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Dealing with Controversy.


James 2:2-2:4 Dealing with Controversy. As we enter into this end time era, I
feel
that we all need to know how to deal with controversy. Jesus dealt with it;
from
the time He started His Ministry until the Day He was crucified. Have you ever
dealt with areas of life that caused a division among you and your friends,
your
spouse or your entire family? Its difficult to be different, isn't it? <BR>Lets
deal
with specifics of controversy.
Controversy is a disagreement, or debate. Here is one that James dealt with ;
James
2:2-4 For if there come into your synagogue ( church, place of worship) a man
with
a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile
( loathsome, nasty, obnoxious, odious, base, degraded, foul, etc) clothing; and
ye
have regard (look upon, gaze at, have preference to, etc) to him that weareth
the
fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor
man,
Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool;
Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil
thoughts?
These three verses are pretty self-explanatory aren't they? Controversy starts
with
a difference of opinion, or a difference in policy. So you ask, Where s the
controversy here? Its everywhere a poor man cant come into a church, to seek
after
God, dressed the way he is, maybe all he has are a pare of blue jeans and a
clean
shirt, some churches would stop Him at the door and refuse him entrance, Yes,
its
true, I've seen it.
Have we gotten to the point that salvation is only for the best dressed or only
for
those that can afford it? Isn't salvation a free gift from God? Have we become
a
Nation of judges, having evil thoughts? Maybe so, or maybe, we have lost sight
of
who we are in Christ. The end days are a negative time that needs to be
addressed
and opened up. If we are to endure and be faithful witnesses for Christ, we
must
bring out the worst of mankind to help others make a complex decision on their
place in eternity. Dealing with controversy here is learning to deal with,
church
doctrine and making it line up with the word of God, instead of contradicting
it.
Hebrews 13:2-3 Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with
them;
them that are ill treated, as being yourselves also in the body. <BR>We have a
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responsibility to others that are in bondage as once we were, to help set them
free, and those that are ill treated (abused, neglected), to suffer with them,
showing compassion.
Lets stop and think for a moment, has there ever been a time in your life that
you've met someone, talked to him or her for a moment and turned around and
they
were gone from sight? Or you needed help along side the road, and all of a
sudden
someone was there? Have you ever passed by someone on the road and looked in
your
rear view mirror and couldn't see them? Have you ever turned away someone away
from
the church because of the way they were dressed? Someone that may have been
turned
away from the church doors, could have been an angel.
Now we all know the difference between vile raiment and just plain vulgar
clothing,
the latter must be stopped at the door and addressed. But to turn away some one
because of a dress code or other doctrine, that, might I say, is contrary to
sound
doctrine, is very dangerous. Because of James 2:2-4 and Hebrews 13:2-3. Matthew
19:23-25And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard
for a
rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
(The Sadducee's and Pharisees, were fixed on or had an fixation on clothing and
fine apparel, which became part of their downfall) And again I say unto you, It
is
easier for a camel to go through a needles eye (a passage way, very narrow,
that
camels had to be unloaded to pass thru, on the trade route), than for a rich
man to
enter into the kingdom of God. And when the disciples heard it, they were
astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved?
Controversy, because something hadn't been taught before makes it difficult for
people to comprehend and understand. Sometimes people have been taught wrong
for so
long that they begin to take it as being right.
Controversy on the salvation of the rich over the poor. Jesus was asking in His
teachings, who among you have made the Rich better than the Poor as far as
salvation, as far as sin, as far as condemnation, as far as the Law and as far
as
Gods love for each? Matthew 19:30 But many shall be last that are first; and
first
that are last.
Your status or station on earth will not be the status that you will receive in
Heaven. {M.H.} There will be reversals; those rich on earth, but poor
hereafter;
those high in station, degraded hereafter; and the lowly on earth, exalted
hereafter. The right man to follow any cause, be it what it will, is he who
loves
it well enough to fling to it everything he has in the world, and then think
that
not enough, and so fling himself after it.
This last item often weighs down the scales in heaven, and the man gets what he
gave himself for. This is where many controversies lie. Being exalted of
ourselves
here, self-righteousness, does nothing to change the destiny that is ours in
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the
afterlife. Jesus once said of John the Baptist, Matthew 11:11 verily I say unto
you, Among them that are born of women there hath not arisen a greater than
John
the Baptist: yet he that is but little in the kingdom of heaven is greater than
he.
This in itself, is a controversial, statement, because of mans pride wanting to
be
the best of everything.
If the smallest in Heaven is to be greater than the greatest man born of woman,
then where are we as man, not born the greatest of woman, going to stand?
Humbleness is a virtue that we all need to work on. Our station in Heaven is
only
secure if we are obedient to the will of God. This does not take away from our
rewards, for the labor that we have done in the name of the Gospel. It is only
teaching that rich or poor there is no difference in the eyes of God. Want more
proof, lets read a little more in Matthew. Matthew 20:9-12 And when they came
that
were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling. And
when
the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise
received every man a shilling.
And when they received it, they murmured against the householder, saying, These
last have spent but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, who have
borne
the burden of the day and the scorching heat. Who has made us higher than God,
who
has made us judges of what is right and wrong? Who among us can tell God who
deserves what type of reward? Mat 20:15-16 Is it not lawful for me to do what I
will with mine own? Or is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall
be
first, and the first last.
When we start thinking that we are better than others, then we inter into sin.
Controversy is not just the sins of the flesh but also sins of the mind.
Matthew
5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I
say
unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed
adultery with her already in his heart. John 6:53-60 Jesus therefore said unto
them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man
and
drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves.
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will
raise
him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink
indeed.
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him. As
the
living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me,
he
also shall live because of me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven:
not
as the fathers ate, and died; he that eateth this bread shall live for ever.
These
things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of
his
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disciples, when they heard this, said, this is a hard saying; who can hear it?
Speaking things contrary to popular beliefs brings forth controversy and
debate.
Speaking of controversy, Jesus opened the eyes of the religious community, by
telling them; its not only the sins of the flesh that you have to worry about
but
also the sins of the mind. What is controversy? Jesus is. Jesus was and is, the
most controversial man in history. What other man do you know in history, ever
took
12 unimpressive men and turned the world upside down. Jesus took controversy
and
changed this world forever. Believing in Jesus and the Gospel has always been
controversial; it is not for us as believers to deal with controversy but just
the
opposite. Its the world of unbelief that has to deal with Jesus. Religion and
worldly laws must come to grips with the teachings of Jesus. God gave man, law
and
man failed to abide by them.
All controversy stems from the righteous teachings of Jesus. Why? Because the
teachings of Jesus allow for the inclusion of all man kind and not just a
chosen
few. Wars, rumors of wars, hate, strife, abortion, homosexuality, infighting
among
the church, pride, arrogance, etc, all come from resistance of the Gospel.
1Titus
1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully, Those who are
unbelievers are lost due to their knowledge of carnal sin and must repent to
have
everlasting life. For where there is no law there is no knowledge of sin. Paul
stated that he only knew sin by the knowledge of the law. The teachings, of
Jesus,
were and still are, so much more advanced than any other, and controversy is
always
around.
He opens all the locked closets, turns on all the lights to brighten the dark
places, reveals all the dirty laundry, tells all the hidden secrets and tells
all
the truths of your life, making them known to all the world, He lays all sins
bare
before the world, He makes the crooked straight, and the mountains flat, the
lame
to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak. He humbles
the
mighty, and exalts the weak. He has made the impossible, possible, the wrongs,
right and the united, divided. He came not to bring peace but a sword, not to
bring
adhesion but division, among nations, leaders and families.
All the controversial issues of life, abortion, same sex marriages,
homosexuality,
politics, nation, church leadership, womens rights, baptism of babies, ECT, all
answered in the word. So then if all answers are given in the Scripture, why
are we
having such a hard time in coming together as one body, Pride. Answers are only
as
good as the ability of a person to accept them; otherwise they become only
words on
a page. You all know this next set of verses, lets get to the point. Mark 4:12-
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20,
emphasis on Mark 4:19-20 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it
becometh
unfruitful.
And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word,
and
accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold. We
deal
with controversy by dealing with Christ and the Word of God. Once we believe in
Him
that sent His Son to die for us, we no longer live or have to deal with
controversy. As believers in Christ we have been made over comers by the word
of
God and by our testimony. All controversy stems from the Gospel, because it is
contrary to the laws of man and mans idea of what life should be. Sin and
unrighteousness are contradictions of the Gospel and result in controversy.
Many
don't and will never believe in Jesus or God. Their lives are spent in trying
to
discredit the Gospel to justify their lifestyle. Dealing with controversy is as
easy as praying. Cast all your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you. Ars.

Dealing with Disappointment


Philippians 4:11-4:21 How did the people in the Bible and How do we deal with
Disappointment? Philippians 4:11, Not that I speak in respect of want, for I
have
learned, in whatsoever state I am , therewith to be content. David and Saul and
many others of the Old Testament when faced with disappointment, rent their
clothes
and put on sack cloth an dashes, in repentance to God for not only their sins
but
for the sins of the people of Israel.
They cried and wept bitterly, prayed and made sacrifices. What is
disappointment,
Strong's Dictionary of Bible words, says it, to frustrate, to disesteem, to
cease,
neutralize. So what is it in our life? Sometimes its when we think that
something
is going to happen and it doesn't when you don't get the promotion that you've
been
waiting for, or the loan from the bank falls thru or when you always wanted to
do
something and the opportunity comes and everything looks great and you
anticipation
is at an all time high and suddenly something happens. Your back where you
started
from. Disappointment leads to depression and depression leads to lack of
confidence
and lack of confidence leads to low self esteem. How did Paul deal with this
spirit, and yes ,its a spirit.
If one action leads to another which brings torment, then its a spirit. Paul,
after
all that He had to go thru, finally realized that the only way to defeat this
spirit, was to be content with whatsoever state that He was in. I've been
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disappointed many times in my life, promotions that should have come to me was
given to others that had less experience, bank loans, that should have went
good,
were denied, prayers that I knew that would be answered, weren't. But we can
always
go to scripture and find the answers. Philippians 4:6, Be careful for nothing,
but
in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be
made
known to God.
This doesn't mean that He will grant your request, but He will know your
intent.
Remember that sometimes the best answer from God on your prayers are NO. Verse
4
tells us to rejoice, in everything, rejoice. This is a good way to get rid of
that
disappointing spirit. Your not the first person that has had prayers not
answered or been disappointed about how life has treated you. We've all been
thru
it, and we have all survived. Disappointment is one of the biggest causes of
suicide in the world, because it leads to other things. We have to get a handle
upon it and rebuke it, before it starts to grow.
At times it will also cause you to stop going to church. When disappointment
sets
in, we start feeling sorry for ourselves and then we want the world to have a
pity
party for us. I refuse to have these spirits in my life and home. I tell others
that have this spirit that visit me, I can help you but I'm not going to join
in
the pity party that this spirit wants. We then proceed to cast it out and then
work
on the rest. Did Jesus ever feel disappointment? Yes, but he knew how to deal
with
it. When the deciles couldn't cast out a demon from a child, Jesus rebuked
them,
How much longer must I suffer you. Bring the child to me. He rebuked the spirit
and
finished the work. And that is what we are supposed to do. Jesus has given us
all
an example of all situations and the means to deal with them. Lets look at Paul
again as an example.
Phil. cpt 4:12, I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound, every
where
and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to
abound
and to suffer need. Powerful statement, wasn't it? But we have to, as
Christians,
be able and willing to, share in the need of another that has a spirit of
disappointment, to help bear one anothers burdens. To be willing to say, I've
been there and know what your going thru, lets sit down and talk about it. Can
you
do that? I believe that you can. Lets get rid of disappointment as quickly as
we
can before it gets rid of us. ars.

