The Ultimate Sacrifice

When we the think of the term ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, we automatically think of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for this country and also for those who served and returned home, and as Americans we should.  There is one however, whom we tend to forget.  His was truly our ultimate sacrifice: I am speaking of Jesus Christ.  

In Romans 5:8:”But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in while we were yet sinners (Gods enemies), Christ DIED for you.  

Why did He die for us?  The main reason is that God wants to have a relationship with you.  God is not angry with you, quite the opposite, He is in LOVE with you.  Unfortunately, our sins, our own desires block that relationship with Him, not only here on Earth but also in eternity.  God knows that we can never be good enough to live the perfect life or give enough sacrifices or money, or do enough sacraments to earn our way to Him.  There is no good work that can do it for us (save us).

Roman 4;5 (NKJV): But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

The Amplified Bible shows us more closely what this verse means;

Romans 4:5 (AMP):  But to the one who does not work [that is, the one who does not try to earn his salvation by doing good], but believes and completely trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

So instead, Jesus , the only one who could do all this, did it for us.  He went to that cross and took every sin you have ever committed or will commit against Him and paid it all off.   God will never hold you accountable for any sin that you have done.  The reason is this; Jesus was held accountable for those sins, for your sins that you committed against God.  Jesus not only took the consequences, but He also paid that debt for you!  Jesus took your death sentence upon Himself for you!

Do you think that this is too good to be true news?   If you think so, that is what we call the Gospel (too good to be true news). The New Testament is not about do’s and don’ts, it is about the Gospel and God desires that everyone receives it.

So as we think of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms,  also try to Always remember the One who died for you personally.   Right this moment give your life to Jesus, he paid the ultimate price, so you can be free for all eternity.  Remember it is a free gift, to all who call on His Name.  In the following paragraphs I will show you how to receive this gift:

 How can I accept Jesus and receive this great gift?

Repent from your SINS; (repent simply means go the other way, turn around). Walk away from those sins by telling God you want something better, tell Him and yourself; “that you are though with this empty life you have been living.”

Repent from GOOD WORKS, many think they can keep Gods laws: they can go to church enough, be baptized, give money and do good works.  They think they can earn their way into heaven.  This is plain foolishness!  So many under this category are in churches every Sunday and have no idea they are on there way to an eternity without God (hell)!  Why, because they are like the religious men of Jesus’ day, they were thinking that they could earn God’s favor by being religious and by doing acts of religion. The following verses shows us just that:

Romans 4:5;  David Celebrates the Same Truth ] But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

 

Romans 4:2-4:(NLV) If Abraham was made right with God by what he did, he would have had something to be proud of. But he could not be proud before God. The Holy Writings say, “Abraham put his trust in God and that made him right with God.” 4 If a man works, his pay is not a gift. It is something he has earned.

 

Ephesian 2:8,9;  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and  it that not of yourselves; is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Remember this are God’s Words  not mine!)

Give your life to the one who can save you!  As I said earlier, while you were God’s enemy, God died for you.  Jesus took your death sentence to the cross.  He paid all the debt you own and now offers you a free gift of eternal life with Him.

 

Eternal life is not fire insurance!  It is life with God here and now!  We do not get saved only to escape the fires of Hell and then return to living as we please.  Jesus died because He wants you to be in His family and also to have a personal relationship with Him.

John 17:3;  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Roman 10;12-13; For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Simply tell Jesus in your own words:  

Jesus I am sorry for the way I am living, I am tired of this life and the way I have been living.
or
Lord, I am tired of trying to be good and trying to live the perfect religious life!  I can’t do it any longer!  
So today I accept by faith your death on the cross, that you paid for all my sins and all of those things that have keep me away from you.  I now want to make you my Lord, Savior and King over my life.  Thank you for all you have done for me.   

When you do this you will have passed from death to life!

Any questions or need help with this  new life, be free to contact us at www.dsiministries.com or write me at dinostauffer@yahoo.com, all contact will remain in strictest confidentiality. I do not judge you either, do not be afraid to contact me and ask anything, that you think keeps you from the Love of God. I am here to help. If you care to argue or debate, I do not argue, you are free to stay an unbeliever. This is for those who want or need God or on a journey to find Him.

Written by Dennis Stauffer

Edited by Gary Green (Omega House)

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Intimacy: Drawing Near – My Journey Part II

How Can I Meet God?

Last week we ended with the way Christians in America tend to act.  This week I want to start off by sharing another story with you.  I want to share my own testimony, how I came to meet God.

The setting is November, 1984.  I just checked into my 2nd and final rehabilitation center for drugs and alcohol.  I have already been to 3 detoxes, 1 rehab and have spent four years in and out of a 12 step program.  I have also managed to kill myself.  I was clinically dead for six minutes after a suicide attempt in which God brought me back.  Furthermore, I was also kicked out of the army and deported from Germany for my alcoholic behavior.  And then, to top it all off I got married, had one child and then shortly thereafter divorced.  This all happened between the ages of 16 and 20.  Those are the highlights of a 11 year alcoholic binge that started when I was 9 years old.

As I entered that rehabilitation center, with no hope, I meet my newly appointed head therapist.  Bob had over 20 years sobriety at that time.  He “sadly reported” to me that the only hope I will ever have in making it sober, is to find God.  He went on to state that; “I previously tried all there was and I had failed to respond to any type of treatment for alcoholism”.   The only chance I had was to find God.   God was my only hope!   At that moment, when I heard that, you might as well have shot me in the head.

I used the words above that he “sadly reported” this.  I say that because at that time I was a complete atheist and if by chance there was a God, I hated Him with all my being!  Bob pointed out that I needed to find God or just go get drunk and die.  These were the only two alternatives I had.  He then reassured me that there was a God, and that God loved me very much and He wanted to help me.  I only had to find the willingness to reach out to Him.  Bob knew that because 20 years ago in his own life, he faced the same dilemma.  He directed me from that day forward that I was to pray in the morning and to thank God at night for another day God blessed me with.  I also was directed not to ask for anything but my daily needs and sobriety for that day.  From that meeting on I began a new journey towards God…

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This is the Corner where I met Jesus.

My Road to Damascus Experience

On June 10, 1985, after six months of praying and seeking the presence of God for His help I had been sober for 7 months.  However, the day before I had a fight with my sister whom I was living with.  She asked me to leave and no matter where I went for help, not even my own mother would help me.

Around 1 am that morning, I was sitting on a corner where I had previously dealt drugs and drank during my addiction.  Then Satan showed up and began tempting me.  In my newly founded and fragile recovery, I was very shaky to say the least.  He reminded me that a few blocks away was my favorite bar.  If I went there I could pick up a woman and let her take me home like I had done so many times before.

The temptation was overwhelming and at that moment I cried out to God, “If you’re really there, I need you to stop being invisible and save me before I drink again!”  In a flash peace surrounded me.  It was around me like a wall of protection and also it was inside of me flowing out freely through me.  There was this calm, joy, a freedom I had never experienced.  Then there was His voice.  I could hear Him audibly.  Just like His peace, His voice was also flowing inside and out of me.  I can’t really explain it, but His voice penetrated every cell in my being.  I not only could hear Him with my ears but I also felt it and rested in it.

I felt completely protected by His presence.  The joy I felt at that time was obviously supernatural.  I have never felt joy like that since.  Jesus spoke to me and said; “Dennis, I have always been with you and I will never forsake you.”   I can still remember looking back at my response.   Like an idiot all I could say was; “You really exist!” I said it over and over again.  That night the Lord removed those demons of addiction and gave me instructions about how to start living my life.  What I received was absolute assurance that God existed.  And just like Jesus said, “I will never leave nor forsake you.”

If I were to tell you that story and it ended there, you could write it off as a bad experience, a dream, a great hallucination or whatever.  But I have to say that I have never again had another drink of alcohol nor have I tried drugs in these last 32 years.  Neither have I been the same.  To top it off, after over 31 years God and I still speak to each other almost every day.  I still hear His voice flowing in my spirit directing and guiding me.  So today when people ask me why I believe in the Bible or why I believe Jesus is the only way, I tell them it is not just blind faith.  I happen to know Him personally.  Jesus is not just some hope I have but a real relationship in my life!  So let me help you draw near…….

 Drawing Near 

James 4:8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts…..
This verse shows us the “key” to meeting God.  We must first decide to draw near!  God will never violate His universal law of “freewill.”   As long as you want to be Lord over your own life, do whatever you want and have nothing to do with God, then He will honor your choice and that is what you will get – life without God!  If you want to serve other gods or idols (addiction, lust, materialism or simply yourself) you will never see God.  If you have never seen God or heard Him, there is your reason; you never really wanted to in the first place.
 
This is something I share with new people coming to Christ: If you take one step towards God he will travel a universe to meet you.
 
God wants to be with you more than you can imagine.  He is not out there playing spiritual hide and go seek!  He is waiting on every human to do this simple step written in the book of James – draw near to Him.  This is exactly what I was unknowingly doing for 6 months before I met God on June 10.  I was moving, I was taking that first step of opening my heart and my will to receive Him and to have an encounter with Him.
 
Before June, I started to see weird things happening.  I asked for help and it showed up!  I needed something and it was there or someone showed up out of the blue and helped me.  As I look back, I can see since that meeting with Bob at the rehab that God was setting me up and preparing to change my life forever.  If you’re reading this and you want the same, God might be setting you up right now.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts…..
This is step two; I had to start cleaning my hands.  I had to make a decision to whom I was going to follow and serve with my life.  In Christianity and the Bible, this is called ‘Repentance.’  The word repentance simply means to turn around or make a u-turn in your life.
 
I want to interject here that you might be reading this and you have already said the prayer of salvation, you go to church and read your Bible.  I want to point out the Book of James is written to Christians.  It starts out in Chapter one:  Greetings,… My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…. This tells us who James was writing to.   These early Christians, had the same problems so many Christians have today and James was correcting it…. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts.  I see it so much today in the church, Christians coming to church, reading their Bibles, being baptized and not having any personal relationship with God.  So many Christians that are stuck in sin, e.g., materialism which the Bible calls idols.  Jesus made it clear you cannot serve both.  You will love one and hate the other.
 
The reason we may not be hearing the voice of God is because of other loves we have in our lives.  We have moved away from him and the further we go away, that small still voice becomes quieter and quieter.  God never shouts to get your attention.  You might run into a storm like Jonah but there is no shouting.  God will never raise His voice at you or lose His temper.   You have to decide to come back into hearing range of His voice.  When we fall into sin, and we all do, God does not abandon us or move away, nor does He stop hearing our prayers.  He never changes, He continues to talk to us in His still small voice but the further we move away, the harder it becomes to hear God’s voice.  Matthew brings this out:
 
Matthew 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
This leads us to our next paragraph where this same scripture is more applicable.

 Am I Really Saved or Just Going to Church?

Here is a litmus test: Ask yourself this question and be very honest!  If I ask you if you are going to Heaven when you die, what is your answer?   Was your answer?

  1. I hope so! I am a very good person but I am not perfect!
  2. YES I AM! I go to church and love Jesus!

If you think number two is the best answer, both answers will land you in Hell!  Both question have to do with you and things you do!  Salvation has nothing to do with you.  It has to do with all that Jesus did on the cross and the forgiveness He offers!  All we can do is respond and receive His free gift.

Again if you answered yes to both questions and are going to church and practicing the Christian religion or any other religion for that matter, then for you God may be some belief you have and or hope you have – that He is real.  For you He is somewhere in the cosmos, but you are unable to be prove this, you simply live in “blind faith.”  

There are many people sitting in churches every Sunday who have never repented and have never come to salvation, they are just going through the motions.  They believe Christianity is a religion.  They are hoping to live their life good enough so that one day they will go to heaven because of their good works and deeds, and or by the sacraments they received.  I cannot think of anything sadder than for a person to attend church their whole life, living a so called “christian life” and then ending up going to hell.  You might think I am crazy to believe this but I will let the Lord tell you!

Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven {get saved}.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (parentheses my interjection)   
I want to affirm that these are not Christians who lost their salvation.  These are what I call:  “Church  folks who never came to Christ for salvation.”
 
They are doing all the right things and some even do amazing things in the context of Christianity but Jesus says, “I never knew you!”  If at one time, they were saved and then backslid and then lost their salvation, then that means at one time Jesus did know them and they left.  However, Jesus states; “I never knew you!”  What does this mean?  This means that they never gave their life to Jesus!  In other words they were never saved.  
Remember, we have God’s promise that a saved person cannot lose their salvation!
 
These “Church Folks” may have given their life, and put their faith into their denomination, or their church, their pastor or even a Christian lifestyle or even sacraments, but they never came to repentance nor turned their lives over to Jesus for His blood and His Salvation.  Here is my comparsion on these two verses, 1) those that have never believed and therefore have not received salvation – Matt. 7:21-23 vs. 2) those who have salvation – John 10:27:
 
  • Matt. 7:21-23 – And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ 
  • John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
I know there are “Church Folks” sitting in pews, today.  For example, my own mother was in this category for years, she was the most church going woman I knew growing up.  She had us in church constantly and even made me an altar boy.  It was not until years later while at a Bible study I was giving on this very subject that she repented and received Salvation – at the age of 60.  Later by her own words she stated that she sat in church her whole life and was never offered nor received Salvation. 
 
1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
So if you’re not sure if you’re saved and what I have just written is speaking to you, do not wait another moment.  Get saved and turn to Jesus.
 
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What’s The Difference?

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Romans 10:17; So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I really do not need to write any more in addition to these three verses of scripture to answer that question, but I will.
 
One of the greatest proofs in your life that you are saved is the fact you can and do hear the voice of God and His Spirit moves in you!  If that is happening; God is with you.  If you are going through the motions of Christianity and doing all the right things and you have never heard or recollect hearing God, STOP ALL YOU’RE DOING AND GET SAVED! 

 Hearing vs Reading the Word of God

I want to point out that it is, every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  It says that the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God not written from the mouth of God!  I am referring to the Bible here!  You might be able to read and teach God’s written Word and still never hear His voice or even be one of His.  I am not saying God’s Word is not important nor am I disrespecting the written Word of God.  The Bible is man’s greatest tool to drawing close to God and understanding His will for your life and this world.  However, it does not replace God’s spoken Word, as we see in the next verse:
Romans 10:17; So then  faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I will reiterate what I was saying earlier.  Read carefully what this verse is saying; faith comes not by reading scriptures but by hearing God’s word!  Do not get me wrong in this.  I do read the Bible and in those pages, as I read, God begins to speak to me.  God will convict me and He also teaches me though His written word but I am not reading it alone, I am hearing that small voice guiding and speaking to me through those written words.  On the other hand if you are just reading and studying the word like a text book and all you’re getting is doctrinal facts and religious tenets, then you might be going the way of the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus time.  They knew every part of the Old Testament but when they met Jesus, our Lord God, they were clueless to who He was and what He was teaching them.  This again proves my point through scripture; you can know all there is about God, His laws and doctrines but not know Him, even if He walked up to you.
 
I will continue with Part III next week, the nuts and bolts of finding intimacy with God.

Do Not Get Passed-Over: The Benefits Of Being Saved

passover cross resized_FotorAfter The Passover

Psalm 105 37-41  He also brought them out with silver and gold,   
And there was none feeble among His tribes.     
Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
He spread a cloud for a covering,
And fire to give light in the night.
The people asked, and He brought quail,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
He opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.  

 

As I shared in the last article “Do not get Passed-Over, the Passover is a type and shadow of our Salvation in Jesus.  If you have not read it please read that article before you go on.  

In the final judgement that was about to plague Egypt, we read that God tells Moses to have Israel slay the lambs and wipe their blood on the door posts of their homes.  This is a picture of Jesus’ blood on our hearts in which the judgement of God passes-over us.  Jesus came to break the slavery of Egypt the (world) and then set us free to go first to Mount Sinai and meet with God and then to travel to the Promise Land.

The Promise Land

I want to start out by clearing up an error that so many in the past and present day church have made; Heaven is not the Promise Land.  So many have clung to the idea that when God promised us a promise land, He was talking about Heaven.  He is not.  God told Israel to go to the Promise Land and in that land, they would have to fight and conquer it.  Heaven and eternal life is a free gift given by God.  In heaven there are no wars, no struggles and no giants to conquer.  Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was free but their promises were not!

