Repent and Believe the Gospel!


REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!
Jesus said,"The time is fullfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel"
The Gospel is that the Word of God became a man; Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God, full of grace and truth, and lived in this world with every temptation that you and I face, and yet He never sinned and He gave himself to die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. God made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of above 500 witnesses after He arose and He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. He is there right now, alive, making intercession on our behalf to the Father. He is coming again with all the saints and all the angels in great power and glory and all who live and believe in him will be united with him and thus will we ever be with the Lord. I urge you to seek Him now, during this time while the long suffering of God is waiting, for the Day of the Lord is coming soon. He loves you and He will save you to the utter most if you will put your trust in Him.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

 John 3


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Today we’re going to talk about John chapter 3.  John 3:1-21, There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born? Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said to him, Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. 


Let’s look at verses 5&6, Jesus said to Nicodemus, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Born of water; I believe the Lord was talking about water baptism. Let’s look in Rom 6:1-11,  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. So, in water baptism, we are baptized into His death, burial, and His resurrection. We are born of water. And we are born of the Spirit. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Let’s turn to 2 Cor 5:14-17, For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. All things have become new; old things have passed away. Our old man is crucified with Christ through water baptism; we are buried with Him and we are raised in newness of life to serve Him with our spirit; we are born from above. Going back to John chapter 3, Jesus said in verse 3,  Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. And many, many times we’ve heard that expression: born again; and it does mean, in fact, born again. But  if you look up the Greek word, it really refers more to being born from above. So we are born from above, through receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and through water baptism. We were dead in trespasses and sins; now we are born from above; made alive in Christ, and He in us. Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. Rom 6:22, But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 


This is the witness: That God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life, but he that has not the Son of God shall not see life.  Let’s go back to John chapter 3 again; in verse 36, He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. We read in the Interlinear version, which is the original Greek, The one not obeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. Many times we’ve read these verses, and it’s easier to think, oh, I believe in Jesus, so I’m ok. But that Word, He who does not believe the Son; it means He who is not obeying the Son. Are you obeying the Son? Are you really following Jesus? Or are you religious? Are you practicing religion, or are you really following Jesus? Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice and they follow me. How do we follow Him? How do we hear His voice? By the Holy Spirit. They that are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. If we are not obeying Jesus, we don’t love Him, and the wrath of God is upon us. We must repent and return to Him. Jesus said, You are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you. If you love me, keep my commandments, and I will send the Comforter that He may abide with you forever. Jesus told us that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments, and He will not leave us alone, but He will send the Holy Spirit to comfort us, and help us to understand and obey His Words. Let’s go to 1 John 5:3, For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 2:4-6, He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.


If we don’t love Him, but rather, we love ourselves and our own pleasures, our own ways, that’s what makes it so hard to obey Him. So what can we do? We must understand and believe what happened to us when we were baptized in water; we were crucified with Him, buried with Him, raised again, justified from all selfishness and rebellion, to serve Him in His life and love. That’s the key: LOVE. If we love Him, we will overcome, and we will love others. If we don’t, we won’t. Faith works by love! Christian faith only works by love! God so loved us, that He gave us his Son to die for us and save us from our sins.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Light is come into the world, that’s Jesus, but men rejected Him. They hate Him; they hate the light, and they love darkness so they can continue doing their evil deeds, which they love, to their own destruction. God is saving and perfecting a people who love Him from their hearts, to live with Him forever in His Glorious Kingdom. Those who refuse to love Him condemn themselves to eternal damnation. God knows the heart. God looks on the heart, and He chooses those who He can work with and perfect their love. This is all about love! God is love!, and he that dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in Him! Jesus in you, and you in Jesus. 


Be honest with yourself, if you don’t love God, be honest with yourself, and with Him! Did you know you can come to Him, and come before him; humble yourself; if you have to get on your face out in the woods, or in your house, get on your face before God and say, Lord God, I cry out to you! I’m a hypocrite! I don’t love you! I go to church; I act like I love you, but I know I really don’t love you because I do what I want to do; I don’t do what you want me to do. I humble myself before you and I cry out to you and I ask for mercy; help me to love you! You know God will answer that prayer. He will answer you! He will help you! So I urge you, you that are reading this today: humble yourself before the Living God! And, if you want to, you can love Him! He will help you to love Him. The Bible says the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you need the Holy Spirit! Don’t let anyone lie to you any more! Amen! Let’s turn to John 17. God loves you. He loves you, my friend. I don’t know who you are, but I’m talking to somebody. God loves you, He loves you. He brought you into this world to be His servant and you’ve been rebellious all your life; this is your hour. I urge you now, come to Him! He loves you. He will help you. Draw near to Him, God says, draw near to me, and I will draw near to you. And, you know what, He’s not a respecter of persons. Any person that will humble themselves  before Him, He will grant them grace. God will help you! He’ll give you grace. And, don’t worry; the things that you will leave behind aren’t worth keeping! The things that God has for you are glorious! They are wonderful! John 17:23-26, Jesus was praying to the Father, and he said,  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,  that’s what God wants to do with us,   and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.  Do we believe that? Do we believe that the Father loves us as He loves Jesus? That’s what Jesus said.  And Jesus wants the world to know that the Father loves us like He loves Jesus. He said, Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. 



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 The Flesh and The Spirit Part 1


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This program is called 15 Minutes With Jesus. Let’s turn to Gen 2:15-17, Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. And then, chapter 3, verses 1-6, Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. Then the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. So we see here, that God, in the Garden of Eden, in the very beginning, He commanded Adam, even before He made Eve, not to eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and after Eve was created, the Devil came to Eve first. What Satan said to Eve is the main thing I want to talk about. He said to her, in chapter 3, verses 1-5 , Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. Then the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. God commanded Adam not to eat of that tree, and He told Adam, In the day you eat thereof, you will die, and Satan came and told Eve, Oh, you won’t die. Go ahead. You’ll be wise. You’ll be like God. He tempted Eve, and she fell for it, and she went and ate of the fruit, and then she gave it to Adam, and he ate, and they both fell, and they died. They did not die physically, but they died spiritually; they no longer had eternal life. They died spiritually. Through sin, which is disobedience of God, they disobeyed His commandment and they sinned, and they were cursed because of it; the ground was cursed because of it, but the point I want to talk about is, God commanded not to eat of the tree; Satan came; he tempted Eve, and he told her, Oh, you won’t die, and he lied; that was a lie, because God said, you will die, and , of course, they did not die physically, but they died spiritually; they were cut off from eternal life. As we see in verse 19 of chapter 3, In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.


Let’s turn to John 1:1-5 , In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Let’s go to verses 10-14, He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the sons of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. In verse 4 it says, In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. A son of God lives forever. A son of God, a daughter of God, has eternal life through Jesus Christ. John 3:14&15,  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus was lifted up upon the Cross; He was born of the virgin Mary; He became a man; He was conceived in her womb by the Holy Ghost. Jesus became a man. He was the Son of God, but He was also a man, and He was tempted in every way as we are, yet He never sinned. That’s why He’s called the spotless Lamb of God, and He willingly offered Himself, in obedience to the Father, on the Cross of Calvary for our sins; He died for our sins. He literally paid the entire full ransom for our sins on the Cross, not only for you and me, but for every human being that’s ever lived, or ever will live. He bore our sins in His body on the Cross. He also bore our sicknesses and our pains, and He died. The Bible says He loved us, and He washed us from our sins in His own Blood. That’s why Jesus came, and He gave unto us eternal life. When we receive Jesus; when we hear this; when we hear the Gospel; not only did He die for our sins, but He rose from the dead, and He justified all of us when He rose from the dead. The Father justified Him, and He justified all of us that have been baptized into Him. We’ve been baptized into His death, burial, and resurrection. We are crucified with Him; we are raised with Him; justified from all things that the Law of Moses could not justify us from. The Bible says, If any man be in Christ he is one spirit. So when you are born again, Jesus Christ comes to dwell in your heart. Gal 4:4-7, But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. The Scripture says that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.


Let’s turn to Rom 6:3-16 ,Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.   For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!   Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? The grace of God is the gift of His Son. God so loved us, John chapter 3, He so loved us, that He gave His Son, a living sacrifice for our sins. The Bible says that God made Him who knew no sin to become sin, to be made sin; Jesus was made sin; all the sin of the human race was put on Him when He was on the Cross. That’s when He cried out, My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? The Father had to forsake Him at that moment, when Jesus was made sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him. We are in Him; He is in us, and in Him is no sin. He bore our sins; He took away our sins. So when we repent of our sins and believe on Jesus Christ and believe in His sacrifice for our sins, we receive the grace of God, we receive the righteousness of God. The Bible says that God has given us a robe of righteousness; we receive His righteousness by faith, and we are justified, just as though we’ve never sinned; that is the grace of God. And then, if you look in the Book of Acts, they received the Holy Spirit after they were baptized in water. But sometimes they received the Holy Spirit before they were baptized in water. They received the Holy Spirit, either through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, or just the outpouring of the Spirit directly on people. Jesus told His disciples, shortly before He left, He said, I’m going to go back to the Father, but I’m not going to leave you alone; I’m going to send the Comforter, that He may be with you forever, and that’s what happened on the Day of Pentecost. But also remember, when Peter was sent by the Holy Spirit to go to Cornelius’ house, who was a Gentile centurion, he came to their house, and he started preaching the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit fell on the whole group of people; Cornelius, his wife and family, and his friends that were gathered there; the Holy Spirit just fell on them as they were hearing the Gospel, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. And when Peter and the other disciples that came with him saw that, they were amazed, and they said, we should get them baptized. So they did; they were baptized in water after they received the Holy Spirit.


Let’s turn to Rom 8:10-14, And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. If we live after the flesh, we shall die, but if we through the Spirit do put to death the deeds of the body we shall live. This is the Christian experience. This is walking with Jesus. This is what we need to do; we need to come to Jesus; take His yoke upon us; learn of Him; walk with Him. How can you possibly walk with Him without the gift of the Holy Spirit? We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit; we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit so that we can be led by the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will always be leading us to follow Jesus. Jesus only does the will of the Father. Jesus is coming back to this Earth in the very near future, according to the Scriptures, and He’s going to set up His throne in Jerusalem, and the Kingdom of God will be established on the Earth. He’s going to rule and reign on this Earth for a thousand years, and those of us that remain faithful to Him will be with Him. We’ll have our glorified bodies; we’ll be with Him, ruling and reigning in the Earth at that time. 


Thank you very much for listening. This concludes Part 1 of the Flesh and the Spirit; Death and Life 



 The Flesh and The Spirit Part 2


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes; 15 Minutes With Jesus. This will be Part 2 of The Flesh and The Spirit, Death and Life. Let’s turn to Gal 5:5&6, For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. This all works by faith, working by love. Let’s turn to 1 Cor 13:1-3, Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal, and though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. If we love God we will seek this to walk after Him, to do the will of the Father. If we love the world and the things of the flesh, we will not be able to do this, and we will perish. It is a lie of Satan that we can live after the flesh and not perish. He said it to Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he says it to Christians today through lying preachers; his ministers, he says, you won’t die. As we said earlier in Rom 8:13, it says, if you live after the flesh you will die, and Satan, through lying preachers, says to Christians, you won’t die; you’re under grace; once saved, always saved; all your sins are forgiven, past, present, and future; that is a lie. We must learn to be led by the Spirit. We must walk in obedience to the Lord, in obedience to His Word, to continue in the faith. There are many “If”s in the Bible: If we continue in the faith, not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, not led astray. We must continue in the truth. Rom 8:5&6, those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. People want to live in the flesh and go to Heaven, so they follow the lies. We must die to ourselves, that we may live unto God.


Let’s go to Luke 11:9-13 , Jesus was talking about prayer and He said, So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! If you seek after the baptism in the Holy Spirit; if you seek God with all your heart; if you ask Him, He will answer, and He will not give you a serpent; He will not give you a demon, if you ask Him for the Holy Spirit. Let’s turn to Acts 1:4&5, And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Here we have a clear example of the difference; there’s two different baptisms here: water baptism, and baptism in the Spirit. John the Baptist said, I indeed baptize you with water, but there’s one coming after me whose shoes I am not worthy to loose. He said, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Also, if we look in verse 7, Jesus said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. The Bible says, the Gospel is not in Word only, but it’s in power. The Kingdom of God is in power, not in Word only. If we are truly sent by God, we will be speaking His Words, just like Jesus said, I only speak what I hear the Father saying; He said, I only do what I see the Father doing; He said, it’s the Father in Me doing the works. So we will be preaching the Gospel with power if we are truly sent by Him. That’s one of the main purposes of the baptism in the Holy Spirit; it’s that we shall receive power, and we can be witnesses. You go to a grocery store, and there’s a sick boy that you run into in that grocery store, and because you have the Holy Spirit, you can be led by the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit says, I want you to lay hands on that boy and pray for him to be healed; and his mom is standing there and you say, would you mind if I pray for your son? And she says, ok, please do. You lay hands on that boy and you pray; because you’re obeying the Lord, because He told you to do it, He will manifest His power and that boy will be healed, according to your faith, either immediately, or over a period of time. That boy will be healed because the Lord told you to do it, and you’re obeying Him; you’re being led by the Spirit; and He will manifest His Kingdom. The apostles preached the Gospel, they preached the Word of God with signs following, and those signs confirmed the Words that God had them speak. As we are being led by the Spirit, in faith, the Word of God in our mouth will be confirmed by signs following; by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the will of the Father. So if you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you can have the Holy Spirit. And when you receive the Holy Spirit, you will receive power. Power will be manifested in your life. If you believe that you have the Holy Spirit but there’s no power manifesting; nothing supernatural in your life, there’s no condemnation, but you have not received the Spirit. You were lied to; you were told, for example, that you got the Holy Spirit when you were baptized in water. That’s not the truth. When you were baptized in water you were baptized into the death of Jesus; you were seated with Him in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 


Let’s turn to Acts 8:12, But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Here you have faith in Jesus and water baptism; the baptism of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Verses 14-17, Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them; fallen upon. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. He came upon them; that’s how it is. You are baptized into Jesus, but when you receive the Holy Spirit He comes upon you and He fills you; clearly two different experiences. We must continue in the Word and in the Spirit, being set free, learning to yield to the Spirit. The Spirit will never lead us contrary to the Word as He is Holy, and He is the Spirit of Truth. This is not too hard. Jesus said, Come to me, my yoke is easy. He is with us; He will help us. We need to deny ourselves, take up our cross, where we die, daily, and follow Him. And the only way you can really follow Him is to have the Holy Spirit and to be led by Him. Jesus said, I won’t leave you comfortless; I will come to you; I will send the comforter. Also we need to remember that the Scripture talks about how everything must be done decently and in order. Let’s turn to John 10:1-5,  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.   But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. Verse 27, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. How do we hear?; by the Holy Spirit. He that has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.


Let’s turn to Gal 5:16-26, I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. The latter part of verse 21...they that do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor 6:9-11,  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Remember, the Scripture says, if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, but, if we walk in the flesh, and we do these works, we will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, Jesus said, in John chapter 8, that those that do such things are of the Devil. Jesus’ sheep follow Him; they can hear His voice; He talks to us by the Holy Spirit. He leads us by the Holy Spirit and we follow Him. He only does the will of the Father. Many people refuse to die; to be baptized into Jesus’ death, deny themselves and take up their cross. So they continue in the flesh, and many fall away. They will not yield to the Spirit. They want to live in the flesh and go to Heaven, so they hire preachers to tell them it’s ok. It won’t work. They will die. The Devil lied to Eve, and he lies to Christians about Rom 8:13: you won’t die, you’re under grace. You have to want this; love God more than yourself and your pleasures, money, the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The only way this will work is to receive everything that God has for you, and give Him everything; give Him your whole life; surrender your whole life to Him, and receive everything that He has for you, including the fullness of the Holy Spirit. As you walk in the Holy Spirit, He will lead you in love, and the fruit of the Spirit will be manifesting in you, more and more. We must love God, and love one another. We will be pleasing the Father, doing His will. His will is that we love one another. Love does no ill to his neighbor. Faith works by love. The righteousness of the Law will be being fulfilled in us. We will be keeping Jesus’ commandments, walking in the truth; His Word is the truth; we will be being sanctified unto holiness, without which no man will see the Lord. This is not too hard. God will give us grace if we will ask Him. If we seek after righteousness, He promised we shall be filled. And, again, if we walk in the Spirit, we will fulfill the righteousness of the Law. Phil 3:3, For we are the circumcision, the people in covenant with God, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 


