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Are You Sitting Outside, Or Coming In Through the Roof?

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ARE YOU SITTING OUTSIDE, OR COMING IN THROUGH THE ROOF?

Some theologians believe that God healed only when Jesus and the apostles walked the earth. This, everyone should know, is not true.

First, God healed Abimelech on account of the prayer of a righteous man, Abraham (Genesis 20:17). So, we can see here that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). The first example of healing given in the Word of God is through the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, Abraham.

The Word of God tells us,

Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” James 5:16.

God has been healing people for thousands of years, long before Jesus and the apostles walked the earth, and He still heals today.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8.

Here, God pronounces a condition whereby His people can be healed, 

“And (God) said, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that heals you” Exodus 15:26.

This promise is for all of God’s people, if they will just believe it.

So far, through studying what the Word of God has to say about healing, we can determine that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous will move God’s hand to heal, confessing our faults and praying for one another will move God’s hand to heal, and obeying God’s will and His Word will provide healing.

Next, we see that “Moses was very meek above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3), and Moses was “faithful” before God (Numbers 12:7); therefore, when “Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech Thee,” after seven days, the Lord healed Miriam, the sister of Moses (Numbers 12:13-14). Sometimes, God doesn’t heal immediately, but it is important that we still believe and trust in His Holy Word.

If we move ahead to the New Testament and examine instances when Christ and the apostles healed folks, we will not read about any occasion when Jesus refused to heal anyone who asked Him. You can read the entire New Testament about the healings Jesus performed and you will not find an instance when Jesus said, “No, I don’t want to heal you today,” or “This blessing isn’t for you,” or “We need a special Word from the Father first;” He never said any of that.

If we study the examples given throughout the New Testament, which was “written for our learning” (Romans 15:4), we find that for all of those whose hearts were sincere and ready to receive from God, for all of those who believed God could heal them, God provided healing. What is different today?

Today, there are physicians throughout every city, pharmacies all over the place, as well as plenty of hospitals. The world, and most of God’s people, have become accustomed to relying on all of these for healing. Most do not turn with their whole heart to God and look to Him for the healing first. It is generally the other way around. People try everything else first, then when/if they are desperate enough, they will look to God. Some trust God first, but often if they aren’t healed immediately, people are very quick to conclude that God chose not to heal them. It boils down to who you want to believe, the whole world, or God?

“God forbid; yes, let God be true, but every man a liar, as it is written, ‘That you might be justified in your sayings and might overcome when you are judged” Romans 3:4.

The popular sayings, because of the weakness and frailties of people, are, “God chose not to heal;” “It isn’t God’s will to heal;” “God doesn’t heal in our dispensation.” They are all liars. Why? Because the Word of God says they are all liars, according to the testimonies provided in God’s Holy Word. That’s enough. If I don’t receive healing, it’s going to be my own fault. I can’t try to place the blame on God, because He has already promised; He has already made the provision, according to His Holy Word:

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:5-6 (Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Savior. [My Jewish friends, who else can fulfill this prophecy and many others like it? Only Yeshua haMashiach!]).

The Word of God tells us,

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience; but let patience have her perfect work, that you might be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and upbraids not, and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, for he who waivers is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” James 1:2-7.

After we pray for healing, do we go away doubting, or commit to believing it will come to pass according to God’s Holy Word?

Jesus healed many who had only just learned who He was; they hadn’t really had any time to commit their ways to God and live a holy life before the Lord. Jesus healed many, so they would thank God and serve the Lord with their whole hearts and be saved. It was the same during the apostles’ ministries, when the gospel was just being spread throughout the world. Many were healed to glorify God and convert souls.

How much more should we believe, who have already tasted of the goodness of our blessed Savior?

God will do the same thing today. God knows who will have faith and believe until they receive. He also knows when doubt is present and remains in the hearts of people, “let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord.” The Word of God is true, it never changes, and God doesn’t lie.

Some have been blessed with the gift of healing. The Word of God tells us,

“And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” 1 Corinthians 12:28.

We see here that God has placed certain ones in the church with the “gifts of healings.” They are gifted with the constant, unwavering faith to heal. The Bible also tells us,

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up and if he has committed any sins, they shall be forgiven him” James 5:14-15.

Sometimes we don’t have any oil on hand. God is aware of that and He doesn’t withhold for that purpose. If you have oil, use it. It demonstrates an act of faith and obedience to God’s Holy Word.

We have seen some notable people throughout the church in our generation with the gifts of healing: Katherine Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, RW Schambach and there are more. My great grandmother, Emily Alice Brown, was one of them, but she was poor and she wasn’t renowned. Her family and neighbors all knew where to go when they were sick though. What did these all have in common? Each of them was wholly committed to God; they lived sanctified lives, they had great faith and demonstrated no doubt in what God could do.

I will leave you with a testimony given in the Gospel of Mark:

“And there came unto Him (Jesus), bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four; and when they could not come near Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was, and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, your sins be forgiven you…I say unto you, Arise, and take up your bed and go your way into your house;’ and immediately he arose, took up the bed and went forth before them all, insomuch that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw it in this fashion” Mark 2:3-5, 11-12.

I dare say that if you haven’t received the Lord as your Savior, but you believe He has the power to heal your illness, if you believe Him with all of your heart and ask Him to heal you, and you intend to receive the Lord and serve Him the rest of your days, He will heal you. As Jesus said to the impotent man, who had been sick for 38 years, and lying at the pool of Bethesda,

“…Behold, you are made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you” John 5:14.

I also proclaim to those of you who half-heartedly serve the Lord: If you will serve the Lord with your whole heart and surrender all to Him; If you believe Him with your whole heart, even if the entire world tells you it isn’t possible, if you deny the whole world and put all of your faith (without wavering) in the promise of God, He will heal you. How do I know this? Simply because God’s Holy Word commands it.

Yes, what some say about “sickness unto death” might very well be true. It may be your time to leave this world, and when God says it’s time, it’s time. However, because God is faithful to His Word, if you believe with all of your heart, He will heal you, then you will die and leave this world just the same, because God doesn’t lie. He may heal you one minute and take you to glory the next, but He is still faithful to His Word.

Are you willing to believe God, no matter what it takes, or how much time it takes? The friends of the one afflicted with palsy (paralysis) could have stayed outside and given up, but they decided it would be worth it to tear up the roof and let their loved one down to Jesus, in order to get the promise.

Sometimes a world of doubters all around you can hinder your faith and the blessings. The Word of God tells us,

“Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God…” Romans 14:22.

Sometimes, with all of the “nay sayers” around, you just have to believe God privately, because the devil is going to use people around you to discourage you, even some people who are Christians, but get out of the will of God. This is exactly why Jesus healed away from those who did not believe, or even kicked them out of a sick room (Mark 8:22-25, Mark 5:38-42)

Don’t think you are going to ignore God’s will, live in sin and rebellion, doubt God, have half-hearted faith, but still receive the promise of healing. It isn’t going to happen!

My great grandmother, Emily Alice Brown, whose family and neighbors used to bring their sick to her for prayer and healing, sometimes said this: “If you can’t pray the ‘prayer of faith,’ you’d better get to a doctor.”

Are you ready to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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There Is A Lion Out There!

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THERE IS A LION OUT THERE!

The Word of God tells us that satan seeks to devour us like a roaring lion.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

Who is it that would not be afraid of a roaring lion rushing toward you?

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I can tell you, I would be, except by the supernatural power of God, if I had to confront him. First of all, I will avoid him with all of my soul, all of my heart, mind and strength!

Sometimes we have no choice but to confront the devil. We can see that example in David versus Goliath, the giant (nephilim – original Hebrew) who threatened Israel. David had the power of God with him, because he dwelt in the “Secret Place” of the Most High God (Psalms 91).

If you don’t dwell in the Secret Place, you had better call upon the name of the Lord fast, as you seek a hiding place from the enemy of your soul!

The key to abiding in the Secret Place is found primarily in Psalms 91:9, “Because you have made the Lord, even the Most High, your habitation;” and Psalms 91:14, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore, I will deliver him.” There are also other passages within that chapter, Psalms 91, which demonstrate to us how to gain the high favor of God and dwell in His Secret Place.

How can we make the Lord our habitation? We keep our minds fixed on Him (Isaiah 26:3), His ways, His commandments, His truth and His mighty presence with us at all times, as much as lies within us to do so.

The other major factor is setting our love upon Him. We might all know how to do that: “…let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). Jesus explains in this passage of scripture that if we want to follow Him, we must deny ourselves:

“Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.  These are the conditions, friends.

Jesus also said,

“If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15.

He said concerning some:

“This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” Matthew 15:8.

The truth is that if we truly deny ourselves and seek after the Lord will all of our hearts, we don’t really lose anything at all, perhaps momentarily, for the Word of God tells us:

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.  *It doesn’t happen instantly; faith and patience is involved.

Getting back to the lion…

Certainly, if any one of us sees a hungry, roaring lion coming at us, we are going to call on God and avoid the encounter with all that is within us.

Joseph was a good example of this avoidance. Joseph fled so fast from Potiphar’s wife, who wanted to commit adultery with him, that he fled, leaving his garment behind in her hands, as she grabbed his clothes. Potiphar’s wife used the garment against him, showing it to Potiphar’s household, and she accused Joseph of trying to molest her, but he actually fled from her. Joseph ended up in prison for a while, and this is where the real test of faith comes in, but in the end, after he endured the trial with patience, Joseph became second in command under the King himself! You will have to read the entire account for yourself to appreciate the mighty, miracle-working hand of God in behalf of His elect, those who dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High (Genesis 39-41).

If we don’t study the Word of God diligently every day, keeping also a faithful prayer life before God, we become extremely weak, if not backslidden from God. Our physical bodies cannot survive without natural food, and our spiritual bodies cannot survive without spiritual food, which is the Word of the Most High God.

Jesus said,

If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you” John 15:7.

We only abide in Christ, as we diligently study His Word and pray. The Word then abides in us and we will speak the Words of Christ, and God will honor those Words.

In summary, the spiritual lion is very real and he lurks ever near to find an avenue to devour you and your family.

As sure as the invisible hydrogen and the invisible oxygen, when they come together, bring forth water, which you can then see with your natural eyes, God and satan are very real. God is calling you to eternal life through the path that our Lord and Savior made for us, Jesus Christ, His Son. Satan, on the other hand, seeks to devour as many as he can, while there is still time.

The days have become so evil that, unless we seek to dwell in the Secret Place, we may be devoured.

The Word of God tells us,

“Except those days be shortened (the latter days – now), there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened…for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:22,24.

Don’t think so? Do you believe God will hold you up no matter what you do, or how you live, because you once said a sinner’s prayer? Take note of this:

“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands, take heed, lest he fall” 1 Corinthians 10:12.

No one will be allowed to live in sin and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Word of God tells us,

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men who act like women), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (men who sleep with men – this applies to women who act like men, and women who sleep with women as well), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

Take heed and warn your loved ones, because there is a lion out there!

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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The Full Armor

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THE FULL ARMOR

God takes care of His children on this earth, as much as we will allow Him to. He never forces His people to be obedient, but rather He has given us a free will and the ability to make choices.

Jesus said many times throughout His ministry, before ascending to the Father, to beware of deception.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5.

“And false prophets shall rise and deceive many” Matthew 24:11.

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:24.

So, we see here that, according to Matthew’s account in chapter 24 alone, Jesus warned His disciples not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false Christs and false prophets, who will do wonders in the last days, so much so that the very elect would be deceived, if possible.

The elect are those of us that attend to the Lord every day, nearly all day, in prayer, reading the Word, praise and worship and ministry. If you don’t fit into this category, all the more, take heed!

The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

A child of God has to “open the door” to deception, friends. We have protection, as children of God, and satan is not allowed to breach our armor, or break down our door. He can only get a foothold if we remove our armor, or fail to put it on daily, or open the door to him.

The enemy of our souls never gives up seeking a way to enter through the door that God has placed against him, or through a breach in the armor that God has given us to wear.

The armor of God consists of these: the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness (so much for those who don’t believe we can live righteous in this world), the sword of the Spirit, our loins girt about with truth, and our feet shod with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:10-18).

We must be diligent and always on guard. There are, however, seasons of rest to the saints of God (Hebrews 4:9-11). I would describe these seasons as dwelling in the “Secret Place” of the Most High.

One doesn’t just slip right into the “Secret Place” as soon as they repent and receive salvation. The Apostle Paul explained to the Hebrews, “Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest…” Hebrews 4:11.

What is the Secret Place?

The Secret Place of the Most High is explained by King David in Psalms 91. If you read the chapter, you will discover that those who enter the Secret Place of the Most High, abiding under His shadow, are those who “make the Lord, even the Most High, their habitation” and who “set their love upon Him.” In other words, you are so in love with the Lord that you are always thinking about Him, nearly always praying, or talking to Him, studying His Word, or praising Him, making the Lord your first and foremost priority above all things, so much so, that He is your habitation = the Secret Place. Come to this holy, holy place with God and you will have rest to your soul and many benefits, as described in Psalms 91.

Jesus said,

“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” Revelation 3:20.

The Lord wants to “sup” with you as often as you will open the door to Him.

On the other hand, how does one open the door to satan? Watching secular television for hours; drinking liquor; smoking; taking drugs (can also be prescribed drugs); listening to secular music (there are evil spirits associated with many types of music, other than gospel); obsessions, such as obsessive cleaning, obsessive eating, obsessively watching TV; obsessively shopping and spending, etc; focusing on the material things of this world and pride, whereas our focus should be the Lord, and all other things will be provided.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33.

Certainly, we are to live in this world, shop for those things that we have need of, take care of those things the Lord has provided, cleaning the home, our clothes, the yards, etc; but we need to place God first in our lives and these other things will be a breeze. I do these chores much of the time while praying or singing hymns.

In fact, it never ceases to amaze me that when I determine to pray and read the Word first, I can quickly get the other things done that I need to do. When I have failed to put the things of God first, I can’t seem to get those things done that I sacrificed God’s time to get done. It never fails!

We always need to bear in mind that satan appears as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is not always going to attack on the premise of evil. He will disguise himself as one, for example, who needs help, or who presents as a “lover,” or who even presents himself as an aid in the time of trouble – beware!

If that person, or that opportunity, or that pitiful one comes along, but there is any possibility that they are involved in evil, or the appearance of evil, or perhaps they appear to need help, but they aren’t saved – beware! Yes, we are to help the lost materially, as well as spiritually, but allow a brother to help males, and a sister to help females, etc.

Notice also that the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) did not take the stranger home with him, but he helped him, purchased a room for him and gave provision elsewhere. He wanted to help the man who had been robbed and beaten, but he didn’t really know him, if he was evil, or a godly man. He didn’t risk bringing an unsaved, wicked person into his home to jeopardize himself, or his family, but he provided for him other facilities and provision. That was the wise thing to do. 

The saints of God can give to ministries that are set up to provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor and minister to them spiritually, but we should never take someone from the street and bring them home. That would be foolish. There are ministries and government programs in place to help the poor and homeless. If God speaks to you and tells you to bring someone home, that would be an exception. (He will never tell a woman who lives alone to bring a man home; and He will never tell a man who lives alone to bring a woman home.)

Jesus said,

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16.

Be diligent, faithful, at peace, long-suffering, meek, gentle and wise. Always put God first and foremost in your life, living prayerfully and studying His Word, and you can dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


All written publications on this site may be copied and shared for evangelistic and educational purposes. Did Jesus say, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature — and make sure you copyright it?!” I think not.

God bless you with the Light of the world.

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The Immovable Dividing Wall

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There are two distinct roads going in opposite directions. A person has to travel one road, or the other, one cannot travel both roads at the same time. The dividing wall between them is immovable. One path is well-traveled, the other much less popular. These roads are indicative of our spiritual walk with God.

THE IMMOVABLE DIVIDING WALL

5/11/2014: I had a dream before waking this morning. Throughout most of the day, I have been unable to remember the entire dream, but I knew it was spiritual and of most importance. 

When I woke up, I remembered that I was traveling down a road and I came across people who were stranded along the way, so I picked up the weary travelers, and they were quite a few.

I remembered that we stopped at a wall and many of the people traveling with me sat upon the wall and they wanted the “leader” to move the wall, but he would not move it.

I picked up the weary people along the road, but I was not their leader. 

We got back in the vehicle and started out on our journey again, only to stop a while later at another wall. Again, the people converged upon the wall and wanted the wall to be moved over to the other side of the road, clear across the other lane, but the leader refused to move the wall.

We got back into the vehicle and drove a short distance, pulling over to the wall once again. This scenario repeated several times during the dream. The weary people wanted the wall to be moved across the road, on the other side of traffic, but the leader again refused.

Upon waking this morning, I only remembered the last stop and the leader refusing to move the wall. As the day progressed, I began remembering more of the dream and that I had picked up the stranded travelers along the road.

It was actually when I knelt down to pray for mid-day prayer that the full details of the dream were revealed to me – and the Holy Ghost fell. I prayed in the Spirit for a while, as the dream was revealed and the interpretation given.

The following is an account of the dream and the interpretation:

I was traveling a two-lane road, and I was traveling on the road to everlasting life. The opposite lane lead to destruction, death and finally to hell fire.

As I was traveling down the road, I saw many weary people who were stranded, so I stopped to pick them up along the way.

There was a brick wall in the middle of the road and I pulled over to rest intermittently. The people climbed and sat on top of the wall and wanted our Leader to move the wall to the other side of the road, but He refused.

Our leader was the Holy Ghost, who provides direction and comfort along the way.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide you with My eye” Psalms 32:8.

People sitting on the wall represent indecision and a lukewarm spirit, neither hot, nor cold. The Word of God tells us,

“So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth” Revelation 3:16. (The Words of Jesus)

God definitely wants His people to have the zeal of the Lord, not to be sitting on the fence. In fact, because He loves integrity, and not a spirit of hypocrisy, He would rather us be zealous for Him, or against Him, but a “lukewarm” spirit He will spit out of His mouth. He hates that half-hearted condition.

The fact that the spiritually weary people wanted God to move the wall, instead of climbing down to either side, is indicative of this generation, of those who want to compromise God’s Word. They don’t want to “pick up their cross and follow Jesus” (Matthew 16:24), neither do they want to head straight down the path to destruction, death and hell; but they would rather God compromise His Holy Word and compromise His requirement of holiness. They want both sides of the road. They want the dividing wall, which stands between life everlasting, and the road that leads to destruction death and hell, to be moved over to the other side of the road and out of the way, so they can amble back and forth, as they please. They don’t want a dividing wall. They want a very wide path, so they can travel the path of rioting, partying, pleasures, and self indulgence, but swiftly move over to the path to life everlasting whenever the trials and tribulations arise on the road to destruction. In fact, they do not want a dividing wall between “right” and “wrong.” They want to be “right and wrong” at the same time, essentially eliminating the possibility of being wrong no matter what they do!

This is the doctrine of many megachurches today. 

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” 1 Timothy 4:1-4.

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, preach the Word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine; for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from truth and shall be turned unto fables” 2 Timothy 4:1-4.

These are the instructions that the Apostle Paul gave to a youthful minister named Timothy, as he (Paul) was preparing to die at Nero’s chop block, giving his head for the cause of Christ.

Jesus said,

“Whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it” Matthew 10:39.

In other words, we are to live for Christ, not ourselves. Jesus spoke of denying ourselves for His sake, but gaining eternal life instead. Those who seek to please themselves in this life, will lose their life to eternal damnation instead. You will not hear that message in most popular churches today.

There are two distinctive roads and they do not intertwine, nor will God move the boundary for the sake of those who desire to compromise, living their lives to the fullest in this world, according to their own self will, to fulfill the desires of the flesh, but at the same time wanting to hold on to the path which leads to eternal life. The world and godliness do not mix (1 John 2:15), and we can’t have it both ways. The scriptures are very clear. Jesus said,

“Enter in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be which go in thereat; because straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14.

To hear popular ministers in megachurches today, just about everyone is going to heaven, because God loves everybody and He wants everybody to be happy!

Wrong! God loves everybody and He wants us to find our happiness in Him, not in the world!

Jesus said, the Lord Jesus said, “…few there be that find it.” Jesus said that many are going down the broad path of destruction. Let there be no mistake about it. The preachers of today are lying to the masses. The Pope, who says “Atheists, if they do good works, are going to heaven,” is lying to the masses and he is full of the spirit of antichrist!

Listen to the Savior. Listen to Jesus; do not listen to those who have a conflict of interest and stand to make money from the multitudes by making them happy! Listen to the one who will not lie to you! Take heed! Your eternal soul depends on it!!

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap; for he who sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” Galatians 6:7.

God bless you with truth.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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Dwelling in the Secret Place

JESUS TEACHING

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Dwelling in the Secret Place

God said that David had a heart after His own heart (Acts 13:22), and God has loved David so much that He promised him that he would be a prince and shepherd over His people forever (Ezekiel 34:23-24).

It was David who wrote Psalms 91, which includes the most profound promises to God’s people (who dwell in the secret place of the Most High) ever written, aside from our promise of salvation and the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2).

Christians often muse why God seems to fulfill the promises written in Psalms 91 for some, but not others; why He heals some, but not others; why He baptizes some with the gift of the Holy Ghost, but not others.

First, we need to know that God is no “respecter of persons;” He does not favor one person over another. However, our humility, prayer life, perhaps fasting and giving ourselves to seeking God in certain ways, can bring about God’s attention to our attentions given to Him. His Word says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8. Since the crucifixion of Christ, everyone has equal access to God through our heavenly High Priest, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, who is our intercessor at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34).

Some Christians are captivated by the Lord and praise Him and seek His presence often; others don’t give God much of the time of day, unless they need something. Who will receive more of God’s attention?

God will do for one, what He does for another, but many are simply not willing to commune with God with a pure heart before Him.

There are many promises written in the Word of God, which were not made to particular individuals, but rather all of God’s people. For example, He did not say, “With His stripes Lucy was healed.” This promise written in Isaiah 53:5 was written to all of us, “With his stripes we are healed.” So, why doesn’t everyone get healed? Jesus said if we have faith as in a grain of mustard seed, we can receive the answers to our prayers (Luke 17:6). This wasn’t written so anyone and everyone can just say something and it will be done. Do you believe a wicked person can say, “In the name of Jesus, I am healed,” and it will be so?

Jesus healed people who weren’t saved, but the Bible bears out the fact that they were ready to believe and be saved, so He healed them and said their sins were forgiven (Matthew 9:1-8).

There is no passage of scripture that says the wicked were healing the sick, or healing themselves. Satan, however, is a mocker, an imitator, and he appears as an “angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:14-15). By the way, are you aware of the fact that chemotherapy is a carcinogen? Are you aware that manufactured medicines all have adverse side effects? Natural medicinals derived from plants, herbs and foods, however, are not carcinogens and generally have no adverse side effects, unless taken with something else that might cause an adverse reaction. I’ll let you contemplate those facts and come to your own conclusion. Oh, and by the way, are you aware that hemp (cannabis) oil, derived from the marijuana plant, which does not produce a “high” taken in this proper form, cures just about everything? It has been outlawed due to the lobbying of Big Pharma, which would rather sell you carcinogens that will end up killing you, if the disease doesn’t kill you, for A BIG FAT PROFIT, rather than see you cured by a natural plant that God placed on the earth for us, just because some people have smoked the leaves to get high. They also have their depopulation agenda to be concerned about. Leave it to the devil and his cohorts to rob people of God’s blessings.

I might as well throw in the fact that medical malpractice is the 3RD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the United States.

Christians also have a very bad habit of comparing themselves with other Christians, and the experiences of others with their own experiences. The Word of God, however, tells us NOT to do that (2 Corinthians 10:12), lest we end up comparing ourselves and our situations with people who have a heart of unbelief, and thereby justifying our own unbelief; not even realizing the person we are comparing ourselves to has an unbelieving heart. None of us know another person’s heart, no matter how well we believe we know another person. If we compare ourselves with someone who appears outwardly holy, but has sin in their heart, we can end up walking the wrong path in the end. We are only to compare ourselves with the Holy Word of God.

The wonderful promises written in Psalms 91 were written specifically for those who “dwell in the secret place of the Most High.” If you don’t understand what that means, then you need a more intimate relationship with God. He is open to it, are you?

If you want to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, make Him your “habitation;” read His Word and pray for the understanding of it and God will answer that prayer; He promised (James 1:5), and spend as much time with Him as you can, learning at His feet. He is most happy to teach you. One of His blessed titles is Rabboni, meaning Teacher.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

A Prophetic Warning

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I slipped off to sleep, or fell into a trance, during prayer Saturday morning and I felt the ground shaking under me. The shaking I experienced wasn’t tremendous, but at the same time I understood that the Lord was warning me that a super quake would hit the United States. This experience actually felt like a vision, in that while I felt the earth shaking underneath me, I knew it wasn’t a real earthquake, but a warning from God. Nevertheless, the shaking was very much like a real quake.

Those of you who believe in prophecy, and that God warns His people to pray in preparation, it is time to pray for protection and take precautions. Store some food, water, batteries, flashlights a radio/crank radio, enough to get your family through perhaps a week, or more. The Word of God tells us,

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation, there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling” Psalms 91:9-10.

The unsaved are not benefactors of the above promise, neither is it for those who proclaim the name of Christ, but do not fellowship with Him. Note that the Psalmist said, “Because you have made the Lord…your habitation, there shall no evil befall you…” If you don’t understand, then you are lacking the kind of relationship God desires to have with you. Read His Word and pray and He will make Himself known to you and He will keep His promises to you, such as that promise written above. It is called, “dwelling in the Secret Place of the Most High,” a very personal relationship with the Lord God Almighty.

Jesus also said there would be great earthquakes in the last days,

“Great earthquakes shall be in diverse places and famines and pestilences, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” Luke 21:11.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

PREDESTINATION?

PREDESTINATION

PREDESTINATION?

Many people believe in a predestination theology today. There are some scriptural references that might lead one to believe that we might as well “toss in the towel,” because “que sera, sera” (whatever will be, will be). This theory, in general, couldn’t be farther from the truth.

We have to bear in mind that, “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20. In order to understand God’s Holy Word, when it comes to the deep things of God, one must have received the gift of the Holy Ghost:

“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” John 14:26.

There are a lot of people out there teaching the scripture, preaching sermons about “predestination,” and what have you, and there are hours upon hours of teachings on YouTube.com; but if you aren’t able to determine if that individual has received the “gift of the Holy Ghost” (Hebrews 2:4) and is anointed to preach, you may be listening to fables.

Yes, I am filled with the Holy Ghost and, in fact, the Lord gave me this message for someone, or some people, today. If you have the Spirit of God, the Spirit in you will bear witness to what I say.

The Apostle John, the Revelator, wrote concerning the end of days,

“The sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them, and they were judged every man according to their works” Revelation 20:13.

If God performed according to some men’s interpretation of the Word, he would have written, “and they were judged every man according to how God predestined them,” but that is not what the scripture says. 

The Word of God says,

“We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad” 2 Corinthians 5:10.

The Apostle Paul didn’t say, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every man may receive the things according to what God forced him to do by predestination, whether it be good or bad.”

The Apostle John wrote,

“He that believes on Him is not condemned, but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:18.

Unless the Word of God is a lie and of no affect, we are condemned if we do not believe, not because God didn’t predestine us to be saved. That would also contradict what the Lord said in John 3:16,

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

It would also contradict God’s Holy Word in 2 Peter 3:9,

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  

Finally, the Word of God tells us,

“For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” Romans 8:29.

Note here that Paul is writing to the “elect” of God (Romans 8:33), “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Do all Christians “walk after the Spirit?” Are all Christians Apostles? Some, whom God “did foreknow” (know from the very beginning) that they would even lay down their lives – as Paul laid his head on Nero’s chop block; as Peter gave himself up to be crucified upside down, not counting himself worthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Savior; as Stephen, who gave himself up to be stoned to death…and the list goes on. These were predestined to “be the firstborn among many brethren,” because God foreknew they would be faithful, even to the laying down of their very lives. Was the thief on the cross predestined, that “he might be the firstborn among many brethren?” Not hardly, as he scarcely made it in, believing in Christ as he was dying for his crimes.

The Word of God refers to the “elect.” The Word of God also tells us that “many are called, but few are chosen” Matthew 22:14. This is indicative that the call to repent and be saved has been sent to the entire world (Revelation 22:17), but few are chosen to issue the call. If only some were predestined for heaven, and others predestined for hell, then Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world, as stated in John 1:29. Make no mistake the Word of God does not contradict itself. The bride of Christ is the “elect,” willing to lay down her life for the bridegroom, Christ (Revelation 22:17).

If you are compelled by the power of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11) to be a witness, a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if you are willing to die for Him (Romans 12:1), then you are the “elect” of God (Romans 8:33), of “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” 1 Peter 2:9.

Many are called, but few are chosen, as the Word tells us. Some are the “elect” of God, some are simply called to repentance. God said, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” Romans 9:13. Is God unjust? Think it not! God said, “My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.

Receive it by faith, even if you don’t fully understand, lest you fight against God Himself.

If you do not receive these truths and that our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is a just and righteous God, then you do not believe the Word of God and you are condemned already.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.