GIVING AND RECEIVING

1. I write to you about GIVING AND RECEIVING, not because I desire a GIFT, “… I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be CONTENT. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both TO BE FULL and TO BE HUNGRY, both to abound and to suffer need” [Philippians 4:11-12] I am sure you are aware of some who suppose GIVING is BRIBING God for financial favour and turned RECEIVING to EXTORTION, , “… men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] GIVING AND RECEIVING are SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, not financial BARGAINS, whose end is FRUIT that abides to EVERLASTING LIFE, as it is written: “… when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning GIVING AND RECEIVING, but ye only. .. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire FRUIT that may abound to YOUR ACCOUNT” [Philippians 4:15-17] Your ACCOUNT is with God, not your Pastor and the FRUIT is not more houses and cars, but TREASURES in heavenly places, therefore, “…  lay up for yourselves TREASURES IN HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” [Matthew 6:20]

2. God cares more about the GIVER than his OFFERING, and “… the LORD had RESPECT UNTO ABEL and to his OFFERING: But unto CAIN and HIS OFFERING HE HAD NOT RESPECT” [Genesis 4:4-5] God had “RESPECT UNTO ABEL”, and subsequently ACCEPTED his OFFERING, but to Cain He said: “IF THOU DOEST WELL, SHALT THOU NOT BE ACCEPTED? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. …” [Genesis 4:7] Friend, God has no record of what you GIVE until you are “ACCEPTED WITH HIM”; I tell you, “… 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] Our OFFERINGS are “ACCEPTED WITH HIM” when we take up His offer of LOVE as manifest in Jesus Christ “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] GIVING is proof of the LOVE of God in us, not a religious obligation; let the GIVER give cheerfully and in LOVE as unto the Lord, first to the “HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH” and then to all men, “… doing good unto all men, ESPECIALLY UNTO them who are of the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH” [Galatians 6:10] Let us provoke one another to GIVE beyond narrow parish partitions, breaking down denominational walls to WATER the SEED of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and as it is written: “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and HE THAT WATERETH SHALL BE WATERED also himself” [Proverbs 11:25]

3. I write to MINISTERS of the NEW TESTAMENT and am one, the MANDATE to RECEIVE is a TRUST, and must not be abused with COVETOUSNESS. Let us walk in WISDOM and In FAITH with those without the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH who bring donations to seek a favour from the Lord. If we take the largesse without laying the foundation of TRUTH in them, we are MONEY LAUNDERERS, “… following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 Peter 2:15] In the case of brethren, what we RECEIVE is neither REWARD nor GAIN, that should be obtained with “FEIGNED WORDS or EXTORTION as foretold: “And 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] What we RECEIVE, we RECEIVE in the name of the Lord and must be apportioned to His WILL. The culture of a Senior Pastor taking the lion share or presiding over the purse is contrary to our FAITH; “Do ye not know that they which MINISTER ABOUT HOLY THINGS LIVE OF THE THINGS OF THE TEMPLE? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?” [1 Corinthians 9:13] Everyone that ministers in one form or another in the Church is entitled to RECEIVE, according to NEED. Widows, who are faithful and obedient to the WORD qualify to RECEIVE, indeed every SAINT who is NEEDY, that none may lack in the household of God [Acts 4:34-35]

4. 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] The GIVER and RECEIVER are STEWARDS of RIGHTEOUSNESS; God who empowers the GIVER, also gives GRACE to the RECEIVER to provide what is lacking in the GIVER, “Now he that ministereth SEED TO THE SOWER both minister BREAD FOR YOUR FOOD, and MULTIPLY YOUR SEED SOWN, and INCREASE the FRUITS OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS;)” [2 Corinthians 9:10] According to divine purpose, the GIVER and RECEIVER are STEWARDS of RIGHTEOUSNESS; one relieves the other of the daily rigor of material BREAD, that he may apply himself to supply spiritual BREAD. At His Coming, shall WEIGH the GIVER according to his MOTIVE and the RECEIVER by the INTEGRITY of his heat and give everyman according at His work. If the MOTIVE for your GIVING is more riches you are as wrong as the RECEIVER who takes pride in crass materialism, “… SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS:… ” [1 Timothy 6:5] Brethren, let us be FAITHFUL in GIVING and RECEIVING, so we are not condemned at His Coming, “WATCH therefore: for ye know not WHAT HOUR YOUR LORD DOTH COME” [Matthew 24:42]

5. If you are not BORN AGAIN, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, amen

WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE?

1. TIME is the MYSTERY of God expressing His MIND in PROPHECY’ but soon “… there should be TIME NO LONGER: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the MYSTERY OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED, as he hath declared to his servants the PROPHETS” [Revelation 10:6-7] The MYSTERY is the PLAN of God to RECONCILE the world to Himself through Jesus Christ, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19] God, who in times past,  made known His PROGRAM and EVENTS leading to the END of TIME through His PROPHETS  “Hath in these last days SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON, whom he hath appointed, by whom also HE MADE THE WORLDS” [Hebrews 1:1-2] Like many of us, the APOSTLES were fascinated with PROPHECY and asked Jesus: “… Tell us, WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE? and what shall be the SIGN of THY COMING, and of the END OF THE WORLD?” [Matthew 24:3]

2. “WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE?” was in response to “THESE THINGS” in Matthew 23:35-36, where Jesus said: “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All THESE THINGS shall come upon this generation”. Seeing the TEMPLE in its glory and watching the priests go about their duties, the APOSTLES may have wondered how “THESE THINGS” would befall Israel. Jesus answered, “… See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, THERE SHALL NOT BE LEFT ONE STONE UPON ANOTHER, that shall not be thrown down” [Matthew 24:2] In AD 70, Rome sacked Jerusalem; the TEMPLE was destroyed and Israel SCATTERED to RECONCILE GENTILES to God. It is a MYSTERY; God in His infinite wisdom allowed Israel to be BLINDED to Christ to GATHER us into His Kingdom and you should not be “… IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, until the FULNESS OF THE GENTILES be come in” [Romans 11:25] The season of Israel’s DESOLATION is over and the “FULNESS OF GENTILES” is at hand, when we shall be weighed in the balance. Let us be SOBER and VIGILANT, knowing “if God spared not the natural branches, TAKE HEED LEST HE ALSO SPARE NOT THEE” [Romans 11:21-22]

3. The COMING of the Lord is a riddle; He will APPEAR to receive His BRIDE and RETURN to reign through the MILLENIUM. When the APOSTLES asked, “… what shall be the SIGN of thy COMING…”, they had in mind His APPEARANCE, which signal the end of Israel's DESOLATION as foretold “Behold, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE. For I say unto you, Ye shall not SEE ME henceforth, TILL YE SHALL SAY, BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” [Matthew 23:38-39] The SIGN He gave was the RETURN of Israel, “Now learn a parable of the FIG TREE; When HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, know that IT IS NEAR, even at the doors.” [Matthew 24:32-33] Israel is the FIG TREE ABANDONED for some 2,000 years, but now TENDER and “PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES, preparatory to her SALVATION. She was SCATTERED in ONE DAY and GATHERED in ONE DAY for a sure SIGN to those who look forward to the COMING of the Lord, “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or SHALL A NATION BE BORN AT ONCE? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” [Isaiah 66:8] The SIGN is sure but for doubters, the Lord added “… SIGNS IN THE SUN, and in the MOON, and in the STARS; and upon the earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS, with PERPELIVITY; the SEA and the WAVES ROARING” [Luke 21:25]

4. Those who SEE the SIGN of His COMING, look forward to His APPEARANCE, when the dead in Christ shall arise and “… 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” [1Thessalonians 4:17] Afterwards comes the GREAT TRIBULATION, when the Lord shall return to Israel in His TWO WITNESSES as it is written: “And I will give POWER unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” [Revelation 11:3] They shall contend with the ANTICHRIST and in the midst of much sorrows bring SALVATION to Israel, as Israel is turned to the theatre of global conflagration. The world slides to ARMAGEDDON, where the Lord shall lay “… hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2] After the MILLENIUM comes the white throne JUDGMENT and the END of the present world “… DEATH and HELL were cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. This is the SECOND DEATH. And whosoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:14-15] Hallelujah, the SECOND DEATH has no power over those whose names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE; for God has prepared for us NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH, as it is written: “And I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” [Revelation 21:1]

5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today and write your name in the BOOK OF LIFE, amen

MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

1. A TESTAMENT is a legally binding AGREEMENT between two parties, and “… where a TESTAMENT is, there must also of necessity be the DEATH OF THE TESTATOR. For TESTAMENT is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is OF NO STRENGTH AT ALL WHILE THE TESTATOR LIVETH” [Hebrews 9:16-17] The blood of bulls and rams did not fulfil the conditions of the AGREEMENT God made with Israel, “For the LAW HAVING A SHADOW of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, CAN NEVER WITH THOSE SACRIFICES which they offered year by year continually MAKE THE COMERS THEREUNTO PERFECT” [Hebrews 10:1]   TITHES and OFFERINGS neither made the people who gave or the Priests who received PERFECT, because the TESTATOR was not yet come. The NEW TESTAMENT was brokered and sealed by the BLOOD of the TESTATOR, when Jesus Christ gave up His LIFE on the Cross.  The NEW COVENANT necessitated a new PRIESTHOOD,  equipped with better things to offer than TITHES and OFFERINGS, by Him and of Him “Who also hath made us ABLE MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT; not of the letter, but OF THE SPIRIT: for the letter killeth, but the SPIRIT GIVETH LIFE” [2 Corinthians 3:6] 

2. PRIESTS under the LAW received sundry “THINGS” from men to offer before God, MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT receive from God to SERVE, as it is written: “And HE GAVE some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS; For the PERFECTION OF THE SAINTS, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING OF THE BODY of Christ:” [Ephesians 4:11-12] God gave us Himself, not titles; the WORD made FLESH is God working in us to MINISTER His LIFE to those who come to God through Jesus Christ, “For it is God which WORKETH IN YOU both TO WILL and TO DO of his good pleasure” [Philippians 2:13] We are MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, not LEVITES, and the ONE who works in us demands that we quit “SERVING TABLES”, as it is written: “…, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and SERVE TABLES. … But we will give ourselves continually to PRAYER, and to the MINISTRY OF THE WORD” [Acts 6:2-4] The APOSTLES refused to manipulate the TRUTH to make themselves millionaires and dropped the Church purse, to please Him who made us able MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of DISHONESTY, not walking in CRAFTINESS, nor HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY; but by MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God” [2 Corinthians 4:1-2]

3. We are MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT ordained by God, not men, to bring SINNERS to the “… NEW and LIVING WAY, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, HIS FLESH;” [Hebrews 10:20] The “NEW and LIVING WAY” is the MYSTERY of God manifest in Jesus Christ, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1Timothy 3:16] The MYSTERY is revealed in the GOOD NEWS of God made FLESH in Jesus Christ; His BLOOD was shed for the remission of SIN and His FLESH hung on the Cross to REDEEM and RECONCILE us to Himself. The GOSPEL is SIMPLE and complete, and must not be embellished and corrupted with gimmicks, philosophy and traditions of men, “… as the SERPENT BEGUILED EVE through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST” [2 Corinthians 11:3] As STEWARDS of the' NEW TESTAMENT, we are commissioned to dispense GRACE to set SINNERS free from shackles of the LAW, which has no power to SAVE, let us therefore “… avoid FOOLISH QUESTIONS, and GENEALOGIES, and CONTENTIONS, and STRIVINGS ABOUT THE LAW; for they are UNPROFITABLE and VAIN” [Titus 3:9] In doing so, let us SPEAK and LIVE by example, not as HYPOCRITES “SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” [1 Timothy 4:2]

4. We are MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, called “In HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] The PROMISE is to us and every SOUL that shall come to God through Jesus Christ “Let us therefore fear, lest, a PROMISE being left us of entering into his rest, any of YOU SHOULD SEEM TO COME SHORT OF IT” [Hebrews 4:1] It is required of us as STEWARDS to regularly examine ourselves in the mirror of TRUTH and where necessary submit to be CHASTENED and PRUNED by the WORD of God, “For whom the Lord loveth he CHASTENETH, and SCOURGETH EVERY SON whom he receiveth” [Hebrews 12:6] Let us SPEAK the TRUTH in LOVE, always in readiness to REBUKE SIN without respect of persons, as it is written: “THEM THAT SIN REBUKE before all, that others also may fear” [1 Timothy 5:20] I speak to MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT and am one, let us be VIGILANT: warning all men of the imminent appearance of Jesus Christ, “For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17] It is time to awake out of slumber and prepare to meet our Lord and MASTER, but the STEWARD “… which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes” [Luke 12:47]
5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, amen

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The BOOK OF REVELATION overflow with angels and we can neither understand nor grasp the message until we discern the ANGEL OF THE LORD. The same was with Moses in the wilderness and testified to John, “Saying, I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches in Asia …” [Revelation 1:11 & Acts 7:38]... 

PRISONERS OF HOPE

1. There is a peculiar stigma attached to PRISON and PRISONERS of afflictions, this need not be so. Man is no stranger to PRISON; we were incarcerated in the womb for nine months and came into this world as PRISONERS OF SIN. SIN is more than what you did or did not do; it is the condition of your MIND “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his SERVANTS YE ARE to WHOM YE OBEY; whether of SIN UNTO DEATH, or of OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS?” [Romans 6:16] We are born with a SOUL caged in a BODY subject to the sentence of DEATH. The agony of a PRISONER on death row, the sorrow of a dysfunctional marriage and extreme distress of cruel poverty are the same; the cry of SOULS incarcerated in a BODY governed by SIN. I have GOOD NEWS for every PRISONER OF SIN, there is HOPE of LIBERTY for your famished SOUL in Jesus Christ “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY” [2 Corinthians 3:17] Our HOPE is infallible, the GUARANTORE is God who became like us in Jesus Christ, “… that through death he might destroy him that had the POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS THE DEVIL; And deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their lifetime SUBJECT TO BONDAGE” [Hebrews 2:14-15]

2. In Jesus Christ, we are longer PRISONERS OF SIN, but of HOPE; the power of DEATH is broken in the FLESH, fully assured “… ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD to them that LOVE God, to them who are the CALLED according to His PURPOSE” [Romans 8:28] Whatever you presently count as TRIBULATION is accommodated in the PURPOSE of God to work for your good. Listen carefully, those who place their HOPE in God have no room for FEAR, GLOOM or SHAME, “… knowing that TRIBULATION worketh PATIENCE. And patience, EXPERIENCE; and experience, HOPE: And HOPE MAKETH NOT ASHAMED; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” [Romans 5:3-5] HOPE is made perfect in PATIENCE, allowing God to work out His PURPOSE in your life, “For YE HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might RECEIVE THE PROMISE” [Hebrews 10:36] PATIENCE is not complacency but a spirited campaign to quell all doubts in God’s willingness and ability to do what is best for you. Godly PATIENCE produces in us invaluable EXPERIENCE of how God works and increasing confidence in Him in the midst of grueling adversity, as David did, saying: “… The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, HE WILL DELIVER ME out of the hand of this Philistine.…” [1 Samuel 17:37] Wipe away your tears, put your TRUST in God, “REJOICING IN HOPE; PATIENT IN TRIBULATION; continuing instant in PRAYER” [Romans 12:12]

3. We became PRISONERS OF HOPE when we exchanged the chains of SIN for the YOKE of REST in Jesus Christ, as it is written: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST. TAKE MY YOKE upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall FIND REST UNTO YOUR SOULS” [Matthew 11:28-29] We are PRISONERS OF HOPE who TRUST in Christ beyond our present circumstances, “If in this life only we have HOPE IN CHRIST, we are of all men most miserable” [1 Corinthians 15:19] Our HOPE in Him is anchored on God’s eternal PURPOSE to bring us to an EXPECTED END, of which He said: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE, and NOT OF EVIL, to give you an EXPECTED END” [Jeremiah 29:11] The “END” God has for you transcend the misery of PRISON cells, the pain of terminal cancer or the shame of abject poverty. In all these things and more, we are PRISONERS OF HOPE, dead to this world but alive to God’s promise of EXPECTED END, “For ye are dead, and YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST in God” [Colossians 3:3] In Him, we are delivered from FEAR of what men and demons may do to this BODY, we have His PEACE and our SOULS are secure in Him, therefore, “… FEAR NOT them which kill the body, but are NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” [Matthew 10:28]

4. As long as we are in this BODY, we are PRISONERS OF HOPE, though we are SONS of God. We look forward with PATIENCE to the day when every PRISON wall of affliction shall be broken and we shall be delivered from this earthly BODY, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] In that day, it shall no longer matter what men did to this BODY or the shame of PRISON chains. In the twinkling of an eye, we shall be translated into celestial glory. Those who died in the Lord shall not be left out, “… 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. Wherefore CPMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS” [ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18] Come to Jesus today, accept Him as your Lord and Saviour and exchange PRISON OF SIN for the Hope of glory, amen

	

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In 2020, we saw a conjunction of SCIENCE, POLITICS and false RELIGION, ostensibly to fight COVID-19, but in reality, a sinister realignment of all structures of POWER; the NEW NORMAL. As we count the gains and losses of the year gone by, let every man search his own conscience.....

HOW DO YOU SEE?

