The Battle Within

A distressed wife once said that every time her family began to “see success” it was destroyed. She said, “life was good and then it was blown up.” Her description is the definition of implosion; meaning damage from the inside out. I’ve lived long enough to see the same thing happen in churches. Struggle, followed by growth, followed by division, and then implosion. This happens when members whittle away at the core fabric of leadership and doctrine. It happens when small gossiping groups tear away at the good being done.

Paul addressed this issue: 1 Cor 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. He said, If you bite one another, you will devour one another.

Paul’s admonition has been experienced by a thousand congregations over. Divisions crippled even the healthiest of church bodies. Thriving revivals have been cut short; growth thwarted by the selfish ambition of a few. Remember, it only took one man, Achan, to cause Israel to be defeated. It doesn’t take much to implode the whole.

My concern is that those who need to read this will not and those to whom this applies will disregard it as a message meant for someone else. “After all, it’s just another bulletin with some words meshed together to fill a page.”

I pray you will heed this writing: We are standing on the brink of an Endtime revival. However, this is also a crossroad of decision. I’ve seen it before both here and beyond. If we miss this moment, it could take us years to recover. Some churches never make it back.

It begins with too many opinions about trivial things; too much flesh and not enough submission; and too little honor for pastoral leadership. The result is damage from within. For those who might wonder, “Yes, the world is fighting against the church,” and “Yes, there are demonic spirits which resist us.” But the real battle is from within.

The question becomes, Can the church love the church? Can we stay humble enough for God to use us for His glory? Can we stay obedient enough to follow spiritual authority? Is it possible for us to crucify our flesh and keep our attitudes pure? These are questions our lives will answer. These are the decisions which will lead us in or out of Spiritual endeavors and numerical growth. I can only hope that each person will comprehend this critical juncture and make whatever adjustments needed to see the revival God has prepared.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

The Price of a Soul

What is the price of a man’s soul? With inflation eating away the family budget and the economic conditions wrecking retirement accounts, cost is front and center. People are talking prices, value, and worth. However, these conversations, concern, assets and their counterparts are temporal. What is the worth of something that never dies? What about our soul?

Jesus asked “if a man gained the whole world and lose his soul, what does it profit?” The answer is clear; there is no profit. Even the whole world; all the money and wealth of ages gone by cannot compare to the worth of one, never-dying soul. And yet, many have given away their salvation for very little. Some have traded their walk with God for worldly pleasure or offense. Others have forfeited their eternal mansion for human ambition. Esau traded his entire birthright for a bowl of soup. He did so because he did not value what he held. We also have a birthright, but ours comes from a spiritual birth. The fact is that all who are lost will look back and see their “profit” as pitifully insignificant.

In review of the Great Commission, it is only fitting that we see the souls of our community as critical. People need Jesus and we have the answer. They need His name applied to their lives, Acts 4:12, Col 3:17, Rom. 6:1-4. They need to hear the message of salvation and feel the love of God. If we knew how close we are to the coming of the Lord, we would run to bring people the message. If we could see the worth of their soul juxtaposed against eternity, we would shake off our pride and fear of rejection and cry out in the street.

Mordecai tore his clothes and cried out because he understood the severity of the hour. He was in pursuit of saving his people, even though so few of them realized the moment. Mordecai was interceding, pleading, and calling for action. Ultimately he gave the Endtime Church this word: We are here for such a time as this!

This is our time. All who read this must know that we were placed here by God for this season to reach the lost. Our mission is His mission and the souls of men and women are held in the balance. The only question is whether we will move into the field; reach the harvest of lost souls and bring them to Christ. That question is best answered when we realize the price of a man’s soul.

Carry Offense To The Cross

2 Cor 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

Above is a small excerpt from Paul’s presentation. In context, Paul offers a commonality to the church in Corinth that he too has been weak; he too has been offended. However, the result of those offenses never deterred him from serving people. He did not allow the wound to keep him from ministering or serving. In fact, he once returned to the same city that stoned him and left him for dead. Paul was kingdom-minded enough to love those who hated him and serve those who hurt him.

Offense is often a two-way street. Life is filled with such wounds which come from rejection or words. We have all been subject to false accusations which impugn our character. Many have been subject to truth without love which cuts the heart. These things are part of life, but we know that what happens to us or against us is not nearly as important as how we respond to it.

The question is whether an offense will keep you from the work of the Kingdom. Joseph was wounded in the house of his brothers and he was healed in the same company. He was spitefully used and maliciously maligned, and yet, he embraced those who hurt him. This is the pattern of Jesus Christ, but it is not always welcomed among Christians. Many embrace those infractions and then rehearse them, even posting them on social media. They feel it is their right to declare who offended them and what they are doing to recover. This is a far deviation from the path of Jesus Christ.

The reality is that all of us will suffer. The secret is how we handle hurt.

I submit that all of our offenses must be carried to the foot of the Cross. Calvary is the final resting place of every wound, hurt, ugly word, and hateful thing that has ever happened to us. To speak of the offense is to reject the work of the Blood of the Lamb. To spread the offense means that no real forgiveness has occurred. Ultimately, and sadly, there will be people who miss the rapture because they failed to offer what Jesus offered them. That is why it is incumbent upon us to remember what the Lord has done for us.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

I Give You Power

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Read it carefully. Jesus emphasized the last line. He said, “Rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven.” We must not dilute the primary. The last line is the premier of all primaries! Heaven is the goal. This world is not my home. There is a mansion prepared for me, just over in the glory land.

Now, after I catch my breath from the awesome thought – “O Lord, let it be that my name is written in Heaven!” – there is gifting from Jesus to the saints. It is power to tread on all the power of the enmeshed. We have authority through the name of Jesus to overcome the demonic spirit world. Jesus was leading His disciples toward the ultimate end, but He included an authority in the spirit world. True Apostolic authority is exercised through the power of the Holy Ghost. It begins with the power to be a witness and the power to live a new life. It also includes power to overcome the enemy which would disrupt and destroy the Faith of the Believer.

These subjects are often lofty thoughts. They seem spiritualistic in some sense; perhaps from some other time. However, if you will pause for a moment, you will know that the world is changing quickly. America itself is in a cultural crisis. Christianity is being redefined in a way that distorts the holy scripture. We are being ushered into the age of the antichrist as “serpents and scorpions” advance against the holy things of God. These are part and parcel of what we know as the “spirit of the age.” They are powerful, corrupt, and altogether evil. The wickedness of this world will grow worse and worse. It has been prophesied in the Bible. However, we have been given power to tread. While our priority is Heaven, Jesus has allotted to the Church a distinct power to overcome the spirits which are poised against it.

This is a spiritual battle. It demands unity in the church; Submission to spiritual authority; Intercessory prayer and sacrificial steps. This is no time to live half-hearted or on the peripheral. This is the time to be consumed with the work of the Kingdom, the church, and with worship.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole