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Fruitful Under Persecution

And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Exodus 1:7

Today were going to begin looking at the whole book of Exodus. As we study the Old Testament, it amazes me how similar Israel is with the Church. And I know some try to seperate them by dispensationalism and others continue to keep them connected. What we do know is the Israelites were Gods people as our Christains today. Just as Israel was called out of Egypt, Christians were called out as to follow Christ

In the beginning Israel was fruitful and multiplied, same with the Church. On the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit officially started the “Church” (Acts 2) Christians continued to multiply rapidly. Now when were talking about being fruitful for Christians, were not talking about worldly fruit, but Spiritual Fruit

And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Exodus 1:9-10

The new King of Egypt recognized the Israelites were increasing abundantly and growing stronger by numbers, he became threatened by them. So what did Egypt decide to do? Of course persecute and oppress the Israelites.

Now fast forward to the Church , as Christians continue to increase and be stronger in numbers, how did Rome react? The persecuted and oppressed the Christians, they fed them to lions for entertainment, they burned some of them on stakes (hence the name Roman candles) Rome became threatened by a peaceful group , why? Because they not only had power in numbers, but the power of the Holy Spirit

But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. Exodus 1:12

The more Egypt oppressed the Israelites, the more they kept multiplying in numbers. Think about the early Christian Church, the more Rome tried to destroy the Christians, the more they kept increasing in numbers and spreading out

There is a clear correlation here, If God is with us, who can be against Us? Understand as you study Israel in the Old Testament, its a clear correlation to the Church today Amen!

Don’t Forsake The Church

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;And having an high priest over the house of God; Hebrews 10:19-21

Since Jesus paid it all, since Jesus made the atonement for our sins, since Jesus tore the veil, we can enter into God’s presence now being washed by the blood of Christ. We can have boldness to enter into the grace of God because we have been Born Again through Jesus Christ

Not only can we enter with boldness, but we have an eternal High Priest who rules over the house of God forever, regardless of who your pastor is, or who your bishop is, or who your elders are, Christ rules over the Church, every knee bows down to Him

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:22-23

Its one thing to make a profession of faith in Christ, its another thing to be Born Again. Let the Holy Spirit work in you, to sanctify you, to wash and cleanse you from sin. A New Heart is given to you during your transformation, as you desire to live like Christ rather than to live as this world

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Nobody ever said the Christian walk would be easy, in fact Jesus said you might be persecuted or even face death, this is one of the main functions of the Church. Don’t forsake the assembly, keep each other on the narrow path of life. Going this walk alone will be a heavy burden, surround yourself with Brothers and Sisters who will support each other and serve The Lord Amen!

Never Alone

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

When we think about it, Adam had everything! Adam was born perfect and immortal, until he sinned. He ruled the world, had dominion over all the animals including naming them all. He walked in the garden personally with God. However there was something Adam still lacked, he was alone.

God said it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone, so he created Eve to be his partner. The point is we were not designed to live alone. Even the most anti social of us need human interaction. Medically and Psychological evidence prove that we suffer without human interaction of other people

This is one of the many reasons I believe Jesus created the Church. The body of Christ is not a new religion or country club, the Church is a living breathing body of believers that are designed to be there for one another!

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Ephesians 5:25

Notice how God intertwines marriage, the Church, and Himself. Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the Church. How did Christ love the Church? He died for the Church, He rose for the Church, He lives within the Church.

Christianity is really all about relationships, relationship with God, relationship with your spouse, relationship with your neighbors. Don’t stay alone, commune with others in Jesus name Amen!

Woe To The Church

But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Luke 11:42

Look at all of my religious acts! Look at me! My name is in your church bulletin, I’m onstage in front of many people! Look at me! Look at me! We need to be careful our religion doesn’t replace our relationship with Jesus Christ!

What is the purpose of Church? Fellowship with a body of believers, right? Then why has it become a “country club”? Why is it more like a “rock concert” than worship service? How many people get down on their knees and break down in tears of repentance?

Jesus didn’t come to create a new religion, he came to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father!

Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Luke 11:43

But we love the social stature of being called a “Good Christian”, Fill up those tithing baskets so we can build a brand new building, put me on the “Board of Directors” so I can tell you how to operate Gods House!

Have we lost our mind? Didn’t anyone listen to Jesus teachings, “The First will be Last and the Last will be First”?  To “Deny ourselves and Carry our Crosses”, then why are we puffing ourselves up like were special? All our good deeds are filthy rags in the presence of God

“Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.” Luke 11:44

All these corrupted leaders are sending the masses straight to Hell, why? False conversions,  they want to live like the world and be with God, you cant!

Jesus said You must be Born Again to enter the Kingdom of God, you have to become transformed not conformed to the ways of the world, Amen!

Don’t Judge?

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13

“Don’t judge Me”!  This is a common phrase heard by many “Christians” on a daily basis. But is this true? Are we not to judge other people? Well Yes and No, as Paul is trying to explain to the Church of Corinth, Christians are supposed to judge other Christians, while God judges the unsaved

One of the functions of the Church is accountability. When you see a brother or sister getting off track or if they see you, we should say something. We should not be against being rebuked by our brothers and sisters, the Bible tells us we are to rebuke or correct our brothers and sisters who continually sin (Galatians 6, Matthew 18, Titus 3, 1 Timothy 5, James 5, 2 Timothy 4, 2 Thessalonians 3, )

Now this doesn’t mean we should be a legalist and follow everyone around and call out everything they do wrong. Because we all do things wrong probably on a daily basis, however if a brother or sister is going down a sinful road, we should address and not ignore it. Of course as a brother or sister we should do this with love and gentleness. If they don’t repent then Paul instructs us to have them removed from the Church so they don’t influence others

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

Probably the most misused verse in the Bible is Matthew 7:1 because people cherry pick the scripture and don’t use it in context. You can’t understand Matthew 7:1 without reading the entire paragraph and in context.

Is Jesus saying we should never Judge anyone, No, he’s saying if your going to judge do it righteously. Meaning if your full of sin yourself you shouldn’t be judging other peoples sin. However if you remove the sin from your life (log in your eye) then you can more clearly judge other peoples sin (speck in the eye)

For example if your looking at pornography you cant be calling out someone for being a homosexual. Immorality is immorality, you cant be a hypocrite and judge peoples sin.  The purpose of these teachings are not to go around and condemn people but for the body of Christ to keep each other on the narrow path of eternal life in Jesus Name Amen!

 

The Morning Star

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth. Numbers 24:17

Jesus is the morning star, (Revelation 22:16) and it was the Star of Bethlehem that led the shepherds and wise men to the new born King. Balaam, another prophet, who confirmed the coming of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, is the reason we celebrate the season.

A scepter , meaning royalty or King, will rise out of Israel. That King, Jesus, was born in a manger in Bethlehem, fulfilling many prophecies and saving us from our sins. Jesus is the King of Kings (Revelation 19:16) there is no one greater, come and worship your King.

The Moabites had enticed the Israelites into sinning and therefor losing Gods protection and caused major deaths. Jesus has overcome sin and death, there fulfilling this as Moab is symbolic of sin and death.

The people of Sheth (Seth) or people of Seth who was the third son of Noah representing all of mankind. Means Jesus, the Messiah , has come to save all of man kind, which he fulfilled this prophecy on the cross. So rejoice this season for our Messiah has come in Jesus Name Amen

Our Savior

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

God has a plan for the world and his name is Jesus. Since the beginning we have all fallen short to the glory of God, we have all become sinners. And the wages of sin equal death, however because God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son to save the world from our sins.

His Hebrew name is Yeshua which means “Salvation of Yahweh) which means God saved us through his son Jesus, who became the sacrificial Lamb to take the punishment for your sins. Through the birth of Jesus Christ, we can have hope and victory, because he has overcome the world

As we celebrate this Christmas Season let’s focus on the reason.  Its not about the presents and cookies, it about the lowly baby in the manger who is the King of the World, our Lord and Savior who is the manifestation of God in the flesh. Holy is his name, he is worthy to be  praised in Jesus Name Amen

Give Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18

During Thanksgiving we ponder what we are thankful for, we recognize the blessings that God has given us. But the truth is we should treat every like Thanksgiving. Everyday is a gift from God, nothing should be taken for granted. If you wake up in the morning with breathe in your body, you should be thankful. However we have a tendency to become complacent. We take for granted everything that God has already given us and were not thankful anymore. We need to live each day like it’s a new day with a new beginning. Thank God everyday for your spouse, your children, your family, your job, your home. Don’t take a single blessing for granted.

Remember the victories that God has already won for you in the past, celebrate these and give glory to God. Don’t forget what your Father has already provided for you, because it pleases him to give you more. Most importantly we need to remember that there are many who suffer, your blessings may seem small to you but to others they would give anything to be in your place. Give Thank to God in all your circumstances , good or bad, because we are blessed and victorious in Jesus Name Amen