Salvation to be Revealed in the Last Days #1

Salvation to be revealed in the last days Part#1.

Well it has been brought to my attention that I am very long winded and that I should break up my blogs especially this one into sections. So upon your request here goes nothing. I am currently working on my next blog subject double minded and Lord willing I will finish it before the Lords return. This Salvation message is going to be in five parts. I hope you get something out of it. By the way I have missed everybody. Love always in truth
Corey

Okay guys here goes nothing. I want to take a look at the Biblical perspective of Salvation. So many times when we are asked to speak or teach at a new location. This message is usually always the first message we teach. It is really interesting when a lot of times that we give the invitation and all the church leadership is the first to the altar asking Jesus to save them. It boggles my mind and I think of the scripture, if you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet you receive a prophets reward. There is only one problem with that scripture and that is that in no way shape or form do I or my father claim to be or feel that we are prophets. God told my dad twenty something years ago that he was to prepare the way of the Lord like John the Baptist did. In my own life, I know in 1997 I heard God call me to be watchman, actually it was not quite that spectacular. I heard God say where are the watchmen? who will go proclaim the word of the Lord? and I said I’ll go. I know there was a whole lot more people that I knew that where way more qualified, but for one reason or another they did not want to go. So guess I got the watchman position because nobody else around me wanted to run for the position. At the time my marriage was in horrendous shape, I was having a tough time dealing with anger and I did not feel I had a clue what God’s love really was. I do realize now, 12 years later, why no one else wanted the position, because I have to go where God sends me, no where I usually would have chosen to go and stand alone most of the time, and proclaim the words that the Lord has laid on my heart and then embrace for the stones that are coming my way. If anything hostile could be said to me; it has been said. I have been cursed by family, church, friends, and peers, and you know what? It by far has been the best thing that has ever happened to me because God has used every bit of the junk that has come my way to clean and purify me by exposing all the junk and strongholds in my life. What I am realizing more everyday is if the persecution had not come against me; then I probably would still be walking around with all my junk that Jesus wanted to set me free from. The Lord has definitely taught me not to take anything to heart about what people can say to you, because it was His words that where making them angry and they wanted to kick the messenger a little bit. Guys when I first went and began to speak what God was laying on my heart, I did not have a clue what I was saying a lot of the time especially in the beginning. I was repeating the words that God told me to say, but I was unsure how to make those words alive in my life. I have realized now that God not only wanted to expose what was truly in my heart ,but also wanted to protect me.

I can’t tell you how many times in the early days when I was ate up with anger and idolatry issues that I felt like the children of Israel who kept saying oh that we where back in Egypt. Life was good back in Egypt when we where in bondage to the Pharaoh. At least we got fed and had beds to sleep in. They where bitter and double minded and bitter towards God. I was the same stinking way. I would sit there and say oh things where so much better when I was on the back row of my church playing child of God on Sundays and serving myself the rest of the week from Monday through Saturday. You see I had set myself up as God, I had said the sinners prayer, got water baptized and I was living the majority of my life for the most important person in my life. Me, or at least I thought I was living for me not realizing I was in total bondage to the sin in my life. Then God raises me up out of that back pew and says go and I said with my big mouth I will go having no idea what I had just committed myself to. It was not very long before I was complaining to God that this really sucks. I loathe this miserable food you have put in my mouth to speak. You have brought me out to do this so called work for you Lord and every one of my church friends have turned their back on me. My wife and children are calling me a hypocrite. I got fired from two different Jobs for witnessing about you and both times it put my family in a horrible financial situation, and now my wife wants to divorce me. She has no clue why I am doing this and frankly Lord I don‘t feel like a have a clue anymore either. Everywhere I go repeating what You tell me to say. I would think the pastors would be happy to see me because I am bringing some real food but they I get rocks thrown at me, but they usually are the first one to hit me with a stone. This is not what I signed up for God. I want the blessings you are giving all the other Christians God. A nice house, nice car, a lot of money in the bank, everyone to like me and a nice long vacation from this ministry.

Anyway I could not see at the time that God was trying to show me I was double minded and needed to get rid of all the junk that was operating in my life. The farther I went down this road God slowly began to reveal to me what this finishing the race, that Paul said we had to do, was all about. It was a lot bigger deal than just knowing a bunch of words and be able to quote them. God began to reveal to me that I knew about God , but I did not know God. There is a huge difference. You can hear God and still not know God. Remember Samuel who anointed Saul and David to be King of Israel. When Samuel was a little boy God spoke to him three different times in the middle of the night. So Samuel would climb out of bed and go running to Eli thinking it was Eli who had called him. It says he heard the Lord but he did not yet know the Lord. Look guys when God wrote the word of God He really did not make this thing that complicated. He wrote it so we would understand it, but it is by the Spirit that we understand. It is not by some legalistic or intellectual garbage floating around out there. Religion and religious doctrines have complicated this thing and now everyone is running from place to place going who is telling the truth. Religion has, for the most part, polluted everything and confused everybody. Doctrines will disagree on grace and law. These doctrines contradict themselves and one another. Then you try to set all your doctrines to the side and read your Bible and match it back to your doctrine that way. Then you stumble across some scripture and you can not get it to fit into your doctrine. It was not until I broke away from all my church background and got alone with God and began to cry out to the Lord what is true salvation and what is the gospel did the Lord then begin to put the salvation message together for me. I did not want to place my eternal security into another man’s hands, and you should not either. because what if the doctrines of men you where raised on, that you have staked your eternal security to is wrong. If salvation is as easy as every one says then everybody is going to heaven and why on earth did God make a Bible so big if all you had to do was believe and everything is okay, and further more if it is that simple then why am I having to go through hell on earth. Do not place your eternal security or the message of eternal security into the hands of any pastor, preacher, or doctrine. You need to place your eternal security on what the Bible says salvation is and nothing else, because the Bible will define itself and it spells salvation out very clearly if you will seek for it and forget what you have been told that salvation is.

A Salvation to be revealed in the last days. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4: to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5: who are protected (look there is your witness protection program to hide you from the enemy how?) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. So here is God’s witness protection program where if you are a witness for Him or faithful servant, He will protect your salvation. If you do not walk in faith you are not protected. Your protected by faith, Hopefully every one is still with me here. This salvation started 2000 years ago and is being revealed in the last days. Now remember the Bible tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Now think about that for a moment. That means you could examine yourself and not be in the faith, because He is talking to the people of God. He is not talking to the hookers and drug addicts hanging out on the street corners. So it is very important for us to know as believers if we are in the faith or not in the faith. Why would God tells us to examine ourselves if we where already in the faith. It does not make any sense me.

Turn to John 8 now Jesus is speaking to a lot of people and I want you to look at this in verse 30: As He spoke these things many came to believe in Him. (do you see that?) Does it not say that many came to believe in Him? It does! Does that mean they believed in Him? Does that mean somewhere in the Greek that they did not believe in Him and they where just faking it right here? Believe means believe doesn’t it? That is what I think it means. Let’s not read something into it that is not there. So they heard what He said and they liked it. Have you ever heard people preach things and you like it? So you believe it and then they preach something you don’t like and do not believe it? As long as it is what you like you will believe it. Then when you hear something you don’t like then you say I do not believe it. Lets go on and see what happens here. 31: Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him. (He is not speaking to the ones who did not believe but to the believers. ) If you abide (or continue) in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine 32: and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. You know what Jesus is doing right here? He is taking them to the next level. You know what Jesus is always doing with you and me, He is always taking you to the next level. You believe? Great! then lets move on to the next level and let’s see if you really believe.

I remember when I was first told about Jesus as a young child and they preached salvation to me. I remember them telling me all you have to do is believe you are a sinner, then believe Christ died on the cross for you to forgive you of your sins and then you will be saved and that is how you will know you are going to heaven. I remember riding home on the church bus being all excited and running home to tell momma I was going to heaven. I remember having a really bad week and I did a lot of bad things and by the time church rolled around he next Sunday I did not feel saved any more. I remember thinking maybe I just did not really believe or something because I sure did not act like a new creation this passed week. So when the altar call was given I went down and asked Jesus to forgive me again and get saved again. The next week I did the same thing, and the week after that I did the same thing. This went on for weeks and weeks until finally one day one of my teachers sat me down said you know Corey you do not have to walk the aisle every week and get saved. Did you mean it he first time? I sure did! I would exclaim. My teacher told me its over then its done the devil can’t steal your salvation from you. By the time that woman was done with me, I was about as confused as a termite in a yoyo. The next week I showed up at church and I was feeling guilty again and it was not many weeks after that I was completely frustrated with church because all church did was make me feel guilty and if what I was feeling was how new creation was suppose to feel I would feel much better about myself if I just stayed home. So I stopped going to church because my parents did not go to church so there was no one to hold me accountable anymore, and I remember feeling lonely and sad and thinking maybe I was not good enough to be a Christian. You know what is so sad to me today? I talk to hundred and thousands of Christian adults all over the map from one denomination to another that feel exactly how I felt as a 5 year old child. I still remember the ache in my heart at five years old and it breaks my heart for all of these believers today that feel no different than I did as a five year old child. They are ready to quit and give up or they have already quit and have given up and just show up at church every Sunday somehow hoping that will count somehow as faith and righteousness for them. How sad is that?

Back to John 8:31 where Jesus is saying if you continue or do my word. If you receive this then lets take the next step. Then you are truly disciples. In other words if you do not continue then you are not His disciples. It is very simple. This is not very complicated. Jesus said then you are going to know the truth. Here is the deal guys, when you are dealing with salvation, and you are dealing with things of God, and you are dealing with what is right and what is wrong, and what is God and what is not. There is only one way you are going to know the truth. You are not going to know it from me and you are not going to know it from anybody. You are going to know it by this; if you continue in His word. So if you don’t do the word you will never know the truth. You may believe it is true, but you will never know it is true. For example you will never know you can cast out a demon until you do it. You may believe it, but until you do it you will not know it is the truth. That is why a lot of people do not believe in deliverance, because they have never done it. Go do it and you will believe in it. Go cast out a few devils and have them spit up on you and you will believe it. Have them try and head but you and kick you and you will believe it, but until you do it you are not going to believe it and you are not going to know it. So back to verse 32: Jesus again is saying you shall know the truth and it shall make you free. What truth makes you free? The truth you know makes you free. Truth does not make you free, but the truth you know will make you free. Truth by itself can not make you free. I can could point out truth to you all day and all night and you won’t be free. But the truth you know will make you free. So if you know you if you repent God is going to free you and deliver you. It will make you free, but if you have never repented until the point that you see it and do it, then you do not know the truth, and it won’t make you free.

John 8:33: They answered Him, We are Abrahams offspring, and we have never been in slavery to know one. How do you say that we will be free; how is it that you say, you shall become free? They did not have a clue what He was talking about, because they where not hearing by the Spirit. They are thinking freedom or slavery in the physical realm and Jesus was talking spiritual slavery. 34: Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. SO lets get this picture guys, if you continue to commit sin the same sin you are a slave. You think well I am free. No you are not, you are a slave because that sin is master over you. I don’t care what it is. It could be alcohol, sex, pot, pornography, profanity, anger, bitterness, critical spirit, gossiping, if you are continuing in these areas then you are a slave to that thing and you are not a slave to Jesus. You understand what I am saying. If you commit the sin then you are a slave to it. If you continually habitually doing a certain sin then you are in slavery to that sin. That is what he is talking about. Now guys watch this because I am talking about salvation from a biblical perspective, and this is in the red so you better pay close attention. You want to look at eternal life, once saved always saved, Jesus is about to address this issue right here. Guys you are going to have to let your theology go to the way side and read the bible it will straighten a lot of things out for you. Read the bible for what it says, and quit going by what people tell you it says that do not know what they are talking about. 35: The slave does not remain in the house forever. What do slaves get to do. They get to come in the house, cook the dinner, clean the toilets, make the bed, and leave. Slaves did not get to sleep in the house. They slept in the servant quarters. They slept somewhere else beside the house. Did they get to go into the house? Sure they do. They went in the house they just could not stay in it. A slave to sin, can he come in the fathers house sure he can. He gets to come in the house occasionally, but he does not get to stay because he is a slave to sin. Do you know what I am saying? 35: the son does remain forever. When you come to Jesus you have to move from being a slave to a son. A son gets to stay in the Fathers house. 36: If therefore the son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. So who is going to make you free. Only Jesus can make you free. Can you make yourself free? No you can not. Can Jesus make you free? Yes He can. You have got to want to be free, and you can be free, because if you know the truth it will make you free. How do you know the truth. It s by walking in accordance to His word. This is right here in your Bible. 37: I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you. You know what He was saying? He had already recognized that these people believed in Him enough for what He first said but when He tried to take them to the next level; they did not like this part. They did not like the part where Jesus said you have to deal with the sin. I did not like it when I heard it!

I was in my bathroom staring in my mirror talking to God one night at twenty seven years old about to be divorced from my wife having to small children both under the age of four. I remembered telling Jesus; your word just does not work for me. Your Bible says I am suppose to love you with all my heart and my neighbor as myself and I am not even sure what love is anymore. I am not even sure you love me. I can’t stand my wife so I don’t know how I will ever figure out the neighbor part and I do not particularly care for you too much God. They say you can fix things and turn someone’s life around. I have no clue how someone could give there life up willingly for another person with no hard feelings. I walked an aisle, I said the prayer what else do you want from me God! I heard God that night for the first time in life just as audible as if I where talking to someone face to face. I heard Jesus say “There is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for another“. I yelled back into my mirror I know that God! I have read that verse or heard that verse my whole life; I don’t know what it means! The I heard Jesus say “ I gave up everything to die for you but you won’t give up anything to die for me” You love your Dallas Cowboys, your Dallas Stars, your music collection, your pornography, your alcohol, your dope, and your movie stars more than you love me, and if you don’t repent you are going to hell. Brothers and sisters the light bulb came on. I cried out my God! You are right; how do I fix it. I heard you can not fix it only I can. I was like where do you want me to start. I heard turn off your T.V. and get rid of your idols. Get in my word and seek me and I will do what you can not. I was like God I can not stand to read your word anymore. How can I do such a thing. I heard just do it. How long Lord do you want me to do it Jesus! I heard How long will you sit down and worship the Dallas Cowboys. I was like sometimes four hours at a time. I heard that’s a start. I was like that is completely impossible God, but I will try. I remembered sitting down that night to read my Bible thinking this is about to be pure hell and a funny thing happened. Because of my repentance and crying out to God; He had already begun to change my heart. The Bible became alive to me and it was like I was reading the bible for the very first time. The Bible was no longer a bunch of red and black ink on white paper but if God was making a movie out of the Bible and playing it right in front of my eyes. It captivated me and I think I started reading it that night about 9:00 pm and did not put it down until about 3:00 A.M. That started the transformation in my life.

