Monday, July 28 2014
"This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:29
To believe is to appropriate what Jesus has already accomplished for us on the cross. In other words, healing, deliverance, prosperity and salvation have already been given to us when Jesus bled in seven specific places to give us a complete salvation. When we pray for healing we don't have to beg or plead because by His stripes we have already been healed!
Appropriate means to take possession of or to take something by force as though with justification. We have been given the power and anointing that Jesus had when He walked the earth to perform healing, deliverance, signs, wonders and miracles because we have power of attorney given to us by the Lord Himself. We as believers in Christ are the expression of Him in us in the world. We are the only Jesus people will see on the planet this side of a divine visitation or supernatural appearance. The church is the "Body of Christ" and as we unite together in fellowship we have all the power available that the Lord Jesus had in His earthly stay, only now He is our Head leading us to do the work as the Spirit wills.
If we could ever realize the supernatural potential we have been given, the world would never be the same, but would see the glory of God in us. Christ in us, the hope of glory is in actuality the living Lord Jesus walking, talking, living, performing miracles in us, His supernatural organism. Science fiction can't hold a candle to this story of a divine entity indwelling a human body and living His life through those who would acknowledge Him as Lord!
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." John 14:12
POWER OF ATTORNEY
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
Power of attorney is a legal instrument authorizing a person to act as an agent of another and in this case the word of God is our instrument of authorization. Jesus gave every disciple the power to heal the sick, cast out demons and perform miracles in His name. We have permission to act according to the wishes, will and word of the living God!
The world is in a pitiful state being totally destroyed before our very eyes by the devil because the church doesn't know who she is anymore and has not taken her God-given authority over the powers of darkness! One of the biggest obstacles any believer has is knowing who he is in Christ, and what authority he really possesses. We have been so fragmented by doctrine and selfish ambition that we have lost our way and we no longer have spiritual eyes to see the "Big Picture!" The body of Christ is hidden away in little sheep pens huddled up around some hireling who thinks he's God's gift to the church as he expounds what he thinks they need on Sunday and what will bring them back next week, all the while they sit in darkness forgetting that they are a "Royal Priesthood" of blood bought saints of the Most High God anointed with His Holy Spirit!
The most powerful entity in the universe sits in deception waiting on the last trumpet to sound and take them home to be with Jesus when in actuality they are to be conquering the spiritual realms of darkness and making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, something that is almost non-existent today in our religious world of un-belief! New believers are not taught to replicate or multiply, they are taught to invite their friends to the next big event and become what most are today, spectators! We don't see many signs or wonders anymore because we don't believe in the One who performs them and we have forgotten that we are truly sons of God born from above and sent to further the kingdom of our Father.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been given to us by God. I Corinthians 2:12
THE BELIEVER'S WORLD VIEW
But the natural (carnal, fleshly, worldly) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14
The believer's world view should be the same as Jesus viewed it, lost and perishing in sin in need of God's saving grace. We have been taught through tradition and doctrine that we are to be apart of the world system of health, wealth and finance trusting in it's provision and not God's. This is deception for a born again believer to trust the world and not in the provision that God supplies to all who would put their trust in Him.
That is the difference between the fleshly man and the spiritual man, the fleshly man does not have eyes to see the things of the Spirit and the spiritual man has had his eyes and his heart opened to the spiritual realm of the kingdom of God. To believe is to trust and to trust is to walk in the promise that God will fulfill His word and give us the answers to our petitions as we pray and believe to receive. When we step out of our boats of unbelief as Peter did when Jesus bid him to walk on water, something totally impossible for man, but totally possible to all who would believe we will begin to see the glory and power of God manifested in the earth as we step out in faith and take God at His word!
God's will for His body is to walk this earth as Jesus did, performing signs, wonders and miracles, testifying of the power of God and making replicas of Jesus. The devil has convinced the modern day church that God doesn't do miracles anymore and that it is foolishness to trust Him for healing when medical science has all the answers to man's ills! Nonsense! Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and His word stands today as it did in former times. The work of God is to trust and believe and as the apostle Paul said, "I fight the good fight of faith!" When you take a stand to believe is when the fight begins and the devil comes to defeat you in your faith, but praise be to God because the victory has already been won!
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Ephesians 1:17-19
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, July 21 2014
"That they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me, and I in you; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." John 17:21
How can the world believe something that is so denominated, splintered, argumentative and undecided about who they are and to Whom they belong? There is a church on every corner saying they have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but by their actions they nullify the word of God by their disunity with one another.
It is no wonder the world laughs and mocks at what we call church and attend faithfully around the world every Sunday, and yet the world is not saved. The reason the world is not saved is because God will not allow disunity and division among His people which brings about mass confusion concerning the gospel message that we are all one in Christ! Would you believe someone who is not sure about what he is telling you, and the message of this life concerning eternity is the most important thing anyone can hear and understand in order to be saved? In our men's fellowship groups the question is always asked, which church should I attend, or which one has the truth and why are there so many different beliefs?
United we stand and divided we fall as the old saying states and yet we totally ignore the fact that we have been separated from one another by tradition, religious ritual, doctrines of demons and downright lies spoken by the devil himself! America says, one nation under God and yet we too are divided by race, politics and religion being dis-unified by what we have been taught to believe. The cults and false religions of the world are more unified than the body of Christ and so they are much more effective in spreading their message than we, because there is strength in numbers. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most powerful entity in the world, endowed with power from on high, and yet divided by doctrine, they have become powerless, hidden away in their little sheep pens, divided from their brothers and sisters by misguided leadership, unaware of their mission in the world.
"And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are One; "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." John 17:22,23
THE CHURCH OF GOD
To the church of God, which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. I Corinthians 1:2
The only distinction made for the church of God was location, not doctrine, nor race, nor religious preference, but saints called to be unified with those who know the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the Jewish brethren had to eventually unite with the Gentile church bringing about unity and harmony despite their tradition and upbringing. The apostle Paul was quick to dispel any division or dis-unity whenever it arose making sure that the body of Christ was not being splintered or fractured in any way which would weaken the church.
Today we have thousands of divisions, denominations and splinter groups saying that they are the church of God. Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Charismatics, Lutheran, Pentecostal, and on and on and on! How does one choose from so broad a spectrum of churches? The answer is: it is impossible! How in the world did we get so dis-unified in the name of Jesus and is there a solution to all of this division and can the true church of God ever return to its original state of peace and harmony in the Spirit? My personal belief is that God will either bring about a catastrophic event that will drive us together, or persecution will arise, or the beginning of the "Great Tribulation" will bring the church back to where it began with a powerful outpouring of God's Spirit.
There will have to be a great purging of selfish ambition and pride to bring down all the little man-made religious kingdoms that flesh has built in order for God to pour out His Spirit and to bring about a pure and holy vessel to contain it. The church described in the book of Acts will once again arise from the ashes of man-centered worship and become the dwelling place of the Most High endowed with power and majesty and glory for all of the world to behold as the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in us!
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, (have a uniform testimony) and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. I Corinthians 1:10
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing-life forevermore. Psalm 133:1-3
The psalm illustrates the effects of unity upon the brethren by the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of corporate anointing that flows down from Heaven on God's holy priesthood. If the body of Christ could shake off the chains of bondage that tradition and doctrine have held them in, they would experience a divine visitation likened to the original outpouring on the disciples at Pentecost! Unity brings forth power, anointing, signs, wonders and multiplication among those who choose to fellowship with their brethren, unified under the banner of the cross of Christ.
From the beginning, Satan learned the secret of division when he separated Adam and Eve from their Creator bringing about the fall of all human-kind. It was only a matter of time before men began to deviate from their original state of unity among brethren and separate over race, religion and creed, all in the name of fleshly lust! When Israel entered Egypt and began to prosper and multiply, the Egyptians began to worry that because of their great numbers they might rise up and defeat them and take over their country. Again, Satan devised a diabolical plan by putting God's people into slavery by dividing them up into small groups to labor in the mud pits of Egypt for over four hundred years. And so it is today, the devil is still holding God's people in bondage by dividing them up into little religious groups, all proclaiming to belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, but denying fellowship with the rest of the body, all in the name of church!
The Lord Jesus Christ chose twelve men to become apostles in His first church of sold out, soon to be blood bought disciples, and He poured out His life into them, teaching by example the principals of His new kingdom. He didn't choose pastors or it never would have multiplied, and He didn't choose prophets or they would have run off all the disciples, He chose twelve pillars to support, intercede and plant His kingdom of Heaven on earth! If one can put a thousand to flight, and two, ten thousand, then twelve can put one hundred trillion of the enemies of God to flight! Do the math! There is strength in men of God interceding for the saints in unity in the Spirit with a single purpose to advance a heavenly kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Unless we go back to the original blueprint of divine design and follow the plan of the Lord Jesus Christ for His spiritual body in the earth, we will continue to replicate a man-centered, event motivated, circus of ritualistic services built for an apathetic bunch of church going, only on Sunday spectators!
The twenty four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will, they exist and were created." Revelation 4:10,11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, July 14 2014
THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF GOD
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. I John 4:7-9
God is love, His nature and character exude love and His total being is made up of pure Agape love. In the context of scripture in regards to the love of God the Greek word used is Agape, meaning to love in a spiritual sense. The term "I love you" in Greek refers to a general affection or deeper sense of true unconditional love rather than just a physical attraction such as Eros love, a passionate love, or Philia love, an affectionate regard or friendship type of love.
In this teaching series we will explore the true meaning and definition of Agape love and how it applies to the believer as well as how God's nature and character is made up of the fruit of love, or in other words the spiritual connotation of the true sense of Agape love. When one becomes a born again Christian a seed is planted within his spirit, the seed of the word of God that will eventually take root, grow and finally sprout the true nature and character of God which is Agape love. The believer is like a spiritual fruit tree that bears spiritual fruit in it's season and as it matures God cultivates within us His own character and nature that manifests within us His love to a lost and dying, sin-sick world in need of a Savior!
God has planted men as trees throughout the earth to produce good fruit and display His very nature to the world as a loving God who gave up His Son for them. We are created in the image and likeness of the Most High and even in our natural body we display certain God given attributes before we are born again. Once we believe in the Lord Jesus and become sons and daughters of God we begin to take on His likeness as well as His divine nature and character. Just as human beings look like their parents as they grow up, so also do spiritual children begin to take on the image of their Father.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:7,8
THE FRUIT OF LOVE
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, (a long and patient endurance) kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22,23
Love has it's own list of attributes that mirror the divine nature of God, some to be sure can be counterfeited and some are just natural characteristics that people have within their nature, but as the born again spiritual man begins to grow and mature the fruit he displays will be observed to be the nature and character of His heavenly Father.
Jesus is the image of God in the flesh, sent not only to save the world from sin but to give the world a glimpse of what our heavenly Father looks and acts like. We in turn are reborn into the image of Jesus growing up into Him to become sons and daughters of God. As Jesus had all the fruit of the Holy Spirit within His nature, so we too begin to develop through the process of trials and tests ultimately conforming us to His image. A silversmith was once asked the question, "When you heat the silver to purify it, how do you know when it is ready?" The silversmith responded, "When I can see my image in it!"
So it is with us, God purifies us with the fires of trial and as we grow up and pass through these tests of life we begin to bear fruit through the process of pruning that our heavenly Father patiently does to each one of His children. When fruit trees undergo the process of pruning they bear more fruit because that which is dead is cut off enabling them to receive more nourishment from the root system, and that is what is done to us as we grow and mature, God prunes those things in our lives that hinder us from bearing fruit for Him.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. "Every branch that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:1,2
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1
Being a drummer I understand the meaning of sounding brass and clanging cymbals. Have you ever heard a child beating on a cymbal or someone who doesn't know how to play the drums banging on them, the sound is horrible and immediately you know that they do not know how to play! So it is in the realm of the Spirit, many prophesy, speak in tongues, understand mysteries but they have never allowed the fiery trials to touch their lives to purify them.
No one can bear fruit of his own unless God orchestrates the process of purification in his life by trials and tests, for instance when you undergo a trial in your life, maybe a financial loss, or a sickness or maybe a broken relationship, a divorce, nonetheless these trials produce in us patience, longsuffering, hope, peace and the outcome is joy. That is how God purifies His children, through the natural experiences of life, even Jesus learned obedience by those things He suffered and the apostle Paul learned humility because of a thorn in his flesh. This separates the wheat from the chaff, the sons of God and the sons of the devil, the sheep and the goats, because they either allowed God to purify them, or they didn't, and the outcome was the broad road to destruction that leads to being cut off and thrown into the fire!
Are you bearing fruit for God or are you cultivating the nature and character of the devil by the works of the flesh? If you are truly a child of the Most High you will experience His loving hands molding you and conforming you into His glorious image. If you have rejected His purification process He will reject you from being a fruit bearing spiritual tree in His kingdom. The choice is yours if you have made a commitment to follow Him, He will always lead you to the cross to be crucified to the deeds of the flesh and the things of the world.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; (arrogant) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:3-8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, July 07 2014
I WAS A STRANGER
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in." Matthew 25: 35
Within these powerful scriptures in Matthew Jesus is speaking of the inherited Divine nature and character of sheep and the lack of concern from the goats as He separated them, the sheep to inherit the kingdom, and the goats to be cast into everlasting punishment. The sheep and goats were not separated by what they did or what they didn't do, they were separated by who they belonged to, the sheep belonging to Jesus, and the goats belonging to the devil.
