Introduction – Delight In The Lord’s Law

There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world and realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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A Holding Pattern – Revisited

This first part is not mine, but I have found comfort in it over the years and so I kept it archived in my files. I have used the idea of holding patterns in the past and right now is a perfect time to revisit the concept with an eye toward God’s plans and purpose.

*If you’re a seasoned air traveler, chances are you’re familiar with the term “holding pattern.”

That’s when your plane is unable to land because of unfavorable ground conditions. Generally, the pilot announces that he’s been told to maintain a holding pattern, pending an update from the control tower.

It happens regularly, so planes have to carry enough fuel to stay airborne until they can land safely.

The Bible says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong. Let your heart take courage.”

When God puts you in a holding pattern, it’s not just a question of having enough faith to receive His promise. It’s also a matter of having enough “spiritual staying power” to stay airborne until it comes to pass. That’s why you need to carry enough spiritual fuel to handle delays and wait for clearance.

The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as “a rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2). After God had delayed Noah long enough to accomplish His purpose, “He sent a wind” (Genesis 8:1).

Anytime a wind comes from the presence of God, it blows away all hindrances and obstacles. It dries the ground under your feet so you can move ahead. It demolishes the spirit of fear and heaviness that makes you want to quit.

David asked God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4).

Even in times of frustration and waiting, God is still thinking about you and working everything out for your good.

His delays aren’t denials.

So, when you sense a divine breeze in your spirit, rejoice. It’s a sign that He’s clearing you to land and good things are about to happen.

By Agyeman Fordjour

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Today, there is so much talk about the Church being awakened and stirred up and I believe that God is doing exactly that, BUT, I also believe that when God starts to speak to us through His Holy Spirit we as the Church of Christ are not to be reactive, but rather, the Church is to be ACTIVE! In other words, we move as directed by the Holy Spirit; remember, Christ Jesus is the Head of the Church, spiritual wisdom and direction comes from Him through His Spirit.

Some of the things I have been hearing lately just causes me to shake my head because I see so much REACTION to what is going on around us rather than wise spiritual action. You see, in the past, throughout history, when the Lord wanted His Church to move forward, there has always been a time to pause and to think about what the Lord is saying to us so that we can move at His direction and in His wisdom.

When aircraft are in holding patterns, they are in constant communication with the tower for direction and the wisdom in holding a pattern that is based on the knowledge of those in that tower. So it is with God. When things are happening like we are seeing right now in our Nation and in the World, God is not silent or still. He HAS a wise spiritual plan to be fulfilled and He uses His servants. But we as servants have to wait for the commands to proceed in what ever direction and in whatever order, the Lord deems wise.

When His people are reactive to situations rather than acting on His Words, that is when confusion and collisions tend to happen and the results are NOT what God had planned. It is not easy to just “fly around in circles” watching everything going on below or before us, yet, when we are in that holding pattern, we have a better vantage point than those on the ground. There is also an order to God’s plans, for there are those that are supposed to “land” first and accomplish what they are to do and then others follow in the wisest order set by the Holy Spirit.

Our Heavenly Father has ALWAYS been a God of order. After all, He created order out of chaos and bright light to separate the darkness. His Character hasn’t changed even the slightest, but we as impatient creatures have a tendency to want to just charge ahead, when order is the necessary circumstance for God’s perfect will to be accomplished.

As I stated, it’s not always easy to watch and not do, but even in the watching, we SHOULD be in constant communication and communion with He Who is in the “tower!” If we maintain our faith (our “fuel”) we will have the strength to stay where God wants us to stay until it is time to actually deliver what He has equipped us to deliver at the proper time.

Remember, just because we see some moving forward and doing, doesn’t mean that we are all to just jump in the pile and add our abilities. God has given us our gifts and abilities to be used at His discretion and not our own. We must never forget that He is the One Who is always in control, no matter how the situation around us looks. We take our commands and our orders from Him, for it is His wisdom that will see the job or situation accomplished according to His will.

The TRUE Church NEEDS to be stirred, but it needs to be stirred like the pilot of the plane that is in constant communication with the controller and doing exactly what the controller states. When we as the Church follow our Controller’s direction there will be a very discernable difference between the True Church of Christ Jesus and the religious organization that is trying to counterfeit the True Church!

