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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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7/18/04
Genesis 1:1 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. (KJV)
Sometimes the most simple of verses trigger the deepest of thoughts. An infinite God can hide so many things in one place. Consider some parallel thoughts for this verse. . .
1. What God makes, God names! God is making you into His likeness and image, restoring you to better than what Adam lost when he lost the image and likeness of God by disobedience. But God is still naming even today; He calls you Bride, He calls you Friend, He calls you Redeemed, He calls you Chosen, He calls you Called-Out-Ones. If you call yourself by any other name, then you are not in line with what God has named you. You are a SAINT of the most HIGH.
2. Before we see good and evil we see Light and Dark. The type exists before the antitype has even begun. Jesus said to be careful that the light that is in you is indeed light. If it is light, then you have power for The Light has power. If Darkness is around you, fear not; the Light is right around the horizon just waiting to chase away your darkness. Let the creation testify to you that LORD God existed before Evil is ever created. Light existed before there was Dark.
3. Life is full of distinctions which God has created; each with their purpose. Plants thrive in the light, but sleep in the dark. You thrive in the Light of God, but you fall asleep when darkness comes upon you. Is it any wonder that God hast to warn us to ‘shake sleep’. It is because it is night. Even the disciples had a tough time staying up and praying when ‘darkness’ fell upon them. Christ’s darkest hour put them to sleep! We are children of the Light and we should be walking in the light. The world is going to sleep very fast, for darkness, yea gross darkness, has come upon them. We now are no longer dependant on the Light being in the World or Creation, but rather the Light ‘in the midst of you’ shines brightest!

One last thought. Today is the DAY of salvation -- for the Light of the World has come! The world can put on blinders, dark glasses, or turn their face from the Sun but they cannot ever run completely away from the coming of the LIGHT!
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M. 7/18/2004

7/25/2004
Are you stronger than Diabolos; the devil, the accuser of the Brethren, the one who lies and deceives and detours the human race? Do you think that your will is so strong that you can outfox the fox, and run faster than the snake?
If you answered ‘No’ to this question, you should NOT feel like a failure, a weakling, or stupid. In fact, YOU ARE WISE.

The average Christian has no clue that they are under assault of the adversary and they are so foolish to believe that just because they became a Christian, or became filled with the Holy Spirit, that they are now SUPERIOR to the adversary. And in so doing they put themselves in jeopardy.

How do I know? Because Paul warned about our adversary in very RESPECTFUL terms of warning! He wanted us to not be foolish in our warfare. He warned us that the adversary had strategies, wiles, schemes and plans. He admitted that the adversary opposed him on occasion and was able to push the Apostle back. He admitted that darkness sometimes won. He even went so far as to say that he was concerned lest people once converted would be ‘beguiled’ (kjv) and be turned away.

And he asked that he would be prayed for that he would complete the race he was running without becoming a cast-a-way. He was VERY circumspect.

There is only one son of man in the bible who ever beat the adversary hands down: The Son of Man! He alone put the adversary to an open shame. He alone is able to do it today. He alone said ‘all power is given to me!’ HOWEVER, and it is a big however, His next words were ‘GO YE THEREFORE’ and ‘CAST OUT DEVILS’ and BELIEVERS SHALL…’.

But we must never, ever, forget that we are not winning because of our great wisdom, our sonship, or handmaidenship, our works, our righteousness, or our will or our Christianity! All that will fail in a face to face with the Demonic. Only the words of Michael the Archangel will prevail: “THE LORD REBUKE THEE!” When you are the messenger of the Master whom the adversary must submit to, THEN YOU CAN BOLDLY RESIST THE DEVIL and he will flee from you. Watch your HEAD! Let go your head.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M. Th.M. 7/25/2004
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Original Quote by Pastor Anthony God's authority is to be used against demons, not Man; God's power is to be used for man, not against demons.
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