was very scary and I didn’t want to go through that again today. I ate breakfast at 8 in the morning and then could not swallow anything again. Everything came up that I tried to swallow. I didn’t want to take that medicine after what had happened the last time. The alternative was going to the hospital. Finally I thought of Prayer in regards to a healing. I’m really down on Ministries that heal because of what they represent. And they really bring down the name of Jesus Christ by their actions. These are the Benny Hinn’s land Joyce Meyers who make a mockery out of healing by somehow turning it into the Prosperity Gospel for them. At this point though I did turn to Jesus as a last resort and there was a vacancy there. I focused on him deeply and in his name prayed that the obstacle instructed my esophagus what depart and it actually did. I have been healed in minor things before but never something like this. All morning long I couldn’t swallow anything and the hospital was a last resort. Well, not really the last resort that was Jesus but he was still open to me and healed me and all praise and glory goes to him for what He did for me. Prayer to me has always been to glorify God. I will remember what he did for me today.

Oh yes, in the name of Jesus he will save you too and there is no other name under Heaven or Earth by which you can be saved straight up. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God

Feasting on God’s Word

Are you spiritually hungry? If so open your Bible and study. Reading is part of study but not the only part. The Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. He takes me from the Old Testament to the new and the New Testament to the old. I love to feast on the word of God.

Your words were found and I ate them and they were the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am called by your name. His words are often called like honey in sweetness. That’s how they are to me. I hunger after the word of God and so should you. There is growth in God’s word to make you spiritually stronger.

Now that you’re strong you can ask for the ancient paths where the good way is and then walk in it so you can find rest for your soul. But a great many people say, We will not walk in it. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them. What a Sad dilemma for them.

Sometimes when I get weary of beating my breasts Against the Wind to try and edify the body of Christ and to warn against the dangers, I sometimes get spiritually fatigued. Yet his word in my heart is like a burning fire and whatever I do to try to understand it I cannot. I may be fatigued but his word rules my heart and is like honey in sweetness. Feast in God’s word, then walk in the good way where the almighty is, and even if fatigued, allow the Holy Spirit In You To Boldly Proclaim his word. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me according to Philippians 4:13. In Christ you have peace but in the world tribulation or troubles and pressures. But be of good cheer for Christ has overcome the world. Amen amen!

God’s Purpose: Are YOU Kicking Against the Goads?- 2

Are you kicking against the goads? No, this isn’t Adam Vinatieri kicking against an NFL team such as the Georgetown Goads. The question was directed to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Christ himself. So what are goads?

Ananias was told by Jesus to show Paul how many things he must suffer for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ. Suffering was nothing new to Paul as he caused Christians to suffer when he turned them into prison when he was called Saul.

Paul was a chosen vessel and that vessel was chosen from his mother’s womb according to Galatians 1. Paul, like this author, went through many stop signs before he saw the light. How many stop signs have you run through? Are you too kicking against the goads?

So why do we kick against the goads? Going back to Jeremiah, he had the answer. Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. Are you kicking against the goads?

Stop kicking against yourself because the only one you are hurting is yourself spiritually. It took a direct intervention by Jesus Christ to help the Apostle Paul become the chosen vessel he was meant to be prior to his birth.

Trying to kick against the goads is like placing yourself against God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit which are one formidable team. I hope this has helped you understand God’s purpose for your life and a timetable to achieve that purpose.

What is God’s Purpose for YOUR Life?- 1

Do you know that you are called according to His purpose? For he has a purpose for each and everyone of us. It took me awhile to know what my purpose was but I finally figured it out after going through many stop signs that God had set before me. Think about this.

Before Jeremiah was even born, God knew him and set before him his life’s work or the purpose of God for his life. He did that for His son as well. Jesus knew along the way that he was going to the cross even though his disciples did not understand that. If Jeremiah was called before he was born according to the purpose of God is it so far-fetched to comprehend God’s calling for each and everyone of us? We are called according to God’s purpose for our life. Some like Jonah fight that purpose as I also once did. We also come with excuses.

Jeremiah trying to use his youth as an excuse but that didn’t get him very far. If you’re called according to the purpose of God, God will equip you with what you need to accomplish that purpose. In Jeremiah’s case he had a tough assignment. And here it is.

Jeremiah’s Ministry was to be 2/3 negative and 1/3 positive. But without rooting out and pulling down and to destroy and throw down he would not be able to build and to plant. Remember the Bible tells us that we must rid ourselves of our old man before the new man can be put on. I will go into greater detail in part 2 as I shift the conversation from Jeremiah to the Apostle Paul.

Spiritual Diapers For Biblestudents and Belgian Christadelphians

When I Converse with either Bible students or Christadelphians I have to adjust to their dialect. Goo Goo? You see I am talking to a cult still in their spiritual diapers. And they make such a mess of things! They don’t understand or comprehend the pre incarnate Jesus Christ despite scriptures to the contrary. It makes me wonder about Bible students as to what version they’re reading? It must be the revised infant Bible. What about this?

How could Christ be before Abraham unless he was pre incarnate? Do I hear a goo goo in reply? Bible students and Christadelphians are to desire the pure milk of the word that they may grow. God doesn’t want them in their spiritual diapers forever. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. How about this one?

Now you youngsters in Christ aren’t going to tell me that you think that Jesus was actually the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet are you? Are you saying he is Elmo of Sesame Street? Jesus Christ was in the beginning as he will be at the end. Jesus Christ yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Do you still want to learn more? Study your old testament and study hard. Show Yourself approved by God!

Bible Famine

Romans 10:17 says, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Many churches today have topical sermons with very few, if any, quotations in Scripture. They are the ear tickling sermons. Have you ever heard of Seeker sensitive churches? A pastor who just resigned last week due to sexual misconduct was in charge of a Seeker sensitive Church. That means the pastor asked the congregation what they would like to hear preached. He wasn’t concerned with what they needed to hear preached. That is why there is a famine in the land today. Many pastors no longer refer to the Bible in their sermons. The why is simple. They choose not to have sound Doctrine in the church. They want to hear smooth things that do not interfere with the way they live. Today you find that a good bible-believing church is very difficult to find. You won’t find large congregations but what you will find is spiritual growth. Personally I would choose spiritual growth over a full congregation that is pablum fed. What about you?

Rejecting Jesus Christ

The majority of Jews today still reject Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Many Gentiles reject him as well. There is a cost to that rejection especially at this present time. I believe we’re getting close to the time of the rapture. Jesus said, as it was in the days of Noah so will it be in the day of the son of God. Every thought of his heart was only evil continually. A man’s heart is desperately wicked who can know it? The Lord knows our hearts and he knows who will accept him and who will not. Those who do not accept him will be going through the Great Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s trouble. One would think that after all his miracles, feedings, and signs that everyone will accept him. The Bible says, when Jesus was at the Passover many believed in him when they saw the signs which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself to them for he knew all men. Jesus knew that these people were only there for what I call the entertainment value of Christ. They were there for all the Wonders that he did. But despite all that his own people rejected him as do many people today. If we deny him, he will deny us. Some will not believe in him even when going through the horror of the tribulation hour. That’s hard for me to comprehend but it shows the hardness of a man’s heart. That heart can only be softened by accepting Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. If you are one of those that are reading this right now consider your ways as the prophet Haggai once said. Consider your ways then choose Jesus who will give you eternal life with him. Please consider your ways in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Are YOU in a Spiritual Church?- 2

How do you know if you are spiritual? Granted, every member of the body of Christ has a measure of spirituality but some keep an elementary mode. With them milk is enough but according to the Apostle Paul he said the milk Christians could not be reasoned with as to spiritual. Hebrews 5 gives the answer. But solid food belongs to those who are mature, that is those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both Good and Evil. By reason of use in Greek is the word homolathes which means by habitual action. By habitual action they have their senses exercised to discern both Good and Evil. Habitual action means at least daily usage if not more. I once knew a man who told me he read 2000 verses of scripture a day. He seemed impressed with himself when he said that. I asked him what he got out of it and got a blank stare in return. I would rather read 5 words with my understanding then ten thousand words in a tongue. Did you get that? With my understanding which only comes with habitual action. It’s just like a Marshal in the old west practicing his draw. To be a good lawman you had to have a fast draw. In Scripture you have to understand the words that you read and be able to apply them when needed.

The Holy Spirit teaches me comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Oh and by the way, this Holy Spirit is not a force like Belgium Bible students and Christadelphians believe. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth from John 16:13. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them, nor can he learn them because they are spiritually discerned by habitual action. Restoration can only come by Holy Spirit fed and led leaders. You who are spiritual and I will have more in part 3.

How About a House Church?

I attend a house Church that is a true Bible Church. And by that I don’t mean that we’re the only true church. What I mean by a true church is that we study the scriptures. We have both the Greek and Hebrew lexicon on hand to go behind the English words to the original language. When Paul said, I would rather speak five words with my understanding then 10000 words in a tongue, he was definitely on the right track. Sometimes our entire Bible Church session covers only one verse and we look at each and every word in that verse. The method of our study is expository, that is verse by verse and we keep it in context which is very important. We also examine who the author is trying to reach as to his audience.

For example, the entire Old Testament was written to the Jews with the exception of Jonah and Nahum which were written to Nineveh. Are you aware that the four Gospels were also primarily written to the Jews. The same holds true from James to Revelation. And the first 8 chapters in Acts are also primarily for the Jewish people. In the Bible, that leaves Acts 9 through Philemon for the body of Christ. And that’s the Bible in a nutshell. Paul tells us that the entire Bible is written for our learning and only Acts 9 through Philemon is written for our Doctrine. In our home Church we are presently studying the book of Romans verse by verse. The number of people that Weekly attend is 15 and we break into 3 five-person groups. Then we come together as a group for prayer and communion followed by a fellowship meal. Lastly we have a Time for praise and testimony. That is our Bible Church. Do we take new members in? Yes we do however when the group reaches 30 members they break off into a new home Church. Many denominational churches are interested in growing their congregations. Our home Church is basically interested in growing together as a spiritual body. Some of us meet on Wednesday night at various homes for Bible study on a particular topic. I encourage all of you to find a Bible Church with no denominational ties as 1st Corinthians 1:10 recommends. I beseech you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you. Amen to that!

An Open Letter to the Body in Christ of Africa

This letter is to my brothers and sisters in Christ from the great continent of Africa. I know that you have many Pentecostal pastors coming to your land with miracles, signs, and wonders. But the real and true miracle is found in the pages of God’s Bible. It is spiritual food for all of you. Jesus when he was at the Passover had many people come before him because of the signs, miracles, feedings, and wonders that he did before them. But the Bible said, Jesus did not commit himself to them. This is found in John 2:23-24. Jesus knew all men and they were there only for his miracles, feedings, and wonders or what I would call the entertainment value of Christ. Jesus didn’t want that. He wanted them to come to him because he was their Messiah. In my companion website called Big Bass Lake and Beyond I speak of a recipe involving the pollen from cattails which can be used to make pancakes and other food items. Someone commented from Africa about the abundance of cattails in your country that can be used for food. But I want to add to your diet spiritual food which is found in the word of God. Feast on it daily. The sword of the spirit is the word of God and that coupled with prayer are the offensive weapons of the full armor of God. My Hope and prayer is that all Africa will come to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. No Miracles or signs can top that. Then think about these words from Jeremiah 15:16. Feast on the word of God to grow your spiritual faith and you will be made whole in Body, soul, and spirit. I will be praying for your spiritual growth. I hold all of you in my heart and hope and pray that you will follow the lord Jesus Christ even without miracles or wonders. Jesus loves you and he wants you to follow him into eternity. Praise the Lord! Amen and amen!