Meditation Leads to Victory

Joshua 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee
all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with
thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

This is a reassurance from God, that He would be with them in
battle. He would go before them and devour their enemies. They must
have faith. God never left them for the 40 years, and He will be with
them now. He did not leave, when Moses died. These are God’s people,
and He will protect them. The promise made to Abraham, Moses, Joshua,
and us is the same. Hebrews 13:5 “[Let your] conversation [be] without
covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people
shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto
their fathers to give them.”

Moses had been a meek man. He was quiet and mild mannered. It
would take a strong Joshua to lead them into battle. We know he was
courageous, because he wanted to go into the promised land the first
time they spied it out. He was confident they could take it, even if
there were giants in the land. Joshua’s confidence was not in his own
ability, but in God’s ability. The verse above, is reassuring Joshua
that he would win the battle, and indeed, divide the land.

Joshua 1:7 “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant
commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

The law Moses gave them from God was a blessing, if it was kept.
It brought terrible curses, if it was not kept. The law is not to be
adjusted to the right or the left, to fit their convenience. The law
was absolute. They must have great faith, and act upon the commands of
God. I Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you
like men, be strong.” Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong
in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy
mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou
shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Their entire lives were to be guided by the law of God. They were
to hide the Words of the law in their hearts so they would never
forget it. They were to think on the reason for them, as well as the
demand of keeping them. The law had to become part of their very
beings. They will prosper and have great success, if they keep this
law of God.

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good
courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God
[is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Joshua believed God. His courage came from his faith in God.

Joshua 1:10 “Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people,
saying,”

There was order in their army. God had set Joshua over all of
them in civil matters. Joshua passed the word down to the officers,
who, in turn, gave instructions to the people they were over.

Joshua 1:11 “Pass through the host, and command the people,
saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over
this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God
giveth you to possess it.”

The “victuals”, here, are speaking of meat from hunting. They
were to prepare themselves food for their battle, and for the time it
would take to enter the land. They really would prepare all types of
food for the trip. They will not be fed with manna in the promised
land. At the end of 3 more days, they will pass over the Jordan River,
and be in their promised land.

Joshua 1:12 “And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to
half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,”

These are those who had already received their land on the east
side of the Jordan. Joshua will remind them of the promise they had
made to God, to go and help the other tribes take their land.

Joshua 1:13 “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the
LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and
hath given you this land.”

They wanted the grazing land on the east side of Jordan, and God
let them have it, with the promise they would fight with the other
tribes to take their land.

Joshua 1:14 “Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall
remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye
shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour,
and help them;”

Moses had inquired of God and had given them this land they
loved. He, also, gave them time to build houses for their families to
live in. The wives and the children would stay behind and care for
their cattle and sheep, while the men went to war. They had not chosen
this land, because they were afraid. They had chosen it, because it
was good grazing land for their herds.

Joshua 1:15 “Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as [he
hath given] you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD
your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your
possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD’S servant gave you on
this side Jordan toward the sunrising.”

Toward the sunrising means it was located on the east of Jordan.
The men of these tribes will go with the other tribes, until they are
settled in their land, then they will go home to their families. The
people are great that will be fought, and God wanted all 12 tribes to
stand together in these battles for the land.

Joshua 1:16 “And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou
commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will
go.”

They have had ample time to prepare their families to survive,
until they return. They are eager to keep their word to God. They will
go into battle, wherever Joshua sends them. They were so happy with
their promised land, they were eager to do God’s will.

Joshua 1:17 “According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things,
so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as
he was with Moses.”

Moses had made it very clear, before his death, that Joshua was
God’s choice to receive his anointing. Everyone had agreed they would
follow Joshua, as they had Moses. The older Israelites {their fathers}
had not hearkened unto Moses. They died in the wilderness. The new
generation had listened to Moses. They promise to follow Joshua, too.
It was almost like a prayer for Joshua when they said, “Only the LORD
thy God be with thee”.

Joshua 1:18 “Whosoever [he be] that doth rebel against thy
commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou
commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good
courage.”

Disobeying the commandments of God was certain death. To rebel
against the commandments, is rebelling against God. They must have
faith, not fear. Faith pleases God.

 

 

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Beware of False Teaching at The Door

 

 

Mormonism teaches:
– God used to be a man on another planet and Mormon members
may become gods of their own worlds.1
– There are many gods.2
– The Trinity is three separate Gods.3
– Entrance into celestial heaven is by the consent of God and the
Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.4
– God has a body of flesh and bones.5
– God is married and produces spirit babies by having physical
relations with his goddess wife.6
– Jesus, Satan, and all of us are spirit brothers and sisters
procreated in a pre-existent spirit life.7
– God had relations with Mary to make Jesus’ body.8
– You must shed your own blood for the forgiveness of some sins.9
– Good works are necessary for the forgiveness of sins.10
Be careful. Rarely will they mention these ‘higher’ doctrines. Therefore, you really don’t know what they are teaching until long after you have joined. Be warned.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach: 
– Their church organization is the prophet of God.11
– Jesus returned invisibly in 1914.12
– Blood transfusions are sinful.13
– The Holy Spirit is God’s impersonal active force.14
– Only their church members will be saved.15
– Jesus was an angel who became a man.16
– Jesus did not rise from the dead physically.17
– There is no Trinity.18
– Good works are necessary for the forgiveness of sins.19

Be careful. Jehovah’s Witnesses will want to begin a home ‘Bible study’ with you. What they really want is for you to join their religion.
These groups are non-Christian cults because they deny the true biblical doctrines of Jesus and salvation. First, Mormonism says Jesus is the brother of the Devil.7 J.W.’s teach that he is an angel who became a man.16 These teachings are not biblical.
Second, both these cults erroneously say that in order to be saved you must cooperate with God by doing good works. The Bible says that salvation is a free gift from God.21 The Bible condemns the addition of our works to the finished sacrifice of Jesus.22 Galatians 2:21 says that if salvation comes by works (“if righteousness comes through the Law”), then Jesus died needlessly. Salvation comes by God’s grace through faith alone, not by our works21 which are impure.29 Simply put, they each preach a false message of salvation.
The Bible teaches: there is only one God;23 God is spirit;24 Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses from all sin;25 Jesus is the only way to God;26 all who receive Jesus as Savior will be saved;27 and Jesus is God in flesh 20 who rose from the dead in the same body He died in.28

CHRISTIANS NEED TO WAKE UP!!!

 

As I read the horrific and blatantly racist rants of Donald Trump I am not really shocked or alarmed, why? Because Trump has been showing his racist and mysogenistic tendencies for years. What REALLY irks me is the number of so-called “Bible Believing” Evangelical Christians that make excuses for Donald Trumps constant racist actions and behaviors, and even MORE shocking is the number of IGNORANT Kneegros that STILL send Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin Jr., and Benny Hinn their “firstfruits”, tithes, and seed offerings.

Those of you that know ME know that I constantly try and warn people about the danger of taking the Word out of context, and the dangers of the prosperity “gospel” which is the Merchandising of Jesus. I am really upset because the Black Church got in line with many of these Prosperity Pimps false doctrine and teach in our inner-city churches where poor people are literally raped and pilaged every Sunday because they TRUST the Man of Gawd’s ability to interpret the scriptures….PLEASE WAKE UP!

In the horrible days of slavery Blacks were punished if they tried to read or had possession of books. Before the Holocaust the Nazis burned books especially history books. The Bible says it best “My people PERISH because of the lack of knowledge” What type of knowledge are we lacking that is destroying us?

  1. Knowledge of Self – Black youth need to know that out history didn’t start when we were herded off of slave-ships like cattle, our history is traced back to Africa where we were Kings, Queens, and warriors. I remember Richard Pryor did a skit on his short lived TV show about a group of Archaeologist that discovered a great cache of Egyptian artifacts, and Pryor played their servant….while they were examining things remarked “Wow all these drawings are of Black people”….when he said that they closed his Black behind in the tomb with the TRUTH.
  2. Knowledge of Finances and Business – Every race seems to understand this better than our people, we are a consumer race, and everyone else knows it. We don’t own a damn thing but we buy everything everyone else produces.
  3. Knowledge of God – Yeah we know how to “have church”, but we don’t even know that the people in the Bible we study about were people of color. We also don’t value the power of God IN US. The same God that created the Universe is in YOU…not in a BUILDING…IN YOU!!!!

Dr. M. Hamilton Stevens

Wake Up Black Christians…PLEASE!

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As I read the horrific and blatantly racist rants of Donald Trump I am not really shocked or alarmed, why? Because Trump has been showing his racist and mysogenistic tendencies for years. What REALLY irks me is the number of so-called “Bible Believing” Evangelical Christians that make excuses for Donald Trumps constant racist actions and behaviors, and even MORE shocking is the number of IGNORANT Kneegros that STILL send Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin Jr., and Benny Hinn their “firstfruits”, tithes, and seed offerings.

Those of you that know ME know that I constantly try and warn people about the danger of taking the Word out of context, and the dangers of the prosperity “gospel” which is the Merchandising of Jesus. I am really upset because the Black Church got in line with many of these Prosperity Pimps false doctrine and teach in our inner-city churches where poor people are literally raped and pilaged every Sunday because they TRUST the Man of Gawd’s ability to interpret the scriptures….PLEASE WAKE UP!

In the horrible days of slavery Blacks were punished if they tried to read or had possession of books. Before the Holocaust the Nazis burned books especially history books. The Bible says it best “My people PERISH because of the lack of knowledge” What type of knowledge are we lacking that is destroying us?

  1. Knowledge of Self – Black youth need to know that out history didn’t start when we were herded off of slave-ships like cattle, our history is traced back to Africa where we were Kings, Queens, and warriors. I remember Richard Pryor did a skit on his short lived TV show about a group of Archaeologist that discovered a great cache of Egyptian artifacts, and Pryor played their servant….while they were examining things remarked “Wow all these drawings are of Black people”….when he said that they closed his Black behind in the tomb with the TRUTH.
  2. Knowledge of Finances and Business – Every race seems to understand this better than our people, we are a consumer race, and everyone else knows it. We don’t own a damn thing but we buy everything everyone else produces.
  3. Knowledge of God – Yeah we know how to “have church”, but we don’t even know that the people in the Bible we study about were people of color. We also don’t value the power of God IN US. The same God that created the Universe is in YOU…not in a BUILDING…IN YOU!!!!

Dr. M. Hamilton Stevens

WHY NO REVIVAL???

 

Why No Revival in The World:

1. Preachers spend more time preaching about money than Jesus Christ

2. Sexual Immorality is IN THE CHURCH!

3. We are Self-Righteous and refuse to acknowlege our own sin!

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4. We stopped doing the works of Jesus in the community (Feeding the hungry natural food)

5. We don’t realize what the Gospel is anymore, and how powerful it is! (The Gospel is the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus)

6. We catagorize sin instead is realizing ALL sin can send you to hell

7. We don’t love the unsaved, if we did we would share the Good News in love and help them get delivered and set free.

8, Pastors want flunkies NOT Disciples, disciples do the work of ministry (sheep beget sheep)

9. Preaching the truth is NOT popular, stop worrying about your speaker offering and tell the truth!

10. Stop looking to politicians for change! WE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH!

Why Are So Many Churches Dying?

 

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If you are a Pastor of a church and your membership is decreasing through the years of ministering, then look back and ask, “What have I been preaching?” Well I am not a prophet or a gambler, but I’ll bet you haven’t been teaching soul winning! If you have ministers in your charge and care, make those lazy rascals go on the street and preach and stop giving them a designated Sunday! I believe a TRUE preacher called of God will preach ANYWHERE! I have never in all my life seen so many sorry excuses for preachers as I have recently. Everyone wants to go full-time ministry! That means live off of the saints! I was full-time in the Air Force overseas! What the church really needs is ministry minded saints that take every opportunity to win a lost soul to Christ. You can do that at work, in the laundry mat, at the golf course, or on a street corner. Jesus was full-time! He preached to the woman at the well, In the wilderness, in the Temple, and even on a boat. Of course I realize very large ministries may need a paid staff. The storefront church on Martin Luther King Blvd. however does not. Jesus told the disciples “freely you received, freely you give.” That means the things of God are not for sale! Sure it is nice when someone blesses you or your ministry, but don’t preach with your hand out!

1Co 9:16 Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

1Co 9:17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

  • The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Prov. 11)

Sound Advice for Future Chaplains

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Here is some advice for those interested in Chaplaincy. Chaplaincy is a weird dynamic because you are not only clergy but clinical at the same time, you may have to deal with situations that are not always “religious” in nature. When dealing with Non-Believers in an institution using titles like “Evangelist” or “Prophetess” can sometimes block your initial entry into an institution, You know who you are in Christ Jesus and declaring it when introducing yourself to people (as a Prophet) for lack of a better word “creeps them out”, Jesus said “Be WISE as a serpent and harmless as a dove”, when I introduce myself I am Mark Stevens, a Chaplain. Am I anointed YES, Do I operate in the Gift as the Spirit uses me YES, but in an institution you just DO IT…DON’T announce it. I wish you well, take this from an old head that has been in the ministry over 30 years and have had to learn the hard way. I have had to “fire” many volunteers that I am in charge of at the Trauma Hospital I work at. Often well meaning saints forget that you cannot go in a private or public institution and evangelize. The way to share your faith is by FRIENDSHIP!!!! When I visit patients I smile and I ask them how they are doing, but I let THEM lead the encounter. By virtue of the fact that I AM a Chaplain, they know I am a man of faith, so after letting them vent, I ask them if they would like prayer (99% of the people I ask that say YES!) Never argue religion with a patient! Be compassionate and caring, let the Holy Spirit lead you and you will not go wrong.

Chaplain M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D., CPRP

The Sin of Racism

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When we read and study the 1st 3 Chapters of the Book of Acts we find that a great miracle took place, and that miracle was people from ALL races, creeds, and cultures were present for the coming Holy Spirit, as Peter preached at the Feast of Pentecost each person there heard the Gospel IN THEIR OWN TONGUE (Language)…..After this great miracle the saints at Jerusalem went right back to their racist ways and refused to leave Jerusalem, God allowed severe persecution to come to MAKE THEM go and spread the Gospel. Philip the Deacon was the only one that went to Samaria and also to minister to an Ethiopian eunuch. If you are a racist you cannot effectively fulfill the Great Commission. Our job is to share the Gospel and NOT change peoples cultures or avoid people who look different than US. The division caused by racism is severely weakening the Body of Christ. We condemn the Muslims that do acts of terror and ignore the acts of terror by the KKK (Who profess to be “Christians”)

Slave owners used scriptures to justify slavery and even convince the African slaves that it was the “will of God” that they be slaves and to be a GOOD SLAVE you would submit to the “Master”. We accuse ALL of Islam of being violent and ignore AMERICAN terrorism against Blacks, Native Americans, and Mexicans. Until the MAJORITY acknowledges that there is a sin NOTHING will change. And the those that have been hurt have to still forgive and receive the healing from the Lord. I saw a Cross Burning when I was about 7 years old in Virginia and didn’t understand what was going on but I saw the fear in my mother and fathers face as we drove with our headlights out in Crewe Virginia back in 1966. America has made great strides in some areas of race relations, unfortunately the Church is still the most segregated entity in our country.

Rev. Dr. Mark H. Stevens

Jesus 100% God / 100% Man

 

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They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Mark 14, 32

The scene of the agony in the garden was an ancient olive farm where our blessed Lord frequently retired to pray to his Father. The time was about midnight on the eve of the first Good Friday. The paschal moon, filtering through the olive trees, spotlights this dramatic scene.
Our blessed Lord prostrates himself upon the rocky soil clutching at the very ground for support. He groans in distress and writhes in physical agony. His usual calmness deserts him as he keeps repeating the same prayer over and over again: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Great beads of sweat appear on the face of Jesus as a shattering storm engulfs his soul. Gradually, the sweat turned in crimson as his prayer increased in its intensity. Soon, his entire body perspires…a sweat of blood.
What are the causes of this internal martyrdom of our Lord? What is this “cup” which he pleads with his Father to remove? He has just witnessed a “Preview of his Passion.” Picture after picture, the various sufferings of the Passion flashed through his mind. The crucifixion, stark and terrifying, loomed up before him and caused his sensitive soul to recoil in terror. Once again he pleads with his Father, “If it is possible…”
Yet Christ did not run away from the Cross and the suffering that he knew awaited. Nor did he take the easy way out. He suffered this incredible agony in reparation for our sins. The conclusion is obvious. We cannot live a “comfort-at -all-costs” philosophy of life. To follow Christ calls for an unrelenting struggle with the tendencies to sin found in the make-up of each of us.

M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

Stand Up for The Truth

 

We allow “preachers” to say anything in our pulpits and we say AMEN! We are afraid to be attacked for standing up for the truth. In 1980 I was stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. While there I heard a Baptist preacher (Who was also a Freemason) tell a group in Bible study that “all roads lead to Rome” meaning every religion can get you to heaven. I was a new believer, but I knew this was wrong! I challenged him, because NO ONE else would say a word. He was a popular preacher and I was a new convert so you can imagine whose side everyone lined up on. My point is this, when you hear false preaching or teaching SAY SOMETHING! The Apostle Paul was the new kid on the block (Read Galatians) yet he challenged and corrected the Chief Apostle Peter for treating the Gentile believers wrong.

M Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.