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Yes You Are Called, Called to Suffer, if You Are Truly In Christ.

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If You Are Truly One of Christ’s Own, Then You WILL SUFFER!!!There is something wrong if you have not, are not suffering at a certain level.

People will do you wrong, even those who are supposed to love you the most. They will take from you, you will be under pressure,

When injustice is done to you, it does not give you the right to lash out, get even, or look for payback. If we are truly His own, then eventually we will realize we are undergoing a testing of our faith, and if postured according to scripture, realize that in our weakness, vulnerability, this is when He is strong. We do not lean on our own strength, we have to be utterly dependant on Jesus, abiding in Him, Him in us, and His word abiding in us.

And then we will grow in maturity in His character.

Romans 5:3 & 4

3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us EXULT and TRUIMPH in OUR TROUBLES and REJOICE in OUR SUFFERINGS, knowing that PRESSURE and AFFLICTION and HARDSHIP PRODUCE patient and unswerving endurance.

4 And ENDURANCE (fortitude) develops “””””MATURITY of CHARACTER””””” (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

The maturity of Character written about in verse 4, is the character of Christ, which is the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

 

Romans 8:16-18

16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

17 And “””IF””” WE ARE [His] CHILDREN, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; ONLY WE MUST SHARE HIS SUFFERING “”IF”” we are to share His glory.

18[But what of that?] For I consider THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME (this present life) are NOT WORTH BEING COMPARED WITH THE GLORY that IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED TO US and IN US and FOR US and conferred on us!

Verse 18 reminds us of the scripture in Philippians 3

20 For OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN, from which WE ALSO EAGERLY WAIT FOR THE SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

 

We are not supposed to be drawn to the things of this world. In this world we will and are “”supposed to suffer”” and have hardships, we are supposed to look forward to our heavenly home with Jesus, where this is no more suffering or hardships. That is our true home, we are only here temporarily, and we do not live for what this world has to offer, our goal is our home with Jesus. And while we are here, only what we do for Him will last.

 

Jesus told us, to deny ourselves and pick up our crosses and follow Him. Do we think we are supposed to ignore DENYING ourselves, or the fact that we are picking up our crosses, which means suffering and death, and just play follow the leader? Most of us only want to walk like He did only in the miracles and power moves He walked in. We forget about the suffering, and the self sacrificial way He walked here on earth, in obedience unto death.

 

Romans 12:11-13

1 1 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.

12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.

1 Corinthians 6:7

Why, the very fact of your having lawsuits with one another at all is a defect (a defeat, an evidence of positive moral loss for you). WHY NOT RATHER LET YOURSELVES SUFFER WRONG AND BE DEPRIVED OF WHAT IS YOUR DUE? WHY NOT rather BE CHEATED (defrauded and robbed)?

We have absorbed the worlds thinking. We are not supposed to be concerned about the treasures of this world, and we are not supposed to fret about someone doing us wrong, or cheating us out of what belongs to us. What happened to turn the other cheek, or if someone takes your tunic, give them your jacket too.

 

1 Corinthians 13:5

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us)DOES NOT INSIST ON ITS OWN RIGHTS OR ITS OWN WAY, for IT IS NOT SELF-SEEKING; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful;”””””” IT TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF THE EVIL DONE TO IT””””” [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

We are not supposed to keep tallies or keep record of the things done wrong to us. I am not saying it is easy to do, it is a real wrestling with our flesh, just to yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading in this, and through reading the scriptures. But we don’t have to rely on our own strength, because in our weakness, Jesus is made strong, when we are weak, then He is strong, if we learn to lean, totally rely on His strength, through the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 1:29

For you HAVE BEEN GRANTED [the privilege] for Christ’s sake NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE IN(adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, BUT ALSO TO SUFFER IN HIS BEHALF.

To mature in Christ our posture should be to praise Him, even in the suffering, even in the hardships. Still trusting in the unseen that is everlasting, walking by faith and not by sight.

2 Timothy 2:3

Take [with me] YOUR SHARE OF THE HARDSHIPS AND SUFFERING [which YOU ARE CALLED TO ENDURE] as “”” a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.””

As Jesus Christ’s own beloved bride, we are all called to suffer, we are supposed to suffer. And individually our suffering isn’t necessarily the same. It is customized to the refining that we all uniquely need for our calling and for our conforming to the character of our Lord Jesus.

1 Peter 5:10

And AFTER YOU HAVE SUFFERED A LITTLE WHILE, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, WILL HIMSELF COMPLETE AND MAKE YOU WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE, ESTABLISH AND GROUND YOU SECURELY, and strengthen, and settle you.

 

 

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Loving Dream of a Visitation of Christ

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I have tried to post this dream, and the understanding that the Lord had given me for two days. My computer would freeze, everything was really messing up. Praise God, Phew here it is. I want to tell you that I felt Jesus, I heard Him, I saw Him, I discerned Him. I felt His heart of grief for needless suffering, not overcoming suffering in trials, but sheep that are ravaged by wolves, and the enemies devices. Then when He showed me where our focus should be, there was so much love and encouragement just pouring from His heart.

 

I dreamed Jesus visited me, and I could see, feel,and discern His heart.

He let me know He is grieved for His people, who seem unaware of their immature view and focus of what christianity is,and even what relationship with Him is. Which sets them up for the snares of the enemy, and at the least needless wounds, and at the worse lost souls falling away, because of no depth of root.

In many cases a lot of us have been worse than toddlers who see everything on how it affects them, and makes them feel. Everything revolves around a toddler, and they are the most important person around, not that they understand they think that, but they are SELF absorbed.

A great deal of us are narcissistic in our relationship with Christ, we are self-absorbed, and focus on and through ourselves saying it is for the Lord’s sake.

Our ministry, our books, our prophecies, our giftings, our 40 days of self focus(purpose) that leads into years of focus on “self’s” purpose….all in the Name of the Lord, for the so very important work we are called to do…etc.

(Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s( Jesus’s feelings) feelings. )

 

It can also be, Why? Why am “I” not prophesying, why am I not hearing from God, why am I not on tv, why me, why not me, when, where, what?

Then the enemy uses this self focus “all for the Lord,” To keep us from maturing in our relationship with Christ.

Then in this dream, the Lord very lovingly told,revealed, and impressed to me that the Key to maturity is for us to humbly lay down our agenda, our ambition, all of the I’s, our’s, even those things  we say are for Him.

The most important thing for us to realize is that we need to love the Lord our God with all of our souls, hearts and minds. We really need to love the Lord in a relationship that reveals that love. If we love the Lord in real self-sacrificing love, then everything else will come in line. Jesus wants us to hide ourselves in Him, decreasing, while He increases. Clothing ourselves in Christ, putting on His heart and mind.

 

John 15

5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

9 I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love continue in His love with Me].

10 If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.

11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.

 

Look at the heart of Jesus in this scripture—

5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

Jesus says these words,

“Whoever lives in Me” and “I in him”

These words from Jesus reveals His heart for intimacy, intimate fellowship, intimate relationship, intimate oneness with intimate knowledge of who He is. Then if we are truly connected to Him as the True Vine, symbolizing dependency, complete reliance on Him, loving Him, seeking Him in His love letters which are His scriptures in His context, then we will be bearing much fruit that proves we are His disciples and honors the Father.

WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO FOCUS ON BEING FRUIT BEARERS,WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FOCUS ON CONTINUALLY GROWING IN INTIMACY, GROWING IN LOVE AND GRATEFULNESS, DESPERATE TO BE CLOSER TO HIM, WE ARE WILLING TO DIE TO SELF, DECREASING SO THAT HE INCREASES. WE DENY OURSELVES PICK UP OUR CROSS AND WALK IN THE SELF SACRIFICING AND OBEDIENT WAY THAT HE WALKED, OR WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF HIM, AND THIS CAN ONLY BE BIRTHED OUT OF INTIMATE LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR SAVIOR.

 WE ONLY LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THOSE WHO WE TRULY LOVE, HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD IT BE FOR JESUS WHO WE ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE MORE THAN ANYONE AND ANYTHING.

Our first ministry we are called to is to minister to the Lord. Then He opens up times to minister to His people, He opens encounters to be His witness. In that intimate fellowship is birthed the enlightened revelation of Christ in the word and in the Spirit, and that is what we give. Without our first focus, our first love being Christ, we will not have the foundation to grow in adversity, we will not overcome trials and tribulations.

 

Now this is what came to me with Jesus visiting me in my dream.

 He showed me what it looked like when we truly love Him first, when we love Him so much that we are even willing to go through pain and suffering because of that love for Him.

  By Clothing ourselves in Christ, putting on His heart and mind. Then we will be covered in His true glory, and we can truly reflect His brilliant pure light, He will be lifted up in our own lives, and He will draw all people unto Himself. I was able to see a glimpse of what it looked like, and the love that Jesus had for us, that He wanted us to grow in the sweet reward of maturing in knowing and loving Him. Because there is so much more to know, but we can not grow in the knowledge and relationship with Him, with the wrong focus.

We will mature through trials, tribulations and the right focus, studying His word so that the Holy Spirit sears it into our hearts, and laying down the ours, I’s, my’s,  and purposes to die at the cross.

The apostles didn’t need such things, they only needed the love and zeal for Him, and His word. They  pursued Jesus,  and His heart continually, and then gave all that was freely given to them.

 

 

 

 

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Do You Really Know How To Test  The Spirits??? And Do Not Take For Granted That Teachers, Prophets, Or Ministers Are Teaching Truth!
1 John 4:1-3
4 Beloved, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT, but TEST THE SPIRITS, WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD; because “”MANY FALSE PROPHETS”” HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.
 T’s talk–Notice that in the time of John there were MANY false prophets that had gone out into the world. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun, and the antichrist spirit has worked and built up strongholds for a long Ol’ time now. The enemy has not stopped deceiving people with the false prophets and false teachers.
 2 BY THIS YOU KNOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD: EVERY SPIRIT THAT CONFESSES THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH IS OF GOD, 3 and EVERY SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE…

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Do You Really Know How To Test The Spirits???

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Do You Really Know How To Test  The Spirits??? And Do Not Take For Granted That Teachers, Prophets, Or Ministers Are Teaching Truth!
1 John 4:1-3
4 Beloved, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT, but TEST THE SPIRITS, WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD; because “”MANY FALSE PROPHETS”” HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.
 T’s talk–Notice that in the time of John there were MANY false prophets that had gone out into the world. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun, and the antichrist spirit has worked and built up strongholds for a long Ol’ time now. The enemy has not stopped deceiving people with the false prophets and false teachers.
 2 BY THIS YOU KNOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD: EVERY SPIRIT THAT CONFESSES THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH IS OF GOD, 3 and EVERY SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH IS NOT OF GOD. And THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, WHICH YOU HEARD WAS COMING, AND IS NOW ALREADY IN THE WORLD.
 T’s talk—how many of you, actually know mean,angry, bitter people who can confess that Jesus came in the flesh from their mouth??? Even working in deliverance, we saw this. I believe that we need to rightly divide the scripture and put this scripture with what Jesus said about false prophets also:
 Matthew 7:15-16
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. “””16 YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.””” Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
T’s talk–So in this time of growing deception, just confession with the mouth that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!! We have to combine this with the other warnings in the scriptures about false prophets and false teachers. We need to know these people enough to see if they manifest fruit in their lives such as actions, lifestyles and deeds. Actions, lifestyles and deeds makes a statement, it in itself declares who is the ruler, the Lord of your life and confesses Jesus has come in the flesh for you personally,and is Lord of your life to all of those around you, bearing fruit of confession by manifesting His character.
Anyone that has believed, repented of their sins and received that Jesus Christ did come in the flesh, and shed His blood on the cross for remission of their sins, would also make Him Lord of our lives, which means, Lord of our lifestyles, Lord of our actions, Lord of and over our thoughts, (bringing every thought captive to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ) and Lord over our MOUTHs. (Out of the abundance of our hearts the mouth speaks Luke 6:45)Confessing Jesus Christ came in the flesh for us personally, should be manifested as Jesus Christ being our First Love.
 Revelation 2:4   Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE.
Matthew 10:37   He WHO LOVES FATHER OR MOTHER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. And HE WHO LOVES SON OR DAUGHTER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME.
 T’s talk–And for those who believe that having many followers that say good things about the false prophets or false teachers is confirmation that they are servants of God, remember these words from Jesus:
 Luke 6:26   Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
 T’s talk–Now for those who think that accurate words, or signs and wonders are what proves that prophets are not false:
 Deuteronomy 13
13 “If there arises among you A PROPHET OR A DREAMER OF DREAMS, and HE GIVES YOU A SIGN OR A WONDER, 2 and THE SIGN OR THE WONDER COMES TO PASS, OF WHICH HE SPOKE TO YOU, SAYING,”LET US GO AFTER OTHER GODS’—WHICH YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN—‘and LET US SERVE THEM,’ 3 you “”””SHALL NOT LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THAT PROPHET OR THAT DREAMER OF DREAMS,”””” for THE LORD YOUR GOD IS TESTING YOU TO KNOW WHETHER YOU LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
T’s talk– Ok, remember, confession that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is also made as a living epistle, in actions, lifestyles and deeds, and  not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter into heaven. Jesus taught us not only in words, but His lifestyle, His action, His deeds, and how he presented Himself also taught us. And so His apostles taught in word and ACTIONS too.   Currently FALSE PROPHETS, AND FALSE TEACHERS are doing many things in God’s Name that have nothing to do with Him. In their actions they are telling people to follow other gods, by their own self idolatry, by lavish lifestyles, and teachings in which men increase and Jesus decreases. So Actions, lifestyle, and deeds teach people to follow other gods, that we did not know. Even if some may have accurate words of knowledge, or supernatural signs, mostly not documented in the bible and THE MAIN FALSE GOD THEY ARE TEACHING MEN TO FOLLOW( by their actions) is SELF. for THE LORD YOUR GOD IS TESTING YOU TO KNOW WHETHER YOU LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.
  T’s talk–I want to sum this up by this scripture:
2 Timothy 3:13-15
13 But EVIL MEN AND IMPOSTORS WILL GROW WORSE AND WORSE, DECEIVING and BEING DECEIVED. 14 But YOU MUST CONTINUE IN THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED and BEEN ASSURED of, ””’KNOWING”” ””FROM WHOM”” YOU HAVE LEARNED THEM,”” 15 AND THAT FROM CHILDHOOD YOU HAVE KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, which ARE ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE FOR SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 T’s talk–If you don’t know the prophet, teacher, minister, and if you don’t know their lives personally, do not sit under them!!! 14 But YOU MUST CONTINUE IN THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED and BEEN ASSURED of, ””’KNOWING”” ””FROM WHOM”” YOU HAVE LEARNED THEM,””
AND
 I want to ecourage everyone to be a Berean, and study the scriptures continually, and have an intimate prayer life. Do not take what any minister, prophet, teacher says for granted. Study it for yourself in the bible.
15 AND THAT FROM CHILDHOOD YOU HAVE KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, which ARE ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE FOR SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Ok, Yes, The Church Has Become Effeminate In Some Areas

