Send Me

Isaiah 6:8… “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (KJV).  Or, “Behold me.” Many Christians want to serve the Lord. That’s wonderful. However, they want to serve the Lord before the coal from heaven’s altar touches their lips. Before the coal touched the lips of Isaiah, he said that he was a man of unclean lips, or full of wrong words. “My speech was wrong.” After the coal cleansed Isaiah’s lips, he was ready to speak God’s words. Many people say that the “need” constitutes the call of God. There are thousands of needs, but which need am I called to minister to?

The genuine call from God is usually supernatural, and it is a directive that lets someone know the chosen area of what they are called to do. A person called by God can pass thousands of needs, because to stop and try to fill every need you find may actually be a distraction that hinders you from what God has for you to do. Many people miss out on God’s call because they are careless listeners. There are many “sounds” (voices) in the world… Which one are you hearing?

When the call came to Isaiah, he responded with, “Behold me; send me.” He heard the voice of God. Isaiah was not moved by sentiment. The human heart is soft and compassionate, easily moved by a speaker who can stir their hearts by reminding them of the multitudes begging to hear the Gospel. Except for those whom the Holy Spirit touches, sinners do not beg for the Gospel. They beg to be left alone. If sentiment is the basis for your call, you will soon be miserable, full of doubt and in despair. Human sentiment is not redemptive. We need more than emotional involvement to push back the kingdoms of darkness.

Isaiah was not moved by manipulation to serve God. Many people are manipulated into going where God has not called them. Many pastors send people out on trips just to make the church look good. Usually those sent are at the mercy of those who send them. When God calls you, you are placed at His mercy and in His supply. How can I tell who is calling me? By the test of time. When God calls, that call and His purposes for the call will grow stronger each day. There is only one way to be ready for God’s call… It is to be a careful listener.

Pastor George Belobaba

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He Made Things Live

Ezekiel 47:9… “And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh” (KJV). What is to be the chief result of the Christian’s life? The same results that characterized the life of Jesus. He made things live. In Africa, the Nile River is called the breadbasket of Egypt because it changes the barren land into living beauty and fruitfulness. Likewise, the Lord sends us into spiritual wastelands and expects us, by the Holy Spirit, to leave it a fertile field.

John 7:38-39… “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (KJV). In Ezekiel, the river began at the altar, and traveled outward into the surrounding deadness. Everything that was touched by the waters lived. Take a walk into Hebrews 11 and see there the men and women of faith. From Abraham (as good as dead) came descendants that were numerous as the stars of the universe and as the sand of the sea. The deadness of Abraham’s body was the beginning of a miracle (Romans 4:17-25). Everything Jesus touched was a miracle. Jesus said, “The works that I do shall [you] do also” (John 14:12). Jesus also said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16).

By the way… is your path filled with people whom you have touched in the course of your Christian life? Can you say, “I, by the Holy Spirit (the river of life in me), have made people live?” The world uses force to bring people into conformity. The Christian is filled with the river of God. Life will flow naturally through you, people will be healed, minds will be enlightened, souls will be refreshed, relationships will be made right, and the atmosphere will be filled with joy and gladness. Your purpose in life is to make the land live. Yes… you can do it through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Moments Of Truth: The Eyes Of The Lord

The eyes of the Lord are searching with eyes like flames of fire. The Lord is searching our minds and thoughts and intentions to prepare us for His coming. There are Scriptures that tell of what the “eyes of the Lord” will do for His people. Let me list a few of them…

The eyes of the Lord see to strengthen… 2 Chronicles 16:9… “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (KJV).

The eyes of the Lord see to direct… Psalm 32:8… “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

The eyes of the Lord see to encourage… John 1:47-48… “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”

The eyes of the Lord see to deliver… Psalm 33:18-19… “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”

The eyes of the Lord see to protect… Psalm 34:15… “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”

The eyes of the Lord see to discover… Proverbs 15:3… “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

The eyes of the Lord see to preserve… Proverbs 22:12… “The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.”

The eyes of the Lord see to heal… Matthew 8:14-15… “And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.”

The eyes of the Lord see to provide… Matthew 9:36… “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

The eyes of the Lord see to comfort… Luke 7:13-14… “And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.”

The eyes of the Lord see to commend… Luke 21:2-3… “And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all.”

The eyes of the Lord see to lament… Luke 19:41… “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.”

Psalm 115:12-15… “The LORD hath been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord” (KJV).

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Power Of The Lord Was Present To Heal, Pt. 2

(Continued…)

II. The kind of people who come to Christ for healing… Luke 5:17… “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them” (KJV).

Psalm 68:35… “You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people” (NIV).

The Pharisees came. The word “Pharisee” means “a separatist, one who is exclusively religious, one who strictly observes the law, one whose acts are self-righteous and hypocritical and condemnatory.”

People come to church for two reasons, to hear good teaching to feed their spirits, and to receive healing for physical well-being. The Pharisees came for healing too. Even with all their knowledge of Scriptures, they had afflictions in their bodies. In this verse, the people came from Galilee, Judaea, and Jerusalem, two counties and one city. The Lord said to me one day, “Look up the meaning of these three places, because they tell what kind of people come for healing.” These same kind of people come to church today.

Galilee… This word means “the revolutions of a wheel.” It describes people who are going around in circles; they are in constant turmoil.

Judaea… This word implies “praise, celebration, worship.” This is speaking about people like us, people who love the Lord, who worship, who praise God. Yet, in spite of a worship vocabulary, there are unfulfilled desires in the heart, there are physical ailments in the body, and there are physical and economic needs.

Jerusalem… This word means “peace” or “double peace.” A lot of folks inwardly know the peace that comes with the forgiveness of sins, yet outwardly sickness is wrecking havoc with their lives. This could be reversed also; outwardly we can look like everything is all right and yet inwardly there is a civil war raging. Many people come to church this way. Outwardly they look good, but on the inside there is worry, disturbances, and hurts.

And the power of the Lord was present to heal” (TLB). “And the Lord’s power to heal was in Him” (Holman). The word “power” refers to the “full dimension of God’s power,” all of it. It was there to heal the people. Ephesians 2:19-20 tells us that the same power that raised Christ up from the dead is working on behalf of people, both in and out of the church. The Lord could have said, “Look at the universe; see My power. It upholds them all.” But Jesus didn’t. He used an example that relates to us. The resurrection power can make you alive (Romans 8:11). The resurrection power conquered sin, sickness, and the devil. Jesus has not changed.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Power Of The Lord Was Present To Heal

Exodus 23:25-26… “Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span” (NIV).

Jesus wants you well. He wants to give you a full lifespan. God’s will is that you live a full lifespan, and no one has the authority to change the will of God. The devil wants people so focused on their diseases that they forget the power of Jesus Christ, the great Physician. He wants you to forget that Jesus is your Deliverer and that He is on your side to save you and not to destroy you.

The purpose of this lesson is to build up your faith, and to give you tools to help someone else. Miracles of healing will draw people to Christ. Jesus healed the sick even before they accepted Him as their Savior.

Exodus 15:26… “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (KJV).

Healing came after obedience to the Word of the Lord. The nation of Israel was not diligently hearkening to God’s voice. They were not doing right things before the Lord. They were not giving ear to the commandments (rules of conduct the God laid down). They were not keeping God’s precepts (prescriptions for a healthy life).

Jesus taught that sin and sickness are often related. Note Luke 5:20-24… “And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?” But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house” (KJV).

If you are sick, pray first. If sin has caused your sickness, get that sin taken care of. Give the Lord a praise offering. If you are not healed, it’s not wrong to get medical help (James 5:13-16). The Lord showed me this many years ago when, after praying for a sick person, the sickness lingered and they asked me if going to the doctor was wrong.

I. The day of miracles has not passed… Physical healing is part of Christ’s ministry today. All believers are commissioned to heal the sick. Mark 16:17-18… “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (KJV).

This verse speaks volumes. The words “take up” mean “to remove, to put away.” The word “serpent” means “a sly, cunning, malicious person,” especially the devil. The word “drink” means “to absorb into the mind.” The phrase “deadly thing” means “drinking thoughts, such as something said or a poisonous imagination.” People are sick because they have put into their minds something the devil has said. The Lord gave believers power and dominion over the works of the devil. (The serpent during the time of the early church was the Roman rulers who issued edicts to Christians to renounce Christ or else they would die. Many Christians drank in those deadly thoughts and turned their back on Christ. The book of Hebrews teaches this very thing.) Jesus said in John 14:12, “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also” (KJV). The age of miracles and healing is not over.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Grace, Grace, The Shout Of The Last Hour, Pt. 2

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“Grace” is the most amazing word in the kingdom of God, and the world has yet to see the fullness of the work of grace in the earth. Grace reigns in the book of Ephesians. Let’s take a brief look at the twelve references to grace in the book of Ephesians. Twelve in its spiritual significance refers to governmental perfection. We associate the number twelve with the power and righteousness of God’s government. “Grace” is the shout of the last hour…

1) Ephesians 1:2… “Grace be to you” (KJV)… and accompanying grace is peace from God and from Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11 states that grace accepts us all, because it brought salvation to all mankind. God has accepted me…

2) Ephesians 1:6… “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (KJV). Everything that God is doing in the earth is leading to the exaltation of His grace. There is a glorious celebration coming. In the end time, it’s not man’s work that is celebrated; it is God’s grace that will be praised. Do you think that you have done a great work? Think again… If it was not for God’s grace, you would have accomplished nothing.

3) Ephesians 1:7… “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace” (KJV). The forgiveness that you received came because of God’s grace. Notice the word “riches.” Enough wealth was released in the death and resurrection of Christ to redeem every soul in the world if they would only believe and accept Christ.

4) Ephesians 2:5… “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” (KJV). It is God’s grace that makes you alive. The word “quickened” refers to the energetic work of Christ in you. The grace of God makes you alive.

5) Ephesians 2:7… “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (KJV). In the closing part of this age, the riches of God’s grace will be seen and displayed. That grace will lead the believers into the further prophetic purposes that are yet unseen to our natural eyes. Great joy awaits us as enter into the ages to come. Grace is eternal.

6) Ephesians 2:8-9… “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (KJV). The more we grow in our Christian life, the more we understand about grace. It’s God’s grace that saved us… it was not our own works.

7) Ephesians 3:2… “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward” (KJV). The word “dispensation” refers to the stewardship assigned to Paul, the work God gave to him. Paul’s ministry (work) was accomplished by the grace of God that operated in him. It was grace that brought him from the place of being chief of sinners to the position of apostleship in the household of God (Psalm 100:3). Have you a ministry? It was God’s grace that gave that ministry to you.

8) Ephesians 3:7… “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power” (KJV). The power of God accompanies the grace of God. It was God’s grace in Paul that enabled him to minister in power. It’s God’s grace that enables us as well.

9) Ephesians 3:8… “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (KJV). Grace can be given to the lowest of saints and that grace equips them to preach the riches of Jesus Christ. Grace travels in the company of the unsearchable riches of Christ. Grace reaches into the wealth of Christ and brings out that which would help you. Don’t ever say that you can’t do anything for Christ. Grace is given even to all.

10) Ephesians 4:7… “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (KJV). If you have been given a ministry, you have been given grace. If you have been called to a work (whether small or great), there is a grace that goes with it. I have been called as a pastor/teacher; there is a grace that accompanies this call of God in me. Sometimes I preach and teach truth that seems difficult to understand. The grace that you have is according to the measure the Lord gives you. No human has a full measure of God’s grace… They would not be able to handle it.

11) Ephesians 4:29… “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (KJV). Grace works through the spoken word, Grace works by what you say. There are a lot of corrupt religious words being said today, not just from the pulpit, but through all types of communication.

12) Ephesians 6:24… “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen” (KJV). What a benediction by Paul. If you love Jesus, God’s grace is with you. A benediction is a divine blessing conferred upon you.

Grace is the shout of the last hour. Why wait until some future event? Shout it aloud today. Are you blessed? Grace did it! The grace of God did it!

Pastor George Belobaba

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Grace, Grace, The Shout Of The Last Hour

Zechariah 4:7… “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it” (KJV).

There is something wonderful hidden in this Scripture, and it needs some digging out. Is the final celebration in the end times the celebration that honor’s God’s grace? Prophetically this verse points to the completion of the temple in the Ezra time period. The final temple, however, is not a building made of stones. Zerubbabel was the leader of the first exiles to return from the Babylonian captivity. The prophetic word to him had to do with finishing the almost humanly impossible task of bringing the presence of God to Zion (the rebuilding of the temple). Our text says that “he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” The placing of the headstone was the finish of the work, and with it comes a celebration of praise. The shouts of praise extol the grace that brought it there. In reading Zechariah 4:7, we see that this prophecy reaches through the ages to the greater “temple” made with living stones (Hebrews 12:22, 1 Peter 2:4-9). Jesus is the headstone of the temple (Ephesians 2:20-22).

In the revelation of the temple that was given to Paul, there was no mention of a temple made with stones. Even Peter confirms this truth (1 Peter 2:4-9). Rather, Paul saw the temple in three dimensions made of living stones. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul teaches that the individual believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (KJV). In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul teaches that the local fellowship of believers is the temple. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” In Ephesians 2:20-22, Paul teaches that the church universal is the temple of God. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

The dwelling place of God is in the individual lives of the believers, and corporately, in the church. At the completion of this temple, there will be “shoutings” that declare “grace” did it. The word “shoutings” refers to noises of devastation such as the wind, lightening, and thunder. Psalm 77:18 calls these things a “voice.” This natural noise however is but a whisper in comparison with the “shoutings” that celebrate God’s work in His temple. From all over the earth a noise of praise ascends to extol God’s grace. The believers in the end times will “shout” and rejoice when they see the “mountain” (the Satanic workings in the earth) brought down. They will rejoice with a shout when they see the triumph brought about by God’s grace. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” There is a grace that will come when Jesus returns again.

Paul, in the book of Ephesians, celebrates God’s grace, and that it is revealed in Jesus Christ. Paul uses the word “grace” twelve times in six chapters. Paul uses the word “grace” approximately one hundred times in his epistles. Grace started with God and it works continuously. In Ephesians 1:14, Paul uses the words “unto the praise of His glory.” The word “praise” as used here is similar in meaning to the word “shoutings” of Zechariah’s prophecy. In Ephesians 1:12, Paul says, “to the praise of His glory,” pointing to the outburst of praise that will close this age. The word “glory” here refers to the bestowal of the splendid and magnificent honor upon someone who is high in God’s government. In Ephesians 1:6, it is God’s grace that receives this honor. The word “grace” is from the Greek word charis which has a twofold meaning, one of which is “the divine favor that extends to us in our times of need.” The other refers to the operating power of the Lord. Charis becomes God’s name for “grace” in the New Testament. It is taken from the word “charisma,” which is the word used for gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:4-9.

When the day of the Lord bursts through the end time darkness, a shout will come that declares “it was grace” that brought His light. Every saved soul in the universe will resound throughout the earth, with great shouting, because the work of salvation has been completed and it was grace that did it. Paul teaches in Romans 8:22-23 of a redemption that will yet be fulfilled. That day is at hand; the headstone will soon be in place. Psalm 2 teaches this as well. Christ visibly assumes His place and the nations will rage and reject Him.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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