Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Fire on a Pile

"On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a fire on a pile of wood and like a burning torch among freshly cut straw. They will burn up all the surrounding nations to the right and to the left. But the people of Jerusalem will remain safe in Jerusalem.  (Zec 12:6)

     God has a covenant with the people of Israel that will come to complete fruition in the near future. The nation of Israel is always in today's news. Many nations around the world have a tremendous hate towards them and will do anything to see their annihilation. Most of the nations which hate Israel are close to it's geographical area and share their borders.  Israel has the land mass of about 8,012 square miles and is home to over 8.2 million Jews. No other nation on the planet has experienced so much animosity. No other nation on Earth has been fought over for land and national existence. 

     The reason the world hates Israel is because they are the conscience to everyone. Without the nation of Israel, there would have never been the Law of the Lord. The Ten Commandments would have never been declared from the top of Mount Sinai which means the world would not fully understand sin and its destruction. When sin is revealed, evil gets angry. Jesus came into the world not to get rid of the moral and ethical nature of the Law , but to fulfill it. 

Mat 5:17-18
(17)  Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill.
(18)  Truly I say to you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, in no way shall one iota or one point pass away from the Law until all comes to pass.

Israel's existence keeps the world in check and shows us all that there truly is a Divine Being who has created all things. The Prince and the power of the air, Satan, hates this truth more than anyone. He continues to manipulate the unbelievers in the world to do his bidding. Satan will try to spread is evil and lies against Israel but will miserably fail.

Until the Lord returns and even after His return, Israel will continue be the fire on a pile. They will continue to show God's existence and His promises. The world will continue to hate Israel until the very end, but God will continue to project this nation.

What can we do as believers? Pray for the nation of Israel and Pray for the return of Christ.
What else can believers do? We need to become a fire on a pile for the world as well. As we share the truth and the message of Christ, the world will feel the heat from the Fire of God within us. 
Why is this so important? Christ is returning soon and the world is moving closer to the abyss of destruction. Believers should more than ever stand up and declare God's truth. It is our destiny.

Be the Fire on a Pile......

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fleece Faith

Judges 6:36-40New King James Version (NKJV)

The Sign of the Fleece

36 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
New King James Version (NKJV)
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The concept of faith is believing in the impossible when the possible is not available. As believers today, we have the Word of God and His Spirit which guides our faith every day. Sadly, many Christians still live the life of  the Gideon Faith. Gideon had a weak faith, maybe due to his insecurities;nonetheless, he needed to be reassured about God's purpose for his life. He asked God to show him a sign and God through his patience obliged. Gideon did grow up and began to trust the Lord for his life, but He had to see for his own eyes first. 
Many believers walk in this Gideon like faith. It is a lazy faith and in some cases has become a superstitious faith. " If God makes the fleece dry then I will believe."  This is called Fleece Faith. Fleece faith puts conditions on God and allows the believer to stay immature in their walk with God. How many times do immature believers put conditions on God? " God give me a sign that my missions trip is your will." How many decisions are made by immature christians based off of their fleece like faith?
Signs of Having A Fleece Faith:
1. A limp prayer life.
2. Ignorant of the Word.
3. Lack of a Bible study life.
4. Lives more off of chance.
5.Needs a sign in order to follow God.
Jesus said something about those who seek for a sign.

Matthew 12:39New International Version (NIV)

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
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We can't afford to have Fleece faith in today's word. We need to have an unshakeable faith and a faith that is mature. It is important that believers simply grow up in the Lord and trust in His goodness.
Overcoming Fleece Faith:
1. Have a continous prayer life.
2. Become a scholar of God's word.
3. Simply know his will for your life.
4. Draw closer to God.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Ghost Army

During World War II, there was an Army Unit called the Ghost Army. They were officially known as the 23rd Headquarters special forces. They stayed virtually unknown until forty years after World War II was over. In 2013, PBS did a documentary on their efforts for the Allied forces. This unit of 1100 men who were made up of artists, actors, engineers, architects, and creative thinkers. The unit would stage fake battlefields and use large speakers to confusion the enemy. Their efforts would detour the German forces away from large Allied forces combative units. Their whole goal was to keep the enemy guessing and deceived from actual fighting forces.

The enemy of our souls has for centuries used tactics of deception towards the body of Christ. He has convinced many in the Body of Christ that his power is great. He has used these tactics to deceive the Saints from walking in the truth and power of the Gospel. It is getting worse and worse within our world today and believers need to be alert more than ever.

Ephesians 6:12King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Timothy 3:13
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

1 Timothy 4:1
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

How to overcome the Ghost Army:

1. Prayer: Keeping a life of continual prayer is very effective against the enemy.  If your spirit is in constant contact with the spirit of God, then the enemy can not deceive you.
2. Read His word: The bible is the road map and encyclopedia to the truth for the world. Stay engulfed into the word of God.
3. Stay Connected: Believers need believers in order to help fight off the enemy together.
4. Gift of Discernment: The bible speaks about the gift of discernment and how it is used to tell the difference from good and evil. It is important that we tap into that gift each time we encounter attacks from the Ghost Army.
5. Stay Alert: The world is becoming a more hostile place. We have to pay attention to the things that are around us. The coming antichrist will not come under the guise of socialism or Islamic dominance; he will come to the world under the premise of democracy. We have to stay alert no matter what.