Dr CD Brooks Preaching on The Spirit of Prophecy

In this sermon titled, The Spirit of Prophecy,  Dr CD Brooks talks about the gift of the spirit of prophecy. The bible lists various gifts that enrich the Christian experience and one of those gifts is the gift of prophecy.

The bible says that these gifts will exist until the end of the world. Nowhere in scripture do we find a verse that says the gifts were only for the New Testament times only. We should expect God to continue to bless and equip the Church with spiritual gifts.

The purpose of spiritual gifts such as the gift of prophecy,  is to bring about unity, equip God’s people for the work of ministry, build up the body of Christ, protect it from being deceived by false doctrine, and foster individual and collective spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:11-15). God’s church will only prosper if we heed the words of our prophets.

The fact that the devil can counterfeit spiritual should not be an excuse for us to ignore the genuine gifts of the Spirit. Our duty is to test the gifts and benefits from the genuine ones. As Christ said by the fruits shall you know them.

We all need to affirm our commitment to “believe His prophets” (2 Chronicles 20:20), that we may prosper in fulfilling our mission to the world and thus hasten the coming of Jesus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Dn8EO2D58

 

 

Walter Pearson Jr.: The Latter Rain And The Second Coming Video Sermon

Pastor Walter Pearson Jr is one of my favorite preachers. I praise God that even after his stroke he is still preaching the word of God. May God continue to bless his ministry.

In this sermons preaches on the topic, “The Latter Rain And The Second Coming.” A very important topic as we await the second coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Rain played a major role in Israelite agrarian society. Cisterns found by archaeologists in Israel indicate the value of water and the need to preserve it for the dry season, which spanned close to half of the year.

1. Rainy Season: In Israel most of the rain usually fell from December to February. The first rain of the rainy season—the “early rain”—usually came mid-October through early November. This rain softened the ground and facilitated the germination of seeds and the growth of crops. The latter rain came, before the harvest, from early March to April. This rain contributed to maturation of the crop. Therefore, rain was enormously important to Israelite life and was considered a gift from God (Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24; Matt. 5:45). The lack of rain was often seen as an expression of divine disfavor, a result of the sins and rebelliousness of the people (e.g., Jer. 3:3).
2. Ideas Associated With Rain: Rain was associated with the power of God over nature (1 Kings 17:1; Isa. 5:6), and with His blessings (Ps. 84:6; 147:8) and favors toward humanity (Hosea 6:3). Its connection with subsistence made it a concrete expression of God’s concern for the life of the people and for the fertility of the land (Deut. 11:10, 11; Lev. 26:4). That same connection between life and rain allowed for its use as a symbol of wisdom (Prov. 18:4) and godly teachings (Deut. 3:2). Since rain benefited all, it is metaphorically associated with the just king who is a blessing to all, and nurtures life instead of threatening it (2 Sam. 23:4). A negative side to rain, specifically torrential rain, is that it damages fields and houses, and it became a symbol of chaos and destruction (e.g., Gen. 7:11; Isa. 4:6).
3. Outpouring of the Spirit and Rain: In the Bible rain became a symbol for the divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit; both rain and the Holy Spirit were sent by God as a demonstration of His concern for life.

We find, first, an eschatological usage of the image of rain. God described the future restoration of His people using the language of rain to illustrate the work of the Spirit: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isa. 44:3, NIV; cf. Eze. 39:29; Isa. 32:15; 44:3). In Joel, after announcing the coming of the early and latter rains, God added, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28, 29, NIV).

Second, the image of the early and latter rains could be applied to at least two different powerful works of the Spirit within the church: one related to the experience of Pentecost, and the other to events shortly before the return of Christ. The eschatological work of the Spirit announced by Joel was partially fulfilled during the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:18). This could be called, the “early rain.” But that same prophecy referred to “the great and glorious day of the Lord” suggesting that a fuller manifestation of the Spirit was to be expected (cf. Acts 2:19, 20).

This future work of the Spirit would accompany and empower the proclamation of the last message of judgment and salvation to the human race. It is to this event that Revelation 18:1 points. An angel, representing God (Eze. 43:2), descended from heaven with great authority, illuminating the earth with his glory, and adding power to the worldwide proclamation of the message of the three angels of Revelation 14:6-12. Such a manifestation of the Spirit could be called the “latter rain.” Before the return of Christ, evil powers will perform great wonders and miracles (Rev. 13:13, 14; 1 Tim. 4:1), but God will also express His superior power through the work of the Spirit among His people.

In summary, the words “early rain” and “latter rain”  as used in scripture are agricultural images figuratively applied to the work of the Holy Spirit when the Christian church was starting in Acts of the Apostles and also a the end of the world shortly before God’s  final end-time harvest (Rev. 14:14-20).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jtbvcPl7vY

Dealing with stress can be difficult . To help people overcome this problem, people should try to make themselves feel good about themselves.

People with chronic low self-esteem may become discouraged about themselves and their future, but instead of feeling rejected, they may feel rejected by their lives, because there is nothing they have to look forward to. This discouragement often leads to the belief that there is nothing to look forward to in life. The frustration from not having the perfect life leads to a vicious cycle of feeling dissatisfied, and feeling dissatisfied, and not wanting to change. People with chronic low self-esteem tend to develop negative and self-destructive behaviors. They are more likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, engage in dangerous activities, or abuse medications. They are more likely to have a family history of mental illness, and many have substance use and abuse problems as well. These behaviors can be a problem in any aspect of one’s life, and so chronic low self-esteem can have many effects.

How to treat chronic low self-esteem. A combination of behavioral, mental health, and medical interventions may be needed to help people live with low self-esteem. It’s important to begin therapy early on in the process so that you can work to heal the underlying issue and get the most out of therapy. It may take multiple sessions for your therapist to have enough insight to help you realize the cause of your feelings and behavior. To begin with, you may be told that you’re “having a rough go” and you’re not really trying hard enough. If this is the case, you might ask for more time to feel the problem, for extra time to talk about it, or to go to therapy once a week until you are able to make more progress. It’s very important to work with a therapist who is knowledgeable and trained in working with people who have low self-esteem. It may take time to feel better with therapy. If you still don’t feel better after a couple of weeks, call the therapist back, who will keep working with you until you get better. It is also important to consider alternative medicine, such as CBD, which may help reduce all the symptoms that come from stress. Visit i49.net/blog and get all the details.

There are no shortcuts in therapy. Everyone in therapy does a lot of work for you, and you have to be willing to work hard to do your part. You have to feel comfortable sharing what you’re going through with the person you’re seeing. You can’t do it alone, which is why it’s important to find a therapist who will work with you.

I think therapy can help with a lot of issues. For example, I think it helps when someone with depression asks for help and I go and see a therapist because I was not doing well. Asking for help doesn’t make someone feel better. It doesn’t make them feel better in the sense that they don’t have to feel bad anymore. They will still feel bad if they have a bad day or are upset with something in their life. It’s important to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else. If you feel like you’re hurting yourself by talking to someone else, then you probably are. People can help you find a therapist, but they can’t help you make the change that you need to make.

When do I meet with my therapist?

Therapy works best when it’s in the context of a relationship. My therapist usually sees me once a month during the year, sometimes more. Therapy is important, but