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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fathering Your Family

I had written a blog here on True Fathers in Church and I thought of adding another blog on how to father your own family. Again, most fathers in church know nothing about fathering their families because all they know is on becoming a biological father. Most churches do not know anything about how fathers ought to father their families in the spiritual realms.
Fathers are spiritual entry or exit points to their families. The devil cannot do anything to harm your family except what you, the father, allows him to. And your power to block the enemy's entry depends on the strength of your connection to the Father in heaven. Unless you tie up the strong man, you cannot (gain entry and) rob his house. Fathers are strong men--or at least they're supposed to be. 
John said in his first letter (chapter 2): "I write to you fathers because you know God who is from the beginning." If you have such strong connections with the Father, then everything else follows---children who are forgiven of sins and young men who are strong in the Word, who know the Father, and who are stronger than Satan, the evil one. It's all in the father of the house.
The same principle governs churches. Pastors should be the spiritual father of the church. The church can only be as strong as the pastor, as the family can only be as strong as the father. The wife can only be glorious as the husband is glorious, because the wife only reflects the husband's glory. Thus, the bible says, woman is the glory of man. What the man is, the woman emanates as her glory. So, woman is man's glory. 
If dad and mom are very alive in Christ, exhibiting His LIFE, then dad can father his kids powerfully. The father can then face the enemy at the gates because his quiver is full of powerful arrows. The book of Psalms says children are a heritage from the Lord and they act as spiritual "arrows" in the father's quiver. The father can then face and defeat the enemy at the gate--the enemy cannot enter the family realm to destroy it.
We must be aware that devils are out to destroy families to prevent the next generation of believers from entering the inheritance in the "promise land." If you have a rotten or ruined marriage, anything you do in church is garbage, especially if you are a pastor. Stop everything and restore your marriage or family. 
Effectively fathering your family is vital. It is among the few very important principles of genuine Kingdom building. If you are not fathering your family, you can never be part of God's Kingdom building on earth. And your family is easy target for devils to demolish. 

Micah: God’s People—God’s Enemy

Micah warned God’s people about God’s plan.

We often think pleasantly about God’s plan. We claim to desire it so badly. But if we do things contrary to His ways, God’s plan will work against us. In fact, God plans destruction, not LIFE, once we go against His ways. “My Word does good to those whose ways are upright, right?” (Micah 2.7). God’s ways alone in Scripture are upright. All others, like denominationalism, are against His ways. Jesus desires all true believers to be completely united. How complete? As the Father and Son are one (Jn.17). Denominationalism works contrary to this.

Their Own Power

When God’s people work contrary to His ways, they become God’s enemies. “Lately, my people have risen up like an enemy,” (Micah 2.8) Why? Because they plan evil and carry it out in their own power (Micah 2.1). It happens automatically—you use your own ways, you use your own power. Human effort is zero in the spiritual realms. Everything has to be done in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Even if you have the noblest and sincerest intentions, even if you do it for God, even if you sound so bible-based about it all, if you do not do it in God’s ways alone, your plans are nothing to God but “evil” (Micah 2.1). He looks at plans derived from human ways and efforts as coveting and seizing fields and houses (that’s probably your church planting and evangelism), and defrauding people of their homes and inheritance (you can never enjoy heaven and true salvation through human ways and efforts). Making people believe so is deception or defrauding.

Disaster

Hence, God says He has a plan—disaster. And this is more of spiritual in nature. You may look prosperous materially, but spiritually you’re dying, heading towards disaster. Revelations says some churches will look alive in the last days but they are really dead. God’s plan, says Micah, also involves a spiritual calamity that demolishes pride, one that the world will laugh at and mock. No wonder many denominational churches today are weak and powerless and ignored and even laughed at by the world.

The Acts church turned the world upside down (Acts 17). The modern church today is ignored by the world. In fact, the world turns it upside down. The church is worldlier than the world. The church copies from the world. It’s no longer Spirit-led; it is world-led. Most churches are known, not for God’s power and authority, but for solicitations and begging for donations and running after people to up their memberships. These spell spiritual disaster.

“Men will make fun of and mock you in that day, taunting you with these sad lines: ‘We are ruined—our possessions are divided up and God gives them to traitors (or the undeserving).’”

Anti Prophetic

Another thing that angered God in Micah’s time was God’s people being anti-prophetic. The other prophets were urging Micah not to preach bad and negative things. They wanted to hear only about blessings and God’s unconditional love and how He accepted them as they were—things to this effect. “Do not prophesy about these negative things you claim to hear from God,” they told Micah. “Disgrace won’t happen to us. Does the Lord get angry at His people? Does He really plan evil for His people?” they added.

They thought God hated only the sin, not the sinner. Well, they were about to get the shock of their lives: God’s people—God’s enemies.

Church people today so loathe judgment and discipline. They insist that we “Judge not that you may not be judged.” They forget that Jesus also said “Make a right judgment.” Paul said we will judge the world, angels, and those in the church. The prophetic Move of God powerfully declares God’s Truth; and in so doing it judges, showing people what is right from wrong. It’s inevitable. If the church does not judge rightly (according to the leading of the Spirit), the next generation of God’s people will lose their inheritance. God deplores that “You take away my blessing from their children forever,” (Micah 2.9). And added hopelessness by saying, “it is hopelessly ruined.” God’s people—God’s enemies.

Pro-False Prophets

How did they choose their prophet? If the prophet always sounded positive, they accepted him as their official prophet. They didn’t want anything to do with judgment. They took pride in their prosperity gospel that maintained the status quo and protected their comfort zones. Just like many churches today. They abhor critical and judgmental messages, giving such messages a bad name. “If a deceiver and liar tells you, ‘I preach you nothing but blessings and plenty,’ you will elect him unanimously as your prophet!”

There are preachers who have a critical demon, and their aim is just to show themselves or their denominations better. They are defenders of their denomination—mere denomination propagandists.


But God is raising up true prophets today who denounce, criticize, judge, and condemn anything not of God. They are God's flesh on earth. They promote that the only things acceptable are God’s Word and Ways. These are Jesus-type prophets. They are God’s flesh on earth. They belong to no denomination. They will break open the way to God and start a break through to a higher Spirit dimension. “The man who breaks open the way will go higher before them; and then, they will break through the gateway and be free to go out. Their king will walk before them, the Lord leading them.”

Jehu Overkill: What Made Him Do It?

Jehu king of Israel obeyed the Word the Lord had spoken against the house of Ahab, said to be the worst king of Israel when Jehu was yet the king's chariot driver. Ahab's marriage to Jezebel had linked Israel to Baal worship and led to the downfall of Ahab. Jehu was anointed to eliminate everything of Ahab. But not the Jehu overkill.

God told Jehu to finish off Ahab's family to wipe out Baal worship in Israel. Elisha the prophet had sent a young prophet to anoint Jehu king and "destroy the house of Ahab" [2Kings 9]. He also killed all the Baal prophets of Jezebel and demolished the temple of Baal, reducing it to a mere toilet. But Jehu went further and killed even the associates and friends of Ahab. It was a disobedience.

"However, Jehu did not carefully keep the law of God, Israel's God, heartily--he didn't repent from Jeroboam's sin, which the latter made the whole of Israel to commit," [10.31]. Years later God punished the house of Jehu and Israel for the Jehu overkill, the "massacre" at Jezreel [Hosea 1].

So what made him do it? He was doing well, obeying God's Word by putting an end to Ahab's house and rule, but he over did it. Power can corrupt like that. And what made the kings of Israel helpless to power's corruption?

ANSWER: It was the sin of Jeroboam, son of Nebat. God particularly stressed that Jehu's sin was that he never repented of Jeroboam's sin, though he eliminated Baal worship in his time. The sin of Jeroboam son of Nebat was much worse then than Baal worship and the sins of Ahab and Jezebel combined. The sin of Jeroboam is deadly. And today, that sin eats at the heart of the modern church. The church should repent from the sin of Jeroboam, which he caused Israel to commit generations after generations.

That sin makes churches over do things. An over kill, so to speak. They stray from God's Word and ways and then over do things. Initially, churches (especially new churches) do God's will with all their hearts. They all start out right. But then, they start to worry too much later on, worrying about membership, church income, why their members seem to be going to other churches. Then they become paranoid about how they might lose their members and have no one left to them.

That was how King Jeroboam worried about his kingdom. He started to be creative with his gimmicks on how to up his "membership" and how to make things fun and easy for his members so they'd "keep going back to church each Sunday." He began prioritizing the needs of his church members, rather than focusing on what God wanted.

Once you start worrying about membership and focus on the needs of your members and denominational expansionism, you over do things, you over kill, and you are trapped in the sins of Jeroboam. That sin is much worse than occultism, witchcraft, or idolatry rolled into one.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Turning the World Upside Down..Again!

In Acts 17, the radical believers of my Jesus almost turned the world upside down. Some interpreters would like to believe that they indeed turned the world upside down. Well, I think they did...in their natural Jesus-self (it was Jesus really living in them, not them anymore) the world shuddered in unbelief, perplexity, and animosity, seeing the radical and extreme life of Jesus Christ in the church. And it went like a ravenous mad dog chasing after the believers.

