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Looking at the Signs or at Your Walk?

Stop looking at the signs and start looking at your walk. So many in today’s world are obsessed at looking at the signs. From viewing one YouTube video after another to listening to every new false prophet that comes along, the Christian community is being forced further into captivity by the prince of darkness. Signs are important otherwise Christ would not have given them. Signs are like signpost that give directions and alerts us when we are close to our destination. To concentrate only on the signs and not the many other things necessary to be a good and safe driver would not only be foolish, but could end in tragedy. Well, it’s the same way when it comes to concentrating on the signs of Christ’s Second Coming and not on the many things it takes to be faithful followers of Christ. Yes, many things. So many things that Jesus Christ gave us the indwelling Spirit to remind us of everything He said and taught. The Bible says, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:12-13a). So, stop looking constantly at the signs and pay attention to your driving. Stop obsessing on the signs of Christ’s return in Glory and let’s agree to spend more time in preparation for His arrival by listening to God through the Spirit. Without the Spirit, the Bible would not be discernible. It would be a nice history book and wise teachings from an ancient Teacher, but remiss of Spiritual power. The power necessary for spiritual growth and faithfulness to God.

Now, that I’ve got your attention let’s look briefly at some of the things we need to be concentrating. First, let’s get rid of all the old baggage that the enemy insists that you hang on to. The baggage the world says you can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try, but what does God say? Remember, we are to listen to God. Not to the world and not to the enemy. The Bible, His Word, says that we, that is, believers in Christ, are made into a brand-new creation. Let’s read it together, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Wow! That means that all the old baggage belongs to the old life, not the new. So, to hold onto that old baggage, which no longer exists, either shows your lack of faith or calls God a liar. Friends, to walk in this new life is true freedom. Freedom from all the old sins, bad behavior, emotional and psychological hang-ups, and yes even all your old bad habits. Believing this is your first step in spiritual growth. Trust me, if you don’t believe this you will never get to the second step. And that my friend, is exactly where the lukewarm church is presently in their unbelief.

For you, I think better, so let’s move on to the second step. Put off the old, and put on the new life in-Christ. Sounds like two things, but it’s only one. These things must be done simultaneously, at the same time. The Apostle Paul gives us some wonderful examples in Scripture. Let’s look at them together. The Bible says, “Wherefore putting away lying, [Put off the old life] speak every man truth with his neighbor [Put on the new life]: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). And then again, the Bible says, “Let him that stole steal no more: [Put off the old life] but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:28). And again, the Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, [Put off the old life] but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:29). One last example, the Bible says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: [Put off the old life] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Now, like I said these are examples so let’s see if we can think of others. The point is when you stop an old bad behavior then replace it with a new good behavior. Yes, this works with your emotional and psychological hang-ups too. Most have to do with thinking and learned attitudes. For example, if I have always in the past allowed negative thinking to get me down to the point of being depressed, then I need to put that off, but at the same time I need to put on good positive thoughts along with prayer. Again, the Bible gives us some excellent things to put into our minds and think about. The Bible says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Trust me my friends, God gives us the power to control what we put into our minds. The world and the devil would like you to think differently.

So, you are already beginning to see it’s a full-time job being a Christian who wants to be prepared at Christ’s Second Coming.  So, are you ready for the third step? Service. Yes, I said service. It must be right in the beginning of our Christian pilgrimage. We must immediately start serving our new King, the Righteous King of glory, Jesus Christ. It’s so sad that the lukewarm church has never traveled this far. Sports and recreational events, potlucks and movies, along with many other social events would be hard pressed to qualify as truly serving the Lord, although they could. So how does God want us to serve Him. Along with the new life in-Christ comes immediately the Holy Spirit, our new Holy Resident. And when He comes, He does not come empty handed, but He comes bearing Gifts. Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have taught many classes on how to know your Spiritual Gift and how to use it for God’s glory. I cannot overemphasize the importance of teaching all God’s children the use of their Spiritual Gifts for the health and wellbeing of the Church. And yes, we are the Church, which explains the weakness and worldliness of today’s churches. How valuable the Spiritual Gifts are in building up, encouraging, preaching, teaching, and admonishing one another in Christ. Not to mention the many other Spiritual Gifts to strengthen and grow God’s Holy Church. Therein is our true service to the Master.

There are other steps along the Way that we must all take, but these first steps are essential or you will never be ready to meet our Master coming in the clouds to collect His Beautiful Bride, the Church. This is how Christ is doing His part in preparing for that glorious Day, the Bible says, “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 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 5:25b – 27). Now, once you are being made ready and concentrating on the important things of our Christian pilgrimage then only take a quick glance at the signs knowing He’s at the very door where every eye will see His glorious coming. I pray that all reading this will be ready when He comes. I will leave you with these Words from the Master. The Bible says, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Taking these initial steps, my friends, are God’s will for you, the Church. Amen

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Three Great Powers to Overcome the Wiles of the Devil

The lukewarm church and the religious cult are both powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. Both are missing the power of love, the power of forgiveness and the power of the resurrection – three great powers to overcome the wiles of the devil. Satan and the unclean spirits (or fallen angels) are incapable of overcoming these three great powers made manifest in God’s true children, the faithful remnant. This is good news for the end time saints who have witnessed the influence of Satan to capture so many in our day. Addiction to prescription drugs, both pain killers and psychiatric, have decimated the population leaving most under the control of demonic influence and the power of sin. A lukewarm church has done little in equipping the believers to stand against the wiles of the devil. The religious cult has robbed the believers of their power to stand against the trickery and deception of Satan. Psychiatry and the medical professionals are throwing different labels on people at the speed of light to explain their bizarre and unbelievable behavior. The world, the lukewarm church, and the religious cults are powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. On the other hand, true believers have that power.

First, let’s look at the power of love. Christian soldier it’s past time to pick up the mantle of love, which is our sure defense against the evil one. True love that flows from God through us to others empowers the Christian to join Him in His work. The power of this love opens the eyes of the unbelievers who have been blinded by the god of this world. It unlocks the prison doors of the religious cult who have captured their followers with a strict legalism, which goes well beyond Holy Scripture. Love never lets anyone needlessly suffer to drive out sin, as the cults love to do. There are numerous stories where cults have locked their followers in rooms of solitary confinement for days on end to drive out their sin. They have forgotten that love knows the power of forgiveness. They have forgotten that the power of love rejects the sin and its entrapments in the world, but not the unbeliever for whom Christ died. Love goes the extra mile, it turns the other cheek, and it does not curse but always blesses. Love looks beyond the rough exterior of an individual to the heart that is crying out for help. It looks beyond the person in bondage to gross immorality to a heart that is struggling to understand their bondage. There is great power in love to defeat the wiles of the devil.

The power of love also motivates people to reach beyond their comfort zone to stand for truth and righteousness. It motivates them to carry God’s message to the ends of the earth to save fallen humanity. The power of love will not allow the lukewarm church to cast them into the prison of accepted idleness or spend their time in busyness accomplishing nothing for the Kingdom. Oh, how the lukewarm church wants to busy itself in senseless games and entertainment instead of doing the Master’s work. Oh, how the religious cult wants to rehearse their false doctrines over and over again driving their followers deeper into bondage and enslavement to the devil. On the other hand, the power of love overcomes obstacles, steps out on faith, and trust in God to touch the heart of man by rescuing him from the clutches of the enemy. Oh, what joy it is to see the simple gospel set people free, giving them a brand-new life in Christ, where old things pass away. To see them excited for the cause of Christ rushing out to tell their neighbors and their family of their new encounter with the living Lord. There is great power in love to overcome the wiles of the devil.

Along with the power of love every Christian will stand against the wiles of the devil by understanding the power of forgiveness. Unfortunately, the teaching of forgiveness and its power to release people from the bondage of Satan is not taught. So, the enemy is busy sowing the seed of bitterness causing much of the population to harbor bad feelings against others. Feelings that never get resolved, but eat away like gangrene in the heart of those unwilling to forgive. This bitterness has grown like a runaway virus effecting people both emotionally and psychologically causing erratic and dangerous behavior. Then, the old devil comes to the rescue offering an array of psychiatric drugs or pain killers to solve their problem. The pharmaceutical industry is making billions of dollars with its promise to make things better, but the problem never gets solved. In fact, in most cases the problem only gets worse, because of the many side effects of the medication. But that’s not the whole story because those unwilling to forgive are now living a life without forgiveness from God, unable to enjoy their new life in Christ with all its benefits.

So how do we as true believers in Christ tap into the power of forgiveness? If we follow three wonderful principles then we will not only learn how to forgive, but in time we will actually forget the trespass against us. The first principle of forgiveness is to never bring the trespass up again to the offending party, which always keeps the trespass alive and well – allowing the seed of bitterness to take root. The second principle of forgiveness is to never share the trespass with others (unless your life is in danger and you need to share it with the authorities). Now these do get more difficult as we move along. Most everyone wants sympathy from others when they have been mistreated or wronged in some way. It’s part of our human nature (or should I say our old sin nature). So, to truly forgive another we must not pass it around to others, which keeps the offense alive. In counseling, I have encountered people telling me of a trespass that I believed just happened by how it was affecting them, but then after further counseling discovered that the trespass happened years ago. The bitterness had fully blossomed. The final, and most difficult principle is to not dwell on the trespass. Every time the devil brings up the trespass we must immediately throw it out – stop thinking about. To follow these principles will truly help us to forgive the trespass not allowing it to have an emotional or psychological impact upon our lives. There is great power in forgiveness to overcome the wiles of the devil.

Finally, there is power in the resurrection, which the Apostle Paul even longed for. (See Philippians 3:10) Simply put the power of the resurrection is to allow the believer to experience all that the new life in Christ offers. To be all that Christ wants us to be, to experience all the Spiritual Gifts and the power to perform those gifts to the glory of God. Yet, once again the devil works very hard to keep us from experiencing the new life by his deceptive wiles. He convinces most believers in the lukewarm church and the religious cults that they are not good enough to experience the new life, that they are too tainted with past sins, and unworthy of this magnificent gift. Furthermore, he keeps the new believer looking back believing that he cannot separate himself from the old life. And when they fall or trip up in sin, there’s the devil whispering in their ear that the old life will never pass away for them. But what does the Bible say, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

Friends, this takes faith, believing that God will deliver on His promise. There is great power in the resurrection to overcome the wiles of the devil. As we continue to put off the old life and put on the new then we grow closer to the risen Lord and are able to experience all the Spiritual gifts that He would have us to perform to the glory of God. It is wonderful to experience power in the gifts that He gives to every true believer. We don’t all have the same Spiritual gift, but we are given the gift most needed for a specific occasion. Through the years I have experienced many such gifts knowing full well it was not my ability, nor my own giftedness, nor my own talent, but God working though me for His own glory. I have seen food multiplied, people healed, people saved (who I thought impossible), people changed right before my very eyes. Also, I have felt the power of God to preach and write only what He wants to see it have a profound effect upon the audience. Dear children, as we approach the end do not let the devil keep you in bondage. Don’t let him trip you up with his many wiles, but step out on faith believing that God has given us the power to overcome. The power of love, the power of forgiveness, and the power of the resurrection. Amen

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Four Most Horrifying Words

What a glorious day that will be at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but for some it will not be so glorious. The unbelieving world will cower in their caves crying out to the rocks to fall upon them and hide them from the coming Lord and His wrath. (See Revelation 6:16-17). On the other hand, all those who claimed to believe in Christ will be awakened at an hour they did not expect and will rush out to meet the Lord with glad tidings in their heart thinking all is well. They all without exception had become drowsy and fell asleep, because the promise of His coming had been for a very long time. To this date its been nearly two thousand years since the promise was first given to His disciples. Perhaps the great missionary efforts had ceased and revivals had become a relic of the past replaced with conferences geared to a favorite doctrine. Even one on one evangelism was frowned upon my most for being too exclusive. It appears that the entire church drifted off to sleep and was only now awakened at the news of Christ’s return which no doubt caused much panic among all to let their light shine in a very dark world as they all rushed to meet the bridegroom. Continue reading Four Most Horrifying Words