Sunday, November 19, 2017

SUPPLICATION

Supplication is a Christian duty. We are commanded to go to God in behalf of other people with our humble and sincere requests. The word supplication invokes thoughts in our mind which communicate a greater burden, a greater need of God's intervention in our situation. We are brought to experience a realization of great dependency upon God to do something for us that none other can ever possibly do for us. This spiritual and prayerful supplication is more for the benefit of others than for ourselves. In supplication, our greatest sense of burden is for the needs of someone whom we can not help them by ourself. The person we love and pray for needs God and we are requesting God to come to their rescue and provide the cure, the remedy and the assistance which only God can provide.

Supplication is never causal. It is never without strong emotion and desire. It is an act of great compassion for someone who needs God's help. In supplication we are making known to God our petition with the deepest commitment and sacrifice to move God to hear and answer our prayer. We are not trying to earn God's response; but rather, to express our absolute helplessness without God's mercy and help.

Acts 1:13-14
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

The 120 saints in the upper room, who were gathered together in one accord in prayer and supplication, were not in a causal frame of mind. It was not just another day in this world of eating, drinking, sleeping, working and visiting with friends and family. It was a sober day of prayer and supplication for the help and assistance of God Almighty. They were praying with a great burden for the help of God.

The apostle Paul exhorts us to be often before God “with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”


Ephesians 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

With prayer and supplication we are in earnest when we ask God for help. This is serious business and it calls for the exercise of faith, humble obedience and a sincere willingness to sancrifice ourself on the altar of service to one another.

King Solomon is recorded making prayer and supplication for God's help for himself and the people of Israel. Consider his example:

1 Kings 8:22-27
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
23 And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

Solomon's prayer is full of humility and the knowledge of his dependency upon the God of all heaven and earth. There was no pride or independence in his attitude toward their need of God's help.

Here are seven questions which you need to ask yourself!
You need to truthfully and confidently know the answer to these questions!
  1. Have you considered the attitude and countenance with which you present yourself before God?
  2. Do you make your request known to God in humility and sincere confession of your weakness?
  3. Do you humbly and sincerely prove to God that you recognize your need of His power, His mercy, His lovingkindness?
  4. Are you too causal when you pray?
  5. Are you just going through a form of worship and yet you deny the great need of God's power working in your behalf?
  6. Do you believe that God will hear in heaven and answer on earth?
  7. Are you in fellowship with God, so that you can call upon Him and believe that He is a rewarder of all them who diligently seek Him and keep His commandments?

Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Can your prayer be described as being supplication?

I REPEAT: Supplication is never causal. It is never without strong emotion and desire. It is an act of great compassion for someone who needs God's help. In supplication we are making known to God our petition with the deepest commitment and sacrifice to move God to hear and answer our prayer. We are not trying to earn God's response; but rather, to express our absolute helplessness without God's mercy and help.

Luke 11:1-4
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Oh LORD! We need you now! You are the Only One to help us!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

WHAT IS FAITH?

It is important that we understand the definition and meaning of faith.
The word faith has two distinct applications.
First, faith is what you believe, the system and gospel of Jesus Christ.
Second, faith is how you believe the message of truth in the gospel.

Many people believe that Jesus Christ was a real person. They believe the Bible is the book of faith which instructs us in the religious doctrines of God. But they do not believe unto salvation. There is a great difference between the intellectual acknowledgment that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God; and, believing with the heart. It is very different to believe with the heart that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God which causes you to acknowledge your sins, repent and ask forgiveness with a broken and contrite heart which results in the gift of God to you which is eternal salvation.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Do you believe unto salvation?
Is your faith a saving faith?
Does your belief produce trust and obedience?
Do you trust Jesus to meet every need in your life?
Are you walking in the safety of complete obedience to the laws of God?

Romans 10:8-10
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Do you believe what Paul preached and what i preach?
Do you believe in your heart?
Do you believe unto righteousness and salvation?
Faith without works is dead.
Listen to what the Apostle James preached.

James 2:14-20
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?


1 Peter 1:5
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

There are three elements which constitute true Bible faith. They are given in Hebrews 11:1 and are stated as: substance, hope and evidence.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

SEC NT:4102 GREEK - FAITH: pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God) the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:

To have faith is to be fully persuaded – moved to fully accept. Many people think about faith; they want to have faith; but they are not moved to trust in the Lord for all their needs. Have you been fully persuaded, moved to fully accept the promises and commandments of Jesus Christ? Perhaps you believe, but you have allowed Satan to make you doubt that you can “accept” the promises and commandments of God to be certain in your life. You believe, but not unto salvation. You believe, but not unto your own personal deliverance.

The next question is this: Does your faith have the support of a firm foundation?

SEC NT:5287 GREEK - SUBSTANCE: a setting under (support)

First, if your faith is to have any credibility or integrity, you must have a supporting foundation. Jesus Christ is our only supporting foundation. To receive help from God, you must fully accept, be fully persuaded, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You must be moved to stand on this foundation and support.

FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE!!!
And: The “substance” is the faith. The substance is Jesus Christ. The substance is our supporting foundation. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. You must accept Jesus Christ as the whole answer for every need in your life. You must accept the gospel of Jesus Christ as the foundation for your life. Do you believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of all them who diligently seek Him? We know that God can not lie. Jesus can not lie. All the promises of God are “yea and amen.” To have faith, we must take our stand on the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After we have taken our stand on the foundation and support of a firm belief in Jesus Christ; then we have hope.

The hope of faith has not the slightest element of doubt. The hope of faith is a trusting expectation that because we are believing in Jesus Christ we have the assurance that we will have what we ask for.

SEC NT:1679 GREEK - HOPE: to expect:
When you pray, when you ask Jesus for something you need, do you have that expecting hope that assures you that Jesus has heard and will answer your prayer? Faith has hope. Faith is expecting something to happen because you prayed and obeyed.

SEC NT:1650 GREEK – EVIDENCE: proof:
What evidence or proof supports your faith?
There should be both external and internal evidence for your faith.
If we will accept it and be fully persuaded, we have abundant historical and external evidence to justify our faith.

We have the historical evidence of Jesus Christ and the testimony of the Holy Bible. Our Christian belief system has been tested and tried for over 2,000 years. Also, we have the testimony of thousands of saints over hundreds of years which have been recorded as proof that what we believe is true. The four gospels of the New Testament clearly portray to us the continuous will of Jesus Christ to heal and cure all the people who came to Him for healing.

Our faith is supported and built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and His gospel.

3 John v.2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

We must not allow the hypocrites and false preachers to cause us to lose faith in the promises of God, just because they teach a perverted “prosperity” message. God has never promised to give you $1,000 if you will donate $100 to some ministry. However, the Apostle John does encourage us with this true message from God that God is faithful to reward those who serve Him. John is expressing the attitude of God when he prays for the financial prosperity, physical prosperity and spiritual prosperity to all those who serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:29-33
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

We must believe that God will bless all those who labor in the Kingdom of God. Jesus clearly told the disciples that, if they would be faithful and obey, then they would see greater miracles than what they had already witnessed.

Matthew 10:7-8
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
This divine commission and the promise of miraculous works has not ceased from the ministry of the true ministers of God. The congregation without the powerful witness of God's divine miracles is a congregation in need of drawing closer to Jesus Christ.

Psalms 103:1-5
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Deuteronomy 7:15
And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

Mark 11:22-24
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Have faith in God!!!

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Are you living a holy and righteous life; insomuch, as to cause you to believe that God will reward you for your obedience and answer your prayers?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NO PROPHET IN ISRAEL

Does God ever leave His people without a prophet or a teaching priest?
Why would God leave His chosen people without a prophet to instruct them?
Are there congregations today which have no true pastor?
Are there communities, states and nations today which have no God-ordained man of God to teach and guide the people?

When the Seventh Seal was opened there was “silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” In this silence, were there no pastors sounding the truth of the gospel of holiness? Was there an absence of Holy Spirit-filled ministers in the time of the silence? What is the full meaning of a silence wherein they all slumbered and slept?

The Jewish family of the Machabees existed during the period of time between Malachi and Matthew. This space of time was about 400 years. It is commonly held among Bible historians that there was no prophet of God to guide the people during this time. Consider the following quotes from the records of the Machabees.

1 Machabees 4:46 “And they laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a convenient place, till there should come a prophet; and give answer concerning them.”
1 Machabees 9:27 “And there was a great tribulation in Israel, such as was not since the day that there was no prophet seen in Israel.”
1 Machabees 14:41 Speaking of Simon Machabee it is written: “and that the Jews and their priests had consented that he should be their prince and high priest forever, till there should arise a faithful prophet and that he should be chief over them, and that he should have the charge of the sanctuary, and that he should appoint rulers over their works, and over the country, and over the armor, and over the strongholds, and that he should have care of the holy places, and that he should be obeyed by all....”

When large numbers of the people of God fall into apostasy; when there are very few faithful men and women to influence the moral direction of the people, there is a great danger of God turning away and leaving the people in a state of no spiritual leader, no pastor, no priest, no apostle, no prophet.

