ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS

1. The FOUNDATION of man’s ETERNAL FELLOWSHIP with God is FAITH, and by FAITH are we God’s ETERNAL HABITATION, as it is written: “Know ye not that YE ARE THE EMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16] When you turned your life over to Jesus Christ, you became a TEMPLE for God’s habitation. That TEMPLE was built on the FOUNDATION of what you believed to be TRUTH. Over the years, I guess you have adorned the TEMPLE with religious piety, ecclesiastical titles, gifts of the spirits, fame, etc. Do you check your FOUNDATION to see if it is strong enough to carry the TEMPLE? Do you regularly examine the FOUNDATION of your FAITH to see if it is standing or DESTROYED? Take note, “If the FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?” [Psalms 11:3] Beloved, FOUNDATIONS built on TEMPORAL things are susceptible to destruction, “… for the THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL; but the THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL” [2 Corinthians 4:18] I charge you, therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; build your TEMPLE on the infallible tripod of ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS laid FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.

2. ONE, make the FOREKNOWLEDGE of God the FOUNDATION of your FAITH, “According as he hath CHOSEN US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” [Ephesians 1:4] God chose us in HIMSELF before the devil had access to man, and those “… HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDSTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” [Romans 8:29] You are not BORN AGAIN by coincidence, but the predeterminate counsel of God, “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE OF GOD ACCORDING TO ELECTION MIGHT STAND, not of works, but of him that calleth;) … As it is written, JACOB HAVE I LOVED, but ESAU HAVE I HATED” [Romans 9:11-13] God allowed Judas to be ordained an Apostle but in the end was cast out, because he was not CHOSEN from the beginning. as it is written: “… those that thou gavest me I have kept, and NONE OF THEM IS LOST, BUT THE SON OF PERDITION; that the scripture might be fulfilled” [John 17:12] If you are genuinely BORN AGAIN, God FOREKNEW you, hold on to your FAITH. But to all pretenders, He shall say at His coming, “… I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:23]

3. TWO, build your FAITH on sure FOUNDATION of the “… LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” for our SIN [Revelation 13:8] God, knowing we shall contend with SIN on earth offered HIMSELF in Jesus Christ as propitiation for SIN before Satan had a chance to bring SIN into the world. The BLOOD of the SAVIOUR shed from the FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD was activated in Eden, when a lamb was slain and “… the LORD God MAKE COATS OF SKINS, and clothed them” [Genesis 3:21] In the fulness of time, the LAMB OF GOD was MANIFEST on earth in FLESH and BLOOD and John testified: “… BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” [John 1:29] The LAMB OF GOD is God OFFERING HIMSELF in CHRIST to give us victory over SIN and DEATH. Brethren, we are BORN AGAIN not because we pray or fast round the clock, but God showed up in CHRIST to save us; and the revelation of God manifest in CHRIST is the ROCK and ETERNAL FOUNDATION of the Church, as it is written: “… THOU ART THE CHRIST, the Son of the living God. … and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16”16-18] Build your FAITH on the ROCK, and the GATES OF HELL shall not prevail against you.

4. THREE, establish your FAITH on solid FOUNDATION of membership of the “… CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, …” [Hebrews 12:23] CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN is the FELLOWSHIP of men and women whose names are “… written in the BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” [Revelation 17:8] There are many enterprises masquerading as Church, but it is all a scam if your name is not written in heaven. Do not build your FAITH on miracles or the working of gifts of the spirit, but ”Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather REJOICE, BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” [Luke 10:20] Listen closely, Jesus Christ came into the world to seek His SHEEP whose names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE, FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. If your name is there, you will hear His VOICE and it does not matter who you are or where you are, as it is written: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27] If you have heard His VOICE, come out of the maddening crowd and be established by FAITH in the CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, as it is written: “… COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4]

5. Beloved, it is not too late to examine yourself and build your FAITH on ETENAL FOUNDATIONS, “… But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH thereupon. For OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 3:10-11] Amen

