Sometimes Suffering Is a Test That You Must Pass – By Thomas Koester

The Enemy’s plan: Cause you pain to rob you of your future. God’s plan: Give you a future through your pain and rob the Enemy.

The way you fail the test of suffering is to claim yourself as a victim.

The reason you feel like a victim is because you do not feel like a son or daughter.

Stop interpreting your hardship as a series of mishaps. If you begin to embrace all hardship as an established fact of your son-ship, suddenly you’ll gain strength that you’ve never thought possible. Our God is no dead-beat dad; those whom he loves, he inflicts hardship, and his hardship for your life comes from a good place in his heart.

Once you’ve realized this, you will embrace and welcome hardship, greeting it each day as you are conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. He’s fathering you and he knows what he is doing.

Your suffering is actually making you into God’s masterpiece. The sooner you understand this the sooner your trust in God will foil the Devil’s plan of distorting your future.

One of the most effective and powerful things you can do is to praise God in the midst of your suffering. This will destroy any misgivings and doubt about who you are and who God is. This will also destroy the Devil’s plan and his scheme of using your suffering as his weapon – your praise disarms evil!

The Enemy’s plan: Cause you pain to rob you of your future. God’s plan: Give you a future through your pain and rob the Enemy.

This is because as a follower of Jesus, you are God’s son or daughter, and the Evil One, well he can’t take that away; he can mess with your mind and feelings, but the truth of who you are and to whom you belong is the source of your strength.

Revelation 12:11

“They defeated him [the Devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him [Christ].”

You are God’s beloved son our daughter and this truth is secured in the finished work of Jesus Christ!

So, look to the wisdom behind your suffering and hardship. I think you may discover your Father’s fingerprints and Jesus’ footsteps.

If you find yourself on “Easy Street” sinning and carrying on, peering upon the naked, peeking at the exploited and injecting your life with indulgences and have no hardship and no suffering; then quite possibly, you’re illegitimate and not a true son. But, I trust this is not your case.

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding…” Proverbs 3:11-13

If you pass this test you’ll move on. If you blame the devil and others, you’ll stay stuck in a perpetual groundhog day.

So, don’t waste your hardships and suffering on blaming the devil or others. Accept it and be fathered.

Maybe you’re not a victim after all. Maybe you are a true child of God.

Pandemics & Socialism – Heaven vs. The New World Order – By Thomas Koester

This is an uplifting, positive and hope-filled message.

In light of all that has happened over the past several weeks, the world is seamlessly conforming to governing authorities. Food and supply rationing, voluntary and involuntary quarantine and many, many more limitations and restrictions.

For those that believe and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, trials and tribulations are a way of life. At least, they should be.

If we focus on heaven and understand that heaven is our final destination and the place where we’re told to invest our treasures, our HOPE in heaven should actually be a stronger contagion than an invisible virus.

If, however, God’s people are preoccupied with a worldly utopianism, then our hope in heaven is sadly muted. The lost will see no distinction between worldly utopianism and the hope of heaven.

Recently I became convicted over my hoarding of toilet paper. I had purchased four packs of 12 rolls. While I made the surplus purchase for my out-of-town children, the quarantine has kept us from traveling to them, and now I’m stuck starring at my surplus, while others are in need.

The story of the Children of God in the Egyptian Wilderness that had left all their securities and comforts in their flight from Pharaoh came flooding into my mind. Helpless and without food and the necessities of life, they began to witness miracle after miracle.

God immediately began to feed them food from heaven. All they had to do was to each morning gather it up. There were no lines of people or social distancing. Their shoes and clothing stoped showing wear and tear. God’s presence in the form of an enormous pillar of fire during the night and an amazing pillar of smoke during the day, comforted and protected the Children of Israel.

But, like God’s ancient children of Israel, we too gathered up more than we needed for the day and even the week.

The Children of Israel, escaping 400 years of slavery, had become too dependent upon Egypt for their meager rationing of food; of building materials, supplies and clothing. Their slave-mentality and worldly dependency conflicted with the tenderness of the Father-Hearted God of Israel.

Even with God’s promises of a land flowing with milk and honey as their very own possession, it could not break the slave-mentality of God’s people. They craved the guarantees of enslavement to the most powerful nation on the earth, more than the promises of God, creator of heaven and earth!

During the 40 years of wilderness wandering, the Children of Israel gathered more than enough food for the day. However, every time they hoarded more than enough, it rotted by the next morning, rendering it inedible.

Then they complained about the lack of variety and craved meat, so God sent them quail. They even abused God’s generosity and began gathering too much of the birds. Then God sends them so much quail, the birds stacked up knee-deep, creating a new problem with the “hoarders of Israel.” The quail rotted in their teeth making them sick.

You see, God wants his people to standout. God wants to show the world, through you and I that he can, and does provide. God wants his people to believe in his promises of Heaven, just like he wanted his children of Israel to believe in the promises of a land flowing with milk and honey.

As Moses sent out twelve spies to scout out the promised land, only two came back with a good report. The other ten spies only saw the land of giants and their slave-mentality robbed them once again of experiencing God’s promises.

The two optimistic spies filtered out the impossible because they believed in the goodness and greatness of God which was shown to them since God rescued them from Egypt and Pharaoh’s might.

Are you optimistic about God? Or are you optimistic in governmental control?

Are you more enamored in worldly utopianism, or are you heavenly-minded?

I think just like the testing that went on and on during the wilderness wandering of the Children of Israel, many of God’s Children today are wandering, and wondering with fear and doubt. So much fear and doubt that many are clinging to a slave-mentality. Many are craving the power of America just like their biblical ancestors craved the might of Eygpt and the power of Pharaoh.

Adjust your trust and pass this test!

Show the world that you are the Children of God, by trusting in his goodness and father-heart. Start obeying the truth of God’s promises so that the world can see heavenward.

Stop your needless wandering and start to wonder about the amazing and unstoppable love and goodness of God.

Obedience becomes a response and act of love towards God. “If you love me, you will obey all that I’ve commanded you, writes the Apostle, John. We don’t love, to be justified, rather we love because we are justified. We don’t love God to be loved, rather we love God because he first loved us. “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Writes Paul to the Roman Christians.

But alas, we have lost our vision and appetite for heaven. Our longing for heaven has been replaced with impatience and synthesized heaven. Our eternal hope has been replaced with the expediency of the here and now; the instant access to “Turkish delights” and winks and giggles to worldly compromise. We simply create an app for our smartphones and tablet PCs to displace our heavenly hope.

We’ve joined the world in their quest for a “perfect” society, here and now. If we don’t live in our Heavenly Hope, we have nothing to show or challenge their false visions of Nirvana.

Fifty percent of today’s youth want Socialism. Why? Because Socialism is filling the vacuum left by a retreating Church from its place in society and culture.

If we would simply fall in love again with our First Love and paint on the canvases of our faces our heavenly hope; recapture the joy of our salvation, maybe the world would notice that a better world does indeed exist. Maybe – just maybe, we would have words rather than judgments to express the Hope, which lies in the heart and soul of us who believe.

“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it, and then, finally, the end will come,” writes Matthew

Let’s leave all our earthy heaven-building and our legislative agendas of Christian Utopianism and unveil the true Heaven, which by the way, is not of this world.

Let’s get back to preaching and declaring the Good News about the Kingdom of God to every Nation so that end will end, and the beginning can begin.

Our future is in a New Heaven and in a New Earth and not in a New Social Order. Let our heavenly hope to be the new contagion and become the new pandemic!

Your Fake Faith Won’t Save You From a Real Hell – A Dire Warning To The Hyper Spiritualists & Charismatic Pagans – By Thomas Koester

Give me a break, you false prognosticators and fake prophets.

How arrogant to announce that the Coronavirus is a sign that we’re entering into “The Great Tribulation,” when the middle East, Asia and much of Africa has been experiencing tremendous and overwhelming tribulation for the past decade.

How about the Christians in North and East Africa, and including South Africa that are beaten, terrorized, robbed and beheaded?

How about the Christians in many Middle Eastern Nations, also being martyred by all sorts of treachery and murderous rampage?

How about the Christians murdered by Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara?

Western Christianity dosen’t deserve, or attract real tribulation, because it’s Christians do not act like true Christ followers, and are preoccupied with religious progressivism, cheap grace and a watered down Gospel. Be careful what you call tribulation, it just might be God’s righteous judgment against the fakery of Western Christianity.

Western Christianity is not in the same class as our brothers and sisters all over the world, suffering because of their fiery passion and fearless loyalty to Christ Jesus.

Tribulation comes to those that practice true holiness and devotion to Jesus Christ and not to the spiritually flamboyance of charismatic-paganism and hyper-spiritualism.

You are not worthy of tribulation, nor the Devil’s time. You may think you’re honoring God, but you’ve been worshiping demons, and being intoxicated by their seductive allure to your mind, will and emotions.

You are “The I Feel Crowd,” constantly seeking new feelings and spiritual experiences that have nothing to do with Heaven; with the Holy Scriptures, authentic faith and real salvation.

The Devil is not a bit concerned about your fake faith and lust for gifts and miracles. He doesn’t care about your phoney worship services, or your “special revelations.”

Why?

Because you’re performing his gigs.

You’re no threat to the Kingdom of Darkness, and the Devil, and, well he’s absolutely fine with that. “Any friend of the World,” says the Devil, “is a friend of mine.”

You see, you’re either a fan of the Devil’s, or a follower of Jesus Christ. It’s the Devil that’s after a fan base. Jesus, well, he told the Devil a firm “No,” when he offered him the kingdoms of the world, if he’d only bow down and worship him.

So, don’t tell us that we’re at the beginning of The Great Tribulation; nope, you’ve got it wrong! We’re in the beginning of The Great Falling Away, and you’re leading Mainstream Christianity right over the cliff, all the while singing “love songs.”

Let me ask you an honest question…

Are you a Fan, or are you a follower?

Turn to the real and only Saviour, Christ Jesus, cause your fake faith won’t save you from a real hell!

Untapped Spiritual Power – By Thomas Koester

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

If Church attendance and membership rosters were any indication of spiritual success then Jesus Christ would have been considered as a complete and utter failure.

His own disciples ran out on him, and his Father let him suffer a naked and terrible death on a cross. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, which was carefully guarded by nearly a dozen Roman solders.

Yet, Christianity finds its roots in the single and most important act:

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“…and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14

It is the power of Christ’s resurrection, which should both compel and propel your Church and not budgets and bodies!

“The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.” – Acts 4:33

The focus of a Church living from the roots and foundation of the resurrected Lord of Life, is to seek and to save the lost, rather than a mausoleum of inactive Christians.

To the early Christians and First Century Church the Resurrection was their main message. For us today its become a holiday.

“I want to know Him inside and out. I want to experience the power of His resurrection and join in His suffering, shaped by His death, so that I may arrive safely at the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10-11

If you want a vibrant and alive Church, preach the Resurrection of Christ throughout the year.

If you want a dead Church, stay with your religious tips and tricks, and keep following those mainstream, so-called Christian fads and fashions. You may get your numbers and budgets, but you’ll have no real spiritual power.

Without real spiritual power you’ll have no real spiritual fruit.

The Church was founded and propelled by an Outlaw, and today the Church is held back by it’s bylaws!

Get back to the message of Resurrection, and not just on Easter Morning.

Preach powerfully the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing will be upon you all.

The greatest critic and deniers of the resurrection of Christ are not disbelievers and atheists, but those who refuse to preach and live it!

True spiritual success still comes from the most powerful event in all human history…

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“Do you believe this?”

If you did, you’d be full of life and full of power, and no worldly or spiritual force could stop your message.

Tap into it and live it and gain true spiritual power, power the Lost and the Broken are waiting for.

Fake Faith – By Thomas Koester

Fakery is all around us these days. Fake news. Fake politicians. Fake protests. Fake accusations, and so on. But what about fake faith?

“God grant, if we must have two eyes, that they may be both clear ones – one the eye of faith wholly fixed on Christ, the other the eye of obedience equally and wholly fixed on the same objective.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon

Faith that does not lead to transformation and greater trust in The One True God is not faith at all, but a naked belief in a deity or higher being with no real power.

People who believe in such lesser deities are no better off then demons and devils. While demons and devils believe in God, they shudder in fear, as they have no gift of faith to change their destination, yet are fully aware of their impending doom.

Belief is not enough to save you, no matter how many Church services or Masses you attend and how many bibles you read or podcasts you listen to.

The love of God is not enough to save you, unless the fruit of your life demonstrates your love for Him.

Salvation is still through belief and obedience to God’s Son. Salvation is for those that put their faith in all the works of Jesus Christ.

If your belief doesn’t awaken your faith, you’re still dead in your sins. If your little faith doesn’t move you towards the impossible then it’s better to judge yourself now and evaluate your condition. For a great and mighty God creates great and mighty people, and even those of little, but true faith gain His attention.

The Apostle James said: “…faith without works is dead.” James 2:26

The writer of Hebrews said: “And without faith, it is impossible to please God…” Hebrews 11:6

The Beloved Apostle John explains: “He who knows my commands and obeys them is the one who loves me. And my Father will love him who loves me. I will love him and will show myself to him.” John 14:21

Religion is belief without relationship and without faith. Without relationship to God there is no need for faith and obedience.

Your faith must take you farther than simply visiting the Church down the street.

See to it that your belief brings action to your faith, or stop pretending you believe.

A fake faith will not save you from a real hell.

The Green New Deal & The New Egypt – By Thomas Koester

The Democrat leadership has fallen prey to the false ideals of Socialism and the impossible dream of Utopia. They desire complete Federalization of our economy, of our food, our education, our transportation, our healthcare, our factories; even our basic ability to communicate freely and openly. The impetus of National Socialism in America is The Green New Deal.

This Green New Deal will first ask us for our wages, our properties, our cars, our sons and daughters. When we have nothing more for them to take, they will then come for us. Since in the United States, Socialism cannot excel as an official party, they have infiltrated and infested the Democratic Party, using it as a parasitical host.

There was a similar time in History, whereby an entire group of people became enslaved. It was in Middle East, when a historic famine in Egypt occurred from 1708 BC – 1701 BC. During a seven-year period severe drought struck the region, whereby no grain grew, and water being scarce, livestock suffered, as well as many people.

Prior to this Great Famine of ancient Egypt, Egypt, being The Great Super Power of their day, began storing grains, livestock, food and supplies for seven years before the start of The Great Famine.

Three and one half years into the Great Famine, the desperateness of Hebrew people caused them to move into the land of Egypt. Egypt sold stockpiles of food and commodities to the Hebrews (Israelites), and to their own people. When the Israelites ran out of money, they sold what was left of their starved livestock. When they ran out of livestock, they sold their children into slavery. When they ran out of children, they sold themselves into slavery, so that they might have food, shelter; basic needs and “employment.” Employment soon turned into hard labor, and hard labor turned into the misery of slavery.

Their slavery lasted for 400 years!

The Green New Deal is the New Egypt. If we stand idly by; if we refuse to expose and discredit Socialism, and the Far Left’s agenda to Nationalize and Federalize everything, we will become slaves. We’ll become forcibly dependent on government and the Masters of Deceit and Control. Quantity and quality will become a scarcity. Their madness of redistribution and “equality” will create nothing more than equal misery.

Don’t allow America to slip away. If America falls into Socialism there will be nowhere else to go. As a matter of verifiable and historical fact, Socialism will morph into full blown communism and dictatorial control.

If you’re not shocked about the popularity of the self-admitted Socialist, Berney Sanders, and his influence within culture and politics, you’ve not been paying attention. You cannot ignore the rise of Socialism, nor laugh it off. Socialism is here within our borders, and like the Coronavirus, it’s spreading rapidly throughout our Nation and body-politics.

The Coronavirus’s ability to mutate, and the fact that a carrier can spread the virus, all the while being asymptomatic, makes this virus strain significantly dangerous.

Socialism’s ability to mutate in, and through various leftists ideologies, makes it significantly dangerous. Coupled with sheer ignorance and a lack of historical knowledge, it lurks deep within the psyche of it’s carriers. All the while, being asymptomatic, that is, unaware of the political disease within their minds, they spread like a virus. They are oblivious to the toxicity of Socialism, and therefore are unaware of it’s corrosive affects on freedom and liberty.

Make no mistake. Socialism, and it’s stepchild, Communism has killed as many people, indiscriminately, as did the horrific plaques of yesteryear.

The Green New Deal, is not “New”. It’s The New Egypt of the 21st Century.

Please vote!

Fly in the Formation of Love – By Thomas Koester

“When you want to go fast, you travel alone. When you want to go far, you travel together.” – African Proverb

The meaning of true fellowship is bearing the burdens of others, so that together you may go the distance; when one is weak, the other is strong. Even Nature teaches us this.

Consider the geese…

They fly in a “V” formation to give rest for each goose flying behind them. The “V” formation is also so they can see each other. When the leader tires, another humbly moves into place, allowing the leader to rest behind the strength and flight of others. As the geese remain in tight formation, they create uplift for each other with every downward flapping of their wings.

Geese are monogamous, and mate for life. Their honking sound is not about complaining or arguing, but confirming and comforting the flock. When it is time for the flock to rest, the leader finds safe ground and they rest together. Geese can only travel the distance because they fly together, each one taking their place. They watch for the right season and begin their journey as one.

Be patient and kind towards one another, preferring one another, and daily forgiving each other’s offenses. Offense is the devil’s trap. Its your choice to become trapped. Jesus has said:

“Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through!” Luke 17:1.

Don’t bring offense, rather be the one who extinguishes it!

The enemy is not each other, its not your brother or sister; its not your pastor, or teacher and the enemy is certainly not your wife, or husband, sons or daughters. The enemy is not what others do, rather it is the voice you allow to speak into your mind, tempting you to condemn them. It is the voice, which whispers inside of our heads, seducing, and taking over our thoughts to kill ourselves with self hatred and condemnation, and so we condemn others.

The voice of God, through the Holy Spirit never condemns. He will not, and cannot, because of Christ. The Apostle Paul said it best…

“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2

If our hearts, or their hearts condemn us, God’s love for us and, for them is infinitely far greater than our hearts and far higher than our thoughts. And, remember God knows all things from the beginning and all the way to the end. 1 John 3:20.

If our destination is the same, should we not all get along here, and now?

Will segregation, denominations and prejudice exist in heaven?

If our journey is towards heaven then let us act like heaven. If we do not, heaven will not recognize us. Travel slowly and together, and become heavenly minded so that we may together do earthly good.

Fly in the formation of love!

The true bond of fellowship is unconditional love, and it requires sacrifice, just as God’s love for us is bonded through the sacrifice of Christ.

“…When you want to go far, you travel together.”

…fly in the formation of love.