make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins…. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.”
By Pastor Rory Synoground Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Matt 1:18)
Joseph and Mary were honored by God to have the awesome privilege of bringing Jesus into this world, and raising him up to know God as His Father. God was able to choose them because of their faithfulness. They both had hearts that were sensitive to God and His Word. They both honored God by honoring His Word.
When Joseph received the command to marry her and call the child Jesus, He instantly believed God, and honored Him through his obedience as well.
“Faithfulness in honoring God always makes room for the Blessing of God to be at work in your life.”
In Luke 1:34-38 we read;. “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Mary asked the angel; "How can I give birth seeing I have not known any man?" And the angel answered and said unto her, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”...And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." When Mary received the call to bare Jesus, she instantly submitted to the Word of God and obeyed. In Matthew 1:19-25 we read. “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to
The supernatural, miraculous, breakthrough birth of Jesus happened because of two hearts that honored God and His Word above all else. In 1 Samuel 3:20 we read, “...for them that honour me I will honour…” God honors faithfulness. Joseph and Mary honored God, and as a result God was able to honor them.
Their faith and obedience continued to move the very hand of God. God moved on a group of wise men to travel thousands of miles to find Jesus. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him, and gave Him gifts (Matt 2:11). The gifts that the wise men gave Jesus were gold, a very expensive perfume, and medicine. Up until this point, Joseph was not a rich man. He was not poor either. You can understand their financial status by observing the offering they gave on the day they dedicated Jesus. They gave a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons (Luke 2:24). According to Levitical Law, when a male child is born, after seven days, you are required to bring a sacrifice as an offering to the temple on the eighth day. The law states that you were to continued…
RECEIVE HIS HONOR continued bring a lamb, but if you could not afford a lamb, then two birds would be accepted. When God brought the gold, frankincense and myrrh, it was His honor and divine provision operating in their lives. What do you think Joseph did with that gold? Do you think that he just spent it on frivolous things and wasted it like an unfaithful steward that is described in Matt 25:14-30? Joseph was a faithful man. He honored God with his resources. He demonstrated this through his faith in God's Word and through his giving. (Luke 2:24). Because he faithfully honored God, the blessing of the Lord made them rich, and He added to sorrow or toil with it. (Prov 10:22) When God supernaturally provided the gold, frankincense and myrrh that was His honor at work in their lives as well. That wealth was not wasted but provided a strong financial foundation in the years to come for this family.
His Spirit of adoption creates in you a new being, liberating you from the bondage of sin and death, and raising you up by the Father Himself. You become a new child, son, or daughter of God. Honor God this Christmas. Receive the gift of Jesus, the Word, and begin your new life of freedom, blessing and honor. Just like He sent the wise men to Joseph and Mary to provide for them, God will be your supernatural provision. Just as He protected Joseph and Mary, God will direct your steps and deliver you from evil as well. God loves you. He is with you, and will never abandon you. Even if it looks like you are in a stable barn financially, an outcast socially, or in a prison of sickness, God is able to do the impossible in your life as you honor Him, and His Word. Honor God by putting your faith in Jesus, His Word, and Receive His Honor this Christmas.
As soon as the wise men left, God told Joseph through a dream to escape into Egypt because Herod was seeking to kill Jesus. They now had the means to do this. Faithfulness in honoring God always makes room for the Blessing of God to be at work in your life. Not only were their needs met financially and physically, but now we see God's protection delivering them from evil as well. The same honor and blessing that was at work in Joseph and Mary will happen with you, when you honor God by accepting Jesus Christ, the Word of God, as your Lord and Savior. According to 1 Peter 1:23 you are born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible seed, by the Word of God which lives and abides forever. When you accept the Word of the Lord in your heart, and act on that Word, the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and the power of the Highest overshadows you, and conceives in you a new creation. A miracle takes place.
PRAYER & HEALING MINISTRY TESTIMONY MY TWO HEALINGS By JUDY OSMUNDSON
A couple of years ago I heard about the RSMI Prayer & Healing Ministry in Austin. I had read the Bible accounts of Jesus’ healing ministry and that the disciples also had the power to heal in Jesus’ Name. Could believers today do that? So I started to come to Healing School, on Monday evenings with some friends who also were very interested in healing. The Healing School is teaching that is based on what the Bible says about healing. I was personally dealing with pain and irritation on one side of my body. My hip was stiff and painful when I stood after sitting, my jaw on that side of my body was painful, and my eye on that side was hurting, dry and irritated as well. While attending Healing School I went up for prayer. Pastor Rory Synoground and his mother Jackie prayed for me. All the pain left as they were praying, and it has never returned. I am completely free of all of that! Praise God!! Another area of healing that I have experienced through this ministry is more of an “inside” healing. I have been a Christian for a long time. Over thirty years ago, I became born again and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I fell in love with God!! The Bible came alive to me. Yet as time went on, I had the feeling that my relationship with God was not growing anymore. I was not as close to God as I wanted to be. I also had this strong feeling that the reason I was having difficulty drawing close to God was because I also had some very strong feelings in my heart of dislike, even a hatred of someone in my family. This person did not know Jesus and made my life difficult at times 1 John 4:20 says; “If anyone says, ‘I love God’ and yet hates his brother he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
I knew this attitude and this feeling in my heart was not godly and it wasn’t what God wanted for me. I would pray and make the resolve that I was going to change my attitude, but I was not able to maintain that change. I would have a little victory and then it would leave! As soon as I saw this person again, I would feel this strong dislike and I would just want to get away! At Healing School I began to see that I needed my heart to be healed. I decided to start volunteering at the RSMI Prayer and Healing Ministry as a Prayer Minster. As I prayed for others and sat under the ministry of RSMI I began to receive Gods healing Word in my heart. Finally at Healing School, I asked prayer for this. I asked that God would soften my heart because I was unable to do it myself. As Pastor and one of the Prayer Ministers prayed for me, I felt a wonderful warmth inside of me. I felt something physical happening inside of me. It was like a beautiful peace. I had a strong sense that God had heard the prayer and a real change was at work. This ministry has a focus on healing the broken hearted - healing from the inside out. That is what I experienced that night. The person that I was having difficulty with hasn’t changed very much, but God has changed me! I can now see that person more like God sees them made by Him and loved by Him. I can now love that person regardless of what that person does or doesn’t do to me! God is at work, changing my heart in many ways, daily, but this was a big breakthrough for me! Praise God! I am so grateful for this ministry and the wonderful results that people are experiencing here. It is very exciting to see people walk free from physical, mental, or emotional suffering. There is prayer available for anyone who needs it. It doesn’t matter what church affiliation a person has, or no if they have no affiliation at all. There is individual counseling available as well. It is my prayer that if anyone reading this would like more information they would contact this ministry. There is help and healing available!
CHRISTMAS TRUTH fairy dust coming out of the sky and they all believed in Santa Claus and had a wonderful Christmas. I thought to myself that the producers of this movie must have thought Christmas was just a fairy tale. I deleted the movie because all of the theology content was false.
I love Christmas for many reasons. First and
Over the next week, I attempted to watch the other movies. I was wiser now and knew not to waste my time on a story about elves and fairies that wasn’t true. The end result was I fast-forwarded through all of the movies I had recorded and none of them mentioned Jesus; none of them mentioned the birth in a manger or anything pertaining to the true story of Christmas.
foremost, Christmas is the time of year that the church celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Although we know that Jesus was not born in the last week of December, it is still wonderful that the church and the secular world commemorate His birth during this time.
While this may seem insignificant to many people, impressionable children and non-church-going adults were also watching. These shows were advertised as movies that will help you discover the true meaning of Christmas. What a deception!
Secondly, it’s a time when friends and families gather together for food, fellowship, and the exchanging of gifts. The great joy that Christmas always brings to children makes the season very enjoyable. Regardless of the trials of life, the Christmas season causes us to focus on the plan of God and how He sent His Son to the earth to redeem us from the curse of the law.
Actually, this deception is only a continuation of Hollywood theology that has been promoted from the early times of movie making. While growing up in the Baptist church in Raytown, Missouri, I remember my pastor recommending that the families in the church watch the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. While this movie has a feel-good ending, let’s examine its theology.
I have always enjoyed good wholesome movies that are well produced and leave me feeling joyful and encouraged when the movie is over. With this in mind, I noticed that one of our family-friendly cable channels was going to be hosting a month of Christmas movies. Because my schedule is so erratic, I set my recorder to record five or six of these movies. Finally the time came late one evening when I got a glass of water and some popcorn and I sat down to watch a good Christmas movie.
A man named Clarence died but could not enter into heaven because he had not earned his wings. This false theology teaches salvation by works and that once salvation is attained, you become an angel. So, Clarence was sent back to earth as a ghost so he could have a second chance at salvation. Likewise, this is heresy because there is no second chance.
By Dr. Larry Ollison
The more I watched, the more I began to realize that the theme of the movie was how Santa Claus was going to bring great joy to a family if they could just believe in the magic of his existence. Not once throughout the entire movie was Jesus, the birth of Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, nor the angels mentioned. The movie ended with
Eternal life is not based upon what we do (Ephesians 2:8-9), but is based upon what Jesus has done. At the end of the movie, because of his good works, Clarence gets his wings and becomes an angel in heaven – which is total heresy. While the world and Hollywood pervert the reason Jesus was born and even replace the Christ child with magical beings, the church must be the beacon of truth. continued…
CHRISTMAS TRUTH continued The church must teach the truth without wavering.
EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH
The Christmas season is the one time when the church is generally given permission by the world to proclaim the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am not advocating that we speak against the secular symbols of Christmas, but instead that we proclaim the true purpose of Christmas.
by Charles Durham
The Word is positive and as the truth is proclaimed, the lies must submit to the truth. Victory always comes from knowing the truth (John 8:32). Dr. Larry Ollison is founder and Senior Pastor of Walk on the Water Faith Church and founder of Larry Ollison Ministries. With over forty years in the ministry, he is a very popular speaker nationally and internationally and ministers the Word of Faith through radio, television, Internet, and daily e-mail devotionals
TO BE LOVED It's sad to see what love has been reduced to these days To blind to see that it is a choice not a feeling. Living selfishly not realizing love does not just take and take That kind of love is empty and fake No commitment, no sacrifice Saying I love you without action doesn't suffice Let's be honest it's all about them and their pleasures Having sex before marriage with hopes of false treasures Trust me I've been there too I to was fooled once like you I took Satan's deal Many times my life he tried to steal So here let me give you some advice Brothers and Sisters It's time to come to Christ God loves you, and wants to give you the desires of your heart, Love, joy and a peace of mind Stop being deceived by Satanâ€™s lies, Who hides the truth by offering negative options of every kind Glorifying all the ways to get you stuck in bondage and sin Then says see look isn't this fun But let me tell you from experience it's all a lie If you're seeking true happiness, if you're seeking true peace, joy, and love It's not hard to find Come let me introduce you to the one we call God's son Cause once you know how much He loves you, Then you'll know what it's like
TO BE LOVED
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