Smith Wigglesworth

Smith Wigglesworth: We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be a falling away.  I want to speak to you very exactly. All the people which are pressing into and getting ready for this glorious attained place where they shall not be found naked, where they shall be blameless, where they shall be immovable, where they shall be purified by the power of the Word of God, have within them a consciousness of the very presence of God within, changing their very nature and preparing them for a greater thing, and causing them to be ready for translation.

This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. This is the day of waking. O God, let us wake today! Let the inner spirit wake into consciousness that God is calling us.

There are in the world two classes of believers. There are believers which are disobedient, or I ought to say there are children which are saved by the power of God which are disobedient children. And there are children which are just the same saved by the power of God who all the time are longing to be more obedient.

Up to this present time the Lord’s word is for us, “Hitherto ye have asked nothing.” Surely you people that have been asking great things from God for a long time would be amazed if you entered into it with clear knowledge that it is the Master, it is Jesus, who has such knowledge of the mightiness of the power of the Father, of the joint union with Him, that nothing is impossible for you to ask. Surely it is He only Who could say “Hitherto you have asked nothing.”

Kenneth Hagin

Kenneth Hagin: I looked at the scroll again, and again I looked to see what I had read about. I saw the skyline of a large city. Looking closer, I saw the skyscrapers were burned-out hulls. Portions of the city lay in ruins. It was not written that just one city would be destroyed, burned, and in ruins, but that there would be many such cities.

America’s Last Call

The scroll was written in the first person, and seemed as if Jesus Himself were speaking. I read, “America is receiving her last call. Some nations already have received their last call and never will receive another.”

Then, in larger print it said, “THE TIME OF THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND.” This statement was repeated four or five times. Jesus also said this was the last great revival. He went on to say, “All the gifts of the Spirit will be in operation in the Church in these last days, and the Church will do greater things than even the Early Church did. It will have greater power, signs, and wonders than were recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.”

Marriage God’s Way

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.
Some read their bible, and ignore those verses that should change there life style!!! That is called “harding of the heart” I call it “deceiving yourself”. and what part of (God will), in this verse do you not understand? OK, now!
Giving honor to marriage will require the greatest in Christian conviction and sensitivity. Modern social theory may redefine the family, and the new definitions may be far from its biblical foundation.
What can you do?
Witness to the depth of God’s love for you by keeping your marriage happy and strong. Remain faithful-in body and in mind. Pray for your spouse. Honor biblical marriage (consenting man-woman unions) by resisting political pressure to recognize and legalize other sexual preferences.
Teach children the biblical meaning of marriage. Pray early for their own eventual spouses and families. Make marriage enrichment the goal of your small group discussions and study. Encourage the marriages around you to stay strong as well.
In Ezekiel 33:7 God appointed him as the watchman over God’s people.
Today, it is no different, except it is our job. We are the watchmen or you could also say we are the ambassadors for Christ.

What are you confessing when you say, I accept Jesus as (my) your Lord?

What are you confessing when you say, I accept Jesus as (my) your Lord?

What is a Lord?  the dictionary says: Lord is a  person or deity who has authority

, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.

You are saying; everything i do from this point on, I do for you!  And then you are satisfied, I am not going to hell, and anything i do i do for the Lord!!!

How many know what the last commandment was, that Jesus gave His people???

How many know where it is located in the scripture?  ans. John 13:34

John 8:31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.

32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

Galatians 5:1 IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

you can be a slave to drinking, sex, money, TV, food! well, do you eat to live or live to eat????  the worse is being self centered.

James 1:20 For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].

21 So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

Romans 12:1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

 

I have been telling you what to do, by the scriptures.  But the scriptures also tell you what not to do.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,

10 Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foul mouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

11 And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 This is an awesome promise from the Most High God. Look at it again all things work together for good to those who have made Jesus Lord. What is a Lord? Someone who has power over others, but when he is our Lord all things work together for good. ask yourself is my life good?  Do people look at me and say; I want what he has!

You can have what he has, Romans 10:9-10 is the beginning, for good things to start being a part of your life.

 

Trust in Him

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. Isaiah 9:1 NLT

I once read a book that was based entirely on the word nevertheless. It taught the reader to take every problem in his or her life, look at it honestly, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find some offsetting positive thing in the individual’s life that brought the problem into perspective.

It might sound something like this: “I have a lot of hard work to get accomplished in the next two weeks; nevertheless, after that my schedule is much more open, and I will be able to have some fun and get some extra rest.” All mothers get weary from time to time and might say, “My kids are driving me crazy; nevertheless, I’m so blessed to have these children in my life, and I know there are families who can’t have children at all.” A father who has to work two jobs to make ends meet might say, “I am so tired of working all the time; nevertheless, I am thankful that God has provided me with jobs.”

No matter who we are or what our challenge in life is, there is always a “nevertheless”—some positive thing we can look at or talk about that brings the rest of life into perspective. Why don’t you try it? The next time you are tempted to complain about your life in any way, go ahead and state your complaint, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find something positive about your life to offset the complaint.

Trust in Him: No matter what you are going through in life, you can trust God to be with you. Think about your current situation and find your “nevertheless.” Say it out loud to encourage yourself by finding the positive in every situation.

From, Joyce Meyers

The old has gone, the new is here!

The old has gone, the new is here!

 

“My life has changed since I came to know Jesus Christ.” Can you say that? No one likes to be told his or her beliefs are wrong. So when you share your life changing experience, keep the focus in on Jesus: Jesus is the way – not any church or religion.

 

Let’s look at the story of how Paul’s life was changed when he put his faith in Jesus. Remember Paul was also called Saul. Don’t be confused by the two names.

In Acts 9: 2, why do you think Christians were called people of “the Way?”

Christians claim that faith in Jesus is the “only way” to salvation (John 14: 2). Paul was a proud Jewish religious leader and did not want to admit that his religion was wrong.

Ananias was not convinced that Saul has become a believer in Jesus. Still in Acts 9:11, what the Lord told Ananias was evidence that Saul has changed? He was praying.

 

Do you think Saul’s prayers were (a) casual or (b) Intense, crying out to God for mercy and forgiveness?

Someone has said: “When a person becomes desperate Jesus comes near.” God humbled Saul so that he would realize how desperately he needed Jesus. Can you share a time when God humbled you in order to bring you close to Him?

 

Read Acts 9:19b-22 How would you describe the change that had occurred in Saul’s life? It was a 180 degree turn! A radical change, right?

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul described what happened to him — and to us who believe in Christ. Not many people have a dramatic “Damascus Road experience” like Saul, but all of us should be able to say: The old has gone, the new is here!

Go: Share your testimony with 3 other people who need to hear about Jesus.

9 Bad Charismatic Habits We Need to Break

9 Bad Charismatic Habits We Need to Break

I love the Holy Spirit’s gifts. But some of our “Spirit-filled” practices are questionable.

I love the Holy Spirit, and I believe the New Testament calls us to make room for manifestations of the Spirit. The apostle Paul gave guidelines for the gift of prophecy; he saw dramatic healings; he experienced supernatural visions; and he told church leaders not to forbid speaking in tongues (see 1 Cor. 14:39). Paul was the epitome of charismatic spirituality.

But not everything we do today in the name of the Holy Spirit is a valid expression of His power. Over the past four decades, we charismatics have invented some lame practices that not only make us look silly but actually turn people off to our message. I figure we started these behaviors because of immaturity—and I can laugh about them because I’ve done some of them myself. But it’s 2013, and I think God expects more of us.

I realize this can be sensitive if you have one or more of these bad habits. But please pray over this list before you blast me for being critical.

1. The body slam. There are times when people feel woozy or weak-kneed when the Holy Spirit touches them. I leave room for that. But can we please stop pushing people to the floor? Any minister who hits, shoves or slaps people at a church altar is being extremely rude. He is also relying on his own swagger to demonstrate he has the power to “slay” people in the Spirit. If you pushed someone to the floor, God had nothing to do with it.

2. The courtesy drop. We’ve all done it. Many people fall while receiving prayer because they figure it’s the spiritual thing to do. But there is nothing in Scripture that says you have to fall to receive healing or an anointing. You receive by faith. It’s perfectly fine to stay standing. And you may actually protect yourself from getting stepped on!

3. The song that never ends. I used to love the chorus “Let It Rain” until some churches drove this tune into the ground by playing it 159 times in a row. After the first 30 go-rounds, I want to scream, “Change the channel!” God doesn’t listen to us more intently if we are repetitive, as if we were doing a rain dance to make Him hear us. It’s OK to end the song and start a new one!

4. The amateur flag corp. Banners and flags became a hot worship trend in the 1980s, and pageantry can still be effective when practiced and performed for an audience. But where did we get the idea that waving flags, sticks or other sharp objects within two feet of people’s faces was a smart idea?

5. The wannabe telethon offering. I have been in meetings where the preacher gave a 25-minute offering sermon (before the main message) and then asked everyone in the audience to parade to the front for the next 15 minutes. Yes, giving money to God is worship. But when the offering takes longer than any other part of the service, I start to wonder if we are being taken for a ride.

6. The sermon with seven endings. Speaking of money, I wish I had a dollar for every time a preacher has said, “I’m starting to close.” I don’t mind a long sermon, and I’ve been guilty of going over my time limit. But you are flat-out lying if you tell an audience you’re finishing when you actually still have half an hour to go.

7. The praise-a-go-go dancers. I love to dance in church—and it’s normal in many of the ethnic congregations I visit. But I fear we unleashed a monster when we encouraged amateur dance teams to hop around on stage in unitards—in front of visitors! It’s not unspiritual to ask: “Will this look goofy?”

8. The ear-shattering amp. When the early church prayed, the buildings shook. Today we shake our buildings by turning up the volume of our sound systems. You know they are too loud when church members pop in earplugs during worship. “Charismatic” does not mean “loud,” and our spirituality is not measured in decibels.

9. The “jump-start” glossalalia. I will never apologize for the gift of tongues, and I believe it is a wonderful gift every Christian can have. But someone got the idea they could “prime the pump” by asking people to repeat certain phrases in order to uncork a prayer language. Asking someone to say, “I tie my bow tie, I tie my bow tie,” is not going to prompt a miracle. Quit manipulating the Holy Spirit.

The apostle Paul, in laying down guidelines for charismatic gifts, told the Corinthians, “When I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11). As we embrace the Spirit’s work, let’s allow Him to guide us into maturity so we don’t foolishly squander His power.

Make your faith Public

Make your faith Public

The RETURN of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-24

In the parable of “the Prodigal Son.” The story shows a picture of our own lives before God. There must come a time when each of us say, “I will go back to my Father and say to Him, I have sinned against you. Forgive me.” God has accepted the death of Jesus on the cross on as full payment for all our sins.

What was the result of the Prodigal Son’s decision to move away from his father? Have you ever experienced anything like that? What do you think motivated the Prodigal Son to change his mind and return to his father?

This parable is about our relationship with our Heavenly Father who loves us so much. God loves us so much more than any earthly father ever could. He loves us like a father and a mother combined! What was the Father’s attitude when he saw his son walking down the path? What can we learn from this about God’s love toward us?

There are basically 3 types of people in relation to the Father. Which one are you?

(1) RELUCTANT: I’m still in the far country living my life the way I want to

(2) REALIZED: I’m just now coming to my senses, realizing I need to turn to God

(3) RETURNED: I’m enjoying the Heavenly Father’s forgiveness and acceptance

If you feel like you are #1 or #2, you need to come to God like the Prodigal Son – humbly asking forgiveness and mercy. Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, God the Father will totally forgive us of our sins.

PRAY: Lord, we confess that we are all sinners and in need of forgiveness. Thank You, God, that You are a good Father who loves us very deeply. Thank You that You are willing to forgive us. Help us understand more about how to come to You in the way that pleases You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Go: Share this devotion with another person and ask them which “type” are they.

Wrong Prayer

Prayer is one of the prime areas Satan uses to bring disaster to Christian home. This does not mean we should quit praying; but we must learn to pray accurately and effectively.


Wrong praying brings defeat. (Like this), Oh God whatever it takes just bring me to the place I ought to be.
That is an open invitation to the devil.
Every bad thing that comes will be accepted as being from God.


Many Christians have suffered needless tragedy because of wrong praying.
(For instance) they pray; God I am willing to suffer whatever it takes to bring me to a closer walk with you.

That is what you could call an open ended prayer it leaves an opening for satan to slip in and bring troubles even tragedy.


If you really want to obey God, you don’t have to pray for it. He will lead you he will guide you he will direct you by His Spirit and his word. He will cause the word to work in your heart, and change your desires.


God will bring you to the place he wants you to be without sickness, without breaking your leg, are causing you to be crippled for the rest of your life.


All God wants you to do is to be obedient to the direction of his word. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God or perfectly capable of getting you to that place; (He does not need the devil help!)  James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


What would Jesus do?

Pray for the desired results. Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit. Pray to be perfected by the word. (Matthew 18:18 and Matthew 16:19).

The prayer alone will not change a situation. You must bring the words of your mouth under control. Prayer for healing is almost useless if you are going to confess sickness and disease day in and day out. Prayer for prosperity will go unnoticed if you continually confess that no good deals ever come your way and you never have enough.

Your words will cancel your prayers.  Hebrews 10:23 (AMP) So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.

Wrong praying destroys faith.
The Bible says; that the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. James 5:15.  This being true, then there must be an opposite principle, since there are 2 opposing forces on the earth,- the Spirit of God and the spirit of the devil.
If the prayer of faith will save the sick, then the prayer of doubt will destroy the sick.
That’s a strong statement. Wrong praying can destroy you.

Prayer releases spiritual forces.  Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

When prayed accurately according to the Word of God the force of God will become activated in your life. But a prayer that is filled with doubt, fear, and I unblief will activate the evil forces of the enemy in your life.

In mark 11:23 Jesus sets forth a principal.
For verily I say unto you, that who so ever shall say into this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass he shall have whatsoever he said.

Jesus did not say it would come to pass at that very moment. He said, He shall have whatsoever he said.
This is a spiritual principle- not a prayer scripture,  but a faith principle. We could call it the law of faith.
Jesus begins the verse 24 with the word therefore, which means because of the perceiving verse, a man shall have what he says;  therefore it will work in prayer.

verse 24 therefore I say unto you, what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.

What them is he talking about?  Them things you prayed!

If I say it like this. The law of faith says a man will have what he says, if he doubts not in his heart, but believes those things which he says will come to pass. Therefore, this law will work when you are praying.

If you pray the problem, it will grow greater and things will get worse. If you pray the answer, you are releasing the answer, and the problem will be solved.

(In essence), Jesus is saying you will have what you say even in prayer.

All satan has to do is twist your vocabulary and get you to pray the problem.

(ie); Lord, the money is not coming in. We are going to lose our  home. What are we going to do? Lord we will never get out of debt.

Listen, your words are going into your spirit and your spirit man is receiving it. God’s Word is his will toward man. Man’s word should be his will toward God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:37 but let your communication Be yea yea; nay nay for what so ever is more than these comes of evil.

He is saying: speak what you desire, -the things you want to come to pass. Don’t speak what you are afraid will come to pass.


Satan has decieved the body of Christ into praying their fear rather than their faith.

You are Healed

I want to talk a little bit about healing and the Christian walk. So the big question is why do Christians get sick; why Christians suffer disease.  


First let us establish the Word the Bible, in 2nd Timothy Chapter 3:16-17 it says;    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching for reproach for corrections for training in righteousness 17 so that’s a man of God may be adequately equipped for every good work.        2 Peter 1:20-21 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


It is not the word of Paul, but it was Paul; it’s not the word of David, but it was David, it’s not the word of Moses, but it was, it’s not the word of Solomon, but it was.  It is like God breathed the Words he wanted them to breath out in words. They were moved by the Holy Spirit, but it’s God’s Word!!!  and his word will not return to Him void, it will accomplish what he sent it to do. (Isa. 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.)

God sent His Word to heal you, and His Word works. He keeps his word!  Your healing may be instance or it might be some time before you can see and feel the total physical effects of God’s healing power. So don’t let doubt arise  just because you don’t see immediate results and don’t let lingering symptoms discourage you. After all, when you go to the doctor do you immediately beginning to feel better?  No, the medication he gives you usually takes some time before it begins to work.  In the same way the affects of divine healing may not appear instantly either. It may take time for you to feel completely healed. (Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.)


So what do you do in the meantime?  You have to exercise your faith.


Brother Larry how do I do that, exercise faith?  Here’s how!


1. Make God’s Word the final authority.
The Word says that by his stripes of Jesus  you were healed. 1st Peter 2:24


2.  Refused to believe what you see and feel.
Only believe the word.


3. Refuse doubt and unbelief.
When the devil whispers doubt and unbelief into your mind, deal with those thoughts immediately. Cash them down; don’t dwell on them.


4.  Meditate on God’s Word.
Keep your mind (soul)  fixed on the promises!!!  Joshua 1:8.


5.  Cast your cares upon the Lord.
The devil will try to use anxiety over your situation (why) to choke the Word in your heart (why)  so that the promise will become unfruitful. Mark 4:19. And the cares of this world. And the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things enter in, and choke the word, and it becomes  unfruitful.


6.  Praise God for your healing.
Praising God before you see a manifestation is the highest form of faith.


7.  Don’t waiver.
James said that the person who waivers in his faith should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:6-7).


8.  Never let go!
No matter what happens, continue to stand on God’s Word for your healing.


9.  Listen to the word.
one of the main methods of keeping your mind renewed to the word is to listen to the word, read it out loud, buy CD or DVD.


10.  Confess the word concerning your healing.
It is difficult to believe that you are healed if you are constantly talking about your sickness. Speak only words that are in agreement with God’s will for your healing.


Your prayer;
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words that says that by the stripes of Jesus I was healed. I choose to believe you’re healing power went to work in my body the instant hands were laid on me (or the moment I believe your word).


Your confession
I confess Jesus Christ is Lord over my life spirit soul and body. I have received the power of God to make me sound, hole delivered, saved and healed. (sozo)
Sickness, disease, pain, I resist you in the name of Jesus. You are not the will of God. I  enforced the Word of God on You.  I will not tolerate you in my life. My days of sickness and disease are over hallelujah.


Jesus bore my sickness, weakness, and pain, I am forever free.


Father God, thank you for watching over your words to perform it in my behalf. I praise you and bless you in Jesus name amen hallelujah thank you Father!