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Micah Part 9 – Adding to Knowledge

Micah Part 9

Adding to Knowledge

We have talked about diligence in the past few studies and we have learned how important our continued striving is towards our growth and ultimately our salvation. Those ruling and reigning with Jesus Christ, will be those who learned to stand and not fall when tested.

2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

The word diligence in modern English means a “careful and persistent work or effort”. Such is our walk of faith as it requires great care and persistent work on our part. No, we do not save ourselves but we do have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12).

Natural plants and trees are either in the process of growing or else they are dying. So it is with us in the Body of Christ and in spiritual matters. Our stagnation towards maturity equals death.  We become partakers of His Holiness only by traversing this maturation process which requires us to keep moving and to add things to faith and to knowledge.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Knowledge of Christ is the beginning and as we grow we become spiritual adults.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We were shown this in an earlier study but it’s worth repeating. The process of salvation requires us to move and travail as the Lord commands us “to go into, get dominion (possess) over all the lands within His kingdom within us” (Luk 17:21).

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

Knowledge/hearing only gets us so far along this journey. The doing part comes into play and is required of us by the Lord. The end of the journey as Peter’s words show is serving Christ with brotherly kindness and love (agape). The love of God differs from the world’s love as it requires obedience that can only come about by our enduring through the process of judgment.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We ended last week with our children, referring to our maturing mind going again into captivity because of our continued self-righteous rebellion to the law of faith. We start this week in Chapter 2 which is where the hidden things of darkness, the idols in our fields begin to be rooted out even more as we go further into the land in order to possess it.

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

Mic 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

This sequence brings to mind the rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees who claim to be the leaders of God’s people but actually are oppressing them. It is not enough to speak truth, we must learn to do it.

Mat 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Truth brings light to the darkness.  Over time the Word that is Jesus Christ shines on the darkness hidden in our hearts. Even with our new found knowledge of Truth, we are still devising inequity.  Even with the morning star arising within us, we have a long journey and a lot of growing yet to do. Many nations need to be conquered and many idols burned out.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Jesus Christ is the morning star and in our fallen state of pride we get puffed up and live out these words of Micah as Lucifer, the fallen angel (Isa 14:12-13). Our proud religious beast was not left behind in some Babylonian church. This takes place progressively as we are judged abiding in the fire of Christ. An angel speaking words of fire to us will show us the judgment of the great whore within us and the beast that was, is not and yet is (Rev 17:7-8).

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power [H410] of their hand.

The power of our rebellious hand is the false god we worship in setting up and bowing down to the image of the beast within us. It is thru putting forth “our hand” of carnal flesh that we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and as a consequence eventually become like gods (Gen 3:22). That partaking of life comes through death as we reap the wages of our sins in our day of judgment.  This is how and when we learn to add to our faith by living out the chastening grace of the Lord.

We can see the power of our hand is the power of the beast. The word translated “power” here in Micah 2:1 is really the Hebrew word for god.

Only 3 or 242 occurrences is it shown as power, the word really is god.

H410, ‘êl, ale

Total KJV Occurrences: 242

god, 224

mighty, 6

power, 3

Gen_31:29, Pro_3:27, Mic_2:1

god’s, 2

gods, 2

It is the power of the god (our image to the beast) we worship by the work of our hands that is the origins of our continued rebellion to the Lord. Our father the devil is where the power of this self-made god comes from.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

We live out these words having the Truth but not doing it in our stiff necked rebellion.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

It is only through the mercy of the Lord we can be snatched back from this deception. Few are given to endure in the fire and seek the safety of a multitude of counselors who are the watchmen of the flock. Without those safety nets darkness creeps in unawares.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil; thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

“Knowledge is power” is a well-known adage in the business world. God’s people are indeed destroyed for lack of knowledge but the other side of the narrow way is where knowledge puffs up.  Given keys to the kingdom of God will bud our pride and lead to us doing violence to the Word.

Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

This, of course, is all the Lord’s work in us so we can be chastened and learn the truth by these fiery trials.  The Lord brings wrath upon our merchandising old man in that we are appointed.

Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Spiritual violence is when we pervert and twist the Word for self-righteous gain. This is how we rob and oppress our neighbor including the man-child within us.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

It traces back to a covetous spirit and our merchandising the things of the Lord. We are that man that has all the flocks but still takes the one from the poor man having just one (2 Sam 12:4).  We have seen that those Jebusites dwell with us in Jerusalem to this very day. Profaning what is holy and ravening after prey by seeking dominion and exaltation, we seek after gain.   The Lord is using these occasions to further mature us.

Eze 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Seeing the prosperity of the wicked is indeed a carnal reasoning that tempts us as that appeals to the carnal mind.  When we seek that prosperity we are doing violence and oppressing our neighbor. We know that the field is the world so coveting the fields refers to loving this world and the things of this world which we are commanded not to do (1 Jo 2:15). Not coveting was integral to the Ten Commandments yet the law of Faith has a much higher standard. We shall not covet anything and need to learn to be content where the Lord has us.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The lustful desires of the carnal mind and the love of this world causes us to twist and pervert the Word of God. As aspiring soldiers of Christ we are maturing and learn to be content with our wages and where the Lord has us.

Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Our wages are the gain or the reward we are given by the Lord. We are learning to be content in all things. Anything else is a prideful and lustful spirit within us that is contrary to faith.

Comparing and measuring ourselves against any man is very unwise and originates from our pride of life (2 Cor 10:12). True repentance leads to us being content with where the Lord has placed us in life. We cannot save ourselves or enter into the kingdom of God by our own strength and are told to wait on the Lord. The works of the law is our self-righteousness. The Lord does not need anything from us and it’s a carryover of our Babylonian idols that leads us to engage in violence as we seek to enter into the kingdom of our own initiative. Only the Spirit of the Lord through faith is able to work what is required to enter into the kingdom of God. Any other way is unbelief and what the “wine of violence” refers to.

Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

We learn via our maturing process that NO MAN can enter but only by living through the Lord’s judgments upon our carnal mind and sinful ways (Rev 15:8).  A mark of a maturing man is they are not coveting and are learning to be content with what they have and where they are in the Lord.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

The Lord is the one causing and sending forth all evil (Isa 45:7, Eph 2:11, Psa 78:49). The evil made manifest within included (Isa 63:17) and is used of the Lord for further refining of the impurities in our heavens and earth. Only the fine metals that represent the purity of the Word is remaining.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

God’s elect are the sons of Levi who are being purified first now in this age. We are the worst harlots (Jam 4:4) because we know the truth and still don’t do it and this knowledge brings a higher standard of judgment (Luk 12:47). Here is a description of the son of Levi being judged.

Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

This process of being scourged and humbled brings dominion over sin and is putting the beast in subjection to Christ. This process is teaching us the fear of the Lord as we learn that we cannot out sin the grace of God (Rom 5:20). It is what keeps us on the straight and narrow road, trembling at every word of the Lord (Phi 2:12).

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Our stiff necked stubborn rebellious ways are coming to an end by the Lord stepping on the neck of our old man and religious beast.  Our rebellious beast becomes the footstool (Isa 66:1) as the Lord (Christ in us) takes his rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We learn the benefits of obedience and that our faith is rewarded with a promotion and even more trials to purge us. The Lord crushes Satan within us “is, was and will be” and destroys the pride of life by the baptism of fire that we live out in the Body of Christ. Our lake of fire is now and we are being taught patience in waiting for our deliverance.

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Mic 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away [H7728] he hath divided our fields.

The Lord will turn us into apostasy, losing our first love and away from the Christ our inheritance. This is the “turning away” caused of the Lord to chasten us and then bring us back learning true righteousness versus self-righteousness by the experience. Here is the same word translated “turning away” [H7728] as it is elsewhere used in the Old Testament showing once again the battle with the pride of life.

Jer 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding [H7728] daughter? that trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

The Lord does not come into our heavens and earth to bring peace or unity. He is coming into our lives in clay vessels to bring about division coupled with fire (Luk 12.51). We learn to separate by first not separating and backsliding into sin and worldliness.  These are our teaching moments and how we learn righteousness from our heavenly Father.

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

The kingdom of our father the devil (e.g. our carnal mind), will collapse by having its fields divided against itself (Mat 12:25). This is a necessary lamentation in order for us to be delivered from our sins. Deeply rooted carnal strongholds (pride) are being brought to the light and being destroyed in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy for us by the judgment that is now on the house of God.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was like an enemy. He has swallowed up Israel, He has swallowed up all her palaces; He has destroyed her strongholds, And has increased mourning and lamentation In the daughter of Judah.

Turning grace into lasciviousness, we cause our children to remain in captivity and in bondage to deeply rooted sins and ungodly thoughts.

Lam 2:14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.

Bringing the old man within us to our wits end is done by dividing the kingdom of Satan within us that leads to the taunting proverb spoken here in Micah and in Habakkuk.

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

And it is the Body of Christ, the remnant of the people who speak the words of fire that spoil the old man and carnal mindset within us.  Reaping what we sow, the spoiler within us is spoiled by the consuming fire of the Word.

Hab 2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Our pride and inequities will separate us from God (Isa 59:2) for a season and the Lord who causes this will then bring us back to the Truth by the process of judgment.

Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord [H2256] by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

Rebellious children have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. What this is really saying in plain English is the old man will not be defended or propped up as we abide in the Body, where the fiery words of Jesus Christ judge us in the last days.

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.

The OT stories of Israel are about the rebellious house of the Lord which is speaking about us His elect (1 Cor 10:11, 1 Pe 1:12). We hear and at first we do not hearken to His words.

Deu 9:23  Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

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

Not hearkening to the voice of the Lord, spoken through His Body is having none to cast a cord in the congregation of the Lord. A three stranded cord is what ties us together and brings us into ONE MIND in Jesus Christ through the Spirit of God. The actual word for cord here in Micah is H2556. Here is how this Hebrew word was translated into English.

H2256, chebel / chêbel

Total KJV Occurrences: 62

cords, 12

Est_1:6, Job_36:8, Psa_140:5, Pro_5:22, Isa_5:18, Isa_33:20, Jer_38:6, Jer_38:11-13 (3), Eze_27:24, Hos_11:4

sorrows, 10

2Sa_22:6, Job_21:17, Psa_18:3-5 (3), Psa_116:3, Isa_13:8, Jer_13:21, Jer_49:24, Hos_13:13

line, 5

2Sa_8:2 (2), Psa_78:55, Amo_7:17, Zec_2:1

coast, 4

Jos_19:29, Zep_2:5-7 (3)

cord, 4

Jos_2:15, Job_41:1, Ecc_12:6, Mic_2:5

bands, 3

Psa_119:61, Zec_11:7, Zec_11:14

lot, 3

Deu_32:9, 1Ch_16:18, Psa_105:11

region, 3

Deu_3:4, Deu_3:13, 1Ki_4:13

ropes, 3

2Sa_17:13, 1Ki_20:31-32 (2)

company, 2

1Sa_10:5, 1Sa_10:10

lines, 2

2Sa_8:2, Psa_16:6

pangs, 2

Isa_26:17, Jer_22:23

portion, 2

Jos_17:14, Jos_19:9

portions, 2

Jos_17:5, Eze_47:13

country, 1

Deu_3:13-14 (2)

destruction, 1

Mic_2:10

pain, 1

Isa_66:7

snare, 1

Job_18:10

tacklings, 1

Isa_33:23

We see cords [H2556] primarily in the negative sense as the instruments that bind us in sin and pride.

Pro 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords [H2556] of his sins.

2Sa 22:6 The sorrows [H2556] of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

We see “Chebel” is often used as sorrows. It is even linked to birth pangs/sorrows as in these verses.

 Isa 26:17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs [H2556]; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

We do not want to go through this process child bearing, it’s too painful.  Flesh wants to hear the Word rather than to do it by being dragged to keep His judgments. Flesh and the carnal mind are always seeking to save its life. Yet there is no other way.

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.

Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

Our flesh does not want to have the shame of its nakedness exposed. We would rather hear smooth things. We would rather heap upon ourselves teachers (our prideful beast included) who will tell us what our carnal mind wants to hear and take away our judgment or reproach.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

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.

As our judgment advances on the road to maturity, the rebellious nature within us is being cut off and will not able to claim any heritage with Christ. This comes about by us being taught the fear of the Lord by many scourging’s. Even with ears to hear and eyes to see, we are a natural rebellious house.

Eze 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence..

An “already arrived” attitude in the congregation seeks to wrest away (remove) the judgment of the Lord and we become slothful and at ease in Zion (Amo 6:1).  Our carnal mind (flesh) does not want to hear or apply the fiery Word to our sins.  Knowledge is king instead of the doing at this time, until we are matured through many tribulations and chastening’s.  We want to hear only smooth things as “the people of the Lord”.

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

To move on to perfection we are learning to judge righteously.  We cannot neglect the commands to be watchmen over the flock and always examining our own faith.

We will complete Chapter 2 next week Lord willing and will see how the focus on the road to maturity is to teach us these harder things to do, to be the judges of Israel. The next few studies will build on this theme of judging. To become expert judges we need lots of experience now.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment

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?

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

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All Things Are For Your Sakes

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All Things For Your Sakes May 19, 2016

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2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

It is a real blessing when we come to realize that all things we have and do and experience in life; with no exceptions, are the work of the Lord.  We really begin to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord when we are given to understand and to trust in that immutable fact.  This is the hidden wisdom the world cannot see or hear.

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:

What a mind boggling concept this is to the natural man.  Everything that happens in your life, everyone you meet, every word spoken, every response given, whether good or bad or indifferent is for YOUR SAKE.  Only fools would believe such a doctrine and that is exactly what we must be to become wise in the ways of the Lord.

1Co 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

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.

This truth is shown in scores of powerful verses those without ears to hear and eyes to see cannot see much less apply in their walk.  We that have such capacity are indeed a blessed little flock.  Here is the extent of the working of the Lord in the affairs of every man.

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?

Coming to see the sovereignty of God in ALL THINGS is essential for us to grow and mature in the faith.  This understanding to me is what maturing is really all about.  Until we get the knowledge of this doctrine into our walk (our actions) we will struggle in bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Love is mentioned first in the list of the FRUIT of the Spirit in Galatians 5 and for very good reason.  Lest we confuse what love truly is we are told point blank what the love of God is that represents this fruit of the Spirit.

2Jn 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

We most often seem to cite 1 Joh 5:3 but here is a second black and white witness to what the definition of AGAPE or love is.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

As we hopefully are learning as we abide now with Christ; living with true doctrine is not enough.  We must become doers of the Word to walk in the Spirit (Jam 1:22-23).  It is when we show respect of persons and judge things in the flesh that we are not living by the truth that all things are for our sakes.  When we are not content with what the Lord is doing, we are walking in the flesh and acting double minded.  When we whine, complain, criticize, stay angry, look down upon others and have any other reaction than THANK YOU LORD, we are judging in the flesh.

We must come to know and trust in the Lord and His promises that He is working all things for the greater good.  That is how the scourging grace of the Lord, the very thing that saves us by transforming us rebounds with thanksgiving to the glory of the Lord.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How often have we failed at doing this?  Many times we will fall down before we learn.  It is beyond this study to cover “judging righteous judgment” but we had best learn to make judgments but to make them according to the Word of God and not the logic of this world or the carnal mind.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

There are many witnesses of the old and new to judging the right way vs the wrong way.  I used to think of respecting persons as simply respecting their worldly economic standing but it has a much wider meaning.  Respect for persons is judging them in the flesh and not attributing what they do to the Lord and His absolute sovereignty.  Doing so is the opposite of faith.  When we put the cause and the blame on any individual, even ourselves, we are having respect of persons and judging in the flesh.  We are commanded to do no such thing.

Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Pro 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Jas 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

1Pe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

The Elect of God are in training now for our roles in the ages to come (1 Cor 6:2, Mat 19:28).  Those roles are to rule with Christ in the Millennium and to be the judges through which all men shall be saved in the end.  We best learn how to judge righteous judgment and get past having respect of persons now. When we judge people in the flesh we are forgetting that ALL THINGS are for our sakes and were caused of the Lord.

Once we come to understand what the grace of God is and realize it is that grace that chastens us then we begin to mature.  We mature when we accept the things the Lord is causing (working in our lives) without bitterness and receive it all with joy trusting in what the Lord is doing in our remaking process.  It is so easy to be led astray by the deceitfulness of sin and the pulls of this carnal world.  Peter warned the church and warns us to beware lest we ourselves fall.

2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

The fail safe way of not falling is to learn to apply this principle in our walk and in all of our judgments of people, actions, events 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 [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

When we think above what is written we will get puffed up and will soon find ourselves doing what the adversary does which is being an accuser of the brethren.

