The Word Is The True Gold Nuggets

I Tim 1:3  As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Doctrine that deviates from the truth because its essence, quality, and measure and comes from another source, which is not founded on the words that make up the gospel.

We have believers who have no difficulty in accepting doctrines which have a different essence or quality. Look at Rob Bell, for one.

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

(Greek: Hold fast to the model of healthy or wholesome words, which thou hast heard from me.

Many of us older folk remember building a model car or airplane. Once we had the model built, we mounted it up high on a shelf for all to see.

We must have the Word of God as one of the primary models in our lives mounted high before our eyes.

This model of the gospel is built out of something that is called sound words.

“Sound words” is a medical term which means healthy or wholesome. Sound words are healthy because they are true or are in accordance with what is factual about the Word of God.

In our “health craze” society we must never forget the true health comes to us from knowing and living in accordance to sound doctrine.

It is impossible for us to build a model of healthy words that we can frame before our eyes to unless we know the Word of God in truth or in accordance to fact.

To know the Word of God in fact implies that we must do some serious study of it before we can truly know it in truth.

Titus 2:7  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Incorruptness: Our knowledge of the Word must thorough that our teaching cannot be subject to the decay of time, error, or the opposition of those that challenge.

When we live in accordance to a model of God’s incorrupt doctrine, our doctrine will vindicate us. That is, even if the world says that we are wrong. The Lord will lift us up and put those that oppose us to shame.

Incorruptness must stand the test of eternity. An incorrupt nature cannot be subjected to decay. Our knowledge and obedience to the Word of God will have an everlasting impact on lives.

1 Peter 1:25  But the rhema word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the rhema word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 Greek: The rhema word of God remains into the ages of the ages.

Titus 2:7  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Gravity:  Godly character built in into us through the knowledge of the Word, which stimulates reverence and respect from others. Our life and our preaching must be so grounded on the sound words of the gospel, that others will reverence the Christ being displayed through us, and respect and listen to what we have to say as men and women of God.

2Tim 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Workmen before God who have been approved by Him.  The kind of approval which the Lord demands is the same as that of a fine metal which has been purified by the fire taking out all of its impurities.

It has now become approved and is worthy to be used for the highest of purposes. The way that we become approved is our ability to rightly divide the Word of God.

Most of us have been to an orthodontist.  Ortho is defined as straight.  Dontist means teeth; hence this doctor is the “tooth straightner.”

To rightly divide is the word orthotomeo.  Tomeo is to make a cut. To rightly divide the Word of God is to make a straight cut into the Word of God. We must know and live the Word of God so thoroughly as to make a straight cut into the Word, knowing, living and presenting it to others in a straight, truthful and correct way.

One expositor said that our ability to present the word in such a straightforward way will lay a path hat is as straight as our knowledge of the Word.  This path becomes the road in which we and our hearers travel on.

If we do not know the Word of God in this way can we ever become workmen that have passed the test and stand approved before God?

2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Inspiration: All scripture is God breathed and so profitable for teaching

Reproof:  Intimate knowledge of the scriptures brings correction to us by exposing sin and blind spots . If we heed to the exposure brought to us through the Word it will brings us freedom.

Correction: To be restored to an upright state resulting in salvation.  Do you notice the order?  Reproof, brings exposure of sin.  If we heed, we start to become free. As we become free, the Word of God restores us to an upright state.

Instruction:  Mentoring and discipling and the final release into our ministry.

Exposure, restoration, mentoring, and call to ministry.

17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Greek: The man or woman of God becomes thoroughly equipped and furnished by the Word of God for every Spirit led work.

The man or woman of God is equipped and fitted with every necessary piece of equipment by the Word of God for anything that the Lord might have to do.

When we went to battle Sadam Hussein in the Persian Gulf,  in great part we won because we were thoroughly equipped with the best of arms, technique, and staff.  It is our deep knowledge of God’s Word that furnishes us with the spiritual equipment necessary to  carry out God’s holy missions.

We Are The Managers of God’s Affairs.

1Tim 1:4  Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

The King James does a poor job of translating of the Greek.

Where the KJV has “godly edifying,” the Greek says” administration or management” of God’s affairs.

Ephesians 3:2  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

We are entrusted with the management, oversight, and the administration of all that pertains to the affairs of God or the economies of the kingdom of our God.

When Paul talks about the dispensation of the grace of God. he refers to his management and administration of the giftings and callings of God giving to him by the Lord for the benefit of others.

Our management and administration of God affairs can only happen in the realm of faith.  God’s faith always originates with the voice of the Lord because His Word  the faith needed to make the Word come to pass.  Therefore if we are to correctly manage the affairs that pertain it is done in a strict reliance to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

When we function like this we activate the affairs of God upon the earth, bringing them to order and causing them to come to pass.

Unbelief, which is resistance to the voice of the Holy Spirit, is the worst of the managers of God goods.


5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

The end of the commandment: The end product of our setting forth a model of  healthy doctrine of God and our management of the affairs of the Kingdom is charity or the love of God.  This is because God is love.

Charity is God’s divinely birthed love within us. It is sacrificial in nature and puts the concern of others always before our eyes. The kingdom of God is a “people oriented business.”

The greatest anointing and power of God will always flow out of us when we are concerned about others rather than ourselves.

2 Corinthians 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. (We shall live with Him by the power of God into you.)(Or as we minister into your need; then we truly live out of the power of God).

 Galatians 2:8  (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)(The same (God) was mighty in me into the Gentiles) (or as we minister into the needs of the Gentiles; the Lord was mighty in me)

I Tim 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

There are three roots, which cause the growth of this divine tree named charity.

A pure heart:  A heart, which is free from the corruption and the spotting of sin.

1 Timothy 6:14  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

It takes a life of uncompromising obedience to the Lord and tremendous intimacy with Him to be cleansed without ceasing.

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)

Greek:  that your love may abound yet more (but always held bounded within the river banks of a) a full precise and correct 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.

We must be led by the Spirit to have the development of God’s character and His love matured in our lives.

Philipp 1:10  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 observe your life before the Lord.

Charity is the product of an exact knowledge of  God.

Children Of The Onion

I will describe now one of my biggest battles in dying to my old life and having the Christ in me take full control.  Until today, I was still one of those children of the onion. Let me explain.

