Monday, September 30 2013
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." II Peter 3:3,4
Many of the teachings of Christianity revolve around what happened in the past or what is coming in the future. It seems there is no reality of now! Now is the time of your salvation, now is the time to know exactly where you are with God. It doesn't make any difference whatsoever whether there is a rapture, a tribulation either pre, mid, post, or whatever, because if you die before they happen you will already have experienced them for yourself!
So, what about now, are you born again, are you washed in the Savior's blood, are you experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promised? If so, great, but what if your not sure of your eternal position with the Lord Jesus and what if you don't know where you stand with God in the scheme of spiritual things? There are millions of people who have prayed a prayer, signed a card, got baptized, and joined up who don't have a clue what they have just done or where they go from there because they didn't get saved, they just went through the motions of man-made religion and tradition.
No one can come to God on their own terms unless the Spirit draws them and their hearts become convicted of sin or they come to the realization that they are in a desperate state in need of the mercy and grace of the Savior! You can't just walk an isle and mutter a prayer and get your so-called ticket punched for Heaven, that's not how it works. A person has to become aware of their spiritual condition and the fact that they are a sinner who has broken the laws of God and need forgiveness. Christianity has strayed from the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has gone after the ways of the world in regards to the way they promote membership instead of preaching to the lost in order to get them saved and delivered from the bondage of sin!
TODAY IS THE DAY
"In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2
Now is the time to take spiritual inventory and to reconcile our heavenly accounts with God! I guarantee most people know exactly where they stand financially, but do they know where they stand with God? Sadly, millions have trusted religion to dictate to them that they are OK, after all they have led good moral upstanding lives, attended church and even gave to charity, but what about their eternal soul?
Can you say without a doubt that you belong to Jesus because you have been born again and washed in His blood or are you just hoping that you will enter Heaven's gates because you deserve it, by being good? The answer to that question is the fact that if you don't belong to Jesus, you belong to Satan, and if you belong to Satan you will ultimately end up where he's headed, to Hell! The penalty for sin is death and the penalty for not surrendering your heart to Jesus is eternal death spent in Hell forever! The choice is yours!
The word of God is like a hammer that breaks the hardness off a person's heart so that they can hear the truth that is able to make them free. The grace of God allows a sinner to come for forgiveness because his sin has separated him from the gift of salvation. The gospel is preached to alarm the sinner that his eternal house is on fire and his soul is in danger of burning up in the flames of damnation. Is your eternal smoke detector going off yet?
For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8,9
SAVED BY FAITH
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4
Even though the gospel preaches a salvation obtained by grace through faith, many, even in the church are still relying on their own ability to save themselves by their good works. The reason this is so prevalent is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is not preached anymore, oh they will tell to to bow your head and mutter a little prayer, or walk an isle, or raise your hand, but never do they tell the truth that those who don't repent and make Jesus Lord are dying in their sin and diving headlong into Hell!
The law of God exposes our sin and convicts us that we are in fact guilty of breaking his laws and have transgressed His commands making us worthy of eternal damnation. In other words, if you robbed a convenience store you would be guilty of robbery and upon your capture you would be convicted and sentenced for your crime, so it is with God, we have all sinned and when the Holy Spirit brings conviction to our hearts our crime is exposed and we realize our need to be forgiven in order to obtain His saving grace.
The first century Christians heard the gospel preached from the law and the prophets bringing about great conviction and the result was true conversion from darkness into light instead of just muttering a prayer and joining up! The reality of now is upon you and the choice to cry out for mercy and repent is yours and for those who have trusted in themselves for salvation instead of making Jesus Lord. If you have not believed in Christ's death, burial and resurrection and repented of your sin in which was inherited from your unfaithful ancestors, then now is your time to surrender your heart and cry out for His grace and mercy to save you and for His blood to wash away your sin.
The word is near you, in you mouth and in your heart that is the word of faith which we preach: that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:8-10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
NOTE: If this message has left you with further questions about you eternal destination, then please go to our website in the message section under salvation for more information on the most important decision you will ever make, your eternal position with God depends upon it!
Monday, September 16 2013
Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it." Ezekiel 9:4
The mark of God and the mark of the beast has to do with the eternal position of the person who either serves God with all of his heart, or serves the world system and the religion of the beast! Forget for a moment all that you have heard and received from the traditions of your ancestors, all of the best selling books on the rapture, tribulation and end times, and lets take a hard look and examine where we stand with God at this very moment in time!
