Archive for November, 2014

But… but… I believe in Jesus!

November 30, 2014

For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

[THEREFORE]

Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:5-6

In other words, if anyone tells you that Christians who do the above still go to heaven, they are deceiving you with empty words. To the contrary, the text says that if they do these things the wrath of God is coming upon them, regardless of what they profess to believe, or how much they profess to love God.

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The other place

November 29, 2014

If you’re not going to heaven, then you’re going somewhere else, and if Jesus Christ is not a fool, and what He said about the other place is true, then you’re in deeper trouble than you know.

Pure Love

November 29, 2014

There’s the love of Christ (Agape) and there’s human love. The love Christ has for us is pure, but human love is mixed, it’s not pure. He requires us to consider the kind of love He loves us with, and then love Him and all people with the same kind of pure love, and not with mere human love.

The Litmus Test

November 29, 2014

“Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”

~ Jesus Christ

It’s funny how…

November 29, 2014

It’s funny how people take superstitions seriously but are offended with Jesus Christ. It’s funny how people believe more in ghosts than in the Holy Ghost, more aware of evil spirits than the Holy Spirit.

When the light comes you see what’s there

November 29, 2014

(See Ephesians 5:1-17)

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever does make manifest is light. Ephesians 5:13

The light of the presence of Jesus, His Spirit and Word, makes manifest or exposes that which belongs to the darkness, and therefore sharply delineates between spiritual light and darkness.

Paul speaks of this here in the same terms as if you were to enter a dark room and switch on the light. As soon as the light comes you can see what is really there, and it is by virtue of the light that you see, not bcos you are good at seeing.

The truth of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit is a great light which reveals everything hiding in the dark. Nothing can hide from His light.

Whatever makes manifest is light, and whatever conceals is darkness.

Open Doors

November 28, 2014

You can get in anywhere if you go to serve.

~ Brother Andrew (God’s Smuggler)

How to avoid confusion

November 28, 2014

Discussions take a wrong turn and confusion reigns when someone splits the topic into sub-topics and then pursues a sub-topic while pretending they are still discussing the original topic.

A relational, NT pattern church teaches people, by reason of use, how to think in an orderly way, and to discuss truth in an ordered and constructive way.

What more could He give?

November 28, 2014

…”He gave His life. What more could He give?”

He knows

November 28, 2014

If you say to Jesus, “I love you, Lord”, He says, “I know”.

He never meant we had to carry it alone

November 28, 2014

When Jesus commanded us to take up our cross He never meant we had to carry it alone.

CARVED INTO OUR HEARTS

November 28, 2014

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:33-34

(also Hebrews 8:10-12)

In the New Covenant every moral truth and command written in the Bible (excluding the ritualistic or sacrificial law fulfilled at the Cross) is spiritually etched into our deepest being, the words carved into our hearts, for Jesus said His words are spirit and life (John 6:63) so bcos His words are spirit it is possible for them to be spiritually carved into our spirit, our heart, engrafted into our inward parts, inscribed and etched into our minds, and bcos His words are life they can reside in the deepest part of our life and be our life, so that the truth of God’s Word becomes a part of who we are and inseparable from who we are.

When the truth is carved into our hearts by the Holy Spirit then the truth becomes a part of who we are, it becomes our new nature, the work of the new creation.

Like when you see love hearts carved into a tree, it becomes part of the tree.

So, when people have scant regard for the truth of Scripture and no hunger for the truth in Scripture, then you know they are not yet born again, not yet having the real Holy Spirit, for the words of God are not yet engraved in their hearts and minds, for this is the New Covenant.

He won’t live in a world which we have made

November 27, 2014

You cannot build your own world and then invite Jesus into it. He won’t live in a world which we have made.

Laodiceans

November 27, 2014

…Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked… Revelation 3:17

According to this verse, the Laodiceans equated material prosperity with spiritual prosperity, earthly riches with spiritual riches. When they got wealthy they felt that bcos God had helped them get wealthy this meant that they were so specially blessed by God that they had reached a place where they could say they didn’t need anything more, spiritually, than what they possessed.

Jesus describes this attitude in the most deplorable terms and tells them they are spiritually bankrupt, not bcos they are wealthy, but bcos of their wrong understanding of the Kingdom, equating physical things and the things of this world with spiritual value, significance and worth, supposing that material wealth or worldly attainment is a spiritual attainment in the Kingdom (1 Tim. 6:5) and for their smug self-sufficiency and independence from God.

Two Trees

November 27, 2014

The “two trees” doctrine refers to the two trees in the garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. It was popularized by false prophet Rick Joyner ( but i don’t know who first thought it up) and it is quickly becoming a mainstream doctrine, especially in the “emerging church” movement.

First up, it is not a doctrine taught anywhere in the Bible.

Secondly, while at first glance it appears good, that Christ represents the tree of life and we should eat from Him, and not be under the law, but from there it goes one step further and implies that sin is a subjective thing (open to interpretation) when you eat from the tree of life (Jesus), but it becomes an objective thing (not open to interpretation) when you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (under the law).

It proposes that those who understand right from wrong primarily from the truth of Scripture are under the law, and those who do what they feel is right, even if it goes against Scripture truth, are those who eat from the tree of life, from Jesus.

Please read this passage:

“Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, being dead to that in which we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, you shall not covet.” (Romans 7:4-7)

Briefly put, the grace of God in Jesus Christ does not change sin from being sin, it does not make the definition of sin subjective, that is, open to personal interpretation – that is, how you personally feel about it.

Paul said here that his reference point for knowing what sin is is the Law of God, the Scriptures. But, according to the “two trees” doctrine Paul would have been eating from the wrong tree to get his definition of sin from the Bible.

The Bible clearly delineates what is sin and not sin. There’s nothing subjective about it, nor is it open to any personal interpretation.

BUT if a man makes up his own laws, or follows cultural, religious, non-Biblical laws, then he is bound by his conscience to keep them:

“Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows. And he that doubts is condemned if he eats, because he eats not of faith: for whatever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:22-23)

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Cor. 6:12)

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (1 Cor. 10:23)

So, the “two trees” doctrine is used to justify nearly any kind of sin if the person says that the Holy Spirit told them it was OK, or they feel a peace about it, etc.

This is a bed partner to the “hyper-grace” doctrine of Joseph Prince, Joel Osteen et. al. where they believe that if you feel guilty about committing sin it means you are under the law and not under grace.

And Sheryl Crow sings along with them, “If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.”

The real deal

November 26, 2014

Over the years that I’ve been following Christ, I have heard many, many preachers. Some have left me thinking, “What a wonderful speaker”. Others have me rejoicing, “What a wonderful Savior”. Spirit-filled preaching exalts Christ and not the man.

~ Glenn Christopherson

And that’s what i think when i read Glenn’s contributions, i think about how great God is, and not how great he is.

Your spirit is greater than your mind

November 26, 2014

Your spirit is bigger and greater than your mind, so let your spirit govern your mind, if Jesus is Lord of your life.

Humans are funny

November 26, 2014

Sometimes we possess things as if we were taking them with us when we leave. Funny, eh.

Something inside preventing you from having fellowship

November 26, 2014

Deal with the personal issues inside you which prevent you having real fellowship. And as you have real fellowship the Lord will thoroughly address and heal those issues over time.

Goodness

November 26, 2014

God is good. So, desire to be good and do good to all.