This is a question that so many ponder, yet they are unwilling to admit. The time has come.. are you truly saved? Or just living the compromise expecting rewards for your hypocrisy?
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
This world thrives on lust and vanity. People have more interest in themselves and their social status than they do about actual life and humanity as a whole. Compromise is the standard now. Christians live in fear of standing against sin for fear of being labeled a racist or terrorist. Those who stand for righteousness are now the enemy. This world cries for acceptance and equality, regardless of what moral standards are violated in the process. The vast majority of you reading this are these sheep that I speak of. Ignorant, uneducated, and unwilling to stand for true Biblical principals. Your'e destroyed for a lack of knowledge, yet you think your'e okay. You're hypocrites, lovers of yourselves, followers, weak and incapable of true individualism. You're unwilling to admit your sins because pride and fear of what others will think or say. You hide behind your electronic devices only to exemplify what you want everyone to see regardless of what's true. The time will come when all of your compromises will wreak havoc on your eternal future. I know that if I would have stayed on the path of sin and destruction, I would be right there with you now. It's not about perfection of course, it's about intent and dedication. Every waking day, I make an effort to please Christ. I fall, no doubt, at times, but I consciously make an effort to get back up and correct my sinful behavior. Repentance is key. Not simply asking for forgiveness, but making an effort to change by working harder everyday not repeating the same mistakes and sins. Asking for forgiveness only to live in a continuous life of sin is worthless.
A relationship with Christ is exactly that, a relationship. If you don't have it now, you may find it's too late some day. Hell is real, you will spend eternity suffering if you continue to compromise your faith to please others. It's not worth it. Your life is yours, the choice to sin is truly yours to make. No one can make you sin, you have to decide to sin. On the other hand, you can decide not to sin. You've often heard people say, "everyone sins'. That's only partially true because people choose to do so. Accepting this lie as absolute truth is exactly what Satan wants you to do. Another excuse to justify your unwillingness to change, all the while he has you right where he wants you. Wake up, don't be afraid to offend, stand for Christ. The choice is yours. Your'e more powerful than you think or have been told. You don't have to be another sheep following the heard to destruction. You can be a conqueror, unmovable in your faith and choices in life. You can have the heavenly authority inside you guiding you in all your steps. Or, follow blindly and fall to eternal chaos and hell after you perish. Choose.
Merry Christmas! This is what happens when your trying to make a video about a sale of your business.. and the Gospel takes over.
As we approach the holiday season, I realize that so much has changed since the last time I wrote. I have been pursuing ministry like a mad man, with very little to no opportunities to preach lately. Of course, the real form of preaching is living as the Word teaches us to live. A sermon that one lives is always more of a true testament to God's wonderful Word than any traditional Sunday morning sermon. I make an effort to show people the Christ that lives within me. I won't attempt to lie and say that I don't miss preaching and teaching in churches across the world. Unfortunately, because of the way that I look, my opportunities are few. It's truly crazy to think that it's almost 2018, yet most pastors and churches are still the same judgmental hypocrites today just as they were in the last 2000 years of ministry. They take one look at me and my tattoos and instantly tell me that I'm not fit to preach in their pulpits. They assume that they have the authority to decide who ministers the Word of God in " their " churches. They have convinced themselves that regardless of what God wants, they will do what is best for keeping up appearances in their churches.
This is very unfortunate. I have devoted so many years of my life to the Word of God and committed myself and my time to doing His work. Religion has crippled the pulpits of America. Religious traditions and nonsensical man made rules cripple growth in the body of Christ. If you don't believe me, just take a real look at the condition of the Church world today in America. Churches are closing almost every single day in this supposed land of the free. Of course, thats just the beginning of the true fall of the body of Christ. Every day, people who claim Christ as their Lord and Savior become more tolerant to the world and it's policies. "Christians", are purposely compromising their beliefs that they used to hold closely to please mankind and the common opinions that circulate through the secular society we live in. Gay marriage is a prime example. I personally know many people who claim to be born again, Bible believing Christians, yet they protest for the rights of homosexual marriage. Even though, they know for a fact that Word of God plainly states that marriage is to be a union for a man and a woman. Why would Christians compromise the Word of God? The answer is simple, they wanna fit in with the world. They want social acceptance. So, they compromise their biblical beliefs to accommodate sinful decisions and situations.
This example is such a small, yet real example of how the Body of Christ is falling apart. This is exactly why the Bible says that the path to righteousness is narrow, and few find it. We as Bible believing people are supposed to be set apart from this world. Yet, I see churches every day conforming more and more to these secular patterns and lifestyles. And if your someone like me, who isn't afraid to speak the truth, even when it offends people, you are labeled as someone who doesn't "love" their neighbor. This is another reason why churches don't want me to come and preach in their churches. They don't want the truth. They know that there is a very probable chance that something I teach from the pulpit will contradict their compromised sermons they have been spewing on their congregation. The last thing in the world they want is someone like me to come and actually preach the truth. They fear losing members of their flock , which means they lose those members money as well. Instead of relying on the Word of God to provide, they have put their faith in the giving of their congregation. This in itself is wrong and sinful. These churches have made the congregations income their source, and Jesus is the only source they should be seeking. The Word of God is clear that He will provide ALL of our needs. Not some of our needs, not most at times, but ALL of our needs. In order for this to happen, God expects us to actually have the faith and assurance that He is able to provide, regardless if the congregation gives or not.
I have realized through many years of tribulations and financial stress, the only way to get out from underneath that burden of struggle requires two attributes. Hard work and the ability to surrender. I mean to actually surrender our selves to God and admit that we need His help. Every single day we need Him. Remember, the only way we get exalted, is after we first humble ourselves. Admitting that we need Christ desperately every single day is paramount to receiving the promises that Christ gave us in the Word of God. And of course, hard work. The fact that Paul made it clear that faith without works is dead, is proof that God hates laziness. We can't sit around and expect God to drop checks in the mail so we can be lazy and a unproductive member of society. Every single financially blessed person on the Bible was a hard worker. They realized the value of work and what role it plays in receiving Gods blessing on our lives. If you don't believe me, just look at Abraham. He was one of the hardest working men that has ever lived. He set a real example for us as Christians as how we should live. We must not only truly believe everything we learn from Gods Word, but we have to apply it and be a direct representation of His Word.
I have realized that the only way I will ever expand my ministry is to do it with hard work and with help from God all mighty. I refuse to rely on other ministries and churches to help me pursue my passion to preach the Gospel any more. The body of Christ is divided, broken, and falling apart more and more every single day. I refuse to fellowship with people and refuse to do any business with people in ministry who don't teach the true, uncompromising Word of God. People like that are doing more harm than they are doing good. I have a passion to preach the Word of God full time some day. I have a passion to travel and help people see the real blessing that comes from a committed life to Christ. Until that day comes, I will continue to do what I have been doing for many years.. I will continue to refuse compromise with the Word of God and will continue to speak the truth, regardless if it's popular opinion, regardless if it offends. Your children get offended when you discipline them, but that's certainly not validation to stop teaching them through discipline the reward of doing what's just.
Until next time..
Well, it's been a while since I have been able to post any blogs/vlogs. I have been so busy working on my pilots license, and I FINALLY got it! I am so grateful and blessed to have this opportunity. God has been faithful and I look forward to whats to come in the future in ministry and aviation! In the mean time.. Here is a video from I took from my wives first flight!! Check it out!
Hey everyone! I wanted to post a video of why I am passionate about Aviation! Enjoy and be blessed!
~ Pastor Ian
Everyone has struggles in life. Sometimes it's financial, sometimes its physical or emotional, sometimes it's spiritual. Whatever your struggles may be, life can seriously be tough. Jesus said plainly that we would have trouble in this world. (John 16:33). Jesus also made a incredible statement in that exact passage. He said, "take heart, I've overcome this world." We have talked about this before in previous blogs, but I really feel led to discuss it again on more of a personal level. I have been through hell and back in life. Everything from life threatening illness to drugs to abuse. You name it, I've most likely endured it. Often, people try to blame God for their misfortune. People have the tendency to run away from God when trouble comes, when they should be running towards Him. I've learned through many years of trials and tribulations, running away from God is the worst thing anyone can do. Sure, things might seem better for a while, Satan will make sure of that if he can. Satan doesn't care if you have more money than you can possibly imagine. As a matter of fact, he would prefer you be rich in finances, just as long as it keeps your focus off of Christ.
We have a tendency to assume that Satan wants us to struggle in life. Don't get me wrong, he certainly wants us to suffer, just not here. Satan knows that if we are peeking physically and financially, even emotionally, we still can suffer spiritually. In other words, he will assist in making sure you have what you need for a stress free environment in life, as long as you keep your eyes off of Christ. Never forget, Satan is first and foremost known as the deceiver. He will use whatever tools he has in his arsenal to keep your focus anywhere but on God and His Word. This is why he used the only power he has when he tempted Jesus. He used temporal things to try to tempt Jesus. Why? It's simple, it's all he has to offer. He doesn't have anything eternal to offer that's worthwhile whatsoever. Let's take a look how Jesus handled His encounter with satan in the desert..
Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV) 4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
You'll notice the first temptation satan uses against Jesus, is food. He saw that Jesus had been fasting and he knew that Jesus was physically weak and hungry. You gotta admit, as low as it was to tempt a man with food when His physical body is severely hungry, is low, but a valid attempt on satans part. But, our Lord Jesus knew better than to simply oblige and turn the stones into bread. You'll also notice that satan said, "IF.. your the son of God.." Years ago I was studying this passage and this jumped off the pages to me. The reason satan said , "IF..." is because he had no idea of Jesus really was the Messiah. It had been rumored for years that a man would come to redeem the world of sin. For years, the comping if the anointed one, Jesus, was prophesied long before Jesus shook the world with His arrival and birth. Satan had no idea if Jesus was the actual Messiah, or just another prophet. People often think that satan knows everything, which of course is a lie. IF, satan knew everything, he would have known who Jesus really was before he ever approached him in the desert.
