Possession

Possession

This topic is without a doubt very misunderstood by scholars and as well as much of Christianity. Please allow me to use real life experiences that glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. As a Christian who has had and by the Grace of our Lord continues to work in the area of Inner Healing/Deliverance.

I speak for myself as being privileged to minister in and through the person of the Holy Spirit of God. There are many contrived examples of the misunderstanding in these two areas. These two areas Inner Healing/Deliverance must work together to bring lasting freedom to those who are bound.

Deliverance without praying for wounds in people of God is simply put, not effective. Binding a host of demons and commanding they depart will expel them but ten minutes after leaving the building they return, Why? The root cause has not been dealt with in prayer led by the person of the Holy Spirit of God.

Demons are practicing legalists of the highest order. They are malignant, injurious, and hate all who follow Christ. They are well versed in the language of the flesh (soul and body) and target these areas in believers.

Christians love to quote that a born-again Christian cannot be possessed by a demon because the person of the Holy Spirit lives in them. Absolutely true BUT what does possessed mean? It means owned and controlled 24/7. The only Spirit that can possess you 24/7 is the Holy Spirit of God. Who must be invited and cooperated with.

We are a tri-part being according the Apostle Paul as stated In 1 Thessalonians 5:23. In our soul (mind, will, emotions and desires) any area that holds unforgiveness our any character issues (personalities) is open to demons. Any area that has not been broken at the Cross of Christ. Demons work through areas of our soul and body and war against the Holy Spirit.

Please remember we are positionally sanctified in Jesus and experientially being sanctified on earth as we live. I use a quote often to emphasize the wide spread issue of fear. “Please do not scare the sheep.” This is the number one weapon against Christians.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, BUT of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Allow me to give a testimony of the Holy Spirit’s work on behalf of a born-again believer. Notice I am saying it is the Holy Spirits work doing the deliverance through me and bringing healing to a very badly damaged Christian’s soul and body.

Fred came needing healing and we began with basics. It was an immediate confrontation by spirits in Fred who threw him on the floor with harsh bodily actions. I commanded them to stop and for time to place him back in his chair.

Many issues were confronted during this deliverance. Step by step we did what I ask most clients “How do you eat an elephant?” “Answer: “One bite at a time.” As we went through areas of wounding’s and traumas, Fred repented and asked for forgiveness. I would command the specific demons up and out because their legal rights no longer existed. In the process the Holy Spirit brought healing in all areas He wanted to deal with at this time.

As I have stated it is a high privilege for me to be allowed to work and learn from the person of the Holy Spirit. We have no idea how much our Lord wants to heal us from issues in our lives that build and maintain walls to separate us from intimate times of refreshing with Him.

I do not teach behavior modification. I take wounded people to the Cross of Christ and reckon these issues dead in the name of Jesus and ask for His cleansing blood to cleanse one from all issues (sin) in there lives.

I submit this post in deep humility and as a testimony of the love of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

In His Service

Mannyr

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The Seven fold Spirit of God

The Seven Fold Spirit of God.      Part four

The Seven Fold Spirit of God gives us the Mind of Christ Isaiah 11:2. The person of the Holy Spirit of God is the birthing agent of our salvation. At the time of our spiritual birth He manifests in the core of our being and creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn produces the actions of our lives.

Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience —the things freely given to us by God 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

Now, there are seven stages or functions that form this conceptual process called the Mind of Christ and each stage depends upon the last.

We are continuing with the Spirit of Knowledge and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. Death to self is exactly what these next two functions of the Mind of Christ require.  Some Christians, go their entire  lives and never truly experience intimate Knowledge of God or walk in the Fear of Him because they’re just not willing to surrender and submit everything —their will and their lives –to God.

This to me, is what Philippians 2:12 is talking about when it says, “work out your salvation (not referring to spiritual salvation but soulish salvation) with fear (reverential awe) and trembling.” Having intimate knowledge of God and walking in the Fear of Him is our own responsibility to work out moment-by-moment.

