DEUT. 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
2 CHRON 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Today we were looking into the laws of God and found this: IF YOU DO, THEN HE WILL. "If" and "Then". In the laws of God we believe this to be a most basic and fundamental truth. Nothing happens without cause and effect, and the cause of God's effect in our life stems directly from the promise that "IF" we adhere to his promises and Spirit-led life, "THEN" He will be obliged by his own Word to fulfill his obligations and desires toward us.
There is no guarantee in "IF". It means "A condition or stipulation that certain conditions exist; Granting that." God says "In the event that; or granting that, my people obey"...In other words, you get what you choose to get in God!
2 CHRON 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
When will this happen? When we have fulfilled the obligation of "IF" - that is, AFTER my people do what I require. When my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves...and onward. God's expectations are never without promise. God's Word is never without cost. His promises are "Yay, and amen", so long as our actions support them. Notice that he never says "If I want to". Always it is "IF YOU DO, THEN I WILL". Guaranteed. When we act, we obligate God to act, whether good or ill.
PROV 10:16-18 The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty. The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment. He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.…
The relationship of "IF" leads us to know consequence. God brings provision with his vision, and punishment for those who forsake it. "IF" we choose life, we receive life. "IF" we choose death, we receive death. The sequence is clear. Obey and you eat the good of the land (ISA 1:19). Obedience, which is better than sacrifice, brings the promises of God's goodness to light. The choices we make are predicated on the "IF" "THEN" of God.
2 CHRON 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
ALWAYS he will do, WHEN we have done! Always God will answer THEN with the IF we have chosen. Want life? CHOOSE LIFE! David was on the run. Everyone knew David was no coward. But in 2 SAMUEL 15, David made a choice. Notice into the chapter that God never says "IF" or "In the event that I want to". Always, If you do, Then I will. BUT, hearing and doing go hand-in-hand. The choices we make must play themselves out in flesh! We walk it out in shoe leather, as it were.
MATT 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
The "IF" above is the choice to obey God and do the will of God. The "THEN" above is the reward of being family. The reason David didn't fight in 2 SAMUEL 15 was that "IF" God was through with him, no amount of fighting would keep the throne. His heart was right! Throughout all the chapters of 2 SAMUEL Daivd is referred to as "the King", while Absolom is not. If you are right, no matter what the odds, no matter what happens, God will not suffer you to be defeated! But, we must take this message personally.
DEUT 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Do you want life? Do you want all that God has for you? Then CHOOSE life! "IF" YOU DO, "THEN" HE WILL!
Congratulations to our authors and readers who are standing for the unity of the faith! Psalm 133:1 tells us that God is pleased when we come together to unify under the banner of ONE GOD, IN LOVE AND HARMONY - SETTING ASIDE OUR ORGANIZATIONAL BY-LAWS TO SUPPORT THE TRUTH!
God has a specific vision in mind here, and we are still looking for more word from you the faithful. We are focused on promoting those with a word to share and allowing God to use them to exhort and encourage us! There is a move underway around the world - the preparation of the Endtime Remnant for the return of Jesus - our great King!
Be blessed and keep making this the premier unification forum on the WEB for those who LOVE Acts 2:38 and understand Deuteronomy 6:4.
God bless you!
Elder Mark Neddeau and Elder Dana Neddeau
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:01
The devil is ravaging the church with sickness, bankruptcy, family trauma in order to force us to internalize. In order to distract us from the power of the most High. But in our weakness, in our struggle, even in disability we must NOT leave the community without leadership and guidance to a great God! PREACH! TEACH! SHOW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT
2 COR 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
It is so important to recognize that the devil and this world are working overtime to distract us from the true goal and work of the church. The scriptures have told us that "because sin shall abound, the love of MANY will grow cold" in these endtimes. It is happening right in our faces. It's time to call to attention the attributes you possess in God, and remember that those attributes were given to you for one purpose only: the saving of the lost! Because sin is spreading its wings and evil is on the rise, it is becoming more and more commonplace to hear prayer requests in church refocused on self. More often than not, better than 90% of all prayer requests in church focus on the requestor's family or self, rather than the community and the lost. Understanding that prayer requests are important, and some issues are urgent, we nonetheless mustn't lose sight of the fact that our communities are suffering the violence and loss in our lack of focus.
I cannot tell you how many community leaders my wife and I speak to on a regular basis, who have no pastor focused on the community needs. I cannot express my heartfelt anguish and Godly ire at the vast number of hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons that suffer through visitations of preachers, without the dedicated chaplaincy by them. In other words, hospitals see preachers regularly visit the sick of their own congregation or family, without the dedicated ministry and spiritual support of those not linked to the body of believers. I became Chaplain of a nursing home, and it was so rewarding! One particular event allowed me to use God's wisdom and love to help a young man choose to live and see a Christmas holiday with his family, after he had decided to stop medications and die! As Chaplain of the local police here, I cannot tell you of the impact we've had in turning fights, easing pain of loss, and representing the gospel to those who would otherwise never see it! Our church will host the memorial service of a young woman who hung herself. The family had no money to pay for a preacher or the chapel. But just because no one else took the time to commit to being available for funeral homes, just because no one else was available to the community, we have been blessed to support this lost and hurting family! God help us to see the need.
…JAMES 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
How painful it must be to God to see church after church believe that they are doing something effective by sitting within their walls, waiting for visitors to come to them! How wounding it is to the community to have pastors and saints alike bearing the burden of those they are linked to, without ever committing their service to the lost and undone sitting in houses of pain, or feeling the abandonment of old age in a nursing home.
There is no question, friends, that God wants us to care for each other! Many scriptures discuss this. But an amazing transformation takes place when we return to the work that includes those outside our fellowship! The power of God begins to move when we take Him with us into the homes of orphans and widows - keeping ourselves busy with the work at hand, and allowing God to work miracles through us!
Imagine for a moment what happens when God's healing virtue flows through you into the body of an ailing and lost soul. That fluid motion leaves within you a stain of itself that becomes in you life and power, and gives you what you need to face your own circumstance! By taking our focus off our own problems, we actually free God to respond to our needs while we satisfy the needs of others. We are no longer so focused on our own selves, and thus let God do what he will through us, while we tend to the lost! God says he came to seek and to save such as are lost (Lk 19:10) - and so he has chosen us to be the vessels, the conduits, through which he can reach them. Our trouble is that we have become so focused on our family stress, just as the devil desires, that we can no longer be touched with the feelings of THEIR infirmities!
MATT 9:35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.…
GOD HELP US! Help us, Lord, to once again feel compassion for the lost! Help us to go to prayer closets and ask for their sakes, not ours! Help us to learn as Paul did that our infirmities allow you to be strong through us! It is so crucial not to let the devil, the world, or yourselves distract from the work of God! It is vital that we resurrect in this day the awareness that beyond our four walls is a lost city! Someone must take it to heart!
JEREMIAH 12:11 "It has been made a desolation, Desolate, it mourns before Me; The whole land has been made desolate, Because no man lays it to heart. 12 "On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone.…
Can you say that you will take it to heart today? Can you say that you will kneel not just in prayer, but in physical action to lift a lost and hurting soul? Would you allow God to prick your heart today? Just because sin abounds and just because illness, or poverty, or whatever condition, has reared its head in your home, can you not trust God enough to look beyond it? Can you not trust just long enough to let God move in your life, as you move in someone else's? We know that you love the Lord, that is why you are on this site. We also know you have a burden to do something for God, but just don't know what. Today we challenge you to just select an area in your community where you know that there is need. Today we can urge you to just make yourself available! In your prayer requests, bring what you hear in the community to the attention of the church, and turn your requests outward, not just inward! Let the God you serve become the God that they seek. Let the answer you have become the answer that they will receive. We have seen with our own eyes the souls who come into our fellowship just because we were kind to them when they needed it most. Rise up church - and gather the standing harvest!
1 COR 2:2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Paul is a great example of wisdom revealed and humility lived. Like Moses before him, he felt that his words were not "wise and persuasive", yet he changed the world as we know it. His wisdom was evident to those listening but not to him. Now, there is no doubt that among you readers that there are some with the same self-portrait.
You feel inadequate to what God has told you to do. You cannot see yourselves in the position to affect the world around you, yet God has put a callling into you that you cannot ignore. So, what do you do?
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
First you begin by realizing that what you have to give is going to be ignored by those committed to the world and the world's philosophy. That is, in this day in age, Chrisitanity will be viewed and accepted as an isolationists religion by those who are committed to the wisdom of the rulers of this age. Your words and works are and must be focused on the hungry and given to the desperate. But, how do you find them? By sharing what God gives you to ALL, and letting the hungry come forth from among them!
Your works are given by God and thus the wisdom you share will be beyond your understanding and spoken in simple terms, with power!
PHIL 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
iF YOU CANNOT EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF, EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN GOD!
God is the author and finisher of your faith. It stands to reason then, that he is the author and finisher of the faith in those you have been called to reach! Every great man of God in the Bible - without exception had human fear, self-doubt and even a touch of rebellion in them. Each one had to overcome the fear that they were not equal to the task! Each one came to the realization that since it was God's work and God's Word that they were sharing - they could remove themselves from the equation when it came to drawing anyone. It was no longer their responsibility to answer for the response (or lack thereof), so long as they did whatever they were commanded to do!
Don't give up! Don't let go! Go the distance in God. speak when he tells you, even if you think you know the crowd He has you speaking to! Even if you receive ridicule, or worse, give God his due! Like the men before you, it is alright to acknowledge your limitations, but it is not alright to allow them to stop what God has begun in you! Walk in faith and favor - and let God do his work through you! Remember, it is not YOU who works, but God who works THROUGH you!
ACTS 4 1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
We find an age old story - Tradition confronting and confining the Contemporary. The apostles were preaching an unprecedented message. They were following a man who excelled at the extraordinary and new. Jesus went into temple, into fields, into homes and did the unexpected and unknown every day! Each thing Jesus did was new and unknown. In the time of Jesus the Word of God was precious and rarely given. Moreover, the Sadducees and Pharisees of the day had "cornered the market", so to speak. They had the laws of Moses down to a science and performed rituals with precision. In the traditional sense of having "church" (if I may be so bold), they were so religious that let anything new and spectacular (contemporary) come in, and we see sudden chaos. Never mind the fact that thousands of people not so steeped in the traditions were converted and saved, traditionalists of the day could not handle the fact that they had not initiated the program, nor had control over its outcome. In fact it was quite a smack in their collective faces that such a revival happened without their approval or direction! Peter answered tradition in v8.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
He rebuked the tradition of the temple as being the killer of the new Word - Jesus Christ. This new foundation and the breaking with tradition was in the Root of Jesse. The growth that was destined to shake this world came through newness of life! But what about our "ancient landmarks"? What about the need for tradition to hold our path?
DEUT. 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Clearly, then, something is to be said for having landmarks. We need markers of our past to keep us steady, show us progress, and help us keep to certain precepts needed for stable growth. But we're not talking about that today. We're talking about a church that lives in a cemetary. We're talking about people who build houses by the markers of the past and refuse to move on. Exploring what lay beyond the landmarks is the best way to determine whether the marker was properly located in the first place. Oftentimes the landmark becomes an anchor that limits our growth, rather than a marker for it. God's blessing is new everyday. His work then was totally and radically different than the temple-ites had come to expect and even REspect. Their handling of the message became stagnant, and immobile. Tradition always seeks to maintain the status quo on some level.
16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
Some of this "new" will be accepted as God-given. But not too far. The traditionalists will still want to lock down on the spread of the new. Punishment followed the admission that God had done something. Tradition rose up and smacked contemporary out of fear. And there is the key. Fear holds so many of our churches down. Fear spreads faster than revival! Want proof? Look at any church which has recently changed pastors. When you watch their services, more often than not you will see them performing services the same way they did with the previous pastor. The program will be the same, the music will be the same, the services times, everything will be the same but the preacher in the pulpit. Why? Because the church is living in a cemetary. Tradition has taken hold over life. Movement is forbidden through the fear of the familiar slipping away; the loss of the old landmarks.
Friends, nothing can be further from God's desire. A new pastor means a new vision. Even though the pastor may have been "voted in", he/she is still that person that God selected and infused with his own spirit! Making them perform as an employee of the church kills the church. Holding to tradition in this case will invariably lead to dissolution. You will begin to see those who adhered to the traditional view slip away if new things are chosen, and those looking for life slip away if tradition is maintained. Tradition cannot stand if it is rooted in false doctrine or stagnant truth!
ISA 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Truth and liberty are always forward moving and never stagnant! Jesus came to bring a new life and new vision. Peter confirmed it. Tradition is well and good if it is a good tradition that provides stable growth and acts as a measuring stick of success. But never confuse tradition with God's favor. He knocked the Saduccees and Pharisees out of the equation - calling them "whited sepluchers", and pointing out that their day had come and gone. A new thing was done, with the Old Testament still in effect and supporting the New. We pray today that you will consider this if you or your church is struggling. Are you stuck in the "old" ways, or holding to a prior vision, when God wants to introduce something new to your life? Are you hooked to the landmarks, or using them as a memorial of great things gone by, helping to mold the future? An old vision with new workers never works. Decline and destruction are the result. Let God do a new thing in your life! Let God bring you life and you will value the traditions you hold, but not let them hold you back!