What’s the problem? Everyone is doing it!

Everybody is doing it!
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Gen 7:21 ¶ And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

Sometimes when we see great portions of the population doing things clearly contrary to the Word of God, we are tempted to go with the flow, and compromise our convictions.

If you are a parent, surely you have had a child confront you with: ‘Everybody else is doing it!’.
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Recently had that conversation over certain words that were trying to creep into my children’s vocabulary, that were not clear cuss words, but that I do not allow in this house. Some of their playmates were allowed to use them, and I have no authority as to how other parents raise their children, but as for me and my house, we will fully serve the Lord.

I understand the power of Words, and that life and death are in the power of the tongue. If a word is not edifying, or holy, it will not be heard under my roof, end of story.

This is a small example of a larger principal, ‘Just because everybody is doing something, does not make it right!’ Only eight people on the whole planet survived on the ark, so God’s kingdom is not a democracy.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, I know you love me, and want only good for me and my house. Help me to walk in truth, without compromise, in Jesus name, Amen,’

A More Sure Word of Prophecy

A More Sure Word of Prophecy: the Infallible, Holy, Living and Active Word of God!
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2 peter 1:16 ¶ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
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What is Peter saying here? He has been shown from the Lord, that he is going to die soon, and He is leaving an eternal legacy here in the earth, the written eternal infallible Word of God. Listen what He says about it:

We were there, when God the Father revealed Jesus in all His glory, stating that this is Jesus my beloved Son. Yet, what I am about to say to you, is far greater than even this mountaintop experience we had with Moses and Elijah on the mount of transfiguration. We heard our Father’s voice on the mountaintop, audibly, but this is of greater import than even the audible voice of God!
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19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy;

A more sure word? Than even the audible voice of God?

Yes!

This word is to become the eternally written Word of God, no word of mere man, but the Word of God, where God the Holy Spirit became the ink in living writing instruments, writing His perfect commands through them, just like a writer would pick up a pen and write a book. No man gave these Words, they are the Words of God!

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

He is saying that these Scriptures are to be made public, of no private interpretation, and are greater than all the incredible experiences they have had in walking with Jesus!
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This is no fiction novel friends, this book we call the Bible, is alive, for the author is present every time it is read, it contains the living, active eternal Word of God.
Believe it! Receive it, Speak it, and live it, and demonstrate God’s power to this generation!
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Let’s pray:

Father, Speak to me. Confirm Your voice to me through Your Word. Open the eyes of my understanding, In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”

Decision Time!

Life in the Word of God
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Ezekial 20: 11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.

Statutes: written edicts, laws.

Judgments: Decisions

God has given us His written edicts, His laws, and if we walk with Him, He will show us how He decides, judges, rules among men. As we do what HE says, we find our entire life alive in His promises! He is Love, Life, and life to the full!
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Let’s pray: ‘Father, I receive your statutes, and ask that you show me the way that you think, and make decisions among men. I want to do your will, and find my life in you, and in you precious Jesus, Amen.”

Be Careful Little Ears What you Hear!

Be Careful little ears, what you hear
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Jesus said these words, about teaching that we hear:

Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

I like King James, but let’s turn up the volume:

Mark 4:24
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24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [a][of thought and study] you give [to [b]the truth you hear] will be the measure [c][of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

There is natural hearing, and then hearing of the heart, where faith lives. Faith only comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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Mark 4: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand;

In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught that the Word we hear, must be understood to bear fruit.

In this parable, He clearly explains that we need to press into the truth we hear, and to the very measure we press into the truth we hear, will be the exact measure of virtue and knowledge given to us.

Which is precisely why I am currently enrolled in this seminary, awakening brain cells that have been undisturbed in the dark recesses of my mind for many years..

Let’s pray:
‘Father, we long to be the true disciples of your kingdom that bring you the most pleasure, fruit, and glory in the earth. Grant us the time we need to press into your Word, to meditate, study, and understand it in our hearts and lives, that you might reveal, and impart your power, grace, virtue, and knowledge to us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.’

Tested and Tried!

Trial or Test?

