Under The Influence In The Spirit

Fighting Takes Training!

1 Chronicles 12:2 armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul’s brethren

Hebrews 11:33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, received promises, shut the mouths of lions,
34 put out raging fires, escaped death by the sword, found strength in weakness, became powerful in battle, and routed foreign armies.

As we continue to study the men who followed David, another characteristic was their ability to war. They learned how to battle with both the right hand and the left hand for hurling stones. If you have ever thrown a ball, you know that you can aim effectively with your dominant hand — but try it with the opposite hand — it’s far more difficult to throw accurately. But the men that followed David learned to throw with both arms effectively! It must have taken months of training to develop such skill.

We also learn to war, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. And we too must train to use our spiritual weapons, and to use them accurately. The word of God is a sharp sword when used with skill and spiritual authority, and the right scripture for a situation can bring tremendous healing and deliverance;

but we must know the word and walk in the spirit to be able to use it in warfare.

Furthermore, every serious intercessor knows he must learn to concentrate his mind and will intently for battling in prayer. For his aim to be accurate and penetrating he must overcome the tendency to wander in his thoughts and lose focus on the issue at hand. To be effective warriors we need to train our minds and wills to concentrate so that our prayers become like focus thoughts for breaking through in the spirit.

In this day and age, Jesus is calling us to spiritual battle, and our training is critical for success and victory. We must know the word and use it skillfully, and we must learn to concentrate in prayer for the spiritual objectives to which we are called. The Lord will equip us as we ask and seek Him for it, and do our homework. Let’s be inspired by David’s mighty men, training diligently to take aim in our battle with the powers of darkness!

Find Your Peace! His Peace!

Phillipians 4:5 Let your gracious attitude be known to all people. The Lord is near:
6 Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving.
7 Then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in union with the Messiah Jesus.

“Don’t be anxious”…even though it’s a perfectly natural response to mounting threats; sickness, finances, employment, uncertainty, emotional stress, family crises…Nevertheless, it says, “Don’t be anxious about anything”. Instead, pray!

But does that really work? How many can affirm, even testify, that praying relieves anxiety about real and present threats and dangers? Anxiety is a powerful emotional condition, even expressing in physical symptoms; stomach upsets, cramps, heart palpitations, headaches, ruminations, muscle contractions, indigestion, cold extremities, dilated pupils, numbness, emotional outbursts, fits of anger, etc. etc. And there are all kinds of prescribed and/or self medications, including everything from beer to valium, or simply the internet…

But is prayer really and truly an effective solution for anxiety? If you can honestly answer “Yes”, you are not a novice at praying.

Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
When you pour out your heart to someone, is time a factor? When you know she’s really listening and caring about your situation, and has something to offer, do you expect to feel better after you have emptied your soul? It sounds simple, even perfunctory, but praying out your anxiety implies really trusting the Person you’re talking to, and taking the time to empty your heart and soul before Him. That’s what God wants you to do.

If and when you do that, and thoroughly, you may find yourself in a peace (a “shalom”) which passes comprehension, because you hardly expected it when you started out. You didn’t know to get the feeling until you tried it. What’s amazing about this passage is the hidden mystery of that Shalom, a Hebrew word with such wonderful compound meaning it requires a boatload of English words to be inadequately translated: peace, completeness, prosperity, safety, contentment, health, blessing, and rest, among others.

See if you can manage to experience this when anxiety strikes. Test it and see for yourself if praying can really alleviate your fears. God’s peace is there for you and it will pass all understanding; and most especially in these times … wouldn’t it be great to constantly walk in that Peace, His Peace?

STAND At The CROSS Road!

Ephesians 5:13 But everything that is exposed to the light becomes visible,
14 for the light is making everything visible. That is why it says,

“Wake up, sleeper!
Arise from the dead,
and the Messiah will shine on you.’’

15 So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise,
16 making the best use of your time because the times are evil. 17 Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

We are now at a “Nivevah” moment in history …

a great divide focused on the issue of freedom.

Will true and lasting repentance preserve our freedom in the West to preach the Gospel unhindered in the years ahead? Or will darkness and tyranny overtake us forcing the battle for revival to continue in a context of governmental opposition or even captivity?

I cannot pretend to answer this critical question. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know, and how much less I can predict; only that my deep conviction and ultimate security lies in the unshakable confidence that God loves me and holds me firmly in His powerful hands… And that by His grace I will walk in the works He has prepared for me, and that my food is to do his will and to finish the work He has given me.

With prophecies all around, a great need for discernment, and a growing atmosphere that seems utterly out of control, we are desperately in need of a sure compass. And thank God, “True North” has never changed. The cross of Jesus the Messiah points as certainly as ever in the direction of Eternal hope. Are you afraid of losing control? Don’t give in to it. You can maintain poise, calmness and composure by choosing to submit yourself to the will of God, and by trusting Him unreservedly. If another awakening IS in God’s plans, you will participate in it, individually, by STANDING at the Crossroad, where Jesus triumph over sin was purchased and demonstrated in bodily resurrection. May a TRUE Christ-centered move of God penetrate this growing darkness!

God’s Terrifying Appearance
we Pray He Comes In His Stormwind

Nahum 1:2 A jealous and avenging God is the LORD,

an avenger is the LORD, full of wrath;

The LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries,

and rages against his enemies;

3 The LORD is slow to anger, yet great in power;

the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.

In stormwind and tempest he comes,

and clouds are the dust at his feet;

4 He roars at the sea and leaves it dry,

and all the rivers he dries up.

Laid low are Bashan and Carmel,

and the bloom of Lebanon withers;

5 The mountains quake before him,

and the hills dissolve;

The earth is laid waste before him,

the world and all who dwell in it.

6 Before his wrath, who can stand firm,

and who can face his blazing anger?

His fury is poured out like fire,

and boulders break apart before him.

7 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,

a refuge on the day of distress,

Taking care of those who look to him for protection,

8 when the flood rages;

He makes an end of his opponents,

and pursues his enemies into darkness.

Job 37:5 “God thunders with his wondrous voice; he does awesome works that we don’t comprehend. For he says to the snow, ‘Fall to the earth.’ He tells the rain, ‘Pour down,’ then it rains profusely.


Do You Put Anything Above God?

The Ten Commandments say that you should not put anything above God. Putting a sin above God is putting God out of your life and holding on to your sin. As long as you do this, God will not forgive you. You have to come back down to earth and repent of your sin and ask Jesus to help you overcome it. Then ask for forgiveness that you put it above God.

God had rather all should live and Jesus died for the whole world so that their sins could be forgiven because of his sacrifice. … Once forgiven, … they are forgotten. The Bible teaches us not to judge other people, but in this case, would it be better to judge a person or let them end up in eternal death because you refused to tell them what the Bible teaches?

Zephaniah 1:2 “I’ll utterly sweep away everything from the land,”
declares the Lord.
3 “I’ll consume both human beings and animals—
I’ll consume the birds of the sky,
the fish in the sea,
and the wicked along with their sin,
when I eliminate human beings from the land,”

declares the Lord.

luke 21:7 Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things happen, and what is to be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

You got to listen out people. It’s a question of the sign of the end times.
and when Jesus did reply, he did not say ‘there is no signs’ Jesus did not say ‘you got to go look for the signs in the end times’
Luke Chapter 21
is warnings and prophecies of things that are to come, indicating and highlighting and signaling the signs of the end times.

Luke 21:25 The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;

the sea and the waves roaring;
-(What are we seeing today?, the sea and the waves roaring)-

26 People will faint from fear and apprehension because of what’s to be coming to the inhabited world,

because the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 Then people will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.

28 “Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is approaching.”

Jesus said Learn the Lesson from the Fig Tree

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 As soon as they produce leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already approaching. 31 In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you will know that the kingdom of God is near.

God is in control of the weather.

Job 12:15 When he withholds water, rivers dry up;
when he lets them loose, they’ll flood the land.
Matthew 5:45 so that you will become children of your Father in heaven, because he makes his sun rise on both evil and good people, and he lets rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

So We know that God is in total control of the weather. He uses the weather to bring about blessings and he uses them to give us Warnings.
With all the flooding and shakings, roaring of the seas happening now We see he is bringing us warnings and judgements . God is in control, he created the earth.

Because God is a very loving God and a very patient God and a kind God he doesn’t do this in an instant . He really withholds his warnings and his judgements for such a long time, the bible is clear about his warnings he won’t act immediately

May a TRUE Christ-centered move of God penetrate this growing darkness!

God is in control of the weather.

Enter His Presence, You’re Completely Covered!

Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another– He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Yom Kippur, which literally means Day of Coverings, can be a day of deep reflection on what the Lord has done for us. As Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago, the Gospel describes how the veil in the Temple was torn in two. This profound spiritual event reveals that the Lord gave all whose sins are covered by His blood access to the Holy of Holies, as He had become our High Priest in addition to being, Himself, the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Although the Temple was not finally destroyed until 70 AD, Orthodox Judaism recounts in the Talmud that, beginning in 30 AD, God no longer accepted the animal sacrifices commanded in the Torah for the Day of Atonement. Throughout the ages, while the Temple stood, the High Priest would cast lots for the two goats which were to be offered as sacrifices on Yom Kippur. One lot was for the goat to be sacrificed on the altar, for YHVH — and the other, called “Azazel”, the goat cast out into the wilderness for the removal of sins

Leviticus 16:7 Then he is to take the two male goats and present them in the Lord’s presence at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Aaron is to cast lots over the two male goats—one lot for the Lord and the other one for the scapegoat. Aaron is then to bring the male goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and offer it as a sin offering. 10 The male goat on which the lot fell for the scapegoat is to be brought alive into the Lord’s presence to make atonement for himself. Then he is to send it into the wilderness.”

Traditionally, as the Priest cast the lot, finding it in his right hand was a good omen, indicating that God had accepted the sacrifice. However, if the High Priest drew it in his left hand, this indicated the Lord’s displeasure and even rejection of the sacrifice. For the 40 years after the sacrifice of Jesus, the Talmud records that the lot was taken in the left hand of the High Priest. The same result for 40 years, a lot cast into the left hand, carries a statistical probability of 1 in 1,099,511,627,776 — or one in a trillion chance!

There were also other significant miraculous signs described in this tract, that something of major significance had taken place related to the most critical sacrifice in the Temple order. It is clear to both Jews and Messianic believers that God was saying something important to the Jewish people in 30AD; something important enough to be recorded in the Talmud and something which demanded an explanation.

We believe that the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, 40 years after the sacrifice of Jesus, followed a period of testimony and testing for the Jewish people concerning the fact that the sacrificial system had been consummated by Jesus death on the cross. 40 is a typical number of testing throughout the Bible.

While animal sacrifices continued to be offered in the Temple while it stood, and many believing Jews continued to participate in them, it was clear that something new and definitive had opened the way for all people to enter the Holiest place and to know the Lord intimately and personally. Without intending to, the Talmud offers historical support for the significance and reality of the events in 30 AD which consummated the sacrificial system given in the Torah; i.e. the death and resurrection of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, who died for the sins of the whole world.

So enter into His presence boldly today with the full knowledge that the veil was torn — the sacrifice was provided — and the work was completed 2000 years ago in our Messiah Jesus!

Stand Alongside Your Brother!

1 Chronicles 12:16 Later, some descendants of Benjamin and Judah approached David at his stronghold, 17 and David went out to meet them. He told them, “If you’ve come in peace to be of help to me, then you’ll have my commitment. But if you’ve come to betray me to my enemies, even though I’m innocent of wrongdoing, then may the God of our ancestors watch and judge.”

18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, leader of the Thirty, and he said,

“David, we belong to you;
we’re with you, son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
and peace to the one who helps you!
For your deliverer is your God.”

So David received them and assigned them to be officers over troops.

Mark 6:7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.

As David grew in stature those who stood by him increased in number, devoting themselves to fight with him. Though it was a time of adversity for David, and a time of warfare, he found that there were many willing to join their lives to his; “…a brother is born for adversity”; and “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. Again we note that David’s anointing and his character made him a friend to many…and many became his loyal friends.

When Jesus sent his disciples out, He never sent them alone — He sent them two by two; and no doubt these pairs of disciples developed deep loyalty, unity and friendship as they proclaimed the kingdom and faced the powers of darkness together.

How would you describe your friendships in the Body of Messiah? Do you feel isolated, fighting battles alone? Do you know others who are in that condition? With the battles now raging, it’s more important than ever to be a friend, and to really know who your friends are. May the Lord grant each one of us loyal and faithful friendships as we fight the good fight.1 Chronicles 12:15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.

You’re Helping Build The Army Of God!

1 Chronicles 12:21-22 And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army. For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

A program by National Geographic gives a powerful illustration for us. In the great annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park in Africa a giant herd, thousands of wildebeest, slowly move in groups across the plain. They are invariably followed by stalking lions. But the lions never attack the herd – they simply watch carefully for the stray wildebeest, either careless or seeking greener grass, who separates himself from the larger groups of animals. The isolated wildebeest will become the sudden prey of the lions who attack with lightening speed and ferocity.

In spiritual warfare isolation is equally dangerous, as our enemy roams like a roaring lion looking for separated brethren to prey upon. We all need real relationship and spiritual community for protection against our enemy who is constantly stalking vulnerable prey. It’s not enough to simply “go to church hall”. We need to be the community of believers, actively participating in loving, serving, praying, counseling, encouraging, admonishing, eating, rejoicing, weeping, and forgiving as the family of God.

Far too many believers are isolated, and seriously vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. Are you one of them? Do you know someone who is in this dangerous condition? David’s army was successful and safe because they were together in mind heart and purpose. Wildebeest, as well, survive when they stick together. Find your spiritual community and be faithful to it. It should not be a formality, but a family reality with a warfare mentality.

Simply Walk With Him!

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Revelation 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Sometimes, the more significant, powerful, or influential someone is, the less you know about him or her. There are some people of influence whose names most of us have never heard, and about whom we know almost nothing, yet they make decisions which affect millions of lives.

Enoch is a Biblical character about whom we know hardly anything about besides his age and genealogy; but we do know this — that Enoch walked with God — and then God took him. What an example! Is there anything greater that can be said about someone than, “He walked with God”?

Enoch’s life was eternally distinguished by this one characteristic: his personal relationship with the Lord. He somehow maintained a degree of divine fellowship that was so pleasing to God that He just transformed the man’s earthly body and took him to glory without ever experiencing death, and this was long before the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh.

But this ought to be the simple secret of the life of every believer: walk with Him, because the mystery that was hidden from mankind is now revealed to us through His Son – “Christ in you – the HOPE OF GLORY”; so that now, every truly born again soul can walk with the living God through His constantly indwelling presence. Do we realize the amazing opportunity we’ve been given?

The simplicity of this truth cannot be overstated. The Lord Himself told Martha, “One thing is necessary”… intimacy with Him; a conscious choice to walk with God, to think about Him, to look at Him, to talk with Him, rest in Him, obey Him, care about him, serve Him, and love Him in a million ways. We are all guaranteed the resurrection that Enoch experienced because Jesus walked with God and totally pleased Him. And we have the choice to follow His example of intimacy…just as our brother Enoch did.

Walk In The Power Of The Resurrection!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

Philippians 3:9
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but one that comes through the faithfulness of the Messiah, the righteousness that comes from God and that depends on faith. 10 I want to know the Messiah—what his resurrection power is like and what it means to share in his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 though I hope to experience the resurrection from the dead.

Some say the resurrection of Jesus is simply a myth based on pagan stories of “resurrected gods” from around the world, and that the authors of the New Testament borrowed from these myths and incorporated them into the Bible. But the similarity of two stories proves nothing about their origin or truth content. The Jews of Jesus time were steeped in Old Testament monotheism which had a well developed tradition of resurrection believed and taught by the Pharisees. Polytheistic pagan ideas would have been abhorrent to men who understood and practiced the Judaism of the apostles and New Testament writers.

But the strongest evidence for the historical truth of Jesus bodily resurrection comes from the testimony and lives of its eyewitnesses. Eleven of the twelve apostles suffered violent deaths for simply refusing to renounce their conviction and stop preaching the message that Jesus was alive, that he was the Son of God and savior of the world. People don’t generally give their lives for something which they know to be untrue. But they had seen him, and touched him, and eaten with him after his crucifixion; and they were filled with wonder. And because the apostles lived in the power of the resurrection their message went out to the whole world, not as a pagan myth, but as a deep revelation of life-changing truth and hope, for which they were willing to suffer and even give their lives.

King Solomon wrote:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He made everything appropriate in its time. He also placed eternity within them—yet, no person can fully comprehend what God is doing from beginning to end.

The resurrection stories of ancient pagan civilizations point to this deep desire in the hearts of men…to be resurrected and to live forever. Is it such a strange thing to hope that there is a life after death?

We know that the resurrection of Jesus is true because it has been revealed to us by God Himself,

John 1:18 No one has ever seen God. The uniquely existing God, who is close to the Father’s side, has revealed him.

Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn over all creation.

and because of what it has accomplished in our own lives. Our faith is a conviction centered in this one, historical fact, and evidenced by the undeniable effect it has upon us. Resurrection of the dead is not a myth or a fable; and resurrection power from God’s Holy Spirit is the very source of our new life. Live in the real power of the resurrection. It will transform everything you are and everything you do…especially knowing that you too, will soon obtain the resurrection from the dead, a glorified body just like the Lord’s!

Are You Wrestling with God?

Genesis 32:24 And so Jacob was left alone, and he struggled with a man until daybreak. 25 When the man realized that he hadn’t yet won the struggle, he injured the socket of Jacob’s thigh, dislocating it as he wrestled with him, 26 and said, “Let me go, because the dawn has come.”

“I won’t let you go,” Jacob replied, “unless you bless me.”

27 Then the man asked him, “What’s your name?”

“Jacob,” he responded

28 “Your name won’t be Jacob anymore,” the man replied, “but Israel, because you exerted yourself against both God and men, and you’ve emerged victorious.”

29 “Please,” Jacob inquired, “Tell me your name.”

But he asked, “Why are you asking about my name?” And he blessed Jacob there.

30 Jacob would later call that place Peniel, because “I saw God face to face, but my life was spared.”

Jacob’s unexpected grappling match with a mysterious man symbolizes his own spiritual needs, and foreshadows the basic outlines of the gospel. Jacob’s past is rife with lies and deceptions
Genesis 25:29–34 Genesis 27:35 Isaac replied, “Your brother came here deceitfully and stole your blessing.”

He doggedly wrestles with this stranger until dawn, when his opponent lands a crippling blow to his hip.
Even then, Jacob will not submit, demanding a blessing. In response, the man demands to know Jacob’s name. Possibly realizing that this combatant is God, in some form, Jacob finally admits who he truly is.

In the most extreme moment of his life, when his entire household was threatened with annihilation, the Patriarch Jacob wrestled with a Man through an entire sleepless night. Somehow, after this astounding encounter, Jacob came to the realization that he had been wrestling with God, and face to face! Once again, the Lord God of heaven showed Himself as a human being to a man He loved; this time, for the purpose of rescuing, blessing, and preserving the man’s destiny.

