From: joie (Original Message)
Sent: 12/8/2004 11:05 PM
~ Disempowered ~
Today is Wednesday, December 8, 2004. Now I know that the title of this message, ‘disempowered��?is not a true word. But it has merit here for the truth of this message. When God said, I will give power to my two witnesses, this means He empowered them. Ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in all the earth. So the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is when, where and how God gave the disciples this great power, or he empowered them.
The meaning of the prefix, dis, means this: 1. do the opposite or absence of. – completely disannul.- deprive of a quality, rank or object.- exclude or expel.
So from this we see that to disempower one would be to deprive them of the power or to do the opposite or have the absence of the given power. So then if the church today is powerless, as we see it to be, then something had to have ‘disempowered��?them. So what took the God-given power away from them?
In simple terms, if the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, as on the Day of Pentecost, gave them this power, then if they fail to receive this Baptism of power then they will be disempowered But…. what caused them to fail to receive something so wonderful as this Baptism? Mainly it was this:
Ho 4:6 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. Ho 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
A lack of the right kind of knowledge caused God to reject this group of people. They had rejected this knowledge, so God rejects them. So this proves that it is absolutely necessary to have and accept the true knowledge of God, in order to have God accept us. You cannot make up doctrine, or just accept a hand-me-down doctrine and expect God to accept you on these terms. It will never work. You must study the Word as we are told to do, and prove if anything is true, according to the written Word of God, or if it is false. If you fail to do this, or if you see it crosses the Word at some point, yet you still hold to your false doctrine, then God will reject you. It is a dangerous thing to reject the proven truth of God. It will cost you eternal life. It will take you to hell fire. So you had better open your eyes and your ears and get willing to hear and see the truth. Get willing to accept the truth, if you desire eternal life.
Mt 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Jesus said if you already HAVE, you shall be given more and therefore have abundance. Now what does this mean? It means that if you have the right faith, the right foundation, and an open mind [eyes; ears] then God will give you an abundance of revelation. This is that bread from Heaven which we must eat to have eternal life. If you do not have these things, if you close your eyes and ears, then you do not have the right faith, so what you think you do have, [a false belief] will be taken away from you. You are the one Jesus spoke of = seeing you see not. You refuse to let God show you his real truth. Hearing you hear not. You have eyes and ears [spiritually] but you refuse to let them operate. This keeps you from understanding so that you can be converted. You would rather go on in your false, Jezebel religion, than to open your eyes and ears and hear the truth. You closed your own eyes and ears and turned away from the truth when it was presented to you. So your spiritual healing will never take place.
Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
Now here another writer shows that they have eyes and ears but do not see or hear. So what they do have will be taken away from them.
Lu 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Now see this reveals that to have your eyes opened is to know him or truth.
Ac 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
This Scripture proves that to listen to God’s true ministers who bring the pure Word of God, will open your eyes and turn you from darkness to light, and this is to turn you from the power of Satan unto God. So when God sends a true minister unto you, bringing not man’s words but the pure Written Word of God, not adding to it nor taking away from it, and you refuse this word, then you will never see or be converted. But If you do as those did who searched the Scriptures daily, as God told us to do, to see if those things are true, then you will come into light and the power of God. If you refuse to open your mind and look into the Word and find out if you are hearing truth or not, then you are guilty of closing your own eyes and ears. This will lead you into total destruction. Just because you ‘believe��?a thing, just because your church and forefathers taught it, does not make it true or cause God to accept you on those grounds.
If you close up your heart, mind, to what you hear, just because it is not what you always believed, and cling to your doctrine, no matter how much the Word shows different, then you are guilty of closing your own eyes and ears against the truth. This places you into the naked, blind, lukewarm Laodician Church. You may scream and hollow that you are not in this church, but the very fact that you have closed eyes shows you are blind.
Ro 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
This shows that having closed eyes and ears is the spirit of slumber, or sleep. Remember that all the virgins were asleep at one time. Only those who were willing to open their eyes to truth will awake to righteousness and have eternal life. These are the wise virgins. Are you wise? Let’s see!
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Now this verse is to prove that we are dealing here with your understanding being enlightened. If you refuse enlightenment, then you are willfully blinding yourself, to your own destruction.
OK, The test. Are you wise?
