Thursday, January 29, 2015

TRUTH! and consequences for the Heaven bound.

Pro 21:1  THE KING'S heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.

In the times we live in some (many?) American Christians seem overwrought about what is happening to “their” nation. But are we not seated with Christ in the heavenly realms? Is our conversation, our behavior as heaven’s citizens a duty and privilege of God’s heaven and Kingdom? Some have quipped “He is so heavenly minded He’s no earthly good.”  It might be preferable than to be “so earthly minded” as not to be any “heavenly good.”

 Rom 13:1  LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God's appointment. [Prov. 8:15.]
Rom 13:2  Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].
Rom 13:3  For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.
Rom 13:4  For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.
Rom 13:5  Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience.
Rom 13:6  For this same reason you pay taxes, for [the civil authorities] are official servants under God, devoting themselves to attending to this very service.
Rom 13:7  Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.
Rom 13:8  Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one's fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].
Rom 13:9  The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet (have an evil desire), and any other commandment, are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. [Exod. 20:13-17; Lev. 19:18.]
Rom 13:10  Love does no wrong to one's neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.

Civil Governments seem to me to be God’s programs for the management of sinners, nothing more and nothing less. The thought has occurred to me that democracy may be the gateway to socialism. The definition of democracy might surprise many who say Jesus is their King and Lord. I’m not an historian, but I think for most of history most nations were ruled by kings. Ironically Israel eventually chose a king which ended the period of the Judges. But in doing so they were rejecting the real deal. Samuel had made his sons judges, but when they went astray from the Lord the elders of Israel came to Samuel: 

1Sa 8:5  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Samuel was angry but God told him:

1Sa 8:7  … "Listen to the people, to everything they say to you; for it is not you they are rejecting; they are rejecting me; they don't want me to be king over them.
1Sa 8:8  They are doing to you exactly what they have been doing to me, from the day I brought them out of Egypt until today, by abandoning me and serving other gods.
1Sa 8:9  So do what they say, but give them a sober warning, telling them what kinds of rulings their king will make."
1Sa 8:10  Sh'mu'el [Samuel] reported everything Adonai had said to the people asking him for a king.

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime  [The Old Testament books] were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Israel wanted what the other nations (the GENTILES) had! It was a king they wanted, or was it more… a strong man? one who would conquer their enemies? a tyrant? It is a marvelous thing God was doing with Israel.

After Adam ate the forbidden fruit the whole human race became one big reclamation project. God wants men to return to Him and FOR THEM TO RECLAIM His RULE OVER them. Apart from God’s rule man is under the rule of satan. But man is contaminated with satan’s ways of sin. He is made sarx, he is made a dead carcass, dead meat, flesh by sin. Man in his own dead flesh cannot obey God.

It is amazing that after all God had done in delivering Israel from Egypt (1 Samuel 8:8) that the children of Israel were still unwilling (unable?) to follow the Lord obediently! And it is amazing that those God is saving today still disobey Him! The painful consequences of Israel’s disobedience fill many pages of the Old Testament. Surely to a greater or lesser degree they fill the pages of the book of your life and mine.

When we disobey the Lord we can expect consequences. Those consequences could be like God saying to us: “Wake up and smell the stink I would smell if your flesh were near my nose.” We should hope for the spiritual sight to see the consequences God providentially bestows and to understand it is our disobedience which requires them. It was sin; it was disobedience that made us stink.

I am at the point of concluding almost dogmatically that satan’s original sin was pride, and Adam’s original sin was disobedience. The consequence for satan and for man is the same: separation from God and His Son. That is separation from Life! That is DEATH, and it is everlasting death. Satan rejects God by disobeying Him continually. No less than 100% of everything Satan says and does is disobedience. And the flesh cannot do anything except follow Satan’s disobedient sinful will!

The way back to God will require my repentance, and my repentance requires my obedience and they will require my faith in God! It may be said we are saved by faith plus nothing. One writer said this is true and YOU are the nothing! Faith in God means trusting God. Trusting Him enough to do what He says: “Do!” But perhaps more critical is to trust God to be telling the truth. Part of the truth is that even when I fail to obey, He will forgive me AND chasten me! And ALSO that in trusting Him, WHATEVER He has planned for me to become and to do will not destroy me, but in fact it will deliver and heal me!!!

It is unavoidably true that we will obey God if we love Him and if we defiantly disobey Him we don't love Him. 

Satan has somehow put it in the minds of men that God is out to destroy them, and that what God desires of us will be loathsome, burdensome and evil to our souls.  I once  knew a fellow at work who told me that Christianity would drive me crazy. My experience has been that the conflict between my faith and my flesh does have that potential… it is perhaps the explanation for why I have a diagnoses of bipolar depression. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. My flesh tried many things over and over; I was seeking peace in pleasure without God, and the results did often make me crazy. NEVERTHELESS I believe God to be finishing the good work He began in me.

Philippians 1:6 The Message (MSG) "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears."

Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening [God's providential consequences for the mortification of our flesh, our sin nature] for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” 

Pro 3:11  My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof, [Ps. 94:12; Heb. 12:5, 6; Rev. 3:19.]
Pro 3:12  For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Pro 3:13  Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God's Word and life's experiences],
Pro 3:14  For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.
Pro 3:15  Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. [Job 28:12-18.]
Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. [Prov. 8:12-21; I Tim. 4:8.]
Pro 3:17  Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Pro 3:18  She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.

2Sa 11:27  And when the mourning was past, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.
2Sa 12:1  AND THE Lord sent Nathan to David. He came and said to him, There were two men in a city, one rich and the other poor.
2Sa 12:2  The rich man had very many flocks and herds,
2Sa 12:3  But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb which he had bought and brought up, and it grew up with him and his children. It ate of his own morsel, drank from his own cup, lay in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him.
2Sa 12:4  Now a traveler came to the rich man, and to avoid taking one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfaring man who had come to him, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.
2Sa 12:5  Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, As the Lord lives, the man who has done this is a son [worthy] of death.
2Sa 12:6  He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no pity.
2Sa 12:7  Then Nathan said to David, You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.
2Sa 12:8  And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added that much again.
2Sa 12:9  Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, doing evil in His sight? You have slain Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have murdered him with the sword of the Ammonites. [Lev. 20:10; 24:17.]
2Sa 12:10  Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because [you have not only despised My command, but] you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.
2Sa 12:11  Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
2Sa 12:12  For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun. [Fulfilled in II Sam. 16:21, 22.]
2Sa 12:13  And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David, The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. [Ps. 51.]
2Sa 12:14  Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord and given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child that is born to you shall surely die.
2Sa 12:15  Then Nathan departed to his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, and he was very sick.
2Sa 12:16  David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted and went in and lay all night [repeatedly] on the floor.
2Sa 12:17  His older house servants arose [in the night] and went to him to raise him up from the floor, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
2Sa 12:18  And on the seventh day the child died. David's servants feared to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, While the child was yet alive, we spoke to him and he would not listen to our voices; will he then harm himself if we tell him the child is dead?
2Sa 12:19  But when David saw that his servants whispered, he perceived that the child was dead. So he said to them, Is the child dead? And they said, He is.

How is it that we ever dare to sin, to even look at another man’s wife, let alone touch her or her husband?

It seems clear that among the needs we have a very great need is to believe God, and to read His Word (Rom 15:4  For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.), and to BELIEVE His Word, to seek Him to work with us in our minds, hearts and souls to drive every evil thought into captivity, so that the flesh cannot think our souls into sinning. We are commanded to mortify (put to death) the deeds of the flesh, and we MUST put to death the thought deeds of the fleshy carnal mind. Don’t eat the bread the flesh offers! READ John Ch. 6 and note especially verses 26 to 63!

John 6:1 ¶  After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
2  And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.
3  Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
4  Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
5  Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
6  He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
7  Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
8  One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
9  “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
10  Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.
11  Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.
12  And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”
13  So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
14  When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 ¶  Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16  When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
17  got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
18  The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.
19  When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.
20  But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
21  Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
22 ¶  On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.
23  Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24  So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25  When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
26  Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
27  Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
28 ¶  Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
29  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
30  So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?
31  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”’
32  Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34  They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
36  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
37  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
38  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
39  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
40  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
41  So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
42  They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
43  Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
44  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
45  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—
46  not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.
47  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
48  I am the bread of life.
49  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52  The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
55  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
56  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
57  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
58  This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
59  Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
60 ¶  When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
61  But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?
62  Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
64  But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)
65  And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66  After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
67  So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
68  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
69  and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
70  Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.”
71  He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

Mr. Fleshmind is such a dodgy character that he will take God’s law (and scriptures) and serve them back through himself to you in a way that condemns you, and all he to whom he would serve it. It is the self justifying nature of sinners to do that, with or without the scriptures. We need to know that the only thing that condemns any one to hell is that they have not trusted in the one who is God's only and unique Son” (see John 3:18). And what do we desperately need to trust God’s Son Jesus for? Forgiveness! Forgiveness is the most powerful evidence of His love for us. Forgiveness IS God's Son laying down His life for His friends, and for His (and your!) enemies too! Mr. Fleshmind will not forgive you! He will take advantage and even say : "Since you are forgiven a little (or a lot of) sin won’t matter."

Pro 23:6  Eat not the bread of him [Mr Fleshmind] who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods;
Pro 23:7  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].
Pro 23:8  The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up, and your complimentary words will be wasted.

Don’t eat the bread of cruel, score keeping and greedy Mr. Fleshmind, and don’t go after what he prizes. He thinks only about his profit and is alone in his desires. He does not care about you who ARE the child of God. His food will harm your spirit, soul and even your body! If you eat from his table you will get sick to your stomach and your time will be wasted.

But God brings us to a banqueting table where we are lavishly covered, immersed in His Agape love and His Phileo Love too!

2Sa 7:4  But that same night the word of Adonai came to Natan:
2Sa 7:5  "Go and tell my servant David that this is what Adonai says: 'You are going to build me a house to live in?
2Sa 7:6  Since the day I brought the people of Isra'el out of Egypt until today, I never lived in a house; rather, I traveled in a tent and a tabernacle.
2Sa 7:7  Everywhere I traveled with all the people of Isra'el, did I ever speak a word to any of the tribes of Isra'el, whom I ordered to shepherd my people Isra'el, asking, "Why haven't you built me a cedar-wood house?" '
2Sa 7:8  "Therefore say this to my servant David that this is what Adonai-Tzva'ot says: 'I took you from the sheep-yards, from following the sheep, to make you chief over my people, over Isra'el.
2Sa 7:9  I have been with you wherever you went; I have destroyed all your enemies ahead of you; and I am making your reputation great, like the reputations of the greatest people on earth.
2Sa 7:10  I will assign a place to my people Isra'el; I will plant them there, so that they can live in their own place without being disturbed any more. The wicked will no longer oppress them, as they did at the beginning,
2Sa 7:11  and as they did from the time I ordered judges to be over my people Isra'el; instead, I will give you rest from all your enemies. " 'Moreover, Adonai tells you that Adonai will make you a house.
2Sa 7:12  When your days come to an end and you sleep with your ancestors, I will establish one of your descendants to succeed you, one of your own flesh and blood; and I will set up his rulership.
2Sa 7:13  He will build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever.
2Sa 7:14  I will be a father for him, and he will be a son for me. If he does something wrong, I will punish him with a rod and blows, just as everyone gets punished;
2Sa 7:15  nevertheless, my grace will not leave him, as I took it away from Sha'ul, whom I removed from before you.
2Sa 7:16  Thus your house and your kingdom will be made secure forever before you; your throne will be set up forever.' "

1Ch 28:2  Then David the king rose to his feet and said, Hear me, my brethren and my people. I myself intended to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as a footstool for our God, and I prepared materials for the building.
1Ch 28:3  But God said to me, You shall not build a house for My Name [and Presence], because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.
1Ch 28:4  However, the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me before all my father's house to be king over Israel forever. For He chose Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah he chose the house of my father; and among the sons of my father He was pleased to make me king over all Israel;
1Ch 28:5  And of all my sons, for the Lord has given me many sons, He has chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.
1Ch 28:6  And He said to me, Solomon your son shall build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father.
1Ch 28:7  I will establish his kingdom forever if he loyally and continuously obeys My commandments and My ordinances, as he does today.
1Ch 28:8  Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, keep and seek [to be familiar with] all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.
1Ch 28:9  And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!
1Ch 28:10  Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it!

Consequences: it may be that we may forfeit things that we might have done if we had not "shed blood."  David could not build the temple. This is not a time to be a Calvinist. We need to seek the Lord for the liberty He may give us to please Him and bless others while we live TODAY! And of all the things I know of that please God which we ought to seek to do, communicating the Gospel of God’s Agape Kingdom is the one to “go for.” !

Isa 6:8  Then I heard the voice of Adonai saying, "Whom should I send? Who will go for us?" I answered, "I'm here, send me!"

And God sent Isaiah. Might that mean Isaiah was an apostle? Remarkably God sent him to the spiritually deaf and blind! We can pray: Father God send us to those who should be saved!

Act 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Act 2:42  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Act 2:43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Act 2:44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Act 2:45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 2:47  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:3  Yes, think about him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you won't grow tired or become despondent.
Heb 12:4  You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.
Heb 12:5  Also you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons: "My son, don't despise the discipline of Adonai or become despondent when he corrects you.
Heb 12:6  For Adonai disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son."
Heb 12:7  Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father?
Heb 12:8  All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don't, you're a mamzer and not a son!
Heb 12:9  Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live!
Heb 12:10  For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in his holiness.
Heb 12:11  Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness.
Heb 12:12  So, {1} strengthen your drooping arms, and steady your tottering knees;
Heb 12:13  and {2} make a level path for your feet; so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed.
Heb 12:14  {3} Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Heb 12:15  {4} See to it that no one misses out on God's grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many,
Heb 12:16  and that no one is sexually immoral, or godless like Esav, who in exchange for a single meal gave up his rights as the firstborn.
Heb 12:17  For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father's blessing, he was rejected; indeed, even though he sought it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail.
Heb 12:18  For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to a whirlwind,
Heb 12:19  to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further message be given to them —
Heb 12:20  for they couldn't bear what was being commanded them, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death";
Heb 12:21  and so terrifying was the sight that Moshe said, "I am quaking with dread."
Heb 12:22  On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly;
Heb 12:23  to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal;
Heb 12:24  to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel.
Heb 12:25  See that you don't reject the One speaking! For if those did not escape who rejected him when he gave divine warning on earth, think how much less we will escape if we turn away from him when he warns from heaven.
Heb 12:26  Even then, his voice shook the earth; but now, he has made this promise: "One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!"
Heb 12:27  And this phrase, "one more time," makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear.
Heb 12:29  For indeed, "Our God is a consuming fire!"

Jdg 2:1  And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

Joh 6:62  Suppose you were to see the Son of Man going back up to where he was before?
Joh 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life,

Rom 11:17  …if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything...

Luke 7:18-19 John’s disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”

20 The men showed up before Jesus and said, “John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, ‘Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?’”

21-23 In the next two or three hours Jesus healed many from diseases, distress, and evil spirits. To many of the blind he gave the gift of sight. Then he gave his answer: “Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard:

The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth have God’s salvation hospitality extended to them.

“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate!”

24-27 After John’s messengers left to make their report, Jesus said more about John to the crowd of people. “What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A messenger from God? That’s right, a messenger! Probably the greatest messenger you’ll ever hear. He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote,

I’m sending my messenger on ahead
To make the road smooth for you.

28-30 “Let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. The ordinary and disreputable people who heard John, by being baptized by him into the kingdom, are the clearest evidence; the Pharisees and religious officials would have nothing to do with such a baptism, wouldn’t think of giving up their place in line to their inferiors.

31-35 “How can I account for the people of this generation? They’re like spoiled children complaining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk but you were always too busy.’ John the Baptizer came fasting and you called him crazy. The Son of Man came feasting and you called him a lush. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

I'm heartbroken. What is happening to us, to God's people, to those who receive His Son Jesus as Savior and Lord? We are chasing our tails, we are chasing each others tails, and continue to divide and divide and divide. We throw our preferred doctrines in the teeth of those whom we disagree with. We throw everyone else but those we understand under the bus. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness, but we wallow in judgment and condemnation. We won't read any Bible except the KJV or some other one we deem worthy! We accuse the other translators and paraphrasers of damnable heresy yet we wouldn't even open a concordance or lexicon ourselves.

