Saturday, July 27, 2013

Not Sure I'm Saved

Well today I wanted to specifically talk about salvation because it is a topic that really bothers a lot of people. It really bothers them. A lot of people just wonder, you know, am I saved? Do I have the grace of Jesus and am I not going to hell? A lot of people have a lot of fear about hell and they feel that they're going to go there and they feel they got not hope. Some people read verses in the Bible that they believe condemn them and they feel that they're not on the way to heaven but on their way to the fire. And so they get all worried and concerned about ending up in hell and it causes a lot of people to fall away from their faith. If they have a little faith they fall away from it. Some people they go and get baptised nine times because each time they feel they need to get baptised again because they feel that the other time was not good enough. Sometimes they just go from church to church wondering if they can find a better one to feel more saved and to feel the power of God in them. Sometimes people feel that they're just not quite there in their faith and so they feel condemned or don't feel they're in the righteous way. They don't feel right before God. And so they have a lot of troubles in life. A lot of condemnation. A lot of guilt. They worry; hey you know I must not be on my way to heaven I must be on my way to hell. They feel that they're not being saved they are being condemned because of certain things in the past or things that keep worrying them now or things that trouble them now. Sins they might be in now and they feel there is no hope for them. But I want to tell you the truth about the way of salvation today.

And I want to tell you how when we follow the this wonderful way of salvation, we are going to find that confidence that we need on this earth. And dear friends that all comes when we realize who the Lord is and how he is here to bring us into the kingdom and is not here to cast us away. When you realise that Jesus is here to save us then we can have joy in knowing that the Lord does not condemn people. We condemn ourselves when we walk away into the paths of sin. But the Lord isn't here to condemn us the Lord is here to save us and so if we are on that path of doubt and worry about falling into the fire and not being ready for the Lord, it is time to have faith in the Lord Jesus and realize who he really is. Realize why he's here. Jesus came here for one reason. I can read it to you in 1 John 5: we know that the son of God has come and given us understand, that we may know him as true and that we are in him as true even in him the son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and everlasting life… I can read on in the John 10:28 Jesus says that; I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish neither shall any pluck them from my hand. And I can also read in John three verse 15 and 16 that; whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life… So dear friends no matter what anybody says nor no matter what you think; if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we give ourselves to him, we are going to be saved. If he is for us then who can be against us. And that is why we repent. That is why we turn from evil and sin because we know that when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and want to follow him on the narrow way, we know that nobody can be against us. Who can be against us and pluck us out of his hand, nobody. Satan can't nor can the powers of darkness nor can any person. It is only we who can choose our wickedness choose our sin and then just go and walk away and condemn ourselves in our wickedness. But we who love the Lord we know that nothing can pluck us away from the look, so let us stop having doubts today. We can have one baptism of faith and live for the Lord.

We don't need to have 10 baptisms. We don't need to go to a new doctrine and a new church. We can get to know the Creator himself the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. We do that when we have faith and decide to go pray to the Lord. He is not a Lord that is deaf and dumb. He is not a Lord that doesn't speak and hear and lead and give assurance and peace. He is a Lord that if you actually seek him you will find him. I can read it here in the words of Jesus where he says in the book of John, he says; if you seek me you'll find me. He goes on to say those who knock the door will be opened. Those who seek will find. He says that those who don't seek what little they have will be taken from them. So many people they don't seek. But the Lord says that those who seek will find and those who knock the door will be opened. So friends we are here to seek and find. We are here to dedicate to the Lord in repentance and truth and stay with him. I want to tell you how Jesus called me out of the world. I used to live my own way but the Lord called me to repent and start to seek him and to pray and to seek him for who he is as the real living son of God. And so I got on my knees I started to pray to the Lord and asking to know me because he's the living son of God. And the Lord came to me. He filled me with peace. He took away my bondage to sin. This is real folks. This isn't just some religion. He took away my bondage to sin that I was in because I repented of my sin and I turned away from it. You see it is through the grace of God that the reality of the living God can come into us. Then you don't need to get baptized 10 times to feel saved. Then you don't need to go to 10 churches to feel saved. You don't need to try and feel saved when you get to know Jesus, because the sheer power of the Lord, the reality of his wonderful love and truth is going to minister to you anyway. And that alone will give you the new way that you need. And that's why I want to talk about today is if you're full of doubt and you wondering according to Romans this or Hebrews that, you know I feel condemned I don't think I'm on my way to heaven. Well maybe you're not on your way to heaven today. Maybe you are in sin and you're on your way to the fire. Well so what we have the way to be saved and that is through a relationship with the Lord. So doesn't matter if we are condemned today and on our way to the fire, so what. You know today is the day of salvation.

Today's the day that we get to know the Lord and we turn from our old way and we come on the new. That's where the change begins when the old way becomes the new way. It is not just words. Not just Ahh I want to go the way…. you know it's actually let's come on the new way. Let's realize the reality of giving ourselves to the Lord Jesus, and having him come into our life, and having him transform us because we decide to get on our knees and seek the Lord for who he really is. That's what we should be doing. Jesus can sound all very unreal, you might be going to church and listening about Jesus there or reading the Bible and listening about Jesus there there and you just don't feel the reality of Jesus anymore. You just feel he is a bit far away from your problems right now. Well that might be true for you right now but it is not true if you go and seek him. That's why I talk about this wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ that if you go and seek you are going to find. Jesus said if you knock the door will be opened. If you seek you will find. That's what it's all about. It is all about seeking the kingdom of God that we can find it. It is all about seeking Jesus Christ so we can find him. Jesus said in Revelation that he is standing at the door knocking and if you open the door he will come in. these things aren't just figures of speech. These things aren't just things that are written and you can just say it and go about your own life. No these things are actually reality. A real situation. What will really happen to you if you go and seek. So if we seek to know the Lord and we actually start speaking to him like you just open your mouth and start speaking to God, you want to know the Lord your saviour, the one who saves, then you got to get into prayer. You got to seek him for who he really is. You got to seek him asking; Well Lord you have helped this person here and these people you have freed from sin and healed these people, I want to know you too. And that's what it's all about. Jesus Christ gave many people different revelations about the truth. He gave the apostle Paul revelation from heaven about his reality and Paul was converted that very day. And he gave these things to give a powerful testimony to the world that Jesus is real and living. Jesus did that for me too. He set me free from sin and came into my life and started to speak to me and show me things and gave me a new way. A new way to follow. And these things are to prove that Jesus is real and if you ask and seek you will find. That's what it's all about; if you seek you will find.

But how many of us spend our time seeking. Are we more interested in having our doubts and get getting baptized 10 times just because we don't feel saved? Or are we more interested in trying to find the right doctrine in churches or websites or in the Bible or wherever we want to try and find the right doctor and we believe will save us. Are we trying to find the right verse or something that is going to make us feel more saved? Or are we actually going to the Lord himself who is alive, who is real, who has power and believing that he is who he is! The Lord says I am who I am. Now I want to read what it says in Ephesians 2:8 for by grace that we have been saved through faith and it is not of ourselves but a gift of God. Not of any works lest any man should boast for we are his workmanship created in Jesus Christ unto good works that God has ordained for us from the beginning. You see the Lord has a plan for everybody. He has got something for you to do. You are not just created to live your life on this earth and try and make ends meet and hopefully be a good citizen before you die and life grinds on… no we are here for an actual purpose to do the works of God that he has ordained for us from the beginning… but if we don't know him and if we just are not led by the Lord and just doubt him and he is not our God, then how are we living out our purpose? We are just living our own way. Just getting baptized 10 times just to feel saved. This is not the path of salvation. That is the path of a doubting man. But the path of salvation is to directly go to the Lord for real and get into a personal relationship with him. That all comes friends the minute we start to pray and dedicate unto the Lord Jesus and we become serious about him where we go to the Lord in prayer and we asked the Lord; please know me and please forgive me of my sin… and you go to him and tell him that. You ask him to free you from your evil. The evil deeds you are doing. A lot of people they decide to believe in Jesus and they say well he is the Son of God and I believe the Bible but the thing is they always have a BUT. But I got to live my life. These sins I am doing I am born into them I can't change. Or they just feel that; I am not strong enough to walk the narrow way I cannot just put all this sin out. They are just bound to all their lust and guilt. They feel guilty everyday and condemn. You know why is this? It is because we need to have a relationship with Jesus to be able to walk in the light and to be in the light where we can be confident before God.

And how does that relation come? That relationship come? It comes if we are really serious about Jesus and we start to take him for who he is. If you start to realize that he is the son of God and is the one who sets you free from sin, he is the one that died for you, well if you can start to believe that then you can go to him and start to realize that the Lord loves you and is not going to condemn you for your sins. He is going to ask you to repent of your sin and come to him so he can wash you cleane from your sin. That's what the Bible says the Bible says that the Lord came to call sinners unto repentance. He comes to call us to repent and turn from our ways and follow him. That's what he called Peter as well. He came to Peter and said to come follow me. The way wasn't easy but the way was the way of righteousness and a new way. No more living the old way. And Jesus Christ cleanses all people from their ways and their sins and he gives us power to live a new way, but if we just don't know him and we just don't follow him, then how can we have that new way? It just doesn't come through religion. It doesn't come through our church attendance. It doesn't come through even reading the Bible, it comes through actually getting into a relationship with the Lord. That is where the power come. You know all these other things can point us to the right direction. These ministers or people who speak the truth or a church that's in the truth or the Bible or any of these things that the Lord might use, but if we're not willing to heed and actually go to the Lord ourselves, then how can we be saved? How can we have the assurance of salvation? We are just going to want to feel all unsaved all the time thinking that; hey you know today I am probably condemned. We got to start to realize one thing; salvation is not something that you suddenly get one day. Salvation is actually a walk, a road. It is called the way of salvation. Salvation is a walk, a way. It is called the race or faith. It is not something that you suddenly attain. Salvation is something you receive as a reward after walking in the way of faith all your life. Along that road you may stumble. You may pass through the shadow of the valley of death. You may very nearly be falling away into things that could cause you to end up in the fire. But that's why we have to follow Jesus because he's the way of salvation. You know it is the small flock that will enter his rest, those who follow Jesus. Jesus won't lead you into paths of sin. He will lead you through the gate of salvation. That's what Jesus said in his own words that; I'm the narrow gate to the father. He says that many will try to enter but will not be able to. Because obviously they wouldn't want to have faith in him and follow Jesus and we can't find that narrow gate if we're not following Jesus. So instead of saying I have lost my salvation today, why don't you instead realize that we got to start walking the way of salvation, where we receive salvation as a reward after finishing the walk.

And let us instead get off our detours, get off our sidepaths, and come back to that way the narrow way of following Jesus where we actually listen to him. We can re-dedicate to it and get onto the way and start walking on the way of faith and don't deviate. You know you can't suddenly be cut off from that way and suddenly not saved again. That is a whole bunch of lies. You are not even saved to begin with. We are on the WAY TO SALVATION in the hope of salvation. That is why we have hope. Hope drive us on have faith. Is not that wonderful. We would not have any hope if we attain everything now, we would already be in heaven. We don't need hope there because you're there, but while we're not there, while we're walking on the way of salvation, we're going to come across many pitfalls and dangers so we got to be vigilant watchful. We don't want to be like the doubting man. He is not even walking the way of faith. We don't want to be like the sinner because they haven't even left the city of destruction yet. They haven't even begun the race of faith. We want to be those who begin the race of faith and are actually in prayer starting the race of faith. Getting to know the Lord so he can start to lead us daily. And the we're going to walk through the race of faith following the Lord as his sheep. Jesus said that my sheep follow me because he is the good Shepherd. And so it all comes down to not how many times we have been baptized or been to different churches and religions we have been baptized into. Some people they get baptized into different denominations because they feel that one might be more true than the other one. And they think they will be more saved now. No that is not even starting the race of faith yet. All those things are a diversion. The way to start the race of faith is to get into that repentance and prayer and acceptance and seeking of the Lord Jesus who is who he is the son of God. The one who has the power to give us the new way that he gave me new way to follow and now I've started on the race of faith. I want to keep going on this race. Easy to be sidetracked. Easy to go down a path that you shouldn't go down. Some paths have a very bad end, you don't want to go down some paths. The end can be your destruction where you are one of the many who didn't make it. But that's why we have that steadfastness. Why else would Paul talk so much about this? Be steadfast. Fix your eyes on the prize. Run with endurance.

Temptation develops endurance. And you know all these things develop perseverance. These things are needed to walk the race of Faith. Because the way of faith is not so easy at times. You may be getting a lot of testing to fall away from the faith or you might feel that God is not there for you at the moment because he's decided to give you a time of trial. And you say, well Lord where are you? I needs money I need this and that. And so you start to try and go off your own power and you forget to trust in the Lord who made all things. And so you know you're starting to go down the wrong path. And then Jesus calls out and says I was here all along. Why did you leave me. Why did you doubt? He reaches out a hand and pulls you back up. That's what Peter was like too. It is a bit of an analogy of what happened to him. Peter was called out on the water doing something that was supernatural by the power of God which nobody can do, and then he realized that. He started to sink as you should. And Jesus pulled him up and said why do you doubt? Why do you doubt? You know friends the way of faith is supernatural and against reasoning and against the way of the flesh. It is not a way that you can just come on and then just live your own way. You know the way of the flesh friends, is a way where we got to dedicate. We just got to be serious and we got to really lay faith in that way and we seek the Lord till we find him. That's the only way we going to be able to find the way of faith and walk it if we decide to go to the Lord ourselves. Now I can't teach you to have faith. I cant say have faith. That's not going to work. But I can say that look when I prayed and I dedicated to Jesus and I asked him to forgive me, I had peace. I had freedom from sins I could not stop before. Suddenly I was a new way. I can tell you these things that I did this happened so why don't you do the same. It is real have faith in that. You think well you know it happened for this guy so why don't I go and do the same and seek the Lord for myself. And if Jesus does all this for me, why would he not do it for you? Considering he does it for anybody who calls out and he says it in the Bible himself: anybody who knocks the door will be opened.

Anybody who seeks will find. Everybody who asks will be given. So when we ask for the kingdom we ask of the Lord, he is going to give you his salvation way to follow. He is going to give you freedom from sin to follow. You don't have to be in all this guilt because you're doing sin that you don't want to do everyday. You think I failed again! Well you have, but Jesus can set you free from that if you're willing to repent of it. If you're willing to have that desire and that choice to turn away from those sins, Jesus is willing to free you from them. He is willing to free you from all kinds of things. It does come from the power of God. It doesn't come from our own power. We can't free ourselves. A lot of people have a lot of willpower and sure they can stop some things in their life. Some people are able to stop smoking. Some people are able to stop doing all kinds of things. But on one area they are successful there is always another area that the power of darkness has got them. And that is their weakness. So the powers of darkness and wont bother with their strong areas, they already got them in their weak areas and that is all they need to take them off to the fire anyway, slavery to sin. So that is why we need the Lord Jesus to set us free in all areas. Not just in one area. You know Jesus just doesn't set you free in one area of your life and he leaves you bound to sins in another area. No Jesus sets you free from all areas all sin. So we actually able to walk free from doing sin in all areas of our life. The power to be able to walk on the narrow way comes through faith. It comes through seeking. It comes from walking to Jesus. You know it is time for us to get victory in all areas of our life. I am not saying that temptation won't come it will come. I am not saying that your sinful nature will suddenly disappear and you become like you are redeemed. No you wont, you will have the sinful nature to tempt you. But what I'm saying is the Lord will free you from the action of sin, from doing it, from following those desires and the ways of the flesh like being a helpless slave to the flesh helplessly addicted to lust or substances or fowl words, or helpless enslaved to lying. Maybe you got a problem of some kind that you cannot stop doing sin and you're doing the sin. Now Jesus sets you free from the sin so you no longer have to do it. You can say no and turn away from temptations. That's what Jesus does. He gives you the power to overcome so when certain desires can rise up and try and pull you back onto false paths of the past, you got that wonderful power to very firmly and powerfully say no. keep away from those things and they go away and they just wait for another opportunity time. That's what the devil does. He will come back later at an opportune time but he is going to leave you alone if you say no and you'r set free from sin by the power of God.

That's why it's so wonderful to walk on this way of salvation. When we're walking on the way of salvation, even though we come across many side allies that we can go down, we don't have to go down them. The wonderful thing is we can stay focused on the Lord Jesus where we don't have to go down any side allies. We don't have to go down any other paths, diversions. We can stay on the way. But the thing is if we do actually happen to find ourselves lost down a diversion, it doesn't mean that we are all condemned now. No we can come back and we got to cry out to Jesus. And that's where we find the new way and hope. We're not condemned. We got to cry out to Jesus. As long as you have a voice to cry out to the Lord, you're going to be saved. He is going to come to your aid and bring you back on the narrow way. Jesus is going to give us mercy but if we don't want to come back there is nothing he can do and we are going to have satan as our father. But we don't want Satan as our father we really want to obey Jesus. All of us who love him. We are here to obey Jesus hallelujah. We are here to love the Lord with all our heart mind and soul. So that when temptation comes to do our sins we feel we want to do, we got a higher calling we love the Lord. He loves us we don't have to do these things and we can turn away from them and we have been set free. So friends again I want to say that if you feel you're not saved. Let us put aside all such foolish nonsense and realize that hey today is the day to start walking the narrow way to salvation. Walking with Jesus in a relationship. No such thing as losing our salvation. You don't suddenly be condemned one day and that is it, finished for you. That's a whole lot of lies from Satan. You don't need to be baptized another time to somehow be saved. Nor do you need to go to a different church or different doctrine. What you need to do is you need to embrace Jesus. Get to know him, so that he can lead you to salvation.

And it won't come all at once. You may have a few years to go where you go walk faithfully, and stay in the faith all the way to the end, and then at the end of your race then you will inherit the crown of life. And that's what we're here to have is this wonderful crown of life where our prize of life, the eternal prize, and that prize is going to be ours as soon as we just dedicate ourselves to the Lord and just follow Jesus amen. And he is going to lead us unto victory. Because Jesus doesn't lead you the false park like false shepherds. He is the good Shepherd. But you have to have him lead you. How can you go the way of salvation if Jesus doesn't lead you? Because who knows that way. People don't know the way. They might have wisdom about the way, they might themselves be led by Jesus but they can't in turn lead you. You also got to be in turn looking at the good Shepherd. You also got to be listening to his voice and he's going to help you. He's going to lead you himself. He is going to bring you onto the way of salvation if you seek to know him. If you really want him. If you're really wanting to find him that means you are going to pray. You are going to seek to know him because he does speak to you. He will give you words for today. He will confirm you today that he wants you to do something and he is pleased with you in a way or he wants you to repent of something. He will show you in your heart things. But you got to go to him and you got to realize that he is the way to the kingdom only but you got to follow him. People might sound all good and might sound pretty good to follow but they're not the way. People are not the way to life. Preachers are not the way to heaven. They can't lead you there. They can tell you about Jesus. They can tell you about Jesus leading them, but they themselves can't lead you to find the Lord. You got to seek him yourself.

They can't lead you into heaven, you got to follow Jesus. So that's what it comes down to friends is that we have to follow the Lord Jesus Christ ourselves to be able to find the way into the kingdom of God hallelujah. It's the only way. There is no other way. It is the way of salvation. No more do we need to feel guilty today and say we're condemned by this bible verse and we are in too much sin now and got no hope. That is a lie. You've got hope to come out of any false path you're on today if you would only come pray to Jesus about it and get freed by him. He is not going to turn you away. You know John 10:28: I give them eternal life and they will never perish says the Lord. You know he gives people eternal life. It is through faith friends, and you got to go to the Lord yourself. And thats how we find salvation. We find it after a walk of following Jesus and Jesus gives us that confidence daily when we walk with him, to keep walking and to keep the faith in our hope because we know as we walk with Jesus that he is pleased with us and we have peace and we have hope strength confidence that the fruits of the spirit doing things for the Lord, joy, all these things that we have when we know that we're walking right with God. But if you're not walking right with the Lord today, you need to get praying and walk right with him. Because when we are not walking right with the Lord, that means we're not walking after the Lord. We are actually on a diversion somewhere. You know this world is full of diversions. The different doctrines are diversions. All these different segregationists and churches are diversions. We don't needed to be diverted into getting baptized 10 times. We need to have a go to Jesus himself and start following him so we are no longer in a diversion. Diversions always lead off to the path of despair anyway. It always leads off to a path of sin and we end up dying in sin and go to the fire. We don't need to follow diversions. We need to follow the Lord Jesus and we need to know him, and when we follow him and we know him, he just keeps leading us onto that way of salvation through faith. We inherit the crown of life. And Jesus isn't going to say to us on the last day, go away I never knew you, you worker of sin. Because Jesus did know you, and you were not a worker of sin because he set you free from sin.

You know Jesus knows he set you free from sin, he knows who you are. Because he set you free from sin. He says “I remember you, I set you free from sin, and you were following me as part of my flock.” Jesus isn't going to say to you I never knew you, you worker of sin, if you follow him, because he knows you. That is why friends we got to seek the Lord. When we fall away from a sin we got to repent and we got to come back out of it. Some people say that Jesus makes you so that you never ever sin and so people think they are not saved because they fell away to a sin one day. And some people say that you will always sin and Jesus will forgive you. That is not true either, because Jesus wont forgive you if you just always live in sin and you wont repent. People say that because they want to hang on to their sins. They want to really hang onto their lusts a lot. They want to keep doing that. It is good to them and they want to have the peace to do sin and feel they can be saved while doing that. That is why some change the bible. That is why you get homosexual churches will change the scriptures about homosexuality to make it seem ok for them in their sin in the love of God that they feel they can be saved still because they really love the sin and they don't want to turn from it. They same things goes for other sins. People really love their failures, they really love the fact that they don't have to be accountable. They don't like the narrow way which is a little difficult. They want to keep going after their temptations and not having to be accountable before God. And so they make up these doctrines that say we are all saved and Jesus will forgive you. You wont always sin if you follow Jesus and he wont forgive you if you wont repent. But for all of those who do repent, they Lord loves them and chastises them, and scourges everybody that he receives for God deals with you as sons. We are partakers of the eternal life. And it says in Hebrews that when we are chastises, it might be displeasureable but it is for our own good and it brings forth fruits of peace and righteousness. So when we are in our sins and the Lord chastises us because we are in a false path and we feel pretty bad because the terrible things that happen to us because of sin, these things chastise us unto repentance.

Then we get peace and we come on the new way and get fruits of righteousness. That is what it is all about. It is all about following Jesus on the way to salvation. And if we do fall away and get into a false path, we can come back. We can keep walking on that way. It doesn't have to end. Today can be the way where we find the narrow way and stay on it, or we can come back to the narrow way from an area we have fallen to. We don't have to stay away from Jesus, today we can know him. Today he can be our Lord. Today he can be leading us in that relationship that we so desperately need. People just desperately need that relationship with Jesus. They really need that. They really thirst and hunger after the Lord. And you are going to get that if you really thirst and seek that. If you want to turn away from your sin and you just want to seek and turn to the Lord and you just want to have that peace and relationship with the Lord but you got to SEEK it friends….....

Monday, July 22, 2013

THE TRUE WAY

Jesus wants OBEDIENCE not SACRIFICE. It is written, "Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering" 1 Samuel 15:22. The Pharisees were very good at sacrifice. They fasted and tithed carefully and were always careful to observe small details of the law and traditions of men surrounding the law. They did not partake in the open sins of the world such as adultery, murder, theft, drunkenness, unlawful behaviour, and other sins in the eyes of men. However often they did these things in secret and in their hearts.

We cannot fool God. He knows and sees all. When we hide our big sins in our hearts and do not openly commit wickedness, he stills sees the SMALL sins that we deem ok. Things such as little lies, white lies, an unloving heart, and pride in ourselves. On the other hand we have all these Christians who deem doing what the world deems as ok, as ok. The world says homosexuality is ok, looking in adultery is ok as long as none are hurt. The world says that watching evil on screen and living for pleasures and following self and attaining success for self if ok and honourable. Many Christians will abhor these things and look down on those who do these things. And many other Christians will accept these things and run with the flow of the world…

So we have the corrupt tax collector on one side going to hell, and we have the righteous Pharisee doing his little sins thinking he is ok with God on the other side going to hell. Drawing the parallel we have CHRISTIANS on one side of the church following the worlds standards going to hell on the path of destruction and we have the on the OTHER side, Christians who are religious and white-washed in secret sins going to hell…BUT THEY ALL ARE BEARING BAD FRUIT.

However dear friends, I want to talk about the HEART of the issue, because the confusion runs very deep. The very heart of the issue is THE HEART. It is from the HEART where all evil comes from, and also where a tree is known. It comes down to those whose HEARTS love Jesus and accept HIM and his ways, and those whose HEARTS accept the world only, and the ways of the world.

The gospel is an unacceptable quantity for those whose hearts are in the world. We all know that Jesus said, "If any wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and pick up his cross and follow me".

The rich man whose heart could not accept this, sadly walked away because he had much worldly wealth.

But the man who Jesus spoke of who found treasure, real treasure, in a field, he went and sold all he had and went and bought that field for where the treasure is so the heart is also.

Thus those whose treasure is in the world (the pursuit of pleasure, the pursuit of success and achievement, the pursuit of the cares of this life, and all it has to offer; the pride of life, the lusts of the flesh and the deceitfulness of wealth) this is where their HEARTS are. These cannot have their hearts also in the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said, "you cannot serve God and mammon, either you will love one master and despite the other but you cannot serve two masters".

But those whose hearts are in the Kingdom of God above, these have their hearts with JESUS and naturally where your heart is, there is where you will spend your time. Those whose hearts are with the world spend their time in the pursuit of the world and its entertainment and pleasure. Those whose hearts are with Jesus, will spend their time with him in prayer and dedication doing what he gives them to do daily.

Now we all know dear friends, that God is not mocked for the broad way will end in destruction and the narrow way will end in eternal life. However there persists these foolish Believers in Jesus whose hearts are IN THE WORLD not with Jesus. As mentioned before, they are those who are either righteous Pharisees doing lots of sacrifice but do not OBEY Jesus, (God wants obedience not sacrifice remember), or sinning tax collector Christians whose hearts are also in the world and following their desires in shameless licentiousness, (lawless living, dictated by the flesh).

Only the REMNANT will enter the Lords rest. That is, Jesus' small flock. These are they who hear the good news of the Kingdom, and they believe in Jesus for their sins and they go and get baptised into his way, the narrow way, and they FOLLOW HIM. These are they who are no longer self-righteous, nor lawless following the world. Jesus himself sets them free from those paths of chains and gives them a new heart and a new way free from the old way.

All things are made anew with them. The old has passed away. These are they who REALISE Jesus' love for mankind and they RESPOND to that love by obeying him and following him getting baptised into the new way of following him. These are they who TURN from their evil ways, and separate themselves from the worlds paths and instead follow HIM because they LOVE HIM WITH THEIR HEART.

As Jesus said, "19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” rev 3:19

We who LOVE Jesus and leave our sins and RESPOND TO HIS CALL, we repent and heed the Lords chastisements of us calling us into the paths of obedience. Though we may stumble into a false way and a sin, and nay even fall into the very darkness from which we were saved, we who love the Lord with all our hearts will surely repent and come back and learn from the chastisement from the Lord driving us to obedience so that we can enter the Kingdom of God unashamed washed by the blood of the Lamb.

As I mentioned earlier, the 2 kinds of false Christians did not obey Jesus nor follow him. Each in their own worldly ways, or self-righteous ways. But a child of God is not rebellious of heart like this. He heeds the true gospel of Jesus and he is baptised into the narrow way of obedience and faith. Child of God, why are you still in sins? Has the chastisement of God not been long enough for you? Must you continue to kick against the goads? The reason you do not find real pleasure in this world's sins and pursuits is because Jesus is calling you home. Jesus came to call the lost sheep home to the fold. He is calling YOU today. Jesus is not calling the rebellious, nor the hard of heart, no, he is calling you who love him to come back out of the world so that he may take you home.

The Holy Spirit sent this message out into the world some time ago for all who will heed; "My Children, come out of the world, the time is now. My children come out of the world, I love you. My children come out of the world be ready or you will be left behind"…says the Lord…. Jesus is calling his people out of the world. He is calling you to be separate from the ways, the pursuits and the sins and lusts of this life. He is calling you to be separate and dedicated unto him, that he may wash you clean from sin and give you entry into the kingdom of God.

"and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 13:36...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A MIRACLE AND RAPTURE

Jesus has many amazing ways of bringing us back to him especially in these end days. Some years ago while I was chasing the world, I happened to be in a certain wilderness place and I had taken a bible with me, but I wasn't serious about Jesus as I was mostly interested in my own ways however I still remembered that I wanted to dedicate my life to the Lord and I had done so previously but the allure of this life had blinded my eyes. Nevertheless I had a bible and I started to read this bible and I started to read in the book of 1 Kings and when I got to the end of 1 Kings, I was turning the page to go onto 2 Kings but the book of 2 Kings was not there. It went on to the next book. I remember going back and trying to work out what happened to 2 Kings so I looked in the index and sure enough there was a 2 Kings in the bible, I just could not work out why there would be a 2 Kings there and thought that is a very unusual mistake for a Bible publisher to miss out on a whole book of the bible. I thought it was a very funny mistake. But it was a new bible and it was a bible I had not read much before and had not noticed that it didn't have the book of 2 Kings in it. I just reading on in another part of the bible and I started to pray. I just started to talk to the Lord.

You see I really did want to follow the Lord at that time but my heart was still darkened and I could not see the truth and I was not preparing myself for the Lord in any way and he wasn't who I lived for. Nevertheless I did pray. Anyway I though I would go back to 2 Kings one more time and so I went back and lo and behold, there was 2 Kings as if it had always been there the whole time. I was a little surprised and shocked because I knew it definitely was not there as I had read 1 Kings and turned on and it was missing. But when I look back at this event now, I realise that the Lord was showing me that he stills works in this world and has the power to do things. Now the Lord woke me up because he is coming soon in what is called the "rapture", the coming of the Lord. He used many things like this in my past to wake me up in my past and come on the new way of holiness and truth. Now there are many people out there who cannot accept there can be a rapture, or there can be a time of Jesus coming back like he said in the Bible. But I want to tell you this that ever since the Lord woke me up and warned me of the nearness of his rapture, and warned me through the Holy Spirit that I need to prepare daily, the devil has come against me in hard ways, very very strong ways to try and cause me not to be ready. For all you people who don't believe that there could be a rapture and Jesus could come back and take his people, I tell you one thing; If you realise that it is true, you are going to have Satan try and get you to miss out. Satan is going to do all he can to get you to sin, he is going to come against you with the most unbelievable trials that you have ever experienced in all your born days. You will never see things so HOT than when you are preparing for the bridegroom. It will be like the difference between entering heaven and hell.

It will be extremely difficult. You see I wont come to be with the Lord myself if I cannot overcome all these trials and troubles that the devil is putting me through trying to bring me away from the Lord. I tell you, any of these secret little sins that I could fall to, any little thoughts of sin I could make my own, will cause me to miss out on Jesus Christ. If I am ashamed of Jesus or not serious about him and getting into idle talk and foolish ways with people, these things the devil wants me to do as well and can cause me to miss out. Now I share these things with you because I don't want you to miss out. I want you to realise that from what I have experienced in my life from what I have shared earlier, Jesus is real. He has power and miracles. He has got supernatural power to do things in your life, he can do things that you wouldn't think possible but he wants you to repent and get yourself right with the Lord Jesus today. Turn away from all your sins and prepare for his coming. He wants you to get through the testing that satan is going to bring upon you. He wants you to overcome. It is written in the bible that; blessed are they who overcome. And he who overcomes I will dress him in a white robe and I will not blot out his name from the lambs book of life. The Lord Jesus also said that he who overcomes and is watchful, he is going to be able to stand before the son of Man unashamed because the Lord warns; Overcome and be watchful so that you can stand before the Son of Man unashamed and escape the things to come. Now dear friends, it is very true, there is a rapture coming. Jesus is coming as a thief in the night.

If you are not ready and if you are allowing satan to take you down, you will not be ready. You will not go. You will be on the outside like the 5 foolish bridesmaids knocking says Lord let us in. And you wont be able to go in. And what will Jesus say to you? He will say I don't know you depart from here. Dear friends I am in the process of making it because I want to. I may not make it, but I am here to share these things with you so you can have every possible chance of making it also. Because I tell you the hour is near, the time is late, the Lord is at hand. Prepare yourself. Let us make it. Let us lay aside all embarrassment about Jesus and his name. Let us lay aside all foolish talk and little sins. Let us lay aside all fantasies and thoughts of evil inside. Let us lay aside every little stumbling block that can cause us to fall short of entering Gods kingdom, because you must remember if we are living in unrighteousness, we will not be able to enter through the narrow gate into the Kingdom of Heaven. May the Lord bless you ….....

Saturday, July 6, 2013

FOLLOWING JESUS OF NAZARETH

You know friends that's what we're here on this earth for, the purpose is to be the people of God. Now many people they are not the people of God. They start off as the children of Satan and that is including me. A good illustration of that was the time of the Israel when the people of Israel were supposed to be the people of God who were chosen by God, but they went after other gods and they defiled the land with sin and perdition. So God divorced Israel and he sent them away to exile. He said that they were no longer his people he divorced them as a people. That's what God said in the Bible. But the purpose of mankind from the very beginning was to be people of God. That's the purpose. God called every person to be a person of God not a sinner. God never called sinners (to be sinners). he called people to be people of God. God doesn't have a part in sin. If you look at Israel today they are following the same sins of Sodom and Gomorrah along with this society. But then if you look into the Christian church today, that is all those who go to a place where they profess Jesus Christ as their religion, they too are following other gods and living in sin. And so if the church itself can't follow the Lord and live holy, what does God do? God always brings his judgment. He brings his judgment upon the nations that reject him. Also upon the people of God who are supposed to stand for him. In the days of Israel the Lord said to the people he said the outsiders and the ungodly mock me because of you. And he said that those driving the outsiders out of the land were almost worse than the people being driven out. And we see that today the land of Israel is a perverse nation. No different than American no different than the rest of the world. And America itself has fallen to perversion. Now since America has fallen to perversion and America is largely a Christian nation, that says a lot about the church. And the church itself is in sin. Now the reason people have fallen so far away from the Lord like this and so many gross immoral ways than this time is because they are not following Jesus Christ.

They are following all kinds of other things but they're not following Jesus Christ. He is not their world. He is not their Lord. Dear friends we're not here to follow other things religion and churches, we're here to follow Jesus Christ. You know when Jesus walked the earth, he went around the Sea of Galilee and he started preaching to them. Around the Sea of Galilee is a place called Capernaum and he did a lot of preaching in Capernaum, a fishing village is still there to this day same as it always was, and the people there just wouldn't accept him even though they saw so many miracles. And so Jesus said Woe to you Capernaum for if these other nations like Sodom and Gomorrah would have seen all these miracles that are performed in you they would repent yet you don't repent. And we're seeing this all over again. We're seeing that nation of America having so many miracles and wonderful things happening in it yet people are not repented not accepting Jesus Christ. You might find that strange but they are not accepting Jesus Christ. They are running around in a immorality and running around in sin. They are going to church and then going back into sin, but they're not accepting Jesus Christ and his way. But Jesus said woe to you cities that reject me. And that's what happened to Capernaum. But how about Jerusalem? How about Tel Aviv? Or how about New York? How about these big cities that have had Jesus preached in them and they won't repent. So many people in New York have been warned about Jesus Christ but they don't repent. They are a nation of sinners who want to have sin and don't want Jesus. That's why Jesus said woe to you cities for if Sodom and Gomorrah would have had these messages and miracle performed in them they would've repented long ago. They will testify on judgment day these things. You know friends it is time to repent I tell you. It is an age of falling away. Go back 100 years there was a lot of godly Christianity in America. There was a revival throughout the 1800s that many people came back to the way of truth from paganism. And they held to biblical principles. And didn't allow gay marriage, they didn't allow homosexuality to be rampant against the law. Sure homosexuals exist all the time even if it is against the law but if you start making sin lawful so they can openly practice these things and bring about more people into these sins and the moral decline of a nation then God's judgment comes.

Friends we got to repents the church has to repent of their sins. We got a church in America and Australia, and England and Europe, and Asia, many places. We got the church. The church is people who profess to the name of Jesus Christ that's what the church is. Even the Catholic Church as well they profess the name of Jesus Christ. And so if Jesus looks at the world he can see that there's 2.7 billion people making up the largest religion of this world and the largest religion is Christianity. That's the umbrella over all these names like Catholic Anglican Baptist Jehovah witness, all these other groups and sects that have split off from each other. And that the Lord can see his so-called church and he can see a whole bunch of Pharisees just like God looked over Israel at the time of Jesus. It was the very people of God who crucified God his own people. You know the Pharisees were the godly law abiding Torah keepers. They were the ones upholding God in the world. And what did they do? They went and crucify God. You know how terrible is that. His own people. And what did God do? He destroyed the place. Not one stone upon another. He did away with the old covenant. He Broke it and he scattered the Jews to the four corners of the earth and then he brought the Gospel to the Gentiles. He washed his hands of the Jews. At the time of the end he said I will have mercy on them once more but that time has not yet come, as people still choosing satan. Still choosing lawless godless paths and they reject Jesus. Now the Christians have been given the grace of God of having Jesus Christ for their Lord. And these aren't Jewish people. There are Jewish people of course who follow Jesus don't get me wrong, but I am talking about as a nation. Now as a nation America follows God and were one of the very few nations in the world who would say that they follow God because they even have that on their money. They profess to the name of the Almighty God of Israel, in God Jehovah in God we trust. And so they profess to God and they built upon a wonderful platform of living in truth, of biblical principles, upholding righteousness, but they turned their backs on God. And the Christian church has become a church of apostasy. And so it's become a false religion. And Christianity itself is become a false religion.

Not because there is anything wrong with the gospel of Jesus no but because they themselves are following the path of this world living in sin. Now if Christianity has become a false religion we should not be following Christianity. We should never follow any religion anyway. We should've be following our church. We should not be following anyone. We should be following Jesus Christ because he is the head of Christianity. Now Christianity actually means little Christ and who Jesus Christ is the head of the church. So who appointed a bishop to be a head of the church? Who? Who appointed the pope to be the head of Jesus's church. Who appointed your pastor to lead you. Who appointed them? Jesus is the head. He is the leader and so if you want to be a part of the church then obviously Jesus must be the leader. But why is Jesus not the leader of Christianity? Why? Jesus is not the leader of Christianity, the Pastor is, the pope is, the bishops are. You know the Queen, the Queen of England is the head of the church over there the Church of England. These people are the head of the church, Jesus isn't the head of the church. So Christians then they persecute me when I say don't follow Christianity. Christians themselves persecute me when I tell them that Christianity is now a false religion. But then friends wake up to yourself. It is. It allows gay marriage in the church. It allows worship of the pope. It allows homosexuality to be okay. And you can say oh that is not my church… friends the church is the body of those who have Jesus as their leader. That's what the church is. Just because I call my church a church of Jesus and put Jesus on it doesn't mean that it is actually part of the Church of Christ. People who follow the Gospel wherever the gospel is preached, that's where the church is. If the gospel is being preached of Jesus Christ and the people are following and obeying that Gospel, that's where the church is. Where is the gospel being preached these days? Don't see it being preached in the Catholic Church, why? Because the gospel convicts of sin and bring sinners to repentance now of the 1 billion Catholics in the world, I don't see a lot of repentance. In fact there seems to be a whole lot of acceptance of Godless values, worldly walking, and most Catholics are so far from God, you know there are a lot of atheists in the Catholic Church they just go there because they were born into it.

But then again Jesus is not part of that. Jesus is his own church. There is only one true church, it's Jesus's Church not man. You know not your Church. Jesus's Church. Now are you part of that? If he is the leader of your church, then do you follow the leader Jesus Christ? If he is the leader the would not he speak to you and tell you what to do. I've got nothing against churches. I only warn what Jesus Christ has to say and he is warning the churches to repent. Because these are all the organisations in the world who stand for his name like Israel stood for God. Yet look what God did to them because they rejected him and he rejected them. Now if the world of Christianity which includes the Catholics and Anglicans and every single religion that has Jesus Christ as their belief, if they are the ones doing the same thing as Israel, will not God scatter them into the wind too and eject them if they reject Christ? God has a long track record of doing that. Do you not fear God. Do you not fear God. God has a long track record of putting an end to those who profess to him yet lead the nations into sin. Look at the prophet Jeremiah, he had a lot to say about that. They hated him and Christians hate me because I told them to repent. I go and call out because I tell you church you got to repent. I myself have to repent. We've all been in sin, we've all been in lukewarm ways. I am not somebody who can come along and say they know I haven't sinned so is all you that got to repent not me. No I was a lukewarm churchgoer, I used to sin and think it was ok. I used to do all kinds of things and also claimed the Lord but the Lord says we can't live like that. He says that in the Bible. Don't believe me go read the Bible. Christians don't read the Bible these days.

They read some verses in the Bible but they don't actually read the Bible. If they read the Bible they would see where it's written that Jesus said that the church must repent and turn away from their sins. You know it is the only way. If we do not turn away from our sins and we don't repent, then how are we going to enter the kingdom of God? Now Jesus hasn't changed Jesus is still the same person who walked around the lake of Galilee and he said to the people in Galilee to repent and the kingdom of heaven is here and he talked to them parables from the boat. All those wonderful preachings all around the Sea of Galilee, you can go there today and actually see where Jesus walked. He preached around the mountain in Galilee and he preached around Nazareth then preached around some of these places all around the Sea of Galilee. He called his disciples from the Sea of Galilee. And he's the same person as the person who was doing that back then. The Son of God. And he preached to them parables and those are exactly the same things of what he is saying today he hasn't changed. He was telling them that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and he was telling them that he was the bread of life and he was telling them hard sayings that they didn't like to hear. And so sometimes the religious leaders who are part of the church of God came to tried to stone him and kill him because he was saying heresies against their religion. So that is the problem with today is the same thing. The people are trying to save all kinds of things they think that the Bible says, yet they're not following the head which is Jesus Christ and his teaching. Jesus is the teacher and they're making up doctrines, but they're not following the teacher. But we're here to be Christians. We're not here to be like the world of the church that follows the world, we are here to be Christians. And what do Christians do? Christians deny themselves, they pick up their cross and they follow Jesus that's what Christians do. Christians may make mistakes at times it is true we may sin at times. We may fall to false paths and have the chastisement of God come upon but Christians are those who do learn and they walk in the Spirit. They don't go along to places of perdition and they don't go along to gay parades. If they do that, they're not Christians. They don't know Jesus. They don't support homosexual marriage and they don't go along and cheer and think it's also wonderful, you know Christians are following Jesus Christ and they're putting themselves separate from the ways of this world, that is what Christians are doing real Christians. Real Christians are being led by the Spirit having Spirit lead them the spirit of Jesus Christ. That's what real Christians do. Real Christians don't argue and fight and they don't cause trouble in with their brother. That's what Jesus warns that you go to repent of that before he cuts you off.

