Monday, July 25, 2016

A prisoner of Jesus Christ

As a follower of Christ rules are to be received with open arms and willing hunger. Yes, hunger.
[Rom 1:20 KJV For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:]
In Romans 1:20 we read that the invisible is understood by the visible. By taking natural everyday “things” you can understand God in greater measure.

[Zec 9:12 KJV Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee; ][Phm 1:1 KJV Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,]

A Prisoner
noun
1. a person who is confined in prison or kept in custody, especially as the result of legal process.
2. prisoner of war.
3. a person or thing that is deprived of liberty or kept in restraint.
Prisoners of hope and of Jesus Christ, OT and NT declarations of being a prisoner unto God.
Although our world states that a prisoner is a bad thing, when you look at it from the point of a criminal. Let’s look at water; wide open and without restraints, it’s very clam and pliable. But put water through a hose, channel or even constricted by wind and you have power. Guided power that can be used for good or bad. This may seem like elementary and everyone knows it; but when did you last apply it to beliefs? Or even the way you live life. We hear people shouting freedom, but what do they want to be “free” from? Is freedom doing whatever one desires without restriction? Or is freedom only found within constraints, as a prisoner?
 What a question right? But think of driving, if there were no stop lights, what would happen? No double lines, traffic signs or on/off ramps. If everyone wants to freely drive where they want, at whatever speed they deemed reasonable and without any “rules” of driving to be implied; would it not become unsafe to not only get in a car, but to walk anywhere cars are moving. Think of all the accidents that happen within the rules. And also think of the law enforcement officers, someone is needed to maintain the rules. Is there not more freedom within the constraints of rules, then without rules?
When you make yourself bound to the laws of the land, everyone is safe to live freely within the laws. Here you are a prisoner (bound by law), yet with more freedom. Likewise when you’re living in Jesus Christ, you are under the laws of the kingdom of heaven. The law of liberty is one that reaches to the heart, not just the action. If you stop hate in your heart, you will not have murder, the action. It's a constraint that in-powers those who both submit and are in authority.  
[Heb 13:17 KJV Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.]

Rom 1:20 example, a team that has a leader (captain) and all submitted under that leader, makes a powerful team. An army has ranks. Work places have management. Even in music you see that you have singers, musicians, backup singers or choirs and a director, or ranks. Someone makes the decisions and those under them submit to it. On and on you see that submission is powerful.

[Jhn 14:15 KJV If ye love me, keep my commandments.]

[1Jo 2:3-4 KJV And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.]
When you find out the truth about Jesus and His kingdom, the "rules" have to follow. A land without authority is chaos. God is not the author of confusion. He makes His commandments very clear and easy to find, when you seek Him for them. His word tells us that love is going to a cross. Love is setting up boundaries, love is discipline, love never fails, and many more things. When you love a child you don’t let them throw a temper tantrum and give them what they wanted. You correct that behavior so they become a better person, more equipped to handle things in life. Same thing God does, He uses preachers to tell us our sin, what the rules or commandments are and makes us accountable to them; because He loves us. Understanding comes when you obey them. Understanding can also come from either watching those that don’t, or disobeying them yourself. But the fact remains that God created the world and obeying His commandments cause blessings, while disobeying causes curses. Gravity is one of those laws. Just like give and it shall be given. You use gravity every day, now try the law of giving.

It is a great thing to be a Prisoner of Hope. Bound in Christ means liberty from sin. As you mature in Christ you see that the “rules” protected you when you didn’t know you needed it. The preacher telling you to get the makeup off, is protection? Yes, because it’s not only unhealthy for you physically but the spirit that comes with it is dangerous to your soul. Besides, who told you makeup was good? It wasn’t God. One of the other things that happens when you become a prisoner is that you find out that the constraints in God loose you from the bondages of this world. The things that are asked to be given up, like makeup, become junk or as Paul put it “dung” that he was glad to get rid of. Freedom from the noise of this world, pressures to become like everyone else’s “be your own self”. Living for God is truly the best place to live. Surrounded by His love and walking free in this world now and eternal life to come. Yes I have hard times, usually when I’m looking at this kingdom and not His. Thankful when I get my eyes on Him and I’m thankful to not only be a fellow prisoner of Christ, but a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Submitted by :Tina Marie

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The battle of legalism

I want to encourage someone and strengthen your understanding on the battle of legalism.

I’m in a few groups on fb and a post about legalism came up. They used tithing 10% as being legalistic. As an example they stated that if a person could only afford 5% and gave that, it would be legalistic to require 10%. This person had posted a link to a blog describing matters of the law and legalism.
The blog states that tithing was before the law and that it became a part of the law to sustain the OT priests, Levites. Jesus took away the priesthood, therefore taking away the need to tithe. That churches are extorting 10% from people for profit and it’s a sin. This is so sad and fully lacks understanding of the Word of God. The priesthood represents the ministry, which today is still very much ordained by God in the NT church.
Legalism:
noun 1. strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirit.
Theology. 2. the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works. The judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
3. (initial capital letter) (in Chinese philosophy) the principles and practices of a school of political theorists advocating strict legal control over all activities, a system of rewards and punishments uniform for all classes, and an absolute monarchy.

Legalism is a word used to distort the government of God. The word of God establishes a law for His people, from tithing, offering, life styles, dress and conduct etc. When a church preaches this, those that oppose authority in the church scream legalism, never using the word of God to back up their screams. God said the people would rob Him in tithes and offerings ([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.] The same goes for holiness, God gave a Shepard the authority to set up the standards of his flock. But without holiness no man shall see God. The word of God gives guidelines, from hair, to modest apparel, deacon requirements etc, it's all in the word. When a preacher stands up and states that a women’s hair is to be uncut it's backed by the word of God (1 Cor 11), This is not legalism it's coming under the authority of God's governmental rule of the kingdom of heaven (Jerusalem, the church).
The tenth (or tithing 10%) is in the word. The world wants to keep God as an all loving God that by grace they can love Him any way they want (no rules) and He'll accept that. That my friend is the enemy of the soul, love has rules and rules have consequences. Wither you believe in them or not.

There is not a relationship on earth (or between earth and heaven) that doesn’t have rules. Everything I’m stating can be searched and found in the word, which is the authority, not me. The whole entire Old Testament shows how God gave His people the “rules” or law. When they obeyed it, they were blessed. When they disobeyed it, they were cursed. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, He doesn’t change. And the New Testament is revealing the OT, not removing it. The abominations in the OT are still a hatred to God and still bring a curse (or harvest as an apple seed produces an apple tree).
Pork in the OT is an unclean animal, in the NT it’s still unclean. The only difference is that you won’t go to hell by touching or eating pork today, but it’s still unclean in that it’s very unhealthy. That is using the law lawfully. Plus as Holy Ghost filled people, we are supposed to see the spiritual image that the shadow “pork” represents. That’s another discussion.

Jesus said that He did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill the law. And to bring the perfect law of liberty, which as the example He gave in Matt 5 the OT law said the action of adultery, but the NT perfect law took it to the heart and it’s now looketh upon her with lust in your heart. Legalism then would state that if a preacher preaches against undressing a women with your eyes, he is wrong and taking it too far. Or perhaps for “you” (whoever you is), that is okay, but to have them requests...um let’s say no jewelry or anything, including watches, that looks liked jewelry. Well now legalism can rear its ugly head and stomp right out of the church and go looking for a not so “legal” church.

I hope you see the enemy’s uses in the word legalism. By the way, I’m not stating that a church should not be checked, but it should only be check by the word of God and not by our feelings or opinions. If the word supports it, then it’s from God and not man. It’s not legalism, its salvation.

Last week I was approached by a person who left their church because of the hurtful legalistic demands, it was an apostolic church. She didn’t have to go into detail, but what she proclaim was legalism over and over again. God has laws and a church is not legalistic because it lets you know that you're behavior, dress or attitude isn't acceptable by the church or God.
The law of gravity exists and God created it when He spoke the world into existence. Now you can jump off of cliffs if you’d like to claim God doesn’t recognize His laws, but I’ll keep my feet planted on the solid rock thank you. You can also stomp out of church calling them hurtful because they tell you it exists too. That is not going to change that it exists. The Lord spoke the entire universe into perfect law and order. From gravity to giving, all laws were spoken in the beginning. His word is full of commandments that follow that same law and order; which result in blessings, production, creation and relationship with Him. When you are disobedient to them, you are jumping off the cliff. The laws of God are not something foolish. They are not bad and authority is a blessing. Wisdom hath killed her beasts. Don’t let the beast called legalism bite you!!!

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Repentance kills offences

The ministry of John was much bigger than we can imagine: all Jerusalem and Judea went out to hear the message of John the Baptist. His message resonated across the country and his followers received the word “if you want to receive the full blessings from heaven, turn you from your sins and iniquities.”
1. There is one coming after me: if you receive me you will hear him
2. If you do not receive me: you will not hear him.
3. Repentance is an absolute necessity in hearing the words of the messiah.

Matt 3:1-5
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
God can take the stones of repentance and raise up children to Abraham. If the Jews not said that John had a devil, they would not have said Jesus was a glutton and a wine bibber.
1. John was not received therefore Jesus was not received.
2. It was John who warned that the axe would be laid to the root of the trees of Moses law.

Luke 3:4-18
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages….

ABOUT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH
They that had prepared to receive him through repentance.
Repentance: the complete abandonment of previous persuasions...
1. How great John must have been to create an such an expectation
2. Repentance from all other ideas, books, dominions, previous learning along with self-thought
3. The chaff are the un-repented: he will burn with fire unquenchable.
4. Those who refuse to turn at the hearing of the word of God will suffer for it.
5. The way of a transgressor is hard.....

15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

THE DOCTRINE OF THE STONES OF REPENTANCE
This is the reason why many do not continue because they were not founded upon this teaching of having to become a stone of repentance.
1. To never be offended at the words of Jesus
2. A repentance: complete abandonment of previous persuasions.....

The stones of repentance

When people of the house become plagued: they must repent and become a new stone. if the stones of repentance is not genuine: the plague will appear again...
1. Then the house must be torn down with the stones.....
2. John said about those who had repented and had been baptized unto repentance: that God could use these stones and make them children of Abraham.
3. without the baptism of repentance: there can be no habitation of God in that house.

Lev 14:40-46
40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: 41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. 43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; 44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. 45 And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.

Those who came out from John the Baptist’s ministry
Andrew and Simon peter whom he called Cephas: a stone.......
Peter a repentance stone: the complete abandonment of previous persuasion
Peter was one of the stones of repentance.....”Get thee behind me Satan” was not an offense to him. “Satan has desired to have thee” was not an offense to him.....Peter was a stone of repentance.

John 1:35-42
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

We understand the twelve stones in Jordan were stones of repentance…

1 Kings 18:38
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
The fire consumed: 1. the burnt sacrifice 2. The wood 3. The stones 4. The dust 5. Licked up the water in the trench.

YOUR MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE HAS RESONATED AMONG THE PEOPLE
The blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
1. You have made the inroad that prevents the people from being offended.
2. Because of you my message is received.
3. Your message of repentance has made it possible for all these to be healed and cleansed because they were not offended at my word.
4. The message of the law opposed to the message of Jesus’s perfect law: (Elijah)
5. Baal represents those serving law: the true altar represents those stone of repentance

Matt 11:4-15
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Could it be that the Syrophenician women had heard John?
Yes! She knew Jesus was the son of David: the promised messiah...
Where did she get this information if it was not from John?
She would not be offended because John had preached to her repentance.
Repent from thinking that deliverance comes in any other way but Jesus.
Repent for trusting in the Law of Moses which could not heal or restore you.
There is one coming after me whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire not many days hence.
The fact she would worship him had to be from John’s preaching
Behold our God shall come: behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world

Matt 15:22-28
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

RIGHT AFTER ME COMES THE MESSIAH
The one who restores Israel, as David restored Israel.
The one who brings the ark, as David brought the ark.
The greatest things that ever happened to Israel was when David ruled
The promised messiah: the messiah Abraham spoke of would come through David
Israel again would be the blessed of God
The only thing that stood in the way of this great regeneration was repentance.
If you will turn from your sins: in complete abandonment of previous persuasion: you will see God.

John 1:29-34
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 

THE WORD CANNOT TAKE ROOT IN A SOIL WITHOUT REPENTANCE
Loving the promises, loving the greatness of God, loving the forgiveness of sins
1. All of this cannot remain without the earth bed receiving repentance for the root to grow
2. The word will not be able to grow where there has been no repentance.
3. Repentance stops offences....

Matt 13:20-21
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

THE STORY OF RAHAB’S HOUSE WAS PREDICATED ON REPENTANCE.
1. I no longer want the approval of jericho and its government.
2. I am no longer desirous of serving the heathen
3. I have made up my mind that I want to hear what God has to say
4. You messengers of God, tell me what I am to do...to be saved.......
5. No questions asked, when they think me promiscuous for the thread......

Heb 11:31
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Our hearts did melt: this is what repentance does, nothing else except what God says matters. Nothing else except his instructions is desired or sought for. When you hear the gospel message of Jesus and the preaching of the day of Pentecost: your heart should melt.

Josh 2:10-12
10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:

IF REPENTANCE IS NOT PREACHED IN YOUR CHURCH, YOU’RE BEING CHEATED IN CHURCH
Our lives for your lives: do not be offended in what we say.
Exhibit the thread......keep it exhibited until the day of deliverance
This will make your house special.....all from the foundation of repentance.

Josh 2:13-14
13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. 14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

This parable are the grounds which were left; because of no repentance
John’s message of repentance was to cease from the cares of this world
Cease to trust in riches and turn to the living God which comes after me.
1. If you hear me, you will receive him.
2. If you do not hear me: you will be offended at him
3. Those among thorns had not heard the message of John: and the cares of this world choked the word of God when it was heard from Jesus.

Matt 13:22
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
THE GOOD GROUND IS A REPENTANCE GROUND
1. He heareth the word
2. He understands the word
3. He is not offended at the word

MATT 13:23
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

THE MESSAGE OF JOHN PRODUCED THOSE WHO WOULD DO THE TRUTH
He that doeth truth is he that repents from doing evil.
1. If you heard the message of John: you would do the truth and come to the light

John 3:20-21
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

The Pharisees who repented not at the words of John:
Blasphemed Jesus and refused to acknowledge him as the son of David.
1. Is not this the son of David? They answered calling him of the devil.
2. Remaining true to the law like the worshipers of Baal.....they were destined to be destroyed

Matt 12:22-24
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

PREPARATION

Jacob on returning to bethel
1. He commanded his house to put away the strange Gods among them.
2. He commanded them to be clean and to change their garments.
3. Let us go up to bethel: evidently a hill
4. I will make there an altar unto God
5. Jacob disposed of the idols under an oak near Shechem
6. As a result the terror of God was upon the cities that were about them: and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

Gen 35:2-15
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange Gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange Gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. 7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.

GOD acknowledges Jacob at bethel as having come out of padan-aram....not Shechem because Shechem was a place he should have never gone to......
1. It took the experience with shechem and dinah to turn him to go up to bethel...and put away his strange Gods.
2. He renewed his name to be israel when he got rid of the strange Gods and washed and changed the garments of his household.

9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. 13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

CONFESSING THEIR SINS
I am sure they confessed their sins to God: turning from the evil of the law
1. Then John seeing their spirit bore fruits: he baptized them.
2. Once they were baptized: they should have become offense free..... expecting the soon appearance of the son of David...the messiah...God in a human form.

Mark 1:5
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

JESUS’S SHOE LATCHET
He is so great i am not worthy to unloose his shoe latchet
I cannot purchase Israel with my message, all i can do is prepare you for the one who can purchase you.......

As Boaz purchased Ruth: he had to first offer it to those under law.....
1. I cannot baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
2. I can prepare you or get you ready for this next baptism
3. Jesus is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world and those who will obey him, he will baptize with the Holy Ghost or the anointing of David.

Luke 3:16-18
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

ALL THOSE WHO HAD NOT BEEN REACHED BY JOHN
1. Were not ready for the coming of the messiah
2. Could not withstand the teachings of the word of God
3. The killing of John the Baptist was the doing of Herodias: the adulterous wife of Herod
4. The killing of John was by those who refused to repent of their evil
5. They claimed righteousness without repentance...
We have a world today who claim righteousness without repentance. For these people the gospel message must be changed: so they can have Christ without repentance.

Isa 8:14-18
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

FINDING HE WAS A HUMAN, A CARPENTERS SON, HIS MOTHER CALLED MARY.....
FROM WHENCE HAS THIS MAN ALL THESE THINGS.......
THEY DID NOT HEAR THE PREACHING OF JOHN

Matt 13:55-57
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

THE PHARISEES WERE OFFENDED BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REPENT
1. The root and the offspring of David: David loved repentance which caused him to have root in himself.

Matt 15:12-14
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

THE ROOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS REPENTANCE

Prov 12:3
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Esau who lightly esteemed his birth right and could not receive the blessing because he would not repent of wanting the world.
Which do you want? Which will you choose? Which is the most important? Which will give you true consolation?
Jesus’s world or yours?

Esau could never be sorry for having done so, although he sought to be sorry carefully with tears.
1. Fornicator who had taken the seed of God and counted it to be distasteful selling the br.
2. Irreverence and contempt for God: he could not find repentance for.
3. Profane is this very thing: irreverence and contempt toward God.
4. He found no repentance for having sold his birthright for a morsel.

Without repentance there is no possibility of true grace in the soul.
1. He could not turn from loving the morsel more than the unseen birthright.
2. Although he sought it carefully with tears: he did not have the love inside of him for the things of God, greater than the things of the flesh.
3. Soup for birthright: this is the example God leave us for comparison: the comparison of living in the flesh opposed to living in the spirit.
4. It was because of no repentance that he did not inherit the blessing. God rejected him.

Heb 12:16-17
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

HAVE YOU REPENTED?
The damnation of seeking God without having repentance:
A danger which acquires knowledge but cannot cease from sins: doing despite unto the spirit of grace.
1. The spirit given in presumption of repentance and baptism in Jesus name.....
2. No repentance counting the blood of the covenant an unholy thing.

Heb 10:26-29
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Have you repented or are you offended at the word?

Submitted by: Pastor Davidson