Are you waiting to go to heaven?

I do not want to rain on your party but getting saved, being born again, believing in Jesus Christ is NOT all about dying and going to heaven. It is about knowing the Father and Jesus whom He sent, now in this life. Of course that is the whole idea–the whole...

Breaking word curses and vows

During times when we have failed miserably in some way the enemy presses us to speak in line with his accusations whispered into our minds. At those times and in those seasons of high stress we may have uttered word curses about ourselves in some area of life. You...

Saved and delivered

God does amazing things doesn’t he? On Christmas day we took a lost soul into our home. The police told me to “have nothing to do with these bad people”. He said that because he had dealt with her and her friends and family over many years. Notorious drug...

Trying hard to get where you are

Whenever I turn on the Christian radio I hear preachers exhorting the flock of God to try harder to be pleasing to God. They make a big deal about the responsibility being all ours. Whether it is to do with a thing called “the call of God” or with...

Speaking the truth in love

A very common but ugly attitude in Christian circles is displayed when someone tells some hard truths to another person and feels justified in doing so by using Paul’s admonition to “speak the truth in love”. Brother you are behaving badly! Brother you are an angry person! Brother if...

Are you in the flesh?

I don’t know whether preachers still point at people and tell them they are “in the flesh”  these days as I have not set foot in a church service for over 7 years now. But back then and for a long time before that it was common to hear...

Fall into the ground

We know that Jesus was/is the grain of wheat that fell into the ground. He died and was buried in the ground. When He was raised up, it was so that He would live all those who believe in Him into life. We have believed in Jesus–the One who...

Let me preach the whole verse

I see that my brethren still preach half verses and this only keeps the blinders on. Let me give an example. I don’t know how many times I have had brethren throw half verses at me to convict me as guilty. Here is one of them. “It is appointed...

Can you hear grace?

I read a lot of “Christian” teaching that tells us to make sure we are keeping God’s Ten Commandments. They seem to think that a Christian is still under the Law of Moses. Can you hear the message of Grace? Abraham was imputed as righteous simply because he believed...

Soulish Prayers

I wonder how many Christians realise that some kinds of prayers for other people cause headaches and fever and other symptoms of sickness? Many times in my short Christian experience I have come under attack not from demons but from well meaning brethren. Whenever we pray that God would...

Simon the Sorcerer

Bitterness has a way of staying hidden away usually covered over by pride. If left unhealed or not dealt with all sorts of problems occur. Some people who have been thought of as ‘great’ have had a secret root of bitterness which drove them to attain position and power...

Let Jesus lift you up

For those who have felt the paralysing effect shame has upon the soul I offer this post. The son of Jonathan was Mephibosheth the grandson of King Saul who had tried for years to kill David. Mephibosheth means ‘Dispeller of Shame’. Not only does this boy’s name cover him...

Who has bewitched you?

When Paul asked the Galatians “Who has bewitched you?,” he used a word not used any other time in Scripture.  The word he used tells us so much about why we so easily set aside the grace of God.  Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that...

Surrender to God? 2

Surrendering to God is a very prevalent idea amongst Christians. It can bring an exasperating feeling. When you think you have given up things for God’s sake and given away things as well, costly things, and still you hear a voice saying you need to surrender to God. I...

Surrender to God?

Over the years I have suffered many days and weeks..years in fact as I am sure many Christians have. The suffering I refer to is in the mind as a result of putting  self down when we fall or think we have failed in some way.  The world and...

Jesus is declaring Father

Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only life you have and His life is bound up with that of the Father for there is only One Life. There is only One life for there is only ONE GOD- The Father…without Father there is no Jesus and without Jesus we...

Accursed things in the home

The following story is from a long diary type article I wrote about my ministry trip to Uganda in 2008. In it I talk about a Balinese religious(Hindu)mask that I tangled with and what happened. How did it come about that a married man in his forties with 3...

Love’s Exchange

This post delves into the exchange God wrought when Jesus took you and me into Himself giving His own self story to us as our own self story if we are willing to receive it. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but...

A man named Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and rich. Jesus knew his name. Zacchaeus was a short man trying to make himself a big man. Jesus knew his name. As a tax collector there was no doubt that he took more than was legal to take. As a tax collector...

Not under Law

So many Christian brethren are confused about whether we are under the law or not. The BIBLE is very clear about the answer. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Rom 6:14 Immediately many readers will recognise that...

God’s Shoulds

A look at the use of the word SHOULD in the New Testament. Don’t let it scare you! I explain why. 1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, … The Bible can be a very condemning read if we do...

We Should love one another

A look at the use of the word SHOULD in the New Testament. Don’t let it scare you! I explain why. 1Jn 3:11  For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, … The Bible can be a very condemning read...

At War with yourself?

So many of us are defeated before we even start out praying to God. The Accuser of the brethren has done a number on us causing us to be neutralised in prayer. God wants His children to ask of Him, believing that we receive the things we have asked...

There is a Rock

A few weeks ago I did one of my spontaneous bail-outs. I went fishing down the coast but then drove further to surf at another spot followed by fishing again in the evening at another spot. I caught nothing. I got pummelled pretty good in the surf until I...

Remove thy log

Back in 2010 the Lord made alive a passage of Scripture in Mark which resulted in my departure from the local assembly. At the time I thought I was being led away from the church because they were blind and I wanted to see. I was filled with desire...

Wilfully Blind

Ignorance is bliss as the saying goes and we do not need to know everything that is going on in the world either. Yet it is startling to listen to fellow Christians who have been born again and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Almost all the Christian church...

Leaking heart

When your heart has a leaking valve so that it leaves you feeling exhausted after walking or even simply talking it’s not very encouraging. It is like digging a hole in dry sand…it keeps caving in.   Many people have this problem. They may have been born with it...

Accusations: Don’t listen to them

If you believe in a God that you imagine is always accusing you of falling short of Him then you yourself will live under accusations constantly. You will accuse yourself of not being holy enough, not righteous enough….which then causes you to want to do all you can to...

Hidden with Christ

Just a few quick thoughts on this wonderful passage: Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Col...

Did Paul preach a false gospel?

I noticed that some person searched the internet for “false gospel of paul the pharisee wordpress 2017” and landed on my blog. That would be because I own a domain name gospelofpaul.net. Did Paul preach a false gospel message? Absolutely not! If Paul preached a false gospel then the...

Depression in Zion

Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 per cent since 2005, with 300 million people estimated to suffer from the condition. SBS NEWS: 31st March 2017 In a world that is becoming more and more detached from relationships with people face to face is it any wonder...

Righteous now by exchange

Just as I wrote in the previous post on Romans 6:8 that we live with God now not in some distant future after we have died….so again I want to look at another verse which my brethren put off to “in heaven when we die.” 2Co 5:21 For He...

Not future but now

A common error in the translation of the Scriptures is to make many things mean sometime in the distant future when we die. Here is an example. Romans 6:8 (ASV) But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; The translators want Paul...

So where does an unbeliever’s spirit go when they die?

My wife asked me last night so where does an unbeliever’s spirit go when they die? We had been talking about the scary bedtime prayer that a lot of Christian children would have prayed before bedtime since the 1700’s. Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the...

You are Adam no more

Listening to grace preachers has made me realise that they are leaving their sheep in Adam under a covering they call grace. They talk about God giving us grace that covers all our sin and shame and our past. The congregations sing these same ideas in worshipful ways to...

A good conscience

I have been looking at Paul’s words in first Timothy for the last four posts. In the first verse he tells us that he was called according to the commandment of God.That charge or mandate from Jesus was to preach the Gospel of Grace in order to turn the...

From the Womb of the morning

First published 6th September 2016 – but added to for clarity Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord,”Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Psa 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule...

The just shall live by faith

I heard a Christian song recently in which was sung “I will live my life for You.” It is this idea I want to investigate and preach on. Do we live our life for God? Almost all believers will say yes of course we do! Paul said in 2...

The things that are not

If ever you want to know what God has truly called you to be and do in this current era it is found written by Paul the Apostle… 1Co 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many...

Unknown Known

No eye has seen No ear has heard The things God has prepared For those who love Him… These things are freely received By the heart that is One with Jesus.   What I did not know What I did not see He has become One with me.  ...

Day of outrage is coming

A little Jewish boy who appeared like all other Jewish boys played near his family home. He jumped and skipped, ran and fell, cried and laughed like all other little boys. His mother and father taught him the Scriptures and he was accustomed to going to the local Synagogue...

Losing all- We already have!

In order for Paul to receive the mystery of the Gospel he first had to come face to face with his total failure as a man trying to please God. The same is true for each of us who call Christ our Lord. New wine cannot be put into...

Levels of knowing

There are different levels of knowing. I know many people by their reputation only. Mar_6:14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” There...

Finding your true self

//giphy.com/embed/l2R03sHecxjJZrKYE It came as a shock to me when I was in my early thirties to be told that the man I thought was my father was not my real father. For thirty 33 years I thought I was Dennis Rhodes son of William Rhodes. And I was, and...

Blessed are the pure in heart

Jesus is the Word proceeding from the Father. He did not just speak words from God, but He IS THE WORD coming from God. When Jesus the Word made flesh spoke it was the Father speaking…yet it was Jesus, for they are a perfect union of two people. We...

The New Self

One of the most amazing things that the Apostle Paul taught is the New Creation. When Jesus went into the garden of Gethsemane to drink the Father’s cup, Isaiah’s words were being fulfilled. Here is just a portion of Isaiah…the whole chapter is relevant. Isa 53:4 Surely He has...

Jesus the word made flesh

What an honour to be the one’s who are the soil that the Word is always landing upon. What a joy to receive the Word as rain upon our souls! Isa 55:10  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But...

We preach Christ crucified

The Apostle Paul preached Christ crucified. What does that mean? 1Co 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 1Co 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of...

Paul’s Calling

When Jesus appeared to Paul He made known to him what he would do with God. The Lord appeared to Paul as a bright light and spoke to Paul as if in an audible voice. Act 9:3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone...

Who was Paul

Who was Paul the Apostle? This one man wrote a third of the new testament letters and claimed to have been given his message straight from God. He was not an original disciple of Jesus but instead was most likely one of the Pharisees that continually opposed Jesus as...

Recognise Christ

The Apostle Paul was a faith preacher.(1Ti2:7) He was given the message of grace to preach to the Gentile nations so that we may “receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ”. (Acts 26:18) This was the charge or commandment...

Accepting Jesus Fully

The phrase “Accepting Jesus” or “receiving Jesus” is used often amongst Christians. Apostle John wrote: Joh 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. Joh 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to...

Jesus becomes our sin

2Co 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin  sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The Father made Jesus sin for us. What an amazing thought!! Not the verb sin, but the noun sin. Father made Jesus our sin that we...

Empty

Having the knowledge of your emptiness sets you free. Only the weak attract God’s grace Only the poor, the needy, the outcast. What a show we put on with all of our strength- it is all pretending. It is all a puff of wind, stubble ready to be burned....

When good is bad

What do we do when the truth is found 180 degrees in the opposite direction than what we have been told? When the good guys turn out to be the bad guys? 911 was carried out by Israel. The 47 storey World trade centre building 7 was a demolished...

Truthtelling will cost you

One of the main characteristics one must possess if he or she is to serve God is a heart free of the love of money. In Exodus Moses father in law told him to choose wise men to help him judge the people. Exo 18:21 Moreover you shall select...

Walk in Christ

The Gospel given to Paul Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, Col 2:7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Eph 3:16 that He would grant...

Full Assurance

to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, – phrase from Col 1:2 In an ever increasing troubled world all of us need assurance that we are safe. Paul the Apostle was in a great conflict in spiritual warfare to be able to see the believers in person...

Is Christ the end of the Law?

“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to those who believe.” Let me say clearly so that you are not left thinking the wrong thing..Jesus Christ did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. It was a surprise to me that the word should...

God's will for humanity

With all the mess in the human family God’s intentions have not changed. What is God’s will for humanity? Eph 1:9…. the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, Eph 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He...

To do or not to do- is not the question

It takes just as much faith to do nothing as it does to do much. In the natural scheme of things those who do much in this world are applauded. Those who do little or nothing are downgraded and criticised. This is the outward performance of religion. God looks...

Called to birth the sons of God

Before Jesus was born Anna the prophetess fasted and prayed for His arrival for many years. Others also were waiting for the appearing of the Messiah. That waiting was not passive at all, but they were pleading and asking and declaring according to the Scriptures. They knew that the...

Let the dead in Christ arise!

This morning at 10am WST in Australia(which is +8hrsUST) I went into worship and the prophetic anointing came up in my spirit. The battle cry turned into a song declaring that The Trumpet sounds!! The graves open wide!! and the dead in Christ arise!! Arise Arise Arise Hear the...

David is still dead and buried!

I find it illuminating to say the least that Peter, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God says that King David is(present tense) dead and buried. Act 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried,...

HE HAS YOU

I know absolutely nothing! I am absolutely a nobody. Yet God is with me all the time, working in me mightily by His power. I fail everyday in many ways. Yet my Saviour has me in His hug of love. He says, “This being hard on yourself has got...

Stop fighting for Israel

The church for the last 150 years or more has been like Jehoshaphat helping wicked king Ahab. Ahab was a wicked King of Israel. The church has been helping the wicked ‘Kings’ of Israel as well to further their Zionist agenda. King Ahab had convinced Jehoshaphat to go out...

God’s swearing habit

Lately the Holy Spirit has been bringing to my attention how God has a habit of swearing. For about a week now, phrases from Scripture would come floating by my mind without me trying to think them up.  The one I am impressed with is from Hebrews where the...

Be made ready

Exo 1:11 And they put over them slavemasters in order to afflict them with their burdens. Maybe it is a little presumptuous of me, but what is happening to me, I believe is prophetic of what is happening to many in God’s camp. The people of Israel had lived...

You want me don’t you

The blind only see what they want to see The deaf only hear what they want to hear The hungry man eats but is not satisfied The wealthy never have enough Naked women rule the minds of millions But Money mocks God and says, “I am Queen!” Grasping and...

He saved others

This is just a quick little blog about the Life that we have in us. The Life that we have received is the Life of Jesus the Messiah. His Life is not something separate from Himself. He is The Life. If we have Jesus we have life, if we...

Died with Christ

a brother asked about the difference between our death in Christ and how it affects our soul-mind, and also our body....

Confess crazy things

The same brother asked another question – here is it is and my response. Thank you Dennis, for your mail. I read it several times and experienced it as fresh water on dry soil. I think many of the Christians around me want to see a stronger interaction between...

Everything belongs to God

A wonderful brother from Europe asked a question of me back on the 6th May which I feel was done to stir our mutual faith up…Here is his question in italics and then my response. The past few months I begin to experience that I become older and have...

What am I really saying?

It may seem like some sort of new age teaching to many who read my writings. Such is the revolution in the revelation given to Paul the Apostle. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit for they are spiritually discerned. When Christ Jesus came to...

Be You

Help someone else today not because you heard a voice say to do it, but because you want to do it. This is normal Christian living. Jesus comes to live in us and to be us in all we do. You decide whether to let your light shine, do...

The marvel of Grace

After making God’s case against sin and sinners in the first three chapters of Romans, Paul begins to explain the marvelous, wonderful truth of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and how it saves us. I myself am nothing and know nothing of these things other than...

Not afraid

Many fear the Lord –and I do not mean reverential fear–I mean they are afraid of Him. Have you ever had a dog that feared you and would not come to you when you call? Picture from – urdogs.com . The caption for the picture above reads: – “That...

Fears within

fears within and pressure without- How to handle it?...

Recognize Christ

The Apostle Paul was a faith preacher.(1Ti2:7) He was given the message of grace to preach to the Gentile nations so that we may “receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ”. (Acts 26:18) This was the charge or commandment...