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Overcoming Feelings of Guilt

“Overcoming Guilt”

Guilt is a negative emotion [works of the flesh] which also include agony, grief, and loneliness. This is one of the trickiest emotions because we are being able to feel guilty for situations that we feel are out of our control and may not have been our fault, [not knowing, forgetting or remembering but can do nothing about it], the Lord causing it all [Eph 1:11].

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21  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.

Guilt comes in many different forms, it affects all of us is, was and will be but as the Lord increases and we decrease [John 3:30], we have less guilt, Lord willing, because we are being chastised to become obedient to God’s Word through Christ’s mercies.

Lam 3:31  For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
Lam 3:32  But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
Lam 3:33  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

Hos 2:19  And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

Guilt [emotions, part of the mixed multitudes within] serves a purpose, our souls being poured out, so Christ in us, the hope of Glory, is prospering in His Hand.

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Some of us may feel guilty more often than others, while others may feel the emotion more strongly depending on our levels of maturity. Either or, there is no arguing that it is an unsettling feeling [a certain expectation of judgment] that has the potential to stay within us until the chastening grace of the Lord burns it out of us.

Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

It is very important to remember, that we now define guilt and its subtypes as the world defines it to help us recognize it in our lives and in the lives of others so we can help each another.  The focus of the study is not on the world’s definitions and carnal lies but instead is on Christ and His doctrines in order to overcome this emotion. Guilt is not of faith and what is not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23).

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

So, what is guilt and are there different types of guilt?

What is Guilt?  

The emotion of guilt, according to the world, can be formally defined as a cognitive emotion which occurs after one has committed an act that we feel was wrongfully done. However, since guilt is cognitively controlled [in your subconscious], it does not always have to be due to a physical action. It is also activated from our thoughts. To feel this emotion, is, in layman terms, to feel bad and sorrowful about a situation or something that was done or said. We know, as sons of God, that we feel guilty when our consciences towards Christ is not clear, being defiled, falling short of Christ’s Glory.

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Tit 1:15  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Tit 1:16  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Different Types of Guilt

Like any other emotion, it has many subtypes. In this case, there are three main types of guilt.

Natural Guilt/ Deserved Guilt

Natural guilt is defined as guilt that occurs because of a specific underlying reason, that is known us. Natural guilt relates to our actions in the present time, the here and now. Natural guilt is painful, especially if there is serious damage involved. When, in any situation, we know to do to better and do not do it, a sense of failure is taking place.

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Natural guilt, like all the other negative emotions, i.e. works of the flesh, serves a functional purpose. The Lord cause trials so that these emotions are being made manifest in order for us to see ourselves for the beasts that we are, recognizing our beastly behavior and causing us to change course, so being saved if we endure. 

Psa 73:22  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Psa 73:23  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Psa 73:24  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Free Floating/Toxic Guilt

Toxic guilt is what happens when natural guilt festers. It manifests as a nagging feeling of pervasive but nonspecific badness, it arises from lingering patterns. That is why we have to count the cost quickly and put things right and not let it linger, Lord willing.

Luk 12:58  When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
Luk 12:59  I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

Free-floating guilt is like a nagging mother. This kind of guilt occurs at any time [hence the term free floating] because it is in our subconscious. In moments, one feels this sudden wrongful feeling due to an underlying situation that is still unsettled within us. Dealing with this type of guilt is difficult due to the fact that the cause of the emotion may be unknown. This type of guilt can be carried within us in two ways. One, although the situation happened some time ago, we still feel terrible about it, therefore the guilt remains. The other way is if we tend to be very anxious, we constantly feel overwhelmed and apologetic because we believe we are responsible whilst all the while the Lord is doing it all. Look who brought all evil upon Job.

