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Habakkuk Part 7 – Being Saved by The Light

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“Being Saved by The Light”

Key Verses: Hab 3:4 – 3:11

The formerly wayward prophet (“Shigionoth”) who is now seeing the light of truth, continues with his Psalm of accountability and repentance wherein Habakkuk acknowledges the Lord’s hand in every phase of the life of Israel.  This is our story and our words, as we come to see truth and acknowledge we live by every word.  We are being taught of the Lord through judgment while we ourselves walk in the light (by fellowship) which is saving us from sin.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Here are the new verses we will explore in this seventh installment of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 

Hab 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Hab 3:6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 

Hab 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? 

Hab 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 

Hab 3:10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

Our salvation comes only through revealing of the man of sin that we are as natural brute beasts.  That revealing only comes through the brightness of the Lord’s coming as Paul tells us.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Yet that coming is now and has been occurring every generation since Pentecost.  The Lord lives in His people and it is within them and through them that this brightness is revealed. Those chosen of God are brought into the light that is Jesus Christ.  The light and the power (H7161 – Horns), all emanating from the WORD, are all in His hand.  Those “awesome hands” are the Body of Christ who are doing the greater works.  Horns in Scripture signify POWER either positive or negative.  When the brightness that is Christ appears, we begin to see the power of the WORD COMING out of His chosen instruments of salvation.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of (“ek” – out of) the Jews. 

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Just as our Lord is the Light of the World (Joh 8:12) so is His Christ who is sent as He was sent by His Father.

Mat 5:14 Ye (Christ’s disciples) are the light of the world….

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

The power of Jesus Christ through His Christ is hidden from carnal eyes and ears.  The veil of flesh prevents anyone from seeing it or understanding it until the Lord removes the veil and drags them to the Body of Christ (2Co 3:14, Mat 13:10).  The Body of Christ is the Lord’s Body and through whom He does His work and is a mystery and secret hidden from the world.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

The Lord is coming to and appearing only to those brought to see their need for a physician.

Hab 3:5  Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Our disobedience and rebellion are all part of God’s plan to bring us to a place of crying out for deliverance.  The Lord wounds us and also heals us (Deut 32:39, Job 5:18).  Being of the flesh first, we get sick with the diseases of Egypt which are the lies of the harlot (Rev 9:16).

Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

This is what leads us to repent and go work for the Lord as the parable of the two sons tells us (Mat 21:29).  We must come to see our sickness first so that we may know that we need a physician.

Luk 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To get spiritually sick, we first go into Babylon and be deceived waiting for the appointed time for Christ to come call us out, so we no longer will be sick.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

It is the enemies of Jesus Christ and His Narrow Way who we, as the Lord’s Body, bring the burning coals to, as we are being led of the Lord.  This is bringing salvation inwardly to God’s sons now and all mankind in the lake of fire to come.

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.

Christ’s Christ are the cherubims and the seraphims in the Bible, such symbolism telling us differing details of who we are as God’s instruments of salvation.  The spreading of the hot coals is how salvation comes and the promised land is purged of all sin.

Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 

 Eze 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

We need to be dying daily with Christ (Gal 2:20) till He comes in fullness, the race is not over until the end.  We are spiritually sick and abiding in death (sleep) if we do not judge ourselves properly (righteously by the plumbline) NOW.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (later in the lake of fire)

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (later  in the lake of fire to come)

It is interesting to see that almost every other translation except the KJV took this word for Horn and used words insinuating rays of light instead.  Even the literal versions did this despite the fact H7161 is horn 75 of 76 occurrences in the KJV OT.

 Hab 3:4  YLT And the brightness is as the light, He hath rays out of His hand, And there—the hiding of His strength.

Hab 3:4 NKJV  His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.

Hab 3:4  NLT His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from His hands, where His awesome power is hidden.

Spiritually this is spot on as the power is the Word and the Word is the light that shines through us, God’s true people, who speak these fiery words that are also known as living waters flowing from our bellies (Joh 7:38).

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.

When the light is judging us, our earth is being measured which put Gods enemies, the heathen nations, and our idols of flesh (the old man’s hills), to flight.

Hab 3:6  He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

The Lord measuring the earth is judgment day on the scales of righteousness according to the plumbline (Amo 7:8) being planted within us.  Getting a new mind, the mind of Christ, comes by the renewing of our mindsets in our day of the Lord.

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.

The opening of the sixth seal symbolically ushers in the day of wrath against the man of sin and our carnal minds, that remove our idols and destroy all of our fleshly escapes.  As they say, you can run but you cannot hide applies to the Lord’s good work in all men.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places…

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Our spiritual beheading (Rev 20:4) is the only way we receive the mind of Christ which comes in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) experiencing all seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8).  This is accomplished when we appear before Christ for judgment.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The elect lives out these white throne verses now as judgment is now on the house of God as the end of our flesh is at hand in this age (1Pe 4:17).  The words of Jesus Christ will bring forth a new heaven and a new earth within every man once we begin to hear and live these words.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

When Christ comes for judgment into our earth, then we see ourselves as the man of sin and the abomination of desolation.  All of our self-righteousnesses is seen for what it is truly is; the filthy menstrual rags of Isaiah 64:6.

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble

Hab 3:8  Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?

 Tents is symbolism for the first temple we are under the old covenant, the law of Moses and/or the law of the Gentiles. We are all first Ethiopians, aka heathen Gentiles, from the land of Cush who are dragged to Christ through the affliction in our tents (dwellings).  This first temple is one built through our own righteous works and not by the grace of Christ.  That dwelling place is being torn down and being replaced by a new one built on the righteousness that is only by faith.

We can see this in these words more clearly if we correct the poor translation of the word affliction in this verse.  This is not the normal word for affliction H6040 but is instead H205 which is more aptly translated inequity or wickedness.  The Word is the light that is shining into all areas of darkness in due time (Luk 8:17).

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The curtains of Midian symbolize our self-righteous covering.  Perfection of the flesh according to the law of Moses is symbolized by the number 10 and were the instructions on how to construct the first dwelling place for the Lord (Exo 26:1-5).  But what was the goal for the law of Moses and we have to exceed that righteousness to enter into the kingdom of God (Mat 5:20) because it is all based on self-righteousness and not of faith (Gal 2:16).

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Midian and the Midianites comes from a root of the same name that means contentions that is derived from a word translated as strife.  So, it is clearly the representation of the land of Midian, as it is a place of our rebellion and contending with the Lord before the slaughter of our flesh is given so we can submit to His righteousness.  We take our first wife in Midian (Num 12:1, Exo 2:21) and are delivered in their hands awaiting our time of deliverance.

Jdg 6:1  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Here are some examples of a Midianite spirit from the New Testament that are to be burned out of us.  It is a very common problem for all men that have the pride of life in their DNA.

Luk 22:24  And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

1Co 1:11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Midian is a type of Babylon from whence the Lord first appears to us as He did to Moses (Exo 3:10).  This is where we hear the call to come out of her and separate from the heathen nations (2Co 6:6, Rev 18:4).  Thankfully the Lord is jealous for His Temple and His people and bring war for His namesake.  It is because of the anointing, the Spirit of God, coming within us and our dwelling with that Spirit IN Christ, through which God’s elect defeat the massive Midianite armies and our yoke of oppression is removed.

Isa 9:4  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian…

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

As we mature in understanding and know the Lord’s is faithful to His Word (means business), it will hasten the coming of a new earth and a new heaven within us.

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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?

The law of sowing and reaping is instrumental in the Lord’s plan and how His “grace-nometer” of Rom 5:20 works in bringing us toward maturity.

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.

The Lord is not angry at the spiritual rivers which represent our thoughts and beliefs, every one of which He is giving to His people (Amo 4:13, Prov 16:9, Eph 1:11, etc.).  As Job told us both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16).  We are the works of HIS HANDS (Phil 2:13, Isa 64:8).  We are being re-molded into new vessels (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) to make manifest good works and be the light of Christ to the world.

The Lord wastes nothing in His plan and as Habakkuk comes to understand this is all part of bringing us to repentance and teaching us to walk by faith; trusting not in ourselves but only in the Lord.  All our deception (Exo 4:11) and erring from His ways (Isa 63:17) sets up the occasion for our day of the Lord and vengeance for the temple in which God is now dwelling (1Co 3:16).  The story of Samson seeking a Philistine wife, strictly forbidden in Israel, tells this story and the Lord’s plan in using our evil deeds for good by seeking an occasion against our flesh (Jdg 14:1-4).  Some other witnesses include:

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

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 no

Habakkuk and all the Lord’s people look behind themselves and see the purpose in what the Lord has and is working in our lives (2Co 4:15).  Our sin being exposed, despite our outward testimonies, all serves the Lord’s plan to soften us and make us pliable and useful in His kingdom.

Hab 3:9  Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

God’s elect is the Lord’s bow (archers) that is set in the cloud (Gen 9:13-14) of many witnesses that is The Christ of Christ (Heb 12:1).  That is where Christ ascended into the minds (heaven) of His chosen people and has been ascending in every generation since.

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he (Christ) was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Before we can be clothed with Christ’s righteousness, we and all men, will first come to see our spiritual nakedness which refers to our marred (Jer 18:4, Psa 51:5) “no good” (Rom 3:12) position.

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

The Lord makes manifest our nakedness and strips us of our covering to humble us and bring us to repentance knowing there is nothing good but His Spirit dwelling within us.  We are learning dependence upon Christ and His Christ for all things and losing all confidence in our flesh (Phil 3:3).  That is how we are being converted from dogs, outside the covenant of faith, to becoming the true circumcision that is the Israel of God.

We see the word SELAH again in Hab 3:9. As we saw last time, Selah, symbolizes a break or a pause giving added weight of the importance of the matter just proclaimed.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15) and a brute beast (Ecc 3:18), the man of sin (2Th 2:3) is a profound truth, required for the day of the Lord’s appearing to come.  We need to examine ourselves and our faith often, and reflect upon the Lord working ALL THINGS, including evil (Isa 45:7, Pro 16:4), our deceptions and idols (Job 12:16, Eze 14:4) to be re-shapened into Christ’s  righteousness.

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Lord breaks (cleaves) our earth using the rivers of lies and false doctrines that overwhelm us and bring us to our wits end in unbelief.  A kingdom divided against itself shall not stand and such is the end of Satan’s kingdom and the kingdom of our beasts as the Lord brings division (Luk 12:51-53) and the house collapses.

Mar 3:24  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Hab 3:10  The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11  The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

The light of Christ is saving us and bringing to an end the motion of following the flesh.  With greater faith, comes an increased ability to overcome the giants in the land.  Our mountains and idols will bow down in this day.  Vengeance is the Lord’s and when He comes for His Temple, which temple we are, the sun and the moon, referring here to our lies/false doctrines of unbelief and our outward self-righteousness’s, are not able to deceive us any longer.  The light of Christ, the Word of Truth, like arrows pierce our habitations and our carnal weapons of warfare are being laid down.

Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

The truth exposes and rebukes our sins and wickedness’s.  All darkness will be brought to the light of Jesus Christ as the Body of Christ, the glittering (also translated as lightening) spear of God, which defeat the enemies of God within and without ourselves through judgment by the Word (Joh 12:48).  We saw this concept play out in type and shadow when Israel conquered the Amorites and slayed its five kings (grace thru faith) in the Book of Joshua.

 Jos 10:12  Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Jos 10:13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Jos 10:14  And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Next time Lord willing, we will pick up with Christ marching through the land with His Armies and finishing the good work He has started in each of us by remaking us in the fire on His Potter’s Wheel.

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

FAQS

A Primer of Types of Evil Spirits

(Compiled from existing posted teachings)

In today’s study, we look at evil spirits of doctrine (A) and evil spirits that manifest themselves as various sicknesses (B) and sexual manifestations (C).

A) False Doctrines

What influence do evil spirits have in our lives?  All evil spirits are sent by God to do what they do.

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

1Sa 16:15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

When we are being afflicted with demons, we are afflicted by an “evil spirit from the Lord.” Evil spirits throw us into the water, into the fire, or attempt to destroy us, God’s children, in our seasons. All of humanity lies in the wicked one.

Mat 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

1Sa 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

1Sa 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

It is given to the beast to perform miracles in the presence of those who dwell on the earth. We “dwell on the earth”, and we see and hear of actual miracles which are given for the purpose of deceiving us.

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Christ warns us to be filled with the Word and “His Christ” to fill the void which is left after casting out false doctrines from our havens.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is comehe findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

We live by “every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God,” including the entering in of “seven spirits more wicked than ourselves.” So, while the demon possession that causes us to become violent to ourselves and others around us at our appointed times, being under the law and it is real, it is still the work of the Lord. In His time, He sends His Word and heals us. In this study, we focus on the inward application. We know the whole world out there is crazy and without Christ being under the law.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The false doctrines of orthodoxy are being tried against the Word of God, and if we do not know that Word, then we do not know Christ and are in no position to carry on spiritual warfare such as Paul mentions.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

The word “places” is in brackets because it is added by the translators. Spiritual wickedness is in our heavens, and “heaven” are our hearts and minds where Christ dwells.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

It is “in us” that spiritual wickedness of spiritual warfare takes place.

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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;

The knowledge of God is found in His Word. We are never to 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.

Without God’s written Word, which has endured the attacks of the best scholars of all times, it would be impossible to “try the spirits to see whether they are of God”. The demon possessions that provoke violent physical behavior are minuscule in terms of the damage they do and the deception they accomplish. It is the spirits of false prophets, bringing false doctrines into our heavens with which most of us are afflicted. Those are the spirits with which these verses are concerned.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

When we become familiar with Christ and our Father and our brethren in Christ, we come to know and think as they think. When that happens, we are able to try the spirits and cast out many of the evil spirits that have been sent to try us and to show us just how deceived we have been.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

B) Sicknesses

Diseases are common to all men but not every man is stricken with major diseases. While science tries to understand the biological, psychological, chemical and electrical causes of all of the diseases, Scriptures makes it clear that just as surely as Ahab’s prophets were prophesying lies because a lying spirit had led them to do so, so too, are all of the diseases of mankind, in the final analysis, nothing more than evil spirits sent to afflict us. First, let’s see how this is proven to be so for physical ailments, then we will see how it is also the cause of all mental ailments. Here are a couple of examples of physical ailments which Scripture attributes to evil spirits.

Luk 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

A crippled lady and a man who could neither speak nor hear, are both said to be afflicted by an evil spirit. Here are a couple of mental ailments which Scriptures also attributes to evil spirits.

Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

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

Neither soothsaying nor fear are physical ailments. Both take place in our minds and   Scriptures declare that both are actually spirits. What does this all teach us? It tells us that Christ is working all things after the counsel of His own will and that all we do, and all that happens in our lives, IS indeed “predestinated” to occur (Eph 1:11). The God- given ability to learn how to treat diseases is as much a part of the sovereignty of God as the disease itself. It is God who is “working all things after the counsel of His own will,” and mankind’s vanity over his great mental achievements is no exception to that sovereignty. Times of depression certainly are a byproduct of our tribulation experience and are common to all men, just as diseases are common to all men. But not all men are afflicted with a crippling affliction in which they are “bowed together” to the extent that they can “in no wise lift up” themselves, and not all men are stricken with fear and major depression. The extent of any physical or mental disease is, a sovereign work of a sovereign God, and that work is always being accomplished by means of the realm of the Spirit. Here are how the Scriptures explain this:

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear is another way of telling us that the visible world is controlled by the invisible world of the realm of the spirit. Here is what we are being taught concerning all suffering that is endured by any of God’s children, regardless of the degree of that suffering:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The Greek word translated temptation is “pierasmos”, and it is the same word translated “try” in this verse.

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:

The way of escape does not keep us from trial. The fiery trial is to try us and we escape it only by enduring to the end of these fiery trials.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

We are admonished that we ought not to suffer as evildoers, but nowhere are we ever told that our apparently self- inflicted sufferings are not part of the fiery trials which are to try us. We are all first hardened by God’s spirit and we “do that we would not”. But that is only for the purpose of chastening and scourging us to bring us to see ourselves for what we are, by God’s design. Even our sins, are His work in our lives.

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 [the law of God, verse 22] 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.

Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Our sins are the result of “a law”. God is the great lawgiver who sustains both the “law of sin and death” and the “law of the Spirit of life”. That is the meaning of the first and the last.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

The “second man” is also called “the last Adam” just two verses earlier:

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Christ tells us that He is the first and the last:

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Christ is saying that this is all a vital part of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Our trials as painful and as long as they seem to last, are all a vital and necessary part of that revelation. Christ uses evil spirits as part of His MO that leads to salvation.

We prefer to call our sicknesses ailments that are the result of genetics or a chemical imbalance in the brain, or epilepsy or germs; any of the diseases caused by these conditions. But Scriptures call them all “spirits of…” whatever.

1Ki 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

1Ki 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

In Kings 22, we learn of Ahab’s death but also see an example of how the Lord uses evil spirits to be lying spirits when He gives us over to the idols of our wicked hearts (Eze 14). The story is too long to include in this study, read it for yourselves and then we ask ourselves: “Was Ahab’s carnal mind schizophrenic”? Yes, he was, here is the example of spirits used one after this manner and another after that manner in accomplishing all the Lord is intending. Lying spirits are from the Lord who sends them. There is no peace.

1Ki 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

1Ki 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he [Christ] said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

In His time, we are bearing the image of the heavenly when His work in our lives are being finished.

C) Homosexuality

Can homosexuals or lesbians help the way they are? Whether they are super masculine or super effeminate, they are what Christ made them.

Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

A NT witness:

Rom 1:26  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

Rom 1:27  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

Adultery is always listed ahead of fornication when the works of the flesh is listed.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

Gal 5:20  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

Gal 5:21  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Nevertheless, these verses condemn homosexuality, abusers of themselves with mankind:

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Lust is idolatry.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

God makes us “marred in the hand of the Potter [with] no good thing… in [our] flesh”. That is why we lust. It is not that we choose to do so, it is because “there is no good thing” in us because:

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

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh [the “old man” sitting on the throne of God in the temple of God, our bodies – 1Co 3:16 and 2Th 2:4], Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 

Now, here is the same question we and all men, ask of God:

Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

And this is the same answer Christ gave to Job:

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

Homosexuality, like adultery and fornication is an abomination to Christ.

Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Homosexuality is an abomination and disciples of Christ are not conformed with this world and its increasingly evil ways.

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.

We do not follow the crowd and avoid the persecution of the cross of Christ.

Exo 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Christ did not condemn the woman in adultery and neither do we condemn those that He is making this way. Christ is calling a few out of the many to be His people and fewer still will remain and are faithful to the end.

The spirit of homosexuality is the exact same spirit as the spirit of the Nicolaite’s, one man having dominium over another which Christ hates.

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

And here is Truth of Scripture:

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Summary

What are we to do then when evil spirits get hold of us. We can get the words and thoughts of Christ to replace our evil thoughts, the evil spirits in our heavens. Then Christ will have “sent His Word and heals us.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The Lord turns up the heat before His coming to bring us to out wit’s end. Job learned to sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Our trials which we endure is what all of this is, according to our Creator who has given us His Word:

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The end of the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. We feel only the physical and mental pain of life, and we, of ourselves, are not capable of equating any of this with pity and mercy. But in time we will come to repent of contending with, reproving, and condemning our own Maker, and we will then understand that it actually takes trials which cause us to do just that to bring us to see ourselves and come to repent. Only then will we see that the Lord chastens and scourges every son He receives, and we will then understand that it was because of our trials that we are being able to come to repent of condemning our own Maker.

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

In the end, we come to see and understand that Christ is working with us all along and making us into vessels and instruments for His glorious use and purpose:

Isa 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

Isa 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isa 41:9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

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

It is better to gratefully appreciate and enjoy what Christ is given us. It is only those who have no hope in Christ who see no purpose in walking through this life which is known as “the valley of the shadow of death”. Simply put, it is better to be grateful for what we have, than to be ungratefully coveting that which we have not yet been given. It seems obvious that the Lord works with men in the physical realm through His spiritual realm. Joseph’s brothers thought that selling Joseph into Egypt was their own idea, but in reality, Christ had sent a spirit to induce them to do His will and this is the reason for all evil spirits:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me but God meant it [your evil deed, which was actually the workings of God] unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Here are examples of foul spirits which are being cast out through the Word.

  • A spirit of schizophrenia, we cast this spirit out through resting in Christ Heb 4:4
  • A spirit of homosexuality, we cast this out by being helpers of each other’s joy 2Cor 1:24
  • A spirit of lesbianism, we cast this spirit out not ever learning but doing also 2 Tim 3:1-7
  • A spirit of soothsaying, we cast this out by judging righteous judgement John 7:24
  • A dog spirit, we cast this out by being of the spiritual circumcision Rom 2:28-29
  • A spirit of a lunatick, we cast this spirit out through the one mind of Christ Phil 1:27
  • A spirit of antichrist, we cast this spirit out through the words of Christ John 6:63
  • A spirit of infirmity, we cast this spirit out through the power of Christ 1 Cor 1:18
  • A spirit of fear, we cast this spirit out through love, the bond of perfection Col 3:14

The dream is one, it is only the Word and His Christ that are able to cast out evil spirits and heal us. The sum of His Word is Truth.

Luk 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

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