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The Geese And God (Dec 11)
There was once man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife however, did believe, and she raised the children to also have faith in God and the His Son Jesus Christ, despise her husband's unbelief .
One snowy Christmas Eve, the wife were taking the children to the Christmas Eve service at her local church. She asked him to come but her refused. "That story is nonsense! He said. Why would god lower himself to come to earth through a man called Jesus who became the Christ? "That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home.
A while later, the winds grew stronger and stronger and the snow turned to a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was blinding snow. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard thump, something had hit the window, then another thump. He looked out, but he couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he went outside to see what could have been beating the window and in the field near the house he saw a flock of wild geese.
Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snow storm and couldn't go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circle, blindly and aimlessly. A couple had flew into the window, it seemed.
The man felt sorry for them and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he though. It's warm and safe, surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.
So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the door was open and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn't seemed to notice the barn and that the door was open.
The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and got some bread, broke it up, and make bread crumbs to the barn, they still didn't catch on.
Now he was getting upset. He got behind them trying to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be safe and warm.
"Why don't they follow me? " he ask himself. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? He though for a moment and realized they just were not going to follow him. "If only I was a goose, then I could save them, he said out loud.
The he had an idea. He went into the barn, got one of his geese and carried it in his arms as he circled behind the flock of wild geese. He then release it and it flew straight to the barn and one by one the other geese followed it to safety. Then he though of the word that he had earlier "If I were only a Goose, then I could save them."
The he though about what he had said to his wife earlier, "Why would God want to lower Himself to be like us? That's ridiculous!" Suddenly it made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the wild geese-blind, lost, perishing. God had sent His Son to become like us so he could show us the way and enlightens us.
That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized. As the winds and blinding snow died down, His soul became quiet and he pondered this wonderful though. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was about, why Jesus who became Christ had come, so that we could be the sons and daughters of the living Christ.
Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm.He fell to his knees in the snow and prayed his first prayer" Thank you God, for someone in human form to get me out of the storm!'
Don't tell God how big the storm is, tell your storm how big you God is!
The Unpardonable Sin 2 Nov 2, 2018
There are two modern theories regarding this subject, both of which must reject on grounds that they are not Scripturally sound !. That the Jews were the ones who committed this sin when they ascribed Jesus as having a devil. But did no the Master Himself say that all manner of sins against the Son would be forgiven? 2. That it is only possible that those who have a personal acquaintance with Christ could commit such a sin. I answer that the sin is a sin against the Spirit, not against Christ
It is generally agreed that we are living in the age of the Holy Ghost and since the unpardonable sin is a sin against the holy Ghost, it is necessary to understand the nature and mission of the Holy Ghost, thereby learning how one many sin against Him. There have been four dispensations of leadership; the Patriarchal,led by God personally; the Jewish, when God spoke through the fiery prophets; the Christians, led by Christ; and the Spiritual, in which we now live led by the Holy Ghost.
Now let consider this subject step by step. 1. The Work of the Spirit. John 16:7-8. He will convict the world of sin, Righteousness and Judgement. The Holy Ghost will draw three pictures for the world. show them sin's awful effects by letting them see its dreadful results in the lives of their neighbors, the real beauty of righteous in the lives of God's redeemed ones, and the just judgement of men, by speaking through God's ministry and confirming the Word. Now that the world has seen all three pictures, they are free to make a choice and the Holy Ghost strives to get them to make the right choice.
The Holy Ghost uses the Sword of the Spirit to pierce the hardhearted and very song, sermon, prayer, every personal invitation, is a work of the Spirit.
There two elements involved here, the divine and the human, Yes, man has something to do with the attainment of his own salvation. God has done His best,Christ died, the Spirit is striving today, and yet many are still unsaved because they refused to do their part, or allow the Holy Ghost to complete the work in their heart. God prepared man to receive His Word, gave him spiritual eyes and spiritual ears and heart. I Cor. 15:44. "....There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." Now whenever man by his own willful negligence and refusal to hear the Word destroys his capacity to fulfill his part in the divine contract called salvation, He is eternally lost. He has sinned against the Spirit by forbidding the Spirit to do His work, deliberately shutting the eyes and ears and heart of his spiritual body.
2. Physical Illustrations of the sin against the Spirit. This is illustrated by the law of atrophy. which states that any member of the body that is unused over an extended will wither and die. In other words, "use or lose it."
The fish in Mammoth Cave in Kentucky are blind. Where their eyes used to be there are only little black spots, and for optical nerve there are only a dried-up hair of a reminder that life was once there. When they lived in the stream outside the cave. their eyes were as active as the others, but once they decided to remain in the darkness of the cave and chose to remain apart from the light, they by not using their eyes, lost them. No matter how they wish they had not done it, its done and sorry or not they are blind. The same procedure will hold true with man if he persists in a life of darkness and rejects the light of the Spirit, he will lose his spiritual eyes and not know the truth and falsehood. The same is true of the spiritual ear; use it or lose it. Once man has destroyed his capacity yo be reached by the Holy Ghost, he is as dead as he ever will be. When a man id dead on the inside, there is not much left. There is no repenting from death! if I cut my arm from my body. no amount of remorse can return it. if you disconnect your phone or hang up your phone, I no longer can talk to you. no matter how I try, because you have destroy the communication." he that hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Steel is hardened by heating it white hot, then allowing it to cool and repeating this process over and over. Your heart is hardened in the same manner, repeatedly being warned by the holy Ghost presence, and going away to cool in the worldly breeze again, until the heart is so hard it cannot be pierced by the "Sword of the Spirit, which is the W rd of God.
If the physical eye and ears are destroyed it is forever. If the spiritual eye and ears are destroyed it is eternal . Romans 1:18-23. The time comes when the light shineth and darkness apprehendeth it not for having eyes to see, they see not.
One cannot call what is left of a soul; It is merely a shrunken and useless organ, sentenced to death.And to Hell and the lake of fire.
Beware The Clown In The Pulpit Making you laugh. 26 Oct 2017
I once hear a story of a big Top that was filled with people prepared to see a circus. A fire broke out in the back and the fire spread quickly. A clown was told to run out into the main arena and tell the audience there was a fire and instructed everyone to get out as quickly as possible. He quickly ran out and told the people to get out there was a fire. But instead of believing the clown, the people just laugh at him. The more the clown screamed the more the people laugh at him. In the end most of the people died in the fire because they didn't take the clown seriously.
But could you blame them? Who takes a clown seriously?
A lot of ministers will work hard to try to make people listening or watching to laugh in their messages. It is not at all uncommon for a sermon to be injected with humor-punctuated throughout with jokes, funny videos and more in an attempt to keep the people laughing or giggling.
Now don't get me wrong-I like to laugh as much as the next person. And humor injected at certain points in a message can help the speaker purpose very well when intelligently used. But pastors need to be careful about using the pulpit asa place for a comedy routine
The fact is, there is likely no more significant and vital job than that of The teaching pastor and no greater address given than the one in which God's Word is proclaimed. It's said that before a sermon, John Knox locked himself in a room and weep for days because he feared the seriousness of his preaching duty. I wonder how many contemporary teaching pastors feel the same sense of obligation?
Humor: What are the effects? Today's pastors want to be liked, thought of as win-some and hip and they think of "sermon humor" as one of the way to bring about the end results they desire, That's to bad because that's not what they are called to do.
The preacher who brings the message, people need to hear will often be the preacher they least like to hear. Some preacher themselves have preached them self out of revival and lost members because of their silly humor. A message should be preached with depth and convincing bites that comes from God's Holy Ghost. No humor, just God's truth.
The pastor who relies on comedy consistently in his message will quickly become to resemble the "smiling clown" as you see on Television. In the minds of the congregation, entertaining? Yes, but let him try to talk earnestly about sin, its' consequences, Hell, eternal separation from God and see what happens. No one (who needs too) will be moved to act, They'll just sit there and die in the fire they can't see and don't take seriously.
Can you blame them? No one takes clown seriously
A Whole Lot of Shaking Going on
What in the world is going on in the Christian World? I'm not ashamed of what I am and what Church I belong too. But today of all the scandal going on today, most people are more likely to trust a lawyer or bartender than a preacher. They are questioning the established Church because they see so much failure. So when I am asked "Are you A Christian? I replied Yes! But I am also the follower of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," so there will be no doubt.
The religion tag that are in the world are trying to destroy the body of Christ. To keep our tag right we must be in the person of Jesus and not in a label that some churches are tagged. We must not let people think that we are some name off brand religions group, but a Divine Institute with Jesus Christ as the head.
The shaking that is going on is a move of God, who wants to live and move through the Church. The reason so much shaking is going on in the world, and I might add in The Church of God is spiritually unsatisfied moving from one religious system, false teaching Churches, to form a another or because their children got mixed up in another and convince their parents it is the right way. The new found movement or way is often an environment similar to the old, with new personal , and fooling the people in thinking they are right, and the one they left is wrong.But it is not a place of freedom. As of right now Just in The Church of God,there is at least seven flying the flag of truth, claiming they are teaching the the truth. with a message that maybe part true, but with, but with one exception. They have left Theocratic government and now they are only a empty shell without the direction of God, but of man!
God is starting a shaking to these man-made religion in this final hour. He is beckoning us to follow Him. He does not want anyone or anything to interfere with His personal guidance for each of his children. In other words, He desires for us to be in this world, but not of it. Our mandate is not to go around siting up Churches of their own belief. (the Church which already has been done), but to establish people in relation with His true teaching and doctrine
I like the way the Bible describes the shaking we are experience, "One last shaking from top to bottom. left to right. The last shaking means an old-fashion house cleaning, getting rid of denomination, religious junk so that the unshakeable stand clear and uncluttered (Heb. 12:26-27)
We gave the Apostolic, movement, The Prophetic movement, the house to house movement, those seven women who want to wear their own apparel, but be called by The Church of God
(Isa 3:1). We got the Televangelists give me your money movement, etc. Some have got some truth, but none have the whole truth.. Most point to men or method instead of Jesus. These organization are destiny stealers instead of destiny enablers. The captivate people with their fancy words and fancy four walls, instead of empowering service in the harvest fields. Deception,fear and unhealthy authority pull people into man-centered movement to fulfill their leader. His sheep know and hear His Voice and will respond at His calling. And he and He alone can and will lead and guide us all into the truth. The rumbling we are hearing will continue until perfection come and the we shall see him, face to face. So Church let's embrace the shaking and discover His freedom in the Church today