Praise the Lord!! I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalms 34:1c).
My, my what a time we are living in. The third month of 2020 and this world is in trouble. The trouble is being called Covid-19. Covid-19 is a virus that is said to be most harmful. Thank the Lord that there is safety, healing and deliverance for the people of God in Christ Jesus!
Many are saying many things. Many are giving all kinds of advice. Many now have a 'word from the Lord' about what is going on. Many have opinions about what the Church should be doing during the pandemic. The opinions are all over the place and coming from every where. Cities and states are 'shutting down' because of this virus. Schools are closed. Colleges are closed. The countries borders are closed. Lives have been disrupted.
All I can say as relates to all this is Jesus is still Lord and He will take care of His people. There is no need for some grand prophecy. For the Saints of God the order of the day is obedience. Obeying the word of the Lord during this time may be seen as blatant disregard for authority. But that is not the case. We knew at some point in time the believer of our day would be tried to see if they would obey God or man. Obedience to God is not to disobey the laws of the land. But when the laws of the land go against the word of God, obedience to God is more important and of a necessity. Will it cause some of us to suffer. Yes. Will it cause some of us to appear as if we are 'teaching the people to be disobedient to authority'? Yes.
For the true church, gathering together is not a social function. It is a necessity. The Saints of God need to meet and worship the Lord and hear the word of God preached together. God told His people "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching." Hebrew 10:25.
The Church that Jesus purchased with His blood gathers out of necessity. I fear that too many of the people have been gathering more as a social gathering than to seek the face of the Lord, hear the word preached to the saving of the soul. The Church Jesus purchased with His blood has one goal, save the lost.
I do not know how all of this is going to turn out. What I do know is going to Church is part of the duty of a believer to demonstrate obedience to God. I am believing the Lord to watch over His people and to lead them in the way they should go during this time. At no time is gathering in the Name of Jesus meant to be an act of disobedience. In addition, the people of God have faith in the Lord. Not faith in God giving stuff and things. But faith in the word of God that the Lord will be everything he said he would be to the obedient. The Saint of God believes the Lord will protect because he said He would. When Asa was diseased in his feet, He sought the physician instead of the Lord. Then he died (II Chronicles 15:12,13). But when Hezekiah was sick, he turned his face to the wall and sought the Lord. God healed him (II Kings 20:1-5).
The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38).
Do not look down on or speak against those that truly trust in the Lord and live holy, sanctified lives. WE are not trying to be rebellious or have a disregard for authority. But the God we serve is higher than any man made authority.
"There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." Psalms 91:10
All of us are going to die one day. Something is going to take our lives sooner or later. Have faith in God.
There is a gospel group named Commissioned. They sing a song entitled 'will you be ready when Jesus comes.' While listening to that song early Sunday morning, I began to weep. Why? Because so many are not ready. So many that go to the church building every week two, three, four times maybe more per week are not ready to meet the Lord. Why do I say this? Here is why.
In the book of Matthew chapter 24 the scriptures tell us what the signs of the end of the world are going to be. Those signs are happening right now (wars, rumors of war, pestilence, nation against nation, etc). The word of God teaches that holiness is required to see the Lord (I Peter 1:15-16. Living holy means to live separated from the world. It means to make a difference between clean and unclean.
In the Old Testament, which is for our learning, the priest that ministered in the tabernacle had to be clean. They had to wear priestly garments. To enter into the holy of hollies they could not have any sin in their life. The ark of the covenant, which represented the presence of God among Israel, could only be handled by the Levites. Why the Levites? Because when Moses come down from Mt Sinai with the law of God in his hand, he found Israel living in sin. Moses asked a question, 'who is on the Lord's side'? Only the tribe of Levi stepped forth. They said yes to God.
That same answer is required today from those that profess to love the Lord or profess to be servants of the Lord. Clean living (no sin), repentant, Holy Ghost filled, born again is the way under the New Covenant which Jesus ushered forth. Too many are handling the word of God that have not said 'yes Lord'. The born again believer is now the royal priesthood under the New Covenant. And in order to carry the presence of the Lord (Holy Ghost filled) the person has to be clean inside.
Oh, and there is more to being holy than singing fast songs and dancing.
The Bible says if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things become new.
Today was the Super Bowl. How many 'churches' had super bowl Sunday? How many pastors dressed in the jersey of their favorite team? How many televisions were placed in the place of worship to watch the game? How many believers had Super Bowl parties? And when I say Churches, I mean those that profess with their mouth that they have been born again and are Holy Ghost filled. When did the Holy Ghost start watching football? When did the Holy Ghost lead a believer to be worldly?
How many that say they love the Lord, are not faithful to church attendance? How many make excuses for not going to church? How many are not faithful to prayer meetings? How many are smoking and drinking and committing sexual sins? How many are full of jealously, hatred, cause confusion and division, are disrespectful to the Pastor, don't want the Pastor to correct them or tell them the truth? How many allow their children to be worldly but expect them to get the Holy Ghost filled? How many allow their children to be partakers of the world and say it is because the youth 'need balance'?
Gospel music is almost extinct. What is being caused Gospel music is not. Why do church meeting places have smoke and lights like a club? Why are women that profess to be holy cutting their hair and men are growing their hair. The Bible says it is a shame for a women to cut her hair and for a man to have long hair. Yet, it is being allowed.
Why are women professing to be holy wearing makeup? Short dresses? Sleeveless Dresses? Bare legs? Men with tight pants? Why are the 'Christian marriages falling apart? Why is the divorce rate among believers the same as that of the world?
Again, too many are not ready to meet the Lord. The Bible says if the righteous scarcely make it in, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?
When you stand for God's truth many will dislike you. To those that ready our lessons, I pray that you pursue the holiness of God that the Bible teaches. This new holiness that many is teaching is not of the Lord. I heard a brother say today that the Holy Ghost and the word of God do not contradict each other. So if the spirit that is leading your life has you doing things the Bible does not teach, then you have the wrong spirit.
I often ask what and how are people defining holiness today? What happen to the standard? God has not changed.
Those that are being led astray will say that the standards of holiness that have been passed down since Acts chapter two is old fashion, old school or in a box. Well, it was a box shaped boat that God told Noah to build to save him and his family from the flood God sent to destroy a world full of sin. It was a boxed shaped item (the Ark of the Covenant) that had the presence of God. Of a truth, there is safety in the box.
No man can serve two masters. All unrighteousness is sin.
2020!! Thank the Lord for all He has done, all He is doing and all He is going to do. There is a saying that says, "when I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me; my soul cries out alleluia, thank God for saving me."
But, if the blood is still running warm in your veins, your journey is not over yet. Some many not have even started the journey towards salvation. Be admonished this day to start seeking the Lord Jesus Christ for the saving of your soul. Going to Heaven is not automatic. Marvel not, you must be born again. And, Jesus Christ is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world that paid the ultimate price for sin.
Let us not forget that man that is born of a woman is born into sin. The sin nature is established at birth. The Bible says we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When a person reaches the age of accountability (no particular age), consideration needs to be made concerning the soul. And, Jesus paid the price for the way a soul can be redeemed and brought back into fellowship with God.
Romans 1:16 say, "For i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek." I Corinthians 1:21 says, "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom know not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
In the book of II Samuel chapter 15 the word of the Lord speaks to how a heart can be turned away from the one a person should be serving to someone they should not be serving. The persons in this chapter are David and Absalom.
Absalom had a dislike for his father, David. Some say it is because David did not rebuke or deal with Ammon after he raped Tamar. But the exact reason is not mentioned. One thing for sure, Abaslom came against his father the king.
The Bible says Absalom sent for Joab to come unto the King even though Absalom had dwelled in Jerusalem for two full years himself after the birth of his children. Joab would not go. Abaslom asked Joab again to go to the king. And again, Joab did not go (II Samuel 14:27-29), Absalom then had his servants to set Joab's fields on fire and they did. What exactly was in Absalom's heart that would have him do such a thing? When Joab approached Absalom about setting his field on fire, Absalom told him it was because he had made a request of him and he (Joab), did not obey it. Absalom went on to say, "now therefore let me see the kings face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me." - II Samuel 14:32b
Then in II Samuel chapter 15 Absalom does something that made his father run from him. The Bible says in this chapter that Absalom stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him..." What was Absalom doing? He was stopping the men from seeing the king and directing them to himself. Absalom took upon himself to act as one with authority; to act in authority King David had no given him.
Then in verse 3 the Bible says, "And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed (appointed as one's substitute, representative or agent) of the king to hear thee."
Who gave Absalom the right to make this statement? Why did he make this statement? Did King David say he needed help judging the people? Did King David say anything to Absalom about helping him judge the people? No.
In verse 4 Absalom makes the bold statement of telling the men to come directly to him if they need anything and by- pass the king. He made the statement that he (Abaslom) would do them justice. Verse 5 addresses how Absalom greeted any that came to him.
In verses 4-6 we see how Absalom stole the hearts of the people. He inserted himself before the King, he made himself available and did and said those things that pull at heart strings. "And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: SO ABSALOM STOLE THE HEARTS OF THE MEN OF ISRAEL." The people did not get to the king. Absalom made it appear of if the king was too busy or did not have time to do the work. Absalom demonstrates why it necessary for this in ministry and those that are working on their souls salvation to know those that labor among you. Absalom was doing things to help King David. He was doing things that would end up hurting his father, Israel and eventually himself.
When King David received word of what Absalom was doing, he ran from his kingdom." And there came a messenger to David, sayingt; The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword."
The might man, King David, was put on the run by the actions of his son. For his son had stolen the hearts of the people. David knew that meant their allegiance was now to Absalom and the people would now do as Absalom commanded. David, a man after God's own heart, truly understood that he would be no match for his son since the hearts of the people were now with his son. David knew that men follow after what is in their heart. The Bible teaches to keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
Absalom put the king of Israel on the run, not with weapons or even throwing fist. He put him on the run by turning the hearts of the people away from the king. When the hearts of the people are against you, it can make you run.
What can we learn from these scriptures?
1. guard your heart
2. know those that labor among you
3. watch who you associate with
4. watch who you allow to speak to your heart
5. do now take instruction or direction from anyone the Elders have not put in place
6. do not listen to anyone that places themselves in a position of authority
My, it has been a few months since the last study. It just seems like time passes so quickly. I had not realized that it has been months since the last study. Let's talk about time.
The Bible teaches us to redeem the time in Ephesians 5:16. Redeem meaning to make wise use of. It is so easy to waste time. To spend time on things that take away from drawing closer to the Lord. The word of God tells us to redeem time because the days are evil. The Bible also tells us that evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived. The believer has to guard themselves from all the devices and things this world has that will take the mind off of Jesus Christ and living a holy life.
Time can get away from you if you are not careful. Something innocent and harmless can begin to take up the believers time and begin to remove God's word from the heart.
The Bible says, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years; yet is their strength about and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away." Psalms 90:10
Seventy or eighty years is not a lot of time. How do you spend it? Twenty four hours in a day. How do you spend them? Three hundred sixty five days in a year. How do you spend them? One hundred and twenty hours in a week. How many of those hours are spent in church, bible study, prayer, fasting?
In the book of I Samuel chapter 10 and 13, the scriptures speak to the actions of Saul when he was king. Saul was king of Israel because the people wanted a king and not because God chose him. (I Samuel 8:19-21). Mistake.
In chapter 10, Samuel advises Saul that he is to go down to Gilgal, and Samuel would come down too., and offer the burnt offerings and the sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings. However, in chapter 13, verses 7-10 the scriptures tell us that Saul did not obey. Saul took it upon himself to offer true burnt offering and the peace offerings. the scriptures state, “And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. And, Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.” Why do Saul do that?
According the scriptures, Saul saw that the people.. What about the direction that the prophet Samuel had given? Why didn’t Saul wait for Samuel to perform the duties of the priest? Why did Saul not realize he was not the prophet or priest of Israel. Saul acted on his thoughts and what he saw instead of obeying the prophet of God.
Looking at situations and thinking past what the Lord ordains is not good. For God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and Gods ways are not our ways. Saul thought too much and made a move based on what he saw and thought.
What was the result of what Saul did? “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou has done foolishly; thou has not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established by kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man AFTER HIS OWN HEART, AND THE LORD HATH COMMANDED HIM TO BE CAPTAIN OVER HIS PEOPLE BECAUSE THOU HAST NOT KEPT THAT WHICH THE LORD COMMANDED THEE.” I Samuel 13:13,14
Don’t over think the ways of God. Obey the word. just as it is written. Obey your Pastor, like the scriptures say. And if you have a Pastor that is not doing right or living right, ask the Lord to guide you to one that is. Don’t use someone else’s disobedience as a reason for your disobedience.
There is a song that has the following words in it: "Can't you see the sign of the times. Don't you know the time is short. Soon the Lord, He will return...."
Earth quakes in California. Hail in Mexico. Hot temperatures in Alaska. Murders are on the rise. Crime is on the rise. Families are being broke up. Children are being misused. The love of many has waxed cold. Men have become on a greater scale than ever before, lovers of themselves more than lovers of God. Sickness and disease are at an all time high. Discipline and self control hardly exists any more.
Jesus is on His way back.
During the radio broadcast this morning it became more certain to this preacher that preaching the Gospel, preaching and teaching against sin is needed now more than ever. Yes, there will be a price to pay. But in the end, serving the Lord is going to pay off after while.
In the book of Acts chapter 26, Apostle Paul is recalling how the lord called him on the road to Damascus. In verses 16-18 the directions from the Lord are straight and to the point; "But rise and stand upon they feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make the a minister and a witness both of these things which thous has seen, and of those things in the which i will appreciate unto thee: Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee. TO OPEN THEIR EYES, AND TO TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT, AND FROM THE POSER OF satan UNTO GOD, THAT THEY MAN RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, AND INHERITANCE AMONG THEM WHICH ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH THAT IS IN ME." This is still God's requirement for the preacher.
The laws of the land may change. Men, as they gather together, may come up with new ways of doing things to 'attract the youth'. But these ways will never work to the saving of the soul.
In just this past month, many I have know personally have died. One this morning. Knowing someone that dies always causes me to ask myself if I am ready to meet the Lord? Am I ready to stand in the judgement? Have I completed the work He called me to do.
This web site is not for popularity. It is a vehicle to use to let a soul know if he or she is looking for Christ, they can find Him at Steadfast Apostolic Church. Many have come through the doors over the years. Many have fell to the wayside. But we are still here.
I can badly declare that Jesus is Lord, Savior. I can badly declare that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I can boldly declare that you must be born again of the water and the Spirit to go to Heaven. Majority does not rule. Jesus does.
Mankind can make all the laws they want to make ungodly things lawful. But all their laws will not change what God has already said.
I would admonish the Saints to draw closer to the Lord. And always remember, that if the righteous scarcely make it in, where will the ungodly and sinner appear?
Holiness is still right.
The Bible account of Joseph and his brothers has been taught to youth all over the world for years, decades even. Recently while studying, I saw something in this account of what happened to Joseph.
It seemed like a bad situation for him. His brothers all coming against him due to jealously. The scriptures say "and when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him." Genesis 37:4. Joseph was a dreamer. His father, Jacob, had dreams too (Jacobs ladder). In Joseph's dream, he saw that his brothers sheaf's made obeisance to Jacobs sheaf's. This made his brothers hate him more. But this dream did come to pass.
One day Jacob sent Joseph to see about his brothers as they were feeding their father's flock. When they saw Joseph coming, they conspired against him to slay him. But instead, they sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver. The Ishmeelites in turn sold Joseph into Egypt unto Potiphar. This deed put Joseph in Egypt long before the famine came. Genesis 39:1-6 tells how Joseph's new master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper. The new master made Joseph over see in his house and over all that he had.
