ABIDE IN ME

 

1. ABIDE IN ME is a PROPHETIC INSTRUCTION to the BRIDE to return and be made ready for the imminent appearance of the BRIDEGROOM. It is the heart cry of the GOOD SHEPHERD to gather His FLOCKS and prepare them for the DAY of His VISITATION. ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord to the GENTILE CHURCH, so you will not be overcome by DESOLATION, as the JEWISH Church to whom the Lord lamented, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, HOW OFTEN WOULD I HAVE GATHERED THY CHILDREN together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and YE WOULD NOT! Behold, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE” [Matthew 23:37-38] ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord to His SHEEP, FOLLOW my INSTRUCTIONS and ride to GLORY over looming TRIBULATION, as it is written: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27]

2. ABIDE IN ME is the REBUKE of the GOOD SHEPHERD to His SHEEP, for we all “… LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY; we have turned every one to his own way; …” [Isaiah 53:6] SHEEP by nature are wont to wander away from the SHEPHERD in search of food and water and so have we, “For ALL SEEK THEIR OWN, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” [Philippians 2:21] Some of us left sound principles of Christ to forage on “… Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS … ” [1Timothy 6:5] We were enticed by WORLDLY LUSTS to dine on doctrines of devils, “… GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS” [1 Timothy 4:1] We were BEGUILED and fell away from “… THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST” [2 Corinthians 11:3] We went from being humble DISCIPLES to become MASTERS and sit as gods over the Lord’s vineyard. We no longer SERVE in the HOPE of ETERNAL GLORY but fight tooth and nail for filthy lucre. Brethren, the Lord is calling YOU and I to REPENT and return as NEW BORN BABES, putting away, “… all MALICE, and all GUILE, and HYPOCRISES, and ENVIES, and all EVIL SPEAKINGS, As newborn babes, DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD OF GOD…” [1 Peter 2:1-2]

3. ABIDE IN ME is the Lord telling the ELECT to “Be SOBER, be VIGILANT; because your adversary the DEVIL AS A ROARING LION, walketh about, SEEKING WHOM TO DEVOUR” [1 Peter 5:8] Beloved, present DISTRESS in all nations shall not abate as we press further into the 21st century and in the CHURCH, there shall “… arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT” [Matthew 24:24] That is not all, Satan has a SHORT TIME, “… to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to OVERCOME THEM: and POWER was given him OVER ALL KINDREDS, and TONGUE, and NATIONS“ [Revelations 13:7] It is scary, but TRUE and prophecy shall be fulfilled, saying: “… the time cometh, that WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE” [John 16:2] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord calling YOU and I to examine the FOUNDATION of our FAITH as the STORM breaks on this generation. Every FOUNDATION not anchored on SURE “… FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST himself BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE” shall not stand [Ephesians 2:20] The Apostles did not build Cathedrals or mansions, but “… FORSOOK ALL, AND THEY FOLLOWED HIM” [Luke 5:11] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord Jesus Christ asking His SAINTS to return to PRECEPTS of ACTS OF THE APOSTLES and be established in STANDARDS of the EPISTLES.

4. ABIDE IN ME is Jesus Christ inviting YOU and I to a deeper relationship than of SHEEP and SHEPHERD. Remember, as SHEEP we went astray and when we ought to be mature in the likeness of Christ, we were “… become such as HAVE NEED OF MILK, and not of strong meat” [Hebrews 5:12] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord inviting YOU AND I to the fellowship of BRANCH to the VINE, saying: “IF YE ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” [John15:7] As the BRANCH ABIDES on the VINE and feeds on the LIFE of the VINE, so is the Lord calling us to forsake denominational creeds and ABIDE in the WORD, which is the “… BREAD WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN, that a man may eat thereof, and not die” [John 6:50] That BREAD is the REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY manifest in FLESH and BLOOD. The REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY in Jesus Christ is the LIFE of the VINE, which we must EAT to LIVE and DIE no more, as it is written: “Whoso EATETH MY FLESH, and DRINKETH MY BLOOD, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; and I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY” [John 6:54] ABIDE IN ME is Christ calling YOU and I to go beyond being SHEEP and be transformed to BRANCH in the REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY.

5. ABIDE IN ME is Christ’s FINAL CALL to the BRIDE, and “IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, HE IS CAST FORTH as a BRANCH, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast into the fire, and THEY ARE BURNED” [John 15:6] Return and ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord, amen

 

 

PREPARE TO DIE

 

1. PREPARE TO DIE, some may find this topic morbidly offensive, as DEATH is a taboo in many cultures. It is a journey we must undertake and every breathe we inhale is one less to exhale, as “… IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Man is like a spaceship programmed to TRAVEL through TIME to ETERNITY. Few minutes after takeoff, the liquid fuel rocket falls off as the ship escapes the pull of GRAVITY and sails into space. In the same way, DEATH is the shedding of FLESH to escape the pull of MORTALITY as we sail to EVERLASTING LIFE or PERDITION. No matter how long a man lives here, it is “FEW MINUTES” compared to ETERNITY and it is these FEW MINUTES we all have to PREPARE our TRAJECTORY to ETERNAL GLORY or EVERLASTING SORROWS. When you take a life insurance policy and or write a WILL, you are not PREPARING TO DIE, but making arrangement for those you shall leave behind. To PREPARE TO DIE is a personal decision to understand the mystery of DEATH, nature of LIFE after DEATH and take deliberate steps to ensure your trajectory after DEATH leads to ETERNAL GLORY, therefore, “… Set thine house in order: for THOU SHALT DIE, … “ [Isaiah 38:1]

2. PREPARE TO DIE and save yourself the agony of SECOND DEATH, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 6:23] Satan is the father of SIN and from him SIN passed to all men through Adam and Eve [John 8:44] Our physical BODY was conceived in SIN and the one who wields the sword of DEATH over the FLESH is the devil, as the Bible says: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL” [ Hebrews 2:14] The demise of the FLESH is the FIRST DEATH and there is SECOND DEATH which is incarceration in the LAKE OF FIRE. The LAKE OF FIRE was originally prepared for Satan and his angels, but shall also accommodate the “… fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] I charge you, therefore, PREPARE TO DIE and escape SECOND DEATH.

3. PREPARE TO DIE and you will inherit a BODY designed for LIFE after DEATH, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOUJLD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE“ [John 3:16] It is certain this terrestrial BODY shall one day DIE, if the Lord tarries. When it does, God has MANSIONS ready to house the SOUL and SPIRIT of those who BELIEVED the GOSPEL preached in the name of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Thus, said the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU” [John 14:2] These MANSIONS are not castles made of glass or stones but CELESTIAL BODIES which neither age nor DIE. They are SPIRITUAL BODIES equipped to shine as stars, forever, as the Bible says: “There are also CELESTIAL BODIES, and BODIES TERRESTRIAL: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another” [1 Corinthians 15:40] Only those who PREPARE TO DIE in line with the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ shall receive CELESTIAL BODIES in the likeness of Jesus Christ, and “… we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] Beloved, PREPARE TO DIE, not in fear of DEATH but in accordance with the GOSPEL of GRACE and HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.

4. PREPARE TO DIE in the WISDOM of the only ONE who ever came down from heaven and ascended to heaven, as it is written: “And NO MAN HATH ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, even the Son of man which is in heaven” [John3:13] Jesus Christ is God MANIFEST in FLESH to demonstrate His POWER over SIN and DEATH and show us the trajectory of FAITH to ETERNAL LIFE [1 Timothy 3:16] To PREPARE TO DIE, therefore, is not about building grandiose mausoleums to house rotten flesh and bones, but choosing the path of POWER and WISDOM of God, that is “… CHRIST the power of God, and THE WISDOM OF GOD” [1 Corinthians 1:24] Christ is the POWER OF GOD, by which when He died on the Cross, He overcame DEATH and “… DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY” [1 Corinthians 15:54] Christ is the WISDOM OF GOD, by which those who receive SALVATION by GRACE through FAITH in His NAME receive ETERNAL LIFE, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE BY JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 5:21] I admonish you, therefore, in the NAME of the Lord, PREPARE TO DIE. Take up the offer of GRACE through FAITH in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ and LIVE FOREVER.

5- It is never too early to PREPARE TO DIE, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today. Remain standing in FAITH until His appearance, when 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 EVER BE WITH THE LORD [1Thssalonians 4:17] Amen

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 TEMPLE 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 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 at 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 may yet be found. Accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, amen.

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