Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The True And Pure Gospel

Matthew 24:14

"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."

What does the word gospel mean?

2098. euaggelion yoo-ang-ghel'-ee-on from the same as 2097; a good message, to announce good news (Strong's Greek Lexicon)

What is this good message or good news of?

The Kingdom of God
When Jesus started His earthly ministry in the city of Galilee He announced that the kingdom of God was at hand, and He told the masses what they should do.
Mark 1:14-15
"Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
This is the true and pure gospel that Jesus received from the Father and preached to the world. The good news of the kingdom of God, and God's kingdom is now, in those who are born again. Jesus said to repent, (which means to think differently) and believe (to have faith) in the gospel (good message).
Luke 17:20-21
"Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;  nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

So what must we do to enter into God's kingdom now? Jesus answered this question in John 3:1-7
"There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’"

Jesus said that unless one is born again they can't see the kingdom of God, and unless one is born of water AND the Holy Spirit they cannot enter the kingdom of God. Then He says we MUST be born again, He didn't say we should, we need to be, or it's a good idea, He said we MUST be born again. Are you born again?

The gospel of the kingdom of God is not about the messenger, but the message! God sent His only Son to pay the penalty of sin so that we could be reconciled back to Him and have a relationship with Him IN His kingdom now by His Spirit! This is truly good news!

There are so many sheep being led astray by a myriad of false gospels that will not lead them into the kingdom of God or save their soul. If you are one of those who believe in and follow the teachings of man and not the teachings of Christ, I pray that you will repent, believe, and obey, the true and pure gospel.

With Love In Christ,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Encouragement for Today

Good Morning!!

May the abundant grace and love of God lift you up in glory today and His words find entrance into your heart,

I would like to encourage everybody to keep the faith in Jesus Christ and HEAR His powerful words for the truth will set you free and you will be free indeed. Jesus is the Living Word that still speaks to His children and help them to overcome the world as well as He overcame the world passing through all the afflictions that He also passed.

Romans 10:16
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

If we are letting ourselves be down, giving place to our reasoning and thoughts to come together and suffocate the little faith we have, we will be succumbed by all of them because that is what satan loves to do with those who profess to be Christians, if satan cannot make you believe in him, he will try at least to make you feel empty, depressed, alone, weak, far from the word of God, closer to the worldly things, very far from prayer, very negative and so on. But read Romans again and WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLEEP TODAY!!!!! The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever!!!!!
He is faithful, He is trustworthy, He is the King of Kings, He is our provider, He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, He started the good work and He will bring it to completion, He is the bright morning star, He thunders and the earth needs to bow down, He transformed water in wine, He walked on the waters, He is the One that makes the impossible-possible! He is the One that brings what does not exist into existence and make all the creation wonder! He will never fail those who really trust in Him! Those who believe will have lack of NOTHING at all!!!!!! Praise the Living Name Jesus Christ! Aleluia! He is the One that opens doors where they do not exist and closes doors that nobody can open up! Praise the name of Jesus!
I am more than encouraged today to keep my head up and keep faithful that the times to live the Great and Final Harvest of the Lord is near and the Lord will use me and my husband as the instruments of His garden and will never let us in lack of anything, He will take care of our daughter and our finances, He will demand the earth to give to us what we need and the earth will obey.
So, please lift up your head today and prophecy the blessings of God upon your life and keep the faith for the Lord is near and His ears are not too dull to hear and His arms are not too short to save! Praise the Lord forever!
Much love in Christ,
Cynthia Palmer

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Keep The Law Of Moses?

Over the past year I have witnessed yet another scheme of Satan to draw believers away from Jesus and His teachings, His English name, and His commandments. Many born again, Spirit-filled believers are going back to the law of Moses, the Torah, the Talmud, Judaism, the Hebrew language and everything else that's Jewish, why?

Is Jesus not the Son of God? Is Jesus not the Word manifested in the flesh? Is He and the Father One? Didn't He only speak what the Father told Him to speak? Is Jesus not the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

When God Almighty in the flesh said ALL the Law AND the Prophets hang on two commandments did He lie?

Matthew 22:34-40

"But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Paul who received his gospel and knowledge by revelation of Jesus Christ wrote the same thing in his epistle to the Roman saints.

Romans 13:8-10

"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

In Acts 15 Paul and Barnabas disputed with some brethren from Judea who were telling the new gentile converts that they had to be circumcised according to the custom of Moses or else they couldn't be saved. And what did they do?

Acts 15:2

"Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question."

Did they take it upon themselves to decide the matter? Nope! They decided to go up to Jerusalem and speak to more apostles AND elders about it.

Acts 15:4-5

"And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

Sounds familiar doesn't it? I have heard very similar words coming from many believer's today!

After more disputing over this matter Peter stood up and spoke.

