Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wrong Reasons For Marrying | Institute of Love

Many couples go into marriage without a proper preparation and biblical understanding, often with disastrous consequences as a result. Here are some of the wrong reasons for entering into marriage: 1. Loneliness or solitude - having a great need to be with somebody or otherwise not feeling complete. 2. Out of guilt, pity, or feeling sorry for - You are not at peace, but feel obligated into committing, even fearing that you might miss God’s will, since the partner or family continuously confirm that the relationship is meant to be, or ordained by God. 3. Because of age - getting older and desperate to have your own family. 4. Pressure from the family - they look forward to having grandchildren. 5. Impulsive love - being overly in love, and consumed or obsessed with the other person. 6. Sex - fueled by lust and pornographic fantasies. Using somebody for the fulfillment of self-centered desires, and having unhealthy ideas about rights for sex within the marriage. 7. Single parent with children - in need of a mom or dad. The man or woman becomes a replacement for a missing parent. 8. Feeling obligated to get married after pre-marital sex or pregnancy. 9. For the sake of looking good and successful - because of an inferiority complex and a low self-esteem.
The ingredients that are needed for a successful marriage are emotional stability, maturity, and flexibility. Functioning well together is difficult when one or both of the partners have the following issues: Is easily rejected, compares self to others, holds on to offenses, is overly insecure, suffers from bi-polar disorder, has a borderline personality, is co-dependent, is being controlled by parents, has anger issues, is dominating/controlling, or has a great need for constant affirmation. These issues require the appropriate counseling.It is also important to know that the focus of those who are hurt and offended is to guard their rights. Their energy is consumed with making sure no future injuries will occur to them. If we don’t risk being hurt we cannot give unconditional love, because unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us, and even in them doing so, we still need to always be ready to forgive easily and let go of any residue of bitterness. True love never seeks its own (See 1. Corinthians 13:5), but offended people become more and more self-seeking and self-contained. There is an awesome fulfillment that takes place when a man and a women who are meant to be together (See Matthew 19:6) joins in marriage. “For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and the two will be one flesh.” Matthew 19:5 NKJV One flesh not only means that they become sexually intimate, but that they have good communication and understanding of each other's emotional, mental, and physical differences, like for instance that a man is visual and goes by what he sees, and that a woman is emotional and goes by her feelings. They understand each other's needs! And because they are one flesh, they are able to lovingly embrace and accept one another.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

How To Handle Your Money According To The Bible | Institute of Love

The way we should handle our money as a Christian believer in a scriptural fashion is as follow: First and foremost, we need to take care of our own family, making sure they have food, clothing, and shelter. If we don’t, according to the Bible, we are “worse than an unbeliever.” “But those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 1. Timothy 5:8 NLT  As a believer, we each have a duty to support the church we join, which pays for the pastor, the elders, evangelists, teachers, and other ministry services, including feeding the poor and help to the needy. “On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT  “Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not keep an ox from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” 1. Timothy 5:17-18 NLT  “Those who are taught the word of God should help their teachers by paying them.” Galatians 6:6 NLT  We should support missions financially, as we can read in the book of Romans 15:25-27 NLT where the apostle Paul said; “but before I come, I must go down to Jerusalem to take a gift to the Christians there. For you see, the believers in Greece have eagerly taken up an offering for the Christians in Jerusalem, who are going through such hard times. They were very glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the wonderful spiritual blessings of the Good News from the Jewish Christians, they feel the least they can do in return is help them financially.” And lastly, we need to be willing to help a brother or sister in need. 
”Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well” — but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James 2:15-16 NLT  And of course, the amount of money you should give depends on what God individually tells you through the Holy Spirit, as is being taught in 2. Corinthians 9:7-9 NLT; “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.
 Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” Note: There is no obligation whatsoever to the Old Testament Law of paying a 10% tithe for a New Testament believer! 

When We Trust In Our Own Strength | Institute of Love

King David knew what he was talking about when he wrote; “commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust Him, and He will help you.” Psalm 37:5 NLT  One time, instead of trusting and relying on God, King David wanted to know how much army power he had, so he took a census and thereby caused the anger of the Lord to burn against Israel. He was eager to know how many capable warriors there was in Israel and Judah who could handle the sword. Despite being warned by his chief commander Joab, who told him; “May the Lord your God let you live to see a hundred times as many people as there are now! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this?”, David still insisted, and stubbornly went ahead with the counting of people. But after he had taken the census, David’s conscience began to bother him and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt, Lord, for doing this foolish thing.” Because of David's sin, the Lord sent a plague that ended up killing a total of 70.000 people throughout the nation. (See 2. Samuel 24:1-25)  Isn't it amazing that whatever you put your trust in, God ends up taking it away from you! Therefore, we have a great responsibility in how we walk with God, because “when someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Luke 12:48 NLT

Friday, July 26, 2013

Unloving Husbands | Institute of Love

If a husband who says he is a Christian is not loving his wife through communication and intimacy, it is because he rejects or hates himself and cannot love himself, and therefore he is also unable to love his wife. In other words, what you don't have, you can't give! The Bible says; “husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.” Ephesians 5:28-29 NLT  The bottom line is that these so-called Christian husbands do not know God who is love, because if they did, they would love their wives as they should. “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1. John 4:8 NLT  Over the years, we have heard countless testimonies of women who have been severely hurt by their husband's cold, unaffectionate, and unloving attitude towards them and others. According to these women, many of their so-called Christian husbands are the ones who sanctimoniously say “I love God,” but in the meantime they hate a Christian brother or sister. (See 1. John 4:20) Very sad, tragic and embarrassing!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Jezebel Mother | Institute of Love

The Jezebel Spirit is nothing but a narcissistic, self-centered, jealous spirit and the Bible says that “wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” James 3:16 NLT  Yes indeed, whenever the Jezebel Spirit is around, you will find evil of every kind! When you have a mother who is possessed by the Jezebel spirit, you are in for a demonic ride! She will cause hatred and division among family members, put children against each other, she will be dominant and control and decide every aspect of your life, hate men and disrespect authority, lie, gossip, be loudmouthed, quarrel and manipulate to get her will and be right, twist your words, bring confusion, blame you and everybody else for her own mistakes, never admit any wrongdoing, be cold, calculated and feel no empathy, fake tears to get sympathy, intimidate you, put guilt and fear on you, retaliate, and destroy your reputation if you speak up against her or try to correct her. She only loves conditionally, she is extremely selfish, jealous, needy, and always want to be important and be in the center of attention. She will be passive aggressive, angry, abusive or violent, immoral, give false prophecies, and twist Bible scriptures for her own good. She is the man in the house, and her weak, castrated husband is absolutely not able to contain her, and has long lost his authority. He is demoted to only be her bell boy. If you are committing adultery with this evil Jezebel spirit, meaning you are embracing and allowing her to rule your life, whether in the family or in church, it is time for you to “do what is good and run from evil
so that you may live!” Amos 5:14 NLT  Because “those who commit adultery with Jezebel will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds.” Revelations 2:22 NLT  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jesus Went Around Doing Good | Institute of Love

Our great enemy, the devil, goes around prowling like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (See 1. Peter 5:8) “But Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38 NLT  One of them was the man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit who began shouting, “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” He ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. (See Mark 1:23-26) Another was a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak. Jesus healed the man so that he could both speak and see. (See Matthew 12:22) “And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of Jesus, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of Him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” Mark 3:11 NLT  Jesus commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone and among other things, cast out demons in His name and heal the sick (See Mark 16:15-18), just like the apostle Paul and Silas did, when they commanded in the name of Jesus Christ a demon in a possessed slave girl, who was a fortune-teller, to come out of her. And it left her instantly! (See Acts 16:16-18) 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dangerous Consequences Of Backsliding | Institute of Love

More and more Christians are backsliding these days. Turning away from God carries very serious and dangerous consequences! Just look at what the Bible says about those Christian believers who backslide; “for it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 NLT “And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” 2. Peter 2:20-22 NLT

Monday, July 22, 2013

How To Get Your Prayers Answered | Institute of Love

Having your prayers being answered has all to do with you doing the right thing first, and that is to forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against. (See Mark 11:25)  You have to forgive anyone who offends you and always remember that God forgave you, so you must forgive others. (See Colossians 3:13)  For instance, if a person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive that person. (See Luke 17:4)  A husband who does not give honor to his wife and treat her with love and understanding as he should, can also have his prayers hindered or not answered. (See 1. Peter 3:7)  It all comes down to you being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to others, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (See Ephesians 4:32)  If you have this forgiving and loving attitude in place, Jesus said you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you have received it, it will be yours. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart! (See Mark 11:23-24)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Fooled By The Tithing Law | Institute of Love

Don't let any pastor or minister fool you and guilt trip you by telling you that you must pay a 10% tithe of your income, (an Old Testament law meant for the Israelites), or otherwise you will be robbing God and be cursed. (See Malachi 3:8-12) That's a flat out lie and deception! Neither Jesus nor His disciples taught such a thing! The decision making when it comes to how we handle our giving, should solely come from being led by what God tells us individually through the Holy Spirit. As believers in Jesus Christ, we ought to be controlled by His Spirit and God’s Word regarding how much money we should give, and through His Word we learn about the promises and rewards our generous giving awards us. No church should ever make us feel guilty about the amount of money we give, or try to control it! The Bible clearly says that “you must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten.” For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will give you many opportunities to do good, and He will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. 2. Corinthians 9:7-11 NLT Whether you are able to give 5% of your income, or at other times you may be able to give 20, 30, or even 100%, the point is that you are giving the appropriate amount of money the Holy Spirit directs you to give. This is how the apostle Paul instructed the Christians in Jerusalem to give each week: “On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT We are free from the guilt and bondage of the Law of Tithing! We do not have to give religiously or mechanically anymore, because Jesus Christ in His unconditional love gave His life for us, and in return, we eagerly give our lives, including our money, out of our love for Him. That's why the scriptures say that “if you are really eager to give, it isn’t important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don’t have!” 2. Corinthians 8:12 NLT How in the world have we allowed ourselves to be so deceived to think that we are obligated to tithe?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nothing Can Separate You From God’s Love | Institute of Love

When you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, you are someone who has deep roots and lasts long! You are not the type of person who hears God's message and immediately receive it with joy, but then fall away and separate from God as soon as you have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s Word, or because of the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for things. (See Mark 4:16-19) No! You are a true follower of Christ, rooted and grounded in His love (See Ephesians 3:17), going around testifying that you are convinced that nothing can ever separate you from God’s love. Neither trouble nor calamity, persecution or hunger, destitution or danger, or death threats. No, neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither your fears for today nor your worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate you from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate you from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (See Romans 8:35-39) Nothing!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fruits Fit For Repentance

Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’” Luke 13:6-9 NLT  Jesus was using this story to illustrate that we ought to bring forth fruits fit for repentance, because the ax is already laid at the root of the tree (See Luke 3:9) and God's patience has a limit.  In the parable, the garden owner grants another year of life to the tree. In the same way, God in His mercy grants us another day, another hour, another minute, but His patience will at one point come to an end, and the fruitless, unrepentant individual will be cut down. Therefore, we should repent and stop living in the sins of sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these, and bring forth fruits fit for repentance which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (See Galatians 5:19-23)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It Takes A Humble Attitude | Institute of Love

It takes humility to pray what King David prayed; “search me, O God, and know my heart;
 test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT  Or to be willing to receive an assignment like the apostle Paul received when he said; “and now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:22-24 NLT  If you have a humble attitude, God will always lead you in doing right through every circumstance no matter how difficult it might seem,
 teaching you His way! (See 1. Peter 3:8 and Psalm 25:9)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You Must Be Born Again | Institute of Love

Jesus Christ clearly said; “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, you must be born again.” (See John 3:3-8)  When you are not born again, you are unable to have a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ and share His love with others. You won't have any testimonies of what Jesus in His love has done for you. (See 1. John 4:7-19)  Instead, you will follow and keep the doctrines of the law, rules, regulations, and doomsday warnings you think can make you right with God, and you will be busy convincing others to join your religious church or cult. (See Galatians 3:10-14)  This is what happens with Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many other religious organizations and denominations. They are not BORN AGAIN, and therefore they do not know God but have the spirit of deception. But we who are born again belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception! (See 1. John 4:6)  “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1. Peter 1:3 NLT

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Refrain From Telling Lies | Institute of Love

Peter swore to bystanders, who confronted him with the fact that he was one of Jesus' disciples, saying, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” (See Mark 14:66-72) But Peter was lying, even though he promised Jesus he would never deny him. Like Peter, many Christians are accustomed to lying and exaggerating. As a born-again believer, you are supposed to let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. You should put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy and stop telling lies. You should tell your neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. (See Ephesians 4:23-25) You cannot say, “I love God,” but hate a Christian brother or sister, because you would be liar. (See 1. John 4:20) The lifestyle of lying belongs to your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds (See Colossians 3:9) that is inspired by the Devil, who does nothing but tell lies, which is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. (See John 8:44) The Bible says that “a false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.” Proverbs 19:5 NLT “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” Revelation 21:8 NLT But there is a tremendous blessing for those who refrain from telling lies, “for the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.” 1. Peter 3:10 NLT

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jesus Must Approve Your Requests | Institute of Love

A frequently (mis)-used Bible verse among charismatic/prosperity Gospel believers is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKVJ  First of all, the apostle said this in regards to the fact that he learned how to live on almost nothing or with everything and that he learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (See Philippians 4:12) Therefore, this has nothing to do with what these charismatic/prosperity Gospel believers suggest, which is that you can name and claim whatever you want or desire and Jesus will automatically give it to you! Not so! Yes, we can do all things with the approval of Christ, meaning whatever pleases Him! Peter asked Jesus, who was walking on water, if he also could come to him walking on water. And Jesus said; “Yes, come.” (See Matthew 14:28-29) Yes, with Jesus' approval, Peter was able to walk on water. That's why we don't see a lot of people walking on water every day! It is for this very reason that the Bible says that we can be confident that God hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for. (See 1. John 5:14-15) We always need to remember that it is God who is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him alone and not what pleases us! (See Philippians 2:13)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Answers To Men With Jezebel Wives | Institute of Love

In the following blog, we give some important Biblical guidelines for those men who have been asking us for answers on how to deal with the devastating spirit of Jezebel in their wives.   

When you are married to a woman who has the Jezebel spirit, you are living in a constant state of  power struggle and war. She will rebelliously quarrel and fight you to always be right, and will never in a million year admit to doing anything wrong, but instead she will put all the blame solely on you! She is always perfect! She will undermine and disrespect your authority as the head and leader of your home, and take matters in her own hand by bossing you around and pridefully lecturing you on how to treat her. To the outside world she puts up a nice religious face for all to see how wonderful and blameless she is, and everybody seems to fall in that trap and cater to her. But you as the husband feels lost and defeated, not knowing what to do. You are being abused through her intimidations, guilt trips, control, and manipulation, and there is no peace! It is like what Jehu said about King Ahab's wife Queen Jezebel to King Joram; “How can there be peace as long as the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother, Jezebel, are all around us?” 2. Kings 9:22 NLT  It is time for you husbands to rise up and do something about your situation! First of all, you need to know that the Bible says that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer and yet is abusive. You should not even eat with such person. (See 1. Corinthians 5:11) A woman with a Jezebel spirit is an abusive person who does not want to submit to God's order, period! Whether in marriage or church, she will not give in! (See Revelation 2:21) Therefore, you have to confront her with the question of whether or not she is willing to continue living with you under the banner of your God-given leadership, as stated in Ephesians 5:23 and 1. Corinthians 7:12 NLT; “For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.” “But if the wife, who isn’t a believer, insists on leaving, let her go. In such cases the Christian husband is no longer bound to the other.” In other words, either she stays and submits to the authority God has given you as her husband, or she will end up leaving, because you are now lovingly taking charge over her as the leader of your household as you are supposed to do as a man of God! You will no longer allow or tolerate any ungodly rebellious behavior in your home! Just let her go if she does not want to comply and wants to leave! For God has called you to live in peace! (See 1. Corinthians 7:15)

Consequences Of Committing Adultery | Institute of Love

The Scriptures say that if you commit adultery you are an utter fool, 
for you are destroying yourself. You will be wounded and disgraced.
 Your shame will never be erased. (See Proverbs 6:32-33) You will lose your honor and you will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. In the end you will groan in anguish when diseases like STD (sexually transmitted diseases) or AIDS consumes your body. You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings! I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.” Why? Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone, instead of sharing your love only with your wife? Why did you allow yourself to be captivated by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman instead of letting your wife be a fountain of blessing for you? Why? (See Proverbs 5:9-20)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Domestic Abuse | Institute of Love

Domestic violence abuse against women is punishable by law in many countries. Therefore the governing authorities, who are God’s servants, are sent for this very purpose of punishing those who commit these crimes against women. (See Romans 13:1-5 NLT) For instance a man, whether he is a Christian or not, who physically abuses his wife will be arrested and put in jail and be prosecuted. Physical abuse is also grounds for divorce! The Bible says that “you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. You must remove the evil person from among you.” 1. Corinthians 5:11+13 NLT  Men should not think that they can get away with physically abusing their wives without consequences!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Representing Christ | Institute of Love

In your quest to reach out with the Good News to this dying world, whatever you do or say as a true Christian believer, you have do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, with a humble and gentile heart. (See Galatians 3:17 and Matthew 11:29) Like the apostle Paul, when you are with those who are weak, you share their weakness, for you want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, you try to find common ground with everyone and be genuinely interested in their lives, doing everything you can to save some. You do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. (See 1. Corinthians 9:22-23) Everything you say, you do it pleasantly and it is good and helpful, and your words are an encouragement to those who hear them. (See Ephesians 4:29) Can I get a witness?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gay Heretics | Institute of Love

Many times, when I used to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the gay and lesbian communities, I had homosexual pastors telling me that Sodom and Gomorrah was not destroyed because of the sin of homosexuality, but that it was only because of pride, gluttony, and laziness. (See Ezekiel 16:49) In this way, these homosexual pastors were trying to make it sound as if God does not judge or condemn the gay lifestyle. Then I told them, that the Bible says that when Lot was visited by angels “all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” Genesis 19:4-5 NLT  Homosexuality is a very prideful spirit and it's no wonder they love to parade themselves for all to know that they are gay in their GayPride events and festivities. That is why Jude 1:17 says that we should not forget that Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion, were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment. There you have it! 

Dangerous And Deadly Spirit | Institute of Love

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 NLT  The Jezebel Spirit is one of the most dangerous evil spirits we have to fight against! It is the embodiment of Satan himself. Its purpose is to lead the people of God, the Christians, away from Christ! People, who possess the spirit of Jezebel, loves to call themselves prophets of God, but in reality, they are unrepentant imposters who are out to take God's place in the believers lives. They will always cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what the Bible teaches. Do not be deceived, these Jezebel people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive and destroy many innocent people's lives. We are urged to stay away from them! Jesus said that those who commit adultery with Jezebel will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. He will strike her children dead. (See Revelations 2:18-29 Romans 16:17-18) Unfortunately, we have seen believers, who had been warned numerous times to repent and get away from being under the Jezebel Spirit control, die. Warnings of God ought to be taken seriously! (For more info on the Jezebel Spirit, visit www.jezebelspirit.net) 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Prosperity Gospel Known For 2000 Years | Institute of Love

Jesus already warned us 2000 years ago about people following the Prosperity Gospel, when He explained the meaning of the parable of the farmer scattering seed, saying that, “the seed that fell among the thorns represents people who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.” Mark 4:18-19 NLT  As you can see, the Prosperity Gospel doctrine is extremely deceptive and self-centered because it tells you that becoming rich is the will of God for Christians and that faith, positive speech, sowing money seeds, and giving donations to Christian ministries will always increase your material wealth. It is all about using God to have Him give you what you want, and have Him take care of your own personal well-being. It is no wonder, as Jesus said, that these people don't produce any spiritual fruit! But the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about selfishness and greed, but it is about the seed that fell on good soil, which represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted! (See Mark 4:20) And these are the fruits: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Men With Wandering Eyes | Institute of Love

Do you Christian men find yourselves having wandering eyes, looking at and lusting after women by (discretely) checking out their bodies? Then Jesus has the following message for you; “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away.” Matthew 5:28-29 NLT What it means to gouge your eye out that causes you to lust, is to exercise self-control (See 1. Peter 1:13) and take radical steps to stay away from temptation, such as for instance the internet and television. “For sin shall not have dominion over you!” Romans 6:13 NKJV

Judging By Outward Appearance | Institute of Love

“People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1. Samuel 16:7 NLT Why does God look at the heart? Because “the human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
 and desperately wicked.”
Jeremiah 17:9 NLT Christians who only judge people by their outward appearance and based on that think they are the real deal, have no clue how bad or evil their hearts might be. These Christians are simply lacking spiritual understanding and discernment. People may be able to craftily deceive other people, but they will never be able to dupe God who gives His children His Spirit so they can discern the true motives of people's hearts, whether they call themselves Christians or not. (1. John 4:6 and 13) The Lord said; I am the one who searches all hearts
and examine all secret motives! (See Jeremiah 17:10)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Single Women Watch Out For Deceptive Christian Men | Institute of Love

Watch out all you single women of God for the so-called Christian men who only goes to church or other Christian fellowship activities with you because they want to please you or want to have you. Once you marry them, they will be possessive and jealous, thinking they own you and they will take you away from church or anything that has to do with Jesus. Watch out you single women of God! These so-called Christian men are like the Bible says, people who eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, but they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you! (See Jude 1:12)

Single Christian Women, Beware! | Institute of Love

Single Christian women beware of the so-called Christian men who come as an angel of light (See 2. Corinthians 11:14) acting all nice and sweet, but once you marry them, their true self will be exposed as being nothing but evil, full of pride, arrogance, selfishness, and stubbornness. These so-called Christian men are the ones who are not able to unconditionally love you, honor you, and respect you. They will constantly hurt you and denigrate you by calling you names, by controlling and manipulating you, and even hitting you. They are also the ones who act all religious, but will reject any godly counsel that can change them (See 2. Timothy 3:5), and while you are suffering under their tyranny, they want everybody to know how perfect their marriage is. Single Christian women beware! Countless godly women have gone before you and can testify that they have been deceived by Satan, who indeed disguises himself as an angel of light, and therefore it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. (See 2. Corinthians 11:14-15)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Portion, Not 10% | Institute of Love

The apostle Paul taught that “on the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT Paul did not instruct to give 10% of the money you have earned, but a PORTION! It means that “you must each decide in your heart how much to give.” 2. Corinthians 9:7 NLT For this reason, you should never allow yourself to give money in response to the pastor or minister pressuring you to tithe legalistically or sow an amount of seed with false promises of getting breakthroughs and becoming rich. (See 2. Corinthians 9:7) Instead, you happily give the portion you have decided with God in your heart, and He will bless you accordingly; “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2. Corinthians 9:8-9 NLT

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Foul Language | Institute of Love

A couple a days ago, I was watching a live video clip from a popular (heavy) metal band that has been labeled as a Christian band, where one of the members was dropping the F-bomb like there is no tomorrow. Talking to the crowd, he was going like; thank you guys for f... coming to this f... show tonight, you guys are f... great, thank you for f... supporting this f... band, here is a f... new song from our just released new f... album, I want all of you f... people to get into this f... one! I went what??? Are you for real dude? Don't you know that the Bible says; Let no corrupt and filthy language proceed out of your mouth? And that everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them? (See Ephesians 4:29 and Colossians 3:8) Out of the same mouth should not proceed blessing and cursing at the same time! (See James 3:10)

Friday, July 5, 2013

God Shows Us His Path | Institute of Love

Christians are supposed to seek God's will in all they do, and He will show them which path to take. (See Proverbs 3:6) In Psalm 37:5 NLT the Bible says; “Commit everything you do to the Lord.” This also involves seeking God's will or approval for a spouse, “because what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6 NKJV This is very crucial, because what God does not put together, will ultimately fall apart. That is the reason we see so many divorces among Christians; they simply did not seek the kingdom of God first and His righteousness, and allow God to give them the right partner in the first place! (See Matthew 6:33) 

Feast In The Presence Of Enemies | Institute of Love

In Psalm 23:5 NLT, King David said to God; “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.” In other words, even through all the persecutions and murder plots David had to endure from his enemies, God was still providing, protecting, and blessing him! This passage can also be applied to Joseph who was severely abused and sold as a slave by his evil brothers to traders who took him to Egypt. After God provided a way to make Joseph become Pharao's second in command ruler of Egypt, he told his brothers; “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” Genesis 50:20 NLT Yes, even though our great enemy, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking to devour us (See 1. Peter 5:8), God at other hand, prepares a feast table of provision, protection, and blessings in Satan's presence for us!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pig Mentality | Institute of Love

The Prodigal Son had a pig mentality, meaning he wasn't willing to stay and receive the true life-giving pearls his father was offering him. Instead, he packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, where he wasted all his inheritance money on wild living. With no money left and a famine striking the land, he became so hungry that he literally ended up longing to eat the food he was feeding the pigs. What an irony! The good news though was that this younger son came to his senses and said to himself, “At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.” (See Matthew 7:6 and Luke 15:11-19) Just like this lost son, our prayer is that backsliders will repent from their sins and come back home to the Father where they belong, as Jesus said; “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” John 14:23 NLT 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sign Of The Times | Institute of Love

The fast spreading and wide acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle is one of the signs that we are living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ, who said that when He comes back it will be as in the days of Lot, who lived in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah which was saturated with gay people. (See Luke 17:20-37) Jesus also said that in those days “many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:10-12 NLT That is precisely what is happening in these last days; that many so-called Christian prophets, pastors, and ministers are deceiving many people by telling them that you can be a Christian and at the same time live the homosexual lifestyle or be in a same-sex marriage, and on top of that saying that you will definitely go to Heaven! Many of these fallen ministers are the ones who are now betraying and hating the true Christians, who are being urged by Jesus to endure till the end and continue to preach the Good News about the Kingdom (See Matthew 24:13-14) which includes the following message; “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1. Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT 

Encourage Yourself | Institute of Love

When King David was going through some very painful times in his life, he prayed; “why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? 
I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God!” Psalm 43:5-6 NLT David was basically encouraging himself through the discouragement, by taking a new grip with his tired hands and strengthening his weak knees, marking out a straight path for his feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. (See Hebrews 12:12-13) This is how we should be building ourselves up on our most holy faith when we go through the difficulties, testings, and discouragements of life by praying and praising God like David did in the Holy Spirit. In this way, we will keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (See Jude 1:20-21)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Conflict Oriented Wives | Institute of Love

So their ministry will be destroyed, Satan sets up men of God with anointed callings upon their lives to marry quarrelsome, conflict oriented, imposter Christian women who, as the Bible says, are as annoying
as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping their complaints is like trying to stop the wind
or trying to hold something with greased hands. (See Proverbs 27: 15-16) These godly men ends up finding out that “it’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.” Proverbs 21:9 NLT Or that “it’s better to live alone in the desert
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.” Proverbs 21:19 NLT  But instead of running away from their ungodly wives, these Christian men needs to take charge as the head of their wives, and confront them with the question of whether or not they are willing to continue living with them under the banner of their God-given leadership, as stated in Ephesians 5:23 and 1. Corinthians 7:12 NLT; “For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.” But if the wife, who isn’t a believer, insists on leaving, let her go. In such cases the Christian husband is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace! (See 1. Corinthians 7:15)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Conflict Oriented | Institute of Love

A conflict oriented person is the same as being a quarrelsome person. These kind of people will always cause angry disputes and arguments by purposely disagreeing with you, finding faults, and complaining about you. Proverbs 26:21 NLT says that “a quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.” Quarreling and fighting comes from the evil desires at war within a conflict oriented person. (See James 4:1) The Bible also says that “anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin.” Proverbs 17:19 NLT But “a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone.” 2. Timothy 2:24 NLT God wants us to know that avoiding a fight is a mark of honor and that only fools insist on quarreling. (See Proverbs 20:3) We as followers of Jesus Christ belong to the day, and therefore we must live decent lives for all to see and not participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. (See Romans 13:13)