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Go and Preach the Gospel

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Introduction to Preaching the Gospel

The time of the end (our carnal age) is now at hand as the recent events have opened our eyes to greater vision and understanding of the Word of God.  The Lord grows us in His grace and knowledge through the fiery trials He is sending.  The Scriptures are truly being opened before our eyes as the Lord sifts His people and brings the remnant onward to maturity.

Dan 12:4  “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 It is a miracle that this little flock of saints was all quickened to the same truth as we were awakened to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ within us.  From this point forward, great grace will be upon us as we die to death (the Second Death) on the cross with Christ.  This is our new way of life and the only way one can partake of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  We have all witnessed already a renewed vigor and zeal to do righteousness and to serve our brothers and sisters, there being no head of the church except the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Act 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

We have entered into a new covenant with the Lord via the law of faith that is being worked in us by the fiery trials that are bringing about death to death within us which is the second death.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This is the gospel that will henceforth be preached unto all the inward nations and cities as well as the outward when the Lord brings us people who hear His words.  The preaching of the gospel divides the city. Christ comes to bring division and we have seen this outwardly fulfilled by recent events.

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with (lake of fire/cross) and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Luk 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Luk 12:52  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

Luk 12:53  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

The gospel and our preaching it separates us from brethren who can only walk so far with us

Rom 1:1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God

Being told we have to eat his flesh and drink His blood by dying on a cross with the Lord is not desirable to the flesh and hence many will not walk any further with Christ.

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him

Carrying our cross requires that we leave spiritual brethren and family that we walked far with in order to follow Him.  We have already endured the natural of these Scriptures, but now we endure and live out the spiritual application. The greatest blessing imaginable awaits us if we endure and die the Second Death now in this age in the Lake of Fire.

Luk 18:25  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a [spiritually] rich man [with knowledge] to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luk 18:26  And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Luk 18:28  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Luk 18:29  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left [spiritual] house, or [spiritual] parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,

Luk 18:30  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

The way to live with Christ is to die with Him.  Hence, we walk willingly into the fiery furnace knowing it is saving us now in this age.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him [death to death Heb 2:14], we shall also live with him: 

We hope these words and what we have witnessed will be received with joy because of the great blessing we have been given that comes to far fewer than we ever previously believed.

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

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

Our former brethren strived to be righteous but were not given to see what we see.  Many still have sorrow in their hearts for those brethren who have been cut off for our sake.  We grieve yet that should turn to rejoicing as we take hold the promise of age-abiding life that has been given to us.

Rom 9:2  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Rom 9:3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Rom 9:4  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Rom 9:5  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Those we have contended over the truths of the gospel are now enemies of the cross saying we don’t have to live the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire.  They know not what they do or say and have been sacrificed for our sakes.  They will be saved in their appointed time as will all men and our role as priests of God will be to minister to them and forgive them their trespass against us.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

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.

Go and Preach the Gospel

We have been saved from the lie of the devil (Gen 3:4) that had us believing we need not partake of the Second Death in order to be saved. Knowing now what the Second Death really means and that the new man, Christ in us is the result of going through the Lake of Fire brings great clarity to what the Lord and the Apostles meant when they said go and preach the gospel.

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized (with the fire in LOF) shall be saved; but he that believeth not (no LOF for me) shall be damned.

We are coming out of the baptism of John where we were given the water of the Word that washes us and caused to seek repentance of our hearts and minds.  But like Paul and all disciples, we are now being sent to preach the gospel and are no longer to be baptizing with water.   

1Co 1:17  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him [His Body] crucified.

We all received the baptism of John in our time in the church in the wilderness which gives birth to the man-child in us.   But one greater than John, the Lord from heaven has now come and quickened our spirits and opened up the revelation of His Word.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

The one coming after John has come and has brought the lake of fire to us which is the very event that will henceforth save us and raise us with Christ.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The coming of Christ the second time to open our eyes to see clearly brings the fire that is, was and will be saving us.

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

The Gospel is a Good News

The gospel is the Word of God living and operating within us.  It follows our baptism with the water which is the baptism of repentance. The gospel is the fire of God living and operating within you.  It is Christ in you the hope of glory performing His Work in us.  Such is how our mind is renewed and we put on the mind of Christ.  Good news for our new man is very bad news for the old man and the beast and false prophet that dwell within us.

