IN THE LORD’S ARMY THERE IS NO DISCHARGE

A CALL TO BATTLE. ATTACK !
ARE YOU IN THE LORD’S ARMY ?

We as Christians are at war against satan and his forces,and we have all been drafted in to serve in the Lord’s army as soon as you got saved. lt’s not like being in the armies of this world where you only serve for a time, but in the Lords army there is no discharge. You’re in for Life, lifers until the day God calls you home, and guess what, the war still goes on in the spirit world too.

“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”( Ecclesiastes 8:8). The Lord doesn’t want people to just use him as a fire escape,as many do, but to help reach the many lost souls that are about to fall off the cliff. lf you saw someone about to drive off a cliff and they didn’t even know it, you would surely try and stop them, right? Well that is what is happening spiritually.“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (II Timothy 2: 3,4). “Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”(Ephesians 6:11-18). You may lose a few battles, but you haven’t lost the war, the war is not over until every soul is won. Jesus said, “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against his CHURCH.” (Matthew 16:18) THIS IS NOT A PICTURE OF HIS CHURCH HIDING BEHIND A WALLED FORTRESS WHILE THE ENEMY ATTACKS, BUT IT IS A PICTURE OF THE CHURCH ATTACKING THE VERY GATES OF HELL ITSELF!!! The trumpet is sounding the attack is on, pick up your sword, ATTACK ! ATTACK ! ATTACK ! Come on lets roll ! ! ! ! !

God wants volunteers not draftees in his end time Special Forces Army. They that take up the Cross shall wear the Crown! The Lord requires more of you who are in his inner circle than of the other 70 and of those who follow him afar off. Like he did with his 12 disciples who became powerful Leaders and teachers and were mightily used of the Lord after years of training and breakings and testing and learning lessons. “There is no discharge in that war.” (Ecclesiastes 8:8). Perhaps some furloughs or time to pray and rest, but don’t go a.w.o.l. ( away with out leave). You are in too deep, you know too much. You are highly accountable for all the truth that you have been given, or all you could have learned. Do you sometimes get rebuked by your Elders in the Lord? It is better than getting rebuked by the Lord. I would rather have a pack of hounds after me than the hound of Heaven. “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.” (Psalm 32:3,4 ). “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. “(Hebrews 12:5-12). We need to pray and ask the Lord to show us how deep is our love for him ? “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. “(Hebrews 13:17). If you get rebuked and blasted, you can take it one of two ways.You can either humbly take it and submitt and get blessed and learn and grow, or you can get offended and stomp off in your pride. “Great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165).You can realize that you must have deserved it, and take the correction, and just think of all the times you deserved it and didn’t get the correction for things that you have said and done. Just take it and grow spiritually. GOD WANTS TO MAKE A LEADER OUT OF YOU ! All leaders go through the school of hard knocks and breakings. It’s just up to you how long you have to stay in school, but don’t leave school until the bell rings. Are you going to dive into Gods Word and will or just sit on the side and maybe touch your toe in the water? You are not your own you are bought with a price by the precious blood of Jesus Christ . He gave his all for you.“ For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Peter 2:20). When gold is dug out of the earth they melt it down with a hot fire and all the dross and impurities come to the top and are scraped off and only the pure gold remains. So it is with us. We are in Gods refining process. “Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Luke 20:18). Jesus is the stone, fall on him. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite (crushed) spirit.”(Psalms 34:18).

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

 

How to Find God’s Will

Are you trying to make a decision about something in your life? Would you like to know God’s will about it before you make your decision? The Bible says in Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.God gives the very best to those that leave the choices up to him.Jesus said “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”(Matthew 6:33).Sometimes the Lord will let us make different choices in his will. According to your faith be it unto you.”(Matthew 9:29b). Sometimes the Lord will allow us to make wrong choices to hopefully teach us lessons from our mistakes so we can learn from them and grow spiritually and help others not to make the same type of mistakes. In fact everyone of us affects others around us. Even Judas was an example of what not to do.The absolutely first and most important test is the Word of God. If it is not according to the scriptures in the Bible don’t do it. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20). Here is the magic  formula to be prosperous and successful.“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8), “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8). The next way to know if something is God’s will for you, if you are not 100% sure, is to seek Godly counsel from people who you know,  who love the Lord and are living for him.”By their fruits ye shall know them.”(Matthew 7:20). Another way to know Gods will about something is by dreams,and visions,and prophecy’s.“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man precieveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”(Job 33:14-18). Another way to know God’s will is by open and closed doors, and circumstances, and conditions. “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:” (Revelation 3:8a). Many times The Lord will give you a strong desire to do something this can be  a way that God has of getting you to do his will. Just make sure it goes according to his Word. Sometimes you can ask the Lord for a sign or a fleece, like in the book of Judges when Gideon asked the Lord for a sign. (Judges 6:1-40). Just remember if it is already in the Word, don’t expect the Lord to give you a sign to confirm something because he may not. This should be the last way to determine Gods will in a matter. Remember all of these ways to find Gods will need to be backed up by the WORD which is our guide, our measuring stick, our compass and map, whereby we determine all things.Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and alight unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

 

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

 

 

THE HEAVENLY VISION

 

The Bible tells us to stay true to the heavenly vision, but what does that mean? Well, God’s Word tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18 a).You have to have a vision, a reason for living, a goal, something to strive for. Otherwise without a vision you are just like an astronaut who’s tether line has broken and he is adrift in space aimlessly floating into oblivion.You have got to find that certain something that motivates you and gets you going and out of bed and on track. For some people it is money and the pursuit of material gain. The Constitution talks about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and it guarantees us of that right, but it doesn’t guarantee you will find it.”Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”(Matthew 22:37-39). Beloved any thing that you are pursuing besides this great commandment is just a waste of time and energy and will come to naught. Jesus told us ,”Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matthew 6:19,20). All the things of this life will surely pass and only what is done for Christ shall last.”the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”(Matthew 13:45,46 ). Have you found that goodly pearl yet? Have you sold all you have to buy it? If you have, you have made a very wise choice, and investment. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:13,14). Have you found the high calling of God in Christ Jesus for your life? He is no fool, who gives what he can not keep, to gain what he can not loose.

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I  believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

Dreams and Desires

It has been said, ” If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans,” It is ok, and good to have dreams and goals and plans for the future, just do what the Bible says; “whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”(James 4:14,15). Remember to always say “Lord willing”, after you say what your going to do.“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalms 37:4,5). The Lord put it in your heart to have dreams and desires, and he loves you and loves to help you fulfill them. He gives the very best to those that leave the choices up to him.Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord,or being his counsellor hath taught him? (Isaiah 40:13).  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? “(Romans 11:34).“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith  the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9). Most Churches have a pre-written program of the service and the sermon and a step by step pre-planned diagram of every thing to be said and done during the service. Can you imagine getting a blank program as you walk through the door, and the Pastor starts off by saying ” Today we are going to let the Lord and the Holy Spirit fill this brochure out.” It is sure a lot more fun and exciting falling into the hands of God and seeing what thrills and intoxications of the Spirit that he has in store for you. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”( John 4:24). I wouldn’t advise you to say no, or never to God, or to tell him what you are going to do.The Lord may have some greater and bigger plans up his sleeve  for you, more than you can ask or think. Don’t limit the Holy One of Israel ! “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”(I Corinthians 2:9).The future is as bright as the promises of God.”But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”(Proverbs 4:18). Have faith in God that he knows what is best for you and that he has the best plans in store for your future. Just make sure the paths that you choose are according to the Word and the leading of the Holy Ghost. Godly counsel always helps. The Lord often gives you different choices within his will just to see what you will do. It’s like the Bible says “Like as a father pitieth his children,so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.”(Psalm 103:13).Take one day at a time, Don’t worry about tomorrow.“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”(Matthew 6:34).He has got the whole world in his hands. There is not one hair on your head that falls, or one sparrow that falls to the ground unless God allows it for a purpose.“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”(Matthew 10:29-31).The Lord has gotten me out of countless jams that I have gotten myself into, and he has worked things out for good, when I cried out to Jesus ! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28).
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury,pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness,light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

Do You Have Time To Pray Today?

I got up early one morning, 
And rushed right into the day; 
I had so much to accomplish, 
I didn’t have time to pray. 

Problems just tumbled about me, 
And heavier came each task. 
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. 

He answered, “You didn’t ask.” 

I tried to come into God’s presence; 
I used all my keys at the lock. 
God gently and lovingly chided, 
“Why, child, you didn’t knock.” 

I wanted to see joy and beauty, 
But the day toiled on gray and bleak. 
I wondered why God didn’t show me. 
He said, “You didn’t seek.” 

