God’s money is sacred

God’s money is sacred.

Rev Dr John Avanzini spoke strongly in his offering message “My child, remember this, God’s money, you must not touch!”  That was really a prophetic warning from our Holy Spirit spoken through John. Deep inside my heart and soul, I acknowledged these words as Union of the Holy message ever since the day I was reborn on 7 Dec 2007. This happened during one of the Asia Conference session by our City Harvest Church  in Expo Hall 8.

There is a saying “Money is the source of all evil.” That is far from truth if wrongly understood. Money in itself is not evil. It is kind of funny, if that is true, then whoever holds the money can become evil. Everybody needs to hold and use money for their daily necessity and needs. In another word, money can be used for doing good deeds or evil. There are people who used money to do good to help the poor, while there are others who used money to do evil such as hire assassins to kill people, drug money or even to support terrorism. There is another way of looking at it, how do you obtain the money? Heard of the saying “Dirty money” which mostly associates with money obtained from providing sexual services, drug dealing, and money laundering and all sort of illegal way of obtaining money like bribery etc.  If  you do proper decent business and get pay cheque from your employer, that is “clean money”.

Why God’s money is sacred and ultimate consequences of cheating or touching it?

God’s money is to be set aside for HIS Kingdom building. NOT for personal gain or use.

Ananias and Sapphira struck dead by God for lying and cheating God’s money.

In Acts 5:1-2. At first read, it may appear that Ananias and Sapphira’s sin was that they did not give all the money to the apostles, but rather kept some for themselves. As we read on and study Peter’s response, we will see that the sin came about because they misrepresented how much they had been paid for the property. They had the right to keep back whatever they chose and to give to apostles whatever they chose, but instead they lied and claimed that they were giving all the proceeds from the sale to the church. Notice that Sapphira knew exactly what was going on; this was not something that her husband was doing behind her back. Why did they do this? They wanted to seem more pious and spiritual and generous than they really were, by claiming they had given all the money, instead of just a portion.

Remember, there were two people involved in this deceit. Now we’ll read Sapphira’s story. As God is just, He confronts Ananias and Sapphira separately, so that each may be judged on their own actions, not on the actions of their spouse.

Read Acts 5:7. I found this verse to be very fascinating – the woman’s husband dies, is buried, and no one goes to find her to tell her what happened! I think this had to be the work of the Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, though it is not specifically recorded here. I think Peter (or another apostle) would have made some sort of announcement to the crowd commanding them not to tell Sapphira what had happened.

Read Acts 5:8. Here Sapphira is tested and oh, how easily she could have escaped her husband’s fate! Peter is blunt and to the point. All she needed to have done was to tell the truth. Before all those witnesses, however, as well as before God, she chose to lie.

Read Acts 5:9. Notice what Peter says: “to test the Spirit of the Lord!” When she lied to Peter, she was lying to God’s representative, which meant she lied to God. I know lying of any sort (though we all do it, most of the time not even meaning to) is a sin, but I think lying to a spiritual authority over us is particularly grievous, since that person represents God on earth.

Ultimate consequence of taking God’s money is dire.

Not all people will suffer greatly for doing so because God is merciful and sinners should not take God’s grace for granted!  Remember Judas who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silvers? His ultimate destiny was death by suicide.

John 12:1-7 tells of how the Lord was anointed with some very expensive perfume by Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus. We know that as Judas witnessed this event, he objected, saying, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages” [three hundred denarii in Greek]. We know that Judas was not concerned with the poor and that he was a thief, because verse 6 tells us so. “He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”

John 12:3 tell us that the other disciples apparently had no idea that Judas was dipping his hand into the group’s “treasury.” Some secret sins today, in the same way, can be kept secret for a long time. Sometimes even those who know us best—husband, wife, family member, co-worker, close friend—have no idea what is going on.

Matthew says he returned to the priests to give them back their money, but they refused to listen to him, so Judas hanged himself in despair.

Jesus knew beforehand He would be betrayed and who the betrayer would be. Long before it happened, even before it entered Judas’ heart to do so, Jesus called the traitor a devil, although not naming him explicitly (see Jn. 6:64,70-71). In Matthew 26:20, Jesus revealed to Judas that He knew what he intended to do. Knowing what a person will do, however, is not the same as causing him to do it. Therefore, Judas still had a choice and was not powerless in the matter.

Since Lord Jesus is God, all knowing and omniscient, why he didn’t stop Judas from taking money?

Remember that Jesus is as human as everyone and he had already told his disciples that he will only do what Father God had revealed to HIM. Thus Judas behavior wasn’t revealed to HIM so as the prophecy could be fulfilled, else Lord Jesus would had rebuked Judas in the same manner as Peter as HE loved all HIS disciples.

Jesus clearly and repeatedly indicated that He is not the one who “calls the shots”.

John 14:31 “the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”

John 7:16  “Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.”

Is it because that Lord Jesus already knew that the prophecy has to happen, that’s why he didn’t rebuke and stop Judas?

As can be seen in the NT, only John wrote in this manner that Judas had been taking money. More likely that he is only one who knew about this but didn’t inform Lord Jesus about it. It is very strange though that certain thing are allowed to happen to fulfill God’s prophecy. Rev Dr A.R. Bernard once said “God will allow things to happen as long as benefits outweight consequences.”

The 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for the betrayal of Jesus (Matthew 26:14-15) is understood to have been prophesied in Zechariah 11:12: “So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.”

The last chapter in Judas’ life is written in Matthew 27. “Early in the morning, all the chief priests and elders of the people came to a decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, for I have betrayed innocent blood.’ ‘What’ is that to us’? they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.'” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”

How must God’s money be treated since it is sacred?

God’s money must be handle with care in correct manner like the Ark of Covenant.  We use the real happening of Uzzah’s death to explain in clarity.

2 Samuel 6:6-7 “ But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out for the Ark of Covenant and grasped it, for the oxen had stumbled. The LORD was incensed at Uzzah. And God struck him down on the spot for his indiscretion, and he died there beside the Ark of God.”

However, a close reading of the text supports just the opposite: Uzzah was likely killed for NOT correcting his priesthood leaders, who themselves were not following the scriptures. This conclusion is based on three items in the text:

1. King David, not Uzzah, was the responsible party, was in error, and later admits it.

2. Uzzah’s did what his leaders asked him to do, rather than what the scriptures said he should do, both in moving the ark, and in keeping it from falling. Thus, Uzzah’s core error was following his priesthood/political leaders rather than the scriptures.

3. Underlings were often killed for a king’s misbehavior, further supporting the idea that David, not Uzzah, was at fault; the Lord’s actions were meant primarily as a lesson for David.

Mal 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Which means the money that was originally set aside for God is sacred, you can only take and use the money that is being overflowed out of the storeroom. If you had taken money or touch the money in the storeroom, than miracle will not happened. As a matter of fact based on biblical economics, such immense blessing doesn’t need anyone to touch the money that was pledged in the storehouse (symbolically for money kept in the bank).  Certainly, the blessings of overflowing may not happen overnight but may takes time and Christian to be patience and wait for God’s provision to happen at HIS right timing and place.

The problem is some Christian did not wait for God’s provision for the funding and they go ahead and do funding that maybe illegal in that country. Yes, it is no doubt that one maybe doing God’s  will but the problem is that the method of getting the funding maybe illegal and God could had let the event happen and even bless the occasion with many souls saved but bottom-line is that it didn’t follow God’s plan. Moreover, every country has their own law and all citizens must abide by the laws as also written in the Bible. Doing self provision without waiting for God’s provision is an act of lack in faith and disobedience.

Yes, the Church can defend themselves that they are doing this for a good cause but still it is breaking of the local that is punishable.

King David did not keep the money  set aside for himself but to built God’s temple.  Just before King David died, he gave his son, Solomon, gold, silver and treasure that he had set aside for the building of the Temple, and then crowned him King. In the fourth year of his reign, Solomon began to build the Temple.

In the whole saga that is still ongoing when this article is being published, our Holy Spirit had revealed to me that the article that I had written as inspired by HIM “Cutting the Rope” 27th July 2008 is the true parable prophetic of the event.  Part of the prophecy had already been fulfilled. The group that is pulling everyone else down had been cut loose themselves.

Matthew 6:24 (NLT) “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

Fit and proper Leader

How this article title come about.

LeaderI kept on thanking Father God Jesus for the new job HE had arranged for me. It was really a miracle for me.  This year August 2012 was my 1 year anniversary of being graduated from SOT 2011. In actual fact, I had forgotten that I had told my mother-in-law that I probably will be working in church after graduation to justify for my decision to a quit telesales job. I had actually forgotten about my “assurance”. By the way, my mother-in-law suffered stroke during sleep and is still in comatose. My wife’s cousin whom I had not seen for almost 30 years, flown from Australia and he told me that he was informed by mother-in-law that I studied SOT to be a Pastor. My mother-in-law was really serious about my promise that I will work in church. He came to Singapore to pray with me for mother-in-law’s recovery and also his wife received words   from our Lord Jesus “that the work had been done.” I confirmed the status to them that it was so on that faithful Monday when I prayed as prompted by our Holy Spirit. On that day, the doctor had showed us the scan that she had suffered blood clog and is as good as brain dead but Lord Jesus healed her as I prayed for her, speak-in-tongue and interpreted my own tongue. She is now at her home, but eyes still cannot open though she is very conscious of things happening around her and can respond to our question and sometime mutter a few words.

So, one day as I was doing my routine web design job, I complained to Lord Jesus in prayer that it had been 1 year since I had graduated from SOT, the church is not accommodating in anywhere that could lead me to work in church. Then my prayer was answer with couple of revelations, it seems that the church is very much system run and many criteria must be met before anyone can work in church, must be recommended by CGL which is subjective to one’s opinion, certain level of qualification and perhaps number of years serving in ministry. Then once I have this knowledge understood, our Holy Spirit prompted me to apply for a job in one of the internet portal. I submitted about 8 entries. Then on the same day, I received one phone interview and then next day a call to go for a job interview. Praise the Lord! I got the job but I have to retake my M5 exam. Well, I had to read the notes couple of times, and practice the mock exam, repeat about 5 times. It was quite stressful because my exam was only 5 days away. Then as I read the notes and took the mock exam and also at the actual exam day, the words “Fit and proper” kept appearing. It is some kind of revelations. And I really prayed about it and somehow, my senior partner coached me and informed me that this is the message our Lord wanted me to convey to church people. So here am I writing this article “Fit and proper leader.”

What is the criteria to be a Fit and proper Cell Group Leader?

1.  God fearing.

You must be God fearing in order to do God’s work else you will be only listening to man and the worst enemy, the worst man that you feared the most is your own voice. The old man that is living inside of you. Ever since the day of fallen Adam, this “old man” that is inside is being subject to the ruler of this earthly generation. Learn from the example of King Saul and King David. Both of them committed sins. But why the different end result, one forgiven and the other was not?

King Saul  disobey God by sparing the life of Agag , King of Amalek. 1 Sam 15:24 “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.”

King David committed adultery and murder and later repented.  2 Samuel 12:13  “Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.”

The answer is this King Saul disobeys God’s direct command while King David commits sins but he repented. It would seem that disobeying God’s direct command is a very severe sin than man sin. We thus need leader who are God fearing and obeying or else this leader would be listening only to people because he is just like King Saul; people fearing and pleaser.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

2.  Good shepherd

Guide, teach and protect his sheep. Clearly if you are a good shepherd, your members will listen to your voice and have complete trust in you because, they know that you will even lay down your life for them. Unfortunately leaders who are “System based” won’t even do the minor insignificant thing for their members. They are in the opposite end. They expect members to fit their system before they are willing to be their shepherd. They became the “hired shepherd” only as depicted in this part of the bible, they won’t care much about the sheep. Although this type of  leader shepherd don’t work only for money but they do work for their face saving or status, they will not hesitate to dismiss any member who don’t fit their system criteria.

The leader must have the interest of each member at heart. Care to spent time to get to know the individual better. If possible participate in their life. Even dialogue with them in social media. Have the gift of wisdom and discerning ability. To know the needs of members without being told. Leader cannot be playing doctor. That is how doctor see patient, they would ask the patient “What’s wrong with you.” It is really a funny practice where the sick person have to tell doctor of what sickness they have instead of the doctor giving the examination and tells them what’s wrong with them. Leader should have the ability to receive the Gift of knowledge combined with other spiritual gifts to help their members.

John 10:11-21 (NLT)  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.  A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”

View this video, the father sacrificed his life so that his son and daughter can live. The grievous mistake was someone dropped the money bag.

3.  Support and help member fulfill their God’s given vision.

It would be very damaging if church appoint a leader themselves never receive direct vision or dream from Father God Jesus. They will very unlikely able to envisage or believe the visions of their members, but instead they became “Jacob, the vision killer”. It is very dangerous to have this type of leader because they set a very bad example for the others to follow. Let’s take a look at Joseph’s story.

In Joseph’s second dream, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to him (Gen. 37:9). He told this second dream to his brothers and his father. Joseph’s father said: “Do you expect your whole family to come and bow down before you?” Genesis 37:10 “So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” Later on, Joseph’s brothers hated him even more and plotted to kill him but didn’t, instead sold him as slave.  Here were two problems to this issue :-

1.  Jacob (symbolic meaning of Spiritual leader) did not believe that the dream Joseph had is from God. If he had, he would had support and help Joseph fulfill his dream. Unfortunately he became a dream/vision killer, rebuked Joseph of his dream. Joseph being a innocence as a naive child shared his God’s given dream hoping that his father can help him understand the dream or even help him fulfill his dream but unfortunately not only was he being rebuked, his action leads to another problem.

2.  Jacob’s action thus encouraged the other brothers to hate him more and justify their right to do evil to Joseph.

We need leader who themselves had personally received visions and dreams from Father God Jesus. This should be the concrete proof that he or she is Holy Spirit filled and will definitely move in accordance with the Holy Spirit. Only those who are born of Spirit will understand spiritual things. 1 Cort 2:14 “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” In addition, the leader must be a visioneer and has good habit of keeping records of visions even though it maybe insignificant as most of the vision is given in parts. (Read my article “One man’s vision is another man’s illusion” to understand) He will diligently obey the command of the bible as stated in Habakkuk 2:2 “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

4.  Practice God’s equal love, do not practice favoritism.

Matthew 22:37-40Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Here Lord Jesus speaks of the two parallel beam of love, vertically loving God, horizontally loving people. Only if there is upward loving of God then there is infilling of God’s love and the horizontal beam is the equal sign with open end that allows love to flow eastward and westward to all people surrounding the individual. The pyramid love is in non existence! Do you reward and love only those who pleases you? Do love only those who loves you and at arm’s length? Be clear about yourself, God’s love is not like that!  “For if you love those who love you, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet  your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect. Just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48 Click link below to read and understand fully.

http://esharingportal.com/illegal-pyramid-love.html

James 2:1 “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”

James 2:9  “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”

http://esharingportal.com/favouritism-is-bad.html

5.  Ethical in his dealing.

Matthew 5:37 “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”

Leaders must be honest in his or her dealing. Let the “Yes” be “Yes” and “No” be “No”.  Leader not only must be truthful, honest but also decisive in his or her dealing because as the bible had stated, anything other than the “yes” or “no” is from the evil one. I think it is hard for some leader to understand. When members propose or suggest something, they are sincere and gives due respect, looking up upon leaders and serious about. They expect the leader to provide an answer. Members who are pro-active and creative will not hesitate to propose ideas. Some of these suggestions could be mooted by our Holy Spirit and we all know very well that the devil knew that he has little time on earth and he is all out to destroy God’s work. Leaders who are not moving in Spirit will be influenced by the devil to keep quiet about any good proposal. Why? Because they are very self-centered, and the devil gave them pride such that they think that they have the best solution and system in place. Any input from member, they would just shrug off without giving an “yes” or “no” answer and little did he know, he is preventing the work of God from being carried out. The member felt had been somehow betrayed. And there had been cases of members’ idea being stolen.

Also leader maybe biased to people whom they like more and chances is that they will be quick to approve their suggestion or ideas. This tantamount to the practice of favoritism.

In addition, from what I learned in M5 notes, there are 3 criteria for “Fit and proper test”, though these are criteria set by MAS for relevant person to be consider for the financial job, we can use for biblical principle :-

1)  Honesty, integrity and good reputation.

2)  Competent and capability.

3)  Financial soundness.

In summary, Loving God and people fervently.  Only than On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:40 The Fit and proper leader must had gone through the 3 level of Spiritual growth. He or she must had bear the fruit of Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.”

When God asked Solomon of the things he could ask for, he asked for the right thing not for himself but for the people. “God said; ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’” I Kings 3:5

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 King 3:9

God is was well pleased with King Solomon’s request and HE said to King Solomon “I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” 1 King 3:13

You are my VIP

friends

There is no problem of me being able to quickly integrate into any group of people without much, as if I had already knew them by stretching out my hand and introduced myself. I thank Father Jesus for the boldness and love he had put in me.  So, I had opened up myself to everyone without reservation. Whenever I received wonderful messages or even wisdom words, I would not hesitate to share with anyone. I sent SMS, wrote articles in Esharingportal.com, and actively post into Facebook.com. Unfortunately, all these just gone into deaf ears. While many foreigners would click “Like” and commented with positive exaltive notes, only one or two local would response by clicking “Like” in my wall. In fact, certain numerous local would criticized negatively and even gossips amongst themselves about my motive in posting in Facebook.com and Esharingportal.com (as  been revealed to me via my Angels about them).

So I asked Father Jesus , “Why? Father Jesus, why people behaved this way? Why are they so cold? Even the chosen one also behaved this way?”

Father Jesus answered me one night “It is because you are not their VIP.”

I felt very sad about it while at the same time also felt pitiful for these group of people for not knowing how to cherish the important of fellowship and caring for one another. Then, our Holy Spirit, our comforter, directed me to a Bible verse; Mark 6:4(KJV) But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”  The word “house” can be the symbolic meaning of extended “spiritual family”.  And also this wisdom words from King Solomon Prov 25:25 (KJV) “[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country.”

I once arranged an appointment with a senior, of which, on the same day another sister-in-Christ were to meet after me. But the day came and I was being thrown behind and my meeting with this person was a harsh harsh one, our Holy Spirit had already instructed me to say nothing since I wasn’t really welcome for the meeting. Matt 10:41 “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”

Should I say thanks to those cold shoulder people for making me feel more and more like Lord Jesus? As a matter of fact, I had sent my last email in the hope that they will be be more caring for one another. In the email, I mentioned that even a very busy famous celebrity cared to takes time off to response to my post, given me much encouragement and exaltive rhema words. I pointed out to them that they ought to do the same for one another. Instead of reading with much understanding of the intention of the email, they were quick to get angry, complained and I was even commanded to apologise to these group of people for my sharing of good news. I did not know who intitiated this demand for me to apologised, but I did so with much joy because miraculously the email actually helped me uncover the truth which I was seeking for. The reaction of these group of people confirmed what our Holy Spirit had had already revealed to me. Truth separate people due divided opinion, biasism towards one group against the other.

