How to Deceive and Dominate God’s People — Part 1

March 18, 2018 by  
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Read Exodus 1:6-20

The experience of the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt dominates the skyline of Old Testament history. It towers over and forms the basic referential paradigm in the minds of Israel for all time to come. All future history is understood in the light of that event. As a consequence, this deliverance becomes the biblical pattern for all future deliverances. In fact, the Exodus imagery is the most widely used type or picture of salvation in the New Testament.

In the typology of scripture, Egypt represents the world system and the Egyptian Pharaoh is a type of Satan, the ruler over that system. The policy the Pharaoh used to attempt to keep the children of Israel in bondage is right out of Satan’s handbook on How to Deceive and Dominate God’s People. This procedure is still the most frequently used and most successful tactic of Satan against God’s people. It involves three steps:

 (1) He Blinds Us to the Truth of our Actual Identity as God’s Chosen People– (Deception) Exodus 1:6-8

(2)  He Burdens Us with Afflictions so that We Lose Sight of Our Royal Destiny — (Domination) — Exodus 1:11-13

(3) He Bullies Us by Controlling Our Fruitfulness So We are Robbed of Our Generational Authority — Exodus 1:15-17, 23 (Destruction)

First, Satan Blinds Us to the Truth of our Actual Identity as God’s Chosen People– (Deception) Exodus 1:6-8

“Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. (7) But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

Three thousand years ago, Egypt was the most powerful nation on the earth, and the ruler, or Pharaoh, was the unrivaled and incredibly powerful monarch of that nation. In fact, he was viewed as belonging to the realm of the gods — he was the divine ruler. His word was law. Powerful armies were under his control and immense power and wealth was his. This makes him a good type or picture of Satan and the world system he directs.

Four hundred years had passed since Joseph had arranged for his father Jacob and 70 others to come to live in Egypt. In spite of the rapid population explosion and prosperity, the children of Israel had as a whole rejected what light their forefathers had been given and had embraced darkness, thus becoming prisoners of a foreign power.

Satan Uses Part of the Truth to Sell His Package of Lies — The first work of Satan was in the capacity of a Deceiver.

2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

If you could have visited the children of Israel in Egypt and heard their story as to why they were in the bondage they were in, you would conclude that they had been deceived and in their deception, I think three things would have stood out:

(1) They had Embraced the Deception of Conflicting Interpretations – Their response to our questions of why they thought they were in such bondage might have come in the form of  more questions: “Does God still work miracles today like he did with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Are the promises given to the previous generations available to us? Do we have the same access to God that they did? Is our bondage a blessing from God and we must just grin and bear it, or can we cry out for liberation and live in its hope?”

Need I remind you that those same questions are found frequently on the lips of Christians who find themselves overwhelmed and feeling enslaved to circumstances and situations. There is the tendency to feel that others in previous ages had advantages that we do not have and life is just not fair! Then there are all the various theological positions that we are given that have so many different interpretations.

(2) They had Embraced the Deception of Complacent IndifferenceExodus 1:7 — “…when the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them,” — it was easy to become indifferent toward their history and heritage.

(3) They had Embraced the Deception Chosen Ignorance — Often times it’s easier and more comfortable to live in the darkness of ignorance than in the light of truth. Why? Because light exposes and makes demands.

The Israelites had developed an attitude like that of the desert nomad who was awakened one night by the growls of his hungry stomach and decided he’d have a midnight snack. Lighting a candle, he grabbed a date and took a bite. Holding the date to the candle, he saw a worm, whereupon he threw the date out of the tent. Biting into the second date, he found another worm and threw it away, also. Deciding he might not get anything to eat if this continued, he blew out the candle and ate the dates.

The enemy will keep us in the dark about our identity, destiny, and victory and teach us to accept defeat for so long that we can’t remember when it was any different. We embrace defeat as the norm for so long that we are constantly suspect of victory.

Satan’s limited control is mounted and maintained by the power of one basic idea: God doesn’t have a good heart.

Though it seems almost incomprehensible, Satan, deceived a multitude of the heavenly host by sowing the seed of doubt in their minds that God was somehow holding out on them. After the insurrection is squelched, that question lingers in the universe like smoke from a forest fire. Sure, God won, but it took force to do it. Power isn’t the same thing as goodness. As the lead actor in the story, God seems gen­erous and self-giving, but perhaps He’s just big and bullies His will and way through! Maybe his motive is simply to be in charge.

At the beginning of creation God placed Adam and Eve into an ideal situation. They moved into the Garden of Eden with brilliant minds, hearts inclined toward God without the inward pull of sin, and disease free bodies. Placed in crime-free, environmentally perfect, and economically need-free surroundings, they were given a simple assignment with super-abundant provisions, and only one prohibition.

Yet on their honeymoon, they sneaked off for a rendezvous with a perfect stranger? Adam and Eve kicked off the honeymoon by sleeping with the enemy. Then comes one of the most poignant verses in all Scripture. “What is this you have done?” (Gen. 3:13). You can almost hear the shock, the pain of betrayal in God’s voice. The fall of Adam and Eve into sin must not be pictured as a crime like theft, but as a betrayal of love. In love, God creates us for love and we give Him the back of our hand. Why? Satan gets us to side with him by sowing the seed of doubt in our first parents’ minds: “God’s heart really isn’t good. He’s holding out on you. You’ve got to take things into your own hands.”

There are many forms of deception, but they all are designed to seduce the heart of the child of God from its true Lover.

Doing the Best of Things in the Worst of Times — Part 4

March 11, 2018 by  
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As followers of Christ  we will be able to do the best of things in spite of the times or the trends we find ourselves living in if we make these four axioms our priorities: Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily; Believing the Word of God Pervasively; Loving the Son of God Passionately; Ministering in the Spirit of God Powerfully.

In this study we will consider the fourth essential activity necessary to do the best of things in the worst of times:

Ministering in the Spirit of God Powerfully

We have been detoured from the divinely appointed paths of the proclamation and demonstration of the kingdom of God for almost 1800 years. In evangelical circles, we’ve been preaching about the gospel of Jesus, but we haven’t been preaching the gospel Jesus preached! We have truncated the gospel message from a repent and be re-birthed into the triumphant, all-pervasive, God-big, kingdom of the heavens where we learn how to reign in life as kings kids in the Family Firm of Almighty and Sons, to a go-to-heaven-when-you-die-in-order-to-miss-hell type message. This emaciated message says the best you can hope for in this world is to plan on losing in history — but heaven will make up for it You can expect to be the tail and not the head, or to be like a little band of soldiers of the cross who somehow manage to hold the fort until Captain Jesus comes back and kicks them all into hell! No wonder so few want to join up!

We have been telling people that they must bear with demonic assaults rather than repulse them. We are telling the crippled where to go to get wheel chairs instead of telling them to rise and walk in the name of Jesus. We have been medicating the demonized instead of delivering them. We have been comforting the afflicted rather than healing them of their afflictions. We have been trying to get more people to “come and see and hear the show” so we can employ them in institutional church-work. But the message and method of Jesus was to deploy more people to “go and tell and show the power of God” to all people groups. We are to proclaim the King and His kingdom to the ends of the earth and demonstrate in the power of the Spirit that the kingdom of heaven is here and you can enter it now (Mark 1:15).

To do the best of things in the worst of times we must return to the reality of life in the kingdom of the heavens as a lifestyle of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). Life in the kingdom is of the Spirit, by the Spirit, unto the glory of Son, who, when he has through His representatives put all things under His feet, will turn the kingdom back to the Father!  We read in 1 Corinthians 15:24-25, “Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet.”

Jesus was the Valid, the True Representation of Kingdom Reality. He was the model for all of our life in the kingdom of God. Although he was the Perfect God-man, He did what He did as a man filled with the Holy Spirit. He was baptized or “publicly-come-upon-for-ministry” by the Holy Spirit at the river Jordan (John 1:32-33). He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1; Mark 1:12). He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14). He was anointed with the Holy Spirit to preach (Luke 4:18). He healed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38). He cast out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28).

Tom Marshall asserts, “Thus even the miracles Jesus performed have a particular characteristic – they are all miracles that a man can do if he is filled with the Holy Spirit.”

By the way, miracles are not some strange and rare abnormality but the “norm” of the kingdom of God coming into the abnormal condition of the fallen world. The power displayed by Jesus, though very remarkable, is something less than omnipotent. In his home town, for example, it is said that, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mark 6:5).

The Holy Spirit was the power of the Lord who was present to heal in Jesus’ ministry. (Mark 5:30; Luke 5:17, 6:19,8:46). He was the “finger of God” who expelled demons (Matthew 12:28 cf Luke 11:20). The disciples who had lived with Jesus for three years knew the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in his life. In this sense the Holy Spirit had been with them also. (John 14:26) They had the promise of Jesus that the same power would be theirs through the same Spirit. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).

We are to operate in all that Jesus is in us, all that Jesus does, and all that Jesus wants to do through us. Spirit-filled ministry is Christ-filled ministry, when Christ, the Anointed King, is manifest in and through us by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. His is an “anointing” of the Spirit which enables, ensures and enlarges the kingdom of God.

What will be the result of continually being filled, controlled or empowered by the Holy Spirit? The result will be fullness in worship, fullness in the Word, fullness in integrity and character, fullness in serving the poor, fullness in loving one another, fullness in lay involvement and a fullness in the Spirit with power, gifts, signs and wonders enhancing a fullness in great commission fulfillment.

That fullness brings breakthrough because it declares the Word of the Cross and the glory of Christ; because it confronts demonic powers in the power of the Blood of the Lamb and in the spirit of prayer; and because it is attended by signs and wonders as the Lord confirms His Word with signs following.

The Spirit-filled church is the “Now” life of Father God on the earth. Through the church the many-sided facets of God’s wisdom is manifest to men, angels and demons. The Spirit-filled church is a people of ministry in which the kingdom of heaven comes more fully and not just religious activity in which buildings are filled with people more frequently. There can be a lot of activity in the church that’s not a Spirit-filled, kingdom-based, and disciple-making ministry.

What’s the Churches job assignment? One lady was asked the question, “What are we trying to do as a church?” She acted surprised at the question and said, “We’re not trying to do anything — we’re a church for goodness sake!” The correct answer is what Jesus did in his back “THEN” body; the church is to do as His right “NOW” Body!

The Holy Spirit created the human body of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary, anointed that body with His power, and enabled Jesus to reveal the heart and do the will and works of His Father in Heaven.

The same Holy Spirit created the Church – as the Body of Christ. Father God’s design for the Church, in which Jesus is the Head and believers His Body, was to function the same living, breathing, walking, talking, saving, disciple-making, healing, delivering way that He did in His physical body when he lived here on earth for 33 ½ years.

Jesus has anointed His Body – the Church — with the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead,  with the intent that His Body would operate with the same resurrection power in order to show forth the Father’s life and love through an even “greater works” type ministry. The people of God are to glorify Him by enjoying Him all the time in all ways.

Glorifying God involves living and talking, serving and telling, growing and going, visualizing and verbalizing the truth of redemptive love. It’s not just coming, sitting in a seat, soaking in truth, and becoming a sour puss.  No person is healthy that eats all the time and never leaves the house. The Church gathers to eat at Jesus’ table and enjoy the Family. However, no church is healthy that eats all the time and never gets out of the house. This means that the Church must be turned inside out in order to bring the outside in – not into a building, but into the Body of Christ!

For too long the Church has described Jesus to the world instead of demonstrating His Person and Works!

When the Church is functioning in her role, the world realizes that the kingdom of God isn’t just a proclamation of truth, but a demonstration of power.

The Spirit of God gave the Church a supernatural entrance and will give her a supernatural exit. Therefore the church must live a supernatural existence and experience. The Church may employ Madison Avenue tactics to draw the masses, but there won’t be any miracles. And without the obvious presence of the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit, we will boast about being many for God, but we won’t be much for God! We can convince unbelievers by the power of our reasonings that God exists, but only the Holy Spirit can convict and bring the revelation that God can be known by personal experience.

Come Holy Spirit, we need Thee, come in Thine own special way!

Have you been a loyal companion to the Holy Spirit? Have you hurt his heart? Have you ignored His company? Have you tried to bypass His partnership? Repent! Welcome him back into the throne room of your heart. Let Him love you, control you, exercise His authority in your life. Let Him flood you with His divine desire. Every intention He has for you is good, holy and pure. If and when you do, you can do the best of things in all times.

Doing the Best of Things in the Worst of Times — Part 3

March 4, 2018 by  
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In a previous post I identified what I believe to be the “best of things” as consisting of four basic axioms that when pursued by us Christians will always result in our doing the best of things in spite of the times or the trends we find ourselves living in. These are:

Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily
Believing the Word of God Pervasively
Loving the Son of God Passionately
Ministering in the Spirit of God Powerfully

In this study we will consider the third essential activity necessary to do the best of things in the worst of times:

Loving the Son of God Passionately

What was it that enabled the first three centuries of disciples of Jesus to conquer their world? What was it that caused many of them to sell themselves as slaves to be able to win slaves to Jesus? What so possessed them that could out-love, out-live, out-think, and out-die the pagans of their day? It was the discovery of the Treasure Chest of Holy Joy in the Kingdom of heaven and coming to possess the Pearl of Infinite Value — Christ Jesus the Lord and King of that Kingdom! It was the reality of becoming a lawful partner in an Unshakable Kingdom and a loving companion with the Unchanging person of the King! They were constrained and consumed by a passionate love for the Son of God.

Loving Jesus passionately involves:

A Sense of Entering into a Personal Relationship with Jesus.

Leonard Sweet asks, “What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology. Christianity is not a philosophy. Christianity is the “good news” that Beauty, Truth and Goodness are found in a person. Biblical community is founded and found on the connection to that person. Conversion is more than a change in direction; it’s a change in connection. Jesus’ use of the ancient Hebrew word “shubh”, or its Aramaic equivalent, to call for “repentance” implies not viewing God from a distance, but entering into a relationship where God is command central of the human connection.”

