A Church lacking the in the authentic of vision or revelation from God - and the need for the authenic of this gift I cannot emphases enough, is a weak church without debate about such a condition. A church Body building upon a foundation where the carnal mind is leading - and let me tell you it happens more than we'd like to believe or can even imagine, is dinner for the wolves while they're on the prey looking for you, the weak rather than strong church.
THE BIG BANG, WHICH SCIENTISTS BELIEVE LED TO THE FORMATION OF THE UNIVERSE SOME 13.8 BILLION YEARS AGO, WAS ALL PART OF GOD’S PLAN, POPE FRANCIS HAS DECLARED.
Fake News?! Possibly, but with this individual, most likely not. This pope is a globalist, not a true Christian, and the issues of creation with the "globalists," have to be addressed least our entire existence point to a God they forcefully deny, because to accept this belief, is to acknowledge His mandates and not their own "libertarian" no-boundaries - socially or morally, kind of viewpoints.
Anyone who watched the event closely, not just daily but hourly as some of us did when he paraded for a week about a year ago now, and this televised the entire event, knows he is a messenger of some very New Age propaganda not a messenger of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why do Christians celebrate Christmas? some skeptic or ill-informed believer might ask. We celebrate, not because of the physical such as, Jesus born in a stable, not because of the shepherds or wise men who followed a star that led them to where the long-awaited Savior of mankind was born, not because we believe Christ was born of a virgin, and all of these points of interest more than a mere concept and true. We celebrate because of the most profound four words ever: The Word Became Flesh (Jonn chapter one vs. one).
If you need solutions to church problems such as your church not growing spiritually, lacking spiritual maturity especially among your leaders, void of the zeal of God and a hunger for His Word, you have come to the right site.
We often hear about the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and Comforter, but do we really understand the far reaching effects of His Counsel. I have given this much thought over the years, and what I have finally realized, this description of counsel would take on a different viewpoint for every believer, and this would depend greatly on your depth with God, your experiences with Him and grounding in not just His Word but His Ways as well. A newer believer would understand Him as their counselor in quite a different and actually, more limited way, than a well-seasoned well-grounded believer would understand His Work. Actually, these would know Him as their advocate-attorney, and this needed for the one on any serious and even life-threatening mission for Christ.
Miracles happen for God's Glory !
Sometimes we feel like God has left us when He is actually setting us up - positioning us for the right and perfect time so one day, we are so positioned IN Him - perfectly positioned the emphases, for the unexplainable miracle that will bring glory to His Name, The Name above all Names !
Definition of a miracle:
Point #1 - A surprising and welcomed event that is not explainable by natural or scientific laws
and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency - i.e., the miracle of Jesus death, burial, and empty tomb that could never be explained.
Point #2 - Miracles happen to increase our faith in God. The miracle of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cannan, brought glory to God and the disciple's faith increased.
To my readers of this lesson today, who place their faith in their confession of faith rooted in Eastern religions with a New Age thinking, and these confessions of faith supposedly making good things happen with positive energies put out there, this faith energy is not born of The Power of God for His Plan and His Design for your life. You can chant a mantra till the cows come home and something might happen but you can be sure it is not from God but a whole lot of psychic energies and works of the flesh instead.
What you might call "a miracle" resulting from your positive energies put out there, is not from the God of The Empty Tomb, or The God who rose Lazarus from the dead. It is not from the God who sat and ate with tax collectors who were considered the most wicked sinners of the day, or The God of The Apostle Paul who murdered Christians believing this honorable and later became sought after for preaching the very Christ he persecuted as the needed Savior of all mankind. Your faith energies and mantras in no way come from God nor do your imitations of His Miracles result in His Life imparted to those who are also misled. Your chants, mantras, and positive energies may invoke something, but what?!!!
If you are placing your faith in the words you speak - and of course the tongue can make a difference in how the ship of one's life turns and where it is going, a conjured up kind of faith to get what you want rather than placing your emphases on the power of your relationship with God and miracles for His Glory, will find your ship lost in a deep dark sea somewhere. This ship needs to be turned around to see the light of the light house. It needs to refocus on their saving grace in a Savior who deeply cares for their best interest. This ship needs to be turned around before great disappointments continue to affect the naive and ignorant lured-in-followers around them. It needs to be turned around before others jumping on this bandwagon of radical rebellion to God continue to be born and lured into a world of spiritual darkness and disappointments, these disguised lures packaged to appeal to the casual seeker of Truth. Such deceptions would never appeal to those of us who genuinely seek The Living God of The Empty Tomb, rather than a casual self-serving temporary fix of fraudulent miracles and healings.
When the unexplainable of a miracle from The Living God happens, and you have questioned for great lengths of time if God still has your number while life has become a stagnant drag of non-interest in even living at times, know this: He have so positioned you for a miracle that will bring glory to Him and you did not even know this was happening. God has so designed circumstances all around you to increase your faith and to bring glory to His Name.
Does God still have your number? He does. He has not forgotten you!! Does He want an authentic, unexplainable miracle for your life? He does and He's still in the business of miracles today. If a miracle happens in your life and it is the real deal, you will know it's real because your faith and all those around you experiencing the real thing of a miracle from God, will be strengthened in Him. When it is the real thing - the unexplainable, you will sing and shout Glory To God is worthy of praise and worship, forever and ever.
When it is the real thing it will never be for entertainment purposes or self-serving interests. It will always be to praise and honor Jesus, the Risen Lord and God, and one's faith and all who are touched by the miracle will increase in Him.
In seeking what God intended this verse of Scripture to mean, we need to understand WHO Jesus was talking to when teaching on this subject matter. DO NOT fall into the trap of perpetrators who will provoke you to a carnal response such as vengence, was really His Message. While studying to gain a right perspective on verses as this one without becomming a mushroom growing in the shadows or a non-assertive brainless speck among the many voices aiming to get it right, we need to see through the eyes of the culture of that day.
IN HIS celebrated Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ said: “Do not resist him that is wicked; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other also to him.”--Matthew 5:39.
What did He mean?
PAUL – Chief of Sinners struggling with sin?
Maybe, but most likely not.
When Paul called himself "chief of sinners" in 1Tim 1:15, what did he mean? Was he worse than Genghis Kahn, Hitler and even Hannibal Lecter? And if so, then he had to have been a lunatic as well because the Book of Thessalonia reminds the church of how "holy, righteous, and blameless" he was among those who believed (1Thes. 2:10).
One thing is clear from his other writings:
There is much to be said about angels, and if you ask: "Do you believe in angels?" I will tell you I do. But there is much to be said and studied about these fascinating beings - created beings who, God's mouth pieces - His prophets, view as worshiping Him day and night (Rev. 7:11).
If you have given your time, mind, and energies to this realm, you are in bondage to lies and deceptions, whether you know it or not.
However, if you are among the luckier ones, or one of those who find The Grace of God to escape this one day, spells can be broken, spells you have fallen prey to and may not even know it.
I value the Holy Scriptures like a treasure to unfold. They are applicable for real life matters, as well as strengthening the inner man with power. They my Bread of Life, feeding my spirit while transforming me day by day. Anyone who knew my past would hardly recognize me now. The Word of God has made me "wiser than my enemies (Ps. 119:98)" and I expect even more of the same as I continue to embrace the riches of God's Word.