Today 2022年6月27日 - 2022年7月01日


Creeping In
2 Timothy 3:6-7
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. NKJV
In 2 Timothy 3 we see a list of the characteristics of the way people will be in the last days. I see that this can be summarized in two points. People trying to please the
- Self
- The flesh
When you become more important that those around you, then you can tell there is a problem with you. If all the people around you are focused on ‘me’ as number one, then society has a problem. A manifestation of this ‘me first’ mentality is when they try to please themselves before thinking of others. So busy wanting to eat, that they forget to let others get something or go first.
On a mini-vacation to Hawaii, my family and decided we wanted to eat something near the hotel and not pay the price of hotel food. We discovered a diner-type restaurant across the street from the hotel that looked tasty and cost effective. We went there for breakfast that day and enjoyed the meal. A few days later, we went there for dinner. The hostess sat us down at a table on the far side of the restaurant near the wall. In the middle of the restaurant was a salad bar with soups, breads, and all sorts of food. Sitting next to us was an South Asian family with the father, mother, son, and what appeared to be the grandfather and grandmother.
I first saw the grandfather at the salad bar. He was jumping in front of people trying to get his food. Going back to the table with the salad, I couldn’t help but notice the father. He was belching at the table and eating and eating and eating. It became difficult to enjoy my meal due to his grotesque actions. My whole family was appalled.
Since I had lost my appetite, I watched him as he ate from the corner of my eye. This man was extremely overweight and could eat and eat. He went back and forth to the salad bar repeatedly and then ate his main dish that the waiter brought. With each plate I saw him slow down. He sat there with the fork in his right hand and his left arm around his plate as if to protect it from ‘wild animals’ around him. He kept eating and eating. As I looked closer I saw this was a man extremely overweight who probably suffered the various side-effects from gluttonous living. People who eat huge volumes of food suffer from hemorrhoids, potential diabetes, have a high-risk of a deadly heart attack, and even have difficulty in thoroughly washing themselves.
Although this is a real life example of ‘pleasing the flesh’, much of the fleshly sin in the world is sexual sin more than anything else. People fornicating (having sexual intercourse outside marriage) or in adulterous relationships. The pressure from the films, music, and even famous leaders many times glorifies sin but neglects to tell you it will kill you. Whether you be a glutton, an alcoholic, or even involved in sexual sin, these fleshly wrongs can easily separate you from God for eternity if you don’t separate yourself and overcome it.
Sin doesn’t come in with great fanfare. It creeps in. It slowly tries to take control of you through little things. If you have a house infested with flies, it is likely started by some food or garbage that has gone bad and maggots have begun to develop there.
As you seek the Lord today, as you spend time in His presence, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where the sin has creeped in. Ask Him to reveal where the sin is in your life so you can deal with it and cut it out of your life. If you don’t act now, it could cost everything.
Put your faith to work now and stop the creeps. You will be so glad you did. God wants you to live long and strong on the earth.


No Shame

Psalms 119:80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame! ESV
Shame, what is it? Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation resulting from wrong or foolish behavior. If we have done something really wrong, and we are a normal person, we feel pressure from society for our wrong. It is especially true as Japan is more of a group-oriented culture much like many of the other island nations (Singapore, UK) around the world.
If people feel stealing, cheating, or other wrong behavior is shameful this will prevent most normal people from doing it even if they are not being watched. But there is another side to shame.
The world is negative and very lost. People try to pressure others through embarrassment or a sense of shame. This is where shame may be used by unbelievers against the Kingdom of God. Yes, the world by default is in a fallen state. People in the world do not understand the principles of the Kingdom. What they don’t understand, many times they will criticize. People want you to be like them. So if you are serving God, it is common for unbelievers to criticize you. If you are going after God and the uncompromising Word, they will see you walking in divine health. They will see you have nice things because you are seeking His Kingdom and His things first. They will see the wisdom on you as you are filled with the Holy Spirit and led by that Spirit. It is awesome. To an unbeliever, they want to know the secret of your power.
If they decide they don’t want to follow the Lord, they can sometimes become anti-Christ, anti-Christian, or against anything godly. This is where they will try to shame you so that you will do what they do. They will say things like, “Come party with us. Let’s drink our troubles away”, “It’s okay, the people will never know”, or “Come on, what makes you better than us?”. They try to pressure you to shame. Don’t stand for it. How do you stand up?
The only way to stand is to stand on the Word. If you don’t, there is a good chance you can get taken (deceived and ripped off). When the devil tempted Jesus, all three times our Lord responded with the Word. Check out 2 Timothy 2:15 which says,
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. NKJV
You need not be ashamed of anything if you know the Word. You will be able to rightly divide it. What does that mean? That means you will know how to understand and apply the Word. Psalms talks about knowing His statues, again that is His Word.
Have you read the Word today?
Today’s Reading-
Acts 7
Proverbs 12


