Archive | August, 2008

God’s Unmerited Favor

21 Aug
By Jonathan Doctor

Mark 11:28 (Message)

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Mat 11:29

Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
 
Mat 11:30    

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
 
            God’s Unmerited Favor will  set you free from the deceptions of the “religion” of works and trying to earn God’s favor and acceptance. The Good News of the Gospel is that it is called a Gospel of Grace. The Bible is a book of covenants, and as Christians we are included in the Covenant of Grace.
 

            God is a God of Grace, the Spirit of God is called the Spirit of Grace, The Word of God is called the Word of Grace, the Gospel we  preach is a Gospel of Grace, and the Apostle Paul declared; “Let him be cursed” who preaches another Gospel. The Bible says that we can “fall from Grace” and that we can actually become cursed if we try to keep the law and earn our way with God.

 

            The good news is that the promises of God are a free Gift of God to Us in Christ. The good news is that we have inherited thousands of God’s promises and more good news is that we don’t have to earn them. As people learn this Gospel truth about God’s unmerited favor, they will stop burning themselves out trying to earn their salvation blessings through their religious efforts. As people learn to receive by faith and grace what Christ died to earn them they will enter into rest, peace, security and a blessed richness of Abundant Life.

 

            God has said in Psalm 111:5 that He will ever be mindful of His Covenant. The Covenant of Grace that we are included in is a Covenant between A Perfect and Holy God and a Perfect and Holy Man. The problem is that we can NEVER live up to the conditions of the Covenant, man can never be that perfect. That’s where Jesus – the Christ came as a Holy God-Man – the last Adam and the second Man. Jesus did our part of the covenant, he fulfilled all righteousness on our behalf, he took our place on the cross to take the punishments we deserve for being covenant breakers. Jesus also took our place as a Man fulfilling all the obligations of the law and covenant, that’s why He said “It is Finished!” Once for all thank God it is finished.

 

            This Covenant is between Perfection and Perfection, it is a Holy Covenant and without Christ we cannot take part in it. Galatians 3:16 says that as God was making Covenant with Abraham He was actually making covenant with Christ – the seed. If we belong to Christ we are included in the Covenant. If we don’t belong to Christ than we are as Ephesians 2 describes; cut off from the covenants of promise and without hope and without God.

 

What is Grace, what is it NOT


            
      Grace IS simply a Free Gift. In most cases Grace in the Bible refers to God’s Unmerited Favor; In other words, unmerited is another way of saying Free; or you get it even though you didn’t earn, merit or pay for it. I want to point out that God’s Free Gift of Grace and Favor is NOT a LICENSE to sin.
 

      After study of the Word of God I am a firm believer that Once your saved YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. Unfortunately people CAN walk away from Christ After they received Him. Why anyone would want to walk away from their Salvation I don’t know, perhaps it is because they have been taught that God’s Grace justifies their sinning. In fact God’s Grace does not justify you to sin. God’s Grace is part of God’s Character,

 

Jesus is a perfect example of the Character of Grace. Lets look at the Word to see my point.

 

 

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in ery; and when they had set her in the midst,

 

John 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

 

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

 

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

 

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

 

John 8:9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

 

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

 

John 5:5 NLT One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty- eight years.

 

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

 

John 5:7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

 

John 5:8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

 

John 5:9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,

 

John 5:10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

 

John 5:11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”

 

John 5:12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

 

John 5:13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

 

John 5:14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

 

 

     I want you to notice that Jesus Restored the woman in ery and forgave her and did not condemn her but said “go and sin no more“. You see Grace will Forgive and Restore a person BUT Grace also says “Go and sin No More”. Also notice the paralyzed man who was made whole, Grace Healed him but Grace also said “Stop sinning or something worse will happen“.

 

     You see the problem in some churches today is that they go too far to the right or too far to the left. They either Condemn a saint for their sins, or they make Grace a License to sin and do whatever because they believe that “Once saved Always Saved”. The True Meaning of Grace is Restoration, Healing and ‘Go sin no more’, live a Holy life.

 

 

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

 

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly s, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

 

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

 

     So the balanced teaching and definition of Grace when related to sin is to Restore, Heal, Deliver and then Go and sin no more. Correction has its place, but don’t let Condemnation keep you or anyone else from Restoration, Healing and every other benefit of Grace. Grace Teaches us to Live Holy Lives.

 

     The Once saved Always saved teaching cannot be a correct aspect of Grace. Just like a man and a woman come together in Holy Matrimony; as they do, they make a commitment to be together until death if need be. Unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce even though they made a commitment to be united forever. Someone in that marriage walked away from that Covenant, in the case of Marriage, sometimes they both walk away from their Covenant and Commitment to God and each other. Our God does not walk away from His Covenant with us; man always is the one to walk away from God. 

 

The Covenant of Grace Defined

A covenant is: a mutual, binding obligation between two or more individuals, who, contingent upon certain conditions, promise certain things to each other. Between God and man there is therefore such a covenant of grace in the true sense of the word.

 

      This COVENANT OF GRACE is a holy, magnificent, well–ordered, and eternal agreement or treaty between the all–sufficient, good, omnipotent, righteous, faithful, true, and immutable God on the one side, and on the other side with man, who by nature are born sinful, condemnable, impotent, abominable, with a ful nature.

     The New Testament Word for Covenant carries the meaning that God fulfills both His and our requirements of the demands of the Law. He not only took the Punishment for us being covenant breakers but Also Fulfilled the Righteous requirements of the Law for us… making us Righteous and worthy to receive the Blessings of the Covenant.

            In this covenant God promises deliverance from all evil and the bestowal of full salvation by grace through the Mediator Jesus Christ. Man, fully delighting himself in these promises, with all his heart accepts the way revealed in the Word of God, whereby these promised benefits are to be obtained.

            In doing so, the sinner, by way of the covenant, surrenders himself to God and becomes justified by faith through Jesus Christ. God, for the assurance of the covenant seals the Covenant by His own shed at the cross and remembered by means of Holy Communion, all this to the magnification of His free and unfathomable grace.

            In order for someone to have dealings with God by way of a covenant, and to get the proper advantage from this established covenant of Grace, this person must be clearly convinced in his heart that:

Ÿ         God establishes a covenant with man;

Ÿ         Invites man to enter into a covenant with Him;

Ÿ         That man is permitted to have and can have, and does have covenant dealings with God.

Scriptural Evidence for the Existence of the Covenant of Grace

            Genesis 15 describes, along with various noteworthy circumstances, the covenant transaction between God and Abraham. In it God, accommodating Himself to the manner of men, commanded Abraham to slaughter animals, cut them in half, and place the pieces opposite each other. Abraham was obedient, agreed, and prepared everything. God then allowed a smoking furnace and a burning lamp to proceed between these pieces, and thus established a covenant with Abraham.

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Gen. 17:7);

“. . . I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel . . . this shall be the covenant . . . I will put My law in their inward parts . . . and will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer. 31:31, 33);

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them” (Jer. 32:38–40).

 

     The New Testament also makes frequent mention of this covenant. Among others, this is confirmed in the following: Galatians 3:16,29 “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant” (Luke 1:72);

“. . . being aliens from the covenants of promise . . .” (Eph. 2:12);

“By so much was Jesus made a Surety of a better testament” (Heb. 7:22);

“the Mediator of a better covenant” (Heb. 8:6).

Consider also those scriptures which speak of men entering into that covenant.

“Yield yourselves unto the LORD” (2 Chronicles. 30:8);

“And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul” (2 Chronicles. 15:12);

“and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant” (Ezek. 20:37);

“And because of all this we make a sure covenant” (Neh. 9:38).

This is also the meaning of Isaiah 44:5:

“One shall say, I am the Lord’s . . . and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD.”

      All these scriptures clearly confirm that there is a covenant transaction between God and believers, and that it is initiated from God’s side by way of promise, and from the side of man by acceptance and surrender.

 

            As a person repents and turns and surrenders their life to Christ they are entering this covenant, as they commit themselves to Christ and to live a New Life they will receive their New Heart (Jeremiah 31:31-34  Ezekiel 11:19-20 Ezekiel 36: 25-28). This New Heart is a Circumcised Heart (Col. 2:11) circumcised by Christ Himself. As a believer goes through water baptism they are showing by outward manifestation an inward change of heart having their new circumcised heart. 

 

            This New Heart (Jeremiah 31:31-34 Ezekiel 11:19-20 Ezekiel 36: 25-28) has now the new nature and Love of God (Romans 5:5) they are New Creations (2 Corin. 5:17) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24) as their outward proof of their salvation experience. They are now living for Christ as a Covenant People, no longer living for themselves, like the Apostle Paul they can say “I am crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ Living in me.

 

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A Christian Manifesto

15 Aug

Paper by: Jonathan Doctor

Francis A Schaeffer’s “A Christian Manifesto” is one of the most sobering cups of coffee about the times we live in as a nation. This book discusses the beginnings of humanism and how it has crept into our society and culture today. The Christians have been disturbed over the sins of our culture, from pornography, abortion, marriage, Harry Potter and the occult to  the public school systems to our current laws and judicial tyranny.

What they don’t realize is the real root of the problem, the gradual, but quick change in the cultural world view. A change in the overall way people think and base their values on. This nations history and birth was from a Christian view that came from the Bible. The history of American Law will take you back to the Declaration of Independence and the views that they had. This nations history goes back even before it was founded, the people who founded it had a Christian world view before they came.

The Mayflower Compact states there purpose to form a government politic and body that would “advance the Christian faith”. Our founding fathers had biblical values, and views. The Declaration of Independence was signed by majority of Christians and one of them being a pastor. Since the birth of this nation until now many things have changed. Change it has for the worse, today the humanism view that crept into our law making process, and our educational faculties.

Today we see homosexual marriage legal, when God says it is not, we see prayer taken out of the Government when our founders of the government opened up every meeting with prayer. Not to mention abortion, which God calls is now legal and receives government funding. We see a total wicked twist of the original meaning of the separation of the church and state. We see the threat of imprisonment of Christians and Pastors if they speak out on Islam or homosexuality. We see “hate crime” laws trying to be passed to stop the church from speaking out against sin.

As of 2008 we see things like the “Fairness Doctrine” act trying to be passed. The “Fairness Doctrine Act” is an act that, if passed, will begin to sensor all Christian broadcasting and provide opposite views to be heard. Also, because of the silence of the Christians in our churches, our governments, and positions of influence our public voice through radio, Television and other media outlets are in danger. If the Church stays politically correct and stays silent we will see a nation wide discrimination against the Christian Biblical Worldview and what we stand for. It is only right to stand up and speak up and be silent no more otherwise we will go into another dark age with no Christian voice and allow our nation to be hijacked.

The “separation of church and state” as we hear it today is a twisted truth, a lie. The original intent was for 2 reasons; to make sure that the country didn’t have a mandatory religion, but instead gave people the freedom of choice. They didn’t want to force any religion on people even though they were all Christian. The second reason was to protect the church from being ruled by the government. In other words the Government (state) could not interfere with the church’s affairs.

The Judicial Tyranny that has come is because of our own fault of not taking our place as a Christian voice, by not taking a stand on issues that disturb us. The Christians in the past have been silent while the liberal theologeons and the secular humanists take over the country. Its time for Christians to be the Salt and Light that they should be and be silent no more. Rod Parsley, the Founder of “The Center for Moral Clarity” and author of “Silent No More” and “Culturally Incorrect” says that “Our times demand it. Our history compels it. Our future requires it. And most of all God is watching.” Francis Schaeffer points out in his book “A Christian Manifesto” that part of the problem in the past 100 years or so is that the Christian lawyers and Christian leadership stayed silent when they should have sounded a lour clarion Shofar Blast to wake up the sleeping giant of the church. He mentions that many Christians over spiritualize their Christianity and focus more on the spiritual side than the natural side of things.

As Christians we cannot be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. We cannot stay in our prayer closet forever, everyone else in our society is coming out of the closet with their views, why not the Christians, who are ordained to be the salt and the light. We as Christians ought to be the law makers, judges, Public school Principles, presidents and congressmen. We as Christians ought to get involved in the political process and help educate society on morality as the Bible teaches it. Another part of the problem that caused this change in our culture is again the church’s fault. Like I said, the original intent of this nation and government was to “advance the Christian Faith” as stated in the “MayFlower Compact”.

A Compact is a Covenant, a Pledge and a Contract Agreement; they made that Contract Agreement to God and to each other and committed themselves to it. A problem also started when we allowed all kinds of immigrants into our country without reaching out to them with the Gospel. Instead we didn’t reach out and they in turned over the years took their religions and non-religious world views into our nation, governments , laws etc… they were in essence making their voices heard as new citizens in our Nation.

I don’t want to come across predjeduce; they have the right to do so in this blessed land, but because the church stayed silent and didn’t advance the Christian faith to them they Advanced their faiths and beliefs into our culture and that secular mindset has been trying to change everything.

If the first church stayed in the upper room after the Day of Pentecost and did not address the culture of their day with the Gospel than they would have been too heavenly minded and no earthly good. The fact of the matter is that every Revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit brought a reformation in culture. John Wesley, Charles Finney, Jonathan Edwards and many others not only brought people to Salvation but also caused a shake in their culture. They brought a revival to the cultural values and a stirring up of Christians to influence their culture in the right direction.We could depress ourselves if we looked at all the negatives in our society and culture. We could stand and point fingers at the Christian lawyers, or judges who kept silent during this secular humanist takeover. That would take all day and would not help us to change our nation back to its foundational biblical Christian values. We can learn from ours and others’ mistakes and make sure that we hold each other accountable so it doesn’t happen again.

In order to produce the change we want we must get involved to influence our culture. This is not an easy thing, it will take commitment and you may have to endure persecution for what you believe in. If there were more outspoken Christians in congress and in our judicial system than they would think twice about trying to pass an ungodly law. If the Christians were the ones in charge of the curriculums in the public schools than there would be a better chance to teach the children biblical principles, about God

and about morality and eternal Life instead of teaching them and influencing them toward homosexuality, Harry Potter and the Islam faith. Also if we would influence the culture around us by teaching, by life and by action. If we as Christians would live and put action to what we say we believe than we will give a witness to our culture that the Christ we believe in really does change lives.

Rod Parsley in his book “Silent No More” says that we as Christians have suffered spiritual palsy and have spoken when we were to be silent, and been silent when we were to have spoken.

Jude 1:3 NLT ….But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people.

God has entrusted to us for all time to defend the faith, to take a stand and fight against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6). The Lord told us to Go into all the world, but we have stayed in our sanctuaries singing hyms. Here in America we still have the freedom of speech, we have freedom of religion but we have forfeited our rights because we have been too comfortable in our sanctuaries. We have been doing this for so long that now that we are on the verge of losing our rights and privileges.

The reason we are living in a day that s_e_ x and s_e_x ual provocating scenes have become such a part of our culture, a part of sales of products, a part of television programming. The reason we now have openly gay characters on t.v. who are influencing the youth to live their type of lifestyles is because the Christians have been in their sanctuaries and prayer closets and being too heavenly minded that they have forgotten to be salt and light in this world.

Our Governments on the earth are ordained by God and we as Christians are to be submitted to it. However in “A Christian Manifesto” Francis Schaeffer points out something that we all as Christians should agree with. He says “The bottom line is that at a certain point there is not only the right but the duty to disobey the state”. He is referring to when we as Christians should rebel against our government. We find examples of this with Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego. We see this example being lived out in many of the prophets and in the New Testament from Peter’s “I’d rather Obey God than men” to Paul’s being thrown into prison, to William Tyndale who advocated the Supreme Authority of the scriptures over all authority of the state and church. We can also take “Pilgram’s Progress’s ” author John Bunyon who was also thrown in jail three times for preaching the Gospel without a state license and for not being a part of the Church of England.

Rom 13:1 NLT Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

Rom 13:2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

Rom 13:3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.

Rom 13:4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.

God has created Governmental Authority for our (the church’s) good. They are God’s ministers for our good, they are to punish evil (in God’s sight) and reward good (in God’s sight). The governmental authorities are NOT set up to punish the church or make laws that forbid the church from its ministry. They are NOT to punish what is bad in their site but what God calls evil, abominable, and that is the moral standard that judges between evil and good. For example if God calls a baby in the womb evil than the government should call it evil and set up punishments to killers of that babies’ life. Another example would be since

God calls homosexuality sin, evil and an abomination than our government needs to set their laws up in order to punish what is evil in God’s sight. We can also bring it home in the pews, for example God calls slander, gossip, and unbelieving reports “evil” so the church authorities should deal with those who do these evil things aswell.

1Pe 2:13 NLT For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state,

1Pe 2:14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

1Pe 2:15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

1Pe 2:16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.

1Pe 2:17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

1Pe 2:18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.

1Pe 2:19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.

God’s Word defines what is evil and what is good, and God has set up the government to be ministers of that judgment. Rewards to the good and punishments to the bad. The problem is that many in our nation don’t believe the Bible or understand it. They have been taught about democracy and not Theocracy. We need To make God the Law Makers and base our laws on His Law. It is a must that we as Christians pray for all in authority and ask the Lord to turn all the hearts of those in Authority in order to accomplish His purpose, to reward good in His sight, and to punish evil in His sight. It is also imperitive that we take our views into the culture and be an influence as a voter, a lawyer, a congressmen, a judge. Lets raise up a generation that will not compromise under peer pressure, that will speak up and take a stand and be silent no more so we can be One Nation Under God and not One Nation Above God. We must ask ourselves, “Do  we want to be a part of the problems or the solutions? God is watching.

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Power From On High

15 Aug

Paper by Jonathan Doctor
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Before there was an Azuza Street, there were the great revivals led by the great revivalist Charles Finney. Charles Finney knew about revival, how to start one, and what were the ingredients in a great Revival. We can earn a lot from these great revivals, but the Bible records the First Holy Ghost Revival that became a soul-winning, church planting army. Before Charles Finney’s Revivals there was The Day of Pentecost; when one hundred and twenty (including Mary the mother of Jesus) were waiting for the Promise of the Holy Spirit. They were promised by the Lord Himself to be clothed with a Power from on High. They were told to wait until they received this baptism of Power, this baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told them to wait before they GO and begin to fulfill the great Comission. Jesus told them to get equipped with the Power of the Holy Spirit BEFORE they GO and minister and spread the Gospel.To be effective in the kingdom of God we must have the Power and fire of the Holy Ghost. Some may ask “what is the fire of the Holy Ghost?” It is the power that is available to those believers willing to give their lives to serve Jesus. Jesus said in Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

To be “endued” literally means to be clothed; and “power from on high” literally translates into passion.Passion is another way of expressing the fire of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet John the Baptist declared that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire. The Passion and Fire of the Holy Ghost was imparted to the disciples on the day of Pentecost as they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. To be baptized literally means to be saturated, to be immersed and completely filled.

The disciples would not be effective unless they had the Fire and Passion of the Holy Ghost as a result of this baptism. As we see the effectiveness of the church in the book of Acts, it is all because of Passion, because of the Fire of the Holy Ghost. That burning Passion moved the church to do many works with a zeal that could not be stopped. Titus 2:14 declares that Jesus redeemed us that we might be a “zealous” passionate on Fire people. The only way for us to get fired up and zealous for good works is to receive our day of Pentecost and receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself for service.

The effects of the Fire of the Holy Ghost are many, it revolutionizes the one whom the fire comes to. It revolutionizes the minister; in Acts 4:33 it declares that the apostles gave witness of the resurrection with great Power, great passion and Fire. This Fire caused the disciples to spring into action. They could not just sit back and watch their generation go to hell. They possessed a true understanding of the passion that Christ had for humanity.

When our lives catch fire and are consumed with passion our greatest desire will become ” God, here am I send me”. The effect of this Fire of the Holy Ghost will stir you up to a point that you cannot keep from being involved, you cannot help but “Go Ye”. When we are consumed with passion we will be compelled by the Love of God to go beyond ourselves.

The Passion and the Fire of the Holy Ghost will motivate us to believe God for big things, and will ignite our imagination and creativity. We will take the limits off of God and ourselves. Christ like passion wakes you up in the morning, keeps you rejoicing during the day and causes you to dream big dreams when you lie down at night.

The Fire and Passion of the Holy Ghost will also cause you to become deeply devoted and earnest about your mission. It will also cause you to become extremely determined to be successful in your efforts. It will also cause you to become bold and courageous no matter how much adversity you may experience. It will also cause you to become persevering, no matter how long it takes to accomplish the mission God gave you.

The Vision that the Lord has given the church takes a Passion, a Fire and Zeal to accomplish. Before we go and try to do anything for the Lord, before we try to do our part of His Vision we must get Powered up with the Holy Ghost. We must wait until we are clothed with power from on high. We must seek the Lord and get our Power Clothes on. Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Ghost and Fire, Go to Him and ask for a Real Deal Baptism to accomplish your work for him with an on Real Zeal and Passion that will get the job done.

In ministry the #1 key ingredient is the Holy Ghost. We cannot do the works of the ministry on our own efforts and emotional zeal but only by the supernatural Grace from on high. God’s Supernatural Grace and Zeal will empower us to reach this generation with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with signs that follow.

Catch the Vision and Fire of the Holy Ghost today and seek Him until you are ignited with the Fire of God! Be Stirred Up, Ignited and fanned into a Flame again and Spread the Fire from House to House – Fulfill the Acts 20:20 Vision. Ignite the Fire of God in your home, church and city. start Fires wherever you go and be a Holy Ghost Arsonist and Stir up the fires of revival. Like when a Fire starts to go out and becomes ashes… you must stir up the logs in order to get the flame going again…. you must poke at it and stir it up. Likewise Stir up the Gifts of God – the Flames of God- The Passion of God within you and your fellow brothers. We need this Fire going again in order to win souls and spread the Gospel….

Receive ye the Holy Ghost
In Acts 19:2 Paul asks a group of people who appear to be believers a question. He asked, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?” That implies to me that it is possible to be a believer and still not receive the Holy Ghost. Otherwise, why would Paul even ask such a question? Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? When you get saved, the Holy Ghost comes into your heart and begins living inside you at that point. But the Holy Ghost does not necessarily have control of your life at that point. It’s as if I went into your home and stood in the doorway, but I’m not in the rest of your house. And I can’t go into the rest of your house until you let me, until you receive me into the rest of the house. It’s only when I go into the rest of the house that I can say that I have an influence over the balance of your house.

Now in Acts 19:2 when Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost. The average person thinks that receiving the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is passive. They think that they’re supposed to sit out there and tarry and long for and wait and hope, and maybe God will, or maybe God won’t, zap them and they’ll feel this great big flash and upheaval. They’re waiting for God to reach down and slap them in the mouth with the Holy Ghost, knock them sideways, and blind them like He did Paul on the road to Damascus (that was a special case). But when Paul asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost, what he meant was, “Have you accepted the Holy Ghost since you believed.”

Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Joh 20:22 And when he (THE RISEN SAVIOR) had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

Act 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. …………..

Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The word receive is used 261 times in the New Testament It is the Greek word lam-ban’-o A verb, which is used: to take, to get hold of; to have – accept, catch, obtain, take. So with this in mind, Paul is saying in Acts 19:2, “Have you actually actively reached out there and grabbed hold of the Holy Ghost, have you made Him your own, have you received Him, have you accepted Him, have you caught Him, have you taken Him?” This is not something we just sit back and passively get zapped with. It is something that WE DO.

If you believe in Jesus Christ you have the Holy Ghost IN YOU, but the LORD has more to give! We can be filled with to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, that’s what the “baptism in the Holy Ghost” is. It is another experience after believing in Jesus Christ and being born again, it is when the Holy Ghost flows out of us and is upon us for ministry. (John 7:37-38) The Holy Spirit IN us is mainly for us, the Holy Spirit UPON us is power for service, its for other people, God wants and needs us baptized in the Holy Ghost, so His work will be done on this earth.
How do we receive (TAKE) the Holy Spirit? We receive (TAKE) by faith, NOW! FAITH IS ALWAYS DOING IT NOW! ( Mat_21:22, Mar_11:24)

The reception, the receiving, the taking, the catching of the Holy Ghost is something we do. And that is an act of faith. We just haul off and do it. So here’s what we do. We recognize that the Holy Ghost is here, He came in this way at Pentecost, He’s never left yet, and He’s going to stay here. Now I have the choice to either accept Him as the third person of the Godhead or not. If I don’t, I don’t have his power. But if I do, I have His power and everything He brings with Himself.

Ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Ghost, then receive, The Bible says you shall RECEIVE POWER AFTER the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and ye shall be witnesses for Jesus. (Acts 1:8) Faith is an act. It’s active voice. It’s something you do NOW, There’s always a NOW action involved.

You have been given a ministry (2Co 5:17-20 ). The Ministry of Reconciliation means letting people know that God is not mad at them, let them know what God did for them through the Cross.You are Ambassadors for Christ

2Co 5:19MSG God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
2Co 5:20 We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
You are the mouthpiece for God to a lost and dying world. The primary reason you have been filled with the Holy Ghost is so that your witness will be effective and powerful.

Rom 10:14MSG But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?

Rom 10:15 And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!

We are the Laborers that we have been praying for. God has called you to bring the Truth to the masses of people Don’t even attempt to do the work of God without being empowered by the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49 Acts 1:8) Your ministry is the extension of the Ministry of Jesus
Christ.The word “empowered” means: To enable, to qualify one to do a particular job, adequacy to achieve an intended purpose. Being filled with the Holy Ghost makes you adequate to perform the assignment given to you by Jesus Christ. You have unlimited potential to reach cities and nations when you have been filled with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 4:33)

Act 2:1MSG When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Act 2:2 Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale
force- -no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.
Act 2:3 Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks,
Act 2:4 and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

This “wildfire” move of the Holy Ghost continued and had a great impact on society. When you are truly empowered by the Holy Ghost, you are so filled you spill over to others and nothing can stop you but you. The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to make their efforts effective. They became bold, courageous and determined to fulfill their mission, the great Commission.

Mat 28:18MSG Jesus said…. “God authorized and commanded me to commission you:
Mat 28:19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are to be a witness to everyone you meet, far and near.
To fail to impact the world is to fail our mission. We have a Great Comission and a Great Responsibility that we will be accountable for on the Day we come before the Judgment Seat of Christ. We cannot even begin to try to do this great work without “Power from on High”. Receive the Power and be Be Enthusiastic about fulfilling the Call God has placed on your life. Stay enthusiastic and full of excitement about witnessing and ministering. Enthusiastic means in the Greek: To be packed full of God.

Rom 12:11MSG Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master
Rom 12:11AMP. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Rom 12:11GW Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

Receive the Power from on High before you minister or go out to Minister and witness. The Holy Spirit should make you different so that somebody notices and says, “That person has been with Jesus” Remember, the primary reason you have been filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit is so that your witness and ministry will be powerful and effective. If you believe you are one of God’s last Days ministers of Reconciliation make sure you have been TRULY FILLED AND EMPOWERED with the Holy Ghost. The Power from on High is to empower you to win souls, it is not just so you can sit in church and pray in tongues. The power from on High will move you to more than that, greater than that, it will move you to serve and win the lost at any cost.

El Shaddai; One Cry Away

15 Aug

By Jonathan Doctor

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of b o n d a g e again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.

Calling on God is a cry in every born again persons heart. It is something God gave us. Everyone has a “cry”, a cry in a time of need, a cry for help, a cry for deliverance, or for someone else’s deliverance. I HAVE GOOD NEWS.

Whatever the reason for the cry, we serve a God who is a Father to us, and His name is El Shaddai. He is greater than anything that comes against us. He is healing, He is power, He is love, He is our Provider, He is a deliverer, He is help. He is our shield, our protector, He is anything and everything. He is one cry away. He is more than enough for us.

Nothing is too hard for El Shaddai, nothing is impossible.

This lesson focuses on His faithfulness to answer our cry, for we have a prayer answering God who is more than enough to meet our needs. We will take a quick walk through the Bible to see Him in action. He answers our cry. He is one call away.

Deliverance

Exodus 2:23-25, Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the b o n d a g e , and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the b o n d a g e . 24So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

Exodus 3:6-9, Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
7And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.

Intercession

I Sam 7:8-12, So the children of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
9And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. 10Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. 11And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. 12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name £Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

Help to win a battle
2 Chro. 14:11-12, And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
12So the LORD struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.

2 Chro. 18:31, So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Israel!” Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him.

Point: In Job 38:1, 41,and in Luke 12:24 The birds are even wise enough to cry out to El Shaddai for their needs, how much more shall God provide for us when we cry out to Him

Healing
Psa. 30:2-3, O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. 3O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Protection from enemies
Psa. 56:9, When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.

Deliverance from fear and troubles
Psa. 34:4, I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psa. 34:6, This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

He performs all things
Psa. 57:2-3, I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
He is good and provides to all that call upon Him

Psa. 86:5-7, For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive. You are abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.

Rom. 10:12-13 for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

He is waiting for us to cry to Him
Psa. 34:15, The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
Psa, 34:17, The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

He will answer
Psa. 91:15, He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

Pas. 99:6, Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.

El Shaddai wants us to call upon Him, so He can answer
Jer. 33:3, Call upon Me and I will answer you

Psa. 2:8, Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Isa. 45:11, Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.

Eze. 22:30, So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

Eze. 36:37, Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.

Matt. 7:7-11, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Luke 18:1, Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Luke 18:7-8, Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”

Luke 21:36, Pray always

Eph. 6:18, Pray always

Prayerlessness: Ps.53:4 Is. 43:22 Is.64:7 Dan.9:13 Zeph. 1:6 James 4:2

Prayerlessness is sin
1 Sam 12:23, Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.

Question: Since God is El Shaddai, who is more than enough, who answers our call when we cry unto Him, and now we know that prayerlessness is a sin, why aren’t we calling on the One who
answers? WHERE ART THOU? (IN PRAYER)

Let’s call on El Shaddai and tell people about our prayer answering, saving Jesus, who is more than enough. Let’s bring GOOD NEWS.

Romans 10:9-15, 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the d e a d , you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

How To Start a Revival

15 Aug

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Paper by: Jonathan Doctor

Charles Finney (1792-1875) knew about Revival, he knew how to be a soul-winner. Charles Finney was a man with a message that burned through the religious wood and secular darkness of his time. Finney was a lawyer by trade and did not come to know the Lord until he was nearly thirty years old.

Charles Finney was criticized for nearly everything like most people who are being used by the Holy Ghost. Finney had made enemies of his day, in his culture and among the religious. Dr. T.L. Osborn in his book “Soul-Winning” says “criticism is admiration awkwardly expressed, people often criticize those ahead”. One of the main reasons why Finney was criticized among the religious was because Finney believed that man could start a revival, that we could actually initiate a revival. He defied the belief that some were predestined to be saved and some predestined to go to hell. Finney says “there is no salvation in the doctrine of election and that unless a man repent he will be lost.” It was Finney’s belief that motivated him to evangelize the lost, to confront sinners, to initiate revival in the church. Finney’s passion caused him to be one of the greatest revivalist of all time. He led about 250,000 souls to Christ which is a big number considering the time he lived in.

Charles Finney’s books reveal his secrets to revival, In chapter 1 which is entitled “How to start a Revival” he says “Revival is renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility”. Charles Finney knew how to stir up the hearts of man to seek God, to go to the Lord with repentance, to equip the church to win souls. The book of James says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”, with this promise who does the initiation? The person has the initiative to “draw near to God”.

2Ch 7:14 NLT Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

The Lord gives us the initiative to Go to Him, Jesus said “ask, and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you”. The Lord through the prophet Jeremiah said “Call unto Me and I will answer thee”. God has given His word that we can initiate things.

You know it’s time for a revival when there is a lack of brotherly love, and Christian confidence among believers. You know its time for a revival when there are dissensions, jealousies and evil rumors within the church. You know its time to initiate revival when the church has no interest to serve, no concern for those dying and going to hell. You know it’s time for revival when sefishness and pride and no fear of God is in our churches, homes and culture.

Revival is needed when there is a worldly spirit upon the church, a compromising spirit, when the leadership is living in sin, when the Word of God is watered down and neglected in personal devotion. Its time for revival when you see “Christians” conforming to the world in music, dress and talk. Revival is at hand when we see sinners be careless and stupid, you know its time for a revival to WAKE UP the church to get to work.

It is as much the Christians duty to wake up as it is the fireman’s duty to wake up when a fire breaks out. The church and the Christians in the church must now WAKE UP to put out the fires of hell that are consuming the wicked. We must WAKE UP to get the sin out of our hearts and lives, out of our churches.

Is it time for a fireman to be asleep when people are burning up? The fireman would feel guilty and be guilty of neglect of duty for not waking up, for staying in their comfort zone. The Christian will suffer the same guilt and be guilty of neglect of duty as they sleep while souls around them are going to hell for ever. Instead we must REVIVE, WAKE UP. It is our responsibility to WAKE UP and revive.

Charles Finney says “the fact is, Christians are more to blame for not being revived than sinners are for not being converted.” A church cannot continue without revivals, without revivals the church will have more die in a year than new believers added to the church. One of the first things we must do to start a revival is prayer; serious praying for revival.

A church who has the Spirit of Prayer for revival will also have a deep concern for souls. The Greek word for “Watch” is gregorio it means to be AWAKE and watchful, vigilant. We get the term “Prayer Vigils” from gregorio. It is like the watchman, keeping watch of dangers and someone who is always aware of the situation. Jesus told us to “watch and pray” he used the same word.

Mat 26:41 KJV Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

We must not grieve away the Holy Spirit when He comes as a result of our prayers. Unless we remove the sin from our hearts He will not stay, one cannot continue in their hidden sins of the heart like pride, and and expect a baptism in the Holy Spirit. Unless we “grieve NOT” the Holy Spirit, He will NOT stay.

Hos 10:12 NLT I said, …..Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Hos 10:12 KJV Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

We must prepare our hearts for Revival by breaking up the fallow ground of our hearts.

Eze 36:26 nlt And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Eze 36:27 And I will put My Spirit in you so that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.

Revival consists of two parts: 1st that which affects the church and 2nd that which affects sinners. The Bible talks a lot about having a hardened heart, a stony, stubborn, a non teachable or correctable heart and attitude. The heart is like soil, whatever you plant in it will produce a harvest given that the it is good ground and not full of weeds or even worse is nothing but a hardened ground. Stubborn people have this kind of heart, and unless this ground is “fallowed” or broken up, un hardened, than that person will suffer going to hell. The Lord spoke a great deal against the hardened, heart person, the “stiff-necked” who will not repent or change. Stubbornness is as Idolatry.

We see a great example of how to break up fallowed ground and start a revival in ones heart by reading about Samuel confronting Saul.

1Sa 15:23 KJV For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.

1Sa 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

You can break up the hard fallow ground of your own heart by self examination. Soften up the ground of your heart by looking inside and examine your motives, examine your thoughts and intentions of your heart. Make it a point to do this, don’t be in a hurry and let the Word of God, the Spirit of God give you a supernatural heart examination. The Lord is The Great Physician and let Him do a little heart surgery to you, He is The Lord of the Harvest, let Him plow your ground and up root the bad seeds and roots of bitterness, let Him up root things that would grieve the Holy Spirit. Let the Lord of the Harvest plant and bring forth a harvest.

As He points out these issues, stop and repent, and plant the seed of the Word of God in its place. Sow the seed of the Word of God in your heart concerning the issue at hand. The Lord of the Harvest knows how to plow, uproot, sow and water.

Self examination is opening up your heart and looking at your life and allowing the Lord to like a computer virus scan in your system looking for “threats” and things that contaminate your system’s function. Self examination is looking at your true character, examining your sin one by one and cutting its life source. It will revive and resurrect your conscience, causing it’s sensitivity to come back. Don’t have a seared conscience and be stubborn. A seared conscience is someone who has no or little conviction and is so used to resisting the Holy Spirit that they have a seared conscience.

Examine yourself in light of the Word of God and find out why do you do the things you do, why do you say the things you say, examine your character and motives of the heart.

Self examination of your sins is a detailed examination and remember don’t just repent of “sin” in general but confess every one of them to the Lord. When you committed those sins you did them one at a time and it would only be Right that you repent of them one at a time and completely focus on uprooting it and replacing it with God’s Seed – The Word.

As you examine your heart don’t forget the sins we commit that would be considered “omission” like the things we NEGLECT, like not being thankful. Ingratitude is a sin that needs to be repented of, there is no blessing that you have received that did not come from the Lord. God’s Grace saved you and continually blesses you, do not neglect your duty to thank God.

Another thing we must look at is our lack of Love for God. How would you feel if your wife or husband that loved you so much now is bored of you, takes you for granted, and doesn’t pay much attention to you anymore unless they want something. How would you feel if their passion for you was gone? Repent and make it right and revival will come to you.

Another sin of “omission” would be of neglecting the Word of God and Prayer; allowing doubt to creep in to negate what you used to believe. The God of Truth has promised to give the Holy Spirit to those (of His) who ask Him (Luke 11:13) Do you believe this? Do you expect Him to answer?

Poor spiritual attitude is a sin that must be repented of, a lack of concern for unbelievers, a lack of love for the brethren; are you keeping your accounts straight with God?

The sins that we willingly commit out of our free will of choice also must be repented of. Vanity and Pride are things that must be put out, the Word of God says that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (1 Corin. 5:7). Do you put more effort on your outside appearance than you do on the inside appearance to God? When you get ready for church do you get ready spiritually, or is it all about outward appearance? Man looks on the outside appearance but God looks at the heart.

Do you have a critical spirit? Remember the times you had a bitter spirit about a brother and spoke against him in a way that was not in love. Have you ever slandered a brother or sister? I am getting in your business now like Samuel did Saul, like Nathan did David, now its Jonathan and you. Do you have a lack of seriousness in the things of God? Don’t be offended these are things that hinder revival, get them out of your heart and you will experience Revival, Refreshing and Remission with the Presence of the Lord again.

If you are like me you are repenting as you are being ed in the heart. We all need a Nathan who will point his finger at our nose and say “Thou art the man!” Deception is a lie and done with intention, do you have a lying spirit? Have you ever lied to get your promotion or to receive an extra benefit? Cheating and hypocrisy and robbing God are sins that must be repented of individually and each one dealt with separately. If you sinned against God get it right, if you sinned against man, get it right and do your best to fix it with the person before moving on. Jesus said to not even give an offering unless you deal with the issue of the heart concerning your brother.

As I, by the Grace of God, try to revive and resurrect your conscience from the and call it to accountability with God and His Word, your ground, your heart will be ready to experience revival with your spirit burning aflame. As Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift of God within you” as Peter said in his epistle to “stir you up by way of remembrance” I hope I stirred you up to seek God to correct these issues and to be good ground for the spirit of prayer and revived to evangelize the souls around you.

The secrets to Revival are not secrets anymore, we must come back to our first Love, we must not be luke warm, we must return to the Lord and get our hearts in sync with His through repentance, repentance from religious works, prayer and going back to making the first thing first.

When we come to the Judgment Seat of Christ we will each give an account to Him for what works we did and did not do. I exhort you today to go back to your first love and go back to doing what He told you to do. Remember the sleeping fireman, and don’t be a sleeping Christian. Don’t lose the Life of God, the Zeal of the Lord is in you, that Divine Spark of Life that came from Heaven is in you ready to explode. Keep yourself examined to be free of revival and blessing hinderances.

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The Lord Who Heals

15 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

Jehovah Rapha is one of the Hebrew names of our Father God, it means THE LORD WHO HEALS. We have a God who heals, restores, redeems, nothing is too hard for JEHOVAH and nothing is impossible! When we call on Him for healing He will answer and heal us. He will not turn us away, because of JESUS, God Almighty accepts us and treats us as the righteousness of God.

That’s Good news and we have a Good God who sent forth His word and healed us. His word will not return void it will accomplish that which He pleases. God is a Good Good God and it is His Good pleasure and will to heal and to protect your health.

Jehovah does not change
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I do not change;

Jesus does not change
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

What he did He will still do
Healing is the will of God
Matt. 8:2-3 2And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
3Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Psalms 103:2-5
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalms 42:11, …who is the health of my countenance and my God.

Matt. 6:10, 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
( Is there sickness in heaven?)

Jesus Christ is the manifested will and word of God.
John 1:1, 14; In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (14) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

John 4:34, 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

John 5:30; I do not seek, My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

John 6:38 8For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me

John 8:28-29; 28Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (Healing pleases the Father)

John 14:24, …the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

God and His will are good.
Psalm 107:1; 1Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Eph. 1:5, 11, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. (v 11) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Romans 8:28, 28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose
Jesus came to:

John 10:10, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 John 3:5, 8, And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. (v.8) 8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. To destroy = to undo, or make of no effect.

Acts 10:38, 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
We have a covenant of healing and divine health.

Exodus 15:26, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

Exodus 23:25-26; 25“So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.

Deut. 7:14-15, 14You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. 15And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who you.

Doing all the commands of God is the righteousness requirement to receive the promises of God.
Deut. 6:25, 25Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.’ (There are over 600 laws)

Deut. 27:26, 26‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law.’“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’”

James 2:10, 10For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Galatians 3:10-11, 10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”£ 11But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”

I have good news. Jesus is our righteousness.
Heb. 7:22, 22by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb. 8:6, 6But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

Ehp. 2:12-13, 2that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the of Christ.

2 Cor. 1:20, 20For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God …

Romans 8:3-4, 3For 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, 4that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 10:4, 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 5:19, 19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

1 Cor. 1:30, 30But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

2 Cor. 5:21, 21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal. 2:16, 16 “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.