When we look at our salvation and the things I am going to share, you will see there are many battles in this Christian life.  If you want the blessing of the promises, you will have to muster courage, take hold by faith and battle for the things God promised you in salvation.  The blessings are a part of your salvation but they are not all automatic, there are wars to be fought and won,

1 Timothy 6:12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Just as it was with Israel when they received the Passover, which is analogous to our salvation promise. When we read Psalm 105 37-41, we see that God bestowed on them many blessings.  So many today teach all the blessings from God are just for the spirit world or when you get to Heaven.  I want to ask a question; does your spirit need healing?  Have you ever gone to the doctor and heard him or her say, “there is nothing to worry about,  your spirit man has the flu?”  Do you think that when you get to heaven you will need healing, provision or protection?  I do not believe this is true!  In Heaven there is no sickness, no danger and there are no needs.  But we do have them here.  So many Christian today are doing without because they do not believe those scriptures that say; God shall supply all your needs.  I am your healer and deliverer.  I forgave all your sins and heal all your diseases.  The Lord also told us that no weapon formed against us will prosper.

 

The reason God gave these promises, is because they are part of your Salvation benefits, but like I said, although they are yours they do not come automatically.  They are only accessed through faith and faith is required to receive them.  The Lord told Israel that they received the promise land but they were still required to go and take possession.  This requirement is still required for us today.

Jesus made it clear in the gospels if you doubt you will do without.  So as we march on to our promises there will be giants and wars to be faced.  So as Israel had to march toward their territory so must we march on in salvation to possess all that Jesus promised us.

Understanding Our Promises is not in our Theology but rather in a Word.

You can see right away that during their deliverance from Egypt, Israel received the same as we do at the moment of our Salvation.  In the article I wrote “Returning to Faith,”  I showed you the Greek words for “salvation” and the word “saved.” Let us look once again at these Greek words for a better understanding.  Please study and memorize these two words.

 

sózó: to save
Short Definition: I save, heal
Definition: I save, heal, preserve, rescue.

sótéria: deliverance, salvation
Short Definition: deliverance, salvation
Definition: welfare,  prosperity, deliverance,  preservation,  salvation,  safety.
When we study these words, I want to remind you that this is not theology here, it is just studying a word and understanding what it meant in the original language in which it was was written.  Yes, I know that we use the English language and in our churches we reduce the words “saved or receiving Salvation to” my sins are forgiven and one day I will go to Heaven.  But when you study the definition of the Greek words you will gain a different understanding from how we have reduced salvation?  So for the rest of the article I want to compare what happened to Israel the day after they received the Passover to what happened to Israel after their deliverance from Egypt.  Then you will see that God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow and He does not change.

Sozo: I Save: I Rescue

Salvation: Deliverance, Safety

God saved Israel from Egypt and God also saved you from the slavery of sin in this world and delivered you.  As Israel slayed the lamb and marked the door with its blood, Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed His blood and marked you to be passed over from death and its destruction.
God did not only save Israel from destruction, he also invited them to Mount Sinai.  This is where Israel vowed to become the children of God and became the nation of God.  They would be His people and He, Jehovah would be their God.  And just like God did with the Israelites, God offers us the same when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  We are adopted into the family of God.
Going back to what I explained earlier we can see that God was referencing the adoption of children into His family by using the Greek words sozo and sótéria.  We just need to take away the religious trappings and not go too deep into theology.  Oftentimes we over analyze and therefore complicate God’s Word.  By doing so we can then get a clearer meaning of what God is doing in salvation.  This is stated in Galatians:
Galatians 4:5  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
I have adopted by marriage, 5 children.  When I look at these words again, I realize that this is what I have done.  When I took on the responsibility of my new children I took on these following responsibilities. 
  Their:
  • welfare: the health, happiness and fortunes of a person or group.
  • prosperity: the state of being prosperous.
  • deliverance: the action of being rescued or set free
  • preservation: support something: 1.retain 2. maintain or keep alive 3.keep safe
  • salvation: deliverance from mistakes, and errors
  • safety and saved : the condition of being protected and rescued  from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury. 
  • heal: to make  a person to become sound and healthy again.  

Aren’t these the same things we want for our own children?  Jesus asked a question in the Gospels.

Luke: 7;11  If YOU then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Why do we think God wants any less for us?  Do you want your children to be failures, to get sick, be paralyzed or contact some horrible disease?  Do you want them to live a life in poverty?  Of course not!

We need religion to help us believe the opposite is true!!  What I mean by this is, if we would read the Bible for what it says and not filtered to what we are taught in church, theologians and every denominational doctrine, then our belief system would be so much stronger.

Prosperity and Being Prosperous

Psalm 105 37: He also brought them out with silver and gold.

When we become children of God we are promised prosperity if we believe.  As I stated in previous articles; prosperity is not God wanting us all rich as so many love to quote.  I believe prosperity is; whatever God calls you to to be, He will prosper you and you will have success.  Ask yourself a question, did God call me for a certain assignment in life because He wanted me to fail?  Did God call me to be a mother or father only to see our children fail, was this failure His will?  I do not believe so.  Jesus stated He does nothing without the father telling him.  Now, did Jesus ever fail?  No!, and the reason Jesus never failed was because He did nothing without God’s direction.  Even with God’s direction Jesus relied on the power from the Holy Spirit to accomplish the job.

John 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 
All through the Bible God says if you listen to my commands you shall prosper in all you do.  You can see this the moment Israel received their deliverance: God blessed them with silver and gold.  These slaves left their slavery rich after they plundered the richest nation of the world.  For 430 years they lived as slaves but they left as a rich nation.

Joshua 1:This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

holocost fotoHealing 

Psalm 105:37 And there was none feeble among His tribes. 

Psalm 105:37 there were no sick and feeble folk among them than. (Living Translation) 

And there was none feeble  (Lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness)

Now this is a powerful statement; there was none lacking any physical strength, there was none sick!  I shared with you a picture of some holocaust victims on the left.  I wanted you to get a picture of what happened to these men who lived in inhumane conditions for 6 years or less.  These men suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany and were used as human slaves.  Can you imagine what the Children of Israel looked like living this way for 430 years?  This means they lived in this condition from their birth and then grew up in these conditions. Imagine how beaten they were, especially after the past few years of living in the battle between Moses and Pharaoh?  Now we read there was none feeble among them.  After they received the Passover meal, they were all healed, they were all restored to perfect health so they could leave Egypt.

When Jesus went to the cross he bore your sickness and disease.

Matthew 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
Psalms 105 2-4 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction
It is a shame that in the body of Christ there is such a dispute over healing. We read in the Old Covenant God was healing from the beginning.  It was further established at the Passover with Israel in Egypt, again which is only a type and shadow of the more glorious covenant we have today. (Hebrews 8:6)

Protections

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Psalm 105:38-39 Egypt was glad when they departed, For the fear of them had fallen upon them. He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.
God not only delivered Israel from Egypt, He adopted them, He prospered them with Egypt’s gold and wealth.  Then after the Passover He healed them.  Now we will see He will protect them from not only their Egyptian masters, but also from the harsh conditions of the desert.

God helped Israel make their triumphant exit.  He made sure that because of the last plague on Egypt, there would be no mob vengeance for Egypt’s loss of their first-born and no riots as they left.  God placed in the heart of the Egyptians a gladness and a fear that they were leaving.  So glad that they gave valuable gifts as they left.  God’s hand was there to help and bless Israel as they left their captivity.  Not one person lifted a hand to stir a riot against them.

However, there was one hard headed fool, Pharaoh.  Pharaoh chose again to harden his heart and attack the leaving Israelites.  He chased them to the Red Sea where God then did another miracle of protection by splitting the Rea Sea giving the Israelites dry ground on which to cross.  Unfortunately for Pharaoh and his army, this was the end of Egypt’s king.  For God lifted His protection and the Red Sea closed over them and they all drowned?  The world’s great superpower was destroyed with no problem.

Psalms 136:15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.
He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.
After Israel entered the great desert to go meet God at Mount Sinai, they were exposed to the nasty and deadly conditions of a desert.  So God in His protection provided a cloud over them during the day so the scorching sun and heat would not be unbearable and gave them cool shade in the wide open sands.  If you have never been to the desert, you can not imagine how cold a hot place can get when the sun goes down and how dark it is.  So God gave them a pillar of fire for warmth and light so they would not be in total darkness on the moonless nights.

Provision

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Psalm 105 40-41:The people asked, and He brought quail, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out;  It ran in the dry places like a river.  

God fed the people of Israel, a nation now living in a desert.  No natural or man-made facilities were there to handle such an exodus.  God made it clear that He took care of anywhere from 600,000 people to 4 million people.  However many were there, it was a problem only Jehovah God could solve.  He fed them with manna and quail.  He let water flow from a rock (the picture is Split Rock at Mount Horeb.)  This is where Moses struck the rock and it supplied the water for millions of people.  The caption in this photo says a man can walk between that crack of the rock and it has been proven the split was caused by water erosion.  A great testament to the Word of God and proof of the Bible.  God says in the New Testament:

Philippians 4:19  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Unknown copyGod is our father and provider. He promises His children to supply their needs just like He took care of Israel in the desert. If God can feed several million people in the middle of nowhere; do you think your need of one person or family is a  challenge to God?  Just like His family in the desert wilderness, God will supply you no matter where you are.  Even if He has to split something or rain down manna from Heaven to feed you. (I always thought manna was like a communion wafer from heaven but as I studied this I found out it looked like a coriander seed (right) and then ground down for flour.

As we have seen from this article, the same blessings that were supplied to Israel are also available to you.  They are in the New Covenant – supplied by the blood of Jesus at the cross.  Unfortunately, so many in Church through unbelief, bad doctrines or theology have forfeited these blessings.

Matthew 13:58  Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Your unbelief will cost you either though your church teachings or your natural unbelief in the supernatural.  It does not matter what the reason is, if you live in unbelief you will not receive anything from God.  Jesus went to Nazareth, yet because of their unbelief Jesus could not do many great works.  That same principle applies to us all.  Yes Jesus is God and He was the Savior at Nazareth.  However, the Nazarines stopped the flow of of God’s great works through their lack of faith and all their stupid questions.

Matthew 13:55-57:  Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?  And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him.

If God did these blessings for Israel, and you have a better covenant than they had, you just need to study it and know your blessings and your benefits.  After all, as a believer you are a saved child of God.

Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.  (Read Psalm 103)   

Why did God allow this to happen to me?

If you ever been to a funeral or had a talked with someone who has been hurt and blamed God for it. You will get this statement, ” If there was a loving God, why would he allow this to happen”? So in turn, so many believe that God, let their baby die and he needed that baby in heaven. Others have been abused or have had other misfortunes and have come to this question again and again. They end up with a hatred toward God. There are some with the attitude;” if this is a loving God, I do not want anything to do with him”.  If this is you?  This blog is for you!

In the comic strip above, we have a man asking Jesus, why did he allow these thing? Jesus in turn said “I was about to ask you the same thing”. So today we will tackle this as simply as I can.

When God created man back in the Garden.  He gave man dominion (authority) over this planet. (Genesis 1:28). In other words, God is the creator and is the owner of planet Earth. The management of this planet, he gave to man. Secondly he created man with a special gift and also a deadly one, FREE WILL.

What is freewill? It is ability to make ones own decisions and rule ones self as he wishes. Good or bad, a man can go or do as he wishes and God will not force him to obey and live by His rules.

With this free gift of freewill. God made it clear to Adam, if he would break the one law he established, there would be consequences for those actions.  We read in Genesis 2:17, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.  In this verse God tell them, there is consequences for your actions. If you eat from this one tree, you will die! but that decision is up to you!

As it happened, Adam and Eve did what they wanted and they received there consequences for their actions.

Adam (man) to this point was a immortal creature. Death was not on this earth but God warned man if you rebel,  you will unleash a deadly virus on this earth called “death”. God did not create death, it came from Satan and it was conscience of living a life apart from the source of eternal life (God).  Adam and Eve, on that day made a decision to separate themselves from that life.  From that day on, the virus; sin, sickness and death , was released on this planet. In the New Testament, Romans 6:23, God reminds us of this fact.  For the wages of sin is death.  Sin is choosing to live your life, apart from God and His ways.   The wages (paycheck) for that is death. It was not created again by God, he warned us not to go down this road, because of what will happen. But we did it anyway and now fast forward to 2014…..Today.
The world is a frightening place, rumor of wars and wars are happening. violence, diseases and famines cover our world. People are murdered. Women and children are raped and abused, some sold into slavery.  Alcoholism and drug addiction are everywhere. Children are born with defects and many other crippling diseases.

And man cries out to God, “If you are a loving God, why do you allow these things happen?”

Now that we have the back ground to why these things have happened.  We now can look at the comic strip again. The man asked Jesus, why? and Jesus response was “I was about to ask you the same thing”!

Everything we blame on God, if honestly looked at. Is done through the temptations of Satan and the desires of men.

Famine (starvation in the world).  America alone can produce enough food to feed the world. but why do people go hungry? Governments, politic, greed and I am sure this can go much better.

Sickness and diseases:  Can you image what this world would look like if man used his resources and intellect to research cures instead of military might and conquest. How much money and time goes into building bombs, warships and planes. If all the energy we use to kill one other was used to save others?

Crime and violence:  Who commits crimes? Does God sell drugs? Rape and abuse women and children? Go into stores and rob people. Does God kill innocent people for the lust of money? Does God run drug cartels and gangs?  Was a women ever been raped by God?  The answer is always  NO!!! Who does these action against other human beings? Man does! So if man is always doing this, why does God get blamed for the condition of the world, he put us in charge of?

One reason is a bad doctrine in churches and in peoples mindset.  Most people have this idea; God is so powerful and mighty. He is in control of everything. Nothing happens that He does not allow or control. That is bad doctrine and just plain stupid.  God does not control all. He does not have anything to do with  a man who chooses to kill, or a person who chooses to rape women and children. Nor is it His will for parents to get so drunk and high, they come home and beat and abuse their children.  God has not any part of these things, that is the work of the devil.  He tempts someone to do his evil work and then blames God for the outcome.  Satan love to accuse God and says; “If God loves you, this would not of happened! He does have all control,  He could of stopped this”!

John 10:10 states, The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus,God) have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.  

A very simple theology I live by. If something is stealing, killing or destroying in my life or my very life.  It is SATAN!  If there are things coming into my life that are producing goodness, abundance and health, it is GOD.  So when I see the evil, I can take my God given dominion (authority),  I can resist it, fight against it. Not be neutral and act as a victim, and allow sickness, disease and evil to wreck my life. When I see these thing surface in my actions, thoughts I can take immediate action to straighten my actions and thoughts out, so I do not do harm in my life, marriage, health or finances. Then I can turn to Gods Word for guidance and get instructions, on how to bring life back to these situation caused by the devil, myself or some other human who decide to do harm to me. God does not kill babies and need them in heaven! God did not will your child, mother or father to die because He needed them more in heaven. Nonsense. Since death came into this world by one mans action (Adam) , we are guaranteed one thing when we are born. We will die, no one get out alive. Roman 5:15 says But the free gift is not like the offence. For if by the one mans offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

I do not blame God. God is my solution and my life source. When I turn and get angry and blame God. I turn from the only source that can help me get through or stop these things in my life. Read Genesis 2-3, you will see how Satan got Adam to turn on God, run and hide and then start the blame game. But who came to the garden? God did, not to punish to rescue his children from their mistakes and the lies of the devil.

We see the same in the New Testament for us, for all who sinned. God doing a rescue mission. For God so loved the world the He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (John 3:16-18)

God is not your problem or cause of your problems. Not one of them. If you are honest you will see it was cause by you or someone else. God wants us to repent, turn away from these harmful things and turn back to him. He will not punish but save you. Would you like to give him your life? You can repent and stop blaming everyone for the problems in your life and turn to the solution. When I got off a alcoholism these are the words God spoke to me.  Stop looking at the problems and look to me, your solution.

I hope this was a small help to a hard question. It is not in-depth but I hope to give you a chance to look at it in a different light then you might have been. God did not do this too you, nor is He punishing you.

If I can help you in any way, write to me Dennis Stauffer at dennisstauffer@dsiministries.com or dinostauffer@yahoo.com

Thank you for reading my article.

Why Did God Allow This To Happen ? Repost

If you ever been to a funeral or had a talked with someone who has been hurt and blamed God for it. You will get this statement, ” If there was a loving God, why would he allow this to happen”? So in turn, so many believe that God, let their baby die and he needed that baby in heaven. Others have been abused or have had other misfortunes and have come to this question again and again. They end up with a hatred toward God. There are some with the attitude;” if this is a loving God, I do not want anything to do with him”.  If this is you?  This blog is for you!

In the comic strip above, we have a man asking Jesus, why did he allow these thing? Jesus in turn said “I was about to ask you the same thing”. So today we will tackle this as simply as I can.

When God created man back in the Garden.  He gave man dominion (authority) over this planet. (Genesis 1:28). In other words, God is the creator and is the owner of planet Earth. The management of this planet, he gave to man. Secondly he created man with a special gift and also a deadly one, FREE WILL.

What is freewill? It is ability to make ones own decisions and rule ones self as he wishes. Good or bad, a man can go or do as he wishes and God will not force him to obey and live by His rules.

With this free gift of freewill. God made it clear to Adam, if he would break the one law he established, there would be consequences for those actions.  We read in Genesis 2:17, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.  In this verse God tell them, there is consequences for your actions. If you eat from this one tree, you will die! but that decision is up to you!

As it happened, Adam and Eve did what they wanted and they received there consequences for their actions.

Adam (man) to this point was a immortal creature. Death was not on this earth but God warned man if you rebel,  you will unleash a deadly virus on this earth called “death”. God did not create death, it came from Satan and it was conscience of living a life apart from the source of eternal life (God).  Adam and Eve, on that day made a decision to separate themselves from that life.  From that day on, the virus; sin, sickness and death , was released on this planet. In the New Testament, Romans 6:23, God reminds us of this fact.  For the wages of sin is death.  Sin is choosing to live your life, apart from God and His ways.   The wages (paycheck) for that is death. It was not created again by God, he warned us not to go down this road, because of what will happen. But we did it anyway and now fast forward to 2014…..Today.
The world is a frightening place, rumor of wars and wars are happening. violence, diseases and famines cover our world. People are murdered. Women and children are raped and abused, some sold into slavery.  Alcoholism and drug addiction are everywhere. Children are born with defects and many other crippling diseases.

And man cries out to God, “If you are a loving God, why do you allow these things happen?”

Now that we have the back ground to why these things have happened.  We now can look at the comic strip again. The man asked Jesus, why? and Jesus response was “I was about to ask you the same thing”!

Everything we blame on God, if honestly looked at. Is done through the temptations of Satan and the desires of men.

Famine (starvation in the world).  America alone can produce enough food to feed the world. but why do people go hungry? Governments, politic, greed and I am sure this can go much better.

Sickness and diseases:  Can you image what this world would look like if man used his resources and intellect to research cures instead of military might and conquest. How much money and time goes into building bombs, warships and planes. If all the energy we use to kill one other was used to save others?

Crime and violence:  Who commits crimes? Does God sell drugs? Rape and abuse women and children? Go into stores and rob people. Does God kill innocent people for the lust of money? Does God run drug cartels and gangs?  Was a women ever been raped by God?  The answer is always  NO!!! Who does these action against other human beings? Man does! So if man is always doing this, why does God get blamed for the condition of the world, he put us in charge of?

One reason is a bad doctrine in churches and in peoples mindset.  Most people have this idea; God is so powerful and mighty. He is in control of everything. Nothing happens that He does not allow or control. That is bad doctrine and just plain stupid.  God does not control all. He does not have anything to do with  a man who chooses to kill, or a person who chooses to rape women and children. Nor is it His will for parents to get so drunk and high, they come home and beat and abuse their children.  God has not any part of these things, that is the work of the devil.  He tempts someone to do his evil work and then blames God for the outcome.  Satan love to accuse God and says; “If God loves you, this would not of happened! He does have all control,  He could of stopped this”!

John 10:10 states, The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus,God) have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.  

A very simple theology I live by. If something is stealing, killing or destroying in my life or my very life.  It is SATAN!  If there are things coming into my life that are producing goodness, abundance and health, it is GOD.  So when I see the evil, I can take my God given dominion (authority),  I can resist it, fight against it. Not be neutral and act as a victim, and allow sickness, disease and evil to wreck my life. When I see these thing surface in my actions, thoughts I can take immediate action to straighten my actions and thoughts out, so I do not do harm in my life, marriage, health or finances. Then I can turn to Gods Word for guidance and get instructions, on how to bring life back to these situation caused by the devil, myself or some other human who decide to do harm to me. God does not kill babies and need them in heaven! God did not will your child, mother or father to die because He needed them more in heaven. Nonsense. Since death came into this world by one mans action (Adam) , we are guaranteed one thing when we are born. We will die, no one get out alive. Roman 5:15 says But the free gift is not like the offence. For if by the one mans offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

I do not blame God. God is my solution and my life source. When I turn and get angry and blame God. I turn from the only source that can help me get through or stop these things in my life. Read Genesis 2-3, you will see how Satan got Adam to turn on God, run and hide and then start the blame game. But who came to the garden? God did, not to punish to rescue his children from their mistakes and the lies of the devil.

We see the same in the New Testament for us, for all who sinned. God doing a rescue mission. For God so loved the world the He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (John 3:16-18)

God is not your problem or cause of your problems. Not one of them. If you are honest you will see it was cause by you or someone else. God wants us to repent, turn away from these harmful things and turn back to him. He will not punish but save you. Would you like to give him your life? You can repent and stop blaming everyone for the problems in your life and turn to the solution. When I got off a alcoholism these are the words God spoke to me.  Stop looking at the problems and look to me, your solution.

I hope this was a small help to a hard question. It is not in-depth but I hope to give you a chance to look at it in a different light then you might have been. God did not do this too you, nor is He punishing you.

If I can help you in any way, write to me Dennis Stauffer at dennisstauffer@dsiministries.com or dinostauffer@yahoo.com

Thank you for reading my article.

DO NOT GET PASSED-OVER!

Understanding the Passover

So many times in the Old Testament, God gives us a “type and shadow” of the things to come in the

images (1)future.  He gives us a metaphor and with this metaphor God loves to paint a picture with His Words.  In this article I want to share a little on my favorite type and shadow in the Bible: The Passover  from the book of Exodus.

Exodus 12:21;  Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. 

God is painting the picture and it an easy one to understand.  When we go through the story and understand what these words mean spiritually, they give us a deeper meaning of our salvation.

Egypt/World System

First let us look at Egypt.  Egypt is a picture of the “world” in which we are all born into.  We are children of God yes, but after the fall of Adam and Eve, we are no longer born into “Eden” but into this fallen world.  So after the fall of man at the garden, every man and woman born into this world are born spiritually dead.  This is why Jesus said in John 3;3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”   You might be alive physically but your spirit is dead and can not understand the things of God or enter into His Kingdom.  When we are not born-again, our mind and thoughts are locked into this world view and system.  We simply can not gasp spiritual truths.

Here is an example we all have heard; “I read the Bible but it is nothing but Greek to me!” The reason is: We need the help of the Holy Spirit to teach us the spiritual truths contained in the Word of God.  Without God’s aid the Bible is reduced to a bunch of ancient stories written in an ancient culture.   So we need to be born again (our spirit-man becoming alive) to understand the Biblical truths and principles God set in His Word.

Which lead us to the next point. 

Living in Egypt Produces Slaves

For 430 years the Israelites lived in Egypt and Egypt made them slaves.  Being born into this world produces the same results, sin becomes our slave-master.  When we read of Israel suffering at the hands of slave-masters, this should be a wake-up call to all of us.  This is an excellent example showing us how living in this world will treat us.  Sin is a brutal task master!

Roman 6:17; But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Unfortunately, many find pleasure in this world with its many sins.  Because of this desire for pleasure many choose to stay in their sins. God will never force anyone to leave, remember God gives us our choice.  As long as we desire this world with its manifold pleasures, they are ours.  God gives them to us, including all the pains, problems and consequences that come along with sin.

Proverbs 10:2  A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes.

Good News

God did not intend for us to stay in the world system and be slaves for our entire lives.  As He did for Israel, He does for us in this story.

“Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 

 The Lamb 

Genesis 22:8:  And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
I wanted to start with this verse, because from the beginning, God had a plan to rescue His children.  I especially like Genesis 22:8 when it is written in the proper sentence structure.  When the translators translated the Bible, they left out a comma.  Let us look at what God was saying.  Let us reread this with the comma in place:
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself,  the lamb for a burnt offering.”
This is exactly what happened.  God provided Himself as the Lamb for the burnt offering.  Jesus is the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  So when God needed to rescue us from these bonds of slavery, God became man and became the sacrifice to save us all.
 
Interesting fact: This is why Jesus was born in a stable.  God went so far as to be born in Bethlehem in a stable. These very lambs, born in these stables, were the exact ones used for the “passover” in Jerusalem at the time of the passover feast.  Jesus was born with all the other sacrificial lambs!   These same lambs which were offered for the atonement of Israel’s sins.

Dip the blood 

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Exodus 12:22  dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. 

If you look at the picture of the door, you will see that when the Israelites took the hysop branch, dipped it in the blood, struck the top of the door and then moved this bloody, dripping branch left to right  they were looking at something very puzzling to them: “a picture of a bloody cross.” on their door.  To them this was a mystery because the cross for crucifixion, was not made for thousands of years later by the Roman Empire.  But for us today what a powerful picture this is.

The Results of the Blood

Nevertheless, when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

This is the great news of the gospel.  Jesus sacrificed Himself for your sins and took all your punishment upon Himself!  This happened so that when it is time for judgement, God will do the same as he did in this picture story.  God’s judgement (the destroyer) will pass over you and you will not die. (eternally)

When your life is marked by the “blood of the lamb,” God’s judgement will never come upon you.  It will pass over you.  When Satan wants to drag your spirit to hell he will see that your spirit is reborn and the outer door of your heart is marked by the blood of Jesus.  He then has to pass over you.  He no longer has any claims on your life.  You have been purchased and delivered from his power by Jesus Christ.  Think about it, Jesus dying in our place is the best news there could ever be!

Remember, the Egyptians and the Israelites are the same, they are both members of this human race.  So what was the different between the children of the world (Egyptians) and the children of God (Israel)?  In reality nothing!  But whoever applied the blood to their doorway was spared.  I believe if an Egyptian heard this and did the same, in faith with the people of Israel, they would have received the same blessing from God.  The judgement would have passed over them too.

I believe this would have gone the other way also.  If an Israelite that night, decided this was foolish and did not apply the blood of the Lamb to the door post, he would have received the same judgement as the Egyptians did that night.

Romans 10:13 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
 
God does not have favorites.  God does not pick and choose who gets saved and who doesn’t.  Salvation is for whoever calls on His name.  God will save them from their sin.  No person, no matter what he has done, will ever have God reject them if they repent and give their lives to him.   Repent today and receive the forgiveness he gives at the cross.
 
You too can become like the Israelites after they partook of the Passover meal.  They walked right out of Egypt and became free people going to meet God at Mount Sinai.  In the same manner, you can repent, ask God into your life and walk out as a free and new person.  This is where they became God’s people and God promised them not an Egypt, but a “promise land” dipping with milk and honey.
 
So if you have never asked God to remove your sins, do so today.  It is a free gift and it is for the asking.  God will break the slave masters chains and deliver you to freedom.  At this point you may be asking what shall I do?
  1. Acknowledge you are a sinner, or if you are a religious person you may be trying to earn your way to heaven through traditions and the law.
  2. Repent (this simply means that your going one way and you notice you are going the wrong way! Turn  Around!  Your life is leading you straight to hell.  Turn around and move toward God.
  3. Realize you can not save yourself!  Only Jesus can save you and He already did 2000 years ago on the cross, He became that Lamb and shed his blood for you and I.
  4. Just like Israel, place (spiritually) the blood on the post of your heart.  You do this by accepting this free gift and giving your life to Jesus.  It simply is for the asking and God gives it.
  5. When you do this,  God’s judgement will pass over you because Jesus already received that punishment at the cross.  One final thing, this is not just a “get out of Hell free card”.  Going to Heaven and missing Hell is a great benefit of being passed over from God’s judgement, but there is so, so much more!
  6. John 17:3 (NKJV)  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  So what is eternal life?  We get to spend the rest of this life on earth and then the next in eternity getting to know God and Jesus Christ!  
So my friends do not live your life, Passed over.  Next weeks article is:
“What’s next?”  See what God has in store for those who leave Egypt.
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Written by Dennis Stauffer

Edited by Gary Green (Omega House)

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RETURNING TO FAITH: A STUDY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH PART V

Returning to Faith

Have you ever heard the expression “blind faith”?  Well let me clarify,there is no such thing!  Faith is not blind but sees and hears.  Remember, faith is believing what God told you in His Word, His promises and His direction and guidance (both Rhema and Logos).  When we understand this, then we can begin to stand on them, just like Abraham.  God told Abraham he was going to have a son and that was enough and final for Abraham.  He had to wait 25 years, but each day he did not doubt nor question God’s Word.  Rather, to him, with each passing day he was getting closer to God fulfilling His promise.

David had also received a Word from God and he knew who he was before God.  He knew that the people of Israel had a protecting covenant (Logos) with God.  David also knew that this Philistine Giant, was not only an offense to God, but Goliath and his people had no covenant with God.  So David knew from scriptures (Logos) that God was with him, and not Goliath.

What shocked David was how the Army of Israel was so stuck in their boots (afraid) of Goliath and also how they allowed (Goliath) to speak of God in the way he did!  This caused a righteous and a holy anger to arise and burn in David.  David was now highly motivated.  

David had Faith and Experience with God

Learning to walk in faith builds experience and confidence in God, this is one thing I want to touch on here.  Faith is always bigger than you!!  I have heard it said; “If you can achieve it on your own, it is not from God.”  God loves to tell us to do what is far beyond us.  He loves to show us what we could not imagine or dream of.  Things that we could never achieve on our own.  Unfortunately, once again, most in the church will never know what this is or what is it like to go for the impossible.  That is why God makes the “impossible, possible.”   There is one catch, however!  You have to hear God and then move out of “your comfort zone”.  Faith is never comfortable nor is it for the faint at heart.  Remember God tells us to do what is far beyond our own abilities.  In this manner God will rightfully get the glory.  There is one more thing about this however, God will not give you something you can not accomplish.  If God tells you to do it with Him, you will succeed if you do not quit!

When David told Saul not to worry, he would kill the Giant, Saul almost fell over.  David was a young teenage boy, not big or strong, no combat experience to fight a seasoned veteran like the warrior Goliath.  So in the natural, to Saul, this was an impossible and suicidal mission for David.  The reason is because in “the natural” it was a suicide mission.  It was completely impossible for a young teenage boy with no weapons or training to beat a 9 foot tall homicidal monster, but David had a secret in his heart: 

34-37:  But David persisted.  “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said.  “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth.  If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!

Think about this!  I live in Colorado with mountain lions and bears, there is no way, even with my army training, I would fight a bear or a lion with a stick!  What is impossible for me was also impossible for David, but with his intimate relationship with God, David knew that God was always with him.  God showed him how to kill a lion, and how to kill a bear.  So now this giant was no different to him (preparation time).  In fact, Goliath was even less of a challenge for David than a lion or a bear.  They were only animals and they were not offensive to God, but Goliath, because of his words about the God of Israel, was only going to make this fight even easier in David’s mind.  This Giant declared war on God!

David had intimacy and experience with the most high God.  So for David, the Giant was the one who was in danger, not him.  David had spent enough time with God and had seen enough of God’s power at work in his own life to be totally confident.  Therefore, David had no doubt about the outcome of his fight with Goliath.  His experience with God showed him that and gave him his confidence.

Secondly, David knew above all that He could not die!   He had a God given destiny to be the King of Israel and rule over the land (Rhema Word).   So with the Logos (God’s covenant with Israel) and the Rhema (David would be king of Israel), he was confident in the Lord’s promises, he would win and would not die at the hand of Goliath. 

