It is Finished

It is Finished!

John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Salvation is a Finished Work
Salvation is a Finished Work of the Lord Jesus

It may seem like an odd scripture with Christmas approaching; more like an Easter message. But for a Christian every day is Christmas and every day is Easter.

The Carnal man will look upon this scripture, and the context of it, and say that Jesus had fulfilled the final prophecies of his life, and said it was done, and died. While this is true, there is a far deeper spiritual meaning to what he said. What exactly was finished?

What did he come to accomplish? There are lots of ways to take this line of thinking. But this is the direction that the Lord put on my heart for today.

Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The first thing we see is that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now in every law there are two distinct components. First there is a commandment, a do, or do not part. Second there is a penalty for transgression of the first part. Most people don’t realize this. That is why they do not understand how Jesus could fulfill the law. He did not change the do, do not part. He simply took the penalty for it upon himself. For example:

Exodus 21:12 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

There are two distinct parts. 1) if you hit someone and they die, and 2) you shall be put to death. Jesus fulfilled this law. Does that mean you are now allowed to hit someone and kill them? NO! It means that Jesus took the penalty upon himself. If you had killed someone, and you repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then Jesus Christ took the penalty of death upon himself at the Cross of Calvary. This does not give us license to sin, it justifies us from our sin. Big difference. They are completely different ideas.

Romans 6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Jesus Christ took the penalty of the law upon himself. The commandment is still there. The commandment is still in force. The penalty is still in force as well if we are not under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ laid down his life and took it back up. We do the same thing in baptism. We lay down our lives with him, crucify our old man, our old nature, with him. The difference is that we do not pick our old lives back up. We pick his life up, or more correctly, his life, the Holy Spirit, picks us up. Then we no longer live, but it is Christ Jesus living in us.

Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Therefore the corollary of that is If ye are NOT led by the Spirit, ye ARE under the law. Do you realize what that means? Every single soul that is not under the blood of Jesus Christ, that has not entered into the covenant of the New Testament, is still under the law. The Whole Law!

When they come up in the white throne judgement, they will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ using the entire letter of the law. They will be held accountable for every single law, every single ordinance in the Old Testament of the Bible.

It is finished! It indeed is. But we still must receive it! If we reject the pardon that was signed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will be called to answer for every single letter of the Law of Moses.

It is finished! For the children of God, it is finished!

1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When were you healed? You and I were healed 2,000 years ago. It is finished!

But do we act that way? Do we act as though it is finished? We have a promise of the Lord. Every single disease, every single sickness, every single ailment we will ever get has already been healed! It is finished.

2 Chronicles 16: 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

Now Asa was not an unbeliever. He had a long history with the Lord, and with the supernatural power and might of the Lord God Jehovah. He also had a promise of the Lord spoken to him by a prophet:

2 Chronicles 15: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa had the Word of the Lord. The prophet was sent and brought him the message of the hour. Do we have a message? Are we going to trust in the Lord, in the message, in the Word of God?

King Asa saw the Lord deliver him from undefendable odds. And the Lord not only defeated his enemies, he was given 35 years of peace. That is supernatural in any era. Yet after all that, after 35 years of supernatural experiences, after hearing the words of a vindicated prophet, when trouble came, he rejected the way of the Lord and sought the arm of flesh. And it cost him his life.

Why? Because with King Asa, it was not finished!

2 Chronicles 15: 16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

He did run well. He cut down the idols and burnt them. He cast out the idolaters. He was a message believer! He was justified in his day. He was sanctified in his day. He sanctified all of Israel!

BUT, “the high places were not taken away out of Israel”. His new birth was not complete!

Ezekiel 36: 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The new birth is not a single event. It is several events locked together. It is just like the natural birth. The baby is conceived. We often forget that part in discussing the new birth. The baby is conceived first! How? A seed is planted and the seed grows, and the seed bears fruit. That fruit is the baby.

The first thing that happens in a new birth is the planting of the seed, which is the Word of God. The life in that seed is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 that “my words are spirit and life”. The first step in the new birth is that someone like you or I, someone who carries the seed, plants it in the heart of the heathen. Big word to use in this politically correct day. We are all heathens once too.

The life in the seed is the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed is dead inside of us. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed that we plant is a dead seed. That is why we have over 1,000 denominations on earth with 3 Billion people calling themselves Christians, all preaching out of the Bible, and planting DEAD SEED!

2 Corinthians 3: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If we preach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit, we are planting a DEAD SEED, a seed that will rot and kill the host. We will kill people with that dead seed. How can the Word of God bring death?

2 Samuel 6: And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

They were carrying the Word of God, the Ark. They had a good intent. They had no evil or malicious intent in their hearts. David, the King that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, led the way. They had musicians out in front. They had a program, a religious program that looked perfect. They had everything lined up but one. The wrong people were handling the Word. The Bible says it must be carried on the left shoulders of the Levites, over their hearts.

And when the Word of God went forth without the Spirit of God, then even the righteous man Uzzah died. Without the Spirit of God, the Seed of God, the Holy Bible, is DEAD.

Without the Holy Spirit, the message of the hour will bring DEATH! It is a dead seed without the life of Christ in it. That is why we have so many churches, preaching the Bible, and yet all they can create is still born babies.

So the new birth starts with the planting of the seed, the live, spirit borne seed. Then the seed germinates. A baby germinates for 40 weeks. Forty is one of God’s special numbers. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus fasted for 40 days.

The seed of the Word of God will germinate in the heart, watered by the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit does not indwell at this point, it anoints. There is a different. Remember Jesus said the Spirit would be with us, AND in us. And is a conjunction. Two separate events.

Then we get to the point where we usually start speaking on the New Birth. First we have Justification, then we have Sanctification, then we receive the Spirit.

1 John 5: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

It is the Spirit that bears witness. Not the letter. The birth is water, blood and spirit. Just like a physical birth, first the water breaks, then the blood, then the baby. So too with the new birth. First the water, the justification in baptism. Then the blood, the sanctification. Then the filling of the Holy Spirit. Three definite steps.

And again the Scripture says here that “the witness of God is greater”. The witness is the Holy Spirit. Our witness without the Holy Spirit, is the witness of men, and it is powerless. It becomes a second had gospel.

Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

These seven men had heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had heard the message of the hour from the mouth of the prophet. Not only had they heard the message, they also saw the vindication in signs, wonders and miracles.

But for them it was not finished!

They had the letter, but they did not have the spirit. They came with a second hand gospel. They came quoting the prophet but without the spirit, they simply had the testimony of man. The testimony of God is greater. For the seven men, it was not finished. They had the message, but they did not have the Spirit or the Revelation of the message.

Is it finished for YOU?

We have to make this personal, intensely and completely personal. Do you have the Revelation and the Spirit? Is your new birth complete? Is your faith complete? Only you can answer that.

Are you trusting completely in the Lord today? Asa could not. He had the message. He heard it from the mouth of the prophet. He had 35 years of supernatural experiences with the Lord. Yet it was not finished for him. He did not take away the high places. He did a lot. But he did not do it all.

David, the man after God’s own heart, the anointed King of Israel, did almost everything. He had the musicians. He had all but one thing. He failed to get the Levites to carry the Word. He failed to get the Spirit of God in the picture. He had the letter, but not the word. He was planting a dead seed.

That can happen in our message churches today, and indeed it is happening. It was even happening when Brother Branham was here. He warned of it. He warned of the need for repentance before baptism. He said we are going in dry sinners and coming out wet sinners. He said we were creating still born Christians. It is the same today. Where is the Lord today? We have the message. We have the quotes. We have the music. We have fancy Churches. We have big buildings, great architecture, beautiful interiors, lights and sounds, audio visual systems, professional musicians and singers. We have preachers in $5000 suits.

They are Ox Carts!

The Word of God is not carried in a building, or an organization, or a system, or a program. It is not carried in a denomination. They can only carry the letter, the dead letter.

The Word of the God, the Spirit of God, can only be carried in the hearts of the Christians. The Lord dwells in the hearts of the Bride of Christ, and nowhere else.

Judges 6: And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

There are a few things to look at here to tie things together. First of they were sent the Prophet. The Prophet told them of all the power of the Lord God vindicating his word and his promises to them over the years. He is telling them that for them it should be finished.

Then we find the angel appearing to Gideon. Gideon responded with a very simply question. If God is with us, where is the supernatural vindication of a living God? Can we say the same today? If the Lord God is in our midst, then we have a healer here. If Jesus Christ is here, then there is deliverance. If there is a living God with us, then there will be supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. If for us it is finished, then we will most certainly have the fruit of it in full blossom.

And the third point, the angel did not say to Gideon that the Lord is with Israel, he said the Lord is with you.

The Lord God is with YOU! Go in thy might. Have I not sent thee?

The Lord God is with YOU Saints of God! 

The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is in the hearts of the children of God. He is nowhere else upon the face of the earth, except in you and I. When the rapture comes, it is the Spirit of God leaving this world, and anyone that is filled with that Spirit goes along for the ride. No Holy Spirit equals NO rapture.

Romans 10: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

How shall they preach except they be sent? They will plant dead seeds! We can preach the gospel, we can quote the message and even perfectly imitate the Prophet’s voice, but without the Spirit, without being SENT, we will plant dead seeds. Our words will simply be the testimony of man and rot in the hearts of the people. It will make them sick and they will spiritually die.

Have I not sent you? Are you sent? Have you all been sent?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Go YE into all the world! If you are born again, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if for you it is finished, then YOU have been sent. The harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few, and far between.

Is it finished?

Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature. Preaching is not reserved for the preachers. There are five ministries from behind the pulpit, but all people are preachers. Even the women! Whoa that shocked someone. There are five pulpit ministries, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, Apostle, Pastor. Notice there is no title of “preacher”. We are ALL preachers. We preach the gospel by living it and by testifying of it.

Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They expounded to him. We are all supposed to testify. We are all supposed to bring the gospel. We are all supposed to go into all the world and tell every soul we meet of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.

That is not to argue doctrine. NO. We are supposed to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them what he did for you. Tell them how you got saved. Tell them how you got delivered. Tell them how you got healed. Tell them of the signs, wonders and miracles that you have personally witnessed in your life. Do that. For that is our job as Christians. We are sent to be written epistles read of all men. ALL men. Go into the world by the Spirit of the Lord and let the world read Jesus Christ in you.

Do your neighbors know that you are Christians? Do they know the message of the hour? Have you told them about Jesus Christ? Have you testified to them of the signs, wonders and miracles that the Lord Jesus has worked in your life? Have to testified of salvation, of deliverance, of healing?

How about the people you work with? Does your boss know about Jesus Christ? Your customers? Your vendors? The guy who mops the floors? The receptionist? The forklift driver? You have been sent! Did you think you got that job by accident, or because of your qualifications? The Lord gave you that job, and he gave you that specific job for a specific purpose. You have been sent to them. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ to them. That is your job.

2 Timothy 4: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Preach the Word! Not just in season, but out of season. Preach it where and when it is accepted and welcomed. Preach it where it is hated and rejected. Preach! Reprove. Rebuke. Exhort.

Finish it! If you dare.

Luke 9: 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

If it is truly finished for us then we will not be ashamed of him. We will have no problem testifying to everyone we meet. We will look for an in, an opportunity to, any opportunity to talk to everyone about the Lord Jesus Christ. We will express God’s opinion in every conversation, on every topic. We will be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of Heaven. We will plant the seed of God, the Word, by the Spirit. And we will do it all day, every day, with every soul.

Is it finished?

If we are ashamed of him, then it certainly is not finished; not for us.

The work is complete. The price has been paid. There is nothing that the Lord God can do for you today because he has already done everything. The atonement is paid. He cannot heal you because he healed you 2000 years ago. He cannot save you because he saved you two millennia ago. You have already been delivered. Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.

It is finished!

The problem is with us. We need to accept it. That is all we have to do. We need to accept it, to believe it and receive it into ourselves. We need to allow it to be finished. That is what the Lord is waiting for. He is waiting for us to attain perfection; for us to allow ourselves to be made perfect. He is waiting for us.

It is finished!

Let it be finished!

Are you sick? Are you waiting for healing? It is Finished!

Are you suffering from oppression? Do you need deliverance? It is Finished!

Do you have financial issues? Do you have work problems? Do you have family problems? Do you have issues that the world says you cannot overcome? Has the doctor written you off? Asa trusted in the doctors. The woman with the blood issue did the same. Then she heard about Jesus. And when she touched the hem of his garment, it was finished!

Blind Bartemaeus begged for his dinner. But when he heard that Jesus was there, it was finished!

It is Finished!

We have the message! We have the gospel. We have the written Bible. We have the fivefold ministry. We have the gifts. We have the fullness.

But is it finished for us, or are we waiting for more? Is there something missing for us? Do we lack? Is there a need that you have, that you know should be finished, but you cannot realize it in your life? Is there a battle that you cannot overcome? Do you feel overwhelmed?

Reach out and touch the hem of his garment. IT IS FINISHED!

Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us?

(Where Your Treasure is There is Your Heart Also)

The Road to Emmaus
The Road to Emmaus with the Lord Jesus

Luke 24: 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

May the Lord add his blessing to the reading of his word. Did not our hearts burn within us? As a quick background for those who are not familiar, and a reminder for those who are, Jesus had bled, suffered and died on the cross to purchase our salvation, and his disciples were scattered. To their knowledge, he had not yet risen. Two of his disciples left Jerusalem and were heading home and discussing amongst themselves the events that just transpired. They were quite forlorn because they believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but were of the belief, as many were in that time, that Jesus was just coming as a great King to destroy Rome and place Israel in command of the world. Jesus was speaking with these two disciples, expounding the scriptures to them to show them that everything that Jesus suffered and every event that happened to him were prophesied throughout the scriptures. While he was speaking the word of God, their hearts were burning within them.

Do you remember the first time you heard the revealed word of God preached? Do you remember the first time you listened to a message tape? Do you remember the first time someone testified to you about Jesus Christ and of the miracles, signs and wonders that they have experienced? Did your heart burn in you? Is it still burning right now? I’m going to be asking a lot of questions like that today. And I want you to be completely honest with yourself.

There is more than one way for our hearts to burn. We can burn with desire, or with condemnation. When we hear the word of God spoken through the Spirit of God, our hears will burn. One way or the other, we will burn.

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Our God is a consuming fire! If our hearts will burn with desire for the word of God then that word will burn out all the sin from within us. The word will burn out our lust, our bitterness, our carnality. But if we reject that word then that same fire will consume us completely. The Word of the Lord God Jehovah will burn up the sin from the face of this earth so if we hold onto our sin then we will be consumed along with it.

Isaiah the prophet was given a vision?

Isaiah 6: 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Isaiah the prophet realized that there was nothing good in him. He was a man like we are. He was carnal and dwelling in a body of sinful flesh. When he met the Word of the Lord God his heart burned within him. The light of the word revealed to him that he needed cleansing. He cried out to God and the seraphim touched him with a fiery coal from the altar and purged his sin and iniquity.

This revealed word of God for the hour will wash away your sin right now if you will let it. It is up to you, and up to me. If we will cry out to the Lord God for a cleansing he will send his Holy Spirit to burn out every evil thing, every sin, every iniquity from within us. Do you believe it? Act on it! He will purge your heart and soul of every sin and stain. You will be sanctified by the Lord God if you will only allow it to happen. If ywe will receive the word of God it will set us completely free this morning.

Ephesians 5: 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

We are cleansed by washing of water of the word. It is not anything we do, or anything we say. Our righteousness is filthy rags before the Lord. As we sit here reading the word of God, not my words, but God’s word, it washes you. Did you know that? You can listen to a man’s word all day and it will either do nothing or make your worse, but when you listen to the word of God you are listening to a living word, a powerful word, an overcoming word. As you hear and receive the word of the Lord God, it will wash you, cleanse you, set you free, give you faith and take away every spot and wrinkle from you. The Word of God, remember, is Jesus Christ. The word of God cleanses you! Hearing this word makes you clean. Receiving God’s word, is receiving Jesus Christ, and prepares you for the rapture! But it will only make you clean if your heart burns for it!

We have very few people today that burn for the Lord. Nobody is on fire for Christ anymore. We have waxed cold. We have become complacent. We are at the last of the seven church ages, the Laodician age. The Bible tells us that the Laodician church is lukewarm. The Bible tells us in Isaiah that the world is darkness and the people gross darkness. There is a light in the world, and Jesus Christ is that light, but the world has rejected him. We find in the book of Revelation that the church has too. And the Lord God hates it. How many know that scripture?

Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

This is not the world he is speaking to. This is not the denominations he is speaking to. They are the ones in gross darkness. He is speaking to the church! He is addressing the called out ones. This warning is for the “message” people! The believers are lukewarm today! We have been sent a message from God with signs wonders and miracles through a vindicated prophet to prepare a bride for the rapture, and we have become lukewarm about it! We are becoming the foolish virgins. We barely have our lamps lit today. When was the last time you testified to a stranger about Jesus Christ? When was the last time you invited someone to come here to church and hear the word of God? When was the last time you praised God with all the volume your voice can muster?

dusty-bible-read-meWe barely have time to come to church ourselves anymore let alone inviting other people. We are too busy with work, or this or that or ten million other reasons to skip church. We come less and less and when we actually do come we sleep more! Is your heart burning inside you? Do you think those two on the road to Emmaus fell asleep while Jesus was talking to them? They walked all day to Emmaus, stopped for dinner and when the recognized who Jesus was, they didn’t even finish dinner. They immediately got up and ran back to Jerusalem. I looked it up, and it was over 19 miles each way. They walked all day nearly 20 miles, stopped for a bite, and then quickly got up and walked another 20 miles all night to get back. Did their hearts burn in them? Do our hearts burn?

Today we don’t have the energy to drive back to church in the evening after we finish our lunch. We don’t have time to come on Wednesdays. We don’t have time to read our Bibles. We don’t have time to pray. We don’t have time to wait on God. We don’t have time to testify. We don’t have time to fellowship with the Saints.

How can we expect to be raptured when we don’t have time to be raptured? If the rapture comes Sunday morning during regular church service and we could not be bothered to come to church that morning, ask yourself where you will be. No time to come to the house of God. No time for Jesus. Will Jesus have time for us? God said he will spew us out of his mouth.

Get of fire for God! We haven’t got enough spark left to say amen in church. Where is our fire? What is going on in our hearts?

It’s lamp trimming time. And if you have not yet accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, now is the time. Not five minutes from now, not next week, not on Sunday. NOW! Five minutes from now could very well be too late. Verily some will read this after it is too late. Think about that. Have you not been watching the signs of the times? Pressure is building and Los Angeles is getting ready to sink. The economy is in a titter ready to collapse. Russia has made a move for oil. Iran is building an atomic bomb. Every country able is going nuclear. Israel is surrounded. Everything is in place for the end of the end and the church is complacent.

We must see ourselves in the word. It is our spiritual mirror. Looking into the word of God will show us exactly where we stand with the Lord God. Where do you see yourself this morning? Is it where you want to be? The Lord Jesus Christ can change it for you in a moment if you will let him. Do you want fire in your heart? Cry out for it and you will get it.

Matthew 13: 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Can you see yourself in this parable? It all depends on the condition of our hearts when we hear the word. Look at the two men heading to Emmaus. Can you see them in this parable? They surely were the good ground for the word sprang up in them and they bore fruit unto it. You and I are in this parable, as is every man, woman and child on earth. Where do you identify in it? Which ground is your heart?

If your heart is cold this morning, your thoughts are not on the word or you just don’t like what you are reading, then you will straightway forget what you read. You will get nothing out of reading this. If someone asks you what I wrote on when you get outside, you probably won’t be able to answer. It can happen that quickly. I’ve seen it. I have sat through a hour and a half of wonderful preaching and when we got outside the church I asked a man what was preached, what the scriptures were, what the topic was and he could not answer a single question. The devil stole the word out of his mind before he made it to the door. Yet let me tell you something brothers and sisters, that man will be called on to answer for every word that he heard. Our God is a consuming fire.

If your heart burns for the riches of the world then those riches will choke out the word from you. You will be afraid to trust in God, to trust in his word, to trust in anything but vain riches. You will not have a testimony for fear that standing upon the word of God and having a public testimony will cost you money or popularity. Your job will be more valuable to you than the Word of God.

If your heart is just smoldering a little, then you will hear the word while you are here among other Christians, but once you get out into the cold world, you will not have the strength to stand on that word. You will be a wandering star, a cloud without water tossed by every wind and wave of doctrine. When you are with the Baptists you will be a Baptist. When you are with the Pentecostals you will be a Pentecostal. When you are with the message people you will be a message believer. When you are with the drunks, you will get drunk. Smoldering and lukewarm and good for nothing but to be a stumbling block to others.

But if we can get our hearts set of fire for God. Oh what a difference that will be! We will bring forth fruit 30 fold, 60 fold, 100 fold. Get the fire of the Lord God burning inside of you! Fire burns on oil, and oil is the Holy Spirit. Remember the 10 virgins. They all had lamps but the fire went out on the foolish virgins. The reason that the foolish virgins have no fire is that they have no oil. They have a lamp and that lamp did once burn. But the oil they were burning was an anointing, not a filling. We can be anointed by the Spirit of God, and not filled for the rain will fall on the weeds as well as the wheat.

Matthew 25: 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Our lamps have gone out! I am speaking to the Saints of God. The born again Christians have lamps, testimonies. Too many repented and were baptized but never went on to get filled. Why? They were lied to. They were told it is enough to get baptized, it is enough to believe the message. But what did the prophet tell us? We have to LIVE the message. And now we have no fire! They started to beg of others for the Holy Spirit but it was too late for them. They are saved. They are sinless. They will receive eternal life, but they missed out. They were called but not chosen. By the time they got enough spark in them to seek the oil the rapture had come and gone. Don’t miss it! If you are not burning on fire right now then cry out to God right now for oil so that your heart can be set on fire for Christ. We need a revival. Each and every one of us needs a Holy Ghost revival!

Did you ever wonder how the foolish virgins got lukewarm, how the church got lukewarm? There must be a reason. Something must have made it that way.

Matthew 24: 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Many false prophets arise and iniquity abounds and the love, the fire, goes cold. First the false prophets, the false teachers, the ones the Bible says have itching ears, come and bring damnable heresies and that leads the people away from the word into a life of iniquity. They compromise on the Word, make excuses for human errors, explain away scriptures and squeeze the blood out of the Word. They do wrong according to the Bible, they explain it away, and do not care anymore. We have it in the message too. We have preachers telling everyone that they are just fine and ready for the rapture and it has driven the fire from the hearts of the people. We are not fine! We are in a most miserable state indeed if we think we are fine. Paul said to work out your salvation with fear and trembling! That takes fire!

If you are working out your salvation with fear and trembling this morning then you will be hanging on every word I wrote hoping to hear an anointed message from the Holy Spirit that will bring you one more step closer to Christ. If you have already waxed cold from iniquity then you will be checking your watch hoping I finish soon so you can go somewhere else. Or maybe that person has already shut down their computer long ago or started surfing the net for other things.

But how did we let it happen? It is our fault. We let it happen. We were warned thousands of years ago and here it is happening. The scripture is being fulfilled in your very midst. How did we let the false prophets in? How did we as an anointed, called out people, allow such coldness into our lives? We took our eyes off the Word and put them on idols!

Matthew 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We stopped looking to the word and started looking to man. We stopped laying up treasures in heaven and started laying up treasures on earth. We stopped looking at the message and started to look to the messenger. We have stopped preaching the message and started quoting it instead. We don’t preach the message, we just print books and quote books. To top it off we are getting rich in the process. Preachers making hundreds of thousands of dollars and driving expensive European luxury cars when the prophet they point to refused to take a Cadillac as a gift.

That spirit has caught the people too. Continually skipping church to go make money. Turning church into money. When they actually go to church it is so that they can do business with the people there and make more money. Defrauding the people and stealing from them and calling themselves Christians. Selling products out of the church. It is all corrupt. Soon they will start selling indulgences too. You cannot serve God and mammon. Where is your treasure? Where is your heart? Where is your eye?

We just read it. Where are you looking? Whatever you are looking for, there is your eye, there is your treasure and there is your heart. If we are looking to Christ then we are looking to the light and our eyes will be full of light and our hearts will be full of fire. If we are looking to riches of this world, whether it be money, status, politics, popularity or a modern ecumenical move in the guise of the message, then we are looking to darkness. The Bible says that the world is a darkness and the people a gross darkness. Where are you looking? Are we laying up treasures in heaven? Is there still light in your eye or are we a gross darkness?

2 Kings 5: 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. 25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Gehazi had his eye on money, on fancy garments, on oliveyards, on vineyards, on sheep, on oxen, on servants. Gehazi’s was with the prophet. He was not an unbeliever. He was not even a denominational Christian. He was in the message of the hour. Gehazi had his eye on earthly treasures instead of heavenly treasures and he reaped the reward; leprosy. Sin. Leprosy clung to him and to his entire seed forever. He was with the prophet, he heard the message, he saw the miracles, he preached the message, yet he had his eye on earthly treasures and received the reward of his iniquity forever.

Knowing the message won’t save you. Gehazi knew the message. Knowing the prophet won’t help you. Gehazi knew the prophet. He even lived with the prophet. If our heart is on earthly things then as the seed that fell among the thorns we will be choked out and our fire will go out and we will be left in total darkness. Gehazi had the message indeed, and he tried to use that message to build for himself an earthly kingdom, an earthly organization of goods and moneys and servants. He turned the grace of God into lasciviousness.

We have that in the message today too. We have Gehazis in the message today, men who were with the prophet who are now turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, quoting the message, calling on the name of the prophet and getting rich and building earthly kingdoms for themselves. God does not change. What he said then is true today. They shall reap the same reward in their day of judgment as Gehazi did in his. Their sin will cling to them and their seed forever.

So where is our treasure this morning? Search yourselves. Search your lives and you will know. Anything and everything that we put before the word of God is an idol.

Luke 18: 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

This man lived according to the law keeping the commandments. His life was so righteous it would shame most of us today. He had one problem however, his treasure was earthly. There was something that was more important to him than the Lord God. There was something in his life that he valued higher than he valued the Lord Jesus Christ. He had an idol! He could not part with his earthly treasures and he ended up in hell. His treasure was corrupt, his eye was corrupt and thus his heart was corrupt. He heart was not on fire for the Lord or his Word. The word of God to him was a consuming fire. The word of God condemned him, and instead of repenting, he rejected it. We need to be sanctified. God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel.

