Household Salvation — Prophet Tony Mathias

There is only one way to salvation and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation only comes through an individual believing in Christ. It is not something a father can do for his son or daughter. There is no guarantee that if one member of a family believes the rest will do so. Matthew 7:13-14; John 6:67-68; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8.

Jesus Himself indicates that the Gospel often divides families. Also, God elects individuals to salvation and the elect believe and are saved. This indicates that both ‘election and salvation’ are more individual in nature than corporate although God does have a family plan. Matthew 10:34-36; 24:24,31; Mark 13:20; Romans 9:16-18.

If salvation is an individual action, how are we to understand passages in the Bible that seem to promise of household salvation? Let us consider a few examples.

Cornelius’ Household
Acts 10: 33; 11: 14-18; Romans 1: 16

A promise was given to Cornelius that his household would be saved. This does not mean it applies universally to all households. It was a specific promise to a specific person at a specific time.

Cornelius and his household gathered to hear Peter commanded by the Lord speak. They were in a position to hear the Gospel which “is the power of God to salvation.”

Hearing Peter preach the Gospel Cornelius’s entire household believed and were baptized. So, they were saved was according to God’s plan of salvation, the preaching of the Gospel. They were saved because they believed not because Cornelius did.

The Philippian Jailer
Acts 16:30-33

The jailer asks “Sirs what must I do to be saved.” Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” Again this promise is given to a specific individual in specific context yet universal in nature unlike the promise to Cornelius. The promise is not one of household salvation but is entirely consistent with every other verse in the Bible that speaks of salvation – believe in the Lord Jesus “you shall be saved.”

Again we see that salvation came as the result of hearing the Word of God and responding in faith which is also consistent with every other verse in the Bible concerning salvation. They were not saved because they were part of the jailers household, instead they were saved because they believed the Gospel message and responded in faith. – Individual people hear the gospel, respond in faith and are saved.

However, God’s plan is also a family plan. All of the beautiful ties of home and family are meant to be eternal. We may not understand how God can accomplish a family relationship in heaven. His desire is that none should perish but all be saved. It is impossible to understand his methods. Romans 11:33

Rahab saved the spies who went into Jericho. The spies, inspired by God, said, asked Rahab, to bring her family here into the house and they would all be saved. Rahab did so and her family was saved. Joshua 6:17-25

God showed his keen interest in families by forming the home before he made the church. He wants that same wonderful unity, and recognition of himself, which people expect to feel in the church, to also be in the home.

Many Christians have been praying for the unsaved loved ones in their families. “Does this mean they are already ALL saved?” “No, God will not violate the free will, but it means that he is going to do everything necessary to bring people to the point where it will be easy for them to make the choice to serve him. And yet they could reject his offer.

If you have laid your loved ones before him in sincerity and in faith you can start praising God right now. He is on the job, and has released forces to bring about circumstances which would make it hard for these people to resist God. The Holy Spirit is preaching to them along with his angels on errands. God desires none to perish but all to be saved. He really loves people!

Catch The Fire — Prophet Tony Mathias

The God of purpose works through history by means of revivals, – sudden, mighty moves of the Holy Spirit, counteracting spiritual decline and creating spiritual momentum. God’s specialists have appeared on the scene of the Church decline, especially during the six global great awakenings. Who could forget God’s specialists like Evans Roberts, William J. Seymour, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, and many others in the hall of fame? God poured out His Holy Spirit, in a big way, reviving the church and saving the lost. The Holy Spirit visits both the Church and the street in the renewal and awakening movements. He has done it repeatedly.

The last wave in our days is gaining momentum globally, which will culminate in the Rapture. The flame that has been kindled is being fanned. The great flames are spreading worldwide through many who are enflamed. Have you caught the fire?

The Holy Spirit-inspired prophets of today have prophesied an identical message of revival spreading globally in this last great awakening. Ministries that have even quit amidst trial and tribulation will suddenly come alive with a revival message. Prayers and tears of saints will now reap an abundant harvest. Churches are coming together today in a revival and ecumenical unity, to an extent that has never been seen before. Seeds of youth that have been stifled at an early age will bear fruit. The prodigals are coming back to the Father’s house. Drunkards, gamblers and drifters are hearing the sounds of revival and are returning. They are discovering seeds of revival in deserts of despair.

Seeds of revival that lay dormant for decades and even centuries are finding their way to the surface, pushing through the fallow ground of religion and rocks of tradition, breaking forth with much fruit. These are seeds planted through prayer and watered by tears that are breaking out in full view with much fruit.

It would be fitting to recall a few of the revivalists of today: Oral Roberts; Benny Hinn; Rynehard Bonnke; Charles & Frances Hunter; Carlos Anacondia; Claudio Friedzon; Rodney Howard Browne; Todd Bentley…the list goes on and on. As we surrender our lives to Him and seek Him and His anointing, He will fill us with fresh fire and whatever needs to be revived, including Prayer and the Word. Have you caught the fire?

Revival is the return of the Christian from backsliding with a renewed conviction of sin and repentance followed with an intense desire to walk in the fear of God. Revival begins with individual and corporate repentance and confession, of sins. There will be no revival in the Church without genuine repentance and desire for personal holiness. It is God’s visitation to the backslidden Church, brought about with his people praying in the season of Revival. His sovereign move brings conviction, repentance and reconciliation. His methodology may be Pentecostal, Evangelistic, Charismatic or all of them combined but always through a total and utter dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit. – A deeper passion for the lost.

Revival tarries because we lack urgency in prayer, for prayer is the key to revival. Revival always seems to bring with it a return to apostolic Christianity, with an awesome powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Some of the signposts to revival are prayer, humility, brokenness, conviction of sin, and repentance. Miracles are commonplace in the presence of the Lord. The world is waiting for a new demonstration of power of the Gospel. The specialists God uses hold holiness and consecration of prime importance. How important it is to walk in the fear of the Lord?

The ‘fire catchers’ of the new millennium having experienced transformed lives in a short span of time are excitedly setting others aflame worldwide. It is happening all over. The time for completely deliverance of God’s people from the hand of ‘Pharaoh’ [Evil one] has arrived. Global revival continues till today with a specific purpose to strengthen faith, prepare for a Spirit-filled-led life, so that God’s Kingdom Come and Will be Done in their lives as the age draws to a close. The Holy Spirit in this present move desires us to surrender ourselves totally to Him, hold nothing
back and seek to be filled with His fire. Have you caught the fire?

1 Peter 4: 17, we need revival because the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God. We need to be revived because of sin. Backsliding is the result of sin. We need to read God’s Word and pray regularly. When revival comes, people have a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, conversion of sinners, few are backslidden etc.

This is God’s timing for another great move of his Spirit as the masses are being trained to go out and minister on a one-to-one basis. Bible colleges and schools of ministry have sprung up all over as a hungry world says, “Teach us how to operate in the supernatural the way the original disciples did.” God is going to give the world a demonstration in the last hour as the world has never known. Before the fire spreads globally, this inward fire will burn with great intensity and set our entire course of life ablaze. This fire could be likened to the fire of the burning bush that Moses faced, a fire that cannot be quenched.

Revival brings a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, walking in the fear of God, conversion of sinners, and so on. Revival will break the power of the world and of sin over Christians, bring backslidden
Christians to repentance, and get their faith renewed. When Churches are awakened reformation and salvation of sinners follows. Revival can be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival.

God has always had His Specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who had appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke and exhort in the name of God and righteousness. When the people of God go astray from the paths of truth, these kind of people we call revivalists appear almost out of nowhere. This is all God’s doing. They may seem radical extreme fanatical, and negative, shocking some, frightening others, but they are called by the Lord on a mission of holiness.

Revival consists of the return of the church from her backslidings and conversion of sinners. God sends revival to reverse backsliding. He also sends revival to increase missionary work. He sends revival to create spiritual momentum in the work of God which will cause the gospel to spread to the unreached Isaiah 59: 19. Church growth occurs when
miraculous events take place. God continues to speak from heaven. When we turn a deaf ear to the Lord, Hebrews 12: 25 it implies that our hearts are hardened. They need to be softened again.

Those revived will be filled with tender and burning love for souls. They will have a longing desire for the salvation of the whole world. They will be in an agony for individuals whom they want to be saved–their friends, relations, and enemies. They will not only be urging them to give their hearts to God, but they will carry them to God in the arms of faith, and with strong crying and tears beseech God to have mercy on them.

Isaiah prophesied: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you, and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60: 2. Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2 was for the beginning of the Church Age, but his second sermon in Acts 3 was for the End. In his second sermon, he said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send the Christ who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.” Acts 3:19-20. Peter associated times of refreshing (Revival) with the second coming of Christ. Peter taught us times of refreshing would come from the presence of the Lord in the time of the Lord’s return. He shall send Jesus Christ unto you, whom the heaven must retain “…until the time comes for God to restore everything….Acts 3: 21. Peter taught that just before the Lord’s second coming, times of refreshing and times of restoration of the power and authority and character of Christ would be manifest. God’s end-time plan includes restoration of His glory, power, presence, gifts and ministries to the church. In addition, the following and more will be restored – marriages, family-relationships, spotless bride of Christ, healing and health, spiritual leadership in the church, spiritual authority, the nation Israel and so on. Revival is for Our Day!

When we talk about God’s people, we are talking about Israel as a nation and we as the Israel of God. God’s people are His signboard, which speaks of Israel and His church. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1; Galatians 3:29.

Apart from Israel and the church, another important sign of the wave of revival, is mirrored usually, changes in the leadership. When God is getting ready to do a fresh work, there is usually a shake-up in leadership. In every generation, it seems that God uses three things as signboards to convey His message – Israel, the church, and leadership. We have embarked on another fresh, great and dynamic move of the Spirit of God with worldwide consequences for the church.

Revival comes as a result of praying, in God’s seasons. Acts 3: 19; Zechariah 10: 1. It is God working with us that produces revival. God’s people give birth to His Will through prayer. Romans 8: 26-27. God finds the people who, knowing His will, and His time, set themselves to pray. The Lord Jesus came as God’s revival wave to Israel Luke 19: 41-44. The Jews failed to acknowledge His ministry, rejected and crucified Him. They didn’t know the time of God’s visitation. Judgment resulted. This is God’s season for revival.

Is it possible for God to send a great revival and for us not to know it? Yes. We can be right in the middle of an area where God is moving by His Spirit and if there’s no spiritual hunger and thirst, perception and awareness, we will miss it. Spiritual appetite is necessary. The Lord fills only the hungry Matthew 5: 6; P. Religious people are most prone to miss the revival. Religious training did not prepare the Pharisees and Sadducees for God’s visitation. Anna the prophetess recognized God’s visitation because of her spiritual sensitivity, so was Daniel Luke 2: 38; Daniel 9: 3, 10: 3. We also need to prepare by righteous devotion like Simeon Luke 2: 25. He was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He knew that the little babe brought in swaddling clothes was God’s salvation because the Spirit gave him revelation and understanding. A visitation of the Spirit of God is recognized only as the Holy Spirit enables you to see it. We need to prepare by a perfect heart 2 Chronicles 16; 9; Isaiah 66: 2. If our hearts are right towards God we will participate in the revival wave and not be just spectators. 2 Corinthians 3: 16 tells us that that when a heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. We also prepare by knowing God’s plans Amos 3: 7.

We are going to see a revival that brings so many converts into the churches that we may not be able to cope with the explosive growth. The churches will sink under the impact of all the converts who begin pouring in. There needs to be spiritual fathers and mothers prepared to nurture, help and encourage the new born-again to grow up in Christ in this great revival. As we catch the fire, let us fan its flames and spread it far and wide. There’s never been a day like this day, nor an hour like this hour!

Good Things Do Happen — Prophet Tony Mathias

A Church member who was a businessman dreaded his frequent business trips away from his loving family because he viewed ‘pornography’ secretly in his hotel room. He tried his best to break this habit but he couldn’t stop. This led to guilt and condemnation. He finally broke this dreadful habit when he got a revelation that he is as righteous as Jesus by God’s grace which he received at salvation.

Good Things Happen
To Those Who Believe the Good News!

Romans 5:17 –“…those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life by Jesus Christ.” – This is the ‘Gospel of Grace’ which is God’s power to bring salvation, deliverance, preservation, healing, health to all who believe.” Romans 1:16.

The First Secret: ‘Secret to Freedom from Bondage’
Romans 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:34

When you know you are Righteous and have abundance of Grace.

“Sin will not have dominion…you are not under the law but under grace.” This happens when you: “Awake to righteousness.” [Then you sin not].

The Second Secret: ‘Secret to the Supernatural’
‘Hear the good news- all your sins are forgiven because of the Cross.’

Apostle Paul preached forgiveness people got healed as they listened. The man lame from birth leaped & walked the first time in his life! A person deaf in one ear got healed while hearing this message! Good things happen to those who fully depend on the grace of God. The more we hear good news the more miracles & breakthroughs we see. When you believe you’re forgiven and made righteous: You will be Healed, Prospered and Blessed!

Good Things Happen
To Those Who Believe God Loves Them!

Psalms 103: 1-5 – “…Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all…who heals all your diseases” – Forgiveness comes before healing. Once you know you are forgiven of all your sins, healing follows!

Many suffer guilt and condemnation which destroys life and perpetuates the cycle of sin resulting in sickness – The good news? – His grace, righteousness and blood has set you absolutely free from sin.

The power to overcome sin is found in the gift of ‘no condemnation.’ And you are given this gift!

Jesus says to the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you…go sin no more.”

The Third Secret: “Secret to be filled with the fullness of God”
When you know God loves you.

Paul prayed for the Church of Ephesus the most spiritual Church of his time. He prayed that they would understand ‘the width, length, breadth, depth and height of the love of Christ,’ well portrayed by the Cross of Jesus Christ. He prayed that they would be filled with the fullness of God.

When you know God loves you, you will be filled with the fullness of God!

The Fourth Secret: “Secret of Abundance”
When you know God loves you – think big and ask big.

He went on to say: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding…” Ephesians 3:20. God becomes big in your life when you know his love.

Think and ask big. God still exceeds your demands because He loves you.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world….” He loved you so much that he did not withhold his only Son whom he loved for you.

That is why “good things happen even to bad people.” Jesus received all our ‘bad’ and we took all his ‘good.’ This is the gospel of Jesus Christ based on grace.

God has accepted you in the Beloved. He is well pleased with you because you are in Christ. You are God’s beloved Child and he says to you: ‘You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

Once you know you’re God’s beloved despite your sinning and failing

– Satan’s attacks against you will fail.
– Sin will not dominate you
– Temptation will not succeed
– Sickness will fade away
– Your giants will come tumbling down
– There will be no room for sin & sickness, no room for gloom
– You will prosper in every way
– You are highly blessed and highly favored!

Remember:
Good things happen to those who believe the Good News!
Good things happen to those who believe God loves them!

The Four secrets revealed to you are:

1. ‘Secret to Freedom from Bondage’
When you know you are Righteous and have an abundance of Grace.

2. ‘Secret to the Supernatural’
When you hear and believe the good news that all your sins are forgiven because of the Cross of Jesus Christ.’

3. “Secret to be filled with the fullness of God
When you know God loves you.

4. “Secret of Abundance” When you know God loves you
You are God’s favorite!

God loves you!
Begin to say this week many times:
God loves me and witness the miraculous!

Birthing Your Prophetic Destiny — Prophet Tony Mathias

There are some who have had prophetic words over their lives and yet they have not come to pass for several years. You may be one of those. Although you may have had them confirmed from the mouth of two or three witnesses yet in desperation you may have said the Prophet was wrong. You may have said, “I’ve heard everything the Bible has said about healing, but I still haven’t received the promise of God in a miracle.” So you gave up on believing the word of the Lord and the revelation.

Why is this so? And how can you birth the prophetic word given to you, see your prophetic promises fulfilled and release your destiny?

Matthew 16:13-17 Simon Peter had a revelation from heaven. He said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in heaven.”

You too may also have received divine inspiration like Peter-a prophetic word, a vision, an illumined scripture from God. Maybe a prophet called you out and prophesied over you or God spoke to you through television, radio or a dream.

God may have revealed something we would accomplish for him, something we would become or something we would see Him do in our lifetime.

Matthew 16 Jesus said to Peter: “I say to you Peter, ‘on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.‘” This was a specific [rhema] word to Peter.

“On this rock” means on this rock of revelation, of being able to hear what your Father in heaven is saying, I shall build, My church.” Revelation activates destiny!

In the same passage, Jesus goes on to say, “Peter, I’ve given you the keys to the kingdom.The keys are the prophetic word or revelation you receive. It is the key to your destiny. You can use this key to unlock heaven and lose things in heaven so what God said about you in heaven can come to pass on the earth. With that prophetic destiny key, you can build and plant or uproot and pull down every opposition to its fulfillment. Jeremiah 1:10.

When God gives you a revelation, you are called to build, plant, loose, birth and bring to pass that word by working with the Holy Ghost. At the same time, you may have to pull down some things in the spirit that oppose the fulfillment of your word.

We need to know how to properly use these keys which have been handed to us through visions, dreams or words from the Lord.

Many times we have not walked in the fulfillment of what God said about us, not because of the prophet, God or the devil, but because of ourselves. We have a responsibility to birth prophetic promises that are given to us. When God speaks something about you, He is releasing a potential. What we do with it can determine our destiny.

When God says something about you, He is speaking out and releasing your potential. Many Christians don’t realize that most prophetic words, or their timing, are conditional upon us taking certain steps of obedience.

Daniel had a revelation while he was reading the book of Jeremiah. God breathed on the scripture and revealed to him that he was about to come out of Babylonian captivity after 70 years. Daniel began to fast and pray. Daniel 10 about what God said – he didn’t just take God’s spoken word for granted. He realized that God wanted him to be involved in the word.

Like Daniel, we need to birth prophetic words of God spoken to us and bring to pass what is potential. They are designed to stir up and cause destiny to come alive in us so we will get passionate about what God about us. We need to fast and pray over the prophetic word given to us.

Daniel kept praying and after 21 days Gabriel the archangel showed up and told him that God had heard his prayer on the very first day but it took 21 days for the answer to come because of opposition in heaven called the Prince of Persia. The enemy didn’t want him to receive what God wanted him to have immediately so there was a delay in the spirit.

What are the roadblocks to your destiny?It may be an opposition set up in heaven against your destiny.

So how do we hasten the word of the Lord?

  • Pray with Fasting
  • Prophetic Decree – proclaim or declare by faith the word given to you
  • Release angels to go and get what God has for you – angels should be sent out to battle the forces of the enemy trying to keep us from our destiny

Fellowship — Prophet Tony Mathias

Fellowship is a place of ‘invitation,’ ‘birthing,’ involvement,’ and ‘testing.’

INVITATION: The Gospel invites to people to become friends in close fellowship with God and his people Christ gave us the ‘Ministry of Reconciliation’ to bring into friendship and fellowship with God and his people.

And friends do share things in common speaks about the day of Pentecost the fiftieth day after Passover when they were in ‘one accord’ in close harmony, unity, agreement and fellowship.  1 Corinthians 1: 9; 1 John 1: 3; 2 Corinthians 13: 14; 2 Corinthians 5: 18; Acts 2: 1

BIRTHING PLACE: Fellowship has always been the ‘birthing place’ for God’s Plans – a principle also employed in the secular world, marriage, business, prayer and so on. What was the result of the close ‘one accord’ fellowship of
believers?’ The Church was born on Pentecost day!

INVOLVEMENT: When people are good friends and in close fellowship good things often begin to happen as a result as they get involved. Let us see what happened to the Church then.

The believers regularly attended the fellowship, teaching sessions of the apostles, communion & prayer services. There was a deep sense of awe and the apostles worked many miracles. All the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshipped together regularly in the Temple daily and met in small groups in homes for communion and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them and God daily added to them all who were being saved. Acts 2: 42-47

What was the result? – Miracles; sharing; caring; bearing each other’s burdens; meeting needs of people; joy, thankfulness, praise and worship; favor of God and people; salvation; additions to the Church.

TESTING: Fellowship is also a place of testing. For example, David in 1 Samuel 17: 40 chose and picked five smooth stones from the brook.’ Surely there must have been some jostling among the stones so will there be among believers. A friendly discussion is as stimulating as sparks that fly when iron strikes iron. Fellowship is a place of testing – ‘jostling.’ No Fellowship, No Brook; God can’t pick and choose you – he can’t find you. So welcome testing, you are sharpened! Proverbs 27: 17.

YOUR RESPONSE? – WALK IN THE LIGHT1 John 1: 6-7.
‘‘If we say we are his friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship with joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.”

John 3: 19-21 “They are condemned because light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their deeds were evil. They hated the heavenly light because they wanted to sin in the darkness. They stayed away from that light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished. Those doing right come gladly to the light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to do.”

‘Avoiding Fellowship is ‘Walking in Darkness’ – sinfulness with evil deeds.

‘Out of Fellowship is really being Out of Light.’

No light – No Protection by the Blood of Jesus! Knowing him does not save us. We are saved because he knows us. “I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from me, workers of iniquity!” Matthew 7: 21-22.

Hebrews 10: 24-25 “In response to all he has done for us let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good. Let us not neglect our church meetings as some people do.”

Let us walk in the light doing what is right, being involved, helpful and kind to each other doing good, sharing; caring; bearing each other’s burdens; meeting needs of people with joy, thankfulness, praise and worship; having the favor of God and the people; not neglecting church meetings; welcoming testing because He always causes us to triumph; sharing things in common as friends in close fellowship with God and his people. We will then birth God’s plans, see miracles; salvation; additions to the Church like the first disciples.

Labour of Love — Prophet Tony Mathias

The Lord ‘records and rewards’ all the hard work and sacrifices you make for the sake of the gospel.

The Lord listened and recorded the names of those who feared and honored Him and what they spoke with each other. Malachi 3:16

God does not forget how hard you worked for him and how you showed your love to him by caring for other believers…Hebrews 6:10

Let’s take Peter’s example. Let’s see the ‘record and reward’ in his case.

Jesus on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, taught the people who crowded around him to hear God’s message. Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon Peter and asked him to row it out a little away from the shore. He then sat down in the boat to teach the crowd. Peter was disappointed and exhausted. He had spent a night of fruitless fishing. Imagine how he felt when the Lord asked him to give him his boat yet he helped the Master to preach his message. Jesus noticed this and rewarded him for it. How?

After having finished speaking, He told Simon to row the boat into the deep and let down his nets. When Simon and his men obeyed they caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats to the point of sinking Peter toiled all night caught no fish. Now he had plenty, just because he helped the Master. Luke 5:1-7

Have you made any sacrifices for the sake of the gospel? – Time, money, family, friends, relationships
God hasn’t forgotten.

Your blessings don’t wait till you get to heaven; they begin to rain down here on earth. Peter didn’t receive his harvest of fishes in heaven. He got it on earth!

Mark 10:29-31. Jesus said: “…anyone who gives up home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or land for me and for the good news will be rewarded. In this world, they will be given a hundred times as many houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and pieces of land, though they will also be mistreated. And in the world to come, they will have eternal life.”

God doesn’t forget your labor of love. He will reward you in due time.

Finally, you prove your love for God and your love towards Him in the way you show your love to others, especially fellow believers.

1 John 4:20“He who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” – If you don’t actively love those for whom Jesus died for, then you really don’t love God.”

We must do good to others at the slightest opportunity.

“My dear children let’s not just talk about love; let us practice real love.”
– 1 John 3:18

God records and rewards our labor of love!

The Web Of Deception — Prophet Tony Mathias

Deception – ‘believing a lie as the truth,’ & Disobedience were the first sins that broke God’s family and is doing the same today! We were born liars. Some of the first lies we were told as little babies was about the Boogie-Man and we repeated the same to other babies.

We lie to protect or hurt ourselves or others. Two main reasons for which we ‘lie’ are:
1. ‘Fear’ of consequences and
2. ‘Pride’man’s approval.

What will others think of us? Lying causes hurt, disappointment, and disharmony in the body of Christ. It makes people lose respect, creates conflicts destroys relationships. Are Christians guilty of lying? – Very much! What happens when people make it a habit to lie? –there is the danger of the Lake of Fire Revelation 21:8.

Is there hope? Yes! Repent!

Satan is a liar and the Father of lies John 8:44. He deceives the whole world Revelation 12:9. His ‘favorite and fundamental’ lie is ‘Has God Said?’ That means that according to him God is not who He says He is. By saying this he got Eve & Adam to get deceived and to disobey.’

As someone said: ‘The Snake will always be a snake who twists and turns as it crawls. He even twists the truth for his own purposes.’ He used this lie in the Garden of Eden, and he will use it against you and me. Satan deceived Peter, Solomon, and David, and he will try to deceive us unless we are careful. Let us examine the three persons we have mentioned.

PETER Mark 14:27-31 – Jesus told them that they would all fall away. But Peter declared that he would not. Jesus then told him that on that very day he would deny him thrice. Peter again insisted that he would never deny him. It is clear that Satan deceived Peter. He may have whispered to him that he was strong like a rock, others would fall not he. He had caused him agree with Satan that God was lying.

SOLOMON 1 Kings 4:29-31; 11:1-4. – God gave Solomon great wisdom and insight and yet Satan deceived him. How? – God’s original plan for marriage was ‘one man – one woman,’ yet he had around a thousand wives from surrounding nations living in idolatry against God’s clear command. And that resulted in him being an idolater.

DAVID 2 Samuel 11:1-4 – God called David a man after His own heart yet, he was deceived. Like Solomon, he disobeyed God’s plan for marriage. He already had many wives and yet commits adultery with Bathsheba and covers up his sin with the murder of Uriah her husband who is one of David’s most loyal army officers.

Perhaps Satan deceived him by telling him that a little break of adultery after serving God so faithfully would not make any difference, that no one would know [secret sin]. David’s sin brought disaster for himself, his family, his country. And God’s enemies mocked the name of the Lord 1 Samuel 12:14.

What lies has the devil whispered in your ears? – “just a little sin” “you are different” “it doesn’t apply to you” “you’re strong!” Just this once” “No one will ever know!” “You can’t resist this temptation – don’t try!” You don’t need to worry about this temptation!”

Here’s an easier way to do it!”
What did Jesus do when He was tempted? He drew out His sword – the weapon of God’s Word against that temptation and he quoted – ‘it is written!’ Be wise when you are tempted and do likewise.

1) 1 Timothy 6:12. ‘Fight the good fight of faith’ – Fight the ‘lie’ by declaring God’s specific Word
2) John 15:5. ‘Apart from me, you can do nothing.’ –Be assured ‘God is a very present help.’
3) 1 John 2:5-6: ‘…Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.’
4) Luke 12:2: ‘There is nothing…hidden that will not be made known…’
5) 1 Corinthians 10:13: ‘…God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.’

Know that Satan is a liar. Know his ‘lies.’ You can resist his ‘lies’ when you are in the Word, Prayer, and Fellowship.

What Does Christmas Mean To You? — Prophet Tony Mathias

Luke 2: 10-11. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”

Merry Christmas! – A great day to serve the Lord with joy and bless people around you; a great time for excitement and celebration.

What Would Christmas Mean to Those

Who Don’t Know Christ Personally?

Annual celebration of the birthday of Jesus the God-man who came to the earth; the Crib; Christmas tree with gifts; Santa Claus with a long beard gifting children; Display of colorful lights; Lighted stars hanging over homes; Carol singing; Wining – Dining- Partying; Shopping; Distribution of sweets….

This could mean taking Christ out of Christmas!

But What Does Christmas Mean To You?

Why do you need to celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is more than externals. The important thing about Christmas is the Reason for the Seasonwhy Christ was born?

He came to:

  1. Indwell you!
  2. Destroy the works of the devil;
  3. Give you authority & victory over the devil, disease, death, sin. 1 John 3: 8; Ephesians 4: 9; Colossians 2: 15
  4. Give you abundant God-kind of life – John 10: 10.

He built you a bridge, the-Cross to cross you over from death to life, earth to heaven. He saved you by grace through faith and enables you to live a victorious life through gifts of grace and righteousness.

He came specifically for you. “For unto us a child is born – a Son is given.” You did not choose him. He chose you! Isaiah 9: 6; John 15: 16.

Christmas is the time to remember Jesus, the Emmanuel who dwelt among us so He could save us. God our Father gave us His very best, the gift of His only Son Jesus.

What birthday gift can we offer him?

Thanksgiving, praise, worship, service; letting our talk match our walk; remembering the poor and needy; this would reveal our love for Him.

Speak the Word Only (Evsopi.com)

Speak The Word Only — Prophet Tony Mathias

Matthew 8: 5-13. When Jesus entered Capernaum, a Centurion [Roman Officer] pleaded with him saying, “Lord, my servant at home is paralyzed and in great pain.” Jesus said: “I will come and heal him.”

The Centurion answered: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come to my house; only Speak the Word from where you are and my servant will be healed.”

“I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who followed him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all of Israel!

Jesus said unto the centurion, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

Few have such great faith as that centurion!

Although Jesus was willing to go to the man’s house, the centurion had so much faith that he said, “You don’t have to come. All that you need to do is Speak the Word and my servant will be healed instantly.” Seeing such faith, Jesus spoke the Word and his servant was healed instantly!

All Jesus has to do is ‘Speak the Word’ today. Do you believe He is going to speak the word to you and heal you or minister to your need? Do you want to hear His voice? Do you want to him say, “It is done?”

The Roman Officer understood that when he himself issued an order it was obeyed. Likewise Christ could simply give a command, being the Son of God in authority, and sickness would flee! Therefore Jesus highly praised the centurion and said He had not found such faith in all of Israel.

If you believe right now, that Jesus has ‘Spoken the Word,’ and that is enough, you will be healed, or your loved one will be healed. The cancer will drop off. The tumor will vanish. Heart trouble, epilepsy, cataracts and whatever will go! You can be made completely whole!

Just say, “Lord Speak the Word!”

A man lay helplessly for thirty-eight long years beside the pool of Bethesda (John 5).

The story is recorded in the Bible that a certain season, an angel went down stirred up the waters [God’s method of healing]. The first one to go into the water at that time was healed.

Jesus one day went to this pool where many maimed, crippled, sick people were awaiting the angel to stir up the waters. Jesus saw this man lying there on his bed. He asked him whether he wanted to be healed. Jesus was ready to ‘Speak the Word’ and heal him!

The man reasoned out why he could not be healed and that was because someone else always stepped into the water before him. So he waited beside the pool for thirty-eight long years, trying to find a way to get in. And now he didn’t realize that it was Jesus who stood by his side who could heal him with a word! He failed to recognize God’s method of bringing him healing.

Thousands today don’t recognize who Jesus is when He stands at their side, waiting to speak the word and set them free!

Some people; have their eyes on a preacher [rather than what he has], on an anointed handkerchief [instead of the anointing on it]. They have not fixed their eyes on Jesus and his Word. They go back discouraged, broken-hearted, because they feel they just can’t be healed!

Jesus was standing at the pool, waiting and wanting to speak the word to make that man whole. Do you know what happened? – Jesus just spoke a few words.

He said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk!” – Immediately, the man was healed!

He picked the bed on which he lay for thirty-eight years, and ran with it. “Do you want to be healed & blessed?” – Jesus waits to ‘Speak the Word!’ You can be healed right now! All you have to do is invite Jesus to ‘Speak the Word!’ –
Say, “Jesus, speak the word only!” Believe Him and rest on His Word! – “We who have believed do enter into rest.” (Hebrews 4:3).

Just as He spoke the word to the centurion’s servant, and to the paralytic beside the pool, He will speak the word right now that will make you whole. Do you believe it?

God has many ways to speak. He speaks through people like He spoke through Elijah the prophet to the poor woman of Zarepath and delivered her during the time of great famine. [1 Kings 17]. She believed and obeyed what he told her to do and was greatly blessed.

God also speaks to us in a still small voice deep within us. He speaks to us when we are reading his Word.

God speaks in a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:12). We hear it with something inside us something like a radio receiving set on the inside receives the message directly from God.

He sometimes speaks audibly as He did to Moses, Joshua, Aaron and Miriam.

1 Kings 17:15, God spoke through Elijah. It was Elijah’s lips, it was his voice, but it was God speaking through his voice, and “Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are . . .” (James 5:17).

God still speaks through His ministers today. Every one of you can hear his voice now. And God will do mighty things for you!

I’ll tell you what makes Jesus speak the word of healing today. I pray; you pray; we agree, without doubting, and God in heaven forms the third angle of the triangle! When two of us agree as touching anything, Jesus speaks the word and says, “It is done!” Jesus says, in the Bible, “Whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18). But it takes two of us in harmony with real faith, without doubt to move God so He will say, “It is done!”

There was one little woman in A. A. Allen’s meeting who had an arm six inches shorter than the other. She looked up to heaven and said, “Jesus, speak the word only, and this short arm of mine will grow and both my arms will be of the same length!” She believed as she prayed! Suddenly, she had an impression to bend down and touch the ground. When she obeyed, that short arm was lengthened. She knew Jesus had ‘Spoken the Word!’

This woman came running to give her testimony. As soon as she finished, another woman ran to the platform. In her hand was an open safety pin, rusty, and sharp as a needle. She said to A. A. Allen, “While you were preaching, God gave me faith to believe for a miracle. More than a week ago, I swallowed this safety pin. I have been in pain all week. While you were preaching, I could feel it there in my stomach. I began to say to Jesus, “Speak the word only.” I felt it move up into my throat. I kept praying. It moved up and up. At last, it was in my mouth!”

Her prayer to God had been, “Speak the Word Only!” God heard, and spoke! –
He will speak the word for you today!

  • He spoke the word for the centurion’s servant!
  • He spoke the word for the man at the pool of Bethesda!
  • He spoke the word for the starving widow.

He is speaking the word for men and women like you today, every day!

All you have to do say to Him, “Speak the Word Only!” His word, spoken will heal you, your son, daughter, husband, wife, old white-haired mother, though they be a thousand miles away from you. – Do you believe it?

In His word there is life and healing. “Surely He bore our grief, and carried our sorrows . . .” (Isaiah 53:4).

“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17).

“He was wounded for our transgressions . . . And with His stripes we are healed!” (Isaiah 53:5).

That is God’s Word!

If Jesus says you are healed, you are healed! – Believe what He says!

Raise your hand toward heaven now, and tell Him you believe IT IS DONE!

Health, healing, deliverance, or a miracle can be yours, right now!

Overcoming Temptation — Prophet Tony Mathias

Temptation is a problem every Christian faces. Overcoming temptation is a process and God makes provision to enable us to be victors and not victims.

PURPOSE
Many Christians struggle with the same type of temptations over the years but don’t seem to get free. James 1:13; Genesis 22:1-2; Matthew 4:4-11.

God does not tempt, although He tests. God tests us at our strong points. Satan tempts us at our weak points. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, so He can identify with us and we can receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need Hebrews 4:15-16.

God tests us so we can develop our inner spiritual strength and reign. James 1:12.

Satan uses three basic emotions in temptation to ensnare 1 John 2:16.

  1. Lust of the flesh – Physical desires
  2. Lust of the eyes – Mental desires
  3. Pride of Life – Emotional desires

PROCESS
Generally, a thought progresses through four stages:

‘Thought’ > ‘Imagination’ > ‘Desire’ and ‘Action.’

The Bible tells us in Matthew 6 ‘take no thought saying.’ You take a thought or the thought becomes a stronghold by saying and words form pictures. In order to be victorious over temptation, ‘nip’ the destructive thought right at the budding stage of thought if possible even before the imagination stage of forming pictures begins. Because beyond the imagination stage desire takes over and it’s only a matter of time we act and fall into temptation.

PROVISION

Be Filled With the Spirit.
Prayerlessness on the other hand is costly! We are overcome by temptation Luke 22:46. That is why we need to be continually filled with the Spirit by Praying in tongues. This will affect our speech and relationship Ephesians 5:18-22. Prayer brings a life of surrender Romans 6:12-14 where sin no more has dominion, releases God’s blessings, moves heaven and earth, turns back our enemies, fulfills God’s Will
and much more!

Stand On the Word
Be soaked with the Word of God. We should stand on the Word In all circumstances, and in every situation. Lord Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness and was then tempted. The enemy knew He was hungry. But Jesus stood on the Word Matthew 4:4-11. God’s Word gives power against temptation Psalms 119:11.

Walk In the Spirit
Being filled helps you walk in the Spirit. This means being led by the Spirit, obeying and following him daily. As you walk in the Spirit, God will enable you to live in the Spirit and give you power to escape temptation and not fall into recurring sin Galatians 5:25-26; 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Launch Your Weapons
We should use the spiritual weapons God has provided. We must keep the Spiritual Armour ‘on.’ Ephesians 6:10-18.

We should use the missiles – Name of Jesus, Blood of Jesus, and Word of God along with praise against temptation.