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2Corinthians 4:4

Hi John:

I have a question.  2Corinthians 4, it states “In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God, should shine unto them”

Since I believe the god of this world is Satan, did he blind the minds of them which believe not?  Or did God?

I was having a discussion with my sister who is a Jehovah’s Witness and I was telling her that God is in charge of all that goes on in the world not Satan and she brought up this.  Can you help me please?  Thanks.

Margaret

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Hi Margaret:

If we read 1Chronicles 21:1, and that alone, we would know for sure that Satan had power over David and made him sin.  Fortunately, we have another account of that event in 2Samuel 24.  There, as Paul Harvey would say it, we learn “the rest of the story”, which is that Israel had somehow provoked God’s wrath and so, He moved David to number Israel.  Both stories, taken together, reveal that God used Satan to provoke David.  But that detail of the story was completely irrelevant to David (as it had been to Job when he suffered).  David knew he had to seek God and please Him, not the devil, in order to make things right in Israel again.  And that is how it always is.  And really, that is all there is to it.

Peter said that the devil is wandering around on earth, “seeking whom he MAY” devour, not “whom he CAN devour.”  Satan CAN devour no one, for he is not God.  Without God turning someone over to him, Satan is powerless to do anything to anyone in God’s creation.  The problem with much Christian doctrine is that it teaches people to hate the devil for what he does but not to hate and confess their own evil deeds which provoke God to send the devil, or someone or something else, to correct them.  Many Christian teachers are more comfortable in exalting the devil as lord over all earth’s misfortunes than in confessing that Jesus really is “Lord of all”, both the good things and the bad things that may happen to us.

jdc

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Life! Life! Life!

Bro. John:

Every now and then, the Lord will impress upon my heart to pull out the video of November 2006.  He did that this week.  I had a dream where in the dream I saw in big, bold numbers chapter 18 from the book of Psalms.  The number “18” was being magnified over and over as I heard the word “Psalms” being whispered.  When I awoke, right away I sat down and opened my Bible to Psalm 18.  Written at the top of the chapter (as an opening reference) were these words:  “Thanksgiving for deliverance by God.” The whole chapter is so beautiful, and I have heard you say that your father referred to what is written here as “God coming down to Jesus’ funeral.”

As I read the following verses (49-50), I was reminded of the mercy and love of God that day in November 2006.

“Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.”

To make a long story short, I watched the video again that evening (weeping and laughing) and was blessed by the mercy and love of God that was shown to all of us.  The next morning, I was getting dressed and thinking on what the Lord did that day and the Spirit asked me a question:

“Do you know why the Lord has to correct you?”

“Because HE LOVES LIFE!”

Bro. John, that was SO good to me!  We know God corrects us because He loves us and wants to save us, but there is something bigger than just us – – and it is HIS LIFE in us.  He knows that we cannot “function” and be the “light” of men if there is anything hindering our hearts from being free.  He has to correct our paths when needed because HE LOVES LIFE!  Can we even take in how beautiful the Body of Christ would be if we were all LIVING and loving Life as He does.  That is what He desires – – a Body that LOVES LIFE!  HIS Life! “. . . . his commandment is life everlasting.” My, my!

I could not help but look up a few verses that had “life” in them.  These a just a few that I found:

John 1:4

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 5:26

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 12:50

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

When the Spirit asked that question and gave the answer, it made me see how much God loves LIFE.  And how much I should desire it not only for myself, but for the whole Body.  As your message this past week said to us quoting from Ezekiel:  “And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.”

GOD LOVES LIFE!

“Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD”

Sandy  🙂

 

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Luke 3:16-17

John,

I have a question concerning Luke 3:16-17:  “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire”

I had a man pose a thought to me on the internet today.  He said that it is wrong to want to be baptized with the holy Ghost AND fire.  He said we want the first, but not the second.  He says that John was saying that there are two separate things Jesus was talking about.  The baptism of the holy Ghost is for the wheat – and then the baptism of fire is for the damned, the chaff.  He said the “baptism of fire” is described in Luke 3:17.

Cloven tongues of fire appeared in Acts 2, that is what I had always thought about the holy Ghost and fire.

His take was a different one on these verses.  Wanted to know what you thought about that.  Is the baptism of the holy Ghost and fire one and the same?

Gary

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Hi Gary:

Jesus administers only one baptism, the baptism of the holy Ghost and fire.  Neither Jesus nor John, nor Paul, nor any other man of God taught that “the holy Ghost and fire” should be understood to mean that he administers two.

Let’s keep our focus on the basics.  There is enough work to do, just to persuade God’s saints of the ABC’s of the kingdom, to keep us busy enough.

jdc

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Understanding

Hi John,

The things I have been seeing and feeling every since the Labor Day weekend are wonderful to me.  I value what God has been doing for us and teaching us.  I see clearer than ever how evil it is to worship any other way than in spirit and in truth.  In Hosea 4:6, God said through Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of  knowledge.”  And in Proverbs 4:7, Solomon said, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.  With all your getting, get understanding.”

I have always prayed, “God, let me do what is right even if I don’t understand what I am doing.” That is good, but how much better it is to understand what I am doing, and why, and what it means to God’s people.  How important it is to keep the commandments of God, and it is a commandment to worship him in spirit and truth and not in doctrines and commandments of men and their tradition.

I can see clearer how evil it really is to continue in something you know is not of God, just because of tradition and doctrines and commandments of men.  God’s people need us to stand fast in what he is letting us understand for their sake, and ours.  Understanding gives us strength and freedom from anything that God is not in, and the strength to say so, no matter what anyone else believes or doesn’t believe.

John, I am so thankful that God has sent an anointed man such as you to help me and all his people that take it in.  All the understanding and knowledge that He has given you to teach us is more valuable than most of us realize at times.  I thank you for helping me understand what I feel and love so much.

Stuart

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Damien’s web correspondence

Blessings to you!

I have a question that you might be able to answer.  After I was saved I spent several years in an Assembly of God church.  When someone received a message from the Lord they spoke that word — Word of Knowledge, Prophecy, Tonges and interpretation.

Once a friend brought me to a meeting of a cult — I’m not sure of the name, but I think it was The Children of God.  At their meeting when they prayed the leader called on people all around the table to speak a word from the Lord.  This seemed strange to me; however, on The 700 Club they do the same thing.  When Pat Robertson and Terry Meussen are praying, Pat will give a word from the Lord, and then he says, “Terry, what is the Lord showing you?”  How does Pat know that the Lord is showing anything to Terry?  If a cult does something strange, well, that’s their business; however, does it seem strange to you that this happens when they pray on the 700 Club?

Also, what do you think about cults praying in tongues?  I heard those people that my friend took me to meet speaking in tongues, and I have heard that Mormons pray in tongues.  Does the Lord look past our bad theology and fill us with His Spirit if our hearts are truely searching for him but our theology is flawed?

Thank you for your time and thought.

God bless!!

Betty

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Hi Betty

God’s children, those who have received the holy ghost baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues, are in a general state of confusion and ignorance at this time. Whether or not one Christian place is called a cult by other Christian places matters nothing to me or Christ.  Everything that is not according to Spirit and truth is a lie and it  confuses God’s people that do not know the truth.  That is why the only answer for a child of God is to “Come out of her, my people” and “be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”  So whether people are pressured to “have a word”, or to participate in symbolic ceremonies such as physical communion, it is all contrary to the life of the Spirit Jesus died for us to have.

God gives His Spirit to those who humble themselves to his Son and repent, even if they are taught bad doctrine otherwise.  We receive the Spirit by faith, not by knowledge but we are then supposed to “grow in grace and knowledge”.  Sadly, this rarely happens at the moment.

Leave it all behind.  You will never sort that mess out.  Jesus doesn’t even want you to try. Come away from it and be happy in Jesus!

Damien Callaghan

webmaster

www.goingtojesus.com

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I loved, loved that message on the Perfect Law of Liberty!  It is perfect; it’s this world that’s backwards.  I just want to love it more and understand it more.  To have more of it in me and to encourage more of it in others when I see, because it was beyond beautiful on you Saturday night; it was life.

Thinking last night on your sermon, I’ve had these thoughts.  The biggest thing to me was to think we are being judged by our response to the liberty given to us.  How well did we follow the freedom Jesus showed us, or did we surrender it?   Certainly if our obedience to the liberty is what Jesus is judging us by AND if we are to follow behind Him, then we should certainly BE FREE and LIVE, as Jesus himself did while he was here.  However there is nothing that has stirred up more hatred and more misunderstanding than when we displayed that liberty to those who have less of it.  That is really odd if you think about because they should be excited to see a brother or sister having more liberty than them, hoping that Jesus can take them there too, but it almost never happens that way because most people are holding on to something and won’t let go and don’t like it when that is shown up.  They get so afraid and angry and suspicious to see somebody walking toward the liberty and loving it because it is easier to do that than to let go of those things and find a new, sweeter way of living.  And if we don’t back down in the spirit, oh boy, how many names they will call us!   And those spirits can really find a way to make us look bad, hard, disrespectful, and it always makes me go to God and say, “Who am I?”  We do need “moral support” then, we need each other!

But the new thought in this is that: If we do not understand that for us to give in to that, and we do not LIVE, but hold back, that it is not only no good for the others involved (despite how they act) but it is really falling short of our own mark in Christ because we will be judged by that liberty.  It might feel like we are making peace to just be quiet and not rock the boat by living in that liberty, or hold back praising God some, but the only real peace is to go with the feelings Jesus gives you and what the spirit is saying. That is really a mighty weapon, just to hold fast to Jesus with no apology.

I just feel like this message strengthened my “inner man” to go with Jesus, realizing that in this covenant we are being judged by our obedience to the spirit in the liberty that has been given to us, and what a precious, life-giving gift that is!  I could hear the cry of the spirit in your voice every time you said, “LIVE!”  Help us to really understand your life in us, O God!

te.

 

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last night

Hi John,

I wanted to thank Jesus, again, for last night.

The past few meetings, from the Labor Day till now have been something special to my heart.  The feeling of unity that is there when Jesus works, and speaks to us as He has been doing, is out of this world.  I felt so full last night (again).

What an honor it is to be in a place where Jesus can speak to us, and we can understand it is Him talking.  And what an honor to be encouraged to love the liberty of obeying the Spirit.  Your message last night, Sandy’s message and song, Darren’s new song, and all the testimonies, the help that is there…etc. etc. etc.   I felt so loved by God and so rich.   oohhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve just got to say thank you to someone!  Thank you Jesus. Thank you John, and thank you to all who obey this way.  God put me here.    oohhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gary

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Gary, you sound like me!

oohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

jdc

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ha! you both sound like me! oohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  🙂

Donna N

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If I may, I’d like to “echo” Gary’s expression:  “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

I feel so good this morning, having been touched by passionate preaching of the Truth, my family’s testimonies and encouragement of one another, and some new music to soothe my soul.

There are choices in this world:

We can attend a 90 minute Xn service and get a few crumbs.

Or we can attend a Skype broadcast–interrupted by technical difficulties yet—-and get BLESSED by a BOUNTY of TRUTH!!!

I received more nuggets of “wonderfulness” last night , in only an hour, than I would have in a hundred hours of Xn services.  PRAISE GOD!!!!

I LOVE SKYPE!  It provides us with the opportunity of BEING THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh sure, there’s some bugs we have to work out, but what little I heard last night has enabled my Spirit to SOAR this morning!!!!  Whooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeee!

I slept well!  I awoke with energy and enthusiasm to LIVE today to the fullest!  Because last night I got to hear some NEW SONGS, and hear sweet Token crying and testifying from her heart, and John preaching his heart out, telling on God, telling about his daddy, and telling the truth with fervent zeal!  Then, I got a call from Randell and Doris, and we shared stories of what the Lord’s done for us lately; and I got to encourage my sister Cathy Bartow late last night; and meditate some more on the goodness and fullness in the Spirit that each meeting brings.

Skype makes all this available. . . and accessible.

I am THANKFUL today, for everyone in my family who is devoted to this work; to this TRUTH.

. . .and thanks, John David, for your setting this up for us.

Brother Brad

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Hey Pastor John

Darren’s new song last night stirred up such wonderful feelings, as did the testimonies we heard. The song gave me such a thankfulness that God and Jesus wanted all of us.  It took me to Jesus paying a price to make it possible that God would pour out his spirit on Gentiles.

None of us would be even hearing all the wonderful truth we get to hear, if this had not been God’s choice for us Gentiles.  Really makes you cry with gladness that he did.

Just some feelings from the song and the meeting.  I’m glad God chose us all to be together.  I love ya and am glad you are in my life.  A pastor like u makes me feel safe.  I have the best family on this planet to share God’s love with.  I want to do my part and help our family out there in Christianity know he has chosen them, too.

Terrance

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