- Celebrating the Season of Light
“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 NASB2020
There is a Christmas song that declares how wonderful this time is every year—and it is wonderful. This year we decided to have the outside of our house decorated by a service. They provide the lights and come and decorate the outside of the house. They then come take them down; for older people how wonderful. As I drive through the neighborhood at night, it is so uplifting to see darkness being dispersed, as those who celebrate the light begin the celebration by lighting up their homes.
However one believes it is undeniable: the birth of the only begotten Son of God who was born in the fullness of time.
The darkness is dispersed and the airwaves are filled with carols, declaring that the Light of truth has come to all of mankind. Joy to the World, the Lord, the Light, has come. The heavens declaring the glory of God. Let earth receive her King. His Kingdom of His marvelous Light. Not only reminding us of the Light of the world, which He is, but His great light shown in the hearts of every believer who has come to Him.
“And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not grasp it. This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person. “
John 1:5, 9 NASB2020
In the beginning darkness covered the face of the deep, and God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” As we begin this time of declaring the birth of the Christ Child, may every heart be filled with His marvelous Light. May His face shine upon us now and forevermore. Glory to God in the Highest!
Keith Curlee, president
1 We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.
2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Whose kingdom calls all to the love which endures.
So from the beginning the fight we were winning:
You, Lord, were at our side; all glory be yours!
3 We all do extol you, our leader triumphant,
And pray that you still our defender will be.
Let your congregation escape tribulation:
Your name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #204
To give thanks to the Lord may be the first truth the Holy Ghost leads us into after “Abba, Father.” Thanksgiving is the entrance into His Presence. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. One of the first words, when I was exposed to spirit-filled people, was “thank you, Jesus.” This confession and praise to the Lord was continually on my lips after receiving the Holy Ghost. It came forth out of my innermost being.
Paul writes in everything give thanks—in everything. It is an eternal affirmation of the life that our God has given us. Out of our innermost being ought to be a river of thanksgiving flowing out of our mouths to our Lord Jesus and His Lordship in our lives. In Scripture, one form or another of thanksgiving is written 130 times.
As Don Moen wrote, “it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” May all our thanks be given to Him first, and may heaven be filled with our thanksgiving today and always. To Him be Glory forever and ever.
- The case against an ungodly nation
“Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord nullifies the plan of nations; He frustrates the plans of peoples. The plan of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
Psalms 33:8-12 NASB2020
“Vindicate me, God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; Save me from the deceitful and unjust person! For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out Your light and Your truth, they shall lead me; They shall bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And I will praise You on the lyre, God, my God. Why are you in despair, my soul? And why are you restless within me? Wait for God, for I will again praise Him For the help of His presence, my God.”
Psalms 43:1-5 NASB2020
I have been in the Middle East for 60 days, and I am always amazed at how aware I become of the prophetic plan of God in these last days concerning the nations. God’s great sovereignty and His heavenly plan is unfolding before us here. Where so much of man’s plans are instigated in the fallen and sinful nature of mankind through the deception of Satan and his demons—the prince of the power of the air.
In these passages we see David’s crying out to the Lord concerning the condition of his nation. He pleads his cause and asks for salvation from the ungodliness that is manifested in its people. The nation has given itself to the deceiver and his deception, leading them into the final day of the Lord and His wrath.
Ezekiel 39, Gog and Magog, Russia’s Putin, has begun to gather the nations into the epicenter of the earth. The invasion of Ukraine and the blatant demonic obsession of Putin and his ally Iran—Persia—is growing stronger and stronger. Iran is supplying drones by the thousands and weapons to come to the aid of Putin and his plans to drag the nations into this conflict designed to trap them in the end-time snare. Make no mistake, this will not end between Ukraine and Russia. Iran will demand Putin payback in this alliance. They will demand he help them take action against Israel to eradicate their enemy.
Just as the nations have been indecisive on going all in against Putin, they have already conceived in their one-world political and religious agendas for the destruction of Israel and its ally the U. S. of A. All nations prophetically will turn on Israel, and their only hope will be the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and His covenant with them. It has taken President Biden one week to congratulate Netanyahu for his reelection. This administration through its globalization plans have opened the door for the last days rise of Israel’s destruction.
As we saw in our own recent election: the predictions of a common constitutional agenda of law and order, economic stability, the protection of our children from immoral indoctrination, the destruction of our borders, and the continual battle against abortion rights, to name a few. This agenda is designed to continue to sow discord against the faith of those called and chosen of God. As Obama continued to propagate his America, based on his faith in Islam and his contempt on the Judeo Christian values, which once again have been exposed as he ran to rescue the so-called Biden administration of the left.
The days of the United States, unless there is a great awakening from this deception, seem to be numbered, and it will go down from internal corruption. As David pleaded, vindicate us O Lord from deceitful and unjust leadership. Since the 2008 election of Barrack Obama and his Muslim influence, I have had to fight what David battled. Mourning because of the enemy and have come against the spirit of despair and rejection of another election of deceit and unjust people.
The only red wave that is relevant for believers is the ultimate red wave that was shed on the cross, the blood of the Lamb of God. There is no other name where which man can be saved, JESUS! May His red wave flow through the earth one more great time, an end-time harvest. It says we overcome the evil one by the blood of the Lamb, the red wave of God, and the word of our testimony, and lastly that we love not our lives, even unto death. The Father sent the Son, the Son testified of the Father, and we are to lay down our lives, by the Holy Ghost in rejection of the world and its ungodliness.
We are no longer a nation whose God is the Lord. Our leaders’ lips expose godly values at election time, on both sides, but our hearts are far from Him. All of these plans are and will be nullified by Him. As David sang, Fear the Lord all you people, the plans of nations and man will come to an end. He frustrates them and they only confirm His eternal will, His plan, that stands forevermore, from generation to generation.
Prayer can change many things, but it cannot change the sure word of prophecy. As Paul said, “despise not prophecy, but examine it and hold fast to that which is good.” When Jesus came to the place of laying down His life He showed us the struggle of it, but He laid down His will for the Father’s will.
Thank you Jesus for loving the Father and loving us that we might live with you forever. Hallelujah!
—Keith Curlee, President
- Fixed On Him
This is my 52nd day in the Middle East dwelling with brothers and sisters who have, as Peter said, “a like faith as ours.” As the Psalmist wrote and sang: how good and pleasant it is!
This morning I awoke to a hymn I sang as a boy…
1 Nothing between my soul and the Savior, Naught of this world's delusive dream: I have renounced all sinful pleasure- Jesus is mine! There's nothing between. Refrain: Nothing between my soul and the Savior, So that His blessed face may be seen; Nothing preventing the least of His favor: Keep the way clear! Let nothing between. 2 Nothing between, like worldly pleasure: Habits of life, though harmless they seem, Must not my heart from Him ever sever- He is my all! There's nothing between. [Refrain] 3 Nothing between, like pride or station: Self or friends shall not intervene; Though it may cost me much tribulation, I am resolved! There's nothing between. [Refrain] 4 Nothing between, e'en many hard trials, Though the whole world against me convene; Watching with prayer and much self denial- Triumph at last, with nothing between! [Refrain]
“Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only only and to Jesus. Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB2020
In this Holy Ghost verse we see the need to fix our eyes on Jesus as we run the race set before us as authored by Him concerning our life that is set before us. He has authorized our place in the race that He has begun in us and has also determined its end. He awaits us at the finish line.
I am 73 and know if I am not caught up in the air at the great shout and the trumpet sound, I have a day where I will cross the finish line and be received by Him. The key to this race is remaining in an enduring, perfecting faith as all those in Hebrews 12. The men and women of God endured all things and continued to and finished that which was begun in them and finished in them.
Webster’s 1828 defines fix:
To make fast; to fasten; to attach firmly; as, to fix a cord or line to a hook.
To set or place steadily; to direct, as the eye, without moving it; to fasten.
The gentleman fixed his eyes on the speaker, and addressed him with firmness.
In order to run we also must set aside anything that so easily entangles us—the sin—and impedes our progress, but also can cause us to stumble. It is like trying to run a race with our shoestrings tied together. A constant distraction which causes us to look away from Him. We think that we are looking to the finish line, but this is not so. He is the finish line and we are fixed on Him. We have entered the race because of Him and have run the race because of Him and can only finish because of Him. For He Himself fixed His eyes on the Heavenly Father. He only did what He saw the Father doing and He ran—showed us how and ran the race before us. He came and in faith and endurance ran the race and finished in the arms of His Father and ours. He cried out as He died, “IT IS FINISHED!” Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!
As Paul writes to His beloved Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” -2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
He fought to stay in the race, to keep His eyes on Jesus. He finished as he started: in faith, an enduring faith. Let nothing come between us and Jesus. Glory to God.
Keith Curlee, President
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- Being born again is just the beginning
“Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished! Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17-20 NASB2020
Jesus preached and taught the Kingdom of God just as John the Baptist first came announcing the Kingdom of God is at hand. The disciples were always asking Him when He was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. We as believers do not know the difference between the kingdom and the Church—both instituted and ordained by God. One is not greater than the other, yet Jesus taught us to seek the Kingdom of God first. The word Church, gathering, is introduced by Jesus when Peter confesses Him as Christ the Son of the living God. At that point, Peter believed in Him and I believe was born again. We are born again to see the kingdom of God. The acknowledgment of Jesus as God’s Son was an acknowledgment also of Abba Father. Jesus told him, “The Heavenly Father has revealed it to you, not flesh and blood.” Jesus no longer saw him as Simon Barjona’s flesh and blood—man—but changed his name, acknowledging He saw Him as the Heavenly Father saw Him.
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Matthew 16:17-18 NASB2020
Simon, meaning “reed-like” or “wavering,” Barjona meaning son of Jonas—which can be translated as “wine-bibber.” Roughly translated, Simon Barjona means “unstable son of an alcoholic.” Now, Jesus gives him a new name. He is now Petra, stone, rock, one who is stable, and someone to build on. A new creation, a new man. Later Peter writes we come to Him as living stones and Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone, rejected by unbelief.
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by people, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone,
And the one who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for unbelievers,
“A stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this they were also appointed.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:4-10 NASB2020
Jesus has begun to build a new house, a temple of living stones, a spiritual house, for a holy priesthood, offering up sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. No longer are we reed-like, wavering and tossed to and fro like drunkards, living for ourselves and the world. Paul exhorts us, “be not drunk with wine, which is dissipation—“a descent into drunkenness and sexual dissipation, the squandering of money, energy, or resources.”
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Ephesians 5:17-18 NASB2020
Being born again is just the beginning. We must also be baptized and continually filled in and with the Holy Ghost, the power of God. We are God’s spiritual house, built by the architect of our faith, made alive, new creations by our believing in the only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. We have been called and appointed to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. He Makes All Things New! Hallelujahs to the Lamb!
President, Triumphant Mercy Ministries
- The Kingdom in the Holy Ghost
“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of armies will accomplish this.”
Isaiah 9:7 NASB2020
INCRE’ASE, v.t. To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity or amount; as, to increase wealth or treasure; to increase a sum or value.
1. To advance in quality; to add to any quality or affection; as, to increase the strength of moral habits; to increase love, zeal or passion.
2. To extend; to lengthen; as, to increase distance.
From Jesus’ ascension to the Father and His seating on the throne of God, the Kingdom of the government of God has been on the increase. Since the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost came in power, the Kingdom of God has been increasing in the earth. The Holy Ghost is the zeal of God and this is being accomplished in spite of the darkness getting darker and the events of our day. The satanic boasts and exhibition of his works cannot hold back the increase of the government of God in the earth. The Word says there shall be no end to the increase.
Which brings us to the question: How does God see increase? First of all, it has nothing to do with numbers. Many are called but few are chosen.
Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
1 Samuel 14:6 NKJV
The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
Deuteronomy 7:7 NKJV
And we cannot fail to to give account of John the Baptist definition and confession of how increase is seen:
He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:30 NKJV
This revelation of John clearly establishes the work of the Holy Ghost, the zeal of God, and the Lordship of Jesus on the throne of our hearts. This was the early believers’ greeting to one another: “Jesus Is Lord!” The work of the Holy Ghost in us is the increase of His Lordship in our lives, spirit, soul, and body. We are admonished to:
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be in dread, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect;
1 Peter 3:14-15 NASB2020
As we see all the more clearly the place and work of the Holy Ghost to establish the Kingdom of God in us, that place is surely meant to be a large one. There He, the Holy Ghost, is revealed who is the filler of the vacancy that Jesus left at His ascension in His disciples. At Pentecost they received a whole wealth of personal gracious action—abiding, revealing, teaching, leading, and conveying in their innermost man the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Becoming very present while absent and while invisible should be seen. Hallelujah!
This baptism, or infilling, is essential in making Jesus Lord. It is the Holy Ghost with our spirit that brings us endless application of truth in our experiences. Experiences of our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, conforming us to His image.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters;
Romans 8:29 NASB2020
May today we see the increase of His Kingdom in our inner man as the Holy Ghost, the zeal of the Lord, does His glorious work in us. Increase! HALLELUJAH!
President, Triumphant Mercy Ministries
- 50 Days to Pentecost
The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of things regarding the kingdom of God. Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:1-5 NASB2020
Luke begins to make an account to Theophilus as to what he has seen and heard in his time with Jesus. He tells us that Jesus continued to teach them on the kingdom of God as He moved about amongst them after His resurrection. Knowing that He soon would ascend to Heaven, He continued to reveal the things of the kingdom of God. He preached and taught on the kingdom of God from day one as He went about Israel, declaring to seek the kingdom of God first.
For Him, this is priority one, first of all, according to the Lord of all.
Nothing has changed concerning His message to them and those who shall follow. Now He commands them to go and wait for the promise of the Father, the baptism and pouring out of the Holy Ghost, which they had heard from Him before the cross. He will send another, the spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost. He will not leave them as orphans, abandon, or forsake them. Paul later writes,
Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one who serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by other people.”
Romans 14:16-18 NASB2020
Jesus is clear where the kingdom of God resides—it is in the Holy Ghost, and He shall be in you, and with you. It is not from below, not of the earth, not of the flesh, and cannot be inherited. He is to be received just as the Father and Son are. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
We are admonished to not let the kingdom of God or the Holy Ghost to be spoken of as evil. Both cannot be seen by the world, but just as they hated Jesus they will hate His followers and will not cease to make war with His subjects. The kingdoms of this world will be conquered and become His: our King, Jesus.
What grieves me are theologians and denominations who, in their teaching, discount the Holy Ghost baptism. Peter declared, “Repent, be baptized, and receive ye the Holy Ghost.” He is not a second experience. He was not diminished in any way at the apostles’ passing for He is in us and is with us. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. No less God and coequal with the Father and Son—just different in function. God three-in-one, in absolute agreement. For righteousness, peace, and joy of the kingdom are in the Holy Ghost. For we have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Why? Because it is in the Holy Ghost.
These next 50 days from last Sunday until the feast of Pentecost I am asking Him to reveal and lead me into more truth concerning the Kingdom of God.