Sunday, January 7
Our meeting ended on a high note. After the salvation of one of the visitors the night before, we had a rejoicing song service with different ministers requesting more songs from the singers. Following the singing, Bro. Hargrave got up for the last time and preached a message entitled Salvation. Having given a short recap of what he had preached throughout this week of meetings, the preacher affirmed that there are many messages going forth all over the world but not many are preaching the gospel. The most important thing is to know that you are all right with God. Many people go to church just to feel better about their sins. Jesus saves you out of your sins. You don’t go back and sin anymore after He saves you.
Sin is a driving force. It drags people from one place to another. Bro. Randy told us that before he was saved “the spirit of disobedience carried me into the night clubs.” The homeless—how do they get there? Dirty, tired, upset. Sin carried them there. Although sin is so strong there is deliverance from it.
The preacher went on to read the account of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. As he read, he showed the journey of a sinner through awakening, godly sorrow, and repentance.
Vs. 11-13: Everyone in the world has “left home” and “gone into a far country.” A country that is away from the land of righteousness, going into the land of unrighteousness.
Vs. 14: The famines of sin are designed to let you know, “There’s something wrong with where I am.” The “want” moves you toward another step to salvation. People try to fill that want with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, models or sports stars. But it’s not working. It’s the blind leading the blind and everybody’s falling into the pigpen. The power of sin must be broken in the heart and mind of the individual carried about by it.
Vs. 15-17: The prodigal son realized he was in an evil place and he started counting the cost.
Vs. 18-20: Something’s not just going to hit you and you fall down and get saved. There’s going to be some righteous planning, some counting the cost, some considering. When your soul reaches out for God then He will come get you.
Bro. Hargrave read the majority of Psalm 51 and then asked, “Do you want to be saved? Do you want to keep doing the things that you’re doing? Do you want your sins more than you want God? Or do you want out of that pigpen?” He finished his message by letting us all know that Jesus Christ can save anyone out of sin, bar none. But you must want Him to save you. There’s only one way to serve God. You must be saved the Bible way!
We had six visitors, all repeats but one. The meeting ended with one soul saved and others “near the kingdom.” We are extremely grateful for what God has done and thrilled with what we know He will continue to do for the congregation in Ontario, California. May God help us to do our part in mightily advancing the work of God on the West Coast and rescuing souls from the clutches of sin.
Saturday, January 6, PM
God blessed us once again with a message entitled The Hearing of Faith. The message was directed toward the many unsaved souls in the midst. Bro. Hargrave started by saying, “If you’re feeling pricked, it’s not away from Calvary; it’s toward Calvary. If God talks to you only once, it is proof that He exists, that He wants to save you, and that He has the power to save you.”
You must have faith that God can save you. Even faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. “A smoking flax shall He not quench.” God will blow on your little faith; He’ll even part the Red Sea for you and drown your enemies. One of the most amazing aspects of salvation is that God actually takes the desire to sin away! You can be delivered. The prodigal son’s father ran and delivered him. He wanted him to consider his condition, count the cost, and step out of the pig pen. If you want to be saved, meet the conditions and you will have the assurance that you are saved.
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that BELIEVETH.” (Romans 10:4)
In the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, the eunuch asked to be baptized. Philip replied: “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” To be saved you must believe the Gospel message and the messenger. 1 Corinthians 14:25 says,”…and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” Have faith! Believe! Nothing can stop you from being saved except you.
Saturday, January 6, AM
This morning Bro. Hargrave taught us along the lines of Conspiracy Against God. There are ideas known as conspiracy theories and they are often disbelieved, but there is such a thing as conspiracy, real conspiracy, not theory.
The world is currently in a downward slide toward eternity. Mankind is failing to see this because of sin. Sin is blinding. Sin is more vast than a single act such as smoking. Sin is a network, it has roots that supply and entangle. Sin is a web.
When Adam sinned, he made a whole system of sinning. To illustrate this, consider a drug dealer. A drug dealer is apprehended by the police. The dealer is in custody, but there is a whole system of illegal drugs underlying and still at work.
David says, “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked.” Psalm 64:2
In 2 Samuel 15:12, Absalom took part in an unlawful alliance against his father, King David. The scripture says, “The conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.”
In Daniel chapter 6, men set up a conspiracy that ended Daniel in the lion’s den.
Caiaphas was a conspirator against Jesus declaring, “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him.” John 11:48
God’s plan was that every man would be saved. Unhindered, all would be saved!
Mankind is born into a conspiracy. You have to get saved to get out of the conspiracy against God into which you are born. There is a whole organized system to trap you in sin. There are campaigns of advertising everywhere. We don’t have television programming among us, but other people put their children in front of the TV and then later wonder why they can’t deal with their children. The reason is because the children have been programmed by what they have been exposed to on the television. The television is used to push ideology that has been conspired against God. Television pushes this ideology like dope on the streets of the city!
If you are saved, you have been delivered by salvation from the conspiracy against God that has taken over the whole world! Psalm 27:5 says, “…he shall hide me in his pavilion.” His pavilion is synonymous with his Tabernacle, His church. This is the only place to hide. Amen.
Friday, January 5
We cannot pass over tonight’s song service. There was much rejoicing as brethren testified of their wonder at their deliverance from sin. One young brother declared that after all that he had done, the drugs and other sin that he had been in, who would have thought that he would be saved and clean and holy as he is today. Another young brother declared over and over with great joy, “I am free!” The saints sang Victory in Jesus with much rejoicing! Glory to God.
Apostle Randall Hargrave continued to preach the gospel of salvation to us tonight. The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. There is not a man on earth who doesn’t need to be saved. There is something that the one who is being sought needs to do. The one who is being sought has a part; he needs to respond to the Seeker.
In Acts chapter 2, Peter preached and the people were pricked in their hearts and three thousand asked, “What must I do?” The message comes forth and it is to make you aware of your situation; you have to be like Blind Bartimaeus and cry out to God. There are times in the Bible where Jesus would have walked by had the disciples, the woman with the issue of blood and others not responded to Him. You have to reach out to Jesus.
Godly sorrow and the drawing of the Spirit work together, they get you thinking about the way that you are living and what God thinks about it. Godly sorrow makes you look up and say, “What am I doing to my Maker?” It’s going to take more than the smooth talking of some man to get you to salvation, your sorrow has to go deep enough for you to do something about yourself. Bishop Jakes and other preachers have forgotten that you’ve got to feel bad before you can get glad.
Repentance is a process, there is a turning away from wrong that happens before salvation. The process can be quick, the timeframe is up to you. God is looking for people who are considering their life and counting the cost. Godly sorrow is pressuring you. You have to answer the pricking of the godly sorrow that wants to lead you to repentance.
Thursday, January 4
The Lord blessed us once again as Apostle Randall Hargrave delivered a timely message on the image of holiness, entitled I Am Holy.
Leviticus 11:44 says “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.”
God’s image is holiness; and this image of holiness is the guideline for His people. For example you may ask, “Why can’t I wear a baseball cap? It doesn’t say in scripture ‘thou shalt not wear a baseball cap.’” God’s answer is “I am holy.” When you are trying to see how much you can get away with, you don’t have a correct perception of the image of God. Once the image of holiness is working in your heart, a lot of questions and problems are taken care of. Holiness is an outline; whatever doesn’t fit in, MUST go out.
“For I am the LORD your God.” God makes it clear that you cannot govern yourself. When Adam sinned, he, in a sense, became his own god.
Romans 1:23 “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” Famous people (Oprah, the Clinton’s, the Kardashian Family, LeBron James, and even pastors) have been made into images other than God’s image. People fall for their deceptions and are molded after the same image of ungodliness. This makes it harder for people to get saved because they don’t want to give up the trinkets from the image they are worshipping.
Though most of the world is caught up in the worship of images, there is still a people in the image of God. Even after Christ was caught up into glory, He has always had a people who have been reflecting His express image. (Hebrews 1:3) God is pointing us out to people and saying “Look what holiness has done for them! Be ye holy: I am holy.”
Don’t be satisfied until you have the witness that you are conformed into the image of holiness. Someday God will judge you by His holiness, and what you did with it. Amen.
We are thankful for the clarity of the messages that we are hearing. Our visitors are receiving understanding and are responding, returning night after night. May the knowledge of the truth continue to free men from the bondage of sin.
Wednesday, January 3
The Lord visited us again Wednesday evening with a heaven-sent message entitled, Whosoever Shall Fall On This Stone. The meeting here in Ontario, California continues in the direction of reaching out to lost souls. We had thirteen visitors only two of which had never been to a church of God service. Apostle Randall Hargrave began his message with the words, “It is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps.” He went on to bring out that we as human beings were not designed to make big decisions for ourselves but rather to listen to God and to do His will.
Though we’re a long way from the Garden of Eden, the devil is still working in the same way to bring questions to people’s minds as to whether God has their best interest in mind. Ever since the Garden, man has had the idea that he can be like God. Although proven wrong again and again, man thinks that he can run his own life. He knows what he needs and he knows how to get it, so he thinks. The devil builds mistrust in human kind towards God, but if you give into God’s way, and He’ll give you more than you ever even knew you needed.
You have a decision to make. “Am I going to continue trying to work out my own life by myself like I have been or will I let God have control?”
1 Peter 1:2 speaks about “the foreknowledge of God the Father.” The Greek word for foreknowledge contains the meaning ‘full discernment’. Knowledge of God is perceiving a difference between God and yourself. People have spent so long playing God that in their mind they think they’re like God. Perhaps you say “Oh, we live in America. We know we’re not gods. Mars Hill is not around anymore.” Mars Hill is still around in a different form. When you walk past the magazine rack in the store those people on the front are images. Those models have a message-“Run your own life like I run mine. God doesn’t know how to make you happy.” Instead of Mars Hill it’s Mars [magazine] Rack. Well, God has an image as well. His image is “I am pure, holy, equitable, righteous, love.
Salvation comes when you stop trying to fix you. God is more loving and thoughtful and concerned about us than we could ever be.
“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall, it will grind him to powder.” Matthew 21:44. “Full discernment” is falling down, is humbling down, is giving your life and future over to Jesus. Will salvation hurt? Yes, giving things up hurts. But there’s something that hurts worse and that is being ground in the mill of sin. Falling and being broken gives you a full discernment of who you are and are not and who the Rock is.
Bro. Randall read the account in Acts 16:25-31 of Paul and Silas being whipped and imprisoned. When they should have been weeping and moaning over their broken bodies they were singing because they knew who the Rock was. The jailer literally acted out God’s command to fall on the Rock in falling before these two apostles and asking “What must I do to be saved?” Their response is beautiful. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” If God is talking to you, stop worrying about your uncle, or your grandchildren, or your mom and worry about you. Your salvation will open the door for everyone else.
There is no difficulty that you cannot overcome if you keep in your mind “I am not God.” Surrender your life to God. Though broken you will not be ground. God will direct your life in a better way than you could have ever done for yourself.
As conviction obviously rested on many of the visitors the evident Holy Ghost anointing and agreement of the saints with the preacher were testimonies to the truth of his words. We are very excited with the work that God is doing in Southern California. The preacher declared at the beginning of this meeting that he came to see souls saved. Our faith takes in the deliverance of many souls in the near future. Amen.
Tuesday, January 2
The first meeting of the church of God in 2018 was held in Ontario, California. The hope of salvation in Jesus Christ is brought within reach of every honest soul in this beautiful, simple gospel message.
With a burden to give us a better understanding of sin and an understanding of the depth of sin, Apostle Randall Hargrave preached, Own Your Sin. Bro. Hargrave declared that he was preaching the message with a burden and trust that those under the sound of his voice would believe enough to walk toward the opening made in sin’s prison walls by the preaching of the word of God.
Mankind, cities, companies, families, all see that the world is falling apart, but they don’t know what to do about it. People know that something is wrong, but they can’t “put their finger on” what it is. The problem is sin.
Sin is a disease that works in the mind of the unregenerate or unsaved person. Sin, the potential not to believe God, is in every child who is born. Every baby has the potential to become an Adolf Hitler or a Ted Bundy if not stopped by the hand of the Savior. The world needs a Savior from its silent enemy, sin.
“And ye shall be holy; for I am holy,” was brought out as a main point in the reading of Leviticus 11:43–45. God is a holy God. His first attribute is holiness. He is set apart from impurity and He wants His family, His creation to take part in His holiness.
When man fell, he fell outside of the holiness of God. Man needed a Savior. All people need a Savior. God sent Jesus to deliver man from sin. God had to restore man to the state of holiness if God and man were to have fellowship.
God cannot accept, He cannot fellowship, the individual who is sinning. He loves the sinner. God wants the sinner. God reaches out to the sinner, but He cannot take the sinner unto Himself. The sinner must be changed, he must be restored to that holy state from which sin has separated him. He will have to be freed from sinning to be taken in as God’s child.
The person who is in sin is captivated by sin. No matter how great another person’s desire, he is not able to deliver the sinner from his sin. The sinner has to save himself. By this we mean, that the sinner has to come out of sin by an act of his own will; even the preacher cannot save him. People don’t want to think that they have done wrong or that they have been wrong, but Jesus is working on you to get you to own your sin. People’s sins are precious to them. Not all people are miserable in their sin, some are going their own way having a good time. The preacher himself remembers being in that condition, but the Lord can break in on someone’s good time! Glory to God! The Lord can become a companion to the sinner who is going along minding his business, and He can begin asking, “Are you gonna keep living like this?” The Lord begins working on your mind and getting you to admit your own wrong thinking, to admit how wrong your way is and has been. In order for God to deliver you, you must acknowledge that you are in a condition from which you need to be delivered.
If you will come to Him the Bible way, if you will repent of your sins, the Lord will save you and keep you saved. Sometimes it comes to your mind that maybe you’re one of the ones who can’t get saved. That’s a lie! It’s not true! Let the Lord deal with you about your life. Let the Lord talk to you about your sin. May God grant that your need to be saved will supercede or overcome the discomfort of the dealings of the Lord.
Psalm 51:1-4 is a prayer. Verse three says, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” Acknowledge the truth and you can get saved and you can stay saved. Allow God to take away your excuses.