When folks believe God is mysterious, they never try to understand Him. People who are of the religious persuasion love to say this about the things they don’t understand about God:
God moves in mysterious ways!
Actually, they are correct! When a person does not know the Lord, He is a mysterious creature to them. For many years I too was ignorant of God’s will towards men and myself. But after I was born again the Holy Ghost came into my life. I didn’t know right away but the Holy Spirit began to reveal Christ to me. Everything is a mystery to those who have no revelation and without the Holy Spirit there can be no revelation. God does not want to be a mystery to His people. Jesus said: “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”
Ephesians 3:9 I want to make all men see what their part of the mystery is, which was hidden from the beginning in God Who created all things.
Before the birth of Jesus, His death and resurrection, the plan of salvation was hidden in order to keep it from the devil. The mystery of God’s will was hidden for us, not from us. When Jesus returned to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s plan from the very beginning. The devil knows that when men listen to the Holy Ghost, they will gain understanding so it is imperative that he does his best to discredit the Spirit of God. Closing your ears to the Spirit is like a drowning man who rejects a life preserver thrown to him. Why does he reject the life preserver? I cannot offer you a valid reason. In the case of the Jews, Jesus said they were a stiff necked people, they were very stubborn when it came to releasing the law that was done away with.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord will do nothing, but He reveals His secret to His prophets.
When the prophets foretold of the blessings God had in store for Israel, the people were glad and rejoiced. But when the prophets foretold of the coming of the Messiah, the Jews killed those prophets. This is a typical exercise of “religion”, if you don’t agree with the message then kill the messenger! They killed the prophets, they killed Jesus and they killed the apostles, but they couldn’t touch the Spirit. If they could lock away the Holy Ghost; they could bar men from the mystery. The fools are still trying and still failing.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of God: but holy men of God spoke as moved by the Holy Ghost.
The devil truly thought he could keep the Word of God in the realm of mystery if he could just kill the Son of God. We can only imagine how elated the devil was when he saw Jesus in hell, once a man went to hell his sin kept him there for eternity. We can only imagine how grieved the devil was on the third day when Jesus came screaming out of the pit. The devil thought he got a reprieve when Jesus ascended into heaven, but then men began to be filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues. Men began to understand the mystery that was hidden for them and the devil got exposed. When lies are exposed, they become useless and ineffective.
Jesus received offerings
so the people could be blessed.
And Jesus was a giver,
He had Judas give to the poor. (John 13:29)
Jesus owned a house in Capernaum, He was a rich Jew.
But He became poor
so we could become rich.
PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
This celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.
“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
PRAYING BLESSINGS OVER
PASTOR JERRY & KATHY LAMPING
& PASTOR MANDY MOODY AND HER FAMILY
Praying 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, we wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Praying that God will continue to supply all their needs and answer their wants.
Praying they will see the fruit of their labor.
Pray and ask God how you may show your appreciation.
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.