Most professing believers are yet carnal and have not been born again, but are dressing up as Christians. They have all of the right code words and phrases, they know what the Bible says, they may even have false spiritual gifts, but they do not have the life of Jesus Christ within. It is all emulations, a work of the flesh.
All around the world, people are claiming their right to God's inheritance. "I am a King's Kid! I am blessed and not cursed! I am the head and not the tail!" Yet, they are merely exalting themselves. Not having sought the genuine authority & anointing of the Lord, they are moving out in their own power to make of themselves some great one before the people.
If you would attack the breaches in your own soul with as much vigor and tenacity as you attack the perceived breaches in the souls of others, then not only would you be delivered, you would be able to bring deliverance to those whom you think need it so badly.
The same God who said that He is the Prince of Peace said that He came not to bring peace, but a sword. The same Savior who said to honor your mother & your father said that He has come to set at odds a man from his parents. God's priority is not to bring or keep families together. This doesn't mean that God doesn't care about our families. I am saying that God's objective is to bring people into HIS family.
One of the affects of spiritual sodomy is people having unhealthy, inordinate, unGodly, enslaving soul ties to those they deem to be leaders in the church. A lot of this stems from a failure to understand not only who the church is, but who the head of the church is. The only person the Christian is exhorted to follow at all times and in all things is Jesus Christ.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Remember the exuberance and excitement you had when you first got saved? Everything looked brand new; it seemed as if you never really noticed the beauty of creation all around you. You just knew that if people only understood the truth that Jesus as Lord God had died to set them free from sin & bondage, they would all come running. Who wouldn't want to be free? Who wouldn't want to be delivered? Who wouldn't want to be loved and accepted in the Beloved? Apparently a lot of folks.
A number of believers mistakenly believe that if they tell people Truth, then the people will turn to Christ. They are then unprepared for the rejection and contempt which often comes their way when they do. They do not understand that most people really do not want Christ at all; they want their own way. They want to do what they want to do...without anyone saying anything about it.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:16-21
Sunday, February 23, 2014
What is truth?
"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all." John 18:37-38
When Pilate stood before Jesus, preparing to condemn Him to death, he was standing in front of the manifestation of Truth; yet, he still could not see it. This is exactly what people do today. They are presented face-to-face with the truth, but would rather debate about it rather than submit to it. Why is this? Because they are not of the truth; they have no heart to hear it, but are dull of hearing (Proverbs 17:16; Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27; Hebrews 5:11).
We need to understand that the truths of God are not debatable. He is Sovereign and is the Creator & Judge of all. He does not request nor need our validation of His truths; they stand sure whether we agree with them or not. No matter how clever or intellectual a position may seem, it is only the carnal mind which rejects the truth of God in favor of leaning to his own understanding (Proverbs 3:5; I Corinthians 2:4-5; James 3:15). This is why it is futile to strive with others about the truth; unless God gives one eyes to see, one will not see no matter how long the discussion.
The truth is not our opinion and not even what we may believe. You will only find truth when the word of God and the Spirit of God are in agreement (Psalm 119:33; Psalm 138:2; John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 17:17; I John 5:6). It is not enough to have some personal interpretation of Scripture, nor is it enough to have some word from some spirit. The words from God - whether written or spoken - are inspired by the same God and will never contradict each other (II Thessalonians 2:15). Only the Word of truth and the Spirit of truth in alignment confirm what is true.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Most of us have heard enough of the word of God to understand what it means to be saved. While many are full of the letter, too many have yet to become living epistles written by the Holy Spirit and read of all men (II Corinthians 3:2-3). We have learned enough to spot what is wrong, but few have been spiritually empowered to impact what is wrong. It is not enough for us to simply know what is right; we must be transformed to "become" what we "know" in order to reach others.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you." II Corinthians 4:7-12
We do realize that this is the goal, right? God is not after us just having a bunch of head knowledge and serving as fruit-checkers examining the lives of others, but for us to actually have our lives poured out to be the hands and feet of Christ in the earth so that others may be saved.
Can we honestly look at our lives and see anyone who has been impacted by our zeal for Christ? Has anyone been set free from darkness through our witness for Him? If so, then praise God! If not, then even our vast knowledge is dead, because every living thing produces after its own kind. At this late hour we cannot afford to be a sounding gong with no real Godly power. You can only talk about what is wrong for so long before wondering whether you have been made an instrument of God's deliverance, for that is what counts.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
You try to talk about basic Bible truths with her, and the response is honestly just incoherent. There are lots of religious sounding phrases, but an inability to deal with or acknowledge the simple truths of God. The Scripture uses the phrase "great swelling" words, which is the Greek word hyperogkos meaning overswollen.
The words are "great" because they sound really impressive and holy, but they are "swelling" because they have no substance. Just as a balloon fills up and swells with air, the words are puffed up. As a result of having been infected by the wrong spirit, the person's mannerisms and speech have become affected. In general, it is evidence of one who has been filled with head knowledge, yet not been transformed in heart to become what they have learned (II Timothy 3:6). Such is a deadly combination.
"Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth." I Corinthians 8:1
I am sure you have probably had similar discussions:
Statement: "You know, the Bible says that we must flee fornication and all sexual immorality."Now my example may be an exaggeration (though not by much), but the point is that people's minds are going deep into insanity in religion and only the Lord Jesus can bring them back. Such persons can never address the Scriptures, instead they simply espouse religious jargon as if such renders Scripture invalid. And for the record, let me just state that "the gifts of the Lord being without repentance" is not a cover for disobedience.
Response: "I'm blessed & highly favored, praise God! God is moving and advancing His Kingdom!"
Statement: "But God wants to purge us from all uncleanness. He says here that we must repent and turn away from sin.
Response: "Hallehujah! God has me! The gifts of God are without repentance!"
The religious arena is not just a nice place people go to find God. It is a snare set up by Satan to keep people from God and yoked to the personalities of men. Again, I say, this is terrifying!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In regards to the last days, the Scriptures say specifically that a man's enemies will be "they" of his own household (Matthew 10:36). It also says that "they" will deliver you up to be persecuted, to be arrested, to be judged, and to be killed (Matthew 10:16-26; John 15:20). The one who lifts his hand up against you will be nothing less than your own familiar friend (Psalm 41:9).
Why do "they" do this? Because the light of Christ removes the cover for sin. It is Christ and His righteousness which causes the affront.
"But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin." John 15:21-22
Further, I would venture to say that it is not even the person primarily who fights against you in such cases but it is the unclean spirits which have them bound.
Amos 3:3). I am not talking about being sinless. I am speaking about not being in covenant with sin.
There are only two types of people in the world; those who are being purged from sin unto holiness and those who are being ensnared by sin unto reprobation. People will appear to walk right alongside you in the faith up until you reach the small gate and the narrow road. There, you will part ways.
The question we must all consider is, "Which road are we on?" Are we on the narrow road which sanctifies us from the world or are we on the broad road which creates commonality with the world? Not only will the condition of our own souls reveal to us the truth, the Scriptures say that those who stay on the broad road will eventually find themselves fighting against God and His Church, erroneously thinking that they are doing God a favor (John 16:2).