Genuine love for Jesus involves an unrelenting hunger, an unquenchable thirst, and a burning desire for things to be right in my relationship with God above me, self within me, significant others associated with me, and society around me. Discovering the treasure of the kingdom of the heavens doesn’t involve uncovering a lot of laws to keep and labors to perform; it’s not rules and rituals, past history and glory, or buildings and budgets. Paul says in Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” What he was saying in essence was, “The ultimate priority in kingdom living is to develop and maintain a passion for the King.” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness could be paraphrased as, “blessed are those who develop a passionate love for the King.” For you see Jesus is our righteousness, our peace, our joy, and our all in all (1 Corinthians 1:30).

A Seeking of Intimate Companionship with Jesus.

If we are passionately in love with Jesus, He will be central and supreme in every area of our lives. He is the One whose glory enfolds, consumes, defines, and sums up our lives. Eugene Peterson pictures “supremacy” in his rendering of Colossians 1:17 in The Message: “He is supreme in the beginning, and— leading the resurrection parade —He is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.”

Matthew 6:33, “But seek (‘go on seeking’) first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  The word translated “seek” means to seek in order to find out by thinking, meditating, reasoning, and to enquire into, and to aim at, strive after, and to crave.

Matthew 6:33 is given as the antidote to all the anxiety detailed in the verse before it. It says in essence, “As for food, drink, and raiment do not be anxious about them, but seek the Kingdom in them. Dress and eat for the Kingdom of the heavens. Let the great underlying passion, which is the great principle of the life of the King find its throbbing way into the extremities of this mortal, material life.”

There is a spiritual axiom that can be stated in this manner: “What we prize the most, we pursue the hardest and praise the loudest! What we love most dearly, we long for and labor for most passionately.”

At age 73, Lorin Maazel, long-time music director of the New York Philharmonic, reflected with keen insight on his years of conducting: “Great leaders elicit passion, not perfection. That’s my main job — to energize people. If they grind it out and couldn’t care less, then they wind up hating the conductor. Music without emotion is nothing. I’m never looking for a perfect performance. I’m looking for an impassioned performance.”

This is certainly what the Greatest of all Leaders  – King Jesus – did in the hearts of those who saw Him in His glory. The glory and majesty of His person re-energizes Christian living and draws out deeper desires for us to be His disciples. He impassions our pursuit of His greater glory. Our fervency for Him evidences to the world that His claims to supremacy must be taken seriously.

Are you more passionate in your pursuit of Christ than you are for consumer goods and services? What do you talk most frequently and most passionately about? If not begin now praying for God’s Redeemer, the King of Glory, to revisit you in power, to reveal to you the greater dimensions of the Father’s promises, in order to re-engage you passionately with who He is, where He’s headed, what He’s doing and how He’s blessed.

To value anything equal to Christ (including angels) is to devalue Christ! Christ is never truly valued as anything until He is valued everything! He values Christ not at all who doesn’t value Christ above ALL!

If the scriptures are true, and they are, then any to attempt to add anything to Christ, or find something or someone that’s better than Him, is to be duped by the devil and deprived of the richness of relationship and resources untold! If He is who He claimed to be, how can we not submit to His reign in every area of our lives? We can trust Him, plus nothing, in every circumstance, every disappointment, and every heartache. We can trust Him, plus nothing, with every nook and cranny of fear, uncertainty and doubt. We can trust Him, plus nothing, in our bleakest, darkest, most desperate hour. When all seems lost, hopeless, and we’re helpless to change it, He is able, available, and more than adequate. When evil seems to have the upper hand, He is good. When weakness is our lot, He is our Strength. When change sends our minds reeling from confusion, He is clear, confirming, comforting and unchanging. He is worthy of worship, worthy of praise, worthy of all of the offerings we bring!

Many of us need a re-conversion from a performance-based, orphaned-spirited legalism to a grace-based, sonship liberation in Christ alone! We need to see Christ as our Life, our Lord, our Lover – Christ our Help, our Hope, our Healer – Christ our Peace, our Power, the Person that lives in us to form us, fill us, and free us from religion with its legalism, to life – abundant law-abiding, God-enjoying Life in the Spirit!

Doing the Best of Things in the Worst of Times! — Part 2

February 25, 2018 by  
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In a previous post I identified what I believe to be the “best of things” as consisting of four basic axioms that when pursued by us Christians will always result in our doing the best of things in spite of the times or the trends we find ourselves living in. These are:

Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily
Believing the Word of God Pervasively
Loving the Son of God Passionately
Ministering in the Spirit of God Powerfully

In this study we will consider the second essential activity necessary to do the best of things in the worst of times.

Believing the Word of God Pervasively

What is the most powerful and subversive book ever written? It’s not Adolph Hilter’s , “Mein Kampf”, or Karl Marx’s, “Das Kapital” or Chairman Mao’s, “Little Red Book for Revolution,” but the Word of God – the Bible! The Bible has led to the overthrow of governments, sparked mass migrations across oceans, and more than once changed the course of history.

Many governments have gone to great lengths to restrict or even prevent its printing and distribution. Yet it has outlasted its enemies. The Bible is still the most popular book ever printed. No other book has been translated into so many languages and had such impact on the development of those languages. In every year over the past century, the Bible has been a runaway bestseller. There are currently 6909 living languages in the world. As of October 2017 the full Bible has been translated into 670 languages, the New Testament alone into 1521 languages and Bible portions or stories into 1121 other languages. Thus at least some portion of the Bible has been translated into 3,312 languages. No other book even comes close to these numbers.

Yet in spite of it being a consistent best seller, many don’t know what it contains and chafe at the thought of it being the ultimate authority that rules their lives.

Almost nine out of 10 American households (87 percent) own a Bible, according to the American Bible Society, and the average household has three. But Bible reading remains spotty. LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Americans about their views of the Bible and found significant splits in how familiar they are with the Christian scripture. One in five Americans, LifeWay Research found, has read through the Bible at least once. About half of Americans (53 percent) have read relatively little of the Bible. One in 10 has read none of it, while 13 percent have read a few sentences. Thirty percent say they have read several passages or stories. 

The Authority of Scripture is the Key Issue for the Christian Church in This and Every Age! 

The spirit of authority and certainty pervades the scriptures. Suppositions, suggestions, and conjectures are absent from the pages of the Bible. In 2 Peter 1:20-21, the scriptures are declared to be the Word of God: “…but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Authority answers the question, “Who do I report to?” “Who or what has the final word in my life?” Entering the kingdom of the Father brings us under kingdom authority because authority is a relational word which signifies the right to rule. Father’s kingdom is in essence, His people, in His place, under His rule. Authority is expressed in claims and is acknowledged by compliance and conformity. Authority and author are directly related concepts. Because the Holy Spirit (who is God) is the author of the Bible, the authority of the Bible is the authority of God. That means, when the Bible speaks to us then God is speaking to us. To disobey the Scriptures is to disobey God.

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “Authority”?  Probably, some form of authoritarianism, i.e., someone bossing you around and trying to run your life for you. The truth is “authority” has become almost a dirty word in America, while opposition to authority on every level is for the most part accepted and expected.

Rights and freedom have become modern man’s obsession. Freedom is always seen as involving rejection of authority and rebellion against authority! Authority is equated with fixed limits, freedom with cutting loose from all that. Therefore, the greatest crisis of our day is that of ultimate final authority.

The Unrelenting Battle of History is By Whose Authority will Man Operate?

For many people, human reason, or rationalism, is the final source of authority on all matters.

A typical modern example is shown in the words of Rev. Lisa Doege, the pastor of the Nora Unitarian Church in Hanska, MN: “Just a few days ago an acquaintance of mine really got it, for the first time, that many Unitarian Universalists, me among them, are not Christian. In reply to my statement, he suggested that I should reread parts of the New Testament, which would surely convince me. The problem with his suggestion, of course, is that unlike him, I don’t consider the Bible the sole and whole revealed word of God, and neither is it Unitarian Universalism’s authoritative scripture. The fact is, we don’t have an authoritative scripture. By what authority do I preach and teach? By what authority do any of us formulate our beliefs and act out of them? In the end the answer must be, each of us by our own authority.”

Some people have developed their theories of ultimate authority purely upon emotionalism or traditionalism. There are those who argue, “If it feels right for me then it is right.” The rallying cry of our times is, “That’s just your opinion or your interpretation of the Bible; that’s true for you, but not for me!”

Many non-Christian cults have additional revelation apart from the Bible. This revelation is considered as authoritative or more authoritative than Scripture. They add to God’s Word with their so-called revelation. This is true with all the cults — Mormonism has it’s Book of Mormon, Jehovah Witnesses have their own New World Translation, etc. The final source of authority for these groups is that particular revelation, not the Bible. Although they may claim to believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, it is always interpreted in light of the further revelation or from their center of authority. 

The Submission to the Author and Authority of Scripture is the Key to Purposeful and Prosperous Living!

The goal of the Scriptures is to enable us to glorify God by enjoying Him in a real, living, loving, and forever relationship, through Christ Jesus — beginning right now!

Jesus’ use of scripture wasn’t just articulation of the Word of God, but the declaration of its authority over Himself! He placed Himself UNDER the dictates of the Bible and therefore its God-breathed power covered him. (Hebrews 10:7, “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come; In the volume of the book it is written of Me; To do Your will, O God.”)

Knowing only the Content of Scripture will Cause Us to Miss the Intent of Its Revelation!

What is the intent of God’s revelation in the Bible? It is not to inform us about God, but to involve us with God! It is not to give us principles for success, but to get us to the Person who is the only true Success – Jesus! Revelation is for relationship. Knowing God isn’t about information, it’s about intimacy with Him.

The extremely religious people whom Jesus was addressing in John 5 and 7 where the foremost Bible scholars of His day, yet they had missed the entire purpose for which God gave the scriptures. They studied the scriptures contents, counted its every word, memorized it, discussed and debated it every day, and used it to regulate every detail of their lives. So why did Jesus denounce them so severely? Because they had mistaken, misinterpreted and misapplied the whole intent for which God gave the scriptures.

Likewise we must not come to the Bible as they did, to learn different subjects and yet fail to meet our Savior. We must not relish all the pictures and descriptions of a menu, but fail to get to the real meal, i.e. Jesus, the Bread of Life, and feast on Him. If we are not careful, we will be like the Pharisees and spend all our  time discovering, discussing, and displaying rules, rituals, and regulations that will make us successful religionists, but will rob us of a living, loving lasting relationship and fellowship with God who wants to make us joyful in Jesus forever!

When we gladly submit to the authority and the Author of the Word of God, then we will discover that the Word that Jesus speaks are spirit and life. That is they are Spirit-voiced and life-begetting, when faith-heard! It’s this dynamic word that “increased and grew and multiplied in the book of Acts 6:7;12:24; that couldn’t be bound in prison (2 Tim 2:9); that is the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:18); that holds all creation together (Cols 1:17); that is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. This Living Word desires to meet you through the Written Word and abide in you forever.

The Word of God, submitted to willingly and continuously, and believed pervasively, will enlighten as to salvation, enrich for holy living, and equip for service.

Focus on Jesus — determine to read the Bible the way He did – Christ-centered. If you start doing this, you’ll get full of faith and boredom will have no place in you. You will live in the confidence that there is no force that flourishes that He can’t frustrate; there is no might that He can’t master; there is no strength that He can’t subdue; and no power exists that He can’t prevail over!

Isaiah 66:2, “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Doing the Best of Things in the Worst of Times!

February 19, 2018 by  
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In the midst of very difficult and tumultuous times, a tribute was written to the local pastor of the Harold Church in the village of Staunton, England. It remains today on the wall of the church and reads, “In the year 1653, when all things sacred were throughout the nation destroyed or profaned, this church was built to the glory of God by Sir Robert Shirley whose singular praise it was to have done the best of things in the worst of times.”

Virtually anywhere one turns today, we hear persons from all walks of life declaring that we are living in the worst of times and that in all probability things are going to get even worse. Yet for the child of God, whether one agrees with such pessimistic assessments or not isn’t the issue. The real issue is, even if it is true, how do we as the people of God do the best of things in the worst of times?

Before we can do the “best of things”, we must identify them. Whatever conclusion we reach as to what the best of things are, they must past this litmus test: The best of things from God’s perspective are the same at all times in history, for every generation, and in all locations and situations!

In my humble and sometimes accurate opinion, there are four basic things that when pursued will always assure us that we will be doing the best of things in spite of the times or the trends we find ourselves living in. These are:

  1. Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily
  2. Believing the Word of God Pervasively
  3. Loving the Son of God Passionately
  4. Ministering in the Spirit of God Powerfully

We will consider only the first of these basic truths in this article.

Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily

The kingdom of God isn’t an impersonal domain presided over by an uncaring ruler, who has a position, but no power, who would if he could, but by Almighty God, our Father in the heavens. This King is not a manipulative manager, a demanding tyrant, or a big-time bureaucrat, but a Loving Father. The Ruler of the Kingdom is the Father. Matthew 26:29, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 13:43, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

The kingdom of God did not come into existence at the coming of Christ but instead became incarnational in history in Jesus. The kingdom was the dynamic of Jesus’ message and determiner of His methods because the kingdom was in Jesus and Jesus was the King of the kingdom. The gift of the kingdom is the pleasure-filled gift of the Father — Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

If we do the best of things in spite of how good or bad the times, we will be continuously seeking first Father’s kingdom. In doing this, we have the promise that all these things — food, finances, family, and future security, and all the resources needed to finish the assignment Father God has given us — will be added to us. Jesus declared this in Matthew 6:33, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”  

When Jesus came the first time, He brought His world with Him — the kingdom of the heavens (the word for kingdom of heaven is plural – heavens) came with Him and was definitively established. This means that the kingdom of the heavens has come and is being victoriously extended, and will be fully established in its forever form at King Jesus’ Last Coming.

When the reality of becoming a lawful partner in an Unshakable Kingdom and a loving companion with the Unchanging Person of the King grips your heart, then you will find yourself constrained by the love of God, challenged by the call of God, in spiritual conflict with the enemies of God, consumed by a passionate love for the King and His kingdom, and filled with hope, and confident that the prospects of the future are as bright as the promises of God. You will be empowered to do the best of things in the worst of times!

The essential nature of the kingdom of God is divine power, wrapped in love, directed toward reconciliation of man to God, to his fellowman, to himself, and to the creation, all for the glory of God. It is a present reign of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit –displacing the rule and ruin of the humanistic and the demonic.

