Become an Eye-Poker

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Jesus was not the somber, serious, ultra religious and unrelatable figure that He is often portrayed. He was a friend to tax collectors( the lowest of the low j/k) and sinners, preferring their company to that of the religiously elite of his day. Although Jesus did leave us with a serious mandate; spreading His Gospel, He also left us with His joy. “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (Jn 15:11). I believe it is crucially important for all believers to make sure that we let nothing or no one steal our joy. I used to work in the construction industry (Iron worker), and despite all of the physical hardships the job entailed, we always knew how to have a good time. My “crew” laughed a lot, which was an effective tool we used to distract us from the fact we were walking thirty feet off the ground on a four-inch beam. I like to think Jesus and His motley crew of fishermen, tax collectors and such passed much of the day laughing and being joyful as well. The Bible says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness more than His companions (Ps. 45:7). Why was that? In the presence of the Lord there is fulness of joy! Jesus- the human side of Jesus, spent His time in communion with the Father – of course He was full of joy. Jesus is no stranger to this human condition. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15). He walked among us and is familiar with the challenges of this world; therefore, He desires for us to have joy, and not just joy, but fullness of joy. If you think about it, Christians are the only ones who really have anything to be joyful about!

Unlike joy, happiness is an emotion that comes and goes, and is usually tied to circumstances. In order to make sure your emotional state doesn’t fluctuate on temporary circumstances, don’t focus your mind on earthly things. Instead, keep your mind stayed on the Rock which is Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a Christian, or what level of maturity you believe you have attained; everyone has equal opportunity to become depressed. How? By taking your eyes off of Jesus and magnifying your problems. This world is full of problems, and I bet we could all sit down and start a list of all the unfair or bad stuff that has happened to us, or all the things that are wrong with our spouses, bosses, in-laws etc. I seriously believe that anyone has the propensity to become severely depressed if they allow their mind to go there. This is why we are told to bring all of our thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ(2 Cor 10:5). Phil 4:8 tells us to meditate on things that are true, noble, just , pure, lovely, virtuous, or praiseworthy. We’d do good to keep an eternal perspective on life and endeavour to see things the way God sees them. Don’t stress about the teeny tiny dot on the never-ending timeline of your existence. Recognize an attack to steal your joy, and the source of the attack. So why does the enemy want to steal your joy?

Because the joy of the Lord is your strength! Joy is one of the strongest weapons we have against the depression and discouragement. It is also an offensive weapon to use against the devil. Too many Christians take a passive-reactive approach to life instead of an offensive-aggressive one. Some times it’s fun to stick your finger in the devil’s eye to remind him you have power over him. Let me explain: Pride is what caused Satan’s original sin; he wanted to be like the Most High God. The one thing reserved for God alone is worship, and the devil has always sought that. If he can’t be the one to receive worship, then he tries to turn others away from giving true worship to God. He does this by trying to keep you down/depressed. He’ll use the same old tactic he used with Eve by telling you that God is withholding something from you- you lack something. Your t.v. will confirm this message telling you that you must have X,Y, or Z to be happy – to be complete.  “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” and “we are complete in Him” (Col 2:9-10). We are in this world, but not of this world. Nothing in this world can compare to the excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. Our relationship with God is the most prized possession. The ability to enter into the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God, to come boldly to the throne of grace saying Abba Father- Daddy, Daddy – What on this stinkin’ cursed earth can compare with that? We lack nothing.

So every time we truly rejoice and praise and worship the Lord in the midst of trouble, you are basically twisting your finger in the devil’s eye. Keep giving God what the devil always desired- worship. Keep your focus where it belongs, and depression will never be named among you. Remember joy is a fruit of your born-again spirit, not something you must obtain. You can, at all times, remain full of joy. We must never let ourselves get too focused on the daily grind, and let the cares of this world choke out the Word in our lives. In the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy- can anything that doesn’t belong in you or on you (depression or sickness) remain in His mighty presence?


