“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” - Psalm 188:8.
Sacredpursuit.org is dedicated to holding fast in accordance to God's word, and warning the world of false occult, New Age, pagan-gnostic deceptions (Galations 6:7).
The false 11:11 awakening is covered in detail throughout the sacredpursuit.org website. Synthia Esther first began writing about the 11:11 occult subject matter back in 2005, when she became targeted by the time prompt delusion. She was the first christian ministry to shout the true wake-up alarm concerning this diabolical, demonic, deception.
"The 11:11 false awakening deception is not of God, nor sent by God. This worldview is monism at core (all is one), and pantheism in concept (all is God). Mystic indoctrination prevails throughout the 11:11 occult unity movement, as most deceived converts believe we are one with the divine. The question prevails, ever placed by the Holy Spirit, to ask, 'Why are people worldwide being summoned, and targeted by this occult oneness New World Order theme?'" - Synthia Esther.
He who begins by seeking God within himself may end up confusing himself as God”.
God puts it this way, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” - Psalm 188:8.
BE FORWARNED ...
THE BOOK OF MALACHI IS AN ORACLE FROM GOD
By Synthia Esther
As Christians our road map in life is the word of God. We are to partnership with God, through the power and message of His Holy Spirit (Malachi 3:1), and no other. The book of Malachi within God's word is an oracle; The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
God does not change. Malachi 3:6, “Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
The foolishness of God is wiser than mans wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than mans strength (1 Cor. 1:25). For God is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25). God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27).
In Him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey God's law that will be declared righteous (Romans 2:13). It is by God's law we become conscious of sin (Romans 3:20). Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the true “message” is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).
To look, seek or listen to another word, is a sin in God's eyes.
DIVINATION - A PRACTICE GOD STRICTLY FORBIDS!
According to the book, "Numbers And You," by Author Lloyd Strayhorn, modern occult master numbers are said to be “11” and “22” in numorology, and are proclaimed by many esoteric practitioners to hold vast power. As such, this is a form of divination, promoted by mediums, spiritualists, and the channelings of demons. All of which God strictly forbids (Deut. 18:10-12).
ESOTERIC SIGNS, SEQUENCES, AND SYNCHRONICITIES?
I reference the book, “11:11 the Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities,” by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxmanm who write about such other worldly neologisms. They tell a story about intriguing scenarios and experiences concerning 11:11, with reports coming in from around the world. Involving people from different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and attitudes, who share these unusual, paranormal experiences.
Many of which see an angelic being, a spirit guide, that readily imparts a bit of wisdom or insight. Others reporting the vision of a loved one who has passed.
On page 22, the authors recount the story of Mary, who awakes out of a paraplysis sleep episode at precisely 11:11. Standing at the foot of Mary's bed is a dark, shadowy figure who announces via a deep male voice - thought transfer into Mary's mind, that he is her "Guardian Spirit."
From that point on, Mary feels forever cared for in a profound and personal way. Sad to say, Mary did not feel or know about the Love of our heavenly Father - Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18). For it is He who is her true Savior, friend, and guardian.
God warns us to guard our spirit, mind, and emotions, from being mislead by such other worldly deceptions. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2nd Corinthians 11:14). Satan is the prince of the power of the air with an army of fallen angels who work to deceive humanity to follow him instead of our Holy Father, Jesus Christ.
Mary's "guardian" is in reality a demonic spirit. A fallen angel playing a part and role model of comfort and false love. Mary fell for the trap, as so many do.
I URGE YOU TO GUARD THE PATTERN AND DEPOSIT OF SOUND TEACHING IN GOD'S GOOD WORD
Therefore I urge you to guard the pattern and deposit of sound teaching in God's good word, which has been entrusted to us (2 Tim. 1:13-14). God's word can keep you from lurking,
listening, and leaning towards the 11:11 spirits within Satan's dark and dismal plans for humanity. Those who follow and seek such signs and wonders are doomed to fall. To his own master he stands or falls. Chose today who you will serve.
Each one of us will give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12). Do not be wise in your own eyes, for it is written that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by “demons.”
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciouses have been seared as with a hot iron (1 Tim. 4:1-2).
If you continue in blatant sin and idol worship, seeking guidance from other god's, angels, spirit guides and the like, filling your depraved mind (Romans 1:18).
God will allow the strong delusion (2 Thess. 2:11). Be wise and heed God's oracle within Malachi, "Return to God, and He will return to you."
2 Thess 2:11 "...God shall send them strong delusion..."
Matthew 24:24, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Jesus Christ Loves Your! - John 3:16-17.
The demonic fallen angels have God created powers. However, as created beings they are no match to God's power (Acts 19:11-12). COMPARED TO GOD'S POWER (ACTS 19:11-12)
"The greatest weapon of Spiritual Warfare a Christian can ever have, is to live a life of consecration and obedience to God's word, seeking after His Holy righteousness. " - Synthia Esther
By Synthia Esther
Updated: Sept. 1, 2018.
THE POWER OF DEMONS - "WHICH IS NO MATCH FOR THE POWER OF GOD" - (ACTS 19:11-12)
* Demons can trouble you (1st Samuel 16:14; 1st Chronicles 10:13-14)
* oppress you (Acts 10:36),
* vex you (Mathew 15:22; 17:15; Luke 6:18; Acts 15:16),
* bind you - even physically (Luke 13:16),
* deceive you (Revelation 12:9; Matthew 24:4,5,11,24),
* possess you (Matthew 4:24; 8:16, 28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-40; Matthew 9:32,33; 12:22; 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30; Mark 1:32; 9:14-29; Luke 4:33-35; Acts 8:7; 16:16), demons cannot possess a "true" born again Christian.
* They can torment people (Revelation 9:1-11; 16:13-14),
* They buffett - meaning to hit, blow, punch, slap, fight against (2nd Corinthians 12:7),
* They resist and stand against people (Zechariah 3:1-3),
* They pervert the word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:18),
* Demons blind the minds of those who are unsaved (2nd Corinthians 4:4),
* They sow tares among wheat (Matthew 13:39),
* They seduce people and lead them astray (1st Timothy 4:1; Mark 13:22; 1st John 2:26).
Ask yourself the following questions, as each could have opened the door to esoteric, occult phenomenon, depression, oppression, or demonic possession:
Some additional gateways into the occult may include / but are not limited to:
Aeromancy (divination from the air, sky, clouds), Psychometry (working with objects in occult divination), Astragalomancy (divination using knuckle bones, small pieces of marked word), Alomancy (divination by sprinkling salt), Dactylomancy (divination by rings), automatic writing, automatic speaking, channeling, working with guides, angels and other worldly New Age energy sources, Alchemy, the Kabbalah, blood sacrifice, blood letting.
Clearing the aura and chakras, managing and grounding spirit energies, crystal gazing - divination, trantra sex, reading past, present, and future, scanning the body - healing/clearing with occult energies, shamanic journeys, ritual video games and practices of conquest and control, casting spells, opening the third eye, astral "Akashic Record" recovery, pendulum divination, muscle and aura clearing/testing, developing clairvoyance, audience, sentience, visualization - imagination and the use of treasure maps.
Working with lunar cycles, moon and star readings, astrology, numerology, metaphysical number and/or color therapy, Hydromancy (divination by colour or patterns of flowing water), angel or spirits guides, astral travel, soul travel, tarot or angel oracle cards, Satanic worship, ancestor worship, goddess and multi-god worship, angel worship, animal worship, as well as any other form of occult divination in which you seek to develop latent, hidden knowledge and power.
"The greatest weapon of Spiritual Warfare a Christian can ever have, is to live a life of consecration and obedience to God's word, seeking after His Holy righteousness. " - Synthia Esther
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, please know can change the course of your life, seek God's will (outlined in His word), repent, and go and sin no more. God's grace, mercy, and love are everlasting (James 4:6), as we humbly seek to do His will, and apply His word within our life, gateways to the occult are closed. Our "zealous" pursuit of God's holy word, builds our faith and fills us with God's wisdom and knowledge.
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" ( James 1:19-22).
For God does not want us to be participants with demons (1 Corinthians 20:22). Satan and his demons know their final judgement (Matthew 8:29), and tremble as they contemplate their fate (James 2:19). In retribution, Satan seeks to take down and doom as many of God's children with him. But God has made a provision for our future on the Cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:14-15). "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up," (James 4:10).
"Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
"When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
"Because of these the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
"But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
"Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you." - Isaiah 26:3
HAVE FAITH IN GOD, NOT FAITH IN YOUR FAITH
Positive Confession And Visualization - Occult Methods of Magick
"Magic Of Qabalah Visions of the Tree of Life," by occult author Kala Trobe:
"...a brief description of the Path by which one might mentally arrive at the desired destination, and information on the God names, angels, and symbols. Each chapter culminates
in a guided creative visualization."
