2021 Volume 30 Issue 30
"The Holy Ghost Boldness"
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel." Acts 4:8 Peter is addressing the rulers of the people and the elders of Israel. This same Peter was terrified of a servant girl in the hall of Caiaphas, where he denied the Lord. "Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest." Matthew 26:69-70 We all know the story. Peter denied Christ three times that night for his flesh had given in to the spirit of fear. Jesus had warned Peter saying, "Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice." Matthew 26:34 What could change a person so? Jesus had commanded the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49 The fact that Peter had obeyed Jesus and waited for the Holy Ghost that God, Himself had promised to send, made a tremendous difference in Peter's boldness. We find in Acts Chapter Two, the first record of the Holy Ghost being imparted upon the believers. There are several other scriptures relating to the believers receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Each time, the believers spoke with other tongues as evidence that they had received the gift. We find where Jews and Gentiles received the promised power. Jesus made it very plain in Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:" Many Pastors preach and teach that this is not for the Church today, but Peter tells us different in Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Here we have Peter telling us what we must do to receive the gift. This may be the reason why a lot of Pastors have not received the gift. They have failed to truly believe and repent. One must first truly believe, that it's real and that God is no respecter of persons. Peter goes on in Verse 39 to verify this. "For the promise is unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." I ask you one question, what is so hard to understand in that verse? It's absolutely clear, Peter tells us that it's for those standing there, their children, and for all that are called unto repentance by God. Pastors and congregations that deny the gift that God promised His children are heaping damnation upon themselves. Paul told us in 2 Timothy 3:5, that men would come, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." What if Paul was a man of God and what he wrote was anointed by God and the total truth? We both know he was and it is the total truth. Let's read Romans 13:1-2. Paul is writing to all that are in Rome. " Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefor resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." The advice we offer is this, even if you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, you must believe God's Word to be true. No matter what the Pastor or teacher tries to tell you, believe the Word of God. Your soul hangs in the balance. Peter had boldness after that the Holy Ghost had come upon him. He no longer feared what man would say or do unto him. Over 8,000 souls were saved immediately after he received it. Every Christian needs this power and we pray that you have it.
"The Day Of Judgment"
We often wonder how it will be when the good people stand before God to be judged. We can envision them as they plead their cases before the Lord. Some will be telling of the times they helped the needy, others will be speaking of the time spent in Church. Many will talk about how they never sinned like their neighbors and we're sure there will be those that remind God how they served in Jesus' name by praying for the sick, visiting the fatherless and widows. They'll tell how they never cheated, lied or stole and they were always treating others as they wanted to be treated. We can see the wealthy thanking God for all of their blessings and how they probably could have done a little more with what they had, if they had known that it would have been used properly. Then you have those that will stand before Him that cannot and will not make any excuses. They will simply appeal to His grace and mercy thinking that He will overlook their sins and because He's a loving God, He will forgive and forget all they have done. The words they will hear will be the sharpest, heart piercing words ever heard by man. The words we're speaking of are the words of Christ, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:23 The sad part is most Christians don't understand that our works have NOTHING to do with our salvation. Satan has so many people deceived into believing that their good works will assure them eternal life with Christ. This deception will lead millions to hell. The Day of Judgment is close and we must warn the lost to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise God!! God is still blessing and using this little church and ministry to win the lost souls to Christ. In the past few weeks we have had 3-4 genuine salvations through our telecast. Now that may not sound like a lot to some, but every soul we can snatch away from Satan is a win for God! We need your continued support to reach these lost and hurting souls.
"Offer This Month"
Teaching CD entitled, "Simon The Sorcerer." Learn how Simon claimed to be the Great One. For a love gift of $12.00 or more. Available on CD only. Offer # 444-G
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