Today 2024年5月20日 - 2024年5月24日


Messed Up, Don’t Hide It

Proverbs 28:13
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. NKJV
Whatever people do in the darkness is going to come to the light. You can’t hide, especially from God. However, for people, even if you cover up what you did or are doing for a while, eventually you will get found out.
When I was young and changed jobs from my Japanese supplier to the American telephone company, my boss made three promises regarding my employment there. I made my decision to change jobs based on those commitments. I was there to replace an American who was going back to the US. It was so exciting for me as it would be a chance to work with Americans in the US while I was in Japan. The person I replaced had arranged everything and I was ready to start on a certain date.
The day I arrived I remember walking in and that new boss asking me, “Why are you here?” Talk about humiliating! I must have gone red with embarrassment and wondering what was going on. The person I was replacing was not surprised, as she had worked with him for some time. Of course, my job was fine and I began working at this new company. In the first year, this boss successfully reneged on every promise he made to me. I am from a family of promise keepers so I was very shocked that someone could so easily lie and not feel guilty about it.
He was at the company for two more years and I was praying that the bosses in the US would figure out how inept and dishonest this boss was. But eventually his time came, the boss in Hong Kong hired a person to put over him. It was a good step but by that time, I had had my fill of large companies and much of the political games that went on within them. I was out of there doing another project at another firm.
The former boss eventually was made redundant (replaced by someone else). His lying and cheating caught up to him and he left the company in disgrace. He could have changed the whole outcome of his situation if he would have just been honest instead of trying to protect himself and his “territory” at the company all the time. If he would have only kept the commitments he had made to both his employees and the local product distributors, then they would have had respect for him.
There are many religions in the world offering “tickets to heaven”. However, being a believer is not a ticket to heaven. It is an opportunity to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the world. IF you want to compare us followers of The Way of Jesus to religion, you will find one huge difference between ourselves and ‘religion’. We believers have total and complete forgiveness for our screw-ups and mistakes that no one else has. That is marvelous!
Proverbs 28:13 says that if you mess up and make a mistake, that you should confess it. If you wrong someone, especially a fellow believer, then you should make every effort to fix that, apologize, and don’t do it again. For unbelievers, I have met so many people who don’t know God who had seen someone hypocritical who says they’re a Christian and be totally turned off to Yahweh because of these people. It is really sad. If we deal with these unbelievers in love and honesty, that will take away the excuses that some have for denying God or not making an effort to know him. However, sometimes people are just blinded by the enemy and don’t want to change their ways.
The awesome thing about the Almighty God is that we can get 100% forgiveness for whatever foul thing we have done. The key is to turn from it and get back on His path, and to not fall back in that hole or even try to hide it. Make 1 John 1:9 a part of your life,
1 John 1:8-10
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. NKJV


All You Need For Life
2 Peter 1:3
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue…
My parents did not get saved until after they had my oldest sister. I was raised in the church but chose to repent and turn to Jesus in 1978. It was a day I will never forget.
I went for many years knowing God, but not in a real way that changed me just before going to University. I got so hungry for knowing Him and His presence that just going to church was no longer good enough. I said, “God, I want to know You in a real way. I want to hear Your voice and be directed by You” in my prayer.
If you look at 2 Peter 1:3, you will see that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. That is right! He has given you every thing you need to walk in His ways and grow and develop in Him. Look at it carefully though. There are two parts to that promise. He has given us all things for 1) life and 2) godliness. One part is regarding life, and the other part is regarding godliness. That covers everything you and I need as we need to be like God, but at the same time we have a daily life to live.
The big question is how do you latch onto “all things” here? If we look at 2 Peter, it tells us. All things come from ‘His divine power’. How do you change your situation? You connect yourself to His divine power! How do you connect to His divine power? You connect to His divine power by
- Spending time in reading and meditating the Word of God
- Spending time in prayer and fellowship with Him
It is all about making time for God. Just as a husband must make time to fellowship with His wife each day to know her better, we as believers also need to make time to be with the Father. As you make time to be with Him, He will take care of the rest.
I have found in my prayer time, God tells me about the true intentions of other people, God gives me direction as to what to do for our church, God shows me what is coming up so I can prepare my heart, God gives me wisdom on how to be a better father to my children, God reveals my weaknesses to me so that I can deal with them.. It goes on and on for what God does when I make the time. It is amazing to me that just reading my Bible, the Holy Spirit speaks to me. I can be reading about Daniel, Joseph, Israel, John, James, the Proverbs, Psalms or whatever and it is amazing how the Word speaks. I spend most of my time reading the words of Jesus (the red sentences in most English Bibles) and the New Testament, as you really sense the anointing on the Word there.
As you spend time with Yahweh and His Word, you will see yourself change. As you become sensitive to Him, you will see that He truly has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness.


The Guiding Light

Ps 43:3
Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle. NKJV
If you search in the Word (the Bible) on light, you will discover that God is all about light. He is light and completely bright. There is nothing dark, dim, or hidden about God. Yahweh created the Sun that lights up our planet Earth so that the temperature is warm enough for us human beings to live. We have the right mix of water and natural gases such as oxygen and hydrogen so that plants can grow, animals can live, and most importantly that we humans can easily breathe, The other planets of our galaxy apparently were not created to support human life. If there were too much or even too little light humans would not survive. God has made a beautiful earth for us and entrusted it to us for a time.
Psalms talks a lot about light and Yahweh. They are inseparable. In the new heaven and earth did you know that He will be our sun? I am very excited to be with the Father in the spiritual realm or world. However, for as long as I live in this physical world the sun and the light it produces is a reminder to me of God’s promises to me.
Here in Psalms 43:3, the prayer to God is to send His light and send His truth. Is this talking about sunlight? I think not. For guidance and direction in our lives, we need God to direct our spirits. We need to have God’s light more and more because we live in a dark world. That is why the Psalmist prayed send your light and send your truth. The only way we can see His light and His truth is by our spirits. Do you remember Proverbs 20:27? In the Amplified Bible it says,
The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. AMP
Yahweh guides and directs you through your spirit. That is why it is so important that we make time to make sure our spirit is in tune with Him. If you want to be led by God, if you want that truth and light, you as a New Testament believer, have the opportunity to connect directly to God via year spirit. It’s important that we enjoy life and the physical world around us, however let’s be more sensitive to Yahweh. Let’s be more spiritual. It will change your situation.


Daily Freedom, Your Choice

Gal 5:1
5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. ESV
There are so many addicted to tobacco, alcohol and other stimulant drugs. Many times people ‘experiment’ with smoking one drug, and they get sucked into harder and more powerful drugs that destroys they bodies and brains much faster. Addiction is not God’s plan for us. There are other people who are addicted to looking at unclean things and doing things they would be ashamed to talk about with others. Without Jesus, it is a tough world out there because there are so many distractions vying for our attention. Many cultural Christians would have you believe that once you are saved that you are always saved. Some seem to endorse the idea that once you are saved, you will not have any trouble. Well that is absolutely untrue. Life can be a battle at times for the unbeliever but also the believer.
Addictions are bondage. Why? They are things that the person can’t seem to stop. Bondages may go away when you are saved, but most the time they are things we have to deal with. There are many Christians living in bondage. Have you got an addiction you would like to break? There is no reason for us to be bound up in some addiction.
Galatians 5:1 says that Jesus came to set us from bondage. Does it say anything in that Word about Jesus just automatically taking away your issues for you when you become a believer? No! In fact, we are told to “stand firm”. If you are single and you are dealing with strong sexual desires, the Word encourages you to marry so that you can focus those desires on your husband or wife. If you are unmarried and you allow those feelings to run unchecked, you could very well end up in a situation where you go too far with someone and end up needing to marry because of a coming baby. You have to guard your hearts in advance before you get into the situation. Proverbs 4:23 is clear on this saying,
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
We’ve got to protect our hearts! If you are a recovering smoker, the last thing you want to do is sit in the smoking section of some restaurant. If you are a recovering homosexual, you don’t go to a homosexual bar thinking you are going to help others. If you have been freed from witchcraft, you want to make sure that you are rooted and grounded in the Word before you can minister to others. You have to build yourself up before you get back into those unclean situations.
It is interesting in Galatians how it says that we should not submit ourselves to a yoke of slavery and bondage. Believer, it is your choice! That is right. You choose whether you are going to be free or be bound up. Is it God’s will for us to struggle and be in and out of sin? No way! If that were the case, then why does the Word (Jesus) say in John 8:32
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If you want to be free, you have to know the truth. Jesus said God’s Word is truth in John 17:17.
Pretty much all of us have struggled with some type of addiction. We have all gone the wrong way. Don’t let the enemy condemn you just because you failed. The enemy wants to destroy us through addiction, doubt, unbelief, discouragement, unclean behavior, drugs, or whatever they can to immobilize us, make us unproductive, and eventually kill us so we can’t change the world for Jesus. Don’t let hell take you down. They can go down by themselves.
Do you want to be free? It is your choice. Stand! It is a daily thing. Get yourself around strong believers, a good church, get into the Word, spend time with the Father and you will be a spiritual super hero! Most importantly, you will be free. Hallelujah!


Be Diligent
2 Tim 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. NKJV
If you are ever in Tokyo, come visit us at Victory. We are a strong word church. Why? Because the pastor discovered that it all comes down to the Word of God (the Bible). Need salvation? Check out the Word. Need healing? Check out the Word. Need encouragement? Check out the Word. Need financial breakthrough? Check out the Word. Need wisdom on how to raise your children? Check out the Word. Need help to break an addiction? Check out the Word. Need to fix your broken marriage? Check out the Word. Want to hear God’s voice? Check out the Word. Get the point?
Several times when I have preached, I have asked the audience a question; Which is more important, prayer, or the Word? Sometimes people just don’t know. The answer is quite clear. If you haven’t got the Word, we don’t know how to pray or even what to pray.
In 2 Timothy, we are told to present ourselves approved to God. How are you approved before God? The last part of that verse says by “rightly dividing the word of truth”. How do you get approved before God? By knowing His Word! In plain terms, if you have know the Bible, you are well on your way for knowing God more than you could ever imagine. There is a kicker here, it says ‘rightly dividing’. That means understanding the Word. We have to understand the Word. If you understand it, you can apply it.
Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge is knowing things. We all learn many things in school and in life. Wisdom takes it one step further. Wisdom is being able to organize and apply that knowledge. If you can use what you know well, you are wise! If you know the weather report says it is going to rain in the afternoon, then you are wise to put an umbrella in your bag in the morning. If you are in business, and you can see that someone is going to discover the apples are very healthy (for example), chances are you are going to buy an apple orchard or start farming apples.
Yahweh wants you to have the best. To have the best, you have to be wise with what you have. The absolute must for a believer is we have to be able to apply the Word of God to our lives. Applying the Word is an everyday thing for a believer. If you want to be spiritually strong, if you want to be right before God, then you have to know the Bible and how to apply it. Have you fed your spirit and soul on the Word today?


The Day The Veil Ripped

Mark 15:38-39
38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, "Truly this Man was the Son of God!" NKJV
The Resurrection Day is the most important day as a believer. If you profess to be a Christian and you don’t believe that Jesus resurrected from the dead, then you are lost. Actually, a person who believes like this is not even a Christian. The whole hope that we have as a believer is that Jesus took every evil, wrong thing we ever did and washed us clean making us right before God. How did He do it?
See, Jesus was the world’s only perfect human. He has been through absolutely everything you and I could have possibly been through. Got that? He has had exactly the same opportunities that both you and I have. But unlike you and I, he has never failed. He never given in to temptation. He never sinned. He never used foul language, He never had physical relations with a woman, He never had a bad habit, He never treated someone wrongly, He has never done anything wrong. Nothing. Jesus was perfect.
Do you understand what people did to try to get right before God before our Savior Jesus came? They had to sacrifice animals to make themselves right before God. It was the Old Testament directive. Why would God implement this type of plan? Well, it wasn’t His plan, because as you remember in the Garden of Eden people walked in perfect fellowship with God. However, we screwed up and sin came in and separated us from God. We cannot enter the presence of the King if we are not proper. If a homeless person were to be presented to the Emperor of Japan, you can be assured that he will have to be cleaned up, given a change of clothes, and groomed before he comes before the emperor.
This is even more true with God. Although the blood of sheep, goat and other sacrifices was a temporary cover for everything we did wrong before God (sin) in the Old Testament. Jesus came to die on our behalf to really make us right before God. Romans 5:9-11 says
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
You can be reconciled to God, if you repent. If you want to turn to God, the only way to do it is through Jesus the Christ. You will never be able to be right by anything you can do. You must know Jesus because He brought us in right standing before God.
The day that Jesus died, was probably the darkest day in history. From noon that day, the whole area was covered with darkness until 3PM (Mark 15:33). It was not only dark outside but it was even darker spiritually. Hell thought they had finally killed off God’s Son and any plan for a future for mankind. You’ll notice when Jesus gave up His spirit in Mark 15, the whole earth changed. But what happened in the temple? The veil ripped. This was not just some curtain. This was a foot-wide (30 cm) divider between the Holy of Holies where God’s presence was and the outside area.
What did this mean when the veil ripped? It meant that Jesus became our high priest making us right before God. You don’t need to go to a priest to sacrifice an animal and confess your sins. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you. You can tell Him whenever you screw up and His sacrifice, His blood makes you right before the Father.
The most important holiday in the world is Easter. I call it Resurrection Day. If Jesus did not come back from the dead then He was just a man. However, on the third day He arose after going to hell for us, so we wouldn’t have to. If you are not right with God, get right with Him now. Call on the Name of Jesus. He will save you and He will cleanse you. He has made us all right before the Father. Hallelujah!


Your Light To The World

Isaiah 58:10
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday. NKJV
It feels so good to be a blessing to others. At church, we have broken this Dark Ages deception that poverty is next to godliness. It’s not. Poverty is a lie of the enemy because the demons just want to oppress you. They want to get you tied up in some sin and their ultimate goal is to kill you. If you are stuck in poverty you are limited. It is not God’s way. He wants to bless you. He wants you to have the very best that you can handle. He wants you to have the best so that you can be a blessing to those around you.
In 1992, I started to discover God’s financial plan for me. I discovered that He wanted me overflowing with His goodness so that I could overflow on others. As I began to understand what God’s Word said about His people, I began to have a revelation of His goodness. My relationship deepened with Him and I began to see how He sees people. Whether it be the bum in the gutter, or the atheist in the executive office.
We are all here for a short amount of time. We are here only for 120 years maximum (if we take good care of our bodies by eating natural foods (not processed), and exercising our complete self mentally and physically). In that time we have, we can leave a legacy, we can leave nothing (soon be forgotten), and we can leave a mess. I want to leave a legacy. I want people to see what I did and say, “Did you see Jesus in that guy?” One way to leave a legacy is shared by Isaiah.
In Isaiah 58:10, it says if we share our soul. Do you remember the Bible teaches us that we are a spirit-being with three distinct parts? We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body (1 Thess 5:23). Furthermore, our soul area is our mind, our will, and our emotions. Therefore, when you read Isaiah 58 and it says when we extend our “soul” to the hungry. With this insight, I see that when we extend our mind (thoughts), our will, and our emotions; that means we put our “heart” into it helping others (in this case the poor and emotionally disturbed), then we are glorifying God. We are leaving that legacy of light for the coming generations.
When they see the Holy Spirit on you and the love in your heart, they will know you are sharing God’s goodness. Glorify His Name by being a blessings to others! You are a light to the world.
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