Pastor Bankens lived in Louisiana until he was forty years old, attended church at Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church, pastored by Dr. M. D and Dr. R.D. Treece. He was an evangelist about twelve years, pastored in Rome, Georgia five years, pastored New Chapel UPC, Collins, Mississippi, for almost twelve years. Pastor Bankens is now living in Sulphur, Louisiana and is preaching out as he is again attending Apostolic Temple under his Pastor Rick Treece, Pastor Bankens is ordained by UPCI..
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When Donald J Trump first announced he was running for the presidency of the USA, I came out in public supporting him. I had several friends and family members call me and even private inbox me on Facebook to question my decision. I wrote a book, “he Reason I Am Voting For Donald Trump.” I sent it to these friends and family members. As time went forward, so many of these people joined the TRUMP TRAIN.
I declare at this time that I am a FOREVER TRUMPER, I supported him in the beginning. I have continued to support him now as he is president of the USA.
I love his stand, his style, his fervency and his fulfillment of his promises even while he has had to withstand the evils of the Democratic Party and the rebellion of so many of the Republican’s that have turned against our Republican President. I am proud of the fact he uses twitter daily and keeps the media and the politicians so stirred up by his open style. We never have to question what our president is thinking. He is upfront and open, because he is so open the media and the politicians hate him and are doing everything they can to destroy him.
I want to openly thank God for the reprieve He has given we the people here in the USA by allowing President Donald J Trump to be our president at this time.
Our government and our country has been so overtaken by the enemies of our nation during the two terms of the Obama presidency. We were so rapidly being changed from within and God allowed us this period of reprieve.
During this period of reprieve that God has given us the Christians along with the Republican’s have not really done a good job of supporting our president. In fact we have seen so many on the right as they have turned to side with the evils of the liberal left. All the while our great nation is being overtaken from within, without a fight by Islamist and Muslim extremist.
The Islamist and Muslim extremist are boldly standing against our Christian way of living in the USA. They are publicly destroying our way of life and threaten to take us over soon and to destroy Christianity and make this nation a Muslim nation.
I watch as our liberal media along with our politicians in Washington DC are working overtime to destroy our President Donald J Trump. The left is working overtime to get him out of office before the 2020 election. They are doing everything they can to stop him from being reelected. The Democrats have placed one block after another block through liberal judges to stop the positive work of President Donald J Trump and so many Republicans have joined in destroying our president.
But I stand with President Donald J Trump and his signature slogan, “Make America Great Again.” I love to see people wear his MAGA hats in public, today. So many of the friends and family members that were not for President Donald J Trump when he first announced he was running for president are thankful for all his hard work over the past two years and for his wonderful accomplishment while serving as president this first term. I am looking forward to President Donald J Trump, running for a second term of office, because we have never had a better president in office and we have never had a president accomplish so much in such a short time. I again am voting for President Donald J Trump in 2020.
I do not want to appear negative and I do not want to stir up any fear among the people, but I am here to give all of us a US citizens a warning, if President Donald J Trump is not reelected in 2020, this great nation of the USA will never be the One Nation Under God again. In fact I will go so far to predict if the liberal left wins it will lead to the end of America.
A President Donald J Trump or a Republican loss in 2020 would mean “we are officially at the end of this country as we have known it.” A loss for President Donald J Trump would mean we would see the open onslaught of the socialists, anarchists, and “Islamists extremists,” that are already at work to bring down our Western Democracy and Capitalists Culture. I predict that the things that are coming are going to be the final push from the radical left, the anarchists, with the socialist and Islamists as they will join together, they will work together, plotting together, as they take advantage of the opportunity to destabilize the USA the same way they are working on Europe.
“If the Republicans do not win in the 2020 election, we are officially at the end of the country as we know it.”
I must confess, we are not going to survive even if the right does win the 2020 election, this is an inevitable reality and prophetically correct. But the USA will definitely not survive if the Republicans along with President Donald J Trump do not win. Christians we best take advantage of this God give reprieve, because when it is over we will face evil like we have never faced evil in the USA. All around this world socialism, Islamist extremism along with evils of all kinds are killing Christians by the hundreds and our liberal media is not reporting these evil happenings.
This is the reason we the people on the right, Republican’s and Christians must wake up and get involved for the future of this great nation and our Christian way of life. WAKE UP AMERICANS…our way of life is being taken away from us while we slumber and sleep.
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Acts 19:2 Paul Said,
“Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?”
The disciples of John answered as most folks today still answer:
“We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”
Paul realized these men were sincere.
He asked another question,
“Unto what then were ye baptized?”
Paul was simply saying to them,
“Tell me more about your EXPERIENCE.”
They responded boldly,
Unto John's baptism.
Many Christian religious groups can trace back to John. They only follow the message of the forerunner:
THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE COMPLETE MESSAGE OF TRUTH.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
THERE IS MORE THAN REPENTANCE
The majority of Christians never go beyond
YOU MUST GO FURTHER
This group heard Paul preach. They were stirred. They chose to go beyond their teachings and their traditions.
They moved forward to
TRUTH and SALVATION.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Nowhere in the New Testament do we find anyone baptized except by submersion in the Name of Jesus Christ
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Mode of baptism changed at the Nicean Council 325 A.D.
· Titles–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
BAPTIZE – (Greek) Bap-tid-zoe
· To make fully wet
To plunge, dip, or whelm over
Yes this group of John’s disciples saw THE DIFFERENCE.
They realized they needed more.
They were rebaptized
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Now these disciples of John were fulfilling the steps Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost.
They had repented; they had been baptized in the Name of Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Paul simply delivered the message of TRUTH.
These followers of John were hungry-hearted.
They heard the Word. They were convicted by
the Word. They accepted the Word. They followed the Word and received the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God dwelling within them.
IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
AS TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Paul told the Ephesians,
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
ONE LORD – One supreme authority; Not a trinity.
ONE FAITH – One truth, one salvation, One gospel.
ONE BAPTISM – One Ceremonial Ordinance for washing Sins away.
ONE LORD – Not two, not three, not a Trinity.
TRINITY – Not a biblical word; found Nowhere in the Holy Scriptures.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:3 Paraphrase
3 He created everything there is, nothing exists
that he didn’t make.
John 1:4 Paraphrase
Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light
to all mankind.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:14 (a)
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...
John 1:14 Paraphrase
And Christ became a human being and lived
here on earth among us, and was full of
loving forgiveness and truth. Some of
us have seen his glory, the glory of the only
unique son of God.
John 14:9 Jesus said,
…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
30 I and my Father are one.
When you say, “JESUS” you say it all!
HE IS NOT the second person of a
HE IS NOT Jehovah, Jr.
HE IS God in the Father.
HE IS God in the Son.
HE IS God in the Holy Ghost.
HE IS God, all three in one.
THERE IS ONLY ONE LORD.
ONE SUPREME BEING.
HIS NAME IS JESUS.
Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews,
Came to Jesus by night.
…Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:
John 3:3 Jesus responded:
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus asked how a grown man could be born again. He cannot enter into his mother’s womb again to be born.
John 3:5 Jesus said,
…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
There is first the natural birth. For one to have spiritual life, there has got to be the second birth; one must be born again.
John 3:15 Jesus said,
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 He continued:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Paul is simply saying, “Do not think
yourself somebody just because you have
faith. It is God that has given you the degree of faith that you have.”
If believing on Jesus were all it took to be saved, even the devils would be saved.
James 2:19-20 Paraphrase
19 Are there still some among you who hold that only believing is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too – so strongly that they tremble in terror!
20 Fool! When will you ever learn that Believing is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
After Jesus arose from the grave he spent about forty days with His disciples.
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
These disciples went back to Jerusalem. In the upper room they tarried with some brethren and women. Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers were there – one hundred twenty in all.
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
THIS HAPPENED DURING THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And he preached to them Jesus Christ And Him crucified
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Peter told these devout Jews what they must do to be saved.
Most preachers, most teachers, and most religions do not preach this same message today.
2 Timothy 3:5
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Most folks today are like the twelve Disciples of John:
THEY HAVE BELIEVED ALL THEY HAVE HEARD.
Acts 19:2 (b)
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
THERE IS MORE
You can experience the Gift of the Holy Ghost
· You no longer have to feel helpless.
· You no longer have to feel depressed.
· You no longer have to feel cast down.
· You no longer have to feel the weight of sin.
· YOU CAN BE CHANGED.
· YOU CAN BE TRANSFORMED.
· YOU CAN HAVE POWER.
· YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE OF GOD.
· YOU CAN BE BORN AGAIN.
Just follow the Word of God.
Believe as the Scripture says, and
“you will be born again.
THERE IS A DIFFERENCE
This manuscript has been in the making for several years. It is a compilation of several of the messages that I have preached while I evangelized. I do not consider myself to be a writer by any means. It is with much reservation that I have even taken this to a publisher and set it into a book form. I do it not for its perfection of grammar, punctuation, or spelling, but because of its content may change a life.
If you could only see how I prepared my sermon notes in the beginning of my ministry and how I prepare them today. Quickly you would understand I have not had anyone teach me how this is done. I have set my notes up from the very beginning of my ministry, to be user friendly. If someone else would by chance ever get my notes to speak or preach from they could use them.
I have taken these prepared notes as my reference point to write this little book. What I am actually doing is preaching my sermons through this media called a book. I hope that somewhere in this manuscript will be the words that will change someone’s life. I hope that it will have an effect on everyone that takes time to read from these pages.
I was a forty year old man, with many problems in my own personal life when I surrendered to the Lord to preach. I hope the contents of this manuscript will help someone who is in a time of decision in their own life.
Please do not spend all your time looking over the errors of my writing, read the content.
I wish that I could give credit to everyone that has had any input in my ministry. I have read many books, pamphlets, magazines during my lifetime. I have listen to my pastors preach, other preachers preach. I have listened to tapes, CD’s and watched many Video’s and DVD’s. Yes, and by the way I do read and study the Bible. I do not know where every phrase in these chapters has been gleaned, but they are by no means my own and most are not even original. But, I will say the stories are mine and the format is mine and I have preached some of these messages over one hundred times in the past twenty years. I have no problem with you preaching from my book and even you calling it your own as long as you are pointing souls to Jesus Christ and His saving Grace.
In His Service,
Rodney Glynn Bankens
Pastor Rodney Glynn Bankens lived in Louisiana until he was forty years old, attended church at Apostolic Temple UPC, pastored by Dr. M. D and Rev. R.D. Treece. He was an evangelist about twelve years, pastored in Rome, Georgia five years, pastors New Chapel UPC, Collins, MS 39428. Pastor Rodney Glynn Bankens is ordained by UPCI.
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As Christian Conservatives we see the society that we have known has suddenly been changed, even with us in it. While we were minding our own business allowing our politicians in Washington DC to run the affairs of our country, our Christian values have been reclassified. Even our wholesome values have been reclassified as hate and ugly prejudices and we have now become the problem.
We believe in One God, but Washington has said there are many gods. We believe in free speech, now we are told everything we say and preach is hate speech. We are now listed as the main source of trouble for this nation and we are classed among criminals and terrorist.
We believe in democratic sovereignty, we are now called a Zena fob and a fascist there is no longer a platform for us. We believe in a free secular society, and stand for both God and Country, we are now call Islamophobic and racist because of our Christian faith. We stand when our nations flag is paraded before us and place our hand over our heart as we say the pledge of allegiance. For this we are considered to be bigoted and racists.
Because we desire safe borders and desire that all people follow the law to come into our country we are called hate mongers. We had best be careful as to what we say and how we speak of others and we best use the proper pronoun’s, or we will face further exclusions.
In short, there is no place for “We The People” with wholesome Christian values in the USA today. There has been a shift in this nation as the younger generations are trying to develop their own utopia without wholesome values, without Jesus in it.
The minds of our younger adult generation has been saturated with a one world mindset. Our secular education has removed any resemblance of truth, no prayer, no Bible, no Jesus. Our children have been indoctrinated against our western culture and glamorized the cultures of the middle east. Our secularized, public schools, colleges and Universities refuse to allow any biblical teachings including the Bible and Jesus while they teach Islam as a great way of life.
While we as Christians in America have been keeping ourselves separated and doing our own thing. The secular world has snuck in and changed everything around us. Our religious rights are being taken away and now we wake up to find that we are no longer welcome and actually no longer needed.
The best way to defeat a people, is by destroying the foundational truths they are built on. Our secular society started teaching our young ones not to respect our laws, our values and our God. We have a generation of young adults that have been taught no values. Now we wonder why they are against free speech, against our second amendment rights and our sacred Christian rights. They literally have no respect. They openly rebel in our streets, destroying properties even taking lives as they protest our conservative Christian rights.
This nation has turned her back on God, His Word and Truth. We are privileged at this time to have a window opened to help us to reach, teach and propagate the things of God and change some lives. But we must realize the evil secular society is doing everything they can to shut that window. We have a problem with both Political Parties. The Democrats are now so far left that in their secular thinking that they will never be for anything that is Christian. But the Republican Party also has so many members that refuse to fight for our conservative Christian values. Both parties are allowing our nation to be destroyed as the foundational teachings and beliefs of our forefathers are being destroyed. This is the reason we must awaken ourselves and stir up the gifts of God within and shake this secular society around us. Jesus is coming soon saints of God, we must be about His business while we have time and while He is moving in us and giving us this one last chance.
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The humiliation that we experience from shame, is often so unbearable. But shame is something we all have to deal with. Often we deal with shame most of our life.
Before Ammon brutally forced his sister, Tamar, into an unspeakable act of sin, she pleaded with him to please restrain himself, crying out, “Where could I take my shame?” (II Samuel 13:13 NKJV). Tamar understood the social stigmas of her day therefore, she had a keen insight into the consequences of Amon’s dark urges, knowing they spelled disaster and shame for her. “Then Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her robe of many colors and went away crying bitterly…So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.” (II Samuel 13:19-20 NKJV).
Of all our human emotions, bitter shame may be the worst. There is that degrading feeling that comes with the decades of disapproval that we feel from the judgmental, castigation of other people. Yes, we have begun to internalize the shame they are heaping on us to the point that we internalize these feelings as reality and take them as our conviction of being unworthy human beings. “If you all disrespect me and hate me, surely I should disrespect and hate myself.”
Tamar was the victim of abuse, but shame blurred the lines of her guilt and unworthiness. Because of this vicious abuse by her brother, she realize people would look at her differently. In fact many people would look down on her and blame her for this vicious act of her brother. Many people would speculate that she could have stopped him, and that she was probably the seducer.
She now found herself living in open shame, as a used commodity, she lost all her rights to a maiden’s dream for an honorable marriage, utterly ruined by the abusive nature of another. For the rest of her life she would have to carry the guilt and the shame that was so devastating.
I want to be very careful with my statements here, and I want people to understand the way that I am issuing these statements at this point:
Some religious cultures (even so many Apostolic churches) employ shaming others to preserve their personal holiness culture. So often members are openly disrespected by other members for violating protocol, or holiness standards. Often people are ostracized until they leave our churches and groups.
But even our overall society has a way of publicly shaming people for even petty reasons. Today therapists work hard to identify the many types of shaming – including – looks shaming, fat shaming, body shaming, mommy shaming, parent shaming, children shaming, dress shaming, religious shaming, etc.
There is a strong pushback against shaming in society, but too often it is only against those that shame things they themselves are doing. But shaming others has been gaining so much momentum in this hour. The damages are great and the effects are so overwhelming. There are so many members of our society that are choosing isolation, many are self-inflicting themselves with open wounds and even going so far as to commit suicide.
Jesus, fraternized with many people that society of His day considered unworthy, like the publicans, sinners and outcasts.
Luke 7:37-39 King James Version (KJV)
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
But Jesus Christ attitude can best be seen in His response to the woman that was caught in the very act of adultery.
John 8:11 (b) KJV,
… Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
So many Holy Ghost filled saints of God that are suffering from shame, can tell you when they were forgiven of their sins. But even knowing their sins are forgiven, shame continues to overwhelm and persists in their life. They often make statements, “If Jesus died for my sins, why do I feel so overwhelmed with shame and unworthiness?”
Certain egregious sins, such as capital crimes, abortion, or deeply hurting others especially loved ones and family members so often carry with them deep repercussions of shame that often have to be dealt with after repentance. These things must be dealt with until we get beyond them and no long allow them to rule our life.
These feelings are often transferred to us and they stem from the hatreds and bigotries of others. Our parents, guardians, or even from our spouse. These transferred feelings place the pressures of shame and guilt on our life and we have to shake loose of them.
I feel it is important for us to understand, it is so important for us to know that the blood of Jesus Christ not only dealt with the legality of sin, but also with the guilt and shame brought on by sin.
Isaiah 53:10 KJV,
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
The phrase, “an offering for sin,” has been interpreted in other verses of the Bible as a guilt offering. In other words, God interdicted the emotion of sin as well as the fact of sin. Transgressors must appropriate the full power and authority of the blood of Jesus Christ to themselves. Jesus endured the shame of the cross precisely to take our sins away and to set us free from guilt and shame.
If you are having trouble dealing with shame and forgiving yourself, you must resort to the Word of God. The great Apostle Paul directly addressed the problem in his epistle to the Colossians.
Colossians 2:13-14(NKJV)13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 having wiped out the [a]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
This makes the cross of Jesus Christ personal to all of us. We must see our sin, our shame, and our guilt crucified with Jesus, and His blood covering all our transgressions.
Forgiving yourself cannot be completed by willpower, positive mental thinking, or any form of self-help alone. You must intentionally and purposefully grasp the blood of Jesus, not just as a doctrinal creed, but as an actual personal appropriation.
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.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
God does not value you and I just as warm bodies that He saves just to come sit and take our place on a pew in our local church and accomplish nothing. He sees each and every one of us as unique souls that He is seeking to save and fellowship with, here and now. We were just sinners, He washed our sins away purified and consecrated us to Himself and justified us in His name and with His Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:11(NKJV)11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
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In my thirty plus years of preaching ministry I have seen too many churches with members that wanted to control the church. They sit in their pew or in their little church offices like they are the king or queen of the church; they feel that every decision that is made in the church must come through them. I have been pastor of two churches and both of these churches have had control freaks in them.
Usually the people that are control freaks have been at the local church for a long while.
I have found in the old-line established churches, these folks have assumed and feel that their tenure gives them the right to take the lead and be in charge of everything.
These control freaks have often stepped into leadership voids that happened in the past. In most cases they simple put themselves into position.
When I have taken personal time to listen to their stories I have found that they have gained control during previous times of transition or turmoil in the local church.
These control freaks feel that they have the right to know everything.
Control Freaks understand and know that knowledge is empowering, and they expect to be in the loop for everything. I often tell people that are control freaks that they are “information idolaters.”
These control freaks refuse to listen to anyone that has an opposing view.
Particularly in a congregational church community where the people are given an open voice, they will all fight for the right to express their opinion—but the control freaks will completely dismiss the opinions of others, because they feel like they are in charge.
These control freaks demand being a part of every major decision that is made in the church.
In fact let me make it plain, these control freaks cannot imagine how the church community can wisely decide something without their input. Even if the control freaks agree with the decision of the church community, they will find something wrong, especially if they were not part of the decision making process.
These that are control freaks allow their support for pastoral leadership to change with the winds that blow through the church community. The end result is that they are always a part of any upheaval that arises against the Pastor and His authority.
When the pastor is installed as the new pastor, these control freaks open their arms to make sure the pastor and his family feel welcome. If they like what the pastor does, they are on board. If they do not like the things the pastor is doing though, they quickly become opposition—they always say, “We are doing this for the good of the church.”