Lord Jesus said “Do you think I came to bring peace to earth? No, I tell you, but division! They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:51-53

One of them even replied and said that she was glad that I was humble to apologise. (Obviously, she was the person who initiate all these commotion and gossippings, as she was quick to response my email).  Wait a minute, wasn’t helping people recognised their shortfall was the intention of this email? And yet it was being reversed to became a “test piece to check if I am humble to apologise?  Funny isn’t it. I am not sure why these people behaved this way? Was it guilt or hatred driven because someone had painted bad picture about me by gossiping? I do remember these people mentioned that they loves to “gossips”. Then, I gave prayer, our Holy Spirit opened my eyes and I saw a very clear picture, these were the same people who had suddenly turned cold towards me one day and avoided talking to me.

Trust me, whenever you came across people whom you are friendly with, SUDDENLY, stopped looking into your eyes and turned cold towards you, it is because someone had gossiped about you. Someone had throw cold ice water onto you!

Actually, my email wasn’t intended to be used for testing people but somehow our Holy Spirit had inspired me to write it in such a way that it  brought out the confirmation of the truth, as we knew HE is the Spirit of Truth. With this confirmation, I confidently wrote about the youth concerning the truth.

Some even commented that I am too imposing. Really? Was I too imposing or encouraging people to be more open and caring for one another? I love to study the pattern of people who posted online. People tends to be very expressive of their emotion in the FB and from these feedback and with the help of God’s wisdom, you can know their needs and especially of what they had gone through. Isn’t this is what senior people repetitively asked members to be more open about it? But too bad, the Agenda for the meeting takes priority and the opening for one to share and express themselves fully, was limited by THE TIMING and capacity of the group. No wonder, not many can be very open as a family member because all are so into being run by “The System“.  I had studied the pattern of couple of youths and a CGL who had been with Church for more than 10 years, started with voicing up and displeased with cold attitude, and then left church. Why aren’t the authorative leaders able to catch all these things while they are still warm? Leader only started to talk to people who had already make up their mind (cold attitude) and it was not only too late but also people felt insincered! If we could only be more pro-active, knowing and understood the person’s need even before they have the thought of leaving church, I think people would felt more loved. It is very easy to shroud away responsibility/accountability by saying that we had tried but since the person wanted to leave, let it be.

Friends, YOU ARE MY VIP, no matter what because I loved Father Jesus and I want to be like him. He sat down and have fellowship with tax collectors, sinners and even spoke the Samarthan woman at the well.

How can one claimed to be a family member or had accepted others as their own family members if even when doing little things for one another was not accorded. But instead, members were being scorn at and complained about by their fellow family member (always suspicious and doubtful of any good intention)?

Learn from our Lord Jesus on how he threats everyone as VIP?

1. He willingly die on the cross for anyone who want to receive Him as Lord and Saviour. You are His VIP to such extend that HE gave HIS life for you, even though you are still a sinners, he loved you unconditionally.

John 3:16 “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

2. He spoke to The Samaritan Women at the well whom everyone despise.

The woman meets Jesus at a well (John 4:1-26)

3. He sat there and fellowship with sinners and tax collectors.

Jesus Eats with the Sinners, Publicans, Tax Collectors (Mark 2:13-17)

Lord Jesus is calling for people to have HIS DNA

Lord Jesus said “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothes Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” Matt 25:42-43

Father Jesus asked, “Who then is willing to be like me?” ‘Who is willing to be my beggar to be sent to the field to test the hearts of these people?”
“You will go into the fields and farms to beg for attention to gave you food, drink, cloth and also when you are sick, beg for medicine.”
“Who is willing to be thrown into the prison, such that you will be despised because all words will be against you and nobody will visit you because many are ashamed of you because you speak no words as instructed?”
“Who is willing to be my beggar to beg for attention?”

But God, our Lord Jesus had found NONE! Very sad isn’t it?
Many are more willing to be the persecutors, accusers, liars, murderers, crossing over to the dark side because it is more comfortable.

It is better this way as we are accountable for everything resulted due to our action and inaction. Many likes to think that they can swept things under the carpet but  be careful, our God is a very detailed God, we must make ourselves accountable.  Listen to the advice of the King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement, Including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Unless you are wiser than King Solomon, heed his advice.

Afternote : Actually, I had been dragging to write this notes because it really pains me to know that Christians of same spiritual family whom I loved and trusted behaved this way. But I must obey what my Senior partner had instructed me at end of 2011, “Let Go and Let out.”

Heed my brotherly advice. DON’T GET INTO GOSSIPS, IT IS EVIL! IT DESTROY RELATIONSHIP FOR SELFISH PURPOSE.

From my good friend, Tunde Adetola Adekoya

Also God hates gossips— Why??? It destroys 3 set of people because it is a powerful instrument in the hands of devil to slander & blackmail the believers.

1) It destroys the GOSSIPER- He/she is a tool in the hand of the devil to destroy others through dissemination of lies. And can never be free from the manipulation of the devil.

2) It destroys the HEARER of the gossips by coloring their faith,making them believe a lie and thereby connects with the works of the devil.

3) It destroys the OBJECT of the gossips(THE END TARGET) by creating a wrong notion of the person in the heart of the HEARERS making them take wrong position to his destiny contrary to the will of God.

Knowing that it is evil to gossips, why are certain Christians still doing that?

