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My friends it has been awhile since I wrote a note but I have been thinking so I thought I would share some of my thoughts. Lets look at a scripture :


” Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask eternal paths, where the good, old way is;then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said , We will not walk in it!” Jer. 6:16 amp.

Now I certainly don’t want to miss anything that God is doing in this hour. I certainly don’t think things should stagnate.Certainly there are shiftings and changing that will occur in the Body of Christ and I try to stay sensitive to the Spirit of God. My greatest fear ( yes I said it ) is missing God in any area of my life. Notice however the people responded by saying > ” we will not walk in it” .

However there are some ” old fashioned ” things I miss :

Like services where the power of the Holy Spirit would move and people would weep their way to the altar and let the Spirit do a deep work in their lives. Transforming their natures more into the image of Jesus.

Services where the Word was preached without compromise and it would penetrate into the hearts of people causing them to look at their lives and see the need of change instead of watered down, make me feel good messages. The intent being to soothe the ears of people and not offend them. To help them stay so self centered. Goodness we might make somebody upset.

Revivals that were rooted in a deep move of God. Why they could last for days and the clock wasn’t the controlling factor and schedules were interrupted. Now people are upset if the service last longer than they think it should cause they are ” busy”.

The times when people wanted to be grounded in good solid biblical foundations. They wanted to know the foundational principles that would cause them to be solid in their beliefs instead of trying to always hear ” the latest thing” yet by their very actions they prove they do not understand basic things. Doctrine and theology are not bad words.

Remember when Ministers cared for the needs of people? They were driven with a passion to see the needs of their flock being met. They weren’t there to be served but to serve. They weren’t motivated with the idea of ” just what can they do for me and my church to put me on the map? ” There concern was ” How can they feed my people – and bless the people?”

Or we didn’t have so blatant hirelings who expect to be treated like ” movie stars ” with all their petty self-serving needs and their entourage to follow them. Those who seek to just fill their pockets and justify it .

Remember when sin was sin? Not ” issues” or just ” problems” . Remember how when you realized your sin broke the heart of the Father it broke your heart? Now days it is justified in some form or fashion.

Remember when people ” feared ” the Lord? Now days we see a total lack of this in the Body. It shall return though!

I still think Sanctification is still a process we must go through. Holiness wasn’t considered a bad thing or bondage in any way. There was a time when people sought it with fervency.

Remember when worship was about exalting Jesus? Excuse me but I don’t understand the need of throwing away hymns of the past. They had some strong content and theology in them. Yes some were not but Amazing Grace or How Firm a Foundation or Blessed Assurance still move me. I enjoy some of the ” new ” worship but I find some of it cold and lifeless and lacking in exalting Jesus.

Remember when Truth was not relevant? It was founded on biblical principles and adhered to. It wasn’t twisted to fit a certain viewpoint.

These are just a few things I have thought on. My children used to laugh at me when we would be driving and I would see a 57 Chevy or 63 Thunderbird and say ( before I could say it ) they would say , We know its a classic! Well I think these things I said above are some classic things we should still appreciate.

Yes let’s be swift to follow God and yet let’s not leave everything behind. Yes the Lord is doing ” a new thing” but notice both of these were written by Jeremiah . I am thoroughly convinced these are matters of the heart.

Thanks for listening to this “old guy ” Be Blessed!

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Ask Jesus Now For The Things That You Need: 
by Carter Conlon

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8). Interestingly, near the end of His life on earth, Jesus also said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Notice that Jesus was speaking to His disciples at the Last Supper, so to hear that they had asked nothing until this time must have been somewhat perplexing to them. After all, the very essence of discipling is a master/student relationship—one of asking and receiving. When the disciples left their nets and began to follow Jesus, that was the basis of the relationship—they asked, and He answered and gave them what they needed.
What Jesus was actually telling them, however, was that an unprecedented time of hardship was imminent. You and I know that Jesus was about to be taken captive and as a result, all the disciples would flee. He was essentially saying, “You are going to be afraid, and a sense of loss and sorrow will try to fill your hearts. But I will be with you to give you an inner strength only available to those who are willing to do My work in the earth.” You will see this thought very clearly presented to the disciples in portions of chapters 13 through 18 in the gospel of John. “As you walk in the pathway that I have prescribed before you as My Body, you are going to have hope, vision, and joy. Up to this point you have not asked for what is really yours. But now, if you are willing to ask, you will receive all that you will need.”

Later May Be Too Late

In Matthew 25:4–8, Jesus gave an illustration of the day of Christ’s return. The five wise virgins took oil in their lamps, but the five foolish virgins had no oil. When the crisis hit, the foolish said to the wise, “You seem to see something that we don’t see. You stand here saying, ‘Behold the Bridegroom,’ yet we see nothing but darkness and calamity. Give us some of your oil!” Yet tragically they asked too late.
Beloved, it is very hard to get the resources that Christ is willing to give once the calamity hits. Remember Noah’s day! Before the floods came, God closed the door of the ark and sealed Noah and his family inside. Imagine when the rain started and people outside began banging on the door. They could not enter because the ark had been closed—the time of asking was over; the time of getting needed strength was past.

The Kind Of Testimony Jesus Requires

In order to understand more specifically what Jesus was telling His disciples to ask for in our opening text, we need to know what kind of testimony He required them to have everywhere they went. Keep in mind that Matthew 7:7 comes at the end of a very long discourse that began in Matthew 5—when Jesus saw the multitudes and went up to a mountain. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them about what they were called to be in the earth.
I will paraphrase some of the verses of Scripture, but I encourage you to study it in detail on your own, for as His followers, we have received the same calling.

Let’s begin in Matthew 5. We must recognize our need of God and long for His ways to be known in the earth. We must act with restraint even when it is within our power to do otherwise. He instructs us to hunger and thirst for inward purity, to be merciful, at peace with all men, and call others to peace with God and with each other. We are to endure persecution, even to the point of rejoicing because of it.

We should be as salt—bringing flavor, creating thirst, promoting healing, and bringing preservation into the earth. We are to do things publicly that bring glory to God, but at the same time, do them without the motive of being seen. What a phenomenal thought—let your light so shine that people may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Yet elsewhere Jesus also said, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1)

We must shun sexual lust. Jesus said that if a man even looks upon a woman with a lustful eye, he has committed adultery in his heart. We should remain true to our marriage vows. I know there are some exceptional circumstances, but if your marriage is going through a rough spot, don’t just walk out. Marriage is a covenant you made with another person before God, and Paul says it is the closest reflection on earth of the love of Christ for His church. Unfortunately, we are living in an hour when the divorce rate in the church is very high, and it brings no glory to God.

We should bless and do good to our enemies. Remember that Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times should I forgive—seven times?” And Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but rather seventy times seven.” That’s four hundred and ninety times you should forgive somebody who does the same thing to you over and over again.

We are to pray for God’s will to be done, that supply will be given to do it, that we might be ambassadors of forgiveness, and that we might not be led astray. We are to acknowledge that God alone has the power to help us do this.

We must be aware of the danger of seeking security in anything of this world and letting the fear of tomorrow’s provision consume our lives. Yes, we are going into a worldwide economic storm, but the Lord tells us that we must seek first His kingdom, with the promise that all that we need will be given to us.

We must be careful how we judge one another. While we are looking at a speck in our brother’s eye, there might be a log in our own that we are unaware of. Jesus said that once we have dealt with what it is in our own heart, then we will see clearly. In other words, we will see our brother as Christ sees him, and we will deal tenderly.

Lastly, in the final verse before we get into our opening text, Jesus says, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). In other words, we must learn when to share truth and when to be quiet. When Jesus was brought before His accusers, He knew what was in their hearts and didn’t answer them. If He had spoken divine truths, they would have just trampled it underfoot and made a mockery of the things of God.

It Seems Impossible

Jesus shared so much in that one teaching on the mountain that when He was finished, His disciples were probably thinking exactly what you are thinking now: “How in the world am I ever going to do all these things? It’s impossible! How do I love my enemies? How do I truly forgive those who have wronged me? How do I stop thinking and worrying about tomorrow”

That is why Jesus then said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He knew that we would need His resources in order to be all that He requires. Then Jesus went on to say something interesting, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?” (Matthew 7:9−10). Of course, these are not just random examples.

Previously, in Matthew 4, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. He had been without food for forty days when Satan came to Him and said, “…if You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). In other words, “If You are God’s Son, must You go through hardship? Shouldn’t it be easy? You shouldn’t have to suffer and be deprived. Just command these stones to be turned into bread.”

