Saturday, July 15, 2017

Can A Christian Have Two Wives At A Time, And Still Be A Good Christian?







Is The Restriction Of One Wife For Life Is For Ministry Purpose Only Or For All Christians?

Question: Here again you find the Ministry telling lies that all believers should have only one wife for life in the following post : Can a Christian have two wives at the same time?, the Scripture is very clear the only restriction to having one wife is for the Ministry only (1 Tim 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6), you cannot without bending and misquoting Scripture out of context prove otherwise.

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

I remember one person asking me quoting the following verse of the Firstborn Inheritance Rights, "15 “If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the unloved, and if the firstborn son is of her who is unloved, 16 then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, that he must not bestow firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, the true firstborn. 17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his." (Deut 21:15-17), then saying to me, does not the above verse shows that a man can have two wives at the same time the one loved and the other unloved? Even in the above verses we can see that a man in his natural way, can love only one woman truly from his heart, so that the other woman becomes unloved.

In other words he was asking me, 'Was there not polygamy in the Old Testament which God in His law permitted lawfully?'

Levirate Marriage, which may result in polygyny, is commanded in the Bible in Deuteronomy 25:5-6, this would not be a true case of polygamy, because if a Brother of the deceased Husband refuse to do this for her Sister-in-law at her request, it would deprive her of her rights within the family. Her father contracted with her husband’s father that she would be a wife in that house, that she would provide heirs to the house who would have rights to his share of the inheritance. His death does not change the family’s obligation towards her. So levirate marriage was rather a necessity and a obligation of fulfilling a promise according to the Law and should be distinguished from polygamy by choice. This is not a normality, but an emergency backup support system God has given Israelite families to keep their inheritance and name before their countrymen, and to keep the honor of their word to retain the family system in the society and above all honor God and please Him (Gen 38:6-10).

It is a misunderstanding that people have, that make the above Scripture in Deut 21:15-17 condone polygamy, when in fact it opposes it by presenting one wife as loved who may be a Jewess was married later after divorcing a slave beauty to send her away because of paganistic behaviour which she inherited from her heathen culture who is actually the other unloved who had been taken as a captive from war just like Paul was saying in the New Testament that if a unbeliever wants to go away send them peacefully (Deut 21:10-14; 1 Cor 7:15-16), which in fact points to the perfect marriage union of one man and one woman that was conducted by God in the Garden of Eden before sin came in to the world as the only solution for a happy marriage where the wife loves the man and the man loves the wife by choice and commitment rather than by one's feeling. The marriage which God ordained for Adam and Eve is one spouse for life, which is God's perfect will for all humans, yet because sin corrupted the heart of humans by and by, God through His law of Moses permitted divorce and remarriage, and even polygamy not by God's perfect will but by the condition of man's heart which has become hardened by sin (Matt 19:8).

Based on God's perfect desire and His will for humans which we understand from the creation story and the first marriage conducted by God, the standard set forth by Him and expressed by Jesus only permits, "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matt 19:9), which was a hard thing to keep [(i.e.) Because what if the wife is not submissive, rebellious and unfaithful to her husband internally in her heart] which the disciples of Jesus understood from what Jesus expressed and they spoke back to Jesus saying, in that case it is better not to marry (Matt 19:10). Jesus replied promptly back saying, all cannot accept this saying except to those whom God has given grace to accept and obey (Matt 19:11). Thus we can come to understand that because God has given more grace to the New Testament saints, more is expected of us unlike the Old Testament saints (Luke 12:48). The Old Testament saints did not have Holy Spirit within them to help them walk the Christ life, but we the New Testament saints have Him with us, in us and upon us in a tri-dimensional way (John 14:17; 20:22; Acts 1:8; 2:4). The Holy Spirit Himself is given by God to each individual believer to teach them to walk with God in holiness to see His activity in their lives (1 John 2:20, 27).

Yes polygamy was there in the Old Testament, but where did it actually start? The Bible says, "Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah (Genesis 4:19). Polygamy originated with the godless descendants of Cain. As with all the other instances of polygamy in the Old Testament, the practice is recorded, but not condemned and at the same time is never encouraged.

We see that when a believing faith community that came through the line of Seth (Gen 4:25), when they began to see the beauty of the line of unbelieving women of Cain's line, they took wives [i.e. more than one as it is in plural] for themselves apart from the Spirit's leading and guidance which was further revealed through the tradition of their elders and the word of mouth which is to have one wife for life, that is when God decreed the judgment upon the whole of mankind which has become corrupted in its thinking and became violent to make the earth like a living hell (Gen 6:1-4, 5, 11-12, 13). God was grieved with the life style of polygamy of believers who lived like the unbelieving counterpart's of Cain's line (Gen 6:6), and even Jesus warned that in the end of days, the same will happen where polygamy will be promoted in all the earth and violence will increase as a result of it for God to bring his judgment upon the whole earth (Matt 24:37-39; Luke 17:27-28).

