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LET GOD WIPE ALL YOUR TEARS AWAY

Posted by Job on April 29, 2007

 Revelation 7:17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

What are you going through in life today? Is it sickness? Is it grief over a lost loved one? Is it poverty? Is it racism or discrimination? Are you in jail for a crime that you did not commit? Or maybe it is things in your past. Were you robbed? Raped? Molested as a child? Maybe it is guilt over something that you have done, or many things that you have done. Maybe you are bearing the burden of family shame, or a family secret. Perhaps you have no one you can talk to, no one to confide in, no one who understands you, or no one that you can trust. Maybe there is so much pain in your life and there are no solutions and answers; nothing to help you understand the pain much less make it go away. Maybe you have tried and failed and lost for the last time, and you are sick and tired of putting yourself on the line and risking yourself. Or maybe you are just overwhelmed by all of the suffering and injustice in the world.

Of course, the person who has experienced any of these things – or all of them – has a powerful incentive to give up on God. To ask “where is God”? Or to proclaim that if there is a God, then He is unworthy of being followed because He allows so much misery to be heaped on people; because He allows so many of His children to go to bed crying each night. Well I am here to tell you today that you should not give up. You should not harden your heart. You should not lose your faith. Why? Because you may cry yourself to sleep at night. Or your tears may be so much that you cannot even fall asleep. But when the night is over and the morning comes, God is still there, and He will wipe the tears away from your eyes. 

Am I talking about in this life? No. There will always be problems, struggles, trials, and tribulations in this life. Whoever tells you different is a liar, and you should turn aside from them, especially if they call themselves a Christian. I mean in the next life. Not in this flawed temporary life marred by sin where you not only have to face the consequences of your own deeds but are affected by the evil decisions and natures of others, but in the eternal life to come. If you hold on, if you endure to the end, then God will rescue you. He will save you from the torment. He will balm the pain. He will cause you to forget every evil wicked troublesome thing that you did to someone else and that others have done to you. God will destroy all that is evil, all that is corrupt, all that is unjust, all that is arbitrary, and restore righteousness and order to a creation that fell into sin with Adam. And when that happens, God will wipe away the tear from your eyes.

Why does it have to wait until the next life? Well why not? Again, this life is temporary almost to the point of not even being real! But the next life is FOREVER. What would it accomplish for God to take away your problems in this life only for you to experience an eternity of misery? Consider Adam. He was created in perfection and lived in perfection, with all of his needs met. But that came to an end when he sinned and suffered spiritual death. Adam’s perfect life was temporary, and his punishment will be forever. Why would you want to be like Adam? If you are going to have to live through a nightmare, make it a nightmare that will end when this life ends, not a nightmare that will start when this life ends and will continue forevermore!

So many people are shortsighted like Esau, who sold his destiny for a bowl of soup. Well, humans are willing to sell their eternities because they refuse to let go of the things that have hurt them and made them angry in this life. It is as if they do not even WANT God to wipe the tears away from their eyes in the next life because that would take away their privilege of judging God for all of the things that they didn’t like about this one. Because their lives did not go perfect by their estimation, they will not submit to God and give Him the glory. It is easy to go through life thinking that just because things went wrong – and for some people they went VERY wrong – that it means that the Bible is full of errors, is just a bunch of allegories and fables, and there is no God and will be no judgment. It is easy to think that if there was a God then He would have been fairer to people, especially to YOU. Because even if you yourself have not experienced any real struggle or heartbreak, you are angry at God for allowing you to witness what happens to others and to thereby doubt. You wonder why God even created you; why He did not allow you to die in the womb rather than live a life filled with so much doubt, so much uncertainty, so much unfairness, so many unanswered questions.

You wonder how God could force you to stake your eternity on accepting the impossible by faith alone. After all, maybe you are not just Esau, who was merely hungry. No, you have REAL PROBLEMS. You have REAL QUESTIONS. Like how you can believe in a book that tells you that the world was created in seven days when science tells you that it was created in billions of years. The answer: go back before the billions of years and then what? You know, when time was equal to ZERO. What was there? What created the earth? What created time? What created whatever that went “bang” all those billions of years ago? You tell yourself that if you had the answers to all of those questions, you would believe. But the truth is that having the answers to those questions would only create more. They would only give you more occasion to deny the Bible and accuse God.

Why? Because it is not the “unanswered questions” that are vexing you. It is not even the things that you have gone through in your life. No, the root cause of it all is actually your own rebellious heart: your natural desire to oppose and reject God. Even those who have accepted Christ and live for Him have to oppose this part of their nature and the similar evil spirits, and the facts of life give them plenty of opportunity to wrestle with themselves in this manner. See, we get so arrogant that we think that we are wrestling with God like Jacob, but we should humble ourselves and admit that we are wrestling with OURSELVES. The battle that has to be overcome, then, is not so much Satan. It is not so much the evil that we have witnessed and suffered. It is against our own nature and hearts. Yes, the pains and hurts that we have experienced are real, and when we cry God cries along with us! As a matter of fact, God CARRIES us through these times and we do not even realize it. But when we use the pains and hurts as an excuse to reject God … that is not between God and us. That is not even between Satan and us. That is, rather 100% us. And in those times, we can either go running to God for help, or we can remain double – minded and at risk of turning the wrong way, which is allowing our lesser temporary pain to condemn us to greater eternal pain.

But as I said, do not be deceived. God is still on the throne. If you continue to believe in Him; if you continue to overcome, God will deliver you. If you can only resist allowing the things that happen to you in this life to cause you to reject God in the next, God will deliver you! And when the day of your final deliverance comes, God will wipe away your tears, and you will remember them no more. Do you want to start the process that God will use to one day wipe the tears away from your eyes? If you have not done so already, you can do so here.

Prayer: Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, may people come to realize that if they will only put their trust in you, set aside their own emotions and desires, and hold on until the end, that You will deliver them in the end into eternal salvation, and the eternal gain will be immeasurably greater than their temporary loss. Amen.

Deliverance: The demon that work in this is self – centeredness. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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The Prosperity And Word Of Faith Blasphemers

Posted by Job on April 4, 2007

Luke 11:2 – And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

The Word of Faith and prosperity doctrines (often used together) are so opposed to not only scripture but simple observation and common sense that it makes their wide scale embrace by so many Christians to be unbelievable. It is one thing for the large percentage of Americans who have never seen or experienced a miracle to say that God does not perform them anymore. It is one thing for people to find it difficult to trust that an unseen God will forgive their sins as a free gift by grace alone and instead put their trust in legalism and works. It is one thing for people to wonder with all of the scientific discoveries and cultural changes if the 66 books of the Bible represent complete revelation and inerrant final authority. And it is one thing for people who lack thorough belief in the Bible, regular church attendance, or a high priority on faith in their lives to attach themselves to strange beliefs and practices. And it is one thing for a relatively small number of people to be deceived for a short amount of time. But for many millions of the most theologically conservative and fundamentalist Christians with the most fervent dedication to doctrines founded completely on not only a literal but also MYSTICAL belief of miracles and the supernatural with FAITH as its core principle to have been deceived for DECADES in NATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD is shocking. There are any number of explanations, including how the denominations and religious movements that popularized these doctrines rely on experience and emotion rather than doctrine, and discourage an in – depth intellectual theological approach to studying the Bible not only among its lay members but also among its clergy. But that is not sufficient. Why? Because the vast majority of the people who support or abide “pastors” who preach this heresy never truly prophesy or speak in tongues, never experience faith – healing, and certainly never experience supernatural multiplication of their finances. Further, charismatic and miraculous experiences are by no means limited to those in charismatic denominations or movements. Further, you have some very well educated people, including not a few theologians and Bible scholars, among the ranks of the prosperity/Word of Faith clergy, and lay members of these groups include a great many brilliant people who dedicate themselves to extensive, thorough individual Bible studies. This is not a case of people who disbelieve but rather who believe as they choose, and is the best evidence of the spirit of anti – Christ’s increasing strength on the planet. I am not going to go into the many arguments against these doctrines, which have been stated many a time before. Instead, I am going to approach the issue from a direct biblical perspective. Anyone who has read the Bible after any sort of honest fashion will realize that the primary overriding unifying principle is that God is sovereign. God does not serve man. God does not answer to and is not accountable for the will, emotions, wants, and decisions of man. Man was created by God at God’s pleasure for God’s purposes. We worship and serve God. And the only will that must be done and shall be done by God is God’s Will. Yes, the Bible is filled with the promises of God. But you know what? Not all of those promises are universal. The vast majority of the promises in the Old Testament were to the nation of Israel under the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant is done away with by the death of Jesus Christ! Some claim that it is expedient to be obedient to the conditions given under the Old Covenant to receive the promises (blessings, wealth, good health, long life) because A) it demonstrates obedience and devotion to God, B) it builds “discipline and character”, C) it is in the Bible, so it has to be righteous and D) BECAUSE YOU MIGHT GET BLESSED, AND AS A MATTER OF FACT IF YOU DO IT GOOD ENOUGH, GOD WILL HAVE TO BLESS YOU! D) quite obviously is simply trying to impose your own will upon God and to get him to serve you. As for C), virtually anything in the Bible can be very dangerous if taken out of its proper context. B) We are not supposed to build anything in ourselves by works, but rather to allow God the Holy Spirit to build them in us by faith, and A) you are actually neglecting and disobeying that which God has given you and told you to perform under the New Covenant, which is to concentrate on love and faith, in order to chase after that which He has told you to avoid and reject from the Old, which is works. Rather than being devoted to God, your devotion instead is to your own notions of righteousness.

