The Bondage or Freedom of Words

Matt 12:34-37 – O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. The word viper is speaking of poisonous snakes of which there are many different kinds in the lands of which the bible was written.  Some of the vipers are very poisonous while others not as much.

Jer 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? The venom from mankinds mouth, come from the heart of man, being blinded and manipulated by the devil to utter poisonous words that are meant to do great harm to those who become the pray of the devil caught in a snare, to do the devils will. Eph 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  The devils desire is to cause these words from family, friends, and other relationships to hinder God from using these harmed by words to labor for Him in this world bringing glory to Father through the Son. John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy through the poison of words, affecting both the one brings them and those that receive them. Note in Matt 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37) For by thy  words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Idle word means inactive, unemployed; (by implication) lazy, useless, or barren. God seeks to employ our words, “what we say”, to manifest,  build and grow His kingdom on the earth, and only the gainful employment of our words, with faith and love can bring forth justification and righteousness, bringing eternal life. James 3:2-8 – For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Ask yourself; our my words gainfully employed to glorify the Father through the Son.

Matt 5:22 – But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Angry means to provoke or enrage, or become exasperated and from this comes the poison of this anger and they strike out at the one who angers them. With both sinning against God. Judgment means to separate for a decision (by church elders), but also divine judgment. Raca means senseless, empty-headed man; raca was a word of utter contempt, signifying “empty,” intellectually rather than morally, “empty-headed,” it was worse than being angry. Danger of council means any assembly, whether convened to deliberate or to pass judgment. Thou fool means dull, sluggish, stupid; here the word means morally worthless, a scoundrel, a more serious reproach than “Raca”; the latter scorns a man’s mind and calls him stupid; thou fool scorns the heart and character; hence the Lord’s more severe condemnation.

Gal 5:13-16 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16) I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. To bite means, to wound the soul, cut, lacerate, rend/tear apart with reproaches. How many wounded souls are in this world being birthed from the words of family, friends and strangers even church members?  How many times has this happened to us and we as God’s people, don’t forgive those who wounded us.  Rather we should pray for them, forgiving them that we continue in the Lords grace working in us. The venom of the weak should not be able to harm those strong in the Lords grace and Spirit. The venom of words starts at an early age and follows the wounded, most if not all of their lives, but shouldn’t hinder born again Christians who are filled with the Spirit of God and love for Peter says in 1 Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Isa 58:9 – Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity. Yoke means yoke-bar; used of oppression, also trouble, wickedness, affliction, evil, mischief,  unjustness, unrighteousness. Vanity characterizes the way of life of those who are without God: For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail”  And how does all this evil happen? By the words of the wicked and even Christians who have no knowledge on how much God hates these idle poisonous words, unfazed by the oppression and affliction it brings millions of people.  THESE TRULY ARE IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE!  Isa 59:3-5 – For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4) None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5) They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Cockatrice means a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, hissing); a poisonous serpent. Don’t get caught up in strife and angry or vindictive words for if we partake of these eggs we will perish!

Prov 18:20-21 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Righteousness is a progressive work that is a labor of words manifesting by our faith bringing the fruit of  from our lips. They will either justify us of condemn us. Our words can condemn us and cut us off  from our earthly and eternal rewards being used by the devil to steal, kill and destroy, but for those laboring in righteousness by faith that will be revealed are blessed forever, both here in this life and eternally. Prov 13:2-3 – A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. We eat the good fruit of our mouth, is speaking about growing spiritually and receiving the benefits  of this spiritual growth both earthly and heavenly.

Prov 12:13-14 – The wicked is snared by the transgression/rebellion of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14) A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. Many Christians are rebellious in their words and without repentance for they have no knowledge of what the word of God says about our words, nor the effect, both positive and negative they can have upon our lives earthly and eternal. Prov 10:20-21 – The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21) The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.  Our words our precious unto God, actively employed for the building up of His church and kingdom on the earth.

Prov 18:6-7 – A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7) A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. This shows us that words will either be to our edification or our destruction. Prov 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The more we open our mouth to speak, the greater the probability that idle words will flow out, unrestrained, bringing  greater condemnation, causing faith and righteousness to be cut off from them. Eccl 10:12-14 – The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13)) The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14) A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? Did we know that our words can swallow us up?  This is what the devil desires, to keep our words from being a threat unto him, keeping Christians in the snare of their own words, condemned, not even knowing it.  Take note, what will swallow us up, words of life or words of death?

Isa 57:19 – I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.  Paul’s request in Eph 6:19 – And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospelPs 141:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

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1 Cor 1:27-29 – But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28)  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29)  That no flesh should glory in his presence. Num 12:3 – Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Meekness is the extreme opposite of pride and self will.  Meek means depressed, in mind or circumstances, needy, especially saintly, humble, lowly, poor, also to deprive of self-esteem or self-worth or of little distinction. English meek means long-suffering and uncomplaining; forbearing, yet strong enough to resist aggression; enduring, forbearing, persevering, and patient. Ps 22:26 – The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

God strongly prefers to use the meek for His work on the earth, yet He still uses those that have little of this, but pride will always cause them to fall short and miss the mark.  It is the pride of mankind the nurturers offenses and manifest in frustration, anger, forgiveness, and bitterness.  Ps 147:6 – The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Lifteth up means testify, to encompass, restores, call to record, relieve, stand upright, or witness. God love the meek of the earth, for He can cause His power and strength to flow through them. Isa 11:4  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity/fairness for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Meekness does not identify the weak, but more precisely the strong who have been placed in a position of weakness where they persevere without giving up.  Why? The putting off of the old to put on the new. (Eph 4:22, Col 3:9)

God’s greatest desire is to use His people to cause His life, strength and power to flow through, but without meekness pride will connect to the message and the power of God and make the person miss the mark.  1 Cor 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (Infirmity means feebleness of mind or body, malady; frailty,  sickness, or weakness.)  Paul was praying that this harassing thorn be removed from his flesh, which was a messenger of satan to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure as Paul pleaded with God three times.

Late twentieth-century Western culture does not hold meekness to be a virtue.  Virtue means moral excellence, grace, purity, decency, or moral goodness. Ps 149:4 – For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify/glorify the meek with salvation. The pride of man became a slayer of meekness and virtue.  In the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world, they placed a high premium on meekness. Ancient Near Eastern kings were not reluctant to describe themselves as meek in the same context in which they described themselves as mighty kings.  We can see the huge difference between King Saul and David, it testifies of God’s utter contempt for Saul in contrast to God’s great love for King David, because of this inward beauty of David from meekness and Jesus came in the likeness of David seed.

Ps 2:9-12 – Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10) Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11) Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. We can see a whole new meaning to Ps 2:12 here as it speaks to the meek of the earth, these are those whom God desires to use powerfully.  Kiss here implies submission and being under, trusting, submitted and yielding to His desires for our lives.  In earlier teachings we have learned that kiss means to be armed with weapons, but we find that the greatest weapon is meekness, because Jesus was meek and lowly when He walk the earth, dying for our sins and transgression against God. Matt 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Yoke means to join, especially by a yoke; a coupling, servitude (a law or obligation);  Rom 13:8 – Owe (out of obligation) no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Here is the conflict with the flesh and God, bringing our chastening!  The love of God working within in us, being demonstrated, by our love for one another, works in us death through meekness for the putting off of the old man and putting on of the new creation in Jesus Christ.

Heb 12:5-8 – And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6) For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges(flogs) every son whom He receives.” 7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Chastens means to train up a child, educate, or to discipline by punishment. Why does God discipline by punishment? To rid us of the old nature with its pride and self will, keeping us from God using us to do his work upon the earth.

Most modern versions of the bible replace “meekness” by “gentleness” or “humility, ” largely as a result of the belittling overtones of weakness and effeminacy now associated with meekness. Ps 45:3-4 – Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4)  And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. The scripture speaks of Christ the Lord bring judgment upon the wicked in truth, meekness and righteousness.

What prompted this discrepancy between the biblical and contemporary attitudes toward virtue?  A conflict in which individuals is unable to control or influence circumstances. Typical human responses in such circumstances include frustration, bitterness, or anger.  Deut 12:8 – Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. Those of the world do what is right in their own ways and many Christians are estranged from God because of this. Rom 10:3 – For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  Submitted means to subordinate, be under obedience, put under, subdue, make subject to, be put in subjection or submit self unto.  1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These attributes mark them that are meek: Meekness is an active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances that are wisely seen by the individual as only part of a larger picture. Meekness is patient and hopeful endurance of undesirable circumstances and identifies the person as externally vulnerable and weak, but inwardly resilient and strong. The use of the Greek word when applied to domestic animals means “tame”.  In other words, such animals have not lost their strength but have learned to control the destructive instincts that prevent them from living in harmony with others.(Remember natural man means beastly, sensual and terrestrial.) The single most frequently attested context in which the meek are mentioned in the Bible is one in which they are vindicated and rewarded for their patient endurance. Ps 25:9 – The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.  If you aren’t hearing from God and His word is not being revealed to you by His Spirit, most likely this spirit of pride is keeping you from the truth and you have not submitted yourself to the chastening of the Lord, thus becoming a son.

1 Peter 3:4 – But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Zeph 2:3 – Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.  Seek means to find, to secure, to desire, to demand, to require to ask or request.  Meekness is a grace gift given by God, but if there is no striving after it, it won’t come.  Jesus told us to ask, seek and knock to receive from the Father, far be it from the Father to keep meekness from us to walk in it that He be glorified.

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Power of the Blood (Part 2)

Lev 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. The altar of Christ’s death was upon the Cross and the blood that issued out His of body and flesh was for everlasting atonement of our souls and life to our flesh.  The Cross of Christ brought forth a way of exchanging sin, death and corruption from the poisoned bloodline of Adam for the sinless blood of Jesus Christ and the new life that would proceed from it for every believer that is born of the Spirit.(Rom 8:13) The word of God, received by faith, has within it the flesh and the blood of Jesus which is brought about and manifest in us by the Holy Spirit. Do we believe in the power of the blood.  Rom 3:24-25 – Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.  Propitiation means the holding back of judgment until the Spirit of God finishes the Fathers work in us and the whole body Christ, making us one with Him.  This work is accomplished through the sinless blood of Jesus.

Prov 4:20-22 – My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Why does the word of God give life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh?  Because the word manifested is Jesus Christ and the life of His flesh is in the sinless blood received from the Fathers seed.  The word of God infuses us with the blood of Jesus through the Holy Spirit if we believe it.  Eph 5:30- For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  If we are His body flesh and bones, then His sinless blood must also flow through us by the Spirit exchanging the genealogy of Adam with sin, death and corruption for the sinless blood of Jesus, putting off the old man and putting on the new man in Christ. (Eph 4:22-24). We must also be aware that although something physical is taking place in us in the putting off of the old man in that corrupted Adamic nature it is the Holy Spirit that is mortifying the deeds of the flesh as well as changing us into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.  However, without embracing our own death and finding a place of rest in Him this process will not take place.(Col 3:3, Heb 4:9-11) 1 Cor 15:53-55 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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The Power of the Blood (Part 1)

John 6:53-58 – Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55) For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56) He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57) As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58) This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.  This was a pretty difficult saying to all that heard the word and just about all left Jesus accept His disciples. (John 6:66-70) Eating the flesh of Jesus is manifest in a relationship with Him through study and meditation upon the word of God for Jesus is the word of God and the word is manifest in His flesh. John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Drinking of His blood is manifest by life “zoe” that proceeds from His sinless blood that manifests out of our lives from the new creature, received when we were born again of the spirit. (John 3:8, John 10:10)

Matt 1:18 -  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit received and delivered the seed into Mary’s womb that would bring to birth Jesus Christ into this world. This seed carried sinless blood from the Father, also carrying God’s DNA and all the purposes preordained by the Father.(Heb 10:5-7) This sinless blood permeated the flesh of Jesus Christ and gave life to His whole body and His life gave witness this. (Heb 1:1-4)  Jesus Christ was fully God in the flesh and the exact representation of the Father. Heb 2:14 – Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.  In pregnancy the mother only nourishes the baby in the womb, but doesn’t share the same blood. In all children born on earth, their life blood is provided by the seed of the male, which also passes on the sin, death and corruption from the linage of Adam.  All humanity are born into sin. The blood of Jesus didn’t proceed from man, but God, making Him  fully sinless and pure.

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A Bear Robbed of Her Cubs!

Hos 13:6-8According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. 7) Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: 8) I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.  God’s intentions in the creation of mankind was not for their pleasure, but for His.  He was seeking to have many sons.  Heb 2:10-11 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11) For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.  He has placed His seed in al that have ever been born or will be born on this earth.  Also, God has made a way for all mankind to know Him, so that  His desire would be fulfilled to receive many sons through Jesus Christ to abide with Him together as one in eternity.

At the time of the writing of Hosea 13:6-8 God wasn’t pleased with His people Israel for they had bereaved Him of sons like the bear robbed of her whelps/cubs.  I don’t believe that anyone would want  to be in a place where a mother bear was coming after them for robbing her of one of her cubs.  This is exactly what mankind does to God, even the church, today more so than ever before.  You better think twice before you turn your back on Christ and rob the Father of a son!  The real issue here is that there is little fear of God in peoples hearts today.  They rely and rally around His great love, mercy and grace, and then temp Him, not realizing that God is expectant that a son come forth out of our lives, being made in the exact image and likeness of Christ who is the prototype for all the Fathers sons.  This is why we receive the Holy Spirit for it is He that works in us, patiently enduring in the putting off of the old nature, and working heartily in the bringing forth of the new man a son of God. 1 Cor 15:53-55 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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The Economics of Heaven

Heb 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Diligently seek means to search out, to investigate, crave, demand,  require, seek after (carefully, diligently), investigate, scrutinize, to seek out for oneself, beg, and to demand back.  Require or demand does not mean that we demand God for anything, but that Christian faith puts a demand upon the abundant supply of the purposes He ordained for us, before the beginning of time.

Eph 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. This principle of receiving from God His purposes and desires for our lives is called “supply and demand.”  It is a term used in economics of the world for buying and selling. The buyer puts a demand for a certain product the seller has on hand.  The seller has priced the product, the buyer pays the price for purchasing the product or the supply needed that they have.  God’s kingdom works in the same manner.  Isa 55:1-2 – Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  The price set for the buyer is not of this world, it is spiritual sacrifices of ones own self or life, which pleases God and opens the door to His purpose and supply for the equipping of the saints and the building up the body of Christ.

Think of this supply and demand principle in the manner that we are all familiar with.  We all receive power from SCE&G.  Everything that runs off of this power source can be turned on or off with a switch.  There is a power plant that supplies power to this area, supplying all the power we need and it could even be upgraded to receive more.  However, we must turn it on for that which it powers to function. By flipping a switch we put a demand upon the supply of power needed and we get a bill at the end of the month.  The principle is the same in the kingdom God, but faith in God is the switch that supplies all the power connecting us to our supply and good works He has ordained us to walk in, manifesting the good works that glorifies Him on the earth.  The bill that we pay is the laying down our lives for one another.  John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Matt 5:14-17 – Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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Zacchaeus: Appointment with God.

Luke 19:1-6 – And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2) And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3) And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4) And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5) And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6) And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.  Why did Jesus choose Zacchaeus?  Surely this came from the Father, but why?  The Father specifically directed Jesus at this particular time and place for Jesus to look up and see this little man who was chief of the tax collectors and call upon him, “to make haste and come down for today I must abide at thy house”.  Clearly it was the Father that called upon Jesus to call upon Zacchaeus for such a time as this, but why?  There is much more to this than what meets the eye.

Luke 19:7 – And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.  Jesus never sought to make friends, in fact He inflamed many against Him, because of words and actions that they had no heart nor revelation to understand.  All these people saw was this rich little man getting rich by taking from them what they owed Caesar and bitterness was in their heart because of it. Matt 22:14-21 tells us what Jesus told all that are His to do about taxes.  Matt 22:20-21 – And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?  21) They said unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.  These peoples hearts were hard, but not Zacchaeus.

Luke 19:8-10 – And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9) And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham 10) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  In vs 8, Zacchaeus was not saying,  that because Jesus choose him he would give half his goods to the poor.  Zacchaeus was declaring that, “half of my goods I give to the poor”, in the present tense, meaning he was already doing this, which begins to reveal why God choose this divine appoint with Zacchaeus.  Zacchaeus also declared that, “if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I’ll restore him fourfold”.  Zacchaeus was saying that he had defrauded none maliciously for selfish gain, but even so, if anyone accuses him of such, by false accusations, that he would restore this person fourfold.  Even today most Christians can’t stand under this kind of measure!  Zacchaeus was a righteous man, yet was scandalized by people with hardened, evil hearts, that had no concept of the love of God.

Prov 20:27 – The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  God is in tuned to every ones ways upon the earth.  He seeks out those, that through righteous works, without corrupt motives, that belong to Him, and from it covers, protects and guides on the paths of righteousness.  2 Chron 6:30 – Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men. Prov 5:21 – For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. 2 Chron 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  God was checking out  Zacchaeus’ heart all the time.  Col 3:14 – And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  Charity is the Greek word “agape” or love.  Charity means generosity, benevolence, alms giving, and brotherly love.  Love is the essence of who God is.  1 John 4:8 – He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Prov 28:27 – He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. Prov 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

It is obvious why Zacchaeus was the chief among the publicans and was rich, because he was rich in charity and honorable in his labor.  How are we showing love to the least of them?  Can we live up to standard of Zacchaeus in purity and innocence before God?  From Thayer’s Greek Lexicon the name Zacchaeus means “pure and innocent”.  When we love the brethren and show charity towards the poor and needy God accounts these like Zacchaeus as pure and innocent!

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The New Creature #2

    Gal 6:15-16 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  Rule means (a straight reed, rod); (“canon/a body of rules or principles”), a standard (of faith and practice); a boundary, a sphere of activity.  Adams seed, of which all mankind are born in this image, are self referential, beastly, sensual,  proud, controlled by satan and resists the love of God in hardness of heart. (Adams seed lives according to their own rule which is worldly and corrupt.)

Ezek 36:26-27 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. This new heart and new spirit comes forth as we are born again of the Spirit. It is God’s seed manifest in the new creature. Just as Adams seed was established through disobedience and rebellion manifesting sin and corruption, God’s seed, received when we are born again of the Spirit, is full of love, because God is love.  God’s seed will not produce bad fruit.  1 Cor 15:45 – And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

In Gal 6:15-16 when it says walk in this rule, body of rules or principles, standard of faith and practice and boundaries or sphere of activity, it means walking in the love of God, out of that which this new creature was purposed by God to walk in out of the book written about us. Rom 13:7-8 – Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  Notice love is the fulfillment of the law!  Owe means to be under obligation, morally, or by duty:  Love both times in Rom 13:8 is Greek word “agapao” which means labor or works of love.  Matt 24:12 – And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.   Greek word for love here is “agape” meaning charity or love feast, and defined as that which is an unconditional love that is not self seeking, but self sacrificial.  Agape is like a well of which “agapao” or the labor to love flows out of.  The love of God waxes cold, because these  are not willing to die to the old self and the corruption within. Rom 1:14-15 – I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. Paul is a debtor or under obligation to labor in love for gospel of Christ, as should all that call themselves Christians for we are under the same obligation. 1 Cor 16:13-14 – Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit/act you like men, be strong. 14) Let all  things be done with charity/love. The love of God is a well of which all of our labor as Christians rest upon and we are  proven and judged accordingly.

     1 Thess 3:12-13 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13) To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. The word for love here is “agape”.  It is saying,”not to let your well of love run dry through trails and tribulations in the labor of love.  Putting on the new and putting off the old is a war of two natures battling for our soul.  Satan and darkness on one side and Jesus and His brightness of His glory on the other side.  Matt 11:12 – And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Here we can see how critical the love of God is to every Christian.  Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God”.  The labor of love becomes the vehicle that establishes our hearts unblameable in holiness before God. Unblameable means irreproachable, blameless, innocent or faultless.  He may stablish means to set fast, to turn resolutely in a certain direction, to confirm, or to stedfastly set. strengthen.  What the law couldn’t do, laboring in love accomplishes fully establishing sons of God.  1 Thess 1:2-3 -  We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3) Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.  Labour means cut, toil (as reducing the strength), pains, trouble, or weariness.  Patience means cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy/steadfastness.  We can easily see the war for the soul here.  In the labor of love, love here is “agape” or the well of life that we receive from to labor in love “agapao”.  2 Thess 1:3 – We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth/super abounds.  We see that the love and the faith increase as they continue steadfastly to labor in the love of God.  This is the ideal description of the body of Christ fully functioning as one, and nothing can stop it when it is functioning in this manner, edifying itself in love.

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The New Creature

     Gal 6:15-16 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  The Greek word for new means the act of founding, establishing, or creating.  The Greek word for creature means recently made, fresh, unused, unworn, a new kind; unprecedented, uncommon, or unheard of.  John 3:7-8 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  This new creature comes as we confess our sin, surrender our lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and commit our lives to His will and purposes, which requires our own personal death to the old corrupted nature within and a yielding to the Holy Spirit, for it is He who graces us and sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts.  Rom 8:12-14 – Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 2 Cor 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Christianity is more than just a religion it is a contract with God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvaries cross, to become sons of God, through faith that works through love.  Heb 2:10-11 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. There are several different meanings for sons, but here it refers to descendants without reference to sex.  A Christians faith is more than just making it to heaven and eternal life, but placement in an eternal kingdom as sons of God, to manage His kingdom on earth and in eternity. (Ps 82, Matt 25:23) Eph 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Religion is a work of man that produces no eternal rewards.  Most of all it can’t attain to the love of God that is required, manifesting a sacrificial offering of each believer, necessary for our reward and placement in eternity.

1 Cor 3:11-15 – For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15)  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  It would be very disappointing if a persons works on earth were in vain and they missed receiving their crown of life and their reward in eternal life.  James 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

How can we know the work of the Spirit and the works of the flesh?  Gal 5:16-21 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  Notice that nine of these works of the flesh deal solely with how we relate to one another!  These are hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders.  Many, even Christians are quick to judge others for practicing adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, and witchcraft, while they major in most of the other works of the flesh, rejecting the love of God toward one another and grieve the Holy Spirit. Eph 4:29-30 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Gal 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  As we can see there is a clear difference between the fruit of the spirit and that of the flesh. John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  You can’t love one another and continually allow the flesh to manifest itself in these nine evil works and characteristics.  However, if you love one another, this same love will cover a multitude of sin. 1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9) Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10) As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  All this is the works of the new creature within us as we are born again of the Spirit, which gradually manifest Christ in us the hope of glory while putting off the deeds of the flesh.  Eph 4:22-24 – That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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Standing in the Gap

Ezek 22:30-31 – And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31) Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.  Why did God just seek one man to make up the hedge and stand in gap for His people?  Because of His great love for them and us, for He is not willing that any perish.  Just one righteous man was He looking for to keep from pouring out His wrath upon them.  Again in  Jer 5:1 – Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.  Go back to Jer 4:19 – O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war. 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Does the backsliding of His church and the nation stir our hearts to cry out for them as God so desires His priests, to apply the blood of Jesus Christ upon the mercy seat for forgiveness of sin and to stand in the gap, as Abraham did for Sodom and Gomorrah, as Mosses did for the people of Israel when God wanted to slay them all, and as Aaron did yearly by taking the blood of animals into the Holy of Holies and sprinkling the blood upon the mercy seat?  Isa 59:15-16 – Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. 16) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Intercessor means to impinge, by accident or violence, or by importunity (insistent begging), come (betwixt), cause to entreat, fall (upon), meet (together) or  pray.  It is much like widow seeking to be vindicated from her adversary through the unjust judge.

I have repented of the hardness of my heart, for I now see, in comparison,  it is like iron to our Lord’s heart which seeks reconciliation with the worst of the wicked.  In James 4:5 – Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? This shows us His heart and His great love for all.  The Greek word for lusteth is  “ep-ee-poth-eh’-o” meaning to dote upon, intensely crave possession of, earnestly desire greatly or greatly long after.  Dote means to be lavish or excessive in one’s attention, fondness, or affection habitually.  Does this describe our heart toward others, even to those that offend us, who rail and reproach God and the church, ridiculing and mocking?  These are lost and bound by the devil, caught in a snare to do his will, but God loves them and wants them set free.

God calls us kings and priest and rightly we are, in Christ.  But our first duty is to be priests who present themselves before God in the court of heaven to make up the hedge, stand in the gap, and intercede, while applying the precious blood of the Lamb over their sins and transgression.  As God has warned me, I will pass it onto other Christians in America, for God has strongly rebuked me into sorrowful repentance, if you continue to speak evil against this nation, the government, and say how bad everything is and that God is ready to judge this nation and destroy it, He will judge you.  As you accuse and judge, the devil will accuse  you before the Judge Jesus Christ for your sin against God, for your pride and hardness of heart and there will be no one to come to your defense to save you from the hardness of your heart, and then be given over to the devil.  Of course this isn’t God’s will for He desires to bless and increase, but it is pride that keeps these from repenting and turning back to Him and finding favor with Him.

Heb 9:19-22 – For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined (commanded) unto you. 21) Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. If this was according to the old covenant, how much greater is the new covenant in His blood.

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