Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ten Bible prophecies fulfilled recently

YHWH's people have been under attack almost since the dawn of time. However, He has constantly protected them, as evidenced by some supernatural events. For instance, hundreds of Muslims in Gaza have been killed in Israel's most recent conflict with the terror group Hamas (which has been provoking Israel for years)...yet, so far, not one Israeli has died, thanks to the Jewish invention of the Iron Dome.

In the Six-Day War of 1967 - where again, Israel was provoked into protecting itself - tiny Israel won the war against several larger countries, including Egypt! What are the odds that Israel, constantly attacked and harassed and harangued, could "hold its own" at every turn? The only answer is: YHWH is with her, as He promised!

Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not pass from Y'hudah, nor the ruler's staff from between his legs, until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; and it is he whom the peoples will obey.

Micah 4:2 Many Gentiles will go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of ADONAI, to the house of the God of Ya'akov (Judah's father)! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.

These 10 Bible prophecies were fulfilled after 1948, when Israel became an independent country for the second time in history. These prophecies foretold of modern Israel's stunning military victories and of its transition from a desert wasteland to a prosperous nation. The following was borrowed with permission from

1. Israel will prevail over its enemies

Bible passage: Isaiah 41:12-14
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Isaiah 41:12-14, the prophet said God would help Israel during times of conflict with enemies (if the people have faith in God). Isaiah said this during a time when the northern kingdom of Israel had already been conquered by the Assyrian Empire. And the southern kingdom, Judah, was about to be conquered by Babylon. (The Bible explains that Israel and Judah lost their independence because so many of the residents had turned to false religions). But, since 1948 when Israel was re-established, Israel has been attacked by much-larger countries. And Israel has prevailed in each of those attacks. This prophecy has found partial fulfillment; Christian scholars believe that a time will come when all of Israel's enemies are destroyed.

Here is Isaiah 41:12-14

Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

2. The ruins of Israel would be rebuilt

Bible passage: Amos 9:11, 13
Written: about 750 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Amos 9:11, 13, the prophet said that God would restore the land of David. (King David ruled Israel from about 1010 BC to about 970 BC). The land of David - Israel - was conquered and destroyed by the Babylonians, Assyrians and Romans. The land has been in ruins for much of the past 2000 years. The Jews, who had been scattered throughout the world, began to return in large numbers during the past 100 years. Since then, they have been rebuilding many of Israel's ancient cities. Amos also said there would be continuous planting and harvesting. During the past 100 years, the Jews have been using advanced farming and irrigation techniques to turn barren land into productive farmland. Today, Israel is a source of food for many countries.

Here is Amos 9:11, 13

"In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be,'' … "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills."

3. Ezekiel prophesied prosperity for modern-day Israel

Bible passage: Ezekiel 36:11
Written: between 593-571 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Ezekiel 36:11, the prophet said that there would come a time when Israel would be more prosperous than it was in the past. The Bible describes Israel as being a prosperous nation during the time of King David and King Solomon about 3000 years ago. But, Ezekiel knew a very different Israel. In Ezekiel's day (he lived about 2600 years ago), the northern kingdom of Israel already had been decimated by the Assyrians, and the southern kingdom (called Judah) was being destroyed by the Babylonians. In the centuries that followed these destructions, Jews rebuilt the city of Jerusalem, but their homeland was destroyed again, by the Romans, about 1900 years ago. Since then, a majority of Jews have lived in exile. But during the past 100 years, millions of Jews from around the world moved to Israel and they have been rebuilding the country once again. Today, Israel again is an independent nation, as it was in the days of King David, and it is one of the world's most prosperous countries. In 1999, Israel had the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product of any nearby country, even though the surrounding countries have many oil resources.

Here is Ezekiel 36:11

I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

4. Trees again would grow in Israel

Bible passage: Isaiah 41:18-20
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Isaiah 41:18-20, the prophet's talk of a future restoration of Israel coincides with an occurrence in modern Israel - the construction of a vast irrigation system to improve farming. The lack of available water, including rain, is one reason why Israel had been a desolate, unproductive land during much of the past 2000 years. But, during the 1900s, when many Jews returned to their ancient homeland, they built a network of irrigation systems. And during the past century, more than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel.

Here is Isaiah 41:18-20

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

5. Isaiah said Israel's fruit would fill the world

Bible passage: Isaiah 27:6
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Isaiah 27:6, the prophet said Israel would one day blossom and fill the world with fruit. This prophecy has been at least partially fulfilled, literally and symbolically. Today, the land of Israel, which had been barren for centuries, is a leading producer of agricultural products, exporting food to many countries. This prophecy also has been fulfilled symbolically with the worldwide spread of Christianity. Christianity, which began with Jesus in Israel, now has about 2 billion followers worldwide.

Here is Isaiah 27:6

In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.

6. Jerusalem would become the world's most important religious site

Bible passage: Micah 4:1
Written: sometime between 750-686 BC
Fulfilled: Today

In Micah 4:1, the prophet said that the Temple mount in Jerusalem would become the focal point of the world. This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. But, it is interesting to note that Jerusalem is, and has been for centuries, the world's most important religious site. Christians and Jews regard the city as the world's most important, and Christians and Jews comprise about one-third of the world's population. No other city in the world is a religious focal point to as many people.

Here is Micah 4:1

In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.

7. Egypt would never again rule over other nations

Bible passage: Ezekiel 29:15
Written: between 593-571 BC
Fulfilled: 1967, etc.

In Ezekiel 29:15, the prophet says that Egypt would recover from a desolation (perhaps Babylon's attack about 2600 years ago), but that it would never again rule over other nations. Up until the time of Ezekiel, Egypt had been a world power for centuries, dominating many nations, including Israel. But for most of the past 2500 years, Egypt has been controlled by foreign powers, including the Romans, Ottomans and Europeans. Today, Egypt is an independent nation again. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, Egypt tried to dominate Israel but was unsuccessful each time, despite the fact that Egypt is 10 times larger than Israel. Since the time of Ezekiel, Egypt no longer rules over other nations.

Here is Ezekiel 29:15

It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.

8. Zechariah prophesied the Jews return to Jerusalem

Bible passage: Zechariah 8:7-8
Written: between 520 and 518 BC
Fulfilled: 1967, etc.

In Zechariah 8:7-8, the prophet said God would bring the Jews back from the east and the west to their homeland (Israel) and that they would be able to live in the city of Jerusalem again. This prophecy has been fulfilled more than once. About 2600 years ago, Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and took many Jews as captives to Babylon. But many Jews later returned from Babylon. The Jews rebuilt Jerusalem but the city was destroyed about 1900 years ago by the Romans. The Romans killed more than 1 million Jews and forced many more into exile. The Jews did not have control of Jerusalem again until 1967 when the Jews recaptured the city during the Six Day War.

Here is Zechariah 8:7-8

This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God."

9. Israel's deserts will become like the Garden of Eden

Bible passage: Isaiah 51:3
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: Being fulfilled now

In Isaiah 51:3, the prophet said that God will restore Israel and make it a paradise, like the garden of Eden. This foreshadows what is currently happening in Israel. The Jews have been irrigating, cultivating and reconditioning the land during much of the 1900s. Many of the country's swamps, which had been infested with malaria, have been converted into farmland. And water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled through portions of the deserts, allowing some of the deserts to bloom. Much work remains, but parts of Israel are blooming again. Although it was described as a wasteland as recently as the late 1800s, Israel is now a food source for many countries. And at least 200 million of trees have been planted there during the past century.

Here is Isaiah 51:3

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

10. Isaiah foretold of the worldwide return of Jews to Israel.

Bible passage: Isaiah 43:5-6
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Isaiah 43:5-6, the prophet Isaiah said that the Jews would return to their homeland from the east, the west, the north and the south. Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago. At that time, the Assyrians had forced many Jews in the northern kingdom of Israel into exile. Those Jews were taken to other areas in the Middle East. Then, about 1900 years ago, the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem and killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Jews. Since then, the Jews have been scattered to virtually every country in the world. But, during the past century, millions of Jews have returned to Israel, from the east, the west, the north and the south.

From the east: Many Jews living in the Middle East moved to Israel by the early 1900s.

From the west: During mid-1900s, hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the West (Europe and the United States) began moving to Israel.

From the north: The former Soviet Union (Russia) is north of Israel. It refused to allow its Jewish residents to move to Israel. But, after years of pressure from other countries, Russia finally began to allow Jews to return to Israel during the 1980s. So far, hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews have moved to Israel.

From the south: Ethiopia, which is south of Israel, also refused to allow its Jews to return to Israel. But, in 1985, Israel struck a deal with Ethiopia's communist government to allow the Jews of Ethiopia to move to Israel. On the weekend of May 25, 1991, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.

Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the north (Russia) and the south (Ethiopia) would have to be persuaded to give up their Jews. Many countries pressured Russia for years before it began to allow its Jews to leave. And Ethiopia had to be paid a ransom to allow its Jews to leave.

Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the Jews would return "from the ends of the earth," and Isaiah said that many centuries before the Jews had been scattered to the ends of the earth. During the past 100 years, Jews living as far east as China, as far west as the West Coast of the United States, as far north as Scandinavia, and as far south as South Africa, have moved to Israel.

Here is Isaiah 43:5-6

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth....

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Christ in Scriptures - book by book

Genesis: Seed of the Woman.

Exodus: Passover Lamb.

Leviticus : Atoning Sacrifice.

Numbers: Smitten Rock.

Deuteronomy: Faithful Prophet.

Joshua: Captain of the Lord’s host.

Judges: Divine Deliverer.

Ruth: Kinsman Redeemer.

Samuel: Despised & Rejected King.

Kings: Son of David.

Chronicles: Builder of the Temple.

Ezra: Restorer of the Temple.

Nehemiah: Restorer of the Nation.

Esther: Preserver of the Nation.

Job: Living Redeemer.

Psalm: Praise of Israel.

Proverbs: Wisdom of God.

Ecclesiastes: Great Teacher.

Song of Solomon: The Fairest of 10,000.

Isaiah: Suffering Servant.

Jeremiah: Weeping Prophet.

Lamentations: Man of Sorrows.

Ezekiel: Glory of God.

Daniel: Coming Messiah.

Hosea: Healer of Backsliders.

Joel: Hope of Israel.

Amos: Husbandman.

Obadiah: Saviour.

Jonah: Resurrected One.

Micah: Witness.

Nahum: Avenger.

Habakkuk: Holy God.

Zephaniah: King of Israel.

Haggai: Desire of all Nations.

Zechariah: Righteous Branch.

Malachi: Sun of Righteousness.

Mathew: King of the Jews.

Mark: Servant of the Lord.

Luke: Son of Man.

John: Son of God.

Acts: Ascended Lord.

Romans: Our Righteousness.

1 Corinthians: Our Sanctification.

2 Corinthians: Our Sufficiency.

Galatians: Our Liberty.

Ephesians: Our Exalted Head.

Philippians: Our Overflowing Joy.

Colossians: Our Completeness.

1 Thessalonians: Coming Comfort.

2 Thessalonians: Coming Glory.

1 Timothy: Our Preserver.

2 Timothy: Our Rewarder.

Titus: Our Purifier.

Philemon: Our Debt-payer.

Hebrews: High Priest.

James: Giver of Wisdom.

1 Peter: Rock.

2 Peter: Precious Promise.

1,2,3 John: Way, Truth and Life.

Jude: Advocate.

Revelation: King of Kings and Lord of lords.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

No matter who you are He simply loves you!

He doesn't care about age, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

He doesn't care about experience, no wonder he chose David.

He doesn't care about gender, no wonder he lifted Esther.

He doesn't care about your past, no wonder he called Paul.

He doesn't care about your physical appearance, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus(the short one).

He doesn't care whether you are fluent in speech , no wonder he chose Moses.

He doesn't care about your career, no wonder he befriended Mary Magdalene (a prostitute).

He doesn't care about class, no wonder he sent his own Son on earth.

All I know is that my God never changes;
He never made a promise he wouldn't keep;
He never saw a person he wouldn't help.

He never heard a prayer he wouldn't answer.

He never found a soul he wouldn't love.

He never found a sinner he wouldn't forgive.

What an awesome God we serve..!!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Open air preaching - how to start your pitch

Quick Tips: Keep in mind that for thousands of years, men and woman have used the same 5-basic step to effectively communicate. I have used these 5-steps to effectively teach hundreds of people who to communicate and idea or to sell various products or services. If you want to effective communicate a point or idea, the best format you can follow are the following five steps. These aren’t anything I invented or just thought up. They are in fact they same five steps Jesus used over and over to communicate His ideas, thoughts and commands with people.

Step 1. Introduction
The first step in effective communication of ideas, thoughts, products or services is an introduction. You need to let people know who you are and why you’re there. You always want to start with a basic introduction. Below is a suggestion of a quick and effective introduction.

Hello, my name is (your name) and I want you to give me just 5-minutes of your time today. I came out here today to share a very important and life changing message with all of you. By nature, I’m normally very shy and don’t like to speak in public especial in front of a bunch of strangers. But what I have to share with you is so important, I decided to set aside my fears and speak with all you so that you too may benefit from the message I want to share with you today.

Step 2. Interest/Probing
The second step in effective communication is what’s called the interest or probing stage. Here, you want to ask question that either help you to find out more about the people or questions that will create interest in the product, idea or service your about to present to the people. You always want to ask question that will get the person who’s listening interest. You always want to ask questions that create curiosity, desire and/or interest in what you’re doing, saying, selling or offering. It’s always best to keep the questions quick and simple yet thought provoking. Below is a suggestion of a question you can ask to build interest.

Have you ever thought about why we die? More importantly have you ever wondered what will happen to you after we die? Maybe we live forever? Maybe we’re reincarnated? Maybe, there is a God and he loves everyone so much we will go to heaven? Maybe, nothing happens and we’re just worm dirt? What do you think happens?

Step 3. The Presentation
The third step in effective communication is what’s called the presentation. Here, you want to present your ideas, thoughts, product or service. At this point you want to use analogies, that illustrate the point you’re trying to make. This is also where you introduce information or facts that support your ideas. Below is only a suggestion of how to present the Gospel. Feel free to think and pray about what you feel you need or want top say and substitute that for the dialog below.

The bible says it’s appointed unto men to die once, and then comes judgment. So, according to the bible after you die, you will stand before God to give an account of everything you’ve ever said done, thought or felt.  Just like this court has a standard that the will use to judge you with, God also has a standard; it’s called the Ten Commandments. Do you consider yourself to be a good person?  Let’s look at God’s standard to see if that’s true. Have you ever told a lie?  If you have by definition, that makes you a liar.  One of the commandments is “you shall not steal”.  Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you?  If you have, by definition, that makes you a thief.  Another commandment says, “You shall not use the God’s name in vain. Have you ever used God’s name as a cuss word? If you have used God’s name in vain that’s called blasphemy and the bible says God won’t hold them guiltless who takes His name in Vain. One of the commandments is, “You shall not commit adultery” but Jesus said that anybody who looks lustfully at some one else has committed adultery in their heart.  Have you ever looked with lust?  If you have said yes to those four questions, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart and you have to face God on Judgment Day.

The Bible states that God commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sin, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness. Perhaps you think that because God is good and therefore he will overlook your sin on Judgment Day.  But if today in court you’re found guilty and said to the judge, “Judge, I know that I am guilty, but I believe that you are a good man and will therefore overlook my crimes and let me go free”, What do you think the judge will say? It is a sad fact that the very thing many people are hoping will save them on Judgment Day - God’s ‘goodness’ is the very thing that will condemn them.  If God is good & just, He must punish all those who sin against Him and hell will be their dreadful fate.

Step-3 / Part -2 of the presentation:
Consider this for a moment.  Would you sell your eyes for a millions dollars? I’ve never met a sane person who would take that offer. Why not, because your eyes are priceless to you and you’d have to be crazy to trade them for money. But, if your eyes are only the windows for your soul to look out of and your eyes are that valuable, how much more valuable should your soul be worth to you? The good news is this. That God loves us so much, that He does not want us to suffer the consequences of our sin and disobedience toward Him, and be sentenced to an eternal death in hell. So he made a way for you to be forgiven and saved from this eternal death. Let’s say today while you’re in court, you were found guilty of breaking three very serious laws. The judge gives you a million dollar fine that you can’t pay. Now since you can’t pay your fine, he gives you a life sentence. Just as they’re hauling you off  to serve your life sentence when all of a sudden out of nowhere, some guy you never met before steps into the courtroom and says, “Judge, wait!” “I sold everything I own and gave everything I had to raise the money to pay their fine.” The Judge looks at you and says, “You’re free to go.” “Justice has been served and your fine has been paid so therefore the I’m setting you free.” The court accepts the money and declares that you are free to go. The law has been satisfied, your debt has been paid in full, and the stranger’s sacrifice was a demonstration of his love for you. At that moment you have a choice, you can turn back to the judge and say, “No thanks, I’m just going to do my time” or you could fall to the feet of the guy that paid your fine and thank him. Which would you do?
That’s essentially what God did for you 2000 years ago. The Bible says that the God of the Universe became a man (Jesus Christ), and suffered and died on the cross for your sins and mine so that we could be set free. It's as simple as this—we broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine. "God demonstrated His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us." (Galatians 3:13) Do you see God’s great love for you? Do you see your need for His forgiveness? Do what He commands and “Repent…that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

Step-4 Closing:
A closing is simply what it sounds like. It’s where you summarize the message and ask for action. It’s the time where you ask people to make a choice or a decision. Below is an example of a close. Feel free to change it to something your comfortable with. The important thing is to summarize and than ask a couple of questions that call for action.

So you may be asking yourself, “How do I get this gift of forgiveness and receive God’s grace?” First, you must turn away from sin and turn to God. Confess and forsake your sins, and surrender your life to the only one who can save you. Jesus died to set you free, and then he rose from death to be your Lord. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If you will confess and forsake your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive you and you’ll pass from death to life. What does it mean to "put your faith in Jesus Christ?" It means to personally trust in Jesus the same way you’d trust in a parachute if you had to jump 25,000 feet out of an airplane. You wouldn’t just "believe" in the parachute; you would put it on! In the same way, the Bible says, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ..." and you will be saved. There are millions of people who "believe" Jesus exists . . . but they have not put on the Savior—there’s a BIG difference. And the difference will be obvious when you “jump” though the door of death. Don’t delay, get right with God today for there’s no tomorrow promised to any of us! With all your heart—turn away from sins, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Please don’t put it off till later. You may die today and then it will be too late. You may not yet have all the answers to your questions, but better to put on the parachute first and then ask questions, then to pass through the door unprepared, grasping for the parachute when it’s too late. You can pray something like this—"Dear God, today I turn from all my sins (name them), and I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me, and grant me your gift of everlasting life. Amen." There is nothing magic about these words—it is the attitude of your heart that God cares about. God will transform you from the inside out. You will think and feel differently as you learn to trust and obey Him. God will give you new strength to live right and love Him above all else. Read your Bible daily and obey His Word. You can trust God—He loves you and will always be faithful.
Step-5 Post Close:
A Post Close is when you give all the information after the close. In this case it’s when you would offer people an opportunity to give their lives to Christ. All too often, we people who use the law fail to give people the chance to be made right. This is also the time when you might want to inform people who you are and how to get in touch with you after you’ve finished preaching. In other words it can also be the time you fellowship with your listeners.

So, if you know you’re headed for hell and want to be made right, step forward and commit your life to Christ today. God’s not in to your words he’s in to your heart so come forward and poor your heart out to God. Tell him you’re sorry for the crimes you’ve committed against Him and then, fall to the feet of the man who paid your fine. Ask Jesus to wash you clean of your sins and invite him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. Come forward right now!    
- This writen by Darrel Rundus with the Great News Network.


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Friday, 28 August 2015

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Day in Court

After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defence table.

As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor.'
He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed
so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room, I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, he said, 'Let us begin.'

The prosecutor rose and said,
'My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this person belongs in hell.'

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and in the past when I cheated others, my fornications, my Adulteries, my greed, Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all.

I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This person belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.'

When it was His turn, my Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench.

The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan,
and beckoned Him to come forward.

As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.

I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, 'Hi,
Dad,' and then He turned to address the court.

'Satan was correct in saying that this person has sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations.

And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this person deserves to be

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, 'However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and has accepted me as Savior, so this person is Mine.'

My Lord continued with, 'This person's name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch this one from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet. This person is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.'

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, 'There is nothing else that needs to be done.' 'I've done it all.'

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down.

The following words bellowed from His lips..

'This person is free.'

'The penalty has already been paid in full.'
'Case dismissed.'

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, 'I won't give up, I will win the next one.'

I asked Jesus
as He gave me my instructions where to go next, 'Have you ever lost a case?'

Christ lovingly smiled and said,

'Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you,
~Paid In Full~'

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Separated for the better - Joel Osteen

When friends, a family member, or a business get out of your hands and you have no choice but to part with it the situation can be very difficult. It causes emotional surges, distresses. You wonder why God allowed this into my life? Why is this suffering?

We need to understand that in order for God to bless us with something, we need to let go of a few things. Somethings must die in order for something greater to arise in your life. God uses the sybology of the threshing floor where the wheat is ground to separate the chaff from the wheat. For God's purposes to be fulfilled in your life, he needs to separate certain things from you to make you more wheater and less of chaff. The grinding will be a difficult process but you need that to become what God wants you to be.

Listen fully to this sermon by pastor Joel Osteen and realize why God wants you to be separated!