Real Christians don't hate their brethren. That's what happens when we're not following Jesus, and we're following our flesh and we're going to get cut off if we don't repent. Real Christians listen to the holy spirit convicting them to repent and they say sorry and they turn away from their sin. They don't follow their heart. If we are following Jesus Christ as a real Christian then we're not going to be allowing our flesh to carry its path and to carry its way out in our life. The world says allow the flesh to do that because it's natural and who you are and who you are born. That's what the world says but we know that we don't want to follow the flesh we know that's how we were born. But we don't have to follow it because we don't want to. Why? We know that leads to destruction we know there's nothing good in the flesh. So as Christians we know that if we follow our desires and try and say that it is who we are as an excuse we know that we're headed to judgment and destruction. If we try and say that who we are inside and we are going to be ourselves is the way to go in life, we already know that those who follow the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. As followers of Jesus we don't need to be told twice to deny ourselves and to turnout these desires and have nothing to do with them, because we know that we're following Jesus Christ the same Jesus Christ who walked around the Sea of Galilee preaching these very messages warning people to repent. This same Jesus. And that's the Jesus that we're serving. We are serving this same Jesus that called us to turn from sin and repent and believe upon his name. Jesus had a condition to following him. He said if you want to follow me you must deny yourself pick up your cross and follow me. Jesus said that you can't follow him if you have to tend to your to your house and you have to attend to your life. He went to the high ways and byways and he called those who were willing to come and he took them to the wedding feast and he said that those who were invited have been rejected those who weren't invited are cleansed and brought to the wedding feast. That's a parable today as well; we've got lots of people who are invited to enter the kingdom, lots of Christians lots of Catholics lots of Anglicanism lots of Orthodox bishops, we got lots of people invited it to enter God's kingdom and be a part of the wedding feast of the Lamb, but they're all saying no. so Jesus is going out to people who are outsiders. Regular sinners and nobody. And he's calling them and they're all coming with joy and they're here and there throughout the whole world and they're getting ready to enter the wedding feast of the Lamb while these church people are going to be missing out. Going to be missing out because they are not willing to leave their land.

They are saying oh I got my land to tend to I cannot come. Ive got a new house and got my inheritance. Ive got to bury family Ive got to do this and that. You know Ive got too many things to do. I've got married recently so you know I'm sorry Jesus sorry I can't come. And so they they go along to their fun, to two kids two holidays a year and two cars. You know the old American saying, and having fun. But that's not the path that leads to the kingdom of heaven. We live for our two kids 2 holidays a year and 2 cars, that's not the path to heaven, I tell you it is not. We can think that it is. We can think that we just got to just live in the world and do what we got to do like everybody else and have fun. But hey that's not the way to the kingdom of heaven. Sure you go to church and sure you do read the Bible and you might pray but still that's not the way to the kingdom of God. There is only one way and that is to deny yourself and follow Jesus. That's not easy. It means that you got to give up chasing your own way you ask him what to do with your life and he will show you. He will look out for your needs. Jesus said don't worry about your needs just seek me first. I will look after your needs. He will send you the right job to do but we are no longer going to be living for ourselves. We're just striving after this world having a good time and not interested in serving the Lord. Not interested in putting him first. Very few people are part of the Church of Jesus Christ because very few people are willing to deny themselves and follow him. If every Catholic and Anglican Baptist in the world and every other Christian group actually decided to get on their knees and follow Jesus Christ the head of the church, there would suddenly be a disintegration of religious denominational names and everybody would become early Christians. That is all. Become apostles and in prophets, and Christians following Jesus Christ. Each according to the gifts that the Lord would give them. But when people don't do that then you're not going to have that. There can never be a integration of the world of Christianity as one under Christ while they are following other gods. To many other gods. That's why I say at this time never mind these problems. You yourself become a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. The same Jesus who walked around the lake of Galilee preaching these truths, preaching these parables, saying that he was the way, the good Shepherd, the leader come to me I am the bread of life, I'm the one to follow, if you want life you must come through me, nobody can have live apart from me.

Now people do not like to hear that. It meant they had to follow him and they were like; well who are you, who are you, sure you can raise people from the death but who are you. He is the son of God that is who he is. And if you want to follow him YOU got to do it. That is the only way to life. He hasn't changed. He is the same son of God who was walking around the lake of Galilee. You go and prayed him you pray to the same person. Exactly the same one who called Peter to be his follower. He didn't call a church, he called people to come to him. And he led people to lead people to him. And so we get to the end of time right up in year 2013 and we've got me a you here today who are doing the same thing deciding to deny ourselves and follow Jesus of Nazareth the same Jesus who walked back then. We're not getting all in religion following a Bishop or following the Queen or following the pope. No we're following Jesus Christ as humble servants just like Peter the apostle was. He was just some guy working in his boat in the Sea of Galilee and it's a humble place. There is nothing much there. Still isn't today. It is a country place, small nothing much goes on there. People wouldn't really know anything about the outside world apart from their little village. And that is how Jesus works. He caused people to follow him and then he makes them into somebody into his people of the kingdom. And he is doing the same thing today. Don't think he he has disappeared. He has not. Jesus is here right now. He is calling us all to repent right now. And you got to get to hear his voice. You hear Jesus voice in your spirit. People say how can you say Jesus speaks to you? Well because you don't hear him but Jesus said that he would speak to people. He didn't say that you would just be on your own. He said I send you the helper and he will speak the words of God to you and that helper was the Holy Spirit. And he said I will not leave you. I will give you the helper and he will speak to you.

And so that is how the Lord speaks to us through the spirit. But you got to follow him otherwise how can you have the spirit how can he speak to you? You can't be Christian while you're just following a church thinking that's the way to go. You've got to be following Jesus Christ. That's why I say you don't follow false religions of Christianity. Its false religion. The true religion is to follow Jesus Christ. And where his gospel is taught where his gospel is preached and there the people are gathered in his name putting him first, THERE is his church there is his church. People who put the Lord first. That's where the Church of God is. You can be anybody, but if you're putting God first and you are turning from your sins and you are dedication to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, then you are part of his church. And that is what Jesus wants us to be part of his church. So when we are part of the Church of Jesus Christ we are also part of his instructions to us and part of the warnings that he gives to us. You see Jesus has warnings for us. I want to read to those warnings. He has warnings for us that we have to heed. Now listen to this; Jesus said: Write about these things that you have seen and send them to the churches. (he is talking about his people send them to the churches, now I want to read to what Jesus has to say to the church his people, talking about people who follow Jesus Christ anybody or any group or any organisation that professes to the name of Jesus Christ. That's what this letter is to) say Jesus says: I know your works I know your toil, I know your patient endurance how you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tested those who call themselves apostles and they are not and found them false, I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, but I have this against you that you have abandoned your first love. Remember where you have fallen and repent and do the work that you did at first. If not I will come to you quickly and I will remove your lampstand from its place unless you repent. Then Jesus writes again, he says; I know your tribulations I know your poverty but you are rich and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan, did not fear what you are about to suffer. The devil throws some of you in prison have you will be tested, so be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life. Jesus warning his people again.

And he goes on to say; I know where you live I know that you live where Satan dwells and I know that you did not deny me even when my faithful witness was murdered among you where Satan dwells, but I have a few things against you that you hold to the teachings of Balaam who taught Balaak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel so that they might eat foods sacrificed to idols and commits sexual immorality. So also have some of you hold to this teaching. Therefore repent if not I will come soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear must hear to what I say to my church to the churches. Jesus goes on to warn he says; I know your works your love and faith and service and patients and endurance, and your latter works succeed the first, but I have this against you that you tolerate that Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality. I gave her time to repent but she refuses to repent therefore I will throw her onto a sick bed and all those who commit adultery with her I will cast them to great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. I will strike her children dead and all the churches will know that I'm the one who searches the mind and the heart and I will give you according to your works. So the Lord warns again. He is warning the church to repent. So let us heed the warnings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to read further where the Lord says here; I know your works and you have a reputation of being alive but you are dead. Wake up and strengthen what remains what is about to die for have not found your works complete in the side of my God.

