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Cry For Justice

People often wonder what is the purpose of the Millennium, or thousand year reign of Christ that will take place on this earth (Revelation 20:1-6). The main purpose is that Jesus Christ the LORD will demonstrate what reigning with true godly justice is all about. But for now, the closer and closer we come to the fulfillment of the End-Time’s prophecies, the more injustices we will see in the world around us.

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Whether someone is crying out for justice for themself or for justice concerning others, the cry is getting louder and louder. America once stood for justice, but now we see politicians, the very ones who are supposed to represent justice, who are the most guilty of injustice, even criminal acts. Our government fails to prosecute these guilty ones. They are guilty of massive coverups and collusion. Integrity is a word from the past and there is no more shame or blushing. The guilty will not resign. They and their supporters call evil “good” and good “evil”. (Isaiah 5:20-21)

So how are we to react as Christians? We know that the LORD sees every unjust act. We know that justice is not always meted out in this life. But we are to rest assured that righteousness and justice will be carried out at the judgment seat of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15). Not one unconfessed act will be overlooked. We must always keep in mind that vengeance is the LORD’s (Romans 12:19) and that we are to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). God will take care of the rest. As a matter of fact, we are instructed to look up when we see the world coming apart around us (Luke 21:28).

I have included a well rounded group of verses that looks into justice and what God wants us to know concerning it:

Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.(Deuteronomy 16:20 ESV)

For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong. (Isaiah 61:8a ESV)

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. (Zechariah 7:9 NIV)

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17a NIV)

Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. (Psalm 106:3 NIV)

Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15 NIV)

The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (Proverbs 12:22 NIV)

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both. (Proverbs 17:15 NIV)

From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:10-12 NIV)

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. (Proverbs 24:24-25 KJV)

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 21:15 KJV)

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. (Proverbs 28:5 KJV)

He (Jesus) said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'” (Luke 18:2-5 ESV)

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Revelation 6:10 KJV)

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Knowing God or Only Knowing About Him

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First Question, “Do you really know God or do you only know about Him?”

I (Paul) consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)

Second Question, “Once you know God, are you truly seeking to behold His glory more and more as each day goes by or are you only just trying to figure Him out?”

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

We can know God and we can behold His glory more and more as each day goes by, but just like Moses, we will never be able to be fully subjected to the glory of God as long as we are in these human bodies.

But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him. (Exodus 33:20-23 and 34:35)

Let’s get down to what knowing God really means. In order to do that, let’s first look at what it is not.

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. (James 2:19)

We must not remain stuck in a head knowledge of God. We must move to a relationship that is centered in the core of our spirit and very being. We are beckoned by our LORD to commune intimately with Him in our heart of hearts.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

I want to explain what I mean when I mention ‘figuring out God’. I will use myself as an example. I caught myself going into deep Bible studies for the purpose of trying to figure out God rather than getting to know Him better. The way to distinguish the difference is to examine yourself. If you find yourself not becoming more Christlike, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13:14)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

We will never be able to ‘figure God out’, but we sure can get to know Him better and better as each day goes by, along with being able to behold His glory.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

Think about this. It must of been such a wonderful experience for Moses to behold God’s glory, but the Bible tells us that what we have access to is so much greater.

In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. (2 Corinthians 3:10-13)

If you call yourself a Christian, regardless of your education or background, it all boils down to this one final question, “Do people know you have been with Jesus as evident by your everyday life?”

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

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Grace and a Contrite Heart

The Cost of Discipleship is a book by the German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, considered a classic of Christian thought. The original German title is simply Nachfolge (Discipleship). It is centered on an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, in which Bonhoeffer spells out what he believes it means to follow Christ. It was first published in 1937, when the rise of the Nazi regime was underway in Germany and it was against this background that Bonhoeffer’s theology of costly discipleship developed, which ultimately led to his death. One of the most quoted parts of the book deals with the distinction which Bonhoeffer makes between “cheap” and “costly” grace. According to Bonhoeffer, “cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.” Cheap grace, Bonhoeffer says, is to hear the gospel preached as follows: “Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness.” The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship. In contrast to cheap grace, “costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow Him; it is grace because Jesus says: ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.'” Bonhoeffer argues that as Christianity spread, the Church became more “secularized”, accommodating the demands of obedience to Jesus to the requirements of society. In this way, “the world was Christianized, and grace became its common property.” But the hazard of this was that the gospel was cheapened, and obedience to the living Christ was gradually lost beneath formula and ritual, so that in the end, grace could literally be sold for monetary gain. Notice what is emphasized in Bonhoeffer’s definition of cheap grace and what is de-emphasized. The emphasis is on the benefits of Christianity without the costs involved; hence, the adjective cheap to describe it. You can further read about it by clicking on the following link: Cheap Grace

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According to the Bible, grace is available to us as follows:

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT)

According to the dictionary, grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. According to these two definitions, this means in reality that God’s grace, in and of itself, is never ever cheap. It is only man that treats it cheaply by not receiving it with a contrite heart and broken spirit that leads to repentance. This is most evident with the two thieves who died beside Jesus, where one had a contrite heart and the other had a hardened heart. Literally grace personified was being crucified right between them:

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:32-43 KJV)

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It is also evident with the Jewish leadership at the time of Christ. In general, Jesus spoke out harshly against this leaderdhip because of their hardened hearts and the fact that they loved the praise of men. But He never held it against any of them if they came with a contrite heart and a broken spirit. As far as we can determine, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea both became disciples of Jesus. But we know that they were not the only ones:

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43 KJV)

Having a contrite heart can be best described as recognizing the full effects of one’s sins and recognizing the fact that one must deal with it. Did you ever notice that whenever Jesus displayed a righteous anger when He walked this earth, it was when hardened hearts were displayed? But when someone had a broken and contrite heart, He never turned them away. As He was approaching Jerusalem just before His crucifixion, He proclaimed:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (Matthew 23:37 NKJV)

There is a contemporary Christian song that says, “Grace wins every time.” But as we have seen with the two thieves on the cross, it is more proper to say that grace is offered to everyone but it only wins if there’s a contrite heart that leads to repentance. True repentance is evidenced by a complete turnaround and following Jesus as LORD and being His disciple.

The Bible tells emphatically that on the individual level SIN MUST BE DEALT WITH. When it is, with a contrite heart, sin cannot stand against grace:

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 5:20 and 6:1-2 KJV)

There are many out there in Christian-land today that cheapen grace. The shame of it is that they have huge followings and their faithful followers will defend them to the end. But to clear my conscience, I must be truthful by sharing this. I follow many on my Twitter account to see for myself what is being proclaimed. And yes I know that we must be upbeat in today’s world and we must encourage others, but I have a beef. How come whenever I read Paul’s writings they are not centered about me or you? They always are centered on Jesus and what we can do for His kingdom. But whenever I get Joel Osteen’s tweets, they are always centered around the word “you”. “Today is your best day.” “God wants to bless you today.” “We count it a privilege to inspire you today.” etc. Sorry, but I crave the meat of the Word. I don’t want to be coddled with the milk. In many cases, it cannot even be referred to as milk, especially the ones that strike the word ‘sin’ from their dictionary.

Chew on the meat of what I have shared for a while, for we may very soon face the same type of regime that Dietrich Bonhoeffer faced almost 80 years ago!

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Mary and Judas

When it comes to Jesus, there is no middle-ground! Jesus stated this clearly:

“Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30 ESV)

There is a story in the Bible that brings this fact to light more than any other. It is recorded best in the gospel of John. It is the story of Mary and Judas.

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard (spikenard), and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:1-8 NLT)

This story comes down to this: we have two people who ‘rub shoulders’ with Jesus. Judas was right there beside Jesus for 3 years. Even though Judas was physically close beside Jesus, spiritually he drifted far far away. It was far enough away that he even betrayed Jesus with a kiss. On the other hand, we have Mary, the sister of Lazarus. She only saw Jesus on occasion, whenever He happened to travel through the area. But here is what matters and what was most important. Mary was so close to Jesus spiritually, that she did not even use the spikenard on her dear brother when he had died and was buried. She was saving it to use only on Jesus. It was the most costly and precious possession she owned. Mary’s gesture was an act of pure faith that said to the world, “My LORD and Savior is going to the cross to die.” Mary worshipped Jesus without reservation. She was fully invested. She spared no expense. She knew the significance that Jesus was both LORD and Savior. The result was that Jesus Christ was adequately honored. He was prepared for burial ahead of time, and the whole house was filled with the fragrance – others were blessed by the extravagance of her worship. Spikenard itself was a costly and fragrant ointment used to preserve dead bodies and to cover the stench. We know Mary did not use it on her brother Lazarus because of the comment her sister Martha made:

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” (John 11:39 NKJV)

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Now let’s look at Judas. Jesus was not taken by surprise by what Judas was doing behind His back (John 6:70). This is where I find it amazing how Jesus and His love gave Judas one more chance to think about what he was doing by calling him “friend”, just as Judas was in the process of betraying Him:

But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. (Matthew 26:50 NKJV)

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I do not know if you ever realized the fact that Jesus washed Judas’ feet at the Last Supper (John 13) only hours before this. You may wonder how could Jesus proceed to wash the feet of the man who would betray Him, leading eventually to His suffering and death? The amazing answer is that Jesus is love personified, love incarnate. He is what love looks like alive and breathing. This is not a mere emotion, but true love. For Him to wash the feet of Judas is powerful. It takes perfect love to do something like that. Through this example Jesus shows us that even our enemies are deserving of our love, not just through our prayers, but through our actions. To touch someone, especially their feet, is an entrance into a certain intimacy which requires love.

So there you have it. Mary loved Jesus so much that she wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair after she anointed them. But with Judas, he allowed Jesus (his Creator who literally was God in the flesh) to wash his feet in perfect love despite the fact of what he was purposing in his heart. Wow!

No matter who you are, or how rotten you have been, Jesus always reaches out in love, regardless. The choice is ours. Will we walk with Jesus physically, but have the true intents of our heart far from Him. Or will we surrender what is most precious to us and draw as close as we can spiritually to Him. Jesus knows the inner most intents of our hearts and can’t be fooled. So examine yourself and don’t allow the true intent of your heart to fool even you. You may be able to fool others. You may even be able to fool yourself. But you can’t fool Jesus!

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV)

For further reading, check out a previous article I wrote about Mary and Martha entitled:

Cumbered About

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Being an Elijah for Today

I have intensely studied the Word of God for 40 years. Over the course of all these years I have had my favorite figures from the Bible. But lately, no matter which way I turn, the LORD brings me to the life of Elijah. Even my first Grandchild, who came into the world last year, is named Elijah.

Of particular interest, was something I knew but never gave it much thought. Just before Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, Elisha had asked for a double portion of what Elijah had. Previously I only thought about it in terms of the mighty things Elijah did. In other words, THE HIGHS. But let’s not forget about THE LOWS which included fearing for his life, depression, and being set aside by the LORD for a time of complete idleness. That is why Elijah said, “You have asked a hard thing.” Let’s read it along with the surrounding sentences:

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:9-10)

Remember, it’s not just about the mighty things a Christian may do. Any Christian who lives a godly life WILL suffer persecution and you WILL have to endure hardships (2 Timothy 2:3 and 3:12).

We must be very careful to study Scripture just as it is written and not add or take away from it. Study very carefully 2 Kings chapter 2 verses 1 and 11. Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, not by a chariot and horses. The chariot and horses were of fire and they were only a means to separate Elijah from Elisha. But when you look at Christian tradition and paintings, it will show Elijah riding a chariot and horses on a whirlwind. This serves as a lesson for us to be careful of all the hype preachers that only brag about receiving a double portion of the blessings without a double portion of the lows.

To further that thought, if you continue reading verses 13 and 14, Elijah’s mantle fell from him. It was not handed over as paintings and depictions falsely portray. Observe the following painting that falsely depicts the scene contrary to Scripture:

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Here is an excerpt from a World Challenge Pulpit Series from May 2016 by Gary Wilkerson:

We all know that speaking a word for God can be risky. It usually means going against the status quo. It can make us unpopular and label us as judgmental. But if we’re faithful to speak his “now” word to us, God will empower us with all authority. In the past decades, the church hasn’t been very willing to step into this kind of risk. Instead, a lot of teaching about receiving words from God has centered on claiming selfish needs. The idea is that God desires to prosper us financially. It gets reinforced by a lot of best-selling Christian books. Of course God wants to bless us, but a careful reading of Scripture shows us that his “now” words to his people were rarely about blessings. Most were about soul-cutting challenge. Think about Elijah’s commission to speak. I don’t think he relished the thought of saying, “It’s not going to rain for a very long time, so we’ll all probably come close to starving.” Most of the words Paul received from the Lord were fiercely challenging. What famous Christian teachers today talk often about having a thorn in their flesh? Who considers that a testimony worth sharing? God told Paul there were cities on his missionary agenda where the gospel wouldn’t be received, that he would be persecuted, beaten and jailed, that he would come close to dying again and again. Perhaps the hardest “now” word Elijah ever received from God was to stop his ministry. He was at the height of his calling, leading a powerful revival in darkened Samaria when God told him this: “The word of the LORD came to him: ‘Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan’” (1 Kings 17:3-4). God was telling Elijah, essentially, “I’m setting you aside for now. You’re going to be hidden from view. That is my calling for you.” We have to ask ourselves: Are we just as willing to “hide” ourselves—to be anonymous in a self-marketing culture—as we are to speak for the Lord? God will test us on this, just as he did Elijah and Paul. You see, he gives his divine authority not to those who are necessarily bold, zealous or gifted—but who are willing to submit themselves to his will fully. That’s one mark of those whom God calls forward in darkened times like ours.

To read the whole message, you can click on the following PDF:

Walking in Divine Authority.PDF

There are two questions I would like to leave you with. First, “Do you truly want to be an Elijah for today and are you willing to accept both THE HIGHS and THE LOWS that go along with it?” Second, “Are you checking everything you are being taught and making sure it completely aligns with Scripture, since there are so many false teachers out there which the Bible predicts in these end times?”

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Experiences vs Relationship

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In the ‘Sermon On The Mount’, Jesus stepped it up a notch when He taught that the requirements of the human heart from that time forward would exceed that which the Law required. He painted a very vivid picture that narrow is the way to Heaven and that there will be many false teachers along the journey, especially in the last days. He capped it off by saying this:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

It all boils down to relationship, not experiences. In simple terms, it is not whether you claim to know Jesus and have had godly experiences. It is about Jesus knowing you and about an intimate two way relationship that exists between the both of you.

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There are literally multitudes of ministers, especially most of those on TV and other media, that center their ministries around experiences. They have cultivated mass audiences who have itching ears that crave excitement and encouragement for worldly success. They pump out books and materials like Christian candy to satisfy the wayward sweet tooth’s. They are guilty of not teaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27). To those who want to stay on the narrow path, this means that we must be very careful of all teachings that appear on the Christian scene. This is also true of music, since it appeals so much to the human emotions. Let me illustrate: There is a popular new song on the Christian radio stations that says this, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere!” It is an experience oriented song that is doctrinally unsound because the Holy Spirit comes individually through each heart of those that are worshipping. When Christians worship corporately, the Holy Spirit does not come through a place or atmosphere, even though wind and shaking can be a by-product (1 Kings 19:11-13, Acts 2:1-2, Acts 4:31). The Holy Spirit comes and works through each human heart. Satan is the one who inhabits the atmosphere. Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. True Christians are not to be of this world (John 17:16).

So many Christians think, “If only I could tour the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked, it would boost my spiritual walk so much.” What a misguided notion. Jesus is as close as we want Him to be no matter where we are physically located on this Earth. Touring the Holy Land may increase our biblical knowledge, but it certainly will not make us more spiritual.

There is no doubt that the Lord promised a latter rain outpouring in Joel 2 and Acts 2, especially just before the coming ‘Great and Terrible Day of the LORD’. I can firmly attest to that outpouring because I have been a recipient of it. But, be very careful my friends. There are so many false prophets and teachers out there that pedal a ‘strange rain’. They want you to believe that the Lord is doing more and more new things with new revelations just before His coming back, and they are a conduit of it. This is a lie from the enemy and is nowhere in the Word of God. I challenge any so called minister of the Lord to show me that being ‘slain in the spirit’ is a valid New Testament occurrence for Christians, especially with how commonplace it has become in certain circles. And please, don’t even try to use Saul (who was not a Christian at the time) being knocked to the ground as a defense. I see so many pastors and even denominations going astray because they think they are missing out if they don’t grasp a hold of this ‘strange rain’ thinking it is a work the Holy Spirit, which it isn’t. Please my friends, don’t stray from the written Word of God, which all prophecy and manifestations have to agree and be in-line with.

Experiences are a part of every human’s life, but true faith must never be based upon those experiences. It’s not about us. It’s about our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven and how we can serve them. Not the other way around with them being our genies in a bottle.

Be aware of the new buzzword for experience which is ‘encounter’. You can have encounters with Jesus and you can receive blessings from Jesus. But do not be deceived. This does not mean you have a saving relationship with Jesus.

Now for the most important question there is: Can Jesus say to you, “I Know you. Well done! You are My good and faithful servant.”? Do not be one of the deceived that will cry out on judgment day, “But Lord…………!”

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