1. HOW DO YOU SEE? With my EYES you will say. Well, not exactly. What you SEE goes beyond the rods and cones in your RETINA; It is the synergy of mental and corporeal faculties processed and stored in the MIND. Your MIND is the LIGHT that illuminates what you SEE, “The LIGHT OF THE BODY IS THE EYE: if therefore thine EYE BE SINGLE, thy whole body shall be FULL OF LIGHT” [Matthew 6:22] You cannot SEE beyond the configuration of your MIND; if your mind is coloured with bitterness, for instance, all you will SEE is HATRED. If your MIND is oppressed with SIN, the LIGHT of your BODY is DARKNESS, “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the LIGHT IN THEE BE DARKNESS, HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS!” [Matthew 6:23] The MIND is the HEART of man, the engine that drives your personality, therefore, “KEEP THY HEART with all diligence; for OUT OF IT ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE” [Proverbs 4:23]

2. HOW YOU SEE is a choice to walk in DARKNESS or in the LIGHT of LIFE, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD: HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, but shall have the LIGHT OF LIFE” [John 8:12] I once walked in DARKNESS, condemned to a life of oppression by SIN and DEATH, “And this is the CONDEMNATION, that LIGHT IS COME into the world, and MEN LOVED DARKNESS rather than light, because THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL” [John 3:19] My eyes were wide open, as in Genesis 3:6-7, but IGNORANT; all I saw were the cravings of my FLESH, “Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being alienated from the life of God through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART” [Ephesians 4:18] I was the center of my own universe, everything revolved around my insatiable desire. I could not be bothered as long as my FLESH was saturated with pleasure. Friend, If Christ be not in you, you are entombed in IGNORANCE, everything you SEE is refracted through the prism of SIN and though you say “… I am rich, and increased with goods, and HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; and knowest not that THOU ART WRETCHED, and MISERABLE, and POOR, and BLIND, and NAKED” [Revelation 3:17] In Jesus Christ, the oppression of DARKNESS is removed and I was translated to the LIBERTY of SONS of God, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the SPIRIT OF THE LORD is, THERE IS LIBERTY” [2 Corinthians 3:16-17]

3. Those who are in Christ have an adversary, “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, SKIN FOR SKIN, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life” [Job 2:4] Beloved, Satan is well aware of your IDENTITY in Christ, “… which is CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE OF GLORY” [Colossians 1:27] His warfare is against your MIND, to distort HOW YOU SEE your VICTORY in the finished WORK of Christ. Resist, therefore, every temptation to SEE or justify yourself outside the Bible, “… God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” [Luke 16:15] SEE yourself as God SEES you, a PILGRIM in this world, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as STRANGERS and PILGRIMS, abstain from FLESHLY LUSTS, which war against the soul” [1 Peter 2:11] As a STRANGER, you have no business with needless debates and strife concerning AFFAIRS OF THIS WORLD as to be entangled in fleshly LUSTS “No man that warreth ENTANGLETH himself with the AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier“ [2 Timothy 2:4] Remember, we are VICTORS in Christ, not VICTIMS; whenever the devil attacks you, he does so to DISTRACT you from the PROMISES and POWER of Christ and steal your crown. Beloved, in all present afflictions your strength is in godly PATIENCE, “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]

4. There is an unfolding drama of unprecedented proportions evolving before our EYES, “… the DEVIL IS COME DOWN unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that HE HATH BUT A SHORT TIME” [Revelation 12:12] The final struggle for your SOUL is a monstrous satanic campaign of MISINFORMATION and BLASPHEMY to overcome you with FALSEHOOD, “… insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBBLE, they shall DECEIVE the very ELECT” [Matthew 24:24] Your mind is the battlefield, daily assaulted with needless controversies and divers sentiments which engender bitterness, to DISTRACT you from the perfect LAW OF LIBERTY but “… whoso LOOKETH into the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, and CONTINUETH THEREIN, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a DOER OF THE WORK, this man shall be BLESSED IN HIS DEED” [James 1:25] The perfect LAW of LIBERTY is the WORD, the same that was made FLESH in Jesus Christ. If we LOOK through the EYES of Christ, we shall neither be DISTRACTED nor DECEIVED, but “… with open face BEHOLDING as in a glass the GLORY OF THE LORD, are CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” [2 Corinthians 3:18] If we reject the distortions of the crystal ball of demonic DISINFORMATION, we shall be glorified in VICTORY at the appearance of Jesus Christ, “… it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE ISs” [1 John 3:2]

5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen.