Accountability  

Accountability  

Dan 5:27  TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Recently our Treasurer was looking for 30 cents in the accounts to balance the books. It was taking ages and much searching before it was found. It was only then that the books could be balanced properly and in an accountable way. This describes to us the diligence of accountability. In the Christian sense, accountability is a big thing. God sees it as righteousness and also as due diligence. This means, one must be careful to give account of their lives while balancing it with God’s commandments and ways. On one end of the balance is ourselves and on the other side of the balance is God. If we do not strike a true weight, God will adjust or correct us according to His grace and chastening. Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Once we accept and learn that way of God, we will be brought back into balance or righteousness with God even before the chastening or correction takes place.

 

However, there are times when God will not balance out an accountability factor. He will punish or destroy. In the case of Nebuchadnezar’s son in the verse above, he destroyed him and his kingdom and divided it. In a sense this was prophetic but came about due to the fact that they were abusers of God’s property. When holy vessels are tampered with, God does not like it. When we tamper with our bodies, we are tampering with God’s holy vessel and we need to be quick about understanding that. 1Co 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1Co 6:13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

 

Accountability between children of God and family is equally important to God. Church life covers the life of a Christian as he is supposed to live it in his home and in Church. A Christian cannot be schizophrenic in their life style. Many blame their inadequacies of accountability on circumstances and situations of life. However, if we are to grow spiritually we must do so in the power and character of the Holy Ghost who represents the ways of Christ and so should bring us into accountability. Grace helps us to come into that accountability through the extended time God gives us to repent, change and become submissive to His commandments. His commandments are not grievous but our flesh rebels against it. So we must walk in the Spirit and we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. The commandment here is to love one another which is a good commandment and close to God’s heart. 1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and  his commandments are not grievous. The whole emphasis of God’s teaching is love between family and the family of God. I do not believe the world enjoys this kind of love nor is it available to those who are rebellious. Hell has been created for the angels who sinned against God because the rebelled against God and the family of God in heaven. Then humans failed God in a similar fashion and are destined for hell unless they can love one another and walk in the commandments of God.

 

There is a glib understanding that God is love and hence He will never do anything that is not proper for us. This is true to a large extent but one must realise that we can walk away from this love. Furthermore, if God is only love, why is there a hell and why does he warn us about hell? Let us not be naïve and without understanding like a mule. The commandments of God are there to make us accountable concerning our behaviour. We cannot leave a world of sin   and then come in to the faith to carry on the same way based on grace. This is modified Christianity.

 

In Church accountability we discover that it too has wide ranging areas of cause and effect. Whatever we say, do or think is the cause that affects our Church life and spirituality. This comes under scrutiny amongst our brothers, sisters and leaders. Even though our righteousness may exceed others, we will still be held accountable by God for our behaviour especially in matters of conflict. Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Leaders and lay people are equally accountable for what has been given them. No one escapes accountability. There is no protection from that before God. I have often seen the lack of Church accountability in matters ranging from finances to morals and doctrine that have affected the life of that Church. I have seen the demise of local Churches over long periods of time due to this very lack of integrity. This is a sad indictment against the Church today that has affected many lives in the church and in the world. Hence, many do not come to Jesus.

 

The breakdown of society should not allow for the breakdown of Church accountability. The words of Jesus in the Bible have always been valid through the centuries as the only power that brings righteousness and accountability before God. There is no accountability to be found in the world for what the Bible teaches and there are no alternatives to the word of God that can be found in the world. Many have mixed the ways of society and culture and brought it into the Church and Christianity causing many problems that have finally ended up in the demise of many local bodies and the decay of the Church worldwide. What is man’s acceptable practices of Christianity have been found wanting in the balances of God. We are in great danger. Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

 

How far will God go when accountability for one’s life comes up before Him? Annanais and Sapphira found out that lying to the Holy Ghost was death. It seems that God will not tolerate a person who lies to Him. So truth in itself is an accountability for all of us. Once we have received the truth, we cannot lie or do anything that the world may do to compromise their position before God. It is exactly this kind of accountability that many in the Church have compromised on. Their lack of accountability is based on their own assessments of what the commandments say. Each one of us must examine our own hearts and be accountable before God. Communion is an opportunity to do so and set the balance right again. Leaving it to go too far can be dangerous. God does not accept our gifts when we have no accountability. Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Forgiveness is an accountability before God that cannot be reduced in anyway. I have seen people near death because of this. Once they have forgiven, they have been instantly healed. The prison of un-forgiveness is a terrible place to be. Only judges put you there. So, if you become a judge, you can put yourself there quite easily. Jesus did not judge but forgave and then released people from prison. However, His commandments are to love one another and forgive or we face certain punishment and possibly even death. I wonder how many are dying because of taking communion with un-forgiveness in their hearts. Again, the words of Jesus in the verses above should bring the fear of the Lord into us. Church accountability accounts for a major portion of our Christian life as we interact on all levels of spiritual maturity in people and in Church protocol and commitments. Many compromise on what they agree to and thereby leave the ones they have committed to in the lurch because of their unwillingness to fulfil their commitments and accountability. Once you give your word, you must keep it. Jesus always keeps His word. Imagine where we would be if He didn’t?

 

Others have been given opportunity in Church and have failed by overstepping the prescribed mark. They have preached false doctrines, robbed money and abused sheep without any fear of accountability before God. Iron sharpens iron for a good reason; it is for accountability. Each one of us must have that seared in our consciences so that we understand that we can be called to accountability by anyone. 1Pe 5:5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

The rebellion in Church life and lack of commitment comes from lack of accountability for what has been given to each individual. The devil was unaccountable before God for what he had been given and wanted more. This lack of accountability before God caused his demise for eternity along with one third of his angels. Let us learn from his mistakes. The truth is, he has perpetrated his evil into the world while covering it in a form of respectability. True accountability always shows up when one’s back is to the wall. It is here that many fail in their accountability. Judas did this to Jesus when he betrayed Him. Yet, Jesus did not back off from fulfilling His accountability before God.

 Lots of love

Pastor Noble

16/07/17

 

 

The spirit of wilderness

The spirit of wilderness

There is never a dull moment in the wilderness as it is demanding on all aspects of a person’s being involving the body, soul and spirit. It is in the wilderness that a certain kind of spirit is developed that will determine the outcome of an individual in life. Since wildernesses can come and go and be different in how long they go on, it is important to develop a spirit within oneself of resilience toward the damaging aspects of wilderness times. We must also replace our wildernesses with fruitful forests by the wisdom and power of God. Isa 32:15Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. In the context of this verse, we determine that in the wilderness times one becomes a fruitful forest by receiving God’s Spirit in the wilderness.

Dead and unworkable situations in a person’s life can be considered as wildernesses. Spiritual regression (deterioration) can be as bad a wilderness and even worse than the wilderness of not being sufficiently cared for in material life. Even poverty of the world cannot compare to the poverty of the spirit. It is the spirit of man that must come to the place of regeneration before he can have fulfilment. Even having all the wealth in the world can bring you into wildernesses with the wrong spirit. There are many people who suffer wilderness and are depleted of life because they do not understand the reasons for wilderness. The main kind of wilderness is the God kind, where He takes you through it for His own reasons. The ones we create for ourselves through sin and disobedience are even worse and requires God to discipline us before some of us will realise. In this teaching I am attempting to focus on attitudes one must maintain in the wilderness times that will determine the level of our spirits (spirit level= alignment). Without right attitudes, we will suffer and even die in our wildernesses. They are not pleasant places but there is hope if we hold onto the word by the Spirit of God to release ourselves into the Promised Land.

God speaks of why He took Israel through the wilderness Deu 8:2And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Deu 8:3And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Only a handful in Israel understood the plan of God and so most missed out. The result of the wilderness for most Jews was to end up with a complaining spirit that led all who came out of Egypt to their deaths except Joshua & Caleb. The rest who were born in the wilderness survived. This should help us see that God in His sovereignty demarked who should live and who should die. The ones born in the wilderness also complained and committed sin but they did not die. This generational demarcation was for a reason. It was to preserve Israel as a nation without depleting its numbers too much so that they would not appear weak in the sight of their enemies.

The mysteries of God’s decision making process are the same with us today as we see complainers, sinners and the righteous in the mix of what is known as Christianity/Church. Life on earth is a wilderness that we are passing through. Many are complaining and carrying on about everything under the sun. Those who have received of the Spirit of God have gone on to make their wildernesses fruitful forests but others have not learnt and are trying hard to be what they cannot be without God. What the smart ones have done is to receive the Holy Spirit and submit to Him in their Christian walk and have become overcomers through faith in what Jesus did for them. Hence, they are walking in the wilderness covered by the blood of the Lamb and having great testimonies of God’s provision in their lives. Others are struggling to make it through their wildernesses not realising that they need to humble themselves. They are prying God for more, demanding from or lashing out at the Church and its leaders (like the Jews did with Moses) to pick on all the mistakes and other issues that they think are worthy of their time and effort to correct in their self righteousness. Instead of focussing on their own poverty to bring it to prosperity, they spend their time criticising. Rev_3:17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

These last days will determine who will make it through in this era called the Church. Many witnesses have gone before us who have died in Christ and have made it through to eternity. They have left behind a legacy that we should build upon and learn from of how God dealt with them and the things that God did among them. We must then use that information to build our faith in God. The last days will require us to walk in the spirit that depends on God’s word and not on our material blessings. We do not determine the salvation of an individual by what they have been blessed with but rather the knowledge that they have the Spirit of Christ in them 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 .These are sobering words because many claim to be Christians based on blessings but live lives that have no relevance to the true faith in Christ. This is exactly how the Jews lived in the wilderness and paid dearly with their lives. They mistook the blessings of God for the approval of God.

The desert experiences in a person’s life is for their benefit and not for their destruction. However, these experiences can be so trying that one can mistake them for an abandonment by God of them. Yet, the trust that God expects us to have in Him is being proven by Him in our wilderness. He wants us to depend on His word in these instances like Jesus portrayed when He was tempted in the desert by the devil. Jesus depended on the word to break the advances of satan in the wilderness. Having done all, Jesus still went to the cross for us because there was one more gulf to cross and that was the final desert experience of the death on the Cross. His trust was in God to see us all through to heaven.

Complaining about life is waste of time but that takes time to understand. When we stop the pity parties, the complaining about others, trying to up stage others based on our self righteousness and attempts to dictate to life based on our knowledge, then we will have freedom from this life. The dangers of self indulgence in the wilderness is separation from God’s ways in the wilderness. We must come to that place of blessing in the wilderness where our heart is sure of our relationship with God based on His goodness and unchanging nature. Tragedies and triumphs are impostors. This means that no matter whether we are on the mountain top or in the valley, our experiences in life do not determine the steadfastness of God in Christ. We must come to that place in  our reasoning. Joshua put it this way in the wilderness; Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 When we compare Joshua’s words to our situation, we too must choose, if we are to cross over to the Promised Land. The wildernesses therefore are never the end of the journey but the beginning. When Jesus pulled us out of the world, He brought us into Himself and gave us life. This should be more than enough for us. We must put away our worldly attitudes and prejudices and come to the glory that is Him. Then we will begin to experience His kingdom and love like never before. There is nothing for us on this earth but to continue this journey till Jesus comes for us again. In the meantime, our spirits must walk on this earth in the blessings of Abraham through Christ and not in the curses of sin that came through Adam.

There are many in the worldwide Church who are struggling with their faith. Others have made a shipwreck of their faith. Many others have fallen away never to return because they have not understood the journey. Appropriating the goodness of God in the land of the living takes faith and trust in God through life. Our wildernesses will become fruitful forests as we trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us Psa 32:8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. The exhortation is to be wise Psa 32:9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Psa 32:10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Animals do not have spirits like men. They are without the depth of understanding that comes from God.

When you are in this life as a Christian, behave as one. You are saved and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb and you should be grateful for all that God has done for you. Your life must be spent in thanksgiving, love for God and one another and growing spiritually to become strong against the enemy for the establishing of God’s kingdom on earth. God will use you and cause you to come to that place where He will prove you. Only, depend on Him through His word and Spirit and not on yourself.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

09/07/2017

 

 

 Inheritance

Inheritance

From the Pastor’s heart                                                    

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The meaning of inheritance can be stated as, “being bestowed upon by virtue of birthright the full ownership of another’s title and property”. In the case of the verse in Hebrews above, Jesus receives full ownership of all that God is and has and therefore has the right just like God in all things. It is further proven in this verse. Col_2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. This understanding is significant in universal terms both in the Spirit realm and on earth because of what subsequently followed the crowning of Jesus as the heir of all things. Heb_1:2  Hath 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; The significance is as follows:

1.     All of the invisible & seen worlds come under the Lordship of Jesus

2.     It is Jesus who decides what to do with His inheritance

3.     Jesus subsequently passes some of His inheritance to us in various forms

4.     We are given access to all that He has bar the Lordship of Jesus

 

Inheritance is an incredible concept in both spiritual and secular understanding. This concept was clearly understood by many in the Old Testament and so they always desired an heir, especially when they were barren. We see this exemplified in the life of Abraham who was chosen to display this concept to us through his life. The final fulfilment of this promise in Abraham to us was fulfilled when Jesus rose again and claimed His inheritance. After that came the spiritual blessings in heavenly places which were in addition to Abrahamic blessings Eph 1.3. Now you can understand why the devil is so angry with God and us. He was under the impression he was in line for it but failed when he tried to take it from God. This form of rebellion was treated with disdain and he lost out. Instead, it went to us who do not even deserve it. How much angrier would that make the devil when he realised that God had chosen us to inherit the kingdom of God. God’s choice made the forces of life question His wisdom. Why give away His entire fortune in life to measly earthly beings who cannot last even a moment in the flesh? The answer is simple. God did not create us the second time around, God birthed a people He called sons and daughters. John 3.1:5. After creation came procreation (reproduction not creation). God decided to give birth to Himself in His Son and then His Son gave birth to us in the Spirit. All this means, we are created in His image and then have the seal of ownership by the Spirit and are given this inheritance in the Spirit whereby we have access to all things to benefit us now and for evermore.

 The first deposit of this inheritance comes with the following passage. Eph 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (14)  who is a deposit guaranteeing inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

After this comes the full inheritance when we pass on from this life into the next. 2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 Now, I do not know what kind of inheritance you are looking for but I can say this, after realising that there are far greater things in the Holy Ghost for the now and when I pass on to another life. I am seeking God for this inheritance to be fully outworked in me. The downside to inheritances are, not being able to inherit what is mine because I fail the conditions of inheritance. Inheritance with God is not automatic just because we are given the identity of sons and daughters. Many do not understand this and live wayward lives like the prodigal son and waste their inheritance in worldly living. The Bible has a caution for us and it is not be ignored. It is as follows:

1.      1Co_6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

2.      1Co_6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

3.      1Co_15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

4.      Gal_5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

5.      Heb_6:12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

6.      1Pe_3:9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

7.      Rev_21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8.      Mat_5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

9.      Mat_7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

10.   Mat_18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

11.   Mat_19:23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

12.   Mat_19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

13.   Mar_9:47  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

14.   Mar_10:15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

15.   Mar_10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

16.   Mar_10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

17.   Joh_3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

18.   Act_14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

19.   2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

20.   2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

It seems to me that there are many reasons one cannot inherit or enter the kingdom of heaven to inherit. In order to inherit, one must enter into the Kingdom. It is to this principle that Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3.5 the need to be born of Spirit and Word and to the disciples the need to have keys to the kingdom of heaven. A key opens doors and doors are there because there are rooms. (In my Father’s house are many rooms). These rooms have many things in them that we need in the now and forever more. The keys can be understood as the revelations of the Holy Spirit who opens the doors for us. How do we know this? By the following verses. Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. Joh 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. The Porter here is none other than the Holy Spirit as He reveals the door that is Jesus. Jesus said; “I am the door”. No man can come to the Father except he come through me.

 Now we are getting a clearer picture about our position as Christians and sons and daughters of God and what the conditions and expectations of God are. Many do not understand this and believe once they are saved, they are eternally saved. Then there are others who take what God gives them and squanders it or merchandise it for gain. Then there are others who take what God gives them and mixes it with the world to produce what is not of God. The list is endless on the mishandling of God’s inheritance. Yet, those who have sought it diligently and have paid the price of sonship have come to the knowledge of what they have in them. They then use it wisely which in turn glorifies God and multiplies their rewards in heaven.

 Inheritance to us must always be associated with everlasting value. If all we do is inherit for this lifetime, we are above all most miserable because, when this life is over we have nothing to show for our lives. Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. In this story we come across the rich man who indulged his life on earth and never shared or was concerned about the life to come. He wasted his inheritance and suffered for eternity. Let us not be like him. Let us seek God for our inheritance and spend it wisely for His glory while we are on earth and by preparing our hearts through the Holy Spirit and word for eternity. “Lay up your treasures in heaven….”

 Lots of love Pastor Noble             25/06/2017

 

 

 

The Spirit of Grace

The Spirit of Grace

From the Pastor’s heart                                                    

 

Zec_12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Grace is often spoken of without realising that it is a Spirit of God that is released to us on earth. When attributing character to God it must be seen as an embodiment of Spirit rather than an idea or a concept. When we attribute Spirit to God, we attribute His nature to Him. The fact that all of God is delivered through His Spirit requires a manifestation to understand Him. Therefore, the embodiment of Spirit in the natural takes on the form of the word in the written and spoken form. The word is  Jesus, revealed as God and His character. Col_2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. This verse clearly defines the embodiment of the Godhead in Jesus. Now, ordinary men can see God in Jesus, whereas previously He remained invisible except at times when He manifested.

By virtue of His embodiment grace is seen in physical action even though it is the Spirit of grace. We see this embodiment of grace in Christ our Saviour. Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Joh 1:15  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. Joh_1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

The importance of grace in today’s understanding has been often eroded to mean many things it is not. The license ministers of God have given themselves through teaching grace has destroyed much of what God is trying to get the Church to understand about grace. We must draw our examples from the nation of Israel. Please note that Israel is even till today shut up under the Law and do not enjoy the grace of God which is openly available to them. They are blinded by other concepts that they hold onto dearly.

 This begs the question; “What is grace”? It is defined as the unmerited favour of God. The meaning is brought out as, man not deserving anything that comes from God but is given grace to have something of life from God through God’s favour and not man’s worthiness. If man is an unworthy vessel to receive anything from God, why then is he given this favour? This is a good question. Since created beings such as ourselves are in a fallen state through sin, God considers this fallen state and out of His mercy decides to give us favour so that we can live life out of His ability and not ours. This avoids further falling into sin. This then means, we are totally dependent on God for His grace at every turn of our lives.

 Mankind having fallen from grace in the Garden of Eden experiences grace restored through Jesus. Man is now able to come back to God out of the goodness of God that leads mankind to repentance and then into the favour of God. Though undeserving through sin, our sins are washed away by the price Jesus paid on the cross on our behalf. This is why grace was embodied in the flesh in Christ, so that, He could release it through His sacrifice on our behalf.         

 Where the law operates in any form, grace has no place in that scenario. It is important to note that the law does not negate rules and regulations pertaining to human conduct. On the contrary, rules and regualtions are very much a part of conducting oneself in a proper manner, otherwise grace will become a farce causing mankind to get away with anything and everything. Unfortunately, much of grace teaching in the Church today allows such a scenario to take place in the lives of Christians. This is false teaching. The fact is, grace is more strenous than the law in every sense. We know this by what the law versus grace expectations are according to the Bible. The law says; “you shall not commit adultery”. The teaching of grace says; “ if you lust in your heart after a woman, you have committed adultery with her”. So, it is apparent that grace is more demanding than the Law pertaing to human character and conduct which includes thinking and conscience.

 The Spirit of grace is the ongoing force or power in the nature of Christ toward a person or even a nation. By nature, Christ (Saviour) is grace. Even in the Old Testament we see the hand of grace and mercy in God reaching out to sinners. God sends Jonah to bring the city of Nineveh to repentance. Nineveh listens in the first instance but years later is destroyed because they went back to their old ways. Grace has limitations. God’s Spirit will not always contend with flesh. Gen_6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 Grace is given for a period of time and then it is withdrawn so that judgement can come. When a man is given grace in spite of his sin, he often thinks it is God’s approval or disinterest in man’s affairs. So, he goes deeper into his sin only to discover he needs rescuing. He then cries out to God for help. God comes and delivers that person because of grace and mercy. Yet, one day, God will not turn up to help because of continuing sin and disregarded warnings. This will turn to man’s folly and he will die in his sin because the wages of sin is death. I have come across much teaching whereby grace is used or given as a license to sin. Preachers (not all) either use the words grace or love to negate any warnings about sin. People go on their merry way while holding their pet sins to themselves on this basis having been given this license by teachers and preachers or their own understanding of the word. This has reduced their lives to demonic habitation, much sorrow and sickness.

 Grace is actually a given opportunity by God for mankind who believe, to come to Him, be blessed and be able to function in a dark and evil world without being attributed with sin in the flesh. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. When things do go wrong, the words in this verse become applicable which is also grace. Rom_8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. This is a difficult verse for many who have lost loved ones, broken marriages, problematic relationships and difficulty in ministry and life in general. How can all things work together for good is the question? The workings of God to get a person through life in difficult situations is a mystery at best. It comes out of faith and trust in God in the worst of our situations in life. When one is chosen, grace becomes the redeeming factor in a person’s life. Psa 124:1  A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; Psa 124:2  If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Psa 124:3  Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Psa 124:4  Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Psa 124:5  Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Psa 124:6  Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Psa 124:7  Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Psa 124:8  Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. God had chosen Israel and was their invisible help. Many a nation had come against them but God never allowed them to be totally destroyed even when they had sinned against Him. This is grace.

 All of our protection in life through trials and circumstances in life often happen invisibly because of grace even when we are sinning. We are not living by our own abiiity but by the grace of God. There is no formula to life that we can apply and live longer or better or healthier. It is a lie that these things are possible and these lies are perpetrated by a world system of evil that came into this world with the first lie that satan told Eve in the garden. It is only the grace of God that allows us to bear this life and live it it in reasonable ways. Faith plays a big part in grace and they are two of the main ingredients for our salvation, survival and well being. Without faith added to grace, it is not possible for grace alone to work. This is expemplified in the concept of salvation. Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: These verses speak of the working of grace with faith. When the whole world is covered by grace, it is faith that brings that grace into a person’s life irrespective of the condition of sin to take hold off and cause salvation. Otherwise, grace has no power to save though it is extended to a person. A person of another religion has no salvation except they accept Christ through faith. Grace is extended but salvation does not become a reality till they receive that grace by faith.

 We need to stop and think about grace and its power to give us salvation, to be blessed and live life in difficult circumstances though it is hard. When Apostle Paul asked to be delivered of a thorn in his flesh, this was the reply of Jesus. 2Co_12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. When he realised the power of grace, Paul was able to take on all circumstances in life and overcome them. Let us become overcomers through God’s grace witnessed in Jesus and given to us out of His mercy and not our ability or worthiness.

 Lots of love

Pastor Noble

 

 

 

The spirit of Betrayal

The spirit of Betrayal

From the Pastor’s heart                                                    

Mat_26:23  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. Mar 14:10  And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. Mar 14:11  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

 

It is always the one who is the closest to you or very close to you that will betray you. Betrayal is a matter of the heart not the mind, though the act is as a result of the mind. Betrayers have a mind to betray and usually will not back down till after the act. It is then that they realise their folly. Yet, many never accept that they acted as betrayers and many go onto justify their actions.              By then it is too late and much guilt and condemnation become their portion in life. Many even take their own lives or live lives after that which is void of any good judgement. Not only are the betrayers the victims but the ones who are betrayed. This is the essence of betrayal. It is an act perpetrated by the devil to destroy both parties. This is the spirit of anti-Christ.

 

The betrayer is not the one whom you love very much but the one who attachs himself to you. Jesus loved John and Peter very much. Jesus told Peter that satan wanted to sift him like wheat but that He had prayed for Peter. Therefore, the betrayal did not come through Peter though it was schemed that way by the devil. The one who attachs himself to you is always seeking to gain from you in any area that he might benefit himself. This could include your anointing, ministry, general life,  possessions and often time your job. Their prime motive is self gain while riding on the popularity enjoyed by the one betrayed. Jesus was popular with the people with whom He moved because He gave them good news and did miracles. Judas, though a disiciple was only mindful of the treasury and not the Kingdom of God. When he realised that Jesus was not setting up His kingdom on earth in his time, his hopes were dashed. His heart was not for God but for money.  Joh 12:4  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Joh 12:5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?Joh 12:6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Betrayal for money is the most common form of betrayal. There are other forms of betrayal which involve adultery, telling lies when the truth is most needed and so on.  The common theme about betrayal is that, it is portrayed in relationships. Someone intimate has to draw first blood. When Judas decided that he wanted to betray Jesus, it says; satan entered his heart. Joh 13:27And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. The fact that satan perpetrated the whole scheme behind the betrayal of Jesus is evident as he wanted Jesus to go the cross and die. All satan had to do was find a willing vessel. This is where we come in. If our hearts are not given to Jesus, we are often victims of betrayal and some times find ourselves as perpetrators of betrayal.

 

Betrayal in Churches is a common theme that commonly manifests in church splits. Usually it is carried out by people who have spent time in the church, learnt how to run church and then have decided they can do a better job than the appointed man of God. This leads to betrayal as they see no other way to gain position in church that they believe will compliment their skills, gifts and talents. Jesus spoke of such people as those who seek to come into the flock by a doorway other than through the Shepherd. They come in another way. Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The consumation of lust is the finality of sin and death. Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Jas 1:15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

I am constantly aware of people who are so dissatisfied with life that they are seeking a better way out through betrayal. They wait for someone else’s spouse, another’s church or ministry or something they do not have or cannot get. This is when the desire begins and betrayal enters the heart. This is a very sinister spirit that works within a man’s heart and one must guard against it. Pride is a forerunner of such spirits. They who seek position and power often do so out of betrayal. Through the history of mankind we have seen kingdoms rise and fall out of betrayal. Today, politicians are the number one example of betrayal as they stab each other in the back trying to gain position and power. One must ask, “why do they do this”? I believe the ultimate motivation for betrayal is greed, power and sexual misconduct. The pursuit of power is basically to make decisions without the hinderances of having to listen to others, like Assad is doing in Syria. He is killing his own citizens out the madness of power. When Lucifer became a betrayer, he led many in heaven astray through his betrayal. He will continue to betray them who follow him because that is his style. When casting out demons, the strong man will sacrifice many smaller and less powerful demons to being cast out in the hope that he will be spared by neglect. This is always their style. Mat_12:29Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

                 

I am convinced that society has become what it is by the betrayal of mankind between themselves. Mankind has lost its way having forsaken what is Godly for what is devilish. When evil came into the world, man had no chance for survival in his created form. He had to be re-created but this time re-creation was evidenced by being born again. When a person is truly born again, betrayal and other worldly concepts leave them. They become Godly and seek only Godly things. Mistakes may be made along the way but never betrayal. Waiting in God for one’s true position inlife is a good thing. There are many benefits in waiting for what is yours as given by God. If it is not meant for you then one must not seek to gain it. It is in this arena that many find themselves lost in the ways of the evil one.

 

Many have found out that relationships are the breeding ground for betrayal. Rejection follows betrayal and many are lost and hurt over what took place. Those who are rejected in life through betrayal hardly ever overcome the betrayal. We must take a cue from the life of Jesus about overcoming betrayal in life. His betrayal led to His greatest sacrifice and victory for mankind. Why betrayl to achieve this? I believe that God wanted us to see what it is like to be rejected by His own creation who betrayed Him, starting with Lucifer and the angels in heaven and then subsequently through man. The cross seems a cruel way to go yet, God’s wisdom is not without reason. He is showing us through Jesus that we too can overcome betrayal. One does not necessarily understand all the goings on in the faith but we know that we are subject to betrayal. Probably many of us have already experienced it and the bitterness of it. Seek to walk with a pure and a meek heart of acceptance of one’s humanity.

 

This next portion was written prophetically in 2014 December and never released. I feel to release it now. At the time I received it, God told me to hold it.

 

I feel strongly that this spirit of betrayal has another name to it, which is; the spirit of anti-Christ. This is why I believe the Holy Spirit is asking me to write this letter. Right now, this spirit is looking for victims. The victims will not be ordinary innocent bystanders who will be deceived. These will be people who know what they are doing but will do so because they see it as a righteous act. It will grow in them like an insidious tumour. It begins as a cancer and continues for a long time undetected till it is too heavy to carry and then it will manifest and destroy. The spirit that is working already is here and living on the earth. This spirit will affect whole governments. It will cause them to make and break alliances to suit themselves. Politics will not be what it seems anymore but it will be with deadly intent not only for the politicians but also for the people.

 

My reason for writing this piece is only as a warning. It is not to dishearten you but to awaken you to this form of evil so that you know how to deal with it when you are faced with it for one reason or another. You are an overcomer if you walk with Christ in the Spirit. Only then will you be able to defeat it but you must know your enemy first in order to deal with it. 1Co 9:26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

 

If they persecuted Jesus and betrayed Him, they will do the same to us. So, be prepared for the days of evil ahead that we need to pay attention to because we see it in our daily lives. It may not be affecting us directly just yet but it will soon come to our doorstep in Australia. Let us not live in unrealistic times of a false hope. The journey is not yet finished. Stick close to one another in the knowledge of your faith. The end time portal of faith is closing as I have preached. In the last days there will be many in the Church who will fall away. Be prepared to pray and prepare yourself for encounters with God. The supernatural awaits us if we are open to it.

 

Lots of lovePastor Noble

 

 

 

Going Deep

Going Deep

Jon 2:1  Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, Jon 2:2  And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. Jon 2:3  For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Jon 2:4  Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

 

Deep calls unto deep and the Lord hears and answers. Sometimes, going deep means reaching the very bottom (depths) of life’s journey in any area of our lives. Yet, if we realise our situation, repent and call upon the name of the Lord, He will answer us. Jonah found this out in the midst of his disobedience of a direct command of God to go and preach repentance to the city of Nineveh. Human beings disobey God and His teachings and therefore make many mistakes, mostly out of disregard of God as the source of all life and answers to life. When this disregard happens, we find ourselves struggling to surface having come to the very depths of our problem. It feels like hell’s bars have enclosed us and there is no way out. The truth is, we have no way out if we do not call upon the Lord.

 

Going deep in a spiritual sense also means other things. In the book of Hebrews God speaks of entering into His rest. The consequences of not entering into His rest are quite severe. The Jews found out that they could not enter the Promised Land because of unbelief and disobedience and many died. The journey for them in the wilderness was just like Jonah in the deep of the sea. The parallel in these events and in other situations that took place in the Bible suggests that the deep is a place one does not want to be found in. Jesus descended into depths of hell, (Eph 4:9 Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?) on our behalf and cried out from there for deliverance for Himself and all mankind and obtained it by His righteousness. Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; This kind of intercession produced results that are transferred to us even today, so that, when we call from the deep we too would get an answer.

 

It is out of the deep (sin) that we find repentance, restoration, reconciliation. After that comes the giving of gifts. Jesus had to take our sin and go to hell first before He went into heaven to claim the Promise for us. Eph 4:10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. Eph 4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. Repentance always brings a second chance and in that we are also given an opportunity to go the next level in our faith. The cry of our hearts are always to go higher than where we are.

 

The deep can be an uncomfortable place because death lives there. Having gone there through sin or disobedience or some other way causes the heart to cry out for deliverance. Who will deliver me from this body of sin? This is the cry of a righteous man because the righteous man understands sin and the death that accompanies it. I am sure that many of us find ourselves crying out to God for more. Psa 42:5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psa 42:7  Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. This was the cry of Jesus on the cross as the Psalmist describes it. Hell is death and destruction forever but even out of the depths of hell God answers His Son and delivers Him. This is our hope and faith.

 

The bad kind of deep is a place of intensity and fear in the natural but in the spiritual it can be even darker. Many have gone in natural darkness and found themselves terrified by what they experience in life. If you take the life of a deep sea fisherman, even though he braves the sea, he has a healthy respect for the sea. Yet, men have ended up in the depths of the sea as dead. In the spiritual, many have entered into darkness (world & its pleasures) without fear and have found themselves hopelessly lost in utter darkness and some have even died because they have not cried out to the living God. Only He is able to take us up out of the pit of hell and bring us into salvation. I have met so many people who have testified that they had been in a dark place (often time on their death beds) till they had met Jesus and then their lives changed dramatically and forever. Who is sufficient for these things?

 

Walking with God can be lonely at times, which brings fear, rejection, failure and unexplainable situations. Attached to all of this is the darkness of not knowing. This is also the deep. When we find ourselves in such situations or similar situations, our hearts cry out to God who is in the deep but another kind of deep. This deep is the throne room. Christ descended into hell but His cry took Him out of the pit of hell and into the throne room. Heb 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Heb 6:20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. This is the hope we have now because of Jesus and it cannot be reduced in anyway because the price has been paid. If we too cry out, God will do for us what He did for Jesus.

           

Going deep in a spiritual sense also means understanding the deep things of God. 1Co 2:9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1Co 2:11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Here the scripture reveals that people who live in the Spirit are able to access the deep things of God. When deep calls to deep revelation is made clear. This time around the deep is the voice of God calling from the depths of heaven to us mere mortals in the depths of the earth. We do not hear because we spend our time with the things of the natural rather than the things of the spiritual which are the deep things of God. Apostle Paul puts it this way. Heb_5:12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

           

Spiritual maturity requires the balance of word and Spirit. Without the evidence of the fruit of faith, one cannot truly say they are walking with God. Though one might be sustained by God’s grace till they wake up, in the meantime, they are not walking in the Spirit. Many Christians have not entered into the rest of God. They spend their time drinking milk when they should be eating meat. Theology and doctrine produces nothing tangible in daily life. Daily life is full of struggles for which we need power to operate through the word of God and produce what we need in this life time, not only for ourselves but for all who need it. Unfortunately, there are many who are fed up with milk but unable to eat meat because they love this present world, lack in trust and faith toward God and refuse to cast aside what is familiar, to abandon themselves into the deep. Launching out into the unknown by faith is launching out into the deep. This is where trust comes in from knowing your God. 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.

 

When Jonah was questioned on the ship as to why they were all experiencing this unusual storm, he replied that it was because of him. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. If one sins, the whole church suffers and the whole body suffers. When they cast Jonah into the sea, the storm ceased immediately. The big fish swallowed Jonah and kept him in the belly for 3 days. This is a typology of Jesus going into hell for 3 days and rising up after that to take His position with God. Till Jonah was cast into the sea, everyone suffered. In the same way, till Jesus was cast upon the cross to suffer for us and sent into the depths of hell to deliver us, no one was free. He abandoned Himself into the hands of God ( The Deep) knowing only the trust He had in God. When He cried to God on the cross; Mat_27:46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The answer came back; Psa 16:10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

           

I am persuaded that God is willing and able on all counts to answer us, whether we are desperate in a situation or in sin or in need to understand the deeper things of God. We must trust Him and abandon ourselves into His hands and enter into His rest. We must keep surfacing through life’s journey from where we are to higher ground through prayer and the word of God by the Spirit of God. It is He who knows all the deep things of God and will reveal it to us. We have to stop sinning and living a mediocre life. We have to take hold of obedience and righteousness in all faith and enter into the deep. My encouragement to you is, let go of surface living in the world and in spiritual things. Dig deep and you will find an everlasting spring of water that will never run dry and you will never again be thirsty. These waters are deep and all who dig must dig deep to find it.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble  

21/05/2017

Spiritual Warfare - The Rules of Engagement

Spiritual Warfare - The Rules of Engagement

It is evident that God sets the rules of engagement in spiritual warfare. Everything begins with Him and ends with Him. So it is only natural that He sets the rules of engagement. Once this is understood warfare becomes part and parcel of life till, either we die and go to be with the Lord or He comes and ends the world.

Many Christians have discovered that warfare is not as easy as rebuking the devil. The subtleties at play and the raw out working of warfare have severe implications and applications on a daily basis. All of humanity is in a war for their survival. Warfare is real on two levels; the natural and spiritual. The earth is hurtling towards disaster because of the works of the devil on earth. Man is out of control on planet earth and he knows it. Yet man continues on his merry little way fulfilling the whims and fancies of the devil.

It is into this scene on earth that God intervenes with His brand of warfare that puts His plan into play on earth. To understand the rules of engagement we have to look no further than the deliverance of Israel as a nation from Egypt. God sets the scene using the first rule of engagement which is, God initiated warfare:

1.     First of all God sends His  general Moses to the battlefield in Egypt

2.     God then hardens Pharaoh's heart to make things more interesting (stressful) for all concerned

3.     God  extends his forgiveness to Pharaoh through a willingness to listen to his repentance

4.     Pharaoh mistakes God's intentions and becomes more arrogant resulting in being severely punished through the plagues till death finally overtakes Egypt’s first born

5.     God delivers His people through Moses who did several miracles on the instruction of God

6.     God takes them out by a high hand and brings them to a dead end at the Red Sea for a final dramatic encounter with Pharaoh

7.     There God shows His might through an ordinary man and parts the Red Sea in the sight of everyone present

8.     He finally destroys Pharaoh and his armies in the Red Sea after safely delivering His people

What is important to understand about this whole episode in mankind’s history is, God initiated this battle based on a word He had given Abraham hundreds of years prior to the fulfilling of that word. Gen 15:12  And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. Gen 15:13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; Gen 15:14And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. God never forgets His word. When God initiates warfare, it is something one can take comfort in because the outcome is sure.

 

The second set of rules in warfare are applied when we have to face the attacks of the enemy that are initiated by the devil. The rules that apply here are different and the outcome can be different. When one is engaged in warfare that comes in this manner, the dependence is on the faculties of God given to the believer. The many weapons of our warfare can and will defeat the enemy if we stand by faith and believe in God's protection and backing. The intensity of this fight can be difficult because we are involved through weakness in our flesh which causes us to often slip back into the flesh in the middle of the battle. This is exemplified in the battles that we face against temptations and weakness of the mind. One day we are strong walking in the Spirit and another day we find ourselves hopelessly weak in the flesh and wide open to temptation. This is why Christians often lose the war after winning the battle. The war is the whole conflict for the soul that is built into many smaller battles through life. When we relax and think it is over that is when the next battle starts. The idea is to stay strong through the battles till the war is won and the enemy is totally defeated in our thinking first and then spiritually. In some cases, this could even take years depending on the battle.

For example; a Church body that seeks to grow and do well finds itself in battles not realising that the war is for the Church's existence as a body. So, emphasis is laid on the battles rather than the war. To win the war, the Church must get God to burn up root and branch. Burning branch problems in our lives alone is equivalent to only fighting battles. However, when the root problem is dealt with, the war is won. Mal 4:1  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. It is evident through these verses that once the root and branch is dealt with (that is why David cut of Goliath's head which ended the battle and the war), then there is nothing left to come back and bite us again. Chopping the head of your enemy is imperative to finishing the battle and the war. It is an act of showing the enemy that he is totally and utterly defeated. It is interesting to note that the enemy is always keen to strike the head of any form of authority in God. Entering into God’s rest is winning the war in our minds (head) where it often rages first. Then the battles are not so hard to win. That rest is in who you are, where you are, and where you are going. Trust God to direct you through the wilderness, scorpions and snakes and bring you into the Promised Land.

The evidence that the war is won is when there is healing made evident in every sense. The body, soul and spirit must be healed by virtue of understanding of God’s ways. This will bring your enemies under your feet. In other words they are subject to you even though they remain in the vicinity. You now know your enemies and know how to defeat them. When the old life is over through accepting Jesus, your enemies are placed under your feet and you must learn to keep them there. This is evident in the life of Jesus when He was resurrected and took His place on the throne subjecting His enemies under His feet till the appropriate time. This is a Biblical concept that must be understood. Many do not realise that though they have won the battle and often time the war, their enemies are still around. Though battles may continue on after that and wars will have to be won, you can do so from a position of authority and not weakness. Winning by the knowledge of God's plan for your life and the Church is the key to not giving into the enemy's deceptions. Many a Christian has lost his battle because he has not understood that winning this type of battle and war is up to him and not God. Keeping God's commandments, walking in the Spirit and having faith are all crucial to winning. Sin will weaken the Christian and expose him to the attacks of the enemy without the protection of God. When a Christian walks in righteousness the enemy has no power over the Christian. Though the battle may rage and things get worse, the Christian understands that winning is through appropriating by faith the work of Jesus on the cross. As soon as the Christian appropriates this knowledge by faith he becomes more than a conqueror. God expects that you will fight because He has given you the faculties to fight. Prayer is the key.

The third rule of engagement is applicable when the Christian wages war on the devil. He does this to take back territory and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. The idea of preaching the gospel is really entering into warfare. The moment you put your hand to the plough you are engaged in warfare. The rules here are even trickier because you have to walk in a manner that is not only walking in righteousness and holiness but listening to the Holy Spirit who trains your fingers for battle. Many Christians have gone out on a whim and a fancy or unconfirmed prophecy and have found themselves in deep trouble. Though we are called to be witnesses for Christ, Jesus told His disciples that He was giving them power to be His disciples. He did this when He sent the Holy Ghost and power. We too must receive the Holy Ghost and power. This is essential to warfare and the spreading of the gospel.

It is this kind of warfare coupled with the one where the devil attacks that keep us busy in warfare. That is why many Christians will not put their hand to the plough because they do not want to face their enemy. They would rather go along with routine, tradition and non-involvement than to be engaged in the extension of the Kingdom of God. Churches today have become hospitals and refuge centres for many Christians who are born again who in spite of having known Christ for ages have not grown to become a force that can engage the enemy. Rather, they have become victims of their own fears. Where are you today? Are you ready for warfare hearing the words “onward Christian soldiers marching as to war” or are you the type that says it is not for you and everyone to himself?

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

14/05/2017

Credibility

Credibility

The meaning of credibility is; the quality of being trusted and believed in”.

1Ti 4:9  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 1Ti 4:10For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. Can God be trusted? Many say that God isn’t even there or if He is there, He is far away and oblivious to the problem’s of mankind. In a world of seven billion people, very few trust God with their entirety. Many worship God through Jesus but still do not trust His words because they do not see many things come to pass in their lives even after they have applied the principles and commandments of God to their lives. So, what is lacking in our faith? If trust is the issue and we cannot trust God or man, the question is, can we trust ourselves? Obviously many people do trust themselves and go about daily life while planning for the future based on self.

 

Credibility is a key factor in the worship of God and ministry. Many men of God have lost credibility with the sheep and the world after being exposed of their evil deeds. This has caused many to leave the Church disillusioned and others have stopped worshipping God. Furthermore, it has stopped people in the world from being saved. The problem with the failure associated with men of God is, they have brought disrepute and shame to Jesus and the Church who are ultimately blamed for their indiscretion. In addition to this, the spread of the gospel is greatly disadvantaged because convincing someone of the goodness of God versus the failings of men become extremely hard. Is God responsible for the failings of His men? I think this is something we need to understand carefully. What if God is not responsible? What if, God gave men responsibility for each other and authority to fulfil their obligations based on trust and men failed; does that still make God responsible? After all He made man and in doing so must have realised that man was going to be untrustworthy at best. So, He must be accountable. I think, God has taken accountability for His creation by sending Jesus (in the form of a man) to pay for the sins of man. It is in this act of God that we see the credibility of God.

 

God now says; anyone who believes in what He did through Jesus is saved and not condemned. If men of God still fail, they have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. If they confess their sin, they can be forgiven and credibility restored. However, that credibility might not be easily restored between men but it is certainly restored between God and His subjects. I am of the vein that credibility lost between men is insufficient for me to lose sight of God and His love toward His children when they repent. This will certainly not sit well with men but it is fine with God. Let us take the story of the woman taken in adultery. She was brought before Jesus and accused. Yet, Jesus did not judge her but gave her accusers the right to judge her if they had no sin in them. Such a judgement would have been in accordance to the righteousness of the Law. They could not judge her and neither did Jesus though He could have judged her having been perfect. This story reflects the nature of God’s love and restoration of credibility. Go and sin no more was His instruction to the woman. There is of course no guarantee that anyone will trust her anymore. So, it is up to her to maintain her credibility and restore it among men.

 

Let us not forget, true credibility first of all lays with us being right with God. Then it is a matter of restoring credibility with man which will take a lot longer because we are dealing with flesh. When Apostle Paul was Saul and persecuted the Church, he was feared by many. Yet, when he was converted by Jesus, the disciples feared to accept him because of his reputation. Yet, his credibility was sanctioned by Barnabas who brought him among the disciples and assured them that he had become a disciple himself. Act_9:27But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

Often time, credibility amongst men is based on loose sand. That loose sand is based on a person’s reputation, education, social status or wealth. We have discovered that none of these factors in a person’s life account for true trust of the character of a person. More and more people in society who seemingly have had credibility like Priests, Politicians, Parents, School Teachers, Police, Celebrities and rich people have failed society at large and have been proven as frauds. Credibility or trust cannot be based on a person’s social standing but has to be based on the forgiveness of God and man’s ability to maintain credibility through their walk with God who is the Judge of all.

Any attempt to place our trust in people or a world system will most certainly fail. Even though men of God exist, we should not put our trust in them. We must only put our trust in God. I have discovered that many do not do this. Others have a false sense of trust in God. One woman said to me that her baby had died and that it was God’s fault. Till the demise of the baby she enjoyed a good relationship with God. The moment the baby died, the fault was God’s. She then said to me that I could not tell her that it was the devil’s fault because God had the power to stop the devil. For a person who knew so much of God’s power, she did not understand God’s love or motivation.

Dear family of God, the need to understand God’s ways and trust in Him is critical to our Christian walk and growth. Prov_3:5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. The Bible is full of verses encouraging us to trust in the Lord. There is a good reason for this. The moment a person loses trust in the Lord, they will find themselves like a small boat tossed about in a storm in a vast sea. When the disciples were being tossed about in their boat in a storm, Jesus was fast asleep on the boat. They still could not trust Him. He asked them, “Where is your faith?” Another time, He appeared to them after resurrection and they still had doubts about Him. In hindsight, these incidents tell me much about my own state of mind in my early days in this world as a Christian. I was running from pillar to post trying my level best to trust God to make something of my Christian walk. I faced many storms, temptations and attacks of the enemy which I could not have solved in my own strength. Little did I know that Jesus was sustaining me by His power (like all things). He spoke to me one day and said this from His Bible Isa_54:11O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. Little did I know that God’s plans for my life were unalterable by God but only changeable by my lack of faith. Then one day, I came to the understanding of the goodness of God and His rest. From that day, all striving ceased. The wars and battles did not stop nor did the storms of life but I would not be moved because my trust was firm in the Lord. I had placed my house on the rock. This time, it was my doing (placing my trust on the Lord) by the understanding that I had received.   Mat 7:24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: From then on, it was a matter of working out what God was saying and doing it through the Holy Spirit. The question of God and His goodness, the credibility of men and the Church and what was good and evil were all settled. This allowed me to build my life and walk in His credibility by faith.

My dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to consider what I am saying to you. There is not much time left. We must come to trust in God over anything of this world including ourselves 2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 2Co 1:10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.  There is no situation in this world that can separate us from the love of God. He is trustworthy and beyond reproach. Come to that place where you stop trusting in this world or yourself. Trust God and step out of the boat into the prepared places for yourself and others. When you step out, then you will see the glory of the Lord and you will be considered credible in the sight of God because of faith.

Many do not speak in tongues, heal, deliver, preach the word and follow what God’s promptings are in their inner man because they do not trust God. They keep looking at the natural circumstances. It took several supernatural encounters for me to step out and trust God. After that, it became of a matter of trusting Him more against all the opposition of the devil and all his evil mocking before I could go further. Each step of the way was like being dragged over coals of fire. Yet, each time I stepped out I felt stronger and more trusting of God to the point where it became a point of proving Him. In the end, I realised, it was not God that I was not trusting off but my own faith in Him. Stepping out in faith means trusting God. He is looking for those who will step out and trust Him. He delights in His children who do. The days are here and soon will be, when we will have to trust Him more. He is credible, can you be trusted?

 

Faith means to trust God when all things that oppose seem immovable

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

07/05/2017

  Interpretation

  Interpretation

 

From the Pastor’s heart                                                   

 

1Jn_2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

 

Often time in my itinerant ministry, I have had to travel to countries where I did not speak the language and hence needed an interpreter. Much would be lost in the process of interpretation and along with it came problems of misunderstanding and the abuse of what I said by the interpreter. They would often take what I said and use it to joke, change and corrupt what was said. This was frustrating to me as I knew that both the congregation and I were being compromised by someone who had the power of interpretation but was using it wrongly. One classic example of this was when Benny Hinn came to India and before tens of thousands rebuked the interpreter who happened to be a senior Pastor because Benny Hinn was told by the Holy Spirit that the interpreter was interpreting wrongly.

 

Interpretation is an extremely important area of our walk with God. When one is not aware of the role of the Holy Spirit, they look for interpretation from other sources and themselves through their intellect and experience rather than from the source. The role and function of the Holy Spirit primarily is to interpret the word of God for us and give it meaning and life to us. This is what the verse given above in John alludes to. What this verse is really saying is; while God has given us preachers and teachers, it is the anointing that should really teach. However, because we are physical and visible people, we often receive things through man rather than through the Spirit in the man.

Is that the preacher’s fault? It could be or it could be the hearer’s fault.

The warnings in the Bible regarding false teachers and prophets are many. Since interpretation of the word can be subject to carnality, many of them come with interpretation of the word to suit themselves. This part, I call modified Christianity. The real danger is when they have successfully taught and led the sheep astray. When they have done this they often abandon them to the wolves. The wolves are false ideas, false doctrines and paths that led to destruction based on another interpretation of the word of God. This leads to spiritual destruction and hurt which turn the hearts away from God.

There is only one word, one truth and one way. Precept upon precept, line upon line. This is the work of the Holy Spirit to perform in our lives. The plumbline of God’s word cannot be altered even a fraction; otherwise, the whole building is offset. When this happens, the foundation is also offset and the building collapses. Psa_11:3If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?  That is why many have woken up much later in life to find out that they have believed a lie all along. One such case was a denomination that taught a lie based on their own interpretation of the Bible that a person is not saved unless they speak in tongues. This destroyed countless lives and eventually when the eyes of many were opened the denomination collapsed and the remaining members are now part of a full blown cult that believe in Christ erroneously. Perhaps, God will bring them to repentance. I hope so.

The idea of preaching and teaching the word must always have sound Biblical reasoning and backing. There is enough evidence in the Bible to go around on any subject. We have to burn the midnight oil to find them. Because many do not want the hard work of searching for the truth, they would rather listen to interpretations of men than of God. Do not be like that in your own walk. Take time to read and know the word. The Bereans were such people. Act 17:10  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Philosophy, suppositions, assumptions and carnal interpretation based on intellect are all absolute nothingness when it comes to interpretation of the word of God. Take for example the gift of interpretation as given by the Holy Spirit. Someone speaks in an unknown tongue in Church as a public declaration of what God is saying to the Church and another interprets that in the known language of the nation it is taking place in. Do you suppose that any intellect was involved in that or was it the Holy Spirit inside of that person giving the interpretation? The classic example of this is given to us in the following verses. Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Act 2:5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Act 2:6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. Act 2:7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? Act 2:8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Act 2:11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. What were they saying? They were speaking of the wonderful works of God. WOW! That is true interpretation.

There is only one Mediator between God and man and that is Jesus and only one Interpreter between man and Jesus and that is the Holy Spirit. If we are to pray to God and cannot articulate our petitions to God, it is so because it has to come from the Holy Ghost. It can come in ways like normal prayer, groanings of the Spirit and in utterances that cannot be understood which could involve speaking in tongues. How does God interpret our emotions and deepest feelings? He does it through His Spirit which knows what is going on in our spirits. When we utter falsities, God knows and says, you call me Lord. Lord but do not keep my sayings. His interpretation of our false claims become our nightmare. You might say; “God, how can you determine such a thing about my utterances to you?” He will say’ “I see what is in your heart which is translated in your speech and actions.”

Let us be wise about how we read the Bible and interpret the word of God. Remember, there is much of a slip between the cup and the lip. Many errors no matter how subtle they are can lead people astray. I say, check everything like the Bereans, have it confirmed by the Holy Ghost and then speak. Otherwise, you will be in error and teach the wrong things. My hope is, we would all learn to hear, listen and obey the Holy Spirit. That way, we will avoid many mistakes and self interpretation and what others say is the truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and what he gives us is living water. Many will come and go with many interpretations of what the Bible says and what truth is. It is easy to believe what man says because we are given stuff that carries 99% truth. However, the 1% lie is enough to contaminate the entire truth. 1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1Co 5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: The admonition for us here is to remove that leaven. It has to do with old doctrines, interpretations of men that have cluttered our minds and hearts and things that glitter like gold but is not. I call them sacred cows. We have to let go and let God be the one who teaches us. We find that not many wise will make it. Don’t become wise in your own eyes. 1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 1Co 1:27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1Co 1:28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

When we get taken by our own interpretation, we become victims of the doctrine of devils. Many have woken up years later to discover this. There was a denomination that woke up to this one day after many years. They were known as the Worldwide Church of God. I thank God for His mercy to them to open their eyes. The Jews till today have their eyes closed to the truth. They love God but go about serving Him in error and wrong interpretation of the word. The Messiah has come and gone and is soon coming back but they are still waiting for His first appearance because they have interpreted the scripture wrongly Joh 5:38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. They had the scriptures and still did not interpret it correctly. We are no different. In fact, we should be more careful because in addition to the scriptures we have the Holy Spirit living in us and therefore without excuse.

My caution to you is, discern, interpret and do not believe everything you hear. Do not rush into ministry and try to be teachers of the word but wait upon the Lord and learn your ministry and the word at the feet of Jesus through the Holy Spirit (find your place in the body).

 

May God open our eyes to see what we need to see and walk humbly in the knowledge He has given us and not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

30/04/2017         

Possession

Possession

Deu_1:21Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

The Lord spoke to four of us at home and outside on the 20th of this month about possessing the land. The word came in four different ways and confirmed His urging to us to possess the land. I am in the throes of processing this concept in the light of it being confirmed so many times. When God speaks in a repetitive manner on one instruction, He is urging us to take hold of this instruction and apply it to our lives urgently.

It is not easy to understand exactly how this applies to us in our present journey but we need to search the Holy Spirit for His guidance on the word. Possession is nine tenths of the law. That means, when one possess something it is more than likely he will be judged as the one who owns it irrespective of whether he owns it or not. When it comes to land this has never been truer. It is very difficult to evict a person who has occupied land legally or illegally unless it is done by force or subtly by murder as in the case of jezebel to her neigbour. In the light of this knowledge, when you think of Jesus’ word about demon occupation we see this is very true. Luk_11:21When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: Mar_3:27No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. From this passage we can easily understand the basis of true possession. Our bodies are made up of earth. In other words it is our land or territory. Demonic forces want to occupy us and control us. We must seek to destroy their insidious and overt methods of occupation of our bodies, by dispelling them even before they get a foothold into our lives. Unfortunately, many suffer the onslaught of such occupation because they have wittingly or unwittingly opened doors of occupation. Don’t forget, that satan is a thief. He does not play fair or has to.

I believe God is saying something to us about this and another verse that He gave us on the same day. Jos 18:3And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you? I believe God is saying; how long are you going to allow satan to be your master? You must choose this day, whom you will serve. Secondly, if you serve God, you must evict all strongholds of the devil from your life. God is not going to tolerate continued occupation of His temple. He will destroy anybody who defiles His temple. 1Co_3:17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. The question is then posed; 2Co_6:15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Belial is another word for satan. Unfortunately, many people are living dual lives and expecting God to honour them. This will never happen. Act_17:30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: He may show grace and patience but if one does not listen, He will deal with that person in a manner that may not be pleasant. He will either take matters into His own hands or destroy that person. To some, He will show mercy and to others He will not. Rom_9:15For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

When possession is not understood, full gain is not realised. The Israelites went from the wilderness to the Promised Land but did not heed God’s instructions to destroy all their enemies. They paid dearly for this disobedience. The demonic forces are always awaiting those who get saved from this world because they are vulnerable and ignorant. Many get trapped again into the same sin and lose their way. There is a great emphasis on the individual to secure his faith by believing God and fighting a spiritual warfare. Though getting rid of enemies may take time, it is important that it is done. To truly possess one’s vessel, we must dismember our members that cause problems to us in the areas of our passions. That is to say, we must die to those passions or get rid of the members. Mat_5:29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Jas_4:1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? These are difficult sayings but true. How do we go about doing that? Rom_6:13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. The key is in yielding to God. Jas_4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The key is in this verse. No matter what God tells us, we must do it. When we do not submit to His word which is written or spoken, we find ourselves victims of the devil who seeks to possess us. If he cannot possess us, he will oppress us. These are realities that few will agree to because they go by their intellect and natural senses. These are spiritual concepts and so must be understood in the Spirit. True possession is possessing your vessel. 1Th_4:4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Why do I compare these verses of possessing land and apply it to us personally. I believe that when we do this, we will not be given to this world and we will no longer be victims but move to be victors, overcomers and more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. The pathway of life is made sure when we submit to God’s word. All other paths are slippery slopes that lead to suffering, shame and death.

I am convinced that my enemies constantly seek to take back what God has given me. Even Israel as a nation suffers that daily. We should take our clue from what is happening to them. All that they suffer is because they rejected the word of God. Their enemies will not leave them in peace and constantly seek to take back the land that God gave them. The enemies ask Israel; what right do you have to this land? Israel replies; God gave it to us. Likewise, the devil is working on Christians and says; what right do you have to being a Christian? This is where legality and possession comes in. What we have, we have by the blood of Jesus which is also our legal right. So, possess what has been given to you and do not give it away to another to devastate you. Esau gave away his birthright and lost his destiny. Adam and Eve gave away their authority over God’s creation to satan through deceit and lies. Jesus took it back for us and gave it to us. We are now the authority on earth and can possess the earth. All territory is fair game but we should walk in the knowledge of God’s will for us.

 

When Abraham and Lot separated, Lot took the good land as he saw it with his eyes. Abraham took what was his by faith. This is the key to preserving your life, promises, mantle and ministry. It is also the key to keeping what belongs to you as given by God and not gained by you. All that you gained by yourself will fade away and be destroyed. Only what you store in heaven will remain. There is another world to posses. It is the new world that God will create. However, right now, we are expected to establish the Kingdom of God wherever

we go. That means; possess the land. One is to keep yourself from this world and secondly to take the territory God has given you. This will by no means be a walk in the park. It is required of us to depend on the Holy Spirit to teach our fingers to war and use wisdom in every situation. Possessing requires wisdom. Many ministers of God start well but finish bad half way through or at the end. Others have succeeded for a little while only to be discouraged by the many attacks of the enemy. They too fall away into obscurity. As mentioned before, in any fight, one must take out the strong man first. After you do that you must fill the unoccupied places with God. If you are the strong man in your own life, you need to take out that strong man. How do you do that? By submitting to God. If some passion or demon is the strong man in your life, you need to take that out.

 

My friends; do not be mistaken about the fight for your life. The fight is not only to preserve you but many others. Gen 50:20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Joseph went through a horrific life in the early part of his life for a good reason. It was not pleasant because he was fighting for his life and integrity. Sometimes, I wonder which of the two the true fight is. At the end, God brings him out on top and allows a nation to be formed in Egypt under his rule till it was time to bring them out. God then sent Moses to sort possess the people and bring them all out alive. This is the typology of Jesus being sent for us.

Maybe, you are destined for something great or something small. I know that whichever task God has for you, it is to bring life to you and through you to others. Do not be easily discouraged or frightened by what God is asking you to do. Usually it is bigger than you. When God asked the Israelites to cross over into the Promised Land, they baulked at it. They had discovered that giants existed in the Promised Land. Immediately they forgot about God, His power, miracles, signs and wonders that He had done in their midst for 40 years in the wilderness. All they could see were demons and the power of the enemy. The book of Luke tells us that God has given us all the power over the enemy. Luk 10:19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Go” and possess the land

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

23/04/2017        

Resurrection

Resurrection

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: Joh 11:26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

One of the greatest themes in the Bible is the Resurrection of Jesus. Without this truth revealed, everything else about God and the Bible become redundant. I am bold to state this knowing that as long as God is, so are we but were without life or revelation of who He is till Jesus came along. Even though the Old Testament people knew God and had some understanding, the final revelation of God is in Jesus and without that, there is no true revelation. Anyone who denies Christ Jesus denies God. Therefore, the advent of Jesus and His resurrection are equally critical to us to know and understand our co-existence with God. While He is alive, we cannot remain dead for this simple reason, He regenerated all who believe into the image of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus exemplifies this truth to us. When God makes statements like, “I knew you before the foundation of the world or before you were born etc.” Therefore, it make us understand that we were on His mind to create and make us one with Him.

 

In the prophecy of Ezekiel over dead bones, we see the resurrection of man in Israel clearly when the Spirit of God comes into flesh and bones. He never allowed His creation to remain dead but re-created His creation that was made in the flesh to become spirits through resurrection. This is the true “born again” experience when we are re-born or resurrected into spiritual life. That is to say mankind died when he sinned but rose again in the form that God took on Himself in Jesus. From then on, all who believe and walk in Christ are re-born and resurrected into new life that is eternal and like Jesus who is eternal life.

 

Death had taken hold of Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha who had been dead for four days. This was not an issue for God but certainly an issue for man. Not only was death the problem but the time frame of death which had surpassed all hope of resurrection even if one wanted to believe. Yet, in death, God has no time frame established for resurrection. This is clearly exemplified in what took place at the crucifixion of Jesus. Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, Mat 27:53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Not many have preached about this concept but it is written for us to understand that God is not limited by time to raise the dead. In time, all who have died in Christ will be resurrected for all to see and know. This is a “wow” understanding.

 

I have hope for many who are the living dead because God can save them even at the end of their lives. While death has a finality to it, there is hope for the ones who fear death. God puts that hope in those who fear death by the resurrection of Jesus. I remember fearing death before I became a born again Christian. I feared it so much that I believe it was one of the reasons I took drugs to forget I existed and would die one day. The other indicator that I feared death so much was, every time I hurt myself even in a trivial way physically, I ran to the doctor to find a solution. The day I was saved in the waters of baptism that fear left instantly. Now, when I think back on it, I realise how truly water baptism represents the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the waters of baptism the old man Noble died and the new man Noble was born as I confessed Jesus as my Saviour in true understanding of it.

 

If death cannot hold Jesus down and we believe in Him, death cannot hold us down. It merely acts as a doorway to glory. Death can be met head on by our natural and spiritual senses not just in braving it but truly knowing that we are saved. There are many in the world who will go to their death bravely but have no assurance of the future. This is not facing death for what it is, it is just human bravado. God changed death from being a fearful thing to behold by demonstrating His resurrection power in Jesus. It is this resurrection power that now gives life to all who believe. Rom_8:11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Resurrection is a bold statement to the principalities and powers in darkness who fear it because they will never be resurrected. They are already condemned to an eternal lake of fire and torment for their part in the first rebellion. It is hard for us to understand why they never received forgiveness for sins they committed like we did. Yet, we know that they are reserved in chains of darkness for eternity. I do not want to assume God’s grace because of His forgiveness but be grateful for His mercy toward us . The so called unconditional love of God is really conditional. Unless one accepts that Jesus died and rose again for them, that person cannot receive salvation because of unbelief.  Rom 4:24  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Rom 4:25Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

 

The time has come for us to believe that Jesus is Lord and that death cannot hold us down. Many are sorrowing over dead relatives and friends and fear death for what it is. In a sense, they fear it rightly so because they have no hope. However, we who have that lively hope do not fear it and so we must spread that good news of life eternal to all who will listen. We know that not everyone will listen but we must save as many as we can.

 

Martha had lost hope in Jesus because He tarried four days in coming to save Lazarus her brother who had died. Jesus on the other hand had done it on purpose for the glory of God. You have to understand the contrasting nature of human thinking and reasoning versus God’s reasoning. Joh 11:40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Joh 11:41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. Joh 11:43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. Joh 11:44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Human beings believe in the impossible in a negative way and God shows us that nothing is impossible for Him in a positive way. All life must realise that God is both Creator and life and hence can do anything. He can raise the dead, heal the sick and restore a person.

 

When we are faced with the impossible, we often time forget who God is. The dead end scenario in our lives always give into the inevitable. Yet, the supernatural is always speaking of a resurrection power. Today, miracles, signs and wonders follow the word like never before. The lame walk, the dead are raised and blind see and so many other miracles take place that all have to do with the resurrection power of Christ. This same power is made available to men who believe. If you believe, nothing shall be impossible with God for you. Mat_17:20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. It takes the practice of faith in a natural world that is limited and faces death in everything, to believe that life can actually go on beyond death and can be resurrected back into this world after dying. When we look around us, we see death in all living things. There are more things that kill than which give life. In fact, as soon as a baby is conceived it faces death in some form or another. This is the original curse that was upon mankind because of sin. I call it death by dying. Yet, when Jesus came and conquered the grave, He gave us abundant life. Nothing in this world that has life escapes death but all that lives has the opportunity to live forever by the power of God in Jesus. This life giving source is the regeneration of mankind and all living things that God wants to give life to.

 

That life of regeneration is in the word of God that is spoken into us and is the same that we speak into others and into situations and circumstances. Resurrection is possible. No one need despair for life and what it brings because we have this life through the power of God in earthen vessels. That is why Apostle Paul writes in this way. Gal_2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. This new life is none other than the resurrected Christ life of the Son of Man. Till we are separated from this body we have this life in our flesh bodies that has life by His faith. The resurrected life on earth right now consists of, no fear, happiness, peace and an abundant life in the natural and spiritual. Not all is easy going as we have found out but no one can take what Jesus has done for us, if we die to self and live for Christ. This is the resurrected life; death to self.

 

May God open the eyes of our understanding and cause us to come to the fullness of His glory that we may participate in this resurrected life with all confidence of our future.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

16/04/2017

 The True Church

The True Church

From the Pastor’s heart                                         The True Church

Rev 3:13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Are there many churches or just one Church? This verse gives us a clue to the question in the picture. The clue is in plurality as the letters are to 7 churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. So what is the Church and is there only one Church? In today’s world of Churches, we find that there are literally thousands of churches and some going so far as to say that they are the one true church. Wikipedia estimates that there are 41,000 different denominations and probably as many if not more para church groups. Para church groups are organisations that name the name of Jesus but follow their own activities other than church activities like conducting services. They range from help groups to donors of things and money to needy people. Someone like Compassion or World Vision can be considered as a para church group.

 

In this smorgasbord of Churches and the like, we find a great amount of anomalies, corruption, false doctrines and deception rife in Churches. This is not something new. It has been around since the nation of Israel began its journey as one nation unto God. They had been chosen by God to represent Him on earth while all others on earth were rejected of God and were not called His people. In a sense they were the one true church Act 7:36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. Act 7:37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. Act 7:38  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: This verse gives us the typology of Jesus in Moses and an understanding that Jesus was already amongst His people and represented His church even in the wilderness. 1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. Both the manna which fell and water from the Rock were Jesus because He called Himself the bread of life and the living water.

 

 This brings us to the meaning of “Church”. Here are some thoughts on what people think Church is:

1.     Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship

2.     A place (building) for public (especially Christian) worship.

3.     A service (form of activity) conducted in a house of worship. 

4.     The body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church

5.     The bride of Christ

 

If we take our learning from the verse above, we must realise that the body of Israel as a nation also represented the Church of Christ. So, collectively, with Christ, the Church must mean Christ incarnate (embodied in human form) as a body of believers with Him as the head of the body. Col 1:18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Since we cannot have a headless body, we also conclude that Jesus is the Head of the Church even as we are His body. 1Co 12:12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

 

Taking this concept further, of many members of the body being the Church, we can conclude that there are many believers who worship in different scenarios ranging from local bodies to home groups etc. calling themselves Churches but meaning that they are in Christ. However, the simplicity of this reasoning cannot suffice in explaining the true Church. As time has gone by, we have discovered that there are many anomalies concerning the concept of Church and what it means to people today. Most associate Church with a physical building. While it is a building in a sense, it is not the building made with bricks and mortar but the spiritual building of God’s habitation. So, a Church must have the life and presence of God through Jesus in it before it can be called a Church. The question then arises, if the habitation of God is full of evil, can it still be called a Church? According to the letters of Jesus to the 7 churches in the book of Revelation, He still called them churches even though they had been infiltrated by evil. Rev 2:20Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Rev 2:21  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Rev 2:22  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Rev 2:23  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

 

Based on these verses, we can conclude that, even though there have been infiltrations of evil into most of the Churches, Christ still considered them His body. Yet, the world and many Christians are quick to judge the Church based on mistakes, sin and bad practices. They do not judge themselves first when they do this because their expectation of Church is external to them and in their opinion require purity on a perfected level. Their expectations are not entirely wrong but it concludes judgement not grace. They do not understand that each one of us who are saved and born again are going through the perfecting process. Not everyone in Church is a bad person or is deliberately sinning. Many make mistakes that is not sin but just honest mistakes as a weak vessel of flesh just like anybody else. So, in trying to arrive at an understanding of the true Church, I think we need to examine our thought processes and decisions we conclude on. This will help us avoid traps and pitfalls of judging others when we ourselves fall short of the true concept of Church.

 

Yet, we should not be without opinion as we are required to discern good from evil and know how to move into purity and maintain it because we are the temple of the living God. Many local bodies and denominations have moved away from the fullness of the gospel and have gone into what I call “Modified Christianity”. This is both bad and dangerous as we are called into accountability by the Head of the body that is Christ even though we may not feel accountable to anyone else. That accountability takes many courses in the outworking and daily life of the Church in question. Many local bodies have splits, fall into major sin, teach false doctrines and basically become dead to God because they have strayed or totally avoided listening to the Holy Spirit. Most of them who end up in this situation justify their journey and end. Few go on to realising their error and often carry that error or sin into another local body. This is where things get really tough. These are in many ways God’s judgements that come out of a neglect of following His commands and keeping holiness and righteousness as forefront practices in the local body or denomination. What is interesting to note is, many denominations can actually influence all or some of their local body attachments by what they choose to follow. I am reminded of a rather large Denomination in Australia one day deciding to allow the drinking of alcohol as a norm and the practice of divorce as an unavoidable evil to which little or no discipline is applied anymore, either by counselling or taking a stand on God’s commands. As time has gone by, many other denominations have allowed the practice of homosexuality which now goes under the acronym of LGBTQI. It means, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex. The things they have not yet legalised in countries is sex with children and animals, which I believe will come along next. As you can see, what you allow is what will condemn you and bring the wrath of God on both the Church and the world.

 

In both cases, Israel suffered immensely under the judgements of God for all their practices that ranged from fornication to idolatry and witchcraft. When God destroyed the known world in the time of Noah and subsequently Sodom & Gomorrah in the time of Abraham we know these judgements will come again. Since then, we have seen all forms of natural disasters and social breakdown because of what the world and the Church has allowed and practiced. How much of this problem belongs to the Church? That is a good question. I think, this verse tells us what needs to be done internally within the body for the rest of the world to be blessed. Ch_7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

So, based on this verse we can conclude that God is willing to forgive and heal, if the Church will play its part in cleansing the temple not only for itself but for the nations of this world. This is a great responsibility on the Church. The true Church will always only lift Jesus up as its Head and Builder. Secondly, it will allow the Holy Spirit to guide all its activities. Thirdly, it will love God and God’s people and do everything it can to save lost souls. Fourthly, it will prepare a habitation for God to dwell in so that God may be all in all. I trust that God will give us wisdom about who the Church is, what to do in it and about it and to re-examine our own involvement based on our walk with Christ. Let us not be found as evil doers or busybodies in the Church but as righteous men, women and children who walk in all truth and love.

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

09/04/2017                           

 

Kingdom of Power

Kingdom of Power

Kingdom of Power

1Co 4:20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

 

All the Kingdoms of this world on earth and in the spiritual realm of darkness will be totally destroyed by the power of God’s kingdom. There are no two ways about this. It is a matter of the appointed time of God. The process of death to the enemy is already underway and has been going on for some time now. In the book of Daniel, God gives us an insight into the kingdoms of this world and the Kingdom of God. The insight is into how these kingdoms will be established, by whom and how they will clash before the Kingdom of His Son Jesus is established. Mat_11:12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Added to this understanding are the prophetic revelations of the kingdoms of this world that have come and are even now upon the earth.

Dan 2:37  Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. Thou art this head of gold. Dan 2:39And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. Dan 2:40And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. Dan 2:41And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. Dan 2:42And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Described to us are four earthly kingdoms that represent periods of time and individuals who will rule. The last kingdom is now and will be ruled by a mixture of governments. Dan 2:43  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. My personal opinion is; the last days will be governed by a mixing of evil spirits with flesh like in the days of Noah when evil angels slept with the daughters of men and produced giants upon the earth. The seed of men mixing with evil seed is what produced strength in clay. Yet clay is much weaker than spirits. Clay represents earth of which we are made. Therefore, the last kingdom will be in the last days (which is our time) and will be strong and weak at the same time because of the mixing of strength and weakness but will not last for this very reason.

After this, the greatest Kingdom of all will be set up by Jesus which will destroy all the other kingdoms once and for all. Dan 2:44  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Those last days began with the advent of Jesus. Once Jesus came and destroyed all the works of the enemy on the cross, He proceeded to set up His kingdom using ordinary men such as us. Through His army of believers, He will break and smash every opposition to His rule and reign with a final conflict that will require His visit to earth one more time. Once we as the Church and Israel as the redeemed come into fullness, this event will take place on earth. In the mean time’ “occupy” is the motto of Christianity. Men and women all over the world who have heeded the call to go into all the world and preach the gospel have discovered that the need for sustaining power is incredibly important. Many have tried to operate without power only to discover great problems beset them and utter failure follow their efforts.

Power in every sense of the word is essential for effectiveness in spreading and maintaining the gospel. Many have discovered great power but have not been able to sustain it. I am seeking long lasting power to break the yoke of bondage and sustain that freedom. The true essence of power is that it is eternal. To keep it eternal, great faith is needed to stand in a dark and evil generation when evil abounds. Yet, grace is the power of God to battle sin and Holy Ghost power is the ability to stand as witnesses and as holy children of God in the face of evil temptations. Power is more than healing miracles. It is the exercise of the will of God against all things evil and the sustaining power in the midst of good to remain good and not be corrupted by the anointing like Lucifer. This is where the power of the blood of Jesus is most effective.  It is a balance in the midst of extremity concerning good and evil. Too much of either can destroy and so true power is encapsulated in the word to help us through the long hard journey of life.

 

Apostle Paul understood power in relation to demonstration of it. Hidden power did nothing for anybody except to be a potential. The trouble with dormant power is that it eventually dissipates. I have seen so many Christians start so well and show great potential only to fall away after some time because they have not understood real power. They may have equated it to something that they thought they would not have to do to sustain it. That it would always remain in every situation. The truth about power is that it has to be continually fed by a source of power. That source of power is Jesus the word. We must always demonstrate Jesus and then we will be able to demonstrate power in the true sense of power. Even the Holy Spirit always demonstrates Jesus and not Himself.

                 

Power has many connotations and applications; we must be aware.

1.     The creative power of God to create

2.     The dunamis (explosive) power of God to achieve

3.     The power of the word to sustain

4.     The power of the Holy Spirit to make us witnesses of Christ

5.     The power of God to defeat satan.

6.     The power of the blood to give us access to God as pure vessels

7.     Resurrection power that raises the dead and much more….

 

Without power there is no life. Power is life and energy to anything that must have life. That power and life comes from God through Jesus. Once we understand these variations in power, we must seek the Holy Ghost to instruct us on how to use this power to achieve what God wants for us to achieve. Though natural life may be in a vessel, it is dormant till spiritual power motivates it and moves it into doing. That takes faith in the spiritual context. James speaks of being only hearers as opposed to doers. If you only hear and not do, then you have what is dormant faith. Dormant faith will not remain in a person for long unused. It will dissipate. In the last days, I believe there will be much power released through knowledge and revelation. This will in turn be released by many to achieve their gifting and calling. Yet, a word of caution to all concerned. Build your walk in this world based on God’s word to you and ensure that what you build will stand. Unlike the kingdoms of old, the kingdom of Jesus is an everlasting kingdom. Power was given on a temporary basis to each kingdom Rev 17:12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. While their power was given temporarily to achieve their evil goals, God’s power to us has been given eternally to achieve what God wants us to achieve. Luk_24:49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  Luk_10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. The giving of power by Jesus to ordinary human beings whom He now considers as sons and daughters of God far supercedes anything Creation has seen or understood. There is an inheritance that is crying out for us to take hold of our destiny and power to come alongside with the King of the new Kingdom of God on earth. Rom_8:19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

KINGDOM AND POWER ARE SYNONYMOUS

 

In all his scriptures and journeys, Apostle Paul is alluding to the presence and use of power. There is a presence of power as there is use of power. That demonstration is taking place more and more as people are calling upon God’s presence and display of power to come to the earth. As more is being released, we are seeing manifestly so the glory of God. Power must accompany every individual to fulfil their daily life and Christian outliving in a dark and evil generation. The temptations are many and the lack of disciplines in life along with the injustices of life all need an infusion of Godly power to submit to us. We are the rulers and authorities on earth and must behave as such within the context of earthy law and existence, biding our time for the fulfilment of prophecy that Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom on earth. Since it has been prophesied, it will surely come to pass.

The days are upon us and we can see the need for Jesus to return soon. Let us pray for power in the meantime and go for the application of it in our daily lives by faith.                                                                                                           “GO POWER”

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble     

 

02/04/2017

Agreement

Agreement

From the Pastor’s heart                                      

2Co_6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

I am becoming increasingly interested in the amazing reality of light and darkness. I am beginning to realise with some amazement that this whole Universe was created by God in darkness. Apparently, parts of this darkness are so great that it is impossible for even stars to shine in some places like Black Holes. Yet, all stellar objects like the sun, moon and stars shine in darkness by the design of God. If you removed all light giving objects, you would have blackness or darkness. Gen 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…. So, before God created anything in our known Universe and on earth where we now exist in the light, there was absolute darkness.

 

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it. Why should it? Is the Bible speaking of the same darkness as the blackness of space or is the Bible speaking of another light and another darkness? I believe it is talking about the light of Jesus and the darkness of evil. It is with this spiritual darkness that light has no agreement. The light being Jesus and darkness being evil and the devil. The devil himself is a victim of evil and darkness as he was once a creature of light. When he was cursed by God, he became a creature of darkness of the evil kind. Jud_1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness….

Often time the devil uses the cloak of physical darkness to carry out his activities but the true darkness he uses is deception. 2Co 4:4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest thelight of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The contrast of light and darkness is apparent here. The light is associated with the gospel which has to do with our spiritual eyes seeing and hearts knowing the truth versus the lies and deceptions of the devil to hide things associated with the truth. It is through this minefield of knowledge and truth we must journey, constantly seeking the word to light our path. The word is that source and giver of light we need to use to access this revelation. Psa_119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Without the word we will not understand light or darkness and so the truth will escape us. This is what the devil wants.

 

Agreement with either side therefore becomes an extremely important spiritual concept.  We must know how to apply our faith in order for our lives to be blessed. Agreement on many levels obviously extend into the natural as much as the spiritual and covers both written and spoken agreements. The value of such agreements are tremendously powerful in both what they agree to and what they disagree about. Here are some ways in which we can participate in agreements. Since most agreements are word based and are either spoken or written they have a legal component to them which is binding on all parties. Some examples:

1.       By speaking them or writing them down and signing off on them.                       Psa 66:13  I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,        Psa 66:14  Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. 2Ch_34:31And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.

2.       The other way is, when we participate in an agreement through our actions. A person can come into agreement with the light through faith actions or the dark side by committing a murder etc. This is coming into an agreement by action.

3.       One can also come into an agreement by association by the use of oil or handkerchiefs for prayer or taking an object into one’s possession that is from the dark side either innocently or not so innocently. Gen 31:34Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. By this act, Rachel had brought upon herself a curse that ended in her death because Jacob had pronounced it without knowing it. Gen 31:32With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. Even though Jacob did not know it, the act of taking it had opened a legal door by his words through which the evil one brought death.

 

What one must realise is, that in life, all agreements are legal and binding irrespective of the fact that you make them with God or the devil. They stand firm. They cannot be broken but can only be overcome by the grace and mercy of God. When God commanded Adam & Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were safe from any harm and danger as long as they obeyed. The devil knew that in order for them to fail God, he would have to bring them into agreement with sin. The moment they heeded the words of the devil and broke agreement with God through disobedience of His command which is a legal and binding command, they failed in their agreement with light and joined themselves to darkness. Yet, God overrode that with His mercy and grace.

 

The agreements we make are often time not even understood by us. When we confess negatively, when we use idle words, joke and act foolishly, we come into agreement with un-Godly powers. The power of life and death are in the tongue but so too in our actions. Being unequally yoked with unbelievers and believers is a big problem in the Christian world. The next few verses highlight these concepts. 2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2Co 6:16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  With believers, the following verse applies because of various problems that arise with differences. 1Co_5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Amo_3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?  When we have differences in vision, doctrine or worldly practices, we cannot walk together; we are unequally yoked. There will be a clash at some stage even though we may be brothers. One must be aware that such unequal relationships do not sit well with God. I know of so many who marry unbelievers because they say they have fallen in love only to end up in serious trouble because of this. Furthermore, we must be wise when we deal with people in the world especially when coming into any form of agreement with them. We will be severely disadvantaged if we do not use wisdom because of what we are allowed to do based on the word of God. The work place can be such a place where agreements are made that are contrary to God’s ways. We succumb to them because we are pressured to have and keep a job. We must trust God not man.  We must be able to say “no” to ungodly practices, like bribing, lying or selling ungodly items like alcohol etc.

Light basically has nothing to do with darkness. However, having said that, I also know that the natural world is a determining factor in our spirituality. What we do and say in the natural has great bearing on our spiritual lives and the level of our spirituality. Many do not understand this in the Christian world and go about trying to live a dual life based on allowances saying God forgives and is full of grace. I think deliberate acts of continuity in sin do not come under His grace. Rom_8:13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Gen_6:3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh…. I am constantly being made aware of my own weakness and need for the word of God to be a light to my path so that I do not walk in darkness. Darkness as practiced by the devil is subtle and sudden and worst of all insidious, lying in wait for an opportunity to trip up God’s people into some area of sin that he can then dominate them in. His aim is to eventually have world domination of mankind and destroy us. We see that he has been quite successful in blinding the eyes of many and causing them to walk in darkness devoid of God’s love and light. God’s light is love and acceptance. Yet, many do not know this because of what darkness has done to them.

Let us learn to walk in the light. 1Jn 1:5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1Jn 1:6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. The hour is upon us even more so now than ever before because the word of God is being manipulated and shut up by many who do not know what they are even preaching anymore They have been deluded to produce a watered down, easy gospel that tickles the ears. The strong man’s gospel is about reproving the works of darkness. Eph 5:11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 

Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

Isa 60:2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble                                                                 

26/03/2017

 

Coming of Full Age

Coming of Full Age

Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Heb 5:13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

The pouting of the lips, receding into oneself, the woe is me attitude and so many other child like behaviour patterns in an individual clearly indicate the immaturity of a person. Similarly Christians who are in need of constant pampering are those who require things to go always well for them. Hence, they do childish things revealing their Christian maturity. Mind you, some of them have been Christians for very long years but have not grown. They are unable to take on maturity even though they know in themselves they need to. Apostle Paul likens it to drinking milk without progressing to meats in order to survive.

