Thursday, March 26, 2015

Want To Be Religious?

RULES OF RELIGION:

Restrict the spirit of man.

Restricting or limiting the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit by removing the gifts and callings of God is a very effective device used by Satan to block the power of God’s Spirit from working with the spirit of man. 

It stops young people from pursuing the truth of supernatural things from God and attributes them to the devil.

When religious Christianity restricts the five fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11 to only three, they automatically limit the gifts of the Spirit to the 1st century church leaving the younger generation of today with nothing more than dead religion.

 The ‘Born again’ spirit is quenched by doctrines of demons that rob new believers.

The dead works of predictable religion are in direct opposition to Romans 11:29, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” 

God has not changed his mind about giving all nine gifts of the Spirit that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; nor has he revoked any of the five callings of Ephesians 4:11.

According to the WORD OF GOD, the Son of God ascended far above all heavens, that he might fill all things (Ephesians 4:10). 

Now that he has ascended, he fills all things. The scripture does not say that he empties all things, or deletes anything. It says he fills all things.

The context of Ephesians 4 is that God gave gifts and callings to the church after Jesus ascended. 

It does not speak of the gifts and callings that were already in place prior to his ascension. 

The twelve apostles of the Lamb were already made apostles before Christ’s ascension.

 When God gave some apostles and prophets to the church for the perfecting of the saints and for the work of the ministry it was without question after the ascension.

If the church was already perfected it would not be in need of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. 

They are given by God for the perfecting of the saints and they will remain in place until such time that, whatever the Bible means by perfection, is complete.

We know that when Jesus comes again we will be like him. 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

When does this perfection take place? It cannot happen until Jesus appears. The answer is in the verse “when he shall appear.”

I Corinthians 13:9-10 says, “For we know in part, and we prophecy in part. But when that which is perfect (Jesus) has come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 

 The Bible is the perfect Word of God, but until the return of Christ the perfect Word of God will not have had its completed perfect work within us.

It is not the Bible that is being perfected, it is us.

The perfecting of the saints is a process. 

 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

This renewing process is by the washing of the water of the word, but it is not the word that is being washed for perfection.

 It is the church that God is perfecting, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).

God has not, and will not remove the gifts and callings that he has given to the church until the church age is complete.

 What he began, he will continue until the appearing of his Son. 

 “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 

 That can only happen when we see Jesus, as 1 Corinthians 13:12 states, “face to face.” 

Religion changes the words ‘face to face’ to mean ‘cover to cover’ and say that the Bible, since it is perfect, has replaced the gifts and callings of God.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption” (1 Corinthians 15:50). 

The Bible will not change from corruption to incorruption, nor will it inherit the kingdom of God.

 It is us, the saints of God who are made perfect, when as 1 Corinthians 13:10 declares, ‘that which is perfect is come’.
 
Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord and don’t let anybody tell you that the gifts and callings of God have been revoked.

Pastor Tilson
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There Is No Narrow, Pure Stream

Contains Nothing Or Overflows With



Broken Cisterns  
.... Dear people of God, I was literally in tears as I prepared this message today. Looking out at the Body of Christ, and especially at the leadership- not with a critical eye, but with an aching heart- I am weeping with the prophet Jeremiah, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water" (Jeremiah 2:13).

I pray as I give this message that it is received by believers as their hearts are reaching out to Christ in the most sincere way, that they- WE- all of us together- would seek nothing but His Own Heart at this very moment... 

In the passage here, God's heart is grieved as He watches His own people seeking after other things than Himself. He knows that only HE is the true spring of living water. He created man with an unquenchable need for Him, and we were designed in a way that we require Him ultimately and Him alone. He knew that nothing of our own devises would ever satisfy the genuine longing that He put in our heart for Him, yet here He is, watching His beloved children attempt do just that... 

Now Jeremiah, as you know, was called 'the weeping prophet' because he could actually feel the pain in God's heart for His wayward people, as he was constantly calling them back to Him. It was a very deep, intimate calling that Jeremiah had. It was also very intense and painful, but it was God's call on his life, and he was faithful in it throughout his life. "They have forsaken Me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug THEIR OWN cisterns- BROKEN cisterns that CANNOT hold water". 

What was a cistern for? For holding water! What can you do with a broken one? Leaving God and going our own way, even in 'small areas' in our life, will always prove to be a 'broken cistern'- always!.....

I have watched as some of Christan ity's leaders today- people who probably started out with a passion for Christ and Him alone, falling prey to the 'good life', the 'comfortable life', the 'way of least resistance', or the 'prosperous' life. 

They got a taste of the gold, and slowly began to go after it, then they began to run after it, then to crave it. They have forgotten their Lord, though they use His name all day long! They have dug their own cisterns, and all the while God's heart grieves for them! Look at Israel throughout the old testament- starting with God's promise, then bragging that "we will do all that the Lord our God has told us!", then falling away and following their own devises- again and again and again. Turning their backs on the very One who would gladly have given them all their heart's desires if they would only seek Him... yet their God would bring them back every time, many times through extreme pain and suffering....

