Body Parts

 Body Parts

1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many. 

When we have a description of the Church as a body, we must recognise many aspects of such a concept in order to minister to it and through it. The lack of understanding of the body and its parts (members) is the prime reason for criticism of the Church. Anyone who looks at their own body and criticises it is not wise. On the contrary, one must honour the body parts. 1Co_12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

So, what do we know about the spiritual body of Christ?

  1. The body is both local and worldwide
  2. A body has many members
  3. The parts are different to each other in appearance
  4. Their functions are different
  5. They all belong in the body
  6. Some are stronger than the others
  7. They work together for the good of the body
  8. No one member is greater than the other as they all belong in one body
  9. Each body part is held together by their common purpose and reason for existence
  10. If one suffers, all suffer. If one rejoices, all rejoice.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

 Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: Act 10:35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 

 

When God decided to bring the Gentiles into salvation, two things were revealed. One is, God had not forgotten the Gentiles or had abandoned them. Secondly, in accepting the Gentiles, He did not throw out the Jews to bring in the Gentiles. His arms are still outstretched to them. Too often in life, we seek the exclusive and therefore judge beforehand what an outcome should be. For example; if one sees another commit a very bad sin, it has been a tendency amongst many to condemn the sinner. Secondly, we treat them as having no way back to God to re-possess their previous position of righteousness in the same way we ourselves who have not sinned possess. 

 

Many Christians have sinned badly and have failed God and man in despicable ways. As a result, do we who have not sinned throw the baby out with the bath water? This difficult scenario presents itself often these days to the one who must decide on how to handle this. When it involves family members, the difficulty is greater. Recently, I have been convicted by God about His heart for the lost who have in some way been abused in their childhood and some in their adult lives. Destruction of innocence in childhood and offence in adulthood have had severe consequences in people’s lives concerning their walk with God. Many have had their initial salvation affected causing them to backslide and fall into despair, pushing them far from God. I feel the heart of God is grieving for His children and sometimes, it is strong enough inside of me for me to physically cry.

 

There is a generation of people out there who are suffering the wrongs of society that have been inflicted upon them. Their lives have been disadvantaged because of this and the devil has driven the nails into their coffins with glee over these wrong doings they have suffered in their lives. Yet, God has not broken the bruised reed or quenched the smoking flax. Mat 12:18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. Mat 12:19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. Mat 12:20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. When the Jews turned their hearts away from God, He turned to the Gentiles to save them and make them His people also. The loss of birthright by Israel eventuated this change of heart in God. Had they stayed in God faithful, they would have been chosen to bring the gospel to the world. Yet now, the Church has been chosen to do this and also to take the gospel back to the first child (Israel) who is in darkness. Let us not throw the “Israel baby” out with the bath water but rather intercede for them.

 

When we are faced with difficult situations regarding people that present themselves contrary at home, work and in the Church, we have a decision to make. Do we disconnect with them or do we do something about it in wisdom? Apostle Paul admonishes us strongly not to interact with a fornicator who is a brother but does not say the same of the unsaved people who are in the world. It seems, he has drawn a line between the Christian sinner and the sinner of the world. Yet, he is hopeful that the fornicator who is a brother will return to God. So, what must we do? I believe we must follow the instructions of Apostle Paul concerning the Christian brother or sister and pray for them that they return to God in repentance and be restored. Yet, the choice is theirs. When we do this it puts us in a place of righteousness with God as we have not acted to condemn someone who is still a brother and have loved by not throwing the baby out with the bath water.

 

Another interesting scenario of a meaty example presented by Apostle Paul to us is as follows. 1Ti_1:20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. Here it seems that Apostle Paul terminated a relationship and actually handed over two people to satan to be dealt with. We then observe in the following verse something that is even deeper and harder to be understood. 1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. It is my reasoning that he is talking about two types of sinners. One type belong to those who are lost who have reached a point of no return and another type that would be better off dead than alive, so that, their spirits might be saved. Wow! Can we actually make such decisions?  In such difficult decision making processes only the word can clarify it further through the Holy Spirit.  Joh 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Joh 20:23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. It seems that Christ has passed on to us the ability to forgive someone their sins. I thought only Jesus can forgive sins. So, how can we forgive sins? It is really quite simple. Mat_6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Mat_6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. The Bible teaches us that unless we forgive, we cannot be forgiven. People commit sins against each other and we must forgive them. When they commit sins against God, then God must forgive them on their repentance. This is the equation of forgiveness.

 

We can go one further in the case of healing and see that we can obtain the forgiveness of sins of a person through the prayer of faith. Jas_5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. All this to say, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water but rather employ the power within us (The Holy Spirit) to act according to the word. This will breakthrough for many who need our understanding and forgiveness rather than our condemnation and judgement. In the days ahead, this particular attitude will be tested in more ways than one. What is coming, is going to be in many cases beyond forgiving and is already so. The Holy Spirit grieves at the ways mankind has decided to live in their free will. He is crying from the smallest of sins we commit to the rather large ones. Sin is sin, the attitude we have toward it is what grieves Him.

 

Judgement is coming in a big way and the sheep will be separated from the goats and wheat from the tares. We must understand that the reason God judges is, people do not want to listen no matter how much they are forgiven or given chances to change. God cannot let it go on and allow mankind to undermine His authority. His grace extends only for a period of time and then people fail the grace of God. Heb_12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; As we reach out to a bitter world, let us not fail the grace of God by becoming bitter towards the ones who are bitter. Let us save as many as we can with the love and power of God. I see a dying world and so do many but what are we doing about it? Are we victims ourselves or are we victors and overcomers?

 

The days are upon us when we will find many falling away from the faith for one reason or another. Some will be restored but others will not. The Bible teaches us to guard our hearts. If we don’t, we will be carried away with the dissimulation that is upon us. There are times when you will be forced to make choices. These are such times. By being forced, it will be placed upon you by the law of the land as in the case of same sex marriage. What you do with it will decide your relationship with God. Much wisdom is needed so that we do not throw the baby out with the bath water.

 

Even though same sex marriage is only one issue at the moment, many such decisions will have to be made in the future through what is coming in terms of globalisation and the antichrist’s rule and reign. If we happen to be here, we will have to make choices that have nothing to do with anything other than siding with God on the things He hates. This is not throwing the baby out with the bath water because there are and always will be wicked men on earth whose consciences are seared. They are children of satan. They cannot be changed because they are reprobates. A reprobate is a person who cannot be saved, who is wicked and without a conscience. We are coming across such people daily in the world and the news media reports on their atrocities everyday. Though we see them as human beings, they have become reprobates through their greed and lust for money, power and sex. satan has deceived them into working for him rather than they seeing God who watches them. They may have even heard the gospel once and even given their lives to Jesus but now have found satan’s way more interesting. 1Ti 1:19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1Ti 1:20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 

 

The whole point of faith is, to choose wisely at all times. One must never be deviated from the truth by the work of evil. If we do, the mind will give in to the ways of the devil who lost his own position before God forever through a reprobate mind. How long did he have in the presence of God before he decided to rebel? We don’t know but he sure failed God and was retained in chains of darkness for eternity. Hell is a real place and no one should go there but some do. Let us awaken to the saving of the soul and not to condemnation and disregarding of the soul. Yet, let us maintain discipline because evil communication corrupts good manners (morality).

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

29/10/17

 

 

 What next?

 What next?

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 

    

The idea behind gaining understanding of the plans of God is to work backwards. If we wind back the scriptures, we will be able to see the end from the beginning in context to where we are in the scheme of things. No matter what has been related to us in prophecy by the prophets, we only see glimpses of what is actually taking place in relation to scriptures. Added to this, there are so many voices out there that it is hard to discern who is speaking accurately of the times we live in. Therefore, we struggle with the idea of what to expect next. It is confusing to say the least yet important and not impossible to understand. 

 

The actual events that have taken place recently and which are taking place on earth now, add confusion to the prophetic. No one has predicted with clarity events that have taken place such as the Twin Towers, Terrorism at large, the flights that disappeared, the wars of the Middle East known as the Arab spring, the current conflicts of North Korea and USA etc. The prophecies have spoken about them but few have heard about them to do anything about them. It has been hidden from the public and only the discerning are aware of these events. What is even more interesting, is the inability of governments to predict what comes next and are ill equipped to handle the disasters that are taking place. Added to this, the close proximity of occurrences of events do not allow for easy recovery to take place. Nations carry on but deep wounds have been laid bare on the hearts of people who do not understand. Man is confused to say the least and yet will not turn to God for His salvation. They are still trying to work it out on their own. In the light of the gospel and the teaching regarding the Church, we too have to understand what comes next or else we will be taken by surprise. The Jews had become lazy and confident in their faith to the extent that they ignored the coming of the Messiah. When He did come, they were perplexed, angry and crucified Him. What of the Church? We have received the Messiah, received the promised Holy Spirit and still live in sin, apathy and disregard of holiness and righteousness. We are still crucifying Christ. The warnings in the book of Revelation are clear that a similar fate will be met by the Churches if they do not repent and turn from their wicked ways. What has changed? It seems we are no better than the Jews in our behaviour toward God. We are as self indulgent and careless as they were.

 

So, what comes next? What comes next is already happening with a clear intention of a final manifestation for the Church. Many do not believe in the rapture or the disappearance of countless numbers of Christians in a supernatural event. What if this event that has been predicted does not happen? What then? How will you behave in the light of continuing to live on earth and what will be your expectations in the face of current world events? We know what comes next because we have been warned as Christians. Will your Christian view point and beliefs hold fast? Whatever comes next does not really matter in the light of our faith just like how Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego answered King Nebuchadnezzar. It did not matter to them whether God delivered them or not or whether they lived or not. They knew their God. However, we need to behave in a manner that prepares our hearts and are busy about the Father’s business because of what is coming next. Do you know your God in the light of the deceptions that are taking place within the Church, the compromise and sin? Are you able to keep yourself from those things and say, “Whether God delivers me from this present evil world or not, I will not submit to satan or serve evil”?

The prophetic events that are yet to come, in my opinion, involve a long time frame. The way I see it, a sequence of events have to take place. I believe they are as follows:

  1. A worldwide revival has to take place
  2. There has to be a major falling away of the church 
  3. The Church has to be taken out of the way in rapture
  4. The anti-christ has to appear
  5. Great persecution and death has to take place through the anti-christ’s reign
  6. Jesus has to come back and destroy him
  7. Jesu will set up His thousand year reign on earth
  8. Then the attack of Gog and Magog on Jesus will be attempted
  9. Final destruction of the world will take place
  10. A new heaven and a new earth will be created
  11. Finally, a new temple will be established on earth with God in it

 

So, in the light of all this, where are we and how do we prepare our own heart’s to meet our maker? I know, I will not be around on earth to see most of the events I have described above. Therefore, I believe it is important for Christians to live like the following verses describes we should. James 4.13:16 - 13 ·Some of you say [LCome now, you who say], “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” 14 But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a ·mist [vapor; puff of smoke]. ·You can see it [It appears] for a short time, but then it ·goes away [vanishes]. 15 ·So, [or instead] you should say, “If the Lord ·wants [wills; wishes], we will live and do this or that .” 16 But now you are ·proud [arrogant; probably referring to their plans for the future] and you brag [boast]. All of this bragging [boasting] is wrong [evil; wicked;].

 

I am determined to make the most of my life in expectation of the best from the Lord. I do believe we will see much more disaster and turmoil in the world in the days to come. The downhill slide has begun in earnest for the world and I cannot see anything else than the prophetic happening in all earnestness. The judgements of God in particular will accentuate events on earth along with consequences for sin. Are they the one and the same? I think it is important to realise that they are not. There are pre-judgements of God that are known as the curses. These are established and operate outside of Christ. Then there are judgements of God that come as a result of a decision by God to end something like in the case of Sodom & Gomorrah. The consequences vary from robbed blessings, attacks of the enemy and even death because the wages of sin is death. Annanais & Sapphira paid the ultimate price for lying to the Holy Ghost which was a sin. They and others in the Bible suffered as a result of sin. Many die and are sick because they take part of communion erroneously. These are all consequences for sin and fall under the category of pre-judgements of God. Then there are the judgements of God that judge between brothers and sisters and the daily happenings in the Christian’s life.

 

The more I warn people about this, the more I realise how ignorant and blatant people are who lack the understanding of the times. On the one hand, people in the world who are unsaved do not have a clue about the prophetic judgements of God or consequences for sin. Many Christians on the other hand, may or may not have knowledge of these things and go about their daily life oblivious to God’s judgements. Every action has a re-action and a consequence. There is no doubt about this Universal law. Nothing escapes cause and effect. The only saving grace in this principle is the love, mercy and grace of God. So, therein is hope and an expectation that my end will not be cut off. Pro_24:14  So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.  When I build my expectation on hope and trust in God, my expectation will not be cut off. Therefore, it does not matter what comes next. I am safe in the hands of the Lord. The only thing I have to make sure of is that I do not cause what comes next in a negative way but move in a way that the Holy Spirit directs me which is prophetic. 

 

When the world sees the Church standing in righteousness they realise that it is by choice. Many who call themselves the Church do not make this choice and conform to this world and submit to the devil. That too is prophetic. Whatever comes next according to scripture, let us make sure we are aware of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us and be led by the Spirit. Joseph, Mary’s husband was led through dreams of impending danger. He heeded God’s warnings and fulfilled the prophetic. I know many who have not heeded the call of God on their lives and have paid a big price or have lamented their lives to the grave because of it. 

The prophetic events in the last days is significant to us on many counts

  1. The call of God on our lives individually and corporately
  2. The signs of the times in relation to scripture means God is speaking more strenuously. We need to hear more quickly.
  3. Our knowledge of the judgements of God that are coming will give us an edge in preparation for them if we are around
  4. We must hasten to save souls and correct lives that live in error
  5. We must watch and pray toward the saving of our souls
  6. Not losing our reward through laziness and ignoring the times.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

22/10/17

 

 

Do something about it

Do something about it

Psalm 18:29 With your help I can advance against (run through) a troop,  with my God I can scale (leap over) a wall.

Rather than talk about and bemoan your situation, why don’t you do something about it? The world is full of people who talk about their situation in life and rarely get up to do something about it. Self pity amongst other things kicks in and then they become victims of depression and self condemnation while listening to everyone else except looking at the facts before them. Many people who are with God behave like people who are without God in this matter of lethargy. I often wonder if they don’t get tired of themselves. 

 

I on the other hand have seen enough in this world to last me an eternity and so I have chosen to do something about it.    The first thing I decided to do about it is to stop condemning myself over every little thing. What I discovered about myself was, I was a perfectionist till I met the Perfect one and then realised I will never measure up to HIM. Added to this, I found out that I do make a lot of mistakes and so, that too made it clear to me that I was not perfect. When I realised this, I stopped receiving the condemnation imputed by the devil and others to me including self condemnation. The truth is, no one is perfect and therefore, cannot judge another by their own standards or by the standards of others. After I stopped condemning myself, I got out of the self pity party. The “woe is me” trip was stopped in its tracks by deciding that I was the only one feeling sorry for myself. Rather than trying to trap others into my way of thinking, I began to release people from me. I stopped hanging around people who were negative and who could not direct me in love and in the truth. I also stopped blaming myself for every little mistake or inability I had. I realised I was not this perfect person who knew everything and could do everything. I realised it was coming from pride and not inadequacy. The truth was, I was limited and could not do everything or be everywhere or control everything. I realised I was not God. This came as a big relief because then I could be who I am without worrying about who I am. Once I admitted my faults and shortcomings and failure in character, I was able to do something about it. Fixing those issues in the light of a higher standard than myself in Jesus took some effort. The only way out was to persevere and accept my faults and shortcomings and meet with a gracious and loving God who helped me become me. The conflict in my mind was self inflicted. Many blame the devil and he is to be blamed but not for what I myself can control in the flesh through the Spirit. 

 

The third thing I began to do was to attack depression caused by the devil, circumstances and people. I stopped it by praise and worship to God based on His verse as follows. Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me;…. Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  When I realised through the teaching of Derek Prince that heaviness equalled depression and that it was an evil spirit, I did what he did, which was to praise God according to the scripture. Within a week, depression left me and never came back. Though it tried, I knew its form and rejected it. I suddenly had power over it to defeat it by rejecting what was spoken, heard or seen by not attributing it to myself. Even world events no longer had power over me as my hope was now in the ONE who had conquered the grave. Suddenly, I did not have to deal with anything negative because Jesus had dealt with it. I simply had to accept it.

 

The fourth thing I started to do was, employ the scriptures on my behalf. It was hard in the light of the journey God had me on. Yet, it would seem He knew what He was doing. I certainly did not understand it and bemoaned my situation to Him but He relentlessly led me in the path I should go. As God led me through the wilderness, I realised I was being sustained by Him and not by my efforts.    The supernatural came into play and though I did not understand much of it, I learnt many things along the way. I soon became stronger but still lived in wonderment of His ways as they were very painful. What God wanted me to understand was that, I was not to compare myself to others. Once I understood I was uniquely called and chosen, I stopped worrying about others. Mind you, this did not happen overnight but happened as I did something about it through the knowledge of the word. The Bible is a great teacher when you employ the Anointing. He teaches you and you become strong through the word which is Spirit and life to the soul and spirit of man.

 

What most Christians do not understand is, there isn’t another person like God in the entire Universe. Therefore, man goes about trying to conform to man and the representation of life in this world, wanting to belong and be seen as one of the crowd. What a waste of God’s investment in uniqueness of His creation. No two blades of grass or snowflakes are the same. Imagine a Creator who can do that. Why then do we limit ourselves to comparison? I believe we compare to create in our thinking a comfort zone. This is how the fashion of this world flourishes. Many want to look like another or behave like another in the hope that they can belong. The same thing happens with the Christian world when comparison is made about the anointing that another carries. Many try to imitate and get what another has by way of what God has blessed another with. If they can’t get it, they try to manufacture it so that they can look and behave the same.

 

Comparison is a killer of identity which God has given to each one of us uniquely. Unity and conformity is not given by God to us so that we all look and behave like each other. It is given so that we all will conform to the image of Jesus and His character while retaining our individuality. This is the power of God in birthing sons and daughters who are unique. Wow, this is unity in diversity. Though the body is one, yet it has many members and they do not look or function like another body part. Creation itself is an embodiment of unity in diversity uniquely different. No two people are the same. I love that because not only does it give me identity but relationship with God and others that is unique. I can be me and yet agree with another on the same subject and have the same thoughts and do the same things others do. This is where, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power of God also work uniquely. Apostle Paul asks this question that delivers me from trying to be everything to everybody or for that matter to God. 1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 1Co 12:30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 1Co 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 

 

 

Apostle Paul concludes with the one common attribute that all should possess without which no gift is made valid even if one possesses it. That common ingredient is love. Love possesses in it the power to bring validity and value to everything it touches. So, even though one may not possess a gift in the natural or the spiritual but have love, they are greater than the one who possesses a gift and does not have love. 1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Charity is love and one must possess it but they can only possess it when they are possessed by it. Love is the person of God, for God is love who expresses this attribute of His character in His own way. This varies according to the need. When man needed salvation, God expressed His love through His Son Jesus whom He gave as a sacrifice to save the world. Joh_3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. When man needed ongoing confirmation of God’s love, He sent the Holy Spirit into men who believed. Rom_5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. When, we needed assurances of His love in dark and difficult times, God chose the scriptures to speak to us of His love and support. 1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 

 

I do believe that many Christians in particular are striving with God, man and their circumstances. What is unnecessary in life is being brought about by one’s own self. Instead of accepting what God says about us, many are listening to their own voices and the voices of the devil and others whom they seem to admire. They admire these people because it looks like they have made it and look good. The examples in life one chooses for themselves seem to be mostly human, while very little regard is given to the character and nature of Christ Jesus who is the exemplification of all truth and perfection. Not only is Christ our perfection, He is our all in all in every arena of our lives.

 

Without this person of Christ to look toward, we will believe the lie of the world that has been developed by the devil that we need to conform to world standards and fashion. Many are just going along because they do not want to cause ripples. This will end in death and destruction for them. More than ever, we are faced with choices. If we do not make the attempt to do something about our situation in the light of the gospel, we will end up being worldly and live miserable lives while pretending the whole time that everything is okay.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

15/10/17

 

 

Following instructions precisely

Following instructions precisely

1Sa 15:2Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 1Sa 15:3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1Sa 15:10Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, 1Sa 15:11It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments……. 1Sa 15:28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

 

King Saul paid a huge price for not obeying the precise instructions of God to him through the prophet Samuel. To draw a parallel into modern times, it is evident that submission to authority in Church to follow precise instructions is a big problem today. It seems that it is a bigger problem in the secular world as well.  The results are rebellion and idolatry which stems from pride. Rebellion is as witchcraft and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry. This is what was said to King Saul. It may seem as harsh words and his punishment extreme but what people do not realise is, God is serious. King Saul’s failure to follow God’s instructions to him as his final authority was treated by God as witchcraft. Maybe, King Saul thought that he could do what he liked because it was not God who spoke to him directly but Samuel the prophet. Maybe, he thought he could always talk his way out of it with a man which he tried to do in explaining his error to Samuel. What he did not realise was, the instructions he received through the prophet, though he was a man, was actually from God.

The Wiles of the Devil

The Wiles of the Devil

Eph_6:11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

We are standing on the threshold of a time when the unleashing of evil is going to stare us in the face while looking seemingly harmless. In other words, deception is going to take place on a mass scale. The de-sensitization of society is taking place already through human reasoning about what is good and what is evil. It is the aim of all governments to produce a humanistic society devoid of religion or God. Giving into what the public want no matter what the desires of the flesh are will only subject the nations of this world into a society that cannot handle choices based on good and evil. In other words, man cannot accept that he is evil but only good. Anyone who opposes the concept of good according to man will be removed. Popular vote is the way to go with governments no matter whose voice is speaking.

 

The wiles of satan extend into every walk of life and even into the Church. This is not surprising as the Church is the last bastion of anything good left on earth. If the Church is corrupted (which it is in many ways in many denominations) then the walls will come tumbling down and there will be no resistance at all. This is going to happen quite soon because the restraining power of God is about to be removed. 2Th 2:7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2Th 2:8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  

 

Why should we believe that it is going to happen now? Apostasy (the abandonment of our beliefs in Christ) is upon us in a greater way than ever before. The increase in apostasy indicates the nearness of the time of the removal of the Church as a restraining power because the Holy Spirit who is the one who convicts the world will no longer contend with flesh. Then, people can do what they want and there will be no control. That is already happening in a greater way than ever before. Rebellion is at its highest on every level of society and wars and strife is everywhere. The earth itself is groaning with the weight of what is going on. It seems that everyone is unhappy about something or another and they are all vying for a voice and a place. This is causing ideological groups and ethnic values to be formed on levels unprecedented. To avoid segregation of societies, governments will head towards globalization which will be influenced and introduced through technology and reward systems that are based on your submission to them.

 

What has satan got to do with all this? The answer is simple really. He is the perpetrator of evil upon earth and the influencing power behind global change so that he can usher in his anti-christ. In the process of global change, there will come a world leader who needs to sort out the problems that will arise from segregation, rebellion and unrest caused by all these groups wanting what they want. This anti-christ will bring with him advancement in technology to control the masses which is already happening. Standardization of connectivity via satellite and other methods has even reached the deep jungles and forests of our world. People are connected and know what is happening around the world. These are the wiles of satan to get into society and control them.

 

The meaning of wiles is as follows. “Devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants”. To achieve this, he lures the believers and unbelievers with enticing things to cause them to submit to his way even without their knowing, the whole time making them believe that it is them. What does this mean when it comes to us who believe? The lures are always subtle and will seek to manipulate to control everyone and everything and if that is not possible, to destroy once the lures are set. He does this by placing people in situations they should not be in. He also uses the senses to bombard the soul with what he wants that soul to receive.

 

2Co 2:10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 2Co 2:11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. These verses tell us that with believers, satan’s devices are to manipulate emotions. When offences and unbelief is in a person through some shortcoming on another’s part, the damage is done to isolate and destroy or cause bitterness to creep in. These are considered as normal human reactions to situations in life caused by people but never seen as soul destroying. Society is now filled with people who are hurt in someway and are dealing with their hurts by using drugs, alcohol, self harm and even violence toward others. Added to this, religious instruction in hate is being purported toward the world resulting in terrorism which has risen to heights never seen before.

 

The question is; how do we view all this in the light of the days we live in? Do we take a step back and ignore it as long is it does not come to our doorstep? What if it does come to us, do we then do something about it or become its victim? I believe, the answer is in prayer and discernment through the Holy Spirit about the times we live in and what to do about it. Making a stand for righteousness is always something that is disdained by many because it requires discipline and submitting to God’s word. Is this anything new? No it is not, except that, now we have leaders in Church bowing down to pressures being created in the body and allowing what they never used to allow before. They do not want the pressure of standing against the tide and so they give in or compromise. Many denominations are allowing same sex ideas to float into their churches and others have embraced it. Others are allowing un-restrained drinking and de-facto relationships along with all manners of fornication and sexual indulgences that leave the mind boggled and makes shipwreck of the faith.

 

When the word of God is compromised, the advancement of evil is real. When the word of God is believed and preached, evil is contained and even destroyed. This is happening with many moves of God through people who are standing in the gap in the face of persecution and trials. I often talk to other Christian ministers and lay people to gauge their views on what is going on. They find that the onslaught of evil is great but they are carrying on even in the face of martyrdom of which it is reported that 160,000 give their lives for the Lord each year. I take heart in the stand many make against evil and what it is guised up to be.

 

The wiles of satan even go as far as changing the truth into a lie and so many are deceived into believing a false gospel. Rom_1:25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. This is what is happening right now with same sex marriages. It is reported in the Bible that even the anti-christ will be someone who has no regard for women or other gods but will acknowledge a god never known by man because he is so hidden. Dan 11:36And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, ….

 

We indeed live in the last days but what that means with regard to what we will encounter and accept is certainly something we need to keep our eyes on. Prayer and quick repentance are keys to peace and the ability to withstand the wiles of the enemy. No one is exempt from his wiles but we can certainly keep an eye on things by occupying ourselves in the Kingdom’s work and word. My encouragement to you is to settle your accounts quickly no matter what you have against someone or if someone has something against you. Live as closely to the word as possible and allow God to rule and reign over your lives. The times require us to be wary of what seems to be good but in fact is evil. Let us learn to choose because many in the world will not be able to. Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isa 7:15  Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

 

Butter and honey are the ingredients of God that will help us choose. They represent the good things of God in the word and by the Spirit. Goodness and mercy, truth and love are things good from the word of God. When we choose God and His word we will know to refuse evil even when it comes to us as an angel of light. This is discernment and power. If there is a gift you are looking for from the Holy Spirit, ask for discernment. That will keep you from the wiles of the devil and also from harm and having to extract yourself each time from some mistake that comes about through the flesh. The flesh is the failure factor in a human being. Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.

 

The subtleties of the evil one abound to the point where one may not even know they are in deception. That is why we must stay close to Jesus and watch what we allow. This is a greater requirement than ever before. People may think you are paranoid but I can show you many dead men’s bones of those who did not follow Jesus closely in the word and stay humble.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

24/09/17

 

 

Living in the Last Days

Living in the Last Days

Act_2:17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

2Ti_3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Heb_1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

 Isa_2:2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

 

There are several themes based on living in the last days written out for us in the Bible. Since the word of God is the final authority on life itself, we who are in the faith believe the word of God. In doing so, let us not rush to speak over the situation and circumstances over life that we face today without knowledge. That would be detrimental to us and the world. It is easier to speak a curse over things than it is to speak true life. Negativity in life is a best seller. News media thrive on it, people who live in self pity and depression thrive on it and the devil thrives on it. It is the hopelessness of living in the last days that drives people into insanity, drugs, alcohol and all manner of evil of which they are not in control. This is why they seek to end their misery by drowning out life with things that affect their entire body, soul and spirit.

 

Yet, God’s word speaks to us and says that in the last days in the midst of all this chaos and confusion He will pour out His Spirit and the wilderness will become a fruitful forest. Added to this, entire nations will come to Him and be blessed. Can this be true? In my opinion and in the opinions of countless millions before and during our time have come to the conclusion that the last days will bring a revival like never before. Even though it may be world encompassing, it will not have the effect of saving every single soul. That is not what it is meant to do even though the heart of God seeks for none to be lost. The emphasis is on the hearer and receiver of the word and Spirit of God.

 

The last days will bring with it perilous times for all. Not only those who are in the world but for Christians. The difference will be, the Christians will be able to withstand and stand against the tides of the last days in their spirits and get strong and even do great exploits. Dan_11:32And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. What does this mean? I believe it means that we who believe and remain on earth will move with such power as never seen before and many wonderful miracles and the like will be done by ordinary people to show the greatness and glory of God. Living in the last days under and in the Holy Ghost is exciting and not to be missed. There is no time for self pity, sorrow and depression for believers who believe in a living God. They will move in these perilous times like lightning and do great things because they know their God. The knowledge of God will also increase like never before and one will have access to things they never had before.

 

What about perilous times? Well, these times are already perilous with what is going on in the world. Even the worldly people can see the dangers of living in a world out of control. Whatever sanity is left is only hanging by a thread. Reasoning has become so convoluted that it is hard to make any sense of what is happening in the ordinary man’s mind. Living in the last days require us to have a sound mind that is constantly renewed by the word of God. That word has never changed through the centuries in the best and worst of times. Little do people realise that this world was once wiped clean by God except for 8 people. Gen_6:13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. It wasn’t the earth that was destroyed but the world involving people and animals. So, in the context of the last days, what is going to happen? I believe that several things will happen.

1.     There will be unprecedented evil unleashed on earth

2.     There will be unprecedented salvation released on earth

3.     There will be destruction like never seen before on earth

4.     There will be false peace and governments set up on earth by the devil who will introduce his anit-christ

5.     Jesus will come back for His own

6.     Jesus will defeat the anti-christ and cause His reign to happen on earth

7.     The earth will ultimately be destroyed

8.     A new earth and a new heaven will be created by God

All of what I have written has validation in scripture. The sequence and timing of events is up to the Lord. What I do know is, prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes. It is in the timing and manner that it is happening which is taking everyone by surprise. Even the prophets who prophesy of these events only prophesy in part, as God gives them the unction. The reason for this is, all things are in the hands of God to do as He pleases. Even though much has been revealed in scripture, one can only prepare oneself as the Lord leads.

 

However, the last days require several preparations.

1.     The preparation of the heart to be in purity and righteousness

2.     The feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of Jesus the Christ

3.     Keep the oil burning in our lamps by continual infilling of the Holy Ghost through prayer

4.     Much reading of the word and seeking for revelation to be found worthy to escape the disasters

 

The last days hold in them much to be considered. One such consideration is the advent of Jesus. His coming to earth signalled the last days. Heb_1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; If the coming of Jesus signified the last days; the obvious question would be, how long were they to last? It has been recorded that it is nearly two thousand years since Jesus came and so the last days become a time stretched out concept. So, why do we say we are living in the last days as though it is coming soon or even tomorrow? It is because we are at the last days of the last days concept identified by the closeness of prophecies being outworked. Added to this, the events are so close to each other that there is no time to recover from one to prepare for another. This indicates the birth pangs of the end of time of an era such as our time.

 

So then, what is our era? Our era is the time of grace, mercy and the Holy Spirit. Once our era is over, the unleashing of evil will not be held back like before. Since no restraint will be there, evil will increase and occur with such speed that it will be impossible to contain it even for a moment. This means that we will see (if we are on earth) the destruction of life and loved ones in manners unprecedented right before our eyes. It will no longer be something happening in some far distant land but it will be happening right at our doorstep. Our era is also an era of hope. Hope in this time will bring many to salvation. People will not be able to tell the difference between good and evil. What about the last days as described to us about the millennium? There are so many schools of thought on this, it is not funny. However, since the reign and rule of Jesus on earth is inevitable, it would be safe to say that there will be a time when God will allow that and restore many things unto Himself including many nations. I believe this is what He is alluding to in Isa 2.2 stated at the start of this teaching letter.

 

Living in any era of last days will require one key ingredient. That is the life of Christ in an individual. If you are on earth at any one of these several “last days” concepts, you will require the Spirit of Christ to live in you or else you are not going to be part of the new heaven and the new earth. Rom_8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Many people are purporting to be Christians in the last days but are not. Jesus warned of such people who are wicked and do not have a conscience. Even after the reign of Jesus for a thousand years, the devil will deceive many nations and bring them up against Jesus and then the end of all flesh will come. Rev 20:7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Rev 20:8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 

My friends, let us not be ignorant of the teaching of the Bible or else we will be preparing ourselves in an erroneous manner or else we will disregard the times we live in. Nothing is more pressing than the salvation of a soul. Winning a soul for Christ also requires keeping the same for Christ till the end. Many people’s hearts will fail them because of what is coming and many will be sidelined because they are not true to God. We should not be found in either camp. Whether the end comes first for our era or we go first to God, let us be prepared and live like people who occupy till the Lord comes. Luk_19:13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. That is not a word that should be taken lightly as it is the commandment of Jesus Himself in Matt 28.18:20. To the world, Jesus speaks in parables but to us, what He is saying is clear.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

17/09/17