The Spirit of Knowledge (Daath-Heb. –Oida-Greek)

This is not head knowledge or intellectual knowledge but knowing something through living experience of it working in your life.
This is intimate, firsthand knowledge of God’s Life as our own
It’s a mingling of two things(Gal. 2:20), and like a marriage relationship
Without intimacy with God, we will go into captivity (Hosea 4:1, 6; Isa. 5:13; Titus 1:16; Matt. 22:29).
There are two types of Knowledge:
Ginosko knowledge (Yada In Heb.) is knowledge we gain by lots of self-effort on our parts (works of the flesh). It’s beginning knowledge (John 17:3; Hosea 2:19-20; Hebrews 10:16.
This is knowing Christ is our Savior, But not as our Life. In our life means our soul.
Yada often refers to the marriage act–intimacy
Oida knowledge (daath in Heb) means to know something without effort on our part. This knowledge that is taught by the Spirit of God (2 Cor. 2:11-12; Job 33:30;
This is knowing Christ as our life itself (Phil. 3:8-10; 2 Cor. 4:10-12 Heb.11:27;2 Cor. 4:10-11).
Daath means intimacy, becoming one in every aspect.
It ‘s critical we go on from beginning knowledge to fulness of knowledge (Gal.5:24-25; Col. 2:6; 1 John 4:16;2 Peter 1:10-11.
Jesus had this intimacy with the Father (John 8:55; 7:29; 10:30.

To know is to see (John 12:21; 1 John 3:2; Acts 2:25. We know God because we “see” His handprint in everything 1 John 3:2.
Oida is knowing Christ’s Life in our souls, in place of our own(Hosea 6:6; 1 Joh2:20,27.
We have to put off the self-life (Rom.6:6; 1 Cor. 9:27.
We have put on Christ’s Life (Rom.6:18; John 15:9
“For me to live is Christ” (Phil.1:210 —He is my life! 1 Cor. 2:2.
Only intimate knowledge of Christ brings precious riches and freedom (Prov. 8:10; 23:3-4 John
8:31-32).

The Fear of the Lord (yirah—phobeo).

The purpose of the Mind of Christ is to walk in the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:3-4;
Prov. 2:1-5). Fear of the Lord is the completion of the Mind of Christ in us (Proverbs 14:27;

Eccl. 12:13.).

The Fear of the Lord means two things:
I stand in awe of who God is (Psalm 4:4a; 33:8)
Reverential awe mingle with Joy).

To hate sin (Proverbs 8:13a).
Fear of the Lord is walking in intimate knowledge of God, fleeing any outside influence
that would quench His Spirit (Isaiah 11:3; John 15:4-10; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Tim. 6:11).

This is not fearfulness of the Lord (2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:17-18), but
2. Choosing to walk by His Spirit 5:24-25; Ezek. 36:27).
This is the genuine Christian—walking in God’s Truth and Love (3 John 3;Eph. 4:15;
Isaiah 11:3).

Forgiving others (Luke 23:34).
Caring more about what God thinks, than what man thinks
Our confidence is in God alone (Prov. 14:26; Phil. 4:13).
We are not perfect (fully mature) or sinless
Can’t tame self-life, must kill it. (1 Cor. 2:2)
Then we will manifest His Life and not our own (2 Cor. 2:14; Malachi 3:16;
1 Cor. 2:9).

This is the transformed life that God desires for all of us—manifesting and glorifying
Him in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Phil.1:20;2 Cor 4:11).

This is the beginning of more Wisdom, Understanding, etc. (Prov. 1:7; 9:10.
15:33).

After we have the Fear of God , we can begin to worship Him (Ps. 5:7).
Promises to those who Fear God
Names to be written in the book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16).
His Eye will be upon them (Ps. 33:18) and He will deliver them (Ps.34:7).
He will make them “His jewels” (Malachi 3:17).
They will know His covenants (Ps. 25:14).
Their prayers will be heard (Ps. 34:6-7, 17).
Health to their bodies (Prov. 3:7-8: Prov.22:4).
No want to them (Ps.34:9; Prov.22:4).
His Love will forever be upon them (Ps.103:17).

