Tuesday, July 28, 2015

False Prophets And The Tithe


Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10

If you were raised in a Full Gospel, if you can claim it, you can have it church, than this scripture has been beaten into your brain. Every Sunday Malachi 3:10 is quoted as people cheer and praise our Father because they are all going to become mega rich. The preachers dangle this verse out there in front of us like a carrot that has been tied to a pole that is attached to our heads. That carrot is always just out of our reach. Whether we run or walk, it is still just out of our reach. Don’t stop today they preach, your breakthrough just might be with this tithe. Yet no one has so much that they cannot contain it, not even the preachers. How can this be, it’s a scripture that they are quoting, so why aren’t there mega billionaires all throughout the church? I mean there has to be some people giving 10% faithfully.

When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether. Hebrews 8:13 Amplified

Look at the scripture used by so many to talk about the tithe; it’s in Malachi, which is in the Old Testament. The tithe is an Old Covenant command and the Holy Spirit tells us that the Old Covenant has been dispensed with all together. So the tithe has been dispensed with all together. The New Covenant tells us that our treasure is laid up in Heaven, not on this earth.

But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; Matthew 6:20

The New Covenant tells us that we are not to seek out earthly wealth.
Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:31-33
The New Covenant tells us that we will be empowered to give half away, not just a measly tenth.
And he replied to them, He who has two tunics (undergarments), let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do it the same way. Luke 3:11
The glory of the New Covenant is that there is absolutely no separation at all between us and our Father. Everything that He has is now ours and everything that we have is His. He doesn’t give us 90% and keep 10%. He gives us 100% and He empowers us to give His Kingdom 100%. Tithing represents separation, as if we have something and our Father has something. The New Covenant is so much greater than that. Giving to others is what we now live for, but our treasure is not an earthly one, it is a spiritual one. So beware of a preacher or a church that focuses heavily on Malachi and tithing. The Truth is far greater than what they are preaching. The Truth is our wealth is eternal, it is laid up in Heavens banks and it will bare great returns for the rest of eternity. The Truth is our Father will cause each and every one of us to give as He desires for us to give. It is all by grace, not law.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

False Prophets


Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. Matthew :15

And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. Matthew 24:11

Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. 1 John 4:1

Just for fun the other day I looked at a couple of popular Televangelists web sites to see what prophecies they were giving. This year it seems that the Evangelists that I looked at were all prophesying about this being the year that the door is open for us. As with most of their prophecies it was left up to us to walk through that door and they really didn’t say what would happen if we did walk through it. The prophecies were vague and as usual with modern day Televangelists placed all of the burden on us to do what our Father is supposedly saying to us.

Here is my issue with such prophecies.

Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament), Hebrews 13:20

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5

Beware of prophecies that place all of the burden on us. Jesus repeatedly tells us that He will Shepherd us, that He is our strength, and that He will lead us into the paths of righteousness. Our Father will lead us through whatever doors that He has, we are never left alone. Our Father never sits back and allows us to do it on our own. What type of Shepherd would Jesus be if He left it up to the sheep to decide whether or not they were going to follow Him?

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13

So when you hear a prophecy, and the Bible clearly tells us that we should eagerly desire prophecies, make sure that they line up with the Truth that sets us free. Prophecies should be clear, specific, and always place the glory on our Lord and His success at insuring we are victorious through His strength. If they are vague and place the burden on us, beware of them!

Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching). 1 Corinthians 14:1

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dispense With The Old Covenant All Together


When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether. Hebrews 8:13 Amplified

We are plainly told here in Hebrews that the first Covenant, the Old Covenant is obsolete and should be dispensed with all together. That is a powerful scripture. Think of what our Father is saying to us here, the Old Covenant is to be dispensed with all together. That means the 10 Commandments, which were part of the Old Covenant, are too dispensed with all together. How can that be?

 For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more. Hebrews 8:12

Under the New Covenant we no longer have laws, we have grace. Jesus was so successful on the Cross that we no longer need to keep a bunch of rituals and laws to have an eternal relationship with our Father. The only way that we will ever live and love the way that we should is by realizing that we can’t do it and no law will change the Truth that we cannot live righteously.

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded, Romans 5:20

For the Law results in [divine] wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression [of it either]. Romans 4:15

[To be sure] sin was in the world before ever the Law was given, but sin is not charged to men’s account where there is no law [to transgress]. Romans 5:13

For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]. Romans 6:14

We no longer live under a covenant that requires us to keep a bunch of rules and regulations. We now live under grace and grace means that it is now our Father’s responsibility to make sure that we are doing what is required to best serve those around us, which is serving our Kingdom.

 It is a reason for pride and exultation to which our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world [generally] and especially toward you, with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God (the unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, and keeps, strengthens, and increases them in Christian virtues). 2 Corinthians 1:12

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Anti-Christ Is Not Human


But when they have finished their testimony and their evidence is all in, the beast (monster) that comes up out of the Abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war on them, and conquer them and kill them. Revelation 11:7

The beast that you saw [once] was, but [now] is no more, and he is going to come up out of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and proceed to go to perdition. And the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been recorded in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they look at the beast, because he [once] was, but [now] is no more, and he is [yet] to come. Revelation 17:8

The first thing that we are shown about the anti-christ is that he comes from the Abyss. He is not human, he is something other than human. He may possess a humans body, but the anti-christ is not human. We are also shown this Truth by the fact that this being is thrown directly into the Lake of Fire and does not come up for judgment on Judgment Day as is required for all humans.
And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone. Revelation 19:20
 
Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages). Revelation 20:10

And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed; and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration. They fell down and paid homage to the dragon, because he had bestowed on the beast all his dominion and authority; they also praised and worshiped the beast, exclaiming, Who is a match for the beast, and, Who can make war against him? Revelation 3:4

Here is what I believe that we are shown about the anti-christ: he will be allowed out of the Abyss by our Father to possess a human worldly leader that will be killed. The world will marvel at this because the leader will seem to survive what no one else could. After this the leader will become very powerful because of the power of satan that our Father allows to work through the being possessing the dead leaders body.  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Did Jesus Speak of Homosexuality?


For like the lightning, that flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His [own] day. Luke 17:24

So also [it was the same] as it was in the days of Lot. [People] ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But on the [very] day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed [them] all. Luke 17:28-29

Lately I have seen and heard a lot of people saying that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. This is a lie, He did speak of it. In the days of Lot homosexuality was a very prevalent lifestyle and Jesus spoke of Lot’s day. 

But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Genesis 19:3-5 NIV

Our Father destroyed Sodom for their sinful ways. Now before anyone gets all religious in their condemnation of homosexuals, remember that we all fall short.

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

As it is written, None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one. Romans 3:10

The Truth is that even our righteousness is as filthy rags, Isaiah 64:6. So even if a person is a homosexual our Father still loves them and will have mercy on them, just as He will have mercy on us for our many shortcomings. This post is not to get into a debate about homosexuality or homosexual marriage, it is only to inform the people about the lie that so many use in trying to justify homosexuality to Christians. Jesus spoke of it and so did the Holy Spirit, through Paul, in the Book of Romans.

Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it). For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another—men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution. Romans 1:25-27

What our Father had Paul write about is what is happening today: people are worshipping man and man made creations like governments, businesses, worldly religions, and money. Things are very good physically right now when compared to other times in the worlds history and people are worshipping it and subsequently homosexuality is on the rise. Jesus spoke of it as did the Holy Spirit through Paul. It is not just written in Leviticus as so many want us to believe, it is written about in the New Testament as well. 

We all fall short, but thank God we all have Jesus Who paid the price so that we don’t have to. One may be a homosexual, another may be a thief, another an adulterer, and another a non-believer, but we are all under Grace whether we know it or not. 

But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded, Romans 5:20.

Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. Romans 5:18

Religion needs to stop looking at our specific faults and focusing on them. Get over it, we all have them. We need to preach the Truth that Jesus isn’t limited or hindered by our shortcomings. We need to preach that whether we know it or not, whether we believe it or not, and wether we want it or not, Jesus’ Grace is being applied to all of our lives, just as it was for the people when they were crucifying Him. And the world needs to stop misquoting the Bible to try and justify their actions.   

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What Happens To Our Souls When We Die?


I was asked this week by a friend what happens to our souls when we die. The lady had listened to  a preacher on TV who said that our souls go to sleep until Jesus returns. She asked me was this correct? These are the scriptures that the Holy Spirit lead me to share with her. 

In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Ephesians 2:6

When the Lamb broke open the fifth seal, I saw at the foot of the altar the souls of those whose lives had been sacrificed for [adhering to] the Word of God and for the testimony they had borne. They cried in a loud voice, O [Sovereign] Lord, holy and true, how long now before You will sit in judgment and avenge our blood upon those who dwell on the earth? Revelation 6:9-10

In which He went and preached to the spirits in prison, [The souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water. 1 Peter 3:19-20

And it occurred that the man [reduced to] begging died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:22-23

And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, who kept talking with Him. Matthew 17:3

I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead but of the living! Matthew 22:32


The Truth that sets us free is that we are right now, this very minute, like Jesus. We are like Jesus even though we are still in this world. So ask yourself: is Jesus’ soul asleep? Did His soul ever sleep? Did it sleep when He was dead? We are already raised up with Jesus, our bodies aren’t raised up, it is our souls that have been raised up and made to be one with Him. We are shown in Revelation that our souls actually intercede for others when our bodies have died, just as our souls do now. Our souls never stop being used by our Father to help people. 

We are also shown that Jesus' Soul went and preached to the souls in Hades when He was crucified, He didn't sleep He served. Jesus even gives a parable of two souls, one tormented and one refreshed after death, neither one were asleep. We are told that Moses came and talked with Jesus after he had died. Our Father is the God of the living and active, because He is always living and active within us. So the Truth is even when we die our souls are still active and alive in serving others and serving others is what will always allow us to have life and have it abundantly. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chosen

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you. John 15:16
 
If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19
 
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
 
And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? Luke 18:7
 
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Romans 8:33
 
But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased Galatians 1:15
 
In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will, Ephesians 1:11