As I began to write this newsletter I feel like Saint Jude. We are in a time where we must earnestly contend for our faith. The world has given itself wholly over to the pleasures of the flesh and mind. They have sought for and found preachers who have justified them. I have known Godly parents who would never compromise their faith. then their child will come out as a homosexual and they do an about face accepting their sin.
1 Timothy 4:1 The Holy Spirit speaks clearly saying that in the last days many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
The devil is rewriting the Bible and Christians are exchanging God’s Holy Word for the revelation of belial. Folks are finding that the Bible is too restrictive, in other words, they want the pleasures of the flesh with no consequence. The devil has gathered a large following of people who believe they will not be judged for having a “little” fun. Preachers do not like preaching about sin all the time, they would rather talk about the fruit of righteousness. However, if we don’t deal with sin and put it under the Blood of Jesus, there will be no fruit of righteousness. How strong are the seducing spirits? Jude warned us of them explicitly but despite his alarm. The doctrine of “greasy grace” is sweeping through the churches. The doctrine is simple and erroneous, do whatever feels good and grace will cover you unconditionally.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
If we are instructed to avoid being overwhelmed with evil it means we have more power to resist evil than the evil has to overcome us. If we choose to surrender to doing good then evil has no power over us. We overcome evil by doing what is right. If you are a born-again Christian and you do something evil, you’re not going to hell. God is not looking for perfect people. He is looking for faithful people. God does not want to lose anyone so He gave us the ministry of repentance. When we repent of our errors we are, in essence, cleansing our temple. God needs clean vessels to dwell in and to flow out of. Repentance insures us a clear path for His supernatural power to flow out of. I am familiar with a church where the Pastor and congregation engage in the consumption of alcohol. These people are all saved but the presence of God and manifestations of the spirit are quite rare.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Filthiness of the flesh is all immorality; things that Jesus would never do. It’s all those things Jesus died for to break the power over our lives. You’re as righteous as you will ever be, but you must perfect your holiness which is your commitment to honor God and His Word.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!