Wednesday, November 30, 2022

True Love and Resentment

 Jesus taught His disciples to love those who do not love them. The secret to not growing weary in loving those who do not love you is to remember that Jesus both taught and did it Himself. 

Our love for Him who "first loved us" is the refreshment we drink in when our good is returned with evil or when those whom we love are oblivious to how unloving they are towards us. 

Ultimately, everything we do or do not do is between us and Jesus, not us and anyone else. 

When we withhold love from others who do not love us, because we feel rejected by them, taken advantage of, or used, then we are failing to put Jesus first. We are failing to abide in Him. 

When we fail to love those by whom we feel unloved, we are making a choice to stop following Jesus. 

When we choose to give our time, favors, service, and resources only to those who return it then we are closing our ears to the voice of Jesus. For Jesus said, "Give to those who cannot repay you" and, "If you love only those who love you then what are you doing more than sinners"?

Guard your hearts against resentment. You may pour yourself out on behalf of others who take your sacrifices for granted, who may not even remember your favors, who cannot cheerfully reciprocate the love you show to them, who grudgingly lend you a hand when in need: but who are you serving? Yourself or Jesus? We begin to serve Jesus when we seek nothing but Him. We begin to follow Jesus when we seek nothing but His fellowship in return. 

What is resentment? Resentment is the door to bitterness. It is the silent rehearsal of your sacrifices, your favors, your labors for others who do not acknowledge them, who do not return them, whom you receive nothing but heartache and disappointment from. 

Resentment is the heaviness you experience when your feelings blind you to Jesus, who was despised and rejected of men. 

Resentment is carrying with you what you didn't receive from others when you feel they should have given it to you. 

Resentment is the result of serving others while expecting similar recompenses for your service and not getting it. 

When you feel resentment in your heart you must repent for being selfish. Again, resentment is the door to bitterness. 

You may reply, "Well I have done this, and that, and countless other things for those ungrateful wretches, why should I repent"? 

Because Jesus called you to serve Him, not them! He called you to follow Him, not after rewards or recompense. Because Jesus, your Master and Friend, gave you an example that you should even follow in His steps. Why should you repent? Because you have been called to be like Jesus, not like the sinful world who only loves those who loves them and who gives to those from whom they hope to receive again. 

The cure to all resentment is Jesus and His cross.

Beware of imaginations that feed resentment. Beware of nursing the pain you feel when others do not reciprocate your sacrifices, favors, and service by rehearsing them in your mind. 

Jesus warned, "And because iniquity shall increase the love of many shall grow cold". The world's love is already cold! He was warning the church! Perhaps nothing cools the love of God in man more than rehearsing injuries.

We shouldn't rehearse injuries we receive and we shouldn't rehearse our sacrifices for others or our lack of sacrifices. What we ought to rehearse is the sacrifice of the precious Lamb of God who constantly, consistently, from the heart, gave Himself completely in love to His disciples, to all who would believe in Him through their word, and even for His enemies.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Worldly shame and beauty in God's eyes

Men and women: You do not need to get breast, buttock, lip or any kind of implants or face lifts for God to love you, to enter into the kingdom of God, to please God or to have any kind of impact on His kingdom. 

In fact, it grieves God that you are killing yourself with the shame, pride and competition that this vain, corrupt and debased world and false church has placed upon you. 

Furthermore, God would have you use your health, time, and resources towards causes that He supports. He doesn't judge your beauty based upon outward appearance. He judges your beauty based upon meekness, kindness, gentleness, charity, humility, faithfulness, self control, peacefulness, patience and upon anything that resembles Christ. 

If you stretch forth your hands to help the orphans, widows, the lost, the hungry, thirsty, naked, lonely, and to others who are afflicted, instead of reaching for your credit card to pay for plastic surgery, implants, and other destructive and selfish inventions that harm you and defraud the helpless poor, then you will be blessed by God and will be worshipping Him in the beauty of His holiness. 

Let go of the world's shame, self glorification and vanities to lay hold of Christ.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The cross is always ready

 There is no holier way than the royal way of the cross. 


The cross isn't given to justify self but to glorify God.


The cross kills self, not others around it.

 

The cross is not something that randomly happens to you. The cross is something that Jesus gives to those who are truly devoted to Him. 


The cross doesn't deal with the individuals who injure you. It deals with what is inside of you that would cause you to retaliate when injured. 


The cross isn't about what evils others have done to you but about what God is able to do through you, in them, as you patiently endure those evils. 


Sometimes, the greatest difficulty in bearing the cross is not the pain it causes you, but the pain it causes others. Truth hurts.


In the cross is intimacy with Jesus. In the cross is fullness of joy. In the cross is victory over sin, the world, and death.


The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1). 


Jesus said, "If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me".


When others have slandered you, betrayed you, rejected you, cursed you, and hurt you again and again, but then reach out to you in their need how do you feel? What is your first inclination? Is it to "cut them off" to "shun them" to "give them a piece of your mind disguised as a loving rebuke"? Do you seek to devise a way for them to experience the pain and grief that they have caused you? Do you feel inclined to treat them the way that they treated you? As they have hurt you do you desire to hurt them? 


That is the way of the world. Those are the thoughts and feelings of those who do not know God. For the apostle said, "The world through its wisdom did not know God" (1 Corinthians 1) but Jesus said, "Father the world has not known you but I have known you and these have known that you sent Me" (John 17). Jesus embraced the cross, however foolish the world may judge it. He knew and has proven throughout the ages by the cross, that the foolishness of God is wiser than men. 


