Friday, May 22 2015
"This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Luke 22:19
Memorial Day began after the civil war to remember those who died in battle and to decorate their graves. Originally it was called Decoration Day but was later changed in the twentieth century to Memorial Day, a day to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. From the time of its inception thousands of brave young men and women have given up their lives to insure our freedom and to protect our civil liberties, but only One died to set us free forever from sin and eternal damnation and we need to remember what He did for us as well.
War is Hell as any will tell you who have been there and America has had her fair share of battles fought here and abroad, but now we have a new enemy rising up out of the earth, an enemy that has been released from the pits of Hell by God Himself as judgment on a people who have rejected and forgotten the redemptive act of mercy that Jesus suffered on the cross. Although new to some who have never seen the powers of darkness manifested in human form, ISIS is an example of demonic possession of a human being, the same people that God sent against Israel for their rebellion against Him. This enemy has been around since the beginning but as we approach the end of time their destructive activities will greatly increase around the world.
Sin has blossomed into a rod of wickedness around the globe and in America as we gravitate toward evil, forgetting our only source of deliverance and throwing caution to the wind. The modern day mantra being: "If it feels good do it!" No rules just right, God is dead and no one is going to tell us what to do as the liberal mindset says, denying even the existence of the Most High. Abortion, same sex marriage, the Gay agenda and the sexual revolution are all out of the closet because there is no fear of God in the land because the church of Jesus Christ has entered the time of the apostasy, the great falling away from the faith!
Look at the nation of Israel, God's chosen people and take notice of what has happened to them in the last two thousand years since they rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and had Him crucified. Scattered throughout the earth, persecuted and tortured, six million put to death in the gas chambers of the Nazis death camps, hated throughout the earth because they rebelled against God and didn't recognize the time of their visitation. This tiny country has endured much and even now the pagan nations that God warned them about, because they refused to run them out of their land is becoming what He said they would be: pricks in their eyes and thorns in their sides!
In the midst of the beginning of the summer madness, drunken BBQ's and picnics at the park I would ask that you take a minute to think about the world situation and the state of this nation and remember those who died for you and the One who died for us all, to give us eternal life, peace and the prosperity that following Jesus offers! May God bless you!
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amis, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (hostility) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:1-4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Friday, May 15 2015
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (going to Hell) whose minds the god of this age (Satan) has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only source available to mankind to make a way for him to inherit salvation, without which he will perish in eternal damnation, being tormented and judged forever for his sins. For those who are perishing they are kept in the dark by a veil that covers their spiritual eyes so that they cannot believe and be saved.
I personally believe everyone is given a chance to hear the message of eternal life, whether preached or read, or shared by someone of faith, but very few receive the truth that is able to set them free from the bondage of sin and eternal death. The main reason today is attention span, (It has been calculated that our attention span is 8 seconds, a goldfish is 9) the ability to hold ones attention for more than a few seconds because of their hand held devices. Demonic distraction is keeping millions entertained by their addictions to social media, TV, or video games preventing the light of the gospel from piercing their heart with truth!
No time for God, no time to build solid relationships, no time to study, meditate or pray, with too many things to capture our attention, blinding us to that which is able to save our souls from destruction. Time is running out for the unbeliever because the only ones who have the truth are also distracted, so that no one hears the gospel of their salvation, sending millions to Hell!
While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:18
OUR ETERNAL HOME
For we know that if our earthly house (dwelling) this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from Heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. II Corinthians 5:1,2
In these last days as we approach eternity, many are only concerned with storing up for retirement, having led good moral upstanding lives, they await a few short years of peaceful rest and relaxation having taken no provision for their eternal home. The only thing we will take off of this planet are our eternal souls and what we did, or didn't do in regards to eternal life.
Even in the body of Christ there has been a complacent cloud of delusion settle in, ignoring the signs of the times, they are only concerned with their own selfish lives, striving to keep up appearances and acting just like the world they were called out of. Like the proverbial frog in the pan they are desensitized in regards to those catastrophic events happening all around them and are lulled to sleep by their pillow prophets, prosperity preachers, self help gurus and false shepherds, come to fleece the sheep!
There is a day of reckoning coming in which we will all be judged for what we did in the kingdom of our Father, but many who thought they were safe in the harbor of their little sheepfolds will actually be found naked, stripped of any recognizable spiritual life.
For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. II Corinthians 5:4
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. II Corinthians 5:10,11
Those of us who will stand before the judgment seat of the King of all kings will render an account for what we have done in regards to the "Talents" that we have received in the body of Christ. Many of the things we have done will not stand the test of time and will burn away before our eyes, being done in the flesh and not by the leading of the Spirit.
As I approach seventy years of age I feel a drawing towards the end and a reality that this life is coming to a close with the promise of eternal life just ahead at the end of the tunnel. I have deep regret for many of the things I have done in the Lord for the past thirty five years, and I know that I will have a bonfire of works that will ultimately go up in smoke. Even with the regret, I have an expectation of joy knowing that I will stand before a righteous Judge who has washed away my sins with His own precious blood and whatever the outcome, it is well!
For many who have felt secure because they joined a church, were baptized, took communion or are just relying on the fact that they led a good moral upstanding life, but were never "Born again" and never repented of their sins will have a very rude awakening. This is a time to take a hard look at the reality of your spiritual life and to come to the conclusion that you are either born again, washed in the Savior's blood or diving headlong into a Christ-less eternity to be tormented forever in the Lake of Fire!
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ appears then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Thursday, May 07 2015
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." John 2:1-3
The wedding at Cana was just a typical Jewish celebration uniting two people in holy matrimony, but the significance of what was actually taking place in the Spirit changed the entire religious system forever! For eons, ever since Moses was entrusted with the commandments of God, a religion of works was established with animal sacrifices and a high priest to mediate for the people.
This story is not just about the miracle of turning water into wine, it is a chronicle of a new and living wine- skin about to contain the new wine of a new era, in which a dead and lifeless religion is done away with, and a new and living way is established by the sacrifice of its High Priest and the salvation of all of mankind to inherit by faith and not by the works of the flesh. Jesus started the transition by the miracle of the new birth, by taking the water of purification contained in six stone water pots, and turning it into the new wine, symbolic of His blood to be received by faith. The water pots of purification represented man's attempt to cleanse himself of sin by the works of the flesh and by changing the water into wine it represented our cleansing of sin by a perfect sacrifice, rendered once by the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The wedding ceremony is symbolic of our invitation by the Holy Spirit to become the very bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, the "Bridegroom," Husband and Father of the new and living way. A new paradigm was established when Jesus appeared on the scene to become the Lamb of God, a perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of man once and for all. The High Priest had appeared to destroy an old dusty wineskin, filled with the traditions, rituals, laws, ordinances and animal sacrifices of a dead religion, based on works and not by faith.
"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more." In that He says, "A new covenant." He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:12,13
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." Mark 2:22
New wine is wine that has not yet been fermented and when put into a wineskin, the fermentation process begins a chemical reaction that expands the wineskin and if it is old and dry it will burst and spill the wine, not being able to contain it. At the wedding at Cana a "New Wine" was introduced that would not be able to be contained in a dry and cracked religion of ritual and dead works!
Jesus is the very essence of the new wine being poured out into a new wineskin that would be able to contain the supernatural expansion in the Spirit that was about to take place and would change the world forever. When the wine that Jesus had transformed from water was given to the master of the feast, he marveled that someone would save the best wine for last, thus the beginning of a new way was about to begin. Everything the Jews knew to be their old religion was going to be nailed to a cross and completely transformed into a supernatural work that only the Holy Spirit could perform.
Even today our modern way of doing "Church" is outdated, dead and lifeless as we have resurrected the old priesthood, complete with temple, priest and ritual and put God into our own little wineskin of good intentions that cannot hold the majesty and greatness of a Holy God who is ever changing and expanding! In these last days a powerful outpouring will again change and destroy our ritualistic way of attempting to worship the Most High, and replace it with the power, presence and glory of God!
"But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved." And no one having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.' Luke 5:38,39
HIGH PRIEST OF THE NEW WINE
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. Hebrews 9:11
The first miracle at the wedding at Cana began the formation of the New Testament people, no longer in bondage to a dead religion of works, set free to be led by the Spirit they were about to change the landscape of religion forever! With the advent of the "New Birth," born again believers became the temple in which the Spirit of the living God would dwell.
The High Priest, Jesus, Son of the living God would now mediate for a supernatural race of worshipers, a royal priesthood called forth from darkness to become ambassadors to a lost and dying world estranged from God by sin and iniquity. This new breed was given power and authority to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons in the name of their Lord and the world was turned upside down by their presence in the earth as they presented a new way to inherit eternal life, by the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Sadly, over eons the devil began to lead man back under the bondage of religion and ritual, resurrecting the old priesthood, by establishing a man to once again mediate for a people lulled to sleep by doctrines of demons slowly injected into their souls. With thoughts of a wedding to a heavenly Bridegroom long since forgotten and the power and authority of a people called of God lost, the new way became a history lesson taught in Sunday school. So, as you trudge off to another dead service of man-made tradition and ritual will you continue to keep God in His nice clean little box, or will you escape the darkness and become the people God has called you to be?
But 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
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin