The Battle: Deception and Victory Over The Demonic


1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Shall depart- The word is to “apostatize.”

Seducing spirits.  The same word for that of “error.”  The word for error in scriptures is from where our word “planet” comes.  A planet is defined as a “wonderer”, and error means to wonder from the truth.

Doctrines of devils are promoted through teachers that have fallen into error, wandering from the truth through their own sins. and the influence of demons.

Please see Paul’s order. Seducing spirits, which cause to wander, allow us to pay heed to doctrines of devils.

2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; should read – Through the hypocrisy of those that speak lies.

Conscience seared with a hot iron; should read- Branded in their conscience.

Let us look at the progression of deception;

When Christians do not know and live by the truth of the gospel that is molded as a pattern of “sound words” (healthy words) they will pay heed to doctrines of devils.

This is what is rampant today in the Body of Christ.

We are brought to believe the doctrines of devils when seducing spirits, which causes the believer to wander from the truth or fall into error, deceive us.

1Tim4:7  But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

Exercise thyself; Comes from the word for gymnastic which in turn comes from the word gymnos, which is defined as “being naked.”

The practice in the days of Paul was for athletes to exercise almost naked to be unhindered as possible for vigorous training.

Godliness is our way of life, which makes us pleasing unto God.

For us to attain to all that the Lord has for us, we must vigorously train in His will, spiritually naked, as to be untangled from distractions, idols, and worldly affairs.

1 Timothy 6:19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

There is big difference between getting saved, going to church and performing religious activities versus that of “laying a hold on eternal life.”

To lay hold on, is to grab on to, pull in, and make it our own possession

The Lord is never satisfied with our simple conversion and even our faithful attendance in church.  He wants us to experience as much of the fullness of eternal life as possible while in our earthly tent, which is to know God through the fullness of the revelation of His Son within our lives.

 Ephesians 2:2  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:

Many of us imagine that Ephesians chapter two is Paul’s discussion focusing on unbelievers.  I disagree.

The Greek word for worketh is defined as giving energy to.

This particular verse is in the present participle.  It signifies that the sons of disobedience energize the scheme of the devil . The word for disobedience is being non-compliant.

If a Christian is continually non compliant in an area of his or her life, will he or she energize the works of the devil? I believe that there is no difference; the devil is a legalist.  He will always get in wherever he is given an open door.

I also feel that the same degree of obedience or disobedience to the Lord will result in the same degree of energizing or disengaging the works of the devil in our lives.

1 Cor 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

2Cor 1:12  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 Cor 2:17  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ

In the above-mentioned three verses, we see that the word sincerity has within its root the word for “sun” in the Greek.  Only a life of purity before the Lord will make us into a clear windowpane by which the rays of the sun or “The Son” can shine through.

An impure life will make us into a dirty piece of glass through which the image of the Lord can hardly be seen.

If the enemy cannot see the sunlight of the Son of God, he shall not leave us alone until the day and the time that he does, and if he does.

Remember our enemy, the devil, is the greatest legal lawyer that this universe will ever see, apart from God Himself.  He will claw and cleave for every inch of us that has not pass by death into resurrection.

Secondly, part of our responsibility for generating purity before God, is found in our consciences.  Our conscience contains one of the most powerful manifestations of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Its purpose is to either defend or reprove each, and every action of our lives.

 I Tim 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

2 Tim 1:3  I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

To effectively serve God, we must serve Him through our conscience.  The subject of the conscience is extensive and we do not have time and space to study it here.

Yes, we must serve God through our conscience, but first of all our consciences must likewise be taken through the cross.  A guilty, condemned, performance oriented conscience found in many a believer, will be a poor barometer of the voice of God.

This type of conscience produces dead works, which in turn forces us to serve God in our flesh.  I urge you to re-read Romans six, seven and eight as found on the web site.

Once that we learn to serve God in the Spirit, and have become a son and daughter of God, our conscience will become an excellent barometer of our ministry unto God.

Our conscience must be purged of all the dead works consisting of condemnation, guilt, duty and so forth.

Once that the cross has accomplished, we will serve God simply by His voice in our spirit and conscience; No more and no less. This is true sonship.

Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

2 Cor 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not Because by the mercy of God, we were called into this ministry, we do not become discouraged. (We know that if God divinely summoned us, He will take care of us, and see us through; therefore we do not lose heart.)

But have renounced (we gave up once, and now forbid) the hidden things of dishonesty (anything that brings shame or disgrace to the gospel, or to us), not walking in craftiness(not conducting ourselves in the doctrines of men), nor handling the word of God deceitfully(by trickery, adulterating or corrupting God’s word for base gain) ; but by manifestation of the truth (but by manifesting the gospel in its accuracy and genuineness through the Word of God and by our lives) commending ourselves to every man’s conscience( we present ourselves to every type of men’s conscience) in the sight of God. (Before the constant gaze of God)

We must remember that the conscience of man is a component of the voice of the Holy Spirit. Paul here says, that the soundness of the apostle’s doctrine and the genuineness of his or her life in accordance to the gospel must be so great, that it must hold up to the scrutiny of the voice of God bearing witness or passing judgment to what the apostle ministers in their hearer’s consciences.

Secondly, the apostle must also deal with the scrutiny of God Himself, whose penetrating look is ever upon the apostle.

John 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Binding the enemy is very similar in nature.

Once again we err in part, when we think that our binding of the enemy has to do solely with hurling scriptural phrases at him.

Yes, there is power in this, but the enemy is never completely bound.  Absolute binding of the enemy can only occur, when each and every part of our lives have come into conformity with the will of the Lord, and the enemy is forbidden a place or space where he can afflict us

Matthew 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

In actuality Jesus tells us the following.  The word for bind is “is to forbid”.  The word for loose is “to permit”. Whatever we forbid or bind upon the earth shall come to pass, if it is of the Lord.  This is because God will honor our obedience and count it as forbidden in the heavenly realm.  He will then execute His righteousness to cause us to successfully carry out the binding on earth, which He decreed in the heavenly realm through our obedience.

The same is true of our loosing, or our permitting.  God will bless our obedience and will loose or let in the heavenly realm, when we loose upon the earth.  He then sends forth His power to cause us to execute the act of loosing as was decreed in the heavenlies.

Please remember, that anything, which God does on earth, must first be executed in the heavenlies.

Mark 1:23  And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

Unclean spirit.  Greek: “a complete absence of purity.” This describes for us a bit about the nature of the demonic.

24  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

Greek:  There is absolutely nothing in common between you and us, Jesus (the) Nazarene, have you come to destroy us?

This is a highly crucial verse in that it teaches us about our true authority before Satan and his demons. The authority that the demonic discern in the Lord, and causes them to tremble is that because of the Lord’s absolute purity, and sinlessness, there is nothing in common between them and the Lord Jesus.

Herein lies our key to overcome the demonic within our lives, and then to be used by the Lord to deal with it in other people’s lives.

Purity is attained as we are baptized into the full revelation of the Son of God and become like Him.  The purity of Jesus baptizes us into His freedom, and His freedom allows for the full operation of God’s dunamis power that resides within Jesus to deal with the enemy. We see the same relationship between Jesus and the devil also spoken in John 14:30

John 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Hath nothing   (Greek absolute negative) “The devil has absolutely nothing in me or nothing in common with me.”

Herein lies the true meaning of Biblical binding.

To bind is not to allow or permit something to occur. Genuine binding of the demonic only occurs within a pure life, which has no defilement with what is common with Satan and his cohorts.

At every point of our lives in which purity reigns and the devil shares nothing in common to us, he has been bound.   Now mind you, we will never experience absolute purity and sinlessness on this side off heaven.

Let us be assure that if we live in habitual disobedience and chronic bondage our vocalized confessions of binding the enemy is scorned and mocked by him who will continue to afflict and latch on to us wherever he finds sin.

Matthew 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Greek: (paraphrase) At whatever point you have once and for all prohibited or disallowed something from happening upon the earth it shall be at the same point eternally prohibited and disallowed in the heavens. At whatever point you once and for all let or allow for something to happen upon the earth, it shall be at that same point eternally permitted and allowed in the heavens.

Mat 12:29  Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Greek (paraphrase) No one will have the dunamis power to come into the strong one’s house to change the situation, thoroughly plunder his goods until they are laid waste, and then occupy.  (Like the USA is doing in Afghanistan.)  He must bind the strong one first and then he will be able to thoroughly plunder.

After twenty-two years of serving the Lord Jesus, He is finally dealing with the strong man in my life.  I am of the belief that every believer has a strong man that afflicts him or her.  The strong man is the demon that is last to be bound from our lives.  He is the one that we can discern constantly standing before us face to oppose and withstand us every second of our lives in a variety of deceptive measures.

The Lord has allowed the strong man to afflict me until I have bound every major area of sin in my life through obedience to Him, which has led to liberty in those areas.  After completing this process, the Lord is now dealing with the strongman in my life.  Let us now look at the next set of scriptures.

Luke 11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Greek: When the strong one fully furnished with weaponry guards his palace, his goods, wealth, and property lie in peace.

22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Greek: But when a stronger one than the strong man comes upon him with a hostile intent, attacks him, and conquers him, he takes from the strong man the armor which he trusted in and thoroughly distributes out (to others) the strong one’s weapons and goods.

Jesus is obviously the stronger one.  My friends, the strong man must be defeated in two ways. His binding by us is the point in which there is not one significant area of unrepentant sin left in our lives. Secondly, it is only the revelation of the Lord Jesus laboring in us by His grace, and attacking the strongman as the stronger one, that is effective

With the strong man is finally bound and conquered we find ourselves running, leaping forward, and plundering for the Lord!

Mark 1:25  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Rebuked him – Greek “To heap something upon someone’s honor.”

All created things have an honor that makes them up.

An honor that belongs to someone, or something, is the glory that makes it into what it is.  Even sickness and sin has a glory, though perverse, that identifies it as a particular sickness or sin, and gives to it its substance and power.

When we rebuke a sickness with faith in the name of the Lord Jesus, we destroy the very substance and power of the sickness.

Hold thy peace – From the word to muzzle something.  Effectively the Lord Jesus commands the demon to be reduced to silence and his activity to be placed in check.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

When the church does not have the revelation of the Son of God it grows into doctrines of men which are promoted by things instead than the truth which is promoted through the revelation of God’s son.

The church growing lopsided because it is growing lopsided and being blown around by ever wind of doctrine.

That we may be no longer children.  A transformation must take place.

Nepios literally infants, and other minors that are immature and untaught.

Tossed to and fro dashing or surging waves.  In changefulness and agitation the nepio is carried about by every wind of or degree or doctrine.

The sleight of men is the element of an evil atmosphere,

Dice playing and deception.  Instead of growing up into the revelatory knowledge of Christ, we make philosophies, or things , the so called progressive thought, social and cultural issues and wrong doctrine, the main focus.

Doctrines become divine truth.  Things, blessings, miracles, social and cultural issues becomes the major instead of the minors.

Christian philosophies lead into a false way of Christian life that diverts the nepio fatally from the truth. If we concentrate on things, we shall always be immature.

These philosophies of Christian “things” will not bring the revelation of Christ.  The church will not grow up into all things by Christ who is our all and in all.

The church becomes messed up.  Believers are hurting; the teachers of the doctrines of men become exalted.  Many of the doctrines of men only work when you throw money at them.

Philippians 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge(thorough knowledge) and in all judgment;(discernment)

That your love may abound yet more (but always held bounded within the river banks of a) a full precise and exact knowledge of the things of God and in all discernment.

Judgment is defined as discernment. Likewise charity must be always held in check within the river banks of our discernment of God’s voice and our discernment of what is of God, and what does not come from Him.

We cannot love the world for Christ through our impulses and emotions, or by becoming its savior, our out of a fear and guilt that the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  Such love will never become charity and will eventually burn us out.

10 that ye may approve things that are excellent;( what differs or excels) that ye may be sincere (judged by the sun) and without offence till the day of Christ;

Greek: That you may recognize as genuine upon examination the things that are differing. Your recognition of what differs will allow you to choose only what is excelling or best towards your fulfillment of the things that pertain to Christ.  This will cause you to become so pure that it will allow for the beams of sunlight to shine through you unhindered.  Likewise you will become as one that has nothing that will make others stumble when they see your life before the Lord.

Charity is the product of an accurate knowledge of the Lord, His will, and His Word.  It is likewise the product of being led by the Holy Spirit. Thorough knowledge of the things of God and restricting our lives to His voice will allow for the distinguishing between the good and the excellent. If we choose the excellent God, will purify us so much that we shall be as a clear windowpane that reflects the glory of God to the world.  This develops charity in our lives because God is love.

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The Church Is The Globe’s Most Important Society


The church is the most important institution in the universe.  This is the why God implemented it in the first place. He has none else.

The church’s most important job is to bring forth the glory of the Lord into all the earth, and throughout all eternity.

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

Glory is defined as the end product of the invisible God becoming visible. The Lord accomplishes this through His Word, His attributes, and righteous deeds.

Isaiah 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The glory of God is of supreme importance.  Through it, men are ushered into eternal salvation, physical healings take place, people are set free from demonic oppression, spiritual gifts are displayed, and revival of cities and nations that change civilization are carried out.

Mark 6:56 and as many as touched him were made whole.

Civilization’s most essential need, and most desperate need, is to be capable of beholding an invisible God, who desires to make Himself plainly evident, through Jesus Christ in His glory.

The key to all of humanity’s needs, past, present, and future, lie locked in the Person of Christ.

To the proportion that the invisible Christ becomes visible to mankind by His glory, is to the exact proportion that all mankind’s needs will be met and answered forever.

John 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

The church of Jesus Christ is GOD’S ONLY INSTRUMENT, which can make Him visible.  Aside from His glory as seen in creation, God has made for Himself no other avenue that will allow Him to become visible in a real, personal and intimate way to people.

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

Moses was commissioned by God to build Him the tabernacle in the Sinai Desert. It was of eternal importance that he would follow God’s architectural blue prints for its construction with exactness and accuracy.  God’s spiritual architectural blueprint is referred to as the “pattern in the mount”.

Hebrews 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

Why did God demand such precision?  The purpose of the OT tabernacle was to manifest the invisible God in His glory so that His people, the Israelites, would know Him.

Through His glory, God also revealed His laws to Moses to then be transmitted to the Jewish nation.

It would also be fair to say then, that the New Testament church has a “pattern in the mount” of its own. This model must be followed with the precise accuracy so that the world may see the glory of the Lord through the church.

Any local NT assembly must understand, and execute “the pattern in the mount” with meticulous care.

This model is demonstrated for us primarily in the Books of Ephesians and Colossians.

A congregation’s success or failure to do so will result in the same success or failure to manifest the Person of the Lord Jesus to a dying world.

Unfortunately most churches are ignorant of the New Testament model that must govern their operation.  Church becomes merely a place that we congregate to hear a Sunday sermon.  It is Sunday school for adults and kids.  It is a place for Christian fellowship, and Bible studies, programs, and committees.

It is hardly ever recognized as the one society instituted by God to manifest Him universally and eternally. The things that I have mentioned above are not bad in themselves.  The problem occurs when we make these activities a means to an end. The purpose of all church activities must be to reveal the Person of Jesus Christ through them.

John Brevere, a popular Christian speaker, says that we, the church, have minored in the majors and majored in the minors.

The Church Is The Fullness of God”

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

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

The word for “fullness” in verse twenty-three, of Ephesians chapter one, is a most interesting word.

Envision that you have a bottle filled with Coca Cola. What is the Coca Cola?  Is it the bottle, or is it the liquid inside of it?  I would propose to you that it is that brown, sweet, delightful liquid that we gulp down and enjoy.

So what is this fluid called Coca Cola made of?  Well, it is made up of every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its required quantities and precise order, to lawfully recognize and labeled it as this reality that we call Coca Cola.

This is the fullness of Coca Cola!  In other words, the fullness of Coca Cola is the very essence and nature of this liquid, which makes it to be Coca Cola and nothing else.

The fullness of God then, describes the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is.  It also describes to us every attribute and characteristic that is required, to make God, God.

The church is the fullness of God!  The Lord has called upon the church to manifest Him in His very essence and reality.  He has also summoned the church to manifest every attribute and characteristic that makes up the essence and reality of who He is.  This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately identifiable.

Let us simplify this by taking the example of one believer.  A young lady in a local assembly is a totally surrendered, yielded, and obedient vessel to the Lord Jesus.  She allows the Lord to deal with her, touch her, and to transform her in every aspect of her life. This occurs through the process of the death and resurrection of the Lord within her. Whatever the Lord touches in her life by His cross, He then fills with His fullness.  In theory, if this believer would yield every aspect of her life to the Lord, she would be filled with the fullness of God.  In the phrase, “the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” the Lord describes Himself as “the God who desires to fill every person, and every part of that person, with Himself.”

However God wants to go further still.  He is not only satisfied with filling every part of one believer with Himself.  In any local assembly, God desires to fill every part of every believer within Himself.  As this takes place, the fullness of the Lord becomes manifested through that local assembly.

Wherever the glory of the Lord is displayed, multitudes will always throng to hear Him and to be ministered to by Him.  This is the definition of revival, and it can only occur through the manifested presence of the Lord.  Revival is one of the primary functions and responsibilities of every local assembly.  I have always been sadly puzzled with many of our church strategies, and church growth programs, developed in attempts to draw people to them.  We only need to allow the Lord Jesus to be amply manifested in His glory.  The multitudes will surely follow.  Jesus did not have to bring revival.  He is “the revival.”  The more that He becomes manifested; an automatic revival will always ensue.

The NT Testament church model demands that every believer must be touched, transformed, and filled by the Lord Jesus in every aspect of his or her life for the model to work at its peak.

 Matthew 4:25  And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

 Luke 5:15  But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

  The Church is The Holy of Holies

In the Old Testament we find that God’s fullness dwelled within the Ark of the Covenant located in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle of God.  This Ark of the Covenant is also called the Ark of the Testimony.

Exo 26:33  And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.

 34  And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.

The American College Dictionary defines for us testimony as “evidence in support of a fact or statement.” Therefore, within the Ark of the Covenant resides the complete and absolute evidence that supports all the facts of whom God really is.  In other words the fullness of God dwells inside.  Therefore the church’s great responsibility is to give to the world at large with preciseness, who God really is.  It must so fully declare Him that the world has all the facts that it needs, to accept God or reject Him.  In reality, the testimony of God is no different to the testimonies given by witnesses in a courtroom.  The purpose of testimonies is to furnish a jury with enough factual evidence that will allow it to reach a truthful verdict.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Ephesians 2:21 tells us that the church is a “holy temple in the Lord.”  If we would go and research our original Greek New Testament, we should discover that the word implemented here is the “Holy of Holies”.  The church in fact is the holy of holies of the Lord.  As the Holy of Holies, the church is the dwelling place of God.  As the Holy of Holies, the church does become in fact the Ark of the Testimony.   It is the one and only universal agent that must, and can, give full evidence with all supporting facts, that define the reality of whom God is.  It must manifest Him in His fullness, so that the world has enough evidence to reach a verdict to accept or reject the gospel.

 I Matthew 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness( testimony) unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 Matthew 24:14 confirms exactly what we have spoken about. The only way that the gospel can be effectively preached is through the church’s testimony or witness of the Lord Jesus according to what we have spoken about. What is the kingdom of God?

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Verse seven and eight tells us that the kingdom consists of healing of the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and freely giving. The preaching of the gospel must include the testimony of God’s kingdom, or the plain evidence of these signs and wonders being performed by the Lord here on earth.  The testimony of the kingdom of God becomes a reality as the church brings forth the glory of God.  Many times I have been sadly bewildered when I hear the church getting so excited, and talking about the rapture, and the end of the world being so close at hand.  The end indeed may be close.  I am not the one to say!

However, the Lord tells us in Matt 24:14 that the gospel must be “preached for a witness”.  Are we doing this?  Are we furnishing strong and plain evidence to the non-Christians of whom God is, and making His kingdom visible?  Can the end yet really come?  I do not know.