Job 42:11  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

How do we experience toxic guilt? First, it can simply be a miserable feeling that spontaneously come into consciousness at certain times, causing us to feel unworthy. Second, it can be triggered from outside circumstances. If we are carrying a toxic guilt backpack, it does not take much to activate it. Toxic guilt has its roots in early childhood, spiritually speaking, being young in the faith. Once we start maturing it becomes harder to continue in sin. Paul makes it clear that where sin abounds, grace much more abound. In other words, the more we sin, the more we are being disciplined.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luk 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Existential Guilt

Existential guilt is different from the other categories of guilt because of the fact that it has a more political or social correctness. For instance, looking at commercials of dogs being abused and abandoned and not donating may make us feel a sense of guilt and sadness since we are not able to help the poor dogs. Getting involved in the affairs of the world is what we deal with here.

2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

2Ti 2:5  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Scriptures teach to find our treasures in Christ and His Christ.

Pro 8:21  That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Pro 8:22  The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

Pro 8:23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Borrowed Guilt

This type of emotion happens when we do not do something we were told to do many years ago [spiritually speaking when we are young in the faith]. For example, there is a Scripture that tells us to give to everyone asking of us [Matt 5:42] and when we do not do that, we have borrowed guilt. Now that we are being matured in Christ, we know that the sum of His Word is Truth [Ps 119:160 YLT] and we discern the situations as Christ is causing us to do. In some instances, we may not give to all those asking of us because no verse is of its own private interpretation and there are other reasons why we may not give to everyone asking of us discerning the situation.

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Self-generated guilt

This derives from a self-imposed action that remained unfinished, but our sense of responsibility turns into guilting ourselves for the unfinished job. For example, look at this parable and see the self-generated guilt of the one son and the action of the other son, they both miss the mark of the high calling in Christ.

Mat 21:28  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.

Mat 21:29  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

Mat 21:30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Mat 21:31  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Mat 21:32  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Hindsight guilt

It comes from the belief that we should have known how to prevent something that in reality we had no way of knowing. Or same goes, for having the belief that the situation had to be managed a different way etc. This can be the heaviest type of guilt since it not only provides negative feelings but it also a sense of hopelessness. When this happens, we still believe in free will forgetting that the Lord causes everything and we bring nothing to the table.

Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Pro 16:33  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

 How does Guilt affect Us? 

This negative emotion, like all negative emotions, become detrimental to our physical and spiritual bodies [our souls]. It makes us spiritually sick and puts us into the bondage of that Great Harlot, Mystery Babylon [the state of disobedience]. The heavy yoke of being burdened by guilt compares to feelings of heaviness, with a yoke around our necks, and this is being compared like carrying around extra baggage in the physical. All of humanity suffers guilt.

Jer 28:14  For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.

The Lord will and is saving us from the works of the flesh for there is an end expectation, Lord willing.

Lam 3:26  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lam 3:27  It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Lam 3:28  He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
Lam 3:29  He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
Lam 3:30  He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
Lam 3:31  For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

How to Overcome Guilt

Here are a few things we can do if the Lord permits:

Understanding where guilt is coming from and the Truth of Christ’s doctrines and Words, is what helps us to overcome this negative feeling. The Lord causes trials, which manifest emotions [like guilt] to be judged and burned out of us in our Day of the Lord. The kingdom of the beast within us is destroyed and the faithful remains.

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom [within us], and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob [the Lord is refining us], saith the LORD.

Examining ourselves to see if we are in the truth.

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Repenting of our evil thoughts within. The lies within makes us sick.

Mar 6:12  And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Mar 6:13  And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Forgiving ourselves and others, loving as Christ loves us.

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

Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Joh 15:9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

Reflecting on similar situations in order for this feeling not to happen again. We have to accept what has happened and move on Lord willing. Throughout the acceptance process, it is important to remember that we are being perfected and we fall down seven times in this fiery process. This process is a learning experience, the revelation of Christ, within us, the Mystery hidden from the foundation of the world.

Psa 25:14  The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Meditation on the Word of God and mindful activities, careful to maintain good works, washes us and makes us proactive. We have this gift [of faith] in earthen vessels.

1Ti 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

1Ti 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Praying, the way we lead our lives put the adversaries to shame within and without.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

Thankfulness because we are being saved via the process.

Psa 100:3  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psa 100:4  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psa 100:5  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Seeking counsel on this journey of acceptance. The Lord dwells in His people.

Psa 33:11  The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Forgetting what is behind. Every day is a new day.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Taking thoughts captive.

Isa 52:2  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Striving against evil.

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Psa 34:13  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

We are being made into gods [Ps 82:6], so we have to recognize, it is the Light of God’s love, which is Christ and His Christ, that illuminates our hearts. The works of the flesh are being changed into the fruit of the Spirit and so all are being saved in its time and order. Look within first. There is Hope in Christ and His Christ!

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:2  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

Gal 5:3  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Gal 5:5  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Gal 5:6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

 

 

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A Study for Women

Isa 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 

As the Bride of Christ, His true wife, flesh of His flesh, and bones of His bones [Eph 5:30], we, are anxious for nothing and in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving are making our requests known to our Husband. In today’s reflection we, prayerfully [the way we live our lives] consider and meditate upon Christ and His Christ ……

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

God, the Father, is causing us to present our thoughts, questions and prayer requests to Him through Christ and His Christ, lifting our burdens and clearing our minds from the worries of this life, Lord willing. Let us now consider and reflect upon the following Scriptures:

 Col 4:2  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 

 Lord, give us a new perspective, a positive outlook and a renewed relationship with the Christ you have given us as an inheritance [Col 1:12]. Only You are perfect and as we are being perfected, help us to see each other with new eyes, new appreciation, compassion, and acceptance. Teach us how to pray for our brethren and make our prayers a true prayer of love [walking out Your commandments] because we know we love your children when we are being obedient to your Word [1 John 5:2].

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 

Lord, help us to be each other’s helpers, servants, friends, comforters, and supporters as we create a peaceful resting place being of one mind, to come home to. Teach us to maintain good works, a woman [the Body, your Church], who is rich in You [positive application] and humble in Spirit, the kind of woman you are proud of, a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle [Eph 5:27]. A Woman who loves much.

Psa 128:2  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 

Lord, as Head over us, we pray that Your work is being established in us. Give us enough confidence in the gifts You distributed to us so that we are being able to uplift our brethren and those around us. Open doors of opportunity for us, doors no man can close, to do those works that are acceptable to you as You are the One causing all things. Show us how to uplift the weak and encourage them to use their gifts however small, so we are all being knitted together in love, the bond of perfection. Let us consider the weak and the small.

Ecc 5:19  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 

Lord, give us the wisdom to handle knowledge [wealth] wisely as You are instructing us to do. Not adding or taking away from Your Word [Rev 22:18], so we can discern comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Co 2:13], not having too much or too little [Prov 30:8] but staying on the narrow road. Help us to receive a full reward and our labour not be in vain but that we gather up treasures in heaven where the thief am not able to steal or destroy. Thank you for our double portion of You and Your people [Deut 32:9].

 Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

Lord, help us to remember that we belong to you and be grateful for it. Make us good stewards of all that You give us and walk in total agreement with You, having Your mind. Help us to live free of burdensome debt [being under the law], as we are being perfected day by day. Where we have not been wise, bring restoration and peace and gives us guidance as we are being renewed day by day.

Pro 5:15  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 

Pro 5:16  Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 

Pro 5:17  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. 

Pro 5:18  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 

Lord, we realize that an important part of our ministry is to come together often. Make this possible and make our relationship with each other continually new and alive as Your precious jewels [Son 7:1]. We pray that we are not tempted to seek another mind elsewhere but stay with what is written in Your Word [1 Co 4:6] .

 2Co 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. 

Lord, please deliver us from the bondage of past mistakes. Remove from our midst [thoughts and deeds], that leads to spiritual fornication so that each of us knows how to possess our own vessels in sanctification and honor [1 Thess 4:4]. Let us redeem the time wisely and make time for You and Yours and discern the needs of others.

Php 2:1  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 

Php 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 

Lord, help us to demonstrate how much we care for one another. Remind us throughout the day to affectionately touch each other in prayers, hearts, and minds. Enable us to show compassion to all because we know there is only One Lawgiver. Breakthrough any hard-headedness and that part that refuses to change and to grow because we know that it is You who raises us up, it is You doing all things [Eph 1:11].

 Son 2:6  His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 

Lord, we pray that we always greet each other with a kiss of love [1 Pe 5:14] for Your love is better than wine [Son 1:2]. We know it is only through the Words that You speak to us [John 6:63] that we are being able to do this. We trust in You to transform us and make us the wife You called us to be, beautiful instruments of righteousness.

Psa 26:2  Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 

Psa 26:3  For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 

Lord, help us to thirst for You and to not follow another. Make us hungry for your Word and recognize the voice of a stranger. Help us to take every thought captive that exalts against You and Your Body. Be our shield and buckler LORD of Hosts [Ps 35:2] because Your way is perfect, and Your Word is tried [2 Sam 22:31].

Psa 27:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

Lord, we pray that You are perfecting us so that no fear takes place in us. Instead, we pray that Your Word is penetrating every fiber of our beings convincing us of the great love You have for us, far greater than anything we face in this world. We know nothing can separate us from Your love. We know You have given us not a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind [2 Tim 1:7].

Psa 33:18  Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 

Lord, give us this day a godly fear of You. Unite our hearts to fear Your Name [Ps 86:12]. Let us have no fear of men [lies]. Teach us Your ways and help us to walk in Your Truths. Let godly sorrow work repentance in us so we may be saved and we are being saved [2 Cor 7:10].

1Co 7:17  But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 

 Lord, when You call us, so You enable us. Enable us to walk worthy of our high calling and become sons of God whom You intended for us to be. Continue to remind us what You wants us to do and not to become side-tracked with the things of this world. Lift up our eyes and let us be reminded why we are into being, chosen before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4]. You have chosen us to show judgment to the Gentiles and with us, You are well pleased [Matt 12:18].

Psa 20:4  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. 

Lord, we pray that our desires are becoming less important and less in conflict with Yours. May we seek for Your direction and hear when You speak to us. May our eyes be enlightened to see what the Hope is of our calling [Eph 1:18].

 Job 5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 

Lord, take foolishness out of our hearts and let us quickly recognize the error of our ways. Open our eyes to see clearly the anticipated behavior of fools. May we reverence You and Your ways and seek to know the truth as You are ordaining it.

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 

Lord, please instruct us while we are sleeping, so our hearts may awake and is awakening [Son 5:2]. We pray that we will do what is right and not follow after our own flesh. We know the wisdom of this world is foolishness to You. May we not buy into this worldly wisdom within and without but keep our eyes and ears focused on You and Your Christ [speaking of things if they already are].

 3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 

Lord, we pray that we are taking care of our bodies as you are causing us to do. May we eat food that is convenient for us [Prov 30:8] and rightly divide Your Word as to not stumble. Help us to deeply realize that our bodies [souls] are Your Temple and that You causes us to sacrifice it as holy and acceptable to You [Rom 12:1].

Jas 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. 

Lord, we pray that we will not be broken down by evil but being raised up by the power of God which is YOU, the Living Word, and all in whom You dwell. Fill us with Your Spirit and strengthen us to withstand temptation. Give us self-control as the precious fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22].

Psa 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salv

Lord, please watch over us. Wherever we walk, secure our steps. Keep us in Your path so that our feet do not slip [Ps 17:5]. If our feet slip, uphold us with Your mercy [Ps 94:18]. Give us the wisdom and discretion that we walk safely and not fall into danger [Prov 3:21-23].

Psa 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 

Lord, we pray that You will always be our fortress, strength, and stronghold wherever we may be. Make us dwell in the shadow of Your wings. Be our Rock and salvation so that we are not being moved or shaken. Although bad things are happening all around us, we pray that it may not come near us.