Ps 105:17 He sent a man, Joseph, before them who was sold as a servant. 18 They hurt his feet with chains. He was put in irons, 19 until what he had said would happen came to pass. The Word of the Lord tested him.

Satan will bring persecution and afflictions to our lives, for the Words sake.
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Mark 4: 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

Hebrews 10:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

Yet, what satan brings as a trial, can become a test of God, if we refuse to waver in what we believe.

James 1:12 

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

You know God has spoken to you!

James 1:2

Trials and Temptations ] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

I am the storm

Refuse to bow to the pressure, until the appointed time of our Father, and you will see exactly what you have believed, come to pass.

You want power with God?

He will reveal His power in your fiery stand of faith.
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Stand!

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

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God did not say it was easy, but it is possible!

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

1 Peter 4:14

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

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Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Not popular preaching anymore, but truth nonetheless…

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I believe that you have made a way for me, where there appears to be no way today. I refuse to bow to the pressure, persecution, or false accusation, until that which You have spoken to me, comes to pass. I thank you for it Lord Jesus, Amen’

When God becomes your problem, pain becomes your instructor…

When God becomes your problem, pain becomes your instructor:
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Hosea 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

God is love! Surely He loves us, with an everlasting love.

Yet, these chapters 4 and 5 of Hosea speak of God judging His people, and actually bringing affliction to His people, to await their return to Him.
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Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Re 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Come to Him today, and purpose to serve Him, today, and every day for the rest of your life, and you will experience only His love, no matter what happens around you, He will be for you, and will deliver you.

If you are wrong, and doing your own thing instead of His, admit it and change direction – decide to receive Jesus and fully follow your heavenly Father.

He will forgive you, and show you His love and how to get out of the mess you’ve made, no matter how complex: Remember – He created the universe – He can handle your complexity.

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I hurt. Please forgive me where I have sinned against You. Deliver me from the mess I have made. Show me Your direction for my life, and give me courage to fully obey You in it, whatever it costs in light of consequences in this life. Jesus, have mercy upon me, and come again into my life, and bring your peace. Amen’

The Good Knowledge of the Lord..

The Good Knowledge of the Lord!

2 Chron 30:22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers

27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.

In today’s reading, the phrase ‘the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD’ jumped out at me, and the thought crossed my mind: “If Levites can teach the good knowledge of the Lord, then obviously, Levites can also teach incorrect, or bad knowledge of the Lord!”
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I was immediately reminded of the Psalmist’s prayer:

Ps 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
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Judgment refers to our decisions, and this prayer is wonderful, in that he is asking God to teach him to be able to make both good decisions, but also to understand, from the Word of God not only what to do, but why it must be done.

In the academic world, this whole concept, of seeking God for direction, revelation, and knowledge is totally foreign. In fact, to make the statement: ‘The Word of God says’ to the average academic, would receive this response:

Job 21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

In modern language this might be stated: ‘This is an academic discussion, not a religious one, so leave your Bible verses out of it!’ As if God was not in academia, that academic reasoning is greater than the knowledge of God!

1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Oh, that, like Job, they might meet Him! Hearing Him say to them:

Job 38:1 ¶ Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
In His presence, the vain arguments of men, cease.

Which is why I spend so many hours each day in prayer, for you!

Simply giving you an ear tickling teaching does you no good, but I teach and preach, in faith believing that you will have a radical encounter, each time, with the living God. That He might bear witness to what I do, by signs, wonders, miracles, and revelation in the earth:

Like Paul, I desire: 1Co 2:4 That my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yet there are religious teachers in the earth today, educated, yet not anointed:

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

I am reminded of the verse:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Pr 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Lu 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

True knowledge of God, will produce a demonstration of His power, for He always backs up His Word, with His power!
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Ho 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

I hear Holy Spirit speaking this verse to the United States this morning….

God has a controversy with this nation, with people who fill the airways with human opinions, devoid of truth, mercy, and the knowledge of God in the land…

The solution?

Pr 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

This is for Christians! Why because God always deals in the earth, through His people’s response or rejection of Him.

