Benefits of Having the Word of God

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When we have the Word of God, we will:

  1. Have life – John 1:4; John 6:63

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)

  1. Have faith – Romans 10:17
  2. Have healing – Psalms 107:20
  3. Have the truth – John 17:17
  4. Have light – John 1:4; Psalms 119:105
  5. Have the weapon (sword) against the enemy – Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12
  6. Be sanctified – John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26

That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. (Ephesians 5:26)

  1. Be cleansed – Ephesians 5:26
  2. Have a shield of faith for protection – Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16)

(Source: The Power of the God’s Word in Healing by Jean Lim)

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Is there a retirement age based in the Word of God?

re·tire·ment
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noun
  1. the action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work.
    “a man nearing retirement”

 

Book Review: The Power of God’s Word in Healing by Jean Lim

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God has special purpose for people who are 50 and above.

Numbers 8: 25 says, “And at the age of fifty years, they must cease performing this work, and shall work no more.”

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that many proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

To God be the glory!

A firebrand spirit

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October 5, 2015 at dawn, I woke up from a dream. In my dream: I planned to put up a business. After my dad escorted me to the business site, I went alone to the rented space for my planned business. It doesn’t have complete walls.

Armed gun men came harassing the people in that place including me. I learned that they are Muslims wanting to annihilate Christians. One Muslim armed man approached me, while pointing his gun to me, he asked, “Are you a Christian?” I was not able to answer him, fear was with me. My tongue seemed tied and kept inside my mouth. I was to point of death or to deny my faith as he was about to shoot me when at the niche of time a miracle had saved me. Behind me, the door was opened and I saw the feet of the Lord, but I wonder where the nail prints are. His feet have wood attached on it and above the wood were large nails connecting to his flesh. He was carrying baggage including the garbage of people on His back.

He rescued me on that sin when He arrived, I could have died. He gave me hope and would want to be in replacement of me, won’t want me to be hurt, like a martyr He’s willing to die for me.

After that incident. I was trying to justify my coward action so I asked a compromising and lukewarm Christian whose also a business man, “If you could be in that situation, what will you do? Will you deny Christ?”

He said, “No! Ofcourse not!” He was so sure about it.

So you’re willing to die?”

Sure!”

-end of my dream.

I felt so bad about how I acted in that dream, in the middle of that situation of choosing between life and death, whether to deny Christ or to be a martyr. So I cried and cried, I was not able to get back to sleep until morning, I just cried and repented and asked the Lord not to let me deny Him if I were already in a real situation like that in my dream, to give me a firebrand spirit.

A firebrand Spirit (Daniel 3:16-18)

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, o king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, o king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

While meditating on the Word of God, these Scripture was opened to me.

Jesus Predicts His Death (Luke 9: 23-27)

23 Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Warnings and Encouragements (Luke 12: 4-12)

“I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

To God be the glory!

POPE must be read as Peace Obeys Purity Enduringly

September 26, 2015–While waiting upon the Lord from 8:00 – 8:37 in the morning, I saw a vision. This was a consistent one.

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First, Pope Francis wrestled with a man wearing all black but he was defeated.

Second, Pope Francis was inside an evacuation/ relief operation center. However, he did not act and looked loving, generous, gentle or compassionate. His aura is opposite to the way he used to looked like and act in front of many people. In fact, he pushed the people out, throwing them away, unwilling to help them. He had that irritation in his face looking at them.

Third, at different location, I saw a temple. Out from the main door came a procession in a synchronized movement full of treasure boxes. Innumerable… and with the procession the only person I saw was the Pope Francis. I can’t understand or know what those materials I see because this was the first time I saw this kind of stuff but as how I describe it, it looks like or similar but not close to treasured chest in ancient times like in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It maybe is made up of wood or metal, I don’t know but it’s a solid rectangular treasure chest…uncountable.

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Last week, while I waited upon the Lord, I saw a vision of people protesting on the streets…then the pope appeared. The angry mob turned towards him and hit him…out of anger. They continually were hitting him with objects they carried.

I don’t have any idea why the Lord showed me this vision because I already committed to continue to fast or abstain from TV, etcetera. I don’t want to be updated with current events for the meantime but I suppose this vision about the pope and the forwarded message were already news. I had not realized I still have phones on . . . [sigh].

Suddenly I remembered while in bed asleep still last week, I saw a night vision. I saw a bold number 18.

I asked the Lord for wisdom what that number was for. It could be number of days or an exact date, I thought.

Finally, the wisdom came. I had started my 7 days isolation, praying and fasting on the 7th of September, 2015 so I started counting 18 from that day…and so the 18th day from the 7th of September is September 25, 2015! Wow, I thought 2+5=7, is God’s perfect number…maybe God prepared a blessing for me on that day or maybe He wanted me to do something, so I need to wait on Him on that day.

A COINCIDENCE?

Same is true. On the 24th of September, I was led by the Holy Spirit to hear an audio preaching, this was a conference held in Israel and the prophetic speaker talked about Israel and suddenly I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray for Israel and Muslim brothers all over the world. I don’t know what to pray or how to pray for them so I just prayed in the Spirit then groaned and groaned.

Hours after that, my aunt came and told me, “Today is Israel’s New Year’s day.” I was amazed. In my mind, I thought, “Aunt, you just came to tell me that?”

At the same time, a prophet friend of mine sent me a forwarded message which says:

Ptr Lindsay Williams, emergency notice 2 all CHRISTIANS, 2 b aware today. The White House of AMERICA slowly neglected the BIBLE…the POPE announced to have a new world, all Roman Catholic obeyed unconditionally to have mark 666, this will be implemented on September 25, 2015, see Revelation 13: 16-18. Christians be Watchful, be prayerful and be in CHRIST…*Pls spread* (forwarded msg)”

I also learned from our neighbor that September 25th, 2015 was a Muslim holiday.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER:

While I was a little alarmed upon this message, the Holy Spirit told me to read my Bible and it was opened in Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

But to the readers especially to those real Christians, we must not be comfortable enough with the world. What I mean is let us not settle with “it’s okay to fast but it’s also okay not to, it’s okay to pray for others but it’s also okay not to, I’ll just pray today and not tomorrow…or I’ll pray later, God can wait…” which is not good. God calls the church a house of prayer not a house full of programs and entertainment. Let’s push each other to God. Pray unceasingly means 24 hours a day, 7 times a week. If we don’t pray, we can’t make the angels work; we’ll lose the battle if we can’t move heavens to do something on our behalf.

eBible verse of the Day: Depend the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:9 “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

September 23, 2015

Dawn– I woke up at exactly 4am from a dream:

I travelled back in time in my grandparents’ house in Kidapawan. My late grandparents looked so young in my dream exactly as how they looked like when I was still in highschool. Inside the house was my uncle who’s about to go back home to his family. So we’re making special soup for him that needs coconut milk and we need to grate coconut manually. My grandma decided to work outside to be alone with me. As we went outside, we’re frightened by a man who’s lying on the neighbor’s roof. He seems devising an evil plan against us, seem waiting for a predator.

We continued to prepare the dish the next day. My grandpa had dug a kind of small pit. Across it was like a bridge so that we can work there. All the mess will automatically drop down to the pit. Then I heard my grandpa calling me, “Kri, I’ll finish mine first, wait for the grater until I finished because I have a special visitor to attend to.” So grandma and I were a little dismayed because there’s only one grater.

Then we transfer to a small cottage located beside our big house. I started ministering to my grandma. I said, “Lola, the Lord Jesus showed me and told me that while on earth it’s still possible to repent but not at all when we’re already dead. Lord Jesus showed me you’re in hell, it’s a privilege that we’re still here alive and received this warning.” So I persuaded my grandma to repent and teach her how to accept Jesus as savior but she’s so close minded and arrogant. She’s so unwilling to accept the good news.

I was in a verge of frustration because I was so eager to help her when suddenly she got lost. Nowhere to find. The Holy Spirit told me, “If others don’t want the good news, give it to others…” My mom in a split second appeared in front of me. The Holy Spirit continued, “If others are unwilling to eat the food that I offer, there are a lot of needy and poor who needs to be fed, give it to them instead.”

My mom also looked younger in this dream. I did the same. I persuaded my mom and said as to how the Lord showed and told me, “The Lord showed me and told me that you’re in hell but since you’re still alive (in the body), it’s possible to repent.” At first, my mom was reluctant wondering what her other sin was, she don’t know when to start. She asked me, “What will I do?”

I said, “The Lord Jesus said that you haven’t received because you asked not, so plead to the Lord to forgive you and ask Him to have a personal relationship with you.” We’re about to do the Sinner’s prayer when few individuals out of curiosity passed by distracting us. (END OF MY DREAM)

THOUGHTS TO PONDER

Is that dream from the Lord?, I asked myself. He has given me a task that I don’t know how to do. First, I doubt the dream about my mom because I knew she’s been born again for so long; I was not yet conceived from her womb when she became a Christian. Anyway, I narrated my dream to her and asked her few questions in order not to offend her or what. Then, she told me that she never prayed the sinner’s prayer or able to confess that she accepted Jesus as personal savior. She said she just knew and believed Jesus because majority of the people around her believe that there is God and He gave His Son to save the world.

After she repeated a very short and simple sinner’s prayer, she shared a lot and asked lots of questions (on my surprise) and was thankful. So we end up ministering each other.

I shared to her my personal experience: I saw a vision of myself (take note: this happened even I already was baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit and fire) being imprisoned with shackles on my feet in hell. This vision appeared to me twice or three times, it was so frightening revelation resulting to my repentance. God showed me that because of hatred I was already in hell, Satan had foothold on me-that’s my anger. So if I died that time I would have gone straight to hell. Only by the grace and mercy of the Lord that I was saved. A pastor friend of mine and a former co-worker in a mission also shared the same experience when he saw a vision of himself inside a prison cell in hell. This happened when he backslid prior to his calling in the mission. As a result, he repented and submitted to God’s will in his life.

You know what, I dreaded the time when the Spirit of the Lord was about to carry my spirit to hell (it’s a different experience, aside from the vision; I call this experience TRIP TO HELL.) Why? Because aside from the frightening image that you could see in hell, though you can’t see anything in the tunnel (this is the initial stage of the trip); there’s a total darkness there, you could as my personal experience literally felt the extreme heat (even my physical body was sweating though it’s only my spirit who’s being translated) and the feeling of hopelessness was there, of torment… so I was like begging, crying to the Lord because literally I was suffocated in that spiritual translational experience to hell. “Enough Lord, bring me up, bring me up, I don’t want to…” When I was back in my room I asked the Lord, “Lord I already seen and been to heaven, that gives me enough hope, but why do you need to let me check out hell…?” He answered, “So that you could share this to others.” After I heard that from Him, I felt I acted selfishly with self preservation. I was anxious for many days after that experience.

There’s a saying that I used to hear in local movies like, “Buhay ka pa pero ang kaluluwa mo’y sinusunog na sa impyerno.” (You’re still alive yet your soul is already being burned up in hell.) This saying is true. It’s possible for even a spirit-filled or regular churchgoer Christians to go to hell. We have to have Purity, Righteousness, Holiness, Doing the will of God, Having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, Abiding in His Word (grounded by it),Waiting on Him, Being His friend, and His bride. He’s coming for a perfect bride.

Let’s not give the enemy a foothold on us. If we don’t know where we went wrong, we can ask the Lord to bring to light what’s in our hearts so that we can confess (renounce and repent) and get rid of it (any hidden sin). With gifts of the Spirit we can still end up in hell so we better desire to have the fruit of the Spirit in us.

ACT ON IT

Have you been in a situation wherein you just believed God because others believe it as a fact but don’t even have a personal encounter with Him or a relationship with Him? It’s a privilege that we’re in a Christian nation where we have the access from believers to share to us or made Jesus known to us. So it takes miracle like a personal encounter from the Lord for those non-Christian nations who are not accessible to evangelism. There are lots of stories I’ve read about Christians in China, in the Middle East and other Asian countries who have known Jesus not because others told them about Him but because Jesus himself personally appeared to them. Because of His love and compassion, He doesn’t want us to fall ashtray and when He reveal Himself to us He knew we would respond because He know His sheep and as He said, “They will listen to me because they know their master’s voice.”

Bride’s walk

Speaker: Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj

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Genesis 24:64 “Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel.”

Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”

There must be an agreement between the bride and the bridegroom whereby there is unity and a covenant of joining together.

Matthew 21:1-5 “As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Revelation 19:8 “Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

1 John 4:17 “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like Him.”

1 Timothy 6:16 “Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.”

Hebrews 12:29 “…for our ‘God is a consuming fire.”

Psalms 29 “Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.”

God is a pure light, consuming fire, great commanding authoritative voice.

1 Timothy 3:16 “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”

Revelation 4 & 5

Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

1. To walk in humility (lowliness and meekness)

One of the greatest lie of devil is this: “No matter how filthy you live but by just confessing the name of the Lord Jesus, you can enter the kingdom of heaven. Why? Because God knows that is your weakness, you’re bond with it”, Satan will say.

Leviticus 18 says that homosexual/gay lifestyle is an abomination in the sight of God. But in other countries people would say, “That is not wrong, it is an alternative lifestyle because God made you like that,” they’d say.

Have you ever seen a gay dog or a lesbian monkey or a homosexual donkey? Nowhere in natural creation will you find gay/homosexuality because all those animals have common sense. They don’t need 6th sense like us. Just a simple common sense that a male can’t mate with a male, common sense. Every creation knows that male can’t mate with a male and a female with another female. The animals know this very well. Look at the plant life; even they know this very well. The creation knows this very well except men who believe in alternative lifestyle. And there are gay pastors, gay bishops, and gay churches. I tell you in all humility that you will never ever find a gay Hindu temple, a gay Buddhist monastery nor gay Muslim mosque. If you claim that they are wrong, why is it that their lifestyles are godlier than yours? Why is it that they know that this is abomination? And why is that we don’t know? Simply because we are under a great delusion. Why is it that the people whom we labeled as heathens can live a godly life or holy life and we who claim who follow the One and true living God lives such a filthy unclean lifestyle?

2. Seeking not to be known – sign of humility.

In Buddhism, there is a teaching called Nirvana which means you take out all the senses and the desires within you until the very desire itself is extinguished. When that person reached that stage that person reaches union in Nirvana and enlightenment opens up. When that person dies, his soul become part of the cosmic universe and becomes nothing. Which means a person struggles so hard in this world to become nothing!

