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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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I got Faith! So I get life more abundantly!….Soooo…. How come the world still has more and nicer stuff than me?? I “give” …so I am suppose to have more… Right??

The Christian life , the “life more abundant” is not ease and comfort! Not a life of physical prosperity now, as some would teach in great and harmful error to the detriment of the body of Christ; Or else the New Testament Christians would not have lived as they did-or died as they did! They would not have continued to be arrested and thrown to lions, would not have been tied to horses and ripped in four directions…would not have been dipped in oil and lit as torch’s for Caesar Nero’s garden. Or as Paul who wrote most of New Testament would not have stated he lived this way to the wealthy Corinthians, or I think he would have been ashamed to admit it here in his writing of chapter 4 of 1Corinthians …

1Cor4:11Nasb-“To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless,”

If great faith is equivalent to seeing more and better things in your life, to be seen as God’s prosperity at work in this world through you.. Then we would have to say that almost all of the Christian’s of the new testament, and including Paul… Did not understand biblical faith! And that is not the case,  just remember  God spoke through them…”they” are part of the Truth in OUR bible;

And that is why, Paul also wrote…for “us” to see… 1Cor10:11Nasb- “And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.”…
DO NOT follow error… If it does not agree with ALL of God’s word and His intentions form old to new… it does not agree and is not truth.

And God’s word DOES work exactly the same when spoken back then, as it does now, and EXACTLY the same in the poorest nation as it does here in the richest…. Today!

And just like it worked for Paul (God’s word)…it work’s same for us today! Because God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) When Paul was in prison… God sent Paul (through the Philippians) money to be kept for his release (only a right of a Roman citizen to have a saving box in prison!)…Which gave him great hope! God had met His current and or a future need by their contribution! (Philip4:14)

God will always met our needs…not our greeds,… but only in the way for where “you” were designed to fit in the body for His purpose, and how He ‘planned” to display His glory in your life… is ONLY determined by Him…Not ever by you naming and claiming it…. God does not have adjustable plans…. He made a plan for you to walk in before time. (Eph2:10) …Remember seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you. … So Think about it…

Because the world is starting to look at us now as back then, as something to ignore or destroy…not to believe and accept as the Truth that brings eternal life… And that is true abundance, only found in being satisfied with Jesus Christ, nothing else added by us to make it…more “comfortable” here.

The New Testament Christian lived giving away what they had …as the poor you always have with you. (Mat26:11)…But they decreased that He might increase. (John3:30)…They knew where their abundance was, and willingly died for it.
No grand houses, no fancy cars, no designer clothes, but no greater love has any man than to lay down His life for another.

Owning nice things is not wrong…but ask where is your heart if your seeking nicer things? (Luke12:34… where your heart is there is your treasure also.)…

Know why you seek them…and be honest; Because the man who could not follow Jesus and went away sad…was the rich one, who could not sell what He had, and give it all away when Jesus asked for it!…
Mark10:21-23-Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money, to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”….

Think about it Jesus taught Prosperity as “True riches” that have nothing to do with the world… Luke16:11Amp-” Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?” … Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness… and all else will be added (Mat6:33)….

That is always enough for your needs, to fulfil His plan, for you to display His glory… to the world as He planned for you. Like the Christians who died in bible, and like Paul in prison, or just Paul doing what God asked him to do. … Just like us, living the Christian life has nothing to do with things we posses, or don’t posses in and from this world…. Our abundance ALL comes from heaven in Christ Jesus.(Philip 4:19)… HEY! That was written by Paul while in the worst filthy prison you could ever have to stay in.

Paul was given his one monthly right as a Roman citizen to WRITE… a letter we call “book of Philippians”, also known as the book of Joy, as 19 times Paul mentions Joy in Philppians. God had a plan for Paul to walk in made before time,(Eph2:10) so God had Paul born in Rome for His glory to be revealed. … Just like you!

Think on it we have eternity in heaven with God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord! Wow that is an abundant gift to me… So learn how you are to display His glory here as “you” run your race, and help others run theirs… like the Christians IN the New Testament did.

And clearly follow the narrow road & stay in the light…of God’s Word.
Pastor Ernie
(Regarding Philippians and Paul learned from Rick Renner teaching, also has great book for studying with called… “Sparkling Gems” )

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Where Is Bible In This Day And Age? …………………..And Teaching Priests?

 Moved this from my old blog of Oct 2011, because someone thought I  needed to share it again….So I will jump  in here like a cannon ball!….As I now see and hear many talking about the “times, and the seasons” as they relate to the “bible”, and asking questions of what does it mean?….Or I even see people who are given some credit as “knowing” the word of God….but who still go drastically astray from the truth, (teaching error) and try ,or have tried  to “pin point” a time when Jesus our Lord will return in the flesh to take us up with Him, and even declaring on a certain date it will happen…or worse, saying it has happened! And oh by the way saying… once we  pass a certain day, you cannot get saved in time to go out of here with those who will be caught up with Jesus in the air. (Not Truth.)
Well excuse me a moment…. And thank God I read my bible, as the bible it’s self clearly states those are incorrect statements;
Actually “when” Jesus returns, is not EVER to be our focus as Children of God while still in this world! Which the bible says “we” as believers are already at this moment; “Not even apart of this worlds system!”, as we “believers” live in Kingdom of God’s son…His system.(Col 1:13)  Which “we” are given authority to enforce!
But the bible tells us God’s known will, and actually gives us directions “how” to live here, and enforce His rule until His return.
But really the time given to these discussions such as Christ’s return, seems to be only a symptom of the true issue at hand….actually a HUGE problem!  The Church today…”US” who say we believe… do not know what the bible actually says! We just “think” we do… (Or we know sound bites, and try to apply them out of context which does not work.)
In (Mark13:3-10) Jesus was sitting on Mount of Olives and began teaching His disciples who had “asked” Him to explain…and Jesus first pointed looking back over to the temple…. Which represented the place God had actually manifested himself, He had come as a cloud and the people could feel the weight of His presence, and could not stand in His presence on day it was dedicated!
 And God’s presence lived and dwelt in the temple ( Greek “Naos”), right above the ark over the mercy seat, and spoke to His people through the priest who could visit the room (Naos) annually “behind the veil”, and present blood from the sacrifice in God’s presence for the forgiveness of all their sin, and then be restored to relationship with God again, by covering their sin.  (But they can’t do that now)  And Jesus said this place “the temple” with all these huge stones and all it’s beauty and glory would be torn down.  He then says in verse 5 …”watch out that no one deceives you!”
Right there Jesus made the requirement to “know” …as “their” personal responsibility! And in Mark 13:29 Jesus said when you see these things come to pass KNOW that time is close. Which is His only directive regarding that “when” issue.
To “know”  Greek word Ginosko used here in this verse is, to have intimate knowledge of….  Of what? The TRUTH! So the disciples “His followers” could not become deceived! NOT so they would know exactly what day and time He would return! His focus throughout the teachings by Jesus…taught by Jesus Himself was never “when” His return will be….but that His return WILL happen… so use the time you are allowed here by the Father to GO make disciples! Make more followers! Not just baby Christians!!
Read the end of Mark chap 16 and the last words Jesus said… the main “focus” is printed to show us what was most important thing for the church to know in His physical absence, right there in Mark16:15-18 the Red Ink! His last message to “Us”… GO reach the lost with the word of the gospel…and signs will follow those who believe. And make disciples, so we have been “distracted” from what we were told by Jesus to do….Go make Disciples for HIM! By Him, working in and through “us” !  Apart from Him we can do nothing! John15:5 says so!
Only the devil wants to distract you! Detour you! And “We” are distracted and being slowly deceived into being destroyed! Like a frog in water slowly being brought to the boiling point two degrees at a time, not recognizing it is being destroyed!
God said for “Lack of Knowledge “my” people are destroyed. (Hosea 4:6) That is ignorance…therefore ignorance is not an excuse recognized by Father God as valid for a believer!  Especially when he gave us …sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us ALL things. But did you know the rest of Hosea 4:6 says this!   6″My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” …. And many do not know this was said as a result  of priests not teaching, that this would happen to God’s people….and why God had said it to His priests! ( Hosea 4:4 )  But on this side of cross , we are supposed to all be His priests and Kings now.  (Exodus 19:6 ) ( 1Pet 2:9 ) (Rev  5:10 )
We have it seems, in the last 27 years  slowly “rejected knowledge” of God in the church, by removing the importance of knowing our bible “for our self”, as a “necessary” part of our walk to become mature as a Christian!  And by allowing removal of the importance of knowing the bible so much from our church, unwittingly we have lost the “influence” we once had in our nation!
Proof of point…in late 1982 congress made a voice vote and approved  recognizing  a “year of the bible” to give it recognition in our nation as important. But this last year 2010 congress would not vote to repeat that in this year 2011… the 400th anniversary of the printing of King James Bible!….Evidence that in the last 27 years the bible lost its position as important in our generation! Why?
 Because “we” as the church…the body of Christ!  Have made “relevancy” the word of importance….but interpreted that as “make everyone comfortable, and be politically correct.” Give them grace!
But grace was never to be interpreted as “License” to continue acting the same way the world does!
Actually I see the word of God “works”, by making people feel “uncomfortable” for remaining just as they are,… called conviction, and sometimes it makes them feel some pain, but NEVER UNLOVED! Pain is not wrong..Injury is wrong! God never injures His bride… But He disciplines those He loves. ( Prov 3:12 ) He corrects “us”. ( 2Tim 3:16 )
But we have such a bad lack of teaching truth today, (not at Victorious Life Church in Wesley Chapel thank God!) That we have forgotten just a basic understanding of boundaries! One myth of boundaries is: If I make someone feel pain by teaching truth,…”by my saying “no” correctly”…it is able to cause an injury to the other person, and is unloving; But actually when, or “If” I must say “no” to another person….That is furthest thing from the Truth! (If you do not know that, please read book Boundaries by: Cloud and Townsend) And if I am to follow Jesus and be like Him, he saved people from death for their sin, and then told them sin no more. ( John 8:11 )
You must have boundaries to correctly Love another! And making someone uncomfortable by our “no” , based on the Word of God, is not ever going to injure another person! It is going to let them know true LOVE! And make them free ( Gal 5:1 )….and you must be free to truly love! And yes Truth sets you free! John8:32 says so!
Of course… I do not often hear this entire verse said in it’s correct context… I praise God it is being spoken here to “believers” (like us)… but it actually says this: John 8:31-32Amp-“If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 “And” you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”
So “you” must abide “and” hold fast… that requires  “YOU” to know what those “words written”,  spoken to “us” in the bible are! (2Tim 2:15 ) So did you think you knew and believed that verse in John 8:32? So did you really believe what He actually said?? Or what you thought He said? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by words of God, ( Rom 10:17)  then you must know what God actually said to have Faith in Him, and believe He said it for you;
And look, It goes on to say in next verse (John8:33) “believers” were responding here to Jesus words from vs31 and vs32…saying that they had not ever been in bondage…but they were “DECIEVED” , because if you read the old treatment books you will see many places they had been in bondage, even as an entire nation! They had actually been slaves for hundreds of years! And that was “believing Jews” speaking here to Jesus! Truth does not lie, and We in Truth can not lie either, by the way neither should “Faith talk” lie, it speaks what “God has said” and applies it “in” our life today as we believe it should be for us…but always according to “His word” as spoken. ( Luke 1:38 )
We must look at Jesus and teach truth ! As He did! But before Jesus time, lack of knowledge and understanding had been a problem for Israel too, as there was a time when the people of God drifted away from God a very long time , becoming Ignorant to truth, and began missing His loving protection, and it was recognized that a contributing factor had been  a lack of a “teaching priest” in Israel.
2Chron 15:3-4NASB-“3For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law. 4 But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.”
Much of today’s issues “in the church” (the people of God not the building)…as “we” are NOW the temple (Naos) of Holy Spirit! (1Cor3:16)… but their is a lack of teaching priests in the “kingdom of God” here and Now! Which was one reason God’s people were in distress as stated in that verse! And the other issue back then in this verse… was priests not making the relevancy issue in the “church”, needing to know God’s word! ( Their bible ); They had not studied The law, the word of God… To know it themselves!
I heard a great quote taught recently which was…..”Relevancy without application equals fruitlessness!”  If the church is fruitless, and it mostly it is in America….since the power we should be displaying… which is to follow those who believe,(Mark 16:17 ) ( Luke 10:19 ) …  seems to be mostly missing;  And  I believe it is because we have not looked back and remembered something Jesus brought to light… Jesus made them look back first at the temple where God’s power and presence “had been” displayed for years!…”And if we are not careful we forget the power of yesterday, and we try to go out and do things in the power of ourselves!” I believe David Jeremiah a teacher of God’s word, and a radio preacher recently had said that.
 When we do not know what the word of God actually says,  we are only saying “mentally’ that we believe words of God….but it is not believed in our heart. We have only made a mental accent to it…not a believing so deep that it is made a part of our daily life! Recently a survey was done and found, that people now believe the Bible, Koran, and book of Mormon are “all” equally true!  But the Bible says that which we “say” we believe we should actually meditate on day and night!  Which God spoke through Joshua;
Joshua 1:8KJV- “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
When we really believe promise’s of God,( What God actually said) we receive what we ask for! And His power is displayed in our lives! Try that with something other than God’s Word it won’t work! … So what are YOU believing today?
But we must teach the bible as God directed as well, to make the followers thirsty for more,  and make it so important that “we” as pastors dedicate ourselves to studying it, and teaching it,  so the people see it as a requirement for walking with God! And teach, that it will bring God’s people more revelation of His love into their lives, and give them access to all the benefits! Through their “knowing” it for themselves, and understanding our Father… through understanding His word given us….and allowing the teacher…the Holy Spirit to do His job… to reveal more and more truth to us…and help “us” walk in true liberty, and become  like Christ! Not remain the same as we are!
And so that we know what we have a right too, and the authority to act on, or act with… what we HAVE received in His word!
And knowing the word of God, will allow us…to know “ourselves” when we are being deceived in these last days! Because “we” will have understanding! To know who we are in Christ.
God said He gave shepherds for a reason …Jerimiah3:15NASB-“and I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
So there MUST be some “pastor teachers” of truth who focus on the teaching part and “make disciples”, who are then equipped to GO! ( Eph 4:12  ) And make more followers! (Bear fruit)  That is the true relevancy needed today.
I hope by Grace given me, I will measure up to the call and the need to be a teaching priest. A pastor for teaching the bible for living in today…in the Kingdom of light we now stand in! His hands are now in ours!  (Mark 1:15 )
I do not care WHEN Jesus comes back…I am just happy knowing Jesus IS coming for me , whenever He arrives!
But while I watch and wait with the oil He gave me…which will never run out!… I must be ready for that day in that season…and help others to be ready also! “Disciple them” .
Col 1:13NAS-who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;  Amen.
Ernie Harpster  … Clearly walk in the narrow road, and stay in the light!  ( Sorry for the bizarre paragraphing I could not fix it for some reason? But all the scripture links work if you touch them with cursor! )
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