What conditions do we see in our present day?
We see congregations with a few old saints with no true pastor; and sadly, many have false pastors who do not guide the people into holiness.

We see many cities and communities where there once were strong church of God congregations; but now, they have disappeared or grown very weak.

2 Chronicles 15:1-6
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.
6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

What will the people do when they go “for a long season... without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.”? Many will turn back to living after the world. Is there any evidence that our current world condition is such that God has left people without pastors, apostles and prophets? The answer is, at least, an uncomfortable “perhaps.” And, in some areas the answer is “yes.”

For the last 87 years, the saints of God in America have seen many schisms, divisions, unjust and unrighteous judgments of men. Men of God who have had the evident approval of God have erred from the righteous judgments and standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have added their own traditions, causing a separation of the just and holy people of God. Pastors and their people have failed to manifest the “fruit of the Spirit.” They have not given aid to the weak or been faithful in long-suffering with one another. Major decisions and judgments, which affect the universal body of Christ, are made without enough prayer and little or no fasting.

Jeremiah 32:32-34
32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

King Solomon is recorded to say in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us."

Mark 7:6-8
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Verse seven is a common condition today. Preachers are teaching for doctrines the commandments of men; and, in vain do they worship God with their traditions. These preachers have been deceived by both religious predecessors and devils to think that their rules will protect and benefit themselves and the people of their congregations. They disregard the thrice mentioned warning not to add to or subtract from the Word of God. (Deuteronomy 12:32 and Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18)
 
Numbers 12:6
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

Did God communicate with the apostles and prophets of the New Testament like He did with those in the Old Testament? Yes, He did.

Acts 10:9-11
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

The Lord spoke to Peter in a vision and gave him instructions to minister to others. Are ministers experiencing divinely sent visions today?  Rarely!  Not as was common in the First Seal and the Sixth Seal. 

Acts 18:9-10
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

The apostle Paul was given a vision to encourage him to not be afraid of the people. What minister do you know today who has received such visions?

1 Samuel 3:19-20
19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

Samuel was instructed in visions. He was a true prophet of God.

Isaiah 3:1-5
3 For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

The Lord sets up and the Lord removes. God sometimes sends a man full of the Holy Spirit to minister to the people; and, sometimes God removes the man of God from the congregation. If we fail God and walk after the flesh; if we compromise the holy standards of God; if we refuse and rebel; then, God will remove Himself and the Light of truth from our midst.

Revelation 2:5
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

God warns that He will remove the candlestick out of HIS place; not, ITS place.
The word “his” in this context is a gender sensitive pronoun and does not apply to an object. God has removed godly pastors from congregations, and He can do so again.

Isaiah 9:13-17
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Will God cut off the prophet from the people? Yes, if they refuse and rebel.
Will God leave the people without a prophet? Yes, if He so judges.
Will all the people mourn and weep for the loss of a prophet? Not all people.

Jeremiah 6:13-17
13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Is everyone ashamed of their evil works?
The Bible says: “nay, they were not at all ashamed...”
Do we see conditions in congregations today where people who profess to be Christians are not at all ashamed of their attitudes and actions? Yes, often. I have seen and heard these things:
  1. Ministers speaking disrespectfully to each other
  2. Preachers teaching and requiring unscriptural rules
  3. Carnal leaders of the congregation, approved by the pastor
  4. Young girls wearing dresses with the hemline above the knee, exposing the nakedness of the thigh, and tight, form-fitting attire
  5. Members of the congregation using euphemistic words which take God's name in vain and not being corrected by the pastor
  6. Jesting to the hurt of others
  7. Pastors joking from the pulpit in ways that do not edify
  8. Pastors striking and condemning, promoting dominion over one another
  9. Congregation members being more interested in entertainment than the salvation of souls
  10. And such like

Ezekiel 14:7-11
7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the Lord will answer him by myself:
8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God.
The errant preacher and the “silly women” who follow him will both be punished alike. See 2 Timothy 3:6.

Matthew 13:57
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

I speak to the holy, child of God: do not be discouraged or faint when the persecutors are the members of your own house and family.

Luke 4:25-29
25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

Just because you claim to be part of the Kingdom of God; this does not give you a right to the blessings of God, if you have lived unrighteously.

Luke 13:32-35
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

No prophet in Israel. Their house has been left desolate.
Do you have a true man of God for a pastor?
Are you spiritually qualified to discern the condition of your pastor?

Remember this warning:

Revelation 2:5
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE NEED FOR CORRECTION

We live in a wicked day when the righteousness of God has been forsaken by the large majority of people; even among those who profess to be Christians. The home, family, marriage, child training and the very foundation of our society has been adversely affected by the failure of the people to keep and obey the commandments of God. America and the whole world needs a universal correction in which they are brought back to the pathway of holiness. Pastors are primarily responsible for the moral decay of the people. They have preached what the people want to hear instead of preaching what the Holy Spirit would teach.

We must be taught how to live a holy life. This involves study, testing and correction. We must be corrected by the Word and the Holy Spirit. We must submit to the teacher. We must acknowledge that we do not know the right answer to every question. Neither do we have the right understanding of what is right in every life experience.

Revelation 11:1-2
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

God's instruction to His ministry is to measure, i.e. to apply the standard of holiness and righteousness, to the “temple of God” (the saints) and the “altar” the proper, voluntary sacrifice of the life put on the altar; and, the ministry who are responsible for teaching the way of holiness and righteousness. The standard of holiness is for the justified person. It is not to be required of those who stand in the “outer court” which is the court of the Gentiles (sinners). The measuring reed is the Word of God and nothing more and nothing less. The sinner has no grace to deny his fleshly desires.  He is in need of repentance and regeneration.  Put the standard on the people of God and let them attract the sinner to their joyous and victorious life.  God has set His people in this world to be an example of the believer.  Remember Jesus came to save, not condemn.  

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The word correction means: a straightening up again. It means to set in order again, make it right again. Can we be corrected by God's method of correction? God has given teachers, pastors and ministers for the perfecting of the saints.  Can you learn from them?  Can you be corrected?  

Ephesians 4:11-13
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

God has given the New Testament church of God ministers who are to correct and perfect the saints. Will you allow God's method to work in your life?  Don't substitute men's opinions, creeds and traditions for the Word of God. The instructions provided in the Holy Script is complete and lacking in nothing to secure your hope of eternal salvation.

Titus 1:1-5
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

The apostle Paul had left Titus in Crete to set things in order that were “wanting” or lacking, out of order, contrary to the perfect will of God. It is critically important that the people have a God-called minister who is full of the Holy Spirit and who will preach what the Holy Spirit will teach.

Psalms 39:11
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity,

When a person sins, it is the responsibility of the ministry of God to rebuke the transgressor. A wise man will receive the rebuke and be corrected. He will admit and confess that his own beauty or righteousness is as temporary as a moth.

Proverbs 29:17
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

The family should operate like the church operates. The father and mother should correct their children with teaching, training and when necessary chastisement. The minister of God should love the congregation enough to correct their errors and unrighteous ways. If the minister sees the sword of God's wrath coming against the evil ways of the people, he should sound the trumpet warning and let the people know that they are in danger of punishment.

Jeremiah 10:23-24
23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Jeremiah prayed that God would correct him by teaching him the judgments of God. We are taught and corrected by understanding and knowledge of the laws of righteousness. We should obey the instruction and correction God gives to us through the ministry lest we be corrected by chastisement in God's anger.

1 Corinthians 4:17-21
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

Paul is warning the congregation at Corinth that if they do not take heed to the correction which Timothy gives to them, then Paul may need to come to them with the “rod of correction.”

Revelation 3:14-21
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

We have a warning to all the children of God who live in this present age. We are surrounded with lukewarm professors who claim to be the children of God. If we will take warning and receive the counsel given to us in verse 18, then we can be corrected and save our souls from the curse of lukewarmness. If we do not take heed to the warning and correction, we will be spued out of the mouth of God and be lost, separated from God.

Zephaniah 3:1-4
1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

To what people is this prophecy? It is to the false and hypocritical congregations who profess to be Christian and are not. False religions are metaphorically referred to as “Babylon”. Study Revelation chapter 18 to understand God's wrath against false Christian congregations and organizations.

Zephaniah 3:9-15
9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Through the blood of Jesus Christ and by faith and obedience, God has removed us from the bondage of sin and all iniquity. The remnant of God's people, the holy people who constitute the virgin Bride of Christ are blameless and without sin before Him who redeemed them from all sin.

If you desire to be saved when Jesus returns to receive His Bride, the church of God, then you must allow the Holy Spirit and His true ministers to correct you and teach you the way of holiness. No man shall see God except they have been washed clean in the blood of Jesus Christ and delivered from all sin.

Are you saved from all sin?
Have you repented of all your sins and forsaken them?
Are you ready to meet Jesus and give an account for your deeds?
Can your pastor teach you and correct you?