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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Are you still in spiritual exile?

Lamentations 2:14 (NLT) "Your prophets have said
so many foolish things, false to the core.
They did not save you from exile
by pointing out your sins.
Instead, they painted false pictures,
filling you with false hope."
A true prophet is suppose to lead God's people to freedom by addressing their sins through the Word of God. The gifts and power are to testify of their authority. Many of you are in spiritual exile. Many are in bondage. Many are discouraged. Many are in sin. Many are unhappy yet they say they are in joy. Many who have no peace want the world to end now and want Jesus to come now. Therefore, many listen to the false prophets whose promises are futile. Many watch and listen to world events hoping the end is near. Such people will name about anyone the Anti Christ. How long will you watch in the wrong direction? How long will you follow such false prophets who continue to give false visions and testimonies? Has ALL their prophecys come to pass? Perhpas at the roll of their dices, some might have come true through their guesses but the question is, has ALL of them come to pass? Or are they coming up with new imagainations of end dates.
Many are running to their physical or spiritual caves with their bags of rice and beans. They are learning how to farm thinking they will need to survive on their own strength. But we are not called to quit and run. The children of the Most High are Kingdoms and Holy Priests. We are to be the salt and the light of the world. We are to engage and take the land. We must grow to spiritual maturity to be HIS broken vessels who carry HIS Presence. We must be the vessels in which HIS Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Goodness flows through. His Love and Kindness will flow through the broken vessels of honor to lead others to repentance. Only when we are truly crucified with Christ as we choose to die to ourselves will we live a Resurrected Life to bring forth HIS Frangrance.
We can overcome all that the enemy throw at us if we are truly in obedience to God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. But we must realize that many of us are in spiritual exile. We must repent and come out of our boxes, your cocoons, your comfort zone. We must come out of our sins. We are called to do what HE did and even greater. Arise and shine and may the Glory of the Lord rise from you. You must become a soldier of prayer, a soldier of worship, and a soldier of the Word. A Soldier of His Holy Fire for HE answers with Fire. HE had answered with Fire to Moses, Elijah, and at Pentecost. In these last days, HE will answer with HIS Holy Fire.
1 Kings 18:24 (AMP) Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the One Who answers by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered, It is well spoken.
May you truly come to know your identity in Christ Jesus as sons and daughters of the Most High.
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Rib - Wife

Gen 2:18-23 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”

All living creatures including man had been formed from the ground. Yet, the woman was not. The helper to the man was formed from Adam's rib. The woman is man's bone and flesh. She was formed from the part that is inside the man. Since the fall, it is ironic that although the woman was formed from the rib of a man, both man and woman appear to have much difficulty in communicating to one another when both the husband and wife should be of one. 

Why the rib? What is the purpose of the rib? The rib cage house and protects mainly the lungs and the heart. What does the lungs and heart represent? The lungs and heart support the breathing and life of a person. 

If a wife or woman tends to nag too much complaining to her husband, this can be suffocating to the man/husband. The woman/wife must be the support to the breath and life of her husband and family. She must pray diligently to be the proverbs 31 wife. A wife of noble character. 

Proverbs 31:1-12 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 

The role of the wife is so important. She can as the rib be the one who ends up hurting the husband much as she is so close to his heart. Yes, the husbands have hurt their wives much as well but we will address the role of husbands at another article.

The church consists of more women than men. Why is this? God wants the women broken first. God wants to raise many men/husbands but HE requires the wives to broken first. God requires the women to be the prayer warriors in the misdt of their suffering. Many wives continue to tell their husbands to believe in Jesus or to properly believe in God. Many wives want their husbands to change and to step into the proper role of leader, husband, and father. But the wives must know, God wants you to be broken first. As you are broken and changed, then God will change the hearts of your husbands. All the nagging or complaining using God's name telling them to believe is but your own strength and flesh. It will produce no fruit. You must reflect the nature of the Lord and through HIS kindness in you will lead others to repentance. 

Even in ministry, God requires the wife of the pastors to be broken first. When the wives of pastors are broken properly, then the church will grow and God's love will flow from such brokenesses. 

Wives must stop looking at the problems of their husbands. God may be using your husband as Nebuchadnezzar to teach the wives obedience and to break them. How do we change Nebuchadnezzar? 

God's people were told to pray for the welfare of Babylon during their exile. But if they complained and gave Nebuchadnezzar a hard time, then their own circumstances would be difficult based on their own choices.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT) And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

In order to change the hearts of any person, we must overcome and conquer them with love and submission. This is the principal of the cross. Nagging people what to do will not change them. We must die to ourselves submitting and dying to ourselves to love them more. 

Eph 5:22-30 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 

Wives, scipture says to submit to your husbands as to the LORD. But you must discern your circumstances. If your husbands are not believers or religious, you must still honor, respect and treat them well as you are serving the Lord. However, if they tell you to stop going to church, to stop believing, or to sin, then you do not have to submit to such commands. But perhaps, a gentle kind word would change his mind, would it not?

Joseph was under Potiphar. Even though Potiphar was an idol worshipper, Joseph submitted to everything and yet in the midst of idol worship, he kept himself holy by staying in prayer and learning to wait for God. Joseph treated Potiphar with much respect, honor, and submission. Joseph did not try to change Potiphar. Egypt would later change as Joseph waited for God.

Wives, do not look at the problem of your husbands. You may be in the midst of tribulation but God is allowing such circumstances to make you into a proverbs 31 wife. A wife of prayer. A wife of submission. A wife who will continue to love her husband with an everlasting love. A wife who will persevere in prayer until her prayers are answered. A wife who will not quit but pray learning patience and obedience unto the Lord. It may take years for your prayers to be answered but will you endure? Jesus endured the cross unto death. Will you endure for the Will of the Father and for your family's sake? Keep your eyes only on Jesus and not the problems. The problems are only the storms of life but if you look at the storm, you will sink. Keep your eyes on Jesus and do not doubt but believe and persevere to the end. 

Husbands and wives are one in spirit. The wife was made from the rib of a man. If you forsake each other because of your carnal nature, then you are forsaking your own self because you are one. 

Glory to the KING
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Thursday, March 19, 2015

So many false prophets out there

There are so many FALSE PROPHETS on the internet and in the world running around trying to make a name for themselves. Do not believe just because they say, "Thus saith the Lord!"

Look at Elijah, he was one against 800 false Baal prophets. One true prophet against 800 false prophets. Today, many may claim to speak on behalf for God and many may try to teach but even if they say they are speaking for God or trying to prophecy, they are speaking for Baal. The ratio was and probably still is 1 in 800. Today's false prophets come in the name of the Lord but the spirit behind them is Baal. Moreover, the false prophets do not even realize they are deceived. How does the Lord answer? Who are God's true servants? God's true servants are those who does not try to exalt themselves. They are not concerned about exalting their titles or positions. Their positions and callings are reflected in their actions and the way they live. They are the ones who are becoming nothing so that Jesus can become everything in them.

2 Corinthains 11:3-5 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. 5 But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things.

"You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received."

Even in Apostle Paul's days, they had false prophets or people who go around calling themselves "super apostles." Today, these prideful people label themselves as: "Generals, Major Apostle or Major Prophet, Super Prophet, Chosen, Humble, Anointed, Master Prophet, Master Apostle, etc. Such people will be feeding scripture that has no depth with a bunch of nonsense. They will use false end time, false prosperity, false rapture dates/seasons, prophecying war, prophecying natural disasters, and etc to draw a crowd. They try to teach people how to be joyful and peaceful in the Lord but yet their own personal lives are in choas. I think they should get their own house in order before they try to teach someone else.

Where is their revelation of the Word? Is it but slogans? Slogans to touch people's emotions? It is just dreams? It is just visions? Where is the Rhema? Where is the Logos? What has straw to do with wheat? Dreams and visions are not bad but the foundation of any ministry is the Word of God and not from dreams or visions. Dreams and visions are to be the supplement. How does the Lord answer?

Jeremiah 23:28-29 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has MY WORD speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Is NOT MY WORD LIKE FIRE?

Jeremiah 23:34-36 “If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, ‘I have a prophecy from the Lord,’ I will punish that person along with his entire family. 35 You should keep asking each other, ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What is the Lord saying?’ 36 But stop using this phrase, ‘prophecy from the Lord.’ For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

"You keep asking each other, 'What is the Lord's answer?' What is the Lord saying?'

Many people always looking for a short cut without wanting to spend the needed time with God but to look for someone to give them a quick easy "word." And there are many false prophets who will give you the word you are looking for if you continue to seek an easy answer.

How does the Lord answer? How did God answer Elijah and against the false Baal prophets? Remember, if you get one prophecy wrong and you do not truly repent, then such a person is a false prophet. False prophets come as ministers of righteousness. They do not come dressed in dark outfits with a hood. They come to you in the name of the Lord and say, HE is there, He is here. Ask the Lord for discernment. Please pray for discernment!

1 Kings 18:24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

1 Chronicles 21:26 (NLT) David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And when David prayed, the Lord answered him by sending fire from heaven to burn up the offering on the altar.

2 Chron 7:1-2 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it.

God is a consuming Fire and HE answers with FIRE and the Fire will fill the room with HIS Glory.

Glory to God
Pastor Steve Yong Kim