Millions have been enamored with all the prophetic teachings about the end of time and when all of these things will take place and even the disciples asked Jesus to tell them when these things would be. Although extremely interesting and provocative the point is this: everything you've heard about these events is either in the past or in the future, but what about now? If you die today and stand before a holy God it is not going to matter when or if there is going to be a rapture, because you have just experienced one! What matters is that you were marked as a son of God by being washed in His blood having surrendered your heart to the control of Holy Spirit.
Eternal life must become the focal point of our prophetic teaching and preaching because the outcome always leads us back to the cross where we are forced to examine the spiritual condition of our soul! In this message I will attempt to simplify the meaning of being marked, either with the mark of the beast or the mark of God. Jesus said you would know his disciples by their fruit, or in other words the character traits that are exhibited in a person's life. I don't mean the religious talk that one picks up from being in church or the fact that they quit smoking, drinking and cussing and cleaned themselves up on the outside, no, the fruit I am speaking of is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is the very nature and character of God!
To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. "Utterly slay (slay to destruction) old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin with My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Ezekiel 9:5,6
WHO IS LIKE THE BEAST?
So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Revelation 13:4
We could discuss and speculate what or who the beast is until the proverbial cows come home. The problem with this is when we reach this point we are very close to the end of all things. Millions have died having heard these prophecies, some washed in the blood of Jesus and many others marked for eternal death away from the presence of the Lord! The question to be answered is where is your eternal position in Christ and have you surrendered your heart to Him who died and rose again to give you life forever?
To make things simple your battle is with the dragon and the dragon is Satan and Satan has come to rob, kill and destroy your eternal soul and bring you down to Hell! It wont matter what the number 666 means or what the mark of the beast really is when you stand before God at the "Great White Throne Judgment!" What will matter is what mark is on you, the name of God on your forehead and the blood of Christ that has washed away your sins, or the mark of a person lost and perishing, headed for eternal damnation forever! Son of God or son of the devil, there are only two positions available, no maybe, no purgatory, no membership or baptism, no communion nor good deeds, only by making Jesus Lord by repenting of your sins can make you a born again disciple of Christ! Note: The Great White Throne Judgment is reserved only for un-believers. Revelation 20:11- Believers will stand at the judgment seat of Christ. II Corinthians 5:10,11
Throughout scripture there is a distinction made between the good and the evil, the righteous and the wicked, the good seeds and the tares and the sons of God and the sons of the devil. You either serve God and worship Him only, or you serve Satan and worship the beast that controls the entire world, the choice is yours! From cover to cover the Bible describes what eternal life is and who our battle is against and what we have to do in order to be saved. Don't listen to the voice of complacency about your eternal destination because you have been a good, moral upstanding church going citizen, when in fact you are in all likelihood busting Hell wide open because you didn't make Jesus the Lord of your life!
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9
THE MARK OF GOD
Then I looked, and behold a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1
Is your Father's name written on your forehead: belonging to God, or are you marked for destruction and bound for eternal damnation? Those who have made Jesus Lord and repented of their sins and surrendered their life under the control of the Holy Spirit have been marked as sons and daughters of God and if you could see in the Spirit you would have a new name given to you, the blood of Jesus would cover you and the fruit of the Spirit would be growing in your life, all marks of a born again new creation in Christ!
There is no guesswork when it comes to being a follower of Christ and in I John 5:12 it states that he who has the Son has life, but he who does not have the Son has no life. When one becomes born again, the Spirit of God descends into his soul and brings with Him the very life of God. This life is manifested within the heart of the believer and shines out into a darkened world testifying that this is in fact a son of the living God. Don't be deceived into believing that because you prayed some little prayer when you were six at church camp or you were co-hearsed into being baptized (or sprinkled) or took communion or (mass) or joined the church that you belong to God because unless there was a drastic change in your character and behavior I would doubt that anything happened in you life.
In order to receive the mark of God there requires a metamorphosis resulting in the total transformation of the one who makes Jesus the Lord of His life! As the scripture states: If anyone is in Christ he becomes a new creation, old things pass away and all things become new! From a worm to a butterfly, from a sinner to a saint from a wretch to a person bathed in the grace and mercy of a loving God who cares for us more than we will ever know this side of Heaven's gates. Are you marked with His blood, are you born again, empowered with His Spirit and abiding in the living vine of Christ, or are you carrying the mark of the beast? If you don't know then you are lost, perishing and in need of the Savior's blood to wash your sins away! Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for you that you might in turn surrender your heart and will to Him and become a new creation in Christ! Don't delay, the time is near and the end of all things is at hand, if you don't know Him and you have been convicted by this message, cry out to God and ask Him to save your soul and mark your life as one who belongs to Him! I promise you will never be the same!
