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By Ps. Joseph
03 Sep 2017

In these days that we live in, people are living without absolutes and boundaries - moral standards are dropping, principles are being shaken and people are compromising their standards.

As believers, we need to have certain absolutes in our lives that we hold on to and never compromise. When there is no absolutes, our inner life is hollow and we can be easily knocked down.

Daniel is a person in the Bible that lived a life of absolutes and from whom we can learn how to live our life.

The Life Of Daniel
1. Purity of heart
Daniel 1:8
8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

2. Humility 
Daniel 2:30
30  "But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.

3. Trust in God
Daniel 9:2
2  in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

4. Faith

What are God's absolutes?
Men are created in the image of God. Because we are made in the image of God, our lives reflect God – worship.
Our lives therefore, are holy and SACRED. When we know our lives are sacred, then we will have the fear of God.
The moment we take away the sacredness, corruption comes in.
Our ethnicity is holy before God -  racism is a sin to God. If it is sacred, God is involved. Violation is destruction.

1. One God – don’t compromise

2. No idols – idolatry is an insult to God

3. Don’t take the name of God in vain – the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is holy. Don’t abuse His name.

4. Keep the Sabbath holy

5. Honor your father and mother 

6. Thou shalt not murder – sanctity of life

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery – moral purity

8. Thou shalt not steal – stealing has to do with the heart

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor – thou shalt not lie

10. Thou shalt not covet – comes through jealousy and envy. Find contentment in God.

All the ten commandments have to do with the heart.

Truth is eternal, truth is timeless. When there is no truth, there is no absolutes.

Love Your Enemies

By Ps. Joseph
20 Aug 2017

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. Luke 6:27-28

There are 3 types of enemies:

1. Those who hate you.
This is speaking about those with a hateful attitude towards you. Hateful attitudes can be sensed and felt. A young child is capable of sensing hate from a person even though they don't say a word. In the same way, an attitude of love can also be felt. A hateful attitude is the nature of the devil. Love can close the door to this nature.

2. Those who curse you or slander you.
This is speaking about those that say hateful words. Curse is beyond attitude, now it becomes verbal. Curse: calling doom and destruction on someone's head. Cursing is going beyond a hateful attitude to using hateful words.

3. Those who physically persecute you.
This is speaking about those who do hateful deeds - physically attacking, torturing you.

Jesus has given us to solution to the problems of our enemies: LOVE. However, our thinking of love is that it must be emotional - "how I can love my enemies if I don't feel the love for them? I can't love my enemies." But Jesus' love is willful - we must choose to willfully love our enemies.

How do we love our enemies?

1. Do good to them.
Embedded in us is the goodness of God. Start doing good to our enemies, find out what needs they have and help them by doing good.

2. Bless those who curse you.
Blessing is the opposite of cursing. Our words have power. Stop speaking the negative, stop cursing another person. Start looking at and talking about the positive, start speaking blessing on others.

3. Pray for those who persecute you.
When you start praying, God's angels and divine power will intervene because you are the victim of a hateful person. 

A life that is based on the Word of God and applying the Word of God will stand the test of time. Life is stormy, but if you live a life based on LOVE, you will stand through any storm. You will grow stronger and stronger.

Our faith is secure in God’s lasting work of Redemption

By Ps. Joseph
13 Aug 2017

Our salvation is guaranteed through:

1. The blood of Jesus
1 Pet 1:18-19 18  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Hebrews 9:12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

2. The everlasting covenant
Hebrews 13:20-21 20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

3. Christ’s continuing work as our High Priest
Hebrews 7:21, 25 21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek"), 25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

4. The earnest of redemption, the indwelling Holy Spirit
Eph 1:13-14 13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

5. The unchanging decree or word of the Lord
1 Pet 1:23,25 23  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 25  But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

6. Our position of being hid in Christ
Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

7. God’s enduring love freely shown to us in Christ
Rom 8:38-39 28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

God's Divine Call & Process

By Ps. Joseph
13 Aug 2017

A person receives a divine call from God usually by Revelation, knowledge, a vision, a dream, a deep conviction or a personal prophecy from a prophet or prophetic presbytery.

God sovereignly reveals what we are called to be.

We must always remember that God is the One who gives a divine calling. He initiates it (not us).

1 Cor 12:18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
1 Cor 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Ephesians 4:7-11
7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8  Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
9  (Now this, "He ascended"--what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10  He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

The Power Of Forgiveness

By Ps. Joseph
23 Jul 2017

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25-26
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Forgiveness only comes through the cross. Only the finished work of Jesus can bring total forgiveness. Jesus' blood is the only "detergent" for our sins. Without the blood of Jesus, you can only have tolerance and not forgiveness.
Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
Matthew 18:32-35

We owe an unpayable debt to God. Even if we worked our whole lifetime, we can never pay the great debt that we owe to God. However, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, our debt has been cleared and forgiven. In the same way, we must forgive our brother who offends us. If we don't forgive but harbor the offense, we go into a "prison" where demons torture our mind. But when we forgive, we are delivered from our "prison".
Myths about forgiveness:
1. "I need to understand in order to forgive"
- The reality is, no one can understand the intentions of the offender. We can never understand why someone hurt us (because it is of a spiritual nature - the mystery of iniquity), but we must choose to forgive. 
2. "I need to overlook a person's fault in order to forgive"
- We can't just say "never mind" when a person asks us for forgiveness, for that just brings the person into condemnation, we need to forgive.
3. "I need to forget in order to forgive"
- The truth of the matter is that we never forget. Our memories are stored in our brain, we cannot forget.
There are 2 types of memories:
     a) Emotional memory - whenever we think of the memory, of the offense, the pain and hurt comes up again.
     b) Historical memory - when the past offense is brought up again, we remember the events but we no longer feel the hurt and pain.
- God wants us to move from emotional memory to historical memory, and time is not the thing that can do it. This movement from emotional to historical memory can only be done through the forgiveness.
The secret to youthfulness: forgive people whether I understand or not. Do not hold a grudge. Willfully CHOOSE to forgive. People who don't forgive don't live very long, and they have a lot of health issues. But as we forgive, God's protection power comes over us. When we forgive, we live long and healthy lives, fulfilling the destiny that God has for us.
Practical steps to release forgiveness:
1. Face the wrong
2. Face the hurt
3. Face the resentment
4. Face the cross - when we bring it to the cross, we will experience change and turn around.
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22

Jesus Himself said that offenses will come, and will continue to come right up until the day He comes again, but a sign of a Christian's maturity is his ability to maintain relationships - to forgive offenses.
As we continue to grow and mature, certain offenses will no longer have any effect on us.
1 John 1:9, His blood cleanses us from all sin. When He cleanses us, He puts life and joy into us.
Today, make a conscious decision - "I WILL FORGIVE".


How To Break Generational Curses

By Ps. Joseph
16 Jul 2017

How To Break Generational Curses:

1. Trace the Symptoms to the Roots. If you have tried everything, like prayer and fasting etc…, then it is obvious that a generational curse is in operation

2. Practice Identificational Repentance (Isa 6:5). Identify through prayer all the sins of your forefathers (Dt 27:15-26). Repent for sins committed.

3. Apply the Blood of Jesus (1 Jn 1:9). Apply the Blood of Jesus through five generations to shut spiritual doors.

4. Command Familiar Spirits to leave with a Voice of Authority (Lk 10:19)

5. Claim the Blessing from the Abrahamic Covenant.

Galations 3: 13-14
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written:
'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree'
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus."

You Are Not Orphans!

By Ps. Joseph
02 Jul 2017

John 14:16-18
16  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
17  "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18  I will not leave you orphans – comfortless, desolate, bereaved, helpless. I will come (back) to you 

We are not orphans, we are not alone. We are children of God.

Two Worlds

By Ps. Joseph
25 Jun 2017

We live in two worlds:

1. The natural world - where life decays and declines.

2. The supernatural world - where we never die. We have eternal life.

Open Doors Of Opportunity

By Ps. Joseph
07 May 2017

He sets before us doors of opportunity.

These doors may be hidden behind crises, obstacles, disappointments or a host of other difficulties, but they ARE DOORS OPENED by God

Rev 3:7-8
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens':
"I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

They may try to close the doors of Divine opportunity but the will NOT SUCCEED.

When your work and your motivation are acceptable to the Lord, you can expect to receive His help – and no earthly power can stand against the Lord God Almighty.

Hosea 2:15
15  I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

Human weakness is God’s open door to show His mighty hand.

Our limitations are the basis for divine possibilities.

2 Cor 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Tim 1:7
7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God's Sovereignty

By Ps. Joseph
27 Apr 2017

God who sits on the throne
He remembers His own
He is in control over all