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Growing Our Faith

Growing Our Faith

For the encouragement of the Lord’s scattered people,

Every generation has its constant slate of problems for carnal minds to worry about.  For those living in these COVID-defined times, those worries have recently greatly expanded and accelerated.  The Lord’s hands have brought the well-being of many nations and the physical health of billions to a tipping point.  The related worries of life are now consuming the carnally minded and we must be careful not to follow in these ungodly pursuits. The Lord’s people are not carnal-minded anymore and are being separated by these outward events.  If we have turned away and been caught up in these issues, we need to turn back to Him and exercise our God-given faith to live a peaceable life.

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Our faith is essential for us to endure to the end and complete the journey of salvation.  The Lord gives us the proper measure of faith when it is needed.  The further we progress in our day of the Lord, the greater the faith required to endure the increasing trials the Lord puts upon us.

1Co 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Psa 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.

2Co 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

If we lack faith at any time, the Lord makes provision for us in due time.  Sometimes this is after we fail so the Lord can teach us through His chastening that brings correction and spiritual growth.   This is part of the Lord’s ways to teach us by our mistakes and very sins.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

The sooner we learn to stand on faith and look to the Lord, we will hasten the coming of the Lord to us that is bringing the overcoming that defines salvation.

Isa 45:22  “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Our salvation journey has us growing (maturing) in the faith as we progress on the Lord’s timeline.  With the Lord now teaching us directly by the life He gives us to live, we are being changed and transformed.  What we once could not fathom as a trial we now can face and conquer without fear.

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2Ti 1:8  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

All of us have fallen down at times as the Lord matures us and teaches us, even by our mistakes and failures.  Yet even our faith has us knowing, this too is the Lord, so we can quickly get right back up and keep walking the walk.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Even the converted Apostles failed at times as the Scriptures attest.  The stories of old written for our admonition include many examples of the Lord’s methods of growing us from being weak into strong in the faith.  Like Gideon, we are mighty faith warriors for the Lord “in the making”, but have not attained full maturity just yet.  Count it a blessing that we know the Lord’s plan to save us by the experiences He is bringing upon us.  We are being refined in a furnace of affliction.

Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

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,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

It is through many tribulations and trials that we shall enter the kingdom of God.  These tribulations are trying our faith and are the means by which the Lord grows His faith within us in the appointed times.   The more we decrease, Christ in us is increasing.

Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens:it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

Stay strong our brothers and sisters.  He is coming to gather us and the completion of our day of redemption draws nearer.

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.

The Lord is faithful even when men and all flesh are not.  We should remember the promises of God and take great comfort knowing the Lord will lose none of those given to Him in this age.

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Our faith is being increased as a muscle when we exercise it and use it to stay obedient to the Lord.  Taking thoughts captive, turning from evil, fasting from our beastly wickedness is how we pull up trees within us [carnal strongholds] and cleanse the promised land.

Luk 17:5  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Luk 17:6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

A noteworthy current worldwide trial is the COVID-19 pandemic.  This has the world’s powers and elites pushing fear and tempts many to put their trust in men rather than God.   This pandemic is the Lord’s work as He is even the Lord of all sickness and diseases.   Therefore, we shall not fear this virus, nor shall we put our trust in the strength and wisdom of men.

Psa 118:8  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psa 118:9  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Isa 31:1  Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

With these trials, the Lord is further separating His people as our day of redemption draws nearer.  Be confident and be strong in the faith.   He that has begun the good work in us is going to complete it right on schedule.

Yours in the Faith,

Pete & Ronel

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Being Taught by Him

Being Taught by Him – All Shall Know the Lord

No matter one’s circumstances on the road towards salvation, we are learning a deeper appreciation and understanding of just how sovereign the Lord is in every aspect of our life. He is the Potter and we are merely the clay.  The Lord wastes nothing in our lives in orchestrating all things according to the predetermined will of God.  In the day of the Lord, He is now making known His power to us and within us through manifest tribulation as we are taught of God.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 

Wrath to the old man is the greatest blessing we can receive as this is the grace of God that will save us through much tribulation which will manifest His holiness within us.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [Within You] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

Our very being is “in Christ” and there is nothing done under the sun outside of Christ and which is not already written in our book of life.

Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 

Our spiritual upbringing from entering orthodoxy, to being taught the law and eventually being born again in our spiritual mother’s womb, is all part of our predestinated journey to become a mature son of God.

Psa 71:6  By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. 

David’s words and experience from Psalm 71 became the Apostle Paul’s experience which also becomes ours to fulfill in due time.  As we grow in Christ, we see how the Lord has orchestrated our spiritual birth from within the people of God and our later separation when He comes to lead us into the third day of living and preaching the Gospel.  Henceforth, we all are being taught, not by sermons or studies prepared by men, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ within us.

Gal 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 

Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ

Gal 1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 

Gal 1:14  And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 

Gal 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb [Psa 71:6] and called me by his grace, 

On the third day, the day of the Lord, no man is our teacher as we are henceforth taught obedience by the chastening of our heavenly Father.  This is the way all men will intimately come to know the Lord.  This is the promise of the new covenant as we are led by the Spirit and grow by the manifest trials the Lord orchestrates.

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.

Henceforth, The anointing, which is the Spirit of God is now leading us in all things and teaching the way of life.  It is only those who have been delivered from the law of Moses/Gentiles and the carnal reasonings that define such law that are the true sons of God.

We must live through days 1 and 2 to get to the third day.  All of it is needed and useful in preparing us for what lies ahead.  But when Christ is come to save us, we are freed from the law and carnal reasoning of righteousness that has everyone on the opposite side of the veil in bondage to this very day.  When faith is truly imparted, everything changes and we are no longer bound by the law that was used for a season to bring us to Christ.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

It is taking us many days to grow into the knowledge of the grace of God and act in faith [doers of the Word] as mature sons and daughters of God.  All that we do, the good, the bad, the ugly is the work of the potter who has made a marred vessel purposefully to then destroy it and by that process bring salvation.  This is the wonderful works of God to the children of men when we are given the understanding.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 

Christ coming to us the first time is our rebirth in the spirit.  As new babes in Christ, we are then raised up by the tutors and governors the Lord places over us.  According to the Scriptures, this progression of our spiritual growth is the plan of the Lord for every man as even the Lord in His days in the flesh sat under the dominion of the Pharisees and Sadducees who would later reject the law of faith that is the Gospel.

These two spiritual days of our upbringing is our time of bondage under tutors and governors where we await the Lord’s coming.  This includes our time in Egypt [Day 1 in the world] and then Babylon [Day 2 in the church] where we remain  (unknowingly at that time) under bondage to the carnal mind and the reasoning of men.  Here we are taught the law and given a foundation of truth that is used to draw us to Christ and prepare us for His coming within us.  A day eventually comes, the fullness of times to every man, when we begin to be set free from our carnally minded bondage and are henceforth led by the Spirit of God.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [our birth and upbringing in the church]

Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

When the Spirit of Christ comes we are being freed from our bondage to this law of carnal reasoning that blinds the entire world.  This is the difference and the separation of the true sons of God from those still bound in bondage their carnal minds.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

This fulfills the Word of God when we are separated from the carnally minded and all of our own people still bound to the law.  This is the Lord’s salvation and our entering into the third day where He is teaching us and causing us to rest in Him.

Eze 34:13  And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 

Eze 34:14  I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 

Eze 34:15  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. 

Eze 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. 

It is through our sufferings outside the camp of Israel where salvation comes and we learn obedience by sufferings.  Our dependency upon other men and an organized church to teach us instantly vanishes as the Lord has become our teacher.

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 

Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 

Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire. 

We have been set free from bondage to carnal reasoning and the Pharisees and Sadducees who raised us up and prepared us for Christ.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed if they stand in faith and do not shrink back.  There is no more need for knowledge and new tongues as the living God that abides within us is directing us into the righteousness of Christ.   We shall no longer be seduced by religious men who have forms of godliness but who are still bound to the law for the lawless.  Abide in Him and the anointing that has been given and lean not on our own understanding and carnal experiences.

1Jn 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 

Now being fed judgment by the fiery word of God living with us, the old things in our lives are passing away as they are consumed in the fiery trials the Lord brings to us in the day of the Lord.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 

Take heart saints as these trying times are what is saving us and we must stay standing in faith and endure to the very end. Fiery trials are assured to come but take heart that this suffering is how we are being made holy and taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 

Psa 94:12  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; 

Isa 48:17  Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 

This is the only way we can enter into the temple that is Christ and find the peace of God that transcends all understanding.  Knowing the Lord is having His mind [crown] and we are becoming more like Him as we endure for a little while His season of wrath against our old carnal ways.

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.

Our precious faith and the hope of things to come and not yet revealed will get us through this time of great tribulation.  We remind all of Paul’s admonishment to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

May these words bring comfort and consolation to those precious few that share the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ with us.

His Servants patiently enduring in faith,

Pete and Ronel

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Suffering Outside the Camp

Suffering Outside the Camp

To give comfort and encouragement to ourselves and to the scattered saints, we share these words with those given to understand.

The walk of Christ’s disciples is a lonely walk as we become increasingly estranged and separated from the carnal world and its priorities.  Our increasing isolation confirms we are following the Lord’s footsteps and the path of the prophets and disciples that came before us.

Rom 11:3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 

Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

In every generation, there is an escaped remnant, spiritually signified as the 7,000, which are the Lord’s small, scattered, and separated people.  We are not connected in the physical but are one with the Lord in Spirit. While we may not know outwardly our fellow companions in tribulation, we earnestly await their revealing and restoration of communion.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Our separation and the gap between us and all those of the world is the great gulf fixed; which is our precious faith.  Our faith and the gap between the people of God and the carnal world continues to grow as we are matured through the “three-day” process of salvation.  The Lord’s chosen remnant is always being divided and separated as that is what the Lord brings when He comes.

Luk 12:51  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 

This occurs both in our mind and thought life (within) but also in our outward physical circumstances (without).  At each of the three steps of “being called of God”, then “chosen of God” and finally being “made faithful” the Lord divides and separates His people through manifest trials.  Being faithful in all things is the conclusion of the inward war and end that is promised when victory over our inward beast is assured.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

Our time of being called and then chosen are the time we are under tutors and governors, being raised up in the things of God awaiting His coming.  These two days are instrumental for preparing us for what lies ahead on the third day wherein we are now being perfected.  This progression brings increasing trials and isolation as we fulfill the Scriptures and understand more of the Lord’s process of destroying all reliance on carnal reasonings and the strength of the flesh.

Being separated is painful to our flesh as it is destroying our former way of life and making all things new within us.  As faithful witnesses, a time comes when we are released from the tutors and governors that have raised us and we are then exiled by our own people who reject our testimony for the Gospel. This was the Lord’s path and one we follow as John shared our entrance into Day 3 and the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Our exile on an island is our appointment of suffering outside the camp.  This is necessary for God’s work to be completed and for us to become a living sacrifice for the atonement of sin.   Suffering as a living sacrifice in exile [outside the camp] has always been the Lord’s plan for Israel (all men) as shown in the shadows of the law.

Exo 29:14  But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering. 

This spiritual truth was foreshadowed in the law of offerings that required two sacrifices both Christ and His Christ.

Lev 16:7  And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 

Lev 16:8  And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 

Lev 16:9  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 

Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. 

The separation and isolation of God’s people from the world have multiple layers as the winnowing of Israel progresses from the called, chosen, and faithful.  On one level the camp of Israel is all mankind as “All Israel shall be saved”.  When called of God, we are separated from the camp [the whole of the world] and thus begins the journey that is molding us and making us pure.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As we learn by experiencing it and understanding it looking behind ourselves; in our three-day journey, we must be rejected by our own people and made a scapegoat to fulfill the Scriptures and finish the plan of God.  This multiple winnowing of Israel from the world first, then the called of God, and finally, the chosen of God is what was and is still making us faithful.  We must not lose hope and stay the course to the end. Understanding this revelation brings a clearer understanding of just now miraculous is the Lord’s plan in freeing us from the world and the bondman which is our bondage to the law of carnal reasonings.

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: 

Deu 7:8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt

During each day of our spiritual journey, the Lord’s words are lived out and fulfilled in our lives. Thus, we are caused to learn the meaning that all things present, past and future are in Christ as we are just clay in His hands.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 

Christ is the Word and we are living out and fulfilling now [IS], in the past whether we knew then nor not [WAS] and we know we shall live Christ tomorrow [TO COME].  At each stage of the journey, the separating out the remnant from the many is a consistent theme.  The Lord brings division when He comes, which is the constant winnowing and separating of His people and their inward mindset from the carnal world and all bound under the law.  Even back when we were in the world [spiritual Egypt], there are only a few that are called out of the world.   Later in the journey, the Lord further separates His servants the Levites from His priests in distinguishing the Sons of Aaron.

Num 8:14  Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

The Scriptures depict our journey through the process of being born of God and brought onward toward maturity.  The Lord has wasted nothing in His process and the increasing degree of separation outside the camp is all part of the cleansing and remaking process that transforms us into sons of God.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 

Rather than despair our fate, Peter admonishes us that this rejection and isolation should be taken as something to rejoice as it shows the Lord’s mighty hand at work.

Act 5:41  So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name

With knowledge of the Scriptures and the comfort they bring, we now press onward in faith for the mark of the high calling in Christ.  This has us being foreigners and stranger’s in our own land as we are exiled, rejected and spurned just as our Lord.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 

Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 

A daily trial of our faith is to remember that our rejection by Israel, by our own people is because the Lord is causing it for His name’s sake.

Joh 15:21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 

Reviling not again, we embrace our fate and praise the Lord through a renewing mindset that grows daily in our sufferings outside the camp.

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

We now abide outside the camp of Israel separated from the world and our fellow brethren in faith but connected to our brethren by the Spirit.  Now being made free, no longer bound by the law nor under tutors and governors, the Lord is now our teacher and we are learning to be doers of the Word by the things we are given to suffer.

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 

Our set-apartness has been since birth as we have been predestinated to fulfill the Word of God and by so doing, we are becoming partakers of His righteousness.  We are learning to go to Him alone for our sustenance as we bear the reproach of the whole world which does not understand and cannot partake of our spiritual food.

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 

Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 

Knowing our isolation is the Lord’s plan by faith brings comfort and consolation so we may endure the further temptations in our life.  We are warned to remain diligent and not to let any man or carnal thought steal our treasure.  Particularly in these last days, with a rapidly declining world, let’s guard our hearts and keep the focus on the Lord.

1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

Your fellow companions in tribulations.

 

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The End of Pursuing Knowledge

Chasing Knowledge Shall Cease

1Co 13:8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

In the spirit, riches often symbolize knowledge and specifically the knowledge of the Scriptures.  Having such knowledge is a good and wonderful thing as it brings an understanding of God’s ways and purposes and opens up the Word for further learning and growth.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

But knowing the Scriptures and studying them, is not the same as knowing Christ and having Him abiding within us.  We as Pharisees first, will not understand this until we are given to look behind our walk and see the vanity and idols we built trusting in our spiritual riches and knowing not we were still in need of a Saviour.

Joh 5:39  You search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 
Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 

We can’t come to Christ until the Lord gives us the free gift of His faith and then draws us near [Joh 6:44] by the journey of salvation.   The Scriptures reveal that salvation is a process that takes three spiritual days.  Our gaining knowledge and spiritual riches is only the beginning of a walk with God.  His work is not completed in us until the third of the three days during which the Lord builds His temple within us.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

It is on this third spiritual day which is also known as the day of the Lord.  The coming of the Lord is with fire and vengeance for His temple.  Peter spoke of this same day that is what remakes the temple and creates a new heaven and a new earth within, wherein righteousness [Christ] dwells.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 

The story of the rich young ruler is the story and experience of all mankind, who will in their appointed time begin to follow Christ yet lack the most basic requirement for salvation which is faith.

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 

Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 

Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 

Our outward obedience and striving to be good by our strength is our time of being drawn to Christ but still in bondage to the law.  Continuing to trust in ourselves we are enslaved to the law and carnal reasonings that have us buying and selling in the Spirit to justify ourselves.  Christ must come and give us His faith.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

Spiritually rich and immature (young) rulers lack the faith of Christ.  Without this gift, we can never fully let go of trusting in our Spiritual possessions and the knowledge we have learned as the Called and Chosen of God.   Few are given the ability to come and be made faithful in this outward age.

Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 

Mar 10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 

Mar 10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 

Our faith has grown and is being increased by the Lord as we abide in truth and take captive the carnal thoughts that only lead to spiritual death [Rom 8:6].  True riches are found as we are becoming poor in Spirit.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Being in weak and rebellious flesh, we are made willing by the Lord to pay the high cost of discipleship in following Him.  We all first walk away unwilling to let go of our wealth and great possessions in the Spirit.  But thankfully the Lord has ordained a day when He will return and come for us where we are transformed, made poor in the Spirit, and able to put all we have into the Lord’s treasury.

Mar 12:44  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

A rich man in spirit is a man who is like a rich man in the physical.  Neither needs anything from anyone, being self-sufficient and by carnal reasoning have already made it [arrived] and is in need of nothing.  The Lord wastes nothing in His marvelous work and our time spent in bible studies and digging for the mysteries and the spiritual types and shadows in the Scriptures benefit all and are used to bring us to the day of Christ.   The fire is yet to come where we will buy the true riches in our day of judgment when the grace of God is poured upon us in full measure.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 

These spiritual riches of bible knowledge only get us so far on the road to salvation and thus we find ourselves as a “rich” young ruler.  Amazingly the Lord’s strong delusion will deceive us before judgment comes and the third day perfects us.  Trusting in our spiritual riches and outward good works (possessions) we claim to see but remain blind to greater truths and the true wisdom of God.  Without the faith of Christ, our sin remains as we have not the righteousness that comes only by faith.

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 

Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. 

It is the day of the Lord for every man that will usher in faith and bring His righteousness to us.   It is here in day three that the Lord will Himself teach His people chosen to be made faithful in this age.

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. 

The old carnal covenant of the law is now gone, having vanished as we henceforth are walking only by faith.  Our sanctification now comes as we die daily with Christ, suffering for a righteousness outside the camp of Israel following our Lord.

Heb 13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 

Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 

It is truly a blessing to be stripped of trusting in our knowledge of the Scriptures and to be shown the vanity of the pursuit of riches to justify ourselves.   Our form of outward godliness denies the power of God to save us as we are ever learning but unable to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Rejoice in the Lord’s work.  He is come and will come for His people and finish the good work He started within us.

Pete