These that are control freaks say, “Some of the people are saying.”
These “people” that they are talking about, in most cases are only themselves and their spouses. But they love to use exaggeration by using the phrase “some of the people.” This gives them a sense of support and power, especially when the pastor seems to be listening to them.
These that are control freaks see the negative more than the positive.
These control freaks see themselves as God’s appointed leaders to make sure the church never goes astray. To these control freaks, “astray” means any direction they themselves do not want the church to go.
These that are control freaks often use veiled threats against the pastor and the church leaders.
One of the biggest threats they use: “People are going to leave”; “People will stop giving”; and they love to say, “We have seen pastors come and we have seen pastors go and we will be here longer than you are.”
These control freaks very seldom talk about the Word, they never really pray and cannot sit for preaching.
I have very seldom heard any one of the control freaks talk about their personal walk with God. I have learned that control freaks do not have a need for God, because they are in charge and control.
These control freaks often focus on the money, offerings and the church budget. Most often these control freaks love to brag about how much they personally give.
Control freaks love to Control the purse strings of the local church; this is a primary way they extend their control, power and influence.
One thing that I have found to be when it comes to control freaks, they will never admit they are controlling.
Let me go so far as to say, they might not even recognize these facts. This is one of Satan’s subtle ways to mess up a local church: Satan influences control freaks; he influences those that know they are control freaks and also those that do not even recognize what is happening in their life.
In both churches that I was pastor, I faced the ugly controlling spirits that had been in the churches for years. The people that are control freaks will change over the years, but the spirits of control have been there for years.
Looking back at the first church I was pastor, I was voted in by 100% vote from the congregation. I went in feeling that this church was ready for my leadership and preaching.
I must admit the first-year things went well. We had good church, the people would fellowship with my wife and I as we were their good friends. But in the second-year the control freaks could not stand it. These folks got highly upset one night when I preached on the subject, “Body, Soul and Spirit”. They got up during my message and walked out while I was preaching. They also got family members to walk out with them.
I met with them the next day and realized one of them had wanted to pastor the church, before they elected me, but the church would not allow his name to be voted on. So, from the very beginning of my becoming pastor they worked hard against me and the leaders of the church.
These folks left our little church and drove 35 miles to another little church in another little town. This pastor welcomed them and put them in leadership immediately. Because of the influx of this group of people the pastor immediately went into a new building program. These folks left that little church half way through the building program and started a church in the same town I was pastor.
The pastor from the little church that had taken them in came to visit me and was devastated because they left him and the church in a financial bind. He said, “I wish you would have warned me about them, before I started building the new building.” I looked at him and said, “I would have warned you, if you would have been ethical and called me when they showed up.” I went on and said, “but you saw an opportunity to use them to build a new building.” I said, “Brother maybe you have now learned a good lesson about pastoral ethics”. This pastor was so devastated by these control freaks that about a year later he retired from pastoring and died less than two years later.
I did not remain in that little church but five years. I was followed by another pastor that was there for less than a year. The people that had left while I was there, came back when that pastor was gone and they control the church still today. The leader of that group is pastor. Several of those that were controllers with him have left, because they can no longer control.
Looking back at the second church I was pastor, I was voted in by 84% of the vote. The Presbyter that handled the vote called me and gave me the vote count and he said, “Brother Bankens I know you will not take this church with that vote.” I said, “Sure I will I was voted into the last church by 100% but I really only had about 50%. At least in this vote I realize there were some that were not for me and I will do my best to win their support.”
I quickly found that the group of people that voted for someone else were not against me, they were easy to get onboard with my vision. But like the first church that I had been pastor, the control freaks had voted for me. It was not but two weeks after I was voted in that they began to openly oppose everything.
Remember, control freaks love tenure and they desire for everyone to look to them as the person in charge.
I had already met this controlling spirit in the first church that I was pastor and realized I had been brought to this second church to destroy that spirit and to revive the people.
From the very beginning I decided to take my time, be very gentle. I did not fight over every situation that came up. I picked my battles through the direction of the Lord. I was blindsided a couple times and was caught off guard but by the grace of God I survived. I was pastor in the second church for twelve years. I did not have to leave, I was not pushed out, I left because I was following the will of God.
When I left the second church, the major controllers, had passed away, left the church or had a change in their spirit. I realize when we deal with people, they have a choice in the matter. They can keep themselves full of the Holy Ghost and follow the leadership the Lord has provided or they can allow that evil spirit of control to overtake them. They live a miserable existence when they become control freaks, because no one can please them.
Even though I have seen this evil spirit of control operate in many churches and I have been the pastor in two churches where the control freaks worked hard to keep the church from growing or doing anything different than they desired. I still do not understand all that goes on to make this happen. Why, can’t people just love God, love His Word, love the leaders that God call’s and places over them. It would be so much simpler for everyone involved for us to stay full of the Holy Ghost and love living for God in peace and harmony.
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2 Corinthians 4:17-18 kjv,
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
In this day of time, there is a strong emphasis in most Christian circles, “That insists that the ideal spiritual life is one of unspoken joy and peace all the time. Also, with a life of material prosperity here and now.
The impression that is currently so prevalent, even in our Pentecostal ranks and maybe even among some here in this service. Is that if you really are full of the Holy Ghost, you will be living a life that is trouble free, and when you do have some slight problems, they will be instantaneously solved. The impression is that your miracles never cease.
According to some saints of God, “A Miracle a day” is the norm.
If one does not experience constant supernatural Manifestations, it is because this individual is spiritually abnormal or something must be wrong between them and God.
To these modern thinking Christians, (saints of God), this Spirit-filled life is one hilarious hearty time of party. This Spirit-filled life is a mountain top experience at all time.
Yes, in these modern Christian circles, A Spirit-filled saint, should never get sick, but if, and when they do they should be healed immediately, by a modern day effortless faith.
If a saint needs money in this modern Christian society, all they must do is ask God for it, the heavens immediately open and the blessings begin to just pour out to you.
Yes, in this modern day, if anyone who is Spirit-filled does not live comfortable, or if they do not become financially affluent, it is thought that this is simply because, this individual is probably spiritually inept?
I do want us all to understand tonight, I do believe we are missing many of the blessing that God has for us in this modern day. Most of us live so far beneath our spiritual privileges. I believe that God would love to manifest His generosity to us. I believe God would love to bless us with many more miracles than we are seeing.
But I also want us to understand, that this modern day Christian philosophy is way out of balance. It does not represent the teachings of Jesus in the Bible, the Word of God.
I do believe one side of this coin is miracles, financial blessings and so much more. But I believe the other side of the coin, is represented by the concept of Spiritual Warfare. Is represented by sacrifice, self-discipline and courage.
Yes, this side of the theological coin stresses, the unavoidable weariness, toil and pain that is often encountered. It also stresses the man conflicts we will encounter, the times of bitterness issues we must overcome and desperate days of turmoil, strife and struggle we will encounter in this journey. Yes, and the grueling nights of darkness and distress. Paul records it like this,
2 Timothy 2:3 KJV,
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Luke 9:23 KJV, Jesus said,
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Mark 10:21 KJV,
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Galatians 6:14 KJV,
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
This other side of the coin (that I am presenting) is represented by the record of the noble army of martyrs, whose blood has proven to have been the seed that caused church growth in its early times.
This side of the coin is represented by the many writings in scripture and history that has exalted and glorified the heroic courage of the early saints. The valor, self-denial and high cost of discipleship by these early saints can be seen from this view. What a contrast to the contemporary Christianity that we see and hear today.
In her book, “What About Us Who Are Not Healed?”
Carmen Benson ~ Author…Voices the doubts, fear, and perplexities of the multitudes, that seek healing without success and mysteriously suffer more and more over time.
The question arises: “Which is spiritually superior?” Is the life of unbroken peace, no joy, and little prosperity…Or the life of health, wealth, affluence, and happiness?
Also, which brings most glory to God? By modern contemporary Christian society; Are all who fall short of this ideal spiritualism, considered to be second-class saints in the kingdom of God?
Come on saints of God “What Is the Price of Glory?”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Amplified, our text,
“For our light, momentaryaffliction(this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and
producing andachieving for us an everlasting weight of glory ~ beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons andall calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! Since we consider andlook not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are invisible are deathless and everlasting”
For us to understand this passage from the text, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 it is necessary that we define the term “affliction”
Webster’s New World Dictionary ~ “affliction” ~pain; suffering; distress; evils; harms; heaviness; hurts; sorrows; adversities; calamities; any cause of suffering; etc.
The original Greek translation for “affliction” ~ simply means “pressure”
Paul was writing primarily about the persecutions, opposition, deprivations, hardships and pressure…which he and the early saints faced, as they lived for God and propagated His message of death, burial and resurrection.
Paul Himself suffered many afflictions and pressures,
2 Corinthians 11:23-27 KJV,
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10 KJV,
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
So many saints and preachers alike feel that Paul’s thorn in the flesh could not have been a physical condition, or sickness. Because Jesus bore the stripes on His back for our healing at His death on Calvary. Therefore, they feel that the Lord will not allow sickness or diseases to come upon His children, even as an affliction. They insist that a true saint of God should be able to exercise faith, and immediately be healed. If these saints are not healed, immediately, they say the individual either has no faith, or the individual has sin in their life.
I say (HOGWASH) ~ yes Jesus did take the stripes for our Healing. I thank God that we can pray the prayer of faith; we can call for the elders of the church and they can anoint us with oil and pray for us. But no-where does the Lord guarantee that we will instantly and always be healed.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV,
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
I thank God, He has made a provision for our healing. When we are healed, it is because He took the stripes; It is because He shed His blood for us.
James 5:14-15 KJV,
4 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
All that these (Spiritual Specialist) preach and teach is so contrary to Paul’s teachings.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning death and Sickness in the church, in this scripture it seems that God is using physical affliction to teach the saints the truth about His teachings. If we accept Paul’s teachings as truth, (and we do), then we have to accept the fact that Paul is saying that affliction and pressure from any cause, including bodily pain and suffering, including sicknesses and disease even when no healing follows. Will work for the good of them who are God called children.
Romans 8:28 KJV,
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
With all this written in the Bible, we who are saints of God (believers) need to understand we are going to suffer while here on this earth.
Psalms 34:17-19 KJV,
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Psalms 34:19, New Living Translation ®,
19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
Psalms 34:22, New Living Translation ®,
22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
We need to turn our focus from our afflictions, pressures and sufferings down here, to the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Some of us live as though this world is all we have hope in.
Paul said, 1 Corinthians 15:19 KJV,
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Paul continues, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 New Living Translation ®,
22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.
If the Lord does not come back within our lifetime every one of us are going to suffer afflictions and pressure. Every one of us are going to face sickness, disease and even death. But we who belong to Christ will rise to meet Him in the clouds to ever be with Him.
Our primary focus should not be on our light afflictions down here. But our focus should be on the fact we have made ourselves ready. Instead of self-pity, lamenting, mourning, anxiety and depression because of our momentary situation. We should be praising Him who died for us, thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for us. WE should be testifying to other folks who are facing the same afflictions as we, and do not know Him.
Romans 8:14-18 KJV,
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Afflictions, pressures, sorrows and sufferings in this life, posewhat has probably been the most serious problem for saints of God throughout the ages of time.
These traumatic times in our lives are the last things that we would consider useful in our relationship with the Lord. We would rather try to pray our way out of these times instead of praying our way through them.
But according to scripture suffering is not an accident, but it is a privilege, it is a gift from God, that we as saints should cherish.
Romans 5:1-4 New Living Translation ®,
Faith Brings Joy:
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
Saints of God this world is not our home, we are just passing through, our treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
John 16:33 KJV,
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
We must get to that place of joy saints, even in suffering. Suffering is Universal saints, God is not picking on us as His children, because we go through these afflictions, or because we suffer from sickness or disease.
In this fallen world, where sin abounds, suffering is par for this course, called life. There is no escaping this world that we live in saints. We cannot escape afflictions because we are holy. We cannot escape because we are spiritual or because we Pray, go to church, pay or tithes and get along with others.
But on the other side of the coin, we cannot escape life because of our wealth, health, or our family pedigree.
Job 14:1-2 KJV,
1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
1 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV,
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
Saints of God let us get it established in our mind. Afflictions come to all, both saint and sinner alike,
2 Corinthians 5:4-5 New Living Translation,
4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 KJV,
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
We have no trouble understanding and accepting the fact that suffering follows sin. We are not surprised when a sinner faces sorrow, suffering and even death. We are often not even moved by their afflictions, unless they are related to us.
Romans 2:8-9 KJV,
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Romans 6:23 KJV,
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We as saints of God have all these commands and promises written in the Word of God, yet, we still struggle with these questions, Why, do the righteous suffer? Why isn’t every saint of God healed immediately when we pray?
If we are saved and filled with the Holy Ghost why must we,
a. Fight the good fight of faith;
b. endure as a good soldier;
c. have spiritual warfare;
d. or even have to endure to the end
2 Corinthians 4:15-16 KJV,
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 New Living Translation ®, (Text)
17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
What price are you willing to pay for the glory that awaits you with Christ Jesus? Every one of us must suffer if we are going to one day reign with Him. We will face the hot coals of afflictions and suffering for His name sake. But this is not for punishment, it is simply to take away all sin, to take away the impurities in our life so we can come forth as pure gold.
Job 23:10 KJV,
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
No one ever makes it to glory without suffering. Because suffering properly accepted by a saint of God, is our pathway to glory,
Our text calls it our “eternal weight of glory.”
Do not waste your sorrows saints, because your sorrows are helping you make it to glory.
Matthew 10:22 KJV,
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
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The situations that are taking place in Washington DC, began when the two major parties began to disagree on who should be running the USA. This was the purpose in our having elections so WE THE PEOPLE would have a choice and a say in who was to be running this great nation.
But we have a major problem in the USA. We had our presidential election more than a year ago and the people spoke loud and clear electing a non-political outsider as president. But the liberal left, Democrats did not like the results at all. To this very day, they refuse to agree that President Donald J Trump won the election and they are doing everything in their power to take over calling him a rogue president. This is the basic problem that is causing most of our trouble in Washington DC.
When you have political sides that hate each other in a country, but both sides accept the election results, you have a civil country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a political civil war.
The Mueller investigation is a great big fraud that was conjured up by the liberal left, Democrats while Obama was still in office. It was set up to supposedly investigate the Trump Election Team in their collusion with the Russians during the election. But it is now coming to light that it has been about removing President Donald J Trump from office and overturning the voting results of an election by WE THE PEOPLE. There is still a cover up going on in this investigation and most American people know this, but the corruption is so deep that even the investigators are lying and covering up the real collusion from the Obama Administration and that Evil Woman Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We that are on the conservative side can see all this evil corruption that is going on in Washington DC and we hate it but it is real and we must stand behind our President, Donald J Trump.
But America this is not the first time the Liberal left has done this. The first time that a Republican president was elected in this century, the liberal left said he did not really win the election. They said, the Supreme Court gave him the election. We must understand there is a pattern here, the liberal left does not play fair they make new rules as they go.
What does the fact that the Democrats, the liberal left have rejected this duly elected Republican president really mean? It means they do not accept the results of any election that they do not win. It means they do not believe that WE THE PEOPLE count when there is a transfer of power away from them because they did not win the election. It means they do not believe that the elections in this country should determine who is to be in charge in Washington DC.
This is what I call a political civil war and it is going on in the USA right now. I know it is not yet at the point where sides are being shot at, not unless we count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republican Congressional members that were practicing at a charity baseball game practice.
But let me be clear the Democrats, the liberal left does not want to follow the rules of law, as they have rejected our system of government. They do not want to follow the laws that are written and they are trying to do away with our constitution, as they take away our civil liberties and destroy our bill of rights. The Democrats, the liberal left is literally destroying this great nation, the USA.
This is not just dissent, disagreement or even a difference of opinion. This is utter deep, evil hatred. It is a normal thing to hate the other party. It is normal to think they are the worst thing that ever happened to this nation. But this kind of thinking should make the party work harder to win the next election, and when your party does not win you should continue to work harder until you do win. As a political party, we must be for the people. When the people speak through an election we must look at ourselves and see what it is the people like or dislike and make changes to win the next election.
But, when a political party gets defeated at the polls because the people voted against their ideas and agendas such as happened in the 2016 presidential election. When a political party consistently rejects election results as did that evil woman Hillary Clinton and the Democrats they are willing to do anything to win and take over our government, they really want the USA to be under their dictatorship control.
Think about it in this fashion, their very own dictatorship. The Democrat’s, the liberal left feel like they are the legitimate ones to exercise power in the USA.
Now that the Republicans are exercising the power in Washington DC, the Democrats, the liberal left are claiming them to be inherently illegitimate.
Think about this, the Democrats lost Congress, then they lost the White House. Look at the way they handled it. They began trying to run this great country through Federal judges and liberal evil bureaucrats. It seems like every time President Donald J Trump, who by the way is the legitimate elected president of the United States, writes an executive order or presents something new to Congress, the Judges step in to block him at every turn, this is political civil war.
Our system of government is based on the Constitution of the United States of America. The Democratic party and the liberal left system is that any part of government that supports their agenda is all that can be followed in this day.
When the Democrats are in the White House, and control congress, then the president can do anything. This means anything. The president can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. The president can levy a fine on WE THE PEOPLE for not having health insurance. Yes, when the Democrats are in power the power of the president is unlimited. He is almost like a dictator.
But when the Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President is put under bondage and cannot freely do anything he has promised. Yes, the Republican President is not even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor Obama illegally invented.
Think about this when a Democrat is in the White House they have the right to their personal discretions and are given the right to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. Now a Republican had been elected and his discretion to reverse all the illegal laws of his predecessor are blocked by the liberal judges and the liberal court system that has been established by the liberal Democrats. This is how the political game is played in the USA. This is how our great nation runs. This is real sad but it is truth. This is real Political Civil War, and I am proud to say the Democrats, liberal left has not yet won the fight, the battle is not over.
When a Democrat is in the White House, States are not allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state was mandated to make bathrooms unisex, because a state had no rights. But under President Donald J Trump, Jerry Brown can speak out against the Federal government and say that California is an independent state and does not have to follow Federal law when it comes to rounding up illegal aliens. The Constitution has something to say about all these things.
Whether it is Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If the Democrats have control of a government institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in this land. All these liberal left Democratic ideas and agendas will lead to dictatorship.
President Donald J Trump has caused the real government or the Shadow Government to come out of hiding to rescue this nation before it is too late.
Our US government has become a guild of Professional politicians. An individual cannot serve in office if they are not a member of the guild. If an individual has not been indoctrinated into its political rituals, if they are not members of the club, they are classed as illegitimate and are spied on, spoken ill of, lied about until they are destroyed. President Donald J Trump is not a member in their club. He has brought a bunch of people in to join his team who are not in the club either.
Because President Donald J Trump is an outsider, not part of the Washington guild we are seeing the Washington Political professionals in action.
President Donald J Trump is a successful business man who has dealt with people in high places all over this world. But the professional politicians in Washington see him as an amateur. We are seeing how the professionals of Washington treat what they think is an amateur. They spied on him, they are investigating him and his election team. They are charging members of his team, so they can squeeze them to make them lie about our president. These Democrats, liberal left, are using every tool of power they control to bring President Donald J Trump down.
Our Country is in Political Civil War. We are no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our nation is not a free country when FBI agents that supported that Evil Woman Hillary Clinton took out an insurance policy against Trump winning the election. It is not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the Trump Campaign. It is not a free country when the media responds to President Donald J Trumps winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It is not a free country when all the above collude together to overturn an election because President Donald J Trump won the election, but was not supposed to win.
Have no doubt, we are in a Political Civil War between our conservative Republicans who have been a part of our shadow government and a leftist liberal Democratic professional government.
Come on Conservative American Citizens, WE THE PEOPLE spoke loudly at the polls for the 2016 presidential elections. Let us get behind President Donald J Trump and win this Political Civil war and Make America Great Again. Today we can stop these evil forces of the Democratic Party and the liberal left if we continue to stand on our godly, moral platforms and keep our focus on fulfilling the constitution and following the established laws as they are written.
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Today is Monday, May 14, the 134th day of 2018.
On May 14, 1948, according to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv by David Ben-Gurion, who became its first prime minister; U.S. President Harry S. Truman immediately recognized the new nation.
Today May 14, 2018 the USA is opening the new American Embassy in Jerusalem. What a way to celebrate the 70thyear of the nation of Israel.
We are living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as saints of Jesus Christ, to take a stand with Israel. We are living in an evil day and hour and could be the people of the last hour. We are not to be passive in this day of prophecy; we are called to pray with passion, to intercedeand to minister according to the words of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, who said it is not our task to speculate when the end will be. As a Christian Nation, it is our responsibility to do Kingdom business until Jesus comes again.
This is not just about politics; this is all about the Word of God, but the political ramifications are extremely dramatic in these actions today. Scripture declares there will come a time when all the nations of the world will turn against Israel. It is so highly conceivable this could happen in our time that it is critical to outline why we should stand with Israel today.
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BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT
Because of the sin of Adam man exists in a fallen state emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Jesus Christ came to this earth to reconcile man back to Himself; to make the complete healing of human beings possible. Through His stripes and the healing work of Calvary all of us can be totally healed.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV,
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
I Thessalonians 5:23 KJV,
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Since Adam’s sin, man has lived in a fallen state. Man’s body, soul and spirit exist in a degenerated condition.
Jesus Christ came to this earth purchased and provided complete deliverance, salvation and healing for all humanity. I am talking about the healing of the soul, body and spirit of man-kind.
We all must have a good understanding of our make-up. Man is tripartite, which means there are three arenas of our composition. We are body, soul and spirit.
The Body of course is your physical being. The Soul consist of our mind, will, logic, and emotions. The Spirit is a person’s nature.
Romans 5:12 KJV,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned:”
This one man was Adam. This sin and consequent curse is the source of all problems that face all humanity today. It did more than simply separate man from God in a spiritual sense. It affected man’s entire composition:
Body - The human body is now subject to pain, disease, death, and decay.
Soul - Man’s mind, will, logic and emotions are now ruled by sensual passions and desires.
Spirit - Man’s spirit was separated from God. Until salvation occurs, one’s spirit is in union with Satan and demonic evil spirits.
Please read carefully and quote me right. (This is an area where I have been miss-quoted by many) I have found no scripture in the Bible that says sickness and disease is brought on by sin. However, there are numerous passages of scripture that indicate that sin bringeth forth death (Both naturally and spiritually).
Now, we all know that death is brought about by sickness and disease, so it is logical to say that sickness and disease has its roots in sin. It is an error to bring this to the individual level, because sickness and disease is not brought on by the sin of the individual in most instances. The exceptions to this is diseases and illnesses associated with sexual impropriety or diseases resulting from addictions to drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other chemicals.
Sickness & Disease – in general exist because of Adam’s sin. If an individual is sick or diseased, this does not mean they are living in sin. Or if they die of a sickness or a disease does not mean they died a sinner.
The truth to this matter is that the whole human race suffers because of the first, the original sin of Adam. We all suffer because of the fall of man.
To declare that individual sickness is brought about by individual sins alone, is preaching the message of Job’s comforters and is contempt to the Bible. This declaration is assuming and declaring that just because a person is ill or has a disease they are ungodly and lost.
We must understand something today saints; Sickness and Disease can and do strike people of all walks of life, Saints as well as sinners. Satan uses these extreme methods of attack to destroy our physical bodies. In this he is hoping that he can also devour our soul and keep our spirit separated from God.
This question always seems to arise when this subject is discussed, “How do you know if a person is demonized, possessed or demon lived?”
I have had many people even saints of God ask me this type question, “How can I know if I have a demon problem?”
We must get a good understanding from the beginning. Do not under-estimate your enemy or think that his only method is to produce crude and rude behavior in people.
Do Not Misunderstand What I am saying. Satan loves to create havoc by making someone act up. But he does not always work this way, because he is subtle and will use any method to get to you.
Evil spirits do not always appear as an ugly and repulsive habit or as a bad characteristic trait. It has been summed up this way, “That demons and evil spirits burrow, like termites, into our lives until they ultimately bring about rot and weakness.”
The hidden work of demonic, evil spirits has effects which are very serious and ultimately lead to total devastation.
Evil spirits very best work is done when they are buried deep in an individual’s personality. They really work at their peak in some sort of religious, even spiritual disguise.
These are my opinions:
“Demons and evil spirits have personalities that differ just as persons on earth do. They have traits, preferences, likes and dislikes. They seek out persons with like traits like personalities and with similar tendencies.
When demons or evil spirits attach to an individual, immediately they will burrow into the deep recesses of the personality. They will attempt to disguise themselves to convince that individual and others who know, that the traits and attitudes and actions they are now promoting are coming from the person themselves and not from the spirit. Demons know immediately upon contact if a person is full of the Holy Ghost or not. They know those who are just religious church goers and those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life. They know what suggestions to evil you have accepted in the past and what you rejected. Yes, these evil spirits know your strengths and weaknesses.”
Jessie Penn-Lewis wrote that, “Saints of God are open to attacks by evil spirits, because they have in most cases unwittingly fulfilled the conditions upon which evil spirits work. Such attacks are the outcome of yielding to the sins of the flesh, or to any sin which gives the evil spirits a hold in their fallen nature.”
“Because their knowledge of the devil’s character and methods of working is limited, many true children of God only recognize `temptation` when the nature of the thing being presented is visibly evil, and according to their limited knowledge of evil, they do not recognize the Tempter and his temptations when they come under the guise of natural or physical or lawful and apparent `good`.
“Because the thoughts of God’s people are often governed by ignorance and limited knowledge, they call the works of God of the devil; and the works of the devil, of God, and they are not taught the need of learning to discern the difference between the `unclean and the clean` nor how to decide for themselves what is of God, or what is of the devil ...Neither do all saints know that they have a choice between good and good, i.e., between the lesser and greater good; and the devil often entangles them here.”
Robert Patterson points out: “The method of deception is varied to suit the special circumstances of the victim. But whatever plan is used Satan and his emissaries persevere until the end is achieved and the deceived becomes ensnared.”
“Defeat for the Satanic powers comes only when the Saint of God recognizes the peril and is on guard against it.”
All we as saints of God need to shore our walk with the Lord, with the word of God and in prayer. We must be sure our spiritual experiences line up with God’s Word. Discerning of spirits is essential in living for God Saints, lest Satan begins to give you a religious experience. An experience that has feeling but is counterfeit.
Paul said it so well, II Corinthians 11:14-15 KJV,
“...for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness...”
Satan blinds people today with a portion of God’s word mixed and mingled with philosophy; mixed and mingled with non-biblical ideas; mixed and mingled with false doctrine.
This is Satan’s number one tool of deception today. If you and I do not know the word of God for our self we can be misled. If you and I cannot discern spirits our self we can be overcome by evil, Demonic and unclean spirits.
You and I as individuals must learn to trust in God for understanding. We need to be totally involved with His Word. However, we must beware of following some of these so called new revelations. Yet, we must be able to drop some of our old traditions and ideas. We must develop a wait-and-see attitude. As individual’s we are nurtured by a day-by-day study of the Bible. We listen to the lesson or instruction given to us. Then we take that lesson and pray and study it, understanding that our Lord Jesus Christ never coerces or forces but He gently leads. Our Lord is never harsh, rude, nor curt with someone who is learning to trust Him, but He is loving patient, kind and gentle...
Let me give you the words of some very wise Ministers.
“The Lord has proven to us that we must be careful in our pursuit of signs, lest we become misguided by false signs from the enemy.
We must keep our minds eye on the Word of God and yes, we who believe will have signs following.”
“If a saint of God ceases to use mind, reason, will and all their other faculties as a person, and begins to depend on voices and impulses for guidance in everyday life this person will be led or guided by evil spirits that will lead one far, far from God.”
“Supernatural manifestations, visions and even dreams are a fruitful source of play by evil deceiving spirits especially when the saint relies on them to live and talks more about these kinds of happenings, than they do the Word of God; remember the aim of wicked spirits is to displace the Word of God.”
Just because you and I have been born again baptized in Jesus Name and Filled with the Holy Ghost, we cannot assume that we are off limits to evil spirits. That we are automatically protected from the powers of these dirty, foul spirits. Nor can we assume that we are totally delivered from the battle with all these spirits.
We who are saints of God have so many precious promises from God. Potentially these promises belong to us. But most of us have not yet possessed them.
While the Children of Israel were on their way out of Egypt’s bondage, still in the wilderness being guided by God they were given the land of promise by God Himself. Now I want you to understand something, they had been given this land of promise by divine decree. But, they were given the responsibility to act on God’s Word. It is still so today, we have wonderful promises and provisions from God that we have never partaken of or experienced, because we have not acted upon them.
In God’s dealing with the Children of Israel the entire land of promise was theirs, given by God as a gift. However, the land was under control of the heathen, trespassers, squatters. Giants they were in this land of promise, but they were to be driven out by the children of Israel. This would take their own physical abilities mixed with their faith and trust in God.
In like manner today, you and I who have been filled with His Spirit have been given such a promise. It is not a promised piece of land mass here. But our promise is Life more abundantly, even here and now and a promised hope in Glory with the Lord.
But our territory has been under demonic control for so many years. This is one of the purposes of the Holy Ghost, to give you and I the Power to run these wrongful occupants off.