The kingdom of God isn’t about a piece of real estate called heaven, it’s about a real state — a real state of a living, loving relationship with the King. It’s about the about the companionship of an Unchanging Person — Jesus, and the partnership in the Unshakable Kingdom of Almighty and Sons! Jesus is the kingdom personalized, universalized, and realized!

When we really SEE the kingdom over us, in us, around us, we will no longer view ourselves as pessimistic pilgrims traveling through a weary land while awaiting rescue from a wicked and ever-worsening world. Instead we will see ourselves as co-partners in the Family Firm of Almighty and Sons — King’s Kids in training for reigning. Then we will go out into our troubled world as hope-filled ambassadors of an already inaugurated heavenly kingdom. We will not despair, give up, or feel that the cause of righteousness and justice is doomed because of the size and sounds of those opposing the kingdom of the heavens, because the power of the end times has broken into to the NOW by the resurrected, ruling King Jesus.

The most revolutionary, life-changing, world-impacting good news ever announced was the first public message declared by King Jesus: Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

When He declared that the kingdom was “at hand”, He was saying basically three things:

(1) the kingdom is powerfully active, now; (2) it is presently available, now; (3) it is personally accessible, now!

In His successfully discharging the obligations of the mission that His Father delegated to Him, King Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and delegated the use of that authority to us, His co-partners in Kingdom Enterprises Universal! So what if it is the worst of times, we have the best of announcements in the undiminished hope and promises of the gospel of the kingdom of the heavens!

Father, may thy name be hallowed fully, thy kingdom come more fruitfully, and thy will be done more freely, on earth as it is in heaven, so we can always do the best of things in the worst of times!


Saxifrage Saints!

February 11, 2018 by  
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Matthew 13:31-33, “He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

One can hear most of those who see the above title for the first time exclaim, “What in the world is a sax-uh-frag-e saint?” Well, first the word is pronounced “sax-si -frij”. It is comprised of two Latin words, “saxum”, meaning “rock” and “frangere” meaning to “break”, thus rock-breaker. There are some 480 known species that make up this genus of plants. These widely vary from flowering herbs, shrubs, to small trees. Members of the saxifrage family are known for their ability to grow and thrive on exposed rocky crags and in fissures of rocks. They get their name from the manner in which they put their soft rootlets down into the cracks of a rock and eventually break it into pieces. Their actions at first are hidden, imperceptible and seemingly impotent. But because they have one thing that the rock doesn’t have, they are able to impact the hardest of situations. What’s that one thing? LIFE!

Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington has a creative arts magazine entitled, “Saxifrage.” As an explanation of the title they write: “Our name comes from a flower, native to the area, which makes its home upon the rocks. As it grows its roots burrow downward, penetrating the rock and finally splitting it into pieces. Thin and graceful, the Saxifrage continues to inspire new generations of creative Thinkers.”

It is my firm persuasion that the saints of the Living God, i.e. all the born again of the Church, as rootlets, or extenders of the kingdom of God, needs to recover confidence in being a “saxifrage” people. This means we are designed to be a people who have the liberating life of the Unchanging King and the authority of His Unshakeable Kingdom resident within us and available to be released through us in such silent, secret, and successful ways that we see hearts of stone broken and lasting change occurring one person at a time until the whole earth is filled with the glory of our King!

In the parables of Matthew 13, Jesus is informing and assuring His disciples that as they went into the world with the gospel, success would be theirs in spite of those who would reject the message. In the parable of the wheat and the tares, He encourages His disciples by revealing that counterfeit Christians will attempt to ruin the Kingdom, but in spite of their efforts the harvest will be successful. In anticipation of the disciples’ fears that evil men would choke out the kingdom; in anticipation of their feeling overwhelmed at their smallness and the magnitude of the assignment that had been given, Jesus shares the parable of the mustard seed and the leaven in which He reveals the ultimate success of the Kingdom.

The parable of the mustard seed illustrates the extensive, outward, and ultimate success of His kingdom. The parable of the leaven illustrates the intensive, internal, and underlying strength of the kingdom that assures gospel success.

Jesus predicts that in the historical period preceding His return, something exceedingly small, like a mustard seed, will grow to be exceedingly large, like a mustard plant towering above the other herbs of the garden.

My fellow believers and co-partners with King Jesus in the Family Firm of Almighty and Sons, I want to remind you that when the sons and daughters of the kingdom, with the Word of God in their heart, by the Spirit of God, are planted in the midst of a people dead to God, and whose hearts are as hard as rocks, they at first seem to be so “harmless and helpless.” But the little rootlets of the seed or yeast of kingdom life begins to infiltrate, interpenetrate and influence everything they come into contact with, until finally masses of the rock-hard hearts are broken and they become “Saxifrage Saints” themselves!

As “Saxifrage Saints” we are to go into all the world and be planted by our King and there declare that those around us can come to experience “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning; that they can put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

In 1880 there were no churches in Korea. The country was considered by many to be beyond hope of kingdom entry. Now there are 6,000 churches in the city of Seoul alone. Six new churches are being started in South Korea every day.

In 1900 only 50,000 Protestants were counted in Latin America. In 1930 there were 2.5 million, but today it’s estimated that there are more than 50 million. In 1900 there were fewer than 10 million African Christians. Now there are more than 200 million.

When the missionaries were expelled from China in 1949?50, there were 849,000 Protestant church members. This number was reduced by bloody persecution to an estimated 55,000. These were rounded up by the Communists and placed in one central concentration camp. Fear of an uprising caused them to divide them into small groups and ship “saxifrage saints” into prison camps all over China. The little rock-breakers began their silent but successful work and as a result today it is estimated (only the Lord knows for sure the numbers) that there are somewhere between 50 to 100 million believers in the kingdom of God in China.

All the greatness and power of God, and all of heaven’s angels and assets, are available to the people of God — the Church. If we replace fear with faith; a runner’s mentality with a rulers; a reliance on Madison Avenue and Hollywood techniques with total dependence on God and His gospel, multitudes upon multitudes of rock-hard, sin-dead hearts will be made alive in Christ.

The seed of the kingdom sown in faith will triumph over all opposition and transform any condition. We have the sources, forces and resources of the kingdom of heaven available to us,. As a result, we expect through our lives and labors to see the kingdom come more fully, the will of God done more freely, and the name of God hallowed more frequently.

Little, insignificant-feeling, unrecognized, unheard, “saxifrage saint”, be encouraged because you have what over 5 billion people alive today do not have – ETERNAL LIFE – the life of the age to come resident in your heart now! Ask the Holy Spirit to allow you to be planted as kingdom mustard seed in the place of his choosing. Ask Him to insert you as “gospel yeast” into a mass of lifeless souls, beginning at your Jerusalem (those nearest you), and Judea, (your neighbors), and Samaria, (those neglected), and to the uttermost parts of the earth (the next and the next, to the ends of the earth UNTIL the end of time!


Training for Reigning

February 7, 2018 by  
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Romans 5:17, “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Someone called the 5th chapter of the book of Romans, “The Chapter of the Five Kings”.

In it we see King Sin, for Sin reigned. There is King Death, for “Death reigned.” There is King Grace, for Grace reigned. There is King Jesus, for we reign by One, Jesus Christ; and then, as a consequence, you have kingly believers, for “they which receive abundance of grace shall reign in life.”

Great numbers of commentators infer that the reign spoken of in Romans 5:17 is with Jesus during the Millennium. Others teach that believers will reign in Heaven, in the Sweet By-and-By. The deduction from these interpretations is that we can’t expect much in this life.

The overall impression is that until Jesus returns, we will not do any ruling, except to a degree over our own lives. The devil, evil men, sin, sickness, poverty, fear, and bondage is still running the affairs of history and believers will be the tail and not the head until they finally fly away into Heaven. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.

I am well aware that the statement “shall reign in life” has been misinterpreted and misapplied by many in the so called “prosperity gospel” camp. However, the far greater error, in my humble opinion, is to embrace the theology of the old gospel hymn and live as if all we can do and expect is “just a few more weary days and then we’ll fly away.”

It is God’s will that we followers of Christ reign in this life. What does this mean? Does reigning in life mean problem free living? No, it means that even in the midst of trials, troubles, and temptations we can have victory and not become victims. We can be overcomers instead of being overcome by circumstances. Reigning in life doesn’t happen automatically. It requires never-ending training from God’s School of Life where we learn from on the job experiences.

God’s rule and reign comes through His grace and the gift of His righteousness. This kind of life is above the natural plane, it is the essence of life that God Himself enjoys. The Greek word translated “life” is “zoe.” This is God-kind of life. It is the same kind of life that raised the dead body of Jesus, lifting Him above sin and death. This life is infused into the person who, by faith, receives Christ as their life and righteousness!

Commentator F. Godet comments on the phrase, “reign in life”:Contrasted to the phrase “reign of death”, the expression denotes the mode or nature of the reign of believers. A new, holy, inexhaustible, and victorious vitality will pervade those receivers of righteousness, and make them so many kings. If the collective condemnation could make each of them a subject of death, the conclusion from this should be that their individual justification will make each of them a king in life.”

Death reigned in the past, but for the believer life controls the future.

Realistically, “reigning in life” as declared in Romans 5:17 isn’t the experience of most Christians. Why? It isn’t because of lack in desire or effort, but lack of appreciating and appropriating the grace of God.

To receive the abundance of grace is to reign in life. Grace gives the ability to reign over sin. “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). The awareness of being made righteous through Jesus results in love shed abroad in our heart, and with the government on the shoulders of King Jesus, we have peace with God, and peace results in joy.

Becoming a child of God by the miracle of the “new birth” automatically makes one a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. This also results in our becoming co-partners and co-rulers in the Family Firm of Almighty and Sons. Your spiritual birth into this Royal Family automatically enrolls you in the on-the-job-training-for-reigning program in the University of Kingdom Enterprises Unlimited.

This “kingdom of heaven” the Scriptures frequently references is first eternal, then it becomes internal in us, and then external through us. The kingdom of heaven is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). And the experience of this life isn’t just for internal enjoyment, but for external employment whereby we reign as kings in life. In other words, Holy Spirit anointing will first establish God’s kingdom reign in us and then extend it through us.

The fundamental flaw and leading failure of the Church of the Living God today is denying, diluting, or distorting the preeminent message of the present and pervasive reality of the kingdom of God. As a result, people in general, and young men in particular, are left with a pie-in-the-sky type faith that leaves them with no vision, no God-given vocation other than becoming a pastor, preacher or priest, and no victory to be expected until Jesus returns and slices and dices all rebels against His kingdom to everlasting destruction.

Although we’re God’s SPECIAL people, we’re not His sheltered people — we will experience tribulations. These tribulations are an essential part of God’s training for reigning preparatory school for King’s Kids. God is intent upon training and preparing His Kids to reign with Him forever, and not in protecting them from troubles and pampering them with a lot of toys and things. He ruthlessly perfects those whom He royally elects!

We are told in the book of Acts that the early church was taught that suffering was a required course for King’s Kids in Training for Reigning. We read in Acts 14:22, “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Learning to reign in life requires understanding that human opposition is designed by God to bring us into grace. Demonic opposition is designed by God to bring us into greater power. We must learn to relate to people and to resist the devil. Our reign in life is as servants of the Lord and not sovereigns.

John Owens, chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, lived in violent, turbulent, and trying times, yet he was a believer who by receiving the abundance of grace, reigned in life through Christ. His confidence was rooted in the assured promises of Scripture rather than believing the circumstances around him. Even in a time of death, disease, decline and despair, his confidence in the promise of God stood firm as he declared: “Though our persons fall, our cause shall be as truly, certainly, and infallibly victorious, as that Christ sits at the right hand of God. The gospel shall be victorious. This greatly comforts and refreshes me.”

The kingdom has broken into time and was definitively established at Jesus’ First Advent. It is progressively breaking forth in power and glory through the “reigning in life”, co-partnering, people of God.

We are King’s Kids in Training for Reigning. Our training enables us to practice reigning through the grace of God, for the glory of God, for the extension of the kingdom of God!

As for me, as I am continuing my training for reigning course, I am going to be singing in the REIGN!


Good News — But You Cannot Take It or Leave It!

January 31, 2018 by  
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Matthew 22:1-7, “And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”‘ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.”

Limited space prohibits a lengthy exposition of this parable spoken by Jesus. However, it can be summed up as portraying God as having provided the feast of the kingdom, which is in reality the wedding feast for His Son. Heralds are sent out far and wide to make the announcement of a personal invitation to the Son’s banquet. Those to whom the invitation was first announced would not come and paid no attention. But this was a proclamation, a summons, and not just a general come-if-can-or-wish type announcement. If you reject it, you dishonor the King and demonstrate your treasonous rebellion against His kingdom. The result for rejecting the delightful party is arrest and detention in the Penitentiary of the damned! Also, it is to be noted in the continuation of this parable (Mt. 22:8-14) that if you attempt to crash the Kingdom’s party by coming in your own fitness, you too will be cast out and into the Penitentiary.

By and large, this is not the gospel, or good news, that is being offered to the world today. For the most part, the message shared today sounds like an invitation to a party that could make you happy, give you some personal peace, and help you enjoy life much better. This type message is normally responded to with the same ho-hum attentiveness paid to an airline flight attendant’s instructions before takeoff. And like those in Jesus’ parable, “they will not come and pay no attention.”

The First Century Christian’s message was the gospel of the kingdom of God which is God’s dynamic rule, breaking into human history through Jesus, confronting, combating and overcoming evil, spreading the wholeness of personal and community-of-faith well-being, taking possession of his people in total blessing and total demand.

In ancient days, the king’s herald, sent off by the king to announce the good news, did not invite the subjects of his reign to take it or leave it. To refuse the announcement carried the offense of treason against the king and his kingdom.

