Well, it is 2019 and the Lord has allowed me and all that would read this study to enter into a new year. Our ministry ended 2018 with prayer and fasting and entered 2019 with prayer and fasting. By this I mean, we prayed every day the last seven says of 2018 and the first seven days of 2019. Each of us fasted three days straight during that time as well. We also consecrated ourselves. Why? To draw closer to the Lord.
Ones relationship with Jesus is kept by prayer and obedience to the word of God. Nothing else. The Lord has reminded me of what my responsibility is to Him.
He reminded me that I am not my own and that I am bought with a price. He reminded me that I have a call on my life that did not come from man, a denomination, an organization. I was minding my own business when the Lord called me to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a mandate to say and do what the Word of God dictates. Many may not like it, but that is between them and God. The preached word is what souls need to hear. Not some watered down, cute message that tickles the flesh. There will be no repentance in hell.
There are too many people lost. There are too many people that do not have salvation. That have not repented of their sins. I heard a young lady say how she was all these sinful things while she was 'in the church'. I beg to differ. Living in sin is not being in the Church or to put it a different way, one can not be living a sinful life and be in the Church that Jesus purchased with His blood (which is the only Church that prepares a soul for Heaven).
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God." John 3:3
There are too many young people that have not clue what salvation is or how to obtain it or that realize that they need it!!
Its is time to be a witness. it is time to take a stand for righteousness, and yes; it may come at a cost.
So, yes in 2019 it is still holiness or hell. The times are getting more evil. Things are happening all around that is affecting peoples everyday lives. Even as I write this there are hundreds of thousands of people that have been laid off by the federal government. These are people that have bills to pay, will need to buy food for their families, pay utility bills and they are not working. Times are getting bad. It is time to be saved.
My prayer during the consecration was, "Lord, teach me how to be a witness in 2019. Teach me how to be a soul winner in 2019'.
Today, December 7, 2018 marks the 14 anniversary of Steadfast Apostolic Church. I remember when the Lord gave me the name of the ministry in a dream. I had always been under Elders and this was my first time walking with the Lord leading me and only Him to lean on.
The ministry started from a Bible Study in my living room. The Lord had blessed me earlier in the year to buy a home in a very nice area of the city. One that I was told I did not belong in. After my Pastor died, change came. I just knew that I had to continue with the teaching of the un-compromised Gospel of Jesus Christ. People started coming to the Bible Study and the rest is history.
Our service on tonight will not center around me. I am just a servant. The original reason we started having anniversary services was to give back to the community and minister to the community. We have fed and clothed people since the onset of this ministry. We have ministered to kids, their parents, couples, homeless people and on and on. This ministry will never put flesh on display. And, I pray the Lord will show me if it ever does.
I still believe in the laying on of hands for healing. This is one of the gifts the Lord has given me. In our service on tonight, a prayer line will be called, in Jesus Name. No, it is not for show or entertainment. It is not presented as show or entertainment. It is for the glory of God.
One of the goals of the Church is to perfect the Saints. This is a full time job all in itself.
So, on tonight we will honor the Lord for sustaining us to continue to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the Saints. For Him keeping my mind and giving strength. For Him comforting when there is no one there. For him giving strength to feeble knees when I feel like I can not stand. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness.
"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:. Matthew 28:19
"I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.: II Timothy 4:1-4
There is a song that says, 'there is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth. It sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth. Oh, how I love Jesus.'
The Bible teaches that if you love God, you will keep His commandments and his commandments are not grievous. Just mouthing the words 'I love Jesus' is not enough. God is looking for obedience. Obedience is the proof that a soul loves Jesus Christ.
I would admonish you today, to seek the Love until you find Him so you can experience His true love. Yes, He loves you as a creation. But He wants to love you as a child of His. Too many are voicing words and not living the life.
'O, how I love Jesus, because He first loved me.'
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." I John 5:2
Thank God that ungodly day, halloween, has passed. This year, more Saints celebrated this ungodly day more than I have ever witnessed before. It is amazing to me that Holy Ghost filled people would celebrate this day. Exposing children to evil spirits.
I wrote on yesterday the following and I need to share it on the church page. Halloween is not of God!! No where in the Bible will you find scripture acknowledging it. This is what I wrote on yesterday.
'In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, what are those professing to be saved doing observing Halloween? Matters not what you call it (trunk or treat, fall festiveal or whatever), it is still not of God. Candy is available 365 days a year. It can be bought all year long. Why in the world would born again, baptized believers expose children to evil, darkness, devils and evil spirits? You can not have the Holy Ghost and acknowledge felloship with devils. Halloween is pagan. It was set aside time to wear costumes and Druids and Celtic priests would make predictions to ward off ghosts. Pope Gregory III expanded it to make it 'acceptable' for Christians to consider to participate (just like they did Christmas, which is also not of the Lord).
Saints, DON'T DO IT!! In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, don't do it. What fellowship has light with darkness? God said to train up a child in the way they should go. Saints, they should not do halloween!!! The Bible says to believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God (I John 4:1). Does halloween give way to the Spirit of God? No.
You do not have to agree, but you can not find one scripture in the Bible to support Gods people observing halloween. Not one. The world observing halloween is one thing. But the Saints??
Then we wonder why the power of God is not in operation as it once was. Too much worldliness, from the pulpit to the door.
Give the youth a chance. Don't do it.
**Prayerfully, next year the Saints will leave that day alone and start having more prayer meetings and revivals to draw the unsaved to Jesus.
I read a couple of articles today that made my skin crawl. The article was written by someone that says Pentecostals and Holiness people are in a cult. The article stated there are too many rules that do not have anything to do with being happy or God.
When studying the first four chapters of the book of Numbers, it is plain to see that God is a god of order. In these chapters you will see how God gave each of the families of the tribe of Levi work to do concerning the tabernacle. Levi was allowed to to this work because they were the only tribe that answered the call of Moses when he asked, "Who is on the Lords side". None of the other tribes (11) answered.
Levi had three sons (Hershon, Kohath and Merari. Each of the sons had sons. Each of the sons family had an elder (chief) that made sure the work was done. And, all of the Elders were under the supervision of Aaron's son, Eleazar. Each of the three sons and families had a task in caring for and transporting the tabernacle. It is amazing to see how God laid out his plan so His temporary dwelling place would be cared for. For example, the Gershonites were responsible for the curtains of the tabernacle and the badger skins used to cover items and cords used to stabilize the curtains. Merari's family was responsible for the boards used to enclose the area where the Ark of the Covenant laid.
Another interesting thing that God commanded Levi's family to do was each family was to set up the tents they lived in on different sides of the tabernacle. For example, Merari's family camped on the east side. The purpose of this was to keep the Israelite's from touching the linen curtain covering the tabernacle. For to touch even the side of the tabernacle meant death.
What does all of this mean to us in 2018? It means that the God that is going to judge us is a God of order. The God that is going to judge us is a God that expects obedience and does not tolerate disobedience. The God that is going to judge us does not play.
How many today really know the Lord? How many are really living according to what the Lord says and not what man says? How many are living holy enough to touch, handle the things of God?
Mercy and grace are a good thing. But one day, neither will have any power. Will you be ready when judgement begins? To read about the Lord and His ways and His instruction and expectation to obey that is found in the book of Numbers, chapters 1-4 are enough to bring a true believer to pay attention to how he or she treats the things of God.
Thank God for the word.
As I sit here right now, my mind is going over some of the recent events as relates to suicide. Two very prominent people have committed suicide just this week. Both were very successful, but something was missing.
Of course, everyone now has something to say about it and very one is analyzing it. But when I see or hear of this kind of destruction, my mind immediately goes to the fact that this world needs Jesus like never before.
Yes, there are many that have distorted the gospel, the church and all that goes with it. But, the Church that Jesus purchased with His blood is still in tact and needed. It is just hard to find a Jesus Church, but there are still some, and Steadfast Apostolic Church is one of them. Oh, amen
The Church is in a battle too with the adversary. The devil is doing all he can to make the church appear to be fraud, fake, not real, a sham, etc. Those that play church are assisting the devil do just that. If it ever was a time for the church to stand up it is now!!! The Church has got to stop allowing the world dictate how it operates. The Church has got to contend for the faith and be willing to die for it. The Church needs Elders that will stand and fight instead of run.
For those that feel like life is not worth living, yes it is. I admonish you today, seek the Lord while He yet may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Suicide is not the answer. Jesus is.
Many times when one hears the phrase, Church Work, there is this assumption that it means, an order of service, or a day of recognition (Choir Musical, Pastor Appreciation, Ushers Day, etc). And as believers participate in these services they feel they have done the work of the Church.
I was studying one day and this thought came to my heart. Is there a difference between Church Work and Kingdom work or are they both the same? I searched the scriptures.
There are only two places that stood out to me where food was mentioned. That is the Lords Supper and when Jesus fed the multitudes with two fish and five loaves of breath and then took up the left overs and fed some more. There was also the wedding at Cannan. What I did not find is: church anniversaries, Pastor anniversary, musicals, conferences, etc. I could not find one scripture to support any of these things that are done in the Church today. Just like I could not find the following in the word of God- First Ladies, District Elders, Minister of Music, Youth Minister, Suffragan Bishop, Jurisdictional Bishop, etc. All these are titles and positions created by man, not God. So, what is Church work?
In the book of Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commanded the disciples to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." In the book of Mark chapter 16 verses 15-18 the Word of God says, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but the that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
So, is there a difference between church work and kingdom work? Yes.
Church work glorifies man. Kingdom work seeks out the lost and preaches and teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to them to save them. As for titles and positions, I did find this, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ"- Ephesians 4:11-12
While preaching the Sunday morning message, it dawned on me that too many are doing Church work and not Kingdom work. There is a difference. Church work is at the discretion of the local assembly based on what the assembly wants or feels the need to do. Kingdom work involves doing the will of God at His command and leading. The Bible declares it is not the will of God for any to perish, but that all will come to repentance.
Over the course of the last year and a half I have seen many leave their ministry duties because of feelings. They left the Sunday School class. They left the Bible study class. They left women's classes. They left the out reach ministry. They left the nursing home ministry. They left being involved with kingdom work. Each was the lead for their section and they just walked away. No regard for the souls at all. It was not until this past Sunday that the Lord allowed me to see the magnitude of disrespect, dishonor for kingdom work each of them had. They could not put aside their feelings to commit to the work of the Lord and yet they say they want to be used??? Voids and gaps were left in the ministry because of it. In addition the fact had to be faced that even those they were people who had been around for years. They each professed to having the Holy Ghost. But they each walked away from their post because of feelings. Feelings, that only they know. Built up hardness of heart and coldness.
Getting souls saved is kingdom work. Showing up for church, going home and doing nothing for the sake of souls being saved.......is selfish. Jesus commanded to go out into they highways and by ways and compel men and tell men. But feelings or desire for position to appear important succeeds the command of God.
Did they forget that they should be about their fathers business? Did they forget that the Lord said you have to deny yourself and pick up your cross and follow Him daily? Did they forget that if it had not been for a person denying themselves and witnessing to them, they would not have known about Jesus Christ? Did they forget the time spent helping their children and then have not problem walking away from someone else's children?
In this past year and a half I have seen the slackness in believers. The contentment with not being a soul winner. The contentment with sitting on the pew, going home, putting the Bible on a shelf until the next church service. No one studies for Sunday School or Bible study in advance of the class. There is no praise. No testimony. Only, request for the Lord to 'bless me and work things out for me', but no concern for the souls of others. No life, no witness, no joy no concern for the unsaved. I witnessed this.
God continues to remind me of what His word says. "Men shall become lovers of themselves more than lovers of God." "Evil men and seducing spirits shall wax worse and worse." "Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof." "lovers of the world more than lovers of God".
Shake the dust and move on.
Scripture is being fulfilled. It is time to stand on and for the word of God like never before. It is time for the unsaved to get saved. Hell is real. Hell is hot.
The Lord taught me something on yesterday regarding preaching and teaching His word. The Bible says, 'How can they hear without a preacher (Romans 10:14c). The Bible also says, "the hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made both of them."
It takes the word preached/taught under the anointing to remove, tear down that which keeps a person from seeing themselves and being able to hear what the Lord wants them to know. For the first reaction of the flesh when it is come against is to disagree, or get mad or want to leave the church or talk against the preacher, etc. But if that soul will sit around the word preached and taught as it is written, let that word clean them up (John 15:3), the Lord will use the word to open their eyes and open their ears to His truth. Then a soul will be able to see and hear what God has been trying to tell them.
The spirit of rebellion hinders and kills. The spirit of rebellion will make a soul move away from the word of God instead of draw near to it. A soul can cry out to God for decades and not get an answer until the barrier, yoke or hinderance is removed by the preached/taught word of God.
Many are spiritually blind and spiritually dead due to being rebellious against the unadulterated word of God. The Bible calls it 'having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.' (II Timothy 3:5). They do not want to hear the plain, flat truth as it relates to how they live in accordance to the Word of God. The longer Jesus delays His coming, the more souls turn to false doctrine, false teaching and do not want to hear the truth.
A soul does not have to leave the church building to be in the fall away. Most are sitting on pews every week, two to three times a week. Being in the building and being in the Church are two different things.