Feb 052014

What is “The measure of faith”?

Scripture reference; For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12: 3 NASB.

We will discover in the word of God that there are two kinds of believing (Faith) mentioned in scripture. People today believe in many things mostly because of the senses, seeing hearing, reading and we all have heard that familiar phrase “Seeing is believing”, which is true. We believe that the sun will rise every day as it has done all our lives, many believe in the Theory of Evolution based upon fossils (Why they believe this is incredible because if it were a fact there would be far more transient changes found  from one creature to another which are not found in the fossil records, in fact they have found a fish seen in fossils they date thousands of years ago alive today. Also, they believe that the origin of creation began with the hydrogen atom which they believe appeared “Out of nothing”) Wow, that’s strong faith but not in God!

True saving faith only comes from God as a grant by him choosing from eternity to show favor to those he has elected to be his own. Those who found favor with God were of his “Godly” line and were always his by his foreknowledge and choice, these all from Adam and Eve were given to Jesus as he himself said; “Thine they were (Always) and you have given them to me”.

We know by God’s word that man on their own *cannot come to God, only the elect are given the saving faith that believes without seeing!

The following scriptures will shed more light on this subject.

Faith can grow.  Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. 2-Corinthians 10: 15 NLT.

Not all men have faith. And that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 2-Thessalonians 3: 2 NASB.

Jesus did not have faith in the wicked. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, John 2: 24 NASB. Note: Jesus only sought after his people, those lost elect given to him by the Father, this is why he rejected these people in this scripture, and he knew they were not his own but the dead non-elect.

The seeing is believing crowd. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”  John 4: 48 NASB.  Here is a clear picture of belief (Faith) that is not the saving kind but human belief by seeing and without that, they won’t believe. Only God given faith can please him because he himself gives it, so that the true believer can believe the unseen. Only that kind of faith pleases God and only his people have it!


I wish to appeal to those who have a fear of God, his word says that that is the beginning of wisdom and it may be his doing, Jesus promised that those who seek will find him and he will never cast out those who come to him. All who call on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved!

I hope I have clarified this subject as I believe many do not understand the two differences involved with faith (Belief) the true and the false.

Author Ken

Feb. 2014

 Posted by at 2:04 am
Jan 282014

I want you! Do you remember that Poster?

It was a Poster of Uncle Sam during WW2. I remember it as a young boy with my Mom  using those little green ration stamps at the butcher. When I think of that Poster it brings to my mind the conversion of the Jewish Pharisee Saul who became the Apostle Paul.

The point in my writing this blog is to refute the common held belief today by many that all men have a “Free” will. I have heard certain Preachers/Teachers state that God will never violate man’s free will, my reply is; What Bible are they reading, it cannot be the one I read!

Mankind’s free will was *forfeited to Satan when Adam and Eve sinned, they died and were separated from God first in their hearts (spirits) and then later in their physical bodies. Thus the whole human race was condemned by this fallen nature which was passed down to every human born even to this day! Being dead in sins and trespasses no human being can **come to God on their own, they are held captive by Satan to do only his will. Now for the truth and good news, God by the exercise of his own will decided to have a people for his own, he would choose the many from the lowly, abased and not many rich or wise but some! This clearly disproves today’s doctrine of man’s free will, God’s choice is selective by choosing some and rejecting others with ***man’s will not involved. With the fall of Adam and Eve it was God who took the initiative, when they sinned conscience was born, it produced guilt, fear and the need to cover themselves (With fig leaves, a type of religious practice that can’t hide one’s sin from God) and hide from God. The Lord sought after them confirmed their sinful condition shown physically by their nakedness, he rejected their excuses, slew animals (The shedding of blood to cover sins until Jesus would pay completely the ransom by his death on the cross) covered them and preached the Good News that from a woman would be born a child that would be wounded by Satan but he would totally defeat him with a fatal head wound!

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3: 15 NASB.

Saul the Pharisee was not your run of the mill Pharisee; he was trained by the best and an expert of Jewish Law. When Saul persecuted the Christians he truly believed he was doing God’s work because the Christians rejected the Law of Moses and taught the doctrine of grace that came through Jesus. This man’s will was totally against Jesus, his teachings and his followers, no man could change his mind. So when Jesus appears to him on the road to Damascus, his question was who are you Lord?  Jesus reveals himself to him and tells him he has been appointed to be his witness to the Gentiles. Acts 26: 15 & 16. Saul’s conversion was totally by God’s will as the scripture declares; “Who can resist his will?” No one!

There was no free will involved with Paul’s conversion, God had chosen and appointed him to be an Apostle to the Gentiles, the Lord took away his stony heart and gave him a heart of flesh. There are other examples of conversions that prove that God takes whoever he wills from Satan’s Kingdom of the world, those in bondage to him, Saul being included. Lydia a seller of purple listened to Paul and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the word. Acts 16:14 NLT.  Jesus declared that NO one could come to him on their own (By their own will) they have to be first drawn by the Holy Spirit who ONLY draws the predestined, chosen of the Father from all eternity. These are not all of the world but they are the “Many” Jesus said he would die for, his people only, not the whole world, Jesus prayed not for the world but only for the chosen elect the Father had given him. “Thine they were and you have given them to me” I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. John 17:6 NLT.

When we read of those like Cornelius and Lydia that they were worshipers of God, giving and doing things that pleased God, we must remember that this was only possible by the Holy Spirit working in their lives, drawing them to Jesus. They had to hear the Good News of the Gospel in order to be Born Again and at that moment the Holy Spirit is joined to their spirit and they become one with Christ as Jesus had prayed at the Last Supper.

Even though mankind has a will bound to do Satan’s will they are responsible for their sins before God, when Adam and Eve died spiritually all mankind died with them, having the same sin nature passed on to every person born in the world. Conscience had its birth in the Garden of Eden; it brought the guilt of their sin, separation from God, fleeing him, using fig leaves to hide their nakedness. (The outer covering of the inner darkness). Thus conscience was also passed to the descendants of Adam and Eve, it is the light from God to excuse or accuse those who have not heard God’s word, Paul reveals this also in the Book of Romans when referring to the Natives who have never heard the word. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. John 16: 8 NASB. All mankind are responsible before God and through their conscience they know right from wrong, even when they are convicted by the Holy Spirit they will always reject the Lord due to their fallen nature, being dead in their spirits. This being the case, God by the act of his own will chose to save the many, not all, choosing not many rich or wise but of the abased and lowly, he chose prostitutes and rejected Pharisees and Kings. In the Book of Romans Paul the Apostle wrote that those who were chosen by God obtained salvation and the rest were hardened!  He also said that the non-elect were not fit for destruction but “Fitted” for destruction by God, this is hard stuff (Not impossible to understand, but we must accept that God is perfect and what he does is always right, if he made a mistake he would cease to be God!) as Peter the Apostle wrote about Pauls’ teaching concerning salvation as being hard to understand. I highly recommend Arthur Pink’s book called “The Sovereignty of God” He does an excellent job of explaining the deeper things of God and uses the word to prove it. I have a link to it on my home page.

A special note about spiritual death, the human spirit does not die, when God created physical man he gave him a spirit and soul with the spirit being the communication center between God and man. When sin came, the spirit became dead to God, communication with him ended. God is a Spirit and those who worship him must do so “In spirit” and truth. Fallen man cannot do this because his dead spirit has been permanently separated from God due to sin. He cannot come to God nor does he understand the things of God or his word, the Bible, as the word declares, they are spiritually discerned. When the spirit departs, the body is dead. In salvation, God is the only one that can save a dead spirit by making it a “New Creation” a spirit that is joined to Christ is again alive to God. Jesus said you must be Born Again from above (God’s work) through the power of the Holy Spirit, only then is the communication with God restored. Those God has appointed to eternal life though “Dead” spiritually will hear the voice of Jesus who seeks after them and saves them. John 5:25 NASB.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption 1-Corinthians 1: 30 NASB.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4: 24 KJB

. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2: 26 KJB.

*and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2-Timothy 2:26 NASB.

**”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6: 44 NASB.

***who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1: 13 NASB.

In God’s plan of salvation he alone deserves all the credit and glory, you believer did not choose him but he chose you, like the Apostle Paul you also were his enemy and like Lazarus  Jesus sought you out and you heard his voice and came alive. The raising of Lazarus physically is a picture of the Lord bringing to life our dead spirits by the sound of his voice through the Holy Spirit’s power in regeneration, God’s work.

In the book of John Jesus spoke of the “Dead” hearing his voice and coming alive, this is truly God’s work only who alone raises the dead Spiritually and physically. Those who preach/teach that man by his own will or good works can come to God for salvation are in error and do not give God the glory he only deserves. Remember Jesus speaking of the marriage supper of the Lamb and a person there with no wedding garment, they were cast out as will be all those who are not his by election through his will.

God grant that the “Dead” who Jesus spoke about read this blog and that they will hear his voice and come to life, his salvation.

Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. John 5: 25 NASB.

Author Ken

January 2014

 Posted by at 2:23 am
Dec 312013

When will I be perfect Lord?

(Scripture reference 1-Corinthians 13: 8 – 12)

I am troubled about how many Churches falsely teach that the above scriptures say that the Apostle Paul is saying that the “Perfect” will have come with the completion of God’s word the Bible. The truth is that the word of God has come and is perfect but we are not, yet!

The Epistles of the Apostles were given to the early Churches in order that they would understand the Holy Spirit’s work among them. The Corinthian Church was instructed by Paul concerning Spiritual Gifts bestowed by the Holy Spirit according to God’s will and the purpose of the gifts was to edify the believers (The Church, past and present). If the gifts have ceased as some teach then where is the edification today, according to those in error, the perfect has come (The completed Bible) edification and all the workings  of the supernatural by the Holy Spirit is not needed because the Church has arrived in perfection. How ridiculous, this falsehood is exposed by the word of God! I am convinced in my mind that the problem is that of unbelief which is THE sin that so easily entangles us; many in the Church simply cannot handle the supernatural works of God through the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12: 1 NASB. God’s word tells us that what is not of faith is sin and cannot please God.

How could anyone misunderstand what Paul meant when he said “Face to Face”?

Paul, by saying we see dimly as in a glass was revealing that in these corruptible bodies we have not arrived to perfection, although in our spirits as New Creations we are perfect, joined to Christ, can never sin, always loves God and already seated with Christ in the Heavenlies and blessed with every Spiritual blessing. So we are *complete in Christ and have arrived but not our bodies-yet! The perfect for the body is coming and when we see Jesus** “Face to Face” we will receive our new bodies like his; we will be exactly like him, perfect, no need for gifts or edification.

* So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2: 10 NLT.

**Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 1-John 3: 2 NASB.

God’s word proclaims that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! Those who say the gifts have ceased for today I ask; Jesus healed the sick and did many miracles that showed the mercy, compassion of God and his love for his creation, has that passed away?

The Lord proclaimed that we believers would do “Greater Works” because he himself will do them through us, the many. I see the Church as weak today, in much need of the gifts for edification but today many “Quench” the Spirit, forbidding speaking in tongues along with all the other gifts. There is much unbelief and false teaching in the Church that has crept in through ungodly men, the tares (Angels of light?) that Satan has sown among the wheat (Believers). They have brought legalism through their twisting of God’s word and their own commandments. I thank God that he has his “Secret” agents in all Churches who bring light and truth to those whom God loves who have been deceived and held in bondage. It will be wonderful to know as we are known by God, the redemption of our weak corruptible bodies to be replaced by a perfect body like his, free forever from the power and presence of sin, having the mind of Christ perfected in us.

Scripture References:

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 1-Corinthians 13: 8 NASB.

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 1-Corinthians 13: 9 NLT.

But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.  1-Corinthians 13: 10 NLT.

When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1-Corinthians 13: 11 NIV.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1-Corinthians 13: 12 NIV.

Author Ken

December 2013

 Posted by at 10:41 am
Dec 282013

Focus your light!
I remember as a kid using a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light to a small beam that would set things on fire. It amazed me that the same sunlight that warmed me in the winter shining in the window could contain such power but only when focused into a small beam of light. What is a Christian but a focused beam of God’s light by which Christ is revealed to the world. Our pre-ordained good works focus his light and many receive the spark of life through the fire that’s ignited. “For he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”
We are focusing our light when we listen to people, always adding something good to the conversation and giving good advice through the gift of wisdom that God has given you. We don’t preach to them or quote scriptures but respond with things that meet their needs. Many say but don’t do, let your light focus on his will for you by being zealous of the good works he has willed that you walk in. That focus will have his power and bring the fire into the souls of those he has called and chosen!

We Christians are a peculiar people who are zealous of God’s pre-ordained works for us, we should leave the preaching/teaching evangelism to those whom God has called and gifted for that *ministry, to do otherwise is to become fanatics who drive people away by running after them. It is our light and righteous behavior that will attract many through our good works.

*The Epistles of the Apostles prove that only those who are called and gifted by God should do the preaching, teaching and evangelism, to deny this is to twist or add to the word.

And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 1-Corinthians 12: 28 NASB.

All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 1-Corinthians 12: 29 NASB.

Pastors also are to called and gifted men apt to teach, they are to lead God’s flock with humility, not lording their authority over them.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 16 NASB.

