A Hedge Around You
I have a hedge of protection around me.
The nation of Israel has a hedge around it because of the Covenant that
God made with Abraham.
A nation that calls itself Christian has a hedge of some sort about it.
Australia is one country that stands upon its Christian heritage, the Prime
Minister stated this fact. God shall honour the people of Australia as
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy
name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said
unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not
against us is for us.
South Africa used to be the same, but is no longer so and as a result we
can see the spiritual darkness closing in around us, even though we apparently
hosted a successful Soccer World Cup.
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is
accepted with him.
Christians also have a hedge about them of some sort or another. As we
saw in the previous teaching1 in this series, our friend Job
is a good example.
Job was righteous to the extent that God was aware of him and so was Satan.
However, he was righteous in his own eyes as well, being inward looking.
Nevertheless God honoured him and built a hedge around him.
However, only when he acknowledged God for who He is and gave his soul
back to his Creator was he properly blessed by the heavenly Power.
What would have happened to Job if he had not submitted his will to God?
We would never have known because the book of Job would never have featured
in the Bible; for the reason that Satan would have been successful in breaking
down the hedge of protection around him. Job would have died in his sins
So it is with the citizens of Israel, Australia and South Africa who do
not individually submit their souls to their Creator.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge
and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee
from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He
shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an
Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God
hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture
saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and
I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God
unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed
the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time
also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
While finishing this writing on the computer, I looked out of the window
and saw a laughing dove fly by over the communal lawn and land on one of
the fence posts of the property. Another followed and tried to land on
the same post but had to land on the next closest. This was obviously a
One of the pleasures of the golden years is to feed and watch the birds
and their manners, especially the doves, who eat the bread crumbs placed
on the paving in our laundry yard. There is king dove, we call him Fred,
and he chases all other doves away except for his wife. When they have
had their fill the others may come.
The method that he uses to chase the competing cocks away is aggression
- a charging shout and a bash with a wing. With the hens he comes rushing
up like an overeager Don Juan and she flies away in panic while his wife
sits on the wall overlooking all this calmly watching all the action. If
she still feels peckish she will come down for another snack in the company
of her hero.
After they are replete they fly up onto the wall next to each other, cuddle
and kiss and generally behave like newlyweds.
If he calls her to view a possible nest site, she comes to investigate.
A good simile for a Christian and his or her Lord, not so?
Repeated from the previous teaching:
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to
you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we
are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Another, abler, teacher had this to say:
Lastly Paul adds: "We have no confidence in the flesh." The flesh of
the believer is no more to be trusted than the flesh of the vilest sinner.
Regeneration is not a changing of flesh into spirit; nor is that sanctification
wherein we stand before God a gradual process of such a change within us.
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit." The fleshly nature is never improved, and the new nature
received in new birth does not require improvement. "The carnal mind is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." And the Spiritual
mind is the mind of Christ. It is as we walk in the Spirit that we
are delivered from the desires of the flesh. But even after years of Godly
living, the flesh itself is not one whit better than it was at the beginning
of our Christian life. Therefore we dare not trust it, knowing that, however
blessed the work of God is in our souls, "in our flesh dwells no good thing."
It is necessary to keep this in mind and learn to accept that it is not
our present bodies that shall be judged one day, but our present souls.
Adultery is a sin of the body. In the following passage God is speaking
about adultery of the spirit.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they
not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust,
and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight
and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is
the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit
that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore
he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,
ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning,
and your joy to heaviness. Humble
yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
We can fertilise and water that hedge of protection or even strengthen
The words of Jesus at the last supper; words meant for all disciples of
the Living God:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither
I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord,
we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith
unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should
have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus
saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you,
and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen
the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that
I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in
me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the
Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
But that the world may know that I love the Father;
and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none
of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things
unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth;
It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter
will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And
when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness,
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because
the prince of this world is judged.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are
mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,
the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own
self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou
gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and
they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever
thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which
thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely
that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for
them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine,
and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And
now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to
thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given
me, that they may be one, as we are.
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated
them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou
shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I
am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into
the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might
be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for
them also which shall believe on me through their word; 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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that
they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they
may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast
sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that
they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may
behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the
foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:
but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And
I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the
love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
We see from the above that the Father and Jesus were one before the foundation
of the world, that they continued to be one while Jesus of Nazareth walked
the earth in obedience to His Father's wishes, and remain as one while
Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven. He fulfilled
His Father's plan to reclaim men from Satan's world.
Think of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in this way:
The total trust and obedience of Jesus unto the death of His body, resulted
in Satan's power being broken, with the sequel that those who follow in
the path of Jesus shall also have power over Satan.
Why does Satan and his demons flee from the submitted Christian who calls
on the name of Jesus Christ?
Because they know (have the faith) that they were defeated by the
second Adam, the resurrected Jesus. The Christ. The Branch. God the Son.
Christ's obedience is much more powerful that Satan's disobedience.
This is why faithful, obedient Christians are given the keys of the Kingdom3
to use in Satan's world, why Jesus could say:
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art
thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto
thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That
thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys
of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall
be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall
ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father
glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
The very Holiness and Righteousness of God that prevents Him from interfering
in the kingdom of the god of this world, due to Adam giving it to him,
requires that the soul of the Christian whom He, God, can use for His glory,
must be one with Him, and this can only happen if the created soul is in
alignment, obedient to the will of the Creator.
Remember, Jesus said:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter. He Spiritually comforts those
who are spiritually aware, who walk after the Spirit. Because our souls
and spirits are in harmony, we, that is our hearts are comforted from worldly
strife. We are known by our fruits
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good
cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus also said:
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in
thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather
through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke
them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world,
and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their
fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the
Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation
them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the
casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall
the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit
be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be
holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken
off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and
with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not
against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but
the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I
might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and
thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared
not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell,
severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not
still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in
again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature,
and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more
shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their
own olive tree?
Here's practical Christianity. How does it fit in with my expectations,
Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is
the sect of the Sadducees,)and were filled with indignation, And laid their
hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But
the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them
forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people
all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered
into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came,
and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the
senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned,
and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the
keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found
no man within. Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and
the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this
would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye
put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then
went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence:
for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when
they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the
high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye
should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with
your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter
and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather
than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged
on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince
and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto
them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean
spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with
them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man, called
Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the
people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom
they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is
the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long
time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip
preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus
Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed
also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,
beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles
which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God,
they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed
for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen
upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power,
that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter
said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that
the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor
lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent
therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought
of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the
gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon,
and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye
have spoken come upon me.
The Samaritans believed they had a hedge around them, but still needed
the power of the Holy Spirit. They could only receive the indwelling Holy
Spirit when their hearts were pure.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through
the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according
as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many
members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being
many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether
prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth,
on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that
sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly
affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one
another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them
which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another.
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise
in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in
you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,
but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is
mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed
him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals
of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
From the Bible we know that Satan and about a third of the angels rebelled
against the rule of God. This means that like us here on earth, angels
have been given a will, a freedom of choice. Surely we can expect no less
in our Spiritual bodies.
God the Father will only accept those into His Kingdom who, while in earth,
use the keys as He desires us to do, and who commit themselves into a Covenant
with their Creator.
There shall be no more rebellion in heaven; we shall live peaceably there
as we try to do here.
Therefore, using the keys of the Kingdom here will entitle us to receive
the Passport when we need it.
Whatever ability we have, whether mental as in the classroom, physical
on the sports field, whether a successful businessman or musician - we
must remember at all times that these were given to us by our Creator.
How we each develop them is up to us, for our own fame or glory or for
When we willingly lay them at His feet; then we are fulfilling God's purpose
in our lives.
When we are self-centred we cannot see through into God's Holy Place, the
veil is still in the way and we can only stand outside and mouth the words.
Like the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth; not converted until they saw the
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother
had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God,
God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy
brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he
shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus
said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever
liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Isn't Jesus saying here; he that believes in me, even though he
should die the first (earthly) death, yet shall he be alive and miss the
second (spiritual) death. He that defeats the second death shall never
die but live with me for eternity?
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and
said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call.
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom
ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect
soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through
ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things,
which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ
should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted,
that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come
from the presence of the Lord;
The times of refreshing - the birth of the new Spiritual creature, created
in Christ Jesus.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as
came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift
of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify
God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not
be baptised, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded
them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles
had also received the word of God.
All people who receive the word of God. Some believe weakly, some believe:
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
My Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit
A further look as this passage:
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take
the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God
forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?
for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord
is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without
the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's.
(1 Corinthians 6:15-20)
A temple is a building. This means that the Holy Spirit of God actually
stays in my or your body because of being born again. When walking around
barefoot, God can also feel the pebbles underfoot. When looking at the
stars at night, God can see His creation from a different perspective.
When looking at violence on the television, God is there also. When listening
to music, God is there enjoying it too. If I willingly think evil thoughts,
God knows this.
Think on this: If my body is the temple of God's Holy Spirit, and my soul
also resides therein, how easy it is for a two-way communication to take
place. The Holy Spirit is there for one purpose, which is to teach me that
Way. What am I going to do about it? See Acts 7:37-41 and Acts 7:47-53.
My body is the temple of God's Holy Spirit, so I must keep it clean for
Him to use.
My soul resides in my body together with the Holy Spirit.
Surely then, I am completely the temple of God; body
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or
what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath
the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I
will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
As I have given back to God the soul that He originally placed
there, for Him to use for His glory (being born again of the Holy Spirit),
it is then obvious that my soul is in communion with God's Spirit for His
purpose. However, if I sin willingly, if the "I" comes into contention
again, the Holy Spirit cannot operate.
Quench not the Spirit.
(1 Thessalonians 5:19)
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain
fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour
the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two
or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he
be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy
thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him
that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense,
saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This is called backsliding and may result in the Holy Spirit
departing. He shall not come again and I shall be in a worse state that
before I knew Him.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world
to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him
to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh
oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed,
receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is
rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Am I prepared to pay the vows that I made on my knees when
I repented? Are you?
Here's another key to the Kingdom, the way to learn servanthood.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if
any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and
mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other
better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of
others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being
in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made
himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more
in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
It can clearly be seen that if we give up the I, God shall
exalt us spiritually, for His glory.
Are we willing to work for God without being rewarded by
If allowed, God shall guide me, body and soul, in the way
Watch my lips .
Because we are obedient to God's will, God is legally
in Satan's kingdom, inside our bodies, preparing the way for the coming
of Christ Jesus.
He can use the powers of heaven on the earth by commanding
us to go to certain places, to say certain things and defeat the power
of darkness in other people.
He can bring the perfectness of the heavenly life to those
who need physical healing.
We are once again reminded that the Lord God does the signs
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord,
which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and
wonders to be done by their hands.
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet,
being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same
heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he
had faith to be healed,
and decides all things:
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in
the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had
made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth
his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men
of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from
these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the
sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations
to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness,
in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons,
filling our hearts with food and gladness.
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and
said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while
ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear
the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts,
bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto
us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by
faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the
disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers
by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted,
Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
(1 Corinthians 3:5-6)
The laying on of hands:
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since
ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye
baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily
baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they
should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the
men were about twelve.
God does the miracles, we are mere conduits through whom
He can work, and the glory belongs to Him, the Creator.
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was
a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had
given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but
he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had
brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited
on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were
with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of
his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and
thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of
Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel.
And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand
pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. And he brought the letter
to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee,
behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou
mayest recover him of his leprosy. And it came to pass, when the king of
Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am
I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover
a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh
a quarrel against me. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God
had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to
the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now
to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came
with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house
of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in
Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt
be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought,
He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD
his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are
not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of
Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away
in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My
father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith
to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven
times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh
came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And
he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood
before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God
in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing
of thy servant.
(2 Kings 5:1-15)
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit
of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a
man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which
God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So
that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons,
and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
You can trust the Man who died for you; the Man who was and
is and is the Word of God, and who is now the Lamb of God and our Covenant
Representative. Who is God.
Trials and Tribulations
As we saw in the example of Job, once we have committed ourselves
to take God seriously and start living an obedient life to Jesus, we must
expect many trials and tribulations directed at us by the god of this world.
Think about it for a moment; if an enemy came into a country and openly
warred with the government, he or she would be taken care of, not so? If
you or I do not experience spiritual buffeting from Satan and his servants,
we are not worrying him.
The writer of the book of Hebrews was also speaking from
experience, was under the covering and guidance of the Holy Spirit and
felt compelled to write the following:
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after
ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst
ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly,
whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion
of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing
in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of
reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will
of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that
shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe
to the saving of the soul.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that
is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For
consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto
blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which
speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening
of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord
loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye
endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he
whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof
all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have
had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them
reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of
spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after
their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might
be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth
to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore
lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight
paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way;
but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the Lord:
Jesus said those who are not for me are against me:
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them,
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house
divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against
himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils
through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your
sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if
I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is
come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are
in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome
him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth
his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth
not with me scattereth.
Which camp do you and I fall into?
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and
prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was
given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints
possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth
kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall
devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that
shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse
from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great
words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most
High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into
his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment
shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy
it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness
of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of
the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Even should our bodies be killed:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril,
or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we
are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded,
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Here are some confirming passages of Scripture:
I am the true vine, and my Father is
the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may
bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have
spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit
of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide
in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can
do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and
is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and
they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art
converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord,
I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said,
I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this
day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into
this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And
not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope
maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither
by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ
is at hand. 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; 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. Remember ye not,
that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know
what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery
of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy
with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with
all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they
received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this
cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure
(2 Thessalonians 2:2-12)
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every
son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as
with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye
be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards,
and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected
us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather
be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily
for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for
our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and
the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which
is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace
with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root
of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But
let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But
rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when
his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If
ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit
of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of,
but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer,
or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other
men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not
be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is
come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it
first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey
not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall
the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according
to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well
doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
(1 Peter 4:12-19)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
(1 Peter 5:8)
Getting more specific.
Using the example of our Covenant Representative, Christ
Jesus, we notice the following:
His heavenly Father protected Him while He was unable to
care for Himself:
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return
to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they
were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt,
and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young
child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother
by night, and departed into Egypt: 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.
At the beginning of His public ministry Jesus of Nazareth
was tempted by Satan:
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to
be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights,
he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said,
If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 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. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth
him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son
of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels
charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee
up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto
him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high
mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory
of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou
wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get
thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and,
behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus knew what it was like to anticipate personal pain and
And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of
Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place,
he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down,
and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove
this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And
being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were
great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from
prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray,
lest ye enter into temptation. And while he yet spake, behold a
multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before
them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
We notice that an angel strengthened Him.
Jesus was killed by Satan's servants who broke many laws
of the land and of God to accomplish their ends.
Satan thought that he had won the unearthly war, but he had
in fact lost it:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:
yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that
come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even
the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our
glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known
it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is
written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
(1 Corinthians 2:5-9)
He now knows that it is lost and that one day he shall bow
the knee to God in the name of Jesus, however it seems that he will delay
that day for as long as possible in earth time, taking many of God's creatures
with him to the lake of burning sulphur.
The same pattern is evolving and continues to do so until
the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven and Satan is
If we read Fox's Book of Martyrs we shall see that many Christians
were killed and crucified because they would not acknowledge the Roman
kings as Gods.
Then Satan's plans had to change and he took over the church.
In the name of Christianity many people died in the Crusades, the Spanish
Inquisition, etc., and continues today in Northern Ireland and the Middle
More directly, "christians" are killed, tortured and raped
in many countries, not least in Africa.
It is also starting in South Africa and will continue to
do so, also in other countries of the world, until the laws of God are
turned around and Christians shall become the lawbreakers.
Christian, expect to die. This is not to be taken lightly,
but shall happen:
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before
him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the
first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders,
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight
of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying
to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the
beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to
give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should
both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the
beast should be killed.
Then shall the end come and you and I shall be dressed in
the royal colour:
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled
their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will
not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name
before my Father, and before his angels.
Our heavenly Father wants an obedient heart, one that is
spontaneous, outward looking to see what He wants, not inward looking as
to how can He help us, a heart that is powered by the Holy Spirit and not
our own soulishness. Please read Romans chapter twelve.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy,
and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God
forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that
which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what
I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto
the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but
sin that dwelleth in me. 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. For the good that I would I do not: but
the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it
is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law,
that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the
law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of
sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver
me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh
the law of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness
of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things
of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for
it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they
that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but
in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any
man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is
life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead
dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken
your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren,
we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live
after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify
the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
This can only happen if we have given our (everlasting) life
to our Father to control.
Jesus said "not my will but thine".
Can we each learn to do the same?
Peace I leave with you, my peace I
give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you,
I go away, and come again unto you. If
ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:
for my Father is greater than I.
But that the world may know that I
love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise,
let us go hence.
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one
toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward
you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before
God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his
(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord
may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with
you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for
all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish
you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord
touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient
waiting for Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion
one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing;
knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
(1 Peter 3:8-9)
The above passages are more keys to the Kingdom.
How many do we need?
It would seem that this mystery will only be revealed on
that day when we have used enough of them to find out.
We notice however that these passages of Scripture are there
to prepare us for that time when we shall have rule over a number of cities
in the name of Christ Jesus. (Luke chapter nineteen)
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of
the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high
places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by
mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy
right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that
we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be compared with the
glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the
creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature
was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath
subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall
be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of
the children of God.
1 You and Your Body
2 The Mouse that Thundered
3 The Life of Fulfilment