The Sorry State of …. ?
Our Nation, our Towns, our Churches, our People, … our Faith. Is self evident.
We no longer believe, what was once considered Common Sense, or Truth.
Wrong is now Right, Down is Up, Male is Female. The list is endless, we have lost all sense of decency, and order.
I came to a realization this week.
The first list is in the wrong order. We are in a Sorry State, first, because of our lack of Faith.
As our Faith has failed, our people, our Churches, Towns and Nation, have lost their guiding principles.
How do we right this ship, correct our course? It will take a Miracle.
“This beginning of Miracles,” we read about in the book of John. Had absolutely nothing to do with the relationship of the petitioner, to Jesus.
Yes, I know it was His Mom. Some pray to her. Most of us just accept that Jesus granted her request, because she was Mom.
That wasn’t why. Mom soon learned, she didn’t have that much influence.
Jesus was once told His Mother and Brothers were outside, and wished to see Him? What was His answer?
“Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” John 12:48-50
Her being Mom, didn’t bring about the desired result of a few moments of His time.
We hear of her again, when Jesus, on the cross, told John, “Behold Thy Mother!” And to Mary, “Behold thy son!”
What motivated Jesus to answer prayer?
Not family, only FAITH, only the BELIEF that God IS.
It is Faith that Saves us.
“if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”
“if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
It is Faith, Belief, “that God is, that God will, and even if He doesn’t, we will still serve Him,” that releases God, to preform miracles, in our behalf.
Many wonderful Christian Pastors, Teachers and Leaders, do not believe that God works in Signs, Wonders or Miracles today.
They seem to believe, that as in the days of Eli and Samuel, there are no open visions.
We now have the Bible, so God no longer needs to speak to us individually.
As the body of Christ, accepted this as “Truth,” it became a self fulfilling prophecy.
We end up living a life, that bears little resemblance, to that of the early believers.
Saints, the Lord never stopped revealing Himself to Whosoever will seek His face.
Unfortunately, few of us, are willing to deny ourselves, and seek to please Him, instead of being pleased by Him.
We must return to our First Love. Jesus promised if we believed we would do all that He did and more. (John 14)
Those who TOUCHED Him heard.
“Your Faith has made you whole.”
“According to your Faith, so be it.’
“I have not seen such great Faith.”
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed”
“Fear not, Only Believe.”
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Today we do not believe. We have lost the ability to believe in the Miraculous.
We still believe in Salvation, and our Churches have plenty of room for new converts. Yet, no one comes. Why?
Their needs are not met, by our Powerless Gospel. Paul warned Timothy.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NOG)
“Timothy, guard the Good News which has been entrusted to you. Turn away from pointless discussions and the claims of false knowledge that people use to oppose the Christian faith.
Although some claim to have knowledge, they have abandoned the faith.“
Paul warned us about, Powerless Rituals and Ceremonies. Services that are so busy, there is no room for the Lord to speak.
We now, only believe half the Gospel.
2 Timothy 3:5
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
It is much easier to fill our Services, with busy, man directed Worship, than to learn to Wait on God, to deliver His Promise, in Power.
1 Corinthians 4:20
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;”
Saints, as His Church, we should have tasted, the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. We haven’t.
We have accepted the loss of His Power, because to walk in it takes a real change within us.
It is more than being Saved, by Faith.
We need to change, from wanting things from God, to learning to please God.
By believing, “He is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently Seek Him.”
Do we Truly Believe, Seek and Walk in Faith? If we did, there would not be room for all who would be Saved.
May we return to Biblical Faith. Amen
Had a great time yesterday, sharing scripture with a customer. He was a Baptist, and clearly did not believe, that Tongues are for today.
He told me things I did not know. Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses… ect all spoke in Tongues. (?)
He said that these false religions are claiming the same gift as Penticostals, so the Gift of Tongues, was not of God.
He said Catholics aren’t Christians, which promoted this question. How do you become a Christian?
Repent, Believe and Confess Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Sorry, I grew up a Catholic, they believe this.
Now, they truly have error, works not faith, praying to Mary… ect…
But, they have the main question down, is God so small, He would keep them from Salvation, because they believed the bad Doctrine of the Church.
You are calling for more than Christ did.
We all have errors in our Denominational beliefs, we don’t understand the Doctrines of Laying on of hands, or Baptisms.
Never mind the Gifts of the Spirit. I believe those who teach against the Gifts of the Spirit, (all of them), are doing great harm to the body.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:
~ to desire spiritual gifts,
~ he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (This is our prayer language)
~ He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; (prayer language)
~ I would that ye all spake with tongues (prayer language, but in Church interpret)
~ Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. (Must interpret in Church, not in prayer language).
~ For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Prayer)
~ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (Public)
~ I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (Prayer)
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. (Public)
~ Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
~ If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. (Public)
~ And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
~ But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
In the early Church, all spoke with Tongues, some in prayer others in public.
It is the first Gift of the Spirit given and is available to all who believe.
In Matthew 25, the Talents are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Lord didn’t leave us money till He returns, but the Gifts, to build His Church. (Don’t bury them).
When we have Denominations teaching against the Gifts, I believe it is close to Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.“
Instead of looking for reasons to reject God’s Gifts, we should be searching the Scriptures to see if they are true.
They are for today, to build His Church.
Jesus, spent three years, preaching, teaching and exhibiting the Power of the Kingdom of God.
His last words before going to join His Father were:
“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
He understood, He had done all, He had opened the portal between heaven and earth.
He had brought the Power of God, down to His people, to those who believed. (If they could keep it.)
Acts 10: 38.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
He had shown them the Power’s use and how to use it. He sent them out to display it.
“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”
He gave them the Power, to cast out devils, and heal the sick. He had shown them how, that it was possible.
They went about, and did the Work of the Ministry.
The Church, once embodied, used and lived that Power. Many came to the Lord, the Church grew.
Somehow, we have lost the Power, He had given it to us, to build His Church.
He gave us the Power and told us to go use it. We can’t even find it, never mind use it.
We were told to GO…. Not To Church, but out into the world, teaching them, with signs and wonders following.
Baptizing and teaching of the Kingdom.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Teaching them all He had shown them, taught them, shared with them.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. ”
Signs and wonders, should be following, If we believe.
The Lord promised He would confirm His Word with signs following.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Pray that the Lord fill you will all joy and peace in believing.
There is peace and joy in believing the Lord, in doing the Work of the Ministry.
That hope would abound, in our lives, By the Power of the Holy Ghost.
We Must Seek the Power of the Holy Ghost.
This Power is what builds the Church.
“ Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the of hosts.“
This mighty man of Faith and Power, is writing this from our local ER.
It is 3:54 AM, the 22nd of November, 2017.
I woke up at midnight, checked on Bette, asleep in a chair in the living room.
She sounded fine. I can usually tell by her speech if her blood sugar is low.
I told her to go to bed, she said sure. I went back to sleep. About 1:30, she woke me and asked for help.
She had fallen, hurt her wrist, and her sugar was low.
As always, she was more worried about checking her sugar, than to eat and get it back up.
Thankfully, Halloween candy was there to rescue her sugar.
Her wrist…. not so much.
X-rays taken, IV in place, waiting for Doctor.
5:00 AM, wrist is broken, waiting for team to put her out and set and splint it.
5:30, She’s out, 5:40, splint on Waking up.
7:30 Home … waiting to call Dr. For cast.
She wants to go to work….
Dr. Did not put a solid cast on. He said the ER, did a good job lining up the broken bones.
Do not use that arm, or hand. Keep it elevated, come back in a week to check.
She didn’t go to work. Did not cry, or complain about pain.
“Oh my goodness”, the only words spoken while, bones were being set.
Wish I was that strong. She’s a keeper for sure.
Glad it isn’t worse.
Prayers requested for quick healing, and that surgery will not be needed.
“Let it be known this day that, I have done all these things at thy word.”
(1 Kings 18 )
The heathen, have prepared their sacrifice, the kindling is ready, they called on their god, pleaded, cut themselves, yet, nothing has happened.
Their god is not THE ALL POWERFUL GOD.
Elijah, drowns his sacrifice with water, water all around, wet wood, wet kindling, wet sacrifice, no way will fire start here. (It would take a miracle). Elijah, calls on God.
“Let it be known this day that, I have done all these things at thy word.”
The confidence in this man, he knew Jehovah, he knew God’s power, he knew God’s will, he walked in God’s mercy and grace.
God answered his call.
Saints, there are times, when we believe we need a miracle. We beg, plead, cut ourselves,… yet, we are left in want.
Why is that?
When we meet Elijah, the first thing we see, is him telling Ahab, it will not rain, UNTILL I SAY SO.
It was after this, that the Lord, said,
“Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.” (1 Kings 17: 3)
After he does the will of the Lord, the Lord speaks.
He was fed by Ravens, drank from a brook. When the brook dried up, told to go live with a widow woman.
She was gathering a few sticks, had a little meal, a little oil, and was preparing, a little cake, what she believed was her and her sons last meal.
Elijah said, “Make me a little cake, first”.
She did. He stayed with her for three and a half years. She never ran out of oil or meal.
She did not proclaim he was a man of God until, he raised her son from the dead.
“Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the in thy mouth is truth.” (1 Kings 17:24)
Is that not a picture of believers today?
We enjoy, God’s provision, His grace, (Salvation), mercy, (Forgiveness), peace and joy.
Yet, we do not walk in Miracles. In the place of Power. We do not have that relationship of trust, of belief, of knowing, His will, His desires, of walking in His Yoke.
Experiencing His Power and Grace.
“I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
Have we found that “great spoil”, do we know the Lord, rely on the Lord, believe, Trust, Walk with Him.
We have a New Testament example.
“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
Here we are, we have done everything we can, worked as hard as we are able. To no results.
Then we try it God’s way. “At thy word I will.”
Jesus wanted them to go do what they had been doing, only on the other side of the boat.
Are you Nuts?… OK, we will do it.
This act of obedience, gave them the biggest catch they ever had. They left
all, on the shore and followed Him.
Saints, we need to believe and obey, so He is able to touch those in need.
1 John 3:18
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Know the Lord.
Trust His word.
Walk in His Grace.
Obey His commands.
Reap His Blessings… Realize His Power. Recognize His Love.
1 Kings 17: Now I Know!!!
As we once again join our prophet, he is still being fed by the gift of miracles and the widow.
(Are you tired of seeing gifts and word of? I keep repeating it because they are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Talents of Matthew 25, given to us to build His church.
Instead of striving to receive and learning to increase their use, most Denominations have buried them).
Unfortunately, like the manna of old, this never runnng out of oil and flour, it’s not so amazing anymore, this miracle, has become old hat, expected… Maybe it is just the way it is, is it really even a miracle?
Then the widows world gets turned upside down. The son whom she loves gets sick and dies.
She cries out: “What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?”
She believes this sickness is a punishment for past sins. It is not. It is for the glory of God.
Elijah answered: “Give me thy son.” He took the boy to his loft, laid him on his bed.
“O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?”
The man of God, had no fore knowledge of this sickness, he had no understanding of the Lords plan, but he had the Gift of Faith for the working of miracles.
So he stretched himself out three times apon the child, crying out: “O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.”
The symbol of “3” times is important for this first person raised from the dead in the word.
A fortaste of the only begotten.
The Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the child revived, and awoke from the dead.
We underestimate the power of our words, the power of life and death are in the tongue.
We often speak death, to our finances, health, relationships, jobs… We must learn to speek truth and the truth of, Gods Word.
What does God desire for us?
We need to know the answer to that and speak it into existence. As the Lord spoke the world into existence.
Elijah brought the child to his mother and said: “See, thy son liveth.”
Her answer is classic: “Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.”
The miracles of provision had become commonplace, of no notice. “by this I know.”
Saints, that is one of my biggest failures, to realize the Lord has supplied my needs for the last 35 plus years.
He said He would, and He has. I heard it asked: “What would tomorrow be like, if we only had what we thanked God for today?”
No, like the Hebrews, we need more. It’s not enough our sandles aren’t worn-out, we have food and shelter. Our lusts and desires only bring leaness to our souls.
It is hard for us to acknowledge the everyday miracles we receive. We just accept them and never really seek the face of God, to walk in his power as Elijah did.
Elijah, like Abram, Moses, David and all the other Bible greats were just men and women such as we are.
No more or less. Why do they stand above the crowd?
They learned to live at the feet of Jesus, they knew and walked in the way of the Holy of Holies.
Even when they missed the mark, their hearts were turned toward God. How about you?
Lord, draw us close to You. Mold us into vessels you can use, to draw all men to You. Amen