Strengthening Your Courage and Character In End Times
Courage is pressing through and doing something when you know it may be very difficult or dangerous. Knocking down walls of fear and believing God is with you to accomplish your purpose is courage. Character is what you do, how you act and think when no one is looking. Courage and Character go hand in hand in living in these last days in the 21st century.
So how do you strengthen your courage? First of all by realizing who God is and the power of His Son Jesus and applying His word directly to you personally. Reminding yourself over and over that the victory has already been won should give you great strength and courage to press on. Jesus said “it is finished” (John 19:30), just before giving up his Spirit on the cross at Calvary. What is finished? The plan of redemption for all mankind is finished, the battle is won! And what did Jesus do then? He took the keys away from Satan, the keys of death and hell and now Jesus reigns supreme for ever and ever. No longer do you have to fear death! No longer do you have to fear hell! No longer can the grave keep your body down because of Jesus who arose from the dead to live forever and ever. By Gods great mercy and grace we are saved through faith by believing in Him! ( Ephesians 2:8)
So many Christian’s unbelief of various passages of the Bible makes them faint and weak and ineffective as believers and witnesses to a dying world, and robs them of courage. Believing only fragments of certain verses. Unbelief destroys them. So what did Jesus say just before being taken up into heaven? I would think His last conversation to Believers would be very very important don’t you? Look in Mark 16:15-19 and read it without prejudice towards prior teaching you have learned.
And He (Jesus) said to them, ” Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, (were you baptized after you believed?) but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE, in my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents (remove the danger) and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them (someone trying to poison you) they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover. (healing others) ” so then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, (the group of gathered believers) was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father.” If you are a believer then you have one or more of the signs following you, so use them.
If you have a guarantee of something, say like a contract with someone whether it be a salary contract, an insurance contract, or warranties for products or services any kind of guarantee that was signed by you and the warrantor, then you can pretty much count on being covered for any problem. But there is One who gives you a guarantee and stands behind it because that guarantee was written in blood, the blood of Jesus Christ and it can never be broken. Look here what Ephesians 1:13-14 says ” In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and having believed in Him, WERE SEALED WITH THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT. WHO IS THE GUARANTEE OF OUR INHERITANCE until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” So now how is your courage? Feeling stronger now? We have the guarantee of salvation and were sealed by the Holy Spirit!
Knowing Jesus has All authority in heaven and on earth, that He alone has the keys of death and hell, that His body was sacrificed in our place and that His Blood washes away our sins, and we were sealed by The Holy Spirit as a guarantee of salvation, then we can go forth in any circumstance, in any danger, in any situation, in any war, in any battle knowing whether we live or die we belong to the Lord and will live with Him forever.! So take courage my friends, wrap courage around you heart and soul and mind giving thanks to God for all He has done and walk with your head held high and your heart purified by His word knowing you belong to a kingdom not of this world because this is not your home. Take this knowledge with you, this courage with you this truth with you and tell others wherever the Good Lord leads you in 2016 and beyond…..and don’t forget He dispatches Angels on your behalf all the time, even now.
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Strengthening Your Courage and Character In End Times
Believers at their wits end……
Psalm 107:27 reads “They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, and were at their wits end; then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he brought them out of their distresses (28).”
Clearly today in America, believers are at their wits end seeing all that is transpiring in this once great nation. Revelations and scandals are so far beyond anything we have ever witnessed. They are coming so fast and frequent that people begin to just go numb and begin to shut down. All through the bible and especially in Daniel, the strategy of the devil is to try to wear out the saints and believers. This has been an effective strategy throughout history, but now is not the time to give up or shut down. Our basic liberties are in very serious jeopardy.
The revelation NSA has the capacity to monitor and store all phone calls, emails, text messages, social network post and virtually all communications in America is so shocking, it’s actually hard to believe our own government would move in a totalitarian direction. No matter how noble they claim their intentions are; there is a tremendous growing mountain of evidence to the contrary. The IRS scandal using their fearful name and department to harass and silence the political opposition of the Obama administration is a thousand times worse than the Watergate scandal of the Nixon years, yet the cover-up and far left media continue to deny and lie and use false reporting to cover-up the cover-up. Evidence is surfacing that the DOJ, EPA and other agencies were also used for the same purpose.
The current Administration has also illegally seized the communications of journalists who were probing leads on corrupt or illegal activities of this Administration. The cover-up of all the lies about Benghazi makes it clear that something extremely important is being hidden from the American people. Even many in the Democratic Party are finally waking up and realize their future is in jeopardy by what is unfolding with all the scandals. The lack of a standard foreign policy that is transparent and continuous non-decisions by Obama and his administration is mind blowing. Focusing on gun control while scandals rage and lies continue to cover-up. By far the weakest president in American History is by-passing the constitution to do an end run around congress when he doesn’t get his way. The evil in high places taking place is unimaginable.
Regardless of personal consequences, we need to seek the truth and without compromise. This Federal overreach is unprecedented and states are somewhat to blame for giving up their rights under the Constitution to the Federal Government. Perhaps the most important leadership must come from the state level, especially Governors and State Attorney Generals. These could be the most important positions in the unfolding battle for our freedom. Believers need to blog, write, and use social media to defend the Constitution and wake up Americans. To get engaged is to go to town hall meetings, write or email you elected officials often and have some courage in your heart.
We know we must live by faith and not by fear. When the odds seem impossible, that is when the greatest miracles have taken place. What happen when they were at their wits end? They cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them out of their distresses. The moral is approaching rock bottom in America and the morals have declined almost to the point of no return, but there are believers still who love God and know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. God will not forsake us as individuals, and the gates of hell will not overcome the church of believers upon the earth no matter what it looks like in the natural. Pray for this nation; pray for our leaders so that there may be peace in our lives and the lives of our children and grand children. And don’t forget to pray for the peace of Jerusalem……..
Salvation is not about “You”
The reason many people have uncertainty about where they will spend eternity is rooted in the very sin of pride in the form of self-righteousness. I’m sure this has come out of left field to almost everyone reading this blog and the majority has never ever thought of pride as the reason for someone doubting their salvation. This is a very dangerous place to be and everyone should judge their hearts in this matter to see where they stand.
Salvation has never been about me or you, it’s always been about God’s love for us sending His only begotten Son to die in our place and shed His blood to wash away our sins (Matthew 26:28). It’s about God’s wonderful mercy and grace and about Jesus giving up His life while we were still sinners to redeem us and bring us to heaven to live with Him for eternity. When people turn inward, they become self-righteous like the Pharisees were in Jesus day. To them it was about what they could do and had to do to gain eternal life, but never totally depending on God’s grace to set them free.
Here’s the deal; God sent His law to show us that we could never be sinless and keep His commandants and that we need a Savior or there is little hope. The self-righteous attitude is this: “I got this, I can do this on my own by just following the rules and if you don’t follow the rules you will be lost.” Now get you bible out and start banging everyone you see on the head! I got it and you don’t and you better listen to me. Regardless of the denomination or the group involved, everyone thinks they have the truth or correct biblical doctrine. The Baptist believes you can’t lose your salvation which is true unless you totally renounce Jesus and walk away forever knowing what you’re doing, and then there no longer remains grace for you and it is impossible to renew you again to salvation. It doesn’t mean that someone who has fallen away like the prodigal son did can’t come back to God, because once a son always a son. The Assembly of God came up with the term “backslider” and teach that you can be lost if you have any un-confessed sin in your life when you die. This is totally against what the word teaches because Jesus died once for all. He is not going to die again and you can’t be born again every time you sin. What you can do is ask forgiveness and it’s forgiven. However; the blood of Jesus constantly cleanses you from sin or no one would ever make it into heaven. We sin all the time, everyday and most of us don’t even know we are sinning, like not loving our neighbors or turning away from someone in need etc. Anything not done in faith is sin the bible says, so there you go, no one is immune to that. The Church of Christ says you must be baptized to enter heaven but also put loads of other works you must also do in order to get there. Just like the letter written to the Galatians, they are bewitched, having started in the Spirit, but then walking in the flesh denying God’s power living self-righteous lives and never coming to an understanding of the born again experience that Jesus said must happen, never speaking about grace or faith, but like the Pharisees of old, they follow the rules and no change ever takes place in the heart for most. The Catholic Church is also very legalistic and full of rituals that mean absolutely nothing but to the Priest. Many masses in those churches don’t even talk in the same language the people understand and they rarely teach anyone how to get saved or born again if ever. Praying to Mary who is not God is so off the charts when never does the bible teach that. Memorized confessions of Hail Mary’s, not from the heart, doesn’t clean anyone’s sin. Then there are numerous other churches with list too long to name who do nothing but teach good little social messages devoid of the Spirit while accepting any and all comers teaching all religions lead to God which is pure demonic heresy. Many occult practices are prevalent and the lies of Islam are also accepted to their shame. Houses of political propaganda and denying even the deity of Jesus Christ, these churches are not churches at all, but houses of the enemy, spewing lies and deceiving multitudes of people.
