Holy Spirit

God is SOVERIGN and He decides who rules over us … But how did He decide?… He let’s YOU choose!

Before the last elections I had made some statements about how I thought “Christians” were to be involved more in the process of governing their nation, and as Christ ambassadors were to speak and vote for God. (Choose) But many said at the time I should really be quite, and that God alone decides who resides in all positions of authority. And quoted me this which you can touch (these) verses with cursor to read (Rom 13:1) But now read this verse carefully as written in the Amplified bible-“Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment.”… His permission it says.

So I was thinking on this again lately, especially in light of current events, with regards to law making, and Supreme court judges interpretation of law. And it came to my mind that God gives permission to His people to do things that are not always as He desired them to be done. He allows us to go on detours to learn from them and mature to get us to His intended goal. And it is true earth is not His goal for us… As heaven is our home as the old song says.

But then I remembered when Saul became King over the Nation of God’s people, it was the people who really made the choice, as Saul was not God’s choice!(1Sam 12:13) But it’s true God anointed Saul King, but only because God “honoured the decision” made by His people, and God “allowed” them this choice, but it was not God’s choice… as the people made the choice based on their own hearts desires…but God wanted the people to trust Him as their King, and wait to be allowed to choose a man like David, a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22 ) and God’s ultimate plan for mankind! (Jesus came from line of David!) And we see God actually warned them what would happen if they choose to have a earthly King, and not seek what was pleasing to God. (1Sam 8:7-9 ).

We see latter as God warned, that it did not go well for the people with their choice of Saul, as the one the people had chosen to become “their King”,( by them really rejecting their God by their choice!) (1Sam 10:19), but whom God allowed them to have, so God anointed Saul for the “office position” God had granted the people the “authority to choose”…but King Saul failed. Because Saul did not lead the people by listening to God or God’s word, even though God gave Saul a prophet (Samuel) to hear and listen too, but he rarely seeks him, or listens to him!… Samuel who spoke the “Words of God” could guide Saul for God…But for Saul’s disobedience “rebellion” to the word told Him from Samuel.(1Sam15:23) God removed Saul’s “anointing of the office” and eventually removed Saul (Killed in battle).

Even though the people had voted Saul in as the leader of “their nation”, God had only permitted them this as a detour… but the choice was made by  “the choice of His people” because God allowed the people to have the authority, to see how they would “govern” themselves, “while they were waiting on their Messiah to come”, the one on whom Isaiah said the government would rest upon His shoulders! (Isaiah 9:6-7 )

But as we look back and can now see God brought them back on track to His intended plan with David (2Sam 5:1-5 ), as the “people learned”, and finally could now see for themselves, that they needed a leader in Government who was someone exactly like God himself would pick!…Someone who would honour God and His word above all else, men with integrity, and the people finally became “unified” as one nation under God…When all the elders now also voted for David to become King over Judah and not just Israel..unifying the nation again! …. David was a man who always agreed with God’s word even when he fell short personally…briefly. When he heard the Truth he humbled himself before God.

Today as I look back at this, and I see God was teaching them to govern themselves, but to govern in way’s that governing themselves would please God their master! And “we” are also to learn from this example! (Romans 15:4  ) And NOW on THIS SIDE OF CROSS “WE” are to do the same! “We”  have hope! As believers in Christ, children of God and as a holy nation, (1Pet 2:9) “we” are to do the same thing as back then, “we” are to build the Kingdom of God, being light in our nation, (Psalms 18:28) everywhere our feet touch, and posses the land.(Joshua 1:3) for God to rule and reign!..that means “Govern” (and vote) as closely as we can by our agreeing with God’s word, which were told to desire things done “on earth as done in heaven”! (Mat 6:10) Because “until” Jesus returns..God only works “through His people”…His people He empowered to build His kingdom now on earth as in heaven.

So prayerfully “we” as believers should choose people for an office, (vote) as would be pleasing to God. People whom we are told to also submit too in Romans. Someone to rule over “govern” us that God would approve of, who will enforce or make laws right for God’s people, and ALL the people! For God gives only good gifts. (James 1:17) And as ( Rom 13:1 or See amplified verse above at begining) it also means, by God’s permission… we are permitted the “authority” to choose them and be pleasing to God!… Nothing has changed since the lesson of Saul and David, as God does not change! (Mal 3:6) Why give us this authrority?

We are given this authority by God to also continue to prepare “us” today for Christ’s coming! When “we” will rule and reign with Him! (Rev 20:4  ) Under His authority alone, as the Government will ALWAYS and forever rest upon His shoulders. But right now… how “you rule now” determines how much rule you’ll be rewarded to have latter “with” JESUS! (Luke 19:16-17 ) in YOUR next thousand years of life with Jesus on earth! As YOU are right NOW in God’s eyes “practising” by being His ambassadors(2Cor 5:20) “here on earth” for Him now, with the authority he left you here to expand His Kingdom …while He is seated in heaven!(Eph 2:6) And like the people of God of old, “we” are to learn to rule on earth,(Govern” because as He is so are we to be on earth! (1John 4:17). The Government rests on His shoulders…now it is to work through us…Until our Messiah returns again.

So I ask you to examine yourself, (2Cor 13:5) How have “you voted as a Christian” since YOU became old enough to vote as a Christian? Or how did you vote in last election, or did you even vote? Or did you just bury “His authority HE gave you” to be steward of for Him? Because when the “master”.. “your Lord” comes back, how you will rule with Him THEN, is determined by how “you rule” with your self governing authority NOW! That is this parable exactly, and it don’t end favourably for the one who hid it!  (Luke 19:20-27 ) Don’t hide it!

God has said “ask of me” and I will give you nations! (Psalms 2:8 Amp) Hey Church…How about our nation!? Are you asking? Are you following His word like a light to your path? And how about voting like you follow Christ,and His word for people that honour God’s word… and vote like YOU expect Him to come back, because He WILL take an accounting of “you” to see how well you use His authority! (That is what the parable is saying) Your rewards when He returns depend on it…. How well you live your NEXT thousand years is determined by you right now!

The people in the old testament failed when they picked Saul, even though God allowed it and “anointed him for the office” for a season, but He was not what God desired them to pick!.. “means vote for”.  But we are now equipped with the Holy Spirit and therefore we should not fail… God said He would guide us and show us things to come! ( John 16:13 ).. In this nation do you have ears to hear, and eyes to see? (Mat13: 15-16 )

I had posted some things in facebook before the last presidential elections, and said that some things could come about if we do not act like Christ’s ambassadors, and vote our bible, and use our authority to vote for someone close to what God would want. I was at that time told to be quite by some, and others said it did not matter, as God would take care of us, and He is sovereign to put in all positions of authority whom He wants, and it was not really my place to say these things it was a personal decision…Really? Still think so? (You know who you are).

So I ask you… can we please get off the detour now! And act like God’s own people, a holy nation who is being prepared to rule and reign with God when Christ returns, and start practice “governing” like we are supposed to be,  like Nehemiah and Daniel did,  as on this side of cross we are already given All authority in heaven and earth though Christ to live here now, and use His authority for Him over every weapon of the enemy! (Luke 10:19 ) And we are actually restored now though Christ, to what God intended in the garden, where he said multiply and rule over and “have dominion” over! (Gen 1:28) And subdue.

Start to practice now, cuz I’m sure Samuel was tired of enduring the lesson along with God’s people in His day after they were warned and still picked Saul…me too! Can we change this nation? God shows us in His word We can!..When we honour God’s word above all else. And not choosing our own way.

Practice governing now by agreeing with God as close as possible with your vote, and tell those in authority ruling now,  to agree with your opinion, (your opinion is supposed to be the bible) And God has even given us email access to your congress men and women, (who make our laws of this land.) It is time to take a firm stand church! And be one nation under God… AGAIN! Jesus is still coming…and your rewards depend on what you do now with the authority given you… Choose wisely! Choose you this day whom you shall serve! (Joshua 24:15)  Because if you can not rule this nation as Christ’s body, as His ambassadors… speaking for the one YOU say is YOUR true King of your life!…How shall He give you much more authority later? Like the parable said! ( Luke 19:17 )

God does not change I just showed you that, so do not be too short sighted… eternity is a long time, so is a thousand years (the millennium reign of Christ on earth!)…. And God is still preparing “us” now,(while you live on earth) as His people, His children…not just to advance His Kingdom and help others now, or prepare us to just barely make it to heaven, but for us to be prepared for living in eternity latter with Christ!

Now.. will you rule with Him..or not?…Then Choose (vote)for blessing or cursing…it is your choice(Deut 30:15-16) But Christians get to make the choice now for pleasing God…and He is watching to see if He shall reward you more… For the authority He already gave you!  God wants to reign through you now on this side of the cross! It is right NOW about YOU, recognizing the authority of a Christian here!

Church of America… God’s waiting on you, do not again reject God by your choice, with your vote. God had warned His people before, and they rejected it….are you listening now? Do your ears hear? I hope so. (Hosea 4:6)

Now…Clearly follow the narrow road…stay in the light of God’s word!

Rev. Ernie Harpster   Also read this as sequel to this post…   http://wp.me/p44FZ5-eH

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God called you into the “Light”…. It’s YOUR Choice to accept, and your choice to “remain” in it!

1Pet 2:9Niv-“But you are a chosen people,a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”, …..

He calls you into light but you must choose to “remain in it”. And some do not… And God knew that would happen too…. Job 24:13Niv-“There are those who rebel against the light,
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.”…and God does not change.

Some think they can be saved without change of life style “remaining in the word transforms- you” (Rom 12:2) Like the branch stays in the vine(John 15:5)….. but if you do not “continue in” remain in…by your own desire for being near to Jesus to become like Him …who is the light. Then you are not really free…Yes Paul struggled with flesh (Rom7:23, Gal5:17-21)… we all do, but Paul did not fail to seek God to fight the war in His flesh, and gain victory by the Spirit of God, and he did not plan to go places he might fail !

God said His grace was sufficient! (2Cor 12:9)… His Grace empowers us… He strengthens us here now to overcome all power of the enemy! ! (Luke 10:19, Rom 8:13)

See this red ink. John 8:31-32Nasb-So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you” CONTINUE in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”… Sounds like God showed us what Job did not have, but God did not say anything changed did He?….He just provided the Word of God to see and learn from, and the Spirit of God to call on and help empower you to not  fail …To become like children of the light! (Rom 8:14) Job did not have that. God added it to us!…After the cross.

I can know what kind of tree it is by the fruit (Luke 6:43-45)…The one you remain in, is the one you produce fruit from! Just like Jesus said in Luke 6:44! And why we are told Eph 5:8Nasb-” for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” … God knows your heart, and like Job  we know it by your fruit, it tells on you! Might even fool me awhile…but you can not fool God He looks at the heart.

And so this unfortunately will happen to some… Jesus said so…Mat 7:23Nasb-“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”… So can you choose to play with the dark, and say I am of the light??
I think you better stay in the narrow road like Jesus said, or you are being played a fool by the devil! For those who pretend to be of God, whom you should remember can also look like angel of light too! 2Cor 11:13-14…Will not enter Kingdom of God.

Jesus said there is only one way we enter the Kingdom of God to enjoy eternal life.

Mat 7:13-14Nasb-“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”… And you get to chose to follow Him here now in this world, to get there with Him to His Kingdom latter… He does not make you. He gave you freedom to chose (Gal 5:1);

It is a CHOICE made by you, ….or it is not love that “causes you”… to “choose” to obey Jesus.  (John 14:15).. It says “if” that is a choice.

Jesus ONLY wants love with Him for eternity, and we are given choice to show that love here…and rewarded to go there with Him, and led by Him on a narrow path to get there…Do you “seek” to remain in it? And “continue in” the light, His light on that path? Or allow yourself to make excuses for mini trips into the dark? …You always make a choice.

Yes…YOU do have a choice always given you, or we have to erase this word to the church given through Paul !

1Cor 10:13Nasb-“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” ….
And John14:23Nasb-Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” … Choice is for children of the light… not the devils children of darkness. … “Choose you this day whom you shall serve.” (Joshua 24:15)… God did not change. (Mal 3:6)

Jesus became the door that we might escape the darkness, to be translated from it..into the light..the Kingdom of His son! (Col 1:13) We are not then allowed to go back to play in the dark, acting dark!…But to work there overcoming the dark by the True light! And light always overcomes darkness! John1:5Niv-“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”…There is no such thing as a little dark with a little light mixed in!

It is clearly a choice where you stand. You are  in the world not part of it… So choose… because your fruit always tells on you anyway!

Mat 6:23Nasb-” But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”… Your the only one deceived if you think it is acceptable to say I am Christian, and choose to allow yourself to live opposite of His word.

Just because you go to church, or give money does not fix things with God.  Just like sleeping in a garage does not make you a car! I do not judge you..But God will…I only inspect fruit to know you, just as I was instructed to do as a child of light. (see Mat 7:16).

Why? So that I can overcome darkness with Truth, Grace and Love! All of which are from Jesus our light given “us” to NOT ever be in darkness again !…

John 8:12Nasb- Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will ‘not’ walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

And why would Jesus say that I need to judge your fruit ? To bring “you” who I see is in it, out of darkness into His marvellous light!! (1Pet 2:9) So you can do (1John1:9) and repent to change direction and receive forgiveness of sin!  …Not by me…but by me just sharing light of His Truth… giving you the word of God…His words of life… that rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness.(2Tim 3:16 ) So that you can “choose” to walk right!! … Or not…It’s still your choice. But remember “if” you love Him…then there is going to be obedience.  And previously you read that Jesus said so.

Think about it and then… Walk clearly in the narrow road and stay in the light!   Pastor Ernie Harpster

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Psst! Hey Christian man, I found a secret… You CAN make a woman happy! But because of lack of education man fails!

Yes! Christian men I found a secret…you really CAN make a woman happy….but because of lack of education man fails at it… Actually God said through Hosea 4:6 for lack of knowledge or rejection of it my people are destroyed. ….

Me I personally like to learn about all God made, and says. Do you? … The way Adam was intended by God to go and do in the garden. What you say?? Well (Gen 1:28) God actually told us, that He intended “us” to actually subdue, and have dominion over the earth. But first God put man in the Garden (Gen2:15) to work in it, a place to learn, a beginning of understanding for us. And God does not change! He still intends “US” to learn to subdue..and then have dominion over the earth!

And that is why the 2nd thing God gave man, was a woman a “a private garden of his own to learn more deeply first”… (Remember devil came and fall happened in Gen3, but as believers we are restored to “same” relationship before the fall, and same intent of God to subdue the earth!) but right now as in Gen 2 “the man is given a goal to work on”;

And it is stated for “us” again now in 1Pet3, just remember God constantly watches over us, and knows us, searching our hearts by His Spirit, and Jesus constantly intercedes for us… because His Spirit “studies us to understand us deeply, more deeply than we know ourselves” …

Men we like goals and need goals to reach for, we like lists to cross off  to “conquer” ! (Ladies seem to know this…LOL. )

So God gave a goal, He “commanded” husbands to do the same exactly, as Christ does through His Spirit for us. Our goal is in 1Pet3:7 dwell with wives with understanding (“that is intelligent recognition of marriage”… the Greek words are “synoikeō” dwell with intimately “Kata” privately with ones own “gnōsis”- ( primarily )seeking to know, an enquiry, investigation”..(understand);

So the goal of man is to be …. Like Christ …To dwell intimately deeply privately with her alone, to  investigate and enquire, and seek to know her deepest thoughts, feelings, hopes, the knowledge of her true inner self. That he may intercede on her behalf;  To give glory to God, as Christ does with “us” His church! And that agrees with Ephesians chap 5, and with love does not seek it’s own in (1Cor13:4-8)

Sound like mission impossible to you?… “think that music now” dun dun …Dun Dun..dun dun; … Should you except this mission remember…YOU! Are Empowered with His divine power (see 2Pet1:3)…by the HOLY GHOST! And ALL knowledge of you is remembered by Him, and access to His knowledge was given you!

So you can only fail to have a “quiet and undisturbed life”, if YOU do not attempt to learn and walk in knowledge of Truth! (Or we, or our “works” like hay and stubble, get destroyed.. 1Cor3:12-15)

1Tim2:2-4- For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, …that [outwardly] we may pass a “quiet and undisturbed life” [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
3 For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
4 Who wishes all men to be saved “and” [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.”

Why is divorce rate so high?. Why are marriages destroyed;  Are we seeker’s of Truth? Or self?? …Bible says “Seek first the kingdom of God” and His righteousness, and all shall be added to you! …Mat6:33 said so…said for God… “to us” today!

Remember your life is the Lord’s, and you are here to conqueror for Him…to subdue the earth. You need to study deeply to know, and to do that. (2Tim 2:15) says…”study to show yourself approved workman unto God”. …Must do same thing with woman to be like Jesus with church His bride, “study her” to live with a wife with understanding, and that will also help YOU learn to conquer the earth!…

God does not change! (Mal 3:6)…He has no shadow of turning. (James 1:17).

Men did you notice? Men CAN think deeply and intelligently!… Only need too DO IT ! That is not a Nike ad… It is Determined Obedience Intentional Trust!… In God! His unfailing Truth!, and in His Spirit empowering you!

SO learn to hate what God hates, BUT also “learn” to Love like He loves!. … He loves “you” His church, like His bride, and understands you deeply….So MEN you CAN Do It…. You can make your church happy… Joyful! As saying goes Happy wife..Happy life! Remember 1Tim 2:2 above… “a quiet undisturbed life”… Just like your own garden of Eden.

Now if your married go tend your garden! If your a single man go read bible and learn how to tend your own garden, to be prepared to love like Christ. “sacrificially” and knowledgeably ! …and you will be glad you did. God said so!  Because God don’t change! And He also said before the fall it is not good for man to be alone! (Gen 2:18)… So single man of God …Study and get ready! Be prepared!

And what should wives do?….Love their husbands, and discover how to “help” their husbands learn of them, and become the conquerors of the world together as God intended us to all look like and be….but husbands do not have to be mind readers, as only God can do that, (not the devil).

But God will “tell us” and, “teach us all things” (1John 2:27 ), if we seek Him for understanding. Jesus is our shepherd and He will feed us with knowledge and understanding if we seek to follow Him and know Him closely “remain”, “abide in”.  And God gives same type of shepherds to His church. Jer 3:15Nasb- “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”… As husbands with a bride….

Because YOU… CAN, clearly follow the narrow road & stay in the light…of God’s Word.

Pastor Ernie Harpster 

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