Luk 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Nah 1:15  Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

The preaching of the cross is the preaching of the gospel.  If we believe in the Lord and die with Him we will be raised in His likeness.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his [second] death, we shall be also in the likeness of his [First] resurrection:

It is the cross and our abiding in the lake of fire that I the judgment necessary to destroy the man of sin within us and raise up Christ in his stead.

 The Angels of God Preach the Everlasting Gospel

It is the very Elect given who are not deceived by false doctrine that denies the Second Death and perverts the reward from the Lord along with the doctrines of the resurrections; who will faithfully be given to preach the gospel.  Life through the Second Death (the cross) is the heart of the good news that is the result of judgment in the lake of fire.  These angels pull people out of the strange fire that is Spiritual Babylon preaching life through the second death message which torments and ultimately kills the old man and carnal mind.

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Rev 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. (No lake of fire, no second death for me)

We are blessed indeed when we hear His voice from heaven and follow Him to death on the cross which is the Second Death.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

We are certainly drinking of the wrath of God and die to death.  That is the everlasting gospel which is very good news to those given to receive it.  Now hearing this gospel of life through death, we must hunker down knowing what is already come upon our earth as we abide in the Lake of Fire in this age.

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…..

1Pe 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

1Pe 4:6  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are (spiritually) dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh (and die the Second Death), but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

It is a lonely road and few there be shall find the way.  The Gospel we preach is the same unchangeable gospel that always brings much contention from carnal men and the outwardly religious.  That setting has not and will not change.

1Th 2:1  For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

1Th 2:2  But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

1Th 2:3  For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1Th 2:4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:5  For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

1Th 2:6  Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Our authority to preach the gospel is always challenged and rejected by the chief priests of Jerusalem who reject those that speak the truth in love and in turn persecute those that bring the gospel.

Luk 20:1  And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,

Like the Lord, we will be rejected by our own brethren, the very people we have grown up together in the faith learning the oracles of God.

Mar 10:33  Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

Mar 10:34  And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

We will see and rejoice with our fallen brethren in due time.  But for now, they were given to reject truth and reject Christ that has been preached to them.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

But our life is no longer about the flesh and knowing any man that way (2Co 5:21).  We are about doing the Lord’s work and obeying His commands to preach this gospel of life through death to our inward nations and all those who hear us.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

We should take heed the words of Paul about deceivers who come to us preaching another gospel that is nothing but a perversion and another jesus.

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

I pray these words will strengthen all with ears to hear and help us grasp the blessing and high calling that has befallen us as preachers of the gospel.

Mar 16:20  And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

 

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Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of  our Lord

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Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of  our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 

By Ayo Fabiyi, Victor Torres, Pete Wilson and Mitchell Kuhn

 All Scripture NKJV unless noted otherwise

2Pe 3:17 (NKJV)  You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

2Pe 3:18 (NKJV)  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

The true church of Jesus Christ is not divided (1Co 1:13).  Our Lord is ONE with the Father and with His Christ.

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Joh 17:21  (KJV) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Christ being One with His Father and His people means the TRUE church cannot be divided and will be of one mind in matters of the Spirit and of Doctrine.

Rom 15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Php 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

An error in teaching has been discovered and those who stood for the Truth have been persecuted.  Just recently, it has come to light that the very principles used to understand the words of God has been violated for years by some in our midst.

While it has been taught for years that we must live by every word of God, it has been preached at the same time that we don’t live the verses pertaining to the lake of fire which is the second death.

Here’s an excerpt from an article which is aligned with the Truth:

[Begin quote]

The significance of the number seven in scripture is not to lay out a certain order, but to tell us that we must live by the complete word of God, and not leave out any part.  

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  

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

[End quote/emphasis ours]

Living by every word was established doctrine as can be confirmed by reading many of the older studies and FAQs on IWWB.  Here is a summary from another article.

To preach and teach that we are to “guard against keeping the sayings of the prophecy of this book,” is heresy of the highest degree. Christ Himself declares that it is He Himself who is “the first and the last.” To deny that it is incumbent upon His elect to experience “every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” is to make God a liar. It is the diametric opposite of the instructions in the book which tells us how we are to come to know the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear [ all] the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

[End Quote/ emphasis ours]

While this truth was boldly preached and defended, we discovered that they were at the same time violated and not applied consistently.  This error was made manifest when the author of those articles quoted above, questioned the Scriptural basis of the article called “Partakers of the Second Death”, saying we do not partake of the second death because there is no “IS application” of the lake of fire also known as the second death.

The contention that led to this crisis in the church, was a long-taught doctrine that said the Elect do not live thru the lake and fire and only administer the Lake of Fire. There were some posts on IsWasandWillbe.com that did indicate the elect live through the lake of fire now, but Mike has since repented of those posts and reaffirmed to his original teaching in the Revelation Commentary of the elect not partake of the lake of fire/ second death now.

Many of us believed what was written in the original Partakers of the Second Death paper posted in the essential reading section of IWWB in 2011 and was narrated by Gale Cullen and posted on Tony’s website (https://anthocul.wordpress.com/). We were all unaware that two very different doctrines have been in our midst since 2011.

Here are just two of the verses they say the elect don’t experience despite saying above “that we must live by the complete word of God, and not leave out any part”:

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The most commonly cited Scriptures to support this heresy are these verses:

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

They twist those verses to say the elect are never hurt of the second death, and the second death will never have power of those who has part in the first resurrection.  This subtle twist has created contradictions in the word of God and has snared those who have not discerned this deceit.

In this study, we will lay out the very principles that one must have to understand the words of God and guard against this false doctrine.

  1. Man shall live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4, Deu 8:3)
  2. You shall not add to the words of the Bible (Rev 22:18, Deu 4:2, Deu 12:32)
  3. You shall not take away from the words of the Bible (Rev 22:19, Deu 4:2, Deu 12:32)

Those three principles taken together should give a very clear statement to those who tremble at God’s words: We will live by every word of God, nothing less, nothing more.

So how do we live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God?

More specifically, how do we live by those verses that pertain to the lake of fire, also known as, the second death?

The answer is in spirit.

Joh 6:63  (KJV) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual with spiritual.

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.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

We apply the words of God within.

Rev 4:8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Luk 17:21  nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The word of God is living and active in the lives of God’s elect.  They all have an “IS application” to the lives of God’s chosen people, including and especially the words pertaining to the lake of fire, also known as, the second death.

Heb 4:12  (ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Eze 12:25 For I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’ “

The word of God pierces to the division of soul and spirit. (old man and new man)

It penetrates the very joints and marrow of our being.

It discerns every thoughts and intentions of our heart.

What is naturally within our hearts?

Mar 7:21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Murders, adulteries, fornications, deceit, blasphemy, pride, all the evil things comes from within and are cast into the lake of fire….within!

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

When we don’t understand the spiritual meaning of His words, they are a hard saying to us and we are offended by them.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

The natural reaction is to say things like:

“I’m not going to suffer in the lake of fire.”

“That’s for the murderers, idolaters, liars, fornicators and sinners out there.”

That’s a fatal way of thinking.  When we think like that, our old man is firmly in place in the throne of God, declaring himself as God.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

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.

Scriptures admonish and warn us of a great falling away from truth and the consequences that show these lies put us right back in Babylon.  Serious leaven has crept in unawares (Jud 1:4) and has corrupted the simplicity of the gospel taking us right back deep into the lies contained in the spirit of Babylon.  A brother shared a partial list of those lies where some have fallen to some extent:

  1. Certain blessings in the scriptures apply to us only.
  2. Certain curses in the scriptures apply only to people out there
  3. Some verses in the bible are not about the first man Adam and the last man Adam living/dying and warring within us; It’s about people out there, and what they went through, and will go through, and what we can learn from that.
  4. Certain parts of the Book of Revelation are about the future only and do not have an is, was, and will be application.
  5. We go through a different judgment nowt, than what the others will go through later.

These lies have caused tremendous confusion and division within the body.  These men who promoted these lies have drawn away disciples after them, and are clearly intent on continuing to teach them to others.

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

They have started twisting Mat 4:4 stating that the verse must be qualified and it cannot possibly apply to all the words of God.  They have lined up verses asserting that they don’t have an inward application.  They convince people that it is the same fire, but not the same event.  They have cunningly hidden their heresy with phrases like “different dispensation” and mock those who see the spirit behind the letter.

The Scriptures are signified and they are hard to understand, especially the book of Revelation.  If we are not careful, we will twist them to our own destruction.

Luk 1:51  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

2Pe 3:16  as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Here’s another set of Scriptures which those who believe this lie will undoubtedly try to twist:

Exo 32:33  But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.

Rom 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Rev 20:15  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This is painfully clear to those who are given the eyes to see. Whoever has sinned against God is blotted out of the book of life.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  If your name is not found in the book of life, you are thrown into the lake of fire.

Even our Lord who didn’t sin was made sin for us and was thrown into the lake of fire through dying daily on the cross.

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through [the second] death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of [the second] death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

If we fear the second death, we will be in our lifetime subject to bondage.  We will not be aware that our old man is still reigning in our life as we point our fingers to those sinners out there.

But the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

1Co 1:18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1Co 1:19  For it is written: “ I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

1Co 1:21  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 

1Co 1:22  For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;

1Co 1:23  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,

1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

 If the words of our Lord are spirit and life, and the letter kills, then getting this doctrine right is truly a matter of spiritual life and death. Doctrine affects our conduct in this life.

2Pe 1:3  as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

What can appear as semantics (mere word choice) is actually a huge diversion from the narrow way.  As has now been manifested, the initial contention over the Second Death and Lake of Fire extends to the very issue of what is our reward in Christ.  The leaven has spread like cancer in the Body and must be cut out.  Denying the Lake of Fire is a subtle way of our carnal mind seeking to save its life and not die.

Mat 16:24  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mat 16:25  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

This subtle lie is the same lie of the serpent all men get from the very beginning from their father the devil.

Gen 3:4  Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forevermore and there is only one way to find Him and to know Him and rest in Him.  This is that same way as the Lake of Fire just using different symbols.  But the dream is truly one.  Christ (the tree of life) is only found by going through the Lake of Fire which is abiding with the angels of God (Cherubim) who have His Word and Testimony and are the Lake of Fire for all men in the appointed times.

Gen 3:24  So He drove out the man, and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Our living the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire is how we overcome and how we are saved.  To say it’s not for us is to take way from the Word of God and remove ourselves from the Book of Life.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him [Satan and his messengers] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the [second] death.

We should not be diminishing the judgment now that the lake of fire represents, but should be running towards the fire that is the Lake of Fire to hasten the coming of the Lord within us (2Pe 3:12). “Come Lord Jesus Come” is what we should be saying rather than “the Lake of Fire is not for me”.

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Rev 22:18  For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;

Rev 22:19  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Removing even one jot or tittle from the Scriptures including the Book of

Revelation takes away our part in Christ now and takes us right out of the Holy City.  “Come quickly Lake of Fire”, “Come quickly seven plagues”, is what those who have the Spirit of God in them now will be saying. We will not be denying our part in the Lake of Fire which is the Second Death.

Rev 22:20  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The letter kills and only the Spiritual understanding of God’s word gives life.  There are many now who are mistakenly applying the signified words of the lake of fire/ second death in the Book of Revelation by applying those verses by the letter and not the spirit.  The result is to abide in death to those that follow the letter.  The true saints will see the spirit behind the letter which leads them to see that all the events in the Bible are functional and living events in their life now, not to be postponed, and will be fulfilled in every man in due time This understanding in no way denies the outward dispensations God has appointed in bringing in His harvests. However, failure to live each and every functional and living word of God causes us to remain in spiritual death in this age.

2Co 3:6  KJV Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 

 Joh 6:63 (NKJV)  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

 Brethren in our midst have been led astray and are now reverting back to some of the same old lies we left when leaving the deceived orthodox churches.  Those standing against the lies are now being falsely accused of spreading heresy themselves.  They are unknowingly demanding that we abandon the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word they themselves taught us

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

We need to get our guards up and watchmen within constantly at work.  As Gideon’s army, we need to be vigilant and always watch and try the spirits of men and test and prove all things, especially of doctrine.

Gal 1:8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity [living by every word, one event, etc.] that is in Christ.

We must live by all the words of God.  The truth of this essential doctrine is established by multiple witnesses that are required to establish every matter of doctrine.

2Co 13:1  This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

Those contending against this Truth have gone to great lengths in using many words of the letter and carnal minded reasoning, to explain away these basic principles we have learned from the very beginning.  Taking these principles away opens the door to ensare one in error regarding the Lake of Fire which is the Second Death in every man.

Here are more witnesses to this vital principle that we must hold on to:

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 
1Co 3:22  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 
1Co 3:23  And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

1Co 13:4  (ESV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
1Co 13:5  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1Co 13:6  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
1Co 13:7  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Looking behind, we can now see what a little leaven can do, and the contradiction taught many years ago has now created a giant gulf in the understanding of some.

Living by every word is having the words of God fulfilled within us.  This is a requirement for us to know the mind of God and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent.

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

Christ suffered in His sinful flesh and the carnal mind and all the evil spirits resident in it were destroyed by the second death, which is the Scriptural definition of the lake of fire.

 Php 2:7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

Php 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Our Lord suffered and we follow in His footsteps living the same event in our time in this sinful flesh.

Col 1:24  I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,

Col 1:25  of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill (i.e. live by every one of them inwardly) the word of God, 

Christ taught us that principle which is why He had to be baptized by John the Baptist, to fulfill the Word of God and give us the example we are following today.

Mat 3:13  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

Mat 3:14  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

Mat 3:15  But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

1Co 15:46 (NKJV)  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

Living by every word is the ONE EVENT that comes alike to all men in their appointed times.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.

Ecc 9:3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

 There is an “IS application” to every event in Scripture (Rev 1:4, Rev 1:8, Rev 4:8, Rev 11:17) Everyone lives by them in their own order (1Co 15:23).  Our Lord lived them first as the first harvest.  Then His elect/overcomer in the second harvest. Then the rest in the third harvest.

Rev 11:17  saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

1Co 15:23  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits [first harvest], afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.[second harvest]

1Co 15:24  Then comes the end [third harvest], when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

Some have misunderstood us and think we are saying that we will live by every word of God outwardly.  These people are understandably baffled by how we live by past events in the Bible like the flood of Noah.

Ecc 3:14 (KJV)  I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

Ecc 3:15 (KJV)  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

The flood of Noah is an excellent parable of the destruction of the old man which results in the emergence of the new man, Noah the eighth.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world [the old man], but saved Noah the eighth [the new man], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ within us, which is the destruction of the old man. This is the same Revelation of Jesus Christ spoken of by Paul, Peter, and John.

Gal 1:12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1Pe 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested (tried) by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

Dying daily, being crucified with Christ, cast into the lake of fire, are all saying the same thing: the destruction of our old man through judgment.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin

Eph 4:22  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Eph 4:23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Eph 4:24  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

It is only the new man who is not appointed to wrath as much as it is only the new man who shall not be hurt of the second death.

 1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

As further examples, we all come out of the world (Egypt) and then go through a wilderness experience after first coming to the knowledge of the Truth before we enter the promised land and begin to conquer sin (the giants) in our land.  As Christ, we live these all inwardly, in the spirit, in our appointed time.

 Mat 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Future events for us also cannot be lived by everyone outwardly.  Only the very elect who overcome through Christ in this age, will be the administrators and outwardly ruling with Christ in the next age. For example, anyone who is not faithful to the end in this age will not rule and reign with Christ in the outward millennium to come.  Yet all men in their order of harvest will live those words inwardly, even for those in resurrected spirit bodies that are still dead in their sins being carnal.

Some have also asked about Christ and the Scriptures attributed to Him?  How can man live by those words?  This is a good question but is answered in the SUM of the Word, a principle that appears to now be forgotten by those who left our fellowship.  The Elect are never to be considered the head, but only the body in subjection to the Head as we fulfill the Word of God as His Christ.

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

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

We cannot get into all those potential questions in this study, but if we are given to hold on to the principles of rightly dividing the Word, all things will harmonize.

Questions have been asked like “how do the last harvest rule and reign with Christ and be priests of God”.  The answer is they will not do so outwardly but all men will do so inwardly when Christ comes to them and begins working righteousness in them. This is all part of the mystery and how the Lord is making all men all in all with the Father and having every man fulfill the Word of God.

1Co 15:25  For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

1Co 15:26  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death [via the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire after the 1,000 years are lived out inwardly in every man]

1Co 15:27  For “HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

1Co 15:28  Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

In Conclusion: 

2Pe 3:17  You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

faith

Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

Salvation through the narrow way is a difficult journey.  It is a calling given to a chosen few by God to accomplish His purposes upon this earth.  It is a fight against darkness.  The righteous shall walk and live by faith in all that God has done and has promised.  I want to share some thoughts on this fight and the weapons of our warfare.  I pray it blesses those who have eyes to see.

1 TIM 6:11-12 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called

It is the power of the Cross of Christ that saves all men.  All shall be made alive in the end by this spiritual gift and blessing of an Almighty Good God. But those God chooses now must fight using the weapons God provides to lay hold of the eternal life right now.  This is the place of the true Sabbath rest when we cease from our own works and only do what our Master tell us to do.  His yoke is indeed easy and His burden is light.  This is because of His awesome power working through those He has ordained to eternal life right now.

Carnal man believes the power is in their ability and their decision to choose Christ on their own initiative.  But they can truly doing nothing on their own initiative.  Recent posts have shown in scores of places that man does not come to God and that it is all grace, the power of God that draws men to Jesus Christ.  Slaves of sin do not decide to free themselves as indeed they are slaves and held in bonds they cannot break.  All is in the hands of the Master Potter.  Pieces of clay cannot decide for themselves.  We all are God’s workmanship, even those that do not know Him yet (ISA 45:5).  Even Jesus could do nothing on His own initiative.  He was in the hands of His Father, who is also our Father in heaven.

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing

Nothing is not a complicated word.  It means nothing, nada, zip.  Pontius Pilate saw only through the prism of carnal logic and actually believed he was in control when speaking to Jesus.  Jesus corrected this man who lived in spiritual darkness.

John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.

All things happen for a reason and the purposes of God.  He indeed is working all things out for the greater good of those who love Him. Eventually that will include all men and creatures that Jesus created.  But to see this and believe this now is power.  Moses came to see and to know that the very Lord who created him was the one who makes the mouths of each man speak.

Exodus 4:11  So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?

But carnal men cannot comprehend these things.  Such will always limit the power of God.

When freed of our bondage to sin by the mercy of the Lord’s choosing, we will instinctively, be bearing our new hearts from God and witnessing for Jesus Christ.  This is what Pete is now finally doing having been delivered from the kingdom of darkness.  I have been enlisted in God’s army and have become a true Soldier of the Cross.

2 TIM 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Such soldiers will be given the armor and weapons of the Lord do to battle.

The purposes of the soldiers are to defend the true gospel and to take its life giving power to overcome darkness to the ends of this earth.  When the Lord is truly leading a man, such a man has a confidence and a boldness that defies the carnal mind’s understanding.  This can typically be looked upon as arrogance but it is not, it is simply boldness, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ has come, is risen and has already saved the entire world.  Praise God Forevermore.

1 COR 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

The power is in the cross.  The power of faith and salvation is all in the blood of Jesus Christ, given to all men.  But so few believe this in actuality; even those that claim the name of God.  Many false gospels of self-will, self-righteousness and an eternal hell,  all have one thing in common.  They all empty the cross of its power and by default deny Jesus is the Christ.

Many profess to be soldiers for the cross but they actually work against the purposes of God and point away from the cross and its absolute POWER to save all men.  They are mere stooges in the Potter’s hands and their folly will be shown for what it is in due time.  Their works shall all be burnt up yet they themselves shall be saved but as thru fire.  Those given eyes to see by God can spot such a mile away.  But the good things is we also can spot the real deal, the true soldiers of the cross and this is who we long to fellowship with.

Phil 3 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

Virtually all those that I had interacted with for the past several years were all of a like mind that denies the power of the cross.  We did not do such a thing literally with our carnal words, but we most certainly did with the underlying beliefs that brought Christ down and exalted man in the plan of salvation.  The pretenders are bringing glory to themselves and stealing from God.  Their end will be destruction, which we now know is not an eternal hell but a fire that will consume the adversaries of God resulting in their ultimate sanctification.  In that we will trust and will rejoice always.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Very few people have on all the pieces of this armor.  But to truly be a warrior for God,  we must have them all on or we can readily be defeated and overcome.  What does this armor of God really mean?  Most think this just an intellectual ascent that Jesus is the Lord, but it truly is much more than that.  I want to review in my own words of how I have come to see the weapons of the Lord given to all who believe in Him and ALL of God’s promises.

 1.  Breastplate of Righteousness:  Quite simply this is LOVE AND MERCY in your heart for all men.  This is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.  Knowing that God is love, a true agape sacrificial love and it is only by that love we exists,  then we will want to be like our Father.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness

2. Sandals of Peace:  Our walk is to bring peace to people, to show them the goodness of God and the glory of God’s plan for mankind.  He truly is the Prince of Peace not a cruel monster that torments people forever in a hell chamber.  We pursue peace with all men with this good news message, knowing that without this as our driving life force, no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14) in this present evil age.

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace

3.  Shield of Faith:  This is simply put; standing on the ROCK that is Christ and His precious promises and covenants.  This is the only way one will achieve the divine nature of Christ.  Yet God is faithful even when mankind is not.  When you truly come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the whole world, then and only then are you carrying this shield.  You will then be fearless knowing all is settled in heaven.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the     wicked one.

4. Helmet of Salvation:  This is putting on the mind of Christ.  God will be speaking to His people.  His sheep really do hear His voice and they follow Him.  We will do nothing on our own initiative but will follow where the Lord shall lead us.  This is this helmet given now to the chosen few.

And take the helmet of salvation

5.  Sword of the Spirit:  It is the living word of Christ formed inside of our hearts that is this sword.  It is not the dead letter pages of the Bible by itself.  But when Christ appears to us, we are made alive and given new hearts and are sent to preach this gospel in all boldness.  This is the sword of the Spirit.  The words of Jesus are life and when spoken out, will not return void, they will accomplish their purposes.  This sword will destroy all false pretenses and the devil will flee from it.

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Much more could be said but I wanted to just provide the cliff notes of my new understanding.  God is doing a great work in many of us right now.  In that I praise Him and in that I rejoice.  We all need to edify one another and encourage each other just as we have been doing of late.  This world is going to create battles and obstacles for each of us to continue on our military mission for Christ.  We must stay the course.  We cannot and will not get the victory with a carnal mind using carnal logic.  It says so right here.

2 COR 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

We must walk by faith and trust in the supernatural power of God to give us what we need in the time that we need it.  That is grace, the power of God working through His saints.  In my short journey I have found this to be so very true.  All these false pretenses that come into my mind or are used by carnal men to attack the truth, are utterly destroyed when we walk wearing this armor that only God can give to us.

2 TIM 2:4   No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Once enlisted by the Lord, we should never get ourselves entangled back in the things of this world.  Many will come to try our faith and bring strife, dissensions and the like to bring our dead flesh back to life to defend itself or its honor.  But a dead man, now enlisted in God’s army will stay dead; they have been crucified with Christ.  The life they are now living is not for themselves but for the one who has called them and is mighty to save all men.  This is the Lord.

Paul likened this walk to a good fight and a marathon race.  We will be poked at, hated, rejected, scourged, accused and all manner of evil spoken of us, yet we must persevere to the very end.  Knowing that all men shall be saved in the very end, I can now preach this good news gospel.  It is through sharing God’s goodness and demonstrating that in our deeds that we will turn the hearts of the broken lost sheep back to the true loving God who always delights in showing them mercy.  Such a walk submitted unto the Lord, is the good fight and one that will result in a special crown of righteousness in the ages to come for those who finish.  May I be found worthy!

2 TIM 4:6-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

I have loved the Lord’s revealing of Himself to me in my heart.  It will change your life and my prayer is that all that God has chosen in this generation will be strengthened and encouraged in the battles we will fight in the days to come.

Love to all the Saints.