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 )
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
"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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
One who believes in and helps disseminate the teachings of Jesus Christ. 1. Peter - Crucified upside-down in Rome A.D. 64 2. James - Son of Zebedee, was beheaded in A.D. 44, first of the Twelve to die(since the addition Mathias) 3. John - Son of Zebedee, no biblical record of death, he is believed to have died of natural causes due to old age 4. Andrew - Peter's brother, was crucified upon a diagonal or X - shaped cross 5. Philip - was crucified in A.D. 54 6. Bartholomew - (also known as Nathaniel), was flayed alive (to strip off the skin), and then beheaded; some sources locate his death at Derbend on the Caspian Sea. 7. Matthew - killed by an ass axe in A.D. 60 8. Thomas - was killed by a spear in Mylapore, Madras, India in A.D. 72 9. James - Son of Alphaeus, beaten to death with a club after being crucified and stone 10. Jude - was crucified 11. Simon the Zealot - was crucified in A.D. 74 12. Judas Iscariot - according to Matthew hanged himself after betraying Jesus. In Acts, he is described as falling in a field and bursting open.
"To another the working of miracles......" I Corinthians 12:10. This is a spectacular gift, full of signs and wonders; a gift that was more in evidence in the Old Testament than in the New Testament God was showing His compassion; in the Old Terstament He was demonstrating His power. The working of miracles, however, is a supernatural manifestation of the power of God that altars, suspends, or in some other way controls the laws of nature. It is a remarkable gift. Elijah had it when he parted the Jordan. He smote the waters step by step; the waters divided hither and thither; and he went over on dry land. That was a miracle. The Lord Jesus began His ministry with a miracle. You recall that Jesus was at the wedding in Cana, and they ran short of wine, He told the servants to fill the waterpots; they them to the brim. As they poured and the water went over the lip of the waterpot, it changed from colorless, tasteless water into purple wine, sweet and luscious. Why should God be pleased to impart the working of miracles to a person? In the first place, miracles are given "as credentials." There is a limitation to demon power, but not to divine power. We could say a great deal more about this wonderful working of miracles. Let us pray that these gifts will be in manifestation in the Church.
Your callingh is all about submission to the Holy Spirit, did you know that? Beyond the preparation and training, the equipping and dying and all of the various principles you are learning, at the end of the day, fulfilling your call means submission to the Lord. The pan of the enemy is to try to get you to give up, and put on the pressures of life of this world, bring back old temptations and new ones, accusations and discouragement, bombing your mind with these things hoping you fall. And sometimes that works, but not always. The devil's second live attack is much more sneaky. He will try to push you into ministry before the time and do more then what God intended. He will come at you like a bad used car saleman; Got a disre to set the captives free? Why don't you set up a couple of churches? Do it here there and everywhere! He will try to take what God really did want you to do, and push you to doing more than enough, with a stressful spirit. But you don't have to fall for it! Let us consider how many times in the Word, people had to wait on God! Lets look King Saul, he failed most when he tried to rush along the process. He did not wait and he did not obey God! I encourage you today, to take a look at your heart this week and be on your guard. The more you you press forward for the Lord, the more the enemy will try to stop you by: Ronald Jordan/AMI
Like Father and Son, the Holy Spirit is at the disposal of the other persons of the truinr family and all three ARE ONE, in graciously being at the disposal of the redeemed family of believers. The Holy Spirit's attitude and ministry are marked by generosity; His chchief function is to illumine Jesus' teachings, to glorify His person, and to work in the life of the individual believer and the church. During Jesus' ministry, He refers to the Spirit of God (Matt.12:28-29; Luke 11:20), as the Power by which He is casting out demons thereby invading the stronghold of Beelzebul and freeing those held captive. Accordingly, the Spirit works with the Father and Son in realizing the redeeming power of the kingdom of God. God's kingdom is not only the reign of the Son but also the reign of the Spirit, as all share in the reign of the Father. Theperson and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels is confirmed by His work in the early church. The baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-18). Many of those who hear of the finished work of God in Jesus' death and resurrection (Acts 2:32-38) repent of their sins. In this act repentance they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), becoming witnesses of God's grace through the Holy Spirit. According to Paul, it is by the Holy Spirit that one confesses that Jesus is Lord (ICor. 12:3) Through the same Spirit varieties of gifts are given to the body of Christ to ensure its richness and unity (I Cor. 12:4-27). The Holy Spirit is the way to Jesus Christ the Son (Rom. 8:11) and to the Father (Rom. 8: 14-15). He is the person who bears witness to us that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16-17). He makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Rom. 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit also reveals to Christians the deep things of God (I Cor. 2: 10-12) and the MYSTERY OF CHRIST (Eph. 3:3-5) The Holy Spirit acts with God and Christ as the pledge or guarantee by which believers are sealed for the day of salvation (II Cor. 1:21-22), and by which they walk and live (Rom. 8:3-6) and abound in hope with power (Rom;. 15:13). Against the lust and enmity of the flesh Paul contrasts the fruit of the Spirit: "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23).
Romans 12:8, "or he that EXHORTETH, on EXHORTATION...." This is the only place exhortation is mentioned as a separate and distinct ministry. Usually exhortation is regarded as a natural and essential part of almost every other ministry. The primary thought is to bring encouragement either on the line of comfort or stirring up. There is a distinctive ministry along this line. The exhorter stirs up the lost to be saved. In my humble opinion many times what we call evangelists today are exhorters. Their ministry seems to be entirely stirring up people to be saved. Those who stand in the office of evangelist have supernatural gifts (miracles or gifts of healings) following. This happened in the ministry of our New Testament example of an evangelist, Philip. A true evangelist has those gifts following. I am not belittling the office of exhorter. The exhorter also exhorts Christians with a message of encouragement and comfort.
Romans 12:8, "Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: He that Giveth, let him do it with simplicity..." Giving was as much a recognized ministry as teaching or healing in the Early Church...We can all enter into the grace of giving, but some have divine endowment from God to distribute: Personal wealth, or, administration of united resources. A. S. Way renders it, "he who has wealth to distribute must do it with a single eye to God's service." Those who have wealth to distribute correctly, in good places where it is used for God. Ministers of the Gospel should take time to teach people about giving: Congregations, and those who have wealth to distribute. Somed scoundrels who call themselves ministers, for instance, raise money for projects which don't exist. Don't just swallow something because it looks good. Learn to listen to your spirit. Pray and seek God about where to put the money.l Some may sense a call to the ministry, and God has called them to this ministry of giving.