Nine Ways How The Devil Attacks And How Can You Counter It


1) 2 Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Let us wash ourselves off, from every defilement so that all actions that affect the flesh and spirit can become matured into God’s standard.

This standard is the absolute separation from all that is common to this world into a devotion to what is sacred and precious to God.

2) 1 Thess 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The God that brings “shalom peace” bring it into your life. This may He do by separating you totally from all common things, and bringing you to a devotion to the sacred things of God.

This sanctification is accomplished by your spirit, soul, and body each made complete, whole, and without defect, so that your life might not have one source of just criticism placed upon it.

May you be guarded and kept in this condition until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

3) 2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Transformed: To alter the outward appearance without a significant inward change.

It is closely illustrated to an architectural schematic, and shows us how the enemy can change the schematic of things.

4) Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

“To give place” is like building an airport runway upon ourselves, for the devil to land upon.

Habitual disobedience to Jesus does this. We create an airport runways on our backs, where the enemy can land and take off at whim.

5) 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:

This scripture is not given only to non-Christians. The devil is an equal opportunity attacker.

The Greek word for worketh is giving energy to.

The children of disobedience will allow the devil to energize his schemes.

Disobedience is non-compliant, defiant, and stubborn.

Any person who relates in this way to the voice of the Holy Spirit will allow the devil to energize his schemes, Christian or non Christian.

I know people who have been Christians for 35 years who are in the same predicament of bondage as the day they came to Jesus.

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

“The prince of the world system comes, and it is impossible for him to have the tiniest connection with me.”

The real binding of the enemy occurs when every part of our lives has come into conformity to God’s will, and the enemy is forbidden a place or space where he can afflict us. The demonic had absolutely no relationship with Jesus. This is binding the enemu

7) 2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

That they may return to a sober condition and out of the snare of the devil, after having being hunted down, taken captive, and caught alive by him, in order to do “his” will.

So few understand how the devil manipulates and attacks them.

For many the devil is not real.

Nothing delights him as much as when people believe that he is a figment of the imagination.

8) 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Be controlled, free of evil passions, and serious in in your relationship to Jesus, because your “opponent in court”, the devil, as a roaring lion, lives to earnestly seek, whom he may drink down, swallow, consume, and destroy.

9)  Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

He travels continually throughout arid places “seeking a cessation of his now unpleasant circumstances”, and in no way finds it.

This shows the necessity that demons have to possess a living being

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

I will return into my house from where I came out, and having arrived finds it vacant and in a perfected state of being swept, and cosmetically adorned, but empty of the Spirit of God.

45 Then he goes and takes along with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in they dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Thus it shall also be for this wicked generation.”

A Planet Called Deception


Matt 24: 4   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Look continually to yourself that nobody will “planetize” you.

The word “deceive” in the Greek. It is the word “planet”.

In Greek mythology, planets were called wanderers or the wandering ones.

Thus, this suggests the word deception. A person whom is being deceived aimlessly wanders away from the truth. The word planet is also used for “error”.

In the United Sates we see the prince of the authority of the air using technology to “planetize” people.

Eph 2:2(EB)  In which at one time ye walked, according to the age of the world, according to the prince of the authority of the air, of the spirit that now energiseth in the sons of disobedience,

Technology is an awesome tool which greatly benefits humanity and the work of the kingdom of God. The devil uses technology in the lives of those whom are not paying attention to their walks with God to cause them to planetize or wonder from the truth of the Word of God. Whereas Africa gets hit by a demon of poverty, the USA is getting wacked by a demon of distraction.

I am amazed at how many Americans the devil has planetized to cause them to look down at their technological gadgets.

When you get on an airplane to go to east Africa, you will find many looking down as well.  They, however, are looking down at their Bibles!

Matt 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

“Many for will be coming upon the name of me, saying I am the anointed and will planetize many.”

The word “deceive” in verse 5 is in the active voice. This means that deceivers will actively planetize unassuming people who are not paying attention to themselves and their relationships with God.

2 Thess 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

“For the mystery of lawlessness, or what is void of all law, is now energizing, until the one who has the power to detain and keep it in check even at present, is from the midst becoming.”

A mystery is something that is hidden or that lives in the darkness of secrecy. A mystery must be revealed, since it cannot be accessed through our physical senses.  A mystery once totally veiled is now progressively revealed.

At the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the mystery of iniquity kicked in. Men in those days lived to be over 900 years of age. The progressive revelation of the mystery of iniquity has eaten up into the lifespan of mankind throughout the centuries.

8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy (non effectual) with the brightness of his coming:

And then will the Unlawed one will be uncovered whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his mouth and will render useless and nonoperational with the epiphany of His presence.

This verse obviously talks about the Antichrist. The prevalent thing to notice here is that the Anti-Christ a man whom is void of all law, obviously a figure who thrives on anarchy, will be uncovered at a set season.

It does not take much to see the mystery of lawlessness, or better said anarchy, at work than in those who today contest that the legitimacy of the constitution is not prevalent or foundational to our country.

The voiding of the constitution if it were to succeed will bring anarchy.

Wherever the manifestation of Christ is, there is His work of making non effectual all that is sin.

9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

“Whose presence is in accordance to the energizing of Satan with every ability, signs and wonders found in what is pseudo.”

The word for “lying” in the Greek is pseudo. Something pseudo is a falsehood, a sham, something spurious.  What is pseudo, does not have to be entirely false. It just needs to contain enough half-truths to cause people to planetize from the truth.

10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

“And with every seduction, guile, and deceitfulness of doing what is not right in the eyes of God.”

Every disobedience towards God brings guile and deception as it seduces you.  This mystery of anarchy is energized in all of those that without an agape or unconditional love for the Word of God do not heartedly welcome it into their lives. The Word of God must be loved and welcomed, there is no other way!

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

“And through this act of unwelcoming His Word, God sends them “ an energy of planetizing” for the purpose of them believing what is pseudo.”

This type of energizing is an activation that will cause people to wonder aimlessly into error for the express purpose of believing what is false.

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Pneumatism


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

Heb4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul (psyche) and spirit( pneumatos) , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The role of the human spirit is generally a passive or inactive one.  The soul on the contrary is always active.  Our spirit works as a protective womb for the presence and the motions of the Spirit of the Living God within us.  It is very much connected with our hearts, and our consciences.

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 our spirit is not to do, but to give an eye witness account.  Our homes have no other function but to house its dwellers.  The building is really of no importance.  The activities that take place within it are the ones of consequence what our Lord does.

We are “character witnesses who observe, and give evidence to the reputation, conduct, and moral nature” of the indwelling Christ to a dying world. (Meridian Webster dictionary definition).

It is only God’s activity that counts, and often it has little to do with ours.  Our busy activities many times get in the way of the Lord.  The body of Christ gets deceived because it does so much instead of just being.  Does a bottle work, or does it simply demonstrate what is inside?  God does need a lively Christian with a head full of bustling programs and agendas.  He needs a dead one that will display Him.  Remember, we are dead!  Christ is the one living in us.

The soul is a combination of our mind, will, intellect and emotions.  Its function contrary to the spirit is not to reveal, but to actively work and choose.  It is the mediator between our bodies and our spirits.

The soul is constantly involved in a struggle to choose between the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of our carnal flesh, our un renewed minds, the world, and the trickeries of Satan.  The Spirit of the living God within us, must become manifested enough to win the battle for the soul.

The responsibility of the soul then is to submit itself continuously to the Holy Spirit.  When it does that, the soul will take us in the ways of the Lord.  God must bring our will to a point where it has no more desire than to submit itself to the wishes of the Holy Spirit.

Our emotions must be healed and stilled before the Lord by the cross, so that we can attend to that “still small voice within”.

Immature believers, or believers that are still bound in the throes of demonic oppression or past hurts, are unable to discern clearly the quiet voice of the Lord within.  Because the emotions are still screaming out, they drown out the presence of the Lord.

All deliverance, inner healing, counseling, and therapy must be directed at setting us free to hear and uncompromisingly obey the Holy Spirit.  Healing is the means of becoming spiritual or pneumatic Christians.  Our mind and intellect must be renewed by the word of God so that it can adequately understand what the Holy Spirit wishes.

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Armor


Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong (constantly strengthened with dunamis power) in the Lord, and in the power ( dominion) of his might ( inward strength).

11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil.

This verse commands us to continuously receive this dunamis power of the Lord so that He can be progressively revealed in our lives as the Christ that dwells in our hearts. This is the fullness of revelation.

The dunamis power of the Lord in verse 10 is defined as the display of the Lord’s outward dominion brought about by His inward strength.  This is what it means by “ the power of his might.”  This is sort of what happens to Pop Eye when he eats the can of spinach.  The tremendous inward strength that is multiplied within him is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto the bad man, who ran after beautiful Olive Oil.

This domination of external circumstances is called “dominion” and is in indeed the same as Lord’s dominion over all His creation.

The Lord’s dominion or manifested expression of the strength that resides within Him is found in His dunamis power. The extent of the Lord’s dominion that is transported by his dunamis power is His ability to subdue all things unto Himself.

Philippians 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The amount of God’s dunamis power working in us is measured as to how much we are allowing the Lord to subdue or bring the dominion of all things unto Himself.

The fullness of revelation of the Son is the fullness of the Lord’s power.  The fullness of revelation is the Christ dwelling, and not struggling, or competing with something else in our hearts.

The more that we live out of the dunamis power of the Lord because we have yielded our life in all meekness to the Lord the more that we shall see the Lord subdue all things underneath our feet.

This is the reality of our putting on the full armor of God.

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The Consummate Energizer Bunny


God’s Resident Power

Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( INNER SPIRITUAL STRENGTH) power,(EXTERNAL DOMINION)

What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.

Dunamis power is the inherent power within every created being, living, and non-living.  God has His own inherent dunamis power. Disease has its own type of dunamis power. Dunamis power is what distinguishes one object from the other, and gives to its life and power.

20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Which He energized (PAST TENSE denoting a completed event) in Christ when He raised Him out of a corpse…..

“Working” in verse nineteen, and “wrought” in verse twenty are the same root word; ENERGY;

“Working, “ is the noun, energy.  “Wrought” is the verb to energize.

The definition of God’s DUNAMIS POWER is the energy that was “put out” (in the historical event 2000 years ago), as Christ was raised up from a corpse and made to sit far above in rank, power, and physical distance over all principalities, powers, and might, dominions, and all names which are named both in heaven and upon the earth.

This measure of dunamis power was once and for all energized and charged INTO CHRIST. Because Christ lives in us, so does this DUNAMIS POWER.  Christ is as the “energizer bunny” fully and forever more energized with this specific charge of energy. Christ charged in this manner dwells in the Christian.

The  living reality of this dunamis power, as it is funneled or manifested into us, comes in proportion to our faith. On other words, to the degree that we believe the Word of God is to the degree that this quality and measure charged energy is funneled into us.

Let us look at the properties of the dunamis power that we have resident within us and available when we walk in childlike obedience and faith

The Properties of God’s Resident Power

 Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Far above in rank, power, and physical distance

Every type of principality – Or the beginning of every created thing

A principality is an authoritative demonic being.

However, in the NT, the word principality is also used for a physical beginning or commencement, the creation of something, and the root source of something.

The dunamis power of God in Christ, and charged in us is far above in rank and power, above every root problem such as generational sins, curses, judgments, and the root causes and beginnings in diseases. It is greater than the commencement of any problem. Christ was there with you, before the commencement of anything. Because of this, problems and illnesses can be reversed in your life.

Authority: Is power of choice; liberty to do as one pleases; jurisdiction such as the one which state police has over every road within a state, and the power of rule and government

Authority is the power of choice; or the liberty to do as one pleases, such as the jurisdiction enjoyed by a state policeman.

Cancer, for example has its own authority, in that it can spread at will throughout the human body. However, the authority found in Christ’s dunamis power has an authority far above in rank and power over that of cancer. By our words, as they are tempered with faith, the power of choice, or the liberty of action to command the cancer where we please, is available to us.

Dunamis power: The inherent power in every created thing that defines it and gives to it its life.

Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

As we taught earlier, dunamis power is the inherent power exclusive, to every created thing.  Water, has an inherent power of its own, which gives to it its life, and describes it as water, exclusive of any another object.

Cancer has another kind of dunamis power.  God has His own dunamis power.  The dunamis or inherent power of Christ resident in us is far in rank and power above the inherent power of any other created object.  Hallelujah!  When we minister, we know that Christ’s inherent power will subordinate, subjugate and destroy the inherent power sustaining the evil that we are ministering against.

The inherent or dunamis power of something gives to it life, glory, and honor.  Cancer, though evil in nature, has its own evil glory and honor.  The word, “to rebuke” is defined as “UPON THE HONOR.”  When we rebuke cancer in JESUS NAME, we are heaping Christ’s power to bear upon the honor of the root source of the cancer and the liberty that it exercises and the very inherent power that makes it up and gives to its life.

Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

“Dominion” or lordship- Someone or something which can bring into bondage.

“And every name that is named.” And every name that identifies something for what it is exclusive of anything else.

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

All these Christ subordinated and subjected under His feet.  When God gave Christ to be head over these things to the church; this same power is now available to us.

1 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 ( TO CAUSE SOMETHING TO BECOME NON OPERATIONAL AND NON WORKING SO THAT IT MUST BE JUNKED!!) all rule and all authority and power.

Jesus will give the kingdom to God and the Father only when He shall have rendered totally ineffective (as an old car with an old engine, that finally breaks down and ceases to work any more, and must be junked) every type of principality, commencement and roots sources of all evils, all authorities or jurisdictions which are not from God, and every type of inherent power that gives life, function, glory, and honor to every type of evil.

Here are a few more examples of Christ’s power cutting the spark plug wires, destroying the distributor cap, and junking the inherent life, glory and honor of other things.

Romans 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed (NON OPERATIONAL, NON WORKING, AND JUNKED)that henceforth we should not serve sin.

This shows us the death and separation from the sinful nature

1 Corinthians 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought (NON OPERATIONAL  NON WORKING AND JUNKED!!) things that are:

God has a way to junk any devise or argument which is not of Him.

1 Corinthians 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed (NON OPERATIONAL, NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) is death.

2 Corinthians 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!)

2 Corinthians 3:11  For if that which is done away (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

Hebrews 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

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The Chronicles of Ephesians: Spiritual Gifts


God’s Energy in Dunamis Power

God’s energy is always fully effective and fully flowing in us.

Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who IS POWERFULLY ENERGIZING all things after the counsel of his own will:

 1 Cor 12:11  But all these worketh is POWERFULLY ENERGIZING that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing (DISTRIBUTING) to every man severally as he will (COUNSELS)

 Ephesians 3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the ( ENERGY)of his power.

Colossians 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his POWERFUL ENERGY which IS ENERGIZED  in me AS GOD’S POWER OR ABILITY.

His energizing comes in proportion to us walking in His will and is given for us to carry out His will.

The message of universalism or Rob Bell’s message creates Christians whose want to do God’s will is not there since everybody will get saved at the end.

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are used to take portions of God’s inheritance that we now know as His riches, energize them by means of His dunamis power, and make them visible as riches in the mode of glory through the physical bodies of His saints.

Every saint has spiritual gifts and must find out what they are. Spiritual gifts is what makes the invisible God, visible.

Every believer represents a portion of God’s land or kingdom in the midst of an evil world, where God rules unencumbered and displays His glory effectively through the saint through the means of spiritual gifts as they are powerfully energized through His operations.

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

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

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

·  The Motivational Aspect of the Gifts.

 Romans 12:6 Having then charismatic gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion (Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)

Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the world belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.

Faith, which produces a rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit,  is the FAITH OF GOD working in us.

The rhema word is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand.

When we minister the rhema word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.

Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rhema word, or the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.

Every spiritual gift is a manifestation of the faith of God. The more that we use them the more that we function in God’s faith.

7  Or ministry, (in the world of ministry) or he that teacheth, in the world of the teaching;

 8  Or he that exhorteth, in the world of exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Mystery (How We Must Minister)

 1 Cor 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

We are uttering (PROPHETICALLY) God’s wisdom (WILL, WAYS & TIMING) in the sphere of a mystery or with a mystery.

