Friday, March 27, 2015

Glorifying God Is Greater Than Preaching Precepts

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
They will glorify God, by talking about His power and mighty acts. The same root word appears twice in those verses, which means strength, might, valor, bravery, and especially the mighty deeds of God.

In the kingdom of heaven, actively glorifying God is more influential than preaching precepts. So our words and works should have more to do with praising and glorifying God(to reveal how amazing He is in the eyes and ears of others). Just as He is infinitely amazing.

The parables are mundane metaphors which illustrate the ways of the kingdom of heaven. But, without the illumination of God's glory, they are just stories. Just as Jesus seemed mundane to most people, but then Holy Spirit inspired Peter to proclaim, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Or just as Adam was inanimate before God breathed life into him. Also, Paul revealed how the saying of a philosopher actually reflected the truth of God: In him we live and move and have our being... But without the revelation of the Spirit of God, it was just Greek philosophy. So Father God is the One who breathes life into the whole earth.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Healing Visuals

Striking Healings

Healing miracles of sudden weight loss, or instant hair growth can become the most striking, since we are able to see them manifesting in the physical realm right before our very eyes—or on our video screens.

Healings Underneath

While a man whose back was miraculously healed, observes, there's no more pain, which is awesome, but we could not actually see the metal screws dissolving into bone tissue. In a situation like that, an instant radiograph would be helpful.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Conquering King

From the final verse of Revelation 19, we read: ...the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse... Now look back at verse 11, where it states: righteousness he judges and makes war.

So understand that—based upon the righteousness of Christ—judgment must come. How could His righteousness be perfect otherwise? When the time comes to avenge the blood of his servants, He will come, because the Bible says so.

From the first few verses of Revelation 20, we read: angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended.
Next, understand that—after slaying His enemies—Jesus will dispatch a single angel to bind Satan, and seal him in the abyss for 1000 years—the duration of the millennial reign. After that, the redeemed will reign with Christ for a thousand years.

How can divine judgment—based upon flawless wisdom and the fullness of authority—ever be denied?

Father God or Father of Lies

Jesus judged the Pharisees: If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. So the Pharisees needed only to repent and love Jesus in order to restore their relationship with their true Father, the God of the Old Testament, the Father of Jesus. Instead, they chose to reject the prophesied Messiah, and to have Him killed. So by choice, they became children of the devil, since their will was to perform Satan's desires. And by refusing to perform the will of God, they put themselves under the headship of the devil. Jesus also said: You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Invasive Vines Covering Mountains

Seven Mountains of Culture

One prince demon rules over each dimension of culture. Altogether, there are seven mountains which God calls us to take back for the Lord:

  • family
  • church
  • education
  • media
  • arts/entertainment
  • economy
  • government

Perhaps some believers would prefer to list government first, or economy, but that does not matter, since all dimensions work together, and each must be taken over for the kingdom of heaven. The body of Christ needs to become like an invasive vine which covers the mountains. But the question remains, if I want to become kingdom kudzu, which mountain should I start on? Ask Jesus.

David the Giant Slayer

Then David said to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.
First of all, David knew that the battle was the Lord's. Second, he knew that he was not waging war according to the flesh, as with carnal weapons.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Above and Below

There is one Bible verse in which not only did Jesus use above and below to differentiate between heaven and earth, but He also clarified their meanings.

In that verse, Jesus said, You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Which makes heaven above a much better place to be, while the phrase this world, refers to this world system which lies in the power of the evil one.

In the book of Isaiah, the word of God states, I will punish the world for its evil... so a distinction can be formed between good people and bad people in the world, based upon their choices. Also in the book of Matthew, Jesus states, The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one... where the weeds symbolize people who reject and deny Jesus, but also choose to do many things that do not please Him.

But even though the world has good and bad people in it, the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. So it is nearly impossible for anyone not to be affected by the devil's temptation network. Consider how the media influences lifestyles and public opinion through music, movies, news, etc.

When Heaven Trumps Earth

Heaven Will Trump Earth

When we are in heaven, we will not be considering how precious our moments on earth were, because heaven will trancend every single aspect of our lives on Earth. If anything, we will have regrets about not loving enough while living below, or not praying enough—our shortcomings. And from our perspective in heaven, we will realize the amazing potential that God had placed in each one of us, and how we wasted so much time on frivolous activities.

Moses Saw Heaven

Moses was kept from entering the promised land, but he did not mourn over his nearing death—having already gone up to heaven to see the God of Israel.

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.

Beyond Our Imagination

The reality of Heaven will transcend our imaginations, just as Jesus has prepared mansions for those who love him.

But, as it is written, What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Because of the Temptation of Sexual Immorality

Basis for Remaining Unmarried

The basis for the significant advantage that an unmarried man has over men who are married can be found in the first verse of 1 Corinthians 7: It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. And those who are gifted to remain single are in a position to prove to Jesus that they have overcome the temptation of sexual immorality, which should both be recognized as an honorable cause, and a virtuous human characteristic.

Agreement to Separate

As a married individual, you may enter into an agreement with your spouse to separate for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. That passage not only emphasizes the importance of daily devotions. But it also reminds you of the purpose for marriage to help protect you from sexual immorality brought into the relationship through your lack of self control. As it relates to the phrase because of the temptation to sexual immorality. Thirdly, it serves to illustrate the distraction of marital devotions from prayer devotions.

It Is Better Not to Marry

The last clause of Matthew 19:10 states, is better not to marry, which you can take literally from the mouth of Jesus. Next, the last clause of verse 11 states, ...but only those to whom it is given, which tells us that remaining unmarried is a special gift, just as the last sentence of verse 12 states, Let the one who is able to receive this receive it. In other words, not everyone is able to remain unmarried without struggling with sexual immorality.

Essential Point

One essential point is this: Jesus desires to be closer to you than a spouse could ever be, but because of the division of interest, the spouse who a man is responsible for treating with loving care will basically get in the way. For example, a husband will take time to please his wife, which then detracts from devotion to the Lord. And while a married couple can agree to separate for the purpose of devotional prayer, they can only do it for a short time, because of the potential damage that sexual immorality can cause within a relationship when a spouse burns with desire for someone else.

When the Father Turned His Face Away

Two Excruciating Scenes

In the Gospel, there are two excruciating scenes which revealed something about the depth of the relationship of the Father and the Son.

Scene One: The Garden

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luke was a doctor, and must have had an idea about the superextreme emotional pain that Jesus had experienced, as His extreme agony had manifested in the physical.

Jesus knew that He was facing execution, but had mentioned it other times without breaking down emotionally. Which proves that the Lord was clearly unaffected by the pain of crucifixion that He faced. So there was something else that He had not spoken about among His disciples, until it had manifested.

Scene Two: The Cross

Psalm 22 is well-known for its depiction of what the Son of God felt during the execution. In it, the Lord describes His humanity, how He was treated by men, and His intense physical torture, but the first thing Jesus actually describes is how the Father turned His Face away:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

So the Lord's extreme anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane was not brought on by fear of execution. Instead, He was acutely aware of the fact that—for the first time ever in his existence—the Father was going to turn his Face away. And while on the cross, darkness covered the land, even though there would not be an eclipse during a full moon. At that time, Jesus actually felt the Presence of the Father leave Him. How could any one of us ever have any idea about what kind of impact that must have had on an infinitely loving heart?

Contemporary Revelation; Actionable Intelligence

Feeding Upon Contemporary Revelation

Testimonies about what Jesus is doing right now are one thing our faith feeds upon, and the streets are where miracles can happen. We need to continue to feed upon contemporary revelation.

Applying Faith to Actionable Intelligence

From Galatians 3:5, we can understand how God gives us His Spirit, and works miracles among us, by our believing what we heard about His mighty hand. So if we keep hearing news about healing miracles down the street, and then to apply faith to actionable intelligence in a public setting...

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.(NLT)

Debilitating Migraines

There are believers whose migraines get worse during church services when a spirit tries to keep them from hearing the message.

In 2011, I prayed with a couple where the man's wife had a terrible migraine, and when I began to pray, I could discern an unclean spirit manifesting from the woman. There was a slight odor of burning sulfur, but that discernment seemed to come in the spirit. I have discerned it other times, with other people. On top of that, her debilitating headache did not go away.

How Deep Your Relationship in Christ Can Go

With the understanding that our human relationships have spiritual depth, consider how deep your relationship in Christ can be.

...your life is now hidden with Christ in God which refers to the secret place hidden in God, a place where each of our spirits commune with God. Jesus is seated at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. God seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus—which means now, at this very moment. Anyone who is born again has such communion now; our spirits can experience heavenly visitation—meditate on this.

Spiritual Visions: Angel with Rows of Light and Dark Feathers

In 2011, I saw an angel ministering during a church service, but could only see it through closed eyelids. It had horizontal rows of light feathers overlapping rows of dark feathers. Twice, I saw its face close to mine, so I said, thank you angel while it was near—though I did not know exactly how it ministered, and it ministered so subtly that I could only discern it visually—I could not feel its touch. I also saw it ministering to another Christian in another part of the sanctuary.

Even before entering the building, I felt a strong presence of the glory of God, which seemed to bring an anointing of loving-kindness—so strong that I felt as if I could rub my fingers together to feel oil. it felt very good.

I had also gone up for prayer, and received a word of knowledge about my spiritual discernment being confused between light sources and dark sources—or good and evil.

That night, a few times while lying in the dark, I felt shifts in my mind, then something bizarre happened: a glowing rounded pattern with blended multiple colors appeared across my chest, followed by a strange comical sound which coincided with a shift in the color pattern shifted once. Next, I heard a short phrase spoken from a short distance above, but the words were unintelligible. The manifestation left me with a noticeable sense of peace and joy. Whatever happened was good.

Suddenly, that peaceful moment was disrupted by a dark spirit that put its hands over my face and said, you're gone. I denied that, because the devil wants us to agree with every negative word spoken against us. So don't feed these dark powers with your fear, or your anger, or gossip, or slander. Your mercy toward people takes their power away; your love defeats them. I was being tested and stengthened—as with every child of God.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lay Hands Suddenly on No Man

Paul charged Timothy: ...observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man...

Timothy was charged not to quickly ordain(which includes the laying on of hands) any fellow Christians who he became partial to, as with his favorites—or fast friends. In the sense of preferring one before another. Since favoritism would have caused problems for Timothy, just as much as pastors should not ordain members based upon personal preference.

Jesus Sees the Inward Appearance of the Heart

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither has the Lord chosen this one. Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, Neither has the Lord chosen this one. And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, The Lord has not chosen these. Then Samuel said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep. And Samuel said to Jesse, Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here. And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him, for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

Speaking in Tongues Quietly

But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Paul said that they should speak in tongues to God quietly, which had to do with maintaining order.

All to Speak in Tongues

Paul expressed: Now I want you all to speak in tongues... He also encouraged speaking in tongues, when he said: I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

Baptism & Speaking in Tongues

Paul Layed Hands on Them

Paul found some disciples. And he said to them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? And they said, No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. And he said, Into what then were you baptized? They said, Into John's baptism. And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus. On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

Not Necessarily in that Order

Receiving the Gospel, followed by water baptism, and then Holy Spirit poured out on them—but not always in that order. For example, the Gentiles in Caesarea received the Spirit of God before water baptism. While the man in this video may have already accepted the Gospel years ago.

Activation of Gift of Tongues

If you have not yet spoken in tongues, you are probably unfamiliar with how the gift operates. Many times, while there is stirring in my spirit, the gift may activate on its own. Then there will be involuntary pulsation in the upper throat and tongue. At first, the sensation can be subtle, but with practice, the gift can be stirred up and activated, so that believers can start to speak in tongues whenever they want to. Enough times, while watching healing videos, I will suddenly break out in tongues involuntarily.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Righteousness He Judges

From the final verse of Revelation 19, we read: ...the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse...(ESV) Now look back at verse 11, where it states: righteousness he judges and makes war. So judgment must come, based upon the righteousness of Christ. For example, when it is time for the Lord to avenge the blood of his servants, He will avenge. In order to fulfill that which has been written, including the testimony of His servant, who testified to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.(NIV)

From the first few verses of Revelation 20, we read: angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended...(ESV)

Understand that—after crushing His enemies—Jesus will dispatch a single angel to bind Satan, and seal him in the abyss for 1000 years. While the redeemed reign with [Jesus] for a thousand years, which some people refer to as the millennial reign.

