We live in a fallen world, therefore people will always do harm to other people for a myriad of reasons. Some don’t have a reason, it’s just their nature to act like the devil. Can you imagine the utter chaos if all the Christians were permitted to “even the score”, there would be less civility than there is now and right now there is very little.
Romans 12:19 Beloved never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath, for it is written, vengeance is Mine, I will repay says the Lord.
Note our text, God says vengeance is His. The text does not say revenge, it says vengeance and there is a difference. Revenge is the heartfelt desire to inflict pain in retaliation for what some one did to you. Vengeance is to enforce the consequence for breaking the law. Based on this definition vengeance cannot be ours because the laws men break are not ours, they belong to the Lord. If we try to exact vengeance on people who break God’s laws, we will reap what we sow.
Jude 1:7 Sodom and Gomorrah gave themselves over to fornication and strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The folks in Sodom and Gomorrah violated God’s laws, they would not listen to Lot, a preacher of righteousness. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was disgusting but it’s not for us to judge, our place is to preach righteousness to the sinner, not judgement. They violated God’s laws and they knew because Lot told them, God had a legal right to exercise vengeance on them. Our part in all of this is the same as Noah and Lot, we are to warn people of their impending judgement.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him, shall He appear the second time.
Our ministry is to tell people that Jesus is coming soon to take us home and they must be looking for Him. We must be prepared to meet Him because He is coming in the twinkling of an eye, so no one will have time to get right. Many Christians who are not looking for Him will remain here with the sinners. They will have three and a half years to correct their decision but it won’t be easy. The anti-Christ will demand loyalty, he won’t allow people to buy or sell unless they take the mark of the beast. God will exact vengeance on all the scoffers just as He did at the time of the flood and at Sodom and Gomorrah.
Acts 17:30 At the times of this ignorance God winked at (over looked), but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
God will not ignore the folly of the people, He can judge sin whenever He chooses. He executes vengeance on them who violate His laws and refuse to repent. God is in no hurry to exact His vengeance, He always gives people a lot of time to repent. No man who lives in opposition to God will live forever, he will suffer vengeance in this life or the next. Let us live in peace and expectation, relax and let God take care of His business. Live a righteous life and you will never know His vengeance.
The Holy Spirit has told us what the Father’s vision is for our time. He has begun the last great healing revival ever known to mankind. Don’t take a wait and see attitude, become proactive, begin to believe and speak in line with the Lord’s vision for this day. The Lord has instructed me to alter the way I pray when the gifts of the Spirit are in manifestation. Instead of saying: I now pray for you, He told me to say this: the Lord is healing you right now.
Mark 11:23-24 If you believe that those things what you say shall come to pass, you shall have whatsoever he says. Whatever you desire when you pray, believe you receive them, and you will have them.
Faith will declare whatsoever the Lord has spoken, the Holy Spirit will prove it with evidence. All we need to do is believe Him, faith cometh by hearing and hearing. The ministries that have been teaching faith were obedient in preparing the people for this great move of the Spirit. Christians from other churches have begun to contact us for prayer, they claim their church does not teach faith nor healing.
The Apostle Paul said: My God shall supply all your need supernaturally. Not all Christians can say that about their God, they don’t know Him well enough to speak on His behalf. If you know your God’s will, then say it and you will have it.
At the time of the birth of Jesus, the devil was determined to destroy Him and the truth He came to impart. The devil knew that Jesus was born but he didn’t know who He was, so he had King Herod kill all the male babies under the age of two. When it comes to the devil and his campaign against God, everything is on the table. We would be well served to acknowledge the tenacity of the devil, he is a relentless foe.
1 Timothy 4:1 The Holy Spirit spoke clearly, that in the last days many shall depart from the faith (reliance on Christ for salvation), giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
There is nothing the devil can do to alter his judgement, he is out to hurt God by rustling God’s children away from Him. God has empowered His people to resist the devil but many are resisting God and assisting the devil. The devil has recruited a large number of people that are willingly teaching his doctrines. The devil has no natural voice so he uses men to propagate his doctrine.