Lam 3:22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lam 3:23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 

Lord, You have invited us to come boldly before Your throne [ Heb 4:16]. We come before Your throne and ask for grace [discipline] to strengthen our hearts and to give us patience as we wait on You. Help us to always rejoice in Hope, continuing steadfastly [Rom 12:12] because Your compassions fail not.

Psa 25:21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. 

Lord, let us become a woman [Church] of great integrity. Be with us to bear witness to the truth, so that in times of pressure, we will and are acting with confidence. Bind mercy and truth around our necks and write them on the tables of our hearts so we may find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and men [Prov 3:3-4]. Give us a teachable Spirit that is willing to listen to the Voice of wisdom and to grow in Your ways.

Pro 22:4  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. 

Lord, we pray that we will and are bearing good fruit out of the goodness that is You in us, the Hope of Glory. May the fruit of the Spirit sweeten all our dealings as others behold how we are walking in this life. Arise Lord into Your resting place, and let us, your priests be clothed with Your salvation, and rejoice in goodness. [2Ch 6:41].

Summary

 LORD, thank you for this time of refreshment of being in Your presence. AMEN.

Articles

Exposing the Lie

Introduction

This study is based on a letter that I am writing to my dear chiropractor [80 years old] who showed much LOVE and KINDNESS to me according to his understanding in my suffering here in a vessel of clay and now and whom God THROUGH Christ is ordaining that I may show him the TRUE LOVE of God through Christ. And we know what love is:

Joh 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 

 How do we keep His Word if we do not have the TRUTH of His doctrines and His  POWER, His Words of Spirit and Life, to walk out that Truth?

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

 Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

Let us look at Scriptures to give us the answers and not think ABOVE what is written.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us NOT TO THINK of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 

Before we encounter the TRUE Christ, our heavens are tainted by many lies and false doctrines and the Lord REQUIRES it from our hand, that if the enemies of the cross of Christ, are willing to listen for a moment and ASK of us, we may give them the Truths of His Word.

1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 

 Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 

 With this being said, let us look a little closer at the false doctrine of free will.

 Free Will

Why does Christ, the LIVING Word say, “Come let us reason together”, when in reality …

Pro 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will…  

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [ Gk. – drag] him?

 The answer is that while God, the Father, is all knowing (Isa 46:10) [Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…] we, on the other hand, do NOT know what tomorrow brings. Consequently, we make daily decisions AS IF we, ourselves, are making those decisions when the Truth is: it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Php 2:13). So, then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy (Rom 9:16). Is this also true of those He asks to “Come and let us reason together?” Is it true for those of whom He says: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20)? Here is the answer:

Joh 6:44 No man can come to [ sup with] me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [drag] him.

So, while the word “responsibility” is nowhere mentioned in Scripture, the word “account” is everywhere mentioned.

Rom 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 

 God, the Father, through Christ is the great CAUSER of ALL things which all of humanity ever do, has done or will do. It is true for every person who lives, has lived or whoever will live. Freewill is a false doctrine, consider these truths:

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

 Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 A NT witness:

 Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN will: Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first [“first,” not ‘only’] trusted in Christ.

Christ does not hold us accountable for anything we do. Paul makes it clear the sin we commit is “a law working in our members .… IT IS NOT I THAT DO IT.”

Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it but SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME. Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

 WHO sustains that law of sin “in our members”?

Jas 4:12  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

There is “ONE lawgiver”, and it is God, the Father, through Christ and His Christ, who determines all things. Every day of our lives is “written in His Book BEFORE there are any of them”. There are no Scriptures to support free moral agency. We choose only what God CAUSES US TO CHOOSE, and there is nothing “free” about our choices. It cannot be stated any clearer:

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet THERE WAS NONE OF THEM.

Pro 20:24  Man’s goings ARE OF THE LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

 Jer 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is NOT in man that walketh to direct his steps


Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD HATH NOT DONE IT?

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD  THAT SHEWETH MERCY.

More witnesses in the Scriptures about the sovereignty of God:

Pro 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD DETERMINES HIS STEPS.

 Pro 19:21 Many are the plans in a man‘s heart, but it is the LORD’s PURPOSE THAT PREVAILS.

 Isa 55:11 – So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE and ACHIEVE the purpose for which I sent it.

 Paul says he is UNABLE to carry out his will.

Rom 7:15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I AM DOING THE VERY THING I HATE.”

 Rom 7:19 “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I PRACTISE THE VERY EVIL  that I do not want.”

 and another witness

Gal 5:17 “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you MAY NOT DO THE THINGS THAT YOU PLEASE.”

 Christ HARDENS the heart of Pharaoh (you and me the old man) in Egypt:

Exo 4:21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I WILL HARDEN his heart so that he will not let the people go.

 Exo 10:20 But the LORD HARDENED Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

 We are BEING granted repentance from our sins:

 2Ti 2:24-26 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that GOD WILL GRANT them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

 Christ was predestined and so are we, those He called:

Rom 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Rom 8:30 And those he PREDESTINED, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

 The Pharisees clearly displayed that they WERE UNABLE to repent (“turn”), because God has blinded them and so it is for us today.

John 12: 39-41 39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.”

 Peter did NOT desire to deny Jesus, yet he did.

Luk 22:34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, YOU WILL deny three times that you know me.”

 Paul at first tries to destroy Christians of his day. God transformed his heart with great ease. Saul (Paul) changed his mind quickly.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, LORD, WHAT WILT THOU HAVE ME TO DO ? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 

 Prophecy contradicts free will. God, the Father, through Christ, declares what He will do AHEAD OF TIME of time, then DOES IT.

Ezekiel 36:26 I WILL give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Isa 14:24 [A Prophecy Against Assyria ] The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I HAVE PLANNED, SO IT WILL BE, and as I HAVE PURPOSED, SO IT WILL STAND.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and WHO CAN THWART HIM? His hand is stretched out, and WHO can turn it back

 Our hearts are being controlled, we do not choose the condition of our hearts. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, has NO choice in this OT witness.

Exo 9:16-17 But I HAVE RAISED YOU UP for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.

NO ONE can resist Christ and His purpose. Man’s will does not matter.

Isa 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I WILL DO ALL THAT I PLEASE.

 God, the Father carries out all of His desires THROUGH Christ and His Christ.

Isa 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far- off land, a man to fulfil my purpose. What I have said, THAT WILL I BRING ABOUT; WHAT I HAVE PLANNED, THAT, that WILL I DO.

 Joh 6:44  “NO ONE CAN COME to me unless the Father who sent me draws[Greek: basically, should be translated ‘drags’] him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 No one can come to God and Christ unless THEY make him.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that [‘that faith’] not of yourselves [NOT of your own faith or will] it is the GIFT of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).

 Salvation is a GIFT, not dependent on man’s will or work.  


“For it is God [ who? ‘GOD’] who works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).  

 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, but what He sees the Father do: for what things so ever He does, these also does the Son likewise” (Joh 5:19)

 In Daniel chapter 4 we are told “… that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomever HE WILLS, and setteth up over it the basest [lowest in morals] of men” (Dan. 4:17, 25, 26 & 32).

Christ told His disciples:

Joh 15:16 YE DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

The question remains, WHERE IS FREE WILL IN ALL OF THIS?

Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me [where is anything about man’s fabled ‘free’ will in these verses?]:

Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else  [Where is this ‘free’ will?].

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS.

 Last Word

If we claim to be Christians, we stand on the WRITTEN WORD of God. We are at first drawn away by the idols of our hearts and our own imaginings because Christ tells us that He is the One DECEIVING us.

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

 Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

As true worshippers, we worship in Spirit and Truth (John 6:63). Getting past the LIE of free will is essential to come to see the truth of the promise of the salvation of ALL MEN. When the myth of free will is destroyed, then the Lord’s purpose in using evil to bring about good becomes clear and many false doctrines are instantly consumed in the fire that is the truth (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Ecc 1:13 CLV). The will of God, the sanctification of all men (1Th 4:3), is being accomplished on schedule.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Yet carnal minds are not being able to believe this unless our eyes are opened.

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

These truths and the plan of SALVATION of all are foolishness to the natural man (1 Co 2:7).

1Co 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.

 Truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines out of one verse.

2Pe 1:20 (CLV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.

 The Bible instructs us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. YET, we are also told that our choosing righteousness is not of ourselves. It is the Lord’s WORK IN EACH OF US and in the times, He has ordained.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

 The faith we are given is a measure of faith.  Not all get the same and this, too, is the Lord’s work that we learn in respecting where the LORD HAS EVERY MAN IN HIS AWESOME HANDS.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 A final example to consider: WHO was responsible for the death of Christ. Was it the Jews? No, we are told by Christ that the Jews was not given to understand WHO HE WAS, nor to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Mat 13:11-16). Therefore, while hanging on the cross, Christ admitted: “they know not what they do” (Luk 23:34).

Was JUDAS responsible for the death of Christ? Judas could never have carried through if Satan himself had not been sent to “enter… into Judas”

Luk 22:3  Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 

Christ told Judas “that thou do, do quickly” (Joh 13:27). Christ in no way discouraged Judas.

Peter tells us who really was responsible for the death of Christ. The whole world is blinded to this:

Act 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 

Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the DETERMINATE COUNSEL AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 

Did the other disciples see it this way? Here, they agree with one accord:

Act 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 

Act 4:24  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 

Act 4:25  Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 

Act 4:28  FOR TO DO WHATSOEVER  THY HAND AND THY COUNSEL DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE

 Will Judas or the Jews BE CAUSED to give an ACCOUNTING of their deeds? Yes, they will give an account for their deeds even though they are NOT RESPONSIBLE “that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth…” (Mat 23:35). Will the Gentiles be caused to give an account of their evil deeds? Certainly: “the wages of sin is death…” (Rom 6:23).

Coming to see that man’s will is in no way shape or form free of God’s will is ESSENTIAL to see the truth.  Filtering Scriptures through the delusion of man have such free will is a sure fire way to remain in darkness. The truth will always remain the same: “HE WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL”

Sincere questions and comments are always welcome.  You can also email Pete or Ronel directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Articles, Studies

The Hidden Mystery Part Two

Introduction

As we have seen in Part One, we, mature in Christ which leads to the Lord CAUSING  us to have understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers in His Kingdom and worshippers.  This leads us to act more like the weaker vessel [type of femininity] as His Bride, radiating joy, health, childlikeness and dependency upon Christ and Him alone. As always, we think spiritually, what it means for us today as we read, hear and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this Book [Rev 1:3].  There are certain qualities that Christ is causing us to have as we mature in Him. He has chosen us as His very own, as a kind of firstfruits of all humanity [Rev 14:4].

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2Th 2:14  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 

 Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

Femininity

What is feminine?

We know there is no male or female in the Body of Christ.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

We look at the topic of femininity spiritually, in other words, we look at the Body of Christ as the weaker vessel. As Christ is the Son of the Father and also His wife, so are we to Christ. We look unto Christ for everything. We, as the true sons of Christ, are being made to surrender to Him in all things because we know this:

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

Isa 44:24  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; Isa 44:25  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; Isa 44:26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: Isa 44:27  That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. 

The Lord has chosen us, as a man chooses His Bride. We do not chase after Christ, but He chooses us and drags us to Him.

 Psa 135:4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 

 1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

 As Christ’s Bride, we are in the process of obtaining the clothing of His Bride. Let us contrast this with the attire of a harlot [Mystery Babylon, state of death and spiritual disobedience] of which we are coming out of day by day, little by little.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 

 When we lose our first love, in other words, when we are being disobedient, is, was and will be, we are clothed with the attire of a harlot.

Pro 7:9  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: Pro 7:10  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Pro 7:11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Pro 7:12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 

 Rev 18:16  And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! Rev 18:17  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 

Rev 18:18  And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 

What is our feminine manner, as His Bride, do we walk like a woman speak like a man, or look like a lamb, speaking as a dragon?

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

 The true Bride of Christ has a meek and gentle Spirit.

Psa 149:4  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 

 Mat 11:29  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. Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

 2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 

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

 The feminine nature [think spiritually] of the Bride of Christ is to trust her Husband above all else and to depend on Him for our care and protection.

Psa 4:4  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Psa 4:5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

 Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 

 2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 2Co 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

When we become a working wife [negative application] pursuing a career, making a name for ourselves we do not have the Spirit of God and Christ. This is spiritual speak for, when we do not have the gift of faith or walking that faith out.

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 

 Joy

 Christ’s Bride is being caused to have joy and an attitude of thankfulness about what her Husband is doing in our lives.

Joh 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 

 Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

Health

As the Bride of Christ, the Lord causes us to have food, sleep, exercise, and air [Spirit]. Think spiritually. Think about how these attributes to our physical health apply to us in Spirit. The Lord gives us food necessary for our spiritual health.

Pro 30:7  Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Pro 30:8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 

 1Ti 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Ti 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 

 Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

 As His Bride, we sleep [die daily] and exercise our senses comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Cor 2:13], all things necessary for our spiritual welfare.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 

Php 1:18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Php 1:19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Php 1:20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 

 1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Co 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. 1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

 The attributes of the Bride of Christ, which we are Lord willing, makes us so attractive to our spiritual Husband. The Lord causing us to have fresh air and a happy attitude about all the trials we go through which is saving us from spiritual death. Truth and grace come when the true Christ comes.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

 Psa 61:5  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Psa 61:6  Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. Psa 61:7  He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 

 The renewed Covenant [my Words are Spirit and Life John 6:63], is the fresh air that we need and which is giving us newness of life.  Elihu speaks as a type of God’s Elect in rebuking Job.

Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 

 Heb 8:9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 

 A little child

The Bride of Christ is not only dependant on Him for all things but is learning to become like a little child, laughing [positive application], lifting the spirits of others, optimistic about the future, asking in a specific way etc. Let us look with spiritual eyes.

Radiating happiness [laughing] living in the present moment, this woman [the Bride] knows the joy of being married to Christ, knows that her suffering is not in vain as she works out her salvation with fear and trembling being made into a vessel of honour.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 

 Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

 This woman is and was overcoming her anger [being under the law] and has a gentle way, walking out that way in love which means keeping the commandments of Christ.

Sa 22:36  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 

 Lifting up the spirits of others, letting her Light shine, is what this woman is about.

Pro 13:9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

She is the doer of His Word if we look with spiritual eyes.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 

 She has hope for the future knowing God’s sovereignty and that all is on schedule according to Christ’s perfect will, which reflects the will of the Father. The Bride of Christ is asking of her Husband as she is being taught by Him how to ask.

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

 Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

 Summary

In this two-part study, we have look at the hidden Mystery or revelation of Jesus Christ within us which teaches us about the marriage relationship between Christ and His Bride.

Eph 3:3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 

We have seen that Christ loves us, chose us before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4], prepares us [Matt 3:11], marries us and then refines us [fine tunes] us, giving us a roof over our heads [the gift of faith], food [pure doctrine], clothing [the righteousness of Christ, grace] and marital relations [Christ in us, the hope of glory or age-abiding life John 17:3].

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 

 When married to Christ, we, as the true Bride, are being caused to bear children [1 Tim 5:14], raising our children and teaching others to love their husbands and children [Titus 2:4]. We are workers at home [in His Kingdom, Titus 2:5] trusting Him for all our needs, food and clothing. He is the one protecting us. We radiate joy and happiness and thankfulness as the new man for all Christ is doing to the Glory of His Father and our Father. We rest in Him and accept that He is working it all [Eph 1:11]. This is the Mystery hidden from the beginning.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.