Never mind about the mixture during the pre-flood times, but Noah and his family who found favor in the sight of God lived in monogamous relationship at the same time when these apostate mixture were having polygamous relationship and were promoting it, Noah had only one wife and even his three sons had only one wife each (Gen 6:8, 9-10; 7:13; 1 Peter 3:20). This shows how God appreciated the family life of Noah and his sons as perfect in the midst of a perverse generation of believers and unbelievers mixture because of lust in the heart of all humans at that time.

Even after the Flood, there are many mentions of polygamous relationships—including among the patriarchs of Israel. Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon all had multiple wives.

As for Abraham specifically, aside from the affair with Hagar which made her to become his wife [(i.e) proxy or surrogate maid servant to conceive a baby] under Sarah's guidance, he stayed married to one wife (Sarah) until she passed, after which he married Keturah and had children with her and might have had some more (Gen 11:29-30; 16:1-2, 3-4; 25:1, 4, 6; 1 Chron 1:32).

Jacob had two (and not by his choosing) wives and two concubines – four women to whom he was connected through children. Jacob, he never intended to have any other wife but Rachel whom he loved and only ended up in this polygamous situation because of trickery of his Father-in-law (Gen 29:16-17, 18, 23-25, 26-30, 31).

Esau had a polygamous relationship by his own choice of marrying Hittites of Canaan's land who were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah his father and mother, so trying his luck to please his father with another good woman who will please his father in his old age he went and married Ishmael's daughter (Gen 26:34-35; 28:8-9).

After this we don’t see any of the twelve sons of Jacob having multiple wives, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, the Judges (not even Sampson) or the prophets. It simply was a rarity because they all understood that it was not God's intended perfect will for His children.

God through Moses clearly told that the Israelites should only choose the king whom He chooses, and that they must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself (Deut 17:14-17). So did David and Solomon knew about this fact of truth from the Law? Yes they must have known these things as they studied the Law of Moses and meditated on them constantly to know the Lord and love Him (Psa 89:30-31, 32, 33, 35; Prov 5:18; 7:1-5; Eccl 12:13-14). Yet in this matter of the Law they disobeyed the Lord's command, and the result of such a polygamous lifestyle was not a good one but rather a sorrowful one.

King David appears to have had at least seven wives officially and had a number of concubines along with them, when David committed adultery & murder, the Lord God even told him He would have given him more wives and riches if he would have asked for even a better status than that, and further questioned him why he chose to instead commit adultery and murder to tarnish the image of His God Jehovah (1 Chron 3:1-9; 2 Sam. 12:7-8). David's many wives led to other problems - Absalom's uprising, the rape of his daughter, etc. And King Solomon was said to have 700 (1 Kings 11:1-3). 1 Kings 11:4 notes how Solomon's wives did indeed lead him astray after other gods apart from Jehovah His true love of his youth (1 Kings 3:3).

It is interesting to note that there are no passages in Scripture that clearly state, 'No man should have more than one wife,' even though God has implicitly expressed His perfect will and desire for all humans as one man and one woman relationship for life. We can infer this from the day of human existence as God created a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:20-25). It would be noteworthy to notice that God created Adam and Eve--not Adam and Eve and Shirley and Tina and...Beena...

Jesus pointed out to the hardness of man's heart as the reason the law of Moses gave permission for divorces and remarriage, and even extended the option for more wife than one (Matt 19:7-8). In other words, when sin came in to the world, the original purpose of God's desire for a pure one man one woman relationship for life was disrupted. Now in the New Testament, in Christ Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit we regain God's desire to make it our desire for a pure one man one woman relationship for life. Praise the Lord!

In the New Testament, 1 Timothy 3:2, 12 and Titus 1:6 give “the husband of one wife” in a list of qualifications for spiritual leadership. While these qualifications are very much mandatory for positions of spiritual leadership, they should also apply equally to all Christians because Christ Jesus wants all of us to excel in our spiritual life and earn eternal reward and crown for our holy life and overcoming life of faith on earth. Should not all Christians be “above reproach...temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money” (1 Timothy 3:2-4)? Should not all Christians be holy as they cannot see the activity of the Lord without holiness in their lives (1 Peter 1:16; Heb 12:14)? And if these standards are holy for elders and deacons who are none other than trainers who train other believers to grow like they themselves are (1 Tim 4:12), then are holiness commandments of monogamous relationship is only for the elders, deacons and bishops only? No it is for all believers who want to follow Christ and want to be called a Christian (2 Tim 2:14, 15, 19, 21-22; 4:8). Don't you want to be a vessel of honor useful for the Master Jesus? Then be sanctified from the lust of the flesh, eyes and pride of life (1 John 2:15-17), and learn then to from call on the Lord with those who call out of a pure heart.

Ephesians 5:22-33 speaks of the relationship between husbands and wives. When referring to a husband (singular), it always also refers to a wife (singular). Paul in Col 3:18-19, refers to husbands and wives in the plural, but he is addressing here all the husbands and wives among the Colossian believers, and therefore is not stating that a husband might have multiple wives. So seeing this monogamous system in context within the Scripture, hence we find the original desire of God being fulfilled through such examples like as Jesus and the Church as his bride, the husband and wife seen through the lens of Christ and the Church, which projects the unconditional love, submission, intimacy, obedience and oneness revealed to us through the God appointed apostles in the New Testament. Even most modern nations outlaw polygamy, therefore according to Romans 13:1-7, we are to obey the laws the government establishes unless it opposes God's commands or principles directly, and acts against it to be broken in defiance to God (Acts 5:29). Thus polygamy does not honor God and is not His design for marriage in the New Testament times. Especially “one flesh” aspect of oneness and intimacy with in marriage can be fulfilled only through one man one woman relationship which God has revealed in the first marriage that He Himself conducted in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:20-25). As a mature Christian it is good to learn to please God to fulfill His desire first, than for ourselves to fulfill our desire and displease the Lord especially in the area of marriage. That is real Christian maturity!

Much Blessings....




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Can You Please Give Me A Outline Of What The Fivefold Ministry Represents?







Why God Has Separated The Ministry In To Five Dominant Branches?

Question: Can you please give me a outline of what the five-fold ministry represents? Why God has separated the ministry in to five dominant branches? Do they have different and unique functions, anointings, manifestations, missions and commissions?

Answer: Greetings! Yes there are different and unique functions, anointings, manifestations, missions and commissions, that is why God has separated these ministries in to five dominant branches.

Here are how God has divided the ministries in to five offices in the New Testament, "11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." (Eph 4:11-12).

The following are the hierarchy of spiritual power in which God has placed each ministry in the body of Christ, "28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, [after that miracles, then gifts of healings (i.e. fourth evangelists)], [helps, administrations, varieties of tongues (i.e. fifth pastors)].]" (1 Cor 12:28).

So according to apostle Paul, "5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all." (1 Cor 12:5-6). This shows that each ministries in the five-fold has tangible and unique differences and are supported with diversities of activities that has dominant gifts that supports a particular way of operation to propagate the same Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY BY NATURE

1. Apostle - Governs
2. Prophet - Guides
3. Evangelist - Gathers
4. Pastor - Guards
5. Teacher - Grounds

The Church NOW and Today needs the full function and operation of the full fivefold in accordance with the WORD.

May We identify and encourage those whom God has given the grace and anointing for such.

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY BY GIFTS


1. The Apostle - Leads
2. The Prophet - Speaks
3. The Teacher - Equips
4. The Evangelist - Proclaims
5. The Pastor - Cares

We need all for our time like never before. Divinely called, appointed and anointed fivefold Ministers.

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY BY MISSION


1. Apostle - Visionary Strategist
2. Prophet - Spiritual Advisor
3. Teacher - Logical Thinker/Implementer
4. Evangelist - Persuasive Communicator
5. Pastor - Human Resource Counselor

The Gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit work in manifold ways and is not limited to our one approach kind of ministry. The Bible talks about the seven spirits yet refers to one and the same Spirit manifesting His completeness in different ways.

Some are open to revelation but not learning or teaching. The humble is open to learning, education and revelation.

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY BY VISION

1. Apostle - Long-Sight
2. Prophet - Foresight
3. Evangelist - Hindsight
4. Teacher - Insight
5. Pastor - Oversight

VISION means to SEE. All those in the five-fold ministry must have a vision or see something in the area of their ministries. Spiritual sight is the ability to see by revelation what needs to be done when and how. We all need vision to do His work effectively.

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY BY CHARACTER

1. Apostle - Mission
2. Prophet - Vision
3. Evangelist - Commission
4. Pastor - Compassion
5. Teacher - Passion

We need a sense of Mission and Commission. We need a sense of vision and passion with Compassion to do effectively the task before us. We all need the other, to learn from each other.

Any person may carry the calling of more than one office, but each one who has been called in to the five-fold ministries will at least have one ministry office.

For example Jesus and Paul carried all the five-fold offices at various times of their lives (Luke 4:18; 2 Tim 1:11; Acts 13:1; 17:18; 20:31). But Philip was an evangelist and carried only one such office (Acts 8:35; 21:8). God has separated the ministries and its functions in to five different dominant offices in order to reduce the load upon each person and distribute the gifts according to each one's availability, so that humbly they can receive grace and stay grounded in humility which always makes God to give more grace to them (1 Pet 5:5-6; Jam 4:2; Matt 25:20-21, 22-23; Exo 18:25-26; Num 11:25).

For the Church to rise up and become a glorious Church, it needs to have all the five-fold offices working together for the Glory of God. This is true apostolic Church of the end time.

Much Blessings...



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Monday, July 10, 2017

Can Prayer In One Part Of The World Deliver A Person In Another Part?







Would You Pray For Deliverance?

Question-Prayer Request : Would you please pray for a young family who is possessed by evil spirits, strong demonic powers. Let”s ask the Lord, Jesus Christ, to save and release the family members from this bondage. We will pray that the Lord to hide the children and whole the family in the shelter of his blood. Again the following are petitions for prayer : Would you please pray for a mother who is possessed by an atheistic demon spirit, her children who go to school and are Christians [(i.e.) they have made the decision to follow Jesus as their Savior]. For them the situation at home is very hard and difficult. Could you please support us with prayers that the Lord would break this atheistic spirit and release the mother from this bond. We are praying that the Lord would save her as well as her husband. Let us also pray for the children that the Lord would strengthen them in their belief and take good care of them in all circumstances.

Could you, please, copy this letter and give it to intercession prayer groups. Thank you for your support.

Answer-My Reply : Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Faith is not bound by space, time or matter, because it is a eternal currency we transact with God in our spiritual lives.

I believe that the key to deliverance is the prayer of faith. Apostle James says, "And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (Jam 5:15).

When our faith are low and we need a full tank to release a mountain moving deliverance, then we need to fast and pray so that our flesh may not hinder the flow of faith in and out of us, as it suffers and becomes powerless to act or react through fasting and prayer (Matt 17:20-21). Faith releases power of God through our body (Luke 8:45-46), flesh hinders power of God from being released (Matt 13:58; Mark 6:5)!

Once a person is filled with faith (Acts 6:8; 14:9), the command or the word of faith has the power to release the miracle working power of heaven to act and bring Glory to God. Thus the power of miracle is set loose to travel to anyplace on earth, no matter how far the place of need is when someone agrees to the word of faith and moves in obedience which empowers it. As Jesus promised to do the same to us, when we too as two agree on earth, concerning anything that we ask, it will be done by our Father in heaven (Matt 18:19-20). The any two can be even us and the Holy Spirit who works and communes with us (Acts 15:28; 2 Cor 13:14)

One time when Jesus was asked for prayer for healing, by a Centurion for his servant who was paralyzed and dreadfully tormented, Jesus by faith declared, "...Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour." (Matt 8:13). In this happening Jesus wanted to come and pray in the home of Centurion's servant, but the Centurion had faith in Jesus that His command of faith has enough power to release the miracle power to travel and touch his servant in his home which was miles and miles away from where Jesus was. Exactly according to the faith of this centurion, Jesus released the miracle power to travel through and touch the person in his home miles away by a word of faith. The miracle happened and the servant was delivered immediately. What does this show? There is a release of God's power when by the power of faith and agreement something is declared in the spiritual realm, it immediately brings forth deliverance.

In another case, we see a powerful demonstration of Jesus speaking the word of faith again, but this time the noble man whose son was at the point of death requested Jesus to come to his home and heal his son. But Jesus released the word of faith saying, "Go your way, your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and he went his way, thus again the agreement of the father for whose son's healing he believed along with the word of faith that Jesus released sent down the miracle power to travel through miles and miles to reach the exact place where his son was lying in his death bed, faith over came fear and the miracle power raised the son at the same hour that Jesus spoke which was later verified by the father (John 4:46-54). O praise the Lord!

Jesus has promised to do the same in our lives, as we with the word of faith and power of agreement in the presence of Jesus through His name where He is present by our faith, dare to release the miracle working power over to any geographical area of need in all the earth, it will be done promptly by our Heavenly Father who is ready to help us all through His miraculous means and methods through His angels who are ever ready to come to aid for all the children of God who move by faith in the Kingdom of God (Matt 18:20, 19; Heb 1:14).

Word of Faith and Agreement Prayer for Deliverance :

Dear Heavenly Father, In Jesus wonderful and powerful name we come before you and ask for salvation and release of this young family who are possessed by evil spirits of strong demonic powers, we declare in the mighty name of Jesus that the family members are released from this bondage by the word of faith. We praise you and thank you for doing this for the glory of the name of Jesus! We pray dear Lord to hide the children and the whole family in the shelter of your precious blood of Jesus which was shed for them, thank you and praise you for doing it now. Again in the mighty name of Jesus we bring this another mother who is possessed by an atheistic demon spirit which rules her mind, to be released from this bondage, give both this mother and her husband the salvation of eternal life which is your free gift, so that through it they might receive the mind of Christ we pray, and keep her young believing Christian children who go to school under your constant care, and help them to overcome all test and trials they will face through the hardship and difficulty that comes through contrary situations around them. We believe and declare the whole household to be saved in Jesus mighty name, and thank you and praise for doing it for your name sake (Acts 16:31; Job 22:28; Psa 115:1). Amen!