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TRUE CHURCH

1. The word CHURCH was first mentioned in the Bible when the LORD Jesus Christ said: “… thou art Peter, and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16:18] As a reminder, there was indeed a CHURCH in the wilderness, where Moses ministered, as it is written: “THIS IS HE, THAT WAS IN THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS WITH THE ANGEL which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us” [Acts 7:38] The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18, uprooted all previous foundations of religious fellowship, material or spiritual and laid new FOUNDATIONS for His TRUE CHURCH. TRUE CHURCH, is therefore, not the Pentecostal Fellowship, Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, etc., but a SPIRITUAL HOUSE built on the ROCK, that is, the REVELATION of Jesus Christ. The building blocks are men and women hewn from the ROCK, as the Bible says: “Ye also, as LIVELY STONES, ARE BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” [1 Peter 2:5] We are ONE BODY, united by the SPIRIT of Christ, “For BY ONE SPIRIT ARE WE ALL BAPTIZED IN TO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;…” [1 Corinthian s 12:13]

2. TRUE CHURCH is the FELLOWSHIP of those who worship God in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, for “God IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH” [John 4:24] I will unravel a MYSTERY here, the SPIRIT and TRUTH mentioned in John 4:2 are ONE, as it is written: “… And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH” [1 John 5:6] Listen closely, God is the SPIRIT as stated in John 4:2, the SPIRIT is TRUTH in 1 John 5:6 and Jesus Christ said: “… I AM THE WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” [John 14:6] All three scriptures point to Jesus Christ as God MANIFEST in FLESH. This is the MYSTERY that underscores TRUE CHURCH, as the Bible says: “And without controversy GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH … preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] The revelation of God MANIFEST in Jesus Christ is the ROCK and FOUNDATION of TRUE CHURCH. The ROCK is the prophetic revelation of TRUTH binding the ELECT into ONE-FOLD under Christ, the SHEPHERD of our souls. Where is there is no PROPHETIC REVELATION of Jesus Christ, there is no TRUE CHURCH.

3. TRUE CHURCH is the “… general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN,… ” [Hebrew 12:23] She is the congregation of those God FOREKNEW before the world, “For WHO HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDESTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son,… ” [Romans 8:29] For emphasis, TRUE CHURCH is the SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP of SAINTS, “… WHOSE NAMES ARE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE” [Philippians 4:3] The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is God’s invitation to locate and confirm your place in TRUE CHURCH, and admission is strictly by FAITH through GRACE, “For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” [Ephesians 2:8] I know all these sounds a MYSTERY, and they are. You see, God knows His own sheep and came down in Jesus Christ to reconcile them to Himself, saying: “My sheep HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and they FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27] The invitation to His sheep is the GOSPEL and those who HEAR do so strictly by FAITH. The reason you struggle with the MYSTERY of God MANIFEST in Jesus Christ is lack of FAITH, and as long as you do you are outside TRUE CHURCH, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but THE WORD PREACHED DID NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in them that heard it” [Hebrews 4:2]

4. TRUE CHURCH is the COMMUNION of souls united “In HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] TRUE CHURCH is not an enterprise set up for earthly dividends but God’s vineyard and we are “… LABOURERS together with God: ye are GOD’S HUSBANDRY, ye are GOD’S BUILDING” [1 Corinthians 3:9] Our work is to build souls to EVERLASTING LIFE and not brick and mortar that will not stand the test of time. We are CO-LABOURERS, irrespective of age, status or gender, and no LABOURER may or should expect a REWARD until the work is done. If any man claims to be a STEWARD of Christ and boasts of material REWARDS before the work is over, he is a LIAR and alien to the TRUE CHURCH. Brethren, I know how tough it is laboring without a REWARD in this world, I exhort you to hold on in FAITH, acknowledging the TRUTH, for “… when the chief Shepherd shall appear, YE SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF GLORY that fadeth not away” [1 Peter 5:4] Beloved, every LABOURER, from Adam to the last SAINT shall receive Christ’s REWARDS t His coming, as it is written: “And, behold, I come quickly; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, TO GIVE EVERY MAN according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] Comfort yourself with these words.

5. Beloved, TRUE CHURCH is not your denomination. SEEK the Lord now, in SPIRIT and TRUTH, while He ay yet be found. Accept Him as your Lord and SAV IOUR, amen

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THE DAY OF THE LORD

 

1. THE DAY OF THE LORD was set aside at CREATION, when “… God ended HIS WORK which he had made; and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made. And GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and SANCTIFIED IT … “[Genesis 2:2-3] It is evident God requires no REST’ but set the SEVENTH DAY aside for the HARVEST of the earth, when “WHEAT” shall be gathered into God’s REST and “CHAFF” bundled to be BURNT in “… EVERLASTING FIRE prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41] The SIX prophetic DAYS of CREATION represent the TIME allotted for the earth to bring forth, and “… ONE DAY IS WITH THE LORD AS A THOUSAND YEARS, and a thousand years as one day” [2 Peter 3:8] The “SIX DAYS” are almost done and the HARVEST is fast approaching, when the living and dead, rich and poor shall be weighed in the balance before the “… Lord Jesus Christ, who shall JUDGE the quick and the dead AT HIS APPEARING and his kingdom” [2 Timothy 4:1] The JUDGE is the same who sowed the SEED for the HARVEST, when He offered Himself as LAMB of God, “…SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” to bring forth a bountiful HARVEST of souls in the image and likeness of God [Revelation 13:8]

2. THE DAY OF THE LORD was mentioned twenty-four times in the Old Testament, as a SHADOW of things to come, as it is written:: ”For this is the DAY OF THE LORD GOD of hosts, a DAY OF VENGEANCE, that he may avenge him of his adversaries:…“ [Jeremiah 46:10] The New Testament referred to the DAY OF THE LORD, five times, as the SEASON of RETRIBUTION and RESTORATION. There were fake prophets in the Old Testament who deceived the people, as false teachers now do for gain, with sham prophecies pertaining to TIME and AGENDA of the DAY OF THE LORD. Repeated claims of Christ’s coming and dashed hopes encouraged a general climate of unbelief and an army of scoffers, saying: “… WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” [2 Peter 3:4] Beloved, this is not the time to lose hope or be shaken in FAITH, for “… the DAY OF THE LORD SO COMETH AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT” [1 Thessalonians 5:2] As the DAY OF THE LORD creeps on this generation, I warn you to beware of fake prophets and false teachers, “… for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT there come A FALLING AWAY first, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition …” [2 Thessalonians 2:3]

3. The DAY OF THE LORD is not a 24-hour day, but a PROPHETIC TIMELINE preceded by “A FALLING AWAY” from FAITH, as it is written: “Now the SPIRIT SPEAKETH EXPRESSLY, that IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and doctrines of devils” [1 Timothy 4:1] Look around, a size-able portion of Christendom is “FALLING AWAY” from the template of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. Brethren, the popular brand of mercantile Christianity is the work of SEDUCING SPIRITS, enticing men away from pristine FAITH with DOCTRINES OF DEVILS. Listen closely, how come Jesus Christ and His Apostles did not leverage Holy Ghost POWER for material prosperity? The “FALLING AWAY” will go on until the Church is purged of carpetbaggers to reveal the “LITTLE FLOCK”, of which the Lord said: “FEAR NOT, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” [Luke 12:32] When the “FALLING AWAY” is done, the MAN OF SIN shall be revealed, “… WHOSE COMING IS AFTER THE WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and LYING WONDERS” [2 Thessalonians 2:9] This is the season of LYING WONDERS; I charge you to examine your FAITH on daily basis and stand fast in the love of TRUTH.

4. The DAY OF THE LORD shall break when the “… SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ARISE with healing in his wings … ” [Malachi 4:2] The SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS is Jesus Christ who shall APPEAR suddenly, “… and the DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: 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” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17] With SAINTS gathered out of the way, the Lord shall pour His wrath on the earth [Revelation 8 & 9] There shall be unprecedented TRIBULATION as the Lord JUDGES the earth, and that goes on till ARMAGEDDON, when He shall lay “… HOLD ON THE DRAGON, that old serpent, which is the DEVIL, and SATAN, and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2] The DAY OF THE LORD is the THOUSAND YEARS of Satan’s incarceration, when the Lord Jesus Christ shall reign in PEACE over the earth. Those who come out of the TRIBULATION without taking the MARK, and “were BEHEADED FOR THE WITNESS OF JESUS CHRIST” shall have their REST in the DAY OF THE LORD [Revelation 20:4] The SAINTS that were “CAUGHT UP” shall return with the Lord, as “… priests of God and of Christ, and SHALL REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:6]

5. THE DAY OF THE LORD is a THOUSAND YEARS of PEACE, RESTORATION and REST prepared for you and I from the foundation of the earth. The Lord Jesus Christ brought your invitation from heaven, saying: “COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST” [Matthew 11:28] Accept Jesus Christ today, as your Lord and Saviour and book your place in His REST, amen

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THIRD DIMENSION

1. This world is a universe of overlapping DIMENSIONS and the EARTH, where we live is only one DIMENSION out of three. The NATURAL WORLD is like a gigantic LABORATORY and we are all specimens, IMPRISONED to be made ready for ETERNAL LIFE or PERISH. We are BORN into this DIMENSION in excruciating PAIN of parturition and LIVE, only to DIE, as it is “… appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but after this the JUDGMENT” [Hebrews 9:27] Every decision you make, and every step taken shall count as EVIDENCE for or against you when you shall stand before “… the Lord JESUS CHRIST, WHO SHALL JUDGE the quick and the dead AT HIS APPEARING and his kingdom” [2 Timothy 4:1] As you go about your daily chores, I wish you remember this DIMENSION is a temporary plane of existence. The glittering cities and sprawling slums are have a date with destruction, “… the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the EARTH ALSO AND THE WORKS THAT ARE THEREIN SHALL BE BURNED UP” [2 Peter 3:10] Though our FLESH shall one day DIE or be “BURNED UP” with the EARTH, there is a SOUL in man with potential to LIVE FOREVER. Ask yourself, “… what is a man profited, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Matthew 16:26]

2. There is an INVISIBLE WORLD around us where Satan rules as “… PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, the spirit that now worketh in the CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE” [Ephesians 2:2] It is an ETHEREAL WORLD operating parallel authority over the PHYSICAL DIMENSION through spiritual agents and human proxy. The Bible says: “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… “ [Daniel 10:13] Persia was the most powerful nation on earth at the time and this “PRINCE” was the angelic ambassador of Satan. In the same manner, there are squadrons of fallen angels over every nation peddling demonic influence in warfare, technology, philosophy, religion, etc. At the ground level, the devil operates through men initiated into the “DEPTHS OF SATAN” [Revelation 2:24] They are stationed in corridors of power to enforce satanic influence, as it is written: “… a certain sorcerer, A FALSE PROPHET, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: WHICH WAS WITH THE DEPUTY OF THE COUNTRY, Sergius Paulus… withstood them, seeking TO TURN AWAY THE DEPUTY FROM THE FAITH” [Acts 13:6-8] This DIMENSION and those who profit from the riches of the kingdom of darkness have a date with destruction, at the coming of the Lord, when he shall say: “… Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS” [Matthew 25:41]

3. There is a THIRD DIMENSION, which is neither PHYSICAL nor ETHEREAL but WITHIN, as it is written: “… The KINGDOM OF GOD COMETH NOT WITH OBSERVATION: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU” [Luke 17:20-21] The THIRD DIMENSION is the MYSTERY of God dwelling in man to establish His EVERLASTING KINGDOM on EARTH, of which the Bible says: “Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?” [1 Corinthians 3:16] The THIRD DIMENSION is not reckoned by material possessions or religious authority, but of God working “… in you both TO WILL and TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE” [Philippians 2:13] It is neither affected by the PAINS of the PHYSICAL WORLD nor the OPPRESSION of the kingdoms of darkness, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS, and PEACE, and JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST” [Romans 14:17] Some two thousand years ago, God was MANIFEST in Jesus Christ to establish the template for His Kingdom on EARTH, and “… since that time the KINGDOM OF GOD IS PREACHED, and every MAN PRESSETH INTO IT” [Luke 16:16] The key phrase is “PRESSETH INTO IT”, that is, FIGHT and PUSH against all opposition to ENTER the EVERLASTING Kingdom of God.

4. Beloved, you are more than a BODY of flesh and blood, for the LORD God “… FORMED MAN OF THE DUST of the ground, and BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS the breath of life; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] The SOUL in you has potential to LIVE FOREVER and LONGS to escape the PHYSICAL WORLD to be reunited with God in His Kingdom. In ancient times, this “LONGING” found expression in the TOWER OF BABEL, when all men came together and said: “… LET US BUILD US A CITY AND A TOWER, WHOSE TOP MAY REACH UNTO HEAVEN; and let us make us a name,… ” [Genesis 11:4] There is INNATE DESIRE in man to escape looming destruction of the EARTH, but FALSE RELIGION or running to SPACE is not the solution. Their coming together was the root of FALSE RELIGION and the construction of the TOWER to “REACH UNTO HEAVEN” was man’s first shot at SPACE EXPLORATION. The reason you do not comprehend or have issues gaining ACCESS to the THIRD DIMENSION you do not SEE it, because “… EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD” [John 3:3] If you will ever get out of the PHYSICAL DIMENSION ALIVE, and escape the damnation that awaits Satan and his hosts, you must be BORN AGAIN.

5. Finally, the Bible says: “For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] ACCEPT Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and be received into the EVERLASTING KINGDOM of God, amen.

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NO CROSS, NO CROWN

1. The CROSS of Jesus Christ is not a TOTEM hung on a wall or AMULET worn on the neck. It is the EMBLEM of Christ’s SUFFERING anchored in the INNER MAN of those who “… HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH with the affections and lusts” [Galatians 5:24] The CROSS of Jesus Christ is not made of wood, iron, silver or gold, but of FLESH and BLOOD and we are the CROSS in who Christ lives, if we FOLLOW in His footsteps. Thus, said the Lord: “… If any man will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY, and FOLLOW ME” [Luke 9:23] The CROSS is the PAIN of contradictions experienced in the FLESH by those who GAVE UP ALL to FOLLOW Jesus Christ, as it is written: “Then Peter said, Lo, WE HAVE LEFT ALL, and FOLLOWED THEE” [Luke 18:28] If you have “LEFT ALL” to take up Christ’s CROSS, “… when the chief Shepherd shall appear, YE SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF GLORY that fadeth not away” [1 Peter 5:4] Regrettably, I must warn you of GRIEVOUS WOLVES, ENEMIES OF THE CROSS, who preach Jesus without His CROSS of who the Bible says: “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST: WHOSE END IS DESTRUCTION… ” [Philippians 3:18-19]

2. ENEMIES OF THE CROSS woo men with the CROWN of GLORY but will not teach them to take up the CROSS and DIE to the FLESH as Christ did. Thus, said the Lord: “… Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but IF IT DIE, IT BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT” [John 12:24] The SEED that must go into the ground and DIE is FLESHLY PASSIONS. Beloved, those who inflame your heart with PROMISES of material RICHES without telling you to CRUCIFY the FLESH are ENEMIES of your SOUL, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND LOSE HIS SOUL?” [Mark 8:36] Whatever you have or have not in this world is nothing if your SOUL is not EXALTED to EVERLASTING GLORY in the likeness of Jesus Christ, who “… humbled himself, and became OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, even the DEATH OF THE CROSS. Wherefore GOD ALSO HATH HIGHLY EXALTED HIM, and given him a name which is above every name” [Philippians 2:8-9] OBEDIENCE is GIVING UP what you want to be to take up the CROSS; without the CROSS, there is no CROWN. Brethren, our OBEDIENCE to God’s WILL is the way of the CROSS and there is no CROWN until we come to God in absolute submission, saying; “… NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, be done” [Luke 22:42]

3. The Lord Jesus Christ came to this world to SAVE us from SIN and DEATH to RIGHTEOUSNESS and EVERLASTING LIFE, by the “POWER OF GOD unto SALVATION… “[Romans 1:16] The “POWER OF GOD” is the GOSPEL preached in His name. When a man BELIEVES the GOSPEL, he becomes “… A NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW” [2 Corinthians 5:17] When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I became a NEW CREATURE, “… CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE in the flesh I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD… ” [Galatians 2:20] I was CRUCIFIED and DIED with Christ on the CROSS. Now, I live not of myself, but by the POWER OF GOD, taking up Christ’s CROSS and FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, “… who was made a little lower than the angels FOR THE SUFFERING OF DEATH, CROWNED WITH GLORY and honour… “ [Hebrews 2:9] The CROSS is the identity of Christ and His ability in us to ENDURE the SUFFERING of this present world. Whereas the SUFFERING of the CROSS is foolishness to those who perish, it is to us the deposit of our ETERNAL INHERITANCE, knowing “IF WE SUFFER, WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM: if we deny him, he also will deny us” [2 Timothy 2:12]

4. Beloved, those who encourage you to spend hours praying for “EARTHLY THINGS” but will not teach you to take up the CROSS for your spiritual well-being, do so to make merchandise of you, “WHOSE END IS DESTRUCTION, WHOSE GOD IS THEIR BELLY, and whose glory is in their shame, WHO MIND EARTHLY THINGS” [Philippians 3:19] Listen closely, no man may claim to KNOW or experience SALVATION in Jesus Christ until he has DENIED SELF to WALK in FELLOWSHIP of His SUFFERING, as it is written: “That I may KNOW HIM, and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, being made conformable unto his death” [Philippians 3:10] The “FELLOWSHIP of his SUFFERINGS” is our daily commitment to WALK in FAITH, though we are pressed and VEXED on every side by what we SEE, HEAR and FEEL in this perverted world [2 Peter 2:7-8] The CROSS is the TRIAL of our FAITH until the appearance of the Lord when those who ENDURE to the end shall receive the CROWN reserved for His SAINTS, as the Bible says: “That the TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, being much MORE PRECIOUS THAN OF GOLD that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory AT THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST” [1 Peter 1:7]

5. Friend, I encourage you to take the first step towards the CROSS today and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Take up His CROSS and wait patiently for His appearance, amen

 

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THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL

1. JOY is the atmosphere of heaven, radiating from God’s PRESENCE to fill the earth with PLEASURES of God’s inventory, as it is written: “… IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY; at thy right hand there are PLEASURES FOR EVERMORE” [Psalms 16:11] JOY is not a sudden burst of ecstasy, but an enduring FELLOWSHIP with God in the shadow of His indomitable PEACE and SAFETY. At a time like this, when dizzying optimism of the 20th century, buoyed by giant strides in technology, economic boom and social liberty are fallen apart, putting your trust in men, power or money will do you no good. Men, power and money may buy you moments of HAPPINESS, they cannot deliver PEACE and inner SECURITY that flows from FULNESS OF JOY. At such a time as this, with “MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: …”, what you need most are not new cars or more houses but JOY of the Lord [Luke 21:26] In the midst of this perverse and wicked generation, it is reassuring to know there is a SECRET PLACE of JOY and REFUGE and “He that dwelleth in the SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is MY REFUGE and MY FORTRESS: MY GOD; in him will I trust” [Psalms 91:1].

2. JOY is the MYSTERY of God manifest in Jesus Christ and open floodgates of GREAT JOY to “ALL PEOPLE” [1 Timothy 3:16] The GOOD NEWS of JOY to all men was announced by angels, saying: “… I bring you GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, which shall be TO ALL PEOPLE. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOUR, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST the Lord” [Luke 2:10-11] Those who HEAR and BELIEVE “…GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH… “ receive the ANOINTING OF JOY, as it is written: “These things have I SPOKEN UNTO YOU, that MY JOY MIGHT REMAIN IN YOU, and that YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL” [1 Timothy 3:16, John 15:11] JOY is not a FEELING or ASSUMPTION, but the REALITY of Christ dwelling in you. JOY is knowing “… GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, than he that is in the world” [1 John 4:4] Listen closely, SALVATION is not the end of TRIBULATION and JOY is not the cessation of TRIALS. JOY is PEACE and SECURITY in the worst AFFLICTIONS, anchored on absolute FAITH in the VICTORY of Jesus Christ over the world. Thus, says the Lord: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but BE OF GOOD CHEER; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD” [Matthew 16:33]

3. JOY is not bogus smiles or raucous outbursts of religious fever. JOY is the Holy Ghost filling up the INNER MAN, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST” [Romans 14:17] JOY is God in the driving seat of your soul working, “… both TO WILL and TO DO of his GOOD PLEASURE” [Philippians 2:13] How does He do that? The Bible says: “But the COMFORTER, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, and BRING ALL THINGS TO YOU REMEMBRANCE, whatsoever I have said unto you” [John 14:26] The Holy Ghost is the FOUNTAIN of JOY bubbling in us to quench doubts and fear inimical to DIVINE PURPOSE. He is the COMFORTER, stilling our heart in PEACE and turning our mind away from present distress to serve God in fulness of JOY. Beware of those who peddle fear of demons, poverty and death and turn around to sell platitudes of HAPPINESS, “For GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” [2 Timothy 1:7] Beloved, HAPPINESS is limited to fulfilment of personal desire and has no ETERNAL VALUE. Those who preach crass materialism and hawk HAPPINESS hinder your JOY, “… SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5]

4. ANOINTING OF JOY draws the line between WISE and FOOLISH VIRGINS [Matthew 25:1-13] TEN VIRGINS went out to meet the BRIDEGROOM, “They that were FOOLISH took their lamps, and TOOK NO OIL with them: But the WISE TOOK OIL in their vessels with their lamps” [Matthew 25:3-4] When NIGHT came, they “ALL SLUMBERED” [Matthew 25:5] At the ALERT of His Coming, WISE VIRGINS “TRIMMED THEIR LAMPS”, FOOLISH VIRGINS were caught flat-footed and “… while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM TO THE MARRIAGE: and the DOOR WAS SHUT” [Matthew 25:10] Though all TEN VIRGINS SLEPT, the OIL in the LAMP of the WISE did not SLEEP. The LAMP is the INNER MAN and OIL is the ANOINTING OF JOY that keeps the SAINTS burning until the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. ANOINTING OF JOY keeps us engaged in “TRIMMING” our LAMPS; cutting away excesses and anxieties of this world to focus on His Coming. FOOLISH VIRGINS have no OIL, the INNER MAN is cold, and their souls burdened with FEAR and WORRIES. They no longer SERVE or WAIT on the Lord with JOY, and if “… thou SERVEDST NOT THE LORD THY GOD WITH JOYFULNESS, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; THEREFORE SHALT THOU SERVE THINE ENEMIES… “ [Deuteronomy 28:47-48]

5. A word of COMFORT to all SAINTS, “… weeping may endure for a night, but JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING” [Psalms 30:5] If for any reason your JOY is not full, “… ASK, and YE SHALL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” [John 16:24] Amen.

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MASQUERADES AND PRETENDERS

1. When Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “… I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME”, emphasis was on TRUTH [John 14:6] TRUTH is the MYSTERY of God manifested in Jesus Christ. The preaching of the GOSPEL paves the WAY, but no man is SAVED or FREE of SIN and DEATH until the PERSONAL IDENTITY of God is REVEALED in Jesus Christ, as the Bible says: “And ye shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” [John 8:32] Listen closely, the preacher may affect you to CONFESS your SINS, ONLY Jesus Christ REVEALS the PERSONAL IDENTITY of God as it is written: “… no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and HE TO WHOM THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM” [Luke 10:22] TRUTH is not THEOLOGY or DOCTRINE, but God REVEALED in Jesus Christ to reconcile us to Himself [1 Timothy 3:16]SALVATION is a personal relationship with God; if the SON did not REVEAL God to you, whatever you profess is a MASQUERADE and PRETENDER. Let every man professing Christ answer the question the Lord asked His disciples, saying: “But WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?” [Matthew 16:15] Peter replied, “… The CHRIST OF GOD” [Luke 9:20] WHOSE CHRIST IS YOURS? The CHRIST OF GOD or PRETENDER?

