"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed."

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THE WAR IS OVER!

December 24, 2010
The War Is Over
By Andrew Wommack

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  Do you remember September 11, 2001? Of course you do. If you’ve lived very long, you can recall many terrible things that have happened in this world, including tsunamis and hurricanes of biblical proportions. And certainly every one of you have your own individual tragedy that you deal with or have dealt with. There is a lot of hurt and pain in this life.

People are reeling from the blows they’ve received and are trying to make sense of why all of this happens. Sadly, many Christian leaders haven’t been much help. As a whole, they’ve said these things are the judgment of God upon our sins.

Even a very well-known televangelist was quoted recently telling people that because they voted “intelligent design” people off their city council, God’s judgment was going to strike their city and that when it happens, they shouldn’t cry out to God, because they deserve what they will get.

This rationale for why bad things happen grieves me, and I believe it grieves the Lord too. It’s totally missing the point of why Jesus came. Jesus forever changed the way God relates to mankind. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God’s catastrophic judgment on sin. But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed all of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins (2 Cor. 5:19). God’s not angry at us. He’s not even in a bad mood.

Look at the angels’ joy at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Luke 2:13-14 says,

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

This scripture is very familiar to us, yet there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it’s saying. Some translations say they were proclaiming “good will among men” or “peace to men of good will.” Basically, this passage has been interpreted to say Jesus was bringing peace on earth among people. That’s not why these angels were praising God. If that interpretation were true, then Jesus’ own words in Matthew 10:34-36 would contradict this. He said,

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Jesus Himself said He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels of Luke 2:13-14 were praising God for was peace BETWEEN God and man. They were announcing the end of God’s war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man.

Prior to Jesus’ coming, there was wrath from God against mankind for his sins. It wasn’t total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God’s mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15 with 2 Cor. 3:7 and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people’s sins against them. This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21 says:

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins. Jesus became what we were so we could become what He was—the righteousness of God.

Jesus was like a lightning rod that drew all the judgment of God unto Himself. He not only bore our sins; He actually became sin (2 Cor. 5:21).

Jesus said this in John 12:27-32:

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Many have thought this thirty-second passage means that if God is properly glorified in our preaching, then He will draw all people unto Himself. But that is not what this passage is saying.

If you look in the King James Version Bible, notice that the word “men” in verse 32 is italicized. That means it wasn’t in the original language. The translators put this word in italics to let you know this was their addition, but it wasn’t a part of the text. If you take this verse in context, I believe that the Lord was saying He would draw all JUDGMENT to Himself. Jesus, like a lightning rod, attracted all of God’s judgment for all of mankind’s sins for all time unto Himself.

All the murder, all the perversion, every vile and rotten sin imaginable, all sickness, and all disease ever known to mankind actually entered into His physical human body. Isaiah 52:14 talks about the crucifixion of Jesus and says that He was marred more than any man to the point that He was unrecognizable as a human being.

That could not just happen from physical beatings, especially since the Word says that not a single bone was broken in His body (Ps. 34:20 with John 19:36). I believe His body was completely disfigured from the cancers, tumors, diseases, deformities, and anything else human beings have ever suffered.

Jesus didn’t ask for the cup to be taken from Him just because of the physical pain He would suffer but because He did not want to become sin. He hated becoming what He came to redeem us from. And the worst part of all Jesus’ sufferings was total rejection from His Father.

Matthew 27:46 says,

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

God the Father forsook Jesus so you and I would never be forsaken. All that you and I would have suffered, through billions of years in eternity—the grief, the pain and, worst of all, the complete separation from the presence of God—Jesus experienced. And He experienced all of this for us. When we say God is judging our sins as individuals or corporately as a nation, we are voiding what Jesus did. That would be “double jeopardy.”

Some of you may not like this, but it’s true. Sin isn’t a problem with God anymore. It’s the church that has made it a major deal. Neither past, present, nor future sins can separate you from God.The only people who will go to hell are those who have spurned and rejected the greatest sacrifice that has ever been made. In heaven, you won’t answer for your sin; Jesus already has. You will answer for your acceptance or rejection of Jesus.

You might now be thinking, You’re just giving people a license to sin. Well, it seems to me that people are doing a pretty good job of that without a license. What I’m saying will not free you to sin; it will free you from the condemnation and the guilt that comes when you do sin.

To continue in sin is just stupid. You’ll be opening the door for Satan to have an inroad into your life (Rom. 6:16). If you do, then you will suffer the natural consequences of sin, but it will not be because of the judgment of God. If you commit adultery, you will probably lose your family, but it was you who caused it, not God.

Natural disasters are just that—natural disasters. We live in a corrupted world where bad things happen, but God isn’t the cause of them. If He were, why would He stop at New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of America? Surely all of us deserve the judgment of God. But, praise God, we don’t get what we deserve.

Before I learned that the war was over, I used to say, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Now I say, “If God judges America, He will have to apologize to Jesus.” Thank God for Jesus!


 

 

WHEN WILL THE END OF THE WORLD BE?

December 24, 2010

  Fear, Skepticism and Confusion 

From the fear of “the bomb” of the early 1950s, to the global warming scare today, that America is dying in a sea of pollution, “the end of the world” has concerned us since we were school children. Today, we continue to live in fear of nuclear annihilation, terrorism, epidemics, droughts, famine, tsunamis and earthquakes.

  Many see a connection between today’s news and the ancient “end-time” prophecies recorded in scripture. Others have bec...


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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

December 24, 2010

It is no surprise to many people, that as many as 18 percent of those brought back to life after a heart attack have had near-death experiences. To others, the idea that the human consciousness and the body can exist distinctly from each other seems unscientific. However, if there is no existence beyond the grave, then millions of people throughout history, from the Pharaohs of Egypt to Jesus of Nazareth, have been deluded.

An Eternal Destination

Because death can’t be avoided by exercise...


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FAVOR

December 3, 2010


 

By: Sister Bridgette Franklin


I remember just like it was yesterday when I bought my house. It was my first house and it was extremely stressful, especially going through it alone. I remember telling God that the only names I wanted on that deed were His and mine. He granted my request.  I had looked at many homes and had bid on one in particular, I REALLY wanted this house. I fasted and prayed but lost the bid to a higher bidder. I then saw another house that already had white carpet in ...


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UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE AND ITS IMPORTANCE

November 12, 2010

The Battle Between Good vs. Evil Continues

Spiritual Warfare is an often-swept-under-the-rug topic in today's churches.  Folks think it is too much of an "extreme" or "mysterious" topic to discuss, so it is left unsaid.  But this way of thinking has produced an entire generation of Christians who are unlearned and unprepared for spiritual warfare.  Why is this a bad thing?  Because spiritual warfare is all around us, everyday! Satan (the Devil) is of course, the BAD guy, and God is of course...


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RADICAL CHRISTIAN COMPROMISES; MODERATE MUSLIM STUBBORNLY WILL NOT

October 29, 2010

The latest poll announced on Fox News yesterday shows that 49% of Americans view Muslims unfavorably, up from 39% one year after the Islamic terrorist attack on America.  Is it any wonder with what has been going on for months regarding the Ground Zero mosque. 

 
In the past couple weeks, America has seen a radical Christian pastor determined to commit a provocative act outside his church in Florida.  For the past fe...


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ARE YOU CALLED TO SERVE

October 2, 2010


By: Minister Anaclet Phiri
      Peace 4 Nations Ministries

Throughout the Bible history, God called people directly or indirectly and gave them special instructions of what they were to do for Him. For example Adam and Eve were instructed to manage the creation on behalf of God (Genesis 1:26). Abraham was called to leave his country and go to the land God would show him (Genesis 12:1-3). Moses was instructed to go back to Egypt to lead God's people out of bondage (Exodus 3). Jesus called the t...


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NINE PROOFS THAT THE END TIME IS NOW!

September 24, 2010

BIBLICAL PROOF THAT THE "END TIMES" ARE HERE
  1. The final seven years will begin when the Antichrist and the international community give their support to Israel’s right to exist in the land promised to Abraham by God. This is called the confirmation of the covenant (Daniel 9:27 & Genesis 15:18). Israel’s Prime Minister has openly stated that the number one goal of his administration is to obtain the support of the international community for Israel’s final borders.
  2. A war will begin fr...

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MIRACLES DO REALLY HAPPEN (3 STORIES)

September 15, 2010
Barsha was a member of a church in a South Asian village. She had cancer for 12 years and became very discouraged. When the doctors told her there was nothing they could do to save her life, she lost all hope.

The Women's Fellowship team in her church heard about Barsha's disease. They started fervently praying for her, and Barsha was healed from her cancer. As a result, Barsha's faith in God was strengthened.

A Cup of Oil and Prayer

Chahel was paralyzed. And to add to his suffering, ...

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TO WAIT OR NOT TO WAIT ON GOD, THAT IS THE QUESTION

September 10, 2010

Article By: Minister Anaclet Phiri
 
Looking back at the history of the mighty men of God in the Bible waiting on God was an important component of their relationship with God. For example, Adam had to wait on God to bring him a wife, “a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:20. Noah had to wait for one hundred fifty days for the flood to decrease so that he could step on the dry ground. Genesis 8:3. Abraham had to wait about 25 years to have Isaac, the son of the promise. Jesus had to wait ...


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