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Jamie Carte Ministries, (J.C.M.)

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"The Year of Persuasion!"
Part 2 
 
 
 

FIRST, to our Covenant Partners and Friends of JCM who pray for us and financially sow into this Ministry, Dewayne and I APPRECIATE YOU SO VERY MUCH!  It was prophesied one time that the Covenant Partners and Friends of this Ministry were the backbone of this Ministry and that is so very true.  Thank You For Your Love and Support for The People of God!

 

Last Month we heard from The Lord, His Message to us for this Year of 2019 and what the STRATEGIES of the enemy, the devil will be in the Earth this year.  The Master told us that, “2019 Is The Year Of Persuasion!”  And just to refresh our memories, we seen that the word, “Persuasion” meant the action or fact of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something.  A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones.  A group or sect holding a particular religious belief. 

 
        When I read that definition, I can already see very clearly that the enemy has put himself in high gear already in this Year of Persuasion.  “A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones.”  When I see the full throttle ahead agendas of people on expanding abortion laws, agencies of the government coming against citizens, those standing up in the Church FOR sexual immorality and other sins The Bible tells us are against Him and His Word and Leaders both in the political realm and in the religious realm standing up FOR what is wrong and standing AGAINST what is right!  HOW CLEAR IS IT BECOMING IN JUST A MONTH OF 2019 THAT IT TRULY IS “THE YEAR OF PERSUASION!”  It’s like when 2019 began, the dial was turned up on Wrong Persuasions in the Earth! 
 

Last Month, we also heard from The Lord about two people, whose names LITERALLY MEANT “19!”  And those two people were Job and Eve.  Both had so much in common.  Both were very “set” in their lives and had truly everything they needed and wanted.  Eve lived in a PERFECT PLACE and Job was very wealthy, healthy and had many assets in his life.  And BOTH of these “19” people (Eve and Job) also allowed the Persuasions of the enemy to penetrate their lives and minds.  Those evil Persuasions and the fear of those evil Persuasions is what led them to their perils.  The Lord has said that “2019 Is The Year of Persuasion!”  And these two people that their very names mean “19” took the bait of the enemy and his evil Persuasions!  (If you haven’t read January’s Teaching Letter, please do so to see how prophetically Eve and Job (whose names are “19”) show us so much about this Year of “19,” this Year of Persuasion!

 

Don’t BEND, Beloved!

 
 
 

Now to move FORWARD on this extraordinary year, and to dive deeper into what The Lord is wanting for us to know AND TO BE PREPARED FOR in this year, we have to understand that there are going to be MANY VOICES IN OUR EARS!  There will be strategies of the enemy to try to get us to COMPROMISE.  The enemy wants us to Bend, to Lean, to Explain or to Reason things out and not go by The Word of God.  The Word is Jesus.  Jesus is Truth.  (John 14:6 AMPC), "Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me."   If you and I are a Born Again Follower of Jesus Christ we are not to bend towards what is being said and followed by others that is against The Word of God.  It doesn’t matter who says that what God says is a sin, say it’s not.  It does not matter who they are, what high position they hold or any other factor.  What God has said in His Word is TRUTH and man’s opinion or tradition does not and will never change The Truth, which is The Word and The Word is Jesus.

 
          What The Lord has said in His Word is Truth.  Jesus IS Truth!  The Bible is The Word, Jesus Himself!  "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, whom came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 (NIV) And, what He has said about a matter is SETTLED.  And, it is SETTLED FOREVER.  It does NOT matter what the culture says.  It does NOT matter what the government says.  It does NOT matter what your family says.  It does NOT matter what Christians say and believe if it is opposite of what The Word of God says.  You, Beloved of God will have to read, believe and follow The Word, Who Is Jesus . . . YOURSELF.  For, in this Year of Persuasion you and I will have to know what is Truth in order TO NOT BE PERSUADED THE WRONG WAY!  And the ONLY WAY to know whether what we are being convinced of or persuaded in is of the enemy or not, IS IF WE KNOW WHAT IS TRULY TRUTH!  The Truth is Jesus!  And Jesus IS THE WORD!  The Word of God is our Anchor for every Voice that tries to persuade us to bend or lean in a matter! 
 
 

 
 

“You were running [the race] well; who has interfered and prevented you from obeying the truth?  8 This [deceptive] persuasion is not from Him who called you [to freedom in Christ].” Galatians 5:7-8 (AMP)

          
 
          In Galatians 5 above we are seeing some very telling things.  The Bible says that there has been someone a “who” that “has interfered and prevented you FROM OBEYING THE TRUTH” which is The Word of God.  Jesus is The Word of God and Jesus is The Truth.  And this interference and prevention of following The Word of God, The Truth is referred to as a “deceptive persuasion.”  This is a WARNING from The Holy Spirit!  The Lord has already told us that this year of 2019 is The Year of Persuasion and Galatians 5:7-8 is telling us that a “deceptive persuasion” is in this person’s life!  They “were running the race” of The Lord and then a “deceptive persuasion” began to take root in that person’s heart. 
 
 
 
 

So how does that happen?  It begins by looking at a situation and beginning to “reason” in your heart and mind of what others are saying instead of looking at and hearing what God has said on the matter at hand in The Word of God.  And the more someone reasons it out or starts thinking things like . . . Well, it’s not a terrible thing they are doing. . . . Who is it going to hurt? . . . Everyone is doing it. . . . Well, that Church over there allows it and good people go there! . . . They are doing it and they say they are a Christian!  IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT OTHERS ARE BENDING TO AND NOT STANDING AND DOING THE WORD OF GOD . . . DON’T YOU BEND, BRIDE OF CHRIST!  YOUR JOB OF THE LORD IS TO STAND . . . TO STAND ON THE WORD OF GOD! . . . NEVER BEND!

 
 

THIS IS SO SERIOUS, BELOVED

 

Just because someone goes to Church does not mean that they follow The Word of God, who is Jesus.  Jesus told us that we could look at someone’s “fruit” and know whether or not they are a part of Him.

 
 
 
 
 

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. 15 Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” Matthew 7:13-20 (NLT)

 
           We must be PERSUADED by The Word of God, Who Is Jesus!  If a person reasons out why an action or behavior IS OKAY, BUT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS IT IS NOT . . . Friend you are being persuaded AWAY FROM JESUS . . . BECAUSE JESUS IS THE WORD!  THIS IS SO SERIOUS!  There are very strong willed people that want you and I to AGREE with them and their stands, their lifestyles and their family’s lifestyles!  There are RELIGIOUS and POLITICAL people and entities that want to PERSUADE you to think that what God says is WRONG is RIGHT.  You and I must know what The Word says and OBEY WHAT HE SAYS, WHAT THE WORD, JESUS SAYS!
 
 
 

 SO HOW SERIOUS IS IT?  Well, let’s look at what Matthew 7 continues to say to us in the very next verses!

 

“21 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.” Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)

 
          This is speaking of people who would call Jesus, “Lord.”  Matthew 7:21-23 is speaking of people who were using The Name of Jesus and prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.”  This is telling us of people that were using The Name of Jesus and seeing results by using The Name of Jesus.  But, these particular people who call out to Jesus, “Lord,” WILL NOT “enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”   And The Word tells us why. “21 . . .Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”
 
 
 
 

I KNOW THIS IS HARD!  But, it is TRUTH (The Word) that sets people free!  The Church must stop and take heed.  That’s why sitting right on top of Matthew 7:21-23 is verses 13-20 that tell us that you can identify people by “their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” (verse 16)  If people proclaim that Jesus is their Lord and yet they act another way from The Word, (Jesus is The Word) or have hidden sin in their lives to where they are one way around Christians and another way elsewhere, this Scripture could be a WARNING to them!  Leaders and Churches that do not tell people the consequences of not doing The Word or Leaders and Churches that stay away from Truth like this is harming people and loving themselves more than people.  Telling The Truth, The Word and DOING The Truth, The Word will cost you at times.  Yet, it can save someone else if you tell them Truth.  Jesus wanted us to know that everyone that says that they are a Christian may not be.  And He gave us His Word on how to know.

          Jesus made it very clear for us, Beloved.  He told us, Himself how to know.  If Jesus is our Lord then we will do what He says.  We will DO THE WORD.  Jesus, The Word, Himself said,"So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?"   Be Persuaded by The Truth, The Word, Jesus!  Be Persuaded by The Word, not the World.
 

THE FULLY PERSUADED LEVEL

 
 

           Oh Children of God, there is a PLACE, a LEVEL that we can arrive to with God that “Anchors” us to The Lord, Who Is The Word!  There is a PLACE that we can arrive at, in our faith that we are not moved by what we see, feel, touch, smell or taste in the Natural Realm.  There’s a PLACE that we can be that The Bible calls “FULLY PERSUADED” in what God has said in His Word!  That WHAT GOD HAS SAID IS MORE REAL THAN WHAT WE SEE, TOUCH, HEAR, TASTE or could TOUCH IN THIS REALM. 

    
 
            
          Abraham knew of this PLACE and LEVEL and once he arrived there he didn’t leave it.  There was a time after Father God cut a Blood Covenant with Abraham and promised Abraham that He would make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand. (Genesis 15)  Yet, after this beautiful Covenant that God made with Abraham he and his wife Sarah made some mistakes.  One of which was when they tried “to make the Promise of God” in their own way by Abraham having sexual relations with Sarah’s handmaid, Hagar instead of waiting on the Promise of descendants through Sarah.
 

          So, Abraham was not “FULLY PERSUDADED” of what God had told him He would do at this point in his life.  Trying to make the Promise happen instead of waiting on The Lord was very costly to Abraham!  Yet, there came a time in Abraham’s life when he stopped trying to do things in his own time and in his own flesh.  There was a time when Abraham made a decision and he stuck with that decision and it was TO BE FULLY PERSUADED THAT WHAT GOD SAID, GOD WOULD DO!  Hallelujah!

 

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - since he was about a hundred years old - and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being FULLY PERSUADED that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 4:18-22 (NIV)