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DEFINITION OF REBUKE: to scold or reprimand (someone) a reprimand or scolding : to criticize sharply : reprimand b: to serve as a rebuke to : to turn back or keep down : check

     DO NOT TRY AND TELL ME THAT REBUKING ERROR IS NOT LOVING, WE REBUKE  OUR OWN CHILDREN BECAUSE WE LOVE  THEM, HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD WE LOVE THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT HE HAS ENTRUSTED US WITH. I THINK THOSE WHO  SAY THAT  THE  CHURCH HAS BECOME EFFEMINATE,  ARE CORRECT IN THIS AREA.

PAUL AND JOHN BOTH NAMED NAMES OF FALSE TEACHERS. JESUS SAID DIRECTLY TO THE  SPIRITUAL LEADERS IN THE JEWISH FAITH WITH ALL AROUND THAT THEY MADE THOSE THEY  PROSELYTIZED TWICE A SON OF HELL THAN THEY WERE.

JESUS SHARPLY REBUKED THOSE WHO SAID THEY KNEW GOD.

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, YOU MAKE HIM TWICE AS MUCH A SON OF HELL AS YOURSELVES.

definition of proselyte : a new convert (as to a faith or cause)

 

 Paul also rebuked error.

 Galatians 2:14

 14 But WHEN I SAW THAT THEY WERE NOT STRAIGHTFORWARD about THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL,

(TAKE NOTICE OF PAUL REBUKING, CORRECTING PETER IN FRONT OF ALL WHO WERE PRESENT THERE, I am especially noting this  to those who say you are supposed to privately take ministers aside to correct them)

 I SAID TO PETER “”BEFORE THEM ALL,”” “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews.

ELDERS, MINISTERS SHOULD TEACH WHO THEY HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED BY GOD WITH TO CONTINUALLY  STUDY THE SCRIPTURES, WHICH MAKES THEM WISE FOR SALVATION.

Paul instructing Timothy

2 Timothy 3

 10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

13 But EVIL MEN AND IMPOSTORS will GROW WORSE and WORSE, DECEIVING and BEING DECEIVED.

  14 But YOU MUST CONTINUE IN THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED and been assured of, KNOWING FROM WHOM YOU HAVE LEARNED THEM,

15 and that “””FROM CHILDHOOD you HAVE KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES,””” which “””ARE ABLE to MAKE YOU WISE for SALVATION THROUGH FAITH””” which is in CHRIST JESUS.

In verse 16 PAUL TEACHES THAT ALL SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING, REPROOF, CORRECTING, INSTRUCTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT GOD’S PEOPLE WILL BE COMPLETE AND THOROUGHLY  EQUIPPED FOR BEARING FRUIT THAT HONORS GOD,

16 ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, 17 that THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, thoroughly EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.

1 Timothy 5:19-21

 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder “”EXCEPT”” FROM TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.

 20 THOSE “””WHO ARE SINNING “”REBUKE”” in THE PRESENCE OF ALL,””” that THE REST ALSO MAY FEAR. 

  21 I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you “””OBSERVE THESE THINGS WITHOUT PREJUDICE,””” doing NOTHING WITH PARTIALITY.

 

 

2 Timothy 4:3

 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, “REBUKE,”” exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

3 For THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE, BUT ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DESIRES,BECAUSE THEY HAVE ITCHING EARS, “”THEY”” WILL HEAP UP “”FOR THEMSELVES”” TEACHERS;

 4 and “”THEY WILL TURN THEIR EARS AWAY FROM THE TRUTH,”” and “”BE TURNED ASIDE TO FABLES.”””

5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Titus 1:12-14

12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

13 This witness is true. Wherefore “””REBUKE THEM SHARPLY,”””

 that “””THEY MAY BE SOUND IN THE FAITH;”””

14 NOT GIVING HEED TO JEWISH FABLES, and “””COMMANDMENTS OF MEN,””” that “”TURN FROM THE TRUTH.””

 

 

Paul says to rebuke them sharply so “”” they can be sound  in the faith.””‘ If rebuking sharply keeps people sound in the faith, than those who have been entrusted with God’s people have not been doing their jobs  of rebuking sharply!!!!

Titus 2

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 15 Speak these things, exhort, and “””REBUKE WITH ALL AUTHORITY.””” Let no one despise you.

AS ELDERS, MINISTERS, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO MARK  THOSE WHO TEACH FALSE DOCTRINE, SO THAT THOSE GOD HAS ENTRUSTED US WITH, WILL AVOID THE FALSE TEACHERS.

 I ALSO THINK WE SHOULD REVEAL IN SCRIPTURE WHERE THESE FALSE TEACHERS/PROPHETS ARE IN ERROR, SO TO EQUIP GOD’S PEOPLE.

 

Romans 16:17-18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which CAUSE DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE WHICH YE HAVE LEARNED; and AVOID THEM.

 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 

Look how Romans 16:17-18 has been taken out of context  so much, that the error has become traditionally embraced as truth. We don’t just stop at “mark them which cause divisions.” This phrase is often used to control any opposing view that someone may have. When in fact, this scripture is telling us to be aware of those people who are causing division by spreading false doctrines, and avoid them. Now this scripture can go hand in hand with:

1 Corinthians 5 

9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.

 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.

 11 But now I HAVE WRITTEN TO YOU NOT TO KEEP COMPANY WITH ANYONE NAMED A BROTHER, WHO IS SEXUALLY IMMORAL, OR COVETOUS, OR AN IDOLATER, OR A REVILER, OR A DRUNKARD, OR AN EXTORTIONER—NOT EVEN TO EAT WITH SUCH A PERSON.

12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? DO YOU NOT JUDGE THOSE WHO ARE INSIDE?

13 But THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE GOD JUDGES. Therefore “PUT AWAY FROM YOURSELVES THE EVIL PERSON.

 

1 Timothy 1:18-20 

 18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience,WHICH SOME HAVING REJECTED, CONCERNING  THE FAITH HAVE SUFFERED SHIPWRECK, 20 of WHOM ARE HYMENAEUS and ALEXANDER, WHOM I DELIVERED TO SATAN THAT THEY MAY LEARN NOT TO BLASPHEME.

HOW FUNNY THAT IF PAUL WERE TEACHING IN THESE DAYS HE WOULD OFFEND MANY, AND PEOPLE WOULD ACCUSE HIM OF AT THE LEAST BEING “IN THE FLESH,”AND AT THE MOST BEING  “IN THE WRONG SPIRIT,” WHEN HE WOULD SAY THAT HE DELIVERED CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS NAMED TO SATAN FOR A LESSON NOT TO BLASPHEME.

2 Timothy 4

 14 ALEXANDER THE COPPERSMITH DID ME MUCH HARM. MAY THE LORD REPAY HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS.   15 YOU ALSO MUST BEWARE OF HIM, for he has greatly resisted our words.

2 Timothy 2:16-18

  16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. HYMEENAEUS AND PHILETUS ARE OF THIS SORT, 18 who HAVE STRAYED CONCERNING THE TRUTH,  saying THAT THE RESURRECTION IS ALREADY PAST; and THEY OVERTHROW THE FAITH OF SOME.

3RD John

   9 I wrote to the church, BUT DIOTREPHES, WHO LOVES TO HAVE THE PREEMINENCE AMONG THEM, DOES NOT RECEIVE US.   10 Therefore, if I come, I WILL  CALL TO MIND HIS DEEDS WHICH HE DOES, PRATING AGAINST US WITH MALICIOUS WORDS. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

definition of prating: Talk foolishly or at tedious length about something.

The elders also got into heated disputes. But, no one ever accused them of being prideful, or  lacking humility. Just because someone speaks in a soft voice does not mean they are humble, Nor  does it mean a person speaking in a loud voice is prideful.

 if a TRUE LOVING elder, minister rebukes sharply, corrects, or if they are  trying to protect the purity of the scriptures and they get in a heated argument, does it  mean that someone is not humble, nor does it mean that they are in the flesh, or in the wrong spirit.

 Now if they get offended, it simply means they are not mature in the Lord, as they should be as ministers. 

   We are supposed to all have our forehead as flint, when it comes to not compromising the truth. And if we do not correct, or warn, or mark false teachers, coming  from the base of love, to protect God’s people from ravenous wolves in sheeps clothing, then we could very well be required from God.

Ezekiel 33:6

  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and DOES NOT BLOW THE TRUMPET, AND THE PEOPLE ARE NOT WARNED,  and THE SWORD COMES  and TAKES ANY PERSON FROM AMONG THEM,he is taken away in his iniquity; but HIS BLOOD I WILL REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN’S HAND.

 WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE WATCHMEN TO THE PEOPLE GOD HAS ENTRUSTED US WITH. FAMILY, CHURCH, NEIGHBORS, EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYERS,FRIENDS. WHOEVER GOD HAS GIVEN YOU INFLUENCE WITH, THEN  YOU ARE  A WATCHMEN.

TO INFLUENCE SOULS FOR JESUS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TAKE SERIOUSLY, IF WE TRULY LOVE THE PEOPLE AS WE SHOULD.

 

 

What True Revival REALLY IS!!!

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If there is a revival, it will be a revival that leads to the “REAL” Jesus, the Son of the Living God, His Heart, His Characteristics,  conforming to His word, His humility, meekness, longsuffering, a life of denying ourselves and taking up our cross, which means DEATH to SELF, suffering without grumbling, bitterness, or offense, but, in worship and in prayer, as He did, and  His apostles followed His example. 

    If there is a revival, it will not be about the false jesus, the false messiah, made according to the comfort, and desires of mere mortals, and what they want him to be, because it makes them comfortable. It will be because we will love Him in Truth, with depth, willing to be UNCOMFORTABLE, because we love Him more than our own lives.   Because we truly love and value Him, because He loved us enough,  knowing that He would be taken captive by those He loves,tortured, abused, accused, beaten and  shedding  His precious blood for our sins on that painful cross so that we can have eternal life with Him.  

If there is revival, It will have NOTHING TO DO ABOUT OURSELVES, nor about feeling good, having fun, and having supernatural experiences in church, in a celebratory party atmosphere, or drunken giddiness, laughter, feathers, gold dust, or oil to mesmerize and astound the imaginations of man. 

     It will start, in our own prayer closets in each individual, who will pray to decrease as the character of Christ increases in our lives. Those individuals will be grieving about those places where we still are not selfless enough, and yet because it is balanced with  trusting that if we surrender to the pruning, of the Husbandman, the refining, and surrendering to the renewing of our minds, that He is faithful to finish the work He started in us, it does not keep us back from learning to continue to go lower in humility, as He makes Himself, His Very Person, His Character  manifest through us.   It will come with hunger to know Him for who He is, and not about just getting in His presence, and loving His presence, but with desire to know His heart, His mind,  His will, to be sensitive to His heart, His mind, to hear Him and obey Him. In other words, it will be ALL about Him, and an insatiable  hunger to know Him more, see( a living and continuous growing  true living vision of Him)Him more, know His scriptures in His context, and not take anything we have been taught for granted, not to belittle, but, because you can NO LONGER LIVE BY SECOND HAND REVELATION (in the word)OF WHO HE IS!!!!!! 

   When we truly love Jesus, and stop taking Him and His sacrificial gift on the cross for granted, then, because of the passion we have for Him, we will be bearing fruit of the Characteristics of Christ, who is the ORIGNINAL REVIVALIST, and then the apostles, who did bear the characteristics of Christ, and shook up the world, with 12, which included Matthias, who took the place of Judas.     If this is the case, and we turn back to Jesus as the Head of the church, and conforming to His character, it will be fruit that He is our FIRST LOVE and first priority, then everything will come in line, the Father will be honored, and the “church”  as individuals and bodies,  would be entrusted with new souls.

 This is purity, this is maturity. It is all about Jesus, not the power, not the supernatural super “wow” effects. But, to always, desire more intimate fellowship, with Him. Then you are a fire starter, with all-consuming passion for Him, then you can not contain yourself, from sharing the Passion of Your life, your First Love, with everyone you meet.

 On the Day of Pentecost, they did not keep it in the four walls of the church, being so “drunk” that they were falling down and could not explain,but the zeal, boldness, to preach Jesus with boldness flowed out into the market place, and from town, to town, from nation to nation.

A Testimony And A Very Stern But Loving Warning

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Compelled from what I have been given understanding of, I have an urgency to write truth and not sugar coat it, to perhaps reach as many as I can of those in the church who has replaced Jesus as the Head, with their own agenda’s, whether it be power, wielding power, or the feel goods, or to be the next celebrity minister because they have received many end time prophecies from those “prophets” in the conference circuits that tell them, “They are end time generals.”  

The urgency that I have felt, is pictured in my mind as this, we as individuals, and ministries are all at a crossroads. God has given us a window of grace to humble ourselves,(for real, without our agenda) and surrender to whatever it takes to conform to God’s will, or we are in very real danger to falling into apostasy. Because what will be coming after this window of grace in this next period of time, will have more powerful lying signs and wonders, and twisted revelation that in whatever amount of time, eventually lead up to the kind the son of perdition will perform.

 

The false prophets are prophesying a civil war in the christian camp, that they claim is caused by satan. They are saying the civil war will be those who believe in supernatural manifestations against those who do not. But, in truth, the division is from the Lord. As he did through Moses, He is drawing a line, and asking,   ” Who is on the Lord’s side.”   And the dividing line will be the plumb-line of scripture to measure all supernatural experiences, in which I and others do believe in the supernatural manifestations and that they are God’s if within those perimeters, IF we are seeking Jesus first, and as revelation, understanding, and vision of Him is birthed in intimate relationship, prayer, and studying the scriptures, so are signs and wonders. IF the signs or manifestations are not your goal, not what you are running after, and not your focus.   We as true followers of Christ chase after our First Love which is our Savior, and not after signs, signs only follow those that believe. Follow being the operative word. It is conforming to the Character of Christ, which is precedent, and that is our focus as we live a life of surrender to His refining.  

Those on the Lord’s side will have zeal for His word, and Him. You can not separate the Scriptures from the Lord, it is His word and 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.  

For those who have humbled themselves without agenda, and surrendered to the pruning from the Husbandman as mentioned in John 15, and to the renewing of the mind, as in Roman’s 2, and repenting from what has been revealed of the error, and rebellion in their lives, are having scales removed from their eyes, hearts and minds, and find that there is more discernment, and clarity.

 

In my own life, and many of His own, all over the world, have felt this desire to question everything that has ever been taught to us, and become Bereans, because of a great hunger, and burning desire to have purity in the knowledge of who our Lord is, and His scriptures in His context. And not just something that has been taught to us, through the generations, by people with their own ideas mixed in with scripture, and their own comfort zones skewing truth. This has personally had me on my face humbling myself before the Lord, and repenting for believing, and participating with error, that in many ways was a symptom of self idolatry.  

For those who still have their own ambitions, comforts and agenda’s held above God’s will, who have hardened their hearts to the very real conviction of the Holy Spirit who has not quit His work, they are in grave danger.

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