FAQS

Beware Lasciviousness

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1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Walking with the same mind of Jesus Christ is how we overcome and are getting beyond the fleshly pursuits listed here by Peter.  Once we are chosen to suffer by the Lord and brought into the Truth and abide in the fire of the Body of Christ; we are no longer supposed to be living our lives the way the Gentiles (our former self included) live.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God

Those precious few given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God can easily forget these warnings.  We have many reminders to stir up the truth and admonish and exhort us to beware of becoming slothful and lazy with regards to our battle with worldly lusts.  This sinful way of living needs to be put behind us.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Becoming a doer of the word and not just a hearer requires work as we will see. Jesus Christ did not come and is not still coming so we can continue to live in sin. He comes to set the captives (all men) free from our bondage to sin.  That is the very essence of what salvation is all about.

All of the Lord’s people will struggle with sin to some degree all the days we live in these marred vessels of clay. However the promise of salvation is we are being saved from our sins.  This comes little by little as the Scriptures declare and for good reasons that is to keep us from thinking we d0 it by our own strength and initiative.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As we mature we must be able to look behind us and see progress being made as we are giving more and more dominion over sin. The Lord is surely long-suffering and this process takes far longer than we want in order to teach us patience.  Yet it is not a excuse to take a let’s eat, drink and be merry attitude.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

All things becoming new include our old behaviors passing away in the Aorist Greek tense as the word is, was and will be working in our lives.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming new.

Not seeing that progress should be a warning sign something is amiss.  We must examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith.  The grace of the Lord that scourges us and teaches us and ultimately causes us to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) can be received in vain.

2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

We receive such grace in vain, when we do not learn from our mistakes and the chastening the Lord brings for our sins.  If we fail to learn the lessons, we are doomed to repeat them and this will impede moving on to be a mature man in Christ.  There is a fine line between claiming ourselves to be the chief of sinners (which we are apart from Christ working in us) and to receive the grace of the Lord in vain.  To sit back and say the Lord is making you sin is being lascivious if we are not careful.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The Lord sends us trials and delegates the tempting of our sinful flesh to the enemy in order to test our faith.  Those that fail get more trials and more grace until they get it.

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Knowing what real grace is is of utmost importance for our progress of being saved.  Grace is what scourges us and the resulting chastening is what teaches us to obey with time and repeated “lessons”.  We must learn that our every disobedience will result in our just reward from the Lord.

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

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Tit 2:12  chastening (training) us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Where sin increases, the suffering and chastening in the heat of His furnace increases.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, (scourging and fiery) grace did much more abound:

Still we are naturally brute beasts (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24) and it takes our entire lives to be fully delivered and we only ever receive it in down payment form until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We all fall victim to lascivious spirits that keep us in bondage to sin.  We need to be reminded of this and our need to get up and to get back on the narrow road and learn what went wrong and make changes in our walk.  To win the war we must (be given to) start and continue in winning the battles against our fleshly desires.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin no longer should be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  As our faith grows and actions are added to our faith and we (Christ rising up in us) begin to gain victories little by little.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

This is a serious calling and a serious walk of faith that requires tremendous effort and endurance that the Lord will give us as we grow in faith.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

We tend to focus only on the positive and not the negative aspects of the Word of God. It is a two edged sword and we need not forget either side.  Who wants to talk about sin and the chastening we are given in return?  Who wants to talk about us falling away and becoming a reprobate?  No, our flesh wants to rest and take it easy thinking knowledge is what it is all about.  We speak often to one another of the Lord’s Sovereignty in ALL THINGS but much less frequently of the battles and lessons REQUIRED to overcome sin and walk out our faith. We can’t misuse the sovereignty of God and use it implicitly as an excuse for our continued sinful ways.  We need to beware of lascivious spirits and remember we do not inherit the promises until we have done the will of God.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

And what is that will?  We do not need to guess what it is.

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

Our turning grace into lasciviousness is not something we are done with after we leave the physical Babylonian churches.  We need to beware of carrying this spirit even while we are in the truth today.  Jude was writing to us, the Body of Christ, when he penned these words.  We best beware of “those men”, especially our carnal deceitful hearts that creep in unawares with a lascivious spirit.  It’s what flesh loves to do.  Like Jude, we need to exhort one another to be diligent which means careful to contend for our faith.  It is this lazy spirit of sloth and lasciviousness that wants to use God’s sovereignty and the salvation promised to all men to avoid the need to strive and labor in our walk of faith.

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can have all the truth we want but if we turn it into lasciviousness, we are denying the Lord and His Power within us.  Jude reminds us what happens if we do not move on to maturity and stop our progress of overcoming sin.

Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

It is a mistake to not be exhorting each other over this battle with sin. We are far too quick to just say it’s the Lord and go about our daily lives.  Battling and contending with this spirit is never ceasing until the day we physically die.

Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Our learning comes by suffering and being chastised by our Lord.  But we cannot continue to pursue the same course.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We know we must endure to the end and we do that by fighting, striving and working.  It is the last days and we are warned what happens in those days in each of us and this is what happens, we have a form of godliness but denying  the power of Christ in us (thru our unbelief) to change us.

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Being cautious of pinning all of our sins on the Lord and using that to justify our continued bad behavior is how a lascivious spirit deceives us. Sure He is causing it but He is doing it to His people so we will learn to stop doing it.  We are fighting to lay hold of the life promised and flee from those things that defile us.

1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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

If we have issues with besetting sins, we need to be changing our behavior Lord willing to remove those things from our pathways.

Pro 22:3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

At times we have humility but lack the fear that is so needed to bring us to obedience.

Pro 22:4  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Guarding our hearts and the entry points into our life is required.  This is a serious matter requiring us to take ACTION.  Faith without these works are dead.

Pro 4:23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life…

Pro 4:26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Contrary to the myths some apply to the Apostle Paul, he was not soft on sin, he warned every man and labored himself to the very end.

Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

We are to be putting off the old man and putting on the new man.  This takes diligent action on our part.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

This is working out our own salvation WITH FEAR and TREMBLING.

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.

We will never attain perfection in this life but we must beware the ditch on the other side of this narrow road.  Our entire life is the works of the Lord’ hands and no matter what we do,  it’s the Lord doing it.  Yet we must beware a lascivious spirit leading us away from fear and trembling at the Word.  If we stop striving diligently we are falling short.

 Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We will reap what we sow. If we continue to sow inequity to that disobedience (no matter what it is) we are also reaping.  We have heard these things before but we are not taking heed of these serious matters.

Heb 2:1  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things (i.e. strive and work) which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Heb 2:2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

There are no free passes.  Grace is not a wink wink and no punishment.  Sin will be recompensed.

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

So don’t get me wrong here and this is not intended to discourage anyone, but rather encourage you.  We don’t save ourselves but I hope to instill in all of us a renewed respect and fear of the Lord.  When we do sin and it is brought to our attention we need to respond in faith.  We have seen people taken right out of the truth who failed to heed this and came to believe we are not to fear the Lord or tremble at every word.  We need to take seriously our sins and disobedience. When we fall down, we must take action and get right back up, Lord willing of course.  Unless we are given of the Lord to progress, and this takes WORK, we are falling short of the goal.

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

So we must work and strive together to make our calling and election sure.  We need to add to our faith and our knowledge the things Peter mentions.  This is the only way we are made partakers of His Divine nature (i.e. saved from our sins) and escape the lusts of this world.  We can’t sit back and continue doing the same old worldly things and expect a different result.  That is called insanity.  We are moving on to maturity if the Lord wills.  The end of the matter is our obedience and this comes by ADDING to our knowledge and to our faith. This is how the DOING part comes about.

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 (LOVE)

We are made whole with the Lord when we obey the commandments.  That is the end of the matter as it relates to what the Lord is doing with us, His pieces of clay.

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.

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.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once the salvation of all men becomes the new reality and we realize we were lied to all our lives, lasciviousness is a common trap our sinful flesh and deceitful carnal hearts will stimulate in our lives.  Why strive to obey the Lord since all men will be saved anyway?  But there are many reasons for such a thing, beyond this post to cover.  But one thing is for sure such an attitude is immature and there is no fear of the Lord in one’s eyes who thinks such a thought.  We all will learn and our continuing to learn that Jesus Christ is not a minister for 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.

So we must be very careful for thoughts that make it okay to justify our continued living in sin.  We are indeed slaves to sins when we start out.  But we need to stop being slaves to sin and become slaves of righteousness if we are going to make the cut for the first resurrection.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Freedom is not free as the world likes to say and that is true in the spiritual sense as well.  There is a price to be paid (count the costs) and we work for our freedom from sin and that is by becoming slaves to righteousness.  We won’t eat and progress if we do not work for it ourselves. Without us being given the zeal to work, we won’t eat and thereby won’t grow in our faith and maturity.   A lazy spirit leads to lasciviousness and abusing the grace of the Lord.

2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

We learn this by being judged, yet if the behavior does not change, we are not learning and more grace is needed to work righteousness within us.  The sooner we get this done the sooner we can enter into rest.

Wisdom is the combination of KNOWLEDGE with understanding that comes with experience.  Fear of the Lord is necessary to move us on to be Holy as our Lord is Holy.  Until we get over our lasciviousness we are not progressing and need to be retaught basic oracles of the Lord including fear.

Pro 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Wisdom results from this fear and that is how we learn the lessons and become wiser and wiser with the trials and temptations we are continually given.

Isa 33:5  The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

A lazy attitude will keep us from maturing and we will continue to learn over and over again the function of grace until we get it.  Under the law of true faith, Jesus is not a minister for sin, He will judge His people and this is how that works.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

We will learn obedience by the things we suffer and the sooner we learn it the better off we will be.

Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

We learn to fear our physical fathers when our disobedience is punished and it is no different with our heavenly father.  In our day of abiding in the scourging grace we will learn to fear and we will be caused to stop our disobedience.

Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Lord’s people are fellow laborers who are striving daily to ensure and progress onward to maturity.  We like the Apostle Paul, continue to learn and appreciate more and more the warnings of keeping our sinful ways under subjection lest we be castaway despite knowing all the truths we know.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

The doing part is the hard part.  We have to walk out our faith and becoming a true example to others.  Otherwise we cannot be used for the Lord’s purposes now or for the Higher Calling in the ages to come.  If we don’t overcome we too, are becoming reprobates. We are proving our faith by passing the test and trials that are given to us.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

We are warned about being deceived about this ongoing battle against sin.  Here are both John, Paul and Peter’s words written for our admonition.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

It is those who overcome who will be given the Eight Promises of the Lord in the Book of Revelation.  Talk about a carrot, an incentive to strive and labor on this journey.  These promises are reserved only to those few that are being found faithful to the end.  Here are just the last three promises linked to overcoming (sin) that are cited.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Sincere questions or comments welcome. You can email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ,  PETE

 

Biblical Truth, Sovereignty

Learning Good and Evil

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According to scriptures there is no record of Adam and Eve ever being children nor that they had a father and mother to guide them.  They only had GOD to guide them. Would any one dare to say that GOD failed?  Did God make a mistake by their sin and the resulting death that was brought to all men?  That would mean that GOD missed the mark and that GOD sinned because sin means missing the mark.

Lest us not forget here, that we are talking about the same GOD, that instruct us on how to raise a child.

Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

So all of this correction and punishment is GOOD.  It is good for us physical parents with our physical children and yet it is exactly what God does spiritually to us to make us into the image and likeness of Christ.  It is how God, the supreme creator saves lives and wisdom is imparted.  Would God have put children on the planet without the benefit of this parenting?  It is foolish to believe that GOD could not have made Adam and Eve so they would not sin.  God made them sinners by the mere fact they were made flesh.  Adam and Eve sinned (as we all do also) because “it was written”

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me , When as yet there was none of them.

Without evil and without sin,  good could never be challenged and one would never be able to learn the things of God.  Knowing good and evil is of essence for us to become like the “ONE OF US” in Genesis

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold! the man becomes 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,

What the whole professing church fails to see is that what the serpent said to Eve contained both truth and lies.  However, the part that is true and the part that is the lie have been totally reversed.  The church believes the lie and rejects the truth.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Verse 4 is the lie.  God created man in a marred vessel of clay on purpose knowing and expecting it to die.  The serpent has man believing he shall not die and man therefore is deceived into holding on this life in the flesh and carnal mind.  Verse 5 is actually the truth and the serpent told the truth.  God placed us here to eat of this tree so our eyes would be opened and over time we would become like Him.  This in fact is what a mature man in Christ has done; they have learned good and evil.

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.

Such is the purpose of this life here and now, to prepare us for the glory to be revealed.

HOW ADAM WAS CREATED

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord created all things, yes even the WICKED for a day of evil.

And here is that day of evil:

Genesis 3:11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

Do not for one second think that GOD was surprised by Adams huge sin here and here is why:

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me , When as yet there was none of them.

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

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  (This is when all the ELECT were chosen, before they were even born).

Job 14:5 Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.

Even our tears are recorded;

Psalm 56:8 Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll–are they not in your record?

Our hairs are also counted;

Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

So no GOD was not at all surprised there is ample proof that GOD not only knew but had it all preplanned through CHRIST (THE WORD OF GOD).

But like always the carnal mind hates to be wrong and will always err not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.  Here is what Adam says;

Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

And who is the one that enticed “THE WOMAN” ? Yes Satan did and here is how:

Job 1:8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job,

(or Eve, Adam, myself or you reading this because GOD is no respecter of persons)

Job 1:9 that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?

Job 1:10 Have you not put (((a hedge))) around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

All blessings are from the Lord.  All of us that have really good jobs, nice homes, bank accounts, good husbands, wives, obedient children and any other nice things, they are all from the Lord.  Do not think for one moment that all these nice things are the result of your “good works”.  In the eyes of God all of our good works are truly filthy rages.  We should not think for a moment that it is because of US, or our brilliance or free will decisions that all of this is ours, as God makes fools of the wise and prudent.

You see the way of entering the kingdom of God is through much tribulation.  When we are living at ease in Zion,  we are still yet under the hedge of God’s protection and our day of judgment has not yet come.  It is through judgment, not by avoiding it, that we will all come to know the Lord.  Here are  a couple of Scriptures of the hundreds that speak to this, that is totally contrary to the doctrines we all were raised under.

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 (WRATH) of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment

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?

The reason why we are not destroyed until our appointed time comes is because God has a SUK (HEDGE) around us.  Here is that word “hedge” defined.

Original Word: שׂוּך
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: suk
Phonetic Spelling: (sook)
Short Definition: hedge

Until our day of judgment comes, a hedge provided by God is protecting us and our goods.  This allows us to live at ease in Zion and think everything is just hunky dory.

We see this same word SUK for HEDGE or “fenced” only three times.  But a very interesting use is here in Hosea.  We see Christ telling us we are hedged in by a wall where we cannot find the true path.

Hos 2:6  Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

Hos 2:7  And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

Hos 2:8  For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.

We see that all the while we are hedged in,  God is giving us corn and wine and all the trappings that the world so esteems.  These things are of God, He is multiplying our silver and gold that we are preparing and sacrificing to our false god.  But just like JOB, in our appointed time,  this hedge will come down and the Lord will return to reclaim His “corn” and “wine”.

Hos 2:9  Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.

This is not talking about the man over there, it is talking about YOU and ME, all men.  We will live by every word.  When the hedge is removed, our nakedness (SIN) will be exposed and we will be taught what a wretched man we all are in this flesh.

This is totally contrary to the carnal mind and what we all have learned, but it is true.  Here are what some of the prophets of old had to say about this topic and these things were written for out admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Habakkuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?)) Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Jeremiah 12:1 You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

GOD EVEN PROTECTS THE WICKED FROM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM:

Job 9:24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he [GOD] blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, [GOD] then who is it?

WHO IS IT? I KNOW IT IS GOD and the Scriptures agree.

Job 10:3 Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?

What Happens When The Hedge Is Removed

Job 16:11 God  has turned me over to evil men and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.

Job knew it was GOD behind his afflictions and JOB did not give the glory to Satan and neither should we.  It is blasphemous to blame things on Satan who is merely a servant of God.

God used Satan to destroy JOB’s self righteousness.  This lives in all of us and is what makes the beast that we all are tick.  This must be destroyed in its appointed time for salvation to come to a man.

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

As a recent post concentrated on, it is only by going through the wrath and judgment of God that any of us will truly come to know the Lord.  That post can be accessed by clicking here and here is one such Scripture declaring this amazing truth.

Ezekiel 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Listen  to Satan’s foolishness in thinking that God did not know already that JOB would not curse Him to His face.

JOB 1:11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”

Yet God knew all that would come to pass.  The end has already been declared from the beginning, every day, every step, every word, all things are being worked by God as has already been written. PSALM 139:16 tells us that all our days were written before there were any but Satan does not know it and here is that truth also:

But Satan, the prince of this world had no clue.  He is as carnal as we are in our marred vessels of clay.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9  No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“No eye has seen,

no ear has heard,

no mind has conceived

what God has prepared for those who love him”

But God purpose is to reveal this wisdom and these mysteries to only a few.  They are revealed only unto the HIS CHOSEN ONES, the ELECT and they are not revealed by the will of man but only by the Spirit.

BUT THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN REVEALED TO THE FEW CHOSEN, God’s very ELECT.

1 COR 2:10  but God has revealed it to us (THE ELECT) by his Spirit.

Let us continue with the lesson in JOB.  Here is how GOD also sent Satan to Eve to destroy her, Adam, and still sends Satan to us to destroy us all in our appointed times.

Job 1:12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

So how does the professing church come up with the idea that Satan has any power?  The only power Satan has is power God grants to him and actually orders Satan to perform.  God tells Satan that he can destroy all of JOB’s possessions but Satan cannot lay a finger on JOB, only his possessions.

The second time God does allow Satan to bring boils all over JOB’s body but is told he cannot take JOB’s soul nor his life.  We must get real clear that Satan does not take one step or do anything outside of the will of God.  Like all men, God is directing every single step of Satan.  He was created as a destroyer and all things God creates are perfect creations for what they were designed to do.

Isa 54:16  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Yet this is the mystery of salvation and God’s plan.  He is going to remake all things by first destroying the first Adam that is in all of us.  With death comes the new Adam, Christ the new man.  First the natural then the spiritual.  First corruption, then incorruption.  1 COR 15 speaks of this mysterious process and plan of God to remake all of us in our appointed times.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

But this idea that man was made perfect and sinless from the beginning in these vessels of clay is one of the most profound lies believed in Babylon.

Psalm 53:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Job Knew this.

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

And so therefore this question arises;

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?

I know I will not say I am without sin.  None of us can truly say we are without sin.  We are all wretched men and nothing good dwells in our flesh.

Here are the things that attribute to our very birth:

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Which are the very same things identified early on and seen in the first vessels of clay God created marred on purpose in His hands.

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom

Who made those eyes that lusted?  Who put the desire in Eve’s heart for wisdom?  It was of course God, the master Potter.  Eve did not decide to lust or to seek wisdom on her own.  We like Christ can do nothing on our own initiative.  Eve sinned long before she ever ate of the apple.  The Scriptures state they were naked and not ashamed.  So Eve took and ate of the tree and also gave some to her husband.

CHRIST MAKES IT CLEAR TO US THAT ALL THE SIN COMES FROM WITHIN FIRST

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman (THE FRUIT) to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Who has never looked at a woman with lust or the woman the man? Who has not hated and here is what we commit simply by the thought of hating someone:

1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

And here is why;

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Man truly is a piece of clay in the hands of the Master Potter God.  All of our steps and words and deeds are ordained of God.  Every obedience and ever disobedience is all of God.  He is working in us to will and to way according to His good pleasure. All things are truly of God as the Scriptures declare for those with eyes to see and hears to hear.  Here is a verse for which there will not be many sermons preached.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?

God is the heart maker and the heart surgeon.  He will make us obey Him in the times appointed.  It is through His chastening grace that God will bring about His will to all men in the days and hours He has declared from the beginning.

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 all the children of God.  He created us all and loves us all.  Christ loved the whole world and still does.  The gospel of good news that will set you free if you are given the faith to believe it, is that all men will be saved.  It only awaits the times appointed by God who has declared it all from the start.  Salvation, which means to be freed from sin will come to all men.  The way will be paved with much judgment and tribulation and only a few there be shall find that way in this life in this body of flesh.  This is the truth of the Scriptures.  Trust in these words and in the Lord for He is the Rock eternal.

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

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

And we will end this with the faithful words of the KING about His plans and intentions regarding these marred vessels of weak clay.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Getting the basics of the milk of this gospel is of extreme importance.  The salvation of all men is the gospel along with the eternal judgment of God.  This judgment is how we all will come to know He is the Lord and come to agree totally with the statements of David.

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 Lord is good.  His purposes are always for good, even in punishment and in judgment.  Mercy will triumph over judgment and God will get His will done and all of us shall know He is the Lord from the least to the greatest.  We shall all be taught of God in our appointed times.  Let him hear who has ears.