Church attendance has declined by forty-two percent. Thirty-eight percent of pastors have contemplated quitting. It took the devil two thousand years to render Jesus nonrelevant. God has lost His popularity, but He has never changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. People are convinced that they don't need God, they can "get by" without Him. God knew this was coming but He couldn't do anything about it because He gave every man free will. Every person who has backed away from God has a legitimate excuse, at least that's what they think.
John 14:23 If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
When God enters the life of a believer, He intends to remain there forever, not just a season. If a man will not keep God's Words, then God is no longer welcome in that man's life! Many Christians have become lukewarm or bored with the whole relationship thing because God doesn't do enough for them. There is the Lord and there is the servant, but some folks have the roles confused. It's a tragic thing to forget who gave us our life, we can easily become spoiled children. The only one who cheers on this event is the devil. It's exactly how he planned it.
1 Timothy 4:1 The Holy Spirit clearly revealed that in the last of the last days many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
What would you call a man who goes out to a nearby lake in winter ignoring the thin ice sign and falling through? What would you call a believer who is warned that the devil will try to separate them from God, but then ignores the warning? A FOOL. Deception is a choice, no one has to be deceived and yet many live in deception and call it "their life". Being enlightened pays good dividends, being deceived will cost us the best life we could have had. The Bible tells us to awaken to righteousness and not to slumber. It's trying to keep us alive.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means for the days of Christ's return shall not come, except there come a falling away first.
This is totally sad and totally expected, many many believers are going to abandon Christ. And for what? Every man will live forever and our life in the flesh is the shortest part of our life. James says our life is but a vapor. A vapor is a mist or gas. Yes, life can be a real stinker, but short. We began in this world to prepare us for the world to come. Every man has begun eternal life. Every man will choose where they will spend eternity. It's Heaven or hell and nothing in between. Some folks live here as if they will be here forever, our dead bodies won't even be here forever.
John 14:3 Now I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you will be also.
Jesus will sit on His throne after His millennial reign on earth and those who were determined to be with Him will be. Eternity does not begin when you die, it began when you were born. Eternity with Jesus does not begin when you die, it began when you were born-again. The life Jesus has prepared for us is out of this world, it is beyond what we can ask or think. Make a quality decision that you're going to remain in Christ now and throughout all eternity. Jesus is waiting for us, don't disappoint Him.
When God created the worlds, He created laws that would govern and maintain all of creation. All of God's laws are good if they are adhered to.
1 Timothy 1:8 We know that the law is good if a man use it legitimately.
For centuries men have been violating God's laws and then complaining about how hard life is. But life is so much more rewarding when we comply with God's laws. They say that most men that are in prison for violating various laws claim they are innocent. God gave Israel ten commandments or ten laws. Do you know why He did this? Man had to have something from God to obey in order to show the devil who they would serve. Whoever you yield yourselves to obey, you become that entity's servant. Keeping God's laws made you God's servant and exposed you to all His blessings, but it also removed you from the devil's jurisdiction. Keeping God's commandments or laws have a profound effect on one's attitude.
Mathew 22:37-39 Jesus said you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart. You shall love your neighbor as yourself, these are the two greatest commandments.
If a man obeyed the ten commandments, he would be practicing the kind of love God expects. A man who walks in love is a man after God's own heart. This man will be blessed in everything he does, he will know the favor of God every day. Most people hate laws because they believe they hinder their freedom. What they don't understand is that laws ensure our freedom, they act as a barrier to the devil. Let's use a natural law as an example. You drive your car in a zone where the speed limit is twenty-five miles per hour, when you obey the law you are safe and so are all the people around you. But if you choose to ignore that law, you put other drivers and pedestrians in danger of major injuries. If you are caught by the police violating the law you will get a ticket and a fine, of which you will complain about for a long time.
Proverbs 29:18 He that keeps the law, happy is he.
1 John 5:3 His commandments are not grievous.
Why would a man be happy for keeping the law? When a man is dedicated to keeping the law, it is because he is committed to serving his Lord. He is happy because obedience is the key to all the blessings of the Lord. When a man is committed to obey His Lord, then no commandment is hard or grievous. When we do something because we have to, then it will all be difficult. But when we do something because we want to then it is always much easier. I love to obey my Lord because of what He did for me. I don't consider the rewards, but I accept them when they show up.
John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.
The law makes things clear, we know exactly what God expects from us. I had a black Labrador Retriever, that dog lived to please me. I want to be like that with my Lord. I am the most happy when I please Him and He changed my nature to make it easier for me to do. When you know what is at stake, you will embrace all the laws of God. You will be a person of love and you will have more blessings than what you have room for. Every law of God is an ingredient for love and obedience. When we submit to His ways, we are demonstrating our love for Him.
The gift of tongues is very misunderstood, even in the church at large. Most churches are totally ignorant when it comes to speaking in other tongues. Many say it passed away with the last apostle and some say speaking in tongues is of the devil. How do you suppose Christians began to teach that tongues were of the devil? This is a doctrine of devils. The devil hates the Holy Ghost and His nine gifts. The devil has done a good job in discrediting the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:2 He that speaks (prays) in an unknown tongue speaks not to men but unto God.
The devil listens to everything we say, but he does not understand tongues and he hates that. The devil is paranoid, he hates it when God and His children make plans that he cannot thwart because he does not understand what they are saying. The devil has succeeded in convincing a lot of churches that tongues are to be avoided at all costs. If a church or a child of God wants the Holy Spirit, there is nothing the devil can do to hinder the request. Selah.
Jude 1:20 Beloved, build up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues).
When you pray in tongues you build yourself up. How does this happen? The Bible tells us to take the Word of God praying. So when you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit is giving us the Word of God to pray over ourselves. Early on in my ministry I had to officiate at several difficult funerals and I was very nervous and scared. The Lord led me to pray in other tongues. He was helping me to overcome my fears and strengthen me to honor the home going celebration of one of His children. When I was weak, He made me strong. I have done this time and again throughout my life.
1 Corinthians 2:10 God has revealed His mysteries unto us by His Holy Spirit.
I learned early on that if I prayed in tongues, God would speak to me the revelation He wanted me to share with His people. People ask me quite often, do you know what you're saying when you pray in tongues? Most of the time you will not, you must pray in tongues by faith. You must believe you are praying God's Word. The Bible says to pray that you might interpret, sometimes I know what I am praying about. I will go out early in the week and pray in tongues and then later I am given a message for the church. An intercessor is one who prays for other people. What do you pray over them when you pray in tongues? When you pray in the Spirit you build up yourself. When you pray for others in the Spirit you build them up.
Romans 8:26 The Holy Spirit helps with our weaknesses, we don't know what we should pray for, but the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us when we pray.
If you feel like you are inadequate to serve your Lord and Savior, then spend some time praying in other tongues! The Lord knows you better than you know yourself. You don't always know what you need, but He does. The people I know that spend time praying in other tongues are always very confident, God built them up because they put their faith in His gifts. Some folks will never have faith for the Holy Ghost because they require tangible evidence of His presence and His gifts. When you were born-again the Lord gave you a gift, He gave you His Holy Spirit to dwell in you until you meet your Father in Heaven. What kind of man would refuse such a miraculous gift from the one who died for them? Use the gift God gave you!
Some men have become dissatisfied with the gender they were born to be. They believe that by simply declaring they are the opposite sex, it becomes a truth. They never consider God nor His plan for their life. They seem to know better than the one who created them. They figure they are about one and a half million people who claim to be transgender in the United States. With all the attention they get, you would think there are many more. I believe they thrive on attention and they think they are a special people.
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman and brought her unto the man.
God made a man and a woman, no matter how hard they try they cannot change their gender identification. Woman is a man with a womb. Even if you remove the womb and all the other reproductive organs, she is still a woman. A man can grow long hair, take hormones, and have things surgically removed but he is still a man. No one can fool God, they will only fool themselves and a few savory fellows. Why do people want to change what God created them to be? After the fall of Adam, the devil became the god of this world and he wants mankind to be recreated in his own image. What is the image of the devil, in a word, it is pervert.
Luke 4:33 In the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice.
Most theologians agree that one of the characteristics of an unclean spirit is homosex. The Bible word for unclean means foul or morally lewd. The devil does his best to keep from identifying with Christ, he wants all men to be like him. The devil is so convincing that men can identify as women and have no shame. No matter how clever or how much technology men have, they cannot change their sexual orientation. And it's all for not, all transgender people will appear before God and be judged in the gender they were created. Many Christians think God will judge these people for killing unborn babies, but He won't. All men will be judged in regards to what they did with the Father's sacrifice. Christians will be judged for their works and rewarded accordingly.
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestined(predetermined) us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
All men are predestined for a life God created them for, but not all men reach or find their place in life. God lays out a path for all men, but some men choose to go their own way. When a man is on a path God laid out for him, he will know it. Those who are "off course" are constantly searching and trying things that give them peace. They know they are not where they belong but they can't seem to find their way. God never created anyone to be a sinner, the devil has pulled those on to his path. Being saved means getting away from the devil and drawing near to God. All men are created to be a member of God's family, but not all men have the freedom to choose whatever family they want to be a part of. God appeals to the spirit because it is eternal, the devil appeals to the flesh because that is where men have pleasure. The devil is easy to find and follow, God can only be followed by the humble. When men demand and expect the truth, they will find God waiting for them with open arms. God created you for a purpose, find that purpose and you will have perpetual peace.
You could think of a lot of gnarly sins but there is one that stands out above all the rest. Sin is sin, but some sins cause more ramifications than others. They harm the sinner and the innocent.
Mathew 26:24 The Son of man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays Him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born.
This Scripture is referring to Judas, he was one of the disciples hand picked by God to be an apostle. Why did Judas betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver? Kenneth Copeland offers this explanation: Judas was a thief and he wanted to restore the money he stole before he got caught. He did not believe the priests could take Jesus because he watched them try beforehand and walked through the midst of them. We do know this for certain, satan possessed Judas in his mind and he was convinced he was doing the right thing. But what is the worst sin of all?
James 4:17 To him that knows to do good and does not, to him it is sin.
Judas committed the worst sin of all, he compromised. When you know the right thing to do but you do the opposite, you compromise and totally miss God. When satan was finished with Judas, he was back in his right mind and he was so full of guilt that he didn't even consider repenting, Judas committed suicide. Jesus said he was lost, the son of perdition would spend eternity in hell. I know of several good ministries that have folded up because the leader compromised. One pastor was given a vision(assignment) and his church began to grow. One day he changed his vision and the people left, the only one who stayed was his wife.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported that there is fornication in your church. A man is having his father's wife.
This church was in Corinth, it was a totally dysfunctional church. The Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit do not flow in a house of compromise! Jerry Savelle told me that churches and ministries that compromise have no supernatural power, and he has visited these places. Men play games with other men in order to achieve an advantage, God won't play games with anyone. God is concerned with the spiritual well being of all men, compromise jeopardizes men's lives. Cheating is another form of compromise, we want things but take short cuts to get them.
Genesis 3:12 And Adam said: the woman you gave me, she gave me the fruit and I did eat.
Adam compromised and then blamed his wife, God did not accept his excuse. The only people who can compromise are people who have been given responsibility. And responsibility is the beginning of increase but it will only work for men of integrity. Men who are dedicated to the formula of success and refuse to compromise will have testimonies of faith. The only thing worse than compromising is blaming someone else for your error.
Proverbs 20:6 Most men will declare their own goodness: but an honest man who can find?
An honest man is by no means perfect but he will own up to his mistakes. God can work with and restore a man and his failures if he is honest and upright. Most men compound their problems by refusing to take ownership of their error, one mistake becomes many mistakes. Be diligent to remove the word compromise from your life and you will be a success looking for a place to happen.
God knows I am serious,
I bring Him His tithe.
I am motivated by love
because He first loved me.
His presence is my priority.
His rewards will find me
and when they do,
I will give Him all the glory.
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