Have you ever been deceived? People telling you they love God and want to know God and Satan has them so wrapped up in their worldly flesh mere men and women spirits that they do not even know it? Their true spirits come out only when you tell them the truth or they see the truth. Instead of Godly repentance they think you are some kind of crazy person creating a division among "true believers". They are not mean people, they truly believe they are living as God wants them to live, going to church, reading their Bible for knowledge, doing all kinds of work for God, going to Church but when you speak the truth they turn you into an enemy! Not only that they ask you to go and worship at another church! As this ever happen to you. This has happen to me four times! Four churches in the last five years! All I do is read Scripture, and tell them about His love and how we are to receive all He wants to give us by faith expressing it through the love we have for Him. We have faith we receive, we listen to Him, He gives us more of himself. The Holy Spirit comes into our mind leading us and guiding us where and when we are suppose to go and do. There are three lies I noticed the other day with a Sunday School class of women I have been attending. A wonderful class full of women wanting to know God. I heard a lot of things they believed in instead of believing in God first that cause Satan to plant these lies in them to the point they were not receiving what God wanted them too. This was part of our study, knowing the lies that keep us from the truth. We only talk about God for forty five minutes a week in this class, and I can tell by what they believe they do not know Him very well due to their desires and their behaviors, God calls them fruits. They are actions and behaviors we can recognize from people to know if they know God or not. We who are in Christ Jesus see people souls and spirit before we see the person. If you are not focused on Jesus Christ when you see a person you will see only the person and not their Spirit or Soul. We speak and live through the Spirit a natural man is not going to recognize our soul or our Holy Spirit within us, nor can they recognize it in themselves. I wrote my Sunday School teacher an e-mail that the Holy Spirit compelled me to write through my love for Him and His love through me for others. As you know the Holy Spirit loves people through us the most perfectly way for them to know our Lord and Savior more. Sometimes when we tell people the truth even if they say they want to hear it they still may reject us for it. Pride has a strange way of hiding until the truth is revealed! This is my e-mail I sent, I wanted first to explain my relationship with our Father before I felt she would accept my humble but most needed help. Although we should never have to justify our relationship, those that have a strong relationship with Christ will know those that do, not boasting about each other and their own accomplishments only boasting in the cross and what He has given you of Himself so both of you can glorying Him together with the gifts you both have or eagerly seeking to have because He wants you to have them so He can do more through you. With this said, I wanted to share this e-mail with you and what happened a day later.
God has given me so much from our amazing class yesterday, His love compels me, as His love compels us to do all things, to share what He revealed to us for ourselves and others. Before I do, I want to thank you for following your new heart God gave you to renew your mind in teaching this class. All of us that want to share, know and learn more about receiving His love. God's love and how it can change us everyday into a right believing heart that makes us aware of all the lies He does not speak. When He has worked out all of what not of Him in us, our souls are stripped clean of what does not belong, He will put a huge desire in us to reveal what the others are lacking, He will begin to work through us for others. Just has He has done with this amazing Author and many, many more who have fully surrendered to Christ. We have been given the same mind, and Heart that knows His love. This does not mean we are perfect, this means He has done a perfect work in us, and He is perfect. We will mess up but we know when we mess up because of His love that is in our hearts guards us and lets us know when we do. We desperately want to please Him and there is no way we could ever say no to Him now when He has asked us to let Him speak through us for others benefit of knowing more about Him and who He is within them. As we know faith comes from hearing. When you hear me say His words that He has given me to say out of the love He has given me for these incredible women that I love deeply, I want you to know these words did not come to me without a price. Giving up all that I loved before Him was not easy, but through His love He gave me in receiving Him in faith as my Lord, Savior, Father and God, out weighed any love the whole world could give me and it is endless and limitless filling me up each and everyday, I could not loose it but often Satan tempted me through my relationships and circumstances and He still does. I know the only way my children are going to receive His love is my love for Him has to be above them. I have been envied, persecuted, and eyes rolled at me over and over again for many years. It use to hurt me when He first gave me His words to write and say to other women and men that I loved and He loved through me, would hurt me for no reason. I continue to be perplexed about others that claim to know Him but speak and act as if they do not have His behavior which is His fruit revealed in words and actions. We do have to be mature enough in our mind to die for Him. I do not think we can know how to die for Him at a early age therefore we cannot receive all of Him in faith being our Savior, Lord and Father for lack of our natural understanding of who He is. I have cried to him many times not because they hurt me but because they did not know His love for them that I was only proclaiming for His benefit and theirs. I am nothing and was nothing in this world, and I was still loved by God but did and could not not know how much until I received Him and His love of forgiveness and mercy which is His grace. Then I was and am and will continue to be redeemed as long as I remain in Him and his love and fulling His desires for me and my love for Him receiving more of the gifts of himself daily. God does not forgive us because He loves us, He forgives us because of what His Son did for us, and He loved us enough to give us His Son to die for us. The reason He gives me so much of himself is not because I am special or any different than anyone else, if anything I am one of the worst sinners. There is no favoritism with God we both know that, it is because I need Him and truly love Him more than I love anyone or anything in this world. Those who are forgiven much love much. He knows what ever he ask me to do I will do it, so He gives me Himself so He can do as He pleases through me for His glory of being known, I am invisible. People who do not know Him cannot see Him, they are only looking at me and what He has given me. That will always create a division God does not want but is needed, so others will know He is not within them. Jesus Christ brought a sword, to divide His people for His purpose, for those that believe their eyes would be opened. For those that do not believe, they may believe by hearing and seeing His love change someone else, their eyes and ears would in turn be opened. With all this said I wanted to clear up a few lies that were told yesterday that were not addressed because we do not have time to discuss all that Christ wants us too during a 45 minute a week Bible study for however many women or men are in there. There is not enough questions and answers given.This is proof we do not talk enough about Him and His word with each other. Forty five minutes a week in a class is not what Paul or Jesus did and this is what we are doing and accepting and the proof we need Him more is proven in the lives we are living. With this said, these are some of the statements that were made in Sunday school we did not have time to discuss.
We are only human, how can we be what God wants us to be all the time, we are not perfect, and we are all at different levels.Take a look at these statements that are said many times during our class. These are all true but it is only the first part of every statement God makes that we often believe, and do not receive His finished truth at the end of the statements therefore we believe what we here in the first part but we do not hear the end of the statement. This is how Satan keeps us from growing and receiving more of God. We often know we are going to have trouble in the world and accept our trouble but we forget the finished work of Christ in that statement, take heart I have overcome the world. With all of this said I would like to show you God's finished work of truth in these statements.1) We are only human- This is true but the finished work of Christ has given us a new birth John 1v10-13 He was in the world, and through the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. v11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. v12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. v13 children born not of natural decent, nor of human decision, or a husband's will, but born of God. and 1 Corinthians 3v3 You are still worldly, For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? Paul tells us when we put others or things before Him we are acting like mere men, not reborn of God.When we tell God we are only human that hurts Him, because you are not relying on His power to sustain you, He is our immortal God, and by our rebirth we are immortal through the gift of Himself, no longer "only human", when we have received Him how can we even speak that we are "only human" any more when we have been touched by His power of love, His forgiveness that wipes out every sin we have ever committed, how can we say "we are only human" after we have received Him in our heart, we no longer have a heart of stone, we know Him and our new heart we are made whole and complete in Him, we are redeemed!! 2) We are not perfect- This is true but this is one of Satan's favorite he has used for many, many, years. This statement is what kept me from receiving Him most of my life. We think He is not perfect enough to change our imperfectness. We think he is not big enough to save our guilt, shame and unworthiness. We focus on the first statement and do not look at Christ's finished work in the last part of the statement. We only see the statement all fall short of the glory of God and do not believe or receive God came and saved us from our unworthiness through His Son. Not realizing we are so small compared to His great heart and "Big arms" He created us and knows us better than we know ourselves! Of course we do not realize this naturally, only when His love touches our heart do we know who He is and what He is capable of. The Israelites' did not know this as well. Numbers 11v23 The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD's arm to short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you. I love it when God tells me I will see whether or not what He says is true or not, but I believe not because He has shown me through circumstances but true of what He has given me of himself. Through Jesus Christ, who God is within us, He will always come true for us who believe in Him. He is perfect so He too can work a perfect work of himself through us for others. He creates us to be Holy because He is Holy. Through walking as He walked by faith we too will walk as He walked through our lives, He has done all the work for us on the cross we only have to believe in Him. We make it difficult for Him by keeping in us what is not Him. If we keep saying we are not perfect through Jesus Christ, are we true Christians following Him showing we have faith in His saving arms being big enough to save us, God has made me who I am by God's grace, I would never tell Him He is not making me more perfect everyday with a endless thankful heart,. If I were to tell Him I am not being made perfect, it tells Him what He has done for me was not worth a perfect work in me. These are some scriptures that support His truth over Satan's lies of Him not being able to bring us to not lacking anything of himself in us. This does not mean we are done growing in Him it means we are receiving more and more of Him. James 1v4 (KJV) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (NIV) Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Hevrews 10v14 (KJV) because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (KJV) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Jesus also told us through the Holy Spirit we are not going to love others like the unbelievers do. We are going to love people that do not love us, and we are going to cause our love to shine on the unrighteous as well as the righteous. They may not accept it but we are going to be loving them anyway because our Father has given us His love for others through His Son. Mathew 5v48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. James 1v16 Do not be deceived my dear brothers. v17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadow. v18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created. If we are receiving Him and His perfect gifts within us are we not being made more perfect everyday to do His will and walk in faith more and more everyday?3) We are all at different levels- This is another truth that turns into a lie if we let it, it keeps us from receiving all He has for us if we compare ourselves in a negative way with someone else. Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. We are all at different levels but we who are strong in faith in Him being all in all, want and desire for everyone in the whole world to know Him and His love as we do, always lifting them higher through His word of truth and His Spirit within us giving them encouragement not to accept where they are, building them up always moving forward with His love He has for them, asking for forgiveness when we mess up and receiving more grace to keep moving in His right direction. Pride and humbleness are required from each of us in this lie to be turned into His truth. The weak have to admit they are weak, and the strong have to bare with the weak. Our faith is given to us out of our own relationship we have with Him, in His measure do to our humbleness in knowing His love and gifts are greater than any love or treasures we can ever receive from anyone or thing, it completes us. His love is not given to us alone it is given to everyone who truly believes in Him and His love being what we are missing within ourselves but receive through the Holy Spirit. So there can be no boasting on our part because we do not have anything that He has not given to us. If the weak are not humble and are prideful and cannot accept the truth they will always be defensive and reject our rebuke. If you are strong in faith, we have to remember where our faith comes from and by denying ourselves we have paid the same price Christ paid and those that are weak will know this as well if they are truly in Christ. They will know we are telling them for God's benefit for them, we only boast in the cross of Christ because through faith in Him we received all things and through faith in Him everyone can receive what we have. Galatians 6v14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. v15 Neither circumcision nor circumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. I am so sorry this is so long but I wanted to get out all of what God put in. He has given me the time to be His poured out wine for His purpose. You too have been given time to be His poured out wine, just remember we are all given His gifts to use for His purpose each season in life, be patient with Him working His miracle seen through your waiting on Him. Long or short it does not matter to us, all we know is we receive more and more through each challenge in our relationships and circumstances, so I am thankful for each challenge because I see His work of miracles, signs and wonders in me and all around me! Praise Him our God, Father, Lord and Savior for all He has done in the past, present and future! I love you and I love everyone in the class and seeing God work through all of us to reveal who He is more and more!
The next day after I sent my e-mail I was reading my Bible and meditating on His words for all
on his word for all of us in Psalm 25, 26 and 27. This I know now was not a coincidence. After I read my Bible I began writing a devotional titled, "Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord?" This was not a coincidence either! The phone rang and I answered it, it was my new Pastor. I have been going to this church for about five months and as you know had been attending an amazing class with wonderful women that I thought wanted to know God and His truth. He said, "I know you have been attending Julie's class (His wife) and I know you have strong opinions and are full of faith but some of the women in this class feel like they are being attacked. I said, "What, that is not my Lord's intentions or mine, we are discussing the lies we believe and the truth that sets us free." I told him I sent Julie (His wife) a e-mail yesterday and he told me he knew about it and he read it. I said I was helping these women by using God's word this was not my strong opinion it was His and He speaks through me for His purpose. He said, " I do not want to argue with you, I think it is best if you go and worship at another church." We were planning on a wonderful women retreat, I had already given them 100.00 dollars to go, I was very excited to talk about my Lord with these wonderful women for a whole weekend, I could not wait!! He told me he would send my money back and I was not invited to go. This hurt me but God came quickly to my rescue, he had already prepared me for this phone call and this circumstance by giving me my devotional I had already written this morning. What a wonderful God we have that truly does save and rescue those that love Him and have been called for His purpose. So today I do not want you to focus on the prosecution I want you to focus on Him and His word that will always rescue us from any heartache. Please pray for those that do not know Him and percecute us, bless them because they know not what they do. God will work through the seeds we plant when we pray for those that reject them. Love and peace to everyone with many prayers, Vicki Gann