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An Open letter to Sabbath Keepers.

November 21st, 2018 1 comment

Trying to keep the Sabbath and Ten Commandments is seen by many as the only way to live a God pleasing life. Though it has been established that The “Law and the Prophets” (Sabbath included) finished at John the Baptist. Luke 16:16.

I Steve (steve4arm@gmail.com) an evangelist from New Zealand, serving in Africa. More than 10 years now we have been doing ministry to Seventh Day Adventists and other Sabbath people about the way of “Jesus alone,” known as the New Covenant…

After those 10 plus years and thousands of interviews and encounters with Sabbath people, plainly, those who have brought Old Covenant law keeping into the New Covenant “walking by the Spirit” have disqualified themselves from the “Higher Life,” and the walking in the Spirit before God.

This “higher life” includes: liberty from sin, and living a Holy and righteous life at every moment, a walking by the Spirit (not being in the flesh), a being alive to God, all which enhances God fellowship. Please we know scripture says remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Yet the New Covenant provides a far greater grace so each and every day and moment even can be lived Holy. Not just a Sabbath or two.

Being able to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:17) the heart New Covenant working,is only provided through the faith in Christ alone. Any adding to faith alone, cuts man off from the source of this “higher Life.” See Galatians 5:4.

Having heard many Sabbath people saying, “they love Jesus Christ so they follow in his footsteps and keep the Sabbath.” Plus, have heard that Sabbath people are empowered by Christ to keep the Ten Commandments….. Lets reply to such ideas with Christ’s words. Jesus said in John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
So to love Christ we keep his words. Such as being Born Again/anew, and abiding in Him so we are fruitful. Further man being born anew, we receive complete righteousness, and are made right with God instantly. So the Ten Commandments has no use in a Christians life. 1 Timothy 1:9 CJB We are aware that Torah is not for a person who is righteous…

Sabbath people, further it is a trap for you to look to the ten Commandments, if you have been Born Again through Jesus alone. Galatians 5:2 NKJV Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

Please, Please God’s people are supposed to be Holy. Take a little look at Deuteronomy 28:9. Yet engaging Seventh Day people and other Sabbath observers, quickly, there is the testifying to being a sinner and the committing of sin daily. Through speech and even standing on an ant while walking, they say. Yet “Just Jesus alone” living, we like the adulterous woman of John 8:11 can go and sin no more.

This is the higher life of the New Covenant, a Holy living.
Please don’t be led a stray, in the end times, those remaining faithful to God (the remnant) are not Sabbath Observers, but rather Holy People unto God.
Ten years of Ministry to Sabbath folks, ten years of hearing at times a passionate people speak about the Ten Commandments Rarely though do we hear sabbath folks speak of living in the Spirit, which is the heart of the whole New Testament. Romans 8:13.

For the Sabbath observer, it is like Sabbath keeping is esteemed so highly, nothing else matters. It is like Sabbath keeping has surpassed/substituted the following: a Holy living, a living and walking by the Spirit, an abiding in Christ, a praying without ceasing yet in the spirit (which speaking tongues makes easy), a being a new Creation even. Paul of the New Testament clarifies. Galatians 6:15 NKJV For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

This new creation life a Higher life is God’s work, its a free gift. Not mans doing or keeping or trying, rather all is received by faith alone, by being Born of God.

Then its good to live it out daily by walking in the Spirit.
Sabbath person….We love you, yet there is more to life, a higher life.
Steve…

Contact Steve Whats app +233 23579 0005

Which is the correct religion?

November 18th, 2017 Comments off

Which is the true religion? There is a very simple answer to this question.
Consider the desire of God towards man which is for fellowship/relationship with us all.
That which prevents fellowship is the sin of man.
Isa. 59v2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. NASB.

Then too living by the flesh or the corrupt nature is not God pleasing.
Romans 8v8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. NASB.
Jesus further clarified the kind of relationship needed for fellowship with God. In John 8v29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” NKJV

Carrying forward the thought that God desires fellowship with us. Sin and the corrupt nature prevents such. Then the true religion is where God has provided deliverance from sin and the flesh.
Matt. 26 v28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. NKJV
Acts 10 v43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” NKJV
Romans 5 v19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. NKJV.

The true religion then is centred on Jesus Christ who has dealt with mans sin.
The true religion is also that which provides the ability to overcome the flesh. Not just on some limited level but sin and corruption overcoming 24/7.
Romans 8 v 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
The Spirit of Christ/The Holy Spirit is available 24/7 because we have received Christ in being Born of God/Again.

Further. 1 John 3 v9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. NKJV

Man too has a part to play, that is we need to stay/abide in Christ to stay sin free. See 1 John 3 v6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. NKJV

We are all born in sin and corruption through Adam and Eve. Yet through being Born Again, God delivers us from sin, and we are empowered to live God pleasing lives 24/7. Being Born Again happens when we receive Jesus Christ who then dwells with our spirit. Being Born Again also makes us alive to God. Being made alive to God makes constant fellowship with God a breeze/easy and fun even.
So we can know Him and enjoy Him even while on Earth.
Romans 8 v10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. NASB.

Question.
Does your religion deal with the sin and flesh issues?

Some observations.
As an evangelist, I have yet to meet a Hindu or Bhuddhist or Muslim or Jehovah Witness or a Mormon or a Sabbath Keeper who really was walking in right relationship with God, or who was sin free.

The true religion is that which is of God, that which deals with sin and flesh.
Stevo..

You cant be a Christian without Jesus Christ!

March 13th, 2017 Comments off

We cant be a Child of God, apart from Jesus Christ. That is Jesus being with your spirit.
As Paul said, its Christ in us the hope of Glory.
Indeed without Jesus Christ living in man, we have no power over sin, no ability to fellowship with or worship God. As its only upon receiving Jesus Christ that we are made alive to God.
Romans 8;10 says if Christ is in you the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit (yours) is alive through righteousness.
We cant be a christian apart from Jesus Christ though some try. Ask a Muslim, or a Jehovah Witness, or a Mormon where is Jesus Christ dwelling. Most say heaven……
Steve…
Whatsapp +23323579 0004
Email steve4arm@gmail.com

The Christian and the 10 Commandments.

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

The Christian or Child of God and their relationship to the Law. What should that relationship look like?
Here in Ghana we have ministered to by now 1000’s of SDA (Seventh Day Adventist) members and a combination of those exposed to SDA doctrine. Including other members from different congregations trying to keep the law.

Yet 99% of such encounters with the so called Sabbath Keepers, brings about the following realisation. That it’s only men/women relating to God purely through faith alone who can (Can word here chosen very carefully) please God.
Bible is plain and clear in showing that we please God and become His kids only through faith in Christ, not through being alive to the law or having any relationship to the Ten Commandments even.

This is bible speaking here.
Galatians 5 verse 4 Gods’ Word version.
4 Those of you who try to earn God’s approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God’s favor.

We cannot be in Christ, receiving the benefits through his work on the cross, and at the same time having a relationship to the law, including the Ten Commandments.
That is why so many, the great majority really, of the SDA folks we have ministered (shared Christ with, listened to them too) lack that which Christ has made freely available to mankind.

Examples would be: Any assurance of Eternal Life. A lack in knowing and understanding God. Being aware of His presence. No indwelling Christ, nor the Holy Spirit. Then as a result there is no anointing to understand the scriptures. List also includes no receiving the gifts of the Spirit, like The Speaking in Tongues or Discernment of Spirits….

Please we here love the Sabbath people, but not the doctrine. We also minister to Muslims and Jehovah Witness, and Mormons etc. So we are not picking on the SDA, rather highlighting the lack in the SDA doctrine so folks can be saved…

Pleasing God and living with Him on Earth and for all eternity is only realised/possible through the New Covenant, that is faith alone in Christ and trusting his finished work on the cross.

Romans 7 makes it plain as well in how we need view and relate to the Ten Commandments.
Verse 4 AMP…
Therefore, my fellow believers, you too died to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
Another version, yet same scripture. KJV…

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Wow such intimacy with God/Christ likened to being married to Him. Yet only possible through faith.

See dead to the law. Not only do we not need the law after John the Baptist..
Luke 16:16 16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
Yet, also in Christ we are made dead to the Ten Commandments, so we can be fruitful/effective/pleasing for God.

Dead to the Law then, but alive to God in Christ.
Dead to the Ten Commandments, yet living in the Spirit and by faith, is how we please God.
Being dead to the Law, trusting only in Christ, is how to receive Christ’s righteousness.
Being dead to the Law, yet abiding in Christ the key to a productive life for God.
Being dead to the Law, yet walking in His righteousness (freely given), is how we are anointed to know truth, and hence kept from error.

See, some Seventh Day Adventists will even say eating certain foods can take a soul to hell. Have heard some say the greatest gift God has given man was the Sabbath.

Yet Christians know these two statements are not true…

Further you can contact us here at African Revival Mission..
www.4arm.org
Ph +233 26789 0000
Steve4arm@gmail.com
SDA4arm@gmail.com

Grace out of Ghana…
Steve.

Dying as a sinner!

July 11th, 2016 Comments off

Muslims often tell me that after they die; that they have a hope tbat Allah will forgive them for their sins.
Yet Jesus Christ the sinless one put to death the idea of obtaining a forgiveness after death.
John 8 vs 24 says….

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Jesus Christ who came from above, does not want man to die as sinners. For sinners or unclean people cannot enter Heaven..

Religion and truth that proceeds from God says 2 Corinthians 5 v18 And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation,

To die a sinner, is to perish. To believe and to receive Christ is to be reconciled to God in this life and before death.

After all how could we be given the work and message of making man right with God, if first the messenger was not put right?

Reader look to Christ for truth and life, not man or his religions.

Steve..

Steve4arm@gmail.com
+233 553 408 408 whatsapp.

Carpenters and masons missions trips.

November 6th, 2015 Comments off

Missions trips available in Africa. Short term generally 2 weeks up to 3 months. Come and experience ministry in Africa, with an experienced evangelist from New Zealand.

Ghana is a wonderful place to minister and to experience African Christian life. We have a missions base to complete. A base from which we plan to teach and equip Christians for service.

Electricians and plumbers are also welcome.

You can contact Steve at the following.

Steve4arm@gmail.com
+233506789 000 (whatsapp), +233 26789 000

Like to hear from you all..

Blessings,

Steve…

Missions trip to Africa.

November 6th, 2015 Comments off

Masons and carpenters short term missions trips are available. Minimum term of two weeks. Come and experience African ministry. Work with an experienced evangelist and team leader.

African Revival Mission is looking for masons and carpenters, plumbers and electricians to finish the mission base. We have been serving here for more than ten years.

Are you practical, good with your hands, skilled in masonry yet also have a desire to serve in Africa. Do you have a zeal for the lost. A desire to get involved in cross cultural evangelism.

Then give us a call, or contact us through the following addresses.

Steve4arm@gmail.com
Phone: +233 506789 000 (also whatsapp) or +233 26789 0000
Love to hear from you even if you are just curious..

Blessings from Steve…

How to Know God!

October 26th, 2015 Comments off

How to know God? How to have fellowship with God? How to enjoy a Holy God?

There is one way to know God. New Covenant way. Old has past, been fulfilled, been made obsolete. Hebrews 8:13.
New Covenant, now man is the temple for God. Yet for God to dwell within man we need to be reconciled to Him first. That is the work of the Christ within.

We can know God and fellowship (enjoying Him, like he is your best friend) because he is not far from anyone of us. In fact he dwells in all of His Children. That is those who have been made alive to Him through the new birth. Romans 8:10 NASB If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

We cant know God, fellowship with Him 24/7 as a sinner. You cant spend eternity with a Holy God as a sinner. We are all born with sin/evil dwelling within.
Romans 7:20-21 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. KJV.

We all live with that sin within 24/7, hence the need of the New birth, the indwelling Christ. So that righteousness and overcoming power is available 24/7 to deal with the sin issue.
To know God we need to be made alive to Him, yet also dead to sin. Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV….

To know God and enjoy Him is now easy, very possible even. Through the New Covenant mans body is made the dwelling place of the Most Holy God. Through the New Covenant we receive all that is needed so we can stand/live/walk in the spirit, and fellowship with God who is a Spirit..

Alive to God so we can know Him, and enjoy Him. Its all been done through Christ on the cross.

Thank God for the New Covenant today…

Amen…

Stevo an Evangelist from New Zealand.
Phone: +233 26789 0000
Whatsapp: +233 50678 9000
Email: Steve4arm@gmail.com

Do Sabbath Keepers enjoy Christian blessings?

January 14th, 2015 Comments off

The Children of God have many benefits.

Christ in us, enables us to be loaded to live a God pleasing life.
After all Christians/or Christ in dwelling ones, possess God. In this life and also for all eternity.
How then could we not be loaded!

Some of the magnitude of blessings given through the indwelling Christ.
Assurance of eternity.
We are made as righteous as God.
Peace with God, and wisdom to live with man.
Power over sin/flesh the world and Satan.
We can live a God pleasing life.
We possess God now and for all eternity.
We are enabled to change, break bad habits, stop sinning. See 1Jn. 3:9
We have an anchor for the soul, a benchmark against which we can test for truth.
We are led by God’s Spirit.
Live free from condemnation.
We can speak in tongues, which is a sign of the righteousness within.

A question is this: Do Adventists/Sabbath Keepers enjoy/exhibit the benefits associated with the indwelling Christ?

We mostly ( African Revival Mission) have been dealing with Adventists, yet other Sabbath observing congregations we have met, exhibit similar fruit. That is no power to live.

Often on our outreach programmes, we meet Adventists. Common beliefs exhibited as a result of their human doctrines are as follows:
That all humans are just sinners, even Christian humans.
That no one is righteous.
That no one is or can be perfect.
That no one can be sure of salvation.
That you must keep the ten commandments to be saved, yet especially the 4th about keeping the Sabbath.
That speaking in tongues is something you learn.

Isaac an Adventist man I met last week said. Christ has given us the possibility to gain eternal life.
Another Adventist all dressed in a suit and tie was saying he was not righteous, just a sinner.

The Human condition is one of indwelling sin. This condition is well known by God. His solution to such a condition is the Indwelling Christ.

We can pray all day, asking for God to give us the victory over sin. Yet…………..
Its foolish to think we can overcome indwelling sin aside from having the indwelling Christ. Yet that is the struggle most Sabbath keepers/Adventists face. An impossible task.
See Galatians 5. In verse 2 it says if you become circumcised/or a Sabbath keeper then Christ will not profit you.
The result of being estranged from Christ. Estranged means to be made hostile to, see verse 4.

Big difference then, between. Trying to observe Sabbath and putting on a religious veneer/covering. Having to beg God for strength to defeat sin.
Compared to having the indwelling Christ’s sin overcoming strength.

Paul said its no longer I that live yet Christ lives in me. Paul knew and lived in this source of strength. That same strength is ours today. The lord Jesus with my spirit.
Christ with our spirit enables us to overcome sin, the flesh, Satan, the world.

Speaking in tongues along with other gifts of the Spirit, are a gift from the indwelling Christ…
Interesting then that, Adventist’s tell me that if I come to Ghana and learn their native languages then they say I am speaking in tongues.

This Post, serves as a warning. God desires all of us, all our heart, our mind. Yet without the indwelling Christ and his gift of righteousness you cannot draw near. Sabbath keeping estranges us or puts as at odds with Christ and his Salvation for man.
After many many conversations with Adventists in particular have seen that there is something amiss. Its like the lights have not been turned on.

Yet its obvious, just because someone comes to you with a bible under their arm, it doesn’t mean they come with God.

I have been asking Sabbath Keepers for scripture to support the command for Sabbath worship. They often ask for proof for Sunday worship. Yet Christians should have a desire to worship God everywhere, always and every day. We are not just Sunday worshipers yet worship God in Spirit and truth daily.

This article could just as easily be written about: The Jehovah Witness, Or Latter Day Saints, or Hindu’s, or Good news Mission (with Ock Soo Park), etc.
After all the Jehovah Witness have removed most of the Christ indwelling man scriptures from their version of the bible.

Seeker its better you walk in doctrine whereby salvation comes to you purely through faith in Christ, after all that is the only way God’s has for us to receive. While we were sinners Christ died for us. So then why would we have to add anything to the salvation that Christ brings. Like keeping a Sabbath for instance?

Definition of the Children of God.
Those that are led by the Holy Spirit as stated in Romans 8 v 14 all bibles.
To be led by the Spirit first you need to be made righteous so you can receive Him the Spirit.

Links to help you escape from unfruitful doctrines.
Contacts:
Steve Ph. +23326789 0000, +233506789 000
Email Steve4arm@gmail.com
African Revival Mission, tested in Africa.

There is also wwww.IRR.org were you can request a mentor.
Plus: http://www.exadventist.com/Home/Sabbath/SabbathSunday/tabid/516/Default.aspx

Who is righteous?

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

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This is a Christmas photo of Steve the Evangelist and his family…
We here at African Revival Mission continue to spend time talking to Muslims and Jehovah Witness folks and the lost…

Is interesting as I often ask the Jehovah Witness and Muslims if they are righteous? Their reply is no. They say there is no one righteous on the earth.
Yet Steve adds here. If that was true then no one would be born of God.

See it says in Romans 8 v 10: 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Without that righteousness (which is gifted to us through Christ) we could not come alive spiritually, which is the being born again….
Without that gift of righteousness we could not serve God, nor worship Him in Spirit or truth.

Without that gift of righteousness we cannot preach and minister in truth and with love.

Without that gift of righteousness we are lost and separated from Our Maker.

God is good, and He wants you to be good to. Through receiving His gift of goodness. Then go and do the works OK.

Steve..