This will be one of my most important series. The church world has come to a place of almost complete rejection of Bible Holiness. For the first time in church history, churches that claim to be believers in the whole Word of God, deny the requirement of keeping all of the Word of God. The multitude of individuals that say they are ready to go in the Rapture will argue that pure living according to the commandments of Scripture is legalism. Satan has made a fool out of the church as a whole. Only a isolated few believers and preachers are crying out for a return to living by the Bible. Why should anyone think that they can deny a Biblical life and still go up in the Rapture. Millions are going to be heart broken on the day after the Rapture has occurred. Our understanding of holiness must begin by a pure view of God Himself and Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Every inhabitantof that great New Jerusalem will be a Holiness Christians when they leave this earth. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Archive for June, 2009
The Perception of the Rapture is varied and often confused to a large percentage of people in our churches. Pastors and church leaders are not giving attention to this overwhelming subject. Yet, 60% of Americans in a recent survey stated they believe in the catching away of the saints by a Rapture. There are many in the 40% percent that do not believe in a Rapture that certainly would believe if they just could hear a good capable teacher. The real trouble in the church is the wall that has been erected by Theological systems the do not allow for Prophecy doctrines. The Reformation leaders never truly purified there thinking away from the dark system of Catholic Postmillininism. Postmillininism is by its very nature also "Replacement Theology", which is one of the darkest doctrines in the false realm. Some people do not allow for a bodily resurrection, but a spiritual one. This is also far off the path from what the Word of God teaches. Enjoy this broadcast and learn the great Hope that is at the door.Please send your questions or comments to email@example.com.
One of our Lord’s greatest, but most misunderstood statements was when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19a). It is impossible to separate every great movement of spiritual victory from one or more persons that put themselves at God’s disposal until He could affect the Kingdom through them. God is not looking for committees, organizations, or even congregations. He is looking for men or women in whose hands He can put the keys. Every Sovereign move of the Holy Ghost in church history can be traced to one person or at least a very small group of persons that waited together before God until He could totally change them and then use them. Often, it was one individual. But in every case, multitudes were affected and the course of history was changed.
The Keys of the Kingdom are not affected by the sharp personality of the individual. That may well be used but is not the source. Many people build ministries where good works occur but where the sovereign work of the Holy Ghost never touches. The good will be short-lived and often becomes nothing but more religion. “Developing Leadership Skills” sounds so wonderful but in most cases becomes a substitute for waiting on God for His wisdom and sovereign direction. The church world is at least 99% humanistic ideas and maybe 1% dependence on God. Many church leaders, clergy, or laity are never touched by supernatural powers even one time in their whole lives. Yet, we would call most of these people good, kind, and genuine — such they are, but woefully lacking in Holy Ghost authority.
This is why Jesus said to His disciples, “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (St. Luke 24:49b). I know that the Holy Ghost had not come when He said tarry, but the tarrying was not for Him but for them. When their time to tarry was complete, they were totally surrendered, totally dependent, and totally stripped of self. The denying Peter was now Peter the Rock. James and John, who sought the front seat, were now ready to be humbly used for the Lord. They “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Shortly after his repentance for denying and his baptism in the Holy Ghost, Peter spoke to the lame with authority and said, “such as I have give I thee” (Acts 3:6). What did he have? He had the Keys to the Kingdom put in his hands by the sovereign work of the Holy Ghost in his life.
When self has been stripped by the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ and you rest in total dependency on Him, He will give you the Keys. Let’s listen to our Lord Jesus carefully, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (St. Matthew 16:18-19).
“We are labourers together with God” (I Corinthians 3:9). You won’t need to beg and act like a poor spiritual pauper when the authority of the Holy Ghost possesses you. You won’t need to beg your church to get with the program when the authority of the Holy Ghost is manifest in your life. When a man or woman has the Keys to the Kingdom, they can walk right through the enemy and possess the Kingdom. They won’t be haughty, arrogant, and self-serving; but gentle, Godly, and compassionate. Whatever they bind will be bound and whatever they loose will be loosed. The Kingdom of God will be manifest and the enemy will be defeated.
Our God Jehovah that sent His Son to be crucified and then baptized His disciples in the Holy Ghost after He was resurrected, has clearly promised, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (II Chronicles 16:9). God wants to make you His partner in the Kingdom. He will do nothing without His servants and you cannot do anything without Him.
Are you aware that you were created in the image of God? Yes, that image was marred by the sin of Adam, but Jesus Christ came to recreated His Image in us. The momentyou are "Born Again" you are perfectly free from sin. Every sin you have ever committed is cleansed, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:12) Now the guestion that we must answer is, how do we live in this holy state He has given us.Do we expect to go back to sinning or do we go forward to live in righteousness. The church world is telling everybody that they must expect to sin everyday and there is nothing they can do to stop. If the Lord can cleanse us from sin can He not give victory over sinning? The Bible says He can, it is modern preacher and teachers that says He can not. Here is what Apostle Paul wrote by the Holy Ghost, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grave may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are died to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?……Knowingthis, that our old man (Adam nature) is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6:1-3,6)Please send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most wonderful emotions of the Holy Spirit is His possession of supernatural joy. As the Father and our Savior are both filled with Divine life so the Holy Spirit is their source of that life in us, and the life of God includes unfailing joy. There is no such thing as gloom in the Heavenly City of Jerusalem. One of the great promises of our future is to have all tears wiped from our eyes. But, the truth is that He wants to start that process in us in this life. The Bible is full of the promises of joy.
Recently, my prayer life has taken a fresh turn. I spend time just loving my Heavenly Father. When you begin to hallow His name and tell Him of your great love for knowing Him, it can literally explode in the joy of His Majesty. Then, I exalt The Lord Jesus for His deliverance from my past sins and human weaknesses and His love comes flowing back on me. It pleases our Lord to be exalted as the “Rock of Ages” crucified for us.
Then, I honor the Holy Spirit. He is a person just as the Father and the Son. He has emotions: He thinks, He acts, and He can be wounded by our neglect. He never glorifies Himself; however, the Father and the Son are pleased when we honor Him. He represents them in everything they are and they are pleased when we honor this sweet Spirit of Grace and this triumph in our life. When you truly honor Him and trust His ministry in you, He will fill you with the “Joy” of The Lord.
Many Christians look and act like sad sacks. No wonder the world is not beating down the church doors to get inside. The modern church has resorted to human schemes to build their congregations because they have lost their contagion. A church full of contagious saints, bubbling with joy, will have no trouble growing. The added benefit will be the money saved when they can fire the psychiatrist on staff. Joyous believers will not need human psychology to heal the wounds of human experiences.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). Joy is an undying principle of the believer’s life. It is natural for a Christian to be full of joy and unnatural if they are not full of joy. In other words, something is wrong with your walk with God if you have no joy. Let’s see if we can solve the problem.
Number one is that this joy is wrapped up in your separation and sanctification with the Lord. Jesus prayed for His disciples — including us — to be full of His joy. “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24). It is Him that is full of joy and He is our joy with which we can be full. You cannot be full of the world and full of Him at the same time. Consecration to exalting Christ in all of your life is the only source of this unspeakable joy.
Christians are always tried at different times of our lives. That’s how we grow into strong and stalwart saints of God. The Holy Scripture has instructed us how to handle the tough spots. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4).
How we react to the struggles in our life has a great effect on our joy or the absence of our joy. We are instructed to joy or rejoice in our trials. Your emotions can be disciplined and controlled or allowed to control you. Most people are too out of control in this troubled world. Your emotions are at the very heart of who you are and, even more important, who you are becoming. Reach inside and get control of yourself. The Creator made you a whole person so quit being a cry baby.
Apostle Peter added great words to this struggle, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:7). But you must not stop reading at that point. How do we rejoice or joy in tough times? Peter gives us the answer as He points us to Jesus Christ, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8).
“Joy unspeakable” is your inheritance in the Lord. You can leave it behind or you can claim and grasp by faith what is yours. If your earthly father left you a million dollars, would you live in a tent and eat from the dump or would you go to the bank and make a withdrawal? The Bank of Heaven recognizes all withdrawals made in Jesus’ name by His Saints. Start living on His supernatural joys today. The Holy Spirit is waiting to deliver the withdrawal of joy to your account.
The story of Cornelius is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When someone tries to make a case that Jesus does not hear the prayer of a sinner they have forgotten this Chapter in Acts. Cornelius was an Italian soldier and was clearly unconverted, but he was pious and hunger for a true knowledge of God. He prayed and the Bible indicates that he was very righteous and liberal with giving to good causes. We would call him a good citizen and a moral man. Our God never fails to see these attributes in any person and the merciful God that we worship will send such an individual an invitation to know Him. I am hearing that as many as six millions Muslims are being converted to Jesus Christ every year. You can believe that wherever soul are hungry to know our God somehow they will have the opportunity. There is no door to salvation but Jesus Christ but His Holy Spirit is Omnipresence and can move where He pleases. A shortwave radio, an Internet cafe(I was in one in Bagdad, Irag and listened to our Radio program setting in the heart of that city)or someone on a street watching for a door to share Jesus. Please remember what Jesus said, "And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world unto all Nations; and then shall the end come."(Matthew 24: 15) Peter had to be broken from his rejection of salvation for Gentiles but a vision from God did the job. Comments are welcome at email@example.com
The Church of this generation has lost its beauty in Christ in its search for the beauty of the world. To be like this world in any and every disposition of your life is to be unlike Jesus Christ. He, the blessed Bridegroom,is coming after His espoused Bride. His espoused Bride must prepare herself by His graces to be found in the image of His holiness and purity. He will take no other with Him when He comes. Apostle Paul said it powerfully in his letter to a church of the first generation after Christ’s death and resurrection. They spoke regularly of His coming and discussed in clear terms who He was coming for. "Husbands, love your wife’s, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it. That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water by the Word. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot , or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.’ (Ephesians 5: 25-27) That sure isn’t what the new preachers are preaching today. If you are deceived by this backslide generation it will be a sad day when He is come and gone and you realize you have missed it.Please send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The devil would rather steal a precious Believer and drag them back into sin than anyone else. He sees the destruction of a Saint as a trophy that he can brag to all of hell about. The Apostle Peter spoke with unmistakable language in his great Epistle. "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it to turn from the holy commandments delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow(hog) that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (II Peter 2:20-22) Our church world is tolerating every form of sin while Satan is dragging great numbers of our sweetest and purest back into the trash of this unclean world. Certainly there has never been a day worse for falling away from the faith. God’s Holy word foretold of the falling away just before the Lord returns. Comments are welcome at email@example.com
The God of Christianity is awesome because He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He is Sovereign in all these attributes. There is none that can approach His Holiness except the holy. In His Omnipotence, He is unlimited in all of His powers and there is nothing beyond His fullness. In His Omniscience, He is without limits in knowledge. He knows every thought and every nuance of wisdom in the Universe. In His Omnipresence, there is no reach in His great world that extends beyond Himself. His presence is capable of touching every sphere of His entire Heavens and creation.
This greatness is known in the beauty of His Godhead. He exists in three persons, each fully possessing the perfection of their individuality. Yet, each individual is a perfect part of the whole; so, that we do not have three Gods but one. This perfect unity is greater than our human reach can extend but will be understood when we awake in our future glory. It is a unity that sin robs from us but will be restored in our resurrection. The perfect oneness of the Trinity cannot be enlarged or reduced. To try and limit this truth is darkly harmful to the worshippers. One God in three persons fills the Holy Scripture.
The Father is the Omnipotence of the Godhead. All unlimited power extends from the person named the Heavenly Father. He is Omnipotent to the point that He calls things that are not into existence. His words instantly become reality. He cannot speak or think without the substance of His mind becoming the full result of what He thought. The Universe is the creation of every great idea He has conceived.
The Son of God is the Omniscience of the Godhead. As the Omniscient, He is the Word, both written and manifested. Every Word of the Holy Bible is as much Himself as is His own Person. He lives in the Scripture in such a manner that to read and devour the Word is to progressively know Him in your heart. You cannot possess the Word of God in your soul without possessing Him. The Word of God is only a dead letter until you let this Word possess you into the regions of your whole life. In possessing you, His authority masters you. It is life eternal and transcending.
God and Christ’s Holy Spirit is the Omnipresence of the Godhead. The Father is on His throne and His Son is at His right hand, but the Holy Spirit extends all they are into every realm of the Universe. Even nature is a material expression of the reach of the Spirit of Life. There is no fact of life apart from God. The person of the Holy Spirit is seen as “Seven Lamps of Fire,” because the duty of His office is to fill all the reach of God to all the fullness of existence. The darkest sinner owes their very existence to the life of God, which is manifested in the person of the Holy Spirit. The smallest creature in the world is a product of that life that flows by the Spirit.
The Father makes our “God in Three Persons” perfect in Omnipotence. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, makes our God complete in knowledge and Omniscience. The Holy Spirit makes our God Omnipresent so that there is not any place where they are not present. The perfection of the Godhead gives the devil an endless headache. Satan is so determined to be God that he is soon to produce an unholy trinity (Revelation Chapter 12, 13). It will be his last hoorah, because he is only a created being that rebelled and lied to himself. His time is almost over and his last action will soon be finished.
What a Creator we are invited to worship and experience! Unless we surrender and receive the greater life of the Spiritual realm, our physical life is extremely short and quickly passing. The name of the unwilling and resisting will be soon forgotten. “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot” (Proverbs 10:7).
The Creator has a plan for you, but He made His plan your choice. If you resist that plan, the end is eternal judgment and the Lake of Fire. He does not send you there, you send yourself. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). This great Heavenly Father sent His Son to redeem you from Adam’s fall into sin. You are invited to bow before Him and give up the life you think you own, but that life has only been loaned to you. Your life has wonderful potential because He put His life in you; but that life is in your spirit hid behind the cloak of self. Only when self is relinquished can His life appear. It’s serious business and His Spirit is calling you to the love of God in Christ. His Blood was offered to cleanse you from the guilt of sin and self and to restore you to the rightful King that made you for Himself. Simply, surrender to Him and He will reveal Himself. The Holy Bible is where you will find all that He is waiting to give you, which is His gift of eternal life. Remember, your surrender must be complete before He can take control.
This sermon was overwhelming for me. Jesus Christ warned of this hour when,"Sin would abound and many would grow cold…."Matt. 24. The Lord loves his Saints and wants us in his Bride at the Rapture. But many are so careless and have heard so many preachers say, do not worry, all believers will go in the rapture regardless of their spiritual condition. How do they disregard so much of the Word of God. Jesus said to the Church–and there is no doubt that it was to the Church– "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." (Revelation 2:5) Apostle Paul warned us of the Church He is coming to receive. "That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot of wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:27) My burden is to see a multitude get really for the glorious moment of His return. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org