Jesus is the Wisdom and Power of God (1 Corinthians 1). What if Jesus replied to you the way He did to others in Scripture:


(You) That man over there grabbed my stuff and ran off with it all . . .


(Jesus) “Do not ask for him to return it”. (Luke 6:30)


(You) Master, speak to my brother that he divides the inheritance with me.


(Jesus) Man, who hath appointed me judge, or divider, over you? Take heed and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of things which he possesses (Luke 12:14-15).


(You) Lord, how often shall my brother do something to offend me, and I forgive him? till seven times?


(Jesus) I say not to you, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times (Matthew 18:22).


(You) My wife left me. Shall file for divorce and find another wife?


(Jesus) Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committs adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committs adultery. Remain alone or wait to be reconciled. (Mark 10:11-12; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 7:11).


(You) That man over there spit in my face and punched me. What should I do if he does it again?


(Jesus) Resist not evil…If someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him also the other (Matthew 5:38-39). 


(You) I just labored night and day for these people and they are taking advantage of me and filing an unjust lawsuit. 


(Jesus) If any man will sue you through the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also.


(You) Those men bombed some of our stations and buildings! What shall we do?


(Jesus) Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…For if you love them which love you, what reward do you have (Matthew 5:44, 46, Luke 6)?


(You) Those who belong to the religion of that country and the atheists in the other country are oppressing those who don’t agree with them. Shall we go to war to correct them?


(Jesus) Nay, but go teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matthew 28:20; 1 Timothy 6:1).


After reading this counsel from Jesus’ words does the Wisdom of God seem foolish to you? Think of it--you sought Jesus for "justice" and He gave you a cross. Jesus is the Wisdom of God. Does it seem unfair, unjust, unrighteous? He is the righteousness of God. There is a way that seems right to a man but it ends in death, and seeking justice “eye for eye & tooth for tooth” is "right" in that it comes out equal, but that is not the righteousness of Christ, nor the Wisdom of God. That provides no cure for evil, it only aggravates or at best, bridles the evil. The only cure for evil is overcoming evil with good, and instructing others on how to accomplish that by the foolishness of living and preaching the Gospel (the above counsel).

Monday, April 18, 2022

Christ is all.

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1-2).

AMEN, and when He said, "seek those things which are above" he was sure to add, "where Christ sits ". He was careful to not mislead the appetites of the carnally minded when he added, "where Christ sits". He didn't want them to turn from earthly objects to heavenly objects, for that would only be cloaking a carnal mind with a heavenly garb. The emphasis is where Christ sits. 

He seemed to be leading us to seek a plurality by using the word "things" but his message was very singular when he said, "where Christ sits". 

Need wisdom, lack power, do you desire to know the humility and personality of the Eternal Self Existent One? Christ is the "wisdom" and "power" of God, the very "brightness of God's glory and the express image of His nature, authority, and character". For this reason the angels never cease crying out "Holy", for in that eternal and heavenly abode they do not cease beholding Him who sits on the throne. We too would cry with them if we would but seek Him, find Him, and set our affections upon Him.

Paul began with a clarion call to turn our gaze upwards to Christ Himself, in pursuit of Him and then for all to set their affections on things above, namely, those things only found in Him, while seeking Him. 

For that is the natural flow for all true Christian experience. First a seeking, a seeking that is singular in nature. Then a finding of what was sought, which always leads to an inward arousal of affections fixed solely upon the single object of desire, even Christ Himself.

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Presence of God and Spiritual Senses

"Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down" (Isaiah 64:1)!

Come down from where? Does God come down from where He is or to where He is? Where is He? Is God up there but not down here? What did the prophet mean by "Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down"? If He left heaven, then He was no longer there. If He was no longer there, then He was no longer on the throne. If He was no longer on the throne, then would not the angels have ceased to cry out, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord GOD Almighty”, although they cease not night and day to utter these praises?

The awestruck Psalmist expressed, what was to him, the wonder that is God. He lovingly gazed upwards and said, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him” (Psalm 8:3-4)? No doubt that these holy Spirit inspired words are true, no exaggeration, and more than just a reflection of one’s imagination; these words conveyed an intimate glowing inward reality sparked by Divine visitation but in what way was the Psalmist’s wonder ignited? How did God visit Him? Did God rend the heavens and come down as some flash of lightning before His eyes, shaking the earth beneath his feet? Did God step out of eternity into time, out of spiritual into material, out from His throne down to His footstool to visit him, for the prophet did say, "Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest” (Isaiah 66:1)? While the Psalmist’s prophetic insights were fulfilled in Emmanuel, God with us, the word made flesh, there was indeed a secret, an experience unveiled only to broken and contrite souls, who tremble at God’s words (Isaiah 66:2). This was the secret of the presence of God.

Shall God travel? If so, how long will it take Him? Shall He go from point “A” to point “B”? If God can travel, then He can be measured and if He can be measured then He is a finite being. In many places throughout Scripture God is doing something in one place and visiting another, yet how can this be? The all-consuming reality and joy of all creation is that God is everywhere present, in all places, all the time and that there is no distance between visitations and events where God is, for God is everywhere.

Solomon declared, "But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built” (2 Chronicles 6:18)! God cannot be contained therefore He cannot be measured, and He cannot travel anywhere because everywhere God is. God never travelled from one place to another; He never literally left His throne, heaven is not literally a place where God sits down, and the Earth is not a literal place for Him to rest His feet. With God, distance, time, and any increment of measurement is needless, for, “He fills all in all (Ephesians 1:23); God travels nowhere when He “visits”; rather, every visitation, encounter, etc., is simply God manifesting Himself. The Psalmist understood this. He cried, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).

When the prophet called upon God to rend the heavens and to come down, he was calling on God to manifest Himself, and that to a rebellious people, whose righteousness was as filthy rags. He was calling on God to make His presence known, so that insensible creatures could be made aware of Him, and feel the pain of their revolt, and learn to hate it and to depart from it by the fear of God inspired by His presence. Not only that, but more so that a spark of diligence would ignite into a hot pursuit of God, that they would truly find Him, and having found Him, to love Him.

The apostle exhorted a wayward church who had drifted away from God, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). They didn’t drift away from God by inches, feet, or miles but through their sins they lost touch with the sensible presence of God. They were becoming so insensitive to God’s feelings, presence, and thoughts that the apostle used bold expressions to call them to repentance, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4)!

When we are truly born again our senses are awakened and made alive by the Spirit through regeneration, to perceive and to know God. God manifests Himself to those who humbly place all their trust in Him for salvation. This is the promise of the new covenant. Our sins and our lawless deeds are remembered no more, and the forgiveness we have received is realized by the presence of God within. There is an internal rest, an enduring peace, hope and joy, and a loving nature emerges. At last, the life of Jesus is brought forth. We learn to intimately perceive what God loves and what God hates not merely because we read about it but more importantly because we have personally felt it deep within our inner being. Our senses have come to life through the new birth, but our senses must be further trained to mature in Christ. Many content themselves only with a momentary, a “way back when”, “a several years ago” elapsing encounter with the living God. The manifest presence of God has become for them, at best, more of a cherished memory rather than the life-giving reality burning inside. They remain babes, not weaned from the milk, spiritual dependents who have not pressed on to perfection. “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14).

Not that mature believers do not need Christ’s gifts to the church i.e., apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, but that they cannot relate to the words of John, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20). For this reason, the apostle did not cease to pray for the church, “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:15-17). This was a church that was saved by grace through faith, who were once past feeling, enemies of God through wicked works, dead in trespasses in sins, yet, his ceaseless prayer for them was that God would grant to them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The Greek word for revelation used here is pronounced ap-ok-al'-oop-sis, meaning manifestion, disclosure, be revealed, and the Greek word for knowledge is pronounced ip-ig'-no-sis meaning to know fully. The apostle was pleading with God to grant to the church manifestation of Himself that they might know Him fully, not merely through letters, sermons or others gifts, but through inward personal experience, that, the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened, that they would know what is the hope of their calling, and what is the glorious inheritance they have saints. That they would know these things intimately and fully. Notice, that the apostle translated God manifesting Himself to His church, as eyes being opened. It is not God who is absent, away, or distant, but that we have become insensible to Him. We have lost pursuit of God. The prevenient grace of God aroused our hearts to search for the meaning of life, to feel the guilt of our sins, our rejection of God’s righteousness, and the judgement that awaited us if we did not change. We then began to seek the LORD if haply we might feel after Him, though He wasn’t far from every one of us: for in Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:27) but life happens, distractions arise, doubts and fears assail, and we get off course, as did the Jewish church to whom James wrote his severe exhortation and we are told, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). God was with the patriarch Jacob his entire existence, for God is everywhere and nowhere is He not but it wasn't until God manifested Himself to Jacob in a dream that his inner senses were awakened by that manifestation so that he said in Bethel, "Surely God is in this place and I knew it not" (Genesis 28:16).

The presence of God, the manifestation of God, is what awakens our spiritual senses and brings them to life. It is what makes us sensitive to what He loves and to what He hates; to what brings Him grief and joy. It teaches us how to abide in Him and to walk in love. It is what empowers us to pursue holiness and to perfect it in the fear of God, as it is written, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin” (Exodus 20:20). The mountain was smoking, there was thunder and lightning, God was speaking, and only Moses drew near. Moses heard God; the multitudes heard thunder. The multitudes were afraid of God, but they did not fear Him. They were afraid of the presence of God, as was Adam in the garden when he hid himself (Genesis 3) but Huis fear was not inside of them. Adam knew he was naked, he knew he disobeyed, and through sin he became afraid of the One who would walk with him in the cool of the day, although the presence of God was there when Adam took the first bite of the forbidden fruit. God was seeking reconciliation. He asked Adam, “Where are you?” This was not due to God’s ignorance, but God wanted Adam to come out from hiding, to bring his sin into the light of His presence, and to confess and forsake it. Adam did, but only a handful of the Israelites whom God bore on eagles’ wings drew near. Their hearts were hardened. A hardened heart cannot hear God, see Him, taste, touch, or feel Him.

The way to restore sensation is to draw near to God by cleansing our sinful hands, purifying our hearts from doublemindedness, and humbling ourselves in the sight of God, going boldly to His throne of grace (James 4:8-10, Hebrews 4:16). The way to sensation is by instantly obeying those inward Spirit born inclinations called “My voice”, as it is written, "TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS” (Hebrews 3:7-8). The longer we ignore that gentle nudging within, the easier it will become to live with it. Eventually, we may lose all sensation and become past feeling once again. Callouses do not appear immediately.