Isa 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge:

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God will heal our nations, when we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.

One definition of wicked says: ‘braided with evil, as in the braiding of a string used in a candle wick’

Pride, I have learned, is not merely an arrogant, haughty, puffed up, elitist attitude, but in God’s sight, is in ‘simply having a better idea than Him’.

We act out of our culture, our earthly knowledge, and directly disobey the Word and Spirit of God, and this is pride!

1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

I have learned that I often do not know anything, until circumstances become desperate, then I cry out to Him, and seek His face, to discover, that I was wrong in my thinking in some area, and I needed to change.

Isa 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

So I cry out to Him, and often, only then, am I truly willing to hear a good word from him, and he usually sends it through ministry gifts.

Jer 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Mal 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Just a good Bible teaching is not enough, we, called of the Holy Spirit, by His voice, must constantly hear what He wants His people to hear, that day, directly from His lips!

Keeps us praying!

Ho 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,

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People of God can be destroyed by lack of knowledge or rejection of knowledge.

The ‘lack of knowledge’ part I am working hard on two ways, for this is the clear responsibility of ministry to provide:
a.  I am continually in prayer and study of the Word, growing in my gift and calling.
b. I am aggressively seeking to teach what I learn, to instruct and equip ministers to be able to bring that good word in season.
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The second part of that verse deals with the reception of the word we teach and preach, by the hearer. We pray, fervently that we have a good word in season, and that the hearts of people who hear or read this, are receptive to what we share, but one of the greatest heartbreaks in life, is watching people refuse the Word of God, and experience often shattering heartbreaks in life.
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Let me give one simple example: Healing. If a Christian studies the Word of God in the area of divine healing, they happily discover that ‘by the stripes Jesus took upon His body on the cross, they were healed when Jesus bore not only our sin, but also our sickness upon the cross’. They learn that though sickness exists in the earth, that we have a covenant with God, that also includes healing of our physical bodies, and that if a symptom should arise, any symptom, of any disease, that we can go to God, in faith, having believed His Word, and receive healing, from anything, anywhere, anytime.
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Yet, this seems too good to be true, and so I weep, when I see the countless Christians that suffer horrible atrocities at the hands of cancer, heart attacks, and myriad other ‘incurable’ diseases by modern medical science, that kill loved ones, and God gets blamed for it.

Ec 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

We understand, we care, we love, and we weep….

1Co 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

These are verses from which I derive part of the daily prayer, I am praying for you, today, and every day, you are precious, and you are loved:

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Php 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God

Let’s Pray:

“Father, reveal Yourself to us today. Meet with us, open our eyes, draw us by Your Spirit, and in Your mercy show us our pride, self-will, and areas of unbelief and wickedness. Grant us good knowledge of You and Your ways, today, that we might walk before You, in truth, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.’

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Truth is a Weapon!

Truth is a weapon

2 Corinthians 6:7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

Truth – simply spoken, unleashes the power of God. In America, the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) is even greater than the second ( Right to bear arms), because God Almighty backs up His Word spoken in faith, with His power!

2 Corinthians 13:8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Speak truth, boldly!

When you do, you will discover that Jesus lives.

Why? Because He always bears witness to truth, it’s His name and nature.

He is the way, the truth and the life..
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Speak the truth in love today…

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I choose truth today. Give me courage to speak it, without compromise. I ask this, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen’

When God Does Business!

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This is an old message I preached at one of our leadership breakfasts. I believe it’s message is rather timely for America. One by one, we need to choose to do right, for God’s sake alone, and this country and yours… will change….

Illegal vs Immoral – Wrong vs Right!

“Hey, I didn’t do anything illegal” is a statement I have heard out of the mouths of certain business leaders.

Remember, we have been adopted into a royal family, we have now become children of the most High God through Jesus, kings and priests unto Him!
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We are no longer merely governed by the laws of the land in which we live, but also by the courts of heaven, where truth, mercy and holiness reside.

In many cases, I would have to agree, these people operated in the confines of the laws of the land. Yet, what about the laws of God? In trying to survive in today’s ‘jungle warfare’, that we are forced to compete in as business leaders, did we find ourselves lying, cheating, stealing, or violating sacred trusts, in order to make a buck?

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

I think about Ananias and Sapphira, (Acts 5) who were struck dead for lying to the Holy Spirit, in the presence of a man of God, anointed by God to raise up His church.

Yet, let’s break this down into a modern day contract negotiation. It would be fair in contractconstruction, to take bids or estimates from vendors, suppliers, and contractors on a project, compile the bids, add an acceptable profit and overhead, and submit the completed bid to the client.

Contracts are then issued and performed. When the work was performed, the vendors or suppliers would then invoice according to their initial approved estimates, and we would pay them, based upon the percentage of work completed. If there were additions or subtractions to the contract, these are documented, and suppliers are paid accordingly.

This, however competitive it might become, is honest business.

Yet, here are a couple of scenarios that are not only common in the business world, but in many cases have become, ‘the law of the jungle’.

Let’s just say for instance, that I want to make more on the electrical portion of the job, so I tell my electrician the amount of the other two bids, telling him to match the lowest bid, or he does not get the job. This is unfair, in that it is now a corrupt bidding process, for I have immediately disqualified the other two bidders by secretly disclosing their numbers to my buddy.

Or, I have been awarded the contract, and I have so much money allocated for each trade or portion of the work, and I then ‘shop’ the bid by lying to contractors, saying: ‘I only have $5000.00 into this project for electrical, can you do it for this, and we will make it up on the next one.”

When perhaps, acceptable profit and overhead is 20-25%, and I actually have $10,000.00 allocated for the work. The honest way to do this, is to simply ask contractors, “How much are you willing to do this job for?” and let them bid it fairly.

In a free market economy, competition will keep the bids on track.

This scenario, is exactly what Ananais and Sapphira did.

Now, let’s say, that the job goes well, and I am invoiced by my suppliers, but I tell them, that ‘we ran into some additional expenses on this job, and we are all having to settle on 90cents on the dollar.’ In other words, I get paid the full amount of the contract, but pay my suppliers 90cents on the dollar, and pocket the remainder. This is lying, cheating, and stealing.

Let’s look at Ananaias and Sapphira for a second:

Acts 5: ¶ But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

I have a picture come to mind, for all you theologians out there, of one of the Levitical high priests, perhaps an Old Testament prophet, who saw the new covenant God was about to make with all humanity through Jesus. How the law, with all its holy ordinances and principals would be fully satisfied in Jesus, and how all the punishment a sin sick humanity deserved, would be poured out upon this One, the Lamb of God, and how God our Father, would receive His sacrificial death as an atonement for our sins, and that after He had raised Jesus from the dead, how God could now pour out love, and mercy and blessing upon anyone who believed. Perhaps this man had spent his entire life consecrating Himself to God’s laws and service in the temple, well aware of God’s holiness. Perhaps He cried out the throne, knowing in the future that a people totally undeserving were now going to enter into the covenant he had given his life to uphold, and from the depths of his heart he cried: ‘God, forsake not Your Holiness!”

And God heard, and performed a precedent setting example in the courts of heaven – sin would still be judged, and unfortunately for Ananias and Saphira that day, their lies, cost them their lives.

These two did what is common business in the United States today. They sold a piece of land, and then had a private meeting, to discuss what they were going to do with the money. They decided that because of the big revival going on at the church, that they ought to make an offering at the temple because it was the politically correct thing to do:

Ac 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

Others, touched by the Spirit of God were doing it, so they decided to join the noble, God fearing community, and give into the gospel.

Yet, they decided to try and make themselves look good at church, while padding their pockets with a nice little profit.

Funny thing about sin, it costs more than you were willing to pay, and generally takes you further than you were willing to go.

Notice, in Acts 5:2 how: they did not have to give the entire purchase price of the land in the offering.

They could have simply declared how much they were going to give, and placed that amount in the offering, and gone away from the meeting, blessed of God, and favored of man.

Yet, like many business people I have met, they told one story, but lived another.

It cost them their lives.
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Pr 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

How many lies do we have to tell, before we become liars? Just one.
How much do we have to steal, before we become a thief? Just once.
How often can we accept a bribe or shop bids, before we become a cheat? Just once.

Whatever happened to sin?

I wrote an article on this title, that became controversial: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/whatever-happened-to-sin/

Seems discussion of sin in the church, is not longer politically correct, yet the gospel is this:

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

If the apostle Paul could call himself the chief of all sinners, how much more I, and you, before a holy God.

The gospel, or good news, is that Jesus Christ died upon the cross, to pay for our sins. He will forgive, but only if we humbly, honestly ask Him, with the intent of going our way and sinning no more.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I love this verse that I describe this way: If you sin, immediately tell Jesus, and ask for His forgiveness. When you do, He will hear, and He will forgive you, and give you strength and grace to not do it again, and wisdom to know what to do next. He, in His amazing love, will cleanse you from the your filth, and will even make the impossible possible, in mending the unmendable, fixing the unfixable, cleaning up the mess we made.

This is repentance. This is the cross. This is grace. This is the love of God.

Perhaps you are in this place today:

You have been a mover and shaker, trying to get things done in this brutal world we call the business world. Yet, your words have become lies, and truth is no longer the bedrock upon which your life is built.

1Co 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.

1 Corinthians 10:13
Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not [a]adjusted and [b]adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to [c]a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
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Now, this verse is written to those who are enduring temptation or trial.

The people I am speaking today, have already blown it, and have sinned, yet unlike Annanias and Sapphira, you are still alive.

God is love. He is merciful, and though there may be brutal consequences to your sin, you are alive, and He will walk with you as you bear them, and more importantly, He is not done with you, for there is a fate far worse than death.

There is a very real, eternal place, called hell, and Jesus and I are working very hard to see that you don’t have to go there.

Re 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

In a book, entitled ‘A divine revelation of Hell’, a lady claims to have been taken by Jesus into hell, and shown around. Everyone knows Him there, for He sent them there:

Re 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

His heart, is always to seek and save the lost, but if His offer of forgiveness and restoration is rejected, He only has two other options: 1. You can die, your life cut short because of your sin, but your soul saved that you might make heaven, instead of hell. 2. You may eternally reject His blood, and refuse to change your ways, and in that case, you will go to hell.
liars go to hell
In one account in hell, the woman witnessed a man in a prison cell, tormented in flames, screaming in pain. He saw Jesus, and cried: “Jesus, give me one more chance. You know I will do better this time!” Jesus looked at him, with eyes of steel, and said: “You are still a liar, even here!”

There is a day of judgment, where we will appear before Jesus, alone. No excuses, every word and action of our life on complete display. No one to blame, but ourselves. What we do this day, can prepare us for that day.

Run for your life!

Leave people, places and things that corrupt you. Choose truth, holiness, and honesty before God, at all costs, no matter how much money is involved, or what people might think.

How much is eternal life worth?
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No one can keep your individual appointment with God on that day, but you, yourself.

Make a decision, to watch your words and actions, today. All we have is today. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is only a dream. Work for your God given dream, but live, in truth, today. His name is ‘I AM’, and Now, faith is. He is an ever-present help in time of need, and we all need Him.

Before we pray, I give you the following story:

ed deWho was United States Senator Edmund G. Ross of Kansas? I suppose you could call him a “Mr. Nobody.” No law bears his name. Not a single list of Senate “greats” mentions his service. Yet when Ross entered the Senate in 1866, he was considered the man to watch. He seemstined to surpass his colleagues, but he tossed it all away by one courageous act of conscience.

