(The Full Gospel) 11. Two Types Of Backsliders And Two Types Of Leaders
There are two types of backsliders - and Jesus spoke about both of them in Luke 15. The first one He described as a lost sheep. The second one He pictured as a lost son.
The Lost Sheep
"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 12. A Church Triumphant Over Satan
There were only two occasions when Jesus spoke about the church - in Matthew 16:18 & 18:17-20. And on both these occasions He spoke about Satan battling against the church. In the first reference, Jesus spoke of Satan attacking the church directly throu ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 13. No Man Can Boast In God's Presence
"No man should boast before God....ust as it is written, 'Let him who boasts boast in the Lord'" (1 Corinthians 1:29, 31).
God does everything in such a way that no man will ever be able to boast in eternity concerning anything that he himself did or a ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 14. Warnings To The Church For The Last Days
"The forces (of the antichrist) will defile the holy place and put a stop to the daily sacrifices....He will flatter those who disregard the covenant of God, and thus win them over to his side.
"But the people who know their God will be strong and do g ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 15. What A Happy Year It Will Be
"The Sabbath (and so also each of God's laws) was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27).
All of God's laws are meant to make us happy. God did not create man because He needed creatures to keep some laws that He had alr ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 16. Will You Shrink Away From The Lord When He Returns?
"Abide in Him, so that when he appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming." (1 John 2:28).
The coming of the Lord is something that all believers are looking forward to with great joy. Why then will some believe ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 17. The Influence Of One Man
"I searched for ONE MAN among them who should build up the wall and stand before Me....but I did not find even one man" (Ezekiel 22:30).
God has many tasks to accomplish in this world, and all of them are not of equal importance. For the unimportant ta ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 18. Learning Gentleness From Jesus
"Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart" (Matthew 11:29).
Jesus told us to learn two things from Him - humility and gentleness. Generally speaking, many have spoken and written about the humility of Christ. But not much is written or spoken ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 19. Your Decisions Determine What You Become
"I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me" (John 6:38).
Jesus tells us here in His own words what He came on earth to do. And in this one sentence we have a description of how Jesus lived every single day of His e ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 2. The Balance Of Truth
"If you leave God's paths and go astray (to the right or to the left), you will hear a Voice behind you say, 'No, this is the way; walk here'" (Isaiah 30:20, 21 - TLB).
The Voice referred to here is the voice of the Holy Spirit Who alerts us when we go ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 20. Satan Is The Ruler Of Darkness And The Father Of Lies
Satan is called "the ruler of darkness" and "the father of lies" (Ephesians 6:12; John 8:44). Both these titles are descriptive of his character and his ministry.
All that constitutes spiritual darkness in this universe is a territory that has been all ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 21. Helping God!!
We can create a lot of confusion in God's work and in our own lives when we use our human reasoning and try to help God according to our own understanding.
"The Lord said to Abraham, 'Look towards the heavens, and count the stars. So shall your descend ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 22. The Ministry Of Melchizedek
"Thou art a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 7:17).
Melchizedek was an unknown man - but a man who knew God intimately - who met Abraham when Abraham was returning from a war, and blessed him with food, and with a word from God ( ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 23. The Secret Of Discernment
"The religious rulers were sneering at Jesus.... The soldiers also mocked Him.... One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him.... But the other rebuking him said, 'This man has done nothing wrong" (Luke 22:35-41).
It is indeed a ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 24. Submission To The Elders Of The Church
"Obey your leaders and submit to them" (Hebrews 13:17).
Where you have confidence in your local church-elders, it is easy to submit to them in all matters. But perhaps you do not have confidence in your elders. Then you must distinguish between church ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 25. A Spiritual Check-up
Have I spoken or thought evil of anyone today?
Did I speak any idle words today?
Did I indulge in overeating or laziness or any other filthy lust?
Did I act in a selfish way towards anyone today?
Was I happy or even unconcerned about someone else's fa ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 26. Proving God's Perfect Will
When faced with an issue concerning which we are unsure as to whether it is God's will or not, it is good for us to ask ourselves twelve questions. As we answer these questions honestly, it will become increasingly clear to us what the will of God is.
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(The Full Gospel) 3. Having A Firm Grip On The Christian Life
God has given us five fingers on each hand. With these, we can hold on to things firmly. You could hold a glass with two fingers, but the grip won't be as firm as when you hold it with all five fingers.
In the same way, God has given us five gifts thro ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 4. The Threefold Exchange At The Cross
Everything that God does for us is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is God's hand reaching down from heaven offering us every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Faith is our hand reaching up and taking those bles ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 5. That Which Was From The Beginning
"What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life - and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, whi ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 6. Married to Christ
"If you abide in My word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
Every bondage in our lives comes because in some measure we do not know the truth. This may be either because we have not heard the truth at all or becau ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 7. How God Exposes Pharisees In The Church
"Jesus looked at them angrily, for He was deeply disturbed by their indifference to human need." (Mark 3:5 - TLB).
This incident occurred when Jesus entered a synagogue once, and saw a man with a withered hand, and then saw the synagogue-leaders waitin ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 8. Faith, Brokenness And Victory
"Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).
Every believer who is spiritually ... read more
(The Full Gospel) 9. Are You Serving God Or Money?
"No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other. Or else he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon" (Luke 16:13).
Everyone knows that we cannot serve both God and Satan. But very fe ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ
In this book, we will be looking at the first three chapters of the book of Revelation to see what the Lord has to say to us through them.
Satan hates the book of Revelation because it describes his final defeat and his ultimate destiny. If Satan hates ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 10. The Proud Church
"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukew ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 11. Arresting the Downward Trend
The seven messengers and churches that we have looked at are pictures of seven types of messengers and churches that have been in existence in all these 20 centuries. These seven types of messengers and churches are existing in the world even today. Eac ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 2. Encouragement in Tribulation
"I, John, your brother and fellow-partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behin ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 3. The Risen Lord
"Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and toSardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw s ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 4. The Loveless Church
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, The One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 5. The Suffering Church
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: 'I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a s ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 6. The Worldly Church
"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: 'I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My fai ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 7. The Adulterous Church
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: 'I know your deeds and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late ar ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 8. The Hypocritical Church
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says this: 'I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, and you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were ... read more
(The Lord And His Church) 9. The Faithful Church
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 'I know your deeds. Behold I have put before you an open door which no ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 1. God calls and prepares His servants
God needs men to do His work, because He has made His work on earth to be dependent on man. If the man God calls is not ready, God's work is delayed or hindered. However if one man fails to respond to God's call, God will call another.
God called Abrah ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 2. God's strictness with His servants
The Word of God teaches us one thing from beginning to end - that God requires much from those to whom He commits much. God is strict with His servants because He has committed much to them.
When Moses was on his way to Egypt, after being commissioned ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 3. The Lord rebukes the elders
Revelation Chapters 2 & 3, are good chapters for us to read because they contain the Lord's messages to the elder brothers (messengers) of churches. The Lord publicly rebuked the backslidden elders in five of the seven churches. He did not send "Personal ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 4. An example for others to follow
John the Baptist was the greatest prophet under the old covenant. But Jesus said that the least one in the new covenant would be able to rise to greater heights than John (Matthew 11:11). This is an amazing calling indeed - to be greater than John the Bap ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 5. Dependence upon the Holy Spirit
"Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mortal man, and makes flesh his strength. He will be like a stunted shrub in the desert. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. He will be like a tree planted a ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 6. Being a father to others
Paul said that even if there were countless teachers, there were not many fathers, in his time (1 Corinthians 4:15). This is true even today.
Every servant of God must strive to have the spirit of a father towards the brothers and sisters in the church ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 7. Building the Church
The ultimate purpose of God in the new covenant is not to produce a number of Christ-like individuals, but to produce "ONE NEW MAN" - one Body in Christ (Ephesians 2:15, 16).
Under the old covenant, God raised up a Moses, an Elijah and a John the Bapti ... read more
(The New Covenant Servant) 8. God needs men
God needs men today:
men who will stand before His face and hear His voice daily;
men who have no desire in their heart for anyone or anything other than God Himself;
men who fear God so greatly that they hate sin in every form and love righteousness ... read more
(The Purpose Of Failure) 1. God’s Purpose In Man’s Failure
(A message given at Christian Fellowship Centre, Bangalore, India, on Sunday, April 9, 2000)
Let's turn to Luke chapter 22 verse 31.
Here we read of Jesus warning Peter of a danger that lay ahead of him. He told him
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan h ... read more
(The Purpose Of Failure) 2. God’s Perfect Plan For Those Who Have Failed
There are many brothers and sisters who feel that because they have sinned and failed God at some time in their past lives, therefore they cannot fulfil God's perfect plan for their lives now.
Let us look at what the Scriptures have to say on this matt ... read more
(The Real Truth) 1. The Real Truth About Evil
One of the greatest mysteries in the world that people have tried hard to understand is the mystery of evil. How did evil begin in a world that was created by an all-wise and good God?
Why does evil have the upper hand in every part of the world? And w ... read more
(The Real Truth) 2. The Real Truth About Sin
Why do some men often behave like animals?
The answer is: Because they are only interested in their bodily needs and in their existence on this earth.
What is an animal interested in? Food, sleep and sexual satisfaction. That's all. And when a man i ... read more
(The Real Truth) 3. The Real Truth About Our Conscience
We have all been created with a conscience that constantly reminds us that we are moral beings. Conscience is God's voice within us telling us that we are responsible for our actions. One day, we will have to give an answer to God for the way we have live ... read more
(The Real Truth) 4. The Real Truth About Forgiveness
How can God forgive our sins?
God is a just and righteous God and He cannot forgive a person by OVERLOOKING his sins. That would be unjust.
God is a holy and just God. And so He has to punish sin.
But because He is also a loving God He has made a ... read more
(The Real Truth) 5. The Real Truth About Repentance
The punishment for sin is spiritual death - which as we have already seen, means to be cut off from God's presence forever. That is what Jesus experienced on the cross. He was forsaken by His Father.
Jesus being God, and therefore eternal in His inner ... read more