God Almighty our Father has been speaking to me about this message since the beginning of May in 2012. In fact I was reading the Book of Acts Chapter 10, and I discerned the physical holy presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when I sensed Him literally present, I learned over the years to grab my notebook and listen to the Lord and just write everything He tells me. I hope this message is not just to plant seeds of God’s Word into our hearts and minds, but the Holy Spirit has His way completely.
There is more to Christianity than just reading and studying His Holy Word, praying, going to church and having fellowship with brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our Lord faithfully. Even though these things we do is important and is absolutely conducive to our spiritual growth and walk in the LORD. It gives us the strength we need throughout the week as well as in our life long journey in Christ. And as we see the day of the end approaching, we need to be doing these things even more so.
But there’s more to this relationship we have in God our Father than just to fear the Lord, walking in the straight and narrow path of righteousness for His name sake in order to make it into the kingdom of Heaven for all eternity (Matthew 7:13-14).
He has called us out of the world to be without, spot, wrinkle or any blemish (morally and spiritually). Also He called us to be a victorious bride of Christ, not just against the temptations of the flesh and of the devil (Ephesians 5:26-27), but to be a glorious church on display by God for all sinner and heathens to see what real Christianity is, demonstrating that God is still on His throne!
Not just by the way we talk, and not just by the way we fearfully walk before the Lord our Maker, as if this was our last day on earth. But to be used by God’s Holy Spirit in the supernatural realm to demonstrate His power, love and mercy all over His earth to all humanity. To be absolutely effective on this earth to further advance the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is talking about to totally surrender to God, beyond the intellectualism. To totally lay our life down to be used by God Almighty Himself in the operation of His gifts of His Holy Spirit. If you are living righteously before the Lord, knowing in your heart and mind that you are right with God without arrogance and pride. Then don’t waste this time to seek the Lord to be used in such a powerful way just like in the days of the Book of Acts.
In order to be used by the Lord in such a powerful way according to His good pleasure, and of His Word, we must walk holy before the Lord. We must continue to recognize what sin is according to God’s holy standards of His Holy Bible as He shows us each step of the way. That’s why His Word tells us in,
Romans 12:1-3 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (by reading and studying the Word of God daily) that you may prove (discern and do) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
1 John 1:5-8 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
And His Holy Word warns us against pride in believing that we stand absolutely and perfectly right before the Lord using the wilderness experience in the Old Testament as our example today, showing us that no one stands firm, found in,
1 Corinthians 10:11-13 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
In order to have a real relationship with God and a deep fellowship with Him, we need the truth of the Holy Bible be illuminated, convicting and then humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, which is the work of the Lord through His Holy Spirit to cleanse us from all unrighteousness as we repent, in order to walk before the Lord like Enoch (Genesis 5:24).
This is why God’s Word tells us in Revelation 22:12-14 Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Those who wash their robes are those who repented from sinning and does His commandments (John 14:15;23-24). And what are His commandments, everything Jesus Christ taught. Living this life in Jesus Christ in repentance from the day we are born-again to the end. To further explain what it means to wash our robes is found in,
Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Which means to lay aside all filthiness of this world. Because in most cases the Lord is waiting for us to repent, to change our minds by renewing our minds daily through His Holy Bible, then to set aside all sins, transgressions, iniquities, abominations and all unclean things of this world, rather than us waiting on Him to deliver and set us free.
Here is where exercising faith comes in, because faith without works is dead! In order to have this desire to walk closely with the Lord as He desires, we need to be cleansed in God’s holy call to the process of sanctification. And a lot of Christians stop at justification because they are just satisfied with the presumption of being saved, but not having any desire to know God or to follow Him. That’s not real salvation from God, that’s salvation of man! The Lord Jesus Christ taught us specifically in
Luke 9:23-26 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
The Lord Jesus is not telling this to those He called into His ministry. He’s telling all who called on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation. Teaching us the importance of having a real relationship with God through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ
Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Sinners are not those the Lord is addressing here, because notice they were prophesying, casting out demons and had done many wonders in the name of the Lord Jesus. He’s addressing those who has believed, but has fallen, turned away from continuing in a relationship with God. Turned away from their first love. Then He tells us: ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Which is revealing to us these truths: You can do some powerful exploits in the name of the Lord Jesus, because that name is above every name. “That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).”
Also reveals to us, once He has given His “Spiritual gifts” to His children, He does not take them back, even in their backslidden, apostate conditions as it is also written “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).”
These were the people who never took the time to fellowship with the Lord, to get to know the Lord personally on a personal level, but had faith in operation to do signs, wonders and miracle of Jesus Christ. So in short, Jesus is telling us that we can miss Heaven because we didn’t take the time daily to have a close relationship with God. A real relationship with which God drives us inwardly to walk more holy before Him and to be more like Jesus Christ step by step, day by day, while fellowshipping with Him also.
This progress is called sanctification which is a life long process as long as we abide in Christ Jesus and in His Word. C.J. Mahaney said it best in his book, “The Cross Centered Life” (Pg. 31),
‘Sanctification is a process-the process of becoming more like Christ, of growing in holiness. This process begins the instant you are converted and will not end until you meet Jesus face to face. Sanctification is about our own choices and behavior. It involves work Empowered by God’s Spirit, we strive, we fight sin, we study Scripture and pray, even when we don’t feel like it. We flee temptation, we press on; we run hard in the pursuit of holiness. And as we become more and more sanctified, the power of the Gospel conforms us more and more closely with ever-increasing clarity to the image of Jesus Christ.’
Without reading and studying God’s Holy Bible, it is impossible to be conformed to God standards and image or simply to change. God is calling us in these last days to have a deep powerful relationship with Him beyond what you or I can ever imagine and it starts in justification. God Most High our Creator and loving Father desires us to have a really deep personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ His Son. But He cannot because of deliberate and continual sinning in our walk and lives.
Sin separates us from having fellowship with God, for He knows all our hearts. Our hearts as well as our actions and thoughts are naked and bare before His eyes (Hebrews 4:12-3). He knows whether we truly desire Him or not. In short He desires us to long for Him only, full-heartedly without hindrance with all our being. And it starts in the mind, which will eventually bear good, holy and righteous fruit in our walk. Desiring to follow after Him where ever He goes, no matter the cost nor the price.
He desires us to be devoted to Him faithfully in commitment to Him, in which this perverted generation increasingly knows nothing about in these last days, “commitment; “submission unto God!” Trampling the true meaning of commitment and submission under foot in every turn of conviction of conscience. And as a result, it is just a meaningless word today in society.
This relationship with God is a marriage covenant! He’s not looking for perfect people, But He is looking for a people who He can call His children and in return, His children proclaiming to the Heavens on this earth, “You are my God!!!” He’s longing to fellowship with us at a holy, spiritual, and a powerful level where He dwells. Whom He can show off His glory through, to this dark fallen world. He’s Looking for true worshipers as it is written:
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit (by the Holy Spirit) and truth (living according to His holy commandments).”
He’s looking for a people who will never bow down the knee to baal or any other false god, a people who are totally sold out and convinced that God cannot lie. Knowing without a shadow of doubt that they can trust Him fully. And they know whom they hath believed and yet have not seen and am persuaded. He’s looking for faith driven people who pleases the Lord. A people who will not compromise, even to the bitter cold end. A people He can use freely as a vessel and an instrument of righteousness as He did His children in the 1st century church in the Book of Act in these last days.
In order to be used like that, we must strive to live faithfully righteous and holy before the Lord our God according to His standards written in His Holy Bible, Revelation 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Ephesians 5:26-28 that He might sanctify and cleanse her (the church) with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
And we can be that kind of people who The Almighty God is seeking after. By a true penitent heart, laying down all those unclean things and sinful habits of this world. Turning a 180 degree turn from the ways and wickedness of this fallen world, following the Lord our God. Not living according to the patterns of this world, but according to the ways and standards of God our Father and of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, born again and renewed by God’s Holy Spirit
Romans 8:5-14 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Right here God is telling us, it is impossible to be a child of God and have not the Holy Spirit dwell in each of His children (John 3:5-8)
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
This signifies who are the real Christians and those who are not! The Holy Spirit illuminates truth of sins and then gives us the power to mortify sins out of our lives if, we desire to live by the Holy Spirit of God! Because without Christ and His Holy Spirit we cannot do so (John 15:5)!
God is of many chances. Spiritually we are new born, dead to sin but made alive and new in Jesus Christ. Therefore, learning to walk according to the pure ways of God and to forsake the ways of this world. For holiness is not natural to mankind after the fall (Genesis 3). We are born into sin through Adam and Eve. As a result: sin is our natural desire. So we have to learn holiness through God’s Word and in His Spirit, hence His name “Holy Spirit.”
Just like infants, learning to walk, they often times fall and stumble. But when they learn balance, then they walk more fluently with only occasional stumbling and falls. In the same manner spiritually, we have to learn holiness as the Lord teaches us if, we are willing to learn. And you have to be willing. Willing to lay down all unclean thing, all unrighteousness, all rebellions and all things that can hinder or shipwreck our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, in order to have this close fellowship with Him.
Now if you truly believe that Jesus is Lord and is Lord of your life, heart, mind, soul and body, than you will walk according to His standards because you desire to. Faith + action proves belief. Therefore you’ll walk as Enoch had walked. You cannot live like the world and have a relationship with God, for they do not have fellowship with one another. Light cannot have fellowship with darkness at all.
1 Corinthians 10:21-22 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
The point of God Almighty’s message is to spur us to holiness as we see the day of the end approaching. This is a major part of getting ready for the rapture and the Lords return. And to encourage one another, that it is more than possible to walk holy before our God in this treacherous and perversed day and hour, as He gives us the ability by His Holy Spirit to holy living in Jesus Christ our Lord. Blameless, without spot, wrinkle or blemish morally and spiritually. If Biblical holiness were not possible, than The Lord Jesus Himself would not have commanded, “Go and sin no more” (John 5:1-15/John 8:1-12).
And it all starts with a desire to live according to His ways. A hunger and thirst for righteousness. A wild-fire starts with a spark! Therefore, desire this kind of devoted living unto the Lord. For it is the spark in which the Lord will winnow into a consuming fire in our hearts, mind, soul and bones, as long as we do not quench the Spirit’s fire. And that’s a kind of people God Most High is looking for.
This kind of holy living the Lord is looking for is more than possible. Although it will be difficult, but very possible. We will be going through a lot of training, correction and disciplines, but it is possible. If we desire to be like Jesus Christ and to walk as He has walked. Here is the way:
Matthew 7:13-4 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The Lord Jesus Christ is that gate (John 10/John 14:6). Again it is a difficult road as the Lord Jesus promised. If real Christianity were easy, everyone would be living it. But not everyone who profess to be a Christian are living right before the Lord our God with fear. I’m telling you it is possible, coming from someone like me! I was a chief of the heathens? In fact I think I wrote the modern-day translation of the Book of heathenism. And the hand of the LORD has molded me to serve Him, and He continues to melt, mold and fill in order to use someone like me the way that pleases Himself. He is the potter and we are His clay.
And it started by this desire to walk more closely with Him. To be used by the One who created us for His good pleasure. Realizing that it cannot be possible nor achieved unless we throw off sins of all types and shadows. To forsake all things that hinders us. That’s why it is important to read and study His Holy Word! Because what you don’t know can and will destroy you to Hell.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Do you want to be used like His children as described in the Book of Acts? Then throw aside all that hinders, namely sins of all types and shadows according to His Word. Repent and be baptized in the Holy Spirit! Do you want to be used like His children as described in the Book of Acts? What do you mean preacher? The Lord means what He says in,
Mark 16:15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So many of us for too long has just gone out with the Word, lacking the demonstration of God’s power in signs; wonders and miracles. If we truly believe and are walking in holiness, then we should be doing what Jesus was doing while He was on this earth gas promised:
John 14:12-14 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Before the Lord Jesus sent out His disciples, He gave them this instruction as He was preparing them, Matthew 10:1&7-8 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and heal all kinds of diseases. ‘And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand (the Gospel message of Salvation of Jesus Christ). Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
The Apostle Paul bestowed this truth from God’s Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 1:22-2:5 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Also according to the Book of Acts, the Apostles and disciples either ministered first, and then the Holy Spirit did the signs, wonders and miracles. Or the Holy Spirit acted first and then the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached. Never-the-less, because of the Word of God and the demonstration of God’s power manifested (which is the Holy Spirit’s way to testify that Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth and the life) God added to His church daily.
He wrote their names in the Lambs Book of Life of those who believed, confessed and repented full heartedly without a hint of compromise in their walk. But in order to be used like this, we must live holy and absolutely sold out to God Most High, through Jesus Christ our Lord, and through the power of His Holy Spirit. Because it is He who enables us to live this kind of life in Jesus Christ our Lord, not by our flesh! Not by our own strength, nor by our own mightiest of might! “But by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts!”
Brother Steven. Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciated your sermon on “Just Like in the Days of the Book of Acts!” I sure wish that there was a “printable version” link to print and save for later reference….what do you think? Nevertheless, thanks for that message – from God! God Bless you…
Amen! That’s a good Idea brother, having a printable version. You’ve asked therefore you shall receive. @ the bottom of ever page, there is a share button, just go to that and you will see a “print” button. follow the prompts to print. Also the second half of this message will be available this Sunday, April 7th. This message had to be published in two part because the audio length is 1 hr and 16 min. total. A little too long for the internet. Any ways God bless you, your family and your friends and Am really glad to hear from you