Has Your Hope Failed In An Embarrassing Way?

“And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord God. ” Ezekiel 16:62,63. 

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Ashamed, bush, Strong’s # 954–To be ashamed, shamed, disappointed, or embarrassed. Some of its derivatives are busha (Shame) and boshet, which is translated “Shame,” but refers to an idol. The idol itself was considered a shame or an embarrassment.

An idol also guaranteed that its worshippers would eventually be shamed and greatly disappointed in their choice of an object of worship (1 Samuel 5:1-5)

Dagon, the honored fish; A national idol and god of the Philistines it had the head, arms and body of a man, but the body terminated in a fish; (roots= 1-fish; 2 to increase; to multiply). More on this in another post.

Bosh is used for the sense of disappointment one experiences when one’s hope fails in an embarrassing way; (1 Samuel 5:1-5) but those who trust in the Lord shall never be ashamed (Ps.25:2, 3; Joel 2:26,27).

In our text being ashamed is the result of remembering the path we walked before coming into God’s covenant (Vs. 62) and realizing that our deeds necessitated the atonement.

Jesus’ Gut Feeling The Motive For at Least Five Miracles.

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. Matt.14:14.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matt. 9:36.

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Moved with compassion, splanchnizomai,Strong’s # 4697-To be moved with deep compassion or pity. The Greeks believed the bowels (splanchna) as the place where strong powerful emotions originated. The Hebrews also considered splanchna as the place where tender mercies and feelings of affection, compassion, sympathy, and pity originated.

Truest compassion is only found in the nature of God, because only God knows the full depth of an individuals pain, need, or suffering. Jesus is seen in the essence of His feeling human weaknesses (Heb. 4:15), fully sensing the ravaged condition of human brokenness.

In our kairos (Strong’s #2540) time now, his compassion is often manifested in inner healing and deliverance when the Holy Spirit makes it uncomfortable for an unclean spirit (demon) in a person by the person feeling a very uncomfortable stirring in their bowls. Our Lord is serving an eviction notice.

Christlikeness calls us to learn Jesus’ heart of compassion, a depth of sensitivity that can be worked in us through the Holy Spirit, reconditioning our hearts to be able to sense the pain of human bondage and to weep with those who weep (Heb. 13:3; Rom 12:15).

Jesus’ tears over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) and His tears at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35) reveal more than either a sense of rejection by the people of one city or a grief over the death of a personal friend.

His compassion melted the hardness of all hearts that were blinded by their sin and for the tragedy of His creation (mankind) vulnerability to death. Compassion relates to the lost, the hurting, the needy, the distressed. Compassion is the direct motive for at least five of Jesus’ miracles.

The Raw, Naked Truth About Homosexuality

7:00AM EDT 7/22/2014 BERT M. FARIAS


In a moment I am going to speak very plainly and straightforward about homosexuality. As a preacher, I have a great responsibility before God to speak the truth in love—to convince, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and teaching (2 Tim. 4:3)—to never shun to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).

If you are involved in a gay relationship, or have a loved one who is, please do not get upset with me. I am for you and not against you. If you will listen long enough, you will see that I am actually trying to help you.

I know a wonderful godly Christian couple who have had to die a thousand deaths when their son recently arrived home from college and admitted to them that he was practicing a homosexual lifestyle. That is a very heart-wrenching trial for any God-fearing parent to have to face. They have my deepest admiration for handling this situation with love and honor. Even though these kinds of situations should move us with great compassion, we cannot afford to lose our convictions. This couple has chosen to love their son while firmly holding to their strong biblical convictions and opposing the lifestyle he leads.

If you are a minister, a pastor, or even a priest I also would like to speak frankly and forthrightly to you today.

The government of Denmark has made it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages, regardless of religious beliefs, conscience or convictions. No church or minister in Denmark is exempt from complying with this new law.

Could America be next? Could a law be passed that would order American churches to perform gay ceremonies if they want to maintain their tax-exempt status?

The writing is on the wall.GAY_PRIDE.CR22_480

What will you do on that fateful day? Obey man or obey God?

Gay rights and gay marriage have become one of the major issues of our culture today. In such times, Christians cannot afford to lose their moral compass or compromise the scriptures.

Here is a reminder that will strengthen our moral bearings:

The devil hates it when someone brings the truth out into the open. He likes to keep all light and truth hidden in the darkness. He hates it when someone speaks plainly and clearly about sin. On the other hand, he loves to promote all that is abominable and evil. “Off with his head,” has always been the cry against those who confront sin and preach repentance.

So here is the raw, naked truth on homosexuality that we must never forget:

The Bible says that homosexuality is unnatural. Men in gay relationships have given up the natural use of the woman and women the natural use of the man.

“For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” (Rom. 1:26-27).

The Bible does not say that God changed what was natural. Neither does it say that nature, or the environment, or the culture, or his parents, nor did his birth genes change what was natural. It says that lesbians and homosexuals changed themselves. Yes, that’s right! The Bible says it is people who change their natural sexual desires in exchange for unnatural ones. The Bible sweeps away every argument, excuse and destructive reasoning for unnatural sexual activity. Some things are against nature, and therefore against God, because God created nature.

Homosexuality is not ordained by God, nor is it even biologically right or natural. People are gay because they choose to be–not because they can’t help it. It’s a choice in the same way I could choose as a sexually normal red-blooded male to go out and commit adultery. Being gay is a choice just like a heterosexual couple chooses to have children, or a man decides to remain celibate and enter the monastery, or a woman chooses to be a nun. Men don’t say, “I can’t help being a monk!” Women don’t say, “I couldn’t help being a nun!” Just as normal couples make a choice to marry, or not to marry, have sex or not to have sex, have children or not have children, so it is with being gay.

The choice to be gay, however, has far greater risk in that it ties one to lust, illicit passions, and unclean practices that open up a person to the demonic. I will explain this further below.

We’ve got this whole thing muddled up because people don’t speak plainly and clearly anymore. They beat around the bush and are obsessed with political correctness and being loving and tolerant. The truth is that everyone makes choices every single day. You can choose to believe in God or not. You can choose to believe the Bible or not. You can choose to surrender your life to Jesus Christ or not. You can choose to be a liar, a thief, a whore-monger, a murderer, an alcoholic or a drug addict. Quit blaming it on your genes or your addictive personality, unfortunate circumstances, or your background and upbringing. Yes, our culture and surroundings influence us, but we don’t have to yield to its evil influences.

For example, I could say to my wife, “It’s so natural for me to have sex with other women, so I think I will. I just can’t help myself!” Just because a woman opens her blouse to me and entices me to have sex with her doesn’t mean that I will. The fact is some people just want to do what comes naturally or what feels good, and the devil eats them up. He will feed you all the lies and perversion you are willing to receive.

Here’s the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right: Being gay is demonic.

There is an account in the Bible where Jesus casts 2,000 demons out of a man. The demons came out screaming and begged Jesus to send them into the pigs. The pigs didn’t want them, so they ran down a steep hill and were drowned in the sea. Pigs have more sense than some humans. Some people embrace homosexual demons, but the pigs would rather die than be possessed with demons.

“Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, ‘Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.’ And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.” (Mark 5:11-13).

From a biblical perspective, the rise of homosexuality is a sign that a society is in the last stages of decay. And here is another terrible truth: As people continue to reject God, He gives them over to increasingly immoral and self-destructive activities. There are destructive physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of homosexual behavior.

All human beings know deep in their hearts that God exists, and they all know something of His moral standards. But people’s unrighteousness leads them to suppress the truth and believe false views of God and the Bible, and they twist the scriptures to their own destruction, because they know that the truth would require them to repent.

Allow me to school you in Basic Sex 101. If being gay was natural, two men or two women could produce a baby, but they can’t. Their sexual reproductive organs do not complement each other therefore making it impossible for them to procreate. It can never be natural for two men or two women to get married and live together. Our culture’s acceptance and celebration of gay behavior will never make it right. Wrong is wrong no matter how many people are for it. And right is right no matter how many people are against it. Homosexuality is not new. It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s as old as the devil himself.

Just as a fornicator or an adulterer can stop being sexually active, any gay person who claims to be a professing Christian can stop being gay. There are still plenty of strong brothers and sisters in the Lord who will be more than willing to offer help, prayer, counsel and deliverance. There are also many godly pastors and mentors who will be glad to minister to you so you can be free. If natural feelings for the opposite sex do not return, then honor the Lord by waiting and choosing to remain celibate. In the same way I would give account to God for living in adultery, so the Bible says one day homosexuals will pay the penalty for the error of their ways. Just because something is pleasurable and feels good will never make it right if it is outside of the boundaries God has set.

No one has to preach controversial subjects and “rock the boat” type of messages. But in times like these when homosexuality is being embraced and celebrated by much of our culture, and now by many churches, preachers have a responsibility to preach sound doctrines and truths that will warn people of the consequences of sin. I charge every preacher of righteousness today to preach these truths and warn your people of the wrath to come on those who delight in unrighteousness and wickedness. The scriptures are full of warnings, and true love always warns.

If you struggle with same-sex attraction, please take your will and put it in God’s hands and let Him begin to break you of the power of its addiction. The process of breaking any addiction starts with a hatred for the thing and then a turning to God in sincere repentance. He will never cast out the one who comes to Him for help (John 6:37). When you realize that all impenitent homosexuals are among the dead who have no inheritance in the kingdom of God and whose end is destruction, the sweetness and pleasure of your sin will suddenly turn sour in your belly.

“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov. 9:17-18).

Do not be deceived.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

May God grant godly repentance to more homosexuals and cause them to shun the horrors of hell while gaining the glories of heaven. May many more of them be washed, sanctified and justified for the honor and glory of God.

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:11).

Bert M. Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, is the author of The Real Gospel and co-host of the New England Holy Ghost Forum

Oops, did I just step on your Hyper-Grace?

There is a new flavor of the week in the body of Christ which is touted as the Bugs Bunny pre-sweetened cool-aide according to latest revelations of the Hyper-Grace hucksters. To quote Dr. Michael Brown in his book “Hyper-Grace,” Since hyper-grace teachers believe that the moment we are saved, God pronounces all our sins forgiven-meaning, past, present, and future sins–they also believe that there is no need for us to confess our sins to God as believers or to ask for forgiveness.”

It would appear that our flavor is a little too sweet, and gone flat in view of 1 John 1:9. This progressive crowd can and does come up with all manner of new revelation that encourages the easy sleazy walk with God. Indulge me for a bit here in my concern for needs based ministry to hurting people who know they are forgiven, and know they are a new creation in Christ.

Brethren, if a man is overtaken (caught) in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1,2 NKJV. the-good-samaritan I guess the old tent maker/repairman Paul did not believe that one could fall into temptation and sin. My take on this passage and the idea that a born again believer can sin and be overtaken by it is as follows.

To me this verse (verse one) directs qualified, spiritually equipped believers to be available to minister restoration to fellow believers who fallen aside or been trapped or bound by sin. And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave-clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:44. This Scripture illustrates the principle of restoration freeing the bound/trapped/fallen.

Following Lazarus’s being raised from the dead, he is still hampered by his grave-clothes—a man with a new lease on life, still needing release from the trappings of the past (the linen strips–grave-clothes). Note that Jesus told His disciples to “Loose him, and let him go,” entrusting the completion of the miracle He began to the care and ministry of those He assigned. In our present day Jesus still entrusts the reborn/forgiven soul to the ministry of caring disciples wherever or whenever bondage residual to an individual’s past threaten his/hers growth in the family of God.

Let’s be clear here. In our new life, forgiveness of all sin is secured instantly through justification by faith in Christ, but additional ministry is often needed to help with the breaking of old sin patterns which have created structures within that have to be destroyed by the ultimate destroyer of structures the Cross of Jesus Christ. This is a clear call to deliverance.

Are We Zealous for Goodness and Truth?

final nt word As Christian Americans are we honestly walking in the goodness of God according to the Scriptures?Goodness, according to The NT is not some goody two shoes way of life expressed in Mr/Mrs/Ms Mellow who is politically correct in all his ways. let’s see what the Scriptures say.

Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Romans 15:14 NKJV.

Goodness, Agathosune; Strong’s # 19-active goodness as referred to in this verse. In English the word is inclusive of particular graces whereas Paul must refer to a particular grace. It is more than Chrestotes(5544 Rom.2:4), a mellowing of character. It is character energized expressing itself in Agathon(18) active good.

Agathosune is actively stronger than chrestotes, agathosune is enegrizingchrestotes. A person may display his agthosune, his zeal for goodness and truth in rebuking, correcting, chastising. Is this true today in most church’s? Absolutly not!

Jesus’ righteous indignation in the temple (Matt. 21:13) showed His agathosune, but not His chrestotes, mellowness. Agathosune does not spare sharpness and rebuke to cause good, agathon, in others whereas chrestotes demonstrates only its softness and benevolence. So, what do you think?

The Empty God

The Empty God
“Kenosis” comes from the Greek word “keno” meaning “to empty.” This word is found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians the second chapter.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
There is a pervasive theology widespread among parts of the body of Christ known as “Kenotic Theology” which attempts to explain the incarnation of the second person of the Trinity in light of the Kenosis of Philippians 2:5-8.
The purpose of this theory is to solve some of the supposed paradoxes arising from Jesus having both a divine nature and a human nature. To list a few, how could an all knowing God become a baby, how could God be tempted, or how could Jesus not know the time of His return (Mark 13:32)?
The danger comes when it is concluded that in the incarnation, the second person of the Trinity took on human nature and gave up or lost some of the divine attributes–omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. Meaning that Jesus was not fully divine.
The doctrine of the two natures of Christ is the Hypostatic Union which states that Jesus possessed a full undiminished human nature and a full undiminished divine nature, which were not combined or confused into some new nature, but were added to each other forever (yet remain distinct) in the one person Jesus Christ.
The question of the kenosis comes to this–What does it mean when Scripture says Christ “emptied” Himself? Was Jesus not God during His earthly ministry? Absolutely not, because deity cannot stop being deity or He would never have been true deity to begin with. But the “emptying” is satisfactorily explained that He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself, His attributes were veiled.
The kenosis theory is a dangerous doctrine because if it true, it would mean that Jesus was not fully divine. If Jesus was not fully divine, then His atoning work would not be sufficient to atone for the sins of the world. The Hypostatic Union –that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man (Col. 2:9) and never gave up any divine attributes while He walked as a man on earth.


Here in HEB 9:5, hilasterion clearly refers to the mercy-seat, the golden cover for the Ark of the Covenant.

The wood represents the humanity of Christ;
the gold represents the deity of Christ. Together, they represent the Hypostatic Union.

Judaism Revelation of Moses, or Religion of Men?

I have just finished reading this eye-opening book. I will re-read it again during our dog-days of summer in Arizona. I would like to suggest it as a very interesting book revealing the Religion of Men. I am including a book review.

A Book Review.
Judaism Revelation of Moses, or Religion of Men? judaism revof moses
Author: Philip Neal
About This Book
There are many books on Judaism most of which fall into one of three categories. First, there are those written by rabbis and Jewish scholars designed to educate the non-Jewish public. They enthusiastically portray Judaism as a wonderful religion, always connecting it to the Old Testament. The inexperienced reader is led to believe that Judaism is indeed the legitimate continuation of the religion of Moses and the prophets. The fact that the Talmud is held as superior to the Scriptures is hidden or understated.

Second, there are numerous books on Judaism written by well-intended Christian authors. Unfortunately, these books typically whitewash the entire subject, leaving the reader to erroneously conclude that Judaism is in fact based on the Old Testament and that Judaism is, of all things, the precursor to Christianity. Touting the virtues of the mythical Judeo-Christian brotherhood, the key flaws and aberrations of Judaism are overlooked. After all, from their perspective, if Jews would only accept Jesus, they would be almost … Christian.

Third, there are a few books (also written by Christians ) that deal unnecessarily harsh with Judaism. While they are not anti-Semitic, they do tend to be unbalanced and condemning. We are to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24), but in a spirit of kindness and mercy. Such books typically dredge up as much dirty laundry on the Jews as possible, but fail to offer significant hope for the future of the Jewish people. And none of the books written even from a Christian perspective succeed at getting to the root of the problem with Judaism which is intensely spiritual in nature.

This book is different. It pulls no punches, but it is fair. The historic origins of the religion are examined along with key examples of its modern-day application. How and why did Judaism develop? What were the major influences? What fundamental ideas and circumstances led to the origin and advancement of the so-called oral law and the Jews subsequent abandonment of the Scriptures as the sole authority in human affairs? How does the practice of Judaism differ from the way of life presented in Scripture and what spiritual harm, if any, is done to those who attempt to live by the Talmudic code of law? Importantly, this book examines Judaism from a spiritual perspective, dealing with the foundational causes of the religion. Moreover, this book holds out hope, showing that the Jews will yet fulfill their God-ordained role in the age to come…

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