Archive for March, 2009

Cindy Jacobs: an ‘ANZAC anointing’?

March 31, 2009

As an ex pat Aussie let me comment on the ‘anzac anointing’, which Cindy Jacobs is prophesying over Australia.

ANZAC is an acronym for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps, which became folk lore in Australia after the failed Gallipoli campaign of WW1, and has been, in the past, very much a force for galvanizing Australian patriotic pride and sense of identity as a nation.

The ‘diggers’, as they are also called, were very brave and tenacious, and good humored under terrible circumstances. Yet the campaign was a failure, the ANZACs were defeated by the Muslim Turkish army, and hindsight revealed that the whole operation was a failure, and worse, a travesty in the way that the British command kept sending the Anzacs ‘over the top’ into certain death, over and over again, like pawns in some cruel game.

So, just at that level, the natural reality, who would want an ‘anzac anointing’ ?

On the spiritual level, Christians should be trained in REAL spiritual warfare, like a team of Australian elders go to the Cindy Jacobs meeting and exercise their authority over such lies, and warn people that there’s no such thing as an ‘anzac anointing’ or any other ‘new’ anointing or ‘new jesus’.

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All Saints

March 30, 2009

…Through every prayer and petition, praying in every season in the Spirit, being watchful to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints…   Eph 6:18

Persevering in prayer, all the time, for ALL saints.  WHAT??? So it’s the saints, the brethren, we should be continuously and with perserverence praying for, and not for the world, or cities or nations.

I like Paul

March 29, 2009

…bcos i share the same Spirit that dwelt in him and inspired his message.

I love the LORD Jesus bcos I share His Spirit and He lives in me.

I agree with all the Scriptures bcos the same Spirit which inspired them dwells in me. There is a witness.

Everything in the Kingdom hinges on this principle.

The whole point, ultimately, is love

March 29, 2009

Now the whole point  <telios, end >  of the commandment <gospel> is love out of a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to futile talk… 1 Tim. 1:5,6

In other words, the whole point of the Gospel, the Word of God, the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit, the new birth, is love out of a pure heart. The word is telios : the ultimate end result, the whole reason, the finished product as God intended.

In other words, all of God’s dealings with us have this goal, this intention, and therefore, all these dealings should TRANSLATE into love. That we would love as He intended for us, as He loves.

The ultimate issue for mankind

March 28, 2009

Bring here those enemies of mine, who did not WANT me to reign over them, and slay them before me. Luke 19:27

Modern apostate christendom witnesses to this fact: they want the benefits and blessings of Christ, but they don’t want Him to reign over them, and all such are enemies of Christ and His Cross.

The Gospel message is one of an all-conquering King, who will reign over you, and if not, He will cast you away forever.

The mark of disciples of Jesus Christ is that they WANT Jesus to reign over them, this is their heart’s desire, and the ultimate issue for mankind.

There was a Reformation, but the Kingdom didn’t come with it

March 27, 2009
“The first Reformation was about beliefs. This one needs to be about behavior.… We’ve had a Reformation; what we need now is a transformation.”  Rick Warren

‘Beliefs’ can be just ‘beliefs’ which a person holds but doesn’t really believe from their heart, resulting in right actions.

Righteousness can only come by believing the truth in Jesus, not by behavior modification/training.

The ‘beliefs’ of the reformation transformed Europe.

Europe was literally transformed by the power of the Truth of God’s Word, unleashing the Scriptures on a society that had been kept in the dark by the evil mutant ‘christianity’ of Rome, yet the lesson of the reformation is that, whilst the Gospel has the power to save individuals, it has not been ordained to change this present world into the Kingdom of God. That is, if saved individuals start ‘organizing’;  start trying to set up the Kingdom here, right now, it always ends up to be revealed to be a work of the flesh, just like the bad fruit of the reformation, despite the good fruit.

There was a reformation and a transformation in Europe, which spread to America and to many nations, but it was not the coming of the Kingdom of God. The Gospel can influence the world and yet that influence itself is not the Kingdom coming.

Propriety

March 27, 2009

What is fitting, appropriate.

Many ‘christians’ seem to have lost all sense of propriety.

Read Paul’s counsel on marriage, 1 Cor. 7,  and appreciate his sense of propriety when dealing with these matters. He chose to exercise propriety, and shunned vulgarity. The things which are Holy should be treated as Holy and Sacred, never in a vulgar or common way.

You do not have because you do not ask

March 27, 2009

From where come wars and disputes among you? Is it not from here, from your lusts, which war in your members? You lust and you do not have. You murder and are jealous and you cannot obtain. You fight and make war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong ( lit. sick, malignant) motives, that you may spend it in gratifying your lusts. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world is constituted an enemy of God. James 4:1-4

* There is a struggle within ourselves. We always want something and strain to grasp it, whatever it is, and it’s a way of conflict, within ourselves and with others.  E.g. authority…

* James then says that ‘asking’ is the answer; the proper protocol of faith. Then, there’s a shift from a struggle within our self,  to relating to and depending on another, who happens to be God, and who has the authority to grant the request.

The life of faith is about coming to a place, over and over again, where we have to humble ourselves and ask God.  Also, this reveals to us how much of a sham and a show our flesh is : a vain proud show, that asking God would be humiliating. Why wouldn’t we ask God for help at every step of the way?  Instead of grasping, asking? Instead of self-help, grace? Instead of looking inwards, looking upwards? Instead of independence, dependence?

* This is tempered with the need to check our own heart, which is able to deceive us, as it is capable of wrong motives.

* Seeking one’s own things, and not the things which are Jesus Christ’s, is not a harmless exercise; it is considered by God to be the work of His enemies.

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world is constituted an enemy of God.

Appreciate the Treasure which is in the earthen vessel..

March 26, 2009

..otherwise you may only see the earthen vessel, the clay jar which holds the Treasure, and you may miss out on seeing the Treasure :  the externals hindering you from seeing as God sees.

But we have this Treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Cor 4:7

The ‘jar of clay’ is not only our physical body, for the present, but everything about us: spiritually, intellectually, socially, personality wise, etc. which is ‘earthen ware’ – earthly.  It’s not necessarily bad, but it is temporary.

And earthenware pots are easily broken, we have to handle them with care.

I am Crucified with Christ

March 25, 2009

(Gal. 2:20) Probably the most profound phrase we can read in the Bible.

Today, can you say along with Paul, I am crucified with Christ ?  Yes, Christ died for me, and yet I also died with Him, and rose with Him, and am in Him now.

Our present continuous status is CRUCIFIED. Dead to sin and alive to God. We are not being crucified, that has already been accomplished once and for all, but we share the same status as our Savior – CRUCIFIED.

If we are indeed CRUCIFIED it should show. It should be recognizable, we should have the ‘marks’ of a crucified person. Remember, we are crucified to sin and the world, and to who we were before as a condemned sinner. We can’t show any scars or wounds of our crucifixion with Christ, rather the presence of the Crucified One is in us and with us. We fellowship, commune and live by Jesus the Crucified. Now our interests are His interests; our business is His business; we take hold of everything Christ died to give us; we press forward and take hold of the promises of God, violently, with spiritual violence.

Getting carried away Ian?  Oh no, we share in the Life of the Son of God, and we will reign with Him on the earth, we will judge angels, we who are crucified with Christ.

A living, strong, vibrant faith in the days of adversity

March 25, 2009

Don’t cast away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patient endurance, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. Heb 10:35-36

Prov 24:10  If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Ecc 7:14  In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after Him.

Heb 13:3  Remember them that are in prison, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

The natural mind’s eye doesn’t see as God sees : When the Father draws the faith of His Son out of us, thru difficult circumstances, we sometimes don’t instantly recognize the opportunity that’s been given us to exercise our faith; we may even wrongly perceive our difficulty as failure or lack of faith on our part.

Always remember that Jesus Christ is a PERSON and not an idea or power or force or anything else…

March 22, 2009

…He is God who took on flesh and we talk to Him a Person.

Giving up our faith for anything of this world is rejecting HIM, a Person. Our faith means A PERSON. When we think of giving up faith we are actually talking about abandoning the Person.

We as believers are not following a religion of rules and regulations. We are following a Man who is God. Either we love Him to death or don’t, it is just these two options.

My wife Sheela wrote this in an email

The Church should be producing men and women of God

March 22, 2009

Going to watch a show and sing a few songs every Sunday doesn’t make one into a man or woman of God.

I mean real men and women of God; not neurotic, psychotic, fearful, worldly, selfish, mixed up, etc..

How God ordained His Church to function was the environment He created for men and women of God to spring forth, the environment that He would raise them up in.

The breakdown of societies has often been traced to the breakdown of the family unit. If one wanted to destroy a nation they must first destroy the family unit.

Similarly, if there’s no spiritual family or  if it’s a divided and broken spiritual family, what’s Christianity going to be like? If the most basic spiritual brotherly/sisterly relationships are not there, what will the big picture look like?

Therefore, for satan to try and destroy the Church he must work at destroying the grass roots relationships, the Apostolic pattern, and replace it with a show one attends, run by a man on a financial contract to orchestrate the show.

Have you seen kids from a broken home – what they’re often like?  What about the children of  a broken church?

If you look at your own life in Christ, God didn’t make you what you are today in a vacuum or in a test tube. Yes, the grace of God won the day, regardless.

A song of Praise

March 22, 2009

Father, thank you that YOU called me out of darkness and into the glorious Light of your Son,

Be magnified LORD Jesus today!

We rejoice in our weakness LORD, for we rejoice in your strength alone, that you alone receive the Glory!