As we have released the word of faith for your prayer request, I believe the miracle power of Jesus has been released to work on behalf of us. Soon as you see the deliverance, give God all the glory and the praise. Be thankful that our Lord answers all our prayers and not even one prayer of us is lost without being heard by our Heavenly Father (John 11:42). Glory to God in the Highest!

As this as an article that will be released through our website in all the world, all the saints who read this will pray this prayer for these precious people, and miracle after miracle are going to happen in the lives of these people for whom we are all praying sincerely. I appreciate your burden for these souls, may God bless you specially and continue to use in His vineyard for His Glory (1 Tim 2:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7; Matt 20:1-2; 1 Cor 12:6; Heb 13:21; Jude 1:25).

Much Love and Blessings....




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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How Do We Fight And Get Rid Of Soul Ties?







What Are Soul Ties?

Question : What are Soul ties? Is there anything of that sort? How do we fight and get rid of Soul ties?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

First of all I must tell that there are traces in Scripture where it shows how people's souls were tied together in friendship, union, fellowship and understanding, but it is not a Biblical concept that can be directly tied to the Bible with the phrase and the verse. The phrase “soul ties” is not in the Bible; some Bible teachers start to speculate certain things as true even when there are no direct evidence from the Word of God, thus those assumptions are in mere speculative category. We should never study certain characters of man and try to superimpose the general principle in to the Scripture to try to prove it as absolute Biblical truth.

Soul ties can generally be described as connections from one person's soul to (or into) another person's soul, a concept which has no basis in Scripture for doctrine, but a good character study can be done to know how intimate connections has the power to influence our soul in positive directions under covenant relationship in obedience to God and His law, or negative directions under illegal relationship which are pursued at the cost of breaking God's law. The general principles can be applied in our lives to avoid ungodly relationship and pursue godly relationship.

The Bible speaks about Jonathan and David in a close loving relationship which became a covenant relationship, in which they promised each other to respect and uphold the other person's interest as their own (1 Sam 18:1-4; Php 2:3-4). The Bible further points to Jonathan and says that he loved David as his own soul. But it cannot be a mystical binding of two souls, but rather a casual and intimate way of expressing about the love of one towards the other.

The Bible says when a relationship happens physically between a husband and wife, or a man and a woman outside of a covenant relationship, the implication of what will be the result of such relationships has been clearly stated in many Scriptures :

Here it is, wisdom of God and his instruction for the wellness of man says, "...he who sins against me wrongs his own soul" (Prov 8:36). Paul expands further and says, "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body." (1 Cor 6:18). In other words, apostle Paul is saying, when you have sex outside of marriage, you carry a part of that person whom you have relationship with you as a deposit within you. So no person can say that casual sex is something that can be done and be forgotten, no my Brother and Sister, you carry something of the other person spiritually within you and the part of your soul gets lost within the other person. A clear example is given in the case of Dinah the daughter of Jacob when she went out to have a social outing to meet the people of the local land, a prince named Shechem the Hivite, saw her, took her, lay with her and violated her (Gen 34:1-2). Once the rape happened, the Bible describes that this man's soul was attracted to Dinah, as a result he loved her and spoke kindly to her (Gen 34:3). In other words, the lust at first sight physical relationship of this young man totally affected the mental, emotional and soulish state of that man who had intercourse with the girl. It eventually led to hatred that brewed from the Brothers of Dinah which eventually led to the death of the entire clan of Shechem the Hivite through deceit (Gen 34:4-30, 31; Prov 6:25-35). O what a tragedy! May God have mercy upon those who break the law of God as though it is not a serious thing.

We also have clear warning against fornication in Scripture. “Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’” (1 Corinthians 6:16). In other words, we know one flesh is an aphorism that describes the emotional, thinking and will residue of the initiator persons soul who had sex with giver which gets attached to the soul of his and vice-versa. We know that the body of both do not become one flesh for both to lose the person-hood to become one, but rather they get separated and go their own way with their own body after the time of lust gets over. So the consequence of such ungodly relationship outside of marriage is that they lose a part of their soul and their life gets broken within. Only God can heal such broken soul. In short, whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding, He who does so destroys his own soul (Prov 6:32).

Whether a ungodly relationship is consensual or forced, there is a lingering soul tie that needs to be dealt with otherwise you’ll forever be plagued with thoughts, feelings and even actions that are unwanted.

The remedy for sin is to confess it and forsake it (1 John 1:9; John 8:11), every person who confesses his sins to the Lord Jesus will be forgiven by Him through His shed blood through which He cleanses them from all unrighteousness. Then as the pain of the past are taken to the Lord, the Lord heals the broken hearted and sets the captives free from bondage of all soul ties which has got formed because of all ungodly relationship in their past lives (Isa 61:1; Psa 147:3; Luk 4:18). The only truly satisfying “soul link” is the one we can enjoy with our Creator through our spirit within us (Phil 25; 2 Time 4:22; Php 4:4).

We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls. Some people use alcohol, or sex, or their children, or food, or money, or music, or heroin. But only God can fill our soul with goodness and make our lives to become like a watered Garden (Isa 58:11). No things or person can ever fill that void in our life which nags us now and then with sorrows within and without which we are not able to escape from (Matt 6:34; 11:28). The more a person gets entangled in the web of ungodly soul ties, the more broken and dry his or her life will become. Sadly, sin drives us constantly to find that satisfaction elsewhere apart from God (Jeremiah 2:13). But Jesus Christ as a result of his love towards us who are sinners, calls us all to Himself and tells us to abide in Him through His Word which has the ability to keep us always near to the heart of God in friendship and favor, without which we can never live a life worthy of Him in joy, pleasure, satisfaction, security, and wholeness— which will be added to us if we seek a soul-tie with God and none else more than Him in priority (John 15:4; Matthew 6:33; Psalm 16; 2 Cor 13:14).

Here are four simple steps to have freedom from soul ties,

1) Acknowledge your mistakes before God and agree that you have sinned against Him (Psa 51:4).
2) Confess and repent of all your past sins done (Acts 3:19).
3) Forgive all those who have sinned against you or forced you to commit error (Matt 6:12, 14-15; 18:22).
4) Break and remove all ungodly soul ties of the past in the name of Jesus by faith (Matt 18:18-20).

You can pray the following prayer by faith from your heart to the Lord :

"O dear Lord, I have sinned against you and knowingly many times and unknowingly sometimes I have broken your laws you have given me to keep for my own good. I confess this sin of sexual unfaithfulness toward you and also my spouse both physically and spiritually in my heart (Num 5:6; Matt 5:28). I repent now to change the way I think, and may your thinking of hate towards sin of omission and commission take deep root in me (Jam 4:17; Heb 9:7). O dear Lord, I forgive all those have sinned against me, just like as Christ has forgiven me unconditionally
(Eph 4:32), please do take the pains of betrayal away and heal my broken heart to make it whole according to your promise again (Psa 34:18; 147:3). I now renounce and loose myself from any ungodly soul ties formed between myself and ________, and I break these ungodly soul ties in Jesus' name and cover myself with the blood of your sacrifice with which I am now cleansed (Heb 9:14). Thank you and praise you for severing me from all unwanted soul ties, from now onward may I faithfully walk with You by the guidance of your Spirit whom you have given me personally as a helper to guide me until death (John 15:26; 16:7; Psa 48:14). May your name be glorified through my life from now onward as I surrender everything of mine and declare it as yours in Jesus wonderful name. Amen and Amen!"

Much Blessings....



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Monday, July 3, 2017

Who Is Responsible For Calamity And Evil, God Or Satan?







Does God Really Give And Take What He Has Given?

Question : Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil? Also Job made a statement saying, "God gave and God has taken away". Does God really take away something He has given, as the Bible says that the devil comes to kill steal and destroy? Who is responsible for taking away something good out of our lives? What should our response be when such things happen in our lives? We are to praise God or blame Satan?

What do you say, when God claims, "The LORD said to [...Moses], "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" (Exo 4:11). When a person is born blind, deaf or mute, you blame God as the giver or the devil thief as the taker (John 10:10)? Also please explain does this following Scripture talk about God giving good or taking good out which is evil in Isaiah 45:7 in the King James Version which reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil [i.e. Calamity]: I the LORD do all these things.” How does Isaiah 45:7 agree with the view of some people that God did not create evil or give it to anybody? Does He just give and never take away? How do you reconcile what God says in Isa 45:7 in which He affirms that “adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery or woe” as His doing! Should we avoid blaming or giving the devil the credit for calamity as though He is independent and nearly sovereign or give God the credit?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Here is the verse you are referring to, "I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.’" (Isa 45:7). The word translated “evil” is from a Hebrew word that means “adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery.” Notice how the other major English Bible translations render the word: “disaster” (NIV, HCSB), “calamity” (NKJV, NAS, ESV), and “woe” (NRSV). In the living translation the meaning of the above verse is still more clearer, "I form the light and make the dark. I send good times and bad. I, Jehovah, am he who does these things." (Isa 45:7, LB). So in the context of the above sayings, God is revealing that good times and bad times, lost in darkness and be saved by the light of God is all under the Sovereign control of the Lord, and He is saying that He has the right to give and also has the right to take away from some one what He has been given to them. How do we know the context rightly, because in the succeeding verses God says, for the heavens to open up and bring soon the revelation of the light of Jesus Christ His Son who was going to come soon to save the humanity from the darkness instigated by Satan, to hasten it or to make it happen soon God said that they have to believe and submit to His sovereign control over their lives (1 Pet 1:10-11; 2 Pet 1:16-21; Heb 1:2; Gal 4:4-5). So for those who want to argue and dispute with the way God has revealed His salvation through His only begotten Son, God is further saying, "Woe to him who quarrels with his Master” (Isaiah 45:9), the lesser has no rights to ask the greater who is the maker of all things (Rom 9:14-21; Heb 7:7), the question why you give something and take away something, when you are expected to submit to the greater who will bless everyone who submits to His sovereignty by trusting His goodness or brings disaster on those who continue in hard-hearted rebellion against Him. The only right position of a human before God is to submit to Him unconditionally and worship Him all the time to give worth-ship for being the worthy Creator and Redeemer of all of us (Rev 5:9-10; 4:8, 11). Even though many times we may not understand with our finite mind how God can be good all the time even when bad times come to us under the permission of God. That is the test of faith that God gives to all His children through out their lives on earth in order to reward them in their future for eternity ahead with Him (Heb 11:6; Jam 5:9, 10-11).