Acts 15:6-11

"Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,  and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”

This word from Peter silenced them all! What a wonderful example of how a dispute should be resolved in the New Covenant church of Christ.

Then to conclude the matter, the apostles and elders along with the whole church of Jerusalem decided to send Judas and Silas who were prophets down to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They also wrote a letter telling the gentile brethren what they had decided.

Acts 15:23-29

"They wrote this, letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren,To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law” —to whom we gave no such commandment— it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:  that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."

Here we have some of the apostles who walked with God in the flesh, elders who were appointed and approved by God to lead in the church of Jerusalem, James, Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Silas, and Judas, men who were full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, along with the entire church making a decision about the matter of the gentile converts being circumcised and keeping the law. Now if all these godly apostles, prophets, elders, and brethren, with guidance from the Holy Spirit didn't decide to tell the gentiles to keep the law, then who are we today to tell a believer they need to keep the law?

Jesus died and shed His blood on the cross of Calvary to set us free from the law, sin, and death, so why would some want to go back into bondage? It's like the Israelites in the desert, they murmured and complained, wanting to go back to Egypt where they were in bondage and enslaved four hundred years!

My prayer is that the saints of God today will truly realize the freedom we have in Christ and keep themselves from being bound by the law.

John 1:17

"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

With All Love In Sincerity And Truth,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Lamp Of The Body

Matthew 6:22-23

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good(sound), your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad(evil) , your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The translations from the english words to what means from greek-english are:

Lamp = portable lamp, light, candle

good/sound  = single

light = transparent, well-illuminated, full of light, bright

bad /evil = hurtful,  evil, in effect or in influence, and thus differing from ill, wicked, depravated which refers rather to essential character, as well as from (rotten,corrupt), which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).

Are your eyes good or evil?

In Christ,
Cynthia Palmer

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Letter Kills But The Spirit Gives Life (Word Of Knowledge)

“There is no life in them”

I heard this word as I woke up from a dream in which I heard the scriptures in John 5:39-40 being quoted. As I meditated more on this I could understand how one could become like a Pharisee and know the scriptures backwards and forwards, quoting them from memory, but yet have hearts hard as stone and full of dead men’s bones as Jesus said.

In fact I myself could have been called a Pharisee because for eight years I called myself a Christian, went to church, paid my tithe, read the scriptures and quoted them all day long, but yet my heart was full of lust, fornication, un-cleaness, pride, arrogance, deceit, anger, and adultery. It wasn’t until I truly received the Holy Spirit of God that everything changed and the sin that I had no power to stop was finally quelled by the power of the Living God.

I have recently come to understand that it doesn’t matter how much you read the scriptures or quote them, they remain just words written in a book if you don’t have the Holy Spirit to give them life and revelation as He teaches you and guides you into all truth. Without the Holy Spirit of God abiding in the vessel we will be just like the Pharisees and Scribes, thinking that because we read, study, memorize, and agree with the scriptures that we have eternal life, but we forget that we must follow, believe, and abide in the Living Word who is Jesus Christ!

John 5:39-40

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

2nd Cor. 3:5-6

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Love In Christ,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jesus Took Away Our Sin

John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

If we really understood this passage of scripture we would understand that those who are in Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit are no longer slaves to sin, and death has no more power over us.

The Spirit of God has been recently teaching me more of what Jesus truly did for believers and for the entire world. As John says in 1st John 2:2, “And He Himself is the propitiation (atonement) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

The sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross effectively un-did all that Satan did in the Garden of Eden through the deception of Adam and Eve. The scripture tells us in Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience (Jesus) many will be made righteous.”

We also read in 1st John 3:8

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

God was manifested in the flesh and destroyed ALL the works of the devil, Satan has no more power or authority over the true saints of God! He can only do what the Sovereign God allows him to. What a wonderful salvation God has given us through His Son.

He was also manifested to TAKE AWAY our sins! 1st John 3:5

“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”

Take a look at Hebrews 2:14

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,”

When Jesus tasted death for us all He destroyed the devil! And He took his power of death! What a magnificent and awe inspiring truth! Jesus holds the keys of death and hades.

Revelation 1:18

“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

It is Jesus who has ALL power and authority, it is Jesus who holds the keys of Hades and Death, He is the Judge and the executer of the wrath of Almighty God!

Hebrews 2:9

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

There is no reason for us to neglect so great a salvation, there is no reason for us to continue to commit sin without the power to stop. There is no reason to remain in bondage to sin and the lusts of the flesh, in Christ we have been set free from sin and death, how could we live in it any longer?

1st John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

In Christ we have the victory over sin, the flesh, Satan, and the world, let us live and walk in the victory that was won for us on Calvary by the precious shed blood of Jesus.

Love In Christ,