Who is up for such a task as carrying the Cross of Christ?
If we are fully in Christ, and lead
fully by His Spirit, and word speaking, and walking in His truth, all of who
we are, and what we are speaking, spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge
of Him. God uses our senses throughout His word of truth as a way of explaining
how He receives us and the way we receive Him through His Spirit.
Those who love Him, the knowledge of Him is like a fragrance
of life, those who don’t love Him above all, his knowledge is like a fragrance
of death because they will have to give up something or someone they love more than him.
People will “see”, and “smell” His light of life glowing within a
person, or they will “see” or “smell” death. It does not matter where He has
placed them through His Spirit, all will be exposed because who He is within
It can be in the darkest
place, or in the brightest of places, a child of God will be spreading the knowledge
of who He is through their words and deeds. He will always be lifted in every
child that loves Him, and He will always be lifted in others through them.
God will always lead His children that are carrying His Cross in triumphal procession because they are spreading the knowledge of Christ. They will always be a pleasing aroma to Him. They will remain following Him by all He gives them from within, regardless how others respond to His presence, and message.
2 Corinthians 11:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and
through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are
to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved, and those who are perishing.
To the one are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who
is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the world of God for
profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like man
sent from God.
To God, His true children are the aroma of Christ among
those who are being saved and those who
are perishing. His truth within them will always remain the same, but people
will respond to Him differently. All will be exposed by how each person responds
to His truth.
To one, who do
not love Him above all others and things, they will respond to His message as a
fragrance of death. These people can be false apostles masquerading as apostles
of Christ. It can also be proven through any unbeliever. The person who smells
death, due to their lack of love for Him, will respond to the anointed child of
God with, pride, self-piety, bitterness, resentment, mocking, and contempt.
To the other,
who truly loves Him, they will respond to His message as a fragrance of life.
They will respond with His humility toward His Father as a child being taught
by His Father through His Spirit, His joy, His gentleness, His understanding,
and love, the fruit of His Spirit will be lifting them up giving them life
through the message, not death.
Jesus shares this truth with a religious man, a high
member of the ruling council of the Pharisee, named Nicodemus. He came to visit Jesus in the “dark”, because
he was scared to visit Jesus in the “day light.” He feared losing his position,
reputation, and being ridiculed by the other Pharisees.
Nicodemus had seen and heard
how the other Pharisees ridiculed Jesus, and his disciples in their council meetings, and
he did not want to experience what Jesus and the other disciples of Christ were
experiencing. Jesus tells Nicodemus a person must be reborn through His Spirit
of truth to enter the Kingdom of God, and He is the verdict that has come into
the world to prove those that do live through His Spirit of light, and those
that don’t, remain in darkness.
John 3:19 This is
the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of
light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and
will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But
whoever lives by the truth come into the light, so that it may be seen plainly
that what he has done has been done through God.
Some people will love darkness, the lie, more than His
light of truth, and they will not come into His light of truth in fear of their
evil deeds being exposed, but those who love His truth will come into His light
and not be afraid of exposing the lie, and it will be seen plainly that what he
has done has been done through God.
Nicodemus and the other Pharisees liked
people lifting them up, praising them, boasting about them, but they did not live to
please God, and did not live humbly for God so He could exalt them. They were not any different than the world or the Roman government, they liked exalting
themselves, and they used everything, every occasion, and people to exalt
themselves. A humble child of God will always live for God, in all occasions, to exalt them not
people. Just like Jesus did not live for people to exalt Him, He lived for His
Father to exalt Him, and we will too, if He is in us.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves
therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that He may exalt you.
Evil in God’s sight reveals many spirits a natural man
will never be aware of, and many can be deceived thinking they are rightly
related to God, but they may be idolizing something above Him that makes them
feel good. Today there are many who love people, life, and all things around
them, but they, like Nicodemus, become very religious, and have a deep passion in
pleasing God, but it is through their own ideas and understanding of who God
was and is.
Nicodemus wanted to learn about Jesus, but he had no true love for God, and His
understanding of who He was in His heart. Nicodemus had earthly things on His mind
above Heavenly things. He let fear take over, fear of losing His standing in the
community, fear of losing his own value of his accomplishments, and fear of
losing his own understanding of who God was. Nicodemus was much like Paul,
being twisted by His religious views, rules, traditions, and was being deceived
until He heard the truth from Jesus.
John 3:11 I tell
you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen,
but still you people do not accept our testimony.
V 14 Just as Moses
lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone
who believes in him may have eternal life.
We do not know what happened to Nicodemus after Jesus was
resurrected, perhaps He was resurrected by our Father through His power and
grace working in Nicodemus as He worked in Paul, and all the disciples and followers of Jesus the same way He works in and through us.
I think because Nicodemus was curious enough to seek him out in secret before
his crucifixion, when Jesus was crucified, the earth shook, and the religious curtain
was torn, the heart of Nicodemus was open enough to let His faith in and fear
out! We do know what happened to Paul when He saw the light of Jesus after Jesus resurrected to Heaven.
The light of Jesus, His grace within had a huge effect on Him, and Paul gave all of himself to Jesus as
God’s Holy Son and His Heavenly Father through all God had given Paul through
His Spirit of truth, just as He does in and through us today, we too can be like Paul and give all when we first see Jesus, and everyday after, for Him to make the choices in life for us through His Spirit of truth.
If you find yourself responding to God’s truth with fear
of any kind, resentment, mocking, contempt, self-piety, pride in your own
righteousness, repent immediately and face His truth, and presence that gives
you new birth, and life. His mercy and His forgiveness will be like a fountain
pouring over you with a new heart lifting you up to only wanting to please Him
above all others and things in this world.
Let His truth transform us, mold us, and lift us higher
than we are today, higher than our own righteousness, and higher than our own
guilt and shame. This task of carrying our Cross is a miracle that only can be done through the power and grace of God. You can begin pouring out His light of truth without fear as a
humble devoted child wanting to be taught by a devoted Father.
He will exalt
you beyond your own imagination that takes you beyond this world into His
Kingdom. Those who are perishing or those who are being saved will not affect
your relationship with Him, but through each response He will reveal who we are.
Who is up for such a task as carrying His Cross? Those who love Him above all!
Are you a watchman or a watchwoman for God?
Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
A watchman, or a watchwoman is someone in the city or a
community that would be designated by the city or community to warn the
unrighteous, guard the righteous from the unrighteous, and their influence, or
defend the righteous any means that were necessary. They would stand at the
doors of the houses, stand at the doors of their work places, stand at the door
of their synagogues, and stand at the doors of their communities, and countries.
A "watch person" for God is much like a shepherd watching over their sheep in the parables of God. A "shepherd" for God has to be His "sheep" in order to become His "shepherd" or "watch person".
1 Peter 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed. Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Many look at this scripture and automatically think Peter is talking about mature in age elderly people. Truly Peter is talking to young and elderly in age. Each age group in Christ can willingly be a witness, shepherd, watchperson for Him, and experience His sufferings, which was persecution.
A school age child can suffer persecution because they are being examples of Christ in word and deed just as much as some one older in age. They also are humble, and not hoarding their salvation over their peers, as the elderly in age are humble and do not hoard their position over those who are younger. Each speaking His truth through the words He gives and walking out His truth is a part of every person in Christ. Everyone He has appointed as His witness through Christ can be His shepherd, watchman or watchwoman if they are hold enough to be accountable.
All throughout the Bible God would appoint watchmen, shepherds for His cities or "flock." Each of us in Christ have been given a flock to watch over. The young and the old in age were included among his prophets, kings, and disciples. In the Old Testament God would
appoint judges, kings, prophets, watchmen and watchwomen that were appointed
by the king, or God to stand guard against the unrighteous.
They would watch from the
gates, high towers, and walk among the people inside the gate and outside checking on their farms and vineyards. They would have meetings with the king and report any danger in the land or the city. The "watch person" would warn the unrighteous,
protect the righteous, and if they had too, they would physically remove the
unrighteous from the city, take them to court to face the judges, or kill them
if it came to that to protect their righteous people in their cities. Many wars broke out, and divided kingdoms emerged. These wars are still going on today between the righteous, and the unrighteous in so many ways.
the History of the Old Testament, the kings, the prophets, judges, and the watchmen and
watchwomen that did not do their jobs as God instructed, would quickly fall into the life of the
unrighteous, and the unrighteous would take over their righteous cities, or bring back their prisoners to their land. The unrighteous Babylon King taking over Israel was God's punishment for His people because of their rebellious acts, idolatry, and their lack of only worshiping Him above all people and things. He had to punish the unrighteous to save the righteous, or the prophecy of Jesus and the Cross would not have been fulfilled.
Ezekiel was a prophet chosen by God to be a watchman, or shepherd for his flock, Israel, when they were captured by Babylonians, due to all the sins they committed, and
they had to live in a country that was led by people that did not believe in their
God. These are the words God spoke to Ezekiel, and it also is the words He
speaks to us as His chosen children through His Son Jesus Christ, living in a fallen
world, we are to remain righteous in Him, and still warn others through these same
words He gives us, as God did through Jesus when our Father sent Him and fulfilled His first coming to save the world, Jews first then the Gentiles, and today He still is, in and through us.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of
man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I
speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, “You will
surely die, and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil
ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I
will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and
he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his
sin; but you will have saved yourself.
If you have surrendered all to God through the Cross, and
He has revealed to you through His Spirit a person you know that does wicked
acts, a person that has other idols above Him, double-minded, or is lukewarm “spiritually”, and
you do not warn them by speaking the words He gives you, their blood is on your
hands, just as the blood of the wicked, idolatry, lukewarm person would have been on Ezekiel’s hands.
If you are a child of God, His witness, and can’t hear the words He gives you then your eyes
are off Him, and on the people, or the circumstances. You have more sympathy for
that person, or more fear of the circumstances above pleasing Him, and what He
can give you, and that person. If you do hear His words He is speaking to you to
give to that unrighteous person, and you ignore Him, He will hold you accountable
for their blood, and it does not matter who they are, he will old you accountable,
because He is trying to save them through you. These are His words not mine,
and it is up to all of us to take heed to them as He takes hold of us.
Through Christ He has chosen all of us who are in Him to speak the
words He gives us, that is dwelling in us through the Spirit of truth, if He is
in us, His words will be there at the right time, and be spoken the right way,
without fear, calmly, sternly, bubbling up, and pouring out of us with His authority.
This does not mean we will be perfect all the time, but it also means we can be if we remain in the light as He is in the light.
He only knows what we are today, and what we will be tomorrow. His will is for to stay in the light as He is in the light, but if we do not we will repent, ask for forgiveness and begin where we left off. He will give us enough grace to overcome our mistakes, and let us know when we make them. He will change us daily as we walk in Him daily. The process and length of time it takes a person to be spiritually mature in Him is measured by your willingness to please Him through a devoted relationship, and not the worlds way, or man's way, but His way. He has already done all He needs to do for us, now it is up to us to receive all He has done, and put Him before us through His life giving Spirit.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin.
Sometimes our words may appear to hard, or too soft, but
through Him it will always be as He intends it to be, because of the blessing His peace and
grace we receive from Him no one can touch. The more of our natural flesh we
give to Him the more He will come through. He will always prick our hearts when
we are not rightly related to Him because we are His children He is molding and shaping to do His will on this earth. Beware, do not deceive yourself by letting
your feelings or emotions lift you up, or bring you down, you will always grow
tried and weary if you are living through your natural emotions.
1 John 1:2 My dear children, I write this to yo so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (Or He is the one who turns aside God's wrath, taking away our sins, and not only ours but also the whole world.)
He is much greater than our natural feelings and
emotions. His words will not be sugar coated, nor will they taste like vinegar.
They will be like salt is to food, igniting out the right flavors, and a
beautiful aroma to God, that brings out all the right emotions of his temperament,
to the right people at the right time. His truth will always bring Godly sorrow no matter how sincere a person is, and we will be grateful for Him breaking our hearts.
2:15-17 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved
and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other,
the fragrance of life, and who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do
not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak
before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.
Our Father exposed what was hidden in the world through His Son for His
purpose, and through Him He will expose what is hidden in ourselves, and
through us for others for His purpose. Jesus spoke to all the people, with the right
temperament for each one, at the right time, and through Him we will too. If we
are fixing our eyes on Jesus He will give us the right words and the right temperament
every time, and we will never grow weary or lose heart, speaking, praying, and
walking in and through His Spirit for our Father and His Son sake for their Kingdom building, not because we must, but because we are willing through His given Spirit to do His will.
Hebrews 12:2 We are
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author of our faith, who for the joy set before
Him endured the Cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of
God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so you will not
grow weary and loose heart.
His He tugging on your heart to be His witness, shepherd, or "watchperson"? Is
He calling you to warn the wicked, the people who have lost their first love for Him, the idolater, the lukewarm, the double-minded,and the people who do not walk and
talk through His Spirit and word? If you have fully surrendered wholeheartedly to Christ, then He is calling you to be sent, has He was sent. What is your answer to His call? Who, or what is most important to you?
Will you be held accountable for the blood of others because you did not speak,
or will you save yourself, and possibly someone else if you do? Through the
fullness of Christ, we are all His witnesses, shepherds, watchmen, or watchwomen for our Father doing
His will! Are you listening to Him, watching daily at his doors he has given you, speaking His words, and waiting at his doorways? If you are, then you are being blessed by Him within, and in many ways!
Can we truly hear God’s voice within, or is His voice based
only on our “feelings?”
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow
My last blog discussed God’s wisdom and how we can
receive it, and attain it, but many do not hear His voice to attain His wisdom
above any others, and they are being deceived thinking it is His voice. To many voices can prevent us from hearing God's One true voice. Are you protecting your ears?
Some “Christians” claim they do not hear God’s voice
speaking to them, they live by their “feelings.” They claim they feel Him
because of the way they “feel” when they face a problem, sin, or heart break. Jesus
did not say His “sheep” will hear me by the way they “feel,” He said they will
know His voice, listen to it, and follow it because they belong to Him. He tells the Pharisee’s of His day they were
not his sheep that is why they did not listen to His voice, believe Him, or
John 10:25 Jesus
answered, “I did tell you, (Pharisees) but you do not believe. The miracles I
do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not
Most of us know God is not here in the flesh as He was
when He walked this earth through His Spirit in His First Holy Son Jesus
Christ. How are we supposed to hear someone that is not here, know His voice,
and follow Him. How are we to discern which voice is Him, Satan, our own voice,
or the voice of the world?
It is through His life given Spirit we are reborn
children of God experiencing eternal life, and He is present working in us, and
through us redeeming our lost relationship with our Father due to our sinful
flesh natural human nature that He crucifies daily as we surrender our body,
spirit and soul in His hands to use, mold and shape into the image of the
fullness of God.
The Holy Spirit of God that is in us wants to speak,
walk, judge, and finish the building up of His Kingdom through us. We are all sent as He was sent. Everything
we do with our bodies, how we think, what we say, how we say it, any decision
we make, and what or who breaks our heart, matters, and is very important to Him every moment of your life.
do not know how the Spirit came within us, only we know He is there, we hear His voice,
we are willingly to be His, and follow His voice as a sheep follows a shepherd. We are like His sheep, and are
willing to be obedient doing our "Shepherds" will at all cost because we know His will is best for us. We are His sheep as if He was our One true Shepherd knowing He will give us all we need. We hear and know His voice above all others.
John 36: Flesh
gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be
surprised at my saying, “You (Greek is plural) must be born again. The wind
blows where ever it pleases, you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it
comes from or where it is going. So, it is with every born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus had not experienced this encounter with God’s
Spirit within himself up to this point in time because our Lord had not risen so
He could not rise in Nicodemus. It was hard from Him to understand, and if He
has not risen fully in us it also will be hard for us to understand. Those that did, and do experience their rebirth after His resurrection knew, and know exactly
what Jesus was saying because they understood due to the Holy Spirit teaching
them, they knew His voice, flowed Him, and He worked through them as He worked
through His First Son.
We can testify to what happened to the first disciples
that continued to follow Him after His resurrection, they knew His voice, listened only to Him, and followed
only Him. His Holy Spirit and power rose in them from the dead, and they completely understood all He had said, and they continually heard his voice, because He was within each of
them as He is in each of us today.
Now that we understand His voice is given through His Spirit that rises
in us that gives us rebirth, He speaks to us, we listen, and follow His voice
how does God give us the ears to hear Him, and know His voice, and others don't.
First, He prepares
our ears to hear only His voice by the relationship He offers us from the cross, all people, and we protect our ears to only hear Him over any other person, or thing in this world. He prepares first by all He gives us, then we protect.
I do not think many "Christians" that came before us for centuries did much protecting of their ears due to the evidence of the majority of the churches today that followed them. We must
make sure no other voice holds us captive. Sounds simple, and it is if we are
all willing to face His truth His Word provides.
We make His guidance, His work, or hearing His
voice more complicated each time we do not put His relationship above all
others. He must be above all relationships in our past, and in our future for
us to be able to hear only His voice above all others. His voice must be above
all others in our hearts this moment, and each moment that follows regardless who is speaking.
They could be a great man in the eyes of the religious community, or in the world, it should not matter who the man or the women is. If the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is truly is the most important voice in our lives we will hear Him and His truth, and protect our ears from hearing any other voice because He tells us what is true and what is false. Our lives
are made of moments to glorify Him, and who He is in our daily lives that surpasses
any other human need we may have.
We begin following other people, fathers, mothers,
preachers or priest, and yes, even the Pope very easily if they are most important. Many people put others before Him
all the time, and do not realize it, and therefore, His voice is being
hindered because they have not been protecting their ears. When we begin to cherish man-made traditions, and basic teachings of
this world we are blocking His voice.
It is hard not to hear God if a person truly does put Him above all others,
want to please Him above all, and obey Him above all. If a person truly does
want to please Him they will always hear Him above the voice of any man or
woman, trouble, heartache, the world, or Satan. There could be a million-people following
a certain doctrine, but His sheep will be able to hear only Him, because they
know Him, and want to follow only Him, and they can by themselves if they must,
and leave all other voices behind. They want to protect their ears from hearing all other voices besides His. They do not want any other voice to keep them from Hearing His.
The reason many do
not hear His voice is they do not protect their ears from all the other voices. They keep wanting to hear and follow other voices, they road his voice is on is very narrow compared to all the other voices. They are
determined their way is right, but they have no proof they are following His
way, and life through the Word He has given. There is only One word the true Shepherd (Son) follows, and that is the word of His Father.
2:8 See to it that
no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends
on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on
If any of us are
basing our worship and lives on any other instructions, teachings other than on
Christ then we are not going to hear Him and know His voice, and many today are
being deceived by hearing other voices, and following them but their beliefs
and lives do not align with His word.
you truly desire to Hear Him and only Him? First, when His Spirit is revealed
in us, do we submit to Him as our Lord, or do we make Him submit to us, our way,
and our image of who we want Him to be? He is our Lord, and our Lord does not
submit to our ways, thoughts, and views of ourselves, the world, and Satan. We
submit to His ways, teachings and word; not the other way around. Ask Him to
help you silence your own thoughts, the opinions of men and all that is not Him
in you. He will, but you must be willing
to travel down that narrow road when He reveals His truth to you, and you will
always here his truth, the lies of Satan and the world that are trying to
Resist: Do you truly want to resist your sinful
nature, the world and the power of darkness? Do you truly want to break what
binds you and has you all tied up inside? If you do not, you will not hear His
voice because the sinful life is blocking His voice. This does not mean His
child that does hear Him will hate other people. This means you resist their
ways, teachings, sins, and all that is not God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Are you truly wanting to resist all evil? Repentance and confessing one sins to
God opens our ears to hearing His voice. Ignoring your sin, or the sins of
others will keep you from hearing God’s voice. Are you wanting to please Him
above all? Remember every human being is evil with their own evil desires
within each of them. Are we wanting and willing to resist all evil?
The good of
man, and His own righteousness, is evil as any evil there is in God’s sight. Making oneself a "god" is making one self an idol. We
all need to use the authority Jesus Christ has given us through His Spirit and
word to silence the voice of the enemy. The evil spirits, lies and deception
will flee from all He gives us if we are truly wanting to get rid of all that
is not Him in us by His power and grace.
2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they
have divine power to demolish strongholds. WE demolish arguments and every
pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:28 We
proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may
present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all
his energy, which so powerfully work in me.
If a person has received His faith, they will except to
hear His voice as the Father He is. They will not doubt, or have a over whelming fear, being a false witness revealing someone He isn't. If a person remains in Him and His words remain in them, whatever
they wish, it will be given to them. Those are His children His power works in and through. They know His voice.
John 15:7 If you
remain in me and my words remain in you ask whatever you wish, and it will be
given you. This is to my Father’ glory, that you bear much fruit, showing
yourselves to be my disciples.
God speaks in and
through us in different ways:
When a person is allowing God to work freely in and
through them, by giving their full heart to Him freely, they will be allowing
God to speak to them, and through them any way He chooses for the building up
of His Kingdom. We do not dictate to Him the guidance methods we prefer. He is
the Father we are the child. There is a direct link between submitting, denying
ourselves, yielding to Him and hearing His voice. He may choose to speak to you through His Word of truth, His Holy
Bible. This could come in our daily reading of the Bible, but remember to
listen to only Him through prayer and meditation. Let your relationship to Him
prove to be more important to you personally before the “foot notes” from
others. Let Him tell you if the “foot notes” from others confirm what He is
speaking to you, if it is different, wait, He will reveal His truth to you where
you have no doubts at all.
Psalm 119:107 I
have suffered much; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
2 Timothy 3:16 All
Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and
training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped
for every good work.
He may choose to speak to you through an audible voice, this does not need to
happen as much today, because He speaks to us within and He does not have to
speak to us in an audible voice. He does not have to speak to one person
through an audible voice. That does not mean He can’t, He still can if He chooses
as He did many times. This encounter with His audible voice I am using is one
of my favorite that Moses had with Him seeing parts of His spiritual body, but
not His face. I cannot imagine what Moses saw, but His Spirit within me burns
with His fire and glory each time I read it.
Exodus 33:19 And
the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front to you, and I
will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I
will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion,
But, he said, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then
the LORD said, there is a place near me where you can stand on a rock. When my
glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my
hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my
back; but my face must not be seen.
He may speak to you through dreams and visions
Matthew 2:13 When
they had gone an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get Up,” he
said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.
Acts 2:17 In the
lase days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and
daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will
dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my
Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven
above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billow of smoke.
The most common way He speaks to us is through the quiet
inner voice through His Spirit, that shakes our body as if it was roaring thunder
compared to any others. It is very clear, you know it, and you can either
reject it or follow it every day of your life.
This does not mean
once you hear His voice and have given all of yourself to Him above all others
and things you are finished, it only means He can begin working fully in
you, and you must continue each minute putting Him above all so He can continually
fully work in and through you all the days of your life. It is much easier to
die once for Him physically, than it is to live for Him daily Spiritually.
His love His Spirit reveals to us gives us is limitless, growing higher and higher in the depth of
His love and power for each of us, and through us to share with the whole world
as His first sons and daughters did through His Word of truth. Those that first
bore His fruit of healing spiritually, physically, emotionally and
intellectually, His first followers, His first body of believers, and His early
church testifies too should be His same church body today, but clearly it is not.
For some it may take a life time to give up their sinful
lives, the way of the world, and putting others, or following others above Him.
For some they may give up a little here, and a little there all of their lives. For others, they give
up all at one time, and continue giving up all daily, and this can happen to anyone
at the age they are accountable of knowing their own sins.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice
behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will defile your
idols over laid with silver and your images covered in gold, you will throw
them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, away with you!”
Everything and spirit that is not Him should be like menstrual
cloths compared to what He wants to give us. Have all things, spiritual, physical,
intellectual, and emotional in us, that is not Him, become like a menstrual cloth
Are we putting anything or anyone above Him now, we should not think about other “Christians”
in the past, or those in the present, why they went this way, or going this
way. We need to think about only Him, His life, crucifixion, resurrection, through
His instructions He gave all of us through His Holy Words that live in us
through His Spirit.
Only through Him can we help ourselves and anyone else. Are
we truly willing to follow Him regardless of anyone else going their way?
His inner voice
His sheep will always hear, and know it because they know Him, whether they go
to the right or to the left, up a mountain or in a storm every minute and every
day of their lives. He will always lead them to follow Him and His voice in the
right spirit, mind, body and soul His Spirit only can give them.
Those who hear and know His voice will reveal His
presence. Their souls, body and spirit will change according to His image through His given power and grace. If
we hear His voice, and are following His voice He will be shaping us, and
molding us to the image of His Son by His Given Spirit revealing wonders, signs
and miracles in their changed lives.
This is for the purpose of giving our Heavenly Father glory in showing His healing power physically,
spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally! Then He will use His reborn children to draw
people that want to live in His light so all of them will see what was done in
and through them was done by their Heavenly Father through His Son, and they will glorify their Father in Heaven!
How do we receive and attain God’s wisdom?
By His given relationship
through His Son can we only receive, and attain His Wisdom. Not through “religion”, but
through His relationship given to us through His Son. The Book
of Proverbs is full of God’s divine wisdom for us to learn from. Those who have
received the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ our Lord by way of the Cross,
by their daily crucifying of their will for His through His relationship will
gain His wisdom. He is their built-in Counselor full of God’s divine wisdom
that walks and speaks to them daily. The Book of Proverbs is living in them, as
it did in Solomon and now through His Son Jesus, and His wisdom is pouring out
for others what He has put in.
John 14:25 All this
I (Jesus) have spoken while still with you. (1 disciples). But the
Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach
you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
This tells us through Christ, and the Cross, we have a
built-in reminder sent by God through Jesus of all Jesus said, He is the Word
of God, is within each of us. All His instructions are given to us out of love
for us to live by, if we love Him above all we will be living by them. If we
are using our ears to listen to Him, and our hearts belonging only to Him above
all He will counsel us every minute of every day, because He never leaves us,
and He is always with us for our good. It is people who leave him, listen to
other voices, and He is not wholeheartedly
above all in their lives is why He can’t work in and through them properly.
Proverbs 2 gives us some insight of how the Counselor’s
wisdom within us works when our relationship with Him is proven in our lives.
It is a great proof that God sent to those who truly love Him so they can
understand how they know what they know about their Heavenly Father. Has He
proved these words to be true in your life without a doubt, without shame,
without fear, and, without confusion?
Proverbs 2:1-5 My
son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your
ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for
insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of
the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
The first response proving our relationship with Him is
complete will be if we accept His words or not. God does not demand us to
accept His words, He says If you do… Any relationship we have with another
human requires us to listen and accept their words or not. Our words and our
conversations matter if a relationship with someone truly matters. With God, it
is no different. He has offered this relationship with Him, we listen to Him,
and it is up to us to accept His word or not.
I use to think it was very hard not to accept God’s word
He gives a person through His message of the Cross through His Life-giving
Spirit and Word because when I received Him, His grace had a huge effect on me.
I could not help but to be drawn to His word, accept it and never leave it. Not
all people respond to Him that way, nor do they want too.
I first heard Him,
and His words through a woman He sent to me in my late forties. That was the
first time anyone had set down with me, and told me about Him the Cross, and what it
truly meant. It was the first time I heard Him speak “His” words directly to
me. I do not know if it was because I had been taught wrong, or my own hears
were blocked by what I thought about myself. Either way, that was the first
time I heard HIM and HIS words through another person.
Why is it easy for some to accept His words, and for
others it is not? There are many reasons why people cannot accept His words. First,
they are hearing the wrong words, the wrong gospel, and with the wrong spirits,
and they are not His. They are coming from another spirit that is not Him, but
they may be claiming they are coming from Jesus, and God. They are being deceived
without realizing it.
2 Corinthians 11:3
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we
preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a
different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
Second, their ears may be blocked thinking they are not
worthy enough to hear Him, and they believe their sin is to sinful for Him to
save. Third, it may be because they are too prideful going their own way
whether it is their good works, their own accomplishments, and their own
building themselves up to be the god that saves themselves. They cannot hear Him as their God due to
themselves and others in their way they have put above Him.
Fourth, there may
be many things in life they love above Him, and this can be people, family
members, and friends and the world they live in. The world says our life and
human beings matter more to us than God, God tells us we must lose our life,
and ourselves, for His sake, before we can find our true life, and ourselves.
Before we can accept God and His words we must hear them, His Words that are
coming from Him, not a natural man, and that includes ourselves making Him submit to
our own image of Him. God does not submit to our understanding, we submit to His.
store up my commands within you, turning
your ear to wisdom and applying your
heart to understanding,
store up my commands within you
As human beings, we store up many things other than His
commandments or instructions. If our relationship is being proven as a child
and a Father relationship, we will be willing to store up all of our Fathers
instructions as a child wanting to be taught only by Him.
I remember storing up
moral teachings of my mother and father that would help me in life, respect
your elders, say thank you, and please, ask for forgiveness and forgive others.
We store up all kinds of things in our heart and mind, and sometimes material possession during our journey through life.
All human beings store up different teachings, memories with their family and friends, money, food, clothes, collectibles, our
works, and accomplishments before we store up His commandments or instructions.
This life, and this world continually draws us to please ourselves, and others
above pleasing Him and His relationship. Are we storing up anything above His
teachings and instructions?
turning your ear to wisdom
As human beings, we hear many voices of wisdom constantly
if our ears are turned on to wisdom.
Many of us do not turn our ears on to any wisdom, we travel through life not
paying attention to any certain wisdom. Some travel through life hearing their own
wisdom, and different voices each day, depending on the circumstances and the person that is speaking. God says they
are like the waves, their minds are being tossed back and forth because they
have doubt in His words.
James 1:5 If
anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who give generously to all without
finding fought, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and
not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by
When you turn
yourself to God, and His wisdom He speaks to you all the time, He corrects, and
counsels you about everything you are doing for His purpose and plan making you
one with the Father in relationship as the Son was with the Father.
ears are not turned on to God we will never hear Him, we will hear every
other voice but His. If our relationship is not complete in Him we will think of other things above Him. If our relationship is complete in God our our ears are turned to God, and we are storing up all He gives us, then He will pour it out when we need it, and when others need it. Are we turning our ears to Him and His Wisdom,
because His relationship is above all others in our lives?
applying your heart to understanding
As human beings, we apply
our heart to many things, and people of this world. What we apply our hearts
to the most will be revealed through our speech, and actions the most. If we are applying our
heart to His understanding above all others, then His understanding of who He is
will be revealed the most in our speech and actions.
We could be applying our hearts to any possession, our
work, our sexual lustful desires, sports, hobbies, anything that “sounds” good, or makes us “feel” good and
easy to understand, but it may not be God’s understanding given to us. Just because it sounds "good" or "feels" good does not make it His good. What sounds valuable to man is detestable to God. That is why we apply our heart only to His understanding.
Luke 16:15 He (Jesus) said to them, (Pharisees) "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows you hearts. What is high valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
understanding erases all confusion, doubt and fear in who we are, and who God
is. Understanding means the knowledge and the ability to judge. Are you a
person, and am I a person, who has been given the understanding of God, and the
ability to judge who He is within us and through us for others? Are we applying
our hearts to His understanding above all in who we are, if we are then His understanding
will be revealed in us and through us, not our understanding of who He is or
who we are.
and if you call out
for insight and cry aloud for understanding
Here is another if from God that reveals IF our
relationship is complete in Him. If we are calling out to Him for His insight, and we cry aloud to Him for His understanding then our relationship is complete in Him.
I admit I called out many times before I knew Him, but
it was for my own way, and for my own insight, and for my own understanding. I
was loud standing up for my own understanding, before I heard about Him through
His Words of truth. I cried out many times searching for this love I was
missing. I didn’t have any idea how to find this love, and why I was missing
it. I had all kinds of people and friends loving me their way all around
me, but I still was missing His. I cried out for my own way, I cried out loud for my understanding, and for my pleasure
when it came to my children. I did not think of anyone else, or God, all I cried out for was for me and my justice.
The first time I did cry out to Him my life began to change.
He is telling us if we cry out to Him for insight, regardless
of who we see ourselves as being, and cry aloud to Him for His understanding, whether we understand Him, life, ourselves or not; He will answer. He goes further explaining how we will cry out to Him if our relationship if our heart is truly seeking Him.
and if you look for
it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
We are storing up what He only can give us spiritually,
turning our ears only to hear Him, applying our hearts only to His
understanding, crying out for His insight, and cry aloud for His understanding
he then tells us how we will be looking for His insight and understanding
through the relationship He has given us. We are looking at His relationship meaning more than all the silver and treasure in the world!
We will be looking for his
insight as it was silver, and searching for His understanding like it was a
hidden treasure! Is His relationship being proven to be more treasured than silver and gold in your life? Then all the possessions this world has to offer?
When these words began living in me, and they did before
I read them, or they were read to me, I felt strange loving a God I could
not see, craving and desiring a presence and word I could not touch and receiving wisdom and insight
as if they were silver, and a treasure I thought I would never find. I could
not explain how He was doing all of this inside of me, and I still can't, all I knew, and still know is His
relationship was true and the most real relationship I had ever experienced.
His commandments, and word I wanted to store more than
anything else in my life. I wanted to turn my ears only to Him, and disregard
all other voices that were not His. I wanted to apply my heart only to Him in what
He wanted to give me of Himself above applying anything, anyone else, so
I could understand Him, and all He was giving me each day. I knew what He was giving me was not only for me, but for others.
All He was given me was a treasure I held more dear than
all the treasure this world could give me, in all its ways, and through all its
inhabitants that could be shaken, and that included myself. Then He told me
Then you will
understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
All this He was given me because He wanted me to fear
losing Him above all, and to gain knowledge of Him above all knowledge of
myself, others, Satan, and this world. Then I would know He is greater
than all my problems, all my sufferings, all of Satan’s schemes and lies, all
my temptations, all in this world that could be shaken, and last, but certainly not least, greater than death.
This did not take him long to teach me, as many teach and say. Why you ask?
Because since the beginning,
when I first received Him, I have always accepted His words, stored up only
what He was giving me above all, turned only to Him, applied my heart only to
His understanding, cried out only to Him, and thought of all He was given me through
our relationship as greater than any treasure on earth! I listened, trusted, and obeyed.
I am nothing special, I am not wise, and I have no
understanding of life and this world, but I know He is and does have all I need
to be who I truly am through His eyes.
I also know He has all you truly need to
accept His word, store up His teachings and instructions, turn only to Him,
apply your heart only to His understanding, cry out only to Him, and to know He
is the greatest treasure on earth you will ever know!
Who is the Engineer?
From one man, he made every nation of men, that they
should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and
the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek
him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each
one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.
Engineer – to lay out or mange – to guide the course of –
syn: pilot, lead or steer
Many today are teaching God does not arrange our engineer our circumstances, that is a lie, do not listen, Satan is trying to deceive you so
you will mold God into an image you want and not who He truly is. He determines
the times, and the exact places we are to be each day so we will seek Him and
reach out to Him, and perhaps find Him. Only through His Son we can live through Him, and move in the
right direction and be who we are supposed to be in Him.
From one man, Adam, God our Father made every nation of
human beings. Why?
Because He wanted
them to inhabit the whole earth.
Who determined the times set for them, and the exact
places where they should live? He did
(NIV) He determined
the times set for them, and the exact places where they should live
(KJV) and hath
determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
The word determined means ordained, or willed beforehand.
We have no control where God places us, he determines the times set for us and
the bounds of our habitation.
The word time means “season”. This could be a season of
crisis or blessing, we have no control over the times that he has given each of
us to go through good or bad. We do not control the time, the bounds or
limits of our habitation, He determines that, or ordains that for each human
The word bounds, or exact places means exact limits or boundaries
he has placed them in.
He gives each of us our own limits we live with and
through. Some have more than others but all bounds or limits He has given each
human being because He is drawing them to Him, it is up to us in how we respond to our limits or places He has put us in.
This means our Father engineers our births, environments,
our crisis, or blessing each of us are born into, or live through for His
purpose of giving every human being an opportunity to seek him and perhaps find
Him, so they can live through His provision. Why would God cause us to suffer in the time
he places us in, or give us our own limits in this life?
NIV God did this so
that men would seek him, and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he
is not far from each one of us.
should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though
he be not far from every one of us.
God placed us in our time, and gave us our limitations in
order that we might seek Him, feel after him and find him through Christ. A
natural man is made to need God, but they do not know they need God, so through
suffering a man’s limitations or boundaries are revealed, and they have been
given an opportunity to seek and perhaps find God that takes them beyond
themselves, and their own limits. Is he far away from any human being?
No, He is not far from each one of us, but only through
Jesus Christ do we know how close His love and presence is to us, and how far our love is away from
Him. Only through His Spirit can we remain close to Him, and Him to us for His
word to be dwelling in us as the Son was One with the Father we also are One
with the Father through Him. Why? Because only through Him can we truly live,
go where ever He leads without fear, and know our true selves.
For In Him we live
and move and have our being.
This statement tells us when we live through His Spirit,
He will move us forever forward by His guiding love and wisdom. We know who we are in Him regardless of our
circumstances, because we have our being, or soul in Him. Our soul is well no
matter the circumstance he has placed us in, because in Him we have no limit, He will draw others to Him through
us because we live and move in Him.
Some people today think human beings control the times
and the places they are in by their determined will or choices they make. That
would mean the righteous would make good choices and all good things would
happen to them, and the unrighteous would make bad choices and all misery would
be due to their own choices. This world would require no need for a Savior or
For example, for the unrighteous in this world every time
a person would make a bad choice in drinking excessively and drive then an
accident would occur. Each time a person
smoked they would get lung cancer. Each time an expected mother did drugs her
child would be born an addict. Each time a homosexual practiced an act of
sexual immorality they would become infected with the aids virus. Each time a
person committed adultery they would get a divorce and their marriage would
In this world, the righteous would never smoke, and they
would never have lung cancer. They would eat right, exercise, and no sickness
would take over their bodies. They would not commit adultery and their
marriages would never fail. They would never practice any homosexual act so
they would never become infected with the aids virus.
In the real natural world, we know there are some people who
never smoke, but they still get lung cancer. In the real natural world, we also know
many who eat right, exercise, and sickness still over takes their body, and
mind in many ways. We also know in the real natural world people drink excessively, and do not get involved in a accident. We also know marriages don’t always fail when someone
commits adultery, and others fail without committing adultery. We also know
homosexuals that commit sexual immorality are not affected by the aids virus,
and we also know some people are effected by the aids virus that have never
committed a sexual immoral act.
God wrote Ecclesiastes through Solomon or through another
wise man to prove how we fit into God’s life given to us through His Son. He
had seen in his world what we see in ours, and God tells us who, and what we
all should consider.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is
this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. Consider what God has
done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be
happy; but when times are bad, consider; God has made the one as well as the
other, Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
a righteous man
perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living in in his wickedness.
Do not be over righteous, neither be over wise- why destroy yourself? Do not be over wicked, and do not be a fool- why die before your time? It is good to grasp
the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid every
Others believe God controls everything and no freewill is
required because he controls everything so it does not matter what they are
willing to give up or willing to keep because His will, will be done, regardless
of their will. This too would require no
need for the Cross because whether one believes in Christ or not would not matter in this world they believe in because they believe God’s will prevails for the believer
as well as the unbelievers regardless of the choices they make.
This is “half true”, regardless of the choices we make
God’s will, will be accomplished and done according to His purpose and plan for all Heaven, earth, and that includes all the inhabitants on earth, but those who do not receive Jesus Christ
will not know His personal will, and plan for their own personal lives, and will not be
able for their souls to be a live in Him, and through them now and for eternity. Those who freely receive Christ and
willingly have received all they have been given by Him, and they will freely give to others
whatever they have received from Him doing His will for their lives. They all know God and His perfect will for their lives because they have submitted all of themselves to Him everyday of their lives.
Matthew 10:7 As you
go, preach this message: The kingdom of Heaven is near, Heal the sick, raise
the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have
received, freely give.
This does not mean His children who are living in, and
through Him will not be disciplined by Him through hardships. This is not Satan trying to destroy his
children has some may be taught, and it is not God engineering His children to suffer
for no reason or His purpose behind it. This is God disciplining his children as
our Father because He loves us. He will use anything He chooses to discipline us
if it makes us more faithful, holy, and dependent on Him. He knows what will move us to submitting more to Him. He desperately wants to work in and through us
for our good and the good of others. He
knows who will submit more of themselves to Him through His discipline and who
will not. We can either run from Him or run to Him by submitting more of ourselves to Him by the faith He gives us.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them
for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God
disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline
seems pleasant at the time, but painful, later on, however, it produces a
harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
His discipline produces a harvest of His righteousness
and peace for those who have been trained by it, but for those who have not been
trained by His discipline they will not produce His righteousness and have His
God teaches us through Paul many times without holiness
no one will see the Lord, and this is what our Father’s discipline is aimed in
producing in, and through His children. He arranges these hardships in our lives for His
purpose of making us a people of His very own, because He knows what is best
for us so we can live in and through Him, be healed by His power and grace that
produces in us His holiness.
Today do not listen to people who tell you God does not
arrange, or engineer our hardships. If He is your Heavenly Father than He will, and if He isn't than you are not His child. He does for all of us because he wants us to reach out to Him as His child, and perhaps find
Him, so we can live in Him, move in Him and have our right being in Him by all
He gives us of Himself to live in and through each day! He is a great Father that engineers
everything for our good!!
What is Godly
Sorrow, and why do we need it?
Are we becoming a stumbling block to Jesus because we have
things of men, and this world on our mind above Him?
Matthew 17:23 Jesus
turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to
me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
Today many are proclaiming the “God of love”, and rightly
so, He is love. His love is much higher than ours, it changes us, it judges us,
and it separates us from the world we live in to be used by Him and through Him
for building up His Kingdom. The world cries out no division, no Godly sorrow, and
all are loved by God no matter how we respond to Him and the Cross.
God cries out throughout
His word and through His Spirit in His First Son, Jesus Christ, “Repent or
parish. Jesus tells us through the words His Father gave Him “I have come to
bring division” between natural man / and spiritual man, between Satan, the god
of this world / and the God of My Kingdom. There are only two kingdoms and two
gods we can choose to worship, and there is only ONE of those gods that divides
the whole human race. Either you worship Satan and humankind, or God and His
Matthew 4:17 From
that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Luke 12:49 “I have
come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I
have a baptism to undergo and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you
think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on
there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and
two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father,
mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against
daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.
This word of God reveals to us through Matthew from the
beginning of our Lord’s ministry he never stopped preaching repentance to all because His Father’s Kingdom was
He never stopped preaching this until God’s work in and through Him was
finished at the Cross. When His presence is fully in us due to our total surrender
in faith through His Spirit working as He worked through His Son we too will
preach this for ourselves and others until His work in and through us is
finished. Some will repent and others will not, this will cause a division among
the world, and among families.
The world tells us there is no need for Godly sorrow, judgement, or conviction of our sins. All the world tells us we can change on our own, and there is no Godly sorrow we need to keep us going in the right direction.
I lived most of my
life not knowing what repentance meant, or what Godly sorrow meant. I was ignorant of this teaching so
I walked through life unaware of his presence wanting to work in and through
me. I do not want you to be ignorant because our Father does not want you to be
ignorant of this experience that He gives all His children that He chooses, if
you have not experienced within yourself the Godly sorrow His presence lays
upon you then you have not been convicted by His Spirit of truth.
I lived most of my life being sorry for my sins, but my
sorrow came from me disappointing myself, and disappointing others, but not
from disappointing my Heavenly Father.
There was no conviction from His Spirit that gave me “Godly sorrow”
which is quite different than our own feelings of sorrow, guilt or shame we
receive from ourselves, or others. Godly sorrow is much different than our own
convictions of doing something wrong, or not living up to our own expectations
of ourselves or the expectation of others.
If we live by our own guilt or the guilt of displeasing
others it will quickly go away, or be covered up by our own deeds of
righteousness, or self-piety. We will repeat the same sin, or other sins
repeatedly because we have no power in us to change us from our evil natures,
or our own righteousness that we all are overcome by. The Holy Spirit convicts
us all the time of our sins, and our own righteousness. He never stops or gets weary, and in, and through Him we will not either.Our Father tells us
this through Luke records of what Jesus said.
John 16:8 When he (Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict
the world of guilt in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in
regard to righteousness because I am going to the father, where you can see me
no longer, and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands
The Holy Spirit will always convict us of our sins
because we cannot believe in Him on our own, this is a good conviction because
without Him we cannot believe in Him and be delivered from sin.
The Holy Spirit will always convict us of our good or our
own righteousness. He has gone to the
Father so we can receive His. Without Him going to the Father we will not receive
His Spirit that convicts us of our own righteousness, and our own righteousness will
always lead us in the wrong direction.
The Holy Spirit will always convict us in regard to
judgement because we cannot judge ourselves due to the sin within ourselves and
Satan’s power over us. Through His given Spirit He judges us, and judges
through us keeping us rightly related to God our Father which is the Son’s and
Father’s same Spirit of truth. He is making us One with them, and He is the only one that has the power to condemn
Satan and his work in and through us for his kingdom of darkness.
Many today are teaching there is no longer any conviction,
or Godly sorrow from the Spirit of God through His children, and this is a wrong
teaching. Many are teaching he does not convict us all the time, or He does some times, but not other times. He will always convict us because He is trying to make a people of
His very own for His Kingdom. He will never ignore our sin, it is us that ignore Him.
The word repentance means a change of mind of past sins,
past wisdom, past ways of following other human beings and their wisdom, past
following of our own righteousness and self-piety. This means one wants to
change their life, and quit sinning for their Heavenly Father’s sake and will,
because they know through His Given Spirit they have sinned and are sinning
against Him, not themselves, not others, but Him and Him alone. They have
received a conviction through His Spirit.
Jeremiah 40:3 Now
the Lord hath brought it, and done according as He hath said: because ye have
sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has
come upon you.
When a child of God sins against the Holy Spirit of God they are given repentance in order for them to change for God by His power He gives them to change
with. It is different sorrow one receives from sinning against oneself, or the “feeling” one
receives from themselves or others high expectations of themselves they will
never be able to live up too through their natural human goodness or evil desires, and both will result in wrong motives.
When a child of God is sinning against the
Lord through His Spirit it is different than only sinning against themselves, disappointing
their parents, friends, wife, children, boss, coach or teacher. When a child of
God sins against His Spirit than His repentance given to them creates Godly
sorrow, and Godly sorrow gives them an opportunity to bow down as a child wanting to be taught by his or her Heavenly Father. When a child of God through Christ bows down, humbles themselves as a child, His grace and forgiveness is given that takes them way past themselves in repeating
the same sin over again, and they have the power to live for God and not for themselves, this world, or Satan any longer.
God has offered everyone repentance through His Son on
the Cross, but not all will repent, or want to change their ways as they all
did not the day Jesus offered repentance, and he denounced them publicly without
Matthew 11:20 Then
Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most his miracles had been
performed, because they did not repent.
The problem many "Christians" are facing today is much like what Jesus
faced before His Spirit was given. Many "Christians" us are like Peter before He received
the Spirit of truth, seeing Jesus as something for their own purpose in the world,
and they are living through their own natural mind seeing their own purpose for him, through their own “feelings,” as Peter did.
Without His Spirit given to Peter, Peter would have never
saw Jesus as He truly was. Peter loved Jesus very much, as much as he could
naturally, but it was only by what he knew naturally through Peter’s own mind
being a natural man, and seeing the world through his natural mind, and not
seeing the plans of God through the mind of Christ, because he couldn’t. Jesus rebuked Peter for His own good because Jesus loved Him, and He would rebuke him again and again. Peter
had not received His Holy Spirit when he denied him three times. Jesus in turn asked Peter three times if He loved Him. This was not for Peter to prove to Jesus he did, but for Peter to prove to himself that He did, and if he did, he would feed his sheep. Which He did feed his sheep without hesitation, because the feeding of His sheep came through His Spirit. He was heart broken when he denied Jesus, but not truly changed by Godly sorrow that leads to salvation until He received His Spirit of truth.
Many today form Jesus the way they want to perceive Him
as Peter did, a loving friend to save them from the rulers of this world, a loving brother to conquer their enemies by his miracles and power, or neighbor willing to change the world without His word, judgment, or truth
they can only receive through His teaching, loving Spirit of truth.
Many "Christians" today are living by their “natural feelings” as Peter was, and not His Holy Spirit of truth that revealed God's will and purpose that truly changed Peter to do His will and not his own. We are all emotional natural human beings with strong emotions, and desires. We are loaded down with natural
feelings disguising His true presence as Peter’s feelings disguised his as being
something real from God.
Peter received the Spirit of God and knew it was given to
convict him, and divided his natural righteousness and evil desires from the
nature of God correctly.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samara, and the ends of the earth."
We all must
receive His Spirit that goes much deeper than our feelings and emotions to
hearing His voice as if He was sitting right beside us. He gives us all we need
to control our feelings and emotions as we hear His voice molding us and
shaping us to be His children everyday through His given word of truth that is
dwelling in us that opens up his written word.
Godly sorrow is not our natural “feelings” of sorrow from
our sins, it is a given gift of God to bring us to where He wants us to be as a
loving Father. Jesus tells His disciples
Matthew 11:27 All
things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to
Jesus chose Peter, and knew Peter would respond to His
given repentance the right way, bowing down to Him, wanting to change his ways,
for the sake of Jesus, because he knew he sinned against Him, not himself or
others, but against Him and Him alone.
That is why He was chosen and that is
why we are chosen today, because God knows who will repent and change because
they have sinned against Him through His Given Spirit, they have been convicted
by His Spirit of truth.
The same way His Spirit worked in and changed Peter from
his natural feelings to God’s nature that surpassed his feelings of conviction
into hearing God’s voice of truth that changed Him through the Spirit's convicting work.
God gives us a great description of His gift of
repentance through Paul, and what it is given to us for. His repentance is
given each time we do sin, and it changes us from continuing to live in sin. Today
many do not live by His given, loving and gracious repentance. Many think it is
a bad thing to live by God’s gift of repentance, and many today are nullifying
this truth of what it means to live with God’s gift of repentance, because they
do not want to feel guilty of sinning against God. They have created another teaching
and another gospel to live by, and it is deceiving many with no Godly sorrow that brings repentance and leads them to salvation.
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that
lead to salvation and leave no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what his godly sorrow has
produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation,
what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At
every point, you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
(KJV)7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed
after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of
yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire,
yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to
be clear in this matter.
Godly sorrow through His Spirit produces or manifest many
things within ourselves. It is a perfect work God works in us and through us for others.
Godly sorrow brings repentance or a change of
heart for His purpose of His Spirit working in us, and through us.
Godly sorrow through His Spirit leads to our salvation with NO
regret, only mercy and forgiveness.
This is so true, only
forgiveness and grace is given to His children through Christ, that teaches us
to say no to ungodliness, there is no regret that keeps us down. There is only grace that lifts us up.
Worldly sorrow, which is our own sorrow and
guilt, or others guilt and shame Satan uses, it brings death, no change within
ourselves only regret, worry, anxiety, doubt, confusion, despair and
Worldly sorrow is what I lived
through during my youth, teens, and twenty-nine years of my adult life. I know
what worldly sorrow is and how it can deceive many into self-piety or their own righteousness that can never save them.
Godly sorrow through His Spirit produces in us
the earnestness or carefulness of the Spirit of Jesus. We are careful to make
sure we are following His word through His teachings and not the teachings of
man or of this world. This is produced, or wrought (accomplished) in us through
Godly sorrow through His Spirit produces in us a
eagerness to clear ourselves if we have offended God, we are not to prideful in
speaking His truth if we have offended Him, or if we have not we are eager to prove we are His children and
no longer are conformed to this world.
Both KJV and NIV say indignation is produced by
the Godly sorrow through His Spirit. This is a righteous anger that arouses within
the child of God because of something unjustly has been committed against them
or against someone else. This is not an uncontrollable anger, but one that
speaks passion and truth for the benefit of all. Jesus experienced this type of anger from the Spirit of God many times when rebuking His disciples, the Pharisee's, the Roman government, and with the people of his home town.
Godly sorrow through His Spirit also produces
fear, or alarm within a child of God. This is a fear of displeasing God, and it
is like an alarm going off in one’s heart they need to answer quickly. Jesus experienced this briefly in Gethsemane in a way none of us can understand, fearful of taking on all the sins of the world, and he was refreshed quickly by angles of God through his prayer, and was able to continue as God's Holy Son taking on all the sins of man upon himself. We also will be refreshed by unseen angels of God through His given Spirit when we face any fear through our prayers.
Godly sorrow also produces a longing, or
vehement which is a great force of energy to be right with your Father above
all others and things in this world. This is the consuming force of his love that takes a person past themselves, others and things this earth is consumed by.
Godly sorrow also produces through His Spirit a passion for God's judgement to be carried out above all things and people in this world so they can be ready to complete God’s
work in them and through them. They are deeply passionate about seeing His judgment
carried out any way God has arranged for the building up of His kingdom that takes them beyond themselves and this world.
Those who have fully surrendered to God, as God says
through Paul, all of these behaviors, longings, and desires will be manifested
in them through His Spirit given them Godly sorrow as they were mainfestied in these church members in Corinth Paul
Many “Christians” are teaching that God no longer
produces this in a person, they claim He is kind and ignores our sins as if there
were no Godly sorrow needed within us anymore because God is “loving and kind”
and does not produce any Godly sorrow in them. This is not true, without Godly sorrow there would be no conviction of sin against God that leads to repentance and is needed for our daily walk of salvation.We will never change without Godly sorrow, and without the Cross we cannot
receive Jesus through the Godly sorrow and repentance Jesus gives us that keeps
us denying ourselves and carrying the cross He gives us daily through His
Spirit of truth.
Many people do not receive God's truth about His sorrow being a part of His love for us that grants us repentance, and a changed life to live for Him and His New Kingdom.
If you are living through your own feelings of sorrow,
and you want to receive His repentance that truly gives you Godly sorrow so you
can change by His power and grace, ask Him today, speak to Him as a humble
child. If you are not hearing God’s voice daily, and only living by your
feelings ask Him to help you receive Godly sorrow so you can truly repent and
change through His convictions that work in and through you daily as He speaks personally to you everyday as your relationship with Him develops.
Tell Him you want to hear His voice speaking to you, and not only go by your natural "feelings" but hear His voice of convictions, and you may hear Him like you never have before!
ARE WE WILLING TO
Today we are going to discuss ONE of the reasons our
Father reveals why His children suffer through many trials and tribulations. There
are many reasons we suffer through being His chosen children through Christ as
we continue to give up more and more of ourselves to Him every day for HIS SAKE. It is the suffering of
persecution many of us do not want to be a part of, and if a child of God does
not want to experience this type of suffering, God tells us they cannot be a
part of His full blessings in Christ and continue to grow in Him.
These powerful deep words from Jesus through the Holy Spirit
that were recorded by John speaks volumes as why followers of Christ are persecuted.
Many today do not get persecuted because they think they are higher than Him,
or fear sets in because they are afraid they will lose more than they will
gain. If He is working in and through a person they will get persecuted by
those who are worldly whether it is a believer that still lives partly in this
world, or an unbeliever that is fully part of the world. These words He speaks
to his first disciples live in each child that has fully surrendered to Him.
John 15:18 “If the
world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the
world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
John 15:20 Remember
the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they
persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they
will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they
do not know the One who sent me.
If a person is loved by the world Jesus says that is a
good sign that they belong to this world and not His Kingdom. If the world
loves a person, or the person loves the world then how can they be a part of
His? He takes us out of the world and separates us from it, but many
“Christians” today act as if they are still part of it. He tells us if a person
obeys His teachings, then others will obey his disciple’s teachings because
they are One teaching the same things He taught through His Spirit.
do not live by or follow the teachings of Christ, they follow the world and man-made
traditions, and they do not get persecuted for the same reasons He did. I often
wonder if that was one of the reasons Constantine, the Emperor of Rome,
combined the pagan beliefs with the Christian beliefs so the world would not
persecute him or his government because he wanted to still be connected to this
world and his own beliefs.
Many of us know the persecution from the Jews, the
self-righteous “religious” people, and from the Roman government Jesus our Lord
experienced. They did not receive God’s grace through Christ because they never
John 1:17 For the
law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one
has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, (only begotten) who is at the
Father’s side, had made him known.
Many today do not take that step of faith letting Him
speak and walk through them, out of fear of losing a relationship, their popularity,
their accomplishments, social status, and ignore Him, and His presence they
can’t see, just like the Pharisees, and the Roman government did. In my last blog,
we discussed in detail what a person would have to give up if they were willing
to follow Christ. Today we are discussing what we all must face and endure when
we do give up all for Him.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is
your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who
were before you.
There was no way Herod or Pilot would of gave up their
standing in their government for Christ or for God. It was far too important to
them to humble themselves before God and surrender to the teachings of Jesus. That is why God chose them, he knew they would
never surrender to Christ. He knew that the Pharisee, Sadducee, and the
Sanhedrin during the time Jesus walked the earth proclaiming the Good News of
God’s NEW Kingdom they would never surrender to Jesus and give up their
standing in their religious circles, in their synagogues, and in their high
standings in their government, and that is why God placed them to live during
He knew who to choose for His disciples, even the one
that would betray Him, because he knows the ones who are going to endure
persecution, and the ones that are not, and they all had a purpose in
fulfilling His Father’s prophesy. Today is the same, He still knows the ones
that are going to surrender their lives wholeheartedly for Him, endure
persecution no matter the cost, and stand the test of persecution without being
shaken to complete the growing up of His sons and daughters during this time He
has placed them in.
The god of this world, (Satan) and his army had their
eyes and ears blocked, and they had no intention of wanting them unblocked, and
God knew it. Today, as it was then, he has blocked many ears as Satan did then,
and many are making it easy for him too. When a person is not willing to humble
themselves through the sufferings of Christ through persecution it will hinder
their walk and perfect will for their lives. Jesus tells this to the masses through His
parable of the seed, and through his circumstances and other relationships our
Father gave him, or placed in front of him.
Jesus lived to do His Father’s will, for His Father’s
sake. He laid down His life for God above his family, friends, and government. All
during His ministry he was refreshed by His Father through prayer. His
Father sent angels to refresh Him because Jesus was the first Holy Son that
came from God willing to give a full and total unwavering Heart of Himself
completely to His Father without sin.
Jesus Christ was willing to let His Father speak through Him, He was God’s Word in the
flesh walking among us through His Holy Spirit. He was not speaking to condemn us but to save us. He spoke those bold words to the Pharisees to save them from themselves and the false teachings that had developed through the law they were living out. Do you want to know Christ and
have fellowship with His sufferings, or do you want to live your will for others
or for yourself so you can still be a part of this world?
The Pharisees wanted no part of the sufferings for Christ they wanted to keep their high standings in the community. Paul wanted to know
the sufferings of Christ, and through His Spirit we will too if we do not fall
away when persecution comes.
Philippians 3:10 I
want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of
sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to
attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Through the same Holy Spirit, we will want to suffer as
Christ suffered as Paul proclaims through persecution, that is the suffering
Jesus suffered. We know Paul truly did suffer through a lot of persecution
because He did His Father’s will and not His own through the Holy Spirit of His
First Son. We who have experienced the sufferings of Christ know by suffering
as He suffered we are being blessed by His power of His resurrection growing in
us lifting us up in Him past where we were.
I am not
talking about the severe persecution that goes on around the world. There are different measures of persecution
we all must face, and that depends on where He has placed us. Not many today want to suffer the sufferings
of Christ at any level, and because of that they invite many other sufferings
that are needless, and do not grow in Him as He wants them too.
Many of us are taught many lessons from God through “The
Parable of the Sower”, and I have learned a great deal about our human nature,
the Son and the Father through this amazing parable. Jesus had to deal with a
lot of people whose hearts had become calloused toward him when they heard
His message of truth HIS salvation was proclaiming to all people.
parable still speaks His truth and still others respond to it the same. God’s
word through Luke’s record keeping explains the meaning of the parable from
Jesus to His twelve disciples. Gods’ word through Matthew’s record tells us
what this “testing” in Luke’s record is.
Luke 8:11 “This is
the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:13 “Those on
the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they
have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
Matthew 13:20 The
one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the
word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only
a short time. When trouble or persecution
comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
In Matthew’s record, he calls persecution a test, and in
Luke’s record he calls testing persecution. We can receive through both records
we know God test us to see if His word is dwelling in us, He will speak His words
through us for the building up of His Kingdom, or we will fail the test, and
not allow Him to speak His words through us. Are we failing the test or are we letting Him freely speak through us for the building up of His Kingdom?
He will always test us if we are
pouring out what He has poured in for the building up of His Kingdom. He does
not want any of His children to be ignorant of who He is and why He came. We will always be persecuted in some way, and
through this test of persecution some of those that hear the word will stay and
continue to bear His fruit for His purpose, and will, and some humans will fall
away because they want to live their will for their lives. They are not willing
to lose their standing in their community, a child, friend or family member, or
quite possibly their job, so they quickly fall away.
Who we are living for will always be proven through God’s
word, and it will always separate us from the sin within ourselves, and from
the world. It will always be because of God’s word that His true children are
being persecuted. Many “Christians” think they know God but truly Jesus says they
do not, because if they did they would be listening to His word, and His teaching
and not follow others and their teachings. Today He
speaks the same through us as He did then.
Each of us can reveal this human nature driving us Jesus
is describing in this parable. Any of us can continue hearing God’s word with
joy repeatedly rejoicing, and we can repeatedly fall away because of fear of
persecution. Instead of freely speaking we have more fear of losing a relationship we can see, then losing His
relationship we can’t see.
The good soil is a heart completely devoted to God,
that person hears the word, understands it, because He is above all in their
lives so He gives them the understanding of it, and they produce a crop,
yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
God knows who is fully
devoted to Him, He knows who truly put Him and His word above all things and all people, and
He knows whose heart will bear His fruit just like He knew His first disciples
and those who would betray Him. Which one are we, the one that continues to
fall away because of persecution, or the one that is fully devoted to Him above
God tells us this through our blessings and woes through
Luke’s record of the words of Jesus we all will experience persecution from
many, and on many different levels, but like then, are we willing as the did to suffer persecution as
He suffered on all levels. Are we willing to be those who are blessed by Him or one He looks
at with piety?
Luke 6:22-26 Blessed are you when man hate
you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because
of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that
day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in Heaven. For that is how
their father treated the prophets.”
24 But woe to you
who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who
are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who
laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how
their fathers treated the false prophets.
The word woe means someone that God pities, or looks on
with piety because they are not rightly related to Him. For an earthly example,
it would be like the piety of an earthly father looking upon his children after
he had made a bridge for his children to cross above a pit of poisonous snakes. His children chose to ignore the bridge, and walk the way of the pit through their own understanding. To be pitied
by God because one is not rightly related to Him after He has done everything
for us to be, is a woe, and a piety I would not want any part of. His piety will grow into His wrath, a woe I want nothing to do with.
The woe’s our God is speaking of in this message are for
those who are rich and never share what they have with others that would make them have less so others that do not have can have more for His sake.
These people would never hurt for the hungry for His sake, or never mourn for the suffering of another or for the lost
children of God for His sake.
people would have all women and men in the world that spoke well of them, but
they do not know God, and they would not be doing anything for His
They do it for their own sake of looking good and prosperous, and for the sake of others, but not for His Sake. These people that are happy
and care free have woe’s deep within them they do not realize, because they do
not have Him or know Him or His voice. They listen to the other voices
more than they listen to His Voice which speaks through His word.
Why would people “hate Christians”, want to “exclude
Christians”, “insult Christians”, and “reject a Christians name as something
evil”? The wrong teaching, or the wrong idea of Him can cause us the wrong view
of Him, and keep us from truly living out what He only can put in each of us.
Why would someone persecute people living in, and through Jesus Christ as being
something evil in the world? Why would anyone think He is evil, think His
followers are evil, be crucified, beheaded, and persecuted in many ways?
Like always we will ask our Heavenly Father through the
Holy Spirit of His Son, and He will answer. Jesus talks to a Pharisee called Nicodemus
that came to visit him at night in secret because Nicodemus was more fearful of losing
his relationship among the Pharisee’s rather than losing His relationship with
God the time this conversation takes place.
This statement Jesus tells Nicodemus
is why many do not turn to him, reject him, hate him, insult him, and the same
reason still applies today if He is working in us, and working through us. If
He is working in a person, and through a person the same persecution He
received we will receive on all levels He did.
John 3:19 This is
the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of
light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who dos evil hates the light, and
will not come in into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But
whoever lives by the truth (the Spirit of Jesus) comes into the light, so that
it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
Jesus tells us in
this statement when we receive His light HE
exposes the evil that is within all of us, there is no exception, Jesus said
His light has come into the world, not only
shown to a few but to the whole world. Some will love darkness, and want to
remain in darkness. Others will be ignorant to His truth for other reasons not
because they are deliberately being disobedient but they are being deceived and
living through a lie, and the illusions of truth.
Jesus is the judge or the verdict that came
into the natural world that exposed every natural human being’s deeds, thoughts,
and motives, whether good or bad, they were all evil in God’s sight. All natural men have no good motives. He
wants to give all the world His light of truth through Christ for all to live
through, but not all want to listen and obey His light of truth, they still
want to remain in this world, and not be a part of His.
How does a person respond when He comes into them and
exposes their evil sinful nature? They have two responses either they can live
through His truth that exposes God’s work in and through them through His given
Spirit, or they can remain in darkness, and those that remain in darkness or
want to remain in darkness will not like Him. They will persecute the person He
is living in, in some way, not because of them in who they are, but because of
Him in who He is through His Spirit and word.
Jesus explains his motives are different than a natural man's motives no matter how good they may sound to us to his brothers that did
not believe in Him in another conversation God reveals to us through the
records of John.
John 7:3-7 Jesus’
brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your
disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure
acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.
For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore, Jesus told them,
“The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world
cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
We can see Jesus gets persecution from His own brothers
because they are naturally thinking of themselves in their natural state of
mind, so naturally they are seeing Him through their natural views, and
naturally they see Him as they see themselves. They clearly did not know Jesus,
His truth, motives or His deeds. They did not know why His Father sent Him, why His Father was performing all the miracles through
Him, because they had not received His Holy Spirit that gave them the
understanding, so they still had their mind on earthly matters, and not His
Through our natural human light, we will not expose the
evil in us, or in the world for the right reasons, it will always be for vain purposes,
so everyone can see how good we are, or everyone can see how good someone is. Jesus plainly teaches us to be careful not to do our good deeds in front of people so they will be seen by them, or known by them. This His brothers did not understand, and today many have not received this understanding of how He works in and through us.
Mathew 6:1"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven.
People get their rewards from themselves feeling good just like the brothers of Jesus was describing. Jesus knew where and who His rewards came from and no one could ever take them away. He was not trying to make himself look good or feel good, and he certainly was not doing it to make people feel good. He was doing it for His Father and He knew where His rewards came from.
The same words He speaks to us, when we
see Him as only a natural man, or see ourselves as being only a natural person
any time is right for us because we do not expose the evil in the world for the
right reasons it will always be to make ourselves look good, not Him. He does expose
the evil within us and through us in others, and that is why His children get
persecuted as He did. Not because of who they are, but because of who He is.
Up to this point
in time His brothers nor any of his disciples received any persecution that
amounted to anything. When He was arrested, they did, but they scattered like
scared cats being chased by a dog. After He resurrected He gave them His Spirit
of truth, and they endured their persecution as He endured His, because the
Father gave them all they needed as He gave Jesus all He needed.
At some point in our own relationship with Him
we all will experience some persecution if we are growing in Him. Like Him, it
could be from our own personal family members, body of believers, community, friends,
co-workers, government rulers or authorities. God tells us through Luke’s
account of another encounter with persecution Jesus experienced that came from
Luke 4:24 “I tell
you the truth, he (Jesus) continued, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown.”
Luke 4:28 All the
people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove
him out of the town. And took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was
built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowed
and went on his way.
These people were not evil people in their eyes, they all
did good works, were kind to one another, loved life, helped one another, went
to worship in their synagogues, and loved God through man made rules and
Jesus told them the story of Elijah not coming to heal them in the
days of Elijah when God brought severe famine throughout the land, and God only
healed Naaman, a Syrian widow, because she believed Elijah was a man of God.
That is when the Jews in his home town got furious because He was telling them the truth, exposing
their sinful nature going their own way, listening to their own voice, and not
the voice of God seeing Him as He truly was.
Whether they thought they were
good through their own eyes, God did not, nor did His Son. They had no faith in
Him nor in God their Father giving them all they needed, so He left without
performing many miracles. He does the same thing today when we do not see Him
as He truly is.
Through our studying of God’s word today we know why
Jesus got persecuted, and we know why we do, when we walk and talk as He did
He exposes the evil within us and through us as He did. We will have a heart
fully devoted to Him as His first disciples so He can perform many miracles
within ourselves, and through us for others, so people can be drawn to Him?
Will we be like His home town, and see Him in others as a
mere human, and not God living in and through them as they did. Will we want to throw them
off a cliff when they speak His truth to us, kicking them out of our lives
because we chose to live in sin, or accept a lie that is not true.
America, and in our own families it seems we are throwing Him off a cliff, and
keeping what and who makes us comfortable in the world we have chosen to live
in. Paul warns the church body in Thessalonian they will face trials of
persecution and they were destined for the trails because they had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
1 Thessalonians 3:2
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the
gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one
would be unsettled by these trails. You know quite well that we were destined
for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be
be persecuted, and it turned out that way, as you well know.
He will test us
with our children, he will test us with our parents, co-workers, church body,
friends, and where ever he places us in the world if we are speaking and
walking out His word in our daily lives. I hope this will help you past the
test He has given you, and if you don’t remember today is a new day for all to
receive His amazing grace, repent, change your heart to a willing heart
completely devoted to Him so through Him He can work in and through you for
others giving His blessings while you are being persecuted with his signs,
miracles and wonders He can only give as He gave His first church.
come but He gives us all we need of Himself to endure it, just has He did His
First Son, disciples, and apostles that came after, and still are coming and
living through Him on this earth. He gives us a heart to pray for them, and
forgive them as we continue to speak and walk in and through His presence.
If those who are
persecuting us leave our lives, or ask us to leave their lives as they left
Him, or He left them. He will replace anyone or anything we have lost for His
sake with His amazing grace that continually washes over us, not only for us,
but also for them.
All people must surrender their lives to Him to work in
and through, just like all His reborn children that came before us. He will
never give up sending others to speak and walk in front of a person to tell His
truth of grace and salvation if anyone else is not able because they have left, or He has told them to leave. We must always stand firm in His truth no matter
the cost, and not compromise His truth for someone else.
He gives all His reborn children the heart to continually
pray for his lost confused children, and those that persecute us for telling His truth. He will send
others to be the answer to our prayer when we are no longer able to speak His
truth to them. That is how he cares for the lost and confused souls His reborn children care about when He
can’t speak through them. He will send someone else in our place because we continue
to pray for all those who prosecute us because of His Word.
ARE WE CONFORMING TO THE PATTERN OF THIS WORLD, OR HIS
Paul’s letter to the Roman church urges, and beseeches,
“Christians” in the view of God’s mercy, to offer their bodies as living
sacrifices, holy, and pleasing to God. This should be all of God’s humble
children through Christ spiritual act of worship everyday as they live. A
living sacrifice is offered every day one lives, that is why it is called a
living sacrifice because God wants to live in and through His children while
they live now.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies
as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of
The word urge, is used in the NIV, and beseech is used in
the KJV, and this word in the Greek means beg. Paul was begging with all the compassion he
could muster up for the Romans through God’s mercy to offer themselves fully and wholeheartedly as
living holy sacrifices that would please God. That would mean no conforming any longer to the patterns of the world, or for their own desires and will. He was begging them
because he knew if they didn’t they would not be pleasing God, and would not be
made holy in the fullness of God through His Son’s image.
Paul wanted their
minds, hearts, souls, spirit, and body renewed, and transformed by God’s truth,
and He knew if they didn’t give themselves fully to God, He would not live in
and through them for others. Paul knew if they wanted the fullness of God to
live in them as He did through His Son the Romans and all Christians would have
to fully give all of themselves to God.
This is not debatable, or something any of his children
through Christ should be arguing about, this is what all of us should be
offering to God, not a few, but all His children that have been offered God’s
mercy from the Cross should be living out this act of worship to God through
Christ every day of their lives. IF a person has not experienced God’s mercy
from the Cross then they will not know what it means to give their bodies to
Him as a living sacrifice and what that means.
God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus washes over
a person when He draws them to the cross. It takes their weight of their sin
off their shoulders, and washes them clean. His mercy reveals His love for His
Son in their place, and in view of His mercy we repent, give all of ourselves
to God, for His use to work in our body and through our bodies for His purpose.
Paul was telling the first Christians in Rome this was every child of God’s act
of worship. This is the way each of his children worship Him, by giving
themselves to use for Him to speak through, think through, walk through and
live through. Just as He did through His Son He wants to do in and through us. Through
Christ we are one with God as the Son was with God. Why?
Because God has chosen us out of the world to live in His
Kingdom as a people of His very own. We are His offspring, children of the
light, through His first and Holy Son. WE are not greater than Him but we will
be like Him through His Spirit. For Himself God so love the world He sent His
Son to die for us so we could be holy and true through His Son, and He could
have and build a Kingdom all His own.
His Kingdom lives, and thinks totally different than this
world does, and if we do not sacrifice our bodies as a humble child through
Christ our minds will still conform to this world and not be renewed for His
Kingdom, which is holy and only living to please God doing His perfect will,
not our own.
John 18:36 Jesus
said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to
prevent my arrest by the Jews, but now my kingdom is from another place. “You
are a King then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a
king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
How many “Christians” today this moment, truly live on
the side of truth and listen to Him? Jesus Christ is the only human that came
from God, without sin, lived perfectly denying himself, no confidence in his
flesh, bodly speaking and doing God’s will with Joy all the way to the end of
His life to the Cross. Jesus was born from God’s Spirit in the womb of Mary,
for God, and was to be used by God for His purpose of drawing all people to
Himself through His Son.
Through Him we
will be living to please God our Father the same way doing our Father’s will,
for His purpose, denying ourselves, and carrying our cross, through His Spirit
bodly speaking and doing all He did we will do. This will be done with joy because
of all He gives us of Himself will work in us and through us for His purpose,
as the Spirit worked in and through Him, He want to work in and through us.
His Spirit comes
with His joy, and all the fruits of His Spirits were in Jesus are now in us. All
of God’s words are in us, and speaking through us. Paul repeatedly says, not I
but Christ does His work in and through me, I am being offered as His drink
offering pouring out what He pours in so all can benefit from Him. Paul knew
Jesus was in him, doing his work in and through him for His purpose. Paul knew
he was sent the same way Jesus was sent, and through the Same Spirit of truth
that was in Jesus, was in Paul and now He is living in and through us as He
lived in and through Paul. But are we willing to give ourselves up like Paul
Romans 12:2 Do not
conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s
will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How do we test and approve of God’s will? By not willing
to be conformed any longer to this world, and be willing to be transformed by
God renewing your mind. This word conform means to comply with the customs,
views, ways or standards of. The word transform means to transfigure, or change
into. We must get to the end of ourselves and the end of this world if we want
to be his disciples willing to be transformed by His wisdom, and presence. We
must be willing to give up all the patterns of this world so we can be
transformed for His Kingdom.
When we prove to Jesus that we have come to the end of
ourselves and the end of this world He will renew our minds, and we will know
His perfect and pleasing will. Many today are not getting their minds renewed
because they still are conformed to the pattern of this world, and are turning
away from His Kingdom.
Many are not consciously disobeying God, but they don’t
pay attention to God. God tells his children
his instructions, but many do not truly pay attention to Him, not because of
willful disobedience but because they truly do not love Him above all, and do
not respect Him above all. He said, if you love me, you will listen to my
instructions, and if I am your Lord you will listen to me, period. If we truly
love Him and respect Him above all, we will listen to Him above all, and do
what He says above all. God makes it simple, and we make it complicated.
Many think they are living to please God, but their
lives, fruit of their spirit, wisdom, beliefs, and teachings they live by do
not conform to God’s Word through His Spirit of truth. Many live conformed more
to the pattern of this world, and twist it to conform to the pattern they want
to live by and are not willing to be transformed by His Spirit of truth through
His given understanding of His word.
How many of us today are too prideful, and set in our
ways for our minds to be renewed by God? How many of us say, “I have lived this
way all my life and I am not changing it for anyone!” “I have lived and others
have lived this way for centuries what about all those people who have gone
before us, are they wrong? Remember He is a God of the living, and He wants you
to focus on Him, not others who have passed away.
The Holy Spirit desires to renew our minds so we can be
right with God, one with the Father as the Son was with the Father. He does not
take in account what people do when it comes to each of us, or who others
follow above Him when He is speaking to each of us, and He does not want us to
focus on anyone else either. He wants to teach each one of us personally by the
same Spirit and renew each of our minds to the mind of Christ, the same Lord
over all. We do not heed and attain what He says.
John 17:20 “My
(Jesus) prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in
me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are
in me, and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe
that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they
may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to
complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even
as you have loved me.
Through the Son can we only know God’s fullness in His
glory, His unity, His mind, His power, and His love so the world will know God
sent Him to save it. Today there are not many who are One with God as Jesus was
One with God and it has a lot to do with being conformed to the pattern of this
world, and being devoted to other things and people above Him.
He wants all His
children to listen and pay attention to Him and Him alone, as His Son did, and
that is what our Lord wants for us and His Spirit within wants for us. He wants
us to focus on Him so He can work in us, and through us fully as He fully worked
in and through His Son and His other first disciples His word plainly reveals
to all of us. They were all FULL of His Spirit. His children quit listening
only to Him centuries ago, but His children today can change that. He is
constantly wanting to teach His children, and renew their minds, but we
willingly must not want to be conformed to this world. Many “Christians” today, as in Paul’s age, do
not pay attention to what God teaches, they want to live the way that want to and
justify the way they are living as following Christ going His way, when their
way does not reflect His Spirit nor His word.
Many today take away from the gospel message of the
Cross, and add different meanings that nullify the cross, and Jesus says,
remain in me and my word and I will remain in you. Many have wandered away from
His word, so Jesus cannot remain in those as He wants because they do not live
by His instructions through His word.
John 15:7 If you
remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be
given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing
yourselves to be my disciples.
Mathew 10:34 “Do
not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to
bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a
daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother -in-law- a
man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. (Micah 7:6 prophecy)
God is telling us there may be members of our own family
that do not love God above all, they will love this world, the pleasures of
this world, and the pattern of this world more than Him. His sword that divides us is His word, and
there may members of our own household that his children’s enemies because they
do not want to live by His word, they want to add to it, and twist it to suit
their own desires, traditions, ways and their own teachings.
If someone does
not live by His word He knows, no one can hide that from God, it doesn’t matter
how one justifies it, He knows if we truly are following His word or not. God’s
word is what divides us, judges us, and
guides us, strengthens us, and lifts us up. It is the only word that
touches our heart and renews our mind. It lives in us and keeps us actively
moving forever forward toward Him.
Hebrews 4:12 For
the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it
penetrates even to dividing soul, and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts
and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must
Jesus plainly says we are in this world, but because of
Him we are not a part of this world
any longer. Many “Christians” today live by the pattern of this world, and say
they do not, but by their actions, and beliefs they cannot deny it, but they
John 17:14 I
(Jesus) have given them ( disciples) your word and they are not of the world
any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the
world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world,
even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you
sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify
myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Many are comfortable where they are, and do not test
their own actions, motives or why they do things. The Spirit of God continually
test all spirits and judges all motives, and things that we do to keep us right,
and through us to help keep our brothers and sisters right, but we do not pay
any attention to Him. Many read His word, and say it is true, and say they live
by it, but truly many do not. They add to His word, twist His word and then
follow man made traditions and say it comes from God.
1 Thessalonians Do
not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test
everything, Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 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. The one who
calls you is faithful and He will do it.
There are many ways we can put out the Spirits fire, and
many people do not realize it because they do not test everything, they treat
God’s prophecies and instructions with contempt by ignoring His word.
Matthew 15:6b Thus
you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites!
Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“These people honor
me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain;
their teaching are but rules taught by men.”
God speaks to us constantly through these teachings to
renew our minds, to make us holy, and pure so He can work fully in and through
us for His purpose. He wants us to experience the fullness of His Spirit as the
first disciples and apostles did, and clearly many “Christians” today do not
follow their example, or the example of the first churches with God’s many
miracles, signs and wonders as they lived them out then.
Paul was a very prideful Pharisee, he had many
accomplishments, and was looked highly upon by his Jewish family. He was
favored by many in his Jewish community. He had many reasons to have confidence
in his flesh or his own works. Many today think to themselves, or speak out
loud, “What about the church I have been attending all of my life, what about
my friends there, what about all I have accomplished there, would I have to
give up all that to walk, and talk as Jesus walked, and talked?
Paul tells us
he had many reasons to be confident in himself (flesh, works) his religion, and
the popularity he experienced from all his work he did for God. Paul takes it
one step further and says he had more reasons than anyone did to have
confidence in his flesh for all the accomplished work he did all his life
Philippians 3:3 For
it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who
glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh-though I myself have
reason for such confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has reasons
to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eight day, of
the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard
to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic
He was circumcised on the eighth day (lived by
A person born of Israel (God’s first chosen)
from the Tribe of Benjamin (One of the most highly respected, but smallest tribes of Israel)
He was a Hebrew of Hebrews (As far as a Hebrew,
He was on the top of the list)
He was a Pharisee (The Pharisee was a Jewish sect
that started after the Jewish exile. In addition to OT books the Pharisees
recognized orally a tradition and high standards of belief and life. They
sought for distinction and praise by outward appearance, outward forms of
piety, ceremonial washing's, fasting, prayers, and alms giving; and did not show
genuine piety for the widow, poor and fatherless. They prided themselves on
their good works, synagogue meetings and appearance, and their knowledge of
scripture. They held a belief of a Messiah; and Him saving them from death and
hell into Heaven. They possessed great influence with the common people. They
were bitter enemies of Jesus and his cause; and were in turn severely rebuked
by him for many reasons, their excessive desire for wealth, their fear of
losing their popularity with people more than their fear of God, their
ambition, their reliance on outward works, and their affection of piety to gain
He had a great passion for God, by persecuting
Jesus Christ and His church
Lived by the Mosaic Law, living legalistically righteous,
and he did it very well, Paul was good at being good and He took pride in his
righteousness. He was faultless living through the law.
We can see Paul had a lot to boast about, but he tells us
whatever he thought was to his profit in days’ past, he now considered loss for
the sake of Christ. His mind had been completely renewed at the point of this
letter to Philippians. All his ideas, teachings, studies, worldly treasures,
and pleasures he was willing to give up for the sake of Christ.
He goes one more step and tells us not only
did he not profit from those things anymore, he considers everything a loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord, for
whose sake he was willing to lose all things. Today many are not willing to
lose their comfort in this world like Paul was willing, nor the other disciples
and apostles that gave up all they valued in the world that He built His first
Philippians 3:7 But
whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose
sake I have lost all things. I consider
them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a
righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through
faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
Paul considered not only were they no profit but a loss,
and called them rubbish, (manure) compared to what He could gain from Christ
and be found in knowing Him and his Heavenly Father. I can’t imagine Paul’s
father’s response when Paul told his father all of what his father taught him
through the law was manure compared to what He gained knowing Jesus, hopefully he responded toward Jesus, and not away from Jesus.
Paul would have no fear in telling him because he was bold and fearless in speaking God’s truth to
anyone for their benefit. He never would sugar coat God's truth to make it more bearable for someone to swallow, and we should not either. Jesus has a way of working out all of our pride so He can freely speak, and we can freely walk away without any anger or resentment if His truth offends them. Paul was the type that spoke God’s truth when he wrote and when he spoke,
because He had fully given God all of himself and his life to use as He desired.
Paul was willing
to sacrifice all he gained in the world for Christ. He did not want to have a
righteousness of his own that comes from the law, or his own works, but he wanted
the righteousness that came directly from God that came through Christ, by
faith in Him from all Christ was giving Him was much greater than all he had
Paul was willing to lose Jewish friends, Jewish customs, family, his religion, and all his previous thinking. He knew Christ was willing to give Him all, so Paul was
willing to give up all for Christ so His mind could continually be renewed
without any limits. He wanted to experience more of His power through His resurrection
he knew was already in him. Paul could not get enough of what God was willing
to give Him, and we are His children have the same opportunity given to us by our Father through His Son.
Today are we willing not to be conformed any longer to
the pattern of the world like Paul? Are we willing to cut all ties that put out the
Spirits fire from welling up in us to overflowing with His power and grace? Are we willing to be strangers in this world
and be children in His Kingdom?
Worldly trends and patterns are deceiving. Man-made traditions,
no matter how good they sound they will not renew our minds, they will deceive
and enslave us with illusions. God’s truth only renews our mind and transforms us correctly so
He can work in and through us for His purpose. Who is truly willing to give up
all as Paul gave up all to gain more of Him our Lord and Savior for Him to work
in and through us in His full power through His Spirit as He did then?
If you are willing to give up all that is not God’s truth,
He will begin taking you places through His many gifts you might not have seen
within you before. You may see more of His many signs, miracles and wonders as
His first disciples did. You may have to
lose more of this world you may not be willing to give up, but like Paul, what
we think we have now will be of no profit compared to the surpassing knowledge
of knowing more and more of Jesus. He is waiting to prove this to all of us, as
He did then in and through Paul.
Father, help us to completely let go of ourselves, this
world, and all the patterns, and man-made customs it lives by. Help us see your truth that your word plainly reveals, and be bold enough to live it out in our lives. Create in us the desire to be living
sacrifices for you, so you can fully live in and through us continually renewing our
minds so we can live in your perfect will for our lives. We want to know the full power
of your resurrection that redeems us. Help us give up more of ourselves, and turn away from this world so you will increase more in us through your healing power and grace that prepares us for your Kingdom. In
your Sons, Holy name, Jesus Christ, Amen.
ARE WE LETTING OURSELVES BE SENT AS HE WAS SENT?
Are you aware of what you are letting in your mind, what
you believe, and what you follow in the way of wisdom? Jesus continues to tell
us to watch out how we listen, and what we listen to, and to recognize false
teachings so we will not wander away from His truth.
Through His Spirit
continually living in us He will always test, watch, and recognize other
spirits. Through His Spirit we hear his voice He reminds us of His words to His
first disciples. We hear His words as they heard them through His Spirit within
God tells us through His Spirit, we will watch, test,
recognize, correct, rebuke, teach, admonish, encourage, and judge. This too me
is the most important part of His love for us, because He is doing His best to
keep us rightly related to Him, molding us, and shaping us to be a child of His
very own that is pleasing to Him.
Through all His watching, helping us to beware,
testing, recognizing, correcting, rebuking, teachings, admonishing,
encouraging, and judging we are shown truly how much He loves as a good Father,
Lord and friend that He is. Without His Spirit, we would be aimlessly following
any man, woman, philosophy, tradition and basic principle that cheats us from receiving
His truth. We who want to please Him, and do His will for our lives do not want
to be cheated from receiving all He has for us daily!
God says the wisdom and mind of God can only be received
through His Son, and no other truth, way or life can anyone know the mind of
God, the ways of God, and the teachings of God in a deep and most profound
divine and gracious way other than through His Son that He sent to earth for
all to be cleans from their sin by HIS judgment, mercy, and love.
No greater love is shown in the world than Him dying for us, and cleansing
a person's soul of all their sins through his mercy and forgiveness. It is a huge wait many carry around and do not know
the weight of it, until He lifts it. Our Father has made a way for all to be
more sinless by receiving His Son everyday through His Spirit of faith, grace
and wisdom. But sadly many do not know this love, they do not speak of it or show it through their own lives.
God tells us no other wisdom, judgement, or mercy other
than receiving Him through His Son can renew and keep us cleansed by receiving His
righteousness. If a person goes by any other spirit, gospel, or follow any
other way God tells us we will be cheating ourselves from receiving what Christ
the Son and Father have for us. It is amazing that God gives us His awareness
through His Spirit!
Matthew 15:6 Thus you nullify the world of God for the sake of your tradition.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy
and empty deceit according to the tradition of men, according to the basic
principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
This covers all traditions of men, even the “good” basic
principles of the world, what some may call “good” philosophy and “self-help”,
can be deceiving us, so we need to beware of what philosophy, traditions of
men, and basic principles of the world that may be deceiving us that we are
following. Sometimes we are being cheated when we don’t even know it. What are
we supposed to do, and who should we be listening to?
The words of our Father through Jesus that were passed
down through John’s record proclaims the work we must do is to believe in the
one He sent. I truly did not know
believing was a “work”, and it is not meant to be a “work” like we humans think
when we think of “work”. You are given faith and it comes through Christ so to
keep this faith, we have His work he does in us, and through us that keeps us receiving
“John 6:28 Then
they asked him, (Jesus) “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus
answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.
“Believe in the one
He has sent.”
The Father first
sent Jesus Christ as Himself speaking and working through HIM, convicting
the world that is how Jesus kept His faith because God was working in and
through him for others, and that is how we keep our faith letting Him work in
and through us.
John 7:15 The Jews were amazing and asked and asked, “How
did this man get such learning without having studied? Jesus answered, “My teachings is not my own, it comes from him who sent
me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching
comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own gains
honor for himself, but the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing
false about him.
First the Jews were amazed that this carpenter, who was
an ordinary man, not of nobble birth, and who had no “higher learning” would
know such wisdom that He had about God. Jesus studied, but not through the ways of
man, but through the ways of His Father. That is why He tells them my teaching
is not my own, as if to say I did not learn this on my own studying the law, or
the Torah, I was taught by my Father not through rules, and traditions of men.
Then He tells them as He tells us, if any one chooses to do the will of my Father they will know
if what He teaches comes from his human flesh or from God. Then he tells them
the one who speaks on his own, whether it be good or bad, gains honor from
himself, but the one who sent him is
a man of truth, He is free from all false hood meaning he was full of God’s
truth whether it be good or bad, nothing false is in Him.
John 8:15: You judge by human standards; I pass judgement
on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone, I
stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own law, it is written that the
testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other
witness is the Father, who sent me.
This is another proof that Jesus was sent in the world by
God our Father. Jesus boldly told the crowd they judge by human standards,
because at that time no one could judge through the Father no one had the
Father in them to judge through. Jesus tells us he judges no one through his
human flesh but through the ONE who sent
He does not stand alone, and He knows His decisions are right because He
did not make them through his human flesh but He stands by what His Father has
revealed to Him for His will and purpose. He then tells them not only does He
testify his judgment is correct but His Father who sent Him testifies for Him
too, and we know it is through His Spirit.
If Jesus was sent by the Father to judge the world what
does that mean for the first disciples and us when we receive Him? After His resurrection,
Jesus was seen by His disciples on the evening of the first day of the week
when they were together, the doors were locked because they were fearful of the
Jesus came and stood among them and said, just has He says to us today through
His Spirit, when He stands in front of us, as He did His first twelve, did Paul
and all other people that He comes to, after they repent surrendering all of
themselves to Him, and wanting to do His will…..
John 20:21 “Peace
be with you!” AS the Father, has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he
breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his
sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
He gave all the authority to His disciples to forgive
sins through His Spirit as He had to forgive sins, and he told them if they don’t
forgive someone else then that person is not forgiven. This is one of our Lord’s
most powerful statements for His disciples. Who are they that they can forgive
sins? They are just men?
The same thing that was said to Jesus was to be said
to them through His Spirit. They were sent has He was sent. For a person who has repented and
received His Spirit He will give them the understanding of what these words
mean, and we see it through all the disciples in how they changed when they
received the Spirit of truth we too get that same understanding of His word,
who He is why He was sent, and we are sent for the same purpose and reason He
They would know the Father comes in them through His
Spirit and lives in them and through them as He did in Jesus. He testifies for
us, He judges through us, He heals physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually
us as He did them, and through us and He did through them.
They knew their decisions were right because they were
His decisions revealed to them. The same way Jesus knew His decisions were
right because the Father revealed them to Him, Jesus now was revealing His
decisions through them.
Jesus did nothing on his own, He spoke what His Father
told Him to speak, and it was the same for the disciples, they too spoke what
their Father told them to speak and they did nothing on their own.
As the Father held up Jesus to stand firm, He now held up
the disciples so they could stand firm. They lived out their lives in Him by
all He had given them through His Word to follow Him, His life, crucifixion and
resurrection through that same power that was in Him was now in them. God our
Father sent them the same way He sent Jesus to draw more people to Him and the
Father and through His Spirit, power, miracles, signs and wonders they all did.
