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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Simple words to change the direction of your eternal path

One word or words can change the direction of a life or lives. It can change the direction for life or death. Words can be spoken out of humility or out of pride. But at the same time, words not spoken can also lead to life or death. We must be wise to know when to speak and when not to speak. Scripture says, keep your words few for our mouths can run rampant. Scripture also says the tongue can be an evil tool. Remember brethren, it is better not to react if your flesh is stirred for it may lead you to sin.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-6 KEEP YOUR foot [give your mind to what you are doing] when you go [as Jacob to sacred Bethel] to the house of God. For to draw near to hear and obey is better than to give the sacrifice of fools [carelessly, irreverently] too ignorant to know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.3For a dream comes with much business and painful effort, and a fool's voice with many words.4When you vow a vow or make a pledge to God, do not put off paying it; for God has no pleasure in fools (those who witlessly mock Him). Pay what you vow. 5It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.6 Do not allow your mouth to cause your body to sin, and do not say before the messenger [the priest] that it was an error or mistake. Why should God be [made] angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?

Everything in life will react to your words whether they are positive or negative. Many have experienced that words can be more hurtful than a physical blow. A physical blow or injury can heal within time without much thought. But a hurt or pain inflicted by words will scar the heart and healing does not come so easily with time. An injury to one's heart will require a voluntary choice to let go and forgive. The other choice is to build a wall to hide your pain.

Many people are put in position or circumstances in life where they are given a choice. It is a choice to humble themselves and say a few simple words such as  "I am sorry or I forgive you." These few words require one to humble themselves. It may be a husband to a wife or vice versa. It may be a mother to a child or vice versa. It may be a friend to a friend. The other choice is words of defense and blame which can be thrown at one another because pride would not let them say such simple, SIMPLE words to bring peace like, "I am sorry or I forgive you." Such simple words will resonate throughout eternity!!

A few simple words of positive faith or negative faith wiill have eternal consequences. A few words may be the thin line whether a family will break up or be bonded. A few simple words of "I am sorry, I forgiven you, or I love you." God gave us this ability to speak to one another but many have such a hard time to say simple words that have more power than the most complicated word in the dictionary. So many because of pride have lost families or their lives because they could not say, "I am sorry, I forgiven you, or I love you."

Oh, how a child would just want to hear a simple words from his/her father or mother with words such as "You are such a good boy/girl! I am proud of you!" In today's modern time, the children are not only hearing such words but they are growing up fatherless in many cases. The Lord gave many examples in the bible how faith or the Word is like a seed. Even our words are like a seed. It must be spoken to begin a new growth in thought, way, action, or direction.

Matthew 5:37 (AMP) Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one.

Why are words so important? Why are words so powerful whether for positive or negative. When we become more trained, walking in Holiness, and as God's Glory covers us, we can speak to a mountain and at His will, it will move. A mountain, a car, a storm, the sun (standing still as in the case with Joshua), calling out fire from the heavens (case with Elijah), plastic, metal, water, flesh, etc etc will react to your words! Why are words so important and why will everything react to words? If you go beyond the atom, you will get a SOUND WAVE.              

How was the earth and all of physical creation come about? How did God create? HE spoke it into existence! God said let there be light! God said let the earth bring forth living creatures, etc etc. God said let US make mankind in our image.  

We can determine much of our direction of ourselves, loved ones, and others with our words. It first take few simple words for action to be birthed whether in the direction of life or death. Let us be more conscious of what we speak into existence. Therefore, let us speak life to ourselves and one another. The simple words may not always change a lifetime of work over night but it is a seed that must first get planted by speaking it. Then through your prayers and faith, in a sense, you are allowing water and light to do its work to grow. But as any harvest, you must endure and persevere until the end to reap what you have sowed.

Therefore, let us not speak words of discouragement to ourselves or others such as, "I am depressed or I give up." If you keep saying such words, you will bring it into existence. You have been given authority and power to bind and loose what is on earth and heaven. But you must be wise at the same time, you cannot say, "I am going to be rich" for the sake of being rich. It does not work that way. Authority and power is given to you based on God's Will and for HIS Kingdom. And on the flip side, you can give legal right to the enemy by giving up your authority by speaking negative words over yourself and/or others. The choice is yours.

Be wise and watch what you say of yourselves, others, and even your leaders whether church or government officials. Our main job is to pray for all of them including ourselves. Paul said to honor the king. Do not let words of anger or resentment be the seed to grow in your heart. You are called to exhibit and walk in the 9 Fruit of the Holy Spirit in which no one will enter the Kingdom of God without it. Can you enter the Kingdom of God with resentment in your heart? Can you enter the Kingdom of God as a gossiper? Can you enter the Kingdom of God with anger or hate? You can only enter it with His Love. A Love bought by sacrifice and His Life/Blood.

James 3:7-11 (AMP) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature).8 But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness!10Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.11Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter?

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you remove negative thoughts and words from your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you become the person God has called you to become in Christ. You have been called to obey the gospel and become an overcomer who is born of God.

Grace and Peace multiplied to you and your families. May His Face shine upon you!

Fire of God!
Glory to HIM!
Steve Yong Kim
Oct 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jesus asked, "Do you love Me?"

Are you really sure you love the Lord? The Lord said, "Feed My Lambs." Are you really sure you love the Lord? The Lord said, "Tend to My Sheep." The Lord asked a third time to Peter, "Do you love Me?" Peter grieved but answered a third time. The Lord replied, "Feed My Sheep."

John 21:15-17 "When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do--with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Feed My lambs.16Again He said to him the second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Shepherd (tend) My sheep.17He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, instinctive, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]? Peter was grieved (was saddened and hurt) that He should ask him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep."

Like many Christians today, Peter on the surface loved the Lord very much. But before he was baptized by the Holy Spirit and fire, it was a love that was not rooted deep with the Power of God. When they initially came for Jesus, Peter had drawn the sword to protect Jesus. Peter had sliced the ear off the high priest's servant who had come for Him. The Lord rebuked Peter and told those around that those who draw by the sword will die by the sword.

Peter at first appeared very zealous for the Lord. It even appeared that Peter's willingness to illustrate his love for the Lord by drawing the sword to cut the ear off one of the servants of the high priest. In fact, before they came for the Lord, Peter strongly proclaimed to the Lord that he would not desert Him.

Matthew 26:31-35 Then Jesus said to them, You will all be offended and stumble and fall away because of Me this night [distrusting and deserting Me], for it is written, I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.32But after I am raised up [to life again], I will go ahead of you to Galilee.33Peter declared to Him, Though they all are offended and stumble and fall away because of You [and distrust and desert You], I will never do so.34Jesus said to him, Solemnly I declare to you, this very night, before a [i]single rooster crows, you will deny and disown Me three times.35Peter said to Him, Even if I must die with You, I will not deny or disown You! And all the disciples said the same thing."

How many of us have told the Lord or other people that we love the Lord so much that we will die for Him if necessary. However, the Lord has shown through the example of Peter that even Peter had initially failed. In fact, he failed three times. We can have some willingness like Peter who drew the Sword. How many people have attempted to defend the gospel or Jesus in their flesh? How many have gotten angry, condemning others, belittling others, gossiping others, etc justifying it on the basis that the others are deceived or wrong? How many have drawn their own sword thinking they were doing a favor for the Lord. But yet, the Lord rebuked Peter and He healed the ear back to the servant of the high priest. The Lord was basically telling Peter, if you react in the flesh, you will die in the flesh. Even though the servant of the high priest came to take Jesus, the Lord out of His Love healed his ear. How many of us would feed our enemies who come to kill us? This is the unconditional Love God desires in us. We must be not only willing to die for the Lord but even our enemies hoping it will lead to their salvation.

There are many Christians who are as zealous as Peter had been. Just as Peter, they tell the Lord, they will never disown Him even if they have to die. Yet, such Christians are tested daily to die to themselves and thus they continue to deny the Lord through their actions. So when the real test comes and their lives or the lives of their family are at stake, how will they truly react? Will they really die for Him or will they disown Him? When Peter told the Lord that he would never disown Him, I am sure in that moment Peter really meant it. But this shows that we are not even to trust ourselves or our ability. How do you really know you will stand the test?

Loving the Lord is not about how one can shout the loudest saying that he/she loves Him. Loving the Lord is not defending His Truth with anger, resentment, bitterness, arrogance, or with a self vain posture. In fact, He does not need anyone to defend His Truth for Him. For He said, "Can My Father not send twelve legions of angels (more than 80,000) to Him to take care of those who had come for Him?

When Peter had failed three times, the Lord asked Peter three times if He loved Him. Peter still said, "yes." But the Lord asked Him three times to make a point. Moreover, the Lord was defining Love to Peter and to us. Loving the Lord is action to do His Will giving ourselves to one another in servitude. The Lord said, "Feed, tend, and feed." Although, in some cases it may be physically feeding His people but it is more than that. It is to feed the Lord to them for He is the Bread of Life and Jesus said that doing the Father's will was nourishment for Him.

As Christians, we are to draw closer to the Lord on an intimate level and be baptized by the Holy Spirit and His Fire. When Jesus had asked Peter three times, the Lord also implied that Peter would be martyred. Yet out of fear, Peter asked what about the other guy? The Lord replied that it was not his concern. Once Peter was baptized by the Spirit of God, he was now really ready to die for the Lord. He would now be ready to go all the way.

Peter was zealous and on the surface declared he would not disown the Lord. Every Christian has this ability declare such words. But the real question is who possesses the faith to do the Father's Will? Genuine faith does not boast what it can do for that would be seeking the approval of men. Genuine faith seeks to do the Father's will and OBEY. Genuine faith obeys through humility without seeking glory for oneself.

Let us pray and ask for the Faith like Abraham so we may endure and persevere to do the Lord's work in the coming dark days for His Glory!! Die to yourselves and do not deny Him through your actions! Many think it must be our words but our actions declare louder what is really in our hearts! He comes for a Holy Bride!!! Praise HIM!

2 Timothy 2:12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny and disown and reject Him, He will also deny and disown and reject us.

Titus 1:15-16 To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted.16They profess to know God [to recognize, perceive, and be acquainted with Him], but deny and disown and renounce Him by what they do; they are detestable and loathsome, unbelieving and disobedient and disloyal and rebellious, and [they are] unfit and worthless for good work (deed or enterprise) of any kind.

God bless you all!
Fire of God
Steve Yong Kim

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

When we appear to be "Christian?"

If we only appear spirit filled or very "Christian" whether on Facebook, internet, or "only" in church, we do so for the approval of men. When we walk as spirit filled doing and obeying what is required to be defined as a "Christian" on a daily basis we do so for the approval of God. Let us stop mocking God. If we truly believe, then let us walk the talk at all cost. Please do not be only a internet Christian.

What is an internet Christian? It is like internet dating. You don't get what you that you were hoping for. In fact with internet dating, you may not even get the person on the picture.

Revelation 3:14-18(AMP)And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God's creation:15I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!16So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!17For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.

In verse 18, God says go purchase gold refined and tested by fire. Purchase? What does God mean? It means if you really want to follow Him, it will cost you something very valuable and it must go through fire to be purified. Gold is very valuable. It will cost you your life to follow Him and you will go through some pain of purification. Grace is free but the cost of your life is still required. In the spiritual realm, an oxymoron can exist.

Fire of God

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The fruit of death from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Genesis 3:9-11 "But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you? 10 He said, I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And He said, Who told you that you were naked?"

What is the fruit of death from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil all about? Sadly, many are partaking the fruit of death over and over, even today, especially many Christians. 

Did Adam hide because he was naked or because he had sinned? When we disobey and rebel against God, like Adam, sin may make us hide from God.  

Sin may not only make us hide in shame but at the same time, disobedience leads us to the path of playing God. Eve was deceived as the devil enticed her with the thought that she could be like God. 

Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.

What is the purpose of the spiritual question God had asked Adam? "Who told you that you were naked?"

We must also realize, once the fruit of death was eaten, the blame game of pointing fingers started as well. When God asked Adam if he had disobeyed and eaten the fruit, Adam blamed God and said, "The woman you gave to be with me!". Then Eve blames the serpent. When we Christians blame others, we are but partaking the fruit of death again.

Genesis 3:11-13 And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?12And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me--she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate.13And the Lord God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (cheated, outwitted, and deceived) me, and I ate.

"Who told you that you were naked?" God did not care whether Adam was naked or whether he had a leaf to cover himself. In layman's term, God was basically asking him who had given him the authority to define whether he was naked or not? After all, how does Adam know what is nakedness or not? Is it not God's job to define whether one is naked or not? Is it not God's job to define parameters? Is it not God's job to define what is sin? But Adam had taken that role of playing God when he had defined they were naked.

Our job is to obey the Lord. We must be careful not to play God creating parameters for ourselves or blaming Him for our stumbling. We are not allowed to define what is a small or a big sin. We are not allowed to play God and determine which sin is still allowed or permissible to get into heaven or not. Be careful brethren not to continue partaking the fruit of death from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are to partake the fruit of life which is now Jesus which means you must FULLY believe and follow HIM through obedience. 

Fire of God
Steve Yong Kim 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Are you acting like king Saul or king David?

You can either be like king Saul or king David. King Saul chased, shooting arrows and spears at David to physically Kill him. David on the other hand did not retaliate but dodged his arrows and the chasing. Both were God's anointed kings. One in his jealousy and flesh attempted to physically kill the other. The other out of love dodged and ran away. How does this apply today?

God's servants or children may not be literally and physically trying to kill each other in facebook or in life today but those arrows of yesterday are today's words of slander and accusations.

Are you a king Saul shooting arrows (shouting slanders, accusations, belittling, backbiting, etc) at God's other anointed servants. Or are you a King David who out of love does not retaliate but dodge those vicious type of words and pray for the accuser instead?