Dealing With Life


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John 11:9-11:10 A Bibles point of view. Part three How do we deal with the
living,
others and our self's. Knowing how to deal with life is just as important as
knowing
how to deal with death. The life we lead on this earth, determines, how and
where
we spend eternity in the next life. Jesus said, that a man who believes on him
,even thou he be dead the same shall live again.
He told us that he came to give life and to give it more abundantly. What is
life?
Life is a series of trial and error. A way of relating to our present
exsistance,
spirit,heart, mind, and soul, of being. Life is a period of time that has been
given to us by God to reconcile ourselves to Him thru Jesus. There is none of
us
that ever asked to be born . We made no decisions about our parents, color,
race,
sex, geographical location, whether to be rich or poor.
This is who we are. We may not have the education of others, or we may not even
be
whole, we may be handicapped, lame, halt, blind or deaf. But the exsistance
that we
have ,is what we have to work with. You nor I can change our features or
physical
status, but we can learn to adapt thru the grace of God. Most people that I
have
met, make their life decisions on experience or change in the economy,
geographical
location, government or religious regulations. But if we make our decisions
based
upon the Bible then we will endure this life much better. Dealing with life is
being able to deal with decisions. Lets look at what Jesus says. John 11:9-
10, ..
Are there not 12 hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth
not,
because he seeth the light of this world.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
Jesus was talking about decisions of life and how a man has two ways of dealing
with them. We can make our life decisions based upon the light of day, where by
we
can see clearly to make our decisions by the word of God, or we can make them
by
the darkness of this worlds systems. Our lives are full of decisions, who we
marry,
jobs, education, clothes, food ,transportation, where we live and who we
associate
with. But if you notice , there is a lot of complaining in this life, you've
heard it, time and time again. If a man comes to you complaining that he has no
shoes, remind him of the man who has no feet. That is dealing with life. If a
man
comes complaining that the bread that he has is two days old, remind him of the
children that have no bread at all.
Church, there is coming a time where all your decisions on life will be made
for
you, government officials will enact laws governing everything about your life,
right down to your religion. Its even possible for them to outlaw all religions
to
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stop trouble between false religions and Christianity. Didn't Jesus say that,
it was better to enter into life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be
cast
into hell fire? Matthew 18:8-9. The apostle Paul stated that, He learned that
whatever state that he was in, to therewith to be content. We have to learn to
deal
with whatever state that were in.
To be content, if we cant be content with what we have, how church, can God
bless
us with something better? If God cant trust you with 1 dollar, how can he trust
you
with 2? Are you looking for a perfect life here on earth, well your not going
to
get it, so we all have to deal with the reality that Jesus came to give life
but he
didn't say here. He said that, My kingdom is not on this earth, if it were,
wouldn't my disciples fight?
This life is a dressing room, a staging ground, a stage, a training camp for
something higher or lower depending on the decisions you make. We were born
into
this life for one reason only, it was for Gods good pleasure, and nothing else,
can
the clay tell the potter what it wants to be? No. So this is how we deal with
life.
We do the best we can with what God has given us and may-by he will bless us
with
better, when we show him that we can take care of it. Remember these few
things,
some of the ways God answers prayer are these, 1.Yes. 2. No. 3. May by ars.
Dealing with Memories
Romans 8:13-8:15
How do we as Christians deal with memories of the past, (good or bad)? What is
a
memory? The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of past
events,
or ideas, which are past. A distinction is made between memory and
recollection.
Memory retains past ideas without any, or with little effort; recollection
implies
an effort to recall ideas that are past.
Is it an affliction at times? Yes. So then, what is an affliction? 1. A
condition
of pain, suffering, or distress, burden. 2. A cause of pain, suffering, or
distress. To inflict
grievous physical or mental suffering on, Middle English afflighten, from
afflight,
disturbed, frightened, from Latin afflictum, to cast down, to strike afflict,
agonize, rack, torment, torture These verbs mean to bring great harm or
suffering
to someone: tortured by painful memories. Heb 10:32 But call to remembrance the
former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of
afflictions;
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. 1Co 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you
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Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you
into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every
church. 1Ti 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou
shalt
be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of
good
doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
2Pe 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have
these things always in remembrance. John 11:35 Jesus wept. To the unsaved,
memories
are primarily, recollections of past sins that were pleasurable and badges of
conquests, the jobs that you beat others out of, the sexual encounter that went
your way, the money you acquired by the loss of others, etc. But to the saved
they
are pricks to the soul and spirit. Many are hurtful and bring harm to the
spirit of
the individual.
Heb 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were
illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; the word afflictions here
represents, not physical only, but of mental anguish. The past of a Christian
always bring to each a separate set of problems. Other Christians bring many of
those problems on, Yes, I said other Christians, bringing up your past. Many of
your friends that are still in the world will always bring up you're past
trying to
get you to revert to the way you once were.
They don't understand what you have and wish only to have you back the way they
remember you. Many times I've noticed, that people that are miserable with
their
life, wish to have everyone else just as miserable as they are, so they bring
up
your past to remind you of your faults. When this happens, the old memories
start
flowing, as a river, not to re-freshen you but to drown you in your past
faults.
The types of memories depend upon the individual. Satan knows your past and
will
use the most painful to cause you loss of sleep, loss of concentration and
confusion in your daily walk with God. Do you have, Bad dreams, nightmares,
dreams
that once brought you pleasure that you thought were gone, are you happily
married
and still have recollections of lost loves of your youth? Do you sometimes have
doubts about the choices that you made in the past?
If you said yes to any of these, these are the things that the Bible says are
fights of afflictions. After ye were illuminated, most of your memories never
affected you until after you were saved, true of false? There are good memories
and
bad. The good memories are those of departed loved ones, happy times as a
child,
accomplishments you've attained, etc. These are no burden to you and Satan will
not
bother with them. The ones he uses are those that we have discussed before. Do
all
men have memories? Yes, even Jesus had memories of past events, not as the Son
of
God only, but also as the Son of Man. John 11:35 Jesus wept. The shortest verse
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scripture but one that reveals a lot.


Why did Jesus cry? His friend Lazarus had died, when Jesus was confronted with
the
reality of the passing, sometimes memories are invoked by the, confrontation of
reality in this life. The memories Jesus had, of his friend, came flooding back
to
him and he wept. These were good memories. Now how can I say this about Jesus
and
memory? Remember that Jesus had prior knowledge of the death of Lazarus and the
scripture doesn't state that Jesus cried after telling the disciples that
Lazarus
had died. The actual burden never came upon Jesus until after the memories came
to
Him, until after He came, face to face, with the reality of death itself of a
loved
one. Think of this for a moment and you will understand. What makes us cry when
a
loved one passes away? Not only the actual death itself but the memories of
them
and the knowledge that there will be no more contact with them.
An end to future good times and bad, an end to plans, hopes and dreams of
better
times ahead, a parting of spirits never to reunite in this life. Of all the
funerals that I have attended, the main subject upon everyone's mind was,
memories.
But what about the bad memories that cause torment? These are not of God. God
does
not bring torment to His children, so we have to look at the source of this
burden.
Satan and his demons (aka) evil spirits are the source. How then do we deal
with
this? Different means are and can be used in relieving torment. Recognition,
Revitalization and Rebuking.
1. Recognition. Recognizing a good memory from a bad one. Knowing weather a
memory
is from God or Satan, otherwise as the scripture states, discerning of spirits
[1Co
12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits;], those that are of God and those that are of Satan.
This is
one of the spiritual gifts. Once we recognize that the spirit we are dealing
with
is from Satan then we know how to contend with it.
2.Revitalization. Renewing your faith in God. Faith plays an important part in
dealing with the past and its memories. Knowing that God no longer remembers
your
past nor does He remember your sins of the past. Many may disagree at this next
point but I want to bring it forward for discussion. If a memory of a past sin
haunts you and brings you torment, many people try to ask God to help you with
it.
But, remember, that when God forgave you of your sins, He forgave you of all
not
just some. So when you bring up a past sin to God, He has no memory of it. The
Father has no idea what you are speaking of. Psa 103:12, As far as the east is
from
the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Reference;
Psa_50:1,
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Psa_113:3; Isa_45:6 Isa_43:25; Jer_31:34, Jer_50:20; Mic_7:18; Heb_10:2;


1Jo_1:7 3.
Rebuking.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. What is
to
rebuke? In Scripture, chastisement; punishment; affliction for the purpose of
restraint and correction. Ezek 5. To check or restrain. We must restrain or
check
these spirits that bring upon us bad memories. How you may ask? First by
recognizing the spirit and calling it out by name. Each spirit of Satan has a
name,
such as, spirit of; evil, Legion (many), heartache, sickness (various), unclean
thoughts, depression, anxiety, nightmares, lust, greed, hate, bondage,
confrontation, ECT. In the following verse, the Lord calls the spirit out by
name.
The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan. Zec 3. Isa 17.
Act 19:15-16 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I
know;
but who are ye? 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. John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that
which is born of the spirit is spirit. Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye
shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye
shall
live.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; Rom 8:26
Likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities: So you can see thru these
examples, that we must take control of these spirits, rebuking them and
restraining
them from using our memories from harming us. Our memories are just fragments
of
our past, some of them are of failures in life and others are accomplishments,
we
have to discern which and control them. God has given us power over all the
enemy,
and we must learn to use it effectively. Remember you cant change the past, and
even if you could ask yourself, would I want to? Sometimes the things you want
are not necessarily the things that you need. Ars.

Dealing with Terror


Isaiah 8:12-8:13 How do we as Christians deal with terror? Terror has been an
effective tool of Satan from the beginning and He will continue to use it until
Christ does away with it. Terror is a spirit and if left unchecked will destroy
a
mans faith in Gods promises. From Vietnam, Racial discord and the Cold War, we
have
been dealing with terror on our own terms.
Vietnam was a terror in a distant land; we knew where the front line was and
whom
the enemy was. By, The Grace of God, we overcame racial Discord and
predigest. .
The Cold war, we knew who our enemies were and it was dealt with by prayer and
persistence. Our greatest threat today is September 11th.Fighting a cowardly
enemy
who knows neither decency nor boundaries to murder. An army with no face nor
uniform, no rules of conduct or set country. The enemy here is religion, false
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religion.
It has come in as a thief, to steal souls and lives of the innocent. The basis
for
their terror is found in the Koran; The Guilty may be killed, and who are the
guilty according to Mohamed? Any one who is not Muslim. Christians around the
world
are being martyred every single day, be-headings are on the increase, bombings,
imprisonment, rape and abductions are common practices for the anti-Christian
nations. We should and must be able to defend our religion with meekness, in
the
fear of God.
There is no room for any other fears where this great fear is; it disturbs not.
The Fear of the Lord should be our only concern, for Christ said,Mat 10:28 And
fear
not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather
fear
him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. The conscience
(principles
or the sense of right and wrong) is good, when it does its office well. But
when
the conscious deters from its intended purpose it brings forth death (spiritual
and
physical) and sin and all manner of abominations. Lacking truth and wisdom in
God.
In the case of our Lords suffering, he that knew no sin, suffered instead of
those
who knew no righteousness.
The spirit of terror has no righteousness within itself; it has no shame and no
love for mankind. Terror wishes to destroy the spirit of the people and bring
them
into bondage. If terror is allowed to accomplish its mission we as Christians
are
in bondage to it and not to the freedom that we have in God. Who is stronger,
man
or God? If you suffer the anxiety of terror you must renew you strength in God
by
renewing your Fear of God and your Joy in Him. Rom 13:3 for rulers are not a
terror
to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do
that
which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are
made
manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 1Pe
3:14
But and if ye suffer for righteousness€™ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid
of
their terror, neither be troubled; Lets look a little closer at, 1st Peter 3;
14;
For righteousness, "not the suffering, but the cause for which one suffers,
makes
the martyr" [AUGUSTINE]. Augustine was indicating that the suffering of Jesus
was
not for the suffering itself, which was in the flesh, but the suffering was for
the
cause of righteousness and our salvation. Without a cause, suffering is
pointless.
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Many today are suffering for the cause of Christianity this makes them martyrs
for
God and the Gospel.
Happy, Not even can suffering take away your blessedness, but rather promotes
it.
Terror cannot take away your blessedness or salvation unless you allow it to.
Our
suffering, again, must have a purpose or we suffer for nothing. Our safety is
based
on the Power of God and His Grace and not on the things that man can do. 2Co
12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Heb 11:34 Quenched the violence of
fire,
escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant
in
fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. We are made strong thru our
weakness and terror is overcome by our strength in our faith. <BR>If man kills
the
body there is no more that he can do. This body must return back to the dust of
the
earth but the soul will live forever. 2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified
through
weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God.
For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God
toward
you. Jesus dealt with terror or should I say the spirit of terror, in the
garden of
Gethsemane and on the cross. Mat 26:38-39 Then saith he unto them, My soul is
exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he
went
a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it
be
possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou
wilt.
Overcoming terror for Jesus was accomplished by Joy, for the Joy set before
Him,
endured the Cross, Despising the shame.
Joy overcomes terror and grief. The Joy of the Lord is my strength, my stay and
my
salvation; with the Joy of God we are over-comers of this world and its terror.
Does not the scripture say that we are more than conquers? Jesus dealt with and
overcame every spirit that we deal with today, we can do no less than our
savior
did, and we also must overcome. Look at Revelations, Jesus spoke of He that
Overcometh.
And the overcoming of terror is thru and by the Word of God, knowing that if we
are martyred for the cause of the Gospel, we are assured of Life everlasting in
the
arms of the Almighty. And--Greek, "but." Do not impair (damage or weaken) your
blessing (1Pe 3:9) by fearing mans terror in your times of adversity.
Literally,
"Be not terrified with their terror," that is, with that which they try to
strike
into you, and which strikes them when in adversity. This verse and 1Pe 3:15 is
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quoted from Isa 8:12-13. God alone is to be feared; he that fears God has none
else
to fear.
God alone is to be feared, knowledge begins with the fear of God. Not a
physical
fear but a reverent fear, there is a difference. Neither be troubled--the
threat of
the law, Lev 26:36; Deut 28:65-66; in contrast to which the Gospel gives the
believer a heart assured of Gods favor, and therefore unruffled, amidst all
adversities. Not only be not afraid, but also be not even agitated. When you
hear
or see signs of terror, take it with stride, understand the cause and be not
afraid. Terror always has a cause and understanding it and facing it will
relieve
the fear of it. I pray that this message will strengthen your resolve to endure
and
to strengthen your faith. We are never alone; Jesus promised that He would
always
be with you even until the end of the world. Ars.

Dealing with the Past


1 Corinthians 13:10-13:12 There are many things that we as Christians have to
deal
with, when we give our life to Christ. One of these things is our past life,
before
we were changed into a new creature. As we grow in Jesus we start to expand our
testimony to those that we use to know, hoping to get them to join in the
family of
God. But as we prepare our testimony and present our case to them, they always
bring up our past and Satan tries to defeat us with it. So how do we deal with
our
past? Lets get some scripture and start to learn about, Dealing with the Past.
Romans 8:6-7. We've all at one time or another ,been hurt, by those that bring
up
our past as if we were still living it. The scripture tells us that we all at
one
time were unruly. Most people that are miserable with their lives, want to make
others, just as miserable as they are. This seems to be a way of forgetting
their
failures in life and passing the hurt to someone else. Consequently, they bring
up
your past, to help themselves to feel better about their failures in life. They
don't count the consequences of the hurt that they will cause you, and believe
me
,it does hurt, especially when you've fought for a long time to forgive
yourself for
your mistakes. yes ,you do have to forgive yourself also. When Jesus forgives,
He
and God no longer remember what you've done, but you also have to forgive and
forget,for, yourself. Romans 8:33, Who shall lay anything to the charge of Gods
elect ? It is God that justifieth. Who are these people that condemn you,for
your
past, we are and all have been unruly.
Christ made the sacrifice for us, He paid the debt, He did not owe, so it is to
Him
weather to forgive and judge, and not others. Just remember, when Satan reminds
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you
of your past, remind him of his future. Rebuke these spirits that torment you,
and
yes these are spirits that bring up your past, because torment is not of God.
There
is a lot about mans ignorance that shows thru when they remember your past, but
we
must be willing to deal with it, to be a good witness for Jesus.
Showing them that, the sins of the past are forgiven and the sins of the future
are hidden under the blood, for a Christian will not sin willfully. For we as,
reborn creatures ,can no longer live in sin, for we are of the seed of God.
John
8:6-7, 1Corinthians 13:10-12, and many others tell us us people that will bring
up
the past to hurt or justify their anger at situations that they cant control.
1st
Corin., 13:10 speaks of ,But when that which is perfect is come, then that
which is
in part shall be done away.
Dreams, visions, etc, will come and go, but to end, the way to deal with the
past
is to, rebuke the spirit of torment, calling it by name. Remember to bind on
earth,
is to bind in Heaven. Call these spirits by name ,rebuking them in the name of
Jesus, believing that they will no longer bother you and ,forgive yourself as
Christ has forgiven you. Paul said, let us go on to perfection, not laying
again
the foundation of dead works, unto repentance. Read the scriptures and
understand,
what God has forgiven, He no longer remembers. We serve God not man. ars.

Dealing with Heart Disease.


There are two different types of Heart Disease, the disease of the flesh and
the
disease of the spirit. For a moment I would like to talk to you about the Heart
Disease of the flesh. In 1999 I had a massive heart attack, in fact I had
three. On
the first one I was pronounced dead by a Doctor from a prestigious Hospital.
God in
His mercy raised me up to continue my ministry, but He also allowed my body to
maintain the Disease. I understand what many go thru when their hearts fail
them. I
know the pain and sometimes the despair that follows the attack. <BR>Fear
wasn't
with me but was rebuked. I was ready to leave this world and be with my Savior.
Living with this disease is sometimes difficult because the symptoms don't show
outwardly.

Have you ever heard people say, I don't see a thing wrong with you.? I have.
Heart disease is a silent killer that gives little or no warning just as
Cancer.
There sometimes is no outward sign that a person has the disease. I have
experienced, nights without sleep, pains that come and go and depression that I
have to rebuke. Yes, ministers also are attacked by Satan.<BR> I know how it
affects family and friends. Many friends walk away from you, because they don't
want to deal with it. The best friend I have is my wife Juanita. She is always
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there with words of encouragement and comfort. This reminds me of the times
Jesus
sent out the disciples by twos, one would be able to lean on the other and help
each other.
That's how I feel about my wife, she is my best friend. To be able to live with
this
debilitating Disease, I turned to the Bible for my answers, the first question
I
had for God was, 1. Why Me? The answer I received was, 1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man
suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this
behalf. 2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my
strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in
my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. But the most
surprising
of His answers was, Why Not You, My Son also had to suffer.
I accepted these answers and went on. 2. How will I continue on with my
ministry?
1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was
bestowed
upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not
I,
but the grace of God which was with me. 2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in
every
thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in
your
love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. The key word here was grace.
His
Grace would be sufficient for me to continue in His path.
Unlike the Scientologist, I accepted the help of my doctors, took my
medication,
blessed each pill by the grace of God and trusted in Him. I don't think about
dieing, for its up to the Lord. I learned one thing real fast, I have no
control
over my time to die, so why worry about it. The Joy of the Lord is my strength.
The best example that God showed me was the life of Job. Job 1:6-12 Now there
was a
day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan
came
also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking
up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my
servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man,
one
that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not
thou
made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on
every
side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased
in
the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will
curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath
is
in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth
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from
the presence of the LORD. So I put myself in Jobs shoes. Satan have you
considered
my servant Anthony? So put yourself in Jobs shoes. Satan have you considered my
servant ..................? To live with Heart disease, 1. Live. Don't let the
disease rule you. 2. Grace. Let Gods grace fill you with understanding of why
you.
For God Grace is sufficient. 3. Faith. Let your faith in God deliver you thru
all
the pain and suffering that you go thru. 4. Believe. Believe that God has a
reason
that you are allowed to be inflicted. 5. Show. Show the world what your God can
do.
6. Witness. Be a witness to His majesty and Power. 7. Rebuke. Rebuke the spirit
of
infirmity. 8. Stand. Stand, and when you've done all, stand on Gods word. 9.
Don't
Fear. Don't fear or fret about the body but consider the soul and the one who
has
power over body and soul. 10. Read. Read Gods word daily, it comforts the Body,
Mind and Soul.
Remember this one thing, Prayer isn't automatic. Many Christians believe that
God
will answer all prayers because of the statement by Christ.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
shall
receive. This statement has a condition that goes along with it, If it be Gods
Will! Mat 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless
not
as I will, but as thou wilt. Praying in the will of God is important, not as I
will, but as thou wilt. Luke 21:25-26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and
in
the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with
perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Man's hearts failing them for fear,
and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of
heaven shall be shaken. Now to the Spirit.
Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall
know
that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every
one
of you according to your works. Mans heart is a complex thing not just in the
flesh
but especially in the spirit. Man has come from the creation of God in His
image to
a creature that is being killed in spirit by the cancer that has taken over
this
world. I just want to share with you a letter that I received today from a good
friend of mine.
Dear Brother Smith, It has been a long time you never heard from me, an
incident
occurred that completely took me off my feet. My wife was shot by armed robbers
on
September 10th, over $30,000 collected from her as she was working on her new
clinic site, 8 bullets has so far been removed from her head, the rib's were
broken
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by bullets and the right leg. She will be injected for 28days and no one is
permitted to see her during these period. Brother it's a tormenting period for
me,
help me in prayers please. Bishop Dr. Joseph Rankin.
This world is dieing. Many are calling for peace, but peace is unattainable in
this
life. Prostitution, Homo-sexuality, Rape, Murder, Theft, Unrighteousness, war,
rumors of war, Earthquakes, Floods, Fires, And man still fails to repent or to
see
the signs of the times. There are many that say that they belong to God, but
which
god do they belong to. John 8:44-47, Ye are of your father the devil, and the
lusts
of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not
in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me
of
sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God
heareth
God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. The cancer
of
mans spirit is growing each and every day. Many worldwide are calling for an
alliance of Christian, Judaism and Islam, to bring about world peace and
prosperity. They want to join all three under one universal name. But there can
only be two that can align themselves together, Judaism and Christianity, for
the
Jews and Christians are brothers. All other, so called religions that deny the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not of God but of that spiritual cancer.
You cannot make an alliance with the Devil. His promises to you are worthless
and
misleading. Death and destruction are in the paths of man, for he knows not the
God
of our fathers. Rejection has become the norm around the world. Many are
ignoring
the signs of the times, many are being cautious stating that the things that
have
are are going to happen are fulfillment of prophecy. The cancer in man has
blinded
him from the truth. He no longer sees the suffering of others, he no longer
sees
the signs of the times, the signs in the heavens, the signs in the earth and
the
signs on the earth. Hell enlarges its boarders daily and is never full. Man is
on a
course that puts him in the number that will have not only one death but will
die a
second time.
Heb 3:10-12, Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do
alway
err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath,
They
shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you
an
evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 1Jo 3:21 Beloved, if
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our
heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. Apostasy; An
abandonment
of what one has professed; a total desertion, or departure from one's faith or
religion. Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously,
so
much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen,
and am
no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
2Pe 2:14-22; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices;
cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,
following
the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;But
was
rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the
madness
of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a
tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak
great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh,
through
much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
While
they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for
of
whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
knowledge of
the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and
overcome,
the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better
for
them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known
it, to
turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. <BR>But it is happened unto
them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again;
and
the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. Apostasy; An abandonment
of
God for the lust of the flesh, power, corruption, instability, hypocrites all.
Lost
and dieing without hope of a resurrection in Glory. Falling as a tree in the
woods
with no sound to be heard, falling with cancer without any truth within them.
False
teachers, false preachers, false prophets, without understanding, without
knowledge, without wisdom. As a tree falls, so shall it be raised. My words are
nothing compared to the words of God. Ars

Dealing with Divorce.


Many divorces happen because of an unequal alliance. A joining of two,
separately
dividing, different people. Many times its a matter of rich and poor,
Immaturity,
educated and uneducated, Christian and non-Christian.
But most of the time, its a joining of two different people, out of the will of
God. Marriages made by lust, convenience, and popularity. In most of the
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instances
I've seen and counseled, its a matter of, abuse and adultery, and or, childish
lust
that gives way to an act that is not justified. The joining of two different
people, is what God warns of being unequally yoked together.
There is no reason nor cause for abuse in any form, mental or physical, for
this is
a violation of the Laws of God and man. This is a violation of the Gospel, and
will
be dealt with by God. Eph 5:28-29; So ought men to love their wives as their
own
bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his
own
flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: The sins
of
Adultery. Pro 5:18-20; Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife
of
thy youth.
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at
all
times; and be thou ravished always with her love. And why wilt thou, my son, be
ravished(delighted to ecstasy.) with a strange woman,(A woman, not your wife.)
and
embrace the bosom of a stranger?These sins of man are equal to the same sins
created by the woman, having a relationship with a man, not her husband. JFB.
States of this; unequally yoked with one alien in spirit.
The image is from the symbolical precept of the law (Lev_19:19),Thou shalt not
let
thy cattle gender with a diverse kind; or the precept (Deu_22:10),Thou shalt
not
plough with an ox and an ass together. Compare Deu_7:3, forbidding marriages
with
the heathen; also 1Co_7:39. The believer and unbeliever are utterly
heterogeneous.
Too close intercourse with unbelievers in other relations also is included
(2Co_6:16; 1Co_8:10; 1Co_10:14). A marriage of people that haven't grown up and
still think as a child. Many times its the parents that cause a division
between
the wife and husband and often it's just childishness that is the cause. 1Co
7:15 -
if ... depart” that is, wishes for separation.
Translate, separateth himself: offended with her Christianity, and refusing to
live
with her unless she renounce it. brother or a sister is not under bondage” is
not bound to renounce the faith for the sake of retaining her unbelieving
husband
[Hammond]. Deu_13:6; Mat_10:35-37; Luke_14:26. The believer does not lie under
the same obligation in the case of a union with an unbeliever, as in the case
of
one with a believer. In the former case he is not bound not to separate, if the
unbeliever separate or depart,in the latter nothing but fornication justifies
separation [Photius in Aecumenius]. but God hath called us to peace”
Our Christian calling is one that tends to peace (Rom_12:18), not quarreling;
therefore the believer should not ordinarily depart from the unbelieving
consort
(1Co_7:12-14), on the one hand; and on the other, in the exceptional case of
the
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unbeliever desiring to depart, the believer is not bound to force the other
party
to stay in a state of continual discord (Mat_5:32). Better still it would be
not to
enter into such unequal alliances at all (1Co_7:40; 2Co_6:14).(Clark.) bill of
divorce” literally, writing of cuttings off. The plural implies the
completeness of
the severance.
The use of this metaphor here, as in the former discourse (Jer_3:1), implies a
close connection between the discourses. The epithets are characteristic;
Israel
apostate (as the Hebrew for backsliding is better rendered); Judah, not as yet
utterly apostate, but treacherous or faithless.
jfb Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel
committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her
treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. 1Co
7:9
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to
burn.
1Co 7:28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry,
she
hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare
you. Mat 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it
be
for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso
marrieth
her which is put away doth commit adultery. The sins of some churches.
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God
hath
created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the
truth.
1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister
is
not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.1Co 7:15 - But
if
the unbelieving depart - If they choose to leave you. Let him depart - You
cannot
prevent it, and you are to submit to it patiently, and bear it as a Christian.
Barns. Divorce does not mean the end of ones ability to love or remarry, if
they
chose to do so. We cannot condemn the divorce for abiding to the word of God
and
Jesus, concerning divorce.
If the circumstances arise, then we must not condemn ourselves, for if the
individual does all to reconcile to the other and is refused, then the person
is
not bound any more but has retain peace between them and God. In these cases,
do
not try to bear the burden of blame or fault with yourself, this is self
condemnation. Those that are not saved, the laws of God are not in force with
them,
for the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God. Proof? Rom 8:7 Because
the
carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither
indeed can be.
Jfb. In such a state of mind there neither is nor can be the least subjection
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to
the law of God. The reason here is explained, that, a person, an unbeliever is
not,
or will not, be bound to the laws of God and will do as he or she desires to
do.
There by, being not subject to the Laws of God. This is where many say that a
person being married in or as sinners, after divorce, cannot remarry. This is
untrue, for being out in sin, and then being saved, God no longer remembers the
sins of their past. In so that a person can remarry and still be in the will of
God, without a judgment being leveled against that person.
This is not to say that they are not bound by the plan of salvation, for all
will
give an answer for their actions. Fornication; 1. The incontinence or lewdness
of
unmarried persons, male or female; also, the criminal conversation of a married
man
with an unmarried woman. 2. Adultery. Mat 5. 3. Incest. 1 Cor 5. 4. Idolatry; a
forsaking of the true God, and worshiping of idols. 5.conjugal infidelity 2 Chr
21. Rev 19. ars. Gen_2:23, Gen_2:24, Gen_24:67; Pro_5:18, Pro_5:19; Ecc_9:9;
Mal_2:14-16; Luk_14:26; Eph_5:25, Eph_5:28, Eph_5:29, Eph_5:33; 1Pe_3:7

Dealing with Sex. pt.1.


This message is not to show what sexual sins are but rather what the Bible
teaches
about it. The thing about this subject is that many, so called religious
ministers
and organizations, are teaching the wrong message. These next 5 are the basic
sins
of sex. Fornication 1. The incontinence or lewdness of unmarried persons, male
or
female; also, the criminal conversation of a married man with an unmarried
woman,
having sex between the same gender. 2. Adultery. Mat 5. 3. Incest. 1 Cor 5. 4.
Idolatry; a forsaking of the true God, and worshiping of idols. 5. Animal
Husbandry.
Lev 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith:
neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is
confusion.
Lev 20:16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou
shalt
kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood
shall
be upon them.
The Bible is full of beautiful passages concerning, love and sex between a man
and
a woman, and curses on those that disregard Gods intent for sexual relations.
The
first verse we will look at is; 1Pe 3:7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them
according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
and
as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not
hindered.
The husband to stay within the good graces of God must; 1. Be in Knowledge of a
relationship with a woman. dwell with them according to knowledge. Where does
this
knowledge come from? The Bible and the parents instruction.
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If a child is raised according to the Law of Grace, and shows their Children a
loving relationship between the two, then their children shall grow up in the
same
manner, fearing God. 2. Respect. giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker
vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life. The woman is the
weaker
of the two. 3. Why these commandments to the husband? that your prayers be not
hindered. A husband out of the will of God, concerning his wife, will have his
prayers hindered as a transgression on his part. These commandments are for the
believer and not unto an unbeliever.
Why? For the unbeliever has a carnal mind and a carnal mind is not subject to
the
Law of God and neither can be. 1Co 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let
every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. The
Bible
doesn't say, Life Partner nor Mate. 2 Chr 21. Rev 19. 1Co 7:2 - to avoid:
1Co_7:9,
1Co_6:18; Pro_5:18, Pro_5:19; 1Ti_4:3 In this message we are going to look at
the
Book of Proverbs.
Pro 5:2-5; That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep
knowledge. (Discretion; Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment
which
enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with
caution, knowing who is his and who is not, making a sound judgment.) For the
lips
of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
(We
see here a woman, with alternative thoughts, will try to be seductive to a man.
This type of woman is pleasant to the eyes and lusting to the senses. Her mouth
brings forth many a seductive sound and words that will try to lead a man,
unlearned in the word of Knowledge, away from his wife. But her end is bitter
as
wormwood(Poison.), sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her
steps
take hold on hell. (She has a life style that will lead more than one man
astray,
and her destiny if bitter judgment.)
Pro 5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable,
that
thou canst not know them. Brns.;The words describe with a terrible vividness
the
state of heart and soul which prostitution brings upon its victims; the
reckless
blindness that will not think, tottering on the abyss, yet loud in its defiant
mirth, ignoring the dreadful future. Prostitution is not a victim less act, but
an
act of destruction of body, mind and family. A prostitute is not only a woman
selling her body on the street but also a woman that desires to disrupt another
woman's life, stealing affections from the other woman's husband, without any
regard
of any consequences. The best advice that I see here in Proverbs is this next
verse;
Pro 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine
own
well. 1.Drink waters out of thine own cistern From your own wife. 2.running
waters
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out of thine own well. Happiness, Fulfillment and Satisfaction, from your own
wives
body. Pro 5:17-23; Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
1.Your
own Wife. The repetitiveness of this Idea is to instill in a man that strange
flesh, strange women, not your own wife, is a transgression of the Laws of God,
concerning man. When a idea is repeated more than once it is stating a great
importance upon that subject. End part 1. ars

Dealing with Sex. pt.2.


Pro 5:17-22; Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Here we
see
the blessedness of marriage; “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the
wife of thy youth. (Fountain; your rain of life.) Let her be as the loving hind
and
pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou
ravished(delighted to ecstasy.) always with her love.
(“Hind”; gentleness, Pro.5:19, feminine modesty, Son.2:7; Son.3:5) (“roe”,
Slender,
graceful, shy, and timid; the image of feminine loveliness (Son.4:5; Son.2:9;
Son.2:17; Son.8:14). The eye is large, soft, liquid, languishing, and of
deepest
black; image of swift footedness (2Sa.1:19; 2Sa.2:18; 1Ch.12:8). Pro 5:19 -
jfb;
loving ... roe — other figures for a wife from the well-known beauty of these
animals. breasts — (Compare Son_1:13; Eze_23:3, Eze_23:8). ravished —
literally,
“intoxicated,” that is, fully satisfied. A man, who being in the will of God,
shall
be please with his wife, and have no other to desire after.
Sex is an important part of a marriage, but the spiritual side is also
important to
maintain. The Lord stated that, That which is flesh is flesh and that which is
spirit is spirit. To have a successful relationship between husband and wife,
it
must contain both physical submission and spiritual guidance thru knowledge.
Sex
was established by God to populate the earth and to make a pleasant
relationship
between husband and wife, anything out side of this type of union is vulgar and
sinful. Man has taken a beautiful thing as love between a man and a woman and
made
it something that is hidden. He has taken sex and made it into something that
is
repulsive to many.
The relationship between a man and a woman, is an teaching relationship that
shows
us the relationship that God desires from us, it shows Gods desire to have that
same relationship between Him and The Children of Israel. God is showing us
thru
His word, 2 separate things, a relationship between husband and wife and a
relationship between Christ and the Church. to her: Rev_3:4, Rev_3:5, Rev_3:18;
Psa_45:13, Psa_45:14; Isa_61:10; Eze_16:10; Mat_22:12; Rom_3:22; Rom_13:14;
Eph_5:26, Eph_5:27. Rev 19:7-9; Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to
him:
for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
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And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
white:
for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he
saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And why wilt thou, my son, be
ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? (Will you
become a whore to another?)
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his
goings.(God knows all that each man does in this life.) His own iniquities
shall
take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
(Mans
sins shall destroy him because it is the man that co-mitts such things that are
contrary to sound judgment.) Lets read some beautiful passages of Love in, The
Song
of Solomon; Son 1:10-17; Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck
with
chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver. While
the
king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. A
bundle
of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
My
beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. The
beams
of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir. end pt. 2. ars. Son 1:8 - O
thou:
Son_1:15, Son_2:10, Son_4:1, Son_4:7, Son_4:10, Son_5:9, Son_6:1, Son_6:4-10,
Son_7:1-13; Psa_16:3, Psa_45:11, Psa_45:13; Eph_5:27; Rev_19:7, Rev_19:8

Dealing with Sex. pt.3.


In this conclusion message, we see that a sexual relationship between a married
couple is ordained by God. This relationship may have problems later on in
life.
These problems do not occur because of a love relationship is lost but rather a
loss of ability of the body. We must look at 1Co 7:5; “Defraud ye not one the
other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to
fasting
and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your
incontinency.” The key words in 1Co 7:5, “with consent”.
Maintaining a sexual relationship is important in a relationship, but there
comes
times when a man and a woman become unable to preform these actions because of
health or just age. We see this in the relationship between Abraham and Sarah.
Gen
17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart,
Shall a
child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is
ninety years old, bear? Gen 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself,
saying,
After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? Brns.
Gen 18:12 - Sarah laughed within herself - It was not a laughter of faith, like
Abraham's, Gen_17:17, but a laughter of doubting and distrust. The great
objection
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which Sarah could not get over was her age. I am waxed old, and past child -
bearing in a course of nature, especially having been hitherto barren, and
which
magnifies the difficulty, My lord is old also. Observe here, That Sarah calls
Abraham her lord, and the Holy Ghost takes notice of it to her honour, and
recommends it to the imitation of all Christian wives, 1Pe_3:6.
Sarah obeyed Abraham calling him lord, in token of respect and subjection. The
statement in 1Co 7:5, is not a commandment but a suggestion from God thru the
Apostle Paul. We say this because of what is stated afterwards; 1Co 7:6 But I
speak
this by permission, and not of commandment. “by permission” brns. This word
means
“indulgence,” or “permission,” and stands opposed to that which is expressly
enjoined; compare 1Co_7:25.
“I am ‘allowed’ to say this; I have no express command on the subject; I give
it as
my opinion; I do not speak it directly under the influence of divine
inspiration;”
see 1Co_7:10, 1Co_7:25, 1Co_7:40. Paul here does not claim to be under
inspiration
in these directions which he specifics. But this is no argument against his
inspiration in general, but rather the contrary. 1Co 7:6 - by: 1Co_7:12,
1Co_7:25;
2Co_8:8, 2Co_11:17 1Co 7:8
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide
even
as I. The Apostle Paul was not married, but his advice for the married and
unmarried are words from the Father, by permission, and not of commandment. 1Co
7:9
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to
burn.
“if they cannot contain” is speaking of a sexual relationship before marriage.
“for
it is better to marry than to burn.” Speaking of the desire of the flesh and
also
of the penalty of sex before marriage, fornication.
1Co 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both
they
that have wives be as though they had none; 1Co 7:29, is speaking of the end
days,
where it will be all a man and a woman can do, to remained saved, to remain
solely
concentrated on God. Sex at this point and time for Christians will be a low
priority, but rather their priority will be on worship. Mal 2:15 And did not he
make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he
might
seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal
treacherously against the wife of his youth.
Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away:
for
one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take
heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Mal 2:17 Ye have wearied
the
LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say,
Every
one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in
them;
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or, Where is the God of judgment? Dealing with sex is a matter of wisdom and
knowledge, in Gods word. We cannot continue to have random sex between, the
unmarried and the fornication of same sex couples. We cannot accept these types
of
lifestyles, we cannot say that these things will be ok, or that they were born
this
way, for these are the lies of Satan.
These things or should I say relationships, bring about, pain, heart ache,
disease,
trouble and damnation, for after sin is conceived it brings forth death. This
world
is coming to and end. God will accept you as you are, but He refuses to allow
you
to continue in the ways of sin. We deal with sex as a part of our very
exsistance,
ordained by God as a union between, a married, man and a woman. We can take the
dirtiness of sex out, with instruction and education, we can remove the sexual
sins
by raising our children in the knowledge of Lord. In my opinion, we have almost
lost an entire generation to lack of teaching, knowledge and instruction. We
are
losing many thru the, shows, books and commercials that bombard our nation and
our
children that state that all sex is ok. Accepting these lies will lead to
damnation. Ars.
Dealing with the Past
1 Corinthians 13:10-13:12 There are many things that we as Christians have to
deal
with, when we give our life to Christ. One of these things is our past life,
before
we were changed into a new creature. As we grow in Jesus we start to expand our
testimony to those that we use to know, hoping to get them to join in the
family of
God. But as we prepare our testimony and present our case to them, they always
bring up our past and Satan tries to defeat us with it.
So how do we deal with our past? Lets get some scripture and start to learn
about,

