Category: The Will of God

I will continue

Recently something I wrote was misunderstood. I try my best to make myself clear in my writings. Several people have told me that some things I say are hard to understand. I am very sorry for this. I believe it won’t be long before everything I write will be understood. Fifty years ago Jesus told me I had been born before my time and that the knowledge I had received would be usable. 

So I will continue doing what I’ve been doing, uncovering phony doctrines made up by men, and offering up the truths of God to the people of God. For this I was set apart and called, to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, bringing about the obedience of faith throughout the church of the living God, for His name’s sake.

We are saved by faith; we walk by faith, we overcome by faith, we reign by faith, Everything we do as Christians, we do by faith. The only authorities in the church are those of specific ministries. All the doctrines teaching otherwise are man-made doctrines made up by undisciplined men who seek things for themselves, including followers to accept and support their lifestyles. Many of them end up with jet planes and mansions on earth. Stay clear of these false prophets for their greed is enormous, as well as evil. They are clouds without rain rolling around seeking people to devour, in order that their lifestyles might be sustained. And they preach Satan and call him Jesus.

I preach only Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Everything pertaining to life and godliness, whether it be sanctification, holiness, healing, or eternal life, all is in Jesus, and it is all received by faith in Him. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12. And there is no other way to reach Jesus other than faith.

If I ever preach any thing other than Jesus, and Him crucified, turn from me and run, for I will have lost my way.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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We Are Weak, But You Are Strong

Most Christians can read books and study this doctrine and that doctrine. I can’t. I have been told not to read books.

They can have conversations about differences of opinions. I can’t. I was told to seek not the counsel of men.

Most Christians are free to listen to anyone they want and judge what they say. I am not. I was told to listen only to God, for He is the golden needle that pulls the golden thread of healing He has placed within me. Someone saw this golden thread and golden needle in a vision and delivered the message to me.

Most Christians can form their own opinions about Scriptures. I can’t. I am only allowed to accept what is revealed by the Lord.

They can give people the benefit of the doubt. I can’t. When God reveals something about someone, I must accept it as is.

They pretty much can take their minds anywhere. I can’t. I can only go where the Spirit leads.

As a result of all this most Christians appear to be open-minded, and I appear to be closed-minded.

They appear to be open-minded because their minds are open to both the world and to the Lord. My mind appears to be closed because it is closed to the world, and open to the Lord alone. 

Most Christians get to say that partial truths are okay because people mean well using them. I have to proclaim that truths are truths and lies are lies, for truths expose lies as light exposes darkness.

Here are some examples:

Most Christians can say claiming promises is okay because it’s just an expression of faith. I have to say what the Lord revealed, which is that it is sin because it is adding to the Bible and it is a legal maneuver, and has nothing to do with faith. No Christian should ever be heard claiming a promise of God.

Most Christians can say they have the authority of Christ because they are speaking for themselves. They are entitled to be wrong. I cannot say it because I am speaking for the Son of God who called me and ordained me, and I am not allowed to lean on my own understanding.

Most ministers and Christians in non-denominational churches sometimes have no allegiance to anyone, organizations or persons, and therefore are able to say whatever they think, right or wrong. My allegiance is to Jesus who separated me from my mother’s womb when He stood in the delivery room the day I was born. I cannot say what I think, I can only say what Jesus tells me to say.

Again, most Christians can say and do things they feel like doing; they are free. I can only say and do what I hear from heaven; I am bound. This makes them appear open-minded and it makes me appear closed-minded. But the truth is, though they appear to be open-minded, they are actually closed-minded in the heavenly places; and though I appear to be closed-minded, I am actually open-minded in the heavenly places.

Because we live and breathe and walk in this world, most Christians appear to be normal and open to all things, and I appear to be bull-headed and stubborn.

I am very much aware that if I wanted to please men, I could appear to be normal and open-minded. However, Jesus approached me personally in the presence of Peter, James, John and Paul and appointed me to be His apostle by reaching His hand out to me and saying, “You are the apostle of the restoration.” If being an outcast for my entire life is His path for me, so be it.

“For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor,” 1 Corinthians 4:9, 10.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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Making up for a lack of faith

It has always amazed me what Christians will do to make up for their lack of faith, such as touting that we have the authority of Christ, or that we need only claim the promises, both of which are unscriptural. I heard a new one the other day. Now someone is pushing that Jesus has given us His power of attorney.  

Saying that we have the authority of Christ is the result of overzealous people misinterpreting the Scriptures. The Bible says no such thing. Claiming promises and having power of attorney are simply unbiblical replacements for faith. Let me explain this:  James said that when asking God for something we must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, James 1: 6-8. 

To ask without doubting requires a stable mind so that when the devil starts throwing up reasons to doubt, we can just ignore him and continue believing. Faith doesn’t allow us to entertain doubt. To get to that point we must learn discipline. Discipline is learned through suffering, and few people endure the sufferings in the trial of faith long enough to learn discipline. 

So here come the preachers with ways around this dilemma. To bypass the battle of faith, use the legal approach — just claim what you want. God promised you, therefore you have a right to it and you want it — so claim it. To claim something is to establish that you have a legal right to what you have asked for. And if that doesn’t work there’s a new trick to try — tell God that Jesus gave you power of attorney — another legal right trick. Neither one of these require faith. If you have a legal right to something, you don’t need faith to get it. You just need to prove your right to it. 

Why do these people think that we who were set free from the law through faith, should now use the law to prove that we are entitled to the promises of God? There is no substitute for faith! Claiming promises and professing to have power of attorney for Jesus are both legal arguments, faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Big difference!!!

The Word says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6. So regardless of what legal trick you use, you will walk away empty, FOR WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.

Consider this:  a child does not go to his father and lay claim to his right to be fed. He simply believes he will be fed because he believes in his father. And do you suppose our heavenly Father will be less reliable than our earthly father? Our heavenly Father is holy and cannot lie. And, “For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him (Jesus) they are yes; wherefore also by Him (Jesus) is our Amen to the glory of God through us,” 2 Corinthians 1:20.

If the promises of God are yes in Jesus, what more do we need? Jesus is a perfect Savior. Everything pertaining to us and our dealings with God are covered in His life and sacrifice, and every door opens with faith.

When people say we have the authority of Christ and we must claim God’s promises and we have the power of attorney for Jesus, they are belittling what Jesus did for us and are not only lifting themselves up to a place equal with Jesus, but are also enticing others to do the same. These people are no more than greedy carnival barkers peddling wares that appease the flesh in an effort to attract large crowds.

It is time to walk away from false teachers and false doctrines, regardless of who and what they are. “The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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We Must Choose Whom We Will Serve

If you told me you had a gift for me and that all I have to do is ask for it, and rather than asking you for it as you said, I came up to you and said, “I claim the gift you promised me. You said I could have it and I’m claiming it now,” how would you feel? Would you think I was approaching you reverently, or would you think I had a lot of nerve speaking to you that way?

Again, God tells us to ask, and we will receive, to seek, and we will find, and to knock, and the door will be opened for us. And, instead of asking, seeking, and knocking, many have gone on a claiming spree. Call it what you want, it is wrong. Yes, it is as simple as that, it is wrong.

We must always do what God says we are to do, not what men tell us to do. God tells us to ask, seek and knock; men tell us to claim.

Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar, Proverbs 30:5, 6.

The Lord does not take it lightly when His children ignore, and abuse His word, by using their own vernacular. Many think it is fine because those who do it don’t mean to be insubordinate. But the fact remains that they are insubordinate because the Lord tells us not to add to His words. And those who do so, regardless of their motives, are influencing others to do the same.

I have witnessed the disastrous effects that have stemmed from those who claim the promises. I’ve spoken of them before, so I won’t go into them now. I will just say that if you cannot take my word for this, please consider taking the Lord’s word for it. And He says, “Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.” 

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are to claim the promises of God. Woe to those who add to the word of God. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!

The Bible is not just another book, it is the word of God. Those who belong to Jesus approach it reverently; they rightly divide it; they handle it accurately.

The Holy Spirit has never, and will never, lead someone to claim a promise of God. It is not Scriptural; it is not holy; it is wrong. Again, do not take my word for it, take God’s word for it, Proverbs 30:6. 

We must always obey the word of God, not men. The word of God tells us to ask, seek and knock; men tell us to claim. We must each choose whom we will serve.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified

Paul spoke of being justified by faith, and that we were made righteous by the obedience of Christ. He said the Law came in that the transgression might increase (that is, through the Law comes the knowledge of sin); but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, Romans 5:1,19-21.

In other words, he was saying Jesus is the Savior and we are the saved. From this teaching, some claimed that he was saying, “Let us do evil that good may come,” Romans 3:8. Knowing this, Paul wrote in chapter 6 verse 1, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” He then went on to explain that we were crucified with Christ, buried with Him through baptism, and raised up with Him into newness of life, and, therefore, we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin, verse 6, 7.

Paul preached Jesus, and Him crucified. He preached that we are justified, sanctified and made righteous, not by works, but by faith in the obedience and the sacrifice of Jesus. Many people think there has to be more; they think it is not enough to deny self and take up our cross and follow Jesus; they are certain there has to be more for us to do. 

I am aware that some have problems with things I say, and I honestly think it is because I preach Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I want nothing to do with adding to what Christ has done. I will not entertain, even for one second, any thought that suggests we must go beyond His obedience and sacrifice. For this reason, I speak against the added extras others cling to, such as, the arrogant teaching that we have the authority of Christ, and the absurdity that we are to declare and decree things, etc., etc., etc. And I don’t speak of these things to find fault; I do it for the sake of those caught up in them. They are headed down a road that ends in ruin. For these things, and many others like them, have their beginning in the devil, who has lied from the beginning, and are against humbling ourselves and submitting to God. We have a Savior, we don’t need authority or any other such thing. We need only have faith in our Savior.

Consider Peter in Acts 3, who, after healing the lame man, told the gathering crowd that the man was healed on the basis of faith in Jesus’ name, vs.16. He did not say by authority, or by magic; he said by faith in the name of Jesus. And so, also Paul, when he cast the spirit of divination out of the slave girl, said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her,” was speaking by faith in Jesus, not by authority; for he said, as did Peter, “in the name of Jesus Christ.” And ‘in the name of Jesus Christ’ means ‘by faith in the name of Jesus,’ Acts 3:16. 

It is my belief, and I believe it with all my heart, that if we try to do more we are basing our salvation on works. However, if by faith we accept the obedience and sacrifice of Jesus, we become new creatures. And, being new creatures, that is, born of God, we inherently leave behind a path of works. For out of gratitude and love and reverence for our Savior we will follow Him wherever He leads; and everywhere He goes, works follow. We need only trust and obey at all times.

By God’s grace and mercy, when I was born again, I didn’t follow ideas or suppositions, I followed Jesus. I followed a Person, a living Person, and I follow Him to this day. I follow someone in whom I abide, someone who loves and cares for His people. (That is why I am so against all the manmade doctrines and beliefs — they are against the Person I know as my Savior).

Decades ago God was very kind to give me a glimpse into His mystery, and He has since commissioned me to speak the truth to His people; and so I speak. In so doing, I do my part to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, in order to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant  

P.S. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” 

Why do you think people will say those things to Jesus on the day of judgment? They will say them because those are the things they will have followed, —-prophesying, casting out demons, and performing miracles. They will have spent their lives searching for things that appeal to, and satisfy, themselves, rather than seeking the Person of Jesus, and the will of God. 

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For His Own Sake

Dear friends, for His own sake God has placed us in His kingdom, for He said in Ezekiel 36:22-27, “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I wiI will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

And, in Isaiah 48:9-11, “For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, and for My praise I restrain it for you, in order not to cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; for how can My name be profaned?   And My glory I will not give to another.” And, in Isaiah 43:25 He says, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins”

In these Scriptures, and others like them, we may take hope, for the Lord will not allow His name to be profaned. Therefore, He will most assuredly accomplish all that He has purposed for us. And this is His purpose, that we be a people for His own possession, that we might proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light, and that we might be to the praise of His glory. 

Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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The Remnant and the Hardened

Romans 11:2-4, “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? ‘Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have torn down thine altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.’ But what is the divine response to him? ‘I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ 

Verses 5-8, “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. What then? That which Israel is seeking for, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written, ‘God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day.’”

Later in the chapter Paul adds these verses:

Romans 11:25-27, “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved; and thus all Israel will be saved, just as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.’ ‘And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’

Verses 28-32, “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were once disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, in order that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.”

This truth has been stifled through the ages.  But it is the Word of God, and plainly states that God wants Gentile Christians to be informed of this mystery, lest we be wise in our own estimation or conceit.

God’s most unworthy servant,

Jon David Banks

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A Chosen Race

“So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?’ On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honor, and another for dishonor? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among the Gentiles, “ Romans 9:18-24. Paul wrote these verses after making the argument that it depends not on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy, (Romans 9:16).

Paul makes very clear in Romans 9 that predestination is an eternal truth. He goes so far as to say to those who would question this truth, “Who are you, O man, who answers back to God?” The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it?” To any who might be inclined to disregard Paul’s authority and his ability to know the truths of God, I would refer you to Acts 13:48 where it says “…as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” Those who were not appointed to eternal life did not believe, verse 50.

Why am I writing about such a controversial subject? I bring this subject up because this is one of the most magnificent and wonderful and uplifting truths in the holy Scriptures for those whom the Lord truly called. It is a truth that opens the glory and the lovingkindness of God to the children of God, especially the insecure and poor in spirit. This truth brought Paul to the point of saying, “…If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

Let me say before going any further:  I have heard of John Calvin and the Presbyterians believing in predestination. I KNOW NOTHING OF THEIR BELIEF IN PREDESTINATION! I have never studied their doctrines. In this letter I am speaking only of what I have heard from the Lord concerning predestination.

Consider these Scriptures: 

Romans 9:9-18,  For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God’s purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

1 Peter 2:9,  But you are a CHOSEN race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Romans 8:29, For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

1 Corinthians 1:30,31, But by His own doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

Do you still doubt that it doesn’t depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but it depends on God who has mercy? If so, then you may think too highly of yourself. I say this because those who think too highly of themselves read the Word with the attitude and intentions of finding Scriptures that closely resemble 

their opinions, and ignore those that contradict their opinions; while those who read the Word to find the truth do so with an open mind, disregarding their opinions, and accept the truth as it is revealed to them.

In closing, please know this, predestination is one of the most comforting and glorious truths that gives hope beyond hope to those who follow Jesus, instilling deeply within them the truth that He who has begun a good work in us will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus, Philippians 1:6, and, that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Amen.

Please weigh everything I say on the scales of the Word of God.

God’s most unworthy servant, 

Jon David Banks

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Have this Attitude

After fasting forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, Jesus was approached by the devil who said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones become bread.” Jesus replied, “It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Then the devil took Him to the holy city; and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge concerning you,’ and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

Having failed to entice Jesus to lay aside His humble and obedient attitude toward God and lift Himself up against God by performing a miracle on His own initiative, and failing likewise to get Him to claim the promise that angels would bear Him up if He jumped off the pinnacle of the temple, the devil then showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory, and offered them to Him if He would fall down and worship him. 

Dear friends, the devil tempts us just as he tempted Jesus, trying to entice us to act on our own initiative and make the promises of God come true. He tells us, “If you are a child of God, the promises of God apply to you. Do you need money? Claim it. Are you sick? Claim your healing. Jesus gave you all authority in heaven and on earth, USE IT. (Please bear in mind the devil is a liar). Your tongue has the power of life and death, speak things into being. Or, if you prefer, you can declare and decree whatever you want.” (The devil, and his servants, never mention that Job 22:28 is refuted in Job 42:7-9). And, if he fails with these schemes, he will appeal to lust, greed, sexual impurity, and everything else the human flesh is subject to.

Satan and his servants will go on and on telling us lie after lie just to get us to raise ourselves up to the level of God, thereby preventing us from humbling ourselves before God. But what do the Scriptures say? “HAVE THIS ATTITUDE IN YOURSELVES, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” Philippians 2:5-8

Resist the devil and he will flee from you, Matthew 4:11a.

Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus maintained His humble and obedient attitude and did nothing on His own initiative, but worked as the Father worked, John 5:19,30 and John 14:10. Should we do any less

Rev. Jon David Banks

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Resisting the Devil

James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:9 both tell us to resist the devil; Ephesians 6:11-17 tells us how to do it:

Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Did you notice that nothing is said about rebuking, or binding, the devil? Nor was there any mention of taking authority over him? Have you ever wondered why? Here’s why — Peter, Paul and James believed that Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we might be reconciled to God, the Father. They each knew He was a perfect Savior, and that we need only have faith in Him and the Father will deliver us from all evil. Hence, ‘taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one,’. 

Paul was saying we can ignore the railings of the devil by our faith in Jesus. He is the One in whom we believe; He is our intercessor before God; by faith in Him we resist the devil and submit ourselves to the Father through faith in His name.

By embracing truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, salvation and the word of God, we are able to resist the devil by faith in Jesus, our Savior.

Please weigh everything I say on the scales of the Word of God.

Rev. Jon David Banks

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Signs Follow the Body of Christ

“And these signs will accompany those who have believed:  in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover,” Mark 16:17, 18. 

There is a fallacy going around claiming that every Christian can do any and all of these things. But the Scripture says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills,” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

“All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have the gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?”, 1 Corinthians 12:29, 30.

So the signs in Mark 16:17, 18 follow the body of Christ, not each and every individual member. “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ,” 1 Corinthians 12:12.

We must always be careful what we accept as truth. 

Rev. Jon David Banks

God’s most unworthy servant

P.S. Please weigh everything I say on the scales of the Word of God.

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Awake from Sleep

When I first became a Christian I thought men of God spoke the true words of God. As I read the Bible at home and listened to my pastor on Sundays and Wednesdays, I began to see a huge chasm between what I was reading and what he was saying. (I attended a Church of God attached to the Anderson, IN organization). 

It was approximately a decade later that I learned why there was such a difference between what my pastor was preaching and what I was reading in the Bible. It happened one night at a prayer meeting. I stood up to say something while we were all in prayer, but was stopped from uttering a word. As soon as I stood, I collapsed on the floor, and my spirit was caught up to a place where I stood with Jesus, Peter, James, and John. Paul walked across in front of us as Jesus was speaking to me. Among other things, Jesus told me I had been born before my time, and that I must wait until God had completed a work in His people, at which time the knowledge I had received would be usable. 

The knowledge I had been receiving since my spiritual birth was meant for a later time, and I, myself, was being set apart for that later time. That’s why it was different from what was being preached then. Forty years later in August  2017 the Lord spoke and said, “It is time.”

Many of the falsities I have heard through the years appear to have been accepted by upwards of millions of people. Most of the people who have been caught up in the teachings of false prophets hold to them because they tickle their ears. It is not for their sake that I write this letter; it is for the sake of the wheat that is growing among them. And not only the wheat ensnared by the false prophets, but also the wheat whose legitimate pastors, as well as fellow laymen, have unwittingly picked up some of these false doctrines.

My prayer is for all who belong to Jesus to understand that the awakening is upon us; it is time to awaken from sleep and return to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. It is time to stop following this man and that man, and hanging on to their every word. It is time to follow Jesus; it is time to reaffirm that we are nothing and submit ourselves completely to our beloved Savior. To do this, we must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to show us where we’ve been wrong in the past. We must to begin TODAY.

For over fifty years the only book I have read is the Holy Bible. It is the only book I will read for the rest of my life (the Lord told me to stop reading books, and to only read the Bible in the 1970’s). I am a follower of Jesus, and I follow no one but Him. I have been appointed as His ambassador by the laying on of His hands. I desire only the truths of God and His perfect will. If you cannot accept me, please, at least, consider my words.

In His holy name,

Rev. Jon David Banks

God’s most unworthy servant

P.S. Please weigh everything I say on the scales of the Word of God.

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What’s In It For Me?

Have you noticed that many today preach a gospel of “what’s in it for me”? Preacher after preacher rave on and on about the authority of the believer and all you can do with it. The underlying theme of their sermons seem to be not what God has done, but on what we can do. Rather than present Jesus as the Savior of mankind, they present Him as a guru who gives you tools to do anything, and get anything, that you might want. They appeal to the ‘self’ of each individual, that part of us that wants what it wants when it wants it. This kind of preaching uplifts the ‘self,’ stroking its ego and feeding its inherent feeling of importance.

The preaching of the cross, however, does the direct opposite. It exposes the sinfulness of the ‘self’ with its ego and its feeling of importance. The cross screams that the self is so sinful, it must be crucified. Thus the statement of Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me,” Galatians 2:20a. From this we know there is no good in man, for no one is good except God alone, (see Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19). For this reason our sinful ‘self’ had to be crucified with Christ before we could enter the heavenlies with Him. And, having been raised up in the heavenlies with Him, we are now new creatures; that is, it is no longer we who live (it is no longer our ‘self’ who lives), but Christ who lives in us. 

So it is that Jesus said we must take up our cross and deny ourself and follow Him, for there is no self in the kingdom of God, only the body of Christ.

Beware of those who uplift the self.

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I believe that people who talk about who we are in Christ Jesus are walking down the wrong road, because I have been taught by Jesus Himself that I am nothing in Him and that He is everything in me.

I am aware that we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and people chosen by God as a possession for Himself, that we might declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. I am also aware that we are workers together with God, and sons and daughters of the most High. However, I also know that I was conceived in iniquity and that I was a creature destined to wrath, and I was saved from wrath and from my sins by the sacrifice of Jesus.

And not only was I saved from wrath and from my sins, I was also saved from myself by the sacrifice of Jesus. I now deny myself (consider myself to be nothing) daily and walk by the only good that has ever been within me, the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, as I said,  I am nothing in Him and He is everything in me.  

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I believe Christians who dwell on authority and on who they are in Jesus would do well to follow the example of Jesus and refuse to regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. I believe they should consider themselves to be nothing, and empty themselves, and become bond-servants of the Lord. I believe they would do themselves a favor if they concentrated on learning obedience through the things which they suffer.

Rev. Jon Banks

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Thoughts, Notions and Clichés

People who use their natural minds to discern spiritual things flood the airwaves and pulpits and fill the pews of our churches. You will know them by their fruit. They tell us we need to know who we are in Christ. They entice us to take our so-called rightful place in Christ and command everything from the weather to the devil. They say we must never tell God how big our problems are, and that we should rather tell our problems how big our God is. In short, they twist the good news of the gospel of Christ and turn it into a ritual of mind games. 

When our only son’s body was being ravaged for approximately fifteen months by Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, I never told the devil how big my God is. I never cared what he thought or knew. On the contrary, I told God how big my problem was. Even after the Lord revealed that He would heal my son, doubt would creep in from time to time when I was least expecting it, and, when it did, I would go straight to the Lord and confess my doubt. I didn’t blame the devil and rebuke him. I was the one with the doubt, so I went straight to the hills from whence cometh my help and asked for mercy, and each time the One who loves me forgave and comforted me. 

The ridiculous cliché, ‘Don’t tell God how big your mountain is, tell your mountain how big your God is,’ is just that, a ridiculous cliché. Oh, it’s a cute little play on words, but it is also a hindrance to a Christian. It is a ploy of Satan to entice us into mind games with him, thereby preventing us from seeking the Lord and trusting in Him.

I am not insinuating that everyone who uses this cliché is of the devil. I am saying the cliché itself has its origin in the evil one. It was designed by Satan himself to draw people away from God. And somewhere along the line Satan found some preacher with a tendency to appeal to the emotions of the natural man, and planted this cliché in that preacher’s mind, and he began using it. And now, today, many more who walk in their natural minds have picked it up and are spreading it around as if it were gospel. But they are wrong, it is not gospel, it is the opposite of the gospel. It is anti-christ. It is a tool of the devil.

The devil’s thoughts and notions appeal to the pride of the flesh. Consider this: Nearly everything that spews from the mouths of those who use the devil’s thoughts, notions, and clichés is meant to uplift their hearers to a place equal with God. And their hearers inevitably walk away reviling angelic majesties, completely ignoring the fact that Michael the archangel did not dare pronounce a railing judgment against the devil. Like unreasoning animals they revile things which they do not understand, all the while thinking they are doing the work of God. They have turned off the narrow path and are headed down a wide road that leads to destruction. One cannot lift himself up to God’s level and escape destruction. 

Still these people march on, thinking themselves to be equal with God, rebuking and reviling, as if they have unlimited authority. You may be thinking, “I hear people rebuking Satan in the name of Jesus all the time. Are they wrong?” In reply, I ask you, “Have you ever seen it work? Does Satan turn tail and run when they do this? What about those who bind Satan in Jesus name? Has that ever worked?” Absolutely not! To this day he continues to prowl about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Does this mean there is no power in the name of Jesus? God forbid! It means those who do this are clouds without rain. They are those who are tossed about by every wind of doctrine that comes along, reviling where they have no knowledge or understanding.

This is very serious. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. It is already the hour for us to awaken from sleep. We must lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. We must lay aside the thoughts, notions, and clichés that insinuate we are equal in any way with God. Even the thought that we have the authority of Christ began when someone leaned on his own understanding, and, coerced by Satan, subverted Scriptures and added words that didn’t exist. We were never meant to walk in authority, we were meant to walk by faith in humble obedience to our Lord; and our faith is not in ourselves, or in what we may have, but in Christ who has conquered and overcome the world.

People who entertain the thoughts, notions, and clichés of Satan live their lives wearing blinders in an effort to keep reality at bay. Rather than admit their efforts don’t work, they continue blindly from one failure to another because they think their blind loyalty to their dogmas is actually faith. But rather than exercising faith, they are actually just following the crowd. Most mega-churches and most non-denominational churches are filled with people who are looking for shortcuts to spiritual things and they go where they will hear what they want to hear. Thus they flock to preachers who tell them such things as, “You have all authority in heaven and on earth, and you can heal all sicknesses and diseases at will, and you can speak into being whatever you want in your life; you can declare and decree whatever you want.” 

I submit to you now in the sight of God that all this is straight from hell, and any and all who continue down this road, whether preaching it or believing it, are working together with Satan. Thanks be to God His elect hear His voice and will not follow a stranger. 

True faith is not a mind over matter tool, it is the substance of what is hoped for, it is the evidence of what is not seen. It has nothing to do with mind over matter, and nothing to do with claiming a promise. Faith is found in Jesus and rests in the integrity of God; if you believe in God’s integrity, why would you even consider claiming a promise? Why would you rebuke or bind the devil? Is he stronger than God? If so, then we are just beating the air; if not, then why bother with him? Instead of binding and rebuking the devil and instead of claiming a promise, why not just believe the Lord. That is what He asks of us. All this other stuff is not of the Spirit, but of the flesh, and perpetrated by Satan. 

Please weigh these things on the scales of the Word of God.

Rev. Jon Banks

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Why I Say the Things I Say

In the past several decades movements have swept through the church, each certain they had uncovered truths and doctrines that had been missing for centuries. Movements such as the Pentecostal Movement, the Full Gospel Movement, and the Word of Faith Movement have been three of the largest and most influential. Thinking they had the answers to all questions, Christians hungry to be fed flocked to them. However, all three of these movements fell short of giving people anything substantial, and instead, appealed more to the emotions and selfishness of those who wanted shortcuts to all things spiritual.

I was informed in a vision that part of my ministry requires destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, 2 Corinthians 10:5. Therefore, many of my letters and posts deal with these speculations and lofty things, such as those found in the Word of Faith Movement. 

I mean no harm to anyone, nor do I want to embarrass anyone. My sole purpose is to help Christians lay aside every encumbrance and trust the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is a hard task since there have been so many false doctrines accepted as truth by so many people. 

For instance, the belief the baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by speaking in tongues. This teaching didn’t work out because the Holy Spirit didn’t go along with it. He didn’t give utterance to everyone. So people were told they themselves had to begin uttering syllables and jargons, and the result of their utterances, even though the Holy Spirit had nothing to do with it, would be proof they had received the Holy Spirit. (Even Kathrine Kuhlman, who spoke in tongues, disagreed with this doctrine. She went so far as to say no-one could teach you how to speak in tongues; it was a gift the Holy Spirit delivered without the need to help Him by uttering sounds).

Then came the Full Gospel movement claiming every Christian has a gift of the Spirit and should be using that gift daily. This sparked a generation of super-spiritual (and superficial) Christians who walked around in white loafers and a dove pin on their lapels signifying they had the Holy Spirit, and a load of His gifts.

This ushered in the Word of Faith movement which ignited the teaching that every Christian has the authority of Christ and can use it to change everything from their circumstances to their finances. It sought, and still seeks to this day, to convince the masses that Christians are like both God and Jesus in power and authority, even to the extreme of having the ability to create things with their words as did God. It has done nothing but create multi-millionaire pastors whose followers and supporters beat the air to this day, trying to hit a target that doesn’t exist.  

Please consider this:

  1. All three of these movements were self-induced and self-serving; all three circumvented the will of God and the Holy Spirit and replaced them with their own desires. In all three cases they used their own understanding and their own faculties to make what they wanted come to pass (what they ended up with was just a boost to their egos).
  2. All three shunned the Person of Jesus and the power of His resurrection. They instead relied on their ability to utter syllables and jargons and on their minds’ ability to conjure up feelings of importance, as well as its ability to make them think they are equal to the Son of God.

There are many more speculations and lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God. There are some that have never entered the minds of most Christians. I mentioned the movements above because most Christians are aware of them. 

Please understand that I am not sitting in judgment of my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I am working together with God and crying out, “It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” When I was in my thirties my spirit was caught up to a place where Jesus told me I had been born before my time and the knowledge I had received would be usable, but that I must wait until God had completed a work in His people. In August of 2017 the Lord said, “It is time.” That is why I say the things I say. We must bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ while there is still time.

Also, I did not choose Jesus, He chose me. Even on the night I was born again I refused to walk to the altar, not out of stubbornness, but because I was so aware of my sinfulness and my unworthiness of Him. Someone took hold of my arm and escorted me to the altar. That someone was Jesus. He then walked around and knelt in front of me. I never said a prayer or spoke a word. However, after kneeling in front of Him for what seemed like an eternity, I walked back to my seat a brand new person in a brand new place, the kingdom of the living God.

An evangelist, Rev. Robert Morgan, once told me, “Jesus is going to lead you down a path you wouldn’t choose for yourself.” I didn’t ask for this ministry. It was not my will, it was the will of God. I had nothing to do with Jesus ordaining me with His own hands, nor with my spirit being caught up to stand with Him and three other apostles while a fourth walked by in front of us. I really hope you understand I’m not sitting in judgment of anyone. I am just doing what the Lord called me to do. He loves His people and wants each one of us to know Him and lean on Him. He wants to lead us in His perfect will. He wants us to awaken from sleep and walk in the light of day. 

God gave Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth, and He gave us Jesus. God wants us to dwell in Jesus, abide in Him, believe in Him, not be Him. We were never meant to be supernatural heroes, we were meant to be humble and obedient children of God. And because of this I am doing my very best to tear down every speculation and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God; even the things that originate from the minds of people who choose to interpret the Bible in ways that satisfy their own desires. Because of this they walk in darkness, while, at the same time, calling it light, having been deceived by the powers and forces of that darkness, because they chose to satisfy their own desires. 

Again, I didn’t ask for this ministry. Jesus was present at both my natural and spiritual birth. I was predestined and appointed in accordance with the will of God to be an ambassador for Christ; to be set apart to Him, and to speak for Him. I would never hurt, nor condemn, one of His own. But as long as there are speculations and lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God, I will not hesitate to expose them to the light. I will do so by the light of His Word, in order that every thought might be taken captive to the obedience of Christ.

In the most holy name of the One who separated me from my mother’s womb, and revealed Himself to me,

Jon David Banks

God’s most unworthy servant

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