Sunday, August 13, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  16 (3 of 4)
PROPHETS
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Although prayer and the laying on of hands is how some receive the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit can be received by praying on our own to receive the endowment of power and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that accompany the in filling of the Holy Ghost.  Having had first hand experience, prior the my own conversion, of seeing and hearing those who had the gift of the Holy Spirit (a prayer language), praying and worshiping God with the language He gave them, I desired to have the gift myself.  The day I gave my heart to Jesus, I prayed to receive the experience myself. 
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The way God gave the gift to me began with three words in my mind. It is because of my receiving the gift this way that I believed I had thought those words up, not that it was God who gave them to me.  It was only after a week later that I asked the Christian, who was used of God to guide me in the direction of my own conversion to Jesus, to pray for me to receive the Holy Spirit, when she prayed nothing happened. I then told her (now my sister-in-law) about the three words.  God gave her the confirmation that I had the gift of the Holy Spirit.   At first I refused to believe her, saying, I thought those three words up, she insisted I had the gift, I said, I'll show you.  I said the three words again, but this time many more words followed after those three words, which didn't enter my mind.  I didn't need anymore convincing. 
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It is because of my own experience, when I pray for others to receive the gift, I pray for the Lord to put a few words in their mind to help them get started.  I am aware that not everyone needs this, but just like me, some do.  I also know that the Holy Spirit has various ways to gift us. Many have experienced a lump like feeling in their throat, before they let the words out. When anyone experiences receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit this way, if all you can do is grown, stammer, or shout just do it and don't hold back for fear or because you don't want to embarrass yourself; such feelings are a ploy of the Enemy, to hinder you from receiving the Holy Spirit.
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The Enemy knows a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit is a significant threat to him and his wicked devices.  In every account in the book of Acts, whether specifically mentioned or implied, a God given language followed being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is because of the five references given in the book of Acts, where Christians received the Holy Spirit, and a prayer language ensued, that it is believed that receiving a prayer language is given by God as proof to everyone present, as well as ourselves, that a Christian has receive the Holy Spirit and the endowment of power to be an effective and powerful witness for God.  I can say also, the ability to be a "faithful and true witness", just like Jesus Christ.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:3-4
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
There are those who have been taught that the gift and gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today, causing Christians who are not filled with the Holy Spirit to erroneously believe many false doctrines about this Pentecost experience, and to avoid being filled with the Holy Spirit altogether, teaching that this experience was received at conversion, a doctrine the bible does not confirm.  The Enemy has also been able to cause the gift of the Holy Spirit to be despised, using abuse or misuse of the prayer language (tongues as the bible refers to the gift).  The revival of the early 1900's began because God began to endow Christians with the gift of the Holy Spirit, to become powerful witnesses for Him throughout the world.  The Enemy used an erroneous doctrine and the many abuses of the gifts, to discourage many Christians from receiving the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit for themselves, with the intent of keeping God's church powerless.  Rise up O child of God, refuse to wallow in the pig pin of spiritual weakness, and become a force against the Enemy to be reckoned with!
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***** RISE UP O MEN OF GOD *****
Rise up O men of God! Have done with lesser things, give heart and mind and soul and strength to serve the King of Kings.
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Rise up, O men of God! His kingdom tarries long; bring in the brotherhood and end the night of wrong.
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Rise up, O men of God! The church for you doth wait. Her strength unequal to her task; rise up, and make her great!
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Lift high the cross of Christ! Tread where His feet have trod; as brothers of the Son of man, rise up, O men of God!
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Without the endowment of power, received with the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church is unequal to her task. To make God's church great, takes God working through us.  A consecrated life of total obedience to God, and separation from all worldliness and a religious spirit full of all its carnal stench, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to pillage ruthlessly the kingdom of darkness, and take territory for Christ.
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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The discussions I participated in started with a man name Remi who believes the New Testament Scriptures do not need interpreting. Fallacies behind this claim are that if Remi’s claim was true everybody would understand “vague” statements taught in …ALL… of the NT books, which not all do. Another fact is that there would be no need for us to be told to “study,” no need for Prophets, Apostles, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers, and God’s Spirit to teach and lead us into ALL truth or reveal to us the Deep things of God, secrets and mysteries. When people like Remi say the things they do, it is obvious they are choosing to be blind to the fact that they have their OWN doctrinal and theological conclusions that may or may not be validated by what the Apostles wrote and Jesus taught the Apostles; some conclusions which Remi was voicing in his written responses.
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As always Jesus’ Deity was a discussion. One of the faults with those who deny the whole Bible teaches the Deity of Jesus, is that like the NT, the naysayers use Old Testament statements by God to deny the NT scriptures teach Jesus is Deity (God) like His Father. The Lord revealed to me a “celestial change” happened with the birth of Jesus’ physical body; the One True God became two sentients, the Father and the Son, and BOTH are required to receive eternal life (John 17:3). “And this is life eternal: that they might know thee the only true God, AND Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
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Naysayers like to use John 17:3 to deny Jesus is Deity like His Father; when this verse has nothing to do with Jesus being Deity or not, only that His Father is Almighty God, who as Jesus said is Greater than He, validating that Jesus is subservient to His Father but no less Deity because of the Greek word “monogenes.” Monogenes, as applied to Jesus, by definitions includes HEREDITY. God calls Jesus “God” in Hebrews 1:8-9, and the word “heredity” is use in Hebrews 1:4 to help explain why, just as the …complete… definition for “monogenes” does.
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The subject about obedience to the law “holiness” and “tithing” was another topic of discussion. Scriptures like Rom 3:19-20, Gal 3:10, 1 Tim 1:9 were provided to falsely conclude we do not have to obey any Torah Laws. Knowing that Jesus and ALL the Apostles including Apostle Paul taught holiness, and that “condemnation” is what the Law lays on the person who disobeys it. The three references are about the “condemnation” associated with the law.
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Through Jesus’ as Lord and Savior, the application of His Atonement, the “condemnation of the Law” has been removed from our life, but not the requirement to obey the Mosaic Ethic Laws, which Romans 8:1-14 clearly proves, and that Romans 10:4 and Colossians 2:14 are being misused and misinterpreted to falsely claim the Ethical Laws for us not longer exists. In Numbers 18: 21, 24 and Deuteronomy 14:22-29 THREE types of tithing are taught. Jesus taught tithing in the Gospels, and 2 Corinthians 9 is being misused to falsely teach against tithing. 2 Corinthians 9:1, 9, and 12 prove Paul was teaching about the “Giving to the Poor,” nothing in the chapter is teaching against the Sacred Tithe being required anymore.
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Many of the False Historical claims against the Truth of the Bible were discussed. For People, and those who claim to believe the Bible, to doubt the TOTAL of the Scriptures are true, chose to be numb to the fact that to doubt the validity and truth of the WHOLE Bible means what they chose to believe is as false as they claim parts of the Bible are false. If part is false, the WHOLE is false. The WHOLE is needed to prove the WHOLE is True. Satan is ALWAYS behind creating false claims that cause doubting what is written being true, and those who promote those “doubts” are his Minions of lies and deceptions.
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Samuel Siders   8/13/2017 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]