Sometimes it takes “legal action” on our part as saints of God to break the hold of demonic spirits. This includes our turning our back on all sin. A complete renunciation of all sin curses that have been placed on us. The breaking up of our past sinful alliances, transactions and agreements whereby access, penetration and tenancy has long been permitted.
I am of this opinion,
“Upon me as a minister of the gospel and all evangelists that preach in a local congregation rest the great responsibility for instructing the local flock for God.”
“It is first the responsibility of the local pastor to discern the signs of the enemy working in the lives of the saints, individually and collectively. And to do everything in their power to warn the local congregation and try to deliver all from the clutches of such spirits.”
“It is also the responsibility of the local pastor to teach the church about evil, sin and demonic spirits.”
“It is also the responsibility of the local pastor to warn the congregation of the many perils and the many evil spirits that threaten even the spiritually minded saints of God.”
Let me give you a clear, but sound warning. There is no way for you and I to avoid dealing with demon spirits. We have too many Holy Ghost filled saints that are trying to simple act like demonic spirits do not exist; or like they are no threat to we have the Holy Ghost; or we simply try to ignore them all together.
If you ignore demonic spirits or act like they do not exist, you are only magnifying the problem, giving them place to intensify their activities. In all actuality, you are allowing these evil spirits to do as they please.
Understand, the more complete your life becomes in the Lord; the closer your walk with the Lord becomes; the more the Holy Ghost flows through you; the more you will encounter these evil demonic spirits.
As you become more knowledgeable about the workings of evil demonic spirits their opposition will become more covert. Yes, they will begin to defy you and constantly stir up havoc for you to encounter.
These spirits that are assigned to hinder you covertly will become more devious, seeking to catch you off guard and unaware. This is the reason that you as a child of God must maintain a day-by-day, hour-by-hour walk with the Lord. This is the reason you must continue to walk in the light of His Word. This is the reason you must be faithful and totally committed to the Lord. Memorizing scriptures and praying is an effective way to put up barriers against these evil demonic spirits.
Remember, living for God is a walk of faith all the way.
Romans 10:17 KJV,
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
I am convinced that built into the makeup of every saint of God, God has built a defense against this evil unseen world.
Job 1:10 KJV,
“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou has blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
This defense that God has built around us acts as a sort of fence or hedge around our Souls, bodies and spirit. A hedge that protects us from all evil that exist in the many different dimensions.
Understand this one thing saints of God, “the devil and all evil demonic spirits are not gentlemen. They will attach to you and slip into your life through the slightest con. For you to be free from their influence they will have to be cast off you and out of your life in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Any person that has ever gotten mixed up with drugs, alcohol, tobacco or illicit and perverted sex have yielded their vessels freely to demonic spirits. This is the reason a person must seek for complete deliverance when they are filled with the Holy Ghost. So that these old spirits that were taken on during their personal romance with sin will lose their grip and be totally cast out and away from them. Once these evil spirits are cast out in Jesus Name the individuals will not battle any longer the pull of these old sins.
But if these spirits that were attached are not cast out these people can have the Holy Ghost and continually battle these old demonic filthy spirits. These folks can come to church regularly, can pray in the altar often and even pray through. They can shout, dance and even speak in tongues. But if these spirits are not cast out they will battle them often. The only way that these spirits can be cast out is the person has got to have a made-up mind they are going to let these spirits go, turn them loose and this must be done in Jesus Name.
Anyone who has ever been a dabbler with any kind of Spiritualism, this person must also seek complete deliverance when they are filled with the Holy Ghost. What am I talking about now, some of you may ask? I am talking about dabblers in psychic phenomena’s; séances, Levitation, Necromancy, fortune-telling of any kind; horoscopes, astrology, Ouija Boards, Witch craft (black/white), sorcery, charms; Eastern religions, Zen Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation; Karate, Judo, Yoga; Reincarnation, ESP, Telepathy, Hypnosis; Satanism, occults, body piercing, tattoo’s. I am even talking about you that have studied and even read the writings of mystics, psychics, witchcraft and Satanism.
One sign of your not being completely delivered, you hang on to your old books, literature and to some of your old paraphernalia.
Think with me for just a moment. When you first received the Holy Ghost, you were on fire and you began instantly to clean your life and habits up. But as time has now progressed you let your defenses down. These old habits drugs, alcohol, tobacco and perverted sex; These old Dabbling spirits will all re-establish themselves and begin to destroy you.
Saints let me warn you, these old dirty evil spirits that you struggle with if not cast out and kept in check in your life, will travel into your second, third and even fourth generation.
Let us look at what the Word of the Lord said unto Israel.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 KJV,
“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a nec-rom-an-cer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
When you Consort with these demonic spirits you are breaking the first Commandment of God.
Exodus 20:3 KJV,
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
In the very beginning, an experimenter with spirits and evil can control when they are going to give in to these spirits; can even control where they are going to give in to them.
However, as time progresses you become lured into their clutches, your defenses are now down, you are no longer behind the protective hedge of God’s protection and these demonic evil spirits now have free control of your life.
Now they have you at the place you do not feel that you are sinning any longer. These evil spirits have you convinced that God will not hold you responsible. They have you convinced that God is such a loving Savior that he will over-look your weaknesses and that you are okay just as you are. These spirits will make you get upset when the pastor names sin. Making you feel like the pastor is picking on you. Making you angry at the preacher and even gets you involved in talking against the man of God. Yes, before long these old evil demonic spirits will be so entrenched in your life again and it will be utterly impossible to overcome their grip.
These evil spirits will have you so bound and fettered. You will be in spiritual slavery to them because you have given them place in your life. Systematically Demonic spirits work to destroy your self-respect, to destroy your personal and your family life. These spirits will afflict you with many evil desires and lustful appetites.
In time these evil spirits that are attached to you will bring with them spirits of infirmity, sickness and disease to attack you and weaken you physically (bodily.) Demonic spirits are never satisfied just devouring your weakened body, they want your spirit also. Their overall goal is to condemn your soul to hell. This is the reason demonic spirits work so very hard to reduce their prey to the place of helplessness. To a place of either physical or mental anguish. To a place that is beyond human ability to endure.
The suffering caused by these evil demonic spirits can be Spiritual - (Spirit) causing acute suffering in your spirit, injecting offensive distasteful feeling in your spirit with deep emotional pain. Soulish - (Soul) feelings of acute darkness, confusion, horror and chaos of the mind; deep anguished and knifelike pains in your heart or innermost being. Physical - (Body) affecting any part of your physical body.
Remember man is a (3) part being – Body, Soul and Spirit.
Let me warn each of you; One of the subtlest forms of (soulish) behavior a person can exhibit is a pseudo-spirituality that can lead into unwholesome mysticism. Listen to me carefully, this is when a person is easily moved by new revelations. Moved by every dream or thought that enters their head or follows every prophetic discourse that is spoken by another pseudo-spiritual individual.
A soulish individual is not a spiritual person, but they can act spiritual. These individuals can miss church for three or four weeks and walk back into service acting like they have been there all the time.
These folks can shout the loudest, clap the loudest and can be heard over everyone else.
Now when an individual willfully sins, they are giving these Demonic evil spirits an open door of control. Or can I say they are giving these spirits an entrance in their life because sin is so very progressive. One tiny act of disobedience leads to another and then another and so on. Sometimes an evil Demonic spirit may be welcomed by a prospective host. Because the individual wants a certain feel of power, or the individual wants to display a certain image to others. But for the most part, especially when dealing with church folks these demonic evil intruders are just that. They are unwelcome intruders. But the individual (Host) in either case will be moved by these evil spirits.
Once these Demonic spirits have a position in a life (vessel) these old spirits may invite other evil demonic spirits to move in with them. These spirits will become demanding and will begin to cause the individual much trouble.
This can lead to a change of personality or actions in a life. The host begins to display the likeness of these evil spirits, even begins to act out their evil wishes part or all the time. Any driving, compulsive and/or tormenting desire or habit is a sure sign that demons are in control of this life, or are trying to take control of a life.
Let me give you a partial list of actions, symptoms and manifestations where demons have gained a degree of control. Enlarge Pupils of the eye with a deep glassy stare. Fear and deep hatred in the eyes and even in the expression. Constant paranoia, somebody is constantly following you or after you. A voice speaks from the individual that is guttural, not originating from the vocal chords but is spoke brazenly and bold. Abnormal passions evidenced in such things as continual and open drunkenness, continual drug use, continual involvement with lewd sexual acts and perversions. Suicidal impulses and displays. When an individual is easily brought into an open fit of rage, their countenance takes on a change. They fly off the handle and begin to threaten to inspire fear, when they are rebuffed they even show a more violent temper. When a person loses all knowledge of who they are, where they are and who they are with and become supernatural in strength, attacking everyone with violence or turns on themselves and begins to do harm to themselves.
I want to deal with something, as I have stated so many times in the past, “Alcohol and Drugs weaken God’s protective hedge around us”. We as Christian’s (Pentecostal’s) would not think of drinking beer or alcohol. We know that the “Delirium trims” in an alcoholic is they are simply peering deep into the dark side of the spirit world. What an alcoholic sees with his necked, yet unprotected mind and soul and a bottle of alcohol is enough to drive him insane. And basically, it does, because alcoholics spend most of their life in total insanity all the time, with no peace.
Proverbs 20:1 KJV,
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
But let me give you a warning, “What alcohol does gradually, over time, drugs can accomplish in a matter of minutes depending on the type. The drugs being used are manmade and not natural for the body. They are chemical composites created by men to alter the mind of humans.
The use of drugs completely removes the protective hedge of the Lord. I am not talking about Medicines and medications for infections and so forth. But I am including pain medications, uppers and downers, etc. Now I want to make myself very clear, if you are on these medications because of a medical problem and the doctor is checking you regularly and regulating you even then you must beware because demons love to take advantage of us when we are physically weak. But if you are constantly taking pain relief drugs every time you get a little ache or pain you are altering your mind and Satan will take advantage. It is a proven fact that Americans buy more pain relief Drugs than all the other countries combined. Doctor’s willingly prescribe them, because they get a kickback from the drug companies every time you fill your prescription.
Listen to me carefully, I am telling you “How Demonic Spirits Operate”. Alcohol, which has openly been preached about since prohibition times (for sure all my life) is a slow creping type of deterioration. Which leads to a life of destruction and misery. But drugs, which are highly used in the church today is a different story. Drugs, alter a person’s mind instantly, it is almost instant insanity to the ones that take them. You that take pain medication often do not even realize how you act around others; even how you act at church when you take them. Drugs change your looks, your attitude, your speech, they make you do things so differently.
Again, let me tell you if you are on drugs prescribed by a doctor for a stress problem, or an imbalance problem, and you are under a close watch of the
Doctor, stay on your medication. But if you are a person who just loves pain medication you best get off it because you are giving Demonic spirits an opening in your life.
Some individuals in our local churches are so bound. Some have even lost any power they have had over the enemy. Some have opened their lives and the lives of their children to these evil spirits and have no power to combat this enemy.
If you willingly give yourself to some of these things I am writing about, you will be controlled and dominated by these evil spirits. If you want victory in your life you are going to have to change your allegiance; you are going to have to change who and what you submit to.
James 4:7 KJV,
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Now I know at this moment some of you have many questions. Some of you are saying, “Is it possible for a Jesus Name, Holy Ghost filled saint of God to entertain evil spirits or have a demon?”
Then comes the old stock answer from most Christians (Pentecostals) “Absolutely not possible.”
This is the way that many of you believe. The old idea that has been handed down for generations and the idea that is prevalent in Christianity by Pentecostals.
Bro. Bankens, “You know the Holy Ghost cannot coexist in the same body with a demon or evil demonic spirits.”
This answer was designed by Satan himself. He designed this answer to shut-off further inquiry and questions. He designed it to close our minds to the possibility as unthinkable. He designed this answer and thinking so we would not know the Truth of this matter and we would not be delivered.
This Answer that we have so boldly accepted and given for years is an extra-Biblical piece of logic that stands by itself. It does not rest on scripture at all. This Answer rest on human assumption and is false.
This is a particularly dangerous delusion that many Christians (Pentecostals) find themselves in. How stupid are we saints of God? To think that Satan, Demons and evil spirits have adopted a hands-off policy towards Holy Ghost filled saints of God.
I am being very plain in this blog, but please quote me right, because I am being miss-quoted by many on this subject.
Satan’s sole purpose is to devour you as a saint of God...he has come for the purpose to steal, kill and destroy you. As a matter of fact, these spirits will work over time to affect and afflict saints of God as much and as often as possible. These evil Demonic spirits will buffet you often. They will oppose you in every facet of your walk with God. These evil Demonic spirits will tempt you often and throw up your past often. They will deceive you to lead you away from this great truth of God. These spirits look for, and quickly take advantage of every opportunity to hinder you and I as saints of God.
Since I have been preaching over the past 30 years.
90% of the deliverance’s I have seen or been involved in have been that of born again saints of God. Most of what I am writing about were people that were church members. People that were very much involved in their local churches. People that have had the Holy Ghost for years.
Now listen to me very carefully. Some folks teach that under no circumstances can a born again, Holy Ghost filled person entertain or have demons. These same people will automatically tell you that all emotional problems; all moral problems and all spiritual problems that they themselves or their families battle constantly are just battles of their own fleshly carnality or their nature. These struggles are not from evil spirits or demonic spirits
After having preached deliverance all over this nation and seeing saints of God even preachers delivered from the evil grips of Demonic bondage. I have finally come to this understanding. Those who most vigorously oppose this kind of preaching; Those who openly oppose deliverance preaching are the ones who need it most. They are totally bound by evil spirits and need to be set free. It is the spirit of the enemy that is attached to them or their families. It is these demonic spirits that have attached or taken resident in them which makes them deny that the ministry of deliverance is real. These people remain bound because these old evil spirits are comfortable in their lives and do not want to go elsewhere.
The age-old argument is since we have the Holy Ghost we have the Whole armor of God and no evil Demonic or Satanic spirit can touch us. We must read the words that Paul wrote to the Saints of God at Ephesus. As we read we must understand these were Holy Ghost filled people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Paul is telling them you better be prepared saints. You best put on the whole armor of God, because Satan is going to continually attack you. If you let down just a little bit he will catch you unawares and bind you.
Despite all these old out dated arguments that this cannot happen, the dismaying fact remains that those who argue against this kind of teaching. Often, face horrendous difficulties in being faithful to the house of God. They are always angry at someone, blaming other people always pointing at others for their problems. They are very active and can do everything they want to away from church. But at church time they get to hurting so bad or they get so sick often. Their families are always in disarray, fusing and fighting, etc. They often have difficulties keeping their morals intact, lustful eyes, sensuous jokes, touching feeling.
These people can find no solution to their pain or on going infirmities. They face such a conflict all the time and they want to blame it all on mere carnality. When all the time they are entertaining evil Demonic spirits.
It is no secret to me as to the reason so many saints of God struggle in living for God. It is no mystery to me why some people, even some of you reading this blog attend church service after service and cannot worship your way to victory. It is no mystery to me why some folks live for God a week or two and fall by the wayside. Then for no reason at all just refuse to attend church for a time.
It is no mystery to me why some just backslide when it seemed like they were doing better than they ever had done in the past. When it seemed like they were growing spiritually by leaps and bounds. They did not want to own up to the fact they were battling spirits. They were battling evil demonic spirits in their own lives, because these spirits were never bound nor conquered. These unconquered evil spirits eventually devoured them while they sat regularly on a church (Pentecostal) pew. Think of the masses that you know had been filled with the Holy Ghost and Baptized in Jesus Name that were devoured on a church pew.
In Matthew 16th Chapter, one moment Peter spoke through “Divine Revelation”, declaring Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus responded to this, “Blessed art thou Simon Bar-jo-na; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Then five verses later Jesus tells His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer and to be killed. Then Peter takes Him off and begins to rebuke Him for such ideas. Jesus turned and said, unto Peter, “...Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art and offense unto me:”
How, did this happen saints of God? Even though Peter was a Disciple of Jesus Christ. Satan tried to use him to stop the work of God. Does that mean that Peter was a bad guy? No! Does it mean that God will no longer use Him? No! It simply means He had to identify that spirit and rebuke it and bind it.
In Acts Chapter 8, we find one Simon the Sorcerer. Had heard the word of God preached by Phillip. He saw signs, wonders, miracles and devils cast out.
Acts 8:13 KJV,
“Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized he continued with Phillip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”
But he was not completely delivered from these old evil occult spirits. Because when he saw Peter and John lay their hands on the people and these people received the Holy Ghost. Simon then offered them money for the power to lay his hands-on folks so they would receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:20-24 KJV,
“But Peter said unto him, thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.”
Acts Chapter 5, we see a Couple Ananias and Sapphira that sold one of their own personal possessions. But instead of giving one hundred percent that they were given for the property, they decided to keep back part of it for themselves. Now understand it belonged to them, but they lied to the Apostles. When you lie to the Man of God friend, you have lied to God. These people were filled with the Holy Ghost and were a part of the New Apostolic Church.
Acts 5:3 KJV,
“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”
There is a sense of ignorance that saints of God have adopted,
(1st) - many fear talking about the subject of evil Demonic spirits because they feel that talking about such things will create havoc so they willingly leave it alone, shy away from the subject.
(2nd) - So many saints feel that if they simply ignore Satan, ignore evil demonic spirits, Satan and the evil spirits will ignore them.
II Corinthians 2:10-11, Paul wrote (my wording)
“When you forgive anyone, which I must do also. And whatever I have forgiven, to the extent that this has affected me personally has been by the authority of Christ Jesus, and also for your good, (the good of the church body).
A further reason we must forgive, is to keep from being outsmarted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his tricks and schemes.”
James 4:1-10 James writes (my wording)
“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you saints of God? Can’t you understand it is because there is a whole army of evil spirits within you?
You want the things that you do not have, and you willingly kill and destroy others to get it. You long for positions and things that others have, so you willingly start a fight to take it from them.
And yet the reason that you do not have these things you want is because you do not ask God.
And even when you do ask you still do not get it, because your purpose is all wrong - you want only the things that give you pleasure and make you feel like somebody.
You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husbands enemies.
Don’t you realize that making friends with God’s enemies ~ the evil spirits of this present world ~ makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your personal aim is to enjoy the evil spirits of this sinful world you cannot be a friend with God.
What do you think the Scripture means when it says that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy?
But he gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil spirits. As the Scripture says, God gives strength to the humble, but sets himself against the proud and haughty.
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.
Wash your hands you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him.
Let there be tears for all the evil you have entertained and been involved with. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.
Then when you realize your own worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage you and help you up.
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Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
WE OUGHT TO ALWAYS PRAY AND NOT FAINT
(DO NOT GIVE UP, DO NOT QUIT, DO NOT STOP)
Many people have some wrong concept about praying; it is an area of struggle for many saints of God. I do not have all the answers for you this morning, but I want to leave you with some ideas about praying.
If you will hear what I am preaching to you and Get into the presence of God for yourself, often, He will answer your prayers.
The First Thing that you need to do to move heaven with your prayers is to BE PERSISTENT WITH YOUR PRAYERS.
A lot of people are so confused about praying today, even many that are saints of God; they do not really understand what PRAYER is all about. They do not know how to Pray – They do not know when to pray – Or when to stop praying about certain things.
Many people have been told that they only need to pray about something one time and stop. They also have been told that if you pray concerning something more than once or if you pray about that situation again then you are not showing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in your praying.
That is exactly opposite to what Jesus was speaking about in the scripture that I read to you and that is the fact that the woman continued to come back and weary this judge and he grew tired and she finally received an answer to her request!
Luke 18:1 NIV,
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Finally, it got to a point that the judge gave her what she wanted because she was persistent with her SEEKING AND ANSWER FOR HER REQUEST.
Jesus gives us a parable that tells and shows us that PERSISTENTENCE WAS WHAT HE WANTED!
There have been times in my life when I was praying and God has spoken to me emphatically and clearly and let me know the answer is on the way.
I can remember THE TIMES THAT GOD dealt with me and I did not have to guess nor did I doubt, that the Lord had just answered my prayer.
I can even remember the times the Lord gave me the answer and I knew it when it happened I did not have to pray about it because The Lord let me know that the answer was already on the way.
There have been other times when God has given me the assurance of the answer to my prayers yet I knew I must continue to wait in
His presence until the total victory was mine.
I had to persevere in prayer until God did what He told me He would do.
Now if there was no need for me to pray after God had given me a promise, “Why did God wake me in the early hours of the morning time and time and time again and tell me that I needed to pray for MY special needs and to pray for other people. If there was no need to press the issues of life any more to stand in the gap-to make up the hedge for the many needs around me?
There have been times I prayed the first time that I did not get an answer and I had to go back many times thereafter.
There have been times that I did not get an answer at all the first, second, third time and sometimes the answer was delayed in its coming.
In my life-time I have had to wrestle in prayer all night long for some answers from God. I had to hang in there and keep praying because I knew God would not hold the answer back forever, yes, He has always come through for me.
Now let me be very plain, there have been times the Lord has told me to wait, yet to tarry in my praying expecting the answer to come in God’s timing. Then there have been those times that God has given me an emphatic, ‘NO!” But in these situations, he lets us know, as he did with the Apostle Paul who pleaded and begged God to remove the thorn from his flesh. God basically said, “NO Paul I am not going to remove the thorn,
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Listen to me saints, “God will answer your prayers; He hears the cries of those who are His servants.”
From the very beginning of the Bible throughout its pages we see where God answers the earnest the sincere heartfelt prayers of His people.
In the 3 Chapter of Exodus and verse 9 God said to Moses, "I want you to go to Egypt and lead my people out of bondage because their prayers have come up before me." God is saying to Moses that the cry of His people has come up before Him.
It was the cry of the people that had touched the heart of God. It was the agony, the sincerity, the fervency, it was the crying out, it was the prayers of a people earnestly seeking and crying out to God, that touched the heart of God and that moved God.
The Hebrews had cried out from Egypt in bondage for 400 years, never ceasing to cry out. Many of the people had cried out even until death and the people still never ceased to cry out. They never fainted in their prayer.
Saints of God there are times that we must keep hanging on to being persistent, never quitting, never giving up when it comes to our praying until we know beyond a shadow of the doubt the prayer has been answered. Let us all be persistent in our Praying!
Second - Pray Until Your Faith Grows
Now I realize this may not be good theology for some people but I believe it is scriptural.
Sometimes the problem is bigger than your faith is and you will have to hang in there, keep praying – until you have the faith to claim it without question. When the time comes, I believe you can claim it. Personally, I have got to believe God's Word is true. Whether it be salvation, healing for your body, praying for a loved one or a friend or something else.
HOW DO I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE? Because there have been times in my own life that I have had to continue to pray in that time of prayer I had to continually seek God's face because my faith was not big enough.
It was in that time of prayer that I had to say; God you are my source of strength and my source of power. I have learned that God always responds to our prayer. Saints of God Prayer moves the heavens Prayer changes things in our life and prayer is our lifeline to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our ever-present help in our times of trouble.
If you have been praying for some things and the answer has not come, unless you know that God has spoken to you that the answer is NO, you just keep on praying.
YOU MUST KEEP PRAYING UNTIL YOU TOUCH THE HEAVEN’S, TOUCHING THE LORD, OPENING THAT LINE OF COMMUNICATION.
The one-time prayer warriors are okay when things are going smooth in their lives!
But hear me well, when it is your marriage that is breaking up; when it is you that has gotten that bad report from the doctor; when it is your child that is terminally ill; when you have done everything in your power to keep holding your head up, but despite of all you have done and can do it looks like everything is falling apart you must just keep on praying.
I honestly believe that God expects His people to be persistent and hang in there and intercede until the answer comes. At times praying is not easy, and it seems like it is to no avail, but we who are of the faith must understand God does answer our prayers in due season if we faint not.
I remember the many times I have received those emergency calls, and have met people at the hospital and watched as we have gathered around patients in the ER and prayed the prayer of faith. I could call so many names of those you know, the situation was impossible, to see the people get up from the ER bed, that day and go home; many of them a day or two later to come home after the Doctor’s and medical workers have said it is impossible.
I have personally seen family members join me and stand in there and together we have prayed and interceded in prayer for some of the individuals that were even unconscious at the time, “Asking God to touch that individual to move with faith and God would come on the scene and change the situation that looked like certain death and deliver this individual and within five minutes this person had regained consciousness and from that moment to this have improved.
I have personally stood and looked the devil in the face and told him he could not touch this individual any longer, and I have seen a literal change come over the individual while I prayed.
GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!
Then there are some things you will need in life that all of Satan’s Demons will fight you to stop it from happening. It is during these times that you will have to buckle up against them and be persistent in your praying, never giving up and never stop praying.
There will be times that you will have to rebuke Satan in Jesus Name. Literally Speak to Satan call him out in the name of Jesus. "Satan, I command you in Jesus Name leave me alone, or leave this individual alone." Saints of God you will have to take authority over Satan, the devil and his evil spirits in Jesus Name.
As you walk forth in the power and authority of the name of Jesus, WALK WITH BOLDNESS…
The powers of darkness will have to move back before you when you take the authority that God has provided for you.
I can tell you of the times that I was literally attacked by Satan, (this happened on more than one occasion) I have wrestled so hard that I was literally in a struggle I would then begin to pray in the power of the Holy Ghost. I would literally wrestle in my prayer against Satan and then I broke through in prayer to a point of speaking in tongues and I could feel it when the devil turned loose and began to flee. You see at that point the Lord had taken over my prayer and was speaking to Satan through me and the battle was won. Saints of God when we pray we have power, when we pray we understand the heavens are moved and God will come and rescue us with an answered prayer.
(Some religious people call this speaking in your prayer language) Saints of God it is nothing more than you, speaking with other tongues. Saints of God do not get caught up with all this religious jargon, this religious hype that people use to spiritualize everything.
Remember, we as Apostolic Pentecostal people do still believe in speaking with tongues when we pray. It is not something we learn to do. It is you or I simply submitting our will to the Spirit of God while we are in deep prayer.
In these cases of intercession, I have watched God literally heal, deliver and set individuals free from the grip of Satan, the grip of death and the grip of disease. When I turned, myself lose and let God speak through me, OH what anointing can be felt.
Saints of God there is that unction of anointing that comes upon us as saints of God when we turn loose and let God have his wonderful way while we pray.
Saints of God you must pray always until your faith increases! Sometimes you will just have to stand in there and keep doing what you know is right and say, "God Help My Unbelief!"
Mark 9:23-24 (NIV)
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I know the Word says, Romans 10:17 (ESV)
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
But I also believe that our FAITH IS BOLSTORED
AS WE BEGIN to mix the Word of the Lord into our prayer and believe God as the Holy Ghost begins to divinely intervene.
Remember you must BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYING
Secondly you must PRAY UNTIL YOUR FAITH GROWS.
Thirdly as SAINTS OF GOD WE MUST WILLING WAIT WITH PATIENTS FOR AN ANSWER.
This may be one of the most important points of this lesson, “WAITING FOR AN ANSWER!” It is so very important that we wait until we hear from God.
Maybe you have already prayed about a need one time but the answer has not arrived yet, you continue to PRAY, and you also WAIT with patients knowing the answer is on the way.
So often we may reason within our self, we have prayed, we have been waiting so we decide within, “Well maybe it is not God's will.” “Maybe God does not want me to be healed, saved or delivered.” “Maybe God changed his mind,” maybe I should not be praying about this at all."
Don’t we see what we are doing, when we begin to question the will of God? We are beginning to doubt, beginning to Question God’s abilities. We ARE BEGINNING TO LET OUR UNSWERED PRAYER DETERERMINE OUR FAITH.
Nothing will destroy your faith any quicker than praying and then coming up with your own personal self- determined answer that it is not the will of God to answer you.
When I begin praying about something sometimes the answer seems to come at the very moment I pray. Then there are those times it is a week, or a month, 6 months or a year. Then there are those things, that come years later, I am still praying about. We must continue praying, believing and waiting without fainting.
Something I have prayed for what may have been in my personal pray life for years, but I still know there is an answer on the way and I do not stop, no I do not quit praying until an answer comes.
I have had the question asked, "Does God answer all of your prayers?"
My reply, "Yes, my God does!" I honestly believe that if we will stay faithful, continually seek God’s face with all our hearts, do not faint, do not give up or quit. The Answer will come if we will just give it all to Him.
We must realize there are times that the answer to our prayer is “NO!”
Then there are some answers to prayer where the answer is not now. Some of the answers are yes, but before I do give you the complete answer, you have got to get some things right in your life.
Some of the answers that come from God are YES!
Saints of God we must understand that God is not tongue-tied; He is not deaf either. God can hear and he will answer you if you will stay the course in communicating with Him.
Saints we play a dangerous game when we pray, then we are not willing to wait for God to give us an answer. Do not begin to reason within yourself and say well maybe it is not God's will, remember If it is not God's will He can tell you it is not His will. If it is not what God wants with you If it is not what He wants with you, I believe God will let you know exactly that without your help.
HANG IN THERE! KEEP PRAYING (asking, seeking, knocking) AND BELIEVING! WE OUGHT TO ALWAYS PRAY AND NOT FAINT (NOT GIVE UP, DO NOT QUIT, DO NOT STOP)