Jesus is sending us the same way through His breathed in
Spirit that is like the wind, we do not know where He comes from, what he is
going to say, or where he is going to walk we just follow and hear His voice
telling us what He wants us to speak, and how to walk. Jesus was focused on His Father so the Father
could reveal His truth, and through Jesus we too are focused on the Father so
He can reveal what we need to speak and how we are to walk.
We are sent through His judgment into the world just as
He was sent with His Father’s true judgment, rebukes, encouragement, love, gentleness,
kindness, and the fruits of His Spirit into the world, and His judgment is
given out of love, for our benefit in making us right and true through His
Spirit, for His sake in making a Kingdom of His very own, and through us for
all to benefit from.
Many in the world today, and in his "church" do not listen to Him, as they did then. Before
the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were stubborn to believe He had
risen after Mary had told them. Jesus knew they were being stubborn and he was
not afraid to tell them, and today many are being stubborn after many of his
children speak His truth to them.
There is nothing Jesus could do for the
stubborn people that remained stubborn, but He still rebuked them regardless
because He loved them and wanted them to know that a stubborn heart against God’s
truth will cause them not to receive what He has for them. His rebuke is a good
thing, and only those who are not proud will except His rebuke. They were
cheating themselves holding on to their stubborn hearts from receiving His
Mark 16:14 Later Jesus
appeared to the Eleven as they were eating: he rebuked them for their lack of
faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had
Sadly, His Spirit is grieving today as He did when some
of the church went in the wrong directions as some of his disciples went and
quit following him because it became to hard, and one did betray him and we see
how that ended. I do not see the majority of His church today as the New
Testament church following His life, crucifixion, resurrection.
have followed, and allowed more man-made traditions, different philosophies,
molding God and Jesus the way they want to, interpreting His word the way they
want to, twisting it to suit their own life styles, continually sinning, not
changing, but have a form of Godliness but not by His power.
I do not see the “church”
today as the first church willing to change and do His will being sent as He
was sent. The majority are sent, by their own power, for their own reasons,
going their own ways, and many do not realize it.
If we are aware of any teaching, man-made traditions, philosophy,
or basic principles of the world we are following that is not based on Jesus
Christ, he gives us repentance. I will end with His repentance available for
all of us to receive and begin again, or for the first time, asking Him to
forgive us, and letting go of all that is not truly Him.
Those who have ears, let them hear what His Spirit speaks, unclog your ears, be willing to do His will for your life, and give up your stubborn hearts. His Spirit speaks what His life and words speaks, there is no difference. He
is waiting for his sons and daughters to come to Him, and give up all that is cheating them from receiving the fullness of Him. We who are truly His do
not ever want to cheat ourselves in receiving more of the fullness of Him; He never quits giving!
May His fullness dwell in our hearts everyday growing now and forever!
ARE WE BECOMING “SOUL EQUAL” TO CHRIST?
As I live
and breathe through His Spirit He has given me the mind to wonder, and ponder
all things in myself, and around the world as He does in all His true children.
On this earth, I see many do, speak, and love for many purposes, and “for
goodness sake” but is it for His sake? How can our souls be soul equal to Christ? Soul equal is mind equal. Many of us think we are going in the right direction, but are we?
Proverbs 16:2 All a man’s ways seem
innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
human being’s way may seem innocent, but a natural person’s motives are never
for God’s sake in why a person will do anything. That is why Jesus came,
through His Spirit a human being’s soul, spirit and body will be reborn with
His motives lived out in and through them for others for our Father’s sake. The
Holy Spirit lives for the Father’s sake and for His interest in other souls.
Today as it
was in Paul’s time there are not many who live through God’s interest in other
souls. Jesus Christ is the only human being that had the right motives for the
Father’s sake, that is why when we have faith in Him, as Paul did, all our
motives will be changed into the right one’s for God’s sake or the Son’s sake,
it will not be for any other reason.
(NIV)Philippines 2:21 I have no one else
like him, (Timothy) who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone
looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
(KJV) For I have no man likeminded, who
will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things
which are Jesus Christ.
“likemined” is translated into the Greek word isopsuchos, and this word is used only in this scripture. Many other words are used with like
mindedness that represent same thinking and understanding but this word means
something different, it’s definition reflects the soul.
definition is “equal in soul”. Those who are in Christ know they need to seek
the same mind set, and they know they can only do that through Him as He gives
them the understanding of God and Himself through His Spirit that teaches them
and gives them the understanding of His word.
This word, isopsuchos, means “soul equal” meaning
no other person was interested in other souls, only Timothy. That is the only
welfare in others our Lord Jesus was interested in.
If a person
remains in Him their interest first will be in their own soul giving all to
please Him for His sake. When God begins to work in a person through His Spirit, they will submit all to Him,
then He will work through that person for other souls to be drawn to Him for
His Sake so they too can begin submitting all to Him. This happens to each child that fully surrenders to God. Once you have surrendered all you then will be “equal in soul” as Christ
was. Not many today want to surrender all, and this is what Paul experienced building the first churches as we do today.
He will be
above all in your life, as the Father was in the life of Jesus and all who came
after that wanted all of what He had in Holiness and goodness He could only
give. This depends on each person in what they are willing to give up for His
They will be
“soul equal” to Christ and fight the fight of faith in Him giving their soul
what it needs every day, and through them He will give what others souls need
around them. All His children should be growing more, and more “soul equal” in
Christ, and through Christ pouring out what He as put in, as each live in and through Him for His other children, or for the lost to know Him.
their health, not their families love, not their friends love, not pleasures of
this world, not their homes, not their fields, not their jobs, not their
success, not their income but their own souls and the souls of others will be
their main interest because that was, and still is His main interest. That is why Jesus said, “What good is it to gain the whole world
and forfeit your very soul. (Mark 6:36) He main interest was the souls of people, and redeeming them.
telling the church in Philippi he had no one like-minded, or soul minded that he
could send, but Timothy, at the time this letter to the Philippians was written.
Paul saw, and heard everyone else was looking out for their own interest, and
not for the interest in other “souls” being equally “soul minded” like their
Savior Jesus Christ, but Timothy.
Today I see the same people Paul saw, me
first, as Paul saw himself first, through what Jesus revealed to him, through
God’s Holy Spirit of Jesus. Then Paul saw through the Spirit of Jesus that was in Him others that
put their interest before His, and did not have interest in souls being soul
minded as Jesus was, only Timothy.
Their motives were for the wrong reasons as
to why they were doing what they were doing. It was not for Jesus’s sake, and
through the Holy Spirit working in and through Paul He saw they had their own
interest in mind for their own sake, and for the sake of others, so their mind
had no “soul” interest. Those who have fully surrendered to Christ today, as
Paul had fully surrendered to Christ in his day, see today in God’s church what
Paul saw in his day through the Same Spirit. His church is lacking “equal soul”
minded people interested in other soul's as their Savior through His
Here are a
few of His words that may help you realize who, and what you should be living
for, and it is not for your sake, or for the sake of others, it is for His
sake. Anyone can be complete in Him for their own benefit in being whole and
true to themselves through the same Spirit of Christ and have His interest in
other souls, so through you He can lead others to Him. Only through Him can a
person be right and true, and through them He will be drawing people to Him for
His sake in saving their souls, and through him souls matter, and they will
matter to his children because of Him.
He gets the
glory and the praise for all He has done in and through us for others. It is
not I, and for my sake, and for others sake that I live, but Christ lives in
and through me for His Father’s sake, and we give all glory to the Father and
the Son for what they did for us as One God, through His Life-giving Spirit.
Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves his
father or mother more than me (Jesus) is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his
son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take
up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever loses his life for MY SAKE
will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives
the one who sent me.
Matthew 19:28 Jesus said to them, “I
tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on
his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelves
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses
or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children of fields for MY SAKE
will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But man,
who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for CHRIST’S SAKE, I delight in weaknesses, in
insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak,
then I am strong.
receive many revelations from God through all these words He has given us to
learn about Him from as He gives us the understanding of them. Today many
people are loving people this is true, but many people are truly not loving God
above all and losing their lives for HIS SAKE, but we can repent, as Paul
repented, all the others that followed Him repented, and I repented and began a new life in Him, you can too!!
The word sake in the Greek language is heneka, and it sounds like hen'-ek-ah, and it means "on account of." You can replace "sake" with "on account of." This is what a true Christian does when they truly have given their lives to Christ as Savior, Lord and Father truly wanting to please Him. The Spirit will guide them in doing all things for the sake of Jesus. If you are not I can fearlessly say He is not leading you. On account of Him all followers of Christ are willing to give up all things for His sake, just like He did for His Father, we do for Him and the Father.
I will quit smoking "on account of" Christ has asked me too.
I will quit smoking for "His sake" because he asked me too.
I will sacrifice my body to him "on account of" Christ has asked me too.
I will sacrifice my body to for "His sake" because Christ asked me too.
I will not love anything, or anyone of this world more than Him "on account of" Christ asked me not too.
I will not love anything or anyone of this world above Him for "His sake" because Christ asked me not too.
I can do all things He has asked me to do for His sake, or on account of what He has given me of Himself to do it!
He speaks these words to us personally as well as through the Bible. The Spirit speaks to us the same words that are in His Bible, and they are lived out, and heard daily. His voice is clear coming from within in a way that goes beyond our own understanding, and we know His voice. His voice will always lead us in the right direction, and His Bible explains what He is saying within us always through his life, crucifixion and resurrection. The Spirit lived out His life, crucifixion, and resurrection and through us He does the same.
We continue to repent when he pricks our heart when we are going in the wrong direction in word, thought, or deed. We begin sinning less, and changing into more of his soul equal.We who
are in Christ can continually be “soul equal” as Christ was, making our souls our first agenda in being well with Him, and through Him His interest will poor out of us for other souls being well with Him.
He wants to work in us and through us today as He did in and through His first disciples and
apostles that received Him. When we begin, and keep decreasing He will begin, and keep increasing in us, and then pour out to others.
our soul, and life for His Sake is what all of us must do to receive what He
has waiting for us, holding for us, and wanting us to have. Through His Spirit
we can only receive His knowledge of His love He has for His Father and His
Father’s love He has for Him, that surpasses any understanding of our own so we
can be interested in souls for His sake. If you have no desire to care for other souls then your relationship with Him is not the most important.
When we each
get to the end of ourselves in knowing we cannot be, or do all of what we are
supposed to on our own we will delight in our weakness for His sake, because we
know through our weaknesses we will receive His Spirit giving us what we need
to make us strong, and Him always getting the glory for our strength.
For me, I
am weak in all ways, and I am delighted to be weak in all ways, so in all ways He gives what I need to be and do for His
Sake, so I can find my true self, and the life He has planned for me. I have no pride in my flesh, nor self-pity, and that is the miracle of Him within any human being, to be completely free for Him to give, work and pour out into the world. Sadly not all in the world want or like what He gives, and that is because He exposes all evil,not many want their evil exposed, not many can give up all, and not many can love Him above all.
Many today do not realize when someone puts something, or someone above Him that is evil through God's eyes. When someone follows another wisdom other than His that is evil through His eyes. When someone rejects His ways and teachings that is evil through his eyes. When someone does not acknowledge Him that is evil through His eyes.
When a true child is close to Him He will prick their hearts each time they begin doing or following any of these teachings or ways. If a person keeps ignoring him after a while they will become numb to his pricking of their heart. Not because He has left them but because they quit listening to Him.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
Each obstacle, and trail is apart of his work on our way to completing ourselves as we live, and belong to Him. His work in and through us never will end on this earth until our body dies. You and I being obedient to all He ask is the key that opens the flood gates of His presence increasing as our journey is lived out. Those who are His true children never will fear Him exposing their evil, they want their evil to be exposed so they can live for His sake, and through His power they know He can defeat any evil that is within them.
Being a true child of God does not mean they are perfect people, it means they trust Him showing them and teaching them how their souls can be. He reveals in each person, and through each person all of what does not please Him, as well as what does, then a true child of God will follow His instructions through His power His Spirit can only give. All this is lived out through His Spirit. This was proven first through Him, and all others that followed Him, and now He proves this truth in His children today.
Take every sin to Him for His sake, and not for your sake, for your parents sake, for your children's sake, for your friends sake, for popularity sake, for your health's sake, but for HIS SAKE, and He will give you what you need of Himself to end it. Commit every deed you do to Him
for His sake.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Take every wisdom you follow to be His, not man's for His sake.
Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
body and commit it to Him for His sake.
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.
Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ from the power He has given for His sake, and you will receive what He has waiting for you.
2 Corinthians 10: 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
If you have not done this, or began practicing these teachings of our LORD through His Holy Spirit's lead you can begin any time. Ask Him to forgive you for not giving Him your all, not putting Him first, or not beleiving He can defeat all the evil you are living in and through whether it is another wisdom, deception, or illusion that keeps you from receiving His truth He has for you.
He is faithful and He will complete every work you need within you, and through you for others to be drawn to Him. It is always up to us to attain what He teaches us, and not return to the evil we once followed that kept us from receiving more of Him.
He is waiting for you, ask Him to forgive you for not losing all things and ways within yourself for His Sake, and begin losing all of yourself for His Sake,
and never quit losing yourself for His sake, and what you gain will surpass all
you have lost because it was for His Sake! Your soul will begin and end being equal to His as long as you remain in Him, He will remain in you!