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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
November 1, 2010
Twelve Immutable Truths
Occasionally someone stands and orates the basics of Christianity to the profundity of all who hear. Such a time as this (Nov. 2010) requires that saints keep a steady eye on these foundations of the apostle's doctrine and place them like frontlets to the mind. I am indebted to the Rev. Ivan Tait for bill boarding these truths during a recent visit. (As you read through this list, please allow the message to become an integral part of your life.) These days are the most perilous perhaps in world history because they mark and end of an age. Never before has there been such interrelatedness among the nations. That which affects one in some degree affects all.
There is, however, a soon-coming King. He is the author of these immutable truths and His power to bring them to pass is unchallengeable.
12 Immutable Truths
1. God Loves You. How one must let this first and most basic of truths sink in. Say it over and again, "God loves me." It is not a conditional love. It is based on nothing one can do to earn it and nothing can be done to quell it. In spite of oneself, it is there. God IS love.
Robert McCheyne stood at his window in Glasgow, Scotland, in order to observe the comings and going of the masses in the street below; while doing so, he kept repeating John 3:16. He continued until its truths engulfed his soul, causing him to bury his face in his hands. His tears stained the pages of his Bible lying open in front of him. God's love made him one of the most powerful of his day.
The task of the Evil one has been to make mankind believe the opposite of what McCheyne preached. Devils want man to believe God is against him. (Belief systems have arisen around this polarity, even early in church history.)
The Apostle Paul, in Romans 8, expelled all of man's perceived parameters about the love of God, and he created a declaration of independence which detailed the saints' freedom from satan and those of his ilk.
Paul believed that no circumstance could be imagined which would be able to nullify this first inalienable truth: God Loves Me.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2. The Devil is Defeated. Every time Jesus encountered satan, He defeated him. Look at Jesus during His temptation. He defeated satan. Observe Him throughout His ministry. He confronted demons and overcame every one of them. His Disciples followed in His steps and overcame satan on every turn. Jesus cast out demons and defeated every plot hatched in hell against Him and his followers. Boldly, the apostles heralded the Jesus of Luke 4:18 and preached His power in Acts 10.
View Jesus triumphing over the devil in His death.
John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
The devil has no place in the saint's life, unless place is given. The purpose of Jesus' manifestation in the earth was to destroy satan's empire.
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
3. Christ is the Focus of life:
1 John 3:8-9
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
Everything in the saint's life depends on and is related to Jesus. The saint does not look outward to the world, but inward to Christ and the indwelling Spirit. Aside from Jesus there are no considerations. Circumstances are not a criteria in life; neither are man's opinions. The Word in Flesh and in Scripture are the saint's total authority. (Geri McGee pointed out recently that satan's prime use of media and government is to bring fear into the hearts and lives of the believer.)
1 John 5:12, He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
The old hymn "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace," is still poignantly true.
It is "Jesus only" that matters.
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
(Author's Note: Although these scriptures are very familiar to the readers of the newsletter, just allow them to draw you into their power. Affirm them in your heart and put them in use by quoting them and their attendant Scriptures more often.)
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
It IS all about Him:
4. You have a destiny.
And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
Your destiny is in His hands. When the children of Israel were at a low, suffering captivity, they heard these words.
Paul spoke similarly:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Claim these verses as a part of your life. No person can take you out of Christ's or the Father's hands. He created your timetable, your path and your tomorrow's; therefore, you must say, "Why should I fear what man can do to me?"
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
5. You are unique. Every individual on the face of the earth is unique. There are no two exactly alike. This means the saint is an "original." No one can take the place that God destined for you; your makeup is different. No one can rob you of your place on earth---you are "wonderfully and fearfully made."
6. God will restore that which the evil one took away.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
He is in the business of restoration, some 2x, some 7x, some 100x, some 1000x.
He is not limited by the ways of man nor this world's economy.
God is good at restoration. His is a ministry of restoration. It was God who declared a Jubilee year, where all one once possessed must be restored to him. Jesus was sent to restore us to our place in Him. One glimpse into the word "restore" and its Biblical usages will reveal the heart of God in this matter. He doesn't want a tattered people, but a restored army. Oh! Receive your restoration!
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the LORD your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the LORD your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.
7. The best is yet to come. These are not just words of encouragement. To a 75 yr. old Abraham, God pointed to His promise of the "best is yet to come." Through time, it is always the manner of God to pour out His blessings on His people.
Regardless of age or position in life, hope is found in Him for "the best is yet to come." Apply this to any circumstance in life and realize that nothing can stop God from bringing to bear His will. (Many times in the past two years, I have had to remind myself of this truth.)
1 Corinthians 2:9-12
But as it is written:
'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
8. All things work together for (my) good.
Many times in life, saints must come to this verse and claim it for their own. God fixes things. When mistakes are made and lives become a mess---God will fix it, if asked. He can turn what the devil meant for evil into good. There is a principle involved however, "What ever He fixes in you becomes an anointing for ministy to others."
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
9. (I am) constantly being transformed into His image.
Our transformation comes through intimacy and access to Him. The more we fellowship and spend time with Him, the more we become like Him. The transformation often takes place without our knowing it. We become more and more like He is. This transformation does not come without "stretch marks." Our faith is "stretched." Our mental attitudes are "stretched." Every aspect of life is changed into what He possesses.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
10. (I/we) abound to every good work.
The simplest study of the word "abound" will show how it runs through all of scripture.
The LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
The great Pauline passages relate the term continually to the saints.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings.
Let it be observed that part of "grace is God living in your actions." His grace is continually moving us toward Him.
2 Corinthians 9:8-9
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. NKJV
But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more…
11. God will bring it to pass.
Often we tire in praying when we don't see manifestation within a "reasonable time." We are told to "commit things" to Him and He will bring it to pass. Many examples in Scripture can be given that took a year, ten years, a hundred years to bring it to pass; but He did bring it to pass. God told the elders that Israel would dwell four hundred years in captivity before God would bring them out. He brought them out.
No matter how long you have been praying for that certain "something" to happen, remember He will bring it to pass.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
12. (I am/We are) accepted in the beloved.
This is one of the most beautiful passages in the entire Bible. Its concise inclusiveness covers the whole spectrum of the gospel. In these verses are more facets than the finest of diamonds, more beauty than ripe fields of grain, more treasure than in all the world's reserves. Hold these verses close by at all times. Be ready to reference them when doubts, temptations and the enemy floods threaten you….it is the living word.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame before Him in love, having
predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C.R. Oliver
Crystal from Vancouver, Canada:
Dear Saints, Thank you for your corporate prayer. I phoned yesterday about the praise report. The Lord was wonderful in that my CT SCAN test was normal. They have no idea why I fainted while I was coming close to my work. This e-mail is in reference to that, as some of the spiritual things are new to me--but the Lord is teaching. The following is a quick testimony. This morning I felt like that I should read the "Syllabus for Called to be Saints", so I opened the book and page 35 came up and the first line #4. Page 140 reference to the primary scripture to "Protection includes physical, emotional and spiritual deliverance," and so I read the Book, Called to be Saints, at page 140 and 141, and there it talks about how protection is coupled with absolute obedience to the Spirit; His command is a necessary ingredient to allowing God's perfect guardianship to work. It says that protection often has instruction which must be explicitly followed.
So that day, when I was getting ready for work, I heard in my heart to take the day Off. I did not pay attention, as I thought it must be my imagination so I said to myself that, "I am fine to go to work." So now, upon reading this page today, I see that it was the Holy Spirit who was giving me the instruction. Please pray that I will be alert and obedient to the Holy Spirit's promptings and not ignore them.
(Author's Note: Many similar testimonies reach our desk. The Spirit uses our texts to speak to hearts about things even non-related to the actual verbiage. This is what was promised by the Lord in writing these books. Several have said they have read them many times and received something new with each reading…To God by the glory.)
Carol from Newberg, Oregon
When will your new book, Consumed by His Fire, be released? I have read all your books and every Newsletter for several years and am looking forward to receiving this new book.
Thank you for your heart toward God; this October 1st Newsletter is wonderful. I, too, have longed for this type of fellowship my entire walk with the Lord-over 30 years! I have shared this Newsletter with others in hopes that they will look beyond themselves and "see" what the Bride of Christ must become in order to step into that role. God Bless you and yours…
(Author's Note: These kinds of encouragement humble my heart, for I depend on the Spirit in writing the book and the Newsletters. Many letters and email come in stating they have shared with others these writings. Bible studies using the newsletters as well as the texts are writing about the blessings they receive…To God be the glory.)
Joan, from Arkansas
Thank you for the monthly newsletter. I always look forward to it since now days seem to be even harder to find truly Holy Spirit inspired writings.
It was nice of you to publish my email in your newsletter a couple of months ago. I was honored that you thought it good enough to do that since most think my warfare (in the spirit realm) is "off the wall."
I really connect to the article you posted on your website---the one by A.W. Tozer, "The Loneliness of the Christian." It is comforting to know there are others who experience that feeling ---of falling into the silence.
I am sending a love offering and wish it were much more.
My prayers are always that God continue pouring more power and strength into you…In His service.
(Author's note: Joan's handwritten note touched on a matter of spiritual warfare and the attitude of many regarding those thus engaged. Most church folks rarely understand the depths of struggle taking place around the world-but like Daniel, their prayers are heard and thank God for them.
Secondly, sending a love offering was appreciated---we do our best to keep expenses to a minimum so we can send more to missions, as you will see in the mission's reports.)
Gospel Outreach Association (GOA), led by Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg, email@example.com, have just completed a trip to Costa Rico to set up the computers and train the teams using them for projecting the gospel message on film. If you remember, our organization, in response to their appeal, was able to supply all the equipment for this enterprise. Now, you must pray that all goes well---both with the staff and the "hearers." The minister of interior in Costa Rico said that if they would supply enough teams to cover the North country, they would be granted permission to show them in all the schools and prisons in that region. Intercede, please, beginning today and every day for their protection and that literally thousands accept Christ.
GOA is a godly and frugal organization and we encourage those of you who might want a worthy place to contribute, use the email above and contact them today.
By the way, Missionary Jim Courier joins Kevin in training and setting up teams in Ecuador soon; pray for their safety in light of recent events in that country.
Flames of Fire, Guatemala:
What a wonderful visit two weeks ago with Larry and Marla Johnson, field missionaries to eastern Guatemala and more recently to other countries. In the course of conversation, they revealed how many people, through this newsletter, had taken initiative to send offerings and bless their work. Some have responded from Switzerland, Australia, and other nations---sending love offerings directly to them. firstname.lastname@example.org
Three highlights from their visit:
1. Feeding stations: Marla was shaken when one of the feeding stations had to close and some children died from malnutrition. One child taken to the hospital particularly touched Marla deeply. As she picked up her little body off the bed, she could feel nothing but bone. Through her tears, her mind raced as she thought, "If only."
Thank God for Jim and Brenda McCants, who have heard God's call responded and through their offerings every month, the station was re-opened. Often, the only meal a child receives is the three provided each week through these stations…this time of year is known as the "starving season" between crops. Often the children must walk more than two miles just to get to the stations where love and a hot meal await. Thank you Jim and Brenda for your sacrifice!
2. One of the churches OEA built was the scene of four being raised from the dead. The pastor courageously prayed and raised from the dead a teen age girl, which encouraged a lady (who was a church member) to believe that God would hear her own prayer and raise up her infant daughter. (The witch doctors had gathered and cursed this family: see # 3 of this report.)
Within a few days, the infant fell sick and died. As the custom in that country, no embalming takes place, but burial is insisted in two days at most. The mother refused burial. She held this child, prayed over this baby for three days, then four, then the child opened her eyes and her spirit returned.
Subsequently, an older sibyling fell sick and the scene was repeated, only this time it took over a week of intercession, but the child revived. Then her third child fell ill and again intercession by the faithful mother began by resisting the insistence of several neighbors and "well meaning church folk" to abandon her hope. She prayed for over two weeks, but the child came back to life.
Thankful, she came to the altar at the church, but there fell dead herself. Evil spirits spoke from her belly to all in attendance, "We saw that we had to kill her since she stood in our way." The pastor encouraged the people to surround her and pray----Yes, she came back to life after a tremendous struggle by those humble people against the spirits sent by satan.
Does anyone among the saints…deny this truth…then, you are welcome to visit Larry and Marla, and they will introduce you to all concerned!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3. Since most of the witches and warlocks are Roman Catholic, all their spells and incantations end with "in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" while crossing themselves.
It is always a joy to visit with Larry and Marla and just be in their presence and feel their love ---their appreciation for your faithfulness is inexpressible. What does it take to build a church in Guatemala? (Less than $4000.) Stop sending dollars to dead churches----send them to those raising the dead!