Oh, the hypocrisy of it all—believers in Christ who declare they believe in all Scriptures, yet when they are challenged to prove it – crickets.
Standing on the streets while handing out Christian literature is NOT OUTREACH. If the truth be told, it also is barely EVANGELISM! Selah (pause and calmly think about that)!
Because we have liberty in Christ Jesus, which delivers us from any and all of the trappings that come with every kind of religious ceremony and superstition, we also never should allow ourselves to become a slave to either our day-to-day cares or the storms of life. Indeed, there is nothing that should hinder the freedom we have to live and move and have our being in Christ Jesus.
Just like the first-century disciples/believers had to receive the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power before they could be mighty witnesses for Christ Jesus—before they could begin their mission of finishing what He had begun, which is the Great Commission (cf. Acts 1:8; see also Matthew 28:16-20)—we today also must receive the Lord’s prayed for sanctification. This Holy Spirit-assigned process is the necessary infilling (Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues) that will guarantee we eventually will become Christlike and then, like Him, will be raptured off of this Earth.
Rosh HaShanah isn’t just the Jewish New Year. There can be no doubt that all of the idioms, names, themes, and images for Rosh HaShanah are why this feast day not only is a High Holy Day but also an extremely important holiday for Jewish people, indeed, for all mankind.
The Holy Spirit’s spiritual excellence (Oil of anointing or divine empowerment) is an invisible, intangible, supernatural preparedness that God freely gives to His true saints. In other words, this Oil of anointing cannot be bought with worldly possessions, because no human can duplicate the Holy Spirit’s spiritual excellence (Oil of anointing or divine empowerment).
There can be no doubt that the way Christ Jesus uses the word Ekklesia, when He declares to Peter that the Lord would be the foundation upon which Christ Himself would build His Community of believers, is to express His original intent for His Ekklesia. That original intent for His Ekklesia is that the Lord expects every Ekklesia to be a Community of believers—disciples who not only are concerned about the world, from a Christ-like perspective, but also are representing the Kingdom of God on this Earth in such a way that they are causing the entire world to conform to the culture of the Lord’s Ekklesia. In other words, Christ Jesus’ original intent for His Ekklesia is that each Community of called-out believers would be changing the world until everyone in the world begins to walk, talk, and act like true believers in Christ are supposed to walk, talk, and act.
Even though God has never been in a hurry to punish mankind (He desires that no one should perish), His wrath (judgment), like a whirlwind or a storm (effects of God’s supernatural power), will pour quickly and suddenly from out of Father God’s enormously rich arsenal of mighty weapons and destroy human beings. The point here is that Father God’s wrath or judgment is ever present with Him. More important, in the end times, His ever present wrath will sweep over this world’s wicked people like the cloud of dust a massive army raises as it marches against its enemies!
The POWER of prayer is FAITH (TRUST) in God, Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. That’s why this FAITH only comes from hearing the Word of God. Then too, the POWER of prayer also is the POWER of God (the [dunamis] POWER of His Holy Spirit and the [exousia] AUTHORITY in Christ Jesus’ name). It is this POWER and AUTHORITY that God uses when He not only hears but also answers our prayers that are in agreement with His Will. Taking into consideration that we are submitting totally to God’s Will, are being willingly obedient to His commands, and genuinely are acknowledging EVERY GOOD THING that God already has given us (primarily the POWER that works in us), as well as taking into consideration that we also are trusting without doubting, believing and expecting to receive, and demonstrating the right motives, we then will know that we are ready to speak (pray) in FAITH, releasing the POWER and AUTHORITY that is within us that move God to hear and answer our prayers.
Most people who call Christian believers insulting names are emotionally insecure, because, first and foremost, they deny Christ Jesus as their personal Savior. As a result of their denial, they verbally abuse Christian believers, because they assume ALL Christians are ignorant Bible-thumping lunatics.