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Hurt not the Oil and the Wine

There is a spirit in the world today which seeks to spoil the joy of life. It is a spirit of scarcity. It is a spirit of stinginess.

Light – It might not come to mind first, but I believe it even exists in church architecture. Few are the churches that I’ve visited which allow natural light and fewer still with windows that have views of the outdoors.

Water – Baptism is supposed to be by immersion in water. That is in other words by complete submersion of the baptizee. Fresh water is acceptable, saltwater is acceptable, dirty water is acceptable. Yet while the world is virtually covered in water, people baptize (or attempt to baptize) people with a sprinkle of a few drops of water or by pouring from a pitcher.

Oil – Spare the oil and spoil the carpet. James 5:14-15 clearly tells us how God will perform miracles of cures in his churches today. Why is this not performed? Is it for scarcity of oil, lack of belief in God’s word or fear of ruined carpets?

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Unbelief

From subtle to nonsensical, certain teachers take a knock at our faith.

One preacher stated, God looked away from Jesus on the cross, because he cannot look upon sin. I call nonsense. How will God judge if he cannot look upon sin, even the world’s placed upon his son? How is God all knowing if he cannot see sin? My interpretation of Jesus saying in Matthew 27:46, My God, My God, why have you forsaken me, is this: Jesus was in great pain and distress and he felt very much alone. My suspicion is God never looked away, not for a second, and when his time of wrath and judgment is come, he will recall every moment of Jesus’ suffering.

Another preacher said that Jesus prepared and orchestrated ahead of time his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. He went so far as to say Jesus set up the placement of the donkey and the availability of the upper room to be discovered by his uninformed disciples. If you cannot believe Jesus knew these thing because God knew them, I think you’re struggling to look for unbelief. Recognizing miracles requires belief that God has power to do them. You can try to limit God the Father or Jesus, but you’re only hurting yourself and gullible listeners. Doubt begets unbelief.

Words that should perk up your ears and actually inspire doubt:

God cannot …

God is not able to …

God must … .

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Fact vs. Fantasy

How can you believe in the power of the Devil if you barely believe in the power of God.

Fact: Magic is Real. Satan and demons have power. Familiar spirits exist.

Fantasy: It’s all sleight of hand or simple explainable tricks of the eye.

Many people including the preacher at the Church I attend don’t believe magic exists today. My response, they put it on primetime. How can you say it doesn’t exist?

I think the fable that it doesn’t exist is perpetuated by churches that don’t believe miracles exist today. That is why I said if you don’t believe in the power of God, how can you believe in the power of the Devil. There is a verse that says pray for wisdom and the Lord will give liberally to those that ask. A discussion was made of this. They argued not miraculously, but through study. I say God is true to his word and he can miraculously give wisdom and knowledge. Paul said once his doctrine was given to him by God, not by men.

I stay away from much of the primetime magic shows, but what is truly scary is what work are magicians and sorcerers doing behind the scenes. What are they doing in governments and government agencies. Remember Rasputin in Russia? It was said Mrs. Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s wife, consulted astrologers.

Fact: Keep God’s word and stay away from magicians, sorcerers, and witchcraft. They are real and they are in the world today.

My opinion of spells: perhaps they do nothing, perhaps they work. Satan may respond to one person’s abracadabra and ignore another’s. The good news is Satan’s ability is limited by what God allows. The bad news is sometimes that’s substantial. Read Job in the Old Testament or about Elymas in the New.

James 4:7-8 KJV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

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