Then I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, "Now salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night has been cast down. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." Revelation 12:10,11
Monday, September 09 2013
"The kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared." Matthew 13:24-26
The parable of the sower is the revelation of the conception and subsequent birth of the born again new creation. Just as in the natural realm, conception can only come forth by the sowing of the seed of a male into the fruitful womb of a female. Without the seed there can be no birth, and sometimes even after the seed has been sown and the birth process has begun the developing being can either be aborted or dies of natural causes before birth. So it is with the spiritual being, according to the parable all the components must be present in order to produce a spiritual being.
Jesus is making it perfectly clear when He explains the parable that one must be born of the Spirit in order to become a Christ follower! In this message we will see the distinction of those who have been born again and those who have not. The sons of the kingdom are disciples of Christ and the tares are sons of the devil! It is very simple once you see the dynamics of the gospel and how the heart of man is the key to eternal life. Even when a natural earthly garden is planted the fruitful plants are evident because they are all of one variety according to the type of plant that is to be grown, but the thorns and weeds are also evident even though you know that you didn't plant them, they just appeared.
A born again Christian has the Spirit of the living God residing within his very soul and is evident to all who come in contact with him because there is life coming out of him. On the other hand, the tare or unbeliever has no life in himself; he might have joined up, or attended services, or even been involved in ministry, but there is no spiritual life within him. Like an artificial leg, it looks like a leg, it's attached to the human body and it even provides mobility, but it has no life within it, because it's artificial.
"Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:22,23
JESUS IS THE SOWER
"He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. "The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels." Matthew 13:37-39
Jesus was speaking to a nation of farmers that knew perfectly well what He was talking about in regards to sowing and reaping. The gospel of Matthew explains the parable and reveals that the ultimate sower is the Lord Jesus who is the Word. Luke describes the seed as being the word of the living God. So in actuality Jesus is sowing Himself into humanity that in turn produces an exact replica of Himself in us!
The mystery of the kingdom of God is the revealing of spiritual sons conceived and birthed by the sowing of supernatural seed into their hearts thus producing a crop of supernatural plants that resemble the Savior. Sounds like a science fiction movie but in reality it is the power of God to replicate Himself in the human race, those who would surrender their lives and repent of their sins and receive the blood to cleanse them of unrighteousness! God's plan from day one was to create a divine race of supernatural worshipers that would in turn plant the kingdom of God in the earth!
The reality of God's kingdom is to fill the earth with His presence, His people, His temple of living stones and to create a bride, a supernatural woman who will give birth to divine children carrying the DNA of their Father. At the same time His body is the supernatural bridegroom that supplies seed to the woman that will in turn produce the family of God in the earth. Is your mind blown yet? Well hang on, there is more, much more!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
THE LAST HARVEST AND THE END OF THE AGE
"Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend and those who practice lawlessness, "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:40-42
The end of the age is much closer than we think as the world spins out of control with the effects of the sins of our unfaithful ancestors barreling down upon us from the past. The harvest is white but as the Lord had said, "the laborers are few!" In these last days the Bible prophesies that difficult times will come and so they have in the form of natural and even supernatural events that have left millions devastated by terror, storms, earthquakes, violence and lawlessness of all kinds!
There will be a great separation of the righteous, those who have eyes to see and the unrighteous, those who don't see or hear at all! The division of the Sons of God and the tares, or sons of the devil will increase until the great distinction will become evident to all, as the Sons of God are revealed because of the life within them that shines out like the brightness of the sun! The tares on the other hand will continue to "Do church, good deeds, promote their agendas and look like something they are not: the true seeds of the Son of the living God! Self help gurus, charlatans, wolves and false prophets will continue to deceive and send millions to Hell while the harvest quietly proceeds as it always has, without fanfare or man-made promotion, just the sowing of the seed of Heaven into the good soil of a heart after God.
So with that said, where are you in the scheme of things concerning your eternal destination? Son or daughter of God, washed in the blood of Jesus and about your Father's business, or a member in good standing of the great deception, the church of the devil? How can one tell if they have been deceived and lulled to sleep on the devils lap? First of all in all likeliness you won't because as a good friend once said, "Deceived folks don't know they are deceived!" If you have doubts, then cry out to God for mercy and repent of following after the beast of man-made religion and surrender your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ! The decision you make to either follow Jesus with all of your heart, or follow after the world and man's commercialized system of religion will determine where you spend eternity! The choice is yours!
"Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Matthew 13:43
Tuesday, September 03 2013
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears. Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them. Matthew 13:15
The parable or mystery of the sower has to do with the new birth experience giving example of those who either see the kingdom of God or do not. Today modern Christianity has blurred the lines of salvation so that everyone can come into their churches and join up. Born again, transformed by the power of God, Damascus road experience? Not necessary anymore! Just show up, shut up and write a check and leave the rest to us and it will be a pleasurable experience!
The gospel is the same today as it was when Paul preached it as well as Jesus and the rest of the apostles! It has not lost it's power to save if all the components are left in tact. It cannot be watered down, perverted, distorted, stretched or diminished in order to do what it is designed to do and that is to convict the sinner of his sin and deliver his soul from eternal damnation in Hell! Any other way preached to you is a lie from the pits of Hell and should be thrown out with all the other modern consumer driven nonsense being sold today among a naive bunch of believe anything sheep!
Jesus said that the truth would set you free and the truth is this: Jesus was crucified and suffered a horrific death on a wooden stake and literally bled out to save our souls, heal our diseases and forgive our sins! Should we in return insult the Holy Spirit by making light of what He did for us by watering down His gospel? Hell is full of good intentions, church members and nice moral good upstanding people who proclaim to belong to Christ but in reality never made Him Lord, never took up their cross and never became new creations in Christ! Hard to swallow, yes, hard to believe, yes, truth, definitely so, and the only way of salvation.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert (distort) the gospel of Christ. But even we, or an angel from Heaven (Satan is an angel from Heaven), preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-8
THE THORNS OF LIFE
"And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them." Matthew 13:7
I would have to say that the thorns have taken out more people than any other thing in regards to following the Lord Jesus. The cares and worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches have definitely choked the spiritual life out of literally millions of unsuspecting folks. Even mature believers are brought down by riches and pleasures, being distracted from their relationship with Christ!
Commercialized Christianity has seduced the church into get rich schemes and hyper prosperity for the past fifty years leaving them drained of any spiritual truth. Give a hundred dollars to my ministry and God will pay off your mortgage! Give a Lear Jet, get a Gulf Stream, give a Cadillac, get a Rolls Royce! What nonsense and yet people stream by the millions to hear these charlatans and false prophets bilk them out of millions and millions of dollars. I once met a young lady that went to one of these meetings who vowed to give $1000.00 a day for thirty days and God would open the windows of Heaven. She ended up giving all that she had and was left broke, discouraged and eventually lost her home. May God have mercy on those who follow these wolves in sheep's clothing!
People today are just too busy for God, no time for prayer or meditation on His Word and the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts has become over-run with the thorns, thistles and weeds of this life! With the advent of electronic devises of all kinds people are so distracted that they run into walls and each other, not to mention the rise of automobile accidents caused by texting. The outcome is devastating to the lost as well as the believer because their time is being stolen and their minds filled with the thorns of life!
"Now he who received seed among thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and he becomes unfruitful." Matthew 13:22
"Now he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:23
King David was a man after God's own heart, he had a relationship with Him developed under the stars at night while guarding his father's sheep. Even though he suffered through many trials and tribulations he was always able to strengthen himself in the word and prayer. He always considered the mind of God when faced with battle or the direction he should take, and sought out the counsel of the Most High.
Even when he fell into an affair with Bathsheba and conspired to murder her husband after being confronted by the prophet Nathan, he humbled himself before God and repented of his sins and was restored again into fellowship with God. That is a heart that is pliable, one that has been prepared to plant the seed of the word of God. David was a man like us, human, frail and at times weakened by the temptations of the enemy, but also willing to confess his sin and be honest about the condition of his heart before God!
Good soil is a heart that is sensitive to Holy Spirit's voice, whispering the will and direction of God. A heart that has been plowed and hoed, broken by the very power of the Most High God and turned into soft and workable soil fit for the seed of Heaven!
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9,10