Straining Out The Unconstitutional Gnat To Swallow the Unconstitutional Camel.


 Matt 23: 24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

The brouhaha  with the constitutionality or lack thereof of government initiated prayer or religious symbols on government property made me think.

It’s amusing that those who raise up this stink only have a constitutional problem with the things of God.

What about the unconstitutionality of government officials lying under oath?

And the unconstitutionality of scandals, or penalizing the exempt status of conservative groups, based on doctrinal differences with the government?

What about the unconstitutionality of Benghazi, or Fast and Furious?

Or  the  unconstitutionality of taking private donations to fund Obama care?

Or the unconstitutionality of news organizations being wire tapped?

Where is their voice then?

If  they are so focused on guarding the constitutionality of our Constitution, they should be the vanguard of these bigger issues. I never hear them complain about the corruption, lies, or scandal plaguing our government.

Matt 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Well said it Jesus. These folk deliberate  the conflict with prayer and omit the weightier matters which encroach  our Constitution.

The one thing that can fix the scandals and lies is changed hearts by repentance to God. Yet this is the thing that they attack as unconstitutional.

Matt 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, which the outside of them may be clean also.

These folks want the veneer of  clean separation of church and state to adorn the outside of the government cup and platter, while winking at the  extortion and excesses within them.

They  don’t care about unconstitutionality.

If they did, they would be in pandemonium with all the unconstitutionalities being perpetrated.

But no, the issue is not unconstitutionality.

It goes deeper.

There are unfortunate experiences with a church, pastor, or parent , which has caused wounds so deep that now it must be projected upon the rest of us.

It’s not their civil rights, but ours, which they try to silence.

These folks need to come to the very God whom they try to make unconstitutional.

He is the only one who can set them free.

Matt 23: 24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Amen to Jesus!

These people strain out the gnat of  unconstitutional government led prayer, while swallowing the unconstitutional camel of scandals, deceit and extortion.

This is not only hypocrisy, but ulterior intentions and motives with agenda, many times, political.

If you want to talk to me about the unconstitutionality of public prayer let me see you take charge of the unconstitutionality of these weightier problems.

You say that the Constitution is of great importance  to you?

Let me see it first with the matters of corruption before the matters of the One who can set us free from them.

It seems like you have things backwards, my friend.

I am sorry to say, if you are not willing to tackle the bigger constitutional issues, while attacking prayer and religious symbols, I am not very much interested in talking to you.

Blessings

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The Siamese Soul


Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Greek Paraphrase:  It’s impossible for a double souled man to firmly take a stand in all of his ways.

Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 

Greek paraphrase: Purify your hearts, you double souled people!

Yesterday, I received a significant breakthrough in my life.

Double mindedness, or as the Bible more accurately calls it, being double souled, is a huge problem in the church.

I have suffered from this disease all of my Christian life.

Remember that man is spirit, soul and body.

Our spirits must our strongest bodily part if we are to be effective for God.

The soul is made up of our mind, will and emotion.

Our spirits are the organ which house the Holy Spirit.

Our spirits pick up the testimony or evidence which the Holy Spirit gives.

But it’s the function of our souls to recognize the Spirit’s voice. This is what our mind, in submission to the voice of the Spirit does.

The mind tells our will to obey the voice of God which it has recognized, and our will pulls our bodies to obey that voice

But a double minded man is in fact functioning with two separate souls.

His mind is sometimes submitted to the voice of the Spirit and appropriately does what the Spirit tells him.

Other times his mind is submitted to his fleshly agendas and he end up functioning outside of the Spirit’s voice.

Fruit bearing and success with God comes in proportion to pin point accuracy in discerning and obeying the Spirits voice.

Every person who comes into a relationship with God comes with the disorder of double mindedness.

A lot of it comes from our inability to trust God, so we end up trusting ourselves.

Or we don’t trust God because we think that we know better than Him.

For thirty four years God has freed me from this illness.

I can say that as to my rational, and conscious thinking, being doubled souled is something that God has freed me from.

Yet, I have seen myself responding angrily to things that God tells me to do .

Why, God?

Bill Gothard was a conference speaker in the 80’s.

He said that anger is an indication of unyieled rights to God.  Boy is that correct!

Whenever we don’t want to surrender something to God, we become angry.

Ps 37:11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Mt 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Gothard went on to to say that the opposite to anger is meekness.

