Power, Love, A Sound Mind, And Divine Wisdom

Persecution, Power, Love, and a Sound Mind 2 Timothy 1:7-8

Todd Tomasella: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;” 2 Timothy 1:7-8

Notice in the passage above how “power” and “love” and a “sound mind” are coupled with not slandering or receiving and joining in with the persecution of a brother or sister in Christ.

May God bless each of us to walk in the wisdom of the whole counsel of His Word (James 1:5; Proverbs 8; James 3:17-18, etc.).

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18

Here the great apostle of Christ is in jail where he wrote this from. And, obviously, some were using his jail sentence against him. So, Paul tells his understudy Timothy, not to be ashamed of him because he’s being persecuted.

The Bible tells us that when we walk in God’s love through intimate union with Christ, even “a multitude” of the sins of others will be covered.

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8

Case in Point

“Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” 1 Timothy 5:19

Todd Tomasella: Note closely in the above verse, that we are not to receive any accusation against one of Christ’s elders (or any believer for that matter) without at least two actual WITNESSES. Did you catch that? Not two spreaders of slander but two people who actually WITNESSED the supposed matter/violation. Do you see the difference?

You see, we all know that one person, one devil, can accuse a brother or sister or something and then other pawns can spread the mere fabricated lie. Those are not witnesses. Those are simply people who are spreading a lie.

A man who is an elder received vicious slanderous accusations about another brother (who is a preacher). When he is “concern” contacted me about that brother, I refused his cause against that brother and told him that I have no evidence or sense that such is true about that brother and outrightly stand with that brother and against this fabricated slander. And, I stated to him that I supposed that those slanderous things came from Satan’s very children (namely jezebels). My concern then became about this accusing “elder” who would dare buy into such fabricated slander. Red flags. Paul the apostle of Christ, who was persecuted unto prison (chained down behind bars), said to Timothy:

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;” 2 Timothy 1:8

The next time we hear slander about a known brother or sister, like something that they did in the past (SUPPOSEDLY), let us remember the verse above and memorize it and the address of it. Let us also be filled with joy that the brother or sister being persecuted by slander must be making a great impact for Christ and against the kingdom of hell!!!!!

Now THAT’S how we need to field these things. Is this not the kingdom perspective?!

Our concern actually needs to be about ourselves if we are never slandered or maligned, lied about or persecuted in any way. According to Jesus, if we are not being assaulted, we are not “blessed” according to His divine definition and should be greatly concerned and driven to fall afresh on His mercy at the foot of the cross before it’s too late.

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

Okay, someone may say, “WAIT, what if what people are saying about that person is TRUE?!??!!!”

Reply: DID God’s plan to crucify His only begotten Son not include forgiveness AT and AFTER He saved an individual?

If you for a moment believe a Christian can’t be forgiven of any and all sin, you have elevated sin above the blood of Christ’s cross and are in serious trouble spiritually.

If a man stands solidly on both feet in divine truth and publicly declares it, you can know of a certainty that such a man of God WILL ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT FAIL to be assaulted by “evil men” and jezebels. Remember God’s prophet Elijah and how jezebel fumed in hatred over him and swore to take his life? (1 Kings 18-19)

In fact, gentlemen, if we aren’t being lied about, assaulted, shunned, and horrifically slandered, we may wish to examine our own lives – their root in Christ and subsequent fruitfulness.

Question: Who needs to be worried?

Answer: NOT the fruitful, persecuted true disciples of Jesus but rather those who are not being fruitful and therefore attacked.

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22

Of course, not all sinners will hate us. Yet, the point is, if we receive no persecution, including those which Jesus specifically cites, what does that tell us of our lack of union with He who was persecuted unto crucifixion?

The Revelation 12:10 phrase “accuser of the brethren (Satan)” fits well here and that’s because these are true disciples of Jesus being falsely accused, not the wolves of Satan. Usually, that verse is taken out of context to cover for and defend absolute wolves who pose as Christ’s ministers while misleading and damning many (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). May we study God’s Word for ourselves and thereby gain a biblical clue!

Who did Jesus say is blessed? Listen to the Lamb:

“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24 But woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! For ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:21-26

From our LORD’s teaching here and elsewhere, conversely those who should fear for their eternal souls: are not poor in spirit, are full and not charitable to others (givers), not hated, not separated by joined with apostates and sinners, not reproached, whose names aren’t ridiculed and mocked, laughing and having no troubles due to truly following Christ.

—– Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, grant my heart to be clean of all self-righteousness and an evil eye and that You would allow Your love in me to overlook the multitude of sins in others. Bless me to know that no one on this planet is less worthy of Your sheer mercy, saving than myself. Grant that my heart be broken, humble, and set upon serving You and others. You have not given Your people the spirit of fear but rather of power, love, and a sound mind. Bless me to never be ashamed of your beloved saints as they suffer slanderous persecution and imprisonment in this brief journey leading up to our eternity with You! Instead, use me to pray for aid, and comfort them in any way possible! Thank You this moment LORD, for multiplying Your wisdom to my heart and life, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

More on Persecution here. | More on Self-Righteousness Here.

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Todd Tomasella: Taking Today’s Local Churches to Task – Looking at how wealth was distributed among the earliest followers of Jesus.

Acts 2:44-45 KJV

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Collections? Yes! But “FOR” WHOOOOO?

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

WHO were the collections “FOR”? – “concerning the collection FOR THE SAINTS.”

“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had a need.” Acts 2:44-45

“Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had a need.” Acts 4:34-35

“Make merchandise of you” simply means you are a dollar sign to them.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies (false doctrine will send you to hell), even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise ($) of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation (hell) slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3


These greed-grubbers are the tool through which Satan is robbing the body of Christ. How should the wealth, collections be distributed? (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) Here it is – “And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had a need.” Acts 4:35 …. THIS is how the true body of Christ operates. Most building based “churches” today are set up in rebellion. This isn’t happening due to the large salaries and all the money it takes to run the modern church stages shows.

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Todd Tomasella: Through the Cross and the Principle of the Cross, God REVERSES Evil, Anger, and Destruction Back on the Perpetrator’s Own Head.

As in martial arts, God takes a negative force generated by the enemy and uses this negative force to throw the enemy down and defeat him.  God never generates any negative force of His own.  His only negative force is the force of the enemy reversed through the Cross back against the enemy.  At Calvary, Jesus absorbed the blows and turned the other cheek, and loved His enemies.  There, the smiter and his anger and wrath were defeated by his own anger and wrath against Jesus.  This is the pattern for us.  Matt 5:25-26; 38-48.

Heb 2:14;

1 Cor 3:18-20;

Matt 26:52;

Rom 12:17-21;

Jer 21:4-5.

Notice all these verses in Psalms where the enemy’s thrust is reversed back on his own head.  This reversal is done through the mysterious power of the cross.  Look at all these supportive verses:

Psalms 5:10;


Ps 9:15-16;










This is why we are told by Jesus to love our enemies and resist not an evil person–so God can then reverse the enemy’s wrath back on his own head.  The enemy’s wrath against us, through the Cross principle, becomes the burning coals of vengeance reversed back on his own head.  This reversal may bring him to conviction and convert him.  Retaliating against an enemy will only perpetuate his evil and never convert him.  Rom 12:17-21.

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Todd Tomasella: Luke 24:35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

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As Christians, we no longer know Jesus in the flesh. 2 Cor 5:16. We know Him as the Christ, as His risen Person, Body, Soul and Spirit. The Lord is the Spirit. We are enabled to see His loving and gentle face thru the cross. 2 Cor 3:17; 4:6.

After His death, the risen Christ joined two men walking down the road to Emmaus. They did not know Him though they had been followers of Jesus.

Luke 24:16. But their eyes were HOLDEN (still bound in slavery) that they should not know Him.

It was only after He BROKE bread and distributed it to them that they were able to recognize Him. Their eyes and ears had to be delivered from slavery to Satan’s deception. Rev 12:9. Until that moment a veil had remained over their eyes. Satan had disguised himself as God in many Old Testament passages. 2 Cor 11:13-15.

Luke 24:35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how HE WAS KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD.

This “breaking of bread” signifies the broken body of Christ at Calvary. His distribution of the broken pieces of bread to the two men signifies our participation with Christ in the brokenness of His death. We have been and continue to be crucified with Christ. Gal 2:20. We are partakers or participants with Christ in His cross. 1 Cor 11:26. Only then can we truly and intimately know the Lord.

We cannot truly realize the risen Christ until we undergo a death with Him. Rom 6:3-6. Knowing He died for my sins is true but too shallow. We must die the death, too. Thru this experience of His death we are freed from our slavery to sin and the law in order to really know Christ intimately. Until that moment our eyes are bound in slavery and restrained from knowing the only true God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We cannot fully realize the purity of God’s character of unconditional love, or His humble, meek, gentle, vulnerable, lamb-like, dove-like, single and simple personality. We remain blinded by Satan and have received no revelation of who God really is, the One Jesus came to tell us about. We see God as a wrathful, killing, threatening, retaliating, vengeful, punishing judge or cop in the sky just waiting to zap us for our sin. We see Him just as the Pharisees did and as Saul did before Saul was converted and became Paul. Somehow, we can’t really trust a vengeful wrathful “God” like that.

Paul wrote about people back then who read Moses and the Old Testament but were totally blinded to underlying truth there, that God is a God who loves us unconditionally and sent His Son to tell about Him and then to die for us and rescue us from our deception under sin and the law.

2 Corinthians3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

V14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

V15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

V16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

V17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

V18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Satan has used sin and the law of Moses to blind Christianity to the message of the cross and to who God and His Son really are. But through the cross, we are freed from (Moses) law of sin and death. We are thereby given new eyes to see and ears to hear. Rom 8:1-4.

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

V5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

After the breaking of the bread in Like 24, Jesus opened to the two men the real but hidden truths of Old Testament, things that they had never seen before. Their hearts then burned within them!

And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He OPENED to us the scriptures. And they ROSE UP the same hour . . .  Luke 24:30-33.

Bottom line truth: We cannot see, know or hear from Christ unless and until we are crucified and risen with Christ becoming dead to sin and the law. Rom 6 and 7. We can only know Him IN THE BREAKING of the bread, a BROKENNESS that brings us to a helpless humility, a surrender and a yielding over of the control of our minds and lives to God. This yielding is our death with Christ. Rom 12:1-2. In this we eat His flesh and drink His blood. John 6:52-56. Satan’s veil of deceit is then torn from top to bottom revealing the true reality of the loving nature of God.

We can only know God through our brokenness! We can only understand the Old Testament by being crucified and raised up with Christ.

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“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20


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Todd Tomasella: The instruction to give thanks appears 35 times in Scripture. Picture yourself literally handing a gift to someone. Okay, we are to give thanks to God hand it over. As believers we have been given the mandate and privilege of giving thanks daily for the blessing of Jesus Christ who is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for the remission of our sins. (Romans 3:25) We can also be thankful for the innumerable blessings we now have and those awaiting us in eternity. We are to give thanks always for all things.

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday instituted in America to pause and give thanks for all we have, yet for the believer, thanksgiving is to be a perpetual state of the heart, confession of the mouth, and way of life. Cultivating a thankful heart is essential to contentment and peace. Thanksgiving also displaces covetousness.

”Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Giving thanks is also an indispensable element of prayer. Peace is associated with it (Phil. 4:6-7). Peace and contentment are the fruits of the heart that is full of continual thanksgiving. Many times in Scripture, prayer and giving thanks are coupled together.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

In our times of prayer, and all day long, we should learn to cultivate a heart that is thankful for all of the things we do have – and tell God and others with our mouths.

Have you found that when you are busy verbalizing to God and others, your thanksgiving for all He has blessed you with, murmuring, complaining, discontent and covetousness find no home in your heart? Thanksgiving displaces all of these enemies to our walk with Christ.

Are not His abundant blessings reason to burst forth with exuberant praise and thanksgiving? Remember that the LORD is worthy of your praise and thanks and that a thankful life is one of peace and contentment.


PRAYER: LORD Jesus, thank You for my every breath and the privilege to be your creation and ambassador. Make me to be abundantly fruitful in your kingdom this day. I love you my LORD Jesus. Amen.

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The Valley of Vision

Isaiah’s vision of the cross. Isaiah 22


Todd tomasella: Is 22 begins with the vision of Isaiah, where there is a coming judgment of Judah. All spiritual vision comes to us when we are in a valley of trouble, destruction and despair. This is the experience of the cross of Christ.

Isaiah 22:6-8

6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

7 And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

8 And he discovered the covering of (removed the protection of) Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.

The Lord had called the people of Judah to weeping, mourning, baldness, stripping and sackcloth. These are all foreshadowing of times when we are called to take up the cross. The people of Judah refused the cross of mourning and stripping and chose for self and self-indulgence instead.

Todd tomasella said that this chapter is a picture of the key doctrine of the message of the cross named “redemptive withdrawal.” God removes His protective hand and turns the people of Judah over to the destructive hands of enemies, Elam and Kir. See verse 4 quoted above. God weeps for His people when turning over to the enemy has to occur. 22:4.

We are always being handed over to death for Jesus sake in order that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal bodies. 2 Cor 4:11. This is Redemptive Withdrawal.

Isaiah 22:12-14.

12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die

14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you TILL YE DIE, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

There had to be a death to purge them of their wickedness. This is a foreshadowing of our own need to experience the cross in order to die to self, to be purged, purified, sifted, sanctified and grow in grace.

Shebna, steward or treasurer of the house of Judah, a type of Satan, had become the head of the house of Judah. So God told Isaiah to go and say some things to Shebna. See the 5 verses below:

Isaiah 22:15-19.

V15. Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

16 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?

17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house.

V18 is a foreshadowing of Satan’s self-destruction at the cross. John 12:31. Satan was and is being violently cast out by his own act of violence against Jesus at the cross. God’s only violent act of all time is the cross of Christ. At Calvary, Satan “hewed him out” his own burial place in the Rock, Christ crucified. See v16 above.

Is 22:19. “And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.” Satan and all his arrogant followers are taken down from the throne of self-thru the destruction of the cross of Calvary.

The remaining verses in Is 22 are about Eliakim, a type of Christ, who will come and take over Satan’s house and kingdom thru the cross. The whole thing, Satan’s position, his fallen angel followers, his possessions and his people (the entire “old man”) will “hang” with Christ when Jesus is nailed to that “sure place” at Calvary. All of Satan’s kingdom will be “cut off” thru the cross. The key of government which is put on Eliakim’s shoulders is the cross that Jesus shouldered and took up, for us and as us. The entire old man was crucified with Christ. Rom 6:6. Satan and his fallen angels were stripped off and spoiled at the cross. Col 2:15. Their stripping and spoiling of Jesus was His stripping and spoiling of them. Satan was defanged by his own act at Calvary. 1 Cor 2:6-8; Heb 2:14. The door way of the cross is a door which only Christ can open and shut.

Isaiah 22:20-25.

20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

To summarize, God removed His protective cover off of Judah and allowed Elam and Judah to attack. Shebna, a type of Satan, the steward and head of the house of Judah, was destroyed thru the attack of Judah by these enemies. Eliakim, type of Jesus, was hung and the entire weight of Shebna’s and Judah’s glory was taken down with Him forever at Calvary.

The valley of vision is a prophecy of Christ crucified, a death that “destroyed the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

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