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When Elijah turns into King Ahab

In the book of 1 Kings 18 –

It says beginning at verse 1-

1 Kings 18

Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.

So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly;

For when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land to all the fountains of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, that we lose none of the beasts.

So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went one way and Obadiah went another way, each by himself.

As Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Are you my lord Elijah?

He answered him, It is I. Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And he said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?

10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they said, He is not here, he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they had not found you.

11 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

12 And as soon as I have gone out from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared and revered the Lord from my youth.

13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?

14 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here; and he will kill me.

15 Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, I will surely show myself to Ahab today.

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?

18 Elijah replied, I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following the Baals.

19 Therefore send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of [the goddess] Asherah, who eat at [Queen] Jezebel’s table.

20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.

21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.

22 Then Elijah said to the people, I, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood but put no fire to it. I will dress the other bull, lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it.

24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the One Who answers by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered, It is well spoken.

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one bull for yourselves and dress it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.

26 So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped upon or limped about the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.

28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with knives and lances until the blood gushed out upon them.

29 Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near him. And he repaired the [old] altar of the Lord that had been broken down [by Jezebel].

31 Then Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be your name.

32 And with the stones Elijah built an altar in the name [and self-revelation] of the Lord. He made a trench about the altar as great as would contain two measures of seed.

33 He put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and the wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

35 The water ran round about the altar, and he filled the trench also with water.

36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You, the Lord, are God, and have turned their hearts back [to You].

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!

40 And Elijah said, Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one escape. They seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and [as God’s law required] slew them there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees

43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.

44 And at the seventh time the servant said, A cloud as small as a man’s hand is arising out of the sea. And Elijah said, Go up, say to Ahab, Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.

45 In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel.

46 The hand of the Lord was on Elijah. He girded up his loins and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles].

I want you to take a good look at the characters of Elijah and the characters of King Ahab.  Jezebel was a key woman in the two of these men’s lives, and the woman Jezebel was making it very hard for Elijah to fulfill His calling to do miracles, as he was called to do miracles.  If men that are called to do miracles listen to the wrong women, someone with an Elijah anointing can turn into a King Ahab.

You can read about King Ahab yourself, and he wasn’t all that bad, but he led the nation of Israel toward destruction and Israel is a type and shadow of the Church.

When we let that woman Jezebel – who according to I believe it was “End of the Age by Irvin Baxter” but I could be mistaken.  There was the woman Jezebel who is much different than the one in the end of the Book of Revelation.  It takes a very unChrist-like attitude to blanket anyone who seems to commit fornication into a blanket label as that “Jezebel spirit” because they are two different people, and I am talking about the one in the Old Testament – who was with King Ahab.  This woman had so much control over her husband that she would not let him do anything.  Come on we all know women like that.  They may feel insecure about their womenhood so they become ultrapossessive, but they don’t believe that God has the best plan for their lives.  In essence they rip friendships apart.  The thing is that King Ahab should have known better, he should have known better than to believe Jezebel.  She was not good for him.  Maybe if you were to pick another woman for King Ahab and go back and forth through time and pick out the best woman for King Ahab, not that he needed the best one, but maybe Mary Magdalene, or the woman at the well would have been better.  We really don’t know.

Tyre is the throne where – the enemy dwells.  NOT to be confused with McIntyre or MacIntyre

MacIntyre or Macintyre (Gaelic Mac an t-Saoir) is a Scottish surname, of Gaelic origin,[1] relating to Clan MacIntyre. Its meaning is “Son of the Carpenter”.[1]

  1. ^ a b Harrison, Henry (1969). Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary. 2. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacIntyre

If you really want to read about Gaelic culture I would recommend “Scarlet” by Alexandra Ripley – the book was ok, I didn’t  like it as much as the first one, and looking back I don’t like either one of those books.  Compared to them – Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers were awesome, but not as good as the Osiris Rex Complex, which is the subject I am going to delve into today.

There is the role of men in particular – you can watch out for this in the TV hit series “Do No Harm.” – the doctor has a “multiple personality disorder” – but in this case it is the man who has been taken control of by his wife.  She dominates him, and won’t let him be free to explore the part of him that is a man and is able to have attractive female friends, that may or may not imagine them when they go use the restroom.

It’s not Jezebel’s job to micromanage everything that King Ahab does.  Jezebel was so strong, that Elijah, ran scared.  Imagine you being a friend of King Ahab or Elijah, and talking to Jezebel on the phone, let’s say King Ahab –

“Why do you want to talk to my husband?”

Her intimidating tone just sends you in the opposite direction.  You’ve had one too many altercations with this Jezebel woman.  You want to just throw her under the bus.  You want to tell her that  he being Elijah, that you made the Ezekiel cake, and now she’s just furious that you want to speak to Elijah/King Ahab.  If that makes sense.

So what do you do – you cut the conversation short.  But something has to be done to free King Ahab from Jezebel.  She’s going to ruin the Church.  Plus she’s got the purse strings, she controls the money, and she’s got the power.  She’s very controlling and manipulative.  Which makes you very controlling and manipulative and you are trying to wipe Jesus feet with your tears, and here comes this woman Jezebel trying to make your friend Elijah/King Ahab.  King Ahab was blinded.  He was selfish and ignorant.   If Mary Magdalene had come to Elijah would he have turned her away no, he would have done the right thing.  But King Ahab because he was under control of Jezebel.  He suffered, and his fall was great.  There is a nursery rhyme that goes. –

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horse’s

All the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

So that is a warning for King Ahab not to trust Jezebel.  Plus Mary Magdalene should never have let Jezebel read her blog.  !!!!!!

 

 

Fear God or Fear man?

We are taught in the Bible that Fearing God is a good thing.  We cannot fear God and fear man at the same time.   Psalm 118:6 says the Lord is with me, I will not fear, what can man do to me?

Have you ever felt intimidated by someone?  It may be someone in a position of authority.  It may be your parents.  It may be your boss.  It may be spiritual elders.  Whenever you are around them, you just get so scared that , “what if I do something wrong, or say something wrong, will they get mad at me?”  If you haven’t been that person, then maybe you’re the person who is causing people to be afraid of you by your domineering and controlling nature.

1 Timothy 1:17 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.  But sadly in this world we are confronted with people who we think are giants.  If they are not giants, they may be part of our family or our spiritual family.  There are a lot of Eliab’s and Goliath’s in our lives these days.

28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” 29 But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a [n]question?” 30 Then he turned [o]away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as [p]before.

Have you ever been around some people you around that when you are around them, you try to be honest with them, but after they use their intimidation and control over you and they may become like a bully to you.  You may feel like you cannot stand up to them or you cannot even talk to them because they are so much in control and domineering.  You avoid talking to them because they make you feel really small and insignificant.

David knew who he was and more importantly he knew who God was.  He knew that God would fight his battle for him.  He knew that God had given him strength.  David was rejected by people all the time because he was always praying for deliverance from personal enemies.  Some people are just like the Goliath’s and the Eliab’s and that’s part of their personality.  It’s called a choleric personality because they are very directive and strong.

But the Bible says we wage war not against the flesh and blood, but principalities and rulers in high places, and we must must must know who God is and I mean who He really is and what His nature is like if we are ever to be able to have victory in our lives.

We must know that God is a God of power and there is nothing that man can do to you if God is on your side.  We must put the proper perspective about respecting authority and being controlled by fear and intimidation because fear and intimidation is not from God.  There are times when people will be strict with you, but there are times that you must be able to stand up for yourself and give a logical answer for what you believe and if they still don’t understand then you leave it up to God for them to understand.  You let God have control and let Him take over because there is no use in worrying about what people do to you.  People are only human and if you fear people more than God then you are making an idol out of them.  You have to think about what dominates your thoughts most of the time.  Is it Jesus or is it this one person that has just been treating you or other people the wrong way.

Let me take some time to tell you about Jesus – He is loving –

He loves you so much He gave His life for both you and me.

He is joyful – He rejoices at every soul that comes to Him even the lost.

He is patient – He is patient to see everyone come to him.

He is kind – He speaks tenderly and kindly with speech seasoned with salt and grace that supplies every need.

He is peaceful – His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and He wants you to have nothing but peace in your life, but it is not as the world gives.

He is good – His goodness is shown throughout the Gospels because of His nature, He was always good to people.

He is gentle- He is the perfect gentleman and especially through the Holy Spirit which He provides.

He is meek, so humble to even wash the disciples feet

He is faithful – The Bible says He is faithful even when we are faithless

He is self-controlled – meaning that He disciplines Himself in all that He does.

The same thing can be said of the Father,

The Father is loving, It is through His love that we received salvation

The Father is patient – He also does not want to see a single soul lost

The Father is kind – The Father is kind to His children, which is shown through the parable of the Prodigal Son

The Father is joyful – He is joyful at what your heart thinks of His goodness

The Father is peaceful – He is Jehovah Shalom the Prince of Peace

The Father is good – I want to stop here and take some closer look at the Father’s goodness –

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.- Psalm 27:13 – unless we see the Father as good then we will be despaired.  This has been lost on people.  They think that the Heavenly Father is mad at them or is angry with them.  That is not His intention.  He doesn’t want you to think that He is angry with you.  He loves you.  He sent His Son to die for you.  He is angry with the world for their sins, and He hates sin, but He doesn’t hate the person.  He is a God of justice, if you have been doing the right things in life then He is not mad at you.   Even if you do sin, if you honestly repent (turn around) from that sin after you’ve accepted Jesus then He’ll accept you with open arms.

Have you ever been around people, and they would tell you “don’t touch me, you’re disgusting?”  The Untouchables in India are treated as third world people and as disgusting because they are of a lower class of people.  With God there is no lower class of people.  When God got angry in the Old Testament, He got angry at the injustices in the Old Testament, and even today if you treat people unjustly then God gets angry and He gets offended and He his wrath go out on people who do severe injustices to man kind for those who are not under the Blood.

People have been lost on how tremendously good God is and how great He is.  How He cares for us intricately and intimately and deeply and with great knowledge of us and great compassion for us.  It is in this sense we have to magnify God.  We have to magnify His goodness in our lives.

The Father’s gentleness is shown through His spirit which is so gentle kindling our hearts with a quiet and calm affection and tender lovingness which He so bestows upon us.

The Father and Jesus are one, everything that is in Jesus is also in the Father and everything in the Father is also in Jesus and in that we have the Holy Spirit who kindles our heart with affection and love so that we may experience the fullness of our being.  There is only one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and it is not God.  God came that you may have life and more abundantly.

After we have first realized all these things about God, then we can realize how Holy He is.  He is so Holy that if you’ve ever been near the sun, then you know it will just burn you alive, but that’s why through His Word and by His Spirit we have been shown the characteristics of God.

13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

I want to get to 1 Corinthians 13 before I get to something else:

Love is patient-   Are we patient with people sinning against us?  Are we patient with infirmities?  Are we patient with waiting for God (this is a process and doesn’t happen overnight), love is kind (Are we kind to people, even when they are wrong?  Or they may be wallowing in self-pity or going off the wrong track, will we still restore them kindly?  Do we provoke fear of us or do we provoke fear of God in the person.  And is not jealous – are we jealous of where someone has gotten with God.  We should not be jealous, because that means we don’t love our selves and take for granted our blessings.

Love does not brag and is not arrogant- Do we keep telling people of our accomplisments over and over and over again or do we just say, it was God and not me, does not act unbecomingly- do we act with good manners, and I’m not talking about using the right fork at the dinner table.  It does not seek its own- do we expect things from people for ourselves?

Is not provoked- Do we get angry at all the little things and don’t take into consideration God’s goodness?,

Does not take into account a wrong suffered,- This may be the hardest thing and a very difficult thing and it may be a struggle for very very very many people especially believers who should no better but often we find ourselves caught in the traps of bitterness because of something someone has said to us and the way they have treated us over and over again.  Forgiveness is what we are commanded to do but when all we see is our hurt and our pain and all we have to hold on to then it becomes difficult to let go and then once we have let go it may be a long time afterwards to deal with the side effects of unforgiveness on our bodies.    Does not rejoice in unrighteousness- Here’s a key – if you know you’re doing something wrong but you don’t enjoy doing it then that means that there is still something of value in you, but if you rejoice when you know you are doing something wrong (and I’m not talking about eating that chocolate cake) then that means you’ve grown.  But rejoices with the truth- The Truth makes you free.  We must be careful not to get so spiritual that we are not able to meet the needs of the people around us.  We need to wear spiritual bifocals.  One side to see man’s weaknesss and the other side to see God’s perspective because if you don’t then you are in danger of being self-righteous and having pride set in.  Bears all things, believes all things or believes the best of every person, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of [c] prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I [d]became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror [e]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the [f]greatest of these is love.

God’s holiness is like the sun, you get near it you can get burned, it is the totality of his being.  His power is greater than that of electricity.   God has not given us a spirit of fear – that means to fear man, but of power to overcome, of love which is the most painful thing in this life, and a sound mind, which comes when you have the assurance that God will not let you go or forsake you or leave you alone.  That God is with us all the time and all the time He is good.

We must not let this intimidating spirit operate in our lives, and we must restore God’s good name and His goodness back to His believers.

 

The difficult task of knowing when not to speak

In the Bible the book of James talks about how we are to bridle our tongues.  It says how can blessings and cursings come out of the same mouth and that the tongue is uncontrollable.  Jesus said to have our speech be seasoned with salt.

There was an experience that happened with my relative a while back.  I said something where I basically just stuck my foot in my mouth, which is just an expression for saying the wrong thing, and she gave me the silent treatment for a long time.  She was an unbeliever so she had not grasped the concepts of forgiveness, but in the process she taught me a very important lesson, which as of late I seemed to have forgotten.  In the process she taught me how to respect her and to be sensitive what I say to her.  I loved my relative and I did not want her to be mad at me and hoped that she would eventually forgive me and she did.  God is the same way and His anger can be kindled so much more, but sometimes we don’t realize that.  We kind of take Him for granted and not give Him the respect that He deserves.  Sometimes we don’t give God the same respect we give to other people, and even when we are mad at other people, we don’t give them the respect not to talk about them behind their back.  I know my relative can have a bad temper at times, but God can have a temper too.  I knew my relative loved me, but she was just angry with me for awhile.  God is the same way.

Isaiah 54 says,

“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.

