Saturday, September 15, 2012

WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT WORKS SALVATION

Now as I was praying yesterday the Lord Jesus Christ gave me some words, so I am going to read them as I was given. This is what I received: it is not by your works that you are made clean. But of me alone, Christ. But when you have been made clean strive to stay away from that which will make you unclean again. Without me you cannot be made clean. You must abide with me to stay clean. No man can boast that he was made clean of himself except in me. No man can make himself clean, only I can make you clean if you would repent and turn to me. So it is not by your works that a man is made clean, but it is by me that he is made clean. Therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness and depart not back to your sins. Your work is to deny yourself put on me, follow me, and abide in me. And that was what the Lord gave me yesterday so I share that with you today. And I just hope that everybody can realise that it is only Jesus who can make you clean if you have become dirty in the world today. If you have become unclean in your heart. If you have fallen back to your sins and you have become unclean again. You see when you go back to sin and evil and worldliness, you become unclean.

And so we must turn to the Lord to be made clean and we can be really really really unclean and the Lord will make us clean. So don't think that you are too unclean to be able to be made clean for the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we could be clean. And without being clean inside we will not enter the kingdom of God nobody. Nobody can enter God's kingdom if they are unclean. Only those who do the will of the father and that's to follow Jesus. I can read at the bottom here where it says: therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness depart not back to your sin. Your work is to deny yourself put on me follow me and abide in me. And that's what Jesus said. He said to a abide in him and he said that in John 15 verse four that: a branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine so neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine and you are the branches if anyone does not abide in me he's thrown away as a branch that is withered and they gathered them up and cast them into the fire where they are burned. You see when you abide in Jesus, when you turn to the Lord in repentance, he will make you clean. You are unable to make yourself clean. You can't try and turn away and make yourself clean before God unless you come to Jesus Christ. There is not other way.

That's why Lord Jesus died on the cross to make us clean otherwise nobody will enter the kingdom of God, nobody. And we read here where it says in one Corinthians 5:9 that: do not be deceived the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. They will not inherit the kingdom of God. Not be sexually immoral, adulterers, idolators, homosexuals and the list goes on. These things will not inherit the kingdom of God if you are unclean today then you need to repent, turn to Jesus so he can make you clean. That is the way. We must walk by the Spirit of God. And that's what Paul says also. He says that in Galatians 5:24 that: the deeds of the flesh are evident which is unclean, it is immorality, impurity, idolatry, sorcery enmity, strife, jealousy, and anger, disputes, dissensions, drunkenness, carousing, and in things like these and Paul says that I've warned you that those who practice these things will not inherit God's kingdom. But those who follow the spirit they shall have the spirit fruits. And these are: joy peace patients kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control, against such there is no law. They will not be condemned. Now those who belong to Jesus Christ, they've crucified their desires and all its passions. So yourself is full of passions and desires that will make you unclean before God. But dear friends we do not want to be unclean. We want to be pure and clean in the sight of God. So that we must turn to the Lord Jesus Christ so that he can make us clean.

And I can read it for you again as received by the Lord who showed me last night and so I read here that: it is not by your works that you are made clean but of me alone but when you have been made to clean strive to stay away from that which will make you unclean again. Jesus said he said: strive to enter that the narrow gate to heaven for many would try but few will be able to. He said that in Luke 6:46 and he said that if anybody hears my words he is like a man who built his house on the rock and the flood did not destroy it. But anybody who doesn't obey the words of Jesus, he is like a man who built his house in the sand and the ruin of that house is great. I will read on: without me you cannot be made clean. You must abide in me to stay clean. You must abide in the Lord to stay clean, you. Abide. Jesus said I am the vine you are the branches apart from you can do nothing. He says how can a branch bear fruit of itself if it is severed from the vine, it is impossible. He said only if you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Anyone who doesn't abide in me, John 15:6, he is thrown away and the branch is gathered up and thrown into the fire. No man can boast that he was made clean except in me. No man can make himself clean only I can make you clean if you would repent and turn to me. We read: so it is not by works that a man is made clean but it is by me that he is made clean, therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness and depart not back to your sin. Your work is to deny yourself, put on me, follow me, abide in me. Now is not that good news?

If anybody has a heart to accept the truth that is news that people would like to hear. The rebellious of heart will not like to hear that they have to turn away from sin. So let us not have hearts of rebellion. Rebellious hearts love sin they love immorality. They love their homosexuality. They love their strife, their outbursts of anger, their cursing. They love their unkindness dissension drunken parties. Now we must be separate from this dear friends, because those things will make you unclean before the Lord. And how can he make you clean while you are staying choosing to stay in your uncleanliness? It will not happen dear friends. We must be separate from the ways of this unclean generation. It is called worldliness. Worldliness and this whole world is worldly, dear friends. And worldly and worldly what is worldly? I was looking in dictionary and meaning the other day. And the definition of worldliness is: to devote yourself to the world rather than to devote yourself to God. What they say in the dictionary is that: it is to devote yourself to the world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs. And we've got words like sophisticated and worldly- wise. Now pure religion now what is that? Pure religion is to keep yourself unstained by the world and to help the widows and orphans in their distress, James 1:2-7 and we read in one Peter 4:43 that: for the time in our past lives we did the same as the world, where we walked in lasciviousness, which is giving to lust, expressing lust or inciting lustful desires, sexual desires, the lusts of the flesh, pride of life, money success possessions excess wine and revelling and abominable idolatries, wherein the people think it's strange that you do not run with them doing the same things as the they do so they speak you the evil of you.

This world is worldly, and if you want to stay clean from the world you have to depart from it and not go back to the world. Because why you're choosing to stay in the world with all its idolatry, its banqueting revelling excess wine, its lasciviousness which is its lustful ways, and all the things of the pride of life, looking good, pride of life, pride of the eyes, the lust of the eyes, success possessions, you know all the things we can get in this world. All the pursuit of man again it's all worldliness. And we read that: woe to them that rise up in the day early that they may have fun all day drinking strong drink and listening to the harp, the viol and the pipe, music, and they do not regard the works of the Lord. That's what this world does. They listen for their evil music and all the entertainment and they do not regard the work of the Lord. They do not regard the work of the Lord. And we read in 2 Peter that in the last days scoffers will come try trying to do all they can to nullify the reality of the Lord's bringing the world into existence by his word. So they brought in evolution in these last days. Why else do you think that there is so much evolution around? Is because Peter himself said that in the last days that would happen. He said they would do all they can to try and nullify that the Lord brought the heavens and the earth into being by his word. And you can go and read that for yourself in two Peter. But dear friends, we must not love the world. If we want to stay clean for Jesus Christ, I want to read to you from one John 2:15 where we read: do not love the things of this world. If anybody does love the world the love of the father is not in him. Now what does it mean by this world? What are the things of this world? What is that?

Let's read on: for the things that are in the world are the desires of the flesh the desires of the eyes and the pride of possessions. So all the things that your heart lusts after: money success medals or whatever, and the desire to the eyes: people want to view evil to make them feel good. Like we got things like porn and evil things on TV, godless things and the pride of possession. People get very proud if they can own lots of things because it puts them in high status before others. But we are not to do that because the Lord said that: seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. What are these things? These are things the pagans chase after, these will be added to you, the things you need for life daily life. The pagans chase after getting, houses and food and clothing as well without God. But Jesus said that: seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and these things will be added to you. Your father in heaven knows you knows you need these things. So there are things in the world that are not in the definition of worldly and we do need them. But when you go chasing them that's when it becomes worldly, because we know the definition of worldly is used to pursue the things of this world without pursuing God, devoting yourself to the things you see and are seen which are passing away. Now we read that in 2 Corinthians 4:18 where we read: as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For things that we see are transient which means they pass away but the things that are unseen are eternal. Now the unseen things is the kingdom of God. Things you cannot see, we cannot see the kingdom of God here. We might be able to see the kingdom in the actions of his people. We might be able to see some miracles and some deeds of righteous people sp we say; yeah, the Kingdom of God is here. But were not going to be able to see what we hope for until we put off these bodies, these tents, and and then we go into the kingdom. And then our faith will be rewarded.

You see how can you have faith if you already see? Faith is for what you don't see. That's why the Lord says about faith. He doesn't expect you to see Jesus now, because faith is what you have in things that you cannot see, but you believe are truth. That's what faith is. And that's a gift of the Spirit, faith. So what you see in this world, it doesn't work by what you see, what you see will destroy you if you focus on what you see with your eyes: the world pride of life the lusts of this flesh and all the things the world chases after. But when you put those things aside and you focus on what is unseen and you have faith in it, Jesus Christ the kingdom of God cleanliness, then what happens is one day you will come into the reality of that which you had faith in! The unseen. Now we all have the evidence of the unseen in our hearts if we have come to know him, I do. And what is the evidence? Peace, the fruits of the Spirit, Love, joy and gentleness all these things, freedom from sin, a new way in your heart, no more condemnation in your mind, all these things, Jesus Christ takes away from you, healings, physical healings, these are things we can see and we can feel. These things are evidence of our faith, but faith still is in the unseen.

That's why the world mocks at us because they say how foolish are you, because you do not believe in things you cannot see and you do not join us in our revelling and in our pursuit of pleasure and licentious. And licentiousness is lacking moral discipline and legal restraints specially in sexual conduct. So dear friends we have to get rid of these worldly things out of our lives praise the Lord. And give ourselves to pursuing Jesus Christ with all we have. If we cannot do that how can we follow the Lord Jesus Christ? Now I want to read it to you again about being clean. This is what the Lord Jesus showed me yesterday and I wrote it down he said to me this: it is not by your works that you are made clean by me alone. But when you have been made clean, strive to stay away from that will make you unclean again. Without me you cannot be made clean. You must abide with me to be clean. Clean is so you can enter the kingdom of heaven, because you cannot enter the kingdom while you are dirty, why you are as sinner, while you are dirty in your sins following the world. You will never go to heaven you go to hell. Let's read on: no man can boast he was made clean by himself except in me. So I can boast to you that Jesus Christ made me clean because he did the work on the cross to make me clean. I can only make you clean if you would repent and turn to me. So it is not by works that a man is made clean but it is by me that he's made clean. Therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness and depart not back to your sin. Your work is to deny yourself put on me and follow me abide in me. So when we abide in Jesus we will bear fruit. Remember how I said that Jesus said in John that: those who do not abide in him are like a branch that does not abide in the vine it withers up. A branch of itself away from the tree cannot bear good fruit. It is only when it abides with Jesus Christ that he can bear good fruit be made clean and be able to walk into the kingdom of God. Now does everybody understand this? Does anybody understand that it is through Jesus Christ alone that you can be made clean? Does anybody understand that you cannot make yourself clean by following the law of Moses? You cannot make yourself clean by trying to turn away from your addictions? You cannot make yourself clean by trying to turn over a new leaf for this year, next year? No you can only make yourself clean if you turn away from your sins repent and turn to Jesus Christ. It means you abide in him. It means you follow him.

I read at the bottom here where it is written that: your work is to deny yourself, put on me, follow me, and abide in me, and deny yourself. Jesus said in the Bible: you are not worthy of me unless you deny yourself, pick up your cross, follow me. What is deny yourself? Deny yourself means to deny yourself of following sin. Deny your desires of the flesh. Now does anybody understand about denying yourself? I hope you do. Deny yourself. Now the next thing Jesus said was put on me. Put on me. What is to put on Christ? We read that in Paul's writings he says: put on Christ. Put on Christ. Put on his love, all these things. He says: turn away from pursuing your flesh and put on Christ. Also Paul says if you live after the dictates of your flesh you will die but if you live after the spirit you will live. The dictates of the flesh: pride of life, pride of the eyes, lusts of the heart, all these things. And next we have: follow me follow me. Well “me” is Jesus right? So that that's a work you must do. Where you must go follow Jesus. Follow the Lord. What does that mean? He said it himself he said: you must deny yourself pick up your cross and follow me. He said to the rich young ruler to go give away what you have and follow me. He said to Peter come follow me. How do you follow Jesus? It means that you have to get to know him in pray with him, to get to know him in in prayer. We must have a spiritual connection with him. So that he can tell you things and he can start to lead you. That's what followed Jesus means. We must follow the Lord. Follow him. And lastly the Lord said: abide in me.

