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Who Is Responsible for Evil? (2018 Version)

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Who Is Responsible for Evil?

This is a remake of an older article on the sovereignty of God focusing on the bad or evil things that exist and men do.   The absolute sovereignty of God is such an important truth it is useful to remind ourselves often as our own faith will be tested many times to see whom we are holding responsible.  All things are being lived and worked for God’s purposes in Jesus Christ.

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.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Jesus is the Lord of heaven and the earth, both the outward and the inward being Lord of ALL.  Flesh will naturally glory in itself and take credit for its own works be they righteous or unrighteous.  Being converted of these lies will take us a long time and many trials. The Lord has purposed our rebellion and all the evil we will do to teach us in due time.

Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me

Is the Lord just a terrible parent or is our rebellion part of His plan all along?  We don’t have to guess as the Scriptures declare the Lord’s sovereignty in all things even our rebellion. It is the Lord who turns man into destruction, into sin and away from His ways and then in the appointed times calls us back home to Himself.

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

The Lord both turns us away into wicked things and also is the one who grants and causes us to turn back or repent.  He is doing it all.

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

As we grow in faith, our understanding and application of God’s sovereignty in ALL THINGS is also growing proportionately.  Our doubting questions get answered in due time and we learn that we truly do nothing outside of God’s grip on us.  Yes, even the evil we do, our very sins are given to us by the Lord.  Everything from A to Z is the Lord doing it!

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:

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

It is the fate of all men to first learn the “other jesus” by horribly underestimating the Lord and His sovereignty and exalting the role of man in the affairs of life and the world.  The story of Joseph being sold into Egypt by his brothers is a powerful lesson in how God works evil for good.  At the end of the story Joseph tells his brothers it was not really them that did the evil, instead, it was God who did it for good in the end.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

The Lord works evil for good. Look at how powerful and expansive the one true God that only the Elect know who is not dependent upon his creation for anything.

Act 17:24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

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.

The Truth of God working evil has always been right in front of us, yet we were blinded to see it until we are given the gift of faith and spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see. It is our ability to show these pivotal truths to those God brings to us that opens the eyes of a brother and sister and heals them of their spiritual blindness.  Let’s look at some of the black and white verses about the origins of evil.

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

It does not get any clearer than Isa 45:7 but when we show most this Scripture they are dumbstruck.  But there are more, many more witnesses to this immutable truth.

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?

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

Lam 3:38  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

We will be hated for merely suggesting this most basic truth, yet there will be a few who are given to find the narrow way.

The Purpose of Evil 

We must experience evil to learn about evil as indeed to become like God’s we must know both good and evil.  Knowing good and evil is of paramount importance for God’s Elect and why we are made to sin.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Evil is used of the Lord to give the opportunity to chasten us and to bring judgment, the very process and fiery grace that will save all men (Eph 2:8).

Ecc 1:13 (CLV) 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.

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.

This truth is everywhere once our eyes are open to see it.  Who purposefully planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil right in front of Adam and Eve?

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Who conceived David and by extension all mankind in sin from birth?

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

Who added the crooked serpent to tempt Adam and Eve in the weakness of their carnal mind and sinful flesh?  Satan is the epitome of evil and look who made Satan.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

Sending Forth of Evil Spirits

It is the Lord who commands and sends forth Satan and his messengers (evil spirits) to accomplish His will in our lives.  The story of Job is perhaps the best example demonstrating the Lord commanding the evil to work His work within us.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Satan and his demons are nothing more than servants of the Lord.  He is using them, His own creation, to bring about good and to accomplish all his good pleasure in our lives.  Let’s check in at the end of the book and see how the experience ends.   Evil was worked for good.

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.

Job 42:12  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning ….

Here is a verse most have never seen and hate in defense of the false doctrines that God has nothing to do with evil.

Psa 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Psalm 78 is not talking about the bad people out there. It is talking about ISRAEL, God’s own people and you and me if we are God’s people.  The Lord sends evil spirits to His own people. The Lord is doing it, He is working all things for good in the end, even sending evil. This is the truth and you are blessed to remove the plank that represents the lie that God is not responsible and is not the author of evil, maybe you will begin to see the truth much more clearly. Here are a couple of more, but there are many others in the sum of God’s word.

1Sa 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

1Ki 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Jdg 9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

Who was behind the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ which was the evilest act of all time?  The Scriptures tell us the Truth that is was God who orchestrated the death of Jesus Christ.

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.

Many in orthodoxy (our ministry field) can easily believe that the Lord is responsible for tornado’s and hurricanes and outward things, but cannot make the connection about the inward events in our heavens and earth.  Evangelizing we learn quickly to wait on the Lord to bring us those prepared who have had their eyes and ears opened to receive the truth.

Pro 20:12  The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

When one is so blessed the concept of God’s sovereignty greatly expands and are given power over all the lies and false doctrines (spirits) and our spiritual healing begins.

Luk 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

All Things Truly is All Things

We already have shown the truth via multiple witnesses but know there are many more to support this pivotal truth that apart from the Lord we truly do nothing.  It is blasphemy to speak the truth in an orthodox Babylonian setting and especially to suggests that man is not responsible for his own sin.  But what says the Scripture?

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

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.

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.

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

The New and the Old Testament agree and truth (treasure) is found in both to prove via the sum of God’s Word what the Truth is (Psa 119:160 ASV).

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:

Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.

The Lord made all things and works all things all the time. He is not a Plan B God that responds and reacts to the messes that man makes.  ALL THINGS means exactly what it says and as one grows in the truth faith, your boundaries of all things will continue to expand.

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.

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.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

When we read about Israel’s rebellion and doing evil against the Lord, we are reading about OUR rebellion and the evil we are doing.  The Scriptures make clear that Israel sin and rebellion was caused by the Lord.

Jer 32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

Living in the vine, the Lord causes things to bear fruit (good) and some to not bear fruit (evil).  But the point is, even the bad things are done in Christ and all work towards the greater good of bearing more fruit in the end.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

All things are caused by the Lord.  Whether it be our obedience unto life or our sinning unto death.  It is all His work in us and will all be used to teach and correct us in our day of the Lord which is our day of judgment.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

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

Judgment is the true grace which is chastening us and teaching us the right ways of God in response to us first doing it the wrong way and disobeying.

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;

The pouring out of grace (judgment) by the implanted truth was the promise of the New Covenant and how the Lord is working righteousness and causing us to obey Him.

Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The Lord causes us to err and stumble in judgment.  In the same way a child learns by making mistakes and be disciplined, so it is in the spiritual and how we learn.

Psa 119:66  Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Psa 119:67  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

These acts of the Lord are His mercy and are the wonderful works of God to the children of men (Psalm 107) that bring us to our wits end where we cry out for a Saviour.  Seeing the evil within and our need for a Saviour is a necessary prerequisite of salvation and the Lord’s mercy.

The story of Samson intermarrying with a forbidden Philistine is our story as are all the stories of good and evil in the Bible.  For brevity we won’t cover that story but we are told the Lord did it so He could have the occasion to bring judgment upon our flesh and the Philistine nations and mindset within us (Luk 17:21).

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

God’s chosen people, His Elect and the Spiritual Jews are those being made righteous by His judgments.  Our trials and all the evil we are given to endure are working for the counsel of His will to remake us into mature sons of God.

Psa 34:19  Many are the EVILS (“Ra” not afflictions) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Evil being manifest within us is necessary for us to be stripped of the self-righteousness of the law that we all find first in trying to perfect ourselves in our own strength.  But when judgment has come to God’s house, which house His Elect are, then we will not be able to stand and will come to see that we are the man of sin, an abomination and in great need of a Spiritual Physician.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

CONCLUSION

Contrary to Billy Graham’s famous sermon after 911, where he unequivocally said “The Bible says God is not the author of evil”, God most certainly is the author of evil as the Scriptures declare. If one is so blessed (Mat 13:17) to begin to see and receive the truth of God’s working all things, even evil things; then one is being made ready to lose their old way of life and learn a new one via grace.  The world indeed looks different viewed through the lenses of faith and the truth of the Scriptures.  We are being made into the image of Jesus Christ who knew what we are learning.

Joh 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

We need to be wise with whom and how we share these truths not cast pearls to swine or engage with heretics. We also need to be prepared for rejection, persecution and false accusations that we are promoting sin with our doctrine.  Finally, even though God works all things even evil, we are commanded to strive against evil at every opportunity yet never engage in physical violence or resistance (Mat 5:39, Mat 26:51). The sum of God’s word makes clear we are to be careful to maintain good works and not turn God’s grace into lasciviousness and an excuse for living in sin.

Gal 2:17  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

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Almighty God Gets What He Desires

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“Almighty God Gets What He Desires”

The catalyst for this post was an email I received from a known heretic attempting to persuade me once again to the error of my ways.  Using no Scripture and repeating the oft-repeated lies everyone learns in orthodoxy, I was told it is up to man to choose to repent and only then will the Lord save us.  This heretic, like the heretic we all are at first before we are dragged into truth, just cannot see what we are so blessed to see in our Bibles. Here is one such giant verse.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

The heretic did not get an answer having long ago received his two admonitions (Tit 3:10, 2Jo 1:10).  This unsolicited event brought to my remembrance how profound the basic truths we in the Body live by as we search for the deeper things that our Bibles reveal.  I share now with the brethren to stir their memory.

2Pe 3:1  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

Getting past the lie of free will is essential to come to see the marvelous truth of the promise of the salvation of all men.  Those that cling to the false doctrine of man having a free will, have a very small God.  Such a God would, therefore, be dependent upon his own creation and their actions to accomplish the Lord’s will in their life.  But is that what the Scriptures teach?  Most certainly not as this post will touch on the basics.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

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 dominos 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.

That glorious event that occurs in the lake of fire has already been declared from the very beginning.  The Lord is a powerful God, unlike the ones our carnal minds cannot help but invent.

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
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:

The Lord is in charge of all things and His pleasure is getting done all the time.  Almighty God, our Lord, and Savior does not need anyone’s help to accomplish His will in the earth and in the hearts of men.  He is working all things and is sovereign over all His works.  Lords and Kings rule over their kingdom and so does our Lord.

Psa 115:3  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 

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

1Ti 6:15  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate (Ruler/Authority), the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Yet carnal minds don’t and can’t believe this unless and until the Lord opens spiritual eyes and gives faith.

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.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Only a few are given the ears to hear and eyes to see the truth of God’s plan for mankind.  These truths and the plan of salvation of all are foolishness to the natural man not given the precious gifts of faith and spiritual understanding.

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:

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.

A common push back those speaking the truth face is responding to those claiming it is up to man to repent and choose himself to believe the gospel.  While some Scriptures taken by themselves seem to say this (e.g. Jos 24:15), the real truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines off one verse.

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

Choosing today whom we shall serve does not change the truth that all of our choices, be they good or evil, are all choices the Lord of Lord’s is causing us to make.  That is the truth and what the Sum of the word declares.  We have matter of fact verses telling us we have nothing to do with choosing to follow the Lord.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me

The Bible is chock full of verses that tell us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. Yet we are also told, our choosing righteousness is not in ourselves.  It is 100% the Lord’s work in each of us and in the times He has ordained.

Jeremiah 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.

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

Men do not choose to have faith.  True faith is indeed a gift of the Lord (Eph 2:8) and that all of our works are really His works.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The multitudes that know another Jesus (2Co 11:4) cannot see that faith is never OUR faith, it is always about the faith OF Jesus Christ.  Big difference.  

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:

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:

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 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.

The pillar of truth that was used to open my eyes was coming to see the sovereignty of the Lord in all things.  We truly can nothing apart from the Lord.  It is everywhere in our bibles, but we just can’t see it before our time to see it arrives.

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

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

Even the bad things we do are His work in us (Isa 45:7).  Here is an article/post which covers the bad things we do and who is causing them.

Who is Responsible for Evil?

Blessed are the eyes of the few given to know these mysteries and the symbols and parables by which the Scriptures are written to keep the multitudes blinded. The heavens, earth and deep places primarily speak to what the Lord is doing IN YOU as all these words are signified and are Spirit (Joh 6:63).  Yet many multiple of witnesses speak to the immutable truth of the limitless power of God’s authority over the affairs of men.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

Job 23:13  But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 

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: 

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

The Lord needs nothing from His pieces of clay He is molding.  He has already declared it and we and every man are just living it out now.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

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.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

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;

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

It is the Lord’s desire to bring every man to repentance and save every man.  That He will do by the means He has devised from the very beginning.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him (i.e. Saved). 

The way of salvation by us living by an experience of evil and then being judged by the Word we are so blessed to hear and that which is alive with us.  Thus, the true grace of God is being made manifest to those the Lord has chosen to be His House in this age.

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

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

The Old Testament spoke clearly of this as well.  The way God’s people are redeemed is thru many tribulations (Act 14:22) which is the judgment of God.

Exo 6:5  And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Exo 6:6  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Judgment is the fire that will burn up the unclean, consume the wood (carnal mind) and sanctify us in Christ.   The judgment of the old man is the blessing for the new man and the means of salvation.  It is also known as the strange act (Isa 28:21-22) that will consume all of God’s adversaries in the earth.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Turning our hearts back to the Lord (repentance) is the Lord’s work in us just as the turning of our hearts away from Him is in the first place.  As clay in His hands, the Lord turns us into destruction on purpose in order to then turn us back (grant repentance); but only in the appointed times.

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

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

New Testament witnesses agree, and it is through these multiple witnesses that every truth is established.

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Even repentance is in the “box of all things” the Lord is working in the hearts of all men.

Act 5:31  Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins

Rom 2:4  Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Act 11:18  When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Only those blinded by God could speak confidently and repeatedly in arguing that our choosing the Lord and repenting are all the choice of man’s supposed free will.  Not that more proof is needed but we have lots more once we see this with God-given eyes.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag [draw] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

The promise of the New Covenant expressed through the prophets shows the hand of God involved in every aspect of salvation.  There is no “we must do anything” in this promise, it is all “I WILL SAYS THE LORD

Eze 36:23  And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24  For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.

Eze 36:25  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

Eze 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Eze 36:27  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Eze 36:28  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

Eze 36:29  I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

It is 100% the Lord.  The circumcision of our hearts is done by His hands and not the delusion of man’s free will doing it.

Col 2:11  In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ

Those that think it is up to them are not the true circumcision as such ones still have confidence in flesh and by extension the delusion of free will.

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Those whom the Lord has blinded in this age will stay blind until the Lord has ordained them to see and to hear the things of the Spirit.  One of the hardest things we first learn is this principle and that we cannot give to anyone what the Lord has given to us.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The Lord is working to bring about His good and perfect will in the lives of every man that has ever lived.  He will do it and bring it all to pass exactly on schedule beginning with the chosen few, the Elect (Mat 22:14) who are given to believe now.

Isa 45:12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Isa 45:13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe (now). 

1Ti 4:11  These things command and teach.

These are essential truths upon which the house of God is built and the process of salvation works within our heavens and our earth.  Good to remember and be able to give answers to those precious few the Lord will put in our path.

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:

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

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Deliverance From Unbelief

unbelief 99Taking on the mind of Christ requires us to go thru many tribulations to purge out the innate habit and patterns of being carnal in a marred vessel of clay. This is the process of how, in the appointed times of the Lord, each man ever born will be remade into the new man.

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.

Those that walk in faith, stand on the Scriptures which are the word of God, knowing that they alone are life and are the comfort for God’s Elect.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The Scriptures are all words of Spirit that are spiritual life to those who can hear them with (God given) ears to hear and eyes to see.  To the carnal mind, the words of Scripture are always applied outwardly and taken as a history lesson to learn from versus the living words that we must in our appointed times live out.

Luk 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Psa 139:16 but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. (CEV)

True bread from heaven is the word of God but that bread in its entirety is every word of God.  We shall live by all of them in due time.  That includes living out those words and the righteous judgments of God against us.  It is His Word that shall judge us in “the last day” ordained for each us, the day our carnal mind will begin to be destroyed and we will be given the mind of Christ.  We all first reject Christ before we are given to receive His word and when we do then our judgment will begin.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

If we are so blessed and given mercy, we will have that experience right here and right now in this age.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: (THE ELECT) and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  (They will be judged in the lake of fire in the ages to come)

The people of God are the only ones given to partake of communion with Christ.  This takes place by our fellowship with Christ and by sharing the one event that comes alike to all men (ECC 9:2) in due time which is living by every word.  This is the true ONE bread from heaven.

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

1Co 10:17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

 Battling Lies, False Doctrines and Carnal Thoughts

As we grow in the faith, we still have much to learn, much to overcome and that includes being delivered of all the lies and false doctrines we first learn in Egypt (the world) and then Babylon (the harlot churches of men).  Like Mary Magdalene, we all must be delivered of seven (the perfect number) of demons that ensnare us in bondage.  That actual number is unfathomable to us, we have no idea how deceived we are and what strong delusion means when we are the blind one spiritually.  But here is a number we are given on just how prevalent are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind.  This is how many horseman we battle in our spiritual warfare.

Rev 9:16  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

But make no mistake the process of learning the truth and growing in the true faith requires us to be in the house of God (the Body of Christ) but also for us to live thru many prophecies of getting evil spirits cast out of our spiritual houses.   So I hope this post inspires some of you and helps you understand the battle in our heavens and that we war not with flesh and blood.

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 (i.e. LIES) in high places (heaven).

So this is the battleground and where war in heaven takes place.  Our carnal mind is purposefully set at enmity with the things of God and must be destroyed for Christ to grow in us and our old man to decrease.  We need deliverance and that only comes from Zion (the Body) who speak the words of fire that destroy the old man Esau within all of us.  This prophecy is both today and is yet future as the word of God, IS, WAS and WILL BE.

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.

…. and remember where the kingdom of God is and where all this takes place.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  (you don’t see it with your physical senses)

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Spirits Are Doctrines

Spirits are doctrines, they are lies, untruths that make their way into our inner heaven and earth and greatly influence our walk with the Lord.  These are what must be cast out of us for true deliverance to come.

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

Lies and false doctrines are the plagues of the Egypt (the world) and will keep us in spiritual darkness and separated from the light of this life which is Christ, the Lord and His Body.  If we ever needed a reminder on why obedience is so important (not to avoid eternal punishment) here are some good verses that we should never forget.

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 (false doctrines, lying spirits) upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit (LIES), and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (false doctrines that fly in our heavens and deceive us)
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
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. (Babylon’s false doctrines)

And we all first are sick and need a physician but even then we will think are not in need or repentance and turning away from the world and the harlot churches of men.  At this point in our walk, Christ has not yet appeared to us as He only comes to those who know they need repentance, not the 99 who don’t need it.  Christ comes and appears only to those He has shown are in dire need of a spiritual 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 (self) righteous (i.e the 99), but sinners to repentance.

We all will drink of these lies (wine) and commit fornication, mixing the things of God with the things of the world.  So God’s people don’t go accusing those the Lord Himself has ensnared in Babylon to spend their appointed time waiting for their yet future judgment.

Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

In due time, the Lord will bring us out but it has nothing to do with our free will.

Jer 29:10  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Babylonian Deliverance Ministries

I got involved in the deceptive ministry of casting out evil spirits in the outward spoken name of Jesus for several years in my past strong delusion.  I for sure thought I was doing right and serving God. I would have sworn there were actual deliverance’s, outward miracles happening before my very eyes. But that is exactly what they were because these too are words we must all live by every one in due time.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
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.

Those that dwell on the earth certainly applies outwardly in the physical and includes all men, but it also means those that are yet carnal.  Unless and until we are seated in the heavens with Christ we are dwelling on the earth and cannot receive the things of the Spirit.

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heaven in Christ Jesus (in the Body of Christ)

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; (of witnesses, i.e. The Body) and their enemies beheld them.

But as it turned out, it had simply not been given to me yet to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  Until that times comes, none of us will have a clue despite what we or others may think or say about ourselves.  The ability to hear and understand the WORD is indeed a gift that comes with our measure of faith.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

And as has been said many times, the Lord is not now calling the entire world and revealing Himself to them. He is revealing Himself only to the chosen few, which is fewer than we can possibly imagine at first.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

In the Name of Jesus

When I was involved in this outward carnal deception,  it was very important to follow a bunch of rules and memorize certain techniques to be succesful and cast the demons out.  One very important method was to always start by saying “in the name of Jesus”….  In the name of Jesus which is how we are to pray does not mean simply speaking outwardly in the physical.   When we are in Babylon, we believe that merely saying “in the name of Jesus” is the requirement and magical words like abracadabra that has our “other jesus in a genie bottle” to answer our prayers or requests.  Like all Scripture, all the words are Spirit and they are spiritual life.  Doing things like praying and casting out demons are to be done in the name of Jesus, but that means with the true doctrines and us living thru the righteous judgment of God against our carnal mind.  This is the fire that sanctifies us which is the will of God.  This is how the house of the Lord is cleansed in the appointed times.  And this is a wonderful promise when are given to know the truth and given the faith and the grace to obey the Lord.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

of course the very next verse adds an important aspect of doing things “in my name”.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Doing things in the name of Jesus is being a doer of the word!  Lest we missed it, this message has many witnesses and here is another one that thru the sum of thy word tell us what praying and fasting is speaking about.

1Jn 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Doing this, obeying Him, is asking in His name and becoming a doer of the word.  It is living and abiding in the truth and working out our salvation with fear and trembling, know the Lord really is the Lord of heaven and the earth.

To be a doer of the word we must be given the faith and ability to take captive the lies, carnal thoughts and false beliefs that oppose themselves against the truth.  This really is UNBELIEF that must be overcome.  We must be given faith to believe the Scriptures, ALL OF THEM, and taught to apply the SUM OF GODs word as the truth, not some of it.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

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;

At first and for a very long time, we will mix the word of God up with the philosophies and traditions of the world, and consider ourselves spiritual and calling such beliefs godly wisdom.  But there can be no mixture as just a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf of bread and perverts the truth into lies.   But this is really a sign of our immaturity and a lack of faith that we must be given to grow beyond.  Until we are given to do this by the Lord, we will not progress and will be a victim as Paul writes here.

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (His word, the pure doctrines, His Body)

There is absolutely NO LIE in the truth.  So even a little worldly logic mixed with the ways of the Lord is a lie and that takes time for us to grow and to really appreciate that if we are one of God’s Elect.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Learning not to even think above what is written, is what is required of us to dispel the bad habits of applying worldly logic to our life and situations.

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 above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

It takes faith to walk by the Scriptures and not to lean on our carnal reasonings.  This can only be given to us by the Lord and then it is thru the subsequent trials that our faith is tried and grows and little by little the false beliefs and trusting in the world’s ways is purged from the kingdom of God within our heavens and earth.

Idols of Our Hearts

The way the Lord keeps us in bondage and blind to the truth is thru the lying signs and wonders mentioned above.  This is accomplished in us thru the use of idols of our heart that we all have and are used (given) us by God to accomplish His work in us as the Master Potter.  When I was involved in the lies of speaking to demon spirits and casting them out of people in the name of Jesus said outwardly, I was simply turned over to the idols of my own heart.  The Lord does this to all of us and for some it might be deliverance ministries, for others, tongue speaking, still others are turned into holy rollers and fault finders that go around accusing everyone of sin.  All of this is the Lord’s work in us and it is simply fulfilling these verses and keeping us in outer darkness awaiting our time of judgment.

Eze 14:1  Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:5  That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Notice it is “all” who are estranged.  There is indeed none that does good, no one not even one…. despite what those that want to argue flesh and blood was made perfect from the start and believe the lie of the fall of mankind and will continue to argue that man in the marred vessel of clay is not a  virtual sinning machine in their self-righteous delusion.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (SIN)

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption (not perfection); it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour (not good) ; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

No man is exempt for being estranged from God thru their idols.  And yes in the end it will be that ALL ISRAEL that shall be saved and all men (mankind) will indeed live by every word God has spoken.  This only awaits the timing ordained of the Lord who has declared the end from the very beginning.  Here is some good news in the end.  It won’t seem that way to those still bound to Babylon doctrines, but the Lord will eventually destroy that false prophet that all of us must first be.

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

You see this is the first part of our witness for Christ.  We are all first a false prophet being carnal, speaking lies and ultimately the beast within us all will rise up and destroy that witness.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

But is does not end there.  If we are Christ, members of His Body, of the chosen few, there will be a resurrection in this age. And this is when our faith, the real kind given to us by God, will begin to be tested with fiery trials.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

I like all men will suffer periods of unbelief and will revert back to relying on my carnal minds, leaning on my own understanding and this is a recipe for disaster and falling off the narrow path that God’s Elect will learn in due time to walk.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (i.e our carnal mind and thoughts and the wisdom of this world we all first learn)

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Anyone believing even a little bit that man has any free will and is “a free moral agent” is leaning on their OWN UNDERSTANDING and acting in UNBELIEF, totally outside of the faith OF (not in) Jesus Christ.  Here is a link to a  a few of my articles which are chock full of Scriptures (not human reasoning) and that show those with eyes to see the truth.

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A Lord that is hoping and depending upon any man to do something by making a free moral agency decision, is indeed a false God and another jesus we are warned about.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

And here is the truth of the Lord of heaven and the earth.  Amazing how dismissive the carnal minds can be to clear Scripture such as this.  Our very being is in Christ, the good the bad and the ugly.  The first man of sin and the second man born from above.  He is indeed the POTTER and we the clay but few really believe or even know what that truly means.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
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; (HE IS THE POTTER)  as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

THIS WAR OF DOCTRINES/ THOUGHTS BRINGS SALVATION

When we are given eyes to see and ears to hear, then this war in our heaven begins.  This is when the angels of the Lord, His Elect, all speaking the words of fire make war in our mind.  This is how the lies are cast out of us and the dragon who is our father the devil of the carnal mind.  And as we are shown, now is come salvation when this accuser, the one who accuses everyone under the delusion of free will is cast out of our thought life.  This is how and when we enter into the true Sabbath rest that is Christ.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels (lying spirits/demons) were cast out with him.

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And this is how we move on to maturity and finish the race and overcome the dragon and the pulls of the flesh and the carnal mind.  It is an ongoing process that takes abiding in the fire that is His word which is found in the Body of Christ, in communion and fellowship with “Christ” who is the Elect.  It is this dying daily and suffering that has been appointed for God’s Elect that is how we overcome.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Let me end this post with a rendering of a well known story from Mark 9 about a demon that is cast out by Christ.  These are most definitely words of Scripture every man will live by.  I hope it ties together this post and will help your unbelief which we all need help many times in order to overcome and endure to the end, doing battle in the heavens.

Mar 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

Mar 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

Mar 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

Mar 9:17  And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

Being dumb and deaf means we are spiritually incapable of speaking or hearing God’s truths.  Being blind and all those stories refer to our physical blindness and believing the lies of Babylon and having all of them blot out the true light and true doctrines that is Christ.  Only Christ coming to us and speaking His word will remove any of those spiritual illnesses.

When we are a babe in Christ (my son) we are still carnal and have dumb, deaf and blind spirits that need to be cast out of us and this requires the process that brings salvation and abiding in the fire of His word.

Mar 9:18  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

All the disciples were still not converted, and they themselves were blind, deaf and dumb to the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  They did not understand at that time which is clearly shown us in the Scriptures.

Luk 18:34  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

So they could not cast out this dumb spirit from this young man (aka babe in Christ).  Spiritually speaking, neither can we until we ourselves are converted and matured in the faith.

Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

We don’t have real faith at this point in our walk pre conversion.  We still hold to the lies like free will and we need the intervention of Christ to help us believe and grow in the true faith.

Mar 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

We know this spirit was one of a lunatic or what would be considered a mental illness.  But spiritually speaking this is referring to the spiritual illnesses we all have when we first come out of the harlot churches of men. These lies that we believe in our heavens, tear us spiritually, they keep us on the earth wallowing around in the ways of the world and unable to speak the truth and feed the sheep and lambs of God.

Mar 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

Mar 9:22 And oft times it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

The lies and false doctrines all to some extent use the word of God deceitfully (fire and water) to destroy the new man in us and keep us from moving on and growing in the faith.  These are the lying signs and wonders that deceive us and keep our old man and beast nature solidly sitting on God’s throne in the temple of God in our heart which is where the kingdom of God is.  But when we come into the presence of the real Christ and hear the real word, the true doctrines, the demon is fixing to get cast out of the temple of God which temple we are.  If only we could believe the Scriptures and have the faith that is given to us.

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

All of us must have our unbelief helped.  It takes many tribulations and trials for us to come to trust the Scriptures and not follow the physical senses and the logic of a dark and deceived world.  We have to fall down and get back up many times to learn or should I say unlearn these lies before they will leave us never to return.

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.

Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

The old man must die.  The beast within must be destroyed.  And this is accomplished in us and in the kingdom of God within, when we hear the words and true doctrines of Christ.  This is the “last” days of our carnal age and begins the process of judgment that will deliver us of all such lies.

Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

And once healed, Christ (His Body) must pick us up and this is how we are resurrected in down payment form today from the spiritual dead and separated from the world and those not in the true faith.

Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

The disciples later in the house of God asked the Lord why they could not cast out this demon.   The answer is very telling and requires its own study to explain in full.

Mar 9:29And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Some evil spirits will come out easily and some will take time, a process.  That is what Jesus was telling us in this parable story.  The lie of eternal torment for example can easily come out if one is prepared with ears to hear and shown by an angel of the Lord the hundreds of Scriptures that show this.  Yet some aspect of UNBELIEF take longer to get cleansed from our heavens.  The deep rooted lies of Babylon and carnal logic is ingrained into the deepest part of our heart and minds.  It takes time for the light that is the word of God to shine into all the areas of darkness  It is a process of God remaking us all, He is the creator of the darkness and the light and in that order.

Luk 12:2  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

That is why we must pray fervently and fast.  Praying means much more than outward prayer, it really comes down to being a doer of the word, and like our Father always be working.  Christ taught us to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, ON EARTH (our body, our walk)  as it is already in HEAVEN (our minds).  It is one thing to know the truth, it is quite another to actually DO IT.

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come (within us). Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

True fasting has nothing to do with denying physical food to our bodies.  That is just another form of outward self-righteousness that the Lord uses and makes into idols of the hearts of some people.  True fasting has to do with resisting evil and abstaining from the pulls and engagement in the affairs of this world and its lusts and being sure to eat unleavened spiritual bread, abstaining from the lies of the great whore.  Some good studies on those topics are posted here for those so led.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-02/what-is-fasting/

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-04/prayer-and-fasting/

It is thru TRUE prayer and fasting; that  our unbelief is helped and the demons come out of us and the temple of God within is filled with the light of Christ.  This is the war that rages in heaven that begins when the new man is given birth within us which comes in the appointed times known only to God.   This is the process of how we are sanctified and how are faith will grown thereby with time and we will mature thru many trials and many stumbling’s.

Do Not Compare

We must to remember not to compare ourselves or look down upon others who have more or less faith than we do.  We all are exactly where we are supposed to be, being mere clay in the Potter’s hands.  Faith is a gift from God that no man can boast.

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.    (It’s all a gift)

When we criticize others, that is UNBELIEF, we are denying the sovereignty of God in all things and we best get beyond that and learn to take those lying thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  There is nothing any man has received that was not given to them by God.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2Co 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

Doing such things is very unwise and is not of faith and is us being yet carnal, warring after the flesh.  Of course we all will do it, we have to do it wrong and disobey the Lord in order to learn righteousness the hard way, by going thru judgment.  I have battled this carnal habit of comparing myself and measuring myself with others and it has been a raging war within.  But thankfully thru the fiery trials the Lord has sent my way, I am getting the victory.  Christ is increasing and the old man Pete is decreasing and in that I rejoice.  If we stumble, and we will at times and for seasons, we need to get right back up.  This is the battle, this is the process of how we move on to maturity and it is worth repeating it here again.

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Getting rid of the evil spirits is a process of deliverance that is necessary to clear our temples of the lies and false doctrines that keep us in bondage to our lusts and from growing in the faith.  The lies cannot abide when the light that is Christ and His doctrines shines upon it.  The demons always leave and this is how we progress and move on to maturity.

I hope this post that covered several deeper topics has given a few of you some things to chew on.  If you have questions or sincere comments, please make them here or email me privately at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ,   PETE WILSON

Here is a link to a comprehensive study on waging spiritual warfare that is highly recommended.

http://tryingthespirits.com/study_notes/Waging_Spiritual_Warfare.pdf

FAQS

Why does God give man commandments?

We will be known by our fruit

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

To the natural man (aka the carnal mind) the ways of God are indeed foolishness.  Such is the case with the truth that the Lord does indeed give us commandments such as “thou shall not eat of it”. Yet in the wisdom of God these commands are given to us even though we have no free will of our own to obey those very commandments.  How can this be?

1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The spiritual truth is that God’s ways are different than the logic of our carnal minds which just proves that the word is true and that faith is indeed the gift that it is.  Without faith it is impossible to please the Lord much less believe in the Scriptures which is His Word.  Many know this verse but extremely few actually believe it and understand its depth and breadth.

Isa 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 

The SUM of God’s word is the truth and not some of it.  Until the Lord opens a door to one’s heavens and gives them ears to hear they won’t be able to grasp the power of what Psalm 119:160 says.  But when one is given to understand it then look out as many false doctrines are fixing to be kicked out of God’s temple.

Psa 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and each righteous ordinance of yours is everlasting.

It is essential we learn how to apply this macro principle.  Some of the Scriptures put together at the exclusion of others is not the truth but the lies that men build in their carnal minds and why we have 40,000 denominations in orthodox Christianity (aka BABYLON). That is where we all must first go and we are all guilty of making our own bread and creating these false doctrines and believing them.

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

No prophecy of scripture is of its own private explanation yet the carnal mind will continue to be trapped by this principle until it is given ears to hear and eyes to see.

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

A common carnal question, I partly addressed in my last post on Carnal Questions That Demand Answers was why does God find fault if we have no free will? Clearly free will is an insidious lie to anyone with ears to hear as the Scriptures declare in stunning clarity and repetition. But one must believe them to believe this most basic pillar of God’s truth.

The reason God gives us commandments is to seek an occasion against us for wrongdoing and thereby teach us righteousness thru His judgments.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Here is a link to a study by Mitch Kuhn on the topic of the Lord seeking an occasion.

http://tryingthespirits.com/study_notes/seeking_an_occasion.pdf

We do not learn the true ways of the Lord unless and until our day of judgment comes. To the blessed few, that is in this life, in this AION (life).

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  (they will be judged too in their appointed times)

Understanding that judgment is the way we come to possess eternal (Aionious) life is fundamental to growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.  Indeed that is the only way we will “then know He is the Lord”.   The Scriptures tell us over and over again that we will not know the Lord unless and until we live thru His righteous judgments against our sinful flesh and carnal mind.  I wrote a post highlighting the repetitive nature of this message we just can’t see when we are blinded by Babylon’s lies.  Here is the link to that old article that gave me great joy to understand.

http://truthinscripture.com/2012/11/11/then-you-shall-know-i-am-the-lord/

The very definition of Eternal Life is to know Him and the Father.

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

Living thru the wrath of God on our old man and carnal mind, as painful as it is, being tormented in the presence of the lamb and His Elect angels is a very good thing.  Wonderful for the new man and development of Christ in us, but a very bad thing for the old man who must be destroyed within us,

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

All the churches of men I grew up in taught that salvation meant avoiding all of this. Yet the truth be told, the exact opposite is the truth.  Nobody will ever know Jesus Christ until and unless they experience that wrath against their old man, carnal nature and innate lusts that make of these marred vessels of clay we first possess.  Here is a profound truth if one can receive it.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple (Into Christ), till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

So the answer to this age old carnal question about why we are given commandments to obey even though we have no free will is that this is the Lord’s way of bringing judgment upon us which is the way salvation comes to us in our appointed times.  

Maybe now the dichotomy of these two verses which seem to conflict with one another can be understood.

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 (not your free will) which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Maybe now one can begin to see the mystery of how the Lord works, how He causes us to obey Him by the scourging and chastening of His true grace.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

We are given commandments by the Lord and He knows full well we will not keep them initially and in doing so, judgment is brought against us and that is how we learn His true ways.  This Scripture applies to all of God’s Elect, His Christ in which Christ appears the second time for salvation apart from sin.

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

Just to be clear, Jesus was made sin, yet without sin.  His flesh had to go just as our flesh has to go as it cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  Far beyond me to explain that here but please see these links if you want to know more.  Coming to understand the law of the offerings and what that typifies for us today is essential to grow into the fullness of Christ.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/How_Christ_made_sin.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/How_Was_Christ_Made_Sin.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-law-offerings_introduction/

But to us that live in these marred vessels of clay, without the Spirit of God in us the ways of the Lord are indeed foolishness to our natural and carnally minded way of thinking.  If one has been given the spirit and the gift of faith then they will begin to believe the Scriptures, all of them and including this one.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

The Lord both makes us to err from His way (disobey) and He also causes us to obey, He the Lord indeed does it all if we only can believe it.

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


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:

The depth of the riches of His wisdom and knowledge and judgments cannot be known by the carnal mind, they are only known when we are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom.

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

The answer is no carnal man has known the mind of the Lord.  These things are hidden from the world and must be revealed to us, yea even the deep things of God.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 


1Co 2:10 
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 

Learning Good and Evil Requires Experience

The plan of God remaking the vessel of clay into a new vessel of honor, IN THE APPOINTED TIMES, requires us to learn good and evil. That is the only way we can become like God. We become this way via the process of experiencing good and evil and experiencing the righteous judgment of God.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:


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.

The Lord must cause us, He must give us this experience of evil for us to learn righteousness and become like Him. We must be shown our own innate wickedness and not just see it in others. To do this, He causes us to stumble.

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

We cannot learn good and evil in fullness until our day of judgment begins and we hear the WORD which brings judgment upon our personal earth and heavens,

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

This is why judgment begins at the house of God, the Very Elect in this age and everyone else will be judged later in the lake of fire at the 2nd resurrection. The fire being the word of God that consumed the adversaries of the Lord the day it begins to be heard and understood by spiritual ears and spiritual eyes.

Becoming like God is a blasphemous thought to the carnally minded.  Yet that is exactly what the Lord is doing and what this life and going thru our time of judgment is all about.  The word of God is an offense and stumbling-stone to the carnal mind yet hopefully a few will begin to understand what Jesus was saying and whose words have never passed away.

Joh 10:34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Joh 10:35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

In order us to become like gods and learn good and evil, the Lord must give us many experiences both good and evil.

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

The Lord caused Samson to marry a Philistine, so He could bring judgment against them. He did this even though it was a clear commandment in the law of Moses not to do so. This concept of judgment and the Lord seeking an occasion is key to knowing God’s plan.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.


Jdg 14:4
But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

So in due time for all of us, the Lord will seek an occasion to bring judgment against the Philistines that are living in your heart and mind (YOUR HEAVENS). This is how your old man will be decreased so Christ in you can be increased assuming Christ is actually in you.

All that any man does is ALL done in HIM. Our every thought, move and being is from the Lord.

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.

The things that do not bring fruit, (our dead works, our sins, etc.) are cut off in due time; but notice these works that get burned up and are taken away are still “in Him

Joh 15:2 Every branch IN ME that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Pieces of clay have no say so in what they are molded into by the Lord, He indeed works ALL THINGS.

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?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

The Lord is truly the Potter and He is giving us commands and then remolding and shaping us, teaching us good and evil by His divine ways.  No man chooses to do anything else but what the Lord has determined to do.

Dan 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?“

There is just so much Scriptures that says this, even this one that reaffirms the plan that all will be saved because that is what the Lord has declared is His desire. We just must wait on the Lord to bring it about just as He has described.

Job 23:13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

Such folly of the carnal mind to think it has free will that flies directly in the face of what sayeth the Scriptures.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

The Lord is indeed “the Lord” and He need absolutely nothing from any of us.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

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;

So I pray this post has demonstrated the rhyme and reason of the Lord’s ways and doings.  He indeed is working all things for the greater good including creating and causing evil.  This is His MO on how He saves many people alive which will eventually mean all of mankind. Joseph’s brothers doing evil to him typifies how the Lord causes us to err from His ways and to rebel and persecute His Elect at first. But those evil acts, even our very sins are used in the appointed time to bring about good and the salvation of all men.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.


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

The Lord is the one who turns us into death and destruction so that in His timing He calls us to return and then brings forth Christ from within us.  This is the plan of God for all men and we just need to have the faith to believe it and wait upon the Lord.

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

May the Lord give the increase to those HE has prepared their hearts to receive it and opened their ears to hear it.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

For some related posts on the sovereignty of God, please see the following posts

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/09/22/who-is-responsible-for-evil/

http://truthinscripture.com/2012/09/15/gods-sovereignty-vs-mans-free-will/

http://truthinscripture.com/faqs/freewill-in-the-old-testament/