Meekness is not weakness.

The meek man is one who has yielded his rights to God, and by doing that He inherits the all that God has.

Surrendering the little that we have to God entrusts Him to give us everything, for He can trust that we will yield back to Him what is not of Him.  But the unyielded and angry man holds tightly on to the little box of his rights, blinded to the immensity of all that God wants to give to him which surrounds his box.

I’ve been feeling so angry recently.

I wondered why if I am free from double mindedness and have yielded my right to God, where did it come from?

When I prayed with my wife yesterday, God revealed the mystery.

Double mindedness or being two souled is not only a malady of the conscious, but of the subconscious and unconscious mind.

I realized that by the power of God I must cast off and put off all traces of being two souled in the sub and conscious mind.

Yesterday, I had to take these to the cross and the blood of Christ.

I finally hit a pure connection with the presence of Jesus in my spirit. Until then, I struggled with discerning the will of God and going with that will . Double mindedness in my sub and unconscious mind were waging battle against me, and I would be tossed to and fro

A huge battle has been won!

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity <572> that is in Christ.

2Co 1:12  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity <572> 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.

Mt 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single <573>, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Lu 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single <573>, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Haplous and haplotes are a noun and an adjective.  These are Strong Words # 572 and # 573.

They are the opposite to being double minded.

The haplous man is one who lives in the singleness, simplicity, integrity, wholeness and soundness of one who is freed from double mindedness in his conscious, sub and unconscious mind.

He is in pure contact with the will of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit.

He has a pure connection to the God who lives within Him. He is single in his soul, rather than double.

2Co 8:2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality <572>.

2Co 9:11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness <572>, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

2Co 9:13  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal <572> distribution unto them, and unto all men;

It’s interesting that liberality and generosity is also the word , haplous.

God is liberal and generous.

The haplous man  is liberal because He lives in “ live single wire” contact with the Spirit of God, who is ultimately generous.

He who refrains from tithing under the guise of its not in the NT, must check out if he is double souled. I suspect that his real reason for not giving is his “Siamese Soul.”

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God Only Does Things According To His Terms


God primarily speaks to us by knowledge and not by understanding.

The understanding comes to us as we obey God and act out on the knowledge which Christ has given to us.

Matt 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

God utilizes spiritual knowledge to reveal the realities of the objects formerly in the visible Garden of Eden.

He has now made them invisible and caused them to dwell in heavenly places, in mysteries.

One reason why God created heavenly places and put his eternal objects, shrouded in mysteries, into these places is because of sin.

If man had not sinned, a lot more of what God has put into the invisible would have been visible. Invisibility is tool to make something inaccessible.  God made His treasures inaccessible from sinful man and keep them safe and inaccessible.

Joh 2:25  And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

God is smart. He will never do things according to man’s terms, but His.

He safely hides His treasures from us until we are ready for Him; on His terms.

When Adam sinned the earth with all its objects and places where subjected to the curse of sin.

They ceased becoming eternally functioning, flawless and incorruptible.

God immediately barred access to the Garden of Eden which had the Tree of Eternal Life in it, by placing two angels with flaming swords at its entrance.

Re 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

He also made this place with its tree invisible and inaccessible to the physical senses.

What makes sin so horrible?

The components on earth which made it eternal, flawless, and without corruption, were all marred, making them temporal and subject to fracture and death.

The components of heaven which God had made visible in the Garden of Eden, God hid them and made them invisible, to keep them safe and so that sinful man, who does not care about God, could not tamper with them in his lusts for power.

Ro 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him

Our walk with Christ is all about the process of re accessing, the things of God’s kingdom, now invisible, but which Christ through His work has brought back to us.

God longs to reveal this invisible object back us, but only through Christ who is the revelator.

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Jose explaining to Leo that God only works according to His terms.

Mount Mary!


Here is s story of why it’s so important to live by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

I remember a specific incident when we had lived in New Mexico.

God had called us by faith to leave Miami, Florida and move to New Mexico.

We were almost penniless and I did not have a job.  My family lived in a tiny duplex between two Indian Nations, the Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians and the Cochiti Pueblo Indians. We did not have a washing machine and would take our laundry to the laundry mat at Cochiti Pueblo.

Having no money we had amassed, nineteen loads of laundry.

We lovingly called the huge mountain of laundry in the middle of the bedroom, where we had to repeatedly wear dirty clothes from, “Mount Mary,” after my wife.

From babysitting one day, my wife got $20.00.

Hurriedly we went to do our laundry in Santa Fe.

Sunday morning, we packed up our car with nineteen garbage bags of clothes and went first to our regular church service with plans to do laundry once that the service finished.

However,  in the middle of the preacher’s sermon I heard the undisputable voice of the Holy Spirit, tell me “Leave!”

My family was sitting close to the preacher, about two rows from the front.

I was shocked that God would say that.

I immediately objected to the Lord, that to have six people walk out from the preacher’s sermon would be highly embarrassing.

“Lord”, I protested, “this is the rudest thing ever!”

The rhema word of God came loud again; “leave!”

I was angry at God.

Very unwillingly, and very humiliated, my family got up and left to the lobby, heads bowed, looking down at the floor.

There, we were met by this forty  year old man who pointed to my eight year old daughter and said “come here little girl.”

You can imagine my fatherly reaction to have a grown stranger, asking my little girl to come to him.

I pointed my daughter to go this man, anyways.

As she walked towards him, he pulled out a $20.00 bill and gave it to her.

We were to find out that the nineteen loads of laundry and soap cost us 39.75!

Obedience to the Lord is far more important than all religious sacrifices, and word of prophecies.

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On a current road trip just last month, this is my wife Mary and my daughter Lexy. They are standing in front of the duplex where the famed story of Mt. Mary happened, fifteen years ago. Lexy, was the eight year old girl in the story.

Access All Areas


“God wants to give mankind re access in to paradise, and yet man is angry with God, because of this.”

There was an excellent jazz group 70’ and 80’a by the name of Spyro Gyra.

Their live album is called “Access All Areas”.

Spyro Gyra is still one of the best live jazz groups of all times.

The word access is a fascinating one.

Everybody wants to access something.

Google dictionary defines it as the right to approach, enter a place, and have the opportunity to use or benefit from something.

 Eph 3:8  To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9  and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ;

11  according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

12  in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

 God is a God of mega access, who wants his children to access the things of His kingdom.

We see how verse twelve leaps up into verse eight.

We have bold access to God’s riches by the confidence which unwavering faith brings.

The trick is that God’s riches are unsearchable because they cannot be accessed through the physical senses.

God has hidden them since Adam and Eve disobeyed Him in the garden, and gave us re access when Christ came.

When the age of sin was introduced, man lost access to the things of God in the Garden of Eden. This garden was a physical representation of a portion of heaven.

I am convinced that the Garden of Eden is a representation of a reality in heaven where the Tree of Life dwells.

God’s pinnacle of creation was man and woman.

In His eternal mindset God desired to have an element of His creation that He could share His love and friendship with.

Love shares all good things with the one whom is loved.  Love that cannot be shared is not love.

Through Adam and Eve, God desired to share eternities of His glory with man.

Adam and Eve were not only created in the image of God. They were created as eternal beings in order to be able to freely access and partake with God of His eternal riches.

Every object in the Garden of Eden was flawless in its function, incorruptible in its nature, and eternal in its duration.

It’s funny that the Garden where Adam and Eve were at was called Eden. The word hedonism comes from Eden and is the doctrine that pleasure and happiness is the highest good. Eden means pleasure.  When we experience an absence of sinful bondages we live in the highest and purest form of pleasure.  This is the pleasure of God’s type of life, which is eternal in its nature, freely flowing to people. Therefore the highest pleasure available to man is the enjoyment of God through Jesus Christ. And God is always in a good mood, because pure love can only exude happiness.

The root of sin is pain and fear, which pain brings.

Sin has removed us from the Garden of Eden or Pleasure and transported us into the Garden of Pain. God wants to give us re access into the Garden of Pleasure and we are ticked off with Him, because we so identify with pain. We feel vulnerable and unworthy to be in a place of love and pleasure. So we shake our fist at Him and demand to be separated from Him so that we can continue to nurse our pain.

Gen 2:16   Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”

 Joh 17:3  This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

God kicked out Adam and Eve because of sin, and the rest is history.

Eden represents God’s eternal mindset for created man.

Gen 2:16   Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”

 God cannot give sinful human beings physical access to this heavenly place lest they access it in their sinful condition, corrupt its flawlessness by sin, and eat from the tree of life and become eternal sinners. What a dangerous position.

Thus God kicked Adam and Eve out from the Garden.

He also made it inaccessible by making it invisible so that corrupt men could not tamper with it for their own sinful purposes.

Can you imagine politicians having access into God’s invisible things?

Today God’s kingdom is only accessed by revelation and by those who have the Spirit of Christ.

Those who have the Spirit of Christ have re access into the eternal things of God.

One day God’s kingdom will be totally visible once that sin has been abolished and man has re access to eternal life.

The total visibility of all heavenly places will only occur in heaven.

When Christ came He gave man re access to all of these places, but only through Him and only by revelation. When He abolishes sin, access will come back through our physical senses but only in a sinless body.

PRAGMAS

 The Garden of Eden is made up of pragmas.

There are different worlds which God has created. There is this visible natural world call the earth and there are the ages or worlds of God in the invisible realm.

All worlds, either visible or invisible are made up of objects of things which take up space and make up these worlds.

Just because something cannot be seen does not make it not real.

Whereas on the earth many matters, business or affairs are still in process or development, in heaven, and in the Garden of Eden everything (a pragma) is completed, pristine and in perfectly ordered fashion.

Ro 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business( pragma) she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

 1Co 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter ( pragma) against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

The scriptures show that pragmas are both a tangible object and a business affair.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things ( pragma), can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

 Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things (pragma) not seen.

In the  two above scriptures the writer states that quite unlike the laws of Moses the very image of the things in the eternal ages which come continually upon the earth are pragmas or completed matters.

This is why there is no sickness in heaven.

God wants to give us access into all areas.

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The Secret Society


Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us

All of God’s fullness is permanently resident within Christ, and Christ resides within His saints.

So the fullness of what God has and what God wants to do is given to the church.

The church is the society which makes the invisible God, visible.

She is the most powerful human entity on planet earth, if she functions as God intends her to be.

The church is a secret society, for it manifests the invisible riches of God which dwell in mysteries, or secrets.

Spiritual gifts are used to take portions of God’s invisible riches dwelling in secrets, and energize them through the church in a visible form called glory, into the world.

The tools which the church uses to do this are spiritual gifts. This is why spiritual gifts cannot be prohibited.

The churches job is to make the invisible God visible, no more, and no less!

Ephesians 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The action of God’s fullness is to fill every part of every believer with His secret riches and then to fill every aspect of the world with His glory, utilizing the church, as she displays God’s secret riches visibly back into the world now as glory.

 Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The invisible and secret mysteries of Christ are made known through revelation.

Our physical senses cannot access them.

This is why having a spirit of wisdom and revelation, for the saint, is the most important thing.

Without revelation, the mysteries of God dwelling in secret, will remain as secrets.

Revelation comes by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

This is why the saint must learn how to tune in into the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Col 1:27  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:

God desires to reveal His mysteries to the world, but only has the church to do so.

She is the secret society.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

A dispensation is defined as the administration or the management of a house or property.

It is God’s management or administration in  the fullness of times, to sum up all things into and for Himself.

God uses His church, to make manifest, progressively known, and effectively working the ongoing activity and consummation of this part of His administration.  She is the secret society.

For this purpose the church has received the fullness of God, His secret riches.

The church is used to  sum up all things in the world back to God. She is the secret society.

God uses His church, to make manifest, progressively known, and effectively working within this world and the universe the ongoing activity and consummation of this part of His administration.

Ephesians 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

The saints therefore are the element in which God’s fullness is deposited, energized and made known as riches in the mode of glory.

The hope of the calling is the call and invitation of God which is received with total obedience.

When the call is received with obedience and ministry is accomplished in oneness and identicalness to the Spirit, it becomes an effectual call, or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective,  and to carry out what it is supposed to do through us.

The hope of our calling becomes a reality through each saint’s obedient response to the call of God.

The hope of our calling is based then upon an effectual call; or to those to whom God’s call has come with effect.  It is the call of God to a believer or church that has been answered by a totally obedient response.

When the call is received with obedience, it becomes an effectual call or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective, operational and carry out the manifestations of the invisible mysteries of God in the visible form of glory.

Are you fulfilling this?

 Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Praise to God is extracted by this revealed glory in the sphere of the church

She is the secret society.

“Refresh your memory 
We were the secret society 
Until eternity 
We are the secret society”   Todd Rundgren

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Todd Rundgren