Suffice it to say that the battles will never be over, and Christ will never be in full control, until we get to the other side of that “sweet by and by.”

I can say, however, that the one huge stronghold of my control over that of Christ’s fell today.

Any area where our lives are not under the loving control of Christ is one area where the demonic will have its spidery legs wrapped around our soul, health, wealth, and body.

I call it spidery, because recently, God has revealed demons as spiders. Spiders do not have to move much. They are simply there. They suck the life out of you. They roost on top of the sin which you love. They slowly destroy you from this beach head of sin. From there, they weave their spidery webs in the recesses of your soul.  Their long legs wrap themselves into the subconscious areas, and by them, create fortresses of hostility towards God, all in your mind.

The work of demons is obscure. Demons are onion lovers. They hide in onions.  These onions are their cocoons. These types of onions are sins. As the layers of sin peel off, as that of an onion, the demon spider is finally exposed, and Christ expels it out from your life. At the core of every onion called sin, there is always a demon. He is the last one to come out, and only when you have pealed the onion, with the knife of repentance. You can never get to the demon, until you get to the sin. You can never get to the sin as long as you love it.  As long as the onion is there, the demon is right in there, too. The only knife that works is that of repentance.

Demons make you feel that you are the one with the problem.  You are the one who is sick. You are the one who is anxious. You are the one who is ADD. When in fact it’s his attack. He will wound you by means of the spidery legs which work from the shadowy cocoon of sin’s onion.

This well hid spider deceives you.  Its deceptions create a false identity which you embrace.  The identity could be to become famous, or rich, take up a cause, or extol your personal rights, or worse still, to disobey God.

It could be a need to stay sick, in self-pity, to be a martyr, a victim, one who is offended, depressed or unable to forgive.  These breed negative attention. Others attend to you because you are a victim, a martyr, or someone who is ill.

This identity becomes a fortress, a citadel in your mind. You live and die for it. I was still holding to a false identity. Worse still, I was wishing for this identity, and asking God to make me into the person who owned it. This false person had become me. We call this a pseudo fantasy, a false imagination. We idolize our imaginations and fantasies and what we create in them.

The only real identity is Christ in me. Every other identity must die. Every other identity bows its knee to Christ.  Demons only respect Christ. They don’t respect me, or my false fantasies. They don’t respect any other identity, except the one which Christ has, and which is Christ.

So as long as you love any sin, remember that it is an onion, which has a demon at its core and which is still preying on you.  You are still the children of the onion.

The New Wine Skins

Mt 9:17  Neither do men put new wine into old wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.

There is a separation coming between the old wineskins and the new wine.

The old wineskins represent our present religious system.  It is our “church culture,” our “Christianisee” ways that plagues much of our American churches and our lives as Christians.

Today, I call it a Christian ghetto, where Christian culture supersedes the move of the Spirit. Secondly, where the Christian ghetto culture frowns upon those whom God brings to our churches, because they are dressed, or look, or believe differently than what our Christian ghetto culture dictates. This is called religion, ans its obnoxious smell is immediately sensed by these who visit our churches. Religion of this sort is one of the most dangerous and threatening factors to the healthy growth of Christianity.  Christians beware, and become free from this.

The old wine skin is the system that exalts its theological doctrines, doctrines of men, or church denominations as idols above the Word or the Spirit of God.  Such are the churches that say that spiritual gifts are not for today.  Or such are the churches that limit and hinder the move of the Spirit as not to offend the “seeker”, who comes to their Sunday services.

On the other hand the old wine skins also represents those churches that are constantly seeking the supernatural, the blessings, the instant miracles, the instant solution, or shortcut, the instant financial prosperity, the claiming and framing from a “Santa Claus” God, without at the same time teaching its people a strong and correct foundation of Christian character through the Word of God and embracing the cross of Christ. I call it text message Christianity or “ the pastor has all the answers for me” Christianity.

The old wine skin emphasizes ministry and the power of God above, and or without the forging of strong leadership among its ministers. Ministry is good, if those who lead it are also in intimate relationships with other leaders and with the congregation.

Ministry for the sake of ministry without the intimacy of relationships will eventually fail.

The old wine skins represent the ministers that thrive on control and one man shows.  It is also the same system that thrives with believers who are pew sitters forevermore.  God has not created us to be spiritual babies forever. God has a calling and a ministry for each of us.

The old wine skins represent the manipulation and hype that comes out of our pulpit for money.  It is also made up of believers that think that their problems will be solved strictly by a financial donation, and that instant miracles and solutions will come to them because of it.  God is not a Santa Claus God.  Most times a lack of financial blessings are either a sign of testing, faith building, or that something is wrong with our walks before God.  We need to find out what God is telling us.

What is the New Wine?

2Co 13:4  for he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God. For we also are weak n him, but we shall live with him through the power of God toward you. 

It comes out a crucified life that is lived through us by the revealed person of Christ.

What is meekness? The dead man has no rights to respond to claim of plans, prosperity, a career, reputation, or ministry.

But because he is dead he is free from sin, and hurts, and  is a clean channel to flow in the power of God.

This is why the cross is so important.

Ro 1:1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

His only right is to be a slave of God.

God makes Himself to take full care of that believer.

His responsibility is to hear the voice of God and obey so that God can move through Him in the fullness of His power.  If our control has died, then God controls us and execute His plans through in His perfect timing and touches t many souls.

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Our agendas and programs of the old wineskin have been crucified and have died.

The new wine believer or church has no programs and agendas which can supersede the life of obeying the Spirit of the living God, moment by moment. and that with instant joyful obedience.

As we do not know where the wind goeth so the believer whom would live in this new wine must allow God to blow him or her where the Lord desires.

He knows not where God will take him next.  It is a life of exciting hardship, also adventures, challenges, living on the edge, and un boring sacrifice.

As Mother Teresa said we become God’s pencil and God uses us in tremendous ways.

The believer must not have his or her whole life etched in stone.  Their main priority is to be attentive to the voice of the Master to change their life, their plans, and their destiny for God at a moment’s instance.  God will do great things through the believer that is at His disposal.

2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

The new wine believer’s plans, and future expectations have died and swallowed up in the immensity of the greatness of God. The believer loses himself to the infinity and greatness of the heart and mind of God for Him and for a lost world.

2 Cor 2:15  For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that  perish; 

16  to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

The new wine believer does not cry out for revival.  He or she is a revival.  Wherever they go God flows through Him in unlimited power, at His perfect timing and executes His eternal plans to affect many souls. God can do that because the new wine believer hears the voice of the Spirit clearly.  God uses him as razor sharp instrument.

A spirit of revival or judgment will follow this believer’s life based if his hearers obeys or disobey the voice of God through him.

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

The new wine believer walks totally by faith so that God can take him or her where He wants, use him as He wants, and when He wants.

The believer will then be living constantly from the greatness of God and moment from moment excitement of the plans that God continues to execute through Him.  He has died to His plans and has taken God’s plans upon himself.

He is totally surrendered to do his with his time, his ministry, and his finances, as God will.  God will greatly use such as one as this. As it says if God knows He can channel it through us He will give it to us.

The smallness of the plans that this person has for his life are swallowed up in the infinity of God’s eternal great plans.

Faith must become a totally normal way of life. Faith cannot be taught.  Faith must be lived out.

If we live by sight it will keep us bounded in the littleness of our own comfort, our own safety, our own understanding schemes and our control and mind.  Our lives will always be meager and limited bound by our frail human limitations.

We must come to place where our whole dependency is upon God and not upon our money and our control. Then God can lead us freely, He can powerfully act and perform through us.  He can give to us more and more.

We will live out of His strength, His eternal plans that will affect countless people for eternity and His power.

2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: {sentence: or, answer}.

Miracles, signs and wonders happen always when we come to this end of ourselves.

This end forces God to act for us.

In this country we depend so much on ourselves on our money and our comforts that God does not have to act on our behalf.  Hence we never see His power.  We live powerless and bored lives.

Christians can have so many problems with finances, because God cannot bless them with much money.  He cannot trust us.  We are too alive!!  Too much in control, too much selfishness still plagues us. God fears that their hearts might stray from Him.

True financial prosperity comes to believer who keeps whatever money God tells him to keep and channels every other penny out according to the voice of God instantly and joyfully.

 Ch 22:14  Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. 

A three billion dollar contribution just in gold!

Resting, Leaning or Depending Upon Anything Else than the Revealed Person of Christ.

 1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

We preach Christ as being crucified.

This entails that we enter into his crucifixion.

 1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

The outcome is to experience the resurrected Christ.

Ac 4:33  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

The Substitute Life

The other person living within us lives a separate life  from our carnal life.

The lives are diametrically opposed. One is natural and one is spiritual.

The cross is used to kill, still and silence our natural life so that the person of Jesus Christ can be discerned, heard, and obeyed.

Two lives cannot compete.  One must die and the other one live.

Walking in the Spirit is a life of cooperation with the other person living within.

Walking in the Spirit is simply discerning the life of Jesus living with in us obeying his whims and desires.

2Co 6:1  We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Phillip 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

God’s character is to time and time again bring us through trials of weakness, impossibilities, handicaps, and difficulties, to cause us to come to an end of our efforts, strength, and agendas.

God works in our lives through our weaknesses, hopelessness, and failures.  God knows how thoroughly corrupted by pride, ego, and selfishness even our best Christian intentions and plans are.

If we are to work in the power and glory of God everything in our lives must be purified.  Everything must be put to death and resurrected through the cross of Christ.  As we shall see, our God can only raise up the dead. (Corpse in the Greek). Abraham and Sarah were walking corpses at the time of God’s visitation to them.

The Lord most effectively moves when our agendas, our plans, and visions have become literal corpses before Him.  This is because only the dead are freed from sin and the flesh. This is exactly what God needs to work.  Remember, “God’s greatest manifestation of power transpired on the event of His raising Christ up from the dead.”

As we yield, and yield, and yield even more, God will fill us more, and more and more, until we can joyfully exclaim with the apostle Paul;

 Ephesians 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

To Born Again is to Be In The Book

Let’s look at a book.   Let’s label Christ Jesus as this book.  Now let us see ourselves as a piece of paper. We take the piece of paper and put into The Book, Christ Jesus. Whatever happens to the book will happen to us, because we are now “IN THE BOOK.”  The great Chinese apostle Watchman Nee coined this example.

Brother Nee goes on to say that because every Christian is “IN CHRIST”, whatever happened to Christ happened to us.  Therefore when Christ was crucified, we were crucified with Him, because we are “IN HIM” or IN THE BOOK. Therefore our sinful nature has been dealt a once and for all mortal blow.

When Jesus was buried, we were buried “IN HIM”.  This means that our whole sinful nature has the potential to decay and be lost from our sight and forgotten.

When Christ was raised from the dead, we were raised “IN HIM”, far above in distance and authority over the realm of the demonic, diseases, circumstances and the like, to allow us to potentially live a victorious life here on earth.

We are automatically “IN THE BOOK, OR IN CHRIST” by what the Lord did. This is a reality! It is our position forever and we can praise the Lord for that. No one can ever get us out of our being “IN CHRIST”.

However as to our daily life, though we are always “IN CHRIST” if we fail to yield and surrender to Him we start to live like if we are outside of Him, or outside of the book.  That is why we must daily abide IN THE BOOK through our uncompromising obedience to His Voice.

Obedience is nothing else than getting out of God’s way so that He can live His life without hindrance.

The second viewpoint of being “In Christ” is that God has tucked all of His treasures and blessings safely “INSIDE THE PERSON OF HIS SON”.

I always teach that Christ is God’s treasure chest.

The enemy has duped and blinded us, mostly through our own fault, and the church serves the Lord with a certain amount of deception.  God has given us Christ, His only treasure chest, to live in us.  All of what God needs, and we need, is locked up safely in His Son. The whole deal about Christianity is to bring up Christ from His hidden state in our hearts, and as He comes to view within us, all of the treasures within Him come to view alongside with Him!

As I have said before, the Christian life has very little to do with us asking God for blessings and things. Unfortunately, that is how we live for the Lord. The whole bottom line of our walk with the Lord has to do with us making Jesus to become manifested. Obedience is the only way!

Because everything that pertains to God is INSIDE OF JESUS, when He is manifested in us, all that is INSIDE of HIM become manifested WITH HIM and becomes a gradual but automatic reality in our lives.

The more that we obey, the more that Jesus becomes manifested, and the more that He is manifested, the more that we can get to the treasures IN HIM.

For In Him We Live, and Move, and Have Our Being

.Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen

 “For of Him’ point to us that we must “live out of, or from Jesus”.  Let me illustrate this point in the following way.

Visualize a large tree.  

 How does any tree or plant live?  A tree or plant “LIVES OUT OF, OR FROM ITS ROOT SYSTEM.”

The roots provide all of the plant’s water and food as they absorb them from the soil.  The root system of any plant is the source for everything that is needed by them.

Without a system of roots the greatest and sturdiest of plants will die.

“For of Him’ is defined in exactly this way. As any plant must “LIVE OUT OR FROM” its system of roots, so every believer must “LIVE OUT OR FROM” the Person, and the power of Jesus Christ.

The person of Jesus living within us is “OUR ROOT SYSTEM”.  Jesus is our source of life.

Acts 17:28  For in him we live, and move ( kinetic energy ), and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

 Paul confirms to us once again us that Jesus is our life, our activity, and our existence. There is a progressive hierarchy found here. Life and energy, brings activity, which will define our existence and destiny.

The kind of life, which the Lord gives to us, is the “God kind” of life. It is a resurrection life, which is free from bondage and hurt.  It is clothed in the power of God, and is eternal in its nature.

This “God type of life’ given to us by Christ our root system, sets us in motion; anoints us, animates us, and motivates to become vigorous in the things which please the Heavenly Father.  Because we end up gratifying the Heavenly Father, our actions leads us into discovering what our true existence and purpose in life is all about.

2Cor 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ( OUT OF) ourselves; but our sufficiency is of ( OUT OF) God;

“To be sufficient” has to do with making someone fit and equipped for a certain function. This in turn will allow the believer to become competent and qualified to carry out all activities pertaining to this certain function.

We are unable to equip ourselves, and make ourselves competent for even the smallest of activities that relate to the kingdom of God.

In order for us to qualify, and successfully carry out God’s plans in this world, we must absorb the Lord’s life, His power; His will and so forth and live out from the Lord Himself.

 2 Cor 5:18  And all things are of( OUT OF) God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

 Second Corinthians five and eighteen goes even further than this by telling us that everything that we are dependent upon must be absorbed by us from the Lord.

Romans 8:37  (Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.)

By “Through Him” we are in fact setting apart the Lord as our agent of action. What does this mean? The Lord Jesus has not only taken it upon Himself to be our root source on which we feed. Jesus has goes even further than this!

For everything that that Lord solicits of us, He also provides the avenues, the doors, and the individual steps for us to successfully conduct His every order. With every step that we must take to obey Him, the Lord will also provide us with the anointing, strength, motivation, the peace and joy, and the blessings that will lead us to successfully accomplish each one of His affairs.

.Phillip 2:12 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.

13  For it is God which worketh (IS PUTTING HIS ENERGY))  in you both to will (FOR YOU TO DESIRE) and to do(AND FOR YOU TO CARRY OUT THE DESIRES WHICH HE PLACED IN YOU) of his good pleasure

Philippians two, twelve and thirteen, marvelously show us all that we have been speaking about. In verse twelve, the phrase “to work out your own salvation” is defined as a continuous and persevering execution of absolutely everything that God desires, until a through success is attained in everything that pertains to salvation. The Greek grammar here is in the middle voice.  This means that the responsibility for the execution of our salvation lies with us.

However, there is more! Verse thirteen tells us that it is God who is continually energizing us. Remember God as the agent of action? When God energizes us, He always has a two-fold function behind it. His energy puts His will into our hearts.

Afterwards, His energy gives us all of the strength that we need to carry out each and every desire of the Lord.  In reality, it is God living through us.

Rom 15:18  For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought (accomplishing and totally executing) by me ( through me), to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

 In this discourse Paul tells us that he dares not to mention anything that The Lord has not performed through Him.  You see, Paul does not want to brag about what He is doing for the Lord. He has come to recognize that it the separate person of Christ executing His life, and His actions in us that only counts.  Paul is simply Jesus arms and legs. What Christ reveals and feeds us with as our root system, He also holds Himself responsible to accomplish it in us.

1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of (OUT OF) whom are all things, and we in ( INTO HIM) him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom(THROUGH WHOM) are all things, and we by( WE EXIST THROUGH) him. {in: or, for}

 “And to Him” (Christ is the Goal of Everything)

This phrase identifies the Lord the Lord as the goal of everything we do.  Once that He has revealed to us what He wants to do and accomplishes it, His desire is that everything is done for His cause and His will.

“We In Him” (We Have to Abide in Jesus)

We have already ascertained to the fact that God is our absolute source for everything that we need.  Secondly, we have confirmed that whatever God wants God will also execute through us; He is our agent of action, we are His hands and feet and mouth. God reveals and God performs everything He reveals in us.  We just have to let Him live his life by obeying all that He speaks. In other words we just have to get out of His way and let Him do His thing.

So we ask ourselves, “Okay, God wants to do this thing in us. I know now that whatever He tells us He will also want to do it by Himself. He does not need our good ideas.  It will just mess Him up.  So what is the answer?  God needs our obedience

“WE IN HIM” has to with obedience.  We all have dealt and used such slang expressions as “Man, I am really into the music” or “Man, I am really into this football game”. When we really love something we get lost into it and just flow with it, right?  What about saying, “Man I am really into Jesus.” When we love Jesus like this, then obeying Him becomes pleasure and a breeze.

You see God’s steps?  He reveals what He wants to do.  We know now that He also wants to and has to do it for it to turn out right. Our job is to get “INTO WHAT” wants to do, yield (SURRENDER) and be his mouth, arms and legs to carry Him wherever He wants to go.

It is also very interesting that when Jesus uses the expression “Believe on Me” He is really saying, “BELIEVE INTO ME”!   Many a good believer thinks that believing in Jesus is simply utilizing a mental confession of agreement of what is in the Word of God. True believing has to do with us getting into Jesus’ plans and desires so much that we will obey Him without fail.