Author Ken

December 2013

 Posted by at 8:06 am
Dec 242013

Rightly dividing the word of truth-God’s word

If we ask anything according to HIS WILL he hears us. Young Timothy the Evangelist was told by Paul to drink a little wine for his stomach and other ailments. He was not told by Paul that he was weak in the faith; it was God’s will that he had these problems. It was the same for the Apostle Paul who was taken up to the third Heaven and was given a thorn in the flesh to keep him from exalting himself, God allowed satan to do this. In Romans 7 Paul is giving his own experiences of sin in his life, it describes what every believer goes through after being Born Again. A warfare begins, the Holy Spirit wars against the flesh. Paul was not a baby believer when he wrote this chapter of Romans, he recognized that he still committed sin, the key to understanding what Paul is going through is that he is not sinning willfully, thus he avoids God’s chastisement, instead receives “Grace upon Grace” and the Holy Spirit revealing that he is not condemned! (Romans 8: 1)

Even though our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit God did not redeem them, they are corruptible and subject to sin and one day changed into a body like Christ’s. We have the power through the Holy Spirit’s warfare against the flesh to keep it at bay, it is to be overcome by faith and obedience to God through walking after, being filled with the Holy Spirit.


This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5: 16 KJV.

Some teach that James 5: 14 was written to “Babes” in Christ, that is an error, and they say the verse should read “Let all the sick in the Church call for the Elders” which is an assumption, adding to the word or twisting its meaning. The fact is that not all the Corinthian believers were weak or babes in Christ, many were carnal mature believers who through worldly temptations engaged in wild parties of eating drinking in the Church even when they had communion. This brought the judgment of God upon them which Paul had warned them about, they did not discern the Lord’s body at communion time.  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1-Corinthians 11: 30 KJV.

So this fits perfectly with James 5: 16, God’s chastisement can be grievous as the word tells us. The believer who committed fornication with his stepmother and who Paul gave into Satan’s hands for his body to be killed (Not his spirit or soul) repented, most likely because of what he suffered in the flesh. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1-Peter 4: 1 KJV.

So likewise believers under the Lord’s chastisement or others who are sick for other reasons are given the invitation to receive prayer for healing. Please note that James adds; “And IF he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him”. So we now understand that the believer’s sickness can be related to unconfessed willful sin. It will be forgiven because the person is coming by faith to receive the “Prayer of Faith” and God will have made known their sin for which they were being punished. I believe what some Pastors are not seeing is the difference between a “Weak” baby believer and a Mature “Carnal” believer. Both were in the early Churches (And are here today). Remember the word which says; “Let NO man think he stands, lest he falls”. Peter an Apostle after being filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost had to be rebuked by Paul for his sin by only associating with Jewish believers he became a hypocrite but to his credit received Paul’s rebuke and reproof humbly, he knew he was wrong! Do Pastors/Teachers think today that they have arrived and only weak believers sin and need healing, Peter was mature, Paul was mature but until we receive our New Bodies we ALL have not *arrived, we all are subject to the power and presence of sin like Peter and Paul but one day we will be freed from sin’s power and presence and be exactly like Jesus. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1-John 3:2 KJV.

These things are written to show us the weakness of our flesh that is subject to carnality which is sin as it is not of faith. This is why we in the Ministry are to “Reprove and rebuke” error by speaking the truth in love. Pray for one another!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5: 16 KJV.

Jesus as shown in the Book of Revelation is the judge of the Churches, he warned of his judgment that would come because of Jezebel and those who committed fornication with her that they would be thrown into a bed of affliction. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1-Peter 4: 17 KJV.

Even after many years of walking with the Lord Paul had not arrived where he completely knew Christ and his power and sufferings. He did know that one day he would know as he is known, that is when all believers see Jesus “Face to Face”.

*that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; Philippians 3: 10 NASB.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1-John 1: 9 KJV.

Author Ken

December 2013

 Posted by at 9:36 am
Dec 142013

My love letter to the Church, my Christmas gift

When God sent Jesus to this world as baby, he sent his very best gift, born of the Virgin Mary in order to represent us in the flesh. But hidden in the babe was the very Son of God, who for the will of the Father laid aside the glory and equal power he had in the Godhead from all eternity! In order to redeem us Jesus had to not only die physically but also spiritually, this is why the Bible calls him “The second Adam”. When Adam fell because of sin he no longer had fellowship with God, he died spiritually instantly and physically slowly. Jesus the second Adam always had a perfect relationship with God the Father because he did not have the “Sin” nature of Adam because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and not by a man; he also is God the Son forever joined to the man Jesus. The ransom Jesus paid when he died on the cross cannot be fathomed by any man, I now know today that years ago I did not understand this but in my later years I have learned much through the Holy Spirit of the deep things of God, this Jesus said the Holy Spirit  would do in glorifying him, the Lamb of God.

