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I have to admit, hearing from God this week for this sermon was delayed. I felt I was supposed to continue this series, but what to share, well you will see. Talking to others sharing the Word this week, they seemed to be going through the same thing.
Friends, I believe there is going to be a major shift in the next months all over the world. What in particular? I don't know, but I do know that we need to be ready. Friends, if you've never been on your knees praying, this is the time to start. Be in prayer to God for yourselves. Be in prayer for your lost loved ones. Be in prayer for our nation's leaders and world leaders, because they need it.
Friends, as I said, I've been praying throughout the week for today's message. Thursday night it came strong, and some of you may not like what you're about to hear, but it's a message that needs to be heard.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the boldness to share this message and I pray that You open the ears, eyes and hearts of all those listening and reading this message that they have a full understanding of what You need them to hear. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen
Please turn to Matthew 24 and then put a marker in Colossians 4, verse 5.
You may be thinking, "How does this scripture that we're about to read line up with what we've been studying?" Bare with me friends, because I think you're going to get a revelation. Praise God!
Here in Matthew, we're going to see what Jesus was saying to His followers on the Mount of Olives telling about the end times, and then the glorious hope of being called home to Heaven.
Titus 2:13 KJV Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:4-15 KJV And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand).
Matthew 24:24-25 KJV For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before.
Church, it's getting harder and harder to believe anyone now. We have so many teaching a twisted gospel. Those who are looking for any kind of sign and wonder and calling it of God. This prosperity Gospel that's being taught is leading many strait to hell, and they don't even have a clue. It sounds awesome, but it doesn't line up with the truth of what my Bible says. We just read what Jesus said. There would be those proclaiming false prophecy. Jesus even said, "They shall deceive the very elect." Friends, not my words, but of the Master Himself.
Church, let's go to Colossians, but we will be referring back to what Jesus said in these verses.
Colossians 4:5-6 KJV Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (6) Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Walk in wisdom. Wisdom to me isn't something I see much in this world anymore. We have a lot of knowledge about a lot of things, but we often fail when it comes to properly using that knowledge. Amen? James chapter 1 verse 5 tells us to pray for wisdom. Just because we have a right answer about something doesn't mean we need to beat someone over the head with it. Amen my friends?
Colossians 4:5 (AMP) Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.
The outsiders are the unbelievers and Paul is telling us that our conduct before them is very important. He's telling us to use wisdom so that every opportunity provided by God might be fully utilized.
Now my friends, I need to ask you this. Does this mean we take a watered down, ear tickling, make you feel all warm and fuzzy message to those who are lost? No, no and no. They need to hear the truth. When you read how John the Baptist was preparing the way, and saying "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Do you think he spoke in a calm, soft manner? I don't think so. These were people just like you and me before we came to know Christ as our Lord and Savior. Prideful, full of lust and greed, not wanting to give up the things that we liked to do. Amen someone?
Now, does that mean we preach fire and brimstone every time we meet someone who is unsaved? I think we just read that answer. "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." But friends, that doesn't mean to share with them things that might lure them in that's not according to the truth.
Turn to Luke 17:20. Church, why this message today? Because there's an enemy out to lead you in a path against what the Bible tells us. Jesus is the truth and the way. Praise Jesus.
Luke 17:20-37 KJV And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: (21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (22) And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. (23) And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. (24) For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (25) But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. (26) And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (31) In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. (32) Remember Lot's wife. (33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
What? Don't work? Don't Marry?
(26)And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Friends, this doesn't mean that we're not to work, marry and be builders. The turning away from God. When we put jobs, family and things before God, this is what Jesus was warning us. Friends, that's what Satan tried to tempt Jesus with. All the things of this world. Church. I've heard from pastors that God wants you to have big fancy cars and big condos. It's okay to buy the latest fine jewelry and go out and flaunt it. Where, my friends, does the Word of God say that? Christ, my friends, needs to be the center of your life. Yet, so many just call on Him when they go through a trial. It's like they use Him as a crutch. Like He's some kind of Santa Claus.
I don't think the majority of this age even knows how close we are to the end times. Yes, we know there is danger around the world, and especially with this Isis group. Especially where we have greedy, lustful non-believers running our government. And that's as far as I'll go with that. What I want to get across to you friends, is that this generation has fallen so far from God. The majority don't know His heart and I know His heart is breaking. He wishes no man perish, but this age is living like heathens.
On Cross Roads Fellowship and Mylook, we've been doing a Bible reading challenge and we just finished up with the book of Numbers. While reading Exodus and Numbers, I see the US just like those stiff necked people. Spoiled brats. God miraculously led them out of Egypt and the Bible says that there were no feeble among them. Imagine that! Two to three million, babies to great-grandparents and not one sick or handicapped person among them. And church, they'd been been in horrible slavery conditions.
In the past 2 months, we've gone over so many scriptures warning us of how to be in God's will. We've learned that we shouldn't be listening to vain babblings, but I know there are those who have heard these messages that are still listening to the junk that some of the so-called men of God are teaching. I've shown you where the Bible says to study His Word that you stay strong in the faith and not be misled from false doctrine. How many can say they've been in the Word every day? At least a chapter a day? Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. I have begged every Sunday for you all to be in His Word. I'll do it till I can't share these messages any longer.
Friends, I love you and I do care about your souls. Friends, because I love you, and because of the Holy Spirit living in me, I have compassion for you and your lives. Friends, our focus needs to be on Christ. There are so many who don't know how to be led by the Holy Spirit. There are so many who because of false doctrine being preached aren't saved. When you ask someone if they're saved and they say, "Yes, because I was baptized when I was 5 years old." There are those who have gone to church all their lives and are amazed when they hear the Gospel message.
There are groups out there sharing there's no such thing as hell. Really? So you're telling me that Jesus is a liar? There are those who say that all people are going to heaven. So that means the Bible is untrue?
My Bible tells me in Matthew 7:13-15 KJV (Jesus speaking) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Skip down to Matthew 7:21-23 KJV Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Yes church, you should be reading scriptures on a daily basis and in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to feed you and to help you understand what you're reading. Be in prayer asking for guidance throughout the day. Praising God for a job, a house, food on your table, for your husband, wife, children. Thank Him for your health, even when symptoms are attacking you.
Please turn to Mark 16:15. I bring this up often. Be a witness to those who don't know Jesus. Friends, that's where our focus should be. Church, there are those who want what we have. Some are afraid of what their friends or family would say. Others have been hurt by organized religion. Reach them before they get to those seeker-friendly churches which are synagogues of Satan. I used to belong to those places and I praise my God for leading me out.
Mark 16:15-18 KJV And He (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
We read this, but few will share their faith. This is where our focus should be. There are those congregations that won't bring up the blood of Jesus, refuse to bring up the cross, because it was it was bloody and might bother someone. Preachers are told by the ones who bring money into the church not to mention that hell word, because they may chase people away.
Who Are We In Christ? Church, a few months ago, I mentioned getting a notebook and to start writing a neighbor that by his lack of good fruit, you know he or she isn't saved and to be in prayer for that person. And then write another families name down and be in prayer for them. And then someone you meet at the store, then at work and then at school. I've given out almost 50 booklets on Praying Effectively For The Lost. I know of one person who has read it through and it has changed her prayer life and she's seeing results. Friends, it isn't about me, I'm just following what I've been led to do. I care so much for people, and because of what scripture has said to me, I know that when this world is through, there are family members and friends that I will never see again.
"Why such a hard message today, brother Jim?" Friends, you know who you are in Christ. There are those who claim to be Christ-like who have no more of Christ in them then Satan does. There are those who are so into doing wonderful works. Basing salvation on works will not save you.
We're entering into a terrible time here on earth and so many are sleeping. So many are just playing church. God has such a plan for you and yet there are those who are comfortable with childish things. I have ones telling me that they feel God is leading them into ministry, but they sit where they are. Ask the Lord. All we have to do is ask. Knock on His door. We find in Matthew, Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Praise Jesus!
I'm about to close today, but there are a few more passages that we need to look at.
Revelation 3:19-22 KJV As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Is He knocking? Do you have spiritual ears to hear Him? I pray so, church.
Please turn to Romans 10. Yes, works are important, but salvation is having faith in Christ, His Word, and professing you're a sinner and turning away from that sin.
Romans 10:9-11 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Friends, I'm going to close this message now. Please, my brothers and my sisters, go through all the verses that we looked at today. Get them in your heart. Live those verses out. I love you and I thank you all for supporting this multi-part ministry. Please pray for Leanna and me and this ministry that we always follow what God has us to do and that He alone gets all the glory.
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