As a Christian, your life should reflect the fact that you serve a living and powerful God. There ought to be a clear distinction between the results you get, and the results your heathen friends are experiencing. Paul put it best when he told the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as to spiritual people, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. He said he had to feed them with milk instead of solid food because they were still carnal and behaving like mere men (see 1Cor 3:1-3). If you are living life more focused on the natural: what you see, feel, taste, touch, or hear, instead of the spiritual realities – the truths of God’s Word, you are living like a mere man/woman. My purpose is not to condemn anyone, but to encourage everyone to live a life of supernatural results. If you’re life’s not supernatural, its superficial. Surely God has called us, and equipped us to walk this earth as vessels of His Spirit with divine purpose and power. Rom 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Examine yourself – test yourself. Can you think of an area of your life that’s not experiencing life and peace? If so, chances are, you need to change your thinking to focus on spiritual truths in that area. It takes practice, and it is by reason of use that we are able to exalt the Word of God above every natural circumstance. Truly the shift from superficial to supernatural starts with renewing your mind.

Here’s my point: we’re never going to get to the “these signs shall follow those that believe..” or, “the works that I do, you will do…” of we don’t rise above this plain of natural thinking and reasoning that is based on our five senses. Really, it all boils down to truly believing the Word above personal experience, emotions, preachers (even the ones on t.v. in shiny suits appearing in coveted time slots), friends, family, or your own “stinkin thinkin.” Because of the finished work of Jesus, God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Eph1:3), and given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge if Him who called us (2Peter1:3). We need to believe that all of the blessings have been deposited into our new born-again spirits, and work them out into this natural realm by faith: thus, supernatural results. Someone needs to shatter the mold of what it means to be a “normal Christian.” I personally reject the status quo of what the church has been offering lately. We all have access to the same Book, revealed by the same Spirit. Who’s gonna believe it- all of it? Who’s going to take God at His Word and rise up? Have you read the Great Commission? Did you notice what’s attached to it? “And these signs shall 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” (Mk 16:17-18). Guess what folks, “normal believers” should be getting supernatural results. How? By what power? Look at verse 20: The Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

It must be noted that it is not until a believer is endued with the power from on high, by receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that they can walk in the fullness of His power. Jesus did not do any miracles before the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and remained upon Him( Jn 1:32). Although Jesus sent out the Disciples before the Holy Spirit was given, the Holy Spirit did not remain with them until after they had tarried in Jerusalem, and He fell on them all. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17). Those of you who have received (attention all tongue talkers) remind yourselves that “God does not give the Spirit by measure” (Jn3:34). That means you have received the fullness of His power. What kind of power is this? Resurrection Power! That means power over all forms of death; power to speak life into dead things – restorative, creative power. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20). Why would God give us raising-the-dead power? To fulfill the Great Commission. Shouldn’t we use the same tools Jesus and His disciples used? It doesn’t matter if you always “feel” like you have this power in you. If you have received the baptism, you have received power that does not come and go, but remains. When Peter and John came to the blind man at the temple, Peter said”Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Every Spirit-filled believer has the same power. Believe it, and act on it!

Finally, like any of the gifts, or anything supernatural, it must be motivated by love. Even faith works by love. We can and should be moved by the same compassion that Jesus was moved by. He wrought many miracles after being moved by compassion. Remember this: God’s compassion has resurrection power in it! Look how Jesus was moved with compassion and wept after seeing the effect Lazarus’ death had on his family. I believe He also wept just seeing what a horrible effect death had on the human race. So what did He do – He showed everyone what He meant when He said, “I Am The Resurrection And The Life! Let me end by quoting Paul: “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil 3:10).

Most Christians would agree with the title of this post in theory, but not in practice. My goal in writing this is to prove to the reader that our adversary is truly a pathetic loser. I once told an old retired denominational preacher that I liked to keep the devil where he belonged – under my foot! The preacher gasped and sucked half the air out of the room before he replied, “Be careful what you say, he was one of God’s most powerful angels!” He, like many people, has a false belief that the devil is a powerful enemy. My number one response to the devil nowadays is to simply laugh at him. I believe you will too once his weapons are exposed, and your authority in Jesus Christ is revealed.

At one time, Lucifer was a powerful anointed angel, his power did exceed that of a mere man. However, after iniquity was found in him (the fall of man), he fell from heaven like lightning, and said goodbye to his angelic powers. He was now referred to as Satan, and had successfully traded his angelic powers for what God had given Adam – authority and dominion over this earth. He used this new-found authority for a time, and was able to inflict misery upon God’s creation. I bet Satan was very proud of himself, knowing that God would not violate the integrity of His Word, and just “give” authority back to Adam. You’d think he’d realize that he couldn’t outsmart God, given his former occupation and his eyewitness to the glory and majesty of the Almighty God. However, He was blinded by pride. Well, God’s perfect plan for the redemption of mankind was already in motion, and God was making a way to restore the fellowship with man that He created us for, by removing the barrier of sin that kept our hearts far from Him. When Jesus came, He fulfilled the commandments and ordinances that were against us, and contrary to us, by taking them out of the way and nailing them to the cross (see Col 2:14). Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf, and made peace between God and man by bearing all of God’s wrath toward sin. He actually become sin for us, therefore made a legal way for Him to descend into hell. (Now for the good part)

While down there, Jesus whipped the devil’s butt (for lack of a better term). He threw him a beating like none other: “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15). The devil was disarmed on two fronts: First Jesus took away his number one weapon which was condemnation over our inability to keep the 10 commandments, having fulfilled the law for us. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Secondly, what power he did have (namely the power to steal, kill, and destroy-look what he did to Job) was completely stripped. Heb 2:14…”that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus basically pulled out all the teeth of the devil, so that now he walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The good news, is he can only devour those that are ignorant of God’s Word – especially to the truth that he has been disarmed- he’s toothless!

Even though the devil is a loser, the Bible warns us not to be ignorant of his devices. Now, his biggest tools are fear and deception – he’s a liar. Any time he tries to attack you, he basically has to “bluff.” He will wait to see if you know the truth of God’s word concerning the matter and “call his bluff,”  or if you are ignorant or have received false teaching, and accept his bluff. If you accept his bluff by claiming whatever form of death he brings against you (ex: oh no, I guess I have cancer/arthritis/diabetes… now), then he has stolen your authority. You see, the only power he has now, is when someone yields their authority to him by believing his lies. This is why it is so important to know the difference between a blessing and a curse. Read Deuteronomy chapter 28 and remember that the curses listed have nothing to do with you because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…that the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:13). Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you(James 4:7). You must know that the source of attack is not from God in order to actively resist the devil. You must also be sure to see past the people who are cooperating with the enemy, realizing that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places’ (Eph 6:12). Then remember that Jesus already disarmed them, and call their bluff!

Finally, take the shield of faith which will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one! Walk in love – because it never fails. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to swing the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The battle’s been fought and won. Now go enforce the victory with the mighty name of Jesus – who went about doing good, destroying the works of the devil! We have the Greater one on the inside of us – let’s believe it, and act accordingly!

No, this post is not to encourage a suicidal Christian to just, “Go on and be with the Lord.” Rather, it is to explain the very root of unhappiness and grief, with the goal of giving you a fresh perspective on your life. Revelation chapter 12 talks about Satan being cast out of heaven, and goes on to say in verse 11: “and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” The love of “self” causes a multitude of problems on our lives. You could even say that self-centeredness is the root of all unhappiness. I have found that all discontent disappears when “self” disappears. Here is an illustration: picture a dead guy in a coffin. Now imagine someone walking up to him and giving him a verbal beat down; pointing out all his flaws, shortcomings, mistakes, and just plain insulting him. What would be the effect on the man? Nothing – he’s dead. Now imagine the opposite approach; verbal praise, exaltation , lauding all his accomplishments and victories. Again, what would be the effect on the man? Nothing – he’s dead. It is impossible to offend/hurt a dead man. 2Tim 2:11 “This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him.” Have you been born again? If so, you have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer you who live, but Christ who lives in you; and the life you now live should be by faith in the Son of God (see Gal2:20).  

The more you realize that you have died with Christ, and that your life is not your own; but you were bought with a price, the happier you will be. For the most part, people only grieve or hurt when “self” is being deprived from something it wants. Lets examine what goes on at the funeral of a believer. Are the people really mourning the death of the person (knowing that they are in heaven) or are they mourning how it will affect themselves – how the death affects them. I’m not saying there’s not a time to mourn, but are we really crying for the person that’s dancing on the streets of gold? It is also an attitude of self-preservation that causes us to doubt the promises of God –  such as when we seek first the Kingdom… all these things will be added unto us. So we throw our “selves” into the equation and mess up what God had been orchestrating behind the scenes. If we really believed God would supply all of our need according to His riches and glory, would we need to self-promote and self-seek, or manipulate people to scratch and claw our way to the top?

Believe me, above all, “self” wants to be in control of your life. Many frustrations in life come from us trying to be our own god. The world will tell you,”Be the god of your own life – it’s your life, you can do it!” Can we? Is that why this nation is hooked on antidepressants, sleeping pills, alcohol, and other drugs. In fact, antidepressants  have become the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the U.S.! Bravo to all the self-sufficient people who see us Christians as having to use our “Jesus crutch.” While the world may call it weakness, true surrender to God is actually an act of great power. There is beauty in total surrender, and freedom in submission. When you can honestly say like Paul, “My life is not my own,” and rejoice in the fact that you have placed it in the hands of your loving Father – oh happy day! You see, we were never designed for self-rule. That is a yoke we were never meant to bear.

The Answer lies at the beginning. Adam and Eve started out God-conscious, to the point that they “considered not their own nakedness.” Their focus was right where it needed to be: on God. However, after the fall, their focus shifted onto themselves as they became self-conscious and ultimately man became sin-conscious. It is this sin-consciousness that will have you devote all of your attention to your faults and failures, and put up false barriers of unworthiness that keep your focus off of God. In order to shift your focus back on God, you must believe in the finished work of Jesus, meaning you are completely righteous by you faith in Him. Being conscious of your righteousness instead of your sins (which have already been paid for) will automatically free you up to keep your focus on Jesus – the Author and Finisher of our faith. Finally, we need to esteem others better than ourselves (see Phil2:3).  Love for another person will always overcome “self”. Self-sacrifice is considered our reasonable service in Rom 12:1. Remember, God knows what will bring us true peace, fulfillment, and happiness. “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my live dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God”(Acts 20:24). Get your “self” out of the way, and step into all that God has for you each and every day.

Many people refer to Jesus as the “Greatest Teacher Ever.” Is that really true? Here is my definition of a teacher’s job: to explain, teach, reveal, unravel, or simplify. Basically, a teacher takes what ever curriculum they have and attempt to impart knowledge of that curriculum in a way that can be understood by their students. Good teachers will use clear and effective speech for their intended audience. As far as the body of Christ is concerned, the Biblical office of a teacher is quite important and is actually listed before miracle workers(1 Cor12:28). A teacher is responsable for sound doctrine. While a preacher proclaims, a teacher will explain. It is the preaching and teaching of the Word that gives birth to right believing, which leads to right living. Apparently God holds the ministry of this office high enough, that he attaches this warning: My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement (James3:1). Now back to the original question. Was Jesus a great teacher?

Jesus said, “Unless you eat of My flesh and drink of My blood..”  “For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed” (Jn6:53). That was hard for His Disciples to understand. Did Jesus explain it? No, in fact He let many of them walk away. All throughout His earthly ministry, he would say some of the craziest sounding stuff without offering an explanation to the crowds he was speaking to. “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off!” When Jesus stood in front of the multitudes, He spoke in parables. When He was done, the disciples would ask Jesus to explain to them the true meaning.  His disciples finally asked Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” Jesus replied in Luke 8:10: “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables,” that “Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” Now wait a minute, did the Teacher just say He spoke in parables so that they would not understand? The answer is Yes. Is that the duty of a teacher? As far as the multitude was concerned, was He being a good teacher?

Near the end of Jesus’ ministry, He said to His Disciples, “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.” His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that you know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe You came forth from God.”(Jn 16:25,29)  Jesus spoke in parables to fulfill prophesy of Isaiah concerning the Jews. Jesus had to fulfill the law given to the Jews. He said many times that He was sent for the lost sheep of Israel, and that His bread was for the children, not the Gentiles. However, God, in His infinite wisdom perfectly devised a way for the rest of us to be grafted into the family. If Jesus spoke plainly, and the Jews had accepted Him with open arms, the Gentiles would have been left out to dry so to speak. Instead, “God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear”(Rom 11:8) “But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.” Take note that God gave them their chance by giving them the oracles of God, and plenty of prophesy concerning the coming Messiah.

Even though Jesus came for the Jews first, right before He was arrested, He revealed the heart of the Father. John 17:20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” That is a direct reference to the rest of us. That is why Jesus explained or “properly taught” His disciples. He knew the Holy Spirit would inspire them to record the true meanings of His parables. Further still, He spoke of the promise of the Helper-the Spirit of truth-the Comforter- the Holy Spirit that would guide us into all truth, and “take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” Now,the Holy Spirit is our Greatest teacher. Jesus could only give one sermon on one mound at any given time. Now God can flow through every Spirit-filled believer simultaneously. It truly was to our advantage that Jesus went to the Father so that the Holy Spirit could be given. Dive into His Word, and let Him teach you new truths and give you fresh revelations!

