There is Power in the Name of Jesus!


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Acts 4:12-13 (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

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In the name ofJesus, In the name of Jesus,

We have the victory.

In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus,

Satan has got to flee.

Who can therefore stand before us

When we call on that great name?

Jesus, Jesus, wonderful Savior we have the victory.

What exactly is a name and why do we all have one? A name is a word or combination of words by which a person, place or thing is identified. The purpose of a name is to differentiate one thing from another. Wouldn’t it be strange if we all had the same name? Let’s say we all were called Betty Jean. If I said, “Betty Jean come and get this dollar”, either everybody in the room could get up to get the dollar or maybe nobody would. That would be confusing.

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The Importance of Faithfulness to the House of God


The question is often raised, “Why do Saints go to church so much?  Is it necessary”?   Hebrews 10:23-25 (KJV) provides us with the answer.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Verse 23 lets us know that Jesus is faithful. Since he is our example, we must also be faithful.  The Scriptures indicate that Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 28) was faithful to the Sabbath and, according to Luke 4:16, He was regularly found in the House of God.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, (emphasis added)  he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

After we have professed our faith we must hold on to our new saved life without wavering.  To waver means to reel or totter back and forth as though one would give up or quit.  We are helped to hold on to our profession of faith by gaining from the strength and encouragement of others, as well as being strong and encouraging to others. Hearing the testimonies of how God is moving in the lives of others is so encouraging.  Seeing the love that is demonstrated among the Saints provokes and inspires each of us to do likewise.  The best way to see this godly behavior in action is by coming together on a regular basis.  Verse 25 says that we must not forsake this assembling together, and should do so even more when we see the day approaching.  That day is certainly upon us now, letting us know that assembling together is even more important than ever before.

We are created to be social beings.  Some of the unchurched (those who claim to know God but feel that they do not need the church experience) insist that they do not need to go to church because they can read and study on their own.  The Bible, however, tells us that we are to do several things for each other as a body of believers.  We are to encourage and comfort each other, and to bear one another’s burdens.  The supporting Scriptures are 1 Thess. 4:17-18, 2 Cor. 1:3-4 and Gal. 6: 2

1 Thess. 4:17-18 (KJV) states

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (Emphasis added).

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV) says

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Gal. 6:2 (KJV) says that we are to

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Positive relationships with other Saints are not only good for our emotional health, but they are the basis of our Christian commitment. We do not attend church to be saved. We do so because we are saved.  We enjoy the presence of Christ in our fellow travelers.  I’ve heard it said that we can evaluate just how much we love God by how much we enjoy being in His presence. If we enjoy the conversation of our former lying, cheating and backstabbing friends more than saintly friends, it’s time to re-evaluate our walk with Christ.

Specific programs such as weight loss and stop-smoking classes encourage us to open up to others and let them know when we are attempting to obtain a goal. We should tell our friends when we are on a diet or when we are giving up unhealthy habits.  This principle also applies to a committment to regular church attendance.  It is harder for the enemy to convince us to stay at home and be depressed because of some minor problem or to choose to skip church to watch TV when we know that others expect to see us in church.  We don’t go to church to be seen, but we do want to be seen going.  Our diligence might inspire the unsaved ones in our neighborhoods to go to church.  The children in one neighborhood that I lived in called me the “Church Lady” because they saw me on my way to church very regularly. Perhaps one day they will remember the “Church Lady” and emulate my behavior.

For those who are parents, let’s talk for a few minutes about the benefits that regular church attendance provides for your children.  Several research studies identified  positive outcomes in children who actively participate in church attendance.  The studies found:

An increase in the average life expectancy of  children by 8 years.

They improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation

They reduce their risk for rebelliousness

It provides them with a life-long moral compass.

It provides children with a caring extended family

And it will also statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adult years.

None of this information is a surprise to the Saints of God, for the Word says in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The identified natural benefits are wonderful, but add to them the unspeakable benefits of having your child understand the importance of a real relationship with the God of the Universe and His son Jesus Christ.  Think of the advantages that they have in knowing that they will go to Heaven at the end of this life.  There are no greater benefits than these.

In many cases, when we are first saved, we have to change an entire lifestyle.  Some are homeless when they come to Christ.  Others may have been down and out on drugs.  Conversely, some might have come from a somewhat higher standard of living.  But that life might have been full of pride and self-exaltation.  Before we were saved we were all sinners.  We all needed the Lord to change us.  God expects us to blend and become one on the Highway of Holiness.  The enemy fights hard to attempt to stop the transformation into the image of Jesus Christ that God requires.  We should fight to make that transformation  happen.

Some of the hardest trials of our Christian walk may come when we are initially saved.  Family members or  friends may try to change our minds about Christ.  Life circumstances may take a dive such as the boss deciding to have you work on your church attendance nights when you’ve been the day person for years.  Unsaved spouses may decide that the church attendance days should become family movie days instead.  Any number of things may come against us.  However. our commitment must be, “I will be faithful to the House of God”. When we realize that all of the negative circumstances are simply staged by the enemy, it should be even easier for us to refuse to take down.

We must remember that being faithful to the House of God is an important commitment.  It is at church that we learn what pleases the Lord, how we are to live, act and be as Saints of God.  We need the Word of God that is preached in church, the presence of God that is experienced in church and the modeling of good behavior of the established and strong Saints that is demonstrated in church.  Our own lives, no matter how new we are in Christ, can motivate, inspire and validate others.  Let us all be faithful to the House of God.

If you are regularly attending church, keep up the good work.  You’re doing a good work and you can not come down.  If you haven’t been attending as you should, now is an excellent time to begin.  God bless and I’ll see you in the House of God.

The Root of Your Anger Just May Be Pride


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26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.

Recently, I had an experience with an individual that left us both disturbed. I believe that we both want to resolve a difference of opinion that we had. I was asked to give my opinion on a particular topic. Unfortunately, my opinion was not the one that the receiver expected to hear. That person became very angry, leaving me to wonder why my opinion was sought in the first place. Since anger is a universal emotion, I thought this Post would be a favorable spot to discuss it. My position: I was not going to lie and provide a positive assessment when I did not feel that one was due. These are the questions that I would like to discuss:

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An APB (All Points Bulletin) for the Miserable (i.e. Gay-but-don’t-want-to-be) People


    Recently I have been updating some of my older posts.  This one is re-written for clarification so that there will be no question about the population that I am speaking to.  I love you with agape love but I must tell you the truth.     

Good Morning Everyone.  I awoke with a clear message from God that it is time to throw the lifeline to a group that I will call the Miserable People.  If you are “gay” and not miserable, this message is clearly not for you.  Kindly disregard it.  This message is for that small number of people who find themselves caught up in the “gay”  lifestyle and THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THERE! This is a message of Love, because for you, there is a way out.  And so, because you are different from that man or woman who loves his “lifestyle” and all of the hype that has recently surfaced, I am going to change your name.  For the purpose of this Post I will call you Miserable.  Some of you may feel the tug of God on your life and may wonder why you cannot be happy in your current situations.  Others around you may be ecstatic about the recent changes in the laws related to marriage, but not you because you are miserable.  Just know that the pull that you feel is simply the grace of God, calling you to Salvation.  Don’t resist it, hoping it will go away.  Yield to God and He will lead you in the path of righteousness.

Some people find themselves in the state of Misery because of life circumstances.  Many women, for example, suffered sexual abuse at the hand of cruel fathers, brothers and other family members that they should have been able to trust.  They had their innocence absolutely torn away and they are full of hatred for men as a result.  Some have run to other women for protection and are now caught up in that lifestyle.  They may want to get out and simply don’t feel that they have a choice.  Some of them are Miserable.  I was particularly struck by an Oprah Winfrey Show that opened our eyes to the large number of men who were sexually abused as children.  It became evident that male sexual abuse is a much bigger problem than most of us ever imagined.  The pain in the faces of some of the men was evident.  Some of those men grew up to become abusers of others as a result of their life-altering experience.  Their faces showed that they were Miserable.

A few years ago I ministered at a prison for men.  The night before my group went, God gave me a dream.  In this dream I stood, looking at a swimming pool full of body waste.  The smell was horrendous.  God spoke to me and said, “Go down into the pool and feel along the bottom”.  In the dream I couldn’t believe what I was told  to do.  After clarifying with God that I’d heard Him correctly, I obeyed.  I took a big breath, went down to the bottom and felt around as instructed.  What I found surprised me.  I grabbed the hand of an individual and pulled him to safety.  When I awoke, God explained to me that he was sending me into a place to bring men to safety.  I later thought of the fact that the pool represented how Jesus saw the world when He was directed to go down to save the lost.  Jesus not only found one individual, but He found all of mankind.  The next day I shared that dream with the prisoners in my message.  Later, I learned that the prisoners understood the significance of the pool of waste better than I did.  About thirty men came to the altar during the early service.  Prior to the service, I asked the Chaplain if he had any instructions for me because I had never spoken at a prison before.  His answer was, “Let the Holy Ghost have full control”.  Well, to a Holiness minister, that meant we were free to pray them through to the Holy Ghost.  My group and I laid hands on them and many of the thirty were filled with the Holy Ghost.  They came up speaking in tongues as the Spirit o Go gave utterance.  The same thing happened at the afternoon service.  The total number was about sixty men who were saved, sanctified and baptized with the Holy Ghost that day.  We later learned that the Chaplain was upset because we were not supposed to touch the prisoners.  We did not know this because he didn’t tell us.  Also the sixty men that were baptized with the Holy Ghost were dispersed throughout the prison system.  I believe that this was the grace of God because He was able to send sixty witnesses through the prison system.  Many men who had been miserable were set free by the power of God.

Just imagine, those who are not in the aberrant lifestyle, how you would feel if you were caught up in a group where you did not want to be.  Yet you feel that no one hears your voice or understands your misery.  Wouldn’t that be a Miserable state?  Well, to my Miserable friends, I hear you. My heart goes out to you and I want you to know that Jesus hears you.  He already knows your pain and he is offering you a way out.  Many of you feel that you will be abandoning your “fellow lifestyle members” if you come out.  Right now, your agenda should be to save yourself, so that you will later be able to save others.  If an oxygen mask drops down during an emergency on an airplane, we are instructed to first put the oxygen mask on ourselves, then help others put theirs on.  This is even true if you have a child with you, and you know you love your child.  Get help for yourself first, so that you can help others.

A little history on the cause of the “problem”.  How was this lifestyle born?  Romans 1:21 (KJV)
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

As you read on down through Romans, you will find yourself.  You are Miserable, dear ones, because you know that God is not pleased with your behavior.  But I have good news for you.  Jesus Christ is the antidote for all sin.  He can bring you out of your miserable state as quickly as he can deliver from the sin of lying or stealing.  He died on Calvary’s cross for all men and women.  As with all sin, we must first recognize that we are in a sinful state and repent.  You can’t repent if you are making excuses for the sin.  You can’t come out if you are blaming others and holding on to hatred.  Let blame and hatred go so that Jesus can set you free.  To repent simply means to ask God to forgive you and intend to never commit that sin again.  The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, Jesus is just and faithful to forgive our sins.

1 John 1:5-9 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This means that we have to be real with God and sincerely desire to come out of the state of Misery.   Once we have confessed our sins we have to receive the power to resist a return to that sin.  That power comes only through the Holy Ghost.

Acts 1:8 (KJV)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I encourage you, my friends, to save yourself from this untoward generation.  Acts 2: 40.  Jesus and Jesus alone can change you from the state of Misery to a state of Joy, peace and righteousness.  Join up with a group of people who love the Lord and live for Him each day.  I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Inc. which is headquartered in Dallas, TX.  May God bless you.

 

The Little Boy in Blue


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Life After Death by Alfreda Lockett Evans.

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Good morning all,

Today I’d like to tell you “the story behind the story” of the Little Boy in Blue. This book is based on an actual experience that I had with God and is therefore supernaturally based.  The Little Boy in Blue is very interesting because many who know my history understand that the Little Boy in Blue is a story based on my real life brother, James Alfred.  There are some important facts that you need to know, though.  James grew to be a wonderful man.  He was a husband to Janice and a father to James Dwayne and Sonia.  He passed away when he was 33 years old.  His latter years were a struggle due to quadriplegia as a result of an auto accident.  Why then do I depict him as a “little boy in blue”?  An explanation is in order.

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Is It Judging When Holiness Preachers and Teachers Tell Sinners the Truth?


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Elder Ebed and Evangelist Alfreda Evans, Sr.

Today’s post is a re-write of one of my older posts. Very often, when ministers point out the dangers of and consequences of sin, those who are sinners say that we are “judging” them. They often reject the life-changing information that ministers give and hide behind the phrase, “Don’t judge me”. But is it really judging when we tell the lost the truth?

It is the mission and mandate of the church to help people 1) to see the error of sin; 2) to get forgiven for sin; 3) to receive the power of the Holy Ghost in order to resist the pull of sin; 4) to do a work for God while living a holy life and; 5) to make it successfully into the Kingdom of God with all of its splendor and rewards. In the process, we must praise and worship God, allow the Holy Ghost to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ and teach others to do the same.

What does the Bible tell us about judging?
Matthew  7:1-5 (KJV)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Judgment for sin falls within the province of God’s business. Ministers are fully aware of that. We have to remember that we do not know all of the aspects of an individual’s life. What may appear to be an adulterous marriage, for example, simply because an individual has had four spouses, may not be the case at all. Let’s say the first three spouses died.  In that case the fourth marriages is certainly not an adulterous one. Not our business. And yet, as ministers, it is our responsibility to help to guide those who seek to make it into the Kingdom of God.  Ministers are mandated to “cry loud and spare not” about sin.

Isaiah 58:1-2 (KJV)
1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

We must boldly speak as God directs. Nathan the prophet in 2 Sam. 12:1 did just that. He was not afraid to confront David, the king, when he was in error concerning Bathsheba. God sent Nathan to David and Nathan stood boldly and told him “Thou art the man!” Nathan did not judge David, God judged David. Nathan simply told David the truth. As a result, David was able to REPENT and he got his life right with God. David had to bear the judgment of God, but at least he did not die in his sins.

2 Samuel 12:13-14 (KJV)
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

If ministers do not tell a sinner about his sin and his soul is lost God will charge us, the ministers, with the responsibility for that soul.

Ezekiel 33:7-9 (KJV)
7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

It is especially important that a minister (or anyone) assures that his own life is right before God. How can one preach against sin if he personally is actively involved in sin?

Luke 6:41-44 (KJV)
41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

The Bible is our standard of living. We all must live a clean, holy and sin free life before God. This kind of life is absolutely impossible to live without the Holy Ghost. But when the Holy Ghost comes in we can live as God requires.

My answer to the original question, “Is it judging when Holiness preachers and teachers tell sinners the truth?” is no, it is not judging when Holiness preachers and teachers tell sinners the truth. We are commanded and commissioned by God to expose sin. If an individual dies in his sin and we have refused to tell him the truth, God will hold us responsible for that lost soul. Therefore, ministers and Saints of God, we must obey God and carry out His mandate for our lives. We must assure that there is no unrepentant sin in our own lives and continue to do the work of soul winning that God requires of us. Love God and live Holy because Holiness is still right!

A Glimmer of Hope for America


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Jeremiah 18:6-10 (KJV)
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Judgment has already been pronounced against our country because of our national sins, our national rejection of the Word of God and our national support of those who walk in open defiance of the Word of God. God’s judgment is sure. A nation cannot stand in open defiance of God and not be plucked up. But my search of the word of God reveals this one little passage in the book of Jeremiah that tells us that if a nation will repent, then the certain judgment against it will be cancelled. Rather than recognize that, in all likelihood, America will not repent and be saved, I choose to pray that it will.

All history supports the inevitability that our nation will not repent. Israel kept to its path and went into judgment. I know, I see all of that. But what about Nineveh, a country that went on a national fast of repentance and turned the tide for the country? Yes, I am also aware that eventually Nineveh went back into sin and God’s judgment eventually fell. But at least they received an extension of time. Surely someone was saved and made it into the kingdom of God during that interval. So here is what I choose to do. Rather than wimp out, roll over and allow sin to take us out I am going to use the weapons of warfare that God gave us. Christians, we have great power with God through prayer and intercession. Our role is to hold back the tide of inevitability. Our role is to pray and hold back the tide of judgment, allowing a window through which others will be saved. If only one soul is saved before judgment falls because of our prayer for our nation and its leaders wouldn’t it be worth it? Ministers have to preach, teach and tell the people the truth about the coming judgment. Intercessors have to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Church, let’s fan the tiny glimmer of hope that is provided in Jeremiah8:8.

8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Let’s choose to be an example of holiness, demonstrating to a dying nation and to the world how to escape the coming wrath of God. Let’s you and I hold back the tide of inevitability and cause as many souls to be saved as we can. We can do it through prayer and intercession. And always remember, “Holiness is still right!”

I’m Going to Let My Little Light Shine


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Let’s shine for Jesus!

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I’m Going to Let My Little Light Shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

The scriptures tell us that we are to let our little light shine so that God can be glorified.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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“The Prophetic Ministry” Based on 1 Corinthians Chapter 13


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The prophetic ministry is alive and well. The head of a prophetic ministry is the Apostle who is God-appointed and not man-appointed. It is only in a church that embodies the full fivefold ministry of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher, according to Ephesians 4:11-12, that the saints will be perfected, the work of the ministry will flourish and the body will be edified.

Prophets have been used down through time to relay God’s message to His people. It is given to prophets to be God’s mouthpiece on earth. There are some who think the prophetic ministry has died out, but of course that is not true. As we advance towards the close of time, it is more important than ever that God’s prophets move into their rightful position and do the work that has been given them to do. Prophets get a “bad rap” in some circles because there are a few who are out of order. It is very important that we study the Scriptures to determine how the prophet is to function. When we look at the specific teachings on prophecy from 1Corinthians 13, clear cut guidelines emerge.

The chapter begins by saying that although one may have the gift of prophecy, if that person does not have charity, he is nothing. Nothing! What a statement! What is it about love that makes it so special? Apostle Paul describes it very well. Charity is long suffering and is kind. Charity does not envy. It doesn’t vaunt or lift itself up and is not puffed up. It does not behave itself unseemly. It seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, and thinks no evil. It rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Charity never fails, although prophecies shall fail. Why will prophecies fail? They will fail because we prophesy in part. God does not give one individual all knowledge related to a matter. The scriptures teach us that it is out of the mouth of two or three witnesses that a word must be established.
2 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV)
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

If God speaks a thing to one individual, someone else should be able to corroborate it. And, that word must always be according to the Scriptures.

“When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part, shall be done away”. At the return of Christ the gifts of the spirit, including prophecy, will no longer be needed.

Apostle Paul said that when he was a child, he spoke, understood and thought as a child, but when he became a man he put away childish things. Although seers (prophets) only see with dim vision now, the day will come when it will all be very clear. Prophets must therefore put away the childish things of impatience, jealousy, self-importance, and self-exaltation. We must not act up like children out of control when others don’t believe what we prophesy. We have to remember that although a matter may have been given unto us to know, the person who is not a prophet may be hearing the matter from us for the first time. We have to cut that individual “a little slack” and be patient with him. Since we are not trying to get glory for ourselves, what does it matter if some don’t believe? We are only required to obey God.
Romans 3:3 (KJV)
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Prophets are not happy when their fellow travelers on the Highway of Holiness fall, but are very happy when truth is revealed. Are people being mean to us? We can take it; we can endure it. There is no glory in being a prophet because some of the trials that prophets must endure are very hard. Read the book of Jeremiah and see what his life was like. Poor Hosea had to marry a woman of the streets and was openly humiliated. A prophet must live a life that is very close to God. Sometimes, no, often times, we are instructed to do and say things that others might not like. But if God tells us to do or say a thing we must. We must constantly assess our own lives so that we are living up to God’s requirements of us.

One last statement about the office of a prophet: it, just like the other four positions in the fivefold ministry, is a God-ordained position. 1Corinthians Chapter 14 tells us to desire to prophesy, which lets us know that God can use any saint to speak through the prophetic word to edify, exhort or comfort an individual or the body of Christ. The role of the prophet, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. It is more than simply calling an individual aside to tell them a word from God. It is more than speaking a word in the congregation, and even more than speaking a word to the nations. It is living a life that is dedicated to God, fasting and study. It is living a life that is in constant communication with God and His word. Prophets receive information and directions from God through dreams, visions and “knowing” in the spirit. Prophets know His voice and are able to distinguish it, not only from that of other “spirits”, but from their own “voice” as well. Unlike those times when God may give an individual a word to prophesy on the spot such as during a church service, God may tell his prophet well in advance what He wants said at a later time. That word may not go forth for a period of time because the prophet knows that not only must he speak what God says, but he speaks when God says.

Prophets must make their calling and election sure. Only God can call, anoint and place the prophet in His rightful position. A true prophet will assure that he is one who was sent and not one who, out of zeal, just went. The eternal implications are too important, so we all must make our calling and election sure.
2 Peter 1:10 (KJV)
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.

If We Pray, God Will Pardon: The Importance of Intercessory Prayer


ImageMy husband and I, along with about eighteen other friends were invited to attend a function whose purpose was to honor men and women of God for their activism and community service.  The individuals that gathered were members of churches from the several states of America and from countries outside of America.  This was an august body of high leaders of great churches, many with PhDs and DDs.  They were well dressed, well-nourished and many were well known.  The organizers ended their Annual conference with a banquet and an Awards Ceremony.  What followed the tasty, well prepared and well-presented meal was astounding.

Participants at the Banquet listened to the sweet strains of a well-known and inspiring church song, skillfully played by amazingly talented musicians when suddenly the music changed and evolved into music that was more appropriate for a club than a church setting.  Those at my table were astounded at what we saw next.  Around the room people began to shake and gyrate to the music as though they were in a club.  From throughout the banquet hall people began to leave their seats and to gather for a dance called the “Electric Slide”.  They hooped and hollered in a true ghetto fashion and for several minutes, they absolutely “partied”.   It was an astounding sight.  True, we were in a fine hotel and not in a church building, but were we not the church?  This event occurred just minutes before a preacher was slated to preach.  As the minister rose to share the Word of God, the hearts of the saved ones in the group went out to him.  He started with these words:  “I have to preach after the Electric Slide.  There is a spirit in this place, but I can’t discern what it is.”  His words, though spoken in a diplomatic manner, rebuked the people for their ungodly behavior.

This entire experience was shocking and utterly unbelievable to me…that some people would turn a church event into a party.  God reminded me that this was not just a local assembly of people, but leaders and ministers from across the nation, as well as some from other countries of the world.  This then was a snap shot of the people that He has to work with.  Though there were those of us who were saved and truly lived for God, there were others who were naming the name of Christ, but who apparently did not even know Him.

As I was on my knees in prayer this morning, the Lord began to move upon me to travail in intercession for the perpetrators of the “Electric Slide” faux pas that occurred last night.  I cried out fervently in repentance for their souls.  I prayed that His judgment upon their ungodly behavior would be stayed and that the souls of the perpetrators would be saved.  According to 1 Peter 4: 16 judgment must first begin at the House of God.

1 Peter 4:17 (KJV)
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Following my time in prayer, the Lord took me to the Book of Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14.  The lesson of these chapters presents the children of Israel as they are at the point of preparing to move into the land that God had provided for them.  Twelve spies were sent to spy out the land but only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, brought back worthy reports, saying that they were well able to take the land.  The anger of God was kindled against the children of Israel because they chose to believe the ten negative reports.  God threatened to kill this group and to raise up another people who would move in victory.  Moses went to God in intercession and in Numbers 14: 20 and 21 God pardoned the people.

Numbers 14:13-21 (KJV)
13 And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Although the perpetrators themselves would be punished for their unbelief and murmurings, the children of Israel as a nation were not destroyed.  The same principle can be applied to our people today.  I believe in the power of intercessory prayer because the Word of God tells us to pray for one another. We also have to believe that when we obey God, He will honor our prayers.

James 5:16 (KJV)
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

John 15:16-17 (KJV)
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

I believe that the perpetrators of the “Electric slide” event will be forgiven because of intercession on their behalf.  I further believe that many will repent and be saved as a result of the conviction that God will bring upon them.  I say these things in love, not in condemnation or judgment.  We must pray and seek the face of God for our fellow man.  Many are doing the wrong things that they do in ignorance; if they knew better they would do better.  I cry out to the true people of God to pray in an intercessory manner for our brothers and sisters.  If we pray and intercede for the “church world” God will intervene, truly pardon and save the lost.  When God shows us the spirit of the people we cannot love them one bit less.  We show our love for them by praying for them.  If we pray, God will change things.  Holiness is still right!

 

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