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The Body Church: The Seven Spirits of God (Part 3)

Date - Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Ask Donnell: Where do Demons, Fallen Angels & Nephilim fit in The Bible?

Ask Donnell: Where do Demons, Fallen Angels & Nephilim fit in The Bible?

We received the following question from Josanne;

Hi Donnell,
For sometime now I have struggled with the concepts of demons, nephiliym, fallen angels. The movie "Noah" also twists and suggests a lot and it has even used this topic as a basis for the story line. After doing some research and talking to others, I realize that this is a shared conflict. I know you are a man strictly by the Word of God. Please help with these distinctions. Also, who are the spirits attacking and possessing when the Bible clearly refers to them as being chained in hell? Can a Christian be demon possessed? Hoping you can shed some clarity on this once and for all.

Josanne, this is a great question which demands special attention. I know you've been waiting a while for this answer but I've been thinking about it all along and now I'm ready to respond. First let me address the movie, Noah. Any Biblical movie produced by a proud atheist will probably be an unreliable source of Biblical information. Therefore, if you saw something in the movie that seemed strange it should not be a surprise. Unless they follow the scriptures exactly as it's written, atheists can't create movies based on The Bible without screwing something up. Anyway, let's look to the scriptures to clear up any confusion.

Ephesians 6:12(AMP) - For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

This is a very popular scripture that is used mainly to explain spiritual warfare. One of the most valuable aspects of this scripture is the ease with which Apostle Paul summarizes the power structure in the kingdom of darkness. All evil is not created equal and the scripture shows that clearly. Some have authority on a local level, others over regions and some global. In light of this understanding let's distinguish between demons, fallen angels and Nephilim. Believe me, there are differences and The Bible makes it easy to understand. I've been told and have also learned through the research of others that all evil beings are fallen angels. There is no distinction between demons and fallen angels. I want to believe that explanation because it's a tidy, simple answer. Yet, I see things presented a little different in The Bible.

Fallen Angels - Sons of God

Job 1:6(NKJV) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.

Job 38:4-7(NKJV) - “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Angels are referred to as sons of God several times in The Old Testament. Satan, who is a fallen angel, presented himself to God alongside them in Job 1:6. Additionally, they shouted for joy when God laid the earth's foundations. This is very important to remember as we take a look at the following scripture passage.

Genesis 6:1-4(NKJV) - Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

In this passage we see something very interesting. Here is a specific group of fallen angels who made a decision to have sexual relations with women. This is where the drama in Genesis takes a turn for the worst. As a result of this activity these women became pregnant and had children with supernatural abilities. Here's where I want you to focus. In order for them to have sexual relations with these women, did these fallen angels have to possess anybody to function in the earth? Think about it before you answer!

They had bodies of their own and these bodies enabled them to transition between the spirit and natural realms at will. That's actually consistent with other scriptures that describe the activity of God's angels in the earth. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:2; "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." In Genesis 19:1-11, two angels visited Lot to warn him of impending danger. These heavenly beings were able to blend in like human beings so much so that the men in Sodom and Gomorrah thought these angels were men and desired to lay hands on them. Once again, they had bodies which could operate in the physical realm. In fact, at one point they were able to physically pull Lot into the house when he was in danger outside.

Jude 6-7(NKJV) - And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Now pay even closer attention to this scripture. It explains what happened to the specific group of fallen angels who had sexual intercourse with women resulting in children who were freaks of nature. These fallen angels were chained under darkness in an anticipation of a future judgment. This passage does not address all fallen angels because one third of all the angels in heaven are fallen angels. There probably were not enough women on earth for all of these fallen angels to have one. Therefore, this passage is a reference to a "small" group of angels. So, to answer your question. Yes, there are fallen angels in chains but this is a specific group which contaminated the human race during Noah's day.

Revelation 9:14-18(AMP) - Then the sixth angel blew [his] trumpet, and from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God I heard a solitary voice, Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, Liberate the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. So the four angels who had been in readiness for that hour in the appointed day, month, and year were liberated to destroy a third of mankind.

Interesting scripture, isn't it? Who are these four angels bound at the great river Euphrates? If you read on, you'll realize that they're obviously fallen angels and at the sixth trumpet they will be released to bring judgment. I couldn't help but see the connection between this scripture in Revelation and Jude 6. When I first saw in Jude 6 that the fallen angels were bound in chains until the judgment of that great day my assumption was that they were the ones being judged. However, who's to say that they are not being held in chains so that they could be used as instruments of judgment? I can't find any other accounts of angels being literally bound or chained in The Bible so I don't see why these two passages can't be connected to each other.

Daniel 10:12-13(NKJV) - Then he said to me,"Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

Fallen angels are powerful beings. One high ranking fallen angel had so much power over Persia that he was able to stop a heavenly angel from delivering the answer to Daniel's prayer for 21 days. It was so serious that Michael, one of the top ranking angels from heaven had to be dispatched to help. Therefore, in the same way that there is a hierarchy among angelic beings in God's kingdom there is a hierarchy among the spiritual beings in the kingdom of darkness.

Here's the main point; when The Bible speaks of fallen angels they are referred to as angels. This is a distinguishing reference because they are a very specific group of evil beings that have a very specific historical account which describes how they became evil. They participated in the rebellion in heaven and were kicked out with their leader Lucifer. Now they operate in great authority on the earth and continue to be very powerful beings whose bodies can operate in both the spiritual and natural realms. They did not lose their power, they just lost their heavenly authority. Now let's move on to demons.

Demons - Unclean Spirits

Matthew 12:43-45(NKJV) - “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

In this passage Jesus explained how unclean spirits operate. Without physical bodies of their own they can't find rest until they possess the body of a human being. It's when they possess people that they find legitimate expression in the earth. Other than the account in John 13:27 of Satan possessing Judas any other reference to the possession of a human being is usually related to an unclean spirit which we commonly refer to as demons.

We can safely assume that unclean spirits do not operate on the same level of authority as the fallen angels referenced throughout scripture. Instead of ruling the air they scavenge through dry places on earth looking for people's bodies to possess. I've heard a couple theories as to where they came from but I'll move on without sharing those. The safest assumption is that they are the lowest ranked creatures in the kingdom of darkness.

The main thing to remember is their distinction from fallen angels because of their need to possess human bodies or animals (Matthew 8:30-32) to operate in the earth. From the examples we've seen the fallen angels need so such thing. They were able to materialize in Noah's day and impregnate women without ever possessing a human body.

1 Peter 5:8-9(AMP) - Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

Now, let's answer your question about a Christian being possessed. Is that possible? Well, let's start by defining demonic possession. In this context, we are talking about someone being under the influence of demons which would include any form of evil control which affects one's soul (mind, will and emotions). My father says that the man with experience will always beat the man with an argument. Since we cannot read someone's heart we cannot verify whether or not someone truly has given his/her heart to The Lord. However, if they've repeated the prayer of salvation we have to assume that they are saved.

So, there is room for error in our assumption of someone's Christianity. Hence, as we answer this question we have to keep that in mind. Regardless, have you ever met a Christian person possessed with a devil? I have. Many people who received deliverance from demons during church services were not unsaved. They were Christian people who opened the door to the enemy and he gladly stepped right in. That's what we've seen happen and that will always beat an argument saying it's impossible. I've seen it with my own two eyes so I know it's possible.

Ephesians 4:26-27(AMP) - When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].

James 3:16(KJV) - For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Do you want to know how Christian people open the door to the devil? They play around with the occult. They hold on to unresolved anger. They refuse to forgive. They are full of envy and strife. They mess around with drugs. These are just some of the ways people open their souls up to demonic attacks.

Nephilim - Giants

Genesis 6:4(AMP) - There were giants on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Numbers 13:33 (AMP) - There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Pay close attention to the highlighted words. There were giants (Nephilim) in Noah's days and afterward. Therefore, the line of giants which came out of the illicit interaction between fallen angels and humans didn't end with the flood in Noah's day. There were more of them after the flood. How was that possible? Didn't all the giants die in the flood? Obviously they didn't. How did they infiltrate the human race again? We have no idea and we're not going to guess. All we know is that the scripture explains how the giants came about and makes it clear that they existed both in the days of Noah and afterward.

In sum, maybe demons and fallen angels are one and the same. However, that doesn't answer the question of why fallen angels have their own bodies while demons possess earthly bodies. I like tidy, simple answers but sometimes they don't work so well. There's clearly a distinction in there. I hope this helped to clear up some of the confusion.

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May 21, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Spirit of Understanding - Part Two

Date - Sunday, May 18th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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May 18, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Spirit Of Understanding

Date - Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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May 14, 2014 Posted by admin in Books

A Glimpse Of Worship In Heaven

A Glimpse Of Heaven

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, Revelation Unplugged.

Revelation 4:1-5(NLT) - Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.

Jesus personally invited John to heaven. Pay close attention to His words, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” This means that the messages to the seven churches were relevant only for a period of time. In my estimate, the time for The Church to get things right is now. We had 2000 years to straighten up and it’s coming to an end. The direction of history is about to change and we’re about to see how The Book of Revelation addresses that.

I used to think that the door which opened in heaven represented The Rapture because other people told me so. It also made sense because the trumpet sounded just like Paul said it would at The Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:52. I will deal with this in detail later in the book. Nonetheless, just like the sudden change we anticipate on that glorious day, John was instantly in the Spirit. Upon entering heaven, the scene blew his mind. He saw God sitting on His throne glowing resplendently with beautiful colors like light refracting through the finest jewels. That concept might be difficult to conceive in our limited human experience but like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12, one day it will all make sense.

Twenty four elders surrounded God on thrones of their own. The first thing he noticed was their white outfits and the gold crowns on their heads. Jesus offered the faithful saints who avoided the corruption of the dead church in Sardis the opportunity to walk with Him in white garments. He then said that all who were victorious would get the same reward. He even offered it to those saints who repented of their lukewarm attitudes in Laodicea. He also presented the persecuted saints in Smyrna the opportunity to wear The Crown of Life as a reward for their faithfulness.

I’ll flash forward a little right now just so you’ll understand the significance of John’s initial observation. When he first entered heaven there were only twenty four human beings in white around God’s throne. However, by the time he wrote Revelation 7, which took place after The Great Tribulation, take a look at what he saw. I won’t discuss it in detail until later on in the book but right now you need to see this.

Revelation 7:9-17(NLT) - After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white. “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Jesus introduced Himself to Sardis as The One with the Sevenfold Spirit of God. So when John wrote in Revelation 4:5 that the Sevenfold Spirit of God burned continually before the throne whose throne do you think it is? His name is Jesus. He is the Lamb on the throne who redeemed all of those human beings in Revelation 7. They washed their robes in His blood and made them white. They made it through the toughest time of testing on the earth and as promised, received their everlasting rewards. Like Paul said in Hebrews 6:19, this promise of God’s redemption will anchor the persecuted souls of The Church during The Great Tribulation.

Worship in Heaven

Revelation 4:6-11(NLT) - In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

My goodness! My heart is overwhelmed! Do you grasp the vivid imagery of these words? The four “living beings” were created with the sole purpose of worshiping God? All day and night, throughout eternity, they pay homage to The One who sits on the throne. They have no personal plans and they never need to write God into their schedules. He is the only item on the agenda!

Since God is the King of kings, it’s not surprising that each of these beings represent the kings on the earth. The lion is the king of the jungle. The ox is the king of domesticated animals. The human is the king of all created beings. The eagle is the king of the birds. The presence of all of those eyes on their bodies definitely tickles the imagination. Why do they need so many eyes when they’re only looking in one direction?

At any rate, do you notice that the eagle is in flight? As a result we should envisage it with wings outstretched. In addition, do you notice that they call attention to God’s character before everything else? They say continually, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Unlike most of us, their first fascination is not with His superb beauty or immeasurable power but His holiness! In their eyes, He is holy first and then He is mighty.

Since God created them that way, doesn’t that say something about His priorities? He places His character before everything else in heaven. Hence, He expects us, who were created in His image and likeness to place our character before everything else on earth. The living beings see straight through the dramatic display around His throne into God’s heart so He must be doing the same with us. Where do you place holiness in your priority list? Is it after physical beauty, power or influence? If so, then you are not reflecting the image of The One sitting on the throne in Heaven.

Once the four living beings set the tone by placing the highest focus on God’s character, the twenty four elders join in and shift the focus to His tangible attributes. They say, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Holy is who God is but glory, honor and power is what He possesses. For that reason, we should pattern our worship after what is done in heaven. Even though we are blown away by what God does for us, we must never forget that worship begins with the inner image of who He is.

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May 13, 2014 Posted by admin in Books, Faith

Important Faith Lessons From Noah

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. - Hebrews 11:7 kjv

Noah’s faith caused him to respond when God warned him of impending tragedy. He made a decision to obey the voice of God without having the physical evidence necessary to satisfy his human intelligence. Therefore, by faith, he used the Word of God as the only evidence of the looming flood. Building the ark must have been a major investment for him because of its sheer size. God told him to make it four hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide and forty-five feet high. Those are staggering numbers for one man, so I assume that his family helped him in some way. The time commitment for such an endeavor is another major factor we should consider.

When inspired for some reason, it’s possible for many Christian people to have a moment of great faith, but it’s entirely different when you have to sustain your faith over an extended period of time. The Apostle Paul said in Hebrews 6:12 that you inherit the promises of God through not just faith but the combination of faith and patience. For this reason, Noah’s sustained faith in the Word of God placed him in line for an inheritance that only God could have provided.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. - Genesis 6:8–9 kjv

I don’t know how Noah did it. However, I know that he did. I don’t know how you will do it. However, I know that you can. In the middle of a world full of sin and rebellion, you can be just and perfect in your generation. While everyone around you is walking away from the things of God, like Noah, you can walk with God. The advantages of a life spent in fellowship with God cannot be emphasized enough. God warned Noah of the flood because God knew Noah.

They were personal friends and conversed on a regular basis. You cannot have access to the inner workings of God’s wisdom if you don’t have an intimate relationship with him. It’s a fantasy to think that God will even consider you for detailed personal instructions if Christianity is still a religious experience for you. If he only sees you when you show up at church, then he is not in a relationship with you. If he only hears from you when something is wrong then you are not intimate with him. As a result, you will be left out of the loop while the people he knows very well take the inside track to his miraculous goodness.

You may start off in faith, but if something doesn’t happen in your favor quickly and you stop believing in God, your actions will change to match what you believe. Thus, if you give up on your faith, you will fail. It’s not always a lack of faith that stops you from getting what’s yours, but it is a lack of maintenance of your faith. Fortunately, God doesn’t dwell on the past, and neither should you. Ask for forgiveness based on 1 John 1:9 whenever you need it, and continue in faith. The lesson learned from the salvation of Noah is that faith in the Word of God must be sustained over an extended period of time in order to inherit the promises of God.

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May 12, 2014 Posted by admin in Books

Limited Obedience = Limited Results

Obedience

2 Kings 13:14-19 - Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

King Joash was given a simple instruction by the prophet Elisha to hit the ground with his arrows. It was quite an unusual request but he obliged. He had no idea what the prophet was doing so he didn’t have much enthusiasm in his obedience. For that reason, he limited the miraculous ability of God to bring him victory over the Syrians. This is a perfect example of the problem with many naturally brilliant Christians in the Western Church. Many of us won’t completely disobey God’s Word but that doesn’t mean we’ll enthusiastically obey it with all of our hearts.

There is a new brand of religious Christianity that no longer demands total devotion to the Word of God. It’s alright to obey God in some areas and disregard Him in others. As long as the commandment is convenient, the average Western Christian is willing to obey. The problem only arises when God’s Word forces an individual out of his comfort zone. A lack of passion for God has resulted in a nonchalant group of fruitless people pretending to operate in the power of God.

How many times have you received instructions and didn’t follow them earnestly? The Bible says to pray without ceasing but how much prayer time do you really get in a week? The Bible says to give and it will come back to you so how much do you give? The Bible says to forsake not the assembling of yourselves together but do you care if you regularly miss church? The Bible says to flee fornication but how many people grow up in church and don’t keep their virginity until marriage. The Bible says that wine is a mocker but some Christian people are reading this book right now with a glass of wine in their hands.

Revelation 3:14-22 - And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Jesus knew that the day would come when certain groups within the church community would lose their passion. He also knew that when that day came, the possibility of miracles would decrease. You can’t straddle the fence and experience the fullness of God. You’re either in God’s Kingdom or you’re out. When Christian people get complacent they undo what God has done for them. Accordingly, the assumption of wealth and security turns into despair once God’s grace is lifted.

The Western Church is famous for talking about power. We know what the Bible says and can claim it for our lives but unless we are willing to pay the price of dedication to God’s Kingdom we’ll remain powerless. Something changes in a ministry when people become passionate about God. What once seemed difficult becomes easy. Where there once were obstacles, the favor of God becomes prevalent. The impossible becomes possible where God locates total obedience.

2 Kings 4:1-7 - Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Elisha told the woman to borrow as many vessels as possible, close the door and fill them with oil. The point I want to make is that the miracle extended to the number of available vessels. As long as there were vessels available, there was a miracle to fill them. Accordingly, if King Joash in 2 Kings 13 had any idea of this miracle he would have known the importance of enthusiastic obedience. As many times as he would have hit the ground with arrows in obedience to the prophet, God would have shown him favor.

The woman could have borrowed two vessels and God would have given her a miracle fit for two. She could have borrowed fifty vessels and her miracle would have been fit for fifty. The oil only stopped when the capacity to receive it was exhausted. Now relate that to your own life. If God says He will increase your life in a particular area, how have you set up the infrastructure to receive it? Do you know that even if He does more than you can handle, you can only benefit from what you can handle?

The possible miracles in your life end when you can’t receive any more. God loves you enough to know when to stop doing something that could possibly destroy your life. Your inability to handle money limits God’s ability to give more to you. Your inability to handle relationships limits the people God can bring into your life. Your inability to be an effective leader puts a glass ceiling over your own advancement. Your need for character development can slow down the time of your progress. It’s not God holding you back from anything, it’s your inability to receive.

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May 11, 2014 Posted by admin in prophecy

Be ready to meet Jesus!

Be ready to meet Jesus!

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

Matthew 25:1-13 - Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

I’ve heard so many different explanations for this parable that at least I have somewhere to start. From one perspective, the oil represents the Holy Ghost. He moves into the heart of an individual who accepts Jesus Christ as the eternal sacrifice for his sins. Therefore, those who are in Christ possess the oil and are considered wise while those without it are foolish. Proverbs 11:30 says that a winner of souls is wise. As a result, both the offering and acceptance of salvation is wise in the Kingdom of Heaven. The image of the virgins sleeping while the bridegroom takes his time to arrive gives the picture of life as usual across the earth before the return of Jesus Christ. Some people are prepared for His return while others purposefully neglect to accept the free of gift of salvation available to them.

2 Peter 3:1-4 - This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has to be the hottest topic in The Church. Since the early days of the New Testament, people in The Church have been claiming that Jesus is coming soon. The word “soon” seems to no longer mean anything because few people know the real definition of “soon.” Unless you live in eternity I don’t think a couple thousand years could mean “soon.” One superstar preacher said Jesus was coming in 1986. Another said that He would come in 2000. Others say definitely, He's coming in 2020. So I guess I have a few years to live it up before it's all over.

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

I acknowledge that Jesus did give us warning signs concerning the end times and we can see some of them manifesting in our lives right now (Matthew 24). What’s important to note, however, is Matthew 24:14, which states, “And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Therefore, in contrast to popular belief, the progress of the church's evangelistic efforts determines the end and not the world's moral degradation or the frequent occurrence of natural disasters! All of the wars, false prophets, sicknesses, famines and natural disasters which we claim to be the signs of the end have been going on for a very long time.

We should look closely at the words of Jesus concerning this issue in Matthew 24:6 and I quote, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Jesus taught the world about the Kingdom during His time on the earth and that is the message that we will have to present before His second coming. The end won’t come when the wars escalate. However, when the gospel of the Kingdom is preached everywhere, look up, because Jesus Christ will crack the sky.

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May 9, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Body Church Dedication Sunday

Dedication Weekend - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Dedication - Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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May 7, 2014 Posted by admin in The Body

The Body Church Dedication - Complete Workshop

Dedication Weekend - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Workshop - Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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