You can have two anointed (Christian believers) people and you have a choice on how to act if you have been offended or misunderstood. You can act like king Saul or king David. One was judged with the Spirit of the Lord leaving Saul and was replaced by a tormenting evil spirit, and then he was killed by God. The other was after God's heart and prospered.

Yes, even though king Saul committed suicide, it was God who judged him and had him killed. Yes, king David was not perfect himself but he was after God's heart and ways.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 So Saul died for his trespass against the Lord [in sparing Amalek], for his unfaithfulness in not keeping God's word, and also for consulting [a medium with] a spirit of the dead to inquire pleadingly of it, 14And inquired not so of the Lord [in earnest penitence]. Therefore the Lord slew him and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Who are you acting like? Be wise brethren and do not participate in the mob mentality based on third party information. King David correctly showed it was God's problem and God's place to deal with any servants that He has anointed whether they turn out good or bad. It is God's place, therefore, do not speak out of your authority or place for the consequences are just as severe today. God does not change.

God bless
Fire of God

Friday, October 21, 2011


“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

While praying, Daddy told me that He wants to be our first love. And I told Him that He is my first love. And He said, “No child, I am not your first love. If I am your first love, then you would put Me first in all circumstances. I would always be in your heart, mind and soul. If I am your first love, you would always choose to please Me than to please yourself or others.” And I was again convicted by His words and I asked for forgiveness and told Him that I want Him to be my first love. And I remember that He is indeed a jealous God.

Who is your first love? I thought to myself that I love Him already but Daddy said that He is still not my first love. Saying “I love you” to God and feeling the emotions of being “in love” with God is not enough to say that we love God. Everyone can say that they love God but not everyone can prove their love. Loving God isn't about loving Him with our mind. Loving God is not always about feelings or emotions that we feel. It is about on how we put Him first in our lives, our full submission and obedience to Him.

Is God your first? God wants to be our first. Many times, when we face difficult situations, we set aside GOD and we chose other things over Him. Many of us are willing to serve God as long as it doesn't cost us too much. We often put God at last. We often give God the crumbs or left overs of their lives.

People do not know that Daddy God doesn’t want our left over’s. We often give to God what’s left from us. In the Old Testament, God strictly told the Israelites that they should offer their first fruits of their crops, their live stocks or animals, or even their first born children to Him. If it is a lamb, it must be without blemish, it must be a beautiful perfect offering. God wants the firsts, the pure, and the best. Even though we are not required to bring sacrificial offerings for our sins, He still wants the best from us. It may be our time, our strength, our love, our obedience and anything that we can offer to serve and glorify Him. Daddy God will not ask for more than we can give. But He wants the best that we can give.

How can we say that God is our first love if we want first to watch our favorite football game or tv program during Sundays instead of going to church or praying to Him? How can we say that God is our first love if we want first to buy new clothes, shoes, or any material thing instead of giving tithes to church? How can we say that God is our first love when we are with other people we forget about Him and we do our old sinful habits to please our friends? How can we say that God is our first love if we want first to finish our favorite novels and other books than reading the bible? How can we say that we love God if we can’t love our neighbor as our self?

Our love for GOD must be even greater than our love for our father, mother, son or daughter. Our love for God must be greater than our love for ourselves. "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." Matthew 10:37

Peter says, “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” To sanctify something means to set it apart from other things. Peter is telling us that God must be more important than anything or anyone else. We have to keep God as our focus, and more important than the things of this life. God wants to be our first love. God wants to be our number one. He wants us to remember Him in every situation. He wants to be consulted first and not to remember Him only at the worst moment of our problems. God zealously loves us with all His being & wants us to love Him this same way.

"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:25-26

Is there anything or anyone in our lives that we put over God? Does God occupy the first place in our life?

Who is your first love?

-Daddy’s girl

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The fall of dictators in the Middle East

As we see dictators fall in the middle east such as Egypt, Libya, possibly Syria and other countries, it may look like a victory for democracy but it may not turn out as many think or hope. When these countries are ruled by individual power hungry dictators, they are at least divided and weaker as a whole. Why are such events happening?

These events are setting up for the end days. With the dictators removed, these countries will be looking for a leader or leaders that can unify them as a individual country and perhaps under the Islam religion as a whole.

As the world may think a form of democracy may be spreading through out the world, the reality may turn out in unifying themselves under one leader or an ideology against the principals of the western countries. After all, they are all Islamic states are they not? In their culture, it is about the strongest and fittest that will rule. There are a billion Muslims in the world. Much of their power is weak because they are divided through individual power hungry leaders who can not get along. 

But for some reason, we are witnessing an era in which such leaders are being removed. Perhaps, they are being removed as God allows so these countries will unite under one banner or belief system to be part of God's hammer of judgment against other nations or even His people as in the past? 

Fire of God

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When our enemies become strong

We can know as a people or nation when we as a whole are FORSAKING God. What are the signs? When you read biblical history, when the enemies of God's people become strong, it is God who is raising them up to judge His people. If we even get to 2012 elections, God's people are attempting out of their own strength and flesh to remedy their own internal problems based on an elected leader.

We are no different from the saints of the Old Testament. Instead of getting on our knees to repent and to seek God to lead us, we continue as a nation to seek some leader out to rescue us. Just as the Jews did not want God to rule them but wanted a king to rule over them as other nations. Is it our human nature not wanting to be ruled by God because perhaps we think He is too harsh?

1 Samuel 8:5-7 (AMP) And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint us a king to rule over us like all the other nations. 6But it displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to govern us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them.

America as a nation is attempting to seek a remedy without God from a political party, policy, or a leader(s) to find the solution to the problems we are facing. However, our enemies grow stronger by the days and we become weaker financially and morally. When we will ever learn? It does not matter who we elect, whether democrat or republican, change of leadership in our presidency or policy will not change the direction of this country. God is seeking change in the hearts of His people through repentance. We are heading toward judgement as our enemies are being raised up against His lukewarm church. History is repeating and unfolding before our eyes.

Judges 6:1 BUT THE Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian for seven years.

Judges 10:6-7 And the Israelites AGAIN did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, served the Baals, the Ashtaroth [female deities], the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. They forsook the Lord and did not serve Him.7And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites,

Judges 13:1 AND THE Israelites AGAIN did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

1 Samuel 12:9-10(AMP) But when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of Hazor's army, and into the hands of the Philistines and of the king of Moab, and they fought those foes. 10And they cried to the Lord, saying, We have sinned because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.

Many of us may think we know the Lord and His ways but generation after generation, we have become diluted and watered down. We as a people are forsaking Him as we break His commandments and laws. We have trampled on Grace justifying the work of the cross to continue in our sins instead of abolishing them. He calls this great nation of America, a nation of whores who are cheating on Him. We must humble ourselves and ask the Lord to open our eyes and to awaken us. Many of our churches are serving Baal and Ashtaroth and do not even realize they are deceived. If the Power of God is not present, how do they even know God is present? Let us ask the Lord to shine His light and put His salve into the eyes and ears of our hearts so we may perceive and understand.

Judges 2:10-14 (AMP) And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers, and there arose another generation after them who did not know (recognize, understand) the Lord, or even the work which He had done for Israel. 11And the people of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals.12And they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, Who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods of the peoples round about them and bowed down to them, and provoked the Lord to anger.13And they forsook the Lord and served Baal [the god worshiped by the Canaanites] and the Ashtaroth [female deities such as Ashtoreth and Asherah]. 14So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and He gave them into the power of plunderers who robbed them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer stand before their foes.

Jeremiah 50:25 (AMP) The Lord has opened His armory and has brought forth [the nations who unknowingly are] the weapons of His indignation and wrath, for the Lord God of hosts has work to do in the land of the Chaldeans.

Wooden and craven images may not be so defined to us today but we must understand what idols we may have created for ourselves. Could it be our televisions, sports, money, lust, career, businesses, idolizing movie stars, idolizing soap operas, idolizing secular singers, vanity in ourselves, and etc? 

Joshua 24:20(AMP) If you forsake the Lord and [a]serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.

Serving and BELIEVING onto the Lord is not about a head knowledge of Him. It is to follow His commandments and to do HIS Will. Do not be deceived. Ask Him to show you His Truth. Ask HIM to put you in agreement with HIM. May you all be lead to His Truth. I bind His Truth around your necks and hearts. 

Learn and know the Full counsel of God. Know He is God! 

Fire of God!
Steve Yong Kim

Monday, October 17, 2011

Do not put your crosses down

God reminded us during prayer that we all need to be patient and enduring until His appointed time for any thing or any reason. As we wait, patience matures us. He further reminded us that the road we walk is not easy but difficult. It is a road that requires one to carry their own cross. He said the servant is not greater than the Master and therefore we must walk the same road.

The servant is not greater than the Master so do not expect your life or the road to heaven to be easier or comfortable. If we literally carried a cross on our backs, it would be very heavy, we would get very tired, and we would have to negotiate it around corners and areas. There will be many times when we feel like putting it down for a rest. But this is the danger. Many have placed it down for a rest but they failed to pick it back up and have taken the road of religion or the wide road.

John 13:14-17 If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another's feet. 15For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you.16I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, A servant is not greater than his master, and no one who is sent is superior to the one who sent him.17If you know these things, blessed and happy and [c]to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them].

When Jesus came in the flesh, He did not come to take the easy road and to wave a wand and said "It is Finished!" He came to do the Father's Will. It would be a difficult road of sacrifice, pain, and suffering. He came to die so many would live.

When we accept Jesus Christ, it is not an like assembly line in which so many religious institutions have made it to be. It is not a waving of a wand to say, "Ok, you are now saved and you may go back to what you were doing."

It is a decision to now do the Father's will, to take up their own crosses, and die to self and literally die for others if necessary. All your old personal plans and goals must now be placed at the foot of the cross to do the Father's Will. We cannot serve two masters. Make a choice to fully surrender and fully commit so that you may be closer to worshiping in Spirit and Truth.

Luke 14:27 (AMP) Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.

Fire of God!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Grow into completion

Several years ago when I was in church worshiping, I lifted my hands and began to cry. I believe then God impressed a question on me while I was crying. The question imposed to me was, "Are you crying because of your worldly sorrows or because I was in the reverence presence of God?" I immediately stopped crying and thought about the question.

In truth, I was crying because I was stressed out and yes life at that moment sucked (for a lack of better term). My mind began to ponder. I do not know if the question I asked to the Lord was either in the same day or led on a different day. But during worship I asked the Lord, "Am I even worshiping you in Spirit and Truth?"

After all, how do I know what that means? I remember people telling me to worship in Spirit and Truth. I remember religious people telling me this statement as well. I wonder now if they even knew what that really meant? Let us be honest, do we really know what that means? Is it to raise hands? Is it to look emotional? Is it to cry during worship?  How many in church or even at home have even dropped on your KNEES to pray and worship? Now, I am not saying praying or worshiping on your knees is to pray or worship in Spirit and Truth but I am sure it is gets you closer to that reality.

Am I there yet? I am more there now than I was several years ago. Many of us are not fully there but the real question is are we heading toward that completion and reality? Are we growing in His Grace moving from Glory to Glory? Is our faith heading toward completion? Has our love grown into full completion?  Is our salvation heading towards completion? If our faith begins like a mustard seed, then it needs to grow into a mature fruit producing tree.

God's people saw the Red Sea part, they received manna from heaven, they received water from a rock, they saw many miracles, and they worshiped and prayed to God yet at the end most did not find the promise land. In fact, scripture says, most of them did not find His Rest but His wrath instead.

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and FULLY COMPLETE) YOUR OWN SALVATION with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

Hebrews 6:1 THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the COMPLETENESS AND PERFECTION that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,

James 2:22 You see that [his] faith was cooperating with his works, and [his] faith was COMPLETED and reached its supreme expression [when he implemented it] by [good] works.

Colossians 1:28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom ( comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may PRESENT EVERY PERSON MATURE (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [COMPLETED] salvation,

1 John 2:5 But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:

Even in life here, it is not necessarily how one starts something but rather how one finishes.

Fire of God!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Can demons be in a Christian? Repost

Demons are like viruses. You cannot see them (in most cases) but they can greatly influence you physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Demons can be in everyone including Christians. They must be dealt with and cast out as necessary. The demons mainly enter people as they are given legal right through SIN. But they are also able to enter through other ways, even by laying hands on one another. It is best that you do not just let any "minister, pastor, elder, or lay believer" lay hands and pray over you. How well do you know of them anyway? When we sin we must be quick to repent so that the demons are not allowed to build their kingdom of darkness inside us. If they are allowed to build their kingdom inside us, we may become more numb to sin and our hearts may continue to harden.  
Yes, the demons CANNOT possess a Christian but they can certainly and strongly influence us. Just as a flu virus cannot possess you but it can strongly influence a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Demons integrate with your mind, emotions, personality, and physical bodies. They cause terminal sickness as people give them the legal right to do so. For example, if a Christians holds unforgiveness in their heart for 20 or so years (20 years is just an example), that spirit of unforgiveness will work with the other demons to cause terminal sickness. When a person has resentment and unforgiveness in their hearts for many years, it may have been eating them alive inside out experiencing many sleepless nights and that spiritual issue of the heart manifests physically into a serious physical and in most cases a terminal illness such as cancer or such. But it can be other major illness as well. When a Christian is experiencing a serious illness, it is a message to wake up and search their hearts. God's people who had traveled with Moses had only become sick when they had disobeyed or rebelled against God. A Christian cannot enter the Kingdom of God with unforgiveness in their hearts. Scripture says unless you forgive others, God cannot forgive you. Grace will NOT supersede God's own Word.

Numbers 21:6-8 (AMP)6Then the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died.7And the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that He may take away the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for the people.8And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.

Matthew 8:16 (AMP) When evening came, they brought to Him many who were [a]under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick.  

This is one of the greatest deception within the church as many are being led and taught that demons cannot be in a saved person. They argue and debate pointing out that demons cannot dwell where the Holy Spirit resides. They justify using scripture that light cannot dwell with darkness. I asked the Holy Spirit of this subject. He revealed to me a question for such people. Where is the Holy Spirit? Is He not everywhere? If God is everywhere then the demons should not have any business being anywhere the Holy Spirit is present. Their argument that Light cannot dwell with darkness in that respect does not hold.

Mark 7:25-30(AMP)25 Instead, at once, a woman whose little daughter had (was under the control of) an unclean spirit heard about Him and came and flung herself down at His feet.26Now the woman was a Greek (Gentile), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept begging Him to drive the demon out of her little daughter.27And He said to her, First let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children's bread and throw it to the [little house] dogs.28But she answered Him, Yes, Lord, yet even the small pups under the table eat the little children's scraps of food.29And He said to her, Because of this saying, you may go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter [permanently].30And she went home and found the child thrown on the couch, and the demon departed.

A Gentile woman came and asked Jesus for help to drive a demon out of her daughter. The Lord replied harshly and said such help is not for her but for His children. But when she reacted back in faith, the Lord granted her request. Jesus said, "First let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children's bread." Deliverance was for God's people. It was not for the Syrophoenician people. Many Christians are led incorrectly to believe that casting out demons are on unbelievers. Well if that is the case, when have ministries ever promoted casting demons out of unbelievers? Do we go up to an unbeliever and ask if they want to have demons cast out first before accepting and believing in the Lord? And when someone does accept the Lord, are they going to state they have no more demons because he/she is a Christian now? When are we suppose to be driving demons out then? It is NONSENSE created by men who have no power but empty vain promises that make the Word of God of no effect.

When Jesus walked the earth, He was the Anointing. He came for His own. He came for the what was lost. As He walked, His Power would set the demons off and people would manifest trembling, shaking severely, rolling on the ground, and having seizures. The demons in most cases did not go quietly. They went out screaming and yelling. Some of you have seen videos such as on YouTube of people reacting strangely at churches or meetings and call it the work of the devil! But in reality, it may be people manifesting. Some churches know how to deal with it and properly cast them out but many do not discern and would not know what to do. The presence of the Holy Spirit can make a person shake. But it is not an out of control shake or a slithering movement like a snake. The Holy Spirit does not make people bark either, it is most likely a demonic manifestation. With the Holy Spirit, there is always a balance. We must have discernment to know what is of God and what is the enemy to cast demons out when they manifest instead of calling it the devil's work just as His people accused Him when He walked the earth. I suggest everyone be more cautious of what they conclude if they do not know for themselves.

Luke 4:41 (AMP) And demons even came out of many people, screaming and crying out, You are the Son of God! But He rebuked them and would not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah).

Demons generally lodge themselves in the belly area. But they can be throughout the body and organs of a person. During deliverance, many feel their stomachs react. I think this is where we get the term "butterflies in our stomachs". As demons come out, they can come out many different ways. Deliverance can be performed and experienced in different ways. Many are led to believe deliverance is like the movie "Exorcism." Although, we ourselves have experienced  full manifestations from people, it is not like the movie. Much of the time is spent discussing and consulting for inner healing. The issue is the heart of a person. Furthermore, the Western Church looks down on people who manifest. But sadly, many Christians themselves are infested with demons.

How can I say such a thing that many Christians are infested with demons? When we blurt out in rage, anger, short temper, lust, hate, bitterness, gossip, foul language, etc etc etc, it is the demons you are feeding. Perhaps, you are feeding an addiction? After a person has their fit or rage, they usually regret their words and actions. But by then, the demons have been fed and they retract. This is why we must make the effort to crucify our Flesh and not feed them. It is part of your consecration process so you may live Holy. Are we to look and act like the world? Are we to talk and react as unbelievers or are we going to walk in what we say we are and believe possessing the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit? Either you walk in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit or the Carnal nature. One leads to life and one leads to death.  

Stop feeding the demons and they will flee to find food from somewhere else.

James 4:7(AMP) So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.

Matthew 21:12-13(AMP)12 And Jesus went into the temple ([a]whole temple enclosure) and drove out all who bought and sold in the [b]sacred place, and He turned over the [c]four-footed tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who sold doves.13He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.

The physical temple consists of three parts, the outer courts, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. When Jesus came to the temple, He saw those peddling for money in the temple of God and He kicked the money changers out. Where is the temple now? The temple is YOU!! The money changer could not enter the Holy of Holies but they were allowed to do business in the outer court. But they were defiling the physical temple. If the temple is now YOU, then your outer court can become defiled with demons. The demons cannot enter your Holy of Holies where the Holy Spirit resides but they can create havoc in your outer court. When they are kicked out, then healing can come.

Matthew 21:14 (AMP) And the blind and the lame came to Him in the [a]porches and courts of the temple, and He cured them.

God delivers people in different ways. But Jesus said after the resurrection that those who BELIEVE will cast demons out. He is not saying those who believe in casting demons out will be able to cast demons out. He is saying to those who BELIEVE in HIM will be able to cast demons out.

Luke 11:20 "But if I drive out the demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has already come upon you."

Luke 10:9" And heal the sick in it and say to them, The Kingdom of God has come close to you."

We are all able to cast demons and out of ourselves but the strongman or stronghold must be bound and broken. This may require a lot of prayer and fasting. We must incorporate words of "bind and cast out in Jesus Name" in our prayers. The demons are all around, we must deal with them directly for authority and power has been given to His people. And most importantly, RUN FROM ALL FORMS OF SIN!! SHUN FROM EVIL!!

Luke 10:19 (AMP)19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Many Christians are afraid of the devil and the demons. It is time to realize Truth and Truly BELIEVE that you have the authority to trample on them and not the other way around. If you are struggling with anger, bind and cast out anger in Jesus Name when it rises up. If you are struggling with lust, bind and cast out in Jesus Name, etc etc. It is not just one statement and they are all gone. Your words of "Get out in Jesus Name!!" is like a holy bullet or punch. You must punch them numerous times. It can be a tug of war of who will give in first. Moreover, you must have a disciplined prayer life.

When the Lord first started us out in our deliverance ministry a few years ago, we would battle with demons for hours and hours as we cast them out of a person. Now, as He has granted us with more of His Fire, it is much more quicker. We cannot kill a demon or evil spirit. The WAR is fought with Authority!! If you consider yourself a Child of God, then walk in that Authority. Speak words of LIFE over yourself instead of words of defeat.

Keep His Temple Holy. You are His Temple and He will NOT share it with anyone or anything. Use this time of Grace to sanctify yourselves. He will destroy anyone who defiles it. This includes "self."

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (AMP)16 Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, [a]collectively as a church and also individually]? 17If anyone [b]does hurt to God's temple or corrupts it [[c]with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will [d]do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [[e]the believing church and its individual believers] are.

God Bless you all

Fire of GOD!!

Steve Yong Kim
June 12. 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Humility is required to continue

When we begin to hear God or if any of us are so fortunate to be taken to heaven or even hell, we must become more humbled. Many Christians give people who can hear God or are taken to heaven more authority. Just because someone is taken to heaven does not give them authority to teach or lead others. When one is given such gifts, it is like a teenager who just got their license and a brand new car.

Instead of appreciating the dangers of driving and appreciating the new car, they think they own the street and drive like they are some professional NASCAR driver. Just like in the physical life here, our arrogant attitude will get us to crash and burn. A new car and a license for a teenager does not give them the authority to go teach others to drive. They do not have the authority to drive like a NASCAR race driver. If they are called to give others a ride, then they should be more humbled and cautious for they will be responsible for the lives of the passengers in their car.

Just because they have not crashed the first week with their new car and license does not mean they cannot crash the second week. Prophecy, being taken heaven, or meeting Jesus or angels are no different. Just because one is taken to see the real Jesus out of grace does not mean they cannot be deceived the second time.

We are at WAR! Will soldiers relax in time of war in the battlefield? If we let our guard down, we can be taken out by a sniper. Pride and arrogance have been the down fall of many. Hopefully, those who have been humbled involuntarily by their mistakes will humble themselves even more.

It is wiser for those who just received their licenses to learn from those who have driven for years instead of thinking they own the road now and who think they require no teachers or mentors.

Fire of God

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Walking by Faith?

Many Christian talk about walking in faith or doing things in faith. But we must understand the correct concept for walking or doing things in faith. When we give to the Lord whether in tithes, offering, helping others or extending our resource and time which is costing us something, we can say we are doing those things in faith. If we had to decide whether to tithe or offer when we have other bills to pay, then we can correctly say I will put my faith in the Lord when we give to Him first.

Luke 21:1-4 LOOKING UP, [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their gifts into the treasury. 2And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins).3And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.

Practically almost everyone can give in their abundance just as almost everyone can go to church and say a "Hallelujah" when things are going well. But what about in one's lack? Can you still praise God in your suffering? Scripture says the poor widow put in all she had which was to live on. She did not concern herself of what she would eat or how she would make it but she gave ALL to God putting her trust in HIM. The two coins were not only ALL of her money but it represented ALL of herself.

How many of you have been put in a position to either tithe, offer, or help someone but you had to either pay the cable bill, phone bill, car bill, food bill, or other bills? Yes, even the food bill. Can we not eat for one day so someone else can eat who may not have eaten for days?

When you are in a tight budget or in a position of whether to tithe or fix your computer, house, car, or whatever, when you take a risk on God by properly tithing or offering, spiritually and physically, you are placing your trust in God for those other things.

However, God does not make it so easy. When one makes a determination to tithe properly or make an offering, something always seems to come up. Something like the car bill, hospital bill, other emergency, or something extraordinary in expenses. Then the person is in a test and in many cases they do not even realize they are being tested. It is a test to either Trust God or fear their circumstances.

There are many who will not "invest" in God or properly trust Him by giving in their lack but when it comes to "trusting" him to pay for their new and bigger car or houses, they have no problem and justify it with their "faith." We cannot go buy a car or house we cannot afford and say we will buy it in faith. This is not faith. This is but testing God. Yes, sometimes, God out of His Grace and for His Name sake may help a baby or ignorant Christian help pay for their bad choices but eventually, the person will sow what they reap. This is testing God!

Many can go buy cars, houses, computers, new phones, and/or other things they cannot afford claiming faith but I do not see anyone trying to walk on water claiming faith. If anyone tries to walk on water claiming to have faith, I am sure most if not all will sink. Then can we say we are all faithless if we are not able to walk on water? No, as with Peter, when Jesus calls you out, then with your faith, one can walk on water.

There are also many things we must wait for in faith. When Jesus says "Go or Get" it is then we can take the step onto water or procure the things we cannot afford. Then God gets all the Glory. But when you are in need of necessities, will you trust Him by giving your All to Him. I am not saying go tithe your whole bank account to your church but can you not give ALL of your Obedience to HIM? Can you not give to Him first before your other bills? How can we say we trust God if we do not give to Him first?

Fire of God
Steve Yong Kim

Worship with all your might

Worship without restraint. Whether we are at church or at home, we can either humble ourselves voluntarily and worship Him without restraint not fearing our neighbor sitting next to us or we can be humbled involuntarily and then learn to cry out to Him as He may have allowed your difficult circumstances to put you on your knees. Seek Him with all your heart. 

‎2 Samuel 6:14-16 (AMP) And David danced before the Lord WITH ALL HIS MIGHT, clad in a linen ephod [a priest's upper garment].15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.16As the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter [David's wife], looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.

You can either be the worshiper with all your might or you can be the neighbor sitting next to the worshiper who is worshiping without restraint. But be careful, there is always consequences even with our thoughts and actions. Michal, until she died could not conceive a child. She had blocked her blessing.

2 Samuel 6:20-23 Then David returned to bless his household. And [his wife] Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who stripped himself of his kingly robes and uncovered himself in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the worthless fellows shamelessly uncovers himself! 21David said to Michal, It was before the Lord, Who chose me above your father and all his house to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord. Therefore will I make merry [in pure enjoyment] before the Lord.22 I WILL BE MORE LIGHTLY ESTEEMED THAN THIS, AND WILL HUMBLE AND LOWER MYSELF IN MY OWN SIGHT AND YOURS. But by the maids you mentioned, I will be held in honor.23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

The more lower you take yourself voluntarily or involuntarily, it will take you higher with God.

Fire of God

Monday, October 10, 2011

The sheep follow Him because they know His voice.

John 10:4-5 (AMP) When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.5They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call.

If we ask every Christian who claims to be reborn or saved if they know the voice of their Shepherd, they would all probably and most likely say, "yes." But what does it mean to know and recognize His Voice? I think many Christians would just answer "yes" for the sake of answering "yes," not wanting to look lost or ignorant. The question still remains, how would anyone know or recognize His Voice in terms of what He is defining.

When we look at the animal kingdom and if one has ever watched how penguins, birds, or seals rear their offspring, they must know and recognize each voice from hundreds or thousands of other parents or offspring. They have to literally know the voice or tone of each other.

Humans can distinguish each other's voices as well. A toddler and parent learn to recognize each other's voices from the beginning. Babies may have learned the voice of the mother in the womb even before birth.

In the animal kingdom or even with humans, it is a very rare technique if an animal attempts to counterfeit the voice of other animals to prey on their offspring or the parents. With humans, yes, it can happen where a person can try to counterfeit the voice of the parent's child.

Doing a little research, I have found one animal to counterfeit the sounds of other animals. "It was recently discovered that the Margay, a small arboreal feline from Mexico, Central and South America, has the ability to mimic the calls of baby monkeys in distress. This, of course, attracts worried adult monkeys which can then be attacked and devoured by the Margay." Even in the animal kingdom, although it does sound impossible is possible.

I know the voice of my mother. I know the voice of my wife and children. When I speak with any of them on the phone, I can instantly recognize their voice. But is it more than just knowing the frequency of their voices? If someone or something attempted to counterfeit the voice of my wife or children, how else will I know or recognize whether it is them or not? The frequency of their tone is just one method we analyse to distinguish who they are. Hypothetically, if we thought something was suspicious or not right, we can further analyse the voice of the other person based on how they spoke, the words they used, the emotions behind the words, their vocabulary, how they spoke to us, and etc. If we were to investigate or analyse the voice, we would reminisce their history on how they spoke.

If we have never really heard the Voice of God before, how are we to determine if we are hearing God's voice and not the enemy or our flesh? What do we compare it too? Some say they can hear God in an audible way. Some say they hear God in their spirit. Some say they hear God in their prayers. Some say they hear God through prophecy or other's prophesying. Some say they hear God through the Word. Some say many things. So the question remains, when a person begins to hear something, how do they know it is God?

When scripture says we will know His Voice, does it mean we know the tone or frequency of an audible sound wave? Many Christians should tremble when reading John chapter 10. But let us look at verses 25 to 27.

John 10:25-27 (AMP) Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father's name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me].26But you do not believe and trust and rely on Me because you do not belong to My fold [you are no sheep of Mine].27The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.

Why do I say Christians should tremble reading these verses? Who is Jesus speaking too? Is He speaking to heathens or unbelievers? No, He is speaking to some of His own people the Jews and He is telling them, "you do not belong to My fold, you are no sheep of Mine." Let us go back to verses 19 to 21.

John 10:19-21(AMP) Then a fresh division of opinion arose among the Jews because of His saying these things.20And many of them said, He has a demon and He is mad (insane--He raves, He rambles). Why do you listen to Him?21Others argued, These are not the thoughts and the language of one possessed. Can a demon-possessed person open blind eyes?

When Truth is spoken, when uncompromised Truth is spoken or is present, there will always be a division between true sheep and false sheep. Many today want to unite for the sake of unity or sake of love. But even in Jesus' time He brought much division just by speaking His Truth. Those that Jesus said were not His were from His people the Jews. We should tremble at the history of how the flesh and man can be deceived. We can think we are in the Truth but when Truth appears or is spoken, we may end up speaking or coming against Truth. Therefore, we must know definitely with certainty His VOICE.

Jesus, the Son of God, came in the flesh and was present and many including the Pharisees and/or priests did not recognize Him or His Voice. If that was to happen today, how many of us would truly recognize Jesus? We cannot be so ignorant or arrogant to think we would know when so many in history had failed. A Pharisee from the age of 12 or13 years old had Genesis to Deuteronomy memorized and many of them did not recognize the Lord when He came. How many Christians have even one book of the bible memorized?

Many today become arrogant when they first begin to hear God or have an experience with Him. We have heard much of people telling others not to follow man but only God. This is true but they have taken that term out of context. God will speak to you in many different ways and one main way is through another person! God does much of His work through men. God will speak to you through His other servants, other believers, even unbelievers, your circumstances and if you do not listen expecting a direct answer, perhaps, He will speak to you through a donkey! After all, if one does not recognize God's voice from one of His servants, perhaps, God will speak through a donkey just to make you fall off your chair. Will you listen then or still doubt?

But the main question remains, how do we recognize the Voice of God when He speaks to us either directly, through other people, or even a donkey? How do we know it is from the Lord and not the enemy or the flesh?

How am I able to discern whether a voice is from God or not? I know because I am learning to know His ways. I know because I am learning to know the Full Counsel of God. Have I learned all of the bible or His ways? No, I am still learning but I am learning who HE is as the Old Testament God and the New Testament God. He does not change! I am learning what He is capable of allowing when HE judges His people. I am learning not only His Love but His Righteousness, His Wrath, His judgments and etc. I have learned God telling Moses to hang some leaders for leading His people astray. I have learned the methods God employ when He judges or disciplines His people. Do you know what they are? I have learned it is HE who withholds the rain! I have learned how God will allow His own disobedient people to go down Sheol alive during Korah's rebellion. I have learned how God can still be graceful allowing king Saul to keep his power of reign for 17 years even after disobedience. I have learned even as His creation spat on Him, kicked Him, mocked Him, and crucified Him, He still voluntarily went to die for us! I have learned and I am still learning He is God! I am learning HE is not only coming for His Bride but HE is coming back with a Rod!

I am learning and drawing closer to Him as HE grants me spiritual gifts. I am learning He is the small voice. I am learning HE comes in a direction in which most are not looking and HE does things in which most are not expecting. I am learning His ways are Higher and what that really means. It means when HE came to be born, HE was born humbled in a barn full of smelly farm animals and not in a castle. I am learning He is a God who requires His people to follow His commandments. I am learning to know His Voice as I dig deep below the surface of scripture both Old and New Testament. I am learning to know His Voice as I spend daily time in prayer and worship. I know and recognize His Voice because I am learning His patterns, His ways, His dealing with men and His people, and etc just as a child may know the ways of a parent in their conduct, emotions, their type of words they use, their love, their method of discipline/chastisement, and etc.

Do you know the Person and does He know you or do you only know the message? Know His ways so you may know His Voice!

God bless
Fire of God!
Steve Yong Kim

Saturday, October 8, 2011

God gives us spiritual gifts to draw us closer to HIM

Spiritual gifts or experiences granted to you by the Lord are given through His Grace. They are further advanced to draw close to Him through obedience and your faith. Although we are special in His eyes, we are not that special to the point where our heads should puff up from the gifts. Spiritual gifts are suppose to lead us to Him into a more intimate relationship.

When a couple courts one another, will not the man or woman start to give gifts to one another to attract more of one another? Gifts are given out of love and to attract the other even further. It is never about the gifts. It is about the giver of the gift.

We Christians should know all spiritual gifts, power, wisdom, revelation, discernment, etc are His. Receiving spiritual gifts or having spiritual experiences can be very dangerous as some have fallen into pride and complacency. When receiving spiritual gifts or experiences, one should humble themselves further instead of attempting to rise within the crowd. Many make the mistake of trying to shine instead of letting the Lord's Light shine. We own NOTHING!! As I said, the gifts are given to draw us closer to HIM.

Many Christians are told to avoid spiritual gifts as they are erroneously told that spiritual gifts were only for the days of Acts. This is not so. Where does it say in the bible that His gifts would stop flowing? Where in the bible does it say God would stop speaking to His people through His gifts? In fact, scripture says, God will pour down His Spirit in the last days in which our sons and daughters will prophesy and young men shall see visions.

Acts 2:17-18 (AMP) And it shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [[a]telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions ([b]divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [[c]divinely suggested] dreams.18Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [[d]telling forth the divine counsels and [e]predicting future events pertaining especially to God's kingdom].

If we are heading home to the spiritual, then our walk and journey should become more spiritual. If we are at war in the spiritual realm, how are we to fight the spiritual war with carnal weapons? Should we not receive spiritual weapons and become more spiritual if we are FREE and being set free? Should we not be becoming more spiritual beings? 

1 Corinthians 14:1 "EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ([a]interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching)."

Let us know our places. Let us know we are the clay and He is the potter. Let us ask and receive His spiritual gifts with humility. Let us continue to deny ourselves so He may INCREASE in us. May Jesus be Glorified! 

Isaiah 10:15 (AMP) "Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him who wields it back and forth? As if a rod should wield those who lift it up, or as if a staff should lift itself up as if it were not wood [but a man of God]!"

Fire of God!

Steve Yong Kim

October 7 at 10:23pm, re edited

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bad thoughts or words in our minds against God?

Matthew 12:31-32 (AMP) Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy (every evil, abusive, [a]injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things) can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit shall not and [b]cannot be forgiven.32And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Spirit, the Holy One, will not be forgiven, either in this world and age or in the world and age to come.

I recently received several questions or inquiries in regards to bad thoughts, words, or curses in people's mind directed at God. I would first like to share my experience. About 10 years ago when I gave my life back to Jesus after years of rebelling from drinking, drugs, night club, fornicating, etc, I was suddenly attacked in my mind. There were many words or thoughts entering and crossing my mind that were either bad, curse, or as I thought even blaspheming the Holy Spirit. I was so fearful at that time. I was praying and praying crying out to God for help. I could not control my thoughts. I tried to say bad things about the devil to counter the bad thoughts of God. I was in fear of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. I thought I was the only one with this problem. In fact, I was ashamed of it. I felt alone and did not know how to ask others for help. One time, I made an offering to a TV evangelist and wrote a letter asking for help and to pray for me. They never replied and therefore, I was still in limbo.

However, that situation did make me get on my knees to pray and cry out to God. Then one night, God spoke to me as I was sleeping. It was not a dream but I clearly remember it. In my sleep, He spoke to me audibly and gave me scripture. He said, "Your redemption draws near!" After He had spoken to me, I had some peace. The bad thoughts or words did not completely stop. I had some good days and some bad days. At that time, I did not know they were demons in my body or head tormenting me. Ten years ago, I was a religious "once saved always saved" Christian who was improperly taught. I was ignorantly believing demons could not be in me.

Luke 21:28 (AMP) Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near.

Some time later, God lead me to a website with many other Christians who had this problem. I was relieved to know it was not an isolated problem. I had come to realize this was a common attack by the enemy. The enemy's tactic is to make us isolated with our problems. It does not matter what problem but if the devil can make us think we are the only ones with a particular problem, then we may not seek the help we need or ask the questions we need to ask. If we do not seek help or ask questions in fear of shame, then the devil has strengthened his hold on us with pride. We must learn to be humble and bring out all information and be transparent even what we may perceive as shameful. Once we let it out we are making a choice to let it go. We then are in the process of becoming more free.

The demons and the devil had constantly tried to make me think I had blasphemed the Holy Spirit. When you are awakening. heading toward Him or turning back to God, they will attack you. This is a given. The attack starts in the mind. The battle is in the mind. Once they have you believing in something, then you react and live it. Therefore, we must countermeasure their attacks. But if we are not properly taught of the bible, then how are we to fight what is spiritual if we have no spiritual weapons? How are we to fight the spiritual when religious men and institutions continue to tell us the spiritual gifts are of no longer? How are we to fight the evil spirits if we are hindered from seeking spiritual weapons or gifts? Are we not to become more spiritual beings in our walk?

A few years ago, I asked the Lord what is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? Let us take the word "believe." If someone believes in the Lord and a person one day said he/she believes in Him but the next day, week, or month they went back to willful sin, will that one day or days when he/she believed be enough to enter the Kingdom of God? What if that person continued to live in sin until their death? Is that person defined as a believer still because he/she had once believed?

Many Christians today are actually blaspheming the Holy Spirit by denying Him. When we deny Him, His Power, His Spirit, or gifts, we may end up blaspheming Him. If a church does not believe in the gifts and if the Holy Spirit wanted to manifest and the church or people quench Him, they may have blasphemed the Holy Spirit. Therefore, many have already and continue to blaspheme HIM even today. Many unknowingly and ignorantly blaspheme Him as well.

Even Paul said that he was once a blasphemer. But did that condemn him to the point where he could not repent? We may all have blasphemed Him to a certain degree at one point in our lives.

1 Timothy 1:13 (AMP)Though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and was shamefully and outrageously and aggressively insulting [to Him], nevertheless, I obtained mercy because I had acted out of ignorance in unbelief.”

What is then to blaspheme to the point where one cannot be forgiven? I asked the Lord this question. This is what He impressed on to me. When one continues to habitually and constantly blaspheme the Holy Spirit without repenting, then yes, one will one will be subject to Matthew chapter 12 verse 32. If the demons are attempting to make you think, say, and live it, then you will have a problem if you give in.

How do you countermeasure this demonic attack? Deliverance is one method God may use. Other methods are to seek and receive the spiritual gifts and weapons to fight. We must also constantly press in and against the resistance to overcome. For example, when your mind is attacked, you can call out for the Blood of Jesus on your brain, mind, and thoughts. Please ask for the baptism of the Holy Fire and call out for the Holy Fire or Fire of God on your brain, thoughts or mind. Do this as occasionally as necessary. Beside calling out for the Blood of Jesus and Fire of God, bind and cast out the spirit of blaspheme from your mind. Even if you have the gift of prophecy, you should do that as well. When you feel prophecy coming out, call for the Blood of Jesus or Fire of God on your mouth, tongue and words. This is how we can test the spirit. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you strength to crucify the flesh and shun sin. Yes, you must protect your mind. Television is not going to protect your mind. Television can be licentious and violent. The demons will come forth and attach onto you as you watch these nonsense programs of the world as it glorifies the world. Protect your mind by not being exposed to such things. Fill your mind with His Word and Godly things. Run from sin and separate yourselves from the world. I see so many continue to serve the world. They think it is all trivial. It is not trivial. It is life or death. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is the world if you do not know. You will be shocked!! 

Persevere and endure in all things. If you are being attacked in your mind whether that be bad thoughts, questioning your salvation, or other negative things, call for Blood of Jesus or Fire of God. Bind and cast out the spirits of fear, deception, and delusion. Bind His Truth around your necks and hearts. I also suggest anointing your house with oil as you pray over your house. Be in constant prayer, reading, and worship daily brethren. Be Holy for HE is Holy. We must endure to the end. 

God bless you all
Fire of God
Pastor Steve Kim

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