Jesus: The Master Military Strategist

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God came to earth as a vulnerable, meek, loving, little man, a man who somehow was able to lure Satan out from his Old Testament world stronghold, deception, disguise and cover. He caused Satan to come out into the open in the New Testament culminating in a final attack against Jesus at Calvary. This assault against Jesus by all the powers of darkness mysteriously resulted in their own destruction. Col 2:14-15. This is the paschal mystery; the hidden, but now revealed, secret of the cross. 1 Cor 2:6-8.

DRUM ROLL: Here is “the revelation of the mystery” (Rom 16:25): The real KILLER of the Old Testament and today is Satan. The real Savior, since before time began, is Jesus, the One who was KILLED! And God is the Master Military Strategist! He always baits the enemy into destroying himself. The Great Murder Mystery of the Old Testament is solved! Like most great murder mysteries, there is an ironic twist at the end. God is not a killer after all. Satan is!

This scenario is portrayed throughout the Bible. In this piece, I will examine passages that show the principle of evil being LURED OUT into the open, EXPOSED and then DESTROYED by its own devices. Ps 5:10; 7:15-16; 9:15-16; 10:2. It is related to the fishhook theory piece I wrote on some time ago.

In Exodus 14 and 15, Pharoah, His chariots, and army, a foreshadowing of Satan, his principalities and powers, are drawn out of their stronghold, Egypt, a type of the world, into the open against the vulnerable, helpless, weaponless Israelites who Pharoah has hemmed in against the Red Sea thinking they are there sitting ducks. God then allows an evil “east wind” (compare Ex 14:21 to Hos 12:1) to blow back the sea waters thereby dividing and opening an expanse in the midst. God then steps back in to restrain the evil waters long enough for the Israelites to CROSS to safety then releases the evil waters to flood and destroy Pharoah’s army. This Red Sea incident is a prefigurement of our baptism into the death of Christ which frees the believer from the tyrannies of Sin, the Law and Satan’s power. Rom 6 and 7. The CROSS delivers the believer but destroys the unbeliever.

And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharoah and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him. Ex 14:5-6.

And with the blast of thy nostrils (nostrils of the fiery dragon, Satan) the waters were gathered together, the floods stood up as a heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy (Pharoah, a type of Satan) said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will “divide the spoil” (a term Isaiah uses in his prophecy of the cross; Is 53:12), my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Ex 15:8-10. (The above parentheticals are mine).

Evil is here destroyed by a combination of its own devices. The lust of evil to enslave and dominate, the evil east wind, the evil killing flood and evil’s own pursuit and assault. God’s only part is to allow, restrain then release evil to destroy. The Israelites are delivered by a “war” (Ex 15:3) in which neither they nor their God ever lift a finger in violence. Evil is lured out of its stronghold against a vulnerable opponent and thereby self-destructs.

A second scenario is found in Joshua 8. Joshua and his army here defeat the King of Ai and his men by stationing two units near the city during the night. One unit approaches the city, allows themselves to be seen by people of Ai, then begin to flee from Ai, feigning weakness and fear. The enemy In Ai is drawn out of the city by this in pursuit of Joshua’s fleeing band. As soon as they are all gone out of the city, Joshua’s other unit, hidden behind the city, advance into the city stronghold, set it on fire and then pursue the men of Ai from behind. Ai is caught is in a vice in the valley between the two units of Joshua. Ai is crushed. The King of Ai is taken alive and verse 29 below provides the main clue that this entire scene in Joshua 8 is a foreshadowing of Satan’s defeat at the cross. Although Jesus was hung there, Satan, (represented here by the King of Ai) was really the one hung in the death of Christ. Col 2:14-15; Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8. Ai had been drawn out, exposed and ambushed by a seemingly weak and vulnerable opponent.

V29 reads: And the King of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remained unto this day.

When Jesus appeared on earth, He drew Satan out of hiding into the open and crushed him on the tree of the cross. Gal 3:10-13.

As Paul warms himself next to a fire of gathered sticks in Acts 28:1-6, a viper leaps out of the fire, fastens itself onto Paul and “hangs” there from his hand. Paul then “shook off” the viper back into the fire, destroyed it and felt no harm. Paul here is a type of Jesus at Calvary. Satan and his evil powers, drawn out of hiding in disguise in the Old Testament, fastened themselves onto Christ at the cross. Thru the cross, Jesus was able to take on Satan and “shook” or “strip off” the devil. The word “spoiled” in Col 2:15 KJV Can also be translated “stripped off.” He stripped the dark powers off and put them away from Himself at Calvary. This stripping or spoiling of them is referred to by Paul as the “circumcision of Christ.” Col 2:11. Interestingly, the term “shook off” is also used in the Red Sea incident. In Exodus 14:27, the word “overthrew” in the phrase “overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of sea” is also translated “shook off” in the margin of the Cambridge edition KJV. Jesus’ presence on earth drew out and took on Satan at the cross and then, thru the resurrection, shook him off back into the fire of his own destruction.

Satan is only mentioned about 5 times in the Old Testament. But when drawn out of his cover by Jesus, he is spoken of numerous times in the New. We will now look at other New Testament passages which prove my point.

In the book of John, “the Jews” representing their “father, the devil” (John 8:44) are constantly drawn out into the open in confrontations with Jesus. One highlight is found in John 8 where they drag the woman caught in adultery to Jesus testing and taunting Him to cause her to be condemned, stoned and killed. Jesus does not, so then at the end of the chapter, the Jews are trying to kill Him instead of the woman. They finally do succeed in killing Him but in the end they are the real losers. Their religion, their temple and their law was destroyed through the very death of Him that they instigated. The zeal of their house, in eating Him up, swallowed up themselves.

In Matt 8:28-34, two devils are drawn out into the open to meet Jesus, coming out of their cover in “the tombs.” They can’t resist a confrontation with Him, asking if He has come to torment them. They recognize Him as the Son of God then beg Him that He will suffer them to go into a herd of swine. He then politely answers their prayer and sends them away off into a herd of swine which promptly run violently down a steep slope perishing in the waters of the sea, a destruction the devils caused to themselves by their own actions. Jesus did nothing here but show up and grant their request like the true gentleman that He always is. Notice hostility is totally on the side of these devils. Jesus conquers them by granting their own request and giving them the freedom to destroy themselves. This is always how God and His Son handle evil confrontations. He “resists not evil” directly (Matt 5:39) but allows it to run its course and indirectly self-destruct. He always overcomes evil with good. Rom 12:17-21 @v21. It is never an eye for eye or performance-based attack on evil by Jesus. God, as manifested in Jesus, is always unconditional love. There is no division in Him. He is single and pure, never dualistic. He will, however, allow you to judge and destroy yourself. He is never coercive or threatening. He is just loving, peaceful and kind, both to the wicked and the good. Matt 5:38-48; Luke 6:35. He gives everyone the freedom to receive Him or reject and walk away.

So what does all this mean to us. We, like Jesus, are called to walk out into the world, drawing Satan out, presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, being vulnerable as He was, as lambs in the midst of wolves (Luke 10:1-4), turning the other cheek, absorbing the blows and allowing evil to come out of hiding and self-destruct. When you love an enemy in a way unexpected by him, you may destroy the evil in him right there on the spot.

It is “the peace of God” only that will ever really crush evil. Rom 16:20. Love is the only force in the universe that will ultimately overcome evil. Love is the only thing “as strong as death.” Song of Sol 8:8.

Our faith is in Jesus. We believe that the paschal mystery will play itself out. Evil will run its course and self-destruct in the face of our love. Satan will continually be lured out into the open and be allowed, thru the principle of the cross, to self-destruct. Heb 2:14. Our part is to die to self and allow the agape self-sacrificial love of our Savior to flow thru us into the world.

GOD IS TRULY THE MASTER MILITARY STRATEGIST FOR THE CONQUERING OF EVIL.

In the Old Testament, the killing murdering god (1 Sam 15:1-10) is really Satan disguising himself as the true God until the devil is later smoked out by the cross. Many Christians are still blinded to this. 2 Cor 4:3-4. The murder mystery has been solved. The veil is rent and taken away in Christ.

Jesus came to show us what “the only true God” is really like. John 17:3. God allowed Satan to deceive the whole world and has even taken the blame for what Satan did in the violent portraits of God in Old Testament scripture. For the evils Satan did to Job, God took the blame. Job was never told Satan was the true perpetrator. God took Satan’s blame in the Old Testament. Satan is the only real perpetrator of death. Death is the last enemy of God that will be destroyed. 1 Cor 15:26.

KILLING IS A SIN AND GOD DOES NOT DO IT. GOD IS THE DIER, NEVER THE KILLER. HE IS THE MASTER STRATEGIST!

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/jesus-the-master-military-strategist/

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Seeking the Presence of the LORD?

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Seeking His Presence? Beware of the many methods created and cloaked as Christian which are nothing more than an attempt to conjure up God’s presence out of a self-serving agenda. Contemplative prayer and soaking come to mind as Satan’s counterfeits.
Simply put, contemplative prayer or centering prayer, is a way of praying that is not according to the biblical prescription. Contemplative prayers and soakers are simply rebels who refuse to obey Jesus so they want Jesus to just continue to dump His Holy Spirit on their rebellious hearts.

JESUS told you to die, not to run around seeking His presence in contemplative prayer or soaking meetings – with other self-serving flakes, counterfeits. He’ll decide that how much of His holy presence He puts on individuals – according to their personal obedience. He alone decides how much of His presence He chooses to put in our lives.

obliencePsalms 16 is prophetic of Jesus who rendered perfect obedience to His Father: “For thou wilt not leave my (Jesus’) soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:10-11)The “presence” of the LORD and “fulness of joy” He alone can give, only comes with the true disciple who is truly walking with Christ. We see this throughout Scripture.

“In his presence” sure is “fulness of joy” and He requires our obedience to bring us into His presence (Psalms 16:11).

“For he whom God hath sent (Christ) speaketh the words of God (fully obedient): for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34

As seen in the above verse, where Christ is our example, the LORD’s presence in our lives is contingent upon our abiding in Him, obeying Him (John 14:21-23, etc.). Seeking His presence without obeying Him, truly worshiping HIM, reveals a self-serving nature. We don’t seek the joy or His presence – We seek His face (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

IF you truly want more of the presence of the LORD, no need to mindlessly sit soaking or meditating. Get up and obey and then and only then will He graciously grant you greater anointing and reward!

We are to immerse yourself in His Word – Joshua 1:8 not mindless meditation which is new age paganism.

Many today want God to do more for them, they want more of His presence and to “soak” and yet, they’ve not obeyed Him and His simplest instructions. Not going to happen.

YOU can pray till you are blue in the face and God will not hear if you will not repent and literally obey Him: Proverbs 28:9 says: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law (Word), even his prayer shall be abomination.”

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7

Of course we should seek and ask Him to be anointed and full of His Spirit in order to DO His work, and yet, such comes from laying down our lives – which He then raises upward by His presence.

“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-12

The resurrection presence, life, glory, and power of Jesus fills and raises up the truly obedient – those who resign themselves to the crucified life.

praygisNancy Cote notes: “This movement is growing by leaps and bounds because this generation loves signs and wonders and what their itching ears want more than Sola Scripture of solid doctrine. Dying to self and picking up their cross and preaching of The Cross that is foolishness to them.”

Yet, Jesus’ presence does not come to us just because WE want it to. Isn’t a preoccupation with seeking His presence while not obeying Him cloaked pride? There are conditions to be met – obedience and truly worshiping HIM are essential. This is in contrast to seeking His presence for our self-serving purposes. Remember how the disciples wanted to sit at His right and and His left?

“Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.” Matthew 20:20-23

When you die – lay down your life – He will reciprocate with His resurrection life (2 Corinthians 4:10-12). That’s His promise but you must die to experience this, not try to control things yourself which is further evidence that you are not dying to self. He’s in control, not you.

Fact: Jesus says that to those who OBEY Him – live by faith – will be granted His presence, not those who selfishly seek to soak or conjure up His presence through their own merit or works for their own self–serving purposes.

Seeking His presence is paramount to seeking signs instead of the Savior Himself. What did Jesus say of the sign seekers?

“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:” Matthew 12:38-39

Seeking His Presence or Simply Obeying Christ?
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:21-23

Today, so many who vainly believe they are Christ’s, are being misled into self-seeking experiences they are told are of God. Quite a contrast with New Testament disciples of Jesus we read about in the 27 book canon. The honest student of Scripture and follower of Jesus knows that a walk of faith, a denial of self (the cross), soundly grounded in the Word, is the walk of a true New Testament believer.

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32

It seems that today, many people claiming to know Jesus, seek to do anything except soberly and soundly follow Him, denying self, taking up the cross, and abiding in Him.

According to Jesus, in the end, at the Judgment, those who loved and obeyed Him will be received into glory and remain with Him eternally. In contrast, those who revel in the experiential, not being rooted in Christ, will be terminated into the bowels of eternal damnation (Matthew 7:21-23).

Read more: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/seeking-the-presence-of-the-lord/

 

The Foolishness of the Cross

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For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are (being) saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18.

Here are the reasons why the message of the cross is foolishness to the world. The natural mind cannot see the wisdom of these paradoxical principles of the cross.

The Way to:

  • healing is through pain. By His stripes we are healed; 1 Pet 2:24;
  • real life, resurrection life, is thru death, dying to self; 2 Cor 4:10-11;
  • increase is through decrease; John 3:30;
  • gain is thru loss; Philip 3:7-8;
    kill evil is by kindness; Rom 12:17-21;
  • extinguish blows against you is by absorbing those blows in loving non retaliation; Matt 5:38-45;
  • invincibility is through vulnerability; be a lamb among wolves; Luke 10:1-4;
  • victory is not by war but by peace; Rom 16:20;
  • strength is through weakness; 2 Cor 12:7-10;
  • promotion is through demotion; Luke 14:7-11;
  • inherit the earth is not by strength of force but by meekness; Matt 5:5;
  • comfort is thru mourning; Matt 5:4;
  • kingship is thru poverty; Luke 6:20;
  • conquering life is by being killed or slaughtered all day long everyday like a sheep; Rom 8:36-37.
  • being filled is by first being emptied, hungered and thirsty; Matt 5:6; Phili 2:5-11.
  • having a great reputation is thru becoming a person of no reputation; Phili 2:7.
  • become a chief is thru being a slave; be first is by being last; Matt 10:24-25; Matt 20:20-28; Matt 19:20;
  • be loved is to be hated; Matt 10:22;
  • winning thru the court is by suffering yourself to lose the lawsuit; 1 Cor 6:7;
  • grow and multiply is by falling down and dying; John 12:23-25;
  • be transformed is not by trying to transform but by surrender; Rom 12:1-2;
  • to learn to get it right is by getting it wrong; to succeed is thru failure; Luke 18:9-14;
  • get control is by giving up control or dying to your methods of control;
  • rise above (resurrection) is by coming under (death); to overcome or to stand over
  • is to come under or to stand under (to understand); Rom 8:35-37;
  • keep the rules of law is by dying to or getting out from under the influence of the law; Rom 6:14; 7:1-24;
  • stay afloat is to sink down; Book of Jonah;
  • work is to rest; Heb 4:1-11;
  • arm yourselves against an enemy is to disarm yourselves of all carnal weapons; 2 Cor 10:1-5; 1 Pet 4:1-2;
  • stand worthy is to be slaughtered as a lamb; to win battles is not by the wrath of a lion but by the wrath of a lamb (thru crucifixion with Christ); Rev 5:6; 6:16;
  • win is by superior love not superior force; to fight is not by fighting but faithing; John 18:36;
  • gain more weight of God’s glory is by being stripped of earthly glory; 2 Cor 4:16–17:
    put on the new is to put off the old; Eph 4:22-24;
  • being great among men is to be a slave to men; Matt 20:26-27.
  • These concepts make no sense to the natural man’s mind. They are foolishness to him. But they are the wisdom of God to the supernatural born again/new mind.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor 1:25.
Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-foolishness-of-the-cross/

NATIONAL PRAYER FOR AMERICA

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Born again believers are the body of Christ and are the only people on the earth to have access to God by way of Jesus Christ – the only way (John 14:6). When we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God will move! Here’s a critical prayer in very trying times in America.

PLEASE SHARE: PRAYER FOR TRUE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION: “Oh LORD, grant true repentance to Your people – to truly lay down our lives in this world, humble ourselves, and obey You. We pray for those who claim to be Your pastors – that they will authentically repent and preach only Thy Word. Expose the unrepentant wolves LORD Jesus. We pray that justice is served up for those who are working good and against those who sought to sell our nation like wheat and oil. Expose Satan’s children in our midst who only exist to work evil. LORD please open up all the curtains and cobwebs so all will see who the Clintons really are. LORD please reveal all the lies and secret deals, done in darkness, that hurt this great Nation and sought to sell us to ungodly islamic nations. Bring all the darkness to the light Father. Please LORD put Your Heavenly hand to this case and let it not be hidden anymore. 300 Plus deaths and counting LORD are connected to these people. Expose and remove – bring to true justice – the evil ones operating in the FBI and CIA and all other branches of government. Haiti relief fund monies were all stolen. Countless innocent children have been molested by these Your enemies. Relief fund monies were stolen again. Billions of our dollars were sent to islamic murderous antichrist nations. Help us LORD and we will praise You LORD Jesus all over the streets, hills and mountains of this great country! LORD fight our battles and let the enemies be scattered, in Jesus name, Amen!…. ☆ PASS ON THIS PRAYER ☆

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Remarriage? What Does the Bible Teach?

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Summary of what the Bible teaches on divorce and remarriage.

Marriage was originally intended to be permanent when instituted by its Designer (Matthew 19:3-6). The following words are presented to bring to light what the Almighty has stated concerning the unfortunate issues that face the victims of marital sins and what instructions and liberties He has sovereignly granted in such cases. Through the preponderance of Scripture it becomes clear that just like our covenant relationship with the LORD, so marriage is conditional upon the continued fidelity of each party.

The late Donald Stamps, in his Life in the Spirit Study Bible commentary wrote:

“EXCEPT IT BE FOR FORNICATION. God’s will for marriage is one mate, one marriage for life (vv. 5-6; see Gen. 2:24, Sol. 2:7; 4:12; Mal. 2:14). To this Jesus gives an exception, namely ‘fornication.’ Fornication is marital unfaithfulness (Gk. porneia) and includes adultery or any kind of sexual immorality (5:32; 19:9). Hence divorce is to be permitted when sexual immorality is involved. The following are important biblical facts concerning divorce.

(1) When Jesus criticizes divorce in 19:6-7, He is not criticizing a separation because of adultery, but a divorce permitted in the O.T. in those cases where a husband discovered premarital unchastity after the marriage ceremony had taken place (Deut. 24:1-4). God’s desire in such cases was that the two remain together. However, He permitted divorce due to premarital unchastity because of the hardness of the people’s hearts (vv. 7-8).

(2) In the case of immorality after marriage, the O.T. law prescribed the dissolving of the marriage by executing both the offending parties (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22). This, of course, would leave the innocent person free to remarry (Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:39).

(3) Under the new covenant the privileges of the believer are no less. Although divorce is a tragedy, marital unfaithfulness is such a cruel sin against one’s mate that Christ states that the innocent party has a proper right to end the marriage by a divorce based on adultery. He or she is free to remarry another believer (1 Cor. 7:27-28).

(4) Paul’s treatment of marriage and desertion in 1 Cor. 7:12-16 indicates that a marriage also may be dissolved by the desertion of an unbelieving spouse. He further indicates that remarriage by the believer in such cases is not sin (see 1 Cor. 7:15; 27-28).” Donald Stamps, Life in the Spirit Study Bible, p. 1443

QUESTION:

“So can married couples divorce for any reason?”

REPLY:

No. The Bible gives 2 clear reasons for divorce and so divorce is never a “I’m tired of her/him so I’m divorcing them!” Noooo. Marriage is ordained by God to be permanent and yet, abandonment and adultery/fornication are specific sins that can break that covenant if the offended party chooses (Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:15-16, 27-28).

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/remarriage-what-does-the-bible-teach/

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/

 

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/