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Father’s love gets you through the dangerous times

In one of my previous posts called No more Rules and Regulations I talked about the movie of the Sound of Music, and I want to write about it again.  For background info you can read the post called No more Rules and Regulations.  In that movie, Captain Von Trapp was the strict former Navy Officer who was the father of seven children who lost their mother.  So Maria, who was a Nun, who hadn’t learned, to be obedient, went to “grow up” and to “fulfill her calling and purpose” and to “find out who she really was”.  The father Captain Von Trapp who treated his children like military subjects was very strict with them causing them to rebel even more.  We can see this example in the Bible in the Old Testament, when the LORD tried to get Israel to obey Him, and they were always struggling, and they longed as Job said, “for a Mediator” to bridge the gap between the wrath of the LORD God, and himself.  But in the movie once, Maria came in and brought singing in the house, and reignited the love relationship to the children, then the Captain became softer toward the children and started treating them like his children, but the Captain still didn’t lose his identity, he just changed his affection towards the children.  So because of this affection towards the children and because when they received abundant love from him whereas before when they were so afraid of him doing something wrong that they wouldn’t have a relationship with him and just didn’t seem to have that closeness and just fear and everything else was based on fear that he would punish them so he couldn’t properly guide them in making wise decisions.   This is a type and shadow of the way the Father is in heaven, and how even during the dark and dangerous times He will help those whom he loves because of His nature.  The Captian in the movie is a type and shadow of the Heavenly Father in the sense that He is the same Father who With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

So in the story the Captain helps them escape from the enemies during the Holocaust time because he had established their relationship with them, and now they were able to obey because of the unity of love, but when they thought he didn’t love them, they acted rebelliously and defiantly.  So it was needful for Maria to come in and show the example of love in their life because without her they didn’t seem to have any, and without that they couldn’t get through the difficult times.  So through the dangerous times in the last days, yes we know the times we are living in, and we know there is sin in the world, and the world is getting more wicked as the days come, but when you bring love into the picture, which is the greater Law, it changes the heart of the people so that they can sing, and there is nothing wrong with preaching about love and only love because that is what the Kingdom of God is about.  It is about faith, hope, and love and the greatest of these is love.

Because the Father loves you so much, He sent His son to die so that you might not die and have eternal life, but if you don’t accept that love and just view Him as someone who put you in a bad situation then the time that you are going through is going to be much harder.

Remember Brigitta – she was about 10-12 I don’t remember, but she was at that defiant age, and she was punished with a spanking and a chastening, but the true test came when they were in the prison when the enemy was coming for them and they had to go into hiding, and when they went into hiding and they had to depend on their father to tell them what to do.  This would not have happened if they had not developed the relationship of love with Maria.  Now Maria at the time was conflicted with the Baronness, and she had to struggle to at one point and lose her identity as a Nun, and have to face the fact of sinning against the ordinance, but the Reverend Mother realized that it was needful for Maria to go and do what her heart desires she said, “I want to love him, but I don’t want to love him” or something to that effect.  So then she had to take on the new role as a mother, and giving her a whole new set of responsiblities and finally bringing her into her calling.  Imagine if while the family were in hiding, that they were still afraid of their father, yes they would obey Him, but their fear would make the situations worse to the point where they would panic.  God is not like that He wants you to come to Him with love and not out of fear.  With love you gain respect and reverence, but not with fear.  You still have to treat him with dignity when He has his “uniform of the Captain or LORD of hosts on”, but you still know in your heart that He is your loving Father and that He loves you unconditionally.  Captain Von Trapp hated disobedience, and had been through many governesses, just like the Heavenly Father had many prophets to teach Israelites how to obey, but none of them lasted.  The disobedient children because they were not reminded of the love of the father always rebelled against the governesses, in the same way the disobedient Israelites came because they were not reminded of the love of the Father, so Jesus had to come and put Himself on the Cross for us so that we might have relationship with Him, and also to the Father, and for that His redeeming power is so great.  Love is what keeps the Holy Spirit alive in our hearts, and without the love of the Holy Spirit, then times will become very difficult.  We should rest in peace knowing that our Heavenly Father loves us no matter what is going on, even if we are in hiding.  When we hide, we hide in His presence and not away from Him.  We don’t turn away from Him.  We use the love that was sown in our hearts to make the best out of a bad situation.

At the end of the movie the Reverend Mother quoted Psalm 121-

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

The word keeper and preserver here means to protect, and can also have an implication to seal as we are sealed with the promise of His Holy Spirit, which  will never leave us or forsake us no matter how many times we fall and disobey. But we must be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit by not realizing how much the Father really loves us and how deep the Father really loves and in that we find our protection and our healing. The Holy Spirit is gentle, and He will not force you into anything, but God loves you so much that He is doing things for your protection even if you may not see it at times.  We must remember that perfect love casts out fear.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the grace, mercy, and love that you so generously showered over us for Your Word does say that Your stedfast love endures forever.  We repent for not following after Your Spirit at times and at times when we have not recognized the love that You have given us and we repent for not pursuing a relationship with you and growing in intimacy with you.  Thank You for helping us get through difficult time and Thank You for more and more revelations of You.  You are Jehovah Rapha and Jehovah Shammar and Jehovah Shavout, and You promised that Your stedfast love is forever as it says in Psalm 136 and Your Word does not lie, so then we accept Your love and walk this day in covenant with You so that we may see more of Your grace, mercy, and love, so then even when we are disobedient, that Your grace may abound more.  We accept this gift of grace and choose not to take in vain with licentious living but to live with a pure heart whose only desire is to have that wise Agape love that seeks out Your Kingdom Promises.  Thank You Lord,

IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY,

Amen.

 

 

How the Law in the Old Testament reveals Jesus and the heart of the Father

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you refresh us all with Your Presence today, and remove anything that may be hindering us today and strengthen us with might in the inner man.  I pray that You anoint my hands to type this message that You want me to type, and I pray for a clarity and focus to be able to preach this Word today.  I pray that You open the minds and the hearts of the people reading this message today and let the Holy Spirit just flow through me. Thank You Blessed Father.

In Jesus Mighty name I pray,

Amen.

Some clarification and teaching needs to be built up in the body of Christ.  Do you say that the Law is bad, or that there is nothing good about the Law?  Do you say that because of the New Testament that the Old Testament has been done away with?  Do you often feel condemned by the Law, but do not know how to understand the benefits of the Law.  Have you been listening to other preachers and teachers instead of digging out the Word of God for yourself?  Confusion needs to be put aside, and clarity needs to be put into picture.  These are the last days and we need to have the whole Word of God as our breastplate of righteousness.  Do you believe that the New Testament is the only valid part of Scripture?  Do you believe that Pauline epistles are the best revelation of Scripture and everything else needs to be ignored?  Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the whole Scripture is about Him.  So here I am going to attempt, Lord willing, to make clear some things.  But it is my encouragement to you to search out the Scriptures for yourself.  My message is not meant to condemn anyone or to bring any confusion, and it is geared for people that are able to search out the Scripture for themselves.

1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.Psalm 119 – the words in bold are very important to understanding about the Law.  Psalm 119 is a very important Psalm and it was by David who was a man after God’s own heart.  I recommend you read the whole Psalm and pray it.  He loved God and he had the same struggles as we do in keeping God’s commands, dealing with sin, but he had a pure heart and even found forgiveness for his sin, but it was the priest that had to make atonement for him, and now we under the Heavenly Priest Melchizedek who was the first priest who came to Abraham and is Jesus who came as it says in Hebrews.A basic definition of the Law is: Law  is an Instruction or teaching which could be prophetic- Jesus said that the Law and the Prophets testified of Him, which is also called Torah.The whole Bible is full of prophecies and teachings which reveal Jesus and His character and nature and in turn revealing the Father’s heart.  Advice to people when reading the Old Testament, is not to take it so personally, but to understand the time, and context, and the people who were being spoken to and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you.  You will find wisdom when you do this.  Be careful of when people try to make personal applications, when there are not supposed to be personal applications.  Yes of course God can give you a rhema, but the Law is the teaching and prophetic revelations of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament says not to despise prophecies, so even though it may be difficult to understand at times, when you grow and mature the things that you do not understand will be revealed to you.
Testimonies or edah – witness  (the testimonies in the Law are a witness to Jesus)Witness – the witness means whatever testifies of Jesus or of God, and we have many testimonies of Jesus now.
Iniquity or evel means injustice or even could mean violent deeds of injustice, unrighteousness, or wrong – this is just a guess but it is probably where we get the word evil from.Have you ever been wronged, and you wished that you could go and pay them back, but then you heard God tell you to go and forgive that person and that He is your vindicator?  That’s because of His divine Justice.  His Justice, is not like man’s justice and I may do a post on that some other time.  He can decide what’s in a person’s heart whenever they do something and He can make right what once went wrong, and He can deal the proper vindication because that is part of who He is because He does not change.  Luke 13: says: 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. “27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Jesus did not like injustice either.  Just because He is a person of grace, that does not mean that all the iniquities that we have done, and you will know if your heart is pure or not, but through His big Rubix Cube, He knows how to take something that is very mixed up and bring it back to all the right colors in all the right places even if it means He has to pop them all out and put them back in again.  What it takes to enter through the narrow gate is a refining process to purge out everything ungodly and to go through sufferings, and tribulations, but to endure through them all so that you can be like shining gold.

Way – 1) way, road, distance, journey, manner- Jesus is the Way to the Father’s heart and bridges the gap that was made through sin
a) road, way, path- Jesus is the road and the path we have to take
b) journey- Jesus is the journey we have to take through the Holy Spirit
c) direction- Jesus is the direction in which we have to go
d) manner, habit, way- we must strive to the best of our ability, taking on His strength to help us to be like Him to have his habits – for the places where we fail and make mistakes Jesus understands, and that’s where His grace comes because otherwise He knows we would all have OCD trying to keep up with all the 613 ways, but it is the way to enter into His gates
e) of course of life (fig.)- This is the course of life in which we must take, and that is Jesus
f) of moral character (fig.)- Jesus moral character is what we need to take on.

Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for derek (Strong’s 1870)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 30 Apr 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
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Jesus is the Way – and the journey into the Father’s heart, which is the ultimate goal of our life as Christians.Precepts (piqquwd)– principles or rules intended to regulate behavior or thought, Statute – something prescribed or bound or limit, ordinances – boundariesBlue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for piqquwd (Strong’s 6490)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 30 Apr 2012. < http:// http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6490&t=KJV > We have the principles, but we need the Person and without the person we are lost.  We must strive to never lose sight of the person, and even though we don’t feel Him, or get excited every time we hear about Him – because we must love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, sometimes, we will not always feel like He is there, or that we are in passionate love with Him, but that our hearts need to be purged and purified before Him so I pray that He ignites our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits, to be on fire and to love Him, and to thank Him in everything because there will be times, when we cannot or do not have the strength or energy to read the Bible in the last days, and we will be tested and shaken, but be calm and steady because our God and our Lord has equipped us for every good work.
Commandments (mitsvah) – things prohibited by God.-Somethings for our own good need to be prohibited- if we’re doing things that are harmful to ourselves, and God knew, which is why He created all these things, but the greater commandment, which is to love God with all our heart, our mind, all our soul, all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves…We need to remember to keep these things forefront in our hearts.  We must choose our thoughts, and live beyond our feelings, and sometimes your body and your emotions will tell you things which don’t agree and line up with the Holy Spirit, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you as a Christian, but that the Spirit of God is taking you through a refining process and He is taking out the leaven in your life.

Judgments (mishpat) –
1) judgment, justice, ordinancea) judgment1) act of deciding a case2) place, court, seat of judgment3) process, procedure, litigation (before judges)4) case, cause (presented for judgment)5) sentence, decision (of judgment)6) execution (of judgment)7) time (of judgment)b) justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)c) ordinanced) decision (in law)e) right, privilege, due (legal)f) proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, planWhen we are in a kingdom, we must know our rights, our rights and our inheritance in the Kingdom of God are defined throughout the whole Bible.  The Pharisees took these concepts and used them to make people feel like they had to live up to their standards, where God had different standards.  They were the traditions of men, and those traditions were very dangerous because they were getting so religious about keeping up with all the tediousness, which were only guidelines on how to live a healthy life.  The consequences were exagerrated to make a point, and even today we have consequences – if you have 50 gallons of beer, you are probably going to have some pretty bad consequences, and God knew that.  Now if you’ve tried your best to follow what you know in your heart to be the right thing as a Christian, and that is based on what the Word of God says then there will be no reason for condemnation, but if you know in your heart that you have done something wrong, then the best thing is to go and repent for it, and to receive the abundance of God’s grace and mercy.  The Holy Spirit is always with you and He will never leave you or forsake you, and even if you drift away, but avoid doing evil at times, The Word of God says in Ephesians 1:13 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  The key being is that you trust God.
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So to summarize, we need to love each other and that is the fulfillment of the law and when we don’t love and forgive each other we feel miserable, and God does not want us to be that way, and when we don’t love others we do injustice before them, and God sees that and He tries best to rectify the matter, but we are limited to the free-will that is in our hearts to choose Him for eternal redemption, and He is not going to let you go without a fight, so don’t lose heart, don’t be discouraged, and don’t lose faith because God is an awesome God and He will never leave you alone, and He has known things since time began and He is working mighty miracles.

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you ignite us with passion to serve You even more, and that You remove sicknesses away from all of us, and remove all the burdens and the yokes, that come from living in these evil last days, and that You shower us with Your mercy and Your grace, and do not let us grow weary in well doing, because we know in the end that everything is about You and all this is for You and for Your glory and we ask You to draw near to all of us today, and remove any anger or bitterness, resentment, fear, guilt, shame and insecurites in all of our lives, as we draw close to You as we draw nearer and nearer to You and farther and farther away from the world and it’s wickedness.  Forgive us Lord, for the times we have taken out anger on other people in our times of distress, forgive us Lord for any thoughts that are unpleasing to You, and forgive us Lord for any way that we have not acted and according to Your Word and let us receive the Word with clarity and insight and purpose, and just let us walk away with restoration peace, and bring divine healing to all of Your precious saints, everywhere from the top of their heads to the souls of their feet and let Your glory be shone throughout the Earth Lord God, fasten us to You with the glue of the Holy Spirit.

 

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

What we can learn from the Elder Brother’s mistake in the Prodigal Son Parable

This insight really blessed my heart- Let’s begin at Luke 15 (NKJV):

“11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.”

This young man here signifies the type of the Gentiles, unbelievers, or people living a fleshly and carnal life, what we like to call Carnal Christians.  We know that it is not an unbeliever because it says that the young man has an inheritance.  This prodigal son became hungry for food.  He thought he deserved to eat pods, or the very little that he had, but there was nothing anybody gave him, so that food or (physical, or spiritual food) was very little.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

At this point, he probably thought his father wouldn’t forgive him because of the way he spent his living, and he was really depressed.  All he wanted was food.  This is a contrast to the story of Esau trading his birthright for food.  But yet he denied his true identity and he did not feel worthy to be a son.  How about if your child did something and said “I am no longer worthy to be your child.” It would grieve you, wouldn’t it to think that your child hurts so much that they don’t want to be called your child, that they would rather do chores for you without wanting to have a relationship with you?

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’”

His father was a great way off, meaning far away, and his father saw him and had compassion.  Think about if you have a son that has just come back from the military  wouldn’t you go and feel this ache of compassion and rejoicing that your son had come home alive?    Even if you had an argument before you left you would still be rejoicing because now your son has come back to you.  Just like a person who is the father of a soldier would run and fall and hug and kiss his son, the father ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.  The father was just so happy to see his son to come back that he wasn’t thinking about the way he left and what he did.

22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

Using the military example, a returning soldier always gets a warm welcome from the parents, and this is always the cast.  He brought the beeeeeeeessssssst robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  Basically he just poured out his abundant blessings  and filled him up with (physical food and spiritual food) upon the younger son.  It would be interesting to compare and contrast this parable with Isaac and Esau and Jacob.

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’

I’ve heard people say in some circles (Holy Spirit entertainment, instead of reverential worship) like it’s a bad thing.  Some people are still against dancing.  We are supposed to have JOY in the kingdom of God!!!  Anyway, the elder brother had probably never heard this kind of music before and he wondered what it was.  He was wondering what’s all the commotion.  I guess his life with his father had been pretty boring based on his response.

