God’s Warnings To The Wild Grapes Of His Vineyard

The six woes of Isaiah Chapter Five (Isaiah 5:8-30) are warnings against the wild grapes of the LORD’s vineyard, concerning the malignant sins of Israel.  Instead of ripe, sweet grapes of justice and righteousness, the people produced wild grapes that were bitter and had a foul odor to them–the fruit of idolatry and corruption.  As a result, God pronounced six severe warnings to the people:

 

1) Woe to the greedy & covetous (Isaiah 5:8-10)

Warning: Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. Continue reading “God’s Warnings To The Wild Grapes Of His Vineyard” »

How do we take our emotions captive to the obedience of Christ?

Transformed Through Truth

In 2 Corinthians 10 we are commanded to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ by applying truth to lies and false beliefs—in doing so we destroy arguments and every arrogant attitude raised against the knowledge of God.

What I want to look at today is emotions—how do we take our emotions captive to the obedience of Christ?

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Amos: The Universal Justice Of God

The primary theme of the Book of Amos is the universal justice of God.  The Israelites believed that their favored status as the people of God would spare them from His judgment—to the contrary, they would be held more accountable than their neighbors.

Before proclaiming God’s judgment against Judah and Israel, Amos speaks of judgment against six of their neighbors: Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, the Ammonites, and Moab.

The goal of this message is to study God’s judgment of His own people in this era.  Amos 2:6-16 Continue reading “Amos: The Universal Justice Of God” »

To Destroy The Works Of The Devil

Before Christ came into my life six years ago, I was clothed in the garments of lust, greed, and pride.  I made most of my decisions based on my emotions—based on what I felt; and I lived to avoid pain and gain pleasure.  My heart was a fountain of wickedness—idolizing and chasing after the things I coveted with no regard for offense against my Creator.

I didn’t know covenant love, nor did I know truth.  As a result, I was always trying to get love; I  recklessly pursued belief-systems, and co-opted paradigms, that would enable and advance my sinful, selfish desires.  The many false beliefs I had adopted about God, others, and myself, allowed lies to operate in my life, creating widespread destruction and division in the lives of others.

Because of my sin, wounds, and false beliefs, I was bound in shame.  As a result, I was always trying to cover, hide, escape, and control my shame. Continue reading “To Destroy The Works Of The Devil” »

Weeping & Gnashing Of Teeth

Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth

The Lexham Figurative Language of the Bible Glossary:  Weeping and gnashing of teeth represents physical and spiritual torment in a place of judgment reserved for those who do not enter the kingdom of God.

Faith of the Centurion
Matthew 8:11-12I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Parable of the Net
Matthew 13:49-50So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Continue reading “Weeping & Gnashing Of Teeth” »

We All Worship Something

We all are created to worship.  Every person worships.  Worship defined, is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.  To worship means to ascribe great worth, or worth-ship.  The Bible instructs us that calamity and sorrow will fall upon all who worship and chase after false gods.  The Bible also assures us in Romans, Chapters One and Two, that unrighteous men and women suppress truth about God’s existence, though it is clearly known instinctively to all of us by two witnesses: Continue reading “We All Worship Something” »

Four Ways To View A Woman

Good morning brothers and sisters.  I’m going to share a testimony and a message about who God is, about who we are, and truth that sets us free.  I’m asking you to be transparent and examine your hearts.

The title of this message is, “Four Ways To View A Woman.”  In a sense I am directing this message specifically to the men, but quickly you will see that it applies to everyone.  Men, when a girl or woman crosses your path there are four ways in line with God’s heart to view her, to interact with her, to encourage her. Continue reading “Four Ways To View A Woman” »

Spiritual Oppression: Do Demonic Spirits Influence Believers?

Spirtitual Oppression Of Believers

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According to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, believers can be shaken or alarmed by spirits.  Here is the passage:  

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” Continue reading “Spiritual Oppression: Do Demonic Spirits Influence Believers?” »

Concerning The Time Of Our Gathering To The Lord

Over the course of the last two nights I have tossed and turned, reading the Bible, listening to teachings, and pressing in to God about the time and season we are in.  I am experiencing an urgency from God to receive and share understanding about where we are at with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, so that, with intentionality and a holy fervor, you and I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” Continue reading “Concerning The Time Of Our Gathering To The Lord” »

The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience

[Adapted from Joy Dawson’s “Intimate Friendship With God“]

It is the kindness of God that brings us to repentance.  The fear of God is directly connected to our obedience.

When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in obedience to the voice of the LORD, the angel said to him, “Now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” (Genesis 22:12)

Many times we hear testimonies that go like this: “After arguing with God for a while I finally gave in.”  These testimonies reveal the lack of the fear of God. Continue reading “The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience” »