The Lord warns us that we should not put Christ to the test, as some of the Israelites did in the desert and then died from snakebites. And we should not grumble and complain as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who lives at the end of the age. (See 1. Corinthians 10:9-11) “People who are grumblers and complainers are living only to satisfy their desires.” Jude 1:16 NLT That is why God admonishes us to “do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” Philippians 2:14-15 NLT And also, you should not grumble about your brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! (See James 5:9)
A pastor’s responsibility is to care for the flock that God has entrusted him, by teaching and equipping God’s people to do His work. (See 1. Peter 5:2, 1. Timothy 3:2 and Ephesians 4:12) What a pastor should not be doing is prying into other people’s affairs and personal lives, or try to control the church members by wanting to know how much money they make and obligating them to pay a 10% tithe to the church. And unless a church member voluntarily wants to disclose his or her private information, a pastor should never be busy wanting to know intimate details of someone’s sex life. It is no wonder that many pastors who love to meddle into other people’s affairs ends up falling into (sexual) sin and suffering for all the wrong reasons, as the Bible says; “If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs.” 1. Peter 4:15 NLT
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2. Corinthians 3:17 NLT It is Christ who truly set you free and gave you this freedom. Now you need to make sure that you stay free, and not let yourself get tied up again in slavery to the law. (See Galatians 5:1 NLT) Take the religious obligation of paying tithes for instance. Because of Christ setting you free from being a slave to the law, you can now decide in your own heart how much money you should give. (See 2. Corinthians 9:7) Yes, you have been called to live in freedom! But this is not a freedom to be used to satisfy your sinful nature or as an excuse to do evil, no your freedom should be used to love your Christian brothers and sisters, serve one another in love, and respect everyone. (See Galatians 5:13 and 1. Peter 2:16-17) How awesome it is to live in the freedom of the Spirit of God!!!
A Pharisee from all people named Gamaliel, at one point gave a smart advice to the high council who wanted to kill the apostles they arrested for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He said; “leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!” Acts 5:38-39 NLT That is exactly right! You will never be able to stop what comes from God, no matter what you try! That is why we should never give attention to the attempts of the devil to stop us doing the will of God, because “when the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 NKJV And “when the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken— who can change His plans? When His hand is raised, who can stop Him?” Isaiah 14:27 NLT
Instead of you being controlled by the Spirit of God living in you (See Romans 8:9), you can be a slave or possessed to whatever is controlling you. (See 2. Peter 2:19) In other words, demons have the upper hand in your life and are oppressing you, and you are not able to control them! Even when you repent from certain sins or wrong behavior and have the best wishes not to do them anymore, you find yourself still doing them over and over again. You promise not to be busy with cyber-sex ever again, and yet you can’t stop yourself visiting porn sites on the computer. You beg your wife to forgive you for hitting her, and yet you keep beating her every time you get angry. You know that telling lies is wrong, but you keep on lying and exaggerating. You are well aware that you are in financial debt, but you obsessively keep on shopping and spending. And so the list goes on and on. Whether you call yourself a Christian or not, you are basically [...]
“The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.” Proverbs 12:10 NLT This means that a righteous person will take good care of his or her animals or pets, treating them with kindness and have concern for their needs and welfare. The wicked, at other hand, neglect and mistreat animals, causing them needless suffering by kicking and abusing them, or even killing them for fun. The Bible also calls it a perverse act if a man defiles himself by having sex with an animal, or if a woman offers herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. (See Leviticus 18:23) A godly person will never make an idol of his or her animals by loving them more than God, but instead, a godly person will always put Jesus Christ first, worshiping Him as the glorious, ever-living God who is the Creator of all animals! (See Romans 1:23)
This is an encouraging word for all you Christians who have been giving so much of yourselves by doing a lot of good for other believers as you have been caring for them and helping them, and yet you yourself don’t seem to experience no blessing in your own personal life. You are doing all the right things, not living in sin, but it almost feels like God has forgotten you and that He is not there to help you. You are struggling and getting tired of waiting for God’s promises to come through for you. But hold on! Your time is at hand! The Bible says; “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 NLT “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should [...]
“So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened.” Romans 11:7 NLT This boils down to what Jesus said; “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 NLT I am extremely honored and privileged to have been chosen by God to become His beloved child, destined to live in eternity with Him. “For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him.” Romans 8:29-30 NLT I have also been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. (See Titus 1:1) Therefore, “I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God [...]
“If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet.” Matthew 10:41 NLT
What you will be given for receiving a prophet of God is the same eternal rewards that will be credited to the prophet’s account for his service to God.
Prophets are moved by the Holy Spirit and they speak from God (See 2. Peter 1:21), and the purpose of prophesies is to strengthen others, encourage them, and comfort them. (See 1. Corinthians 14:3)
Therefore, we should never stifle the Holy Spirit by scoffing at or rejecting prophecies, but test everything that is said and hold on to what is good, because there is a great reward waiting for those who receive a prophet who speaks for God! (See 1. Thessalonians 5:19-21)
When the apostle Paul said that God made Adam first and afterwards He made Eve, and that it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan but the woman who was deceived, and that sin was the result, he said it in context of women learning quietly and submissively and not teaching men or have authority over them. (See 1. Timothy 2:11-14) Here is why; the woman is not supposed to take charge over and lead her husband like Eve did when she ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and gave it to Adam. God held Adam responsible and not Eve, who was supposed to lead and protect his wife Eve by warning her not to disobey God’s command not to eat from the forbidden tree. Instead, Adam cowardly blamed it on the woman God gave him. (See Genesis 3:1-12) As you can see, the issue of women, who have it in them to want to control and take charge over men, is as old as Adam and Eve!