If we have any idols in our hearts we are not worshipping God. There are many, many idols and it only takes one idol to displace God in our hearts. We went through a few already. Money, power, popularity, dogmas, creeds, denominations, organizations, publications, and even other people can be idols. Anything that we allow to come before the Lord God in our hearts is an idol. No matter how much we pray, how much we sing, how much we go to church, how much we shout, how many tapes we listen to, how high we lift our hands, how pious our lives look, if we have idols in our hearts then we are not worshipping God. Jesus said that a true worshipper must worship God in Spirit and in truth. The word of God is the truth.

A Christmas tree for example is an idol. The Bible is the Word of God and it says do not do it and then we go and do it anyway. We put that tree before God’s word. We make that piece of wood into an idol. Let’s read that scripture to remove all doubt.

Jeremiah 10: 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Today we have message people with Christmas trees thinking they are just fine because they give homage to a prophet and his message. It is an idol, it is contrary to the word of God and if you do it you are making an idol out of that tree. The very moment we decide that we are going to have a tree, we are in idolatry. Sin is an affair of the heart. And knowing better it is iniquity on their part and we heard earlier that it is because of iniquity that we grow cold. Can you see it? You let one little thing like this get in and displace the Word of God and it will poison your whole life. We let private creeds and dogmas take over in our lives and pretty soon we are in complete darkness. Look at Israel. How often did they let one little thing in and it poisoned the whole nation and led them off into idolatry.

We have things creeping in everywhere now. Christmas trees, makeup, remarriage. Remarriage in the message! The prophet refused to go to his own son’s wedding because it was a remarriage. Let’s put that to rest right now.

Luke 16:18 Whosoever puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery: and whosoever marries her that is put away from her husband commits adultery.

Those aren’t my words, those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. If you divorce your wife and remarry another woman then you are committing adultery. If you marry a divorced woman you are committing adultery. If you are divorced and you get “married”, you are committing adultery. If you marry a divorced man, you are committing adultery. Period! Someone not too long ago said that can’t be right because that would be too cruel and not fair to the people. Read Ezra chapter nine.

Jesus warned us that a little leaven will leaven the whole lump. He warned the Pharisees in Mark 7:13 that they have made the word of God none effect by teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. It is a poison! We often hear that it is better to have the right spirit and a wrong doctrine that the right doctrine and the wrong spirit. We of course hear that most from those with the wrong doctrine as an excuse for rejecting the Word of God.

Let me assure you that if you have the right spirit you won’t have the wrong doctrine for very long. When you hear the revealed word of God the Spirit of God in you will shout AMEN! If your heart is on fire for Christ then when you hear the Word of God that fire will flare up. The two on their way to Emmaus had a wrong doctrine, but when Jesus expounded the true doctrine to them, their hearts burned within them as they heard it. Read “Restoration of the Bride Tree, 1962”.

When the Pharisees heard Jesus they called him a devil. When the little girl at the well heard him she called him a prophet. Her heart was on fire! There was a spark of God put in her heart from the foundation of the world. When that spark caught the light of the gospel is set ablaze. She was looking for a living water that would satisfy her forever. That was her treasure. When she came in contact with the light she saw it immediately. She did not need to be convinced of if. Her eyes were opened and when that light shone, it had access to her heart. The Pharisees had their eyes closed. They were blinded by their own greed, and pride and lust for power.

When you first heard the revealed word of God for the hour, how did your heart react? Your presence here this morning tells me that something was lit aflame in your heart. Where is that flame today? Are you choking it out with false doctrines? Are you choking it out with the cares of the world? Are you choking it out with money lust? Or are you feeding the fire with the word of God? Feed that fire this morning. Set yourself aflame for Christ. Let the word of God burn the dross from you. Do not quench the Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit of the Lord God Jehovah work in you. Allow the fire of the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ burn in you.

The Bible likens us to metal being purified in the fire. When a silver smith wants to purify metal he puts it in the fire to heat it up. Then he hammers the metal and folds it over. Then he repeats the process over and over, hammering the metal and placing it in the fire. He knows the metal is pure when he can see his reflection in it. Jesus tries us in the fire, he folds us and hammers us with life and places us back in the fire to burn out all our dross, all our sin, all our iniquity until he can see his own reflection in our characters.

What are you reflecting right now? What is in your heart? Is your heart burning within you as you hear the Word of God? Is the Word of God burning out your dross? Let this blessed Word of God into your heart this morning and let it burn out all of your sin and iniquity, all your doubts and fears, everything of the world. This word you are reading this morning can prepare you for the rapture if you will let it.

It all depends on where your eye is. If it is on Christ right now, and on his word, that word will be doing a work on you, cleaning you, sanctifying you, washing you, filling you, folding you, until Jesus can see his own reflection in your character. If you are looking to Christ this morning, your treasure is in heaven and it is growing moment by moment as Jesus is transforming you into his very image. He is preparing you to dwell with him forever. He is preparing you to sit in his throne with him to rule forever. He is making you fit to dwell in a perfect body as his heavenly bride. He is the King of Heaven and He wants to make you his queen.

Are you happy? God left his throne in glory to come down to take upon a body just like yours. He lived, ate, slept, worked just like you do. The Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, veiled himself in a human body. He came not only to take our sin and pay the price that we could be free from sin, he also came to be a perfect example to us. He is the example of how to live, how to love, how to worship, how to believe, how to obey, how to overcome, how to speak and even how to think. He is the example for this whole world of how to live every moment of every day of our lives. He is the light of the world and it is our job to reflect that light to others through our lives. If our hearts burn within us for the Lord then his light will shine through that fire.

He has given us his word. He has revealed to us his word. He has opened the fountain deep and wide to wash away our sins with his own blood. He wants us to build treasures in heaven with him. He wants our hearts to be on fire for him. If our treasure is in heaven then we will be on fire for Christ. If our treasure is on earth then we will be lukewarm church goers.

Look at sports. Look at a soccer game. They scream at the top of their voices and jump up and down and raise their hands and dance when someone kicks a little round ball into a very large net. We have been handed eternal life, salvation, healing, and deliverance free of charge and we can barely sit and keep our eyes open for an hour. God came and lived and died for us and rose again and we can barely be heard when we pray and worship him. Where is the fire? Where is your treasure?

We have it all. We truly have it all. We are heirs to the entire planet. We are heirs to eternal life. We are heirs to reign with him in glory forever. What a glorious treasure he has given us by his grace. None of us deserve it but he has granted it to us anyway. Rejoice and again I say rejoice. We have an earnest of our inheritance right here in this life. We have divine healing! We have prophesy! We have deliverance! We have signs and wonders! We have the very God of heaven, the pillar of fire, right here in our midst! Jesus Christ himself is standing here in the pillar of fire waiting for us to ask of him that he may give us all that our hearts desire.

He is more willing to give then we are to receive. Get of fire for Christ!

The fire of the Lord Jesus Christ burning in my soul! Let it burn in yours.

May the Lord God richly bless you.

 

 

 

 

Treasures in Heaven

Great Possessions

Treasures in Heaven

Today’s message is a little meaty. I am not trying to be rough, but the truth must be spoken. I pray you are blessed by God’s holy word.

Matthew 19: 16 And behold, one came and said unto him, Good master, what good thing shall I do. That I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

May God add His blessing to the reading of the Word.

Seek Treasures in Heaven
Seek First Treasures in Heaven

Great possessions. This man had great possessions. Possessions that were far too great for him to relinquish. He had possessions that were of more value to him than eternal life. He wanted eternal life, but when he realized the cost he could not bear it. He was not an unbeliever either. It sounds insane on the surface and it also sounds like a rare occasion, but we will see that it is very, very common indeed.

So here is a man living what we would consider a perfect life and holy life. He kept all the commandments. He lived a life of perfect works. Yet with this perfect life he still could not enter into the kingdom of God. His possessions got in his way. There were things in his earthly life that he valued more than eternal life. There are many different kinds of possessions.

2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh AND of the spirit. We hear about the filthiness of the flesh but not too often about the filthiness of the spirit. The two can be related but they can also be separate too. Here is a little example of the connection of the flesh to the spirit. The prophet Elisha had a helper name Gehazi. The Syrian Naaman had leprosy and came to the prophet for help. Elisha gave him instructions of dunking himself seven times in the Jordan River to be cleansed. When Naaman was cured of his leprosy he came back to the prophet and offered him a substantial sum for the help. The prophet refused and Naaman left. Gehazi secretly chased after Naaman and asked for some of the loot. He got it and hid it and went back to Elisha and pretended as though nothing happened. Elisha questioned him offering him a chance to confess and be free but he lied to the prophet, thereby lying to God and then Elisha spoke.

 

2 Kings 5: 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

With the earthly treasures came the plague. Today with the earthly treasures come the plagues as well. Money? A great tool, but if that money gets hold of you and becomes your treasure, then you become its slave and receive the plagues of money with it. Plagues like worry, which leads to heart disease and cancer. But money is only one treasure among many. And each physical treasure comes with its own spiritual side.

There are other more elusive treasures. Babylonian garments. Wedges of silver. Do we have any in our camp? We have many more than you would think. Things of the world have slipped into the message ranks, into Christian homes and Christian lives. Some are small and illusive while others just baffle the mind. Did you know that there are “message people” who have Christmas trees? For those of you who do not understand why this is bad, here is the scripture for it.

Jeremiah 10: 1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaks unto you, Oh house of Israel. 2 Thus Saith the Lord, Learn no the way of the heather, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Thus saith the Lord. No interpretation needed here but they do it anyway. I hope nobody reading here does it, and if you do, now you know better. Never, ever have one of those heathen idols in your house ever again. And certainly never in the church. The Bible makes no bones about it. It says if you have a Christmas tree you are a heathen! Period. I don’t care how many tapes you have, how long your skirt is or where you have the zipper, the Bible says that if you put up those Christmas decorations you are a heathen. That is not me, that is “thus saith the Lord”. And these people will not relinquish their possession, their Xmas trees and lights in favour of eternal life. Just like the rich man, they believe, yet refuse to obey. How about you and I?

Babylonian garments aren’t just clothing, they include all the things of the world that go contrary to the Bible and contrary to the message. Did you know that prophet told us that the only woman in the Bible who wore make-up was Jezebel? There are some “in the message” who think that if makeup isn’t a bright colour or if it has a different name on the label then it is not make-up. They wear lip gloss, clear nail polish, cover-up etc. There are Pentecostals who know better. The prophet raged against that thing for decades and people are still wearing it. If you won’t take my word for it and you won’t take the prophet’s word for it, here is what the Bible said.

1 Timothy 2: 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

How can a woman profess godliness while looking like Jezebel? How much makeup is too much? Is a little OK? Would it have been OK for Israel to just bow one knee to Baal? Can both sweet and bitter water come out of the same well? And why dress up with make-up anyway? A woman does not put on makeup to go out to meet God, she does it to go out to meet men. So there it is in a nutshell and I don’t think anyone needs a more clear translation of what that means.

The Bible pointed out that God had Elijah curse Jezebel and He fed her to the dogs. God don’t change so what He did then He must do today or he is a hypcrite. Do we want to be dog food? Get rid of that thing! You might think I am picking on the sisters but don’t worry the men got a spank coming too.

What other treasures do we have laid up? What is in our hearts, for the Bible says that where our treasures are, there will our hearts be also. What are our great possessions? Where are our treasures?  Where is our heart? What other Babylonian garments do we have hidden in our hearts?

There is a more insidious evil afoot. They hide in our midst, and they can hide in our hearts. There are invisible Babylonian garments. Jesus called them “leaven”. They are ideas, and dogmas, and beliefs, or more precisely unbelief in the Word of God.

Matthew 9: 16 No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

You cannot mix it. You cannot put a holy patch on an unholy Babylonian garment, or visa versa. Both will be destroyed. Before Elisha could take up Elijah’s garment, he first had to cast off his own robe. He could not wear both together. He could not put that holy robe together with an unholy robe. Neither can we put on the wedding garment, which is the Holy Spirit while we are still wearing a Babylonian garment. Light and dark cannot coexist. Light casts out all darkness. If there is darkness then there is no light at all. Jesus said that the light of the body is the eye, and if the light be darkness, then we are in complete darkness. The Bible says in this day that the world would be a darkness and the people a gross darkness. Completely blind! Pitch black!

Neither can we put new wine in old bottles. In the days when Jesus was speaking they did not use glass bottles, they used wine skins. An old wine skin is dry and brittle and a new wine is bubbling full of life. If you put that new wine in the old bottle it will bubble up and the pressure will burst the old dried leather. The Holy Spirit is alive and bubbling, a well of life, and it cannot dwell in a denominational bottle. It cannot dwell in a religious bottle. Too many people these days come to the message with their old denominational, religious spirit and instead of getting cleansed of it they just get a different religion.  Full of the same religious hypocritical spirit under a new banner.

And once we get one Babylonian garment in our camp, then more will follow.

Galatians 5: 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion comes not of Him that called you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Some of the Jewish religion was creeping into the camp of the Saints and Paul warned them that if they did not stop it, then it could indeed take over completely for a little leaven will leaven the WHOLE lump. That is both in the individual and in the group. A little leaven in your life will eat up your entire life like a cancer. A little religious spirit, a little of the world, and soon your entire life will be consumed by it and you won’t even know it.

And when we have one person with that spirit in our midst, that spirit will try to take over everyone. We will do things that the Bible warns us not to do, and we will think we are holy while doing it. I know one church where everyone calls the preacher “Pastor”. In Matthew 23 the Bible warns us call no man “Rabbi”, which is pastor, for you have one master which is God. And the people so reverently refer to their preacher as pastor and get offended when someone simply calls him brother. And they have no clue that what they are doing is contrary to the word of God. It is a Babylonian garment right in their midst and they don’t see it. We have had those spirits come in over the years and we all know it. It was God who kept us safe from it. Paul had it come into the Corinthian church and he dealt with it speedily, but that spirit still caused damage and some of the people did not realize it.

1 Corinthians 5: 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

A little leaven will leaven the whole lump. It was the same in Paul’s day and in Peter’s day.

Acts 5: 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sod a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 and the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 and it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 and Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the foot of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 and great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. 12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;(and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch). 13 and of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Peter got rid of it right away. He rooted it out and cleaned his house. Paul got rid of it right away. Are we willing to get rid of it or are we like the rich man, and like Ananias? Is our treasure, our Babylonian garment of more value to us than eternal life? Do we cling to creeds and dogmas? Are we allowing, or worse enabling, religious spirits to take over. Leaven! Sin! Creed! Dogma! Tradition! Worldliness! Culture! Denominationalism! Are we full of leaven? Are we new bottles or old bottles? Are we ready to take off the old garment stained with sin and put on Jesus Christ? Do we have treasures in heaven or are our treasures still here on earth? These are questions we must ask ourselves, and answer.

This earth will burn with an unquenchable fire where the very elements will melt. Your house, your car, your money, your clothes, your church and even your very flesh will be devoured by it if you are still here. Nuclear fission at 300 million degrees will turn everything to ashes and volcanoes will finish the rest. Nothing that is on this earth will stand. No thing, not dogma, no religion, no isms, no unbelief will stand the heat.

Search your camp! Find that garment, find that wedge of silver! Do you know what power is behind every leaven? Do you realize who is behind every one of these things? It is a devil, a demon. Satan himself is behind it. And the Bible says in Romans chapter six that to whom we yield ourselves to obey, his servants we are. Do you want to serve the devil? He is the one making you sick, he is the one making you die, he is causing every pain and grief in your life. Why would we want to say or do anything to serve him? Think about it. You put on that Babylonian garment and you are serving the very one that is trying to destroy you.

And every time we are accepting the leaven we are rejecting the Word of God which is Jesus Christ. We cannot serve God and Mammon. We will hate one and love the other.

John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.

Love not the world for if we love the world the love of the Father is not in us. Love not the Babylonian garment. Love not the wedge of silver. Love not money. Love not culture. Love not tradition. Pretty straight. And here is one you may have never heard before. Listen close. Religion is worldly! Cain, the serpent’s seed, built the first alter! Balaam had an altar. The Pharisees and Sadducees who turned over Jesus Christ to be murdered lived and worked in the churches. If we love the world, or worldliness, or religious hypocrisy, or unbiblical dogma, or culture, or tradition, whether in item or in idea or in word, then we do not love the Lord God. Let that sink in.

We cannot love both the world and the Lord God. If we love God then we will not love the world. If we love the world then we simply do not love the Lord.

And I’ll say it again; it is not just things. It is ideas. Ideas are the root of it. Whether scientific, social, or philosophical, or religious, worldly ideas are an enemy to God. Worldly ideas are carnal ideas and the Bible says that the carnal mind is enmity towards God. If we hold to worldliness we become God’s enemy for we are serving Satan in the process. That is pretty strong but I am obligated to tell you the truth. I will have to give an answer for it one day so I will give you the whole truth.

We have only discussed a couple of ideas so far; makeup, Xmas trees, dogma. There are numerous others. How about political things? How about the whole politically correct movement? How about the dogmas creeping into the message? Here is a new one for some. There is a dogma that if a woman has her zipper on the front of her skirt it becomes a garment pertaining to a man. Show me that in the Bible! Show me that in the message! Show me one place in 1100 sermons that the prophet said that, suggested that, or made even the slightest elusion to that. It’s not there! But these same people who push this unbiblical, un-message dogma will have Xmas trees and Xmas lights and think nothing wrong of it. They will strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. It is a religious spirit. Solomon said they are like an adulteress woman who will eat and wipe her mouth and say I have done nothing wrong.

They are denomonationalizing at the same time. They decide who is in and who is out of the message, who is and who is not a Christian, based on their personal dogmas. They judge themselves by themselves. A spirit gets in there and takes over. It comes through money, power, and popularity. A little culture, a bit of philosophy, some psychology, a bit here and a bit there. It starts slowly, almost innocently. Almost. It starts as a little compromise and once the devil gets his hooks in he keep digging and digging until he has control of everything. And he will make them so religious while blinding them to the truth. Be careful brothers and sisters. If someone brings an idea and you cannot find it in the Bible, leave it alone. If the Bible forbids it, run away from it.

So what do we do? How do we fight? We have to stick to the word, and only the word, both in doctrine and in rule in our lives. It is not enough to claim the Word, it is not even enough to believe the Word, we must LIVE the Word. We must cleanse our lives, sanctify ourselves from the uncleanness of the world. We must separate ourselves from unbelief. We must sell out to God for He purchased us with His own blood.

Anything that is more important to us than the Word of God is an idol! If we place anything above God in our lives we are idolaters! Let that sink in. These are not just words. This is God’s Word. If we place anything in our lives above or before the Word of God we become Idol Worshipers! You think that was a scorcher, wait for it, it gets worse. Not only do we worship the Idol, we worship the spirit behind the idol. And the devil is the spirit behind every single idol.

Here is some of the toughest meat you will hear. I’m not trying to be hard on you but we need to hear the truth. We need to be warned. I hope everyone is ready for it. If we willfully disobey the Word because we want to do something contrary to it, or cling to an idea or creed contrary to scriptures, something that we love, that our flesh loves, that is against the Word and against the message, or if we refuse to believe or obey something that is in the Word or the message, if we add or take away from the Word of God, then we become devil worshippers.

That won’t sit right with some but it is the Bible. We are so close to the rapture that you can almost taste it in the air. It will take meat to get us ready. We should all be weaned of the milk by now.

So let’s clean camp. Let’s toss out the garbage. Let’s do a soul searching.

Matthew 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Let’s look to God for treasures in heaven. It is a place that is so incredible that the Bible says no man has seen it and it has not even entered into anyone’s imagination how beautiful it is. So what kind of treasures can we have in heaven?

Our treasures in heaven are the experiences we have with Jesus Christ here in this life. Therefore we have to know Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, personally. How can we have experiences with God if we have never met him? But we are given promises.

Matthew 7: 7 Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

The Bible says that God is more willing to give than we are to receive. He is closer to us than our own breath. He is waiting on us to ask that He might give. He is waiting for us to seek that He may reveal. He is waiting for us to knock that He may open unto us. Seek! Ask! Knock! In fact the Bible goes on to say that in this age Jesus isn’t even waiting for us to knock but is Himself knocking at the door to our hearts. Do you hear him? He is knocking at this moment. He wants to come in to dwell with you. He is knocking with His Word. He wants to fill you with his love, with his power, with his eternal life. Open to him and receive great treasures; treasures that are too wonderful for a mortal mind to even imagine.

Now I’ve torn a little strip off you today and I thought I was pruning to deep but then I read “Arrow of God’s Deliverance” from 1956, preached by Brother William Branham, and I realized I may not be pruning quite enough. That’s your homework by the way. “Arrow of God’s deliverance” preached at Shreveport in 1956. I don’t hand you slices of the message by quoting, I give you the whole loaf. Bon Appetite!

We’ve got to get back to God! We must leave everything behind and get to the cross, get to Jesus Christ. This day is the day when we are too busy for God. The lukewarm Laodicean church age where we got just enough religion to make God sick to his stomach about us. Get back to God! Get back to praying. Get back to his word, back to the Bible. Get those treasures in heaven while the door is still open. Start testifying. Start living. We should be standing out as different from the whole world. We have been granted access to the revealed word of God brought by a vindicated prophet that the world has not yet seen or heard. The denominational churches are lodges now. They are full of preachers having itching ears, turning from the truth to fables. God sent us a message in our age, the revealed word of God vindicated in signs, wonders and miracles. Where is the fruit of that message in our lives? Where are the treasures? We have seen many mighty miracles in the past. But that was yesterday. What about today? What about this very morning? That was Gideon’s question, “where are the miracles of God today?”

We need a move of God in our lives each and every day of our lives!

We need to add to our heavenly treasure chest with each moment of our day. In Peter’s day the Bible says that many works were done by the apostles so that the people brought sick into the streets, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow them and everyone was healed. Paul’s apron from where he worked was taken and cut up and sent to sick people and when the fabric was lain on the sick, they were healed. Our preachers today don’t even have jobs. Where it the fruit in their lives? Where is the fruit in our lives? Where is the supernatural moving of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders and miracles today? Today if we get sick we run to the doctors. Nothing against the doctors but why are we not running to Christ? It is the same God, the same Jesus Christ, the same Holy Spirit, in Peter as was in Paul as is supposed to be in each of us.

Let’s get waiting upon the Lord so that we might have the same treasures. God is not respecter of persons. He is waiting and wanting to work in us the same way He worked in the first church age but we hinder Him. Our unbelief and our Babylonian garments hinder him. We cling more closely to our creeds, traditions and dogmas than to his word. He cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. He will not work in a vessel that is grieving Him.

Let’s get sanctified unto the Lord! It is time for a house cleaning in the Christian Church. Sweep out the dust and the cobwebs from your heart. Wash the windows of your soul. Let’s get our lamps lit and our vessels filled with holy oil. It doesn’t matter what the next church is doing, or what some denomination is doing, or what the government is doing; we won’t be judged by them. We will be judged by the Word of God so let’s do what God is doing. Let’s get our dwelling place fit for a King.

If the Prime minister was coming to your house to visit next week, I wonder how many here wouldn’t take a couple of days off work and be up all night getting everything clean are arranged perfect for him. We are expecting the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to come to dwell in our temples and we can hardly take a couple of hours on a Sunday to clean up let alone to work at it during the week. We need a wake-up call. The bride is asleep and if she don’t wake up soon she will be too late. Get cleaned up! Get filled! Trim your lamps!

Cry out for more of God. Work at it. Go through all the rooms of your heart and toss out all the dirty worldly garments spotted with sin. Those worldly treasures are an abomination to God. Get rid of them. Build up treasure upon treasure in heaven. God is waiting for us. He accomplished everything at Calvary. He did his part. Now it is time for us to do ours.

We have to decide. World or Word. Life or death. God or devil. Light or darkness. Heaven or earth. I trust we are all on the narrow road but the road is extremely narrow. It is too narrow to take baggage along with us. We have to lay every burden at Jesus’ feet. He is the only one who can carry our burden. Put it under the blood. Turn to the Lord while he may be found, tomorrow could be too late.

You might feel I am being a little hard this morning but it is only because I love each and every one of you and want only what is best for you. I want every one here to have more treasure in heaven than they know what to do with. I want everyone here to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that signs and wonders flow like a gusher in your lives and the only way for that to happen is if our hearts and minds are circumcised, if our lives are free from the bondage of worldly treasures and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Remember the Word of God is a two edged sword, cutting when it comes and when it goes. As such I am preaching as much to myself as I am to you. We are all falling short from the pulpit to the doorstop.

If we fail to feed our bodies we starve to death. If we eat poison our bodies will get sick and die. It is the same for our souls. If we do not feed our souls they will starve and if we feed our souls poison they will die. The world is poison, religion is poison, politics is poison, philosophy is poison, superstition is poison, traditions are poison, culture is poison, creeds are poison, horoscopes are deadly poison. What are we feeding to our souls? Poison? Or are we feeding ourselves living manna from heaven? Or are we starving our souls to death? What would happen if we ate twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays when we are not too busy? We might stay alive, but we would not have much life in us. We surely would not be working to hard and surely not making much of a living. Our souls are no different. If we want our souls to live, to thrive, to be strong in the fight, we need to feed them daily and feed them living manna.

Do you think the apostles had such a mighty working in their midst by going to church once or twice a week when the weather was good?

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 and they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers; 43 and fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles….46 And they, continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.

The continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine DAILY. They did not just hear it once or twice a week but they ate the word and lived it daily, day in and day out, every single day, and the Lord God manifested himself through them vindicating His word with supernatural signs and wonders.

If we want the same moving of God that the first church had, the same manifestations that the pthey had, then we have to do as they did. We have to seek God daily with all our hearts, minds and souls. We have to lay up treasures in heaven each and every day of our lives. The treasures are waiting for us. They are freely given and all we have to do is ask.

So let’s encourage one another. Let’s pray one for another. Let’s set aside time for God every day. I tell you the devil will do everything to stop you. He will remind you of all the things you need to get done first. Keep this little song in your heart this week:

Victory is mine,

Victory is mine,

Victory today is mine.

I told Satan to get thee behind,

Victory today is mine.

Victory is ours today! Claim it. Seek God, He will answer. Decide on a mission, a mission to get more of God, a mission to meet the pillar of fire, a mission to get rapture ready, a mission to get your “house” clean for Jesus to dwell in. Feed your soul with manna. Read your Bible. Get into hearing sermons. Cast out the Babylonian garments. Pray and wait on the Lord God. Pray one for another. We are all members of the same body. Let’s start doing that today!

 

Saved from Sin

Saved from Sin!

“Whom the world cannot receive”

2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven 3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given us the earnest of the spirit.

May God bless the reading of His Word.

So we are told that God has provided us with a token, an earnest, down-payment receipt for a mansion which is waiting for us in heaven. Our mansion in heaven is a body. A perfect version of ourselves. It already exists waiting for us. No gray hairs, no bald heads, no sore joints, no being tired, to getting sick, no getting old, no more wearing glasses. Perfect versions of ourselves waiting for us to step into. Do we all believe that? We all hear it and know it in our minds but do we believe it in our hearts? There is a perfect, glorified body waiting for each and every child of God.

And it is in our imperfect bodies that our souls are prepared to live in our perfect bodies. It is in an unholy filthy world that we are prepared to live in a holy perfect world. It is through our sickness, our pain and our suffering that God prepares us for a place that has no sickness, no pain and no suffering. Quite the paradox we live in. But it is not for everybody for some are saved and some are lost. But we need to be assured that there is indeed a body waiting for us. We need to know that we are going up in the rapture. We need to be absolutely sure. We need that revelation from God to make it sure in our hearts.

How do we know we are saved? What are we saved from? We are saved from Sin! Have you ever asked yourself what that means, to be saved from sin? We talk about it all the time but do you really understand what it means? Saved from Sin. That is what separates us from the world. We are saved from sin. We were dead IN our sin but now we dead TO our sin.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.

When we are dead to our sins all things become new. New desires. New tastes. New likes. New dislikes. We become a new creature IN Christ. How? By getting a new spirit. It is the spirit that drives the man and gives him life. Why did Joshua and Caleb have a completely different outlook than the rest of Israel? A different spirit was found in them.

We used to all be of the world yet even though we were in the world we did not belong there. That is why we came out of the world. There was something inside of us calling us to something better. The deep was calling to the deep. We were not satisfied with what we had in the world and were longing for something better. And something deep inside us told us that there was something better. We didn’t know what it was. We didn’t deserve it. We still don’t. But we know it is there and we want it, we desire it, we need it, we hunger and thirst for it, and we are not going to let anything stop us from getting it.

Col 1: 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

We were alienated from God. We were enemies of God. It was the wicked works of unbelief in our minds that separated us from Him. And He reconciled us to Him through His own blood. That holy perfect God left His throne in glory to take upon a body of flesh, suffer and bleed and die in your place. In my place. It should have been us on that cross. We deserve what He suffered. He even went to hell for us to conquer that for us. Jesus Christ conquered death, hell and the grave. And He did it for you!

How could anyone turn down such a great and marvelous gift? The gift is too great for us even to properly imagine. The Bible says that eye hath not seen and ear hath not heard neither entered into the heart of any man the things which God had prepared for those who love Him. What a gift. What a sacrifice, the just for the unjust, the holy for the unholy, God for sinner. What could you say of someone who would turn down such a gift. How blind and heartless would we have to be to trod that holy blood under foot and count it an unholy thing? To reject Him is to say that His suffering and death was worthless. And He is His word. To reject the word of God is to reject Jesus Christ. So how could anyone reject Him? How could anyone reject His message? Why don’t people get it? More importantly, why do we get it?

Ephesians 1: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So the token is an earnest of our inheritance. We have an inheritance. It is an incorruptible inheritance in heaven. And we have been given that inheritance solely by the “council of his own will”. It is not something we did. It is not because we are any better than anyone else. We are not smarter. We are not holier. We are not more righteous. He chose us out of the world to show His mercy to because from the beginning of the world He knew we would accept and believe and obey.

Romans 8: 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

He predestinated us. Before the very foundation of the World. Before He spoke the first speck of dust into existence He had you in His mind. You are the expressed thoughts of God. He knew who you would be, where you would be born, how long you would live, when you would receive Him, every mistake you would make along the way, and what your thoughts would be this morning. He already knows what mistakes you will make tomorrow. Do you believe that? He knows them and He died for them and has already made a way for you by His own blood.

But we must remember we are at war. There are two seeds on this earth. One is called and predestinated, the other is also called and predestinated, but not for eternal life. Even pharaoh was not wild on the loose but fulfilling the plan of God as God had predestinated for him to do. God raised up Pharaoh, the Bible says so. God knew what he would do. God knew which man to put into that place. He knew what kind of a fellow pharaoh was, that is why He picked that particular man to be in that place. That is why He gave him power. That is why He gave Egypt great power and wealth. It was all in His plan. He told Abraham of it centuries before. Israel was not in Egypt for 400 years by mistake and it was no coincidence that Moses was born when he was born. Moses was predestinated for a special role in fulfilling the plan of God and he had to be born in a specific time, and in a specific place, and to specific parents in order to do it. Even Moses’ speech impediment was part of God’s plan. It allowed for a position for Aaron and the ushering in of the Priesthood and set a type for the ministries of the two prophets to come to the remnant of Israel. Moses was never a speaker and Elijah was always a speaker. As Aaron did the speaking for Moses in the first ministry so will Elijah do the speaking in the one to come. We won’t be here to see it but it will be that way.

We are at war. We are soldiers of the cross. And there is an enemy. Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace but war. There is a battle going on and you have to pick a side. God knows which side you will pick. But it is entirely up to you to pick it. That is why He sent this message, to give you a choice, and to arm you in the fight.

Every man hears the same words but not all understand them. It is only to the elect that He gives revelation. Did you know that? Every man can receive and intellectual comprehension but only the elect get a spiritual revelation.

Luke 8: 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables: that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

We all have the same Bible. Yet why is it that we have so many different ideas on what it says? NO REVELATION! Paul and Peter had the same scriptures and learned of them, and wrote of them, and preached of them, completely separated from each other for twelve years, yet when they finally met they had the exact same doctrine line upon line, word upon word and precept upon precept. They had the same doctrine because it was Revealed unto them by the same spirit! Two men miles apart, with totally different upbringings, with totally different educations, with totally different sub-cultures, from totally different occupations, and yet 12 years later they had the exact same doctrines. We can’t hardly even get two people in the same family to agree today.

This battle is a battle of brothers. It started that way in Eden. Every thought and idea that you find in the Bible you can trace all the way back to Genesis to find its origin and all the way forward to Revelation to find its consummation. That is why the devil hates those two books more than any other, they are the seed and the harvest chapters, and they show his origins and his ending. He has fought against those two books more than all the other books combined. And as such they are the two most misunderstood books in the Bible. If the devil can blind our eyes to those books he can keep us away from all of it. If you can’t tie and idea down on both ends then it floats away on you. You got to find the start and the finish of it.

So this war of brother started in Eden and ends in Revelation. Twins. A carnal church and a spiritual church. And the carnal church has always persecuted the spiritual. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Judas and Jesus.

St. John 17: 14 I have given them thy word and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

The world didn’t hate you because of who you are, it will only hate you when you bring this blessed word to them. And it is not the secular world, they will just think you are a nut but as long as you are not a hypocrite they will respect you for it. It is the religious world that will hate you. It was not the people of Israel that shouted for the death of Jesus, it was the religious leaders.

Two seeds on earth today. To seeds in the church today. And they will be together till the harvest. There will be serpent’s seed in the midst of the church until the very end. They will be the ones who betray the foolish virgins to the beast. Did you realize that? The make believers are the Judas type and just as Judas sold out Jesus so will these sell out the church. They are reprobate from the beginning seeking to make merchandise of the flock. And they will smile and shake your hand and call you brother and stab you in the back for a dime. The make believers hate the believers. We just read that. They hate you! They will murder your soul in every way they can. They will tell you lies, tempt you away, tell you that you are fine when you are not fine, tell you that if you believe the message then you are bride. The church believes the message too! That is why the foolish virgins have no oil, the make believers conned them out of it. It is the make believers attempt to kill them.

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works wee evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Marvel not if the world hate you. If the religious world is on your side then that is a sign you need to repent. Which of the prophets were accepted by the world? The world hates the children of God because the spirit in them hates the spirit in you. The world hates the children of God because the spirit in you condemns the spirit in them. Can we take it a little stronger? Can we take a little spiritual meat?

The religious world hates the children of God because the devil that dwells in and possesses them hates Jesus Christ who dwells in and possesses you. I’ll just wait a second for everyone to swallow.

1 John 4: 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby  know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

This message, this revealed word of God is not for them. It will never be revealed to them in this age of grace. It is only for the elect. And it is the revelation of God through the Holy Spirit that gives us victory over the devil. Without the Holy Spirit there is no victory. Who is in you? Somebody is. Is it the spirit of God? If not then there is still time today to get oil in your lamps. What stops us from getting the Holy Spirit? What prevents the filling? Why are the foolish virgins without oil? Something must be preventing it.

St. John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you.

Whom the world cannot receive. There it is. Are you holding onto something worldly? Is there some Babylonian garment in your house? Search it out! Examine yourselves!

If there is anything of the world in us then we cannot receive the Holy Spirit.

Let me say that again, don’t miss this.

If there is anything of the world in us then we cannot receive the Holy Spirit.

The Bible calls for a total separation from worldliness. Abraham was told to separate himself. And God never spoke to him again until he had done it. He took his father along and he took Lot along. Eventually God saw it was time to deal with Abraham so He allowed a little trouble. He allowed a little trouble to enter Abraham’s camp. Why? Not to punish Abraham but to chastise him, to give him a little spanking so he would wake up and obey the voice of God. God said separate and he had not done it, so God allowed fighting between his men and lots men and then Abraham smartened up and separated himself from worldliness. Then God spoke to him.

Do you have a little trouble? That is God dealing with you. Wake up! Abraham woke up and separated himself from Lot. Then God came to him. Do you want the Holy Spirit? Do you want God to come to you? Separate yourself. Search your camp. Find that Babylonian garment and cast it out! Get rid of it! Get rid of all of it!

James 4: 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Adultery? Friendship of the world is adultery. The Bible says so. Spiritual adultery. We are espoused to Christ. We are His bride. But we go out after the ideas and theologies and dogmas of the religious world. We go for the fashions and ideas of the world. We adulterate this blessed holy gospel! A little leaven will leaven the whole lump! You cannot mix anything with this message! The carnal church will always add or take away because they have no revelation. They will use their own understanding, inject their own ideas and reject the revelation. And they are absolutely sure that they are right and will persecute the true spiritual church in the process. They are smart. Don’t try to argue with them they will eat you alive. But you stay with this word and this word alone and they will be dumbfounded. The Bible says so. Two seeds. One called and predestinated for eternal life and the other predestinated for judgment. Look at what Jesus said of it.

St. John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

“I pray not for the world”. What a word. Not for the world but only for the elect. He came to redeem Adam’s race, not the serpent’s seed, they are un-redeemable. The serpent’s seed was never even supposed to exist. It is hybrid. The Bible forbids hybrids. It calls them an abomination. Think about that. The serpent’s seed are an abomination to God. Their very existence on earth is an abomination to God. Yet even though they are an abomination He still offers them mercy. And they spit in His face and laugh. Darkness cannot comprehend light.

St. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is the light of the world. So without Jesus, the Holy Spirit we have no light at all. We will have an intellectual understanding, a carnal education and be completely spiritually blind and not know it. We can memorize the Bible and learn every quote by heart but without revelation we are in complete darkness. This is Laodicea. The church is wretched, blind, miserable, naked and doesn’t even know it. She thinks she has it all. She thinks she has the message. She thinks she is walking in the glorious light of Jesus Christ and is completely in darkness.

The message without revelation is dead. The letter kills but the spirit brings life. They will quote line after line of the message and miss it in the word and spirit. They will quote the letter of the Bible and refuse the revelation of the message on it. Do you know that in order to defend any doctrine that is contrary to the message you will have to explain away scripture? Watch for it. For a dogma to be contrary to the message it must be contrary to the Bible and thus they will have to explain away Bible scripture in order to defend the dogma.

St. 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.

The Holy Spirit. The Word of God. The message points us to the Word. When we hear the message we have to go back to the word to see where God said it. It is the same for every preacher. When you hear a sermon you have to go back to the word and get your own revelation of it. If you just take my word for what I am saying here then all you have is the intellectual understanding of what a man said and tomorrow someone smarter will come along and convince you right out of it. You can quote me till you are blue in the face and the devil will just laugh at you. But go to that word and get the revelation on it from the Holy Spirit and the devil will tremble just to look at you. Quote the prophet and the devil will laugh at you, find where the prophet found it in the scripture and get the same revelation on it that he did and it will be a completely different story. Victory! Power!

Matthew 16: 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter did not take another man’s opinion on it. He didn’t quote what some other fellow or one of the other apostles said. He got the revelation from God. He had “thus saith the Lord”. And all the devils out of hell cannot stand against it. Everyone else had some wishy-washy interpretation. Some said he was Elias. Some said one of the prophets, but Peter had the revelation. He had the goods. He was solid as a rock on who Jesus was because he had the rock of revelation. Who do we say that Jesus is?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these sighs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Preach the gospel. Not the gospel and. Not the gospel except. The gospel, the whole gospel and nothing but the gospel and God will vindicate that gospel, and your faith in that gospel, with signs, wonders and miracles. That is why Paul said I come in fear and trembling determined to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That is the word of God. Get that revelation. Get separated from the world, from the dogmas, from the ideas, from the fashion of this world, and get into Christ.

St. John 7: 38 He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Rivers of living water shall flow. Get that revelation and you will spew out rivers of living water. Once the word is revealed to you it will give you life and give you life to give to others. Not just a drop or two but rivers of living water. And no man will stop it. As Christ was that rock in the desert that Israel drank from so are we to this gentile generation. We are the only Bible most people will read. The rock in the desert watered two million people plus all of their animals. We are to water 6.5 Billion people today!

The only presence of God in the earth today is in His Bride. Let that sink in. The only presence of God in the earth today is in His Bride. He is not in the church today. The Bible says that He is on the outside of the church in this age. He is not in the world and never has been, He is not in the church, so He is in the bride and in her alone. That’s another tough piece of meat that we’ll expand on in a minute.

2 Thesalonians 2: 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 and then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Already in Paul’s time it was working. Already in the first church age God saw fault. Already in the beginning when everything was fresh and new the devil was sneaking in. What about today. The bride, filled with the Holy Spirit, is the only presence of God on earth and when she is gone there will be no God in the gentile world. The light will go out completely at the rapture.

Daniel 12: 9 And he said go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up an sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Do you think the world is crazy now? Do you think the world is evil now? Just wait until God is completely removed from it. The verse we just read says that the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Bride is the only sanity and control and when she is gone the Wicked on will have full reign. Just as in Moses’ day Israel was in light and all of Egypt was in utter darkness. It was so dark they gnawed their tongues for pain and they didn’t dare move a muscle. When the bride leaves there will be zero revelation, zero understanding of the Word of God. When the Bride leaves there will be ZERO love, ZERO compassion, ZERO mercy on earth. If you think the world is cruel now, wait for it. They will still preach it, they will still point to the rapture, but in complete darkness with no understanding. They, for the most part, are already in that condition. Hundreds of millions have already received the mark of the beast and don’t know it. And the persecution of the foolish virgins will be an evil never before imagined.

They have not received the love of the truth so they are sent a strong delusion that they would believe a lie. We all have our own Kadesh Barnea. We will all be brought to a place where we have to make a final choice between the Word and the world. And if we choose the world then our eyes are blinded forever to the truth.

2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Their minds are blind. Forever! The light is still shining yet they cannot see it. The god of this world, Satan, has blinded their minds to the truth. They have sinned away their day of grace. The time has come when they cannot endure sound doctrine but heap to themselves preachers having itching ears. The church is full of back patters. Telling you what your flesh wants to hear. Telling you that if you believe the message you are bride. That is not true. If you LIVE the message you are bride.

Oh and the doctrine of Balaam is binding up the tares to be burned. The pope is meeting with the Muslims. The WCC is meeting with the Muslims. The WCC is meeting with the G8 and the IMF and the WTO and the World Bank is brokering the deal for the pope. They are preaching that we all worship the same God but in different ways. Balaam! And that Wicked one will sweep them into his fold and they will all be bound up for the fire. The International Atomic Energy Association put out a report last week that says that on top of the nine countries that already have nuclear weapons they expect another 30 countries to have nukes in the next couple of years. The tares are bound and the match is lit. Get into Christ today! Get your lamps filled today!

1 Thes 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

We are at the end. It has been said for a long time. The difference is now we have run out of prophecy to fulfill. Did you realize that? In the past we would say oh there are a few things left but that could all happen in a couple of days at today’s rate. There is nothing left. We are done. We have arrived. They are getting ready to say peace and safety. It is shaping up that the next president will be a woman and the next pope an American. Russia is running out of oil. They are finding oil is Israel now. We are at the very end. Do you see this message? Are you receiving revelation or are you depending on what your church believes? Have you met HIM? He is here right now. He is the same yesterday today and forever. It is only for the bride. And every member of the church is bride material. It is just up to us to get filled.

Do you have revelation or just an intellectual understanding? Do you have the earnest this morning? Does the spirit of God dwell in your heart? Are you filled? Get a refilling! Are you empty? Get a filling! Does someone else live in there? Get delivered and then filled! The fountain is open this morning. It only takes the twinkling of an eye. Jesus Christ is sitting on the mercy seat as the high priest of our confession. What is your need this morning? Confess it! Speak it out! If you stay silent He will never hear you. He is not the high priest of our beliefs, he is not the high priest of our thoughts or ideas, He is the high priest of our confession. Lift up holy hands unto the Lord. Confess it! Speak it out! Lift up your voice to God!

You are here this morning because God called you and predestinated you to be here reading this post. God saw you here before the foundation of the world. You are here in this evil, sinful, adulteress world to get prepared for a perfect, holy world to come. Get prepared! Cry out to Him!  All those who call on the name of Jesus shall be saved. Receive him now. He is here, nearer to you than your own breath. Cast of all fear, all doubts and cry out to Him.

Reject the world and receive Jesus Christ today.