Mathew 24:4 And Jesus said, take heed that no man deceive you.
Folks who are not paying attention are being deceived, deception is a choice, you can take it or leave it. The devil’s greatest challenge are people who want only the truth. The truth makes you free so these folks will not accept anything that will put them in bondage. The devil preys on the lusts of our flesh but we are not debtors to our flesh, we have power to resist the pleasures of sin.
Romans 6:11 Reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive to God through Jesus our Lord.
Our old sinful nature died with Christ in our baptism. What can the devil do with a dead man? Nothing, no thing. The devil can’t make us do anything, he neither has the power nor the authority to make demands of us. In fact, just the opposite is true, we have dominion over him through the Name of Jesus. We are pretty good about resisting the devil but we need to go the offense and put him out. We are instructed to fight the good fight of faith, a good fight means you have a good defense and a good offense.
Jude 1:3 Beloved I exhort that you should contend (fight) for the faith, which was once delivered unto the believers.
Jude instructs us to fight for the truth because the devil has slipped some men into the church who are actively preaching the doctrine of devils. We fight to protect and preserve the truth for ourselves and our family, we don’t fight with flesh and blood. People who hold to error will fight tooth and nail to protect their demon. The religious spirit is one of the hardest demons to deal with, often it must be bound with the Name of Jesus before you can appeal to the prisoner. We are in a precarious position because we must preach liberty without being judgmental. If I must choose between friendship and truth, the truth will always prevail. We cannot live apart from the truth, only the deceived would try such a futile exercise, we must contend for our faith.
We seem to always talk about our visions but do we ever stop to know God’s vision. What is God’s vision for the world?
1 Timothy 2:4 God will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
The rest of God’s Word is spoken in support of having all men to be saved. Every person Jesus healed were unborn again sinners, but they got a revelation of God’s love. If Jesus raised your baby from the dead, do you think you could ever forget Him? If Jesus healed by the Word of His Father, don’t you think you could trust Him with your life? Knowing what God’s vision for the world is, how interested in God does the world appear to have? Let me answer this for you. Generally speaking, the world can see no need for God! They are content with what they have, the very thought or idea of hell never enters their minds. When I was a sinner I was haunted by the thought of eternity in hell.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I have given you the choice between life and death. Now I call on heaven and earth to bear witness of the choice you make.
This is part of God’s vision for all mankind. Many are under the delusion that they believe fake news, “if God wants me in heaven He will put me there!” How about this one “I’m going to hell to party with my friends!” Far too many people are rejecting God’s vision and they substituted their fantasy in His place. During the days of Noah the people were eating and drinking until the flood came and took them all away. Noah was a preacher of righteousness, he warned all the people but they would not hear him. They could not use ignorance for an excuse because Noah warned them.
Acts 5:12,14 The Apostle Paul worked many miracles and wonders among the people. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes of men and women.
God is giving people a reason to believe in Him, He is healing all manner of sickness and disease. Jesus spoke the Word, His Father confirmed it, Jesus left no question regarding His integrity. God is not a man that He should lie. God says all men must choose their destiny, some folks think they can take a neutral position and get the best outcome. But God says we must choose between death and life, we must all choose because we have death abiding in us until we do.
John 10:10 The devil has come to kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
No one can know about the life the Lord has prepared for them because we are not capable of even dreaming that big. If you want to know it you have to live it and it’s far better than anything we could plan far ourselves. If you don’t accept God’s vision for your life you will oppose yourself and you will need to deal with the struggles you create.
All of the false “religions” hate the Christians because they serve a living God. Their gods came and spoke some ideas and then died, they don’t believe a god can live for eternity. When Jesus rose from the dead the soldiers that were guarding the tomb saw Him before they “fell out”. When they came to their senses they went and told the high priest.
Mathew 28:12-13 When the elders heard of the resurrection of Jesus, they paid the guards a large sum of money. They instructed the guards to lie and tell everyone that His disciples came and stole the body of Jesus.
