APOSTATE Church is the popular face of modern Christianity, boasting millions of souls “Having EYES FULL OF ADULTERY, and that CANNOT CEASE FROM SIN; BEGUILING UNSTABLE SOULS: an heart they have exercised with COVETOUS PRACTICES; cursed children” [2 Peter 2:14]
1. LIVING BEYOND SIN is the PRINCIPAL REASON we are BORN AGAIN, and “WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; for HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM: and HE CANNOT SIN, because HE IS BORN OF GOD” [1 John 3:9] Jesus Christ did not DIE on the Cross, for us to CONTINUE in SIN, “… God FORBID. HOW SHALL WE, THAT ARE DEAD TO SIN, LIVE ANY LONGER THEREIN? [Romans 6:1-2] LIVING BEYOND SIN is for those who can truthfully say, “I AM 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, who loved me, and gave himself for me” [Galatians 2:20]
2. LIVING BEYOND SIN is the VICTORY of LIFE over DEATH. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they did not DIE physically, but became SINNERS; DEAD to the LIFE of God, and so was the whole world until God was manifested 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] SIN did not make us SINNERS, we were born as SINNERS into this world and we LIVE in SIN as proof of BONDAGE to the devil, for “HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; … For this purpose the SON OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED, THAT HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL” [1 John 3:8] The “WORKS OF THE DEVIL” are the LIES and WILES of the ENEMY, which keep SINNERS in BONDAGE to the SENTENCE of DEATH. Jesus Christ destroyed them ALL, when He DIED on the Cross and ROSE from DEATH [Colossians 2:4] When the SINNER comes to God through Jesus Christ, he DIES to SIN as Jesus did, “… CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, that the BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN” [Romans 6:6] In Jesus Christ, we are FREE to LIVE BEYOND SIN as SONS OF GOD and “… as many as RECEIVED HIM, TO THEM GAVE HE POWER TO BECOME SONS OF GOD, even to them that believe on his name” [John 1:12]
3. LIVING BEYOND SIN is the MYSTERY of the LIFE of God in man, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH” [1 Timothy 3:16] Indeed, God was manifest in Jesus Christ, “… that he might be the FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN” [Romans 8:29] The LIFE of God is in us by FAITH in Jesus Christ. We did not “EARN” it by penance, we did not “LEARN” it and it was not “BESTOWED” on us by laying of hands, but by REVELATION of the MYSTERY of the FATHER in the SON. If any man will LIVE BEYOND SIN, let him SEEK the Lord beyond what the Preacher said, because “… no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he TO WHOM THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM” [Luke 10:22] The Preacher did his job, bringing you to Christ, you must “… work out YOUR OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling” [Philippians 2:12] Do not work out your SALVATION along denominational lines or with any man, you will be disappointed. Work it out in a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with the Lord and “And YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE”, from the law of SIN and DEATH [John 8:32] The TRUTH you KNOW shall dwell in you, and “At that day YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM IN MY FATHER, AND YE IN ME, AND I IN YOU” [John 14:20] LIVING BEYOND SIN is yousr when God dwells in you, “For it is GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO of his good pleasure” [Philippians 2:13]
4. LIVING BEYOND SIN is ETERNAL LIFE, “And this is the promise that HE HATH PROMISED US, even ETERNAL LIFE” [1 John 2:25] ETERNAL LIFE is our TREASURE of inestimable value, but we “… have this TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” [2 Corinthians 4:7] LIVING BEYOND SIN is the daily CONFLICT of maintaining “THIS TREASURE” in EARTHEN VESSELS, weakened by FAULTS. SIN is confirmation of satanic BONDAGE, but FAULTS arise from DEFECTS in the FLESH. FAULTS are THORNS in our FLESH, provoking reactions CONTRARY to FAITH [2 Corinthians 12:7] God knows Satan has access to this natural BODY and made provision for us to be made SIN PROOF from within, “… SEALED with that HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE” [Ephesians 1:13] When you come to Jesus, make sure you are BAPTIZED with the Holy Ghost, by which we are SEALED from SIN, in our SPIRIT MAN. Satan knows he cannot BREAK the SEAL, as long as the Holy Spirit is in us, but provokes us to BREAK it with FAULTS. Every time we LEAN upon our own UNDERSTANDING or get DISTRACTED by what we SEE or FEEL, we GRIEVE the Holy Spirit with our FAULTS. Samson GRIEVED the Holy Spirit with his FAULTS, “… he wist not that the LORD was departed from him” and his eyes were plucked out[Judges 16:20] Beloved, our REDEMPTION is imminent, let us be vigilant in FAITH “And GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” [Ephesians 4:30]
5. LIVING BEYOND SIN is the BOARDING PASS of SAINTS to ETERNITY. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and receive yours, amen
The climax of Christ’s SUFFERING was His DEATH on the Cross, and “IF WE SUFFER, WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM: if we deny him, he also will deny us” [2 Timothy 2:12]…..
1. SEASON OF DECEIT is the final onslaught of DARKNESS before the Lord appears to redeem His ELECT, “For, behold, the DARKNESS SHALL COVER THE EARTH, and GROSS DARKNESS THE PEOPLE: but the LORD SHALL ARISE UPON THEE, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” [Isaiah 60:2] GROSS DARKNESS is the STRATEGIC COVER for the entry of the PRINCE of the AIR, Satan. His forces are mobilized from men and FALLEN ANGELS, for the LAST STAND of the EVIL EMPIRE against the children of LIGHT, as it is written: “For 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]
2. SEASON OF DECEIT is PROPHECY fulfilled, as it is written: “And the STARS OF HEAVEN FELL UNTO THE EARTH, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind” [Revelation 6:13] The “STARS OF HEAVEN” are FALLEN ANGELS, ‘SHAKEN” from heavenly dominions occupied by DECEPTION since the fall of MAN in Eden. Now displaced, the RULERS of the DARKNESS of this world parade the earth as FALSE CHRISTS. They operate through surrogates, carefully choosing their hosts; looking for men and women well positioned for maximum damage, as Satan also did and it is written: “THEN ENTERED SATAN INTO JUDAS surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve” [Luke 22:3] FALSE CHRISTS stake their claim to CHRISTHOOD with PROMISES of a NEW WORLD ORDER and GOLDEN AGE of human civilization. They foster cutting-edge technology with angelic powers to gain strict CONTROL of ACCESS to and DIFFUSION of INFORMATION. The AGENDA is MASS INDOCTRINATION in the “DEPTHS OF SATAN” to DISTRACT the world from the imminent appearance of Jesus Christ [Revelation 2:24] The STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE is GLOBAL MANIPULATION of what you HEAR and SEE, to CONTROL how and what you THINK. The massive campaign of MISINFORMATION and DISINFORMATION that followed COVID-19 is a good example of what lies ahead. This is no time to THINK outside the Bible, “For AS HE THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee” [Proverbs 23:7]
3. SEASON OF DECEIT is the LAST WATCH of the Church, “And MANY FALSE PROPHETS SHALL ARISE, and SHALL DECEIVE MANY” [Matthew 24:11] These GRIEVOUS WOLVES once knew the Lord, but “… THEY WERE NOT OF US; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, THAT THEY MIGHT BE MADE MANIFEST THAT THEY WERE NOT ALL OF US” [1 John 2:19] Like Judas, they grew into prominence in the Church, but they were TARES all along, sown by the ENEMY [Matthew 13:25] As soon as FALSE CHRISTS began to sound, they came out in their true colours, SPEAKING, “… great swelling WORDS OF VANITY, they ALLURE THROUGH THE FLESH, through much wantonness, THOSE THAT WERE CLEAN ESCAPED FROM THEM WHO LIVE IN ERROR” [2 Peter 2:18] FALSE PROPHETS operate in the Church, to DISTRACT and DRAW AWAY those who are BORN AGAIN, but “LIVE IN ERROR”. They entice multitudes with PROPHECIES of material GAIN, but will not warn them of the danger of missing the RAPTURE, “… SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] Jesus Christ gave us ONLY ONE PROMISE, “And THIS IS THE PROMISE that he hath promised us, even ETERNAL LIFE” [1 John 2:25] Beloved, be not by any means be DISTRACTED by what you HEAR or SEE, as to “FALL AWAY” from FAITH and miss the RAPTURE, “… 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]
4. SEASON OF DECEIT is the FINAL SHOWDOWN of the war of DECEPTION. God said to Adam, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, THOU SHALT NOT EAT OF IT: for IN THE DAY THAT THOU EATEST thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE” [Genesis 2:17] The SERPENT said to Eve: “… YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then YOUR EYES SHALL BE OPENED, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:4-5] The BATTLE is all about DISTRACTING you from imminent appearance of Jesus Christ, with OCCULTIC PERMUTATIONS of NEW WORLD ORDER. Beloved, you must not be ENTANGLED in needless CONSPIRACY THEORIES orchestrated to draw you away from preparing for your TRANSLATION. Listen closely, WHATSAPP has more than 2 billion subscribers, FACEBOOK probably more, add TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, GOOGLE, BAIDU, etc. These organizations do more than make money, they CONTROL what we HEAR, READ or WATCH. GRACE is the reason you can still read this on SOCIAL MEDIA, and “… ONLY HE THAT LETTETH WILL LET, UNTIL HE BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY. And THEN SHALL THE WICKED BE REVEALED, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” [2 Thessalonians 2:7-8] There shall be GRACE no more; the Lord shall appear to receive His BRIDE, the DECEIVER shall be revealed and the world slides into GREAT TRIBULATION. This is the GOSPEL, and “… though we, or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED” [Galatians 1:8]
5. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour and book your ticket to everlasting glory, amen.
SEAL OF GOD
Brethren, we are not CHRISTIANS until the SEAL OF GOD is IMPRESSED on us by the HOLY GHOST and we are FILLED with the PERSONALITY of Jesus Christ…..
1. HANDWRITING is a format of inaudible communication. When, for example, you append your SIGNATURE to a cheque or document you confirm your PERSONALITY to whom it may concern. God also WRITES, and His preferred PAPER is your HEART. When God spoke to Pharaoh from the mouth of Moses, His FINGER was busy WRITING, “Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, THIS IS THE FINGER OF GOD: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said” [Exodus 8:19] The HANDWRITING OF GOD, was on the wall in Babylon, “And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN” [Daniel 5:25] COVID-19 is the FINGER OF GOD impressed on all HEARTS; let him that has eyes SEE and UNDERSTAND what the SPIRIT is saying to the Church.
2. HANDWRITING OF GOD is a WITNESS of His WILL. We’ve always had wars, earthquakes and PANDEMICS, but COVID-19 is different; It is in the HEARTS of 7 billion souls, though less than seven million are presently infected. HIV, SARS and EBOLA, killed millions but did not have this universal SIGNATURE of palpable FEAR in the HEART of the rich and the poor, as COVID-19 does. COVID-19 is God SPEAKING loud and clear and “MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, … “ [Luke 21:26] COVID-19 is God’s WITNESS against this generation, as the ARK in the days of Noah, “And AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOE, SO SHALL IT BE IN THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN” [Luke 17:26] The people SAW the Ark, but came up with many theories to explain Noah’s stupidity. Today, there are many conspiracy theories to explain COVID-19, as there are “EXPERTS”, all united in denying the FINGER OF GOD. Whatever the “EXPERTS” say, you and I know COVID-19 is a valid WITNESS in our HEARTS. The PANDEMIC is real, the body count is rising daily and many more shall DIE; not because they are the worst sinners, but God is calling attention to SALVATION through REPENTANCE, “… Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH” [Luke 13:2-3]
3. HANDWRITING OF GOD is LIFE to those who have EYES to DISCERN PRESENT TRUTH. God WROTE on the wall in Babylon, and “… the king’s countenance was changed, and HIS THOUGHTS TROUBLED HIM, so that the JOINTS OF HIS LOINS WERE LOOSED, and his knees smote one against another” [Daniel 5:6] The words written on the wall, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN in Babylon had two recipients. ONE, it was a DECREE from God to King Belshazzar and his people, declaring the beginning of SORROWS and the end of the empire, as it is written: “Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians” [Daniel 5:28] God has weighed the nations, and COVID -19 is the BEGINNING OF SORROWS for this wicked world. Expectedly, the rulers of the earth are gripped with FEAR and the people PERPLEXED [Matthew 24:1-end] TWO, the HANDWRITING on the wall signaled the REDEMPTION and RESTORATION of Israel through Cyrus, and “Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, … Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and LET HIM GO UP TO JERUSALEM, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel” [Ezra 1:2-3] COVID-19 is the HANDWRITING OF GOD proclaiming imminent TRANSLATION of His SAINTS to His heavenly kingdom, 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 we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17]
4. HANDWRITING OF GOD is God breaking all barriers of communication to reach your HEART. God indeed defied all obstacles, including race, gender, status and religion to reach your HEART in a manner no religious leader can do. COVID-19 is God SPEAKING to your HEART, saying: “And, BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] God has SPOKEN, “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the LORD GOD HATH SPOKEN, WHO CAN BUT PROPHESY?” [Amos 3:8] I assure you, this PANDEMIC will not last forever, but the world shall never be the same. It is the cue for the nations to come together for “COMMON GOOD” and in the process, they shall foist a NEW WORLD ORDER on the earth. For a short while, global economic stimulus packages will ensure a measure of PEACE and PROSPERITY, but “… 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” [1Thessalonians 5:3] While they yet celebrate the NEW WORLD ORDER, SUDDEN DESTRUCTION looms in unprecedented earthquakes, famine, pestilence and unparalleled disasters [Luke 21:25-27] The season of FALSE PEACE and PROSPERITY is a very SHORT WINDOW and the Lord shall appear to receive His BRIDE, “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]
5. COVID-19 is God’s HANDWRITTEN LETTER to you. Read it and consider “… the GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD: ON THEM WHICH FELL SEVERITY; BUT TOWARD THEE, GOODNESS, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” [Romans1:22], Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour today and escape eternal damnation, Amen
1. COME OUT OF HER is the VOICE of the Lord calling out His GENTILE BRIDE to prepare for EXODUS BY AIR. The CALL went out as soon as Israel returned from exile in 1948, bringing to end, the MYSTERY of “BLINDNESS IN PART”, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should 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] Beloved, present upheavals, wars and pandemics are the “BEGINNING OF SORROWS” leading to RAPTURE, and after shall Israel sing “… Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” [Matthew 23:39] After the BRIDE is gone, the world shall descend into the tragic drama of GREAT TRIBULATION, that ends at ARMAGEDDON. Brethren, listen carefully to what the SPIRIT is saying to the Church: “… 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]
2. COME OUT OF HER is a commandment to SAINTS to SEPARATE from “HER”, “WITH WHOM THE KINGS OF THE EARTH HAVE COMMITTED FORNICATION, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the WINE OF HER FORNICATION” [Revelation 17:2] Ordinarily, “HER” pertains to a WOMAN, a SPIRITUAL ENTITY speaking in the name of God, but FORNICATES with the KINGS of the earth. The KINGS of the earth are Satan and his emissaries, the WOMAN is FALSE RELIGION “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” [Revelation 17:5] One of the HARLOTS is APOSTATE Church, having a FORM of godliness and highly esteemed among men, but full of ABOMINATIONS in the sight of God [Luke 16:15] APOSTATE Church is the popular face of modern Christianity, boasting millions of souls “Having EYES FULL OF ADULTERY, and that CANNOT CEASE FROM SIN; BEGUILING UNSTABLE SOULS: an heart they have exercised with COVETOUS PRACTICES; cursed children” [2 Peter 2:14] The HARLOT is the monstrous network of BRANDED Christian organizations, promising LIBERTY in the name of Jesus Christ, and “While they promise them liberty, THEY THEMSELVES ARE THE SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” [2 Peter 2:19]
3. COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE is the LAST TRUMPET before the wrath of God falls on the earth. It is the FINAL CALL to the MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB, 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 we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] If you think present DISTRESS and loss of lives through poverty, wars and pandemics is fearful, consider what happens after the SAINTS are CAUGHT UP from the earth; the BOTTOMLESS PIT is opened and the most dreadful demons are released on earth, “… And IN THOSE DAYS SHALL MEN SEEK DEATH, AND SHALL NOT FIND IT; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them” [Revelation 9:2-6] The ANTICHRIST shall arise and unleash a GLOBAL REGIME of REPRESSION and CONTROL, forcing all men, “… to RECEIVE A MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL, SAVE HE THAT HAD THE MARK, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” [Revelation 1316-7] Friend, if you are left behind, DO NOT TAKE THE MARK. You are better off DEAD resisting the MARK, and in death be reconciled with God, than LIVE to suffer the PLAGUES that follow the MARK, beginning with, “… a NOISOME AND GRIEVOUS SORE UPON THE MEN WHICH HAD THE MARK of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image”[Revelation 16:2]
4. COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE is the FINAL WORD of the GOOD SHEPHERD to His SHEEP to prepare for TRANSLATION. His SHEEP are the GOOD SEED which a farmer SOWED, but woke up to see TARES among the WHEAT, “The field is the world; the GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM; but the TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE; The ENEMY THAT SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL; the HARVEST IS THE END OF THE WORLD; and the REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS” [Matthew 13:19-30] The GOOD SEED is the LIFE of God which Jesus Christ SOWED in us, when He died on the Cross. His SHEEP are the CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM, “Being BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] We are His SHEEP because the LIFE of God dwells in us, by FAITH in Him and not by RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. His VOICE is searching out His SHEEP wherever they are stuck and “… he shall separate them one from another, AS A SHEPHERD DIVIDETH HIS SHEEP FROM THE GOATS” [Matthew 25:32] Beloved, do you hear His VOICE calling and telling you all is not well with your FAITH? The VOICE of the Lord is the ONE tugging at your heart to COME OUT of the LIES and DELUSIONS of BRANDED Christianity. Thus, says the Lord: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John h 10:27]
5. COME OUT OF HER, says the Lord; accept Him as your Lord and SHEPHERD and He shall lead you by His VOICE to eternal glory, Amen
The IMAGE of God is FORM, and His LIKENESS is God REVEALED in CREATION. The MYSTERY OF GODLINESS is the missing component of CREATION, and by REVELATION, we are made PERFECT in the LIKENESS of God….