 

The Seven Fold Spirit of God.

Part two

The Seven Fold Spirit of God gives us the Mind of Christ Isaiah 11:2. The person of the Holy Spirit of God is the birthing agent of our salvation. At the time of our spiritual birth He manifests in the core of our being and creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn produces the actions of our lives.

Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience —the things freely given to us by God 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

Now, there are seven stages or functions that form this conceptual process called the Mind of Christ and each stage depends upon the last.

Spirit of the Lord.

  1. The Spirit of the Lord (ruwch -pneuma) The easy way to conceive of the Seven fold Spirit of God is by the Jewish Menorah given in Zechariah 4:2. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or main shaft of the Menorah and is the energy source or the life-giving power source that is know united with our personal spirit 1 Cor. 6:17; 15:45; John 6:63.
  2. The Spirit of the Lord cultivates knowledge through our waiting upon Him. To learn to wait means to “bind together” which clearly leads to the virtuall envelopment of our soul by the Holy Spirit.
  3. In our waiting we grow in sensitivity both to His presence and His promptings, which quiets our hearts, focuses our minds through thanksgiving and praise, and allows Him to reveal any subtle attitudes or forgotten sins that would dull our sensitivity to His voice.

The Spirit of Wisdom.

  1. The first function of the Mind of Christ produced by the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom.

1. In Hebrew Chomah is defined as Moral sense skills for living correctly (Isa.11:2). In Greek Sophia means right application of truth (Acts 6:10). This wisdom is all of God’s thoughts that He inscribes in our hearts the moment we believe Hebrews 8:10; Proverbs 4:4, +20-21.

2. God’s wisdom is God’s supernatural intelligence Colossians 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:7a; His secret knowledge 1 Cor. 2:6-11; Col 2:2-3.

      a. Wisdom is the ability to discern between good and evil 1 Kgs 3:9,28.and to understand our way. Proverbs 14:8.

      b. God’s wisdom is not a wisdom of this world, but a hidden wisdom Job 28:12-21, Ecclesiastes 7:23; 1 Cor1:19. Eph. 1:17.

      c. Great men don’t always have God’s wisdom Job 32:9, 1 Cor. 1:19.

      B.    The Spirit of wisdom is our blueprint for living Matthew 7:24; Proverbs 4:7; 14:8.

          1. God’s wisdom tells us “how to come in” and “how to judge between good and bad.”1 Kgs. 3:7-9.

              2. Wisdom is the key proverbs 2:1-5; 4:7. It is the principle thing. Whoever finds Wisdom , finds life Proverbs 3:18, 22;4:10. It’s a tree of Life Ecclesiastes 7:12c. Only God’s Word (His Wisdom) will bring peace and happiness Proverbs 3:2, 13, 18; proverbs 8:11.

              3.  God’s Wisdom is always available to us James 1 :5,6; Proverbs 7:3.

   C.      God’s Wisdom is the foundation of our house proverbs 24:3, It’s our life 1 John 1:1; Deuteronomy 32:46,47.

               1. God’s Wisdom is our bread of Life  Matthew 4:4. We must eat of it every day 1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 2:15.

               2. If we only taste His Word, and never partake of it, our lives will never change Jeremiah 48:11.

This is what happens when we eat God’s Word and place it in our hearts. “Therefore, his taste which is minuscule stays small in him and his scent has not changed. This means his scent going up to God is what 2:Cor. 15,16. Read. Our Lord once told me “You stink,” and “you are the fly in the apothecary.” His perfume. He has wonderful ways to ring our dull ways.    

Zep.1:12 explain. Here people of God who are unwilling to change and are settled “On their Lees; like the dregs of wine.” This is a very important set of Scriptures as it was then and is now.

These Scriptures show us the pitfall of what happens when people are confirmed or hardened in their evil habits. The reference is to old wine which has not been poured off and has become thick. These people do not say this outload but in their hearts,  they say, ”The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.” In doing this they make God into an idol.” Someone with no power. Settled in complacency.

           3. God wants us to eat is word His word Jeremiah 15:16; Ps. 119-9-16.

           4. God’s Word is our Life Acts 17:28; Philippians 2:16.

           5. Wisdom is just the entrance to the city Proverbs 1:20-21.

The Spirit of Understanding.  Hebrew is Binah-Greek is Sunesis.

       The next function or operation produced by the Spirit of God giving us the Mind of Christ, is the Spirit of Understanding. Now just because we have God’s Wisdom written in our hearts and inscribed in our hearts, does not necessarily mean that we understand that Wisdom. E.A. Lord gives me a Word an I ask what does that mean.

This is a whole other step. A Scriptural example might be Revelation 13:18 which says, ”Herein is Wisdom (in other words, these are God’s thoughts); let him who has understanding (a totally new function) count the number of the beast …666.”

Now, I know that the Scripture refers to God’s Wisdom, but I have no understanding of its meaning yet. It’s the Spirit of understanding that’s going to open our eyes and give us the supernatural revelation we need. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get Wisdom; (but) with all thy getting get understanding.”

The Spirit of Understanding is simply God’s supernatural revelations- His secret insights to His Word. Understanding means putting together, a comprehending or a grasping of His Word. In other words, He’s the one who turns on the lights in us. Psalm 119:130 states, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Let’s Summarize:   

A. The Spirit of Understanding is God’s supernatural revelations , His insight, His illumination of His Word Psalm 119:27, 73, 105, 130. Luke 24:31-32,45; Ephesians 1:17-19; Revelation 3:18.

                1. Supernatural understanding is a gift from God Prov. 2:6; Eph. 1:17; Luke 24:45.

                2. We are not to depend upon our own understanding Prov. 3:5.

B. God’s Spirit of Understanding sheds light not only upon what God’s Word says, but also upon what our own hidden motives are 1 Cor. 2:14;Heb.4:12; God’s understanding opens our eyes.

C. Without understanding we will fall  Hosea 4:14; prov.2:1-5; ignorance is a major cause for God’s “Light” being quenched Jeremiah 25:8-11.

D. Understanding is life to our soul Prov.3:21-22; 4:7-13,22; Psalm 119:144b Neh. 8:8.

E. Only by understanding can a house be built Prov. 3:19.

So. God’s Understanding comes to us in God’s timing and in God’s way, not our own.

         Tune in next week for Spirit of Counsel and the Spirit of Might.                                        

The Seven-fold Spirit of God. Introduction

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of His roots: And the Spirit shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the Fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with righteousness shall He judge the poor…” Isaiah 11:1-4.

The Seven-fold Spirit Of God that gives Us the Mind of Christ is:

  • Spirit of the Lord is the supernatural power source that creates God’s thoughts in our hearts.
  • Spirit of Wisdom is all of God’s supernatural Thoughts themselves.
  • Spirit of Understanding is God’s personal illumination of those Thoughts.
  • Spirit of Counsel is God’s personal instructions for Godly choices.
  • Spirit of strength is God’s supernatural ability to perform those Thoughts in our lives.
  • Spirit of Knowledge is experiencing God’s Life (His Thoughts) in place of our own.
  • Fear of the Lord is walking in God’s Love and Truth, fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit.

As we have discovered in past teachings; our mind (Greek Nous) is not just our conscious thoughts, reason or intellect but a whole conceptual process.

A whole Conceptual Process.

  1. We are made aware that our mind begins with the spirit that resides at the core of our being.
  2. That spirit then creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn, produces the actions of our
  3. In other words, our minds not only include the conception or the creation of an idea in our hearts, but also its fulfillment in action in our lives.
  4. The Mind of Christ is the very same conceptual process, only it’s a “divine” process of thinking. God’s Holy Spirit creates God’s supernatural Thoughts in our hearts and then, His Holy Spirit produces those Thoughts as godly actions in our lives.
  5. Here we have God’s Word and His Spirit again working together to give us the Mind of God.

Divine Seven-Fold Process of Thinking by the Holy Spirit.

The divine seven-fold process of thinking called the Mind of Christ begins with the Spirit of the Lord (at the core of our being), who desires to impart to us, not only all of God’s supernatural Thoughts (His Wisdom); but also understanding of those Thoughts; counsel as to which of those Thoughts are appropriate for own situation; supernatural strength to implement those Thoughts in our lives; personal experiential knowledge of seeing those Thoughts manifested in our life actions; and lastly, the ability to walk in the fear of the Lord (and not the fear of man), by fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit in us.

It helps to think of the seven-fold Spirit of God that creates the Mind of Christ in us like a Jewish Menorah. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or the center core of the lampstand, and then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. So, yes, the Spirit is all one (because it’s the Holy Spirit), but with six different capabilities …behold a lampstand all of Gold, (symbol of deity) and His seven lamps thereon…” Zechariah 4:2.

So, it’s the Holy Spirit’s mission—with our consent—to produce this mind in us, so that we can “Live the truth” and that the Gospel can be passed on to others.

Something important to understand is that this divine conceptual process called the Mind of Christ does not automatically occur in our lives. Only as we “renew our minds” by putting off the garbage in our thinking, are we able to receive from the Holy Spirit, not only God’s agape love, but also His Mind. Should we choose not to renew our minds, then we’ll quench God’s Spirit in our hearts, and His love and His Mind will be blocked and prevented from coming forth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16. This Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience—the things freely given to us by God. God wants us to intimately know these truths because He wants us to be able to judge everything that happens to us, not through our own eyes (our own mind), but through His Mind, through His Wisdom, His counsel and His knowledge.

Throughout the Bible, the Spirit of the Lord is often referred to as “the eyes (or the mind) of the Lord. Psalm 32:8 supports this view, “ I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

And Revelation 5:6 agrees, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

Functions of the Mind of Christ.

So, let’s learn what fantastic capabilities are that we receive through the Mind of Christ, so we can put them to use in our lives. Again, we can’t use these incredible gifts if we don’t really understand what they are.

Explaining the seven Spirits of God in the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord.  In Hebrew is Ruwach- in Greek is Pneuma.  Is the core of our being, the main lampstand. And then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. The Bible tells us that “the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord Proverbs 20:27. Scripture goes on to say that in order for our spirit or our candle to be united with God’s Spirit, it must be lit. And, Psalm 18:28 tells us that God is the only One who lights our candle.

So, the Spirit of the Lord is the energy source, the power source or the light source of our lives. Without God’s Spirit in our hearts, we will have neither the Agape Love of God nor the Mind of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 supports this, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give (us) the light of the knowledge of the glory of God…”

So, the Mind of Christ is not the light itself, God is, but simply the instrument through which God’s Spirit gives us light. Salvation occurs when the Lord “Lights our candle” When His Spirit becomes united with our human spirit; but we only “see” clearly when that light (God) fully encompasses every part of our body.

The goal of our instruction then, is not more learning or more head knowledge, but simply showing forth more of Christ’s life (His Light). “Now the end of the commandment is love (Christ’s Life) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned…” 1 Timothy 1:5.

The person of the Holy Spirit grows the fruit of the Spirit in us Galatians 5:22-25. This is the sign that we have been filled or empowered with God’s love.

Finally, there needs to be a daily refilling (pleroo) of the Holy Spirit all day, everyday Ephesians 5:18.

The Spirit of the Lord is like a fountain of water that leaps up within us John 4:10,11, 14; 7:38.  Experiencing the fullness of God means continually setting aside our self-Life and allowing God’s Spirit to refill us. Ephesians 3:19; John 4:14.

Next we will learn about the six functions of the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does the Bible mean when it speaks of the salvation of the soul?

I want to touch on something that goes on a lot in Christianity. Many camps of Protestants are divided over Biblical truths no matter how many recognized positions of Bible scholars and theologians may be referenced in support of their beliefs. The error camps make in the noble effort to understand God’s Word is called “illegitimate totality transfer,” which is the assignment of a “meaning” to a word or phrase regardless of context.  Certain words, such as “save” and “life,” are often subject to this type of misapplication of meaning.

In brief, the salvation of the soul (soul-salvation) as seen in various passages throughout the New Testament.

  1. (Matthew 16:26, 27
  2. Romans 8:13 + Galatians 5:19-21. emphaise “being saved” soul salvation
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18
  4. Hebrews 10:35-39
  5. 1 Peter 1:3-9
  6. James 1:21; 5:20), is an aspect of salvation distinct from salvation of the spirit
  7. spirit-salvation; John 3:5-7; 16-18
  8. Acts 16:30, 31
  9. Ephesians 2:8, 9 this includes the eventual salvation of the body
  10. Romans 8:23
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. which distinctions are purposely and rigidly maintained by the Holy Spirit throughout the Word, embodies the following characteristics:

(1) It involves only the soul-component of a person, as opposed to his spirit and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12); the soul being his life now (sanctification) and, specifically, its relevance (i.e., rewards or lack thereof [suffering]) to the millennial kingdom — the rule and reign over the earth by Christ for one thousand years to be established at His Second Advent.

(2) Although soul-salvation, like spirit-salvation, is based on (made possible by) Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, it may be secured only after a person comes to the cross — placing one’s faith alone in Christ alone for one’s personal and eternal salvation, which is spirit-salvation.

(3) Whereas spirit-salvation is a past, completed act (a one-time act of the will when a person places his faith in Christ) that results in a secured (guaranteed) eternal possession; where does the word of God state this:

  1. 2 Cor. 1:22
  2. 2 Cor. 5:5
  3. 1:14

soul-salvation is a present, continuous process that, when and if completed successfully, results in a future, inherited possession.

(4) Whereas spirit-salvation is a free gift totally apart from any works by man, soul-salvation is obtained by the production of divine good-works — perseverance in faithfulness and bearing the fruit of the Spirit by (through) the person himself.

(5) Whereas spirit-salvation is totally the work of the Holy Spirit, soul-salvation is a shared work between the Holy Spirit and the person who has passed from death to life through faith in Christ Jonah 2:9.

(6) Whereas spirit-salvation involves only the judgment of sin in the person of Christ on the cross at Calvary, soul-salvation involves the judgment of the believer (his temporal life of faithfulness or lack thereof) at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Bema seat Mat. 27:19; 2 Cor.5:10.

(7) Whereas spirit-salvation has eternal verities in view, soul-salvation has millennial verities in view.

What does verities mean? Verity designates the quality of a state or thing that is exactly what is purports to be or accords completely with facts <test the verity of his remarks> or refers to things felt to be of lasting, ultimate, or transcendent truth.

 

Summary.

Therefore, the term “salvation” in its full context means not only receiving God’s Life in our spirits, but also renewing every part of our soul and body as well.  This takes time and effort.

The first step in salvation (justification) gives us peace and satisfaction and joy.  The second step in the process of full salvation (the sanctification of our soul) gives us the power to overcome sin and self, receive personal deliverance from the enemy and the freedom to walk in God’s way.  Many Christians, however, take only the first step (justification).

Like the Israelites, they only put the blood on the door-posts of their house (Exodus 12:22), but they forget to purge the leaven from their lives (sanctification).  They trust God for the salvation of their spirits, but they fail to declare war on their flesh.  Consequently, they prevent the power of God from doing the work of sanctification in their lives.

Complete salvation is not only believing in the Lord, it also includes walking with the Lord, overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil and enduring to the end.  Again, a lifelong process.  First, we are saved (in our spirit) from the penalty of sin; next, we are saved (in our soul) from the power of sin, and finally, we are saved (in our body) from the presence of sin.

Our spirit is saved by God at the time of our new birth; our body is redeemed by God at the time of the rapture and translation; but the salvation (or the transformation) of our soul by the Holy Spirit is dependent upon and determined by the individual himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emasculated liars, policy makers, and useful idiots

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“To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”

— Theodore Dalrymple, from Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

In context, that quote was originally used in a passage about political correctness as communist propaganda but, I think, it makes sense to use it to make a social and moral point too.

To understand where I’m coming from you need to understand that I firmly believe that our society has devolved to this.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

— Romans 1:24-25

Even if you’re not a Bible believing Christian, it’s hard to make a case that our society has not exchanged universal truths for manufactured progressive lies and replaced religion with progressive ideology. I would ad that it’s also hard to make the case that many have not been “given over” to the point that they can’t tell the difference between truth and lies.

I also believe that American society, on the progressive side anyway, is divided into three segments.

1. Liberal elite policy makers

— These are the topmost people in power whose agenda, disguised as giant societal leaps forward, is born of evil, rooted in lies, and foisted on the masses using evil and dishonest means.

2. Enablers

— These are; politicians, professors, celebrities, media outlets, etc. who serve as cogs in the progressive social change machine. They have assented to obvious (obvious to those who have not been given over) lies and are willing to cooperate with evil to an evil end.

3. Useful idiots

— These are the emasculated and easy to control liars who are unable to resist anything anyone in the other segments tells them.

 

CHRISTIANS WHO HATE TRUMP

They are the Christians who hate Trump.  Let’s call it for what it is: hate.  It is their hate—strange for professed Christians—that dulls their ability to see the inaccuracy of their comments and their myopic views.

One sanctimonious ranting Christian said, “there’s nothing Biblical about Trump.”  Actually, there’s nothing Biblical about that statement.  The prophet Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar.  Daniel recognized the role a pagan king played in God’s unfolding drama.  The church’s ability to work with Trump is totally Biblical.

Now I must clarify, lest I incur the wrath of Trump supporters.  I am not calling Trump a pagan king—I’m sure he much more moral than his enemies know—I am saying that if Daniel could work with Nebbie, how much more we can work with the Don.

I tried hard to figure out believers who hate Trump.  Our side won a long overdue and miraculous victory and they choose to aid and abet the other side.  Is it because their favorite “Christian” didn’t win and they are sour grapes?

And why didn’t these conservative Christians hold Reagan to the same standard?  They adored him even while Nancy was studying horoscopes in the White House.

They didn’t require any president to be a squeaky-clean pastor until Trump.

Yeah, his tweets can be a bit much.  And okay, president Trump is not as smooth as Reagan…but, maybe we don’t need smooth right now.

But there is something else that is really strange, (hypocritical is more like it) why didn’t these guardians of morality speak out against Obama?  T.D. Jakes even attacked Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s Christian Faith.  Told him not to judge a brother.  Hold that thought as we explore another question…

How could you not question Obama’s Christianity?  Obama begged the question by dropping the Christian card whenever it suited him (something Trump never does).   Meanwhile, Barack fought for same sex marriage, late term abortion, and was the most Biblically hostile president in our history.

Click on this link to see the list of his acts of hostility toward Christians   https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ

Back to Jakes.  So why do so many Christian leaders—who said it was wrong to judge Obama—judge Trump?

Trump is not a pastor.  He is a businessman who loves America.  As far as his faith?  I am not qualified to determine his spiritual depth since I’ve never had the chance to meet the man.

“He is like Hitler and the church is being fooled” said another comment.  Please remove your tinfoil hats and listen.  Hitler never had 98% of the media against him.  Trump has never called for a new constitution.  Hitler never tried to protect Israel.  I could go on and on.

Maybe if Trump had been the first president to address the march for life.  Maybe if he had chosen an on fire born-again vice president.  Maybe if he has rescinded executive orders that banned federal funds from Christian organizations.  Maybe if he overruled the Johnson Amendment that banned the free speech of pastors.  Maybe if he had moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem.  Maybe if he had put someone on the Supreme Court who helped Christian bakers practice freedom of religion.  Maybe then you would support him.  Oh wait…he did all that.

God has done a miracle and the enemy wants to make short work of the amazing breakthroughs we are witnessing by dividing the church.  Instead of being a religious outliers you should be thanking God, praying, supporting the president, and voting.

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