I'll tell you that today's new believers are being cheated! How will they grow in grace? How will they stay passionate about their Savior when God's 'leaders' have gone their own way? Where is the proclamation of the cross? Why won't God's ministers preach Christ as He is, not as we would have Him? How will the Savior's wonderful Presence ever come forth, when His preachers are more interested in manufacturing their own cheap imitation of it? Who are they fooling?

 Beloved, the world TODAY needs to see Jesus! Not our own impression or imitation of Him, but HIM! He is here, and He is here now! Covet His Presence in your life, and covet to have the grace to show Him to others. Only He can heal this lost world. Look only to Him.    

 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7
"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the Word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia." ... 

What a beautiful clip of scripture this is! Once again Paul is telling his converts plainly, honestly, and humbly, that he had, from the beginning, presented the gospel to them as it is always meant to be presented- 'not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost'.

Now, 'in power' and 'in the Holy Ghost' are really the same thing. The Holy Spirit always comes to us 'in power', be it for salvation, comfort, Word of Wisdom or Knowledge, rebuke or whatever- because He is, as are the Son and the Father, Almighty God.

Paul also adds, 'and in much assurance'. This assurance that he speaks about comes from the knowledge that the Spirit of God is backing them up, as He always will as we faithfully and accurately give out His Word.  Paul also presented the Word 'in much assurance' because, as we've seen in previous studies, he had received his commission from Christ Himself,  and he KNEW the gospel!

He wasn't presenting worldly programs, graphs, charts, schemes or promises of health and wealth. Remember, back when Christ apperhended Paul's life on the road to Damascus, the risen Savior, Jesus Christ, hadn't revealed Himself to Paul as an idea or a philosophy or as a system of do's and don't's- He simply revealed Himself, and that is exactly what this lost world desperately needs this very hour- the pure revelation of Christ! 

The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us, and He wants us to know and realize the state that we are in (all of us, as individuals helplessly lost in sin) so that we will cry out to Him and receive both  ;forgiveness of all our sins, and from that moment on- uninterrupted- eternal life.....

Paul also mentions the way he had behaved before them, and how as a result they became followers of him, and of the Lord, and 'receiving the Word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost', they actually became examples to other believers. 

Beloved, this is contagious Christianity! Nothing less than the Holy Ghost backed preaching and presenting the resurrected Savior will do. Paul knew this, and his followers knew it..... May the worldwide body of Christ in this hour also know it.

 En Agape, 
pastor Jim Ewing

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Possess the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon


"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 


This only would I learn from you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by the hearing of faith? 

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth He it by the works of the Law, or by the hearing of faith?"-
Galatians 3:1-5....

Let's talk a little bit of basic Bible doctrine here, OK?

 Justification by faith alone is as wonderful, yet simple a truth as there is in all of scripture.

 Think about it- You were separated from your Creator by your sin.

 You were helpless to do anything about it. God took the initiative in bringing you back to Himself by giving you His only Begotten Son as a propitiation for your sin.

The word 'propitiation' means that Christ's death not only completely satisfied God's justice, in terms of the penalty for all of your sin being absolutely and totally paid, but also completely satisfies His wrath.

It was all placed on His Precious Son.....


2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 

The sinless Son of God died on a cruel cross, then rose from the dead. Your sins- all of them- were taken away, and you were guaranteed eternal life by His very resurrection!

Now what do we have to do in response?

Does God intend for us to jump through some impossible hoops to somehow prove that we're worthy of His love and life?

 Nope- let's go back just a few verses in 2 Corinthians- It's so simple that we often trip over it! "....

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19).

 OK, so what is our response to be to the God of all creation? The end of the next verse says simply, "BE YE RECONCILED TO GOD."

How about that?

There's nothing that we need to DO, we must simply agree with God that we are lost, and cannot help ourselves, and thus must rely ENTIRELY upon the death and resurrection of Christ.

As you do that- fully and completely, with no attempt to help God out with your own 'works', you'll find yourself looking up often, and thanking and praising your Savior in utter wonder of His unfathomable Love, rather than constantly asking Him to keep on forgiving you, as if He hasn't already done so.....

The problem with the Galatians (in our first portion of scripture here) was that they began listening to and following the teachings of the Judaizers (Jewish Christians who taught that certain parts of the Law must still be observed by Gentile believers in order to be truly saved) who would visit churches that the Apostle Paul had founded, and attempt to refute the pure Gospel which he preached.

Of course, Paul forcefully defended the Gospel against this aberrant teaching, and while we would all like to think that we would do the same, in reality we still seem to think that Christianity is part Christ, and part our own works or effort.

Just listen to believers as they talk about their walk with Christ- In many of us, there is a lack of depth, a lack of thankfulness, and a rather high opinion of ourselves- despite what God has clearly declared about our condition.

You know, you can almost smell self-righteousness.

 It has an unholy stench to it, a filth, a putrid stink.

It is a rare Christian today who possesses the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon, who truly knows that it is all Jesus and none of themselves.

These kind of believers exist, to be sure- but you have to look awfully hard to find one.

 When you do find one though, it is a beautiful breath of fresh air, and well worth the search, for in them, you will see Christ!

Our Savior longs to be seen and known in us- His beloved bride.

It is all about allowing Him in- to the exclusion of everything else.

Beloved, who or what do you want to present to this lost world- you, or the Law.....or Christ?

En Agape,
Jim Ewing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Why Is Todays Church Failing In America?

The Church Is Failing In This Our Day And Age!

(Shame on you.)

Why Suicide Has Become An Epidemic.
This year, America is likely to reach a grim milestone: the 40,000th death by suicide, the highest annual total on record, and one reached years ahead of what would be expected by population growth alone.

We blew past an even bigger milestone revealed in November, when a study lead by Ian Rockett, an epidemiologist at West Virginia University, showed that suicide had become the leading cause of “injury death” in America.

 As the CDC noted again this spring, suicide outpaces the rate of death on the road—and for that matter anywhere else people accidentally harm themselves.

Somewhere Ralph Nader is smiling, but the takeaway is darkly profound: we’ve become our own greatest danger.

John 11:35

Jesus wept.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?......

Remember that song?

 Well, as I look back at the way that ministry took place thirty years ago, and then at mainstream ministry today, the words to that song come to mind- but it's not the flowers that have gone, it's the numbers of believers who actually evangelize.

Both pastors Tilson and David dealt with this subject about a week ago and it got me thinking.

 I mean really thinking.....

Where have all the evangelists gone?


 Mind you, you do not have to have the gift of evangelism or be a great evangelist in order to evangelize.

 It's about overtly sharing Christ with others.

It's also called witnessing, and it used to be a huge part of the twentieth century Church, but you don't see much of it today, do you?

Why?

 Well, A while back, a man came up to my pastor after a Christmas concert at my church to ask him who Jesus was.

The man wasn't kidding!

He said that he'd liked the concert, but had no idea of who the Savior of the world was, and wanted to be filled in on just who the music and worship was all about.

 My pastor shared Christ with this man- it was the first time the Gospel had ever been presented to him!......

Most of us take for granted that people in America at least know who Jesus is, don't we?

 I mean, one generation tells another, and so on.

This is how anything is passed on, be it a trade, a custom, history, or YOUR FAITH.

 But what happens when one generation fails to tell the next? It doesn't take very long for indifference and apathy- and finally, total ignorance- to replace what was once a faithfully communicated presentation of God's Holy Word.

"Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten the God that formed thee (Deuteronomy 32:18)"

This is why God told His people to remind their children of what marvelous things He had done among His people (please read Deuteronomy 6:6-25).

 If one generation fails to evangelize, then the next generation- and every generation thereafter, until and unless someone else comes in to bridge that gap with God's Word- is left in the dark, and great is that darkness, indeed!......

Where have all the flowers gone?

 Back in 1974, as I was hitchhiking home, a man in a car with many Christian bumper stickers picked me up.

I was so ripe for the Gospel that I asked, "Are you religious?

 I noticed the stickers on your bumper." He must have felt that God had 'dropped me into his lap', so to speak- and to this day, I believe that He did.

 The man simply but thoroughly shared Christ with me and I really felt the convicting power of the Holy Spirit upon me. Just before I left his car, he told me, "You'll remember this day a thousand years from now."

It was a matter of months before I finally received my Savior and inherited eternal Life, but that man had such a big part in it.

I hope I can meet this man again before I die, because I want to thank him and let him know just what his faithfulness to the Lord meant to me, but If I never see him again this side of Heaven, I'll never forget his words.

He was faithful in sharing Christ with me, and I am a child of God because of it! Let me ask again, "Where have all the flowers gone?" .......

Why aren't we taught anymore to share our Savior with others the way that Christians used to be taught?

I understand that witnessing takes many forms, and that it is not always overt, but way too many of us choose to be 'closet Christians' who think that people will just somehow guess that Christ lives in us as we interact with them.

 It doesn't work like that. People may admire us, they might sense that there's something different about us, but they'll never guess that it's Jesus if we don't open our mouths and let them know.

We claim to be in the Word much and often, but if we truly were, we'd heed Jesus' words to "go and tell" all the world, wouldn't we?

Beloved, that is not the way it used to be!

 Studying the Bible is great, and hanging around other believers is a real blessing, I know- but sharing our Savior with others as God's Spirit leads is what brings them to Him, and that is what evangelism is.

Does anybody else out there wonder- Where have all the flowers gone?

Pastor James Ewing
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Can't Evangelize In Heaven Nope

Everyone In Heaven Is A Believer


Pastor Chuck Smith No Longer Evangelizes Where He Now Is In Heaven.
Evangelist Lonnie Frisbee No Longer Evangelizes Where He Now Is In Heaven.
 Kathryn Kuhlman No Longer Evangelizes Where She Is Now In Heaven.
 