In light of the recent exodus at the border in which 50-80,000 people have attempted to cross from Mexico into Texas, the Lord began to speak to me as He has in the past about our attitude as Christians toward this event. Many of the "illegals" are children or mothers with infants coming from Central America and Mexico to cross over and contrary to popular belief a large percentage have been involved as victims of human trafficking and prostitution, much of it controlled by the drug cartels. I would remind those of you who read this message that if you claim to be a born again blood bought believer in Christ then your primary citizenship is in Heaven, not in the United States. I will also remind you that all of our ancestors were illegal aliens when they came to America and if you remember who was guarding the borders then from 1492 on, it was the Native Americans who we ended up slaughtering, or confined them to reservations (Prison Camps), all in the name of truth, justice and the American way!
It doesn't matter what the media says or what the world thinks about this situation, what matters is what God thinks and how we as believers should be involved in helping these strangers who are being dumped on the doorstep of America. Remember what God said, "However you want to be treated, so treat others." That is the "Golden Rule," the true nature of the heart of God for His people and a command of Christ, to love one another just as He first loved us. Judgment will be merciless to the ones who have shown no mercy!
'Thus says the Lord, "Execute justice and righteousness, and deliver the plundered (to wrongfully pillage) out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, (orphans) or the widow, nor shed innocent blood (The murdered souls of 50 million innocent babies) in this place." Jeremiah 22:3
THE SIN OF SODOM
"Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49
Many have said that if God doesn't judge America for it's sins that He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, but can I just tell you, God is judging America! Like a frog in a pan of water on the stove being turned up slowly to a boil, the frog doesn't realize what is happening to him until it is too late! So it is with America, we have suffered one catastrophic event after another, financial disasters, terrorist attacks, wars in the middle East, not to mention super storms, earthquakes, sink holes, wild fires, cancer, Barack Obama and numerous other disasters that have wreaked havoc across the country.
Sodom, like America was arrogant, had an abundance of food and lots of idle time on their hands and had absolutely no concern for the poor and needy. Because we have allowed the slaughter of over 50 million unborn innocent children can we expect God to just look away? Remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and they weren't anywhere close to being as abominable as we have been. We have become the spoiled brat children of the world, whining every time the stock market loses a point or two, or oil prices go up a few cents and we bitch and moan because our gigantic SUV'S cost an arm and a leg to operate compared to the rest of the world who are forced to live on a budget.
God gave His people Israel instruction and commands about the poor and needy as well as strangers, aliens and foreigners and He expected them to be treated fairly and with respect and they were to also have these uninvited guests obey the law of the land as I believe illegal aliens should also have to do in this country, the problem being, no one has been able to set a plan of entrance and give people a chance to enter this country and gain their citizenship legally. The problem is far more complicated than just putting up a fence, but because of a broken government, a corrupt bureaucracy, a mountain of red tape and blame shifting, the problem will never be resolved. Another question, could this also be judgment by allowing thousands of illegals to eat up America's wealth because we have murdered millions of God's innocent children? You be the judge!
"You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. "You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. "If you afflict them in any way , and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless." Exodus 22:21,24
THE LEAST OF THESE
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me." Matthew 25:45
God's kingdom doesn't operate according to the basic principals of the world, in fact they are diametrically opposed to one another. We as servants of the Most High are to act and reach out to the least of these in the world with the same mercy and forgiveness that Jesus had for us. We are compelled by the Holy Spirit to give to the poor and needy, illegal or not in order to be sons and daughters of a loving and merciful God.
Jesus warned that in the last days that many people's love would grow cold and I believe we are in the midst of what the Bible calls the "Great Falling Away," not from attending church, but a falling away from walking in faith believing God and reaching out to a lost and dying world who absolutely don't have a clue what is happening to them! People around the globe are in dire need of the basic necessities of life and yet the American church spends it's money on buildings of wood, metal and stone while neglecting the poor of this world. Being in ministry and walking in faith for over thirty years has made me aware that doing the work of God is in most cases not supported by the American church because they have closed their hearts to the needs of the poor and encapsulated themselves in their sheep pens of event motivated, consumer driven, Sunday morning only services, while like an ostrich sticking their heads in the sand, blinded and deaf to the cries of the needy outside their double doors!
The great separation is already happening as the sheep of His pasture are being separated from the goats who belong to their father the devil. The sons of God are being revealed as the tares, sons of the devil and are being exposed to the world because they did not receive the love of the truth in order to be saved and escape damnation. May God have mercy on those who have shown no mercy, those who rejected the love of the Father becoming hard and cold to the needs of the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, those in prison, the sick, and the stranger. Salvation is a free gift but will ultimately cost you everything to follow Jesus, who suffered on the cross and died for a sin sick world in need of eternal life! I suggest you take a hard look at where you are with God and if you find yourself a goat, repent of your selfish life and surrender to the will of the Good Shepherd in order to enter His glorious kingdom. May God have mercy on your soul!
"And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:46
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin