Monday, December 22 2014
"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
Jesus had trained His fledgling body for three and a half years, teaching them the principals of kingdom power to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise even the dead! Upon His death, burial and resurrection He told them to wait for the Promise to be poured out from Heaven to give them the same supernatural power that He had. This story in Acts is not a history lesson in church antiquity, but a model for us all to follow as believers in the kingdom of God!
The first Pentecostal church of the Lord Jesus Christ was about to be empowered with the Holy Spirit as they waited upon His presence to fall upon them. The divine design of the church should be: saved by grace through faith, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, trained, equipped and sent into the harvest! Today we occupy a building, fill it with chairs, put a sign in the yard and hope someone shows up, but that is not the will of God for His people. We as believers in Christ are to be exact representations of Him in the earth but our mission and vision has been clouded by false teaching, tradition and doctrines of demons!
The divine plan is to reap a harvest of souls, disciple them, send them out, and then do it all over again. That is the instruction Jesus gave His twelve and they multiplied into one hundred and twenty men and women of God on fire for the building of the Kingdom of God. Jesus didn't rent a building, (or build one either) He didn't have a choir or worship team, no pews, chairs, overhead projectors, power point presentations, drama, sound systems, programs, Sunday school, elders, deacons or even a church secretary, oh, maybe one, Judas! Do you see my point, we aren't even close to what the Son of the Living God had in mind for His church!
When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:11,2
BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:3,4
The engine was fueled, the power was turned on as one hundred twenty followers of Jesus were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The fire of God had fallen, something the modern day church knows absolutely nothing about any more because we're too smart and sophisticated to be babbling in some unknown language, why, what would people think if we had tongues of fire on our heads?
That's the problem, we have become too big for our britches when it comes to doing church, something this first sold out bunch of believers knew nothing about, they didn't even have Bibles and most were illiterate, but they had just received power from on high. They had given all to follow Jesus and now they had the same Spirit as He dwelling inside them, imagine one hundred and twenty people who looked like and acted like the Lord Jesus Christ, the power would be flowing like a river and it was about to explode on the streets of Jerusalem!
The first church was speaking in tongues, filled with the Holy Spirit and they were already about to experience their first miracle of multiplication when people on the streets heard them speaking in their own language, being from other lands, they were amazed. Peter, moved by the Holy Spirit began to preach the gospel of the Kingdom and the Spirit was moving mightily as thousands listened and were about to be swept into the Kingdom of God!
'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy.' Acts 2:17
"Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38
The apostle Peter proclaimed the gospel of Christ and it cut to the heart according to the Word in Acts as people were brought under heavy conviction of their sins. In anguish of soul the people cried out and said, "What shall we do?" Peter didn't lead them in a prayer nor did he say, "Every head bowed and every eye closed." Peter said what Jesus said and that was for them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The gospel of the Kingdom of God is simple, direct and to the point that if one is truly convicted of their sin and is willing to forsake their sin, confess it and turn away from it or in other words, repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ he will be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. Today's lukewarm attempt at preaching the gospel only asks people to pray a little prayer and "Poof" they become a Christian, something found no where in scripture and has led millions to Hell!
We have forsaken the Lord Jesus Christ and lied to people for the sake of not offending or running off any "Big tithers" in order to fill our buildings and pay our enormous overheads and Pastor salaries, something else never mentioned in the New Testament scripture. I'm sorry, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is offensive to the sinner and the good news is this: if he repents he wont go to a place of everlasting torment and suffering, being damned to Hell! The cross that Jesus was crucified on was a cruel instrument of death that killed all who were nailed to it. It is one of the most offensive things mentioned in scripture and because of what the Son of God did on it gives us the right to choose to repent and become sons and daughters of the King!
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverted (crooked) generation." Then those who received his word were baptized; and three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:40,41
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, December 15 2014
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:9
The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth through the pure vessel of a virgin to establish a supernatural divine kingdom, not of this world, to be inhabited by a royal priesthood of blood washed saints of the Most High God. By His substitutionary death, burial and subsequent resurrection He did away with the temple rituals, animal sacrifices, the old priesthood and the law of Moses was fulfilled in Him.
There was no longer any need for man to come to a priest or any other mediator to be able to come before the very throne of God. Through the blood shed by our King, He gives us the choice to become sons and daughters of God to rule in His stead having authority over all things as He makes intersession for us. The powers of darkness, sickness, infirmity and disease have all been placed under our feet, defeated by the finished works of Calvary giving us power of attorney to use the mighty name of the King of all kings, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus did away with the old and brought about a new way for man to come before God through His own blood. Those who choose to follow the Lord Jesus as His disciples have to die to this world and the lusts of it, giving their lives up for Him who gave His life for us! Jesus left us a blueprint of what His church would look like according to the leading of His Spirit and not according to the whims of men who would do violence to His divine design. What we have today in the modern Western world is only a cheap imitation resurrected from the old priesthood by the devil himself through the manipulation of fleshly men and the traditions of their forefathers.
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth." I Peter 2:21
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH
"Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." Matthew 16:23
Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was and several gave answers, but Peter had a revelation from God that He was the anointed One sent from God Himself. Jesus was astounded at his answer and proceeded to give him the keys of the kingdom and said that upon the rock of divine revelation that Peter received He would build His church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.
If you have heard any truth from these messages, then listen now to what I am about to say about God's kingdom and how Satan has defiled it. Peter had just received a revelation from God, given the keys of the kingdom, told that the church would be built upon divine revelation, and then He told them about what was to happen to Him with His death, burial and resurrection, the most important event in the history of the world that would set men free! After all this, Peter took Him aside and began rebuking the King of God's kingdom by telling Him that this shall not happen!
Jesus looked right into the eyes of one of the greatest disciples to ever follow Him and rebuked the devil in him, saying that he was not mindful of the things of God! Do you see how someone can be turned upside down by your enemy, the devil, who has attacked this divine plan from day one? This is why we have today something that does not resemble anything that Jesus said His church or kingdom would look like, but instead is a dead and lifeless imitation of spectators whose whole spiritual life revolves around attending a ritualistic service once a week, but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Who is left among you who saw this temple (house) in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is it not in your eyes as nothing? Haggai 2:3
THE GLORY OF THE LAST TEMPLE
The glory of this latter temple (house) shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:9
Jesus never tells anyone to build His church in the New Testament, He said for us to make disciples and He would build His church. This latter house Haggai spoke of is a temple in these last days built of living stones, disciples of the Lord Jesus who come together to fellowship and operate in the gifts of the Spirit in order to edify the entire body to exhort them to continue to multiply by the divine example given by the Lord Himself!
This demonically inspired mess we have today is nothing more than a religious business on every corner, competing with one another and run by deceived people who have no divine revelation or spiritual discernment whatsoever! The congregations are kept in the dark and lulled to sleep by smooth talking false prophets and shepherds who inwardly are wolves in sheep's clothing, fleecing the sheep and padding their pockets by telling "their people" they are cursed if they don't give to them. You tell me! Does this resemble anything you have seen Jesus do or say to His disciples in the New Testament? Does this modern day church act like, or resemble Jesus in any way, other than attending something on Sunday and calling it church?
Does "your" church (I thought it was His) cast out demons, heal the sick, preach the true gospel of the kingdom to the poor, raise the dead, or perform miracles, signs and wonders, or do they only talk about being rich and successful in this life? If your answer is the latter, you are in a place where the Spirit of God is not! There is a big difference in something that produces an emotional response rather than the true anointing and presence of a holy God! For thirty five years I have experienced the power of God in my own life because I trusted Him and went out from those who didn't believe and simply obeyed the gospel of the kingdom. Am I perfect, no, not by any means, have I made mistakes, yes, that is an understatement, have I been truthful about today's organized church? You be the judge!
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, (a cruel instrument of death) and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, December 08 2014
Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10
There is much talk about the Kingdom of God, but I am afraid there is not much understanding of what or where it really is. In this four part series I will attempt to give an overview of the realm of God's kingdom, a monarchy that stretches across the universe through many multifaceted dimensions and even dwells within the heart of man. If you are reading this message you will want to subscribe to my daily devotional messages as well in which I am giving much detail on "Supernatural Living" that corresponds to these messages on the kingdom.
To begin with, the Kingdom of God is virtually everywhere because God's Spirit is everywhere and His domain consists of His presence residing around the globe, penetrating the darkness and searching for a heart that will surrender to His will and allow Him to dwell within their very being. The kingdom is of a supernatural nature where only those who walk in the Spirit can see or enter unless they are born again and washed with the blood of their King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
A story to rival even the greatest of science fiction novels, the Kingdom of God and it's King, Jesus have been in existence before the foundation of the world was ever laid. The original plan was to create a paradise on earth and to put a human being and his mate there to cultivate it and to live in the presence of God. Heaven had come to earth and the Spirit of God hovered over it, invading the atmosphere with His presence. The garden of Eden was perfect, a beautiful place where there was no evil, no sickness, no pestilence and no sin. The presence of God so permeated the atmosphere in such a way that Adam and his wife Eve wore no clothes because the glory of God covered them.
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Genesis 2:4
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die." Genesis 2:15-17
It is important to note that God has had His plans to set up a kingdom on earth in which His Spirit would lead a race of supernatural sons and daughters to rule the darkness and subdue the forces of Satan since the beginning, but as you will see, the plans have been sidetracked many times by the enemy of all good, Lucifer, arch angel of destruction.
Throughout biblical history Satan has thwarted the plan of God by seducing and deceiving man thereby defeating the planting of the heavenly kingdom from being established upon the earth. The Old Testament holds many stories of victory and defeat concerning the divine plan of His supernatural kingdom on earth. In spite of the many attempts at destroying the kingdom, God has always had a remnant of men and women sold out to the vision of a divine realm in which there would be the rule of a King unlike any the world had ever seen!
Satan's first attempt was successful in seducing the first family and destroying the paradise of God only to postpone the divine design well into the future until Abraham appeared, the father of many nations and God promised him a son, Issac and from their loins came a new race of the people of God who would eventually be called Israel the Jewish nation of the Most High. With the disobedience caused by Adam, sin entered the world bringing with it a generational curse that would ultimately destroy millions of lives giving way to the need for a remedy for mankind to be free from its grasp, a sacrifice was needed to stand in man's place giving him a way to cleanse himself of sins, transgressions and iniquity and a life was to be taken and with it, blood was spilled to make atonement for all of mankind.
Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever." Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. Genesis 3:22,23
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11,12
Blood has always been the only agent that would cleanse the sins of man because the life of the sacrifice was in it and so animal sacrifices were first initiated to give God's people a way of escape from the bondage and judgment of sin by being cleansed with blood. With the advent of the birth of a new King, the Lord Jesus Christ we have come into a new and living way in which the Savior stood in our place to whom judgment was due.
In the old covenant the High Priest would enter the holy of hollies once a year to sprinkle the blood of an animal sacrifice seven times on the mercy seat for the atonement of the people's sins, but now we have a High Priest who died once for the sins of all mankind taking upon Himself the judgment that mankind deserved to suffer on the cross. The Lord Jesus Christ bled in seven specific places to give us a complete deliverance from sin, sickness and eternal death in which those who surrender their lives, repent of their sins and by faith submit to the leading of God's Spirit, will in fact enter into the blood covenant of the Most High God!
When Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, the old priesthood, temple, animal sacrifices and ritual were all done away with and the law was fulfilled giving way to a new covenant with better promises and a new kingdom established in the hearts of man. The temple was no longer a place to go because the new temple was constructed of living stones, scorched by the trials of life and bathed in the blood of the Lamb of God. Man was now the dwelling place of God's Holy Spirit and he was delivered from the bonds of sin and the generational curse of his forefathers becoming a royal priesthood in the kingdom of God's own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
And for this reason He is the mediator of as new covenant by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, December 01 2014
So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." Then the tax collectors also came to be baptized, and he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you." Likewise the soldiers asked him what they should do and he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with what you have." Luke 3:10-14
John was baptizing those who came to repent of their sins and follow Jesus who was to come, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Repentance involves change in ones life and as John was explaining to those who asked him what they should do, he told them to stop what they had been doing and from that point on, repent!
The Western church has replaced repentance with confession and so they confess but still continue in their sin. In II Chronicles 7:14 God is telling Solomon what He expects His people to do in order to receive healing and deliverance from that which has come upon them. As you have seen in my previous messages as well as on the nightly news, all the things God sent on His people in Solomon's day are coming on America now! In fact I would say we are experiencing even greater judgment than God's people saw in Old Testament times. Super storms, drug addiction, murder, violence, school shootings, corruption, abortion, perversion, illegal aliens and from 911 on, terror and now Ebola.
America's financial situation is grim to say the least, she is stretched out in the middle east at war with an enemy who has now crossed her borders. The infrastructure from coast to coast is deteriorating at a pace where it is impossible to repair before more people are killed, including bridges, roads and pipelines eroding at a rapid rate, some more than a hundred years old. The locust is upon us as well as pestilence and there is a drought which may be the worst we have ever experienced where the ground water has been depleted because we have not had enough rain and now the ground is beginning to collapse because of the void caused by using up the water.
"When I shut up Heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people." II Chronicles 7:13
REPENT OR BE DESTROYED
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14
True humility involves being honest about our spiritual condition and the sins we have willfully committed against God and man. Without the conviction of the Holy Spirit that brings about godly sorrow, anything we would attempt to do to appease God would just be another dead religious ritual. We have sinned against the Most High and have allowed the lost generations of this country to further grieve Him because we have not rebuked the wicked for the murder of fifty million unborn innocent children. We have done violence to His gospel by polluting the truth that is able to set men free for the sake of dishonest gain.
We have allowed the homosexual agenda to flourish and change our laws so that they can further defile the land with same sex marriage as well as allowing Islam and other false religions to take over the land with their vile poison they are now spreading to our youth. We have expelled God from our government, our schools and I am afraid from many of our churches where you would do well to even hear the name of Jesus mentioned, much less His gospel that has the power to save men's souls! We have abandoned our children and not preached the gospel to them nor have we trained men to become disciples of Christ, instead making spectators who in most cases are lost and lulled to sleep by false shepherds and prophets for the sake of picking their pockets!
So, can we admit as the American church that we have failed miserably and stumbled before the lost and not obeyed the voice of our heavenly Father to love Him with all of our heart and to love everyone else as much as we love ourselves? Can we humble ourselves and repent of this foolishness that we have allowed this mis-guided bunch of false preachers, prophets, pastors, apostles, Bishops, First Ladies, TV evangelists and every other thief that wants to get rich by deceiving God's chosen people? What would Jesus do? I hate to think what He would do today in our comfortable little sheep pens of prosperity, but I know what He did to His own "Money changers" He scourged them with a whip and ran them out of the temple as we should do with the current bunch of crowd pleasing wolves.
The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days (Now) you will understand it perfectly. "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran, I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. If they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings." Jeremiah 23:20-22
PRAY AND SEEK HIS FACE
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
In July of 1741 Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon called "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" in which the fear of the Lord came upon people in such a powerful manner that many were crying out for mercy, grasping the supports of the building lest they slipped into Hell! The word of God pierced their conscience allowing them to see the danger that they were in caused by their rebellious actions toward God as they saw that He was the only One keeping them from the slippery path they were on!
There is no fear of God in this land, only a mixture of patriotism mixed with a spirit of religion that has poisoned the church of Jesus Christ! America is a god-less nation of selfish children, devoid of the truth that is able to set them free, slipping into the fires of Hell by the thousands because there was no gospel preached to warn them of their sin and the danger their soul was in. God's mercy is the only thing holding this country back from complete annihilation, but as Sodom and Gomorrah were, so our time is at hand and the patience of the Lord is beginning to wane.
Years ago I watched a news program showing a Jewish wedding reception on the second floor of a building. Everyone was singing and dancing having a wonderful time, but all of a sudden without notice as they showed the bride and groom dancing, the floor collapsed sending the wedding party crashing to the ground below, leaving many injured and several lay dead, never aware of the danger they were in. So it is with God's people, celebrating their life and prosperity, singing and dancing, totally unaware and ignorant of the eternal danger their souls are in, which at any minute could send them slipping into Hell forever!
Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honorable men (leaders) are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Hell has enlarged itself, and opened its mouth without measure; their glory and their multitude and their pomp, (brilliant display of splendor) and he who is jubilant shall descend into it. People shall be brought down, each man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled. But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness. Isaiah 5:13-16
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin