Monday, October 31, 2016
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Cor 6:16)
I am about to share some very important facts about communion. At the risk of being called a legalist, I want to sound the alarm. There is mixture in the body especially in the celebration of communion. If you are a Pastor of a church, this is for you. The round communion wafer which came from the Catholic church has its roots in Paganism. Now, hear my heart, I realize that there are many Catholic brethren who are, truly, born again and love Jesus. I, also, realize that tradition and error are in every church in some measure or another, but this theme is so serious that I needed to share what the Lord placed in my heart.
Idolatry has crept into the body of Christ. Every Sunday, we celebrate the communion elements with a round wafer. This is wrong and I will share some main points with you about this. First, it is, clearly, written that when Jesus celebrated communion with his disciples, he broke the bread-
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:18)
For this Bible study, let's focus on Peter. His original name was Simon but Jesus changed his name. Why? Because he wanted to speak some things into existence in Simon's life. Up to now, Peter was shaky in his faith. He was a tough guy, no doubt about it. Fishermen in those days were a tough breed, braving storms and going days without sleeping trying to catch fish but Jesus wanted to speak spiritual strength and firmness in Simon's life.
The name Peter means "Petros" or a Stone. Some theologians believe that it may have included the name Rocky. Whether this is true or not, I like to think of Peter as the original Rocky. Think about it, Peter had a quick temper and was a tough guy. He was the first to try to walk on water but he failed. He got rebuked by Jesus by talking without thinking. He, even, denied Jesus, backslid and went back fishing, but Jesus did not give up on him.
Thank God for grace. When Jesus rose from the dead, he went after Peter. He did not give up on him. Look at the words that he spoke to him below as he ministered to him---
Notice something peculiar? He called him Simon. Why? Because he forgotten that he was Peter(Rocky). He was allowing his flesh to control him that is why Jesus called him Simon. Jesus wanted him to recognize his present situation. Peter, also, had a hard time forgiving himself for having denied Jesus. Therefore, he was not working in love. The word says faith worketh by love. (Gal 5:6)
Not working in love towards yourself or others can hinder your faith. I have talked to many Christians who are beating themselves over a sin that they have confessed. They have had a hard time forgiving themselves. One point to remember is that Peter wept bitterly. (Luke 22:62) Thank God for grace! Thank God for the love of God. Jesus had told him that his faith was not going to fail. There was healing of a broken heart, restoration and conversion. Hallelujah! God is a good God.
We, too, have a Rocky spirit. Let us learn from Peter's example that no matter how hard you have fallen, you can come back and move mountains with your faith. Instead of saying--"Yo', Adrian, I did it", We can say---I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God bless.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A Palm tree near a beach (*)
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the shall flourish in the courts of our God.They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; (Psalms 92:12-14) (**)
Do you have a tree mentality? You should. As I read these verses, I did a research on the Palm and the Cedar tree of Lebanon. Both are unique in their characteristics and it speaks to us today. The Palm tree, when it is planted in the desert, it reaches deep into the ground for water.
Did you know that in some places, the desert has water underneath? Parts of Israel were desert until the Jews came into the land.(Psalms 35:1-2 NIV) (1) They developed tremendous technology to irrigate the waters from the desert to transform it into an oasis. Likewise, when we are in a "desert", we can reach down deep into the Spirit-man and water ourselves with the joy of the Lord! As we do that, circumstances will change and we will see miracles happen.
A point to remember is that these trees (Cedar and Palm trees) in Psalms 92:12-14 were planted in the courts of the Lord. The word says to come into his courts with praise. (Ps 100:4) No matter how intense your testing may be---Praise him! He will turn your testing into a testimony. Now, let's look at the Cedar tree in Lebanon and it's characteristics. I want to emphasis two main points. First, it grows upward symbolizing spiritual growth.
The second point is that it would last up to 1,000 years. Let's be real, unless we are living in the Millennium, we will not last 1,000 years. This symbolizes the legacy of our impact for Christ. What impact will you leave your loved ones, community or even your nation that will last 1,000 years? Folks, it is time to develop a tree mentality. Even our Lord Jesus is compared to a tree of life! So, bearing this in mind, let's apply these principles in our lives and move onto victory. God bless.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:6)(1)
Greetings. I want to share with you about the priesthood and it's importance. While much can be said about Rev 1:6, I want to focus on two words---Kings and Priests. The word "King" denotes power and authority and we have been exposed to multitudes of teachings regarding this subject but not much on the "Priest" aspect.
To understand the priesthood, let's look at the Old testament and the following verse below--
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exo 19:6)
If you read the Old testament accounts of Israel, they forsook their calling and God had to come up with Plan B--Raise up a priesthood out of the seed of Aaron. (Numbers 3:1-3) Sad state of affairs but what happened to Israel that disqualified them from being a nation of priests? Upon a careful study of the word priest, we find the answer.
The Hebrew word for priest is Cohen. The root word means to draw nigh to serve. Please bear this in mind because when Israel had a choice to draw near to God, they drew back. They preferred Moses to speak to them (Exo 20:19) This little incident caused Israel to lose their calling and privilege of hearing God face to face. In return, God had to go to Plan B and raise up Aaron and his seed. Upon further study, the failure of Israel not drawing nigh to God caused them to get further away from him and get deeper into sin.
Beloved, exercise your priesthood by drawing nigh to God. Serve him with praise and worship. Make it a point to hear from God and follow through with his instructions. You have the privilege of hearing from God and experiencing his presence. As you practice this, do not be surprised if you get addicted to his presence. It can be a life-altering experience that will bless you and your seed to come. God bless.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Pray for your church and Pastor. (1)
Is your church motivating you for God? If you are not in a church, you should be. Scriptures commands us to not to forsake the church. (Heb 10:25) The word says that we are the army of the Lord. There is not such thing as an army of one. We need each other.
True, some have been hurt in the church. Others have seen the fire leave the church. We are living in strange and interesting times. A popular Christian leader who is well known in the body said that having a sex-change surgery is not sin. Folks, no doubt about it---deception is creeping in the church but that does not give us reason to not fellowship with one another.
First, we need to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect church. Churches have flaws and, sometimes, we jump to conclusions and see a couple of faults and want to jump ship. Sometimes, we visit a church flowing with the anointing and we get some nice feelings by the Spirit but I can assure you, there are some flaws in the background. If your church has flaws and it is not major then stay. Pray and see how you can make a difference. Is your Pastor lukewarm and the fire has gone out from the church? Pray. Sometimes, we do not see behind the scenes. Maybe your Pastor may be going through a tough trial.
When you have a church in which the fire and anointing flows, you want more.Watching God move in his power can be addicting. David experienced it and wanted to bring it outside the sanctuary(Church) walls....
O God, thou art my God;early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.(PS 63:1-2)
David was so motivated by his fellowship in the sanctuary that he sought God early.God was in his mind constantly and even though, he was in a dry place, he longed for the power to flow.Tests and trials may sap all faith and hope in God but when you go to church, you can get recharged. So, don't go through your tests and trials alone. Go fellowship with other like-minded brethren and get ready to turn it into your testimony and triumph. Praise God!
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Sunday, July 31, 2016
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I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalms 34:4)
Have you ever been so full of fear that you cannot think straight? Have you made poor choices only to find yourself in a worse situation. David did. Being persecuted and sought after like an animal, King Saul wanted to kill David. So, he went to the land of Gath to hide himself, which belonged to the Philistines. The Philistines were enemies of Israel and when they saw Israel's champion fleeing to their territory, they wanted to kill him. Talk about jumping from the pan to the fire--David situation was unique.
King Achish, who lived at Gath saw him and was persuaded by his officers to kill him. Scriptures says that David was afraid but he was one to think quick on his feet. He pretended to be crazy.(I Samuel 21:11-13) He was not concerned about what people would think of him. His life was on the line. His actions helped save his life and get a quick deliverance from the hands of King Achish. Psalms 34 was written after David's deliverance and he credited God with his rescue. (PS 34:4)
Perhaps you made a bad decision in a business deal. Maybe you left your spouse thinking that it was better on the other side. Many who may be reading this may be out of God's will and gotten yourself into enemy territory. I got good news---God is merciful. He can get you out of any self-inflicted problem and get you the deliverance you need. Just like David was delivered out of the fear of King Achish, so he can deliver you.