In Isaiah 45:7, we see God rewarding Israel for obedience and punishing Israel for disobedience. God pours out salvation and blessings on those whom He favors. God brings judgment on those who continue to rebel against Him (Rom 9:15-16). If we think that we have the rights to ask God why, then we should have created God and put Him in this universe by creating it, then we have the righteous rights to ask God why. If not, as long as we live, we can only submit to an all knowing God and learn from Him the majesty of His higher ways bit by bit as He reveals it to us graciously in His mercies because of His love towards us who do not deserve it naturally.

When Job made a statement saying, "God gave and God has taken away", he did mean "at God's permission" bad times have all happened, he was not giving greater power to the devil who deserves no credit for his narcissistic attitude, but was giving all the power to God. And it does mean according to me, the greatest glory given by any man to God in the midst of all personal tragedy. Devil got no glory! In other words, Job was saying, the Lord has the right to give and also take from me whenever and whatever He wants, because all I have does not belong to me but to Him who gave everything to me. Thank God for saints like Job who are heroes of faith!

Even though we can say that Job's fear gave in to lack of faith for the devil to access through the hedge God has set around him (Job 3:25; 1:10), even though Job was one of God's best man who was blameless and upright and one who feared God and shunned evil in his generation (Job 1:1), still we see hidden inside the recesses of his heart was self-righteousness which was revealed later which God wanted to remove from his life and wanted to make him still more perfect in his sight (Job 9:32-33; 38:1-3; 40:1-2, 3, 4-5, 7-8). In other words, there was still room for improvement in the spiritual life of Job which God wanted to change and bless him more and more than before. But the test of faith cannot happen with out going through suffering (Matt 26:39, 42, 44), and on earth through God's school of suffering we learn obedience to God, when we go to heaven we can only enjoy the reward for the grades we got here on earth but cannot learn again to compete spiritually (Heb 5:8). So God allowed suffering in the life of Job.

The Statement made by Job saying, "21 ..." Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong." (Job 1:21-22) is a right statement according to the context of the next verse where God affirms that Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Bible should always be read in context, that is the basic rule to interpret Bible verses rightly. Job's statement was one of the greatest statement of all time where a man in misery worshiped God without accusing Him or charging Him with wrongdoing. God Himself agreed to this above statement of truth!

Will the God of the Bible never take away what He gave? If he does, will he do even to a righteous man like Job, that would make God contradict His own nature? The Bible never tells us to only concentrate on only one nature of God, but both the goodness and severity of God (Rom 11:22), that means God has the right to give and take away anything first of all because all belongs to Him and He does not have to give reasons to us of why he does something, and also we must understand that only for our own good God gives and takes away something that He has given to us so that we might be blessed more than ever before in this life and in the life to come (Rom 11:33-34, 35-36). Though we can be assured that God never does intentionally give us and take things away from us, unless it is for something good to happen to us eternally (Rom 11:29; Jam 5:10-11; Rom 8:28). In fact, the devil cannot steal, kill and destroy without the sovereign permission given by God to him, and he is on a leash to only go as far as God has give him permission (John 10:10; Job 1:12; 2:6).

Job by saying, "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away," he did not blame God for taking away, he was rather declaring the sovereignty of God and worshiping Him as the sole controller over his life, apart from which nothing could happen in his life. He had no knowledge of what was going behind the scene in his life and so he did not blame God for the fault instead submitted to His sovereignty. God commended this answer of Job because it was absolutely one hundred percent correct as He acknowledged God's ways to be something higher than he could fathom with his finite mind (Isa 55:9), therefore he did not sin by his words nor charge God with wrong (Job 1:21-22). The secret in understanding such question is not to just consider, either just the goodness or the severity of God which becomes an extreme without the other, but God has both the Characters in Him that does not change, and has the sovereign rights to use it the way He wants, when He wants and where He wants. So He does give and also takes away, but sometime it may be because of our sin and sometimes the reason may be some hidden fault-lines deep within us on our part which we always lack and there are room for improvement as a fallen human being with sin nature to attain God's perfect standard, but one thing is for sure, it is always for own betterment or something for our own good He does these things, and He does not have to explain it all as He is worthy of all our worship as our Creator who is always good whether we feel like it or not! So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19).

So if you ask me the question, are you implying God the giver of Abundant Life is responsible for taking it too? Is he the God who brings death too? I am not telling that God takes away the abundant life which He gives to us through Jesus (John 10:10), Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy the abundant life which God gives. So what is abundant life, a life which is beyond this natural life, the very life of God that comes to take root in us to give us righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit irrespective of the situation around us in the natural life which apostle Paul describes as "rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice" (Php 4:4). So even in the midst of Satanic attack as like upon Job, we can choose to rejoice and be glad in the Lord which will declare the faith we have to this world and also the world we cannot see above us spiritually (Job 19:25). Regarding death, when God takes away His spirit which He has given, we die and go away in to the control of God's jurisdiction (Job 33:4; 34:14-15; 1 Kings 14:13; Heb 9:27). But for a child of God, Satan cannot take away the precious life of any saint without God's permission, and the keys of death is with Jesus now and not Satan as before the Cross (Job 2:6; Psa 116:15; Rev 1:18). But for the unbeliever they are still in the hands of Satan who has the rights to kill them through his deceit anytime (Eph 2:2-3; Col 1:21; John 8:43-44).

The gift of God is eternal life of friendship with Him in Jesus Christ (Rom 6:23), so it is a gift not a wage we get (Rom 11:35), so I am saying God has the right to give any gift and also has the right to take away. But intentionally he never takes away anything, but He may test us so that we may trust Him like Abraham did when he did sacrifice Isaac symbolically representing of the coming of Christ and His sacrifice for all humanity. That is the sovereignty of God I speak to which we must submit unconditionally through which we prove by the test of faith that our faith is genuine (Gen 22:16-17, 18; Heb 11:17-19), that was what happened in the life of Job too I believe (Job 42:10, 12). When we are too rigid and do not have real faith, we might resist to accuse God when test or trials happen. In this Job actually proved his faith by submitting to the sovereign control over his life. Praise God!

Some people say that Moses didn't enter the Promise Land because he misrepresented God, so we may be doing the same for giving God the "blame" for the devil's actions or our own! But saying something without the Scriptural backup is just an assumption. When a person is born blind, deaf or mute, you blame God as the giver or the devil the thief as the taker (John 10:10)?

Yes for example as you referred above, when God claimed to Moses saying, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" (Exo 4:11). It means God is taking righteous responsibility for all the disabled or differently abled children who are born on the earth, but that doesn't mean that God intentionally creates them like that, but rather because of the result of sin which came through our forefather Adam (Rom 5:12), God executes his judgment and righteousness through such creation of His but still uses them for His glory through empowering them specially as we see time and time again, and does bring something good through their lives in building others through them (1 Cor 1:26-27, 28-29; Jer 9:24). Satan has no creative ability which only God has, so God takes actual responsibility for all His creation and never runs away from them because of any inability on his part. Nothing is impossible with God, nothing is too hard for God to do (Jer 32:27). In other words, man gave the devil the legal right to steal, kill and destroy. The character of God does not change, God is love so He is good and God is holy and righteous, so He does judge sin from time to time in righteousness and also has set a time for eternal judgment which no human can ever run away from (Psa 7:10-12; 9:8; 98:9; 105:7; 1 Chr 16:14; 1 Pet 4:5; 2 Pet 3:7; Acts 24:25; 2 Tim 4:1)!

Does God need a proof of our faith to test us despite being an all knowing God before all things happen? God doesn't test us to prove to him our faith, God already knows our faith that is why He tests us before the spiritual world and the natural so that we could justly be rewarded and proved before all throughout eternity. God tests us so that we could trust Him and His goodness despite our limited understanding at any point of time to know why bad things happen to good people and even to the saints like us all who follow Him.

We should praise God for His sovereign control over our lives and rejoice in Him for it, because it shows that not only nothing can happen outside of God's permission and control, but also it conveys to us that even if devil works against us to destroy God's plan for our lives temporarily, God not only works on behalf of us for our good to tune us through such trials and prepare us for eternal blessings of inheriting His Character more and more through it all, but also has guaranteed to turn whatever bad the devil does to us in to something good and turn the tables on Satan for him to be judged for the evil he has done to us and instead reward us now and forever at the end of it all. Glory to God!

God is God, no matter what happens to us, He will justify us if we believe in Him. God has His own reasons why He allows bad things to happen, and He has His own ways and set time to change the bad things the devil does to us in to something good and a blessing to us (Neh 13:2). Only an omniscient, omnipotent and a omnipresent God could turn even bad and evil thing to become good for us eternally, so let us keep trusting His goodness to move forward and glorify Him without getting bogged down by such questions as we have seen above. Glory to God!

Much Blessings....



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