The Last Penny - The Hidden Truth About Sin
Jeff Mauer is a Pastor of an evangelical church in Washington state. He walks in the ministry of healing and deliverance. We have conducted an interview with him about his new book The Last Penny - The Hidden Truth About Sin.
What is your vision as you walk in the ministry of healing and deliverance?
When I was thirteen years old, I gave my life to Jesus Christ and committed in my heart to serve God and His household all of my days. Over the next forty years, while I loved The Lord with all my heart, mind and soul, I continued to sin before God. Don’t think for a moment I didn’t plead with God every single day asking to be delivered of it. I did. Nevertheless, for forty years, I couldn’t find a way out of my plight.
The world is filled with people who struggle in life, much like I did all those years. Some of them know they are grieving God as they continue in their sin, while others have no idea there even is a God. The issue is that people don’t realize that their sin is killing them.
Through the years, I knew something was lacking in my understanding of God. The Bible had taught me that I should have been able to overcome my sin. But the harder I tried, the more I sinned. I went to many people who I trusted in the Church and asked them how to overcome sin, and nobody had an answer. They agreed with the Biblical teaching, but the answer was not available to any of them either.
Surely God heard my cries. But it would be almost forty years before He finally had enough of my sin.
It took forty years before God tossed me and my family into a ditch. We had lost all that we had, except each other. Our house was taken, our business was lost and our friends turned away from us one by one. We had hit rock bottom in life and worse, we were sure God had abandoned us. I had led my family to disaster and now I was a broken man.
Yet, God had never given up on me…
How does understanding why people get sick, disease and infirmities help people to heal?
The problem was that I had never been taught the right definition of what sin is. This holds true for the body of Christ today. Until we know who our enemy is, how can we deal with it? Sin is our enemy and it was killing me one day at a time. There were times I felt like an empty shell of a human being. I knew the sin was killing me but where was the fix?
Whether a person is dealing with sexual sin, addiction, or tormenting disease and sickness, until they know why they have these issues in their life nothing will change for the better. Look around. Very few people are living victorious lives with Christ Jesus. Most are addicted to pornography or sexual sin. Yet today we have declared that sexual sin is fine, or we face discrimination laws. We have made what is wrong good which is sin in of itself. It flies in the face of God who wrote the original definition of sin.
What bothers me is the multitudes who suffer at the hands of their own sin, but don’t know how to find a fix for it. They don’t know what to do. Often they are afraid to confess their sin to anyone because they will get tossed out of the church body. Others get prayer, but nothing changes. Most people have a wrong view of who God is, who His Son is, or who Holy Spirit is. Each person is different, but truly the same. Each of the Godhead comes with a different personality and operation in our lives, yet we don’t know how to relate to each individual part of God.
God showed me this when He removed everything that I loved from my hands. One day we had the world, and the next nothing. My family was tossed into the gutter overnight.
Little did I know, God had a plan. I didn’t know what to do, so I began to study the Bible for myself. I needed answers and I needed them quick. I would wake up, eat a bowl of cereal and study the word until it was time to go to bed. I did this for a year and what I found was incredible. Truths that I had never heard preached before. Answers to my questions;
What is sin?
Why is it so hard to get rid of?
How does it fit in to this thing we call life?
Is there a correlation between sin and sickness, disease and infirmity?
I was shocked at what I was uncovering. It seemed every day, I would jump up and yell in joy at learning another truth. I was led to the answers I sought by God Himself.
You need to know the truth about sin and more… why you need to get rid of it.
Why did you name your book The Last Penny - The Hidden Truth About Sin?
Early on in my study of the Bible, I came across the scripture in Matthew 5:25-26. Jesus was preaching to the multitudes and said something interesting in those verses.
Matthew 5:25-26 (NKJV)
25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
I knew in my heart this scripture had a deeper meaning than what it seemed. I began to ask God to give me the true definition of what Jesus was saying through them. It took about four months, then one morning the Lord spoke to me and revealed the truth. I was stunned by what He told me. The revelation caused the whole Bible to come alive for me. All of the sudden I understood the bigger picture. In the process, God had given me one of the keys I needed to move forward. This book is going to do the same for you.
The purpose of my book, The Last Penny is to teach what God has revealed to me. I can’t teach everyone personally, but I can through this book.
Who are the main characters in your book?
From the beginning to the end, this book is about God and His household in Heaven. The reader is going to read stories of miracles that I have been part of, stories of people’s lives being changed by God. The reader will learn the truth about their lives.
Jesus came to deliver us of our sin, but few people ever consider their sin to be a real issue in their life. The church teaches that all of us are sinners and that we can do whatever we want and it is covered by the blood. That is not what the Bible teaches.
To think this makes the work of the Cross a mockery.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son to be a living sacrifice, we should take it seriously. He does.
I have written out stories of very real people who, when taught the truth about their sin, received their healings. In fact, I have had many emails from readers who have had major health issues healed as they read the book. One lady was facing major back surgery and was completely healed while reading and applying the truths in the book.
How long did you take to complete the writing of this book?
The manuscript was written over a period of seven years. One of the problems I realized early on was that God kept revealing more and more as I was writing it. Not wanting to leave anything out, I would go back and edit a chapter here and there.
One day one of my church leaders came to me and said, “Jesus wants the book published now!” So I put the final dot on the last page and called it finished.
In closing, I want to say this book will leave every reader changed. There is no way to read this book and stay the same. In it, the reader is going to find many truths about the spiritual realm and how heaven operates. It is filled with stories of miracles which will leave the reader wanting more.
God is waiting…
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