Saturday, 10 December 2022

The Great Reset VS. The Greatest Revival

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 by Andre Delage


 

“And should I (God) not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”

Jonah 4:11

 

Jonah lamented for he did not see the great city of Nineveh being destroyed. The habitant broke all God’s commandments and the most important one, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” (Matthew 22:39, Leviticus 19:18), and yet God forgive them when they showed repentance, and even their livestock was spared from God’s judgment.

Look at the sad state of our nation's moral values, are they not the reflection of the moral status of the city of Nineveh which could not discern between their right and their left. There is no absolute of what is right and what is wrong. The truth is a lie, and a lie is a truth, (Romans 1:25). The acronym for the LGBTQQIP2SAA stands for sin. And then there is the Woke ideology or culture. I did a google search and I found so many definitions from so many sources. From a Christian point of view, the Woke ideology is the extreme opposite of God's ideology. The Woke culture is a culture without God in the picture that attack all moral values of all cultures, of all traditions, of all religions from all race and nationality, targeting children.

John Hilton-O'Brien, Parents for Choice in Education, in a newsletter expressed his concern:

“You’ve watched as ideologies such as Critical Race Theory and Gender Theory have transferred power from parents to elites. Many school boards, controlled by “woke” elites, have policies that demand teachers keep secrets about your children from you. Their vision is a monolithic system where the unions take your tax dollars and teach your children whatever they want. (http://www.parentchoice.ca/)”

 The Woke culture is a manmade invention to hide the origin of gender. Since God does not exist, sex gender continues to evolve even if it has to cheat nature by performing surgery to reach that transformation. The majority of the Canadian population cannot discern between their right hand and their left. And who is suffering for their indifference? The children and the adolescents are. Incredibly sad, isn’t it? Parents are divided into two groups, those who agree and support the woke and the LGBTQQIP2SAA movement and those who are against it. All government establishments enforce this woke movement, including the union. Many parents stay silent for fear of reprisal and of having their children taken away. Those who disagree are Christian parents, and secular parents of many different nationalities, with similar Christian moral values. These parents are helpless in the fight of protecting their children against the legislated power of the government. However, there is some sick and wicked parent who would decide to proceed with a sex change on their child.

Then there are the thousands of unrestricted abortions performed in Canada. Coming soon in 2023, anyone for any reason will be able to receive suicide assistance on demand, with no questions asked. Where is humanity? And why does God allow it? For the reason given to Jonah, for the sake of millions upon millions of people who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, God has extended His mercy and grace on Canadians as He did to the population of Nineveh. Is it not the role of the churches to expose the unfruitful works of darkness, (Ephesians 5:11)?

"But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light," Ephesians 5:13


Canada Sad State of Democracy 

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” Judges 17:6.

Nowadays there is no king in Canada; everyone is doing what is right in his own eyes. Canada is a corporation, like all other nations. Yes, there are many kings worldwide, but they and their kingdoms are held captive by The Bankers. In as much the Romanists held captive the European kings so does The Banker hold hostage all the kings of the world. Canada is considered a democratic country, where the people elect their representatives. As representatives, they are fulfilling the will of the people according to what is right in their own eyes. The people will blindly continue to elect them. But when it became obvious that the representative no longer acts according to their demand, the population shift their vote to the opposition party to represent them. Canada does not have a nationalist party to represent their interest. If there would be, again the representative would be fulfilling the will of the people according to what is right in their own eyes. Without a righteous king, the citizens of this country will continue to sin with no restriction. Why? Because there is to fear of the Lord since God does not exist according to the scientific narrative.

The northern tribes of Israel lived the consequences of living according to what was right in their own eyes. They went into captivity into all the world, never to return.

“For now they say, “We have no king Because we did not fear the Lord. And as for a king, what would he do for us?” Hosea 10:3

So, what should the Canadian churches do? Wait for thy kingdom to come? Pray for the Rapture to come, to deliver us from evil, and from God’s wrath? Will the churches run away like Jonah in the opposite direction of their calling? Hide from God?

Look around. There are so many parents who are pulling their children out of school for homeschooling. So many parents are crying out to God. Yet the churches are silent. There are many on social media who are denouncing the wrong, and the evil, but have no solution. There are hundreds of organizations that are taking action to defend their rights, but without a General to coordinate the battle, it is futile. The situation in Canada is literally like a First World War battle in the trenches, losing ground with thousands of children as casualties.

I am saddened to see that we (the Canadians) are spending time, energy, resources, and money on lawyers defending our rights according to our Constitution, while the government easily adds new unlawful, and unjustified restrictions to fulfill the global agenda. Even the oppositions play the Deceptive Ruse - Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis. 

“O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry,” Psalm 88:1-2

Today, our freedoms and parental sovereignty over our children have been taken away because we took civil liberty for granted. We let this freedom go astray to a point where many take this liberty to sin evermore. Even if you want to publicly protest the government of Ontario Passes Anti-Protest Law Bill 100 which has been enacted in secret as Chapter 10 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2022[1].

Do you remember Bill 67, the infamous ‘Critical Race Theory’ bill? The bill Jordan Peterson famously denounced as vile and evil indoctrination? It’s back, and it is being passed right now with no opposition!

December 12, 2022 Newsletter from the Ontario Party:

"The original Bill 67 died when the legislature convened for the June election.

Many had hoped that would be the end of trying to insert Critical Race Theory into our schools.

Unsurprisingly, however, the NDP has brought the same bill back as Bill 16, the “Racial Equity in the Education System Act”.

The bill has already passed the first reading with the support of Doug Ford and his PCs.

They were hoping they could quietly pass it without any pushback.

What more does Ford have to do to prove he is not a conservative and does not represent conservative values?"


Who would die for a sinful nation that pollutes the mind of our Christian and non-Christian children by teaching the woke ideology and lifestyle behaviour in our school that goes against the parent's will? Who would die for a sinful nation that allows murdering unborn babies for the sake of convenience? Who would die for the leaders of a country who chose to serve the interest of The United Nations, the House of Rothschild, the Cabal, selling out the sovereignty of our national economy - for the creation of a New Word in Dis-order? WHO?

Jesus would… He already had. He has risen and now sitting on the right-hand side of the Father.

Let us coordinate our battle on a common front, defending first our parental sovereignty over our children. Challenge them on all levels of government. That is your priority. Seek God. Obey His commandments. To the local churches, speak the truth without fear. Defend the helpless parent whether they are Christians or not for the sake of the children.

“He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor,”

Psalm 72:4

 

“Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends, (children)”

John 15:13


"Defend the poor and fatherless;

Do justice to the afflicted and needy," Psalm 82:3


  

Do not despair. There is hope.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28

 

 The Great Reset VS. The Greatest Revival

 by Andre Delage

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Thursday, 16 June 2022

The Rules of Good Stewardship - True Riches - Part Three

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Part 3  

Purpose of Your Sanctification, (1 Thess 4:3)


“What You Need to Know About the Purpose of Your Sanctification”

It is important that you know who you are in Christ. You are His image-bearer, created in His image (Genesis 1:26). Once you accept Jesus as your Lord, you receive eternal life. But then what? You are not left ignorant, without the knowledge of the purposes of your calling.  You are part of His destiny.


“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren,” Romans 8:28-29


Called according to His purpose

Aren’t you describes as being called into the Light that shines in the darkness, (1 Peter 2:9)? 

“Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going,” John 12:35 

Therefore, it is not a secret. You should know where you are going from knowing where you come from. Without knowing who we are to motivate us, and the purpose of our fellowship, where can we find the courage and the determination to face everyday life challenges of this world? After all, didn’t God instruct us to be holy as He is Holy? (Lev 19:2). 

"He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,“Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Pet 1:15-16 

Immediately after Jesus’ teaching to His disciples on the parable of the lost son mentioned in (Luke 15:11), He went on teaching the parable of the unjust steward. I believe the order Jesus used to link the two parables was significant. At the end of the parable of the lost son, the older brother was angry toward his younger brother who returned after spending his inheritance on usury. What really upset him most was that he found his father delighted and thankful for his brother’s return by preparing a great and magnificent feast to celebrate. Is that the end of Jesus' teaching? Not exactly, we learned that the younger son would not be reinstated at the same level of stewardship to his father's domain as his older brother.

“And he (the father) said to him (the older son), ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found,” Luke 15:31-32.

 “All that I have is yours,” meaning that the older son owns his father’s entire domain. His younger brother would receive none of his father's inheritance. 

Many Christians have the assumption that God rewards His children equally since He loves us equally. This is not so! Yes, God is a God of justice and love. God is NOT a socialist or a communist. There is no partiality with Him, (Eph 6:9). For example, “if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat, but should work in quietness and eat their own bread,” (2 Thess 3:10,12).

Soon after our resurrection (1 Thess 4:16), we (the believers in Christ's resurrection) will all be judged for the choices made throughout our Christian life; the good works made for our Lord and the works that we assumed were God’s will.  It’s all going to be judged for rewards or disapproval - all accordingly, (Acts 10:42, 2 Tim 4:1).

“and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away,” 1 Pet 5:4

If you are part of the resurrection of the saints, of those who had heard the testimony of the gospel and believed it – those who sleep or are alive at His return (1 Thess 4:14, 5:10), you will take part of the Bema seat of judgement, (Rom 14:10, 2 Cor 5:9-10). One by one, standing before our Lord, the books will be open, and Jesus will review our life of service for Him. Reassure yourself, this will not be a review of our sinful behaviour. Our sins have been forgiven, forgotten, and remembered no more, (Heb 8:12). Although, our disobedience did hinder our stewardship and consequently our reward.

This judgment is not to be compared with the end-time judgment when all unbelievers will be standing at our Lord's throne, (Rev 7:9). All their sins will be reviewed - all their sinful conduct. Understand this, they will not be judged because they’ve sinned but rather because of their unbelief. They will view the list of sins accumulated throughout their life only to realize that all their sins could have been forgiven if only they would have believed and accepted Jesus as their redeemer and Lord, who took away the sins of the whole world, theirs including, (1 John 2:2). Sad, isn't it? 

Rewards - Five Crowns

“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor,”John 12:26 

We will be honoured with rewards. These rewards are identified by five crowns in total:

  1. Everlasting Crown (Victory) (1 Cor 9:24-27) - overcoming man's sinful nature through our Lord Jesus
  2. Crown of the Soul Winner (Phil 4:1 and 1 Thess 2:19-20) - reaching out - sharing the gospel (Matt 28:19)
  3. Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8) - longing for Jesus’ return
  4. Crown of Life (James 1:12, Rev 2:10) - enduring through trials - even to death
  5. Crown of Glory (1 Pet 5:4) - ministering to God’s people

These crowns are awarded to the saints at the Bema Seat of judgment which immediately followed the return of our Redeemer for the saints known as an event called the rapture. I know, some of you will stop reading right here, condemning, and accusing me of heresies for believing in the rapture, therefore discrediting me with the rest of the content. Let me be very clear, “expecting the return of our Lord Jesus before, during or at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble known as the great tribulation is not a cause of losing our salvation.” We are saved by believing in our Lord and in His resurrection, (Rom 10:9). We are not saved by believing in a certain time of His return. Yes, we are to be watchful for his return but that doesn’t save us. Even the Luciferians do the same.

Here is the description of one of these crowns given by God’s righteous judgment:

The crown of righteousness

“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing,” 2 Tim 4:8.

This special crown of righteousness that Paul is describing is for those who are anticipating Jesus’ return. They are the one who depends completely on act of mercy and grace and understands that they will never measure up. Their desire is for the day when they would no longer sin, (Jn 12:25) and desire for the day when Jesus will return to take us out of this sinful world and our sinful bodies. The crown of righteousness is for those who are disgusted with their sinful nature and are disgusted with a sinful world. Jesus has overcome the world (Jn 16:33). As for us, our overcoming happens with Christ through faith, (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Peter 1:4).

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 

This group of believers is watchful for the signs of His return. They pray diligently for His soon return, “Let Thy Kingdom Come,” deliver us from evil (the lies and the deceptions). If you are not looking forward to the day that you will no longer sin, and don't desire His kingdom to come this crown will not be your reward. Additionally, if you are not watchful for His return, you will be caught by surprise at Jesus' appearance. 

“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thess 5:4.

Part 4 -  Salvation by Works vs. Works for Rewards

Thursday, 2 June 2022

The Rules of Good Stewardship - True Riches - Part Two

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 Part 2  

Introduction

A lesson from the past ignored

Have we learned anything from the example of God’s people, Israel?  The theme throughout the Book of Judges was, “Failure through compromise” and the theme found in the Book of Joshua was “Victory through faith.” 

How many books have been written, how many commentaries were blogged, and how many sermons have been preached about faith? Is the Church any better than historical Israel when it comes to being in obedience to His commandments? The Church has its moment of victory and its moment of failure. One generation who has forgotten what it took to be in fellowship with God proceeded by a generation crying out to God to intervene. Is this where the Church of this era is right now, confused, divided, and in despair? Many American and Canadian Christians are crying out to God for a revival. You wouldn’t believe how many stay-at-home believers refuse the assembly of the saints, making many unwelcome, (Hebrews 10:25). Some were rejected for the simple reason that they were smokers, and some because they have a criminal record. Really? Are we inviting only sinless candidates? Through COVID-19, haven’t the churchgoers tasted what it is like to be separated from the assembly of the church. 

Revival will not come unless we are willing to welcome sinners – to leave aside our prejudice. If we don’t, we are no better than the children of Jacob, Israel before their deportation to Babylon. Inasmuch God warned Israel and Judah to return to Him and to His covenant for the purpose to be a light for the surrounding nations, Jesus through the Apostle John wrote to North America’s Church to return as a good and faithful steward of His Word, fulfilling His commission, or else, it will be given to another nation.    

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent,” Revelation 2:5

Canadian and American Christian Church is not Israel. We do not replace God’s people just because the Jewish authority rejected Jesus. We live under a new covenant (Mark 14:24) under the dispensation of grace, (Eph 3:2). We are bondservant by the same rules of stewardship as of the Israelites. The present Canadian multicultural society with its diversity of cultures and religions reflects the same characteristics that existed during the time of Imperialist Rome and Autocratic Babylon.  Nothing is new under the sun, (Eccl 1:9). 

In the Book of Judges, soon after the settlement of each Israelite tribe in their assigned territory, Israel quickly drifted away from God's covenant. In those days there were no kings in Israel, and every man did that which was right in his eyes, (Judges 17:6). Doesn’t that also reflect the North American Christians Churches? Having good intentions, each congregation identifies itself with their own personalized statement of belief - every church denomination doing what is right in its own eyes and so is each individual Christian? Canada and America were once strong Judeo-Christian influence; it is no more. The Church has lost its salt flavour, the light on the lampstand has extinguished and the lampstand will soon be relocated, (Rev 2:5). If the Church doesn’t repent by being obedient to Christ Our Lord’s instructions, God will go elsewhere to do His work. It will leave the community desolate of His presence and His word.  It did happen with Israel, and it also did happen with the city of Ephesus (Rev 2:5). Our modern churches are not exempt.

 "Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
"That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord," Amos 8:11
The Canadian Churches failed the test

In the Book of Judges 3:4, God allowed five lords of the Philistine to be used as a thorn in the side of the children of Israel, (chap. 2:3).  The Canaanites, the Sidonians, the Hivites, Perizzites, and the Jebusites, (verse 5). Why? Verse 4 explained; to test Israel. From what? From their gods who would be used as a snare (Judges 2:2). The snare was used to find out whether they would obey the commandments of God (Judges 3:4), in particular, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3-5). The consequences of being entangled in the snare, Israel's moral and spiritual disobedience would lead to their deportation. 

What about Canadian Christians? Have we not been entrapped into the federal multicultural policies - an autocratic snare, and anti-Christian snare, dictating what ought to be taught to our children, overruling the parent's cultural and religious practices and beliefs, for the purpose to unite all cultures, all religious faith unto one philosophy, one ideology, one religion under the ruse of false faith indoctrination and Darwinism evolutionary rhetoric?  We live in a so-called ‘Extreme Bias Multiculturalism and in an Extreme Bias Multi-Gender’ nation. 
 
We Christians dropped our guard and allowed the Canadian federal and provincial leaders to dictate what we are to accept culturally. Both levels of government became autocratic to the core, under the umbrella of political correctness accusing Christians of intolerance and racism when Christians voiced their concern.  


Freedom of Worship vs. Freedom of Religion


“Now, are we to shine our light within the four walls of the church building only?  Nonsense.”

I heard at the opening and closing prayers pastors giving thanks to God for the freedom to worship unaware that God has given them much more than a simple right to worship in Canada. I believe that it is God who wrote the constitution on His behalf - for His purpose, not ours. Isn’t it also for the United States of America with its Bill of Rights? He gave us, not the government the freedom of religion. The Constitution was founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. Not any gods, but the Christian God – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life, (Jn 3:16). 

What is the difference between freedom of worship and freedom of religion?  The difference is that freedom of worship restricted Christian’s sphere of influence by living according to their beliefs, ethics, and moral standard values within the wall of a building, while the freedom of religion gives Christians the freedom to carry their right to beliefs, ethics, and moral standard values everywhere in our society.   It is our civil right. Have you not noticed how often we heard from the secular to keep our religion at church?  It is a constant attack on our rights. Even Christian among themselves demanded not to mix religion with politics… go figure. 

We have the fundamental right to peaceful assembly in a church environment and freedom of religion in a social environment, especially in our school. 

“True and pure diversity in a multicultural society is to allow each parent to teach their children their religious beliefs, their values according to their culture and tradition, and to teach their sexual moral standard and behavior without prejudice and without interference from any level of government. Isn't that what the Charter of Rights and Freedom is all about?”

The Snare (commentary)




We are incapable to untangle ourselves from the snare unless we Christians, first repent and live by his/her personal faith, trusting in the Word. Institutions and the government will fail. But God will never, never fail you.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned,” Hebrews 6:4-8

Next Part 3 - Your Sanctification


Wednesday, 1 June 2022

The Rules of Good Stewardship - True Riches part one

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 Part One

True Riches



This commentary was on the back-burner for over 5 years. So much has happened since then.


The Post Covid-19 Era

What kind of change (New Normal) are we to expect from this unprecedented all borders invasion of an invisible enemy, called COVID-19? Whether the virus threat was a hoax or real, it has been used as a political ruse,(Psalm 2:1). Are we entering into a unique era, with the possibility of two different resulting scenarios?... A pre-tribulation era scenario (Daniel 2:33) or a temporary victory over a distinct group called the World Elite to allow God’s grace to reach millions of lost souls. No student of prophecy would have predicted that certain Luciferian elite groups would rise up within the Western nations in power in an attempt to control the world population by using a virus to create fear for the purpose of accomplishing their goal of establishing their New World in Disorder. I didn’t expect a pseudo-pandemic to be the instrument of deceit. In the book title “2018 Canadian Christian Ministry - The Most Lukewarm Church in the Whole Western Nation,” I concluded that the Church would be entering a period of judgement. Our freedom of religion has been challenged followed by an attempt to take away our freedom to assemble. Since March 2022, we had been experiencing a temporary retrieval of the restriction but it was not abolished. In Canada, the Emergency Act has been rescinded after being active for a period of one week without being enacted by the senate. It was long enough to show how much power the minority government of Prime Minister Trudeau may exert on Canadians. Total tyranny. From frozen bank accounts to using brutal force to disperse a peaceful protest. A pastor who refused to follow the lockdown mandates was detained in prison suffering from prejudiced treatment among the inmates.



It is my opinion that the mandatory restrictions are here to stay. We are now experiencing a temporary relief for the summer season but will be reinforced in the fall unless God intervenes, (Psalm 3). Our way of life will never be the same anymore. Every culture and tradition from all nationalities have been affected. This is truly the result of communist influence and infiltration in all Canadian institutions. This is part one of a commentary that was on the back burner for two years. Never would I have thought that this commentary was to be for the pre-tribulation era ( the pre-rapture era). Never in my mind would I have thought that this commentary would be so relevant for our time. The purpose of this commentary is to prepare the churches for what is to come. About me I am neither a theologian nor a Bible scholar. I am not an apostle, nor prophet, nor evangelist, nor a pastor, and nor a teacher, (Eph 4:11-16, 1 Cor 12:27-31). Yet desiring to speak the truth in love. I prefer to be considered as a watchman on the wall as described in (Ezekiel 33). If I do not speak out, the blood of the innocents will be about me. My opinions are based on personal study and observation, research, and life experience in walking in the Lord. I believe in the teaching of the Holy Spirit, (John 14:26, 1 Cor 2:13). My citizenship is in heaven; therefore ready to serve anybody without discrimination toward all churches and all denominations who are under one God, one Lord (Jesus), one Spirit and one resurrection.


EDIFY

“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” Romans 14:19


 Christian living as instructed by Jesus Our Lord

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15


 To my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ

The content of this book is for you, Christians who bear the name of The Way, (Acts 9:2,14), The Truth, (John 8:31-32) and The Life, (1 John 1:2, John 14:6). Who believe Jesus is Lord, (Rom 10:9), - the Son of God is God (1 John 4:15) - not falsely known as only a historical figure, not falsely known as an angel, not falsely known only as a prophet, not falsely known only as a spiritual being created by God, not falsely known as a simple man begotten by Joseph, but rather truthfully known as the Living God who His name is ‘Father’ who took the form of a man who His name is Jesus (John 14:11, Rev 1: 4b-5a), born from a young virgin woman named Mary, (Matt 1:23), Mary who married and became the wife to a man whose name is Joseph, her husband (Rom 3:23, Matt 1:20,24) and who bear many children (Luke 8:19, Mark 6:3).

A Christian is one who believed in the testimonies carried out by His Apostles, from generation through generation to our generation, (John 17:20). A Christian is one who believes that Jesus died without sins, (1 John 3:5) and redeemed us by his blood (1 John 1:7) from Adam's curse and from the consequences of all our sins - whom we were condemned for eternity in hell, (Rev 22:3, Mark 3:29). A Christian is one who believes in Jesus’ translated bodily resurrection followed by His ascension to heaven (Luke 24:51) where Jesus our Lord is seated at the right-hand side of God the Father, (1 Peter 3:22). A Christian is a man/woman of faith, who believes without evidence, (Gal 3:11), confesses with his/her mouth the Lord Jesus and believes in his/her heart that God has raised Him from the dead, he/she is saved, (Romans 10:9). A Christian is one who trusts in the inerrancy of the Bible, God’s word is true, (Rev 21:5). A Christian is one who is called to be at one with God, (John 6:65, John 17:21-22). And finally, a Christians is one who is appointed to the works befitting repentance, subsequently steward of Christ revealing God’s mystery. (Acts 26:20, 1 Cor 4:1, Col 1:26).


Prologue Zechariah was commissioned by God to encourage the Jews in their unfinished responsibility to rebuild the walls and the Temple after they returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile in Babylon. He didn’t use strong words of rebuke, rather he used words of encouragement, reminding them that this (physical) Temple was representing the coming of their Messiah as prophesied to their fathers. They were not merely constructing a building but also building the future according to the prophetic word of God’s promise of the coming Messiah. Now, aren’t the Church commissions to do the same - edifying the body of Christ, preparing the bride for Jesus' return?

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction” (2 Cor 13:10)

The parable of the tares (Matt 13:24-30) illustrates God’s work through angels, the gathering of the tares and the gathering of the wheat as an end time scenario before Jesus returns for His Church. The tares bundled together for the fire – the seven years tribulation, and the bundles of wheat to be stacks and brought into the barn - an event called the rapture. As a sign of end-time prophecy, there should be a clear distinction between Christians living in the truth and the so-called Christians who live within the humanist deceptions. Although God knows the heart, the Church will definitely be distinct through the ‘Rules of Good Stewardship.

Stay tuned for part two of "The True Riches - Part 2, Introduction"

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Don't Give Up - God Remember You

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And Do Not Let Your Feeling Say Otherwise





God remembered us.  There are many examples of much-needed requests by many characters of the Old Testament as while in the New.  Those prayers were centered on one’s special attempt to get God’s attention.  In those moments of extreme anxiety, the words “Remember me” were used.

Joseph

There is Joseph son of Jacob/Israel who requested to be remembered by the butler:

“But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house,” Genesis 40:14.

Joseph pleads with the butler to remember him when he would be re-establish as Pharaoh's servant.  Yet, the chief butler did not remember Joseph but had forgotten him, (verse 23). Two years went by before the butler remembered Joseph.  How do you think Joseph felt about not being remembered? Joseph was sold by his brothers, and then taken to Egypt as a slave; the Egyptian master’s wife accused Joseph of sexual assault. Joseph desperately wanted to get out of prison, (verse 15).  How would you have felt if that were to happen to you... anger comes to mind, isn't it? God remembered Joseph. God had Joseph's destiny planned. God has planned yours also.

Samson

Then, there is Samson. He desperately cried out to be re-established by God.  

“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” Judges 16:28.

Samson's pride brought him to despair. Blinded and chained, he was brought up to the Philistine temple as a trophy to their gods. He had forgotten that his strength was coming from God, not his hair. Samson did not fulfill God's calling as a judge for His people.  "Remember me", Samson cried out. This kind of prayer is indicative of a soul in need. God answered Samson's prayer and gave him the strength to destroy the Philistine temple and kill those gathered inside worshiping idols.   Some of us had experienced despaired situations in life. We realized that our selfish ambitions kept us from pursuing God’s will for us which is to bear fruit, (Rom 7:4). It is not too late to be re-established; go back to Him. God remembered us. God never left you nor forsaken you, (Heb 13:5, 1 Jn 2:17). Let me remind you that I teach what I needed to learn.

Hannah

Then there is Hannah, the wife of a polygamist.  Peninnah, the other wife bore several children but Hannah was barren, (1 Sam 1:2). Peninnah belittled Hannah, (v. 7).  

“And she (Hannah) was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head,” 1 Samuel 1:10-11.

Remember me, was a prayer she implored with desperation and of a broken spirit. God answered her request and gave her a son she named Samuel and more children after.  Have you not experienced animosity from someone toward you in your life? No matter what you do to please, him/her puts you down. You never wronged them, yet they keep offending you.  Do not keep this bitterness in your heart.  Tell God what would make you happy. 

Nehemiah

Nehemiah representing God’s people is another one who wanted to be remembered by God so that God would continue to bless the reconstruction of Jerusalem’s wall and the Temple, (Nehemiah 5:19, 13:14,22,31).

Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people,” Nehemiah 5:19.

Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services,” Nehemiah 13:14!

Ministers, pastors, and teachers who are God’s stewards, the example of Nehemiah is for you.  You love God and want dearly to serve Him.  You want to do more. I can assure you that God has not forgotten you.  In due time He will answer your prayers.

Job

Then there is Job.  In despair through physical pain and grief for his great losses looked at death for comfort. He asked God to take his life yet to remember him on the day of the resurrection:

“Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!” Job 14:13.

Are you suffering from an incurable disease?  Is your health so bad, that you are restricted to bed and isolated from family and friends? Your body aches and pain, no one seems to know what to say to encourage you, and you desire death.  God did not fail Job and remembered him. God has not forgotten you:

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you,”1 Peter 5:6-7.

David

David also pleaded to be remembered: 

“Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness sake, O Lord” Psalm 25:7.

Have you done something that is so bad that you believe that no one, not even God would ever forgive the wrong that you did?  Think again. God desires only that you admit your sins and He will forgive you, (1 Jn 1:9).

Jeremiah

Then there is Jeremiah’s prayer, 

“O Lord, You know; Remember me and visit me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke,” Jeremiah 15:15.

Christians, you who are being persecuted, even at the risk of losing your life, do not despair. Jesus visits you. He gives you the strength to endure.  Your reward is great in the Kingdom of God, (Matthew 5:10).

The Criminal

Another important example took place at Jesus' crucifixion. A request using these words, ‘remember me’ was used.  One of the criminals who was hung adjacent to Jesus, in humility asked Jesus to remember him. 

“Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom,” Luke 23:42.  

What a great and wonderful example of the simplicity of the gospel; believing that Jesus is Lord, (Rom 10:9). How great was the way Jesus responded?  Jesus did not reply saying that He must first die and resurrect before He remembered him. No, He answered: 

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise,” verse 43.   

The gospel is not complicated.  It is a simple decision in faith, to believe and to put your trust in the Son of God whose name is Jesus, (Jn 3:16).

“Jesus died for your sins, and raised from the dead,” is the gospel.  The only work you need to do to receive the gift of eternal life is to believe, (Jn 6:29). We are justified by faith not from the deeds of the law, (Rom 3:28).

Cornelius

God never forget. In (Acts 10:31) Peter said, 

“Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God.”

God remembers everything, from eternity to eternity. He even writes everything in books, not for Him but for us, (Rev 20:12).  It is proof that He takes great importance in everything we do and say.  We need to remember that. As a father, I kept a treasure box to remember my children's crafts.  They appreciate the memories. We can, therefore, go to God with confidence that He remembers us, and He is willing to listen to our plea.

While we pray, we want God to remember us.  When we pray using those words, “Remember me, Lord,” it means, “Give attention to who I am in Your presence, Lord.”  "I am one of many whom you Father has called to your Son Jesus, (Jn 6:37).”

“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified,” Romans 8:30.


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