We accuse some over their teaching on wealth, and all the while build our own retirement plans. We accuse others of being false prophets and yet could not identify Gog or Magog, or point to the Golan Heights on a map.

We say that prophets do not exist today, but claim to judge the prophets of old. We warn others as if we were prophets on all manner of doctrine, but deny that any are prophets, or have the gift given them. Are not the gifts and callings without repentance? Are we not forbidden to despise prophecy? We say prophecy and tongues have ceased (and knowledge too?) but the truth is we still see through a glass darkly and our knowledge is incomplete, partial.

1 Corinthians 14:36-40English Standard Version (ESV)
36 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Thessalonians 5:20American Standard Version (ASV)
20 despise not prophesyings;

We gentiles say "we are the Israel of God!" and have no comprehension of the scriptures which clearly show saved gentiles as grafted into the tree God had already cultivated by the law and the prophets (seven thousand who had not bowed the knee to Baal, yes? no? or at the least 11 and the rest of the those in the upper room, yes? no?). Go to Romans Ch.'s 9-11 and study the identity of every pronoun in those three chapters. The spiritual reality will, must emerge that God still loves the Jewish people today, and the gifts and covenants He promise their fathers are without repentance. And YES! When they receive their Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) those gifts and covenants will become theirs in present experience and everlasting possession.

Romans 11:28-29American Standard Version (ASV)
28 As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.

We cry "context, context, context" and emphasize the literal interpretation and fail to remember that the foundation of everything we have is spiritual. And that no private interpretations are allowed. (see We were not ever going to be saved by doctrine being reduced by our private interpretations and made void of the Spirit and void of Love.

We say apostles (ones sent by God, see no longer exist and then send our own people calling them missionaries and believe we are obeying God in sending them. Jesus prayed from Gethsemane that the Father make us one as He and Father ARE ONE! But we ignore His prayer, His OUR Father and the Holy Spirit who would make us one as they are one. We are commanded to love one another yet we remain in a state of childishness, see the scripture paraphrased at the top. And the power of God, the dunamis power of God we reject for ourselves and condemn those who receive it. Thereby our faith is a sham and Jesus can only heal a few here and there.

I am wondering how long we will say God must judge America for abortion and homosexuality and not see that judgment BEGINS in the house of God, THE CHURCH of God? Our own children flee our congregations and the pastors' children flee after them.

2 Timothy 3 The Message (MSG)
3 :1-5 Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.

6-9 These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself “truth.” They get exploited every time and never really learn. These men are like those old Egyptian frauds Jannes and Jambres, who challenged Moses. They were rejects from the faith, twisted in their thinking, defying truth itself. But nothing will come of these latest impostors. Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax.

The difficult times are here NOW! In the broad streets of America and the sewers of her internet the days ARE evil. And the people are evil. And what we call church or others call church is evil. And we cry "REPENT! THE RAPTURE IS AT HAND! DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND!"Are we not just seeking to scare people into our denominational sects? Jesus says teach them to observe all the HE said, NOT what you said, or what I said, but what He the Divine Son of God said. He said Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. He said Love one another as I have loved you.

John 13:35 English Standard Version (ESV)
 "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Galatians 5:13-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Stop the devouring of one another. The world, the devil and our own immaturity are exposing us to those who teach lesser words and yes even false words. True: we, or some among us are called to expose those lesser and false words. Nevertheless:

To the Church in Ephesus [Revelation 2 English Standard Version (ESV)]
1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Jesus did also say:
"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26

But if you have hated them and become Jesus' disciple, go on to LOVE God and your neighbor and know He has COMMANDED you to love your fellow disciples as He loves them. And even to love your enemy.

" were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another."

Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he the right  to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Exercise your right to become a child of God.

Galatians 5:6American Standard Version (ASV)For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working through love.

Galatians 5:4-6The Message (MSG)
4-6 I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects [private interpretations, teachings and prophecies], you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.