John 7:38  He that believeth on me ( INTO ME), as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 7:31  And many of the people believed on (INTO HIM) him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

John 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

As we start to conclude our teaching for today lets us knit everything together. Look at what Jesus says in John fourteen and twenty. The “YE IN ME” has to do with our maintaining ourselves smack inside the book, which is Christ. We accomplish this, as we are careful to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  As we “believe on Jesus” we are sure to always get INTO HIS plans and not ours. As we keep ourselves IN CHRIST, He promises to manifest Himself to us, and in us.

His manifestation will also manifest alongside Him, all of God treasures, which reside in Him, as well. This is now the “I IN YOU”; Christ, and all that He has and is, becomes automatically assimilated in us.  Because we are dead, and Christ is our lives, His manifestation becomes our reality. His victory over the devil becomes our victory, and we gradually find ourselves becoming free from the oppressive lies of the Evil One.  His victory over sin becomes an automatic reality to us as we assimilate His infilling presence or manifestation. Remember all blessings, treasures and victories become manifested with Him.

The more that Jesus is revealed in our lives, the more that all of these treasures are revealed with Him. Christianity is not about trying but about becoming.

Christianity is about us becoming less manifested, so that Christ can become more manifested. Christianity is not about us getting blessings and things but about knowing a Person who contains all blessings and things.

Christ: The Living Well

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Your light: It is not the light of a lamp but that of a torch.

See:  There are different types of “seeing” in the Greek language. “That they may see” is more than the casual gaze found in a look.  It represents a studied observance with the goal towards the understanding of something.

Jesus expects people to observe the lives of believers to the point that they can make a studied decision to accept or reject Him.

Good works are Spirit led works, versus “dead works” which are works produced by the flesh.

John 3:34  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the rhema words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Greek paraphrase. For whom God sent on an apostolic mission speaks the full rhema message of God, because in a “portion- less” (the whole pie versus a portion of pie) way He gives the Spirit.

The Spirit of God is fully bestowed upon Jesus; never limited, or by portion. This same Jesus dwells within the minister.

The goal of spiritual breakthrough must occur to the point that nothing is seen as impossible within our hearts.

John 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Greek paraphrase:  A spring fed well continually leaping, gushing, and bubbling up, of its own action.

Jesus is a well within us. He is the well of God’s Spirit, because the Spirit has been given to Him in a boundless, limitless way, and not portioned out.

Roman 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

It is “a” power of God.”

The gospel is one kind of manifestation of the dunamis power of God. The dunamis power of the gospel of God is not based solely upon the logos word, but upon the logos and the rhema word.

What makes the gospel be a manifestation of the dunamis power of God is found in the next verse.

17   For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from (OUT of FAITH) faith to (AND INTO)  faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Greek paraphrase:  For in it, is uncovered a righteousness of God which originates from faith and produces (more) faith.

Imagine a  pitcher labeled “faith” from the which God’s righteousness, or manifested deeds are poured forth, to then be poured into another pitcher labeled “faith”; to then be poured out, to then be poured into, and so forth. This is the breakthrough anointing found in heavenly places as we obey from moment to moment.

Herein is a manifestation of the operation of dunamis power. The faith of the logos and the rhema word release the deeds and works of God, which always originate in faith and are uncovered by it.

Colossians 2:12  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. (Corpse)

We must place our faith in the operation or in the ability that God had when He effectively raised Christ from a corpse.

When we are ministering we must have an abiding faith  that God has perfect ability to raise anything from a state of deadness, weakness, and disease, in accordance to what He is commanding us to do. This is what it means to have “faith in.”

Our faith is centered on the operation of God to raise anything out of the state of a corpse.

At the same time we must also have the “faith of”.  Here, our faith lies in the fact, that this very same faith, which we placed IN the operation of God, will now work back through us the actual raising up of the “corpse like condition.”

This is instrumental faith, or our faith in “the operation of God to raise”, brings this operation to life within us, so that it now works back through us to cause the real raising up.

Romans 11:36  For of him (Originating from Jesus  “Faith of Location”);, and through him(Jesus Himself performs the work back through us “Instrumental Faith”), and to him (Into Jesus, giving Him back the glory and obedience, so that He may lead us into the next dimension of our “faith in Him”, which activates His works  in us and causes Him to work back through  us by the “faith of Him.” In order to perform His word) are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Romans 3:25  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;

Our innate faith IN what the blood of Christ has accomplished causes the faith OF the blood of Jesus to work through us.

Acts 3:16  And his name through faith in his name(Faith of location)  hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him(Instrumental faith)  hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all

Our faith in the Name of Jesus allows for the very same Name of Jesus to instrumentally work back through us.  In this case the Name of Jesus gives perfect wholeness to the man.

The totality of the very faith of Jesus which dwells inside of Him is found also dwelling in and working through His Name.

John 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Greek paraphrase:  A spring fed well continually leaping, gushing, and bubbling up, of its own action.

Jesus, therefore, is the uncovered well within us, which continually without end, leaps, gushes and bubbles up in our spirits, by means OF Christ’s faith (not ours), in response to our faith IN Christ.

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth 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.

The Father is exhibits all that He does in way that the minister can understand and prove the work of God, and then manifest it as proof to the world.

John 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Greek: He that believeth INTO ME.

Oil poured into a motor engine produces the normal operation of the engine.  The more that every action in our lives is focused INTO Jesus, the more that that the “portion- less” and “without measure” bounty of the Spirit dwelling in Jesus will gush out from us.

John 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him(INTO HIM) whom he hath sent.

Our success in working the works of God is dependent on how and how much the very actions of our lives are INTO JESUS.

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.

Hitherto: Until now. 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. 

And I work:  I, in like manner.

This is a tremendously important point of instruction for ministers.

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 procedures.

Our ministry must be a carbon copy of the Father’s ministry in us.

John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the rhema words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

The greater our understanding of the intentions, intensity, and procedures used by the Father, the greater will be the manifestation of the flow of the well.

Galatians 5:6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Greek paraphrase: The only thing, which has strength and ability to prevail and make an eternal impact, is faith; but that faith is only energized, as the works of it are performed in the spirit of love.

John 9:4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work

I must: “It is the necessity in every opportunity that I have”…. to produce the very best I can of the services that pertain to God’s kingdom business.

John 2:11  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Miracles:  It should be “signs”.

A sign is the miracle from the viewpoint that authenticates the minister as being sent from God since God approves of him or her by manifesting His power through them.

A wonder is the same miracle but from the viewpoint of the one who receives the miracle. The purpose of God in producing miracles is to cause its recipient to wonder in amazement that will lead to a subsequent salvation.

Acts 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

SIGNS- Bloodshed, war, and catastrophe.

WONDERS- The effects of these SIGNS clouding the sun and the moon.

 Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

 Greek: according to the energy put forth by the exerted dominion which God has to subjugate all that is not of Him; this dominion being the result of the strength and ability which dwells within Him.

God’s inner strength is demonstrated by an outward exhibition of dominion to subjugate and conquer all that is not of Him. The process of domination puts forth energy.  This energy is dunamis power, or energy in ability or which makes things able, which is funneled into the believer who continually believes and obeys.

I Cor 15:24  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.

25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

A good part of the Lord’s works is to dominate and subjugate, so that His kingdom may be displayed.  If a king is to rule effectively over His kingdom, he must do so unhindered and unrestrained. Thus the Lord Jesus is always subduing what is not of Him, so that He can reign unhindered.

As we learned before, the manifested energy put forth as God subdues the evil around Him is dunamis power. The dunamis power of God brings forth the works of the kingdom of God, which consist in subduing the evil, and then restoring, reconciling or harmonizing back into God’s order.

Today, the believer is the piece of land through which God exercises the works of the kingdom. The more that the believer manifests the dunamis power of God, the more is the energy of the subduing power of the Lord Jesus available through the believer to see diseases, demons and acts of nature be dominated.

Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Jesus performs above and beyond the mode of superabundance in proportion to the dunamis power energized within the believer.

Because the believer is the piece of land through which God executes the works of the kingdom, God’s ability to perform to “His fullest” (which always exceeds superabundance; this is God’s normal mode of working) is limited to the measure and quality of dunamis power flowing through the believer.

This dunamis power is God’s energy to dominate and to subjugate all that is not of Him, thus bringing forth His kingdom unhindered; but the manifestation of the kingdom is limited by the dunamis power flowing through the minister which subdues all evils so that the kingdom may be manifested in the first place.

1 Cor 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh (energizes) all in all. (every aspect of every believer’s life)

Secondly, the energy put forth by God’s dunamis power is limited to how much God can fill every aspect of the believer’s life with this dunamis power.

This requires that the believer yield every aspect of his or her life to the Lord.

The more that the believer yields to the cross, the more that the Lord is allowed to energize the believer with this dunamis power as it fills every part of the believer’s life.

Dunamis power, the product of the dominion of God’s strength, is manifested as the diversities of operations.

1 Cor 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh (energizes) all in all. (every aspect of every believer’s life)

Diversities of operations are the variety of works of the kingdom now energized by dunamis power to make them fully operational and fully displayed in the world. They are exhibited in a diversity of ways through the different circumstances and personalities of the believers displaying them.

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

The manifestation of the Spirit is the visible outcome of the diversities of operations.

The residing inner strength or ability of God is always manifested outwardly by His subjugating or subduing dominion to put down all which is not of Him.

The purpose of subduing all evil is for God to bring forth His kingdom unhindered and unchallenged in the land owned by His kingdom; the believer.

The energy put forth by the process of dominating and putting down is called dunamis power.

Dunamis power is what is funneled into the believer to bring forth the works of the kingdom by subduing and then restoring.

Eph3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

By the Spirit to have the dominating ability produced by the funneling of dunamis power into our inner man

17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts. (through this dominating ability)

Dunamis power is also what reveals Jesus in the believer as this same power subdues all that is not of God within the believer. Jesus comes to a place where He can dwell or live in control and peace within the believer, because there is no evil to challenge or hinder Him anymore.

The greater the dunamis power within the believer, the greater will be the subduing of evil. The greater the subduing of evil results in the greater ability that Jesus has to dwell because His revelation within the believer is now greater.

The energy put out by the dunamis power is called the diversity of operations resulting in the manifestation of the Spirit to profit all.

As I always teach, the supreme function of any local assembly is to reveal the Person of Christ in its midst by His glory.

The glory of God is the invisible God made visible.

The revealed Christ, in His glory, through the instrumentality of the operation of all the ministries within a local assembly, is lifted up and draws all men unto Himself. This is called a revival of religion.

Revival is not a one time “revival meeting.”  A revival of religion is the ongoing and continuing process of the revelation of the Person of Christ through each local assembly.  None is exempt! The continuing manifestation of the glory of Christ by a local assembly of believers, allows Christ to draw more and more of the surrounding community unto Himself, permanently changing the community itself.  This is revival!

For this to happen it takes EVERY MEMBER of the local assembly to be effectively reveal the Christ through his or her ministry.  There are no exceptions!

Eph 4:15  but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

Greek: But (every member of a local assembly) speaking (teaching, prophecy, ministry) the reality of the Word of God, as a confession of what is really in within their lives, grows up INTO CHRIST in all aspects of their lives.

16  from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.

From the Christ who is being revealed in proportion to how an assembly grows into Him, the assembly originates all of their ministries, which are rooted in His revelation, as Christ’s directs and call people into ministry from His revealed presence or glory.

To “fitly frame” is the effective operations of all ministries by all members within a local assembly. This causes the full revelation of the Person of Christ, as His revelation is ‘fitted properly together” by the ministries in the local flock

When I talk about ministries, I am usually speaking of those which makes use of the charismatic gifts that were spoken about above, so that the Spirit who always bears witness of Christ may be manifested, revealing Him.

To “knit together” is the product of the revelation of Christ by the “fitly framing” of ministries, which have been properly fitted His revelation. The awe of His revelation unites the congregation in love, knitting their hearts together. True unity in the body of Christ is only found in the unity of His revelation. The knitting together of all hearts brings a deeper revelation of not only Christ, but of the Godhead, allowing the local assembly to come to the revelation of the height, and breadth, of the love of Christ, until everyone is fully filled with Christ.

16  from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.

“Every joint supplieth”: This is incorrect, rather: “Every joint of supply:” “To supply” originates from the root Greek word which is defined as furnishing a chorus of singers liberally with all that it needs.

Every joint of supply is each member of a local body as he or she effectively supplies the revelation of the Son of God through their ministries to manifest the Spirit.

According to the working in due measure of each several part

Greek paraphrase: The revelation of Christ is limited to the energy (that will make His revelation fully operational) put forth by the measure and quality of the “measure of supply” through each of the parishioners’ charismatic ministries.

The Renewed Mind of the Apostle Paul

I Tim 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 

·         Secondly is our conscience.  Watchman Nee tells us that the conscience is a component of or a barometer of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let us look at what the apostle Paul has to tell us about the conscience.

Romans 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

 ·        Greek: Their consciences also bearing witness with their hearts, and between one another (in their conscience) their collective thoughts constantly accusing or defending. (Seems like the operation of the voice of the Holy Spirit!)

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

 ·        My conscience bears witness to me in the realm or world that belongs to the Holy Spirit. (My conscience operates within the world that belongs to the Holy Spirit.)

2 Corinthians 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.

 ·        We use the testimony (of accusing or defending) that our conscience gives to conduct ourselves in this world.

 2 Timothy 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;

·        I thank God whom I render religious service to…in a world that belongs to a pure conscience.

I Tim 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

 ·         Third and finally, “faith unfeigned” has to do with having an authentic walk with the Lord.  In other words is it mean to “walk the talk.”

              1Tim 1:6 From which some having swerved (have deviated from to miss the bull’s eye) have turned aside unto (into) vain jangling(fruitless talk)

·        The result of turning away from a genuine Spirit led walk of absolute purity.

7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

 ·        They not know what they say, or what is the reality concerning the things that they speak with so much confidence about.  They are confident in their errors.  My friends, this is the definition of being deceived!

·10    According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Greek: According to the gospel of the glory of the happy God…

·        As I always teach, the glory of God is to make the invisible God, visible, to a lost and dying world. Church and ministry can never be about agendas, programs or the likes, but must always aim to make the invisible God visible through them.


11     And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

 Greek: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who endued me with His power (only as He found me dependable.) The gift of His power was given to me as He found me worthy of trust. Once that the trust and power were there God placed me into my ministry.

·        We must never seek ministry on our own.  We must never seek to raise ourselves up. We only need to seek to be faithful and obedient to the Lord.

·        Our obedience develops the character of the Lord and allows us to become partakers of His liberty. The Lord entrusts us with His power as He sees that our godly character is being developed to the point that we will not abuse it or be puffed up by it. There comes a day when the Lord sees that we have enough of His character, liberty, and power to be placed into His calling for us. He then raises us up.

·        God’s ministry must always be executed in His power.  If we know little about God’s power we have no business being in ministry until His power is developed in us.

14  and the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Greek: And the grace of our Lord super abounded along with the faith and love, which reside inside Christ Jesus.

·        Verse fourteen is the result of Paul being placed into the ministry which he spoke about in verse twelve. As we have discussed before, the grace of God is the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ laboring within us, and accomplishing all in us. Christianity can be defined wonderfully in one single verse, as first taught to me by Watchman Nee.

Philippians 2:12  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.

 13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

·        The Lord “works in” you by His grace. Every work of grace is translated into a rhema word.  Every time we obey His rhema word we have “worked out.”  That is Christianity!

·        Every time the Lord works in His rhema word, it carries His measure of faith and power for us to work it out.   This is grace.

·        When we work out   without receiving the rhema word we fall away from grace.  This is the law.

Galatians 5:4  Christ is become of no effect (useless, broken down and non-operational) unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 ·        Another way of seeing the grace of God can be found in the following verse.

 Colossians 2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk (conduct your lives) ye in him:

·        The areas of our lives in which Christ has been revealed in us, to labor on our behalf and give   us freedom, is the same areas that we are responsible to walk in and maintain our freedom and victory. A believer cannot quit smoking unless Christ has spotted that area, then revealed Himself to the believer in order to labor and set him or her free by His grace. Once the freedom has come through the superhuman labor of the Lord then the Christian has the responsibility not to fall back into the bondage of smoking but to conduct his or her life in the freedom of Christ

 I tim 1:18 This charge (as military orders) I commit (I entrust to you as a valuable deposit) unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

·        In accordance with the words of prophecy or in the sphere of God’s power found within them, you are to war to ultimate success (God’s) military campaigns and expeditions.

·        This is Paul’s definition of “faith unfeigned”.

·        It makes us wonder how the Lord’s battles can be successfully carried out if the prophet and prophecies are not welcomed with open arms in our churches and ministries today?

 19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away(repudiate and reject)concerning faith have made shipwreck:

·        Verse nineteen are the requirements for the soldier of the Lord as depicted in verse eighteen, if he or she are to carry out successfully the Lord’s military campaigns to utter completion.

·        Everything must be done by the faith of God, which is always resident within the voice of His Holy Spirit.

·        A good conscience is a barometer of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  It is good because the voice of the Holy Spirit within it bears constant witness that the believer is restricting his or her life to the voice of God within the conscience.

·        Those believers that thrust away, repudiate and reject the walk of faith , which administers God’s affairs, as well as the voice of the Holy Spirit within the conscience become like a ship that wrecks and destroys itself.

·        Finally the person that rejects God and considers Him as worthless becomes Romans one and twenty eight.

Romans 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

  • Greek (paraphrase): Because they did not like to acknowledge God in their thinking as someone that is more precious and valuable than the finest of metals after having an opportunity to do so, God decreed their thinking as failing the test given to a fine metal, rendering their thinking unfit, and worthy only to be rejected and cast away to do those things which are unbecoming.

 1 Tim 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

·        There comes a point when the person reject God long enough to have their conscience becomes cauterized, numbing its spiritual senses, removing the discernment of God’s voice, and losing the personal consciousness of what is right and what is wrong.  Hence all the aberrant form of human behaviors found today.

2 Thess 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

·        Go will send them an energizing work of error so that they believe what is false.

1 Tim 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (“speaking plainly”; probably through the mouths of prophets), that in the latter times( not specific 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 wondering from the truth through their own sins and the influence of demons.  Please observe 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; 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.

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

·      These doctrines are brought about through the hypocrisy of teachers that speak lies.  These teachers can so comfortably bring these lies because their consciences have been cauterized through their disobedience to God, so that they can no longer discern right from wrong.