An Amazing Machine With Purpose

Psalms 139:14
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. ESV
I don’t know about you, but when I look at my human body I see an amazing machine. It is not because we are some superhero or something. It is because the way that God created this outer shell (my body) that houses me (my spirit and soul) is simply amazing. It is a perfectly designed machine. Think about it.
You eat food each day. That food (or fuel) is converted into energy and used to nourish and power your body. The bad items and excess is passed through (you know, those trips to the toilet). If I stop eating, I cease to exist. I must nourish and build my body if I expect to live long on the earth. If I abuse my body or don’t take good care of it, it will serve me a short time. If I strengthen and protect it, life will be long.
When I walk along the road, I breathe in oxygen through my nose. My nose has a natural filter (that stuff you see in your tissue paper from time to time) that protects my internal system from taking in excess dirt and filth into the body. If I take in two much junk, the system reacts and I sneeze to expel the junk. This oxygen fills up my lungs and goes into my blood. My blood is the lubrication of life. With good blood, I can run, jump, and flow in an expedient way. It powers my muscles, nerves, and thinking. If my blood is poisoned or lost, I could die. Water is a natural lubricant that runs throughout my body. Healthy people drink lots of water. Water cools the body and works in the blood to deliver the necessary nutrients around the system.
My eyes are covered with a natural cleaning brush called an eyelash. My eyes blink 720 times an hour perfectly lubricating them in their sockets. The eyelashes protect the eye from incoming debris and dust that is floating in the air.
There is so much more that I could say about the human shell. This body is so perfectly designed, to even think that we have no master designer is ludicrous. Thousands of years ago the psalmist said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. If I think about most electronics, heavy equipment, and automobiles, these are designed by man much along the same lines as the human body.
Like a body, a car without fuel will take you nowhere. You must fuel the car and maintain the car. It takes in air that passes through air filters before it comes into the engine. The engine take the fuel and processes it like the body processes food, converting it into energy nutrients. The excess is passed through the exhaust system. Like the blood in the human body, the vehicle requires oil to lubricate the parts of the engine, and water to cool it. Even the wind-shield has wipers to keep the shield clean much like the eyes have eyelashes. There are some great cars out there, however they are nothing compared to this body that houses our soul and spirit.
You are no accident, no mistake. You weren’t born just to live for a time and just die. Your body was designed for you to be born into this earth. God has an awesome plan for your life. The amazing thing is that he has a different plan for every single one of us. Hallelujah!


Everyone Knows

Acts 17:23
for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.. NKJV
The great missionary, preacher, writer, and teacher Paul was traveling from Israel to other countries. When he got to Greece he noticed that they had a lot of gods that they prayed to for this or that. There was a god for love and prosperity, there was a god of war, there was even a god of wine. As he was living in Athens, he noticed that they had these various “gods” or idols dedicated to those so-called gods displayed around the city.
For a believer to go to India, Japan, Indonesia, and these various other countries and see these statutes, temples, and shrines here and there it is sad. We see how lost people are to be praying or bowing down to these images of men, animals, nature, demons, and the various mythic creatures. You hate to see people so far lost that they think praying to these images (or the demons behind many of them) will really matter, as if the idols really care for them.
Paul saw a glimmer of hope as he was walking around in Athens, Greece. He saw an open space dedicated to “The Unknown God” and saw that they people did realize that there was more to life than just these idols. You see, every human being has it created in him or her to know that there is an Almighty God who created us. Romans talks about that in Romans 1:20 saying of God,
For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Verse 21 goes on to explain how everyone knows but they deny or withhold the truth. You can say you are an atheist (someone who says they know ‘without a doubt’ that there is no god) , or an agnostic (someone who says I don’t know if there is a god or not but I don’t care) but inside you, you know that there is an Almighty God. Everybody knows. It is the way that we are created.
Those who deny Him will be eternally separated from Him in a very horrible dark place. Those that acknowledge Him will be with Him forever and ever. We will be in heaven, a place that is much like this earth with trees, streets, buildings, mountains, and rivers. There are people and houses. There will be no sun, but heaven will be lit up by the presence of our Awesome God.
We have to tell unbelievers about Jesus. It is a matter of life or death (eternal separation from God) for them. If you know someone who says they are agnostic, or even atheist, please pray for them. Pray for the Holy Spirit to draw them. You may even have to bind and rebuke demons or demonic influence on these people that are trying to blind them.


Making Things Happen In Your Life

Isa 55:6
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near. NKJV
If you want to make things happen in your life there is one response I have for you. Seek. That’s right, seek Yahweh with everything thing you’ve got. Arm yourself with the Word of God. Have a Bible on you at all times. Instead of looking out the window and daydreaming on that bus or train, pull out that little New Testament you have in your pocket and start to meditate on the Word. If you are driving, get a good audio Bible and listen to that. Of course, you can read the newspaper during that time as you are transported from one place to another. But the news won’t feed your spirit.
That’s right, when you study the Word of God, it feeds your spirit. Can you imagine this? You wake up late one morning, you rush to work without breakfast. Just as you are about to go to lunch, your boss calls an “important” meeting at 11:30. The meeting goes long and you have to go back to work. You grab some type of snack as you are working, but it just isn’t as good as having a meal. Finally, you get home and by about that time you are famished. You are shaking because you’ve not properly nourished your body.
Many of us believers are spiritually starving. If you want to be satisfied spiritually you must spend time in the Word. No time on the internet, watching that favorite TV program or anything else can replace that precious time in the Word. We are not in the Word so when the time comes for needing some godly wisdom at the workplace, we find ourselves disconnected from the Holy Spirit. When it comes time to speak to that unbeliever that we have been praying for salvation for months, we do not feel the full power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. When someone comes to us for prayer, we have not spent time in His presence so we don’t feel His power as usual when we lay our hands on the sick.
If you want to walk in His prosperity, you’ve got to seek Him. If you want to pray for others with power, you’ve got to seek Him. If you want wisdom for your daily life, you’ve got to seek Him. If you want to feel His love, you’ve got to seek Him. If you want peace in a tense situation, you’ve got to seek Him. It is all about seeking Him. Have you thought about this? Jesus would rise up early in the morning (when everyone else was asleep) and go to a quiet place to spend time with His Father. He is the Messiah, He is the son of the most High God but yet He had to go off and seek the Father when He walked on the earth as a human like us. He had to spend time in the Father’s presence.
If the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords had to do it , then how can we think we are any better? Isaiah 55:6 says we should seek the Lord while He may be found. Won’t you seek Him today? But don’t let it stop there. Seek Him the next day, the next day, and the next day. Don’t let the inspiration and the power stop.
If you want to make things happen in your life, you’ve got to seek Him. As you seek Him, you will be amazed at the breakthroughs He’s got for you.


God’s Eyes, Changing The World

Psalms 33:18
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy, NKJV
Somebody is watching you. That is, if you are fearing Him. We know from the Word, that to fear God is to hate evil, to hate doing wrong. If you love God, He is watching over you. To me this scripture is a promise that He’s got His eyes on me if I am fearing Him. If I am not fearing, ignoring him and not caring, about Him and His Kingdom, then He is not watching over me. Fear God and He will watch over you, ignore Him and you’re on your own. That is pretty easy logic to understand. Being a believer is all about seeking Him.
In 1947, we lost one of the most amazing men of God. His name was Smith Wigglesworth, from Bradford, England. He was illiterate and had to work from when he was child in the factories of the UK. He was lost without hope. But one day, he met believers on the street. They invited him to church and he went. It wasn’t a cultural church where there was no power, no victory, no joy inexpressible, it was a spirit-filled church. There were people talking about what Jesus did for them, healings, miracles, and people excited about what God had done. Smith saw what was going on, believed, and was forever changed by repenting and turning to Jesus.
God’s eyes were on Smith. He had gone into plumbing because he had learned to deal with piping in the factories. When he turned to God, he began to learn to read. He got excited about God, and God started working in His life. He wouldn’t even bother reading the newspaper saying something like, “God’s Word never changes, the news is so unreliable it changes every day”. As God worked in His life, he would talk about it. He would tell people about Jesus, and people would turn to God. He would tell people about how others had turned to God, and even more would turn to God. He prayed for the sick, and they were healed. More people would see the love of God through the faith of Smith Wigglesworth and turn to God. From historians, we hear that about 20 people were raised from the dead through his life and ministry. People saw his life and came to the King through that testimony. Isn’t that amazing?
Smith Wigglesworth knew how to walk with God. To me, he is the best example of how close we as believers can walk to Jesus. In John 14:12, Jesus said,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. “
Jesus did amazing works, but Smith Wigglesworth did as well. Was it because He was better or more powerful than our Messiah? Absolutely not! It was because he was reliant on Jesus, immersing himself in the Word, spending time in God’s presence all the time, and most importantly, acting in faith and compassion just as our Lord did for the people around Him.
Yahweh’s eyes are on those who fear Him. He wants to work through you and I through faith in Him and the power of the Name of Jesus.
Do you want to start changing your world? Start by living by faith. His eyes will be on you as you believe!
We ARE world changers!


The Origin Of Hell And The Enemy Condemned To It

Matt 25:41-43
41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' NKJV
Hell is a real place. It is dark, it is smells, and there is eternal suffering, fighting, and pain, because when you go to hell, there is no coming back. It is filled with very wicked people and even a few people who thought going to church was their ticket to heaven. If you have not repented from your wrong ways and been made righteous by King Jesus, you will be in hell. It is a horrible, horrible place. Why is there a hell? Why is there a place that will be completely out of range of God and His Kingdom? Why is there a place so bad? Well, the answer is quite simple. It is all about choice.
Love is a choice. You can choose to love your spouse or you can choose to fight with them. You can choose to enjoy your job, or you can choose to hate it. You can choose to spend time with your children or you can ignore them and hope that they will turn out alright. It is all about choice.
In heaven, there was an archangel whose name was lucifer. lucifer means ‘light bearer’ so he must have really reflected God’s glory. According to Ezekiel 28:12-15, he was beautiful and one of the leading angels in heaven. From what we understand in Ezekiel, he was the worship leader in heaven. God is so awesome and beautiful, it is hard not to glorify and worship him. Evidently one day lucifer decided he wanted the praise and worship himself. He didn’t want to give it to God. Isaiah 14:13-14 says
13 For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.' NKJV
Lucifer rose up in pride and tried to mount a rebellion in heaven. According to Revelation 12:4, it seems he convinced one-third of the angels to help him (ever wonder where demons come from?). Of course, no one can be like God. There is no one like Him, He is right, He is awesome, He is just, but most importantly to me, God is pure and unconditional love.
Of course, lucifer’s rebellion immediately failed. He was blasted, he had his chance and he was thrown out of heaven. Of course God the Son, Jesus, was there as He has been around forever and He described what happened in Luke 10:18 saying,
18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. NKJV
From that point of being thrown out of God’s presence to the earth, his name changed to satan, which means ‘accuser’ or ‘adversary’. When I need to write or type his name, I never even capitalize it because he deserves no attention. So where is this burned out, screwed up deceiver and thief? Isaiah 14:12 sheds light on that.
12 "How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations! NKJV
He is on the earth trying to kill steal and destroy according to King Jesus (John 10:10). You’ve got to remember, unlike God, satan cannot be everywhere at once and he is not all-knowing. When people get attacked by seducing spirits, generational spirits, spirits of depression or what have you, it is likely not satan attacking you but one of his demons. Why do they attack humans?
If you look back at our text in Matthew 25:41 you can see why hell exists. Was it made for humans? Absolutely not! It was made for satan and other demons. They have made their choice and judgement is already on them. What they are trying to do is to get as many people as they can condemned with them. They want to get people entangled in sin, sickness, and disease. Once you are dead and fully in the spiritual realm, there is no other chance to repent and turn to God through Jesus. Hell is a real place. From my read of the scriptures, as well as my university geology studies, to me it is clearly in the center of the earth.
More importantly, heaven is a real place. It was made for us. It is more beautiful than any tropical paradise on the earth. I think it is a spiritual place and a physical place. Psalm 48:2 and Isaiah 14:13 point to it being North. Dakes thinks it is directly North of the North Pole and even refers to heaven as a ‘planet’. To me, the physical location is less important than what is there. Everyone there is there because they are filled with love. They have chosen to know God and be a part of His family while they were living on the earth. Have you chosen to follow Him? Are you entangled in some sin? Pray this prayer today-
Father, I confess Jesus as King of my life. I repent and turn from my wicked ways. Wash me clean and make me pure before You. I love you and look forward to being with You in heaven some day. Help me to be bold and tell more people about heaven while I am here in this earthly body. I love you Father! In Jesus’ mighty name I pray! Amen.
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