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head.  And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

Faith without works is Dead- Book of James

48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

Faith requires action!  Too many believers love to sit around and talk about faith like they would in a cheerleading rally.  They get all excited and fired up, but when the smoke clears they do nothing!  Faith is more then quoting some fine scriptures and acting all pumped up at a church service.  Faith takes work.  

David had faith, and lots of it, but he still had to go face to face with Goliath.  God did not take away the fight for David.  God did not strike Goliath with a lightning bolt as David looked on.  David had to “run quickly and confront his giant.”  Too many Christians sit around asking God to remove the giants or mountains in their lives, but at the same time refuse to do what God has told them to do! 

Just like David we need to understand our Covenant

So many of us today are like King Saul and his army.  They had the same covenant David has as an Israelite, but they did not know it.  This was caused either through ignorance or they were living in a condition of unbelief.  But either way look at the results, they lived 40 days in total fear.  In reality, at any time one of them could have done exactly what David did.  But rather, they lived in a state of unbelief.  Their unbelief not only came from bad teachings, but most of all from the fear generated through believing the devil’s lies.  

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I would like to give you some simple theology, and believe me it is as simple as it can get!  If something is killing you or stealing from you or destroying your life!  It is Satan or your religion.  Sometimes it is not Satan, it your false religion or doctrines that goes against the very word of God.  Jesus called it;  Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 6-9
I have found in the original Greek, an interesting meaning for the word “kill” in this verse, which really fits today’s theology and many of today’s teachings on sickness.  This word denotes the idea of a religious sacrifice.   When you believe that the sickness or problems in your life, is from God or for the “glory of God.”  You are offering your health and life on the “religious alter”, and it will kill you.
 
The following  statement is from Rick Renner’s “Sparkling Gems’ devotional. Rick is a missionary and pastor in Russia and is a great teacher of the original Greek language:
Not only does the thief come to steal, but Jesus said that he also comes “to kill.”  At first glance, it appears that this means to kill, as to take someone’s life.  But the Greek word is thuo, which means to sacrifice. It originally referred to the sacrificial giving of animals on the altar. It could mean to sacrifice; to surrender; or to give up something that is precious and dear.  It was particularly used in a religious connotation to denote the sacrifice of animals, and it had nothing to do with killing in terms of murder.
 
An extreme idea of this is “muslim sucide bombers” who sacrifice their lives to kill others in the name of god.  But we have lesser degrees in Christianity.  However, in these examples we mainly hurt ourselves and our loved ones by sacrificing our health, our finances and security in the idea it is all God’s will, when it is the devil.
 
My point here is that Satan, thru modern day churches, teach or at least have people believing that sickness is from God to teach you something.  They use the erroneous “thorn of flesh” to say Paul was a sickly person, who suffered from a horrible eye disease.  Nowhere in Scripture is it mentioned that Paul had eye problems, that is except when he was blinded by the light from Jesus for three days during his trip to Damascus.  However, a couple of sentences later in the book ofActs, Jesus instructs Ananias to place his hands on Paul so Paul can regain his sight.
Paul was not sick or blind.  His “thorn in his flesh” was persecution that he continually faced everywhere he went.  The word infirmities used in the King James and New King James versions is not sickness!  In most translations it is “weakness”.   If you want to do a more in-depth study on this read about Paul’s infirmities in 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.  In this passage, Paul gives a list of all his infirmities.   Paul is ship wrecked, beaten, persecuted etc., and in this extensive list he never ever mentions being “SICK.   And then at the end of this list he says this:
verse 30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. (weakness)
When these thoughts and ideas are taken from the erroneous teachings of evangelicals and put in context we can then see what is considered to be Paul’s infirmities.  
Knowing my covenant when I say I am Saved or I recieved Salvation

I will finish up with this.  When you say I am saved or I have received salvation, you may not be aware of what you are really saying.  Remember the New Testament portion of the Bible was written in the original Greek language.  For most folks, when they use this terminology, what they are really saying is this; “I have been born-again and Jesus forgave all my sins and one day I will go to heaven” But the Greek gives you more to this: (Remember, I am not using my brand of theology here!  This is what the words “Saved” and “Salvation” means in the original language and what all is encompassed in your New Covenant as believers.)

sózó: to save
Short Definition: I save, heal
Definition: I save, heal, preserve, rescue.

sótéria: deliverance, salvation
Short Definition: deliverance, salvation
Definition: welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety.

So in closing this series of (What Voice Do You Hear), I want to leave you with the Word of God and its original meaning.  Remember, King Saul and his army had the same covenant with God as David had.  However, they refused to believe and act on their covenant because of the erroneous voice they listened to.  It was there but left void because of their lack of faith and disbelief.  Therefore they suffered in fear and anxiety while David came along with the same covenant, acted in faith, used and believed it and killed Goliath. 

Today many are living like Saul and his army because of what some churches and preachers have taught them – that their sickness is from God!  That Jesus was poor and therefore you should be also!  That being broke glorifies God!  If we really sat down and thought about what we are saying, there would be no need for a theological debate. 

Think!  How does a child suffering from cancer glorify God?  A child or loved one dying draws someone closer when they think it was God who killed the loved one?  I don’t think so!

On prosperity, how does being broke and being a failure at all you do glorify God?  How does living in fear and anxiety of the world around you glorify God when God Himself says He is our strong tower, our mighty fortress?

 One of my favorite verses.

Psalm 103 v 3-Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;
 
He forgives all your sins,
He heals all your diseases;
He redeems your life from the pit,
He crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;
He satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.

Read this whole Psalm.  The one thing I want to point out in closing is in verse 3.  I believe that most believe Jesus forgave all theirs sins (past, present and future) and I believe that most (born again believers) agree on this, but finish verse 3 “who heals ALL YOUR DISEASES!   This is not charismatic theology this is the WORD OF GOD!

Written by Dennis Stauffer

Edited by Gary Green (Omega House)

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What Voice Do You Listen to? The Voice of David, the Man of Faith and His Battles. Part IV

This is the last blog of this series but I broke it into two different blogs because it was way to lengthy.  In this blog, I will discuss the last and most important voice we hear, – the voice of Faith!

17 One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket[e] of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. 18 And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.[f]” 19 David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.20 So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him.

David Did Not Set out to Kill a Giant!

When we read the story of David and Goliath, we read just the part where David goes after the giant.  However, David did not set out to kill a giant that day!  He was on an errand from his father Jesse to go and make a pizza delivery for his brothers,(just joking – about the pizza part) 12 miles away on foot or donkey.  The thing we must remember is that David was the youngest of all the sons.  When we read this story and other passages concerning David, we find out that his father and brothers had no respect for him.  When Samuel (the great Prophet of Israel) came and had all of Jesse’s family assembled, his father did not even invite David in from the fields for the gathering to meet the great Prophet of Israel.  This would be equivalent to Billy Graham coming to your house for dinner and you were not told or invited.  Now we see again in this passage and later on that his image with his family did not improve, even after he was anointed king.  David was still just a shepherd and errand boy, while his brothers were soldiers in Saul’s army. Continue Reading →

What Voice Do You Listen To? The Voice of The Unbelieving Church Part III

What Voice Do You Listen To?  The Unbelieving Church? Continue Reading →

WHICH VOICE DO YOU LISTEN TO? (The Voice of the World System) Part II

16 For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.

 21 Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. 

24 As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. 25 “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel.”

Introduction from Part I

I want to do a series on “Which voice do you listen to?  As I was studying this passage of scripture, God gave me revelation into what was going on behind this passage spiritually.  What I am trying to say is that in our lives we have voices and messages bombarding us on a regular basis, we then have to choose our responses and reactions to these voices.

After rereading what I wrote in this article, a want to say I sound like a 1950’s preacher, preaching that the devil is in everything.  This is not my intent in this article.  My intent is to show you, how the devil uses everything possible to get us sidetracked away from the ways of God.  Remember Jesus told us the road to salvation is narrow (one way and one lane) but the road to destruction is an 8 lane highway.  Satan can and will use anything and everything to keep you off the one road that can save you, and that is Jesus.  He even uses religion of all things to help people go to hell.  

VOICE NUMBER TWO: Philistines (The World System)

Your first thought might be, the Philistines never said anything!  Goliath did all the talking.  You are correct, and in this world system Satan does all the talking, but who has his back?  Can you imagine what would have happened if Goliath came out all alone, no army with him?  If he just stood alone in that valley?  The Army of Israel would have swooped down and killed him in an instant.  With those odds it would of been no contest, no matter how big Goliath was.  He would have had no chance of winning, but Goliath was not alone.  He had his own army, his back up force to match those of Israel.

So it is with Satan.  He is the mastermind and mouth of this world system.  The prince of this world.  His back up is a “World System” that swings his sword of lies, fears, and deception.  Just look at today’s world and how everything that temps us has a face or a picture attached to it?  Temptation has no power without an image!  Go to the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Bible says it was pleasing to the eye.  It was the bait and power behind Lucifer’s words to Adam and Eve.  To this day nothing has changed. (Genesis 3:6)

What is the World System?

Satan uses this world to convince us that his lies, fears and deceptions are the truth.  The world system is speaking to us everywhere?  It is on the news and newspapers, it is on the television commercials, it is on the radio, in our music and in our magazines with it’s stories and fake pictures of what we should look like.  Satan uses it all to convince us that he is the truth and God is a lie and a fairy tale.  These things we see and hear, they are the deception, to cover-up the lie.

News and Newspapers

When is the last time you turned on the news and it was all positive and hope filled?  My guess is, never except for a  human interest story or a story of a hero.  Satan loves to spread his lies of fear in our news system.  Just like Goliath, spouting off his loaded threats to the Army of Israel that left them shaking in their boots.  News anchors come on the TV and radio and newspaper with their gloom and doom reports.  Here is an example I love.  How many of the pandemics that the news constantly reported on ever came to fruition?  How many new flu strains were supposed to come and kill thousands of people here in the United States every flu season?

We see this time in and time out,  we hear the end is near but nothing happens.  Everyday we hear the hype and sensationalism of the news anchors.  They fill us with fear of the upcoming wars, the financial disaster that is going to happen or like I said, the new virus that will kill hundreds of thousands throughout the world.  Do you remember the January 1 2000 Y2K?  The computers were going to malfunction and all of civilized world was going to shut down and be paralyzed.  Everyone was convinced.  We have seen the same with “bird flu”, the “swine flu” and then they give it a crazy name “H1N1.”,  just to put icing on the cake to freak us all out.  But in the end those strains killed no more than the average flu did that year or even less.

But nevertheless, how many people were living their lives under the constant strain of fear and stress of this upcoming disaster in our towns and schools?  It is a never ending fear that comes across from those talking heads on TV, of the voices on the radio and those who are writing in the newspapers.  I personally avoid listening to the news.  I will only read headlines and short paragraphs of current events, and when I do, I keep in mind that what they are saying is designed to take me out of faith and put me in a state of fear and anxiety.  Think of how many people we know that are in a constant state of anxiety and stress?  The pharmaceutical companies are making millions if not billions a year just off anxiety and stress medication.  It all comes from the voice of the enemy who is forever putting so many in a state of constant fear and anxiety.

Madison Avenue 

If you are not aware of this term, it used to be the street in New York City where the huge global advertisement companies were located.  The expression is that these were the people who were behind all your great advertisements.  Their job was to get you to purchase whatever their clients was selling.

Today it’s worse then ever, “Materialism” the great idea, “the more you make, the more you have and the more you want to buy that which will fulfill your happiness.”  The United States is the hot bed for this idea.  Look how much we are paying for new large homes with smaller families.  The price range that people will pay for what they think is their “American dream” and happiness.  So many today are paying over $500,000 for a modern home.  Think of that?  A half of a million dollars for a house!   When I was growing up, that was a mansion in Beverly Hills.  But today, people are buying the lie and purchasing these homes and will probably never get out of debt.  They have become slaves to their homes and to the mortgage companies.

Then there are the new cars we must have and again the world is selling us the lie.  So many people are purchasing $30,000 to $50,0000 cars.  These are not sport cars or super luxury cars but average cars and pickup trucks!  My one friend said on top of his huge mortgage, he is paying for an additional $550 car loan and he owns two cars.  These cars are only good for 5-8 years before we want another one.  When I was growing up and not long ago these were prices for homes not cars.  But the world says we need all this and we believe it.

Once again Madison Avenue does what the news people do, they use fear.  They tell us how we need these new gadgets and airbags to save us from terrible crashes.  Then we pay so much for these things and it makes us once again slave to a debt and a dream of a happiness that is not found in these things.

Why does Satan use these things?  It is very simple, how many of us are working two or three jobs between the mother and father just to make ends meet?  Just to pay for the mortgage, the car payments and credit cards we rack up every month?

It takes us away from the two most important things God gave us; a relationship with him and with our family and friends.  We are all so busy trying to make ends meet we have no time or quality time for what is most important in this life!  How many children like myself, are growing up alone?  I had a family but both my mom and dad were always gone working just to supply us with a life.  Today it is not just to make it, but it is because we buy into the greed and lust of materialism.  The worst part I see is that even most Christians have bought into this lie!

Music and Television Shows

Not only do we have the news and newspapers and internet.  We have radio full of music that we sing along with and rap to the very words of Satan himself.  The lies in the music and television that we listen to is at a alarming rate.  We have rock music with its message of  drugs, sex and hatred.  We have rap music full of anger, call to violence and murder with its entitlement mentality behind it.  I was listening to a Disney CD with my young girls and the message that was coming from this, to these 8 and 13 year old little girls was partying, self glorification and you know it, sex.  Walt Disney music teaching young teens the idea of sex, partying and self worship!

We then turn on TV and watch the new reality shows.  It is full of over dramatic sensationalism.  The people who watch this, especially young adults, believe this is real life and that this is the way we should act and treat each other.  Movies and DVD’s have not changed over the years.  They are still full of action violence, horror slasher movies and movies that promote open sex and whatever the liberal Hollywood agenda is at the moment.

Education System

The modern day school system and college campus is a hot bed of unbelief and hostile opposition towards God and Christianity.  Modern  schools promote atheism, secularism and open sexuality.  A teacher can teach our children anything and everything except for Jesus, God and Christianity!  College professors make it a common practice to intimidate Christian believers with their high intellectual ideas, humanism and secularism.  It alarming how many Christian young people come out of great Christian homes only to go to college and come out either as atheists or find themselves no longer following Jesus Christ because of the anti-Christian agenda in most colleges.

The Christian religion

OH YES!  Satan’s most sneakiest perversion is in the church!  Today modern Christian Churches are a favorite place of Satan.  How many so called Christians and preachers do not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth and all the basic tenements of the faith?  How many churches and denominations teach Salvation of Grace and Faith alone?  So many now teach that you only need to be a member, join our denomination and or  just get baptized and you are a Christian.  How many are deceived  and  buy into believing in works for salvation?  Some teach that Sacraments alone will get you to heaven? 

Satan has perverted the Gospel message so much that most average Americans, because they are Americans, believe they are Christians just because they were born in the United States?  The list can go on and on.   In the average church today, millions are faithfully going to church and at the same time are on the road to hell!  How many blind pastors are leading blind congregations just because they are following the traditions of their denominations and not are following the ways of Jesus in the Gospel.  Jesus said we must be born-again not of flesh but of Spirit.  So many today have left this teaching due to the lies and deception of Satan.  How many modern Churches are teaching that there is no Hell and that a loving God will never send anyone there?

Just because you go to church and have been baptized, and just because you may have received sacraments or you are living a “good life” and helping others and finally giving to your church is not a guarantee you are going to heaven!!!  The only way to heaven is putting your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He paid fully for us.   Salvation into heaven and a relationship with God, is only a gift that can be received. (Ephesians 2;8-9)   It not a work of good deeds and or of a religious activity.  It is not from any kind of self rightousness you may have earned or received through merits from a Saint of old.

Ephesians 2,8-9: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of Godnot of works, lest anyone should boast. 
Galatians 2:21: I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
Romans 4:5; [ David Celebrates the Same Truth ] But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
Next week I will be doing Part III, The Unbelieving voices.
Written by Dennis Stauffer
Edited by Gary Green (Omega House)
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