Archive for October, 2010

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)

The song ‘Boasting’ has to be my favorite song on Lecrae’s album Rehab. The words speak for them self.

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Lyrics

Creation’s groaning lost their hope and feel they always closed in Lots to cope with on the ropes wish they was in the open This broken world is so dim our souls are searching groping For one with hope to hold us close and set goodness in motion I remember growing up in Dallas I thought me and my close kin Was more than straight our folks was great not broke that paper flowed in Not boasting man just saying in my brain I didn’t know then That all went wrong and it just can’t go right like a broke pen My mind was blind and cloaked in but then that foolishness departed I saw this thing’s an ocean and we just tryna swim real far but But can’t nobody float when we ain’t got boats or no fins We need a hero to go in cause our solutions don’t win Education can’t fix it more dough just leads to more sin Medicine is temporary government seems so thin With all these weighty problems that ain’t shrinking they just growing Who’s adequate to save us how about He knew no sin?

Hook:

Like a G5 yeah you rushed to rescue me Took a cross in exchange for a throne to save me You began the work and I know you’ll finish And make all things right when you come back Cause you’re my hero you already saved the day Cause you’re my hero and I know you’re coming back for me

Verse 2:

Follow the steps bro Adam sinned now we all dead so We gotta sentence on our head like death row everything is wrecked All creation is a mess bro In the fullness of time in steps the hero no red cloak He’s Jesus No flashing lights glitz n glam and no cameras He came to serve needy folks and point them to the answer You see Him healing feeding folks and telling them the standard Our most basic need is to be ransomed by Jesus It has first place yeah we separated in the worst ways Even physically peep how the earth quakes Separated socially murder and the worst rapes Even separated from ourselves we in the worst state It’s so major that’s the reason that we need a Savior Cause the root of needs is separation from Creator Jesus came humbly to restore us to our maker And later He’ll restore all that He made bruh He’s Jesus

Verse 3:

God is not pleased man it’s clear that His standards missed The world is running rampant with sin it’s an abandonment Man is feeling stranded feeling hopeless since his banishment God is angry at the distortion and the mismanagement Evil is at work but don’t be thinking He can’t handle it He promised He would do away with all of it dismantle it He’s put up with this damage in His world but He’s promised us That He’ll destroy all His enemies and then He’ll walk with us New Heaven new Earth that’s where all His sheep dwell Cause Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed Died the death we couldn’t die paid our price with 3 nails Began the work He promised in the end we all will be well Already beat our enemies and when His Kingdom’s realized All those who oppose Him will see Jesus with some real eyes Deliverance is offered us the hero He is urging us Salvation is exclusive to His people who have turned to trust

Bridge:

I give my gratitude (Jesus). You died to make all things new. My knight in armour when our world is fallen. Your love’s never failing. I find safety in your arms

“Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” – Andrew Murray

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18

Taken from The Voice of the Martyrs

VOM-USA Prayer Update for October 29, 2010

On Mon. Oct 25 2010 at 02:01 PM Moderator wrote:

PAKISTAN —- Court Delays Blasphemy Hearing — VOM Contacts

Asia Bibi and her attorney attended their scheduled hearing on Oct. 20, but the judge rescheduled the hearing for this Friday, Oct. 29, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Asia has been detained since June 2009, when she was charged with blasphemy. Continue to pray for Asia and her family, and pray that the charges against her will be dropped. Praise God for Asia’s faithfulness.

Psalm 23:1-5

CHINA — Police Detain Christian Attorney — China Aid Association

On Oct. 20, police detained Dr. Fan Yafeng, a prominent Christian lawyer and leader of the Chinese Christian Legal Defense Association, according to China Aid Association. A group of police reportedly entered Dr. Fan’s home last Wednesday and prevented him from leaving. When they blocked his exit, Dr. Fan struggled through the doorway. Police then shoved him and assaulted him, causing him to sprain his ankle. Police immediately took Dr. Fan to Shuangyushu Police Station in Beijing, and at last report he is still being held there. Authorities have provided little information about Dr. Fan, and his wife is very concerned as she struggles to negotiate with authorities. Pray that Dr. Fan will be released and that God will heal his injuries. Also pray that Dr. Fan’s testimony will draw his persecutors into fellowship with Christ.

Hebrews 10:35

TURKMENISTAN — Pastor Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison — Forum 18 News

On Oct. 21, Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of large-scale swindling, according to Forum 18 News Service. Pastor Nurliev, who leads the Light to the World Pentecostal church in Mary, Turkmenistan, was arrested two months ago after being accused of swindling money from several people in his congregation. Pastor Nurliev’s wife and many church members have insisted that the charges were fabricated to punish the pastor for his work with the unregistered church. The court also ruled that Nurliev be treated for a drug addiction while in prison. Believers vigorously deny that Pastor Nurliev is a drug addict in need of treatment but stress that he is diabetic. Pastor Nurliev’s wife and congregation are very concerned about his health. Pray that God will protect him and that he will receive proper treatment for his diabetes. Also pray that Pastor Nurliev’s family and church members will be strengthened during this time, and pray that his sentence might be reduced.

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As you probably know that I am not a believer of tithing and think that it is unbiblical for us as new testament
christians to be under any compulsion to do so.

But here is a thought anyway. Is giving freely harder than tithing. Why do I ask? Because if a certain percentage is not specified, then surely what you do give, or if I am more specific, HOW you give exposes more about your heart. You see, you can have a person who pays his tithes every month without fail and it still can be unacceptable to God, where on the other hand, you may have a person who gives less than 10% and it can be totally acceptable to God because he gave with the right heart and the right motives. So I would argue that it is harder to give freely from your heart than a person telling you an amount or percentage to give and I believe that this is at the heart of why God has chosen this method of giving for new testament believers rather then tithing. Its all about our hearts. How we give and our motives for giving reveals a lot about our hearts.

