Sunday, August 21, 2016

Are We Now God's Sons Or Sin's Slaves Still?

Can A Believer Be Still A Slave Of Sin After His Salvation?

Question : Can a believer be still a slave of sin after his or her salvation? Why I am asking you this question is, a Bible teacher and a very good preacher of the Word of God referred to this passage from John 8:34, "...Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin" and pointed out that in this verse Jesus was in context speaking to believing Jews, and therefore it is better for a believer to acknowledge to God that we are slave to sin when we are involved in sinful habits that enslaves us. When we are honest in admitting to God that we are slaves to sin, then God delivers us from sinful bondage's he said. Is this reasoning right or wrong? Who was Jesus speaking to actually, to believers or unbelievers?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus name! See to find the context in a passage especially in New Testament, we should check with the immediate context of the preceding and succeeding verses, and then still if we are not clear with the audience to which Jesus was speaking to, immediately we should refer to the bigger context of the size of the crowd in the verses beyond the immediate one and deduct the percentage of changes that happened among the crowd to know how many are still in the old crowd after the changes.

Here it is, "28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”" (John 8:28-38, NKJV).

In the above verses Jesus was first speaking to the religious Jews generally and was telling to them that only they will come to understand that He is their Messiah when they lift Him on up on the Cross to die for their sins. Then he said to them that He does nothing without God the Father, whatever He had taught Jesus, those are the only things that He is speaking about, nothing more or nothing less than that. Then Jesus said that God the Father is with Him and that He has not left Him alone because He always does things pleasing to Him. At this point of time from the general group of religious Jews, hearing the Word of Jesus some believed Him and were saved. Then immediately to the brand new born again believers He said, "31...If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." In other words, all the new believers Jesus wanted them to grow and become mature disciple of Him in their thoughts and actions. Jesus promises to them that if they continue to abide in His word, they will be His disciple. And Jesus continued saying that if they come to know the truth that all their sins were forgiven and get the assurance of it by continuing to be a disciple of His (1 John 3:24; 4:13; John 14:21), then the truth of the forgiveness of all the past, present and future sins from God will free their lives of all condemnation of the enemy Satan and his demonic cohorts forever (Rom 8:1).

Remember, Jesus was still speaking the truth before the religious hard nut unsaved Jews among whom some were supernaturally saved by the Father at that time, so immediately the religious Jews who were still unsaved shot back to Jesus saying, "We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” These religious Jews who were unsaved were already politically enslaved by Romans, religiously enslaved by pride and spiritually enslaved by sin nature acting within them. To these Jews, "...34 Jesus replied to them saying, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." In other words to the prideful religious unsaved Jews, Jesus was saying, "All humans are slaves to sin by the sin nature that acts within them to make them commit sin (Eccl 7:20; Jer 17:9; Rom 7:20, 24; 1 John 1:8), a slave of sin who is a unbeliever does not continue to live in this physical body [i.e. house or temple of God (John 2:19)] after his death because sin's wages is death [i.e. separation from God and his goodness of living in the physical body] (Rom 6:23). But a believer who is God's son will live in their body after their physical death because I will come again with them from heaven to raise them up in the resurrection of life (Gal 3:26; John 5:29), after which they will live forever with God enjoying His goodness in their meta physical supernatural body for eternity ahead. Only when I set you free from the slavery of sin by forgiving you of your sins, only then you will become spiritually free from the slavery of sin by becoming a son of God."

Hearing what Jesus said to the unbelievers, they did not understand the spiritual truth of his message, and so again He bluntly gives them plain understanding by saying further to them, "37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”"". In other words Jesus tells the unbelieving Jews, 'I know that you are Abraham's physical descendant, but that doesn't make you a child of God, but hearing my word and receiving it by faith only makes you a child of God. You are trying to kill me because you are a unbeliever still, I speak what God My Father reveals to me in my mind, you do what your father Satan tries to show you to do in your mind.'

The unbelievers are pawn in the hands of Satan and his demons, so Jesus' message of a slave of sin is not to the believers but rather was a message to the unbeliever as the context has been expounded clearly in the above paragraphs.

After believing Jesus through faith, we are no more a slave of sin but a son of God and a daughter of God (Gal 3:26). According to God, sin shall not have any more dominion over you unless you give it power over you by giving in to the temptation to sin (Rom 6:14; Jam 1:13-15).

When you have sinned, sin's power over you can once again get broken, when you confess your sins again to God through faith in the blood of Jesus and the word of God that promises cleansing from all sins (1 John 1:7, 9; Heb 4:14-16; Rev 12:11). In other words, when we acknowledge to God that we have sinned when we sin, the light of God breaks away any sin that tries to bind us in its chain of darkness, and the blood of Jesus immediately starts to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. This is the true deliverance that we need in our lives again and again as a believer, and nothing more than this. Though sometimes some besetting sins might seem to shake our faith whether we are slave of sin or the son of God, our faith should safely rest on the faithfulness of God in Jesus name, and not on any methods or means that God uses sometimes to deliver a believer from sinful addictions or habits. We cannot become any more than what we are already in Christ Jesus. That is our highest position before God now and forever! We as a saint might sin, but that cannot make us a sinner because we have the option to confess our sin again to God and become cleansed by the blood of Jesus and be washed by the word of truth. We are not sinners who try to become saints, we are saints who sin sometimes but stay as saints because we are in Christ Jesus and His blood washes away all our sins! Hallelujah!  

