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Dr. Bill Bailey teaching on Strange Fire…

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Dr. Bill Bailey

In Numbers 26:61, it says, “And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.”  We are told that our God is a jealous God. (Deut. 4:24)  He expects us to worship Him, in His Way, and not get pulled away by distractions of bad (that is, un-sound) doctrine.  We are also told that the immature are often “carried about with every wind of doctrine.” Eph. 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”  We have already spoken in past articles, of the fact that these “last of the last days” are perilous times.  2 Timothy 3:1, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”  So, we must be ever more vigilent and serious about keeping the purity of the Word of God in our lives and in our worship!

There are many things afoot in the Body of Christ in these days that have no basis in Biblical history, doctrine, or fact.  Some of these teachings come from cults, some come from other religions, but ALL are are from the devil!  He is trying to draw believers away from sound doctrine.  2 Timothy 4:2-5 says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”  We are to preach the Word!  We are to preach and teach “sound doctrine.”  But, we are also told that there will be those that will not endure sound doctrine, but will be turned unto “fables.”  What kind of fables?  Well, look at what is happening in certain circles around the Body of Christ.  There are various “revivals” that are occurring around the country today that are following doctrines that have no basis in scripture, they are not teaching sound doctrine.  They endorse speaking with angels for guidance, and direction, and ask them (angels) directly for help.  Angels are God’s “agents” to bring about His will, and they are called “ministering spirits” that are to function “for us.”  (Hebrews 1:14)  However, we are not to speak TO angels, we pray to God, and God will dispatch them to aid us as necessary.  To pray to them, or invoke their (supposed) names instead of God’s is not scriptural!  We are to pray to God, in Jesus’ Name!  John 14:13, 14 says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”  The Biblical pattern is to pray in Jesus’ Name to the Father God.  Not to angels, not to people who have died, not to Mary, or John, or Peter… but to the Father God in Jesus’ Name!  Notice the admonition in 2 Timothy 4:5, to “watch thou in all things.”  To put it in more modern vernacular, “Watch out!”

This is just one of many examples, there are those that perform “magic tricks” in God’s name, producing feathers, gold dust, and other physical manifestations that are not Biblical.  Show me a case, just one in the Bible, where Paul during his travels, for instance, manifested gold dust to prove his own piety, or demonstrate supernatural power!  Or, where he spoke and feathers appeared. Can’t find it?  That’s because it is not in there! However, there are followers of Jewish mysticism (the Kaballah) that speak of it, and there are some so called Charismatic “revivals” that involve this kind of “strange fire.”  What are these things to believers that are determined to do what God has commanded and preach the Word and teach sound doctrine?  They are distractions.  They are flashy and look and sound “different” and interesting… but they are not what God wants us interested in.  He wants us to be true to His Word.  He wants us to follow sound doctrine.

I remember a time when a very well known pastor of a large church had a speaker come and speak at his church.  This speaker was a lady that was drawing large crowds and getting invited to many large Charismatic  churches, no doubt with very large offerings as well!  People flocked to see her produce feathers!  “Wow, ooooh, ahhh!”  People, Jesus said, seek signs.  (Luke 11:29)  But not for the right reasons.  Anyway, this pastor invited the lady to speak.  After the service many were asked, “What did she teach?”  No one could remember what she said, but they were all talking about the “supernatural manifestations!”  Another minister that attended this same service, which was broadcast via satellite to hundreds of other churches, videotaped the lady as she ministered.  He was able to show that she was pulling the feathers out of pockets sewn in her her sleeves.  A simple “sleight of hand” trick.  Her “ministry” was disgraced.   She got fewer and fewer invitations after that. In another incident, a minister had the “gold dust” that was “supernaturally” manifested examined, and it turned out to be iron pyrite dust… so, in fact, it wasn’t even real gold!  You would think God would manifest real gold! The bottom line is… the ministry of God is not a show… it is not entertainment!  We are to preach the pure Word of God, not “perform!”

A minister does not “perform tricks” and spectacular acts to elevate themselves!  Most often these folks are seen to be, and often proclaim themselves, as “more spiritual” than others… after all, they are specially “touched of God.”  Now, don’t get me wrong, there are unique, special anointings.  But, those that God uses in special anointings know that it is NOT them, it is God that does the work!  As Peter said,  “Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”  (Acts 3:13)  It is not YOUR personal power that is involved in ministry.  In fact, personal power, and seeking such,  is the hallmark of the occult!  It is not that you are more “spiritual” or “holy!”  I believe that this scripture is, in fact, recorded in God’s Word to show us this truth!  It wasn’t Peter’s own power, or holiness, or spirituality, that caused special healings to happen in his presence.  Acts 5:15, 16,  “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.   There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”  What did the work?  Jesus told them to preach the Word, and as Mark 16:20 says, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”  The Lord worked WITH them… confirming the Word they preached with signs following.  What kinds of signs?  Gold dust?  Feathers?  Using “angel’s names?”  No!  The sick were healed, demons were cast out, the lame were made whole, and the blind saw!  Those are God’s kind of signs!  And, they didn’t need weird manifestations or paper “barf bags” to do it!  They simply preached the uncompromised Word of Faith, and God performed the work!  They acted on the Word, and the Word worked!

Why bring these things to your attention? Because as we are told in the Word, in Eph 4:14-24: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Brethen, it is time to be grown-ups!  Not to be easily distracted… not seeking “strange fire!”  We are to “watch out!” Watch out for these things and avoid them!  Rom 16:17, 18 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and AVOID them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; (we could say “their own self interests”) and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”   Preach and teach only the purity of God’s Word!

God’s Words, Satan’s words and your words (Stephen J Hales)

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God’s Words, Satan’s words and your words (Stephen J Hales) 

There are three main voices that your spirit will hear as you walk out your Christian faith, they are God’s Word (Both His written Word and His Spirit talking to you) Satan’s word and finally your words. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, fear comes by hearing Satan’s word and your words are the deciding factor!

The words you agree with will be the words that you speak. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, if you will speak God’s Word it will always produce life, conversely if you speak Satan’s words they will always produce death. The only way to be faith filled and fear free is to confess God’s Word in faith. I have seen this work so many times in my own life and in the lives of many other people. Jesus Himself said that we have what we say (Mark 11:23) I know people don’t like to hear that, but it is the truth nevertheless, I’m not going to argue with Jesus! Are you? No the Bible says, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” I don’t mind saying it, if any man, even if he is a preacher, denies what Jesus said in Mark 11:23 then he is a liar! The absolute truth is that your words dominate your life, words bring images to your spirit and mind, word are containers, they contain whatever is spoken. For instance if harsh words have been spoken between a man and his wife and you just happen to be visiting, you can tell by the atmosphere that something is wrong. If you were to close your eyes and I said dog, in your minds eye you would see a dog, it may be your own dog; however if I said, big black and white dog then that is what you will see. Why? Because words paint pictures on the canvas of your heart. When you speak God’s word it will paint the image of whatever it have promised on your heart, you will then conceive that word in your spiritual womb, and by holding fast to your confession you will give birth to the promise. The same thing is true in the negative, if you speak Satan’s word you will get the same results but in the negative stream. Your words are the deciding factor, agree with God, and speak His Words and you will get positive results; speak Satan’s word and the opposite is true. Make the right choice today and decide to confess the Word of God no matter what.

 

Where Does Faith Begin?

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Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin once said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” You must know the Word of God in order to believe what the Word says. The Word of God contains the power within itself to cause what it says to come to pass. If you believe God’s Word, and use it as God intended for you to use it, then the Word will begin to work in your life. You must act on the Word. Faith is an act! The best way to act on the Word is to speak it!

Dave Duell – awesome meeting last night!

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What an AWESOME meeting last night?  Chris and Von led us straight into the manifest presence of God, and their last song “Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God” just brought joy into the room.

Dave shared his testimony and the importance of the New Covenant and grace.  It was great to see people from all over London come and worship together and speak life and light over London together.  Loads of people were baptised in the Holy Spirit and loads of people were healed.

I genuinely believe that our church is being led to the edge of a cliff tonight in the meeting and then we are going to jump off and watch what God is going to do.

I am so excited.  Anyway, must go – Dave Duell is coming round for lunch.  I wonder what he likes…

Miracle Baby

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2023442/Miracle-baby-born-mothers-waters-break-half-way-pregnancy–refuses-abortion.html

Dave Duell Preaching!

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Ever Wondered How Andrew Wommack Ended Up in England?

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This is how, in Andrew’s own words:

(Yes, this is another blog post in light of Dave Duell’s imminent visit to Dagenham!)

In September of 1989, I was holding a tent meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the night that hurricane Hugo hit. The tent was flapping in the breeze, and we needed to drop and tie it off. But just before the service ended, Pastor Dean Mellon gave me a prophecy that changed my life and ministry.

 

He said, “you have a nation of the world on your heart, and you know exactly which nation I’m speaking of”. In less than a month, you will meet a man who will be a porter, a door opener to the whole nation.

I knew exactly which nation the Lord was speaking of, and I knew in my heart that the Lord was about to bring my dreams and vision concerning the U.K. and Europe to pass. I’ve had the U.K. on my heart ever since I took a trip to Europe in 1968. While in London, I spent hours walking the streets, praying for the people and believing God that someday I would get the opportunity to minister to them.

 

However, it’s not wise to just take a prophecy and run with it. If it was really the Lord speaking to me through this man, then it would come to pass without my help. Two weeks later at our U.S. Ministers’ Conference in Buena Vista, Colorado, I noticed that Will Graham from Rugeley, England was listed as an attendee. I figured Will was the man the Lord had spoken about, but I didn’t say a thing to anyone.

 

In the very first session, my good friend, Dave Duell, was ministering and calling people forward for prayer. He called Will to the front and said. “Will, God has made you a porter, a door opener to all of the U.K.” BINGO! That was it. This had to be the man the Lord had spoken to me about in Charlotte.

 

I told Will about that prophecy I received in Charlotte and asked him what he thought. He said his church had received a special offering to send him to the conference to get Dave and me and bring us to England. Praise the Lord! A few months later we opened our first international office in Coventry, England, and its been going strong ever since.

 

We have distributed hundreds of thousands of tapes and CDs through our European office and have thousands of people on our mailing list. We minister in many churches and hold two conventions in the U.K. each year. The Gospel Truth television program is broadcast daily in the U.K. on the God Channel International, which also reaches all of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The open doors to the U.K. and Europe were a supernatural opportunity that came directly from the Lord. We are committed to walking through every door the Lord opens for us and minster the nearly too-good-to-be-true news of God’s love to hungry people throughout Europe.

Andrew

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