Abstain From Every Form of Evil!

1 Thess 4:1-8

Plea for Purity

4 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
NKJV

We are given clear instruction in the Word of GOD that we are not wallow in sin as a true believer in JESUS. We are called to follow the Commandments and to strive for holiness. Now the so-called church of today is rife with many who preach we are all sinners that cannot help but sin, that as a believer it is okay to sin for GOD knows our heart and that HE knows that we are a work in progress finally leading to the much twisted scripture, all our sins are covered by the Blood of JESUS. So as a result, you do not need to repent of your sin, simply try to quit them if it is convenient and GOD will let you pass through on Judgement Day for HE knows your trials and struggles. Satanic lie.

This has led to churches filled with so-called Pastors who are homosexual, lesbian, adulterous, child abusers, fornicators and now transgenderous just to mention the most blatant in the throes of abomination in GOD’s eyes or should I say against HIS Word. The grievous disobedience in direct violation to how the Commandments of GOD tell us how to live abound worse and worse by the day. It is seemingly impossible to keep abreast with these hounds of hell to warn of their wickedness of which they perpetrate and perpetuate their sin upon the body.

There was a post going around on FB the other day that read, ‘It is not judging to call a sin what it is, a sin anymore than it is wrong to call a car what it is and that is a car. The body is full of Christians who have been convinced that we are crass, judgmental and a pharisee if we say anything against those who live in sin. We are labeled as having a religious spirit and even shunned by the hyper-grace group. We are told to ‘only love them.’ Do not warn them of the coming flood or in our case in the New Testament church, the coming fire. We certainly do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, cause them to leave the church because we appear holier-than-thou or especially unloving. So please do not address it from the pulpit, in counseling or especially as Brother to another.

That whole apostasy lie is a scheme from satan to steal many souls, the Word clearly calls each of us to strive to be holy. We are to abstain from any and all forms of evil and let us not forget GOD looks upon sin as of the evil one. Oh I know we do not have to do anything or that would be salvation through works. No we do need to do some things, GOD says for us to flee from sin, to strive to be holy and to be obedient to HIM.

1 Thess 5:16-24

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

HE commands us to have nothing to do with a Brother who walks in sin.                     2 Thess 3:6-8

6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you;
2 Cor 7:1-2
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Hence if we are not striving in the HOLY SPIRIT to walk a sinless and holy life we are disobeying the Word of GOD and HIS Commandments. When we fall short then we are to cry out in repentance and as Paul said to strive to be like JESUS.

 

 

 

 

 

Ye Who Are Heavy Laden

                                          My Christmas Miracle

Matt 11:25-30

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

The day was December 17, 1999 and I was at a crisis point in my life. I had been forcefully and demonically asked to move out of the house that I shared with my ex-wife on September 19th of that same year. I was led into a small country church the next day by the HOLY SPIRIT. I was hurting severely having relied upon 6 Xanax as I drove from the property to cope with the fact of being thrown out of my house into total. The horrific depression of rejection, lies, schemes of the devil to destroy me through suicide and the rage of the betrayal that had been perpetrated against me. The only positive thing and the only one that matters is that my journey into my love of JESUS had started. I was going into the wilderness to be alone with JESUS not having any idea what was going on or how to proceed truly being lead of the HOLY SPIRIT but not even knowing who HE was. My comment had been “I am going to give this GOD thing a try.” That is how ignorant of JESUS and the Bible I was. I had tried every other worldly medication: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, gambling, adultery, obsession with material things, arrogance and rage. Just look at Galatians 5:19-21 and you will know who I had become.

I immersed myself in the Word every day before I went to work and every night when I came home, around 4 hours a day of reading the Word. I did not have TV hooked up though I would watch movies made about Biblical themes on occasion; Ben Hur, Ten Commandments, The Robe, etc and at Christmas there was”It’s a Wonderful Life.” I still love all of them and they bring the remembrance of the joy of being saved by the KING!

Over the course of the next 3 months as I look back upon those days, the hand of GOD was all over my life. I read and read the Bible and yielded and yielded obeying that still, small Voice which had taken over my miserable, hopeless life. I was filled with depression and the despair that my life was never going to change and there was nothing that I could do about it. There were many struggles going on in my head as the devil was not easily going to surrender my soul. He owned me until that point. He certainly is the ‘master of deception and the father of lies.’ He would try his best to drag me back into the pit of hell upon this earth through carnal reasoning but blessed be the name of JESUS, I turned my life over to JESUS fully on that December 17. When the turning point of coming to that fork in the road of the destiny of my soul, the devil pulled out all of the stops. Using my ex-wife to launch the utmost height of betrayal upon me, the devil brought me to that final point of decision that night, Heaven or Hell.

It happens in a split second, in a flash of time the pistol was in my hand, my spirit close to defeat and my soul on the edge of eternal damnation. The devil was saying, “pull the trigger, your life is ‘never’ going to change, you will be in this pathetic state the rest of your life. Go ahead and pull the trigger, no one wants you around, no one loves you, you are not worthy of love, you are a loser and will never amount to anything. Kill yourself and that will show them.”  As I cocked the pistol and stuck it in my mouth, there came another Voice in my spirit and a hope which I cannot explain but which gave me hope to not take my life. I started to weep thanking JESUS for HIS love for me never to look back nor contemplate suicide again. My body and mind were washed with unexplanible joy. A glow covered me and ran through me in my heart, spirit and soul. There is indeed hope everlasting through surrender and obedience to JESUS and the sweet release of guilt through true and humble repentance.

Later in my walk with JESUS,  HE revealed to me through the HOLY SPIRIT that I had been cursed with the demonic torment of PTSD. I questioned how could I have PTSD, I had not been sent to Vietnam during my service in the USAF, 1970-1975. The answer to that question is PTSD is nothing but demonic torment. It can have legal access against us through several different avenues which can all be found in the Word. Physical, emotional, spiritual trauma can all be used by the devil to enter into us driving us to all of the symptoms of PTSD. Rejection, depression, hopelessness, despair and thoughts of suicide are all common denominators of PTSD -though not the entire list by any means, but know this every symptom of PTSD has a demonic spirit behind it none of which is mental illness. Mental illness does not exist, it is a lie spoken by those who do not understand the spiritual realm. It is man’s way of excusing his lack of ability to ‘cure’ PTSD or any other pyscho-anylitical label they would diagnose you with . The carnal cannot deliver you of spiritual torment but they will prescribe drugs to medicate and numb you. Every symptom/curse can be broken, cast off and out of your life. There is nothing impossible for JESUS. HE is your only DELIVERER!

As to how did a veteran who never served in a combat zone develop PTSD, here is the answer. The following revelation was gleaned from the outstanding book written by Chuck Dean—Nam Vet, available on Amazon and worth every nickel. I had read this book, receiving a deep revelation for those who had served in Vietnam and seeing that the only way out of PTSD is through JESUS. This is what the book, Nam Vet, revealed to me which is key.  Chuck wrote that at the end of the runway at the AirBase that the troops flew into Vietnam and out of when they deployed back to the States was a Buddhist Temple and that the monks sat there meditating and praying curses upon the US Military. The monks prayed that ‘we would be filled with a spirit of hopelessness and despair and that we would be filled with rage and never find peace in our hearts.’ These last words are not verbatim of the book but the jist. (Please forgive me Chuck if I have taken liberty with your words).

Okay LORD how did I fall under those curses, I never set foot in Vietnam. The answer was this from the HOLY SPIRIT. When curses or prayers of the wicked are sent up against a target, the US Military in this instance, distance has no relevance only the target or subject being attacked or cursed. All in the US Military during the Vietnam war were targets and since many of us were of the ‘sex, drugs and rock-n-roll’ generation , we were prime targets. Don’t let us forget the outrage of being rejected, betrayed and criticized by many who evaded service in some manner but instead of sympathy and compassion showed up at the airports, spitting upon our young troops as they returned to the US. Calling them baby-killers and any other sort of insult they could muster.The curses of the wicked are very powerful and only those who are truly born-again and walking in absolute faith in JESUS have the power to withstand these demonic spirits sent against them. Those who are not born-again are not aware of demonic warfare and are defenseless. When we mix unbelief and sin/substance abuse we are a legitimate target that is taken over by the demonic in many cases, the devil has legal authority to open a heavy barrage against us and our house. (More on PTSD in later writings)

To wrap this up, JESUS delivered me from/broke the curse of PTSD from me. I do not suffer any of those symptoms any longer since 1999 the day I was born-again and have not considered suicide since then. Yes I must be on guard against the enemy for the devil goes to and fro throughout the world looking to kill, steal and destroy but through the Word and JESUS we will prevail. YOU CAN OVERCOME THE DEVIL RIGHT NOW JUST IN TIME TO CELEBRATE THIS YEAR, BE FILLED WITH JOY IN SPITE OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES AND START WALKING OUT OF THE PIT OF HELL THAT THE DEVIL HAS TOLD YOU THAT YOU WILL NEVER ESCAPE. THE DEVIL IS THE KILLER  BUT JESUS WILL GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE RIGHT NOW. LOOK UP FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NIGH! SURRENDER YOU LIFE RIGHT NOW AND BE SET FREE IN JESUS NAME.

LORD JESUS, I pray for all of those with a broken-heart, you know each of them and where they are. YOU love each of them, YOU love us all. I pray every curse be broken, every lying spirit be gone, every assignment of the devil broken, every heart be humbled in GODly sorrow and brought to sweet repentance. I pray that everyone reading this, that the HOLY SPIRIT witness to them that this be true, that their hearts be filled with hope and gladness that can only come from totally submitting our lives to JESUS as LORD and SAVIOR from this moment forth. I command that spirit of death, the spirit of suicide be gone from every one tormented by the legion of PTSD today in the name of JESUS, that every family of any who serve this nation in uniform be the they military, police, firemen be set free and born-again. Let all arise and give glory to the ONE who died that we who truly receive JESUS might spend eternity in Heaven.

Prophecy given to me by the HOLY SPIRIT in 2003 for Vietnam Veterans:

I AM going to raise up many Vietnam Veterans into my mighty Special Forces! Though they may have fallen back/short then they will not fall short this time for I am going to baptize them in HOLY FIRE and they will not turn back this time even unto death.

Though my life has not been all ‘a bed of roses’ it surely has been full of the joy of knowing that JESUS is in total control of all that happens. Knowing that if I keep my eyes on JESUS through ‘every’ situation and every decision, reading the Word and praying for HIS direction and His direction alone HE will carry me through, AMEN and AMEN.

Please note that the above is certainly not a full listing of PTSD but is relevant to my walk and experiences into freedom from PTSD and my escape from death at the devil’s hand. I love you all and pray for peace in your heart’s for Christmas and the rest of your live’s.

When I first started reading the Word, I used the KJV which for me was a hard read for me.  One day my Mother presented me with a life application study Bible and my comprehension shot through the roof with the leading and the teaching of the HOLY SPIRIT. I now though highly recommend the NKJV study Bible. It is and was a true blessing in my walk. 

 

“Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

“Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

John 2:13-17

13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

Definition of zeal– Merriam-Webster:  a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something  especially regarding religious matters—synonyms: passion, ardor, love, fervor, fire, avidity, devotion, fanaticism.

All of these describe the man JESUS who came to this earth as GOD in the flesh. JESUS walked this earth just as you and I but HE was totally sinless though as we are HE was tempted in every manner. HE though did not succumb to those temptations. JESUS only did what the FATHER told HIM to do and nothing else. HE was totally dependent upon the SPIRIT to lead HIM. Everything JESUS did was to glorify the FATHER and no one else including HIMSELF. JESUS gave none of HIS own opinions or variances to the Word nor did he remove or add anything to it. As JESUS said not a jot or tittle will be removed.

Part of the ministry of JESUS was to bring the Truth to us for even Pilate asked “what is Truth?” The religious leaders of those days had wandered off from the Truth though they professed to be the only way to the Father in the apostasy of their teachings. They had wandered from the Truth by adding their own laws to the Laws or Commandments of GOD. Their zeal was directed in their own misguided understanding and not to be lead by the HOLY SPIRIT. The Pharisee of those days came to enjoy and demand the best seats and to be seen parading in the streets in their robes and position. As it is written, “You worship ME with your lips but your hearts are far from ME.”