Two things had to take place when Jesus died on the cross. First he had to die physically; second, he had to die spiritually as Adam did in order to be the representative of fallen man who became slaves and captives in Satan’s Kingdom. That day on the cross, for the first time in all eternity God the Son was separated from the Father (Separation from God is spiritual death). This had to take place because Jesus became sin for us, and the Father poured out all his wrath and hatred of sin upon him causing the Lord to cry out; “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The truth is God did forsake him and Jesus the man joined to God the Son died spiritually and physically that day. They then experienced Hell, we cannot understand what that was like, and I heard one Preacher say it was like an eternity of punishment for Jesus. But death and Hell could not hold him and the Father’s wrath was satisfied and Jesus rose having conquered sin and death. Satan today is a defeated foe, Jesus having paid the ransom. Jesus took all the Saints from Paradise where they had to wait for him to die on the cross and he brought them to Heaven.

Jesus became the “Firstborn” from the dead, a New Creation; the second Adam could not fail!

I am the living one. I died, but look–I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. Revelation 1:18 NLT.

We must as Christians understand that Jesus is honored by God’s work alone done through us; these works were planned and ordained by God our Father from eternity. In doing these works through the Holy Spirit we become exactly as Jesus, our pattern and example. The Apostle Paul confirms this by saying; “Follow me because I am following Christ” Outside of these “Pre-Ordained” Good Works, the works we do in the flesh are as God has said; “Filthy Rags” This is because only God can bring the highest honor and glory to Christ Jesus by his own doing, through the good works he himself has ordained for us to walk in. When believers become mature, they will only follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, who did not his own will but only the will of the Father! This is the walk of faith that pleases God, on that day when the Sons/Daughters of God are revealed, they will all be exactly like Jesus, perfect! The Father will be so pleased that he will sing over them.

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 KJB.

This is why believers are a peculiar people zealous of the good works God had previously ordained that they should walk in them! This is why I get disturbed when I hear some Churches preach and teach that Christians must witness and preach to everyone, it is not scriptural. It was NOT taught in the Epistles of the Apostles which was the guide to the early Churches. The first disciples sent by the Lord turned the world upside down with their preaching, the Churches were born and guidelines were established in order that the believers would know God’s will for the Church. When we read the Apostle Paul’s letters along with the other Apostle’s writings we find that specific gifted men were given the ministries of preaching/teaching, Evangelism (Timothy was an Evangelist) all CALLED by God. It is obvious that not all Christians are called to preach or teach but some of today’s Churches ignore this and push the false doctrine that every believer is to preach the word to everyone. The truth is God has ordained them to be as lights in the world, shining by their good works (Living Epistles) and behavior, not running with the world. People are drawn to them because of their good works creating opportunities for them to testify of Christ and what he has done for them to everyone who ASKS; *”What is the hope within you?” This believers should be prepared for as the word tells us and not be fanatics spouting scripture, chasing people but not caring for their needs through good works. It is incredible to me that God himself does HIS works through believers and by that they are doing the greater works because they are many and God rewards them for the work he himself does through them!  The key is obedience by being “Willing”   “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from myself. John 7:17 NASB.

I encourage Christians to check out what I have written about God’s will for the Church today and not follow legalism or the commandments of men. They will pull scriptures out of context like: “Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season” A proper interpretation of that scripture reveals that it was spoken to Timothy who was an evangelist and not to the Church as a whole. Again I say, to be a preacher, teacher or an evangelist you must be called by God who will have given you that gift through the Holy Spirit and not by any decisions made by men. This blog is my gift to all, I have spoken the truth to you in love on behalf of our wonderful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, may he shine above all on Christmas as the best gift to us from our loving Father in Heaven.

*But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1-Peter 3:15 NIV.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith!

Author Ken

December 2013

 Posted by at 9:51 am
Dec 102013

Can Christians win souls?

How often do we hear about the believer’s responsibility to witness to the world in order to win souls for The Lord? When we read in the Gospel Jesus saying to the disciples to preach the word and make disciples of all Nations what we see is the beginning of The Lord building his Church. When the Epistles of the Apostles were written we learn new things about what God’s will for the Church leaders and administration is. An example is that a Pastor must be the husband of one wife. Other changes were that unlike the disciples who spread the word turning the world upside down, the preaching and teaching was to be done exclusively by the called “Gifted” believers and not the congregation, however, every true believer in the congregation has a least one gift which is to be used for the edification of the Church. One of the gifts that God uses to win souls is the gift of Prophesy. The Apostle Paul wrote that if an unbeliever comes to a Church and there are believers with the gift of Prophesy and they tell the man the secrets of his life, he will believe in God. This is a direct act of the Holy Spirit for God’s knows everything and I believe that man was his elect who he drew to that Church to be saved by God.

It is obvious from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that not all are called to preach/teach or do the work of an Evangelist (Missionary outreach). His questions below require a negative answer.

All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 1-Corinthians 12:29 NASB.

Believers are to earnestly seek the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and those who are zealous are to seek all for the Churches edification. God may have called some of you to be a preacher, teacher or an evangelist, he is working in our hearts to will and to do. So if you have a desire for those things, pray that God will open the doors to make it come to pass.

The average Christian who is without those specific gifts are not told in the Epistles to witness or preach the word. Many Churches teach this falsely, it was only told to Timothy to preach the word and be instant in season and out of season doing the work of an EVANGELIST because he WAS! The average Christian today is to be a “Living Bible” read of all men, NOT by preaching or witnessing for the Lord but by being zealous for the “Good Works” that God preordained that they should walk in. When they obey, their light (No words heard but the deeds seen) does shine and God is glorified through them. False teaching on this subject puts believers under bondage and can lead to becoming a fanatic, turning people off. The one who wins souls is our only wise God who saves the lost by his way. He calls us the Light of the world, our good works his way of drawing the unsaved elect. So let those who are gifted preach and teach the word, God will have the elect hear it at his chosen time. If anyone asks you about the hope that is in you, be prepared to share your own testimony about how the Lord saved you, which may be the time to give them the word of God through a tract or Bible. I challenge anyone who will read this blog  to reveal in the Epistles of the Apostles where the average Christian is to witness or preach to the world, it’s not there but good works and your lifestyles are!  So don’t be misled and turn people off, good works always get their attention, you stop to fix a flat for an old person and it gets printed in the paper. Be the best man/woman on the job or whatever you do because you are doing it for Jesus.
As my brother-in-law in the Lord Gary has said; “Not just words but deeds”, “Be you doers of the word, not just hearers, deceiving yourselves.

I remember years ago at my job, I had been going through many trials and I was feeling down but one afternoon a person who worked with the higher up’s came to me. He said; “I had to tell you that what you do does not go unnoticed, your light is shining and bringing Glory to God”. How my spirit was lifted up, despite all the persecution from many enemies, God used me to his honor and Glory.

Author Ken

December 2013

 Posted by at 1:51 pm
Nov 292013

Do you also wrestle with God?

I do a lot, many do not know what it is to wrestle with God as Jacob did and prevailed! Please note, I do not recommend that new believers read this blog. They are to be first obedient to God’s word by studying the milk of the word to show themselves approved by God, when they become mature then they will have the spiritual teeth to eat the strong meat of the word, the “Deeper Things “of God.

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:28 NIV.

It is my opinion that the one who wrestled with Jacob was the Logos, God the Son *manifested to Jacob as a man, this I believe also took place  in the Garden of Eden when the Lord fellowshipped with Adam and Eve at the end of the day. He manifested himself as a man because they were able to see and speak to him and hear him walking in the Garden, a Spirit could not be heard walking. This may sound strange but God manifested himself as three men (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a son in their old age.

Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Genesis 18:10 NLT.

I encourage you to read Genesis chapter 18 from the beginning and you will discover that the three men are actually God himself, Abraham had food prepared for them and they ate! Is anything too hard for me the Lord says, by appearing as three men God hid his Glory as no man can look at God and live. Remember, our Lord Jesus after rising from the dead was also able to eat some fish and a honeycomb.

Jacob wrestling with God ended in a draw as the Glory in Jacob was equal to God. Today we also can wrestle with God in order for him to reveal his deep things but this comes through the believer’s obedience to God’s will.

God has made promises to his own, we read in his word; “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you” and; “He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek him” Many believers who become saved stay in the crib due to a lack of desire to study and grow, they love the praise and singing to the Lord, which is always good but neglect the growing through studying of the word.

Many come under the deception of Satan through false teachers/preachers who mislead them and stunt their growth in the Lord. This is done mostly by legalism (Law) through the commandments of men. Jesus had strong words of condemnation for such using the term “Woe” unto them who mislead the little ones (Baby Christians) who believe in me.

Did you know that every believer from the beginning to the end was chosen by God before he created the earth? Also God the Son was predestined to be their ransom for them alone as Jesus the Lamb of God. He did not die for the non-elect who will be cast into the Lake of Fire but for HIS people alone. At the Last Supper Jesus confirms this by saying; “All that the Father gives me WILL come to me, thine they WERE and you have given them to me”. No one can come to God on their own and ONLY God’s elect are drawn to Jesus by the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is true that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment but all the non-elect reject it, their “Dead to God spirits” do not have the ability to respond to God as the fall of man separated them from God forever. Neither do they want God because they love their more and because they are prisoners of Satan, bound to do his will only! Deep stuff indeed but true, Jesus came to seek and save the elect also who were bound and in Satan’s Kingdom. He Jesus is the strongman who plunders Satan’s Kingdom setting the prisoners free and translating them to his Kingdom of Heaven. This all is by God and he receives all the Glory for it is by his doing we the believers are “In Christ”, no one can boast that they had a part in it which would be by “Works” What the elect lacked God through the Holy Spirit provided, he was found by those who did not seek him and he gave them what they did not have. It is written that No one seeks after God and no one understands! The elect are sought after and drawn to Jesus by the Holy Spirit who regenerated them. In regeneration the Holy Spirit grants the “Godly Repentance” that God requires along with the Gift of faith that enables the person to believe and then they become a New Creation, their spirits once again alive to God and his fellowship, they are joined in their spirits as one with God, they become Bone of His flesh, the Glory of God that was in the Temple now resides in them, their bodies a Temple not made with hands. Believers doesn’t  this cause you to rejoice and praise God, he chose you drew you to Jesus, gave you what you were incapable of doing, the ability to believe, the love of God you didn’t have! By HIS doing you are in Christ, as written, you were granted to believe in him.

To those who read, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ I encourage you seek the **deeper things of God, when you pray fully seek that the Holy Spirit will give you the desires of your heart. He will enlighten you and you will praise and glorify Jesus who is worthy to be praised.

To those who doubt or have never believed in Jesus, you may be his elect and being drawn to him by the Holy Spirit, as his word says; “If you hear his voice, do not harden your heart” His promise is that all who come to him will be accepted and not cast out. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

The moment you believe in Jesus you will know you ARE his elect and he brought you to this place for faith comes by hearing.

So faith comes from hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 NLT.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NLT.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21 KJB.

*These manifestations are called “Theophanies” translated from the word Theophany; please check out the link below for a more detailed explanation regarding this subject.


**But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets 1-Corinthians 2:10 NLT.

For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, Philippians 1:29 NASB.

Author Ken

November 2013

 Posted by at 8:44 am
Nov 112013

Why no fish in Noah’s Ark?

As I read again the Bible’s account of Noah and the great worldwide flood I suddenly realized that there were no creatures from the sea in the Ark. It appears that they did not suffer the same fate as did all fowl, cattle, beasts, creeping things and man.

This great Judgment came upon the earth because of man’s sinning, it became so bad that it grieved God’s heart and he decided to destroy all men and every living thing on the face of the earth.

The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. Genesis 6:5 NLT.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, like Enoch he walked with God. Noah entered the Ark with his wife, sons and their wives and God shut the door.

God’s word proves that the only death that came upon all men and the creatures was in the “Dry” land.

Every living thing that moved on land perished–birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Genesis 7:21 NIV.

Everything that breathed and lived on dry land died. Genesis 7: 22 NLT.

It is my opinion that God spared the living creatures in the seas. It would seem that they were not under man’s influence as were the creatures that dwelt on the earth; those were totally cleansed as we know God did in the Old Testament.

It is also my opinion that many of Dinosaurs perished in the flood, they are found in diggings on high places along with all kinds of animals in their panic to escape the rising waters. I also believe that when the Lord sent the great wind to recede the waters and he parted them and froze them at both poles. It is said that if they were to thaw, the water would cover everything on the earth.

Don’t worry, the Lord promised he would never again flood the earth again and gave us the Rainbow as a sign.

Noah’s Ark represents Jesus Christ our Lord who delivers us from our sins, being “In Christ” is being in God’s Ark, high above the troubled waters on this earth.

Author Ken

November 2013


 Posted by at 8:18 am
Sep 092013

Do you believe in a Pre-tribulation, Post-tribulation or none of the above?

What is The Great Tribulation and what is its purpose?

According to the word of God, the Bible, (1) The Great Tribulation is a coming

seven year period when God’s wrath is poured out upon the whole earth, its

effects will only be upon those without faith in Jesus.

Believers will be spared as they were in Egypt where there were no plagues in the land of Goshen where the Jews lived. The blood sprinkled on the door posts symbolized the coming sacrifice Jesus would provide at the cross with the shedding of his own blood. For without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22).

After the Fall of Adam and Eve mankind inherited a “sin” nature a separation from God, their (2) spirits became unable and unwilling to seek God’s fellowship, the heart (spirit) became desperately wicked.  “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 NLT. Today is a repeat of those days as Jesus said it would be with men being “Lovers of selves” and good being called evil and evil called good.

They began to worship the Creation rather than the Creator, God let them go their own way until the human race only did evil and thought evil continually, this brought God’s first judgment in the form of a worldwide flood. Only Noah, his wife and family along with the animals were spared by God’s grace. When you see a Rainbow it is God’s sign and promise that he will never again flood the earth! So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies Romans 1:24 NLT. Do we not see these things taking place in our day?

(3)Mankind once again through their evil nature and their leader Satan have done much evil.  Jesus said they would be like the people of Noah’s day oblivious to God’s anger and hatred of their sinning and his great wrath to be revealed in The Great Tribulation.

Will the Church go through The Great Tribulation and what is the Rapture?

(4)(4A)The Church will not go through The Great Tribulation for they are not appointed to wrath but salvation through Christ.(5) The purpose of this tribulation is to punish the unbelieving wicked for their sins for God is angry with them continually.

Did you know that two of God’s people were raptured in the Old Testament?

They were Enoch and Elijah, Enoch was translated directly to Heaven, Elijah

was taken to Heaven in a Fiery Chariot both never experienced death.

Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:24 NASB.

As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. 2-Kings 2:11 NLT. The name Elijah means “My God is Yahweh” both these men pleased God in their devotion to him. This is the case with the Church the Body of Christ, Jesus tells them the Father loves you because you love me. Every Christian is an exact duplicate of Jesus and thus they will be spared from God’s wrath. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is ( 1-John 3:2 NASB).

Those with faith in Jesus are not sinners in God’s sight, the Father (6) punished Jesus instead for their sins.

The Rapture of the Church is shown in Revelation 4:1 when John is shown a door open in Heaven and told to “Come up here”. After this the Church is no longer mentioned in the whole Book of the Revelation, this is because they are in Heaven.

The Rapture of the Church was explained by the Apostle Paul in the Book of 2-Thessalonians; Paul writes that the Holy Spirit who is restraining all the sin that man is capable of doing. When he is taken away all Hell breaks loose, being every Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, when he goes we go to, that’s the Rapture of the Church before The Great Tribulation. During The Great Tribulation there will be Tribulation Saints in place of the Church, these are those saved by the Jewish Evangelists from a converted state of Israel, they will preach the Gospel of Christ to the whole world. Many of those who come to Christ through the preaching of the Evangelists will be martyred, beheaded for their faith in Jesus. In the Book of Revelation they are the souls crying out to God to avenge and punish those who dwell on the earth for their deaths. They are told to rest for a while, God’s punishment was coming, and The Great Tribulation was drawing near.  Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 24:22 and said that unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones. This indeed is The Great Tribulation but the Lord limits it to seven years for the sake of his chosen ones.

It will be God’s Angels who will pour out God’s punishment on the earth during The Great Tribulation. (Revelation 8 & 9).

I cannot understand those who believe the Church will go through The Great Tribulation, what would the purpose be? For over 2000 years the Church has suffered persecution, torture and death for their testimony of Jesus, they are his Bride, his Mystical Body and he is coming for them “In the clouds” unseen by those on the earth. They will be “Caught up” to be with the Lord. They will escape from The Great Tribulation. As I have previously written, this moment was pictured in the Book of Revelation as an open door in Heaven with a voice like the sound of a trumpet saying; “Come up here”(Revelation 4:1).  It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 1-Corinthians 15:52 NLT.

If anyone believes in a Post-Tribulation please show me any evidence of the Church existing during The Great Tribulation, after Revelation 4:1 they are never mentioned again.

They were caught up to heaven and will return with Christ to deliver Israel from all their enemies. They and all the Saints, Old Testament, the Tribulation Saints will live and Reign with Christ during his 1000 year Kingdom on the earth. To God be the Power and Glory forever, Amen.

(1) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:17 KJV.

(2) But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17 NASB.  Note this death had two parts, the first was a spiritual Death, their spirit was alive but lost the ability to fellowship or communicate with God, in this sense it was dead. The second was a literal physical death of the body, without sin they would have never seen death.

(3″And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: Luke 17:26 NASB.

(4 & 4A) “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. Revelation 3:10 NLT. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1-Thessalonians 5:9 NASB.

(5) God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11 KJV.

(6) Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:8 KJV.

I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life John 5: 24 NLT.



Author Ken

September 2013

 Posted by at 7:13 pm