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Reality Check: Am I In Christ Jesus??? (Part 1)

Sabaoth Spring 2022

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER -The Eternal Purpose

The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2: Our Freedom From Sin.

PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God                                                                           Section F -THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

 

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Reality Check: Am I In Christ Jesus??? (Part 1)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

God is not out to reform our life. It is not His thought to bring it to a certain stage of refinement, for it is on a totally wrong plane. On that plane He cannot now bring man to glory. He must have a new man; one born anew, born of God. Regeneration and justification go together.

He That Hath The Son Hath The Life

There are various planes of life. Human life lies between the life of the lower animals and the life of God. We cannot bridge the gulf that divides us from the plane above or the plane below, and the distance that separates us from the life of God is vastly greater than that which separates us from the life of the lower animals.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his

Watchman Nee in trying to explain the choice that confronted Adam  in his book The Normal Christian Life, gave this illustration:

In China one day I called on a Christian leader who was sick in bed, and whom, for the sake of this story, I shall call Mr. Wong’ (though that was not his real name). He was a very learned man, a Doctor of Philosophy, and one esteemed throughout the whole of China for his high moral principles, and he had long been engaged in Christian work. But he did not believe in the need for regeneration; he only proclaimed a social gospel.

When I called on Mr. Wong his pet dog was by his bedside, and after speaking with him of the things of God and of the nature of His work in us, I pointed to the dog and inquired his name. He told me he was called Fido. Is Fido his Christian name or his surname?’ I asked (using the common Chinese terms for personal name’ and family name’). Oh, that is just his name’, he said. Do you mean that is just his Christian name? Can I call him Fido Wong?’ I continued. Certainly not!’ came the emphatic reply. But he lives in your family’, I protested,

Why don’t you call him Fido Wong?’ Then, indicating his two daughters, I asked Are your daughters not called Miss Wong?’ Yes!’ Well then, why cannot I call your dog Master Wong?’ The Doctor laughed, and I went on: Do you see what I am getting at?

Your daughters were born into your family and they bear your name because you have communicated your life to them. Your dog may be an intelligent dog, a well-behaved dog, and altogether a most remarkable dog; but the question is not, Is he a good or a bad dog? It is merely, Is he a dog? He does not need to be bad to be disqualified from being a member of your family; he only needs to be a dog.

The same principle applies to you in your relationship to God. The question is not whether you are a bad man or a good man, more or less, but simply, Are you a man? If your life is on a lower plane than that of God’s life, then you cannot belong to the Divine family. Throughout your life your aim in preaching has been to turn bad men into good men; but men as such, whether good or bad, can have no vital relationship with God. Our only hope as men is to receive the Son of God, and when we do so His life in us will constitute us sons of God.’ The Doctor saw the truth, and that day he became a member of God’s family by receiving the Son of God into his heart.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2)

For there to be “no condemnation’“ it is essential  (a must) to be in Christ Jesus – ALIVE UNTO CHRIST (In Spirit)

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (Romans 8:3-4)

IN WHOM CAN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW BE FULFILLED??????

These are the questions we will be looking at in this two-part series on Reality Check that shows that the righteousness of the law cannot possibly be fulfilled in the non-Christian :

Am I In Christ Jesus???

BORN AGAIN OR NOT – Is there really anything like a “carnal Christian”????

Prayer:

Father let your Holy Spirit be with us to open the hardest parts in us to flow with the milk of kindness. Let the power of your Holy Spirit energise the inner man of each and every one of us to the point that it breaks every yoke that is not of you so that the inner man of each and every one of us starts to yield the fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Lord, as this attributes are limited to the extent of our human tolerance, compassion, and maturity, let the Holy Spirit take total and pre-eminent control of the inner man of each and every one of us and let the inner man of each and every one of us take total and pre-eminent control of each one’s body, soul, spirit, will, emotions and intellect; that there may be an endless supply of this fruits as we surrender to the Spirit’s work in our lives and allow the shaping of our characters by your grace,

Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ; for he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let the each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

NO CONDEMNATION!!! With The Normal Christian Way of Life  (Part 2)

Sabaoth Spring 2022

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER -The Eternal Purpose

The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2: Our Freedom From Sin.

PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God                                                                           Section F -THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

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Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In the first part of no “condemnation!!! – With The Normal Christian Way of Life”  we looked at a believers bid to deal with Sin while the law is still in the way; we looked at a believer’s bid to obey God and also at the same time contend (in this end times) with passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to while trying to work out the tele-guiding (that is the order of the day in the society he /she find themselves) by trying to do it through his / her own efforts, willpower, and determination which really is legalism. We saw that without being fully delivered from the law; it is impossible to know full deliverance from Sin. In this second part, we will now continue to look at the solution God has provided for the struggle of the believer when cornered by the inherent power of the law to the point of saying (like Apostle Paul said):

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  (Romans 7:24-25)

 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (Romans 8:1-4)

In the first part we looked at:

  1. Who do this apply to?
  2. No Condemnation – To whom do this apply?
  3. Man’s Sinful Nature
  4. Law of Sin and Death
  5. Walk not according to the flesh: But according to the spirit
  6. What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh
  7. God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh

In this second part we will look at:

  1. God’s own Son condemned sin in the flesh
  2. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
  3. “Bring forth fruit unto God” & “Serve in newness of spirit”
  4. No Condemnation!!!
  5. Impartation of the Righteousness of Christ Jesus

No Condemnation!!!

 

Who do this apply to?

Those who have had an experience of that exclusive act of God by which a principle of new life is implanted in man, with the result that the governing disposition of the  functions of the soul is made holy. Those who have  RECEIVED AN IMPARTED LIFE WHICH MAKES THE RETURN FROM A STATE OF DECLINE TO A REVITALISED STATE POSSIBLE. Who have beeen renewed, reformed, or reconstituted;  who have had a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; have been completely reformed or improved and grown anew.

Why does this apply to them?

This applies to them because “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”

Why did God send His Son?? In the likeness of sinful flesh???

 For Sin

For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], (Romans 8:3a Amp.)

God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son], (Romans 8:3b Amp.)

All the sacrificial offerings in the old testament were a fore-shadow of what “The Lamb of God” was to come into the world to do. John, who by special signs and divine inspiration had perceived that Jesus, even in sinful flesh, was the Son of God, said of Him:

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:24-26)

This is the way of salvation god has provided for us that we might be forgiven and redeemed

How it works

Sin condemns the natural man through the law, But by the death of Christ Jesus, sin itself has been condemned.

As it was the law that aggravated and inflamed sin in man; Take away the law (done by the death of Christ, Jesus); and the aggravation is taken away (what was in man to aggravate the motions of sin in him is gone).

As far as the believer is concerned; it has no power

My position as a regenerated Christian:

Is not simply that I am no longer condemned

It is not just no longer that, the aggravation that sin which the law produces in me has been removed –

But:

Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God…… But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.(Romans 7:4,6)

Note!!!!!

It is impossible to be joined to Christ, Jesus:While still joined to the Law

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray that you will quicken our body soul, will, intellect, emotions,  spirit and inner man to the Scriptural ground for living a new life in Your ways, which is the truth concerning our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’s full victory at Calvary, We bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives.  We confess that Jesus is the head of the body , the church, He is the beginning and the first born from among the dead. So that in everything he might have supremacy. For you were pleased to have all Your fullness dwell in Him, and through Him you reconciled Yourself to all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood . For once we were alienated from you and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behaviour but now we know that you have reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in Your sight, without blemish and free from accusation. For as much as we children are partakers of the flesh and blood, and Christ also Himself took part of the same flesh and blood: that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

We confess Father that, Having being buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through faith in Your power who raised Him from the dead, that when we were dead in our sins and in the uncircumcision of our sinful nature, You made us alive with Christ. You forgave us all our sins, Having cancelled the written code, with it’s regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us; Jesus took it away and nailed it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities that have stood against our lives, He made a public Show of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 

NO CONDEMNATION!!! With The Normal Christian Way of Life (Part 1)

Sabaoth Spring 2022

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER -The Eternal Purpose

The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2: Our Freedom From Sin.

PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God                                                                           Section F -THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

 
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                                                                      NO CONDEMNATION!!! With The Normal Christian Way of Life (Part 1)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

As we continue our look at sanctification taking into consideration (as seen in our last instalment on this series), that the main oppressor of man is sin in the heart, for hearts tainted by sin will not only oppress their owners, but will inevitably lead to oppressive systems as well. The ‘led’ (a scope which can also capture the ‘leader’ depending on where he / she lies within the ‘pyramid’ ) goes through very intense struggle because, as a believer (converted), he is trying to keep the Law, get involved in a discipline of the spirit and dedication of his / her heart to obey God and also has to contend (in this end times) with passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to while trying to work out the tele-guiding (that is the order of the day in the society he /she find themselves) by trying to do it through his own efforts, willpower, and determination which really is legalism. We will now continue to look at the struggle of the believer when cornered by the inherent power of the law to the point of saying (like Apostle Paul said):

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  (Romans 7:24-25)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

In this first part we will look at:

  1. Who do this apply to?
  2. No Condemnation – To whom do this apply?
  3. Man’s Sinful Nature
  4. Law of Sin and Death
  5. Walk not according to the flesh: But according to the spirit
  6. What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh
  7. God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh

There is no short cut to holiness; it is only developed in us as a result of our understanding the great and mighty truths the Lord has given us in His Word. Apart from the sanctification that is imputed at regeneration; it is only as we grasp these doctrines that we become a more sanctified people separated unto good works and unto God.

Not only are we freed from sin, as Paul points out, but we are freed from the Law as well. The Law does its work (condemns us), but we are no longer under Law if we are resting in Christ. Therefore, the Law does not serve any useful purpose in delivering us from sin apart from flashing the search light on it (sin) and drive us back to Christ Jesus. In this instalment we will be looking at the believer’s need to be free from the law; without being fully delivered from the law; it is impossible to know full deliverance from Sin.

Doing the bidding of the law will not be the basis of our being in God’s favour, but the evidence that we are trusting Jesus Christ, united to Him, and, thus is the basis of our qualification  on the day of judgement

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  (Romans 2:13)

For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified. (Romans 2:13 AMP)

We are all sinners by nature. If God asks nothing of us, all seems to go well, but as soon as He demands something of us the occasion is provided for a grand display of our sinfulness. The main object of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ coming into this world was that He might deliver us from sin and condemnation by becoming an Offering for us – offering for sin. All the sacrificial offerings in the old testament where a fore-shadow of what “The Lamb of God” was to come into the world to do.

John who by special signs and Divine inspiration had perceived that Jesus, even in sinful flesh, was the Son of God, said of Him: Apostle Paul explains further that it is for this reason that “there is condemnation” – God sent His Son, made Him an offering for sin on our behalf:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

The question now is:

Who do this apply to?

Why do this apply to them?

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray that you will quicken our body soul, will, intellect, emotions,  spirit and inner man to the Scriptural ground for obtaining deliverance, which is the truth concerning our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’s full victory at Calvary, through which we CAN BE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF BOTH SIN AND SATAN, Teach us that the victory won at Calvary can only be applied as there is conformity to Divine laws. O Lord, as the deceptions of Satan are recognised, and our will is set to reject them, we can, on the basis of the work of Christ at Calvary claim our deliverance from these workings of the devil in deception and possession.

For all of us who were baptised into our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ were baptised into His death. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that just as He was raised from the dead through your glory, we too may live a new life. if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection, for we know that our old self was crucified Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died have been freed from sin. Now if we died with our Lord and Saviour Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the death, He cannot die again; death has no longer mastery after Him, the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but life He lives, He lives to You our God. In the same way we count ourselves dead to sin, but alive to you in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Let your seed remain in us O Lord, that we may not continue to sin, for he who does what is sinful is of the devil, the devil has been sinning from the beginning. And the reason our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ appeared for us, was to destroy the devils work that no one who is born of you will continue to sin.

In the second part we will look at:

  1. God own Son condemned sin in the flesh
  2. No Condemnation!!!
  3. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
  4. “Bring forth fruit unto God” & “Serve in newness of spirit”
  5. Impartation of the Righteousness of Christ Jesus

 

 

Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION 

The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time. (Part 2b) 

                        The Heart Of The Matter Is Essentially                            The Matter Of The Heart.

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In the first section of part 2, we looked at Why A Change of Disposition is the evidence of real and authentic Christian conversion. We saw that one can claim to be a Christian for a long time (even ‘from birth’) or even ‘lived right inside a church for 100 years’,  If there is no change of disposition, it is all a waste of time and great deceit. Such one can only hope to turn up ‘there’ just to be informed that he has been a spectator all along. We also examined The Application of Redemption – how The Holy Spirit applies the finished work of redemption of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us through regeneration, when there is a change of disposition. We also looked at Apostle Paul’s Journey from persecutor of the Church to a “Servant of Jesus Christ” We saw how Apostle Paul’s intellectual abilities, zeal (to persecute the Church); religious passion, all got translated to being used for good purposes when his disposition changed; how his change in disposition and not personality made it possible to translate from being a Jewish zealot to an apostle to the gentiles.

In this last section of this two part series on change of disposition we have a look at why it is impossible to be a Christian without a change of disposition. Change of disposition being the result of regeneration – the supernatural change in the very core of man’s being that occurs through the exclusive act of God by which a principle of new life is implanted in man, with the result that THE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SOUL IS MADE HOLY.