Flesh Gave Birth to Flesh

I can understand why the idea of a fallen angel having flesh generally similar to human flesh would be challenging theologically, but consider the reality: there was a specific tribe of angels which procreated through the daughters of men. And in order to successfully impregnate a human female, the angelic sons of God(ben elohiym) must have had some form of flesh which was physically compatible with human flesh in order for an angelic sperm cell to fertilize a human egg cell. And for flesh to give birth to flesh.(John 3:6)

So—as a suggestion—I would like to form a distinction between the fallen sons of God(mentioned in Genesis 6) and the rest of the angelic beings. Especially considering how the typical heavenly angel of the Lord has a body made of light, which may make it physically incompatible. Also, consider how the Word became flesh, having been without human flesh beforehand.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Vision: Spirit of Infirmity, Demonic Head

A vision I received was like an open vision superimposed over what was happening in the room. I watched as a big demonic head slowly drifted across—from a part of the room where I thought idolatry was being practiced—straight toward a woman who was seated. Once it reached one of the woman's hips, it turned slightly to position itself, and seemed to attach the side of itself to one hip. Until the spirit's head faced forward, in the same direction as the woman, while remaining attached to her hip.

Among other things, what I saw could have been symbolic of a spiritual attachment, or even an actual spirit of infirmity. I later learned that the woman struggled with a nagging persistent hemorrhoid.

The length of the demonic head was approx. 1.5 feet. Its color was basically shades of grey. Its chin and nose were very long, and it had straight white hair. The appearance of its female face was very old.

In that place of worship, there was a table on which religious paraphernalia was being used in an idolatrous way. I remember watching a woman worship a gold-plated menorah, while she crouched on the floor prostrate.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Devil's Proposition

In the book of Job, Satan is portrayed as the accuser of mankind who roves the earth to steal, kill and destroy. Both propositions made by the devil before the Lord—as premises for accusation—sounded basically like this: destroy a man's well-being, and he will curse God.

In the end, Job remained faithful to God, and was rewarded for it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jezebel Demonization

The violent death of the biblical Jezebel relates to the way of demonization through vicious abuse, along with witchcraft. Just as satanic idolatry can include both sorcery and sexual abuse.

First, the eunuchs threw Jezebel out through her window, splattering her blood on the wall, as well as on the horses which trampled her corpse. Later, dogs ate her flesh to fulfill 1 Kings 21:23.

During her biblical life story, Jezebel epitomized idolatry and witchcraft, shared her table with prophets of Baal, instigated wickedness through the authority of Ahab, to even extort the land of a neighbor by having him falsely accused, then stoned. If that was not bad enough, she had the blood of many prophets of the LORD on her hands.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seers and Prophets See and Hear

During the time that Saul and his servant decided to inquire of God, doing so was known as going to the seer—today we would refer to such a man of God as a prophet. And that servant knew about Samuel's reputation: all that he says comes true. Since all that God says comes true. Also, from the discernment of both seeing and hearing, we can understand that God not only speaks things to His human speakers, but He also shows things to them through the eyes of their spirits. For example, the prophet Daniel was intimately involved with the interpretation of divine dreams and visions, which involved the seer anointing.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Holy Spirit Intercedes and Intervenes

The Bible says: we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us... or intervenes for us, since He knows each of our limitations. The next verse states, And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Having bore our infirmities, Jesus fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy, but His method did not always seem conventional, as when He said about Lazarus, This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.

He could have healed Lazarus that very hour—even without Skype™—but he chose to wait, in order to glorify the Father—in a greater way—and to be glorified as the Son.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Experience Jesus in Greater and Greater Ways

Some of us are more willing to accept various spiritual manifestations, compared to so many people who say they believe, but experience very little.

Jesus wants us to experience Him in greater and greater ways, just as He wants to transform us into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In His glorified body, Jesus instructed the Apostles: stay in the city until you are clothed [ἐνδύσησθε] with power from on high. In that sense, while Peter walked on water, he was covered by the glory of God. Heaven is where people walked on water first, so water walking easily manifests on earth, and we have been praying for such things: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Revealed by the Spirit of God

Jesus asked the Apostles, ...who do you say that I am? and Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus informed Peter: ...flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

God is Spirit, so Jesus was revealed to Peter by the Spirit of God, just as He is made real to us in a heavenly way by spiritual means to this day.

Another verse states: For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. To paraphrase: ...the kingdom of heaven is not composed of great sermons, but of power for performing miracles, as in the power of God. So regardless of what a healing evangelist has to say—or how he says it—if people were not being healed by the power of God, then the minister would be like white noise or radio static. To be honest, I watch various healing videos mainly to see what God is doing—not necessarily to hear what the people have to say. After all, the Father is the One being glorified, along with the Son.

