(Matt. 25:1-13; 24:40-41; I Thess. 5:1-3)
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? and then I will say to them openly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly (Matt. 7:21-23).
We live in a time of convenience and short cuts to everything. Computers are the master mind of things we used to do yesterday. The age of high tech has indeed handicapped the mind of men. We only have to know how to click or press a button for things to happen. The sad thing about it is not only that our brains have become lazy and shrinking, but it has affected the spiritual side of things too. We can only tolerate teachings that tickle our ears. It has to be convenient for us to follow in line with our life styles. Conviction is a thing of the past. “I am okay, you are okay.” All our sins have been forgiven, no need to cry over them with repentance. The Word of God says that we must be born of the Spirit to be considered being born again. It is the only way that we can receive the image of God. His image is His Holy Spirit, Who is given at that time of our spiritual birth.
We may spend our life in church, teaching Sunday- School, preaching the Gospel, visiting the sick, we may never miss a day going to church, we may perform healing, prophesy, even casting demons out and still not being born again. We may impress the world with our look of humility and sacrificed life, but we can never impress God with all we do outside of Him. YAHSHUA said to a Pharisee, “You must be born again”. He assured Nicodemus that unless a person is born again, he cannot ever see the kingdom God; unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh; what is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3: 3,4-6). Born of the Spirit, is when the Holy Spirit of God indwells the person. His indwelling is the sign that we are born again. The results are seen in the way we think, act and behave. His indwelling is the Seal, also a guarantee of our inheritance, in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring possession of it (Ephesians 1: 13-14).
You are the light of the world; a city situated on a hill cannot be hidden; no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house; Let your light so shine, says the Lord, so that men may see your good works and glorify the heavenly Father; (Matt. 5:14-16).
YAHSHUA told the disciples, You are the light of the world. That means, live truthfully, speak truthfully, and act truthfully. In other words, live in such way that your light will point to God and men’s eyes will be opened to see God in you, and the glory will be given to Him, as a result. In our actions and words, the light in us must reflect the source, not our doings. The fact of the matter is in whatever we say and do there must be the reflection of the LIGHT of His Holy Spirit in us.
It is well known about weapons in the spiritual realm ready to be used against the believer. It is a reality we must realize every time we are struck by temptations. The armor of God is given us to put on and keep it on, for we are not wrestling with flesh and blood, but against the powers against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly sphere (Ephesians 6:12). That’s the only way we will be able to resist and stand our ground on the evil days. Wicked forces are real; and they are under the control of Satan. These are fallen angels called demons. Peter warns us to be well balanced, be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of ours the devil, roams around like a lion roaring, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are appointed to our brotherhood throughout the world (I Peter 5:8-9). We can resist the weapon formed against us by prayer. Prayer is a very important part of God’s armor to fight Satan’s weapon coming against us. Praying at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (Ephesians 6:18). Praying constantly in the language of the Spirit, imploring God with enduring faith and persistence, with intercession for those of the God’s family, until our prayers reach the throne of our Lord.
Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away; for, behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth and ripens her green figs and the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance; The time of the singing has come! (Song of Solomon 2:10-13)
(II Thessalonians 2; I John 4:1-4)
Deceit comes to all some time and in some fashion. Its
intent is to brain-wash the truth, in order to achieve its purpose of control.
The main reason it will be able to ensnare the mind successfully is ignorance.
Ignorance then partners with destruction when zeal is manifested. Deceit is
like a spider’s web in its impressive design. It does not covey the purpose to
kill in its beauty and intelligence. But it attracts the victim to its death
serving as food for the deceiver. That’s
the way Satan operates. YAHSHUA said this of him: The thief comes only in order to steal and
kill and destroy. I came that they (the sheep) may have and enjoy life, and
have it in abundance (John 10:10) There are many ways deceit leads to destruction.
However, the most serious one is the deceit that leads one to hell. From the
beginning of time, Satan used deceit to deviate man from the truth to believe
lies he created, instead.
What’s the meaning of blood and water flowing out from
YAHSHUA’S side? Have you ever wondered why and the meaning behind it? The truth
of the matter is that we never stop to wonder why and what’s the significance
behind it; we go on with minimum knowledge, not perceiving how little we care
to know the reason behind it, to understand the extent of YAHSHUA’S suffering
on our behalf. I believe that knowledge, as a glass window, will make possible
for our eyes of understanding to see clearly and to change the way we see Him
in His sufferings, and in relation to blood and water flowing out from His side
when He was pierced. There is much to consider in the case of blood and water
being flown from His side that is very important in the physical and in the
spiritual realm to all those who are called believers in YAHSHUA.
were five wise and five foolish virgins. The commonality between them was only that
they were virgins. With certainty, one group carried the mark of the Holy
Spirit but the other did not. The first represents the true church of Messiah
and the second, the apostate church- the Laodicea church, the church that thinks
it is earthly rich, but spiritually poor. Unaware of their spiritual condition,
they went together with the wise virgins to meet the bridegroom. Tired for being
late, they all feel asleep. Suddenly, a shout echoed in the air for all to
hear: Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet Him (Matt. 15:6).
21-41; Amos 7:8)
Lord spoke to the Prophet Amos saying, I will not pass by and spare them
anymore. He was finished warning the nation of Israel, due to their hardness of
heart. In their exit from Egypt, Israel experienced God’s protection in every
way they needed. They escaped all the plagues applied to Egypt, and even the
last one, which was the death of all the firstborn sons. By the blood of the
sacrificial lamb, upon the doorpost of their houses, their sons were spared from
death. That was a token or a sign that when God saw the blood He would “Pass over”
the nation of Israel and no plague would destroy them. God’s mercy is available
in the opportunities that come to us. Its door has been opened for a long time
for all to enter because our God is longsuffering. He desires that all be
saved. There is no limit to His mercy while its door is opened. God’s mercy is
such that can never be compared to human’s mercy in the fullest extent of it. Webster dictionary describes mercy as: refraining
from punishing offenders, enemies, persons in one’s power; kindness in excess
of what may be expected or demanded by fairness; forbearance and compassion;
the power to forgive, clemency, etc.
(II Kings 4)
The upper room was a chamber built above the houses to serve
as guest rooms and a place for activities and privacy for families.
Chapter four of II Kings offers a woman’s beautiful story of
faith and courage. She displayed her faith and courage after the loss of her
son to death. That was the only son she had, for her husband was an old man and
a very special child; he was the son the Prophet Elisha promised her in return
for her kindness shown to him. This Shunammite woman never realized that that
upper room she had built for the Prophet, was one day a refuge in her time of
trouble. It is said that “What goes around, comes around.” An act or a word of
kindness finds their way back to the one who blesses others. Even though her
emotional pain was great, her faith was greater. It compelled her to seek life
from the one who had promised her a son. At his death she knew exactly what to
do: The upper room where she had received the promise of a son, was to be the
place where he would receive his life back. It was the place where God was
going to manifest Himself through resurrection power. She carried her son up
there and left him lying on the prophet’s bed and left in a hurry to see the
prophet. He lived about twenty miles away. She pressed on seeking life for her
son, redeeming her time by not stopping to greet anyone. She kept her pain to
herself until she met Elisha, the prophet. In anguish of soul, she started by
asking him a question, Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, Do not
deceive me? As the Lord lives and as my soul lives, I will not leave you. And
Elisha arose and followed her (vs.28,30).
our Lord YAHSHUA went back to heaven He promised the disciples His presence to
be with them always. So deep was His love for humankind. He said, I am with you
all the days to the close and consummation of the age (Matt. 28: 20b). In His
priestly prayer, He prayed His desire that those whom God had entrusted Him may
be with Him where He is (John 17:24a). God the Son came into this world and
physically displayed God’s love for men. When He had fulfilled all that He had
come to do, He then sent His Holy Spirit to abide in those who would trust and
receive His gift of salvation. One can never measure God’s gift toward men. It
just grows beyond men’s life on earth. Amazing gift! For the disciples to
receive the promised Holy Spirit, He instructed them where they should be in
order to receive Him. He said, And behold, I will send forth upon you what My
Father has promised: but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed
with power from on high (Luke 24:49). The upper room was the place where His
Spirit was to descend upon them. A new chapter of God’s book was opened for men
to know and follow His instructions. That was a new era, a new dispensation-
the new covenant- the covenant of blood which included people from the entire
world. Christendom was then born. For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have
eternal life (John 3:16).