1. PARABLE OF LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN is the story of a COVETOUS generation, such as we have today, torn between God and Mammon, but “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. YE CANNOT SERVE GOD and MAMMON” [Luke 16:13] It was addressed chiefly to PHARISEES, the leading religious denomination of His day, “And the PHARISEES also, who were COVETOUS, heard all these things: and they DERIDED HIM. And he said unto them, Ye are they which JUSTIFY YOURSELVES before men; but God KNOWETH YOUR HEARTS: for that which is HIGHLY ESTEEMED AMONG MEN is ABOMINATION in the SIGHT OF GOD” [Luke 16:14-15] The order of PHARISEES evolved through the ages, JUSTIFIED by men and “HIGHLY ESTEMEED” in the Church but God knows His own, therefore, “FEAR NOT, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” [Luke 12:32] As with all PARABLES, there is a KEY and the KEY is the ALL-SEEING EYES of God which SEES through every heart, denying the COVETOUS and in every age receives the RIGHTEOUS to Himself “… God is no RESPECTER OF PERSONS: But in every nation he that FEARETH HIM, and WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS is ACCEPTED with him” [Acts 10:34-35] 

2.Lazarus, a beggar, destitute of the GOOD THINGS of this world, sat at the gate of the RICH MAN, “… FULL OF SORES, And desiring to be fed with the CRUMBS which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the DOGS came and licked his SORES” [Luke 16:20-21] Lazarus was not accepted of God because he was POOR, but in spite of his POVERTY. Brethren, it is not SIN to be POOR, even as POVERTY is no excuse to relapse into COVETOUSNESS, “… BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth“ [Luke 12:13] The MESSAGE of the PARABLE, is GODLY CONTENTMENT, a timely rebuke to the PHARISEES of this generation, “… MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself. But GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN” [1 Timothy 6:5] Without controversy, the GOSPEL first preached by Jesus Christ and passed to us by the Apostles is anchored on GODLY CONTENTMENT, “In HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED before the world began” [Titus 1:2] CONTENTMENT is by no means resignation to PENURY but an INWARD SATISFACTION in Christ, grounded in HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE. Beware, therefore, of latter-day PHARISEES, for “… through COVETOUSNESS shall they with FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” [2 Peter 2:3]

3. The RICH MAN had all the GOOD THINGS of this world, “… was CLOTHED IN PURPLE and fine linen, and FARED SUMPTUOUSLY every day” [Luke 16:19] The RICH MAN did not end up in “TORMENTS” because he was RICH, but in spite of his possessions. God has nothing against the WEALTHY, but holds the RICH responsible for His riches, “But thou shalt REMEMBER THE LORD thy God: for it is HE THAT GIVETH THEE POWER TO GET WEALTH, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” [Deuteronomy 8:18] Those who have the riches of this world are indebted to God to share with the POOR, doing do the WORK of God, but some who are RICH are not so inclined but “… the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they REGARD NOT THE WORK OF THE LORD, neither consider the operation of his hand” [Isaiah 5:12] This RICH MAN broke the GOLDEN RULE of religion, neglected the POOR but surrounded himself “DOGS”. Let those who have the riches of this world beware of DOGS in priestly robes, who make pretenses of piety for earthly goods. Like their predecessors, present day PHARISEES eat with the RICH and extort the POOR, LICKING THEIR SORES, “Woe unto you, scribes and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! for ye DEVOUR WIDOW’S HOUSES, and for a pretence MAKE LONG PRAYER: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation” [Matthew 23:14]

4. The LESSON of the PARABLE is the certainty of JUDGMENT, “… it is APPOINTED unto men once TO DIE, but after this the JUDGMENT” [Hebrews 9:27] No doubt, Lazarus had his FAITH stretched to breaking point, as many do today, but held on “And it came to pass, that the BEGGAR DIED, and was CARRIED BY ANGELS into Abraham's bosom: the RICH MAN ALSO DIED and was buried. And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments, …” [Luke 16:22-23] Let no man deceive you, as long as we are in this body some will be RICH and others POOR, whether RICH or POOR, Christ in you is the assurance of riches of His GLORY, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING, and what the RICHES of the GLORYof his inheritance in the saints” [Ephesians 1:18] The RICH will be TRIED with what he has and the POOR by what he has not; beloved, hold firmly to FAITH, “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] His Coming is imminent, let the BRIDE, both RICH and POOR do away with COVETOUSNESS, “For we BROUGHT NOTHING INTO THIS WORLD, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having FOOD and RAIMENT let us be THEREWITH CONTENT” [1 Timothy 6:7-8]

5. If you have not done so, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen

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YOKE is the OPPRESSIVE POWER of BONDAGE, symbolized by palpable FEAR as the world rushes headlong into the LAST DAYS. BREAK THE DAMNED YOKE, "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
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1. With war in Ukraine and threat of nuclear HOLOCAUST, it is hard to imagine a future of global PEACE, but it is coming; the PEACE of DEATH and HELL. Before it comes, Ukraine shall be overtaken by RUMOURS of more WARS, even as COVID-19  was unceremoniously shoved off the headlines and FAMINE looms, “MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, and for looking after those THINGS which are COMING ON THE EARTH: for the POWERS OF HEAVEN shall be SHAKEN” [Luke 21:26] The “THINGS COMING ON THE EARTH”, referred as the “POWRS OF HEAVEN” are the FOUR HORSES mentioned in Revelation 6:1-8, as they make landfall on earth. The first to hit the ground is the WHITE HORSE, by whom many are DECEIVED, but not the ELECT [Matthew 24:24] RED and BLACK HORSES followed in quick succession, the world is gripped with FEAR of ARMAGEDDON, but not the ELECT; ISRAEL, not UKRAINE is the route to ARMAGEDDON. Before then, Scriptural PROPHECY foretell ESCALATION of DISTRESS, but when it seems all hope is lost, PEACE shall be restored by DECEIT to reveal the MAN OF SIN, “For when they shall say, PEACE and SAFETY; then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” [1 Thessalonians 5:3]

2. When the first FOUR SEALS were broken in Revelation 6:1-8, POWER was given to Satan to take PEACE away from the earth, “… and POWER was given to HIM that SAT thereon to take PEACE FROM THE EARTH, and that they should KILL one another: and there was given unto him a GREAT SWORD” [Revelation 6:4] The one who “SAT” on the RED HORSE and took PEACE from the earth was Satan. He started out on the WHITE HORSE to conquer by DECEPTION, shifted to the RED and BLACK HORSES and shall appear on earth on the PALE HORSE, “… and HIS NAME THAT SAT on him was DEATH, and HELL FOLLOWED with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to KILL with SWORD, and with HUNGER, and with DEATH, and with the BEASTS of the earth” [Revelation 6:8] Note, only the RIDER on the PALE has a name, the other RIDERS had no names; they are apparitions of DEATH and Satan is “… him that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, the DEVIL;” [Hebrews 2:14] The WHITE, RED and BLACK HORSES are “SHAKEN” from celestial regions and fallen to earth. They are the unseen hands behind present global tensions and instability. They run and shall continue to run wild on earth, sowing FEAR and many shall be DISTRACTED from the FAITH, until they merge in the PALE HORSE and the MAN OF SIN revealed, “LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU by any means: 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 MAN on the PALE HORSE is Satan, the same who took PEACE away from the earth, shall pacify the world by DECEIT. He has prepared for himself a BODY for this purpose, through who he shall exercise the POWER and DARK WISDOM of Satan and by who many shall be led away from the FAITH, “And the BEAST which I saw was like unto a LEOPARD, and his feet were as the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth as the mouth of a LION: and the DRAGON GAVE HIM HIS POWER, and his SEAT, and great AUTHORITY” [Revelation 13:2] He is here called BEAST, he is both a MAN and the kingdom of darkness rolled in one and by him the raging HORSES are quieted. When he shall come, and very soon too, he shall through CRAFT and NAKED FORCE bring a semblance of PEACE. He will broker PEACE between Israel and Palestinians, bring diverse religions to one table and will restore trade. A world famished by PESTILENCE, WAR and FAMINE easily falls in love with the DECEIVER and worships the BEAST, “… saying, Who is like unto the BEAST? who is able to make war with him?” [Revelation 13:4] While we await the MAN OF SIN, the HORSES continue to run wild, signifying the “BEGINNING OF SORROWS”, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be FAMINES, and PESTILENCES, and EARTHQUAKES, in divers places. All these are the BEGINNING OF SORROWS” [Matthew 24:7-8] Beloved, though this prognosis be bitter, it is TRUE, “WATCH YE, STAND FAST in the faith, quit you like men, BE STRONG” [1 Corinthians 16:13]

