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                          The Hog -pen Experience
Sin is to waste this precious gift of life that God has endowed each one of us with. If we chose sin we are driven to death. The enemy steals your life when you are in sin. We do not always see the deception of sin. Just like the prodigal son looking for the beauty of this great metropolis city that he would enter into, his money would allow doors to be open that would ultimately be shut in his face. If we look at the world today, it is a materialistic world that desires to have your soul. One can get so caught up behind the pursuit of money that you are unable to see nothing else. Money will rule your soul, the love of it. It will be your God. “No man can serve two masters, you cannot serve God and mammon”, Matthew 6:24.
People will go to war over oil but no one is willing to fight so that men can be free. We live in a day were the value of money is greater than human life. The Prince of this world’s system is Satan and he does not value life. Many decisions are made today on the basis of how much money one can gain.
“And when he had spent all,”- Luke 15:14. Right now our Country is facing a great debt on the floor of the congress debate is being waged daily on what to cut. Who would have ever phantom that we would be living in a day were Air-force and military bases would be shut down as a result of the lack of money in our federal government. After all the bureaucratic stealing, the government is at the point of shutting down. Now we are suffering the consequences of a nation that is prodigal. Our Country once knew what it was to be a nation under God, in fellowship with God through prayer, communicating to a father who cares for his own, through his provision and everlasting protection. We knew what it was to reverence a living God in our schools and institutions to look to him in all our ways and he would direct our path.
Today we look at a nation who is prodigal. A nation that has took prayer out of the schools. Prayer is in the process of being removed from all social activity. Certainly, if our forefathers of this great nation were alive today, they would be appalled at what is happening in society. The Constitution of the United States of America allows us to have great freedom but not at the risk of destroying everything that we value. Freedom without discipline is not the will of God. Our God is a God of order; he is a God of design. There is a movement “The new Age” that is coming to destroy all that has been created and ordained by God. It is the mind of the antichrist. He is going forth in the land as never before, on his great black horse, destroying and slaying every institution and the Church is no exception. It is a sad day, but the sadness is a result of leaving God. When you leave God you enter into sin. Sin is a complete demise of the total person soul, mind and body.
We see the soul of our Country deteriorating, dying, and wasting away. How long will we continue to walk as the prodigal son? Will we return to God, the living word, the values and principles that the very foundation of this Country was built upon, or will we continue to waste away?
Right now we like the prodigal son find ourselves in a hog-pen. Domestically speaking we’re in a hog-pen. As much money as many of us make we are just surviving. Twenty years ago if we made the money we make today we would be like a rich man. Our Country in a hog-pen wasting away, this is a terrible experience. This is where you end up with sin. We as a Nation have truly come from a long ways, but now we are looking at the hog-pen, just like the prodigal son.
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                          The Hog -pen Experience
In verse 12 of Luke chapter 15, we find two sons but only one of them desired to leave the family. The other son after having his goods and his portion of inheritance given to him as well, he decided to stay at home. He saw the benefits of staying at home, the quality of life. But the other son saw a great opportunity before him, the world its glitter, its fame, the lights, the friends.
The word prodigal means to waste. It is a sad thing to waste not merely the material things in life but to waste the essence of life, life it’s self. To find that life is a vapor and the glory of life like the grass that is green today and tomorrow it is withered away. So it is in life that the world may hold you up high today but tomorrow they want know you. As long as your money last you will be known and you will be loved. It is sad to say but the Presidency of our Country literally goes to the highest bidder. Money is power. You can be a man of great virtue and intellect and be broke and you will find before you a great challenge. But you have a little money and you can perpetrate your way to the highest chair in the land. We see so much corruption behind money and what people will do in the name of money. The Prince of this world has created a system based on greed. This is the reason why the world is so attractive because it comes to us in a lucrative way.
Luke 15:13, we find that the young man after receiving his share he departed. I can see this young man headed for Los Angeles California were the big lights are or perhaps New York City, were he would find fine women and gambling Casinos. He gets there and he finds friends he never known before because he has money that he never had before. The prodigal wasted all that he had.
There is no way to hold on to the gift of life when you leave Jesus. The prodigal son is symbolic to one who had known the father. He had known the benefits of being in fellowship with God. After knowing the father and his care, his everlasting provision, the son would say within his heart “I want to go into the world”. “I’m going to leave you father, I’ve had enough of it all”. To the young it is the experience of the world that pulls at them, the experience of sin. But what I want to share with you today is that sin is not a beautiful experience. “The wages of sin is death”, while you are in sin death is all around you. If it were not for the grace of God upon your life the enemy would still you. When you are whit the crowd you don’t see the adversary, you don’t see his plan. How many of us have been to the funeral of a love one that was out just having a good time. There are so many young people dying today behind sin. The drug experience is something we do with our so call friends only to find yourself left along with a habit that you can’t pay for. The drug experience is what Jesus has come to save us from. As agents of free will we must chose to be free from the bondage of sin, from its power and dominion.
If we chose to experience sin then we must bear the consequence of that choice. The living word of God has given us to know that “what so ever a man sows that shall he also reap”. The experience of sin always comes with a harvest, not only in the life to come but in this life. Somebody is concern about the hell to come but many are living in a living hell right here on the face of this earth. We see our dear brothers and sisters daily, minds disturbed, troubled, the marks of the world on their face, many have chosen alternative lifestyles are facing the judgment of God through social diseases.