Never spend too much time in hour life assuming that your adversary, the devil, has any sort of inside knowledge that could cripple you. He certainly doesn't know everything. Never has, never will. This is why satan uses deception as his primary weapon. He wants you to think that he knows your deepest thoughts. If he can convince you in believing that he truly knows everything, he knows that you will feel powerless against him. I honesty believe that you would be shocked if you ever actually met satan face to face. You would realize just how weak and pathetic he really is. He tries to paint a picture in peoples minds of himself being a all powerful force, when in reality he's so small he fits under your foot. Never give him that kind of credit. The day you surrender your authority and power over him, is the day you've lost the battle. Getting back to our story here, Jesus, of course refused to turn the stones into bread. Why did refuse? It's simple, the outward expression of the power of God was not made for temporal things that are unnecessary in life. Jesus could have turned those stones into a massive box of White Castle burgers if he desired, yet he told the devil, NO. First attempt of temptation, FAIL.
The next thing we see satan tempting Jesus with is once again, physical. He tells Jesus to throw himself off of the mountain. And if He really is the Son of God, the Lords Angels will come and catch Jesus, protecting Him. In other words, IF your the son of God, prove it. He was testing Jesus to see if he would oblige to a demonstration of proof of Jesus' connection to the Heavenly Father. Also, worth noting, is satan actually quoted Scripture here. This rat has no shame, no class, no boundaries as far as he's concerned. He noticed that Jesus quoted Scripture with the first temptation, so he figured he would quote scripture as well. Of course, Jesus refused this temptation. Jesus had nothing he had to prove to satan, and NEITHER DO YOU. In life, you'll come across people in this world, who like satan, will challenge you to prove your worth or place in life. YOU OWE THEM NOTHING. You have been made righteous because of Jesus Christ! Too attempt to prove your worth in this world, when YOU ALL READY have the heavenly fathers approval, would be ignorant and a massive waste of time and energy. So, Jesus, simply told the the devil, NO, once again.
Now, the 3rd temptation we see here is a little different than the first 2 attempts satan has made so far. The 3rd temptation was his attempt to appeal to Jesus' kingdom minded thought. Satan figured if Jesus really was the Messiah, that he would be tempted by power and authority over the earth. I have to say, I think this was probably the most idiotic attempt satan actually made out of the three temptations. Jesus, had all ready told him NO, twice. And now, satan tells him he can give him authority over the earth, just as long as he bows down and worships him? I'm honestly surprised by the stupidity of this attempt of satan. And of course, Jesus went straight to the Scripture, and said, NO. This continuation of refusal that Jesus has shown us here should be a very valuable lesson to us. The word NO, simply put a complete halt to the temptation. You can see here that Jesus, was single minded. He had all ready made up His mind before satan ever came to tempt Him, that he was ONLY about His Fathers business. He had all ready made the dedicated decision, that there is nothing in this world, worth compromising the fellowship and relationship we have with our Heavenly Father.
No sin, No temptation, is WORTH IT. People have told me in the past that they have a hard time saying, NO, to sin. The reality is, they obviously value the sin over God. If you think about it, it really is that simple. When you have decided to be a man or woman of God, you shouldn't have to think twice about temptation to sin. Sin, and the cares of this world, are the chains that had you bound for so many years until you gave your heart to the Lord. Going back to those sins, only to be chained to sin again, would simply be stupid. I know this sounds harsh, but really think about it! This is how I live. Every day, when temptation comes, I am reminded of what strings are attached to certain decisions in life. If, those strings can turn back into chains, my answer is NO. I don't care if I'm popular. I don't care if people like me or not. I don't care if I don't fit in with the crowd. I spent many years living purposely in sin. I remember the so called friends and the depression and bondage that came with it. So, NO THANK YOU.
In closing, I want you to realize that you have the choice to refuse sin and satan. Your life truly is dictated by your decisions. No one can make them for you. Sure, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we certainly can do everything we can to edify each other through accountability. But, at the end of the day, when your all alone, YOU, and only YOU can decide if your going to serve Christ or not. The reality of the return of Christ truly is evident. The signs of the times really do sign a song of progression more and more with each passing day. As you go throughout this week, please remember this.. YOU CAN SAY NO! YOU CAN CHOOSE A LIFE COMMITTED TO GODS WORD! YOU CAN DO IT! My prayer is that each and every one of you reading this realizes that you have the choice! Make it wisely, time is of essence. Until next time..
~ Pastor Ian
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.