The Concurrent Working of Deep Opposites

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The above title was a phrase used by English Bishop HCG Moule in his commentary on 2 Cor 4:8-12.

We are simultaneously being put to death (death of self) and being raised up into new creation power, joy and peace by God. This is the cross of Christ. It is a collision of two paradoxical opposites which takes us to a third place of transcendence. We are enabled to transcend our problems while still in the midst of them. Be we must hold this tension when we are caught in it. This is what it means to take up the cross daily. We are not to try to escape this tension. Transformation only takes place in this tension. Don’t transmit your pain. Allow God to transform it. Somebody humiliates you. Instead of lashing out or getting even, hold this within believing God will use it to grow you toward maturity.

We are knocked down but not destroyed. Persecuted but not abandoned. 2 Cor 4:8-9.

We only abound spiritually as we are abased. Phili 4. We hold within this creative tension. We die and rise with Christ. We stand there in the gap between the two creations, old and new, and embrace the cross. We are stretched out on the cross but only here can we empty out old self and be filled with God. Only here can we be uprooted from the world and planted deeper into the death then resurrection of Christ. Only here can we suffer our way with Christ into glory. Rom 8:17. Only here, in the midst of the bad, can all things work together for good! Only as we die can life spring up in others. 2 Cor 4:12. Only as we are delivered over to death can we manifest the life of Christ. We must hold these paradoxical opposites as over against trying to escaping the tension or lashing out against it.

We must take pleasure in our infirmities and stresses. 2 Cor 12:9-10. We must not be disappointed when God refuses to remove the thorn in our flesh. He has it there for a resurrection purpose: to keep us humble. Let it do its work!

As the bad things come our way we do not retaliate; we hold the creative tension knowing that God is also working to bring good out of the situation. The new creation personality comes out of holding the creative tension.

Key verse is 2 Cor 4:11 where Paul personifies “death,” stating we are delivered over into the hands of an enemy, “death.” We will bring into this discussion Acts 27:41 “where two seas met” and also, the “abased” and “abound” verses in Philippians 4.

Originally Posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-concurrent-working-of-deep-opposites/

When You Give, Let it Go!

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“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

When we give, God says it’s to be with NO STRINGS ATTACHED! – “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:” (Matthew 6:3) The idiom “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” speaks of true humility and brokenness in our giving – and it’s “more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
It’s witchcraft to use your giving against someone you gave to. This is an inner evil, an iniquity that must be repented of and denounced. If you are going to give – just let it go! It’s wasn’t yours in the first place. You own nothing – it’s all God’s. “all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” (1 Chronicles 29:14) ….

Of Matthew 6:3 William MacDonald writes:

“When the follower of Christ does a charitable deed, it is to be done in secret. It should be so secret that Jesus told His disciples ‘let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:’ Jesus uses this graphic figure of speech to show that our charitable deed should be for the Father, and not to gain notoriety for the giver. This passage should not be pressed to prohibit any gift that might be seen by others, since it is virtually impossible to make all one’s contributions strictly anonymous. It simply condemns the blatant display of giving.” William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, p. 1223

Here’s a wider view of the passage:

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“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/when-you-give-let-it-go/

 

What is the Gospel?

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There are 4 parts:

God WITHDRAWS His protective hedge from around you and allows Satan to take you and put you on the cross of suffering circumstances as God did with Job. Job 1; 2 Cor 4:11; Gal 2:20. You are thereby rendered helpless and hopeless with only one place to look for help: up to God!

God allows this cross to come to you for a good and REDEMPTIVE purpose: that thru “the faith of Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16) you will embrace the cross and consent to die to self then be raised up by God to a new life as a new creation person in Christ, fully equipped with God’s resurrection life, power, thoroughly enabled now to live your life for God. Satan is always the killer. John 10:10; 8:44; God, thru faith, raises the dead. Rom 6:3-7; Rom 12:1-2. Thru this death, and only thru this death, we are freed from slavery: bondage to Satan, the mosaic law (Gal 3:10-13), the old self, the sin nature within us and the world’s influence over us. “Loose him and let him go.” John 11:44. The death brought on by Satan is the very same vehicle that frees us from the devil’s power over our life. Heb 2:14. To be born again we must first be killed. John 3:14-16.

God suffers with us as we go through this death to self at Satan’s hands working through his earthly minions and his calamitous circumstances. John 11:35. Christ is with us as we endure this death. We are crucified with Christ. Gal 2:20. Daniel 3:25.

Satan and the people he uses to crucify us are destroyed by the very same cross they put us on. Evil is thereby allowed to run its course and self-destruct. Ps 7:15-16; 9:15-16; Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8; Col 2:14-15.

Through this gospel, we are enabled to love and bless our enemies because we have come to see them as the very blacksmith’s tools of our salvation, both initially and continually. We love our persecutors. We have only two commandments, love God and love others, especially our enemies. All other rule-keeping becomes a byproduct of these two. God is love and we become lovers like Him.

Works and rule keeping are the fruit, never the means, of the salvation process.

In summary, salvation is something that happens to you, not something you do. All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. All the bad things Satan does to us God will take and reverse back against Satan and turn into our victory thru and only thru the Cross of Christ.

I would add that part 1 could be God striving to restrain evil in the hearts of someone. Gen 6:3. At some point God will drop His restraining influence and allow us to be taken over by our own sinful lustful proud desires. See Rom 1:24, 26 and 28. We are delivered over to the wrath and self-punishment of our own sinful desires. We fall into the depths of depression, anxiety and despair. We are here also rendered helpless and hopeless. We then proceed to part 2 of the four parts or we go on on our path to self-destruction.

Todd Tomasella is the author of several Christian, non-fiction books, hundreds of articles, devotionals, audios, tracts, videos, Bible school curriculum, and study guides. No matter the format utilized, the divine mandate is simply getting people into God’s Word for themselves (Nehemiah 8:8; Habakkuk 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17). Let’s Grow Together! Sign up here to begin receiving the Moments with Our Master email devotional that is sure to help you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:2; 3:18). It’s sent out 1-2 times weekly for the edification and equipping of the body of Christ. Sign Up HERE: info@safeguardyoursoul.com

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Devil Smack Down!!!!!

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WE ARE IN YOUR FACE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

“God is love!” 1 John 4:8, 16

Without LOVE, we are nothing! Read 1 Corinthians 13 every morning this week! Beg God to change your life from the depths of your being and to fill you with His love as only He can do!

If you participate in a white supremacy group or black lives matter group, perhaps it’s YOU who is the racist – full of soul-damning hatred (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 21:8). The LORD is calling you to truly repent before it’s too late.

So let me get this straight: You claim to know Jesus and yet you have no time to obey His Great Commission command and yet you have all this time, mental and physical energy, and wherewithal to participate in a hate group?! If that’s you – you are a lost soul!

FROM AUDREY BOYD: “Audrey Boyd yes indeed, we went down town Dallas today and honored cops in Dallas and we will continue praying for all police officers– everywhere ( we must all remember that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood ( not against men ) but against spiritual wickedness in high places, rulers of darkness of this dark world –( the enemy = devil ) –but by the power of the Holy Ghost , through Jesus Christ — we win — in him and by his spirit –AMEN — walk in the spirit — That which is flesh is flesh and does mind the things of the flesh– the same way , that which is spirit is spirit , does mind the things of the spirit of GOD — LIFE, HEALING, LOVE, JOY , PEACE in the HOLY GHOST , and so much more — the kingdom of God consist of that which is Spiritual — not flesh / carnal — AMEN —”

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Lavel Tyler writes: “There is only one race in the body of Christ and that is the christian race. And we are a peculiar people. For we do not look at the skin color when we look at a person but we see everyone as a living soul. We do not judge an entire group or race of people based on the actions or behaviors of one or a few individuals. Whoever possesses this kind of mentality, their judgment and their heart is impaired. There is no such thing as a racist christian. Because when God opens your eyes to the gospel He gives you a heart to see every individual person as a living soul in need of a personal Savior and relationship with God. And that then becomes your main focus. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Meaning that whatever color, race, or gender you were born is what you are.. but when you give your life to Christ who you are becomes– a child of God. That becomes your new identity and that is how you see every other saint that holds to the same faith as you, as a child of God. With all the division there is in the world today, the body of Christ needs to stand together in Unity more than ever before. The enemy wants to see us divided and not fellowshipping with one another but if we will join together in the Spirit standing in love and in truth we will strengthen and build one another up and be unscathed by the schemes of the devil. May this unity spread all throughout the body of Christ.”

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

—-SMACK THAT DEVIL TODAY …. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO THAT …. WHITE DUSTED (SKIN, HUE) SAINTS – KICK THAT DEVIL UNDER HIS FILTHY, EVIL CHIN – CALL OR EMAIL your black friends and tell them that you ARE lifting them in prayer today …. AND YOU BLACK SKINNED SAINTS – call or email your fellowship believers in Christ’s body and let them know your praying for them!!!! The devil is the author of hatred and God “is love.”

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

Saints only Christ’s body can apply the healing balm of His blessed salvation in this fleeting, fallen world! There is no other solution! PREACH! DO! BE HIS BODY! HE’S WITH YOU EVERY STEP!!!!!
“Ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ” Colossians 3:15

THERE are only 2 kingdoms in this world – Christ’s and the devil’s! Rescue the perishing as only God can do THROUGH YOU – HIS BODY!!!! AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?! JUST HOW MUCH MORE POWERFUL IS HIS LOVE DEMONSTRATED THAN WHEN YOU REACH OUT WITH CHRIST’S GOSPEL TO A PERSON WHO IS NOT OF YOUR RACE?!?!?!?!

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/devil-smack-down/

Flood of Noah is a Type of Baptism

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Flood of Noah is a Type of Baptism. 1 Pet 3:18-22

“Baptism” means “overwhelmed with calamity.” Satan is always the active agent in every calamity, each type of baptism, whether in fire as in Dan 3 or in water as in Gen 6-8 and Exodus 14.

The word “baptism” is also symbolic of our participation with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. See Rom 6:3-5. Satan kills and God raises the dead. God never kills and Satan can’t raise the dead.

In Gen 6:3, we see that God is striving to RESTRAIN the evil of mankind on earth.

Noah, his family and his creatures entered the ark thru a door in its side. The ark had three levels symbolizing tripartite man as the incarnate Christ. As a True Christians, we enter Christ thru the wound in His side, in His death. It is thru our death with Christ, the sharing of His sacred wounds, that we come to be in Him. Rom 6:3-5

In Gen 7:11, God STOPS RESTRAINING Satan. The heavenly and earthly flood gates are opened for Satan’s chaotic waters to be released and rush forth with destruction. Satan is always the one who has the power of death (Heb 2:14) and who steals, kills and destroys. John 10:10. Death is the enemy of God. 1 Cor 15:26. God allows death and takes the blame for it and also lets the Bible record, “I (The Lord) will destroy man . . .” Gen 6:7.

The flood destroys “the mighty men” who are the offspring of evil angels but raises, lifts up and saves the people and animals who entered the ark and takes them to the top of Mt Ararat. The cross destroys unbelieving mighty men as did the fiery furnace destroy “the mighty men” in Daniel 3:22. The cross and resurrection save and lift believers to the top of heaven and seats them there with Christ in heavenly places. Eph 2:6.

God STARTS AGAIN TO RESTRAIN Satan and his flood in Gen 8:2.

The ark rests on Ararat just as the believer finds rest thru his death with Christ. Resurrection rest means we no longer have to furnish the power to please God or get thru life. God furnishes the power while we rest!

The earth, thru this baptism in the flood waters of Genesis, has been purified and can now again be replenished just as it was in the beginning. See Gen 1 and 2. This is another example of the aikido-like self-destruction of evil. Satan’s flood destroyed Satan’s people and the people of God were saved, purified and raised up by it.

He who letteth (RESTRAINS) will let (RESTRAIN) until He be taken out of the way. 2 Thes 2:6-8. This is the principle of the cross and redemptive withdrawal all thru the Bible.

God’s judgments are always done in this way thru the principle of the cross. His wrath and anger is to let the angry ones, Satan and his minions, destroy evil and themselves! Satan casts out Satan. His house is thereby divided and so must fall. Mark 3.

This revelation of the flood comes from reading the Bible thru the lens of the cross-understanding. God does not kill or destroy. Satan steals, kills and destroys. God does allow Satan to do it but always with a redemptive and good purpose! God is good, not just sometime, but ALL the time!

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Rev 12:15-16.

Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear this truth, the God did not cause the flood of Noah but Satan did? It cannot be perceived thru human logic or intellect. God is love. His only way of killing and destroying is thru the principle of the cross and redemptive withdrawal.

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/flood-of-noah-is-a-type-of-baptism/

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The Truth about Holiness

“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11

HOLINESS is NOT a work of the flesh saints any more than salvation is of mere men or a work of men (Galatians 3:3).

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.” Psalms 37:39

He who saves, sanctifies – as we abide in Him (John 15:1-6; Philippians 2:12-13, etc.). Holiness is a work of the Holy Ghost in the life of the abiding saint (John 15:1-16). Any holiness that is outside of this biblical truth/model is a work of the flesh and God-less (Matthew 23:23-25; Galatians 3:3). CHRIST alone can save and sanctify! Only Jesus is the Savior and Sanctifier! 1 Corinthians 1:30 says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and SANCTIFICATION, and redemption:” As the appropriation of all things in Christ’s kingdom, it’s by faith saints! (Romans 4:4-5; Hebrews 11:6) Please share this post.

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Holy Scripture reveals that there is a “True holiness” as opposed to a false or feigned holiness (Matthew 23:23-25; Ephesians 4:24). Which one are you walking in?

PERSONAL HOLINESS IS ESSENTIAL AND YET, IT’S NOT A WORK OF THE FLESH BUT RATHER A WORK OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THE TRULY BORN AGAIN, CURRENTLY ABIDING BELIEVER WHOSE “FIRST LOVE” IS JESUS CHRIST (REVELATION 2:4-5).

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalms 138:8

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-truth-about-holiness/

The Key to Total Victory!

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IF GOD IS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO YOU TO KNOW AND MEMORIZE IS WORD, WHAT DOES THAT REVEAL?

Want to know Jesus more intimately?

Get into God’s Word.

study bibleWant to get delivered?

Get into God’s Word.

Want absolute victory?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to be on fire for Jesus?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Want absolute victory over Satan?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to learn the daily cross?

Get into God’s Word.

Desire to please God in all your ways?

Study God’s Word daily and diligently.

Want to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to have full assurance of faith?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Want to have all fear cast out of your heart and mind?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be ready to meet Jesus at His soon return?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be used of God?

Get into God’s Word.

research bibleWant to be able to defend the New Testament faith?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to be proficient in God’s Word?

Study God’s Word daily and diligently.

Want your faith in God to grow?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to infuriate the forces of hell?
Get into God’s Word.

Feeling empty?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Don’t wish to remain ignorant any longer?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to know what to say to others?

Get into God’s Word.

Fed up with the lies of most ministers?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be truly made free?

Get into God’s Word.

Tired of being coddled in your sin instead of given the divine, biblical truth?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be a faithful messenger of the LORD?

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Get into God’s Word.

Saint, what Bible verse(s) are you memorizing today?

None of this will happen by accident. You must make Jesus and therefore His Word the absolute highest priority of your life!

God’s Word will never get into you – until you get into it.

You’ve rebelled long enough. Immediately memorize: Job 12:23; Psalms 119:89, 105, 130; Proverbs 4:4; 13:13; Jeremiah 15:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:2

Writing out each verse with Bible reference on index cards will exponentially increase your ability to memorize. You do not and never have lacked ability but rather application. “Study” means to diligently devour and learn (2 Timothy 2:15). Now is your moment to repent and confess your sins and excuses. Denounce all of this satanic pablum spewed by those who desire for you to remain ignorant and dumb.

Get a King James Bible. Never mind the lying excuses of not being able to understand it. That is a diabolical myth. God’s Word is self-interpretative to those who study it.

Originally posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-key-to-total-victory/