1 COR 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let ALL that you do be done with love.
There is so much false religion that is not love. This falling away from the truth is the sign of the end times. There is so much deception it is unbelievable for those whom God has awakened and given eyes to see it. We must be circumspect in these darkening days and guard our hearts because it is easy to be caught in the web of man’s traditions and carnal logic. Indeed most have been captured and caught by something religious and stay in a spiritual prison. It is only by the grace of God that we can ever see anything spiritually or even have a heart for the things of God. I am going to share some things that I have been shown, which if you see them clearly will shake to the ground and expose the false religion most of us have pursued. This may come against some strongly held beliefs you may have and yes some of them can be defended by picking and choosing thru the Scriptures, but they are lies and will keep you in bondage and from producing the fruit of love and righteousness.
First off you need to get past the claim and secret boast that you saved yourself. Few will expressly say this, but very many implicitly claim it in their message and ministry. This is wrong and shows they still have not grasped the wholeness of the true gospel. They just cannot see it, YET. It is a fact that only God saves. It is by His sovereign choice and election. Oh yea, we got things to do once we are chosen, but we should never ever puff ourselves up and think we are somebody because we know the Lord or a few Scriptures.
To Him goes ALL the glory! Men will want to argue this “free will” issue till the cows come home but as it relates to initial salvation, we have no free will and can never reason it is because of our deeds or actions or will that we have come to know the Lord. God is the mighty Savior, not men. A dead person without life in the Spirit cannot choose to seek after God. Good luck trying to explain these Scripture away as many have tried:
John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God
John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day
John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me
John 14:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain
Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”
Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
Romans 9:15-16 – For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
This could go on and on as this is the truth shown from Genesis to Revelation. But you get the picture I hope. We are the clay and HE is the potter. None of us seek after God or find God on our own initiative. This is not a defense of Calvinism which I have issues with and am not a follower. So if you want to accuse me of that be my guest but I hope you will read the rest of this and take it to God first. Salvation is of the Lord. This is a core gospel truth that man has cut out to justify building the church by the work of their own hands.
Jonah 2:9 That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord!
Men need to quit boasting for being smart enough to save themselves. Men need to quit condemning others that do not yet have eyes to see. The people of God must quit being led by the spirit that is the accuser of the brethren. This is all spiritual pride that is hidden deep into the hearts of many. We must cleanse our hearts of all such filth to walk in newness of life and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is love.
There is a huge log in all of our eyes that must be plucked out before we can see. When our ministry and walk is all about pointing out specks in others and focused on finding fault, you can be sure, you still have a huge log in your eye.
I say this out of love, having been the worst of such offenders. But there was no true inner peace. The peace of God will never live in our heart when we are walking with a spirit of condemnation and judgment.
Many pretend obedience to the Lord and can spout off Scriptures right and left on holiness and godliness. Yet they are far from true godliness. They have a form of godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones. They know who they are and don’t really need to be told by any of us. The word of God itself will convict them and their lack of confidence before God should be a big clue. But this was me as indeed I was living as a hypocrite and claiming to love yet being nothing but an evil judge clanging a gong. What defiles a man lives and lurks on the inside. We must come to judge ourselves in this regard. It is God’s will that each and every one of us be sanctified and cleansed from all of this impurity that defiles and secretly tries to steal God’s glory.
Our walk with Jesus Christ is all about getting the living WORD planted deep inside of hearts and letting it transform us into the image and likeness of the Lord. This is the mystery of godliness. It is God’s work to do, He is the one who performs it, we just must submit to Him in faith. So many have been deceived by the god of this world who has corrupted the simplicity and purity of our devotion to Christ.
Love God and Love your Neighbor – this fulfills the whole Law
But as we begin to cleanse ourselves of our sins by submission to the Holy Spirit and suffering in the flesh; be watchful for the enemy who will tempt you into taking credit for your goodness, intellect and faith. It is not you my friend; it is God as only God is good. This is how the enemy eats up the good seeds and the plant grows and is cursed as a fig tree bearing no fruit. It is GOD working in you to both will and to do. Give Him all the glory.
Phil 2:12-13 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. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
It truly sickening to see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:5 about all the deceivers being played out in real-time on the Internet and the various social media. The false prophets and false teachers are too numerous to even count anymore. I truly need to clean up my life and mark those that cause such division and shun them. That is our instruction on how to deal with false teachers. So many like I did have morphed into evil judges and know not the origins of their faith and salvation. They are storing up wrath by such actions by not walking in the way of the Spirit.
If you have been blessed by the Lord and shown the truth I speak of above, you will be a lot more humble than you once were. Spiritual pride is instantly vaporized when exposed to the bright blinding light that is the love of Jesus Christ. This gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, will expose the hypocrisy and feigned humility of all religious activities that are not grounded in true agape love. This is a God kind of love that loves even when not deserved with no expectation of favor or return. It seems so many of us have forgotten this:
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
Who are we to boast? The only boasting we can make is that we know the Lord and even that only by His grace.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
The disputing, criticisms, judgment, gossiping, backbiting and accusations will only stop when one comes to see the truth of salvation. Those still in the flesh blinded by the god of this world that do not see this glorious gospel in its fullness cannot help themselves. So we should judge them not on this as it is by God’s will only that they shall see. It is by grace we have been saved and the faith we need to access that grace is a gift from God. We don’t decide to have faith. A spiritually dead person does not decide to seek after God. It is all the work of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (the faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast
Even the very faith that starts our walk is a gift from God. Our boasting as Paul wrote in Romans 3:27 must be excluded and have no part in our ministry. So many are taking credit for their faith and being evil judges and accusers of the brethren. They think they serve God but it truly is sad. I am not mad at them, I pray God will give them mercy and open their eyes to this deception so they could understand the love of God.
My purpose here is to make the point that it is the Lord alone who saves not any man. We have things to do to choose to act upon this faith and we will indeed bear the consequences of our obedience (blessings) or disobedience (curses). So we must choose wisely and serve the Lord who has chosen to save us through His divine gifts. Thank you Jesus for giving us a measure of faith.
Romans 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.
ACTS 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed
God decides who is saved now. But in the end always planned to show mercy to all. I will no longer be pointing fingers and accusing. Instead I will be preaching the gospel. That is the good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. It is not up to me or you to save anyone. That is the choice of an almighty God. Jesus does build His own church. I know I will be hated and spurned for the gospel that is a promise in the Scriptures. But we must press on and work in the field God has placed us leaving the vengeance and judgment to Him. I hope we all come to unity in the faith, the simple child like faith that saves us and not let our pursuit of knowledge or selfish ambition make us evil judges of hearts. We best heed the Apostle.
James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
My prayer for all that do not know the Lord or are living in sin and helpless to overcome is that the Lord will have the same mercy on them as He did on me. We will indeed be judged by the same measure we mete out to others. If you want these blessings of God, then you better be sowing them. The measure of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is this. I have made it very large on purpose.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another
How did Jesus love us? Did He go around condemning sinners? Did Jesus kick people when they were down? No, as we saw up above He died for us while we were yet sinners. We should encourage holy living and the putting off the deeds of the flesh but most that do this are doing it with a spirit of condemnation and spiritual pride not in agape love. Their motive is wrong. I think the example of the woman caught in adultery is a good one for us to follow. What Jesus did condemn and rebuke was religious people acting proudly with external forms of godliness that had not the love of God in their heart.
A true Born Again person will have this desire planted deep in their heart by the Spirit of God. The love of God will compel them to live righteously and godly. And when we fall down or stray, the Spirit of God is going to be right there to correct us and chastise us and bring discipline and wrath if we continue in our disobedience. But you see this is the work of God, not the work of men. Let us live for God and not for ourselves. Don’t misread this as of course we are to correct brothers and pull specks out of eyes and wash their feet, but we do that gently, with humility, with love as our only motive. When we act that way, it is God doing the correction working thru the Spirit of God that is inside of a true believer.
Prostitutes and tax collectors were already entering into the Kingdom of God, 2000 years ago. The kingdom of God was near, at the very door Jesus said even way back then. My friends, I hope you enter into that door that is Christ Himself. God forbid you become a Pharisee and not enter in nor allow others to enter in to this spiritual kingdom. Jesus will return one day soon and all of us will stand and be judged according to our deeds.
John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.
The Scriptures tells that many will be astounded and that faces will melt in fear and horror when some realize their religion was a big fat deception (Isaiah 13, 1 Thess 5). We must be judging ourselves in this regard and inspecting our fruit of righteousness. I urge all to be looking at this litmus test and not camp around your intellect or Scripture knowledge or good deeds you have done in the past. Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Do not grow weary in doing good. But please quit the boasting and remember where you were — dead in your sins and trespasses until God showed you mercy and saved you. Now we are to go and do likewise to others. Remember who does the saving.
ACTS 2:47 And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved