ANOTHER SPIRIT

ANOTHER SPIRIT


“But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and had followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” (Numbers 14:24)


Not trusting God can lead to panic.  In fact, not believing that God is sovereign in everything inhibits your spiritual vision.  In the case of the twelve spies not trusting God led to lack of faith and mass hysteria.  Moses and the tribes of Israel were near the Promised Land.  Twelve spies were selected to go to the land of Canaan in preparation of Israel’s entrance into the land.  “Send out for yourself men who will scout the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.” (Numbers 13:2).


Twelve tribal leaders were selected and sent out.  They came back with pomegranates, figs and luscious grapes.  The people rejoiced, everything that God had promised was certainly true.  But then, the twelve spies began describing the inhabitants of the land, worried looks on their faces, their knees shaking.  “The people who inhabit the land are mighty, cities extremely huge and fortified, and there we even saw the offspring of the giant …” (Numbers 13:28-29)


Caleb, one of the twelve spies, seeing where this is heading, tries to silence the other spies, insisting, “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we are well able to overcome it” (v. 30).  But to no avail!  The other spies, with the exception of Joshua “spread an evil report about the land which they had scouted, telling the children of Israel, ‘The land we passed through to explore is a land that consumes its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great stature.'” (v. 32)


The die was cast!  Mass hysteria set in.  The entire nation began to wail and wallow in despondence.  Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua fell on their faces before the people of Israel, renting their clothes (tearing their clothing in horror and disbelief).  They were so upset.  The people had lost their trust in God who had delivered them out of Egypt.  And then they spoke to the children of Israel, “The land which we passed through to search is exceedingly good land.  If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which flows with milk and honey.  Only rebel not against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land … the Lord is with us: fear them not.” (Numbers 14:7-9)


But, God had seen and God had heard!  And the Lord said to Moses (v. 11) “How long will this people provoke me?”  God threatens to disinherit Israel and Moses pleads with the Lord.  God hears the cries of Moses, but, because of Israel’s rebellion, God will only allow ‘my servant Caleb because he had another spirit with him, and has followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land … and his seed shall possess it.’


I keep thinking of the verse, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6).  I believe many of us are faithless in too many things in our lives and God wants us to have ‘another spirit’, our inner man fully committed to Him.   A spirit like Caleb had when he fully trusted in God’s Word no matter what he saw.  Saints, we are at a turning point.  In the very near future, we will see and hear things that are going to make us fearful and like Israel make us panic.  We may even witness mass hysteria.  Many false prophets have arisen that are going to tell you “Thus saith the Lord …..”  Our only Truth is what God has told us, in His Word.  Troubling times are here and the birth pains have begun … stand strong in the Lord.  We are His chosen ambassadors, for such a time as this, representing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth to proclaim the Good News to the lost before the return of Jesus Christ.  Praying we will all possess another spirit, a bold and courageous spirit, that despite cries of doom and gloom will stand strong in the Lord.


Selah.           

THE PROBLEM WITH BEING UNEQUALLY YOKED

THE PROBLEM WITH BEING UNEQUALLY YOKED


“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?and what communication has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)


Some saints wonder why they are having so many problems.  Perhaps it is because you are unequally yoked.  When most of us think of this scripture we automatically equate it with marriage.  Don’t marry an unbeliever!  But, this scripture covers so much more.


The New American Standard version of the above scripture is “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

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A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen together.  When oxen are yoked it is easy for them to pull a loaded wagon, both bearing the same burden.  An ‘unequally yoked’ team would be one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter.  An unequally yoked team would not be able to efficiently do the task, instead of working together, they are at odds with one another. 


If you are yoked to an unbeliever in marriage or perhaps you have a friend who is not a believer many problems will arise.  Believers live in the light, unbelievers in darkness, they are opposites.  Your unbelieving spouse or friend is under the influence of and participating in the principles of Satan.  Christians should be separate from the pagan, wicked, unbelieving world.  Of course, we are told in the Word that if we are yoked with an unbeliever in marriage that by our godly lifestyle and prayer (God willing) their hearts will be turned to Christ.  But, we are not to yoke with unbelieving friends.  Attempting to live as a Christian with a non-Christian for a close friend will only cause you to go around in circles.


We should also never yoke with an unbeliever in business relationships.  For a Christian to enter into a partnership with an unbeliever is to chase after disaster.  Unbelievers have an opposite world view and morals in direct opposition to Christian standards.  Business decisions made will reflect the worldview of either one partner or the other.  For this partnership to work one partner or the other is going to have to abandon their principles.  More often than not it is the Christian who feels pressured to leave his moral center, his Christian beliefs, for the sake of profit and business growth.


Being unequally yoked is actually more dangerous than you think (or were told).  Being unequally yoked is a slippery slope to leaving your first love (Jesus).  Compromise, upon compromise, will have to be made in order to lead a peaceful life.  Along with that compromise there will be a price to be paid that will affect your spiritual, mental and sometimes, physical health.  


If you find yourself unequally yoked with an unbeliever as a friend, a business associate, or even perhaps someone you are considering marrying.  Ask God for wisdom, seek godly counsel from your elders, and then separate yourself … 


Selah.

BROKEN CISTERNS

BROKEN CISTERNS


“For my people have committed two evils:they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)


Two disciples after hearing the news of the empty tomb and the words of the angel [within the tomb] saying,”He is not here, He is risen …” must have had much to discuss between themselves as they traveled the 7-1/2 miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  Surely, seeing angels was enough to make you rethink reality, but then Jesus showed up.  Our Lord appeared but Cleopas and one other disciple did not recognize Him right away.  They shared with the ‘stranger’ the events of the past few days, about Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet, mighty in deed and Word, who was condemned to death, and crucified.  They told the stranger:  “But we trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel … certain women also of our company astonished us … when they found not His body .. and also a vision of angels saying He was alive …” (Luke 24:19-23).  The disciples were rambling.  Jesus spoke up to the two men as they walked, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?”

Do we believe?  Do we believe the entire Word of God?  Do we believe in the unseen?  Do we walk in faith?  In the Spirit?

“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

When Jesus walked along with the two disciples on the Emmaus road, he did not reprimand them because of their lack of understanding, he was admonishing (warning) them for their lack of faith.  Do you pride yourself on your logical mind?  Your own abilities to reason things out?  Or, throwing logic and reason aside, do you believe in the impossible?

We have become cracked pots (no pun intended)!  We have created a ‘false’ Christ with no power and authority.  We put Jesus into our ‘religious’ box and pasted a set of instructions on the lid.  We reason (think) that if we follow a logical set of instructions, “Do this, don’t do that, follow this path, attend this religious meeting, read these religious books, mimic these believers, etc., etc. etc.” that this is surely the way to follow Christ.  Except, many of these instructions are man-made, having nothing to do with the way God operates, which is in the supernatural.  

The Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be conduits, channels, through which flows His Living Water.  But, this is impossible, for we havebecome broken and cracked cisterns.  We are hardened, dried up, baked with doctrines and sermons.  

Today, perhaps because of ‘fear’ that has gripped the planet, many believers only believe what they see in front of them, and if there is something (spiritual) that they do not understand, they do not believe it.  Some believers have devised to themselves a systematized theology (or more probably they have adopted someone else’s system of theology).  When they hear a sermon or a message which doesn’t fit into their little system of how things should work (no matter how much Scripture there is to back up the new wine), they won’t have it, they reject it, they cling to their old wineskin.  They place a higher value on consistency than they do on fidelity to Christ. 

