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Praying Outside of God’s Promises

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PrayermanThe title of this article might raise a few eyebrows as many will say God cannot be limited in any capacity. Yet in the context of His written word, He is only obligated to do what He has promised in totality. Particular emphasis should be placed on the New Testament promises in this dispensation of Grace, especially those mentioned in the Epistles. For a succinct list of major promises already in our possession, please see our What We Believe section for a page entitled “Your Bountiful Inheritance.

 

Is it possible that you can pray beyond God’s ability? Doesn’t the bible say that “all things are possible to him that believes” (Mark 9:23)? Yet, we know that in the context of scripture all things are possible to him that believes — within certain guidelines, limitations and boundaries that are clearly laid out by the Lord in His Logos. I can’t believe for 6000 camels to be balanced perfectly on the end of my nose before 6 o’clock tomorrow night as that is not promised in His word! I purposely make a bizarre statement here to prove a point; stand on His promises not your presumptions. If He promised it, it’s yours!

 

A promise to prosper

As long as we follow His statues and obey His instructions, we will prosper in due season despite trials, temptations and sufferings which come on this earth as a result of the fall of man. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13) but the curses in the earth are still prevalent (Genesis 3:14-21). Certain limitations are set by Him for our benefit or protection and for others, which is an act of His mercy and long-suffering towards us. Not all prayers keep God’s uppermost, nor do they seek His Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). With hindsight, there are some prayers down the years that we’re glad were never answered!

 
Please note that food and raiment are a given and our ‘needs’ are always met, this is clear in scripture (Matthew 6:30-33, 1st Timothy 6:8 & Philippians 4:19). The following discussion revolves around our ‘wants’ and the ‘desires of our heart’. God will never withhold any needs from His children as He is more loving than any earthly parent who also desires to meet his child’s needs (Luke 11:13). The following nine points are excerpts from teachings by Dr. Roy Hicks of whom Brother Kenneth E. Hagin called, “the greatest bible teacher he had ever known”. God has answered every prayer that’s ever been prayed providing all of the following have been accounted for:

 

Nine reasons why the answer to your prayer has not yet manifested

  1. You ask amiss (James 4:3) – Your relationship with the Father is not strong enough to sustain what you are asking for. You are asking with a selfish motive that does not fit God’s divine purpose and plan for your life. God will only answer prayer that is in the best interests of all those concerned according to His will as He is the perfect judge seeing both the future and the past. To grant you this selfish desire would be to your detriment in the long run.
  2. Pride (James 4:6) – Pride comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18) and your success may hinder your relationship with the Father if you lack the maturity to handle it, in fact it was in times of affluence (not hardship), that the Jews in the Old Testament moved away from God and his ideals (apostasy). Pride is the reason for Lucifer’s fall (Ezekiel 28:17) and we all need to keep our pride level in check. God resists the proud (James 4:6) and much is written in scripture to warn us against pride.
  3. Your petition is out of God’s perfect will for your life – or against His documented will in His word. Are you asking God to move your mountain but at the same time building one? Some wisdom is required to remove detrimental habits in our lives. Remember mountain-moving faith requires that we walk in forgiveness otherwise it will be vain and futile (Mark 11:25). Are you trying to write Chapter 6 in your destiny when God wants you to finish chapter 2 first? There is a time and season for all things (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Taking on responsibilities when we’re not mature enough to handle them is a sure path to frustration and wounding. There is a perfect, good and acceptable will of God (Romans 12:2) and we should always seek His perfect will first and foremost. However if we press and press, He will ‘allow’ the acceptable which is not His first choice for you. God does not approve of everything that He allows as He respects your free will to choose, good or evil (1st Samuel 8:6).
  4. Timing – Although it may be His desire to grant your petition, It isn’t God’s time for it to be manifest, although at some point in the future when you’re ready, God will grant your petition (Galatians 6:9). Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 31:14-15). Consider the prayer answered now but the manifestation is in His timing and the way in which it manifests is up to Him too.
  5. If God answered you in this particular situation, He would be showing partiality, – which goes against His nature as He is not a ‘respecter of persons‘ (Acts 10:34) meaning what He has done for one person He will do for another as long as that person is willing to believe. Praying for sports events is a classic example; God sits on His throne and says, “May the best team win!” God is equitable to all His children.
  6. You simply don’t believe what you are praying for – The scripture informs us that at the time of prayer, if we believe those things that we are praying for, then you shall have them (them what? them things you prayed for – Mark 11:24). We should not pray to God for things we don’t believe He can do for us. Simply, if we don’t believe at the time of prayer, then we will not receive. A better way is to meditate on God’s word in the area you’re believing for (i.e. finances, health etc.) build up your faith and then pray when you’re ready to believe. Better to build up your faith level (Romans 10:17) to the point where you can conceive in your heart the promise and then pray in faith, as the prayer of faith is always answered (James 5:15).
  7. Unforgiveness – Gods ability to work on your behalf is a function of your ability to walk in forgiveness (up to 490 times in one day; Matt 18:22). Symptoms of sickness (mental and physical) many times in the body (but not always) can be traced to a root of unforgivness that has not been dealt with (Mark 11:25, James 5:14, 1 John 5:16).
  8. Not walking in love – Love is a command not a suggestion; it is expected from God and faith itself works by love (Galatians 5:6). Therefore our prayers can be severely hindered by a lack of love in our relationships (Matthew 5:22-26). Not walking in love towards your spouse can also hinder your prayers (1st Peter 3:7).
  9. Lack of Maturity – You are not mature enough to handle the blessings and responsibilities that come with your specific petition. (God is protecting you because He knows what you can or cannot handle.) The age and mental capacity of a child will dictate the father’s ability to communicate to and grant requests from his son or daughter. The father would not give a loaded gun to a 7 yr. old because of the immediate danger caused by the child’s incapacity to handle such a request, likewise your spiritual capacity or maturity is an indicator of how much God himself will allow you to steward at this time. God knows your maturity level and exactly what you’re capable of handling. Perhaps the Lord dislikes spoiled brats as much as we do…lol.

 

God’s two greatest gifts to mankind

The two greatest gifts God gave to man are choice and time. God lets us choose every day and He lets us use our allocated time to worship, pray and serve Him or downright disobey Him if we choose to. God will resist selfish prayers; He is reluctant to answer them even though we may not deem them to be selfish. We must search our hearts. Any prayer stemming from the wrong motive should not be answered in our best interests, because it promotes the wrong use of His will. We understand His will for our lives primarily through His written word and the witness in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. By letting ‘peace be the umpire’ and ‘ruling and reigning in our hearts’, we can make the best decisions (Colossians 3:15).

