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Hey Church..Do YOU Trust God…Really? Are you eating your seed from the tree of tithe??

As Christian you say you believe God completely, you trust Him with your life….and say you follow Him…actually saying that “We” must all follow God, through Jesus Christ… Amen!..That is correct!….And so you also remember His money is only yours to be a steward of… right? And that in priority after God, comes you family, and everything else…And when it comes to your money, if nothing is left after those first priorities are taken care of, you understand it IS all ok, as it only means it is not time for you to sow to another place….not YET!…. Meaning what? There is always “a right season and soil conditions” to think of…..and “both” must be right when you plant seed…or seed will not ever grow or survive!

God prepares the soil, and He times the season… “When”..you are suppose to plant in other places..”but that is AFTER first taking care of God and you”…and then He will tell you, or show you, “when” …you are to give to other places. And you will then have the increase in your hand for doing it….. “from Him giving you the seed”…seed for “you” the sower! (2Cor 9:10 ) Guess what…Tithing increases our seed,…While only God prepares the rest of it. (Season and soil)

As rain and snow come from Heaven, and are only God’s to control when it arrives. (Isa 55:10 ) …But He gives it for “our needs” first to be met like eating!…THEN after “we” give to Him, for Him being credited with meeting our needs, The Lord then pours out on us from His windows of heaven all the blessings promised us, for our showing Him Trust as commanded….that He can increase “our seed” with His favour… From Heaven! And give greater blessings for us to walk in !

If you got a new job. Great! He gave you favor to meet your needs…Now your seed is coming, and your time to sow is soon… But… “you” must always show Him, that He is Lord “first” in your life, and Lord “of all things” that He placed in your hand to control “for Him”…and by “that  tithe”, you prove that you trust Him. Now carefully read ( Mal 3:8-11 ) Because “Tithe” is only a form of “action”, that God said will “show” that you actually Trust Him above all else, That “He” really is “first” priority…and that He may “prove” to YOU your “trust” in Him is warranted!..And actually then rewarded! (Heb 11 :6)..Are you seeking Him first? (Mat 6:33 ) then ALL things are added.

It was not because of  law…that tithe was taught, it came waaay before law was ever given… So God just reminded them here in bible speaking to them in Malachi in vs 6 (Malachi 3:6) that…He did not change! Why? Because in beginning, back in the Garden was given principle of tithe! It was part of original plan!  Read (Gen 2:16-17) See…Adam was “NOT” told, do not touch the tree in the garden…Adam “WAS only told” not “to eat” of that one tree in the garden! Adam “was” told to be a steward of the whole garden to “tend it”…And you would have to touch it to do that correctly!

.But the “tithe”here.. (meaning that one tree, Adam was told not to “eat” from)… It was God’s “first fruits”, the portion that God asked only for Himself…out of the whole garden that Adam enjoyed, while he “tended”… controlled it for God!(Gen 2:15) And for Adam to be able to bring something as proof too God…to prove God..Bring what proof? Adam’s trust, his faith! For Adam then to receive and walk in the blessings of God for “everything” he touched!… So that Adam would have his seed provided directly from God, poured out through the doors and windows of heaven!

The devil only twisted this when he spoke to Eve and deceived her, when ADAM did not speak up to correct the devil, as Adam should have…if ADAM had been “tending” everything in his garden obediently!! Which was seen in Gen 2:15 as Adams first assignment from God!

Some like to say we are not under law of tithe now, so I do not have to tithe, but I give what I “feel”… Well that is true ..I just showed you the Tithe was not law…but it IS the “only” place in bible that God prescribed a way for “us” to show, that we completely trust in God for our needs and wants being met, part of plan before law was ever given!! And we are told not to rob Him of that Trust! (Malachi 3:8)   Why?  Because “We” live by every word from mouth of God…Jesus said ( Mat 4:4 )…so not by feelings or law!

And just as Love is not love, unless “seen in actions” that agree with that word from your lips…….  So “Trust” (faith) is also not known, unless there is action that agrees with that word from your lips. And to prove God in this area, requires this action on your part as prescribed.  God gave “us” the specific action that He desires to see from you and I.. “us” the church,…so that you can also then see it works, so that you can also hold Him accountable to it, and so He can prove “your” trust in Him was deserved! That He always follows through with a promise, and builds up your faith! …And also provide you with new seed to sow!

But some say, we only live in the New Testament, And yes that is true. Or they will say Jesus never said anything about tithe… But actually Jesus told the knowledgeable, yet very religious Pharisees how they liked to show everyone how “religious” they are, by their detailed legalistic form “of tithe”…but they did not give it to God from heart of love and “trust” toward God!, ( Luke 11:42 ).  Really they only tithed from pride in themselves, as they wanted the people to exalt them for it… and maybe to get the people to give more to the church “storehouse”, because they controlled God’s money at the temple, like it was theirs!… And remember God hates pride!

Now also notice here in (Luke 11:42) this is exactly where in New Testament Jesus “did” speak on the tithe! Saying… that “neither should be left undone in KJV” …See that “is including tithe”; And also remember Jesus said, He only spoke what His Father told Him! (John 8:28) … Imagine that!…It agrees with God in Malachi. And Genesis, and still agrees when it appeared latter again in ( Gen14:18-20 ) … And of course it would, remember God said He did not change! …He still wants to know “all” your love and trust is in Him, and “increase your faith” (=trust in God), and pour out His blessings on you!… Without the law being necessary..but coming from your heart! … Like Abram did (before law)…getting his priorities right, and latter we know he became Abraham… Father of many nations, which sounds like poured out blessings to me!

So “church” do not “eat” of the tree of your tithe…or your eating your seed, that seed God wanted to give you from His store house in heaven! So you will have more than enough to give in right season, and into right soil, but the tithe goes to the store house, I am only told give it there, and then let it go into Jesus hands, our high priest like Melchizedek!  And our Lord will “hold them” accountable with it!……So Think on this which you read.. Then DO IT ! Determined Obedience Intentional TRUST!… And God will pour out, so YOU will  be blessed more than you can contain! ..  Uumm Pour out…Reminded me of ( Luke 6:38 ); And God never asks us to do, what He does not also willingly do for us first!… He just wants us to become imitators of Him! (Eph 5:1)  Think on it.so you can …

“Clearly follow the narrow road… And stay in the light!”  Rev Ernie Harpster

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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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I obeyed Jesus!…Why am I in a storm?! Why did God let this happen?…. Did I do something to deserve this! Is God mad at me? …Psst! Hey God IS NOT creator of confusion!… So read what Peter did!

Why am I in a storm?…. I was doing what Jesus said to do…right?? Why did God let this happen?? Is God doing this to me? What did I do to deserve this?  I bet Peter thought all that too, as he was bailing water out of the boat he had been told to get into! I bet Peter was little “confused” as Peter and his friends had obeyed Jesus right?, and left without Jesus as told!… And  Jesus had only told them go to the other side in the boat! Read this story told in Matthew 14:22-34;

Jesus did not EVER send them to the storm but “to go the other side” … The devil brought the storm to hinder, and detour their “intended” path that “he could see” they were on. And Peter knew how to navigate a boat over this lake very well as a fisherman, and had dealt with storms his whole life as a fisherman… So he would usually feel safe in a boat..and “self confident” on the water.

And Jesus had never told Peter before, to go do anything in a boat that did not happen for his good before… So what happen this time…what was different ?

I’ll tell you…. This time it was not about Peter…it was about who was on the other side! And so that we who can now read this story, can learn that without Jesus “we” can do no thing! (John 15:5)

The really cool thing I notice is Jesus was “already” walking out to them …He was not on shore waiting until they called for Him. He was there right on time to do what was needed!

And when the question arose from Peter.. Lord if it be you? Then bid me come ( Mat 14:28 )… Peter the only fully humane known to ever walk on water, got out “on” the promise of the voice “he recognized”!…BUT notice… He did not “ask” Jesus come get in MY boat! Think on that! And He was a fisherman! He trusted boats of His choosing! …But this was a crazy storm!

But Peter was only one who recognized that if Jesus said it …then it was always possible, and more importantly …. “It was ALWAYS better to be in the presence of Jesus than be in “any” place of security of His own choosing! ”  Think about that… Even if that is OUT on the water, without a boat in the midst of a storm!

So here is Peter the only known human to defy law of gravity and walk on water…and it says he only “started to sink” and could still utter the words help me without gurgling water! And Jesus who,was ” incarnate presence of God” as Word was God and Word became flesh! (John 1:1, vs:14)…and so Jesus fulfilled the words that NEVER change! …

Isa59:1Kjv-“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Then Jesus placed Peter in the boat, and THEN got in with him… “for the others he had also sent”…..Bringing “His faith” to “their assistance”! To fulfil the words spoken! … “Go to the other side” as God intended them!

Jesus does NOT speak to send you…and then see if He can “tempt” you to stop…. because the word always sent is fulfilled!

Isa 55:11Amp-“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”… Peter was learning to trust…That If Jesus said it…it will be!

And it is against God’s nature to tempt you! James 1:13Amp- “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.”….You must know that about God YOUR Father!

And settle it now in your mind and heart! Do not forget it!  Because you never know who may be waiting for YOU to arrive on the other side of the storm “sent” by the devil!… As the wind was “against” them (Mat14:24) Why? To keep “them” , or you from God’s intended plan for you to “walk” in!! (Eph 2:10.)

God never changes! Mal 3:6, And Jesus never changes Heb13;8… And Holy Spirit is “sent” to be WITH you always “forever”! (John 14:16 ) He is already SENT to be “near you” … in you! (Gal 4:6)…to be your deliverance “over.”.. EVERY weapon formed.. “against” you! (Isa 54:17) The devil “formed waves” by a contrary wind “against” them…. And Jesus kept the enemy “under” His feet! Hallelujah!

And Jesus “helped imperfect Peter” do the same! Teaching Peter only rely on Jesus, and what a “little” faith could do, and also Jesus go in boat…So “they” could “ALL” get to the other side, just as He told them ALL to do! Thank you Jesus! You never change!

Lord help me get to the other side so I can “introduce” someone else “who is waiting” to know the “presence” of the “peace” of Jesus, that is always there WITH you in YOUR storm..Why? To “KEEP you” (John 17:11-12 red ink) walking out His “intended” plan you read in Eph 2:10! And WITH all power OVER the enemy! (Luke 10:19).

Don’t let the devil “convince” you, (or confuse you) ..that your “under” the circumstances, or that God did it to you!…With Christ in YOU…You are a Child of God, and that makes you an OVER come’er!
Seek to stay in the presence and you can always walk over those weapons formed against you!
Jesus will always be there to hold your hand to fulfil His plan for you (Isa 41:13)…..

Stand on ALL the promises that are yes and amen! (2Cor 1:20) And then notice that God “His nature, the essence of who He is, and how He “ALWAYS ” acts” for His chosen and never changes!  Like His word He never changes…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit does not change! … Like Peter you can hear and, recognize the voice… Jesus knows you!! (John 10:27 )

Therefore you can walk it out!..Just follow His directions given you! … Go the way He says…But remember He said this too!… in THIS world you will have trouble…But be of good cheer!!  Why? LOOK!  ….

John 16:33Amp-“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” …

And we are reminded again in 1John5:18 Amp! Says.. Shall not harm you!  Amen!  And God is never the creator of confusion but of Peace! He said so! For us too!(1Cor 14:33)

So You CAN always keep walking confidently …. even in a storm! Just…

“Walk” clearly on the narrow road…. And stay in the light!  Pastor Ernie

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