Church of the Holy Apostles

YOUR PRAYER LIFE

From the moment you accept Christ as your Saviour, your life has been changed.  You have experienced a joy and peace which the cares of the world cannot take away.  This "blessed assurance'  was given to you as a free gift from God.  Without doubt, you feel the compulsion to thank Him for what He has done for you.  It is completely fitting that you should feel this way.  In order to properly thank Him, which we should do constantly, we must develop a daily prayer life-exactly as we develop a daily time of Bible Study.  1. Praise:  We should praise Him, which means to thank Him for what He has done for us.  The more we live for the Lord, the more we will realize the worth of our Salvation, and the more we will want to thank Him for that. 

2. Communion:  Prayer is one of the greatest ways to communicate with God.  What a blessing to be able to talk directly to your Heavenly Father.  The Lord will speak to you in prayer at times and give you leading and direction. 

3.  Petition:  We are admonished to ask the Lord for the things that we need.  He He, as our Heavenly Father, desires to do good things for us.  However, we must remember that it is His Will which we seek, and not our personal will.  Consequently, all the things we ask Him for, and we should readily ask Him for whatever it is we need, should always be done with the idea in mind, that we want His Will and not ours.  (Matt. 18:18-19; MK. 11:24; LK. 11:9-10; JN. 14:13-14; 15:7).

RESURRECTION LIFE

Resurrection Life, which can be had by every Believer, was paid for at Calvary's Cross.  In order to have it, ot only requires Faith.  Paul also said concerning this:  "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall also be in the likeness of His Resurrection" (Romans 6:5).  In other words, Paul is here saying that Resurrectrion Life, how we live this life, how we conduct ourselves, and how we order our brhsavior is all predicated on our understanding that all of this is made possible by what Jesus did at the Cross.  It is the Cross!  The Cross!  The Cross!

1.  Jesus Christ is the Source of all things we receive from God (Jn. 1:1, 14, 29; 14:6, 20; Col. 2:10).

2.  The Cross of Christnis the Means, and nthe nonly Means, by which alln of these woinderful things are given to us (Rom. 6:1-14; Col. 2:10-15).

3.  With Christ as our Source and the Cross as our Means, the Object of Faith must always be, and without exception, the Cross of Cross (ICor. 1:17, 18, 21,23; 2:2).

4. With Christ as our Source and the Cross as our Means, and the Cross of Christ the Object of our Faith, the Holy Spirit, Who works exclusively within the parameters, so to speak, of the Finished Work of Christ, will then work mightily on our behalf. In fact, He Alone can make of us what we are to be.  But again, I emphasize that He works exclusively within the framework of the Cross of Christ and will not work  ouside of those parameters, which requires that our Faith be exclusively in Christ and what He did for nus at nthe Cross (Rom. 8:1-14;  Eph. 2:13-18).

Refer: By Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart / TYhe Message of the Cross

 

 

 

Connected Spirits of Perversion

It is known fact that many children of alcoholic parents are often the victims of sexual abuse, including incest.  Alcohol can also open the door for spirits of rape, including "date rape"  (which is so prevalent on many college campuses).  Proverbs warms us of the dangers of alcohol, see Proverbs 23:31-33.  These verses show the connection of the spirit of perversion to drunkenness.  To prevent means "to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right, to corrupt, to cause to turn aside from what is generally done or accepted."  Sexual perversion has become rampant in our bation with the promotion of homosexuality and lesbianism as acceptable and alternate lifestyles.  These are perversions according to the Word of God.  Spirits of perversion, including homosexuality and lesbianism, operate under the strongman of Belial.  This is also referred to in the Word of God as sodomy.  Sodomy is defined as "copulation with a member of the same sex or with an animal (bestiality)."  It is also noncoital, especially anal or oral copulation, with a member of the opposite sex.  The term sodomite is mentioned five times in the Old Testament.  Sodomites were temple prostitutes who were a part of the worship of the idol gods of fertility in Canaan.  These vile acts were a part of the idol worship of the Canaanites.

The Lonely Road

The only road to Jesus is Alone.  Will you strip yourself and separate yourself and take that lonely road, or will you too 'go away sorrowful'?  'Strip yourself of every possession, cut away every affection, disengage yourself from all things, be as if you were a naked soul, alone in the world; be a mere man merely, and then be God's.  Let nothing hold yourself back from following Christ. ( Mark 10:17-22, Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler )

LET US PRAY!

Father, help us to remember Your Word:  "God's will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.  Then each of us will control his own body and live in holiness and honor-not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know Goid and his ways....God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives."  I Thess. 4:3-05, 7, NLT

END TIME SPIRIT

II Corinthians 6:14-15, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what part has a believer with an unbliever?   When there id sn unequsl yoke between believers and unbelievers, we call this an "ungodly soul tie."  Breaking ungodly soul ties is a key to delieverance.  Ungodly association causes evil spirits to be transferred. If Belial cannlot directly control you, he will influence you through ungodly association.  Associating with the wrongpeople can cause you to receive an evil transfer of spirits.  One of the keys to being delivered from Belial's control is to break every ungodly soul tie and to obey the Word of God, which says, "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (II Cor. 6:14).  In verse 15, ties Belial with unrighteousness, darkness, infidels, and idolatry.  The first reference to Belial in the Word of God ties him to idolatry.  The Corinthians had been saved from a lifestyle of idolatry.  Belial is an End Time spirit who will be an enemy of the church.  We are to separate ourselves from all uncleanness and filthiness that is associated with this ruling spirit.  The church at Corinth also had a problem with carnality.  There were strife, envy, contention, sexual impurity, and even drunkennes taking place within the church.  The apsotle Paul wrote the letter to Corinth to correct these problems and to set things in order. "When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodliness made me afraid."  II Samuel 22:5  The literal translation of this verse is "...the floods of Belial."  This verse is a portion of a song of David sang in the day the Lord delibvered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul.  The American Standard Version says  "The floods of ungodliness upon our nation.  Ungodly is definded as "denying God or being disobedient to Him: impious, irreligious, contrary to moral laws, sinful, wicked."   Belial is responsible for the flood of ungodliness manifested through Hollwood, television, and the mass media.  Belial is responsible for rebelljon and disobedience to God.  This spirit has cursed many, causing them tobe irreligious and impious.  Having no reverence-no fear of God-is the result of Belisl'd influence. Belial desires to cover the earth with filth and immorality.  This flood also includes the persecution that comes against the Lord's anointed. He is a strongman who attacks ministers and churches.  The New American Standard Bible says,  "The torrents of destruction overwhelmed me."  We find that the word torrent is defined as "an outpouring, a rush."  Perdition means "destruction."  Spirits of desath and destruction work with Belial to assail the servants of God.   Jezebel works under Belial to destroy true servants of God.  Lies, slander, seduction, lust, and pride are the weapons used against the Lord's anointed.  It is important to intercede against Belial's curses.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.  The Lord will life up a standard against the floods of Belial.  The prayers and intercession of God's people will be a standard against this flood.

THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER PART 2.

We must pray like Epaphras, that we "may stand perfect and complete in the will of God" (Colossians 4:12).  We must pray as did Paul for the Thessalonians, that "all the saints may be sanctified  wholly" (I Thessalonians 5:23).  We must emulate the apostle's example when he prayed for the elders and church at Ephesus, that they might be kept from error and evil, and kept in the grace of God (Acts 20:36).      We must pray as the apostles did when it ncame to the election of dracons, that they might be qualified by the Holy Spirit for the service of the Lord (Acts 6:6).  We must pray as the Church did for Peter, that he might escape from his prison (Acts 12:5).  Our prayers can liberate many (Acts 12:5).  Our prayers can liberate many from their prison-house of difficulties.  We must pray as Peter and John did for the believers at Ephesus, that they might receive the Holy Spirit (Acts b8:15), and as the Church at Antioch did for Paul and Barnabas, that they might be blessed of the Lord (Acts 13:3).  We find, as we study our Lord's prayer habits, that He prayed before and after the great events of His life.  He prayed before He made the choice of those who were to become His disciples and perpetuate His teaching.  Christ also prayed after some of crises of Hid life.  He prayed after His great works were accomplished in order that their spiritual value might be assured and fixed.  Jesus taught us:  He taught nus thatn prayer must be accompanied by faith (Matt. 21: 21-22).  He taught us that prayer must be offered in His Name (John 16:23).  He taught us to pray simply, God does not answer prayer according to our intelligence, but according to His own (Matt.6:6).  He taught us to pray in secret (Matt. 6:6). He taught us to pray persistently. (Luke 11:9; Luke 11:5-8).  He taught us to pray in all humility (Luke 18:9-14).  He taught us to pray concious that we are right with others (Matt. 6:14-15).  Saints never stop praying!    All Credit to: All the Doctrines of the Bible by Lockyer.

THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER

What is doctrine?  The Webster's New Riverside University Dictionary says, Something taught. A principle or body  of principles presented by a specific field system, or organization for acceptance or belief : DOGMA.  A rule or principle of law, esp. when established by precedent.  Prayer is a foundation and principle of the Christian Church, taugjht by Christ  and the apostles.  As in the physical realm our life depends upon the air we inhale and exhale, so in the spiritual sphere the development of our Christian Life is dependent upon the recognition of the importance of prayer.  Communion with God must be the element in which we live, move and have our being.  Prayer is not only a privilege, it is a necessity, for without its excercise we are cut off from the source of life, light and love.  No one can read the gospels and fail to recognize that Christ constantly urged His fellowers to make it the chief business of their lives to pray.  From His own example we learn the necessity of prayer.  When He left the glory above and wrapped Himself around with the robe of humanity.  He died to self-sufficiency in that He became the God-dependent Man. His life and labors reveal an entire absence of self-dependence.  "I can of mine own self do nothing."  The Bible is the believer's prayer-guide.  It unfolds the nature and necessity of prayer, and is elogquent with praise as to its priviledge and power.  Within the covers of such a sublime Book is all we need to know of the many aspects of our approach to God, through Christ, by the Holy Spirit.  It is no vain thing to wait upon God.  A vast amount of provision and power isnopened by prayer.  Prayer occupies a most serious and important place in scripture.  It stands next to the atonement in value before God.  The Bible abounds in illustrations of the reality of prayer.  The prayer of saints are treasured up in heaven. Not one is forgotten by God.  Long after death of saints, the prayers they prayed on earth, apparently unanswered, are answered (Luke 18:7; Romans 8:4).  The prayers of saints and the merits of the Lamb seem to mingle together before the throne, and cause future glories to shine forth (Revelation 5). 

THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IN THE DEMONIC REALM PART 2.

Because of the rigid authority structure, a wise move in dealing with spirits is to bind all the spirits, especially the ruling ones and the ones of violence, fighting and murder.  If you are successful in this you will prevent them from galvanizing their  strength against you  and  the workers, or at least hinder it.  If after binding, you are unable to dislodge the leaders, by-pass them and began to pick off their root spirits.  These will be the lesser demons on whose strength they rely for holding out.  By digging away at the roots, you diminish the ruler's power and weaken them.  This makes them easier to throw out later.  It is always in order to harass and wear down the enemy.                         

THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IN THE DEMONIC REALM

Demons are very concious of authority and adhere slavishly to the "chain of command" and the line of authority structure.  There are Chief Kings and Chief Princes and under them are Kings and Princes who rule over various geographical and spiritual areas.                      There are kingdoms principalities, dominions and powers which are administered by Kings and princes.   For example, each state in the United States is ruled over by a Prince.  Some examples:  Illinios-Roman Catholic; Indiana-Rebellion; Pennsylvania-Woman Preacher; Louisiana-Southern Curses;  Texas-Power; Minnesota-Adultery; Wisconsin-Madness (mental disorders); Michigan-Psychology; New York- Sickness; Washington D.C.- Rebellion; Arkanaas-Occult.  At the time this was written Florida had changed from control  by the Prince of the Occult to the Prince of Fantasy and California Fantasy.  The control of a geographical area seems to rest on the success of a prince in controlling the majority of the persons within that place, but it also has to do with the fercity and power of that prince.  Raw power is the key to control in the Satanic structure.  A General is in charge of a Legion (6,000) whjile a Prince will control a number of Legions.  A Ruler or Captian commands a cohort (600), and there can be Chief Capotains and Cheif Rulers with still more authority.  A Centurion controls 100 demans and if he controls less than a hundred demons he is called a Strongman.  Any demon in authority will direct how many, and when and where pain spirits are to attack and how sustained the attack is to be.  Thes pain spirits are called Imps by those in charge.

PART 3, 9 POINT PROGRAM OF SATAN

But until that time, you can count on him pacing back and forth in your church as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour!   4,  Satan seeks to hinder the work of Christians:  There are many evidence in Scripture where Satan attempts to stop the spreading of the Word of God.  Here are a few:  A. Gospel seed that is sown by the wayside is snatched away by him:  When any one heareth the Word of the kingdom, and understaneth it not, then cometh the wicked one (Satan), and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.  Matthew 13:19.  B. The lost in the world are blinded by him:  the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe  not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  II Corinthians 4:4.  C.  The soul winners are hindered by him:  Wherefore we would have come unto you even I Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us.  I Thessalonians 2:18.    D.  The False clergyman are active to spread  his message:  Christ reminded the crowns that evil people will be very active in the evil days to come.  He lashed out at the Pharisees (who had a form of godliness) who claimed to be experts in religion:  Ye have taken away the key of knowledge:  ye have not entered in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye nhindered! Luke 11:52.  How active false clergymen are today!  And how effective are the cults that lead innocent lambs to the slaughter!  One day, they will answer for their evil deeds at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Revelation 20:11,12. See Part 4...

PART 2, 9 POINT PROGRAM OF SATAN

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  I Corinthians 11:13,14.  We, however wii have the victory if we abide in the promises of God and follow His will because:  Greater is He that is in you,  than he (Satan), that is in the world. I John 4:4.  3. Satan seeks to capitalize on dissension in the body of Christ in the Church:  No doubt you have been in churches and in Christian organizations where there has been highly charged disagreements and eventual splits.  Many Churches exsist today because they have become an offshoot of a split.  One of Satan's favorite military maneuvers to send his "dissension angels" into a growing, successful church and tear it apart pitting Christian against Christian.  If your Church is witnessing souls saved, a real revival of the Saints , an effective witness...BEWARE! Be on guard.  For Satan has also witnessed this.  He is not satisfied with his past victories and carnage he has brought in past battles.   If your Church is on fire for God, if you are not on guard his angels will slip in and tear your church apart...deacon against deacon...family against family...congregation against pastor...elders against  people.  And if he can't get victory there he will start on the Choir!  Satan knows that just 3 1/2  years before his imprisonment Revelation 20:1-3, he will hear a loud voice from heaven saying:  Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethern (Satan) is cast down. which accused them before our God day and night  Revelation 12:10  Continual Part 3.

9 Point Program of Satan

Satan has at least a 9-point program for the Church:  1. Satan cast doubts upon the Authority of the Word of God.  He began his evangelistic program in the Garden of Eden when he said to Eva:  Yea, hath God said, Yea, hath hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden? Gen. 3:1.  In the temptation of Jesus, he perverted the Scriptures by omitting a portion.  Compare Matthew 4:6 with Psalms 91:11,12.  How many times, in today's world, believers when suddenly faced with a testing, seek their own solution, doubting the promises of the Word of God!  2. Satan  seeks to promote false doctrine:   God warns us:  ...in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to deducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (demons), I Timothy 4:1.   These false cults will have an "anesthetized" conscience...put to sleep and insensitive (seared with a hot iron, I Timothy 4:2).  They are liars, convincing ones with added secrets and new theologies that alone are the "last word."   How can we test these false cults to expose them for what they really are?  God in His word tells us exactly how!  Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  I John 4:3. Continual on Part 2.

 

ONENESS PENTECOSTALS: ALSO KNOWN AS: APOSTOLIC-PENTECOSTALISM

Refers to the demoninations within the Pentecostal Christianity, which subscribes to the "Non-Ttrinitarian" theological doctrine. This movement first emerged around 1914, as a result of doctrinal disputes, they claim an estimated 24 million adherents today, or about 1.1% of all Christians.  Oneness Pencostalism dervives it distinctive name from its teaching on the Godhead, which is popularly referred to as the "Oneness doctrine."  This doctrine states that there is only one God, a singular spirit who manifests himself in many different ways, including as Father, Son, and Holy spirit, a doctrine historically known as "Modalism," "Monarchianism." or "Sabellianism," the name of an early teacher of the doctreine, "Sabellius," whose teaching was condemned at the First Council of Nicea.  Sabellius, a theologian and priest from the 3rd century, believed that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three characterizations of one God, rather than three distinct "persons" in one God.  First formally stated by Noetus of Smyrna in (c.190), refined by Sabellius in (c210), who applied the names merely to different roles of God in history and economy of salvation.  Noetus, was condemned by the presbyters of Smyrna and Tertullian (theologian), wrote "Adversus Paxean" against this tendency and Sabellius who was condemned by Pope Callistus.   The "Non-Ttrinitarian" belief the the Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son, and the Holy Spirit are different "modes or aspects" of one God, rather then three distinct persons within the Godhead. 

DAVID FOCUS ON THE PRESENT

Let's have a quick look at David.  In Saul's court David learned to overcome his past.  He was the rejected shepherd boy whose family never accepted him, and here he came into Saul's court and he felt accepted.  He felt like one of the guys. He felt, "Hey, I've got a father!  I've got a brother, These are things I never had."  Suddenly, he was not the outcast anymore, but he was a son.  He was a follower and a servant.  He had a place.  And perhaps that is where you have come.  You have gone through all this rejection and failure in your life, and perhaps you did find a l;ocal church or a group where you felt comfortable.  You think, "Hey, I belong here. I've found a place.  This is where my niche is!"   And so that was then first healing that the Lord brought you through, to shake you out of that mentality of being a rejerct and a outcast.  You suddenly start feeling, "Hey, I am a child of the King!  I am related to the Lord."  You realize, "I have authority in Christ."  Suddenly you are not a nobody anymore.  You are a child of the King.  You have authority.  You know the name of Jesus, and there comes a new awakening in you.  But that is only the beginning.  You see David was thrown out of that nice comfort zone and into into the Cave of Adullam.  That when he learned to become a leader and he learned to live for the now.  He learned to deal with today's problems and what he was going to eat today, and how he was going to defeat the enemies today.  He didn't have time to think about yeasterday.  He had to thinkabout the present.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER - THE MODEL OF CHRIST

INTERCESSORY PRAYER - WHAT IS IT?                                                                                                                                                                         Intercessory prayer is prayer for others.  An intercessor is one who takes the place of another or pleads another's case.  One study Bible defines intercession as "holy, believing, persevering prayer whereby someone pleads with God on behalf of another or others who desperately needs God's intervention."                                                                                                                                                                     INTERCESSORY PRAYER - BIBLICAL FOUNDATION:                                                                                                                                                   The Biblical basis for the New Testament  believer's ministry of intercessory prayer is our calling as priests unto God.  The Word of God declares that we are a holy priesthood (I Peter 2:4), a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:8), and a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:5).         The background for understanding this calling to priestly intercession is found in the Old Testament example of the Levitical priesthood.  The priest's responsibility was to stand before and between.  He stood before God to minister to Him with sacrifices and offerings.  The priests also stood between a righteous God and sinful man bring them together at the place of the blood sacrifice.          Hebrews 7:11-19 explains the difference between the Old  and the New Testament ministries of the priest.  The Old Testament Levitical priesthood was passed on from generation to generation through the descendants of the tribe of Levi.  The " MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD" spoken of in this passage is the "new order" of spiritual priests of whom the Lord Jesus is the High Priest.  It is passed on to us through His blood and our spiritual birth as new creatures in Christ.