I hope this gives you something to think AND seriously pray about in this time of turmoil in the world. God IS and ALWAYS has been in control and He KNOWS what He is doing!

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Only In God Will You Find Salvation

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the condition of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

The United States has an opportunity that is quickly fading away; turning their hearts and minds back to the Lord God Almighty Who has blessed this Nation from its very beginning. He is long-suffering and desiring that no one should perish in eternity. Yet He will NOT force His will on any individual. He allows them to decide for themselves what they want and wish for concerning their personal eternal destiny. Once that decision is made and this part of life is over, the decision an individual makes will be final and God, believe-it-or-not, in His awesome LOVE, will grant that individual soul, the very decision they made.

We have seen how ancient Israel related to God as Lord and Father; we can see how the United States is today following the same pattern and since God’s Word AND His Character does not change, we can see what the expected outcome will be. You will NOT find salvation in government or in people, you will only find it in God Almighty through Christ Jesus.

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They Have Chosen Crooked Paths

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the condition of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

Again I say, substitute the U.S. of America for ancient Israel and hear God’s cry! His love for us has not changed, but this nation’s love for Him has been abandoned for this nation’s own lusts and desires and willfulness! Yet, do not ever forget, the Lord is long suffering and desires that NONE should perish and is only waiting for His creation to cry out to Him so that He may redeem them back to Himself! If you ARE a child of God, you SHOULD be praying for those who have turned their backs and rejected God as Father.

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Shout Joyfully To The Lord!

“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.” – Psalm 98:4-9.

In spite of all that is going on, can you STILL shout to the Lord joyfully?! Creation aside from mankind is rejoicing, will mankind follow?

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Creation Groans

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:” ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40.

We as a people, and yes, I am speaking to those who claim to be Christians, get so wrapped up in the affairs of the world system, the local happenings, the global situations, politics, celebrities, etc., that we have a tendency to forget the rest of creation.

Now before you raise your eyebrow at me, I am not an environmental activist. I do care about the environment, but insomuch that it was given to man to care for AND to enjoy. Yes, I said enjoy, NOT abuse, but this is not an essay or lesson on that so much. I want to direct your thinking to something else, something that is all to often overlooked.

God Almighty created everything that we are able to see and perceive and even that which is beyond the scope of our natural senses. As our Heavenly Father, He set us right in the middle of all this creation. To much of the time, we admire and are in awe of that creation (as we should be) but without giving it much thought other than what science tells us. Even scientists today leave out a big part of creation due to the fact that if they can’t perceive it or quantify it, it must not exist! Yet the very science, and I’m talking hard science, not theoretical, is known to them because of the originator of science, God, Himself. He is ALL knowledge, Omniscient. But again, since the scientist who is part of the natural world cannot see, perceive or quantify, they can’t acknowledge God.

But think of this the next time you look at the Milky Way through a telescope, or view cells through a microscope; God didn’t just create ALL that there is, He also spoke into existence the very laws that science is so fond of that governs the very actions of the universe and galaxies all the way down to why the smallest cells perform as they do. We have galaxies that are ever expanding, the moon and sun rising and setting, the tides coming and going creating a filter effect that cleanses the oceans. We have forests of trees that “breathe” in carbon dioxide and give us oxygen to keep our very air breathable. I could go on and on and God did all this by speaking those laws into existence.

The earth itself is created in such a way that the magnetic fields shield us from solar radiation. The core is surrounded by a liquid, molten fluid that is continually moving through convection. The very ground that we stand upon that we perceive as solid, is floating upon that liquid. All with the laws implemented by the Lord Himself, to allow mankind to live and flourish on this same earth.

But man, in his natural wisdom has become arrogant and has substituted a lot of THEORY for facts and when they speak, scientifically, they speak as if their theories ARE facts, which they are not! They are conjecture, they are hypothesis that need to be verified, but that has never stopped most worldly scientists from expressing them, and especially theories that have become popular and traditional as fact.

But I’m not letting some Christians off the hook either. In this age we live in where God has opened up more of His knowledge to us, AND especially to His children, we still have those who refuse to believe in what is factual, believing that the Bible contradicts true science, factual, hard science, when in fact it doesn’t. They will ARGUE, just to hold on to long traditional THEORIES of Biblical interpretation, when in fact the very Bible itself tells us that “in the last days knowledge (true facts) will increase and our understanding will grow!” These Christians, and I still call them Brother and Sister, have put God Almighty into a box that their finite minds can comprehend, thus putting the awesome nature and character of God into something they can comprehend.

Instead of recognizing that we were made in the likeness of God, they have made God into their likeness and thus limited the unlimited expanse and existence of His very Nature and Character! Those who have drawn closer in an intimate way with their Heavenly Father THROUGH Christ Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit have come to realize, the more we come to the/a knowledge of Who He is as our Father, the less we truly do know. To some of us, that drives us even closer to Him, to get to know Him even greater and it will never end until He calls us home to be with Him where the natural, carnal nature will no longer be an interference!

Now I’ve said all that just to point something else out that most Christians don’t give thought too. We, mankind as a whole, are only a small part of God’s creation. He made all the rest of creation that we can perceive for us and for His purposes. But that creation that has been touched by mankind, has also been tainted with mankind’s sin and thus is also not what it was created to be!

Now think of this. As great as the scientists of NASA and other space agencies are, as great as the oceanographers are who have delved into the deepest regions of our oceans, they have NOT been able to keep the taint and stain of humankind from those pristine environments. Right now, at the deepest part of the oceans, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, almost a full seven miles deep, has garbage and waste on it’s ocean bed thanks to man’s abuse.

The Voyager missions, both 1 and 2 from the middle to late ’70s have now reached into what the scientists refer to as interstellar space. In other words, they are beyond the pull of our Sun, in the far reaches of our solar system and are now in a space beyond our solar system and they are still going. Everywhere that those spacecraft go, they take along with them, the taint and stain of mankind’s sin and corrupt every part of space that they inhabit! They could have been the most sterile objects in the universe, but they cannot be sterilized from the taint of mankind’s sinfulness.

It is no wonder then, that as each day goes by, Creation groans for release. The rest of Creation is tied in with man’s redemption and creation as a whole must realize it. I want you to carefully read and think about what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. It explains a lot of what we are seeing today and should be a reminder that redemption MUST be close!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” – Romans 8:19-25.

Creation was subjected to futility along with mankind, but unlike mankind, it was NOT done willingly. Now in case you think the Apostle is speaking of mankind as the creation, you will see that he is tying creation WITH mankind’s hope for redemption in verse 21 and verse 23. The redemption of the rest of creation is tied in with the hope of salvation and redemption that we have and hope for in Christ Jesus!

My wife and her sister follow this person who keeps track of earthquakes and volcanoes all over the earth, Dutchsinse, on Facebook and we were discussing some of the things going on. Many attribute the number due to social media and the availability of instant reporting but the facts remain according to those who watch for activity like this, that there most definitely IS an increase in circumstances and those instances are actually increasing daily. The earth IS groaning.

Now here is my take on it and yes, I have been told numerous times throughout the years that I OVER spiritualize situations. Well, my contention is that there is far more going on in the spiritual realm than natural man will EVER be aware of!

Now some may put this down to judgement coming and growing and that well could be, but I want you to consider this in light of the Bible. As mankind continues to reject God as Heavenly Father and Sovereign Lord, rejecting the very truth of His existence, and as fewer and fewer are praising Him for the blessings we DO have, maybe, just maybe the rest of creation is taking mankind’s place to do the praising. For if mankind as a whole is not looking for God’s Kingdom to come, then creation, which according to the Apostle Paul is definitely looking for their redemption.

As Jesus stated in the Gospel of Luke, if man refuses to praise Him, then the very rocks, the very earth will cry out! Now before you think I’m “off my rocker,” I do believe this is all leading to the Lord’s coming back and the tribulation, which after the initial seven years will bring peace to the earth and creation as Christ Jesus takes His Throne for the next one thousand year, millennial reign. Remember, it was God who spoke into existence the very laws governing the workings of all of creation, so creation is only doing what it has been “programed” to do. But, I would like to think that as mankind refuses to give God Almighty praise through His Son, Christ Jesus, maybe, just maybe, the rest of creation will take up the chorus of praise with those few saints who are willing to join in!

Remember, according to Jesus, the way to salvation is narrow and few find it, but broad is the path to destruction. We MUST continue to pray for the lost; knowing that many will refuse the Lord’s gift doesn’t negate the fact that we must pray, but just be aware, the Lord’s Word has always been true and is ultimately FACT, not theory!

Now, I give this to you not to advance some new doctrine, but rather just to make you look at what is happening in the world and when you pray and commune with our Heavenly Father, consider all that is at stake. The whole world and the universe itself is waiting for our Redemption so that IT can also be redeemed. How amazing is that fact?!!

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Of Such Is The Kingdom . . .

“Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” – Luke 18:15-17 (also Mark 10:13-16).

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

“Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” – Matthew 18:1-7.

August 5, Sue and I became Great-grandparents and what a blessing. It was a couple of days later when we greeted the little man, but once we held him, we knew beyond reservation that our family had been blessed by a tremendous miracle. He was perfect. I know, I know, it sounds so biased, but little newborns usually have misshapen heads and are all purple and such, but he was, just after a couple of days, bright and oh so alert. But then, why not, for there had been much, much prayer that had preceded his birth.

I was tremendously blessed, for when I held him, with my grandkids permission, I offered him to the Lord and was able to pray a blessing over him, my grandkids and my kids who were all gathered. Yes, this old curmudgeon wept for it was a very precious moment.

Sue and I had talked just that morning about the precious and wonderful miracle that conception is. At the moment when that egg and that sperm interact, that spark of life, the “breath of God’s Spirit” (Genesis 2:7) enters into those cells and the wonder of life begins.

We were discussing how wondrous the Bible states that God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, Who KNOWS all things, knew us before and during our development in the womb. Isaiah, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote this, “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And makes their knowledge foolishness; Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; . . .” – Isaiah 44:24-26a.

And the Prophet known to us as the Weeping Prophet, Jeremiah, stated this under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:4-5.

I lay all this foundation before you to show you the wonder and the awesome significance of that point of conception, when life, human life truly begins. Now, I know what many who cannot understand the spiritual significance say and sadly they say those things in their spiritual blindness. But if natural life begins at that point of conception, then Spiritual life begins in the Mind of our Lord, God Almighty. For when the Word tells us He knows us BEFORE the very foundation of the World, it confirms what the Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah stated under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!

The Apostle Paul wrote it this way, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, . . .” – Ephesian 1:3-4.

Now I opened with the passages and statements of Jesus concerning the infants and little children. But I want to make it clear that in Scripture, it is talking about life even before birth as an infant. The Bible is very clear and the only way you can circumvent the truth is to deny it as truth and to reject the Living Word of God. Which is what is taking place every day in this world we live in.

Now I want to make it clear that we should be praying for the souls of those who are willing to abort a life that is KNOWN to God Almighty even before conception, for the Bible tells us that there is NO sin that cannot be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31-32).

We do not have to agree or condone with the sin, but we DO have to pray for the sinner; AND we can speak out, in fact it is our duty, to acknowledge sin as sin. But we have to make sure that we let those who practice any type of sin, to know that redemption can and will only be found in the gift of Jesus Christ’s shed blood given for all who accept it.

Remember this, God knows the little ones that never make it to the light of day and who are aborted before their birth. He is not ignorant of who they are since He KNOWS them before they were even formed in the womb! Those spirits reside in His presence continually. Now I cannot tell you how Heaven will be with the spirits of all these innocents, because that is one secret not shared in the Scriptures, but I can tell you that when you consider the WHOLE counsel of God in His Word, the Kingdom of God abounds with those innocent spirits! What a glorious reunion we will have when we get to see and meet ALL of those who have made it to the Heavenly Kingdom!

We can weep for the little ones who don’t ever see the light of day, but they are in the presence of the TRUE Light. The ones we should be truly weeping for are the mothers who have justified in their hearts the taking of those little lives without repenting or recognizing their sin, which again, CAN be forgiven! I don’t mean for this to come across cold-hearted, but they have lived in the natural and have witnessed the “light of day,” but the darkness of eternity awaits those who do not repent and eternity is far, far longer than the short time we have here in the natural.

So yes, we need to pray, but we also need to remember that when people say that miracles no longer take place, they do not understand the concept or the depth of what a true miracle is. If you are blessed as we are, you get to watch that miracle grow in not just natural strength and knowledge, but in spiritual strength and Godly wisdom as well! I can tell you for a fact, miracles still DO happen in wondrous ways!

Remember, the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of those who can regain that innocence through the abiding Holy Spirit. That is what being spiritually born-again is all about. In closing, I would like to leave a quote attributed to Greg Laurie, the protégé of Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith:

“If you are born once, you will die twice. If you are born twice, you will die once. By “born once,” I mean the physical birth. By “born twice,” I mean a physical birth as well as a spiritual birth in which you are born again, spiritually putting your faith in Christ.”

There is of course a natural death, but to those who have not been spiritually born-again, there IS, most assuredly a second, eternal death. If you are a True Christian, pray for those whose spiritual eyes have NOT been opened. Remember, God STILL accomplishes miracles!

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‘The Throne of The Lord’

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the condition of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

God, our Heavenly Father has a plan for those who love Him and though the situations may look dire right before the Light of His glory is revealed, His plan is perfect and flawless. It includes judgement for the wicked, sadly that they bring upon themselves, but peace, harmony and unity to those who truly love Him and trust totally in His plans.

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3 John, Verse 12-14

3 John 1:12-14, “Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true. I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.”

Here we see the close of John’s third letter and the similarities to the closing of the second. He has more to say, which he would rather do in a face to face, more personal way. As to the man Demetrius, it is common legend that he was most likely the one entrusted to carry this letter, written by the Beloved Apostle to John’s dear friend Gaius.

What is interesting is all that John implies in this simple verse. Remember, going back to the last lesson, he had a lot of negative and warning, to say about the self-proclaimed and corrupt leader Diotrephes. By contrast, he has little to say about Demetrius but what positives he DID have to say certainly outshone the negatives of the corruption of Diotrephes.

“Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself.” This man, unlike the former has a GOOD testimony AND from the truth itself. Now don’t just read that statement, think about it. Other people, his fellow man have great things to say about Demetrius and in stating that others have given this testimony of this man, John more or less personifies truth by adding the end of his sentence by saying “and from truth itself.” Other people and truth itself testify to the goodness of this man. I read somewhere where it stated, “if truth could speak, if it had a voice, it would speak on behalf of this man, Demetrius.” Now think of it, that is a pretty high compliment and especially in light of such an utter warning concerning the self-appointed leader, Diotrephes. John has a real tendency to contrast light and darkness, truth and falsehood and he does so in truly practical ways. He doesn’t just teach a Spiritual Principle or concept, but when readily available also gives a practical example as in this case.

This kind of example just elevates his instruction to his friend Gaius when he told him what we discussed in last lesson; “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.” – 3 John 1:11. It truly is one thing to relay a Spiritual Principle but quite another to actually give a real-world example of one that exemplifies what he is teaching.

Now concerning Gaius, you can also imagine, with a recommendation like was given to Demetrius that, if he was the bearer of the letter, Gaius would have most definitely opened his home to him, given Gaius’ penchant for hospitality anyway.

Now one final thought concerning Demetrius in regard to John’s personification of the truth. The late evangelist and teacher, Frank Binford Hole (1874-1964) has been attributed to saying this about this passage:

“Note, it is not that he (Demetrius) bore witness to the truth, but that the truth bore witness to him. Demetrius was not the standard by which truth was tested. The truth was the standard by which HE was tested; and having been so tested, he stood approved.” [1] (bold emphasis, mine).

Now I want to make one final comparison; in as much as 2 John towards the end emphasizes the need to refuse hospitality to those teaching false doctrines (2 John verses 10-11), the Beloved Apostle, in this letter, is urging continued hospitality to those who are carrying the message of truth. Again, remember one of the main themes of this letter was the NEED for hospitality given to those servants who endeavor to carry the good news to others.

Today, we may NOT be able to open our homes to traveling ministries (not every one can, and it may not be the most comfortable for them), but we CAN consider creative ways in which to make their stay in our towns and cities more comfortable and less stressful when it comes to them having to be concerned about finances, meals, traveling about and such.

These last two letters may seem short and to a degree, inconsequential, but when you look beyond the text at what the Beloved Apostle is teaching in each one, and you recognize the implications of the Spiritual Principles he is teaching, we are blessed beyond measure to have them included into the Biblical Canon.

These are letters of practicality that have transcended time and are still relevant even in today’s age. Fellowship, face to face, greeting one another in love and meeting the needs of those who are willing to follow a calling that all of us do not have is an important part of keeping the fabric, the sinew and all the other things that keep the overall Body of Christ strong and functioning.

I believe that soon, very soon indeed, the Body of Christ will have to start stretching its spiritual muscles as it were, for the last day’s push to win souls to Christ before His feet touch the clouds and calls His children home, is very, very close indeed.

In closing the last of these wonderful letters to the True Church of God, I want to say this again from the Gospel of Luke, “Then they (WE) will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:27-28. (bold emphasis, mine).

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Thus ends the Expository teachings on the Epistles of John.

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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If My People . . .

I was going to sit down here at the keyboard and finish up my expository teaching on the Letters of John, but I have a “pet-peeve!” Oh, oh, here we go again. Brother Roland has something he’s gonna take out on us and all we want is a teaching from the Lord!

I’m sorry; and here again I have to preface, I truly DO love my Brothers and Sisters in the Lord. This is why I DO what I do and it is why the Lord called me. He knows my heart and my love for His people. But I have to ask, what is wrong with His preachers and teachers who are spreading misinformation using Scripture; and then thinking it is going to cure America’s (or other nations of the world) ills and the things that have beset it. Yes, America is going through bad times, but a BIG yes, God IS in control and always has been!

Here goes. I’m AM going to give you a lesson in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant; something today’s preachers and teachers should be doing from behind the pulpit!

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14. Taken directly from the New King James Version of the Bible. And now for you die-hard King James supporters who believe any other version is sacrilege (I’ve done that lesson so many times already), here’s directly from that; “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14. ALMOST identical in the wording, but you tell me if the Spirit of that Scripture is the same! I’m here to tell you it is, so now can we move ahead with our lesson?

In the NKJV, the verse starts of with a small (i) showing it is a continuation of an ongoing thought. In the KJV they ended the previous thought and started the verse with a capital (I) as if it is another thought. Here’s the rub, you have to take it in either version in the context with which it was given! I’m sorry for those of you who don’t like Scriptures repeated in a lesson, but here is the WHOLE context (sorry, but in the NKJV) as found in 2 Chronicles 7:11-22:

Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king’s house; and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the LORD and in his own house.

Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’ “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house?’ “Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.'”

Yes, I combined the verses with the appropriate paragraphs for ease of reading, AND I boldened and italicized the verse that everyone is using out of context! So tell me, did it change the Spirit of the text in anyway? I’ll take that as a rhetorical NO!

Do you preachers and teachers and you members of the Body of Christ, all, remember the difference between the Old and New Covenant? Do you remember that historically and spiritually speaking, God, our Father took the Jewish people to be His chosen people and set them within a land He promised to them? A land by the way that He has planned all along to use as the place of His earthly Throne during the Millennial Reign when Jesus Christ sits upon that very Throne?

I hope that you realize that the ONLY nation that God, our Father associates with His chosen people is that nation that is known today as Israel. Remember, Israel has not recognized Jesus as their true Messiah yet, so they are still TRYING to live under the Old Covenant Law! Yet, they are STILL God’s chosen people; it is just that due to the Messiah’s sacrifice and the faith of Abraham that us Gentiles share, that we have been ADOPTED through faith into that branch of God’s chosen people. BUT, it is that very faith that has given rise to the New Covenant of which we now belong as God’s people. It does not make the Jewish people any less God’s chosen people still, it just means that if they live by the Law, that is how they will be judged! AND, Jesus is coming again to Redeem those born-again spiritually, but also the remnant of God’s chosen people who will THEN recognize Him as the TRUE Messiah.

God’s spiritual children, adopted into the house of Abraham by faith and by being spiritually born-again are found all over the world in every nation and country. America is NOT the only place. Yes, America (and I mean the United States) was founded on Biblical principles, but even then, though we were known for our “Christianity” in the past, we were never God’s chosen people associated with the land. God’s chose (spiritual) children, as stated live in every country.