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The Hog -pen Experience
This is a subject that the spirit of the Lord gave to me. This is my testimony, and experience that I have had with the Lord, that was very unique in that the fruit of the suffering that came out of this experience , allowed me to mature and grow in the Lord in such a way that now I can truly proclaim that Jesus is Lord of my life.
Luke 15, we find a parable of the lost sheep, lost piece of silver and a lost son. The lost sheep represent lost souls. Jesus is the shepherd seeking out the lost sheep. He has called us to seek the lost. We also have the woman who had ten but lost one piece of silver and sweep her house diligently seeking to find the one lost piece of silver. The shepherd went seeking the lost sheep just as the woman went seeking for the silver. So it is that we must go seeking for the lost souls. We have a great job before us seeking the lost.
The prodigal son is symbolic to the backslider. The backslider is unique in that he is lost but he knows his way back home. We will see in this illustration that the prodigal son knew how to get back home this is ultimately what distinguishes the backslider from the lost. The lost have never walked the path nor seen the light. The lost have never known fellowship with Jesus, never hard his voice, never opened his heart to him who knocks at the door.
The thought that I want to leave with you is “The Hog-pen Experience”. The prodigal son is a depiction of a deplorable condition. The question is what will it take for me to awaken to my sinful condition? What will it take for me to say yes Lord? For many of us much of what we experience in life is the hand of God pulling at us in his loving way, knocking at the door of our hearts. Many tragedies in our life come only to bear witness that there is a better way. Much of the hardship and suffering that we experience is merely the hand of God upon our lives. If it were not for the trials and tribulation that come our way, would we pray? Would we seek the face of God? We can ultimately see the hand of God upon our lives drawing us closer to him from day to day.
In this study of the prodigal son I can see my very own personal testimony. Luke chapter 15:11-12, we find the family, two sons with their father. In the world that we live in Satan’s greatest attack is against the family. His desire is to divide, brake up and destroy or kill out the family. From the very beginning Satan’s attack was against the family, Adam and Eve the first family. Sin and death enter this world through the first family. Today is no exception, if we look around at our community, we’ll find the greatest ill in society to be the breakdown of the family. When the family is destroyed you have no inheritance, no community, the entity of husband and wife, sons and daughters, when this institution is destroyed we destroy ourselves. For this reason mirage is sacred, it is an institution that God himself has created and ordained from the foundation of the world. Even today Satan is attempting to destroy the family.
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The Comforter
We obey the word of God out of a sincere love for God. If we do what God says we bear witness of his love. The word of God is more precious than silver or gold. The word of God is the Spirit of God. So, we love God has much as we love his Word.
Jesus says to his disciples the Father will give you “another Comforter”. Jesus was a very special comfort to the disciples; in the face of every circumstance they knew that Jesus would be the answer. John 14:16 is a conversation of Jesus with his disciples in an effort to prepare them for his departure. Jesus says to his disciples that the Comforter will remain with you forever.
The Comforter is also called the Spirit of truth. The Comforter is God who not only comes to be with us but he is God within us. He is the ever abiding presence of God to aid the believer in wisdom and knowledge for every good work; just as the disciples turn to Jesus for everything, we to wait upon the spirit to lead us into all truth, to take full control of our lives.
The Holy Spirit is a great source of comfort to every believer. Jesus was about to leave his disciples and at the same time he says “I will come to you”. Jesus would forever abide with his disciples in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus offered himself up on a cross that we might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. By this experience we can know God in a personal relationship that creates in every believer the glory and power of God.
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The Blessing of Sowing and Reaping
To sow righteousness by being a doer of the word of God will cause you to reap the mercies of God, Hos. 10:12. This is the benefit of sowing righteousness into one’s life. “Break up the fallow ground.” The meaning of fallow ground is land that has been plowed but no seed has been planted. The believer is said to be good ground because he has the ability to receive the word of Christ and bear fruit. The word of God is seed to the sower of righteousness. The promise of more is given to all who sow in righteousness. If we sow righteousness God will open the flood gates and rain righteousness upon us.
Whatever you plant into your life one day it will come to harvest, Gal. 6:7-10. God has set forth the law of sowing and reaping into the universe. You cannot expect to reap were you have not sown. There can be no heaven for the selfish, on love for the unloving, on forgiveness for the unforgiving. Never give into fear or doubt, whatever you sow you will reap, God cannot lie. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We should take great confidence in the fact that God has appointed a season of reaping if we faint not. Don’t be discouraged by the trouble that comes to hinder. “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” The wind, the clouds, and even the rain represent the many ways that trouble can come. Always remember trouble is temporary like the wind, the clouds and the rain, trouble is always passing. No storm is meant to last forever. “Behind the dim unknown God is forever watching over his own.”
Let us not be discouraged but with every opportunity do good we should. “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Be not deceived God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”” And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.”
He that sows the word of God is already blessed in whatever he does. Because he is blessed in whatever he does he can be a blessing to others. The word of God is the seed to the sower and it has made him to prosper in whatever he does and where ever he goes. “For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth bud, that it my give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I were unto I sent it. “
As you sow the word of God into your life it will add to you the blessing of health, and prosperity. “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Your labor will sometimes be in dishonor; But God will one day raise it up in glory; it is sown in weakness but God will one day raise it up in power. “Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in Victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy Victory?”
