6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God.
10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. (Jos 14:6-13 KJV)
Call a Solemn Assembly. Message After the Affiliate Meetings
Pastor Kevin Campbell
July 1, 2015
Truth, Light and Life Mission
Penn Laird, Virginia
Developing your Spirit, Soul and Body
1 I have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
(1Thess 5:1-24 KJV)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (Eph 6:13-14 KJV)
We need shield of righteousness to withstand the evil day. Do not let your heart be troubled, but embrace that day with confidence. Look at that terrible day not with trouble. The Lord gives you righteousness, the first things that allows you to withstand that day.
Righteousness is a quality and a state of being righteous and just, doing the right things with correct motive.
How do we get that righteousness? The answer is not to try harder.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Rom 10:2-3 KJV)
The best things you can do is to submit yourself to the righteousness of God. All you need to do is to believe in the lord Jesus and receive His righteousness in your life. About Abraham it says,
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Rom 4:21-22 KJV)
By faith in His righteousness He justifies us and makes us righteous.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Gal 5:5 KJV)
Pharisees were righteous in their own eyes. Our righteousness has to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Mat 7:21-23 KJV)
They were doing their own thing.
Ezekiel 33. If the righteous sins, his righteousness won’t be remembered.
The righteousness of God will deliver you in the evil day.
The passage in Ezekiel 14:12-20 started me on that topic. The good news in in verses 22-23,
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. (Eze 14:22-1 KJV)
The idea is to bring forth the remnant, and we will see it was not in vain what God was doing.
We need to have righteousness to be a part of that remnant.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Heb 11:7 KJV)
Vernon Stoltzfoos, evangelist
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If we understand what Heavenly Father has for us, we would not have to go through the half what we go through. It is because we are ignorant in the area we have to be educated in.
“13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Mat 16:13-15 KJV)
It does not matter what other people think of the Lord, it is what you think of Him. A person once told, that power to bind and loose was given only to Peter. Let’s check in the Bible. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Who is the “ye” – Peter? People sometimes take part of the Bible and become confused.
Binding and loosing was done by words. It is not a minor, it is a major operation. It is God given. Casting all cares upon the Lord has to do with loosing. We don’t go by feeling, but by the fact of the Word of God.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
Until I made a study on Binding and Loosing, I didn’t realize how powerful this subject could be when used in connection with speaking the blood. Almost every verse in the Bible can be associated with binding and loosing. Some are more obvious than others. Jesus told the disciples to go into the city and they would find a colt tied. He said, “loose him and bring him to me” (Mark 11:2). Under the circumstances, Jesus could not use the colt until His disciples loosed him. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He instructed those with Him: “take ye away the stone” (John 11:39). In other words, “Loose the stone.” After He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him [Lazarus] and let him go” (verse 44). The Lord uses us to bind and to loose. Jesus didn’t say binding and loosing is one of the keys to the Kingdom, He said they ARE the keys. This became more clear to me when I was staying in a hotel room not far from where I was on a preaching assignment. I had just unlocked the door and walked inside when the Lord spoke to me. “The keys you are holding to this hotel room give you the authority to bind and loose, to lock and unlock these doors, although you do not own this hotel. I have given the keys to the Kingdom to My children to bind and loose as needed.” Then He added, “Go, teach My faithful children that I have given them authority to use the keys to the Kingdom to bind and to loose as needed.” Without an understanding of the power of speaking the blood in connection with binding and loosing, we would not be as successful as the Lord would want us to be. We first of all have to understand what we have the authority to bind and loose. Jesus used the word “whatsoever.”
Binding Ourselves to the Word
The Lord began to teach me the importance of binding myself to the Word of God. At first, I questioned if this was scriptural because it was all new to me. I discovered in Proverbs 6:20-22 that we are instructed to bind the commandments continually upon our hearts: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” He said, “tie them about thy neck.“ This means to bind them to your neck. The Lord spoke of the children of Israel on a number of occasions as being stiffnecked. This symbol of tying them about your neck would eliminate the “sin-drome” of becoming stiffnecked. You will notice Proverbs 3:3 emphasizes the same teaching: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”Also in Proverbs 7:1-3 we read, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, [something to seize with]write them upon the table of thine heart.” God wanted to make sure His children would always obey His Word and do all that He commanded.
