Hearts of Stone in Relationships.

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is He who does not love, for this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 1 John 3:10,11.

“I-You” relationships: Each “I” meets and treats all others as a revered “You” spirit to spirit, heart to heart, mind to mind, openly and without hindrances. Those who learn and live in “I-You” relationships learn to cherish the other person. He hurts in anticipation of the other’s hurt and stops before a personal action might damage the other. This is the true function of a working conscience.

Question, what loving mother would destroy not only a developing relationship with the blessing of a baby, conceived in a marriage of love but would carry out the hardness of her heart. I would hope none, but abortion figures do not lie. There are apparently an awful lot of hardened hearts just having sex and murdering  the innocent child.

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To whatever degree of adamancy (hardness, imprisonment, stubbornness) in their hearts, (caused by the deceitfulness of sin) people are unable to enter into “I-You” relationships.

In these encounters, people are restricted to “I-IT” relationships.

In “I-IT” relationships, we dehumanize the other person; we view them as something other than a person someone who is subhuman, a lessor human being. As the pro-choice people claim that what is growing in the womb is not a life but a thing, I wonder why after a child is born and grows up that they resemble their parents?

Those who are in “I-IT” relationships do not have a functioning conscience, because to them no other has ever become a cherished “You.” Any other remains only an “IT” to bounce off of, attack, or run over.

When we try to reach out we do so from our shell (our hardened hearts) to their shell (hardened hearts). The “I-IT” works both ways and our lives become less and less human.

Our Lord Jesus came to restore our humanity which has been beaten from pillar to post by the malignant one Satan. A hardened heart is just one of his devices used to deceive a person who worships self instead of our Lord and chooses to live in sin.

Our goal is to bring forth the spirit (personal spirit) to embrace, and then build “Truth” which is “The ability of heart and mind to interpret meanings and cherish others intent.”

Open hearts and minds comprehend. Hard stubborn hearts are not able to comprehend. These hearts cannot stay in fellowship (cannot sustain) in the relationship.

John 4:24 Our Lord Jesus said, God is Spirit, and they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

It is humanity that Satan desires to destroy. It is the heart of stone which is Satan’s tool to block humanity. As stated above, it is Jesus who became human to meet and melt hearts of stone, to give us hearts of flesh (there is a good flesh).

It is a heart flesh in Jesus, which is God the Father’s gift to restore humanity. For that reason Jesus came to “baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” Matthew 3:11 only the fire of love can melt a heart of stone. Let us meet in “I-You” relationship.

 

Hearts of Stone

Yesterday’s reblog from Delight in Truth is a classic example of Hearts of Stone. Calling on the law of the land to take precedence over what people with a tender heart are trying to warn others about murdering babies is not only disgusting it is an outright sin against God’s plan for His creation.

Heart, kardia, Strong’s # 2588: The heart, the chief organ of physical life (“for the life of the flesh is the blood,” Lev.17:11). By an easy transition the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and emotional elements. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.

The Bible describes human depravity as in the “heart,” because sin is a principle which has its seat in the center of man’s inward life, and “defiles” the whole circuit of action.

Eph. 4:17, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, (to live without the Illumination of God) having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (Porosis # 4457, Porosis, metaphorically denotes a dulled spiritual perceptivity, poros, a kind of stone, to be petrified like stone, spiritual blindness, and hardness ) of their heart; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

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Blindness of heart means to lose the power of understanding. Perception comes through yieldeness to the Word of God. According to the Word of God, you determine the condition of your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

The heart in effect, is the whole person in all of his/her distinctive human activity as a thinking, planning, willing, feeling, worshiping, and socially interacting being. And, of course, when the person is not living according to God’s will, it is the heart that is described as darkened, rebellious, callous, unfeeling, or idolatrous. It is within the heart that God works, so the human heart may be tender and soft or as hard as stone (Eze.11:19).

The task is to see the heart of stone and melt it in the fire of love. Our Lord Jesus came to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matt.3:11. The fire of love can also melt a heart of stone.

Your Soul’s Nourishment and God’s Word.

 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your father’s know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:2, 3 NKJV.

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As I am fond of saying, “then as now,” God is still humbling His people and revealing what is in their hearts for the purpose of bringing healing and divine direction. Moses places emphasis on the faithfulness of God toward His people. The wilderness experience was divine discipline; so they would not forget what He taught them.

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Our Lord is deeply concerned about hearts, He always has been. Heart in our text refers to the basic attitudes of the people toward God and His commandments. It took testing to know such inner attitudes. Please remember the difference between temptation and testing. God never tempts, but tests us to teach us that we stink and need cleansing, and need His help always.

Jesus quoted this text in Matthew 4:4, when He faced Satan’s snares in the wilderness. The obvious message of the passage is that there is no survival of the soul without God’s Word –daily.

The parallel is used of Israel’s receiving the daily supply of manna makes clear that a regular, daily portion of God’s Word is to be sought and fed upon by us. This is not some call to determine if we are saved, but an matter of personal responsibility, determining one’s obedience to the almost non-existent pathway of discipleship.

Let’s not fool ourselves spiritual survival is not possible for long without the nourishment of God’s Word. 1 Peter 2:2, tells us that God’s Word is as essential as milk is to a new born child. So drink up daily.

Godliness and Moral Purity.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV.

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Conformed, suschematizo, Strong’s #4964: compare “scheme” and “schematic.” This word refers to conforming oneself to an outer (schema, # 4976) fashion (schematizo, # 4862) or outward appearance, yielding oneself to a model or pattern. Used in 1 Peter 1:14 also. In our text we have me, not, and suschematizesthe, with this age. As in, do not fall in with the external and fleeting fashions of this age nor be yourselves fashioned by them, but undergo a deep inner change by the qualitative renewing of your mind as the Spirit of God alone can work in you.fashioned
To “renew” is “to renovate,” meaning to restore to freshness or to an original state. It discloses the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and the recovery of many potentialities of the human soul (mind, will, emotions) as designed before the fall.
The “mind” constitutes the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is understood in the word “mind-set,” that is the emotions and will. Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.” This describes redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us-a power that transforms:
• Our thoughts which lead to formulating
• Our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions, and thus,
• Our actions become character-determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.
The path to godly living is not complicated, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the father’s provision and ways.
We are to prove by practice in everyday life that God’s will for us is good and acceptable and perfect.
Tomorrow: God’s Word a purifier unto holy living.

Covenant Inner Healing and Deliverance.

In reference to yesterday’s post entitled “an example of knowing Jesus.” It is my sincere hope that many will read this account and give serious thought as well as prayer after reading Scott’s account of a session. The sharing of these healings is not for sensationalism, entertainment or to postulate some new theology. But to point out some facts about needs in Christians lives that may or may not ever be brought out because too much of Christianity is stuck on Disney like cool aide that a Christian cannot have an unclean spirit within. I sincerely hope this offends your theology.

This will in no way be a concise teaching but one that will hopefully explain the reality of a close walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. Let me begin with 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wholly sanctified, that is their whole being—spirit, soul, and body. The power for this comes from the Person of the Holy Spirit. We are tri-part beings despite what theologians with pointy hats and pointy bears have to say. Our personal spirit is awakened unto the Holy Spirit when we are born again; it is the way God speaks to us. Spirit to spirit. Our soul is elements of our mind, will and emotions. Our bodies are the tent in which our soul and spirit live.  We can have splits in our soul caused by trauma. These splits can be alternate personalities formed to protect us. Demons can and do attack and control these alters and they can and do bring spirit of infirmity to further torment or kill.

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I will quote Scott in his opening remarks “Ministering Inner Healing and Deliverance, you’ll run into people that have “lost time” in their lives. Somewhere in our mid-thirties up to middle age, the memories of bits and pieces of childhood traumas may start to surface, and those memories can become debilitating. The ability to disassociate from the memories seems to help us cope for only so long.”

The term disassociate is a term used to describe a separate mental and emotional identity when a person’s mind has fractured into one or more alternate personalities. This can occur when a trauma, physical abuse such as horrors of rape, incest, molestation resulting in an overwhelming emotion or pain that the core person can’t handle.

The creation of an alter is not a disorder, but a gift from God to protect us from going over into insanity and have no way back. And alters purpose is to hold the emotion or pain so the core person can continue to function. They become protectors of the core person’s personality.

People with dissociation are commonly highly intelligent, they have to be to. Those with 5,10,or more personalities must be bright to keep all of them straight. Some effects of dissociation are depression, cutting, or self harm (Gadarene demonic) constant fear, anxiety, or rage, voices, and emotional overreaction. People can stay in an altered state for just a moment, a day, or years. If there is a loss of time, this would be a good indicator of dissociation. Trauma bonds to time.

To quote Scott again: “I worked for a bit to get Johns wounds healed, but got nowhere because each time we got close, the demon put him to sleep. I finally asked Jesus to tell the demon that was causing all these problems to come up and face me.” Here is where the reality of a relationship with Jesus comes to help us and the people we are praying for. When we are faced with no answers or are stalemated we “simply ask Jesus to help us.”

 What is going on here? Scott was hindered by a demon who had control over the core personality as well as his alters. Hence he would sleep and stop healing and deliverance. Here is where one learns about that fact that you cannot cast out an altar, it is not a demon. Many including myself have tried.

Continuing: John’s hands relaxed, his arms stopped shaking, he sat straight up in his chair, stared straight at me, and in the deepest, most evil voice you can imagine growled, “I’m Death and I’m going to kill him!”

The demon of Death was tormenting the little multiple personality created by the trauma. I got the demon off that multiple personality. How? Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and powerful, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We separate the soul from the spirit by dividing them in a command according to Scripture.

The demon is separated and bound allowing Scott to bring John to the area of healing the trauma. Scott then cast out the demon of death. The proof of all this is the man sat up, was calm, relaxed, and speaking normally.

So here we see that in our soul we can in fact have an un-clean spirit in residence. Healing is the main concern for without being addressed, do not pray simply to cast out a demon because if the wound is not healed they will return. Inner healing works with deliverance to bring a house cleaning that pleases our Lord.

The beauty of this method is that it works with fruit manifested. Scott teaches that as the person walks in the healing the Holy Spirit will bring things up that the person can  pray with our Lord  and deal with any other wounds and demons. Some doubt these things I leave you with a Scripture I have used many times. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8. I would say this, who knows better than the person of the Holy Spirit what has happened in a person’s life than Him. Only He can take us back to bring healing and deliverance to us. The thing that is most important is when we ask, He will bring healing to all who are in need. It is proof of a living relationship with our risen savior. Glory to God for His presence and love.

All comments welcomed.

An example of knowing Jesus

I caught this post shortly after today’s post here. It is a great example of a walk that speaks of a relationship with Jesus that extends to the areas of need in brothers and sisters in Christ. Scott is a humble man of God who takes his walk in Christ to the point of bringing healing to all who seek it in real time. Thanks again Scott.

Scott Bitcon: 7/245/13

  • Ministering Inner Healing and Deliverance, you’ll run into people that have “lost time” in their lives. Somewhere in our mid-thirties up to middle age, the memories of bits and pieces of childhood traumas may start to surface, and those memories can become debilitating. The ability to disassociate from the memories, seems to help us cope for only so long.
    I received a call from the wife of a very successful, sixty year old, retired businessman, named John. She told me that eighteen months earlier, her strong, bright, fifty-eight year old husband, woke up one morning with flashes of memory of a satanic ritual that was performed on him as a teenager, and also the savage rape a teenage girl. The memories made his hands clench and both his forearms shake uncontrollably.1-GADARENE-DEMONIAC
  • The next morning John woke with many more horrific details of the rituals that were done to him, and also had the memory of this poor teenage girl getting sodomized with a broom handle. His fists remained clenched, his forearms still shook uncontrollably, and now he’d lost the ability to walk normally…he just shuffled. The third morning arrived, and all of the previous symptoms were still present, but now he couldn’t talk. All he could do was sit hunched over, stare at the floor and mumble. Multiple doctor examinations, and eighteen months later, John still had no relief or answers.
    John’s wife Mary walked in, with her husband on her arm, he was hunched over, feet shuffling, his fists were clenched and both arms were shaking violently. I greeted him by name, but got no acknowledgment from his eyes and only a small mumble from his mouth. We sat him down, and Mary told me of the memories John had related to her.
    It seems John’s father was a Satanist, and was initiating his sixteen year old son John into his cult. John was ordered to rape this young girl, and John refused. His father and a group of men raped him, tied him face to face with this little girl and killed her with a broom handle. John watched the look in her eyes as she died.
    I worked for a bit to get Johns wounds healed, but got nowhere because each time we got close, the demon put him to sleep. I finally asked Jesus to tell the demon that was causing all these problems to come up and face me. John’s hands relaxed, his arms stopped shaking, he sat straight up in his chair, stared straight at me, and in the deepest, most evil voice you can imagine growled, “I’m Death and I’m going to kill him!” I thought Mary was going to faint.
    The demon of Death was tormenting the little multiple personality created by the trauma. I got the demon off that multiple personality. The sixteen year old came up sobbing and shaking. Jesus healed it instantly, and I cast out the demon of Death.
    A moments later John was sitting, calm, relaxed, and speaking normally. Mary’s husband was back. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman hug someone so hard and long in my life. When they walked out the door, John was walking normally next to his wife.
    As they left other memories began to flood back to John. I showed him how to heal them and get rid of the demons. He’s still got some work to do, but armed with the knowledge of how to do this himself, he’ll soon be completely free.http://innerhealinganddeliverance.org/

I will comment on this post tomorrow by way of explanation as to the steps taken by Scott to share his method.

God Welcomes U Turns.

So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and when he went into her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative (Hebrew Goel, redeemer), and may his name be famous in Israel.”
“And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher (sustainer) of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Ruth 4:13ruth turnsRestorer, shub; Strong’s # 7725: To turn back; turn, return, restore, bring back, retrieve, reverse. Shub is used over 1000 times in the OT. In the KJV, shub was translated in more than 60 different ways. The word is used more in the sense of “return” (Ex. 4:19), meaning to go back to a point of departure.

It can mean to “turn away” from God (Num.14:43) in a spiritual sense; or to “repent,” to turn away from one’s sin and toward God (Hos. 3:5).
Ruth and Boaz’s son Obed is the ancestor of King David, from whose line the Messiah-Redeemer would come.

If we allow peccadillo’s in a day, they will lead to larger transgressions.

And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” Acts 1:25.

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Transgression, parabaino, Strong’s #3845.  Abandoning a trust, departing, stepping aside, overstep, violation, rebellion, aberration, apostasy, disobedience, deviation from an original and true direction. Case in point Judas abandoned his position of service as one of the twelve disciples.

Parabaino brings more of the guilt of willfully deviating from God’s original and true direction.

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Watch Your Thermostat!

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal.5:19-21.

“Lust” “desire” or “passion” The Greek word “epithumia” springs from the Greek word thumos from which “thermos” and “thermostat” are derived. Please note that there is a definite play on words here. The idea here is don’t let your carnal nature run unbridled causing your thermostat to get too high, submit it to the only person able to help the Holy Spirit of God.

The flesh desires to be ratified (sanctioned or confirmed), gratified (pleasured or pleased), and satisfied (satiated or filled full, maximized) we as believers must choose to live in the Spirit, and walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

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Flesh Verses Spirit

 

The person of the Holy Spirit who is the “Gift” of the Father grows in us that are “Born-Again” fruit that is the evidence of “the divine nature.”

Galatians 5:22,23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The Holy Spirit in the soil of our hearts organically grows this fruit. He works to weed out the tendencies of the flesh in which undesirable and unproductive works spring forth to spoil our growth. Like fruit being grown, this progression or steady pace is in actuality a growth in grace.

The Holy Spirit both monitors and empowers, enabling practical godliness. Discernment on our part teaches that some sins are driven by carnal nature(flesh) and others by carnal nurture(nourishment), depending on the way one is fed or bred.

Growth in Christ increases resistance to all that is uncharacteristic of Him. Motivation springs from the marvelous soil of our heart being cultivated by the Holy Spirit. We learn to recognize bad fruit such as disobedience, rather than our mind looking over our garden (trying to memorize rules while wrestling to obey) to see what seed package is planted here.

As we learn to “walk in the Spirit” we progress from mental rules to obedience rooted in the heart’s judgment’s and conviction.

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