Take heed.

How does the blood of Jesus take away Sin?

In God's mind, the sacrifice to take away sins, of necessity, had to produce a love that was stronger for the One who sacrificed than the strength of sinful desires.


"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU DID NOT DESIRE, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME" (Hebrews 10:4-5).


"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).


How does blood take away sins? Why couldn't the blood of bulls and goats take away sins but the blood of Jesus does? 


Those bulls and goats didn't leave the glory of heaven, the worship of angels, the safety of the throne of God, to enter into a world of hostility and rejection, so that their blood would be spilled through spiritual conflict on behalf of the bondage that held us to our greatest enemy, the devil. 


Those bulls and goats were not voluntary sacrifices. They were not laying down their lives for the human race out of immense love and compassion, knowing that they have the power to crush the head of man's destroyer.


The blood of the Lamb does not merely remove the record of sin. The blood of the Lamb removes sin from the human heart and as a consequence the record in heaven is wiped clean, when the heart is washed clean. 


This is why we are saved "by grace through faith" (Ephesians 2:8). As we believe on Jesus Christ, Emmanuel (God with us), the King of glory, the true God and Eternal life, the Word of God (which is God) Who dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; who lived a perfect sinless life and perfectly lived out the example of what He wanted us to be and how to obey His words; who took on flesh, even the seed of Abraham, and who was beaten, bruised, bloodied and crucified; who died upon the cross for our sins, that through death, He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil: as we believe on Him, that through faith we are truly in covenant with God, that our sins are truly forgiven and that the proof of His forgiveness is His blood, which He shed for you and for me; such grace, such wonder, such awe, fills our hearts and sanctifies them completely "taking away" and removing sin from within. Ultimately, God has taken out the stony heart that loved sin, and replaced it with a heart of flesh that sensitively feels and follows the heart of God in loving obedience to Him. 


Sin is truly taken away from within, as we truly believe on the Crucified, with our understanding enlightened to this mysterious work and deep expression of love through God's Breath in us.


This is why Peter wrote, "You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:17-18). As we grow in grace, and that grace gains the ascendency over our thoughts, affections and desires, then He Who sits upon the throne of grace will have complete rule over our hearts, from which spring all of the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). When grace gains the ascendency, and continues to be the stronghold of our lives, then according to Peter, we will avoid falling from our own steadfastness, and from being led away with the error of the wicked. 


Paul wrote regarding the Jews of his day, "But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart" (2 Corinthians 3:14-15). What was that blinding veil which kept their hearts from understanding the Scriptures? Unbelief! They would read about the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12, 34), how that the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell was to be sacrificed as the offering for atonement (Leviticus 16:9), how that God commanded Moses to lift up a brass serpent fastened to a wooden pole in the wilderness, so that all who looked upon it when bitten by "fiery serpents" would be healed, and how that was a type and a shadow of the sufferings of Christ ( Numbers 21:8, John 3:14-16), for God cursed the serpent in the beginning and commanded Moses to make an image of a serpent (a thing cursed by God in Genesis 3), to bring salvation to all who looked upon it when bitten; likewise it is written, "Cursed is everyone hanged on a tree (Deuteronomy 21:23)" yet when Jesus was talking to Nicodemus about being born again, He said, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). As God used the brass image of a serpent (a thing cursed by God in Genesis 3) fastened to a wooden pole to bring healing to all who looked upon it, so God has also chosen to bring salvation to those who look upon Christ and Him hung upon a tree (something cursed) and crucified for salvation. In fact, Jesus was explaining that this was the way to be born again, was to believe in His sacrifice. There are numerous other types and shadows contained in the Books of Moses portraying Christ and Him crucified, such as when Joshua defeated the Amalekites so long as the arms of Moses were held up to make the sign of the cross, and there are many other types and shadows contained the tabernacle, etc. 


So long as we read with an evil heart of unbelief the Scriptures will still be a darkly mysterious book of information contained only in pages. 


How does the blood of Jesus take away sins?


This is why Paul continued, "Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:16-18). What is that liberty? It is freedom from sin as Jesus promised (John 8:36). What is that liberty? It is sin being "taken away" and removed from the heart. As we continue in faith, reading the Scriptures with an unveiled heart of faith in Jesus the Christ the Crucified, hearing the living Word speak to us personally on the inside, such words will no longer be darkly mysterious information written in letters of ink and paper, but they will be enlightening and intimate, transforming fiery sketches upon the fleshy table of the heart.


Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ? Does this growth consist merely in an increase of information only or both information and transformation? Does this growth translate to freedom from sin or does sin still entice and fascinate you? Has this growth caused you to find the Lamb of God more attractive than sinful pleasures?


Sin is taken away when God's sacrifice becomes more precious to us than sin and even than our own lives. For we know that we were "not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold . . . but with the PRECIOUS blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 


It was the preciousness of the blood of Christ that redeemed Peter from all iniquity and set him free from sin, as Paul said regarding Jesus, "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works" (Titus 2:14).

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Pride is off the narrow way!

God opposes the proud (James 4:5-8).

Why is it that so many say that pride is a serious sin but they do not act like it is a serious sin? 

Why do so many tremble when caught in pornography, lying or stealing but they have little to no fear of God for the pride of their heart? 

Because they fear man more than they fear God! They fear being caught by man more than the judgment or being caught by God. The truth is that so many are living their lives without the true manifest presence of God (John 14:21) that they fear being caught in sin by man more than God because God is not the all consuming reality burning inside their hearts on a daily basis. Their lives and their affections are fixed upon and centered upon things instead of the One created all things.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8:13). If it is the fear of the Lord to hate pride then shouldn't we tremble if He sees in us something that He hates!

To fear God means that there is good reason to tremble! When Scripture says that God opposes the proud that means that He resists them and stands in opposition to them. 

Satan wasn't kicked out of heaven for killing, fornication or drugs. He fell like lightning from heaven because of pride!

What is pride? It is putting yourself before God: it is choosing your way instead of accepting God's way, which basically translates to, "I think that I am more important than God"! Now no one would actually say that they are more important than God but that is precisely what we say when God tells us to do something and we do not do it for one reason or for another! 

Adam and Eve were not banished from paradise for lying, stealing or adultery. They simply partook of something that God prohibited. What led them to err so greatly? Pride!

Only seven other souls with Noah were saved from the flood. 

Pride hardens the heart (Daniel 5:20) and pride deceives the heart (Obadiah 3). In other words, pride blinds you to reality!

Only four were spared the fire from heaven that turned Sodom into ashes. After being told not to look back towards Sodom, and then looking back, Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt. She wasn't judged for gambling and for watching porn. She looked upon that which the Lord prohibited. This warning still applies to all who have been saved for Jesus said, "Remember Lot’s wife" (Luke 17:32) and this was recorded in the Gospel because the Holy Spirit thought it would be helpful to us!

Only two Israelites, who were saved from Egypt while being adults entered into the Promised Land. 

Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).

Now there is a GREAT DIFFERENCE between believing in Jesus and believing Him!

One believes that Jesus is only the Son of God who died on the cross to save from hell but they fail to believe His words by taking them seriously. 

Jesus didn't speak idle words. He didn't say what He really didn't mean. His intent was to GRIP the attention of the hearers and bring them to reality and to a point of decision. 

Forsake that pile of poop, that soul damning theology that would claim that the words of JESUS were only for the Jews!

The apostle Paul said, "If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself" (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

According to the apostle, those who do not consent to the words of Jesus are proud and they no nothing, not little, but they know nothing. They have zero reality of Christ, His kingdom, His holiness and truth and the judgment to come! From such we are TO WITHDRAW; how much less are we to participate with those who teach that the words of Jesus were only for the Jews, that we are not under the dispensation of law but of grace, and therefore, render the words of God, which are Spirit and life, which will judge all on the last Day, which are the very foundation of the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 3:11), utterly useless!!! 

Referring to God's chastisement and judgments upon the Israelites whom He saved from Egypt, the apostle Paul warns those who have been saved by grace through faith, "Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). 

Paul was warning all who have been saved and baptized to stop complaining, stop your sexual immorality, stop your idolatry and drunkenness, lest you put God to the test (1 Corinthians 10:1-9).

Friday, April 8, 2022

What do we really want?

Why is it that when we find God we tend to stop searching for Him?

Do we merely pursue Him for what we need or for what we want? Is our pursuit chiefly seeking Him or something from Him?

What do you expect to receive for following the Scripture, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Think of the greatest reward that you could possibly receive from God for pursuing Him diligently, what comes to your mind? Assurance, peace, joy, healing, hope, freedom, salvation, wisdom, wealth, or eternal life? Are not all of these things promised to believers? Do not all who genuinely believe in Him receive some measure of these graces from His beneficent hand?

The greatest reward that God can give to man is Himself. He said to Abraham, “I am your shield, and exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1). The LORD did not tell this to Abraham to introduce a new concept or to announce that the LORD was now giving Himself as a reward to him. Rather, He was describing to Abraham what He had already been to him and opening him up to a deeper revelation of their relationship.

Abraham saw the vanity of idolatry and by faith believed that God is, and he diligently sought Him. He forsook his home, position, family, and the familiar to follow the Divine Voice. The Voice called, and Abraham responded. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). He became a tent dweller and a sojourner.

When he left all to follow the Word, it wasn’t about what to seek as much as Who to seek. Without hardly any explanations, certainties, or details, Abraham left all to follow God. All Abraham received in his call was a Divine promise, “I will show you . . . I will make you . . . I will bless you” (Genesis 12:1-3).

What does it mean to diligently seek the LORD? Abraham waited years to be shown, to be made and to be blessed. His diligence didn’t fizzle out through doubts, confusion, or other possibilities, but through faith and patience, he inherited the promises. His pilgrimage, patience and persistence were his diligence. His diligence did not consist in mere moments of spiritual activity, but the entirety of His life declared it.

Abraham found the LORD but he didn’t stop searching for Him. When his cattle, posterity, and servants were increased and promises were fulfilled; when he was “shown”, “made”, and “blessed”, He continued to seek the LORD of heaven and earth, and again and again the LORD was found by him. “He was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).

The greatest reward that Abraham received in his pursuit of God was His friendship. The Psalmist said that “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him” (Psalm 25:14). Secrets are only shared with intimate companions, not with acquaintances or visitors. I know things about my wife that only I or few others will ever know. I am in covenant with her, live with her, suffered with her, and have shared intimate moments that could only be experienced because of the nature of our relationship and a diligence to pursue her.

After years of waiting, trials, and mistakes, Abraham received Isaac, the promised seed and few years later God told Abraham to sacrifice him. Though Abraham was God’s friend, God didn’t explain to him any reasons why but simply said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). Though this contradicted everything that Abraham knew to be true about God, he knew that God had spoken to him. Though Abraham was God’s friend, he still trembled at His word. Abraham feared the LORD. He didn’t wait to figure anything out, he didn’t try to wrestle any details out of God, but he “Rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him” (Genesis 22:3). He didn’t know the exact mountain, but only knew it was in the mountains and he immediately obeyed and took Isaac with him. It wasn’t until after three days that the LORD opened his eyes to the place of sacrifice, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off” (Genesis 22:4). It is one thing to fear the LORD when He manifests Himself to you and speaks to you personally on the same day but to follow through in instant and complete obedience after is quite another. Abraham had three days to hash out God’s expectations in his mind with his own conscience, possibly examining if he heard God clearly, understood perfectly, etc., but His diligence led him to pursue God in full obedience even when perhaps the initial fear was withered away by the third day. He knew that God had spoken and He knew the God who spoke. When he saw the place to sacrifice he went with Isaac, and “Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5). Abraham knew what God had required and he was willing to obey God even when what God asked didn’t make any sense, defied all logic and contradicted everything he knew about Him. Yet, in his diligent pursuit of God, he came to a place of resolute faith: that either God would raise Isaac from the dead, or that he was being tested or that somehow God would reveal something to him consistent with His character if he only obeyed, for Abraham told his servant, “We will come back to you”. He believed God told him to sacrifice his son but he also believed that his son would return with him.

They arrived at the place, laid the wood in order, Abraham bound Isaac upon the wooden altar and reached for his knife to slay his son “But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son” (Genesis 22:11-13). Do you want to have an intimate relationship with God? Then do not be offended when He tests you. Trust Him with all of your heart. Instantly obey Him and obey Him completely regardless of what He asks. Friendship with the Lord is reserved with those who fear Him. Abraham knew the LORD as Possessor of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:22), but now he knows the LORD by another name, for, “Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided” (Genesis 22:14). Abraham knew the LORD as His provider and the LORD revealed this to Abraham because Abraham was His friend, who feared, venerated, exalted God over everything in his life, as it is fitting and reasonable being that God is the very One who gave him life and breath to be or to do anything at all.

Do we really trust the LORD with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding or is this just a nice proverb we like to quote and mention from time to time? Do we trust God when He says, “Love your enemies” “Do good to those who hate you” “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”?

Abraham’s instant and complete obedience was an outward expression of his diligent inward pursuit of God and God rewarded him greatly with a deeper revelation of Himself, “The LORD my provider”. God’s revelation to Abraham was not that He would provide him animals for sacrifices, but that God would ultimately provide the sacrifice of Himself, and provide final and true atonement for Abraham and for all of his seed, and we know that Abraham’s true children are those who do the works of Abraham (John 8:39), as it is written, “The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed” (Galatians 3:8). Interestingly, scholars believe that Mount Moriah (where God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac) and that Golgotha, (where Jesus was crucified), are the same place. God was revealing to His beloved friend Abraham, his Divine plan, the secret kept hidden since the foundation of the world, of Christ Crucified, the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2), even the LORD Himself (Leviticus 16:9), the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18). Even as Isaac was spared death through the God’s provision, so Jesus was spared through the resurrection (Romans 1:4).

If Abraham would have stopped seeking the LORD when he found Him, then he would have never known the LORD as Friend, Provider, and Redeemer.

Out of a diligent pursuit of His Creator from a heart of faith, a friendship emerged between Abraham and the Creator of all things and this is possible and available to all who diligently seek Him in faith. For Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatsoever things that I command you” (John 15:14).

You might be tempted to doubt what you know about God through what He allows you to go through or even by what He tells you to do but while the opportunity is available to all, not all will be found as friends of God, for not all are truly willing seek Him or to know Him through instant and complete obedience as did Abraham.

Consider Moses: he encountered the I AM and the fire that burned in the bush continued to burn inside of him and thereafter, there was absolutely nothing that God would ask Moses to do, that Moses would not do.

The LORD revealed Himself to Moses and Moses knew the LORD. The LORD walked with Moses and Moses faithfully walked with the LORD, throughout Egypt and through the wilderness, so that Moses had this testimony, “The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11), and when it seemed that all had been found, that no more diligent search could possibly be made in pursuing God, Moses cried out moments later, “Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You” (Exodus 33:13). You see, the heart cry of those who truly know God is that they may know Him more, for this is their life, their glory, and their exceeding great reward (John 17:3, Jeremiah 9:24, Genesis 15:1). They understand that they were not created for things but that things were created for them and that their thirst and hunger can only be satisfied by the One who is thirsting to be their drink and hungering to be their food. For all things were created by God and for His pleasure they exist and were created.

True knowledge of God produces an appetite to know Him more. The apostle Paul testified, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:7-11). Paul encountered the living and resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus! He saw unapproachable Light, Heard the Voice of Jesus then, and throughout his life. He learned the truth through revelation of Jesus Christ Himself. He knew the LORD! But he found this paradox of knowing Christ through a diligent pursuit of Him and that, although he knew Him, he only desired to know Him more, even if it meant, stripes, imprisonment, or death.