In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We can’t keep the commandments unless we are bound to them. By binding the Word upon us, we become so attached to the Word of God that we will speak the Word and do according to all that is written in the Word. When we are bound to the Word, we are bound to truth, and we are bound to God. God and His Word cannot be separated. In Deuteronomy 11:18-20, the children of Israel were instructed to bind His book of the Law upon them: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” They were to have God’s Word become a daily part of them.
When we bind the Word of God upon us, we are binding ourselves to the blood covenant that Jesus bought for us on Calvary. When we bind ourselves to the Word of God and the blood covenant, it has an effect on the whole family, just as it did in the Old Testament…
Loosing the Bands of Wickedness
Now, let’s turn our attention to loosing the bands of wickedness as recorded in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” If we could not have the power within us to loose the bands of wickedness, the Lord would never have commanded us to do so, would He? Can we completely control all the wickedness in the world by loosing the bands of wickedness? Certainly not. We cannot control the world, but we can hinder the works of wickedness when we take the time to fast and intercede and then take the keys of binding and loosing and do the job God has called us to do.
All across the world, people are being controlled by wickedness. The uncontrollable evil of this generation is ripping through our land like a mighty tornado, destroying everyone in its path. It is time for the blood-washed, blood-bought saints of God to arise and let the devil and his hosts know that through the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will start loosing the bands of wickedness. We will undo those heavy burdens cast upon God’s people. We will let the oppressed go free. We will break every yoke, not by our power or our might, but by the mighty spirit of the living God. We have had some astounding things happen through the power of speaking the blood. One of the ways we can break these bands off and do the work outlined in Isaiah 58 is by making statements similar to this, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the mind, body and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that I am a part of, I loose myself and my family from the evil influence of this nation. I loose the burdens from off the people of this nation according to the authority given to me in Isaiah 58:6.” This needs to be done in faith, knowing that you have the authority to do so because you are protected by the blood and are a part of the blood covenant. It must be understood that we cannot control the whole world, nor change nations on our authority. We can only hinder the work of evil. Although we have the responsibility and duty through the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and loose, it is the Lord that does the work. We are only instruments in the work…
Can We Bind the Devil?
For years, I have heard Christians trying to bind the devil with little or no success. Yet, for some reason, they felt they were keeping him bound. I have even heard little children say, “I bind you devil.” The more I was around the devil-binding crowd, the more I noticed they were getting deeper into trouble and often ended up calling me for counseling.
Years ago, I heard a well-known teacher teaching on the subject of binding the strong man, whom he said was the devil. He explained how to bind him in the name of Jesus. He used such Scriptures as Matthew 12:29: “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house,” and Mark 3:27: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” His message was quite convincing and appeared to be backed by the Scriptures. The only problem was I was unable to see the necessary results that one would expect in binding the devil. He seemed to be as free in his operation as he was before he was supposed to be bound. I need to be more bold, I thought, Maybe this will help.
Soon after that, I had an unusual experience while I was endeavoring to bind the power of the devil as this teacher taught. I was speaking boldly, “I bind you devil in the name of Jesus,” when the Lord spoke to me.
“What are you binding the devil with?” He asked.
I was startled and didn’t know what to say. Finally I answered, “I am binding him in the name of Jesus.”
“No,” He answered, “You can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but you can’t bind the devil in the name of Jesus.”
“Well then,” I said, “I guess I must bind him with the blood of Jesus.”
“You can’t bind him with the blood either,” the Lord replied. “You overcome the devil by the blood, but you can’t bind him with the blood.” Then He began to reveal something to me that changed my life. He said, “You cannot bind the devil. All you can do is hinder, restrain or resist his operation by using the Word of God like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot be bound until the angel is given the authority to bind him (as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3), because his time has not come to be bound.”
If you think about it, what would be the purpose of trying to bind a devil that Jesus has already defeated when he can be resisted? The Bible says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). According to Hebrews 2:14 and I John 3:8, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Then in Colossians 2:15, we are told Jesus spoiled all the powers that come against us: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”If we study these two words, “destroyed”and “spoiled,”we find that Jesus abolished the works of the devil. He caused his operation to be hindered. He disarmed him. He brought his kingdom to ruin. He caused his kingdom to fail. He brought his powers to naught and made void the works of the devil. Only in the lives of those who are cleansed by the blood, redeemed by the blood and protected by the blood is the devil defeated and weakened, because he has one hundred percent power in the world. When we are engaged in slander, talebearing, strife, rebellion and division, we step out from under the blood protection and the devil is no longer a powerless force. The world does not have a defeated devil, but one who is able to kill, steal and destroy.
The night the children of Israel left Egypt out of the land of bondage and slavery, God gave them some specific directions to follow. They were to kill a lamb, apply the blood to the doors, roast its flesh, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. God told them how, when, and where to apply the blood of the sacrificial lamb. God’s instructions were, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat itAnd they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it”(Exodus 12:7-8).
They were also informed, “…none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning” (Exodus 12:22). If they had gone out of the house when the destroyer came through, they would not have been protected by the blood. They knew the life of a family member was in danger if they didn’t do according to ALL the Lord commanded. The blood was their protection from the destroyer that was to pass through that night and destroy the firstborn. In verse 13, the Lord said, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Notice, when the blood was applied correctly, the people were safe from the destroyer.
The Lord called this night, “the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12:11), when they were to come out of the land of Egypt and from the house of bondage.
The Old Testament saints had a tangible lamb and blood. God has given us the bread and wine as a symbol of the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we partake of communion. In the New Testament, the Lord refers to the commemoration of communion as “Christ our Passover” (I Corinthians 5:7). As the children of Israel were given instructions concerning how to prepare the Passover, God has also given us some specific instructions to examine ourselves in preparation for this very important Passover ordinance. We are to make certain our lives are in agreement with God’s Word and that we have peace with God and man before partaking of communion (Passover): “…let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup” (I Corinthians 11:28). The Bible plainly tells us that it is not our responsibility to judge our fellowmen, but to judge ourselves: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31).
Preparing for the Passover
Now let’s look at I Corinthians 11:27: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” This word “unworthily” means “to be irreverent” or “not worthy” to take communion under the present conditions. We may ask the question, “What makes us unworthy?” In the earlier part of I Corinthians 11, Paul informed the people that there were divisions, heresies, and, in some cases, drunkenness among them which had brought them to a dangerous position. Some sins may seem small, but they could disqualify us to take communion. Habitual strife, envy, contention, slander, talebearing, lying, division, unforgiveness, disobedience or hypocrisy could cause us to be unworthy. It is important that we judge ourselves honestly and repent of any sin and renounce it. Just to say “I was wrong” or “I’m sorry” is like trying to wash a dirt floor with a wet mop. We must renounce and forsake sin.
The Consequences of Taking Communion Unworthily
As the Israelites were aware that they were not safe from the destroyer if they disobeyed God’s instructions, it is just as important for us to partake of the communion service reverently and in godly fear, or we will not be protected from the destroyer. Perhaps many Christians do not realize what could happen to them if they take communion in a state of unworthiness. The last part of I Corinthians 11:27 says, “…[he] shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Then verses 29 and 30 read,“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Let’s analyze the words “damnation,” “weak,” “sickly,” and “sleep.” The word “damnation” means “being sentenced, judged, or damned.” “Weak” means “to be impotent, feeble, or weak.” “Sickly” means “to be infirmed or sick.” And the word “sleep” means “to be dead or deceased.”
Taking communion unworthily could cause a person to experience one or more of the following:
1. They will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
2. They will be condemned.
3. They may become weak.
4. They may become sickly.
5. They could die prematurely.
It is doubtful if the Corinthians who were sick, weak or dying were aware that their problem could be traced back to the communion table. Maybe they didn’t know why so many of them were sick or dying.
In my travels across nations of the world over the years preaching the Gospel, training church leaders, speaking in conferences and conventions and holding healing crusades, I often pray for people who have been suffering guilt and condemnation in their lives for no apparent reason. Some of these people are suffering guilt and condemnation because they have taken communion unworthily. They may not even be aware that they have done this. Someone asked me, “If you took communion ignorantly and were not aware of the danger involved, wouldn’t God overlook that?” The answer to that question is found in Acts 17:30: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” The word “winked” in this verse means “to overlook” or “not punish,” but the Lord said clearly that He commands all men in the New Testament dispensation to repent of any wrongdoing or to suffer chastisement (disciplinary correction) from His hand. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (I Corinthians 11:32). Why would God be so harsh with people who partake of His communion service unworthily? I believe the answer is found in the fact that the body and blood of Christ are spiritual, sacred and precious. Because of this, we must partake of His body and blood reverently and in godly fear. The Lord brings chastisement upon us by means of correction that we should not be condemned with the world.
To eat unleavened bread and to drink grape juice is not dangerous in itself, when taken in the natural. Communion is not a natural ordinance, but a spiritual ordinance. When we take communion, we are commemorating the broken body and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Passover. There is great power in the body and blood of Jesus, and I believe that we have yet to learn the true value of them.
I believe there is deliverance and pardon for those who may have taken communion in a state of unworthiness. I’m not suggesting that everyone has taken communion with the wrong motive or with sin in their life, nor am I suggesting that you, the reader, take a guilt trip if you may have taken communion unworthily. Certainly not all weakness, sickness or death comes because of misuse of communion or because of sin. If there is a question, however, I believe it would be wise to examine ourselves to see if somewhere along the way we may have taken communion unworthily. If so, thank God, there is a way to be restored.
Bible talks about the devil, but does not glorify him. An average person does not know how to handle this character. The difference between victorious person and defeated is who is in charge. If the Lord is, you are victorious, if the devil is in charge of your life, it brings defeat.
Did you make a point when you get up on the morning to give thanks to the Lord, to thank him, that I am more than a conqueror? Then you will see the results of it.
People like to study the devil. What is the Lord doing for you? What are the angels doing for you? Do you know how to resist the devil? It is not to ignore him, but to speak to him. “Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he shall flee from you” (James 4:7). This is a promise. The problem is – are you truly submitted to God? When you are submitted to God, you have authority over the devil, he does not have authority over you.
Many people take resisting as temptation, but it is only one thing. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Do not give place to the devil. You resist him, “I am not yielding to you”, that is how the sword of the Spirit works. That how Jesus resisted. He could have sinned, but He did not. Satan will misuse the Word of God trying to defeat you. That is why we need to know the Word, to know what it actually says.
Tom Deckard teaches on how to have God’s power and anointing in our life, speaking from his over 30 years experience. If you want to know how to get closer to the Lord and get God’s power in your life, this teaching will help you.
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“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18)
Wrong teaching and wrong believing can be a detriment to anyone.
Fasting is to get you out of the way and let the Lord lead. When I am fasting, my discernment is way up and I know a lot about you – it pushes more into the supernatural than the natural world. He just reads “spirit” the reality of your life, where you are really living. I’m seeing you just as you are and that is what I can tell you. After the Holy Spirit comes upon a person he becomes another man.
Fasting must become a way of life. You have to bring yourself under a control. Fasting is humbling yourself before God, because we want to get closer to Him. Continue reading Fasting and Prayer
“…He began to say unto His disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1). It is a put on. It is not right. It looks religious, but it is not what God is looking for. You can be ever so close to what God wants you to be, and still not be what God wants you to be; when we try to put on something that we are not – this is hypocrisy. Sometimes when you are fighting a disease and believe for healing, and talk to a person who is critical about it and you don’t tell him about what is going on – I am not talking about this case. I am talking about normal run of character. Jesus said to us to be aware of the hypocrisy, which is leaven of the Pharisee, it will leaven you if you don’t watch.
If you are in the flesh you have to get to work emotions up. Because all week long you are dragging by them. If it is all emotions you will be down next day.
If you are not excommunicated from the group that you used to belong to, then what are you be a part of? Who are you trying to please and bring glory to? “These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.” (John 9:22)
Here is almighty God made a great miracle for their son, but they are afraid. The Lord put some pressure on them.When I had a baptism of the Holy Ghost, I lost fellowship with most of my family. We need to go outside the temple following Jesus.
Hebrews 13:12-13: 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
We don’t want to lose fellowship. Fear keeps people inside. To go outside the camp means to go outside the walls of the church. 1 Peter 4:12-14: 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial [excommunication – K.C.] which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
You know why some of you don’t have joy? You still try to get inside those walls.
We need to prepare yourself and your children to eat less, because it may not be enough food very soon. Waste cannot be allowed. Learn how to control your appetite, how to multiply food. Get rid of gossiping and slandering tongue. Some people wonder why somebody always comes against them. It is because you constantly come against others.
Мы должны подготовить себя и своих детей, научите их есть меньше, потому что, возможно, очень скоро будет недостаточно пищи. Не позволяйте им выбрасывать пищу. Научитесь управлять своим аппетитом, научитесь умножать пищу. Избавьтесь от сплетничания и клеветнического языка. Некоторые люди задаются вопросом, почему кто-то всегда выступает против них. Это происходит потому, что вы сами постоянно выступаете против других, распускаете сплетни и вредите им своим языком.
Persecution comes; it is automatic with receiving the truth. We must be able to face all persecution in order to be able to overcome. “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:20)
Truth will be the most resisted thing in the future.
Start preparing for not being offended. You have to make a decision not to be offended.
People who are focused on eschatology1 prepare only to what they believe and what they been taught about the end of the world. If they are not corrected now they won’t have the faith to overcome in the future. They talk about rapture of the church, 10 toes in the book of Daniel, pre-tribulation, on and on. They study only end time events and prophetic. This causes them to be unstable.
I believe many people will walk away from the Lord and perish in the days to come because of wrong teaching in this area. They can tell you all about the end of the world, but they are not ready to face it. I meet in prison a lot of people like that. They can tell you a lot about Revelation and Daniel, but they can’t tell you anything about good understanding and management, how to make it in the world we live in today. They have prophetic things figured out. I don’t ask for prophetic information, it just comes. The Lord told me one time, “Don’t just spend all your time in Revelation and Daniel, there is the whole Bible you need to know.” Eschatology is important, but you can’t get it out of balance.
Люди, которые сосредоточены на эсхатологии2 готовятся только к тому, чему они верят и чему их научили о конце мира. Если эти люди не исправятся теперь, у них не будет веры, чтобы победить в будущем. Эти люди только изучают события времени конца и пророчества: восхищение церкви, 10 пальцев на ногах в книге Даниила, время скорби и т.д. Это делает их нестабильными. Полагаю, что многие уйдут от Бога и погибнут в последние дни из-за неправильного учения в этой области. Они могут сказать вам всё о конце мира, но они не готовы выстоять в это время. Я встречаю в тюрьме много таких заключенных. Они могут рассказать вам очень много об Откровении и Даниила, но они ничего не могут сказать о том, как распоряжаться своей жизнью, как вести себя в мире, в котором мы живем сегодня. Они поглощены пророческими вещами. Я не прошу у Бога пророческую информацию, она просто приходит. Бог однажды сказал мне : “Не проводи все время в книгах Откровения и Даниила: есть целая Библия, которую ты должен знать.” Эсхатология важна, но нельзя непропорционально раздувать ее.
God does not have to have a lot of people to accomplish His purpose, as in case with Gideon. Faith is based on wisdom. You cannot base faith on stupidity. Nature itself teaches us to be ready at all times. The earth is shaking, things are getting worse. People see it happening, but they say, “It is not happening.”
When there is a drought in your spiritual life many people want to back off. “I just don’t feel like I did before. Maybe I committed unpardonable sin? Maybe I missed it somewhere? What is wrong?” And you want to jump to conclusions, which lead to wrong decision. Don’t make decisions when you are weak. When it’s tough it’s not the time to sleep or take vacation. Stand and withstand. Don’t let the enemy to plunder your field.
Mahlon Riehl, evangelist
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“10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (Psalm 51)
The word “create” also means “to cut down”. It means something needs to come down. We want a clean heart without ax, just keep things the way they are. This is not your, but God’s habitation.
It is important for us to examine our hearts sometimes. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
Does honesty, reliability, courage, love have to do with clean heart?
#1. Guarding the flame in your life. How is your fire burning? You need to add things to it to keep is up. If you stop adding the fire will go out. He told them to take olives, beat them in order to get oil out of them. If you are going to get anything out of the Word of God, you need to get into it, to pound it, to get involved. Don’t just get olives, don’t just read the Word, get the oil out of it. Add to your life things that will burn. All of us can quote certain Scriptures. You need to get oil out of it. You have to have your lamp full if you want to get through the dark times.
#2. Get rid of evil heart of unbelief. Traditions of men can be an evil heart of unbelief.