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Darkness before light

June 26, 2014

Tonight at the mall gathering one of my favorite thought provoking scriptures was brought up…..
The thought…..
In the beginning God created the earth. And the earth had no form, and it was void.
Picture that, if you can.
Then….get a glimpse of this while you’re still seeing a earth with no form and void of anything….
Only darkness was found upon the face of the deep.
Was there anything or anyone that was moving out there? Anyone or anything alive? Hello!
“And the Spirit of God moved”……..
Where?
“upon the face of the waters” in utter darkness. There was the Spirit of God found.
Before light even existed.
Now wrap your brain around that…….
What a God!

(see Genesis 1:1-2)

Of first importance. A reminder….

November 6, 2013

We who are alive in God through Christ Jesus tend to easily forget that those who have yet to be “born again” are dead spiritually. I think that this happens for several reasons. One is that we of course are in this physical existence and we tend to see only that. We tend to think in human terms. We see the person in front of us as alive, yet all the time we are talking to a spiritually dead person. Now of course, if all we are talking about is things of the natural, it is no big deal. But, if we are sharing anything spiritual, we must first be reminded of what kind of condition the person in front of us may be in.

Many of us spent countless hours trying to convince them why they need God. From an intellectual standpoint of view, this may sound like the approach that we must always take. If we have been “born of the Spirit” and the Spirit is leading us in conversation to talk in generality, that’s one thing. But, after a few minutes we must be reminded of what we are dealing with. The main importance must continually be in view. And what might that be? It is that the dead person cannot understand until they come alive. Not until the “light of the glorious gospel should shine upon them”.

Wait a minute!

Was the gospel ever shared with this person? Did we at all remember the key to them being able to “see?” Did we just continue talking to them as if they understood?

We all must be continually reminded that a dead person does not see while dead. It is impossible. Along with that is the fact that one also does not “hear” unless they are alive. I am not trying to be “funny” here, but have you ever went to a graveyard and sat down next to a tombstone and tried to convince them to come alive by talking about everything that has nothing to do with the gospel? The same would be true with a person who is alive physically, but yet dead spiritually.

Here are some important scriptures to help remind us of this very important fact.

First, I believe that Jesus’ account of the story of Nicodemus is of extreme importance. And why might that be? Because of the little three letter word “see” found in John 3:3. Its Greek meaning has to do with “to know, be aware of, knowledge, perceive, understand”.

The natural man cannot receive anything of the Spirit. See 1Cor.2:14.

Keeping in mind that the spiritually dead cannot understand, we must also be reminded that they are blind. Spiritually dead and spiritually blind are one of the same. Those who are “perishing” are dead. There is a “veil” upon their eyes so that they cannot “see”. This can only be removed by the “gospel of Christ”. This is also a good reminder that we should not “preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord”. See 2Cor.4:3-5.

Spiritually dead and “blindness of heart” are also one of the same. Understanding comes from the heart. The unconverted heart, the unregenerate heart, is blind. By this, the mind and its understanding is blind also. See Eph.4:17-18.

The unsaved, the unregenerate, “walk about in darkness”. The darker the heart, the more they walk in darkness, and the darker it gets. But yet, always being reminded that any heart that has not been made new is dark.

This whole teaching about “hearing, seeing, understanding and perceiving” goes way back to the time of the old prophets. Jesus and the apostle Paul also taught from their teachings.

The spiritually dead can hear, but its only physical hearing. They cannot “understand”. They also can see physically, but not spiritually. They cannot “perceive”. See Isaiah 6:9-10. Jeremiah 5:21. Ezek.12:2. Jesus in Matt.13:14-15, Mk.4:12, Lk.8:10, Jn.12:40-41. The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:8.

In closing, my hearts desire is that we would all be reminded of the great need to share the true gospel of Christ Jesus so that the person, or persons that we are brought to, might be made alive and thus be able to “see, understand and hear”. Oh yeah, less I forget, they also cannot “enter” unless they are “born of the Spirit” (see Jn.3:5)Image

God bless you as you go out!

People in a needy area

June 14, 2012

This morning the Spirit showed me that He wanted me to visit a part of town that I haven’t been to in over six month’s. When I first heard this, I really didn’t want to go. I was just not enthused about going there this time. However, I have learned that it’s not about whither I want to go or not, it’s about what He wants to do.

After getting off the max train, I started to walk in a different area to get to this part of town. This time, I came from another direction. It was from the west. All the other times that I can remember were from the north, either walking or by bus.

After about a block or two, I looked to my left and noticed a man standing outside of a place of business and looking at his phone. Quickly the Spirit had me focus on his shirt that he was wearing. It said, “I’m in a boat”. Then I heard the Spirit say, “the boat, ah, you know what to do with that”. I smiled and said, “oh yes”.

A brother and I, will sometimes use “boat” in reference to sharing Christ and telling them that they need to “get in the boat” with Jesus.

So I walked over to the guy and said, “hey, I like your shirt!” He smiled and said, “thanks”. I then proceeded to share with him how that many times I will share Jesus with people and use the “boat” as saying, “are you in the boat yet?”. I then asked him if he was familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark. He said that he was. I then said that it’s the same today, God is trying to get people in the boat before it takes off. He listened and was receptive to what he heard. Another reminder, another seed.

After that encounter, I went by the “Polish Association” building. As I was passing by, I noticed a billboard and a map of Poland. As I stood there looking at it, my mind went back years ago when the Wall was still up and we went into Poland, taking with us something that the brothers and sisters counted as priceless. I will never forget. Blessed again with the reminder.

As I approached the area, I was once again reminded that one of Satan’s main tools is “preoccupation”. Whatever and whoever he can use to distract from them receiving from their maker, he will do. He is doing a very good job of it. In fact, I would say that he is getting better all the time at the art of preoccupation.

Soon we were onto the main street of this area. I am well familiar with this area, having been here many times. We went into a prayer walk immediately as we walked down the sidewalk. A ways down the road, we were hit with the word “Perversion”. It came strong and continually as we spent the next couple hours in walking and sitting in prayer.

I can honestly say that since the last time I was here, the increase in “iniquity” which is perversion, has dramatically increased in as little as six months. Yep, only six months.

Continuing in prayer, I kept hearing “twisted”. I know that is a popular “cool” word, but this had some depth to it. When I got home this evening, I went into study again on “Iniquity”, “Perversion” and the like. I will not take all the time here, but a few things might be a good reminder.

Iniquity in the Hebrew means, “perversity ie (moral) evil, fault. Along with some other meanings, it also means “to distort”. After much study, I came to the Webster definition of Distort. It means, “to twist, to twist out of the true meaning or proportion, to twist out of a natural, normal or original shape or condition, pervert.”

So when the Spirit gave me the words “perversion” and “twisted”, He wasn’t far off.

So now we are in prayer ever more so for the people of this area. And, asking when we are to go back and what we are to do. They need Jesus, like really bad. It’s one of the “core” areas of this city.

 

God’s love or his divine justice?

June 13, 2012

Most of us like everything about God that has to do with his love. Yes, he is certainly LOVE.

But, just how closely does his love and justice run together? Now, we all want justice to be served while crime is being done on this earth, right? If someone commits a crime that is against someone else, we want justice, right?

What about God and the ultimate crime (so to speak) against Him? The crime against all He is and all He stands for, His Holiness. Wow, now that is something that you will not hear about everyday. Who is talking about God’s holiness in this day? When was the last time you heard about it? Even, when was the last sermon at church you heard about it? Well, maybe if you attend a “hell-fire and damnation” church, and if so, your probably tired of hearing about it, or maybe you have heard so much about it, that there isn’t an ounce of God’s love in you. If that’s the case, you need to fall on your knee’s and cry out to God for more of his love.

His love and his justice must be balanced.

In the evermore popular book of John, in the most popular chapter three, Jesus takes us through both “Love” and “Justice”. I always love how we do not need to get complicated in God’s word to see how clear and to the point He is. The problem is and always has been, our minds, our intellect wants to complicate the simple truths of God.

I am going to share what He gave me this morning from John 3:16-20, 36.

“Out of God’s love, he gave his Son as the sacrifice for Sin. By believing that He did this, and receiving personally this atonement of His Son for our sins, we escape condemnation which is God’s divine justice for sin. By believing in the atonement of Jesus for our sins, we escape death (to the soul) and receive everlasting life. It is either death of life for eternity.”

“Always remembering that God did not send his Son to punish or even sentence us with death, but to save us from it.”

“All those who believe what God has given us through His Son, will have eternal life. But, those who do not believe what He has given, will receive divine justice for their sins. This judgement will be because they have refused The Light (Jesus) and have loved darkness more than Light. And, all the while, they practice darkness and despise the Light more and more. They don’t want the Light because they know that it exposes their darkness. And, why would one want to be exposed?”

“By believing in His Son, which provides for us the atonement needed, we get to experience God’s love. It’s not just “hear say”, but living a life of His love.”

“But, those who do not believe in the Son, will not get to experience this eternal life. And, hard to swallow, but true according to His word, will abide under the wrath or anger of God. And we must always be reminded that the “wrath” comes only because of sin. It is easy to forget this. God’s anger is not on the individual who refuses His Son, but on the sin which has yet to be atoned for. Unatoned sin brings forth God’s wrath. If in doubt of this, take some time and read God’s book. From front to back it deals with sin and atonement.”

God bless you with His love!

A day of cuttin it straight forward

April 13, 2012

It seems like God is having me lay it out with a lot of straight forwardness the last couple of weeks. I believe it is because of the shortness of time and also because more and more people have chosen to live in rebellion. Here in America, there is No excuse.

Us street preachers get to see first hand rebellion come in many different ways. If one is preaching in the Spirit then they get to see into the things of the Spirit as people pass by. I would have to say that most definitely over the last couple of years I am seeing more and more how Satan has blinded their eyes. Many pass as if they are not hearing, or even care to hear a word of what is being said. Blank stares and who cares seem to be the norm anymore. But, as we know, if God doesn’t quicken them, than they remain dead and in darkness.

But, I am so thankful that there are those who are called of God to proclaim the Gospel to the masses as they pass by. There will certainly be No excuse on that day.

We see all the time how Satan has blinded them through sin. And, not only sin, but the world. Most are so intrenched in the world and it’s materialism, that they cannot even give the Gospel one thought.

Today the Spirit was having me share again “Light and darkness”. Also, we shared about the “prison-house” of sin. I’m thankful when the Spirit has it come out with such clarity and simplicity. No high and lofty theology or religious junk. It basically comes out that without Jesus they are dead spiritually and there is No life in them. Without Him they are in darkness. Also, that many won’t come to the Light because they love darkness.

“Point blankness” fell upon the city again today. The Spirit called it out for what it was. There was no “beaten around the bush”. There was no “sugar coatin” either. I’m thankful for the boldness of the Holy Spirit. I believe because of the shortness of time, we are going to hear more and more from the Spirit preaching it straight and clear. And, by all means, it is done in love. Love for their eternal bound souls.

I am seeing into the Spirit more and more how the serious of what is at stake. On several occasions today, the Spirit had us say things like, “It’s time to quit playing around with God!”. “It’s time to get right with God!”. “Wake up!”. “Somebody turn on the light!”. “You’re either in God’s kingdom or Satan’s. There is No middle ground, or gray area!”. “It all comes down to Light or darkness, Life or death!”

So, as a follower of Jesus, are you awaken to the needs around you? Do you see the needs in your circle of influence? Are you able to distinguish between light and dark? Are you able to hear the Spirit? Are you consumed with those who are dying all around you? Do you care? Are you operating in the gifts and callings that God has placed upon you? If so, are they for His kingdom, or your own?

God help us! The cries are going to get louder. Will we see and hear? Or has Satan blinded our eyes? Do we have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying? Do we care?

LIGHT was made to “Rule”

March 23, 2012

In fact, LIGHT has always ruled. In the beginning, the Spirit of God hovered upon the waters in complete darkness. Remembering though, that God is LIGHT. So, we could say that in the beginning, the Spirit of God which is LIGHT was hovering over the darkness. Even here in the beginning before creation as we know it, LIGHT was ruling over the darkness in the spiritual realm.

Then, God spoke physical LIGHT into existence. He said that LIGHT was good. No where did He say that darkness was good. Then, in fact, He separated the LIGHT from the darkness. He never allowed total darkness before or after creation. To make sure, then He did the following……..

He spoke LIGHTS into existence in the heavens. Why? To separate the day from the night, so that darkness could not rule. And if that was not enough…….

Then, He made the Sun to rule the day, and the Moon to rule the night. Both were made to give LIGHT and to rule, and less we forget, they were also made to separate the LIGHT from the darkness. And, it was all good in God’s sight.

So, in the spiritual realm, can we also see how that this “ruling” and “separating” of LIGHT from darkness takes place?

(Scriptural references for creation see: Genesis 1:1-5, 14-18)