As we grow, we learn to apply all things being for our sakes.  We may not outwardly receive the chastening with joy but our inward man will receive it and we will grow in our ability to endure the trials the Lord has put before us in this age.

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

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

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

The new man “Christ in us” will be called out of the darkness that is the old man.  Look at this verse again and notice why all things are for our sakes as God’s Elect and where are eyes are to be focused.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakesthat the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The grace of God that is poured out upon His Elect comes back to God with thanksgiving and praises to the Lord.  This is what occurs as we become mature men and the will of the Lord is being accomplished in our life more and more.  This is the will of God for all men….

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

1Th 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

When these things happen, the Lord will get all the glory and we will learn to rejoice in our trials knowing they are what is working the fruit of righteousness in us and accomplishing the Lord’s will in our lives.  We must learn to be patient and to wait on the Lord to bring it to pass.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening (Grace) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Relatively speaking our trials are considered a light affliction considering the honor we are being prepared in service to our Lord, if we endure.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 In the same way Jesus Christ in the flesh cried out to God and His Father while on the cross, we too if we God’s Elect feel the same at times.  And this is why we must be connected to the Body and be ministered to and strengthened by the angels of the Lord through our trials.

We can’t be reminded often enough of the sovereignty of the Lord and the endless extent to which it applies.  It takes many repetitions to drill this truth into the fiber of our every thought and action.  The sermon on Mars Hill defined the limitless boundaries of the Lord in the affairs of mankind.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, 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.

All things that happen in our lives, ALL THINGS, are the direct work of the Lord.    Those things, be they good or evil have already been determined by God and He has already declared what shall be from the very beginning.  We know but forget to apply these powerful Scriptures in a carnal and immature way. The sooner we get them into our walk and not just head knowledge the quicker the fruit will come.

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.

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.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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

Our natural mind only wants to give the Lord credit (and the glory) for the good things that happen.  Even knowing the truth of His sovereignty our carnal mind will want to blame ourselves and others for their actions.  While we certainly have to learn from our mistakes the fact is the Lord is working all things, even the dark things when they happen.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee

Lam 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

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

No man can enter into Christ (the temple) until they live through the judgments of the Lord against their flesh and carnal mind.  Contrary to the doctrines of man’s religion there is no other way in.  The redemption of the Lord’s people is with judgment.

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.

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Nobody’s unrighteousness is going to get a pass, there is no respect of persons with the Lord either.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

 So we learn the truth and are given the garment of salvation by experiencing that 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 (the fiery trials) are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

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

 Judgment is us being crucified, a living sacrifice and losing our life through the death of the old man.  Yes it hurts, it is very painful to be crucified with Christ.  Yet if we are given faith to believe we can say this about the judgment of God.

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.

The new man is being saved by the destruction of the old man within us.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God and was never intended to (1 Cor 15:50).  The Lord is merciful in that He only gives us to understand things when we are also given to bear them (Joh 14:12, 1 Co 10:13).  It is only as we mature that the Lord will give us greater understanding of His processes and truths.  With that understanding comes a greater expectation.

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

The grace of God will be dialed up perfectly for us to bring the trials and tribulations preordained for each of us to enter into the kingdom of God and be in that first resurrection Lord willing.  Here is just a small sampling of treasures from the old and the new that confirm this wonderful work of trials and suffering in our lives. This is also known as the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men.

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and thatwe must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

1Pe 4:12-13  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Isa 48:10  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Jas 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The Lord is going to work all things in your life to bring about the tribulation, suffering, fiery trials and heat that furnace of affliction to the perfect temperature.  I hope all of us will grow in the knowledge of the Lord’s grace and move on to maturity.  This comes about by experiencing good and evil and learning the lesson and true righteousness of the Lord through that process.  I hope this study has reminded us all to stand on our faith and the word of God in discerning the truth of any situation and that the Lord has caused that situation for your very sake.  How we respond to these situation and circumstances is the best measure of our maturity rather than our head knowledge of Scriptures.

Rom 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

What should our response to be to these “works of the Lord” in our lives?  We could write pages to answer that, but let me just share Paul’s words to the Philippians to summarize it.

Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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

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