The world is in total confusion concerning our chaotic world, they blame bad people and mother nature. They don't realize it but they are putting all this upheaval square on God's shoulders. No one is safe, even the babies and children are victims of this evil world. Did God leave a space in the world for evil when He created it? No way! Every good and perfect thing comes from above. The Christians are well aware of the spiritual outlaw, the devil who hates all of mankind. The world knows there is a devil out and about and they believe he is on the level of God. They think God and the devil are at war and man is caught in the middle.
We need to be honest in order to deal with all the bad things in our world.
Genesis 3:17 God said to Adam, because you disobeyed Me the earth is under a curse because of you. In sorrow and toil you will live all the days of your life.
God gave Adam dominion and he chose to obey the serpent (the devil) and he became satan's servant. Adam had a nature that did not come from God and so the curse came out of him and evil covered the whole planet. How did Adam's treason change creation? Now we must contend with draughts, floods, fires, tornados, hurricanes, pestilence, poverty, deceit, hatred, murder, etc. Bad things happen to good people because one man chose to disobey God, the father of all living souls. Insurance companies refer to climate tragedies as acts of God, but they are acts of sin. Man refuses to accept sin as the reason for chaos in our world, they want to blame anything but themselves.
1 Corinthians 11:31 If we would judge ourselves, we will not be judged.
What is our judgement that we are spared from when we judge ourselves? It's the curse that Adam brought on himself and the world. God cannot help until we become honest with Him, but most folks are either afraid or are in denial. Some of our most accomplished sinners don't believe they have done anything wrong. There are few who are willing to take responsibility for their life, they always play the victim card and excuse themselves. Do we live with the curse until death do us part or is there a way around it?
Romans 10:9 If you will openly confess the Lordship of Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Saved from what? Our sins, hell, and in this life the curse Adam released on mankind. The curse will be here until the devil is locked away in hell, but we don't have to yield to it. Christ bore our curse on His body on the cross. Bad things happen because a spiritual outlaw has been loosed into our world and sin gives him strength. If we have no sin, the devil has no power over us, he is left with temptations. Our dominion has been restored, Jesus defeated the devil and then gave us the power to use His Name.
Romans 12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The devil uses his evil ways to pull us in to evil ways in order to deal with him, but God has a better plan. When the devil tempts us he is hoping he can draw us into the flesh where we are powerless against him. If we do good, that is to walk in the spirit, he must surrender to our commands. He has no choice. We are God's people and all things work together to them that keep His commandments. Some Christians are laser focused on the Ten Commandments, the Commandments when adhered to, cause us to love. Remember the words of Jesus. If you love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself, you will keep all the commandments and the devil has no law in which to accuse you.
There is a group of people in the earth that God refers to as the elect. Who are the elect and why are they important to God?
Mathew 24:24 False Christs and false prophets will show great signs and wonders; if it were possible, they could deceive the very elect.
By definition the elect are God's favorites, His chosen. They are people who dedicated themselves to His calling. Many are called but few are chosen. Very few can be called the elect. So, in simple terms, who are the elect? They are the people who respond to God's call and they remain dedicated all their lives. Paul was one of the elect. He said "I have fought the good fight, I finished my course, I have kept the faith". Paul had a close, personal relationship with Jesus. They communed regularly so God was not a mystery to him. A person who has a casual relationship with the Lord would not be called the elect. False Christs and false prophets cannot deceive the true elect because the true elect are in touch with the Holy Spirit.
I have watched a lot of good people get seduced away by false doctrine, they never let God's Word be settled in their hearts. They were not exactly sure what they believed. When the deceiver came along they were taken out of the security of the true Word. God's Word is alive and well in the earth today because there are dedicated men and women who could not be deceived.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for the catching up will not come unless the apostacy (denying one's faith) comes first(that's is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians) and the man of lawlessness is revealed.
We are living in the day of this prophecy, church membership has dropped by over fifty percent worldwide. We are living in the time of the great apostacy. In 1939 Smith Wigglesworth was shown four things that would happen. Three of those things have come to pass and the last one is about to manifest. He said the last day revival would be the greatest the world has ever seen. You cannot revive something that has never been alive. I believe this great last days revival will draw all those people who fell away from the faith. God is not going to allow the devil to have the last word. He has never given up on anyone. Some how or another the Holy Ghost and His nine gifts will play a major role in this last great revival. Smith said he saw hospitals emptied out as the sick were taken to places where the Holy Ghost was allowed to move.
John 15:16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth, and whatsoever you ask of My Father in My Name, He may give it you.
God has chosen vessels even to this day, people who will do whatsoever He says. The Father knows who these people are because Jesus has confessed them before the Father. These are the elect that God has called, He does not love them more than anyone else but He can use these folks. All the elect have one thing in common, they are faithful and dedicated to the service of the Lord. The church of our Lord Jesus does not have as many members as it once did but the remnant are the elect. God will use the elect to draw the backslider, whom He loves so much, back to His presence. That day will be the devil's third greatest defeat. His first was getting kicked out of Heaven, the second was at the cross and the fourth will be eternity in hell. Goodbye devil.
Over the years I have seen a lot of good kids in our church but now most are gone, few remain. From time to time I hear about some of those kids, where they are and what they are doing. I miss them. Just recently the Lord spoke to me of a Scripture that pertains to our kids.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The Lord pointed out to me where I was misusing this Scripture. I was reading it this way: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from his church! Our kids may move around and experience a few things but if we did our part, they will hold fast to what we taught them. I don't see our kids and I don't know what they are up to but I am obliged to believe they have not turned from the truth. We must put our faith and trust in the Lord and His Word, it's better than worrying over them.
2 Timothy 1:5 My son Timothy, I think of your strong faith that was passed down through your family line. It began with your grandmother Lois, who passed it on to your dear mother, Eunice. And it's clear that you too are following in the footsteps of their godly example.
Faith is hereditary, it can be passed down to our kids and it stays with them for as long as they want it. According to the Scriptures, I am the Spiritual father to all of those kids who grew up in our church. Our kids had a double dose of faith they left here with, we must believe they will not depart from the truth. I had twelve years of Catholic doctrine drilled into my young skull full of mush. Catholicism doesn't follow the Bible but it will lead you to have faith in God. At the age of seventeen I departed from God and was joined to a stranger named Uncle Sam. For about eight years I ignored what truth was departed into me and I lived with and for the devil. No matter how naughty I became I could not shake the voice of truth I heard about God. I was trained to go the way of the Catholics so I returned to my roots and began to search for God. I did not find Him in my Catholic church , but I did find Him while I attended my Catholic church.
Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
When a prodigal embraces truth, he will also be given mercy. He will be restored to perhaps better than before. God does not penalize His kids when they return to Him after a long absence. As a church we must welcome all prodigals with open arms and thank God for drawing them back. Do they need to be in the church they grew up in or is it more important that they be in the truth they grew up in? When we were kids, the adults were appalled at our behavior and physical appearance. When I was a kid, the adults had a problem with our long hair. As adults we are shocked with all the tattoos the kids are getting. Every generation expresses themselves with something out of the ordinary. We must accept them as the way they want to present themselves. We must not allow differences of expression to be a wedge between us. The adult children are coming home and they are weird just like we were, but they know the right way. Don't let anything about the kids shock you, God loves them and He receives their praise.
As Christians we believe that life begins when the seed of a man mingles with the seed of a woman and new life begins. Some folks who are for greedy lucre do not accept a new life until it exists out of the womb. Life begins at conception but man cannot create a spirit!
Hebrews 12:9 Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits and live?
When God puts a spirit into that forming life it's little heart will start beating, henceforth a baby has begun it's development. In about nine months a beautiful little miracle will be born into the world. The couple are the parents of the flesh and God is the Father of the spirit that started the heart beating. Some folks simply refuse to believe God has any part in this baby's development or birth. This brings me to another subject concerning God's divine place in life. Why would God create a world, put His children on it and then let them all perish from global warming? Some people accept things as they want them, you can't give them enough evidence to prove them wrong. That was the case with the Jews, Jesus proved He was the Messiah and they would not accept the truth.
Jeremiah 1:15 I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.
Heaven is full of spirits waiting to be placed in the body, the Father knew them before they were put in the body. It is the Father's will to begin in Heaven and end in Heaven. The world is an evil place because Adam let the devil into his world. God would not put man in such an evil place but that He first gave man the power over all the works of the enemy. The average man has no concept of a devil and how he is influenced by him. The world tells man that the devil is powerful and there is nothing you can do about. Who teaches man these lies? The god of this world! It's pretty silly when you think about it, the devil teaches the world that he is an entity that must be feared. The one who created the devil gives man a totally different account of the devil and his lies.
Ephesians 2:10 We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the things He planned for us long ago.
Every human being has an inward desire to contact the Father of their spirit, but many don't know who their Father is so they choose another father. All men inherently want to follow in their father's footsteps but they don't know who their father is. So the devil introduces himself as our father and we don't know any better so by nature we follow him. We will act like the father we know even if he is illegitimate. The devil has always wanted to take God's place as Lord. The devil operates on the basis of lies and deception. God operates on the basis of love and truth. The devil thinks he will love having company in hell, victory to him is taking people away from the Father of Lights.
I believe every man will know the difference between the two fathers. When a man is a child of wrath he knows he is doing wrong but he does not know any better way. When a man finds his true Father he enters a peace he has never known and then he realizes he was deceived. No man can be who he was born to be without knowing his Father. We are who we are by nature whether it be God's or the devil's. I now know I am doing what I was born to do and I have no regrets or questions. They say the two most important things in life are being born and knowing why. I am living in God's perfect will and I will die in His will. Then I will see Him forever and be rewarded.
Everyone knows that God is the author of love. However, man in general does not understand the love of God. God's love as defined in the Bible is the desire to help others at the expense of self. God committed His Son Jesus to die for every sinner in the world. Every man after Adam was a sinner condemned to hell and no one could help themselves. But God stepped in and provided a way out of hell and a way into Heaven. God tells us what each man must do, every man must confess Jesus as his Savior and Lord. This is not complicated but some men insist on modifying the process to fit their thought pattern. Some men redefine the love of God and they put themselves in charge of the salvation process.
Romans 1:25 Men changed the truth of God into a lie and made themselves more important than the Creator.
Those men think they have changed the truth and love of God, but all they did was change their destiny. God is love and love always tells the truth because the truth can set men free. When men change the truth they set a snare for themselves and then fall for it. Some men don't believe a loving God would ever send anyone to hell, they're right. God does not send men to hell, to those who refuse the truth He simply says, "Depart from Me". Where do the departed go? They go to spend eternity with their father the devil. Just because God loves you, it does not mean you are excused of your responsibility.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.
God is at work in all men, offering them the power to conform to His will. Not all men choose to have God in their life. God is a choice, He will not force Himself on to anyone, He comes by invitation only. Some men cannot believe a loving God would allow anyone to go to hell. A loving, caring God paid the way into heaven for anyone who chooses to go. No man can make an informed decision until they know the choices.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so man would have the choice of his eternal existence. Only a fool would challenge the ways of the Lord. A wise man would submit to the will of his creator. If a man does not understand the love of God he cannot be affected by its attributes. In reality, the love of God can be difficult to understand, but easy to receive. Why would a pure, loving creature like our Lord ever love us sinners? Because He created us in His image. We were to be His kids from the beginning. No man ever hated his own children. He will do anything for them, even give his life.
Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His love toward us, while we were yet sinners, He died for us.
Jesus died for all sinners. Does that mean we can just go about our business and not acknowledge His sacrifice? Man was created to worship. Do we worship the one who died for us or the one who hates the one who died for us? Love tends to draw affection from people, God loved us first to draw us to Himself. I am not an expert on the love of God but I do have this testimony. God loves me so much He sent Jesus to die for me, then He made me a mansion in Heaven where I will spend eternity. I do not have a "loser" attitude because I am loved.
Lord I desire wealth
and I can be trusted with it.
I will own the wealth, it will not own me.
You own the keys to the bank and you will open it to us.
The sinner cannot keep it,
it belongs to the righteous.
Wealth cannot control a giver.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming