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    Who is Michael the Archangel, the Prince? 2

    Dan.12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

    Prince= rs sar, sar a head person (of any rank or class):–captain (that had rule), chief (captain), general, governor, keeper, lord, ((-task- ))master, prince(-ipal), ruler, steward.

    And so in
    Dan.10:20 the word says..”Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
    21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince”.

    Vs. 20. To fight with the king of Persia] What was the fight? It was merely to remove all the doubts of Cyrus, and to excite him to do all that God designs him to do for the restoration of my people, the Jews, and the rebuilding of the city and temple of Jerusalem. Nothing less than a supernatural agency in the mind of Cyrus can account for his decree in favour of the Jews. He had no natural, no political inclination to it; and his reluctance to obey the heavenly motions is here represented as a fight between him and the angel.

    While
    The prince of Grecia shall come.] refers to Alexander the Great, who was to destroy the Persian empire later on.

    Before dealing with Jude 9, let us qickly deal wih the issue of Rev 12:7,

    7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels”.

    There was war in heaven] If you take time to study the Rabbical write ups, you will clearly see that this is dealing with the same concept of what happened in Ex 14:7-24,.

    “ And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them….. 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea”

    It is evident that the man child of Rev 12 speaks historically of the church that was born during the Roman Empire .We know this, because when Jesus was comforting the disciples with the Promise of the Holy spirit he told them ..

    John.16: 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
    21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
    22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

    So the release of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost gave birth to the man-child , “ that a man is born into the world “

    Just like the Church was his first born in Egypt. Even so the man child, during the Roman Empire.

    “There was war among those above and among those below, and there was great war in heaven.”

    Again, in Verse. 7. And there was war in heaven] The war in heaven in here was simply an allusion to the throne of the Roman empire, the consequent of which was the breaking out of civil commotions among the governors of this empire.

    “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon”

    Michael was the man child , being the Christ in the midst of his people which the woman brought forth, as is evident from the context, was therefore, the dynasty of Christian Roman emperors. This dynasty is represented by Michael, because he is “the great prince which standeth for the children of God’s people.” As seen in Da 12:1.

    “And the dragon fought and his angels” here then are his ministers.

    Now in Jude 1:9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee”.

    First look at
    Zec.3: 1 ¶ And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
    2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
    3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
    4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him”

    Verse 1. And he showed me Joshua the high priest] The Angel of the Lord is the Messiah, as we have seen before; Joshua, the high priest, here represent the whole Jewish people; and Satan, the grand accuser of the brethren. What the subject of dispute was, we perhaps learn from Jude 1:9. Michael and Satan disputed about the body of Moses. This could not refer to the natural body of the Jewish lawgiver, which had been dead about one thousand years; it must therefore refer to that body of laws given to the Jews by Moses, for the breach of which Satan, who was their tempter to disobedience, now comes forward as their accuser; that, exciting the justice of God against them, they may be all brought to perdition.

    There is a play on words here:-

    Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.] Njs Satan signifies an adversary. wnjsl lesiteno, to be his adversary, or accuser.

    Verse 3. Joshua was clothed with filthy garments] Here the Jewish people were in a most forlorn, destitute, and to all human appearance despicable, condition; and besides all, they were sinful, and the priesthood defiled by idolatry; and nothing but the mercy of God could save them.

    Zec 3:1, to have stood, Satan being at his right hand to resist him, namely, in his plan of restoring the Jewish Church and state, called by Jude the body of Moses, just as the Christian Church is called by Paul the body of Christ.

    Then compared with .. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee”

    Disputed about the body of Moses.

    There is no evident in scriptures as to the source of St. Jude’s statement. Meaning he drew it from the source of some tradition among his countrymen. Just as one can see from the work of Debarim Rabba, sec. ii., fol. 263, 1:

    A similar contention story of Michael with Satan is mentioned in Yalcut Rubeni, fol. 43, 3: “At the time in which Isaac was bound there was a contention between Michael and Satan. Michael brought a ram, that Isaac might be liberated; but Satan endeavoured to carry off the ram, that Isaac might be slain.”

    So evidently Jude picked his source from tradition
    Now note it , that the contention mentioned by Jude is not about the sacrifice of Isaac, nor the soul of Moses, but about the BODY OF MOSES;.

    Some think the devil wished to show the Israelites where Moses was buried, knowing that they would then adore his body; and that Michael was sent to resist this discovery.

    As so we read in Deut.34: 5 “So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
    6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day”.

    Then from where was the devil dragging the body of Moses and with whom? The very God who buried him all by himself and no man knew?

    As we have stated before, Jude’s write up were tied to earlier Jewish fables, but of course you must read the scriptures with a spiritual mind

    The Body of Christ is the church, just as the Body of Moses was the church in the wilderness. What ruled the Body of Moses was the law, while the Body of Christ is ruled by the law of the Spirit of Christ.

    What the devil was contending with was that Christ will not go to the Cross so that the power of the law which is sin that results in death might continue. In other words, the devil does not want the law to be abolished as speaking of the Body of Moses.

    And this is defined for us in
    1 Cor.15: 54 “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
    55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? {grave: o
    56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law”.

    Michael the Archangel.

    Jude 9. “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee”.

    So when we read of [ Yet Michael the archangel] With regards to Michael in the Bible , in the words of “Rabbi Judah Hakkodesh : “Wherever Michael is said to appear, the glory of the Divine Majesty is always to be understood.” Just like
    Shemoth Rabba, in sec. ii., fol. 104, 3. So every one of those writers have always considered Michael as we must see to be the Messiah manifested in the flesh. Nothing more.

    May we not forget this fact, that the word archangel is never found in the plural number in the sacred writings. Therefore there is properly only one archangel, one chief or head of the entire angelic host.

    Just like the word Devil when used for Satan is never used in the plural sense .It is but one, the father of lies .John.8:44.

    Michael is this archangel, and head of all the angelic orders; the devil, great dragon, or Satan, is head of all the diabolic orders.

    When these two hosts are opposed to each other they are said to act under these two chiefs, as leaders; hence in Re 12:7, it is said: MICHAEL and his angels fought against the DRAGON and his angels.

    The word Michael lakym, is the compounded of ym mi, who, k ke, like, and la El, God; he who is like God; hence by this personage, even in the Apocalypse, many understood Him to be the Lord Jesus. There can be no doubt about this.

    Therefore Archangel Michael, the Prince of the Jewish people is no other person but Jesus Christ the Lord.

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    Who is Michael the Archangel, the Prince? 1

    Dan.12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
    Prince= rs sar, sar a head person (of any rank or class):–captain (that had rule), chief (captain), general, governor, keeper, lord, ((-task- ))master, prince(-ipal), ruler, steward.

    Verse 1. And at that time Michael shall stand up] Michael the archangel, as has already been observed, was ever reputed to be the guardian of the Jewish people.

    Look at this
    Deut 32: 8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
    9 For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

    Acts.17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

    Here was when the Nations were divided into their various portions, God gave each of them an angelic being as their guardian spirit but for Israel it was Christ, hence they had none, this is why he was referred to in Chapter 12 as the prince that standed for the children of your people Israel.

    Similarly , In Josh.5: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
    14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant.

    Here he was seen with the sword drawn .The Lord Christ.

    This is why when you read in Dan 10: 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

    So who was this prince in Verse 13. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me]

    Let it be noted that, no good or evil ANGEL is intended here. Cyrus alone was the prince of Persia, and God had destined him to be the deliverer of the Jewish people; but there were some matters, of which we are not informed, that caused him to hesitate for some time. Probably the fear of the greatness of the work, and not being fully satisfied of his ability to execute it, he therefore for a time resisted the secret inspirations which God had sent him. The opposition could be in reference to the building of the temple as he was not a Jew.

    We have a similar inspiration given to the widow that fed Elijah in 1King, 17:9

    “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee”.

    The key word there is the word “commanded.” note it, this was unknown to the woman that she was working out the perfect will of God when she finally gave the Prophet her last meal.

    So, same was with king Cyrus, but he was more or less resisting this inspiration that God was giving to him to carry out. Which he finally yielded to do, when Michael came into the scene to persuade him. And so in yielding to go he finally wrote the decree..

    Ezra.1: 1 ¶ Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
    2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

    Here was the assignment given to him why the Lord God called him his anointed ..

    Isa.44: 24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
    25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
    26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
    27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
    28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid…..

    Isa.45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;…….
    13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of host”

    You see that?

    But lo, Michael] But angel Gabriel, who was speaking, did not leave Cyrus till Michael came to take his place. Michael, means “who is like God,” and this often appears to mean the Messiah, at other times the highest or chief archangel.
    Indeed there is no archangel mentioned in the whole Scripture but this one. Jude 1:9; Re 12:7. The one Chief or arch angel means chief messenger, and Malachi tells us he is the Christ.

    But note this fact also in Col 1:18 “
    And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”

    The word preeminence .= prwteuw proteuo, prote-yoo’-o =means.. to be first (in rank or influence):–have the preeminence.. Foremost (in time, place, order or importance):–before, beginning, best, chief(-est), first (of all), former.

    Now look at this, talking about Jesus Himself
    Mal.3.: 1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
    2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

    Here the two messengers mentioned, one is John the Baptist the other is Jesus Christ .

    But what did the scripture called him here ? a messenger, same thing as angel as used of John in
    Luke 7:27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

    aggelov aggelos, ang’-el-os = from aggello (probably derived from 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication, a pastor:–angel, messenger.

    It is an issue for some people when you use the title messenger or angel for Jesus the Christ, forgetting that it’s just another phase of his ministry in relation to his work of redemption of humanity. Otherwise how will you believe the everlasting Father is the same person as the son. (Isa.9:7.) It just a ministry, for father, son and Holy Ghost which are titles are one and the same person in different dispensation of the ministry of redemption.

    To be continued…

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    Is Poverty one of the Christian virtues?

    1 Tim.6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

    18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; note

    19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

    The above scriptures clearly tells us that one can be rich and still be a Christian.
    It even shows us how to behave when we have money and how to use it . And that in it’s accurate usage we are laying up a foundation for the future .
    And that the father gives us all things to enjoy and that includes money my friend .
    What do you distribute if you don’t have money .tell me, poverty?

    Yes Abraham’s blessings firstly wasn’t money but the forgiveness of our sins. Acts 3:24-26.

    But note it that none of Abraham’s children was poor , not even Ismael before you talk of his concubine children from Keturah whom he gave gifts, that was more than enough to substain them in life.
    How many servants was Abraham having that he can feed and take care of and you called that man a poor man or not rich?
    With what was RICHES measure is his days.

    The abuse of the message of prosperity which was not the gospel itself doesn’t nullify the fact that God wants his prople live well financially on the earth. Using tricks to raise money from people doesn’t answer to the gospel of Christ.
    Those who now claim the holy Ghost is offended by the message only now, I wondered where the holy Ghost was all these their years. When a man’s backsliding heart correct him he should admit it and stop bringing in the perfect holy spirit who is all perfect in all times and seasons .

    Whatever you speak against will never come to you . It is not all business prople that are prosperous in life and God never called everybody into business.

    Peter was a Fisher man when God called him and even Mathew they never went back to their businesses. In fact when Peter tried it after the deaths of Christ he brought him back out of his business to preach the gospel.

    When we venerate poverty because we want to correct an impression, we are sure digging our own graves even while we are alive.
    For poverty itself is not a Christian Virtue and neither will it be.

    My humble opinion here is let us preach the gospel and stop fight wars that aren’t edifying but will attract men who will fall into our own level of thinking and not Christ.

    Here again is the word of God.

    “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
    – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

    Don’t miss this what you hate, you will never get in life .
    Money is good and it’s not evil. It’s the love of and abuse of money that’s is evil .
    God wants us to have all things to enjoy and distribute , don’t miss that point. That’s what the word says .

    Just a thought !

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    The Power of the kingdom

    Math.6:10. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the Glory.. ….

    Just what truly is the power of the kingdom? Is it when men fall as we pray for them? Is it is the casting out of devils from people alone? What actually is the power of the kingdom?

    Paul said..
    Rom.1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. My

    Here Paul said, the Gospel he preached was the POWER OF GOD leading or producing salvation in the hearers. Meaning the end point of the power released through the Gospel is salvation. That sounds a little bit different from what we are witnessing and believe I supposed?.

    Again, in 1 Cor 4:18, he said “Some of you have become conceited and arrogant and pretentious, counting on my not coming to you.
    19 But I will come to you [and] shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will perceive and understand not what the talk of these puffed up and arrogant spirits amount to, but their force ( the moral power and excellence of soul they really possess).
    20 For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power ( moral power and excellence of soul)”. AMP

    Here Paul is addressing some, who claimed to be Apostles and are full of power. But again he defined what the power of the kingdom ought to be, soul transformation. And this he calls “moral power and excellence of soul.”

    Meaning, the religion of the Lord Jesus is not in word-in human eloquence, excellence of speech, not even in doctrines; but rather in power, in that mighty energy of the Holy Spirit; enlightening, quickening, converting, and sanctifying the hearers-believers; and therefore it is said here, that all Christ genuine apostles are enabled, on all and in all circumstances, to demonstrate the truth of their calling by miraculous energy not just in that which we see and try to do but in the converting of the hearers to become more Christ like.

    Buttressing his argument Paul said,
    1 Cor.2: 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
    4 And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    Here he clarifies this further, by saying my doctrine, and the matter of my proclaiming the grand but simple truths of the Gospel and recommending it, was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom.

    By implication I wasn’t using human philosophy and logic in persuading men to accept the message of the cross of Christ. But rather, there was this energy that flowed from my message to the inner conversion of my listeners. In other words, my message made God more evident to men. I never subscribed to using means like great orators in order to become popular, and thereby to gain fame.

    Acts.26: 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds”.
    That was a typical demonstration of the power of the kingdom that flowed from Paul’s message to Agrippa when he listened to Paul. ..

    How is our message today? What power are we really demonstrating? Is it the kingdom power or just the enticing words of men and then using miracles to cover up the unconverted believers? Is the kingdom power of transformation really taking over in the life of those who listen to us? The kingdom power is the transformation of the souls of men, it is moral power and excellent of soul.
    To be continued …

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    The Abraham’s Blessing

    What exactly is the Blessings of Abraham that the Father promised us through him?

    Reading in Gen.12: 2 we are told “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”.

    The Blessing is for the whole families of the Earth, Jews and Gentiles. Mongolians, Indians, Japanese, Eskimos alike, none excluded. But what exactly is this blessing. Can we say all have received and are receiving this blessing now? If not why? .Could this be just material blessings alone? If so then, the western world, and Asia Nations are more of the seed and inheritors of the Abramic Blessing as compared to most Africa Nations.

    Again, in Gal.3: 7 we read “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
    8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed….
    29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

    Here Paul explains that, the Children of Abraham to whom the Blessings are geared towards are those who are of faith in Christ.

    Now, most of those wealthy Nations on Earth today are not of the faith in Christ. So how are they blessed and what blessings therefore do they have. How do they come into all these Blessings materially and yet most who claimed to be of the Christ faith are not, if this is the Abraham’s blessings.

    I think the answer is in the Book of Acts as declared by Apostle Peter. Here it is

    Acts 3:24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and those who came afterwards, as many as have spoken, also promised and foretold and proclaimed these days.
    25 You are the descendants (sons) of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant which God made and gave to your forefathers, saying to Abraham, And in your Seed (Heir) shall all the families of the earth be blessed and benefited.
    26 It was to you first that God sent His Servant and Son Jesus, when He raised Him up [provided and gave Him for us], to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness and evil ways.” Ampl.

    So then, the Abraham’s Blessings primarily was and is the forgiveness of our sins through Christ. This is what the Jews got first when Christ was raised from the grave and poured out the Holy Spirit.

    Therefore if you have received Christ, then your sins and iniquities in Adam even those of your great grandfather are forgiven you and forgotten by God. You are a blessed seed of the Father; haven received you back to himself as a son through Christ. Now you are an heir of God and joint heir with Christ.

    So, how is it that, the other nations without Christ are so prosperous?

    The answer to that again lies in the fact that there is a common grace of God, which says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Just as the sun rises upon everyone irrespective of their belief.

    But above all, they are active and creative in their minds, for when Adam (mankind) fell, the creative power of the mind was not taken away from man. We are only asked to renew the mind (Rom 1:1-2) God himself testified to the power of a creative mind when men was to build a tower of Babel up to Heaven in Gen 11

    .vesre 6 says;
    “6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

    The word “imagined” tells us of the creative power of the mind which is found in the soul of a man.
    This I believe is what most Christians have missed out of. While God is committed to answering your prayers, he is obligated to bless the WORKS of your hands.

    Meaning if you have nothing doing, he will have nothing to bless even though you have been blessed in Christ with your sins forgiven, poverty will be staring you at the face.

    And to overcome this, you must as a believer operate kingdom principles.

    Math.6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”

    You can’t be in the kingdom and do Business like those outside of the kingdom. No!
    I called you blessed of the lord.
    Just a thought!

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    God wouldn’t fail

    God is not trying to save the whole world now, but he is rather busy raising sons through whom he will save the world like the first born son Jesus.

    “Acts.15:12-18, Eph.2:4-8, Rom.8:20-23”

    These sons, are the ones that understand that they are saved by grace that they in turn will show same to the rest of mankind in the ages to come.

    ” And hath raised us up together, and made ussit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

    That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” Eph.2.6-7.

    So, friends while it looks like God is failing as you look at the things around the globe, let it be noted that the Father is at work preparing his sons behind the scene.

    The true qualification for these set of sons will be the ability to extend mercy to mankind at the end. He who doesn’t understand the role mercy played in his salvation will not be part of this new move of God on the earth in the ages to come.

    For you can not be a king without being a priest. It is only the combination of the king/Priest (Rev.5.10) that can manifest true dominion.

    Just a thought!

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    Getting the right focus

    Rom 8:7 (Msg) Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.

    8 And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

    9 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about.

    10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells — even though you still experience all the limitations of sin — you yourself experience life on God’s terms.

    11 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! “

    Just a thought!

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    Look for Character

    Math.7:13 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. 14 The way to life — to God! — is vigorous and requires total attention.

    15 “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.”(msg)

    Following the Lord requires total attention to his word and will. It may be costly, making you lose friends and so on, and sometimes not even being popular. But there is a reward from Him at the end. Stay on course, don’t be a copy cat because men are famous. Your reward is only in that which he asked you to do.Be sure you are in it for Him.

    Just a thought!

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    ARE ALL CALLED TO THE PULPIT?

    “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts-to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.'” Exodus 31:1-5

    Bezalel was called by God to perform a most important work for Him. I am sure that Bezalel believed that he was naturally gifted with his hands to make fine crafts with gold, silver, and bronze. He probably did not associate it with God’s work. But the Scripture tells us that God chose him and filled him with God’s Spirit to enable him.

    Does God call men and women into their vocations to fulfill His purposes – to fulfill that which needs to be accomplished throughout the world? Have you ever thought about how many occupations there are in the world? How did that balance of interest among each human throughout the world happen? Did it just happen? Was it by chance that we have only so many doctors, only so many accountants, only so many geologists?Your interest in your vocation is not born of your own making.
    So many workplace believers and even pastors have made the mistake of encouraging us who have a deep desire to walk with Christ in the workplace to pursue vocational ministry. To remove us from the workplace where the greatest harvest is yet to occur would be to remove us from where God called us. Do not take this bait. Serve the Lord in the workplace where He has gifted you and called you.

    I almost made this same mistake when God drew me to Himself when I was 28 years old. I concluded that I must be called to be a pastor. I took steps to fulfill this by leaving my job and entering a Bible school for training. Upon completion, I took a job as an assistant pastor in a church. But God’s mercy allowed me to be removed from that position only three months into it. I was “forced back into business,” where God wanted me in the first place. It was a great lesson. I was never cut out to be a pastor in a church, but a “pastor” in the workplace.– (Os Hilman. )

    Find out who you are in the Hands of God and stay there to Please Him, who has so called you to it.

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    You’re Saved by Jesus’s Death on the Cross is not really true

    For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! (Romans 5:10)

    The cross of Jesus Christ is essential as it offers us forgiveness and reconciliation to God. But it is Christ’s resurrection that actually saves us, enabling us to be born again with new, resurrection life in Jesus.

    Hence the message is not actually the cross but the kingdom of God which is his reign in us as the reigning king .

    For if I cast out devil by SPIRIT OF GOD then the kingdom of God has come into you (Math 12:28) and the spirit didn’t happen at the cross but after resurrection , which is the release of his spirit .

    For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom 14:27)

    Just a thought !

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