 

God reluctantly allowed Israel to have Kings instead of Judges to His disdain (1st Samuel 8). They rejected His will and chose theirs instead. God warned them of their impending sorrow as a result of their choice but He allowed them to choose wrongly and respected their decision. We must all make wise choices in life regarding marriage, job situations, large purchases etc. in alignment with His perfect will. Once again, God does not approve of everything that He allows on this earth as He respects man’s free will to choose good or evil. We can choose the wrong path if we want to and Abraham and Sarah’s decision to give birth to Ishmael through surrogate mother Hagar is a great example of that. We need to be patient to allow God to work His perfect will in our lives! Don’t feel pressured to act out of God’s timing.

 

Trust is the key

Lastly, when we petition God for something, we are not to ask how He will do it, but to trust Him in the manner in which He will answer our prayers (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are to fully trust the outcome to Him and not manage or manipulate circumstances in our favor as that is a sign of distrust. If you are in a pickle, ask the Lord for wisdom and He will grant it to you (James 1:5). We’re not saying decision making is easy and it can take time to mull over decisions before a clear path of peace is revealed to us, but we should seek the Lord in all things and trust the outcome to Him in His perfect timing. Don’t give up on your petitions; hold fast to His promises!

 

Bibliography- “Praying Beyond God’s Ability: the Enigma (Mystery) of Unanswered Prayer” – Dr. Roy H. Hicks – Jan 1, 1982 (Harrison House, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma).
 
 

What are the Titles of the Holy Spirit?

flamesoffireThe Holy Spirit is mentioned numerous times in Scripture under different names. Let’s take a look at the various names attributed to the Holy Spirit, but first, let’s review the triune nature of God.

Three Personalities of God

We worship one God with three personalities. A simple analogy to this is an egg. It is one egg unit, yet it has a shell, yolk and the white. Another similar example is water. Water can be found in three forms: ice, steam or fluid. An egg has three components to its structure just as water exists in three embodiments. God is God, yet He represents himself in three forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Another important truth about the precious Holy Spirit is that He is equivalent to God, “Now the Lord is the Spirit” (Amp) 2 Corinthians 3:17. If you have received Christ into your heart, then the Holy Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Ezekiel 36:27, 2 Timothy 1:14, Ephesians 5:18, etc).

Titles of the Holy Spirit

We are so blessed to have Him dwell in us and guide us. Check out the below references to become better acquainted with the precious Holy Spirit and His attributes (also take time to check out our Study Guide titled ‘What are the operations of the Holy Spirit today?‘).

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Emphasis

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One Spirit

His unity

Ephesians 4:4

Seven Spirits

His perfection, omnipresence, and completeness

Revelation 1:4, 3:1

The Lord the Spirit

His sovereignty

2 Corinthians 3:18

Eternal Spirit

His eternity

Hebrews 9:14

Spirit of Glory

His glory

1 Peter 4:14

Spirit of Life

His vitality

Romans 8:2

Spirit of Holiness

Holy Spirit

Holy One

His holiness

Romans 1:4
Matthew 1:20

1 John 2:20

Spirit of Wisdom

Spirit of Understanding

Spirit of Counsel

Spirit of Knowledge

His omnipresence, wisdom and counsel

Isaiah 11:2 cf. 1 Cor 2:10-13

Spirit of Might

His omnipotence

Isaiah 11:2

Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

His reverence

Isaiah 11:2

Spirit of Truth

His truthfulness

John 14:17

Spirit of Grace

His grace

Hebrews 10:29

Spirit of Grace and Supplication

His grace and prayerfulness

Zechariah 12:10

 

Bibliography

Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine” – H. Wayne House, 1992 (Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

God or Science?

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EyeglassThe obvious response from a Christian worldview is why does it have to be one or the other? Why not both? The Bible has never contradicted science, as scientists make new discoveries, previously perceived contradictions are rectified or corrected. Up until 1801 and the first proposal of the concept of ‘evolution’ by Jean Baptiste Lamarck, man believed in God or nothing, and for thousands of years this was the case. There is of course no proof whatsoever of macro-evolution, ‘particle to person’ or ‘Hominid to Homo-Sapien,’ despite many who will tell you otherwise (please see my article, “18 reasons why evolution is a lie). Don’t believe the lies!

 

Created in the image of God

The pantheon of Greek and Roman ‘gods’ are evidence enough that man has sense to realize he was formed in the image of God or ‘gods.’ In nearly every record of anthropology, there is an inherent belief in two things: 1. that we descended from God or gods and 2. at one time in the archaic past, a great flood covered the earth (Genesis 7:6-10). Even the secular Mesopotamian poem, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” which is one of the most ancient written texts (Sumerian), describes a universal flood and has close parallels with the creation story in the Garden of Eden. Amazingly, indigenous peoples, who have never cross communicated, all held these beliefs passed on from their forefathers. This reinforces the fact of a universal and catastrophic deluge that is prevalent throughout compartmentalized history. The sacrifice of animals for the remission and reproach of sin is also universal. The feeling that man may be able to purge himself from wrongdoing by the shedding of blood is ubiquitous in civilizations. All these facets have truth to them. If we look at the biographies of some of the most world renowned scientists down the years, they were Christians or God believers; clearly their thinking wasn’t marred by their so called, ‘primitive bible beliefs.’ In fact, I would contend that the brightest and best scientists have always been those who believed in God e.g. Sir Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, William Thomas Kelvin, Blaise Pascal, Sir Francis Bacon, Nicholas Copernicus, Michael Faraday, Max Planck, Albert Einstein and the list goes on. It’s hard to quibble with a list like this as these men arguably represent the paragon of scientific minds.

 

Legal separation from divine origin

The difficulty today is that since June 25, 1962 when the Supreme Court ruled wrongly to oust prayer from public schools, God’s permissive influence has waned.  The school system in this nation has become radically secularized over the past half century. This is the case in Europe also, where the European Union rulings from Brussels, Belgium have statutes and governances having no mention of divine origin or moral compass with regard to any ruling deity. The ultimate authority is the state, not God. Our leaders today are a generation of children raised in a secular education system that only teaches one side of the story. To be objective, one needs to teach both evolution and creation and let the child decide. However, with over five decades of biased secular teaching, if we approach some of these students with the concept that our world was created, we are laughed to scorn, with statements like, “didn’t you know that evolution is fact?”, “Is religion your opiate or crutch?”, “only simpletons believe in a God” etc. I have news for you. Just because it is written in a textbook, doesn’t mean it is fact. A careful amalgamation of disconnected hypotheses framed to appear as interlinked, does not constitute fact. We are in danger of losing generations as they fiercely regurgitate what they have been ‘taught’ in a partisan system that teaches half-truths posing as fact. This, friend, is a sardonic agenda by the evil one (satan) to keep our children in darkness as a result of the spiritual vacuum created when God was removed from public schools. However, it is no laughing matter as millions of souls are at stake. This is my first of a series of articles in which I list biblical mention of various scientific fields and known laws as follows:

  1. Astronomy – Since ancient times man has counted the stars. Ptolemy counted 1056, Tycho Brahe cataloged 777 and Johannes Kepler counted 1005. Yet the Bible said that ”the host of heaven cannot be numbered” (Jeremiah 33:22), while also comparing ”the sand which is upon the seashore” to “the stars of heaven” in multitude (Genesis 22:17).  Before the invention of the modern telescope, this must have seemed like a serious scientific mistake in the Bible. Now, however, it must be recognized as a supernatural scientific insight. Astronomers now estimate that there are at least 1026 stars (that is, a hundred-million-billion-billion stars) which reflect the same order of magnitude as the number of grains of sand on earth. Truly, the stars cannot be numbered. Scientists have also identified that each star is unique; this is also referenced in scripture, “One star differeth from another star in glory“(1 Corinthians 15:41).
  2. Solar System – Psalm 19 makes mention of our solar system. Speaking of the sun, the Psalmist mentions, “His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof” (Psalm 19:6).
  3. The Earth Is A Sphere – Better known as Geophysics, this field had always assumed the Bible teaches the earth is flat; nothing could be further from the truth. Isaiah 40:22 states, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth”. The word translated ‘circle’ is the Hebrew khug, a more exact connotation of which is ‘sphericity’ or ‘roundness.’
  4. Dark Matter – Science mentions the universe is comprised of a quantity called ‘dark matter’, i.e. a large part of the total mass of the universe is hidden to us. Its existence can only be inferred from gravitational effects or radiation. Interestingly, this concept is alluded to in Job 26:7, “God ….hangeth the earth upon nothing.” That ’nothing’ supports 5.972 sextillion metric tons, which you guessed it, is the weight of planet earth.  Even today no one really knows what gravity is or how it works. This mysterious force of gravity keeps the earth connected to the sun, 93 million miles away. There is no better explanation, ‘the earth hangs upon nothing.”
  5. Hydrology – the field of hydrology (science of water) is one with many biblical accounts because of the major importance of water in the life of mankind. The water cycle and its accompanying global atmospheric circulation have only been demonstrated scientifically in recent years, but they were set forth in the Bible ages ago. Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, set down by King Solomon three thousand years ago, describes it in great detail, “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” Solomon describes a succinct yet comprehensive outline of the water cycle on earth; no wonder great wisdom is attributed to him. Elihu also mentions the hydrological cycle in Job 36:27-29, “For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?”
  6. Hemodynamics – Leviticus 17:11 and a number of other scripture verses concerning the preeminent importance of blood in the biological mechanism, was written thousands of years in advance of the discovery of the circulation of blood by William Harvey in 1616. The bible states clearly that literally, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Blood composition can greatly impact health. Continuance of life is now known to depend upon the supply of oxygen, water and food cells of the body. This essential function is accomplished in a marvelous manner by the blood as it circulates constantly throughout the body year after year.  The blood which is the channel of life can also become the carrier of disease and infection through the body when they gain the upper hand in the system. The Word of God was scientifically accurate in this great biological truth long before scientists discovered and elaborated it. How great is our God!

 

Bibliography

Science and the Bible” – Henry M. Morris (Moody Press- 1986 Revised Edition)

Famous Scientists who believed in God”- http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/sciencefaith.html

50 years Without Official School Prayer”- http://www.christianpost.com/news/50-years-without-official-school-prayer-76945/

Early Concepts of Evolution: Jean Baptiste Lamarck” – http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/history_09

The Epic of Gilgameshhttp://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh

 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.

 

All Things Are Possible

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As Christians, we should allow our beliefs to govern our lives including what we think, say, and do. As the Rev. Doug Jones once taught me, this is known as our ‘belief system.’ Believing is a choice and acting on what you believe is called faith. Down the years, I have observed that a person can believe in something, but not be in faith. Let me give you an example: If I asked someone, “do you believe that if you would eat certain foods, exercise on a regular basis and avoid sugar for six weeks, you would lose weight?” This person would respond with an emphatic, “Yes, of course I believe that!” This individual could be completely persuaded and even start to tell others about how they believe, but until they actually begin to act on this belief, it will not produce results in their life.

Believing is trusting God’s word and being convinced that it’s true. Faith is corresponding action and acting on what you believe. You can believe in something but not have faith to go along with it. It is imperative that we start acting on God’s word, not just believe it, “for even the demons believe and tremble” (James 2:19). In Hebrews 11:6 it says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” You could say it like this, ‘faith is required’. Faith is the currency of the Kingdom and it’s how things move. That’s how God chooses to reveal Himself to us, through His word, the Holy Spirit and faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God wants us to act on what He said, because faith is choosing to believe and trusting in Him. When you trust someone, you don’t waiver or vacillate about what they said. For instance, if my wife told me to meet her for lunch and gave me the time and date, I wouldn’t analyze or worry whether she’d turn up or not, I’d simply act on what she said. This is because I trust her one hundred percent and have no reason to doubt her word. God is to be trusted so much more than any woman or man on this earth! This is the personification of faith, trusting the person’s word and acting on it. God loves it when we become doers of His word and not just hearers only (James 1:22).

allthingspossibleGod has placed the responsibility for believing in our hands. You see, it’s not what God’s able to do; He can do anything. It’s what you’re able to believe God can do for you. In the book of Mark, Jesus came across a man whose son was possessed by an unclean spirit and the man cried out to Jesus saying, “If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!” (Mark 9:22 -The Message). Of all the things Jesus could have said, he replied with this, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Jesus focused on the man’s faith and what he believed for, putting put it right back in his lap. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t have compassion or didn’t want to help; Jesus wanted him to release his faith and trust Him. All through the Gospels, Jesus told people that their “faith had made them whole” (Luke 17:19) or, “your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34) or “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well” (Luke 18:42). Our faith taps into the power of God. When God sees an individual believing and trusting Him regardless of the situation, He moves on their behalf. But we must not doubt or waiver when we come to the Lord in prayer (James 1:5-8). God wants us to believe we receive when we pray and stand on His word (Mark 11:24).

Now faith is a matter of the heart, and having confidence in God and His promises will give you rest. Having confidence in God and His promises dissipates any doubt in your heart. Doubt is when we reason things out and start to second guess His word. Doubt is not being sure God will do something as you have no knowledge about what He said concerning the matter or you are not convinced in your heart. Unbelief in contrast, is knowing what He said but choosing not to believe or struggling to believe He can do it for you. You cannot believe further than you have knowledge and when it comes to being a Bible believer, you cannot believe God for something unless you have knowledge of His promises in the Holy Scriptures.