But Jesus replied, “…it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In other words, “I have been sent on a mission by My Father, and I am going to fulfill it. It doesn’t mean that I will always be comfortable. But I have a word from the Father that I am going to finish this journey in victory, and many are coming with Me.”

Many people in our generation have looked for an easy journey and attempted to use the power of God to turn every stone into bread—to make every hard place easy. But Jesus told His disciples, “What man is there of you, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone?” In other words, God will give you what you need to get you through every difficulty you face. You don’t have to figure a way out of your dilemma or try to use the power of God to make all the hard places easy.

Jesus continued, “…or if he ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent?” This is an incredible statement, for the Father sent His Son to become a fisher of my soul and of yours, and consequently to call us into His work to become fishers of men. This was the redemptive purpose of God in the earth, and it involved a cross—being rejected, enduring the ridicule and scorn of people who were opposing their own salvation. Yet the serpent had come to Jesus in the wilderness saying, “Here are all the kingdoms of the world. All You have to do is bow before me and acknowledge that God’s ways are not the only ways. Just bend your knee and circumvent the cross—go around the hardship and I will give it all to You right now.”

Now if you ask for a fish, the Father is not going to give you a serpent. In other words, you may be asking, “Lord, I don’t want to be just a light testimony of who You are in my generation. Will You make me a fisher of men just as the early church was?” And unlike the serpents who are trying to tempt much of the church of this generation to go a different way, God is not going come to you and say, “No, life is meant to be easy. You don’t have to suffer for the cause of Christ.” Instead, He will promise to see you through every difficulty that may arise as you walk with purpose in this generation, and He will see you through to a victorious end.

The Key To All The Resources

Jesus then continued, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). It is as if Jesus were saying to them, “If I were hurting, I would want someone to comfort Me. If I were lost, I would want someone to give whatever they had to in order to get Me out.”

Whatever you want others to do for you, do for them. That is actually the key to unlocking all the resources that Jesus tells us to ask for. It is the key to enduring the scorn of those who oppose Him; the key to being kind to your enemies. It is the heart of God that says, “I am not willing that any should perish,” and it is what allows you to have your face slapped and not retaliate. It is the key to joy and love in the workplace despite the rudeness of others around you.

The promise at the end of the Scripture says, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24−25). The house was founded upon the work of God in the earth. That’s why Paul could be on a storm-battered ship, still standing and taking communion, and encouraging those who would have to swim to safety (see Acts 27). It was all about God’s glory and other people, not about his own preservation. Paul could see what ordinary men could not see—the captain of the ship and the other merchant seamen could not see it. But Paul’s eyes were opened and he was given incredible vision because he had chosen to be used for the glory of God and others. He was a type of those who will have oil in the last days.

Ask Now!

I encourage you to study these three chapters in Matthew. I have read them over and over, and I believe they give a clear vision of what the Christian life is supposed to be. The more you study these chapters, the more convinced you will be that you cannot live this life yourself—you need the power of God. So the Lord says to you, “Ask now!”

This is the time we must all ask the Lord, “Please help us see anything we have embraced that displeases You. Help us to have the power to turn from things that we know are wrong, attitudes of heart that don’t represent Christ, pursuits that are not of God but self-serving, indifference to the peril of those who are lost. Help us to love and forgive people as You do. Don’t let us lose our zeal for doing Your work in the earth—for You promised that when the storm comes, we will not be shaken by it.”

I am certain the Holy Spirit has spoken to you about something that you need. So ask of Him! An incredible victory was won on the cross. When Jesus rose from the dead, the same Spirit that raised Him up will also quicken our mortal bodies. He will lift us, give us strength, cause us to be what we are not and bring us into the victory that was won for us. All things are possible now. You don’t have to pray a prayer and then go buy seven books on how to do something. Simply ask—the promise is for everybody who wants the life of Christ.

Beloved, don’t put this off until tomorrow. There is a terrible storm coming, and it is going to happen suddenly, so don’t get caught off guard. The last days on this planet are going to be horrendous days, deeper and darker than anything our natural minds can imagine. If you have the ears to hear, the Lord is saying to His church today, “Ask Me now for the things you are going to need.”

Sometimes “the ask” is just a groan, “Oh, God, I fall so far short.” Yet the Lord says, “But I don’t fall short, and I am within you. We will walk together, and I will cause you to stand in the midst of the storm. I will give you supernatural vision to see the value of every soul and the strength you need to represent Me in this generation. From the inside out you will begin to change, and you will see how willing I am to be God to you.” Hallelujah!

Carter Conlon
©2011 Times Square Church

Motivation For Gain: What Really is the Motivation of Our Hearts?

I was thinking the other day as I was preparing a short family devotional, “Where is my heart really at with this.” The “This” I am referring to is a subject we are all familiar with because we all have to deal with it on a daily basis: Finances and Gain. As I was preparing my devotional concerning finances, I felt that the first thing to address was the condition of the heart or motivation for for gain in the heart and life of believers (including myself). That is what this article is about. It is not about money, but rather a believers motivation for obtaining wealth and/or material possessions.

 

James wrote his letter to the early church because the believers were exhibiting signs of spiritual immaturity and correction was needed. James specifically addressed numerous issues that these believers should have been over and beyond in terms of spiritual maturity. Briefly over viewed, their issues were:

 

  1. Lack of wisdom and double-mindedness (1:5-8)
  2. Hearing and not doing the Word of God; hypocrisy (1:22-25, 2:14-26)
  3. Favoritism of the rich (2:1-9)
  4. Inability to control the tongue (3:1-12)
  5. Worldly wisdom (3:13-18)
  6. Evil desires, covetousness (4:1-6)
  7. Presumption (4:13-17)
  8. Trust in riches (5:1-5)

 

These were just some of the glaring problems found in the early church in Jerusalem. The passage of scripture I wish to deal with is James 4:1-6. James is addressing believers who, among other things, were experiencing contention, strife and infighting (verse 1).

 

Our passage today deals with the contention and strife among believers that stems from covetousness and inordinate desires for gain. In verse 1, James asks the believers, “From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?” (4:1) James tells them that he knows what’s going on in their midst; desiring, fighting and killing. [Under the new covenant, wishing someone were dead is the same as actually killing them (Matt 5:21-22)]. I can well imagine the old saying, “If looks could kill” as being fitting in this situation. The point is that these believers were having strife, conflict and contention due to selfish, greedy lusts, and desires for material possessions and resources which were limited. In spite of their continual striving for gain, it seems they could not obtain enough to be satisfied. James then says something very interesting, “Ye have not because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it on your lusts (4:3).”

 

I would like to examine what James says a little more closely. Basically, James is saying the reason the believers were fighting amongst themselves is the fact that they strongly desired personal gain but were frustrated in their pursuits. They failed to ask God for the things they wanted and when they did ask God for what they wanted, they didn’t get it. James goes on to explain why they did not get what they asked for. “That ye may consume it upon your own lusts (4:3).” In other words, God wasn’t going to give them the material possessions they fought, strove and contended for because they would use those things only for their own selfish pleasures. God would get none of the Glory and none of the use out of these things the believers were lusting after. The believer’s motivation for gain was all wrong.

 

In fact, the next verse gives us insight as to what exactly was wrong symptomatically: Worldliness. James asks them, “Know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (4:4)” He further drives home the point by stating, “Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (4:4).” WOW! The people’s evil lusts, contentions, striving, arguing and fighting over riches is equated here with worldliness. Worldliness IS enmity with God.

 

There are five basic principles by which the world’s system operates. They are: Force, Greed, Selfishness, Ambition, and Pleasure (L. Larson, Classroom Instruction 3/29/09). If a person finds themselves operating with this motivation for gain or from one or more of these principles employed as means to gain, he or she is at best worldly in their approach to life, at worst, not even saved.

 

Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not wrong to have material blessings. It’s not even wrong to want material blessings, but each one of us must be honest before God and ask ourselves the question, “Why do I want this?” If you want and desire things because others have them, and you have thoughts such as, “ Everyone on my block has a new car, I need one too.” or, “All my friends wear the latest fashions, I’ve got to have them, too.” Then your motivation for desiring something is all wrong. It’s worldly. Any attitude, mentality, or thought process concerning material wealth that has a, “Keeping up with the Jones’” flavor is worldliness.

 

But if your desire for blessings directly corresponds to your desire to serve God and minister to people, I believe that’s a valid motivation. For example, if God has given you the gift of hospitality, and you genuinely want to exercise that gift, then desiring a suitable home for that purpose isn’t wrong. There is a fine line and it’s easy to get this truth twisted. I’ve heard more than one word of faith preacher falsely tell people words to the effect of, “If you don’t have the finest clothes, nicest cars, and plenty of money, then no one will listed to you share the gospel.” That, my friends, is a LIE. People should be attracted to you not because of your money or looks or the car you drive, but because your countenance reflects that of Jesus Christ. They should be drawn to the Spirit of God in you and not the wealth that you possess.

 

Like I said, having wealth or material blessings is not wrong, in and of itself. But we must, as a people living in a fallen, sin cursed earth, always be aware of our heart’s motivations. We need to let the Holy Spirit show us the real motivation of our hearts. We need to be willing to repent and allow God to change our hearts when they are not right concerning these matters. Take it to the Cross. When we humble ourselves before God, He will provide the grace we need to have a pure heart before Him (James 4:10).

 

Carl J. Leyerle

11/8/10

Asleep In The Lap Of Delilah

Lets read in Judges 16:15-19

15And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

16And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

17That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

18And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

19And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

 

To me, this is a perfect picture of the modern church. Asleep in the lap of those who would destroy her by their false and pernicious doctrines.

Delilah is “The Word of Faith message”  “The Government of 12 message” The “Purpose Driven deception” and the “Prosperity Cults”. Also, the psychological message and the false holiness message would fall under the Delilah category. So would the modern false prophetic movement and scores of other “fads” out there today.

 

So many in the church have fallen asleep and do not even know that the true power of God is absent from so much of what we call church. This is exactly what the scripture says in verse 20: 20And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

 

The true power of Almighty God only comes when the correct message is being preached and that message is Christ and Him crucified. Any other message will be empowered to deceive by demon spirits. Many in todays pulpits are actually anointed by the devil to deceive and scores are following them as idols.  We have allowed the church to go to sleep in the lap of our seductive enemy because we have not lifted our voices and brought a true word and correction from God. For far too long we

sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” (Rev 2:20-21)  and the results have been tragic to say the least.

 

So many are so groggy with slumber that they love their favorite pulpit personality far more than they love Jesus… Thousands accept anything they hear their idols say without ever looking at a Bible. Many run all over the world looking to get a “word” while ignoring “The Word” of God that has gathered dust for years…. Others only bother to look at those verses that they have twisted to promise them “their best life now” and ignore God’s true message; the message of the cross.

Many idol preachers of today give the impression they no longer need Jesus, The Cross, The Blood, The Word, or The Holy Spirit. After all, they have memorized the 12 steps to happiness and if you send them a thousand dollars, they will teach you to do so also.

Read what Jesus said about them in Rev.3:15-19

15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

The true riches; the true power of God will be found only in who Jesus is and what He did at the Cross.

Masses of people in the church have fallen asleep in the lap of Delilah and have exchanged the power of God for a cheap, psychological thrill and a few goose bumps. These other messages (any message that is not the cross) have an allurement and excitement to them because there are demon spirits involved with them. Any message that is not the message of the cross is “another Jesus” promoted by “another spirit” and forms ” another gospel”. (2 Cor.11:4)

 

The sad fact is that while all the hoopla is going on in most churches, Jesus is standing outside knocking on the hearts door trying to get invited in.

20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 3:20-22)

When will the sleeping church hear the knocking of the precious Savior? Will she ever be aroused from her slumber of sleep. You know, some never will because they love their idols more, far more than Jesus. But God does have a remnant that will hear us as we begin to lift up Christ and Him Crucified.

Our problem has been many times we have been to afraid to rock the boat when God has called us to tip it over. We have cried for “unity” but unity that is Biblical must be based on truth. We have been silenced and put to shame by liberals who ardently seek to further their demonic agenda while we try to be polite and let our Jesus get trampled by their unworthy feet. Yes, we have indeed been asleep but I hear a going in the tops of the mulberry trees…. I can hear the sound of an abundance of true, Holy Spirit rain coming… Thanks to Sonlife Broadcasting and hundreds of cross preaching churches springing up all around the world; the Holy Ghost is sounding His last days alarm clock.. A Holy Remnant will be aroused just prior to the coming of Jesus.. I plan to be a part of that Remnant, how about you friend?  Will you cast aside all idols (including your favorite preachers) if they are not preaching the cross? Will you stop worshiping the Copelands and Hagins and Meyers and Capps; and all the others who are preaching a man made, man centered gospel?  Can you handle being corrected by the word of the Cross?  Many cannot. They will perish in the coming storm. Where will you be?

 

When the church embraces the message of the cross, which is the true message of the Bible, then we will see true miracles, healings, and deliverances. I would rather have 1 miracle that is genuine and from the power of God than 50 lying wonders performed by demons to deceive. The only true power of God will come when and if the cross is being preached… All else is a lie.. all else is as sawdust in our mouths.. We need a real move of God instead of this hype and man powered “move(s)” we have thought was God. We cry for an unction from the Holy One…. It will ONLY come when the Church once again worships the Jesus of THE CROSS…… Many have been and are worshiping a “Jesus” that their own minds have invented…  The real Jesus; The Jesus of the Bible, is the Jesus of the Cross… Who Jesus is and what Jesus has done at the Cross…. that is what we need and desperately crave,whether we know it or not……

 

I encourage you today to put away your idols.. I can encourage you to do it but God demands that you do it. Serve only the real Jesus of the Bible. Reject those who have exploited and made merchandise of you… Cling to the cross with every fiber of your being.. Run to the cross… Jesus, The real Jesus, will meet you there.

God bless

THE WORDS OF THE LORD: by Len Paxton


” The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” [Psalm 12:6-7]

This is a word picture taken from the process of purifying silver in a furnace or oven. These clay ovens are still in use in the Arab world today.The clay furnace represents the human element; the silver represents the Divine message which is to be conveyed through the human channel.[ 2 Peter 1:21]

The fire which ensures the absolute purity of the silver, that is, the absolute accuracy of the message, represents the Holy Spirit.
The phrase “seven times” indicates- as the number 7 does many times in the Bible-the absolute perfection of the Holy Spirit’s work. So, the whole picture here assures us that the total accuracy of the Divine message in the scriptures is due to the perfect operation of the Holy Spirit, overruling all the fraility of human clay and purging all the dross of human error from the flawless silver of God’s message.

The message is Divine. It is other than the messenger[man]. Man recieves God’s word by the Power of the Holy Spirit which is made possible because of what Jesus did at the Cross.

A person cannot really understand the Word as it should be understood, unless they have placed their faith totally in what Jesus did at the Cross, thereby ensuring the help of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 7 says” Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever”. This has a double meaning. God will keep His Words and God will keep His people. God will preserve His Words and He will preserve His people. No matter how evil and wicked men attack the word of God, they will not prevail.

From the very time that God uttered His Word it is most surely to come to pass exactly as He has spoken it.

BELIEVE GOD IN 2011; HE IS ABLE: by Len Paxton


The Word of the Lord this month to us is; God can still take care of us in troubled times. First, lets read from Proverbs 3: 5-7
” Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

God says in Jeremiah 29:11, that He has plans to give each of us a future and a hope.

No matter what happens around us we have the blessing of God on us and in us.Even when circumstances around us are completely changing, Gods Word does not change. Gods desire and ability to work in your life is unhindered by this worlds circumstances.

Remember,
1- Noah was riding high and dry even though the world went into liquidation.
2- Abraham ended up with great blessings in a land he walked on by faith.Genesis 24:1
3- Isaac sowed in the time of famine and was blessed while the world around him experienced lack. Genesis 26:1-14
4- Jacob enjoyed the blessings of God when his father-in-law tried to cheat him many times.
5- Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but God put him in charge of all the food supplies in Egypt, and made him second only to Pharaoh.
6- Moses was a shepherd when God told him to bring Israel out of bondage and literally take the abundance of Egypt to the promised land.

I could go on and on but here is what we need to grasp; No matter how things look, we serve a God who has the power and wisdom to bless us and give us victory and peace, if we will trust Him.

BELIEVE GOD. Do not allow your eyes and ears to be filled with fear concerning 2011. We have a God who is able to keep us and even to promote us during hard times. Don’t let your hearts be troubled. We, as the body of Jesus, have faith, hope, and love to share with a world that is suffering and hurting. Be strong and expect great things to happen.