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I Got Faith You Got Faith All God’s Children Got Faith December 11, 2018

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Pastor John Osteen the father of Mega Church Joel used to lead his congregation in this confession, “This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do.” while waving his big black Bible in the air.  He started every service this way encouraging the faithful to stand on God’s Word. 

It’s our confession of God’s Word that opens the door to miracles.  For if we don’t believe God’s Word how can we say we believe God?  And if we don’t believe God who and what do we believe? 

Many of us have been told we’re losers.  Many of us have been told we’re worthless, unwanted, unnecessary, and unloved.  Not all of us grew up with Mom and Pop Cleaver protecting, supporting, and affirming us.  Many of us have told ourselves we’re no good, forgotten, and useless.  And sad to say many of us believe what the world says about us.  We often believe ourselves and allow these beliefs to shape and guide our lives. 

May be we should try God?  Let’s believe His Word and let that shape and guide our lives. 

Now think about God’s Word for a moment.  He says that His word is truth, and that His judgments endure forever.  He also says He watches over His Word to perform it.  If He’s lying about all that He’s a liar, and we know God isn’t a liar. The devil is. That’s his very nature.  And since the devil’s original sin was his desire to be recognized as God, when we say or act as if God is a liar we’re giving the devil exactly what he wants, because we’re saying the liar is our God. 

Spiritual things can only be understood by those who are spiritual.  To the natural man they’re foolishness and the fool has said in his heart there is no God.  In this article I’m speaking to believers and hopefully to those without hope who might become believers.  To those who’ve confessed Jesus as Lord and who believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead.   If we’ve done those things His Word says we will be saved.  It doesn’t say might be.  It doesn’t say could be.  It says will be. Which also means you can be. 

He also says we overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb AND the word of our testimony, that we will be judged by the words that come out of our mouth, and that whatever we ask in the name of Jesus we shall receive that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 

That is some powerful stuff.  Our words are important.  Some people interpret all this in such a way that believe God becomes their servant and that He’s honor bound to give us anything we ask for.  But in His Word He tells us that we need to ask for the right stuff when He says you ask and don’t receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 

We need to get lined up with Him.  We need to allow Him to put the desires in our heart and then use the power of confession in the Name of Jesus to move forward in the ministry He’s called us to, and then we’ll receive the desires of our heart, the ones He put there.  For make no mistake if you’re a believer you’ve been called to minister the Word to a world dying to receive it.  That ministry is your witness.  You don’t have to be a Bible scholar.  God will always give you the words to say if you testify of Him.  Share your witness, your testimony.  Simply tell what the Lord has done for you.  And if you don’t have a testimony seek the Lord until you have one. 

All it takes is faith to walk out on God’s Word and expect Him to accomplish it.  That’s what we do to get saved.  And that’s what we must do to be who He says we are, to have what He says we have, and to do what He’s called us to do. 

And if the believers among us think we don’t have enough faith remember we had enough faith to believe God for salvation.  And I don’t know about you but if I have enough faith to believe God will welcome someone like me into heaven I’ve got more than a mustard seed’s worth so mountain you better start jumping.  Also remember faith itself is a gift from God.  We can always ask for more.  So if you don’t have enough faith to believe God for salvation ask God and He will give it to you. 

I got faith, you got faith, all God’s children got faith, and the only kind of faith for me is faith in Jesus Christ. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

 

 

 

 

Third Temple Revealed December 6, 2018

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Do you think we’re living in the End Times?

If you spend much time with Evangelical Christians you’re bound to be asked this question.  Perhaps, more times than you’ll be able to remember.  I know I have.

Those who believe that the Revelation of John found in the New Testament foretells future evets are constantly looking for signs that the End Times have begun.  They’re always on the lookout for the birth of the Red Heifer, the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, and the building of the Third Temple.

News flashes from around the world:

  1. The writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament tells us that the end times were already upon us back in the first century when he said, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”
  2. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced in September of 2018 that the first red heifer born in Israel in 2,000 years “was certified by a board of rabbis as fulfilling all the Biblical requirements.”
  3. According to the Smithsonian.com the Ark of the Covenant may not have been lost at all. “Through the centuries, Ethiopian Christians have claimed that the ark rests in a chapel in the small town of Aksum, in their country’s northern highlands. It arrived nearly 3,000 years ago, they say, and has been guarded by a succession of virgin monks who, once anointed, are forbidden to set foot outside the chapel grounds until they die.”

And there are scholars who agree with the Ethiopian Christians. “While the idea that the Ark was taken to Ethiopia is not new there has been renewed interest after evidence was unearthed by the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration Institute (BASE).  In a blog post on the organization’s website it said: “As unusual as this may sound, the BASE team has uncovered compelling evidence that the Ark may well have been spirited up the Nile River to an eventual resting place in the remote highlands of ancient Kush–modern-day Ethiopia.

According to their research the Ark was taken out of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the reign of Manasseh where it was first taken to a Jewish colony on Elephantine Island in Egypt.

After that it is thought it was taken down the Nile to Lake Tana in Ethiopia and in particular Tana Kirkos Island, which is considered to be a holy island only populated by Christian monks.”

  1. And in this article I will reveal the location of the Third Temple.

Let me digress:

When I gave my life to Christ and was born-again into a new life I was an alcoholic drug addict.

I’d never thought that was a bad or unusual thing, either before I was born-again or immediately afterward.  Let me explain.  You see I thought everyone was an alcoholic drug addict except of course for those bland bobble-heads I called squares or citizens and they meant no more to me than the gravel under my feet.  Everyone who was anyone in my life was someone who either helped me get alcohol and drugs or enjoyed them with me.

I didn’t think there was anything wrong with using and abusing alcohol and drugs because where I came from everyone did.  At least everyone I knew or interacted with.  The local priest had his own stool at a local bar and was famous for his capacity to drink people under the table.  The pastor of the church my parents attempted to make me attend was a notorious drunk.  I knew police officers who got high and arrested people just to seize their drugs.  I sat in police cars drinking with on duty officers.  My best connection for weed was a Chicago police captain.  In my neighborhood teachers, judges, doctors, everyone self-medicated.

I figured the only reason drugs were illegal was because the government had to throw a bone to the mob when they made alcohol legal.  And besides in my mind the government made more money running people through the system then they would if they just taxed drug sales.  I figured the presidents and others running the country got high they just had the real good stuff.

After I was born-again I was consumed with reading the Bible.  As much as possible that was all I did.  I would walk around my house reading the Bible drinking whiskey while chain-smoking cigarettes and joints.  I just figured I was getting a spiritual high to augment my self-medicated continuous life buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

It was beautiful.

Then I ran headfirst into I Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

This brought me up short.  “I’m the temple of God!” I thought.  Looking at the eight ounce tumbler of whiskey in one hand and the cigarette in the other I thought, “What am I doing?”

Right there and right then I set down that glass of whiskey, put out that cigarette looked at the bag of weed lying next to my hands on the desk and gave them up.  That was it.  No withdrawals.  No regrets.  God did all the heavy lifting and He made me clean.

Since that day I’ve never been drawn off course by anyone wondering about when the Third Temple was going to be built because God makes it clear that we are the temple of God.  In I Corinthians 3:16-17 He says it straight out, “you are the temple of God.”   And if that wasn’t enough there are other references to this fact in the Bible as well.  Such as I Peter 2:4-5, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

What is the Temple besides God’s house?  What is it for?  It is where the priests offered sacrifices.  In the new world, the New Earth we inhabit when we become a new creation the sacrifices are spiritual and they are offered up in God’s house, His Holy Temple, which temple we are.

Secret revealed:

Where is the Third Temple?  It is right here right now … it is the body of Christ made up of all believers collectively and individually.

So don’t be drawn off base looking for that which has been revealed.  Our Father God calls every Christian to be Christ to the world around us.  To see with His eyes, hear with His ears, touch with His hands, and love with His heart.  He told us that we will do the same kind of works He did while He walked among us only greater.  So let’s not waste our time navel gazing into a reflecting glass of superimposed meanings when Revelation tells us clearly; Jesus is God, God wins in the end, and no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

 

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