God is love but there are things that love hates. He hates sin because His Son bore the sins of many. The Bible clearly points out six sins God really hates and one is disgusting to Him.
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six evils God truly hates and a seventh that is an abomination to Him: Putting others down while considering yourself superior, spreading lies and rumors, spilling the blood of the innocent, plotting evil in your heart towards another, gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong, spouting lies in false testimony, and stirring up strife between friends. These are entirely despicable to God!
As I read these seven sins I wondered why these particular sins were so grievous to the Father. I didn’t wonder for long, the Holy Ghost showed me that these seven sins all have one thing in common. The Lord hates those seven particular sins because they all describe how we treat other people, especially a brother or sister. God loves us, died for us, forgives us, and blesses us. What do we do? Go out and do evil to everyone created in His image.
Consider Saul of Tarsus, he was a Jewish Pharisee and he was out practicing the seven sins that God hates. Jesus took it personal. He said to Saul, “Why do you persecute me?”
Mathew 25:40 Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of My brethren, you do it unto Me.
Jesus pointed out Saul’s error and gave him an opportunity to repent, which he did. It was Saul’s nature to hate and persecute those he was “superior” to. After he was born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit, he became a man of love and it cost him his life. Men who are not ashamed to hate other folks need God’s help, like Paul they need a life changing measure of grace. Paul was not commanded to change, he was graced to change.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death.
Now we can see another reason God hates these seven sins, the man who engages in them is abiding in eternal death. God sent His Son to save the world not condemn it, we cannot live for the devil and expect God to bring us to Heaven with Him. The Bible talks about holiness. What is holiness? It’s hating what God hates and loving what God loves. Babies are born without any prejudice. Most babies have no fears, they know only love. A baby must be taught to have fear and to hate. Would it not be better if we just teach our babies to love?
We should not concern ourselves with the way people choose to live their lives. We should consider one thing, what can we do to help them. I do not agree with the politics of hate and I can’t change any of them, so I don’t listen to them and I pray God’s will for them. It has been said that God hates the sin but loves the sinner, the sinners have used this cliché to excuse their evil ways. The only one they deceive is themselves. I pray they come to be honest with themselves. We can offer to help people to get out of bondage, but if they don’t want out we can’t help them. I became a Christian because people told me the truth, they told me what Jesus did and that He loved me. After that I went seeking for this relationship and they helped me to accept Jesus. There is nothing greater than the love of God.
Everyone owns keys and they are not hard to understand, they either open things up or they lock things away. God has issued keys to all those who believe. The keys He has issued will open spiritual things to us. One day Jesus asked His disciples who men thought He was. Suddenly Peter got a revelation from the Holy Ghost and said you are the anointed one, the Son of God. Jesus commended Peter on his revelation and then told him what else the Father had for him.
Mathew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and …
Jesus went on and told Peter he would be given power to bind and loose. I want to deal with the keys of the kingdom. Peter received a great revelation but it would not be his only revelation. Jesus gave him the keys that would unlock the mysteries of the kingdom.
John 3:3 Truly I say unto you, except a man be born again he cannot see (into) the kingdom of God.
The only people God will entrust His keys to are the ones who are born-again, those who have invited the Holy Spirit of revelation into their heart. Dear Abby and denominations who do not teach the new birth, do not have access to the revelations of the Holy Ghost. Some born-again Christians have the keys of the kingdom, but they don’t use them or know how to. If God issues the keys to born-again believers, then there is no excuse for ignorance. The devil is so cunning he has managed to get some churches to oppose the Holy Spirit and get Him barred from their doctrine. God told the Apostle Paul to instruct those who oppose themselves very meekly.
Colossians 1:25-26 I have been made a minister of the mystery that for generations has been hid, but now is made manifest to the Saints.
The Apostle Paul had the keys to the kingdom of revelation. His responsibility was to help all men see what God intended for them. If you have yet to use your keys or don’t know how, then listen to those who know how to use their keys. Do not be foolish and get offended at brethren that know more than you do. If you will listen to those who use their keys, they will show you how to use your own keys. A lot of people know about God but they do not know Him. God reveals Himself to people who use their keys to unlock His character, these folks know their Lord.
Philippians 3:10 ...That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.
The Apostle Paul was nearing the end of his life, Jesus appeared to him and he was even caught up to heaven. Despite his association with Jesus it was not enough for Paul, he still wanted to know Him more intimately. The person of Christ is far bigger than any mere man, He is more than a man could comprehend in a life time. I don’t know if eternity will be long enough for us to know all there is to know about our Savior. Use the keys to open the treasure of knowledge our Lord has made available to all those who believe.
There are four places in the Bible that say the just shall live by faith. Living by faith is not an option, for without faith it is impossible to please God. Evidently God wants us to believe Him even when we don’t understand. Out in the wilderness Moses led Israel out of Egypt and their destination was the promised land. There were over two million people and they needed water because God had led them to a place where they had to trust Him for their survival. God told Moses to smack a rock with a stick and when he did water came out of the rock. God has a habit of telling His people to do things that defy common sense.
John 2:5 His mother said unto the servants, whatsoever Jesus says unto you, do it.
At the marriage supper in Cana, Jesus told the catering service to fill the large earthen pots with water and the water became wine. It is very clear to see what the key to miracles is, it is doing exactly what the Master says to do. Why does God tell men to do strange things? Because faith requires an action and obedience makes the way for a miracle. If you do not trust God you have no faith and you will not see Him move on your behalf.
Mark 6:6 He could do no mighty works there because of their unbelief, and He went about the village teaching.
God can do anything but when men don’t believe Him, He can do nothing. The earth, the fulness of it and all who dwell in it belong to the Lord. So if God created the world then He owns it and He gets to make all the laws and rules. Only a fool and the devil would argue with God concerning His ways. Resistance is futile, you will only end up harming yourself and those around you. If the kingdom isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Flow with God, He has the keys to success. Walking by faith is much easier than what men make it out to be, simply act like the New Testament is true.
Mark 11:23 Whosoever will say to this mountain, be removed and cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, he will have whatsoever he says.
Faith is released in words. What are those words? They are the same words Jesus spoke, so you know they will be effective. Walking in faith is simply believing God every day of your life, so you must believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Faith is not some mysterious element of the supernatural, everyone has faith! People in the world have faith for all kinds of sickness and disease, they have faith for God’s punishment. How do you know what people are believing for? Just listen to the words coming out of their mouths. “I am so sick”, “I am so broke”, “Well, I’ll be damned”. Using words to have what you want did not originate in the Bible, having what God wants you to have comes out of the Bible. The world has faith and they use it to access the curse that the devil loosed into our world. Walk in the faith God gives to all those who believe and enjoy a blessed and victorious life.
The last four years have been great times for all Americans, especially the Christians. God had a president that flowed with His vision for America. But now it would appear we have a new president that does not show the same values of our former president. So, now what will our lives be like? Will this new administration legislate God out of our nation or will it govern with godly principles?
John 10:10 A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.
No matter what the convictions of the new president are, Jesus came to give us a life better than what we could dream of. Based on the president’s past decisions, I think the United States will suffer much anguish and set backs. But the true believers will thrive as they operate in the Kingdom of God. I do believe that if the true believers will hold fast to the Word of God and pray, the devil will struggle to influence the leadership. Our president is not a Christian, he is a Catholic and the two are not the same. Jesus said He came to give us a life beyond our ability to dream it. So, no matter who is leading our country they cannot hinder the promises of God.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort you to pray and make intercessions for all men, for kings and all leaders, that you may live a quiet and peaceable life.
Praying for the nation’s leaders will lead you to live a tranquil and undisturbed life. So, what and how do we pray? God’s purpose for intercession is to lead men to salvation, so our prayers must be founded on God’s will for men’s eternity. We must pray for all men as if we are praying for ourselves. What do we want God to do for us? If I was the president of a great nation I would want God to give me wisdom and courage. I would want to know how to keep America great and how to present every American with the opportunity to succeed. I would not be a respector of persons, love me or hate me, you would be treated like every other citizen of this great nation.
Mark 11:23 ... believe those things I have said and you shall have whatsoever you say.
In order for us to live the blessed life, we need to do two things: believe what our Lord has said and speak out what He says. Presidents and political leaders cannot hinder us from accepting the blessings, not even the devil can stop God. We can become our own worst enemy if we speak of what we see and hear our leaders are doing. Do not underestimate the power of intercessory prayer, our nation would be far worse off if it were not for the prayers of the saints.
