David W Measures Ministries International

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Weekly Thought

Key to Revival?

Could this be the Key to the greatest Revival the UK has ever known?

Surely the Lord Jesus did not instruct His Church (Believers) to do something that just does not 

work. 

Matthew Ch18 v 19

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

All over this nation I believe the churches and believers are holding on to this scripture for Salvation for the people of this Nation and maybe the whole World, hoping that the Lord will keep to His Word. 

Though let us be honest it is not working! 

Rather than the church of Christ increasing it is seemingly diminishing. 

The Lord gave us His precious Word for us to believe, yet almost every church / denomination believes differently. People make the excuse like “well if you just believe Jesus died for mankind’s sin and rose from the dead that is good enough for people to join together in prayer. What a deception this is?

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Lord is not double minded if fact the Holy Spirit is a person, so when He inspired the Apostles to pen the Bible, He had a specific meaning, not to pick and choose for anyone of us including church Leaders and Denominations.

For years I have been told that we must respect other peoples’ ideas, but surely not to the detriment to what the Bible states.

Some examples I wish to give are 1/ I once prayed for a deformed man from a denominational church and the Lord healed him, afterwards his church told him it was from the devil because all the gifts of the Holy Spirit stopped with the first Apostles.

2/ A man came to me from a large Spirit filled church who was obviously controlled by demons, he got set free. Afterwards his church told him ‘that is called ‘doctrine of Demons’ he needed to renounce the prayers, the man finished up on Drugs and a homosexual.

Time and again people put on special ‘Prayer for the Nation meetings’ quoting what happened in the 2nd World War when the Lord delivered this Nation. That was great, BUT majority are not like the believers at that time by a long way.

Everywhere throughout the world Christians are saying we are in the last days, which could be very true, if that is the case then the message I am about to give is of paramount importance.

Nothing has changed, for when truth is brought forth, Christians just want to decide to accept what is suitable for them but not for the Lord.

Ezekiel Ch 3 v 5-7

“Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.

Whenever I speak on the subject below people say, ‘God see my heart’ –

That is true! So, “if God sees your heart then why are you not obeying His Word?” is my answer. 

I Samuel 15 v 23

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

For to not obey is ‘witchcraft’. God will never answer prayers of witchcraft.

Jesus told Nathaniel in 

John 1 v 51

51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

So, by this scripture we see that the angels who are ministering spirits are already with us as it states they are ascending then descending (going up then coming down taking our prayers up to God and hopefully bring back the answers).

The Bible states there are 3 heavens 1/ the heaven we can see 2/ Satan’s rule 3/ Highest Heaven where God resides. 

Saying that our prayers have to go through the demonic heaven, so obviously they will all get aborted by Satan and the principalities if we are in rebellion.

Remember in the Book of Daniel Ch 10 v 12-13 Daniel humbled himself before God and he was an obedient righteous person, yet his prayers were hindered by Satan twenty-one days and Michael the Archangel had to fight for him. If his prayers were hindered? then what can be said for the Church in rebellion?

I also want to add to this message that Satan does answer requests as many get healed by visiting mediums and spiritisms, I have testimonies to prove that, I will include one later.

So, to get to my reason for writing this article is that maybe we just need to do something a little different, absolutely no problem if one truly loves God.

In fact the Apostle Paul states that those churches that obey this scripture belong to God and those that do not obey do not belong to God.

1 Corinthians Ch 11 v 2-16

Head Coverings

Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonours his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority (Power KJV) on her head, because of the angels11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God

13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonour to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, (argumentative or disputing) we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God. (Churches that belong to God). 

At that time there were Jewish, Ephesian, Thessalonian, Philippian, Roman as well as Corinthian Churches. 

It is I am sure because of Ignorance of God’s Word and the desperation for inclusion of all people that Leaders are willing to disregard this very important part of the Word of God, they are excluding themselves from God’s Church as the Apostle explains in v16.

 It is about God’s Creation order which is God-Christ-Man-Woman. If a man prays to God with his head covered, he dishonours Christ.

Many large Denominations have a male Leader with his head covered, yet scripture tells us he is dishonouring Christ. You can see the fruits of their beliefs which are totally against the Word of God.

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The fruit of the Anglican Church is Women Bishops & Priests, Infant Baptism, same sex Marriage, Freemasonry in Clergy, Homosexual & Lesbian Clergy, Idolatry. etc

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The fruit of the Catholic Church is Infant Baptism, Prayers to the dead, prayers to Mary, Purgatory, Idolatry, Brown Scapular of Mt Carmel. Rosary.

In the light of this scripture all are dishonouring Christ, sadly all those under this type of leadership are missing out of many blessings as they are under the head.

Every man praying or prophesying dishonours his head (Christ)There was a time when the Apostle Paul wanted to go into the Temple to try to win over the Jews who were all trusting in the Law. So, Paul have his head shaved so he could go in as a Nazarite. Every man who entered the Jewish Temple then and now had to cover their head, Paul knew if he did that, he would be dishonouring Christ, hence he shaved his head. Eventually the Jews latched on to who he was, and it started a riot to the point that the authorities had to rescue him to save his life.

Acts Ch 21 v 18-33 

18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. 19 When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 21 but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. 22What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. 24 Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. 25 But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” 

Arrested in the Temple26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.27 Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore, he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 

29 (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 

30 And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut. 31 Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 He immediately took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander came near and took him and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and he asked who he was and what he had done.

So, obviously this principle of Head Covering is nothing to do with the Law or legalism as some would say.

Now to the ladies just because we live in the 20th /21st century it does not mean God’s Governmental rule has changed.

There are 2 systems working 1/ System of Grace 2/ System of Government. Most only understand the system of Grace.

God’s Grace cannot override His Government. 

In the Lord’s prayer we say ‘Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven’ –

That is His Governmental rule

E.g. King David sinned afterwards he received forgiveness that is Grace. The Lord told him the sword will never leave his house and he will lose your wives and the child will die that is Government.

God’s Grace can never override His Government.

The practice of head covering is to do with God’s Government. Are the churches under God or Not? Either God is the head or man is.

V10 states:

For this reason, the woman should have a symbol of authority or (Power KJV) on her head because of the angels.

Authority or Power over the angels. The woman does not need authority of the many angels who love her but certainly she does need it over the fallen angels (the principalities and powers).

Ladies you are not protected when you are doing spiritual warfare. You need a protection as stated in 

Isaiah Ch 4 v 5-6 KJV

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. 

The God Baal was known as the God of the storm and the rain.

Upon all the glory (a woman’s hair) shall be a defence. A lady needs God’s protection. 

The Bible states that if a woman does not cover her hair, then she should have her hair cut off (shave her head). It is God’s Glory that needs to be in prominence; God does not want to see a woman’s glory. 

When a lady prays with her hair covered, she is making a statement to the good angels that she understands and is willing to submit to God’s governmental rule. Not like Eve who disobeyed and acted independently, resulting in both she and Adam were thrown out of the garden.

Also, a Lady is making a statement to the powers of darkness that she has authority over them. Satan is watching!

Satan originally was the covering angel as stated in Ezekiel Ch 28 so he knows the importance of it, his job now is to get the church out of cover and he is doing a good job, hopefully not after you understand this teaching. 

Have you ever wondered why in Islam they are so adamant on head covering they are even willing to kill to continue to practice it? In fact, they have taken such a beautiful principal and made the Christians so adverse to it. 

Before the end of the second world war when prayers for the Nation were vital for our survival a Lady would never enter into prayer without having a cover on her head. 

But since then we have witnessed the Jezebelic Feminist movement along with free- love and up to the point today where we are getting like Sodom and Gomorrah, and the majority of the church are accepting it with no understanding except that they thing God has changed His mind on the whole affair.

Even to the point that so-called Christians are quite willing to argue about doing what the Word says, I have had to try to defend God Word against all opposition. Here are some of the objections to the principle of Head Covering

1/ I do not need to do it God sees my heart.

Answer– If your heart is right then why not obey His Word.

2/ This was only for the Corinthian Church as they had immorality in there.

 (this idea came from Adam Clarke 1762-1832 who was a British Methodist Theologian taught that prostitutes covered their heads.)

Answer – What is so different with the modern-day Church.

3/ My Hair is my covering

Answer–If Hair is covering then what about men in 1 Corinthians Ch 11 v 6 it states that men should not be covered. If you are right, then all men must have their head shaved.

4/ My prayers get answered already.

Answer—I hope God answered your prayers as I know of a top surgeon who was cured from an incurable cancer and he was healed in the Spiritualist church.

5/ It is old-fashioned

Answer—So is, Salvation and Baptism and Sin, so is the whole of the Bible

6/ It is only a Symbol.

Answer—Symbols are very powerful; Baptism is a symbol the water is not special but scripture states if you are buried with Him in baptism you shall be raised with him. Communion is only a symbol, bread and wine, people each and drink every day. But scripture states because you have eaten it in the wrong manner many are sick and many sleep (died). 

So, this is a very powerful scripture which the churches have chosen to ignore for whatever reason. Usually because the congregation are rebellious and just will not submit to God Rule. 

I can only pray that this will be a major principle for all the churches throughout this nation to adhere to, if we all could meet in unity under God’s Governmental Rule maybe at last, we might see salvation of the UK before it is too late.

Though all must obey otherwise if only 90% obey then the prayer meeting is divided and have stepped back into rebellion.

I know that certain churches would wholeheartedly agree with me with this teaching, yet they do not accept the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Whenever a Nationwide prayer call is called to Pray for this Nation people quote from the following scripture, but they never tell the people how to fulfil it.

2 Chronicles Ch 7 v 14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The church of Jesus Christ needs to get serious about God if we want to be in the right place in these last days. 

Pastor David W Measures

Yesterday Today & Forever Church.

A Pleasing Walk

womencryingThe Apostle Paul taught the Colossian church: “Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

What is required for a pleasing walk? Paul tells us: “Put on therefore, as the chosen of God, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, whoever has a complaint against another; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Colossians 3:12-13, my paraphrase).

Paul is telling us in so many words: “Here is my word to you in these critical times. In light of the hard times you know are coming, you are to measure your walk with the Lord.”

In other words, we are to ask ourselves: “Am I becoming more like Christ? Am I growing more patient, or more quick-tempered? Kinder and gentler, or meaner and more argumentative? More tender and forgiving, or more bitter, holding onto grudges? Do I ‘bear with others’? Do I put up with the weaknesses and faults of those near to me, or do I always have to be right?”

Paul is suggesting that, in light of such a coming day, it doesn’t matter what works you accomplish or what charitable deeds you do. No matter how kind you are to strangers, no matter how many souls you bring to Christ, this question remains: Are you becoming more loving, patient, forgiving, forbearing?

Examining your walk with Christ means looking not so much at what you are doing, as at what you are becoming. Such a walk cannot be achieved by human effort alone. It won’t happen by self-determination, merely saying, “I am going to become that kind of believer.” Rather, it happens by the work of the Holy Spirit, through faith in his Word.

First, we read these words and believe them to be God’s call to us, to examine ourselves. So we ask the Spirit to show us who we truly are, and measure ourselves by his Word. Then we ask the Holy Spirit to help us change.

God’s Fire Still Burns

Sadly, much of Christ’s Body today resembles a modern-day Valley of Dry Bones. It is a wilderness filled with the bleached skeletons of fallen Christians. Ministers and other devoted believers have flamed out because of a besetting sin.

And now they are filled with shame, hiding out in caves of their own making. Like Jeremiah, they have convinced themselves, “I will not make mention of [the Lord], nor speak any more in his name” (Jeremiah 20:9).

God is still asking the same question he asked Ezekiel: “Can these dead bones live again?” The answer to this question is an absolute, “Yes!” How? It happens by the renewing of our faith in God’s Word.

The Word of the Lord is itself a consuming fire. Indeed, it’s the only true light we have during our dark nights of despair. It’s our only defense against the enemy’s lies, when he whispers, “It’s all over. You’ve lost the fire. And you’re never going to get it back.”

The only thing that will bring us out of our darkness is faith. And faith comes by hearing God’s Word. We simply have to cling to the Word that has been implanted in us. The Lord has promised, “I will not let you go down; therefore, you have no reason to despair. There’s no cause for quitting. Rest in my Word.”

You may think, “But this dark night is worse than anything I’ve ever known. I’ve heard a thousand sermons on God’s Word, but none of it seems of any value to me now.” Don’t fret; God’s fire still burns in you, even if you can’t see it. And you’re to pour onto that fire the fuel of faith. You do this by trusting the Lord. When you do, you’ll see all your doubts and lusts consumed.

God’s Spirit is breathing life again into every set of dry bones. He’s reminding them of the Word he implanted in them. And those who once lay dead are being revived. They’re crying as Jeremiah did, “God’s fire has been shut up in me for too long. I simply can’t hold it any longer. I can feel the Lord’s power raising me up. He’s putting life in me. And I’m going to speak the Word he gave me. I’m going to proclaim his mercy and healing power.”

FEAR & AWE

The prophets warn us that when we see God shaking the nations, and perilous times befall us, our natural man will fear greatly. Ezekiel asked, “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee?” (Ezekiel 22:14).

When God warned Noah of his coming judgments and told him to build an ark, Noah was “moved with fear” (Hebrews 11:7). Even bold, courageous David said, “My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments” (Psalm 119:120). And when the prophet Habakkuk saw disastrous days ahead, he cried out, “When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble…” (Habakkuk 3:16).

Please note as you read theses passages: The fear that came upon these godly men wasn’t a fleshly fear, but a reverential awe of the Lord. These saints weren’t afraid of the enemy of their souls but they did fear God’s righteous judgments. And that’s because they understood the awesome power behind the approaching calamities. They didn’t fear the outcome of the storm, but rather God’s holiness!

Likewise, each of us will experience overwhelming fear in the coming times of destruction and disaster. But our fear must come from a holy reverence for the Lord, and never from a fleshly anxiety about our fate. God despises all sinful fear in us, the fear of losing material things, wealth, our standard of living.

All over the world, people are filled with this kind of fear, as they see their nations’ economies deteriorating. They’re afraid an economic flood will sweep away everything they’ve labored for throughout their lifetime. Such is the cry of unbelievers who have no hope. It ought not to be the cry of the godly. Indeed, if you’re a child of God, your heavenly father will not endure such unbelief in you. Isaiah warned: “Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker…and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor…” (Isaiah 51:12-13). “Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread [awe]” (8:13).

Let God be your fear and awe. That kind of fear leads not to death, but to life!

THE DIVINE EXCHANGE

  1. JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN.
  2. JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED. Surely he hath borne our griefs (literally, sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (literally, pains): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement (punishment) of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes (wounds) we are healed. Isaiah 53 v 4-5
  3. JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS THAT WE MIGHT BECOME RIGHTEOUSNESS. For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5 v 21)
  4. JESUS DIED OUR DEATH THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS LIFE. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6 v 23)
  5. JESUS BECAME POOR WITH OUR POVERTY THAT WE MIGHT BECOME RICH WITH HIS RICHES. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.(2 Corinthians 8 v 9)
  6. JESUS BORE OUR SHAME THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS GLORY.And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost (Matthew 27 v 46 & 50). Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none (Psalm 69 v 20).
  7. JESUS ENDURED OUR REJECTION THAT WE MIGHT HAVE HIS ACCEPTANCE AS CHILDREN OF GOD. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1 v 5-6)
  8. JESUS BECAME A CURSE THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE A BLESSING. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3 v 13-14).

Genesis Ch 44 v 33-34 – A Man with God’s Heart

“Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my Lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. “For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?”

These were the words of Judah, he was one of the brothers, who agreed to sell Joseph into slavery many years earlier. In this story he is faced with the dilemma of either allowing his younger brother Benjamin to go into slavery to Pharaoh (which would bring unbearable grief to his father Jacob) or to offer his own life in place of his brother Benjamin. Benjamin had been wrongly accused of stealing from Joseph, who at that time was Pharaoh’s no2. No doubt the wrong done to Joseph left Judah with time to consider his actions. He was not prepared to make the same mistakes again and consequently he offered his life as a substitute. This did not go unnoticed by Joseph, for surely it showed Judah’s repentance through his change of heart.

The apostle Paul states in Romans Ch 9 v 3: “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countryman according to the flesh.”

Jesus stated in the gospel of John Ch 15 v 13 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

If we follow on in the scriptures, we can notice that the greatest blessing of their father Jacob, didn’t go to Joseph but to Judah. Genesis Ch 49 v 10 states: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah. Consequently Jesus was born into the family line of Judah.

Judah was concerned about going back to his father without his brother; this is the attitude we should have towards all those we know and love. For surely how can we go back to our father in Heaven without taking others with us, we need to have a change of heart like Judah.

Pastor David W. Measures

Pastor David Measures is an international speaker and is presently the leader of The YTF Church (Yesterday Today and Forever) in Leicestershire, England. The Lord has used him in healing and deliverance and he has witnessed many people being wonderfully set free.

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