 

Human reactions are often indicators of spiritual maturity? Once a person becomes born again, they are expected to grow out of childhood into adulthood in a spiritual sense. However, if they occupy themselves with carnal attitudes and temperaments, then they remain carnal and hence immature. They feed on milk products of the Christian faith that do not help them to grow. Imagine feeding a fully grown adult in the natural sense milk three times a day, as their main sustenance. It will be a disaster as far as their health is concerned. Likewise, in a spiritual sense, if one does not grow to come into maturity by eating spiritual meats, they will remain childish and soon become a victim of their attitudes and behaviour. This verse speaks of coming out of childishness                        1Co 13:11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. The putting away of childish things begin with recognition of the need to grow spiritually.

 

I am truly amazed at the number of Christians who still walk around in pampers. This may seem a harsh thing to say but it is the truth. When the natural does not offer an individual an inch in life why do people expect the spiritual to do something different? In the natural, people are willing to accept what the natural dishes out and try hard to grow up to accommodate what life dishes out. They educate themselves, accept life’s difficulties by taking the good with the bad and above all seeking to grow in maturity. My question is; are they not aware that the spiritual is made up of greater demands than the natural? The answer is; ‘no’, because people have been taught an easy gospel. They want what they have been taught by unscrupulous preachers who have sought to give people what they want. That way they can get what they want out of the people. Too often, I have met disillusioned Christians who have left Church because of wanting to be molly coddled and have been disappointed with Church when it does not happen for them. When they have been confronted with the truth about themselves they have become offended like the 3rd seed sowed in the Sowers parable. They are the type who get offended by the word because the word falls on hard ground (hard hearts or deaf ears).

 

Coming of full age is a great release in the spiritual. It actually is a freedom from bondage and inabilities and limitations of the flesh. Immaturity binds one to the flesh and denies the Spirit life. It is the flesh that seeks to keep a person immature. The Spirit always speaks of higher and deeper things that edify, strengthen and which makes one more than a conqueror through the word (Jesus). The more mature one becomes, the more he partakes of meat (the supernatural) and his sustenance is of meat (maturity) not the weakness of milk (immaturity). It takes a mature person to go on in the Spirit leaving behind the things of this world and the flesh. That is why it says in Galatians 5, that walking in the Spirit is a spiritual thing.

 

When Joshua lost a battle after failing to follow God’s instructions through the sin of another, God told him to get off his face and stand up. 1Co_16:13  Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. The word of God expects us to grow into adulthood. We will win some battles and we will lose some battles but we must always act like men who know their God. The word says, “They that know their God shall do great exploits”. The question is, do only some of us know God because it seems that most of us seem to flounder along in our faith trying to make it through the day. The time has come for us to eat meat and act strong in the face of our enemy. Our enemy does not care if we have grown up or not. We are his targets. Just like God, he is not a respecter of persons either. Unlike God, he only cares about himself and will destroy all who get in his way if he can help it. None of us are exempt from the attacks of the enemy.

Growing up in Christ is an exciting thing. When we were babies and did not know what to do from one day to the next, God instructed us and we grew. As we grew, we were able to do things that were extraordinary that no other human being that was not born again could do. Furthermore, the results were so astounding and satisfying that it created a hunger within us to do more and have access to more. Herein is where many made a mistake in their spiritual growth. They moved away from maturity into self and lost sight of what it takes to walk with God. When the trials became harder, many lost their way. When power increased, many lost their way. This list is endless of people who settled for milk instead of meat and yet had been Christians for many years. Spiritual maturity is being able to grasp the things of God and waiting on God to direct our steps into that which He has prepared and is doing. Abraham was such a man.

 

Apostle Paul writes of Melchisedek a high priest of God. He talks about this priest being like no other. That Jesus comes from this order of priests. Who can understand this kind of glory and ministry of God? Yet, there is an expectation that we understand the ways of God and what He has prepared for us. Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Heb 5:10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Heb 5:11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. Heb 5:12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. I believe that Paul is writing about our lack of understanding concerning what has been set up for us in heaven. If we did understand it, we would know how to access what God has prepared. The idea of a High Priest interceding on our behalf in heaven is very encouraging. I cannot see us surviving the onslaught of evil otherwise.

 

Many think that once they are born again they do not have to work out anything. They are like little babes wanting everything to be done for them. Yet, the mysteries and secrets of God belong to those who are willing to seek God and go into the realm of maturity in the process. We tend to become lazy or discouraged when we find that our journey into the unknown is getting deeper and more intense. I see maturing as a process of cutting away. I once behaved like a child but now I am an adult and have given up childish things. This makes me mature. In the process of then maturing, I go one further and take on the heavy duty stuff and grow even more. One such area is in knowing the love of God for His people.

 

I am being constantly amazed at the love of God for people. The process of maturing is understanding this love of God. Not everything is what it seems till we understand love. Personally, I am learning so much through this love of God for His people. Yet, I am aware that those who do not receive this love and reject it openly will pay a heavy price. I see the love of God through a condition of His love. That even though He sent Jesus His Son to die for the whole world, He set a condition of faith which involves accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour before His love would reach us. Otherwise, that love is forfeited and replaced with an eternal death in hell. There are several levels of maturity one must have. With each level of faith a new level of maturity is to be sought. Yet, the whole process requires us to be childlike in our faith to achieve this maturity and actually see results. This is the mystery of Godly relationship.

 

I cannot imagine what it would be like to serve God as a priest let alone a High Priest. When Aaron and his line of priests were given this great honour, they had to do so many things that would require their lives if they failed. Yet, in Christ, God’s requirement was met once and for all and now the earnest work of the High Priest has begun. This must be an awesome responsibility. In seeking maturity, let us be able to go to the next level in our faith without the complications of diminished understanding that stems from childish behaviour before God. Let us rise above our circumstances by employing the Spirits of wisdom and revelation and ask for understanding of all that He has for us in the gifts, fruit of the Holy Spirit and in the gifts that Jesus gave to the Church that we might fulfil our destinies. There is another level waiting for you personally, that which will cause you great satisfaction in fulfilling your journey as a Christian. Seek it with all earnestness.

Lots of love       

Pastor Noble                                                                 

19/03/2017

 

Falling on Deaf ears

Falling on Deaf ears

From the Pastor’s heart                 Falling on Deaf ears

 

Rom 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? Rom 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:18But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Rom 10:19But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. Rom 10:21But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

The gospel message of Jesus is the power of God to bring a person to salvation and keep him in the same. God sent Isaiah otherwise known as Esaias in the Bible, to preach the gospel to a people who will not listen. Why preach to people who will not listen? The answer is in this verse Rom 2:5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Deaf ears actually speaks of a hard heart. When people’s hearts become hard, the gospel will fall on deaf ears. People stop listening. Maybe, there are good reasons for the hardening of the heart. One reason could be the harshness of circumstances in life crushing the spirit of man. This bitterness of soul causes the hardness of hearts. Wise counsel and reasoning is refused and they go about trying to achieve breakthrough their way. The other reason may be because they have become wise in their own deceits. The condition of deafness is serious business. I am daily counselling people who have found themselves in deep trouble because they either disregarded the word of God or have not listened to wise counsel speaking to them. Knowing the right way but going the wrong way is often the condition of man because he does not listen.

                 

I am constantly reminded of the way in which I did not listen because of pride, anger or offense. All of these negative elements of human character led me to great difficulty in life because I did not listen to the Lord and my well wishers. Another condition that I picked up later on in life regarding my lack of listening was in not realising when someone was trying to say something to me in an indirect manner. When one speaks in this way, they are either trying desperately not to offend or interfere, or they are being diplomatic about what they are saying to avoid conflict. This manner of speaking diplomatically actually does not help a person who is hot headed, stubborn or broken in life.  We must speak the truth in love according to the knowledge we have been given by the Holy Ghost of a person and the situation that surrounds them. Furthermore, we must use common sense and natural senses to counsel. For example; one would not speak in a diplomatic fashion to a person who is going to fall of a cliff because they do not know it is round the next bend. One would shout out the warning. It may still fall on deaf ears but at least one spoke up and did their best.

 

The world we know will not listen easily to the gospel message but what about the Church? Jesus said; “if you have an ear, listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church’. Why is it that the Church has such a hard time listening to the Holy Spirit? I think, it is because there is a hardening of the heart that happens out of familiarity. It is subtle in the first instance only realising full potential when the hardness has set in. From then on, they journey is one of unsound reasoning and no matter what anyone says, they will not listen having reached pinnacles of success. The news media is constantly reporting about people and whole denominations who have fallen in the Church due to sin that came from hard hearts or deaf ears. There seems to be a never ending supply of stories of paedophilia, sexual promiscuity and abuses in churches of money racketeering and ungodly practices. Maybe the messages in the Bible are not getting through to many. The disease is widespread.

 

What I have discovered of spiritual growth in a corporate sense and individual sense is, man has a condition known as “selective hearing”. This is another form of suffering from deaf ears. The gospel message has fallen on deaf years for thousands of years. There are more warnings and sad stories in the Bible than good ones. The reason for this is obvious, deaf ears (hard hearts). The few good stories in the Bible of people who listen are so inspiring that they are enough for the ones who do hear to carry on in the face of great difficulty and incredible trials. What concerns me is the lack of the fear of God in the Church because of the teaching that has replaced it. That teaching is extreme grace. This has produced more hard hearts than those who do not listen at all.

When a person walks in a sinful lifestyle that allows for a self taught gospel or a modified one, the truth will just bounce off more often than not. What it is then doing is, producing people who love to have their ears tickled. Rom_11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 2Ti_4:3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2Ti_4:4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. The time is already here and has been for a long time, when the growing hardness of heart has taken on a promiscuity of the gospel. An erroneous hard sell if you like, of the ways of the Lord. Conclusions of the word based on man’s interpretation of the gospel and its effects have been the problem all along. Mat 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

When counselling people, I often see shutters coming down on the eyes and minds of the counselee. I can tell immediately that they are hardening their hearts and what I am saying to them is falling on deaf ears. Others listen and even agree but do not do what is needed to change their hard hearts. The parable of the Sower is a classic parable of what happens when a soul does not listen to the word of God. When sowing the word of God, the Sower must take heed to the soil into which he is sowing and for how long he has to sow. Isa 6:9  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Isa 6:10Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Isa 6:11Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, Isa 6:12And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

Isaiah is faced with a situation that actually produces no fruit of souls but rather hardness of hearts. Everything he is going to say will fall on deaf ears but he must still preach. Maybe, you have come across situations in your life that you have not reaped for the sowing you have done. That could be so to make you understand what it takes to actually save a soul. Not everyone is going to get Saved. So, the ones who do get saved are extremely precious and must be valued above all else. One the one hand, it may be very exciting to see countless people coming to the Lord and being healed but on the other hand, how many remain? How many stay saved and walk in righteousness? The battle is not only preaching the gospel to unsaved people and getting them saved but in keeping them.

 

One of the biggest areas of deafness is in marriages where words that are spoken fall on deaf ears. Years of expressing the deepest feelings about a situation between husband and wife too often fall on deaf ears, till finally one day, there is separation over what one is not listening to. This has been the greatest problem between couples. The same problem exists in the Church. In a sense, Christianity is truly a marriage. In fact, it is a consummation of spirit, soul and body that requires great grace. Without this grace, one could easily fall into despair because of having to say the same thing over and over again and still not seeing much of a result. In many cases, the best solution it would seem for the leader is to walk away. Many have left ministry or been thoroughly hurt over it because of what is not listened to. It is literally falling on deaf ears. Apostle Paul faced a similar situation with the Jews. Act 18:5  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. Act 18:6  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

As we draw close to the end of the age, we find that many are not listening to the message of the gospel. It is falling on deaf ears. That is because the hearts are hardening. 2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 2Ti 3:4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2Ti 3:5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

May God have mercy on all who do not listen and help them before it is too late.

 

Lots of love       

Pastor Noble