NO CROSS, NO CROWN

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

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

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

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

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

 

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PASTOR’S WIFE IS NOT A TITLE

1. This LETTER is addressed to every WOMAN married to a man ORDAINED in any of Christ’s five-fold ministry and I will henceforth refer to you as PASTOR’S WIFE. You are PASTOR’S WIFE not by accident, but “… PREDESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF HIM who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” [Ephesians 1:11] Your PREDESTINATION is FAVOUR of God, who formed WOMAN out of man and “… CAUSED A DEEP SLEEP TO FALL UPON ADAM, and he slept: and he took ONE OF HIS RIBS, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And THE RIB, WHICH THE LORD HAD TAKEN FROM MAN, MADE HE A WOMAN,… “ [Genesis 2:21-22] Whereas Adam was put to SLEEP, Satan was wide AWAKE! My SISTER, your husband and God’s SERVANT, no matter what he thinks he knows, does not know half of what Satan knows of the intricate complexity of WOMANHOOD. I warn you, therefore, to beware of Satan; he is in the world to DECEIVE you and abort God’s COUNSEL for your life as he did to Eve, and it is written: “… Adam was not deceived, but the WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION” [1 Timothy 2:14] I am sure your husband has his faults, but he is not Satan. Every time you take the BATTLE to your husband, Satan is at work to drag you into TRANSGRESSION.

2. PASTOR’S WIFE is a CALLING to share your husband with God, who chose him out of many, “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but HE THAT IS CALLED OF GOD, as was Aaron” [Hebrews 5:4] Yes, your husband belongs to you, but much more to God, “… WHOSE NAME IS JEALOUS, is a jealous God” [Exodus 34:14] The situation is compounded because God deals with him without your concurrence. My Dear SISTER, you need uncommon grace to relate with a man on assignment for God, so you do not invoke His JEALOUSY and fall into JUDGMENT. Beloved, your husband is much more than a friend, lover and companion, he is to God, an INSTRUMENT of DIVINE ASSIGNMENT. Though you may never understand half of what he is going through, I exhort you to be PATIENT and refuse to buckle under as did the WIFE of PASTOR JOB. The Bible says: “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? CURSE GOD, AND DIE” [Job 2;9] Do not by any means allow present distress to push your man to deny God’s COMMISSION, remember, “… weeping may endure for a night, but JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING” [Psalms 30:5] Hold on tight to your CALLING, knowing fully well, “… ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD, to them who are the called according to his purpose” [Romans 8:28]

3. PASTOR’S WIFE is not a title; you are primarily a WOMAN and then WIFE to a MAN OF GOD. Without controversy, every doctrine and regulation specified for WOMEN in the Bible applies to PASTOR’S WIFE. The GOSPEL we received from the Apostles of Christ disallows women, irrespective of status to “USURP AUTHORITY” over men, as it is written: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN, but to be in silence” [1 Timothy 2:11-12] You are the WIFE of one man and the Bible disallows you to RULE over HUSBANDS of other women. The PASTOR’S WIFE, if she is mature not only in age but also in behavior and ministry of the WORD is required to “… TEACH THE YOUNG WOMEN to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, THAT THE WORD OF GOD BE NOT BLASPHEMED” [Titus 2:4-5] The PASTOR’S WIFE is CALLED to vindicate her husband’s MINISTRY with SOBRIETY in quiet obedience to SCRIPTURAL PRECEPTS, “… not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or COSTLY ARRAY; But (which becometh women professing godliness) WITH GOOD WORKS” [1 Timothy 2:9-10]

4. The VITAL ORGAN of every MINISTER is the PROPHETIC WORD received from God to function as PASTOR, TEACHER, EVANGELIST, PROPHET or APOSTLE. Dear Sister, you are the last line of defense to keep the WORD received by your husband, as RIB CAGE to the HEART. It is your duty to BELIEVE, OBEY and PROTECT the WORD committed to your husband. As you may well know, Eve was aware of the WORD committed to Adam, saying to the devil, “… We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, GOD HATH SAID, YE SHALL NOT EAT OF IT, NEITHER SHALL YE TOUCH IT, lest ye die” [Genesis 3:2-3] Regrettably, she betrayed His COMMISSION, opening the door to SIN, AFFLICTIONS and DEATH. WOMAN. In the same manner, how you HANDLE the DIVINE WARRANT of your husband has dire consequences for you and your generations. A godly WOMAN, the wife of a departed PROPHET was once in need and ran to Elisha, saying, “… Thy servant MY HUSBAND IS DEAD; and thou knowest that THY SERVANT DID FEAR THE LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen” [2 Kings 4:1] Though her husband was DEAD, her TESTIMONY of his stewardship resulted in a wonderful miracle for her [2 Kings 4:1-7] Listen, and listen well, do not disrespect your husband’s COMMISSION, so you do not hinder your prayers.

5. Finally, as we all LOOK UP to the appearance of the Lord, who shall “… give every man according AS HIS WORK SHALL BE”, I have laid out your WORK and prayerfully commit you to the SAVING GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ [Revelation 22:12] amen

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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,

THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL

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

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

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

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

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

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