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SEIZING THE KINGDOM CALLS FOR VIOLENCE

NOTE:This teaching is part of going on to maturity.I pray that God in Christ will reveal this truth to each of us.The violence that Austin-Sparks speaks of here is a violence we must be willing to do within ourselves, and to our old man, our old ways.Do we want the Kingdom of God enough to do violence to those things that get in our way of living wholly for Christ?This hard teaching is essential for many of us to move forward in our day of cheap grace and easy salvation.Christ calls us to live lives of love and peace toward others.But here, we see the side of Him that calls us to do violence.Violence to the forces of evil, violence to weakness, to pride, to lust, to anger, to greed, to prejudice, to fear, to anything that would get in the way of seizing the Kingdom of God. A. Brother
SEIZING THE KINGDOM CALLS FOR VIOLENCE T. AUSTIN-SPARKS
From the time of John the Baptizer until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been seizing it. Matthew 11:…

FALSE PROPHETS HAVE RUN WITH THEIR MESSAGE

I DID NOT SEND THESE PROPHETS A. Brother
“I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message.” Jer. 23:21
“…if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My Words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.” Jer. 23:22
“Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has My Word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. Is not My Word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jer. 23:28,29
We have a critical situation in the affluent western churches today.Many occupy pulpit and podium who are not called and chosen by God to prophecy to His people.These men and women hold positions of authority, influence and power among God’s people, yet they have not been sent by the Lord.Therefore, we are listening to people and their dreams, instead of hearing and being broken before the Lord about our sins, and learning what it means to …

WHEN FRIENDS CRITICIZE AND ACCUSE

NOTE:When trouble comes, it often comes accompanied by criticism and blame.Who is the accuser of the brethren?Right.Satan.Here we have a strong word from our brother Zac Poonen about the opposition and heartache we will encounter when we are in “the perfect will of God”.Most of this will come from religious “friends”, who misunderstand the will of God.Especially in today’s culture of “health and wealth” Christianity, we will experience much of what Job did from his three “friends” as this fine teaching illustrates. A. Brother

Job’s Three Friends - Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar
By Zac Poonen
When Job’s three friends - Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar - heard of his adversity, they came to visit him, saying they wanted to comfort him (Job 2:11). But they didn’t actually comfort him at all, when we see the way they spoke to him later on. They only criticized and accused him. All three of them were in fellowship with the devil, the accuser of the brethren.
These three men were jealous of Job, because J…

TOGETHER!!

TOGETHER A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and high and long and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph. 3:17-19
“In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” Eph. 2:21,22
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
How can we understand the “togetherness” depicted here in the Scriptures if we do not understand the meaning of the word?
In our modern, affluent, tech-driven societies, we have lost the ability to be “together.”We have developed the art and science of living lives of individuality.In fact, individual fulf…

KNOWING JESUS LIKE JOHN

KNOWING JESUS LIKE JOHN A. Brother
“We proclaim what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.” 1 John 1:3,4
Here is a man who saw and heard Jesus Christ, who touched Him, who talked with Him, who watched Him, who heard Him.John knew Jesus, perhaps more intimately than any of the other apostles, because out of the twelve, he was known as “the one whom Jesus loved.”He was closest to Christ.At the last supper before His crucifixion it was John who sat next to Jesus.When hanging on the cross dying, our Lord gave over the care of His own mother to John.
It is John who brings us into the presence of Christ most intimately in his gospel and in his letters.He deepened His walk with Christ, and for so long was His companion, that He was ready when chosen to be given the “revelation of Jesus Christ”, which we call the Book of Revelation.This was entrusted to John, in…

THE ENTITLED

THE ENTITLED A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” “But you said, ‘We will not walk in it’. Jer. 6:16
Who listens to the Word of God today? Who obeys the Word of His Servant Jesus? Not the churches who call themselves by Jesus’ Name in our modern, affluent societies.Not the denominations who supposedly spread the Word of God across our land.Not the church organizations who claim to be acting in the Name of Christ. By the thousands, our churches and institutions who carry Christ’s Name boldly on their signs and their letterheads, who quote their favorite Scriptures in their bulletins, who maintain nice websites for their constituents, and busy programs to keep their membership happily engaged, are flaunting their ways of doing church, and refusing to listen to the Word of God. Is it any wonder that people don’t see Jesus today? The affluent societies, …