3 Truths About Enemies

3 truths about enemies:

1. If you serve Jesus, you will have some:
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
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Mt 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Winston Churchill You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

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You did not have to do something wrong to get people upset at you, if you are serving Jesus, the truth of your powerful love life will make some people mad. He tells us what to do about it,

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you
Jesus is in you, with you, and for you. You have the power of His love to defeat any adversary, for as His child, you are blessed of heaven. He knew you would have trouble in this life, and He purposed to bless you even when people are doing you wrong.

Blessed arethose who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What is the kingdom of heaven? It is the rule and reign of Almighty God, in heaven, being extended towards you, to deliver, bless, protect, and prosper you, as His authority moves against devils, and people living contrary to His Word and Spirit. This can be dramatic and spectacular – ask Herod, when he proclaimed himself God, and an angel stepped out of heaven and struck him – he was consumed of worms and died.

Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
Always remember, that when people oppose you for serving Jesus, you are not the one on trial, they are. We will all give an account, individually, before the throne of God upon the hour of our death. Some people will not make heaven, but our testimony will be to their eternal damnation, as God holds them accountable for the way they treated us.
Our job is to be faithful, even unto death, to Jesus, forgiving them as Jesus did, for honestly, if they saw the throne of God, they would not be doing what they were doing –
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

2. If you serve Jesus, and fully obey Him, He will cause your enemies to be at peace with you:
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Pr 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

I have learned that he does this three ways:

a. We love them, and they stop fighting with us: Matt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:

b. God Himself, delivers them into our hand, and subdues them under us: Mt 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Ps 47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

Ps 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

c. He corrects us, instructs us in wisdom, and makes us a better person. 

Proverbs 21:14  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath

Sometimes, we need to pay a bill we don’t owe, do a chore that is clearly not our responsibility, or humble ourselves on purpose, simple to receive grace from God and to bring Holy Spirit on the scene.
When people persecute, always start with introspection, to see if there is anything we could have done better, to prevent further pain.
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3. We must love them, and pray for them
Mt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Lu 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
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2 Kings 6:12-23 Elisha prayed and invoked the power of God to strike the Syrian army blind. Yet, he shows here, the heart of our heavenly Father in judgement. Rather than killing his enemies, he showed them kindness (made a big feast), and it is written they were won with love, rather than the sword: 2 Kings 6:23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

Ps 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

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The bottom line is simply. God is after developing you and I in holiness, and His holiness is His love. God is love. He allows enemies in our lives, to keep us on our knees in prayer, to simply survive, but as we pray, two wonderful things happen: He deals with our enemies, and He deals with us, to become more humble, gentle, and loving like Jesus.
Great promotions seem to have great enemies. Walking it out before the Lord!

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, reveal the enemies in my life, and show me how to pray for them, to live and walk right before you. Give me divine strategies for love and victory. Jesus, I need your power to deliver me from their attacks, AMEN’

Revelation vs Intellect

Revelation vs Intellect

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Sometimes things said in the heat of passion, need to meet the cold hard light of reality. Actions produce reactions, truth has consequences, and then one is left with the question: What is God saying about this? In the quietness of solitude, His voice gently breaks upon our heart, and confirms what we knew all along, but had not thought through yet, and our correct response needs to be like Mary, “be unto your servant according to your word, O Lord.”, for the natural mind cannot really comprehend, when God speaks outside of the box. Yet, with our heart, we know Him, and we can believe, and ponder those things in our heart, and gently watch as He brings them to pass.. This is where faith meets the intimacy of the Holy Spirit, and deep calls unto deep, as He reveals things above and beyond what we can ask or think.

Yesterday, we were faced with the fact that everything we owned had been vandalized or stolen. Yet, today, I have heard His voice, and know what steps to take next.

Today, I pray we hear His voice. Though we may be facing circumstances that look insane to our natural minds, there is a God far above it all, well able to make life happen.

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, speak to me. Cause me to hear Your voice, your direction, your purpose for my life. Bring me Your peace, in my particular storm, and make a way, where there seems to be no way. In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.’

The Blessing of Brokeness….

The Blessing of Brokeness

Ps 6:1 ¶ «To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.» O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

 

Here we David, weary in well doing, convicted of his sin, with death looming over him. He is surrounded by enemies both natural and spiritual, and he is overwhelmed with grief. He falls upon his face, and his heart breaks before a Holy God, and suddenly, He is forgiven, restored, and rises up from this place of prayer in confidence, authority, and assurance that God has acted upon his behalf.

 

Shattered, traumatized, overwhelmed, weak is where this psalm starts. The end of self, the place of total abandonment to God, where unless God comes through, he is finished, his life has ended.

 

8 ¶ Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

 

Not a popular message for us Word of Faith folks. Old timers used to call this place, the place of ‘praying through’. Brother Hagin used to call it the place of praying in the Spirit until he found that ‘note of victory’ in his heart.

 

He still gives grace to the humble, and though 2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

 

And He cannot lie, what He has promised, must surely come to pass, just need to encourage ourselves in the Word, and build ourselves back up in our most holy faith.

 

Break before Him. Give Him your weariness, frustration, sin, and pain. You will touch heaven, and you will be heard, and God will receive your prayer, and there will be a glorious echo from heaven, where the God of all thunder, responds in power, and brings to pass what you cannot.

The Lord Takes His Own Side!

The Lord takes His own side!
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Josh 5: 13 ¶ And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Who’s side you on God? Thought you were with us?

I am on the side of the one who is with me, for I am holy.

Learning to walk in this, to always, no matter what, take Jesus side in life, before, during, and after every battle.
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Last night, as the tornado sirens blared, and we watched the Doppler, screaming at the storm, commanding it to leave, to stop it’s destruction, and one touched down less than a mile from where we are living, it is good to be on God’s side!

Why? While other places received destruction and golf ball sized hail, we were untouched, unharmed, and enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

We are on God’s side!


How about you?

‘Let’s pray
Jesus, you are not just THE Lord, but I want you to be MY Lord. Show me the ways I am doing my own thing, and straying from your perfect will for my life, and show me what I need to do, to get back on track with you, not just THE Way, but my Way, and Waymaker. Amen’

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The Free Will of Man – Divine Healing

The free will of man – The Divine Order of Healing
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Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

This verse teaches us that we have heard of the patience of Job. It seems implied, that we are supposed to learn from Job’s trial, and have patience, as God is manifesting our miracle.

That is why Holy Spirit could say to us through His instrument James: Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Why? v3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

See this, the trial will work patience in you, but if you do not give up, you will end up perfected, whole, and in need of nothing!

Consider Job dear friend, if you are in the trial of your faith. Laugh at the devil, cry if you must, but do not give up!

Why?

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Isa 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

He will turn your captivity into triumph, and test into a testimony, and will give you double for your trouble, if you do not give up!

Having done all, STAND!
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You are not alone, because God loves you, and so do I, and I am standing with you, praying for you every day. You’re gonna make it!

James 5: 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 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:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I remember up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, over ten years ago that I kept bumping into a man I had known for some time before I went to Bible school. He had heard I was pastoring, and each time he would see me, he would ask me for prayer, swore he would see me at church that Sunday. Well, I would pray for him, he would begin to weep as the power of God ministered to him, and that would be the last I would see of him, he would never darken the door of my church. Well this little dance with deception went on for several years, and after a couple of years I pleaded with him not to lie, and say he would be at church, just receive from God, and say, ‘I’ll be there when I get there,” We laughed, and I was able to lead him in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and he wonderfully received his prayer language. https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/is-tongues-initial-evidence-of-the-holy-spirit-baptism/
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Yet, I would keep bumping into him from time to time, and he was not living right at all. It appeared he was living immorally, and into some sort of drugs. As the years went on, I was becoming more and more frustrated with this man, because he still swore, every time he saw me, that he loved Jesus, and would, ‘see you in church on Sunday.’ It was obvious at that point that he had no intention of ever attending church, this was simply a game he played in his own mind, to deal with ministers.

Well, I never stopped loving him, and would pray for him when his name would come to mind, but I did not chase him. The Bible says for pastors, 1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

If they are not among you, it is kind of hard to lead and feed them. Sure, you leave the 99 from time to time to go rescue a sheep, but they first of all need to become a sheep.

Anyway, tragedy eventually struck this young man, and he was afflicted with a brain aneurism, and ended up in the hospital on life support, in a coma.
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I was asked to pray for him, and I did, and miraculously, I am told, that night he came out of the coma, but was paralyzed on the right side of his body, from his face muscles, all the way down to his toes on one side.

He called a member of my church, and asked me to come to the hospital, and something rose up inside of me, that turned out to be the boldness of God, because if you know me, I am not that way, I am very loving and merciful.

I was preparing for our Saturday night service, and I received the call from this church member, saying they had just spoken to the man, and he had asked the church member to call me, requesting I come to the hospital.

Roughly, I said, “If he can call you, he can call me. He has been playing with God now for years, the Bible says: ‘If anyone is sick among you, let them call for the elders of the church. He has my cell phone number, and you call again to make sure he has it, and if he calls, I will come, otherwise, I have church service to prepare for.”

My wife, who knows me kind of raised her eyebrows, and I did not want to walk out of love with the man, but it turns out that this response was of the Holy Spirit.

Next morning, at our Sunday morning service, it was snowing. Remember driving the 20 miles in a snowstorm to the community center we met in, tired, and trusting the Lord to simply make it there.

Well, just as service was about to begin, an ambulence pulled up to the community center, with lights on, and I asked someone to go out and see what was happening. Amazingly enough, it was this man!

He had begged the hospital to get him to my church, and hurriedly we grabbed snow shovels so that we could shovel the wheelchair ramp into the building, so that they could wheel this man in on a stretcher.

Well, we got Him situated, just as praise and worship was starting, so I decided to worship the Lord, to see how He would have me minister to this man.

My sermon that morning was on marriage, which had nothing to do with healing I thought, but during worship, I felt to preach my message, and then minister to the man, at the end.

Turns out, I heard God wonderfully, because at the end, we wheeled this man to the front so that I could pray for him.

I looked at him, and said, in the authority of the Holy Spirit, ‘Do you want to be healed?’
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He began to weep, and explain how he was scared because he almost died and could not move the right side of his body. I began to laugh, and people thought I was nuts, but I knew what God was about to do. I looked him in the eyes, and called his name and said, _____ do you want to be healed?

He looked back at me with a glimmer of hope through the tears, and nodded yes.

Immediately I laid my hands upon him, and commanded paralysis to leave his body, for his body to be healed. Then I commanded him, ‘do something that you couldn’t do before’ He was sobbing uncontrollably, and blubbering, explaining how he couldn’t even lift his right hand, when he looked, and had already lifted it! This made him cry louder, and I said, ‘write your name!’ He was still blubbering and explaining how he couldn’t close his hand, so I grabbed a pen from someone in the front row, and a piece of paper from my notes, and commanded him, WRITE!. Before he could say, ‘I can’t again’ he looked, and had written his name!
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Everyone was shouting and rejoicing at that point.

The ambulance guy had to go, so they wheeled him out again, and loaded him into the ambulance, and off he went.

Following week, he arrived in a wheelchair, doing much better, but his face was still frozen on the one side. We prayed again, and it unlocked.

Why pray again? Hey, Jesus prayed for the blind man twice (Mark 8:24), and I don’t pretend to be that good!

Following week he came on a walker, week after that, a cane, which he carried for another year, until he decided to let go of a certain area of his life.

Why did I take so long to type up this testimony, of all the wonderful miracles I have seen over the years. Because I felt strongly to minister on what caused this whole chain of grace to occur:

HE called for the elders of the church.
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If more people around the world would simply do these three things, we would have much less need for doctors and hospitals I am sure.

1. If any person is afflicted with sickness or any other calamity, PRAY! Make Jesus Lord of your body, and make Him your first response when trouble comes.
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2. I believe that if a person is not immediately healed, they should call a friend or family member, and have them pray with them. Mt 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
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3. If immediate relief is not received, then let the sick person call for the elders of the church, and the prayer of faith, will save the sick. Notice here that even if a person has sinned against God, and it is clear that their sin caused the sickness, v 15 and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
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This is the order of healing for Christians, through the church. Yet, there is clearly a place of doctors and medicine too. A doctor may well be an elder in the church, or may be gifted and authentically called of God into a healing ministry of natural means.
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God loves us, and wants us well. Pray first, call a friend, call the elders, then call the doctor, is the order of operation of this verse.

I believe all of this can happen in a short period of time, and would save much time and money from doctors, hospitals, medical insurance, etc. If you need these things, please use them, and be healed, however you need to receive it! God loves you, and wants you well, and so do I.
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If you are sick, please allow me to pray for you now, there is no time and distance in prayer, and God loves you, and so do I:

‘Father, I come to you right now, on behalf of my friend reading this. I take my place, in the ministry office and anointing you have placed upon my life, on their behalf. By faith, I command healing to come to them, now! In the name and authority of Jesus. If there be any evil spirits afflicting them, I command these to go, now! I thank you Father, for signs, wonders, and miracles in their life, as they continue to obey you, Amen’

If you want to listen instead of read, I took the time to upload a couple of the healing tapes I produced for hospital visitation after my 40 day fast. They are embedded in this link: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/be-healed-jesus-wants-you-strong/

PS: Go ahead and send this around the world, cut,paste, email it, Share it on Facebook and Twitter, but I know in my heart, there were miracles and healings released when I prayed. Inbox me with testimonies!

Share the Gospel On-line

Okay, so we all know, that we are supposed to Go into all the world and share the gospel, the good news of Jesus love, but how? We work, go to school, raise children, and life is busy!

Here’s how:

I have written over a thousand articles on Christian faith and living. Here are 7 on evangelism.

Read them, most are very short.

Then, when you see something on Social Media or email, that is clearly contrary to the Word of God, or encounter a person that is searching, hurting, lonely, suicidal, going through hell, simply cut and paste one of these links and send it to them.

Some will get mad at you, and blast you. Whatever.

Do it anyway!

We are not God, simply called to try and represent Him, and bring His message to this hurting world.

Like Nike says, Just Do it!

http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/03/13/go/

http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/03/23/salvation-eternal-life/
https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/
http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/03/23/our-mission-the-great-commission/
http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/03/19/classic-redemption/
https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/jesus-went-to-hell-so-that-you-dont-have-to/
https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/the-blessing-of-ismael/

 

Hidden by God from the Hard Words of People

Hidden in God from the hard words of people
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Ps 31: 19 ¶ Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

You know, I have discovered over the years, that being sold out for Jesus, keeps us out of a world of pain. As we spend time with Him in prayer, in reading His Word, and in doing wonderful things for His kingdom, since we can’t be two places at once, we automatically avoid a lot of hard places in life. People who are doing wrong things, in wrong places, cannot harm us, if we are not with them.

Kind of simple, but this verse in today’s reading, goes much deeper than that. Seems people have a great ideas about what they think we ought to be doing: problem is these ideas are their ideas, not necessarily God’s.

When we get into the word of God, and over in the Holy Spirit, we enter into the higher ways of life, the ways of the Spirit of God, kingdom authority and leadership.

These ways are usually contrary to the minds of man, in fact, they are foolishness to them:

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Yet, as we authentically walk with Jesus, we find: 1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

In this world, we have challenges, tests, troubles, Jesus promised it would be so.

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Jesus is still the way, and the waymaker. There is always a way of escape.

Let’s pray:
“Father, I thank you for your Word, and for surrounding me with favor as with a shield, with songs of your deliverance. I thank you that you have given your angels charge over me to keep me in all of my ways. I thank you that your angels encamp about me and deliver me. I thank you Jesus that you are my way, and my waymaker, making a way for me, where there seems to be no way. I thank you for performing this very word for me, for delivering me from the pride of man and the strife of tongues! You are so good to me Father, I thank you for your love, power, and grace towards me, all because of you Lord Jesus. I love you God, thank you for hearing and answering! Amen’

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I Have Third Day Faith!

On the third day…

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Ex 19:16 On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain.

God seems to like 3rd days!

Jesus came out of the tomb, on the third day!

I choose to release my faith, NOW, that in three days, that is Saturday, our time: I will see God do great things – life from the dead things, thunder roaring and lightening flashing things, where God comes down upon the mountain of my devotion, and meets with me, face to face.

Let’s Pray:

Father, do it again. God of power, might, Creator of Heaven and Earth, meet with me, deliver me, provide for me, again.  In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!

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The Weighter Matters of Life…

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Matt 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

As I read this passage of Scripture, the words: ‘Weightier Matters’ jumped off the page at me, making me think carefully about the weightier matters of life. So, I looked up this verse in several other versions.

Matthew 23:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you give a tenth of your mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected and omitted the weightier (more important) matters of the Law—right and justice and mercy and fidelity. These you ought [particularly] to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 23:23

The Message (MSG)

23-24 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?

Justice, Mercy and Faith!

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What a topic! In this land of the free and home of the brave, where we strive for freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

If we can’t get it right in the church house, there is no hope for the White House!

 

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

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Let’s look at Websters simple definition of ‘Justice’

Simple Definition of justice

Popularity: Top 1% of lookups
  • : the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals

  • : a judge in a court of law

  • Justice —used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme

Full Definition of justice

  1. 1a :  the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishmentsb :  judgec :  the administration of law; especially :  the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity

  2. 2a :  the quality of being just, impartial, or fairb (1) :  the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) :  conformity to this principle or ideal :  righteousnessc :  the quality of conforming to law

  3. 3:  conformity to truth, fact, or reason :  correctness

I am not an attorney, legislator, nor judge, yet, as a man of God, determined to walk in holiness and integrity, I am required to look at justice, mercy, and faith.

We see lady justice with scales in one hand and a sword in the other.

'https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dJf2dXfEM5qYL8XXohWVZA-ZChfySk1GOGiCyvTcXXE/edit This is an article I wrote on 'Weightier Matters' from yesterdays reading, Justice, Mercy and Faith.'

How well I knew it all after finishing Bible school, full of the Word of God, determined to make a difference in our generation, a man on fire for Jesus, filled with spiritual power, loving my enemies, walking by faith, knowing that the Word of God held every answer to humanities needs, for is it not written:

2 Peter 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I still believe that, that Jesus is the answer, and that through His promises, we can overcome any difficulty this world throws at us, for

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jo 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

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That if we walk in love, and stand bold in faith, we will see victory in this life, in every arena!

Then, I realized that not everyone sees it that way. Some people, are not ever going to see it, and receive the love of God, or decide to walk in faith.

God gave people free will, and it has amazed me over the years, how strongly people will hold on to their will over the will of God!

The United States has three branches of government, while the kingdom of God only has two:

The political government of the country, and the authority of God invested in His church.

Where these two meet, there are some interesting dynamics!

Let’s give a couple examples:

As a pastor, I have performed marriages, and perform marriage counselling for church members. Yet, what about the divorcee? What does a child custody agreement need to look like?

Or how about our outreach to folks struggling with an addiction? People broken, battered and abused by their helplessness to stop the insatiable cravings for their drug of choice?

Let me tell a story:

Several years ago, a community that I pastored in had a drug problem. It was a government housing project, and one night in a drug raid, they arrested 70 people ! Shut down 7 crack houses in a day! Glory to God right?

Yet, God directed me to open an alcohol drug program for those hopelessly addicted, and suddenly our life became interesting!

I promised to love and walk with the 22 addicts that joined my program, through whatever they got themselves into, on one condition: It was a 26 lesson course, and they had to be willing to take the next lesson.

This meant that I had to mediate unpaid drug debts, go to hospitals to visit sick or overdosed folks, attend family court with those who had children, and regularly go to the local jails and prisons to visit folks.

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Some of these court sessions were brutal, yet enlightening, sometimes comical. Listen to this story I read:

Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray once informed a man who had appeared before him in a lower court and had escaped conviction on a technicality, “I know that you are guilty and you know it, and I wish you to remember that one day you will stand before a better and wiser Judge, and that there you will be dealt with according to justice and not according to law.” Surprised while burgling a house in Antwerp, Belgium, the thief fled out the back door, clambered over a nine-foot wall, dropped down the other side, and found himself in the city prison.

Oops: The Book of Blunders, 1980

As a pastor, I always stood in love, with the person in my care, but as a man of God, I could never lie, nor agree with sinful choices they had made.

Sometimes the courts had mercy, other times folks went to jail, but here I stood, in love, mercy, and faith believing the best for the addict, while the courts read the muck and mire they had been involved in.

Brokeness and tears were my portion during that season, crying out to God for mercy, and deliverance for these suffering souls, and by His grace, 21 of the 22 folks who went through the program, remain alcohol and drug free 10 years later.

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This whole season was not a formula, but a living vital relationship, with Holy Spirit, seeking Him for wisdom as to how to help people, and for the judges to know what to do also.

Love with skin on. 

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth

How easy it would have been to become cold, clinical, detached, and to say to those broken people: well, you did the crime, now do the time!

This appears to be the position of these religious leaders in Jesus day. They knew the letter of the law, but had not experienced God personally, so that their example had become cold, sterile, lifeless, devoid of love and power. How easy it is for us in care-giving positions to become this way!

Doctors, nurses, counselors, health care, senior care, we must break before Him, often daily, or quietly die inside…

If you have died inside, here’s good news:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heartout of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

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Pray for tears, that He again break your heart with the things that are breaking His.


Thank God for the eternal standard of the Word of God, and His holiness that we all seek to emulate! Holiness is simply another word for LOVE…

Yet, without love, we are clanging gongs, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1

Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all:

Jesus said, knowing Him, and Him alone will produce true freedom: Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Then there is a walk of faith, and intimacy with God, where the Holy Spirit is given preeminance, that will produce liberty: 2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Yet, mercy is what we all need, forgiveness at the feet of a holy God, Ro 15:9  And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Jas 2:13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

I read this story about Napoleon that touched me:

A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.

“But I don’t ask for justice,” the mother explained. “I plead for mercy.”

“But your son does not deserve mercy,” Napoleon replied.

“Sir,” the woman cried, “it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for.”

“Well, then,” the emperor said, “I will have mercy.” And he spared the woman’s son.

Luis Palau, Experiencing God’s Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984.

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, we recognize that people make wrong choices. That there are sure consequences to those choices. Father, for those of us in leadership, empower us to do what we must, to restrain evil in our generation, always operating in your love for people. Have mercy on us today, and give us courage, wisdom, and strength to continue to care, love, and pursue you and your holiness, and purity of heart before you, as we continue to trust and obey you, that the strong muscles of our faith, break every chain that would attempt to hold us back from the destiny you have created us to walk out, in your name I pray, Lord Jesus, Amen’

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Where Do Ghosts Come From?

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Ghosts and familiar spirits – Demons don’t die, so when a person dies, the demons that have been oppressing them or oppressing them, remain here in the earth. Because they knew the ancestor intimately, they were ‘familiar’ with them, and they disclose knowledge, only the deceased person could have known, supernaturally. This is where we ‘see ghosts’ or have ghosts appear to us in dreams, as past loved ones. This is why ghosts can stay in certain families, for they seek to propagate a generational curse upon that family line. All these curses can be broken through the power of Jesus blood, when we renounce ancestor worship, and receive the life of God.

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Ancestors that have died, are gone, either to heaven or hell. The best way to honor them, is to serve Jesus in this generation, the only true path to our heavenly Father, the Great Spirit, our Creator. He forbids worship or seeking of familiar spirits, the ghosts of the past, and would have us seek Him, the Creator of all Life, today.

Leviticus 20:27
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

As I read Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich, I saw where Napoleon received much of his ‘leadership’ principals. He claimed to go into an empty room, and ‘invite’ the spirits of great deceased world leaders into the room around a table, and he would ask them questions. They would come, and I am convinced these ‘spirits’ were none other than ‘familiar’ demon spirits, devils that had operated in times past through the very people they now represented at that table. His leadership principals are pretty good though, I wrote an article on them, analyzing them Biblically: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/leadership-the-fate-of-the-world-depends-upon-it/

God hates this practice, and expressly forbids it in His word. Just because we receive knowledge supernaturally, does not make it from God –

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils
God commands us to stop messing around with demons.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
There are many good books on exposing how these demon spirits work, the one I like the most is ‘The Bondage Breaker’ by Dr. Neil Andersen.
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord
Just because someone is in ministry, and operating supernaturally, does not mean they are receiving ONLY from the Lord. I have seen ministers that are ‘in the Lord’ at one moment, then operating demonically the next.
Peter did it, and he walked in the very presence of Jesus on the earth! (Matt 16)
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I am not going to write a long article on this, there are many great books already written. Contact me if you would like a reading list.
Let’s pray:
‘Father, Jesus said I would hear His voice, and that You would direct my life supernaturally by Your Word and the Holy Spirit. In every area that I have received or am listening to demons, instead of you, please reveal it, so I can repent. Please forgive me, and my family for ancestral worship, and allowing demonic spirits into our geneology. I receive Your forgiveness, and plead the blood of Jesus over my family. By faith, I renounce every devil operating there, and command it to go. By faith, I break every generational curse upon our bloodline, and declare the Jesus has redeemed us from the curse. By faith, I loose the blessing of God into my family, and declare that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, and Him only. I ask and declare these things, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.