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You Must Be Born Again

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #16

We read in John 3:1-8 that Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and tells Him that he knows He is from God. In other words, Nicodemus knows that Jesus is not an impostor. Then Jesus throws him a curve ball and tells him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Verse 5). This is thrown out to Nicodemus and he begins to question how a man can be born again. He is thinking of a fleshly birth and how can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb. But Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Verse 6). This means the born-again experience is the new birth of our human spirit. It is born again, not born anew.

Further on we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Verse 16). This means we are saved from harm or impending danger or loss. Then we read that the entire human race is born in condemnation, in guilt, and born separated from God. We are born unrighteous and destined for an eternity in hell. This is difficult for humanity to get their arms around, but it is the truth and this is why we have to look at the Bible for revelation because we can’t formulate in our minds what is right and what is wrong. God is basically saying that those who do not believe in Jesus are condemned already. Those who are ignorant of who He is or what His plan and purpose is for humanity are condemned, but those who believe in Him are not condemned.

Jesus told Nicodemus he must experience the rebirth of the spirit in order to move from guilt and condemnation over to justification and righteousness. As born-again Christians, we experience an awakening in our heart that Jesus Christ is real. We experience this revelation and we have the faith to act on the revealed Word, then our name is written in the Book of Life and we are saved from the second death. We are saved from the lake of fire and as a Christian we have to believe this because if we believe there is a God in heaven then we have to believe there is a hell.

Here are some questions that are huge debates in the Church today. First, how do I know that I am saved? Can I lose my salvation? Can someone be saved and then lose their salvation? How do I know my family is saved? How can I tell whether or not I am right with God? How can I tell when others are right with God? Christians have to answer these questions because if we leave it up to assumption and speculation then there is a huge, a great, possibility for error. So we have to look at what the Bible says should be happening in our lives in order for us to know if we have salvation. Again, it is with revelation knowledge, His Word, our faith, and our actions that give us a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

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Antichrist Spirit of Leadership

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #16

Just before the return of the Lord we learn about a seven year period that is divided in two equal parts each consisting of three and a half years. The second part is called the Great Tribulation and we are told in, Matthew 24:15-25, it begins with Antichrist going into the Temple and proclaiming to be the Messiah. What I want to show you today is how immediate this happens. Jesus tells us that if you are in the field, meaning, if you are at work do not go home to pack anything. If you are up on your house top lounging don’t come down because if you’re in Judea or Jerusalem or near that region of the world you need to flee.

Jerusalem is the epicenter where things are going to start and it will expand out from this area. The expansion will be very, very quick so the need to leave will also be quick because a great change happens at this point. There are several things that will be going on but the focus of this three and a half year period of time is Antichrist. Back in Genesis we talked about the two seeds, and God said that from the seed of this woman is going to come One who is going to suffer a very painful blow to His heel but He is going to crush the head of Satan’s seed. Antichrist is the seed of Satan and he comes into power during great tribulation. (Genesis 3:15).

Let me explain the imagery that John is describing for us in Revelation 13:1-2. First, there is one beast that rises up out of the sea, whenever the Bible uses the image of something coming out of the sea it is referring to coming out of the nations. This single beast comes out of the sea and John cannot describe the beast in human terms because it looks like a leopard and a loin and a bear. The beast has different features and as John is viewing this beast he also tells us that it has seven heads and this is very significant in that the seven heads are on the same beast. The seven heads represent the seven world dominating kingdoms that had an Antichrist spirit of leadership and they ruled the world and persecuted the Jews who are God’s covenant people.

Now, if you go back in history you can count the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans as dominating kingdoms whose spirit of leadership was that of Antichrist. Those six nations persecuted, attacked, and abused God’s covenant people. Out of the seven heads, six were just mentioned which leaves us with one yet to come which is Antichrist! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Are You Sure?

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #15

When I first came into Christianity these verses in Matthew 7:21-23 scared me because we learn about a group of people who were saying, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesize in Your name? Didn’t we do many wonders in Your name? We did all this work for You, Lord.” Of course this is paraphrasing, but it tells me throughout their entire life they were deceived into thinking they had a relationship with Jesus Christ. They believed they were living in the sweet spot of Christianity, but when they found themselves face-to-face with Christ it was too late for them to get it right. Jesus told them He never knew them because they never had a relationship with Him.

How does this happen? How can someone believe they have it right when they don’t? Remember our lesson on covenant and grace and the substitutional work of Jesus Christ? Well, knowing all this, which one of us will tell God how great we were and point out all the things we did in His name? Not me, I will be thanking Jesus for all I have and everything He did for me! Now, let me ask, is it God’s desire that the whole world be saved? Yes, absolutely it is because God gave up His Son for the salvation of the world. But, who gets to be saved? Only those who have an open heart to receive the revelation of God’s Word and have the faith to walk in it will be saved.

The people in these passages never elevated Jesus to the position of Lord and Savior in their lives and this is the difference of believing in your head and believing in your heart. In their head they believed they were in right standing with God, but in last week’s blog we learned the women with the issue of blood got healed because in her heart she believed in Jesus. Although He was standing before her and she touched His robe, He did not participate in her healing. There are people who may have had miracles happen in their lifetime, but it was not their work or their fruit that brought them the healing; it was their faith in Jesus. I am sure when Judas went out, two-by-two with them, he saw miracles happened, but was he saved? No, he wasn’t saved any more than this group of people we just read about in Scripture were saved.

Listen, if you are sure of anything in your life – you have to be sure of this! You simply have to be sure because these people lived their whole life filling out forms in Church claiming to be Christians! They filled in answers to questions like, “Where do you attend Church and how do you serve in Church?” They replied, “Well, I’m on the prayer team and I work in the nursery and I go to the same Church that my parents have always attended.” Look Saints, all their life they thought they had it right! They were not sure, but what about you? Are you sure? The Bible tells us Jesus said, “I never knew you!”

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

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Spiritual Adultery

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #15

Asking is praying and we are told in, James 4:3-8, that you ask and you receive not that you would consume it upon your own lust. Let’s stop and think this through because the Bible says that you are asking for something in prayer but you are not receiving it. So, why is it that you are not receiving it? Well, you are not receiving it because you are asking amiss, meaning, you have missed the target. In other words, you want to consume what you are asking for in prayer upon your own lust and James calls those who do this adulterers and adulteresses. James is saying that prayer for worldly things to be consumed on your own lust is a type of spiritual adultery. Well, let me ask you, what is James talking about when he calls those who pray such prayers adulterers and adulteresses?

James is saying that you are in a covenant with God and you have made an agreement with God so that you have become as one with Him. Therefore, God is saying to you, I live in you and you live in Me and when you pray for things that are consumed on your own lust than you are an enemy to Me. So, when this happens what are you doing? You are committing spiritual adultery when you pray for material things in your life in order to consume them upon our own lusts. James is saying that when you pray for things make sure they are for us, for you and for God, so that you can establish the covenant and build the body of Christ. Make sure your prayers are for a purpose that would enhance the Church. I want you to understand that this is very important.

Jesus tells us in, Matthew 6:33, to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Jesus tells us that it is a lack of faith to chase worldly things. Listen to me carefully because good people have written books about the prosperity gospel, however, the Word of God tells us that the greatest man born of woman until the time of Jesus was a homeless man, John the Baptist! This message is of vital importance because we are not to chase things in the world because God sees that as a type of adultery. Now, if you have a valid need in your life, present it to God because He wants you to have food, shelter, and a job. I am talking about praying for the finances to buy another airplane or the prosperity prayers for material things that are taking place within the body of Christ. Saints, we have drifted away from the Word of God when we become attached to material things! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Faith Works By Itself

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #14

We’ve all read that faith without works or action is dead. So, let me give you an example of what this means. Say you have a glove on your hand and you move your fingers. You can see the glove move because of the action caused by your fingers, but when you take off the glove it can’t move on its own. The glove is dead. This is similar to what our bodies would be like if our soul and spirit left, we couldn’t produce any fruit. Faith has to be mixed with corresponding action in order to be alive and productive. We are saved through faith and our faith must be consistent with our actions because what we say will mean nothing if we don’t act upon it. The spiritual principal of faith means we must act on what God says in order to truly believe that God is God.

In Mark 5:25-35 we learn about a woman during a twelve year period of time who spent all her money on every sort of cure for her disorder, but things only grew worse until she heard about Jesus. This tells us she had a revelation about Him and what He was doing. Before we go any further, I want to stop and consider this woman for a moment because in the Old Testament the issue of blood was not supposed to be brought into a populated area. As a matter of fact, had she sat on a chair they would have taken it outside the camp to be cleansed by the priesthood because she would have defiled it or made it unclean. So her being in the midst of the crowd, in her condition, was a courageous act of faith. She had exhausted every known method at the time seeking a cure, but she heard about Jesus and wanted to see Him. She heard people were being healed and set free and that Jesus was the Messiah. In her heart, she felt if she could only press into Him and touch Him, she would be made whole. This is a confession of faith and she acted upon what she believed.

In these verses we learn that Jesus was not pro-active in her healing. He did not stop and pray to the Father in His name for healing upon the woman. No, it was her own belief of Jesus as the Healer that moved her to reach out and touch Him. Even against a death sentence her faith activated her to go after what she believed in. Then Jesus directly attributes her healing to her faith because He was not actively involved in the process. She instantly felt His healing but Jesus had no understanding of what was happening until power left Him and she was healed. This is very important to Believers because it tells us that our faith will work for us by itself!

Our faith works for us because it is a spiritual principal and our faith works alone. This places the burden of healing on us, not on God. In fact, if you were to take the healings from Jesus the dominate category would be people having faith in Him as the Healer and their faith making them whole. People are set free and made whole because of their faith. Where was the faith of this woman? Her faith was in Jesus because she heard of Him and knew He was the Healer.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Salvation on God’s Terms

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #14

I want to begin this teaching blog with, Genesis 4:1-7, where we learn that because of Cain’s actions God did not respect or accept Cain neither did God accept the offerings that he brought. Now, because of the love movement in the 1960’s and because of what society has recently gone through, we see that even sin is now being labeled as love. You see, people today are saying that if God loves me than I don’t have to change, because if I love somebody they don’t have to change in order to be accepted by me. However, this is not what the Bible says because the Word of God says that you must come to God on His terms.

Listen to me very carefully because I am not saying that God doesn’t love people. What I am saying is salvation is there for every human being that will make a decision on God’s terms to come into the body of Christ. Salvation is not closed off to anyone no matter how bad their resume is. Understand that somebody like Osama bin Laden who was pure evil can make a true confession and decision from their heart, before their death, to follow Jesus Christ and to give their heart to Him. Then, it would not matter what their evil resume consisted of but it has to be done on God’s terms. This is extremely important to understand because our perception of what is right and wrong in the world has to be founded on Scripture. It cannot be something that is just assumed.

I learned about this way back in my first year as a Christian and what it taught me is that God is not going to change for me. And, I have news for you because God is not going to change for you either! We may want Him to but He is not going to change for us. God is not going to change His Word or cut slack to anyone because He is going to judge based on what His Word says. Therefore, we must know the Word of God and not make assumptions because when we misuse words, such as love or grace, in situations where repentance and change are required, then we need to use severity. And, when we do not use severity then we change things.

Listen, when we do not teach the Word of God to others the way it is written and the way it is supposed to be understood then those listening will have a false perception of salvation. Our culture has modified the Word of God and Who God is, so much, that there is a great deal of false perception about God today. People have become tolerant of things that God hates and things that God disdains. Well, like I said, God does not change for man so we have to find out what His Word says and go with His Word! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

 

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By Faith

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #13

Every student of faith is familiar with the eleventh chapter of Hebrews where we read in the first two verses, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” For believers, faith has to be acted upon otherwise it is not faith at all. Faith is not something tangible because we can’t see or touch it, but it is something hoped for in the future. There is no evidence of faith that our five senses can connect with, even still, we believe it is there because God’s Word tells us it is there.

Faith brings us back to the Book of Genesis in that God is the Creator of all things. Therefore, God and His Word have authority over everything we can see, touch, feel, smell or hear with our five senses. And even taking it a step further, we can include the unseen realms as well because God’s Word has preeminence and strength over everything He created. As Believers, this is the start of our faith, learning and believing that God is God.

In order for Biblical faith to work in our life we have to believe that His Word determines how we are to live. An example is the marriage covenant because God has authority over His creation; therefore, He has the authority to determine what marriage is. In other words, God determines what constitutes a marriage not us because what humanity does with God’s creation outside of His Word maybe abuse toward His creation. We learn in the Bible that Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham all did something because they were moved by God’s Word. They all changed their plans and directions in life in to be become who God wanted them to be, right?

It had never rained before on earth when God told Noah to build the ark, but God told him that floods were coming and to build an ark in order to save his family. Noah then dropped whatever his profession was at the time, he changed the plans and directions he had for his life in order to fulfill what God had spoken to him. Do you understand that Noah was moved by faith? It was the same thing with Abraham when God told him to leave his country and go to a distant land and God would show Abraham where He wanted him to travel. That is faith.

What would have happened if Noah didn’t build the ark or if Abraham hadn’t moved to a foreign land? What would have happened if Enoch didn’t walk with God? When we place God in the reverent spot of having authority over us, then whatever God speaks to us then we will obey if we truly believe in Him. This is what we read in Scripture as great examples of faith…for by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Going Through the Motions of Christianity

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #13

Do you know of anyone who has a son named Judas? You probably don’t because we associate the name of Judas with evil. Even still, Judas healed the sick, he went to Church every day and he was even a leader in the ministry of Jesus. I want you to picture this in your mind because if today were the time of Jesus and you walked into His ministry you would see Judas as one of the Church leaders. However, the Bible said of him that it would be better for him had he never been born. (Matthew 26:24). Now, you have to ask yourself what was defective in the man because he looked like a Believer. Yet, what did Jesus say at the last supper? Jesus said in, Matthew 26:21, “…one of you is going to betray me,” but nobody pointed and said it is Judas! This is because Judas looked like and blended in with the other followers of Christ.

You see, Judas never elevated Jesus to be his Lord and Savior because Judas was only going through the motions and these people in the Old Testament were only going through the motions also. They never made the migration to believing in God to the extent that His Word would change their lives and this is the same thing with Judas. He did not betray Jesus to have Him killed because in Matthew we read that Judas told them to lead Him away safely. It would have been better if Judas had wanted Jesus dead to execute Him on the mountain where He was praying but Judas told them to lead Him away safely.

Judas always thought he had a better idea about running the ministry and a better idea about what to do with the money. And, when Mary of Bethany used the spice and oil for His burial it was Judas who said why wasn’t this sold and the money given to the poor? Judas always thought he was brighter than Christ because Jesus had to say, quiet now, you will always have the poor with you but Me you will not always have with you. In other words, it is about Me, Judas! Mary saved this for My burial and this will not be taken away from her and even in the Year 2017 you will still honor her because of what she did. (John 12:5-7).

I want you to understand that you can go through the motions and label yourself a Christian throughout your entire life and absolutely have no salvation in you at all! This is a very scary thought isn’t it? But it is not scary if you read the Word and understand that we have an obligation to know the Word of God and we must have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with God is like a marriage. It is not like joining a club or some group that you only visit once a week for socializing. Your relationship with the Lord is making a total commitment to Him. It is being all-in and giving to Him your life because you believe that He is your Lord and Savior. This means you will follow His purpose and plans – not your own! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Keep His Word Fresh

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #12

When we receive revelation knowledge the first thing we must do is humble ourselves before God. Next, we exalt God because we come to the understanding of who we really are and how much we need Him in our lives. Then, we forsake a part of ourselves for Him. This process happens in all our lives, but it only happens when we tune-in to Jesus and listen to His Word. When our pastor gives a message on Sunday morning that is inspired by the Holy Spirit the people in attendance are in position to receive that revelation. But, the people who are not there are not in position to receive and consequently they will not receive the revelation that others gained. Yes, later on they can watch the message on the Internet or watch it live on television, but there is nothing like being in the center of the actual room when the Spirit of God is speaking through someone who is anointed to teach.

For Christians, revelation is something we need every day because continuous revelation is what sustains us during the storms in life. In order to gain revelation we have to place ourselves in position to receive it every day and how do we accomplish this? There are many ways, like reading the Bible daily or listening to a teaching message and glean from what is taught or meet with others in fellowship, either way we are tuning into His Word. We are positioning ourselves to receive and because of that, the knowledge and wisdom received will cause us to change and each time we will forsake more of ourselves. Then, every time we receive from God there will be a change in our heart and this action changes us internally and moves us toward God in a closer relationship with Him.

For me, revelation from God is a longing or a daily compulsion, almost like an addiction that I need in order to continue and persevere in this race. When we study the habits of a drug addict we realize their habit dominates their existence. As Christians we should get to the point where God dominates our life and we want Him to give us a revelation every single day! We want Him to reveal and show us something new that we didn’t see before. For instance, we want God to point out a passage of Scripture that we have read over and over again, and then suddenly we receive a new revelation on it. This is how God’s Word comes alive to us.

In order to have fresh revelation in our hearts we have to fall in love with God’s Word. The Bible tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). Understanding God’s Word is vital to all of us; it is a habit forming daily routine. Just look at society today and all the delivery mechanisms available for the Word of God, believe me, there are no excuses for anyone who really wants to know God because technically, His Word is everywhere! It’s not like they can’t find it anywhere because there is more information about God today than any other time in history.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian