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Monday, April 29, 2013

What are you used too?

The Lord said so much destruction is coming onto the world. Will you be able to stand when this happens?

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming!—fierce, with wrath and raging anger—to make the land and the [whole] earth a desolation and to destroy out of it its sinners.

So many churches are not preparing their people. The churches are so used to NOT praying. If we are Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, should it not be NORMAL to be a praying church? Most Christians see the current Jews or Israel as secular Jews. But what does the world think of current Christians, secular Christians? Most of the churches are backwards and God is not with them. Yes, you may sometimes feel the Holy Spirit and anointing there because it is flowing through the sheep who are still following Jesus and not necessarily from the rebellious shepherds.

1 Samuel 4:21
She named the child Ichabod (which means “Where is the glory?”), for she said, “Israel’s glory is gone.” She named him this because the Ark of God had been captured and because her father-in-law and husband were dead.

Acknowledging Jesus is coming back is not a definition of being rapture ready. Reading prophecy after prophecy is not a definition of being rapture ready. In fact, most of such prophecy is bringing anxiety and torment to people as they feel unfit or worthy to be rapture. Will prophecy from God bring you continuous anxiety? God's word should bring conviction and peace. Most prophecy out in the internet is false. It is bringing worries and torment. Shouldn't God's messages bring conviction, repentance, peace, and Love? If prophecy is making you literally lose sleep, how is that from God? Abiding in HIM should bring confidence before His coming. If you continue to read false prophecy that brings you anxiety, you will shrink back. Be cautious of what you feed from. You are receiving those false spirits. Even false spirit or prophecy can confirm with one another as they move from people to people.

1 John 2:28 (AMP) And now, little children, abide (live, remain [a]permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence (boldness, assurance) and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His coming.

You must Rest in HIM. To rest in HIM is to be abiding in HIM through worship, reading, and prayer. This is to be feeding from the source of Life. This is not to say prophecies out there are all wrong. But if you continue looking for the short cut rather than spending time with HIM and accumulating your prayers, like all short cuts in life, you will end up with the short end of the stick.

Will you have the faith to stand with your families when destruction and disaster comes? Most of us all know it is coming. But most of us do not realize we will have to go through much of it. Are you sure you have faith?

The people of God with Moses saw the Red Sea part. They received food from heaven. They received water from a split Rock. But Paul said most of them died in the wilderness because they did not have faith! Most of these people did not make it to heaven. They did not make it into God's rest.

Hebrews 4:2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God.[a] 3 For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,
“In my anger I took an oath:
‘They will never enter my place of rest,’”[b]
even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.

Have you seen the Red Sea part? Have you received food from heaven? Have you received water from a split Rock? But yet you say you have faith? The OT saints experienced God through supernatural experiences yet they had no faith.

Examine yourselves and see if you are in the faith. Time is running out. Why are so many spiritually sleeping in their comfort? Many will fall away when destruction comes. Many will deny and renounce HIM. Will you? How are we so sure when we stumble so much in our comfort?

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you[a]; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

Fire of God Ministries International Church
A Holy Fire Ministries
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Friday, April 26, 2013

Believing to forgive every second, every minute, every hour....

Forgiving someone or forgiving for a wrong is not only a choice for that moment in time. But it is to continuously forgive each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each month, each year, and so on. It is an eternal choice. We must begin from a starting point in time choosing to forgive. Then we must continuously forgive.

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and [h]let it go? [As many as] up to seven times? 22 Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!

If we say we believe, is it sufficient enough to have believed for that one moment in time? Would having believed in that one moment of time be enough to enter the Kingdom of God? Yes, we have become saved but we are also being saved.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (AMP) For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are BEING saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.

Can a person have believed one day and then not believe the next through their actions? All Christians profess to believe but in scripture, the Word warned that His people can deny HIM through their actions. The way we live can deny HIM. Our works of evil or flesh can deny HIM. If we do not forgive each other, then such actions are denying HIM. If we are not loving one another, then such actions are denying HIM. When we do not obey HIM, then such actions are denying HIM.

2 Timothy 2:12 (AMP) 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.

Then what is the biblical definition of "deny"?

Titus 1:16 (AMP) They 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.

The amplified version says that when we deny HIM by what we do, we are not only denying HIM but we are disowning and renouncing HIM. What are your actions saying in terms of believing HIM? They all profess to believe in HIM but through their actions they deny HIM!! Living in sin is denying HIM! Accepting sin is denying HIM! Is having believed that one day in the past sufficient for your salvation? Or are we to believe steadfastly and continuously with our actions?

Therefore, you must continue not only to have believed from that moment in time, but you must continue to believe each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each week, each month, each year, and so on and so on. This is to believe unto eternally.

Each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each week, each month, each year, and so on, you must make a choice each time throughout your journey home. You must choose Life or death. You will be constantly tested whether your faith is genuine and whether your love for God is real. You will be tested. You must have chosen and you must continue to choose. Only those who persevere to the end shall be saved. I did not say this. This is written in the bible.

If someone has deeply hurt you, you are required to forgive. There is no other option if you desire to enter the Kingdom of God. You must forgive. Then if that person offends you in other ways, you must choose again to forgive each second, each minute, each hour, each day, and so on.

This is what Father God does for us. HE continues to forgive us as we confess our sins to HIM. He gives us so much grace. HE is so full of mercy. Are we growing in His Grace moving from Glory to Glory becoming more like Jesus? We are giving more grace to one another? Are we giving mercy to one another?

Do you know HIS Ways? Do we really know HIM? Because if we Know HIM and His Ways, then we will choose to forgive each second, each minute, each day, each week, and so on and so on because we believe. And this word "believing" is not a word for one moment in time when you had accepted Jesus Christ but it is word that is suppose to be active and alive in your life. It is a word that is active each second, each minute, each day, each week, each month, and so on.

But if we sin and if we do not forgive one another, if we do not obey HIM, if we break HIS commandments, and if we do not spend the time with HIM, then are we not denying HIM with our actions?

Therefore, examine your actions and your life. What is your life saying to HIM? What is the way you live your life saying to HIM? Are your actions stating you Love and believe HIM continuously or are your actions denying HIM?

Fire of God Ministries International Church
A Holy Fire Ministry
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Monday, April 8, 2013

Teach MY people to follow MY Commandments!

How is a ministry or family to be blessed and grow in the Lord the proper way without humanism or worldly marketing gimmicks? How can a ministry be blessed without financial stress? The people stress may still be there but leaders and the brethren must choose to let the offenses go and give God time so HE can directly teach those who are immature and those who are still on milk and through the examples of mature leaders and other brethren.

Galatians 5:15 (AMP) But if you bite and devour one another [in partisan strife], be careful that you [and your whole fellowship] are not consumed by one another.

First, you must be a praying church whether people show up or not. The church must put in the time with God. Second, you must NOT compromise the Word of God and teach His people to follow His commandments whether people agree or disagree (Tithing, Holiness, 4th commandment, etc). The church must be God centered rather than man centered. The pastor must fear God more than offending their congregation. Third, you must love your people as HE loves you. You must give each other more Grace.

Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[b]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

A church should not be thinking like the world to grow a church for the sake of just increasing its number. If a church does things properly, it will be the LORD who adds to the fellowship or number to that church (Verse 47).

If you are a pastor and or leader of His flock and you are apprehensive to teach something in fear of offending your congregation, you are already in serious trouble. Learn to Trust God rather than depending on men. Many churches will assign titles to their people as elders, deacons, or teachers to put them in bondage. Many of those assigned are not spiritually qualified. Many give titles to keep people obligated. Rather than having the Holy Spirit qualify them, many churches have qualified them because of their money or influence. This is a spirit of control and lording.

How can you determine whether the Holy Spirit is fully in the House or has Ichabod occurred? Where the Spirit is, there is Freedom.

Fire of God Ministries International Church
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Monday, April 1, 2013

Do you really have faith?

Do we really have faith? What is faith? If i asked every professing Christian if they have faith, what will be their answer. They of course will all pretty much say, "yes." They will say they have faith.

Have you seen the Red Sea part? Have you received food from heaven? Have you drank water gushing out from a rock? Have you had a pillar of cloud to guide you during the day? Have you had a pillar of fire to guide you during the night?

Hebrews 3:7-11 That is why the Holy Spirit says,
“Today when you hear his voice,
8     don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled,
    when they tested me in the wilderness.
9 There your ancestors tested and tried my patience,
    even though they saw my miracles for forty years.
10 So I was angry with them, and I said,
‘Their hearts always turn away from me.
    They refuse to do what I tell them.’
11 So in my anger I took an oath:
    ‘They will never enter my place of rest.

Scripture says that God was angry with our ancestors. In fact, He as angry with them for 40 years. But even though His own people tested and tried God's patience, He out of His Grace had continued to feed them, protect them, guide them, and they encountered His supernatural powers. They had all witnessed His judgments on Egypt. They had all witnessed His miracles first hand and by sight. But at the end, most of them did not enter His rest. God in His wrath against His own people took an oath that they would not enter His rest.