The power of God has to do with supernatural transformation and restoration, the operation of which transcends the limitations of imagination. And one day, the Earth will be covered with His heavy powerful glory, which people find it difficult to remain standing in—for now.

At a Christian conference, Jesus placed a clearly defined image of the actual body part that He was going to heal over the woman who was healed while I prayed for her slipped disc. The words I used were, Back be healed in Jesus' name. She immediately began to feel warmth around the affected area.

The truth is: she was effectively healed by God's power, not by my words, or my healing technique. Perhaps I should have prayed, Lord, bypass my foolish mindset, and heal this woman for the glory of Father God, in Your mighty Name.

Jesus responded to the messengers of John the Baptist: ...blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Notice how most of that account listed healing miracles, which greatly glorified God by demonstrating supernatural power, and expressing the incredible loving kindness of Father God, who reveals His mercy in profound ways.

Jesus also drove out demons with a word, but which was more important: the exact word that He used, or the divine authority and power operating through such a word?

...then I'll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God's power.

...God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul... Whose ministry was turbocharged, as he laid hands on people for healing, blessing and impartation. And since that took place after Jesus returned to the Father, greater works manifested, as promised: ...whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

With both cessationism and scientific skepticism infiltrating world-views, our talk needs power behind it for the Gospel to break through—simple reasoning will not suffice. A healing miracle can cause the story of Jesus to spring to life in someone's heart—as they study the Gospel of John(the Apostle of Love). While any supernatural encounter with God can expose the meaninglessness of worldly pursuits.

Paul wrote, But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. So God's power transcends frail vessels to show the world that the dynamis being demonstrated belongs to Him, as a manifestation of His Glory. Just as all of our praise belongs to Him.

I have seen angelic creatures manifesting at different congregations—on many occasions, mostly through sparkles of light—so I knew where Jesus stationed some of the angels at one particular congregation. And all at once, I saw a gleam, heard an angel say, praise, and felt a sharp pain course vertically through my side. The manifestation was a word of knowledge for the purpose of bringing praise to Jesus through a healing miracle.

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Paul was addressing pompous preachers, but implicitly, the verse could be taken as, don't just talk about the kingdom of God, manifest the power of God.

We should preach the Gospel, but may God's glory also fill people with knowledge of the kingdom. Habakkuk prophesied: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, _Know the LORD,_ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD.(ESV)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Who Does the Healing Evangelist Say that Jesus Is?

Jesus asked the Apostles a question: ...who do you say that I am? and Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus informed Peter: ...flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.(ESV)

God is Spirit, so Jesus was revealed to Peter by the Spirit of God, just as He is made real to us in a heavenly way by spiritual means to this day.

Another verse states: For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.(ESV) To paraphrase: ...the kingdom of heaven is not composed of great sermons, but of power for performing miracles, as in the power of God. So regardless of what this healing evangelist has to say—or how he says it—if people were not being healed by the power of God, then this man would be like white noise or radio static. To be honest, I watch various healing videos mainly to see what God is doing—not necessarily to hear what the people have to say. After all, the Father is the One being glorified, along with the Son.

The power of God has to do with supernatural transformation and restoration, the operation of which transcends the limitations of imagination. And one day, the Earth will be covered with His heavy powerful glory, which people find it difficult to remain standing in—for now.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Signs and Wonders as Revelations

Signs and wonders can become revelations of the power of the Spirit of God to someone who does not know Him. And once they experience a powerful manifestation of God, the way they think about Him can be transformed, just as their mind can be renewed.

God reveals His invisible attributes to us every day, but once someone chooses not to believe, the Gospel becomes veiled. While the light for revelation can penetrate that veil, as in light from the disclosure of truth, along with its spiritual purity.

The devil seeds wisdom in a person's mind which is earthly, unspiritual, demonic, while Jesus seeds wisdom which is pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.(ESV)

The devil sows earthly wisdom to produce selfishness, disorder and every sinful practice. One aspect could be seen as conditioning—or behavior modification—which rewards activities displeasing to God with sinful pleasure. Also, considering how sins can become repetitive, in a sense, they could be considered as ritual defilement.

But I do not want to become an advertisement for the kingdom of darkness—which itself is irrelevant. If our eyes were opened to see what the servant of Elisha saw, we would instantly realize how trivial and petty the kingdom of the air really is.

In order to oppose sin, we share testimonies to lead people to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God... So as believers, we testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.(ESV)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Topical Commentary: 50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven

Book Subject Commentary: 50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven

In chapter one, the author challenges the reader's confidence with the question: how sure are you that you are going to heaven? There are few greater questions that men could struggle with. But instead of leaving one with a sense of guilt and shame—instead, to encourage—all men need to do is believe in order to be completely sure that they will go up, and not down—which is far from impossible. An essential responsibility is to believe in Jesus as the one who can forgive your rebellion against God and take you to heaven when you die. The only face Father God will recognize is the face of His Son Jesus.

From Isaiah, we might understand that our self-righteous acts reflect the likeness of filthy bloodstained rags—not to be confused with the clothes of a blessed homeless man. So Jesus will not be evaluating our spiritual condition based upon exterior well-meant deeds, or the fraternized pagan ways of the sinistral orders—through which oaths bind men to darkness. Instead of a stimulus, good works become a righteous response to the free gift of eternal life. Not by the futile perfection of lifestyle through self-discipline or the merits of helping people. Salvation is not by works, but many still bring glory to self and prop up their pride with it. Jesus already finished the work, so we can only be proud of what He did.

There are places men can go to step upon a profane chessboard in order to become another pawn for the devil to game. Understand that even in the civilized societies of today, there are still pagans who sacrifice children to Mammon for a demon to respond to the shed blood by bringing worldly riches back to them. A sweet deal for that fallen angel in the long run, who will not hesitate to collect a soul. Maybe the idolized demon will personally escort its worshiper down in the end—what an eternally disastrous privilege that would be.

Again, the author asked a man on a plane: how sure are you that you are going to heaven?

How good must a person be to get to heaven?

Thinking about that chapter's title might cause the reader to consider the futility of self-effort. Since a man could not enter heaven by the means of hundreds of thousands of self-righteous acts. In fact, each selfish act of goodness would be a sin.

Perhaps another question might be: How [conformed to the image of Christ] must a person be in order to enter heaven? But it is only by faith in the finished work of Jesus that leads to transformation of the heart which conforms us to His Image. In that sense, our faith is what becomes substantial, not our tangible works in this world. Even the broken bread and the wine should remind us of how substantial the Body and Blood are for us right now. Would you rather put all of your faith in Jesus, instead of attempting to walk the straight line of the 10 Commandments by your own means? which would come to nothing.

When the kingdom of heaven comes, countless worldly legacies will be wiped off the face of the earth—to be forgotten forever—no matter how great such renowned lost souls became in the eyes of the world. After devoting so many thoughts to self—instead of Jesus—in the end they became nothing in the kingdom of heaven, but instead became objects of wrath that slipped through the rocks by their own deceit, just as they were deceived by the devils that hell was made for.

The fact is, we can not lay claim to righteousness as we would a possession, since it is only first by believing who Jesus is that Father God can attribute righteousness to us. By putting our faith in the Son of God first by His blood sacrifice on the cross, not by self-righteous conformance to the 10 Commandments. Consider salvation in terms of what God gave you through faith in His Son, instead of what you got from God by self-righteous effort—which is impossible anyway.

Consider how Satan must legally sue for a soul before he can seek to destroy a person's life. Why can the devil not just attack without asking? Because he must sue for a soul based upon the righteousness which was not established by him. Which is a legal bottleneck for Satan, who must approach the Source.

The fourth chapter asked the question: ...will they get a second chance to go to heaven?

one way to consider the answer to that question could be based upon the fact that God reveals his invisible qualities to all of us on a daily basis.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.(NIV)
From that we can understand that His invisible qualities are so clear, pure and powerful to the point that justifiable denial has been made completely void. To then make denial brazenly obvious and subject to Judgment. Pure because God is perfectly pure infinite love. Clear because there is not one single subtle shadow of change in that Light. And powerful because God is omnipotent.

One aspect of the appearance of God is unapproachable light, so any sin for that matter becomes a serious affront as it is exposed in the light of infinite Father God. In that sense, denial becomes blatant because God is infinite and having such unapproachable light, the reproach of denial becomes an incredibly obvious affront before the eyes of God—and so a great sin.

That understanding can relate to how the religious authorities sinned against Light by accusing the Son of God of having demons. Here they crossed the line, and forgiveness fell short.