Saturday, August 24, 2013

MAKING YOUR SALVATION SURE

You know him that I wanted to talk about is our assurance of faith, assurance of the Lords kingdom. We don't need to be all worried and concerned that somehow we're just not going to make it in to heaven. We don't want to be all losing our faith because we think that God's just turned his back on us. We have an advocate, a powerful advocate. Someone who gave his life for us. We don't just have wishing. We got something concrete that is our faith in the one and only Jesus Christ. That is the only reason I'm here is because of Jesus Christ. So it's not a life of wondering if I can get through the narrow gate and I wonder if Jesus will let me in. no it's a reality that we have an advocate and he will lead us through the narrow gate if we walk with him. I'm not saying that you can walk your own paths and rely on luck to try and get through.

You wont get through that way but what I'm saying is that we have an advocate Jesus Christ and if we follow him, he will lead us to that narrow gate and we wont have anything to be ashamed about. You know friends I want to read from 2 Peter says to back up some of these things I was saying where Peter writes this: by which the Lord Jesus has granted us his precious and great promise so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature having escaped from the corruption of this world and it's sinful desires. For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and with virtue knowledge, and with knowledge self control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, godliness with brotherly love and affection. For these qualities are yours and increasing they keep you from being ineffective and un-fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the knowledge of. So friends we have a fruitful knowledge of Jesus Christ if we follow him because we walk the path of holiness with the Lord and we help other people walk the path. You know that's what happens when we have faith. That is why Peter says to make every effort, so having escaped the corruption of this world and its sinful desires, he says make every effort to supplement your faith. So we should be doing things like having virtue and having knowledge of the Lord through the Holy Spirit which comes through prayer. Self-control which means that we're not following our desires and evil. Adding self-control to steadfast. Steadfastness means that we are enduring and we're not just giving up at the slightest trouble and we're actually enduring in the faith. And then with steadfastness we add godliness and brotherly love and affection. So these things are the way of a follower of Jesus. He has these qualities and through the Lord Jesus he continues to add to his faith. I want to read on: for if these qualities are your and increasing, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is nearsighted and he is blind having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Have you forgotten that you have been cleansed from your sins? I haven't. You know the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins. And he gave me the power to turn away from my sin. He freed me from my sin so I don't want to go back.

Now I can forget that Jesus freed me and cleansed me and I can go walking back to my evil, Yes I can forget that. You know but that means I lose my faith in all these things that are so wonderful when we follow Jesus. No wonder we feel so condemned when we're walking away in sin. It is because we have forgotten that Jesus cleansed us from our sins. So let us remember that hey Jesus does cleanse us from our sin. He is our advocate. And so what we need to do is we need to go and have faith in Jesus and add to our faith self-control and steadfastness, and need to be adding brotherly love to our faith, godliness and we can add virtue and knowledge. Virtue is the things like giving and being in helping people. Now let us read on: therefore brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and make your election sure. For if you practice these qualities you will never fall… Don't listen to Christian lies that say that thats all works. No, we must do these works. We must practice these things; self-control is a practice thats your own choice. You know you can make that choice today. Self control, it means you dedicate to the Lord Jesus Christ and you practice self-control in your life. So wonderful to have self-control. We can simply turn away from the things that we know God is displeased with. We are not bound to sin we are free to follow the Lord Jesus Christ hallelujah. So let us make every effort to follow the Lord and make every effort to turn away from anything that is displeasing to him. So that's why Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10: therefore brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and make your election sure. For if you practice these qualities you would never fall. For in this way you will be richly provided for and entrance into the internal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will have a wonderful entrance into the kingdom of the Lord if we would practice these wonderful qualities of having faith in the Lord Jesus and adding to our faith self-control godliness, steadfastness, which means we don't just give up and fall on our knees and cry and just go away and not trust Jesus any more. No, we add to our faith brotherly love, and self-control, and the virtue and knowledge of our Lord. It is a work. These are things that we must do. If we do them the Lord will be with us hallelujah. If we don't do them, we are forgetting that the Lord Jesus has cleansed us from our sins. So we can think about what are the things that we do if we don't do these things.

Peter talks about adding to your faith self-control. Now the opposite of self-control is lack of control lack of self-control. So we can go and just follow and yield to temptation. That is an example of not following the right way. Not having these qualities and being near sighted and blind forgetting Jesus cleansed us from sin. We should start to do the works of self-control. Not lack of self-control. The works of self-control. We can start to follow our lack of self-control and we can start to follow our temptation and yield to things that we know God does not accept. Then we have steadfastness. The opposite of steadfastness is doubt. If we are steadfast and we are unmovable you know the Bible verse that says “Above all else stand when things fail and keep standing”…You know that's what steadfastness means. Now the opposite of steadfastness is to go to the mud, is to doubt. So if we're a doubting man it is written that a doubting man is unstable in all his ways. That's what's written. So the opposite of the steadfastness is doubt. So if we have those qualities then we are forgetting that Jesus Christ has cleansed us from our sins. Let us read on; godliness, now the opposite of godliness is ungodliness. Ungodliness is sin. Things like following our lusts, being unkind outbursts of anger. We can read about all the ways of ungodliness and we know that these things will not inherit the kingdom. So if we are practicing ungodliness in our life we know that we are forgetting that Jesus cleansed us free from sin and we're being blind. Friends let us wake up. Let us read on; brotherly affection and love. Now the opposite of that is anger hate malice attacking you know unkindness jealousy, all these things are from people who are not walking in brotherly love. It is written in the Scriptures that he who does not love his brother does not have the love of God in him. It is written that he who does not love his brother is of the devil. Dear friends these things are acts of faith that we must be practicing in our daily life. All these lies that people say about salvation is without works…. but I tell you if you're doing these works of ungodliness, works of lack of self-control, if you've got works of hating your brother, being unkind mean, you have forgotten that you have escaped the corruption of this world and sinful desire and you've forgotten that you had the promise of having the divine nature and having a grand entrance into the kingdom of God. You've forgotten these things and so dear friends if we've forgotten that the Lord has cleansed us then how can he lead us in his kingdom? We're not going to make it into the kingdom of God sorry to say. You know that is what Peter said. He said whoever lacks these qualities is near sighted and blind. You know that's why we need to make our election sure today by remembering that Jesus has forgiven us. He has provided a way of forgiveness and there is such a wonderful peace that we can have knowing that since Jesus is for us who can be against us? Sin can be against us. The way of the flesh can be against us.

I read here Peter 1:3; his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him. You know it is his divine power friends so we got to start having faith. I can read a bit earlier in the verse where it says; Simon Peter a servant of Jesus Christ and a apostle. To those who have attained the faith of equal standing to ours by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ… So I'm talking to people who want to have faith in Jesus Christ. People who realize like the apostle Peter that hey we have the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why Peter said to those who obtain a faith that is equal to ours. Anyone who has faith, has faith that is equal to the apostles. We are all the same in the Lord Jesus Christ. So the Lord Jesus wasn't against Peter and he wont be against you, we are equal. There is no greater people. The apostle are not Kings and you're just a pawn on a chess board. No friends we are all equal under the Lord Jesus Christ and we're all to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so that's why we want to add to our faith not take away from our faith. If we're adding to our faith godliness self-control steadfastness love, that means we're increasing in our knowledge and it says that we are making our election sure and we are going to enter the kingdom. However if we take away from our faith with ungodliness doubt corruption things like this, if we're taking away from our faith, then what makes us think that we're going to make our election sure? You know dear friends let us not be near sighted and blind forgetting that the Lord Jesus has indeed set us free. So people say, well I'm not not free from sin. Well that's because you need to go to the Lord Jesus now and start it properly dedicate yourself to him. He's not just a myth. You've got a start to realize that Jesus is who he is. That's about the end of story. Jesus is the son of God. Now if you realize that you'd realize that hey I've got a pretty big advocates here. Ive got the advocates of the son of God himself sent by God himself. And we've got that advocate, it's powerful friends. We don't have just some angel or just some guy somewhere, some human. No we've got something sure and everlasting. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why I'm here. I'm here to tell you about Jesus Christ. Thats who he is. That's how people enter the kingdom of God through Jesus. That is why I am here because Jesus did that for me. Now I have every reason to continue to follow my hope into the kingdom of God now why don't you? I am adding to my faith daily these wonderful qualities that Peter was talking about now you can too I'm just a human like anybody. I make mistakes at times. We can fall to sin at times that is true, but we're not here to take away from our faith and add ungodliness, sin, lack of steadfastness, yielding to temptation. We are not here to subtract from our faith with these qualities. We are here to add to our faith daily.

That's why I talk about a daily walk with Jesus daily and it starts this very minute. You know let us forget about the past. The past is closed. We cannot change the past. You cannot change your doubts and sin and fear and worry of the past. But from now on we can have hope and self-control and joy knowing that hey we're going to enter into heaven the kingdom of God. We're going to be there with Jesus Christ absolutely assured hundred percent. For as it is written; for brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election for if you practice these qualities you will never fall…. never fall… for in this way you will be richly provided for, an entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the way that we don't fall. Is if we add diligently these qualities that I was reading earlier; steadfastness love self control virtue and knowledge and brotherly love. So that's what we're here to do. We are here to add to our faith these wonderful qualities. Now I want to read on from 2 Peter 1 verse 12; therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think is right that as long as I am in the body to always to stir you up to remember these things, since I know that I'll be putting up the body soon as the Lord Jesus Christ made it clear to me. And I'll make every effort so that after my departure you may be able to recall these things. So Peter is really encouraging you as a servant of God to remember that we are on equal standing with the apostles and we're going to enter the kingdom. Peter was on his way to entering the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. You also and that is why he wanted to encourage you that even though he had to die and leave the world, to continue to remember and to keep being reminded that these qualities that are established in you will continue to make your election sure as it is written adding to your faith virtue and knowledge and self-control steadfastness and godliness and brotherly love. It is not rocket science. These are things we can do daily. Peter continually reminds us to remember these quails. That means today we think about loving our brother. Somebody near you who is a believer. We can already love the unbelievers by giving them the truth about Jesus Christ and warning them about hell and a kind deed here and there. But we need to remember our brothers in Christ.

They are very important. You can't just ignore them and you know have your unbelieving friends and just ignore your brother. You know we can't have friendship with the world unfortunately we can no longer have friends in this world who want to follow the world because how can we be a friend with those who love the evil nature. You know that is why we got to be separate from the world and got to start loving our brother and we can do that in actions and words, kindness. The other quality that we must be having today is self-control. That's what Peter keeps reminding us about having these qualities. Remember these qualities; self-control that the other quality that means we don't bow to sin. We get out temptations come along and you know what we endure them and we stay faithful and we don't yield to temptation. It is written in the Scriptures Blessed is the one who doesn't yield to temptation for after he has endured all the way to the end he shall inherit the crown of life. Isn't that wonderful! So today we don't want to yield to temptation. Now supposing we have yielded in the past. Well let us put the past behind today and make this day clean before the Lord because today's the day to have that real faith. We're going to be having faith in the Lord Jesus. Today's the day we spend our time in prayer with him. We start adding to our faith from now on hallelujah. Now Godliness. Things like godliness means that we don't go and support of gay marriage. We don't go and think lustful thoughts at somebody, thats ungodliness. We don't go and curse at somebody and swear at somebody. That is ungodliness. The ungodly will not inherit the kingdom of God. In all things we give thanks to the Lord and ask him for guidance. There may be some things in your life you are not sure about. You think that hey you know what if this is ungodliness or this is sin but are not sure about it. That's when you get on your knees to Jesus asking to push you to repent of anything that is displeasing in your life right now and he's going to really lay on your heart what you need to turn away from.

And you're really going to know that you need to stop whatever it is in your life right now that you feel that definitely is not of God hallelujah. You know that's what we do daily. Now this is remembering what Peter said to us. So I want to read it again; therefore I Peter intend always remind you of these qualities though you know them and are established in the truth because I think it is right that as long as I am in the body I continue to stir you up to remember these qualities. Lets remember these qualities today friends. Let us add to our faith righteousness. Let us add to our faith self-control. Let us continue to add to our faith love, steadfastness virtue and knowledge. Virtue is to do good deeds to people who might need it and you can help them. Knowledge comes through prayer. So we just continue to pray and get filled with knowledge about the Lord Jesus Christ and he's going to help us hallelujah. Now I am going to read on in verse 16; for we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ so we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. So what is saying here is he's not devising myths and lies. They were actually eyewitnesses of his majesty. Eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ. We all receive the Lord Jesus by faith. That is what Jesus said. He said to the apostles and Peter; you have seen me and believe but more blessed are they who have not seen me and they believe. They have faith. So friends, let us not stop having faith. Let us stop being doubters. Remember a doubting man is unstable in all his ways. Let us read on; for when he received honor and glory from God the father the voice was born to him by the majestic glory; this is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased. That is what was said from the heavens when Jesus Christ was baptised. So the voice said follow him. We hear it from God himself we hear from the apostles that we have every reason to be laying of faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ today, for he is the beloved son of the father and to follow him, you will indeed make it into the kingdom of God. Let us read on; and we have the prophetic words more fully confirmed to which we did not well pay attention to until the day dawns and the Morning Star rose in our hearts. So what Peter is saying here is that even though we realize that it becomes even more of a reality and truth to us, once the morning star rises in our hearts and we realize hey this is true. Isn't that wonderful? I realize that now how about you? Not it goes on; for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man nor the scriptures come from own interpretation but by men who spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. So what Peter is saying here is that these prophecies that they are giving you right now which is written here about the words that they heard from heaven, they are saying that these didn't come from the will of man they came from the Holy Spirit by men of God being carried along by the Holy Spirit.

So that is why we can believe because we know that they don't lie that these things were written about have been passed down from generation to generation to this day in the Bible we know now. These things were not a lie, and we know they're not a lie as because as Peter said, that these things are fully confirmed in our hearts if we pay attention to them, as the day dawns in our hearts and the morning star rises in our hearts. So in other words once we realize the reality of Jesus Christ and his knowledge and his truth, we have the star of hope rise in our hearts and we start to realize fully that Jesus Christ the son of God in our hearts is the Messiah. That is when we can add to our faith; self-control love steadfastness godliness hope and we can know that we are going to enter the kingdom of God because as the Scriptures say if the Lord is for us then who can be against us? So today I wanted to give anyone some hope if they feel all doubtful and worried about entering the kingdom because we don't need to be worrying and doubtful whether God is going to accept us. We already know how he will accept us. We know that if we follow and obey Jesus he will accept us.

We know that if we do not follow and obey Jesus he is going to be rejecting us. So that's why we don't want to our take away from our faith, subtract from our faith by ungodliness yielding to temptation hate and anger and malice and evil, lack of self-control. We don't want to be subtracting from our faith not making our election sure. We ought to be doing what Peter said, he said; make your election sure by adding these things to your faith daily remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven your sin. This isn't just a religion. This isn't something about Jesus Christ as some interesting character and I like his words in the Bible but then I close the Bible and I just walk away back to my normal life. No, it is a life change. You got to have the coin drop. You know the old saying the penny drop. Start to realize that this isn't just a belief. This is reality. And that's why I'm here because it's reality so I encourage you that at least you can see me right here and I'm living not dead like Peter at least I'm living and I can tell you myself as a living person on earth that Jesus Christ right now is who he is and he is coming and he set me free from sin and has given me peace. You will get through to him if you pray and have faith. He will be with you and he will help you to overcome your sin. He is not against you and will not condemn you but he'll continue to lead you into the kingdom of God. So I am here to counsel you to have steadfast faith and to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't have doubt. Don't yield to sin. Keep away from ungodliness. Just be serious about dedicating to the Lord. That's what I tell you. I'm not an apostle like Peter so I can't say to you I've seen the Lord Jesus Christ. I have faith, I don't need to see him because I really have the evidence of the Lord in my life; healing freedom from sin from things I could never have myself out of myself, things like freedom from evil words, freedom from following lusts, all kinds of things you know. And these come from Jesus Christ's supernatural power that is here right now. And so I want to encourage you to do what I did and cry out upon the Lord Jesus in repentance and seek to know him because he is who he said he was, and ask him to lead you. But you got to make the decision to follow him yourself. There is no point just spending a day of giving yourself to Jesus and then the next day you just walk away from the Lord. And you just want to have a fun life and of your own way and continue to joke with your ungodly friend, continue to sin with your ungodly friends, continue to chase after your own life and desire and you don't want to dedicate to Jesus. You know you are like a man who looks himself in the mirror and then he walks away and forgets what he looked like. A one-hit wonder. You know friends we're not here to be like that. We are here to realize that we have a real powerful Lord Jesus Christ to follow daily from here on out, where we can follow him all the way to the wonderful Kingdom of God and he is going to lead us from here on out. So he is going to want us to get to know him more each day instead of just saying; Jesus please know me… and then you walk away and you forget what you prayed and you didn't pursue the Lord day in day out and to get to know him more and more. That is not to make your election sure you know you're not even having faith doing that. It is a continued development with the Lord in prayer and seeking to know him.

He is real he does hear when you pray even if you think it doesn't even if people say he doesn't. If you repent you turn to him he will hear you when you pray and he's going to help you. He is looking and testing his people to see who is going to be having faith and going to him in faith. Who is going to be having a perseverance. And the Lord looks at the the earth and he finds who are they. Because he said; when I return how much faith will the Son of Man find? How much faith! That's what Jesus Christ is looking for. He is looking for faith. He is not coming to destroy you. He is not coming to make bloodshed. He is not coming to judge you all and cast you all into eternal fire, no. that not true. Jesus Christ is here now to save you from the eternal fire, to save you from bloodshed, as in bloodshed and going to hell. That is what I'm talking about. I'm not saying that some of you won't be martyred for your faith, that can happen. No I'm saying that Jesus Christ is coming to save you from the devil and is coming to take his people, to redeem you from the world but he's doing it today not sometime in the future. So that's why you need to get on your prayer mat and start praying to the Lord so he can come to you today and redeem you from the world, redeem you from your flesh, redeem you from the devil. Redeem you from bloodshed of wrath of God on terrible sin and end up in hell. We have all kinds of calamities around the world daily. People will die in them. A lot of them go to hell they die without Jesus Christ. I'm here to tell you that I have found the wonderful power of the Lord Jesus Christ just like Peter the Apostle did.

Now I am not an apostle I didn't see Jesus however I have experiences with the Lord and so I can speak with authority on these things because the Lord Jesus Christ is with me. And so when I tell you that you can have faith peace and hope and you definitely will enter the kingdom of God as long as you stay with Jesus, these things are definitely true. Because they are also backed up by the apostle Peter and by the words of Jesus. So friends think about having steadfast Faith today and not yielding to doubt worry fear and guilt. Let us think about having steadfast faith adding to our faith righteousness self-control steadfastness and multiplying peace in us from our Lord Jesus Christ practicing these things, brotherly love, making every effort to supplement our faith with virtue knowledge self-control steadfastness godliness and brotherly love, making our elections sure and knowing that soon we will put off the body and be with our Lord Jesus Christ.... ...

THE DEVIL IS ON YOUR CASE

Today I wanted to talk about was the devil is on your case. When you first come to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil is going to be on your case, and his mission is to try and bring you down and bring you down to the fire. That's what his mission is. The devil is on your case. And ever since we turn to the Lord and we come on the narrow way, we are going to have trouble from the spiritual world, trouble from the powers of darkness. And they are going to try and bring us down into the fire. That's what they are going to do. The powers of darkness are tailoring a plan to bring you into the fire. And that's why we've got to be extra vigilant everyday, because when you follow Jesus that is when your trials begin not when they end. While we are in the world things aren't going to be so bad for us. But as soon as you follow Jesus and as soon as you dedicate to the narrow way and you repent properly, that's where your troubles are going to begin and the devil is going to be on your case from that moment on. He is going to try and bring you down, down into the fire. So that is why we have to be extra vigilant that we do not let the devil take us down when he's on our case.

Don't don't be like these many believers who let the devil into their lives and then they give power to Satan. You see when we fall to any sin or any false way that is when we start to give power to the enemy over us. It is at that point that the devil is going to get a foothold in your life and he is going to start working himself into your life. And the goal of the devil being on your case is to bring you down and out of the faith. Out of the faith of Jesus. That's how the devil tries to bring us down. He is there to bring us away from our faith in Jesus Christ. The devil will be on your case when you follow Jesus. So when we get on our knees and dedicate ourselves to the way of the cross and leave our sins, and when Jesus comes into our life and sets us free from sin and evil, that's when Satan will get on your case and that's when he will work himself into your life to bring you down and into the fire. So he is going to use things that is going to tempt you. It might be certain lusts of some kind. It might be people. He is going to bring people into your life that can cause you to fall to sin. And then once he's gotten you to fall away to a sin, then he's got a hand on your life and he can hold you. And once he's got little hold in you, that's when he can start to work your way down to the fire. Bring you into sins that you can't repent off because you fall too far to repent.

A lot of people that's what happens to them. They just cannot repent. They say, “I really should be getting out of this sin”. But they procrastinate all the way to the fire till they die. And then they die and it is too late then. That is why we must be vigilant and watchful because the devil is on our case. The devil will certainly go after anyone walking on the narrow way. Pastors and preachers and people Jesus works through, he is going to target them too. And that's why you hear a lot about these sexual scandals in the church. It is the devil in the case of peoples who had dedicated themselves to his way and so the devil got on their case and he brought them to a point where they took the bait and they fell away. And they fell away to grave sin and the Lord was warning them to repent. But a lot of them just wont repent and they just keep going on in their sin and they fall further away. That's how they end up falling into the fire. And once in the fire then it's too late. You see friends we must be focused on the Lord so that the devil cannot take us down and be watchful and vigilant because he is there to break your faith, he is there to try and steal your joy. He is there to oppress you every day. And so when you're walking around in the day trying to focus on Jesus, he is trying to hinder your thoughts. Gets into your mind and starts sowing the seeds of evil. And you got a choice to listen to that or put it out. He starts sowing images into your mind. Images of sin images of evil trying to tempt your nature. Tempt the flesh. Because he knows that you've already crucified the flesh and you're free from the flesh and you're free from sin, so he's going to try and tempt you to sin. Tempt you to fall away to get some hold back in your life. To get you back into some slavery to sin. The devil is on your case and once he gets you into some slavery to sin, that is when he's going to bring you down and down and down and then you are going to look back and you remember, “That is where I was before. Look how far I have fallen, look how far I've fallen.” and hopefully you repent and get out of that. Jesus says that in Revelation, “Look how far you have fallen, come back come back, come back to your first works. And the first works are repentance love and faith. Dear friends Jesus said that true.

He said look how far you've fallen, to repent and come back to the first works. And that is why Satan is here. He is on our case all the way to the kingdom of heaven and is going to try and cause us to flip out right at the very end and compromise our faith and go to false paths. There is no limit to how far you can fall. Trust me he will try everything on you. There is absolutely no limit to the sin he will try and get you to do. And he's going to try and use sins that are going to tempt your heart, tempt your flesh, get you to feel that is what you got to do. You got to go and follow the flesh that's what the devil will try and lie to you. He is going to try and manipulate your mind into believing that you must go off and sin, whatever it is he is tempting you with. He will manipulate your mind to get you to accept that you got to go and sin. That you got to do this sin he is tempting you with. You don't have to do that. You don't have to do what the flesh is trying to tempt you to do. The devil is bringing things into your life and you are getting tempted, you don't have to do it. You don't have to do it and it is not your sin either if you don't do it so let us not own any sin today. Let us keep the devil in his place even though he's on our case daily. The devil won't leave you alone. You might resist him and he will flee but will comeback for another opportune time. That's what he did to Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus resisted the devil but the devil came back at another time. And that's what he is going to do to you. He is going to come back to you at another time in your life when you're not strong anymore. He is going to keep an eye on you. He is on your case friends, the Devils on your case. It is not sit down and do nothing, you got to be battling. You got to be doing the works of the faith battle. Walking the faith battle. You got to be resisting the devil daily. You got to be putting him out. Kill the ways of the devil inside of you.

Know we've all got the flesh, the ways of Satan in us. Daily crucify it otherwise it will rule us. If you let the flesh rule you it will take you on a ride all the way to the fire. You will perish. That is why friends if we are serious about obeying and following Jesus every day, we have to be serious about putting out the flesh and resisting the devil. Those are two works that Christians must do daily. They are very important. If you don't do that the devil will bring you down into sin and he will get you into a lukewarm way then he will just leave you there because that's where he wants you to go to hell. And many lukewarm Christians that are already deep in sin, they are already deceived, they are already far from Jesus, and the devil uses them to harass to hinder people from reaching out to the Lord in holiness and wanting to repent. Because the devil doesn't want you to repent. He doesn't want you to turn from your sins. So he uses these lukewarm Christians to make you think it's okay that you can be with them sin in lukewarm ways and that's the way to the kingdom of God still. But friends we know that the devil is on our case and the devil is here to bring us down daily away from the truth, away from our light, away from our joy, and is going to kill your joy if you let him. He is going to bring all this stuff into your mind. All these thoughts, all this evil. He is going to tempt you with it daily. And then you're going to wonder what am I going to do? How can I get around this problem? This terrible problem and you're going to start to wonder if you should follow sin and maybe you get tempted to follow sin so strong that one day you might go and follow it. Then Satan gets the power over you that he wanted.

Once he's got that power then you are on a downward spiral. Friends that's why we got to be vigilant and watchful because Satan is on our case daily. And he's going to try and bring you down. We already have our faith in Jesus we don't need Jesus to show us anything. No signs and miracles. Miracles and signs aren't for us because our faith in Jesus. We already know he is the Messiah. We already know that he's going to uphold us if we stay vigilant and watchful. That is why we got to resists satan. We got to resists Satan. We got to put Satan in his place. You got to exercise your faith and then realized Jesus is really is who he is. He's really our Messiah. We don't need miracles and healings and wonders to believe in Jesus. That is for the unbelievers. We just need Jesus now in our life. We just need to lay faith in him now and then we're going to overcome Satan. And we're going to kick him off our case. Keep him out of our life. Resisting daily being strong daily. All the way to the end because satins got all kinds of plans and is going to try and bring us down like with Jesus, he organized Jesus to be crucified. That was Satan in behind that too. And God allowed it, and Jesus got crucified for the sins of the world. And Satan didn't quite realize what was going on until it was done and he realized what really happened and was too late then. Satan was defeated. But you see friends Satan is on our case and we've got to maintain and stay in our faith that we don't fall away. It's faith that will get you through. It's true faith you just really believe in Jesus. You got to be serious about Jesus, be serious about him daily. I am telling you it is true faith. If you got real faith friends, you realize Jesus is who he is. People say well why do you believe in Jesus? And I tell them I believe in Jesus because he is Jesus Christ. I've got faith in him. Did you know that signs and wonders are not for believers? Did you know that miracles aren't for believers? That is for unbelievers. People being raised from the dead, healings, mighty signs, that's not for the believers. You don't need that. I don't need that. You know who needs that? The people who need that are the people who don't know Jesus is real. But for we who already know Jesus is real, we walk after him, we follow him hallelujah. That's what real faith is. I don't need signs and wonders. I don't need to see the dead rise to suddenly start praising God. I already have a relationship with the Lord. I have all I need. I don't need a mighty healing.

I already have Jesus. He is with me friends. That's what you need. You need a relationship with Jesus too. And that comes from simply dedicating yourself to the Lord because he is there and real. That's what real faith is when you realizes Jesus is who he is and is not dependent on some miracle. A lot of believers don't have any faith, they rely on a miracle before they believe. And they try and muster up all this faith they believe to try and get themselves a miracle of some kind and wonder why doesn't happen and then they lose their faith because they didn't have any faith in Jesus, he wasn't real to them. Then a real man of God comes along and prays for somebody and they get healed and then suddenly they get healed and everyone suddenly realises Jesus is real and they start to believe in Jesus. Now that was a sign for the unbeliever. Friends is a sign for the unbelievers. I wanted to expose today about the Word of Faith movement and the faith movements that people like to followed and I want to talk about these Christians in these churches that are trying to get miracles and things happen and all these Christian books that talk about your healing and they talk about your faith and how you can move mountains and all these kinds of things and I want to tell you how big a deception those things really are and how they destroy so many people's faith in Jesus. They are not about Jesus Christ. These books are about magic trying to manipulate some kind of spiritual power out of the Bible. Dangerous stuff, you got to keep away from it. This is how it works; these Christians they preach and teach that you've got to find enough faith to get a miracle and things like this and what happens is all these unbelieving Christians are trying to muster up some magic out of some Bible verses and what happens is they don't get the magic and they don't get what they believe they should've gotten and what happens is they doubt God and fall away and realized that hey you know obviously I don't have enough faith that means I am not going to be saved because I just don't have any faith they think. And you know they doubt their very salvation they just don't even have salvation to begin with friends they don't have faith. But I want to tell you we don't need miracles and signs and wonders to believe in Jesus.

You don't need that because we already have Jesus right now. He's already here. Now when I'm sick then I can pray and ask Jesus to heal me and help me and he does. But the thing is we don't need the Lord to do a sign before we can believe in him. That is for the unbelievers, did you realize that? Because we who already believe in Jesus, he already knows us and he doesn't need to show a sign to make us believe so he doesn't. He doesn't show doubters signs. He doesn't really care for people standing around doubting his name. You know the apostles and the men of God they go and preach the word under the power of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit gives them power to say raise the dead and the Holy Spirit gives the power to heal a blind man, why? That was for the unbelievers and when the unbeliever see these things, it is because they are unbelievers, they fall on their knees and realise that God is real. They realize Jesus is real because these things can't come from man. And they realize they know Jesus is really who he is. But the believers didn't need that. They didn't need that. Jesus himself prayed to God and he said this sign isn't for me, this isn't for me it is for their sake…he said when he was going to raise Lazarus. You know Jesus didn't need anything like that you know that the apostles didn't need anything like that. They were already believers. That sign was for who? For the atheists, for unbelievers who don't believe that Jesus is real. I want to tell you that we who believe in Jesus we just need to remember the Lord in our prayers and have that relationship with him and stop trying to seek all these signs and wonders and miracles. You don't need that. We already have Jesus here now. We already believe in him. And that's the wonderful faith that the Lord has given me and I have in the Lord is that we simply know that Jesus is who he is. And once you realize that, that's when you are change inside. You really do have the presence of the Lord with you. You really do have Jesus coming into your life and changing you. You really do have a spiritual connection with Jesus when you pray. You know it's really wonderful. We already have faith, we already have belief we don't need signs and wonders. You don't need to try and get something out of the Bible to work for you and you don't have faith if it doesn't work for you. You know the old verse that says if you got faith as small as a mustard seed you could move a mountain. You know what people do? They go and pray to some mountain in the hope that it is going to move and if it doesn't they don't have any faith. Isn't that terrible.

That's typical Bible manipulation trying to get magic out of the Bible like a sorcerer. Revival happens when Christians have real faith and they really believe Jesus is who he is. That is when revival begins because what happens is Jesus starts to use you and he can use you for a miracle sign or even for a wonder or he can use you to wake somebody up. You know the greatest miracle is to have somebody realize that they're in sin and they need to repent, that is the greatest miracle. And Jesus can use your testimony to wake somebody up. That's why we as believers must go back to the faith. Go back to the basics of who Jesus is and realize today that he is here now. Once we start to realize that we can have a direct conversation with Jesus in prayer, that is when our life can start to change daer friends. That is when we can start to have the power of the Lord to bring unbelievers to Jesus Christ. And that is what revival is. It is about putting the devil off our case by resisting him. It's about turning away from sin and laying real faith in Jesus Christ. How is Jesus going to work through you if you are still in sin, you do not resist the devil, you live every day in guilt and fear and you don't have any kind of real deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for who he really is. How is Jesus going to use you friend for revival? He can't. You need revival. You need to be revived to the faith. Because you don't even have proper faith. You don't really believe in Jesus. You know the revival starts when Christians realized who Jesus is. And the deepest revival needs to happen in the church. Because of the deepest deception is when a Christians don't realize Jesus is real because so blinded by religion. They are okay about reading about Jesus in the Bible and all these things, but Jesus has become so dead to them that they can't be revived out of their sleep. They say, Ah yeah, I know Jesus, let us go and have some fun now. You know that's the mentality of the church, they are so asleep. No wonder there's only revival around you when you start realizing that Jesus is who he is and when you do that then you're going to start to get a change in your life. You are going to be free from sin. Once you're free from sin you got a testimony. You got a new way, new way to follow. You are going to have the devil on your case like I was speaking about earlier. The devil is going to try and bring you down because you are dangerous. Once you believe in Jesus for real, that's when you're dangerous to the world. That is when Jesus can use you to create a revival. He can start to work through you because you believe in his name. It is all that's needed you just need to BELIEVE. You know I can't teach you to believe. You just a realize that Jesus is who he is. That's why I'm here because I know that Jesus is who he is. I just need to be resisting the devil. I need to be seeking the will of the Lord and doing that. I need to be waiting on Jesus and following him that's what I need to be doing. I don't need to be trying and making my own way with everything and making a Ministry of my own.

Trying and forging a way with a new kind of theology. No friends, it is time for the believers, as Christians, to start to realize that Jesus is who he is hallelujah. That's what will cause a revival when Christians start to believe in Jesus. You know and that's why I want to encourage all you today to make sure that you just develop your relationship with Jesus because I'm here to tell you truly that Jesus came into my life and changed me from a person that I used to be. You know I used the following another path. I didn't have the reality of Jesus in my life. But the only reason I'm talking to you today is because Jesus came into my life and I came to know him for who he is. Because he is the Lord Jesus Christ and he is right there waiting to connect to you in prayer. And that's all you need to do is to have faith and believe in Jesus. And then he's going to use you for revival, for a new way, for bringing unbelievers to revival repentance to believe and to faith. He is calling you out of the world now to repent of your sins now and to believe on him as a Christian now because he's got work for you to do later. There is work to be done, places to go, miracles to be done by Jesus working through us. Revival is going to happen if you will dedicate yourself to Jesus today and realized who he is.

And that happens today friends. We've got to start to give ourselves to the Lord Jesus hallelujah. Praise the Lord. You know it's time friends to prepare ourselves to work for the Lord to have faith and then Jesus is going to use us for his kingdom, a wonderful thing he's going to do in your life. That is what you need to do. Realise this day that Jesus is who he is, and that's why I'm here because Jesus is who he is. I wouldn't be here if Jesus wasn't real because Jesus changed me and brought me to be here. I tell you I would not have turned away from my old life, it was too fun. To many dreams I was going to achieve. No way I would be here friends if Jesus wasn't real. The reason I am here is because Jesus is who he is…....