1. Intent. Gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making others look bad and exalting themselves as some kind of repositories of knowledge.

**2. The type of information shared. Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval. Even if they mean no harm, it is still gossip.

Thus, lies and unknowingly using gossips to destroy the prophets is the work of Satan through its agent, Spirit of Jezebel.

**Pointing out mistakes with love to another person doesn’t fall under the category of gossips, especially if one obey the Biblical guide Matt 18:15-17 “Morever if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more,  that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”

Understanding Bible passage should be from Revelations by our Holy Spirit

break through
God give us stream of living water. From these living water,
it gives you healthy tree of knowledge that
grow and grow. Multiplying branches after branches.

Woke up early in the morning. Still think about how one should be very careful when using Bible quotes to support a personal understanding. Many times when we are interpreting certain passage in bible, we use our logical thinking to interprete bible because it is written in plain Engish. This is where we are most venerable to the lies and mislead by the Shadow of darkness. Satan is capable of putting thoughts when we are in complete obedience to our flesh (our intelligent), and bible passage can be interprete wrongly. The devil may put pride in a person “This new knowledge you gain is very important, you must preach to many people and they will praise you and you will gain fame by being able to give them deeper understanding.” The Shadow of Darkness is the spirit of seducing and distracts. Our Holy Spirit inspired the Author to accurately record the events in Bible and also for those who translated them into English. Likewise, we have to guard your soul. Complacency; which is an element of pride, only leave opening for the shadow of darkness to come in and influence. Let the understanding of bible be by revelations from our Holy Spirit (which is of Wisdom from God), in this way we are in union with God’s given message, 100% accuracy.
Book of Ecclesiastes writtened by King Solomon. Eccl 3. Everything has its time. Verse 7-8
“A time to tear, And a time to sew.
A time to keep silence, A time to speak.
A time to love, A time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.”

These are the words from King Solomon who had immense wisdom from God Almighty and he proclaimed everything is VANITY!
“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but divisions; They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Lk 12:51-53 “a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household” (Matt 10:36)
This same message is being preached by: Dr. Peter Wagner 16-17 Aug 2008, Rev. Dr. Phil Pringle 27 March 2009
Is our Holy Spirit telling us something? Isn’t Lord Jesus; prince of Peace and yet he talked about war, division and own family member is a man’s enemies? God do not like people who are lukewarm. Rev 3:16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, that you are neither cold nor hot. I will vomit you out of My mouth.” This passage means, people who are lukewarm will be throw out of Kingdom of Heaven. Some people may not understand this. What do you mean that being vomited is being thrown out of Heaven? Take a look at John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” So the word ME means Kingdom of Heaven. If you receive Kingdom of heaven humble as child then the Holy spirit will abide in you and you shall have your forehead stamped with the Seal of God. People who are ambivalent minded too will be vomited out. It is the attitude towards God, especially with regard to messages spoken by people. How can one stay lukewarm? Neither accept it nor reject it? When we are given the knowledge that there is NO HELL but only Hades. (Latest news: I was told by someone who had attended BS that he was taught that Hell is empty, so it is The Woman giving wrong doctrine.) Words of Knowledge came upon me “Many authors will be discredited” I am already so used to being pushed by our Holy Spirit to do something that I quickly sent an urgent email to many, hopefully to rectify. In the eyes of God, he is looking at things from one extreme to another extreme. You just can’t limit God nor contain God by trying to negotiate unknowingly to give youself flexiblility to do things, the way you wanted to be done. Is there God in your heart to take full control of your life, willingly?
If there is hate, the other end, there is love.
If there is war, the other end, there is peace.
If there is death,the other end, there is life.
If there is Hell, the other end, there is Heaven.
If one don’t believe that there is existence of Hell, then might as well don’t believe there is Heaven.
Bible passage warned many times about the danger of entering Hell if one died without having received salvation (time has run out on the person). And many many books have been writtened about Hell.
I read a book, I borrowed from my Sister Laura by Mary K. Baxton. “A divine Revelation of Hell.” I had already read Choo Thomas’s book “Heaven is so Real” too. Both of them has been brought to Hell by our loving Lord Jesus. Both said the same thing. Lord Jesus still loved those people who are currently suffering in Hell, he was sorrowful and sobbed quietly when accompanied them to Hell.
And why must our Lord Jesus have to do that? He is already siting on the right hand side of the throne in Heaven comfortably, there is no need for him to bring people to witness the terrible place, Hell. He patiently explained to those whom he brought there “I want you to record down all the things you had seen in Hell, so that people will know that there is this place call Hell. I don’t want anyone to come here to suffer. All are given a chance to receive salvation, but all these people had ended up here because time has run out on them. They died.”
Be careful, our flesh are weak. Without the Holy Spirit guiding us, the spirit of seducer (shadow of darkness) will mislead us into interpreting bible wrongly.
When the rich man look up and saw Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom, it does not mean that immediately upstair there is a place call bosom (Bosom means chest or part of garment that covers the chest in dictionary). God is the creator of Universe. Is it not possible for him to cause the rich man who is in Hell to see this vision of Abraham in Heaven with Lazarus? Even God make the Sun stood still so that Isreal can win the war Joshua 10:13″So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge upon their enemies.”
Then I’ll have to say that the “‘Lake of fire” is the FINAL HELL. If there is Cold, there is Hot too. Then there is in between called Lukewarm. So there is Hell, there is also Heaven and there is a in between place of Hades, the place of temporary holding place for the dead who are not yet decided on going to Hell or to come back to life, pending decision by God? Place of Hades, we agreed on the same understanding. It is universal understanding. Chinese believe that place Hades is between the surface of earth and below earth surface. So that’s why in chinese believe (I am chinese too), the “lost” souls are wondering on earth and there are people who are on the verge of death saw Hades came and dragged them into grave, shoel and be lost forever into hell to accompany with Satan in Hell (for those who didn’t receive salvation).
Is there no rectification for wrong situation? Yes, Lord Jesus can forgive all our sins, but we take things for granted and likes to swept things under the carpet as though nothing have happened. It is not for anyone to judge but all of us are accountable for our action. While we are still alive, we still have time, Lord Jesus though forgive our sins and wrong doing, like wrong teaching. He wants us to have fellowship with our neighbouring brothers and sister, make good what is bad and renew relationship that had turned sour. Luke 5:36 “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.” He wants us to use our Holy Spirit to helps us bring our things from our “Secret room” (the dangerous, sub-concious self) and offered to the altar as burning sacrifice. So that HE can teach us what to do with regards to all those THINGS FROM OUR SECRET ROOM. Rev 7:3 “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” Rev14:1 “Then I looked, and behold, a lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.’ This pasage is more of spiritual marking then a physical one. (taken for Debate on Tattoo) In Chinese believe, Thai people and many other culture. The foreheads is the most important part of the human body. For chinese, it is the area where one recieve the light. That is why in olden day they worn hat which had a piece of jade infront to ward off evil. For Thai, it is an offence for anyone to touch their forehead because it is the highest respectful part of the body. Anyone sitting crossed leg with the toe pointing at any Thai people’s forehead greatly offended them. So it is NOT the physical marking of forehead. What the bible meant is that the servant of God, had their thinking and most important part of the body being sealed to serve God only. Whereas those receiving the mark of “666” is worshipping the beast. I had already had the meaning of the revelation of the meaning of “666”, will be writing a book on it. Someone wrote about it which is quite the same revelation that I had received, about a month ago. Click About the Mark on the forehead 666 We all knew that many events that was make to happened in the Bible is now a Spiritual representation of things.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL, we have to be a warrior of God to be able to fight and win this war in the 4th dimension before it becomes a reality in the 3rd dimension where once happened it is very difficult to rectified, almost impossible to turn around lest reverse it. The Satan has been the King of all lies, Hell is make for him and he is trying his best to covered up or smoke out Hell to deceived people into believing there is no terrible place Hell, only hades. But Lord Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit who bring into us Gift of discernment and Wisdom.

Addon notes 4th Sept 2009
A man possessed by man evil spirits received deliverance.

Mark 5:4-8 (New International Version)
For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!”

Mark 5:11-13 ” A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.”

Can you imagine! Two thousand evil spirits had gotten into this man named Legion. It is true, if one is not careful, having pride, giving in to doing evils and believed instead of resisting false and wrong teachings, will leave openings for these evil spirits to come in. My spiritual daughter from Indonesia said that her husband (just married) had many evil spirits gotten out of him when he was baptised by the Holy Spirit during deliverance (received salvation in mid 2008), because he studied Black Magic. Likewise, be discerning and careful with games and movie we watch, you don’t want these bad things to come into you. So, it is NOT EASY for evil to overtake us, we are being created in the likeness of God and satan needs to have many evil spirits to enter into us in order to completely convert us into going against God. Remembered Judas? Ultimate large opening, Satan entered into him and he betrayed Jesus. Luke 23:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.” So have faith, children of God, it is not that easy to turn bad unless one had lost faith and leave openings for evils to come in. Praise the Lord! We need only one powerful spirit, Our Holy Spirit (given by the grace of Lord Jesus to had died for us), to drive out all the evil spirits. So it is not easy for these evil to overcome you, it needs many of these evil spirits to convert you into turning against God. That is the reason why we have to have constant renewal of mind, seek repentence and be in prayer always to resist temptations. Hallelujah! We need only one, our Holy Spirit to defeat ALL OF THEM in Jesus name!

Addon notes 22/8/2010

Decided to add more example to make this article more complete.