Rom 1:18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold(suppress) the truth in unrighteousness;

·        The wrath of God is constantly revealed upon all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men and women who hold down or suppress the truth of God in the realm of unrighteousness.

·        Unrighteous living automatically holds back, down, or suppresses the truth concerning God. With every act of unrighteousness there is an automatic suppression of truth.  As believers we must be very carefully not to willfully disobey. Every willful act of disobedience on our part suppresses God’s truth to the same measure as that of our disobedience.

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(that is energized or activated) in the children of disobedience(that will not be persuaded to obey God)

·        There are believers that draw a line in the spiritual sand to the Lord and will not be persuaded to go further with Him. Christians that conduct their lives in such a way become “children of disobedience.”

·        Every willful act of disobedience activates or energizes the working of the devil.

 Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

·         Greek: All that humanity can know about God right now is at our disposal because God already made sure that it is all manifested, and prepared for us. (There is no excuse for the existence of agnostics and atheists!

20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

·        Greek: The things that cannot be seen of Him from the creation of the world are perceived clearly, and are likewise thoroughly seen and understood, by the things that God made…. so that they are defenseless (in their agnosticism and atheism)

 21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

·        Greek: Having known God, they absolutely refused to glorify Him as God or were thankful to Him.  The end result of pushing God away is that their reflections and reasonings about life became futile and pointless, allowing them to fall into deception and make wrong decisions. The end result is that their heart, now void of understanding, became darkened.

22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

·        Greek- Professing to be wise, they became morons.

23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

·        Greek:  And exchanged the glory of the undecaying and sinless God for the likeness of the image of decaying and sinful….

24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

·        Greek:  Wherefore God handed them over by the cravings and lusts of their hearts into uncleanness so that they would dishonor their own bodies between themselves.

25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

·         Greek: Who exchanged the truth about God for falsehood, thus religiously reverencing and serving the created thing more than Him who created it.

28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

·        Greek:  In regards to things of this life that these people make it their goal to have an accurate and full knowledge about, they found God to have failed their test and not worthy of holding the place of one these things. Therefore God handed them over to a rejected mind, which failed His test, to now do these inappropriate and unfitting things.

1 Tim 4: 6  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

 ·        Being continuously fed on the words, which are made up of faith and find their expression and life by a walk of faith.

·         Also the “words of faith and of good teaching” are the words, which are in accordance with God’s truth and through which the gospel finds its expression and life. This is our defense against seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

·        Whereunto thou hast attained   Should read, “which you have closely followed.”

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 so as to be unhindered as possible for vigorous training.

·        Godliness is our manner 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.

John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 Tim 4:8  For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

·        Literally: “For a little (useful in a few things) is bodily exercise profitable”.  Exercising in godliness is useful for everything because it has an eternal impact on the next life and this one.

10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

·        Of the three Greek versions that are used in our English translations the Byzantine and Textus Receptus say “labor and suffer reproach” while the Wescott Hort says “labor and struggle”.

·        Our word for struggle is “to  agonize.”  This is the same word that our New Testament uses for the agonizing efforts exerted in athletic competition.

·         Labor always implies painful toil with wearisome effort, which sometimes ends up in exhaustion.  The bottom line is that in any great work done for the Lord, or with any believer that desires to be greatly used of the Lord, he or she must become aware that this dual satisfaction can only be attained through wearisome spiritual labor and an exhilarating agony in following the Lord comparable to those exerted by Olympic athletes.

·        One of the greatest onslaughts that Christians face in Western societies is that of complacency, comfort, and prosperity.  These three things many times oppose and wage war against the spiritual toil and athletic struggle, which makes Christians into great men and women of God.  Christianity in western societies in great part tends to be mediocre at best.

·        Godliness likewise is only developed in the confines of a spiritual gymnasium.

Some Athletic Agonizing(s) in the NT

Luke 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

 1 Corinthians 9:25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

 Colossians 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Colossians 4:12  Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

       1Tim 4:11 These things command and teach.

·        These things transmit to others and teach.

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 commands us to become believers who can 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 for, or create a mold that 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.

§        As Moses was mighty in “word and deed,” we must learn to hear, operate by, and restrict our lives to the rhema word of God.

§        Our doctrine and teaching must follow the healthy words, which make up the gospel, and our life must conform to that doctrine.

Conversation – Behavior

Charity- Divine, self-sacrificial love.

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

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

§        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.

15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting 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 “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 unique calling. There are now pew sitters, and no room for mediocrity in God’s kingdom.

§        May appear to all  – Will become evident to all.

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 remain in these things!

My Deepest, Darkest and Cruelest Prison

Today I discovered the greatest, deepest, the most destructive, and maybe the last of my prisons. Really, I did not discover it. Jesus had been taking me there.

This was the prison of my own rights.  It was a  deep and subconscious penitentiary, a moated and lofty castle of my rights, my life, my control,  my religion, my opinions, my beliefs, my expectations, my  dreams, my plans, my finances and schedules. This was the one fortress which I would not allow God in. I had built it when I had been hurt as a child, when fear and unbelief came in. It was the lofty refuge for me protecting myself. In the high citadel of my rights no one and nothing could hurt me. Not even God, Himself.

I had a glimpse of this mental fortress.  It was a little drought stricken piece of land, incredibly dry and cracked. Rain had not fallen for many many years. There was one little sickly plant that had broken through its fissured terrain. It had kept me in bondage. I prayed today, and felt a rock hard place in my soul close to my heart ,where this land dwells for all people.  It’s called hardness and embitterment of heart. Everybody has it.

As I intercessed in earnest, Jesus opened the lock to this prison and let me out. I know now that I can be  healed and delivered.

Every person has this prison. Every human lives in the parched and barren land of his rights. He will do anything not to give it up. This is why most will not allow God in. It’s all about protecting this little parched piece of land. It’s the little place of safety. We think that we know better than God, as we pace in total darkness, in this our tiny castled dungeon, feeling very smart, smug and wise.

Little did I know, that protecting this little place, was my deepest, darkest and cruelest prison.

Many will die in this prison, shielding this tiny dust bowl with the last gasp of breath.

I wish that I would have surrendered earlier to the One who can be fully trusted, and who longed to get me out, and not served a 57 year sentence. I praise God that I am finally out, though.  What about you?