Jacob was relentless during this struggle and his perseverance changed him profoundly, forever, in several ways: he was wounded and walked with a limp for the rest of his life, a sign of human weakness

and dependance on the Lord;

he was given a new name (“Israel”) and with it a new identity, as a prince with God, and one whose struggle with the Almighty saved his life, his family, and his God given inheritance and posterity; and finally, Jacob received the long-awaited relief and closure with the brother whom he had deceived and enraged so many years before.

So this wrestling match with God was a massive turning point in Jacob’s life, and though it must have taken every ounce of human effort he could muster, the victory he won affected every human being in history, since, of course, the Man that Jacob wrestled with was almost certainly the same Man who became his most important descendant, the Savior of the world, Jesus, the Messiah;

How often difficulties and crises are used by the Lord to bring us closer and to develop intimacy with Him. It is sometimes the Lord’s will to draw us to Himself through extreme and even terrible circumstances or threats. The inner transformation that can take place when we pass through these intense battles, cannot perhaps, be accomplished any other way. But consider the fruit and the blessing which can result from these mighty wrestling’s. And consider how being that close to God Himself may change you forever. So, you who are gutting out that anguishing trial–
Don’t let go until you receive the blessing, the change, the victory. I believe the Lord also wants to say to you— that you have struggled with God and with men — and have prevailed!

Rest In His Sacrifice!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

One of the sacrifices mentioned in the Old Testament is mentioned as a Peace sacrifice or sometimes translated as the Thanksgiving sacrifice. It is known as the ‘shalem’ sacrifice. The root behind this word is the word ‘shalom’ whereby we get the word, peace.

This sacrifice foreshadows the perfect peace and restoration that a believer has with God through a perfect sacrifice of peace, the Lord Jesus, who offered himself 2000 years ago.
The word “shalom”, which means peace, completeness, prosperity, safety, contentment, health, blessing, and rest.

Since we are complete in Him and have peace with God, we need not entertain spirits of discontent, desperation, unhappiness, self-ambition, regret, but can rest in His ‘peace sacrifice’.

Nonetheless, Jesus, who dwells within us, is our PEACE… He is our Prince of Peace!

It’s truly a matter of focus. And though it may take some internal discipline these days, the reality of our identity, our completeness in Jesus, is a totally valid and real foundation for resting in His peace, a peace, in the midst of real threats and serious turmoil, that passes all understanding!

Trust The Good
Shepherd!

John 10:11 “I’m the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired worker, who isn’t the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them and scatters them,
13 because he’s a hired worker, and the sheep don’t matter to him.

14 I’m the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.

Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. He described his followers as sheep. Why?

Wolves hunt in packs. Their aggression, power, and cunning, are no match for the sheep they hunt to devour. When wolves gather to form packs they are incredibly vicious and effective predators.

Sheep graze in the fields, completely defenseless except for their shepherd whom they must trust completely for protection, not wandering far from the shepherd, but abiding close to Him.

The “cancel culture” is now in full overdrive. Those who wish to destroy our witness are on the hunt, and we’re increasingly surrounded by hungry wolves who would overwhelm and silence us.

Don’t be afraid.
The Lord is our Shepherd and He is not a “hireling” but an utterly faithful caretaker for His sheep. We know because He has already laid down His life for us.
Packs of wolves on the hunt will not frighten Him, but will be frightened by Him. His rod and His staff will comfort us as we abide close to our Good Shepherd. He will even prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies!

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me,
even in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Have An Undivided Heart!

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. 24 You know that it is from the Lord that you will receive the inheritance as a reward. It is the Lord Messiah whom you are serving! 25 For the person who does what is wrong will be paid back for what he has done without favoritism.

50,000 soldiers from the tribe of Zebulun served in David’s army with UNDIVIDED (some translations: “not double-hearted”) hearts. Can you imagine a skilled army with this level of loyalty and devotion?

An undivided heart is one of the most powerful things on earth. Singleness of purpose will flow from the life of a person whose heart is undivided. Couples whose hearts are devoted to the Lord this way will preserve their marriages, no matter how difficult their issues and problems become. Intercessors whose hearts are filled with a single purpose will ultimately demolish terrible strongholds. Missionaries with vision and absolute loyalty, will be able to take entire nations for Christ. One woman will pour out ointment worth a year’s salary on her savior’s head. An undivided heart is one of the most powerful things on earth.

Jesus inspires and empowers undivided hearts. If you really know him well, you will be very much like the men of Zebulun were in their loyalty toward David.

Check your heart.
Is it inspired by the beauty, heroism, and love of the Messiah?

If not, you just don’t know him well enough yet!

Unify Around Our King!

1 Chronicles 12:38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king.

The mighty men that followed David were of one mind and heart to make him King. Their recognition of David’s anointing may have been the most significant quality of these Mighty Men.

What was it in David that drew out this deep loyalty? It was God’s Holy Spirit which David received when Samuel anointed him king.

God’s Spirit Comes on David and Departs from Saul

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came on David from that day forward. Then Samuel got up and went to Ramah.

David was a “mashiach”, literally means “anointed”; “Yeshua ha Mashiach” translated literally into English is, “Jesus the Anointed”. David received the Holy Spirit from the moment of his anointing by Samuel as future king of Israel. As the anointed Son of David, and Son of God, Jesus is our eternal king.

The anointing on David’s life, and the unity of his mighty men and their devotion to make him king, inspired all of Israel. The entire nation was inspired to crown him their king. What a picture of spiritual unity for us as lovers of our King and Messiah! If we love our King the way they loved David, we will also be drawn into great unity of heart and mind, as they were.

Now, as the storms gather, as our enemies plot our destruction, we must realize and recognize our oneness in Jesus. Whatever disagreements we may nurture, they must pale in comparison to the love and loyalty we share toward our beloved King. Just as Israel loved and was utterly devoted to David, so, even more, can we be drawn together by the magnificent anointing of our Messiah, King of the Universe.

If The Most Important Thing Is Jesus Then Nothing Else Matters

John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.

The apostle Paul said essentially the same thing when he wrote,
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ
The righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Paul was saying that everything is nothing without Jesus. So much of what we pursue — what I have pursued — really counts for nothing. Economic meltdowns, which happen, are reminders that the only thing to spend time on that lasts, that are sure, are investments in Jesus and his kingdom. So we are called to turn our hearts to Jesus, to be shaped by his words, guided by his Spirit and conformed to his character. Jesus’ words are lasting, eternal, and life-giving.
There is something lasting and eternal and life-giving in his words — the Holy Spirit. That is why one of the ongoing works of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, is to bring to our minds the words of Jesus
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

So read the Bible — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But more than reading the words, ask the Holy Spirit to be alive as you read and are shaped and given life through the words of the Savior!

Assurance Of Salvation

You Can Be Sure
How would you respond if I asked you right now, “Are you saved?”

You ought to be able to say, “Praise God! Glory to God! I know that I’m saved!”

Yet many Christians don’t know they’re saved. They go around with their shoulders all bent over—drooping, wondering, and worrying. They remind me of question marks with their heads bent over, rather than exclamation points standing straight and tall and saying, “I know whom I have believed!”

Rather than being shouting Christians, they’re doubting Christians. Rather than having a “know-so”salvation, they have a “hope-so” salvation.

Somebody once said, if you could have it and not know it, you could lose it and not miss it. But the truth is, if you have salvation, you know it; and if you have it and know it, you can never lose it.

“Oh, no one can know that they are saved,” he said.

But the Apostle John wrote an entire chapter to assure God’s people that they are indeed God’s people. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13).

The word know means absolute assurance. According to verse 13, it is possible to be saved and know it. But the very fact that John wrote this verse shows that it is also possible to be saved and doubt it.

Is doubt good? No. Doubt is to your spirit what pain is to your body. Pain is a warning, a signal that something is wrong. It does not mean you are dead. It just means that something is wrong.

If you have doubts and you are truly a born again child of God, you are suffering from some spiritual sickness. All Christians doubt from time to time.

He said, “I doubt you’re saved.”

But while we may all be bothered by an occasional doubt, it is a problem that must and can be overcome. John said he wrote chapter five to us as God’s children so that we may know that we have been saved. The words know, knoweth, or known appear 38 times in this epistle on assurance.

The next logical question, then, is “How can I know?” I know, not because of any confidence that I have in myself, but by two infallible proofs.
The Root of Our Belief

What is it we believe? Are Christians just gullible? Do we believe in fairy tales, or is there a basis for our belief? Why do we believe what we believe?

Faith is the root of our belief. But faith is not walking on eggshells and Jelly. It is evidence and substance

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists.

It has some spiritual steel and concrete in it. It is real, and God has given us some authentic, bonafide witnesses, a testimony that we might know we are saved
Pray for the Answer, Surround yourself with your answer, your prayer.
John says these witnesses are the eternal work of the Savior, the internal witness of the Spirit, and the external Word of Scripture.

1 John 5:6 says, “This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.” When the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, a soldier put a spear in His side, “and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34). This is the eternal work of the Savior, that we are saved by blood and sanctified by water.

The tabernacle is an Old Testament picture of Christ. When you entered, you came first to the brazen altar upon which the bloody sacrifice was made. Next was a laver, or great basin, in which the priests would wash. First the blood, then the water. The blood of Jesus Christ pays the price for our sins, and the sanctifying water keeps us clean.

I know I am saved because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to purchase my salvation. That is a historical fact. That is the saving work of Christ.

I also know I am saved because of the internal witness of the Spirit:

It is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 

How do I know there was a man named Jesus Christ? How do I know He was the sinless Son of God? How do I know that God sent Him? How do I know that He actually died on that torture stake and took my sin?

Thank God I don’t have to depend on somebody’s argument. The Holy Spirit of God is here to make that real in my heart. You see, God gave us the work of Christ. But to make the work of Christ—the water and the blood—real to us, He gave us the Spirit.

“If we receive the witness of men,” John says in 1 John 5:9, “the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son.” The word if may also be translated since. Since we believe the witness of men. All of us believe the witness of men.

We can’t do much about it. We accept the witness of men.

We receive the witness of men.

When your doctor writes you a prescription, you look at it, and although you can’t read it, pronounce it, or understand it, you give it to a pharmacist who puts pills in a bottle. Then, without a second thought, you take them home and swallow them. Why? We receive the witness of men.

In the same way, through faith we receive the witness of God through the Spirit that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead for our sanctification. There is, therefore, no excuse for not believing. The Bible promises that the Holy Spirit will help anyone to believe who wants to believe. First the Spirit witnesses to us; then He witnesses in us.

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself” (1 John 5:10). Before I got saved, He witnessed to me. He told me what Christ did is true. Now He witnesses in me. I have the witness in myself.

Suppose I am enjoying myself by eating a meat pie, and you come to me and say, “There is no such thing as meat pie. I don’t believe in meat pie. And if there is meat pie, it is no good.”

Despite your arguments, I have the witness within me. I have the witness on the inside. A Christian with a testimony is never at the mercy of an unbeliever with an argument, because he has the witness in himself.

Finally, the external Word of Scripture assures me that I am saved:

He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (1 John 5:10-13). 

Here is the basis of our belief. Here is the reason for our certainty. We are not just gullible fools. Jesus Christ died. He came by water and blood. The Holy Spirit of God says yes, that is true. It is all attested by the Word of God.

To doubt the Bible is to call God a liar. Some say, “Well, I’m trying to believe.” But they have called God a liar, plain and simple. Either this is His Word—His inerrant, infallible Word—or it is not. And the work of Christ, the witness of the Spirit, and the Word of God all say it is. It is fact, a matter of record.

My salvation does not hinge on my emotions. I have an official record. I have the Word of God: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
Do you
want to receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
I want to give you your spiritual birth certificate.” And turn to John 5:24 and read, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Read it through again. “Verily, verily, I say unto you,”

“It’s Jesus who is speaking. Do you believe this?”

“Yes,” ?
“‘He that heareth My word. . . .’ Have you heard His Word?”
“Yes.” ?
“‘. . . and believeth on Him that sent Me. . . .’
Have you believed on the God that sent the Lord Jesus?”
“Yes.” ?
“‘. . . hath everlasting life. . . .’ Do you have everlasting life?”

“Well, I hope so,”

“Let’s read it again.”
“‘. . . and believeth on Him that sent Me. . . .’
Have you believed on the God that sent the Lord Jesus?”
“Yes.” ?
“‘. . . hath everlasting life. . . .’ Do you have everlasting life?”
Did the light just go on inside your head
“Why, yes! Yes!” “Who says so?”
“God says so!
God says so!”

That is the basis of your belief. That’s the source of your certainty. Isn’t it better to have God’s Word than your friends or your neighbor’s or your opinions, emotions, wishes, or whims?

The Fruit of Our Behavior

In addition to the root of our belief, we need only look at the fruit of our behavior to know whether or not we are truly saved. What has Jesus done in me? Is this all just some intellectual exercise, or has there been a change?
The Apostle John is very practical here. He shows us how our salvation ought to show up in our behavior, and he gives three tests.

The Commandment Test

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

If you say you are saved, it is absolutely going to show up in your life. You are going to be keeping the commandments of God. You do not keep the commandments of God in order to be saved; you keep the commandments of God because you are saved.

This presents a serious problem, because not one of us has always kept all of God’s commandments. I haven’t since I’ve been saved, and you haven’t since you’ve been saved. Yet the Bible says that we know we are in Him in that we keep His commandments.

To keep God’s commandments, then, means to use the Word of God as the Guide for our lives. It is the desire of every child of God to live by His Word. While we may be blown off course, distracted, or confused, the goal of our lives is to keep the commandments of God.

Ever since I gave my heart to Jesus, there has been a deep, divine, radical change; and there is in me a burning desire to live for God. And there should be in you, too, if you are saved.

This is not to say that I don’t sin anymore. The difference is that before I got saved I was running to sin; now I am running from it. And if I fail, I turn right around and start running away again. 7 times if I have to.

The commandment test says:
If you can willfully and knowingly sin against the will of God with no conviction, no compunction, and no remorse, When Men no longer repent of their perversions it becomes iniquity.

You need to get saved.

The Companion Test

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren”(1 John 3:14). When I am saved, I want to be right with my Father, and I want to be right with my brother.

But there are some who would say, “Well, I’m saved, but I have no use for the church.” But the Bible says if we love Jesus, we are going to love what Jesus loves; and Jesus loves the church.

The word saint (singular) appears in the Bible only five times. The plural appears nearly 100 times. Now, going to church will not make you a Christian any more than going to the garage will make you a vehicle. But when you realize that you have been bought by the blood of Christ, when the Spirit of God comes into you, you receive a new nature, and you are going to keep His commandments and love the brethren.

The Commitment Test

The greatest and strongest test is the commitment test. All of the others grow out of it.
1 John 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has this witness in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

In the Bible, the words believe and commit are the same word. Concerning Jesus, it says,
John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.
They said they believed in Him, but He did not believe in them. He knew that they were just miracle-mongers. He knew that they were not true believers.

Biblical faith is not just an intellectual exercise. You do not believe about Jesus, you believe in Jesus. You commit yourself to Jesus.

And he who commits himself to the Son of God lives forever with Him. He who commits himself to the Son of God is the one who is saved. Have you done this?

Notice it doesn’t say, he who has believed; it says He who believes. It is always present tense.

Believing on Jesus Christ.” The Bible never points back to some time when you believed on Jesus Christ.

People may say, “If you cannot show me the place and the moment when you received Jesus Christ, you are not saved.”
The Bible never says you know when or if you are saved by something you remember in the past. It says, “He that believes.”

I am not saying there is not a time when you received Christ. There was a day. Absolutely. But that is not the test. The test is, do you believe in Jesus Christ now? Are you trusting in Him today? Is there evidence in your life today that you are the offspring of the living God? That is the proof of your salvation.


My friend, have you given your life to the Lord? Do you have the assurance that if you were to die right now, you would be resurrected.
Please let me tell you how you can be saved.

Admit Your Sin

First, you must understand that you are a sinner. The Bible says, Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Abandon Self-Effort

Second, you must understand that you cannot save yourself by your efforts. The Bible is very clear that it’s Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Again,
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Acknowledge Christ’s Sacrifice

Third, you must believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins.
The Bible says,
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

That means He died in your place. Your sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ, which
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Accept Him as Savior

Fourth, you must put your faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for your salvation. The blood of Christ does you no good until you receive Him by faith. The Bible says, Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Speaking of Jesus, the Apostle Peter said in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Jesus Himself said,
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
It couldn’t be any clearer than that.

Are you willing to offer the following prayer to God today?

“Oh, God, I’m a sinner, I’m lost, and I need to be saved. I know I can’t save myself, so right now, once and for all, I trust You to save me. Come into my heart, forgive my sin, and make me Your child. I give You my life. I will live for You as You give me strength.”
Surround yourself with your prayer.

If you will make this your heartfelt prayer, God will hear and save you! Jesus has promised that He will not turn away anyone who comes to Him in faith
John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

He will make you a child of God, if you will turn to Him John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Do You put anything above God?

The Ten Commandments say that you should not put anything above God. Putting a sin above God is putting God out of your life and holding on to your sin. As long as you do this, God will not forgive you. You have to come back down to earth and repent of your sin and ask Jesus to help you overcome it. Then ask for forgiveness that you put it above God.

God had rather all should live and Jesus died for the whole world so that their sins could be forgiven because of his sacrifice. … Once forgiven, … they are forgotten. The Bible teaches us not to judge other people, but in this case, would it be better to judge a person or let them end up in eternal death because you refused to tell them what the Bible teaches?

His Way Is The Whirlwind

Zephaniah 1:2 “I’ll utterly sweep away everything from the land,”
declares the Lord.
3 “I’ll consume both human beings and animals—
I’ll consume the birds of the sky,
the fish in the sea,
and the wicked along with their sin,
when I eliminate human beings from the land,”

declares the Lord.

luke 21:7 Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things happen, and what is to be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

You got to listen out people. It’s a question of the sign of the end times.
and when Jesus did reply, he did not say ‘there is no signs’ jesus did not say ‘you got to go look for the signs in the end times’
Luke Chapter 21
is warnings and prophecies of things that are to come, indicating and highlighting and signaling the signs of the end times.

Luke 21:25 The Coming of the Son of Man

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;

the sea and the waves roaring;
-(What are we seeing today?, the sea and the waves roaring)-

26 People will faint from fear and apprehension because of what’s to be coming to the inhabited world,

because the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 Then people will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.

28 “Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is approaching.”

Jesus said Learn the Lesson from the Fig Tree

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 As soon as they produce leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already approaching. 31 In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you will know that the kingdom of God is near.

God is in control of the weather.

Job 12:15 When he withholds water, rivers dry up;
when he lets them loose, they’ll flood the land.
Matthew 5:45 so that you will become children of your Father in heaven, because he makes his sun rise on both evil and good people, and he lets rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

So We know that God is in total control of the weather. He uses the weather to bring about blessings and he uses them to give us Warnings.
With all the flooding and shakings, roaring of the seas happening now We see he is bringing us warnings and judgements . God is in control, he created the earth.
Because God is a very loving God and a very patient God and a kind God he doesn’t do this in an instant . He really withholds his warnings and his judgements for such a long time, the bible is clear about his warnings he won’t act immediately

Jesus said he will return when it was like the days of Noah and of Lot.
When Men no longer repent of their perversions it becomes iniquity.


May a TRUE Christ-centered move of God penetrate this growing darkness!