Take some time to do some self examination in your life. If you are out of God's will, come back. God is merciful. Get yourself out of enemy territory and get back on track with God. He is a God of a second chance. God bless.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
What comes to mind when you see this sign? Pleasure, relaxation or laziness? Whatever your perception is, this sign is important for the body of Christ. Let's look at the following verse below---
"He saith unto them,Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
As you study the above verse, we see how Jesus captured the attention of his disciples comparing something (Fishing) in the natural into the spiritual (souls of men) As I study this one but very important verse, there is a wealth of knowledge in the area of soul-winning. As I researched some translations, we see some interesting patterns. The Amplified and Amplified Classic Edition (paraphrased) says to let (Jesus) be your guide and teacher in the fishing of men. The common English Version says---I will show you how to fish for people.
Soul-winning is the most important thing in the church. It is known as the great commission but few churches do not have a strong evangelistic program much less a vision for their community. Jesus is making a promise to us in Matt 4:19--If we follow him, he will make us a fisher of men. God has a vision for the world. He wants to see souls saved!
Contrary to tradition, Jesus did not, just, have 12 disciples. There were seventy who were with him. (Luke 10:1). He, also, ministered to thousands of people. That to me is a successful ministry but how do we get to that level of ministering to thousands of people? Taking time to sit at the feet of the master and learn how to fish for the souls of men! The first rule of thumb is to know what we have in Christ Jesus.
We have an inheritance.
"Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance.... (Ps 2:8)
Did you know that you can ask the Lord for souls? That is your inheritance! As you study Psalms 2, you will find that the Father made this promise to Jesus, when he arose from the dead. We are joint-heirs with Christ, so this promise relates to us as well. We can ask the Father for souls---Our enemies, our families, co-workers, etc. Have you been asking God for souls? It's time to win souls for the kingdom!
Next, ask God for wisdom. Why? The word says that he who wins souls is wise (Prov 11:30) In order to win souls, we must have the right bait. When you go out to fish, you need a bait that will attract the fishes so is the same with soul winning. My wife and I spent some time in the children's ministry and we went out into the streets doing shows for the kids. Some would dress up as clowns and distribute candy. Soon, we had an audience around us and we would invite them to church.
The youth Pastor had a program called Superchurch and he would spend 5 hours praying in tongues to come up with a show that would arrest their attention. Many children got saved and soon their parents would come to our church. That church had made such an impact on people in the neighborhood that it grew to about 500 in a short time. You want to win souls? Pray for the right bait.
It's time to clean the fishes.
After we set the bait and souls starts to come to Christ, it's time for cleaning. Just as you clean the fish before you eat them, so is the same for souls. They need to be cleansed.
Too many Christians are quick to condemn a fellow believer instead of allowing them to sit down and learn the word so that they, too, can experience victory in their lives. (John 15:3) As they learn who they are in Christ and what belongs to them, we can see an increase of disciples and make a difference in our generation.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
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? (Isa 58:6)
In our last study of fasting, we saw four major points in this verse. We covered step one and saw how it helped save a nation during the time of Esther,the queen. If you missed our last study, check out the link provided below(1). Today, God willing, we will analyze the rest of the major steps. Let's review the other remaining major steps----
1- To loose the band of wickedness
2- To undo the heavy burdens
3- To let the oppressed go free
4- To break every evil yoke
In step 2, Fasting will undo the heavy burdens. What is a burden? A burden is a weight. It can be stress, anxiety, worries, cares, etc. It, also, implies a crushing. We, all, know what stress and worry can do for you. It's consequences on health can be damaging, so the meaning of crushing is implied in a negative sense. Are you stressed out or worried? Fasting is a way for you to focus on the Lord and undo those burdens. The word says to cast your care upon him (Jesus), for he careth for you. It, can, also be a burden to pray for a nation or a loved one When we obey the leading of the Lord and undo these burdens upon him, miracles start to happen and you sense a peace within.
Step 3 is speaking of deliverance for the oppressed. Oppression is an annoying or constant attack from an enemy. It can be a nervous breakdown, constant mental harassment or a foothold that the enemy can have on a believer's life. It is a sad state of affairs when Pastors and leaders from the church are bound and oppressed by pornography but there is hope. Scripture teaches us that we have the mind of Christ. When we put on Christ, his mind and thoughts, we can have victory over oppression. Fasting is a strong tool to break those strongholds.
Finally, step 4--Every evil yoke. What is a yoke? A yoke is a wooden or metal object (Picture above) in which two oxen were side by side plowing. They were forced to work the land for its master. The Christian was under the yoke of Satan but, now, through Christ, we have a different yoke. (Matt 11:28-30) A yoke can symbolize bondage, soul-ties or attachment. It can be sickness, debt or carnality. When you fast in faith, knowing what belongs to you,it can be a powerful tool for deliverance. It can destroy any yoke no matter how hard it can be! (Isa 10:27) Whether it be of wood(Carnality) or Iron (Satanic bondage, his unction(Power) can break any attachment to the enemies of our soul. (Jer 28:13)
So, having this in mind--Fasting can be fun! Healing, peace and financial provision is yours but the most important of all, having the mind of Christ. When you have the mind of Christ and take upon his desires, you can rise up to be the victor God meant for you to be! God bless.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Greetings. Do you feel the call of God in your life? From time to time, I recognize some great ministries in the body of Christ. In the Christian walk, it is important to be yoked to a good ministry especially in the teaching ministry. Pastor Bob Yandian is a great and anointed teacher. God has used him in the past to help me gain a deeper understanding of the word. He is, not, afraid to tackle hard questions but God uses him to, skillfully, teach the word. I am enclosing a study of the Greek in the New Testament. This teaching tool is a must have for every Christian. It is free and his teaching is a good one especially if you want to gain further understanding of the word. So, do yourself a favor and sit back. Take some time to listen to Pastor Bob. You will be glad you did. God bless.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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? (Isa 58:6)
Let's talk about fasting. When was the last time you fasted? is it burdensome or is it a joy? If it's burdensome, it does not have to be that way. It can be a time of peace, release and joy. First, let's look at a couple of main points that stands up in this verse above. There are, actually, 4 powerful reasons that stands out in this verse--
- To Loose the bands of wickedness.
- Undo the heavy burdens.
- Deliverance from oppression
- Break every yoke.
Let's look at number 1...Bands of wickedness. Did you know that 3 days and 3 nights of prayer actually saved the nation of Israel from destruction? If you read the accounts of the book of Esther, especially in Esther 4:16, Esther 7-10, you will find how God reversed an ungodly law and raised up Mordecai to a place of authority and honor.
In the body of Christ, we have a mediocre way of looking at ourselves. We, even, call ourselves a worm and take failure as a way of life but Brethren, I am here to tell you that it should not be with us. God's word says that we are the head and not the tail. We can ascend from nothing to a place of influence and authority. We can help change the course of our nation as well. (Deut 28:13,28:44, Prov 29:2) Many may debate that this was only for the Jews and not for us. My answer to that is that we have a better covenant based on better promises. (Heb 8:6)
Are we to just lay down and not ascend in the fields of business, politics, medicine, etc and just be happy to barely get along? A thousand times no! If you study Roman history during the times of Christianity after Constantine declared it legal, there were many in places of authority that helped shaped and further the spread of Christianity. I come to tell you that if we do our part, examine ourselves and repent, we can pray and fast for this country. Our prayers can help change laws and alter the course of history.
An example was during the time Germany was divided. A group of German Christians who had read Kenneth Hagin's books decided to exercise their faith and speak to the wall that was dividing their nation. Soon, Germany became one and freedom was spread throughout the land. Another example is the USA. Before the 1980's, people were wondering about America.
There was fears of a Russian invasion. The atomic war was knocking at our door until the Washington for Jesus crusade in the 1980's came about. After that event, things started to happen. Our leaders came up with new technology such as Star Wars that had the Russians shaking in their boots and forcing them to talk to us. Then, came freedom as Christianity began to spread through the Soviet Union and it's satellite nations. All this was done without setting no nuclear bombs---Thanks to prayer.
Christians have done themselves a grave injustice to the teaching of the Rapture. They want to escape before it gets worse. God intended for us to be the head and rule. God wants us to have wisdom to solve the ills of this country and come up with wise solutions. Joseph did it while he was in Egypt, why can't we do otherwise?
When you think about this, it makes all makes sense. God wants to rapture us is because of one thing---Revelation knowledge of who we are in Christ and what belongs to us! If he does not rapture the church, the Antichrist will not be able to be revealed and be allowed to exercise it's rule (II Thess 2:6-8) United, we are a mighty force and are able to do exploits.
Years ago, who would have thought Pastor Saeed was going to be freed from a radical prison atmosphere? Yes, President Obama like many others many have made some mistakes in the past but God had used him to help set him and others free. When we pray and fast, no matter who is in charge, things happen. We will have more on fasting. God bless.