In Parts 1 and 2a, we looked at:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Regeneration & Disposition – Definitions “Except A Man Be Born Again”
  3. Man’s Sinful Nature
  4. Quickening (Regeneration) ‘Awakening’ Leading To The Governing Disposition of The Functions of The Soul Being Made Holy And Then Repentance
  5. Sorrowful Turning From Sin
  6. Disposition
  7. Result of A Changed Disposition

In Part 2 Section b  we will look at:

  1. Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition
  2. Assurance of Salvation

Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition

The Conscience

The dictionary defines conscience as a “a knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right; moral judgment that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt.”

The Unbeliever’s Conscience (In Its ‘Natural’ State)

The conscience in its ‘natural’ state is governed by a “compulsion to do right” OR “moral judgement” – “a knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right By self WITHOUT ANY IMPUT FROM GOD.

There is a part of our understanding (A function of the intellect) that judges us and gives us a sense of moral approval or guilt according to our understanding of right and wrong.

The conscience is that internal voice that sits in judgment over our will; but then acts of the will are based on the nature of information obtained from or contained in the intellect. In conjunction with the body, these three will always have the tendency to naturally act in defiance to the will of God while the emotions just adjust to the trend. Under these conditions The control of the soul (will, intellect and emotions) and the natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc. that are derived from them is non existent

“I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with all their heart”. (Jeremiah 24:7)

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his

The believer’s Conscience (Now under the control of the spirit)

The conscience is for us to discern right from wrong, to justify or to condemn. Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but our conscience is that part of us that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it. The believers conscience is a part of our spirit:

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit. Romans 9:1)

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16)

In the unregenerate man, the conscience as a part of the heart is devoid of guidance from the Spirit of God; but restricted within limits by the grace of God (The restraining grace). But at salvation the conscience is restored to perform its full functions as part of the spirit of man.

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)

The Main purpose of the supply of this holy principle or seed of new spiritual life to the soul (change of disposition), is to release the conscience from the control or inordinate hold of the will, intellect, emotions and demands of the flesh.

A Severing of The Soul And Spirit

In both the un-regenerate (being born again) and the regenerate (awakening or being revived); the severing of the spirit and soul is principally the transfer or ceding of the control of the conscience from the soul to the spirit; a spirit that is also under the absolute control of the Holy Spirit.

So He has gotten a new principle of life operating in him and controlling him. He still retains all his natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc. Whatever a man is by nature, as regards his natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc. they remain exactly as they were before. BUT what changes and becomes new is the thing that controls these natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc.

Through the instrumentality of a conscience that is absolutely under the control of the Holy Spirit

The soul being saved should reflect the purity of the heart; meaning that the effect of the functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God is demonstrated by the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

Then, at this point of being saved and having a regenerated heart, the soul [(Functions of Will, Intellect & Emotions now being controlled by the spirit (Functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God ) that is in turn now also under the control of the Holy Spirit] should be committed solely to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and enabled to comprehend the solid biblical and historical facts that Christianity is built on.

In regeneration (change of disposition), the conscience is released from the deceptive domineering tendencies of the soul when intuition, the function of “spiritual sensing” and fellowship (Communion) our contact and our communication with God are activated.

A heartfelt determination by man to turn with his whole will to the Spirit of God, Who is the Spirit of Jesus. The converted heart expects everything from The Holy Spirit, who now has dominion over the self-willed spirit of man (care should be taken here so that the believer does not fall into passivity of his/her will thinking it is the Holy Spirit working while evil forces have taken over the dormant will) . Conversion leads to an undivided heart that listens attentively for The Holy Spirit because he wants, from now on, to be directed, led, and ruled by this Spirit alone and no other (under the strict guidance of the Word of God as written in the Holy Scriptures – The bible).

                               The Heart Of The Matter Is Essentially                                       The Matter Of The Heart.

As the Main purpose of the supply of this holy principle or seed of new spiritual life (change of disposition), is to release the soul (mainly the conscience) from the control or inordinate hold of the will, emotions and demands of the flesh – A Severing of The Soul And Spirit; When this supernatural  (That which cannot be achieved by a mere mortal) change of  disposition takes place as a result of the regeneration of the heart.

Contrary to the demands of the flesh, the intellect (mind) is settled (made up) on a particular matter or thing; backed up by the will, irrespective of any emotion that is whipped up or not: All this made possible by the supply (by God through the Holy Spirit) of a holy principle or seed of new spiritual life which releases the soul (mainly the conscience) from the control or inordinate hold of the will, emotions and demands of the flesh.

 The intellect (mind) is settled (made up) on a particular matter or thing

 Mind must be made up on (Amongst others) CERTAIN VITAL TRUTHS

  1. The sovereignty of God
  2. The authority of the Bible
  3. The doctrine of sin and the wrath of God
  4. The doctrine of the Trinity.
  5. About Jesus – Jesus is God; Jesus Is More Than man; Jesus is Existing As God.
  6. The Perfection of The Finished Work of Jesus Christ.

Prayers:

  1. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 19:17-20)
  2. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the marvellous truth taught in Your Word, that there is a way out of our guilt, a way out of our alienation, that we no longer need to be far off from you. (John 14:6; Matthew 11:28-30)
  3. Any power of death operating in through, and against any aspect of our being; collide with the covenant of the Blood of The Eternal Covenant. (Galatians 3:13-14)
  4. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 19:17-20)
  5. Heavenly Father, for the grace to come to that point where we realise the true place of the Holy Spirit, that His entire work is to lead our souls into union with the our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of you our Father in heaven whilst He Himself directs, and works in the background. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
  6. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
  7. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to recon ourselves to be alive unto You through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:5)
  8. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us with Your presence like never before; that we may continually be empowered to actively seek that Holy Spirit inspired change of our disposition. (Titus 3:5)
  9. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us with Your presence like never before; that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the purification our motives and conscience. (Hebrews 9:13, 14)
  10. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us to rejoice evermore; Pray without ceasing and in every thing give thanks: for this is Your will in Christ Jesus concerning us. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  11. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
  12. Lord, we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You. (Matthew 18:18-20)
  13. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You. (Ezekiel 11:19)
  14. Heavenly Father, we pray and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives. (Galatians 3:13-14)
  15. Heavenly Father, we pray that by Your Holy Spirit You teach us to accurately and righteously fear You. (Matthew 10:28)
  16. Lord we pray that as being indwelled by You is the great joy of salvation; You would grant us this honour; put Your Spirit within us O Lord and choose to take residence in us. (Ezekiel 36:27)
  17. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will Keep us in Your Word daily, that we may be daily saved, nourished, and enlivened by Your Word. (2 Timothy 2:15)
  18. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will give us the grace wisdom and power to recognise that the object and purpose of your instruction and charges to us is Love, which springs from a pure heart and a good and clear conscience and sincere, unfeigned faith. (Jeremiah 17:9)
  19. Heavenly Father, we pray that You may give us the grace to have a prayerful attitude as we come to Your Word, receiving the Word into us by means of all prayer, thanksgiving, petition, singing, and psalming. (Philippians 4:6-8)
  20. O Lord, we pray that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond. ( Acts 2:37-38)

O Lord, continually multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may realize that, in us lies the power that was in Adam that is hidden and IS MEANT BY YOU TO BE PERMANENTLY HIDDEN AS LONG AS WE ARE IN OUR MORTAL BODIES. Continually give us the grace to resolve never to use it and to war in order to keep it.

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION – The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time.!  (Part 2a)  

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION  

The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time.!  (Part 2a) 

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In the second part (Sections a & b) of this two part series we have a bit more in-depth look at what a change of disposition means. Change of disposition being the result of regeneration – the supernatural change in the very core of man’s being that occurs through the exclusive act of God by which a principle of new life is implanted in man, with the result that THE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SOUL IS MADE HOLY.

  1. An Introduction
  2. Regeneration & Disposition – Definitions “Except A Man Be Born Again”
  3. Man’s Sinful Nature
  4. Quickening (Regeneration) ‘Awakening’ Leading To The Governing Disposition of The Functions of The Soul Being Made Holy And Then Repentance
  5. Sorrowful Turning From Sin

In Part 2 (a &b), we will look at:

  1. Disposition
  2. Result of A Changed Disposition
  3. Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition
  4. Assurance of Salvation

 

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION – The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time. (Part 2a) 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:3-8)

 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezek. 36:26–27)

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (John 1:13-16).

The dictionary describes disposition as:

 A person’s inherent qualities of mind and character.

“your sunny disposition has a way of rubbing off on those around you“

  1. The way in which something is placed or arranged, especially in relation to other things.

“the plan shows the disposition of the rooms“

Disposition is that which guilds, govern, control and directs all the faculties, powers and propensities. The change of the disposition is what occurs as a result of quickening – the direct and supernatural operation of the Holy Spirit to effect a newness of life in the heart of man, so that he is able to receive the things of God (e.g. Word, directions etc.). That newness of life being the ‘activation’ of the intuition and communion in the spirit of man.

Why Change of Disposition

At any point in time, a man can either be regenerate or unregenerate: But all men are born unregenerate: One can claim to be a Christian for a long time (even ‘from birth’) or even lived right inside a church for 100 years: If there is no change of disposition, it is all a waste of time and great deceit. Such one can only hope to turn up at ‘there’ just to be informed that he has been a spectator all along.

Just as it is what nature of internet flows into and from the wireless access port that GOVERNS what NATURE of internet service (3G, 4G, 5G) you get in all the devices: SO DOES THE DISPOSITION OF A MAN GOVERN THE NATURE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SOUL OF THAT MAN.

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (Romans 5:5b)

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (Matthew 12:35)

Regeneration being an act of God by which He subconsciously puts a holy principle, a seed of new spiritual life into our disposition and it is what determines what we are; how we behave and how we use our natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5b)

A man who is born again is a man who has gotten a new disposition. He has gotten a new principle of life operating in him and controlling him. He still retains all his natural powers. Regeneration does not (like widely believed) produce a standard type of Christian; who are more or less identical; everything about them is almost exactly the same. But this is not new-testament Christianity; whatever a man is by nature, as regards natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc. remain exactly as they were before. BUT what changes and becomes new is the thing that controls these natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc.

The Application of Redemption

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

The Holy Spirit applies the finished work of redemption of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us through regeneration, when there is a change of disposition. Functions such natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc now have a new disposition governing them; new “I” as in Galatians 2:20 where Apostle Paul says, “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith.…” the life is now lived by the life which is Christ Himself. The life which is Christ Himself now governs our natural experiences, opinions, desires, stimuli, actions, temperament, abilities, faculties and powers etc.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

Apostle Paul’s Journey from persecutor of the Church to a “Servant of Jesus Christ”

Before Apostle Paul’s conversion; although the faculties of his soul were in an impeccable order, the disposition that governs them all was very much aimed at persecuting the Church and making him see our Lord Jesus Christ as an enemy.

And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. (Acts 22:6-11)

 These same faculties, now governed by a different disposition, one “born of God”; preaching the Gospel of the same person he once hated with a passion with all the same power, abilities and personality. THE CHANGE IS IN HIS DISPOSITION NOT ANY OF HIS FACULTIES

THE CHANGE SHOULD BE IN OUR DISPOSITION NOT IN OUR PERSONALITY

The change was in Apostle Paul’s disposition and not his personality These same faculties, now governed by a different disposition, one “born of God” (Jon 1:13); preaching the Gospel of the same person he once hated with a passion; with all the same power, abilities and personality. His faculties remain the same but are now propelled in the direct of God’s will.

What Paul had at Damascus was regeneration NOT a psychological change process. NOT what we have today (in a lot of cases) in our ‘church’ of the 21st century, where motivational and psychological birthing has produced so many Pentecostal clones, who have become victims of psychological movements and stripped of their identities. Told to ‘just follow and think later’

When we are regenerated, the peculiar gifts and traits that make us who we are always remain the same. More like when you re-install an application on your system and the files you have on your system remain the same, they do not get lost entirely nor change. We are not all meant to be identical or speak the way or dress and have the same mannerisms, preach the same way, pray the same way or ‘speak in tongues’ the same way etc.

Apostle Paul’s intellectual abilities, zeal (to persecute the Church); religious passion, all got translated to be used for good purposes when his disposition changed. His change in disposition and not personality made it possible to translate from being a Jewish zealot to an apostle to the gentiles

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

The more we see of Jesus, the more we realise that ‘our own righteousness is as filthy rags’. The closer we draw to Him the more we see our need for Him, because the closer we draw to Him the more we grasp His holiness and our sinfulness.

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesss are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

This is why Paul was able to go from being:

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God (1 Corinthians 15:9 – written in 56 AD).

To:

This grace was given to me — the least of all the saints — to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah (Ephesians 3:8 – written in early 60 or 61 AD).

To:

This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” — and I am the worst of them. (1 Timothy 1:15 – written in 62-64 AD).