The reasoning by the preacher was wrong, because the context taken was focused on one word John 8:34, then it was wrongly related with the preceding verses John 8:30-31 and the surrounding first audience of Jesus who were still unbelievers around Him were neglected totally. To make it simple, we can say a group of unbelievers were there. When they hear the words of Jesus, some believed Him and got saved. Then Jesus speaks to those some believers to continue as His disciple and be free from the power of sin, immediately the prideful majority of Jewish unbelievers surrounding them were sarcastic in their reply, then Jesus speaks to those unbelieving Jews, of which John 8:34 is a answer to them. Just because some of the Jews were saved doesn't mean that we should assume wrongly from that point on, all have become believers and that Jesus is speaking to the believers from that point onward.

Because we are God's sons now, a believer can no more be a slave of sin after his salvation. Only those who have sin can get condemned (Rom 6:23), because all the sins of believers have been taken up by Jesus through His baptism that He received from John the Baptist, and all the just demand of God for freeing all sinners have been paid in full by Jesus' sinless life lived on earth and the death on the Cross (Matt 3:15; John 19:30), now there is no more any condemnation for the sin of all believers (Rom 8:1). When Christ rose from the dead, it was a message from God to all humanity that they who will believe Christ have been forgiven of all their past, present and future sins, and according to God the Father, before His eyes all these believers will no more be in their sins anymore as God has imputed Jesus' perfect righteousness in their spiritual account in heaven from the moment they have become God's adopted child in His family forevermore (1 Cor 15:14, 16-17; 2 Cor 5:17-18, 21). Hallelujah!!! Glory be to God!!!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What The Bible Says Only Matters!

Is God Happy When We Find A New Spouse Leaving The Old?

Question : Some people cannot stay married, but to find another spouse, you truly have to love. It is a wonderful blessing to do that. It is not adultery to get married again, and God would want us to be happy with another partner. It is so so wrong to let people think it is totally unacceptable. Any church should never use that against someone, and if one finds a new wonderful spouse they should be accepted without anyone saying otherwise. Any church that feels that way should be ashamed.

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus name!

Yes I understand the dilemma you are going through in life.

We cannot set the rules to run in our spiritual life and if we do we will be disqualified from it. Relative moralist doesn't have any moral at all because he or she doesn't have a starting point or a ending point to clearly define what is good and what is bad. For a relative moralist, everything is acceptable and right as long as he feels happy about it. When he does not feel happy about it any longer, it become bad immediately. A relative moralist is amoralist actually.  

The sovereign Creator God is the only only who has the authority to give laws to humans as the One who rules over them. God sets the law what to do and what not to do. Jumping adulterously from one marriage to the other is not a blessing but a curse of evil that has plagued that person who does that.

Sin is a disgrace to any person or nation (Prov 14:34), because sin condemns and separates a person from the Holy God who is the source of all blessings. Sin is a spiritual disease that brings death at the end as the wages for it. God cannot be ever happy seeing you with such a spiritual disease that is going to make you die. Instead, as a good doctor and a father would make the patient to take medicine for cure and care for their health from further deterioration, God wants us to stay away from the ill effects of sin by telling us to take the medicine of repentance, which will not only bring the cure for sin but also a changed life that will glorify God and make Him happy.

Adultery is totally unacceptable, not only in the Church but also in most of the society worldwide, and also in all the many religions of the world. Why? Because God says it so in the Bible and also in the conscience of all humans (Rom 2:14-16). "What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting [or adultery] really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet, [you shall not commit adultery...]." (Rom 7:7). God gives law and commandments for our own good so that we may live a life of faith that pleases God and also keep ourselves under His blessings. God's laws are never restrictive, but rather protective. As a Father takes care of his children, so does the Lord God takes care of His children (Psa 103:13-14).

God expects us to obey Him as His dear children and in the Bible Jesus said, "And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery--unless his wife has been unfaithful." (Matt 19:9, English Standard Version).

Also Jesus continued saying regarding divorce in the same book of Matthew, "But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery." (Matt 5:32, NIV).

Also apostle Paul expounded God's will be saying, "10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If a brother has an unbelieving wife and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has an unbelieving husband and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him." (1 Cor 7:10-13).

To a real spiritual woman, God matters most and his command is regarded as the highest respected in her life. Because of the Love for God in her or his heart, they will keep His commandments (John 14:15, 16-18).

God is pleased and happy only when we keep His commandments in love towards Him. To help us do that, God gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ for our sins to be forgiven, so that we could get the Holy Ghost fire power and strength to please Him through His strength and guidance.

When the Bible says something as adultery, it is and if you dispute what God has said, then you are fighting against God in rebellion.

God does not want His children to live in adulterous relationship, and he cannot be happy for His children to continue to live in sin and rebellion against Him. The Church cannot tolerate adultery because every pastor who is working under the direction of God will speak the truth as Jesus instructs and guides him.

The true Church of Jesus Christ that exists on earth will warn every one of Jesus' disciples to stay away from adulterous relationship and sinful fornication that God forbids. If the Church which is the pillar of truth doesn't stand for truth, who will (1 Tim 3:15)?

The Church will never be ashamed to tell the truth and stand for it, but those sinful adulterers who cannot tolerate the truth should feel ashamed for themselves because of their sinful lifestyle against God. Jesus has given the Church leaders the authority to confront sin when it is seen within the Church, so that a little sin should not lead the whole Church in to immorality by association (1 Cor 5:1-5, 7-8, 9-13; 15:33-34). It is a three step process where the sinful person is confronted of their sin, first privately one to one and if they do not hear to obey what the Bible says, then one before three or four brethren they are confronted with their sin and still if they are stubborn enough not to let go of their sinful lifestyle, then tell it openly before the Church as they do not continue to hear the Church authority and practice sin openly before the Church, they are finally excommunicated from the Church for their own good to repent. If they really repent and leave the sinful lifestyle to call sin as sin, then live for God in righteousness and holiness, then they are received back in love and truth (Matt 18:15-20; 2 Cor 7:9-12; 2:6-11; 10:6).

I hope and pray that God would give you conviction to make a turn around and become a true Bible believing follower of Jesus Christ who has bought you with His very life (Heb 10:29-30, 31, 35-36, 39; 6:4-6).

God says, "15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." (1 Cor 6:15-20).

God further says, "16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Cor 3:16-17).

God's judgment is for sure upon a adulterer and the Word of God minces no words regarding it but says, "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge." (Heb 13:4).

If we repent from our sinful ways, God will turn away from His judgment towards us in His mercy, and will instead bless us with His riches spiritually and in all other areas of our lives.

Repent and change your mind regarding sin of adultery as adultery, call the spade a spade. Ask God to give you the grace to overcome such sin and stay morally pure for the Glory of God and for your own spiritual well being. Sin thrills but always stings with the poison of death at the end of it all, adultery is no exception. Run away from immoral lifestyle, run, cannot stick two papers together with a gum and then remove it safely with out the one sticking to the other in damage, adultery and changing partners is the same in real life like those two papers stuck by glue. When adultery is done it damages the body of the person who is involved in it, and they will remain broken in a damaged condition the rest of their lives, unless God restores them when they really repent of it. Even though the wounds will be healed by God's mercy still the scars of the wound will remain the rest of their lives  

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Monday, June 27, 2016

How Can We Know Whether Someone Is Chosen Or Not?

If They Are Not Chosen And We Constantly Pray For Them Would They Be Saved?

Question : Actually I have a query. My family members (Mummy, Papa, Brother, Grandmother) and my Relatives are unbelievers. I daily pray for their salvation so that they may come close to the one True God and accept him openly. According to 1 Peter 2:9 the Bible says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." How can we know whether they are chosen or not. Me and my husband are frequently sharing the Gospel with them. And if they are not chosen and we constantly pray for them would they be saved?

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus name! First of all I thank God for your godly husband and his family that God has given you, and that through him have made you to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and become a child of God. I would like to tell you that the prayer of faith still moves God to enter in to impossible situations and make Him do what is impossible with humans (James 5:15).

Here is a scenario where the same question that you ask is being answered by the Lord Jesus to His disciples, when a religious young rich ruler who kept all the laws of God but was yet as dead and dry as a bone in his spiritual life without having that personal born again experience of a saving relationship with God, held on tightly to his earthly riches and possession which was his idol that replaced God, and he was sorrowful enough to not leave it all and trust God to hold on to Him in faith to get saved to become God's child, then the following conversation followed between Jesus and his disciples,"23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”" (Mark 10:23-26, 27).

What do we learn from the above? We cannot get saved from sin to get eternal life as long as we hold on to an idol [whether physical, spiritual, soulish, social or material things] in our heart instead of God who is the only one who is worthy of all our worship, adoration, service and submission. God says in His Word, "I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior." (Isa 43:11). The Old Testament reveals, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD." (Deut 6:4, KJV), then it continues saying, "You are great, O Lord God; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You" (2 Samuel 7:22). In other words, unless a person comes in to personal experience with this one God who is the creator of all universe, who created each and every one of us humans in His image, we cannot become saved and become "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9, Paraphrased). In short, people who choose this one Creator God through Jesus Christ by responding positively to the message of the Gospel by believing it to salvation which is the power of God to save their soul, which we actually share being concerned for their soul out of our love for God and them who hear it become chosen by God as God's children (Matt 20:16; Rom 1:16; John 1:12). When people choose God, it shows that God has already chosen them and have draw them towards Himself, that is why they actually get saved in the first place (John 6:44; 15:16). Jesus coming in to this world and dying for our sins was not an accident but rather it was foreordained before the foundation of the world by God (1 Peter 1:20), and that we have been chosen by God as believers in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, therefore we are also not accidents waiting to happen, but again rather have been predestined by God for adoptions as sons by Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will who has made us accepted in the Beloved by His mercies and grace through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (Eph 1:4-5, 6-7). In other words, when we choose God and get saved, we get called and chosen practically on earth what theoritically have been know by God. When we continue to serve God and worship Him as His dear child, we become faithful sons of God (Rev 17:14; Rom 8:14)  

God has told all believers to go in to all the world and preach the Gospel so that people who do not know God can get saved from sin unto eternal life of relationship with God (Mark 16:15-16). The Bible clearly reveals that all humans who are born in this earth are sinners who have fallen short of the expected righteousness of God's standard of glory, and they all need a Savior [i.e. Jesus the Christ] to get saved from sin to receive eternal life (Rom 3:23; Ezek 18:20). In fact, God desires all humans to get saved from sin and want all sinners to live for eternity in friendship with Himself (1 Tim 2:3-4, 5-6; Ezek 18:23). God wants none to go to hell fire because it was in its original purpose was not made for human but for the rebellious fallen angels who usurped God's authority to live on their own will and way (Matt 25:41; 6:10), but as humans later joined in their rebellion against God with the fallen angels and Satan as the ring leader in sinful living (1 John 3:6, 8; John 8:43-44, 45-46), these people were let by God to choose themselves to go to hell fire in their own will and way (Matt 25:46). By God respecting their free will to fulfill their desire will allow them to eternally go to the only place where God's goodness of His Presence will not be available to them anymore, but instead they will all be tormented by worms that will not die and fire that will never be quenched for their sins (1 Thess 1:10; 2:16; 2 Thess 1:8, 9-10; Rom 2:7; 5:9; Mark 9:43-44, 45-46, 47-48; Rev 20:11-12, 13-14, 15).

God is like a Movie Director who knows the story of the whole world and about each humans individually from the beginning to the end even before it ever began because it is His-story that becomes history (Isa 46:10-11), the very reason God reveals the future concerning what is to come through His Word the Bible which the prophets spoke in the past is to make people understand that there is no other God in the world beside Him to save them from sin and give them eternal life (Isa 48:5-6, 7-8; Isa 45:22, 25; 43:10-11). We should not out of curiosity try to judge people whether they are chosen by God or not, in fact we will never know until God one day will judge people (1 Cor 4:3-4, 5; 2 Cor 13:5-6), so we should instead wait in hope by faith through love serving them, praying for them and sharing with them the Gospel truth whenever possible and where ever possible as you both have been doing. Thus by doing the above, the right use of wealth will happen through the Gospel in helping the poor, making men happier and better, leading them to repentance and to God, will gain for us friends, perhaps the very persons whom we have helped might get saved and might welcome us in heaven if they die and go before us and will thank us for sharing the Gospel to them (1 Cor 7:14, 16; Acts 16:31, 34; 1 Peter 3:1-2), perhaps the angels of God who rejoice over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7, 10), above all Christ and the Father who have made their home in our hearts till then will then receive us into “everlasting habitations” when we will die at the end to go on to be with God in heaven (Luke 16:4, 9, 11, 13; John 14:23, 2-3). We can only serve God by using our time, treasure and talent in whatever possible way for the furtherance and proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that the true heavenly riches and treasure might be actually collected by us to rejoice in the Lord and leave this present earth with full of eternal riches when we all die one day to go on to be with our God whom we have loved with all our heart when we were present on this temporary earth for a period of time as pilgrims and strangers with a purpose to fulfill God's will for our lives, families and others whom we have made as friends for eternity ahead (Heb 11:9-10).

Because of God's foreknowledge of His omniscience, to Him the future of all people is known already as much as we humans know about the past in the present time. But God doesn't intervene in to the free will of man for any reason or influence him in any way to create a mileage for Himself, except for the righteous judgment over the wicked and a special blessing of His favor for the one who works righteousness (Psa 7:11, 12-16; Prov 10:6, 22; Gal 6:7). We want to tap in to that secret things that the Lord knows out of our curiosity to know whether what we do out of our love for God and others will become fruitful and profitable to us now and for eternity ahead or not. But we must understand that, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deut 29:29). In short, God wants us to work for Him in obedience to His Word out of our love for Him, it is not our duty to dig in to the secret things of the Lord to know whether what we have done in obedience to God will be worked out by God to become fruitful or not. God does not reward us as man rewards at our success in terms of being fruitful or not, but rather God rewards us all according to the motive we have done something being faithful to His call that was given to us (Matt 25:21, 23; Luke 16:12; 12:42-43, 46-47). So we as God's children must keep praying and sharing the Good News of the Gospel in obedience to our Lord Jesus' commission, and carry on faithfully in prayer afterwards for all to whom we have shared the Word of God (1 Tim 2:1-2; Luke 24:47-48, 49). When God desires all sinners to be saved, my question is, if there is no possibility of them being saved, why should God reveal his desire for all humans to be saved? Either God wants only the chosen to be saved or in truth can want all sinners to be saved if there is a possibility? Either God is telling us the truth or is lying, the Bible reveals that God cannot lie and so we must understand that there is a possibility for all sinners whom we meet in person to become saved if we faithfully in obedience to God share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continue to pray for their salvation in continual obedience to God's word (Titus 1:2; Num 23:19; 1 Tim 2:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7).

So when the disciples heard from Jesus, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God," they were very very astonished because they themselves were rich, they told Him, 'Who then can be saved?,' as they themselves come under the category of rich people of the upper middle class of their times. Jesus knew that these disciples even though they were rich but their hearts were sold out for Jesus and God's mission on earth to save all souls. So, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27). What do we learn from the answer of Jesus? We should faithfully share the Gospel with all unbelievers especially with our family members and relatives who are still not saved, and then faithfully pray to God expecting the impossible with humans [that is to save people] to become possible in partnership with God. We may never know, somehow God whom we love with all our heart, will work all the good and bad of the relationship we have with unbelieving strangers, friends and families through the sharing of the Gospel to become good at the end through them being saved by the power of God (Rom 8:28). Praise the Lord! What a wonderful God we have, cause God has promised to save those whom we pray for. I know that even when we fail in this regard, God is faithful to help us continue to do the work of saving souls, or else has other ways through which other people of His to touch the people whom He has chosen for His Glory by His foreknowledge (Rom 8:29-30; Acts 18:10).

From the life of George Mueller we can learn something in this regard to pray to God for our unsaved loved ones and friends without giving up our hope for them to get saved by God.

“One day George Mueller began praying for five of his friends. After many months, one of them came to the Lord. Ten years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved. Mueller persevered in prayer until his death for the fifth friend, and throughout those 52 years he never gave up hoping that he would accept Christ!

Mueller never stopped praying for his one unsaved friend. Mueller’s words concerning this man’s life have been recorded. “I have been praying for 63 years and 8 months for one man’s conversion. He is not saved yet, but he will be. How can it be otherwise? I am praying.” George Mueller was so convinced of the prayer answering God, he served. – But Mueller never saw him come to Christ. He died at 93 years of age.

At George Mueller’s funeral, his friend was in attendance, and as Mueller’s casket was being lowered into the grave, the man fell to his knees and cried out, “Oh God, be merciful to a sinner like me!” It was there in the dirt at the graveside, that George Mueller’s friend gave his heart to Christ! The prayers of the man George Mueller, were answered at last. Thus during Mueller’s funeral the last one was saved, and George Mueller's faith was rewarded. Some times we should be strong enough to pray and die in faith, even though we have not received the promises, but having seen the power of God's unchanging promises afar off should become assured of them, embrace and confess them to know our own temporary status on this earth as strangers and pilgrims on this earth, but live as those God's children who seek a homeland in the heavenly country and the city which God has prepared for those of us who love Him (Heb 11:13-14, 15-16; John 14:1-2, 3-4).

On persevering prayer George Mueller said: "I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

"Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father's library and read a gospel tract. He couldn't shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Later, his mother, who had been away, returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, she said, "I already know. Ten days ago, the very date on which you tell me you read that tract, I spent the entire afternoon in prayer for you until the Lord assured me that my wayward son had been brought into the fold." Our Daily Bread, July 19, 1989. [Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was a famous missionary in China. He was founder of the China Inland Mission which, at his death, included 205 mission stations with over 800 missionaries, and 125,000 Chinese Christians. He spent 51 years in China].

Have you been praying for a need, situation, loved one, seem to have no answer? The bible encourages us to pray, not lose heart.

Know one thing, “Men ought always to pray, and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1), because with men saving people from sin unto eternal life is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things including saving unsaved people from sin unto eternal life are possible." (Mark 10:27, Paraphrased).

So I encourage you both to continue to pray for all the unsaved loved one's of your family, relatives, friends and strangers (Heb 13:2), then keep sharing the Good News of the Gospel whenever you can. God will help you be a blessing and will continually make you a blessing to many more people to come in the coming days. Remember that the greatest blessing we can receive from God is to be a blessing to others around us. Be blessed and be a blessing!!!

Much Blessings....


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Giving Out A Pure Prophetic Word With Out Any Selfish Motive

Why Did God Speak To Me About Him?

Question : Greetings My name is Nyoshe. I am from Zimbabwe. Apostle please help me. In 2011 , God spoke to me about my friends name a Loud Clear Voice. He said "Ebenezer, A special anointing for miracles, signs and wonders."

I didn't think much of it but we started dating in September 2012. Now my question is why would God tell me this about him and His purpose for him. We broke up 2 months ago cause his mum said God showed her 2 coffins, meaning we will die if we get married.

Please advise me. Kind Regards.

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name! I believe that God would have shared something to you to share to this boy as he is your friend. It might have been a prophetic word that God wanted you to share with this boy. Other than that, there are chances that God might have showed this and given this information so that you might seek Him for more clarity. But directly to get involved in a relationship before God confirms a particular thing will always lead someone in to fleshly manifestation. So that might have happened because of the young age where easy infatuation is a high possibility to any spiritual person who is not on guard. Please look in to the Scripture to see what it says regarding these things, "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Tim 2:22, NKJV).

We should lead our lives in a way above all youthful reproach, and keep our hearts pure so that the Lord might be able to fulfill His will and bring the right marriage partner that He has chosen for each one of us. It is too risky for you to get in to relationship and then try to know for sure whether it is God or your own decision.

As for Ebenezer your friend, God has given a clear prophetic word to pass on through you to say, "Ebenezer, [You have] A special anointing for miracles, signs and wonders." God would have told you about this, to check whether you will faithfully deliver His Word as His maid servant. Again his Mum telling you that she sees two coffins might be a real warning that God might has given you, if you have indulged in your fleshly ways to be unfaithful to pass on the word from the Lord purely out of a good godly motive to bless him and stay away further from him instead of trying to use him for yourself.

I would better say, be God's true and faithful prophetic maid servant. Always give out a prophetic word without mingling it with selfish motives and thus get in to fleshly ways.

God loves you individually and I believe that His plans for your life is great and unimaginable to fully comprehend. Wait on the Lord for knowing about your future life partner, and then you will get someone hand picked for you by God who will help you fulfill God's purpose for your life, and will also be a great blessing to you and the ministry that God has for you ahead.

Sometimes we feel that God has let us down because He does not provide an immediate answer to a prayer. Often our attitude becomes, “Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails!” (Ps. 143:7). We should remember that God is more interested in building faith, patience, character which will stay with us for eternity rather than answering our prayer for our own temporal comfort which perishes over time (James 1:2-4). Wait on the Lord!

David wrote, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” (Ps. 27:14). And in another psalm he encourages us with these words, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He . . . set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (40:1-2).

As you wait for the Lord, I believe you will forget all the old hiccups and will become like David, a person after God's own heart by waiting on the Lord (Acts 13:22; see 1 Sam. 13:14). You have to settle down!

Habakkuk 2:2 says, “I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer” (NLT). This means stay put and be still until you hear from God what He has to say regarding every single thing that He has for you. Hurry is the biggest worry that brings death to prayer and lack of answer from God to be misled in to fleshly self pleasing life rather than be led in to a God pleasing life that glorifies God.

God always speaks to people who take the time to listen. Pray to God regarding these things consistently over a period of time. Then immerse yourself in the Word of God and let God speak to you through His still small voice within you through His Word.

I hope you got the point and believe that you will become a great blessing to your family and many in the coming days as you seek to please God through your life.

Much Blessings.....


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

What Do You Think About Holy Laughter In The Light Of The Scripture?

Is Holy Laughter From God Or Satan?

Question : What about Holy Laughter, is it from God or the Devil? I think because of the disorder it might be from the evil one to break God's order in the Church. I have seen yoga guru's of the east trying to whip up laughter in people, and also great men of God laugh for three months in a row fully with Holy Laughter in the Church and say that it is a new move of God in this generation. What is your opinion from the Bible about it?

Answer : "Joy and laughter" go together, if we are joyful, we smile. We should not come to judge all laughter as demonic, like as you say the yoga fella trying to laugh can be fleshly, unspiritual and demonic which will look usually as if the devil is trying to laugh through him
(Jam 3:15), as he will have no real joy in his face at all without Christ Jesus in his heart. Such foolish laugh of the flesh is like as the crackling of thorns under a pot, because it is the laughter of the fools who do not believe God and His Word; this also is vanity because there is no life and reality that will be present in it (Ecc; 7:6). The end of fleshly joy that comes by whipping up emotion is only grief (Prov 14:13).

There is no joy in a unbeliever really because demon cannot really give joy which is the fruit of the Spirit
(Gal 5:22-23), but Kenneth Hagin is a great man of God, and because of God's joy was able to carry on in his life with all the problems of life he faced. We should always understand that the manifestation of the Spirit is as diverse as His gifts, and to each one in variety of ways He acts through them (1 Cor 12:4-6, 7), but at the end of it all does it profit anybody in their spiritual lives and growth? That should be our question? If it has profited for the Glory of God, then we should rejoice with those who rejoice (Rom 12:15).

The truth of his life is seen all around the world, and many many millions have been blessed through His ministry of the Word. I think there is not a better man to bring revelation of faith deeply out of the word of God. He has been tested by God for more than two decade of hardship after which God blessed His ministry.

When there is original, always there will be counterfeit from the enemy. No one fearing a counterfeit should ever consider abstaining from embracing the real one. If you do so, the enemy will succeed in his mission of confusing God's people from abundant joy filled lives.

In this I choose to disagree as God is a God of order that doesn't mean that God cannot manifest in ways out of the ordinary through the manifestation of laughter, in fact because God laughs and expresses his faith that His future planned for the wicked will soon come to pass, he laughs uncontrollably expressing his joy that His righteousness will prevail no matter what. The Bible says,
"But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming." (Psa 37:13). "The one enthroned in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of them." (Psa 2:4).

Laughing is a sign of our faith in God's destiny rather in the depressive work of the devil around us. Then what about the verse that says,
"Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; in thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psa 16:11). Fullness of joy can only be expressed through smile and laughter. In other words, when God's Presence comes, laughter comes and revelation comes after which pleasures of God are felt all over us as the above verses reveals. So spontaneous laughter and unspeakable joy is a natural manifestation of God's victorious faith that is supernaturally expressed in the natural realm by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:8-9; Acts 3:19; 13:52). Satan has neither joy in himself, nor has the ability to produce joy to give to other, the only sadistic ability of Satan and his cohorts is to steal joy from people when they allow them to control their lives, especially from the people of God who have the joy and enjoy life abundantly with it through smile and laughter which God graciously gives to those who seek Him (John 10:10; Eccl 2:24-26).

I believe in this, that without knowing the difference between Holy Laughter and Demonic Laughter, we should not pass judgment because of lack of understanding it. Because of its unusual way of manifesting from the ordinary way of regular life, joy is expressed through laughter which is the natural outward expression of the inward feeling of joy, even smile is a mild expression and laughter is a strong one. What do people experience after such Holy Laughter, bondage or freedom from self, sin and Satan? That is the crux of the matter. I have seen people's face glow like being in heaven and the freedom that they feel after such Holy Visitation of the Lord. Even if Brother Kenneth by the Holy Spirit has laughed for three months, He has spoken the Word for a life time with clear revelation that others never had in their life which shows the fruit of the Holy Laughter
(Heb 13:7; Acts 16:32; Mar 4:33).

Laughter is one way to see happiness and hear it; it’s happiness made visible and audible. It’s the sound of joy
(Jer 33:11). It’s not joy’s only sound; there is joy in sorrow, in tears, underneath sobs, and in silence. And there is laughter — this happy treasure — to cherish as a gift from God. God gives exhilarating joy unspeakable through our mouth because he wants to heal us spiritually and physically from all crushed experiences of our past times which the enemy has done to us to make our bones dry with sorrow, God's joy turns sorrow in to laughter through joy unspeakable (Prov 17:22). When God's joy hits our tongue, and we try to speak praise and thanksgiving, and then God suddenly increases the intensity of joy further, then we break out in to laughter which is joy inexpressible with words (Psa 126:2).

Apostle Peter said,
"You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible JOY." (1 Peter 1:8). Note the word "rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible JOY", and this is what pearls of laughter crackling as a thunder when it comes out of us, with vigor and faith of what God is doing and going to do because of our love and trust towards him, really is explained as a natural outwards expression of our inward faith in the God whom we do not see yet believe from our heart. So such laughter is a holy laughter that only God can give to us to recharge us with the atmosphere of heaven within and around us.

Many who say,
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), use this one verse to make us reject the laughter of the Lord, but they are mistaken and deceived because having a long faced look, with external piety of repentance, having deathly sorrow without life and expressing our religious unsatisfied anger through our stern look never glorifies God and is not holy at all. In fact when the Israelite's expressed themselves with such a attitude to God's conviction that came through His Holy Word, immediately Nehemiah told them, ...“Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh 8:10). In other words, if the wisdom of the Lord stays within us to make us understand that we can never do anything spiritually pleasing to the Lord except through by faith in the strength of the Lord, it will give joy to our heart constantly and make us rejoice in God's goodness which He freely gives to us, then the sternness of our face will go away and it will bubble up with joy, laughter and gladness instead (Eccl 8:1; Prov 27:19). Actually to be sober and vigilant is to be careful in our thought, word and actions that leads us to sin. Peter warns us not to give in to sin when the devil tempts us with it, when we given in to it, we are giving the devil an opportunity to devour us in to defeat and discouragement spiritually. This does not mean to keep ourselves serious with a long faced seriousness that will make us seem foolish before the Lord with pride, and also turn others from receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ when they see no joy or laughter in our lives.

Did Jesus ever laugh?

Perhaps no one is clearer on Christ’s laughter and joy than Scottish theologian, Donald Macleod:

Much has been made of the fact that Jesus is never said to have smiled or laughed. Linked to the description of the Servant as ‘a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief’ it has furnished a basis for the idea that Jesus’ life was unremittingly joyless and stressful. But this is a serious over-simplification. Apart from all else, a joyless life would have been a sinful life. Would Jesus have been guilty of the anxiety he forbade in others (Mt. 6:25)? Would he have fallen short of Paul’s attainment as one who had learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Phil. 4:11)? Or of the precept to ‘rejoice always’ (Phil. 4:4)? Could he have been filled with the Spirit and yet not have know the Spirit’s joy (Gal. 5:22)? Could he have given rest and relief to others (Mt. 11:28) while remaining depressed and disconsolate himself? . . .

There can be little doubt that, apart from the brief (although indescribably intense) moment of dereliction on Calvary, Jesus was serene, contented, and happy. He rejoiced, doubtless, in the being of his Father, meditating on him as an object of wonder and admiration; in his Father’s love, approbation and constant help and presence; in the beauties and glories of his Father’s creation; in doing his Father’s will, promoting his glory and saving his people; in the friendship, company and conversation of those the Father had given to be with him; and in anticipating his return to the glory he had with the Father ‘before the world began’ (Jn. 17:5). Such joy was an indispensable element in the psychology of his obedience. He served not as a slave but as a son. (The Person of Christ, 171)

Jesus is said to have rejoiced again and again with great joy and exhilaration in the Scripture. Jesus was never long faced, boring and dull, but was always bubbling with the joy of His Heavenly Father.
"Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit" (Luke 10:21), Jesus said about the joy of serving the Father and forgetting the natural hunger to eat because of the infilling of joy inexpressible that came as a substitute food for a sinner repenting towards God as "I have food to eat of which you do not know" (John 4:32, 34; Luke 15:7, 10, 23, 32). This shows that joy in itself is a food that sustains us physically (Prov 17:22). Can you see that joy which the Bible writer ascribes to God as something tangible more than the effect of joy we have after eating food in abundance, "You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound." (Psa 4:7, ESV). God Himself should be the source and object of our joy (Psa 43:4).

Was Jesus joyful with laughter? The writer to the Hebrew speaks prophetically of Jesus' life saying,
"You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions." (Heb 1:9), which reveals to us that Jesus with this immeasurable [anointing] oil of gladness broke the yoke of heaviness, sadness, grief and loneliness to stay in joy, laughter, praise and rejoicing in fellowship with His Heavenly Father all the time, truly the anointing breaks the yoke (Isa 61:3, 7; 10:27). Joy strengthen us physically, spiritually and literally in all other areas of our lives. The prominent emotion in the Kingdom of heaven is joy and joy only, and the reward for obedience to God is also joy only, such is the importance of joy (Rev 21:4; Luke 15:7, 10, 23, 32; Rom 14:17; Matt 25:21, 23; Jude 1:24). To take away the effect of suffering for Christ and lighten our heart with heaven's fuel of strength to carry on, God fills us with His joy at the right time consistently in our lives (1 Pet 4:13). Joy is something that God gives us as a anointing ointment to soothe us of the earthly pains we receive, so that through it we might experience a little heaven now and expect for more of what is coming (Hab 3:18). Joy and laughter takes us out of the present and fixes our heart on future reality that assures that the future that God has for us is a reality that will come to pass soon. If Jesus not only overcame difficulties with joy of the Lord, but also had joy as the incentive to work on earth for God and look forward to it as a reward, then we must also design our lives with joy and laughter just like Jesus did by choosing to rejoice at all times through praying at all times and thanking God for all things no matter what happens around us (Heb 12:2; Php 4:4; 2 Thess 5:16-18; Psa 32:11).

The end result of all the spiritual learning that we do and increase is to learn to
"be joyful at all times, pray continually and be thankful for everything." (1 Thess 5:16-18). If a person can be joyful not just three months, but all times irrespective of the circumstances we go through in our lives, we have really learned the first greatest lesson for spiritual stability in our lives, that is why I say it is not just inside the Church that the joy of the Lord, spontaneous holy laughter and smile should be found, but rather it should continue outside the Church in our daily lives for heaven to invade our homes and make our homes to be a former heaven before the real latter heaven we will go on to enjoy. The fruit of such joy will improve our mind, strengthen it in faith and will enlarge our spiritual life or else it is not the real thing of heaven. So rejoice in the Lord always, laugh as much as possible and smile at every one, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:4). Maintain your order in the Church, by expressing as much as possible of the joy in Christ and at the same time avoiding dramatics by the flesh before others which can easily come in if we are not mature in our spiritual life. This is the new move but of the old and it will be new every morning as only heaven can really give us joy and thereafter holy laughter spontaneously in this depressive world around us.                  

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