 But because of  "extention of presence" through their recorded voice and writings and videos they do still evangelize down here on earth.
 In a sense they invested in their future eternity by placing their treasures in heaven.
 There are many thousands of thousands who were impacted by Pastor Chuck who will in turn impact many thousands of others because of Chuck Smith.
 I am one of those people. 
There is something that you will not be able to do in heaven. You will not be able to share your faith with a nonbeliever. 
Why? 
Because everyone in heaven is a believer. 
When you take your last breath here on earth, you will never again be able to share with a lost person.

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter."
Charles
Haddon Spurgeon

"The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."
Matthew 18:11

If it is the utmost importance for Jesus to reach the lost, shouldn't it be a major priority for you? 
Three million years from now your fine car, good job, nice home won't matter. 
What will matter is who is in heaven and who is in hell. Today, every day, some 600,000 people will die and enter eternity. You can make a difference to some of them. Therefore wouldn't you want to reach out to as many of them as you can, while you still can?

"Preach the Word. Be ready in season and out of season."
2nd Timothy 4:2-8

"I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unravel all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is the one thing we are to live for." 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing the world and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected!"
Oswald J. Smith

We should desire to be used by God in what really matters to His heart.

Jesus talked with the woman at the well first about natural water, then about living water. He went from a natural topic to a spiritual one. When apostle Paul was giving his sermon on Mars Hill, he mentioned an altar he saw with the inscription "to the unknown God." 
 He took something natural around him and turned it into a supernatural conversation. Shouldn't we?

Didn't someone lead you to Jesus?

"Why does the church stay indoors?"

Samuel Chadwick

"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..."

apostle Paul

For "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? ...As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"
Apostle Paul

People believe when the good news is preached and the Spirit of God touches their hearts. So preach the good news as God through Paul tells us to! We should want to see people in heaven so much that we would be willing to do anything for them to know Jesus.

What is the value of a soul?

"To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here on earth."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Every breathing person you will ever meet needs Jesus. Use the breath that God has given you to futhur His kingdom here on earth.

There can be not getting around this scripture, no rationalizing away the sharing of your faith:

Proverbs 11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

He that winneth souls is what?
 Then conversely he that does not win souls is what?

I know of a pastor who came to the conclusion that evangelism is only for some Christians but not all Christians.
 This man of God had a small church.
 As he reached out in evangelism his small church grew fast, and I mean fasssst

As more and more people came into his church and caught his model of evangelism and shared their faith out in the highways and byways of life, his church grew exponentially. 
Then one day he decided that he wasn't very good at evangelism so he gave it up and concentrated on teaching the bible instead of his former evangelistic efforts. He said,

*Quote*

"As I started reading and studying the Word of God, I could not find the Scripture that

said the primary purpose of the church is the evangelization of the world; I still can't find that Scripture.
 But I did find in Ephesians 4 that God has placed gifted men, apostles,
evangelists, prophets, pastor-teachers for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, the building up of the body of Christ.

 This brought into my life a tremendous philosophical change as far as my concept of the purpose of the church was concerned.

Rather than seeing the primary purpose as being the
evangelization of the world, I saw
that the purpose of the church was for the perfecting of the saints, making the believers strong, bringing them into maturity, feeding them, loving them, strengthening them so that they would be able to engage in the work of the ministry, for I realized that God has called all of us and placed us into His body and He has a plan and purpose for each of us.

*Unquote*


I disagree! 
No major battle has ever been won without a plan, without a strategy, the battle we are talking about (winning a soul to the kingdom) far surpasses any other of the battles in life that we might encounter. 
The above relys upon so called "lifestyle evangelism" and lifestyle evangelism is one of the great cop outs of our fellow Christians. 
When you realize your Position in the vine, aware of your unconditional eternal security being you will begin to work toward others coming in to the kingdom. 

You will in fact get the message out instead of being "Keepers of the aquarium rather than fishers of men."
 Jesus told his disciples to "GO and make disciples of people of all nations...teaching them.." 
 It is clear that they went from town to town and house to house in proclaiming the good news or gospel about Christ and His kingdom. Jesus' words: "A workman is worthy of his wages." Luke 10:7

Paul at Acts 20:20 "I did not hold back from...teaching you publicly and from house to house." Paul's NEXT words show that he was ministering to nonbelievers.
 He says: But I thoroughly bore witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus."Explain how the Jews and Greeks that Paul was bearing witness to about repentance, (by going from house to house among other things), was simply an encouraging visit amongst fellow believers.

 Paul taught "both in public assemblies [de'mo'si'a] and from house to house [ka'ta'] Paul had spent three years in Ephesus. 
He visited EVERY HOUSE or preached to all of the people. Here is SCRIPTURAL WARRANT for house to house evangelism as well as that carried on in public meetings.
 A similar use of ka'ta' appears at Luke 8:1, which speaks of Jesus preaching "from city to city and from village to village."

Remember that at Acts 5:42- in addition to going "from house to house," (In the same sentence and verse), they were also preaching and teaching at the Jewish temple.
Were they just having "fellowship with believers" at the Jewish temple too?
They were preaching to unbelievers in both cases.
 Just two of the many ways they followed Christ's example of a bold preacher of the gospel.

You'd have to ask as well if these disciples were just visiting with fellow Christian why Jesus would say:"When you are entering into the house, greet the household...if (He) is not deserving, let the peace from you return upon you.
 Wherever anyone does not take you in or LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off your feet." matt 10:7, 11-13

Those were some unfriendly "fellow believers". Paul said "I did not flinch from...teaching you publicly and from house to house."- ACTS 20:20, Byington.

Then in the next verse, (21), he says that he was "Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God." It seems clear that those "Houses" didn't contain fellow believers, at least not initially.

"House to house dissemination of the gospel characterized the first-century Christians from the beginning (Acts 2:46, 5:42). ... [Paul] had thoroughly discharged his responsibility both to Jews and Gentiles at Ephesus, and they were left without excuse if they perished in their sins."  - The Wesleyan Bible Commentary, Volume 4, pages 642-3.

"He (Paul) was not content with teaching and discoursing in the synagogue and the market. He was ever diligently teaching from house to house. 
It was a house-to-house, hand-to-hand, face-to-face contest with evil, and to win men to Christ, that he waged in Ephesus."
  Biblical scholar, Edwin W. Rice.

One thing I recall about the early days at this pastors church was the sense of all of us young people participating in the birth of new Christians.
 We would bring others to church with us and pray for them as the "altar call" was being given, 'every eye closed and every head bowed', we would be in deep prayer that the Holy Spirit would move upon those present who did not know the Lord yet.
 Then the invitation would be extended for everyone that had raised their hand to come forward and bear witness to their acceptance of Christ before everyone. 
O, I can't tell you of the joy and the excitement of seeing others receive Christ. 
All of us young people were so turned on to going out and sharing our faith with others at the beach and everywhere else we would go. 
We would see so many other Christians out on the streets sharing their faith. Then we would bring some of those we shared Christ with to church with us to hear the gospel message where they would then get an opportunity to respond to the call of God through our pastor while we prayed fervently for their salvation.

Then you can imagine our frustration when suddenly the altar calls were no longer and the excitement of everyone participating in evangelism as a Christian family sort of fizzled out. 
Evangelism was relegated to once in a while crusades while the main emphasis became bible study. It was if a spiritual 'birth control' pill had been taken by the Church!

Today you hardly ever see Christians street witnessing. In fact, when was the last time you even saw anyone out in public with a bible, except at church? 
Is it any wonder that the Church is losing the battle for souls in America? Is it any wonder that church attendance is waning across the land.

That Church reproductive model that I first witnessed as a 17 year old worked! 
The church grew and grew. There was such an alive environment every night at that church. Today, if I go there, to that same church, there is a "worship team" that everyone kind of just sits there and listens to.
 Everyone claps after each song as if they are watching entertainment instead of worshiping together like we used to do. 
People go in and go out. No after~ glow like there used to be. Sure some people linger and stick around talking but it is nothing like it used to be.

The angels of heaven rejoice greatly when anyone passes from judgment into salvation (Luke 15:10). Shouldn't we as Christians rejoice too? 
Shouldn't we weep over the lost?
 Shouldn't we ask the Lord of the field to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2)? 
Certainly!
 The salvation of others is the goal of your efforts.
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 This Was Your Life

There Is Power In The Blood

The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power....

Reader, please pray as you read this.

 We sometimes become so accustomed to the things of God, that they will often go right over our heads if we let them, but each and every truth concerning our Lord has eternity written all over it, doesn't it?

 In the Psalms, you'll see the periodic word, "SELAH", or, 'pause and think on this'. We sometimes just fly through God's Word, when I believe He would tell us at times, "Pause, and think on this".

 I pray that you will prayerfully think on this message.....

 I love so many of the old hymns simply because they are (for the most part) loaded with spiritual reality and theological correctness.

 I recently listened again to the words of the Hymn, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", and was suddenly arrested with the awareness of the eternal depth of this beautiful song.

 Just listen- "The Blood that gives me strength from day to day- it will never lose its power".

 What is it that gives the believer strength? The fact that Christ's blood was shed for us, and that means that we are HIS, and THAT means that wherever we go, He goes.

 This is not merely a nice thought, it is truth.

 His precious blood bought our eternal salvation, and it will never fade, never flag, never ever lose its power!

 Are you grasping this? How can we help but sing His praises as we ponder these things?

 David said, "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139:7-10) " ...The hymn goes on..."It reaches to the highest mountain, it flows to the lowest valley- the blood that gives me strength from day to day- it will never lose its power".

 In John chapter 6, after Jesus tells His disciples that no one can come to Him, "except it were given unto him of My Father", and many "walked no more with Him", He asks the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" And what is Peter's response? "Lord, to whom shall we go? THOU HAST THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE (read John 6:64-68)." "Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).....

Just listen to these words, ETERNAL, FOREVER, SETTLED. These are words that describe God's actions toward us! And how about the word, "NEVER"? "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5)".....

 How far, how deep, how wide does the love of God reach?

 Beloved, the blood will never lose its power.

Selah.

 En Agape,
 Jim Ewing

Jesus Christ Is Amighty God And He It Is Whom We Worship Forevermore


A few months back, I got a visit from a Jehovah's Witness.

 Now I was in a bit of a rush, awaiting the arrival of some friends, but I didn't want to just say, "Sorry, I'm not interested", so we spoke briefly.

 I asked him to keep the discussion to one subject only (the deity of Christ), as I knew that J.W.'s like to take people through a confusing maze that frustrates most Christians, bouncing form subject to subject.

He agreed and, while I found his arguments to be of course faulty, to my surprise I genuinely liked him as a person, and told him so- it was the doctrines that he preached that I abhorred.

 After that, I began to wonder, 'How many Christians know-from scripture- the fact that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is in truth Almighty God?

I even heard a clip form a TBN broadcast in which an 'evangelist' had the ignorance to day, "Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus actually say that He's God!"

Years back, I learned a few things from Dr. Walter Martin, the ORIGINAL 'Bible Answer Man' on the subject, and I want to share them with this audience, lest there be any confusion about Jesus Christ's deity.

We need to understand- again, from scripture, that Jesus is in fact Jehovah (YHWH). Isaiah 7:14 and 8:8, prophesying about Messiah, refer to Him as "Immanuel", translated 'God with Us' in Isaiah 8:10.

Let's go to Isaiah 44:6, "Thus saith the LORD (-All caps in Old Testament translation of LORD is literally YHWH, the Name so Holy that they would not even translate it literally) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of Hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God".

 Now we'll move to the New Testament, to John 8:57-59, "Then said the Jews unto him, thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 Then took they up stones to cast at him..."

 The Jews knew full well that the title, 'I AM' was a designation of deity, and of deity only, having the same meaning as 'The First and the Last, 'Alpha and Omega', and 'Beginning and the End'- all titles for 'ALMIGHTY GOD', so they intended to stone Him to death for 'blasphemy'......

Let's look now at some excerpts from Revelation 1. " I...heard behind me a great voice...saying, "I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last"...And I turned to see the voice that spake with me....And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. 

And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, "Fear not; I am the First and the Last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore..." (Now,due to time constraints, these are only excerpts, so please read the entire first chapter of Revelation).

You can plainly see whom the resurrected Jesus Christ is claiming to be.

Dr. Walter Martin once told of how a former Jehovah's Witness came to him and admitted that there was one scripture that frustrated him to no end while he'd been a J.W., and it finally helped to bring him into the truth of Christ's deity.

Dr. Martin was curious and asked, "What scripture was it?" The man replied, "Hebrews 1:6.-...when He bringeth the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, 'And let all the angels of God worship HIM'."

The man went on to say that Matthew 4:10 states clearly, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him ONLY shalt thou serve..', and it suddenly all made sense to him- Jesus Christ HAD to be God in flesh, for His Holy Word is clear that only God is to be worshipped!

 The man became a Christian, and a staunch defender of the faith, as most of those who come out of cults are....
It is so important that we as believers know what and why we believe- to realize just Whom Jesus is, and why He is deserving and worthy of our praise, and all of our devotion!

 It's all in God's Word- Immanuel, God with us- Praise His Wonderful Name!

En Agape,

Jim Ewing

Monday, March 23, 2015

For Signs To Humans!


It Truly Is Finished

It's Done! And By The Lord God It Will Stay Done!


One of the deadliest enemies of our walking in God's promises is the state of passively coexisting with the enemy.

Our own hearts must stop submitting to situations that are not right.

We have come to the time of which Jesus spoke, when the angels are to be sent to the four corners of the earth to separate the wheat from the tares ( Matthew 13:30,40-42 ).

We will not enter further into the bringing forth of the Kingdom until He separates the tares from the wheat.

We must not let time slip by and fail to redeem it.

How much time do we have left?

What will happen if the enemy delays us long enough?

We will miss the plan of God completely. Then another, more violent generation will have to arise, who will get a Word from God and stay with it until t is fulfilled.


  At this particular time Satan cannot stop the revelation that comes to people's hearts.

The Living Word that is coming in this hour is very decisive.

It opens up heart after heart, but the hearts that are not open to God become completely closed to the Word.


  You must realize that you do not have a whole lifetime to seek God.

Jesus explained these present days with the parable of the ten virgins ( Matthew 25;1-12).

At a certain time the door will be shut.

Those who do not have their oil ready will be shut out; that will be the end of it.

There is an ominous foreboding in what is happening in these days.

A thousand prophets must come forth to execute God's purposes, but they will not come forth merely as the result of months and months of training.

