For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2nd Timothy 4:3-4). It’s difficult to accept correction, to be told we have to change. The Word of God is our instructions for living according to the Word of God, there is no other way around it. Either we will live according to His Word or we will reject His Word, we can’t live in between, it’s either holiness, being separated from the world or living a life of hypocrisy. Many times Christians will seek out churches that will give them a good feeling, indoctrinating them to think on the things of the world rather than thinking on heavenly things. This world, will one day pass away, Jesus is on His way back for the church, and He is coming for a church without a wrinkle, blemish or a spot (That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish – Ephesians 5:27). Wrinkle meaning we should be filled with His Spirit, flowing in righteousness like running water. Spot, we shouldn’t have any defect (nothing lacking in our spiritual walk. Nothing defecting our spirit by our emotions, nothing that would be a disgrace. Blemish, meaning faultless through our righteousness in Christ Jesus when we have submitted ourselves to God and His Word.Read More
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul (Job 27:8)? There is an appointed time we have to appear before God for the life we have lived, there will be no excuses for what we did or didn’t do. Many are in church and living opposite of what God has instructed every Christian to live by. We cannot live and have fellowship with God, when we’re living in disobedient of His Word. How many times have you been in Church and the Spirit of God was moving in the congregation, but you didn’t feel His Spirit? Matter of fact, when were living according to God’s Word not only will He meet us in the Church, but we can feel His presence in our homes. In order to have fellowship with God, we have to realize we’re in need of His help, and He will help, when we ask Him to help us to live according to His Word.
Christianity is not a bunch of rules of does and don’t; the Bible which is God’s written word is for the believers instructions to live by, it’s our passport to Heaven. Satan have blinded the eyes of those who want to live for God, but yet live according to their desires,but when we do, it hinders us from growing in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will not be in manifestation when we live according to our fleshly desires. You may not be committing fornication or adultery, but you’re watching it on television and if it’s a series, you’re watching every series with expectation. As Christians we can’t be consumed with the things of the world, there is nothing wrong with watching television, but it’s what you’re watching that is killing your relationship with the Father. What we watch and hear goes into our spirit and will stunt our spiritual growth.
Many Christians attend church, but never have a set time to read and study God’s Word, they don’t have fast days and they wonder why they aren’t growing spiritually. The Bible gives us instructions in how to grow spiritually,but if the individual never takes the time to read the Word, how can they be doers of what they aren’t aware of? God holds every Christian responsible for their spiritual growth, and its more than attending church once a week. As Christians we cannot participate in everything that the world is doing; we are in the world, but we’re not of the world. Spiritual adultery is just a bad as physical adultery (Ye adulterers and adulteress, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God – James 4:4). We will either serve the Creator of the Universe or we will serve the father of lies, Satan. We cannot live according to the world standards and believe we will go to heaven, that’s a lie from Satan to keep people hell bound (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17).
God has an everlasting love for us, but He will not allow sin to enter into His kingdom, if we die in our sins, in hell shall we lift up our eyes (And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life – Revelation 21:27). It’s so much hypocrisy in the church, and it shouldn’t be; Christian night clubs, Christian stepping, envy, jealousy, gossiping, unbelief and doubt; the very thing God has instructed Christians not to do, is what they are doing .
Most employers have an employee handbook, it’s the responsibility of the employee to read the manual and get familiar with the guidelines. If the employee does something that is against the rules in the handbook they can be fired because of negligence of not reading the rules. God’s Word has authority over any rule man can make, and just like the employer, if the people of God does not comply to what is written in the handbook of the Lord, they will miss Heaven and end up in hell, and yes God will still love you, but He will not go against His Word. Too many times people are being preached to about how much God loves them and not telling them, God loves them, but if they don’t comply to the Word of God they are hell bound.
Every Christian is held responsible for their dedication to God, and His Word, don’t compare yourself to others, but compare yourself to the Word of God, and when we do that, we can always see where we need more of His help to live this Christian life.Read More
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:16-17
As Christians we should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God. He or she should separate themselves from actions, influences or people that will contaminate them. A Christian should apply biblical principles to their life daily.Read More
Mark 9:49-50 For every one shall be salted (seasoned) with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. V:50 – Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye reason it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another
Salt is a preservative, it protects from harm, damage, keeps food from spoiling, it gives flavor.Read More
And, behold there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed (bent over) together, and could in no wise lift (raise) up herself – Luke 13:11
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day – Luke 13:16
Infirmity – Greek (Astheneia) feebleness of body or mind, frailty, weakness – This woman Jesus was speaking of had an infirmity, she wasn’t sick or diseased, but she was restricted, she couldn’t move the way she desired to, she was bent over, and couldn’t lift herself up. Several things are being said in these two scriptures. This woman had an infirmity, in other words, her back was bent over for eighteen years. She was a woman of faith because she was one of Abraham’s daughters. The infirmity she had was something Satan had put on her, it wasn’t physical and Jesus was going to heal her on the Sabbath day. Her spiritual leader didn’t discern it was a spirit and not an illness.
Imagine, this woman was attending the Synagogue for eighteen years, in the eighteen years she was attending she was bound by Satan although she was in the Synagogue. She was hearing the word of God, but she was still bound. Those who were ministering the Word of God didn’t discern this woman being bound by Satan, they probably just thought she was bent over and there was nothing else to it. Secondly, those that were worshipping God was not allowing the Spirit of God to flow freely, if that was the case, she wouldn’t have been bound for eighteen years without receiving deliverance or it could have just been her appointed time to receive her healing.
The Church is a place where Christian believers gather together to worship and praise God. The Church is place where people should be able to come and receive, healing and deliverance. It should be a place where people can come and feel loved when they can’t feel or receive love from anyone or anywhere else. The Church is a place where spiritual surgery should be performed. It’s a place where people should be able to come and touch the hem of Jesus garment as He passes through the pews, it’s a place where people should be able to come and receive a blood transfusion.
This poor woman was in the congregation of believers and no one had discernment she was being attacked by Satan because they were looking at the outer appearance rather than in the Spirit. How many times do people attend church, and members of the church are bound by Satan and other demonic spirits and we have church as usually and no one is being set free? Something is wrong when you never feel or see the Spirit of God moving in the Sanctuary; gifts of the Spirit aren’t in operation, people joining church, but don’t stay connected with the Church.
In order for Satan to have attacked the woman as long as he did, he knew she didn’t have spiritual power neither those who was ministering to her. When Jesus detected it was a spirit of infirmity, the ruler of the Synagogue didn’t want Jesus to heal on the Sabbath Day. The rulers were more concerned about a day rather than seeing the woman healed.
Just as the ruler in the Synagogue were more concerned about a day than seeing the Spirit of God being manifested, we are having the same thing happened today in our churches where people are more concerned about which day we suppose to attend church, dress attire people are wearing than hungering for the Spirit of God to move in the Sanctuary. The Spirit of God is not being manifested in the church because of what people wear, He’s not being manifested because of the sin in the congregation.
Throughout the Bible you don’t read about one Sanctuary or Synagogue being a deliverance ministry, or healing ministry. When the Spirit of God is indwelling us, there should be a manifestation of the Spirit of God being manifested through the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit. When leaders and people of God come into the Sanctuary and being on one accord; having the Spirit of God indwelling them, the Spirit of God will give a visitation and people will not leave the same way they came in.
People are attending church and are bound and trying to bind those that are free! We’re more concerned about how a person is dressed than what’s going on in the heart of an individual (For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies – Matthew 15:19). If we can get the individuals heart right through the Spirit of God using us as instrument, when the heart receives righteousness everything else will begin to line up with the Word of God. God is concerned about our spirit not our dress-code or the day we have came together to worship Him. If a day was the case, Jesus wouldn’t have said when two or three or gathered in my name, there I’m I in the midst of them (For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them – Matthew 18:20). Satan doesn’t care what he can have us divided in as long as we don’t come together in agreement; because he knows if we come together in agreement the Spirit of the Lord will be there to heal and answer prayers. So what he does, he have us in disagreement over things that not pertaining to life and godliness or the Bible.
If we stop pointing the finger and blaming others and begin to fast and pray and ask God to show us ourselves that’s when the Spirit of God will begin to move in our Sanctuaries. (Then shatl thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting (pointing) forth of the finger, and speaking vanity (wickedness – Isaiah 58:9) We’re too busy looking at someone else’s flaws rather than looking at our own sins and flaws. How can we see someone else need and we can’t see our own need of Spiritual growth? We must first get the darkness out of us in order to see darkness in someone else life, and we must be filled with the Spirit of God. We need more than Him coming upon us every now then, we need Him to live in and through us.
When God shows us something about an individual, it’s for us to either to confront them with loving-kindness and to pray with them and for them until they receive deliverance, it’s not for us go about telling everyone else about a person sins or flaws. The Holy Spirit will convict you, not condemn you!
Let us as Christians; get in a place with God where He will allow us to see those among us bound by Satan and through His Spirit set the captive free!Read More