Stupid Free Will!

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Have you prayed a prayer that you knew was in line with the Word of God and the will of God, but still took forever to come to pass – or hasn’t yet come to pass? (I’m talking about praying for something that we already have a right to possess- things that Jesus has already obtained for us: healing,deliverance, Biblical prosperity.)So what gives? We know that His Word is perfect and proven. Take note that there is nothing wrong with His Word, and by faith in Jesus, there is nothing wrong with you. So what is the variable? Traditional teaching would tell you that it must be God’s timing. I disagree. Of course God has His master time line, and certain events are ordained for certain times, but I believe people have been missing many blessings, by blaming the wrong variable (God’s timing). Instead, lets look at the one thing God gave man that no amount of prayer can completely influence: Free Will.

Paul dealt with this when he spoke of his “thorn in the flesh” which was a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure due to the abundance of revelations he was receiving. Here’s my take on the issue. Surely, if anyone (after Jesus) knew how to get results from prayer, it was Paul. No one could doubt his relationship with the Father, or his ability to hear His voice. The man wrote over half of the New Testament. Some say Paul missed it, and couldn’t receive healing for what could have been an eye condition. That’s not scriptural. Like all Spirit-filled believers, Paul had the permission and authority to use the mighty name of Jesus – the Name that is above every name, principality, power,  might, or dominion. If Paul’s problem was physical healing, believe me, the name of Jesus and faith in that name was more than sufficient for victory. No sickness, no demon, no disease can stand up to the name of Jesus. Also no spiritual weapon formed against Paul could prosper. Therefore, I believe he was dealing with the one thing he did not have authority over: people’s free will.

When a person choses to yield their life over to Satan, they give him an instrument (body) to operate through. The problem with Paul, was that everywhere he went, there were plenty of people yielded to Satan. Let’s say that Paul recognized the demonic power behind the person that was persecuting him. Even if he were to cast it out, would there not be plenty more for it to enter? Also, these people who were yielded to the enemy by their own free will, were ultimately just persecuting him. The term “a thorn in the flesh” was a term Paul borrowed from Old Testament scripture that always referred to the negative/destructive influence ungodly people had on righteous people (see Numb 33:55, Josh 23:13, Judges 2:3). Paul suffered constant, unrelenting persecution from people who were a messenger from Satan himself, who tried to make following Paul’s Gospel of Jesus Christ less attractive. Jesus said that we would suffer persecution, but His grace is sufficient. And Paul’s three prayers couldn’t violate a person’s free will to cooperate with the enemy.

Many times our breakthroughs hinge on other people being obedient to the voice of God. God uses people to accomplish His will on this earth- people who have yielded to Him. We have been given great power and authority, but we can not “pray a person to salvation” because this would violate their free will. If we can’t minister to them, we should pray laborers across their path, which is the Biblical example. People have to hear the Gospel, then receive salvation by faith and on their own free will. “God’s perfect timing” is often the scape goat for God not being able to violate a person’s free will. Again God has ordained events to happen in your life at certain times, but things He has already given us such as your healing ( By Jesus’ stripes you were healed) are a believer’s blood-bought right, and will be yours as soon as you believe and receive by faith. “Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of Salvation” 2Cor6:2

One of the most misunderstood scriptures of the Bible would have to be Rev. 3:16 that talks about the “lukewarm” church. Pastors throughout the ages have used this scripture as a tool to motivate their church members to live a life that is “on fire for God” lest you be found lukewarm, causing God to spew you out of His mouth. Any time a person uses fear as a motivator, you can be sure the message is not from the throne. Fear is the opposite of faith – a tool of the enemy. God is love, and perfect love casts out fear. Here is the scripture in question: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Rev 3:15-16)

Whenever possible, it is best to let the Bible interpret the Bible. The “I know your works” part should be compared with 1Cor 3:13: each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. God is basically saying I know the motivation behind your works. Only works that were properly motivated out of love will be saved after the testing of the fire. Any work done strictly to fulfill a law that had already been fulfilled by Jesus, or a work that is done to earn a blessing, or obtain favor – will be burned. Traditionally the “hot and cold” part has been explained like this: If you are hot, you are 100% on fire for the things of God and serving Him with all your heart. If you are cold, you are doing nothing for God, and are living for your self. Now here’s the catch. God said “I wish that you were hot or cold.”

Going off of that traditional explanation, why would God wish that we were cold? If hot means “on fire” and cold means “doing nothing” would He really wish that we were cold? Wouldn’t doing a little bit be better than nothing at all? After all, Paul said that whether Christ is preached from selfish ambition or envy,  strife, and insecurity, or whether He is preached in truth, he rejoices because at least He’s preached! (Phil 1:15-18) That doesn’t line up.

The Answer:

God is talking about mixing the Old and New Covenants. “Cold” is referring to the Old Covenant when people had stony hearts and tried to have a relationship with two stone tablets that had no life in them. Hot is referring to the New Covenant where people have been given new hearts and are able to have a real relationship with a living God. God wants us 100% hot or 100% cold. He is saying that if we were entirely cold, or under the Old Covenant we would despair of ever being good enough to fulfill the law’s requirements of perfection, come to the end of ourselves ( which was the whole point of the law), and turn to a Savior – to Jesus, making us hot.

What God hates, is when people try to mix the two covenants: hot+cold= lukewarm. That is what makes Him want to vomit, and here’s why. He hates lukewarm because it denies the finished work of His Son. We are either saved by grace through faith, or we are saved by works, but not a combination of the two. The Galatians were mixers that tried to throw in a little bit of law with the gospel of grace. Paul gave them his harshest rebuke of all his letters to the churches. He said two times that if anyone tried to pervert the true gospel, to let them be accursed (Gal 1:6-8) Chapter 3 is a long rebuke that starts with: O foolish Galatians! Now contrast this with his letter to the Corinthians, who had some that were living in gross sins. To them, he said that he thanked God that His grace abounded toward them. God, like Paul, is more concerned with right believing than right actions. Anyone can modify their behavior without real change on the inside. Paul knew that right believing would give birth to right actions.

Mixing the New Covenant of Grace with the Law is a slap in the face of Jesus! That is what it means to be lukewarm. That is what makes God want to puke!  Study the Covenant that actually applies to us: The New Covenant! And thank Jesus for it! Remember, you put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved (Matt9:17).

Fat Christians

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I believe there are far too many fat Christians sitting in wooden pews and cushioned chairs in churches across America on any given Sunday. They have been gorging themselves for weeks, months, and even years. They have been feeding and feeding on the Word of Truth, but never providing an outlet. These people have become like the Dead Sea – stagnant, with many inlets and no outlets. We were called to be rivers: “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Instead, our bellies have become retaining ponds, which have swelled, but have little life in them. It is time we open the flood gates of our mouths, our hands, and our hearts, so that we can reach the world with the truths of God’s Word that bring life and peace.

Do you know any unhappy Christians? This should be an oxymoron, but it’s not. Many times an unhappy Christian is a stagnant Christian. They think that they are somehow doing God a great service by being faithful in their church attendance. The Bible tells us to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). This self-deception is often caused by a skewed, twisted, or lowly perception of themselves. They are either wholly ignorant or simply not confident in their new nature – their new identity. You could say one of the major problems with today’s modern church is this: an identity crisis. The Bible says that the sharing of our faith will become effective with the acknowledgement of every good thing that is in us in Christ Jesus. Let’s follow Paul’s example and determine not to know any man (ourselves included) by the flesh, but by the Spirit. In order to get an accurate self-image, you must see yourself the way God sees you: In Christ. You would do good to study all of the scriptures that contain “in Christ,” or, “in Him.” Knowing that you are completely righteous by faith in Jesus will cause boldness and confidence – which has great reward.

Our faith is active it is an action. Faith without works confirming that faith is useless! Works of faith, or any good works for that matter are not done to get or obtain favor or blessings, or anything. Rather they are a result of our new born-again spirits. They are a fruit/effect of righteousness and not a cause/root of righteousness. True saving faith will have some corresponding action. We’ve each been given gifts. Let us use them! Is there not a cause?

We are the salt of the earth, but un-salty salt is useless. The church (the body of Christ) is the preserving influence of this dying world. If we stop reaching out/being salty, what is left to preserve this earth? If we fail to fulfill our calling, not only does it affect the rest of the body, our preserving influence on this world is lost. We must not let insecurity keep us from walking boldly in the face of opposition, or speaking confidently when given the opportunity. Are we not vessels of the Holy Spirit? Remember true humility doesn’t think too highly or to lowly of oneself. True humility is believing you are who God says you are. It’s believing you have what God says you have. Now, go out motivated by love and empowered by the Holy Spirit as a fully yielded vessel bringing the Glory of God and the sweet aroma of Jesus everywhere you go. He will never leave you, forsake you, or fail to back up His Word! Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Who is Steve?

Posted: February 9, 2011 in About Me
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My name is Steve Wolf and I am 30 years old. I began ministering with a strength ministry team about 6 years ago. We used to break bricks, blow up hot water bottles, rip phone books and anything else we could do to capture the attention of our audience. Once we had that attention, we would go after our real purpose: to preach the Gospel. I will never forget taking the stage for the very first time in a little town called Mangum in Oklahoma. There were at least 500 people packed into a large tent – what a rush! We saw many salvations that night, and watched the power of God’s Word transform the lives of entire families. I later had the opportunity to speak in front of a huge(well huge to me) crowd of at least 700 people in Poteau, Ok. I was terrified; full of fear and self-consciousness. I was sweating buckets and it wasn’t from performing the feats of strength. I remember hearing of this Baptism of the Holy Spirit which was supposed to give you the power to witness with boldness. I decided I needed to look into that.

After receiving the Baptism, the Lord began to open the scriptures to me in a way I had never seen before. I could finally see how the Word is living and powerful. I quickly learned of the gifts of the Spirit, and the power and authority we have as believers. I saw how God had already given us the victory in every area of our lives, and was now on fire to spread His message of unconditional love and Grace to the world. I later became the Associate Pastor of a small, Spirit-filled, uncompromising, Bible-believing, Grace preaching church in Tulsa, Ok.

I have written two books: Church Can Ruin You And Religion Can Kill You and my recent manuscript: Revealing the Unknown God. There’s more on them in the “Books” section of this blog. Currently, God has given me a desire to minister to His body- the church. I believe there are so many Christians being corrupted with false doctrines and religious traditions of man. I believe it is time for the true Gospel to return to our churches. Let’s let the watered-down and twisted messages give way to the power of God unto salvation- the real Gospel. Empty words and useless traditions will look silly in the presence of the Holy Spirit and power. It is God’s good pleasure to confirm the preaching and teaching of His Word with signs and wonders following.

Spirit of Infirmity?

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Healing
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What is a spirit of infirmity?

Every disease has a life- a germ, which causes it to function. That evil life in
the germ did not come from God because it kills and destroys human life. It is
from Satan. It is that evil life: or spirit of infirmity that gives life to the
disease, or growth, just as your spirit gives life to your body.

    Just as your body, when the spirit leaves, it dies (James 2:26) and returns
to the dust, so your disease, when the spirit of infirmity is cast out, dies and

    We all grow from a tiny cell. The life of that cell came from God. The body
lives because the life in the cell or "spirit of life" which God caused to
exist- grew and developed until it became a complete human body. So long as that
life, or spirit, remains in the body, the body continues to live. But as soon as
the spirit leaves the body, the body is dead; it decays and returns to dust.

    Many human sicknesses and diseases begin from a tiny germ, an evil Satanic
life, sent to live in and posses the human body and to destroy it. As long as
that life- that spirit of infirmity exists in the body, the growth or disease
lives and continues its destructive work. But as soon as the evil spirit- the
evil life or spirit of infirmity has been cast out of the body in Jesus' name,
that disease or growth becomes dead. It will decay and pass away from the body.
This is the process of healing.

    Dr.'s agree that a cancer is a living thing, and if one could expel the life
from cancer, the effects of that cancer would disappear from the body. But two
lives are warring against each other: the evil life of the cancer, and the
divine life from God which is in your body. Any medical method of destroying the
life of the cancer jeopardizes the life of the body.

    What is the answer? Only faith in the supernatural power and authority of
the name of Jesus! Command that spirit of infirmity to die and come out in
Jesus' mighty name, and it has to obey. I have seen this work over and over

Matt 8:16 "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were
demon-possessed and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were