Remitting and Retaining

Your Character Remitted. #1

Suppose a person in your neighborhood gets drunk on Friday nights, then beats his wife and children. Everybody knows about it, but no one knows what to do with it. One hundred people already agreed that he is a drunkard and a violent person.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Mat 18:19 KJV)

When one hundred people agreed, there a lot of those two who agreed. They retain sins of this person against him and consequently he cannot change. It is necessary that someone would remit his sins off of him so that he will be able to change.

“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained” (John 20:23 KJV)

When people meet you for the first time, they start a file on you, and then they enter in that file your character traits and retain them, they remember them. People easier remember your bad things in your character, than good things, and keep it against you. What if it is not a guy who beats his wife but you? You lost your temper, did something stupid, and now a number of people retain those sins against you. How to be released from it? The sins have to be remitted off from you.

No one really owes you an apology, because Jesus already paid the price. It is good to come up to someone and say, “I am sorry”. It is necessary, but the revelation is that they don’t owe you an apology because God already paid for the sin they committed.

Doing nothing is not really a sin, but when you become good at it, it is sin.

If you do not manage a certain area, it will manage you.

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Kevin Campbell

Monday, April 13, 2015

 Remitting and Retaining. #2

You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 22 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23 KJV)

Kevin Campbell

Saturday, April 18, 2015

  Remitting and Retaining. #3 

Remitting and retaining have a lot to do with death and life. If you retain what people did wrong to you, you are the one that suffers. You should have remitted it. Remit is to release, to forgive.

from Spirit, Truth & Life Ministries on Vimeo.

If it is good, bind it to you. If it is bad (sickness, curse, addictions), loose it off of you. You work on yourself, and then God gives you an opportunity to help others as you’ve worked on yourself.

Kevin Campbell

April 29, 2015

Remitting and Retaining #4. Keys of Binding and Loosing

Keys of Binding and Loosing: Remitting and Retaining #4 from Spirit, Truth & Life Ministries on Vimeo.

Binding and Loosing are the keys. They are either right or wrong keys.

Why are people mad? Why are you mad? Why do you get mad? It is a choice. It’s all in the keys. You may use a wrong key to start your day. Bible talks about binding and loosing, good and bad, blessing and cursing. You are either binding yourself to life or you are binding yourself to death.

Marriage is a s sweet as you make it. It depends on how much sugar you have.

April 29, 2015

Truth, Light and Life Mission

1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (Jam 3:1-18 KJV)

Binding and loosing are the keys. People won’t drive you crazy if you do not give them the keys. It is all in choice and decisions what you are going to bind yourself to and what you are going to loose yourself from. There are things we have to be bound to and things we have to be loosed from.

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Kevin Campbell
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Truth, Light and Life Mission

Testimony
Related to Kevin Campbell’s message
“Your Character Remitted. #1” 

When I was a teenager, I started using index cards with names of my schoolmates. There I entered their character traits, mostly flaws. When Pastor Kevin Campbell said that we keep files on people in our minds, I kept them not only in my mind, but on paper also.

In 1987 I met a person who spoke only good things about people, he judged or condemned nobody. I felt a desire to be like him. I had not met a person whom I would like to imitate prior to that. I began to imitate him, and there came an amazing liberation. I began to love most people, stopped fearing them, when I communicate with them, there was a confidence that the good will win.

Also I understood what I did wrong in regard to many others, how I offended them. Regret and repentance came to my heart. Still some people remained with whom I could not get along; dealing with them hurt me and them, but my life was filled mostly with love, joy and peace in my heart. My conscience was pure. Those were wonderful 6 years of my life filled with God’s light and love for people.

Then I came to church. During the evangelical program the preacher set for me an example of a true Christian, but it was said that we are being baptized not merely into Christ, but into the church (meaning their denomination). And after being baptized we become members of that church (i.e. that denomination). I had great apprehensions about it; I was not sure about those people in church. I made a decision to be baptized out of desire to be baptized by this preacher. Somehow I had an understanding that this desire was wrong and that Baptism should not depend on any human being. But at the same time I thought that it was God’s will for me to be baptized and to join this church since they observe the 7th day Sabbath. Commandment about the Sabbath God Himself (not a human) revealed to me; I was sure that it was necessary to observe the Sabbath. I just did not want to be baptized by the local pastor; I disliked him and did not trust him. I wish there was some other congregation that kept the Sabbath, but the only one I knew about was of the same denomination. I did not hear about any other Christian group that observed the Sabbath on Saturday. Looking back now, I see that God’s will was different. He wanted me to start attending this church, to observe the people, their conduct, and then to make an informed decision about my Baptism.

Then I heard in church during a discussion that it is necessary to follow verses from Ezekiel 33 “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” (Eze 33:7-9).

Those people present responded with approval to this comment. It was just what I was afraid of. For me this passage meant that every time I see someone doing anything wrong, I had to come to him and say to him directly about his wrong. To me it has been revealed from multitudes of previous experiences that direct confrontation about what people do wrong does not work, but kind attitude, good deeds, praises, expression of acceptance of those people, pleasant words are capable to lead the person to  repentance. I saw how it happened many times before. But these people presented a Bible verse, and what I had was just my experience – my feelings – and a Scripture “God’s kindness leads you to repentance”. I thought since I joined this church (and it seemed to be a true church) I should follow everything they teach based on the Bible. Inside I had a resistance to it. But I decided that I will do what was told. I did not pray about it, did not ask God what to do, I did not bring my apprehensions and struggles to God. I even felt unconscious offence toward God: I was offended at God (I came to realize it much later) like “You Yourself brought me here, You told me to keep the Sabbath, You bear responsibility for what happened to me”. Now I see that it was similar to Adam’s justification “the woman You gave me, she gave me the fruit and I ate”.

I did not know other important Bible truths. “Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom 14:22B-23 KJV). I did not believe that those actions were correct and condemn myself for them.

My decision led to catastrophic consequences. I became a bad person, worse, than 6-7 years ago. Love for people was gone, peace and confidence disappeared, there was fear, guilt, uncertainty, torments, bad thoughts inside of me; I was afraid something bad would happen to me. Those things showed me that it was of the devil. But after all, this is a true church; I follow the word of God! How could it be? So for many years I was in the state of internal conflict, tried to resolve this riddle with my mind, I was dwelling on this problem for years, but could not find the answer.

Later it was revealed to me that before my Baptism there was a stubbornness (stiff necked people!) and self-will in my heart (everything suppose to go the way I imagined and has to line up with my understanding), I was easily hurt and offended (if something I disliked I would take offence, search for fault in others, instead of in myself), but I in myself did not notice it or understood. Also I had other false ideas – unwillingness to suffer for Christ and for faith; I had erroneous understanding that if something is from God it should happen spontaneously, and one does not need to apply strong efforts, and also many other erroneous ideas not of God which I in myself conveniently did not notice, but was very critical about those in other people. I very sharply reacted to sins of other people, all inside of me was writhing from their sins “Again I see bad things, and I can do nothing about it! – unless to point their sins to them, which is useless or causes harm”.

Years later the understanding of rebuke was revealed to me: who can rebuke and whom. To rebuke others is allowed only to people, who were cleansed from their own sins. “How canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. (Luk 6:42 KJV). One also have to become a spiritual person, instead of carnal, and to rebuke a person who sins with cautioun, in humility, beware not to run into temptation and not to stumble. “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such {in Russian translation “correct such”} an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal 6:1 KJV). Prophet Ezekiel certainly was a spiritual person and had a right to rebuke others. It was not allowed for me to rebuke people.

Further, it is allowed to rebuke not everybody. We should not rebuke mockers, proud people, those who easily take offence. “He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee” (Pro 9:7-9 KJV). “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath” (Pro 21:24 KJV). One can rebuke a wise person, it will benefit him. “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:8B-9A).

There were other deteriorations in my life. I used to have an attitude of a winner, believing that there is no insolvable problem, but in church, hearing about multitudes of sins around, talks about what the enemy is doing I lost it. By such talks the enemy was extolled instead of God; instead God should be magnified through conversations about what He did, will do or does. An attitude of defeat appeared in me and passive attitude toward evil. I used to resist bad thoughts, and now I had an impression that I needed only to pray and ask God to change my thoughts. Inside something was saying that it was wrong (it was the Holy Spirit knocking) that we have to have our own responsibility for our inner world. But here everybody around me in church was saying (at least that what I heard) that everything depends on God, and you are nothing. And I again took offence and refused the good, accepted this passive religious idea. Later God opened to me through Andrew Wommack and the “True, Light and the Life” teaching that it was a lie. We need to be responsible for our thoughts, we have to cast down bad thoughts and to take our thoughts captive into obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5).

I wanted to hear testimonies about God’s victorious deeds. Such things were very rare, and the most of what I heard in church were prayer requests about problems and by that the deceit was “proved” to be true, “See, there is more evil than good, God does not help, He needs to be asked for a long time, and whether He would answer, it is not known”. It was not of God. But when you are deceived, you do not understand that it is a deceit, and you trust the lie. Glory to the Lord that He did not leave me there to perish, but began to lead me out into His Light.

Music very often was plaintive, abstruse, causing depression and despair, moaning, and those things too led to falling of faith. I had a ship-wreck of faith, and I became as in that verse “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Mat 23:15 KJV).

Sins of people in other denominations were condemned, and was constantly reminded of, how they perverted the Scripture, departed from this or that commandment (thereby arrogance and haughty attitude was latently strengthened that we keep all those, so it means we are good, and they are bad). I did not like this condemnation, I did not want it, but where do I go? I did not know what to do. But God knew, glory to Him and thanks!!!

The first beams of the sun began to shine, when I arrived in the USA and began to attend an American church. People considered Christians in others churches brothers and sisters from whom it is possible to learn something useful, to follow them as an example in something. It was pleasant to my heart see to not the proud and haughty attitude “we know God’s will better, they have to listen to us”, which you can feel in congregations in my homeland, but modest and humble attitude, which my spirit thirsted for. For the sake of fairness I should note, that not all congregations in my homeland were legalistic. The Lord had blessed me with attending one Adventist congregation in a small town in resort area where my son and I had a vacation. In that group the spirit of love reigned. We were there 1 or 2 times. I had a desire to be there among those people and to be saturated with this Spirit. What their pastor was speaking, was as balm to my wounds, and gave answers to different questions that disturbed me at that time. Thank God for such Christians.

The considerable improvement started, when I began watching Andrew Wommack’s TV programs. I wanted to have such relationships with God as he had – of trust, love, constant communion, to thank Him in prayers, to glorify Him instead of simply asking Him and confessing sins (that what my prayer life was like). I began to pray in such a way, I was listening to Wommack for years, and in my soul it became easier and more beautiful. Though torments and pain still bothered me.

Somehow I got an audio tape by Daniel Rodes “Ask and receive” on how God gives everything and will give it if we ask in faith. Its victorious attitude made strong impression on me. I wished to have it also.

I received great blessing from Kevin Campbell’s sermon “Your Character Remitted”. Through it was revealed to me why the testimony and the example of that person in 1987 had such beneficial influence on me; he remitted sins of people, he did hold their sins against them. O, what a blessing!!! After that I ceased to be afraid of condemnation and instead of protecting myself, when I was condemned (picked on), I could see the truth easily and freely – could recognize my faults. His kind accepting attitude (God’s kindness worked through him) led me to repentance.

I also understood, why I was able to help so many people during those 6 wonderful years and why they came to repentance, why they became able to see their errors and choose a better way, of good and love. It happened because I did not keep their sins against them, and released them (unconsciously). And when I came to church, I started concentrating on sins of other people and though I was saddened because of these sins, it helped them very little (if at all), since I through this strong concentration (when you think of sins too much), kept these sins against them and this prevented them from changing. What an invaluable revelation! What freedom! “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

What a blessing of Abraham! “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3B).

Glory to our merciful and All-powerful Lord Who has given this understanding and this message to leaders of our church and opened a way for me to hear this message. I could have not heard it. Just at that time we had problems with telephone broadcast of sermons: the telephone line which we used became busy for a couple of weeks, and they eventually changed the number. But the Lord had a way – He reminded us (through an error when I gave my old phone to one sister and there was an old phone number of a different line for broadcast of church services; the sister could not reach the church services on it and asked me why). Through it the Lord reminded me that there is other old phone line which is accessible. And the brother who broadcasts sermons, some days before it learnt about this number from me and began using it. Glory to You, our God, for Your great miracles, for Your love to us and provision! Glory to You, great and wise God, You are the only one Who works wonders and You have a solution for any problem!!!!!!!!

“For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.” (Psalm 86:10)

“Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.” (Psalm 72:18)

Tatyana Noel

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  1. Testimony
    Related to Kevin Campbell’s message
    “Remitting and Retaining”

    When I was a teenager, I started using index cards with names of my schoolmates. There I entered their character traits, mostly flaws. When Pastor Kevin Campbell said that we keep files on people in our minds, I kept them not only in my mind, but on paper also.

    In 1987 I met a person who spoke only good things about people, he judged or condemned nobody. I felt a desire to be like him. I had not met a person whom I would like to imitate prior to that. I began to imitate him, and there came an amazing liberation. I began to love most people, stopped fearing them, when I communicate with them, there was a confidence that the good will win.

    The rest of the testimony is here – http://noelrt.com/?p=1685#more-1685

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