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“No Power Left”

Pastor John,

Th​e message on “No Power Left” wa s was a new thought for me (​in particular, ​Satan ​being the one who will ​destroy Christianity) ​. While I can’t explain why, ​knowing that brings more peace. It also brings back to remembrance when I heard the words from the ​1972 ​Church Of God minutes which​,​ if my memory ​is correct, ​you ​​ paraphrased​ as “Come out of my people” ​– ​and the ​L​ord put it in my heart instantly.​ ​ I still can’t explain how I knew it was true​,​ but I knew it was true. This still amazes me how the Lord did that to me. ​ ​ When the message on ​coming out of ​Christianity came​,​ it lined up perfectly. ​ ​ Memory is fallible but I don’t remember anything but joy when the message on ​coming out of ​Christianity came.

I also ponder if God will not have places with Power for his children to go when the final exodus from Christianity happens ​. It will be needed to survive those perilous times.

​It is r​eally something how ​Satan will continue to be used by God to deceive when possible ​,​ all the way to the end. I am thinking he really has no choice.

Bro. Wendell

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No Power Left

“Come out of her, my people, so that you do not participate in her sins,
so that you do not receive of her plagues, for her sins are piled up to heaven,
and God has remembered her unrighteous deeds.”
Revelation 18:4-5

When Satan destroys Christianity, using the Beast and his ten kings, it will be because by that time, there will be no power of God left in it. By that time, obedient children of God who were in Christianity will have heard and obeyed the Father’s call to come out of it, and when they leave, God’s saving power will leave with them. But sadly, there will be some of God’s children who will refuse the Father’s final call and, so, with Christianity, will suffer the wrath of God and be destroyed.

The only thing that is saving God’s children now, and the only thing that will save them in the future, is God’s power. His power is the protective hedge that God has placed around His family, but in the end, that hedge will remain only around those who obey the voice of God. His children who refused to come out of Christianity will be as defenseless as that religion is against the powers of this age. “And the ten horns that you saw, and the Beast, these will hate the harlot, and they will make her desolate and naked, and they will eat her flesh and consume her with fire. For God put it into their hearts to carry out His plan, to have one mind and to give their kingdom to the Beast until the words of God be fulfilled” (Rev. 17:16-17).

The Bible warns us that the day is coming when Christianity will have no obedient children of God left within her, no souls who have the favor of God upon them and the protective power of the holy Spirit about them. That is the time when Satan, through his son, the Beast, will utterly plunder and destroy Christianity, along with all who belong to her. May we find grace with God to abide under His shadow and be preserved by the presence of His Spirit forever.

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Dad,

I’m n​ot sure I’m getting the gist of this pearl.  Jesus seemed “bothered” by hypocrites in this passage and others, especially when he turned over the tables in the temple…

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

​​13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”

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This Pearl refers to the foolishness of losing one’s peace because of the foolishness of another.  Righteous people can be vexed (2Pet. 2:7), but they never are so vexed that they resort to evil themselves because of the actions of the wicked (Ps. 37:8).  They participate in the true, inner fast that God accepts, part of which fast is to refrain from trying to yoke others to what you know is right (Isa. 58:9).  The foolish cannot be at peace unless others are doing what is right; they want to yoke everybody around them to their will, and if others will not take on their yoke, they lose their peace and joy.  That is the spiritual reality to which this Pearl refers.

​Pastor John​

 

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Pastor John,

I found this old email I sent to you back in Nov. 2009. It came to mind as I was walking in my door from work. All the events since 2009 sure make it a lot more real to me.

Paul
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From: Paul
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 8:42 PM
To: John Clark
Subject: Our choices determine our future.

Hey John,
I listened to your sermon from Sunday. The title was called, “Your choices determine your future.” I felt as though it was going to be good. It was! Here are some things that really touched me that you preached.

(1) Our lives, right now, are the result of the decisions we have made in the past.
(2) After Adam made his decision, after the deed was done, he had no more choice. He could only reap what he had sown. You are going to reap what you have sown!
(3) Whether we want it this way or not, our choices determine our future. Adam lost his happy life. He ate sorrow the rest of his time on earth. He had no choice about that because he had made the wrong choice.
(4). You then asked a question John, you asked, “Do you have any good thing in your life that you want to keep?” “Do you really want to keep your blessings?” The key is to live like you want to keep them. You have to have thankfulness for what God has giving you – health, wealth, the people in your life – treat those people and things like you value them because things can change, and will change.
(5). God told Adam, “In the day you eat thereof, you will die.” Adam didn’t believe it, and he didn’t value his happy life, so God gave him another one.
(6). Don’t play around with your blessings. You may wake up one day to find them gone, and there may not be a way to get them back. Value them!
(7). God has blessed us with the freedom to make choices, but once our choice has been made and the deed done, the results are entirely up to God.

You have no say-so in that. We have to take advantage of the opportunity to make the right choices!
This was just the first four tracks of the cd. It made me consider the times, today. God is so good! Let’s choose God first.

Thanks,

Paul

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Good morning

Bro. John,

I woke up before daybreak thinking about last night’s meeting. It was truly a heavenly gathering; Jesus was doing wonderful things. I was watching you play your guitar and sing, then you held the guitar out and started shaking, going back and forth. It looked like you might slide out of your chair. Even though we were clapping and singing, my insides got very still as I watched. It was holy. What Jesus was doing was holy.

Seeing the pictures of Luke’s red spots there and then gone was breathtaking. Then sweet Jamie came bouncing in with her miracle for all to see. Jesus had healed her little boy and she just couldn’t stay home any longer. I loved that excitement. Seeing Luke smiling and running up to you was sweet. Jacob was clapping his hands because he was so happy that Jesus healed his little brother.

Ben’s smile and the life that is in his face is wonderful. He is really coming out and enjoying himself. It looks like Jesus has just given him a new face.

Token’s testimony was super wonderful. She has so much feeling in every word. I enjoy watching her expressions because she is so real and excited and just can’t thank Jesus enough. (I do love watching her try though.) She just seems to have victory in Jesus.

The happy children in the line, singing, holding hands and swinging them back and forth was beautiful. It looked like they were all celebrating together.

Testimonies of how Jesus worked out tiny details in situations was really something. He can make things be – when they aren’t.

The songs gave so much freedom. How blessed to be able to clap, sing, sway, reel, dance, jump, raise our hands, smile and wave to one another. Very glad the children can grow up seeing that, having experiences and not be ashamed.

Last night was more than a meeting, a real gathering of the saints. It was very faith building from beginning to end. Jesus is so good to us. I am very thankful to be a part of it all. I just love it; and as Sister Donna says, absolutely love it!

Thanks be to Jesus and you, Bro. John, and all the saints in my life that are faithful to their calling.

Sheila P.

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