This concludes our broadcast on The Flesh and The Spirit, Death and Life. I urge you to choose life.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

 John The Baptist


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Today’s program is about John The Baptist. Let’s turn to Isa 40:3-5, The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Now let’s turn to Mal 3:1-4, Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. Chapter 4, verses 1-6, For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up, Says the LORD of hosts, that will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this, Says the LORD of hosts. Remember the Law of Moses, my servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. 


Let’s turn to Luke 3:1-22, Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father. For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answered and said to them, He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise. Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said to them, Collect no more than what is appointed for you. Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, And what shall we do? So he said to them, Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages. Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not,  John answered, saying to all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire. And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison. When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. 


Let’s turn to John 1:14-37, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, I am not the Christ.  And they asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No. Then they said to him, Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself? He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord,  as the prophet Isaiah said. Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!   This is He of whom I said, After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.  I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water. And John bore witness, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God. 


Matt 11:2-19, And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?   Jesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:  The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me. As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way before you. Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,  and saying: We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! But wisdom is justified by her children. 


Matt 21;23-32, Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority? But Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him? But if we say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet. So they answered Jesus and said, We do not know. And He said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.  But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, Son, go, work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not, but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir, but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said to Him, The first. Jesus said to them, Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him. 


John was sent by God to prepare the people to meet Jesus; that they might be cleansed of their sins; that their hearts might be prepared to receive Him, but most of the Pharisees and religious leaders rejected his baptism against themselves. They would not humble themselves and repent that they might enter into the Kingdom of God. The Law and the Prophets prophesied until John. Since that time, the Kingdom of God is preached and every man presses into it. John was the last prophet under the Old Covenant, and he prepared the people to receive their King. Those that would not submit to his baptism of repentance, and hardened their hearts, rejected the good counsel of God against themselves and entered not into the New Covenant.

You may think in your heart that because you are a Christian, you are ready to meet Jesus; some of you may be, but most of us are not, and the Lord, in His great mercy, if you will yield to Him, will begin to lead you in righteous paths to purge you and cleanse you and break you and purify your hearts, to make you ready; a people prepared for Him; prepared to enter into His Glory. In Matthew chapter 21, verse 42, Jesus said, Have you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes. He told the Pharisees, And whoever falls on this Stone will be broken, but on whoever it falls, it will grind him to powder. If you fall on this Stone, you will be broken, but that is so that you may be changed and cleansed and enter into the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 7 Jesus said, Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, will enter into the Kingdom of God, but they that do the will of my Father. We don’t want to do the will of the Father. We want to do our own will. We are stubborn and stiff necked and we always resist the Holy Spirit, to our own destruction. So it is the mercy and grace of God to reveal His Son to us; His sacrifice on the Cross for our sins, that we may come to Him and fall on that Rock and be broken, that we may be made holy and acceptable to Him through His redemption and cleansing in His precious Blood, and that we may enter into His Kingdom and joy, and live forever in His Glory. Hallelujah! This is not a religious fairy tale! This is the truth! God’s Word is the truth! If you reject His truth, you will be ashes under the feet of His people whom the Father made righteous in the Blood of His Son, and with the washing of the water of His Word. Thank you Father, Amen, thank God.



Interpretation of a message in tongues:


I am God Almighty. My children, hearken unto the voice of my servant Rob as he speaks of my servant John the Baptist this day in your ears. Humble yourselves before the Great and Mighty God, that I may show you mercy in the time to come; that you may escape my judgement that is coming upon the Earth, says the Lord. Pray! Seek me with all your heart! Turn to me! For I will hear your prayers; I will hear from Heaven and I will heal your land, if you will turn to me with all your heart, says the Lord.