Dealing with the Past. Romans 8:6-7. We’ve all at one time or another ,been
hurt,
by those that bring up our past as if we were still living it. The scripture
tells
us that we all at one time were unruly. Most people that are miserable with
their
lives, want to make others, just as miserable as they are. This seems to be a
way
of forgetting their failures in life and passing the hurt to someone else.
Consequently, they bring up your past, to help themselves to feel better about
their failures in life.
They don’t count the consequences of the hurt that they will cause you, and
believe
me ,it does hurt, especially when you’ve fought for a long time to forgive
yourself
for your mistakes. yes ,you do have to forgive yourself also. When Jesus
forgives,
He and God no longer remember what you’ve done, but you also have to forgive
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and
forget,for, yourself.
Romans 8:33, Who shall lay anything to the charge of Gods elect ? It is God
that
justifieth. Who are these people that condemn you,for your past, we are and all
have been unruly. Christ made the sacrifice for us, He paid the debt, He did
not
owe, so it is to Him weather to forgive and judge, and not others. Just
remember,
when Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. Rebuke these
spirits
that torment you, and yes these are spirits that bring up your past, because
torment is not of God. There is a lot about mans ignorance that shows thru when
they remember your past, but we must be willing to deal with it, to be a good
witness for Jesus. Showing them that, the sins of the past are forgiven and the
sins of the future are hidden under the blood, for a Christian will not sin
willfully. For we as, reborn creatures ,can no longer live in sin, for we are
of
the seed of God.
John 8:6-7, 1Corinthians 13:10-12, and many others tell us us people that will
bring up the past to hurt or justify their anger at situations that they cant
control. 1st Corin., 13:10 speaks of ,”But when that which is perfect is come,
then
that which is in part shall be done away. “ Dreams, visions, etc, will come and
go,
but to end, the way to deal with the past is to, rebuke the spirit of torment,
calling it by name. Remember to bind on earth, is to bind in Heaven. Call these
spirits by name ,rebuking them in the name of Jesus, believing that they will
no
longer bother you and ,forgive yourself as Christ has forgiven you. Paul said,
“let
us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of dead works, unto
repentance.” Read the scriptures and understand, what God has forgiven, He no
longer remembers. We serve God not man. Ars.

Dealing with Temptation.


When we come of age, we seek those things that are pleasing to us and not of
another. We see ourselves as immune to law and limitations. We break away from
the
things that we were taught, to find our own way, to discover new things and to
see
if we are immortal. From the rich to the poor, from the learned to the
unlearned,
we all have been in this situation at one time or another. Children grow up
under
the watchful eye of their parents and their school masters. But if the child
doesn't learn does that mean that the teachers didn't teach? Leaving childhood,
lets look at adulthood.
1Co 10:12-13; Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he
fall.
When a child leaves the world of being a child we see that many start thinking
of
self. 1Co 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a
child, I
thought (reasoned) as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish
things.” It shouldn't surprise you that, as a child grows up, his attitudes
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change,
his thoughts, his actions and his reasoning, changes. Many times I've looked at
a
person, that I knew as a Child, and wondered what happened to them.
The temptations of this life have gotten hold of many. The reality of life and
death, and its lack of compassion on the populace, had given them a rude
awaking.
Without direction, even as an adult, the temptations led to many a heartache
and
trouble. I spake, I understood(To have the same ideas as the person who speaks,
or
the ideas which a person intends to communicate. A child's mind to a child's
mind.), I thought, and I reasoned (Ideas; conceptions, Fancy; conceit;
something
framed by the imagination.), as a child. “When I became a man, I put away
childish
things.”( Belonging to a child; trifling; puerile. Pertaining to children;
ignorant; silly; weak. Sometimes a mans childhood is out grown, and many times
its
taken away.)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:(Here we see
that
there are no temptations in this life, that are of supernatural sources.) but
God
is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able(The
word
“able” here signifies that the temptations are only allowed to come upon you to
the
level of faith that you have. Having physical power sufficient; having
competent
power or strength, bodily or mental); but will with the temptation also make a
way
to escape, that ye may be able to bear(To support; to sustain; as, to bear a
weight
or burden.) it. The temptations that affect mankind the most is, Power,
Prestige,
and Lust. We are drawn away from our Creator with the desires, not of others,
but
of our own.
1. Power is a temptation in itself, being a driving force that corrupts a man
or
nation to act in a irresponsible manner. 2. Prestige is the Widely recognized
prominence, distinction, or importance that others place on someone. This
denotes a
man that seeks self importance, trying to impress others to do things that he
desires them to do, a smile on one hand and a knife on the other. 3. Lust
covers
more than just sex, its to have an intense or obsessive desire, An overwhelming
desire or craving, Intense eagerness or enthusiasm, generally directed to the
individual for their own desires.
Power, Prestige, and Lust, are the three main items in mans life that causes,
war,
rape, disputes and covetousness. A Temptation is, To attract by arousing hope
or
desire; lure . This is an overwhelming desire to obtain that which is not mans
to
obtain. James 1:13-15; Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
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for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust
hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth
death.
In Mark 7:21-23 we see these three things again, Power, Prestige, and Lust,
brought
forth as an degrading manner of man. For from within, out of the heart of men,
proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All
these evil things come from within, and defile the man. All these things can be
handled easily by recognizing what they are and what they will produce. We
handle
temptation by looking at the consequences of our actions and by letting God
know
that these things are a burden to us.
Satan knows what your weaknesses are and he will use them to his advantage, to
kill the spirit within you, and then the body. <BR>We all know these signs of
temptation, we see them every day, those that try to lie to you in every way,
with
varied media, and we see it on the streets, the news and even within our own
neighborhood and sometimes within our own house. We must not forget the lessons
of
the past, for if we do, the past will repeat itself, to terrible conclusions.
1Co_3:1, 1Co_3:2, 1Co_14:20; Ecc_11:10; Gal_4:1 1Co_4:6-8, 1Co_8:2; Pro_16:18,
Pro_28:14; Mat_26:33, Mat_26:34, Mat_26:40,Mat_26:41; Rom_11:20; Rev_3:17,
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