Many, many people are born again and saved in the named churches above and many want to do what’s right in the sight of God. There are lost and saved in most all churches. So what is the difference and what does the bible really say? The ones born again are those who are not trusting in anything or anyone but Jesus Christ as their Savior, those who have called out to God in true repentance and confessed that Jesus is Lord and the Messiah and believe God raised Him from the dead and believe that Jesus blood cleanses us from all sin have salvation. The others are the self-righteous ones depending on themselves and what they did or are doing or can do, instead of Jesus and Him alone. (Just like I used to do) Here are some things for you to consider.
Understanding grace removes the legalistic performance mentality and sets you free. Pure and simple, salvation is a gift period, it has nothing to do with your performance, it’s a gift so no man can boast. In today’s vernacular it’s like take it, its free and shut up your bragging about how much you’ve done, your goodness is filthy rags to God. God is not going to love you any more or do anything more because He’s already done it for you. He is waiting for you to acknowledge that fact. You can’t get God to love you more than He does at this very moment. His love is everlasting which means without conditions forever so stop trying to do things that you think will make God love you more. He did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for you! Grace is unearned, underserved, unmerited favor and you got it directly from God if you will just believe by faith! And what is faith? It is not something you do to get a positive response out of God. Faith is simply your positive response to what God had already done by grace. Faith believes that God is who He said He is and rewards those who believe His word. Oh many say “I believe God can do anything” but they don’t believe God will do anything for them personally. Yes He will! Its unbelief that stops your salvation, your healing, your prosperity, or any answer to your prayers! Why do people even pray if all they do is beg God in unbelief? Hoping and a wishing ain’t gonna get the job done. Praying in faith believing will.
It’s not a lack of faith that causes prayers to go unanswered; everyone has a measure of faith. Its unbelief and being double minded tossed to and fro wavering in your belief system or what you were taught instead of believing what the bible says is the problem. Unbelief comes from your “thought process”. Faith comes from your heart and the knower inside your spirit knows. Three types of unbelief are: (1) Ignorance-due to lack of knowledge(2) disbelief- being taught wrong(3) natural unbelief-using your senses and walking by what you see instead of walking by faith no matter what’s in the natural. Fasting and prayer gets rid of unbelief.
Take the load off and rest in Jesus and you’ll stop fretting about everything and have peace even in the storm. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down at the right hand of God. For by one offering He has perfected FOREVER those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10) Your sins are forgiven forever, and ever, all sins past present and future! How many of your sins were in the future when Jesus died? All of them! Are you born again? Do you know your spirit has changed at some point in your life? You must be born again of the Spirit of God to see the Kingdom of Heaven!
“Who also has SEALED us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a GUARANTEE” (2 Cor 1:22). In Him we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His Grace.”(Eph 1:7) “In Him you also trusted, after heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having BELIEVED, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance …”(Eph1:13,14) “ And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were SEALED for the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)
Do you get it now? When you receive the Holy Spirit after believing with all your heart and confessing Jesus as Lord, God seals you spirit by the Holy Spirit and nothing can penetrate your born again spirit, no sin, nothing! It’s your flesh that sins but your spirit is sealed by God forever. That’s why all true believers go to heaven and there is no sin in your sealed spirit as no sin can enter heaven. Our sealed spirit is our guarantee! Then after the Gentiles received the spirit, they were baptized in water just like the early believing Jews as Christ commanded. And the eunuch got saved and was baptized by confessing believing with all his heart and confessing “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And Peter said “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” (Acts 10:43)
If you know you are truly born again, then your spirit bears witness of this fact. If not, are you willing to stake your eternal soul on your current belief? It’s not about you, it’s about what Jesus did for you, it’s a gift, take it by calling out to Jesus and confess Him as the Son of God and ask Him to save you and baptize you in the Holy Spirit. Then get baptized as Jesus commanded……
Receiving Jesus (Blood Security)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born , not of the flesh nor of the will of the flesh, nor or the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12)” I would suggest you read that verse over a few times until it really sinks into your spirit what the true meaning of it is. Jesus said you must be born again of the Spirit.
Taken in the context of the entire first chapter of John, it relates that Jesus is the word and became flesh and lived among us for of His fullness we have received grace upon grace. What exactly is His fullness and how do we actually receive Him? Is there some special act or work or thing we must do?
Jesus is everything and Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father and they are one and so is the Holy Spirit. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh but never sinned. He verified His work and who He is by the miracles He performed. No one killed Him. He laid down His life willingly for all mankind that they might be saved. Everyone who has ever lived are sinners and there is no hope except through Jesus. Because of His great love for us He became sin on the cross and all the wrath of God was placed upon Him at that moment in time. The blood He shed became the payment, sprinkled in heaven in the Holy of Holies in a place not made with hands. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, so Jesus bled for us. The bible says He actually became the substitute for mankind. He actually took our place and satisfied the penalty for us that entire sacrifice that God required.
Religious people who love to keep others in bondage to them and their group list several things you must do to be saved, or justified or sanctified or made holy but they are all lies. Because Jesus is the only answer and cried out on the cross it is finished. What is it? It is just what was said above. He came to fulfill the law and now there is grace for those that believe. Can water wash away your sins? No! Only the blood of Jesus can do that and it is done by faith through Gods grace from the heart. Water baptism is commanded and should be done ASAP after your born again to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and that is what it is, a symbol and agreement of what you already believe in your heart. Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus alone is the answer. You connect to Jesus blood by your faith not by baptism and it must come from your believing heart. It amazes me that God said without faith it impossible to please Him, so those who have not learned to use their faith and release it to God turn to acts or rules because they just don’t believe it.
Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 “For this is the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness (remission) of sins.” Acts 10:43 says “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES forgiveness of sins” Romans 3:24,25 states “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (payment, substitute) IN HIS BLOOD THROUGH FAITH…” Much more then, having now been justified by HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Hebrews 13:20 says “Now the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18,19 “ knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with THE PRECIOUS BLOOD as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Ephesians 1:7 says “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace.” Revelation 1:5 “ …and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins BY HIS BLOOD.” And finally in Revelation 5:9 “Worthy are you to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God WITH YOUR BLOOD from every tongue and people and nation.”
“For it is the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS; THROUGH HIM…”Don’t be deceived by religion, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by Him and His Blood by Faith through grace. Everyone is given a measure of Faith equally so don’t say you have no faith, you might not know how to release it, but God will help you if you ask. How do you receive Jesus? Simply by calling out to Him, confessing He is the Messiah and the only Son of God and knowing He was raised from the dead and asking Him to come into your heart and make you born again believing His Blood washes away all your sin past present and future.
A final word to those who are cowards: Jesus mentions Cowards as the first named to be cast into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8) Why would the cowards be mentioned first? Because the cowards want to please their families, their friends, their schoolmates and the world. They are afraid to be ridiculed for being a Christian. They are afraid and don’t want any sort of persecution to come their way because they believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. They are coward’s period. Jesus said whoever loves Father or Mother or sister or brother more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever is not willing to take up you cross daily and follow Jesus is not worthy to enter into the Kingdom of God. Don’t be a coward and be loss, Jesus loves you so much; call out now to Him to save you and fill you with His Holy Spirit while there is still time. Blessed be the Name of The LORD……..