28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’

Who were supposed to not transgress the commandments?  If you go back to my previous post you’ll find one about that the Hebrews/Jews had to obey all the commandments, the entire Law.  He was pretty much jealous of the joy that the younger brother was receiving, and he said ‘this son of yours’, making it seem like he wasn’t even a brother, but almost used in derogatory sense.  He was thinking, ‘Why did you have to do that for him?  You didn’t do that for me?’  Now take a look at the father’s response.

31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

There is so much meat in this parable.  There are two types of metaphors here, well actually three- there’s the younger brother (Gentiles), and the father (Heavenly Father), and the elder brother (Jews or Law keeping Pharisees/could also typify the people in the Church that have become religious or become mature in their faith).  I know this parable can be taken from many angles, but I want to examine a little bit more the elder brother.

1.  Elder Brother obeyed all the commands

The Jews obeyed all the commands

2.  Elder Brother was jealous of his younger brother

Some people look at the preachers of grace, and think that they have it way too easy, and that there must be some harder way and so when they see their ministries getting blessed, they begin to quickly turn people away from them, when grace preaching brings hope and life to the soul, if it is done properly.

3.  Elder Brother had no empathy:

He had a self-righteous attitude that ‘I am doing better than he does’ he doesn’t deserve something so rich’ and ‘how come my father didn’t do the same thing for me?’  He couldn’t see that his elder brother was lost and now he is found.

After Jesus ended these parables in Luke 16 it says:

14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

“16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.”

God wants to bring upon the pressing Holy Spirit passion into the Church.  I wish there was a way we could hear the texture and tone of Jesus voice when He was reading vs. 17.

I was reading on further in Luke as I was writing, and I feel compelled to share, that if I have caused anyone to stray away from their faith, or have to debate on things which are just basic.  It seems to at times my own faith is shaken, but I trust Jesus that He restores.  We may not understand all that there is in the Bible, but even as we become mature and learn how to treat people that are younger, or people that may be participating in all kinds of sins, to be able to restore them gently, and also to encourage them and build their faith up in Jesus and increase their faith and just love them be patient with them, and be careful of saying things that are going to put fear in people’s hearts.  There might be teachers out there that are trying their best to put the Word out there, but unless they sow good seed, and seed that glorifies Jesus and shows the nature of the Father to love and not to condemn, then the worse it will be for us and for them.  So treat one another with love.  If any of you elder brothers believe that they are correct in their dogma or doctrines, then take a second look and try to really examine your heart and see if these conditions of the elder brothers – whether Jews, or Mature Christians, Messianic Jews, anybody in that believes that they have been obedient to God, and say to yourself, “You that is without sin, cast the first stone.”  Then you will realize that Jesus was the only sinless man, and the everlasting Prince of Peace.  May you have Joy and Peace in your hearts.

For younger brothers, who have been treated badly by “elder brothers”  forgive them, and just lean on Jesus more and more and trust Jesus more and more.  Learn from people like Paul and how He dealt with Judaizers, and learn wisdom from the Bible because it is packed with Truth.  Learn to properly interpret the Bible and study Hebrew and Greek, reread the Parables over and over again to see what kind of Truth they have.  Don’t get stuck in one way of looking at things, but be teachable.  Keep the passion alive that you first had and remember not to lose your first love.

After I have written these things, I want to say that there is a warning for apostates, and people that stray away from the faith and teach things about spirituality that are not based on the Bible, and are basically emphasize a “pseudo-spirit” and “enlightment” that comes from eastern mysticism, that we need to be aware of because they can disguise themselves as Christians, but they really don’t have any Truth in them.  Test the spirits to see if they are from God.

No other name but the name of Jesus

There is a song by this name –

No other name but the name of Jesus

Is worthy of glory

Worthy of honor

Worthy of power and worthy of fame.

Now not to be confused with the Father who is Jehovah or YHWH, Jesus is the Son of God – the reason why there are two separate entities and the best I can describe it is like a body – you have the whole body which is like the Father, and then you have the heart, which is Christ Himself.  The Father was there with His heart ripped out in order make justification for our sins because Christ was slain from the foundation of the world.  How can that be?  Because Christ is outside of time and the Father created time, so everything is in the present as He is concerned.

So there is only ONE WAY – ONLY ONE WAY – ONLY ONE WAY – to get to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ.  What person wouldn’t want to accept someone who gave their life away so that the whole world can life?  He accepts you no matter what you did before you came to know Him, and He still loves you.  Not even the depths of hell can seperate you from the love of God.

There is a very dangerous set of beliefs right now that tie hinduism and Christianity together called New Age.  And then there’s the Interfaith movement, which just accepts everything.  If you accept Jesus You CANNOT ACCEPT EVERYTHING, or else you would make the Word of God null and void, and if you make the Word of God null and void, then there would be nothing redeemable in life because He is after all our sacrifice.  If you have all those “coexist” bumper stickers out there – take out the “t” because the Cross is not in there.  There is no way Christ talked about “coexisting” with other faiths.  He said that Narrow is the Gate and Few are the ones that find it.  He said that there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for those who don’t believe.

hinduism and Christianity cannot coexist.  Any mixing of anything with Christianity is called syncretism, and is not a pure and true and holy faith.  Time is getting short and there is less and less time for people to spread the word out that get ready – JESUS is coming!!!  Jesus is alive and every other “spiritual leader is dead”.  Jesus had to come down as the Son of God and be submissive to reflect the character of humbleness, which He did by washing the disciples feet.

That’s why there had to be a Son, – there had to be a mediator – Job in the Bible cried out for one man – who would intercede between a Father who is holy and whose wrath is so tremense, who had so many rules because He was testing the people to see if they would really obey Him or not, so then He sent Jesus His Son, down to earth.  The thing that makes the Bible credible from the Jewish Tanak and Torah to the New Testament – Greek and Septuagint- is the fact that there is over 500 prophecies that got filled from the time of the Old Testament until now, and maybe even more.  When someone who is not born again reads the Bible – and they are not filled with the Holy Spirit, or have not accepted Christ as their one and only Savior- they will not be able to get the rhema or revelation, that comes from Him through the Bible so to them it will be another book.  The Holy Spirit then guides them to the truth of God’s Word and it brings Life to those who find it.  Before someone becomes born again, their spirit does not belong to God, but to the enemy, and when they receive Christ, their spirit then becomes the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, and it takes complete surrender for the spirit to match up to the Holy Spirit.  They may be good people and consider themselves “righteous”, but their righteousness is like filthy rags to God.  And the only way they get cleansed is through the Blood of JESUS.

Before there was the devil, he was called lucifer and he was an angel of light in heaven with God, he was worship leader and he was very beautiful and what the Bible calls a cherub, and he wanted to be God, and he thought he was more beautiful that God and he exalted himself above the throne and was sent crashing down to the second heaven, where the angels and demons dwell and that is called the second heaven.

There were fallen angels called the sons of God back during the time that Noah was on the earth and they were created to teach righteousness with men, but they corrupted themselves by sleeping with the daughters of men and bearing children and those children became giants.

So then lucifer also called satan tempts Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which God has commanded her not to eat so she eats of it, and gives it to Adam (Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on the planet and they were without sin), and after they ate they became exposed to sin.

The whole Bible is showing about how Jesus had to come down and become the blood offering for the sins of the people.  God chose the Jews as a promise to Abraham and His covenant with Him about Isaac – His covenant was through Isaac and to prove that the Bible is accurate – the Hebrew Torah has been preserved throughout generations and the oral tradition has been carried out from generation to generation.  Isaac was a foreshadowing or something to signify or predict that Jesus was coming.  The whole Bible ties in together and is woven so intricately by the hand of God to show the many different ways and facets of Jesus.  There is still only one God and to explain the Father, Son and Spirit is to use the example of the sun – the sun signifies God, and the Light signifies Jesus, and the heat signifies the Holy Spirit.  But God is not the sun – He is much, much greater than the sun.

The first Commandment which still holds true in the New Testament – is to Have no other gods, statues, idols, or molded images before Him (Jehovah or YHWH)- But even Jesus honored that by being submissive to the Father, everything was done for the will of the Father.

The best thing about Jesus is that He came to forgive sins.  The Father God is not the universe, or any other god of any other religion.  He was only revealed to the Jews first through the Abraham and everything else came from Him.  Everything else is a form of idolatry and people that believe in any form of idolatry will be punished, but the best part is God loves you so much He just wants you to be with Him, and if you don’t accept the gift He gave you out of His heart of deep unconditional love then you will not get to know what an awesome God who is different and like no other god that there is.  There is only One God.  Isaiah 43:10 says there is no other god, there never has been, nor shall there be.

John 3:16 – God loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Only a fool would say in His heart there is no God.

Now I am using an English Word here for “God” – but He is actually called YHWH – which you cannot pronounce, so they call the Father Jehovah in English.  Then there is Adonai and Elohim and many different names of God, which can be found.  But they are all found in the Father – and the Father has not come down in History, only the Son Jesus, and that was once.  The name Jesus is an English name, but His original Hebrew name is Yeshua.  Jesus called Him Daddy, or Abba- which is the Jewish affectionate term or Papa.

Satan is the god of this world, and YHWH is the God of Heaven.  The name Elohim – the Creator of the world, is the name whose English definition causes confusion because it has a double meaning – it can mean God or god, but according to years of rabbinical teachings and translations – the proper context of the words is found.  The scribes had to practice copying the Scriptures down word for word letter by letter for intimate detail and that is why the Law was passed for the season, so that they were allowed to be meticulous so that they could preserve the Word of God.  The term God we actually use now according to Judeo-Christian beliefs is different – the original word was Elohim.  If you really want to get into a study of the meaning of the words of Elohim, then you would have to use a Thayer’s Lexicon or go to Bible College and study that for a long time, and even then unless you are led by the Holy Spirit you could miss the big picture.  It is the word LORD, which is the One True God, the One we have relationship with as Father, and that is JEHOVAH.  The name Yeshua means the “One who saves”, and He is the only One who can save us from our sins.  Hence the name, Savior.

Jesus said, “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE – NO ONE can get to the Father, except through Me.”

So as the time closes…I repeat myself as I have done – to know if there are any other people that haven’t found Jesus yet – or are convinced that there has to be more than one way or even no way.  Then this is my plead to you.  You have been blinded, and it is time to open your eyes to the Truth.

No more rules and regulations

In my walk with God I have been trying to have a balanced perspective and the whole picture.  I don’t want to be on the extreme of either side, but yet show a characteristic of radical life changing walk with Christ in my life.  While I was praying last night, God showed me something in the form of an illustration, taken from real life, and it actually comes in the form of a movie.  That movie is “The Sound of Music”.  The movie is about a woman named Maria who is a nun and she is not fitting in with all the other nuns and just hasn’t learned to be obedient.  Well the Mother of the Abbey (the place where the nuns live together), tells her after praying about it, that it is the will of God for her to leave them and to live in a house and raise seven children for Captain Von Trapp, a man who used to work for the navy.  He had several what you call “governesses” that tried to raise the children, and all of them had run away from the children.  His wife had died several years earlier.

So Maria went on this adventure trying to face whatever was to come to her, but she didn’t know what to expect.  When she got there she met the Captain, he had these whistles, and he did not call his children by name, but by whistle sound, and they were very scared of their father.  At one point Brigitta, one of the girls who I believe if I remember correctly was a pre-teen or an early teenager, was reading a book, and the father took the book and spanked her with it.

They spent some time in the movie showing how strict the father was, but whenever the father wasn’t looking they were rebellious to the governess, Maria, and liked to play tricks on her, to “test” her.  When the father was gone she built up a relationship with the kids, and she had a confrontation with the Captain, and said to him, “they just want to be loved, love them all” about the children.  She also brought music into the home.  In those days music was a lot more pure than it is these days, but point being she restored an actual relationship with the father, instead of all these rules and regulations they were following, but only when the father was around, but they were still pretty rebellious to the governess.   She knew the best way to win them over was with love.  She ended up marrying the Captain and being the kids’ mother.

There are something that I want to point out from this illustration.  Maria used love to repair the relationship of the father with the children where Jesus used love to repair the relationship of God’s people, Jews and Gentiles, to their Father.  Before that He was called LORD, or YHWH, and in some cases even ADONAI, which means Master.  But Jesus wanted to reveal Him as “Abba, Father” or Daddy.  That’s the same thing kids in the movie wanted.  They really wanted to be loved by their father, and they didn’t want to be called by a whistle.  They wanted him to call them by name.  They didn’t want this strict, harsh, stern, authority figure.  They wanted a father who would love them.  Jesus came to restore the Jews relationship, and also bring a new relationship for the Gentiles to the Father, or Daddy who is their God.  He wanted to bring that closeness, and intimacy, that a father has with a child.  I posted in a previous blog entry about “Girls and their fathers” about how the father loves to give good gifts to his children.

There is even a prophetic and an angle of spiritual warfare that can be seen from this illustration.   According to this movie there was the Naval forces of the Third Reich, under Nazi Germany under this time, and they were after Captain Von Trapp.  But fortunately at this point, he was married to Maria and had a love relationship with his children, so they were all able to work as a team because the enemy did come and try to destroy their family.  What ended up is that they were able to escape into the hills after a clever escape plan.  But because the love relationship was restored, they were a lot more effective in escaping the enemy.

So that made me think about, if our walk is rooted and grounded in love for God, neighbors, and ourselves, instead of all these rules and regulations that don’t bring us closer to God, but pull us away from God, won’t that be so much more effective spiritual warriors, and be able to walk with wisdom in the last days?  Someone once said that the Bible is progressive, and that you learn more and more about God through revelation as you go from Old Testament, to New Testament.  We have to change our mindset about God, and even the Heavenly Father.  He is not a cold, distant, stern, authority figure who is waiting and just waiting to judge the people and make them pay for everything they have done (at least for believers).  He is a loving, merciful, gracious, Abba, Father and loving Daddy that wants you to love Him.  Even in the Old Testament it talks about how God wants the people to turn from their wicked ways and just turn to Him.  He just wants them to love Him.

I am going to clarify again the word, “love”, in case you missed it last time.  There are four types of love in the Greek:  Agape, Eros, Phileo, and Storge.  Agape, is the unconditional love that God has for us through Christ, someone put it best – “Agape is the love of an object/person despite the condition of the object of the affection”.  EROS, is the romantic kind of love between the husband and a wife.  Phileo is the love between the brothers and sisters of the church, and the type of love that Jesus said we are to have for our neighbors.  Storge is the love we have for our family members.

After Jesus had resurrected and He had come to meet Peter by the sea, He asked him, to redeem Peter for denying Him, “Do you love/Agape Me?”  Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  Peter said, “Lord, you know I love/Phileo You.”    Then He asked again, “Do you love/Agape Me?”  Peter said yet again, “Lord, you know I love/Phileo You.” Jesus said “Shepherd, (tend) my sheep.”  Then Jesus came down to his level and said, “Do you love/Phileo Me?”  This time Peter was sad, and then Peter said, “You know I do love/Phileo you.”  Then Jesus said “Feed my sheep.”

I think Amplified plays out this passage very well in John 21 –

15When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do–with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Feed My lambs.

    16Again He said to him the second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Shepherd (tend) My sheep.

    17He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, instinctive, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]? Peter was grieved (was saddened and hurt) that He should ask him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.

Jesus was trying to get this Agape, love, a love that is a choice, with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion out of Peter, and I think He is trying to get that out of all of us.  For us to look at the Heavenly Father, who we can talk to as a Daddy.  There is a seeking in this type of relationship.  It is an act of devotion.  It is going after God till you find Him.  It is to yearn and hunt after God.  It is to pour all you have on finding this loving Father in your life.  In the same way that Maria restored the relationship that Captain Von Trapp had with his children.  The same way Jesus was and is trying to change our view and relationship of the Heavenly Father.  Sometimes as Christians we take the Heavenly Father for granted, or because so many of us have an orphaned spirit, we don’t know how to have a relationship with God as our Father.  We thank the Holy Spirit for giving us insight into who the Father is and to Jesus for revealing to us who He is, and lovingly we call him Abba, or Daddy.

If you want to know the descendents of the Von Trapp children are still alive.  They sang beautifully on a television interview I watched.  I didn’t want to disgrace that family name and in putting this posting up I hope it brings honour to the family and to God.