The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. Why did Joshua linger inside? I have usually thought that it was because Joshua was experiencing the secret of the LORD, His presence and power, but what if he lingered because he was diligently seeking the LORD? Instead of standing without along with everyone else back at the camp indulging in lawful pleasures or even in sin, he lingered inside the tent, where He knew the LORD met with Moses. He could have passively reclined with the others outside the tabernacle who were perhaps more intrigued with feasting, drinking, entertainment, dancing and whatever else they were doing; but he lingered inside, near to where he believed God was. His diligence was evidently effectual with God. He drew near to God and God drew near to Him. He experienced a real transformation and impartation from God, for God said of him, "Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him” (Numbers 27:18).

We can read Scriptures, books, watch movies, read posts, and be involved in much religious activity, but we have no earnest inward affection for God, to seek Him diligently, to know Him more to be known by Him, then our activity is vain. Do mistake seeking information for seeking Him. Those who truly and diligently seek the LORD will follow in the steps of Abraham, Moses, Joshua,  and Paul. They will seek Him.

People search for wisdom but they do not seek Jesus, yet Jesus is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). They search the Scriptures looking for righteousness but they do not behold and embrace Jesus who is the righteousness of God (Jeremiah 23:6, 1 Corinthians 1:30). They hunger for miracles and for the power of God to manifest in their lives, homes, and meetings, but they are not hungry for Jesus Who is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). To seek God diligently is to diligently pursue Jesus Who is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3).

True knowledge of God, rewarded to those who diligently pursue Him, is often a fresh infilling of the holy Spirit, for such knowledge is breathed into and written upon the fleshy tables of those pursuing Him. Such find themselves willing to endure all things, hope all things, forgive all things, obey all things, for Christ’s sake, regardless of the cost.

Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). The unveiling of this mystery to the heart of man is a living fountain within, springing up into eternal life and everlasting friendship.

One night God said to King Solomon and gave him the greatest opportunity that could be given to any man, “Ask, what shall I give to you” (2 Chronicles 1:7). Solomon answered, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of your enemies, neither yet have asked for long life; but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people, over whom I have made you king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted to you; and I will give you riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before you, neither shall there any after you have the like” (2 Chronicles 1:10-12). The LORD was pleased with his selfless answer and his heart was in a good place, but not a perfect place, as was the heart of King David who said to the LORD, “My soul follows hard after You” (Psalm 63:8) for David also said, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

At the core of our being what motivates us to seek the LORD, a reward or finding Him?

You may ask, “Why would we search for what we already have? Why would we diligently seek the LORD if we already have Him?” Let me ask you this, after you married your wife did you stop pursuing her? Was your marriage an expression of wanting her or what you wanted from her? Why do you go to church? Fellowship somewhere? Read the Bible? Pray? Serve? Or even obey? What are you seeking? What reward could God give to you that would please you the most? If God appeared to you and said that He would give you one thing but you only needed to ask Him for it, what would it be?

May the LORD stir our hearts to love Him more and to follow hard after Him!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Casting out demons and what does Jesus mean by "I never knew you"?

Can unbelievers cast out devils? 

What did Jesus mean when He said, "Depart from Me, I never knew you"? 

A quick look into these things:

It is possible to be a believer in Jesus, cast out devils and on the day of judgment hear Jesus tell you, "Depart from Me I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23). 

A Jewish priest by the name of Sceva had seven sons who were not followers of Jesus. They decided one day to visit those possessed of evil spirits that they might expel them using the name of Jesus. Here is the account, "And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded" (Acts 19:15-16). 

From this passage it is very clear that unbelievers cannot cast out devils. 

Furthermore, Jesus said that if Satan cast out Satan then he is divided against himself . . . but if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God has come upon you (Luke 11:18-20).

This brings us to the next question: WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SAID "I NEVER KNEW YOU"? 

We mentioned earlier, it is possible to be a believer in Jesus, cast out devils and on the day of judgment hear Jesus tell you, "Depart from Me I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23). It is possible to use the name of Jesus to expel demons, to even call Him Lord and recognize Him as Lord and yet Him not recognize you. It is possible to be very involved in religious activity and yet Jesus tell you on judgment day, "I never knew you". It is not only possible but Jesus said that He will tell many, not a few, but many, "Depart from Me I never knew you".

Let's look at the context of those words, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness" (Matthew 7:21-23). 

So, if only those who believe in Jesus are able to cast out demons then why does Jesus tell those who expelled demons in His name "I never knew you"? What does He specifically mean by the words "never knew"? Were not all things made through Him so that without Him there wasn't anything made that was made (John 1:1-3)? If all things were made through Him then wouldn't He at least know the names or recognize the people there before Him on that day? What is that day? It is the day of judgment! If He is Judge and King and Lord and He doesn't know this multitude of people, then how can He pronounce any eternal sentence upon them or make any judgment whatsoever? 

One explanation for the words "never knew" is found in what Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, "If anyone loves God, this one is known by Him" (1 Corinthians 8:3). What does it mean to love God? "This is the love of God that we keep His commandments" and "If you love Me, keep my commandments" and "He that has My words and obeys them, it is he that loves Me" (1 John 5:3, John 14:15, 21). 

So when Jesus tells this multitude, "Depart from Me I never knew you" we must admit that they are believers who are able to expel demons in His name, believe on Him as Lord, recognize the authority He has over evil spirits and so on, but they "practiced lawlessness". They never truly loved God and therefore He never truly knew them to love Him. 

