Holding A Light In The Darkness

Satisfied With Little

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I think I’ve discovered why there is little evidence/manifestation of real demonstration of God’s power in the church in America.

We have “little faith.”

I remember when I was a child and went to the amusement parks. I desperately wanted to go on a ride, but when I stood up to the “measuring line” that they had on a wall or pole to measure height, I wasn’t tall enough to qualify yet. I just couldn’t understand, but they told me, “those are the rules.”

Most of us see the miracles in crusades across Africa, China and almost anywhere else, but America…

Oh, they still happen here, but not like they do in other places of the world. Why?

For the same reason Jesus could do few miracles while He was here in the body of a man. Oh, they believed it in the sense of Him being the historical figure as fact, but to believe as the Apostles believed the fact… they didn’t! And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”

They didn’t really believe He WAS God!

That’s right, I’m saying it! And I guarantee you that the majority of Christians will attack me for saying, they had little faith, when a loved one died of a fatal disease, or other malady that they “claimed” they were believing God to heal them of, never manifested in what they say they were believing for.

Pride takes a different form in Christians… It takes a “spiritual pride” direction when you “challenge” their faith. Maybe that’s why Paul wrote this to the Romans…

“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

If I am actually having faith in God to heal me, I am “completely trusting” and that will be evidenced by my total and complete healing and recovery! I know this has some “Christians” grinding and gnashing their teeth at me right now, but I make NO apology for what Jesus said. This isn’t my opinion. This isn’t a matter for debate. It IS the Word of the Living God!

In John chapter 15, Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

Do you see the keys in having faith? Abiding in Jesus and being filled with His Word and love for others

What do YOU think He meant by, “ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you?”

I have NO desire to beat anyone up over their “little faith.” I”m guilty too! But, I also know that when I have faith in God… He has NEVER failed to deliver His promises to me! NEVER!

But let’s put our “false spirit of spiritual pride” down today and say, “I need you Lord and want to abide in your love for me DAILY. “Get His Word in you more than the “world’s word” for you…

Americans have transferred their “faith in God” to their “faith in science and technology, their faith in the medical community to cure their physical problems” and their faith in their own “abilities” to handle things themselves!

I challenge anyone in the church to say I’m wrong about this! The church message to the angel in Sardis is very relevant to American Christians…

Jesus said “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy deeds, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

It’s a dead church that can no longer operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, see healing and deliverance for the lost around us and find themselves more comfortable hanging around the lost, than they do with their brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!

Remember what John said? “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

There’s little expectancy and little faith in the church in America! Oh, we have patriotism galore, but that’s not going to build our faith!

Real faith is when you trust in Christ alone, not just for your salvation, but for your EVERY need! Treat Him as He deserves… Treat Him as One who can be trusted!

Moses told the Jews, “Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life.

You see, in order to “Abide in Him,” you must be committed to Him. Most American Christians are committed to Sunday Morning, maybe Wednesday and when I feel moved to be… Abiding is a constancy of occupancy.

As Americans, were complacent about our relationship with Jesus. That’s means, “take Him when I want to and leave Him when I want.” That’s NOT abiding!

Why do “saints” fail in their efforts to have faith when their world is collapsing on them?… They haven’t been abiding in Him

Jesus told us how to be victorious! If we’re not… should He ever be blamed? God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; As the Scriptures say, “He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court.

If American believers ever leave the place of being “satisfied with little faith,” and DO what Jesus Christ told us to do, I shutter to think of the glory we would see!

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Preparation H

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The definition of “preparation” is “the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty …”

That couldn’t be more accurate in describing what we’re doing on this earth right now!

And you’re probably wondering… how in the world I came up with Preparation H? Isn’t that a brand of hemorrhoid cream?

Yes, to many people it is, but I’m talking about the “preparation” of every human alive or who ever lived on this earth.

We should all know that we’re a part of Preparation H… because we’re all “preparing” to spend eternity in “Heaven or Hell!”

Just like the hemorrhoid cream, we ALL will have either eternal relief or eternal suffering…

Jesus said, “Mat 7:13  “Go in through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is spacious that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it.
Mat 7:14  How narrow is the gate and how constricted is the road that leads to life, and few are the people who find it!”

Too many people want to believe that there are more ways to get to heaven than accepting Jesus. There are NOT!

This life as we know it now, is simply the “preparation process” for the real purpose God created us. God NEVER creates anything or anyone without a “purpose” in mind for them.

Jesus said, “John 14:6  “I am the way, the truth, and the life!”  “Without me, no one can go to the Father.”

Our purpose as Christians, as Jesus told us in Matthew and Luke, is to, “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. “He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

What is the “Kingdom of God?” It is the proper royalty, rule (authority) and reign of God in our lives. Yes, we’re to be learning the Kingdom system of doing things while we’re here on this earth.

Before we were “saved,” we were “preparing” for hell…You may say, “I wasn’t preparing for hell…” But, the Word of God says you were. You had little choice.

Eph 2:1  In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God.
Eph 2:2  You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God.

Proverbs is a book of wisdom, written by Solomon, called the “wisest man who ever lived.” In the very first chapter, he writes, “When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away. But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives”You simpletons!” she cries. “How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts?”

“Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise. I called you so often, but you didn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.” “For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.” “They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way. They must experience the full terror of the path they have chosen.”

“For they are simpletons who turn away from me–to death. They are fools, and their own complacency will destroy them.” Proverbs 1:32

Doing nothing with Jesus, is “preparing” to die forever! Turning away from the only deliverer is “preparing” for eternal separation and death.

For a person who has never accepted Jesus into their heart and life… do it now! Don’t live in death sentence and slavery another day!

Jesus loves you, just the way you are… messed up and a slave to the devil. He paid the price to deliver you though.

For the Christian who is striving more, for the things of this life, than they are the Kingdom of God; live according to His royalty, His rule (authority) and reign in your life.

Prepare and keep preparing, because the day WILL be here soon, when we’ll all step into the purpose God has for us in eternity! His purpose and destination for us all, was NOT hell!

You choose.

This past Saturday evening, I watched my son exchange vows with his bride. Now, I really understand two important things about our relationship with Jesus

We know He is coming back again for His bride. Who is she really?

When I saw and read some comments about how my son and his bride are “best friends” and how much they love each other, it dawned on me… that’s’ the relationship He’s looking for with us.

He always has wanted the relationship to be “best friends and first love.” (Not claiming to be his best friend, like the world claims, but really being “His best friend”… and knowing that “He is our best friend.”)

Of course He is our Lord, but the relationship He wants, is the closeness and nearness of “best friends.”

My son in law gave a “best friend speech” at my son’s wedding reception, in which he basically described, “The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation …”

My son found that “best friend” and love in his new wife. She looks at him, like there’s no other person in the room… When he is not near, she looks for him till she finds him.

Jesus said, “I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you “friends,” because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.”

He doesn’t want to keep secrets from us and He doesn’t want us to try and keep secrets from Him. He wants His “bride,” with no fears and no worries, knowing that the best friend you have, will NEVER let you down.

Maybe this is why God hates divorce so vehemently. It’s an earthly parallel of Jesus and the Bride of Christ. When you say a person is your “best friend and love,” you have proclaimed an everlasting bond of commitment to a relationship of love and friendship. Is there anything stronger? Yes, when Jesus is the foundation of that relationship between a man and woman… NOTHING can break it.

The Apostle Paul said, “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, so that he might make it holy by cleansing it, washing it with water and the word, and might present the church to himself in all its glory, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind, but holy and without fault.

“Best friends love” never hides secrets from each other.

There’s a cleansing and pure love from being “best friends” with Jesus. He keeps the relationship clean by “washing us with water (His Holy Spirit) and the Word.

When you have that “best friend” relationship, unbroken… by your choice as well as His… you will be without spot, wrinkle (worries and cares of this life) holy and without fault. And you know that when someone attacks you, you needn’t stress… your best friend will have your back!

If two young people can illustrate such a picture of their relationship with each other, how much more is God Himself wanting our “best friend love” relationship forever?

We are the Bride He’s coming back for…

Is He your love and “best friend?”

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A team of 6 Americans, a Briton, a German and 2 Afghan interpreters who traveled around Afghanistan with a portable clinic were murdered execution style in Afghanistan. Read it again, in case you missed the point of “the reason” the Taliban felt it necessary to KILL these people. Think about it… They helped people! Murdered because they “loved and cared” enough to help these Afghani people.

They traveled around helping people! They “served” others by helping to heal them! This is what Christians do!

This is part of who we are, as followers of the God who made all things. But people who believe there are “other” ways to know God and live for God, have not believed the “love of the truth.”

Sadly, it’s the knowledge that every Christian has about the “One Way” to know God and have eternal life, that endangers our physical bodies in parts of the world, where we can’t compromise this truth.

We can’t even compromise this truth where there is little danger of being killed.

What this world calls “tolerance” is really “compromise.” And a “compromise” with truth, is a lie.

A Christian group that provided medical care to remote regions of developing countries. Although robbery had been suspected as a motive for the crime, a Taliban spokesman proudly claimed credit on behalf of his organization for the murders.

As I’ve said in other posts, Islam is EVIL.

It’s NOT just a “religion.” It’s a “belief and a doctrine” that god is in approval of “killing” others that do not believe and do not share your “beliefs.” I only know of one other being that thinks that way… Satan.
Jesus said it about the devil: “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Whatever slaughters and destroys, is not in unity with God’s nature, but is line with the “murderers nature.” It redefines the word “deceived.”

In their statement of “reasons” for killing these people, they mentioned two purposes they saw as justification for their murders. To stop them from spying for the U.S. AND because they were spreading “Christianity.” They admitted that they believed, they were proselytizing the Muslims.
Their “religion” is so frail a religion, that they really think that they can stop others from leaving their religion, by killing Christians and anyone who will be subject to their doctrines.
The Christian faith will not keep the “lost” from trying to stop you, even if it means your murder, but the power of love cannot be stopped, even after you’re gone either.
It became so clear that what Jesus said in the Gospel of John, is the reason for the senseless killing:
John 3:16  “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:17  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s unique Son.
John 3:19  And this is the basis for judgment: The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.
John 3:20  For everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed.
John 3:21  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions have been done in God.”
As Christians, we know our path. We know this world. And we know our end, is the glorious beginning, when we die in this body. But while we’re here, let’s “let our light shine before people in such a way that they will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”  That’s what these Christians did. Right up till the end!

Ninety-nine percent of fundraising done in today’s churches is contrary to the teachings of Paul in the New Testament.
The teaching and the practice of tithing is both unstable, and unfounded under the New Covenant.   Unstable, because the version of tithing practiced today is not what was taught and practiced under the Old Covenant, and unscriptural because it is not in agreement with the redemption of Jesus Christ.

Tithing was for the servants. People under the Old Covenant were servants.

Through the New Covenant we have become sons of God. Gal 3:26 Not just 10 percent, but everything we have belongs to God.

The sons are blessed with every spiritual blessing the moment they become a member of the Father’s household.  God, as a Father, has the complete ownership of His son’s belongings, as long as the son is in the House.  After all, it is the Father who has made all provision available to the son. Eph. 1:3

Many churches and pastors condemn their people in regard to giving. They quote Malachi 3:9-10 almost every Sunday.  They use the Law to bring the sons into obedience.  They’re using a nanny to train the sons!   They call the people who have been set free and purchased by the Blood of God, thieves, robbers, and accursed.   Of those Christians who give, 99.99 percent of them do so out of guilt.  This is the condition of the church.

The more preachers talk about money, tithing, giving, and blessings, the poorer the church is becoming.  In recent years, the church has lost over 50 percent of its missionary force, due to a lack of funds.   It’s all because of mistaken teachings on giving, and a lack of knowledge of the New Covenant.  The first church sold ALL they had, so no one would be in need!  That is how sons operate.

“These Christian missionaries were exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, MI, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center.

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I have to take you back to this scene…  because I don’t think most people get it. Maybe, not even too many Christians…

Luk 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. So he went to the Pharisee’s home and took his place at the table.
Luk 7:37 There was a woman who was a notorious sinner in that city. When she learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s home, she took an alabaster jar of perfume
Luk 7:38 and knelt at his feet behind him. She was crying and began to wash his feet with her tears and dry them with her hair. Then she kissed his feet over and over again, anointing them constantly with the perfume.
Luk 7:39 Now the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who is touching him and what kind of woman she is. She’s a sinner!”
Luk 7:40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “say it.”
Luk 7:41 “Two men were in debt to a moneylender. One owed him 500 denarii, and the other fifty.
Luk 7:42 When they couldn’t pay it back, he generously canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him the most?”
Luk 7:43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the larger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly.”
Luk 7:44 Then, turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You didn’t give me any water for my feet, but this woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.
Luk 7:45 You didn’t give me a kiss, but this woman, from the moment I came in, has not stopped kissing my feet.
Luk 7:46 You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with perfume.
Luk 7:47 So I’m telling you that her sins, as many as they are, have been forgiven, and that’s why she has shown such great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little.”
Luk 7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven!”
Luk 7:49 Those who were at the table with them began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”
Luk 7:50 But Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Now , let’s really look deep into what is so very simple! I really believe that this woman had seen the forgiveness and healing all around her, possibly, of many she knew. Was she a woman in the crowd, who witnessed the other woman brought to Him, after being “caught in the act of adultery?”

I believe she witnessed and understood who Jesus was and this amazing love and grace had overwhelmed her to repent of her sinful life, and go to the One and only person who could truly forgive her and accept her. This woman knew who she was at the moment she came to Jesus. This woman risked being arrested or worse, to crash a private party at a Pharisees home, where she knew Jesus would be.

I believe she reached a point in her life where she was tired of her lifestyle and tired of the emptiness inside her. She determined that nothing was going to stop her from running to Jesus and throwing herself on His loving and merciful presence, no matter what anyone else thought.

Jesus never denied the thought the Pharisee had about her being a notorious sinner, and Jesus knew very well what he was thinking about her, with his self righteous attitude, but that was not the point. The point was that, she knew He was the Christ and no other man she had ever been around showed the love, compassion and authority, that Jesus had. She may have been witnessing His acts, miracles, compassion and love toward many people over a period of time and finally, she understood that He was the Messiah!

I believe she had already repented of her sins and believed on Him, before she ever went to the Pharisees home. When she finally made the decision to go with her gift of “precious perfume,” it was only to carry out the “expression of joy” and “overflow of love” she had FOR Jesus! This is what Jesus told the Pharisee,her sins, as many as they are, have been forgiven, and that’s why she has shown such great love.”

The woman understood that this His love was real and complete and never doubted that it was enough. She didn’t need anyone to tell what the Pharisee would tell her, she need what Jesus would tell, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” One Word from the Master and she would never be the same… ever again!

The only difference between the woman and the Pharisee… “she saw the love of God and he saw the law of God.” When you exchange the law for the love, you’ll never be the same!