Here is a scripture that has often been misused and taken out of context by prosperity preachers to make you give them money; “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT) Jesus was not speaking about money here, but about the spiritual law of action and reaction. He is showing us that the actions we take, together with the severity of those actions, will cause a return in the same way and in the same manner. In other words, Jesus was speaking about the way be behave! When we give love, we receive love, when we hate, we will receive hatred, when we give mercy, we will receive mercy, when we judge others, we will be judged, and so on. Can this be applied to the giving of money? Yes. Was Jesus speaking about giving money – NO!!!
Jesus said to the religious high priest; everyone knows what I teach, if I said anything wrong, you must prove it! (John 18:22-23) The priest couldn’t! That’s why, as Jesus, you must teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then, those who oppose you will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say! (Titus 2:8)
This is the lie Potiphar’s wife told her servants after she tried to seduce Joseph to have sex with her and he took off running; “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.” Then she repeated the same lie to her husband, saying; “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!” Because of this false accusation, Joseph was thrown in prison for 13 years! But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care [...]
According to the dictionary, being “happy” means feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. But the Bible defines happiness as follows, when it says that; if you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, you should keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. You should turn away from evil and do good, search for peace, and work to maintain it. (See 1. Peter 3:10-11) As a disciple of Jesus Christ you should get happy when you are being hated, insulted, excluded, cursed, mocked, persecuted, lied about and, all sorts of evil things are being said about you for being a Christian. It should make you very happy to know that God will bless you and give you a great reward in Heaven! (See 1. Peter 4:14. Matthew 5:11-12 and Luke 6:22-23 ) “Are any of you happy? You should sing praises!!!” James 5:13 NLT
When Jesus, like the apostle Paul, chose you to be His vessel (See Acts 9:15), you automatically become His sheep that listens to His voice and follows Him! No one would be able to snatch you away from Jesus, because His Father has given you to Him, and He is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch you from the Father’s hand. The Father and Jesus are one! (See John 10:25-30) Those sheep that belongs to Jesus have the Spirit of God in them, and confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They acknowledge Jesus in all their ways, and follow Him obediently! That’s how you recognize those who have the Spirit of God. They will listen to you, because they have the same Spirit of God living in them as you do! But those who do not have the Spirit of God will not confess Jesus Christ as Lord or that He came in the flesh. They have the spirit of the Antichrist. They are of the world and they speak as of the [...]
The apostle Paul said this: “I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.” – which included tithing 10% from HERBS and SPICES! (See Matthew 23:23) That’s right, the Old Testament law of tithing was NEVER about money, even though the Pharisees were loaded with cash!!! Furthermore, Paul said: “I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” (See Philippians 3:5-7) And what did Jesus do? He brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. HE DID THIS BY ENDING THE SYSTEM OF LAW WITH ITS COMMANDMENTS AND REGULATIONS!!! (See Ephesians 2:14-15) So now, this same apostle Paul, who was living according to the Old Testament law of tithing, teaches how New Testament born-again Christians should give their money: “YOU [...]
God knows everything! (See 1. John 3:20) He knows the outcome of our decisions, and He chooses those who He already knows will choose Him. God chose them to be the holy people He loves. They stripped off their old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds and put on a new nature, and they are being renewed as they learn to know their Creator and become like Him. That is why they do not want to have anything to do with the things they used to do when they were still part of this world, like being sexually immoral, impure, lustful, greedy, worshiping the things of this world, and having evil desires. They also rid themselves of anger, rage, malicious behavior, lying, slander, and dirty language. Their new nature is now tenderhearted, merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. They forgive anyone who offends them and they are always thankful. They let the peace that comes from Christ rule in their hearts. (See Colossians 3:5-15) For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like [...]
A true Christian believer has been chosen by God and will produce lasting fruit!!! That is the reason why Jesus said; “you didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit!” John 15:16 NLT Even though many are called by God, those who are chosen by Him are few in number. (See Matthew 22:14) You can identify people by their actions, just as you can identify a tree by its fruits, whether it’s good or bad. (See Matthew 7:17-20) It is the same thing with those who are called by God and those who are chosen by God. Many of those who are called, are the ones who hear the Gospel, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. There are also those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. Then you also have these so-called Christians who hear God’s word, [...]
Religious Christians are not humble people who think of others as better than themselves, and they don’t know the meaning of the Scripture where Jesus says: “I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices. For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Instead, these religious Christians condemn, judge, and accuse others, looking only out fortheir own interests, and are always busy trying to impress others with their hypocritical, self-righteous behavior, acting as if they are so perfect, squeaky clean, and never doing anything wrong! (See Philippians 2:3-4 and Matthew 9:13) They are like the Pharisees who arrogantly look down on people, as they did when “Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” Matthew 9:10-11 NLT The Pharisees were also ready to condemn and stone a woman to death they had caught in the act [...]
Ecclesiastes 3:3 says; there is a time to heal – and that time is NOW!!! Think of it, the Lord is ready to heal you! Sing His praises! (See Isaiah 38:20) Whatever the sickness or disease might be, whether it is demon possession, epilepsy, or paralysis, Jesus Christ will cast out the evil spirits with a simple command and heal all sickness! (See Matthew 4:24) This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” (See Matthew 8:16-17) NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, BE HEALED!!!