We acknowledge your Hand upon us – you have hand fed us all our days, you have weaned us, you have watched over and delivered us from all the enemy’s plans,

Many times he has tried to destroy us but you have delivered us; you send your angels to help and deliver your children,

Your loving care for us overwhelms us, when we really think about it.

We are your people forever, LORD!  A people called out of this world to make openly known your virtues,  O LORD!

There is only one God and one LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself on the cross for the sin of this world.

LORD Jesus, you loved your Father more than your own life ; you endured the cross for Him and for us, and we will eternally praise you!

I sanctify myself

March 19, 2009

And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:19

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…  1Peter 3:15

Our LORD continuously sanctified Himself, which is why He did not sin, even though He was tempted (Heb. 4:15). The saint who sanctifies the Father and the Son in their heart does not sin.

….In your hearts..    :    it’s something deep in our heart between us and the Father, a continuous ‘separation’ or distinction dividing between our will and His will, and thus we yield our will to His. The yielding is sanctification.

As a real member of Christ’s Body, with Jesus Christ in you, you can’t live one hour without this spiritual process being evident. Those outside have no clue what we’re talking about.

Jesus’ sanctifying Himself to the Father was foundational to His life in relation to His Father, deeper than striving against sin and temptation, though, He did do that, resisting sin even to the shedding of blood.

See how essential a belief in the Persons of the Godhead, One God in three Persons, is? How Jesus lived can only be understood in such terms, and, therefore, the true Christian life can only be understood, received and LIVED on the same basis and terms : Jesus lived by the Father and yielded Himself completely to His Father ; we live by Jesus, and should yield ourselves completely to Him, daily,  and our access to the Father is thru and in the righteousness of the Son, His finished work, who perfected us forever, we,  who are being sanctified.

No Guile

March 17, 2009

Rev 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Believers with no guile in their mouth are without fault before the throne of God. Their speech is the indicator that their whole life is in order before God.

Guile:    G1388  δόλος  dolos dol’-os From δέλλω  dellō (an obsolete primary probably meaning to decoy; compare G1185); a trick (bait), that is, (figuratively) wile: – craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.

Essentially, to trick, be tricky, not straightforward. Loaded speech, having an agenda beyond the face value of one’s words.

Eat and drink, he says to you; but his heart is not with you…  Prov. 23:6-8   :  This is guile. He says eat and drink! , and you may think he really likes or even loves you, but his heart is not with you : the face value of his words do not reveal where his heart really is. Plastic, fake, phony, like most celebrity Christians today. With such, their smooth words and pleasant intonations are actually guile, abhorrent to God. But gullible Christians won’t recognize such ‘loving’ talk as guile.

But to have no guile in your mouth is to be totally honest and transparent and pure in your speech.

…They are without fault before the throne of God… The stress here is on the fact that its God who doesn’t fault them. People may find fault with them and fault their words and message, but God doesn’t, and this is a direct bearing on the fact that these exclusively please God and not men.

This also tells us that God weighs up every person and considers everything they say and do, and with some He finds no fault in them.

This is not referring directly to their position in Christ, in which all believers are faultless – as in justified, but to the practical fruit of their position in Christ. That is, many are justified yet God finds fault with what they say and do. This scripture implies that it’s few of His people that God finds no fault at all in them.

For the guile less sons of God, this is our joy, that our Father sees and hears and is therefore an active participant in ALL of our life.

But the LORD stood by me and strengthened me

March 16, 2009

At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be reckoned to them.

But the LORD stood by me and strengthened me,

so that through me the proclamation might be fulfilled, and all the Gentiles might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 2 Tim 4:16-17

Oooooh, this is so important that it is OUR reality in these last days; that regardless of what happens the LORD stands with us and strengthens us.

Are you strengthened daily by Him alone? Do you share Paul’s testimony here?

It doesn’t matter how tough our cross is, we are called to serve Him, to live for Him. If we are living for ourselves we will fade away in the heat of the day, the heat of the battle, we will bow out, opt out.

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Kingdom

March 16, 2009

Says a lot, eh.

Living in Eternity

March 16, 2009

Don’t know about you, but i often get old rock tunes from the 70s and 80s play in my head, like a juke box. Songs that i used to like before Jesus called me out of darkness into His marvellous light. They’re not satanic type songs, fairly harmless, and i tune them out by the Holy Spirit, bcos i choose not to clutter my ‘server space’ with that stuff, nor waste His time.

One thought i had yesterday about this, which i’ve had before, is to realize that one day soon we will never hear these tunes again – for all eternity, they will be forgotten. And this applies to all the things of this world, and every idol : it has an abrupt end, and it will be forgotten forever, so don’t get too attached to anything which will soon be forgotten forever.

Called out of darkness

March 15, 2009

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellent virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who formerly were not a people but now are the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10