be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
he was." (James 1:22-24)
IS THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?
exactly is the condition of the Christian Church today? The
Christian Church appears to be suffering from a disease called, 'SPIRITUAL
CHURCH HAVING A 'CRISES OF IDENTITY' OR 'SPIRITUAL AMNESIA'
condition, intermittent, other times complete - seriously retards church
growth and spirituality. It is not a new condition, however, and St.
James was well acquainted with it.
most serious crises of identity, or 'spiritual amnesia attack' happened to
Jesus' secretary treasurer, Judas Iscariot, who fell for the sin of 'greed
and covetousness' and 'stole from the bag'! (John 12:4-6; John 13:29).
Judas Iscariot continued playing the game and eventually, "Satan
entered into him". (John 13:27)
ISCARIOT, ONE OF THE CHOSEN 12 DISCIPLES BETRAYED JESUS FOR 30 PIECE OF
SILVER - THEN KILLED HIMSELF
Judas had betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and saw that He was
condemned to die, he returned the money to the high priest, saying: "I
have betrayed the innocent blood." He
then took his own life! (Matthew 27: 3-5)
very sad, to see a man who was 'one
of the twelve disciples', who had been given power to preach the
gospel, heal the sick and cast out devils,
fall from grace and be lost forever! (Mark 6: 7,12,13; Acts 1: 17)
PETER HAD A ''SPIRITUAL AMNESIA' ATTACK WHEN HE DENIED THAT HE KNEW
our Saviour's trial, St.
Peter also suffered such an attack, when he was labeled a disciple
of Jesus! On three separate occasions, he vigorously denied the
accusation, stating that he did not "know
Peter even cursed and swore, to make his point.
ONLY TOOK ONE LOOK FROM JESUS, FOR PETER'S 'SPIRITUAL AMNESIA' ATTACK TO
for Peter's amnesia, came in the form of 'one look' from Jesus': "The
Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word
of the Lord, how He had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt
deny Me thrice. And
Peter went out and wept bitterly." (Luke 22: 61-62)
And his amnesia was gone.
AMNESIA' IS RELATED TO THE SPIRITUAL DISEASE 'SLUMBER'
it usually happens at a very crucial and important moment. It is certainly
related to the spiritual disease of 'slumber'
in which Peter and the other disciples were involved, just prior to
his denial of Jesus! When Jesus needed them the most, in the time of
His greatest agony and conflict, they fell asleep. And when the Master
awakened them on several occasions, they were unable to respond..
Holy Record states:
"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and
saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.."
saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry
ye here, and watch with Me. And He went a little further, and fell
on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this
cup pass from Me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou will.
He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and sayeth unto
Peter, What could ye not watch with Me ONE HOUR?
and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing,
but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed.
And He came and found them asleep again…" (Matthew 26: 36-46)
PAUL SAID, "FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST"
Paul identified the problem, putting it in proper perspective, in his
letter to the church in Rome: "For
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek." (Romans 1:
FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS.
In his epistle to Timothy, the great apostle, admonishes: "Hold
fast the form of sound words..." "That good thing
which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost, which dwelleth in
he shares some very sad news: "This thou knowest, that ALL
they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are
Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto
the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and
was not ashamed of my chain."
(2 Timothy 1: 13-16)
IMPRISONMENT EMBARRASSED AND FRIGHTENED SOME BELIEVERS
imprisonment had embarrassed and frightened some of the believers,
and Timothy was undoubtedly becoming fearful that he also might be
subjected to beatings, imprisonment and death.
NOT ASHAMED OF THE TESTIMONY OF OUR LORD
the letter to his young disciple, Paul writes: "For God hath not
given us the spirit
of fear; but of power,
and of love,
and of a sound
mind. Be not thou therefore
ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner:
but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to
the power of God." (2 Timothy 2:7,8)
SUFFERED 'SPIRITUAL AMNESIA'
suffered a devastating attack of 'spiritual
amnesia', which quite probably led to his eternal damnation. In his
letter to Timothy, the great ‘warrior of the cross' writes: "Do thy
diligence to come shortly unto me: For
Demas hath forsaken me, having loved
this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.."
Paul reports: "At my first answer, no
man stood with me, but ALL MEN FORSOOK ME:
I pray God that it will not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding,
the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the
preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and
I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion." (2 Timothy 4:
NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD
Bible warns: "Love
not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the
world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." "And the
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of
God, abideth forever.." (1
John 2: 15-17)
James of the first Pentecostal Church, in Jerusalem, put a HUMAN FACE on
the problem of spiritual amnesia! He divided people into two classes: the 'hearers
and doers' and the 'hearers only'.
He said that those who hear the Scriptures and give only mental assent,
can be likened to a man, looking at his face in the mirror, and shortly
forgetting what he looked like!
COULD ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN 'BORN AGAIN' SUFFER 'SPIRITUAL AMNESIA'?
a man forget whether he had a beard or was clean shaven? Or whether he had
black hair or blond, or if his eyes were blue or brown? Of course not! But,
spiritual amnesia is just as absurd and ridiculous.
could anyone ever forget the life transforming experience, of being
Born - Again? The release from condemnation and guilt, as our sins
were washed away by the precious
blood of Jesus Christ! The
peace of God flooded our spirit and soul, and God's love swept through our
entire being as Jesus made Himself real
to our hearts, and the Holy Spirit introduced us to our Heavenly
IMPOSSIBLE FOR A SINCERE CHRISTIAN TO FORGET BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY
is impossible for a Christian - unless the conscience is seared - to
forget the glorious experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
ye shall receive power (authority) after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me...
the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If
any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me,
as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
water. But this He spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him
(Acts 1:8; John 7:37-38)
word that Jesus used to describe the impact of the Holy Spirit in the life
of a believer is 'dunamis',
out of which we get the word 'DYNAMITE'! St. Paul's prayer for the Church;
best describes the Holy
Spirit's impact upon a believer.
the God of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you
the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him."
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His
inheritance in the saints."
what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us - ward who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ,
when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right Hand in the
above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over all
things to the Church, Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth
all in all." (Ephesians
MADE A COMPARISON BETWEEN THOSE WHO HEARD HIS WORD AND ACTED AND THOSE
WHO DID NOT
wise man built his house upon a rock....The foolish man built his house
upon the sand.
drew a comparison between those who heard His Word and acted upon it and
those who did not! Here are His timeless Words: "Therefore
whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will
liken him unto a WISE MAN who built, which
built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and
it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock."
every one that heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them not, is
likened unto a FOOLISH MAN, which built
his house upon the sand: And the rains descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and
it fell: and great was the fall of it."
(Matthew 7: 24-27)
said: "Hearken; Behold a sower went out to sow: And it came to pass,
as he sowed, some
fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it
some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and
immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the
sun was up, it was scorched: and because it had no root, it withered
some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and
it yielded no fruit. And
on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased;
and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred."
(Mark 4: 3-8)
MADE IT PLAIN THAT WHEN THE WORD OF GOD IS SOWN, IMMEDIATELY THE
DEVIL COMES TO STEAL THE WORD
this parable, Jesus made it plain that when the Word of God is sown, immediately
the devil comes to steal the Word.
(John 10:15) Our Lord
stated that Satan came to "steal, kill and destroy". (John
seed that was sown on STONY GROUND speaks of those "who
have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no
themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward when affliction
or persecution ariseth for the Word's sake, immediately they are
offended." (John 10: 18,19)
seed sown AMONG THORNS refers to: "such
as hear the Word, and the cares of this world,
And the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering
in, choke the Word, and it
becometh unfruitful." (John 10:18,19)
finally, the seed that fell on GOOD GROUND are:
"such as hear the Word, and receive
it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty, and some an
hundred." (John 10: 20)
DOESN'T RECOGNIZE THOSE "WHO RECEIVE THE WORD WITH GLADNESS BUT FALL
doesn't recognize those "who
receive the Word with gladness, but fall away"
or those who "hear
the Word and become unfruitful because of the cares, pleasures and lusts
of this world" as GENUINE believers.
Lord separates believers – "such
as hear the Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit" - into
three groups: "some
thirty fold, some sixty and some an hundred.'
DESIRES FRUIT IN HIS FOLLOWERS
DESIRES FRUIT in His followers! He stated: "I
am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that
beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He PURGETH
it, that it may bring forth more
in Me. and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it
abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I
am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing."
a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
burned." (John 15: 1-6)
PUTS BELIEVERS IN 3 CATEGORIES:30% - 60% - 100%
places believers in three categories: thirty percent, sixty percent and
one hundred percent! The famous American Evangelist, D.L.
Moody said: "The FIRST CLASS", are those who got to
Calvary and there got life. They believed on the Son and were saved, and
there they rested satisfied. They did not seek anything higher..
CLASS - 30% CHRISTIANS
might safely say, I think, without exaggeration, that 19 out of 20
Christians have just got life and have settled down, and have not sought
CLASS - 60% CHRISTIANS
SECOND CLASS, Moody calls, 'a better class of Christian' asserting
secret of the Holy Spirit's coming in power to the believer is the
individual's complete surrender to the Saviour. And we do not need to wait
upon God to do something for us. Hes waiting for us to yield ourselves to
CLASS - 100% CHRISTIANS
points to John 7: 37,38, where we read: "out
of whose belly (innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water."
He says: "This
is the BEST CLASS; this
is the kind of Christian we ought to be."
number of years ago,, Rev. Ray Brubaker
News Behind The News', wrote the article, 'God's
Message to This Generation', in which he gave his personal
testimony of being miraculously healed and filled with the Holy Spirit! He
quotes great preachers, who have been used of God, because they were
empowered with the Blessed Holy Spirit.
says: "As Moody stated, 'Pentecost
was only a specimen day', Moody calls attention to the fact that
for thirty years our Lord lived in obscurity in Nazareth. Then, there came
a day when we read where Jesus was "full
of the Holy Ghost."
SAID, "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME"
back to Nazareth after His victorious encounter over Satan, in the
wilderness we read where He entered the temple and read from Isaiah.."the
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me." From thence,
"for three years we find Him preaching the kingdom of God, casting
out devils and raising the dead..."
the Son of God has got to be anointed, do not His disciples need it, and
shall we not seek it, and shall we barely rest with conversion?"
there were those who took exception to Moody's reference to receiving the
Holy Spirit, or his messages on the baptism of the Spirit, TORREY relates
how Moody would reply: "Why
will they split hairs? Why don't they see that this is just the
one thing that they themselves need?"
CHRISTIANS KNOW WHO WERE ARE?
a follower of Jesus is serious business. Let us strive to live for Him, in
such a manner that we are in the one
hundred percent category, because we love Him and desire to bring
forth godly fruit.
KNOW WHO WE ARE 'IN CHRIST' AND THE DEVIL KNOWS WHO WE ARE 'IN CHRIST'
sad fact is that God knows who we are 'in
Christ' and the devil knows who we are 'in
Christ', but we don't seem to know who we are 'in
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE 'IN CHRIST'
Christian friend, 'Do
you know who you are in Christ'? In the event, that anyone reading
this message, does not know or has forgotten who you are in Christ, let me
inform you or refresh your memory, of your standing before God and man!
YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, YOU ARE:
A Child of God
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God...Beloved, now are we the sons of God.." (1
An heir of God; a joint heir with Jesus Christ
Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of
God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified
together." (Romans 8: 16,17)
A king and a priest unto God
from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of
the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved
us: And washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings
and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever
and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1: 5,6)
A temple of the Holy Spirit
ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:
16,17; 1Corinthians 6: 19; 2 Corinthians 6: 16)
Bone of Jesus' bone and flesh of His flesh
we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones."
(Ephesians 5: 30)
A member of the body of Christ
ye not that your bodies are the member of Christ? Shall I take then the
members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God
forbid." (1 Corinthians 6: 15; Ephesians 5: 23,30)
An ambassador of the kingdom of God
then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2
Corinthians 5: 20)
A representative of Christ and His gospel
all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit (that
is) that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the
ministry of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5: 18,19)
A lively stone in the building of God
also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus
Christ." (1 Peter 2: 5)
An epistle of God seen and read of all men
are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ
ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living
God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." (2
Corinthians 3: 2,3)
An Over-comer through the blood of Christ
whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: And this is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the
world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God," (1 John
5: 4,5; Romans 12: 21; Revelation 2:7)
More than a conqueror through Jesus Christ
shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yeah rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh
intercession for us".
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all
these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
"My people are destroyed for lack
of wisdom." (Hosea 4: 6). This treatise has been
prepared with the assistance of the blessed Holy Spirit, in order to help
correct the devastating problem of 'Spiritual Amnesia', in the 'Body of
READ THESE WORDS AND ALLOW THE BLESSED HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK IN YOUR LIFE
STUDY the words that I have shared with you - from the depths of my heart
- and allow the blessed Holy Spirit to work mightily in your heart
and life! Believe these words: "But
my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father, be glory for ever and
ever. Amen," (Philippians 4: 19,20)
I say unto you: What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that
ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And all things, whatsoever ye
shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
(Mark 11:24; Matthew 21: 22)
unto Him, Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all
ages, world without end." (Ephesians 3: 20, 21)
St. Peter declared, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the
gift of the Holy Ghost". (Acts 2:38)
YOU MUST DO TO RECEIVE GOD'S GIFT OF SALVATION
how to be free from Satan, be free from sin, freedom from the Devil
You must admit that you are a sinner
Bible says, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10)
all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)
as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Romans 5:12)
how to be free from Satan, be free from sin, freedom from the Devil2.
You must be willing to turn away from sin - to repent of your sins
said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish." (Luke 13:5)
the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30)
You must BELIEVE that JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU, was buried, and rose
again from the dead.
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
it thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." (Romans 10:9)
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John
You must INVITE JESUS into your life to become your personal Saviour.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10)
DO I INVITE JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?
to God, a prayer - from your heart. Tell Him that you are a
sinner and that you need forgiveness. Tell him that you believe
Jesus Christ died for your sins. Tell him that you are willing to
change, to turn away from sin. Ask Jesus Christ to come into your
heart and life and be your personal Saviour.
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED
THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD. God Bless