The guise of strong personalities

The guise of strong personalities

Act 22:7  And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 22:8  And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 

Hidden within each one of us is a strong personality that is made up of the “I”. This is commonly referred to as the independent spirit or nature of a person. Though this identity is God-given, the ‘I” in a person is actually governed and influenced by external forces that one may accept or reject. We would like to think that we are in control of the “I” causing many of us to seek to control our lives based on this knowledge of independent choice. Saul, before he became Apostle Paul, was a very strong ”I” sort of person. This guise of his strong personality before he came to know Christ was actually a weapon that God had created in him for the revelation of Jesus to the world when he was converted. The guise of his strong personality was built up in the guise of a life under the Law and a sect of people called the Pharisees. He excelled in this form of religiosity that crafted and influenced this strong personality. The negative side of the ‘”I” personality is, it never submits. It is always right in its own eyes. It justifies itself, walks in self-righteousness and is an insidious spirit that lives within itself. It seeks to make the world submit to it. Apostle Paul had it all come to a crashing halt when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Jesus brought him down to his knees and opened his eyes to his true identity. It wasn’t long after that, Apostle Paul wrote these words; Gal_2:20  I 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. 

The Word of God

The Word of God

from the Pastor’s heart 

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

There is a dilemma each person who is born on this earth has in determining what or who the word of God is. At some stage in one’s life, God becomes an important consideration; either to accept and pursue Him or reject Him. Though the rejection of God may not be total in nature, one can still reject God through unbelief in many areas of their lives. For example; His ability to supply all our needs.

The word as written for us in the Bible (the best selling book in the world) delivers and reveals God’s thoughts and ways toward us. This is accepted by many to be the truth and answer to life. Why should the word of God claim to answer life for human beings when we can reason for ourselves? Why should the word of God as described in the Bible be the only truth? These are questions always asked of all who are born at some stage in their lives. Those who do not see the need to understand who God is and pursue Him through the word, question His existence and motives. In a world of over seven billion people, the adherents to the Christian faith are not in great numbers. This is the same throughout history. Yet, the advocacy of the word of God has had much influence, controversy and determination in the way man’s conscience operates on a legal and personal level. One has to wonder why that is so.

I have often come across testimonies of people who have openly testified that they had been agnostics, atheists, un-believers, and believers in other faiths etc. who have openly declared that they have met God through Jesus. Added to this list are people who have lost their minds, been on all sorts of drugs, lived wayward lives, been financially ruined, emotionally distraught, even near death, diseased and even risen from the dead who have testified that they were healed by Jesus and acknowledge Him as God.

This brings us to who this word is. The word as written for us in the Bible is the pre-eminent gospel of truth to all who believe in Jesus truthfully and who adhere to it. Though there are many other books that speak of God and His Son Jesus, the Bible is adhered to for the truth. Now, the Bible if it is true must do all that the word says in it. This is the first and last test of the word of God. The words written in text form on pages of paper in ink cannot perform anything even though it is the Bible. If, it is not breathed upon by God Himself to make it real, it is invalid to the reader. There is good reason for this. The word is a living spiritual being that enters into and creates and gives life within an already created environment that is called the world. That word is Jesus. 

Why attribute a name to the word? The importance of a name is; no other name can claim to be the word. If someone does; they must prove that they are God. This is the true test of all other faiths and people who claim to be Messiahs. No person in their right mind will follow a person who cannot prove what they say consistently. This is the way truth can be tested and God can be proven.

The word of God is His life’s blood to all created beings both visible and invisible. This magnitude of God is proven to mere mortals and spirits (good and evil) out of God’s own choice. He does not need to prove Himself to anyone but out of choice to reveal Himself to His creation, He sends His word. The existence and culmination of all life on earth and in heaven depend on His word. Col_1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Eph_1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Every single word used in the Bible refers to Jesus. When the word is used and practised in the right way they come alive as Jesus, the manifestation of God. The past, present and future of all living things both visible and invisible culminate in the revelation of Jesus. 1Ti_3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

Why this is so is simply because God said; He was going to reveal Himself in this way to His creation. Without the word, one cannot know God even though they were created by Him. Nobody, including angels and human beings knew God in this way till Jesus who is the word was revealed. Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life1Jn 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 1Jn 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 

 

Once revealed, all living creatures bowed down and worshipped Him as God. Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Rev 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. Though God was worshipped before He revealed Himself through the word, He brought in a new worship to Himself, through Jesus. This is the revealed God. Why the change of image? This is a good question.

 

The image of God is revealed now in human form. We resemble Jesus as spirit beings as in the new man not made of flesh. What was God revealing to us by this change of image? I believe God was revealing begotten sons and daughters not created beings. The true nature of the word Jesus is,  He is the only begotten Son of God, not made. Likewise, all of creation who believed on the Son became sons and daughters of God through the revelation and acceptance of God as Jesus. This means, even angelic beings became just like us even though they were created. Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy

The word of God is the only source of life that can never be exhausted in anyway. Many have tried to corrupt it and use it for their own benefit only to find out that it led to death and destruction. Even the slightest error in handling the word can cause grievous harm. This is not immediately apparent but it takes effective immediately. Adam & Eve who disobeyed God’s word found death eventually. Many after them have done the same. Those who lie speak 99% truth and infiltrate it either by design or error, with 1 % of lies. This kind of human reasoning can be dangerous. It is like taking 100 % pure mineral water and contaminating it with 1 % sewage and asking people to drink it. Unfortunately, many who do not see the water for what it is, fall into the trap of deceit and lies by reasoning that it is mostly truth; just like Adam & Eve. 

 

One Pastor in Singapore decided after decades of Pastoring and building a body of believers to over seventeen thousand that he would practise magic to advance evangelism in the name of Jesus. It did not take long for him to be broken. Another built a mega church of over 40,000 people only to have his wife cast him in prison by her actions when she influenced him to divert funds from the church for her own worldly career. The list is long and sad of those who have misused the word for their own gain and imaginations. Even when you go to do well with the word, the right application must come into play. Otherwise, there will be no result or there will be counter results. 1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (die). 1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 

 

I am yet to see a person set free who has contaminated the truth through design, error or unbelief. This includes me, when I do not believe. I have often wondered how I am unable to receive the truth of the word often time and yet see others able to walk in that truth and be free. It is then that I have to admit that I am walking in unbelief. Though I believe who Jesus is and even acknowledge what He can do, for reason of unbelief mostly, I am unable to appropriate the truth the same way I see others operate in it. This makes me realise, I need to pursue the truth of the word in every area of my life.

 

The word of God is a living interactive person who is Spirit and who is God. One cannot afford to ignore Him just because He is invisible. If we seek Him in the written text, He must also manifest in life as such. He cannot be written in ink and contained in ink. Anyone who does that becomes legalistic and invites death to their doorstep. Throughout the annals of history many have found this to be true. Let us come and bow down to the word of God and ask God to give us His Holy Spirit that we might know who we worship and how to worship Him. This is wisdom and revelation Eph 1.17:23. Let us not be fooled or fool ourselves.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble 

29/07/2018

 

Who are you?

Who are you?

Who are you?

 Psa_82:6  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

The words, “you are” denotes what you are in the sight of God; which in this case is, children of God. If you are born again you are not created but begotten or given birth to by God. This makes you gods. The importance of birth is obvious because who gives birth to you is critical to your identity (belonging). It is obvious that there are many beings who can give birth to us in a natural or spiritual manner. The first is God, the second is ourselves and the third is the devil. Let us examine this phenomenon more closely in the scriptures.

  1. Gen_5:4  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
  2. Joh_3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  3. 1Jn_3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
  4. Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 

God created Adam & Eve, who procreated and produced children after their own image after sinning and so lost God's image in procreation. Much before Jesus came, there were angels in heaven known as the Watcher angels who loved the daughters of men. They came down and took for themselves wives procreating giants in the land. These giants became a mixture of angelic type beings with flesh. This made them very different. Then, God sent His Son Jesus, who is the only begotten of the Father. That means, no other Son or child was begotten of Him. Jesus came in the flesh as a quickened Spirit. 1Co_15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The difference was in the form Jesus took as a man. He took on flesh as a vesture, not the DNA of humans. His flesh was not procreated by His mother Mary. She was a housing (womb) to nurture His birth in the womb and after He was born. His conception, however, was carried out by the Spirit of God. Luk_1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  Finally, we have the devilish birth process that is of the heart and mind of the human. The devil seeks to get children for himself from the children of men and so he goes about deceiving them to become like him in nature by the evil things he teaches them to do.

That is why Apostle Paul asks this question of us who come to Christ and who are born again.  Gal 4:8  Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. Gal_4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? These verses explain to us that those who call themselves gods are not gods because they are not begotten of the Father, yet on the other hand, we are. We carry the DNA of Christ the moment we become born again. Therefore, we cannot afford to corrupt that DNA by mixing it with the world through lusts, sin and the Law. We are free spirits (sons and daughters of God) begotten in the image of Jesus. We must reverence our elevated status instead of becoming victims of lesser elements. We should instead rule and reign over them.

The other notable aspects of who we are is varied and many:

1.    We are who God says we are

2.    We are born again by the Spirit and Word of God

3.    We are victors, overcomers and more than conquerors through Christ Jesus

4.    We are blessed

5.    We are powerful

6.    We are saved, healed and delivered

7.    We are seated in heavenly places with Jesus

8.    We are the head and not the tail

Let us not give our God-given status as gods to someone else and become victims again. This is easily done by turning our backs on our birthright like Esau did. Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. 

I believe that many are selling their sonship to the devil because they can no longer sustain the value of sonship that is brought about through suffering. Suffering is a word not liked by many because people have preached to them the easy gospel. The truth of the gospel is not an easy gospel but an effective gospel. The effective gospel states; we are the sons of God in a dark and evil generation and are able to live like God wants us to live; through all the trials and tribulations of life.

When God seems far away from His children, the question; “are you there God” seems to always arise in our hearts? Why would a loving God who calls Himself our Father cause us to suffer? This is the million dollar question that is not easily answered. Things look great for awhile and then they seem to hit rock bottom or run into trouble of some sort. The cries of the children to the Father often time seem to come up empty. Why?

I believe, there is a place with God where the child of God can actually walk through evil in the absolute glory of being a god (authority of God in you). By this I mean, fulfil one’s destiny as God’s children, not the devils’ child. God’s children are Godlike and are not ashamed of it. They take on the image of Christ and also the power of Christ. This makes them Christlike. Once we are born again, God finishes the final touches on us in this world so that, when we do go up, we will look like Jesus in His fullest. 1Jn_3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The day is coming when we will not only be like Him but we will rule and reign with Him in absolute glory. For now, while we are on earth the evil forces can recognise our status more than we can because we look at ourselves as weak and easily tempted. We often choose the world over the Lord and fail by following weakness. Let us not give into the weakness of this world but accept Godliness.

God is not weakened because we are. However, He is compromised in us by the devil through sin. The devil knows he cannot do anything about God but he can do something about us. So, the devil seeks to bring us into temptation. This is how he got Eve who was made as a daughter of God in God’s own image. Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 

Even the devil knows that we were gods. However, God did not want us to become gods with the knowledge of good and evil because that brought death. Instead, He wanted us to be gods knowing Him as Father through Christ. This way, the true son and daughter of God could be recognised without sin. However, this did not eventuate and we all became like the devil; a sinner facing death and annihilation. However, God, in His abundant mercy, looked away from sin and gave up His only begotten Son that we might be saved. This infuriated the devil who went about seeking who he could convert to be like him. This was allowed by God because God only sought those who would be His children by choice and not be forced to be like Him.

Once human nature has been given at birth, God does not take it back. He instead seeks to educate and reveal to this nature the goodness of God and His deity as Father. The choice is ours to accept God in the face of a lot of questions about God and life. Those of us who have accepted sonship, know our authority and identity which gives us the right to be called the sons of God. Joh_1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 

The manifestation of the sons of God is keenly awaited upon by the earth and by all the creation of God. They want to see what we will look like and how we will govern? These are questions still to be answered. However, the preparation of the sons and daughters of God is upon earth. It is up to us.  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. We need to come to that place of acceptance of our status and go forth into this world displaying Godliness in the image of our Father God through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble 

22/07/2018

 

Continual deliverance & blessings

Continual deliverance & blessings

Continual deliverance & blessings

 2Sa 6:11  And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household. 2Sa 6:12  And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. 

There is something to be said about continuity in God which can be like the willow of the wisp at times. It is there and then it is not. Children of God find it hard to understand how to maintain the presence of God as a habitation rather than a visitation. Are they to be blamed for this? I think so. Apostle Paul puts it this way. 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? You can see from this question that is posed, we lack knowledge of the presence of God in our bodies.  God does not occupy temples made with hands but only occupies places that are cleansed and kept clean, otherwise, He leaves. 1Sa_4:21  And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. The glory had left the inner most sanctum of God’s temple because of the sins of High Priest Eli and his two sons.

All things new

All things new

Rev_21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

In a scene from the movie, Passion of the Christ, Jesus stumbles and falls while carrying the cross. His mother runs to Him in deep anguish to help Him. He turns to her with a whisper of a smile on His face and says; “Behold, I make all things new”. It was this scene that opened my eyes to God’s re-creation of all things through the cross. The new order now is what follows the cross and not what was before the cross. It is necessary that we understand this; otherwise, we will remain in our sins not having accepted the cross and crucifixion as God’s gateway to re-creation. 

Building a foundation in your life

Building a foundation in your life

Mar 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mar 9:26  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. 


Renewing your mind

Renewing your mind

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 

Imagine the mind to be a very long passenger train of which you are the train driver. Each compartment of the train (TRAIN OF THOUGHT/S) are holding cells for millions of thoughts, like passengers constantly getting on and off at different stations. The journey of our life is full of stops and starts (stations) at different stages and events that take place in our lives. The journey of this life begins when you are born and does not stop till your dead physically. In this journey of life, we can’t get on and off by ourselves but passengers (thoughts) do. What gets on and off depends on where the train takes you in life. Sometimes, the train tracks get derailed or blocked by events and by the devil. This causes more thoughts and imaginations to get into our minds that can change the course of our lives. At all times, both good and bad thoughts get on and off but allowing them in or out is within our control. This essentially is the power (our will) to change and renew our minds.

Standing the test of time

Standing the test of time

Paul's Fears for the Galatians Gal 4. 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, you are also an heir through God. 8Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain. 

Apostle Paul’s deep concerns and fears for the Galatians was echoed through out the Epistle he had written them. He had observed their journey from start and was deeply concerned about the way they were going about their spiritual walk. In Chapter three, he had written about their departure from the Spirit ways of God, to the Law. He told them that they had come under witchcraft. Now in Chapter four, he is telling them about losing their sonship because they were observing days and times and years as though these observants were God. Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

I have observed the life of Christians who lack longevity in their faith. They are strong for a season but then through circumstances of life and the attacks of the enemy they fall away from the truth and go about creating their own truths. They may even use God’s word to achieve this but usually it is a diluted form of the word that they use to manipulate their ends. They use the word and religion for gain and to establish self righteousness and status in life. The Jews (especially the Pharisees) were experts at this. They had years of practise in the keeping the Law the way they saw fit and even added many Laws which God did not give. They used these laws to bring them under bondage. Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Now, the Galatians were doing it after they had come to know Christ and been given a preeminent position as sons of God. 

What about today’s corporate Church and us as individuals? Where do we stand in our relationship with God on matters concerning our practices, attitudes, views on Christianity or our loyalty and longevity to the faith? After all, faith is to be maintained, pursued and used to come into a continued walk with God. We cannot start in the faith and then turn back to the flesh as and when we please. We in the SW Corridor of Australia live in a demographic area that practices run away faith. People run away and hop from church to church because they have worked out a gospel of truth for themselves based on their own understanding, emotions, likes and dislikes. By doing this, they reject their own brothers and sisters and move around with no valid reason causing disruption and problems to the established churches. The moment something changes in the atmosphere for them, they run away. They seek to take their brand of Christianity from one place to another depending on what they find in each place.

I too am very afraid for the Church worldwide. I am not the only one who feels this way. Speaking to Pastors, I find, that they too feel this way. Yet, many churches carry on faithfully while some have closed their doors. The truth is; deception is very subtle. If satan could lie to  one third of the angels in heaven to leave with him when he rebelled against God and even influenced the Watcher angels later on to leave their position and interact with the daughters of men, what chance do men have?. Eve who knew the Lord and communed with Him like no one else did, was turned from God without much of an effort.  All this only tells me that our enemy is working overtime in today’s church. Betrayal is the number one motive of the devil in influencing Christians to go against God and their own kind.

The test of time regarding our faith is about what is coming to the earth through the devil’s antichrist. This spirit has been working for two thousand years already. I can feel and sense its intensity like never before as the ages come to a close. Anyone, who is unprepared in the things of God cannot survive this onslaught. Even now, many are succumbing to the wiles of the devil within the church through many types of sin and blatantly disregarding the commandments of God. Where do you stand in all this? How loyal will you stay and for how long?

