First I rightfully still do not endorse any Christians adds, anyone, any person, any organization, any Church  now trying to make any money from  the gospel, or begging, asking for money or even  any of the adds here.  I also do not endorse any of  Bibles, books, tapes listed here for sale too. Jesus said as we have freely received so we are freely to give. Hirelings in their greed and visible lack of faith don't do that. I do believe we should have the faith for God to supply what anyone needs  freely to anyone who needs it. 

I personally do  have no doubt at all that these devotional, practical  messages of mine, and of others, were written by God to also help each one of us in our daily battle, path. Life is both a walk of faith and  a battle with both the seen and even unseen foes as well. Like it or not you are in a continual fight with the world, the flesh, the devil, real persons too. I trust you will benefit here reading the sharing of Christian truths and that you will learn many good things from them here too. God felt they were important truths and that was why he had me spend much time writing them down not too for all to read.

(John 10:10 KJV)  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

(John 10:11 KJV)  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

(John 10:12 KJV)  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

(John 10:13 KJV)  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

(John 10:14 KJV)  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

(John 10:15 KJV)  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
(3 John 1:2 KJV)  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
(3 John 1:3 KJV)  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
(3 John 1:4 KJV)  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
(Rom 8:28 KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
(Rom 8:29 KJV)  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
The truth is that our personal physical prosperity isn't what is set forth by God as any of His earthly priorities for any of us but rather firstly our spiritual prosperity and the furtherance of the Gospel of faith to others. Too many even Christian persons, persons in the Ministry   now are spending their time trying to get rich.
The New Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin recently announced what his priority was. looking after the good health, welfare, security of all Canadians, expanding Canada's multiculturalism policy, Canada's Business- Economic development, making Canada important on the world stage, but what about God's priorities for Canada now as well? Which is still  "to know Christ and to make him known to others". That is still God's main will for all of us too. 
(Phil 1:12 KJV)  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
(Phil 1:25 KJV)  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
(Phil 1:20 KJV)  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
(Eph 6:12 KJV)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16   Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

(Mat 6:28 KJV)  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29   And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
(Mat 6:33 KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(Mat 6:34 KJV)  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
(1 Cor 5:12 KJV)  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.  6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

(1 Cor 6:9 KJV)  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10   Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Note: These above Scriptural admonishings  not to do all of these things are written FIRSTLY to the church, the Christian  people in it, the true believers as well

(1 Pet 4:17 KJV)  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
As a Canadian I have personally  spent about ten years Ministering for the Lord in the province of Alberta itself, as well in other provinces  and I have I too now do rightfully, still do have had the rightful expectation for all Evangelical Pastors in Canada to act in an exemplary, honorable, decent manner. Whereas sadly today even in reality, in direct contrast to my rightful expectation in reality I found even  the last 30 years this was not so, not for the majority of them.. they too many Canadian evangelicals, pastors now included  they have done rather too often unacceptable wrongs personally and there is no way I am going to go along with this still. I also do write even here what I know, have seen , have experienced, what God told me was the truth.. the truth that too many people in the church today, especially In Alberta too, they  are wrongfully idolaters, immoral and they are ALSO unfaithful to God as an unfaithful wife is unfaithful to her husband...  and yes there are still bad and unfaithful spouses, pastors too, and we do need to pray for them as well, for them to repent... even now I do ask them to repent.

(James 5:16 KJV)  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
(John 8:44 KJV)  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your  father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in  the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he  speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Sadly too many even Christian persons are still taken at will by the Devil, even many of  those persons in  Church leadership positions. The Devil is the one behind their too many lies, falsehoods,  sins, distortions. God still demands that these persons that also do they repent now.
(Acts 17:30 KJV)   but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
(Acts 2:38 KJV)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39   For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
If we also do look also  at the religious leaders at the time of Christ we saw there as well as now that the prevalent church ministers, leaders themselves did not practice  what they preached to others, that they were not the  first ones to really follow  after God, Jesus  Christ but they often were  religious even  for false  reasons, and  they often made a real pretense of their being religious  for various false reasons too. They too had their own false agenda's.
But even today there are  ALSO still the good  persons who do care about  the good welfare of God's flock and rightfully do not abuse them, do not take  advantage of them. They truly do in contrast to the false persons, they do follow after Christ and his teachings, the Holy  Spirit.
(1 Cor 2:2 KJV)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
(Rev 12:11 KJV)  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by  the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Still one of the very sad tragedy of one being religious is how quickly we do next  turn our eyes of God and do  wrongfully turn them upon man, when "there is no just man" as well. 
 (Eccl 7:20 KJV)  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. 
We all do too tend still often wrongfully even hero worship, idolize pastors and some persons do even idolize their false teachings, false Churches now too and why? Because we have a low self esteem  or because we do not value God and his words enough?
(Rev 2:16 KJV)  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight  against them with the sword of my mouth.
We do still too often do turn our eyes rather firstly upon the pastor, elders, the church, church  members even to Help us, to be of assistance to us and next we will be, not  might be, will be very disappointed for we have firstly turned our eyes of God, Christ who is our Help.
(Psa 124:8 KJV)  Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
(Psa 125:1 KJV)   They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
(Jer 17:5 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,  and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6  For he  shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but  shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8   For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots  by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and  shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Sadly next even when we do not have our eyes on mere men, some of them  next do wrongfully still do intent on doing us harm, THEY even ARE  trying to exploit, ENSLAVE us. Sadly  even in our own family there are persons who selfishly want to abuse us too. That is the effect of the devil and sin on many persons even in churches.
(Mat 10:34 KJV)  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

(Mat 10:35 KJV)  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

(Mat 10:36 KJV)  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

(Mat 10:37 KJV)  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

(Mat 10:38 KJV)  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

(Mat 10:39 KJV)  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth  his life for my sake shall find it.
Some persons, even elders,  pastors included  they do not always accept us cause we follow after Christ. some follow wrongfully after us cause they firstly do seek a  payment, reward from us, not for God to pay them, but for us to pay them,  and in this  they are also violating  God's  commandment of   (Mat 10:8 KJV) freely ye have received, freely give.
(Luke 6:38 KJV)  Give, and it shall be given unto you;  good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall  men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it  shall be measured to you again.
(Mat 10:40 KJV)  He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

(Mat 10:41 KJV)  He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

(Mat 10:42 KJV)  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Clearly God still says for us all only to follow firstly after Him and his Word... not mere man.
(Psa 1:1 KJV)  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

They thus do  bear fruit at the right time..


(Psa 3:8 KJV)  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

(Psa 5:11 KJV)  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

(Psa 7:1 KJV)   O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
A member of one of my own home churches once had said to me she did not consider me good enough to follow after, and my reply was I was glad cause I preferred that she  firstly follow after Jesus Christ alone.. not me.

Idolizing any of the too many still false pastors is dangerous to us as well.. I have also  often, often wondered why at least 60 percent of all pastors are unfaithful to God, and why at least 50 percent of all believers fall away from God.. The reasons why also was they too like so many of us they did not  abide daily in God's words as well..

(John 15:7 KJV)  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

(Isa 66:2 KJV)  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
To abide in Christ means still also to abide in His Words and to fellowship often with His true people, even to be humbly submissive one to another, that includes all of the true  believers of the body of Christ too, but it also means as well as all of the  believers also   helping the local  poor persons in the local church. Sadly this is firstly one of the biggest wrongs the church does. it too often neglects it's own, physically and spiritually.
 When I too do want to see how spiritual someone really is I still do rightfully also look to  see  how they  personally themselves do now really  treat the poor persons, other  Christians, to see  even what they do firstly themselves do for poor persons  especially the believers,  even the Pastors, writers and I do not merely  look at  what they claim they do or promise to do as well.  The love of money is still  the root of all evil for too many persons even in the Ministry these days. I also see  if they pray and read the Bible at least one hour per day.
(1 Tim 5:8 KJV)  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
(Mat 26:40 KJV)  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep,  and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41  Watch  and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the  flesh is weak.
(James 1:27 KJV)  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,  To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself  unspotted from the world.
(James 2:1 KJV)  My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the  Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly  a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man  in vile raiment; 3  And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and  say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there,  or sit here under my footstool: 4  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are  become judges of evil thoughts?
(James 2:14 KJV)  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

(1 John 4:20 KJV)  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
Membership  in the body of Christ the church is not like a social club that insures you go to heaven based on all of the good deeds you supposedly have done so far.. rather it is continuing to still follow after the Word of God and doing all that God still asks of you.. that includes loving, loving God, loving other believers and  helping others as well and not rather abusing the others..  as I have seen too many evangelical pastors and elders too often do sadly too

(Rom 16:18 KJV)  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.(Phil 3:19 KJV)  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Rev. 21:7-8 - He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

(Rom 11:21 KJV)  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
(1 Pet 5:5 KJV)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

It is remarkable that Both Apostle James and Apostle Peter teach the very same identical truths."God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble", "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up". and "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:"

and  clearly " all of you be subject one to another, " means the other believers only,

(Eph 5:11 KJV)  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.,

for submitting one to another is equated with submitting to God as well..
The Bible teaches voluntarily, not enforced Mutual submissions and done in humbleness and in love, even for elders, pastors, not a one way dictatorial submissions but we do first have to be humble before God, others before we can submit to God, others..

(1 Pet 5:1 KJV)  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder,  and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that  shall be revealed: 2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the  oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a  ready mind; 3  Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples  to the flock.  4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a  crown of glory that fadeth not away.
(John 13:34 KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;  as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35  By this shall all men know  that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
(Gal 5:22 KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,  gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no  law. 24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and  lusts. 25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be  desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Mat 7:16 KJV)  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of  thorns, or figs of thistles? 17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;  but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil  fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19  Every tree that bringeth  not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20  Wherefore by their  fruits ye shall know them. 21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall  enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which  is in heaven. 22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not  prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name  done many wonderful works? 23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew  you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
whereas in reality
(Jer 2:8 KJV)  The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle  the  law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets  prophesied by Baal, ( they do it for the money) and walked after things that do  not profit.
(Jer 9:6 KJV)  Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they  refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

Many PERSONS here on earth still will come to us even now in Christ's name  stating they are Christ's selected  workers, representatives here on earth, even now in the  local churches, politics, life,  and they are not,  for  rather clearly firstly  their MAIN  God is their own belly, even money, AND SECONDLY GENERALLY THEY ARE   ALSO  VERY CLEARLY AND  FALSELY PROMOTING SELF AND ARE ALSO  INVOLVED IN PERSONAL EMPIRE BUILDING,  OR THE FALSE BUILDING OF EMPIRES FOR OTHERS, and thus they are not  building  up  the Kingdom of God or his people.
Some evangelical leaders, persons are even building totally false Churches and EVEN A cult too.

(Rom 16:18 KJV)  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but  their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the  simple.
(Phil 3:19 KJV)  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose  glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20  For  our conversation is in  heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
(Mat 15:9 KJV) "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the  commandments of men." While men do still  build their own  churches Christ  has said the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church, WHICH IS THE  CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD. THE PILLAR AND THE GROUND OF THE TRUTH, BUILT ON THE ROCK JESUS, THE CHURCH OF THE REDEEMED, and he JESUS  is still himself building this "glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such  thing." and he is the sole head of it, and we all are to submit to him still.

(Eph 2:20 KJV)  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,  Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
(Eph 4:11 KJV)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Do take a second look at what the Bible itself says about the role, duties of Pastors, elders, deacons.. plural generally in a church too.

Pastors are generally  always  mentioned as Plural  not singular for they are to be just one of the  many Church elders.. who are all to be submissive one to another and also  to the Apostles,  Prophets too. Too many of these red necked rebels called Pastors, MEMBERS these days  do not like to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ never mind in love to another true believer.
The word "Pastor" is not found in the New Testament rather it is a plural term, Pastors, and it is found only once in  the New Testament. (Eph 4:11 KJV)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

(1 Pet 5:5 KJV)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

It is remarkable that Both Apostle James and Apostle Peter teach the very same identical truths."God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble", "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up". and "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:"

and  clearly " all of you be subject one to another, " other believers only,

(Eph 5:11 KJV)  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.,

for submitting one to another is equated with submitting to God as well..
The Bible teaches voluntarily, not enforced Mutual submissions and done in humbleness and in love, even for elders, pastors, not a one way dictatorial submissions but we do first have to be humble before God, others before we can submit to God, others..

The word "Shepherd" is found 13 times in the New testament, it is generally a singular term too, referring mostly to Jesus, for Jesus himself is the chief  Shepherd.
(Mat 9:36 KJV) But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with  compassion on them,because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as  sheep having no shepherd.
(Mat 25:32 KJV)  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  (Mat 26:31 KJV)  Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.  (Mark 6:34 KJV)  And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.  (Mark 14:27 KJV)  And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.  (John 10:2 KJV)  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (John 10:11 KJV)  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:12 KJV)  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (John 10:14 KJV)  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (John 10:16 KJV)  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  (Heb 13:20 KJV)  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  (1 Pet 2:25 KJV)  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  (1 Pet 5:4 KJV)  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
(Psa 40:4 KJV)  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and  respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psa 56:11 KJV) In God  have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. (Psa 118:8 KJV)  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  (Psa 118:9 KJV)   It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
(Prov 29:25 KJV)  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust  in the LORD shall be safe.
(Psa 146:5 KJV)  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose  hope is in the LORD his God: 6  Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all  that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7  Which executeth judgment for the  oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: 8   The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed  down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

(Psa 146:9 KJV)  The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless 
and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
(Psa 146:3 KJV)  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom  there is no help. 4  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that  very day his thoughts perish.

Like most topics in the Bible, in the church, even today there is little agreement  in general
as even what are the appropriate, Biblical in church officials. Really.. A quick examination of the Bible in regard to bishops, elders, , apostle, prophets, pastors, teachers evangelists will show the conflicting views held today as well.  The word "elder" itself is found 5 times in the New Testament, and elders is mentioned 60 times. (1 Tim 5:1 KJV)  Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; (1 Tim 5:2 KJV)  The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.  (1 Tim 5:19 KJV) Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.  (1 Pet 5:1 KJV)  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  (1 Pet 5:5 KJV)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  (2 John 1:1 KJV)  The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;  (3 John 1:1 KJV)  The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

The word "Apostle " is found 19  times in the New Testament, and Apostles is mentioned 60 times Note this-  An Apostle held various offices too additionally, including  a prophet, teacher, elder. (Rom 1:1 KJV)  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  (Rom 11:13 KJV)  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: (1 Cor 1:1 KJV)  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,  (1 Cor 9:1 KJV)  Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? (1 Cor 9:2 KJV)  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.  (1 Cor 15:9 KJV)  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  (2 Cor 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: (2 Cor 12:12 KJV)  Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.  (Gal 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)(Eph 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: (Col 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, (1 Tim 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; (1 Tim 2:7 KJV)  Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. (2 Tim 1:1 KJV)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, (2 Tim 1:11 KJV)  Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. (Titus 1:1 KJV) Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; (Heb 3:1 KJV)  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (1 Pet 1:1 KJV)  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  (2 Pet 1:1 KJV)  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

The word "preacher" is  used three times in the New Testament,. Paul twice referred to himself as a preacher (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11). In addition, the Holy Spirit called Noah a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5). The Greek word from which preacher is translated ( kerux ) literally means a herald (see an example of this in Daniel 3:4 in the LXX, Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament), or a messenger that had authority from kings or other officials to make public proclamations. A preacher is one who publicly proclaims or preaches the truth of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The word "teacher"  is found 4 times in the New testament and teachers is found 9 times and is also associated with women. (John 3:2 KJV)  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  (Rom 2:20 KJV)  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  (1 Tim 2:7 KJV)  Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.  (2 Tim 1:11 KJV)  Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. (Acts 13:1 KJV)  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  (1 Cor 12:28 KJV)  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  (1 Cor 12:29 KJV)  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

(Eph 4:11 KJV)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (1 Tim 1:7 KJV)  Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. (2 Tim 4:3 KJV)  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  (Titus 2:3 KJV)  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; (Heb 5:12 KJV) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (2 Pet 2:1 KJV) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Note Women cannot teach in an authoritative role but  they can  teach  other women.  .Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (1 Timothy 2:11,12). (Titus 2:4 KJV)  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

The word "evangelist" (Greek word "euangelistes") means one who preaches also the truth, the good news. The "gospel" is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, and an "evangelist" is one who preaches this good news.  It is interesting that evangelist in the New Testament had also the gift of healing associated with them.(Acts 8:5 KJV)  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.6  And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. (Acts 8:13 KJV)  Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

 Evangelist is mentioned only twice in the New Testament  Acts 21:8  . . and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him ( 2 Tim 4:5 KJV)  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. An evangelist must also preach the word,  and also  publicly
reproving, rebuking, and exhorting with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim 4:2 KJV) 
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. We do not seem to see Evangelist doing this today?

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? (1 Corinthians 12:29). No we all have different, unique gifts in the Church as given to us by God..

Next Deacons were men specifically chosen to help the poor and needy persons in the local Christian Church and sadly rarely do they exist today.

The word "Deacon"is found 2 times in the New Testament and deacons is found 3 times(Acts 6:1 KJV)  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.2  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6  Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7  And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8  And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
When was the last time you saw a deacon of a Church also performing miracles to start of with?

(1 Tim 3:10 KJV)  And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. (1 Tim 3:13 KJV)  For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:1 KJV) Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in
Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: (1 Tim 3:8 KJV)  Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; (1 Tim 3:12 KJV)  Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Unlike the Church of the New Testament I have only been to one church of many  that actually has had appointed Deacons who ministered to the poor people in their own church.. the others tended not to have or to believe in this ministry cause they were still mostly helping themselves... their pastors, elders, deacons included.
(2 Cor 8:7 KJV)  Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.8  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 10  And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11  Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12  For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13  For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14  But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 15  As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 16  But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17  For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18  And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19  And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20  Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21  Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

(2 Cor 9:1 KJV)  For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
Abusing the Ministry of giving to the poor people in your own church has been though abused even in the New Testament Church. Poor Widows were not the only persons now being helped. 
(Acts 5:1 KJV)  But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2  And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles' feet. 3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6  And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
(Eph 4:28 KJV)  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
(Gal 2:10 KJV)  Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
(Mal 1:6 KJV)  A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?(Mal 2:8 KJV)  But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
(Mal 2:1 KJV)  And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you(Mal 3:8 KJV)  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

God has also been too often telling me now too that some of the other people are still cursing us,  even that some other people were robbing us even of what was rightfully to be ours too, even  in our own families sadly, while some elders, pastors rob the poor people of their help now as well, and  while I may still think that some people are nice God stills does  knows what they really are like.
Some People curse us cause they feel convicted of  being sinners and they do not want to repent, rather than come up to our level they try to bring us down to theirs which is the devil's level not God's..  for there is nothing good in mankind, all there is in mankind is still sinfulness. Yes God wants you free from the curse, the influence, the power of sinful men to
serve him alone.
(1 Pet 4:17 KJV)  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

(2 Pet 2:3 KJV)  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
(Mat 10:21 KJV)  And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

(Mat 10:22 KJV)  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved
(Mark 14:18 KJV)  And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
As I have looked back at my last 40 years of experiences in Christian churches I am still really amazed as to how many pastors, elders ( and it happened even as of lately  too)  have even deliberately told lied, distorted the Bible and it's teaching falsely even for
1: Hopeful economic, monetary  gains
2: to continue their sexual immoral behaviors:
3: to get a false following, false worshippers of them,  to bring glory upon themselves rather than upon Christ, and so forth.
Many People , men and women do  also uphold the crooked, bad pastors for wrong reasons too. 

(Jer 5:31 KJV)  The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by  their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end  thereof?
(Ezek 13:22 KJV)  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

(Ezek 13:23 KJV)  Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
We are not required to be subject to , obedient to any false persons, false pastors and/or  false elders and their false teachings.. not even for one minute for we always firstly do belong to God and not to men..
Don't think now you are wiser than God. Heed to God's ways, his words. Don't go to a bad person,  with a bad person, even to their house no matter how charming they are, rather have nothing to do with them... for you will next learn the hard way this truth. These Bad people are not still really not happy till they do hurt someone else, until they do make trouble for others.

(Prov 2:6 KJV)  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.7  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

(Prov 2:12 KJV)  To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13  Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the forwardness of the wicked; 15  Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16  To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17  Which forsaketh the guide of
her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.18  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

(Prov 2:20 KJV)  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
(Prov 3:31 KJV)  Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32  For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33  The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35  The wise shall inherit glory: but
shame shall be the promotion of fools.

(Prov 4:14 KJV)  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men 9 Or evil women) . 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16  For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

(Prov 4:18 KJV)  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Speaking of our being too often abused, exploited by others  I myself  in the  last many years have also been deceived, abused, lied to and even  many times even by many, many Canadian and American Pastors, church leaders,  others, even cause I falsely used to trust anyone who said he was a Christian, even by Baptist, Pentecostal, etc., but no more.. so now I write my best to tell you all  the truth as per the Bible and the Spirit of God of what some persons are really like. 

1 John 4:1-3 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (NIV)
Some of the false prophets, teachers  are easy to see to the experienced persons and some are still hard to see, even cults such as seventh day Adventists who are trying falsely  for their glory to bring us under the false bondage of the law when we are free in the spirit of God. 
When I have a problem being sure about someone's walk with God, next God  himself  sometimes just tells me himself plainly  as to  who they now really are..  sometimes  even by a colorful vision detailing their past, present unrepentant  sins too.  God often tells me still not to trust even in pastors too for they are mere men. 
(2 Cor 4:7 KJV)  But we have this treasure in earthen  vessels, that the  excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
(Prov 14:12 KJV)  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The secret of successful daily Christian living is to first let God, the Holy Spirit, and  the scriptures abide  in you, to abide first in the scripture and to follow solely after God, Jesus Christ  and not after mere men.
(Jer 14:14 KJV)  Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
(Ezek 14:8 KJV)  And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

(Ezek 14:9 KJV)  And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

(Ezek 14:10 KJV)  And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
(Rev 3:19 KJV)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20  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.
God has said we are in love to speak out against all evil even in the church. Apostle  Paul did. But we will not always be popular, loved by everyone cause we ruffled  their false idols.. or made them rightfully to see they need to repent rather.
(Mat 10:25 KJV)  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
(Mat 10:26 KJV)  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
(Mat 10:28 KJV)  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
I came next  across on the Internet a sermon on  Character assassination ironically written by a Pastor. Character assassination is something I really do know a lot about, for  I too have been often assassinated by ironically even  by the too often bad Canadian Evangelical Pastors the most severely, even the last 25 years,  by the still too ambitious, false religious persons, elders.  Those same persons who  cannot handle the  truth now even being presented wrongfully resort to personal attacks as well trying to  discredit any of the preachers of  the whole truth, and what a  real waste of time for them still for God knows what they were, are doing and why as well still.  It would be really better for them to quickly repent.. God does not quietly accept such abuses by them even now.
About 20 years ago to my own surprise a whole slew of evangelical pastors in  one  city were lying about me, slandering, trying to do me harm personally and  all really undeserved too. An Angel in reality next came to me, only  once,  in the real flesh  he reminded me of God's real negative consequences next on all of  the unrepentant wicked PERSONS  WHO ABUSE AN INNOCENT PERSON, Pastors, elders  it included the loss of their jobs too,  and it applied even to the same pastors who had slandered me and the angel  told me not to worry or be afraid of them. Well next this same bad  whole church was closed, the pastors laid off as well.

(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified. 8:1   On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
One of my best friends too, many years ago an Alliance  Pastor, unknown to me, behind my back,  had tried to slander me and the elders of the church fired him for it, and he firstly did not even tell me why. I found out about it many many years later too. this pastor h e was insecure in his job and was jealous how God used me, cause I was openly committed to God. Ironically even I next had organized a farewell party for him with gifts but it rather was visibly shameful for him and I could not understand why.. he also  chose not to repent, to ask for forgiveness sadly. God had also told me beforehand how he will punish another  Montreal pastor for slandering me, and how he will punish a Calgary NW  Church for also slandering me. I was thus next responsible for the arrest and imprisonment of their Sunday school teacher for sexual molestation of the children there next too as a result. I now have also many times seen the "Holy shakes" of Pastor's wives who encountered   me unexpectedly, and they were terrified about the judgment of God for it is a terrible thing for the wicked  to fall into the hands of  God for he will show no mercy those who showed no mercy now as well. I have also been by God led  to a Garage sale of a pastor who lied about me and he was laid off and had to  move. God led specifically to go to the local airport to see another bad pastor reading porn, and God also led me another bad Pastor coming out of a porno video store in Calgary and he was ashamed to see me too.  God led me to see another Calgary evangelical pastor committing an affair. God also still exposes the  bad pastors to their own shame..  I have to say that most, many of the Pastors who lied about me, slandered with me for no cause many next  were fired, at least 20, and some next also lost their founding churches even.  Only three about 50 pastors who  lied, slandered me repented, or asked for forgiveness. I have to say in the last 25 years I note that Evangelical Church elders and pastors are like old ladies, the biggest gossipers that I have met in reality. Sad even today preoccupation with getting more money, and tax evasions is a false priority of many persons , elders, those in the Ministry as well it seems. Sad really sad too 
(Mark 12:14 KJV) Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
(Mark 12:17 KJV)  And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
(Rom 13:1 KJV)  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6  For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other  commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The false desire not to pay taxes, to rebel, to disobey the laws is due to humans walking in their sinful flesh and not by the Spirit of God..
(Jer 27:5 KJV)  I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
(Jer 27:6 KJV)  And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
(Jer 27:8 KJV)  And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
(Jer 27:9 KJV)  Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: 10   For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.
The true prophets, teachers  of God do teach the truth and that includes they teach submission to God and the proper authorities. while the false prophets, false treachers do lie, also teach rebellion.
(Jer 27:14 KJV)  Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.15  For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.
(Jer 27:18 KJV)  But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.
True Prophets, of God, true teachers of God do not just speak the truth, speak on God's behalf or even predict the future. the True Prophets, teachers  of God also now do know how to pray To God to get their prayers answered  and they do pray to God for the good welfare of the people.
(Jer 28:9 KJV)  The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.
(Jer 28:14 KJV)  For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.15  Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
God's revealed will is generally easy to find, it is consistent with the Bible for a start, but all of  those persons who do encourage, teach rebellion against God firstly too, are led by Satan for we know he Satan was the first false rebel. And God punishes harshly all unrepentant rebels... even today!
(Deu 9:7 KJV)  Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.
(Deu 9:24 KJV)  Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
(Deu 21:18 KJV)  If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:..  20  And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
(Deu 31:27 KJV)  For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?
(Psa 66:7 KJV)  He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
(Psa 68:6 KJV)  God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
(Psa 68:18 KJV)  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
(Psa 78:8 KJV)  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
(Isa 1:23 KJV)  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
(Isa 30:1 KJV)  Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
(Isa 30:9 KJV)  That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
(Isa 50:5 KJV)  The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
(Isa 65:2 KJV)  I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
(Jer 4:17 KJV)  As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.
(Jer 5:23 KJV)  But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
(Ezek 2:3 KJV)  And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
(Ezek 2:5 KJV)  And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
(Ezek 2:6 KJV)  And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
(Ezek 2:7 KJV)  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
(Ezek 2:8 KJV)  But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
(Ezek 3:9 KJV)  As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
(Ezek 3:26 KJV)  And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
(Ezek 3:27 KJV)  But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
(Ezek 12:2 KJV)  Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
(Ezek 12:3 KJV)  Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.
(Ezek 12:25 KJV)  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
(Ezek 44:6 KJV)  And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,
(2 Cor 11:14 KJV)  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
(2 Cor 11:15 KJV)  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Interesting.. These two things also tend to not work in Canada
Self supervision, self regulation of the professionals, civil and public servants, politicians even  such persons as the Police,  Lawyers, Doctors, Judges Realtors, Pastors.
Deregulation of energy services "Our bills will not go down unless deregulation is gotten rid of," Olson said. "Deregulation doesn't work in our society."  

