Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Annointing And Why We Pray

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*Original message  from  Annette Tuttle  interjected excerpts from this writer.

There were 3 Sections in Solomon’s Temple, which will be rebuilt again, (in spite of the Arab and Muslim objections, for the Dome of the Rock WILL come down. )  The first section is he Outer Court, then the  Holy Place, which goes into the Holy of Holies, and has a white veil between.  It goes east to west with the 3 tribes all around. They had to come THROUGH THE GATE.   Before entering the Outer Court, you come in from the “world” as we do going into church.

John 14:6, Matt 7:13  Prayer isn’t as much us “getting” from God, it’s about finding the ONE.  Prayer is about TRANSFORMATION.   “The closer I get to God the more I pray, the closer to God I get!  We come in from the “world” with all it’s “stuff” , (language, pop culture, toys, garbage, alcohol, drugs, secular laws, being “politically correct”, and every day, having things rammed down our throats!­)

When we enter into this life of Christ and go into this “outer court”…we enter through the “narrow gate”.  It should be a time that the Holy Spirit deals profoundly with us…a time of cleansing so deep in Jesus and prayer…having a hunger so deep for more of HIS word!  When God first put me at Faith Christian Center in 1984, I was immediately introduced to the Holy Spirit as soon as I walked through  those doors, (a sign over saying “Enter His Courts With Praise”.)  I was shaking, the presence of God was so great…and tears running down my face.  It was a process to last a few years, with all I went through at the time here as I was only saved 2 years, and I had no idea of the reality of Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit.  It seemed I just cried all the time.  Here I was in that outer court, sitting before HIM in all my sins, SELF-focused.   Then I fell in love with my Jesus, and continued to cry all the time. 1984-89   We begin in those early years to see the greatness of God – We’re getting FREE!  Worshiping and praising HIM, giving HIM ALL the glory in ALL things.

We are NOT meant to stay in that “outer court” fluctuating between going back in the world, and back to the outer court.  We are playing at church if we do, and become TOO SELF-CENTERED.   (I, My, Me!)  If we spend years like that?  God is going to take His hands off of us, and we will lose our salvation, and be put through HIS judgment and tests and trials until God has HIS way with us.

We should have the hunger to move on to the HOLY PLACE…THE LAMPSTAND & CANDLE STAND…IN DAILY PRAYER.   PRAYER, PRAISE, WORSHIP, DAILY!  IT represents Pentacost.  It’s a place of Revelation, as the alter of incense. It’s intent IS TO CHANGE US!  There is growth and intimacy that comes with God!  We are to pray in the spirit (tongues, which is the Baptism of the Spirit in Acts.  The more we push forward, the more we become more like Jesus…and care about OTHERS more than ourselves.  We are a recipient of His love, grace, and mercy.  Praying “oh God please give me a new car, and straighten out my husband, I’ve had more than I can take.” Is not praying in the spirit and praising HIM.

We need to approach the veil, to the 2nd the HOLY PLACE.  In the 3rd place, the Holy of Holies, in the Old Testament only 1 priest could enter.  In actuality, he had to walk backwards, as the bright light of God and the Holy Spirit was so bright and mind boggling, and God had said that anyone who looked back then, would be struck dead.  Just as he sprinkled the blood of the sacrifices and was set apart. Ex. 33:5. But in Hebrews 10:12-14 JESUS took the place of that blood sacrifice, hanging on that CROSS.  He made a way for us to have a personal relationship and walk.  Matt. 7:51. The moment He died that “curtain” was torn for us to go THROUGH!  Heb 10:19 Having the boldness to go through the veil to the Holy of Holies.  Heb. 10:16 This is OUR COVENANT with HIM!  With our hearts broken when HE takes from us and ALL the sins go away.  It no longer is all about “ME” but “HIM “!!!  We then begin to eat, sleep, and DRINK HIS word!  We then can go DEEPER INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES …THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN WE GO BACK  IN THE WORLD, CHANGED….AND WORK FOR HIM, NOT AGAINST HIM WORLDLY AND SELFISH.  THAT IS WHEN WE BECOME WORLD CHANGERS, an open vessel to LET GOD USE US IN A PROFOUND WAY…TO WITNESSING JESUS TO THE HIGHEST AND LOWEST OF HUMANITY.  It becomes a natural progression.  Prayer has a cycle as God DEALS with us and gives us Revelation!

Matt. 26:36-46 Jesus is in the garden here in prayer, knowing He is going to the Cross.  He was full of sorrow while the disciples slept instead of praying too.  He talks to God the Father, asking if it could be taken from him.   But, finally, he cries out, “Your Will Be Done” Father”….Not his will but GODS will!  Watch and pray lest you enter all the TEMPTATIONS.  We are NOT GOING TO GET WHERE WE NEED TO BE WITHOUT PRAYER.  GOD WILL CALL US AND OUR FLESH IS WEAK IN THE WORLD…IN ALL OUR WORLDLY DECISIONS!  WE NEED PRAYER, FOR THAT IS WHAT JESUS RECONCILED THERE IN MATTHEW THAT GOD MANDATED THAT HE GO TO THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS..AND THE SINS OF MANKIND. 


January 12, 2014 “If God Knows Everything, Why Do We Pray?”

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THE ANNOINTING:

Benny Hinn wrote “God clearly spoke to me,  “I don’t anoint vessels that are empty to me.  I anoint vessels that are full of me.  When we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit – being immersed in HIM, filled to overflowing, indwelt.  The experience is real, not merely emotion and goose bumps.  Then the fruit of the Spirit should pour out of our lives, touching those  around us.   When that occurs, the Lord will anoint us as we walk with and obey Him, and at that point the power begins –the power to serve HIM.  Then we can boldly inherit the promises of God to see the unbeliever’s heart soften and turn toward God and to see the signs and wonders like those recorded in the book of Acts. In other words your COUNTENANCE WILL SHINE.”

“You will recall that when Moses saw the glory and presence of God at Mount Sinai he descended with his face shining like a light.  People could not even look at his face.  When you, too, have an encounter  with the presence of God it will be obvious.  It may even show on your face and certainly will show in your CONDUCT!  Your countenance will announce to those around you, “I am different.  I have been in the presence of God Almighty.  Fear is the first result of self-consciousness, and boldness is the first result of God-consciousness.  When we become God-conscious, we are no longer forced to trust in ourselves and our own strength, but God’s presence resides within, bringing power and authority to our lives.  We no longer must fight battles in our own strength, but we can boldly all upon God Almighty through the authority of he Spirit. ”

We all  are sinners, but, now we must confess our sins constantly in prayer and moaning to the Lord.  It is an ongoing commitment to seek forgiveness and  seek guidance , but you need to get on with communing with the LORD with the Lord, listening to and talking about the things that are on HIS heart.  You need to love HIM and thank HIM and worship HIM.  This the fruit of HIS presence. The other things will come in HIS timing not yours.  Five minutes in the presence of God in fellowship with HIM, are worth a year in the me-me-me mode.

Remember I John 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received from HIM abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things,  and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in HIM.”  Just remember repentance and the blood of Christ, which, of course, go hand in glove.  To the fact that you’re born again, I say, “Hallelujah!”  To the thought that repentance is therefore behind you and no longer an issue, I say, “No way!”   Acts 2:38, follows Peter’s remarkable sermon to the unbelievers in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.  The listeners were “cut to the heart” and they asked,  “What can we do?”  Peter replied:  “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized  in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”  So we have the promise of power after the coming of the Spirit upon us.  Spirit.  Anointing.  Power.  And they come after repentance.  For the key is repentance.  It puts you on the road to great fire and you will reach the destination God intends.  What is it all for?  To be “witnesses unto ME.”  Again, the key is REPENTANCE!

So what does repentance mean?  Let’s start with what it doesn’t mean.  It doesn’t mean to go to the altar, shed a few tears and say I’m sorry, Lord,”  and go out to do the same thing.  Repentance is a daily experience.  And it’s a supernatural experience, not something you can humanly accomplish y yourself.  It’s a gift of the Holy Spirit.  Repentance rests on “whoever confesses and forsakes them [his sins] will have mercy”

Many do not like Bennie Hinn, but many years ago I had the privilege of seeing him live in Worcester Colosseum in Massachusetts, for 3 nights.  We were way up in the top of that huge auditorium with at least 25,000 people there every night.  I’ll tell you when it was silent and Bennie called on the Holy Spirit, there was a cloud over that place on the ceiling and during prayer you could hear a pin drop the power was so great.  I hunger for this power.  I want more…MORE…MORE GOD!  There is nothing like a Holy Spirit filled  move of God on you to anoint you and work THROUGH YOU!   OH, THE JOY OF THE LORD!   If this is what Heaven is going to be like, I can’t wait!  Glory!   Why would anyone saved not want a closer relationship with our Lord?  Thank you Jesus…Bless all who are transformed in your name, Lord. Pour your anointing on all your spirit filled churches God in America and around the world Lord…make us hungry for YOU Lord and give us JOY in abundance Father God, as we fall in love with you all over…REFRESH…SEND YOUR REVIVAL!   (Excerpts from Benny Hinn’s book The Anointing.)

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Christian Persecutions

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Would YOU die for Jesus as HE died for us?  Do YOU love HIM as HE loves us?
Do you live for HIM as HE lives in us?  Did you fully surrender to the only one
who matters and will be the only one who will ever save you even after death?
Christians are being slaughtered all over the world:  “In the list of killings, Syria was followed
 by Nigeria with 612 cases last year after 791 in 2012.  Pakistan was third with 88, up from 15 in 2012.
 Egypt ranked fourth with 83 deaths after 19 the previous year.
Open Doors ranked N. Korea as the most dangerous country, with 50-70,000 in prison camps starving.
I think Dennis Rodman needs to be clued in!
Please read:
Open Doors was started in the 50’s by Brother Andrew ..
If we don’t wake up by whom we elect, America could be on this list too…time to get rid of progressives and
Communists in our Government, and vote them out!  There are 9 members of Congress, including Harry Reed 
that are members of the American Communist party.  Churches need to wake up and sound off or we will be 
like Germany with Hitler invading our churches! When the only one then who spoke up was Eric Bonhoeffer
and he tried to kill Hitler and was himself murdered.  America WAKE UP!  Would you take a bullet for Jesus?

I wonder how many of you too,  that are saved, have faced persecution within your own family of in the work place?   No one said this walk in Christ was going  to be easy.  But we are not to waver, but, let HIM work through us.   We also need to count our blessings to be free to worship (at least so far) Jesus.  But with the Arab influx in America, and in our Government, is that set in stone?   I don’t think so.   That is why we need to be sure whom we elect.

NORTH KOREA:

There is no other country in the world where Christians are so fiercely persecuted because of their faith. Like other North Koreans, Christians live under one of the most oppressive regimes in recent history. They have to deal with corrupt officials, horrific policies, natural disasters, diseases, and starvation. On top of all this, they must hide their decision to follow Christ.

The regime is anti-Christian for two main reasons:

  1. All other religions are seen as harmful to North Korea’s Juche ideology, which stresses the importance of man’s self-reliance. Because the people are forced to worship their leaders, there is simply no room for other gods.
  2. Christianity is the religion of North Korea’s enemies. Christians are seen as spies of the “imperialist Americans” and the “treacherous South Koreans.” North Koreans are told that Christians use religion to poison their “glorious nation.” As a result of this, the church has been completely pushed underground. It consists of 200,000 – 400,000 believers. Of these, between 50,000 – 70,000 are held in Nazi-like concentration camps and prisons.

“Christians have to teach their children the principles of the gospel without using words such as God, Jesus or the Bible,” shares Chin Ho, a Christian from North Korea. “They make up stories with Christian values. Once the children are old enough to keep their faith secret, the parents explain to them the full gospel. This usually happens when the children are between ten and fifteen years old.”

Despite being the most difficult place to be a Christian, the underground church in North Korea continues to grow- even in the prison camps.

http://www.worldwatchlist.us/about/persecution/

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22

Persecution is defined as a policy or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race or beliefs. According to The Pew Research Center, almost 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions. Many of these people are Christians.

So, who are the 75%? Where are Christians facing persecution?

Persecution occurs whenever believers are denied the protection of religious freedom, prevented from converting to Christianity because of legal or social threats, physically attacked or killed because of their faith, forced to leave their job or home because of the threat of violence, or imprisoned and interrogated, and often tortured for refusing to deny their faith.

Christians face persecution in more than 60 countries around the world. Each year, Open Doors ranks the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted in the annual World Watch List. You can learn more about Christians who are persecuted (and how you can help them) here at:http://www.worldwatchlist.us

It can be disheartening to learn that so many Christians are being persecuted for their faith. But it is key to remember that Christ was persecuted and suffered- to the point of death on the cross. He tells us that if we follow Him, we will be persecuted (John 15:18-21).

In 1 Corinthians 12:26, the apostle Paul talks about Christians (as the Body of Christ) facing persecution:

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Though we may not face persecution, we are called to be united with the part of the Body of Christ that does face persecution daily. The most important way to unite with our brothers and sisters who do face persecution is through prayer.

Romans 15:30 says, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”

One Nigerian widow said, “I didn’t know that anyone outside of Nigeria knew what was happening to us Christians. Now that I know that others are praying, I am greatly encouraged.”

You can learn more about praying for persecuted Christians, and sign-up for free resources at:

http://www.opendoorsusa.org/pray/prayer-updates/.

It’s unconstitutional to single out Christians, labeling them “extremists.” What is wrong in this Government is OBAMA!Sign the petition to defend the religious liberty of the brave men and women who defend us: http://bit.ly/1hFeXSJ

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WE MAY BE NEXT ON THE WORLDWIDE WATCHLIST  OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION RIGHT IN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT!  JUST LIKE THE IRS  SCANDAL GOING AFTER CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES AND REV. FRANKLIN GRAHAMS  MINISTRY, SAMARITAN’S PURSE, NOW OUR SERVICEMEN.  BUT A PRAYER RUG FOR MUSLIMS IS IN OUR PENTAGON!  CHRISTIANS BEWARE!  WHERE DO YOU STAND?


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Kim Tae Jin finds it difficult to talk. The contrast between his life in North Korea and his life now in Seoul are too great. “The most difficult thing for me,” he says quietly, “is making decisions. Freedom of choice is unknown in North Korea. The Party told us what to do. We were treated as a group, not as individuals,” recalls Kim. “As I got older my doubts grew about the propaganda the government fed us.”

With the hope of a better life, Kim fled to China. There he heard about Jesus for the first time when a Christian gave him a Bible. After four short months, Kim was arrested and repatriated back to North Korea where he was sent to camp number 15… the dreaded Yodok labor camp.

“I was very afraid. Even though I had not yet accepted Jesus I prayed. In prison they beat me with sticks. At night, with only a thin, torn blanket, I had to endure a plague of fleas and lice in my cold cell.” Forced to wake up at three each morning Kim’s day was spent in hard labor. With so little food he sometimes caught rats, snakes or frogs to stay alive. “I saw people dying of hunger and sickness,” he says with tears in his eyes. “Anyone captured trying to escape was publicly executed. Prisoners were treated worse than cattle.”

One day, by chance, Kim met a Christian. “I never expected to meet Christians in Yodok. The man was the leader of a group who called themselves the Community of Love.” He invited Kim to confess his sins… but he refused fearful that if discovered he would be tortured. Kim quietly adds, “One day an informant betrayed the group. I watched as they grabbed hold of my friends arm so tightly that it died and had to be amputated. After that, he and the other Christians were sent to an even stricter camp. You do not get out of a camp like that alive.”

Kim’s last day in Yodok was April, 10 1992. Escaping again from North Korea he crossed the border into China where he met a Christian. It was here that he finally accepted His Word as truth and was baptized. Today Kim lives in South Korea. He uses every opportunity to talk about North Korea, especially about the Christians. “My personal message is this, show an interest in my country. Pray for it. We need your support.”

Please Pray For:

  • Protection for Christians in North Korea; that they have opportunities to discretely share the gospel with family and neighbor
  • For the growth of the underground church in North Korea.
  • For Christians who operate safe houses in China and help refugees.