Associations Cost Christians

Joshua 7:4-13. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies. For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name? And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

What’s truly amazing about this story is that the offender who caused the death of 36 men did not suffer in the battle.

I have seen it many times where the transgressor gets away without suffering whilst others nearby suffer instead. From the only sober Christian boy dying in a car crash whilst all the drunk non Christians survive to Christian women suffering greatly through their marriage to non believers…. there is a rule of association where God, almost non-sympathetically says, “Stop complaining and whining about your suffering; rather make the decisions that are right in my sight and you will see a change in your situation.”

Below are some very real instances of association that are causing Christians to suffer unnecessarily:

1. the workplace – If you work for a secular company and are not praying for the leadership and your superiors you are either going to be under continual affliction or you are drawing away from God without knowing it. Spiritually, you will not stay in the same place. You will either be impacting that company or it will be impacting you. Do not stay in a non Christian business if you are not praying for your company on a daily basis.

2. Family – if you are tolerating members of your family (under your house) living in an ungodly manner, your entire family will be under duress and affliction. By accepting their ungodly behavior in your home, you accept the devil’s influence and must be prepared to suffer the consequences. Earnestly pray for that family member and contest any behavior that is not acceptable. Fight in the natural and spiritual with all you have. (In this regard do not cast them out, which is to give the devil even more authority over them)Be Christ in every way, which includes strongly contesting in the spiritual and voicing strong opposition whenever appropriate. The pain of contention is far less than the suffering that comes by doing nothing.

3. If you are in a relationship with a non Christian person, be prepared to suffer regularly and painfully. Both partners in a physical relationship become open to spiritual impartation from one another. Any demonic authority from 3 generations up the bloodline of your partner will be allowed access into you life. Demonic possession outside of the marriage environment is routine. Prepared to see changes in your thought patterns and spiritual state. Women are especially affected as they move from under the spiritual covering of their father to that of their partner. Multiple relationships leads to multiple spirit ties and ultimately lead to demonic possession. Each of these demonic powers, will either openly or in a hidden manner, lead to torment and ruin our life unless they are dealt with through repentance and deliverance. (And any person engaged in pornography is developing similar bondages and spiritual yokes)

4. Yielding to ‘professional’ authority – There are many areas where Christians routinely yield to bad counsel and advice, under the supposed leading of the Lord. In this area I include nutrition, education, the use of technology etc, but count the greatest culprit to be that of pharmakeia or the medical fraternity which is subordinate to corporate interests, whose goal is to treat you for the rest of your life, rather than see your recovery. Modern medicine is one of the biggest killers of this age and too many Christians are quick to take whatever they are offered regardless of whether the product is appropriate, needed or safe. We live in an age of information and if we choose not to seek God’s solution for our health we can at least properly research our condition and find better options.

5. Spiritual engagement. This is willful opening up of ourselves to demonic authority and could be from visiting clairvoyants, to alternate healing practices that evoke spiritual powers and authorities, to carnal / ungodly Christians laying hands and praying for you, to being yoked with a Church that teaches false doctrine. Each instances give the devil authority into your life. Pray for discernment.

If you have succumbed to any such practices, stop crying out to God for relief but fast for 3 days on water and pray earnestly for God to lead you to repentance, the forgiveness of others, seeking forgiveness from others, the renouncing of sins and the breaking of spiritual ties, bondages, authorities & other influences. God has raised up various Christians and groups throughout the world who deal with spiritual healing and cleansing to bring breakthrough.Find them and be restored.

Alternatively suffer on gladly as many Christians choose, but please don’t blame the Lord and say it is His will.

Rapture-Another false doctrine

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Spirit led Christianity in the west is at an all time low since the days of the Apostles. The Charismatic movement has been the most rebellious and compromised of all man’s responses to God’s outpouring since the beginning of the church. So it is no surprise that doctrine is in a similar state and one of the favorite topics of false teachers and failed prophets is the teaching around the term rapture.

Let me explain why the imminent rapture as it is being taught in the Church is not about to take place:

1. Everything that happens under the New Covenant must have a corresponding shadow / event in the Old Testament. The times of the Gentiles follows the times of the Hebrews in every way. Can anyone show the rapture of the Old Covenant as expected in these end times? No! What we do however have is an event that took place in the OT where God’s people had rebelled and rejected the Lord. Prophets were raised up to bring warnings and prophecies, calling the people to repentance and restoration to the Lord.

The people ignored the warnings and God pronounced judgment and the pending exile into Babylon. Of course He needed to make a way to protect the chosen few faithfuls. In Jeremiah 24:5 the prophet says God is going to send his people into Babylon, ahead of the destruction of Jerusalem, to protect them from the coming judgment. “Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good”.

Then, when Babylon was to be judged, God restored His people back to Israel. Sound familiar? It should, because just before God is about to judge the end time Babylon system he calls His people out in Revelations 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” The faithful will likewise be sent into the end time Babylon system to survive the coming judgment and destruction upon the Church.

Yes I know, nobody believes God will withdraw His Spirit from the Church, just like the Jews said they would live in their promised land forever. The fact is, the Church has always been rebellious and it will come under judgment in the future because of this rebellion.

2. We are still under the times of the 3rd Beast as prophesied by Daniel. We have not yet entered the times of the 4th Beast which manifested as Babylon or Rome in the past. Any Christian wanting to understand these events needs to get a spiritual revelation of the end times from the Old Testament. But to assist in this regard the 4th beast in these end times is the United Nations. Once the United Nations gains world authority (but in the near future its power will somewhat diminish) faithful people will see the parallel events and actions unfolding to fulfill biblical prophecy.

So ignore the prophecies of the rapture. Its not for this season and it is certainly does not mean leaving this earth. In the end times, when Christ returns to defeat death, the faithful will be raised from the dead and they together with the faithful that live on the earth at the time, will all be changed from natural to spiritual bodies to reign with Christ for a 1000 years. They will no longer be bound to the earth by the natural bodies. They will become spiritual like Christ.