When I was a teenager, before I had in Canada graduated as a Civil Engineer,  I remember hearing about how great the federal government of Canada was, what a good work it was doing across Canada, and I especially remember being told how great Ontario and Hydro Ontario were, at Expo 67. I remember also being told also how great the Engineers and managers were at Ontario Hydro and  even at Hydro Quebec. No one firstly  had next told me the truth what great liars firstly the people in public relations are, and what really poor managers of people and resources our Canadian politicians are at the federal and provincial levels too. The province of Ontario, it people and resources as well now have rather  been clearly mismanaged and  now the citizens there too will really, really suffer for it, and we have the past Progressive Conservatives government as well even to blame for it too.

Take also for example the province off Alberta in Canada that is known to be a province where the persons in it are mostly self serving, they tend to have no considerations for good welfare of others , they are preoccupied with getting richer, and they do tend to wrongfully  to hate the Easterners and the federal government.. Thus Alberta it votes almost all right wing, and Alberta  lies that it is a Christian province now too, when it says it is even a Bible belt or God's country.. it is not!  Now  also then take also the issue of divorce too for God hates Divorce, and he says so even in the Bible, and there is no provision for Divorce of any two Christians. But wrongfully even the Albertans citizens the majority of Christians too they do still do allow divorce, in their churches now as well, and Alberta has one of the highest divorce rates in Canada. It is not ironic that the citizens and the politicians of Alberta they do too often  advocate still  immorally divorce from the rest of Canada.. none of which God approves..The Reform, Alliance, Conservatives or the Progressive Conservatives are still not  valid Conservative Political parties that now, next any of us  we are too support firstly too.. as many local Christians do advocate that we do in Alberta.  And we also firstly are to support and to serve Jesus and to do what he says to do.  He says love one another.

Deregulation of the cost of Electricity, water, gas, oil, the  Public services is and has always been both immoral and absurd. 

Alberta moved to full deregulation on Jan. 1, 2001, and will eventually require consumers to purchase electricity through a retail contract.  "We've gone from some of the lowest cost electricity in North America to some of the highest cost with this policy,"  ALBERTA'S PREMIER Klein's candid admission comes amid a public outcry over his government's policy changes that will require Albertan consumers to pay more and more money.. a lot more.. The Albertans citizens had never asked for the deregulation ."We had a perfectly good system and now we don't and it is also the consumers that have paid for this government's costly electrical deregulation mistake." What they want is affordable, reliable electricity and they don't want to now even gamble on three or five-year contracts that they know nothing about.."

Deregulation and global warming are now also among the main reasons why recently electric; blackouts have occurred world wide. The privatization trends, and move away from state-owned electricity generating and transmission systems has caused the massive fluctuation of  energy prices, and  it has also created a mountain of uncertainty. Privately owned energy and  power generating firms now also have not been investing into more economical  new plants because they will next see their profit margins being squeezed, and rather they have also been shutting down what they see as excess capacity to keep their operating costs down, to appear more profitable. This short term selfish need for increased profitability, personal bonuses and related raises  has been the root cause of the ineffectiveness of the private sectors to meet the electrical, gas and fuel demand. Maximum profitability cannot be the main or the bottom operating line. Unless the federal and provincial governments directly do now  intervenes now into all of the energy sectors we  will all wrongfully see more energy shortages and even higher future costs to the consumer.

In the past a good close personal friend  of mine,who had a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering  had worked for and had been also wrongfully abused by the Alberta Energy Co. EnCana, formed last year in the $28-billion merger of PanCanadian Energy Corp. and Alberta Energy Co., and  the Alberta government used to be the main owner once of the Alberta Energy Co and managed it poorly too. Calgary itself now truly had, has  some of the most crooked managers I have ever met in my life.. in the government, municipalities, in Corporations, and in Business as well.. * I was still next surprised to read that " The world's biggest wine maker is taking on Calgary's EnCana Corp., alleging in a $90-million US lawsuit that North America's biggest independent petroleum company conspired to fix California natural gas prices three years ago.  The suit also alleges that EnCana Energy Services participated in wash trades -- simultaneously selling and buying back gas and other commodities. "The wash trades created the false appearance of demand for and shortage of supply of natural gas and natural gas transportation into California," it claims. Gallo claims those actions and others helped push California gas prices up by some 2,000 per cent. These "unlawful, unfair and anti-competitive practices materially raised natural gas prices," the suit alleges.  * There also even seems to be in the recent past clear undeniable indications that the Alberta government, Premier Ralph Klein and his Cabinet,  and the Alberta's electricity supply firms jointly had conspired to also raise prices of Alberta electricity being supplied to the United States to optimize the profits of Alberta's Corporations and the Alberta Government  by incorporating deregulation to allow the price of electricity of be raised .. which also caused a significant increase of costs to the Albertan citizens themselves.

The Reform, Alliance Conservative party failure to deal with this adequately in Alberta has caused me rightfully to lose personal respect for almost all of their leaders now too.

(Gal 6:7 KJV)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

(Prov 29:27 KJV)  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

The true value of a society and their leader snow too is evident as  to how it does treat all of it's seniors, the children as well, their  pets, as well as their sick, prisoners too.

The Self Regulation of all Professionals, of all CIVIL AND PUBLIC SERVANTS, POLITICIANS, MINISTERS still tends to be too often mostly masturbation covered up with false denials. Fully independent reviews are always needed. We also still do need real, better enforcement of existing laws.. better accountability from all of the managers, persons too associated with the expenditures of tax papers money.. with even now, next real negative consequences for the often too now abuse of the  tax payers money by the politicians,  civil and public services, real punishment even for the bad Cabinet Ministers, bad Members of Parliament,  bad Premiers too and especially also now the bad lawyers, accountants, judges  that we seem to have  themselves. Note that.

Personal Complacency by Politicians civil and public servants, citizens specially under pretentious inadequate governments, leaders, managers  supervisors has wrongfully contributed to the too many of the present threats to public health, safety  There is no adequate substitute for continual supervision and continual enforcement of the laws now as well. Exposure and prosecution of the guilty as well. All it takes for evil persons to continue their wrong doings is for the good people to still do nothing good, concrete about it. Our politicians clearly do still do need to  take a more serious, real, valid managerial responsibility, personal accountability, with more valid actions even at  the federal and provincial levels too even when it comes to the good welfare, health of all Canadians in any issue..We should all know  that immoral, money hungry persons cheat, lies, steal.. and enforcing the  valid laws are part of the competent managerial leadership skills, for of all the  Ministers, Justice ministers included and includes their support personal   which seem in reality too often are clearly, visibly lacking.. Mere News releases, bad policing and even self regulation are  still too often just "masturbation".. they alone are really invalid!!! People break rules all the time, politicians lie often, and  do a bad job as well, that is why real supervision and accountability, negative consequence are always needed still. Anyone being still nice to the wicked person is still committing an immoral and wasteful act.. for if the evil persons are rather not chastised, rebuked, punished they will not learn to do rather good even for the good benefit us all.  Canada now too often reaps what it sows, if you have too many incompetents and liars for managers even  in the governments  what else can you expect? The too often ill advised Personal Complacency by Politicians civil and public servants, citizens has wrongfully contributed to this present threats to public welfare, health, safety and security has, has increased the associated economic costs now too.

It is also really time that at the federal, provincial, municipal levels our tax dollars be better spend, accounted for, managed  now as well, even the better  management of our Canadian civil and public servants, politicians, leaders is needed. Nowhere in Canada now is  civil and public service  a place for any of them to have a good time at the tax papers expense ! Nowhere!  The present, ongoing need for more effective Personnel management of our Civil and Public Servants,  and even of the so called  Professionals who are daily wrongfully abusing our taxpayers money is a real fact of life. Self supervision, self regulation of the professionals, civil and public servants, politicians  does not work and never will. When you have so much budget, tax payer's money involved, it does now develop a wrong, continual culture of supposedly taxpayer's paid privileges at the federal, provincial and even the municipal levels.. even in the civil and public services federal crown corporations now as well.

Eventually what they sow will come back to many people in one form or another and no matter who they are..   I normally warn them first and ask them to change or face the music.. they often  laugh, smirk, till they get exposed, they turn then deadly pale white..
All of the governments should immediately  institute a continual, independent budget expenditures review boards and also direct programs that would allows any individuals to report suspected abuses of taxpayers money by our civil, public servants, and  adopt an adequate whistle-blower protections  program as well for all such informants for a start.   The taxpayer's money abuses occurs also  at Municipal, provincial and federal levels... and it is not going to stop on it's own.  It is also time all people who lie, abuse the tax payers money,  and  commit major tax evasion that they be now prosecuted too. They all should also now really  stop traveling abroad even with their families at the tax payers expenses, start to fly ordinary class too now, they also should also  top abusing their expense accounts on  eating nice food, drinking  and eating at nice restaurants, bars at the tax payers expense, playing golf ,  entertaining their friends at tax payers expenses is all unacceptable. Do also let all of them even our Ministers now to travel second class and not first class, let them travel  like the rest of us ordinarily folks and maybe then they would be more compassionate to all of our needs.

Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty persons, and the bad managers of our civil and public services, tax payer's money also does serve as the best deterrent now to all next as well. In many areas of Canada's civil and public services  what is still really needed  is not just more budget money alone but what still really is needed is  a better and more direct managerial supervision of the personnel, resources allocated too, even better managerial services even in improving the system's accountability, and  certainly even much better initial human resources hiring and utilization strategies.  The evident lack of effective, competent managers, supervisors, senior and middle managers in our civil and public services, governments  now  have helped to greatly escalate all of the tax payer's problems  costs too.  Real  efforts in seriously reducing wasteful expenditures  of the taxpayer's money needs also to be carried out all year... and not just once a year.. Real, competent management personnel and money are still required to insure that  all personnel and resources are properly utilized, and laws even enforced in reality.. laws on the books do not mean much.. people do brake laws everyday and they too are not too often prosecuted..

What is the major main problem with allowing our civil and public servants, mangers, supervisors, Ministers abusing the tax payer's money? Next it is the governmental services to the poor and needy persons, those who can afford it the least, that are too often cut, including Health Services too. It also generally wrongfully leads to the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer too. That all is all really unacceptable and immoral too.
Jails world wide are now still full of the same type of persons who before also had thought they could also continue to get away with their own wrong doings. These same jails are also full of those  persons  who had abused the other  people and the good laws that were made to protect them. No Society cannot exist without law and order,  without the  laws  being adequately, fairly enforced too. Ironically this was even shown clearly, furthermore in the after effect of the war in Iraq, by the looting, where  even the Iraq citizens themselves  next begged even the US to stop the immoral looting...
Isaiah 26:10  Let favour be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
The ongoing lessons of life even in Canada included these: One cannot abuse others and get away with it forever. Laws are made for the good of all persons now too. If evil persons are not also punished, made to face negative personal consequences themselves they really will not next stop their wrong doings. Public exposure and exemplary prosecutions of the guilty persons even by force serves well not only to punish the guilty offenders but also does rightfully discourage  next the too many other  bad persons also who do still wrongfully  intend to follow the same bad trend now too. Sadly some fools they personally will still only learn if they are firstly beaten with a stick as my own father had often rightfully told me..
Please do also note I have also been directly involved in Politics the last ten years at least 50 percent of the time too related to Christian social and moral issues. I also mostly  never saw any real, personal evidence that Hon Stockwell  Day MP or Hon  Preston Manning MP also were Bonafide Christians now  as well,  and I have openly told them that as well. They were rather pretenders and I rightfully believe they were demon  inspired persons too to falsely lead God's people to rebel against the existing Liberal Government and to face real negative consequences as well. They both falsely profess to be Christians but do not hesitate to abuse, slander others.. how ironic." They show the truth for whom they  worked for, Not Jesus!". There is still a right and wrong way to tell a person they are wrong now too.
One evangelical Pastor on the Internet seemed to be  wrongfully assassinating the  past Prime Minister of Canada. So I wrote him and clearly said " Do thus also  note that the "hireling wicked spirit of Haman" does exists  today even  amongst too many of the false Canadian evangelical pastors and elders now and the resulting  negative penalty enforced by God, something that I cannot see how you had left  out in your sermon,  the penalty firstly for having this anti Christ Spirit , and  next this still the cost  for this  unrepentant persecution, slander of  an  innocent person is the loss of  one's life, and the loss of one's position fame,  power, loss of a good reputation, even their loss of their church, loss of all  property, loss of their  family included next if they still do not repent..
This Pastor had accused the other politicians of a party he do not like or support  of character assassinations while he was doing it at the same time. The pastor also had wrote :"This is the last day that our airways will be filled with  election lies, half-truths, scare tactics-character assassination. I have a  special dislike for one ad that says, "A vote for Mr. Politician will be a vote to  dismantle health care, education and all things Canadian." You can hear  desperation in some of the adds. Many of these ads are a direct violation of the  ninth commandment which says, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus. 20:16)" 
 I next wrote directly to the Pastor and said " I assume you make this remark in regard to the Liberals supposed  distortions of Stockwell  Day's Character? Was it now really a distortion?  I rather  still do really believe it was  the truth! I know that both Stockwell Day  and Prestion Manning  to advance themselves wrongfully had  lied, slandered, did  firstly character assassinate  the Liberals  and the right honorable Prime Minister of Canada themselves and  wrongfully too, Sadly also too  many  Westerners in Canada now do this too, and  I  am  surprised you also did not oppose it publicly  for I still rightfully do.
The Liberals also do wrong, there is no party, politicians who is always  right, always does the right thing. Now God is able himself to deal with this bad Prime Minister too.. he does eventually too... but we do not have to lie to deal with the bad persons..

It seems the Pastor was supporting the Alberta right wing party over the  Canadian federal Liberal party. The same right wing party that was led by ex  pastors, even Preston Manning, and Stockwell  Day. They are still Persons who should have firstly stuck to living and preaching the gospel firstly and not rather trying  to mislead people, encourage them wrongfully to rebel against God's will. The powers that were ordained were God's will. Bad Pastors playing politics is still immoral acts for them now as well.

 (Jer 23:16 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of  the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision  of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD 17   They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they  say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No  evil shall come upon you.
 The recent US elections results where President George Bush was finally elected amongst much  confusions reminded me of wicked Haman in the book of Esther  trying  falsely to oppress true believers to gain personal power, fame , fortune I am also not surprised, some of the influential news media wants a recount done and the news media often is demonic led  too. They clearly could not even cannot understand why Bush went to Church on the first day he was elected US president.  As you can see I do openly pray for George  Bush as well as all of the other political parties, leaders in Canada and in the US  too. President  George  Bush was,  is too often being slandered, rejected now by the major news media not cause he is anti abortion but because he is a "born again" Christian rather but I still do not support all of the right winger republicans, or the Alliance, Conservative  party for they tend to be intolerant falsely of the needs of the poor and needy persons.  I do support real practicing Christians like the US President elect George Bush but I  also cannot understand why anyone would support a political  party that abuses the poor and needy persons, and allows them to be neglected and abused, a party  that is indifferent to the physical needs, problem of others, and a political party that  practices divorce as well, plus a party that thinks they are better than the others too.. that is what it seem right wingers can be like too.. the Alliance, Conservative, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada included. I have also sadly clearly noted that many persons in the American news media are not supportive of the Honourable US President elect George Bush, they are not  glad that he was elected President, wrongfully do not fully respect or  appreciate him.  Much prayer is still needed thus here.  The same thing is true in the  Canadian election results, many people in Western Canada falsely still do not endorse, support the elected Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin now even for wrong even selfish reasons now too. We all still do need to pray for those in leadership and honor them as well.
Heavenly Father Again I agree with others and I do ask that these demons of Hell, the devil too, that they  cannot, will not prevail also against Bush, the election results and that they will now stop all of their  lies, deceptions, oppositions, and I do render them also all harmless, void, without any effect, I also forbid them to work together in this as well. Heavenly Father even as a Canadian Christian I continue rightfully to  pray that the US president elect George Bush he will stand up and be counted as God fearing, righteous person, president  and that he will do the right Godly things, including standing up and be seen also a real, professing Christian believer and this as a leader who is also working towards,  enforcing good Christian values, Godly morals, and I do also pray that he will stand against abortion, divorce now too and that the devil, nor his followers that they  will not be able to hinder, stop him in this all  in away way now as well. Amen!

Speaking of being  cursed now...
Note: 50 percent of the Many believers I have counseled that have problems have unconfessed sins but have also been really  as a result of their being cursed by someone and it affects negatively their finances, marriage The curse does not come with out a cause, a reason someone sending it. I know sadly  three groups of persons who have specifically seem to have power in cursing: relatives, pastors, and an offended party.

For example 3 times I had  lost my memory and God told me I was being cursed
a: jealous pastors and their wives even
b: a witch that I was involve with in a court case
c: a greedy client that was trying to rob me.

I claimed this verse "God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind" and my memory immediately came back to me. Plus I also have had Christian pastors, even relatives openly boast of their specific curses they had tried to put on me. We all need to bless people and not curse them..

 God  told me that even Jesus faced demonic opposition from men and women while Jesus was trying to  bring in positive reforms. So demonic oppositions is not new.. But Jesus won, it is finished their power , influence over us now. Amen. We can defeat them all through prayer Jesus name alone. We have to right to intercede against even the  wicked legislators such as the Haman type anywhere in the world too now.

(Est 4:14 KJV)  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Too many  Churches who make Abortion a main issue have sadly neglected other key issues too... issues that also concerns God now too. Now Homosexuality  and abortion are not the only thing now that cause America, or
Canada which is an evil and an adulterous Nation too  to be in danger of real  negative  consequences from God  for  you can  take any sins and make it  your number one issue..  even abortions, homosexuals, tax evasions, divorce  as well.  Yes even non abortionist, non lesbians, non  tax evaders still go to hell too..  their own personal salvation is still needed too but also do note that God rather  blesses and judges any nation by the actual  acts solely of the faithful believers themselves  in that nation. The believers own acts note! We need to be concerned about this as well.

 We  are also not to judge the world, for God will judge them himself only,  but  we are to judge only other believers firstly.. and how do we firstly rate,  do we have real love, practical  for them all now too?
I am also surprised that many Christians, even those  in politics  who do  cannot, will not and do not try  to see other persons point of views, or needs  rather,  and  who  mainly do not also try to work with them, will just too  easily  ostracize, or bash, condemn them cause they firstly really do not have real  love in our own hearts for them sadly? The lack of even Christians love for other Christians is appalling still.
Mat 18:1 KJV)  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of
them, 3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.   4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7  Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8  Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

(Luke 10:38 KJV)  Now it came to pass, as they went,  that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman  named Martha received him into her house. 39  And she had
a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard  his word. 40  But Martha was cumbered about much serving,  and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my
sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she  help me. 41  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha,  Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  42   But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part,  which shall not be taken away from her.
Well God also mentions that he had two Wives in the old testament, a CLEAR reference to two types of Believers, followers of God, of Christians now clearly as well. These two  wives  are generally classified as Israel and Judah.  One is the very religious outwardly but still the really unpractising kind, and the other one was more genuine.
Which one is the right party, the Republican  Right or which one was the Democrats  left  is not for  me now to say. All I can tell you that the false Competition between them was ungodly, and is still ungodly today. God  wants his children to live in peace and harmony. The political parties  working together even in the US is what God  really wants as we can see now too.
Next in Canada as well. In the US there now are two primary political parties, and some people do consider one morally  better than the other, when they are all still mere men..
Sadly I have also met many Canadian Pastors who falsely had thought that   they are better than the others too, and they were not at all.

(Psa 133:1 KJV)  A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2   It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3   As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Here is the reality when Christians start looking and comparing amongst themselves, here are still what they are really like They are Christian who are in apostate, thereby going into "idolatry" (even if they make their own selves as their false god in which they trust), they are breaking their "wedlock" with their Husband, the Lord GOD.  Thereby do they commit "adultery" against their Husband, the Lord.

Consider how the Law (in Deuteronomy 24:1-4) had said that a husband could put away the adulterous wife, but then we see in Jeremiah 3 how the Lord brought mercy!

In Jeremiah 3:8, we see that the LORD had divorced Israel for her adultery, and even despite that, His other wife Judah was copying after Israel's very same whoredoms.

"And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also." (Jeremiah 3:8.)

And that "adultery" (which in this case does also happen to be identified as "harlotry") is clearly spelled out as obvious acts of "idolatry".

"And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks."  (Jeremiah

God's whoring wife Israel had committed "adultery" in that she had been committing "idolatry".

So, "in the sixth year of Hezekiah ((which was the king of Judah)), that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria ((the northern non-Judah tribes, Israel)) was taken.  And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria."  (2_Kings 18:10b-11a.)

The Lord GOD had divorced His whoring wife Israel unto the Assyrians, but at that time still protected His other wife Judah for 120 more years.

But even though Judah had seen for 120 years how God had divorced His adulterous wife Israel, Judah still went and did the very same whoredoms of "idolatry".

"And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD."  (Jeremiah 3:10.)

And because Judah had already had the example of seeing God divorce Israel for her "adultery", where Israel had no such prior example to know that God would indeed so divorce a whoring wife, Judah was said to be even that much more treacherous than even Israel!

"And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah."  (Jeremiah 3:11.)

But the Lord was still being merciful!  He was calling out the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel to warn the more treacherous whoring wife Judah.  And the LORD even showed that He was even willing to be so merciful to His divorced wife Israel that He would even take her back if she would but repent and be reconciled to her Husband, the LORD!

"Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you".  (Jeremiah 3:12-14d.)

Yes, praise the Lord, God was showing that He would forgive those who would repent, that He is merciful, without regard even for the Law!  Behold His mercy in calling for his adulterous wife Israel, whom He had divorced to the Assyrians:

"They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD."  (Jeremiah 3:1.)

Praise the LORD.  He was showing mercy, and as according to the commandment of the Lord in 1_Corinthians 7:10-11 that He let his departed wife (Israel) "be RECONCILED to her husband", the LORD God!

Yes, praise the Lord, "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."  (Psalm 107:1.)  Alleluia Hallelujah!

For we can repent our sins and the LORD is merciful and faithful and just to forgive us our sins!  Alleluia Hallelujah!

Now, bringing this back into our discussion here of false boasts as to who is really better. Even Apostle Paul faced this problem in the early church.

(1 Cor 1:12 KJV)  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

(James 4:16 KJV)  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Even The US president George Bush is still a man that is dependent on God, and we are firstly solely  dependent on God too and STILL NOT even  George Bush.

Psalms 146: 3  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no
help. 4  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
6  Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7  Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: 8  The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: 9  The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. 10  The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."  (Ephesians 2:8-9.)

"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."  (Romans 14:17.)

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  (John 8:36.)

And "ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."  (1_Peter 2:9-10.)

"And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call  me Ishi ((my husband))"... (Hosea 2:16a-c.)

Amen.  Alleluia!  Hallelujah! When we come to the Lord, we are a NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST JESUS the LORD.

Psalms 134: 2  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. 3  The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

Psalms 135: 1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye
servants of the LORD. 2  Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, 3  Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it
is pleasant. 4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar
treasure. 5  For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6  Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 7  He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh
lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. 8  Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. 9  Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants. 10  Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; 11  Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms
of Canaan: 12  And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people. 13  Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.
14  For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
15  The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 16  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; 17  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. 18  They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them. 19  Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron: 20  Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD. 21  Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye
the LORD.

Psalms 136: 1  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for
ever. 2  O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3  O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4  To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6  To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. 10  To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: 11  And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: 12  With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. 13  To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for
ever: 14  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: 15  But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. 16  To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. 17  To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 18  And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 19  Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: 20  And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: 21  And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: 22  Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. 23  Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: 24  And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25  Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.  26  O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The normal Christian life includes false persecutions,   but that does not make any of  it all right even.  (Micah 7:6 KJV)  For  the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth  up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's  enemies are the men of his own house.

Rather we should still pursue as Micah said it before : " He hath shewed thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?"

Out of the Ivory Palaces.  
"Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever. . .You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God [the Father], your God, has anointed you [Jesus, the Son of God] with the oil of gladness above your fellows. All your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces." -- Psalm 45:6-8

One of the great old hymns of the Christian faith, based on the above Psalm, was written by Henry Barraclough over a 100 years ago. It refers to Jesus leaving Heaven for both his first and second comings to earth:

          My Lord has garments so wondrous fine,
          And myrrh their texture fills;
          Its fragrance reached to this heart of mine,
          With joy my being thrills.

          Out of the ivory palaces,
          Into a world of woe,
          Only His great, eternal love
          Made my Savior go.

          In garments glorious He will come,
          To open wide the door;
          And I shall enter my heavenly home,
          To dwell for-ever-more.

Jesus himself knows the trials and persecutions we go through here on earth.

I once had partially gotten to used to false  persecutions,  but that really should be still a lie, as if any of us really  should now next  or can even rightfully  get used to being slandered, persecuted even by any of those persons even in places we least expected it to occur , such as in our families, in our church, etc..

The fact we do get  persecuted does not make it a right action, acceptable now on anyone's part too. Jesus himself now said woe, sorrow, hardships, tribulations still  be to those who cause my little one's to stumble..

When I got used to being thrown into the pit, Jesus next often said to me "get out of the pit", rather too often, "do not stay there now too"

1Pet.20-21; "When  you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:"

and thus now personally do not repay evil with evil, but if you are being persecuted in one city do than flee to an other one and do not just accept it as God's will for you..

(Mark 13:14 KJV)  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

(Luke 21:21 KJV)  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

(Mat 10:14 KJV)  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

(Mat 18:7 KJV)  Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

ISAIAH 6:5 So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."

1 CORINTHIANS 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity  is laid upon me;  yes,  woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!

ISAIAH 3:9-11  The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe  to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves. Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.  Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the rewards of  his hands shall be given him.

ISAIAH 45:9   Woe to him who strives with his Maker!  Let the potsherd strive with   the potsherds of the earth!  Shall the clay say to him who
forms it,  what are you making? Or shall your handiwork say, He has no hands?

ISAIAH 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, "Who take counsel but not of   Me, and who devise plans, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.

ISAIAH 31:1  Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses,who trust in  chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong.

ISAIAH 5:11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them!

ISAIAH 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for  light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

LUKE 6:24-26 But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

MICAH 2:1 Woe to those who devise iniquity, and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

ISAIAH 10:1-2 Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed.  To rob the needy of  justice, and to take what is right from the poor of my people.

JEREMIAH 23:1  Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord.

EZEKIEL 34:2,4 Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the flock? The weak you have not strengthened, nor
  have you healed those who were  sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought  back what was driven away,  nor sought what was lost; but with force and  cruelty you have ruled them.
(1 Cor 16:1 KJV)  Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given  order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. (1 Cor 16:2 KJV)  Upon the first  day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered  him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (1 Cor 16:3 KJV)  And when I  come, whom so ever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring  your  liberality unto Jerusalem.

Clearly note that this voluntarily giving  weekly to God's storehouse was to help  the poor saints, to give to  those person who also do not own any land, house, properties  as well..  Pastors who own properties are disqualified from receiving any of it too.

(John 12:5 KJV)  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and  given to the poor? 6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because  he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Judas one of the 12 apostles OF JESUS EVEN  looked after the purse and  he  also abused it..

Yes sadly there are still too many crooks around even in the Ministry,  (at least  60 percent of the Christian pastors are unfaithful to God) and even the persons  who are trying to do their own will and not God's and doing it in their own  strength too.
MATTHEW 18:7  Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

MATTHEW 23:23,27-28  Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, and mercy, and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly,  but  inside are full of dead men's  bones and all uncleanness.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

REVELATION 18:10 . . . Alas, Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgement has come.

ISAIAH 48:18  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!   Then your peace would   have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

ISAIAH 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

ISAIAH 29:15  Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, and their works are in the dark; They say, "Who sees us?" and, "Who knows us?"

PSALM 64:5  They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of slaying snares secretly; they say, "Who will see them?"

JOHN 3:19-20  And this is the condemnation, that the light  has come into the world, and men loved darkness  rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not  come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

EPHESIANS 5:13  But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

MARK 4:22  For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor  has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.

LUKE 12:2-3  For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.

Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

GALATIANS 6:7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for  whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

JOB 34:21-22  For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

ECCLESIASTES 12:14  For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

DANIEL 2:22  He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

PROVERBS 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

  HOSEA 11:12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

HOSEA 12:1,2 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob

(Prov 10:22 KJV)  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.  (Prov 11:11 KJV)  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Luke 17:10 Luke 17 Luke 17:9-11 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

I never thought of that verse firstly  but  after  someone  had posted it on the internet I was reminded how true it was. Meekness and humbleness
  are the fruit of the Holy Spirit in a person's life. Bringing false glory , false  attention to self is the clear evidence of a false pastor too. I know first hand  of one famous TV preacher that I know from past experience he was false and I wrote and told him so.. and yes he too next went on TV making loud attention to others that he won a person to Christ, a person that was saved previously by my direct correspondences with him under the direct instructions of God.. we are all after all unworthy servants who do what we  are told to do by the master.. and we cannot take credit for it.  Let him that glories, glory in God.

(Eph 4:30 KJV)  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Here more is the further truth of what I have learned about too many of the Canadian pastors I have encountred myself..

     It is really tragic that many Christian persons often  still really do fail to see that they are no longer walking with God. I am not just not just talking about those  persons who know that have deliberately  departed from God now, but about those who still think they are Holy Spirit led and filled when they clearly are not now. Firstly this is clear to others by the evidence of great sins abounding in their personal lives and such sins as even pride, adultery, temper tantrums,  addiction to pornography, acts of thefts, frauds, lies, deceptions, and THE CLEAR FACT THAT that they are no longer reading and practising their Bibles or praying for others too. They do wrongfully tend to falsely  maintain they are still Holy Spirit filled.

(Gal 3:2 KJV)  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:3   Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Furthermore such tragedies occur too ,  daily. The real  failure to see miracles in one's own personal experience and to locate them around  oneself still next does for them require an personal explanation. They tend to have supposedly valid explanations for this such as that they are "walking by faith in God even in the dark" or even some others conclusions which often goes like this, "The Church I go to  no longer is spiritual", and "I no longer go to church because I see no need for it, for I can pray to  God at home, and anyway my non Christian friends do show more love and care than those people I know in the church!"  Not  one of them ever just picked up the Bible, started reading it, and then came to the conclusion that God on his own was not doing signs and wonders anymore in their own personal life, or next had concluded that the gifts of the Holy Spirit too had passed away in their life.  It is rather really true that their own  explanation for the cessation of the anointing of the Holy Spirit now  did not originate from a careful study of the Scriptures. Their false doctrine of cessation originated directly as a superficial review of their own life, and mainly as to what solely they now are personally experiencing, and it is a self centered analysis. The sad reality is that they are not personally aware that they  not longer walking with Christ. They falsely tend to even think now they are still serving God and do even think they are going a great service unto him as well.

     We  do have two clear accounts in the Bible where once fully Holy Spirit filled persons who were also no longer aware that God's anointing had left them. In both case they clearly disobeyed God, and their own personal sins caused them to lose their Holy Spirit anointing.

(1 Sam 16:14 KJV)  But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

(Judg 16:20 KJV)  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

Now that is the opposite of having obtained a double anointing like the prophet Elisha too!

(2 Ki 2:9 KJV)  And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

What about you, are you walking in the power of the Holy Spirit's anointing, or did you lose it somewhere along the way and you did not notice it now?

(Eph 5:18 KJV)  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;19   Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Note that the evidence of being Spirit filled includes mutual submission to other Spirit filled Christians

(Rev 2:5 KJV)  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

(1 John 1:9 KJV)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:10 KJV)  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Sadly still some Christians have not matured on in Christ, they are still carnal Christians, they still falsely judge based upon outward appearances and not rather based on the Holy Spirit's insight, discernments.

(Ezek 33:32 KJV)  And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  33  And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.  34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying...

      I remember for one example when a few years ago I was approached in the same week by different supposedly Godly, mature, prominent believers in a local Christian Church that I had been attending. I still  always had felt that the pastors and elders were not really open to the things of God, and that they restrained God's movements. These same persons who came and told me that I had a lovely voice also had said  that they would like me to join their Church Choir. As usual I make a habit firstly of bringing everything up to God, a matter of praying to Him about it, thus I asked God what his views were on the subject? The Holy Spirit immediately said to me "it was a useless, redundant, non applicable question", and thus the answer was no, as I told them. The following weekend the Spirit of God led me to unexpectedly move out of the City and even to never to return at all to that neighborhood, Church as well. God had other plans for me and my ministry.

(Romans 8:1 KJV)  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ  Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Don't also let yourself be robbed, the firstfruits are only the beginning of your spirt filled walk with God, and they are still  Holy Gifts from God.

(Exo 23:16 KJV)  And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

(Exo 23:19 KJV)  The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God.

(Lev 2:12 KJV)  As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.

(Lev 23:10 KJV)  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

(Deu 26:10 KJV)  And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:

(2 Chr 31:5 KJV)  And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

(Neh 10:35 KJV)  And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:

(Neh 10:37 KJV)  And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

(Neh 12:44 KJV)  And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

(Neh 13:31 KJV)  , and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

(Prov 3:9 KJV)  Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
When we put God first he blesses all that we do next...

(Ezek 20:40 KJV)  For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.

(Ezek 48:14 KJV)  And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.

(Rom 8:23 KJV)  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

(1 Cor 15:20 KJV)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

(1 Cor 15:23 KJV)  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

(James 1:18 KJV)  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

(Rev 14:4 KJV)  These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

(1 Cor 6:20 KJV)  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

(Psalms 51:1 KJV) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
16  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

1 Timothy 4:1 1   Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Acts 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Some one recently  asked me for a list of simple rules on how to recognize easily false teachers, false pastors, false  prophets, false believers, wolves in sheep clothing, anti Christs  I guess too, and as if really such a simple list now really exists than why is it not in the Bible simply for all to see too? Or is it?  By their fruits you can tell what they are like... How do they treat others, the poor people firstly?
Clearly academic degrees, or positions in the Church elsewhere really means nothing these days as to assurance  genuine truths are being taught by still mere men too, nor especially denominational approval, groupings.

The first valid  test of whether a person is a true or a false Christian that the Holy  Spirt brought to own my mind is that they must speak according to the Bible, reality check with the word.  False teacher generally add, and do teach contrary to the Bible firstly but then you have to know the Bible firstly well to see that.. that even includes teachings on topics like divorce, money, tithing

The second one  test is the evidence in their own lives of the fruit of the Holy Spirt, and do note that is no cheating, lying , stealing, adultery, etc., but also faith, love, peace, joy, gentleness meekness and do they have love for God, love for others, real visible real good works that they do now also for the poor and needy persons, others.

The third  test is also to see what they do not preach about.. eg. Prayer, healing, the Holy Spirit, giving, love, and I next really wonder why as well? ehhh

 The fourth test I do like to sue is to see how they love money, are they themselves a slave to it or do they control it.. are they spiritual or materialistic rather?

The fifth test is to see firsthand who they really serve, the world, the flesh, the devil, men or God? Do they love the praises of men more than others. Work directly with a person for 24 hours and you can see a lot of truth about them too.

And which ones can you think off?

Psalm 119:104   Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Proverbs 17:4   A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Proverbs 19:5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Isaiah 59:13  In transgressing and lying against  the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Jeremiah 5:2  And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they  swear falsely.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Jeremiah 6:13  For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

Jeremiah 7:9  Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

Jeremiah 8:10  Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Jeremiah 13:25  This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

Jeremiah 14:14  Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 23:32  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. Jeremiah
Jeremiah 29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14  Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

Zechariah 10:2   For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

Malachi 3:5  And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Matthew 19:18   He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are  false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:26    In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Galatians 2:4  And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

1 Timothy 6:20  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Timothy 3:2 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Matthew 5:11   Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

1 Peter 3:16 1 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

2 Peter 2:1   But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

1 John 4:1 1   Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Revelation 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning
with brimstone.

Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

False teacher add, teach contrary to the Bible firstly but then you have to know the Bible firstly well to see that.. that includes topics like divorce,  money, tithing

1: Are you aware that 1/ 7 of the tithe according to the Bible was to be used to give it next  directly to the local poor and that none of the tithe was to be used to pay mortgages or the buildings empire? How does your Church compare to this?

2: Often the hypocritical evangelical pastors speak against abortions, but do falsely tolerate divorce and even advocate it themselves yet God hates divorce and  every pastor knows how serious is the threat to marriage in the church today. That marriage is in trouble in the world hardly needs to be pointed out: many live together without marrying, or fornicate promiscuously like beasts - holding marriage in contempt; many others divorce and remarry. Christians cannot , must not ever follow their lusts and the bad worldly example rather they are to be example of God's way. But marriage is under attack also in the church. No denomination or congregation is exempt. The attack on marriage in the church is made through divorce: two who have become one in marriage split up again into two. Either the wife leaves the husband, or the husband puts away his wife, or they file for a full, legal divorce. Sad that false teaches and false Pastors go along with it often.

3: Also rather sadly in my own lifetime I have already seen 50 percent of all Christians believers eventually fall away from God firstly because of their false lusts for, love of money. Those who chose the way of the riches of the world, trusting their money will give them any power to escape the tribulations of life, did next destroy their relationship with their Creator, and even with their families too. Christ has warned us plainly: no man can serve both God and money. How terrible to be lost in such a manner ! Secular materialism in North America is still sadly one of the greatest Hindrance to following Christ daily still. Believers even cheat, lie, steal  to get richer.

4: Are you aware than many Christians, pastors do fellowship with unbelievers contrary to the Bible?

5: The love of money!  Christ has warned us clearly. No man can serve God and money. Paul exhorted us to flee from the presence of those who teach that gain is godliness or that godliness is a means of acquiring money (I Timothy 6:5).

The disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ must choose between two ways of living. He can choose the way of self-denial and cross-carrying obedience to the Lord Jesus, or he can choose the way of trust in money, a path that appears to evade the cross and yet lead to Paradise. However, the believer who seeks to evade the cross makes himself vulnerable to deception. The love of money, being a counterfeit of the love of God, leads to spiritual destruction. One path that seeks to evade the cross is overemphasis on the grace (forgiveness) of God. This false path stresses that salvation is by a profession of faith apart from works of repentance. Today's stress on a profession of belief opens the way to a life of
covetousness, the lust for material riches, and other non-Christian attitudes and practices, while the doctrinal position is held that we are saved by grace and our works do not matter. The teachers who advocate the "Jesus did it all" concept of salvation may have some initial, partial knowledge of the Scriptures that announce our position in Christ, but they certainly are unaware of the warfare that is necessary if the Divine vision is to become reality in our personality. We must make every effort if we are to enter the rest of God, the Divine vision that portrays our position in Christ at the right hand of God.To stress our position in Christ and not balance the position with an equal emphasis on the necessary personal warfare is a distorting of Paul's teaching and will lead to the destruction of every person who allows himself or herself to become persuaded that God and Christ would participate in such an empty redemption. To use the blood of Jesus as a "covering" while we continue in the love of money is to destroy the new covenant. The blood of Jesus is to serve as the means of
keeping us acceptable to God while we, through the Holy Spirit, are driving the sin from our personality. and there are many more false teachings ehh and which other ones ones have you dealt with now as well?

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you. (Psalm 84)

But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. (Col 3:25 )

"  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up James 4:5"

 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in he sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath 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. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on eery side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our body. ( 2 Cor 4:1)

Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was
able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. ( Revelation 5:1)

" Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, "( Ephesian 6:11)

  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Phillipians 1:2)

(1 Tim 1:15 KJV)  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

(Mat 24:11 KJV)  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
 Here are some more material about false Christian persons obtained  from the internet.

  "   Throughout many months, many of us have been deluged even on the internet with email from self proclaiming "Pastors", 'Teachers", "Prophets", "Apostles" and "Messengers of God", Ministries who are often also either teaching "Another Gospel", or proclaiming a message from God, when rather God is not speaking (to them) at all!!!  They even have the false nerve to solicit funds too. I too cannot stress enough the importance of testing the spirits whenever you see, read anything or hear from anyone even proclaiming any "truths", new "revelation" from God! They will reap what they sow next as well.

(1 John 4:1 KJV)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

"The Internet is a wonderful tool - only when used properly. It is also an evil tool of tremendous force when used incorrectly; when used by those who wish to deceive, or to distort or destroy the very faith that we know through Jesus Christ.