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

We will conclude the series with Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition

Prayers:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us with Your presence like never before; that we may continually be empowered to actively seek that Holy Spirit inspired change of our disposition. (Titus 3:5)
  2. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us with Your presence like never before; that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the purification our motives and conscience. (Hebrews 9:13, 14)
  3. Heavenly Father, we pray that You quicken us to rejoice evermore; Pray without ceasing and in every thing give thanks: for this is Your will in Christ Jesus concerning us. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  4. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
  5. Lord, we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You. (Matthew 18:18-20)
  6. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You. (Ezekiel 11:19)
  7. Heavenly Father, we pray and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives. (Galatians 3:13-14)
  8. Heavenly Father, we pray that by Your Holy Spirit You teach us to accurately and righteously fear You. (Matthew 10:28)
  9. Lord we pray that as being indwelled by You is the great joy of salvation; You would grant us this honour; put Your Spirit within us O Lord and choose to take residence in us. (Ezekiel 36:27)
  10. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will Keep us in Your Word daily, that we may be daily saved, nourished, and enlivened by Your Word. (2 Timothy 2:15)
  11. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will give us the grace wisdom and power to recognise that the object and purpose of your instruction and charges to us is Love, which springs from a pure heart and a good and clear conscience and sincere, unfeigned faith. (Jeremiah 17:9)
  12. Heavenly Father, we pray that You may give us the grace to have a prayerful attitude as we come to Your Word, receiving the Word into us by means of all prayer, thanksgiving, petition, singing, and psalming. (Philippians 4:6-8)
  13. O Lord, we pray that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond. ( Acts 2:37-38)
  14. O Lord, continually multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may realize that, in us lies the power that was in Adam that is hidden and IS MEANT BY YOU TO BE PERMANENTLY HIDDEN AS LONG AS WE ARE IN OUR MORTAL BODIES. Continually give us the grace to resolve never to use it and to war in order to keep it until we see you. Most importantly, we pray that You continually bind this inordinate power of our soul and express Your Life through us O LORD!!!!!!!! (2 Timothy 1:12)

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION – The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time.!  (Part 1) 

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION  

The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time.!  (Part 1) 

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In this two part series we have a look at the supernatural change in the very core of man’s being that occurs through the exclusive act of God by which a principle of new life is implanted in man, with the result that THE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SOUL IS MADE HOLY.

Every Generation Needs Regeneration” – Charles H. Spurgeon

“The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.” – William Booth

In Part 1, we will look at:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Regeneration & Disposition – Definitions “Except A Man Be Born Again”
  3. Man’s Sinful Nature
  4. Quickening (Regeneration) ‘Awakening’ Leading To The Governing Disposition of The Functions of The Soul Being Made Holy And Then Repentance
  5. Sorrowful Turning From Sin

In Part 2, we will look at:

  1. Disposition
  2. Result of A Changed Disposition
  3. Why it is impossible to be A Christian Without A Change of Disposition
  4. Assurance of Salvation

 

CHANGE OF DISPOSITION THROUGH REGENERATION – The Only Remedy For The Decadence of Our Time.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:3-8)

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezek. 36:26–27)

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (John 1:13-16).

Regeneration is an Exclusive act of God by which a principle of new life is implanted in man, with the result that THE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SOUL IS MADE HOLY.

Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).

“But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)

While the dictionary describes disposition as:

  1. A person’s inherent qualities of mind and character.

“your sunny disposition has a way of rubbing off on those around you“

  1. The way in which something is placed or arranged, especially in relation to other things.

“the plan shows the disposition of the rooms“

Disposition is that which guilds, govern, control and directs all the faculties, powers and propensities. The change of the disposition is what occurs as a result of quickening – the direct and supernatural operation of the Holy Spirit to effect a newness of life in the heart of man, so that he is able to receive the things of God (e.g. Word, directions etc.). That newness of life being the ‘activation’ of the intuition and communion in the spirit of man.

Quickening is a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit; it is characteristic of the attributes of God as shown through His Spirit. This sovereignty backed up by the omnipotence of God:

God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God. (Psalm 62:11)

Quickening is entirely an act of consistent, instantaneous, unperceived work of the Grace (unmerited favour) of God. MAN HAS NO PART TO PLAY IN IT. The goodness of God leads man to repentance or can we say it should lead man to repentance: SO THAT the governing disposition of the  functions of the soul is made holy.

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

Man’s sinful ways naturally should lead to judgement but instead, God extends His mercy to man:

Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. (Psalm 25:8)

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5: 7-8)

QUICKENING ACTIVATES THE INTUTION AND COMMUNION WITH GOD IN THE SPIRIT OF MAN – This is the point where man’s quickened heart is able to see the spirituality of God’s law, as the functions of intuition and communion are made available to him by God,. The conversion process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening) is Repentance and Faith (Saving Faith) working hand in hand in an indivisible process. Saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God. It is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.” and repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God. It is paramount we realise that faith will always precede repentance as it impossible for one to utilise what he/she does not have an understanding of – we need first to understand this mercy of God as provided for us in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before we can now say we will go to God in repentance:

The quickening that effects the change in disposition, then repentance (turn around) which then opens the door for the receiving of this understanding does not change the faculties of a man’s being (his inherent qualities of mind and character); but does this by replacing the old principle of life that governs them so that a new principle of life is operating in him and controlling him. He still retains all his natural powers. Regeneration (quickening) does not (like widely believed) produce a standard type of Christian; who are more or less identical; everything about them is almost exactly the same. But this is not new testament Christianity; whatever a man is by nature, as regards his temperament or his abilities, his faculties, his powers etc., they remain exactly as they were before.

We will have a closer look at this in Part 2.

Sabaoth 2022 “IT IS FINISHED”

 

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)

Sabaoth 2022 “IT IS FINISHED”

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11)

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)

First Begotten Son is God Part 1

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER

First Begotten Son is God Part 1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7)

So far in this series of examining the book of Romans (early part of chapter 1), we have been looking at the eternal purpose of God – “The glory of God” (Romans 3:23); and “The glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). We have also looked at His plan for us and how we have (through Adam) “temporarily deviated” from the path of this plan. In our last post we looked at the consequences of Adam’s original sin (in Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life).So, up to this point in our analogy of this eternal purpose, we have looked at PLAN A as described in Ephesians 1:3-6 (Please bare in mind that it was always Plan A from the beginning and so it will be for eternity); and the bridge to PLAN 1, We will now, in this post start taking a look at the “only Begotten Son” the “Tree of Life” through whom we have divine life. What a wonderful foresight the Master Planner has, to perceive that Adam’s choice could only count for disobedience and had a contingency:

eternal purpose Plan A1 fin

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PLAN A1 – The Gospel of Christ – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself”. (Ephesians 1:7-9)

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:3-4)

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws that govern our relationship with God. Man consists of 3 components: BODY (seat of our world-consciousness, and represents the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc: SOUL (seat of our self-consciousness and represents the functions of our will, intellect and emotions: Lastly SPIRIT (seat of our God-consciousness and represents the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion).

Now, in our last post Called to God’s Kingdom – Part 2 ALL HAVE SINNED, Watchman Nee in his book The Normal Christian Life touched on Adam’s Choice The Reason For The Cross, where he said:

Adam chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thereby took up independent ground. In doing so he became (as man is now in his own eyes) a fully developed’ man. He could command a knowledge; he could decide for himself; he could go on or stop. From then on he was “wise” (Genesis 3:6). But the consequence for him was death rather than life, because the choice he had made involved complicity with Satan and brought him therefore under the judgment of God. That is why access to the tree of life had thereafter to be forbidden to him.

 

Yes, complicity of soul and spirit, complicity that made his soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; a complicity that set the soul at loggerheads with his spirit: In other words, a complicity that sets the functions of his will, intellect and emotions against the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24)

The reason for this complicity Jessie Penn-Lewis articulates in chapter 7of  SOUL AND SPIRIT where she wrote:

Why can it be said that the world-conflict is becoming a question of “forces of psuche” (or soul) versus the “forces of pneuma” (or spirit). To get light on the causes underlying this, we must again go back to the Eden tragedy and see what the Fall of Adam meant, and the serpent’s objective, which is nearing its climax at the present hour. For we have not clearly understood how deep and tragic were the results of the Fall, nor what Adam carried with him into his fallen condition, nor realized that the God-given powers which Adam possessed in his sinless state lay open afterwards to the tempter.
The gilded bait held out to Eve in the temptation was “Ye shall be as God” (Genesis 3: 5). This was God’s very purpose for the sinless pair before they fell. It seems that the word ” likeness ” in Genesis 1:26 signifies to “become like”, indicating that the wonderful potentialities breathed into Adam constituting the image of God, were meant to be developed in a process which would ” end in man being like his Creator in dominion and rule over all things. How tragic, then, that God Who alone could rightly develop and guide the use of these powers, should be shut outside the wonderful being He had created, and more terrible still that the very potentialities inherent in Him should now lie open to the hand of His enemy.

Adam here (obviously not considering that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom Psalms 111:10) chose to align himself with God’s enemy by the decision he made to develop the functions of his will, intellect and emotions “APART FROM GOD” at the expense of developing the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God. Let us quickly look at what the dictionary tells us about these words compared with what the word of God says:

BODY

The physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead: The trunk or main mass of a thing: the body of a tree: Anatomy, the physical structure of a human being or animal, not including the head, limbs, and tail; trunk; torso.

Flesh:
The body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak: The physical or animal nature of humankind as distinguished from its moral or spiritual nature: the needs of the flesh: Humankind.

Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Luke 3:6; John 6:63; Acts 2:26; Rom. 6:19; Rom. 7:5; Rom. 7:18; Rom. 7:25; Rom. 8:1-5; 5-13; 8.23; Rom. 13:14; 1Cor. 1:29; 1Cor. 5:5; I Cor. 15.22, 23, 42-44, 51-56; 2Cor. 1:12; 2Cor. 3:3; 2Cor. 4:11; 2Cor. 7:1; 2Cor. 10:3; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3.20-21; Col:2:13; 1 Thess. 4.14-18; 1Pet. 4:2; John 2:16.

SOUL

The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

Will:
The faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: The freedom of the will: Power of choosing one’s own actions: The act or process of using or asserting one’s choice: Wish or desire: Purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; wilfulness: Volition.

Compare with: Ps.27:12; Psa. 41:2; Ezek.16:27; Deut. 21:14; Psa. 35:25; Num. 30:2; I Chron. 22:19; Jer. 44:14; Job 6:7; Job 7:15.
Intellect:
The power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; The understanding: The faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge: Capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, esp. of a high or complex order: Mental capacity: A particular mind or intelligence, esp. of a high order: A person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge: Minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.
Compare with: Ezek. 24:25; Prov. 19:2; Psa. 13:2; Psa. 139:14; Lam. 3:20; Prov. 2:10; Prov. 3:21-22; Prov. 24:14.
Emotion: 
An affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness: Any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc: Any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking: An instance of this: Something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
Compare with:
Affection- Song 1:7; Luke 1:46; Job 33:20; 2 Sam. 5:8; Zech. 11:8; Deut. 6:5; Job 10:1; Psa. 107:18.
Desire – Deut. 14:26; 1 Sam. 20:4; Psa. 84:2; Psa. 42:1; Is. 26:9.
Feeling & Sensing- Luke 2:35; I Sam. 30:6; 2 Kings 4:27; Judges 10:16; Job 19:2; Is. 61:10; Psa. 86:4; Psa. 107:5; Psa. 116:7; Psa. 119:20; Prov. 16:24; Is. 55:2; Jonah 2:7; Matt, 26:38; John 12:27; 2 Peter 2:8.
SPIRIT

The principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul; Excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigour, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That’s the spirit; The incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.

Conscience:
The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience: The complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual: An inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me: Knowledge shows what is right or wrong, but it is the conscience that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it.

Compare with: Deut. 2:30; Psa. 34:18; Psa. 51:10; John 13:21; Acts 17:16; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 5:3; 2 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:7
Intuition:
Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension: A fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way: A keen and quick insight: The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight: An immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object; any object or truth so discerned; pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge: The ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker’s native-language competence.
Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Mark 2:8; Mark 8:12; John 11:33; Acts 18:5; Acts 18:25; Acts 20:22; 1 Cor. 2:11; I Cor. 16:18; 2 Cor. 7:13
Communion:
Interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature: The act of sharing, or holding in common; participation: Worship

Compare with: Luke 1:47; John 4:23; Rom. 1:9; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 8:15; Rom. 8:16; I Cor. 6:17; 1 Cor. 14:15; I Cor. 14:16; Rev. 21:10.

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These three elements of man each have their own distinct level of supremacy; The spirit is highest in supremacy and the body is lowest, in other words, our SPIRIT, God-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion) should at all times, have supremacy over our BODY, world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc): and the balance between these two is facilitated by our SOUL, self-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our will, intellect and emotions)

Now at any point in time, the spirit being most supreme should also have control over the soul which acts more or less as the middleman between it (spirit) and body; it is the communicator of authority from the Holy Spirit from man’s spirit to His body.

So if at any point in time the soul is compromised, as in complicity that made Adams soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; then the result is the abnormality of the soul being totally subjected to and being at ease with the dictates of the flesh (body).

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”. (Galatians 5:16-25)

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. (Galatians 6:8).

After the fall, Adam only had the capacity to sow to the flesh, the functions of his will, intellect and emotions became totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh – world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of his senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc) and this definitely meant he then has to “of the flesh reap corruption”; because he failed to heed the waning given to him by God in Genesis 2:17:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”

The death spoken of here by God is not physical death, but death of the spirit; it refers to a spirit separated from God; a spirit in darkness that needs the light of God to be regenerated, to come alive again – less than an empty battery that needs to be recharged to be of any use but one that needs to be born afresh. It refers to a spirit that needs fresh Life from above breathed into it. King David gave us a clue in Psalms 36:9 about the source of this fresh Light and Life:

“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light”.

John also points us in the same direction:

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. (John 1:9-12)

Yes!! Because, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. (John 3:6) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (born not of the intensions of the first Adam with ulterior motives characterised by the irregularity of the functions of his will, intellect and emotions; totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh) but –

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. (John 1:13-14).

That’s right! “Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” Jesus, The Only Begotten Son of God came in the form of man to right the wrongs of Adam’s choice. Now this is the crux; there is always that lingering thought in the inner recess of the mind that questions this idea of Jesus being The Son of God.

Being brought up as a Muslim, this was one of the hurdles I had to cross; a great number of professing “Christians” have also passively bypassed their own personal opinions on the matter. Charles Spurgeon in GOD’S WORD NOT TO BE REFUSED touched on this:

But there are some who do hear, and have a very intelligent idea of what they hear, but who actually refuse to believe it. For divers reasons best known to themselves they reject the testimony of the incarnate God. They hear that God the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and he hath borne testimony that whosoever believeth in him is not condemned. They know but they will not believe in him. They will give you first one excuse, and then another, but all the excuses put together will never mitigate the fact that they do not believe the testimony of God concerning his Son, Jesus Christ, and so they “refuse him that speaketh.” How many, how many here are by their unbelief refusing the Christ that speaks out of heaven?
Some are even offended at the gospel, as in Christ’s day. When he came to a tender point in his preaching they went back and walked no more with him. Such there are to be found in our assemblies. The gospel galls them; there is some point that touches their prejudices, something that touches their favourite sin, and they are vexed and irritable. They ought to be angry–angry with their sin–but they are angry with Christ instead. They ought to denounce themselves, and patiently seek mercy, but this is not palatable to them; they would rather denounce the preacher, or denounce the preacher’s Master.
In our next post, we will continue our deliberation on this subject of Jesus being the only begotten Son of God.

Meanwhile:
Heavenly Father, in the light of Your countenance is life; and You favour is like the cloud of the latter rain (Prov. 16:15); we pray that You will let this rain of Your unadulterated Word and The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; of grace and mercy through Him and Salvation by Him countinue to fall bountifully and mightily upon our world: And daily bring Holy spirit inspired conviction and repentance upon our heart – Amen
 Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

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Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7)

So far in this series of examining the book of Romans (early part of chapter 1), we have been looking at the eternal purpose of God – “The glory of God” (Romans 3:23); and “The glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). We have also looked at His plan for us and how we have (through Adam) “temporarily deviated” from the path of this plan. In our last post we looked at the consequences of Adam’s original sin (in Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life).So, up to this point in our analogy of this eternal purpose, we have looked at PLAN A as described in Ephesians 1:3-6 (Please bare in mind that it was always Plan A from the beginning and so it will be for eternity); and the bridge to PLAN 1, We will now, in this post start taking a look at the “only Begotten Son” the “Tree of Life” through whom we have divine life. What a wonderful foresight the Master Planner has, to perceive that Adam’s choice could only count for disobedience and had a contingency:

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PLAN A1 – The Gospel of Christ – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself”. (Ephesians 1:7-9)

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:3-4)

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws that govern our relationship with God. Man consists of 3 components: BODY (seat of our world-consciousness, and represents the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc: SOUL (seat of our self-consciousness and represents the functions of our will, intellect and emotions: Lastly SPIRIT (seat of our God-consciousness and represents the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion).

Now, in our last post Called to God’s Kingdom – Part 2 ALL HAVE SINNED, Watchman Nee in his book The Normal Christian Life touched on Adam’s Choice The Reason For The Cross, where he said:

Adam chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thereby took up independent ground. In doing so he became (as man is now in his own eyes) a fully developed’ man. He could command a knowledge; he could decide for himself; he could go on or stop. From then on he was “wise” (Genesis 3:6). But the consequence for him was death rather than life, because the choice he had made involved complicity with Satan and brought him therefore under the judgment of God. That is why access to the tree of life had thereafter to be forbidden to him.

 

Yes, complicity of soul and spirit, complicity that made his soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; a complicity that set the soul at loggerheads with his spirit: In other words, a complicity that sets the functions of his will, intellect and emotions against the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24)

The reason for this complicity Jessie Penn-Lewis articulates in chapter 7of  SOUL AND SPIRIT where she wrote:

Why can it be said that the world-conflict is becoming a question of “forces of psuche” (or soul) versus the “forces of pneuma” (or spirit). To get light on the causes underlying this, we must again go back to the Eden tragedy and see what the Fall of Adam meant, and the serpent’s objective, which is nearing its climax at the present hour. For we have not clearly understood how deep and tragic were the results of the Fall, nor what Adam carried with him into his fallen condition, nor realized that the God-given powers which Adam possessed in his sinless state lay open afterwards to the tempter.
The gilded bait held out to Eve in the temptation was “Ye shall be as God” (Genesis 3: 5). This was God’s very purpose for the sinless pair before they fell. It seems that the word ” likeness ” in Genesis 1:26 signifies to “become like”, indicating that the wonderful potentialities breathed into Adam constituting the image of God, were meant to be developed in a process which would ” end in man being like his Creator in dominion and rule over all things. How tragic, then, that God Who alone could rightly develop and guide the use of these powers, should be shut outside the wonderful being He had created, and more terrible still that the very potentialities inherent in Him should now lie open to the hand of His enemy.

Adam here (obviously not considering that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom Psalms 111:10) chose to align himself with God’s enemy by the decision he made to develop the functions of his will, intellect and emotions “APART FROM GOD” at the expense of developing the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God. Let us quickly look at what the dictionary tells us about these words compared with what the word of God says:

BODY

The physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead: The trunk or main mass of a thing: the body of a tree: Anatomy, the physical structure of a human being or animal, not including the head, limbs, and tail; trunk; torso.

Flesh:
The body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak: The physical or animal nature of humankind as distinguished from its moral or spiritual nature: the needs of the flesh: Humankind.

Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Luke 3:6; John 6:63; Acts 2:26; Rom. 6:19; Rom. 7:5; Rom. 7:18; Rom. 7:25; Rom. 8:1-5; 5-13; 8.23; Rom. 13:14; 1Cor. 1:29; 1Cor. 5:5; I Cor. 15.22, 23, 42-44, 51-56; 2Cor. 1:12; 2Cor. 3:3; 2Cor. 4:11; 2Cor. 7:1; 2Cor. 10:3; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3.20-21; Col:2:13; 1 Thess. 4.14-18; 1Pet. 4:2; John 2:16.

SOUL

The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

Will:
The faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: The freedom of the will: Power of choosing one’s own actions: The act or process of using or asserting one’s choice: Wish or desire: Purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; wilfulness: Volition.

Compare with: Ps.27:12; Psa. 41:2; Ezek.16:27; Deut. 21:14; Psa. 35:25; Num. 30:2; I Chron. 22:19; Jer. 44:14; Job 6:7; Job 7:15.
Intellect:
The power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; The understanding: The faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge: Capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, esp. of a high or complex order: Mental capacity: A particular mind or intelligence, esp. of a high order: A person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge: Minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.
Compare with: Ezek. 24:25; Prov. 19:2; Psa. 13:2; Psa. 139:14; Lam. 3:20; Prov. 2:10; Prov. 3:21-22; Prov. 24:14.
Emotion: 
An affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness: Any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc: Any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking: An instance of this: Something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
Compare with:
Affection- Song 1:7; Luke 1:46; Job 33:20; 2 Sam. 5:8; Zech. 11:8; Deut. 6:5; Job 10:1; Psa. 107:18.
Desire – Deut. 14:26; 1 Sam. 20:4; Psa. 84:2; Psa. 42:1; Is. 26:9.
Feeling & Sensing- Luke 2:35; I Sam. 30:6; 2 Kings 4:27; Judges 10:16; Job 19:2; Is. 61:10; Psa. 86:4; Psa. 107:5; Psa. 116:7; Psa. 119:20; Prov. 16:24; Is. 55:2; Jonah 2:7; Matt, 26:38; John 12:27; 2 Peter 2:8.
SPIRIT

The principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul; Excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigour, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That’s the spirit; The incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.

Conscience:
The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience: The complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual: An inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me: Knowledge shows what is right or wrong, but it is the conscience that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it.

Compare with: Deut. 2:30; Psa. 34:18; Psa. 51:10; John 13:21; Acts 17:16; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 5:3; 2 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:7
Intuition:
Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension: A fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way: A keen and quick insight: The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight: An immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object; any object or truth so discerned; pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge: The ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker’s native-language competence.
Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Mark 2:8; Mark 8:12; John 11:33; Acts 18:5; Acts 18:25; Acts 20:22; 1 Cor. 2:11; I Cor. 16:18; 2 Cor. 7:13
Communion:
Interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature: The act of sharing, or holding in common; participation: Worship

Compare with: Luke 1:47; John 4:23; Rom. 1:9; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 8:15; Rom. 8:16; I Cor. 6:17; 1 Cor. 14:15; I Cor. 14:16; Rev. 21:10.

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These three elements of man each have their own distinct level of supremacy; The spirit is highest in supremacy and the body is lowest, in other words, our SPIRIT, God-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion) should at all times, have supremacy over our BODY, world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc): and the balance between these two is facilitated by our SOUL, self-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our will, intellect and emotions)

Now at any point in time, the spirit being most supreme should also have control over the soul which acts more or less as the middleman between it (spirit) and body; it is the communicator of authority from the Holy Spirit from man’s spirit to His body.

So if at any point in time the soul is compromised, as in complicity that made Adams soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; then the result is the abnormality of the soul being totally subjected to and being at ease with the dictates of the flesh (body).

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”. (Galatians 5:16-25)

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. (Galatians 6:8).

After the fall, Adam only had the capacity to sow to the flesh, the functions of his will, intellect and emotions became totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh – world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of his senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc) and this definitely meant he then has to “of the flesh reap corruption”; because he failed to heed the waning given to him by God in Genesis 2:17:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”

The death spoken of here by God is not physical death, but death of the spirit; it refers to a spirit separated from God; a spirit in darkness that needs the light of God to be regenerated, to come alive again – less than an empty battery that needs to be recharged to be of any use but one that needs to be born afresh. It refers to a spirit that needs fresh Life from above breathed into it. King David gave us a clue in Psalms 36:9 about the source of this fresh Light and Life:

“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light”.

John also points us in the same direction:

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. (John 1:9-12)

Yes!! Because, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. (John 3:6) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (born not of the intensions of the first Adam with ulterior motives characterised by the irregularity of the functions of his will, intellect and emotions; totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh) but –

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. (John 1:13-14).

That’s right! “Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” Jesus, The Only Begotten Son of God came in the form of man to right the wrongs of Adam’s choice. Now this is the crux; there is always that lingering thought in the inner recess of the mind that questions this idea of Jesus being The Son of God.

Being brought up as a Muslim, this was one of the hurdles I had to cross; a great number of professing “Christians” have also passively bypassed their own personal opinions on the matter. Charles Spurgeon in GOD’S WORD NOT TO BE REFUSED touched on this:

But there are some who do hear, and have a very intelligent idea of what they hear, but who actually refuse to believe it. For divers reasons best known to themselves they reject the testimony of the incarnate God. They hear that God the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and he hath borne testimony that whosoever believeth in him is not condemned. They know but they will not believe in him. They will give you first one excuse, and then another, but all the excuses put together will never mitigate the fact that they do not believe the testimony of God concerning his Son, Jesus Christ, and so they “refuse him that speaketh.” How many, how many here are by their unbelief refusing the Christ that speaks out of heaven?
Some are even offended at the gospel, as in Christ’s day. When he came to a tender point in his preaching they went back and walked no more with him. Such there are to be found in our assemblies. The gospel galls them; there is some point that touches their prejudices, something that touches their favourite sin, and they are vexed and irritable. They ought to be angry–angry with their sin–but they are angry with Christ instead. They ought to denounce themselves, and patiently seek mercy, but this is not palatable to them; they would rather denounce the preacher, or denounce the preacher’s Master.
In our next post, we will continue our deliberation on this subject of Jesus being the only begotten Son of God.

Meanwhile:
Heavenly Father, in the light of Your countenance is life; and You favour is like the cloud of the latter rain (Prov. 16:15); we pray that You will let this rain of Your unadulterated Word and The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; of grace and mercy through Him and Salvation by Him countinue to fall bountifully and mightily upon our world: And daily bring Holy spirit inspired conviction and repentance upon our heart – Amen
 Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus –  The Act And The Power Thereof

                             SABAOTH SUMMER 2021                                                      FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal  Purpose               

The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart

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In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented. We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways, We also looked at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience where we saw that Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. That it is possible for man to sear his/her conscience and be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things without being aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED; and this can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING. We also looked at Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin. Where saw the importance of having a grasp of the fact that every sin is essentially unforgivable if it is not confessed. We also looked at Circumcision of A Regenerated Heart. Here we saw that as the Jewish circumcision is primarily a covenant with God but also aimed at dealing with the hygiene problem of dirt on the foreskin; spiritual circumcision is primarily about how the work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary deals with the inordinate activities of the soul which necessitates the need to divide between the spirit and the soul – this task essentially done by the Word of God.

The last topic we looked at was Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin where we saw that we used to be united to Adam; so when he sinned, we sinned. But because of our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what has happened to Him has happened to us. So now that we are united to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what He has done; we have done also.

In this presentation we will now have a look at:
The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus: The Act And The Power Thereof

Jesus has died and saved His people from sin and death, and He will return to raise us to new life in the resurrection. The resurrection is the new life that Jesus offers to the woman at the well; it is the living water that quenches thirst forever. In the face of the world’s hopelessness and darkness, Jesus has broken into the world so that all who believe might be saved through Him.

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

In The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus: The Act And The Power Thereof, we look at:

  1. Evidence of His resurrection:
  2. The Witnesses of Jesus.
  3. Jesus’ prediction his death, burial, and resurrection; as well as those of the prophets of the Old Testament.
  4. The Tomb Really was Empty.
  5. Jesus was seen and interacted with after He came back to life by friends and enemies.
  6. The Christian church exists.
  7. Witnesses transformed by what they saw and heard

Why Is It Essential That We Believe That He Literarily Physically Rose Up From The Dead: In His Body: Leaving An Empty Grave????? “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. (1 Corinthians 15:19-26)

The empty grave – which shows the purpose of His death and of His dying which is to deal with our sin is accomplished.

The plan of The Master Planner – Can The Son of God die? And Remain dead?
Our Total Redemption – It is a guaranty of the coming of the eternal Kingdom

Prayers:

AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to see deep down in the inner recesses of our heart; our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection
  2. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to recon ourselves to be alive unto You through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  3. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is.
  4. Heavenly Father, we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit
  5. ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
    Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the marvellous truth taught in Your Word, that there is a way out of our guilt, a way out of our alienation, that we no longer need to be far off from you.
  6. Heavenly Father, for the grace to come to that point where we realise the true place of the Holy Spirit, that His entire work is to lead our souls into union with the our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of you our Father in heaven whilst He Himself directs, and works in the background.
  7. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. (1 Peter 3:15)

 

 

Dealing With Life’s Challenges The Biblical ‘DIY’ Way

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                                     LIFE’S CHALLENGES                                         Dealing With Life’s Challenges The Biblical ‘DIY’ Way

                              STRESS / ANXIETY / DEPRESSION                  Praying the Word of God through stress, anxiety and depression

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Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. (Philippians 4:5-7 Amplified)

And Remember Faith that is not tested is not real faith and the surest way to test faith is unbelief – ‘opportunities’ to doubt will surely come but then it is an opportunity for us to go before the Lord and pray:                                                                                               O Lord help my unbelief.

TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD IS REALLY SAYING TO US IN HIS WORD, WE NEED TO READ THE PASSAGE MORE CAREFULLY AND IN CONTEXT. SOME WAYS TO DO THIS (ESPECIALLY ONLINE) IS TO:

Ctrl + click on the bible passages and this will take you to Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com) where you can access numerous almost all versions and languages of the Bible available.

Google bible passage (or go straight to Bible Hub (www.biblehub.com) to see an array of cross references and commentaries on the Bible passage.

The benefits of praying through God’s Word

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (Colossians 1:27-29)

Then:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

when we pray through God’s Word, though our intellect will make the medical perspective available to us; the most important perspective is “what is God saying about this my situation???” (which He has already given us in His Word); is made clear to us by having good intuition. Intuition is a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: It is a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.

      DEALING WITH STRESS / ANXIETY / DEPRESSION        Praying the Word of God through stress, anxiety and depression

Not knowing what the future holds (in some climes, not knowing where the next meal will come from); physical insecurity; the feeling of the need to please everybody; not being able to say “no” to people are some factors that act as triggers for stres, anxiety or depression; others are the feeling of insecurity or low self-esteem; perfectionism or even, overworking.

Stress and anxiety or depression may seem similar, but they’re not the same. The difference? Stress, while anxiety is a reaction to the stress. Anxiety, which has no clear cause, tends to last longer and be more difficult to treat.

Difficulties and challenges – experience we all have to deal with every day is what is called stress. It is a response to the pressures or threatening situations we face daily: While anxiety is a reaction to the stress; it is when one (over time) fills his/her self with stress. It develops from an anxious mindset and perhaps being overloaded with stress.

To be anxious is to worry or preoccupy oneself on troubles. one feel restless, disturbed, or burdened. If the anxiety is intense then the body is uncomfortable and the mind won’t slow down. Which makes it difficult to relax; even in the sleep sometimes when fears, nightmares, or flashbacks. Fears is first initiated, so as to give legitimate ‘doorway’ for spiritual attack through dream and thus restlessness even during sleep.

Stress affects a lot of people, and can influence your health. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Skin rashes
  • Loss of sleep

Stress typically goes away when the causes disappear. However, chronic stress can escalate into anxiety or depression, so it’s important to take steps to reduce or eliminate stress whenever possible.

Sample of how to use workbook

Month

Scripture
Your Thoughts, Observations & Prayer Extracted From This Scripture.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

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Ctrl + click on the bible passages and this will take me to Bible Gateway where I can find the versions or languages that I am comfortable with:

Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all. (Amplified Bible)

Ǹjẹ́ kí Olúwa àlàáfíà, fúnrarẹ̀ máa fún yín ní àlàáfíà nígbà gbogbo. Kí Olúwa kí ó wà pẹ̀lú gbogbo yín. (Yoruba Language)

Google bible passage (or go straight to Bible Hub (www.biblehub.com) to see an array of cross references and commentaries on the Bible passage.

My prayer from this passage (WHICH SHOULD BE GEARED TOWARDS CONSECRATION; AS GOD WILL ALWAYS FAITHFULLY FULFIL HIS PART OF THE DEAL) is:

that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances

“O Lord multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to walk with You regardless of life’s circumstances.”
(“We” or “us” is used here because it takes the same ‘one’ sentence to pray it for myself and also to pray it in a corporate context).

 

 

 

 

 

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

                                         SABAOTH SPRING 2021                                                             FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose

The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart

 

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In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented. We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways, We also looked at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience where we saw that Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. That it is possible for man to sear his/her conscience and be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things without being aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED; and this can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING.   We also looked at Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin. Where saw the importance of having a grasp of the fact that every sin is essentially unforgivable if it is not confessed.

The last topic we looked at was Circumcision of A Regenerated Heart. Here we saw that as the Jewish circumcision is primarily a covenant with God but also aimed at dealing with the hygiene problem of dirt on the foreskin; spiritual circumcision is primarily about how the work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary deals with the inordinate activities of the soul which necessitates the need to divide between the spirit and the soul – this task essentially done by the Word of God.

We will now have a look at:

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-7)

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3)

We used to be united to Adam; so when he sinned, we sinned. But because of our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what has happened to Him has happened to us. Now that we are united to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, so what He has done; we have done also.

when a Body is being lowered into the grave; a proclamation is kind of being made that; this person being lowered into the grave has finished entirely and completely with the life of this world and all that belongs to it. In other words, his/her relationship with this world and this present life is finished.

So if:

we are buried with him by baptism into death: (Romans 6:4a)

As far as we (believers) are concerned: That life which is under the law and within the realm of the power of sin was finished; it WAS done with – it is still done with.

Prayers:

 AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to see deep down in the inner recesses of our heart; our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection
  2. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to recon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin
  3. Heavenly Father, we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
  4. Any power of death operating in through, and against any aspect of our being; collide with the covenant of the Blood of The Eternal Covenant
  5. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the marvellous truth taught in Your Word, that there is a way out of our guilt, a way out of our alienation, that we no longer need to be far off from you.
  6. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is.
  7. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

 

Circumcision of a Regenerated Heart

                                SABAOTH WINTER 2021                                                   FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose

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In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented. We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways, We also looked at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience where we saw that Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. That it is possible for man to sear his/her conscience and be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things without being aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED; and this can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING.   The last topic we looked at was Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin. Where we saw the importance of having a grasp of the following facts:

  1. Every sin is essentially unforgivable if it is not confessed
  2. NOT confessing is to LIE to God.
  3. Lying to God is an intentional and High Handed sin, for which there is no atonement.
  4. By confessing you are no longer lying to God but instead agreeing with Him that you have trespassed. Then the sin can be atoned for.
  5. The condition of the heart is a priority when it comes to imputing the work of the cross to a believer.
  6. An unrepentant man who offers a sacrifice is NOT forgiven.
  7. The Cross is not a forgiveness vending machine. It is only efficacious for the one who confesses and repents.

We will now have a look at Circumcision of A Regenerated Heart:

When the sun had gone down and a [deep] darkness had come, there appeared a smoking brazier and a flaming torch which passed between the [divided] pieces [of the animals].  (Genesis 15:17 Amp)

Comparable to the oath to which God had submitted himself; CIRCUMCISION in the old testament; is an act of oat of Abraham’s covenanted commitment to the Lord that: the Lord alone would be his God, whom he would trust and serve.

“This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you”.(Genesis 17:10-11)

There was a permanency about this physical male circumcision that would serve as a constant reminder of the covenantal promises of God. God’s will through Abraham’s lineage was that the creator of life will be revealed to the world that he may permanently destroy the destroyer of life which is sin. Physically, someone who is not circumcised is one who has a covering around that part of his anatomy that creates live; in the uncircumcised, the source of life is covered up or hidden, with circumcision, that part is revealed.

And the male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”  (Genesis 17:14 Amp.)

Circumcision was God’s appointed “sign of the covenant” which signified Abraham’s covenanted commitment to the Lord that:

the Lord alone would be his God, whom he would trust and serve.

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12)

Just as the Jewish circumcision is primarily a covenant with God but also aimed at dealing with the hygiene problem of dirt on the foreskin; spiritual circumcision is primarily about how the work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary deals with the inordinate activities of the soul which necessitates the need to divide between the spirit and the soul. John Calvin comments:

“Christ accomplishes in us spiritual circumcision, not through means of that ancient sign, which was in force under Moses, but by baptism. Baptism, therefore, is a sign of the thing that is presented to us, which while absent was prefigured by circumcision.”

When a holy law is applied (just like a searchlight) to sinful man, then his sinfulness comes out in full display.

We are all sinners by nature. If God asks nothing of us, all seems to go well, but as soon as He demands something of us the occasion is provided for a grand display of our sinfulness

When the Law is applied: our weaknesses manifest

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference. (Romans 3:19-22)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23).

It is for this reason that the inordinate activities of the soul of a believer should be checked. And this is done by the Word of God. In this end-time period we are in, a believer is expected to strictly follow in the steps of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by laying down the lower form of life that man develops through his own fleshly activities (Psuche); So as to be able to live by the Spirit and share with God in His eternal life (Zoe).

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

If we care only of the law in commandments, trying to fulfil it and apply it in our living, the law of God becomes words of death to us because by ourselves we CANNOT fulfil the law of God! But we can decide what the law of God is to us if we take every part of it and every word of it as the breath of God, the word breathed out by the God whom we love and enjoy, the law is life-giving to us just as the Holy Spirit is. We can either be fed by reading the law of God (In an ‘organic’ way) or we can be trembling before its requirements.

Being able to discern good and bad; right and wrong; life and death in situations of life comes from the regular time we spend in enjoying the Word of God, praying and singing God’s word, even memorizing it.

Just as in physical circumcision and as Jesus was “cut off” from the land of the living, the skin of the orange has to be peeled off, the body cut through, before you can get to the seed in which resides the “source of life’ of the orange. We have to apply the Word of God to our life

“piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit (pneuma) and soul (psyche) and body (soma) be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

There is physical un-circumcision which can be inconsequential; but the un-circumcision of the heart will surely incur the wrath of God.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. (Jeremiah 9:25-26)

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Romans 8:13).

 

Prayers:

 AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Heavenly Father, that You will Keep us in Your Word daily, that we may be daily saved, nourished, and enlivened by Your Word.
  2. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us to rejoice evermore; Pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks: for this is Your will in Christ Jesus concerning us.
  3. May give us the grace to have a prayerful attitude as we come to Your Word, receiving the Word into us by means of all prayer, thanksgiving, petition, singing, and psalming.
  4. O Lord, and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives.
  5. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before; that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the purification our motives and conscience.
  6. Heavenly Father, that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You.
  7. Heavenly Father, that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You.
  8. O Lord that as being indwelled by You is the great joy of salvation; You would grant us this honour; put Your Spirit within us O Lord and choose to take residence in us.
  9. Heavenly Father, and we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
  10. Heavenly Father, that You teach us to accurately, righteously fear You.
  11. Heavenly Father, that You will give us the grace wisdom and power to recognise that the object and purpose of your instruction and charges to us is Love, which springs from a pure heart and a good and clear conscience and sincere, unfeigned faith.
  12. Heavenly Father, and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives.

 

 

 

Confession – Its Power To Remove The Sting of Sin

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I remember some years back when I used to go with Pa Olagunju for weekly ministration to people at the detention centre just outside of London, and during the week prior to one of the Saturdays, he told me that I will be sharing the message at the centre, so I asked him what topic he wanted me to share on, and he replied asking – “am I the Holy Spirit”? So I decided to go and ask the Holy Spirit, what I am supposed to share? I then had a witness in my heart to “pray for the conviction of your own sin”.

So, there I was thinking, am I supposed to go and share my own sins with the people? Then I had known who the boss was (to some extent), so I started praying – “Holy Spirit convict me of my sins”. Just imagine what a ‘lovely’ (I mean terrible) time I had from that Tuesday until we were actually on the journey to the detention centre; then I felt a refreshing from the Holy Spirit and a witness to my heart to “just present the Gospel” simply as just around the 4 spiritual laws.

We got there prepared the room, and the people started coming in and after a worship session Baba said go on and do your thing, so I went on and just simply presented the gospel, As I finished the Holy Spirit started to do his work of conviction of sin and what followed was confession and I actually had to tell a guy to mind what he was saying, remembering that he was in a detention facility; WHAT GOD ONLY WANTED FROM HIM WAS THE GODLY SORROW THAT LEADS TO REPENTANCE; And I am sure the confession he was trying to make released the DELIVERANCE he sought.

In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented. We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways, The last topic we looked at was The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience where we saw that Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. That it is possible for man to sear his/her conscience and be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things without being aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED; and this can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING.

We will now have a look at Confession – Its Power To Remove The Sting of Sin in:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive to Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

 

Confession – Its Power To Remove The Sting of Sin

Dictionary Definition of confession:

1: To tell or make known (something, such as something wrong or damaging to oneself) ADMIT E.g. he confessed his guilt

2a: to acknowledge (sin) to God or to ANOTHER BELIEVER

b: to receive the confession of (a penitent)

3: to declare faith in or adherence to : PROFESS

4: to disclose one’s faults specifically : to unburden one’s sins or the state of one’s conscience to God or to ANOTHER BELIEVER

5: ADMIT, OWN confess to a crime

 

The POWER OF COFESSION TO REMOVE THE STING OF SIN

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

First things first, It is important to have a grasp of the following facts:

  1. Every sin is essentially unforgivable if it is not confessed
  2. NOT confessing is to LIE to God.
  3. Lying to God is an intentional and High Handed sin, for which there is no atonement.
  4. By confessing you are no longer lying to God but instead agreeing with Him that you have trespassed. Then the sin can be atoned for.
  5. The condition of the heart is a priority when it comes to imputing the work of the cross to a believer.
  6. An unrepentant man who offers a sacrifice is NOT forgiven.
  7. The Cross is not a forgiveness vending machine. It is only efficacious for the one who confesses and repents.

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’  – Søren Kierkegaard

You must learn to follow our Savior for yourself, but never follow Him by yourself. – Henri Nouwen

“Who helps me most?” I must answer, “The one who is willing to share his or her life with me.”  -Henri Nouwen

Precautions

Sin committed between you and the Lord alone (transgression) is confessed between you and the Lord alone.

I confess my sin before the Lord, it brings forgiveness

I confess it to another believer, it activates deliverance from that sin

If you have sinned against somebody else, you have to confess it to that person, ask his/her forgiveness and confess it to the Lord as well.

Sin committed against a group should be confessed before the group and also before the Lord.

Confession should be made carefully so that further injustice is not done. For instance, it is foolish to confess bad thoughts about someone to that person. That way you will do more damage than good. The purpose of confession is to bring forth healing and not further separation. If someone knows that you have gossiped about him, confess it. If he does not know about it, do not tell him about it because it only causes harm. If the Lord leads you, pray with another trustworthy believer about the matter.

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine prising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:1-14)

I confess it to another believer, it brings forth deliverance from that sin.

Caution!!!

Be mindful of who you confess your sin to

 

God will surely forgive and “that’s it”

But

Man can always come back to use it against you

 

Restitution

Sin can cause physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual damage to a believer that is difficult to rectify. Restitution should be made where he/she have done someone harm, for instance by stealing from someone, or hostility between the believer and someone else. In other words the believer must set the record straight, return the stolen goods, confess his/her share in the matter. If the believer cannot fix the problems caused by their actions, he/she should sincerely ask forgiveness of those that have been wronged and try to find another way to show a change of heart.

Definition of restitution

1 : an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: such as

a : a restoration of something to its rightful owner

b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury

2 : a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state

  1. the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

“the ANC had demanded the restitution of land seized from blacks”

  1. recompense for injury or loss. “he was ordered to pay £6,000 in restitution”

Restitution Cannot Replace Repentance

The Heart Of The Matter Is Essentially The Matter Of The Heart.

WHEN RESTITUTION SHOULD BE MADE (Leviticus 6:1-7)

IF

All crimes or offences involving oppression, theft, and fraud are direct breaches of faith against God. Not all sins are crimes, nor are all crimes sins as such.

 If anyone sins and commits a trespass against the Lord and deals falsely with his neighbour in a matter of deposit given him to keep, or of bargain or pledge, or of robbery, or has oppressed his neighbour. Or has found what was lost and lied about it, or swears falsely, in any of all the things which men do and sin in so doing, (Leviticus 6:2-3)

A repentant heart alone, of course, is no excuse to withhold repayment; however, neither should financial recompense ever replace what must be a matter of the heart

Then if he has sinned and is guilty, he shall restore what he took by robbery, or what he secured by oppression or extortion, or what was delivered him to keep in trust, or the lost thing which he found (Leviticus 6:4)

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.”: Repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God.

 

Prayers:

 AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Holy Spirit, in times of evil guilt from an evil conscience that seeks to block our access to God, imprint in the inner recesses of our being that the Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ wholly satisfies God.
  2. O Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond.
  3. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be filled with renewed vigour and courage.
  4. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the purification our motives and conscience.
  5. Any power of death operating in through, and against any aspect of our being; collide with the covenant of the Blood of The Eternal Covenant
  6. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be filled with grace to confess our sins even to other believers if the need arises.
  7. Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the marvellous truth taught in Your Word, that there is a way out of our guilt, a way out of our alienation, that we no longer need to be far off from you.
  8. Heavenly Father, that You teach us to accurately, righteously fear You.
  9. Heavenly Father, that You will help us to be honest about our guilt, and not try to avoid it but to know that there is no way out unless we acknowledge it.

 

 

 

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

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 In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy: Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. Where we looked at the first part of the Conversion Process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening); these being Faith (Saving Faith) and Repentance working hand in hand in an indivisible process. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways

We will now have a look at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience in:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

 

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Dictionary Definition of conscience

1a: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good e.g. She had a guilty conscience.

b: a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts guided by conscience

2: conformity to what one considers to be correct, right, or morally good : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS

3: sensitive regard for fairness or justice : SCRUPLE e.g. a wealthy man with no conscience

“A knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right; moral judgement that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt.”

The conscience is for us to discern right from wrong, to justify or to condemn. Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but our conscience is that part of us that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it. The conscience is a part of our spirit:

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 9:1)

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16)

The conscience is part of the spirit

In the unregenerate man, the conscience as a part of the heart is devoid of guidance from the Spirit of God; but restricted within limits by the grace of God. But at salvation the conscience is restored to perform it’s full functions as part of the spirit of man.

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

It is possible for us to defile our conscience.

By maltreating it we can lessen its acuteness or sensitivity.

If we persist in disobeying it and if we persist in aligning our life and our thoughts with things that are condemned by the conscience, it can be influenced and then go on to be defiled.

The hot iron KILLS THE NERVES and renders the part i.e. the conscience insensitive

Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. Imagine a sensitive surface with nerves and nerve endings sensitive to the slightest touch and able to feel the sensation of pain. Then you bring this hot iron and you place it on it to seal off all the nerve routes. It will surely become hard and callous; so that even if you pinch it or stick a pin into it, you will feel nothing. You have just caused the kind of hardness and callousness that renders it insensitive and sometimes dead.

It is possible for man to do this to his/her conscience and the be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things and are not aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED. This can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING.

In this end-time period we are in, a believer is expected to strictly follow in the steps of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by laying down the lower form of life that man develops through his own fleshly activities (Psuche); So as to be able to live by the Spirit and share with God in His eternal life (Zoe).

The overdevelopment in the capacity of the soul of man to the detriment of life of Jesus Christ through spirit has to be checked. The ‘old man’ has to go so that the new can come to be, which is where the Cross comes in. At rebirth (born-again), When we get saved, which is our ‘passport’ to partake of the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary this processes

When it comes to purification, our faith plays out in a two-fold movement: downward, We cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; upward, we put our trust in Jesus for the transformation of our life. Trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another; it is also a measure of the spiritual authority God puts at our disposal, which is also commensurate with the level of our spiritual maturity. Worldly maturity connotes the level of being independent of anyone; but spiritual maturity is the: LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD

The soul being saved, should reflect the purity of the heart; meaning that the effect of the functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God is demonstrated by the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

Then, at this point of being saved and having a regenerated heart, the soul

[(Functions of Will, Intellect & Emotions now being controlled by the spirit (Functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God ) that is in turn now also under the control of the Holy Spirit] should be committed solely to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and enabled to comprehend the solid biblical and historical facts that Christianity is built on.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (Hebrews 13:18)

A good conscience is a conscience sanctified by the Spirit of God, and sprinkled by the blood of Jesus. We must be in all things, be willing to live honestly; not only as men, but as ministers; faithfully dispensing the word of truth, without any regard to the favour or frowns of men, as good stewards of the mysteries of God

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. (2 Corinthians 1:12)

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. (Acts 24:16)

A good conscience is where a man is not condemned or found guilty by his conscience; where he is acting in agreement with his conscience; so he gets no trouble from his conscience. This then is subject to the values he holds. If the values are underpinned by the Word of God then this ‘no condemnation’ verdict of the conscience is deemed valid.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (Hebrews 13:18)

This could be taken to the extreme sometimes as in the case of a ‘Delicate Conscience’. An individual judges correctly and with careful attention concerning the acts about to be performed. Always the intention is to please God and does not want to offend him in the slightest degree.

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 9:1)

A good conscience is what bears us “witness in The Holy Ghost”. When we think our conscience may say yes; and at other times the same conscience may say No. Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but:  It is the CONSCIENCE that APPROVES WHAT IS RIGHT and DISAPPROVES what is CONTRARY TO THAT WHICH IS RIGHT; Subject to The Word of God

Our conscience is the greatest safeguard possible against mere theoretical opinion about truth or mere intellectual interest in truth. In our 21st century society that is under the firm grip of media manipulation, maintaining a clear conscience and being on guard not to be a theoretical or intellectual Christian at the expense of the wholeness of the Christian life is of paramount importance.

Next, we will be looking at

Confession .

Prayers:

 AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Lord, that You will give us the grace wisdom and power to recognise that the object and purpose of your instruction and charges to us is Love, which springs from a pure heart and a good and clear conscience and sincere, unfeigned faith.
  2. Heavenly Father, that as we plead the blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Jesus’ name upon the conscience of each and everyone of us that our consciences may be healed and prevented from being seared by the wiles of the enemy, sin, or any other way the searing may, or may have occurred.
  3. Lord, that we will be able by your grace, express faith through love, and overcome the ploy of the enemy to subject us to the passivity of conscience, which means that we could in this condition close our mind to all arguments, and statements upon which we have come to settled conclusions, and all effort to give us further truth and light is regarded as interference, and the person attempting it as ignorant, or intrusive.
  4. Lord, and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives.
  5. Lord, and we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
  6. Heavenly Father, for the grace to come to that point where we realise the true place of the Holy Spirit, that His entire work is to lead our souls into union with the our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of you our Father in heaven whilst He Himself directs, and works in the background.
  7. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is.
  8. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God

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In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy: Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. Where we looked at the first part of the Conversion Process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening); these being Faith (Saving Faith) and Repentance working hand in hand in an indivisible process. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

We will now have a look at repentance in:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

Sin is not doing the good you know. We sin knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally and that is our nature (sin nature) as Adam’s descendants thus we need to live in Jesus Christ; repenting for the washing our sins. It (sin) can also come in the form of transgression which is rebellion against God’s authority and law; to violate God’s law or command.

There is also iniquity, which is being wicked or immoral in nature or character. Primarily, it indicates “not an action, but the character of an action”, and is so distinguished from “sin”. Therefore, we have the phrase “the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5). Iniquity can be described as the core of wrongdoing or evil, while sin is this quality actually enacted in the world. It is the essence of the ‘old man’

The word repentance expresses a radical change of mind toward sin and implies a conscious moral separation from sin and a decision to forsake it and agree with God.

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.” and repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God. It is paramount we realise that faith will always precede repentance as it impossible for one to utilise what he/she does not have an understanding of – we need first to understand this mercy of God as provided for us in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before we can now say we will go to God in repentance: it is this LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD (from which faith is derived) that is a launch pad for our willingness to repent.

Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways. Repentance is also that window that opens for us to see what we are called to; this being that, we are to represent God’s living and working in human life; how the effects of sin’s offensive attack on God defeats this purpose and how it can be remedied by means of the lordship of God’s Spirit over man’s spirit, soul and body.

REPENTANCE IS THE REAL TURNING OF OUR LIFE TO GOD THAT STEMS FROM OUR LOVE FOR HIM WHICH LEADS TO A RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF HIM. THAT LOVE COMES FROM A PURITY OF HEART, GOOD CONSCIENCE AND SINCERE FAITH.

Prayers:

We continually pray:

  1. Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond.
  2. Lord, that The Holy Spirit will open the eye of our heart in order that we may see the true state and condition of our heart.
  3. Lord, that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You.
  4. Lord, that The Holy Spirit will show us our condemnation; that we may be able to SEE OUR SINS; FEEL, REALISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GUILT AND CONDEMNATION IN A GODLY SENSE.
  5. Lord, for there is ONLY ONE WAY; ONE WAY ALONE and You are The Way; The Truth and The Life and no one comes to The Father except through You. Reveal Yourself to unbelievers deep down in their heart that they may see You and be relived of their burden of sin.
  6. Holy Spirit, in times of evil guilt from an evil conscience that seeks to block our access to God, imprint in the inner recesses of our being that the Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ wholly satisfies God.
  7. That deeply in our inner being, Holy Spirit, will constantly convict us of our sins by the Blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus
  8. Lord, that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You.

 

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

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In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy;

Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We will continue our look at:

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Mortification – Empowerment to Crush Indwelling Sin.

Vivification – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

 

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. (Romans 9:16-18)

The Conversion Process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening) is Faith (Saving Faith) and Repentance working hand in hand in an indivisible process. Saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God. It is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:24-26)

Saving faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of one’s understanding of the fact that he/she is a sinner who is in the process of making the personal decision to trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and receive the salvation Jesus Christ earned for us on the cross. (this process being one you cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to you by your seeing yourself hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:4-7)

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)

Prayers:

We continually pray:

  1. Lord, that The Holy Spirit will open the eye of our heart in order that we may see the true state and condition of our heart. (Jeremiah 17:9)
  2. Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond. (Acts 2:37-38)
  3. Lord, that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
  4. Lord, that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You. (Ezekiel 11:19)
  5. Lord that as being indwelled by You is the great joy of salvation; You would grant us this honour; put Your Spirit within us O Lord and choose to take residence in us. (Ezekiel 36:27)
  6. Lord, for there is ONLY ONE WAY; ONE WAY ALONE and You are The Way; The Truth and The Life and no one comes to The Father except through You. Reveal Yourself to unbelievers deep down in their heart that they may see You and be relieved of their burden of sin. (John 14:6; Matthew 11:28-30)
  7. Lord, that you will initiate, empower and open the heart of the unconverted in order that they can in turn believe and respond to the Gospel. (Acts 16:14)
  8. Lord that the Holy Spirit will convict the unconverted of the facts of their being bound by sin; being slaves to sin and that Your power is more than enough to set free. (Romans 6:17)
  9. Lord that the Holy Spirit will move upon the mind of the unconverted to give them spiritual sight, so that they might be able to see and comprehend the Gospel. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
  10. Lord that the Holy Spirit will move upon the will of the unconverted to give them the enabling grace to repent so that they may be led to the knowledge of the Truth that will set them free from the snare of the enemy. (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

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Welcome back again,

I remember a few years back when I used to join a group of Christian sisters, who had come from different parts of the world to study at the Bible College at Notting Hill; and they decided to set up a shop kitchen outreach in central London; where people could just walk in and fellowship and dine with them. When they had been there for sometime and discovered that the cases of people who walked in were getting worse by the day, be they rich or poor; they decide to indefinitely go on a fast and prayer regime on Thursdays. So I used to just join them for the prayer sessions.

So, one faithful Thursday when I walked into the shop, the sister who was the coordinating Pastor came up to me and said “you are going to do the preaching today”. I was like “huuh”. She was literarily saying I had to get up within 5 minutes and give a message. So as soon as I stood up to start, I decided to use some time for us to just worship the Lord while I pray (inwardly) at the same time for a word from the Lord. While doing this, a sex worker (prostitute) walk in, bloodied on the face and being followed in be the guy who in his own evil way controlled her on the street (her pimp).

Seeing this, the thought of what message to give I guess took back stage, as the lady (sex work) let’s call her Sister Jane started to insist on sharing her own song; the sight of her and her insistence on sharing her own song had already made me to be crying on the inside, while on the outside I was giving the pimp a bad look that told him not to try going near her. So I coincided and let her have her way.

As soon as she opened her mouth to sing her song “One day at a time sweet Jesus” none of us in the room could hold back our tears as we sang along in a supportive way. Then the Holy Spirit took over

When she finished her ’cry-singing’, I took over the ‘cry-singing’ and the rest of the people joined in the ‘cry-worship’ then all of a sudden people just started walking in from the street and confessing their sins. One or two I had to ask to speak quietly but confess deep inside to God as what they were revealing to me could surely get them in trouble, but they couldn’t hold back even in their tailor made expensive designer suits. All they could say is “how do we know this Jesus”. The ‘sister Jane’s singing had spontaneously brought down the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance to bare upon the whole environment of the shop which made people to just keep walking in and start confessing their sins.

In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart we will be looking at:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

.Just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy;

Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

So that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’”

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word.  And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:12-19)

Prayers:

We continually pray:

  1. O Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired  repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond.
  2. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will open the eye of our heart in order that we may see the true state and condition of our heart.
  3. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will show us our condemnation; that we may be able to SEE OUR SINS; FEEL, REALISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GUILT AND CONDEMNATION IN A GODLY SENSE.
  4. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will stamp the Word of God deep into our inner being so as to strike at any fortress of fear or ‘evil boldness’ and convert it to HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED BOLDNESS.
  5. That deeply in our inner being, Holy Spirit, will constantly convict us of our sins by the Blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus

One Day at a Time by Lynda Randle

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus
Thats all I’m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do

Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
God help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

I’m only human
I’m just a woman
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am
Oh, show me the stairway
That I have to climb
Lord, for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking of You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Oh, do you remember
When You walked among men
Well, Jesus, You know
If You’re looking below
That it’s worse now than then
Oh, there’s pushing and shoving
And it’s crowding my mind

So, Lord, for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus

That’s all I’m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Oh, yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord jelp me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Lord, help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

One day at a time

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”I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

 “I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

THE THREEFOLD OVERTHROW OF SELF – Part 1

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Eze 21:27)

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. (Mat.24:12)

And Simon Peter answered and said,  THOU ART THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT (Matthew 16:16, 18).

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE (Hebrews 12:28,29).

I posted this article 10 years ago, then we thought things were so bad, but then where are we today. With all that is being said in recent times about Christianity, in some cases justifiably so: which can be attributed to the unchristian-like activities in the Church today a lot of Christians are beginning to ask doubtful questions. In this age we live in, it is very easy to start becoming unsteady in one’s walk with God; the pressure has always been there, not to talk of what we now seem to see on daily basis with regards to the falling away from the word of God.

So many believers are now beginning to ask the question “is all these Christian stuff real?

It is important to note that if the prayers of the saints cease what will happen?

Just like ten years ago, I spent some quality time with Lord regarding this situation this week and I am led to share this sermon by J. C. Philpot; it is an exposition of Ezekiel 21:7; although there have been other different lines of exposition of this Bible verse, Philpot looks at the verse from the angle of the overthrow of SELF, the number one enemy of man. I have heard many a messages on dealing with self, but this message gives practical ways of daily dealing with self. I will in later posts say one or two words on this, and we will then go back to our exposition on the book of Romans.

Please let us make some time out to pray through the prayer points listed before the Sermon on behalf of the body of Christ (The Church). Remember -WHAT SO EVER YOU SOW YOU WILL ALSO REAP.

Before we go on to the prayers and this message I will like to remind us of some facts:

Judgement will start in the house of God

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator“. (1Peter 4:16-19)

Even the great heroes of past made mistakes but later became great and faithful servants of the Lord.

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“ (Rev. 2:10).

a.       Abraham, the father of the Hebrew nation, at one time worshipped other gods.
b.      David, the third King of Israel, although he committed adultery, became a man after God’s own heart.
c.       Paul, the great apostle of Jesus Christ, at one time had Christians arrested and killed.

God gives second chances

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20).

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1John 1:5)

In the 136th Psalm, 26 times it says, “His lovingkindness is everlasting”. (See also Ephesians 2:4; 1 Peter 1:3;1 John 1:9)

Our God is a consuming fire

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE” (Hebrews 12:28,29).

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:.” (Acts 17:30)

PRAYER POINTS  (Article follows after)

  1. Lord infuse us with your Holy purity.
  2. Lord empower us to discover Your holiness in our soul,
  3. Lord empower us to discover the manifestation of Your strict justice.
  4. Lord bring into our hearts a sense of Your unblemished purity.
  5. Lord empower us to discover the solemn revelation of Your wrath against all sin and transgression.
  6. Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us in its moral and immoral shapes, and bring it into wreck and ruin before You.
  7. Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us be it profane, righteous or holy or presumptious and bring it into wreck and ruin before You so that the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit can become sweet and suitable to us.
  8. Lord empower us to have a spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our heart and nature before You.
  9. Lord, please repair any damage or searing in our conscience so that it can easy receive the application of your law.
  10. Lord empower us to continually receive the discovery to our conscience of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds.
  11. Lord empower us to break up “the fountains of the deep,” and discover with power to our conscience; the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
  12. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to realise deep down in our heart that there is nothing in self to please You with.
  13. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self but to continually look unto the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary.
  14. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.
  15. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self.
  16. Holy Spirit we pray that you will continually show our soul the blood of the atonement, and also continually sprinkle it upon our conscience, that we may continually blessedly experience a taste of God’s mercy.
  17. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from allowing self in us to make us slight Your solemn inward teaching, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by Your mouth to our heart.
  18. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from letting presumption creep upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path.
  19. When this happens we pray O Lord that your will open the eye of our heart to see the precipice at the end of the road.
  20. Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where You put us, and being in that posture where You Yourself sets us down.
  21. Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which makes us want to exalt our stature beyond the height which You have given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.
  22. Lord make our soul a heap of ruins, and overturn and cast to the ground self in us; that we may continually know Your preciousness.
  23. Lord come with power and glory and grace and majesty into our soul, conscience and whole being, set up Your Kingdom, erect a temple for yourself and build up Your own throne of mercy and truth upon the ruins of self in us.
  24. Lord, we pray that at anytime self in us attempts to rebuild itself from it’s ruins you will infuse us with your Holy purity.
  25. Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to realise deep down in our inner man that self is a living principle; not a slaughtered and buried rebel, but a breathing antagonist to You the Lord of life and glory.
  26. Lord empower us to continually look into our heart, and discover that day by day we need this overturning work to be done afresh; and repeated in us again and again .

 

A Sermon DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JUNE 13, 1841, BY J. C. PHILPOT, AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” -Eze 21:27

Before we enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of this passage of Holy Writ, it may be desirable to advert for a few minutes to its literal signification, and to the circumstances under which these words were spoken by the Lord through his prophet Ezekiel.

These words were uttered, then, with reference to King Zedekiah, who at that time sat upon the throne of Judah.

Nebuchadnezzar had elevated him to the position which he then occupied; he had made him king, and, in making him king, he had exacted of him a solemn oath in the name of Jehovah, that he would be faithful to him as his sovereign  2Ch 36:13. Now, this solemn oath, which Zedekiah had taken, he perfidiously broke, and rebelled against his master the king of Babylon, and gave his allegiance to the king of Egypt. It was, then, the breaking of this solemn oath, which he had taken in the name of the Lord, that so provoked the righteous anger of Jehovah against him; and, therefore, in this chapter he says: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem and take off the crown” Eze 21:25,26. The Lord here remonstrates with him, and reproaches him for the violation of that solemn oath which he had taken; he calls him a “profane wicked prince,” because he abode not by the solemn covenant which he had made in his name, agreeably to those words Eze 17:18,19, – “Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.” But the Lord was resolved, not merely to remove this “profane wicked prince” from the throne, but he was determined to overturn the throne itself; not only to pull down this perjured king from the position which he then occupied, but to overthrow the kingdom also of Judah, by a complete overturning of it from its very foundation. And, therefore, when he had said: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem, and take off the crown,” he then goes on in the words of the text: “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more” that is, “it shall be no more” as a kingdom -it shall exist no more in its present state, “until he come whose right it is” that is the king of Zion, Jesus, the Lord of life and glory; “and I will give it him;” in other words, there shall be no more a king in Judah -the kingdom shall no longer stand upon its present base; no temporal monarchy shall be there known, until he come whose right it is, and he shall set up his throne, not literally in Jerusalem, -but spiritually in Zion, that kingdom which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost;” and I with my own hand, “I will give it him.”

But having just adverted to the literal signification, we come now, with God’s blessing, to the spiritual and experimental meaning of the words; and in so doing, we shall doubtless observe some analogy betwixt the two cases. If there were no analogy, there would be no foundation for the spiritual and experimental interpretation founded upon the passage. If I could trace no resemblance betwixt the cases, all such experimental and spiritual interpretation would be merely fanciful and uncertain; it would be upon a wrong basis, and would stand upon an insecure foundation. And, therefore, I shall endeavour to show, before I enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of the passage, that there is an analogy betwixt the literal and spiritual interpretation.

The people of Israel were a people of God’s own choice, and as such were typical of the elect of God, whom he has chosen in Christ before all worlds. But this people swerved from their allegiance; they rebelled against the statutes and ordinances of God, which he had given them by the mouth of his servant Moses; they said, “Give us a king to judge us, like all the nations,” and in demanding a king, the Lord said, by the mouth of Samuel 1Samuel 8:7, “That they had rejected him that he should not reign over them.” This demanding, then, of a king that they might become like other nations was an act of daring rebellion on their parts, whereby they swerved from their allegiance to the “KING of kings and LORD of lords.” The Lord, however, suffered them to continue under this kingly government until a certain time, until the reign of Zedekiah, when he overturned and utterly reduced this kingdom which they had set up to wreck and ruin.

Is there not here an analogy and a resemblance betwixt the typical Israel and the spiritual Israel? As the typical Israel were chosen nationally that the Lord should be their king, so the spiritual Israel were chosen in Christ before all worlds, that he might reign in them.

But as the literal Israel swerved from their allegiance by setting up another king than God, so the elect Israel swerved from their allegiance by falling in Adam; and by becoming subjects of sin and self, fell into a state of rebellion and alienation from God. There is an analogy, then, betwixt the literal kingdom of Israel, and the dominion of sin and self in the hearts of the elect before they are called by sovereign grace. The Lord then says, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is,” that is, I will make this kingdom of sin and self a heap of ruins; I will reduce it to a wreck; I will overturn it from its foundations, and upon the ruins of this kingdom, I will build up another. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more a kingdom as it was before, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

Upon this resemblance, then, I hope, with God’s blessing, this morning, to build up a spiritual and experimental interpretation of the text, and to show, if the Lord enable me, how it applies to the work of grace upon the hearts of God’s people.

Now, if we look at the text, without making any formal divisions, we shall find that it consists of two leading branches.

I. The work of overturning which is thrice repeated; and then
II. What takes place in the soul, when the overturning is complete.

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it;” that is one branch of the Spirit’s work. “Until he come whose right it is;” there is another branch of the Spirit’s teaching in the soul, making Christ experimentally and spiritually known.

I. The most striking feature in these words is, that the Lord repeats three times the expression, “I will overturn it.” It may indeed be said with respect to this repetition of the words three times, that it may signify the positiveness and certainty of God’s determination.
Just in the same manner as, in the vision of Peter, we read, “This was done thrice, and the vessel was received up again into heaven,” in order to show the certainty of the vision -to make more clear and manifest what was the will and purpose of God.

And so, perhaps, the circumstance of the expression being repeated three times, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it,” may be intended to convey with greater authority the certainty of it -that God by solemnly declaring it three times over, expresses thereby the positiveness of it in his own mind. But still I believe, if we come to look at it in a closer point of view, and trace it out according to the teachings of God the Holy Ghost in the hearts of God’s people, we shall find that it is literally true, –that the repetition of it three times does not merely intend to express the certainty of God’s overthrow of self in the soul, but that there are three distinct occasions -three clear, positive, and direct overturnings of self, and bringing it into utter ruin, in order to the setting up of Christ in his glory and beauty upon the wreck and ruins of the creature. And it is remarkable that there were three distinct overturnings of the kingdom of Judah, and a carrying of them into captivity three different times, as well as three distinct restorations; the first was the overthrow of Jehoiakim in the fourth year of his reign, the second that of Jehoiachin in the eighth year of his reign, and the third and last that of King Zedekiah, which the Lord here denounces by the mouth of his prophet, 2Ki 24:1,2 2Ki 24:12 2Ki 25:5,6

Then what is the first overturning which takes place in the heart, when God the Holy Ghost begins the work of grace there?

Where does the Spirit of God find us? He finds us, as the apostle speaks, “alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in us, because of the blindness of our hearts;” he finds us “dead in trespasses and sins,” by nature the “children of wrath even as others;” he finds us under the dominion of sin in some of those various shapes which sin assumes. Then, in order to the setting up of the kingdom of God in the soul, there must be an overthrow of the rule and reign of sin. Just as in the vision which Daniel saw, the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, smote the image upon his feet, and brake in pieces, not only the feet of iron and of clay, but all the other component parts of that image, the gold and the silver and the brass, and was set up upon the wreck and ruins of that image; so the kingdom of God is founded upon the wreck and ruin of self. There is no alliance betwixt unhumbled self and Christ, no more than there is concord between Christ and Belial. Christ never enters into confederacy so as to go halves with the creature, or takes self into partnership; he erects his blessed kingdom of righteousness and peace upon the wreck and ruin of self, and all the strength, wisdom, and righteousness of man must become, as it is said in Daniel, “like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors,” before the kingdom of God is blessedly revealed in the heart, and there made experimentally known.

Overturn No. 1 Profanity
1. The first prominent feature of self is in some cases profane self.

That is, many of God’s elect, before they are called by the blessed Spirit, are living in open profanity, in drunkenness, swearing, adultery, and the barefaced practice of notorious sins. But whenever the Spirit of God begins to work in the heart, he overturns profane self, that is, he brings such solemn convictions into the conscience -he shoots such arrows from the bow of God into the soul, that self in its profane shape is overcome and overthrown thereby. And there is every reason to doubt, whether God has began a work of grace upon that man’s heart, in whose conscience the arrows of conviction have not been lodged, so as to cut the sinews, and let out the life-blood of profane self. If a man, professing the doctrines of grace, can live in any known sin, and without pangs of conscience and anguish of spirit before God, there is every reason to believe that the Spirit of God has never set up his court of judgment in that man’s breast. If profane self has never been arraigned at that bar- has never been condemned and imprisoned, there is no reason to believe, that the Spirit of God has come as the Spirit of judgment, and the Spirit of burning into that man’s heart.

But there are others of God’s elect, who, when he takes them in hand, are not wallowing in profane and open wickedness, and yet are living under the dominion of sin in other shapes -people who are what is called moral outwardly, but who are immoral inwardly; people who are not given up to the excesses of open riot, but are still living under the dominion of sin in other forms; who with a fair demeanour externally are still “alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance and blindness of their heart;” who are under the reign and rule of self; who have no fear of God before their eyes, no spiritual sense of his heart-searching presence, and no desire to know and believe in, worship or love him. Now, these people need just as much that self should be overturned in its moral shape in them, as that self should be overturned in its immoral shape in the others. So long as God is barred out of the heart, it matters little, as far as salvation is concerned, whether a man is living in profaneness or in what is called morality. There is no life in that man’s soul, no spiritual work, nothing in him of a heavenly birth so as to bring him into any acquaintance with God. Self still reigns and rules, and all the stronger from its very morality. It must, therefore, be cast down and overturned from its throne, and become a wreck and a ruin before God.

Well, but what is the instrument -the strong and powerful lever which the Holy Ghost applies to overthrow self in its profane shape, and self in its moral shape? The spirituality of the law in the conscience,the discovery of God’s holiness in the soul, the manifestation of his strict justice, and the bringing into the heart a sense of his unblemished purity. Now, the bare letter of the law cannot overthrow self, either immoral self or moral self; but the spirituality of God’s law, the coming of the commandment with power, the solemn revelation of the wrath of God against all sin and transgression -this, in the hands of the Spirit is an effectual lever, to overthrow self in its moral shape as well as in its immoral shape, and bring it in to wreck and ruin before God, -that is to say, it exists, but it exists in ruins. The word “overturn” is applicable to a building which is overthrown by some stroke of lightning, or by some violent concussion, as the shock of an earthquake. It is overturned, not removed; not one stone is taken away, but the building lies in ruins. So with respect to sinful self; it is overthrown from its lofty position, hurled down from its standing; the building is no longer a complete edifice as before; it does not retain its former proportions; it is no longer a temple with distinct apartments, shrines, and altars, an abode swept and garnished for Satan; but though no one stone is removed utterly away, yet there remaineth not one stone upon another which is not thrown down. The difference between the building now, and the building then, is that that is now a ruin -a heap of confused rubbish -which formerly was a complete edifice.
Here, then, is a soul which stands overturned before God; a wreck and ruin before “the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” But what will a man do when he is reduced to these circumstances? Why, he will begin to build, and will endeavour to set up a temple in which he believes God will take pleasure, of which he may approve, and which shall, in some measure, recommend him to Jehovah’s favour. That is the immediate feeling of every convinced sinner whose profaneness lies as a load of guilt on his conscience, and which has fallen into a heap of ruins before God. His object is to do something to blunt the edge of convictions in his conscience, to gain the favour of Jehovah, and to escape “the wrath to come.” Now, usually, I believe, men take different roads according to the measure of light in their judgment.

Where a man has never sat under the truth -where he has never heard of Christ’s righteousness and salvation through the propitiation of the Son of God, his immediate recourse is to the law of works, that he, by strict obedience to its demands, may work out a righteousness which shall satisfy and please God. But where a man has had his judgment in some measure enlightened; where, –for instance, he has sat under truth, and heard of the blood of Christ as the only propitiation for sin, and of Christ’s righteousness as the only way whereby he can stand justified before God, he seems in a manner cut off from the law of works, as having this conviction in his mind, “I can never make up a righteousness by the law of works, and, therefore, to flee to it for refuge will be utterly ineffectual.” He adopts another course, which is to set up what is called holiness. When I was convinced of sin, and “brought in guilty before God,” I had too much light in my judgment to fly to the Mosaic covenant of works. My judgment being well informed, I knew very well that legal righteousness could not stand me in any stead before God as a way of acceptance. My recourse was rather to turn the Gospel into law, and procure what is called holiness; not to go to the law of Moses for righteousness, but to the Gospel for holiness; not to try to obey the commandments in the Old Testament, but to seek to fulfil the precepts of the New; and by making myself spiritually-minded, by reading the Scriptures and prayer, to clothe myself in the character given in the New Testament of a Christian. This is indeed the worst of legality, for it is perverting the Gospel into law; but still it seems a different path from running to the Mosaic law of works for salvation. The man, then, whose judgment is in some measure informed, will try hard, perhaps, to make himself holy, to be spiritually-minded, to fix his affections upon God, to renounce everything which is contrary to the Word of God as spoken by the mouth of Christ, and thus to seek in some way to make himself a Christian, and then to obtain access to God by that Christianity. This is what Romaine calls somewhere, “self-righteousness new christened holiness.” Here he is, then, embarked upon this course, to become holy and spiritually-minded, to serve God, to obey his precepts, to read his Word, to join his people, to come out from the world, and with the utmost power and strongest bent of his soul, to become a Christian indeed.

Overturn No. 2 False Holiness or Mock Spirituality
2. Now, there must be as much an overturning of this self-righteousness,whether in its strictly legal shape, or “new christened holiness,” as there must be an overturning of a man’s profanity. 

The object of the overturning is to overthrow self -self setting itself up in opposition to Christ. And, therefore, be it profane self, it must be overturned; or be it righteous self, it must be overturned; or be it holy self, it must be overturned. Self in all its shapes, forms, and guises, must be overturned and brought to a heap of ruins, that Christ may be exalted wholly and solely upon the ruins of self. A second overturning, then, is necessary, an overthrow of righteous or holy self. And what is the Lord’s lever to overturn this second temple, built out of the ruins of the first, but not “the place of big rest,” as being still the work of men’s hands? A spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our hearts and natures before him. Profanity is overturned by the application of the law with power to the conscience; but this false holiness, this mock spirituality, is overturned by the discovery to our consciences of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds; this is more or less the breaking up of “the fountains of the deep,” and discovering with power to the conscience the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” As we try, then, to be holy, sin rises up from the depths of our carnal mind, and overturns that fabric which we are seeking to erect. Every thought now appears polluted with sin -every word in some way tainted with corruption -every action infected with evil, so that we fall down before God with self-abhorrence and self-loathing, and feel that there is not a word in our mouth, or an action in our hands, with which sin is not intermixed, which inward iniquity has not defiled, and for which, therefore, we do not feel condemned and self-abhorred before God. Here, then, is a man who stands before God, not merely with profane self a heap of ruins, but also with righteous self and holy self a heap of ruins too. But when profane self, righteous self, and holy self, have been thus overthrown, the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit now become sweet and suitable. Having no holiness in self, Christ’s sanctification becomes meditated upon finding nothing in self to please God with, the blood of the atonement becomes opened up as a doctrine which is sweet and suitable to our case; being destitute of creature-righteousness, Christ’s glorious righteousness shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition. The Spirit, then, brings home the doctrine of election with some power to the heart and some sweetness to the conscience; he shows the soul in some faint measure the blood of the atonement, and as he sprinkles it upon the conscience, a taste of his mercy is blessedly experienced. He brings Christ’s righteousness near, and as the soul gets a sight of that righteousness by the eye of faith, it rests therein, and feels a sweet satisfaction in that righteousness, and utterly discards its own.

Overturn No. 3 Presumptuous Self
3. And now let us trace a little what course self will steer.

Why, this restless wretch now runs in another channel, which is to slight the solemn inward teaching of God, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by the mouth of God to our hearts. And as some sweetness has been felt in them, there seems to be some warrant for so doing. But presumption creeps upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path before we find a precipice at the end of the road. And what has led us there? Our pride and ambition, which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where God puts us, and being in that posture where he himself sets us down. We must needs grasp at something beyond God’s special teachings in the soul; we must needs exalt our stature beyond the height which God himself has given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.

Here, then, is the third form of self which is to be overturned, as much as the two preceding forms, and that is presumptuous self, so that we have self in its three bearings: first, profane self; secondly, righteous self; and thirdly, presumptuous self. Profane self was self in ignorance of the doctrines of grace at all; righteous self was self in ignorance of these doctrines as spiritually made known to the heart; and presumptuous self is self which after the soul had tasted some measure of these doctrines, and had felt something of their sweetness and their power, secretly and imperceptibly thrust it beyond its real standing into a carnal resting upon them. Well, then, self in all its three forms -self in profanity, self in self-righteousness, and self in presumption -must be overturned in a man, that he may be a wreck before God and a heap of ruins, so that one stone shall not stand upon another; the former proportions and harmony of the building lost and gone; the proud columns which supported it fallen; and roof and walls mingled together undistinguished amidst heaps of rubbish, because the Lord “has stretched over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.”

II. But we come now to the second part of the text, which is, the setting up of the kingdom of God on the ruins of self. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

There is one, then, to come, “whose right it is;” there is a king who has a right to the throne, and to the allegiance of his subjects; a right to all that they are and to all that they have. But whence has he gained this right? “Until he come whose right it is.” It is his right then, first, by original donation and gift, the Father having given to the Son all the elect. “Here am I,””All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” says Jesus, “and the children that thou hast given me.” Then, so far as we are his, Jesus has a right to our persons; and in having a right to our persons, he has, by the same original donation of God the Father, a right to our hearts and affections. But he has another right, and that is by purchase and redemption, he having redeemed his people with his own blood –having laid down his life for them, and thus bought and purchased them, and so established a right to them by the full and complete price which he himself paid down upon the cross for them. This twofold right he exercises every time that he lays a solemn claim to any one of the people whom he has purchased. And this claim he lays when the blessed Spirit comes into the soul to arrest and apprehend a vessel of mercy, and bring it to his feet, that he may be enthroned as King and Lord in its affections. For be it remembered, that the possession of the heart, with all its affections, is his right; and “his glory he will not give to another,” his property he will not allow to pass into other hands; he is not satisfied with merely having a right to the persons of his dear people, he must have their hearts; and in exercising his right to their affections, he will reign and rule supreme, allowing no rival, admitting no cooperation with self in any shape or form, but he himself to be established as King and Lord there. Then where is the soul before he comes into it in power, in sweetness, in beauty, in preciousness? What and where is it? A heap of ruins. And no man ever knew much of the preciousness of Christ, whose soul was not a heap of ruins, and in whom self had not been overturned and cast to the ground. Nay; no man ever ardently panted that the Lord of life and glory should visit his heart with his salvation, should come in the power of his resurrection, in the glory of his righteousness, in the preciousness of his presence -no man ever spiritually desired, sighed, cried, groaned, sued, and begged for the manifestation of Christ to his soul, who was not a ruined wretch before God, and in whom self had not been overturned so as to be a desolate heap, so overthrown that all the power of man could not put any one stone in its place, or rebuild the former edifice.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self  but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.

Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.