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This One’s for the Children

This One’s for the children
I consider you guys to watch this video, there are so many suffering children in these world, and as a body of Christ, we have to do something.  This is the only way I can my impact on the world, but the children need to be reached.  This is God’s cry in His heart right now.  He wants to help heal children that have been hurt and suffer tremendous obstacles in their life.  We as a nation and a people must come together to help children, disabled, abused, and reach out to our neighbors.  Find out who needs our help and find ways to help them.  This is what we must do.  I hope someone reads this.

 

Never Alone – Jordan Knight

This songs are so prophetic, both Joey and Jordan are so prophetic. – I can’t get the youtube uploaded yet, but the lyrics are so powerful.  Sometimes during the darkest times in our lives we feel like God has left us, and we need to know that there is an army of people watching out for us, so I would like to thank Jordan Knight for making this song.

 

Never Alone

(Alone, alone, alone, alone)

You’re fighting for your very life
It’s cold outside
You’re looking for an answer
You took a wrong turn and you lost your way

When it rains, it pours
And you don’t wanna fight no more
Take a look out in the distance
I’ll be the light that you’ve been missing

(Chorus)
I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
Shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away,
As long as I’m here,
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone

You don’t have to be afraid
Or be ashamed
Just be what God made you
Let the world know just who you are

You’re invincible
So you don’t have to hide no more
Take a look out in the distance
Go and see what you’ve been missing

(Repeat Chorus)

When you don’t feel the love
Just know that you’re good enough
You don’t have to walk alone tonight, tonight…..

Alone, alone, alone, alone

I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
The shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away
As long as I’m here you’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone,
Alone, alone, alone, alone,
You’ll never be alone
You’ll never be alone.

Hope for Storms

My prayer is for those that are going through storms – whether there are physical weather or other kind of storms.  Our prayers reach out to you – that our God is with us –

Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle
Of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back, I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You
Still I will praise You

Keep praising God and giving thanks.  Let your church unite in prayer of giving thanksgiving or your family go through a time of thanksgiving of blessings.

Heavenly Father,

We ask based on Psalm 83, to forgive the nation of America for conspiracies against Israel.  Forgive and have mercy upon this nation.  We bless the nation of Israel right now and we pray for favor on the nation of Israel.   You have made Your power known to America.  Divert the plans of the nation against Israel and have mercy upon America.  We know you are working, but we ask for forgiveness.  Thanks for rain where it is needed, but we know that Israel is Your chosen so on behalf of this nation, we Your Church in America, bless the nation of Israel for You said in Your Word, that blessed is those that bless Israel.  Pour out the blessings on all the leaders of Israel, and America and have them line up with Your divine will, Heavenly Father.  Thank You that despite all these things that are going on, You have chosen a remnant in America, and in Israel, who still abide in You, for the rest I ask that they may once again know and experience the love of Christ, and come to embrace the nation of Israel as one of their own.  We know there is a reason, and a plan and a purpose for everything.  Thanks for revealing this to us, and giving us some hope for the future, for Jeremiah 29:11 says Your plans are not to harm us but to prosper us and to give us a future and a hope.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

No Condemnation in Christ for Genuine Believers who walk after the Spirit

I want to sincerely apologize for any of my posts that have brought a sense of condemnation to anyone.  It was not my intention and I realized that I was trying to do Jesus’ job by trying to separate the wheat from the tares myself, when only He can do it.  At the same time, Ezekiel 3 says that if we don’t warn a person of their sins we will die with their blood on our hands.   Having the calling of a teacher of God’s Word is a heavy task, and as it says in James 3 that it should be entered into with wisdom, but we are all learning the profound truths of God’s Word, and more and more about Jesus everyday.  If anyone else does not get this word I will get it for myself, and I really need it.

Sometimes in the Christian walk we go through times of condemnation, where we are so hard on ourselves, and beat ourselves up, and refuse to accept the redemption of the Blood Covenant that Jesus died to give.  We are plagued with these lies that we are these sinners that are so unclean and so vile that God does not want to approach us because He is so holy.  It is true that He is holy and He hates sin, but the Blood of Jesus has redemptive power to cleanse us from all sin.  We are thoroughly washed in the Blood of the Lamb.  But there are times when we sin, and that’s when repentance comes into picture, but it’s the learning of repentance that is what it’s all about.  ACTS 11:18 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Repentance is not saying “I am not worthy to be loved by You.  I am a reject.  I am an outcast.  I am a nobody.  I am so dirty.”  No, not by any means.  Repentance is about realizing who God is and His goodness, that He is merciful and that He loves you, and He loves you so much that He would give His life for you so that you wouldn’t have to be in pain.  He gave His life up for you so as not to see you cry in agony and feel like a reject or outcast.  When Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Pharoah, he said, “I am a poor speaker, what if they don’t listen to me?”  He didn’t have confidence in who he was, and who God was that would enable him to speak the words that God had given him out of his mouth.  He doubted who he was, and he was the meekest man or the most humble man, or so it’s said.  But let me tell you who was the personfication of humbleness and that was Jesus who washed the disciples feet and at another time He announced His ministry boldly by declaring Isaiah 61 before the congregation.  Jesus knew who He was and as believers in Christ, we must know who we are.  We must know that despite everything, we are more than conquerors than Christ.

We are sometimes living like chickens when are born an eagles.  If an eagle is around chickens long enough and especially if it’s been there all it’s life, it will start to believe it’s a chicken, when it’s actually an eagle.  So many of us have become chickens, but instead we should be eagles.

We must also fight the good fight of faith.  Believe me there is someone out there who wants to make you into a puddle saying, “Lord, I don’t know if I can follow this Law or obey You completely.  I am a worthless sinner, and there is no way You will accept me into Your kingdom.  I am a lost cause.  Just forget about me.  I am beyond help.”  Until you are so much into a pit of despair that you can’t even begin to see Jesus even if you read the Bible so many times.  You may start out with a level of faith, which is the measure of faith, but that faith has to expand and grow and if it doesn’t then that’s when condemnation sets in.  When you have condemnation you are no good to anybody.  You can’t pray for others because you feel like you are worthless.  You can’t read the Word of God because you think that God is going to fry you because you feel like you won’t have the promise of eternity waiting for you.  Sometimes self-pity even creeps in and says, why don’t you just give up, but you see, friends, that this is all a fight.  It is a fight to the finish because it is a race that we run and we want to make it to the end.  Condemnation can happen to any believer at any time even those who through their spiritual walk have an intimacy with the Lord, but something about not knowing who God is and the Good News of His Kingdom causes you to lose hope and become discouraged in your souls.  When you begin to believe that everything around you has to change for you to experience joy then something needs to change.

The repentance for the Gentiles leads to life.  Jesus died so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  This doesn’t mean having a huge house, many cars, an air plane, and material possessions- those things are an added benefit, but what’s really important is the quality of the life that emanates from spirit to soul to body.  When we experience condemnation sometimes our souls become grieved and we don’t know how to make peace with God and trust who He is.  We become overburdened with guilt to the point that we can’t take it anymore.  This is what happened to Judas, he couldn’t take what he had done to Jesus.  I’m not calling you a Judas.  I’m just saying that we don’t want to get to that point.  We want to be set free.  That’s why Paul was teaching so much about the Law.  Here’s what  he said in 1 Timothy 1:

5My goal in giving you this order is for love to flow from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith. 6Some people have left these qualities behind and have turned to useless discussions. 7They want to be experts in Moses’ Teachings. However, they don’t understand what they’re talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently.

8We know that Moses’ Teachings are good if they are used as they were intended to be used. 9For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. 10Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings. 11Moses’ Teachings were intended to be used in agreement with the Good News that contains the glory of the blessed God. I was entrusted with that Good News.

His purpose in saying all these things that he did in the epistles was so that he could set free the conscience of the believers with a pure and sincere heart to those that were doing things that were not according to the ways of God.  Now certain people will put slime on my head just there. For those with heightened understanding will know what I am talking about.

For believers with a pure and sincere heart that follow God and that want to do what He says, and want to walk in His ways, and do not want to grieve Him, then there is no condemnation for them.  Jesus became sin, so why should we have to take it?  Why should we have to carry the burden of sin- those of us who believe in Him?

There are distinctions that have to be made though between Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other apostates who have strayed away from the true teachings of God’s Word.  The indisputable facts are Jesus was born of virgin, that He died on a cross, was buried, and rose again the third day.  Those things are vital.  If you believe those you have what it takes to build your faith.  Faith is not just a head knowledge, but it is a heart transformation that also presents itself with power.

Romans 8 says –

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The same verses in God’s Word Translation:

1So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. 3It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. 4Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards.

5Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. 6The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. 7This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. 8Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God. 9But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature.

Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval.11Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

Even though Romans here is talking about the carnal or corrupt nature of man and the appetites of the flesh,  if you have a bad day and you eat a piece of chocolate cake, ice cream, or have a little bit too much chicken tikka masala or lamb curry, God does not want you to feel so bad about it that you go into an eating disorder just to prove a point that you want to honor Him.  God knows you.  God knows you so well.  He knows you so well that He knows what sin you were going to do when you do it.  Yes it was wrong for Eve to listen to the serpent and eat of that forbidden fruit, and it was wrong for Adam to pass blame onto Eve, but what’s even worse, is that they hid from God’s Presence.  He was right there and they didn’t run to Him because they didn’t feel worthy.  He had come to accept them.  He had come to accept them with open arms, but yet it in turn they ran because they were so scared.  God loves you so much, He gave His life after you.

There’s always a way out for every sin.  Every sin has a way out through the Blood Covenant of Jesus as long as you don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit.  If you do it out of ignorance it’s ok, but if you do it intentionally when you know it’s not right because out of the wrong motive of the heart then that’s something else.

This whole time on earth throughout history God is looking for people who will love Him whole heartedly and will seek after His heart.  To yearn after His beauty and His majesty.  He doesn’t want people to be dismayed and discouraged.  But He wants people to repent and to receive forgiveness out of true humility.

But at the same time there is a warning because the times of the birth pangs are coming, and this is a time when people begin to see God’s judgments to come upon the Earth in the forms of natural catastrophes, and those are the times to trust God.  Because when you come down to it, all you have is Jesus, and you have to know that you have Jesus and He loves you and He doesn’t want to see you hurt.

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you touch the hearts of the people and let them see what a loving and kind and merciful Father you are to them.  Heal the Orphaned spirit, and the spirit of rejection upon the believer’s lives.  Give them life and and life more abundantly.  Give them hope and hope for the everlasting.  Cause them to surrender to You completely and totally to Your will and let them know the plan and purpose You have for their lives.  Cause them to see the light of Your Truth, and give them fresh rhema everyday.  Cause them to see everything beautiful about You.  Let them see that they are loved beyond measure, and that even for unbelievers Your heart reaches out to them so that they may receive the Truth that Jesus died for our sins.  Forgive us Lord if we have strayed away from Your Spirit today, and bring us back to Your fold so that we may see the beauty of Your majesty.  Forgive us Lord if we have not obeyed.  Cleanse us with Your blood today and create in us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within Your precious saints who long to follow You.  Grant us all wisdom and encouragement and hope to see the everlasting and eternal hope and salvation we have in You.  I thank You for the special anointing You have given me to preach this Word, and may it bring life to those who hear it.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Change your “Never” to “Nevertheless” or “Someday”

There’s a dangerous way of speaking that is going around, and even I catch myself saying it sometimes, but it is the use of the word, “never”.  It is used in the Bible 87 times.  Another word, “Nevertheless” is used over 90 times.  To get a definition of the words I turn to google and I find – Never – “At no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever”.  Nevertheless can mean “in spite of that” – and in other cases can mean – “still – nonetheless – notwithstanding – though – however”.  There are some cases where the word “never” is used, but it is not very strongly used, and I haven’t done an in depth study to see how many times it is used.  The statement of Truth, which the word can be applied is that “unless you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then you can never see the kingdom of heaven.”

Proverbs 18:21  says –

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Sometimes when people speak they use the word, “never”, and they do not know that they are speaking a word of curse into the person’s life and speaking death into their life.  “You’ll never amount to anything,”

“You’ll never grow unless you do ‘this’ or ‘that’,”

“You’ll never lose weight unless you go to the gym, or go on a diet,”

“Unless you pray everyday you’ll never see growth in your spiritual life.”

“You’ll never understand the Gospel, unless you understand this,” etc.

It’s called a persuasive technique and it is used to motivate people to take action, and even pastors use it from time to time, not knowing what they are doing.  They put a lot of emphasis on that word.   It is a warning for people, and often times they are used with true statements and a call to action, but it takes away the hope from the people, and people start believing, “You mean I have to do it this way or there’s no hope for me.”  There is only one fundamental statement of Truth, to which that applies, “Unless you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you’ll never enter the kingdom of heaven.” We don’t want people to become hopeless or discouraged, we want them to be encouraged.  God rarely used the word, “never”, more often He used, “nevertheless”.  “Nevertheless” in the Hebrew word, “aken”, means “certainly, truly, surely, verily”.

So what’s the best was to take away the hopelessness for the person, whom your speaking to?  It’s to give them hope by saying, “Nevertheless” or “Someday.”

“Someday you’ll do something great.”

“You might seem like your not growing now, but someday you will see tremendous growth in your life.”

“You’re struggling with losing weight, but if you see how much God loves you and is willing to see you to health, then someday you’ll want to change your eating habits.”

“Prayer is really important, maybe someday you’ll see how much.”

“These Gospel concepts are important, I pray that the Lord reveals them to you.”

The reason why the word “never” can have a curse like effect, is because it gives the assumption that people are doomed to fail, unless they carry out the precondition.  Even if that is true, there is a better way of saying it, for example the statements I have given.

Words have power as we see in Matthew 21:19 –

19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

I believe Jesus said this for two reasons, to show the power of words, and as symbology in relation to fruit in God’s Kingdom.   Jesus cursed a tree, I don’t believe He cursed people, but He had very powerful words to say.  Words are like a sword, they can cut.  Words can also bring healing.  Hitler changed a whole society through his words and brought destruction to Jewish people.  Just one wrong word uttered to someone can change the course of history.  You might want to also read James 3 as well.

Referring back to the statement of Truth given above, it is not exactly what the Bible says in those exact words using instead,

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

But it does mention in several different ways that statement of Truth, which I don’t have time to get into right now, but you can study that for yourself.

There are two profound statements in the Word of God, which use the Word never –

23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’This is Jesus speaking, and I often seemed to have trouble with this verse, until I applied the definition of the word never, which can also mean “not ever” – over here it isoudepote – and if you apply the current definition of the word never, which hasn’t changed much in meaning, you get “And then I will declare to them, ‘Idid not ever know you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  Or if you apply the Thayer’s Lexicon to the verse, “And I will declare to the, ‘did not ever have any acquaintance with you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  As long as Jesus is your friend, or more than a friend in some cases and you have a relationship with Him, then this doesn’t apply to you, but you also have to take into the context the word “lawlessness” – which means unrighteousness -For an explanation of unrighteousness –  being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.To be led by the Spirit, means you will avoid doing these things, but when you do find yourself doing these things be quick to confess, repent, and turn to God.  He is quick to forgive.
The other verse is – always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.[2 Timothy 3:7]In context -3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.This describes the current situation right now with people in the body of Christ – the doctrines have been so spread apart, and put with different kinds of conjecture that even the people that want to preach the truth, end up believing lies because they have itching ears.  I want to put emphasis on the word, “unholy”  and having a form of godliness and denying it’s power.  Have you ever heard the expression “cleanliness is next to godliness” well this is a secular expression, but some people strictly believe that by being clean they can be godly, but there is no power in being clean.  What’s more important is an inward transformation of the heart that leads to repentance, or turning away from sin.  God is holy, so we should be holy like He is holy, and of course that takes an intimate walk with the Holy Spirit, and bringing yourself to the cross of Christ, and letting yourself go of all wickedness.  There are people including myself who are always learning, and learning is good, but we have to come the knowledge of the truth.  What is the truth?  The word truth in Greek is “aletheia”, and it is the same word which stands for Jesus when He says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  That truth is Jesus.  So people are always learning and ‘never’ able to come to the knowledge of Jesus.

Those two verses Matthew 7:23, and 2 Timothy 3:7 are very closely tied together and I just made this discovery right now, but they are so closely tied together and when I have some more time I’ll get into the study of the word, truth, but for now I have to say that we have to be very careful with the words we use.  Especially when we are preaching or speaking to people because words have power.

We need to change negative confession and word curses over ourselves and other people’s lives to blessings that bring life.  Under the Abrahamic Covenant that says that “Blessed are those who bless you, and cursed are those who curse you” the believers and Israel is blessed under this blessing.”

Once a curse has taken root in a person’s life it can bring harmful side effects, and the only to reverse that is to speak blessing into their lives.  If someone has cursed you, then speak blessing through the Blood of Jesus upon your own life and reverse the curse.

Here’s a prayer for repentence for negative word confessions:

Heavenly Father,

Forgive me for anything wrong that I have said today, and let my words, thoughts, and attitudes be pleasing to you Lord.  Let my whole heart be consumed by the fire of your love, and let me speak blessings and receive blessings into my life.  Wash me in Your Precious Blood and purge my mouth from any ungodly words spoken today.  Free me from any hopelessness  or destructive path, which has been created by wrong words or actions.  Thank You.

Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.