That is just what happened to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  They were walking with Jesus but didn’t know Him.  It was not until Jesus broke bread with them that their eyes were opened.  Jesus promises that Living Water would flow from the heart of anyone who believes in Him (John 7:37-39).  Living Water is supernatural water, something holy and pure, not bound by the doctrines of men nor the system of theology we have put our trust in …   
Jesus wants to fix your cracked pot.  He wants to mold you into a living testimony of His power, His authority, His might.  Get out of the natural, listen to the Spirit of God within you, and start walking in the supernatural.  

Selah.     

CONFUSION OF FACES

CONFUSION OF FACES


“O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face,to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers,because we have sinned against thee.To the Lord our God belongs mercies and forgivenesses,though we have rebelled against Him. (Daniel 9:8-9)

How far have we fallen?  Deception, snares, and demons appearing as angels of light are everywhere.  This demonic deluge has infiltrated the hearts of many believers, sat in church pews, preached from pulpits, and make no mistake you have been targeted.

In seeking the Lord, He gave me the word – DECEPTION.  As always, I wait for further clarity.  He led me to the Book of Daniel and as I was reading the scriptures, the words ‘confusionof face’ or ‘confusion of faces’ touched my spirit.  What do those words mean?

Daniel 9 records a prayer that Daniel prayed to God, after he read the words of Jeremiah the prophet.  Having now understood the words of Jeremiah, Daniel rejoiced knowing that God would soon deliver His people; those whom God had scattered because of their refusal to acknowledge Him and because of disobedience. 

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth and ashes: and I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, ‘O Lord the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments … we have sinned’ …” (Daniel 9:3-5). 

Verse 7 – “O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of faces …”

So what is Confusion of Faces and why should this matter to us today?  Although Daniel should have been rejoicing because his people had been delivered, instead he was fearful for God’s people.  Captivity had taught them nothing.  In fact, they had become ‘soft’ blending their own faith with the faith of the heathen.  Then, in defence of what they had done, in defence of their sin, they became moralistic.  No fear of God — no repentance.  From this irreverence and inability to remove the plank from their own eyes — moralism was birthed which eventually led to the growth and influence of the Pharisees.

It was the Pharisees, those self-righteous religious leaders of the Jewish people, who were the most vocal in condemning Jesus when He walked the earth.  “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1).  

I recently listened to a video by a well-known Christian author describing the darkness and depression God brought upon her to get her to ‘stop’ and rethink her walk with Him.  She described having felt like she died in 2016 when God through her depression brought her to a state of mind where she needed to call out passionately for Him.  Born into a strong Christian family, with a long Christian heritage and strong political roots in the State in which she resided, the Lord gently showed her where she had turned her love of God/Jesus/Holy Spirit into a love for a man.  This man who represented all that she stood for (socially, politically, and yes, religiously) would ‘turn the tide’ and bring about a strong Christian influence in the nation and would rescue the unborn.  During this period of darkness that brought a ‘reset’ of her mind spiritually, God impressed upon her that He was interested in not only the unborn but in all men, women, and children, regardless of their color – black, white or brown.  God through the Holy Spirit also told her that His people in the USA had replaced Him with an idol and that idol was White Christian Nationalism. 

Confusion of Faces has brought about an inability to see our own sinfulness before a Holy God.  In addition, we have a lack of repentance, we have followed hard after things that have replaced God in the throne of our hearts, we have lifted ourselves up as superior moral beings, we are judges, and Pharisees who have gained acceptance by those who do not know the One True God.  We are filled with leaven !!!

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:27-28).

So simply, what is Confusion of Faces?  This is a term that describes the inability of a people to discern what morals to pursue, literally which god (God) to follow (as every type of idol has a different face).  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob allows no ‘representation’ of Himself.  Christians around the world, and in particular here in the United States, are suffering from ‘Confusion of Faces’ as we increasingly live out the values of the enemies of our God.

Time is Short! 

Selah.      

OBTAINING STRENGTH AGAINST SIN

OBTAINING STRENGTH AGAINST SIN


“Thou hast not called upon me …thou hast been weary of me.”(Isaiah 43:22)


When was the last time you had private communication with God?  Prevailing sin will keep us from our watchfulness in Christian duties and, in particular, in prayer.  Filling your days with the things of the world will make you weary, and will bring forth weariness of God.  “Thou hast not called upon me … thou hast been weary of me” (Isaiah 43:22).

As God is our fountain and spring of spiritual life, if we are weary of Him, decay will result.  Without God as our source all fruit of the Spirit will quickly dry up.  Think of a tree.  A beautiful tree, perhaps in your own yard, with flourishing leaves.  The roots of that tree draw moisture from the earth supplying its trunk and its branches.  What if suddenly, the tree appeared to be dying?  The leaves are shriveling, the branches are bowed.  Search and you will find that the root has a wound.  The branches of the tree and the healthy leaves will continue for a while, but eventually they will decay.  When the storms come, leaves will fall, branches will break.  

Sin brings Decay.  Sin, with its deceits and treacheries, will take you away from your time of communion with God and away from the consistency of your prayer life.  Sin will bring about a decline in your obedience to God.  If you allow sin to continue in your life, you can be assured that very soon, all communication with your Heavenly Father will be broken.  (Leaves will fall, branches will break.)    

What spring are you drawing strength from?  Private communication with God is the only way to receive spiritual strength, mercy and grace from Him through Christ, the Living Water (John 7:37).  Prayer is the only way appointed and blessed of God by which we obtain strength and power against sin.”Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). 

Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret shall reward thee openly.”  Enter into thy closet and shut the door!  Pray!  Your Father who knows your weaknesses, your sins, your hurts, pains, everything you are going through … hears you and will answer.  In Matthew 6:6, our Lord Jesus Christ is instructing us on how to overcome through prayer.  1) Enter in.  2) Shut the door.  3) Pray in secret.  The result: God the Father who knows you in and out, your comings and your goings, your struggles, and your heart’s desires will reward you by answering your prayers.

Selah.

JEHOVAH-NISSI

JEHOVAH-NISSI

(the Lord our Banner)


“And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi.” (Exodus 17:15)


It was the second year of freedom for Israel.  Their first year had been spent adjusting to living in the wilderness, receiving and learning to obey God’s laws (Torah), and finally, building the Tabernacle that would house God’s presence.  God always equips the unequipped.  In the Old Testament He equipped His Chosen People by giving them the Law; in the New Testament God equips Christians by giving us His Word, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2nd Timothy 3:16).

In this second wilderness year, everyone was assigned a role.  First a defense force was formed of eligible men from each of the twelve tribes.  The Tribe of Levi was assigned the responsibility of taking care of the Tabernacle (its assembly, disassembling and transporting of the sacred vessels).  Although most Levites were not trained for battle, some believe that there were Warrior Priests.  It was the Levites whose job it was to take care of the precious things of God.  Each of the twelve tribes was then assigned locations surrounding the Tabernacle in which they would camp when Israel was not on the move.  Three tribes to the East, three to the South, three West and three North.  An inner perimeter of Levites known as Kohanim (priests, descendants of Aaron) would surround the Tabernacle (or Tent of Meeting) in order to keep  separation or sanctity of the Tabernacle. 

“The Lord (HaShem, Hebrew for ‘the Name’) spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying: The children of Israel shall encamp each man by his flag with the banners of their fathers’ house, some distance from the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle) they shall encamp”  (Numbers 2:2).

The idea of banners established each tribe with its own identity.  Not only did each tribe have a banner but each individual merited his own personal banner.  Therefore, each family within each tribe also has its own banner, their own unique identity along with their own unique responsibilities which would benefit the entire nation of Israel.

As born-again believers the LORD IS YOUR BANNER – JEHOVAH-NISSI.  We may have distinct ‘identities’, differing personalities, families that differ economically, socially, ethnically, but we all stand as believers in Jesus Christ under one banner.  Sometimes, believers ‘fly their own banner.’  This could be a blessing, or it could be a curse.  Flying your own banner higher than others, or flying a bigger banner, puts you in a position where you lose your connection to the whole.  The whole being the Body of Christ.  Others suffer when we fly our own banner, perhaps our family, our community, our congregation, even the nation in which we live.  We never want to celebrate our own individuality at the expense of others.

God has given each one of us, His Children, gifts and talents to be used for His purposes, let us not squander our gifts by going in our own direction, under our own banner.  Israel had to ”pull together’ in order to achieve their goal, the Promised Land.  If we are divided, using our gifts and talents for our own purposes, perhaps we have stepped out from under the Banner of Christ and are waving our own banners.

Selah.

BIGGER BARNS

BIGGER BARNS


“The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully …” (Luke 12:16)


Spring cleaning is in full swing in most of our nation.  Here in Florida, Spring arrives early, usually the first few weeks of March when daytime temperatures climb into the mid-70s.  For the yard sale crawlers, this is an exciting season.  Yard sale signs pop up everywhere, people disposing of their ‘stuff.’  This Spring, we watched our neighbors setting up for a three day, multi-family yard sale.  Several years back, they purchased and placed on their lot, a large building (32 x 14 feet) to hold their excess ‘stuff’.  Within a year, or less, it was filled up.

As our neighbors prepared for the yard sale, some of the ‘stuff’ from that large building was hauled out to the front yard.  Paul and I, who are careful not to accumulate too much ‘stuff’ were amazed as their front yard started to resemble an outdoor department store.  Where did it all come from?  And, how much money was wasted to accumulate all that ‘stuff’ now to be sold at bargain prices?

Jesus preached and taught wherever He went.  When an innumerable multitude of people had gathered (Chapter 12 of the Book of Luke) Jesus spoke to the crowd.  He told a story of a rich man.  “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying ‘What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?’ And he said, ‘This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid  up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.’ 

But God said unto him, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?'” The rest of the story … Jesus continues, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat: neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”

What would it be like if you never bought another item on a whim?  You may think you need that new shirt, extra pair of pants, perhaps some more shoes.  But what if you didn’t race out and purchase these items right away.  What about all those unnecessary household items?  Collectables?  That extra set of dishes?  Your car runs fine, but a new one would be better, yes?  Do you purchase what you need or what you want?

Everything we think we own belongs to God.  “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof (all that it contains)” (1st Corinthians 10:26).  We are responsible for how we spend our income, responsible for what He blesses us with, we are held accountable to be good stewards.  “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He has said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'” (Hebrews 13:5).  If we use what He gives us on items that we don’t need, are robbing God?

Our first priority should always be to the Kingdom of God to which we belong.  Kingdom people don’t spend like the world spends.  Kingdom people wait upon the Lord to furnish them with their needs.  Kingdom people pray first about any major and even minor purchases.  Kingdom people give first to Kingdom purposes.

If you have a need for a ‘bigger barn’ or you own a big barn, you may want to examine your priorities …

Selah.   

ARE YOUR BORN AGAIN?

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?


“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God!” (John 3:3)


This is one of life’s most important questions.  Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  It is not enough to reply, “I belong to the church; I pray; I do my Christian duties.”  Many profess with their lips but their hearts are far from the Living God.  


Six Marks of being Born of God  

1)   No Habitual Sinning.  In 1st John 3:9 we read “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin.”  A person who has been born again [or regenerated] does not habitually commit sin.  He no longer sins in his heart and will and whole inclination [your natural tendency to act or think in a particular manner].  The true Christian hates sin, flees from it, fights against it, mourns when he falls, and longs for complete deliverance.  

2)   Belief in Christ. “Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (1st John 5:1).  Someone who is born again believes that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour who can pardon his soul, that Jesus (Yeshua) was appointed by God the Father for this very purpose, and beside Him there is no Savior at all.  Someone born again has full confidence in Christ, trusts Him, and believes all his sins are forgiven.  He believes in Christ’s finished work and death on the Cross, that his being born again has reckoned him righteous in God’s sight, and that he may look forward to death and judgment without alarm (Romans 4:20-5:1, 8:1).

3)   Practicing Righteousness.”Everyone that does righteousness is born of Him” (1st John 2:29).  The man or woman that is born again is a holy person.  He or she endeavors to live according to God’s will, to do the things that please God, and to avoid the things that God hates.  He looks continually to Christ as his example as well as his Savior.

4)   Loving Other Christians.”We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren” (1st John 3:14).  A man who is born again has a special love for all true disciples of Christ.  Like his Heavenly Father, he loves all men with a great general love, but he has a special love for those who share his faith in Christ.  Like Yeshua, he loves the worst of sinners and could weep over them; but he has a peculiar love for those who are believers.  He is never so much at home as when he is in their company.  They are members of his family, they are his fellow soldiers, they are fellow travelers together on the same road.  He understands them, and they understand him. 

5)  Overcoming the World.”Whosoever is born of God overcomes the world” (1st John 5:4).  A man or woman who is born again does not use the world’s opinion(s) as his standard of right and wrong.  He does not mind going against the world’s ways, ideas, and customs.  What men think or say no longer concerns him.  He overcomes the love of the world.  He finds no pleasure in things which seem to bring happiness to most people.  To him they seem foolish and unworthy of an immortal being.  He fears offending God more than offending man.  

6)   Keeping Oneself Pure.  “He that is begotten of God keeps himself” (1st John 5:18).  A man or woman who is born again is careful of his own soul.  He tries to avoid sin but also to avoid everything that might lead to it.  He is careful about the company he keeps.  He knows that evil communication corrupts the heart, and that evil is more catching than good, just as disease is more infectious than health.  He is careful about the use of his time; his chief desire is to spend it profitably.  The born again believer considers himself (or herself) a soldier in enemy territory, he wears his armor continually to be prepared for any temptation or fiery dart.  He is diligent, watchful, humble and prayerful. 

Above are six marks (or signs) of a born again Christian.  There will be differences in the depth and distinctiveness of these marks within each believer.  In babes (newly saved) these marks may be faint, hardly noticeable.  In other saints, those mature in the Lord, they will be bold, plain, and unmistakable.  Seldom are all the marks equally evident in any one person.  BUT … still after having made these allowances, you should see some indication of each of these six marks within an individual who is born again. 

(Extracted from Are You Born Again?  by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900))

Selah.       

THE TIMES AND SEASONS

THE TIMES AND SEASONS


“But of the times and the seasons brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For you know that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.”

(1st Thessalonians 5:1-2)

The times and the seasons certainly seem to be upon us.  We need to have urgency in prayer and witness to everyone we come across who may not know the Truth.  Years ago, I heard Brother Billy Graham tell a story of attending a religious seminar, I don’t recall where.  Heading back to his hotel room that evening, he got into an elevator with another man.  As the elevator began to slowly move upwards the Holy Spirit began to nudge Billy to speak to the man about Jesus.  Billy confessed that he was tired and had other things on his mind, and dismissed that ‘still small voice’ (1st Kings 19:11-13).  The next day, in the lobby of the hotel, he saw that same man laying on a stretcher being taken out to a waiting ambulance.  His heart was pierced.  From that day forth, Brother Billy Graham said he would never again miss an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. 

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Some of you know the story, some do not.  One year after Paul and I married, the Call came to sell all and do street evangelism within the United States.  The Call on our lives was so strong, that we sold everything (land, home, furniture, cars, a truck, etc.) and with a few belongings and a little savings (after paying off land debt, home debt, credit card debt) we left all the creature comforts, in faith, trusting Jesus.  The photo above is our motorhome which we lived in for seven years.  There were times when we were given the opportunity to live in a few houses, and once in an  apartment (all free), but most of the time we lived with our two dogs, Hope and Noah, in our Scripture on Wheels Home.  We also had a Cross mounted in the front that lit up at night.  🙂

It was during this seven year journey that I learned what it means to LIVE BY FAITH.  The little money that we had after paying everything off quickly ran out and that was when I watched miracle after miracle, provision after provision, above and beyond, God providing for our every need.  We were never sick, we always had more than enough food, in fact, enough to share with the homeless.  We had blankets and new clothes provided, shoes, again we shared with the homeless.  We did what God called us to do, ministering to the poor and downtrodden, and sharing the Gospel.  Many came to Christ.  We witnessed healings and deliverances.  We discovered others, like ourselves, called to ‘sell out.’  Evangelists on the highways and byways.  Their eyes gleaming with Truth, strong, courageous, and filled with the Joy of the Lord.  Modern day apostles, prophets and evangelists.  Faith people.  

The Times and Seasons of the Lord are upon us now.  Times and Seasons of preparation for His Return.  Warnings must be sent out to the lost, the Body of Christ needs to prepare, and all of us need to be ‘good and faithful servants’, keeping our hearts and minds open to hear that ‘still, small voice.’   None of us want to have any regrets that we did not follow through …  let all of us walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

Selah.   

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY


“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)


It was not until I had been born-again for over ten years when the Holy Spirit brought this Truth to my mind through a brother-in-Christ.  I have always been an avid reader of the Word and even more so when we were on-the-road living in a motorhome.  So one day, this brother came by and in sharing scriptures he introduced me to the subject of God’s sovereignty.  No doctrine exalts or magnifies God and the finished work of Christ as that of ‘God’s Sovereignty.’  The sovereignty of God is revealed throughout His Word.  

“For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”(Isaiah 14:27)

We are told in Ephesians 1:11 that God “works all things after the counsel of His own will.” God reveals His sovereignty to His children, but only to those who are able and willing to believe it.  John the Baptist once said, “A man can receive nothing except it be given him from Heaven” (John 3:27).  There are many who refute this doctrine, and some simply have never had their eyes to see or ears to hear opened to this great Truth.  Nevertheless, scripture is filled with God’s absolute sovereignty!  

God is Sovereign.  He is supreme in power, independent of and unlimited by any other. 
Following are scriptures which show His supremacy of power and independence, not only in salvation but in all things and in all His ways.  Read over each of these scriptures slowly, at least twice, and God will reveal His absolute sovereignty to you:  

“He is before all things, and by Him all things consist (are held together).”  (Colossians 1:17)

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”  (Romans 9:21 / Isaiah 45:9)

“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are the work of thy hand.”  (Isaiah 45:9)

“Woe unto him that strives with his Maker! … Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”  (Isaiah 45:9)

“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.”  (Proverbs 16:33)

“Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7)

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD to all these things.”  (Isaiah 45:7)

“Therefore they could not believe … He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart.” (John 12:39-40)

“According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:” (Ephesians 1:3)

“What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.”  (Romans 9:22)  

“According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day.”  (Romans 11:8)

“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudentand hast revealed them unto babes.” (Luke 10:21-22)

“… neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.”  (Matthew 11:27)

“Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will he hardeneth.”  (Romans 9:18)

“The LORD has made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”  (Proverbs 16:4 / Romans 9:22 / Job 21:30)

“So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy.” (Romans 9:16)

“And are not God’s decrees all made in eternity and, like God Himself, unchangeable?” (Malachi 3:6)

“For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory.”  (Hebrews 2:10)

“But it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.”  (Matthew 20:23)

“Flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)

“The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.'”  (Isaiah 14:24)

“This people have I formed for myself.”  (Isaiah 43:21)

We have spoken before of your being called and chosen.  Called by God.  Chosen by God.  God’s sovereignty, His willingness to bring you to the Saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ, is the sole reason you are born-again and not destined for eternal damnation.  We serve a mighty God, a God who has supreme power and authority over all His creation, a Sovereign God!

Selah.