In other words, good news had another side that was bad news to those who rejected it. Herein lies one of the major problems in the way Christians proclaim the gospel today — they give personal invitations and not a King of king’s proclamation. As a result the gospel today is treated by a great number of those who hear the invitation with a shrug of their shoulders and a so-what attitude because the message they have heard has no teeth. When the message about Jesus Christ is expressed only in terms of providing a superior joy or peace to that which the world offers, already joyful and peaceful pagans patronize the messenger and ignore the message. Rather than trying to con­vince non-Christians that they really aren’t that happy, Chris­tians need to faithfully proclaim the whole Gospel. The whole Gospel proclaims an official announcement from the King of kings that is not subject to the voter’s ballot or the hearer’s personal tastes. It announces that that if you refuse the Gospel Party, you’ll go to the Penitentiary of the Damned. It declares the other side of the good news to those who say, “Not your will but mine be done” — and the place for those making this choice is called HELL. The gospel declares that sins must either be pardoned in Christ or punished in the sinner. It declares that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to miss.

We must recover and include in our gospel proclamations the bad news of the Good News. The theme of God’s wrath and announced judgment is an essential element of the Gospel.

Walter Brueggemann’s warning is not too harsh and should be carefully heeded: “The gospel is too readily heard and taken for granted, as though it contained no unsettling news and no unwelcome threat. . . . It is a truth that has been flattened, trivialized, and rendered inane.”

The rejection of the doctrine of endless punishment cuts the ground from under the gospel. Salvation presupposes a prior damnation. He who denies that he deserves eternal death cannot be saved from it so long as he persists in his denial. If his denial is the truth, he needs no salvation.

Pastor Tim Keller makes a critical point as he states, “The loss of the doctrine of hell and judgment and the holiness of God does irreparable damage to our deepest comforts—our understanding of God’s grace and love and of our human dignity and value to him. To preach the good news, we must preach the bad.”

It is only because of the doctrine of judgment and hell that Jesus’ proclamation of grace and love are so brilliant and astounding.

Remember, the good news announces that you and I are personally invited to join the Gospel Party, but it is not a take it or leave it option. Once you hear the gospel of the kingdom of God and refuse to take it, you can never be the same. If you refuse it, you are under God’s wrath already (John 3:36), and if you persist in your rejection of the gospel proclamation you will find yourself confined forever in the Penitentiary of the Damned, the Prison House of Despair — HELL.

The kingly gospel invitation is very special and very serious. In fact it is better described as a royal summons, rather than a “come if you chose” invitation.

During the course of our lifetimes, we receive vast numbers of invitations and most of them can be ignored or refused with little or no consequences. However when it comes to the gospel invitations delivered by authorized heralds (every Christian is to be a herald) of the King of Glory requesting your presence at the marriage feast of His Son, you cannot ignore or reject them with impunity.

So, once more, or in the event that you’ve never heard the announcement:

Hear ye, hear ye, as heralds or ambassadors of the King of Kings, we announce that through the death, resurrection, and ascension of King Jesus, a new order of things has come into being — the kingdom of God. Not just something in an individual’s heart, but a new reality in history. The fullness of time has come; a new creation has been birthed; the long-anticipated age of the Spirit foretold by Joel has arrived. Now the last days of this present evil age has come as well as a new world of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The King’s Party is on!

The reason you must believe and repent isn’t just to go to heaven when you die, get peace in your heart now, or a have happier marriage and better kids. The reason to repent and believe is quite simple, “God made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ,” and this being true there are no other options other than rebellion and more religion; repent or perish!

The King’s invitation requires an immediate response. To excuse His invitation is to refuse it; to neglect it is to reject it!

R.S.V.P. now by repentance and faith in the gospel — before it is everlastingly too late — and join the forever gospel party!


Good Evening Everyone — There’s Good News Tonight!

January 23, 2018 by  
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Gabriel Heatter (September 17, 1890 – March 30, 1972), the son of Jewish immigrants from Austria, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He went to work for WOR, radio station as a reporter and commentator. His audience expanded when in 1934, WOR became the flagship station of the newest network, Mutual Broadcasting.

Heatter gained a reputation for trying to find uplifting but absolutely true stories to feed his commentaries. In April 1939 he gave the first national broadcast exposure to the burgeoning self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous.

During World War II, American forces sank a Japanese destroyer. That night, Heatter opened his nightly radio commentary accordingly: “Good evening, everyone—there is good news tonight.” The phrase sparked a small flurry of letters and calls, almost all in his favor. From that night forward, Heatter’s sign-on, “There’s good news tonight”, became both his catchphrase and his caricature.”

At this juncture in American history, such an opening statement as Heatter’s would be meet with outright incredulity and scorn. No news broadcast ever opens with such “fantasy-world” optimism. Even if they attempted such, their ratings would be too low to measure, because the many sensational and tragic happenings around the world habituate and titillate our taste for more of the same.

Based on the incessant “horrible”, “tragic”, “sorrowful”, “doom and gloom”, 24 hour news services available today, anyone believing that there is actually an abundance of “good news” to be heard and seen is considered to be out of touch with reality.

A few years ago, while I was ministering in an African nation, one of the young men from a remote village engaged me in conversation. Having never been very far outside his own village, and getting all of his information concerning life in my country formed by mass media, he asked me if I was fearful of living in the USA. And then what he said next really surprised me, as he emphatically said, “I would never want to live in America!”

Briefly stunned, amazed, and intrigued by such a statement, I inquired why he felt that way.

He said, “It would be far too dangerous for me and my family.” He went on to say, “Everyone seems to be shooting, beating, looting, burning, and protesting all the time.”

After some reflection, I realized his opinion of America was a logical conclusion based upon the only type news he had ever gotten concerning my beloved country.

As of late, I, too, have found myself sinking into fear and despair over what is happening at home and abroad based primarily on the constant “bad news” I am getting — even when something good has happened.

Couple this with the discouraging words I hear from so many of my Christian friends who take the “bad to worse” news reports as only further fulfillment of signs that have been inevitably prophesied in the Bible. Adding to the discouragement and trepidation, they remind me that we haven’t seen anything yet. The worst “bad news” is still ahead. “The end of the world, the coming of anti-Christ and his forced one world government, the wholesale slaughter of Christians, concluding with the Second Coming of Christ, should be obvious to every true Christian,” they confidently expostulate.

Beginning tonight, I am repenting of a diminishing confidence in the promises of God and the power of the gospel, and I am turning back to the truly “Good News” of the gospel of the kingdom of God.

I am reaffirming the words of missionary/evangelist Paul Washer as he declared: “The world and the church’s needs are greater than ever, and so are the opportunities. The stage is set for possibly the greatest advancement in missions the church has ever known. Political upheavals have opened the door to countries that were previously closed, and all the great “ism’s” of secular man have fallen under the weight of their own error. Humanism has left our world disillusioned and cynical. Secular thought has left it soulless and empty. Materialism has left both the “haves” and the “have not’s” miserable and constantly at war. Sexual libertarianism has raped the individual of human dignity, exiled beauty, and driven a knife through the heart of innocence. Finally, the current revival of paganism has left men praying to rocks, hugging trees, and killing babies. The enlightenment of the twentieth century, which was to bring peace and prosperity has spawned more ignorance, poverty, immorality, and violence then any scholar could have predicted or any prophet could have foretold. It is a day to do great things.”

I say “yes and amen” to the words of Puritan James Renwick, made during one of the most dark-filled times in English history: “There have been great and glorious days of the gospel in this land; but they have been small in comparison of what shall be.”

“I summons my soul to “hope thou in God” for I have been born again to a living hope and have Christ, the Person of all hope living in me.

In spite of no longer affirming as public policy what our coinage once declared — “In God We Trust” — we are not getting the real good news of what millions of followers of King Jesus are doing here and around the world. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will not end as an apostate whore, but as the beautifully big and wide, “Bride of Christ.”

I declare the good news in unison with Pastor Doug Wilson: “In unbelief we look around at the world instead of looking to the Word. The conquest of the world and the overthrow of the devil happened definitively at the cross, and this is progressively and increasingly manifested as the greatness of the great commission is made apparent.

“The sun has risen, but is not yet at its zenith (Mal. 4:2). The mustard seed has been planted, but the tree is not yet full-grown (Matt. 13:31-32). The leaven of the kingdom is in the loaf, but the loaf is not yet fully risen (Matt. 13:33). The rock has struck the pagan statue on the feet, but the rock is not yet a mountain that fills the earth (Dan. 2:44). The trickle of living water has cleared the threshold of the temple, but has not yet become the river which cannot be crossed (Ez. 47:1-5).

“The Lord is seated at the right hand of the Father, but His enemies are not yet His footstool (Ps. 110:1). The root of Jesse has been raised as an ensign for the people, but the stream of Gentiles coming to Him is so great that we can honestly say that after many millions of converts, it has barely started (Is. 11:10). The Child has been given to us, but the increase of His government will have no end (Is. 9:7). In short, the Scriptures teach that the taking of this dark world will be as slow and methodical as it is sure and glorious. Christ is our prince. He reigns in both heaven and earth, and the processes He set in motion are inexorable. All authority in heaven and on earth is His, and on the basis of this authority He tells us to disciple the nations (Matt. 28:18-20). He has been raised from the dead, and therefore God has given Him the name that is above every name (Phil. 2:9-11). He has ascended on high, into the throne room of the Ancient of Days, and at His coronation He was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him (Dan. 7:13-14).

“The earth will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. The kingdoms of men are shaken down so that what cannot be shaken may remain. And we are solemnly charged to take this gospel from the river to the ends of the earth. Such triumphalism frightens us. The task frightens us, and so we feel the need to get away from what the Bible says. But unlike liberals, modern evangelicals do not feel the freedom to reject the words of the Bible . . . at least overtly. And so we prod and squeeze, and exegete, and lop off, and hermeneut, and shape, and form, and publish journals, and tell one another what the Greek word for this is, and figure out what already/not yet is supposed to mean, and settle into our eschatologies. Boiled down, our problem is that we are slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.”

It is time we stopped being “protestors” and started being “proclaimers.”

It is time we recover being “heralds” of the gospel of the kingdom of God, announcing a salvation for the world that has already been accomplished, instead of being “campaigners” hitting the trail to try and get people to vote for Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He is Lord, none can do what His Father has already done — Crown Him the Lord of All!

God has already anointed and appointed His victorious Son as Lord of all — both in heaven and on earth, and He will not be disappointed (Psalm 2:6-9; Mt. 28:18).

So what if the “the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain; the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us,'” King Jesus is large and in charge — now!

The gospel of Jesus Christ will NOT fail. Christianity WILL BE successful in its worldwide task. Christ’s Great Commission to disciple the nations WILL BE carried out. Satan and the forces of anti-Christ WILL NOT prevail in history, overcoming the Church and virtually wiping it out – until Christ returns at the last moment to rescue the ragged little band of survivors.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross, lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead, till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed!” (George Duffield).

Good evening everyone! There is Good News — tonight and tomorrow and everyday — Jesus Christ is Lord!

Why the West Attracts Immigrants — Vishal Mangalwadi

January 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Wade's Weekly Word

Professor Vishal Mangalwadi directs the Centre for Human Resource Development in a University in North India. He has authored 20 books and lectured in 40 plus countries. His exposition of Indian philosophy and Western thought and culture In books such as “The World of Gurus”, and “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization” are studied at university level.

In his book, Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, he shows how dearly the West is paying for abandoning the Christian worldview — the very worldview that made its greatness and prosperity possible. It is no coincidence, Mangalwadi argues, that reason, science, and advanced technology developed and thrived in the West.

Because of the raging battle over the issue of immigrants and immigration at this time in America, I am publishing this brief article with Professor Vishal’s permission.

“People want to migrate to the West because it respects individual rights and freedoms. It believes in human dignity and equality. It puts law over rulers and stands for good education. The West has been the engine for scientific and technological advance.

But the West was not always like this. And, once again, it is changing before our eyes.

Although it is still the least corrupt and best developed part of the world, now it labels itself as Post-Truth. People no longer trust their politicians, the press, and even the integrity of some of their scientists and industry.

So what made the modern West a civilization that believed in Truth? Two thousand years ago, a Roman Governor was able to declare a public figure innocent and then go on to crucify him. How could he do that? Didn’t he know that he was violating his fundamental right to life and destroying the people’s trust in the judicial system?

Well, back then the West did not rely on trust. It terrorized people into submission. It did not believe in truth because the Greeks learnt that the human mind, left to itself, could not know truth. Therefore, they built their culture on myths, magic, and mysticism.

A return to Truth created the modern West. Let me illustrate.

I was trying to buy Tram tickets in Amsterdam. I asked two Americans:

“How does this machine work?”

“Why do you want to buy tickets?” they said. “We’ve been travelling around for two days. No one has come to check tickets.”

I was amazed: How did Holland create a society that could trust its citizens? And why is the new generation rejecting the morality that resulted in the West’s unique freedom and prosperity?

Five hundred years ago, the Pre-Modern West was as corrupt as my nation. What caused the change was a movement called The Reformation. The Reformers were rebels. Most rebellions destroy. Sixteenth Century reformers succeeded because they enthroned Truth above themselves and their religion. Can we know Truth?

The Reformers sought Truth because they believed in a Creator who knows truth, and communicates it just as a father teaches truth to his children. The reformers followed the Bible’s teaching articulated best by St. Augustine: The human mind was made in God’s image. Therefore, it can and ought to seek Truth.

This faith in knowable, revealed and rational truth made the West a uniquely thinking civilization.

In contrast, Buddhist monks in China didn’t read the books they received. Their sacred texts taught them that words cannot communicate truth. Therefore, they meditated on the sacred sound of their rotating bookcases.

The Bible transformed Holland because it inspired the reformed church to educate everyone.

Education grounded in the Bible cultivated love for truth and virtue.

Pagans made up their own gods. The Postmodern West is like the pre-modern age.

Both reject objective truth and morality. They make up their own “truths” and moral values. Flexible morality destroys a society’s moral capital. It makes it difficult to trust each other!

By becoming Post-Christian, the West has naturally become Post-Modern and Post-Truth. It has amputated its soul, the Bible — which created the modern world. Once again human opinions, feelings and vested interests claim authority over Truth.

The quest for truth was the engine of the West’s intellectual, economic and social success. Losing truth means losing trust. To lose trust is to lose peace, progress and prosperity. Truth matters.”

Do yourself a big favor and go to YouTube and watch the 10 part series by Vishal Mangalwadi titled Truth Matters. Then purchase and read these two seminal books by Vishal: The Book That Made Your World, and Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations.

Also visit his website:  Revelation Moment

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