When it pleased God to reveal Himself to His angels, He brought “…the FIRSTBEGOTTEN into the world, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM” (Hebrews 1:6) Satan denied the REVELATION of God in the FIRSTBEGOTTEN and with LIES led a third of the heavenly hosts in REBELLION against Jesus Christ,
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 Christ’s DOMINION 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 shall keep 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.
SALVATION is a personal relationship with God; if the SON did not REVEAL God to you, whatever you profess is a MASQUERADE and PRETENDER.
If the world loves your brand of Christianity you have not taken up the CROSS. Thus says the Lord: “… WHOSOEVER DOTH NOT BEAR HIS CROSS, and come after me, CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE” [Luke 14:27]
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
The tragedy of RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY are SOULS whose EYES were OPENED to SEE, but end up in HELL, as it is written: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to MAKE ONE PROSELYTE, and when he is made, YE MAKE HIM TWOFOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL than yourselves” [Matthew 23:15]
1. I met an old friend recently and we got talking about Jesus Christ. He was all smiles, until I called his attention to the CATECHISM OF CHRIST, as it is written: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, and TAKE UP HIS CROSS, and FOLLOW ME” [Matthew 16:24] Suddenly, the smiles were gone. I asked if he was aware of the requirement to “DENY HIMSELF”, he was speechless. I assured him; going to Church, prayer mountains, tithes and offerings are all good, but do not fulfil the CATECHISM OF CHRIST. The WORD of the Lord is INFALLIBLE; everyone that comes to Christ MUST DENY HIMSELF, that is, CRUCIFY THE FLESH, as the Bible says: “And THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS and LUSTS” [Galatians 5:24] It does not matter what your parish Pastor say or think of you; you have no part in Jesus Christ if you have not CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUSTS. AFFECTIONS and LUSTS include all ambitions, thoughts and imaginations that reigned in us before we came to Christ. To DENY SELF is akin to dying on the Cross as Jesus did, where “… our OLD MAN is CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, that the BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN” [Romans 6:6]
2. The “OLD MAN” is who you were before you came to Jesus Christ, and must be totally PUT OFF, as the Bible says: “… PUT OFF concerning the former conversation the OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO DECEITFUL LUSTS” lusts” [Ephesians 4:22] The “OLD MAN” in us was enslaved to Satan by reason of drunkenness, adultery, fornication, drug addiction, lying, idolatry, pride, and the like. Those who come to God through Jesus Christ are no longer in bondage to the “OLD MAN” but are NEW CREATURES, BORN AGAIN in the likeness of Jesus Christ, as it is written: “Therefore IF ANY MAN IS IN CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW” [2 Corinthians 5:17] “OLD THINGS” are AFFECTIONS and LUSTS that bind us to this world. If you are genuinely BORN AGAIN, you are no longer a citizen of this world, but of the Kingdom of God. A RED LINE is drawn between us and the world, as the Bible says: “… know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD” [James 4:4] Those who profess Christ and are FRIENDS with the world are HYPOCRITES and ENEMIES of God and: “YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS” [Matthew 7:16]
3. The CROSS is the symbol of Christ’s suffering, for “… Christ also SUFFERED FOR US, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE, THAT YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS” [1 Peter 2:21] Our CROSS is not made of gold or silver, worn on the neck, but of HUMBLE OBEDIENCE to the WILL of God. Our CROSS is fashioned after the MIND of Christ, who “… HUMBLED HIMSELF, and became OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, even the DEATH OF THE CROSS” [Philippians 2:5-8] When Satan offered Christ the Kingdoms of this world, He chose the CROSS which is the WILL of God [Matthew 4:8-10] When the Jews conspired to make Him King, Jesus stuck to the WILL of God [John 6:15] He was persecuted and killed for His INTEGRITY and OBEDIENCE to God. In the same way, “… ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION” [2 Timothy 3:12] When you TAKE UP THE CROSS, expect friends to mock, family to reject and society to persecute you, “For the PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS; but unto us which are saved IT IS THE POWER OF GOD” [1 Corinthians 1:18] If the world loves your brand of Christianity you have not taken up the CROSS. Thus says the Lord: “… WHOSOEVER DOTH NOT BEAR HIS CROSS, and come after me, CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE” [Luke 14:27]
4. “FOLLOW ME” is not a religious doctrine, but a commandment to walk in absolute OBEDIENCE to PROPHETIC REVELATION of DIVINE AGENDA. When Jesus said, “FOLLOW ME”, He went ahead to offer Himself a LAMB, to atone for our SINS, saying: “… NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE” [Luke 22:42] Jesus DIED on the CROSS, not because He was a sinner or powerless but in OBEDIENCE to God’s AGENDA [John 10:18, Revelation 13:8] Listen closely, WISE MEN from the EAST FOLLOWED the STAR by PROPHETIC REVELATION, while the High Priest and his retinue of Priests were BLINDED, right in the Temple, by offerings of gold, bulls and rams [Matthew 2:1-10] We are called out of the world to FOLLOW Jesus Christ by PROPHETIC REVELATION, and , this generation has a “… MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS” [2 Peter 1:19] Brethren, the DAY STAR is here in the PROPHETIC MESSAGE of imminent appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The DAY STAR is visible, even now, but only to those “LOOKING UNTO JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; who for the JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:2]
5. Beloved, be not deceived to FOLLOW any man or religious ideology, but PREPARE and be READY, “FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” [1 Thessalonians 4:16] Remain blessed in Jesus name, amen