Jesus had to be raised from the dead or He would be guilty of sin and be in hell forever. Before the death and resurrection of Christ, everything in the temple had to be done every year because the blood of animals cannot remove sin, it can only cover it. Jesus has become our High Priest, He had to be resurrected in order to go back to heaven and purify the heavenly utensils. After He used His blood to cleanse them, our sins would be blotted out, Jesus was the final sacrifice under the Abrahamic covenant. If He had not risen from the dead and gone into heaven, none of us would ever see heaven for ourselves.
Mark 16:11 When the women told the disciples that they saw Jesus after His resurrection, none of them believed their report.
Jesus had to appear to them and He got in their faces. How could they preach the resurrection if they themselves didn’t believe it? When He was with them He told them how He would be sacrificed and raised up on the third day. Despite watching Him perform all those miracles they still didn’t believe what He told them. Jesus had only one recourse, He had to keep speaking the Word till faith came. They didn’t completely believe until the Holy Spirit came to take over where Jesus left off.
John 20:29 Jesus said to Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed (empowered to prosper) are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
The apostles saw Jesus after He rose from the dead and were blessed, we have not seen Him but we are just as blessed as they were. They had the spirit of eye witness, we have the spirit of faith fed to us by the Holy Ghost. Every man who so desires can have the witness of the Holy Spirit if they choose to.
Romans 10:9, 17 If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Anybody can have faith, God gives every man his measure of faith. Some do little with it and others set out to develop it. Faith is like muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. I have absolutely no doubt Jesus was raised from the dead, further more, I believe He will raise my body from the grave if He should tarry. Jesus is risen, Jesus is alive and died for all of us. Selah.
The Holy Spirit does not act apart from the Word of the Father, if there be no Word He has nothing to work with. As the healing revival after WWII began to wane, Kenneth Hagan received a Word from the Lord:
The healing revival as you know it will come to an end. But people will still be healed as they hear the Word of Faith.
It can be difficult to get a person healed by faith because they have a part to play in the matter. I am totally convinced that the Word of Faith movement will usher in the last days healing revival. A Messianic Jew by the name of Dick Reuben predicted the Brownsville outpouring that took place several years ago. The Lord told him that the next great move of the Spirit will be in the Word of Faith camp.
Brother Wigglesworth said this last days revival would be a wave of the gifts of the Spirit. The nine gifts of the Spirit come by faith, we believe for them, we do not earn them through good works. Most denominations do not understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit, they know nothing of His nine gifts. Most of them oppose the gifts, declaring that tongues are of the devil or all the gifts passed away with the last apostle. All of these ignorant statements are excuses for not having faith in God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
If a man is ignorant concerning the gifts of the Spirit it’s because he chooses not to believe God’s Word. If God showed up and did some miraculous thing they wouldn’t even know who did it. The Catholics still believe that Mary the mother of Jesus stopped the Russian’s from dropping nuclear bombs on the United States. They believe Mary gave them the “rosary” to pray in order to stop Russia. To this day they are making “saints” out of people who supposedly worked miracles hundreds of years ago. I believe the Lord is “shaking” the Catholic church in order to gain a place among them. Kenneth Copeland once said “If you ever got a Catholic saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, he will be a staunch warrior for Christ.”
John 11:47-48 The chief priests and the Pharisees said: what shall we do? For the man Jesus does many miracles. If we let Him be all the people will believe on Him and the Romans will take away our positions.
Religion will lose its place if Jesus is permitted to be presented to the people. A church should be a place where true believers gather to honor and worship the Lord. In general, church has become a place where men are honored for perverting the Gospel. When men are in charge they will make no place for the Spirit of God, He is a drain on their agenda. A lot of folks enjoy having their flesh catered to where there is little demand on their time. We must make room for the Spirit, He will not force His way into our services.
You wouldn’t think that the subject of honesty need be addressed among Christians. Some believers have a strong desire to be seen in a vivid spiritual presentation. They want everyone to know that they walk very close to God and He speaks to them all the day long. I believe God speaks to His people but not to the degree they claim He does. They think that if they can project themselves at a high spiritual level they will have the respect of their fellow servants.
Galatians 6:3 If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
What these folks don’t understand is that deceived people are easily identified. Anyone can talk a good game but if they don’t have the fruit they become the “fruit”. An honest believer may not have much fruit, but if they lay claim only to what they have, they have honor with the brethren. It’s like the boy who cried wolf, after a time no one believed him. People who deceive themselves live alone in their own little world, no one accepts their testimony.
1 Peter 2:12 Have your lifestyle honest among the gentiles: that when they call you an evildoer, they may by your good works shall glorify God in the day of their visitation.
Evidently the world is watching the Christians and evaluating our conduct. Are we representing Christ or are we trying to impress people with our spirituality? If the gentiles can identify a phony, how much more the enlightened. Jesus said we would be known by our fruit, well even the heathen understand that principle.
James 3:5 The tongue is a small member but boasts of great things.
There’s an old cliché, our tongue writes checks our body can’t cash. Our mouth gets us into more trouble then we can sometimes manage. As children of God we need to practice integrity, speak only what you know to be true. And don’t exaggerate because exaggerating is the same as lying, if you say you’re going to do something, then do it. Anybody can distinguish between a con and an honest man, deception will always be exposed.
All men are triune beings, we are a spirit, we possess a soul and we live in a body. So, we must give time to every part of our life, each part deserves a third. If we try to be in the spirit 24/7 we will become imbalanced. I heard a man of God say this, “A man can be so spiritual he is no earthly good”. If you work a secular job, they hired your body and soul, not your spirit. It is a major mistake to spiritualize everything among unspiritual people.
Romans 12:3 Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought to think; but think soberly according to your measure of faith.
We are only what God says we are, we have no business projecting ourselves beyond who we really are. Just be yourself, you’re more than enough.
Here is the word given by Smith Wigglesworth to Lester Sumrall in 1939. Smith Wigglesworth to Lester Sumrall in 1939 (WWII ready to break out) with tears rolling down his face Smith cried saying, “ I probably won’t see you again now. My job is almost finished.” As he continued to pray he cried, “I see it, I see it!” Brother Sumrall asked, “What do you see, what do you see?” He said, “I see a healing revival coming right after World War II. It’ll be so easy to get people healed. I see it! I see it! I won’t be here for it, but you will be.” And there was a healing revival right after the war. He continued to prophecy, “I see another one, I see people of all different denominations being filled with the Holy Ghost.” That was the Charismatic revival. God raised up people during that era, like the Full Gospel Businessmen. Then Brother Wigglesworth continued, “I see another move of God. I see auditoriums full of people, coming with notebooks. There will be a wave of teaching on faith and healing.” We did experience that wave he saw, and we call it the Word of Faith movement. Then he prophesied, “After that, after the third wave,” he started sobbing. “I see the last day revival that’s going to usher in the precious fruit of the earth. It will be the greatest revival this world has ever seen! It’s going to be a wave of the gifts of the spirit. The ministry gifts will be flowing on this planet earth. I see hospitals being emptied out, and they will bring the sick to churches where they allow the Holy Ghost to move.”
Smith Wigglesworth was shown every move of God beginning after World War II. I was just a young Catholic boy when Oral Roberts was on television healing people. We didn’t have “healing” in the Catholic church, so we didn’t believe what God was doing through Brother Roberts and others. Before Oral died he said we haven't seen anything yet, “healing was coming back big time”.
At about this same time after WWII, R.W. Schambach was an associate of A.A. Allen. A mother brought her baby to Brother Allan and handed it to him. Brother Schambach said the baby had over twenty birth defects. The baby had no eyes, its bones were deformed so it could not walk or use its arms. The baby was a vegetable, deaf and mute. It survived by the grace of God. Brother Allen began to pray for the baby and Brother Schambach watched as little pools formed in the baby’s eye sockets, he witnessed the creation of eyes in the baby. Then he heard the baby’s bones cracking as its legs and arms straightened out. Finally Brother Allen set the baby down and it walked to its mother. At that point the Lord spoke to Brother Schambach and told him He was going to do it again, this is what He showed brother Wigglesworth.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe…they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall conceive.
Every Spirit-filled believer who is of the faith of God knows this Scripture. But it doesn’t work for everyone! So, either we’re missing it or God’s missing it, I choose us. We must read the rest of the chapter or we will neglect to do what the Master requires of us.
Mark 16:20 The believers went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with and confirming the Word with signs following.
Go back and read Brother Wigglesworth’s prophecy, he saw people being taught the Word of faith. The last days revival will follow the preaching of faith, you cannot separate a move of the Spirit from the Word of God.
Some Christians and a lot of the heathens who believe not are asking, where is God? Well, I know exactly where He is, He abides wherever He is welcome. You cannot speak evil of our Lord and expect Him to cater to your needs.
John 14:23 If a man love Me, he will keep My words: My Father will love him, and we will come and make our abode with Him.
God is not at our beckon and call but rather we are at His beckon and call. We don’t want to be so arrogant as some of the folks in the Bible. They did not agree with God and His ways so they made their own gods out of stone, wood and earth. It is pretty convenient to have homemade gods because they will tell you exactly what you want to hear. When you begin your day no one knows what mood their god is in until you tell it! There is a problem with having a homemade god, he never leaves the place where you mount him.
Mark 16:19 After the Lord spoke to the believers, He was raptured back up to heaven and sat at the right hand of God.
We know where our God is, He sits on the throne of authority where He can oversee the entire world. Our God is not stuck on top of a mountain and subject to the elements, nor is He hidden in a dark room behind some curtains. Anyone who desires to can see our God and if they believe they can have a personal relationship with Him. Our Lord has just one command, that we play by His rules, so we must nail our lusts to the cross.
Jeremiah 2:6 Israel would not say, where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt?
The Lord that delivered Israel out of Egypt was where He always was, He was in the midst of the people who abandoned Him. The people who cry out to God the loudest are the same folks that hid themselves from Him. They feel that He is too hard to serve, let me propose this question, what is harder to serve? The God who loves you or the sin that wants to hold you in bondage? The demon spirit of confusion has a lot of ignorant people right where he wants them. The devil knows how easy it is for him to manipulate ignorant folks, he takes full advantage over these “push overs”.
Acts 5:12 By the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people and great fear came upon the people.
For those of us who believe, we live by the faith of the Son of God. But the signs and wonders that our faith produce are for those who are yet to believe. We don’t need God to manifest in order for us to believe in Him, but the world does, they don’t know where God is. If we can get them to listen to us, we can lead them to Jesus. When I was searching for the Lord I found Him, I was amazed at how close He was the whole time. He couldn’t have been very far away because the instant I asked Him to come into my life He was there. God will always be where our humility needs Him to be, we don’t command Him to come, we invite Him.
How does a sincere person find the right God and the right house? They take the Word of God and use it as the evidence of God’s presence. Let me make this very simple. I will give you a Scripture spoken by Jesus, if men believe it they will not be ashamed to proclaim it.
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My Name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak in new tongues. They shall take up serpents: and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and the sick will recover.
If anyone will present this Scripture to a church, they will quickly know if God is in that house or not. If the pastor tries to explain away this Scripture and try to tell you that the day of miracles have passed, then you would be wise to pass. If the pastor pleads guilty to believing the words of Christ you may have found a home to grow in.
No church is perfect but some can be so imperfect they are not worth your time or effort. None of us are called to go around and correct every ministry, but we are encouraged to check out the fruit. Every good tree produces good fruit and every bad tree kicks out bad fruit.
March 17, 2019
Lord the world has robbed from me, avenge me of my adversary.
My part is to have faith and pray, You will arrange the transfer.
I cannot take the wealth of the sinner, because I would then be a thief.
But the gold and silver belong to You and You can distribute to whosoever.
Weekly Prayer Focus
March 17, 2019
Chuck & Sherri Phillips
3. Prosperity (Spirit, Soul & Body)
5. Favor in all areas of their lives
6. Salvation for family members
7. Relationship with God grows stronger everyday