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As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Matthew 10:7 -- I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. KJV Matthew 16:19 -- Ye are come … unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV Hebrews 12:22 On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: KJV Acts 2:18 -- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. KJV 1 Corinthians 2:5 --
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Pastor's Corner
 
8/2/09

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER…

1. Are we defending God, or just our church, our beliefs, or leaders when the worldly minded decide to rail against Him?

2. Christ said that the world will know we are of Him when we have love one for another. He said that to people who shared the same beliefs, followed the same person (himself), and were partakers of the power of God. What “gospel” is it that puts LOVE without TRUTH as the standard for “morality”?

3. First God teaches, then God trains, then God commissions; then he lets us be tested to find out if we REALLY believe the REALITY which we have just learned of Him. Have you fully studied for your SAT (Spiritual Acuity Test)?

4. Imagine where we would be in this society without power lines, power cables, and power conduits. What would not be running today if the power were cut off? Did you really think it was any different for the Kingdom of Heaven? He laid the power lines FIRST! We have just been learning what we can run on those lines. Are you learning?

5. Conscious thought is slow. Subconscious thought is fast. Spiritual thought is at the speed of Light! Where is your mind today?

6. Heroes are not born, neither are they borne, neither are they Jason Bourne. Heroes are ones who cannot stand to see people DIE (in body, soul, mind, or spirit).  Spiritual heroes are ones who cannot stand to see the Truth, the Way, and the Life die in the hearts of people. So, what do villains do?

7. Adam said “the woman”; the woman said, “the man”; the serpent said, “I’d blame Adam but God’s not listening to me right now; I’ll bring it up at a later time when none of them see me coming!” Heard any good lies or lately?

8. Why does scientific man say in his heart, “because I discovered this I am greater than God (i.e.” there is no God, and my discovery is proof”)? That is like a child saying, “I found my toy under the Christmas tree and that proves that Mom and Dad don’t exist!

Where is UP, do you know? Where is down, do you know? In the spiritual, these are absolutes! In the natural they are absolutely what you make them to be. I look up at the sky, but that is down to a person on the other side of the globe; same is true for him in relation to me. Right? Ah, there’s the rub… Truthfully, we BOTH are seeing OUTERSPACE! And the only way to get there is in a vessel that goes ‘UP’. Aren’t paradoxical statements fun? Just like Jesus’ words, they seem contrary at first until you get OFF the natural planet and LOOK DOWN.  J

© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/2/2009 


“The Kingdom of God in this world is lacking the Kingdom of Heaven inside.” AJM

I wonder where each of us would be today if not for the truly spiritual people who preceded us. The Bibles we read that were put in print at the cost of human life, distributed at the cost of human life, would not be ours today if not for those who waged a good warfare with the powers and principalities in high places.

I wonder about all the church denominations that would not have existed if the original spiritual leader hadn’t stepped out from the ‘pack’ and walked that long lonely road of following their calling.

I wonder about the truths that we now understand…
I wonder of the gifts of the Spirit manifested…
I wonder about the miracles done…
I wonder about the healings received…
Would any of it have existed if it all had truly ‘ceased at the time of the Apostles’?

There are two ‘kingdoms’ fighting for dominance in the world today. There is the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of the Heavens; one seeks to down the other and the other seeks to down the one. That is not just ‘world’ vs. ‘church’; both are in even in the same church buildings.

The book of revelation shows an imagery of the church global as ‘a woman with a child (inside) travailing’. A ‘CHURCH WITHIN A CHURCH’ is the clear imagery presented; a people within a people. It was so in the days of Israel coming out of the wilderness; mixed multitude and true Israelites yet called one kingdom. It was true in the day of the New Testament church; a church founded on the Apostles with yet another ‘church’ in the midst containing ravenous wolves seeking to spoil the flock, clouds without water; dark ones who ‘looked like Christ’ (the true definition of antichrist) but were not truly ‘no longer I but Christ that liveth in me”. BOTH looked like sheep.

Not all of Israel was ‘spiritual Israel’ and not all that is in the Church called ‘Christian’ is true spiritual CHRISTian. I know from experience that within me is a war; religion vs. spirit. I know within others I have found the same thing. The question is what will win: SPIRIT MAN or CHURCH MAN. Paul said if the flesh was circumcised but the heart was not circumcised then the circumcision is void. The Old Testament prophets gave him that idea.

We owe it to the spiritual leaders who shed their blood, sweat, tears, and lost loved ones (in order that we might have a clean shot at the door to the Kingdom of Heaven) to take the kingdom by force. We are either playing church or we are praying church; we are either selling at the tables in the temple, or we are following the Master wherever he goes.

I, the imperfect, am telling all those who consider themselves perfect to reconsider their spiritual perfection. Be ye perfect, the right way.

I, the still sick, am declaring to those who have no need of a physician that they need to let Him check them out with His Spirit scanner, and heart monitor. He that hath the Spirit can try the spirit in man.

I, the sometimes hopeless, tell all you sellers of hope, beware least your hope be turned to horror as you stand at the door with the foolish virgins mentioned in Matt. 24. Only those who are spiritual will enter.
Seek ye FIRST the KINGDOM of HIM!

© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/9/2009

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