TRUTH OR LIE THURSDAYS 10.6.2016

Today is Truth or Lie Thursday! Inbox me your questions, doubts, issues, or beefs with the Bible or Christianity or Jesus Christ, and I won’t blast you but I’ll do some research and inbox you back with an answer that is (hopefully) good for you!

WHAT’S THE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Can you Biblically break down the evidence of the Holy Spirit for me?

Several levels of evidence of the Holy Spirit

  1. Conviction: of sin, righteousness, and judgement

John 16

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

  1. Breathe of enlightenment and salvation, to see Jesus Christ as died & resurrected.

John 20

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

 

  1. Gifts of edification manifesting.

Acts 19

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 

  1. Singing spirit filled music in your heart

Ephesians 5

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 

 

A few points to ponder:

 

Conviction: When these artists or fake preachers talk about Jesus and being blessed but have no conviction of sin, you know they are false prophets just preaching based off their gift, not based on the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost first comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. To believe on Jesus, to desire Jesus, and to sense the impending doom of this world system.

Enlightenment: Only God can reveal God to the Human spirit. Even though they walked with Jesus for 3 years, His disciples did not “get it.” They did not really understand what was going on, even though they knew the Scriptures. After Jesus died, resurrected, and appeared to them, Jesus still had to breathe on them to receive the Holy Spirit and be enlightened to the meaning of what Jesus had done.

Gifts: Tongues + interpretation = prophecy = edification. Edification is the key. If people can’t understand you, they are not being edified. One level of evidence of the Holy Spirit is Christ centered edification for others constantly pouring out of your spirit and through your mind and mouth.

Singing: Singing the Word of God is very important! Always pay attention to the song in your heart. It might be God! You can get demons with ungodly lyrics and music…and you can get a deeper infilling of God with Godly lyrics and music!

There are also several Baptisms (water, spirit, fire) that reflect these evidences… and they are also meant to reflect the Holy Spirit coming upon you on greater and greater levels.

Pretty much every good thing that God does in us, is done by the Holy Spirit. Since all of these different things are done by the Holy Spirit, it’s hard to tie down into a short list.

I think that all of these different works are various levels and layers of work that he does different areas of our soul. First we get the Holy Spirit in us. Then we get filled up with the Holy Spirit. Then we can get Him on us, like a robe or a cloak for a special purpose. All the while, in the meantime he is working inside of us on our heart and our mind and our spirit. And all the while we are being constantly refilled while we sing and worship God.

 

 

WERE THE JEWISH PEOPLE INVENTED?

What’s your opinion about the idea of the Black Israelite as it relates to the “Invention” of the Jew  concept?

Well there are a lot of books written by Jewish people who will readily admit that they are not really the actual Scattered Tribes of Israel…

I have not read those books but I do know that Jesus talked about Jews that lie in Reveleation 2:9 and Revelations 3:9. Also, if you read Rev 11:8 you will see that Jerusalem of the last days is spiritually Sodom and Egypt, it’s not the holy land. So there is a lot of biblical truth to the fact that the people there now are not the real descendants of Jacob.

As a matter of fact in Jeremiah 30 and Ezekiel 37 it describes when God brings The true descendants of Jacob back to their land it will be peaceful afterwards, and it will be related to the return of Jesus, so that’s definitely not what’s going on now. It was actually the British Empire that created the current Jewish state as a ransom for the Jewish helping them win World War 1 (which they would have lost had the Jewish bankers allowed them). God uses Babylon to accomplish His purposes, but there’s a big difference between God bringing His people back to their land vs Man’s empire bringing people back to Israel.

I’ve taught a full series on this but yes there’s definitely biblical backing for so called black people being the actual scattered tribes of Israel. This doesn’t change the gospel at all, we are still meant to become one new man in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile. It’s only the blood of Jesus that  can make us truly the seed of Abraham, whether or not matter if our physical bloodline is or isn’t.

Wisdom is Justified by her children, and Error is Magnified

Just like wisdom is justified by her children, error is often magnified by its children. Your fruit will often amplify your wisdom as well as your error, and take the good AND the bad – that you have shown them – to the next practical level.

The Blood of Jesus, Confession, and MUCH PRAYER is needed so that God can multiply your good seed and root out your bad seed.

Wisdom is Justified and Error is Magnified by our Children

People that defend false teachers and false prophets often don’t even realize that their very life is what proves that what they believe is false.

John 7:17
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Our inability to mature in the Holy Spirit and fully obey God is often the evidence that the error we are defending, is in fact, error. Proof shows up in pudding, and Wisdom is justified by its children. It takes time… but the fruit and results of our beliefs always show up eventually, even if it’s in our children.

We want to bear fruit for Christ… Fruit that REMAINS. Let’s purify our hearts and obey God to the max… If not for us, for our children’s sake.

Luke 7
35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

1st Message from Jesus – How to Eat the Tastiest Fruit in the Universe!

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1st Message:How to Eat the Tastiest Fruit in the Universe!

A Message from Jesus to “The Old Faithful Christian”

Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-11)

 

Jesus describes Himself:

1. I hold the 7 Stars in My right hand. “I control your leaders.” (Rev 1:20).

2. I walk in between the 7 Candlesticks. “I’m in the Churches” (Rev 1:20).

Why does Jesus describe Himself this way? I believe that He wants the Old Faithful Christians to know that He is still there with them in their midst. He’s saying “I still have your leaders in my hands, I’m still walking around with you, I’m there, I see you, I’m with you.” It’s easy to forget that Jesus is with you, and that He is in control of leaders in the Church, and guiding them with His Word. We must never forget to fellowship with and be followers of other more mature Christians who are in the Word. That’s where Jesus is! If you are not with a group of believers in Jesus, you are not with Jesus!

How do we know that these are “Old Faithful” Christians? Look at how Jesus knows them:

Jesus knows, sees, and is intimately acquainted with their:

1. Works. They worked for God.

2. Labor. They worked in hard circumstances.

3. Patience. They were mature and longsuffering.

4. Can’t bear those that are evil. They had high standards for fellowship.

5. Tested lying apostles. They had good discernment and diligence.

6. They suffered and labored a lot for Jesus name and did not ever quit.

So these weren’t baby Christians… they were very mature and solid. However, Jesus has one thing against them.

PROBLEM:

They left their first love. Jesus is still there with them, and He sees that they have left Him as their first love.

Instruction /Solution:

1. Remember the place you were before at first.

2. Repent, turn around.

3. Do the first works. “Do the first things you did when you fell in love with me.”

What did you do when you first met God? Maybe you tried to introduce other people to Him and tell them about Him! You may not have been the best at it (God knows I was horrible at it), but at least you tried. Just start trying again! Who knows, you may be better at it now?

Maybe you were curious about the Word of God… you were hungry for it. Well get hungry again! Maybe you enjoyed being with God’s people, whether it was at a church service, at a bible study, prayer meeting… you didn’t care, you just loved being with God’s people.

Whatever it was you did at first, start doing it again. What did you do when you first believed that you don’t do anymore?

OR ELSE [This is not a vain instruction with no consequences for disobedience]:

1. If you don’t obey those instructions, I will come to you quickly and remove your candlestick out its place.

2. Candlestick = church (Rev 1:20). Your group of Christians will no longer have its position, power, and influence that it’s supposed to have.

BUT, You have One more good thing in you.

1. You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also HATE (see 3 Main doctrines Jesus HATES).

He that has an Ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the Churches. (Notice Churches is plural, this message is for several churches). “PAY ATTENTION, this is very important, if you have a spiritual heart to listen, then make sure you listen and research and discover the deeper meanings the Holy Spirit is trying to give to many groups of Christians.”

PROMISE – If you overcome this specific problem, and return to your first love:

“I will give you fruit from the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

God is not a man – He wouldn’t lie. He doesn’t make vain promises that don’t mean anything. If God promises you a reward- believe me, it’s something you would want! It’s not a consolation prize.

These are specific directions from Jesus to His Church, and this is a HUGE reward God gives to those who obey. If you are a believer in Christ, your name is already in the book of life, (you have already overcome sin, satan, and the world), but this “extra” overcomer reward is only for those who overcome this specific problem (leaving your first love) that Jesus told them to.

Rekindle your zeal, commitment, and hunger for God that you had at first. “Do the things you did when you first believed in Me.” A lot of older Christians think they are more mature or experienced because they have left their first love, and they don’t do the things they started out doing. But as you see in this message to the Old Faithful Christian, Jesus sees things totally different. He commands us to do the first works.

If you don’t, you will lose your place as a witness (shining light, candlestick) to God’s work in the earth. The church is meant to declare the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). Without the fire of your first love, your candle is not lit. You will lose your “impact” as a group of believers.

If you restore your original fire for God by doing the first works you did when you first believed in Him (love is obedience, Matt 14)… Then not only will you be a member of the Kingdom of Heaven, but you will also have access to eat special fruit from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Use your imagination here! Imagine how good that fruit will be. If God only promises this to people who overcome that problem, then people who don’t overcome this will NOT get to enjoy that. Imagine not being able to eat that fruit. Remember that these are not useless words. This is something you would really want. These are Jesus’ last direct verbal instructions recorded in the Bible. Do them please. Don’t be an “Old Faithful” Christian that has left your first love.

Next:

2nd Message:How to Get the Crown of Life Forever!

A Message from Jesus to the Christians that Are Going Through Suffering

Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)