2. Jesus Christ said to the woman at the well in Samaria, “YE WORSHIP YE KNOW NOT WHAT: we know what we worship …” [John 4:22] Samaritans received THEOLOGY of RELIGION from their FATHERS, but knew not God [John 4:20] The Church also suffer from the ERROR of FATHERS who imposed JUDAISM on Christianity. They clothed Jesus Christ in robes borrowed from Moses to create a monstrous MASQUERADE which ensnare multitudes in MATERIAL BONDAGE to the LAW. The ERROR persists today in those BLIND to TRUTH and the LIBERTY Jesus Christ bought for us with His blood. When they quote Matthew 5:17 and say Jesus came to FULFIL the LAW, they mix Him up with one of the prophets [Matthew 16:13-14] Jesus indeed FULFILLED the LAW, when He DIED on the CROSS and “… ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH THE ENMITY, EVEN THE LAW of commandments contained in ordinances… “[Ephesians 2:15] Beloved, be not IGNORANT of the “… DISANNULLING OF THE COMMANDMENT GOING BEFORE for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in of a BETTER HOPE did… ” [Hebrews 7:18-19] If your Christ is of the LAW, you are in BONDAGE to the LAW to fulfil every obligation thereof, but “If the Son therefore shall make you free, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED” [John 8:36]

3. When Imperial Rome adopted Christianity, prophecy was fulfilled concerning the “… HORN THAT HAD EYES, and a MOUTH that spake very great things,… he shall SPEAK GREAT WORDS AGAINST THE MOST HIGH, and shall WEAR OUT THE SAINTS of the most High, and think to CHANGE TIMES and LAWS …“ [Daniel 7:20-21] The HORN was the PRETENDER bequeathed to the world at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. This MASQUERADE “SPOKE GREAT WORDS AGAINST THE MOST HIGH”, denouncing the GODHEAD and calling men to worship a TRIUMVIRATE of distinct PERSONALITIES as God. God is ONE and the “… invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being UNDERSTOOD BY the things that are made, even HIS ETERNAL POWER and GODHEAD [Romans 1:20] The JEHOVAH of ancient times is the same that was “MANIFEST IN THE FLESH”, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH …” [1 Timothy 3:16] If the Christ you profess is ONE of THREE GODS, you are an IDOLATER. The Lord Jesus Christ is God, “For IN HIM DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY” [Colossians 2:9] Brethren, there is no confusion in Matthew 28: 19, the Bible says: “… IN THE NAME…, NOT NAMES and His NAME is Jesus Christ, wherefore the Apostles “… BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS” [Acts 19:5]

4. There is a NEW AGE PRETENDER in the world. He wears the crown of MATERIAL PROSPERITY with pride and sits on the throne of SPIRITUL IDOLATRY. His THEOLOGY is a REWARD SYSTEM which lures men to “FOOL’S PARADISE” with a sweetened blend of JUDAISM and PAGANISM. His promises of REWARD, in this world, for service to God are LIES from the pits of hell. Thus, says the Lord: “… I COME QUICKLY; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] If you think SALVATION is a get-rich-quick scheme, you are trapped in STRONG DELUSION, as it is written: “And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH,… ” [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12] SALVATION is a personal relationship between Jesus Christ and you, and the proof is not ANOINTING, TITLES or GIFTS of the Spirit, but Jesus Christ ‘KNOWING” and REVEALING Himself to you. If the Christ you have is the PRETENDER, you are in for a rude shock at the coming of the Lord. Thus said the Lord: “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 7:22-23]

5. The choice is yours; CHRIST OF GOD or PRETENDERS? Seek the Lord Jesus Christ today and He will reveal Himself to you, amen

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