To become true prophets of God, they must somehow break through the barrier of time.


  The conspiracy of Satan and hosts of demons will try to keep you tied down and preoccupied with many things.

The right teachings that God is bringing today, along with your own hope and expectations, could bring you into a full prophet's ministry.

But Satan will do everything he can to rob you of your time in order to delay you and slow you down.

He wants to hinder you and shackle you until you cannot win this end-time race.


  Learn what the enemy is doing to time.

Do not plan on becoming old and dying, with others coming on the scene merely to rehash the truths that have been given for this time.

Something must change the present pace.

You will not come forth into God's perfect plan without explosive faith and determination.

Something must happen in your life to prevent you from being drawn back from the full, intense fervor that you should have.

There are a thousand tricky situations, with little weights here and there, to make you lose the race.


  Luke * records the parable of the sowing of the seed.

Some of that seed was ready to bring forth mature grain, but the thorns choked it out ( verse 7).

That is happening right now.

The rocky soil is not the problem.

Demonic birds are not plucking up the seed before it germinates, nor is persecution making it wither.

The main problem is the thorns that come and choke the Word.

You may be just short of breaking through to a mature ministry, to that manifestation of the sons of god ( Romans 8:19).

You may love the Living Word and feed upon it.

However, you must not only know how to feed upon it; you must also be able to reject the thorns that come to choke and strangle it.


  In a rising crescendo, like a tidal wave, many are rapidly approaching the manifestation of the sons of God; yet something is stopping the process.

They have been in one spot too long; they have been wandering around a mountain when they should have been moving into Canaan.

The army of the lord must march with faith, not with frustration.

They must worship the Lord, giving praise and thanks, voicing their proclamations, making their claims, and moving right on to see things happen.


  Believe in God's promises to you.

Anticipate becoming one of those prophets of God; but believe also that you are hindered in approaching that goal.

The barriers must be broken.

Either that, or you will totally reject the possibility of ever seeing God's promises fulfilled.

You will find yourself putting their fulfillment back on the basis: "I am not worthy of this. I missed the boat."

You have not missed he boat.

It is Satan who is working to destroy you through the time element of one delay after another.

There is a fixed time; and if Satan can delay you long enough, you will miss God's plan for you.


  For the first time in the entire Christian era, there is a fixed time.

If you do not get in by that time, you are through, and you lose out.

Then shall the Kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins... Matthew 25:1.

Then refers to this end-time.

Read all of Matthew 25.

It is filled with stories about the end time.

Today you have only a certain period of time to do what God wants you to do.


  The Lord prophesied that He would do a quick work in the earth and cut it short in righteousness
 ( Romans 9:28 ).

This has to be.

There must be a people who break through.

These days must be shortened or no flesh will be left alive ( Matthew 24:22 ).

Satan is raging because he knows that he has only a short time ( Revelation 12:12).

He is more aware of what is happening to time than you are.

He is doing everything he can to play havoc with time, to bring oppression upon it until it gets away from you.

Frustration comes; and instead of time being an opportunity to seize upon the things of the Lord, you find you are running on a treadmill and getting off at the same place where you got on.

You must not accept that.

You have a responsibility to dig in with all your heart and see changes happen.


  You will not accomplish anything just by trying to discipline your time.

If you try to do this in yourself, you will fall right back into the efforts of the flesh.

It has to be done in the Spirit.

Merely making out a list of the day's activities and trying to follow it through will not work effectively in the Spirit.

Do you want to be like a cork in the waves of the ocean, or do you want to see destiny fulfilled that God has presented to His people?

There is a foreordained portion for the sons of God to walk in, and you must get into it.

You must be delivered from the futility of time.

You must be released from the frustration that you feel.

Start by believing God, by working right up to the realm of the Lord.

Stay in His presence, claim what you are going to have and believe!


  People live too much in the future.

They live in the realm of anticipation instead of appropriation.

They have a built-in response that says, "Yes, tomorrow will be wonderful. We will see marvelous things happen."

That built-in response will cause you to live in hope instead of faith.

As great a virtue as hope is, rule it out for right now.

You might as well be swallowed up by despair, as to live with the kind of hope that Satan can use to prevent a genuine active faith from operation immediately.


  But now abideth faith, hope , love , these three: and the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13.

You know that this Scripture true, and it is good to have hope.

In fact, sometimes you survive by hope.

But there comes a time when hope becomes only a crutch to hold you up.

As long as you have crutches, you say," Eventually I will walk. Right now I am doing well just to limp."

You need to throw away your crutches of hope and say, " I am going to have faith and walk right now!"

Something within you must rise up for more than hope or a good beginning.

Tell yourself, "Right now I am going to do it! Right now I am going to do it! Right now I am going to do it!"


  God always puts a test upon you, but not to judge you or condemn you for something that is wrong.

He only wants to see whether or not you are going to walk in what He is setting before you.

God's promises can be a blessing or they can be a curse.

