Archive | October, 2012

The Exploitation of Sexual Sin in Pop Culture…

31 Oct

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2 Peter 2:18 (NLT), They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.

As apart of American Society we are constantly being bombarded by images from t.v. commercials, pop-ups on websites, music, movies, and magazines. The introduction of these images into Our subconcious mind is meant to awaken our conscience self to things we may or may not need in our lives. One of the main marketing tools many corporations use is sex in order to sell and market a product or idea to the public at large.

Why sex? It is the most used weapon by the enemy to lure believers and non believers away from the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. While sex between a man and a woman is definately a beautiful thing within the Covenant of Marriage, it is when taken out of this context when many will fall into the desires of sexual sin. In this aspect sex is and enabler to the sin nature that dwells within all of Mankind. The definition of a enabler is (to supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity to make able.)

It just so happened when Satan designed the plan to destroy the morality of ones thinking, along with the innocence of the Youth of America , He used sex to do so by projecting images into Our subconcious minds through various forms of entertainment. Movies like “Sex in the City,” “40 Year old Virgin,” and “Wedding Crashers,” all promote sex before marriage and dilute our way of thinking and make many weak to the sin nature that Man inherited from the Adam during “The Fall.”

These movies play on the fact that sex is good and makes everyone happy, and that their is no consequence for acting outside the law of God. While the pleasure is glorified the repercussions are not. The heartache, of giving yourself to someone who only wants you for your body, the STDs, broken homes, and failed marriages that were based off of sex, are never displayed as the end result of indulging in sexual pleasure. The same can be said for the Youth of America, who dance and glorify music artist who are sexually perverse in their own right, to make money and exploit women all for self gain. This in return effects Our youth by unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and depression, because children cannot handle having to make adult decisions at such a young age. Sexual enablers are all around Us, that is why Colossians 2:8 states, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

We do this by keeping Our minds focused on the Word of God (Bible), and watch just what We put in Our Spirit The Holy Bible states in Roman 12:2 (NLT), “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Shalom…

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Bearing your Cross for Christ…

30 Oct

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Luke 14:26-27, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.”

One of the most overlooked facts in our walk with Christ is the cross that we must bear because we belong to Him. Christ never promised that following Him would result in abundant blessings given unto us by men, but quit the opposite. In Mark 13:13, Jesus stated “And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” The cross that Christians will have to carry is mainly one of rejection, many still need to be shown the light of the cross and my reject the fact that they need to be change in order to be redeemed. So friends and family may be hesitant on how to approach you given your new found Faith in Jesus. Instead share with them the joy of all that He has done for you in your life, by sharing the Gospel which when heard can activate the Holy Spirit unto those loved ones who are currently lost. Find a common ground with them that allows you to open up plead your case to change. Another example of the Cross we are to bear can come from “a thorn put in our flesh,” that the Lord will use for us to be at times totally dependant upon the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul testified to this revelation in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, “even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” I love the fact that the Holy Spirit never tells the reader exactly just what this thorn was, allowing us to insert our own problem into the equation instead. This could be a disease, reocurring sin, Homosexual tendecies, or any other sin that we seek the Lord for deliverance from. This is our cross, which we seek Christ for to redeem it and make us whole for the glorification of the power of the cross. If we endure unto the end, we will be saved as stated in Mark 13:13. Pray to the Lord that He strenghthens your shoulders for the weight, so that we can continue our fight of purification unto Him. Remember the saying, “Must Jesus bear the cross alone, and all the world go free? No! Theirs a cross for everyone and theirs a cross for Me!

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We Preach Christ Crucified!

30 Oct

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I Corinthians 1:23, “But we preach Christ crucified.”

Many times, when I have seen and heard street Preachers or other Christians witness to unbelievers on the behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ they mainly speak against sin and the sin nature that all those outside of Christ live in. Trying to convict them based on guilt, instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can deliver them out of it. This type of preaching is based on the the idea that that Christians can scare and unbeliever into repentance, without the actual use of the Gospel, which is of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Holy Bible in John 17:17 states, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”That truth is that God as a man came to earth as the Lord Jesus Christ, as a sin offering for the sins of all mankind. So that all may have eternal salvation through Christ who paid the price for all who accept Him as Lord to be made sinless in the eyes of God. When speaking of the Saviour, we are to have a general knowledge of what the Prophets spoke of Him in Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” His genealogy of the bloodline of King David, from which He came from as stated in Matthew 1:1-17. His death in John 19 and resurrection in John 21, proving that His sacrifice was seen good in the eyes of God and exaltation in Acts 1:1-10. This is the Gospel message that will cause a sinner to repent, Romans 10:17 states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Jesus Christ is the word made flesh as stated in John 1:14, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. So preach Christ and Him Crucified before the masses so that they too will also begin to have Faith enough to receive all that God has given them in Jesus Christ…

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Molech Worship…

22 Oct

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Leviticus 18:21, “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.”

Molech is a idol that was worshipped by the Semitic Hebrew people in a time of the ancient past. The idol of Molech was powered spiritually by a Evil Spirit which was receiving this false worship indirectly in the Spiritual Realm. This Evil Spirit demanded the ultimate sacrifice of its followers which was the blood of children, in which was said this idol granted the estabishment of kingdoms such as the Persian and Carthaginian and protection unto the people from the heavens above. The worship of Molech was a very detestable site in the eyes of Jehovah God, due to the fact that it required the ultimate sacrifce which was the blood of the innocent. Molech worship not only involved the sacrifice of children but also opened the people up to a host of Demonic influence in the worship of the sun moon and stars by Manasseh. Manasseh was the son of King Hezekiah who built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord for Satanic worship. 2 Chronicles 33:4-6, states “Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” The idol of Molech is just that a idol, constructed by man with no power of itself, but the Evil Spirit behind its worship is very real and demands the blood of our youth even today. This Evil Spirit manifests today in the form of child negligence and the desires of this world, which many parents and children alike want in order to provide comfort for their lives instead of the Living God. These desires pull the young and old alike into abortion, adultery, the pride of life and the love of money. These Human wants and desires are not of God but of the Devil himself. This Evil Spirit of Molech strives off of these emotions and leads many into rebellion. As Disciples of Christ and parents we need to be aware of the ills of this world that cause us to neglect our children, and discipline them to follow the right path which is Jesus Christ. We need only to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them daily and pray that His Holy Spirit moves within them to do what is right. Be warned and take heed from the scriptures about the neglection of our youth stated in Leviticus 20:1-5, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.” Shalom…

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Effectively Ministering to the World…

12 Oct

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Colossians 1:13-14, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

In this day and age of lost hope and Faith, it is important for the world to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More importantly that we as ambassador’s to the Kingdom of God know how to properly relay this message to unbeliever’s. It’s not about designing signs saying “You are a sinner!, repent!” that many Minister’s do from street corners on busy streets. But rather letting people know that they are forgiven. Jesus Christ ministry while He was with us on Earth was not one condemning people for their sins, but letting them know that they have been forgiven for them. Let’s take into account the woman caught in adultery from John 8:2-11, “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Christ did not chastise this woman due to the fact she had not yet heard the Gospel that He had brought to all Humanity. We must view the world in the same way. Christians must first let unbeliever’s know that Christ came to forgive them for their sin, and impart truth into their way of thinking. This is the Gospel, not spewing hate at people but ministering just what Christ has done in the Earth. Jesus said this Himself speaking of His death and resurrection in John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” We must first let those who do not know Christ, know that He has died for their sins, and the Holy Spirit of God will draw that person into repentance. Please make note that God causes people to repent not by our doings, but His!

We can only tell them the Gospel and allow the Holy Spirit, spiritually awaken that person. John 6:44 says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day,” and that they FIRST must have ears to hear read in Revelations 3:20,”Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” God ultimately makes the decision to bring that person into the revelation of Christ now or later. Just know that you did your part as a Child of God. Not every person will repent at that time but some will, receiving Christ with open arms. I ask we stay with the scriptures when witnessing to the world that they have been forgiven, then once they have received Christ we can help them begin the purification process within. Shalom…

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God the Father, The Son (Jesus), Holy Spirit explained…

10 Oct

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It seems that one of the most difficult facts of the Bible to explain is the 3 part system which is God. The Bible states over and over that their is only one God( 1 Corinthians 8:4) but also refers to Jesus Christ as God (Colossians 2:9) and also the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). Over the years I have heard Pastors, Apostles, and just Brothers and Sisters in the Faith refer to God as being like water. He can exist as a liquid, ice or vapor. That is a pretty good reference but I see the system of God as being a total revealing revelation of Himself to His creation. God is omnipresent! Present in all places at the same time, due to this fact it is hard for men, who live in the present natural world to get a grip on the totality of God. This is why so many had a hard time when dealing with with Him when He made His presence know to them. Moses and the flaming bush, Balams donkey (Numbers 22:1-35) etc. In order to redeem man God became a man to not only take the sins of the world, but to show Himself in the flesh and show us how to live a divine life for Him through Christ Jesus. Remember God is omnipresent who cannot be fully understood in a natural world so He showed Himself in the natural and gave us the worldly understanding of His essence in Jesus Christ. Upon the Lords death, and resurrection Christ had defeated sin and rose with all power. Christ after having many others witness His resurrected body said that He is going to prepare a place for us and would send the Comforter the Holy Spirit to empower us to do His earthly work (John 14:16-17). Revealing the Holy Spirit of God who remains here with the Christian believer to guide us into all truth. This concept of revelation is know as God above us, God with us (Jesus), God inside us the Holy Spirit, helping all to understand His word and reveal more and more to us of the Holy omnipresent Father. All existed at the beginning of time which is way in the book of Genesis, the creator seems to be talking to Himself at the dawn of time (Genesis 1:26). God is the ultimate source of all things, Jesus is that natural manifestations, and the Holy Spirit is the worker bee in which all things are done (John 16:12-15) All revelations of the one true God!

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Cleansing your Temple for Christ…

1 Oct

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Luke 19:45-46, “Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

Luke 19 describes the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem where observant Jews would offer sacrifices unto God, and have fellowship with their fellow kinfolk of that time. Along the road as with many of God creations, laws, and moral standard the Temple became corrupt basically becoming a place of business instead of worship. Upon seeing with His own eyes the corruption in the Holy place Christ drove out all who were partaking in such blasphemus doings. With the death of Jesus on the Cross, and Him offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice Christ transferred the old Temple used for sacrifices to our mortal bodies. Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:16, states “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” There is no longer a need for sacrifice when the Lord has already died for everyones sin, and with that we are the living Temple of God, who are to keep our Spirit, Soul, and Body just as pure as the old Jewish Temple. This means the purging of immoral thoughts, acts, and abuse with anything that is ungodly and not of Jesus the Christ, who died so that our salvation may be made easier to please God. Today I pray that we all take a look at ourselves and see what we are thinking about, doing, and intent towards one another to see if they please God. We may have to purge ourselves just as Christ did the Temple years ago, through prayer and the renewal of our minds.