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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 Ö 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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Do you judge Godís love based on how well He performs? Do you believe that God is judging your love based on how well you perform? If you do, then you probably are choosing to not love yourself because you are looking at how well you perform!

The Bible says that God loved the world BEFORE it ever returned to Him! The Bible says that Christ is the Savior of all men; which means even those who do not yet love Him or obey him are already in His heart and part of His plan. The Bible says that God IS love; which means HE FIRST LOVES and then interacts in other ways.


We have been raised by people; people who are filled with suspicion, unlove, broken hearts, damaged souls, and wounded spirits. We have been nurtured by the insecure and shown appreciation by the spiritually immature; for the most part. Because of that fact, we have imbibed a set of mixed signals about our selves.


Rejection is seen everywhere a thousands times a day, and in a thousand different ways from a thousand different sources. And it always has the same sting to it Ė I reject you because I donít love what you are, who you are, or you. And with that comes the corollary concept of: "and if you will just do what I say, what I like, and what I want you to do, then I will love you again."


And we have a hard time conceiving that there can actually be someone who loves us first, and requires things of us second. We find it hard to accept the fact that God can love us IN SPITE OF our foolish, fleshly, faltering failures. He loves those who obey Him; but he loves the sinner too. He proved his love for THE LOST by having His Son die. Will He surely not accept A SAINT who has a little trouble with obedience? Donít judge yourself! Donít judge others. Let Godís love become an active part of your "self-esteem"; ONLY THEN WILL YOU KNOW HOW TO PERFORM!
 © Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/1/1999



The joy of the Lord is more than hope and more than gratitude. It is not happiness even though there is a sense of being happy. It is peace in the midst of pain. It is goodness in the midst of evil. It is life in the midst of death; and light in the midst of darkness.


So many times we believe that the only way to get to the joy of the Lord is to erase all the opposition to that joy. We believe that if somehow we can just remove the obstacles to our joy, then we will be able to live in permanent joy. We even go so far as to believe that if we could just avoid war, strife, difficulty, flesh, and the demons of hell, THEN we could be HAPPY FOREVER. But God has a better plan in mind. A better plan? Are you saying that war is good? That strife, difficulty, and the opposition of demons is GOOD for us? Are you crazy? The answer to those question is OF COURSE NOT!


God did NOT institute war as a way to make us better; Satan brought it on us as a way to make us worse. Flesh exists not to be an object lesson to overcome, nor as a spiritual bar-bell set to cause us to become spiritually stronger. And demons are NOT here on earth doing Godís bidding! The thief is here to kill, steal, and destroy. But Godís better way for us is not ARBITRARY victory. It is the victory of a CONQUEROR.


To that end, God has given us the most important key to our victory. God offers us JOY so that we will have STRENGTH so that we can DRIVE OUT THE OPPRESSOR. But if we try to withhold that wellspring of joy that He has planted deeply into our spirit, then we will spend our days fighting without success. The devil is not scared of the mighty or the strong; for he knows that he has mastered them before. The demons do not tremble in front of the brilliant; for they have outsmarted the most brilliant of earthly minds. They have conquered ADAM for thousands of years, and stolen away the DOMINION BIRTHRIGHT. There is truly only one thing they fear; GODíS NATURE MANIFEST IN YOU. Joy is one aspect of HIS nature.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/8/1999



A flower in the desert, a breeze on a hot day, a rainbow in the midst of a rain and a moonbeam in the dark of the night. What do they all have in common? What do they all do for us? The answer is really quite simple. They offer us a heightened pleasure in the midst of a contrary influence. When we would be tempted to dread the dry, curse the hot, cower from the shower or fear to go out at night, these singular blessings stand out to give us hope.


Remember Aarons rod that budded? Do you remember the almond branch in the prophecy of the minor prophet who saw the bud in the midst of winter? Do you remember Jesus in the midst of a dark world? It is all the same thing! It is the love of God shining forth TO YOU. It is true that Jesus is the light but so is the rainbow. They are both SENT FROM GOD. And so it is in all creation. For every bleakness there is hidden within a blessedness. That is the way of God. He gives a fragrance that will draw you toward Him. He points a light to show the way. And He sends a soft wind to cause you to turn toward Him.


In the spirit we find that God is doing exactly the same thing. When it seems that the forces of darkness are in a prevailing way, that they are the bigger part of the picture of our day, God puts a thought into the midst of their thinking which invades our mind. God simply says: The bible. He pulls us toward the light of His Word. And when it seems that we have lost our way and ended up in the desert of our soul, He sends for a fragrance in the form of a saint who is full of Himself. In the time of heat, when the circumstances seem to be hot against us, He will blow a short breath of peace to cause us to consider what is important in life. When the distractions are falling all around us, He gives us a glimpse of His immense beauty. And we rest in the midst of the storm.


God is never very far from us, but we must choose to look for the small blessing hidden in the vastness set before us. We have been given eagles eyes which can focus quickly on the smallest thing. The choice is ours to decide what we will chose let into heart.

© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/15/1999



We, Christians, sing songs about doing spiritual warfare, but do we ACTIVELY WAGE WAR? Or are we just SINGING songs ABOUT victory? It would be no different than singing ABOUT Christ, but never truly CONNECTING to THE CHRIST. When we say the words, "Lord, I put on the armor of God! I put on the shield of faith. I put on the helmet of salvation! etc...", ARE WE ACTUALLY PUTTING ON THE ARMOR? It is one thing to say 'I REBUKE YOU SATAN' and quite another thing to say 'SATAN GET THEE BEHIND ME!!'. It is one thing to say 'I BELIEVE IN CHRIST' and quite another say 'IN THE NAME OF JESUS BE GONE!!'


Worshipping ABOUT Christ, War, Victory and biblical truths FEELS GOOD; but actively interacting between The Spirit and the spirits requires EFFORT -- and effort does NOT feel good. Effort feels tiring, boring, repetitive, toilsome, and often troublesome. IT IS THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR tastes good! The Bible says to LABOR to enter the rest (which is the peace that follows victory). It also says to WORK OUT your salvation.


I wonder if we are not building whited sepulchers of adoration while simultaneously sealing up the REAL FAITH (which gives us victory) inside! Have we murdered our faith; just like the religious leaders did the prophets in times past? If God speaks IN YOU during the week do you chose to ignore that and then on the weekend go and 'praise Him'? If the answer to that is YES then you are no different than those of the Old Testament that God said, 'they praise me with their lips but their heart is far from me'. Praise is nice, but confession in faith is THE POWER OF SALVATION. The Bible says, "This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."


Paul told us to not war as those who beat the air; shadow boxing doesn't count. On the other hand, attacking the PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR (and all his minions) is of ETERNAL worth. In the book of Revelation Jesus is seen as a being with a SWORD coming out of His mouth. What is really coming out of your mouth? Is it a rubber sword that goes limp in the heat of battle? Or is it the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT whereby you can hack your spiritual Agags to pieces?! You must overcome your adversary by THE BLOOD of the Lord, and the WORD of your TESTIMONY

© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 8/29/1999


Original Quote by Pastor Anthony The fool says in he heart there is no God -- the bigger fool says there is a God and ignores Him
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