Ac 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Now there is how you can test if you have an open mind or not. When you hear some word or message, do you receive it with all readiness of mind and search the scriptures daily to see if what you heard is truly the Word or not? Do you? Or do you just shrug it off because it does not fit what Mr. so-and-so taught. Or what your church teaches. Or what your ‘prophet��?taught.
If you find that the message brought to you does indeed fit the Word, is indeed quoting exact Scripture, then are you willing to change your mind and receive the engrafted word that you might be converted or saved or healed? If not, then you are willfully blinding your own self. Perhaps you are also blinding many others along with you? This is dangerous business. If you are guilty of deceiving others, you will have their blood on your own hands. Are your hands full of blood?
Are you willing to sit and discuss the issues brought up which you are in doubt of? When a matter of doubt or question came up in the TRUE Apostolic Church, they got together and discussed these things and looked into the Word and the leadership of the Holy Ghost and all came to see the truth. Once the truth was established by the Word, then all who refused it, were blinded and went into darkness. Where are you? Better be honest with your own heart. And if you are leading others, you had better be extra careful. Why are the ministers of today totally unwilling to discuss the Word of God with anyone who does not agree with their doctrine? It is because they have closed up their eyes and ears. They refuse to let light into their darkened mind. If they were walking in the Light, they would do as Peter and the other disciples did, they would get together and sit down and discuss these things and let the Word of God settle the question. But no, they are too afraid they might be an outcast. They are too afraid their little ‘prophet��?or pastor, or church would be proven wrong. They are unwilling to change their mind and let the truth come in.
The very fact that they are unwilling to sit and discuss differences with a brother or sister or let them come into their little theater churches and teach the truth, proves they have they eyes and ears closed. God showed me in a vision that when he sent me to different ones with the truth, and they refused it and would never give me a chance to say one word in their little theater, that this was Jesus standing at their door knocking and they refused to let him in. They reject the Word, so they are rejecting Jesus.
I have heard some of these pastors quote certain PARTS of verses, over and over, which they twist and try to back up their own false doctrine, and totally leave out the rest of the verse, thus taking away from the Word and blinding their people. This is evil and proves you have a closed up mind. You are a blind leader of the blind. Why would a ‘minister��?of the Word deliberately leave out part of a verse over and over and never come to grips in his own mind as to why he can never quote the entire verse? This is closing your own eyes and ears. This is willful blindness. God will take away your part out of the Book of life for you are taking away part of His Word, for it crosses your false doctrine. God will bring you into judgment because of this evil. Surely you must know something is wrong when you must leave out part of a verse to stay with what you think it should be saying?
I say to everyone you had better put down your own little stubborn mind and get willing to let God show you HIS truth. Your churches doctrine is never going to save you. You may attend some local theater assembly every day of the year all your life, but this will never take away your sin. When you cannot accept part of the Word, or a child of God sent to you, and let them show you the Word, then you are blinding your own self and what you have will be taken away from you. Nothing is left for you but outer darkness and hell fire. If you really have the truth, what are you afraid of? If you think you are right and they are wrong, then it is your duty to try and show them the truth. This is why everyone must get willing to sit down with anyone and discuss the Word of God. When you cannot and will not discuss the Word with anyone, you have a closed up mind. You are blind and in darkness.
So now, back to our original thought. What has disempowered the church? The above things are mainly to blame. You accepted the leadership of a pastor, church, evangelist, or some fake prophet, and let them blind you with their false doctrine. Then you in turn refuse to discuss the Word with someone who brings you something different. They might have messages full of Scriptures proving what they say, as all of my messages do, yet you STILL refuse to even discuss or consider that this person may have been sent by God and have truth you need. This is blindness and hardness of heart. God hates this kind of mind. God hates a hard heart and closed eyes.
According to Jeremiah and Ezekiel the pastors and shepherds are the very ones who led the sheep astray and blinded you. Yes, people, your own pastor is blinding you with his false teaching and causing you to be afraid to listen so anyone other than he or some other man teaching the same lies.
Many times God sends one of his children with truth to your church and your pastor has refused to let this person in to say even one word. This pastor has in fact blocked you from having access to the message sent from God. He himself is not interested enough in truth to study these things out and search the Scriptures daily to find if they are true or not, but then he blocks his church from having any opportunity to hear and judge for themselves if it is true or not. Thus they are leading you astray and into blindness. These wolves in sheep clothing, paid preachers, tell the church that they cannot receive anything from God except from them or some other ‘minister��? They claim that only a certain group of MEN, [they call a five-fold ministry] has anything from God and the only ones who can teach you or get you something from God.