Now, let’s delve into some other interesting aspects. We live in under a New Covenant, a dispensation or era established by Grace through faith in the gift and sacrifice of Christ Jesus. How does this sound in light of that: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,”

In ancient Israel, the Prophets were CONSTANTLY sent to give a message, from the Lord, to HIS people, to turn from their wickedness and idolatry and back to the LAW, the Covenant, established between Him and them! Their plight and the plight of their “promised” land was always tied to their obedience.

Today, those of us born-again, are NOT under the Covenant of the Law but under the Covenant of Grace! Our plight is not tied to the land, but to our individual and spiritual liberties in the Lord! We now live in an age when many within our nation have rejected God outright and have taken the very Biblical principles with which this nation was founded and have discarded them. It is NOT God’s PEOPLE that are doing that, but unregenerate, unrepentant and CARNAL man that is doing the wickedness!

Now hear this and remember it; if people are living wickedly, they are NOT God’s people! Not today, where our sins have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus! When we do sin, and we still do (it is a constant struggle between the flesh and the spirit) we KNOW with full assurance we have an ADVOCATE, an Intercessor with the Father, Whom we can go too and repent because we ARE recognized as His NO MATTER WHAT LAND WE LIVE IN!!

The Old Covenant is not non-essential either, but the Law has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus! Jesus stated this: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” – Matthew 5:17-18. That Law, WAS and is fulfilled in Christ Jesus! Now we are not bound to it naturally, but rather spiritually for we have been spiritually renewed through Christ and that is why the Spirit of the Word gives life and the letter still breeds death!

So then, since we are NOT under the Old Covenant there is a new and better way to pray and THAT is what we should be teaching the Body of Christ, and believe me, I am having a hard time in believing this has to be taught again. Before I tell you, I’m going to give you another Scripture and if you ARE a child of God, I hope you take it to heart; “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” – Hebrews 5:12-14.

I’m sorry if a Scripture like that is hard, but come on, we are way past the time when the Church, the TRUE Church, the Body of Christ should be leading! But now for that BETTER and more effectual way of praying as taught by Jesus:

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” – Matthew 6:9-13.

Now again, understand this; this is NOT the prayer though tradition has made it one, but rather it is the MODEL, the pattern of how we should be praying and I want to accentuate what is most effectual and important under this New Covenant in which we are living:

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” When it comes to the ills and problems of our nations, ANY nation, we should be praying to God, our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name, in Jesus’ authority and we should be praying for God’s perfect will to be fulfilled!! We know that according to the Word of God, our Lord HAS a perfect plan for mankind and He has graciously forewarned us of what MUST happen and to what end it will lead. God is and ALWAYS has been in total control. If our eyes are constantly on what we see around us, and not on the Father above, it is no wonder there are Christians, who should know better, I might add, who are panicking and doing so needlessly and with a lack of faith!

When we KNOW that God IS in control and when we believe His Word and realize He has given us the secrets of His plans for mankind and for His Kingdom, we should be praying in that direction and NOT that things go back to normal or go back to the way we have been accustomed!

Let me tell you how you should be directing your prayers, and especially with all the wickedness add evil “coming out of the woodwork” as it were. Where fires and destruction of property and vandalism and anarchy reign, we SHOULD be praying for the leaders of those areas and we should be praying that God will save their souls and that God would bring TRUE revival fires through the Holy Spirit! I guarantee you, that if revival fires get hold of peoples hearts, then natural fires of property and such will have no place to take root and grow! But we have to PRAY for that in mind and we have to be in agreement that no matter how it looks, God’s perfect will for our nation and the nations of the world will go forward!

In closing; if you are more interested in getting back to the comfort and peace and tranquility of past times, then you are not looking forward with spiritual eyes to what God wants. He WANTS Christ Jesus to be on the Throne while the enemy is chained and bound until He gathers ALL who will accept His will and He can make a brand NEW heaven and earth! That IS God’s will and that is what we should be praying for!

So please, as a preacher/teacher of the Word, I implore you that before you start spreading a teaching that no longer applies to our dispensation or situation in the world, read AND study your Word and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten, which He will do most readily!

Pray for our leaders, pray for the people of this nation and most definitely pray for salvation of the lost and those who ARE walking in wickedness, through the anointed fires of true spiritual revival! Amen and AMEN!

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