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Defining What It Means To Be Meek

13 Oct
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How the religious atmosphere has attempted to define what it means to be meek. Yet, we must understand by the example of Christ in the Gospels of what it means to be truly meek.

“Meek” according to the dictionary is defined as, “Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” It is true that the meek are quiet and gentle. Christ called Himself as one who is meek. But, Christ was certainly not “quiet” when He rebuked the Pharisees, yelling “Woe!” And He was not so “gentle” when He turned over the merchant stands and money tables in the Temple, yelling, “Den of robbers!” Is Christ then, contradicting what a meek person is? No! For He is the Meek One! Therefore, we must unlearn this “quiet, gentle, submissive” meekness that has been taught for sometime.

Christ teaches that, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:4), which He versed from the Psalms, specifically, “But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in abundant peace” (Psa. 37:11). This word “meek” in Hebrew is “anav” which can also mean “poor, needy, afflicted, humble.” The word of more resemblance to “meek” would be “humble.”

The meek are “humble” or “lowly” of them “selves”. And the meek person is entirely submissive, but “submissive” to the truth. The meek person is one who quietly follows, and submits to the truth. We see Christ, always submitting to the truth, and in the reality of the truth. Because a meek person understands their submission and stance on the truth, they do not need to defend themselves, exonerate themselves in the midst of lies. “They know the truth” and because of this they are indeed quiet and mild and not offended by others. They are “quiet” of imposing themselves and “mild” in their thinking of their self. Let’s look at Christ when He was on the Cross and the people were demanding He come down and save Himself because He is the King of Israel. Christ knew the truth that He was Who He was. There was no “noise” of Him defending Himself. He did not need to “justify” Himself, and therefore remained “mild” in the midst of the evil circumstances, submitting to the truth and rejecting the lies, quietly.

Jesus Christ likewise, when brought to Herod who demanded a sign, “submitted to the truth” in all quietness. He did not need to justify the truth, exalt Himself, and submit to Herod’s demand, because Christ was already submitting to the truth. He therefore denied Herod’s request, which would seem “un-meek” to some, but according to God this is meekness. You see, being meek is not a doormat, or a pushover, or someone who is passively allowing others to dominate and control them. No, the meek are “passive” to the truth, and the truth alone! They, “rejoice in the truth.”

The one who is meek may have a loud voice, may even appear insane, have a “different” personality, but they remain meek because they yield to the truth. Because the person who is meek is following the truth, submitting to reality—they ultimately will be happy and “inherit the earth.” Not only is this a “future promise” but one for now. The one who is meek is an “heir of the earth and will receive it’s inheritance.”

What exactly is the earth’s inheritance? Just as the Israelite’s were redeemed out of Egypt and “inherited the land” and it’s goods, this is similarly to how the “inheritance of the earth” is. The inheritance is not necessarily earthly riches and wealth, and the earthly “things,” but is the overall “earth” being given for you as your possession and ownership. Because the meek “submit to the truth” they can be found trustworthy with having the earth as their own possession. With this ownership of the earth they will be using this inheritance according to the truth.

What can you make out of one who is meek in accordance with Christ’s example?

The Word of God is Revealed

1 Oct
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“For the Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword” (Book of Hebrews)

What is the Word of God? We so commonly hear, “This is God’s Word” but do we understand exactly what that is? The Word of God has many different concepts. What needs to be differentiated is the “Scriptures” as the words of God and “the Word of God.” The Word of God is revealed, as it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” and, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us,” and now, “He [Jesus Christ] is dressed in a white robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God” (John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:13).

The Inspiration of the Holy Spirit Created the Scriptures

Paul wrote by the Holy Spirit, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). This word, “Scripture” is “Graphe (γραφή)” in Greek. And “Inspired” in Greek can also mean “Breath” or “Spirit.” When Paul wrote this, he was referring to the Old Testament, since the New Testament had not been completed yet.

God is seen throughout the ages giving His thoughts to man by means of His Spirit. We see this with king David who had the Spirit “rest upon” him and inspired words of God, prophecies, and revelations. The Law was given before David’s time as the “living oracles.” We see with David at the arrival of the Psalms that they too became “inspired texts” or words of God. Just as the New Testament’s words of the Apostles are inspired texts now, “living oracles of God.”

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in the last days He has spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1). The Son manifested is the why the Word of God is revealed. Since the Scriptures are of God’s Spirit and His living oracles, the Son however, stands as the Complete Word, the entire essence of God’s language.

The Manifested Word As a Message

Any word whether from God or man, is spoken. Which means a word always carries a message or meaning. Jesus Christ as the Word of God likewise was spoken by God and is God, and the Word’s message is revealed as the Gospel of Christ.

The book of Hebrews claims the Israelites also heard the gospel or “good news” when they were redeemed out of Egypt, the house of bondage. But they “had evil hearts of unbelief and fell away from the living God” and “did not enter His rest.” The Holy Spirit goes on to say, “we too have had the Gospel preached to us as they did” and “we who believe have entered His rest.” Next the Spirit says, “for the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divide spirit and soul, joint and marrow.” Indicating by context, the “Word of God” is not just the Scriptures, but also Jesus and His Gospel.

Peter by the Holy Spirit likewise also saw the Word of God as Christ, and the Word as His Gospel. He says, “you have been born again through the living and enduring Word of God,” also, “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord remains forever,” and, “this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.”

Jesus Christ is the Complete Word of God

Since the manifestation of the Son of God in the flesh of Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Word of God is revealed. Revealed as in the “living speakings” of God. God created all things by speaking them into existence. As it says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.'” All things were made through the Son. The “Son” is also the “Word” which came in the flesh of Jesus Christ.

This is why Christ is the “beginning and end” the “alpha and omega.” Because Christ, again, is the fullness of God’s language. Nothing is outside of God’s language, because all things were made through His language. And His language is the Son. Therefore everything in existence belongs to Christ the Son. There is no other “language” of God, only one and through His Son.

The Spirit Speaking According to Christ

The Word of God is both the Scriptures and Jesus Christ, since both are “alive and active.” The Scriptures are the final authority on spiritual matters and laws. We need the Scriptures that are living words inspired by the Spirit as our “spiritual milk” to grow unto salvation. The Scriptures are needed for “reproof” and “for the building up.” If we do not acknowledge the authority of the living texts, we “nullify” the Word’s commandments, and likewise become “least in the Kingdom of God” (Mat. 5:19).

If the Scriptures do not have a clearly defined truth on a matter, or a matter of Scripture needs further explanation, the Spirit of God sent by the Father through Christ will bring revelation to the matter. The Spirit still gives God’s words today and teaches. God’s thoughts cannot be counted, and are unlimited. The Word of God is alive, that is Christ and He is active. The Word of God is revealed to gain further apprehension of God’s language on “spiritual things.” This is why the Word divides the spirit and soul. For the spirit to acknowledge the spiritual, separated and clean from the earthly and natural soulish things.

The Word of Life’s Holy Spirit Gives Words of Power

There exist two spheres of truth. “Truth” without power and “truth” with the power of God. We must understand and realize that carnal truth is “of no avail.” The wisdom of fine speech and carnality will have a “form of godliness but deny the power of God.” At too many times in our age do we see the powerless truths presented to the masses. Truths of men that cannot set people free.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. When the Spirit gives truth to a person’s born-again spirit they can speak or record the truth. The truth contains the very “thoughts” and “words” of God and have power and freedom.

With All That’s Been Said About the Revealed Word of God…

We can see that the Word of God is revealed, the “alpha” and “omega” of God’s Word and language is the Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. His Word is the Gospel. And the Scriptures stand as the authoritative “living texts” breathed by God.

We are exhorted to “take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:13). With this further revelation of the Word of God, we can see that this weapon is the Scriptures and Jesus Christ and His Gospel. If you are in combat with Satan’s wicked spirit powers and the living texts are not piercing through to the foes, the Gospel preached will always cut through the “dark-powers of the air.”

Look For Truth and Further Revelations of the Spirit?

One of our ministry’s highest priorities is to “walk in the Spirit in order to nullify the lusts of the flesh.” A “mind on the Spirit,” inevitably will receive God’s thoughts and revelations, since the Spirit knows the thoughts of God.

We offer multiple memberships, counseling, teachings, and books that are inspired by the Holy Spirit to better build you in the faith and maintain your freedom in Christ. As you begin read and learn, things will maybe come together for you…

The Uncovering Of Jesus Christ of Nazareth

25 Sep

The revelation Jesus Christ of Nazareth the King of kings is glorious beyond useable words. In Greek “revelation” (apokalypsis) is a combination of the root words “off” and “cover or hide.” This word gives idea as to something that is hidden from sight and invisible, but is being brought into visibility and appearance.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth has been uncovered as, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty, the One who died and came to life, the I AM, the One who has the sharp two-edged sword, the One who has the seven spirits of God, the Ruler over God’s creation, the Faithful Witness, the Amen, the LORD of Glory, the LORD our righteousness, the Root of David, the Son of God, the High Priest, the Word of God, the Man alive from the dead who holds the keys to Death and Sheol, the One whose heel crushed the head of Satan, the One who destroyed the works of Satan and death, the Son of Man, the power of God, the wisdom of God, the light of the LORD, and endless more revelations…

The Lord Jesus was crucified, and died. Yet, on the third day when His body was resurrected, He walked in a completely glorified body brought to life by the Father’s Holy Spirit. He is immortal, and indestructible. One of the most stunning revelations of Christ was given to Paul in his letter to the Philippians,

“For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who substituting in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeliness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient until death even the death of a cross, therefore also God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those of heaven and those of earth and those under the earth and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

There is nothing not-subjected to the feet of Jesus Christ. Every power, every being, everything is under His subjection. Everything, including Satan and his kingdom is under the authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. There is no name that can rise above Jesus, there is no power than can overcome His, there is no lie that can overcome His truth, there is no wisdom that can outwit His, everything must simply bow at His Name and confess He is LORD. The Kingdom He rules is ultimately, the “Kingdom of kingdoms” and though we do not see Him reigning physically on earth, the authorization of His Kingship is completely official and valid. It’s only a matter of fulfillment, and the Father’s timing until that blessed moment happens, and all the unauthorized kings and kingdoms (physical or spiritual) on earth will be physically seen subjecting to His feet as He rules with an iron scepter.

The best way to describe this subjection and authority is like this: There exist a land that was purchased by a merchant. The merchant had to go to another place, yet still owned the land and all it’s settlements. The collection of settlements, and every person residing to the land has to give an account unto the merchant, and is therefore subjected to him.

It’s in this way, figuratively, we see the Lord Jesus as the “merchant” who owns all things, and all things must give account to His subjection. Although He is physically not here, like the merchant who went off somewhere else, He never the less has rightful law and order over what belongs to His rule, which is everything.

It is always darkest before the dawn. The Day of the Lord is near, like a sunrise; and Satan knows it. Although we are in an abode of night with overwhelming darkness and evil, we never the less are eagerly awaiting the “morning”—the coming and further revelation of Jesus Christ the light of God, who will shine like the sun at His coming.

“And we have prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) rises in your hearts,” (2 Peter 1:19). [This is a metaphorical expression from the Apostle Peter, Jesus Christ is not literally in your heart].

Need preparation for the coming of Christ? Here at Pam Sheppard Ministries we have our hope in Christ Jesus and His Gospel, and await the Lord of glory, while being made blameless by His Spirit. Contact 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to be apart of our fellowship with the Father and the Son.

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Breaking Free From The Evil Matrix

4 Sep

I recently watched a video explaining how the movie, “The Matrix” is really a movie explaining our world in a “fiction, non-fiction” way. Whether you have seen the movie or not is not relevant to what is about to be discussed in order to “break free” of this evil “Matrix.”

When we are naturally born in our flesh and blood as a human being into the world, we are born cut-off from God, sinners with an un-renewed mind, in bondage to death and Satan. While on top of that, we are mostly likely also raised by people in the same position teaching us how to live, what values are, what’s real and what isn’t. As time goes on, and just like our bodies grow into maturity, your mind also grows into believing the assumptions and delusions Satan has introduced through the world and all the people held captive by Satan’s system. This also includes all religions, and the churches, which just add a different “spin” to the delusion.

When you observe the world around you, this is what the reality is. People are robotic, zombie-like, brainwashed, and under this sort of mind-control that has blinded them from reality and truth. People believe whatever, think whatever, feel whatever, do whatever they feel, whatever is the norm, whatever is presented by the world (and the church) as good, without question. Almost as if people have become purely instinctual animals, like lab rats running through a maze trying to find the cheese. While many of these people understand what a prison is, little do they understand the various types of prisons, and that mental slavery is a form of prison slavery also.

Like physical prison, a person is bound to a cell, restrictions, and regulations. The prisoner cannot behave freely, and is unable to be independent. He must submit his will to the controlling authorities and be dependent upon them and their power in order to survive. It is in this way that the world’s people’s minds are. They are imprisoned, and captive to the world and its restrictions, regulations, programs, gratifications and are unable to behave freely, be independent and therefore must surrender over their will to the evil system that lies in the power of the evil one, Satan. They will continue to sleep-walk through the world, and belong to the world until they receive the love of the truth, and desire to know what the reality of things are.

The moment God, the God of truth begins to “awaken” one from this dream, this delusional state of mind, this mental-prison, it’s a shocking moment. There are many layers of this mental prison, and only God and His truth can get one out of all of them. First, you are trapped in a cell. The moment you begin to desire, or love the truth, is the moment you are “awakened” from your mental slumber and realize the reality of where you are, mentally. Since the truth is freedom, loving the truth is loving freedom. As you begin to learn and know the truth, you find the needed resources to escape the cell. However, once you are out of the cell, you now are in the prison where other guards, officers, and even prisoners will all attempt to keep you captive in the prison and put you back in your “cell”. The more you desire to know the truth, the more likely you are to escape.

After all the denials, confrontations, doubt, shocks and uncertainties you now have been led out of the “prison.” Although mentally, you have escaped, what will hold you back is the past, if you allow it to. You see, although you are out of the “prison system” and its delusions, the prison system still exists, and the life you once lived there once existed. That way of living was a reality, a part of you and what shaped you up until this point. And now, even though you are a freeman, knowing the truth, you are in a different place where you have to survive and live. It is here, that lies the challenge of living a life that is entirely different from that of the prison-life. And just as physical prisoner’s have challenges returning to society, so do those who have been released of the mental slavery to delusions and into the truth. Sadly, some fail to overcome the truth’s reality demands and prefer to live in bondage to the “system-prison” and be a slave of delusions.

To finalize all of what’s been spoken, here at Rescue and Pam Sheppard Ministries, we were people who were once, part of the “prison-system” of the world controlled by Satan. However, we have been broken out, and freed from that system, and live in the truth, with minds renewed and delivered from bondage to delusions. And we work as a united people in Christ to break as many free from the sleeping mental-bondage of delusions and illusions of this world. We are here to help you be set free, and get out of this “Matrix” or “prison of the mind” and stay free. For any questions or help, email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

What contrasts can you compare with the idea of a “matrix” or prisons, that relate to the idea of deception?

The Mysterious Babylonian Reality

1 Sep

Babylon the great, who are you? How can we understand your mystery? This is a wonder going through the book of Revelation.

Her possible beginnings, could be when the peoples of ancient times united together against God to construct a tower, to make a name for themselves. What happened to you oh, city? Though your people’s tongues and understanding was disrupted, did your hearts ever change? You people of old sought to be as one people, one united humanity, yet together in rebellion against God. Your riches, your knowledge, your industry, your city, your business, your pride all in harmony to defy the LORD. Your history of beliefs surely has not died, looking at Sodom, Egypt, and then Babylon. Rebellion, idolatry, sexual immorality, uncleanliness, spiritual abominations, sins upon sins, maybe you did not take directly part in their share, but your system, yes your beliefs scattered like a blaze. Maybe this what the LORD foresaw, and knew would come; and maybe had not He disrupted your language your beliefs and influence would have come sooner and grown worse.

Babylon when you occurred in time, you just were the best city and people to describe whatever this mystery is. Whatever this drink of rebellion is you’ve given the nations and peoples, can we ever understand you? Babylon, you are symbolic of rebellion, idolatry, sexual immorality, horrendous greed, injustice, cruelty, unclean spiritual and religious practices, lustful lust, abomination upon abomination. But,

Babylon the great, you must be similar to this. You must know your own. But you, oh Babylon are not just Babylon but Babylon the great. You must be so proud, because you are the one over all these rebellious cities from the beginning of this age to this end of this age. You are on the top, the mother of the system. You are the one who gave birth to the Tower of Babel, Sodom, Egypt, Babylon and every city of idolatry, every city of sexually immoral behavior, every city of rebellion and defiance, every city of drunkenness, every city of your religious and spiritual prostitution.

Babylon the great, though you have stood tall over all these years. Though your influence still exist today in the churches, businesses, organizations, media, entertainment, education, and so many more areas… you will fall!

What are your thoughts on this mystery name, “Babylon the great?” And who is she?

The Paradox of Christ’s Example of Love

30 Aug

God is love. And since Jesus Christ is God, He was and is the example of love.

The word “love” is handed around in the world like cheap cigarettes. And even the modern-religious lingo of the day, “love like Jesus did” is spoken of constantly.

We have heard, “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son” (John 3:16) and the Lord Jesus spoke, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He also mentions in the same Chapter, “If you love Me then you will keep My commandments.”

The concept of Christ’s love, is that 1) it’s an unemotional choice 2) it’s manifested in a form of willful giving 3) the first priority is to love God the Father and keep obedience to the Son Jesus Christ 4) it’s a love without distinction 5) it’s supernatural 6) it does not demand love in return and 7) is respectful of others’ freewill and perspectives. When Jesus walked, He did not necessarily love man. He loved His Father, which inevitably resulted in Him loving and forgiving man. Jesus Christ’s love was ultimately for God and doing His will.

This is the very paradox we face, since although He loved His Father in heaven, and God revealed to the world His love by sending His Son—Jesus Christ as the revelation of the love of the Father. Yet, even though this revelation of God’s love was manifested in Christ before the eyes of men; He was despised, rejected, hated, betrayed, and killed. All the Apostles likewise, following their Master’s footprints, imitating Christ’s love, were beaten or killed and or put into exile. These examples reveal, it’s possible to love your neighbor and be hated without explanation in return.

What we have to remember is that loving God means loving people according to His will and the example that Christ left. Human nature, or the natural condition of the flesh is able to love also. However, this love is subjected to the flesh and the law of sin and death. Discerning this love is easy, it’s emotional, selfish, and unable to please God. While at the same time this love can have a good side of natural feeling, or natural compassion human’s have, a sort of empathetic conscience—at times, we can be moved to love people according to this love or our flesh, making ourselves the center of love, rather than a love centered on Christ. True Christian love has Christ in the center of the relationship, you loving God and the other person loving God. When our love interferes the other person from loving God, and makes them more moved to love us; the love thus becomes fleshly and is “man-centered” love.

This is the form of love that religion offers. The love is natural, draws people to themselves and has distinction. What love with distinction is, can be expressed in this way, “I am going to love you because of.” It’s an attitude that a person must have a certain distinction in order to be loved. Whereas Christ’s love does not have distinction, in other words, “I am going to love you despite.” It leaves out the required distinction that religion requires to obligate themselves to love.

True love, means your love for your neighbor is flowing from your love for God. Loving the Father and His will precedes all other loves and commandments. At times, especially to man, it may not seem as though we love them according to the flesh. Yes, you can be loving God and your neighbor, but because Christ is “in the space in-between” they will be aggravated, they will mistrust you, accuse you, and draw their own conclusions about you. And, not to mention those who love yet, don’t understand the supernatural love of Christ, they can easily be deceived into living a natural life of love for humans, rather than a life of loving God.

The ultimate reality we must come to terms is that, no matter how much we can love God, our foundation is not on our love for Him, but on His love for us. As it says,

“This is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atonement for our sins.” (1 John 4:10).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, and here at Pam Sheppard Ministries this love is manifested in deed and truth. Our love is founded on God’s love for us and our love is first obligated to the Father through Christ. We do not love from our flesh, but from the Spirit and a sincere heart. This means, that we are going to be more inclined to choosing God’s will, even if that means certain relationships fail for the sake of a greater One. We are able to train you to love the Lord and your neighbor without compromising your love for the Lord by loving your neighbor. Religion’s love is an empty tomb, and man’s love is fleshly gravitated toward selfishness, and easy pleasings. Contact 888-818-1117 for a greater understand of what Christ-like love is or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com to be in an environment of true Christian love.

We are commanded and exhorted constantly to love our neighbor. The Lord prophesied about love in the endtimes, “Because of lawlessness the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Interestingly, the word “grow cold” in Greek is “psycho.” It’s no doubt that we see psychos everywhere in the world, along with lawlessness. A psycho isn’t always a mad serial killer, it’s simply someone who doesn’t have a heart and whose love is cold. I’m convicted this prophecy is being fulfilled as you read, especially within religious white washed tomb churches.

Well, despite our neighbor’s distinctions, and lawlessness—we still must uphold the royal law of Christ, and love without any distinction, loving without compromising our love for God the Father through Christ Jesus the Son.

Can you relate to the paradox example of Christ’s love? Have there been moments in your life when loving your neighbor appeared to them as not so “loving”? Can you discern the difference between the supernatural love like Christ, from the natural human like love?

Following the Wrong Sign

27 Aug

Do you ever remember a time when you were driving, and you followed the wrong road because you misread directions or a sign? Bearing this concept in mind, this is similarly what happens when we believe in signs, works, and wonders.

No matter what supernatural wonder comes at us, the second we believe the wonder to be of God we become subjected to that wonder or sign. Yes, whatever we believe, we ultimately are obeying and following that belief.

We can see throughout the history of the saints, Satan has constantly used counterfeit signs to directly deceive people into believing his works, making people more easily subjected into his evil will. The Israelites were warned about false prophets with their idol’s signs and wonders, but did not heed and latter believed that their idol’s supernatural abilities of their day was of God, people in Samaria thought a sorcerer’s miracles to be of God, and likewise today we have people believing in the wrong signs, “There’s nothing new under the sun…” All these people were ultimately lead astray by following after these false signs and wonders.

This is part of Satan’s design, since he is the prince of the power of the air, he has limited control over the elements. Satan can use elemental powers and even parts of nature to create convincing signs. This is exactly what the Lawless one, the man of sin, the Antichrist will do when manifested and revealed. He will perform signs, wonders, works that will be nearly identical to that of God—causing “fire to fall from heaven.” And when people believe these signs to be of the true God; they ultimately subject themselves to the man of sin and his wonders as their “god.”

We at Pam Sheppard Ministries constantly, and urge with all instruction to doubt every spirit, but prove, examine, test, try each spirit to see whether it be of God. Deception leads to bondage of mind, since ultimately your mind is taken over by a lie, and held captive to the subjected belief.

Do you remember what happened after the Israelites were redeemed by the LORD’S hand out of Egypt? They eye-witnessed countless miracles, then wonders after signs, after powers of God, but to no avail. They became of hard-heart in times of testing, and strayed because they “had an evil heart of unbelief in the living God.” Faith is ultimately what we need in these last times, since faith is what pleases God.

Please contact the ministry if you wish to understand the endtimes, gain discernment, and join our genuine fellowship with the true Father and the Son. Call 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

What are modern day wonders that need testing? What makes signs and wonders so convincing?

Temptation, But…With Good?

26 Aug

TEMPTATION, BUT WITH GOOD? WHEN WE THINK of temptation, we usually think of sex, vanity, absurd pleasure, drunkenness, and so on. We know that even unbelievers can resist certain temptations like so by their volition.

However Satan’s cunning temptations, or the real temptations don’t always come across to be upfront evil, immoral, and wrong. As you grow to learn more about the devil’s schemes, you learn that there are many of them. Many of Satan’s schemes revolve around deception and temptation, and he attacks were we are ignorant. The agenda of the devil and his kingdom is to get us ignorant, deceived, and to sin. And he will pull whatever strings necessary to do so.

Looking at the Lord’s encounter with the Tempter in the wilderness, each temptation He faced had good in them. “Eat bread, since it will help Your body survive; fall off the temple to fulfill Scripture; take the kingdoms now so You can rule over them with justice and peace,” the devil said. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with the depth of these temptations. Satan had to come with cunning craft; but no matter what temptation he offered, Jesus had knowledge, truth, and an understanding of what the greater good was. “Man lives off every word from the mouth of God; don’t test the Lord your God; worship the Lord your God and serve Him only,” Jesus replied understanding that these were greater goods, and the Father’s will. Jesus had immense knowledge of the Father’s will which allowed Him to recognize what was not His will, so He was able to see past the good presented by Satan, and see a greater good beyond the initial good offered by the devil.

We can also see this with the Pharisees since the Lord rebuked them for choosing a lesser good tradition of dedicating oneself to God, while un-obligating themselves from a true commandment of God to honor their parents, which was the greater good.

Religiosity teaches you, “Be concerned with eating a gnat, and forget about eating a camel.” Religion does not put weight on the weightier matters, making those who have a religious mindset easier pray for the adversary roaming like a lion to devour them with choosing lesser goods, and annulling the greater good of God’s will. A modern example would be the message of the Gospel. Religion has not put weight on the most weighty matter of doctrine for decades, but has put weight on traditions, rituals, ceremonies, fleshly unspiritual worship, and works.

The highway to hell is paved with a broad road of good-intentions and a bunch of itty-bitty wittle good choices—with a bunch of people and Satan making such encouragement and support for you choosing these goods.

Here at Pam Sheppard Ministries we have all our weight on the weighty matters, especially the message of salvation, or the Gospel. If you have not heard that message, or if you want freedom from the exhausting weights of religion—contact 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com !

There are countless scenarios to test, when good is being presented, we should ask…Is there a greater good I am missing? All the reason to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, and not conform to the world and it’s “good”.

Have you been tempted with “good”? How did you know that the “good” was of the devil?

Crowd Mentality and Popular Opinion

23 Aug
Can you go against the masses?

IN THE WORLD there is common belief, standards, norms, and customs. Behind most of these norms is a mass of people who ignorantly go along with the unobserved life, or people who willingly follow the crowd. We are warned in the Scriptures about the broad-path and not following popular opinion if it is evil (see Ex. 23:1-3).

If you are walking alone with someone you know, let’s say a close friend, and he or she asks you to do them a favor; you will be more inclined to say, “No” to them. But say, you have a group of all your close friends and they all request you do something you don’t wish; you will be more inclined to say, “Yes”. When multiple people are telling you what to do, persuading you, giving you advice, and pressuring you; your ability to say “no” to them will be more difficult. This is especially true for those who are dependent passive-people pleasers.

What makes leaving the Institutional Church difficult is that it seems as such a radical, unpopular, and abnormal belief in the eyes of the masses. With such intellectual, persuasive, and seemingly good intention-ed people promoting such organizations, the majority of people see the IC as a place were people can get their lives together, have ties to the community, build a family, connect with others, and help change lives. The IC is seen as virtuous, as moral, and regarded by society as a place that’s upright.

However, what has to be objected is all things must be judged. When judging with spiritual discernment this is were the IC takes a turn for the worst. If the majority of people were spiritual and judged all things; they would have understanding of the fallacies, errors, deception, doctrines of devils, religious evil-spirits, nonspiritual fleshly worship, vanity, unbelief, and denial of power that every church takes part in. Not to mention that there are people professing to be believers yet, are such as the Apostle Paul prophesied would be like in the end-times, whom we are warned to turn away from (see 2 Tim. 3).

Looking at the only Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the time He walked this earth in the flesh before being crucified. He never succumbed to popular opinion, norms, crowd mentalities, and the masses. He did not care for what the majority thought. He only desired to obey the will of His Father, even if that meant believing what no one else in the world believed. Jesus was labeled by religious people as demon possessed, others saw Him as literally insane. There was never a time when Jesus was an outsider to the popular opinion and beliefs.

The Lord specifically warned that the way of life is narrow, oppressive and only few would find it. We are not to follow the masses and the easy, wide-broad path that leads to destruction. Walking by faith, means not walking by sight. Religion is unable to present faith, and therefore must rely on the seen for their faith to be authentic. The faith they present is not of God, and is humanly inspired to trust in works, rituals, traditions, and that walking by such is faith. Or, that faith is some willy-nilly blind trust, a sort of attitude like, “Throw yo hands up in the air if you jus don care!!”

True faith comes from God, and “is the assurance of the things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We have been convicted of the not seen reality of the Institutional Church, and have assurance of what we hope for, namely the revelation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Despite what the masses see, we will not rely on the seen, but the unseen conviction, and walk by faith.

It takes faith that comes from God to leave the IC, and when He does provide the faith for you to leave, you will always have a go to haven here at Pam Sheppard Ministries. Contact the number 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com if you would like to discuss the IC, or the ministry.

For The Sake Of Righteousness

16 Aug

Doing what’s right seems to have results. The world commonly teaches, when you do good things, good results come back. Even in the religious atmosphere, “The righteous are blessed” with wealth, praise from men, status, and favor. However, this is not in line with God’s Kingdom to those who do desire to live a godly life united with Christ. Agony, pain, distress, hardship, persecution, are all part of the deal with being part of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ of Nazareth, as it says,

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:9-12).

Before we can dig into this kind of suffering, we must address there are counterfeit Christ-like sufferings. As human beings with a frail nature, we are vulnerable to natural sufferings like sickness, injuries, getting fired, losing a loved one, having a stressful day, and so on. Suffering in this way is simply a part of life and something we have to deal with from time to time, since naturally we are able to overcome and recover from these sufferings. Human suffering is a natural result of being human.

Then there is another kind of suffering. This suffering is not necessarily natural, but supernatural. It’s a suffering that is an affliction from demons or evil spirits. This kind of suffering is demonic. Whether it be emotionally, mentally, bodily, and or spiritual suffering; what is taking place is demons have been given ground to oppress. Passivity is the main reason for suffering demonically, although there are other possible reasons. The way to discern this kind of suffering is if the affliction and suffering does not naturally recover, and has no results or fruit. No matter what is done, the affliction remains. This suffering is obviously not to be accepted, but refused. Many people passively allow demonic oppression because they think it is authentic suffering for God, when God is hoping that they realize what’s really going on. This kind of suffering involves deliverance, and discovering what caused the oppression. To conclude here, Jesse Penn-Lewis wrote this, “Suffering directly caused by evil spirits may be discriminated from the true fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, by a complete absence of result, either in fruit, victory, or ripening in Spiritual growth.”

Now that the counterfeit of sufferings are addressed, we can press onto what Christ-like suffering is. “For the sake of righteousness'” is the most important key phrase here. Christian suffering is an active choice of doing the Father’s will. Christian suffering is not merely purposefully choosing “suffering” over God’s will; but purposefully choosing God’s will regardless of what happens. Many Christians can think that any suffering means suffering for God. Or, that making suffering choices or these certain “self-sacrificing” decisions to suffer for God is Christian suffering, this is not always so. That kind of suffering is merely “self-suffering.” For example, if you give away all your money and possessions to suffer for God. This is futile suffering, since now you can’t provide for yourself, offer hospitality, or do other services for God that require money and now you will have to be financially dependent on others to take care of you.

Christ is the example of suffering. He humbled Himself from His glorious position, and came into the flesh-likeliness of man, to accomplish His Father’s will. The will of His Father was to be fulfilled, and part of that will involved suffering. The difference between the first example, and Christ’s is that Christ did not merely suffer in vain, His sufferings bore fruit while He suffered to achieve a goal, namely the Father’s will to bring about salvation for the elect.

Christ like suffering is also supernatural, but in a godly way. “When others ‘revile’ and ‘persecute’.” Revile in Greek gives the idea of defaming, finding fault and harsh criticism. Persecute in Greek gives the idea of follow-after, press-forward, pursue, and ensue. Persecution is not solely being ignored, but involves a coming after, a pursuit to destroy, cause distress and pain. Alas, the question arises, who pursues Christians to cause distress, revile them, and make false accusations? The answer is, the world.

The world and it’s culture is at direct conflict with Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s culture. Therefore, when following after the Lord, the steps lead one by one into a deeper tension with the world. And soon enough, your identity will be recognized from others. Your choice of loving the Father, your love of Christ, always choosing the sake of righteousness, will soon result into Christ like suffering.

Discerning the sufferings of our lives is seriously important. Since you don’t want to claim you are suffering for Christ when you are suffering from the flu. And you don’t want to suffer from demons. But you want to do what is right, namely the will of God in Jesus Christ of Nazareth our Lord, and if you suffer, and are persecuted for doing so… well...yours is the Kingdom of God. Rejoice!

Do you have the correct understanding of suffering? What do you think about what true suffering is? And, if you suspect you are suffering demonically, we at Pam Sheppard Ministries offer deliverance counseling to bring about freedom, by knowledge of the truth. Contact 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com if you have any concerns or questions.