Monday, January 27, 2014

Beware Of The Sabbath Dogs

We need to watch out for the dogs. We read in Philippians chapter 3 v 2: Watch out for the dogs, those people who do evil and manipulate you saying you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship God by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Jesus Christ has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could put confidence in my own effort if anyone could. If others could put confidence in their own efforts, I have even more…And Paul goes on to talk about how he as a law abiding, 10 commandment keeping, Jewish law following Pharisee, should have been saved under the law. But he said I count it all as worthless now. That is why he said to watch out for the DOGS. We know the dogs dear friends, are the false preachers who will try and tell you that you got to be saved through Jewish law. You got to be saved through circumcision. Now they don't stop there, they also say you got to be saved through sabbath keeping and got to be saved through the Torah and the 10 commandments and all these laws and stipulations that God gave. Does it mean that these things are a BAD thing? No, certainly not! Circumcision is not a bad thing, sabbath keeping is not bad, nor is keeping the commandments of God.

These are GOOD things. The law is GOOD. It is mankind who is evil. That is why we need to have salvation through Jesus Christ. We need to have faith in him because if you don't have faith you are not going to be saved. It is not through human effort of trying to keep the sabbath as best you can, and being circumcised and ticking all the boxes off on the 10 commandments, no. That is not going to save you, you will still end up in hell. And anyone who preaches that that will save you, by ticking all those boxes off and religiously keeping the sabbath, or being circumcised, and making sure you honour your parents and do all the things on the 10 commandments, if preachers say that you got to do all these things for salvation, they are DOGS. That is the dogs. As we read, "Watch out for the dogs who say you must be circumcised….to be saved. It is not true. We are not saved by the law, we are saved by FAITH. Now I will read what Paul said, "I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law, rather I become righteous through faith in Christ. For Gods way of making us right with himself, DEPENDS on faith. I want to know Christ and experience his power that raised him from the dead." Dear friends, this is why when we follow Christ and we have faith in Jesus alone to save us, what happens is we no longer rely on our own being good to save us like all these dogs, do, these preachers who preach the law to be saved. It is a manipulation.

What happens is when we follow Jesus and have faith in him, his righteousness comes into us. The law is good yes, but it cannot save. You go and judge people because they don't keep the sabbath like you think they should do, you are a dog. Why? Because we are trying to bring people under the law if we think that this is the way for salvation. The truth is dear friends, salvation comes through faith which brings righteousness into the heart of a believer. And a believer who is following Jesus, fulfils the law. They are not dishonouring their family, they law themselves down for their brethren, they fellowship with the brethren, that is what laying yourself down means, you don't live your own life anymore, but you live for others helping them enter the kingdom by being a good brother to them and shining the way. Living the truth. It means that you no longer just live for yourself in sin, because the righteousness of Christ has come into you, so you fulfil the law. Jesus is the Lord of the sabbath so when you are following him, you are fulfilling the sabbath also because all you are interested in is doing good on the sabbath and following Jesus and obeying him like the apostles did. You no longer live by the letter of the law; Thou shalt not kill etc…all these things. These things are good, but will not change your heart. No matter how much you tick the boxes believing you are saved through doing these things just like the rich young ruler did. He was hoping to hear that he would be saved through his commandment keeping which he was doing a good job of in his eyes. But when he was told that you got to go follow Jesus, he could not. And Jesus said sadly after him that it is very hard for a rich man to be saved. Why? Because they trust in themselves. And so while we are trusting in the commands and the law of Torah to save us, then we preach that on others, we are being dogs. We are being the manipulators that Paul warns to keep away from, who say that we got to do these things to be saved. And if you are not circumcised or keeping the sabbath according to them, then you are not saved. That is why they are manipulators, dogs, because they are preaching the wrong gospel.

But we know that we who obey and follow Jesus, are circumcised in the heart. So it is not like we break the law and don't get circumcised. Don't forget we are gentiles not jews (a lot of us). But when we come into a covenant with God, we no longer need to be circumcised, we get circumcised in the heart. The same goes for the other parts of the law. We no longer need to strive after not committing adultery, because we are not going to be committing adultery in our heart because Jesus is there. We don't need to strive after loving God, because the love of God will come into our heart. We don't need to strive after religiously keeping the sabbath for our salvation, and condemned if you don't, and tithing and other things, because the generosity of God will come into your heart to give so you just got to submit to his Spirit and be led by his Spirit and go where he leads you. Spend the Sabbath praising the Lord doing his work if able, because you are free in Christ to not be fearful before the Lord as a striving commandment keeper, but as someone who is free in Christ, who has the freedom of God in them, because they can come before God in prayer and he will hear their prayers. It is all about faith in Jesus Christ. Paul cemented that fact and that is why he got persecuted because nobody wants to hear you just give away all this religious striving, to have faith in Jesus to be saved. They all want to have all these things that you got to do. This and that. But when we follow Jesus we live by faith. The only thing we nee to do when we follow Jesus, is obey him and focus on him. We listen to his voice. That is where we obey him by listening to his voice and what he wants you to do. You go and get baptised into his name and follow him till the end. It is all through faith. May the Lord bless you. ...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ONLY 1 IN 1000 SAVED, RECEIVE SALVATION

It is very unfortunate that out of every 1000 people that go to hell, it may well be that only one is saved. A thousand to 1. this is similar to what the prophet Isaiah talked about when the Lord God said, “Though the people of Israel number like the sand on the seashore only a remnant will be saved.” dear friends the reasons so many people end up in hell and so few are saved, 1000 to one, is because so few want to obey and follow Jesus Christ and turn away from sin and turn away from chasing after the world. Jesus said in Matthew to strive to enter the narrow gate for many will seek to enter, but few will be able to. He goes on to say, “wide and broad is the way to destruction and many are they who choose that way but narrow is the way to live and few are they who go that way.” he also says, “strive to enter the narrow gate for many are called but few are chosen many will seek to enter but will not be able to.” why is it? Because it's a narrow gate and when you're walking on the wide way you will not fit into that narrow gate. It is weeding out the goats from the sheep. Jesus furthermore warned about those who are professing Christians and who are waiting for him to return, as in the parable of the 10 virgins, he said only five were ready and the other five were not and they got left out. They knocked in tears but it was too late he would not open for them. Jesus also talks about the time of the end of the age when he said that he will send all his angels out and gather from the earth everybody who does sin and causes sin and he said he will gather them all up and is going to cast them all into the firey furnace, but the righteous shall inherit eternal life.

Jesus said that he was the light of the world. Anybody who walks after him will not walk in darkness. He said that he is the light that has come into the world but mankind loves darkness so he refuses to come into the light lest his evil will be exposed. Now that is why only one in 1000 are saved, it's because so few come into the light to expose their sin and repent. They want to have the world. That includes Christians. Not every Christian is going to be saved. That is unfortunately true. It is just so very unfortunate that mankind chooses the world over God. He chooses the world over obeying and following Jesus and denying himself. Jesus was talking about these things and many of his followers said, “who can accept these words they are too hard.” and many of them left him that very day. And then Jesus turned to his disciples, and he said, “Will you leave me too?” And they said, Lord to whom would we go, don't you have the words of life? And it was true. They chose to deny themselves pick up their cross and follow Jesus. Now I want to ask you, are you going to be among the thousandfold that are going to go to hell? Are you going to be among those knocking on the door when it's too late as a Christian? Are you going to be one of those who Jesus says to in the last day, “Depart from me you worker of iniquity.” or are you going to be one of those who has dedicated himself to Jesus, laid down his life, and gone after Jesus on the narrow way. It is not about striving after religion. It is not about striving after the law and the 10 Commandments like Judaism does and the Muslim faith. These things do not save a person. It's about being born again by believing on the son of God and he will wash away your sins and make you born-again and write your name in the book of life on account of your faith. So if you realize he is the way today, and you realize that this world is only going to end you in destruction, then you will repent and you're going to believe upon Jesus and follow him. Not as a hypocrite Christian, but as a serious believer of the Lord seeking to obey and follow him, and not dirtying yourself in this world. Not striving after religion to save yourself. Not trying to make your salvation from all the 10 Commandments and the law, like Islam and Judaism does.

You would realize that Jesus is the Messiah, he is who he said he was, he is the son of God sent to the world as the way to redemption to the father. You would accept him as your Lord that you would follow him and obey him and you'd be a doer of his word. And he made those words very clear. He said love God and and love your neighbor these are the two greatest commandments and pick up your cross, deny yourself and follow me. That's what he said, and this is the way. Paul embarked on the way, Peter embarked on the way, once Jesus died and rose again they were filled with the Holy Spirit and became led by the Spirit. They became born again after this happened and what happened was the Lord brought them into a life of service to Jesus Christ alone. Not the law, not the law of Moses or not the Jewish way, but to service to the King Jesus Christ. There's no other way. And turning away from the immoral ways of the heart of the lusts of the flesh, pride of the eyes, pride of life, and dedicating oneself to Jesus Christ. These are the one in 1000 that will be saved.

All the rest will end up in hell. So I want to warn, I've seen in a dream once there was a whole group of people in a dark place of some outer darkness crying out saying, “Why were we not warned that living a life after our own ways ended up in this place.” and they were weeping and gnashing of teeth. As it says in the scriptures there will be a weeping and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness. And so I want to warn you, you have been warned today about the path, that is away from ending up in hell and on the narrow way by being born again through Jesus and living for him and deciding to quit your sin, quit your selfishness, quit following the world's immoral ways and all its entertainment and all its loves, and you just dedicate yourself to Jesus Christ and you go be one of the one in 1000 that is going to enter the kingdom of heaven. May the Lord bless you......

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How To Bear Fruits Of The Spirit

Today I want to talk about fruits of the Spirit. We all know what the fruits of the world are, of the flesh; envy, jealously, strife, lack of peace, hate, anger, immorality, lust, unfaithfulness. All of these things belonged to a person who follows the flesh. They don't have peace. They follow their own ways. I want to talk about the fruits of the spirit and where did these fruits come from. Jesus talked about the seed that landed on the weedy ground where the cares of this world which were the weeds, choked out that seed which is faith in Jesus Christ, but Jesus also talked about the seed that fell on the good ground and this person was somebody who heard the good news of Jesus, had faith in it, and it bore up for him a harvest. Now this harvest I'm going to talk about today, it is called the harvest of faith; faith in Jesus, faith in his reality, faith in what he has done. Such a person who puts his faith in what Jesus has done and realizes he is as the living Lord of today not in a history book, not in the past, what happens is this faith bears fruit.

I want to talk about this fruit that faith bears. When you have true faith in the reality of Jesus what happens is that you bear fruits of faith. Fruits of the spirit. And these fruits first and foremost are peace, love and joy. That is first. And second they can continue to bear fruits of endurance, long-suffering, perseverance, mercy, grace, tenderness, kindness, loving, all of which are fruits of faith and these are all holiness and godliness. When we live by faith that means we realize who Jesus is. When a person has faith, the first thing they do is they repent and they turn away from following the flesh and bearing the fruits of the flesh, because they realize that true faith in Jesus Christ is the way to the kingdom. They realize who Jesus is. They don't need to be told to have faith. When they hear about Jesus and they realize what he has done and what he has said, they then lay faith in that, and it is this that bears them the fruits of the Spirit and God sends them his Holy Spirit to guide them, because such people don't doubt Jesus not matter what. They realize that Jesus is living today and because Jesus is living today, he sends you and all of us who believe these gifts, these wonderful things from the kingdom. Now want to ask you something; are you still bearing bad fruit? Are you still sinning? I want to tell you that sin is not in the office of a Child of God. Somebody who follows Jesus in faith just does not sin.

They don't practice sin. Why? Because by faith they have been set free in the name of Jesus because he is real. It is not some incantation. “Im going to have faith in Jesus, Im going to have faith in Jesus, going to have faith, going to have faith. It is not just an incantation. It's a realization of the reality of Jesus and his power to set people free from the old ways that lead to destruction. So when we accept the Lord for what he has done. He died on the cross for us don't forget that, that is real that happened, not only that he rose from the dead and is in heaven, and he sends his spirit to everybody who believe and who has faith. But you see this world just doesn't have faith. This Christian world doesn't have faith. They don't live by faith only by religion that's why there's no power of God and no reality of him. But for those on the outskirts, the remnant, the few who see, they live by faith in Jesus Christ. Not faith in religion and incantations. Not faith in idols, depictions of the past and statues. No their faith is in reality and the real living relationship with their Creator who is alive now, who is breathing and living. He is in the land of the living and is not in the land of the dead in the past. The book of acts church is today it's not in the past only.

You see the only reason why you're not part of this Baptist Church is because you're just not following Jesus you just don't know him, and you haven't realized that he is real today and he died for you on the cross. In short you haven't laid faith in Christ that's why you don't know him. That's why your church doesn't know him. That is why they just preach on about this that the other and make all these religious incantations, but just don't have the power of God in them. They keep sinning they keep going after the world. You know what this generation of Christians are like? They are like, “Let us all be spiritual today”. And then as soon as it's over on Sunday, “lets just shut the book and let's just go and watch the footy, let's go back to our life, yay”. That's what this Christian generation is like. Their life is their life. They don't have the kingdom's life in them. That is why they don't seek. That is why they only have the kingdom for one hour or two hours once a week, and they shut the book and go back to their old life, their only life, because they don't have a new life to go to. They are not on a new life with Christ. You know why? They don't have faith. They realize who Jesus is and that he is alive now. But I'm here to tell you, if you seek Jesus you will find him. He speak he leads, he has not passed away, and he is right there now waiting to know you. Go seek him dear friends and you will find him......