JESUS never did anything to rebel against the Word, all of HIS actions were according to the Word and HE zealously protected and preached the Word even to the point of dying for the Word in obedience to the FATHER. As seen above HE was fanatical about any transgressions of those religious leaders of HIS day. HE preaches through devoted, zealous men who were HIS disciples to the end of the Bible and to this day of the destruction of sin and the wages of sin are death. Does your pastor? Does your pastor preach repentance is the only way to salvation and therefore to the FATHER. Does your pastor tell you that sexual sin leads to death or is he afraid to preach the GOSPEL to you and the congregation leaving you not only in bondage to your sin but comforting you as you stroll down the broad path to hell. Has your Pastor preached about the wickedness of abortion as murder, telling you of the freedom of repentance from the guilt of that sin or has he left you afloat in pain and misery. Does you Pastor tell you that no adulterer, homosexual, liar, fornicator, theft, covetous person or idolator who does not repent will not enter heaven.

JESUS told us all of these things, HE told us because HE loves us and because the Bible tells us so. Now all of these Pastors who have eliminated part of the Truth to soften it up, make it more compassionate in their own eyes or to enrich themselves will stand in front of the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE one day. Many Pastors have polluted the FATHERS house today just like the Pharisee and the Sadducee of JESUS’ time. This is why this United States is in the shape it is in right now and today.

The wickedness that prevails is directly tied to the pulpit and the hyper-grace that is so widespread.

JESUS did not permit it then and we are called to not permit it now. When mainline denominations preach and support the right to abortion/partial-birth abortion and that homosexuals are Christian and can serve as Pastors then there is no zeal in those houses or congregations for the Word of GOD. They are Apostate, they need to come to their knees in repentance. If your Pastor does not speak out against this Apostasy then he or she has no zeal for the FATHER’S house or Word, it does not matter how much they bless the LORD with their lips, their actions prove otherwise. They are like the Pharisee doing what is right in their own eyes. JESUS did not standby and allow all of these other gospels as if everyone is entitled to their opinions nor are we to allow it.

Today we need zeal for our FATHER’S house just as JESUS protected the Word fanatically so are we to do the same. Repent for the kingdom of heaven draws nigh.

The Wicked Witch of the West Is Dead!

The Wicked Witch of the West Is Dead!

Eccl 8:10-14

Death Comes to All

10 Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. 11 Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 13 But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.

14 There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

As we awakened today, there had been a huge spiritual shift and lifting of the demonic over this nation. YAHWEH has shown us mercy and given us a time of reprieve to go into the world and preach the GOSPEL. This lifting of the wicked spirits against this nation is directly resulting from the fact that Jezebel and all of her minions have been firmly repulsed by the Righteous. I declared a year ago that the spirit in control over this nation was Jezebel. This most wicked spirit was manifesting in the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and the mantel had been passed to Hillary Clinton who possesses all of the characteristics of Jezebel. The strongman spirit of Jezebel was in control of our government and then up until last night was physically manifesting through Hillary. YAHUAH has been merciful to us not only as a nation but individually. So as Sodom and Gommorah would have been spared for a time if 5 Righteous men could have found, so has this nation been spared through a temporary stay. This is only a temporary reprieve given us to preach the GOSPEL even as Ninevah was given reprieve. Hillary Clinton has openly mocked YAHUAH, she has been humbled and soon she will no longer be among us for as Jezebel, she will not repent.

Matt 12:39

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Jonah 3

3 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

The People of Nineveh Believe

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? 10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

What was the sign of Jonah? It was not the whale spitting him out on dry land! How many witnessed that miracle, which it was? The sign of Jonah was that Jonah brought the Word of YAHUAH to the wicked in Ninevah, they heard the Word and all and it says all fell on their knees and repented. The United States is being given time to repent of our wickedness. Pastors who have preached other gospels and their own opinions no matter how compassionate they look are going to be held accountable if they do not repent and preach the true GOSPEL. If you do not repent, you who preach a different gospel will be held accountable for your wickedness.

My father always said, “good intentions pave the road to hell!”

Matt 4:17

17 From that time YAHUAH began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

But As For Me And My House We Will Serve The LORD!

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Josh 24:14-15

14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

If Hillary wins the election then this nation as we know it will go down like the Titanic. If Trump wins the election, then JESUS will be giving us a short reprieve from the judgment for the sins of this nation to repent and to preach repentance to those who are lost. The Christian leaders of this nation will be given a short time to repent of their sin for allowing their flocks to be lead astray through the teachings of apostasy that permeates the major denominations of this nation and Europe. If these hyper-grace pastors do not repent they will be held responsible just as the Bible says. JESUS did not tell us to go throughout the world and preach hyper-grace, that abortion is acceptable, that homosexual perversion is a gift from GOD, HE told us to preach the GOSPEL and HE meant as it is written not as translated by one who idolizes his own intellect and opinion more than the TRUTH of JESUS.

1 Thess. 4:1-2

4 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

So know this, that whoever wins GOD is not going to strive with this wicked nation forever! Repent for your slothfulness, for preaching that the blood of JESUS covers wickedness and preach the WORD to the lost. Though there is a ray of hope in Trump being elected, he is not the Messiah and he is not going to get you off the hook for what GOD has commanded you to do. Now repent for the kingdom of Heaven draws nigh to you.

Ps 103:6-14

6 The Lord executes righteousnes,

And justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9 He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12 As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

14 For He knows our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.

Why I Preach Repentance!

Those of you who know me, know that I preach that if you have not humbled yourself and truly repented through a sorrowful heart, you are NOT saved!  This what the Bible says, what JESUS preached, not my opinion.

2 Cor 7:9-11
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
NKJV

The following article is written by a dear Sister in JESUS, Lara Love.

Why I Preach Repentance—-by Lara Love

“And [Jesus] said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47 [Jesus] added to clarify

I have met few people as desperate as I was for decades to feel loved, accepted, approved of, validated, and affirmed by this world. The last thing in the world that elicits the world’s love and acceptance is preaching to the world near and far, to loved ones and strangers alike, that the only way to a relationship with God now and forever in heaven instead of eternity in hell and the lake of fire is to repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and devote oneself to God and His ways according to the Bible, aspiring to love and glorify Him forever.
Preaching repentance comes with hatred, rejection, and persecution from loved ones and strangers alike. Why then do I preach repentance? Countless churches all across America have packed pews wherever pastors preach prosperity and how Jesus loves us and how we can live happily ever on earth if we twist scriptures around or forget about the Bible altogether and simply wave our magic wands at heaven, never mind about sin and wickedness and how we must turn away from it in repentance and learn to live according to the ways of the Lord.
I have never been more hated, rejected, and unpopular because my life’s mission is to help people to become and remain forever followers of the Lord Jesus Christ beginning with preaching repentance. Why do I preach repentance?
Because God’s number one command is to love Him with all my heart and to love others (Mt. 32:37-39). I preach repentance because I love Him and choose to obey Him and because I love you. Because the Bible says repentance needs to be preached to all nations. Because I now live for Christ and no longer for myself. Because I am willing to forsake the love and approval of this world because I love God more than anything or anyone on this earth. Because I would rather know you heard the Gospel message about how to have a breathtaking forever relationship with God instead of going to hell even if it means you will hate and reject me than know you went to hell because I wanted your love and approval more than I wanted to see you live to love and glorify God and see you in heaven.
There is nothing and nobody in the world that comes close to the LOVE and JOY of knowing, loving, and being with God forever! Because He is holy and we are sinners, the only way we can have a relationship with Him and be in His presence now and forever is by repenting, believing in who Jesus is, what He did, says, and will do, and following Him.

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The Gift of Repentance is about a Lifestyle.

This is a great article by Stephen Powell posted on Elijah List. It is totally accurate and depicts what we are to do and how we are to live if we are truly of JESUS. Remember the Bible says:

 2 Cor 7:9-11
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11
NKJV

“The Gift of Repentance is a Lifestyle”– By Stephen Powell

Matt. 3:2, “…Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Matt. 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

It is a message and a revelation that ushered the ancient barbaric world into the light of Christ’s new day, and it is still the power that God is using today to translate people from darkness to light, enabling them to walk in the light of Christ in this day. It is the power and the gift of repentance. It’s the Greek word metanoeo and it means to change one’s mind. Many seek miracles for what they could have by simply repenting. There are things that are outside our reach as mere mortal men. Those are the areas God moves in when it comes to the miraculous.

Yet there are areas that are completely within our reach as men, which are ordered within our domain. Those areas are grasped and conquered by repentance, by changing the way a man thinks so he can conquer himself. From this place he conquers his world, as has been given to him by divine destiny. When a man reaches this achievement, he is ready for some of the greatest miracles man has seen. He has overcome this world just as Christ overcame.

Repentance is About a Lifestyle

Deut. 29:29, “The secret [things belong] unto the Lord our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children forever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.”

What is revealed, is given for our empowerment SO THAT WE MIGHT DO. But repentance is required in order for the working knowledge that has been revealed to benefit the individual. When a person begins to repent they begin to change their mind. And therein lies the real issue. Repentance is something that must stick. It’s not good enough for someone to step into the light of revelation, only to fall back into the darkness from where they’ve come, repeating the same lifestyle that brought them pain and misery.

Repentance is about a lifestyle that is adopted of seeing the light, and choosing every day to live in the light by applying what one has learned. You can’t apply what you’ve learned unless you change in “the new mind” that God has given you as a gift. True repentance involves spirit, soul, and body. It is a great gift that God has given us for being transformed into the image of Christ.

We were made like God, with a governing mind and will. The only limits are our imagination and our ability to keep in repentance of old ways, and stay in accordance with the new. The Day of the Lord has ever-increasing light for the Believer. But we must receive and walk in this light in order to keep receiving and going higher into the new-creation reality!

Repentance is a Seed of Transformation

Repentance is one of the largest tests that God will put His children through to train them for reigning with Him. Will a child repent to think like God thinks and stick with the seed of that change until it matures to the point of transformation?

Lk. 8:11-15, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”

We’ve all heard this parable many times, but I would like to present it to you in light of the subject of repentance. Yes, we always make the point that the condition of the heart is what matters, as we should. That is clearly stated by our Lord. But in every passage, in every parable, there are hidden gems for those who have “eyes to see”. Look at the application of repentance. Repentance actually revealed the condition of the heart. Without repentance one cannot receive the word and be saved. Being saved requires a “change of mind”.

You have to accept what Jesus has done for you and come into alignment with this truth in order for it to begin to benefit you. But the process revealed in this parable doesn’t stop there. No, it’s not enough to believe once, receive your salvation, and then go on your way. But FOCUS is required for one to have the “roots” to endure the time of temptation and their own personal falling away. Focus brought forth the longevity of the harvest, which is revealed in the word “patience”. Patience requires focus, focus on the prize, like Paul described, running with patience and endurance in order that one might receive the prize (1 Cor. 9:24).

Yes, ultimately it is the grace of God that keeps us. I am not arguing or diminishing that in anyway. Here I am speaking about the grace that God gives to repent and stay in repentance, so that one might change their life forever. We call that transformation. Many have shared this phrase, “I don’t want just a visitation. I want a habitation!” Well this is a big key!

Staying in Repentance Requires Roots

When did David fall away during his time of temptation? It was when he was DISTRACTED on the rooftop, not focused on his mandate as the warrior king that God had made him. The Bible makes it very clear that it was “the time when kings went to war” that he fell (2 Sam. 11:1).

Staying with God in times and seasons require a lifestyle of repentance, a lifestyle of aligning our thinking with His, so we can flow with Him at all times and in all seasons. David failed to do this and temporarily fell away from the Lord. Now eventually he did come back into alignment with God, thinking and believing God’s way, which happened when he acknowledged his sin with Bathsheba and began to go through the process of turning it around and getting back on track as the king he was called to be.

But repentance required just what Jesus spoke about: ROOTS. The roots is the focus and discipline that keeps us planted in the mind and will of God no matter what storms, temptations, and battling thoughts come our way. The warfare is in the mind. From this place stems all intellectual and desire-based schemes of the enemy. If you can conquer this battlefield with the Holy Spirit, then you will effectively win the war with Christ from the foundation of the world before it ever starts.

You will transcend this present place of struggle into a realm where the enemy has not the weapons to contend with you – the mind of Christ. In the mind of Christ is the perfect ordering and execution of the divine will through human flesh and carnal existence. In this place, nothing can stop a man from being conformed to the image of Christ and taking his dominion in this world. He becomes untouchable. Ask yourself, what are you doing with the gift of repentance?

Blessings,

Stephen Powell

Lion of Light Ministries

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