And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2). Christians are called to “be not conformed to this world” with its behavior and customs that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values must go deeper than the level of behavior and customs, that’s why the mind must be renewed by the Word of God. It’s possible to avoid most worldly behavior and customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, arrogant and controlling. Just as we read and explore different ways to increase our knowledge, financially, relational and academically, we must have that same tenacity to increase our knowledge of the Word of God and what He expects from us as Christians. Sadly to say, the majority of Christians haven’t memorized Bible verses nor their meaning, this is why the Apostle Paul admonished us to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”, this isn’t just for the ministerial office, but all those that call upon the name of the Lord and professing to be Christians. As Christians, we cannot conform to the world’s way of thinking and behavior. God has given us His written Word on how to stay in contact and connected with Him, and that’s by being a doer of His Word, take time to read the Bible and study the Bible, this is where you will find life. Every day we live to see, we’re one day closer to death, and when death knocks at our door, we must be prepared to enter into life. We’re just here for a limited time, when we make our transition it will be for eternity; our minds must be renewed to submit to the Word of God.Read More
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22) Before the return of Jesus, the Bible has warned the believer there would be many false prophets. False prophets are known in the Bible as those with familiar spirit. False prophets have ruined many lives by the prophecy they have given individuals and the prophecy didn’t come from God, but by their own spirit and emotions. There is a difference between a prophet of God and a false prophet. A true prophet of God speak as the Lord gives him or her utterance, the prophecy will always line up with the Word of God; and the prophecy will come to manifestation, it will also be a confirmation of what God has already spoken in your spirit and heart. False prophets are known in the secular world as psyche’s. A true prophet of God will never give prophecies about receiving cars, money, homes and material items; God has promised, if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things would be given to us. Prophecy is given to encourage the individual in the Lord, confirming what God desires out of their life. Sometimes a prophecy is given about personal concerns, but usually its about the kingdom of God
True prophets of God will never ask for money to give you a word from God, they don’t give you a prophecy for $50.00 or $100.00; this is what psychic do, and it shouldn’t be in the body of Christ. God hasn’t changed, what He did through the prophets of old, He is still using them the same way. Prophets of old came to tear down and pluckup what the adversary had built, they also rebuked and exhorted the people of God, true prophets of God are still doing it God’s way. Christians shouldn’t be charging someone if God has given them a prophecy to give to someone. Neither should Christians be calling psychic lines, using astrology, numerology, palm reading, or psychometry, all of these are individuals that has a familiar spirit. Many Christians don’t know what a familiar spirit is; a familiar spirit is an evil spirit that becomes familiar with an individual or family. It follows that person or family and know their weakness-physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In the Christian community, its called generational curse, but its really a familiar spirit, not a curse. A spirit that is familiar with you will communicate knowledge about you to those whom they serve such as the psyche and false prophets. Keep in mind every person who has supernatural knowledge about you is not of God.
Many of God’s people have been destroyed spiritually because of the lack of knowledge. Many Christians don’t take the time to read and study the Bible, our committment to God’s Word gives us knowledge and God will give us the wisdom how to apply the knowledge He has given us. God knows the past, present and future; if we place our trust in Him, He will give us the information we’re seeking when we seek Him and not people to give us a word of prophecy. Don’t allow everyone to pray for you and speak into your life because those that have been sent by Satan can speak damnation and other havoc’s into your life. No them labor among you!
There will be times God will send someone in your life to tell you what He wants from you; or what you should do regarding certain circumstances, and you will know the answer came from God, because it will agree with your spirit. It’s one thing about the Spirit of God indwelling our human spirit, when someone has the same Spirit there will be an agreement in our spirit. Satan’s time is running out and he is trying to destroy as many lives as he can, be committed to God, His Word; and His Spirit will lead you into all truth.
But God said to him, you fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:20 -New American Standard Bible). Jesus’ instructions to His disciples then and now wherever our treasure is, that is where our hearts will be. Beware of where your heart is, there is a space in our hearts reserved for God, and Him only; when we place people and things in His reserved area, we have made them idols and gods. God has instructed His people to have no other god before Him. How can a Christian have a connection with the Father when he or she doesn’t have a time of prayer. We have time to do everything concerning to the natural things, but when it comes to spiritual things, we don’t make the time. To be a successful Christians, we must spend time in prayer,; we should have daily prayer, a time set aside to spend in God’s presence. We need to study the Bible and not just read it, we need days we set aside to fast, to bring our flesh under subjection.
If we spend as much time seeking to please God, as we do in seeking to make more money, more education, larger houses and so forth, the body of Christ would be more powerful and would be in unity, the power of God would be moving in us and through us. God just don’t allow His Spirit to rest upon us without sacrificing. We have conferences after conferences to build the body of Christ up, but after the conference there hasn’t really been a spiritual change corporately or individually. It’s going to take more than a conference for us to begin to walk in the manifestation of the power of God. Jesus is on His way back, and the body of Christ needs to get busy winning souls. There are people who will never enter a church unless someone minister and guide them to one. If we’re always thinking about getting more for us and not using what has already been poured into us, Sunday after Sunday, weekday service; another conference isn’t going to get the job done.
We are the sons of God, and we should be walking epistles, read by men. There is power in God we have not touched; and we cannot get it without commitment in prayer, fasting, reading and studying the Bible and living according to the Bible instructions. We should be focusing on how to win a soul, praying for God to manifest Himself through us to a dying world. Each of us are accountable for what we do as Christians, are we focusing on the world and how to get more stuff, or are we preparing ourselves to be vessels, God can use anytime, anywhere and any place? Are we preparing ourselves so the anointing can rest in our lives to bless others or are we too busy doing everything that points to the world and nothing for God!Read More
God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24).
So many times congregates have been instructed to praise the Lord, and your praise will get you what you need from God. We have been instructed to worship God no matter what our life style may be. Jesus knew the heart of man, and He informed His followers of the prophecy that was given by the Prophet Isaiah “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commandments with their own man-made teachings” (Matthew 15:8 New Living Translation).
God has given us instructions how we should worship Him and receive results from our worship. We cannot have on the garment of unforgiveness, envy, strife, rebellion, disobedient, fornication, adultery, unbelief, doubt and all the others things He has commandment not to have or do and think the praises are acceptable in the eyes of God.
Many times we come together in worshiper, we sing, shout and jump, run around the church, and we say “the Lord is here”, when we’re really worshipping in our emotions. The music sounds good, it’s ministering to our emotions and not our spirit. Whenever the Lord comes on the scene, changes are made, people don’t go out the same way they came in. Conviction comes upon those that aren’t living right, those that are born-again will be refreshed in their spirit. Sinners will come to the altar and it will be a life changing experience, not a today salvation and living like a sinner tomorrow. Healing will take place in the spirit, mind, emotions, and body. Relationships will be healed, back-sliders will rededicate their life, people will receive the Holy Spirit, and the Spiritual gifts will be in manifestation when the Lord enters the sanctuary.
We cannot live a sinful life and expect the Spirit of the Lord will come; because He will not (The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or He might turn away from you (Deuteronomy 23:14 New Living Translation). When sin is in the camp of the body of Christ, it’s not the Spirit of the Lord moving among the people, but the spirit of emotions that’s making the people to believe the Lord is in the midst of them. We’re spirit beings and we draw spirits by the spirit that is dwelling in us.
Many churches are filled with envy, jealous, spiritual discrimination, fault-finding, disunity, disobedient, rebellion and some ministers have the people believing the Lord is in the midst of the mess; God doesn’t bless mess. If the minstrel is not living a holy life, separated from the world, committed to the Lord, they cannot usher the Spirit of the Lord in the place. Choir members cannot usher the spirit of the Lord in the sanctuary, if they’re in disunity, back-biting, fault-finding, ungodly pride as well as any of the other things the Lord has put in place for us to follow, He isn’t coming in the sanctuary.
We cannot manipulate God with our praise and worship and not be living according to His bylaws to receive the blessings. The Bible is our mirror of correction, it will always assist us to find out where we are. We draw God’s Spirit, by His Spirit that lives within our being. The next time we go to worship, we need to discern what spirit we’re drawing to us. When the worshiper is real, He will give a visitation in our homes; wherever we maybe, He will come to us.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2nd Corinthians 5:17) There is a difference from one being a Christian and one just being religious. Religion is either trying to make yourself righteous or one who acknowledges there is a God, but rejects the Bible’s instructions; they pick and chose what scripture of the Bible they will submit to. Religion doesn’t have principles to follow as Christianity. With religion you can do what you want and yet call yourself a Christian or a religious person. True Christianity brings about a change in the person’s behavior and character, the Holy Spirit give them new life, and they are not the same anymore. The Christian is not reformed, rehabilitated, or re-educated, the person is a new creation, living in vital union with Christ. Christians aren’t someone who merely turned over a new leaf, we are beginning a new life under a new Master.
Christianity comes with a sanctification, Christians are once and continually set apart and kept. As Christians, we abide by the doctrine of Christ and will not follow no other doctrine. Christians are born again in their spirit, their spirit has been transformed by the Spirit of God and they become one with God and His Son. Christians take on the nature of their Father, whereas religious people nature, behavior and character will stay the same, not reflecting the nature of the Father. Christians don’t practice sin, for whatever is opposite of the instructions God has given us through His written Word is sin.
Many have lost their souls because they wanted to gain the world through their beauty and talents, desiring popularity; whereas the Bible has states ”What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”, to gain the world is to be an idol, having glory and honor going to the individual, and God has forbidden the Christian to have no other gods before Him, an idol is not just a statue, its people and things, anytime a person wants to be glorified and worshipped, this isn’t the Spirit of God being manifested in them.
There is no way the Spirit of God is indwelling our human spirit, and we haven’t changed in our behavior and character. If were still doing the same thing we were doing before we became Christians the Spirit of God hasn’t come in our being, when He comes, He makes changes. God wants us to be Christians, not religious, this is why He instructed Nicodemus he had to be born-again, meaning being born from above, its nothing we can do of ourselves.
It’s not God’s desire for anyone to perish, but He will not push Himself on anyone who don’t desire to be a follower of Christ.Read More