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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Thinking To Small #2

Ps 40:5 – Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Thoughts mean intentions, plans, curious works, means, or purposes.  Remember His thoughts and ways are as high as the heavens above the earth above our thoughts and ways.  It seems that in Ps 40:5 it is Gods desire to bring us up to His ways and thoughts and wants to co-labor with us in the extension of His kingdom on earth.  If He was this way with Israel, He hasn’t changed the way He has always been and desires too mightily to extend His kingdom on earth through us.  Ps 82:1-7 – God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2) How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3) Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4) Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5) They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6) I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7) But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.  When the foundations of the earth are out of course all the civil institutions of the land totter.  Justice is at the head of all the institutions in a well-regulated state: when that gets poisoned or perverted, every evil, political and domestic, must prevail; even religion itself ceases to have any influence. This is why God put His church on this earth to lay the foundation of the earth.  Isa 51:16 – And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and “lay the foundations of the earth”, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Gal 4:1-5 – Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2) But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3) Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  God calls us, His children, out of bondage under the elements of the world, to redeem us from under the law that we might receive adoption as sons.  Apart from being sons, many, although being  heirs, remain servants/slaves, even though they are lord of all.  Many  Christians today live their Christian walk in this manner, not knowing God has so much more for them.  This is the reason the foundation of the earth are out of course in these days, because most have been kept from the truth.  This is not all though, some just want a free ride to eternal life on God’s grace (graciousness) rather than to serve God in the fullest capacity that God has for them ordained for them.  This graciousness will not save them from God’s wrath for not allowing His plan and purpose to abound in their lives, which would have touched countless suffering people needing Gods love in their lives.  Hos 13:5-8 – I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought. 6) As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore, they forgot Me. 7) So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside. 8) I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; There I will also devour them like a lioness, As a wild beast would tear them.

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Thinking to Small

Isa 55:8-9 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  God has never intended this to be the manner of His people, but for His people to walk fully in His ways and thoughts that He may be glorified in earth as in the heavens and that His people would be blessed abundantly. He is simply saying, “I desire you to be my people, but to be my people you must allow my Spirit to change the way you think.” John 10:10 – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Abundant means the sense of beyond, superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality);  excessive; or preeminence.  Many Christians desire to live this life, but fail, because it can only be truly realized out of the new life receive from being born again of the Spirit. 1 Cor 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  All that are born of this earth, are the products of Adam and Eves lives, born natural beings.  The natural man is defined as beastly, sensual and the lower nature. This lower nature is contrasted with the higher spiritual nature which is renovative and transforming.  Mankind is made from the image (prototype) of Adam.  It is obvious that this nature can’t relate to God’s thoughts and ways. The born again Christian is made from the image (prototype) of Jesus Christ the higher renovative and transforming life, created to not only walk in His thoughts and ways, but to be like Him of the Spirit.

Many Christians never advance in this spiritual nature to be transformed and renovated, because most often it hasn’t been taught of them, and not having the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they can’t be taught of the Spirit.  They remain in this natural state and laboring in their own works and never finding their rest in Jesus Christ and wondering why they became a Christian.  Col 3:9-10 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image (prototype) of Him that created Him.  Unless there is a putting off of the old and a putting on of the new there can be no advancement of the Christian coming into the knowledge and the ways of God, which is the only pathway  to eternal life. 1 Cor 15:53-54 – 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.  This means exactly what it says.  Grace isn’t an excuse to continue in our sin, but the power of God unto a renovated and transformed life in the likeness of Jesus Christ.  If we continue in the natural condition, which represents mortality and corruption there is no hope of salvation or eternal life. 2 Cor 4:16-17 – For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

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