I know we should never do anything to make God mad at us, and we should never never never do that, but if in the current moment we may think that God is mad at us, it is ok, because He still loves us, and it says that He chastens those He loves.  If He loves you He chastens you.  He is not going to stay angry forever.  He may just distance Himself from you for awhile for one to see how much you will go after Him, and how much you will realize the way you hurt him, and how He feels about the situation.  We are so caught up in how we feel about what’s going on in our lives.  We are so concerned with all the circumstances, and our reactions to it, that we forget that God has a heart too, and we need to be sensitive to it, and not try to dishonor it.  I’m not saying we’ll be perfect all the time, but through life we’ll learn lessons, and learn how to trust Him, and how to depend on Him, so that we can learn how to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God.  So even during these times if it seems like your walking through darkness, or that it may seem like there are no answers, God is still there, and He’s still waiting for you to turn around.  He’s waiting to pick up all the pieces of your broken life.  He’s there to restore the damage that’s been made out of your life and to give you beauty for ashes.

Sometimes when we speak out of anger or frustration or because we just don’t know how to handle the situation we are facing, and we haven’t exactly learned how to keep our tongue under control, there will be times when we’ll be reminded of what God feels like.  We don’t like it when people are frustrated and angry with us, so then when shouldn’t be angry or frustrated with God for all the things going on.  He’s in control, and so many times in our lives we’ve tried to take control and not to submit to authority, and not to discipline ourselves in various areas.  I am not even saying that I have mastered anything in application in my life, but it’s only through the grace of God that I am able to share with you all on this journey.  We need to stop beating ourselves up for our mistakes and even the things we may say out of our mouths, but before we do that we need to take time to think and make decisions on how we are going to try to work on improving our attitudes.  We get so caught up in religious activities that we don’t actually take time to think and see how we are going to apply all that we have learned in the Bible.  We have to pray, and read the Word of God, but on days when it may be even hard to get out of bed in the morning then we need to know what kind of power we have waiting inside of us to make life for us, and how we can take Biblical examples of guarding our mouth, and ask us to show us His heart.  How many days would you like to go without God speaking to you?  Not very long I’d suppose.  So in that time more than really praise or worship or any other thing that we’ve tried to seek God with, we need to ask God, and to think how we can change our mindset.  It’s one thing to read the Word of God as just words, stories, and narratives, but it’s another thing to make it an application.  Start with one thing and then see what else you can improve on.  Some people that have an issue with their mouth, like gossiping have an issue with forgiveness, which is an area where we ALL need to work on.  If you have mastered the area of forgiveness then you are miles high then most of us Christians.  Most Christians are biting each other’s heads off all the time, and it’s so sad in the Church.  There are times when we’ve had people we respected lie to us, and we forget that we’ve lied ourselves, so that needs forgiveness.  We’ve had people come and say the  wrong thing at the wrong time and not shown compassion towards us, but then we fail to see how we’ve not been compassionate toward them in their hour of need.  There was a song by Mariah Carey called, Love takes time, which I don’t usually condone of secular music, but there are songs out there that really speak to me.  It goes something like “Love takes time to heal when you’re hurting so much”  Depending on what has happened in your life and how you’ve gone through life, I’m sure you’ve had to learn how to forgive and may be still learning when not to speak.

Sometimes when we at our weakest moments, we just say things, and we can all learn a lesson from Jesus when He was on trial he just was silent, and they didn’t like it, because they wanted Him to say something to convict Himself.

There was a story of a television show where there was a man who was in jail and when he was in jail, they would question him, and all he did when they questioned him he kept silent.  I think there was a Biblical principle behind that somewhere.

There’s always wisdom in knowing when not to speak and to speak.  So we should learn the principle of when to keep silent.  There’s another secular song called “Enjoy the Silence”.  We must choose words carefully, and when we are not perfect, then we should keep things to ourselves.

 

No Condemnation in Christ for Genuine Believers who walk after the Spirit

I want to sincerely apologize for any of my posts that have brought a sense of condemnation to anyone.  It was not my intention and I realized that I was trying to do Jesus’ job by trying to separate the wheat from the tares myself, when only He can do it.  At the same time, Ezekiel 3 says that if we don’t warn a person of their sins we will die with their blood on our hands.   Having the calling of a teacher of God’s Word is a heavy task, and as it says in James 3 that it should be entered into with wisdom, but we are all learning the profound truths of God’s Word, and more and more about Jesus everyday.  If anyone else does not get this word I will get it for myself, and I really need it.

