The Glory of God is Coming

The smoke of the manifested glory of God is coming; the smoke is evidence that something is being burned. This morning, as I stepped outside, I saw smoke everywhere; I knew that the fire was getting closer!


“When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the
burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the
LORD filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory
of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to
the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is
good;

his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3)

The smoke of the manifested glory
of God is coming; the smoke is evidence that something is being burned. This
morning, as I stepped outside, I saw smoke everywhere; I knew that the fire was
getting closer! I find it very interesting that after Solomon prayed and the
glory of God filled the temple, the Bible tells us that: “The priests could
not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it.”
The
Lord showed me as I was praying that He is going to release His glory, but that His glory will not allow our
ideas of church, as we know it, to enter.

“For the time will come, and it
is indeed very near, where many churches will lose control of their services
and that will be a good thing. For where my glory is, there is no space for
Men’s Religion; there is no space for your worthless Order of the Services and
for your un-anointed prepackaged sermons. The smoke of my glory is going to
fill My people’s hearts and they will humble themselves before Me, they will
worship Me and they will understand the center of My character. For I Am Good,
for I Am Love and I Am Merciful! says the Living God. You have shut down my
prophets in your services and my people are discouraged, hurt, tired, confused
and bored. Did I not say through my son Paul: ‘follow the way of love and
eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy?’ (1 cor. 14:1).
You
have abandoned the way of love and just like the Pharisees you want to now
control my people. The Spirit of Prophesy is no longer welcome in my house;
through prophecy I edify my children; I encourage them, I guide them and
correct them; but You keep insisting on running your local churches like the
world runs their businesses. Many of you are worshiping your denominations; but
I come to destroy your religious ways. My glory is coming, my glory is coming
and when that hour is here, your ideas of church will not be allow to enter.
For the church in America has failed to let go and let Me have control; for the
church in America have promoted the wrong idea of who I Am. You call yourself
“spirit filled,” but you are dead. But my glory is coming, my glory is coming
and I will fill the hearts of my people and they will no longer be bound by
sin.”

My name is Angel Casiano and I am Fat

You know, we laugh about our weight, we make jokes
about the food we eat, but the reality is that when we look at ourselves in the
mirror without a shirt right before taking a shower, it is then, no longer
funny. When we can no longer sleep facedown because of the amazing pressure we place
on our bellies, it is sad. When our pants are so, tight that they leave a mark on
our waist, it is pretty disgusting.


Day One of My Weight Lost Journey

Well, I started working-out again with the help of my
son Angelo, today Monday August 14, 2011. I Jogged very little, mostly walked,
threw a few kicks, a few punches and a few combinations. The whole pitiful
work-out lasted an hour. I have such a long way to go!

You know, we laugh about our weight, we make jokes
about the food we eat, but the reality is that when we look at ourselves in the
mirror without a shirt right before taking a shower, it is then, no longer
funny. When we can no longer sleep facedown because of the amazing pressure we place
on our bellies, it is sad. When our pants are so, tight that they leave a mark on
our waist, it is pretty disgusting. When we use belts just for decoration
because truly, they are not needed to hold our pants, it is pretty
heartbreaking. When our bellies are so, big that our waistline moves south, it
is indeed, painful. The reality is that physically, I feel terrible; I have strayed
away from the zone of training and taking care of myself. Now, I must do something
about this or this fat is going to kill me!

Recently, I reach my worst weight ever. In April of
this year, my scale told me that I was 264 pounds. I did lose twenty pounds in
a matter of weeks by just limiting my carbohydrate consumption, but I was so
far off, that twenty pounds did not make much of a difference. By the time my
trip to Puerto Rico came in July 8 of this year, I was down to 244. I gained eight
pounds in my two week vacation in my beautiful island. Oh my land, I was out of
control! It was almost like as soon as I got to the Airport in San Juan, Puerto
Rico; the spirit of gluttony placed me on a choke hold. I am only 5’7”; 264 pounds
is indeed, shameful, devastating, unhealthy and extremely dangerous.

It is very frustrating for
me to start all over again. I know what it is to be in great shape! I am a
former Track and Field athlete, a former boxer, baseball player and martial
artist. I am a second degree Black Belt in Kick Boxing and have a first degree
Black Belt in Taekwondo. I am in the United States, Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
I know better! Yet, I still neglect myself. Not only am I starting all over
again, but this is the worst start ever because I am at my worst physically! With
my unhealthy habits, I have moved farther and farther from being healthy. So,
if before it took five miles to get there, now it will take fifteen, figuratively
speaking! At this very moment, I am at 245 pounds. At least I am 19 pounds away from
the 264 in April! Help me Lord!

“May God himself,
the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul
and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(I Thessalonians 5:2)

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

First Day Leading Worship Video!

Roughly six years ago I stood in that very church, The Carpenter’s Shop
in Ahoskie in my late wife Ileana’s funeral. How amazing that today I stand as
the new Worship Leader of that ministry alone side my lovely and future wife
Rayette Pollard.


Roughly six years ago I stood in that very church, The Carpenter’s Shop
in Ahoskie in my late wife Ileana’s funeral. How amazing that today I stand as
the new Worship Leader of that ministry alone side my lovely and future wife
Rayette Pollard. That is the God that I serve; a God of discipline, mercy and
restoration. I am so excited! I hope you enjoy this video that capture some powerful
moments during that service!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txH-pNwuW8g

Faith or Stupidity?

Faith or Stupidity?


“And
without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

As we read this verse we must conclude that faith is a vital ingredient in our walk as Christians. Without faith, the Bible tells us that it is impossible to

please God. In other words, without trusting God we can never please Him. We

must believe, first, that He exists and second, that He actually will reward
those that earnestly seek Him. The challenge comes when we study what faith is.

“Now
faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not
see.”

(Hebrews 11:1)

 

So faith is a cry for us to have confidence that we will receive those things that

we are hoping for, but at the same time to have an assurance for what we are
unable to see. This means my friends, that faith is a blind walk. When we walk
in faith we are trusting God for every step we make. The greater challenge is
not only the fact that we can’t see, but also that what we see contradicts or
takes us further from the things we are hoping for. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us
very clearly:

“For
we live by faith, not by sight.”

Wow! That is a tough one; so how then do we distinguish between faith and stupidity? The answer is very simple; we must have a Word from God! This brings up another question, how do we know that it

was God speaking? Let’s explore seven ways that God speak to us before moving
on:

  1. Through
    the
    Word of God (2 Tim 3:16, Psalm 119:11,

    105)

  2. Through
    the inner still, small voice of Holy Spirit
    (Acts 11:12,Acts 13:2,Acts 16:6-7,1 Kings 19:12,Isaiah 30:19-21)

  3. Through
    the advice and counsel of men and women of God
    (Proverbs 12:15)

  4. Through
    the Audible Voice of God
    (Acts 9:4-5)

  5. Through
    Dreams
    (Matthew 1:20-21)

  6. Through
    Visions
    (Acts 10:9-18)

  7. Through
    Angels (Luke 1: 26-38)

Let me also add that it is perfectly ok to ask God for confirmation of
His Word. The Bible encourage us in 2 Corinthians 13:1

“This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter
must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

      We must be careful, because our hearts can
be our worst false prophet. (https://angelcasiano.com/2010/09/10/the-most-dangerous-false-prophet/)

Take also into consideration that God will
never contradict His Word to accommodate our desires or what we want to do.
There are simple ways to know that God is not speaking. For example, many
pastors are getting the churches deeper and deeper in debt under the umbrella
that “God told me so!” But that is not true. The senior pastor comes with a
vision for a larger building, totally ignore that the congregation is not yet
that large in numbers and most of all, ignore the fact that there is no money
available for such project. The Elders tell him so, but he accused them of
having no faith. So he goes on and takes a loan and start the process of
financially destroying his ministry. What is wrong with this picture?

  1. The Pastor

    ignored the wisdom and safety of the multitude of counselors. So the word was

    not established by two or three witnesses. (2 Cor. 13:1)

  2. The pastor

    totally ignored the Word as the Word clearly tells us to owe no man nothing (Romans 13:8)

Beloved, this
is a good example of stupidity on our behalves. I, myself have embraced such
stupidity and it still costing me even today. So as we continue to answer the
question: How are we able to distinguish between faith and stupidity? The
answer is indeed very simple: If you have a confirmed Word from God, then, no
matter what your eyes can or cannot see, no matter how long is taking, no
matter the circumstances, no matter what people say or don’t say, hang on to
that word and press forward.

Coming Against the “Because I am Black” -Syndrome

Coming Against the “Because I am Black” -Syndrome

“Word given to me by the Holy Spirit on this day of
Wednesday August 10, 2011”


“Word given to me by the Holy Spirit on this day of
Wednesday August 10, 2011”

 

For,
the Lord is saying: “For how long are you going to keep your bitterness? How
long are you going to keep your bitterness? For my hand is upon you. For, I
desire to do great and mighty things to you and through you. For, my Word says
that “the last shall be first” and I desire
to use you mightily in the great harvest of souls that is coming to this
nation. For, I have been preparing you through great suffering; through great
pain. For, you have suffered the rejection and the pain that my Son suffered
when He was on this earth. For, I am preparing you to identify yourself and to
become familiar with pain. Not only that I desire to use you in a mighty way
for a great harvest of souls, but I desire to use you mightily in the
restoration of my servants that have moved away from the faith. I have given
you great gifts in music, I have given you great gifts in the preaching of my
Word and I am adding yet, more substance. I am adding yet, more anointing, but
you must get out of your box; of your traditions to be locked-in one particular
rhythm, to be locked-in one particular way. For, I desire to use you so, that
you’ll be able to reach ALL people here in the United States. The hurt will
find comfort in you and the lost souls will find a comfortable place where they
can give their lives to the Lord Jesus. But, you are stuck in the “because I am black” -syndrome. You are
stuck in listening to false prophets that continue to gain great wealth
promoting division. The reality of my truth has not changed; righteous is righteous,
unrighteous is unrighteous and I will judge your unrighteous ways. For, you
have justified your unrighteous ways based on the sufferings of the past. But,
My Word does not change, for I afflicted you and I will continue to afflict you
until I get out of you the heart that I want to get out of you. There is urgency
in my Spirit, for I need in these last days, I need you to give your heart totally, to Me. For, I
continue to listen to the prayers of the slaves; for, I continue to listen to
their songs. There is an anointing that rests on you that comes from My throne.
Powerful, Powerful, for these the last days! And, I will use you not only to
finally set your own people free, but I will use you to go and get your white
brothers and sisters that desperately need at this hour. For, the last shall be
first,” says the Lord. “For, the enemy has come against you; especially against
you Afro-American men; for, the enemy has used a word, a word to curse you, a
word to keep you bound and a word that you keep repeating among yourself; the “N”
word stinks in My nostrils. For, that is not what I created you to be. Curses
have come to your people and you continue cursing one another. And, I say it is
time to stop, it is time to stop, it is time to stop the “because I am black” -syndrome.
Come back to me, return to me, for I have a great purpose for you; I have a
great assignment for you; an assignment that is greater than any other
assignment that you have had before. Come to me,” says the Lord! “For, I am not
raising you to work for the white man; but I am raising you to work side-by-side
with the white man. For, the world will see the statistics showing My glory
amongst you. For, their will be a great decrease of black men in prison, there
will be a great decrease in black-on-black crime. For, I will show my glory in
the statistics and I will get the glory. It will not be Civil Rights
Organizations, it will not be worthless nonprofit organizations that do not
recognize My power; it will be Me doing it in the hearts of my black sons and
daughters,” says the Lord. “I am opening your heart to see beyond Africa; for I
am preparing you to have a heart for all the nations of the world. For, you
will sing one day that it was good that you were afflicted. You will see My
justice, you will see My power, My redemptive power in your life. For, I saw
your slavery and I saw all the ones that enslaved you; but, just like when Joseph
went through great pain and great tribulation and I brought him back to provide
four hundred years of peace amongst the children of Israel; I have anointed you
for a greater power. For, you have sowed much pain, much suffering, much
humiliation, but I will avenge the blood of every black man in the Unites States.
For, I saw each person that was hanged, I saw each person that was burned just
because of the color of their skin. I saw the cry of the woman and the terror
of your children, and I, and only I, will bring justice. But, I am preparing
you like gold, like gold! Open your eyes for the things that I will show you,
open your ears for the things that I will tell you. Do not limit yourselves, do
not limit yourselves all men and all women of dark color; for I have not forgotten
you. And I will prepare you and get you ready and I will use you in a mighty,
mighty way with signs, wonders, great healings, and angelic
visitations. I will anoint you with music, with music that has never been
heard before and I will place you side-by-side with my Hispanic sons and
daughters who have also been rejected, who have also been ignored and you will
be a mighty, mighty team. Get ready, get ready! But, you must get rid of your bitterness;
it is your bitterness that is holding you back. It is your bitterness against
the white man; it is your bitterness against one another. It is your own
arrogance that is holding you back. The pain that you went through does not
justify your behaviors; it does not justify your stinky attitude. So, I the
Lord, I am dealing with you because I love you.” Says the Lord! “Cloth
yourselves with humility, cloth yourselves with humility, cloth yourselves with
forgiveness, cloth yourselves with humility, cloth yourselves with forgiveness;
and a great door will be opened, a door that can’t be close by men.

Survey: Women Show Deep Drop in Church Attendance

Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent, the Barna Group reported Monday (Aug. 1). Sunday school and volunteering among women also has diminished. Two decades ago, half of all women read the Bible in a typical week — other than at religious events. Now 40 percent do.


Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent, the Barna Group reported Monday (Aug. 1). Sunday school and volunteering among women also has diminished. Two decades ago, half of all women read the Bible in a typical week — other than at religious events. Now 40 percent do. Click below to continued…

http://jaxchristian.com/spiritual-growth/faith/1301-survey-women-show-deep-drop-in-church-attendance

Celebrating My Blog’s First Birthday

Today, August 9, 2011, marks one year since I started
this blog! All glory and honor be unto
to God!


Today, August 9, 2011, marks one year since I started
this blog! All glory and honor be unto
to God!
If you ever had the chance to read this blog, you have seen my
heart, my tragic and shameful moments, you have seen pain, my challenges, my
moments of frustration and moments of great distress. However, you also saw God’s
grace, His mercy, His power of redemption and the hope that is now embedded in
my heart by the Holy Spirit. You have seen growth, you have seen the Holy Ghost
Revelation, and you have seen transparency. Beloved, I am a failure on my own,
but with God in me I have no limits.

 

I started writing on a consistent basis for jaxchristian.com by the personal invitation of
Presbyter Jose Bosque who is the Founder and CEO of this very successful site.
It was also Presbyter Bosque who encouraged me to start this blog. My sincere
thanks to you and your team at jaxchristian.com.

 

I also want to thank my son Angelo, who edited 99.9%
of the articles written by me. He also, wrote a couple of wonderful articles himself!
He, without a doubt, will be a better writer and a better singer than I, and
that makes me feel good! Thank God for his dedication and for his heart.  Thank God because he is always willing to
edit my articles even when he’s tired. I am so proud and so thankful that God
has given me a son like him.

 

Also, my sincere thanks to Mr. Dennis Owen, because
God used him to encourage me to keep writing; there was a time that he probably
commented on every article I had written. At times, his comments where larger
than my articles. He makes me think and at times, he gives me a Holy Ghost
Challenge. Thank you so, much for your friendship. I also must thank my good
brother and friend Nelson Pacheco; he encourages me in ways that he probably
will never know.

 

My sincere thanks to Pastor Wallace for his continual encouragement.
I am really looking forward to working with him side-by-side during this season
of our lives.

 

Thank you, to all who read my blog; I truly thank God
for you. You all have allowed me to see that there is a place for me in this
world of writing.

 

Lastly, I want to thank my future wife Rayette,
because even after all that she read in my blog, she still loves me and my
children; I can’t wait to make you my wife!

 

 

 

The Chains of Bitterness Part 2

Many are still bitter over an old friend, over what a parent said, over failed relationships, divorces, etc. God dealt with Job’s friends harshly; Job’s friends were clearly in the wrong, but Job needed to forgive them before God released the blessing over Job’s life.


“See to it that no one comes short of the
grace of God; that no root of bitterness, springing up, causes trouble, and by
it many be defiled” Hebrews
12:15

 

            What is bitterness? It is hostility, it is anger, it is
animosity and many other unpleasant feelings. Bitterness disconnects us from
the grace of God; we limit God’s hand and His work in our hearts when we choose
to be bitter. Bitterness causes trouble in our lives and it is bitterness that
causes our lives to be defiled (Corrupted, tainted, ruined, etc). We will never
be able to grow in character, in the things of God and in our call until we
allow God to deal with the bitterness in our hearts. It has nothing to do with
who is right or who is wrong; it all has to do with you and your willingness to
forgive. Bitterness comes into our hearts when someone does something that
greatly offends us. Little by little it grows so, much that it becomes a strong
root that will eventually spring up in our lives.

 

Many are still bitter over an old friend, over what a
parent said, over failed relationships, divorces, etc. God dealt with Job’s
friends harshly; Job’s friends were clearly in the wrong, but Job needed to
forgive them before God released the blessing over Job’s life. So, we can’t
limit the bitterness argument to who is right or who is wrong. As I said
before, circumstances and people have a way of revealing what is truly in our
hearts.

 

When I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, one
of the first things that I heard in my spirit from the Lord was to call the man
that tried to kill me in that dark road. I called my Mother in Law, who was
this man’s sister, and asked her for his telephone number. At the time, I was
residing in Jacksonville, Florida and this man was in my hometown. She gave me
the number and when I called and introduced myself; there was a silence on the
phone; this man was clearly terrified of me, even after over six years from the
time of the incident. He accepted my apology and apologized himself; but I
could feel that something was not right. I left it at that. three years later; about
nine years from the incident, I went to Puerto Rico for a one week vacation.

 

I was taking a walk and I saw him entering his car; when
he saw me, he sped up. A couple of days after that, my grandfather passed away,
which caused me to stay a few extra days. During that time, we had some heavy
rain in my community and the old creek was flooded. That was always a show for
everybody to see. There were a lot of people from my community looking at the flooded
creek; among the people was this man. I went to him. Everybody knew of our
story; everybody knew I hated him; but I was now a Born Again Christian and God
had done a work in my heart. I approached this man and gave him a huge in front
of everyone. Everyone was shocked. That was the greatest testimony I was able
to give them, that God has indeed, done a work in my life.

 

Beloved, no matter what you have been through, nothing, absolutely
nothing, justifies bitterness. Our world is filling with bitterness; America is
filling with bitterness, the church is filling with bitterness. It is time to
allow God to deal with our hearts; it is time to be freed from the chains of
bitterness.

The Chains of Bitterness Part 1

Many years ago, before my days as a Christian, I had a man that literally, wanted to take my life. On a dark road in my little barrio Arenas in Puerto Rico, this man furiously came after me with a long piece of metal.


Many years ago, before
my days as a Christian, I had a man that literally, wanted to take my life. On
a dark road in my little barrio Arenas in Puerto Rico, this man furiously came
after me with a long piece of metal. He swung over and over yet, by the grace
of God, I was able to avoid him hitting me. There was no justifiable reason for
him wanting to kill me, but the hate of his family and mine was jumping from
generation to generation. At the time when this man wanted to take my life, I
was severely injured from playing basketball a few days before this encounter.
My left ankle was painfully twisted and swollen; I was unable to place any
weight on it to even balance myself properly. This man wanted to take advantage
of that injury as he knew that I was not going to be able to properly defend
myself.

 

A young man that was coming down the street yelled my
name as he saw what was to taking place; to this day, I thank God for this kid.
I was getting tired of balancing my body with one leg and avoiding contact with
this metal; I was in a very difficult and dangerous situation. As the young man
yelled my name, this attacker ran to his car and left. I went back to my house
furious and already planned my revenge. The young man’s dad came to my house
inquiring about what happened; he was a former police officer who knew the man
that attacked me very well. This former police officer gave me a good advice;
he said: “Angel, you are younger and stronger than
this guy; if you go after him after you get well, he will be able to get you in
jail. You should call the police and make a formal accusation, that way you
have something on record when the time comes to confront this guy.” I took the advice;
later, this man was fined by the court. However I still had a great desire to
hurt him.

 

For the next few months,
after my ankle was healed, I looked for ways to fight this guy. I would yell at
him, physically push him, etc. But, this man was terrified of me! The hate that
I carried in my heart for this man was very deep. Years later, as I moved to
Jacksonville, I still remember finding myself happy among a group of friends
and then the mention of his name would anger me in such a way that my mood
would change. I still verbalized threats against this man. This man was, by the
way, one of my late wife’s maternal uncles.

 

This man, many years prior to our confrontation,
publically humiliated my paternal grandfather, by slapping him. That did not go
well with my uncles, who took care of business very quickly in defense of their
dad. The hate grew; then, it was me and my little brother hating the man.
Bitterness was spreading like a deadly tumor…

 

To be continued…

 

Update from N.C. Starting as A Worship Leader

It may not be a big deal for many, the fact that this Sunday August 14, 2011 I start serving my brothers and sisters at The Carpenter’s Shop as their Worship Leader together with my lovely future wife Rayette. However, for me is very significant!


It may not be a big deal for many, the fact that this Sunday August 14, 2011 I start serving my brothers and sisters at The Carpenter’s Shop as their Worship Leader together with my lovely future wife Rayette as our Musical Director. However, for me is very significant! It was in that church five and half year ago that we held my late wife’s funeral. I later returned to Jacksonville to remarried and endup divorced. So much has happend since that funeral; so much has happend since the last day I saw Ileana. But now God has indeed open this door and I am excited to see what the Lord is about to do there. I am also very excited to continue to see my son Angelo involved side by side with me in a Worship Team. We started that journey at The Hispanic Church of God in Jacksonville and I have seen my son mature as a young man, as a musician and as a powerful anointed singer…So proud of him! I am also so honored to serve a group of such faithful, talented and anointed worship leaders at The Carpenter’s Shop; you guys are indeed an amazing group! There is so much to do here in North Carolina, so many people in need of ministry, so much that I want to do right away, but I am so glad that I am in the right place. God bless you all!