But God said we may ALL come boldly to His throne of mercy and find grace and help. He said all of his children, both males and females, have access to his throne. He said we may all come and eat at his table. We may all minister. We may all be fed directly from God himself. We need not that any man teach us. If we have the anointing, God will teach any of us. Yet by the very fact of these ‘pastors��?driving this false teaching into your hearts, they block you from having any access to the glorious secrets God said He would give to any who love and fear him. They cause you to be blind and deaf. They cause you to lose your soul. The very men you pay to teach you are blocking you from hearing the glory God is revealing to some of His Children. And why? Because these same children heard God’s call to come out of Babylon, Jezebel, and dwell out in the wilderness with Him. So now He has given us the anointing and is teaching us His real truth. But these false shepherds, those who take pay for preaching, are standing in the way. They will not go in and they block you who might would accept truth if given the chance to hear it. I say to anyone who might ever read this, if your pastor or any minister is blocking your way and telling you that you may only receive the Word from some man minister, then you had better run as fast as you can away from this wolf in sheep clothing. He will blind you and send your soul to hell.
The pastors in the land today and before our time, have kept the people in their churches
as tiny, invalid babies all the days of their lives. They did this for their own evil, selfish purpose. They want so much to ‘pastor��?some church and be SOMEBODY, that they are all in a league together to keep people fearful and dependant upon them. They claim that you will only have salvation IF you attend theirs, or some other local church faithfully. They then claim you had better tithe. You had better not go somewhere else if your church is having a get together. But at the same time, they never teach you how to really pray. They never really study the Word and receive the true revelation to show you. They do not drive into your hearts the need for you to study the Word for yourself and learn truth. They do not put up with any member who does get into the Word and start questioning things. They will get rid of any member who does this, for they claim you are causing trouble and sowing discord. This is fear tactics they use to keep anyone out who studies the Word and finds that they are not teaching truth.
They want you dependant upon them. If you learn that God will indeed teach you, then they are afraid you will grow up in Christ and leave them. This will cut down on his number and money. They will only allow others into their ‘pulpits��?to teach who go along with the false doctrine of their particular church. If you disagree they will not let you in. Thus they block the people from ever hearing the truth God is giving to those who obeyed the call to come out of her.
They lead the people to believe that only certain men, certain ministers have any anointing to pray for sick and heal them. They never have a time where you get together JUST to seek God, pray, and study the Word TOGETHER.
You must ALWAYS just sit and listen to whatever THEY decide to tell you. If you attend their church ten years, you will hear the same message, [possibly, worded a little differently at times] over and over and over until you are so bored with ‘church��?you could just die, yet you are afraid to quit or change. They know not the Word, so they just preach the same message their ‘headquarters��?taught them way back. Now they may claim to be ‘independent��?but they still teach just what they were taught and never got into the Word and studied and learned what the real truth is. They receive the made-up theories from other men and therefore are only giving out a message which God forbids, for it came from human flesh, therefore is considered ‘female��?and not able to teach. Their message did not come direct from God and the word. Since they know not the Word, they cannot understand the truth when God sends it to them. So they just dismiss it and say away with it. They never give you a chance to hear and learn for yourself. They will actually tell lies on these true children of God, to cause you to be afraid to listen to them. These preachers all band together and refuse to let anyone in who is not agreeable with ��?I>their��?false teachings.
They have pumped you full of fear and kept you from growing up any at all. They know that if you grow up, you will not be dependant upon them, and pay them to tell you their lies.
They tell you that you can only get something from them or some other preacher down the road. This is a lie out of hell itself. It is designed to keep you tiny, invalid babies until you die and lose your soul. God said for us, ALL Christians, to STUDY the Word, search the Scriptures, pray for the sick, teach, cast out devils, and pray and grow up in Christ. But they lead you to believe that only certain ministers are to do this. Therefore, you put forth no effort to learn, to grow, to learn to pray, or any of these things which cause your faith to grow and you to come into the fullness of truth. So your pastor, whom you pay, is blinding you, leading you to destruction, and blocking you from hearing the real truth sent to you by God through one of his children which did get out and learn from HIM.