Another reading from this passage to the Corinthians is, "But if anyone loves God [with awe-filled reverence, obedience and gratitude], he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved]. It is not that Jesus doesn't know who these people are, for even the very hairs on their heads are all numbered and He knows so much about them that He is able to judge them according to their works, but He never knew them intimately. He never knew them to be disciplined learners, faithful followers of what He taught them or His image (character) to be formed in them.

The New Covenant promise is that our sins and lawless deeds will be remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12), that He will subdue our iniquities and cast our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19), and as far as the east is from the west so far will the Lord remove our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12). 

On the other hand, Scripture also tells us that if a righteous man walks away from the ways of God to live a life of sin that God will remember his righteousness no more (Ezekiel 18:24), and Jesus promised that if the church of Sardis repented, held fast, would be watchful for Him and overcome, that He would not remove their name from the book of life (Revelation 3:1-6). We can be sure that Jesus does not warn us of impossibilities. If He told the church that their name would not be removed from His book of life if they received His warning and repented, then we can be sure that if they didn't obey Him that He could remove their names from the book of life and be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).

Assuredly, as God no longer remembers the sins of those who believe in Christ, who repent, turn from their sins to live for and to obey Him, even so He no longer remembers the righteousness of those who turn away from the path of life, the path of righteousness, from following Jesus Christ. 

Even as Jesus is able to remove our sins so effectively that it is as if they were never there, so He is also able to erase our name from His book of life, so that it is as if it was never recorded. When Jesus says to those believers who expelled demons in His name, "Depart from Me I never knew you" we must conclude that Jesus never intimately knew these people even though they were able to cast out devils, called Him Lord, operated in spiritual gifts, etc. They had faith, even works, but no faith expressing itself in loving obedience. 

Hear the warning of the apostle,

"For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them" (2 Peter 2:20-21).  

Conclusion: The great commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. 

Jesus will say to many on judgment day, "I never knew you; depart from Me you, who practice lawlessness". 

What is lawlessness? "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4). Practicing lawlessness means to make a practice of sin.

"Practice lawlessness" does not mean to stumble into sin or to lose a battle fighting the good fight of faith from time to time. It means to have a light hearted attitude towards sin that presumes upon the mercy and grace of God and therefore is emboldened to sin willfully, and it also means to have a casual care for the things of God so that one's religious activity or involvement is treated as common instead of holy and sacred. 

Those who practice lawlessness often have a theology suited to the hardness of their hearts, so that their carnal appetites can, without interference, be satisfied. 

Those who practice lawlessness often justify their errors using the mistakes, stumblings, and weaknesses of others. "Didn't King David commit adultery with Bathsheba yet remain a man after God's heart"? "Wasn't Balaam a prophet of God, who prophesied of the coming of the Messiah, yet He was greedy for financial gain and prestige"? "Didn't the apostle Peter dissimulate when James brought other Jews with him to visit"? 

Many today believe in Jesus and do many wonderful works yet Jesus does not know them because they do not love God, they do not obey Him (John 14:21-24).

If you are reading this, are convicted, and fear that you have made a practice of sin, I encourage you to go sit at the feet of Jesus by going to a secret place in your home, and confess your errors and faults, and seek Him for forgiveness of your sins and the grace to be a faithful disciple. 

From 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 we learn that worldly sorrow produces repetition, leading to death but that godly sorrow produces true heart level repentance, leading to salvation. 

Worldly sorrow makes a practice of sin but godly sorrow will always produce authentic change. 

Cut off every worldly influence and hindrance to your relationship with God. 

Shut the doors of your ears to every word spoken by family, friends, preachers that would seduce you into weakness and keep you bound up in sin. The truth will set you free. The Son will make you free indeed. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

ARE YOUR FEET ON FIRE????

Doing evil to avoid "trouble" will always lead to more evil and more trouble. A disappointed parent is far better than years of guilt. In a world which is far past feeling, and has altogether mortified that natural feeling which inherently makes them feel condemned for doing evil, we must be the voice to help awaken that natural feeling which they have lost. God is able to use the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.


"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness" (Ephesians 4:17-19).


This passage is a clear picture of those who kill their unborn to continue their illicit lifestyle. Only a corrupt and perverted justice system punishes the innocent. Abortion is murder. Abortion is killing. Abortion is a sin unto death. Abortion is selfish and entirely reprobate. It is not about "women's rights" because women murder their baby girls. It is about SELF. God hates abortion. There is no excuse. There is no right. Those who kill the unborn and approve of this wickedness, GOD WILL JUDGE! Stop deceiving yourself. Stop pretending! Stop mortifying that inner voice and feeling because you cannot enjoy your lusts or remove the consequences of that lust without feeling condemned. 


If you didn't feel that your feet were beginning to burn they would eventually be consumed by fire. There is a fire coming to all of the ungodly, wicked, perverse, corrupt; there is a fire coming that will destroy all who continue to mortify their feeling . . . the feeling they inherently experienced when doing evil. In fact, their feet are already beginning to burn and this is clearly evidenced by where their feet are leading them; namely, the abortion mills, clubs, fornication, adulteries, thefts, and greedy endeavors. Their feet are burning but they cannot feel the heat from the coming fire.


Repent! 

"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame" (1 Corinthians 15:34).


"But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever makes manifest is light. Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light" (Ephesians 5:13-14).


"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).


There is forgiveness in Christ. If you have aborted your baby you do not have to live in condemnation or guilt. If you are in Christ your sins are washed away and God remembers them no more. If you are in Christ, live for Him! Share your testimony! Be a light!