I just read for you at the beginning about Jesus saying that a the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abides in the vine. It cannot bear fruit of itself. A branch would just be a dry stick if it's not connected to the vine. And that's what Jesus said he said that: unless you abide in me you cannot bear fruit. He said that if you abide in me I will and I abide in you, you will bear good fruit. He said that those who do not abide in me will be cut off and cast into the fire. Now abiding in Jesus and how do you do that? There is only one way: turn away from the world turn to Jesus so that he can make you clean and then live your life for him and pray. Spend time praying and having a spiritual connection with him abiding in his words and doing what he says. Now I want to read a scripture to you about that. About what Jesus said about doing, doing what he says. And that's what we want to do. We want to do what the Lord says. Now we read here, we read that he says: Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. So you got to do that first. You got to seek God's righteousness. You got the want to have that for yourself. You want to have his righteousness in you and be made clean. You want to really do that. You need to be having your whole mind wanting the righteousness of God over your pursuits. Over everything in your life right now. If you're too distracted to even bother to seek you will never find. If you are just too distracted by the TV, by your job, by your pursuits, by all things want to do, well you'll never find. To pursue God and his righteousness and the Kingdom of God means you have to give away chasing after what you want to do in this life. We all may have to work that's true but we can put our minds on seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. That's what Jesus said.

Now what else did Jesus say about these things? He said this, he said: why did you call me Lord Lord (Luke 6:46) and you do not do what I say? Why do you call me Lord Lord and you do not do what I say? What to most churches do these days? They say Lord Lord! Now listen to what Jesus said about this he said: someone said to him Lord will there be many people who will be saved? Are there only just a few who are going to be saved? And Jesus said to them “strive to enter to the narrow door for I tell you many will seek to enter and they will not be able to, once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door you will stand outside knocking and saying Lord Lord opened to us and he will answer saying to you, I do not know you nor we are from. And then you will say: we ate and drank in your presence and you taught in our streets”. (preachers teachers people speaking for Jesus Christ the church that follows the Lord teaching in the streets) and he will say I tell you I do not know you nor where you are from, depart from you evildoers, you workers of the evil”. That's what Jesus will say to everybody who says they believe in Jesus and they listen to his teachings in their streets and they eat and drink in their churches, yet they do not do what he says.

Because the Lord said: why do you call me Lord Lord and you do not do what I say? So you have to strive! You have to strive to enter the narrow way dear friends! The Lord will shut the door. Now people say well that's only talking about the long time ago in the law of Moses era. No, the Lord Jesus Christ is talking about the future. He says that many will say to him on the LAST DAY. They'll say: did we not do many works in your name? Why are you going to send me away? And the Lord said: I tell you truly I never knew you, depart from me you workers of sin. You see sin makes you unclean. And that's what I read again down here where the Lord says: therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness, (gift, it's a gift to be made clean through Jesus Christ you better accept it and you better go seek it) and depart not back to your sin. Your work is to deny yourself put on me follow me and abide in me. Are you doing that? Are you denying yourself of the world and is worldliness? Are you putting on Christ daily instead of your own ways which are in the heart of a man? Now what's in the heart of a man? Your own ways! Are they good or bad? The heart of the man isn't righteous, the heart of the man is impure. The heart of the man has many evil things inside of it. So if we want to be clean dear friends we cannot have the ways of the heart inside of us because Jesus talks about the ways of the heart inside of us. Now what did Jesus say about the ways of the heart? Let's have a look, now Jesus said this about your heart in Mark 7:22: that which comes out of the heart of the man, says Jesus, that defiles a man. For from within the hearts of men proceed evil thoughts, fornication, (which is going and sleeping around which is conceived in the heart) theft (it's all conceived in the heart first) murders, adultery, (it is all premeditated) deeds of coveting, licentiousness, (licentiousness is inciting sexual desire and following it) wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, (slander is publicly talking out against people using demeaning words) pride and foolishness, (we all know what pride is, foolishness is joking around and being stupid) all these things proceed from within the heart of a man and these are what defile a man. So Jesus is saying very clearly that there is nothing good in you. Now people in this world say: follow your heart.

Are you going to follow your heart knowing that from within the heart there is nothing good? What's in your heart? Everybody has different sin in there but I'm sure you know what's in your heart. Are you going to go following your heart when the Lord clearly says that that's what defiles a man? Defile makes unclean. So what ever comes out from inside of you that's what makes you unclean as a person before God. Uncleanliness. And Jesus said, he said to me this yesterday, he said: that it is me who make you clean. So if you want to be clean, he says you will be made clean if you repent and turn to me. You need to have a cleanliness, not uncleanliness. You need to have Jesus Christ give you cleanliness. Dear friends let us be clean. Let us have the cleanliness of Jesus Christ in our hearts today! Hallelujah! Otherwise how can we enter the kingdom of God? You cannot enter the kingdom of God while you have uncleanliness in your life. While you are being worldly. While you are joining the world in the immorality. While you are going along with the crowd to their wicked festivals.

How can you be clean if you join people in sin and agree with them that it is okay? You go along to your friend's drinking nights. And you may not drink with them but then again you are sitting there laughing and joking along with them. So how is that being separate to the Lord Jesus Christ? That's why we have to be separate. Why are you going to be saved if you stay in uncleanliness and join people in there sin? Because that's what Peter said, Peter the apostle said himself that: people, evil people, will think it's strange that you do not join them in their drinking of wine and revelling, and they'll speak evil of you because you do not join them. They think it's strange that you do not join them. They will scoff or mock because you do not join them in their sin. It is because the world is blind. They are brainwashed by Satan dear souls. If you want to be saved you have to turn away from joining them in their sin and they're going to think you stupid and weird and they go to call your kinds of names. Well they may not even say to your face but they will think in their hearts. But dear friends we are not to do those things with them we have to keep ourselves separate from the world. Unstained. Now that's what we read in Revelation, Revelation 3: for there are few people in the church who have not soiled (the Church of Sardis) who have not soiled their garment. They will walk with me in white for they are worthy. They haven't soiled their garments in the ways of the world. What did they do? Did they make themselves clean? Did they clean their garments? Not of their own power. As the Lord said to me again I'll read it: no man can boast he was made clean only I can make you clean if you repent and turn to me. But strive to stay away from that which will make you unclean again. You have to strive to stay away from uncleanliness. You cant go joining people in their unclean actions and their unclean works and their unclean deeds, you got to be separate from the ways of the world.

Now we read in Psalms 101 verse three that: I will not put any evil thing before my eyes. Evil thing before your eyes! Are you putting evil things before your eyes? Are your placing the world before your eyes? Now in the days of Psalms, people did not know about TV because there was no TV. They did not know about putting the TV in front of their eyes because there was no TV. But what do we have now? We have all this evil in this screen. You can watch the world in your bedroom. You can turn on a porn channel if you're in many places. And you can just watch a movie full of immorality. You can watch people kill each other. You can put these evil things in front of your eyes. You can watch people go and kill people and harass people and be unkind and be mean and molest children and all kinds of things. You watch all that on the TV it's true. And in your heart you can have all the same things that you're watching. You can have all these lustful desires for kinds of wicked things and you're living them and they are all manifesting in your heart as your watching the TV late at night. And you're feeling all lustful all of a sudden. And all kinds of evil desires are inciting themselves within you because inside of the heart of a man is nothing good. And same with me, there is nothing good in my heart either. Full of evil desires. But that's what Jesus said that: you must deny yourself. That's what you got to do, you go to deny, you've got to deny that. Decide to deny yourself. Decide to go and pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Pick up your cross now what is that? People will laught at you when you don't join them in sin. They will mock and slander you. Okay that's the cross you got to pick up. People laugh at you when you just follow the narrow way and you don't join in with them. That's the cross you got to pickup. You must give away things and doing things in your life you may really have wanted to do. Success you may have wanted to chase and probably could've got. But that's the cross you've got to pick up. You may have to lose some things for following Jesus. Maybe some family members, I don't know, but that's the cross you must pick up. Because no man starts to build the foundations of their house unless they first count the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. There is a cost. However the benefits far outweigh the cost because we will inherit the kingdom of God and his righteousness and Jesus will make you clean.

Don't listen to these foolish gospels everywhere that say that it's all by the grace of Jesus and let's just believe and we just continue to live the ways that we want to live and we can have fun and Jesus understands. They believe the wicked gospel that says: it's ok Jesus is my buddy and he's just going to accept my drinking, or he's ok with a bit of partying and having fun with friends, it's all good Jesus is my buddy. Dear souls that is making yourself an enemy to God. Enemy, you're God's enemy. Because we read in John that: he loves the world is God's enemy. He who loves the world is the enemy of God. So dear friends we have to be separate we don't want to make ourselves God's enemy. James 4:4: you adulterous people do not know that friendship with the world is making yourself an enemy to God? Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself God's enemy. James, 4:4 Do you want to be God's enemy? Do you want to listen to all these false gospels that says Jesus is your Buddy? He's going to accept your little bit of sin, it's okay he is going to be fine. But Jesus didn't say that, he never said that. I'll read what he said to me. He gave this to me, he said to me last night: it is not by your works that you are made clean but by me alone. But when you have been made clean strive to stay away from that which will make you unclean again. Without me you cannot be made clean. You must abide in me to stay clean. You must abide in me to stay clean. No man can boast he was made clean of himself. Except in me. No man can make himself clean only I can make you clean if you would repent and turn to me. So it is not by works that a man is made clean but it is by me that he is made clean. Therefore stay in your gift of cleanliness. It's a gift dear friends. And depart not back to your sin. Your work is to deny yourself put on me follow and abide in me. Are you doing that? Are you denying yourself putting on Jesus abiding him following him? Is that what you are doing today my friend? Or are you just following the paths of this fallen generation. Dear friends we have to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.

I tell you what Hell is real. People people like to say that the that the scriptures in the Bible say there's only a hell that will destroy people instantly, and they will not continued to exist. But we know that Jesus clearly talked about the torment in the fires of hell for the sinner. You see the rich man who ended up in hell that Jesus spoke of, he was at a normal good man in the world eyes, and he just had parties lots of money and had a good time. And he had five brothers who did the same thing. He died and he went to hell. And the reason he was in there because he didn't regard God and he just parties his life away. He didn't regard God. He didn't regard the works of God. He didn't seek the kingdom of God. He wasn't caring about God at all. He was just interested in having a good time and have a good time with people. And what happened? He was in the lake of fire screaming out; please put a drop of water on my tongue!… impossible…. Please go and warn my brothers not to come to this place!… they had the prophets to listen to…..but they won't they won't listen to the prophets!….. well if they won't listen to the prophets they wont listen to even Lazarus sent back from the dead…..you've got the prophets to listen to today warning you about the reality of hell. There is nothing else. In this world it is by faith alone in the unseen. If you focus on what you can see it's going to pass away. Focus on the unseen! Have faith in the cleaning blood of Jesus Christ. All the evidence of Jesus Christ who brings us into the kingdom of God, hallelujah. Let us focus on the Lord Jesus. Put out all evil and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, hallelujah...