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God TV is calling this the great Awakening ,  after the revival where God used Jonathan Edwards who to bring revival to America and beyond.  Edwards at least had integrity unlike the God TV presenter. Now we have a prophecy relating this movement to the Birth of Jesus.  What pride and arrogance.  Are we to fall down before Bentley and worship such a move?

I agree with only one part of this prophecy  … GOD IS INDEED TESTING HIS CHURCH. 

Wendy Alec says  “The awakening has been birthed in a LOWLY PLACE. There are no soft pillows or cushions. No comfortable conference chair, American church seats. But thousands of cheap, plastic glaring white seats….No sophisticated sound system or overhead projectors, handheld mikes, no earpieces, fluctuating crowds.

YET NIGHTLY TV CAMERAS GRAB THE ACTION AND RECORD THE EVENTS AND MIKES ARE USED TO BELT OUT THE NOISE.   In simply terms as a prophecy it is a lie

Those who have chosen to embrace this movement do so at the cost of their own spiritual well being.  Personally it should come with a HEALTH WARNING.

There is no doubt in my mind that Bentley is the judgement of God upon a church that has noT only lost sight of the truth , but is quickly coming to reject the truth.

It is not that what Todd Bentley is doing is hidden;  in fact everything is out in the open for all to see.  It has been well documented and verified.  What we see is a form of new age Hindu mysticism.

As one time friend told another some years back when he made the decision to embrace the Toronto curse.  They needed this , it was not a matter if it was right or wrong, truth or error They wanted to embrace it . They made a fateful decision.  truth was sacrificed, and what was embraced was anything but  truth.  They paid the price for disobedience.  It saddens me that so many who called themselves Christians, can no longer measure the heights, breath or the depth of this apostasy.  They will embrace it because they have chosen to do so.   So long as It meets a need that is all they are concerned about, and to hell with the rest.  That my friend is the judgement of GOD.

Here is a prophecy by WENDY ALEC, co presenter of the God channel,  or the God TV

Great Awakening Prophetic Word from Wendy Alec of GOD TV,   THE GREATEST MOVE OF GOD – JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF WAS BIRTHED IN A HARD, HARD PLACE.    In this awakening, the Lord is not testing Todd or GOD TV. He is testing the CHURCH.

Jesus was born in a stable. There was not even room for him at the inn. The normal expected place of birth for a King was in a Palace, even an ordinary baby would be born in a home.

The next option, being born at least in an inn. Jesus was the King of Kings anointed to change the universe FOREVER. He had NO soft pillows but HAY to lay His head on. He was born in a manger.

ONLY the ones who were really following the Spirit of the Lord found Him.

The awakening has been birthed in a LOWLY PLACE. There are no soft pillows or cushions. No comfortable conference chair, American church seats. But thousands of cheap, plastic glaring white seats.

No sophisticated sound system or overhead projectors, handheld mikes, no earpieces, fluctuating crowds.

Even the worship the first few days was being sung out of key. It is not even possible to disguise the lowliness of the birth of this awakening on television. It is evident to ALL. There are no beautifully lit convention centers or even air conditioned church buildings.

The Awakening has been born IN A MANGER. In the manger. Jesus was not surrounded or feted by the Pharisees or Sadducees or the religious Jewish leaders of the day, they did not recognize Him.

And yet, He was called to be King of the Jews. The only people who recognized Him in these lowly beginnings were the three wise men and the shepherds who were in no way connected to the religious elite of the day. But the THIRD HEAVEN was there through the Portals in mass. The ANGELIC HOSTS, Gabriel, the Father’s messenger. Singing Glory to God in the highest. The Anointing was there. But it was unseen by all except the faithful few.

Today there are not many of the spiritual elite not many of the preaching circuit. In Tongaat, many are at a safe distance. Watching weighing. But the shepherds and wise men who follow the Holy Spirit understand the gift of the Father in this awakening that is being birthed.

The Hindus. The Muslims. The unlovely are gathering to be touched. It is they who sit on the plastic white seats. It is a test. It is a protection. The same way that Jesus being born in a stable was a test for the religious Jews. And a protection to outsmart the devil. To protect the very Son of God. It is uncomfortable here for Todd. It is uncomfortable for GODTV.

The same way that in the natural it was uncomfortable for Mary and Joseph. And yet in the spirit realm, something almost unimaginable is being birthed, which has the potential to change the face of the earth. Yes, Plastic white seats are offensive to us all. When they are empty they SCREAM. But the Father is JEALOUS over the birth of this baby. THIS AWAKENING. And He will allow no man, no women to receive the Glory that is His alone, so it will be evident TO ALL that it is no man. No media channel. No church. No hungry ex lake landers, that have birthed this outpouring in this HARD, HARD PLACE. But it is the Father. Lord of Hosts. Almighty God. Hallowed. Omniscient. Omnipotent. The HOLY ONE Himself. THIS has been birthed by God.

PS I don’t think anyone other than Todd would have had and have the courage and sheer guts of spirit to see this through- to stand in the HARD PLACE. And probably no one other than GODTV would have had the revelation of the shepherds and wisemen to broadcast it to the world. The Lord is very, very PROUD of his beloved Todd and Jessa.

PERSONAL WORD FOR TODD

For my son beloved son,

Do you not realize I knew when I birthed you all those years ago? I knew when Lakeland was aborted; I saw this very day.

And I chose to choose you. I chose to bring this move THROUGH you. And when you look back in days, weeks and years gone by, you will know beyond any doubt that this, that you stand in this river this flowing torrent that has yet to explode, you shall look back in wonder and know that it was by NO MAN’S hand that this was birthed but ONLY by me.

So be strong. Be strong. Be true. Be very courageous. Stand your ground. Don’t doubt when the enemy’s lies assail you, for you stand on the edge of the ocean and all looks calm. The ocean is calm; there is no great visible evidence yet of the MAGNITUDE of what lies beneath. But know that as you walk each day hand in hand with me, there shall yet be a day and be an hour. There shall be a very MINUTE when the SHIFT shall come and the TSUNAMI shall break and the whole WORLD, YES the WHOLE WORLD shall be shaken.

So do not be discouraged, my son. Do not be dismayed but know that as you stand in this HARD place, my spirit is upon you. My spirit is poured out upon you and it is IN your standing and refusing to let go that the enemy is defeated, that the witches flee for cover. That the covens stand confused and helpless. It is in this place of standing firm that you SEAL the title deeds to this AWKENING.

Oh wow, I see TITLE DEEDS to THIS GREAT AWAKENING. TITLE DEEDS that have been ASSIGNED TO YOU by the COUNCILS of HEAVEN – COURTS of HEAVEN- with your name signed by the FATHER, witnessed by JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT.

Word for Todd and Jessa from Wendy Alec

Wendy Alec  GOD TV Founder

 Prophesy by Wendy Alec to Todd.: Lord is very, very PROUD of his beloved Todd and Jessa. How can God be proud when a relationship is birthed out of adultery and fornication?  How can GOD be proud when it is birthed out of disobedience and occultism?    I Suggest the person Wendy is listening to is not God but satan. He alone is the one proud of what these two people did.  This is not just an attempt to shove a new moved down people’s throats, but it is also an attempt to justify Lakeland  as a true move of God.  Those who follow and embrace Todd are desperate to see Lakeland exonerated. 

Whatever we one likes to put this.  Wendy Alec has chosen to place Todd central to this movement and even God himself has been forced to take second fiddle.  The one thing true revival always points to is God.  No man gets the glory in Emmanuel’s land.  60514_10151880602175884_647096403_n

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1 Cor 1: 22-23  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishnessThe-Weakness-of-the-Cross-3_24_31-608x430

1 Cor 1: 24-29 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ……But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Why did God do what he did through the suffering of one man on a Roman Cross?

In this world Might and achievement is reckoned by the force of ones armies and the willingness to die for a cause.  For some it is in striving for great riches and wealth. In Islam those who die in Jihad are honoured with immediate paradise whilst those who don’t get to live in a conscious existence in the grave.  For others heroism and bravery is commended and cowardness is disgraces.  Bravery above weakness.  Yet God in his wisdom cuts through all this, and through weakness achieves the impossible.  He brought salvation to mankind.

The scriptures say that Gods foolishness is still wiser and his weakness stronger.

  • Now if salvation could be achieved through wisdom and intellect, then only the wise would get in and the foolish and uneducated would not.
  • If Salvation was based on strength and valour then the weak would be at a disadvantage.
  • If salvation would be found among the healthy, then the sick would loose out.
  • If salvation could be found among the rich, the poor would loose out.
  • If salvation was achieved through works, then only those with the strength of ones might be able to achieve salvation, and those who don’t loose out.
  • If salvation was based upon my goodness, then the bad have no chance.

Sadly for many in their pride are unwilling to humble themselves, they still cling to the notion that might is right.  They clamber in the belief that their efforts will be recognised and earn a reward called salvation, But its all dross and futility.

They battle strive and struggle in the belief that there are points to be mad,e and their salvation is earned as a reward. For many they can climb upon their intellect, look down upon those who don’t, and boast in their pride  believe they have made the grade whilst others cannot.

 God however cut through all this red tape and made salvation infinitely simpler.  As Paul said to his jailer, whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  Faith as simple as trusting is all that is needed.  It does not matter if you are rich poor brave a coward, Healthy or sick.  God made the playing field equal.  Whoever comes will be saved.

You see Gods way strips me of my boasting.  I have nothing that I can hold onto that says I am better that that other person.  I have nothing that says I have earned my place along side God best.    In fact I am totally disarmed.  All my wisdom, intellect, treasures, gifting , pride, and even my  strength is laid bare before him.  As Paul said he counted it all but dross.  Even in my weakness there is still no pride because one in his weakness he chooses to endure the cross in weakness.  All I can do is look and live.  All I can do is fall down and cry out for mercy.  All I can do is place myself into the hands of the one who died and rose from the tomb.  Throw away any confidence in me and place all my confidence in him. 

Gal 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

Its not my might but his.  Its not my goodness but his,  its not my bravery by his,  its not by my riches by his infinite riches.  It is not even by my love , but because he loved me before I knew there was a love to be loved by.

Rom 5: 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.In the end Jesus did not die just for his friends, but  for his…… ENEMIES!

Now this was asked by a Moslem as a trick question, which going by experience was normal for them?   Naturally as Christian we have a tendency to emphasise on the resurrection of Jesus and what took place in his humanity after his resurrection.

Now as we would obviously note that because Jesus had risen he would not be in the grave on the Fourth or fifth day.  The response from this Moslem was that Jesus could not be God because he was not in the grave.  Cheap shot at best and completely dumb.

Nevertheless it does raise a question which can be answered.  WHERE WAS JESUS DURING THOSE DAYS?  WE KNOW WHERE HIS BODY LAY BUT WHERE WAS THE REST OF HIM?

Had he had the honesty to ask the obvious relevant question he would probably have received the obvious answer that we shall now look at?

Now we have several references as to where Jesus was during this time.

(1)     Lk 23: 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

(2)   1 Peter 3: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison

(3)   Mat 28: 20-Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen

(4)   Heb 9: 23 It was] therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Jesus made certain promises to his disciples that he would be with them always.  So even when his body lay in the grave, he was with them.  Although they did not see him physically he was nevertheless with them in spirit.  Therefore he had never left them.

We also know he went and preached to those who were held in prison.

1 Peter 3: 19- 20 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water

Finally the promise to the repentant thief was the promise that he would be with Christ in paradise.     Christ did not leave to go elsewhere.

Jesus also took his own blood and entered into the holy place in heaven of which the holy of holies was a type, and offered his own blood for the ransom of many.

Now all these things took place simultaneously over the course of those days.  That means he is the omnipresent God, and fully capable of doing what needed to be done.

If Jesus needed to be with someone in the grave he most certainly could have.  Unlike allah who can’t.  Nevertheless we have another promise:

Mat 22: 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

As Jesus reminded us Math 28:20 he continues to remain with us both in life and in death.  Except in death we go to be with Christ

2 Cor 5: 8 We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body,present with the Lord

We hold to a covenant keeping God

Where does this confidence come from?

It comes from the Bible as we gain confidence in Gods ministerial ministry among his people.  The Bible is not so much about man finding God, But how Gods finds men.  The Bible is really all about how a perfect righteous holy God gets his hands dirty and reveals himself to those who follow him.   He gets involved in the lives of men and women who are not perfect, pure or saintly.  They all have history that would in some cases turn our heads at.  Murderers thieves adulterers, schemers, Harlots, and much much more.  It is the fact that God reaches out to these people that helps the rest of us as we all have history.    None of us come with a perfect record.  Yet God is bold enough gracious enough and loving enough to touch people’s lives.

For many and that includes Moslems they can’t understand this.  They don’t have a religion that sees individual Moslems meet with God.  Or if they do they will usually leaven Islam.

It comes from a deep personal experience of walking with him and seeing answers to life’s issues.   God remains a God who is very much a part of the lives of his people.

SO TO ANSWER THE ORIGIONAL QUESTION.?  HE WAS WHERE HE NEEDED TO BE.

For more information  on Jesus entitled 100 truths about Jesus

Where are the tears?

I was listening to a short excerpt by David Wilkerson called the “Anguish.”  He said in five minutes what some people have taken an hour to say and not say anything.  His cry was from the heart of God, and for the heart of God. 

QUESTION DO WE HAVE THE HEART OF GOD ?

I found myself debating with a dear gentleman the other day who says he is a Christian, and Yet because of Moslems friends he is standing up for them.  Would a Christian take the side of Moslems?  I highly doubt it!!!  Light and darkness cannot live together in harmony.  We could not be comfortable with a religion that demands the death of those who refuse to bow.

In another conversation I had someone else who also claimed to be a Christian, claiming to be a god, defending false teachers, and basically it seems happy to lie manipulate and do whatever it takes to try to win a debate.  He wanted a platform for his wickedness and I would not give it to him.

David Wilkerson cry and anguish, is that the church has come to tolerate the false, we have compromised with the world, tolerated and allowed others to make merchandise from the church.  We sat back clapped our hands and said thank you.  We have not just been robbed blind, we have been made blind.  Because of such compromises we have lost something greater, the heart of God.

I was talking briefly to a young man the other day who was saying that his church is closing and they were about to have their last meeting.  Another church is closing you say who cares.    Tomorrow it will be some chippy or fast food outlet.  So another witness dies.  The church in the 21 century is dying and being replaced by mega churches that cater for fast food menu of a steady diet of upbeat music, light diet of motivational positive messages of have your best life now.  No conviction, No passion for service, No dying to self, No blasting of sin or compromise. Then we wonder why the world has a problem? Churches are full of a dwindling generation that is passing with no youth to stand in the gap.  We need men who are prepared to anguish over the state of the church and the nation and men who are moved in prayer because God has laid upon them his burden.  Men who are prepared to take on the grieving that the church has lost its way.  God has not but we have. Jesus says here is the path walk in it.  But men have come along and tickled our ears, played us a sound and lured us all to sleep.   Cowboys like Osteen and Joyce Meyers have been held up as heroes who have basically bushwhacked the church with a message of ease and positive thinking.    We preach revival but a revival without holiness.  A revival where sin is tolerated.  A revival were compromised has been held up.  Soft messages of prosperity and ease.  Then we wonder why there is a cold wind blowing down our church isles and where God is alienated from his own residence.

Where is the weeping for souls?  Our tears have dried up and we are left with laughter rolling around like drunks, mocking and making strange sounds.

We have replaced God with ourselves, held up the flesh and claimed that it’s holy.  We have no idea what holiness is.  Where is trembling before his word?  Where is the conscience that is moved?  The world laughs at the church and mocks it.  When was the last time that God moved so mighty that the Social clubs were shut because men and women came under the conviction of sin?  Instead we are filling them with clubbers and drink parties in the guise of socializing.

When do we see churches full of people bowing their knees at the altar, not caring who might see them, and desiring only to be right before God?   We have taken the word Compromise and made it into a god and worshiped at its altars.

God will not share his heart until you are prepared to share his burden.  There is an anguish that cries out that God must be vindicated.  His name honoured.  Our allegiance is either all to the glory of God , for anything  less is mockery.   Do we grieve, do we lose sleep when we compromise and when we have more in common with the world than we do with God. When we are entertained by the swearing and foul language that goes on in TV.  When we can listen to coarse language and not feel bothered or moved.  Brethren we have a problem.  We have become so taken up by the thought of a rapture and a quick exit that we have failed to ask the question Lord revive me now.  Don’t get me wrong I firmly believe in the rapture of the church, but revival needs to take place to make us ready for it.   Brethren are we really truly ready?

If we were raptured tomorrow where would we be when that rapture took place?  Viewing porn before a computer screens?  Listening to some filthy comedian using foul language to make his jokes all the more comical?  Or would it be down at the local drinking with the rest of the world?  The question might even be more startling would we be raptured at all?

YESTERDAYS REVELATION IS NO GUARANTEE OF TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Just because we have had mighty revelations yesterday does not mean we have not compromised today.  Just because God has shared his heart with us in the past does not mean we are automatically going to have his heart shared with us today.  We need to plough up the ground, and cry out to God move me change me and nothing less with do.

I think the worst part of all this is that somehow we have forgotten that this world is passing and everything about it is passing.  Eternity beckons every soul.  For many it will be today ,  for others it will be tomorrow but it beckons us all.  Now as Christians are we truly conscience of that stark reality.  Because the world is not.  Other are so misguided they don’t care. Other don’t believe it exists.  But there is a reality.  A glimpse over the horizon that will either beckon us to a glorious reunion on a celestial shore, or a frightening darkness of the abyss.    Brethren we should be troubled for we know people who are going there.  Are we uncomfortable with such a dilemma?  I have debated with many and it causes me great amount of unease that I get to know something about the people I talked to.  I see their hardening against the message and I can almost see their eventful fate in a lost eternity and it troubles me greatly.   We should be troubled !!!!!

WE NEED THE HEART OF GOD AS MUCH AS WE NEED AIR TO BREATHE

I don’t want to be at ease knowing people are going to hell.  I don’t want to be in a place where I no longer care.  I want that burden!!  I want to be moved to discomfort that the person I debate with might soon lose any chance, die and be forever lost.   I want that burden that comes from God of a holiness , of a purity that whiter than snow.   Glimpse that there is a heaven and a hell.  To see the glory of one and the anguish of the other.  I want to be moved to tears that even one soul snatch from the flames is precious indeed to God.  I want the burden that sees sin as a detestable thing before our eyes let alone before the eyes of God.  I want to know the heart of God and know his thoughts for they are precious.  Diamonds and emeralds are mere filthy rocks in comparison to the beauty of what God has to share.

Joel Osteen’s new book 31 declarations to speak over your life is not new but simply a

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continuation of what many an oil snake salesmen have embarked on before hand.  Its not that one cannot be positive in what one confesses, but the belief that what one confesses will bring that blessing to you.   Osteen like most Prosperity teachers believe in the power of ones words.  So unless its confessed you cant have it.  If we are truly blessed then we don’t need to confess what  we already have, nor do we need to buy the books, tapes or the various gimmicks which go with it.  The coffee cup with the declarations written on the side will no doubt last less time with constant washing that the book will.  But it simply testifies to the gimmicks such men use.  Can anyone really see Jesus or his disciples selling such paraphernalia to make themselves a buck or two? 

2 Peter 2: 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Truly this prophecy has come to pass in our modern church

 The sad reality is that TV prosperity ministries, has become nothing more than a sales pitch gimmickry. By polished sales men with sleazy smiles and dressy clothes selling people what is inevitably a false message. It might soothe the conscience to sleep, but it will never transport them to a celestial home.

 Where is the gospel message ? Where is the conviction where men trembled at the preaching of the word? Where is the reality of holiness and separation? Where is the truth about SIN.  Its ugliness,  and it power to separate the soul from God? Where is the message of fire and brimstone? Men might not like it but we need it. The cost is too great. Life is too short and eternity too long to be wooed to sleep. We all need the message that will arouse us out of our comfort zone , which will cut us to the heart and shock us to the realisation of our needs. The true gospel is not a matter of being positive or negative, But TRUTH and ERROR. The true Gospel brings conviction and change. The true gospel does not appeal to our flesh, its huts because it needs to.

 No Osteen does not want to upset his members with such messages, Keep them in the dark about their souls . Keep them content with a coffee cup, a smile and a soothing message of peace and comfort.

 1 Thes 5: 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

 In the end it is going to cost a lot of people far more than just a coffee cup as a reminder.

Ps 119: 105 Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a lightunto my path

The light had dawned.

Years ago when I was a teenager the Gideons came to my school.  During assembly they gave a quick talk and handed out these little red cover backed King James New Testament Bibles.  Whilst many of the kids joked about burning them, I found in my hand something which I treasured.    Now I was not a Christian at that time, but I would from time to time read the word.  But whilst I could read the words I never really understood the message.  Years later I started work.  The production manager was a Christian who would chat to his staff about Christianity.  This prompted me to take out that little King James and occasionally  I read it.  Now I could read the words, but the message was as ever hidden as it had always been.  The mystery of its message was lost.  It remained just another book.  Now this Christian invited me to his church.  I knew what was going to be asked and I talked it over with the Lord the night before.  I was going to say YES to receive him as Lord and saviour.    I remember that the previous day reading my Bible and the message was only darkness to my understanding.

The day after having received Jesus as Lord and saviour, I opened that same little King James Bible.  Something had dramatically changed.  Suddenly the words became alive.  They literally jumped out of the page with meaning and understanding.  So what had changed from one day to the next?  There can be no doubt that I had indeed received God into my life.    I still had to read the Bible and study it, but the insight was illuminating.  Someone was now interpreting that word to my heart and mind.  No longer was I looking at mere words, the words now had meaning depth and life.

It was as if someone had literally walked into a dark room and flicked the switched.  The room became bathed in light.    The Holy Spirit brought that light into my soul and was now feeding my mind with the truths contained in the Bible.  From there God started to make all those little connection between all those chapters.  The Bible works folks.    It makes sense from cover to cover.   Now you can never say you know it all because that same Holy Spirit is still revealing his word.   But I can say that what I hold in my hand was treasure indeed.

John 14: 17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you

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How do I know I have the Holy Spirit?  In the past the main deciding factor among many Pentecostals was that people could speak in tongues.  tongues became the focus as to who did or did not have the Holy Spirit.  For others it might be the sacrament of Baptism.  For the more radical it might be drop down and roll that persuades them that the Holy Spirit dwells within.But what does the Bible say about this matter.  We are aware that tongues have been one of the most counterfeited of the spiritual gifts .  Anyone can have a few drops of water or even be fully immersed and still not be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  A person can have full membership within a church and still not have the Holy Spirit..

John 16:13- 15  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.   All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH:

There are several things we can gleam from these verses

  1.   The Holy Spirit >> will be the spirit of truth.  So you will not expect to see him lying, but will always uphold the truth of scripture.
  2.   The Holy Spirit >>  will guide the believer to the truth.  So the end result should see an imparted desire for the truth.  He will always lead us to the truth.  That means exposing error and falsehood either within our lives or elsewhere.
  3.   The Holy Spirit>>  Does not speak or glorify himself.  So you would not expect the emphasis to be on the Holy Spirit.  Just as Jesus came to glorify the father, so the Holy Spirit has come to glorify the son.
  4.  The Holy Spirit>> Will take what now belongs to Jesus and reveal them to the believer.  So we would expect the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus.  

John 15: 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

Now how does this work out within the believer’s life?

THE HOLY SPIRIT GLORIFIES JESUS:

If an individual is glorified more than Jesus, there is a good chance that this has not been initiated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirits Job is to POINT us to JESUS.  It is his job to make real who this saviour is.   He takes what he has been shown and unravels it within our hearts and mind. 

Heb 10: 16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.

The focus of which is his truth, his revelation and the knowledge about him!!!  Scripture is at the heart of this.  Take scripture out and be assured it is not the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus made it clear

John 15: 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT POINTS US TO HIS WORD:

Now the out working of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to encourage us to abide in his word .  If you abide in everything but his word then you can positively say you don’t have the Holy Spirit.  Just as some have placed the teachings of individual men above the scripture.  Allowing  what they have said to reinterpret scripture and change it to conform to ideas which are so contrary to scripture.  Others who places curses on anyones right to read and believe what scripture alone states.  Stating that they alone have some special dispensation to interpret the Bible.

Scripture states that we should study to show ourselves approved of God,  Sadly there are those who would deny such a right.  The HOLY SPIRIT takes the Bible and reveals it to the believer, making it both real and understood.  Often the difference before and after conversion of a soul is liken to one who only reads the Bible but without much understanding.  Then Reading the Bible after the conversion and the words just leaps out of the page.  The change is often dynamic and remarkable.

John 14: 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US TO LOVE JESUS:

How can we LOVE someone we have never met, let alone keep his commandments?  How is it that the believer has a love for Jesus whom he has not seen?  That too is the out working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always  working to bring the reality of the godhead within our lives.  So that we can say we will follow this man Christ Jesus, but we will not follow anotherWhilst many have played the part of Jesus in blockbuster films and their acting have been well praised by fellow actors, they simply don’t express the real Jesus.  Or communicated the one in whom the believer adores above all else.

The Holy Spirit is our helper  and  he is able to take what we offer up in our worship and praise  and make it real and significant before God.  For how can we approach a throne that is beyond our vision, and yet feel we are truly there.  How can such worship be made acceptable  unless God himself is fully approachable and open to receive us.  Yet even in this the Holy Spirit continues to make his presence felt.

  The work of the Holy Spirit is to place God central to our lives.  If he is not then I would question WHY NOT?

John 17: 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

One of the signs has to be the same LOVE which the father had towards the son might also be within the believer.

So if we have a person who claims to love his church or institution more than Jesus that too will be a glimpse that something is wrong.  Now it’s not wrong to loves things, its only when we love them more than God that there is a problem.  Now even here some have manipulated people in order to control others for their own benefit. 

The argument goes like this:   

if you love God you will submit to his authority. That authority has somehow been placed in the hands of men. so you must obey that authority as if it came from God himself.  However when that authority  wants you to submit  and points you in a direction which is contrary to God.  In such a situation we are morally bound to resist such evil and obey God. Sadly history has seen such abuse place anathema upon anathema upon ordinary people to create an atmosphere of fear.  To stop them from even questioning such abuse.

 Biblical Love places God first, his word the Bible.  then our love for others.  But always in a true Biblical setting.

 You might respect your minister as a great man of God.  But you will never place him equal or above Jesus.  His authority will always be subject to Gods word.

Nor would we expect a true Holy Spirit filled man to start promoting new age mysticism, heresy, or to promote unscriptural teachings.  The true man of God would be prepared to submit his life to Gods word.  Nor would you be comfortable as Catholics do to exalt the finite and claim that this is the Holy Spirits doing.  Mary may have been Jesus earthly mother but no where is she promoted to some queen of heaven.  Such promotion does not stem from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Catholics will go to great lengths to get around the simply fact that there is no evidence that God crowned Mary, and that includes time itself.  When you had one catholic woman who started to talk about linear time and that God can bend time and thus crown Mary ahead of  anyone else . Such excuses are almost laughable if they were not so serious.

However Scripture cannot be broken and no one gets crowned before the rest of us. Nor would anyone of us be crowned with an ungodly title as the Queen of heaven.  Where in Catholic teachings do we have a Joseph the king of heaven, Or Paul and Peter as the Kings of heaven.  Or even Elizabeth as another queen of heaven.   In fact to date such a title has never been conferred upon anyone else.  Such a title is reserved for Mary alone, which exposes it as Idol worship.  No such inspiration is from the Holy Spirit.  Those who do so and are comfortable with it cannot know God.  When the simple  “Hello” from an angel becomes so distorted and made into a repetitious prayer.  A point which even Jesus rebuked.  Or as someone remarked its like saying to someone every second hello hello hello hello hello.  That not praying let alone talking to God. 

THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGES US :

The Holy Spirit will also convict us of our sins.  He will not let go and will never cease to challenge convict exhort and teach the believer.    You will simply not be comfortable in a sinful situation.  It will always lead to repentance and a change of direction.

Heb 12: 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not

John 16: 9-10  Of sin, because they believe not on me, Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

But he will also convince us of the righteousness of God.  Which mean we will grow in our desire to be righteous?  WE JUST WILL NOT BE COMFORTABLE LIVING IN SIN OR IN SINNING.  There should be a hunger within the believer to do right and be right with God.  To walk in holiness and in a manner that is separated from what we know to be wrong.  As I often say God never leaves us how he finds us, but changes us to be like himself.  If you are happy as you once where and no change has occurred again the question is WHY, because there should be  a change.

John 14: 21, 23  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…..Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

There is a real sense that those who belong will experience and know the saviour in an intimate way.  The Holy Spirit is the one who makes this real.  So we can say we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Yet whilst we cannot say how he physically looked like , yet we can say we know him and love him.

Now Jesus makes it clear that those who don’t know him will not keep his word.  They may sing and speak about “a” Jesus, but not really know the true Jesus of the Bible

John 14: 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me

THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMOTES THE TRUE JESUS :

The Jesus of the Moslems is most certainly not the Jesus of the Bible and as such they don’t seek to obey or believe the scriptures.  To them this Jesus was nothing more than a prophet.  A prophet that had to be rescued before he was killed, who allowed another innocent man to die in his place,  Then after three days pretended to be resurrected.  Such a deception does not express the true nature of Jesus. 

 Sad to say many a Roman Catholics see  Jesus submitting himself to the hands of a priest who pronounces some magically words over some cookie and Jesus becomes the Eucharist.  What you eat cannot produce the intimacy that scripture speaks about.  True Intimacy produce true obedience.  Obedience does not come out of a ritualistic relationship of I must or else, but out of a Love and devotion to the one whom the Holy Spirit reveals.  True intimacy realises that all glory belongs to God.  Our joy is to see God glorified and lifted up.  If you see a minister begin to glorify himself and basically say “LOOK AT ME, HOW GREAT I AM  ”  QUESTION IT!!!  When God moves he gets the glory and man is always humbled.

Many people will throw up the excuse that God can do anything he wants.  The one things God cannot and never will do is go against his nature.  We can glimpse that truth from scripture itself.  We would expect God to reproduce that very same nature within his people.  To love the way he loves and see things as he sees them.  That means we will have a love for his word.  If you don’t have a love for such a treasure, then ask yourself WHY NOT

Rom 8: 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS ASSURANCE OF SALVATION:

Now it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bare witness to Jesus and to witness to us that we belong to God.  Now as you can see he does not witness to our flesh, but to our spirits.  There is a deep knowing and assurance of belonging which cannot go away.  We become aware that this hell hole called earth is not our home.  We look forward to a home that we have never seen and yet we know its ours.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to convince this truth to us.  Because we are his, we long to be with him and be fulfilled in him.

There is a bridge ahead which you know is down.  Below is a fast running river that will take all who fall into it into a Christless eternity.  You stand on the verge screaming shouting waving with frantic appeals to the oncoming traffic.   As they pass you can see their faces and expressions.  You glimpse momentarily a snapshot of their lives.  Their faces laughing at a joke someone has told, others enjoying the music from a local radio station: Kids playing in the back seat: others the odd kindly argument and banter.  They rush pass ignoring the screams and waving.

Pro 16: 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death

Some as they pass wind their side windows down  only to shout abuse and accuse you of hatred.  They shake their fists violently at you.  How dare you interupt their peaceful journey.

You try with great desperation to warn and explain.   You try to point to the stark reality of a collapsed bridge and the ford below.  You try your best to explain that there is another narrower road but it’s a safer road.  It will lead to safety.  But the windows are soon wound up and they proceed onwards.

But more and more the traffic ignores your shouting and frantic weaving.  Occasionally a car turns to take the narrower road.  But by far the majority of the traffic heads down to the bridge and over the edge.  You can almost hear their frantic screams.  You remember their faces.  That’s the red car with the lady wearing a brown top,  Or the black convertible with a man who had some crazy beads hanging from his mirror.   You stand wondering as car after car is rushed  down the torrent river into an abyss.  WHY oh WHY will they not listen.  Was it their destiny to take this road?  Was I not loud enough or bold enough?    It’s their faces you remember, the snapshot of individuals which for a moment you entered their lives before they pass you by. There is a brief  memory of this or that face.  The anguish of knowing that at the last moment the full horror of their mistake will dawn upon them.  The final realisation of what is to come.  The ultimate knowledge that there is no turning back,  and they have sealed their own fate.  All the bravado fist shaking, abuse and accusations of hatred and stinking pride no longer matters.

Mat 7: 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find

But what makes all this so difficult is that you know where they are going.  There is a darkness, a futility not of a day or a week or a month, but for an eternity.  As they pass you can see in many faces the hardening resolve to across the bridge.

It seems that your cries instead of being a deterrent, becomes the means to encourage  and harden ones resolve on a road that will only lead to futility and ruin.  The message is ignored, and the waving despised.

There are two roads and two eternal destinies.

For one is the security of the narrow road upon which there is a narrow bridge which Gods own son Jesus Christ bridges.  By far the most secure bridge there is.  It can cross that chasm and into the warm embrace of a fathers love.  It becomes the ever-loving delight of children in the comfort of a parents embrace; The security and knowledge that we have finally made it home; There will be a joy and a peace that will never fade or disappoint.

However for those who have chosen the highway with no bridge comes the futility of a terrible darkness.  No joy to comfort; no pleasant smiles of assurance; no joy or contentment;  no friendship to make their eternal state less troublesome, for they shall become the object of Gods terrible wrath.  His righteous judgement vindicated.

In my flesh I struggle to let go.  The need to grab hold of these people and hold them back from the continuation of their journey over the bridge and to futility of the ravine below.

The knowledge of what is to come becomes too fearful, too terrible to let go. 

The passing faces might remind one of loved ones, or friends of long ago.  But there must also come a point of the realisation that people have chosen to make this journey.  One has to be willing to bow the head and acknowledge

“  FATHER THY WILL BE DONE.”

UCMINISTRIES: In order for there to be a world government you must have a catalyst upon which the world will be motivated to unite.  Such a catalyst must include an imminent and perceived danger that ones very way of life has to be in on the verge of extinction.  That threat will be one of many issues which the world will feel the need to unite.  Inevitable there has to be an individual around which that rallying cry will draw people.

The Bible calls this man the man of sin.  He will be charismatic and bold.  The very opposite of the one who rode humbly into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey.  The one who came in his father name will be ridiculed by the man who will come in his own name.  The world will fall in love with this new messiah.  For a messiah is how he will be perceived.  For a time he will do what other could not do.  The world will grow sick of petty needless wars and long for a peace at any cost.

 John 5: 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive

But at what cost? 

If a man takes a journey he needs to know where that journey will take him.  The motive might start of as being courageous good and noble.  But the end may be one of darkness confusion and pain.  Somewhere along the road the journey gets hijacked.

What will you give in exchange for your soul?  Satan temptation to Jesus was bow and I will give you all these kingdoms, So we know that the one who is to come will bow to such temptation.  But how will humanity bow?  Oh they will not see satan as that big and nasty rebellious fallen angel ,  He will be well disguised as some angel of light dressed in the most motherly figure that the world can relate to.  How they will fall in love with that illumination.

But what will humanity give in exchange for prosperity and peace?

Will that cost be the offering of their souls?  Will it be a case of give me your veneration, your allegiance, and your soul?  In return peace prosperity and unity will follow?  It has to be a choice so great, so freely given and so final that they will place themselves beyond the pale of Gods grace.

It will be a choice of a unity or chaos.  But a unity not based on Gods principles but mans.  It will be the same message to build a tower of unity of brotherhood and oneness that will reach even to heaven.  It will become a cry that what God  hindered in Genesis, Man  by force of his  own strength will finish .

The following article is indeed a noble thought, a unity against an intolerent enemy.    The journey has started but where will it end?   A journey that is truly being forced upon humanity.

The following comes from a coalition against Islamization of the world

 The World Coalition Against Islamization is partner with ICLA. We warmly recommend our members to subscribe.    http://www.libertiesalliance.org/

I know really deeply different cultures and religions, all have been exterminate without any pity by muslims barbarians. So it is global problem, it should be solved together, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists. We all share similar values, USA, european countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, India are all democratic countries. It’s very positive, so we must stand together and fight together.Islam is not only a western problem and we are close civilizations in term of history interactions and evolutions. It is a matter of fact, we have a main problem with correctness language presenting Islam as a “normal” religion, these people using this kind of language, accusing us to be intolerant racists. So the question is also to counter this view, it is a reason why we should build a larger unity. For me it is a question of heart and love. But I should put also the stress on strategy if people don’t understand such feelings.

We should stop to present this freedom war as a kind of crusade. It’s a way to change the opinion against an exclusive western anti Islam, it must be a global freedom anti Islam front. Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists together, this time we will be listen. No doves will reply anymore, we are intolerant or racist and many “correctness birds” right or left will join us. We are sometime very backward in the west, because it’s been a long time our Jewish and Hindu friends have built together a strong brotherhood. It’s time for all to march in the same steps, without proselytism.

Our purpose is not to convert people to any religion or to be a party. I would support anyone understanding Islam as lethal and totalitarian ideology for all. Our duty as members of the same mankind is to work together against a threat that should be a concern for all. Islam is also the cause of unbearable oppression to women, young girls and homosexuals. Our single purpose is to defend life and freedom for all. I don’t want any discrimination between us. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Contact Jean-Luc STUMPF: 33628305260

Such terms as the BROTHERHOOD, HUMANITY, ONENESS ,GLOBAL, UNITY , will take on strong meanings.  The danger has to be real for this to work.  After two great world wars one of the major lessons to come out of those wars was that we could not fight a war using medieval tactics against modern weaponry.  But now perceive a political and religious ideology that’s steeped in primitive medieval thinking suddenly getting hold of modern nuclear and biological weapons.  The end result would not just be cataclysmic but life itself would truly be on the verge of extinction.  So we will see not just a political drive but also a global drive towards a unity of the survival of the species.  In the end it will not matter if the threat would or could be carried out, the very fact that the world will be convinced of the threat to be real will be enough.  So in the name of survival those who do not embrace this new humanity will soon become the enemy of humanity.  I suspect many within Islam itself will embrace what is to come.  The new humanity of a one world government will always be a bad mixture of what Daniel saw as the Iron and clay.  

The iron hand alongside the sinfulness of humanity. 

The brutality of legalism  and the weakness of sinful man.  Brutality will be expounded in the name of peace.  Execution as an act of mercy.  Cruelty an expression of Love.  Such will be the twisted ideals of a humanity gone mad.  The final completion of the tower that was started in Genesis is finally completed at the end of the age.  Such will be the boldness of this man of sin that he will be able to shake his fist at God and convince the world that together they will be able to conquer even the very throne of God if so desired.  That’s why the psalmist could say.

Ps 2: 1– 5  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing.  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

God’s word is the only word that will stand secure.

Ps 2: 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

It is not Islam that is destined to win the globe, but ethically an antichrist religion devoid of true humanity, love compassion, tolerance and peace.  But it will be put forward in the name of such virtues.

Whilst this description can and does reflect Islam in part, the reality is that the world, including Moslems are more than ever aware of Islam’s shortcomings.   

If Islam conquered the world there would only be Iron.  But the last great empire has to be a mixture of both Iron and clay.  United and yet never truly one.

The violence and intolerance of Islam is as hurtful to Islam as it is to those who reject Islam.  No what is to come has to include all creeds faiths organisations.  The concept of a united unity of all religions and governments that are forced to unite against a common foe .  One but never truly one.  Mixed and yet still separated. Only United because of the common enemy.  The one enemy that will inevitable reject such a unity will be the true bible believing Christianity.  We will refuse to contribute to this modern tower of Babel.

NOR WILL BE BOW TO ONE WHO MOCKS AND DERIDES OUR SAVIOUR.

We run to win!!!

I watched the final Olympics concert and it was a gathering and celebration of achievement.  Worldly and in some parts irreverent but the organization behind it was spectacular. The final finished as they began with fireworks songs and speeches and now the crowds turn and headed home.  The stadium falls silent.  The roars of the crowd are stilled.  The competitors will return to their home countries, some carrying Gold Silver and Bronze, whilst others with the glory that they were there to compete. Few will forget however that they watched and were a part of this year’s 2012 Olympics.  We watched the drama, the tears and the joys as each athlete ran for the final glory of a gold medal. We watch the joys of those who won and the tears of those who did not.

But there has been another Olympics in progress that few have watched; I suspect this Olympics have gone unnoticed by the vast majority of this world population. But the drama and tension is just as real and the tears, the hopes and the challenges no less great.  The heroes of this Olympics will not be seen on  the front  page of your local newspaper, but record of their achievements has been kept.

This Olympics have been running for longer than most realise and they will not finish until each and every competitor has crossed the finishing line.  On that day what we saw the other night will be nothing in comparison.  The glory of that celebration will be spectacular.  The organizer of this event will be God himself.  Every detail calculated and every moment factor in.

Hbr 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

The challenges of those who run is no less great, no less a drama from every nation these athletes’ will be gathered. From every background and every age they will come..  Let me introduce you to another Olympics.  Let me introduce you to the true Olympics. Brothers and sister welcome to the opening ceremony with Brother Abel lightening the fire of the first sacrifice.  Although killed by his brother the flame he light that day has continued.  The burning example has never died out.  Carried by every runner and as each has passes hands the baton on to those who still labour in the race.

Enoch will take the stage next and introduce us to opening ceremony.  In a spectacular colour he is taken to heaven. Next comes Noah the boat builder whose courage won him a place when the heavens opened up and the world was flooded.  Then Brother Abraham called out of the Ur and began the long distant runner. Wherever he stood that would become the ground his descendants would inherit.  Now the thing to remember is that they did not just run a race with perfection, they had their hurdles, their falls, and their scrapes to contend with.   They had their disappointments and pulled a few bruises on the way.  But the reality is they ran and they ran to victory   It’s not in the starting that matters most but reaching the finishing line. Each of us are encourage to run that we might win.

Hbr 11:6   But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We enter with the assurance that we don’t run in vain.  We run with the promise that there is a reward at the end.  We run in order to gain a greater reward than just some gold medal.

Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Every sinner who repents there comes a cheer from heavenly angels; another competitor has entered the race and another runner who has taken his position at the starting line.

1Cr 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

1Cr 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

What we are running is not a gold medallion, but to hear the greatest prize of all the words “enter good and faithful servant”  On that day all the heartache and pains, all the sufferings will pass.   All the tears will be wiped away.  Joy of that moment will last forever.

Hbr 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The roll of honour reminds us that many have started the same race before us and won glory in finishing their run.  With their roll comes the encouragement to focus on the end goal.  Like any runner we are in training to endure, to build up the muscles needed to make it to the home.

Here is the winning line to focus on:

Hbr 12:2   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let his passion and conviction become ours.  His humility was to lay aside heavens glory , clothe  himself  with flesh and blood.  To know what hunger and thirst was so that he could offer the eternal. Because he made the choice  to run this life’s race, can we do anything less than follow such a glorious example.   Even when many look on and call us  fools to dream such dreams.  Idiots for believing such glory could be ours.   Whilst we are mocked , scourge and rejected  we choose to run this race.  When others joke and laugh at our course.  Let us be reminded of Jesus sacrifice and remember he did it for us.

Hbr 11:39   And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: and having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

I suppose I looked at the final ceremony and saw more than just a global enterprise of athletes,  But another gathering whose numbers could not be numbered.  The cheers as they are introduced.  There are no losers in this race, only winners.  Although each will receive a reward for the race they ran.   The celebration on that day will be beautiful, glorious and the splendour will be out of this world.  Such glory and singing no earthly sound can compare.  What wonder and what A DAY that will be.  The beauty we shall behold will be indeed glorious.

It will all be centered on the one who made it all happen, and centered stage will be God himself.  Run the race my brothers and sisters, run to win, compete with every fibre you have.  Take courage by those whose lives have served as an example.  One day we will all be gathered together and the roll of honour of those who have run will be called out .  My greatest desire is that you will also be there.

Remember this we don’t run this race alone.  We have angels ministering to us,   The Holy Spirit as our personal chief trainer,   No one can do a better job than this trainer.  So run with passion and conviction.   Run that the one who has sponsored us  God himself gets all the glory.