Christians struggle so hard to become well known whilst the Buddhist brothers seek to become nothing. What is the principle? Working very hard to be not known. The self is extinguished. This is humility.

The day you conquered the I-self, me-self and my-self is the day you become a true Christian because that is the nature of your bridegroom. Lowliness means “humiliation and low state” in Greek while meekness means “consist not in a person’s outward behavior only nor yet in his relations to his fellowmen, rather it is an inward grace of the soul. It is the caution of the spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us for good without murmuring, disputing or resisting; to put this in one word it means gentleness.

1 Peter 3:4 “Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Proverbs 16:5 “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: they will not go unpunished.”

Pride is the greatest of all sins.

Ezekiel 28:2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.’ But you are a man not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.”

Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’”

Jeremiah 49:16 “The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the Lord.” This tells us that pride deceives your heart because it creates false humility. Outwardly it may give you an impression that you are humble but inwardly it is inflated with pride. You may not know it unless and until the all seeing eyes of God illumines it.

How to recognize that you have pride?

If you ever feel offended or hurt, it means pride. If not as big as a giant at least as small as an ant. But even ants run everywhere enough to destroy you. Why do we feel offended? Because we are conscious of our reputation. That is why when Jesus walk on this earth He said, He counted not His reputation. If you want to be clothed with humility, take down that stupid and good for nothing reputation of yours and put it on the floor. It can’t save you and you can’t even bring your name up to heaven. It will remain in this earth on the tombstone. Not even all the wealth in this earth.

If while you’re alive you have the opportunity to do good and when you refuse to do good, when you die what good is all dead if your coffin with all your money be buried? What’s the use? You can’t take it to the underworld. It will become illegal counterfeit money. You will need money printed in hell.

Tonight, if we can just be absolutely sincere and honest, you’ll just bow down and look into this heart of yours, you can see there’s a lot of pride.

Pride is the root cause to strife, contentions, divisions, murmurings, backbiting, and self-dependent attitudes.

Why do you want to talk about somebody else? Because of your pride. There is pride inside us. We want to gossip, we want to backbite, we want to create strife. This is a very serious disease in the bride’s life.

If you go around having an air of attitude that your pastor doesn’t recognize your talents or your church leadership doesn’t recognize your potentials. What is that attitude? RECOGNITION! Recognition is an outward manifestation of inward pride.

When you are truly clothed with humility, you don’t even realize that you exist because that “I” is no more there. The self is extinguished. One time, a prophet friend of mine share his spiritual visitation in heaven with two ministering spirits in heaven telling him that pride in the eyes of God is the greatest of all sins. Even God can forgive adultery. Let’s suppose you commit adultery hundred times and you turn to God, He can still forgive you…but don’t take this as a license to commit adultery because if you knowingly do that you’ll end up in the flames of heal. Even if a person does that God will still be merciful with kindness to overlook that because of the weakness of human flesh. But one thing that God can’t tolerate is pride.

Isaiah 57:15 God dwells with the humble people with lowly, meek and with contrite heart.

Matthew 18:4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Sin no more. Live a holy life. Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Matthew 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Every pride that you overcome in your life increases the presence of God in your life.

Why was the Lord Jesus Christ able to be filled with the Holy Spirit beyond measure? Because the Lord Jesus Christ was totally dead to “I”.

The very fact that He came to this earth qualify Him to receive the Spirit without measure because He put on humiliation.

John 3:34 “For the one that God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”

The bride of Jesus Christ must walk in humility like the bridegroom. If two can’t agree together how can they walk? If you claim to be the bride whose waiting for the rapture of the church with great love, I warn you tonight except you become converted and humble yourself as a little child, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Secrets of the stairs

Speaker: Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj

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MAIN SCRIPTURE:

Songs of Solomon 2:14 “My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

If we delight in God, He delights in us.

Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Esther 5:1-3 “On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

When you delight yourself in the Lord, He will take great delight in you. At that moment your heart is purified, your minds are purified, all the selfish passions, desires once are all purified by fire of the living God. What will emerge from your heart will be a sweet cedar living sacrifice. And when the King looks at the sacrifice, before you open your mouth to ask, He will grant your desires. When you delight yourself in the Lord, all your selfishness die and only the purity rises up before the Lord. When God looks, He sees a pure heart, refined, transformed, purified like fire and He will grant all your partitions. He’ll ask, “What do you want? Whatever you ask, I will give it to you.” It will no longer be a selfish desire, a selfish request but a pure one.

And when you’re delighting in the Lord, Solomon 1:2 “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine.”

Kisses of his mouth” means an intimate fellowship between bride and bridegroom, an expression of intimacy.

When you come and sit at His feet, why do we always rush through of a formula of quiet time?

I will tell you one truth, one of the greatest evil that we have in the Christian world today is devotional books. They are not evil by itself but they can become evil. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll justify my statement. If you take a devotional book and you read the day’s reading and you close your book and you said “Amen” and you got up and walk away, that book is an evil to you because you had made that book your God (idolatry). That book has replaced the bible. That devotional book has become your god. I use devotional books in my quiet time just to stir up my mind because they are very good. I like the Daily Bread, don’t you? I often use that. They put nice little stories that I use in my messages. But you see they also have Scriptural reading for the day that meditates the bible. You must fit the Word. Devotional books are good as they are that should write our appetite for the real meat that is in the Living Word. Don’t let them become your God.

So what do we do in our Christian life?

Throw away your watches, unplug the telephone, they are two greatest evils to the Christian life. Cp, mobiles, throw them away in the insanitary test. They are all evils that come between you and your bridegroom. They are little foxes that spoil the whines.

Song of Solomon 5:2 I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking; ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”

When you sit in the presence of the Lord speak love to Him through songs of praise and worship, express all your love to Him and He will sit beside you and will throw kisses upon your face.

One gentle kiss from Him will wipe away your tears, will heal and bind your broken heart and console your weeping heart.

So what is the secret? Run to his feet. Don’t run to your fellow brothers and sisters asking them to pat you on your shoulder and encourage you in your self pity. Don’t do that. Why are we doing that? You know, that’s what we actually do. We want people to encourage us in our self-pity. I tell you, self pity is a sin. It is a sin in the eyes of God. Don’t wallow in self-pity. But if you bring your broken heart to the Lord Jesus and just forget about your broken hearts and just love Him, the very next moment, He will be right there beside you, put His arms around you with His left arm around you and His right hand holding your face, looking gently at you. He will just say, “Why are you weeping? I’m here with you.” And He’ll take your broken heart in His hands and just bind it and make it one whole and give it back to you. This is what Jesus is willing to do for you if you delight in Him.

How does a bridegroom call His brides? How does He call you?

He calls you “My dove.”

What is so special about doves?

1. Doves are pure, undefiled and harmless.

Matthew 10:16 “Be harmless as doves.”

In Biology, there is an organ in our body that defiles all our internal organs. It makes our internal organ unclean. Only the dove doesn’t have this organ. In all of God’s creations, only the dove doesn’t have that organ that defiles all the other internal organs. As a result the dove is pure within, that’s why it is chosen as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. Now you know why the Holy Spirit is called as “He comes like a dove.” There is absolutely no impurity inside a dove. She’s not only white in the outside, but also in the inside.

So who are you? He calls you “a dove.” Your bride, Jesus calls you “My dove.” If you are a dove, number one qualification of a bride, she must be pure, undefiled and harmless. Harmless means the absence of any evil intentions against one another in one’s heart and thoughts. Those are not words of love but of revenge.

2. Secondly, the dove is faithful and truthful to one’s spouse.

This is a very interesting character about a dove. When a dove finds a mate, both of them will remain absolutely true and faithful to one another. In them is this marriage covenant fulfill, “Till death do we part.” When one spouse dies, the other one will not find another spouse but will remain faithful and truthful and just mourn and mourn for the lost loved ones until he or she also dies.

Isaiah 59:11 Talks about the mourning of a dove. “…We moan mournfully like doves.”

3. She is single-minded in her walk in life.

When the dove set her eyes on her spouse, she will not look on another person. She will remain devoted and sees nothing else. How do we bring this to into the Christian life?

Psalms 27:4 “One thing I asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

Now look at the first part, “One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after.” not two or three things but one. This scripture contains all the blessings, gifts and mysteries of God. One thing have I desired, I desired that and I will seek after that until I get it. No turning left, no turning right. Like the doves, single-minded devotion!

We don’t get what we’re seeking for because we give up halfway, we get tired of waiting. Do you know God is the master of waiting? We must practice waiting. Many Christians have good intentions as you have fail because you don’t seek and pursue after, you just fall short of reaching the end.

He that endures till the end, only he will be saved.” <Matt 24: 13>

If you desire the house of God, if you desire the beauty of God, seek, don’t stop until you find. Seek and you shall surely find, knock and the door shall surely be opened. This is the command from the Lord Jesus. Why is the door not been opened because we’re not knocking enough. You must kept on knocking and knocking until the inhabitants get sick and tired of you and they must come to open the door.

In a parable in Luke 18, Jesus talks about a travelling widow. He said, there was this widow who makes an application to the judge. He couldn’t care about the application so she decided to keep on knocking and knocking and knocking. Do you know, the woman have this gift. You have been blessed with the gift of nagging. But that’s not the end of the story. The end of the story is this, but you have used that to glorify the devil in your life. Nagging is negative. When you turn nagging around, it becomes intercession. Use your gift to intercede. That is why most intercessors are women. You have the gift inside you. Remember, I told you on the first day, you don’t know who you are, what is the inherent power inside you. The devil knows. So he made you use the powerful gift that you have negatively for destruction. Instead of moving the throne of God, you’re moving your husband, you’re children, and you’re driving everybody nuts.

In the early days of Dr. Billy Grahams’ ministry, he was just beginning to get popular. This was in the 50s. One day, he went to a town in the US and he had a week of revival there. The entire city was born again. All the borders closed, liquor shops closed, all movie theaters were closed, and they all got saved. Everybody in that town was in the stadium everyday for seven days and all the policemen had no job to do. So after the crusade, reverend Graham went back to his hometown and knelt down to give thanks to God. He said, “Lord, thank you for giving me a huge harvest today in those meetings.” As he was praying, the Lord spoke to him, He said, “My son, all the harvest I’m not putting it to your account, I’m putting it on the account of a poor widow in that town.” Billy Graham was very shocked, “What do you mean Lord?” The Lord told him, “For three years, this widow was praying to me, ‘Lord please send Billy Graham to our town.’ For three years, day and night she prayed without sleeping. She interceded for her town for three years. The Lord told him, “It was her intercessions that saved this town not you. You just came in with a sickle to reap the harvest but she’s responsible for everything.” Nobody knew about this old woman, the whole town only saw Billy Graham publicly but the eyes of the Lord saw her. This is the great weapon that you have inside you. So don’t use your gift for the devil, use it for God and before too long, your husband will be sitting in these meetings.

Seek after, be single minded in your devotion. Don’t give up. ‘One thing have I desired.’ If you sincerely seek the face of God, if you sincerely seek the glory of God, if you sincerely seek the house of God, don’t fall short. Don’t give up until you get it. You must have stubborn faith. Don’t be stubborn in your attitude. See stubbornness that is positive and negative. Use your stubbornness to move God. That is good stubborn. Don’t be stubborn with each other. That is bad stubborn. Many negative qualities inside us can be transformed into good qualities. Be stubborn with sin. Why do we love sin and we are stubborn with holiness? Be stubborn with sin. Why are you disobeying God when you could disobey the devil?! God asked you to do small thing and you’d give Him 1001 excuses. When the devil asked you to do a big thing you’d immediately obey. Why? Obey God, disobey the devil.

One thing have I desired, that I will seek after. I sought Him, who’s my so “beloved”. Do you really love the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart or you think you love or you pretend to love Him? This is a question you sincerely need to ask yourself and look into your heart. If you really love Him then you must seek after Him whom you longs for. Christianity is no longer a religion, it is a relationship.

Now, where is this dove? Jeremiah 48:20

She is found hiding in the clefts of the rock. That is where they make their nests so that it will be kept for security and safety, hidden from danger and since clefts are secret places in the rocks where normally people can’t easily find. Only doves know them. That is their security. Nothing can shake them. Nothing can move them, all safety is guaranteed.

Are you hiding in your secret place? Not the secret place of God but in your own secret place? Does God have access from the clefts in your life? Are you hiding your hearts, your secrets from God? Is there a place in your life where even God has no right to touch? Many people make a cleft in their heart, in their lives and they hide there and they will not even allowed God to touch those areas. Do you have that place in your life? If you are a bride, you can’t remain there anymore. That maybe is your safety; you like to hide there. Whatever may be your backgrounds-good, bad, ugly. Whether you are abused as a child, whether you’re molested as a child, whether you’re deeply hurt by Christian leaders, we tend to hide, build a wall around ourselves and hide there. And you don’t want to trust anybody else in this world and you don’t want to allow anybody to come near you and you create a secret place where you hide underneath where you even have set boundaries for God. A bride can’t be like that. If there is such a place like that in your life, you’ll never be healed, you’ll never be delivered. That vacuums if not treated will be destructive. It will destroy you, and all those who are around you and all those who come and contact with you. Forget the past, unless you are willing to let go the past, God can’t do a new thing in your life. I tell you today, 101 prophets can come and prophesy to you ‘God will do new thing in your life’, but I’ll tell you today from the word of the eternal God, unless and until you let go of the old, no good thing can God do in your life.

Isaiah 43:19 “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Forget the formal things. Forget the old glory. If your church splits and you established a new church, don’t keep on saying ‘Oh in the past, it was like this…like that…’

Forget the past! Behold God does a new thing.

Does not the Scripture say, the glory of the latter house is greater than the former house? So why are you longing for the former house when the latter house is better? If God wants to make the latter half of your life better, then why are you contented to stay in the former half? Why? Why are you holding on to your past? Let it go. If you won’t, the healing love of Jesus Christ can’t flow. Many times, people are not healed because they are hiding secrets in their hearts.

The first night when I came to preach here, that evening as I was waiting on the Lord. The Lord said, “Today, I am going to heal many people, but there are many women who had wound problem, they have sin of unforgiveness in their hearts. Unless they let it go, they can’t be healed.” See, secrets that you hide in your heart, the secret places in your heart that you created in your heart and that you hide there, the healing anointing can’t flow. I have many records in my office how many sick people were not healed because of sin. And then they are healed when the sin is forgiven especially in the areas of bitterness. This was what the Lord Jesus Christ told me one day, “When a woman has sicknesses in the area of her womb, breasts, asthma, the root causes of this are bitterness, anger, unforgiveness.” This was what the Lord Jesus told me, “Whenever people come to you for such sickness, first ask them these three questions, “Unless and until they let go of this three, they can’t be healed.” And ever since Jesus had told me this, I put this to the test. Out of 10 women who come to me for prayer concerning sickness in this area of their body, 9 of them always said one of the three problems. Unforgiveness, anger, bitterness–why keep them when they are destructive? Why do you keep on to them as if they are your teddy bear to hug? They are not good teddy bears. It is strangling your life. They are not as cuddly bears that can cuddle. These kinds of bear are real bear that are tearing your life, your health apart to pieces. So why do you want to hold on to that anger? Whether you are justified to feel angry, bitter or not, that is not the issue, perhaps you are justified, that is not the issue, the issue is it is destroying you so why keep something inside you when it is designed to destroy you? Take it out and throw it outside. Today you’ll be absolutely healed. Whatever anger you have, whatever bitterness or unforgiveness, just let it go.

Is there a place in your life where it’s off limits to God?

If you want to be the bride, you can not dwell in those clefts of the rocks. When you want to be the bride to take the first step forward, yourself must die.

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

The bridegroom is calling the bride to come.

Songs of Solomon 2:10 “My beloved spoke to me, ‘rise up my love, my fair one and come away.’ (Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.”

Why is He calling her like that? Because she’s hiding down below in the clefts of the secret places and the bridegroom is standing at the top of the cleft and looking down and said, ‘Oh my dove, rise up, come up, don’t hide there, come up.’ The bridegroom is calling. Come away from the clefts up the stairs to meet your God.

What are stairs? They are ascensions, order of ascension.

If you want to meet God, you know another wrong prayer that we all prayed in our churches is “Lord, touch me.” Have you prayed that prayer? But the bridegroom’s prayer is this, He’ll say, “I have touch you enough, you touch me.” This is the exact words that came from the lips of the Lord Jesus, “I have touched you enough, you now touch me.” You see, He look at the bride and said, “Come up.” but the bride is saying, “You come down.” It doesn’t look like that. You must come up. The bride is saying, “Lord, come down, touch me, bless me, and do me good.” but the bridegroom is saying, “Come up, my dove, come away my fair ward.”

If you want to walk with God in the intimacy of the King’s big chamber, He has a place. You know, you can pray anywhere–in your car, kitchen, in your bed, anywhere you like but there is a secret place of the Most High God. If you want to have an intimate relationship with Him, you must come there not He come to you when you are driving your car. That is different. Don’t mix the food together. That is different. There is a place by God.

Look at Exodus 19:20; 24:12 “The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone…”

In this two Scriptures, God wanted to reveal Himself a magnification of His glory to Moses and He told Moses, “Come up the mountain and I will meet with you.” Why didn’t God come down to meet Moses? He doesn’t walk that way. Sorry for the bad news. He doesn’t walk like that. You come up. Why are many people, sincere as they are in their desire to see God? How many of you like to see the Lord? How many of you like to hear the voice of Jesus Christ speaking to you? Sincere as you are, why are you not seeing or hearing Him? It’s because, you have not climbed up, you are sitting down in your comfort and say, “Come down.” It doesn’t work like that. So He’s waiting patiently for you to come to your senses and know that He is the Holy One who inhabits eternity. He is not your slave. Many times when Christians pray I always wonder who is God because when they pray they sound that they are God and God is their slave. They said, “God go and do this, God go and do that.” Who is God? your slave? Do you know who God is? How can we talk to Him like that? Such irreverence…

Do you know that is the reason why I told you earlier, the charismatic church doesn’t have a clue about worshipping God in the beauty of holiness. To her, everything is just easy. You can chew gums and pray, you can chew gums and worship. These are all insults to the holiness of God. Only cows chew, you know. If you don’t believe me, come to India. They are called to chew. That is their calling. If you chew, who are you then? Praise the Lord. Do you know why the eastern churches have an intimate walk with God? Because we reverence God. The western church doesn’t know how to reverence God. She just plays with God. She thinks God is just a next-door neighbor friend like how you say, “Dog, I love you.” that same word she use to Jesus, “Lord I love you.” It doesn’t work but I will tell you one truth, that doesn’t diminish His love for you. He blesses you as far as His grace goes. But the moment you rise up to meet Him in His place, you see His glory. You walk in His glory. You talk in His glory. That is the place. <Exodus 33> Now Moses wanted to see the glory of God and this is what God told Him.

Remember I told you there are some loopholes in the laws of God.

There you will see scripturally, a loophole in Exodus 33:20, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” How do you think Moses must have felt when God said this? His face must have suddenly turned like a small little boy looking with great longing into his Father’s face. Do you have children like that? When your children have that kind of a face, can you say no to them? I have 6 nephews. When any one of them come to me with such a face, whatever anger I may have in my heart for them, will just melt like wax. So Moses had such a face and the Lord looked down. His heart was moved with wax. He said, “What can I do?” He created a loophole. Look at verse 21. “There is a place by me and I will put thee in a cleft of the rock…” This scripture is cross- linked to the Songs of Solomon 2:14 “there is a place by God…”

If you want to know God intimately as a bride would know her bridegroom, you must climb up the secret stairs to meet the Lord God where He is.

How to climb up?

1. Praise and worship. When you begin to praise and worship God, all the impurities in your heart are washed away, cleansed. Purification takes place.

2. Meditate the Word of God. When you meditate the Word of God, Ephesians 5:26 says, “God’s word is like water.” John 17:17 says, “His Word sanctifies.” John 15:3 says, “By my Word you were clean.” So when you meditate the Word of God, your mind is cleansed. Not only that, every one of us have one common problem when we pray–our minds wanders around. Have you? Is that your experience? Your mind wanders around the whole world. Suddenly you remember everything under the sun. All the hidden things all come to the surface of your mind and you suddenly remember everything and you forget the Bible.

Now, when you praise, the mind begins to keep quiet. When you meditate the Word, the mind is furthered bind and brought into oneness with God, you don’t just enter into prayer. That is imperfection. See Esther did not immediately come and stand before the king. She fasted for three days; she put on the royal robe then came and stood before the king.

Two stages–praise and worship and meditate the Word of God.

By the time you sincerely praise and worship and meditated the Word, I promise you, your mind will have come in stillness and oneness before the Holy Spirit. Then pray. In that state, when you pray, your heart will never waiver, your mind will never wander. You’ll be in oneness of heart and mind together with the Holy Spirit. This is the real meaning of the Scripture, “Where there are two or three gathered in My name, I’ll be there in their midst.” Not just physically 2 and 3. Two is your spirit and your soul and the third is the Holy Spirit, then you will become one. And the Lord Jesus Christ is there. And your eyes will behold Him and your heart will see Him. Your ears can hear Him.

3. Waiting on God. Most Christians practice the other 2 but this last stage, 99.9% of Christians don’t practice this at all or are ignorant of this. This is the foundation of your walk with God. If you don’t have this foundation, you can’t walk with God. Let me give you one example. In Exodus 24: 12-15, God told Moses to come up to the mountain to talk to Him. When Moses went up the mountain, he waited there for 6 days. Before God’s glory came down, he patiently waited for 6 days. Then on the 7th day, the cloud of glory came down and God spoke to him face to face for 40 days and 40 nights. Suppose you were there in that mount. First day, you waited on God and He didn’t come down. You would have received a ton of e-mails calling you back to office. You would immediately come down the mountain. Thank God Moses did not have a cellular phone. Even if he had, he would have given it to Joshua and say, “You take care about all the calls while I wait on God.” Look at this man; he patiently waited for 6 days hoping the next day God would come. He didn’t even know when God will come.

Do you know what’s the key for a great being great? Why is Enoch in our eyes great? Why is Moses great? Why is Abraham great? Why is Elijah great? What makes them great? Is it their great spirituality? I tell you the secret of that. They are great because they simply obeyed. Simple right? They simply obeyed without any questions. No questions asked. God told Moses, “Come and wait.” Period. There was no other tone in Moses’ mind, he only had told to do one think and he just waited for six days. If God didn’t show up and if He’d only showed up in the 40th day, Moses would still be waiting because the Lord told him to wait. The Lord did not say, “Wait for some time and see if I didn’t come, go back home.” Did He say that? He didn’t say that. This is our problem. We cannot obey. We always want to question God.

True Spirituality’s foundation is obedience. If you want to walk with God, you must obey. “Forsake all and follow Me”, says the Lord. If you forsake all, you must believe with silent simplicity that He will take care of you. He will, if you obey.

Now look at Jesus when He was on this earth, He did that. Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12; 9:28; John 6:15, He climbed up the mountain, He climbed up the secret place, the secret stairs to talk with God.

Finally, while you’re up there, verse 14 says, “Let me see your face, let me see your voice, make yourself known to God.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 tells us that Jesus Christ your bridegroom waits for you to reveal yourself to Him.

Solomon 5:2 and Revelation 3:20 tells us that He knocks at the door, waits for you to open.

He’s waiting for you to reveal your heart to Him. Whatever is in your heart, open your heart and talk to God. Don’t follow King James in English in prayer; don’t follow grammatically correct sentences before God in prayer, talk like a little child to God. Whatever is in your heart, freely talk to Him.

1 Corinthians 8:3 “Love opens up your heart to God.”

The bridegroom desires to see your face, to hear your voice, to see your heart, open, unveil yourself, make yourself naked before His all seeing eyes and tell Him what is in your heart. Everything, hide no secrets. Between a husband and wife, there must be no secrets.