Thursday, October 13, 2016

A time to stay steadfast and immovable in the Lord!

While praying in the spirit the other day, I saw a vision of a man standing on a big rock and in another vision, a sword piercing upwards from the earth through dark clouds, dispersing those dark clouds

I asked the Lord what these visions meant, and that's when the Lord said:
"This is a time to stay steadfast and stand on the Rock that I have given you! Fear not, for I am your Rock, and in Me, you cannot be shaken and will not be shaken, even in this time of shifting sands that's happening in the world at the moment!"

'Shifting sands' = situations/things that change frequently and unpredictably, like the surface and appearance of the desert being changed every time there is a sandstorm.

And the Lord said further:
"For I have also given you My sword! Use it! Wield it! Don't be afraid to use it and wield it, for this sword will break through even the darkest clouds that the enemy has cast against you!"

'Sword' here is symbolic of 'the Word of God' (see Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 1:16).

Stand on the Rock!
In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus says, "Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock." In Matthew 7:26-27, Jesus then says the contrast, "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Who is this 'Rock' that Jesus has mentioned? 
Let Scripture interpret Scripture. In cross-reference, 1 Corinthians 10:4 says, '...For they drank of that Spiritual Rock... and that Rock was Christ'. 
Note: The word 'rock' here in both Matthew 7:24-25 and 1 Corinthians 10:4 is 'petra' in Greek, meaning 'the mass of rock', a 'picture' of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Stay steadfast and immovable in the Lord!
In 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, the apostle Paul wrote, 'But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. THEREFORE, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord'.

Notice just before 1 Corinthians 15:58 is 1 Corinthians 15:57 that says, 'But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ'! You know what this means? Because you already have the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ (and what He has done for you on the cross), THEREFORE you can now be steadfast and immovable in Him, no matter what happens in the world around you! See the word 'THEREFORE' here?
By the way, the word 'steadfast' here is from the word 'hezomai' in Greek, meaning 'settled, steady, solid, unwavering', and the word 'immovable' here can mean 'refuse to be moved when the rest of the crowd is running away'.

Is there anywhere in the Bible that proves the above?
The answer is yes! Let's go to the Old Testament now, and look at 2 Samuel 23:11-12 (NKJV). These verses say, '...The Philistines had gathered into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. BUT SHAMMAH STATIONED HIMSELF in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory'. 
The word 'stationed' (or 'stood' in KJV) here is 'yatsab' in Hebrew, literally meaning 'stand firm, stand your ground, remain unwavered'. And because of what he did (when every one else ran for their lives), Shammah (one of David's mighty men) saw the manifestation of the Lord's great victory!

How to wield the Sword of the Lord?
Revelation 1:12-18 (NKJV) says, 'Then I (John) turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band, His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I AM the First and the Last. I AM He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."'

Who the apostle John described here is none other but our Lord Jesus Christ Himself! He is the I AM, He was dead, but now He lives forevermore! And because He lives forevermore, 'death' (and every 'dead situation' in your life) has been swallowed up in His victory! (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

Notice 'out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword'? Hebrews 4:12 says, 'For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart', and Ephesians 6:17 says, 'And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God'.

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of darkness of this age, and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12). The one offensive weapon that the Lord has taught us to use and wield is that two-edged sword (i.e. the Word of God)! As He uses His mouth to speak forth the Word, so should you be today! (1 John 4:17)

Use your mouth to declare these words: 
"I declare this 'dead situation' of mine .....(mention that situation, whatever it may be)..... has been swallowed up in Christ's victory! I believe and receive my breakthrough and victory today! In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord! Hallelujah!"

Therefore, beloved of God, stay steadfast and immovable in the Lord your God! Speak what the Word of God says, not what man says! And you'll be on your way to see your manifested victory too! Amen!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Prophetic words for the Hebrew year 5777

Here are the prophetic words for the Hebrew year 5777 (released at Triumph in Christ on Sunday, October 2, 2016):
"This is a key year to take back what you have lost. For I will give you My sword, and I will give you a new zeal! This is a year of My Church arising! Let My Church arise! Let My Church arise! This is a year My Church will begin to arise in ways that the world has never seen or thought possible!"

'My sword' = revelation in the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 12:11).
'New zeal' = a new zeal for His house (John 2:13-17).

"This is a year to gain new territories and walk into the new territories. The enemy will try to make you think otherwise, but I will send you My supplies, and I will send you My ammunitions, even in ways that you have never expected it to happen."

'My supplies' speaks of 'support'.
'My ammunitions' speaks of 'weapons'.

'New territories' speaks of:
- areas you have never been before;
- things you have never done before.

Instructions from the Lord as you cross over the Hebrew year 5777:
"Keep sowing seeds of My love and My kindness, no matter how turbulent this world has become! Keep sowing seeds of My Word! For whatever a man sows, he will also reap! Do not grow weary while doing good, for in due season, you will surely reap, if you do not lose heart."

Galatians 6:7-10 says, 'Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith'.

In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus says, "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"

As I was asking the Lord what the 'ammunitions' mean in the prophetic words for the year 5777, the Lord then gave a key chapter for this coming year: 1 Corinthians 13.
Not missiles, bombs, 'lone wolves', or suicide squads, and contrary to what many people think, the answer is God's love and kindness.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, 'Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing'.

'love' = 'agapĂȘ' in Greek = benevolence (love + kindness).

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 then says, 'Love suffers long (is patient) and love is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away'.

'kind' here is from the word 'chrestos' in Greek, meaning 'goodness, and gracious' (not just in words, but in action).

The love and compassion of Jesus
Matthew 9:35-38 says, 'Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."'

People of God, as we usher in the new Hebrew year 5777 (leading us into the secular year 2017), receive the love of God from on high. This love is God's heavenly love. This love will not fail, when everything else on earth fails. This love is the love of Christ. Romans 5:5 says, 'Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us'.

As you receive this love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8) and be filled with His love, let this love overflow to others. Amen.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Church founded on the Rock!

Someone asked this question, "What is the best way to structure a church?"

I answered, "If you desire to preach and teach the unadulterated Word of God, then your church should also be structured or patterned according to the unadulterated Word of God!"
Note: The word 'adulterated' literally means 'a foreign substance added to the original, and causes the original to lose its quality'.

In other words, we are to pattern the church according to what the Word of God says a church should be, not what man says a church should be! Only then will the church be able to stand strong in the midst of the perilous times we are living in, and be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

In Matthew 24:35, Jesus says, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." So, people of God, let's go straight to the Word of God now, and see what the Word of God says about church.

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus says, "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

The word 'house' here is 'oikia' in Greek, from the word 'oikos' meaning 'a dwelling place, a family, a home, a household, or a temple'. Evidently, this 'house' can also mean 'the house of God', i.e. the church! How about the word 'rock' here? It is 'petra' in Greek, literally meaning 'the mass of rock'.

Let Scripture interpret Scripture. In cross-reference, Matthew 16:13-19 says,
'When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi,
He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter ('petros'), and on this rock ('petra') I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."'

In Greek, the word 'petros' speaks of 'a piece of rock', whereas the word 'petra' speaks of 'the mass of rock' (like the one at the core of the earth). This  'mass of rock' is likened to the 'chief cornerstone' (i.e. the uttermost of all rocks), i.e. Jesus Christ Himself (see Ephesians 2:20).

So, when Jesus said "on this rock ('petra') I will build My church", He meant "on this confession and revelation that I am the Christ, the Son of the living God, I will build My church"! And you know what? This is the first time the word 'church' is mentioned in the Bible!

A church founded and built on 'the mass of rock' ('petra') is a church that is patterned after the Word of God! Because He is the Rock, and He is the Word! John 1:14 says, 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth'.

You see? That explains what I have written earlier, that we are to structure the church according to what the Word of God says a church should be, not what man says a church should be! God's idea of a church, not man's idea of a church! God's blueprint for a church, not man's blueprint for a church!

Our confidence is not in ourselves, or our own intelligence and wisdom. Our confidence is in the Word of God! And whatever the Word of God says a church should be, let the church be!

For details on what a church is according to the Word of God, click: You and I are the 'church'!

The pattern of the church according to the Word of God
1 Corinthians 12:28 says, 'And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues'.
Apostles ('apostolos' in Greek) = 'he that is sent'.
Prophets ('prophetes' in Greek) = 'he that is inspired'.
Teachers ('didaskalos' in Greek) = 'he that instructs/teaches'. To correlate with the five-fold gifts in Ephesians 4:11-13, evangelists and pastors are included under this category, because they also communicate the Word of God.
Miracles ('dunamis' in Greek) = 'ability, power, strength, mighty, wonderful (work of God)'.
Healings ('iama' in Greek) = 'healing, wholeness, wellness (both physically and in the soul)'.
Helps ('antilepsis' in Greek) = 'support, relief, help, deacons'.
Administrations ('kubernesis' in Greek) = 'administrations, management'.
Varieties of tongues ('glossa' in Greek) = 'intercession, prayer'.

For example, in a local church:
The apostle receives a genuine vision from the Lord (with confirmations, not assumptions), and is therefore sent (commissioned) by the Lord to break new ground and start the new work.
The prophet seeks the will (and directions) of the Lord, being inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak to the church, like a compass, so that the church will not go off-track.
The teacher ensures the Word of God is being instructed and taught correctly, with sound doctrines, so that the church will not fall into heresy or error.

By the way, the whole of 1 Corinthians 12 begins with, 'Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant'. The apostle Paul was writing to the church not to be ignorant of the spiritual gifts, i.e. the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the church. Obviously, this whole chapter still applies for the end-time church today, because the chapter that follows, 1 Corinthians 13 speaks about 'love' and 'love in action' (for without love, all these spiritual gifts mentioned in the whole of 1 Corinthians 12 would be useless).

How about orderliness in the church?
The Holy Spirit keeps everything in order. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and Comforter. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us (John 16:13) in all areas of our lives, and that includes the church. It is the Holy Spirit who fills us, empowers us, and blesses us with spiritual gifts. Our part is to yield to Him, not our own intelligence and wisdom. A Spirit-filled church should also be a Spirit-led church. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:14).

Ephesians 2:19-22 says, 'Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit'.

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, 'And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping (i.e. training) of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying (i.e. strengthening) of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ'.

In conclusion, a church that is patterned after the Word of God operates around the spiritual gifts (i.e. the gifts of the Holy Spirit), and not according to the structures created by man. The Word of God says so.