Anyway back to John 8: They answered and said to Him. Abraham is our father. Jesus said to them, If you are Abraham’s children, then do what he did. Like father like son. If you are Abraham’s kids then you should be doing what he did . 40: But as it is, you are seeking to kill me, a man who has told you the truth. Which I heard from God; This Abraham did not do. Abraham did not try to kill me. 41: you are doing the deeds of your father. 42: If God where your father then you would love me; Now here’s the deal guys. He’s saying if God’s really your father then you are going to love me, because anyone who loves the father loves the children of the father which also is addressed over in 1 John. If you are truly a believer and there is another believer over here. That means he is a son. Then you are going to love him. The whole think about salvation is love. You can wrap it all up into one thing and it is love. It is not about works it is not about being perfect. It is about being perfect in your love. That is what the whole things about. Without that you are nothing. Paul told us if we have faith to move a mountain and I don’t have love then it profits nothing. So the gospel is all about love, and that is what Jesus is saying right here. If God where your father you would love me. This is all about whether you love God and Jesus or do you love yourself. Who do you love? 43- why do you not understand what I am saying, is it because you can not hear my word. 44- You are of your father the devil. Now these where the ones that believed in Him up in verse 30. Now do you think He really new their heart? Yes sir He did. He told them you have got the wrong daddy., and you want to do the desires of your father. 45- Because I speak the truth, you do not believe me. Did you know guys it is easier to hear a lie than it is to hear the truth. You don’t believe me because I speak the truth but you would prefer to have your ears tickled and believe a lie. You will believe a lie, but you refuse to hear the truth. It is so much easier to believe a lie because it satisfies us. 47- He who is of God hears the words of God. SO this is the way you need to look at things. If you are of God then you are going to hear the word of God and you are going to submit to it. If you are not of God I don’t care how long you sit under it you will never submit to it. He who is of God hears the words of God for this reason you do not hear because you are not of God. Now Jesus put His finger on the problem and he did not play games with them. He did not try to beat around the bush. He did not try to coheres them into believing. He did not try to love them into believing; he just went boom, and hit it right on the head, when you are dealing with people you have to nail on the head and not beat around the bush about it. Jesus knew how to do that. So go on down to verse 59 and you will see the people that believed in him 29 verses earlier now want to kill him and they pick up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple. Now isn’t that amazing that in 29 verses someone could go from believing in Jesus to wanting to kill Jesus. Why? Because Jesus dealt with the issues.

So now then lets look at the definition of eternal life. How would you like to know what eternal life means? I want to give you the definition out of your Bible for eternal life so you will know if you have eternal life or not. Would you guys like to know if you have eternal life? Then you need to know what it is. How can you have it if you do not know what it is? Let us have the biblical definition for eternal life. Turn to John 17:1- Jesus spoke these things lifting up his eyes to heaven, He said, Father the hour has come; glorify thy Son that, that the Son may Glorify thee. We are suppose to glorify God. 2- Even as You gave Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. 3- This is eternal life, that thy may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent. So what is eternal life. It is knowing the Father and knowing the Son. That is eternal life. So do you know the Father and do you know the Son? Well yeah I know Him.

Okay well lets take a look and see if you know Him and we are going to use definitions to prove this. I am just going to define all the terms. So the first thing is eternal life which is knowing God and knowing Jesus. So the next question would be do you know Jesus? Okay lets see if you do. Turn to John 12 :49 and let’s look at another definition of eternal life. Now when you hear all this it is going to make this all real clear to you. 49- For I did not speak on my own initiative, or in other words Jesus did not say what He wanted to say, but the Father Himself who sent me has given me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. In other words I came to say what my Daddy says. I am not speaking what I want to say. I am not giving My own interpretation, but I am telling you exactly what my Father says. So whatever you here Jesus speaking is what the Father is speaking. So if you know the Son then you are going to know the Father, because they are the same because Father like Son. If you love my Father then you are going to love me because We are just alike. 50- I know that His commandment is eternal life; His word is eternal life. His Word created the heaven and the earth. I fit it can create the heavens and the earth then do you think it can create eternal life in you or me. His Word is life. The Word became flesh. The Word became life, and the Word of God in you will become eternal life. The commandment is eternal life. So the commandments of God are very important. So why do you think today that in a lot of churches they try to strip out the commandments of God in school. If the commandments is life what do you think happens when you take the commandments of God out of the schools. You would have death. How many killings today go on today in schools. I don’t think it ever happened before when the ten commandments where posted in the schools. I have never heard of it. The commandments are life take the commandments away, and you have death. So religion will try to strip the commandments away. Now listen guys. I am not talking legalistic and legalism approach to this. This is not legalism. You will see as we continue further along. 50- therefore the things I speak; I speak just as the Father has told Me.

Okay now let’s take a look at what it means to receive Jesus. Okay now lets look at what that means to receive Jesus. Have you ever heard that? Well I received Him into my heart. Is that what it means? Well lets se what the word says receiving Jesus is. Look a few verses up at John 12:47 If anyone hears My sayings , and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. So Jesus says if you do not listen to what I say I won’t judge you because I came to save you. He who rejects me, and does not keep my sayings. In other words when you reject Jesus you don’t receive His sayings. If you don’t receive His saying it means you do not keep them. The way you reject Jesus, is you do not keep His sayings. The way you reject His sayings is by not doing them. So the way you receive Jesus is by receiving His sayings. By receiving His sayings you do them. So how do you receive Jesus? You receive Jesus by receiving what He said, and doing it. That is how you receive Him. So when you say I receive Jesus you know what you are saying? Brother it means you are going to do what He says. Otherwise you did not receive Jesus. If you do not keep His word; you did not receive Jesus. Do not say you have received Jesus if you are not keeping His word. This is how you know you have eternal life. If you did not receive His sayings and you are not willing to do them you did not receive Him. You never received Him; you received religion, and the devil is very Good at getting you to receive religion. When I asked Jesus into my heart at 5 years old and then again at ten years old both times I received religion. I was not taught that I did not have to overcome anything because my salvation was not dependent upon my obedience to the law. and it was a out and out lie. When I had a divine encounter with God at twenty seven years old then Jesus began to teach me His word and what eternal life was all about. Turn to John 1:12 As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God. Now what did it mean to receive Him? It was to hear his sayings and do them. You can say the words but if you are not keeping His sayings you did not receive Him. For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God. Now Jesus said He gave them the right to become; He did not say they where the sons of God does it? Let’s read the Bible for what it says and quit trying to make it conform to your wants and desires. That scripture says when you receive His sayings it then gives you have the right now to become sons of God, not that you already where the children of God. even to those who believe in His name.13- who where born not of blood, nor the will of flesh, nor the will of man, but of God. 14- And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, an we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the father, full of grace and truth.

Okay now is everybody with me so far. Turn to Deuteronomy 18. Now do you remember when Israel was in the wilderness and God came down on Mount Sinai and remember what happened? There was thunder and lightning and everything shook, and man did the Israelites not like what they heard. They heard the voice of God thunder, and they where a little afraid, and they told Moses we do not want to hear God any more or it might kill us if we do, but you go hear God for us and then come back and tell us the rules and we will obey them. So Moses said you want a bunch of rules and religion I will give you religion. Do you want religion or relationship. So here we are now in Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to Him. This according to all you asked of your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly saying let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see the great fire or I am going to die. The Lord said to me they have spoken well. So the Lord said I am going to raise up a prophet like you from your countryman like you and I am going to put my Words in His mouth and you will listen to Him. It just so happens that this man is going to be my Son and you are going to have to listen to God anyway. And it will come about that whoever will not listen to my Words which He will speak then I will require it of him. You say well what on earth does that mean? That does not sound too bad huh? Turn to Acts 3 and lets look at it in the new testament and see this same account in the book of Acts 3 starting in verse 19- Peter is saying repent and return so that your sins will be wiped away and times of refreshing will come from the Lord. That He might send Jesus the Christ appointed for you who heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke, by the mouth of His prophets from ancient times. 22- Moses said The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren. To Him you will give heed to everything He has said, and it will be that every soul that does not heed that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. Now then that was new testament. It was the same thing. He was saying in the back in the old testament when He said I will require it of him. In other words God means business. Are you starting to get a picture a little bit about salvation.? 24- And likewise all the prophets who have spoken from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 26- For you first God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways. Okay so let’s review briefly and we said that eternal life was knowing God. Okay so what does it mean to know God. You could say well I know God; I met Him about thirty years ago in a corn field, but I have not heard from Him since. Let me ask you this guys. How do you know somebody? You know somebody by a relationship. You communicate together. When I first came to this sight I saw that a Michael had created this website, but I did not have a clue who he was. Now as I have read a lot of his blogs and his post. I now have a much better understanding of who Michael is and his heart behind creating this website. I have spoken to him by email even and he with I. Now I can say I know Michael now. I can tell what he does for living. I can tell you where he stands on a lot of spiritual issues, and Michael can tell you that he knows that I am nuts. Just kidding I think! We may not agree on every issue but we are both striving to know Jesus and the Father with all of our hearts and as we seek the truth together as brothers may the Lord lead us into all truth.

God Bless You!
Corey

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  1. MelodyCat says:

    Thankyou so much Corey for taking the time to post this. I’m only up to part one. Digesting it at the moment.

    I will need to go abck and give it a re-read before going onto Parts II etc..

    One of the things that has challenged me from this first part is when you said the following:-

    I can’t tell you how many times in the early days when I was ate up with anger and idolatry issues that I felt like the children of Israel who kept saying oh that we where back in Egypt. Life was good back in Egypt when we where in bondage to the Pharaoh. At least we got fed and had beds to sleep in. They where bitter and double minded and bitter towards God. I was the same stinking way. I would sit there and say oh things where so much better when I was on the back row of my church playing child of God on Sundays and serving myself the rest of the week from Monday through Saturday. You see I had set myself up as God, I had said the sinners prayer, got water baptized and I was living the majority of my life for the most important person in my life. Me, or at least I thought I was living for me not realizing I was in total bondage to the sin in my life. Then God raises me up out of that back pew and says go and I said with my big mouth I will go having no idea what I had just committed myself to. It was not very long before I was complaining to God that this really sucks. I loathe this miserable food you have put in my mouth to speak. You have brought me out to do this so called work for you Lord and every one of my church friends have turned their back on me. My wife and children are calling me a hypocrite. I got fired from two different Jobs for witnessing about you and both times it put my family in a horrible financial situation, and now my wife wants to divorce me. She has no clue why I am doing this and frankly Lord I don‘t feel like a have a clue anymore either. Everywhere I go repeating what You tell me to say. I would think the pastors would be happy to see me because I am bringing some real food but they I get rocks thrown at me, but they usually are the first one to hit me with a stone. This is not what I signed up for God. I want the blessings you are giving all the other Christians God. A nice house, nice car, a lot of money in the bank, everyone to like me and a nice long vacation from this ministry.

    Very challenged by this. Even though about 6 years ago (like you) I decided to answer God’s Calling me out of my worldliness to serve Him I get like this often these days. I wonder why I bother to go out and share God’s message of slavation when all I get is stoned and rejected and more often than not it is from people who say they are Christians.

    This tesimony and sharing of your experience and from God’s Word is just what I need.

    Thanks once again
    Mel

    PS Corey would you pray for the Lord to heal me both spiritually and physically. I have had a relly rough time lately. Still trying to get over it and move forward in my life and in serving the Lord. Not sure what to do at the moment but I am asking God for guidance and waiting on Him for now. So physically sick most days I rarely get out and about. God has provided for me financially and for my care at home. I am so Thankful for God’s provision of all my needs.

    • what is the disease / sickness /ailment?

      • MelodyCat says:

        Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the sickness I have a chronic form of it mainly in my spine, hips, knees & feet. I also have an associated condition in the eyes called Iritis.

        I have been in hospital with extreme bowel symptoms on a number of occasions last year and had exhaustive tests done by my family doctor and specialists. They are not able to diagnose me with any particular disease or condition that is causing this current condition. It has been very concerning as my abdomen has swollen up so much it has caused pain and pressure on nearby organs. The doctors are concerned but have not been able to figure out the cause nor provide any kind of medication that helps. I have very strong pain killers to help me cope for now. For some reason the symptoms are not as severe as they used to be but I’m not over whatever I’ve got.

