Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mercy Part Deux

For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more. Hebrews 8:12
So the question is exactly when will our Father be so merciful and gracious towards our sins?
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 And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether.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 8:11
We are told that our Father’s mercy and grace is in act right now. We now live under the New Covenant, so our Father is merciful and gracious towards our sins right now, this very moment, today. And not only does our Father show us mercy right now, He doesn’t even remember what we have done wrong.
I have to be taken this scripture out of context, right?
This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding), He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these [sins and lawbreaking], there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin. Hebrews 10:17-18
For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32
But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many. Romans 5:15
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
Far too often we all get caught up on what we can’t do or what we believe we are doing wrong. That is not how we should think, we should think of what Jesus came and did for us. We should concentrate on His success, not our shortcomings. The Truth is our righteousness is even as filthy rags, so why fret about what we are doing? We should rejoice in what Jesus did and the grace and mercy that we now enjoy because of Him.
The Truth is as long as we focus on ourselves, we will do the things that we don’t want to do. But as soon as we are empowered with the Truth, through the Holy Spirit, to realize what Jesus has given us, we will then stop doing the things that we don’t want to do. So don’t fret about you, rejoice in our free and totally undeserved and completely unearned mercy and grace. Our Father, Who happens to be God, doesn’t remember our faults, so why should we?  


What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.” So then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift]. Romans 9: 14-16
It is not our choice whether or not our Father will have mercy on us. So many believe that we have to accept our Father’s Grace for Him to be merciful towards us. This just isn’t the case at all. Let’s consider the Truths that we are shown in the Word.
Jesus is our Father and our Father is Jesus.  
I and the Father are One [in essence and nature].  John 10:30
Jesus never changes.
Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
And Jesus was saying, Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. And they cast lots, dividing His clothes among themselves. Luke 23:34
The Israelites and the Romans conspired together to crucify Jesus. They did not accept Him. They did not believe Him. They did not want or believe that they needed forgiveness, yet they all received our Father’s mercy.  
Now here is what I believe to be one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible.
For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32
We can’t help but mess up, and our Father will absolutely have mercy on Who He chooses too and He chooses to have mercy on us all alike! I hope that brings you peace that passes all understanding.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We Sit In Jesus' Seat

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). Ephesians 2:5
We are shown here in Ephesians 2 that our Father made a life for Jesus. He quickened a life for Him to be our Lord, our High Priest, our Shepherd, our Vine, our Head, our Intercessor, and our Servant. I want you to think of every Kingly thing that Jesus is and has, and that is the exact life that our Father has given to us.
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
Think of the Presidents seat, a Prime Minister’s seat, or a Kings seat. Only these people are permitted to sit in those seats. Now look at what our Father tells us in Ephesians 2:6: we sit in Jesus’ seat. The only way this can be is if we have the exact same life that Jesus has and amen, we do.
Because we are members (parts) of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:30-32
We are not just believes, we are one with Jesus.
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
So think of what all of this really means: we are empowered and equipped to be used by our Father just as Jesus is used.
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. John 4:12
Our Father is the Greater thing that is in us and He is not limited by our age, our health condition, our gender, our race, or our knowledge. We are now the very resource that God Himself uses to serve the world. Don’t think that people have to be saved either for us to be used to serve them.
And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins Ephesians 2:1
We were served when we were dead and we will be used to serve all, even the dead.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If A homosexual Couple Wants Cake, Bake Them Cup Cakes Too

And if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also. Matthew 5:40
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two [miles]. Matthew 5:41
But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Romans 12:20
Right now there are a lot of Christian businesses that are totally taking the wrong approach when it comes to serving homosexual couples. Instead of refusing to serve them, these businesses should serve them by giving them more than what they are asking for. Let’s face it; many of these law suits against Christian businesses are being waged by radical homosexuals with an agenda of attacking Christianity. So what these businesses need to do is follow what Jesus tells us to do and that is over serve those who would seek our destruction. If a homosexual couple wants a wedding cake, bake them cupcakes too.
[No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 1 Corinthians 1:27
It sounds foolish, but our Lord tells us, and He actually empowers us, to over serve those who would try to harm us. People will say that we are weak, but the foolishness of being empowered by the Holy Spirit to over serve those who would seek our harm is the wisest thing that we can ever do.
Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. Romans 8:36-37
But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]; but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too. Matthew 5:39
Faith comes for us by hearing and it is the Truth of our Father, not the wisdom of man, that will set us free.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Columbus Ohio Is Not Religious

A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute breaks down the top three religious traditions in major American cities – Catholic, Protestant and unaffiliated. Based on the data and findings from the American Values Atlas, the Huffington Post put together a ranking of the least religious U.S. cities, according to the percentages of religiously unaffiliated residents. Posted: 08/08/2015 07:38 PM EDT | Edited: 08/09/2015 06:37 PM EDT

The number 7 least religious city in America according to this report is Columbus, Ohio. The reason that I find this so cool is that in the late 80’s I attended a rather large church here in town. The preacher of this church is a pretty famous televangelist. He said on one of his New Years Eve services that he had seen a vision from our Father of a huge sword being swung 3 times, striking down the Leveque Tower, a landmark here in Columbus, Ohio. He said that our Father told him that it meant that this church, along with its prep-school, and a new Bible College that they were starting,  represented the 3 swings of the sword. He said that our Father told him that these three entities  would make Columbus, Ohio one of the most Christian cities in the world. I am paraphrasing his prophesy from memory, but this pretty much sums up what he was preaching that night.

Why I am writing about this is to let you know, if a Prophet’s words do not come true, he is not a Prophet. This sermon was over 25 years ago and Columbus has become far less religious then it ever has been before, this church and all of its arms have failed to do what the so called prophet proclaimed they would.

But as for the prophet who [on the contrary] prophesies of peace, when that prophet’s word comes to pass, [only] then will it be known that the Lord has truly sent him. Jeremiah 28:9

Actually this news report excites me to no end. I think what is happening is that our Father is making people sick and tired of false religion and all of the false prophets out there, as I honestly believe this preacher to be. I believe that any pastor who preachers what we have to do and not what our Father needs to do through us is a false prophet.

Right now people are running away from worldly religion. Our Father is allowing people to see through the lies and deception of these false churches and prophets. Right now they are running primarily towards the world, but there is no real and lasting satisfaction to be found there for them. So they will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to turn to our Father when they become dissatisfied with the world. These people are going to be led to the Truth and they will learn the Truth that will set them free. They will flee from the lies and arrogance of worldly religion and they will be used by our Father to preach His truth to every tribe, tongue, and nation. They will not need a worldly diploma to do it either, because they will have the power of our Father, which is His Holy Spirit, flowing through them as Rivers of Living Water.

Intercede for the false prophets, ask our Father to forgive them, for they know not what they do.

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 like I was, 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 always seems to remain just out of our reach. Whether we run or walk, it is still just out of our reach. Don’t stop tithing 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