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NOT LACKING ANYTHING MEANS BEING MATURE AND COMPLETE

NOT LACKING ANYTHING A. Brother
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith  develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work  so that you may be mature and complete,  not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,  because when he has stood the test,  he will receive the crown of life  that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
Do I want to be mature and complete in Christ?Then I will be willing to take my trials with joy, facing them boldly and confidently in our Lord Jesus. Perseverance is the character trait we often lack.We are not complete and mature because we don’t persevere under trial.We don’t face our trials in love and hope and joy, because we’ve been taught wrongly.We’ve been taught, either by direct words, or by default attitudes around us, that trials come to those who are disobedient to God, and that severe trials especially are signs of sin, and are…

MODERN AFFLUENT CHRISTIANITY IS A DEAD RELIGION

MODERN AFFLUENT CHRISTIANITY IS A DEAD RELIGION A. Brother
“I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel.”--Romans 9:1-3
Paul is speaking through the Holy Spirit to us today in these passages in Romans.The entire evangelical Christian world, the millions who call various churches their own, who inhabit the membership rolls and pews and chairs of the thousands of church buildings throughout our affluent and modern countries, must look at these powerful and important Words from the Lord again.For we, the privileged, the entitled---those who call themselves Christians and consider ourselves lights to the world and leading the procession of God’s people—may be lost ourselves, and in danger of being cut off from the Kingdom when Christ comes to call His own fr…

ARE YOU CALLED TO PREPARE GOD'S PEOPLE?

THE CALL TO PREPARE GOD’S PEOPLE A. Brother
“Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:16,17

There are those God is calling as John the Baptist was called.The Spirit of God is searching the hearts of men now, to find those who will obey the Lord God in this call. God’s choices will be startling to many, because these called ones will be lowly and discarded by the world.They will have no earthly pedigree, no outward signs that give an indication why God would choose them.
But these men and women will be branded with the brand marks of Christ, His wounds, His scars, His fullness of the Spirit.They will walk in obscurity, but their cries will be heard by many of God’s lost ones.
God’s chosen vessels will be purified through fire, and be tested beyond their own limits by flood and famine and war.They will know the Lord, and will have His Word written in their hearts.They will be as the apostles were…

THE INFANTILE CHURCHES DEMAND MILK, NOT SOLID FOOD.

THE INFANTILE CHURCHES A. Brother
“We have much to say about this, but…you are slow to learn.In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you all over again.You need milk, not solid food!Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish between good and evil.” --Hebrews 5:11-14
True prophets of the Word of God do not abridge or water down God’s Word to His People.Listen to this, modern churches who claim to serve Christ. We have ignored the commands of the Lord Jesus in order to play around in the spiritual nursery.We are slow to learn about the true righteousness that Jesus requires of His disciples because we are busy slopping about in the milk on our high-chair tray. We would rather stay babies in Christ, letting our Father watch over us as we splash safely around in our wading pool at the park, then to “go…

RELIGION IS SATAN'S BEST DECEPTION

NOTE:  This is such an important teaching.  Read it over a few times if necessary to have the Lord Christ open your eyes to its truth.  This needs to be shouted from the rooftops in this age.  We are blinded by our traditions, no matter how holy they seem, and how well-intentioned they be.  We must call out these deceptions, these "mannish" things we bring to the throne of God.  He never asked for them, and He doesn't regard them.
RELIGION IS THE BEST DECEPTION T. AUSTIN-SPARKS
“The Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands.” Acts 7:48
Christendom is largely constituted by this sense—its architecture, its ritual, its music, its adornment, its lighting (or lack of it), its tone, its atmosphere, its vestments and so forth. All are of the soul...(meaning of "humanity", the "mannishness" of life is in the soul)
[NOTE:think about our modern evangelical churches, even the ‘charismatic’ churches, and the rituals and particular music, tone, atmosphere, …

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR TRUE DISCIPLES

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR TRUE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST A. Brother
For those Christ calls to stay within the borders of the Christian religion:
It's the most dangerous place in the world, there in the heart of the large, modern, affluent churches.Be aware, be on guard, and be seeking Christ without the bells and whistles at all times.He will keep you, He will meet you.But stay focused on Him alone, and be ever vigilant to be the watchman on the walls of Jerusalem, telling the truth in love, no matter how uncomfortable some people are.With humility, my brother or sister.
You have a high calling--being in the modern churches, but not of the fluff and worldly puff--and it's one that will create huge tension and pain in you in Christ very often.
But Christ is absolute Sovereign, and if He has called you to it, He will keep you in it.
I have no faith at all in myself, or in the churches, or even in you (no offense), but only in Christ, and the John 15 life.
We true disciples tru…

RELIGION HATES CHRIST

A. Brother

For those who seek truth, and not religion, there is Christ.
Christ alone brings us to the Father.
Religion is the enemy, and would keep us from truth.

From the beginning of time, religion has fought God.
Religions are man's attempts to reach God on man's own terms.
Religion sets up barriers on the road to God.
Religion demands things that God never required.
Religion hates Christ, and it was religion that nailed him to the cross.

Today when we hear men defending the "Christian religion", or "Christianity",
remember they are not defending Christ.  They are defending their own way.

Nothing has changed.  It's always been this way.
The early Christ-followers were persecuted by all other religions.
The earliest believers in Christ faced fierce opposition from the Jews,
God's own chosen people.
Throughout history, Satan has used religion more than any other vehicle
to distract and destroy the faith of men.

Witness the world today.
Islam seeks …

GOD HATES ALL RELIGION

A. BROTHER
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring Me burnt offerings, and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” --Amos 5:21-24

          These are hard words, but they must be spoken today, to the modern churches.  God is speaking, and we must listen.           The Lord God Almighty is fed up with our religious posturing and our self-seeking modern Christianity.  We have hewn for ourselves cisterns that cannot hold Living Water, but have made sure we have plenty to eat, and plenty of music, and great religious feasts and assemblies.  We bring what we consider our ‘offerings’ of carefully crafted entertainments, the choicest of programs and talents to display.           God has no regard for them.  He…