Dividing Israel means Judgment
Many people don’t like to hear negative comments especially when it might affect them, they would rather walk in unbelief and stick their head in the sand, just wishing and a hoping that it will all work out as they can continue to go about their lives as normal and hope their routines will not be interrupted. Then there are others who have good knowledge and study prophesy to see if these things are true and prepare for what might come their way, either good or evil. They trust the word of God and know they must look for all the signs to see when events will take place upon the earth. Lying somewhere in between are those who feel in their hearts things aren’t quite right, but they have no real understanding of what the future holds and walk the fence line on world events and the truth of the bible.
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy according to Revelation 19:10. Do you understand this? If not meditate on the verse. All through the torah and the entire bible are hundreds of prophesies. The first covenant (Old Testament) reveals them and the second covenant (New Testament) confirms them. Beginning in Genesis 5:18 it reads “ On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.” There are many maps on the net that show the boundaries spoken in this verse. It really doesn’t matter what Jewish and Israeli haters think about it because it happened and is firm and no human can discount what the Lord said about it. And little do most people realize that God said this land is actually His alone. Leviticus 25:23 states “The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.” Imagine that, God owns the land and chose it for Himself. He gives it to the Jewish people for a thousand generations according to Psalms 105:8. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous, for he would give his people possession of the land which He (God) swore to their fathers to give them. This pretty much settles it forever and ever.
Here’s the main problem; God proclaims judgment to anyone dividing up His land, the land of Israel. In Joel 3:1,2 it spells it out. God is going to gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and enter into judgment with them on behalf of His people and His inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; “AND THEY HAVE DIVIDED UP MY LAND.” Egypt will become a waste, and Edom (Jordan) will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah (Israel), in whose land they have shed innocent blood. “but Judah (Israel) will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem for all generations. I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged for the Lord dwells in Zion (Israel).” God is not playing when it comes to the land of Israel, because it is His land forever and ever.
President Obama visited Israel this past week and what was the main thrust of the visit? Divide the Land! Touting only a two state solution would work. Great, will judgment come upon America even worst then it already has through natural disasters or will we escape coming judgment from God? I think you know the answer from the above passages. It seems every time a President or Prime Minister vocally tells the world to divide Israel, some natural disaster occurs. The land will be divided eventually according to the bible, but there will be a huge price to pay and probably part of the solution will be to allow the Jewish nation to rebuild the Temple right next to the mosque in Jerusalem. You know what that means; the beginning of the seven years of tribulation and the appearance of the false prophet and the antichrist on the scene. The one new world order is just around the corner even now. Before all of this is there a Mid East war on the horizon? Will the economy of the world collapse creating a new world order? God knows.
The Muslim nations get all worked up and spew hatred at Israel and now even the left in America and Europe are turning against Israel, Why? Because they are the chosen nation by God to prove to the world He is Lord and no one will have an excuse. Satan still enters the hearts of men and women to hate anything connected to God and especially Messiah Jesus Christ. Israel isn’t chosen because they are any better than the rest of the world; they are special and chosen because of one thing: God made a covenant with them and will see it through. The Lord didn’t make a covenant with any other nation ever, no not even America or Europe. We can become part of the blessings of Abraham and the old covenant by accepting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ in the new covenant. It does not nullify the promises of the old covenant.
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, not is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh, But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God (Romans 2:28,29).” All born again believers whether Jewish or not Jewish are true Jews by the Spirit of God. A Jew who believes in Messiah Jesus is still Jewish and has no need to throw away his heritage. That is a lie the devil plants in their thinking so they will not come to Christ. It won’t work, as thousands across the world are becoming born again by believing in Messiah Jesus. For the entire Gentile Christians, you are a Spiritual Jew so how stupid is it to have any animosity in your heart toward the Jewish people or Israel? You better repent of any hatred. God says I will bless those that bless Israel.
According to the word of God over two thirds of the Jewish nation will die in war, but the remaining people will all come to know Jesus and the entire nation will come into the Kingdom of God. The land of Israel is owned by God and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. And he will reign from Jerusalem for a thousand years in the near future. The land will be divided, but only for a short time, and the land of Israel will have the exact boundaries God promised in Torah and throughout the Bible. God has fierce anger for those who would divide His land, watch and you will see…..
(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)
How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?
Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.
Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?
Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)
Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.
If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..
In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.
Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you. Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.
“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.
So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..
Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….
Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
It seems as if God has lifted His mighty hand of protection off this land of America. It feels demonic and unnerving to everyone. Who would have ever dreamed just going to grade school or high school or the movies or to work or even the mall could cost you your life in America? We have always had crime, especially in the big cities, but this is different; its murder planned out by demonically possessed young men. Men who are misfits and loners, full of hate, with no regard for human life, including the lives of young children or women. This is a planned attack of evil, of the devil and his demons to try to destroy our very faith in God and ruin the security of living in the land that has always been called the home of the brave and the land of the free. This causes great fear and nervousness and mental anguish among all our citizens from coast to coast and border to border.
But in these deep tragedies, there is always hope and faith that those who know their God will stand firm in their belief that God is not only our salvation through Jesus Christ, but is also our protector and our hope no matter what we see going on in the world around us. For us to remember that to be absent from our bodies is to be present with the Lord in heaven must be so ingrained in our spirit that regardless if we live or die we are the Lords. I guarantee you hosts of angels were there that day with those children and the second they lost their lives, those angels took them by the hand and brought them directly to the face of Almighty God. Though they disappeared in this life, they are so happy now in heaven, where God wipes away all their tears and His love and presence fills their hearts with monumental joy.
The pain for those parents, and really all of us who mourn their loss, will eventually subside and life will again go on, though they will always be missed and loved and cherished by all. I am not one who does not know their hurt and pain because I lost my first born son at the age of 16 and that crushing blow was so deeply felt in my heart that I was not the same for a couple of years. Through that pain I came to realize that God is still God. He is the same God of night that He is of the day. He is the same God of the bad times as He is in the good times. He loves us so and through it all I learned to trust in Jesus and learned to trust in God. Now I assure you there are those who blame God for all the suffering and tragedies in this life, but that is such a lie direct from the pit of hell itself and from Satan. God is a God of love and gives every man and woman life and a life of choice to either live for Him or live for themselves. Free will is something God will never override in any human being. It’s what separates us from the animal kingdom and what defines us as humans, free choice.
The enemy of our soul’s entire goal is to steal kill and destroy us. He hates us and continues on his rampage of destroying lives in any way possible. Destroying our families, our health, our marriages our jobs our finances through open doors that we give him as humans for the most part because of our sins, because of our unbelief, because of our lack of a personal relationship with our God that He has made available to anyone who calls upon His name. Even the natural disasters are a product of Satan’s agenda to kill and destroy. He is the prince and power of the air the bible says, but his days are numbered. Jesus last words were “It is finished” He reconciled man back to God through His death and resurrection. He took the keys of the kingdom from Satan of death, hell and the grave, and then He gives them to us IF we will surrender our hearts and lives to Him. Jesus said in this life you will have troubles, but take heed “I have overcome the world.” Now if He overcame the world, then all those who’s trust is in Him falls under His protection, not only in this life, but in eternity, in the life to come; forever and ever.
To lose your life is actually to save it. If you lose your life in faith believing that Jesus IS the resurrection and the life, then you gain your life forever by being His disciple and doing your best to walk in righteousness. He is our righteousness if we will let Him. There is nothing in us that is good, but the bible says we become the righteousness IN Christ for all who believe; to the Jew first and also to the Greek (all non-Jews).
There is a wonderful short chapter in Psalms 91 that all of us need to read and re-read and confess out loud and believe with all our hearts. Here it is: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a Shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, not the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge no evil will befall you, no plague come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. Because He holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer Him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy and show him my salvation.”
God promises when the enemy comes in like a flood, then He will raise up a standard against him. Where sin abounds, much more does grace abound. Finally God promises that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Not tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or danger or sword. “ For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. “ (Romans 8:38)