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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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The Valley of Vision

Isaiah’s vision of the cross. Isaiah 22

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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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Return to Thy Mistress

Todd tomasella” Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands – Genesis 16:9

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Poor Hagar! No wonder that she fled. Her proud Arab independence and the sense of coming motherhood made her rebel against Sarah’s hard dealings. We have often meditated flight, if we have not actually fled from intolerable conditions. Of course, when God opens the door out of a dungeon we need not hesitate, as Peter did, to rise and follow. But this is very different to flight from the post of duty.

Our Cross. – For Hagar, Sarah; for Hannah, Penninah; for David, Joab; for Jesus, Judas; for Paul, Alexander the coppersmith. Life assumes hard and forbidding aspects.  Sometimes the cross is not a person, but a trial, the pressure of a slow and lingering disease; the demand for grinding and persistent toil; the weight of overmastering anxiety for those dearer than life, who have no knowledge of God.

Our Demeanor. – Return and submit. We are apt to suppose that we shall get rest and peace elsewhere. It is not so, however. Nowhere else shall we find the path less rugged, or the pillow less hard? To evade the yoke will not give us hearts-ease. The Master’s advice is that we shall take His yoke, and bear it as He did; remain where God has put us, till He shows us another place; and bear what He ordains and permits, even though it comes through the means of others. Our Faith. – We cannot patiently submit to our lot unless we believe that what God permits is as much His will as what He appoints. Behind Sarah’s hard dealings we must behold His permissive providence. Through all the discipline of life we must believe that God has a purpose of unfailing love and wisdom. Then our submission is not stoicism, but loving acquiescence in our Father’s will.

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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!

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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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