Our calling is to pray, not to tell God how He should handle our leaders. God gave dominion to man, so when we pray we create an avenue for God to have access to whoever we pray for. If we don’t know what to pray that’s all right. The Holy Ghost knows what He needs from us. That’s what the gift of tongues is for, just let the Holy Spirit pray through us. The devil wants to rob from us and God wants to bless us. Pray God will have His way.
Mathew 21:12-14 Jesus went into the Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And He said to them, it is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them.
People who knew better were using God’s temple as a place to carry on their business. They were exchanging coins with men who came from other countries. They were selling doves to people who came to sacrifice them to God. God did not ordain churches for men to use for their businesses, they are for the Lord’s business. What is the purpose of a church? It is a place where believers can gather together for the sake of prayer. I don’t think Jesus could reason with these folks so He just threw them out. He reminded them what the purpose of the temple was; it was written by the Prophet Isaiah. Jesus had the right to expel these men because He was a Rabbi.
If they would have listened to Jesus they would have understood that everything they wanted could have come from prayers. Can we have fellowship with one another and leave God out of our association? Is He not the reason we love one another. We cannot pray the prayer of agreement until we are in agreement. What kind of prayer would the money changers pray or the sellers of doves?
After Jesus “cleaned house”, the folks who needed prayer came to Him and He prayed for them and they were healed. Those business men were hindering people from obtaining the ministry they needed. I believe Jesus knew what would happen when prayer was restored to the temple. Jesus created an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit would move in where He could bless the people. When we do things that grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, He cannot do what He is sent to do. Jesus had a lot of patience with people in the flesh until they quenched the Holy Spirit and then He addressed it. We in our ignorance have chased away the One we can’t live without, but we are growing and learning.
All churches in general have prayed for the needs of their church and ministry. But now I see the Holy Ghost calling all God’s churches together to pray for the existence of America. Now all of us have something we can agree to, something that will bind us together. I’m sure we don’t all pray alike, but not to worry God can put all that in order. With all the deception, the corruption and hatred in the world, God is the only one we can trust with our lives. Governments have embraced socialism to lead the people to trust in the system, they ignorantly want to be the people’s god.
The last four years was government of the people, the next four years will be government of the elites. If we stay in the House of Prayer we will live above the evil in this present world. When we pray, then God will take what men mean for evil and turn it into good for those who put their trust in Him. If your days are full of prosperity, peace and joy, it’s because you prayed.
The Bible says love never fails and I truly believe what God has said, love never fails. Now that we have that settled, let me show you when love fails. A lot of good people have visited our church over the years but they never stayed long. We loved them, gave them money and special attention but it was not enough for them. They were looking and waiting for something to offend them so they could justify their departure. There were a few that had legitimate reasons for leaving. They came and talked to us, we blessed them and wished them well. So did love fail? No!
We walked in love the whole time they were here but there are people that you cannot love enough to satisfy them! God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, but for some folks He didn’t do enough. They rejected God but He never stopped loving them because love never fails.
John 15:18 If the world hate you (love you less) you must know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Love has no power; no benefits until it is received. It always looks for a place to manifest. Love never fails to offer itself to those who need love. It can be rejected but not destroyed, because love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:6 Love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
The word rejoice appears twice in this verse. Love is never happy, glad or cheerful about sin. When truth is presented, love is glad and congratulates those who love the truth. When some folks are dedicated to a particular sin they want acceptance and support. They want the world and the church to celebrate diversity. No matter what cute little name you call sin, it changes nothing, it is still sin. Some folks in sin get offended because love won’t look the other way, love tells them the truth and rejoices in it. The folks who walk in love are accused of hate because they are passing judgement. But hold on here, are they really judging or are they presenting God’s judgement? Love fails these folks because it will not agree with the fate sin will bring into their lives.
Love fails when it is rejected. Love is still love but it has no opportunity to manifest. God loves all men, He is committed to bring salvation to every man. He will love all men right up to the day when they depart for hell for all eternity. He loves them so much He gave them the power to choose where they would spend eternity. All those folks He loves, He invites to Heaven but some love the world more than Heaven.
John 14:15 If you love Me keep My commandments.
If you study the ten commandments closely you will come to one conclusion. If you keep all the commandments you will be walking in love. If you keep all the commandments you will love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Love is not a feeling, it is a commitment to treat people the way you want to be treated. Greater love hath no man than he lay his life down for his friends, in other words he puts the needs of others before his own. Love never fails.
The world is full of pain and suffering, newspapers were invented to keep us informed of all the chaos. And just so they don’t overload you with too much bad news, they devote one page for what they call “comics”. When people read all about the mishaps in the paper, they just shake their heads. But the devil grins with sadistic approval.
John 10:10 The devil comes to steal and kill and destroy. I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.
This Scripture makes a profound distinction between God and His adversary the devil. God hates pain and suffering so much He put it all on His Son as He hung on the cross. The devil has no conscience, he has no favorites. He hates everyone and he is out to share his judgement with whosoever he can. If you wanna know what the devil is up to and who he is afflicting, just read the daily newspaper. It seems like to me that the newsboys can’t wait to tell us about the new “record” of the number of people who have covid. Every rational thinking human being hates this news. But the devil loves having his “works” printed.
Luke 23:21 But the people cried all the more saying, crucify Him, crucify Him.
The devil is subtle. He can coerce ignorant people to call for the death of Jesus, despite the fact that He healed most of them. The devil has tempted every one of us to side with him to share his hate for a fellow brother. There is something we must all understand, the devil has already been judged. He was cast out of Heaven and sent to hell but Adam let him out. God cannot put the devil away currently because God gave dominion to man. When Jesus returns, He will rule and reign in Adam’s place and the devil will ultimately be locked away forever. Jesus defeated the devil when He rose from the dead. Then Jesus gave us His Name and the devil is subject to that Name.
Luke 6:23 Rejoice in the day and leap for joy: when the devil puts your faith on trial for behold your reward in Heaven is great.
When the devil comes for your house to offer you something harmful, the worst thing you can do to him is begin praising our Lord. The devil hates it when you ignore him and give God all your attention. The devil has a very difficult time incarcerating someone who knows the truth. The ignorant and willing people who care nothing for God’s Word are a push over for the devil.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When the devil finds men who are not submitted to God, he will turn them to submit to him. When I look back on my life before Christ, I can see where the devil had me wrapped around his little finger. Now with the Name of Jesus, I have him wrapped around my little finger and he must do whatever I tell him. Once you are free of the devil you can than help others get free if they want to!
Most folks have no idea what the purpose of a church is because they have never visited one. Many who belong to a church or a vision cannot tell you why that church or vision even exists. It gets worse, some pastors can’t tell you exactly what the purpose of their church is. A Catholic priest will tell you the purpose of their church is to celebrate the mass. Very few understand the “mass”, it was once done in Latin which created a great atmosphere for taking a nap. Maybe Jesus the Lord of the church can tell us what He intended His church to be!
Mathew 21:3 And Jesus said, My house (church) shall be called the house of prayer (worship) but you have made it a den of thieves.
When Jesus went into the community church He found it full of animals that men were selling for the offerings. They took the purpose of the church and used it to make a fast buck. Even to this day men are using church traditions to make money for themselves. Some sell beer, coffee and popcorn to enjoy during the “service”. One man solicited a certain monetary gift in exchange for a special prayer. One time a couple of televangelists had a large ministry and they cried and bawled, until good hearted Christians sent them millions.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them and anoint them with oil.
If a church is a house of prayer then the sick can come and get prayer for their healing. If a church practices the science of religion there are no affective prayers for anyone. Bible prayers are a form of worship because they come from the Word of God. Man’s prayers are a combination of what they think God says and what they want for themselves. When I was a Catholic once a year the priest would take two candles and lay them near your throat, then he would “pray” in the name of saint blaze. It accomplished nothing but it satisfied the desire for something “religious”!
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect (useless, void) unto you, whose ever of you justified by the law, you are fallen from grace.
The law was the “religion” of the day, the Jews believed that if they obeyed the commandments they would qualify for a place in Heaven. The Apostle Paul preached Jesus to them and they all said the sinners prayer. Some orthodox Jews came in among them and convinced them to reenter the law, thus they kicked Christ and His grace out of their church. They went back to their Old Testament prayers that had expired, when Jesus gave the believers a better covenant founded on better promises.
Fortress of Joy is a house of prayer, not one prayer but all prayers Jesus died to give us. Every member of Fortress of Joy should be praying for and about everything. A life not founded on prayer is a life that is at the mercy of nature. In our house God is worshipped, intercession is made for the lost, the sick receive prayer and nothing is left to change. We are a house of prayer and every prayer of every member is important, thank you for your faithfulness.
The world is enveloped in gross darkness, Jesus could stand right in front of them and they wouldn’t know Him. They hear snippets of God and His supernatural power but they understand nothing. “I guess if God wants me in heaven, He will put me there”! I understand the ignorance of people because I had a degree in spiritual stupidity. Religion presented a God to me that they didn’t even understand, they made Him up as they went along. I don’t fault my spiritual leaders, they just taught me what they were taught. The Apostle Paul established a church in the city of Corinth and he was very cautious of what he told them.
1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul knew that if he would make Jesus the center of attention, the Holy Ghost would confirm the Word. Let me tell you a little secret, it is not our responsibility to convince the world of Christ, it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. No man can say Jesus is his Lord but by the Holy Spirit. Our part is to present Jesus exactly as He is, if permitted God will do the rest. Some of the things people say about God need to be rejected but not the truth. One day I complained to the Lord, “How can people ever know the truth on account of all the false doctrine circulating?” The Lord responded to me with this: If a man wants to know the truth I will show him just like I did for you!
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about.
Jesus is alive and He is still doing miracles so His fame (reputation) ought to be growing. Jesus has commissioned His body to complete His ministry and even do greater works than Him using His Name. The church at large has never been taught of the supernatural power of God. Jesus healed the people and then He was able to teach them. He could then present His Father to them. If a man is touched by the power of God but is not told who healed him, who will he glorify? The devil puts hell in people’s lives and then uses religion to reveal God as the culprit. The devil needs to take the blame for what he does and God should take the blame for what He does. I am a born-again Christian, I am going to heaven and I blame God for His mercy and love.
Philippians 3:7 What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
How do you present someone to anyone if you don’t know them? The better you know your Lord Jesus, the more convincing you will be when you share Him with someone. Some men think God is too good to be true but if they hear enough of Him they will believe. The world needs to see what He did in us without pretense, we don’t need to embellish Jesus. He is perfect just the way He is.
The word grace does not have just one definition, we must study the context in which it appears. The word grace appears many times in the Old Testament, but it has nothing to do with the grace of the New Testament.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
One of the manifestations of grace in the New Testament is God’s supernatural power that causes a sinner to be born-again in righteousness. This is something only God can do. We can’t fully comprehend it but we can experience it.
2 Corinthians 12:9 God said to Paul: My grace is all you need, My strength and power is made complete in your time of weakness.
When God gave Paul His grace, Paul was empowered to endure every assault of the devil. The devil coerced the Jews to beat Paul with thirty-nine stripes five times. The tormentor beat men thirty-nine times because forty would kill them. God gave Paul His grace, the supernatural power to endure all the near death beatings. God’s grace will manifest in many different ways and it will always involve God’s supernatural power.
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
In the old covenant there was no grace for salvation because no one was saved and no one went to heaven. Grace in the Old Testament had a totally different meaning but it still involved the supernatural power of God. Grace in the old covenant could be defined with one word, favor. Now grace in the New Testament has many applications but it always involves divine favor.
Psalm 5:12 For you, Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor will You crown him as with a body shield.
In the Old Testament when a man kept the law it was accounted for him as righteousness. Consequently there was not a whole lot of favor spent on the people. In the New Testament faith in Jesus makes a man righteous, so in our dispensation of grace believers will all the more experience the favor of God. In the old covenant righteousness was accounted to those who obeyed the law. In the new covenant righteousness is imparted to those who obey Jesus and His Word. It is quite easy to obey Jesus because His gift of grace has changed our very nature.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus (the man) increased in wisdom (revelation) and age, and in favor with God and man.
As you receive revelation you will grow in spiritual maturity and favor with God and men. At first mention I had some favor in my life, but now I see God’s favor every day. When you recognize the favor of God in your life, it is very important to immediately give God the glory. Giving God the glory will ensure that you are not looking for good luck!
I am blessed of the Lord
every day of my life.
God has no limits
and so, neither do I.
God will impress my enemies, they will know Who is blessing me.
He may tell me to bless them and I will be quick to obey.
YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR A PERSON THAN THAT HE SHOULD EAT AND FIND ENJOYMENT IN HIS TOIL. THIS ALSO, I SAW, IS FROM THE HAND OF GOD.
Quality family time
Provisions for all the needs and desires of the people to be met
Favor from God and man
Unexpected Blessings and breakthroughs
SO WHATEVER YOU DO, IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIM.
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