If God has given you a promise, and yet you excuse yourself for not walking in it now because you are hoping that after a while it will come to pass, then that promise is a curse to you.

The Fundamentalists think that way, saying in effect, "We have nothing now. The day of miracles and gifts is past. We believe that after a while we will have them, but in the meantime we will just sit and wait for a rapture."

That kind of reasoning produces a deadly passivity.

Anyone who is believing to walk in God's promises now is labeled a heretic by the Fundamentalists.

They would rather believe  the Scofield Bible and Larkin's teaching which explains that God's provision is all for the future.

Consequently, they must live with hope and call it faith.

That is misguided hope.

Traditional Christianity feeds unbelief to good orthodox believers until everything of faith is put off in the future.

Let us not limit the Old Testament promises to a Zionist movement that rejects Jesus Christ.

We read in the New Testament about the true Israel of God, and we see that there is no other name but Christ whereby we must be saved ( Acts 4:12 ).

That applies to Jew, Gentile, or anyone else.


  With today's restoration of the New Testament truths, you can say, "I have my Bible back again. It's promises are mine."

But what for?

Are you going to limp along for years like the Fundamentalists, or are you going to believe that you can walk in your destiny?

In your own heart you must feel this: "I am what god says I am, and I will not wait another day longer.

Right now I am a prophet.

I am raised up by God, and I will not walk under any handicap.

I am going to speak the Word of the Lord."


  Do not anticipate- appropriate!

That is what God wants you to do at all times.

In Exodus 3:13 Moses asked, "Who shall I say sent me?"

God has many names, but He answered, "YHWY."

It means, "I AM THAT I AM."

"I AM" is a present-tense verb.

The only way that you can truly express YHWH is this: "I AM THE GOD THAT I SAY I AM.

I AM THE RIGHT NOW GOD."

The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus when He said , ...before Abraham was born, I AM." John 8:58.

He was not saying "I WAS," or "I WILL BE"; He was saying "I AM THE RIGHT-NOW GOD!"

If He declared that, then you should declare that you are the right-now ministry that God has called you to be.

If he is the Right-now God, then you are a right-now prophet.

Right now!

This is the accepted time ( II Corinthians 6:2 ).

There is no other way; it has to be now!

If what God is bringing forth on the earth is true, then you must walk in it now.


  What is the answer for the futility of time?

By faith we understand that the worlds (ages) have been framed by the Word of God...Hebrews 11:3.

God has made a provision for this end time, but it will not happen until someone stands up and prophesies this new age into existence.

Let us stand and proclaim this age.

Let us prophesy!

An age is framed by a Word of God.

Do we realize how much initiative God has given His people?

In a true submission to the Lord, we could prophesy any kind of Kingdom we want.

Jesus said, "According to your faith be it unto you" Matthew 9:29.

Those who bow to Him as their King are the Kingdom.

Jesus told His disciples, "Fear not, little flock; for it s your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom" Luke 12:32.

As we serve Jesus as Lord, God is giving us the Kingdom!

It is our Kingdom.

What do we want to do with it?


  If the Kingdom is ours to proclaim, and it is to be the way we want it, then God will look down on us a thousand years from now and see a people who believed Him and made it happen.

Otherwise, we will have been a sorry mess of people who lived only wishful hopefulness.

He has given us the Kingdom and that is exactly what we must walk in.

Aren't you sick of falling short of God's promises?

There is nothing wrong with what He has done.

There is nothing wrong with the way we believe to see the Kingdom come forth.

In this age it has been laid in our hands, and we must take it.


  Decide what you want.

If you do not quite make it today, you can make it tomorrow.

Stay with it.

Continually live in the present appropriation, not in some future anticipation.

Make the prophecies that came in the past happen.

Let their fulfillment be in the present.

Talk about them now, and walk in them now.

Be like Peter : Get your foot over the edge of the boat and start walking on water.

Do it now, not because of any enthusiasm, but because you believe.

If you start sinking, someone will rescue you.

But start walking on water.

Right now!


  What happened to the Israelites?

They looked at the giants and backed off in fear and unbelief.

God said, "That does it! You don't go into the promised land!"

Then they realized that they had sinned, and the next day they decided to go in and fight the giants.

God allowed the giants to slaughter them, and they were driven back into the wilderness where they were to wander for forty years until finally they all died ( Numbers 14).

They missed it by only twenty-four hours.


  In spite of all the promises that God has given for this hour, those who fall short of walking in them will be just like the Israelites; they will die in the wilderness of the tribulation.

Let us rather be today's sons of the prophets.

It is the accepted time.

Joshua would say, "Go and take the giants! You can do it"

Let us pull down everything that stands in the way.

Right now!


  This is not a time to relax.

It is a time to pursue Satan and his hordes to the gates of hell.

Stay with it until the victory is won perfectly.

Do not be satisfied with anything short of all that the Lord has spoken, ad more.

Now is the birth of the sons of the prophets.

From now on, move!

Accept the end-time ministry of Christ and His anointing upon you.

Walk in it!

Now!