All too often, I also am presented with letters from those who are new or weak in their faith, or whose concept of Christianity has been distorted by some teaching or other that they have discovered on the Internet. It is presumed that just because something is "published", that it must have credence and credibility. This is a lie! Anybody with a computer and a phone
line can receive free access to the Internet, and once online, they are free to publish and promote their own  rubbish to a world anxious to receive news from "GOD"! and they  should first read the Bible.

   For the past six months I have been witnessing to a sister whose faith is troubled by doubt and insecurity over the matter of her salvation through Jesus Christ. Recently, I discovered the source of her grief: An Internet Web Site that she found, told her that salvation through Jesus Christ comes only AFTER she begins walking on the narrow path of obedience and
discipleship. She, and unknown others, have been told that until she/they can shed every sin from her life, she/they remain(s) lost! I strenuously pointed to the Book of Galatians, and cited the reality of "Another Gospel" being presented to her. I forcefully reminded her that she was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit comes once a
proclamation of that faith in Jesus is made... And, I reminded her that only in the Spirit of God is the faith walk possible at all! Faith comes first, obedience and discipleship follow closely. Sadly, she has not written back!

    Elsewhere, I am receiving letters from the "Apostle of North America" and his minions, who are telling me that I must "report" to this "Apostle" in order to, "Receive your final cleansing, instruction and salvation." Can you imagine the gall? I am supposed to check-in with this guy to receive my "salvation"??? On a similar front, I recently received another "prophetic
message" from a group of "Apostles" who want me to send proof of my conversion - and visitation from God - so that I can be accepted (by them) into the "official ranks" of the end time Apostles of Jesus Christ............ May God have mercy!"

Then there are those who proclaim a new word direct from God, but you have to buy their book for $14.95 plus shipping costs to read it.. How ironic too.

"And finally, there are the false prophets who are proclaiming their messages! What truly is amazing about these later day prophets though, is that their messages are frequently accompanied by a disclaimer. For instance, and in case you didn't know, the rapture was supposed to occur on June 10th., 2000. (Oh, were you out of that loop?) Anyway, this "prophetic word" spread like wildfire over the Internet - but a disclaimer accompanied
the message (which I can only imagine was supposed to "save the prophet" from ridicule when the event did not take place). The disclaimer? "If the event does not take place, it is because God changed His mind".... Do I hear a collective, DUH???

While many in Christ are supposedly mature enough to see through these deceptions, brethren, we must stand firm in our faith against these false practitioners. And, we must rebuke them in the loving humility of Jesus Christ, whenever we can. But, we must not associate with them - or continue to read their publications - or support them in any manner. Bad company corrupts good morals!  As the world races toward the end of this age, and as
we near the return of our Lord and Savior, prepare your hearts for an intense spiritual battle. Prepare your hearts and minds with the fullness of God's Word, and do not become distracted by that which is false."

   When Jesus appoints His true "Laborers", the focus will never  be on "me", "mine" or what "I" want, what prayer "I " want answered first , "my" views, but rather it will always point to the fullness of salvation only through  Jesus Christ and for his glory! All that is done, will be done  is all to bring the sole  glory solely to Jesus Christ, and never  to "me", "I", 'we", or  a self proclaimed  apostle, prophet, teacher, Church, prayer group, an internet site, etc.

(2 Cor 4:6 KJV)  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

(Phil 2:11 KJV)  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(1 Cor 10:31 KJV)  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

(Mat 6:13 KJV)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Embed these truth's in your heart, beloved. God (and His Love) never fails. God does not lie in Him is no darkness at all.

(1 Cor 2:1 KJV)  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

      "The Spirit of Merchandising in the Church While in worship this morning, the Lord spoke these words to me: "I am removing a spirit of merchandising and the spirit of the merchant that has invaded My Church." This word is a call to leaders within the Body of Christ today to allow the Lord to purge this out of His temple, making it once again a house of prayer, not a den of thieves.

John 2:14-16 "And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' of money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, 'Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise.' "

Jesus vehemently and passionately confronted this spirit that took hold within the very confines of His temple. He virtually exploded with zeal to expel it with a whip of cords, driving it from the temple courts. The spirit of merchandising would seek to promote the sale of goods in the Father's house. This blatantly detracts from the purpose which is to be established as a house of prayer. The high priests had allowed commercialization and
fraudulence to invade the temple of the Lord. When the temple is used for personal gain and profit, it is a desecration to the Father's house. Jesus will once again come with the zeal of His Father to purify the "sons of Levi" according to Malachi 3:3 so that "they may offer to the Lord as offering in righteousness." As leaders, let us check our hearts for the following before God has to bring correction.

Beware of a spirit of merchandising that rises up as ministers and ministries barter and peddle the Word of God for profit. God's word is marketed and merchandized with man's opinions and wisdom, yet diluted and devoid of true resurrection power. A fear of man will give the people what they want to hear, packaging it to appeal to itching ears. This may increase church growth and bring popularity and reputation, but it will bring dishonor to God. Beware of a spirit of merchandising that adopts secular ways to do the spiritual work of God's Kingdom. In seeking to advance the Kingdom of God, many will go to the boardroom rather than drop to their knees in the throne room. Do not seek popular Christian trends that rise and fall according to man's wisdom and man's desire.

Beware of a spirit of merchandising that seeks to network and form political alliances that are not of God's Spirit. This is done by leaders in an attempt to circumvent waiting on God. Many Ishmael's are birthed this way. Many seek to advance within denominations or church structure by who they know, rather than the revelation of whose they are. There is much more that the Lord would like to say on this but I feel lead to stop at this point. In effect, the heart cry of the Father is strong and clear. The spirit of Babylon, the spirit of the world, tries to continually invade the Church of Jesus Christ by influencing its leaders to take the easier road by which to advance the Kingdom of God. We are to be in the world, not of the world. The Lord wishes to separate that which is precious from that which is vile within His Body so that the glory of the Lord would manifest in purity and holiness and unity so that the harvest would be brought into the Kingdom. "

And He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me" (Matthew 26:23).

     "This scripture refers to the one man that betrayed Jesus, but it also represents a characteristic that can be found in betrayers, and contains a warning for all of us, especially those called to minister in the body of Christ. The bowl at the center of the table contained oil which represents the anointing.

I don't believe anyone who loves Jesus would ever consciously betray Him, but there are things that happen regularly in meetings that do indeed betray  His purposes, which in a sense is betraying Him. Certainly it is good to want to dip our hands in the oil, and it is good to seek the anointing of the Lord, but if we have a tendency to crowd in to get the anointing when Jesus is moving, it reveals a presumption that can lead to our becoming a stumbling block to His purposes.

What Is the Anointing? The oil is a symbol of God's power manifested through the Holy Spirit. The oil that was used at the last supper was for dipping bread to soften it and make it more palatable. The other biblical uses of oil were for anointing a person for healing, setting apart (sanctifying), appointment to an office, or embalming. God commanded Moses to anoint the
tabernacle of the congregation and its contents (Exodus 30:25-28). Anything that was to be used unto the Lord had to be anointed for the job, representing the fact that everything used in the service of God must be anointed by the Holy Spirit. "Sanctified" or "set aside" is what anointing really means, and the priests that would minister before the Presence had to be anointed before they could be near the Lord.

The Lord gave very specific instructions about the ingredients used for the anointing oil. Anointing oil was made by a perfumer (Exodus 30:25) and was used to pour over the heads of those who were to come into the presence of God. One had to be anointed to be a priest and to serve in the Tent of the Lord. As stated, even objects that were to be in the Tabernacle had to be anointed to make them sacred. Moses, Aaron and Aaron's sons had to be anointed to fulfill the call on their lives (Exodus 28:41). The servants of God will always need to be anointed in order to fulfill their call or walk out a task given by the Lord.

There are only a few ways for the Lord's anointing to come upon someone. Initially God would reveal who would be anointed to be in His presence and carry out priestly tasks. Another way to receive an anointing is to be prayed over and anointed with oil. This prepares one for the service of God. In these examples, the people anointed were chosen for the job. They did not choose themselves to be anointed. As Americans, we often feel that we have
only to choose what we want to be in life, and in many cases we can bring that to pass. However, that may not be how God wants us to operate concerning the anointing. We cannot fully know what God's purposes are for us until our hearts have been changed so that we are fully devoted to His purposes and not just seeking our own desires. Since we are anointed to
fulfill His purposes, He is very serious about the anointing and the things or people who are to be anointed. This is not something about which we should be casual or presumptuous. The Holy Spirit is holy. Everything that He anoints is holy. The anointing is to be received with thanksgiving, but it is not to be grabbed, which reveals a selfishness or ambition, both of
which will lead to a misuse of the anointing.

The Hand. It is significant that in Matthew 26:23 Jesus said "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me." They were dipping bread in the oil to soften it, but Jesus said "hand. "Luke 22:21 also uses "hand" when referring to the betrayer. Mark 14:20 refers to the one who dips with Me. The Greek word translated "hand" in these texts is
cheir, which means "literally or figuratively [power]; especially [by Hebraism] a means or instrument; hollowness for grasping." When we see "hand" in this context, it means the instrument of power, or the hollowness for grasping.

Traditionally, the bowl at the center of the table filled with oil was called a common dish, and anyone that dipped his bread in the dish was to do it in such a way as not to let his finger touch the contents of the dish. If this happened, the oil would be defiled. We, too, can defile the anointing oil if we put our hand into it presumptuously as Judas did.

There is a difference between the presence of the Lord and the anointing of the Lord. The anointing is applied to someone to complete a Spirit-led task and is to be done with grace and power. His presence is assured when two or more gather in His name. When we gather in His name, it is usually to honor and praise Him. Judas means "He shall be praised." His name is another name for Judah, which means "praise." This shows that it is possible to betray the Lord even when our intention is to praise Him. This can happen when we begin to think that because of our praise, we have earned the right to use Him.

Setting the Table. The job of a praise leader is, metaphorically speaking, to set the table and present to the Lord the sacrifice of true praise that He will inhabit. The desire to bless God and the faith of the people will make that praise inhabitable for the Lord. Once He arrives, (usually in the form of the Holy Spirit) He will bring life and power to the event we are having, but we must remember that He did not come to our event, nor is His presence an  endorsement of what we're doing. He came to inhabit the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).

It's when His presence comes that many get anxious and presumptuous, and often reach for the oil. It's like a large family at the dinner table, trying to patiently wait for Dad to finish praying before the kids attack the food. If the Lord has anointed someone for a task of His choosing, then that person will be able to do with grace and power. The problem is that
everything can seem to be anointed in the Lord's presence. That leads many to search for those moments of praise that God will inhabit so they can do their thing and have what appears to be an anointing to do it. If someone stays on that track, they will most certainly end up betraying the purposes of the Lord.

This is what happened to Judas. He thought he was making an improvement on the purposes of God by betraying His Anointed, and the dipping of his hand into the oil was the act of presumption that made him wish he had never been born (Matthew 26:24).

Oswald Chambers wrote in his book My Utmost for His Highest for January 25, "As workers for God we have to learn to make room for God--to give God 'elbow room.'" He warns against looking for God to come in a particular way, rather than just looking for God. I was surprised that he said we have to learn to make room. This means that we do not do it naturally or

Because taking time to wait for God may create a seemingly unendurable tension, many have tried to make a meeting go well. I know I have tried to say something when the anointing was present that I thought would be a blessing, but I usually just quenched the Spirit. After a few failures, I found that the Lord was willing to let us know who or what He wanted to anoint for that gathering.

In one of the recent MorningStar conferences, the praise was high and there was a sweet spirit in the air. Bob Jones got up in the middle of praise and said, "There's an anointing for healing here." As soon as he said that, healing started happening all over the room. His ability to discern the purpose of the anointing in that meeting was key to making room for the Lord. Many were healed that night. I didn't know what the Lord wanted to do while I was leading praise, but Bob did. It will seldom be the responsibility of only one person to discern all that the Lord wants to do in a single meeting. There wasn't much preaching that night, but there was a lot of healing.

"With Me". When Jesus said "the one who dips his hand with me," He was making a statement about His relationship with Judas. Meta is the Greek word used for "with" in this text, and is defined as "denoting accompaniment; amid; occupying an intermediate position between, being close to something verses being away." This word indicates something between being close and being far away. Lukewarm might be another definition. We can be close to Jesus and the things that He does without being intimate with Him. Judas was
familiar with Jesus, but John was intimate. There is a difference. In order to have a covenant meal with the Lord, one must be close with the Lord. The only one that dipped and ran, so to speak, was Judas. We need to examine how we approach the Lord in praise and in other ways in a meeting. Are we just dipping or grasping for the anointing and then leaving to do
what we want? Or are we waiting to see what the Lord wants to say? Jesus was not just breaking bread with His friends to have another meal, but He was establishing how all of mankind could enter into the covenant meal while bringing to memory the life and sacrifice of the Messiah. This was the most important meal ever served. It was certainly not the time to be casual or presumptuous. Those who would behave this way in such a setting are in a
danger of mishandling the anointing, or even worse, like Judas, betraying it.

This is not to create a paralysis concerning the anointing or power of God, as the Lord uses people to carry out His will all the time. In fact, He has made Himself strangely dependent on His people. However, we must guard against the presumptuous act of continuing on with our own agenda when the Holy Spirit is obviously present and working to do something else. That is the place of sensitivity to which all who minister must come, and it will only come through intimacy with the Lord.

The Greek word translated "betray" is very interesting. It is paradidomi [par-ad-id-o-mee], which means "to give into the hands (of another) to give over into (one's) power or use; to use, to take care of, to manage." It really means to control someone else, and in this case, it meant to control the power of Jesus. This is probably why many scholars and historians have believed that Judas betrayed the Lord in order to force Him to take His authority as King. Obviously he did not expect the Lord to be crucified because of the great remorse he demonstrated by taking his own life. This probably seemed like a noble thing to Judas at the time, simply forcing the Lord's hand a little bit so that He would go ahead and take His authority, but the presumption of thinking that we know better than God Himself will
lead to the tragic opposition of His purposes. The Lord has delegated authority to us, but it is never to be used to try to control Him. We are His servants; He is not our servant.

If I were to paraphrase Matthew 26:23, it would read something like, "The one who puts his grasping power into the anointing at the same time I do, is lukewarm, not close or sensitive to Me, and he will presumptiously use that power for his own purposes."

Giving Over the Power. When the day came that I realized I wasn't the source of my gift from God, I was convicted that I had been using this power to gain acceptance. The Lord was the power I had even before I knew Him. I would give that power over to the control of men in the world for what I could gain from it, and was in truth betraying Jesus every time I did. By His wonderful mercy, I was forgiven for such misuse, but it left a lasting impression on me. I never want to betray Him again, but I realize that this tendency can sneak in with great subtlety.

Every time the anointing is present, we run the risk of acting presumptiously toward that anointing. This is not a small matter. Again, Judas means "praise," and learning to minister with sensitivity to the Lord and not just the people is going to be the most important issue facing the praise leaders of the next generation. In the past all that was required of a musician was to make the people happy. Now what is required is tuning to the Spirit of the Lord and hearing what is on the heart of the Father, and then obeying what we hear. The word King David used for "skill" to describe  discern," or to feel what is right (II Chronicles 34:12). Let us pray for this grace.

While it may seem that I am over spiritualizing this issue, I believe the Lord is trying to warn all who are in ministry at this time. A greater anointing than we have ever known is coming on all flesh (Acts 2:17). There is the saying, "What you can get away with in the outer court will get you killed in the holy place." Let us not by our actions teach that we can act like rude children who don't have table manners enough to say "excuse me," or, "you first." If we are this presumptuous with the anointing, we are in danger of following the same course as Judas. When the Spirit of God is poured out on all flesh, that flesh will only do what it has been taught. This is especially a warning for "worship leaders." It is one of the basest of acts of fallen human nature to try to use worship to gain attention or promotion for ourselves instead of for our glorious Creator for whom it is intended.

When the anointing is strong during the praise time, I struggle with the fact that I had nothing to do with the power that is in the room right then. I, too, have made presumptuous statements after the meeting to make it appear that "me and Jesus are real close." It is a privilege to be called as a priest to help carry the ark of God's presence, but if people's attention is on us instead of the ark, something is wrong. When Uzzah stretched out his hand to touch the ark, he was struck dead as a warning. Have we put our hand in the oil and touched it with our flesh instead of patiently dipping our bread in it? This is a dangerous trap and I know many musicians in the church have fallen to it. Now is not the time to feign a relationship with Jesus to make what we are doing appear to have the approval of the God on it. Jesus, not us, is the power. If His glory comes when we are privileged to be playing before Him, then let us not presume that He came to endorse what we're doing, but that He came for His own purposes which we must discern and patiently learn to follow."

The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born (NAS).

(Gal 5:9 KJV)  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

(Gal 5:10 KJV)  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment,
whosoever he be.

(Acts 20:27 KJV)  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

" For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."

A lot of the material here applies to false teachers as well, those persons, eveil spirits too who teach others lies, do add and distort the word of God in the Holy Bible!

What is a prophet? Well according to the Unger's Bible Dictionary says: One who is divinely inspired to communicate God's will to his people, and to disclose the future to them. ( A Commentary, or a Dictionary really is not the best source of the truth or definition, rather the Bible is still the best source). Prophecy  is an inspired message or warning from God to his people foretelling future events or merely instructing His people now to change their human conduct and repent of sin. Prophecy thus relates also to Christian living.

An example is: Jonah and Nineveh: Jonah delivered a prophecy to Nineveh and the people of Nineveh repented. God was pleased with their repentance and deferred the punishment. The penalty was removed.

God gave Israel true prophets.

God used many prophets in the Old Testament and New Testaments. Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jonah, etc.

Prophets represented God to the people. They spoke for God to the people. Example: Nathan and David. God talked to Nathan and Nathan talked to David. (2 Sam. 12:)

Jesus Christ told the people to beware of the false prophets in the world. He clearly did not say though all of the prophets after Him would be false. Even though there are many false ones today.

Mat 24:11 (NKJV) "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many."

Mat 24:4 (NKJV) "And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one
deceives you."

How can you know a true prophet of God from a false prophet? From a false teacher? from a false pastor, from a false evangelist?t, from a false elder?

Let's also look at seven (7)  initial tests to determine if a prophet is a true prophet or a false prophet:

TEST #1 - Do their predictions come true? But is this the sole and best test?
Let's read: Jer 28:9 (NKJV)  "As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent."

There have been several ministers who have predicted the end of the world or that Christ would come on a certain date.  In 1831 William Miller predicted the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ in 1844. His prediction failed. In essence he was a false prophet. All Ministers must be careful in not setting dates. Only God knows the day and hour of Christ's return.

Mat. 24:36 says: "but of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Just because someone may predict or accurately foretell a future event does not mean that that person is a true prophet of God too.  Remember - even Satan tells the truth sometimes! Is disguised as an angel of light..
TEST #2 - Does the prophet have a divine commission? Called by God himself?
Jer 29:9 (NKJV) For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the LORD.

Certain ministers can say that they have a denominational or a divine commission. Eevn a commission to   perhaps  to build a hospital to help the poor and the sick. They tell you that God has spoken to them and that God has told him to tell people that they need to send money to him for this  divine project.  Has God spoken privately to this prophet? How do you know that God spoke to him? He can't prove to you that God has spoke to him. Remember, if God spoke to him, God can also speak to you and confirm it. God could speak to you and say: Give him some money. God loves a cheerful giver who doe sit in real love and God does not force you to give. Submission to others is always voluntary and recprical as well and never enforced.

TEST #3 - Are the prophecies consistent with Scripture?
2 Pet 1:20-21 (NKJV) knowing this first, THAT NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION, {21} for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

Rev 22:18-19 (NKJV) says:  For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; {19} and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

Comments: Early Christian writers understood these verses as WARNINGS to false teachers who would tamper with or alter the content of the Bible.  Such individuals by their actions reveal their unregenerate state and, therefore, are cursed with judgment and excluded from the Book of Life.

TEST #4 - Do other people really benefit  physically, spiritually from the prophet's ministry?

BENEFIT: 1 Pet 4:11 (NKJV)  "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

CURSING: Jer 23:13 (NKJV) "And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal And caused My people Israel to ERR." {14} Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah."

Jer 23:32 (NKJV) "Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," says the LORD, "and tell them, and cause My people to ERR by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all," says the LORD."

Do the people really benefit when the teacher, prophet and his corporation CONTROL everything? Do the people get to benefit of the local evangelism?  Many people today are starving for God's truth. People really don't want to hear sermons that are advertisements for the church corporation.  People do want to hear well prepared sermons based upon the Bible but rather also those directly led by the Spirit of God.

TEST #5 - Does what the prophet say or personally do that conflicts with God's 10 commandments?
Deu 13:1-6 (NKJV) says:  "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, {2} and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'; which you have not known; 'and let us serve them,'" {3} you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is TESTING YOU to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." {4} You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him." {5} But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death,
because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst." {6} If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers,"

Comments: Deu 13:1  These verses (vv. 1-6) warn the people against false religious leaders who would attempt to draw them away from God. Since both prophecy and dreams were a common means of divine revelation, the Israelites were vulnerable here to one who would claim divine revelation, perhaps even performing a "sign" or "wonder." The invitation to "go after other gods" (v. 2) would immediately identify a false prophet (cf. Num. 11:29, note). Verse 3 explains why false prophets are sometimes able to perform miracles.

Just because a vision, miracle or dream comes to pass, this does not mean it is from God. God allows this because GOD IS TESTING YOU!

Note even Apostle Paul said in his day that there were those who preached "another Jesus".

2 Cor 11:3-4 (NKJV) says:  "But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. {4} For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted; you may well put up with it!"

There are many churches today that PREACH ANOTHER JESUS. An evil Spirt called Jesus too!! Clearly A Jesus that is different than the Jesus of the  Bible.

If Jesus Christ were to return just like He did the first time - Would people rather today accept Him or crucify Him? For Christ still would be exposing the t.v. evangelists and the false religious leaders as hypocrites. He would reprove the politicians, news media and the people in the entertainment business.  Jesus Christ did NOT write the book: "How to win friends and influence people?" He would not try to win any popularity contests still.  This is why, when He returns, he will return in power and in glory and ready to rule.

Also please Don't let anyone tell you that the Old testament, and the  laws have all been done away.

Isa 8:19 (NKJV) says:  "And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?" {20} TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

COMMENTS: Isa 8:19: People through the ages have turned away from God during times of great distress, when actually they need Him most, and consulted those who offered false hope. The Lord strictly forbids any kind of divination, fortune-telling, astrology, or necromancy (cf. Deut. 18:10; 1 Sam. 28:7-20; 2 Kin. 21:6). The phrase "wizards who whisper" is a reference to ventriloquists who sought to disguise their voices as representations of
ghosts or spirits from another world.  Some ministers claim to "know the Lord," and yet do not keep God's commandments. Notice what  1 John 2:4 (NKJV) says to them: "He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a LIAR, and the TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM."

Many ministers who claim to represent God try to "do away" with God's laws and commandments. They accept part of God's Word and reject other pars falsey.

When the BIble is  rejected or parts assumed to be "done away," there remains no real standard for their own good or evil. Every one does what he thinks is right in his own eyes. God tells man what sin is in the Bible.   1 John 3:4 (KJV) "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

The ten (10) commandments were given to us as a guide to living. There are still blessings if you obey them and cursings if you break them.  The ten (10) commandments help us to have a right and proper relationship with God and our fellowman. Thus  a true prophet will be a ten commandment keeper - not a commandment breaker.

TEST #6 - Test the spirits!
1 John 4:1 (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1 (B.S.B. notes): Another crucial passage for our modern era, this verse emphasizes that believers are not to be naive about claims of spiritual authority, gullibly accepting all such claims. Instead, believers are cautioned to subject the spirits to testing to see whether or not they are of God. The presence of false prophets claiming the authority of the Holy Spirit only underscores the necessity of "testing the spirits." This "testing" is an evaluation of spiritual claims based upon the authority of the Scriptures and as to who Jesus was, is. Jesus is God come in the flesh to earth and Jesus he has a resurrected body now and with it he is now in heaven.

1 John 4:2 (NKJV) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

1 John 4:2: (vv. 2,3)  The criterion given to evaluate spiritual claims concerns the Person of Jesus Christ. Throughout this epistle, the author states that a proper understanding of Christ, knowing Christ personally is a mark of genuine Christianity (cf. 1 John 2:22, 23; 4:15; 5:1, 5). Those who deny "that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh" reflect the spirit of Antichrist -- they are not believers. Most likely, these comments are aimed at the false teachers who compromised the unique role of Jesus Christ as both God and man. Consequently, this doctrinal test is not sufficient in every situation. Mere verbal confession of a doctrinal statement does not guarantee genuine regeneration (cf. Matt. 7:21-23; Luke 6:46). However,
since these heretics had openly minimized certain truths about Christ, their statements betrayed their allegiance to Satan.

1 John 4:3 (NKJV) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. {4} You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4  (vv. 4-6) The differences between the false teachers and the genuine believers exemplify the dichotomy between the forces of God and the forces of Satan ("the world").

1 John 4:5-7 (NKJV) They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. {6} We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. {7} Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

(vv. 7-21) The noun and verb forms of "love" (agape, agapao, Gk.) occur a total of 27 times in these verses. (vv. 7-12) Returning to the theme of mutual love ("love one another," vv. 7, 11, 12), John shows that love is grounded in God's nature. Those who have been "born of God" ought to emulate His character. God provides both the source (v. 9) and example (v. 11) of
the believer's love. Moreover, love for others is an integral part of one's relationship with God (v. 12). While "no one has seen God" (cf. John 1:18), God's love is evident in the work of Christ (v. 9) and in the believer's love for others (v. 12).
TEST #7 - Does the prophet teach the truth?
John 17:17 says: "Thy word is truth".

Does God expect you to follow a minister or prophet who is not teaching you the truth? The Bible also says that when the blind lead the blind they both fall into the ditch.

Luke 6:39 (NKJV) "And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?"

Some people allow themselves to be led by those who teach false doctrine and the suffer as a result too. That is the fate of those who fail to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good?

Isa 9:16 (NKJV) says: "For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed."

What are you supposed to do if you are being taught by a false teacher or a false prophet? Flee, run away from them, leave them!!!

Let's read 1 Tim 6:3 (NKJV) "If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness," {4} he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions," {5} useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. FROM SUCH WITHDRAW YOURSELF." Look unto God always firstand not mere man for guidance, help."

There are bad pastors.

For the record I rightfully no longer accept personal abuse, slander by any Pastor in Canada or anyone quietly for after I asked them to repent and they refused, I recorded their sins in writing , send it to the churches, courts, news media, governments as well, so that we can all know the truth and deal with it as well. All it takes for evil persons to proper is for good people to do nothign about it even in the Ministry

There are also good pastors

"I thank my God in all remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your joint participation in the gospel from the firs day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:3-6).

Every time you come to my mind I thank God for you.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church a Philippi and said, "I thank my God in
all my remembrance of you" (1:3).

 There is no greater joy than looking back on your ministry and thanking God for the people in it. My heart also overflows with joy knowing these believers are faithfully walking with Christ today.

Also when was the last time you said "thank you" to the person who led you to Christ, or discipled you, or gave encouragement to you? Let them know you thank God for them every time they come to your mind. Send them a card, or note, or make a phone call today and let them they cause your heart to rejoice.

Every time you come to my mind I pray for you (v. 4).
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with
joy in my every prayer for you all" (1:3-4).

Every time Paul thought about the Philippians he prayed for them. He prayed for them consistently and systematically. His prayer is full of joy. This, by the way, is the recurring note of this letter. Paul's missionary prayer letter is full of joy. "Rejoice, and again I say rejoice."

The word Paul uses for prayer means to make a request or petition. It is a specific petition arising from a need. Ephesians 6:18-20 is a good example of this word. Paul wrote from the Roman prison, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

The Philippian church shared in the Apostle Paul's prayer support. He was waiting for news from Emperor Nero as to whether he would be released from prison or beheaded. "

Keep these points in mind as you pray for others.

Be informed. Find out as much information as you can about the need. Be accurate, but don't be a gossip. Be an active part of "Prayer and Praise" time on Sunday morning. This not a time for rumors. It is time for prayer and praise.

Be specific. Don't pray, "God lead, guide and direct all the missionaries. You know we love 'em." Be specific. What are their needs? Are they facing language barriers, government interference, red tape, illness, financial needs, jobs, loss of loved ones, illness, etc.?

Be bold. Take God at His Word. Dare God to do specific things. Prayer for the giant steps to be taken. Let's enlarge our perspective. William Carey said, "Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God."

Be practical. What would it be like if you were in that person's shoes? How would you then pray?

Be consistent. Pray just like you would pray everyday for a son in the war. Not only is there joy in the ministry, but there is a real, close fellowship that is almost indescribable.


"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now" (1:3-5).

The word is "fellowship."

It is koinonia meaning "joint participation" in that which we have in common. They cooperated in the widest sense of sharing of the Gospel in Philippi and Rome. They were a vital part of Paul's ministry through financial and prayer support. There was energetic wholehearted cooperation  in the ministry of Paul.

Fellowship with Christ also means living, suffering, dying, inheriting, and reigning with Him (Rom. 6:8; 8:17; 6:6; 2 Tim. 2:12; cf. also 2 Cor. 7:3; Col. 2:12-13; Eph. 2:5-6).

What is it that binds our hearts together? It is the fellowship of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christianity is Christ. It is an intimate love relationship with Him. It is joint participation in that which we have in common with Him. The Philippian church experienced that fellowship in
sharing Christ. "You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs" (4:15-16).

The example Paul set (v. 7-8).

Paul writes in 1:7-11: "For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."

That is a pastor's heart. It is also the attitude of "fellowship." You may have a translation that reads, "you hold me in your heart." Either way is correct. Literally, "because of the holding me (or you) in the heart as to you (or me)." A. T. Robertson reminds us, "There is no way to decide which is the idea meant except to say that love begets love. The pastor who, like
Paul, holds his people in his heart will find them holding him in their hearts."

They had worked side by side with Paul (4:3) and continued with their witnessing after he left Philippi. They prayed for him regularly (1:19).

They kept up their contact with him (2:25-30). They sent him financial gifts as they had opportunity (4:10-20). This is the koinonia of the Gospel.

Paul is inclined to invoke God as his witness when he experiences strong intense emotions as in verse eight. Paul experiences deep affection for the Philippines. He does not hesitate in expressing his love. He loves them "with the affection of Christ Jesus." There is heartfelt love on the part of Paul for his readers and their love for him. It is true koinonia. In verse eight Paul uses the strongest word in the Greek language for the feeling of compassion. There is a strong bond between the apostle and God's people.

They have tender heartiness and compassion for one another. His prayer is that they will continue to progress in that love. He wants them to grow in their perception and maturity.

We need to ask ourselves, to what extent do I seek Christian fellowship? Do you forsake it or neglect it? How can I create an atmosphere for sharing, encouraging fellowship in our church? How can I become more flexible in meeting people's needs as they arise?

Paul reminds us that even in suffering imprisonment we are together because of the common goals. There is great joy in the ministry, and a keen sense of joint participation in what God is doing.


What God begins He will finish.

"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus" (1:6).

Paul was convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that God would continue to work
in their lives.

He "will perfect it" (epitelesei). He will "fully finish" what He has begun.

He will complete it with the idea of reaching fully its goal. Vincent comments, God "will carry it on towards completion, and fully complete." God began and God will consummate it.

Salvation is God's work from beginning to end. The "day of Christ Jesus" is the time when the salvation of believers will be consummated. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come.

When will it be fully finished? It will be completed when Christ comes again. Look at verses 9-10. "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ . . ." The second coming is in verse 10. I Thessalonians 5:24, reads, "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass." God called you, He is faithful and He will accomplish His purpose in your life. Look up at your convenience Philippians 3:20; II Thess. 1:10; 2:2; I Cor. 1:18; 3:13; II Cor. 1:14; Rom. 13:12. Paul is cheered by that blessed hope. I pray your heart be also.

God began a good work in you the day Christ came into your life.

The Holy Spirit will perfect God's work in you until Christ returns.
Colossians 1:28 reminds us, "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified" (Romans 8:28-30).
Yes, we are involved in something that will still be worthwhile a million years from now.

God is not going to give up on you. He will not stop until He has done all  He desires in your life. He will conform you to Christ-likeness. God began a good work and He will continue His work in and through us. He is not through with us.  " 

Here is a reply of one person to this above devotional messages..

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002
Subject: Thank You So Much

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have been doing for me....praying, edifying, teaching, correcting and sharing God's word and His love with me.  Many times, you have sent messages that I browsed over and printed them out because they were so long and said that I would come back to them and although its not right away, I do come back to them.  What a blessing it is to print them and read

This article it has truly blessed me, encouraged me, opened my eyes to what I have been facing and even the recent attacks from members of my old church....still trying to curse me but the devil is a liar!  Father I forgive them, I release them and I break all curses that they have prayed against me, my mind and my body in the name of Jesus.  Father I curse the spirit of divination at the root and break it's hold off of your children in the name of Jesus! Father I thank You that vengeance belongs to you and I ask that You would move by your spirit with silencing the voice of the accuser, in the name of Jesus!

Many times you sent messages of warnings to me and I didn't take heed so my being caught up in the midst of confusion was my own doing for not being obedient...and for having too much clutter in my life...too much trusting in man and not enough trust in God...Oh thank You Jesus that has all changed and continues to change as I deny myself on a daily basis and keep you first in everything that I do!  Crucify my flesh Jesus!

So much that you have experienced, I am presently experiencing and I am beginning to understand now.  The Lord has truly revealed Himself to me and the dangerous situation that I was in at this church.  I also understand why I didn't fit in and why I often felt like an outcast, why I often got sick, felt confused at times.  I understand that standing on God's word was the very reason I faced so much persecution.  The light always exposes the darkness and the wicked will do everything that can to kill, dim and destroy that light.  Many people don't like you for who you are in Christ and many people don't like me for that very reason too! Thank God Paul, that I know that it is nothing to cry about anymore!  I am exactly what God wants me to be.  Of course He is still working on me so please continue to be patient with me:) smile

I continue to seek the Lord on His Will for my life, this is what I learned during jury duty last week.  Jury duty ended Thursday.  It was a very interesting case.  When the opening statements began, I heard softly "Not Guilty" it made me look around:) smile Lord are you talking to me:) smile yes, "Not Guilty" The Lord taught me a lot of very good lessons during the hearing and deliberation process.  I was also selected as the fore person and what a challenge that was.  Although, I had compassion for the victim and the injuries that he sustained, because of the shooting, his testimony was full of discrepancies and the commonwealth did not prove their burden of Aggravated Assault, Attempted Murder and Possessing Instrument of Crime.  I am listing the charges because everyday that we wake up, the enemy is guilty of aggravated assaults, attempted murder and possessing instrument of crime against the saints of God.  Shall I list a few?  Drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, child abuse, domestic violence, adultery, murder, robbery, rape, homosexuality, greed, gambling, lust, pleasure, pride, jealousy, envy, strife, confusion, not to mention the Jezebel spirit that is running rampant paving the way for the leviathan spirit, etc.  So as I watched and listened
to this case unfold, as I reviewed the evidence, as I eye balled each and every witness, the DA, the Defense attorney, the defendant, the victim, I thought about 1 Peter 5:8-9, Be sober, be vigilant; because your "adversary" the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  I also thought about and re-read the book of Esther during my breaks and just like Haman's wicked plans to kill Mordecai and all of the Jews failed, so did the victim's attempts to take away 10-17 years of the defendants life fail.  Not only was the defendant not placed at the scene of the crime, the instrument of crime
was never found or linked to this man.

What I saw here was the WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE!  Ephesians 6:17-20, we are to put on and keep on the whole armor of God! We are in the midst of a spiritual battle and because we are on God's side, we are the winners!  We are more than conquerors!  We are overcomers!  We are victorious in Christ but apart from Him, we are defeated because we can do nothing without God! We must be steadfast, unmoveable always abounding in the work of the Lord!

I also learned that even though the victim lied in his case, it wasn't my job to judge him or to say that he was helpless or hopeless.  At first I became angry and looked at him as if to do you expect me to believe that and the Lord convicted me.  I am to treat and look at him the same way that I am looking at the innocent man that was accused of this
crime, no favorites here...and I began to pray for his salvation, the defendants and all in the courtroom.

Revelations 12:10, And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the "accuser" of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Then I thought about accuser another name for satan which means to charge with a fault or offense: to  charge with an offense judicially or by a public process; to blame.  What I learned here is
that satan loves to falsely accuse God's children.

He is a liar and the word says the Father of lies, so when he comes because he will....stay alert:) smile, he will offer you a suggestion, a lie, or he will make a promise that he has no intentions of keeping.  That's why drug addicts keep chasing a high that they will never catch.  Anyway, we mustn't waste our time talking to satan that's how Eve got deceived.  Earlier I mentioned leviathan and it means twisted or coiled.  Satan the accuser will twist God's word and turn it into what he wants it to say...which is what a lot of false  preachers/teachers and prophets are doing!  We must reject, refuse his offer, his lie, his broken promises and stand on God's word as it is recorded in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6   And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This brings me to pulling down the strongholds in my own life personally, then the strongholds that I see in the judicial system while in court this week.  Many things are wrong.  God knows and God sees...not just here but all over.  So more and more I see that this is God's will for my life, Isaiah 61:1, The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

The defendant was wrongfully incarcerated and God strategically placed me in that courtroom to open the prison door so that the defendant could go free, to teach me, to use me, to guide me in a whole new way of praying for my fellow citizens and for this nation.  These are surely praying times and God's word says that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much! James 5:16.

I am God's Lethal Weapon as it is recorded in Jeremiah 51:20, Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; I am a prayer warrior, God's war club!

 I didn't always understand why the Lord would give me messages to deliver to the different pastor's that I was under or why they would mistreat me or rebuke me afterwards.  Some told me that I should learn how to shut up because I talk too much.  Well because I didn't understand and their mistreatment caused others to mistreat me (folks that watched me grow up), I was hurt.  I was labeled as the troublemaker but praise be to God, today, I understand and I am honored to be a troublemaker for the Lord!

Elijah was a troublemaker and Ahab hated Elijah, what better story to learn and prepare me for the call that is on my life.  We used to sing a song, that said by and by when the morning comes, all the saints of God are gathering home, we will tell the story of how we overcome and will understand it better by and by, hallelujah!  Thank you Jesus!  All is not clear but I am determined to follow Jesus all the way!  Where He leads me, I will follow!  What He tells me to say, I will say!  What He tells me to preach, I will preach!  When He tells me to rebuke, I will rebuke!  When He tells me to be quiet, I will be quiet!

1 King 19:11   And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12   And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13   And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

In the courtroom I had to be quiet, thank you Jesus!  Just like Elijah didn't hear the Lord's voice in all the wind that broke the rocks in pieces, the wind after the earthquake or the fire after the earthquake but when he went to the opening of the cave and wrapped his mantle around him, he heard God's still small voice.  Lesson for me, Be Quiet and Listen my child!  Be Quiet and Listen!  Thank You Jesus!

The Lord asked Elijah why are you are?  Elijah replied, 1 Kings 19:14, "And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 15   And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 16   And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.  17   And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18   Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

The Lord told Elijah to anoint Nimshi, Jehu and Elisha. Then the Lord told Elijah that He had 7,000 faithful people in Israel that had not bowed down to Baal, (false Gods).  Before the Lord told him that, Elijah was afraid and he "thought that he was all alone.  The "accuser" wanted him to "think" that he was alone because he wanted him to be afraid. Fear will paralyze you but perfect love casts out all fear!  2 Timothy 1:7   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Thank You Jesus for using this 4 day jury trial to teach me not to be afraid of the "accuser", For speaking to speak to me, for correcting me and for pruning me because there are many things that I had to cut off as you exposed them to me, during the trial.  What a blessing!

Elijah was afraid of Jezebel and was running for his life but the Lord told him to go back the same way that he came and the Lord is telling me the same thing.  Be Strong and of Good Courage!  I can't try nothing new to fight my battles, afterall David could not defeat Goliath with Saul's armor could he? David had to use what he had, his faith, hope and trust was in God and God used (positioned) David with the sling shot, five smooth stones and BAM down
Goliath went but hold on....the victory didn't come unto David went over to Goliath's body, took his sword and cut off his head hallelujah that's when the victory came!  Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 43:1  1   But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Jeremiah 1:5, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Isaiah 41:10   Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11   Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12   Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that
war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13   For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 14   Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou
shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Jeremiah 51:25 "I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth," declares the LORD. "I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned out mountain
(John 15:4 KJV)  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of  itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5  I am  the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same  bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6  If a man abide  not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them,  and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my  words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8) 
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my   disciples. 9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in  my love. 10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as  I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

(Rev 19:10 KJV)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me,  See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the  testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
I pray in Jesus Name that god would supply all of your needs, give you love, peace, joy, faith, health, and  that God will give you the wisdom even today to understand all of His will for you as well.
(Rom 13:12 KJV)  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
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(John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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