Longevity is about walking and running the distance in the Spirit while going from glory to glory. It seems odd that a section of the people are falling away for no reason at all and others are going from strength to strength. Each trial brings for them even greater emphasis on the power of God to sustain them rather than what circumstances dictate.

The urgency we face in today’s church is not only soul winning but soul keeping. Tens of thousands have given their lives to Jesus in crusades and the like but have not lasted the test of time. They do not continue because of various reasons. Jesus faced this in His time on earth. Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Joh 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Joh 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. I have met so many people in my lifetime who have come to Christ but have left because of some invalid reason. Added to this, they have come to Christ and have sought to change the ways of the Lord to suit. While everyone makes mistakes in the faith, some have gone on to become opponents of the faith like Janes and Jambres.   

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 

The spirit of Jannes and Jambres is essentially the spirit of antichrist or witchcraft. It is this same spirit that is working in the church doing exactly what Apostle Paul said to Timothy it was doing in the last days. 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 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. How often have we faced this behaviour in the church and dismissed it saying; it is only the behaviour of people and have mollycoddled them rather than dealing with the spirit that is enticing them? The truth is; they have been taken away by this spirit of witchcraft to operate in the flesh and in in evil spirits rather than by the fruit or the power of the Spirit.

I have preached in churches involving at least 16 countries only to discover this spirit working in churches producing problems from sin to rebellion against God and His leaders. This spirit works so subtly that Pastors and Leaders do not even know when they have either penetrated the believer’s lives or even the Pastor or Leader’s lives. God has used me to expose these spirits working in churches and have even exposed them in leadership only to be chased out myself by them because of what I have said or done. The Leaders have been blinded (which is the greatest form of deception by the devil) by what they think is the truth coming out of people. I have heard countless number of stories of failed churches and lives of believers because of these spirits being allowed to remain in church under the guise of Christianity.

The day is at hand when the unquenchable cleansing fire of God is going to sweep through the church exposing and refining many lives. The church will never be the same again because God is raising up a generation of believers who will stand the test of time because they have dies to themselves. They have no personal agenda and cannot be offended because they are dead to themselves and alive to God. Their only aim in life is to please God and they will go the ends of the earth to achieve this. They are rising up all over the world in countless thousands and will not conform to the standards of Pharisees in the church nor will they tolerate witchcraft in the Church. These are Christians who walk in the standards of love, holiness and righteousness. They do not care about money or status or self gain of glory. They are humble, teachable and will not be bowed down by tradition. They are hungry for God and will submit to God and their fellowman in true humility.

It is going to take obedience and humility to go to the cross. Jesus had to do this after all His powerful ministry on earth. While the driving force was love, the character of Spirit was humility and obedience. Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Php 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

We need to walk in this truth more than ever before as we live in testing times. We need to make it to the cross and beyond the cross. Time will test us and many will fall but many will walk in the faith without seeing the promises fulfilled. You must decide which one you are going to be; the one who runs the race patiently to the end or the one who gives up. Remember, what happens along the way is how it is decided as to how one finishes.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble 

27/05/2018

 

Prayer- The Final Frontier

Prayer- The Final Frontier

Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 

There is an interesting play on the word “Prayer”. It denotes both, the form of communication required to God and the person who is the “Prayer”. In the above verse, we see Jesus the Son of Man possibly prostrate on the ground before His Father praying to conquer the final frontier; death. This moment would decide whether all that Jesus had come to the earth for, could be achieved. The miracles, signs and wonders, the teaching He brought and the hope He gave people was now dependant on His own willingness to go the final step; which was, to accept the will of His Father in heaven. If He did not go to the cross, all this would have been in vain.

Heaven & Earth

Heaven & Earth

 Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 

The concept of heaven and earth is a striking revelation of what God has created. Two worlds that are interlinked with each other but operating on two totally different paradigms. Heaven remains invisible to us but it seems that earth is visible to many in heaven. How much visibility they have is unknown but we know that there is enough for heaven to know what is going on in earth. The Bible speaks of Watcher angels who are designated for the purpose of keeping an eye out for Earth. Then there are the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us who seem to have some access to earth but it is not clearly defined as to how much. 

 

All this knowledge of these two worlds gives us an appetite to know more of the world that is in the invisible supernatural realm. The more we hunger for heaven and the things that are located in heaven, the more we will understand the relationship between the two. We know that we can have a relationship that is very powerful for us when we access what is in heaven. 

 

God’s throne is in heaven and earth is His footstool. This in itself connects both worlds to each other through God. Then there is the access we have been given through the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to go into the throne room which is in heaven. We are welcome there by God and do not need an appointment to go in. God is waiting for us to access heaven so that we can have a relationship with Him not just on an earthly plain but on a heavenly plain.

The words of Jesus about how much power He has been given allude to the heavens as opposed to just one heaven. There seems to be three heavens but then there are scholars that speak of seven heavens. 2Co_12:2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. Apostle Paul speaks of his travels to the third heaven from which it would seem he was receiving much revelation. The amazing knowledge and understanding he has given us on earth through the scriptures he wrote obviously came from God. More revelation continued to come to him after he visited the third heaven while he was on earth. This was because of the chosen relationship he had with Jesus.

This is the key to not only understanding scripture but all that God reveals before we understand scripture. Afterwards, it is revealed to us through scripture as well. This is essentially how salvation & the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate. 

The interaction of God with this Apostle in particular has helped us for eternity to understand the Spirit realm which operates out of heaven on earth. The power that Jesus was talking about is operating on earth and in heaven through the word (scriptures) and through the Spirit of God who confirms the word. Each time we access the word in Spirit and in truth, it opens a gateway into heaven into what was decreed from heaven. Hence, the power and reality of the word of God operating on earth becomes extremely powerful because it carries with it the supernatural. It is not something that is formulated on earth by scholars; quite the opposite. It is knowledge from heaven for us to understand on earth to have access to the power given to Jesus. 

Some of this power is transferred to us and we are given a commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel. The moment we believe and apply this knowledge, we see miracles, signs and wonders that could never take place by human effort. It is to this power that Jesus is alluding to us and for us to place our confidence and trust in. This power can be duplicated by the devil and is not true, so, one must be careful and wise in understanding when operating power as to which one is true. It is possible for someone who has come out of witchcraft to have some residue of that old power still in them and mix it in with the real power because they are forcing power to work for them by their efforts. By this, they become deceived again. God’s power is pure and cannot be compromised.

When God made Jesus the Head of all things, heaven was as much conquered by Jesus as Earth was. This makes Him Lord of all. Now, He is commissioning us to conquer the earthly heaven where the evil one resides and at the same time move the hand of God in heaven where God’s throne resides. This is powerful. When we do that we can shake the nations of this world. 

Why does Jesus want us to do this? The answer is simple; He does not want anyone to perish. Yet, we need power to accomplish this work because of the evil one who attempts to stop us at every turn. Added to this, legitimacy with God is critical to success. If we do not do things according to the word, it will not work and in fact it will work against us. We must draw upon this power of Jesus to achieve breakthrough in our own lives and in the lives of others.

The journey of life on earth requires supernatural power because we have an enemy who does not want us to prosper. Our journey is fraught with real danger, much more than we can imagine (Hell is real). Even after being called and chosen of God, Apostle Paul had to suffer much in the way of direct attacks both by the devil and men who were motivated by the devil. Even animals were sent against him. Acts 28:3  And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 1Co_15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die. Furthermore, he needed power against the elements and people who were demonised. All this, he overcame because of the power he had received from Jesus and the approval of Jesus on his life as a minister of God. The part that Jesus played in Apostle Paul’s journey was to keep him preserved in every sense of the word. Paul did not lose his way in the word by revelation because he was kept humble by God, he was protected on his journeys by angels and furthermore, he received favour when needed. Yet, he received much beating and whipping and faced danger on a daily basis. This too was in the power of Jesus’ grace to allow and protect.

 

We must draw from the life of Paul because when we suffer, we too can depend on the power of Jesus which can preserve us. I am always intrigued by people’s testimonies of their close encounters with death or some other type of an end when Jesus came in and saved them from their end. His power to forgive sins on earth was tremendous in the face of the Law. This astounded the Legalistic priests who were so regimented about the Law. They did not understand the power of His grace and forgiveness. This is the power of Jesus, to forgive us. He is an Advocate with the Father and can intercede on our behalf so that we can be forgiven. This is awesome news. I am always amazed at how Jesus forgives even the vilest of sins and is able to carry that person to another dimension. It is imperative that we understand His power to forgive.

 

Our journey into the supernatural will take us out of this earth into a realm of power like we have never experienced before. God is awaiting us to arise and believe Him for it. When Jesus came to the earth and operated in Holy Ghost power while in the flesh, He had adopted supernatural power or rather had been endowed with power from on high. Now, He is the power from on high manifest in our lives through the Holy Ghost. 2Co_3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: The power that Jesus is now telling us that He has; has become unlimited by His sacrificial death and supernatural resurrection. He had this power before He came to earth but as Son of Man, He had to attain to this power. 

This is the mystery of Christ and His glory. It is also the mystery of Christ in us and the power in us now operating through the Holy Spirit. The hour is upon us and is working powerfully to bring the end of the world to fruition. By this, God will have fulfilled His plan for all mankind and completed the work He began thousands of years ago. All this can be a mystery but is revealed to the discerning seeker. It is the ones who are given revelation that speak about it to us and direct our paths to seek these realms of both heaven and earth. The constant interaction between heaven and earth is described to us in the following verses. Mat_16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.Rev_1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

The keys help us bring about an interaction between heaven and earth. For this to happen, Jesus had to first defeat satan and recover the keys to hell and death. After Jesus did this, He did not remove satan from the earth but rather gave us power over all the power of the enemy to bring him down. Now the interaction between heaven and earth takes place as passing through the heavens as in the atmosphere where satan resides over the earth. Though he has lost dominion, he seeks to keep what he had by creating ignorance of what Jesus did for us thereby rendering us ineffective. It is also wise to know when to battle with satan and when not to. This is because God has put all things in His own wisdom and we should be dependent on Him all the time to know.

Heaven awaits the glory of God to be manifest on earth and the earth awaits the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God on earth. We are given rights in heaven as the sons and daughters of God and we have been given power on earth to defeat the devil. We must live in victory not defeat. 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble 

13/05/2018

Inspired

Inspired

 2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

I have often wondered about the way scripture has been written to form the Bible. Though the Bible does not contain all scripture, it contains enough to bring us what we need by way of the truth. The wonderment therefore is always about how when scripture is interpreted correctly and applied, it brings about the desired result. If interpreted wrongly, it produces disaster in the lives of people. This begs the question as to its veracity (conformity to facts; accuracy - habitual truthfulness).

Since all scripture is given by inspiration sent by God, it is safe to receive it as the truth which is then easily applied through faith to produce results. Herein poses the problem for all of us. We have to receive it as it is intentionally written before it can produce any results. This is where many struggle with the meaning of scriptures and their application to daily life. Can God change its meaning to suit time and person? This is very possible as it is the unfolding revelation of God through time rather than it being static like the Jews made it out to be. This state of being static resulted in their legalistic approach to God’s word. The revelation that follows time and person is seen in what Apostle Paul has to say about it.

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 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. Eph 4:11  And 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 42:5  Why 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 6:20  Whither 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 2:9  But 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 2:11  For 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_5:12  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

 

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_11:32  And 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_27:46  And 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 16:10  For 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 

 Aspire

 Aspire

 Aspire:  To direct one's hopes or ambitions towards            achieving something. Literary meaning: rise high; tower.

 

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before  Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

When I look at the photo of this towering building, I see a warrior angel towering over the city with one wing down on its left side and another raised up on its right side and yet another covering the back of the body. It looks like a guardian over the city. I also notice that the right wing is covering its face. This reminds me of the scene that Isaiah saw when he had visions of God. Isa 6:2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

 

I often wonder what angels see in heaven in the presence of God. It must be awesome to say the least. They must aspire to see God in all His glory even though they see much more than us. Aspiring to reach new heights in God should always end up in a person seeking to know more of God Himself rather than what He can do, though, what God can do is also glorious. The Creator is infinitely greater than what He creates and therefore more desirable. Apostle Paul talks about leaving behind his achievements in life to pursue a high calling in God. He aspires for the utmost that he can reach. He must have come to the same conclusions as the angels in heaven; to see God in His glory over and above his ministry and its achievements. This was the cry of Moses and many men of God in the Bible.

 

It is my personal belief that a person can reach the highest pinnacle of life and ministry, only to fail. Ministry is not the sustaining aspect of a relationship with God. Ministries are aspects of a relationship of servitude with God that glorifies God and is necessary for all creation to perform. However, if one comes to a realisation like Apostle Paul, then; one could reach into the heavens and discover another realm of the Spirit which pertains to what angels see. Apostle Paul wrote that he reached into the third heaven one time only to discover that what he had heard and saw, he could not repeat, as it was not lawful. Many of us do not understand such heights of knowledge because we do not aspire for such things. That is so because we often become content with what we receive on earth in this life time. One can become so heavenly minded that they are earthly useless and so earthly minded that they are heavenly useless. We should be neither but very aware of how we could aspire for a realm in God that would allow us the pleasure of reaching our full potential in God both on earth and in heaven. I do not believe we will exhaust the knowledge of God and so we must aspire for it. Many people do not like to grow in the Spirit as it leaves them vulnerable; they feel inadequate and out of depth. This is not such a bad place to be if we accept new ground upon which one can plant themselves firmly and build upon revelation knowledge. If we therefore reach for it, like something to possess, we would be spiralling like a tower toward the heavens. If we don’t, we are doomed to remain unfruitful and without vision.

 

The people who went about building the tower of Babel in the Old Testament failed because their intentions were wrong. Today’s space programs, fancy buildings that go up in the name of man’s engineering achievements on earth, along with the technology of today is about the same endeavour as those who tried to build the tower of Babel. They are trying to reach heights of knowledge to eliminate God from their thinking. This will bring them crashing down and bring them to nought. With each success in technological discovery, man is pushing for faster and higher everything. All this is coming down for ever in the near future according to the word of God. Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 

 

The greed for power and money has blinded many in this world to aspire for worldly things. King Nebuchadenezzar was one such person. Dan 2:31  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.   Dan 2:32  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, Dan 2:33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.Dan 2:34  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. The King had aspired for great heights in his rule to conquer and was a forerunner of all such kingdoms. He fell from grace and suffered seven years of madness which caused him to declare that God was God. Others who have followed after him had no such chance. They too were brought down and the final kingdom which is the kingdom of anti-christ will also be smashed by Jesus just as prophesied. It has already been decreed by God for this to happen.

 

 

The events of heaven that transpired with the devil’s rebellion against God is now being perpetrated on earth as the spirit of anti-christ. What he could not achieve in heaven, he is now perpetrating on earth; foolishly I might add. 

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  Isa 14:19  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. 

 

Here is a picture of satan totally deceived and destroyed by God because of his pride. He is still trying to reach the heights (aspired for) from which he fell.  Unfortunately for him, there is no way back. For us however, there is a way back from our fallen state through confession and repentance. Let us not take the grace of God in vain. Men have followed the ways of satan having been deceived by him. They too will come to a similar end. Babylon will fall. Babylon is the world system. Nothing of it will be left on earth. Jesus will set up a new regime with new things that no one can imagine. The reason He can do this is; He paid the price to walk into the inner most sanctum of God. He reached heights no one else could. He aspired for His previous glory and attained it legitimately. This is the key to aspiring for the things of God. One must aspire for all things legitimately. 2Ti 2:5  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. Now, it is given to us to do the same through Jesus; to walk into that throne room boldly for God’s interaction with us. I can’t wait for more.

 

I believe, if we aspire for spiritual gifts and the like, we must also aspire for God’s character of love. This is the more excellent way that is being shown to us by the Spirit. Love has been the mainstay of the gospel from day one. Sometimes, we just do not know how to aspire for it and so have gone into all manners of things in God that do not edify (build). This has resulted in us building wrong towers that reach to the heavens to say; “Look at me”. Friends, it is time to realise that we are in error when our pride arises to seek wrong things from God. Instead, let us emulate Jesus and settle with Him in heavenly places according to what He has put in us. Once we make Him Lord of all in our lives, we will not aspire for worldly things or for that matter spiritual things that promote us. Instead, we will be looking for the magnificence of His being to be the tower in our lives. 2Sa_22:3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

Today, man’s pride of achievements is in warmongering. The world is in war constantly and is heading toward nuclear annihilation. This too is predicted for mankind because of his pride and greed. Once we come to know Christ, our aspirations should only be of God and getting to Him. However, man has rejected his Creator and so will end up destroyed just like satan. This is a reality that is being outplayed daily. The only visible change that is coming is, it will happen en-mass, as prophesied, that two thirds of the world’s population will be wiped out before the return of Jesus. After the return of Jesus and His millennium reign, the entirety of unsaved mankind along with the earth will be destroyed. As hard as it is to imagine, it is already happening. I believe, many are just closing their eyes to it. Those who are suffering right now from the ravages of war (man’s greed for power influenced by satan) understand this reality as it has hit home to them.