Faith can be defined as a confidence or trust in a person, idea or thing. Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Through faith we accept Jesus Christ as Savior (Acts 16:31), and baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:15-17), receive divine preservation (1 Peter 1:5), inherit the promises which include healing and provision of material needs (Hebrews 6:12), and are motivated to witness of His mercy, grace and love (2 Corinthians 4:13).
Against all hope, Abraham by faith believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” He was fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised (Romans 4:20-24).
While faith is often thought of as a positive confession to many within the faith and prosperity movement, often times preaching only positive re-enforcement of faith leaves many to question God Himself when things go wrong in life, as they so often do. By placing faith above God's sovereignty, one develops a misguided approach to what faith in God truly means.
Romans 5:3-5, "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (4) perseverance, character; and character, hope. (5) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us." The life of faith in God is the life of victory (1 John 5:4).
However, victory can be seen through the eyes of sorrow, pain, and even suffering. Having faith in God regardless of the situation we are faced with, speaks volumes to a world that is lost and in deep despair. Despite our suffering, we as Christians can proclaim, “God is working to develop within us all, a greater cause, purpose, witness, and life of righteousness.”
"MYSTICISM AND THE NEW PHYSICS," BY METAPHYSICAL AUTHOR, MICHAEL TALBOT. BANTAM BOOKS, PAGE 151:
"As Blofied explains, 'The purpose of visualization is to gain control of the mind, become skilled in creating mental constructions, make contact with power forces (themselves the products of mind) and achieve higher states of consciousness in which the non-existence of own-being and the non-dual nature of reality are transformed from intellectual concepts into experiential consciousness - non-duality is no longer just believed but felt.
In short, visualization is a yoga of the mind. It produces quick results by utilizing forces familiar to man only at the deeper levels of consciousness,..."
God's Word Tells Us In Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV), "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, And Desperately Wicked: Who Can Know It?
The NET Translation:
Jeremiah 17:9 (NET), "The Mind Is More Deceitful Than Anything Else. It Is Incurably Bad. Who Can Understand It?"
NAME IT AND CLAIM IT !
Within the faith, favor, prosperity and increase movement are people who choose to believe in their "faith," rather than placing their faith in God.
This places man in the power position of using God, instead of surrendering himself to be used of God. With positive affirmations and confessions in action, and by claiming authority, many believe their mind power can compel God to act on their behalf, according to their will. This belief implies God surrenders His holy sovereignty, wisdom, purpose and plan.
FROM THE BOOK, "CHRISTIANITY IN CRISIS" BY HANK HANEGRAAFF WE READ:
Chapter 6, page 73: "In Faith theology, faith is a force. It is the stuff out of which the universe is made and is the force which makes the laws of the spirit world function. So how do you get the laws of the spirit world to function for you? According to the Faith teachers, it is through the use of formulas. Not only do these formulas of faith cause the laws of the spirit world to function, but they also cause the Holy Spirit to function for you. God is demoted to the status of a mere bellhop who blindly responds to the beck and call of formulas uttered by the faithful. Faith formulas are the name of the game....In the book titled "Two Kinds of Faith, E.W. Kenyon insists that it is our confession that rules us. Kenneth Hagin once complained that unsaved people were getting better results from their faith formulas than were his church members. And it dawned on him what the unsaved were doing, Having Faith In Your Faith."
WELCOME TO THE SECRET LAW OF ATTRACTION ACCORDING TO CHRISTIAN MYSTICS:
For more information about The Secret Law of Attraction, please reference on this website, the webpage article: "The Secret Law of Attraction - According To God".
Hanegraaff continues to relate this blasphemous false gospel in Chapter 12, "The Demotion of Christ," page 137:
"Almost all cults and world religions compromise the deity of Christ, and the Faith movement is not exception. So far we have seen the Faith teachers re-create man in the image of God, demote God to the status of man, and deify Satan as a god. Now we will see them demote Christ to the level of a mere mortal. Consider this incredible statement by Kenneth Copeland: 'Adam was the copy, looked just like God. If you stood Adam upside God, they look just exactly alike. If you stood Jesus and Adam side-by-side, they would look and sound exactly alike. Here a leading Faith teacher claims no difference and no distinction between God and man. Upon being questioned about this blasphemy, Copeland replied, 'I didn't say Jesus wasn't God, I said He (Jesus) didn't claim to be God when He lived on earth.'"
"In John 10:30 Jesus says, 'I and the Father are one." Modern readers might misunderstand the significance of His statement, but the ancient Jews most certainly did not. They knew precisely what Jesus meant. they didn't even wait for further clarification. Immediately they picked up stones and denounced Christ for blasphemy, because they said, 'You, a mere man, claim to be God' (John 10:33). ....Incredibly, the very next verse of the same chapter (John 10:34) is precisely the one used by Faith teachers to prove that men are gods! In the space of two verses, Faith theology manages to make Jesus into a little man and man into a little god. Apparently, almost every one gets to be God...except Jesus."
Page 69-70: The Origin of the Faith Teaching:
Where do these guys get this stuff?
"...standard proof text used by the Faith teachers is Hebrews 11:1, which in the King James English reads, 'Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'
"First, remember that Scripture must always be interpreted in light of Scripture. That being the case, faith cannot be rightly understood to mean 'the building block of the universe,' since it is never used in that sense in the book of Hebrews, much less the entire Bible. Second, the word translated 'substance' in the KIV is more accurately rendered 'assurance' (see NASB). Far from being a tangible material, faith is a channel of living trust - an assurance - which stretches from man to God. ....Finally, consulting an interlinear Bible quickly demonstrates that the word translated 'substance' in the KJV is the Greek word hypostasis, which in the context of Hebrew's 11:1 means 'an assured impression, a mental realizing.'"
* ON A REALATIVE SIDE NOTE:
New Age 11:11'ers would read into "Hebrews 11:1" in the following divination formula / numerical way:
Hebrews is the 19th Chapter of the New Testament. Therefore: 1 + 9 + 1+ 1+1 = 1111 .
Reading into scripture is not of God. To repeat Hank Hanegraaff, "Scripture must always be interpreted in light of Scripture."
POSITIVE CONFESSION AND VISUALIZATION ARE OCCULT METHODS
Confessing a life free from problems may positively feed the mind and spirit of people who are suffering in poverty, depression, despair, or a meager existence however, it is by no means the answer to their problems. It is a hyped-up, popular message, to think by planting seed money into a ministry you can sit back and get rich.
But this is not the message my Bible tells me. Would the faith and prosperity message of today hold truth in third world countries surviving in meager existence?
Persons practicing positive confessions and affirmations to change reality, are involved with occult magick of the mind. Which often includes creating through the usage of visualization, on what they term is the “astral realm.”
Such belief systems of thought are promoted by Oprah Winfrey and the movie, “The Secret Law of Attraction". These systems of willed intent and thought control are titled, “Creative Visualization,” and/or “Positive Affirmations.” Or a combination of both in the “Kabalistic System" of magick.
Included is often the addition of treasure maps (visual pictures of what you desire to obtain), which occult magick teacher - practitioner, Donald Michael Kraig, touts in his book, “Modern Magick – Second Edition – Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts,” (pages 290-292).
Kraig writes concerning the “Kabalistic System” on page 293, “If you re-read some of the earlier material given in this course you will notice that in one place it is mentioned that the *astral plane, also known as the Yetziratic World, is related to the emotions. The secret is that the more emotionally involved you can become with your goal, the greater your changes for rapid success. 'Sort of ' wanting something will not have the success of 'gotta have' something.”
We are told in God's word, not to let the heart of our emotions get in the way of doing His will. “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).
* The astral body and plane is defined in Nevill Drury's book, "The Dictionary of the Esoteric," page 20, "The double of the human body, usually regarded by occultitsts as its animating force, providing the body with"consciousness."
The astral body has a luminous, shining appearance, and is capable of passing through physical matter. The act of willed separation of the astral body from the physical is known as astral travel. Occultists believe that at death the astral body leaves its physical counterpart and finds a new existence on the astral plane."
Metaphysical, occult methods of affirmation (word power), and visualization, begin by utilizing the power of the mind and emotions, to create a thought empowered image within one's imagination. This in turn, with practice of will, creates on the emotional plane of the "astral."
"The Mystical Qabalah," author Dion Fortune writes (page 223-224). "It is very important that we should realize that these lower Sephiroth of the Plane of Illusion are densely populated by thought-forms; that everything which the human imagination has been about to conceive, however, dimly, has a form built about it out of the astral light, and that the more the human imagination has dwelt upon it to idealize it, the more definite that form becomes."
As Christians, we need not worry about attacks from the astral travels of dark esoteric - occult knowledge and practice of those who wish to do us harm, For God's word proclaims, "No weapon formed against us will prosper..." (Isaiah 54:17).
Salvation and the word of God protects us. The power of the name of Jesus - shields us, and His Holy Spirit guards us.
We also know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord:
The apostle Paul tells us in 2nd Corinthians 5:5-11, "Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord - for we walk by faith, not by sight- we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences." - New American Standard
King James Version, 2nd Corinthians 5:8-11, "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
Lest we forget, God is all powerful. He declares concerning those who follow wrongful motive and course, “Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Like an east wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them My back not My face in the day of their calamity” (Jeremiah 18:15-17).
The law of attraction, visualization, and treasure maps creating your own astral reality, touted by occult practitioners of magick to form it's double "reality on the physical plane," will not still God's mighty hand of authority or providence!
"IMAGINATION AND VISUALIZATION" - BY DAVE HUNT
(from Occult Invasion, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR, 1998)
Dave Hunt writes, "Occultism has always involved three techniques for changing and creating reality: thinking, speaking, and visualizing. The first one is the most familiar, having been promoted in the world and the church as "Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale and as "Possibility Thinking" by the late, Robert Schuller.
The second is mostly known among charismatics. It is the "Positive Confession" (or Positive Speaking) of the Faith Movement. The third technique is the most powerful. It is the fastest way to enter the world of the to enter the world of the occult and to pick up a spirit guide. Shamans have used it for thousands of years. It was taught to Carl Jung by spirit beings, and through him influenced humanistic and transpersonal psychology. It was taught by Napoleon Hill by the spirits that began to guide him. Agnes Sanford was the first to bring it into the church. Norman Vincent Peale was not far behind her, and his influence was much greater."
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
We are told in Matthew 6:33, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. By isolating scripture, sheep in “expensive” wolves clothing are preaching a different gospel. Many even charging hundreds of dollars for week-end seminars or words of knowledge and prophecy based on seed faith attraction, increase, and prosperity.
Professing a partnership with God many such ministries claim in seed, time, and harvest faith, a 100 fold return on the money given to their cause and ministry. Most often, they are the one's receiving the 100 fold return they arrogantly boast about.
“By their fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). These wayward preachers prey on the naive, poor, and innocent. Teaching them to give in order to receive. Instead we are instructed in 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8, "Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsions; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed..."
The apostle Paul gave us all an important principle of interpreting scripture in 1st Corinthians 2:13, This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught us by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
Consider everything God's word has to say on a subject. Only doctrine based on a “holistic” view of scripture follows this Biblical rule.
IN CHRIST, "WHEN I AM WEAK, THAN I AM STRONG"
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10,
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (8) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. (9) But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (10) That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, than I am strong.”
Another Biblical example of man's weakness in a crisis and God's mighty strength can be seen in 2 Chronicles 20, when King Jehoshaphat admitted he had no might against an enemy alliance praying in verse 12, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
They did not claim their victory, they prayed to God admitting they were weak and powerless. God gave them victory in a time of crisis.
The disciples recognized and admitted they did not have enough to feed the multitudes when Jesus Christ provided an abundant supply (Luke 9:12-13). When the disciples admitted they had caught no fish, Jesus directed them to, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some” (John 21:6).
In every instance, they were “not” told to replace negative confessions with positive confessions. They were not admonished to ignore their trying circumstances and visualize, meditate, or confess a positive outcome.
By faith, they took their problems to Jesus, and trusted in Him to do what was best. They also put action behind their faith as they tossed their net on the right side of the boat. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the huge capacity of fish.
MANS WILL REPLACING GOD'S WILL
When positive confession dictates a person's personal will instead of God's, he attempts to replace God's creation (man), above the creator (God). As if man could control what God could and could not do. God's will can be known and claimed by faith, however, God's ways are not always man's desire.
James 4:3, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
Before reaching Calvary's Cross, and ultimately fulfilling God's redemption plan for humanity. Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane prayed to God, "if it were possible the cup might be removed."
In prayer, He recognized the will of the Father, but knew, as mortal man, His "Cross" would be difficult to bear.
Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Jesus Christ gave us the lesson of obedience, despite painful circumstances. Jesus Christ died an unimaginable death on Calvary's Cross. His loving sacrifice, and obedience to God's will. provided all humanity salvation's redemption plan.
If Jesus were following the positive confession movement of many in the 21st Century, His prayer may have been, “I rebuke you Satan, and the plan you have made known against me. Man was not created by God to suffer, but to triumph.”
Ultimately, by submitting to God's will Jesus Christ did triumph over Satan, but this feat wasn't accomplished by usurping God's plan with His own. Nor did it come to pass without pain and suffering.
Christ suffering was a fulfillment of prophecy (Luke 24:25). Life on Earth includes pain and suffering. However, we as Christians are to boldly consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:17).
Paul was shown he would suffer (Acts 9:16). Yet in Colossians 1:24 he states, “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church.” Paul speaks in Acts 20:23-24, “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. (24) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.”
SOME OF GOD'S MOST FAITHFUL ENDURED TORTURE, TRIALS, AND TRIBULATIONS
As often in life, our problems are not always a result or an indication of a lack of faith. Some of God's most faithful endured torture and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – the world was not worthy of them.
They wandered in deserts and mountains and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
God had planned something better for us that only together with us they would be made perfect (Hebrews 11:35-40).
"Blessed is the man whom Thou dost chasten, O Lord, and dost teach out of Thy law; That Thou mayest grant him relief from the days of adversity, Until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance." - Psalms 94:12-14
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory..." - 2nd Corinthians 4:17
"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand or on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." - 2nd Corinthians 6:4-10
UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LORD'S WILL IS
While it is true that Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father" (Luke 14:13).
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him (1 John 5:14-14). Paul speaks wisely in Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.”
By becoming obedient servants, yielded to the will of God , we are used by God even unto suffering, to serve His higher Holy purpose and plan. “ If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mathew 16:24).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).
Finally, one must ask themselves the following questions, “Could the prosperity, positive confession message be as effective in foreign countries as in our own nation? Is it as effective in the ghettos, slums, and welfare lines, as in modern and prosperous metropolitan cities?
Could it be touted, accepted, and effective among deprived nations as well as affluent, and prosperous nations?” The answer to these simple questions is no, it is not, and to repeat the words of Christ himself, “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land” (Deuteronomy 15:11).
Jesus Christ's love is universal in its appeal, truth, and its testament. More important than physical and material prosperity, is the condition of the soul and its spiritual growth. Some of my souls greatest growth and maturity development came to pass after difficult and trying times in my life.
It is in our daily walk with God, that we become sanctified in the truth; and God's word is truth (John 17:17).
We do not know what tomorrow may bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:14-15).
Then have faith and trust in God to see you through.
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Sincerely In God's Service,
ONE'S SACRED JOURNEY HOME TO GOD
By Synthia Esther
When we cry tears flow and our heart grows stronger or weaker depending upon the justification we give our pain. With our tears we baptize our choices. We can take each experience offering forgiveness and grow like wild flowers in an open field drenched in sunlight and bathed with rain from heaven above, or we can wallow in the depths of bitterness, pain and sorrow scorched by the sun, withering in the dust of our personal deserts. It is all a daily choice we must face and endure.
With choices made we each begin a journey.
I reflected on my own journey and proverbial fork in the road. Control or sacrifice, the signs with pointed arrows boldly declared. The roadway leading to the "Land Of Control" looked clear, bright and easy, as far as the eye could see. The air was claim and the blue sky clear. The road leading to the "Land Of Sacrifice" appeared to be less trodden and was filled with valleys, rock and debris. Weeds and tall grass bordered its pathways. The wind whistled and blew like the desert wind with bits of sand that stung and blistered my face. The proverbial question in my mind? Do I take the path of least resistance, or the road less traveled?
The less traveled road looked hard and uncertain to the conscious eyes of approval. I was still learning to trust my faith in God and I immediately took the roadway to the "Land Of Control" only to discover it ended abruptly on a high mountainous cliff. The dead-end forced me to turn back remembering the steps I had taken.
Once again I came face to face with the fork in the road.
This time I walked the uncertain, less trodden path way to the "Land Of Sacrifice." My journey was rough and turbulent. I tripped over rocks, cut and bruised my body, fell into deep valleys and pits while struggling along the rough terrain.
With eyes closed I would say a prayer of faith and listen to my heart to guide me. My prayer's lifted my mask of fear and denial as I continued onward with courage and strength. Often times my walk was slow and progress minimal. At times I grew faint and weary. But my past experiences had taught me to say a prayer to God in my wilderness when tempted to curse my existence.
I developed courage through the pain of experience and by faith I was impelled onward. I looked back and a sense of accomplishment filled my spirit as I saw the progress I had made. I began to notice the pathway was clearing and the roadway straight. Even the signs pointing the way to the "Land Of Sacrifice" had changed to point the way to a place called the "Land Of Serenity." The rocks and debris had been replaced with the fragrance and beauty of lush flowers and blossoming trees. The aroma sweet and fresh to the senses.
As I breathed deeply to enjoy its splendor, I experienced a sense of peace that was all encompassing. Indeed, God was with me on my journey. Just as He is with us all, ever calling us home to Him.
Another sign read; "This Way To The Land Of Serenity."
In the distance I saw a man walking towards me waving his hand in a welcoming gesture. We met and his smile broadened with eyes turned upward as if his whole face was smiling. His entire being radiated a sense of assurance, strength and comfort. He hugged me as if he'd known me all my life. "Welcome," his voice was strong and powerful, yet serene and caring. "I am so glad you are here, there are many people waiting to see you. How was your trip?"
"Terrible, the roadway was rough, then all of sudden when I thought I couldn't walk another step the terrain turned clear and easy. Do I know you? How did you know I was going to be here?" He replies with confident assurance, "We have a book that has every name written in it, of every resident who lives here. I'm sure you have a lot of questions. I will be glad to answer any of them for you."
His face shined with a reflection of love, care and concern. His eyes seemed to look right through me as if he knew how difficult my journey had been.
Puzzled I asked, "How do you know me? Have we met before?" Softly he answered, "Yes, we've met before. Shall we go?" He points to walk onward. Once again he smiled. This time his face showed a sense of compassion. His hand touched my shoulder and in an instant I felt more love than I had ever been shown or experienced in my entire life. I sensed a connection from deep within my heart unlike any other in my lifetime.
As we walked together I started to speak and ask him how he knew all about me, about my journey, my trials and tribulations, but before I could utter a word I knew he "felt" my questions. His spirit bare witness with mine. He spoke to my spirit..."I know about your difficult journey to the "Land Of Sacrifice" because I planned your itinerary. I knew you would take the road to the "Land Of Control" first...most people do.
Once again he looked at me and at once I felt peaceful and at ease. He spoke with compassion as he continued, "So I devised and made the cliff that was your dead end. I provided you such a journey to make sure you would arrive here. However, it was you who determined if you would begin the journey, how long the trip would take and how rough your roadways would become. I never took away your free will nor your freedom to choose. Everyone has their own journey. Everyone has their own hardships leading to and through their path of experiences."
He paused and allowed me to recount my journey in life. I remembered my experiences as cause and effect, for it was my experiences in life that had brought me to and through the "Land Of Sacrifice."
In reflection I realized the most important sacrifice I had made was simply to surrender my fear. I wondered if everyone on earth had to go through these difficult cause and effect learning experiences. He went on to explain, "For some their journey homeward includes difficult battles, disease, giants, trials and tribulations of major proportion, as well as unseen principalities and powers. Their dead end may have been an endless body of water to cross, or a fire so intense the heat could be felt for miles.
Everyone has warnings. I left a plan of instructions, the Bible, unfortunately many never look upon its pages. I am glad you did, for it drew you near me. Everyone has signs that point them in the right direction. But many times people are too busy fighting their inner demons, or their fear covers up the signs of direction and they never see them.
It is by faith that your path clears and the signs are visible. Your faith does the work towards the pathway to spiritual transformation, renewal, trust and progress. Without faith it is impossible to arrive. Faith is always a catalyst to change.
Those who choose the opposite faculties of control, doubt, negativity and fear in life, do not heed the dead end or the many warnings. It is then that they end up for eternity in the "Land Of Endless Self Destruction." As we were still walking I pondered the idea of an eternity of endless self destruction. That sounded like "HELL" to me. He immediately replied..."It is."
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF
It was at this time that I noticed a very large white sign with the words, "WELCOME TO THE LAND OF ETERNAL SERENITY," written in big red bold letters. Underneath and in smaller print was written, "All your taxes and penalties have been paid." I turned and looked into His eyes as a deep sense of gratitude over whelmed me. Tears ran down my checks, my voice cracked with emotion as I tried to speak, "I do know you. No ones journey or cross to bear held such unbearable weight, nor was as difficult as yours. It was you who paid the taxes and penalties of sin for all humanity.!
It is because of your loving sacrifice, that I am here...in heaven, the land of eternal serenity." Falling at his feet I declared with thankful tears of joy, "You are the Messiah, Jesus Christ, my blessed Holy Savior and friend.
By your loving kindness you saved my life! By your mercy and grace you planned my life's journey, shinning light in the darkness. How can I ever repay you? How can I ever show my humble gratitude and thanks?"
With a soft smile He whispered to my spirit, "My thanks has come by your arrival."
Now basking in the majestic glory of His loving presence, and the bliss of peace and joy in the "Land Of Eternal Serenity," I was thankful for my God ordained sacred journey home.
John 14:1-6, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. (2) In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (4) You know the way to the place where I am going." (5) Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" (6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 3:16-21, "For God so Love the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (17) God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (18) Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (19) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds where evil. (20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (21) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done has been done through God.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please take time to gleam the knowledge of the truth in His word, the Holy Bible. Seeded, and delivered to all humanity, The sum of His word is truth! = Psalm 119:160.
If you by faith believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection providing sin's atoning sacrifice, and asked Him into your heart - repenting of your sins, you "are" saved by our Holy Father's grace, mercy, and love. Romans 10:10, "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.'" I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. - Luke 13:3 (NKJV) "And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..." - 1 John 5:13 (NKJV)
As Christians we perceive our fallen nature and realize our lost spiritual condition, in need of our Heavenly Savior's grace, mercy, and love... ...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23 (NKJV) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. - Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NKJV) And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 (NKJV)
No, being baptized as a young baby, toddler, or child, does not guarantee you are saved. You have to personally ask and receive Jesus Christ into your heart, repent of your sins, and in faith, believe His death and resurrection as God's lamb of sacrifice, provided for your salvation.
For detailed information on how to accept God's free gift of salvation, please visit our website page: "A Free Gift"
No. However, those who are saved will seek to be baptized. I use the following example, "If you asked Jesus Christ into your life and died immediately after you said the prayer of salvation, you would still go to heaven."
Some people quote John 3:5, to confirm the requirement of baptism, "Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." But clearly, as we look unto all scripture we quickly see, baptism is good, however, it is "not" a prerequistie for salvation.
Here are some additional scriptures pertaining to baptism: "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?'" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:37-38 (NKJV)
CHRISTIAN'S SHOULD SEEK TO BE BAPTIZED, AND FOLLOW GOD'S WORD, WILL, AND WAYS ...
"Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." - Acts 22:16 (NKJV) "... do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." - Romans 6:3-4 (NKJV) "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." - Galatians 3:26-27 (NKJV)
"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body." - Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV) "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:47 (NKJV)
AS CHILDREN OF GOD, WE WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT TO GOD'S WORD - WHICH IS FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. YOU HAVE TO READ GOD'S WORD, IN ORDER TO FOLLOW GOD'S WORD. AS SUCH, GOD'S WORD IS "VERY" IMPORTANT, FOR GOD IS HIS WORD - JOHN 1:1.
"And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me." - John 14:23-24
"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." - John 15:10 (NKJV)
"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..." - 1 John 5:13 (NKJV) "...you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NKJV)
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO REPENT OF MY SINS?
Everyday...for we die daily to sins fallen nature. As Christians we perceive our fallen nature and realize our lost spiritual condition, in need of our Heavenly Savior's grace, mercy, and love... "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." - 1 John 1:8 (NKJV) "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness." - 1 John 3:4 (NKJV)
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear." - Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD !
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD.
"But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:20-26 (NKJV)
TRUE CHRISTIAN'S WILL "WANT" TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND SIN'S SALVATION REDEMPTION PLAN, SO THAT THEY TOO CAN KNOW OF GOD'S GRACE, MERCY, AND LOVE, AND LIVE ETERNALLY IN HEAVEN WITH OUR HOLY FATHER, SAVIOR, AND FRIEND.
"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 10:32-33 (NKJV)
YES, WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED BY GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WORD FOR THE LIFE WE HAVE LIVED (ACTS 17:31; ROMANS 2:16; MATTHEW 16:27; JAMES 2:12; REVELATION 20:12-15).
Therefore, We are to be diligent to present our self approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
We are told to be faithful until death, and by doing so, we will receive the crown of life. - Revelation 2:10 (NKJV),
God leads us and guides us in all our ways, when we lean and trust in Him with all our heart. - (Proverbs 3:5-6).