What people so often fail to realize is that the Old Testament was the record of God’s dealing with Old Covenant Israel alone, and that the Old Covenant was given to Israel alone because Israel alone was to be the nation which brought the Messiah Jesus Christ into the world, and so the law was given to them in order to prepare them for that event. Since no other nation in the world was going to be used by God to bring the Messiah into the world, at no time did God ask of them to abide by it. Not only would it have been pointless to them, but it would have been a snare to them, and furthermore it would have led to confusion concerning the identity and purpose of the Messiah. And since it applied to Israel before the time of Jesus Christ and nobody else, how much less would it apply to other nations AFTER the time of Jesus Christ AFTER the Old Covenant has been fulfilled?

Bottom line: the Old Covenant was not given to us, so we cannot be blessed by it. The promises were not made to us, so there is no gain in keeping them. The only thing that can happen to us for trying to benefit from the Old Covenant blessings and promises is condemnation when we fail. I am going to give you an analogy. Suppose you and another person get hired at the same workplace, and both of you are given job assignments which fit your qualifications and training (say you’re an accountant and he’s a lawyer), and the benefits for completing those assignments include salary, retention, promotion, etc. If you go try to do his job and be lawyer, the only possible result is your failure because of your not being a lawyer, and being fired as a result. Even better (or worse) even if you somehow DID succeed at being a lawyer, you would not be paid, retained, and promoted for doing someone else’s job. Instead, you’d be fired for not doing your own. Why is that so hard to understand? Our job is not to be the people to whom the Messiah is born into the world, our job is to tell the world that the Messiah has come. We cannot be blessed for pretending otherwise, only cursed, because not only do we neglect our actual jobs, but we grievously offend God by pretending as if He has not already come and paid the ultimate price for us. An even better comparison would be a person hired as an automobile assemblyman finding out that his company once made buggies drawn by horses and the employment terms for the people who did the work, and he goes about trying to build horse – buggies for a company that no longer sells them in a society that no longer needs them, and expect to be paid and retained according to terms that are no longer valid. This is even more ridiculous because this hapless person cannot possibly make a buggy because he lacks the materials and tools, and more still because the terms under which he was hired were far better in every way: vastly superior salary, benefits, job security, vacation, safe work environment, etc. that did not exist in that company – or any – 100 years ago. Yet, if this foolish person INSISTS on being evaluated according to the terms of that irrelevant contract, then the only possible outcome is failure, because he cannot produce the number of buggies according to it.

You might say “Hey, keeping the law was impossible under the Old Covenant too.” You misunderstand. If the contract called for 5 buggies a day and he was only able to produce 3, but was still otherwise a virtuous employee who worked hard, did his best, was respectful and punctual, then the company would keep him. Why? Because their job was to make and sell buggies, he was contributing to that fact, so he would be allowed to continue under the good GRACES of the company because, after all, it wasn’t as if anyone else was making 5 buggies a day anyway, for it was impossible. The company made the contract knowing that it was impossible to fill because they knew that if they could fill their workplace with people who were willing to work towards an impossible goal without getting disillusioned, rebellious, or complacent, it would make them the most efficient, productive, and competitive company in its industry. And that was what God was doing when He gave Israel the law. He did not expect them to be perfect by fulfilling it. He expected them to be a mighty and holy nation of renown by wanting and trying to fulfill it and not giving up no matter how many times they failed. He expected them to realize how God loved them despite their failure through grace, and for that realization to produce in them the nation that He desired to bring His Son into the world and set up the kingdom of heaven. Now Israel first went after idols and into captivity and even after they emerged they never understood grace, so they rejected the Messiah and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven was deferred, but their works under the law was still sufficient to bring the Messiah into the earth. So God ignored their failure to keep the law because their attempts were still good enough to create a nation that would produce the Messiah. Just as your failure to make 5 buggies a day would still contribute to producing more than enough buggies to make your company a handsome profit. But in THIS AGE, your failure to make 5 buggies a day for a company that no longer sells them gives them the right to fire you the first day that you fail to make five buggies (which will be the first day) and they will exercise that right. In that same manner, your inability to keep the law will not be ignored because your attempts to keep it will still contribute to a holy nation that will bring forth the Messiah. Why? Because the Messiah has already come, and there is no market, no use for your works under this dispensation. So, the only possible result of your failure will be cursings and death. Now unlike the auto company, God will suffer you to continue for a time in your error, giving you a chance to acknowledge His Truth. But God will not allow you to reject His Grace and the way by which Grace was made: the death of His Son and Word on the cross, forever.

Now people might say that I should not say those things, because God gave the law and the promises to the children of Israel forever, and to say that they no longer apply would be to make God a lie. God forbid. First, I will say it again, unless you are physically descended from natural Israel, those promises never applied to you to begin with because your people had nothing to do with bringing the Messiah into the world. Second, the promises and the law ARE forever, because THEY WERE FULFILLED IN THE MESSIAH! Jesus Christ is the law, Jesus Christ is the promises. We keep the law not in the flesh through works as natural Israel but in the spirit through faith as spiritual Israel, and we thereby receive the riches of the promise not in worldly things but in spiritual ones. We do not have to keep a bunch of statutes so God will bless us with bountiful harvests that we can take to market and sell for great gain. Instead, our riches are in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self – control) which are far more valuable. All of Solomon’s money and wives could not buy him joy, love, or peace, and if you doubt that read Ecclesiastes. And even being a man after God’s own heart did not give David self-control (as evidenced by his taking Bathsheba and murdering Uriah) and for all of David’s attributes he is not especially known for being gentle, patient, or kind. And you know what? In the case of David, that was OK. Why? Because David lived under the Old Covenant. Sin had not yet been defeated on the cross and therefore ruled the earth. The Holy Spirit had not yet come, so it was impossible to war against sin spiritually using Ephesians 6:11 – 13, but instead it had to be done in the flesh. How? By going into battle against sinful nations. You do not want a patient, kind, gentle, temperate person as warrior – king of Israel. No, that job required someone who WANTED to wage continuous warfare and commit what we would consider today to be ethnic cleansing, genocide, war crimes, etc. while doing it. As a matter of fact, a great many of the heroes of the Bible were noted for their tempers, cruelty (by today’s standards), abrasive personalities, and rash actions, with Joseph being a notable exception.

Christians, we are a different nation playing a different game by different rules. The notions that you can accomplish anything in the spiritual realm with works of the flesh is a LIE. To be effective for God in the current dispensation, we must obey the New Testament, which tells us to A) love God with all our strength, B) love our neighbor, C) preach the gospel. There are lots of ways to do those three things, but everything that we do should be in conscious pursuit of those three things. For instance, we should not flee sin and temptation because we are trying to keep the Ten Commandments; we should do so because if we love God we will obey Him (John 14:15). If you are a soccer player, you are not going to score any points by picking up the ball and throwing it into the net as if you were playing basketball. So why on earth do you think that you are going to be rewarded with health, wealth, and long life by keeping Psalms, Proverbs, and what Malachi says about tithing? And why are you seeking those things anyway since none of those things were promised to us under the New Covenant anyway? The New Covenant promised us salvation, and the ability to live a joyous, spiritually productive life no matter what the circumstances of our earthly existence. This is not to say that God cannot heal. Of course God can heal. But the point of the New Covenant was not to provide healing of the flesh because the New Covenant heals the spirit, so that even if you never get out of that wheelchair, you will still have peace, which is something that the overwhelming majority of people who walk around on two legs do not have, and that includes Christians who are still seeking their blessings under the law! I once listened to a radio show by Ken Hagin, the son of Kenneth Hagin who created the Word of Faith movement. He met a woman in a wheelchair who was so advanced in her fruits of the spirit that her condition no longer bothered her, and she had actually written a book to encourage other people who are going through trials. Hagin persecuted that woman of God by claiming that if she only had faith, she would get up out of that wheelchair! Yes, God can raise people out of wheelchairs, but that isn’t the purpose of the New Covenant. The purpose of the New Covenant is giving strength to those who do not get out of their wheelchairs so that they will not be driven by their anguish over being in wheelchairs to seek false religions that may heal their bodies but will damn their souls to the lake of fire for an eternity.

Now in conclusion, let me destroy this “Word of Faith” doctrine, which is based on “speaking things that are not as though they were” in the case of Abraham. First off, they incorrectly portray the scripture. Romans 4:17 does not say that Abraham spoke things that are not as though they were, that Abraham “created with the power of his tongue using ‘the Word of Faith.’” It says that GOD spoke things that are not as though they were! They get around that by saying that Abraham did so when he stopped calling himself Abram and started calling himself Abraham, the father of many nations when he was yet childless. But people, Abraham did not initiate that to seek his own will; Abraham did not change his own name. GOD INITIATED IT TO DO HIS WILL; GOD CHANGED ABRAHAM’S NAME. ALL ABRAHAM DID WAS TO BELIEVE GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Realize this: THERE IS NO INSTANCE GIVEN ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE OF SOMEONE “SPEAKING THE WORD OF FAITH.” EVEN WHEN ABRAHAM OBEYED GOD AND STARTED CALLING HIMSELF BY HIS NEW NAME, WHAT HE WAS DOING IS CALLED PROPHESYING. PROPHESYING IS WHEN YOU SPEAK THE WORD THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU CONCERNING THINGS THAT WERE, ARE, AND SHALL BE, NOT CREATING SOMETHING THAT EXISTS ONLY IN YOUR OWN MIND. Go read your Bibles (PLEASE!), it just isn’t there. When Isaiah PROPHESIED that the Messiah would come in the world, HE WAS MERELY REPEATING WHAT GOD HAD ALREADY TOLD EVE! THOSE WORDS WERE NOT ISAIAH’S, THEY WERE GOD’S! So, they were not “Isaiah’s word of faith”, they were GOD’S PROPHECY! And you know what? WHEN WE SPEAK OF THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE OTHER THINGS GIVEN IN REVELATION, WE ARE PROPHESYING JUST AS ISAIAH DID (Revelation 19:10). WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU SETTLE FOR “THE WORD OF FAITH” TO GET WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU CAN PROPHECY WHAT GOD WILL DO? I WILL TELL YOU: THE ONLY REASON IS BECAUSE YOU ARE A FOOL WITH A CORRUPTED MIND!

And that brings me to shattering this prosperity heresy. People, people, please read I Timothy 6. It says it right there in verse 5: PEOPLE WHO TEACH THAT A) WEALTH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS OR B) RIGHTEOUSNESS RESULTS IN WEALTH UNDER THE NEW COVENANT HAVE CORRUPT MINDS! Do you know what that means? THEY ARE REPROBATES! THEY ARE GOING TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ETERNITY! THAT IS WHY THAT VERSE SAYS TO WITHDRAW YOURSELVES FROM THEM! YOU ACTUALLY HAVE PEOPLE WHO ADHERE TO THIS DOCTRINE SAYING THAT IT IS A SIN TO BE POOR WHEN JESUS CHRIST OUR GOD AND SAVIOR SAID BLESSED ARE THE POOR FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS, PEOPLE? THAT IS BLASPHEMY! RUN FROM THEIR BLASPHEMY WHILE YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE LEST YOU BECOME REPROBATES LIKE THEM, AND START PREACHING THE TRUE GOSPEL TO SAVE OTHERS FROM BECOMING BLASPHEMING REPROBATES!

Prayer: Father YHVH in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, we praise You for the better promises of the New Covenant. Please keep us from falling into the lies that we should seek righteousness or blessings under the Old Covenant, or that godliness is gain, and please use us to preach against the false teachers and prophets to prevent people from following after that doctrine and delivering those who are ensnared in it from it. Amen.

Deliverance: The demons that work in this area are doctrinal error, blasphemy, and self – will. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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