Let’s set the stage.
Conflict was dividing our government in the wake of the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson was determined to follow Lincoln’s policy of reconciliation toward the defeated South. Congress, however, wanted to rule the downtrodden Confederate states with an iron hand.
Congress decided to strike first. Shortly after Senator Ross was seated, the Senate introduced impeachment proceedings against the hated President. The radicals calculated that they needed thirty-six votes, and smiled as they concluded that the thirty-sixth was none other than Ross’. The new senator listened to the vigilante talk. But to the surprise of many, he declared that the president “deserved as fair a trial as any accused man has ever had on earth.” The word immediately went out that his vote was “shaky.” Ross received an avalanche of anti-Johnson telegrams from every section of the country. Radical senators badgered him to “come to his senses.”
The fateful day of the vote arrived. The courtroom galleries were packed. Tickets for admission were at an enormous premium.
As a deathlike stillness fell over the Senate chamber, the vote began. By the time they reached Ross, twenty-four “guilties” had been announced. Eleven more were certain. Only Ross’ vote was needed to impeach the President. Unable to conceal his emotion, the Chief Justice asked in a trembling voice, “Mr. Senator Ross, how vote you? Is the respondent Andrew Johnson guilty as charged?” Ross later explained, at that moment, “I looked into my open grave. Friendships, position, fortune, and everything that makes life desirable to an ambitions man were about to be swept away by the breath of my mouth, perhaps forever.” Then, the answer came — unhesitating, unmistakable: “Not guilty!” With that, the trial was over. And the response was as predicted.
A high public official from Kansas wired Ross to say: “Kansas repudiates you as she does all perjurers and skunks.” The “open grave” vision had become a reality. Ross’ political career was in ruins. Extreme ostracism, and even physical attack awaited his family upon their return home.
One gloomy day Ross turned to his faithful wife and said, “Millions cursing me today will bless me tomorrow…though not but God can know the struggle it has cost me.” It was a prophetic declaration. Twenty years later Congress and the Supreme Court verified the wisdom of his position, by changing the laws related to impeachment.
Ross was appointed Territorial Governor of New Mexico. Then, just prior to his death, he was awarded a special pension by Congress. The press and country took this opportunity to honor his courage which, they finally concluded, had saved our country from crisis and division.
Jon Johnston, Courage – You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, 1990, SP Publications, pp. 56-58.

You can make daily courageous decisions to tell the truth, no matter what others are doing.
Lets pray
Let’s pray:
‘Father, I come before you today, asking for mercy. Where I have lied, cheated, and stolen, please forgive me. Father, change me, restore me to integrity, honesty, truth, holiness, and true righteousness before You today. Please eliminate from my life people, places and things that would cause me to sin against You today, and bring into my life, people of honor, truth, faith, that I can be accountable to. You see the horrible consequences my sin has wrought, and only You can fix the messes I have made. I give all of these to You, and ask You for wisdom to know what to do, in each of them. Thank you for sparing my life, and giving me a second chance. Please let me do right in this..in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.’

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Morality Produces Prosperity!

Morality Produces Prosperity!

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Some time ago, I read a famous book entitled: ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen.

I quote:

It is popularly supposed that a greater prosperity for individuals and nations can only come through political and social reconstruction. This cannot be true apart from the practice of the moral virtues in the individuals that comprise a nation. Better laws and social conditions will always follow a higher realization of morality among the individuals of a community, but no legal enactment can give prosperity to, nay, it cannot prevent the ruin of, a man or a nation that has become lax and decadent in the pursuit and practice of virtue.
The moral virtues are the foundation and support of prosperity as they are the soul of greatness. They endure forever, and all the works of man which endure are built upon them. Without them there is neither strength, stability, nor substantial reality, but only ephemeral dreams. To find moral principals is to have found prosperity, greatness, truth, and is therefore to be strong, valiant, joyful and free.
James Allen ‘Excerpt from As a Man Thinketh’ Bryngolen, Ilfracombe, England

As I read this quote, I am reminded of the verse we all quote at election time:

Pro_14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
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Regarding the moral man:
Psa_37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

I guess, I wonder how many of us fight to do right, daily, in the little battles, as we love our families teach our children, and walk forward in truth without compromise.
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Let’s Pray:
‘Father, help me to do right, before you today, for the right reasons, setting an example of honesty, integrity, holiness, and true righteousness before my family today, that I can be one of the pillars of truth, you rebuild this nation on today, in Your name I pray, Lord Jesus, Amen!’

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