1.SUFFERING is not a sermon many Christians want to hear, but “… HEREUNTO WERE YE CALLED: because CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED for us, leaving us an example, that YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS FOOTSTEPS” [1 Peter 2:21] The phobia of SUFFERING, as Jesus did, is sheer IGNORANCE aggravated by doctrines of devils. Brethren, we are REDEEMED to be “… PARTAKERS OF CHRIST’S SUFFERINGS; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” [1 Peter 4:13] God FOREKNEW and PREDESTINATED us “… to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” [Romans 8:29] Those who look forward to be CONFORMED to Christ in GLORY, are required to experience the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING in this BODY, as it is written: “That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, being made CONFORMABLE TO HIS DEATH” [Philippians 3:10]
2. SUFFERING of Christ was primarily IDENTITY CRISIS, “Who, being in the FORM OF GOD, thought it not robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the FORM OF A SERVANT, and WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN” [Philippians 2:6-7] The root of Christ’s SUFFERING was the FORFEITURE of His RIGHTS to DIVINE EXCELLENCY, when He was BORN in the FORM of man. His SUFFERING was the PAIN of DENIAL of His heavenly PERSONALITY in OBEDIENCE to the WILL of God, and “Though he were a Son, yet LEARNED HE OBEDIENCE BY THE THINGS WHICH HE SUFFERED” [Hebrews 5:8] When we turn to God through Jesus Christ, we are BORN AGAIN into the CRISIS of SELF versus the WILL of God. We SUFFER with Christ when we DENY what we are or wish to be, to BECOME WHAT GOD WANTS US TO BE. Brethren, we are BOUGHT with the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, and FORFEITED ALL RIGHTS to personal AMBITIONS and DESIRES of SELF. We are as STRANGERS in this world, without RIGHTS to our WILL, that we might REIGN with Christ. Beloved, though you SUFFER daily from CONTRADICTIONS of what you could have been versus what you are in Jesus Christ, and called names by friends and foes, “… REJOICE, INASMUCH AS YE ARE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST’S SUFFERINGS; that, when his glory shall be revealed, YE MAY BE GLAD WITH EXCEEDING JOY” [1 Peter 4:13]
3. FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING is YOU and I offering our BODIES to God, as Jesus did, and “… we are sanctified through the OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST once for all” [Hebrews 10:10] Jesus Christ indeed offered His BODY to SUFFER and be hung ALIVE on the Cross “ONCE FOR ALL” to REDEEM us from SIN. Those who are CALLED to CONFORM to Christ must in similar fashion present their “… BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” [Romans 12:1] A LIVING SACRIFICE is burnt ALIVE, and so are we in the world. We are BOUND by the WORD of God to live according to His WILL in a world aflame with SIN. Our FLESH is “BURNT” with FIERY TRIALS and our FAITH is sore TESTED. Oftentimes we are TEMPTED to turn back and be free to do our OWN THING, but we refuse to give in to the ADVERSARY. Jesus Christ SUFFERED the same way, and set a worthy precedent for us, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, REMOVE THIS CUP from me: nevertheless NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE” [Luke 22:42] I plead with you to RESIST every move of Satan, using family or friends to weaken your FAITH with THOUGHTS and IMAGINATIONS CONTRARY to the WILL of God, “Whom RESIST STEDFAST IN FAITH, knowing that the SAME AFFLICTIONS ARE ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR BRETHREN that are in the world” [1 Peter 5:9]
4. FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING is living in strict OBEDIENCE to the WILL of God. Paul trained as a LAWYER, but God arrested him on the road to DAMASCUS. The disappointment of family and friends are best imagined, when he shunned what he could have been to BECOME what God wanted him to be, saying: “… I COUNT ALL THINGS BUT LOSS for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: FOR WHOM I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” [Philippians 3:8] Listen carefully, WILL of God CONTRADICTS WILL of man and “… that which is HIGHLY ESTEEMED AMONG MEN IS ABOMINATION IN THE SIGHT OF GOD” [Luke 16:15] When the Jews offered to make Jesus King, He declined because it was not the WILL of God [John 6:15] Brethren, our professed FAITH in Christ and MATERIAL GAIN are nothing if we are not who God wants us to be. I warn you to beware of FALSE TEACHERS and “… men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] Listen to God, not man, to discern who God wants you to be and be ready to experience FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING, “Yea, and ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION” [2 Timothy 3:12]
5. The climax of Christ’s SUFFERING was His DEATH On the Cross, and “IF WE SUFFER, WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM: if we deny him, he also will deny us” [2 Timothy 2:12] The time to reign with Christ is sooner than you think; accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour and reign with Him forever, amen.