Why? Why did most of God's people who had been delivered from Egypt (a type of salvation) failed to enter the promise land but instead received His judgment and their corpses were scattered in the wilderness. Remember, these were God's own people.

Hebrews 3:12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.[f] Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says:

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
    as Israel did when they rebelled

Paul is warning us that our own hearts can become evil, unbelieving, and can turn away from God. He said we must warn each other every day so that our hearts may not hardened and we must stay faithful to the end trusting God.

It does not matter whether you can speak in tongue. It does not matter you can prophecy. It does not matter you can hear God. It does not matter that you are on the worship team. It does not matter whether you had visited heaven or show hell. You can still rebel against God. Verse 16 asked who had rebelled against God. They were those who even heard His Voice.

Hebrews 3:16-19 And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.

So in verse 19, scripture says because of their UNBELIEF they were not able to enter HIS REST. How can a people who witnessed the Red Sea part, receive food from heaven, drank from a gushing rock, guided by pillar of fire and cloud for 40 years be in UNBELIEF!!!

Hebrews 4:2 AMP For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT MIXED WITH FAITH (with [c]the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; [d]neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).

Paul said, they did not have FAITH. Have you personally seen the Red Sea part? Have you received food from heaven? Have you received water from a rock? Have you been guided by pillars of fire and cloud? If you have not witnessed or experienced such supernatural events, then how do you know if YOU HAVE FAITH WHEN IT WAS SAID THEY DID NOT!!!

Mark 9:17-24
One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. 18 And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.[d] So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”19 Jesus said to them,[e] “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”20 So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.21 “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.He replied, “Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”23“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

Jesus said "You faithless people!" And in verse 23, HE said "Anything is possible if a person believes." Yet, in verse 24, the father of the boy cries out "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!"

How can one say they believe but still not believe? Christians today say they all believe. They will all say they have faith. Yet, Jesus said, "YOU FAITHLESS PEOPLE!" In fact, HE asked will HE find faith when HE RETURNS?

Luke 18:8
(NLT) I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

So the question remains for many of us if not all of us. Many of us have not experienced anything close to the OT saints who were delivered from Egypt and yet they did not have faith. Do you have faith? You must examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.

How can one say "I do believe but help me overcome with my unbelief?" The word faith in the English dictionary is a noun. In Hebrew, it is more a verb. You must be faithing. But faithing is not a English term or word. In the Hebrew language, when people talked about faith, it was not about acknowledging something. It was about obedience.

Therefore, the father of the son in Mark chapter 9 was really saying, "Yes, I believe in God but help me stay in obedience to you."

So the OT saints in the wilderness had angered God because they were rebels who did NOT OBEY God even though they had witnessed HIS Judgments and Power. They even had heard His Voice. Today is no different. Many do experience His supernatural gifts. Many hear His Voice. Many can prophecy. Many can see dreams and visions. But whether they are obeying HIM is another matter. Your spiritual gifts and ability to hear HIM is given to you by GRACE. It is not a end result of your obedience.

Therefore, examine yourselves and ask God to search your hearts. How can we say we can die for HIM when we cannot even fast three days for HIM? Is your faith genuine?

1 Corinthians 11:31 (AMP) For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].

Fire of God Ministries International Church
Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Fire of God Ministries for the feeding and tending of God's flock to equip for the perfection of the saints that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ's Body (Church) and to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations until the return of the Lord - Branch of the Lord's Church USA

Fire of God Ministries Church - some pictures

In the past 5 months, we have had people move from Colorado, South Carolina, and Michigan. They had moved for God. One brother drives one hour to church three times a week. Other brethren from Canada are planning to move here. God told me many brothers/sisters including from all over the world will move to Fire of God Church. He is gathering His people. It is a spiritual gathering. God is raising HIS ARMY for the end days. The birth of a mighty army for the greater works for the last days.

Judges 6:12

12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of [fearless] courage.

John 14:12

12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.

1 John 5:5

Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

1 John 3:23

23 And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us.

Acts 2:47

47 Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].

Acts 5:42 (AMP)

42 Yet [in spite of the threats] they never ceased for a single day, both in the temple area and at home, to teach and to proclaim the good news (Gospel) of Jesus [as] the Christ (the Messiah).

Acts 6:4

But we will continue to devote ourselves steadfastly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Joshua 1:5-7

Amplified Bible (AMP)
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.