A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – Remember our first love, March 29, 2020

Our prayers are with each of you and the entire world as we endure the trials of this time of testing. There is no escaping the shaking that God is allowing to happen. It is during this time that those of true faith appreciate the gift of eternal life and feel the pain of our Father in heaven who knows many of His Children will be extending the separation they have chosen from Him onward to eternity. Trust God and lean not on your own understanding. For those that have died to themselves and received the free gift of the resurrected Jesus Christ have had their lives sealed with the precious Holy Spirit.

Our Legacy

When the world (Egypt) was warned of upcoming destruction, they were sent someone (Joseph) to rescue them. After the rescue, Joseph and his family (Israelites), were welcomed to live in Egypt. After Joseph died, his family had multiplied and the land was filled with them. The new king (Pharaoh) said they are now to many and because they were afraid of them made them slaves. In order for them to be set free, the Lord commanded them to go into their homes with their families and take the blood of the Lamb, which they must share with their neighbor and put it over their homes. When the angel of death passed over all Egypt, He did not permit the destroyer to enter their home and strike them down.

The Israelites were set free from slavery, laden with gold and silver, bodies healed and their enemies destroyed. (Gen 41-50, Ex 1-14, Ps 105:37)

Remember that Jesus redefined “home” and “family”.

“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.’ He replied to him, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ Pointing to His disciples, He said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Mt 12:46-50)

If any true believer’s physical presence is removed through the current global virus, they will continue to be with the Lord. 

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

The present circumstances are for the building of the Body of Christ.

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor 7:10)

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.’ Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet: ‘Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’ Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’ {Prosperity message} This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,’ says the Lord. ‘You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house {denomination/ministry} . Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and the labor of your hands.’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is  mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

(Haggai 1:2-11, 2:6-9)   

Jesus said, “I know your good deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles and are not and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.”

We only need examine ourselves. Are our good deeds and hard work for the sake of reaching the lost, broken-hearted and crushed in spirit or these only done in a way that we can benefit ourselves? What are our idols that have more importance and influence in our lives and prevent us from denying ourselves for the sake of the gospel and righteousness?  Have we become tolerate to wickedness? Abortion? Sexual immorality? Do we follow leaders who are seeking personal fame and wealth?  

Even if your conclusion is that you can stand before the living God and say it is well with my soul in regard to these things…He would still say: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (Rev 2:2-7)

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…..lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

God’s Promise

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)  

 


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God versus Satan – Authority and Government, March 29, 2020

What or who we worship can be measured by how much influence it has in our lives.

Many good people in authority have totally dedicated themselves to saving the lives of as many people as possible during this present global crisis and we should all be grateful. As noble as that is – it pales in comparison to the value of saving their souls which is the mission of those that are disciples of Jesus Christ.

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

All of the sudden this scripture is many believers favorite and most cherished scripture.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

“Of the increase of His (Jesus) government and peace there will be  no end.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (Acts 4:18-19)

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel all refused to obey the commands of the king.

The Maji disobeyed King Herod and did not return to him.

John the Baptist told the king that he had broken the law and the king cut his head off.

Jesus disobeyed the synagogue rulers that said it was unlawful to heal the sick on the Sabbath.

Jesus broke the law touching the lepers and allowing prostitutes and women with issues of blood to touch him when it was against the law for them to do so in public.

Every human being will be judged by their own choice.  We won’t have the luxury of a democratic process that would suggest that if everyone else agreed it was OK, or “that is what the person in the pulpit told us”.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do  not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26-27)

Either God will hear us say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Or we will hear God say, “Not My will, but yours be done.”  

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say.” (Luke 6:46)

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Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near – March 31, 2020

     “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isa 45:7)

“For it is time for judgement to begin with the family of God.” (2 Pt 4:17)
A single thread of truth weaves itself throughout this world that is crippled by the fear and anxiety that is encouraging everyone to think only of themselves.

Who is responsible? Who is really behind the plot? The government? The liberals? Satan?

Only the truth will set us free. It is never the fault of the darkness. If darkness increases it is always caused by the absence of the light.

Sorry Church. There is someone that is behind all this and it isn’t the fault of the people we have labeled the “bad guys”. The followers of the prince of darkness only have influence when there is less light and that is when the King’s army becomes distracted by themselves.

God’s Word shows that since the birth of humankind, every time His people put their needs above the things of God there is consequence. Disobedience requires repentance – meaning His people accepted the responsibility for what was taking place and repented.

Yes….that means we have fallen short and being fallen in a fallen world doesn’t change anything.

The false shepherds that have led many to believe that everything is alright as long as we gather together and take care of ourselves and enjoy the wonderful things that God has given to us can’t tell the sheep the truth because most of them have bought the lie. That for the sake of our own self-centeredness, we are justified because we all agree and it has rendered us powerless to a broken and dark world. Our lust after the things of the world and the satisfaction it has given our flesh, has made us apathetic and insensitive to the pain that God endures because of abortion, sexual immorality, lying, cheating and all other forms of selfishness. We have lulled ourselves into believing that what we want is just to be “alone” with God when that is the last thing we are really prepared for. 

Now, we fellowship together with all kinds of regrets, but not to repent and lay down our lives and reach the lost, but to pray that God will fix everything and punish the bad guys.

There are some church families that gather and focus on God’s Word, pray and obey the Lord, except they don’t want to be guilty of exposing the false teaching of the church family that is not teaching truth. According to scripture, we do not fulfill the responsibility of the watchman that warns them and thereby we share the blood of their sin. We call it “not judging”, the world calls it “political correctness” and God calls it “disobedience”. (Ez 3:16-21)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11-13)

“Godly sorrow leads to repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor 7:10)

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made.” (Ez 22:3-4)

“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. There were proud and did detestable things (child sacrifice & homosexuality) before Me. Therefore I did away with them as your have seen.” (Ez 16:49-50)

Even if we are faithless, God will be faithful.

We only need to “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near!”

“Merciful Father, we come before You again as Your people knowing that we have abandoned our first love. We have become intoxicated with Your goodness to the point of clinging to the things You have given us and we have given in to the earthly satisfaction they have provided for us. Forgive us for our selfishness and only giving when other men will see it so they will draw the conclusion that we care about the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit at the same time making sure it doesn’t really require the true sacrifice of our time or possessions. We know that You have all authority on heaven and on earth, including that needed to fulfill Your command to deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily and follow You. We ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit that would clothe us in power and take away our fear of death so that we may overcome. We know that we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony so that we may not love our lives so much as to shrink from death. Jesus, we thank You for Your promise that He who overcomes will be dressed in white and You will never blot out our name from the book of life but will acknowledge our name before the Father and His angels. Help us to be broken from our selfishness and fear and become like You. Choosing above all things to please the Father by seeking to save those that are lost. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen.”

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