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.
Praise the Lord!! The Lord is good and His mercy endureth for ever.
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.