 

Let us aspire to God’s reign on earth as it will be glorious. Being about the Father’s business is just that. The glory comes to those who seek it and are willing to pay a price for it. Many are aspiring for gifts and talents and miracles, signs and wonders as an affirmation of God living among us. However, God in us is the affirmation of God with us. He is waiting for us to come to Him in the inner most recesses of our hearts and yield all our pride and yearnings of the flesh so that God be all in all. 1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 

 

Worldly ambition will kill you but Godly aspiration will promote you to glory

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

15/04/18

 Memory

 Memory

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Co 15:2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 

Preaching any other gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ is a lapse in memory that can land a person in hot water, even cursed. Apostle Paul says that a person who preaches any other gospel is a cursed person. Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! Wow! So, what must we keep in memory so that we do not stray and how do we keep it in memory. One way is in remembrance. Jesus instituted the practice of communion as a remembrance for us of what He had done on the cross. Doing this is both practising and preaching the gospel. The other way is to keep ourselves focussed by reading and meditating on the word of God. The most important way is by keeping the word of God in storage (memory). The reason why this is important is, the Holy Spirit brings up the word (Spirit & Life) at the time we need it, causing it to flow out of us as words expressed by the Holy Spirit Himself.

 

Memory is very important to the human make up. It serves to recall what is good and acceptable in our lives. However, many have fallen victim to the devil’s interference with memory and have stored up all that had gone bad in their lives. This is how the devil has successfully condemned people into believing bad things about themselves, God and others. Resentment, un-forgiveness, bitterness and hatred have risen from information stored in memory about their past. That is why the Bible encourages us to think on good reports in our lives and especially about our lives from the word of God rather than cellular memory. Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Php 4:9  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 

 

These types of instruction from the Bible are best followed when remembrance is used. John 14.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Recalling what is in memory in a spiritual sense brings great assurance through the word using its power to counter anything that comes against us. It is the two edged sword that breaks down everything. I remember when I was confronted by demons, I used the word of God that was brought to my remembrance. These were the words to use and not just any word from the word of God. It is always the Holy Ghost prompting of the word of God that makes the difference. It has the power we need to defeat our enemies. Likewise, in any form of depression or oppression, the recalled words of God kept in cellular memory serves best to defeat the enemies. The more we learn to do this, the better for us. Soon, we will be more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who is the word of God living in our memory.

 

Memory serves by using stored information over and over again successfully. This is what makes us competent in our skills and in what we do. Experience adds to experience (precept upon precept). Corrections are made to memory because of new information received and storing new information on top of old information. All this adds up to a powerful delivery of information that is needed at the moment. Mat 13:52  Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. God wants us to build on what He had taught us and store it for a time when we need it. The word of God is an ever revealing word. The information we need today is far greater than ever before because of the evil times we live in. Evil has increased so much that it has taken away from people the grounding in the truth of God. Today, it is, anything goes without memory of what God has done for them. They do not give thanks for things of the past or the present. 

 

The ever present need of the word of God in our hearts is already in us like a well with water in it. However, few use the water that is stored up already. Instead they go looking for new revelation without the grounding of truth thereby make shipwreck of their faith. 1Ti 1:18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 1Ti 1:19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Apostle Paul is instructing young Timothy not to intrude into areas of his faith that can make a shipwreck of his life. He was instructed to hold onto a good conscience. The blood of Jesus was shed to wash our consciences. Once it is washed, we must hold onto the new conscience and not the cellular one that says we were bad. If we go back to the old conscience, it will condemn us and cause us to mistrust God and make Him powerless in our lives. It is then that satan takes advantage and drives the nails of condemnation in further, into our lives. Many people are tossed about like a boat in a storm because of vacillating faith. This is because they do not hold onto the word of faith that was first spoken in their lives. We must come to that place of understanding the ways of the Lord. Recall His goodness and mercy that has kept us thus far.

 

New revelation comes when we are in need of it. It is God’s will to reveal things to us. Once they are revealed, they belong to us and we must keep them or lose them. Deu 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. It is the recollection of the revealed words of God that build us up in the faith. It creates in us a solid foundation from which we can work. So that, when false doctrines and the storms of life come, we recall the established word of God and not just depend on new revelations that have not been tested. This is where many end up in the wrong direction and become false teachers and prophets thinking they have found some new thing. The devil gives their new found revelation power and so when they get results, they believe they are on the right track. They then deceive many along the way who are not rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. Jesus is our memory and constant figure of salvation in our life. He is interactive and real by His Spirit life in us.

 

Memory cell in the natural is an immunisation that has been incorporated into the body. In biology, a memory cell refers to one of a number of types of cells that make up part of the immune system. These cells are a vital part of the system that defends the body against pathogens such as bacteria or viruses that cause disease and infection. They are one type of white blood cell or lymphocyte. Likewise the Holy Spirit is the memory person infused into our spirits to immunize us from wrong things. We must depend on Him or we are lost. Many have found religion in Christ Jesus but not life. They walk in darkness and are open to all manners of wrong information that go into their cellular structure causing them to do the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit. They become immunized or indoctrinated into their new belief. If they are to come out of it, it has to be the Holy Ghost through the grace of Jesus who brings them out. They have a long way back to normalcy after that and have to strenuously involve themselves in the word of God to stay afloat. Many people who have come out of satanic backgrounds, cults and false Christian religions have had to go through this process. Others who have come out of other religions that are not Christian based seem to come out immediately or not long after because the light that shines into them is new and there is no memory of anything Christian based in them. This is a very difficult area for Counsellors who have to constantly assure these Christians who were under Christian deception that, they are no longer under that deception. Much emotion and problems of believing have been faced by such people. Like people who have come out of JWs’ and Mormonism.

 

Memory is a good thing and must be valued. Having good memories are important as well. To allow for good memories to be built in a person, one must trust God in the way He leads. Often time, God takes us down into the valley of despair first before He brings us out on top of the mountain because He wants to create in us the value of His goodness or else we are likely to forget. Heb 10:32  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Heb 10:33  Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Heb 10:34  For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Heb 10:35  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Heb 10:36  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 

 

Let us come to that place where we remember former things like Christ’s crucifixion. After that, let us add to our faith the goodness of God in the land of the living. He has provided for us while others have nothing. There will be books opened one day in heaven. These are record books or memory books. Not ipads but God’s tablets, the hard disk of His memory. It is out of this memory of God that we will be rewarded or judged. Glory to God.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

08/04/18

3rd Day

3rd Day

Luk_13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 

Luk_24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Act_10:40  Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 

The third day concept in the Bible is both a theme and an important reasoning of God in matters concerning His plans for Himself and us. If three days were given for death to hold and release Jesus, the question must arise in our hearts as to; “why three days”? The answer I believe will not be an easy one to understand. There are many concepts in the Bible that allude to a three day period in which things are done. Does it have something to do with the fact that God is a Triune God? Is it a period of time set by God in which to achieve things that otherwise cannot be achieved? Is it a grace period? The questions that arise are more than the answers. However, this concept remains an important one.

 

My personal experience with the third day concept has always been very powerful. Whenever, I have spoken about this in public meetings, I have had tremendous moves of God. What is it about this three days that is important to God? It is very intriguing. One thing that is clear about the three days is, they are holy days. They are to be maintained as such. Exo_19:11  And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. Exo_19:15  And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. When God wanted to manifest Himself to His people on Mt Sinai, He gave instructions that physical contact with wives in copulation must be avoided. The instruction was for purity to be maintained in His presence. This is an interesting concept to investigate. The God who gives us sexual intercourse also expects that we will conduct ourselves in a manner that is acceptable within His boundaries. God would know what the aberration (deviation) would mean in a spiritual sense and so, He has given us guidelines. Using this concept of not deviating from His guidelines, we need to understand that the three days were holy. The keeping of the three days instruction in obedience always produced dramatic results for those who obeyed.

 

When Joshua was instructed to cross the Jordan into The Promised Land, a similar instruction was given to prepare for three days before crossover. If we are to use typology, it would mean the same three days Jesus had to cross over into heaven and take up His rightful place. So, what was Jesus doing for three days before that? Eph_4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 1Pe 3:19  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;Eph_4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) If we put these verses in this order, we see that Jesus descended into what we know to be hell known as the lower parts of the earth, where hell is situated. There He preached to the prisoners of hell. Why? To explain the gospel to those in heaven who had died before His time on earth and to those in hell, so that, they could be judged with understanding regarding the gospel that they did not have while they were alive on earth. 1Pe_4:6  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 

 

It is my understanding that a person is innocent until proven guilty. For this to happen, an indictment has to be brought against them and proven in a court of law. However, under the law, they may be held in prison or holding place till such time a court case is adjourned against them. Once guilt or righteousness is established after the court case has been argued and decided upon by the jury and judge, then, one can be rewarded (made free) or incarcerated (imprisoned) for their crimes. The heavenly pattern of Court is, God is the judge, Jesus the Advocate, the devil is the accuser and we are the defendants. Every soul must give account to God for their lives. The wages of sin is death. Sin causes you to die but you may not know why you died and went to heaven or hell. This is a serious matter of law in heaven. Now, the gospel is preached to all that they may know why they are in there. 

 

Something took place in the three days, in heaven, on earth and in hell. This something had serious ramifications for all involved. It was to be a matter of life and death. By no means can anyone easily conclude what took place in three days but we know that Jesus rose on the third day bodily. He came back to His disciples and revealed Himself to them. That is how they knew He had come back as He had promised and as the scriptures had recorded that it would happen. It is important to note that the fulfilling of scriptures is critical in determining the outcomes of life. Judas betrayed Jesus to fulfil the scriptures. Jesus died and rose again according to the scriptures. So, the scriptures are infallible proofs of God’s ways, thoughts and outcomes for us.

 

At the end of the day, the concept of three days has power attached to it to achieve things. Gen_40:12  And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: Gen_40:19  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. Gen_42:17  And he put them all together into ward three days. 2Sa_24:13  So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me. Mat_12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Joh_2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  

 

I cannot emphasize the importance of scripture. It is the word of God and the correct interpretation and application will make it work for us. During these time periods, certain things may be determined for us by God like for Jesus. Jesus could not rise before three days because scripture would not have been fulfilled. This too is very important to understand. Sometimes, we want God to do something in the time period we dictate. He does it in His time. We have to understand this and bear the cross and be patient in understanding. There may be some tasks associated with waiting in this period that we have to undertake and so, we must not neglect attending to them. We may have to fast, definitely pray and certainly wait. This is not easy when the flesh gets involved. Yet, the rewards are great for those who discipline themselves according to God’s word.

 

In the last days just before God’s final judgement, there will be two witnesses who come to this earth and do great things to astound the unbelievers. They will be put to death at a given moment and something supernatural will happen to them after they have been dead and allowed to remain on the streets dead. Rev_11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. Rev_11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. This incredible miracle of God will have severe consequences on earth toward earthly beings who do not believe in Jesus. It is not a time to be on earth and so we must pray that we escape this horrible time. Luk 21:35  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Since the concept of three days is very powerful, we must determine how best we can use it to benefit our relationship with God through the scriptures.

 

The number three appears right through the Bible and begins with God. God Himself is a Triune God who exists in perfect harmony and unity with each other and is able to act as One. Their functions may be different but they do not diminish in unity, power or deity. They do not disagree even in the slightest. This must encourage us to seek understanding about the number three and why it is so important in the scheme of things. 

 

On the 3rd day of Christ’s death something stupendous was going to happen. Christ died in the flesh to shed his earthly body on the cross with sin and death attached to it, defeating them at the same time. This defeat of death in particular was going to be manifest in His bodily resurrection. Nothing could stop it because Jesus said; “I lay myself down and I raise myself up”. This is because He is God. This should answer our questions about Jesus as God. The resurrection of Jesus is being proven every time a person becomes born again. New life enters the otherwise dead person who was dead in trespasses and sin. Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. This is the true meaning of His death and resurrection. 

 

The three days are important in that, God chose to prove that death does not have a say in the matter no matter how long someone is dead. When Jesus was crucified, the graves of people long dead were opened and many rose up out of their graves and went and showed themselves in the city. Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. The anointing of the third day is a very powerful anointing. It is known as resurrection power. Let us try and understand its power in the light of scripture and what it is doing even today in the Universe. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

01/04/18

 The Judgements of God

 The Judgements of God

2Pe 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 2Pe 2:6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly 2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

Hardly a day goes by without some disaster being reported on earth somewhere. In fact, many disasters happen so frequently while increasingly in number each day that, we have to conclude that the world is out of order. We as Christians conclude that the reasons behind such disasters arise from our understanding that humans are provoking God and affecting His sensitivity. Yes, God is sensitive about certain issues. Therefore, He decrees judgements that are carried out in one form or another. Besides this, humans judge and decree certain things to happen between themselves which in turn causes God to judge matters. These judgements are coming from choosing wrongly. This two fold nature of God’s judgements are hardly noticed by the majority of people on earth because they are insensitive to God and His feelings.

The Secret Life of a Christian

The Secret Life of a Christian

The secret life of a Christian belongs in intimacy. Intimacy that is developed between a Christian and God. This is a life that is not easy to be understood just by observation of another’s faith through the other’s speech, thought or deed. Daniels’ secret life with God was not understood by his enemies. This revelation has often caused me to wonder as to what makes a Christian. When I first started my walk with God, I had many opinions about who a Christian should be even though I did not necessarily portray or demand that same expectation of Christianity in my own life. I aspired to become perfect and Christlike based on the convictions of my conscience, prayer, what I had heard preached, understood through my own study of the Bible and by observing what other Christians did. I realised then and do so even now that I was on a path that was not exactly what I expected when I was confronted with ongoing revelations of who a true Christian is. The changing dynamic of Christian life was like a see- saw for me when I observed what Christianity in modern days really portrayed. For example; one day I thought a person that I was observing was a true Christian, till I discovered some flaw in that person that was so un-Christian like. Then again, on other occasions, I would observe Christianity in persons who would least qualify for that title.

 

I began to realise the problems all these posed for unbelievers when observing Christians. Their first question was; “Why are there so many differences between people who call themselves Christians”? The second question was; “Why do they sin and expect us unbelievers not to sin”? The questions increased even as their observations increased about Christians. The same questions arose inside the so called Church and many started to leave and form their own groups and opinions. This of course caused even more confusion for everyone as to who a Christian really was because each one portrayed their own brand of Christianity. The dilemma for the ordinary person was growing. I decided, I could not try and understand Christianity based on what I observed in people without first aligning myself to Christ’s opinion of who a Christian is. So, this began a journey of study and understanding that brought much to light sobering me up somewhat greatly. I began to realise, to be a Christian, required my relationship with God through Christ to be constant in His will without blemish. When blemish was discovered, it required me to confess my sin, repent and correct my ways. These corrections were to take place not by my effort but by the conviction of the Spirit of Truth and the word. The Spirit knows what a Christian should think, behave and look like. I realised quickly that I could not decide for myself what God had already decided for all mankind. Apostle Peter found that out in respect of salvation to the Gentiles Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 

 

The uniqueness of each individual did not preclude him or her from the requirements of God to be Christ like. We observe characters in both the Old and New Testaments who vacillated between sin and righteousness to extremes and yet were accepted of God. However, the acceptance was not without correction. It is in this correction that we discover the compassion and love of God along with His grace toward a pitiable human being who considers himself somewhat proud to be who they think they are. King David was such a man who vacillated between sin and righteousness and yet, God considered him a man after His own heart. Strange as this may seem, what is even stranger is the non acceptance of sinners by God who have committed sins in like manner to King David, be it, they did not even come close to such enormity of sin as murder, adultery and lies all in the one go. In the New Testament, it is recorded that committing one sin is equal to committing all sin. Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Jas 2:11  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  

 

This makes me think that a Christian is whom God makes that Christian to be according to His application of His word to that person. There are common themes in the Bible that  is applicable to all of us as to what a Christian should be like. Like, being born again and walking in the Spirit. Yet, the nature of one’s Christianity and faith can vary causing one to judge another wrongfully. The potential Christian is what we must see. God expects us to take the beam out of our own eye before we seek to pull the sliver out another’s. This means, we could be with sin and near to judgement and yet be thinking another is sinful or not a Christian. We are called to judge and know who is of God and who is not of God at any given time. This is not an easy task as we can easily be found to be judges of condemnation rather than judges of righteousness. By this I mean, instead of assessing correctly and dealing with the situation according to God’s word, we could be taking on our own method of judgement which may include the respecting of persons. This happened when the Pharisees brought the woman taken in adultery to Jesus to be judged according to the law. He did not judge her nor did He condone her actions. Instead He forgave her and corrected her. After this, it was up to her to continue in righteousness or face a worse end.

 

I am persuaded that the patience of God is separating the sheep from the goats. From the beginning of time, God has been judging mankind in so many ways that it would be impossible to conclude from that as to who can be saved. I do believe Peter asked this question of Jesus. Jesus replied; “with God, nothing is impossible”. The Old Testament had so many characters in it who were unsaved because of their behaviour and yet others were saved by faith in God without Jesus. They had a foreknowledge of the Messiah but it was only faith that drove them to God and the keeping of His commandments in fear. After Jesus, we see that faith has not lost its flavour regarding salvation. Without faith it is impossible to please God. This brings me to the many Churches with many so called Christians who are far from being Christians because they do not exemplify the Christian life. To many of them it is a religion to be kept that way.

 

The difficulty for each individual is in working out their salvation with fear and trembling. They really have no collective support in deciding their salvation. For example; they cannot belong to a Church or a denomination and be saved. They cannot do good works and be saved. They have to be born again and walk with Jesus and have their lives examined by the Holy Spirit to assure themselves that they are saved. It is very obvious to see many unsaved people calling themselves Christians but are not because of what they do, is just not of Christ. The more subtle offenders are harder to discern because they hide under so many doctrines and theological persuasiveness that they do not make sense to the saved but still exist among them. Then there are the wolves in sheep’s clothing to consider. That is why we are constantly warned to walk in discernment and test the spirits of man. At the end of the day, each individual will be required to know that they are saved for themselves. This makes up for the secret life of the Christian. I believe it is a beautiful life when one understands the simplicity of the faith and enters into the rest of God. Added to this, if we realise that our journey is not to condemn but love and save souls from darkness and sin, then, we would have done what was needed. Which one of us can say we knew we needed to be saved?  Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. Salvation belongs to the Lord. The preparations of the heart are that of a progressive nature. One cannot afford to sit back and say they are saved and then live riotous sinful lives. It is in the progressive journey of salvation that we see the preserving hand of God, keeping us on the journey by His own will. Pro 20:28  Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.  The secret life of a Christian is most evident in the peace and wisdom of the presence of the Lord upon that person. This could even be when a person is very busy doing things. The presence makes the difference. Then we can conclude they are walking in salvation.

 

I have seen people die in my ministry who went in peace. They had been tremendously troubled by evil, sickness and disease but when their time came, they went in peace. In the secret place of their heart and mind, they had come into salvation with God. Pure observation alone is not going to determine who a Christian is, though it may help from time to time. I think we will be surprised as to who gets into heaven and who does not. The astounding statement of Jesus to the Samaritan woman is sobering. Joh 4:20  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Joh 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. Here was a whole sect of people who had been worshipping erroneously without understanding. When Jesus spoke to the people of Sychar afterwards, they heard Him for themselves and were saved. I believe many so called Christians are worshipping erroneously. Even, so called good Christians do not seek God for who He is. They seek Him who is a Spirit in the flesh.

 

I believe my ministry is to the Church. This has been proven to me so many times over. It is for this reason I spend my time preparing hearts. It is my job to lead them into the truth that God has given us as a people. Faith will decide who goes in and who stays out. The five foolish virgins realised at the last minute that they were left out. God bless you.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

18/03/18

 Respecter of Persons

 Respecter of Persons

Rom_2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God. 

It is a very hard thing for anyone not to fall for the trap of showing respect to persons. Honour where honour is due is an entirely different matter. Honour with respect as spoken of in the Bible is what God alludes to when He wants us to honour our elders and leaders. When we throw in the word ‘reverence’ into the pot, it speaks of esteeming another in awe This kind of reverence in awe is the kind of reverence we must have toward God along with Godly fear. When we understand whom God has made us to be and what we truly are, there will be awe associated with both the Creator and the creation. Apostle Paul gives instructions to the married in this manner. Eph_5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

Unfortunately, society over the generations has broken down Godly principles to mean what they want it to mean and so, today, people do not fear one another in Godly awe. Instead, they carry a fear of man within themselves which causes them to respect persons who are associated with their lives. The fear of man has a way of captivating a person, binding them and keeping them in fear like a captive in prison. In the same manner, respect of persons takes on another dangerous flavour in flattery. Flattery is lifting up of a person where no commendation, honour or respect is due. Flattery is so dangerous that it has the power to lift the person who is flattered to heights unknown only to drop them unceremoniously into a pile of rubbish like a sack of potatoes not long after. When the truth of the lie of flattery is discovered, people realise they have been taken for a ride. Fashion of this world is designed to flatter a person. Some practise flattery as a form of encouragement.  Often time, the latest fashions, social status, clothes, education and success in life can decide who one would associate with. They think encouraging a person by hiding their faults and mistakes and not mentioning shortcomings or faults at all is encouragement. This kind of encouragement is designed by the devil to blind a person into believing untruths about themselves. Correction in love is never a wrong thing and one does not need to curry favour by telling lies about another.

 

Showing respect also covers the areas of who you would accept into your Church and your inner circles of friendship. Birds of a feather flock together is a phrase used to describe people who tend to stick with one another. Such people rarely influence areas of greatest need. Whilst there is a respect of persons one has to watch out for, one has to watch out for disrespect of another as well. 

 

There are some sobering verses that we need to consider in James that will help us to walk humbly with one another irrespective of status. Jas 2:1  My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. Jas 2:2  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; Jas 2:3  And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Jas 2:4  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Jas 2:5  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? Jas 2:6  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Jas 2:7  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? Jas 2:8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: Jas 2:9  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 

 

It seems faith and respect of persons do not go together. This is very clearly stated by James at the start of verse 1. It displeases God that we reverence Him but not our fellow man. This hurts Him deeply. He instituted two laws that are very close to His heart and His requirement in these laws is to love Him and love His people. Whether one is saved or not, people are still number one in God’s heart. This does not mean He is asking us to condone ungodly actions. This is where the problem is. How do you deal with a person who in fact is living an openly sinful life? Do you condone or close your eyes to their sin. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. This means, everyone gets corrupted by this one person in the group even though everyone else is not committing the same sin. This is deep impact knowledge that one must understand concerning righteousness.

 

Herod was lifted up by the Jews and died a miserable death. Act 12:21  And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. Act 12:22  And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. Act 12:23  And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.                           

 

I personally believe that Herod developed a disease and was eaten from within by worms. He must have died a slow horrible death. This raises the question about the connection between flattery, respect and pride. When one is exalted by another out of flattery, it is always designed to lift that person to heights that do not belong to them.

 

I am always amazed at why people baulk at my correction of their behaviour when it is not Godly. They think they should be respected in spite of their open and deliberate sin. When the woman who was taken in adultery was brought to Jesus to judge by the Pharisees, they wanted to see if He would compromise the law. He astounded them with His wisdom and judgement when He asked them to stone her if they had no sin in them. He then proceeded to instruct the woman that she was forgiven and that she was not to sin anymore. This meant, He did not give her leeway to keep sinning just like He did with the man who was bedridden at the pool of Bethesda. He said; go and sin no more, lest something worse befalls you. He did not take pity on this man’s 38 year condition but admonished him with a very clear instruction and warning.

 

When Jesus spoke on the Mount of Olives and blessed the people, He told them who would inherit heaven and earth. Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. It is very clear that people who have much money and gay clothing or who are aggressive achievers on earth are going to find it hard to inherit the earth and heaven. It is those who are walking in meekness and love and who understand that God is not a respecter of persons. A famous preacher was taken to heaven and asked by Jesus, who was going to inherit this magnificent mansion He was building. The famous preacher thought it might be for him because he had saved many and had a church in the hundreds of thousands. It was then that Jesus showed him a vision of a woman in his church who was on her knees cleaning the toilet with a rag. He realised then, God was not a respecter of persons but required something that was far greater and richer in His sight than anything that this world could produce. God requires a condition of the heart that would please Him.  Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  The days are upon us when we have to ask ourselves if we are walking free of respect of persons. 1Pe_1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 

 

Peter had to make a choice about the Gentiles when God said to him not to call what God had cleansed as unclean. God is not asking us to be arrogant but understanding of who is who and how to treat them. One never knows who a person really is till they experience that person’s heart themselves. We cannot carry sins or sorrows but neither are we to push it aside in lieu of a person’s status in life whether they are rich or poor. Souls are all treated in the same manner no matter what social standing they come from. I have seen God treat the poor in India the same way He has treated the rich. One may think because another is successful in one way or another that they somehow deserve more respect and honour than others. This is wrong thinking. 

 

As a man of God, I am constantly challenged in the area of respect. In like manner, as a secular worker, I was constantly challenged to show respect which was really a fear of man. When I did not do this, I suffered immensely and was often sacked or mistreated because of this. The same thing happened in my itinerant ministry as I visited churches in 17 countries. God was showing me something about the state of the Church. By adhering to God’s principles of not honouring one over another, I crossed the boundaries of man’s expectation and so paid a price.

 

I believe that when we walk in truth and in love at the same time, what we say and do will always have honour without disrespect or dishonour. It is not easy to keep an undivided mind on people but it takes a disciplined person to achieve this. Jesus treated everyone the same but anointed some over another for the purpose of making them servants just like Himself. This status was bestowed with intention and purpose, not to make one greater than another. We are all servants no matter what our position in life is. We are all made equal irrespective of colour or status in life. Amen.

Lots of love, Pastor Noble, 11/03/18

Arks of Covenant

Arks of Covenant

Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 

The word ark has two applications in the Bible that are significant. The first is the ark that God asked Noah to build in order to save his family. The second is the Ark of the Covenant that confirms the covenant between God and His people to save them. Both arks are significant in our reasoning because they represent covenant. Both covenants carry the blood as a sign of God’s purpose for the redemption of man. Both carry with them the grace of God in preserving His people alive even though sin abounds. Both represent the mercy of God.

 Repentance

 Repentance

 

Rom_2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

Repentance is an ugly word to most people. They find it hard to swallow the application of this word in their own lives but see the need for it in other people’s lives. Luk 6:41   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 

God is the one who convicts us of sin not another. Though another may discern the need for repentance in another person, they cannot make another to repent or convict them of sin. However, they can lead a person to repentance through the word of God which speaks the truth into a person’s life causing them to be convicted of sin because the Spirit of the word speaks to their spirit. This happens when the deliverer of the message and the receiver of the message are both operating by the Spirit of God. If the deliverer of the message delivers the word without the Spirit’s motivation, it may still convict another of sin but it will not be because the deliverer of the message was operating in the Spirit. It will be because of the Spirit and life of the word which will have effect. If the receiver of the message does not receive the Spirit of the message, they will not be convicted even though the deliverer of the message is operating in the Spirit. This is where we see the importance of understanding the parable of the Sower. In this parable, seed was sown on four types of soil but only one received it in good soil and thereby prospered by God’s hand. This parable if understood will be the guideline in sowing seed and reaping a harvest. Disappointment and discouragement can be avoided by the Sower because he now understands the dynamic of seed sowing.

 

The value of repentance cannot be discounted in anyway. It has the power to save, heal and deliver a person from the grip of satan. It translates a person from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. It restores relationships and makes a person come into prosperity and long life. It prepares a person to receive revelation and a new life. It thwarts death and causes a person to come into fullness of joy of the Lord.

 

Repentance has been given to us by the goodness of God and is extended to us over long periods of time through His grace. God is patient and will wait for a person to come to the full realisation of their sin before He brings punishment or judgement on their lives. Though a person is convicted of sin, they may not repent. The may continue to live in guilt and over a period of time even cover that guilt up completely that they don’t feel the need to repent. The goodness of God is so great that He sent His only Son Jesus to die for us so that all who repent and turn from their wicked ways can be saved. Those who do not repent or do not feel the need to do so end up in death. The wages of sin is death.

 

After having come to Christ, one is not exempt from operating in repentance in exactly the same way as before coming to Christ even though God still shows His goodness toward His children through grace. He now does it lovingly from within a person bringing conviction to His children. It is like having a thorn in the flesh that one cannot seem to locate or be rid of till they repent. The thorn is one’s conscience that does not rest till repentance is made. Knowing that sin exists in a person’s life should cause them to repent but many do not do so immediately and so the thorn remains. This is God’s way of taking away the joy and pleasure of sin in His child’s life. Should the child persist with sin, the wages of sin is death. God is good and patient but He too has His limitations because of righteousness and wrath. By this, I mean, God is not going to allow His righteousness to be compromised nor can He hold back His wrath from the sinner eternally. He must judge it. That is why He judged sin in His Son so that He would not have to judge it on His people. This however is not a license for us to sin. It means, there is no more sacrifice for sin and so only repentance can save a person. Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

 

The unsaved person too has a conscience that does not rest till some form of repentance is made. Since they do not know to whom this repentance is required, they try to attempt it between themselves. This works for a limited time and then it explodes again. That is because the root of the problem of confession has not been removed by confession to God and then repenting. A Godless people do not see the need for such kind of repentance. They take it upon themselves instead to be judges.

    

Christians on the other hand have an Advocate in Jesus; who has been made our righteousness for eternity through His sacrifice for sin. Therefore, we can go to Him for our confession and repentance. We do not need man as a mediator like some religions preach. Though we operate under the imputed righteousness of Christ and not our own, we are expected to walk righteously before God. That means, we must endeavour to remove anything that would cause us to sin though we still live in the flesh. It is impossible not to sin because of the flesh, and so when we go to Him and repent, we obtain forgiveness. If we do not, repent, we do not have forgiveness and are in danger of hell fire. 

 

Many do not agree with this concept because they believe in a forgiving God who will turn a blind eye to their sin. Therefore, they continue to sin and live a life of sin knowingly. Then there is the concept of unknown (hidden) sin that one must be very careful of because it is hidden. It takes the Lord to show us this. King David’s conscience did not even flinch even though he had committed adultery, murder and covetousness all in one go when he took his neighbour’s wife for himself. After he had committed this heinous crime, he sat back on his throne as though nothing had happened. God sent a prophet to him and convicted him of sin. It was in this knowledge that he prayed a prayer in the following manner. This is an extremely important prayer for all of us and is a great safeguard against secret sin. Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psa 139:24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. King David’s judgement was according to the cleanness of his hands. Psa 18:20  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 

 

Repentance at communion is the key to restoration in one’s life. However, one does not need to wait till communion to achieve this. I remember ministering to a woman who had a death sentence of cirrhosis of the liver through much bitterness that had come upon her life. She had been beaten and broken by her first love over many years and subsequently fallen in deeper sin through the despair of her life. When I met her, she was in desperate trouble. I asked her to repent and forgive. She did this with some difficulty. The next day she went to the Doctor and was examined and told that she no longer had cirrhosis of the liver. This is the power of God to deliver a person through repentance and forgiveness. Communion has been instituted by Christ for the reason of remembering what He did for us on the cross. He took the punishment of our sin so that we could escape past, present and future sins. Past sins were dealt with on the cross while present and future sins are dealt through repentance and forgiveness. Let us be wise about this because, if we do not confess our sins and repent we will face many difficult consequences in life and the wages of sin is death. I believe many Christians do not enjoy the joy, blessings and peace of the Lord because they carry upon themselves the yoke of unreleased sin, both known and hidden. This is a common problem because Christians are still living in the flesh. The Bible exhorts us to crucify the flesh and walk in the Spirit. However, many Christians find this difficult to do and so many do not bother after some time. Furthermore, the evil one is always around to tempt Christians with sin so many fall for both the raw and subtle ways of the devil. This not only plunges them into sin but captivates them and keeps them in sin and bondage. Snare of the fowler

 

Keeping a pure heart requires discipline. It is something that is gained through the practices that Jesus instituted for us. Confession, Repentance, Forgiveness, Walking in the Spirit, Fellowship with like minded Christians, Regular attendance at Church, Prayer, Reading of the Word and meditating on the scriptures are essential disciplines of a Christian to maintain a peaceful and fruitful life. These disciplines keep us from deliberate sin while building in us a hope for the future. This is so essential for good Christian health and growth. Many do not understand these aspects of discipline after repentance. This causes them to fall straight back into sin. The other dilemma Christians have is giving up bad character and habits from the old life. While many are convinced of the need to change others do not understand the need to deal with these issues immediately and as a result suffer needlessly. Others languish in trying to deal with it.

 

Is there an easy solution to sin? There is a definite answer to sin which is appropriated by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. The person of God in Christ in us makes us stronger than we can be and so it is possible to change and live a strong Christian example of righteousness. We are not perfect but being perfected and hence repentance is a major tool in securing the first leg of the journey towards being perfected. It is a continuous process that will be with us till the day we die. I pray that God will show us the value of repentance.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

25/02/18