Sometimes in the Christian walk we go through times of condemnation, where we are so hard on ourselves, and beat ourselves up, and refuse to accept the redemption of the Blood Covenant that Jesus died to give.  We are plagued with these lies that we are these sinners that are so unclean and so vile that God does not want to approach us because He is so holy.  It is true that He is holy and He hates sin, but the Blood of Jesus has redemptive power to cleanse us from all sin.  We are thoroughly washed in the Blood of the Lamb.  But there are times when we sin, and that’s when repentance comes into picture, but it’s the learning of repentance that is what it’s all about.  ACTS 11:18 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Repentance is not saying “I am not worthy to be loved by You.  I am a reject.  I am an outcast.  I am a nobody.  I am so dirty.”  No, not by any means.  Repentance is about realizing who God is and His goodness, that He is merciful and that He loves you, and He loves you so much that He would give His life for you so that you wouldn’t have to be in pain.  He gave His life up for you so as not to see you cry in agony and feel like a reject or outcast.  When Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Pharoah, he said, “I am a poor speaker, what if they don’t listen to me?”  He didn’t have confidence in who he was, and who God was that would enable him to speak the words that God had given him out of his mouth.  He doubted who he was, and he was the meekest man or the most humble man, or so it’s said.  But let me tell you who was the personfication of humbleness and that was Jesus who washed the disciples feet and at another time He announced His ministry boldly by declaring Isaiah 61 before the congregation.  Jesus knew who He was and as believers in Christ, we must know who we are.  We must know that despite everything, we are more than conquerors than Christ.

We are sometimes living like chickens when are born an eagles.  If an eagle is around chickens long enough and especially if it’s been there all it’s life, it will start to believe it’s a chicken, when it’s actually an eagle.  So many of us have become chickens, but instead we should be eagles.

We must also fight the good fight of faith.  Believe me there is someone out there who wants to make you into a puddle saying, “Lord, I don’t know if I can follow this Law or obey You completely.  I am a worthless sinner, and there is no way You will accept me into Your kingdom.  I am a lost cause.  Just forget about me.  I am beyond help.”  Until you are so much into a pit of despair that you can’t even begin to see Jesus even if you read the Bible so many times.  You may start out with a level of faith, which is the measure of faith, but that faith has to expand and grow and if it doesn’t then that’s when condemnation sets in.  When you have condemnation you are no good to anybody.  You can’t pray for others because you feel like you are worthless.  You can’t read the Word of God because you think that God is going to fry you because you feel like you won’t have the promise of eternity waiting for you.  Sometimes self-pity even creeps in and says, why don’t you just give up, but you see, friends, that this is all a fight.  It is a fight to the finish because it is a race that we run and we want to make it to the end.  Condemnation can happen to any believer at any time even those who through their spiritual walk have an intimacy with the Lord, but something about not knowing who God is and the Good News of His Kingdom causes you to lose hope and become discouraged in your souls.  When you begin to believe that everything around you has to change for you to experience joy then something needs to change.

The repentance for the Gentiles leads to life.  Jesus died so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  This doesn’t mean having a huge house, many cars, an air plane, and material possessions- those things are an added benefit, but what’s really important is the quality of the life that emanates from spirit to soul to body.  When we experience condemnation sometimes our souls become grieved and we don’t know how to make peace with God and trust who He is.  We become overburdened with guilt to the point that we can’t take it anymore.  This is what happened to Judas, he couldn’t take what he had done to Jesus.  I’m not calling you a Judas.  I’m just saying that we don’t want to get to that point.  We want to be set free.  That’s why Paul was teaching so much about the Law.  Here’s what  he said in 1 Timothy 1:

5My goal in giving you this order is for love to flow from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith. 6Some people have left these qualities behind and have turned to useless discussions. 7They want to be experts in Moses’ Teachings. However, they don’t understand what they’re talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently.

8We know that Moses’ Teachings are good if they are used as they were intended to be used. 9For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. 10Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings. 11Moses’ Teachings were intended to be used in agreement with the Good News that contains the glory of the blessed God. I was entrusted with that Good News.

His purpose in saying all these things that he did in the epistles was so that he could set free the conscience of the believers with a pure and sincere heart to those that were doing things that were not according to the ways of God.  Now certain people will put slime on my head just there. For those with heightened understanding will know what I am talking about.

For believers with a pure and sincere heart that follow God and that want to do what He says, and want to walk in His ways, and do not want to grieve Him, then there is no condemnation for them.  Jesus became sin, so why should we have to take it?  Why should we have to carry the burden of sin- those of us who believe in Him?

There are distinctions that have to be made though between Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other apostates who have strayed away from the true teachings of God’s Word.  The indisputable facts are Jesus was born of virgin, that He died on a cross, was buried, and rose again the third day.  Those things are vital.  If you believe those you have what it takes to build your faith.  Faith is not just a head knowledge, but it is a heart transformation that also presents itself with power.

Romans 8 says –

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has 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 did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to 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, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The same verses in God’s Word Translation:

1So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. 3It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. 4Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards.

5Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. 6The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. 7This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. 8Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God. 9But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature.

Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval.11Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

Even though Romans here is talking about the carnal or corrupt nature of man and the appetites of the flesh,  if you have a bad day and you eat a piece of chocolate cake, ice cream, or have a little bit too much chicken tikka masala or lamb curry, God does not want you to feel so bad about it that you go into an eating disorder just to prove a point that you want to honor Him.  God knows you.  God knows you so well.  He knows you so well that He knows what sin you were going to do when you do it.  Yes it was wrong for Eve to listen to the serpent and eat of that forbidden fruit, and it was wrong for Adam to pass blame onto Eve, but what’s even worse, is that they hid from God’s Presence.  He was right there and they didn’t run to Him because they didn’t feel worthy.  He had come to accept them.  He had come to accept them with open arms, but yet it in turn they ran because they were so scared.  God loves you so much, He gave His life after you.

There’s always a way out for every sin.  Every sin has a way out through the Blood Covenant of Jesus as long as you don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit.  If you do it out of ignorance it’s ok, but if you do it intentionally when you know it’s not right because out of the wrong motive of the heart then that’s something else.

This whole time on earth throughout history God is looking for people who will love Him whole heartedly and will seek after His heart.  To yearn after His beauty and His majesty.  He doesn’t want people to be dismayed and discouraged.  But He wants people to repent and to receive forgiveness out of true humility.

But at the same time there is a warning because the times of the birth pangs are coming, and this is a time when people begin to see God’s judgments to come upon the Earth in the forms of natural catastrophes, and those are the times to trust God.  Because when you come down to it, all you have is Jesus, and you have to know that you have Jesus and He loves you and He doesn’t want to see you hurt.

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you touch the hearts of the people and let them see what a loving and kind and merciful Father you are to them.  Heal the Orphaned spirit, and the spirit of rejection upon the believer’s lives.  Give them life and and life more abundantly.  Give them hope and hope for the everlasting.  Cause them to surrender to You completely and totally to Your will and let them know the plan and purpose You have for their lives.  Cause them to see the light of Your Truth, and give them fresh rhema everyday.  Cause them to see everything beautiful about You.  Let them see that they are loved beyond measure, and that even for unbelievers Your heart reaches out to them so that they may receive the Truth that Jesus died for our sins.  Forgive us Lord if we have strayed away from Your Spirit today, and bring us back to Your fold so that we may see the beauty of Your majesty.  Forgive us Lord if we have not obeyed.  Cleanse us with Your blood today and create in us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within Your precious saints who long to follow You.  Grant us all wisdom and encouragement and hope to see the everlasting and eternal hope and salvation we have in You.  I thank You for the special anointing You have given me to preach this Word, and may it bring life to those who hear it.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Dangers of Pride

Before you look at someone else and say, “Hey, they have pride,”  or you look at the people of the Bible and their destruction because of their pride, take some time to examine your own heart, and see if there is any pride in your own heart.

There are many factors that lead to pride, one of them is selfishness, and another is judgmental, critical nature.

I’ll start with the judgmental, critical nature.  The judgmental and critical nature starts with insecurity. We don’t like how we feel about ourselves because we don’t see what God sees in His eyes when He looks at us.  We see the icky lies that the enemy has been provoking us to believe about ourselves, but then we start to believe them after they have been repeated over and over and over again in our heads like a record player.  When you begin  the Christian walk you are supposed to build yourself up in the faith by a church that supports the growth that you have by feeding you with the Word of God, and you also have to begin to build a relationship with God yourself.  But somewhere down the line, we begin to think, ok, “I know it all”  and we begin to judge people for the things we don’t like about our old selves.  Someone once said that godly men may try to have a conversation with an evil man and they will have nothing to talk about because [my interjection here] – they have no common language.  At some point all of us begin to become judgmental and critical in nature, and it takes a real life transforming experience with Jesus, and the Word of God, to change us.  When we think we have reached a certain of level of “maturity” and of “holiness”, then we will be knocked down a few blocks because we know that we really don’t know it all, but it is God who warns of this pride.  That’s why He says in Isaiah, “My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, and My ways higher than your ways.”

This pride of lucifer was shown in Isaiah 14 –

For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

So it is very dangerous to get like that.  So before you go and think that “lucifer had pride, but I don’t have pride” that may be prideful itself because a humble person will never admit that they are humble.  There’s a difference between knowing who you are [in Christ], and speaking that with boldness like Jesus did, and showing false humility, which I am not going to go into because I don’t think I can even wrap my mind around that one. But basically we don’t know it all, and only God does.  We can learn from all of the anointed teachers of God’s Word,if they are truly sticking to God’s Word, but if they are not then we should look at ourselves, and say, “have I led anyone astray?  Have I led them down the wrong path?  Have I made them feel condemned?”  “Those that judge others, in the same measure you will be judged” Jesus says, and He also says, “Why do you look at the speck in the other person’s eye and do not see the plank in your own eye, first remove the plank in your own eye then you will clearly be able to see the speck in the other person’s eye.”

Let’s pause there for a second…Ask yourself, which areas am I struggling with the most in my relationships with people?  What don’t I like about people?  For me I don’t like it when people teach unbiblical doctrine, or doctrine that is opposed to what I have been taught, and when people condemn others with the Word of God, and so I need to say, Lord, where do You want me to change in this area?

Also another thing that you should do is ask Lord, if I am not acting out of Agape Love, then help me, teach me, show me the way.  In this sense I am using the term unconditional.  Are you still going to love the person despite what they do no matter how much they offend you?  That is something to think about.   IF YOU’RE NOT THERE YET IT’S OK – DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT IT.  One of the things that needs to be discussed is the difference between loving yourself, selfishness, and pride.

Loving yourself, means loving the person that God created you to be in the image of God, with the spirit of God dwelling inside of you.

Selfishness is a fleshly – and when I say fleshly I don’t mean body, but the sinful nature of man – attitude which feeds on which sinful nature of man in the oldself,  and obsesses about how to meet your own needs to the point that you don’t think about or care about or live for others, but it’s all about you, and what you want, and what you need.  We all have certain areas of life where we are a little bit selfish because we still are tempted to sin, but the more we line up with the Holy Spirit, the more we will not be able to, and the GOOD NEWS IS GOD FORGIVES US IF WE DO ACT SELFISHLY BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT’S NOT THE NATURE HE PUT IN US. (The ones who are sincere born again believers)

Pride is exalting yourself above God, and saying that you are better than God and that you know better than God and that you can control your life better than He can and it also has to do with thinking that you are better than anyone else.

A judgmental nature and pride is detestable to God.  If we don’t want to see judgment in the last days, then don’t judge.  If we don’t want see ourselves crumble and eat grass like Nebuchadnezzar did in the last days then submit and surrender to God.

Sometimes we have issues of receiving forgiveness and forgiving and that is rooted in insecurity about ourselves.  We can’t see the good in others because we can’t see it in ourselves.  We may love God, but unless we truly see that God loves us and created usin His image and when we received Christ, we took on the nature and characteristics of Christ [righteousness, holiness, perfectness] then we have a flawed perspective and that perspective needs to be dealt with.  You can learn all this in head knowledge and you can read the Bible all you want that true heart transformation then you will have to put on the right lens of perspective.  There are teachers that can give you a proper lens and perspective that can help you see the Light of Christ and what it means by True Christ Like Love, and then there are others who will always look down on people who are less than they are and deem them, “not worthy” of our attention.

It’s very hard these days to see Christians who behave like Paul did, who was not carnal at all, but also treated people with love, respect and care for the sheep and rich in the wisdom in the grace of God, but then there is Jesus who is our perfect example, our perfect witness of the Holy Spirit.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible talks about how Paul in his person may seem weak and limited because of physical infirmities, but in his writing he is bold.  Many times that’s the way I feel.  In person you may not be able to see the same thing that you see in my writing.

How do we rectify this problem?  We put our focus on the Lord, and move in whichever way the Lord leads us.  The Lord moves us in mighty ways, but we don’t need to feel guilty about anything that we do because the Lord loves us tremendously and He is just waiting for us to come to Him with our problems.  We need to run to Him.  Remember He knows us better than we know ourselves.

My apologies to you

As I am looking at the way I harbor unforgiveness I came to the realization that I may have hurt someone in some way maybe through this blog, or have shaken someone’s confidence in the LORD or deterred them away from a deeper relationship with God.  If I have done that then I am truly sorry and that was not my attention.  I don’t want anyone that I blog to – to have a spirit of condemnation, but to know that God loves you and He will work with you to change.  I want to use my experiences to build you up, to encourage you, to uplift you…and I only try to rebuke someone when I know the lesson is worth learning.  Thank you guys for the support during this blog.  I am working on the breastplate of righteousness, and part of that is forgiveness.  I learned today that some of the things that people don’t forgive is what they have been guilty of themselves, so I want to say I am sorry for having anyone’s feelings hurt.  I am going through some refining processes and God has been working on some of my heart issues.  Sometimes I even feel like a hypocrite from time to time because I’ll say something one way and that I’ll go and do the exact opposite, but I am still learning.  Thanks to God for His abundant Mercy and Grace even though I fail, He still picks me up and dusts me off so we can continue to run the race together.

When rejection and strife has taken root

There are times in our lives when people whether intentionally or unintentionally have done something to offend or abuse us and we don’t know how to get rid of that pain.  Many times that pain manifests into physical sicknesses, and leads to things like heart problems, and just makes the condition of our bodies even worse.  One of the most profound Scriptures in the Word of God, is when Peter asks Jesus, “How many times should we forgive someone? Seven times?” Jesus says that we are supposed to forgive someone “seventy times seven” or 490 times.  That doesn’t mean that if they have done something to us 490 times, that we just stop forgiving them.

Sometimes it takes getting out of our own soul and flesh to kind of get a different angle of looking at something.  We must examine the facts and determine is this really what the other person did to me, or did I just perceive it that way.  The problem is instead of Christ being the center of our own lives, we have become the center of our own lives so when someone hurts we don’t see what we have contributed to that situation either in our own thought life, attitudes of our heart, or even how our own mind perceived a painful situation.

Granted that no one has the right to abuse you over and over again, but sometimes like Jesus said we have to, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.”  Many offenses happen between believers and these are the most dangerous kinds because we are in essence one body and when we hurt one another it’s like hitting ourselves over the head with a heavy book trying to give ourselves a concussion.

I used to when I was younger and hurt and when I felt unloved at one time, hit myself on the head with a book that was about a thousand pages hard cover because I just didn’t like myself and I didn’t think that anyone could sympathize.  God doesn’t want us hurting ourselves.  When you get a cut, you put ointment on it and a bandaid and let it heal, but many people sit there and let the wound get infected by not getting it treat properly.

Some of these wounds are bigger than a bandaid to heal, some of these wounds are so big, that it takes the mighty awesome power of the Holy Spirit to come it and clean it out.  One thing that we have to realize is that no one is perfect – NOBODY except for Jesus and God doesn’t expect us to be perfect.  One of the problems is when we do something to grieve the Holy Spirit, then we feel it deep with in our soul and then it gets manifested to our bodies.  Once it’s in our bodies it’s hard to get out.  You may have that sour feeling in your stomach and if it festers it can lead to an ulcer and if you don’t learn to let things go and forgive and lay aside the burden and the pain, but not in your own power, but in the power that the Lord has in his ever so abundant grace and make peace with Holy Spirit.

The greater you hurt, they greater your destiny.  The greater you suffer, the greater your destiny.  The problem is that that satan is scared of what you could possibly do so he wants to make you fear and doubt and worry and panic, be bitter, resentful, depression, discouraged, in rejection and in strife.

Some people don’t talk about their problems to the person that hurt them continually.  Some people just let it fester silently while they are sweet to them, trying to earn brownie points with them and God, but on the inside they are saying, “You really hurt me.”  “Why did God allow this to happen to me?”  They seethe on the inside and never confront the situation and are tormented on the inside and they are around people which the confide in who just make matters worse.  They gossip about these people because they are hurt and insecure on the inside and sometimes after someone has hurt them so many times, and the other person may not even be aware of what or how they did it, something inside them breaks, and they put up a wall of self-protection saying, “I will never let anyone hurt me anymore.  I will never let anyone get close to me anymore.”  They hold on to the hurt and they let it fester.  Nothing is more unpleasant than a festering wound.

When I was in the hospital I got a bed sore.  It didn’t hurt at first.  It kind of itched, but then it became a wound.  The doctors had to go and clean out the wound and the pus in the wound and it took months for it to heal.  It took daily treatment to heal and it had a scar.  It is similar to when Jacob wrestled with God, and God bruised his hip, and made him limp as a reminder of the experience.  We have to let the Holy Spirit apply treatment to the wound, and allow Him to help.  He wants to help us, but sometimes the wound has become so deep that it has actually become a tree of rejection.

Dr.  Caroline Leaf says in her book, “Who switched off my brain?”, that when people have negative thoughts and experiences it leads to toxic emotions and they have to replace that tree in the brain with another tree of life, which starts with forgiveness.  When we have this toxic emotions they make us sick and we cannot hold on to them.  We have to learn to let them go or they are forever seared into our subconscious, and they take root in our hearts and bodies.  Sometimes when we have these roots we feel sick to our stomach, or feel dread, and it is just like poison eating us up inside.

I can’t say that I have gotten to that point yet in my life where there aren’t any roots of rejection and strife in my life, but one thing I am learning is that you have to not judge others unless you be judged.  Sometimes we are so afraid of eternal judgment because we are judgmental ourselves.  If we have grace in our hearts, the grace of Christ, then we have nothing to fear in the day of judgment, because the Word says, “perfect love casts out fear”  so that we may have boldness in the day of judgement.  The main issue is love.  Love is what repentance is what love is all about.  When we love people and have high expectations of people and they hurt us, then that puts a sear in our hearts and we are afraid to love again.  We are afraid to be wounded again.  We don’t want to venture out and show unconditional love to someone just to have our hearts trampled on over again.  We want to be unbreakable and strong, but God doesn’t use the strong vessels, He uses the weak and foolish things of this world to confound the strong and the wise.  He uses the rejected people and the outcasts and He takes them under His wings and He covers them with His loving arm because He is El Shaddai, ever nurturing One.  Sometimes it takes coming to that place and saying, “I don’t understand what’s going on, and why I am in this mess, but I trust You God.”  Sometimes it may be that God is testing us just like He tested Job saying to satan, “There is no one like my servant Job, who is faithful.”  Sometimes we listen to people around us and they get us all messed up just like it did for Job and instead of going to God and just really being who we are when we are with Him, and stop trying to pretend to be holy and righteous and just saying, “I am a sinner and I know I might be wrong in what I am thinking, please help and change me.”

There are times when nothing works to change your circumstances, and you have been praising God all day and nothing seems to “work” that’s when you have come to know that God says, “Not right now,”  and you just have to wait on his timing.  One of the best things we can do in life is forgive others and receive forgiveness.  That it is the true spirit of Christmas because forgive means – for give.