4. Remember, Satan spoke through the Serpent in Eden, a humanoid creature now extinct; this time, he is coming through a man like you and I, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall WORSHIP HIM, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” [Revelation 13:8] While he yet gloats over his conquest and it seems he cannot be stopped, the Lord shall appear to receive His BRIDE, “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: 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] Then shall the WICKED ONE bare his fangs in extreme cruelty, as the wrath of God falls on his kingdom and “PEACE” turns to SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. Beloved, be not DSTRACTED, as to be caught UNAWARES, “And WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then LOOK UP, and lift up your heads; for your REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH” [Luke 21:28]

5. Friend, Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and escape SUDDEN DESTRUCTION

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Those who pour OLD WINE into NEW VESSELS deny the DEATH of the TESTATOR, and forfeit the INHERITANCE,  "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth"  Hebrews 9:16-17
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1. WINDS OF HARVEST are blowing across the land, some two thousand years after the SEED fell into the ground and DIED to raise many SONS in His LIKENESS, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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 is the WORD, which was with God in the beginning and is God, “And the WORD was made FLESH, and dwelt among us, …” [John 1:14] The SEED was hung on the Cross to DIE and by His RESURRECTION, we received NEWNESS OF LIFE, “… first the BLADE, then the EAR, after that the full CORN in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the HARVEST is come” [Mark 4:28-29] Now, the “HARVEST IS COME”, but there are TARES among the WHEAT. God knew all along of TARES and who sowed them, but waited till HARVEST, when He shall send WINDS OF HARVEST to separate SHEEP from GOATS “Let both GROW TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST: and in the time of HARVEST, I will say to the REAPERS, Gather ye together first the TARES, and BIND them in bundles to BURN them: but gather the WHEAT into my barn” [Matthew 13:30]

2. WINDS OF HARVEST go before the Lord to prepare the BRIDE, “… a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having SPOT, or WRINKLE, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without BLEMISH” [Ephesians 5:27] TARES are SPOTS and WRINKLES among the WHEAT; they are in the Church but not of the SEED sown on the Cross, “The ENEMY that sowed them is the DEVIL; the HARVEST is the END of the WORLD; and the REAPERS are the ANGELS” [Matthew 13:39] WINDS OF HARVEST is the ministry of ANGELS, SHAKING the foundations of the earth to effect the WILL of God and “ … the REMOVING of those things that are SHAKEN, as of things that are made, that those things which CANNOT BE SHAKEN MAY REMAIN” [Hebrews 12:26-27] HARVEST-TIME ANGELS are at work, rushing as mighty WINDS to SHAKE all structures of human confidence; those who set their TRUST in earthly things are “SHAKEN” and pulled out by the roots as TARES. Beloved, let every man examine himself; TARES, by all outward appearance look so much as WHEAT, having a form of godliness but lacking indwelling SPIRIT of Christ, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” [Philippians 2:13] Surely, the times are perilous; let us be patient, the Lord will make a “SHORT WORK” of gathering the TARES, prepare the WHEAT for HARVEST and we shall be received into glory, “ For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” [Romans 9:28]

3. WINDS OF HARVEST signal the home run of the FOUR HORSES in Revelation 6:1-8. PEACE is taken from the earth and “Men's hearts failing them for FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the POWERS of heaven SHALL BE SHAKEN” [Luke 21:26] The WHITE HORSE led the charge with the LIE and many are DECEIVED to deny God was manifest in Jesus Christ, “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, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12] Sniff the air, STRONG DELUSION is rife; a form of godliness that denies the POWER of God to manifest the righteousness of Christ in man, “For they being IGNORANT OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not SUBMITTED themselves unto the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD” [Romans 10:3] The FOUR HORSES, running together spread FEAR, stripping many once were clothed in white linen of righteousness NAKED in the manner of the young man in the Mark 14:51-52; he fled in FEAR when Jesus was arrested, “… And he left the LINEN CLOTH, and FLED from them NAKED” [Mark 14:51-52] Listen closely, though WINDS OF HARVEST blow hard and harsh, I charge you not to lose your “WHITE LINEN; it is your BOARDING PASS, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saint” [Revelation 19:8]

4. WINDS OF HARVEST melts wax but hardens clay; Brethren, we are not exempted from present torrid realities, but “The Lord knoweth how to DELIVER the GODLY out of TEMPTATIONS, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” [2 Peter 2:9] We do not crumble, but are renewed in strength by FAITH in SURE PROPHECY, as it is written: “And when THESE THINGS begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; for your REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH” [Luke 21:28] Beloved, as “THESE THINGS” swirl around us, SEARCH, STUDY and DO the Scriptures and you will not be blown away by WINDS OF HARVEST. Avoid FOOLISH ARGUMENTS occasioned by some who place the MARK before TRANSLATION, “For the ROD OF THE WICKED SHALL NOT REST UPON THE LOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity” [Psalms 15:3] Listen carefully, TARES must “FALL AWAY”, then comes the MAN OF SIN and in the midst, the ELECT are TRANSLATED, “Let no man deceive you by any means: 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] if you must SUFFER A WHILE, HOLD ON “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have SUFFERED A WHILE, make you PERFECT, stablish, strengthen, SETTLE YOU” [1 Peter 5:10]


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We are HEIRS OF GOD by FAITH in Jesus Christ as were JEWS under the LAW, disabled  by imperfection from inheriting the PROMISE "Now I say, That the HEIR, as long as he is a CHILD, differeth nothing from a SERVANT, though he be lord of all" Galatians 4:1

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ABRAHAM'S BLESSING is not MONEY or material GAIN, but the PROMISE of the HOLY SPIRIT received by FAITH in Jesus Christ, "That the BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH" Galatians 3:14,16
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1. SPIRIT OF ELIJAH is the ministry of angels standing in God’s presence to prepare His WAY. When Elijah said, “… As the LORD God of Israel liveth, BEFORE WHOM I STAND, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”, he spoke with authority of holy angels to precipitate a REVIVAL in Israel [1 Kings 17:1] Even so, he was a man; though the  SPIRIT was willing, the FLESH was weak, “… and HE REQUESTED for himself that HE MIGHT DIE; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” [1 Kings 19:4] John, the Baptist, came in the SPIRIT and POWER of Elijah: he kindled a REVIVAL, set Israel on the path of REFORMATION and turned “… the HEARTS of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to MAKE READY A PEOPLE PREPARED for the Lord” [Luke 1:17] John turned the HEARTS of the “FATHERS” to the SON, but it was not for him to RESTORE. This is the generation to be RESTORED by the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH, the HEARTS of the CHILDREN shall be RESTORED to their Apostolic FATHERS, as foretold “Behold, I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the HEART of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the HEART of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” [Malachi 4:5-6]

2. There is no doubt the Church increased in numbers over the years, but fell asleep in the SPIRIT, “While the bridegroom tarried, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] We are the SLUMBERING generation whose HEARTS must be REVIVED by the SPIRIT and POWER of ELIJAH “Wherefore he saith, AWAKE thou that SLEEPEST, and ARISE from the DEAD, and CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT” [Ephesians 5:14] Those who heard the VOICE of John came to the WILDERNESS with one thing in mind, REPENTANCE, “Then WENT OUT TO HIM JERUSALEM, and all JUDAEA, and all the region round about JORDAN, And were baptized of him in Jordan, CONFESSING THEIR SINS” [Matthew 3:5-6] The same SPIRIT, like a mighty rushing wind is blowing through the Church and “HEDGES” to REVIVE the BRIDE and usher the appearance of the Lord. It is the same SPIRIT but many VOICES, CRYING in the WILDERNESS, “REPENT ye therefore, and be converted, that your SINS may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” [Acts 3:19] Though the VOICES be many and in diverse languages, the MESSAGE is the same, as foretold, “… I WILL COME again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” [John 14:1-3] Beloved, it is MIDNIGHT HOUR, “GO YE OUT” with REPENTANCE to meet the Lord in the WILDERNESS, And at MIDNIGHT there was a CRY made, Behold, the BRIDEBROOM COMETH; GO YE OUT TO MEET HIM” [Matthew 25:5-6]

3. Jews who came to John in the WILDERNESS saw neither ALTAR nor TABLES to receive offerings, but a PROPHET armed with sharp knife of the WORD to circumcise their HEARTS, “… with the CIRCUMCISION MADE WITHOUT HANDS, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ“ [Colossians 2:11] They came from among Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians, so are we; Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Anglicans, etc., drawn to the PROMISE of His Coming by the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH to be “BROKEN”, CONVERTED and REFORMED “That he might present it to himself a glorious CHURCH, not having SPOT, or WRINKLE, or any such thing; but that it should be HOLY and without BLEMISH” [Ephesians 5:27] We are all BRETHREN in the WILDERNESS, there are no overbearing MASTERS; the WORD is Lord over all, burning and breaking down walls of sectarian DOCTRINES, as it is written: “Is not my word like as a FIRE? saith the LORD; and like a HAMMER that BREAKETH the ROCK in pieces?” [Jeremiah 23:29] When we submit to the WORD of TRUTH, we are BROKEN, our parochial prejudices are purged and we are CONVERTED into one BODY, “For we being MANY ARE ONE BREAD, and ONE BREAD: for we are all partakers of that ONE BREAD” [1 Corinthians 10:17] We, who were once marred by DECEIT and HYPOCRISIES of man-made doctrines are REFORMED by the POTTER who formed us for His own purpose, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the POTTER:. so HE MADE IT AGAIN ANOTHER VESSEL, AS IT SEEMED GOOD to the potter to make it” [Jeremiah 18:4]

4. The end of our SALVATION is RESTORATION in the likeness of Jesus Christ. First, we are REVIVED and GATHERED by the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH, then BROKEN and REFORMED into the true BODY of Christ, “And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the BODY is, thither will the EAGLES be gathered together” [ Luke 17:37] We are as Israel in the WILDERNESS, EAGLES that should be raised in the likeness of the GREAT EAGLE, “Till we all come in the unity of the FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE of the Son of God, unto a PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the FULNES of Christ” [Ephesians 4:13] When we come of age in FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of Him, the Lord shall pour His SPIRIT on us; the CHILDREN shall be RESTORED to the mandate of their Apostolic FATHERS, “Until the SPIRIT POURED UPON US from on high, and the WILDERNESS be a FRUITFUL FIELD, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest” [Isaiah 32:15] We are the FRUITFUL FIELD, the HARVEST of EAGLES that shall be TRANSLATED at the appearance of Jesus Christ. HEAR His VOICE today, and “… 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]

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To BEWITCH is to ENTICE and draw away from the TRUTH, as Simon did in Samaria and "... BEWITCHED the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God" Acts 8:9-10


1. Why do you do the things you don’t want to do? SIN. SIN is not what you do, it is who you are "Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but SIN DWELLETH IN ME” [Romans 7:20] NATURE OF SIN was foisted on man when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, lost the LIKENESS of His GLORY and we became slaves to SIN, “… for of whom a man is OVERCOME, of the same is he brought in BONDAGE” [2 Peter 2:19] SIN is the character of Satan and we are SINNERS from the womb, “For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the GLORY of God” [Romans 3:23] Through SIN, we are joined in judgment with Satan, to be separated from God by DEATH,  “For the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23] We were all SLAVES to SIN, under sentence of DEATH and without HOPE, until God became like us in Jesus Christ, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of FLESH and BLOOD, HE also HIMSELF took part of the same; that through DEATH he might destroy him that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, the DEATH; And deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their lifetime SUBJECT TO DEATH” [Hebrews 2:14-15] 

2. LUST is the personification of SIN, working in the FLESH both to DESIRE and WALK contrary to God’s WILL, “For the FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST the SPIRIT, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are CONTRARY the one to the other: so that YE CANNOT DO The THINGS YE WOULD” [Galatians 5:17] FLESH is the term for MIND corrupted by SIN subjugating our natural SENSES to rebellion against God, “For when we were in the FLESH, the MOTIONS OF SIN, which were by the LAW, did work in our MEMBERS to bring forth fruit unto DEATH” [Romans 7:5] Brethren, we were BORN in the FLESH, as were people under the LAW, unfit to do any GOOD or draw near to God by recourse to PIETY “… and ALL OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE AS FILTHY RAGS; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” [Isaiah 64:6] Oftentimes, a THIEF desires to do away with “STEALING” and the ADULTERER away with INFIDELITY, but powerless to do so; held in BONDAGE as captives of a “STRONG MAN”, “But when a STRONGER than he shall come upon him, and OVERCOME HIM, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils” [Luke 11:22] The “STRONGER”, indeed the STRONGEST, is the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him, the YOKE of SIN was broken and our MINDS renewed in the LIBERTY of the SON of God, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY” [2 Corinthians 3:17]

3. For those in Christ, the LEGAL authority of SIN is BROKEN, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” [2 Corinthians 5:17] We are BORN AGAIN, free to make choices after the WILL of God but saddled with a BODY accustomed to LUST. Our daily struggles with TEMPTATION are proof of LUST lurking deep withing us, and “… every man is TEMPTED, when he is drawn away of HIS OWN LUST, and ENTICED. Then when LUST hath conceived, it bringeth forth SIN: and SIN, when it is finished, bringeth forth DEATH” [James 1:14-15] Yes, we are BORN of the SPIRIT and have the assurance of ETERNAL LIFE, but our natural SENSES and BODY remain the same, which is the “OLD MAN”. Listen closely, as long as we are in this world, we must CONTEND and be VIGILANT not to give in to the OLD MAN, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the OLD MAN, which is corrupt according to the DECEITFUL LUSTS” [Ephesians 4:22] Putting off the OLD MAN is the GOOD FIGHT of FAITH; our FAITH TRIED from WITHIN by everything WITHOUT, “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] Beloved, seeing we are yet in this BODY, let us FIGHT the GOOD FIGHT of FAITH and “… let him that THINKETH HE STANDETH TAKE HEED LEST HE FALL” [1 Corinthians 10:12]

4. Those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ have in the same BODY the TREASURE of ETERNAL LIFE and LUST jousting for supremacy “But we have this TREASURE in EARTHEN VESSELS, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” [2 Corinthians 4:7-8] As EARTHEN VESSELS are made stronger by FIRE, let us likewise submit the FLESH to be CRUCIFIED in the furnace of afflictions, that our FAITH be not dissolved by LUST, “And they that are Christ's have CRUCIFIED the FLESH with the AFFECTIONS and LUSTS. If we live in the Spirit, let us also WALK IN THE SPIRIT” [Galatians 5:24-25] It is required of us to DIE to this BODY and be free of the NATURE OF SIN, if we must inherit the glorious and immortal BODY that awaits us at the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us, as many as have this HOPE, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, “And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, WILL of God” [Romans 12:2] Accept Jesus Christ and have the power of SIN broken in your life, amen