I woke up early this morning, 
And paused before entering the day. 
I had so much to accomplish 
That I had to take time to pray. 

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

Counsel and Advise

“Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”  (1 Samuel 12:23,24). “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:23a). One of the main ways to find out God’s will is to Seek Godly Counsel.  (see “How To Find God’s Will”). Don’t be to proud to ask for some advise from someone you know has been down the same road that you are contemplating. First pray and ask Jesus to show you his will and then ask other Godly people who have a lot of experience, and have made a lot of mistakes themselves, and are well grounded in the Word. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” ( Proverbs 3:5,6). Get it confirmed by the Word. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20). Paul lost his life and his head by being stubborn against the Holy Ghost and Counsel of the brethren.  “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.” “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.” (Acts 21:4,13,14). Remember that experience is a better teacher, but often a bitter teacher. You only have one guaranteed chance in this life. Don ‘t flub it up! Get some counsel and advise! “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 24:6).

 

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

WITNESSING part 1

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1) Witnessing for Jesus, and telling people about Jesus is something that you will just naturally want to do after you get saved and meet Jesus personally, after you ask Jesus to come into your heart.

2) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17).

3) Its like finding a cure for cancer or some dreaded disease. You will just automatically want to tell every one about it.

4) And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19).

5) When I found Jesus and got filled with the Holy Spirit. I just wanted to tell everyone about him, and I wanted every one to be saved and to know JESUS too. I didn’t know anything about the Bible, but I knew that everyone needed to know Jesus.

6)You don’t need a big education in the Bible or anything else for that matter to be a witness for Jesus. All you need is to know is Jesus. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” ( Acts 4:13).

7) Sure it helps a lot to know all about the Bible to increase your faith and to be a better witness, but if you think that you have got to wait until you are some kind of a perfect sinless saint and have to have some kind of a degree until you can preach the Gospel,  then  the devil has deceived you, and you have listened to his lies. That is one of the devils main jobs is to destroy your witness and keep you from winning souls for Jesus.

8) Just ask God in the name of Jesus to fill you with the Holy Ghost and to give you the power to be a witness for Jesus. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

9) Always uplift the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit will draw people to Jesus. “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake.” (II Corinthians 4:5).

10) Witnessing is our job. We can only witness .What they do with our witness is up to them, everyone must make their own decision.

11) “Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and doctrine.” (II Timothy 4:2).

12) Do not wait until you feel led to witness. I have heard this many times from Christians who say they only witness when the Spirit leads them too. You mean to tell me that you are really so yielded to the Lord all the time that you only witness when the Spirit moves you? Wow! Can I get your autograph, and how about the lottery numbers?

13) The Bible says, “Behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2b).Tomorrow may be to late for some. “whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14).

14) One thing you can’t do in Heaven is win souls because everyone there is already saved. However when people die who have not been saved, because they never had a chance to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour, or had a true Christian witness,they will have a chance and a witness in the spirit world by an angel or maybe even you. “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin.” (John 15:22). Even people in hell can eventually get saved. Jesus said; ” The gates of hell will not prevail against His Church.” In other words the saved Christians will attack hell and witness to the spirits in prison and give them another chance to get out and go to heaven by receiving Jesus Christ into their hearts. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;” (1Peter 3:18,19). for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” ( Matthew 12:40). The heart or center of the earth is Gehana, or the Lake of Fire, where the Devil and the worst go. Would you volunteer to go on that mission trip? WOW, I bet you will find some people who really want to see you and hear what you have to tell them after being there for awhile ! 

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

 

The Lord Moves In Mysterious Ways

“0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”( Romans 11:33). The Lord does move in mysterious, and strange ways.” “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. “(Isaiah 55:8,9).Sometimes God’s way up is down. About the time that you think that you have got God all figured out, watch out because he might have something else up his sleeve in store for you. God loves to surprise his children much like you like to surprise and bless your children, especially when we please him.You just can’t put God in a box ! “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. “(Psalm 84: 11). “Delight thyself in the Lord; and he shall give the the desires of thine heart.”( Psalm 37:4). ” And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. “(Romans 8:28). Certain things never change. Thank God! “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”(Hebrews 13:8). But you never know what might come your way in our daily lives, So never limit the Holy One of Israel.You never know what a day may bring forth. So be on the look out for one of Gods opportunity’s and miracles, and blessings that he might bring across your path today. Just ask him to do miracles and believe. In the name of Jesus! Amen?