Of course there were obstacles Joseph was accused of something he did not do and was placed in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph in prison too Gen. 39:20,21). While in prison, Joseph was called to interpret the kings dreams. This led to Joseph being brought out of prison and placed once again in a position of authority in Egypt.
Then the famine came. And, Joseph was the governor over the land and he was the one that sold to all the people of the land. When his brothers came to buy corn at the direction of their father, Jacob, the brothers did not recognize Joseph, but Joseph knew his brethren. Joseph's dream was coming to pass.
When time came for Joseph to made himself known to his brothers (Genesis 45:4). Joseph said something to them that stands as a testament to how God works on behalf of His people. "AND GOD SENT ME BEFORE YOU TO PRESERVE YOU A POSTERITY IN THE EARTH AND TO SAVE YOUR LIVES BY A GREAT DELIVERANCE. SO NO, IT WAS NOT YOU THAT SENT ME HITHER, BUT GOD:" Genesis 45:7,8
Romans 8:28 says it like this, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Those that serve the Lord, have a God on their side that will be a battle ax. What Joseph's brothers did to him was all part of God's plan for his people. Even in their evil deed, God was making provisions for them. God is a good God.
"And Joseph said unto them Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:19.20. What God did through Joseph blessed all the people of God in time of famine.
Serve the Lord. Go through your tests. Stay with the Lord during your test and God will make all things work together for your good and the be a blessing to someone that just may be watching you to see how you serve the Lord.
The Lord is good. He is a very present help in trouble. The Church is in trouble. Some may not agree, but all one has to do is look around.
The doctrine is being challenged and changed. The standards are being challenged and are being changed. And these changes are happening at the hands of the world, the backslider and the reprobate. These changed are being made by those that profess to be Holy Ghost filled!!
There is nothing to discuss when it comes to homosexuality. The Bible is very plain about what God says about it. "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 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." Leviticus 18:22
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abuser of themselves with mankind,..." I Corinthians 6:9
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of error which was meet." Romans 1:26,27
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13
This spirit is taking over, everywhere. It;s a spirit, an evil spirit and not of God. All that partake of any of the above are in sin. This is not an opinion. This is the word of God. And, no God does not hate the sinner. God hates sin. God hates sin because sin separates man from God. Man can not be in fellowship with God if he or she is living in sin. And now 'that spirit' is being passed down to children.
Some will say that 'they' have been there for a long time preaching, singing, etc in the Church. Well, I say, when it becomes know what and how they are living, sit them down! If it's discerned how they are living, don't put them up before the people! And if that means you do not have a choir, so what? If that means you do not have a minister of music, so what? if that means you do not have a youth leader, so what? If that means you don't have whatever, so what? The wages of sin is still death. Having a choir, youth leader, choir director is not more important than teaching souls have to live holy before God. What good does it do to have all these positions filled with sinners? And, one can not be holy and be a sinner too!!! God still demands holiness
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy. I Peter 1:15,16 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
Telling the truth is love. Let the church go back to the old landmark before it is too late. Eternity is a long time.
As the soon of the Lord is discerned, there appears to be more false preaching, teaching, prophesying going on. Especially as relates to salvation and knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is this emphasis on the youth and trying to reach them and come up with 'ways' to reach them.
When you search the scriptures, you do not find a different way mentioned to reach children or youth. As a matter of fact, the Bible does not make mention of children being treated special except as relates to them being treated with care in raising and instruction in righteousness. No where in the word of God does it say to treat children special when it comes to salvation. As a matter of fact, the Bible says to train them up in the 'way they should go'. Which is the question. Are adult Saints raising their children in the way? There is something wrong when the parent is 'clean' but the child looks like the world. There is something wrong when children are on tablets and smart phones in Church during service!! There is something wrong when a 7 year old has an I phone but does not know Jesus or how to get saved or the books of the Bible.
Call it what you want in this new day, but the word of God does not support any of this.
The Bible says in Galatians 1:6-8, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another but there be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Now, it does not get any plainer than that! Leave the word of God alone! It is a dangerous thing for the soul of the person that takes away from the word of God (Revelations 22:19).
It is past time for the blood bought Church to be the Church In Jesus Name.