I like what Brother Kenneth E. Hagin said: “you can have faith in your heart and doubt in your head and still get the victory.” This is true of the man whose son was demonized, because he came to Jesus expecting a miracle, but doubted. In the story, the father of the child cried out to Jesus and said with tears, ‘Lord I believe, help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:24). This contrasting statement showed that he believed in his heart that Jesus could deliver his son but he wavered in unbelief that Jesus would do it for him. It is ok to express this if it arises but go back to the word immediately, dissipate the doubt in your heart and choose to believe God’s promises are applicable for you. The man believed Jesus had the power and authority to perform his son’s deliverance (or was capable) but the crux of the matter was whether he would do it for him. Choose to believe all of Gods promises and that He will do it for you!

What do you believe God for today friend? Are you expecting His word to work in your life? Remember, it’s the one who believes, who will see the impossible, because all things are possible to that individual!

 

Bobby-Wayne-2 Associate Pastor Bobby Wayne Musgrove is an ordained minister at the Denver House of Prayer. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Bobbi Allison, and two children. In his spare time, he is a violinist and loves to hunt.

Why should I read the bible?

readbibleThe bible is the living word of God. Many people want to know more about God, but have not taken the time to pick up the book that was written for them by the Holy Spirit. The bible contains direction for every situation that can occur in this life. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We like to call it our day-to-day road map.
 
For a believer, reading the bible is like having an ever-ready GPS to help you through the most difficult situations life brings. In the bible, you can find passages on topics such as healing and hope to ways to overcome difficult situations and how to find God’s plan for your future. Reading the bible is the true way to tap into all the kingdom has for you before and after you have received Christ. Consistent study is a great way to learn and grow as a believer, but also to keep the flesh in check and to make conscientious decisions.

 

Find the time to read: today!

Even as a long-time believer, it may be difficult to “find time” to read the bible or spare thirty minutes in your hectic schedule to study. Please do not accept that excuse! We have to make time for such an important part of our day. Having the instructions handy is a key function of success in any area of life. During a standard day, we each make decisions that impact our lives for days, weeks, months or even years. It’s much easier to be in tune with God’s perfect direction and perfect will when we focus on what he’s already shared with us in the Holy Bible.
 
The reason finding time to read every day is difficult is because it is so important to you and your future! Satan is the father of confusion, and if he can keep you away from the word of God, he can deceive you in your life. His power is in deception and ignorance, so don’t allow a lack of time prevent you from knowing and growing in the sound knowledge of God.

 

Is your foundation on the rock or on sinking sand?

In Matthew 7:24-27, there is a great story about a man that builds his house on a solid rock and another man that builds his house on sinking sand. The winds and storms of this life came and beat against both houses. The same issues, the same problems, and the same troubles came to the house of both men, but because the solid rock created such a strong foundation, the first man’s house sustained and thrived in the storm. The second man did not fare as well as the first because his house was not on the firm foundation. His house fell. This is a great representation of the importance of hearing and studying the word of God and applying it to our daily life.
 
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 that anyone who hears the word of God and applies it is a wise man that builds his house on the rock. Once you have the truth about a situation in your heart, you can apply it. Don’t allow your house to fall by being negligent in study. Devote time to the word and you will find greater peace and wisdom in your spirit to tackle whatever comes up in this life; you will literally be standing on the word of God.
 
Do not let busyness dissuade you from studying what God has promised for you and your life in the bible.

 

How do I study?

Some individuals have difficulty understanding the word of God. The answer to this problem is simple: ask the Holy Spirit for guidance as you read and He will assist you in learning. And remember, as you study a specific topic such as faith or wisdom, it is important to find several scriptures on that subject to base your belief system on rather than just one. This will prevent confusion in your study and allow you to see the full breadth of what God says on the area in question. A great resource is a simple one-year bible plan to help stay on track in your reading.  
Many bibles have such a plan at the end of the book, but there are a wide variety of options online. One of our favorites is One Year Bible Online. Do you have a resource you use that we haven’t listed? Share with us below!

 

Want to learn more about the divine inspiration of the bible? Check out our study guide on the Holy Bible.

 

 

The Effectual Prayer of a Righteous and Confident Believer

prayerladyimageFriends, many times we are defeated in our minds before we embark upon prayer with our Heavenly Father. We have to realize we are not ‘unworthy’ or a ‘weak worm of the dust’, praying to a God who might be too busy or capricious to hear us. No friends because of what Christ did on the cross and due to his blood sacrifice, resurrection and ascendancy, we are now the righteousness of God. Jesus who lived a godly and sinless life on the earth was righteous, so that his righteousness became your righteousness (1 Cor 1:30)! Our standing with God is secure! We are positioned as if we’ve never sinned! Think about that for a moment.

 

Be confident before your Father

We don’t need to have an inferiority complex but can approach the throne of God with confidence. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). The author of Hebrews makes it explicit; we are to boldly approach the Father, secure in what Jesus did for us and expecting the Father’s help in our time of need. I realize it is encouraging to recall the miraculous exploits of the men and women of God in the Old Testament, but realize that none of them were in the lofty position we are today, as we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 2:6).

People often think of Elijah as the man who called fire down from heaven against the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:38) and the time he ran faster than a chariot (1 Kings 18:46). However Elijah was a man with flesh and blood, he was subject to discouragement and emotions as we are. He still had to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as we do (1 Kings 19:11-13). There was a time when he was so discouraged he asked God to kill him (1 Kings 19:4). This is even after he saw signs and wonders from heaven and saw God move in powerful ways. This is no criticism of Elijah whatsoever, other than to prove the point that he was a man anointed by the Holy Spirit as we are and we have a better covenant than he did. The Apostle James called his prayers ‘effectual and righteous’, yet he was not perfect and neither are we. This should encourage us that the Father in Heaven is ready to answer our prayers as they meet the conditions of faith, as set forth in God’s word. Our prayers are not received because of our exploits but because of the exploits of the Son of God (Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 1:20, Ephesians 2:6). He ever makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34)! Let’s read it together.

 

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.17 Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (James 5:16-20).

 

Praying from a place of privilege

If God answered Elijah’s prayers with dynamic results, he will answer your prayer of faith also. Remember, you are a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17), Elijah never had that standing. He would be envious today of your standing with Jesus. We are joint heirs so we receive the title and rank of another, which is the rank of ‘righteous’ in the eyes of God, which Jesus deserved for living a sinless life. He then conveyed this rank to us as we are joined to Him (being in Christ). Oh what privileges and benefits we have in Christ Jesus!

Along this line, some people struggle with prayer because their hearts condemn them resulting from some unresolved issue with the Lord. ”Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (I John 3:21). Get right with Him today, release your sin (if needed) and receive His forgiveness and times of refreshing. Your confidence will return immediately, so will your expectation.

Check this out…And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (I John 5:12-16). If it’s in His word, it’s for us!

 

There are no favorites in the Kingdom

Some people think, “well, if I can only get in agreement with brother so-and-so and pray with him, God will hear and answer my prayer because he’s tight with the Lord.” Many people mistakenly think that others are in better standing than they are, but friends, the truth is you are in just as good standing with the Lord as anyone else! Your authority and rights are no more or less than the next Christian. Now others may have learned and experienced God’s provision through time but that’s only because they’ve practiced their faith, not because they’re in a better position than you.

Start afresh today, realize your standing with Christ is as good as the next brother or sister and expect God to move on your behalf today if you have prayed the prayer of faith (James 5:16).
 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.

 

Is Jesus Coming Back?

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The second coming of Christ is mentioned more than 300 times in the New Testament! The Apostle Paul refers to it at least 50 times in his Epistles alone. It is claimed that the second coming of Jesus is mentioned 8 times as often as his first coming 2000 years ago. Whole books (1 and 2 Thessalonians) and entire chapters (Matthew 24; Mark 13) of the bible are devoted to it. It is without doubt one of the most important doctrines of the New Testament. Jesus is coming twice in the future, not once. He will come once for His beloved church (Rapture) and the second time to judge the world in Power and Glory.

How will the manner of His coming be?

  1. Personal – (John 14:3, Acts 1:10,11; 1 Thess 4:16, Rev 1:7;22:7)
  2. Literal – (Acts 1:10, 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 1:7, Zech 14:4)
  3. Visible – (Heb 9:28, Phil 3:20, Zech 12:10)
  4. Glorious – (Matthew 16:27, 2 Thess 1:7-9, Col 3:4, Matt 25:31).

 

When exactly is He coming back (the first time)?

  1. No-one knows, as it is hidden in the counsels of God (Matt 24:36-42, Mark 13:21-22). Although we may know His coming is near by the signs that are abundant.

 

How will he come (the first time)?

  1. Suddenly – (1 Cor 15:52; Matt 24:27)
  2. Unexpectedly – (2 Peter 3:4, Matt 24:48-51), Rev 16:15)

 

What are we supposed to be doing in the mean time? – Luke 19:13

 

What are the signs of His first coming?

Scriptures teach that the appearing of Christ again will usher in the Millennial age where he has total rule and sovereignty for a thousand years, prior to God creating a New Heaven and Earth (Isa 65:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Rev 21:1). In the time period prior to His first coming there will be a cross over or transitional period characterized by the following:

  1. Physical disturbances (signs in the moon, heavens, stars) – Luke 21:25
  2. Wars (Rumors of wars) – Matt 24:6
  3. Economic instability
  4. Moral decay
  5. Religious apostasy – 2 Thess 2:3.
  6. Infidelity
  7. General panic, perplexity and loss of leadership – Luke 21:25

 

What is the precise order of events just prior to His first coming?

  1. After 70 AD, the Jews will be wanderers among all nations, driven from their land and persecuted. Their land will come under Gentile control until the ‘times of the Gentiles’ be fulfilled (Luke 21:24). One major indication that the time of the Gentiles is drawing to an end is the reformation of Israel as a nation (1948) and gaining Jerusalem back (1967). Never before in History has a dispersed nation been re-born.
  2. During this 2000 yr. time period (approx.) from 70 AD until Christ’s coming, Christ’s servants (the Church) will carry on His work by preaching the Gospel to all nations, in every language and occupying until he returns (Luke 21:24).
  3. It will seem like Christ is delaying his coming (Luke 18:1-8), when some will prepare themselves diligently, whilst others will be negligent (Matt 25:1-11) and fall away.
  4. At a time when ‘no soul knows the day nor the hour,’ Christ will appear (Matt 24:36, 42, 50). This event is called the “Rapture” in common vernacular although the word Rapture is not found specifically in scripture (1 Thess 4:17). In times past, this event was known as the “Great Assembly” or the ‘gathering’ of the saints. At this time, He will gather his servants and judge them according to their works (because their salvation is assured) (Matt 25:19, 2 Cor 5:10).
  5. There is some speculation as to the timeframe between the ‘Rapture’ and the commencement of the following 7 year tribulation period (Matt 24:21), but most scholars agree that it is simultaneous. The definition of when the tribulation starts is the signing of a peace treaty between the Jews and the Antichrist (Dan 9:27).
  6. The Second Coming of Christ will occur at the end of the Great Tribulation as he arrives on Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4) for the world to see. Utter oblivion and catastrophe, as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, are the pre-cursors to his 2nd Coming (Matthew:37-39, Luke 17:28-29). When Christ appears in his second coming, it will be in outward glory and power to judge and rule over the nations of the earth.

 

Who is the Anti-Christ? (short response: a punk)

The spirit of the Antichrist is already in the world (1 John 4:3, 2:18, 2:22) and its goal is to deny that Christ came in the flesh (1 John 4:3) and that God has no Son (1 John 2:22). There is a final Antichrist who is to come (2 Thess 2:3). The Antichrist will be the paragon of evil, who will oppose and attempt to usurp any form of Yahweh’s rule in the earth. It is believed he will arise from the old world (Rev 13:1) and become ruler over a resurrected Roman Empire and super-state of coalesced nations. He will assume great power politically (Dan 7:8,25), commercially (Dan 8:25, Rev 13:16-17), and religiously (Rev 17:1-15). Knowing that man must have a religion of some kind, he will establish one based on the divinity of man and supremacy of the State. As the embodiment of the State, he will demand worship, and will appoint a priesthood to enforce and foster this worship (2 Thess 2:9-10, Rev 13:12-15).

The Antichrist will carry his doctrine to the extreme of the supremacy of the state. He will have complete control over world commerce, with all people requiring a “Mark of the Beast” to buy and sell (Rev 13:17). With the advent of modern technology in the use of RFID chips and electronic tattoos the resources are literally in place today to fulfill this prophecy. The Antichrist will teach that the State and its laws are supreme to God’s. He will command worship and even man’s conscience must be subordinated. The OT shadow of this was revealed by King Nebuchadnezzar’s totalitarian regime in Daniel chapter 3. A modern example would be the French Revolution, where God was cast out and a goddess was made of, “La Patrie” (the State). Said one of the leaders, “The State is supreme in all things. When the State has spoken, the Church has nothing to say.” Loyalty to the State was and will be elevated to the place of religion by the Antichrist and his False Prophet. When all is said and done, his ‘rear end’ will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for his evil deeds (Rev 20:10).

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What is Stewardship?

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Matthew 20:1-16 (KJV) – laborers in the vineyard

 

Questions

  1. Who do you think the householder represents in this passage?
  2. Who do you think the laborers represent?
  3. Is the householder fair?
  4. If you were the first laborer would you be disappointed with your wage? If so, why?
  5. Did the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th laborers get paid more than they deserved? Discuss with your group.
  6. Discuss verse 16 together and what it means to you.
  7. Do you feel injustice for the 1st laborers? Can you relate to them?
  8. Do you think the 2nd, 3rd laborers etc. got more than they deserved?
  9. Do you think the 1st laborers misjudged the householder and should have trusted him to pay them what he thought was right, before agreeing to set terms of payment that had no flexibility?

 

Life Application

This passage does not discuss salvation. It talks of three hired laborers who worked for God (the householder). These men were already positioned for service and waiting for work before the householder arrived. We do not work for salvation in any way and I don’t believe this passage refers to it. These men were laborers and we do not labor for salvation. It is discussing the different kinds of people who are serving the living God and the attitude they bring in service.

The 1st laborers came to the householder with an agenda. They agreed to work for him for a set payment in advance. Presumably they negotiated before agreeing upon terms of payment. They not only limited God in his ability to remunerate them but their attitude was, “if I do this for you, you must do this for me in return”. They had an expectation that limited God, they expected only x and God was trying to give them y in abundance. Could it be that God wanted to reward the 1st group more but they limited him with their expectations? They could have answered him like the other groups, “whatsoever is right, that shall we receive“. God is an abundant and generous God and had the first group agreed on what was right instead of the set amount (a denarius) they might have received much more.

The remaining laborers however did not agree for a set wage in advance but trusted God to reward them accordingly as he was a generous and faithful boss. Their faith in God was rewarded as each of the remaining laborers got much more than they deserved. This shows Gods unending generosity. The final laborers got a full day’s pay even though they worked for only one hour. This was grossly unfair to the 1st laborers but God was still fair as they agreed to the terms. God is not unfair if he shows generosity to others. He can do as he wills. He was not unfair.

It should be noted that a denarius was a liberal wage for a day’s work in those days, so the householder was already generous from the start.

 

Who are chosen to be stewards?

V 16) Many are not called to salvation, all are called to salvation. The ones who are chosen for greater works and greater rewards are those who don’t come to God with a set agenda and trust him to reward them fairly and liberally. The laborers who trusted God got so much more than they deserved!!! This should be our attitude, we trust him with our finances, lives, time etc., and he will reward us for our service to him.

The ones who trusted God also were rewarded first v 16. Those who have faith in him for rewards Heb 11:6, will be rewarded in abundance. Those who agreed upon simple payment, were rewarded last with their agreed amount.

We need to check our hearts today that we have the right attitude in service to god. Our expectation should be that he will take care of us as we serve him, his rewards will be generous and we should not negotiate terms before we embark upon service. If so our negotiated terms can limit his generosity towards us. If he comes knocking on your door today for service, we should answer, “yes sir!”, knowing that he will take good care of us and our rewards for service will match his generous nature.

 

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18 reasons why evolution is a lie

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wheat2Evolutionary theory (not fact, I might add) is of the opinion that we developed from a primordial protozoon; merely an algae or amoebae from a water pool. Over “millions and millions of years,” man developed from this algae over a series of transformational events, i.e., the algae grew an eye, then a leg, then became a fish, which then became a mammal, then half mammal-half-ape, half ape-half man and so on. Basically, the opinion is that we evolved from ‘molecule to man’ or ‘particle to person’. This is known as macro-evolutionary theory. Despite much evidence for micro-evolution (as explained shortly) there is no evidence for macro-evolution (i.e. molecule to man) as many evolutionists would have us believe.

 

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck also came up with “redundancy theory” i.e. that we lose bodily functions and parts through time as we evolve (i.e. our little toe will soon be lost as we no longer have need for it). I would suggest that his theory is redundant. In fact Evolutionary theory was first established by Aristotle the Grecian Philosopher, then later developed by Charles Darwin. The predominant secular worldview that stemmed from Aristotle’s philosophy was brutal. It reduced man to beast like status, and originated the ‘survival of the fittest’ mindset, with morals discarded and primitive passions elevated to supremacy. The conscience of man has not evolved my friends but is a gift from God (Rom 2:15) and a means to temper our inherent lascivious nature.

 

Here are 18, clear and concise reasons as to why macro-evolutionary theory has no scientific proof and remains a flawed view, in comparison to creationism:-

 

  1. God’s Omission Leaves Unanswered Questions: How did life originate from non-living matter? Ask any scientist, no-one has ever been able to create life in a test lab, nor will they ever be able to from scratch. This leaves us with the ‘Big Bang theory’ or that an extra-terrestrial species more advanced than us cross-pollinated our gene pool. So who created the extra terrestrials? We are back to the original question. To think that life developed from an unknown combination of elements, there is more chance of finding a needle in a haystack as high and wide as the state of Texas. Even Einstein (perhaps the most respected scientist of his or any generation) was quoted as saying that his only conclusion to life was that it had to be created by some divine being, not by a random mis-match of elements. It requires a lot of faith to believe in macro-evolution as we will soon see.
  2. The Gap between the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms: At some time in history they have shifted apart, evolutionists have no answer for this, why only two types of life? Why not millions randomly developed, why just animal and vegetable? Why? God created the heavens and the earth and everything is to stay within the boundaries of its own ‘kind’(Gen 1:11-12, Gen 1:21-25, Gen 6:20, Gen 7:14, Gen 8:19).
  3. Life Cannot be Reproduced Except by Life: Science has never been able to solve the simple equation of producing life. There is a limit to human wisdom. The chemist can separate a cabbage leaf into its component parts, but only God can take those parts and make a cabbage leaf.
  4. The Formation of Species Lines: Granted that man is affected by his climate and food to a certain degree there is no doubt (this is known as micro-evolution), however macro-evolution is based upon a change of inheritable characteristics of life forms which is not evident in nature. For example, climate might cause a rabbit to grow a heavier coat of fur; he will adapt to his environment and food can influence its strength and weight etc., but these changes die with the rabbit. DNA traits can be passed on as part of its genetic make up, yet the species remains the same. A rabbit is a rabbit, is a rabbit. This is where macro-evolution falls down. Moving a rabbit from Texas to Alaska may reveal a thickening of its coat within 2-3 generations, but it still remains a rabbit.
  5. There are No Transformational Species: This is by far the most tangible evidence (or lack thereof) as to why evolution is flawed. For every sequence of evolutionary advancement along the species line, we should find countless, if not millions of fossils that are half algae/half fish, half fish/ half-mammal etc. None of these have ever been found, despite countless investigations into the fossil record. Isn’t that a kind of major hindrance to the whole thing? None of these ‘monkeys’ and ‘lemurs’ in an exact line of descent to man have been found, simply use your imagination to fill in the gaps. Also there is practically nothing about a skeleton to indicate the bodylines of the animal that owned it. We are left to fill in so many gaps for ourselves. Carefully placing human and monkey bones in museum glass cases next to each other, doesn’t validate evolutionary sequencing. There have been numerous documented fossil frauds down the years where man has tried to authenticate evolutions existence using the bones of pigs or monkeys. This merely proves the decrepit sinful state of man in need of a savior and does not justify Darwin’s hypothesis.
  6. What Stopped the Evolutionary Process? Why? Because God created us in his own image that’s why. Why has the evolutionary clock stopped now all of a sudden? If we descended from apes then why is there not a shadow of an evolutionary change in my 50,000 year old Grandpa (a primate living in the Congo right now)? That’s what I want to know from the scientists. Some scientist’s have us believe that in 5 to 10 generations apes could have transformed into homo-sapiens. If we used simple germs as an example, we know it would take 50,000 to 50,000,000 years to go from say a typhoid to malaria germ. They are contradicting themselves; it’s one or the other.
  7. Embryos Do Not Propagate: It’s impossible to produce an apple seed from apple seed without first producing an apple tree and second, producing an apple. Caterpillars do not produce caterpillars; they produce butterflies, which produce eggs from lava, which hatch to produce caterpillars. Evolution demands embryos to be directly productive, yet these embryonic forms live side by side. If they really were embryonic and in the line of man’s descent, then human mothers would give birth to lemur babies, or some further removed form. No friends, these boundaries have been set by God and are never to be breached, unless science in the form of trans-humanism chooses to do so.
  8. The Sterility of Hybrids: A true hybrid is a cross between individuals of distinct species. Let’s remember that breeding can induce changes of individuals within a species but such changes do not change the species. Crosses produce true hybrids and such hybrids are sterile. It is true that there have been very few reports of hybrids that were fertile. In fact it rarely ever occurs in mammals, birds or reptiles. A mule for example is a hybrid and offspring of a donkey and a horse, which are typically sterile.
  9. The Question of ‘Reversion to Type’: It is possible to improve varieties within a species by carefully controlled breeding. Let’s say we use a Clydesdale horse as an example, which is a cross between a Cob and a Flemish Horse. If you were then to place a dozen or so of these prime Clydesdale specimens together (male and female) then every time, the progeny would return to the original Cob and the Flemish types. This is ‘reversion to type’ and is a biological fact. It’s in clear opposition to the evolutionary hypothesis.
  10. The Unexplained, but Admitted, Failure of Evolution at Unexpected and Unpredictable Times: Many scholars agree there is no proof whatsoever of organic evolution, so why then surmise that this will take place in the Animal Kingdom? If there were but one species that remain unchanged, we might by a stretch of the imagination accept it as the exception to the rule. However, reality states there are hundreds of these species that remain unchanged, a fact that is admitted by even the most dogged evolutionists.
  11. Conflict of the Theories of Evolution with Available Records: Archaeology has proven conclusively that man has had a fluctuating experience throughout history. He has traveled more nearly a circuitous route rather than an uphill climb. In Mesopotamia he’s gone from civilization almost to the depths of savagery and back again, some four or five times. Egyptian records tell almost exactly the same story. The conclusion is unavoidable; the earliest traces of man as far as records go are of a simple yet nonetheless civilized culture. Man did not build up to a civilized state, he started there. The idea that man has developed from a bestial state of savagery is based upon theory that is diameterically opposed to every fact thus far discovered and goes against the biblical record. Man has been building complex structures and forging iron and brass for Millennia (Gen 11:9 and Gen 4:22). It is not a recent discovery after years of adaptation.
  12. The Co-Existence of Types: It’s now a well known and generally accepted fact that some types, formerly supposed to have descended the one from the other, have actually lived side by side, e.g. our modern day horse was believed to have descended from a three toed animal the size of a fox (eohippus). Then one day the remains of our modern day horse ‘hippus’ was discovered in the same drift with “eohippus” and the bubble burst on that one. The same can be said of other species including man, who have lived ‘side by side’ with apes from the earliest traces. We have con-currently existed with all animal and vegetable types throughout the Millennia. Species can and have, of course become extinct for various environmental reasons. In fact the Biblical record speaks of Dinosaurs and man living side by side (Deut 23:33, Neh 2:13, Job 30:29, Job 40:15-17, Psalm 74:14). Examples of these Dinosaurs are the Leviathan and Behemoth, mentioned in the archaic Book of Job.
  13. The Constant Number of Species: The number of species on the planet has remained constant since the Tertiary period. This completely dismisses the entire basis of evolutionary theory. It states clearly that life has evolved from one single form, to form all various orders, families, varieties etc. as are found today. If that were true the number of species would of necessity be a constantly and regularly increasing one. Yet these evolutionists still harp on about this single form hypothesis.
  14. The Question of Method: There are several theories, Darwinism speaks of ‘survival of the fittest’, Lamarck preferred the ‘use and disuse of faculties’ and Yung and Boffon favored ‘adaptation in a modified form’. However none of these will stand the simple test any child can apply. If it’s survival of the fittest, then the ‘fully clawed’ domesticated house cat has outclassed the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex.  Also the humble rabbit and dog have outlived the Saber Tooth Tiger, Mastodons and Woolly Mammoth. In fact the only remaining reptilia on earth today are the smallest and weakest ones. This friend is not survival of the fittest, although I’ve seen some nasty Miniature Poodles and Chihuahua’s in my time. Also Lamarck’s theory of redundancy does not apply to apes for example. Some have no tails, which are extremely good climbers in the wild, which live alongside other monkeys with long tails that are equally good climbers. His theory would be that one species has lost its tail as it evolves….why? It is still an excellent climber? Why lose the tail? The reason exists in the mind of the creator who created all things for his own good pleasure and by design.
  15. The Preservation of Species Lines: Modifications of characteristics in an individual are not transmitted naturally and do not tend to change the species. Occasionally individuals are born with abnormal or distinctive characteristics. Some individuals have been born with mutations and these have entered the gene pool due to man’s corrupted state. Actually this is so rare as to sink into insignificance when compared to the species as a whole. Despite these ‘throwbacks’ as the evolutionists call them (e.g. dwarfs, albinos, giant’s etc.) they do not transmit their unique characteristics. They usually disappear in the first generation, only to have normal offspring. In fact it’s being investigated that these are a product of glandular deficiency or abnormality and not the result of heritage at all. We know that God gives these people greater grace to cope with these difficulties.
  16. The Mystery of Skin Color: It has been found that all men are from the same species but colored man would not run concurrently in the progressive evolutionary system. The cause of skin color is ‘Melanin’. All skin colors and tones stemmed from one man, Adam who had the DNA from which all skin colors could be propagated in time. Indeed, this same substance—a dark brown pigment called ‘Melanin’—colours the skin of all humans. Individuals that have much Melanin appear to have ‘black’ skin; people that have fewer allocations of it, appear ‘white’. Melanin is produced by organelles called melanosomes, contained in special cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are located in the bottom layer of the skin, and produce melanin with the aid of tyrosinase and other enzymes. People with lighter-coloured skin have smaller, fewer and less dense melanosomes than darker-skinned people[1].
  17. The Mathematical Difficulty Based on Current Population: Let’s do the math. A constant life span in species is the rule rather than the exception. It’s very easy to determine the rate of increase of the human species, which is one of the least prolific compared to other species. Beginning with Abram (2160 B.C.) and following the scriptural account, we can conclude 2000 B.C. to be the commencement of the Jewish people. Let’s use 1960 A.D. as an arbitrary Datum. In 1960 there were 16-18 million Jews worldwide, including New York City. Thus we find that the descendants of Jacob have doubled themselves 23.5 times in the 4000 years since the marriage of Jacob to his two wives. We can therefore extrapolate this conclusion for humanity as a whole. If we date the flood to be 3500 B.C. approx., and begin with a family of eight (which was the number in the ark) and use the same ratio of increase for 5500 years since the time of the flood, we would estimate that in 1960 there should be about 2.6 Billion children of our father Noah, on the planet. To confirm our calculations, in 1960 the World Almanac estimated the population of the globe to be 2.5 billion people and if we project this same ratio of increase forward; the population projection remains close to 7 billion, which is today’s population. Now, if we do the same calculation for the evolutionists, starting at 50,000 years ago as the beginning of humanity and using the same rate of increase in population as for the sons of Jacob (not accounting for wars, famines etc.), then the human family would have doubled itself more than 294 times. If this were true, every surface of the earth including the water mass would be covered in people to a height of 13 miles deep!! Evolutionists also say that the human race would not begin with one trio but with a large number of trios, further dispelling evolutionary theory based upon current population estimates. Wait, there’s more, remember there are some 3 million animal species alone and most of them are much more prolific than the human species. We haven’t even considered them yet, and if we did, there wouldn’t be room to move an inch on this planet, being swamped by humans, animals and excrement, consuming it’s entire land and water mass.
  18. The Desperate Attempts of Evolutionists to Crush all Opposition to their Doctrine: We grant the right of every man to ‘freedom of speech’ so long as his speech is not offensive to decency and morals. If you want to make yourself unpopular in any sphere of worldly society just announce that you do not believe in evolution. The favorite answer by scientists to any creationist’s objection is usually that “No scientist would deny the fact of evolution“, my friend, the truth is that, “no ‘right minded’ scientist would affirm evolution as fact”[2].