Your thoughts?

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I have already given you a taster of Gospel Cypher where TP broke down various christian doctrines. As per Gospel Cypher, there job is to bring…..

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Jahaziel is one of my favorite UK gospel artists and you can see the mini documentary about him ‘Rapping For God’. Anyway, watch Jahaziel on Gospel Cypher but more importantly, listen to the lyrics.

I love the quote “He must increase, end of discussion, I must decrease, Benjamin Button”

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I saw this post over on Henry’s blog Spirit of Discernment and thought that I would repost it in full because it is so rampant in our churches today. Again this ties in with giving people false hopes and deceiving them with false promises.

Are you frustrated that the Lord has not answered your prayers for the breakthroughs and divine favour which you seek?

Have you faithfully tithe but find that the “windows of heaven blessings” continue to elude you?

Have you diligently sown your seeds into “good soil” and confessed daily but you are still not receiving a harvest?

Do you “give to God” faithfully but feel like the Lord has abandoned you as you are not receiving anything in return?

If any of these questions apply to you then I have good news for you. The reason why you are feeling frustrated and disappointed is because you have been fed a false gospel. God is not man that He should lie so do not be disappointed in God. God did not make the above promises to you – the man in the pulpit did. The man in the pulpit who presents himself as God’s mouthpiece is the lier and I will demonstrate as I examine those questions one by one.

Firstly, the Lord did not promise you “breakthroughs” or divine favour, man did. The Lord gave you divine favour when He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you and I so that we may obtain mercy – this is Grace, which is divine favour. Man however changed the meaning of divine favour to mean that you can receive “supernatural abundance” in earthly things and sup with kings, which the Lord did not promise you. To obtain true divine favour therefore all you need to do is seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all else shall be added unto you. This does not mean that you will receive all the material desires of your heart but the Lord promises to meet your needs. You should also remember that before you ask, the Lord already knows what you need. In much the same way a parent takes care of a young child without the child needing to ask the parent for anything so too the Father will take care of His children. What “breakthroughs” do you seek therefore?

Paying your tithes and expecting the “windows of heaven blessings” is foolhardy to say the least and no amount of “confessing” will bring those benefits to you. Under the New Covenant a Christian is NOT required to tithe and the Lord will not honour your tithe according to Mal 3:10 because that scripture was not spoken to the church but to Israel under the Old Covenant. Under the Covenant Israel were required to give a tithe not because this would ensure God’s blessings but they were required to give it because the Lord had blessed them. In this sense the tithe was like a tax that the Lord required to sustain the Levites, who had no inheritance in the Promise Land. As such you do not pay taxes to ensure future income but rather you pay it because you already have an income and because it is required by Law. If you are therefore paying the tithe because you think that this will compel the Lord to do something extra for you then you are already giving it with the wrong motives. The Lord is not a debtor to any man – so if you pay the tithe thinking that the Lord owes you something then you have been deceived. In the first place the tithing practice today is a violation of God’s Law – it is therefore the man that collected the tithe from you that owes you, not God.

Some preachers within the Word of Faith movement will tell you that the Kingdom of God operates on the “principle” of sowing and reaping. I contend however that this is not the case. Indeed the analogy of sowing and reaping is often used to describe the Kingdom of God or certain aspects of it but the Kingdom of God is not reactive. It doesn’t depend on us doing something but it is rather all about the sovereign Will of the Father. The Kingdom of God is about salvation which comes by Grace. Grace is God’s sovereign will to lay down the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins (John 3:16). It was because God first loved us and not that we did something to appease God in order to earn His love, why He gave us this FREE gift. The Lord does not need you to “sow” therefore in order for you to receive a “harvest” from Him. Did Christ not say, “Does the rain not fall upon the just and the unjust?” What did the unjust do to deserve rain from God? Absolutely nothing! Yet even his harvest is being multiplied because of the rain. The following verses which Jesus spake should also be considered:

26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 Since the Lord did not ask you to sow therefore He does not need to honour your sowing with a harvest. You have therefore sown in vain  because you were deceived – you have given your money to a man who lied to you instead of exercising due diligence and being a good steward of what the Lord had already given you.

Lastly, this idea of “giving to God” is perhaps one of the biggest misnomers in the church. How does giving some money to the offering plate or bucket constitute giving to God? Indeed when you give money to church you are contributing to financing the activities of the church but the Lord is not getting a single penny of that money. Man it is that collects the money and man it is that disburses these monies according to how they see fit. The Lord does not need your money, moreover, this idea that money is needed to finance the gospel is simply not true. The Lord Himself was the first pastor and minister of the Gospel yet He did not collect tithes and offerings and other monies to finance the Gospel He came to establish. He did not build a church and set up an administrative structure to which money would flow into. Yet today we are being told that the Gospel cannot go forth without money. This is somewhat ironic when we consider that Jesus called the Twelve and sent them out and specifically told them not to take money or food with them. On their return the Lord asked them if they lacked anything when they went out to deliver the gospel to the Lost Sheep and their response was no. Indeed money is needed to sustain people but we have subscribed to the Roman church model in creating the cash machines we call church today, and financing these cash machines are seen as tantamount to financing the Gospel. The reason why you might not be receiving the blessing therefore is that you mistakenly think that by giving to church you are giving to God and as such the Lord owes you something. You would be more blessed however if you gave to the poor and needy as shown in the following scriptures (noting that it is more blessed to give than to receive, Acts 20:35):

17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.( Prov 19)

 27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. (Prov 28)