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The Anointing
The Anointing is the power to serve in the call that God has placed upon one’s life, Acts 1:8. All of us have been called to witness. It is impossible to bear witness to something that you have no experience of. The infilling of the Holy Ghost is a day to day personal walk with God. Out of this experience the anointing empowers the believer to serve in the call that God has placed upon one’s life.
The Anointing will not come without sanctification, John 17:19-21, the believer is sanctified by the word of God. We are hated by the world because the world cannot receive what has been set apart for the glory and honor of God. God has placed his Spirit inside of you so that you can have power to overcome the world. God has placed the anointing within you by the spirit of his word. The Spirit of truth is the Anointing of God to teach, comfort and keep every child of God.
The key to the anointing is constantly being in the presence of Jesus, Acts 4:13. The anointing is the spirit of Jesus. It is essential for oil to be in the lamp for light to shine forth. Is there oil in your vessel? The spirit of Jesus is the oil that causes one’s life to shine forth. Is your lamp trimmed and burning? “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts,” Zechariah 4:6. The Lord is saying my spirit will deliver and accomplish what human effort cannot do. The Spirit of the Lord is working to perform the will of God.
Are you willing to pay the price to obtain the oil? Matthew 25:6-13. The price is a willingness to surrender one’s life in service to God; once this is done you will become a vessel that God will fill with his power and glory. There must be a wiliness to offer up your whole life to God, anything less than this is foolishness. There is only one thing that separates the wise from the foolish, a willingness to pay the price. The price you pay is the cross you bare. Consider the price; count the cost for the oil is a very precious possession.
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                                       Temptation
After fasting forty days in the wilderness, Jesus was very hungry. Satan would now tempt Jesus in his weakest hour, with the pain of hunger pressing down upon him; Satan would suggest the ideal of turning stones into bread. Jesus had been led into the wilderness to fast. Just has he had trusted the word of God to feed him spiritually; He would trust God to satisfy his physical need. Jesus would not seek to satisfy himself, he would seek the will of God above everything. Jesus would trust the word of God to lead him and not the passions or dictates of the flesh. “Man shall not live by bread along but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4.
Satan saw that Jesus was determine to follow the word of God no matter what; so, he would use a passage of scripture to try to draw Jesus into acting contrary to the will of God. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at anytime thy dash thy foot against a stone” Matthew 4:6. Satan is trying to use the word of God to suit his own satanic purpose. This is why he misquoted the scripture. “For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways” Psalm 91:11. Satan was trying to get Jesus to go a different way, for he knew the way of Jesus to be the will of God. Jesus understood the devil’s plot as a way to tempt God into proving that he was the Son of God. Jesus would not consent to tempt God in any way.
The Devil would offer Jesus all of the Kingdoms of the world. Satan wanted Jesus to think that it was in his power to give him the world. If Jesus would commit himself over to the devil in worshiping him, Satan would give him the world. Jesus than commanded the devil to leave from his presence. Satan could not give Jesus the world, for Jesus is the creator of heaven and earth and the fullness thereof; it is not possible for Satan to give Jesus anything.
If we rely upon the word of God to lead us by the spirit of truth, we will discover power to overcome temptation. “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” Galatians 5:16. The Spirit fill life is a life that feeds upon the word of God with a desire to perform it. It is a hunger to be used by God for his glory. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” Romans 8:5. If we sat our thoughts upon Jesus he will keep us and carry us through all the trials we face.
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                                       Temptation
Temptation is define as test or trial in which truth is revealed. For example, trouble is a test of character. If you have run out of money you will find out who your true friends are; our trials come to make us and reveal the truth about our so call friends. No matter what Satan has set before us God is working all things out for our good. God will bring good out of evil, light out of darkness, life out of death, joy out of pain.
Whatever you are facing someone has been there before. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “God is faithful” isn’t it good to know that he has promised never to leave us along because God is a deliver. No matter what you are facing God can bring you out. He knows just how much you can bear. He knows your ability, he knows your weakness. God knows you better than you know yourself.
The key to every temptation is having a made up mind to go through. It is never a sin to be tempted but it is a sin to yield to temptation. Temptation represents something in your life that must be overcome. God has allowed temptation that you may truly know the truth about yourself and your relationship with God. The way of escape is in the grace that God gives to overcome your trial. We can rejoice in the midst of our trials because God has given each of us power to bare the things we suffer. Not only power to bare temptation, but God gives power to overcome temptation. It’s good to know that we are kept by the power of God. If your mind is truly made up to go through God will keep you by his power.
The trial is a test of faith; true faith will trust God through manifold temptations, 1 Peter 1:6. The trying of your faith produces patience. The fruit of tribulation is patience. God can do a perfect work in our lives through the power of the virtue patience. “Let patience have perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” James 1:4. Patience is a trust in the love of God to take care of whatever touches one’s life. Knowing that it may not be clear what God is doing or even how God is going to work out a given situation. All I know is that I can trust his love, because his love will bring me safely through any trial.
Temptation has a way of revealing the inner make up of a person. What happens to a person during a trial is important; what happens on the inside of a person is of greater concern because the inside of a person determines how that person will respond during a crisis. We cannot control what happens around us but we can control what happens within us. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a City,” Proverbs 16:32.
In Christian growth temptation is unavoidable. Temptation comes that we my truly commit ourselves to the will of God and enter into the righteousness of his guidance. Through the trial God is working within me power to overcome. Temptation will try the commitment to the call that God has placed upon one’s life. Matthew 4:1, Jesus is led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. This trial is to try our Lord’s commitment to the call that was placed upon his life by God the Father. It is important to note that Jesus is led by the power of the Spirit into the Desert. The same power that led Jesus would also enable him to overcome the temptations of the Devil. Jesus would rely completely upon the power of the Spirit of the Word of God in everything.
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                                   Divine Purpose
“Surely as I have though, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” Isaiah 14:24. Divine Purpose is the will of God on earth as it is in heaven. The plan of God is already done in heaven and is being done through the process of time. We get a revelation of God’s purposes as we study the Bible.
We have plans that we want to see come to pass, circumstances get in the way of what we are trying to do, adversity rises up against the good that we do. When we align our plans with the plan of God what we say and do will come to pass. In spite of great circumstances brought to us through the powerful hand of adversity, we must continue to stand upon the promises of God.
Isaiah 14:25 is a word of prophecy that Isaiah sent to King Hezekiah that would encourage him not to surrender to the King of Assyria. The Assyrian soldiers of 185,000 were a great Army that King Hezekiah in his own strength could not overcome, 2 Kings 19:35. It was by Prayer and Faith in the word of God Hezekiah received deliverance.
Hezekiah was a wise King because he sought out the will of God. It is true that one can be in the will of God and still face great opposition. What do you do when the word of God says one thing and your circumstance says another? Remember God is bigger than your trouble. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness.” 2 Peter 3:9. “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19. God used the opposition Hezekiah faced to show forth his mighty hand of deliverance. What God had purposed to do would come to pass on spite of great opposition.
The testimony of Job is a look at Divine Purpose. The book of Job reveals a conversation between Satan and God. Satan accused Job of begin faithful to God only because God had been so good to him and his family. “Doth Job fear God for nought? “ Job 1:9. Job did not know the reason for the lost of everything but he refuse to blame God instead he worshipped the Lord. What do we do when purpose is hidden? Job was never given a reason for his trails of faith. Through all of his trails he held on to faith and trusted God to be in control of all that is good and evil.
“Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10. Most of us can see God in the giving but only a few can understand the same hand that gave is the hand that has taken away. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21. Never lose faith for God is in absolute control of all things that touch our lives be it good or evil.
“When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10. The Devil is the author of all that is evil. Job knew that his trials were from the Lord, with the purpose of revealing the glory of God in his life. There is a reason for every trial. It is through our trials we grow in Holiness. Job did not say if he try me, but he said “when he has tried me.” The trials of life are sure to come; the only question is when, how and how long.
The good news is that God has a divine purpose for everything. God is able to use evil that was meant to destroy your life for purpose that will bring forth good to you and the people he has called you to serve. We know this is true because evil men crucified Jesus. God did not simply allow it but he predetermined that evil men would crucify Jesus, Acts 2:23. Jesus submitted to the will of the father and God raised him from the dead. God has made it possible for all who believe on the name Jesus shall be saved. Let us trust God in whatever he has allowed to happen in our lives to work for our good and his glory.
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Keep The Vision Alive

Let us be faithful to the word of God. The word of God is the visions of glory manifested in the life of the believer, v.2. No matter how great the turbulent storms of life, let us run the race with patience; for our God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Run the race with patience because the vision of Glory will surely come. Run the race with patience, for there is nothing too hard for our God.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time,” Hab.2:3. Through the process of time, God is unfolding the vision of glory for your life. Every day of life is divinely appointed. It may seem at times as though we are always living for tomorrow; and yet, it is in this present moment we chose the steps that will take us from glory to glory. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,” Ps. 37:23. To walk by the word of God is to have a lighted pathway in the midst of darkness. This light that we have in the word of God is a vision of glory.

“Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,” v.3. As we travel along the pathway of life there will be times of trial and tribulation. The enemy wants to steal your vision of glory. Be faithful to the vision of God’s word. God will perform his word. Whatever touches your life, God will use it to show forth his glory. Be faithful to the vision because it will surely come to pass. Let us not become lifted up in the pride of what we can do or what we cannot do, but let’s forever keep the vision of faith in what God will do in us and through us.

“Cast not away therefore your confidence,” Heb. 10:35. The target of the enemy is to get you to give up your confidence in the word of God. He will seek out whatever and use whoever to steal, kill and destroy. However, it really does not matter what Satan does, he cannot put his hands on your faith. Your faith is what you give up, when you give up on God. No matter what the cost, “sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Rom. 8:18. No matter what the cost, nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, “Rom. 8:39. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son,” Rev. 21:7.

After you do the will of God, you must have patience, Heb. 10:36. If we persevere through patience, we can receive the promise of God’s word; this is the fulfillment of the vision. We can be fruitful in every good work through patience. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister,” Heb.6:10. The foundation of every man’s work is going to be tried by fiery furnace of tribulation and persecution. But if we remain faithful to the name of the Lord Jesus, God will bring to pass the vision of promise.

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him,” Heb.10:38. Let us therefore pursue the vision with a righteous zeal. Give yourself completely to the vision of God’s word for your life. Yield all of your life give all that you have to Jesus. Do not draw back. There is only one way to keep the vision alive, we must be willing to faithfully live it. The just shall live by faith. A committed life lives in the vision of God’s word by faith.
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Keep the Vision Alive
There is only one way to keep a vision alive and that is by being faithful to God, Abraham was such a man. In Gen. 12:1, Abraham is called to leave his father’s house. At the word of the Lord Abraham leaves his father’s house to depart into a new country. God did not say where, but he promised Abraham that he would show him. As Abraham willingly obeys God in the first step, God has promised to show him where to go after he leaves his father’s house. God will unfold his vision for Abraham one step at a time. Abraham had faith enough to trust God in making the first step. God assured Abraham that he would be with him to bless him, so that he would be a blessing to all the families of the earth, Gen. 12:2-3.

We must be patient as God works through the process of time. Sarai was barren for a reason that God had ordained. Sarai acted in an impetuous manner. She wanted to help God out. According to Gen. 16:2, she reasoned with her husband on the basis of what she could not do. So, she had Abraham to go in and have a child by his handmaid. It has always been forbidden by God for a man to have more than one wife. Gen. 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Sarai would confess her sin in v.5, “ And Sarai said unto Abram my wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom.” This sin would come between Hagar and Sarai. However, God would hear the cry of Sarai’s repentant heart, by restoring a relationship broken by the sin of adultery. God would not recommend abortion, but he would bless the child exceedingly. Isn’t it good to know that God can fix up our mess-ups.

The vision of the Lord is a promise to Abraham that will be fulfilled at a time of divine appointment. Gen. 18:10: “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” The word of the Lord is very clear on this matter of Sarah bearing a child in her old age. This vision seems to be utterly impossible. However, God would prove faithful in performing his word. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” V.14. Abraham and Sarah would once again know the pleasure of love. The word of the Lord said that his everlasting covenant would be upon Abraham and his seed, Gen. 17:7. “I will bless her and give thee a son also of her,” v.16.

When Abraham heard that God was going to make Sarah, who is now 89 years old, a mother (This woman has been barren all of her life), he fell on his face and laughed. Abraham could not comprehend such a thing as this. Even though Abraham did not see it or feel it, Abraham would act upon the word of God. He would embrace his wife, and love her by faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Heb.11:1. “Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him” Gen. 21:5.

If we are going to keep the vision alive, we must be faithful to prayer. Hab. 2:1: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower.” Prayer is the only way to remain alert. As we communicate and listen to the voice of the Spirit of Truth, God will unfold the vision of his glory manifested in love and power. We must be willing to hear the word of reproof and then respond in obedience. The prophet Habakkuk is concerned about the way in which he’ll answer to God, v.1. Only in a willingness to respond in obedience to the word of God, will God speak.

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Abide In The Truth
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32. The key words in this particular passage are “If you continue”. It is important to continue in the word, many have started but Jesus brings to us a condition, we must continue in the discipline of the word in soul, mind and body, in the application of the word of God. The believer is to abide in Christ and through abiding in Christ we find freedom from sin.
Freedom from the power and dominion of sin is the work of the Spirit of Truth. The truth is a revelation of Jesus that the believer lives in. This truth lives in the heart and it is freedom from sin. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. As we submit to the rule of Christ by obeying his word there is power to overcome sin. Abiding in the truth is a continuous process daily in the scriptures, in prayer and worship. If we are going to be free from sin we must abide in the truth. The truth must become a dwelling place.
The word of God is truth that lives on the inside. As we live by the word the work of the Holy Spirit empowers with grace to perform the will of God. “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of God in truth:” Colossian 1:5-6. The truth is the building block of faith and love. We must continue in faith that works by love. God has called us to be an expression of his love in this present world. The hearing of the word of God will cause one to bear fruit, Colossians 1:5-6. Truth is the door of revelation into the grace of God. The word of God is wisdom and knowledge for knowing and performing the will of God. This is the reason why we must continue to abide in the truth.
Maturity comes as a result of abiding in the truth, Ephesians 4:15. As we grow in the truth we grow up in love. Many times the truth as been used as a weapon of destruction by taking the sword of the word of God and use it against one another. Truth is to be spoken in love for the purpose of maturity, healing and medicine for the wounded soul. Many have used the truth in unrighteousness to divide, destroy and bring down one another. Truth should be used to buildup and encourage one another. We will see the grace of God in operation, the gifts working together to build the kingdom of God. Love is the ground, foundation, habitation and reason. Love is the motivation, the goal that unifies us. Therefore specking the truth in love causes growth, and maturity.
We together abiding in the truth must in the bond of love build so that we may grow up together in Christ in all things. The truth from within will cause Christ to dwell in our hearts. Being rooted and grounded in love this truth will cause the believer to be filled with the fullness of God. In this truth we shall raise up in the knowledge of his perfect will. We shall preach the gospel to the poor, strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees, the eyes of the blind shall be opened; the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. We shall also lay down one day in the dust of the earth, only to be raise from the dust of the earth in the likeness of Christ. We shall know him and we shall be just like Jesus. As he has loved us so shall we love him.
If we continue to abide in the truth of the Gospel we will see the manifestation of power by the Spirit of Unity. Many who have sat idle for many years God will use for his glory. Every member of the body of Christ is to be equipped with the truth to reach out
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A Precious Thing
In the trial God is working all things for our good. God is perfecting my faith in the midst of the trial. To be kept by the power of God, one must have faith in God. How can we say we are children of the king if we have no faith? Faith means that the believer is willing to trust God and stand in faith along. There are places in life were all you have is faith in God. No matter how small your faith might be if you ask God he is able to do all things.
The word of God is what we live by when faith is alive. But we cannot say that we have faith in God if we are not willing to live Holy. The word of God is a sword to use in the midst of defeat, doubt, fear, sickness, financial need; the word of God is the way out. The word of God reveals the power of God in knowledge and understanding.
I have no doubt that there are many who have great faith, but who is using it. It was the servant who had wrapped his talent in a napkin and had buried it. His Lord held him accountable for that action. His Lord took what little talent he had and gave it to another who had many, and cast him into everlasting condemnation, Matthew 25:28. Why? Because he had hid his talent.
Faith will do you no good until you put it to work. In time of trouble we use our faith in the word of God by trusting him in the midst of whatever we face. To declare as Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” The testimony of Job to this day was that his latter state was better than the former. Therefore whatever we lose for the sake of the gospel God will restore many times over.
Whatever we are call to go through in this life is only for a season. For the trial of your faith is a precious thing. Let us look to God and know that it is in his power to keep us until the end of our faith which is the salvation of your soul.
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    A Precious Thing
So many hold the idea of suffering and whatever crisis they’re going through as being a very evil and ugly thing, but the Apostle Paul speaks of the trial of our faith being more precious than gold, 1 Peter 1:7. No matter what you may be facing always remember you are kept by the power of God. There is a blessed consolation in realizing that nothing can pluck you out of the hand of God, John 10:29.
There is a keeping power of God which is greater than anything known to man. There is a keeping power in the grace of God. He keeps us from danger, from evil, he keeps us from failing. This keeping power of God is by faith. The trial comes to challenge your faith, for Satan is no challenge for the power of God. However, Satan’s Challenge is to get us to doubt the word of God in the things that immediately touch our lives. If our faith is not anchored in the word of God we will soon doubt the power of God. Satan has done his job when the church is silenced by fear and doubt. As long as faith is in the power of God, he will keep us in the trial and through the trial. We are truly kept by the power of God.
No trial is meant to last forever but only for a season, 1 Peter 1:6. It is beautiful to know that we are not going to always be in the valley or weeping through the night, for there is the promise of joy in the morning. It is in this hope that our faith is made stronger because we realize that God is faithful. As sure as the sun will rise, the long night will break because God is faithful. He provides for every sparrow of the sky and every fish of the sea, God is faithful. The Nations of the world have his abundant resources in the heavens and earth. Even if we suffer it is only for a season because he knows just how much we can bear.
Many times the Lord has delivered me from great trials and so I can say has David has said “the Lord will deliver me” Samuel 17:37. God delivered David from a giant. The giant represents anything that stands before us to defy our faith and to bring fear. Each of us has a testimony of God’s deliverance and we know has we face the giant of trouble God is a deliverer.
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                                   Suffering for the Gospel
Paul writes to Timothy his son in the gospel from a Roman dungeon awaiting his execution under King Nero, he encourages Timothy to be strong in grace. In Ephesians 4:7 we find that every one given a measure of grace according to the gift of Christ. Every man is given some measure of Spiritual gift for the edifying of the body of Christ. Paul recognized Timothy to be gifted by the grace of God. To continue the work that Paul had started Timothy would have to be strong in the grace that God had place upon his life.
2 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul encourages Timothy to be strong in the word; he tells Timothy to pass it on to faithful men who are able to teach. This is the vision of outreach, we must pass it on, pass on those things that we have heard and seen. We must teach others to pass it on. Each of us is called to be faithful stewards of the manifold grace of God. Matthew 25:23 “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Paul set forth a series of illustrations using the Soldier, the Athlete and the Farmer, to show us biblical truth that should be applied in developing Christian character has laborers together in Christ. First, Paul admonishes Timothy to endure hardship has a good Soldier, 2 Timothy 2:3. We can learn from the qualities of the Soldier. In dealing with the enemy the soldier must endure many hardships. The soldier is called upon to invade enemy territory he must be brave in his mission he knows how to resist enemy attacks, to maintain order and give help in time of need.
Paul says to strive for masteries in 2 Timothy 2:5. Paul uses the Athlete to show the laborer has one who runs in a race of endurance. In the race there are many hurls and obstacles to overcome. The athlete must not let the hurls brake his strive, he must not underestimate the course or he will run to fast in the race of endurance and to slow in the race of speed. Each event is a test of some particular skill. The athlete must abide by the rules of the event. Paul admonishes Timothy to strive lawfully are he will not be Crowned.
Paul introduces the farmer has one who labors, 2 Timothy 2:6. There is much that we learn from the qualities of the farmer. The farmer is aware of what to do during any given season. He knows that spring is a time of planting, fall is a time of harvest. During any given season the farmer will fight to save his crop against floods, drought, and disease. The farmer must study many different techniques in order to grow crops and raise animals that will bring a good profit at the market. He must study management for there are many investments to be made, tractors to break the ground, feed for the animals, various supplies for the farm. If the farmer studies he’ll make the right investments at the right time.
Paul speaks of his suffering for the gospel, 2 Timothy 2:9-10. Paul said he had endured all things for the sake of the Church. Paul encourages Timothy to remember the sufferings of our Lord. 1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace , who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”. There is much fruit in suffering persecution for the sake of the gospel.

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                                        Persistent Prayer
“Give us this day our daily bread.” God desires to unfold to us his infinite riches by his grace to open the flood gates of heaven. But we must first desire his will. When we put his will first than we can say give us this day our daily bread. The will of God is paramount and in his will we will find the provision of the day. In the will of God we will find what we need to perform his will.
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”This verse deals with our relationship with God and with one another. We must show the same mercy to others that God has shown to us. Our prayers can be hindered as a result of one’s relationship with others. Prayers can be hindered by envy and strife against one another. We must walk in love as we forgive the faults of others. To receive forgiveness we must forgive. To receive mercy we must show mercy. To receive love we must show love. To receive the blessings of God we must first bless somebody. “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
Our relationship with one another has a great deal to do with the essence of our prayers being answered. A selfish life can be the biggest thing between you and God. As we learn to crucify the selfish life and freely give of ourselves to one another, then God will answer our prayers, doors will be opened and power will be given to break the chains that bind, the fetters that come to hinder. We will find guidance and deliverance.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” We can seek deliverance as we first free ourselves of envy and strife. We must allow judgment to be in the hands of God. Stop judging one another and began to love one another. Stop wounding one another and began the process of healing. Than we can say “Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory”. Than we can praise his name with the saints and the heavenly host, we can know the power of God manifested on the face of this Earth. Than we can know the glory revealed in his church the believers.
If we be persistent in our prayers, in our prevailing before God, if we continue to struggle in prayer we will know the fruit of the morning the joy that comes to those who prevail in prayer. Our faces will shine with the glory of the Lord because all men will look upon you and know there is a man who has been with Jesus.
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                                        Persistent Prayer
Genesis 32:24 this passage of scripture is an illustration of Jacob in persistent prayer. There is a power that fills the believer as a result of persistent prayer. Notice Jacob was left along with God. The ability to shut the door on our personal responsibilities having that hour in the day or in the early morning to be left alone in a special place and time to wrestle with the angel.
Quality time in prayer is time that we set aside to be alone with God, to hear from God, to experience the presence of his spirit. We live in a day were there is very little time to do the things that really matter but we ought to set down an prioritize our schedule in such a way that there is a special time of prayerful meditation and being persistence in seeking the Lord.
When we decide to do a simple thing, a child like thing, to humble oneself and look to God. In the process of prayer we experience the presence, guidance and strength of God. If we look to God in faith we can know his protection, and the sovereignty of his rule. If Jesus had to travail in prayer than we must do the same we are not exempt from laying before the Lord in prayer. We must be persistence in this spiritual struggle.
The entire body of Christ is partakers in prayer. We must stop saying “preacher pray for me “and began to join the preacher in praying then we will see a difference. We are called to unify our efforts in prayer. It is the unity of the spirit of prayer that breaks the yoke.
Matthew 6:9 we find the manner in which Jesus instructs his disciples. “Our Father which art in heaven” deals with our relationship to God as Father. It is beautiful to know that we have a Father in heaven who hears us for we are his children. We have a Father who knows our needs even before we ask who hears us even before call. It is marvelous to know that we have a Father who desires to take his little children in his arms and hold us in his bosom. We can only know the Father by prayer. We can know God by the spirit in our hearts. The spirit of Jesus in our hearts gives us intimacy with God.
“Hallowed be thy name.” His name is Holy, righteous, deliverance, peace, love, his name is Jehovah. In his name all power in heaven and earth has been given. “Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” The will of God is above everything. The Kingdom of God should take preeminence in our prayer lives. We should not go to God and fail to seek his will. We should seek the will of God even in the midst of suffering, and persecution.
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                                               Sacrificial Giving
True forgiveness will cost you something. God will not forgive us unless we forgive others. We cannot experience what we are unwilling to give, Matthew 18:32-35. Forgiveness is the only way to open up the channels of blessing; release the Spirit of hate, envy and strife so that the transforming power of love can flow. As we forgive with a pure heart, we can experience the joy of reconciliation. There can be no peace without the sacrifice of forgiveness.
A true sacrifice is to give to a person that cannot repay you. Your pay is in the fact that God has blessed you so that you can be a blessing to someone else, Matthew 5:44-48. It is a sacrifice to love one’s enemy. Your enemy cannot love you back. People who hate you cannot show you love. It is a great sacrifice to pray for those who despitefully use you. To pray God save them and bless their lives with goodness and mercy. “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” “And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?”
To give ourselves for others is the mark of spiritual maturity. A selfish person will never grow. When you seek great things for others great things come back to you. God is glorified whenever we sacrifice for the sake of others. Whatever you lose for the Gospel you gain for eternity, John 12:24-26. Alexander the Great World Conquer gave pacific instructions that when he died his body should be placed in the coffin in such a way that it should be seen that his hands were empty. This was done to show the world the he could take nothing with him.
The principle of the world is that a man should live for himself. The principle of Christianity is that a man should live for others. The selfish nature can be replaced by the joy of sacrifice. The rich man of Matthew 19:22 went away from Jesus with great sorrow because he loved his possessions more than God. Whatever you love more than God is your God. The rich man could not respond to the call of Jesus because of his selfish Spirit he would know sorrow instead of joy.
You are born of the qualities you give out. In giving out of love you transform the other person and yourself. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good.” Luke 6:45. We must be willing to practice love in ministry to others. In this way we can see and experience the transforming power of God in the world in which we live.
It is a very dangerous thing to be greedy behind material things. Our desire should be for more of God, for he along is the giver of every good and perfect gift. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”Psalm 24:1. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.”Haggai 2:8. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”Psalm 84:11. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:33.
Our God bestows his grace freely upon every believer to be vessels of his Praise and Glory, to offer up our lives as a living sacrifice. With this privilege there is laid upon us a great responsibility. “To whom much is given, of him shall be much required.” Luke 12:48. Sacrificial giving is to know the grace of God and its power, as we grow in love, we can know the beauty of Sacrifice.
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                                    Growing in Holiness
In the Old Testament it was necessary for one to meet the requirements of holiness through religious rituals and ceremonial laws. Today, Jesus is our standard for Sanctification. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” Romans 8:1. Christ is your Holiness.
To sanctify is to set oneself apart in the consecration of one’s life to God. For the purpose of being used by God as we serve others. Deut. 7:1-6 is a passage of scripture that deals with some of the particular commands of Sanctification. First of all we see that when the Lord defeated all of the other Nations he told the Israelites not to make Covenant nor show mercy to them, V2. God did not want the Israelites to be in friendship with these Nations because they would cause them to turn away from God. Any relationship that is working against your commitment to Holiness sure be given up. We should draw close to those who inspire us to live Godly lives.
It is the will of God that we live sanctified, 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Your life style is the greatest indication of your relationship with God. Our thoughts, words and deeds should speak of our love and commitment to Jesus. To reject the call of Sanctification is to reject the Lord, for the Lord has said “Be ye Holy for I am Holy”, Leviticus 11:45.
The true measure of Holiness in a person’s life can be experienced through love. This love is Holy and it cannot be self- generated. For it is the presence of Christ in you that makes one to increase and abound in love, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. Jesus on the inside is power to mature in love and Holiness. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness.
The need to be loved and accepted is not a sin. It is a sin to fulfill a genuine need in an ungodly way. When one desires anything or person more than God that desire will rule over you in the place of God. We must always pray that God Sanctify our desires. Satan is working to bring you into captivity through the power of sinful desire. We must not only pray but we must choose to set ourselves apart for God’s use.
Genuine Christian love is a great deal more than a feeling but it is a conscious choice to seek the good of others. This kind of love is a true witness of the indwelling Spirit of Jesus. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness. If we chose to love, God will give us by his Spirit power to love.
Sanctification is letting Jesus be Lord your life. His Spirit will guide you into righteousness that glorifies God in holiness. If we truly desire with all of our heart Holiness the Lord will lead us in the way of Holiness. It is also true, that God is not going to force Holiness upon anyone. We cannot have the privilege of such a relationship without responsibility. By the grace of our Lord we have power to grow in Holiness through love.
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The Spirit of the Word is Power
Each of us has been created with purpose and destiny. The Creator has placed within every child of God valuable gifts and talents. If we look at our God given abilities we get a revelation of the Creator’s will for our lives. God has a specific design for each of us. Through the word of God and prayer we can discover the will of God for our lives.
Let us follow God at whatever the cost and trust him for the outcome. God has promised to guide and teach the meek in his way, Psalm 25:9. A man is said to be meek when he seeks the Lord in everything. His trust is anchored in the word of God. He knows that it is in the power of God to provide all that he needs and to fill his life with peace.
Many times the word of God is a call to perform the will of God. In Exodus 4, Moses is called of God to lead Moses had many fears about his own sense of inadequacy. He fears rejection, failure and uncertainty about what God had called him to do. In Exodus 4:1 Moses is concern about rejection. He says “they will not believe me.” Moses argued with God about the people’s unwieldiness to follow him. Moses felt that his lack of ability would make him and ineffective leader.
God’s response to Moses was through a miraculous sign. God told Moses to cast his rod on the ground. At the word of the Lord Moses threw his rod on the ground, and it became a serpent. Moses started to run away but he heard the voice of God telling him to pick the serpent up by the tail, he did and the serpent became a rod in his hand.
The working of miracles is by the word of God. The staff in Moses hand is a symbol of divine power. The authority of God’s word working in the life of Moses was by the anointing of the Spirit. By the spirit of the spoken word, God would use a very ordinary man to do the extraordinary.
The word of God is the will of God. Jesus says to us “if you love me keep my word”. When we are fully persuaded that God is able to do just what he has said we will keep his word. The word of God is spirit and the word is true. If we choose to co-operate with the work of the Holy Spirit we can experience what the world cannot receive. We can know those things that are freely given to us of God, John 14:17.
God does not work in us without us. The Spirit is at work by the power of the word to reveal the will of God, to work out his plan for our lives through people and circumstances. The Spirit of the Lord is at work in us and through us for Jesus has said “ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”, John 14:20. This relationship is the gift of God to every believer. We know that we love God because we keep his word.
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