Remember then what you received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you will not wake up I will come like a thief and you will not know the hour that I come against. You still have a few names in Sardis who have not soiled their garments in sin, they will walk with me in white for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed in white. I will not blot out his name from the book of life. Jesus is warning that he is coming soon. He says; I am coming soon hold fast to what you have that nobody may take your crown. The one who conquers I'll make him a pillar in the temple of my God. He who has an ear must listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Then the Lord goes on to write. I know your works but you are neither cold nor hot because you are lukewarm neither cold nor hot I will spew you fourth from my mouth for you say that I am rich and prosper, and I need nothing, but you realize that you are blind and poor miserable and naked. I council you to buy from me real gold refined by the fire, and white garments that you may be clothed. Those whom I love I reprove and discipline so be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anybody hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and I will dine with and him with me. Now these are the warnings of Jesus Christ to people like you and me to leave our lukewarm paths of sin, to leave the old ways, and repent…....

Thursday, July 4, 2013

INCORRUPTIBLE

We should be asking for grace every day when we wake up in the morning. We need to have the grace of the Lord for the day. Often we can just wake up and go about our own life and forget to ask for grace for that day but if we humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for grace for the day, then he's going to give us mercy and transform us for the day so we can do things on his power not on our own power. And he will give us strength to keep away from the flesh, but we should be starting off each day in prayer to the Lord so that we can have this grace and holiness rather than following the flesh for the day. Because it's very easy to just get up and go about our lives without prayer and without focusing on the Lord for the day and just find ourselves falling into sin later. We get to the end of the day and feel that that day wasn't one to be proud of at all. It was a day to forget because it was a day that we followed the flesh. A day we didn't bear fruit, a day we could get cut off. I want to read to the word carnality. Now the definition of carnality is the practice of finding satisfaction in activities related to fleshly desires and appetites, particularly pertaining to sexual immorality and lewdness.

Now dear friends we know that carnality does not enter the kingdom. Now one sister she had a dream about the coming of the Lord and she couldn't work out why that she couldn't go to be with the Lord either at the time in the dream. And what happened was the Lord showed her the word carnality. This was why she couldn't make it. Because when we're carnal or carnal Christians or living in carnality, then we're not worthy for the kingdom. Something we got to repent of. So carnality is following the desires of the flesh. We often hear of people talking about carnal Christians. There is no such things when where following the ways of the flesh in the ways of the world in carnality, we're not walking in the fullness of the Spirit. We are certainly not going to enter God's kingdom that way. So we must crucify the passions of the flesh daily, so that we may be counted worthy to escape. For if you let your flesh rule you, you're going to be following carnality. And carnality is particularly in regards to sexual immorality, but also it can be also in other things like the pursuit of pleasure or the pursuit of the world, of these lusts of the world, the need to obtain greater heights in our walk in the world. The need to obtain fame maybe, the need to obtain recognition. All these things are part of carnality and they are the practice of finding satisfaction in the fleshly desires and appetites. And we know that carnality does not enter the kingdom of God. So I want to warn you about these things today. I want to warn you that in the Jewish calendar there is a day called the day of atonement. It was a day back in the days of the Israelites where God made a day of atonement for cutting away of sin for the people for the year, until Jesus Christ came and bore our sins and gave us a new way. Now this day of atonement is also a coming day.

It wasn't just a day in the Old Testament, it is also a coming day. It is a day where our bodies get changed and changed in the Lord. Because you must understand that at this time we have a spirit and if we follow Jesus Christ and are serious about Jesus, we have a spirit that wants to follow the Lord and has been transformed and born-again. As we all know we have this flesh that if we follow it we fall to carnality. And so we have a flesh of death. That's what Paul wrote he said who can free me from this flesh of death. He talks about the flesh we can put off one-day and put on immortality. This is exactly what this coming day is all about; it is the day of atonement where the flesh is cut away. And when the flesh is cut away we are no longer corruptible. And so at present our soul body is at enmity to God. That is why it's written that we struggle against the flesh and it's desires. And it's written that follow these things and you reap death but crucify the flesh daily. It's a work. It's something that can be quite difficult. It can take its toll sometimes. But crucifying the flesh daily is a work because there's coming a day God has prepared for us called a day of atonement when this will be cut away and we will instead be able to arise incorruptible. Paul writes about that. The day of incorruptibility, the day of redemption. So what happens is the Lord Jesus Christ has come to make our spirits born again and give us a new way, but on this world we have to be tested and we have to get through the test until that day of redemption. It is a preparation for the new body the new way. If we deny and crucify the flesh daily, then we are going to be ready for the day of redemption, this Day of atonement where the flesh will be cut away. But if we're following our flesh living in carnality, we will not take part in this day of redemption.

Our flesh will not be cut away because it's what we want to follow and we've been following it. So what happens is you will not rise incorruptible and wont have victory over death. But that's why Paul warns repeatedly that we have to be dying daily to the flesh so that that we can be ready to rise again to rise to immortality to put off the flesh and to have the new body. Now this day of redemption is a hope that we live in. it's a hope that it's a time that we're going to rising incorruptible and we're going to have a new body and no longer at enmity to God, and a new body that is no longer going to want to want to pursue its lusts and desires. So we have this hope as we live our daily life following Jesus Christ that although we struggle with the mortal flesh, although we have to put it off daily and to keep our robes clean from carnality, there will come a time where it will be cut away from us. That's why we have to be encouraged to keep cutting away the flesh when it tries to rise up against us and denying and crucify it. And not be carnal not be living in carnality like this sister who was living in carnality and she couldn't be redeemed. The Lord showed her in a dream to warn her to repent and to crucify the flesh daily so she could be redeemed. The day where we can transformed. That's a day that is coming now people don't really want to get ready for this day and they are continuing to follow the world. But this day is coming nonetheless. It's a day where the flesh will be cut away and we will be given new bodies for the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I want to read to you from Romans; we are saved in this hope; hope that is seen but hope that is not yet fulfilled… Romans 8:23… so whatever the Lord is going to accomplish during that time we must focus all our faith on him, because we have that hope that isn't fulfilled yet. We still live in these mortal bodies that can bring us into carnality and bring us into sin and until that day comes, this day of atonement, this day of redemption, we are going to have the possibility that we're not going to be in that day.

We're not going to be redeemed. That is why we must turn away from carnality. We must prepare the flesh for the new body. How do we do that? We deny the flesh to prepare. Because if you live according to the flesh you will be living in carnality. Carnality as doing your desires. I can read back what the definition of carnality is. It's the practice of finding satisfaction in actions or activities related to fleshy desires and appetites. We are not talking about normal desires, we're talking sinful desire. That's what carnality is, it says particularly pertaining to sexual immorality. However not fully exclusive. There are many other things that pertain to carnality as well. So that is why the friends that we have to prepare ourselves daily, by dying to the flesh daily, starting the day in prayer daily, so that we can have the grace for the day to be walking in the Spirit to crucify the passions and desires of the flesh. Now is that what you do when you wake up each morning? Do you pray or just go about your life? Do you just run off to work without praying, without really dedicating yourself to the Lord that day. A lot of us have started the day without prayer and what happens is we get all caught up in something later and we just feel pretty bad that night knowing that today we failed. It's never too late to repent until it's too late. And that is why we must be making sure that we have that repentance today.

I want to read to you the repentance prayer Psalm 51. many times we can fall. We can have done what is wrong but God is here to give us mercy. He will forgive you if you repent. Have mercy on me oh God. According to your steadfast love and your abundant mercy. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin, for I know my transgressions and my sins are ever before me. Against you alone God have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. So you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold you delight in truth in the inward being. You teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me oh Lord that I may be cleaned. Wash me that I may be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit….You know friends there are times that we feel far away from the Lord because of sin. Maybe you have fallen away from sin maybe this is how you feel today. There is no joy of salvation left when we fall to sin because why? It is against God alone have we sinned and what happens is we dirty our hearts become carnal and we end up on the way to the fire. God's judgments are just. But I tell you friends if you cry out in humility and you ask the Lord to forgive you, then that is the way back to having the joy of salvation once more. And have been humbled before the Lord. Restore to me the joy of your salvation Lord and uphold me with a willing spirit then I will teach transgressors or sinners your ways and sinners will return to you.

Deliver me from blood guilt oh God. Oh God of my salvation, my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. Open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise for you will not delight in sacrifices or I would give it. You will not be pleased in offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A contrite and broken heart oh God these things you will despise… Dear friends that's how the Lord wants us to be. He's not interested in your offerings, he is interested in your heart before him broken heart of your sins. A lot of people can have a very hard heart concerning sin and they can say, God accepts me it's ok just to keep sinning… they don't have a broken heart over there sin. Some people are falling to lust every day and they don't have a broken heart over it. They just keep doing it again the next day and the next day. Some people just lust and sin daily and don't stop. They don't have a broken heart over it. But David got before the Lord after his sin and he had a broken heart over it and the Lord gave him mercy. And he will give you mercy also if you would remember the Lord in humility and turn from your sin. That way we can be ready for the day of Redemption and when the Lord comes to transform our bodies into the new body, which will be soon, he will find you worthy to be able to be transformed. Why? Because you repented and because you had a broken heart before him and you didn't just keep sinning heartlessly. God's heart is broken by sin. Every day that man sins it hurts God's heart, and when we just continue to sin and say man cannot help and all this garbage, what you're really doing is just having a hard heart before the Lord and having enough humility. And your not willing to repent of the evil things that you're doing and you're not willing to come before God and say please God cleanse me from my sin and give me a new heart. We're not here to be like that, there is a lot of carnality in the walk of a lot of Christians but we must know that carnality will not be redeemed.

Carnality will not have the new body. There will be no day of redemption for them. But we who remember the Lord will pray this prayer and say to the Lord; Oh Lord have mercy on me according to your steadfast love according to your abundant mercies. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from all my sin, for I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against you only have I sinned God and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment over me. I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me, behold you delight in truth oh Lord in the inward being and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart… this wonderful wisdom friends from the Lord…. purge me oh Lord that I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones that are broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart oh Lord and renew a right spirit in me. Do you need to have a right spirit renewed in you today? Cast me not away from your present and take not your Holy Spirit from me oh Lord. Restore to me the joy of salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgresses your ways and sinners will be turned to you. Deliver me from my blood guiltiness oh Lord, God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness for you delight not in sacrifices or I would give it. Nor in offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart. Oh God these things you will not despise. These things are in the heart of a person who wants to return to the Lord. And if we humble ourselves friends and we pray, we give ourselves to the Lord, we will find redemption. We will find new hearts. The Holy Spirit won't be taken from us.

We will gather to declare with our mouth the praise of the Lord, praise of his salvation with the joy of salvation in us. You know the thing that takes salvation and joy away from the most quickly is sin. When you sin you lose your joy of salvation. The minute we live in compromise start following carnality that is when the joy of salvation leaves us. We cannot deceive ourselves friends even if we tried to. While we are living in sin we just don't have that peace and joy of salvation any more. We can say we're all saved and sealed according to the Bible but we just do not have this joy of salvation. That is why it's time to turn to the Lord and ask the Lord to forgive you. We got to know that against God alone have we sinned. He knows our transgressions and our sins are ever before us. So we got to pray to the Lord in humbleness and mercy asking the Lord to forgive us. Please forgive us Lord for against you alone have we sinned. Against your alone. It's wonderful that when we go before the Lord like this, he will forgive you. He will forgive you and blot out your transgressions and he'll hide his face from your sin. He will give you a new heart. He will change your inward being. He would not withhold his Holy Spirit from you, but if we don't repent and if we don't come before the Lord in humility, then how can we find mercy? How can we find a new heart? How can we find a restored joy in salvation. How can we find lips that can praise the Lord for his salvation? How can we find anything but knowing the judgment of God will be on us. How can we find freedom from the paths of evil. That is why dear friends this world is so bent on our destruction. Totally bent on bringing us down to the fire. Why else do you think Satan is so bent on causing you to sin? Why else does the flesh rise up every day? Why else do we have to start the day in prayer asking for mercy and being able to deny that flesh that day. Why else if not for the fact that the devil is trying to stop you from being a part of the day of redemption because we know that that day is coming when we will rise incorruptible and be caught up to the clouds to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Lord said watch and pray that the day should not catch you unawares.

Paul writes in that day you will not be in the dark like the world nor caught out for you'll be watching. So watch and pray that that day will not catch you out. That's what Jesus said. You're not in the dark for that day. The Lord reveals these things to his people. You will not the caught out if you watch and pray. The day of redemption where we will be rising in a new body to do the work of the Lord. Are you ready for that day? Or are you just following this body this flesh in its sin. How catastrophic would it be for you if the other believers arise incorruptible and you yourself stay and you don't arise incorruptible but stay in your flesh because you decided to keep living in it. What a terrible shame. That is why dear friends we are nor here to be in that kind of devastation. We do not want to be part of that day where we will be like the 5 five bridesmaids beating on the door saying Lord Lord let us in in, let us in. the Lord will say it's too late, it's too late. Let us in let us in…..you don't want to be in that day. A day of redemption where you miss out. You don't get transformed because you were carnal living carnality like this sister. She had a dream that the reason she couldn't be a part of this day was because of carnality. It was given for a warning. Repents repents says the Lord and I will give you a new body. He says we will rise incorruptible we will have victory over death. Death will no longer be able to touch you. You will be able to pass through the world and nobody would touch you. Remember how Jesus died and then he rose again after the third day? And then for 40 days Jesus and many of the saints who had risen with him, walked around revealing themselves to many for 40 days on the earth. And when Jesus appeared to the disciples he didn't appear as a ghost or spirit he appeared as a real human having a body and they could touch him yet his body was ascended he was no longer part of the earth. He was incorruptible. Now Jesus was incorruptible before however he was in the new body. Now we on the other hand will become like that too. 40 days we can walk around the earth with Christ when he returns and be incorruptible like that. You can cannot be touched nobody could no longer kill him. It was written that many of the saints arose from their graves on that day and they revealed themselves to many people. They were in a new body and disciples were still in the flesh and so they walked around and Jesus came and walked with them. They recognized him and were shocked. But he was the same as them he was still in a body.

He had a new body though. And this new body could just appear and disappear, he could do whatever he wanted. He wasn't part of the laws of nature. The world didn't have any effect on him and that's what's going to happen is the same thing, on that day, the day of redemption, that's what can happen to you if you're going to be serious about repenting today and not being carnal. Why would you want to miss out on that day? I don't know. Same goes for me. Every day we want to live a day of preparing for that day denying the flesh so that we can be counted worthy to put on immortality. That's what we want to do want to put on immortality. And on that day Jesus will change people to rise incorruptible. They will walk around the earth doing great things in the name of Jesus and nobody can touch them. That time is coming that time is coming. And in that new body nobody can touch you hallelujah. Time is coming that these things will take place. But if you're not ready and you're one of the five foolish bridesmaids and you're living in carnality, then you're going to miss out. You are going to be one of those on the outside wishing you had been part of it but you will be devastated wishing you had listened to the preachers who said to repent instead of saying hey the Bible says Im saved so I can keep sinning. Nabob can stop sinning and all this stuff. I can keep following my lusts, I can keep watching the TV, I can fill myself with sin, that's fine thats not going to worry me too much because I'm in the flesh anyway and carnal, carnality. Dear different that is up to you but it's up to you if you wanted to miss out. I don't know how much you really want it.

I don't know how much you really want it. But for us who really want is wonderful time with Jesus where we can be risen incorruptible, we're going to go before the Lord like this. We are going to pray to the Lord and say this: have mercy on me oh God according to your steadfast love and your abundant mercies. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sins are ever before me. Against you oh Lord have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgments. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin I was conceived. Behold you delight in the truth in the inward being. You teach me wisdom in the secret heart so purge me Lord that I may be clean. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness in the bones that you have broken. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence. Take not your Holy Spirit from me restore to me the joy of salvation. Uphold in me a willingness spirit, then I would teach transgresses your ways and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from blood guiltless oh God. God of my salvation my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness oh Lord opened my lips for my mouth will be declaring your praise.

It is not sacrifices you delight in or I would give them. Nor offerings, the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. Oh God these things you will not despise. Dear friends is that the way we are going to pray to the Lord today? Well then so be it because that is the way that we shall purity. Purity of heart. How can you find a pure heart friends while you're just watching all this media and sin filling yourself with sin. A brother in Christ was wondering if he was going to be ready for that day and the Lord showed him in a dream that he was going to miss out because of things that he was doing that wasn't right. He was he was not keeping himself pure but he was watching the TV every day. The Lord said that this doesn't keep your soul pure. He was fighting with his wife and the Lord said this doesn't keep you pure. You know we got to pursue purity and we got to put out the flesh. We are not to fill ourselves in sin of this society in this day and age. Because if you're impure on that day then what makes you think that you can be redeemed? What makes you think that you can be counted worthy to escape when Jesus Christ said in Revelation he said those who kept themselves clean, the Saints they kept their robes clean from sin; behold I will spare you from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world to test those who belong to it because you kept your robes cleaned and you didn't stain your roads in this world. That is what is written. Keeping ourselves in prayer. Are you going before the Lord and praying this prayer; Lord forge us of our iniquity and our sin. Do we do this? Do we go before the world to forgive us? The Lord does not despise a boken and contrite heart you know. And a broken spirit away from from the Lord. When we remember our sin and all the things we have done in the past, will we not find mercy dear friends if we would come before the Lord in repentance....