Every time the world sees Jesus, it will react like a greedy mad dog. That's why harm and chaos come to the worldly church when it tries to "see" Jesus. We think that if worldly people see Jesus they would repent and be born again and everything would be nice and peaceful, with everybody worshiping God so beautifully. WRONG! Persecution will come. And that's how we know that God is in us and our midst, moving and turning the world upside down. When Jesus is genuinely seen in believers, right and wrong is established, the guilty get offended (they'd say that  true believers are so judgmental and self-righteous), and they'd gather together to persecute believers.

That's genuine turning the world upside down. And God wants the church to do it all over again in these last days. We have to urgently, passionately, and desperately desire to live the life of Jesus, or have Jesus Christ himself living our lives daily, each moment, 100 percent (and that means 100 percent holy living, the real thing!), so that the Holy Spirit will move mightily and supernaturally in awesome ways. This sight will surely be turning the world upside down...again! And then some from the world will see and desire Jesus and get genuinely saved.

Don't you hunger for this? Are you still content with what ornery things you see in men's churches today? Are you snug or passively comfy with men's worship programs and what other things the worldly church does? Do you still want to be a part of all that?

I've grown tired of men's churches and have given them up a long time ago. No matter how "sound" their doctrines are and how "bible-based" and how solemn or lively their worship is. Even the devil is like that. It's got to be the very LIFE of Jesus or nothing. And the Jesus LIFE can never be had through the kind of church we have today. You have to get out first, meet God in the wilderness, spend quality time with him there, and then come back to "Egypt" to tell God's people that they're in Egypt (they don't know that) and that they're supposed to get out and go to the wilderness to set out for the Promise Land. That is where they should build for God--not in Egypt. Most churches today build in Egypt for Pharaoh.

And then Pharaoh and all the Egyptians will get angry at us and then the world will turn upside down.

As it is, it is the church being turned upside down by the world. The church is sometimes even more worldly than the world. Just watch how the church does things--they hold elections to choose their leaders; they say "Mr. chairman, I move that we do this and that..." and the others "second the motion," just like how they do it in Congress; they observe the SMART principles when planning, just like what Marketing companies do; they campaign themselves or their ideas during their election time (and they also cheat); they try to imitate what they see in the world (particularly in showbiz) when they "worship" God in church; most worship teams try to be like their favorite rock stars (no one wants to imitate Jesus); they are led by their manuals (which they have peppered with bible verses to make them look correct and spiritual), not by the Holy Spirit.

And they do many more worldly things you never find Jesus nor the Acts church doing in Scriptures. Jesus and the Acts church were very supernatural; the church today is very natural ("worldly" is the right term). And moreover, denominationalism itself is not in Scriptures, but men's churches stubbornly and tightly cling to it for centuries. They don't want to give up their petty empires. They've been building their own kingdoms--men's kingdoms.

Today, I see some small churches, unique and radical churches of Jesus, getting the ideas and starting to let Jesus live in them 100 percent, turning the world upside down--again--initially in small ways. It seems the big and main stream are left behind, though they have all the resources in the world to expand their denominations. You really have to give up everything and pick up the cross daily--otherwise, you won't be able to follow my Jesus.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Regardless of Bible Version: What Matters is the LIFE

What Matters is the LIFE in You

Early in my Christian life, some guys told me that the kind of bible version I read was very important. It should be the correct and accepted version, the accurate one, and "correct" and "accurate" to them was the King James Version. Some other guys, smarter ones, urged me to make sure that I know the Hebrew and Greek versions of the bible. I had to find out the original meanings of words to get what the bible authors really meant. Later, God told me it was regardless of bible version. What matters is that you hear HIS voice.

All that is good--correct bible version and Greek and Hebrew. In fact I had some basics in Greek and Hebrew and consult them now and then. I also have my King James Version (KJV). But now, after almost 30 years in ministry, I know that they're not that important. You can live victoriously in Christ without them. In fact, sometimes, God will even rescue you from them so you can be well attuned to him. What do I mean?

I know lots of good preachers and theology guys who cling to their use of KJV and are so good at their Greek and Hebrew, but their lives in Christ are so inaccurate. They wallow in bad character and sin. You wouldn't believe me if I told you that I know pastors who womanize, steal money, have abnormal sexual relations with the opposite sex, who watch pornos, who look at girls lustfully and even date pretty college students in motels whom they pick up from universities, like the one in Espanya in Manila. And then they preach good and even pray poetic prayers during worship services.

Now, what good would having the right bible version in your hand do if you live like that? Jesus said, even looking at a woman lustfully is already a sin in your heart--regardless of what bible version you read, or if you're so good with Hebrew and Greek. And anyway, lots of times, dexterity in the use of these original languages and loyalty to the KJV gradually builds up pride and arrogance in you. I've seen it, lots of times.

Regardless of bible version, what matters is the LIFE in you. What matters is that you hear God's voice, God's Word, and obey it. Without hearing and obeying, everything is garbage.

Hearing God's voice is important? Is that possible in the 21st century, modern world?

Regardless of what century or modernity, Jesus said, "The reason you do not hear God's voice is that, you do not belong to God. God's children hear his voice," [Jn.8.47]. In another breath, my Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice and they obey me."

So what if other bible versions are not accurate, as others allege? As long as you hear God's voice and obey it, you will never go wrong. It's not reading the bible that gives you true faith, even if it's the KJV with its Greek and Hebrew interlinear supplements; it's hearing. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing God's Word," [Rom.10]. That's being genuinely God's flesh.

If you don't have the Jesus LIFE in you and seen in you, it means you do not hear God's voice. And if you do not hear, you cannot obey accurately. You are misled and deceived big-time, even if you have the soundest doctrines of all and the best theology to back them up.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"That We May Present Each Believer Perfect in Christ"

Truth is so offensive that so many "Christian" churches today either hide it or water it down. I'm tired of hearing church people say that we cannot be perfect or being born again does not make you perfect. And yet countless times in Scriptures God points me to his Word powerfully stressing perfection in Christ.

In fact, genuine ministry, according to the bible, is a Jesus-discipleship that aims to present each believer "perfect in Christ." Now, church smart alecks (who are really fools) would counter that and say we cannot take that literally and we have to know proper systematic interpretation of Scriptures, and other such baloney. 

Paul was clear when he stressed to the Colossian church that he labored to present each one PERFECT IN CHRIST [Col.1.28], and that he did this using NOT his own efforts but Jesus' efforts (struggling with all God's or Jesus' energy} which he claimed so powerfully worked in him. The reason churches today cannot attain perfection in Christ is that they always use their own efforts and plans and strategies and ways and wisdom, etc.

Only Jesus can accomplish God's will perfectly, so you have to die to self and let Jesus Christ live your life for you and do God's ministry through your body. You have to be God's flesh on earth, establishing God's Kingdom here as it is in heaven. Otherwise, everything will be trash. Many church ministers do church ministry all their lives using their own efforts and denominational ways (which are nothing but rotten human ways backed up by some bible verses to make them look spiritual), expecting to be rewarded by the Master. They will meet Jesus with frustration when God tells them, "I do not know you..." because the Father's eyes seek Jesus in you alone, not you.

If you desire to please God and get Kingdom points for it, make sure it is my Jesus Christ in you doing everything from start to finish. And my Jesus will never start with any denominational doctrine or procedures or ways or policies, no matter how bible-based they sound. Church denomination is NEVER God's will or way.

God's power and energy should be mightily at work in our bodies (and that alone--no human effort) so we can use that to "struggle" (really put our lives into it), aiming to make our disciples perfect in Christ. It's all about being perfect in Christ--and this means being able to say with Paul, that "it's no longer I who live but Jesus Christ who lives in me."

Spiritual Perfection: LIFE, Character, Power, Authority

Nope, your flat nose will still be flat, your skin color will remain, your hair texture will stay the same unless you re-style it at the hair dresser's shop, and so many of your other physical features will be intact, unchanged. Spiritual perfection is really all about life, character and spiritual power and authority. Yes, you will still commit mistakes (mistakes that have nothing to do with sin), but God aims to eliminate from our system even mistakes, in this life, because he wants Jesus to fully live our lives.

Now, here's a point we should never forget. My Jesus lived a perfectly holy life on earth and yet many saw him as imperfect. They saw him as "mad," trouble maker, wrong, unable to interpret the old Testament according to their standards, law breaker, insolent, demon possessed, etc. If the Son of Man was treated thus, we will be similarly treated by the world, more so by the worldly "Christian" church (synagogue of Satan), even if we live the Jesus LIFE on earth, being God's flesh. The world will always see God's perfection as wrong and imperfect. The world has a different idea of what is right and perfect.

God wants nothing less than perfection for us. And we have to re-align our lives accordingly and trash our garbage doctrines that run counter to God's plan of perfection for all believers. We must "aim for perfection" [2 Cor.13.11] now and stop giving excuses for our spiritual weaknesses and propensity to sin. It is God's will that we should be holy, and perfectly at that. And the key to this is Galatians 2.20 - "I have died with Christ; it's not anymore I who live but Jesus Christ who lives my life daily."

It should be my Jesus living your life, doing church ministry, discipling others. Be God's flesh.

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