Example 1 – Preaching about Divorce. (Please note that these are just example, not true happenings)

A Pastor was counciling a group of divorcees because they felt rejected and hurt by a sermon spoken by another pastor on stage in a condemning manner. “God hate divorce! Couples seeking divorce is not right with God.” So after hearing their situation, perhaps he concluded that there are good ground for being divorced. He decided to preach a message that would bring comfort to the divorcees. He selected certain Bible passage to support his sermon theme that “Divorce is alright, Lord Jesus forgives and cleanse the sins away.” That certainly makes divorcees feel more acceptable by the church but guess what happened?
The divorce rate in his church has gone up. Certainly, this subject matter requires more than just understanding and quoting from selected Bible verses, it must be explained in total uncondemning way with the guidance from the Holy Spirit. It must emcompass situation where divorce is deemed as righteous with God. I will cover this topic in another article.

Example 2 – Preaching about Tattoo. (Please note that these are just example, not true happenings)

A Pastor noticed that some Church members tends to avoid sitting with people having tattoos. So he wanted to preach a message that makes his church member understanding and accept Christians who have tattoos. Most of those with tattoos were formally gangster. So, he wrote notes to show that it is alright to have tattoos, he quote Bible passage such as mentioned in the Book of Revelation “sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” The spiritual meaning of sealing the foreheads had been changed to physical marking like tattoos. With other Bible passage, the pastor said that it is alright to tattoo. Then what happened? A mother came storming into the Pastor’s office one morning and showed him the picture of her daughter having tattoo of thorn and roses at her back shoulder. The mother said angrily to the pastor “I had successfully convinced my school going daughter not to tattoo her back for more than a year, then last week she came back trying to concealed her tattoo. I asked her why she disobeyed me. Then, she defended her right and showed me Bible passage that the Bible said tattoo is allowed.”
While this is a good intention of the pastor to tell the member that they should accept people with tattoo but the consequences of twisting the true meaning in the bible resulted in problems.

Example 3 – Twisting the meaning of Bible to fit the theory.

Some even say that certain Bible passage was intepreted wrongly, then they would use Greek or Hebrew original text to justify their doctrine.

In the first place, Bible were being translated to English and many other languages so that the Gospel can reach nations and the four corner of the earth. Just because because there are some disagreement in personal doctrine (or source from other Author), the individual tends to bring in Greeks or Hebrews text to justify their doctrine right and impose on others.

If bring Greeks or Hebrews text for further explain or complement the words in Bible, it is perfectly alright for better understanding.
But DO NOT! Bring in Greeks or Hebrews text to discredit Authors who had translated Bible to English, KJV being the most accurate. All the translators had been inspired by our Holy Spirit, so speaking against the translated Bible may tentamount to blephemies.
If any church body is very concerned that the English interpretation of Bible is inaccurate, then the church might as well insists that all their members read only the original Greeks and Hebrews Bible, cocooned themselves as special class of people.
I came across a book written by an author “Foundation Truths”.
This author don’t quite like the “Hell” word, so he spoke against translators who was inspired by our Holy Spirit. KJV Bible had been recognised and endorsed worldwide as the most accurate translation. And yet to defend his theory and argument, his book wrote that, the translator of KJV had translated wrongly. I would just bring out two rediculous example:-
  1. Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom. (Luke 16:22) –  In dictionary, bosom means chest or part of garment that covers the chest in dictionary. But the author insists that “the place of rest, set apart for the departed spirits of the righteous, is here called “Abraham’s bosom.” The reason why the author have to put in his theory that there was place beneath the earth that is a common holding area for the spirit after death called “Sheol” or “Hades”. Then the author found himself in disagreement and to support his theory, he separate the them in two places, place of ‘Comfort” and place of “torment”.
  2. And the author insisted the final eternal fire is Hell. So now his theory and words is speaks against the spoken words of Lord Jesus’s warning about Hell.

With his kind of theory many question cannot be answered (remember Hell is make for Satan and his dark angels) :-

1. Where is the spirits of those people who never hear the Gospel before, esp tribes people?

2. Lord Jesus mentioned that certain people were given second chance, where do these “second chance spirit”goes to?

3. Similar happening as written by authors who was brought to Hell by Lord Jesus himself, why Lord Jesus have to leave them for awhile to let them torment by the demons and then came back to rescue them later?

Be careful my friend, what is the use if you can use this set of theory to teach people but lost your soul by blesphemies against Father Lord Jesus? Our Holy Spirit had taught me well with HIS wisdom, and what I get is BIBLICAL TRUTH!

End notes :

Conclusion by King Solomon
Eccl 1:2 “All is Vanity.”
Eccl12:14 “For God will bring every work into judement. Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”

People really need to have the ability to see things and understanding in much greater depth and more broadly. Some maybe provoked after reading because it appears to them that they can’t attend Academic Bible school because of the “Risk of not getting knowledge from our H.S.” In the first place the Bible was writtened by people, Luke, Mattew, Mark and John as they were inspired by our Holy Spirit and the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelations was inspired by our Holy Spirit. So Churches set up Bible classes, the teacher or preacher would had been also inspired by our Holy Spirit to convey the messages of God, catering to individual’s understanding. What this article emphazed strongly is that ALL must engage our Holy Spirit to be their personal Helper and Teacher always even while attending B.S. or SOT.