 

The issue my friend has and always will come down to the question of accountability. If man evolved, there is no sin, if there is no sin, man is not accountable for it, therefore Christ died in vain. If Christ died in vain, then what do we need God for? Today’s secularists esteem self-worship, where man serves himself and concocts his own genesis to justify his sinful condition.  A more apt truth is that Satan has blinded people to the Gospel, utilizing man’s reasoning’s for his own gain (2 Cor 4:4).

Don’t believe the lies of today’s culture, choose today whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15).

 


[1] http://creation.com/the-genetics-of-skin-colour-in-peoplesomething-fishy

[2]Why I Accept the Genesis Record: An Answer to Evolution (1963)” by John Raymond Hand.

 

 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.

What Jesus paid for on the cross

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CrossFriends, very few people have grasped the full ramifications of what Jesus Christ purchased on the cross for us, with his own blood. Our victorious life in Christ on earth is in direct proportion to the knowledge of what He did for us and who you are in Christ, as a result of his monumental sacrifice.

We are now (post cross) in possession of these majestic spoils and with this knowledge we may obtain victory in every area of our lives. The full outline of what Christ won for us is summarized below, with specific scriptural references:

 

  1. A Child of God (Romans 8:1).
  2. Redeemed of God and redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:2).
  3. Forgiven, having been delivered out of the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of his dear Son. (Col 1:13-14).
  4. Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8).
  5. Justified (Romans 5:1).
  6. Sanctified (I Corinthians 6:11).
  7. A new creature (II Corinthians 5:17).
  8. Partaker of His divine nature, having escaped the corruption of this world (II Peter 1:4).
  9. Redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13).
  10. Delivered from the powers of darkness (Colossians 1:13).
  11. Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14).
  12. A Son of God (Romans 8:14).
  13. Kept in Safety wherever I go because an angel has been assigned for my protection (Psalm 91:11).
  14. Getting all my needs met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
  15. Casting all my cares on Jesus because he cares for me (I Peter 5:7).
  16. Strong in the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).
  17. Doing all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
  18. An heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17).
  19. Heir to the blessing of Abraham (Galatians 3:13-14).
  20. Observing and doing the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 28:12).
  21. Blessed coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:6).
  22. An inheritor of eternal life (I John 5:11-12).
  23. Blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).
  24. Healed by His Stripes (I Peter 2:24).
  25. Exercising my authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19).
  26. Above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
  27. More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
  28. Establishing God’s word here on earth (Matthew 16:19).
  29. An overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
  30. Daily overcoming the devil (1 John 4:4).
  31. Not moved by what I see (II Corinthians 4:18).
  32. Walking by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).
  33. Casting down vain imaginations (II Corinthians 10:4-5).
  34. Bringing every thought into captivity (II Corinthians 10:5).
  35. Being transformed by a renewed mind (Romans 12:1-2).
  36. A laborer together with God (I Corinthians 3:9).
  37. The righteousness of God in Christ (II Corinthians 5:21).
  38. An imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1).
  39. The Light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

Please take the time to look up these scriptures for yourself and meditate upon them. By knowing the truth, you will be set free form any hindrances in your life. Notice in the time of temptation in the wilderness, Christ never took up conversation with Satan; he merely quoted the word of God (Matt 4:4, Luke 4:4). Friends we have to have the same mindset to posture us for victory, instead of reasoning with the enemy, we need to cast down imaginations and quote the word back to him. The Holy Spirit will then recall these truth’s to your remembrance in the time of testing or temptation (John 14:26), to guarantee victory in every area of life!

 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.