        Have been sick since childhood but in my late twenties my arthritis which is genetic became full blown and I’ve had it some 18 years now (or more, lost count). I struggle with it all and some days feel really depressed and it does affect my walk with God. I had to stop work (quite a few years ago now). Being home and not able to clean the house well and some days I can’t even make dinner. However I cling to the fact we are only here for a while compared to Eternity with the Lord where there will be no sickness, no disease, no more pain.

        Thanks for asking Peer. I’m struggling a bit spiritually at the moment.

        Cheers
        Mel

        • michael says:

          Folks, lets all pray for Mel’s healing. God can and will do miracles if we agree in prayer.

          Mel, have you tried juice fasting? I’m sure you have prayed much about this condition. If you can fast on vegetable and fruit juices for many days, often conditions which otherwise would be chronic get healed. It can be a combination of natural and supernatural processes at work.

          During fasting God may also reveal to your mind other spiritual roots to your disease or things blocking the healing.

          I don’t believe God wants us to be crippled by diseases in this life. The Word of God paints a hopeful picture. We will suffer, but it doesn’t have to be with sickness and disease, since Jesus took our infirmities and bore our diseases.

          Michael

          • MelodyCat says:

            Thanks Michael

            Without going through my whole medical history. I came across Natropathic, Holisitic healing years ago. Yes I am fully aware of the New Age component. I have always sought guidance from God before undertaking any kind of supplements, treatment etc..

            Yea I have done both fasting and juices. As for confession of sin to break curses or any demonic strongholds I have studied and applied the teaching of Derek Prince. I have a few teachings “Blessing or Curses” but I find Derek Prince to be I think the most balanced Christian Teacher in this matter that I have come across.

            I have had one miraculous healing througgh prayer alone. Since taking daily juices I have had a real health improvement. However for whatever reason God has not lifted the Arthritis and now this other mystery illness. I can cope most days, it can hurt and really limit me and other times it can just exhaust me. I have a Natropathic diet and supplements that I have found over the years that can help to decrease and to a certain extent manage my symptoms. Even though the doctors have not diagnosed what I currently have, God has shown me me to have only soup or vegetables at night, no red meat and only fish or chicken at lunch time. After a year and a half this has actually worked. Problem is I’m not really good at sticking 100% to restrictive diet so every now and then I go silly have what a shouldn’t and of course pay for it later.

            I pray and God does speak to me from time to time. Not as often as I would like but I certainly know when He has instructed me to do something as He will confirm it for me so I know I’m on the right track.

            I’m spiritually flat at the moment. I’ve lost me zest and hunger for studying God’s Word. I’m reading God’s Word just not in the same way. Spiritually depressed is how I would describe it. Please pray for me to regain that hunger and love and fire for God’s Word (that I used to have), studying it, gaining knowledge and understanding and most important having it change me to be more like Christ. I want to glorify God with my life, not wallow in self pity or frustration or any other kind of self indulgence.

            If you would pray not just for my physical healing but what is going on spiritually in my life at the moment. I might be physically ill & tired a lot but I know I can do all God needs me to do with His strength and from where He has me (at home mainly these days). If I get healing well great but if I don’t, I want the spiritual strength to deal with my prison (which is my own body, for Paul is was actual jail cells or house arrest) so that I glorify God with my attitude and my ability to cope no matter what. Job said when he was suffering and didn’t know the reason why he still managed to say:- JOB 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;”. It’s easy to hope in God when you are healthy and everything is going well for you. I’ve been challenged like Job to still Praise His name in the midst of my physical suffering. Praise God at the end of the test God restored Job to full health and everything else. So my hope is I don’t have to stay like this for the rest of my life.

            Cheers
            Mel

            PS Thanks for the prayers really appreciated.

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