This Week’s Message

May 14, 2022

Truth and Life Ministry

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Joh 8:32 

THE MERCY OF GOD

May 14, 2022

Hello, praise the Lord and bless the name of Jesus. Thank you for joining me by way of this medium today.  This is Apostle Joyce Payne with another broadcast from Truth and Life Ministry, a prophetic/apostolic ministry delivering the word of God to let you know that God is still good.  Today I wanted to just speak to people perhaps prophetically in a way where everyone can relate. My experience with God has allowed me to learn many things as I sought Him and listened to understand this world.  And in the process of coming to understand the world around me I picked up some clues about your world as well that I would like to share with you.  We live in a world today that demands some clear and concise answers to our questions and I hope to give some help with that.

Let’s direct our attention to a story in the bible. It is a very short story but it relays a great message. If you will go with me to the book of Genesis the 10th chapter, we will see the story of Noah and his family which is the family we descended from after the worldwide flood cleansed the whole earth.  The title of this message is fittingly: The Mercy of God.”  God is so merciful. So the story goes that after the flood, God allowed eight people, Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives to start all over again building a new world. And God put a blessing on them to go forth and multiply.  All of us want to be blessed and it is good to know, that is what God always wanted for us too: to go forth, multiply and be fruitful. 

My lesson starts though at verse 10 where it reads:

“And Cush begot Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said; Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.” 

Immediately some of you as bible readers and scholars heard names you easily recognized: you heard Babel and Nineveh, names that perhaps all bible students know well.  But before we heard those names we heard Nimrod was a mighty man in the earth and a mighty hunter before the Lord.  That sounds great and God desires to bless us and make our name great as the promise was to Abraham, who became the father of nations.  So God desires to bless His children and we saw that fulfilled as Abraham had sons who populated the earth as a blessed people.  So we know the plans of God for us is good and for our good. I am emphasizing it because it may be news to someone.

So what about Nimrod?  Many of you already know the story. We see in the scriptures that Nimrod built a city called Babel. Now the name Babel brings to mind another familiar city named Babylon. Babel is in land of Babylon.  Gen 11:9 tells us that Babel was so called “because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Babel became the mother of harlots. We also heard in those scriptures the name of another popular city:   Nineveh.  Many of us know that name from the story of Jonah, the prophet who went down to Nineveh to warn the people there that God said repent or perish.  If we proceed further in this chapter we see in Nimrod’s lineage the name of another famous city called Sodom and her sister city of Gomorrah. Both destroyed, we remember it was by fire as Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt.

All of these horrible events seemed to follow the declared blessing of God upon the sons of Noah.  How could such horrible events happen to them when it was God’s will to bless them?  We could ask that about our world today.  Many of us want nothing more than to be blessed and to be prosperous and that is what God wants for us.  We see Nimrod took advantage of every opportunity to prosper. So let’s read more about these people to see what happened as we proceed into Chapter 11:1-9.

Gen 11:1  And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Gen 11:1-9)

So we now know why God was not pleased with them.  Nimrod was a very industrious man, who was renown and he had built eight cities.  These people came together to build a big building and that seemed innocent enough but when we look at the motivation we see the problem.  The said, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Their plan was to build themselves a city with a tower that would reach up to heaven.  They also wanted to make a name for themselves and unify as a people – in pride, which God hates.  And then they said they were doing this to keep God from scattering them across the face of the whole earth, the exact opposite of what God required of them – which was rebellion. What we hear in these passages is lot of pride, fear and defiance in their conversation. We know that the character traits of pride, fear and rebellion do not come from God, who is love and who gives to His people freely.  Their pride and ambition to build a tower up to heaven certainly was not God’s will nor was it in obedience to His command to go forth, be fruitful (Gen 9:1) and replenish the earth. God gave them their domain on earth, not reaching into God’s heaven.  They set themselves to do the exact opposite of what God told them to do and the results was a rebellious tower that God pulled down, an organized and prideful people that He scattered across the face of the whole earth, a pure language that He brought to confusion and a well-known name that God set in infamy.  Nimrod’ descendants went on to further ruin and decline as we hear the sad stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, Nineveh, and Babylon.  Somewhere along the line they listened to the devil and took on his plan rather than God’s and it led them to destruction.  That’s a lesson for us today.   

People are so set on receiving the blessings of God; and it is God’s joy to bless His people.  God wants to bless us with goods, family, a good name and all kinds of blessings… the very things we want, but God had already explained in Deuteronomy Chapter 28 his rules and requirements for those blessings.  It was through obedience to His voice.  Nimrod had on him the blessing and ability to do great things for him and his descendants, but he and his descendants took the wrong path by listening to their flesh and the devil. As Joshua taught we have to choose for ourselves and our family who we will serve, whether God or Satan and that determines our results in life.  Nimrod may have started out right but went into error and that affected him and his descendants.  We need to realize that we set the pattern for the next three or four generations of our descendants by our decisions.

I called this message the mercy of God because this story is told to us early, only 10 chapters into the bible.  God had already told us about the blessings for doing His will and the cost of doing wrong in Deuteronomy but then he went on to give generations to come this example.  Note this example came also after the flood and everyone knew that story.  All nations today know the story of the flood too because it hit the whole world and every people have it in their ancestral history.

The Systems of This World

This story came to mind because I began to feel overwhelmed dealing with some everyday normal things that we all do, but I felt like someone else was pulling my strings.  And while working on my computer, my eye caught an old article I had previously saved and it spoke about America’s future, I read it.  It was written about 10 years ago by a Christian minister who described how we should prepare for the future decline of our nation and he numerated his suggestions for storing up supplies.  After reading it, I felt even more overwhelmed so I went to lie down and rest my mind. Our world now is so full of devastating information through reading and watching TV.  I got up not much later and I felt rejuvenated.  What happened?  As I laid there and meditated on the issues, I realized I was caught up in a cycle.  A cycle someone else had imposed on me.  Our world works in a system of cycles and you if you are not careful you can get caught up in someone else’s futile cycle. The movies I watched last night were preselected. The doctor’s office I scheduled a test with I realized would schedule tests for the rest of my life in precaution of this or that disease and as long as insurance pays for it, I might comply.  I had developed an allergy and the pharmacy wanted to put me on automatic refills.  I had the option of surrendering the rights of my body over to someone else’s determination.  I realized I was scheduling my body on a treadmill of testing, medication and examination. Now I know that is how medicine works and many people are on that treadmill, but it’s my body and I have the responsibility for it.   I was dealing with a system of never-ending care that could in itself cause sickness or death.  You have probably seen the series American Greed like I watched last night or heard news reports about doctors over-prescribing medications and the resulting addiction or death.  Our society is living with extremes.  What was so bad about all of this was that I have always trusted God for my health and have had no major medical concerns, but the health system we live with says I could keep looking for diseases.  As I thought about the movies, the news cycles, doctor appointments, and other systems of this life, I realized I was living in someone else’s cycle of fear, not mine.   I could either stay on the treadmill or get off.  It was my decision, and I choose not to live in a cycle of fear.

We must realize as Christians this is world’s system of living but it is not God’s system of caring for his children. I know this  is a deep topic that requires a lot of teaching but at some point we have to decide who we will believe.  I believe God and a lot of the world’s systems are in opposition to what God said.  This world has run its course and it is headed to destruction that everyone can see and now people are fearful of the future; but that is their fear, not mine. 

The majority white population in America has had all the advantages and abilities to do whatever they wanted and they have done it all.  They have led themselves and every other people into seeking wealth their way, we follow their way of religion and life style.  Their pursuit of beauty has led them to excess surgeries and bodily harm. Their pursuit of the good life has taken them to wasteful activities and travel around the world.  Their pursuit of euphoria has led them to drink, gluttony, drugs and lewd sex.  Their pursuit of riches has led them to serve idol gods of flesh until many have denied the True God.  You may have heard a trending term of “deconstructing” faith. And now their final goal of seeking power and control and making a human gods has led them to treasonous actions and a national insurrection.  Even so, religious and political elites want to persuade people that all their lies were true and to start all over again with a new set of lies if they can make people forget the real truth.  And it would all work too, except there is a real God who when He gets tired of the nonsense, pulls down the idol gods and towers, like He did for Nimrod.

God Deals With Arrogance

The mercy of God is that He told us Nimrod’s story in advance and He gives all of us a chance to read that story and others in the bible to see that that road map leads to failure and destruction and He still gives us time to turn around.  Every generation goes through this temptation of trying to prove they are their own god. They want to redesign their body, and body purposes, make up their own religions and set up their own gods.   I thought one time to call this message: The Smack Down, because that is what God does to us every once in a while. He told us there is but one God.  Samson was God’s champion but he got the smack down.  King Saul was God’s first king but he got the smack down.  Job had it all but he had to experience the smack down.  We’ve got some big people walking around now that are going to have to experience God’s smack down.  We cannot afford to forget that God is the One running the show. God allows His obedient servants to work with Him in the earth to do good and help share with others in His grace as they honor Him as the Omnipotent One that He is.  But we have to respect God’s order and His word because He is in control and the only way we will enter His heaven is according to His word.

God’s Mercy, Our Hope

The whole bible tells us how to obey, how some have gone astray and how to get back on the right track.  God is a God of second chances and despite the errors we have made as a nation and world, God is a forgiving God and He wants for people to repent and turn back to Him.  He gave that chance to sinful Nineveh, whose king made the whole nation of people and animals to fast while they repented.  God offers that chance to us as well as a nation and people. Lord, help us if we have more pride than Nineveh!

Now I want to discuss the hope we have.  Many people look at the book of Revelations and believe that the judgments that Jesus brings on the seven churches is the end of the world but He did not say that?  The majority of the churches listed were in religious or sinful error and He told them their sin and then told them what they needed to do to get right.  Notice He tells the church of Ephesus who had lost their first love, to repent lest He remove their candlestick or church. Smyrna was told they would go into tribulation but promised if they overcame He would give them a crown of life.  The church of Pergamos was told God knew where Satan’s seat was and that they had the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolatians; but He would fight for them and they should repent.  He went on to tell each of the seven churches where they stood with Him and advised them what they needed to do to overcome.  God will have a church that will be ready at the coming of the Lord but all of these churches had work to do.  Christ promised the gates of hell would not prevail against His church.  He did not say your church, but His true church.  We cannot get there by doing it our way.  We cannot build a high tower to get to God’s heaven.  There is one way to get there and it is through Jesus Christ, the Lord.

You may have noticed that these were churches that were situated in certain cities such as Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea, were churches of that day; but how is your church fellowship of your city doing?  Has God spoken of how He has judged the obedience of your church?  Has your church made the necessary changes?  We have heard a lot of stories about a lot of stuff going on.  God is exposing it all. So tell me, how is the church of America doing?  Remember the bible tells of a city called Babylon that will be judged as the great whore.  Nobody wants to belong to that church, but it will be judged. People are worried about what will happen next in America because they know we are in trouble.  It is all in the book!  The story has already been written.  We are just walking it out.  The important thing is to know who you are in the scriptures.

The American Church and Its Sin

Let’s look at America.  The church in America has many problems.  We just saw a union of churches rise up to take over the nation in the spirit of the anti-Christ.  Yes, I said it!  It was an anti-Christ spirit that rose up to destroy the nation, but God had mercy on us.  We are still here so we still have another chance to get it right.  That’s the reason why I have to tell you the truth.  The devil is betting on us losing this one.  I am going to tell you the truth and you decide who you want to serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

I have spent time in the spirit listening to the Lord as He evaluated many of our religions, practices and affections.  Oftentimes it was during my study time or meditations in the word during my wilderness journey.  There are many of our religions and churches that are not even trying to change to conform to the image of Christ because they feel they are okay just the way they are.  I have visited many churches and seen preachers over the years whether in person or by way of media; and I did not visit one that the Spirit of the Lord said was okay the way it was.  In every case the Spirit, showed me something missing in the church or doctrine, or the pastor; and it did not make a difference how big or famous they were.  I was shocked.  If you doubt it, just remember how many of these churches in America put Donald Trump in the President’s seat. There was a large consensus of churches saying he was God’s man, but if he was why are we worst off now than before he took office.  America has been hoodwinked and if we wait long enough they have a plan to turn the lie into the truth or a greater deception, but God forbid.

I had the experience of going to a church several decades ago where I fell in love with the people and the pastor.  It was the best time I had run into this side of heaven.  I felt spiritually happy and content around the people… until I went to their multi-church gathering.  I sat there stunned as the overseer showed himself to be pompous and full of pride.  I returned to the humble little church I had been attending and had previously expressed a desire to join; however the pastor advised me to complete their fellowship classes first before I joined.  I loved their worship services: I had experienced Jesus in worship at home but missed it in a Christian fellowship.  I had never before experienced a church body going into deep spiritual worship before the Lord. 

Within a short period I heard this church overseer was in the hospital and actually on his death bed.  Church intercession was going on for him. One morning as I was preparing for work, I felt his spirit reaching out for prayer and I had to quickly decide whether to risk losing what was my only means of support in a new city to spend time in intercession or go to work and take it up later.   Later that day I got with the church intercessor and shared the burden to pray.  I did not join that church. In the course of the time I was there, the overseer died, the spirit of the Lord prophesied through the pastor of the little church a reprimand for the church body to go back and do some work over and I heard God convey to my spirit I was to go back to my previous church and before too long the pastor of the little church had also died.  We do not see things the way God does and He is not always as pleased with us as we think.  We used to sing a song about  decade ago which asked the question: “What If God is Unhappy with Our Praise?” The song went to the say: “we must change the way we live. We must live a life pleasing to our King.”  Our commitment of living to please God seems to have changed.  The focus of church service now seems to be so worldly  as we go to mega church after stopping by the church coffee bar or bookstore.  Wonder what Jesus thinks about that?  

On January 6th, the American white church had a goal of consolidating white power in this physical realm for a worldly goal.  Church was supposed to be a place to worship God rather than be a meeting place for planning sedition.  Today’s church seems to be more about socializing, pastors pleasing, getting rich or networking.  Is there any wonder why it could also rally an insurrection and do it while holding up signs for Jesus.  Jesus started a riot too, turning over tables and whipping the merchants.  Today it would probably be turning over coffee machines, chairs, bookstands, and more.   Are we trying to please God or man.  You can make pastors happy in one offering, but God is different; He will test our obedience and allegiance to Christ. His approval cannot be faked or purchased.  Noticed Peter was in the crowd following Jesus and still nearly fell, but Jesus prayed for him. Jesus is praying for us too.  We have to make sure we have the right motive for going to church.  Have morning prayer and get your coffee at home and then go to church to meet with God.  It is a tedious journey and the righteous shall barely make it in.  Peter said:  1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Jesus wants us to be conformed to His image and make it into His kingdom.  We need to seriously contend for heaven.  We don’t want to just be in the crowd but we want to make it into the city.  Too many pastors have distorted what Jesus and His disciples taught.  Jesus said many of them are not entering in and neither are they allowing the people to enter.  Jesus loves pastors.  He promised to give us pastors after his own heart.  They will watch over, teach and instruct the sheep in the right way.

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Mat 23:13 

No Excuse – Your Role

Paul taught in Romans that God has made Himself known to every one of us so that we are without excuse (Ro1:20).  Pastors are expected to make the gospel appeal to all men so that faith is developed and all are drawn to the Lord.  They are charged to be a help in removing hindrances that would prevent the message from reaching sinners. Jesus came to open up the door for us and show us how to please the Father and the Holy Spirit lives in the believer to guide us all the way to heaven.  There is a spiritual work that has to be done to prepare the soul for heaven.  Remember Paul said:

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1Th5:23

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Php 2:12 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Rom 12:1-2 

Paul knew that there was more to church than sitting on the pew and paying offerings.  He prayed that after preaching to the people, he would not become a cast away.  He suffered greatly in his Christian journey but he left us more books of instruction than any other prophet or apostle.

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.  1Co_9:27 

I want to help people realize that there is much more to salvation than just saying a prayer and sitting in the pew.  If you will recall the story  of the ten virgins, they were all virgins and they were all waiting on the Lord to come but only five made it in.  If it was easy, everybody would be going to heaven but then it would not be much of a heaven when you got there if everybody came.  God is particular about who He lets in heaven.  Only the righteous shall see God and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.  It’s easy enough that a child can make it in because they have what it takes faith, love and humility.

…Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.   Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Mar 10:14-15

Racism in the American Church

When we discuss the American church and what God requires, we have to talk about a major problem in the American church.  That is the issue of racism, the very opposite of what God requires.  We know that God requires us to love everybody like a neighbor but the American church has a tradition of showing partiality to white people above everyone else.  That’s not love.  The strange thing is that there is no nation of white people or even Caucasian.  The people who came over to America from Europe came from many nations round the world. They may have white skin, but that does not make them superior. It is not true; and it is not biblical. A major source of contention in American society and church has to do with showing favoritism to white people.  There was already a nation that started a war over superiority of whiteness. It was under Hitler and he failed and he died in humiliation.  He modeled his racial hatred after what he saw in America and America has no excuse in still promoting this sin.

I have to say that the problem is not just white people either because a big part of the problem is also black people not living up to who they are in Christ.  They have no business bowing their head to white people if they know they are children of God.  Nobody can ride your back, if you stand up.  I have written and talked quite a bit on this subject but I want to approach it now from the scriptures at a time when it is surely needed.

Let’s go the Romans Chapter 11:1-8.  We know from the book of Daniel that God told Daniel to shut up the book until the last days. These have got to be the last of the last days and many things have been opened up to spiritual eyes. God opens up scripture at the appropriate time and to the mature ones.  There is a teaching about the Jews, Israel and the gentiles that need to be explained in these days.  And the spirit of God has instructed me to open up some scriptures at a time when it is needed.  There are things that white people understand that they do not want blacks to figure out and there are things white people do not understand because God has not unfolded it to them and for good reason.  At the appropriate time God wants His people to know the truth and walk it out.  It is the truth that sets us free, not the lie.

End Time Truth

Daniel was given end time messages for our day that were closed to the understanding of earlier generations.

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Dan 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 

God has opened up to me a lot of end time scriptures and I want to share some of them with the church so that we can begin to walk in them.  We are in  time of judgment and many people need to understand the crucial hour we live in and get themselves together for the coming of Christ.  I have observed and it is important to know that God sends the teaching first before He judges our obedience to that teaching.  This is not my first time bringing this teaching.  I brought it forth several years ago but a lot of people did not understand the seriousness of it.  With all that is going on, perhaps now is a better time for some. 

Who is Israel, Jew, Gentiles, Christians?

We know from scripture that the Jews rejected the Messiah and crucified Him.  Even though Jesus had Jewish disciples, many Jews refused to hear the good news message.  Saul was a Jew who persecuted Jewish Christians for not maintaining the strict Jewish rules of the Temple.  He resisted the new message of forgiveness that Jesus brought.  Jesus confronted Saul on the Damascus Road where he was converted to Christianity and the terrorizing enemy of the Christians was stopped.  Saul’s name was changed to Paul and he became the apostle to the gentiles.  Now the gentiles were any people that were not of the seed of Abraham, Jews or Israelites.  We read in scripture Paul preached to the Philippians, the Corinthians, the Romans, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, and the Thessalonians.  These were gentile nations he brought into the body of Christ.  When the Jews refused to hear the message of Christ, Paul turned wholly to gentile nations to preach Christianity.  Paul gave the gentiles a warning that still applies today.   I want to rehearse it in the ears of hearers today because I think the warning has been forgotten or discounted by the gentile nations.

I need to set the stage for this part of the message.  The Jews did not come from America, Europe Asia, South America, Antarctica, or Australia.  The Israelites and the Jews were a people that came up out of Africa and traveled to the Promised Land which is Canaan Land or today’s Palestine and Israel, which was part of the Continent of Africa.  The stories of early bible history are stories about people living in African or black people who controlled the African continent until their disobedience to God brought bondage under gentile nations, some inside that land and some without like the Greeks and Romans of Europe and people of Asia which conquered them. Abraham’s descendants were a dark skinned African people, as was Paul who went to minister to the gentile nations of Europe and Asia.

So let’s read Paul’s letter to the Romans at Romans 11:1-8.

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Those verses talk about the status of the people of Israel in blindness and bondage.  God did not cast away the Jews for rejecting their Messiah but said many of them would be blinded by a spirit of slumber until a specific later time, which the book of Daniel described as the last days.   Paul notes that the fall of the Jewish nation gave opportunity for the gentile nations to come in and learn of Christ.  Jesus had taught that Abraham’s descendants were God’s chosen people and they were to be priesthood for the rest of the world.  After their fall and the entrance of the gentile nations coming into the truth through Paul’s teaching, Paul warned the gentile nations (the Philippians, the Corinthians, the Romans, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, and the Thessalonians) not to gloat over this fact or hinder the true Israelites and Jews from coming back into their rightful place and authority in Christ.  He called this a spirit of being high minded in Romans 11.

Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded (a superiority complex), but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? Rom 11:18-24

Now we see that Paul was dealing with the probability of a superiority complex in the gentile nation after they found the truth.  Paul is addressing an attitude of pride in the gentile nation that could hinder the true Jews and Israelites from coming back to Christ. Paul warns the gentiles that they too can be cut off just like the Israelite nation if they too fall into disobedience.  This scripture has manifested and is a reality now as white people, who are from the gentile nations, are showing high-mindedness against black people who came up out of Africa, their homeland of Israel.  Now contrary to today’s teaching Israel is situated within the tectonic plate of the continent of Africa, and was always known to be part of the continent of Africa until maps were redrawn for reasons of partially.  Whites have used subtlety to  claim supremacy over black people just as Paul warned and now want to deny black people the rights and privileges of the kingdom.  The gentile nations or white people (formed from the Philippians, the Corinthians, the Romans, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, and the Thessalonians that Paul preached to) that migrated from Europe to America and then went on to Africa and brought black people as slaves to serve them in America; is the fulfillment of Paul’s warning to the Romans listed in the book of Romans to the gentile nations.  The warning was that God would cast away the gentiles the same way as He casted away the Jews and Israelites if they came to the same disobedience.

We are finding in today’s world that white Christians today (the descendants of the Philippians, the Corinthians, the Romans, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, and the Thessalonians) are talking about their lack of faith or the “Nones”, about falling into unbelief in God, and “deconstructing” their faith.  They have turned their backs on God by the multitudes.  And not only that but they formed  union with unbelievers to block black progress and to make sure that God’s original people never come to the knowledge of who they are.  The question is: have they become castaways?  If they are castaways how do they qualify to lead black people in churches or anywhere, except back to darkness, bondage and death.  How does that make them superior to black people of faith?  If black people renew their faith in God then they can walk in His favor again and receive His blessings.  Black people and others ethnicities need to know that they should only follow the faith of godly people who follow Christ; we do not make an idol of any man, his religion or his leadership.  We follow Christ. We do not follow the ungodly in their sin.  Black people of every nation, language and religious persuasion need to realize their history from Africa, learn their physical and biblical history and walk in the truth.  Every black person from Africa was not born from Abraham, was a Jew or Israelite or  believer, but every person needs to be aware of their heritage and to come to Christ.  There are specific promises and even curses that were pronounced against certain ethnic people that we need to know from our family tree because blessings can be received and curses need to be broken.  Now in Christ all the curses are broken, but the devil can deceive those who do not know the truth.  The lie that black people came from Canaan and are under his curse is a lie from Satan.  The saying that black people are cursed to be under white people is a lie.  There were a lot of lies the black slaves were told to keep them in bondage that their descendants need to be delivered from.  Black people of faith are not under white people’s control but are full citizens of the kingdom of God.

Gentile people and nations worldwide should remember the warnings of God and that Paul pronounced and should to walk in the truth.  Along with Paul’s warning God has said:  “Deu 32:9  For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.”  God has kept them as the apple of his eye (Deu 32:10).  While the gentiles nations need to be careful of how they treat God’s chosen people also God’s chosen people need to wake up to represent and serve the Lord.  The books of Daniel and Revelations describe how God will stand up to defend His people under persecution as the anti-Christ spirit launches his attack against them.  God will always bring His people out if they hold on their faith.  God is faithful to those that trust in Him.

God’s True Church For All Nations

The role of the church is to bring all believers into the family of God and prepare the church to go back with the Lord when He comes.  The church is to be made up of believers of every nation.  Jesus opened the door for all people to come into the ark of safety.  We come to Jesus today by faith through grace and not by heritage or ethnicity.  Jesus declared that we should know the truth and th truth would make us free.  White people told the black slaves lies to keep them in bondage and now that same devil is causing them to tell lies to keep all America as well in bondage to lies.  Black people were told they were inferior to keep them in bondage and now white women are being told that they must be submitted to bondage as well to any ruling by white men at the Supreme court.  That is not an affirmation for abortion but it is a critique of any person trying to bring people under bondage to laws when Jesus has given us grace. People need to realize that it is Satan who stir up hate that divides people for the purpose of preventing unity in Christ.  If he cannot use whites against blacks, he will settle for republicans against democrats or men against women, or Russia against America, America against Russia or Russia against Ukraine or world war or nuclear war.  His job is to keep up trouble and we have had a lot of trouble because of falling into disobedience.  The problem is not black people or white people or men or women or Russia or Ukraine or world war or nuclear war.  The problem is sin.  Satan rebelled against God and now he wants to prevent the church from uniting together in the Lord.  Ephesian 6 tells us at verse 12  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Christians must remember we do not serve God for the earthly pleasures or  treasures of this life, which shall perish.  We do not have to beat down blacks, whites, the poor and disadvantaged, ethnic people of any persuasion to get money and earthly treasurers for a good life in this earth.  God loves us all and he wants all people to be blessed and enjoy  a good life here and in eternity but remember we are strangers and pilgrims passing through this life on earth and we look for a better home in glory. Our goal is to come to the Savior to unite with our heavenly Father and enjoy eternal life now and in heaven.  Oppression of any people is of the devil.  Don’t be fooled, regardless of your reason, we do not have to oppress our brother or sister for things.  God wants to give us the desires of our heart as we obey.

God’s Judgment Brings Deliverance

It is always the devil who comes to tear down what God has built up and if he can get us to help, his work is just that much easier.  A Lot of people have been deceived as they have lost faith in God and are cooperating with the evil one to destroy good and bring destruction.  The deceived call good, evil and evil as good.  They have zeal to win ground for the evil one who is leading them.  But God has a set time when He comes in to clean His house and the wicked are tossed out.  The righteous need to understand that their job exist in being the hands and feet, even the mouth piece of God, in this generation to cast down evil and uplift the good.  God is revealing what is good and what is evil in the sunlight.  Too many people have forgotten the difference between good and evil because they were willing to let down the wall between them to get what they wanted in the wrong way.  That system has worked to bring corruption and destruction.  Now we have to choose to  reject the evil and choose the good to get back to a place of peace.  The world is in an uproar because people have chosen to let the devil rule in their heart to help them get stuff that God is more than willing to give us if we choose to obey Him and follow His way to receive.  My job is to help people understand these facts because God does not want anyone to perish.  Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for humans.  We live in a very serious time when people do not seem to know whom to believe or follow, but I want to adjure you to read your bible, call upon the Lord in prayer and obey his voice.  Throughout the bible God warns us to heed his word, walk in obedience and live.   His will is still for us to be fruitful and multiply to replenish the earth in righteousness and bring glory to His name.  With the help of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit we can live in the kingdom and be pleasing to God.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2Pe 1:3-4

For those born of the water and the spirit, Jesus has said:

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Jo 6:39-40. 

The mercy and grace of God is the warning and time allowed  for those who have gone astray and want to return.  It is an invitation for those who have never made Christ their Lord and Savior to come to Him today by faith in the finished work of Christ.  Christ died so you can be saved.  Now is that acceptable day to receive Christ as Lord and Savior while His grace and mercy is extended.  Time is always shorter than we think so don’t put off making a change today in your attitude and ways that have led to error.  Choose life through Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  I have put a lot in this message because people need more than a singular word; they need understanding.  I wanted to paint the picture of where we have gone astray and how we need to return. Pastors can break this message down but this message is for them as well.  Let me know if I can help with further teaching of this word and contact me with your comments and questions at:

Apostle Joyce Payne, at Truth and Life Ministries, PO Box 52652, Durham, NC 27717 by email at truthandlifeministry1@gmail.com.

I pray that you will receive the blessing from hearing this message and listen or read it more than once to hear what God is saying.  May God bless you until the next time we meet over the Word of God.  God loves you.