Bringing in The Glory

I Cor 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

 6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Verse four, of First Corinthians chapter twelve, tells us that God has given to the church a diversity of spiritual gifts.  Verse five describes for us that God has likewise given a variety of ministries and offices to Christians.  Verse six tells us that God administers His gifts and ministries in a multitude of ways, according to the person whom He works through, and the circumstances in which He releases these gifts and ministries in. Verse seven tells us that God’s spiritual gifts and or ministries have been given to every Christian; none is exempt! No one has the luxury of being a pew sitter, and no one has the right to prohibit the manifestation of the Spirit through another believer.  Verse seven goes on to tell us that the function of spiritual gifts and ministries is simply to the manifest the Holy Spirit.  What is so important about manifesting the Holy Spirit?  Look with me now at John 15:26.

 John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 The role of the Holy Spirit is to “testify of Jesus”.  As we have already discussed the process of testifying to the Lord Jesus has to do with the bringing forth of evidence in support of the facts of whom God is.  As believers, we have the grave responsibility of displaying the ministry of the Holy Spirit through our lives through the use of spiritual gifts and ministries. To the extent that we allow the Holy Spirit to work within our churches, will be to the extent that the Holy Spirit will be allowed to” testify of the Lord Jesus”, and bring forth the fullness of God.

Ephesians 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together  groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

 Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Now let us look at verses above, both of them in the book of Ephesians. The word “fitly framed together” pertains to the building up of the church through the use of spiritual gifts, ministries, offices, and callings.  The Apostle Paul in Ephesians four and sixteen has marvelously described the operation of the New Testament church in one single verse. What he in fact says is the following.  A local assembly increases, and grows, as each parishioner within the local body supplies his or her part in accordance to the gifts and ministries, which the Lord has given to each of them.  This is what Paul means in verse sixteen when he employs the term “every joint supplieth.”  Many of our churches do not follow the model described in verse sixteen.  Too many churches have too few ministers; there is too much control by leaders whom prohibit the exercise of spiritual gifts and ministries.  Likewise there are too many complacent pew sitters who do not grow in their spiritual gifts and ministries, and so do not “carry their burden” of testifying to Jesus. The result is always the same.  Only part of the Lord’s fullness is evident, only part of His glory is manifested, and much of the revival that should have taken place, sadly does not come about.

Paul adds furthermore another the phrase; “According to the effectual working in the measure of every part”  .  Here, he tells us, that “EVERY” parishioner has the responsibility to work within a congregation at his or her “PEAK LEVEL OF SPIRIT LED PERFORMANCE”.  This requires uncompromising obedience to God, and dedication to the local body.   All of this must be done in line with the giftings, callings, and ministries deposited within each member of the local body by the Lord.

I am of the belief that the church must be more of a school, college, and graduate school than anything else.  Time today, does not allow us to discuss the issue of the five-fold ministry found in Ephesians chapter four.  Suffice it to say that it is my belief that the senior pastor is the dean of this school.  The apostles, prophets, associate pastors, teachers, and evangelists are the professors.  The aim is to aid each parishioner become free from demonic oppression, sins, and the hurts from the past. The second phase will be to help each parishioner in discovering his or her spiritual gifts and ministries. The leadership must raise them up in accordance to these gifts as readiness is shown.  Then through the leading of the Holy Spirit, they must be released within the church to operate in their giftings and ministries.  This is one way to begin bringing forth the fullness of Christ into a local assembly

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Having said all of this, I would like to close today’s study by discussing with you some of the great hurts that we are bringing upon our own churches.

Countless believers today serve the Lord in the chains of past hurts, bondages, and demonic oppression.  Their service is of limited benefit to the Lord.  I believe that part of the problem lies in that we are not bringing forth the fullness and the presence of God into our local bodies. Our current church models, as we discussed earlier, are set up to discourage and limit the glory of God.

As we know, one of the Lord’s primary victories was to defeat Satan and destroy once and forevermore his works.   Every time that the Lord’s glory is revealed, we shall see Him at work destroying the works of the enemy and setting people free.

 2Thess 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

The brightness of the Lord’s coming is defined as the manifestation or the appearance of the Lord’s presence. “To destroy” is to make something useless, idle, and non-operational, because it has been broken down and no longer works.  The more therefore, that the fullness of the Lord resides in the corporate life of the church, the greater shall be the degree of the Evil One’s works becoming useless and of no effect.

1 John 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

In First John three eight, we find the word “destroy” once again.  Its definition is just a bit different here.  Instead of making the gamut of Satan’s works useless by breaking them down, here the Lord causes them to become undone.  But the end product is just the same. The important thing for us to realize is that the undoing or the breaking down of sins, hurts, and bondages are always proportionally related to the fullness of the Person of Christ as manifested in our local assemblies.

Our church model of “pew sitting” molds believers that never press on to discover and mature in their spiritual gifts and ministries.  Our churches are full of people that are not contributing their part of bringing in the fullness of God.  Because the church is one body made of up of many members, fellow brethren will never get the benefit of the fullness of God that should had been manifested through passive pew sitters.  Every believer has a unique way to manifest the Lord that can be never be replaced by anyone else.  It is an eternal loss for God and His body.

In the same light, we leaders propagate equal damage, when we use our churches as either “one man shows” or give the liberty of ministry to just a few. We are restricting the fullness of God as we do so. As pastors and ministers we must mentor, raise up, release the ministers and their ministries, and then step back to watch and guide.  We are the musical directors of the Lord’s symphony orchestra, the church.  Our role is to conduct all the instruments as the play through the ministries and giftings of the body, finally crescendoing   into the marvelous music of the Lord’s fullness and glory.

1 Timothy 1:18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

Ezra 6:14  And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia

In the above two scriptures, 1Timothy, and Ezra, we see two functions of prophets.  Through its relationship to prophecies and words from God, a church in part acquires the vision that is necessary for its warfare, direction, progress, and growth. A church will never succeed in executing and completing all that God has for it, if it limits or prohibits prophets and prophecies.  Our job is not to prohibit or limit, but to discern and distinguish between correct and incorrect prophecies.

I Cor 12:10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

In this same light, those that have the gift of the “discernment of spirits” never come forth into their use of them. We know already that discernment of spirits is used to primarily cast out of demons.  I would like to also propose the following.  The Lord also uses the gift of discernment of spirits to expose false prophets within a congregation and to catch developing patterns of sin and error before it festers and hurts many. With our current church models in place, those that operate within this spiritual realm either remain silent, or never mature spiritually to a point that they recognize that God has called them into this ministry.  Our churches many times are so not aware that they are traveling a course contrary to that of the Spirit of God.

Let us study, and start building “according to the pattern shown to us in the mount” of the glory of the Lord.

The church therefore Is the globe’s most important society.

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Worship service at The Healing Water meeting in Nyack NY

 

Ministry and Ministers In The Spirit


Ministers, who work in the Holy Spirit.

John 5:16  And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day

 John 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Worketh :  is defined in exactly the same way that a company strives to be successful in producing the services for which it is in business for.

Christians can achieve success by walking in the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Hitherto: My Father has been continually at work, producing the services that pertain to the business of the kingdom of God in an unbroken flow, right through all of your Sabbaths; and even now, as we speak, He works.

What a wonderful thing of us to know that the Spirit of God is always working, twenty four seven.

19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Seeth:  Seeing from a perspective of not observing what one sees, but simply, to glance at.

Likewise: Is the word homoios, or the same, identical.

This is a tremendously important point of training for ministers who want to work in the Spirit.

Jesus tells us that we are to work out into the world, what the Father works into us, with exactly the same intentions, intensity, and ways used by the Father. Our ministry must be a carbon copy of the Father’s ministry in us.

The Spirit works in by His voice, and we work out through obedience.

The manner of seeing is also vital and is a key to the use of all spiritual gifts.

Glancing at something does not  entail having to understand what one, sees.

It’s simply seeing in the Spirit, to then perform identically outwardly what one sees in the Spirit inwardly.

Many times God does not require for us to understand something, before we step out to do it.

One steps out in what he has glanced in the spirit and then then the understanding comes.

He simply tries copies outwardly ( homoios) what he has glanced at inwardly.

First obedience to do, and then the understanding, and not the other way around.

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth ( dieknuoo) him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

 Greek: For the Father is fond of the Son and shows Him all things that He does in a way that can be proven and for proof, and greater than these works will he show you with the goal in His mind that you may wonder.

Sheweth: Dieknuoo: to prove something by showing.

Ministers must know that continually, at all moments, the Father is exhibiting within them all that He does in way that the minister can understand and prove the work of God, and then manifest it as proof into the world.

God will always give you sufficient proof in the Spirit for you to step out in obey.

In the glancing the spirit, there is sufficient proof to obey.

Hebrews 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised ( Greek word;  naked (gymnos)  and also gymnastics) to discern both good and evil.

Greek:  But only for the mature and spiritually fully-grown man or woman that is attaining to Christ’s character belongs solid food.

Even to him, or her, who has a developed the habit of spiritual perception and discernment that can distinguish the good from the evil.

This discernment is blossoming as the result of spiritual training performed like athletes who have stripped and became naked from all worldly things, so that their spiritual training may be vigorous and unhindered.

These things transmit to others and teach.

 1 Tim 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

“Despise” –To think down

“Example” This comes from the word that means to “strike a blow which leaves a mark.”

Paul here encourages believers to leave a mark for other Christians to follow.

God desires every one of us to live in such a way that we become a pattern of, or create a mold or mark which others can imitate.

Word – Different things can be inferred from this.

The words that come out of our mouths must be wholesome to the building up of others.

Notice Strong’s Word 5198 below.

This is “hugianino. This is a medical term describing health, wholeness and soundness of body.

Paul laid great stress in the soundness of our doctrine. that would be accurate to what the Word of God says.

Progressive health begins in our spirit, which is influenced by the filling of the Holy Spirit will then will permeate through our soul life and finally affect our bodies.

We are living in times in which healthy and sound doctrine is no longer a priority and it’s hurting the church and society.

Christians cannot accommodate cultural and social issues at the expense of stripping the Word of God of its soundness.

That is an open door for the devil to attack.

Lu 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole <5198> need not a physician; but they that are sick.

 Lu 7:10  And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole <5198> that had been sick.

 1Ti 1:10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound <5198> doctrine;

 1Ti 6:3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome <5198> words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

 2Ti 1:13  Hold fast the form of sound <5198> words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound <5198> doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 Tit 1:9  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound <5198> doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Tit 1:13  This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound <5198> in the faith;

 Tit 2:1  But speak thou the things which become sound <5198> doctrine:

 3Jo 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health <5198>, even as thy soul prospereth.

 1 Tim 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 Conversation – Behavior

Charity- Divine, and self-sacrificial love which will sacrifice one’s pleasure to meet the needs of another.

Spirit – Some translations omit “spirit” in this verse.

Faith – Restrict our lives to the voice of the Lord, which is the faith of God.

True faith is only found in the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is or has the faith of God.

The more than one wants to live by faith, the more she will restrict her activities to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Purity  -This word in reality means “sinlessness”.  It talks not only about purity in our actions but also in our motives. We realize that it is humanly impossible to be sinless in this life, but our goal should always be to attain this as we labor and athletically strive in the Lord’s calling.

 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Greek: Do not become careless about the spiritual gift, which was given to you by (the Holy Spirit) through prophecy and the laying of hands.

Every believer is given spiritual gifts for the manifesting of the Holy Spirit. God, we cannot see. Spiritual gifts manifest Him. Everybody believer has been given spiritual gifts. It is required that each of us find out what they are, and use them.

 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting  (progress)may appear to all.

Meditate- Care for, attend to, and keep practicing “the things that we have discussed”

Give thyself wholly to them – Literally “to become one with them”.

Paul tell us throw ourselves fully, or become submerged and consumed with the things that lead to godliness, purity, charity, spiritual gifts, and so forth.

That thy profiting   literally describes “pioneers cutting a way for an army.”

Every Christian is called to a blaze a new pioneer trail, through which the Lord can effectively travel, in accordance with their calling.

There are now pew sitters who stay as pew sitters, and no room for mediocrity in God’s kingdom.

May appear to all  – Will become clear to all.

 1 Tim 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine.

Fasten your attentions to, observe, and attend to yourself first, and to your doctrine second. This doctrine is what you teach. It must be in accordance with the truth of the scriptures and your life must line up with it.

Continue in them – Be sure to stay in these things!

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Waiting to teach in a Bible conference in Kiminini, Kenya.