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December 30th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:18-32

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  The LORD spoke to us from Joel 2:18-32. He started with the word “Then” from verse eighteen. This word refers back to verses 12-17 where the LORD cries out to His people to repent not by the outward expression but by tearing their heart as He had said, “Circumcise your heart and not your flesh.” The LORD calls us to turn our heart toward Him. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone will open the door, (i.e. the door of your soul,) I will come in.” The church, like Israel, are those who have taken the name of the LORD in vain living like those that walk according to the course of the world or as we would say, the course that the godless of the world follow. Who is that? They follow, “the prince of the power of the air”, Ephesians 2:2. This is the devil. We were born into a godless world and grew up thinking that it was normal but because we are Christians we had an experience with the Spirit of the LORD Jesus being born again. Now it seems many that bear His name i.e. Christian have gone back walking or living as the godless of the world. The LORD calls us by His mercy to turn back to Him before He acts with the wrath of His judgment. In verses 19-26, the LORD elaborates on all that He will do for us. Us refers to those that will honor their Father and follow the commands of Jesus the Christ. All that He will do for us can be summed up in the New Testament scriptures of Philippians 4:19. He will supply all our needs, Matthew 6:32-33. He will add to us everything that life demands that we will be taken care of. From verse 27, the LORD pleaded with us of His desire to dwell in us. Then He took us to 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and showed us what it takes to have the LORD truly dwell in us. We must have no fellowship with the godless unrighteous that walk after their fallen mind. We cannot have any communion, meaning partnership, with those that follow the life of godless darkness. Darkness refers to the life of those that do not have the light, the understanding of the righteous life of God. How can righteousness and unrighteousness walk together? They can’t it is impossible just as light and dark cannot be in the same room. A room that is dark where things cannot be seen becomes a room where everything is visible when the light comes. The LORD and the devil have nothing in common, nothing they agree on. That is the way it must be for us. How can we agree on the life that the world follows? What can we share with those that are in darkness following the god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4, the devil? In what can we like, love, talk about, invest with or enter into agreement with them? And finally what agreement can we who are the temple of God have with an idol which is the temple of the devil? It cannot be!!! The LORD cries to us to come out from among them and do not touch any of their conversation, business or ways of life. This brings us back to what He said at the first, tear our heart or repent turn away from them and He will dwell in us and be a Father to us providing all our needs. In verse 32, He says then we will become His children, His servants, and the place where all can come and call upon the name of the LORD and receive His...

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December 23rd, 2012 ~ Luke 2:1-20

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The Christmas Story   Last week we looked at the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20. In verses 1-5 we looked at how the gift of Christ Jesus was given. We first looked at how suddenly the announcement was made to the young Jewish virgin named Mary, Luke 1:26-35. The angel Gabriel appeared and declared to her that she had been chosen by God for the purpose of bringing forth God’s own Son who would be the ruler of Israel. Mary said, “But I have not known a man”, to which Gabriel replied that the Holy Ghost of God would come upon her and she would be with the child. This would accomplish the prophesied “Virgin Birth” of Isaiah 7:14. This all came to pass when the Romans had called for a tax to be levied on the citizens of Israel. To accomplish this, a census had to be taken which called for each citizen to return to the city of their birth to register and to be taxed. In this, we can see the hand of God bringing Joseph and Mary to Jerusalem just at the time of her deliverance of the child Jesus to fulfill the prophecy of Micah 5:2. This scripture declared that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem which was about a one day journey from Jerusalem. Both Joseph and Mary lived in Galilee in the town of Nazareth which was a province of Israel in the eastern part of the country. They had to make the long journey to fulfill the appointed plan in the fullness of time, Galatians 4:4, to bring forth the Son of God, the promised Messiah. Here, on the day we celebrate as Christmas, the gift of God is given as the angels would declare to the shepherds, “Today is born unto you in the city of David which is Bethlehem a savior Christ (Messiah) the LORD.” Then suddenly the heavens were filled with angels giving glory and praise to God saying, “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The peace on earth they spoke of was not peace between men and nations but peace with men and God through the gift of the child Jesus. Jesus was born to be the sacrifice to God, Hebrews 10:1-10, that would take away the sin that separated God from man, Romans 5:6 -10. As we wrap our Christmas gifts, Jesus was wrapped in a swaddling cloth and laid in the manger waiting as the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem, to the place where the star seemed to hang out of heaven and almost touch the earth over a stable, most likely a cave in a hill side outside of Bethlehem. There these shepherds came to see the wrapped gift with their own eyes that was just as the angel had told them. When I was a child I would usually be the first to wake on Christmas morning. I would go to the living room and look in and see the gifts that had been placed under the tree. Then, I would rush to tell my brother and sisters to get up because the gifts were wrapped and under the tree. This is what the shepherds did as they came and saw Jesus the gift of God. They went back declaring what they had seen. This is what the church is to do. Each one of us has a personal experience with Jesus, the gift of God. When we have seen, we are to go and to declare everywhere that others may believe and receive Him as a gift of God and savior of their...

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December 16th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:12-27

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  The LORD first spoke to us from the word “Therefore” in Joel 2:12. This word is referring to what had been spoken in verses 1-11. The LORD using prophetic language pictured the destruction that would be done by the army of God, the army that He had allowed to come because of the sin of His people. This is an army of judgment that is allowed to come because the walls of God’s protection have been torn down, have been discarded. These walls are God’s morals, values and protection found in His Law. This prophetic picture is happening right now to us in the American church. Not in every church but in most of modern Churches of today, not only in the modern churches but in ourselves. I know we would like to put it off on others but as the LORD spoke to us, He did it for the purpose of every so called Born Again Christian to “Examine your own selves, whether you are in the faith.” The LORD is calling us in verse 12 to return to Him, to enter back into the fortress and protection of His Law, His presence. Simply stated, He calls us to “Repent.” He said in verse 12 “turn even unto me.” The LORD desires that His people would turn or repent from the image of the world and they would walk in His image. But, He tells them they cannot do this halfway. A halfway repentance is tantamount (meaning equal or equivalent) to no repentance. He does not want a repentance where you rend or tare your garment which would be tarring your garment in an act of being sorry. Today we would put ourselves in physical and mental pain to show our remorse, but then we would continue to do the sin that would be half way repentance meaning no repentance. The religious priest of the medieval Catholic Church would whip themselves as an act of tarring or rending their garment. Notice the LORD says rend your heart. The whip could not reach the heart only the garment of flesh. The LORD is calling us to “cut.” That is what the base of the word rend means, to cut. He wants us to cut away our heart, “it is evil and there is no good thing in it” Jeremiah 17:9. The idea is found in Jeremiah 4:4 which declares God wants us to circumcise our heart and not our flesh. To do this requires that you determine not to do the sin anymore and ask the LORD to help you by His Spirit. Next, in verses 15-17, the LORD spoke to us that we cannot do this until we have done a full repentance. Then we can do what He asked us in verse 15, “Blow the trumpet in Zion.” Zion represents the kingdom of God here on earth. To blow your trumpet is as Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, lift up your voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions and their sins.” This is what the LORD wants us to do once we have truly repented. We are to gather the Church before the LORD and call them to repentance. This has to be a true repentance, a tarring of the heart and not of our outer garment, our personality. Many people can so easily bringing tears to their eyes and then later return to the sin that brings the judgment of God. If you have ears to hear, hear what the LORD is saying to...

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December 9th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:1-14

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  Last Sunday we heard the message of LORD from Joel 2:1-14. The LORD spoke to us first from the phrase “Blow the trumpet in Zion.” He explained to us that Zion stood for the people of God, the Jews. Today it would stand for the Church. The term “Blow the Trumpet” comes to us from Isaiah 58:1 where the LORD tells Isaiah to lift up his voice like a trumpet and show His people their transgressions. The LORD is speaking to us, the people of God, because we are in the same kind of trouble as Israel. The plague of sin has eaten away our life with God and left us drunk in the pleasures of the world having no relationship with God. The LORD says blow the trumpet. That means an alarm. The trumpet was used to sound the alarm in the camp of God. In the prophetic word, we see that this alarm is to call the people to action to stop the coming invading army that is mighty and unstoppable. Next, we hear that the alarm is for the coming of “The Day of the LORD.” This day is known as the Day of Judgment. We know from the last lines of verse 2 that this is the end times day of judgment as we read, “there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it.” This is almost the same phrase as Jesus uses in Matthew 24:21 when He speaks of Great Tribulation “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” You can see the similarity between both statements so you can clearly see here that this message of the Day of Judgment is speaking of the end times judgment. This is a message for us, as we read in 1Corinthians 10:12, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” However, the LORD wanted us to know that this judgment could come at any time. He took us to Hebrews 9:27, “as it is appointed unto men once to die and then the judgment.” The LORD was speaking to us that we need to be aware of judgment and make sure that we are in right standing with the LORD by walking in a relationship with Jesus, having our sins dealt with, making sure that we are not as Israel was drunk in the pleasures of the world but rather that we are walking in the Spirit not fulfilling the lust of the...

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December 2nd, 2012 ~ Joel 1:9-2:1

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  Let’s look again at what the LORD spoke to us from Joel chapter one. The Lord first reviewed what He had said to us from verses 1-7. He revealed to us that Israel had a sin problem that corrupted them and left them as Ephesians 4:17-19 declares. They were “past feelings.” In the Greek language in which it was written, it means they were apathetic, indifferent, no emotion, unresponsive. This was their response to the Law of God. They had become drunk on the pleasures of sin. This caused them to be invaded by a barbarous nation that plundered and destroyed their nation and culture. This was illustrated in the vines and the fig tree that had been “barked.” The bark is the covering that protects the tree and the vine. The Lord used this to show that Israel had lost its covering, its protection because it had seared its conscious through the plague of sin, illustrated by the locusts, verse 4. He began to speak to us from verses 8-17 to show us six things that are the results their spiritual condition. Verse 9 shows the result of their action caused the offering or worship of the people of God to be “cut off” from the Church. In other words, there was little or no worship in the house of God. In verse 10, because of the lack of worship, there is no true revelation of God leaving the religion of God with no anointing or power. In verse 11, He showed us that because of the lack of worship and discipleship there is no anointing which is the power to bring in the harvest. The harvest is the LORD’s speaking of souls. Do you begin to see that their plague of sin, being drunk in the pleasures of sin, had caused these six results? They are linked no worship, no true revelation leaving no anointing, no harvest of souls for God. In verses 11-12, there is no replenishment of the people of God, not much joy in the church because there are no more converts. In verse 17, we are shown the seed is rotten under the dirt, meaning that the false gospel is rotten under the dirt of corruption of the apostasy. So, we see that because they had become “past feeling,” being drunk in the pleasures of sin these six points of apostasy had happened. The LORD showed us that this same thing is happening in the church of today and in our own lives. Our own church is full of empty seats because this plague of sin has brought the lack of worshippers and disciples leaving no anointing, no harvest and a false gospel in the neighborhood. The LORD speaks to us of what we must do. First we must “sanctify a fast” meaning set aside a time to be with Him. Then call a solemn assembly to pray about the cause of the plague, sin, and the six results in verses 9 through 17. Gather the ancient and all the people and cry in anguish for the LORD to send grace and revival. Are there any in the congregation that would be willing to give up their lives and time to do this? When I first came into Christianity there was a possibility of that happening, but now I don’t think so but this is the only answer to our...

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