We are dead, and our lives are hid in a mystery state with God.

Our walk in the Spirit allows us to understand the peculiars of the movements, dispositions, and plans of the Holy Spirit within us.  We cannot search out, the mysteries of God in us, but they are revealed by us as we walk in the Spirit.

As they are revealed through us knowledge and understanding is then given. This is called revelation.

We minister out of God’s mysteries within us because our lives now shrouded and hidden with Christ are hid with Him who Himself lives in a mystery form.

 1 Cor 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Not taught in words of human wisdom, but comparing and compounding the spiritual things revealed by God in our spirits with appropriate outward spiritual forms and expressions. This is why Hoy Spirit manifestations are not just good, but important.

1 Cor 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 Out of a portion we know, and out of that portion we must prophesy leading to more knowing and more prophecy. (From faith into faith).

This is why we must continually step out in faith by the voice of the Holy Spirit, because God functions from faith to faith.

 1 Cor 3:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly ( ainigma); but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

For we all see through a mirror reflecting an enigma.

Enigma: One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable. 2. A perplexing speech or text; a riddle. The Free Dictionary

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

  Ephesians 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 God’s labor, termed as grace takes from His inheritance in us, which is His fullness, reveals it from its mystery form and displays it in segments through us as His riches.

 1 Cor 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Different riches are manifested through the different operations of God.  The operations are effective displays of God’s power through the believer to effectively transfer the riches from inside the believer to the external world in accordance to the specific ministerial circumstances.

The transferred riches, which inside the believer were part of God’s inheritance, not empowered externally by the operations of God are made visible as the glory of God.

Christ’s grace or inward labor must display itself outwardly through the believer’s body as glory.

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

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Wisdom has to do with God’s will, ways, and timing.  Prudence is carrying out this wisdom “in the Spirit.” God’s labor in us produces His will, His ways, and timing.  Prudence causes us to walk step by step in Christ’s labor.  This is termed to walk in the Spirit.

  Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

  Walk is the word for a military march. If we claim to live in the Spirit, we are ordered to walk in a military march after the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The normal mode of God’s labor in us as we walk in prudence is to produce abundance and superabundance.

In proportion to how we follow Christ’s labor in us in wisdom and prudence is the same proportion we will live in the realm of  “SPIRITUAL AND SOMETIMES MATERIAL” abundance and superabundance.

This is the normal mode of God’s operation.

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Modes of Holy Spirit Ministry


Modes of Ministry

To glance in the Spirit, not particularly with understanding, at what the Father does within us, gives us the ability to externally minister with identicalness to the Father’s work.

This is because ministry is initiated by faith without understanding.

Much ministry can be initiated with a spiritual glancing at what the Father does within us to allow us to minister it externally with identicalness.

John 5:9 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth (To habitually glance at what the Father does in the Spirit.  This is not discernment with understanding) the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (Greek word “homos”)

Glancing in the Spirit to what the Father does, gives us that momentary instinctive knowledge, which on many occasions, is enough for us to step out in faith and do with identicalness what we have acquired instinctively in our spirits.

Our right to do so is based on the fact that we have an equal inner spiritual nature to that of the Father, giving us identity with Him in our outward actions.  We are responsible to work with identicalness to what we see on the Spirit.  This is what the term “homos” means.

Sometimes however, prophecy, and probably with more of the type, which involve visions, and of more detailed and intricate ministry, requires more than a simple glancing in the Spirit.  It requires spiritual vision with discernment, and understanding.

 John 8:38 I speak  (INSTRUMENTALITY: to utter and express prophetically (not the content of the speech)) that which I (What I) have seen ( To see with a spiritual discernment which causes me to understand) with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Compare with John 3:11 below.

John 3:11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however bear acquired knowledge as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.

John 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto ( My Father never ceases working in the Spirit) and I work.(and I work externally, using exactly the same procedures and in exactly the same manner in which I see instinctively the Father working within me.)

For us to know by instinct or intuition, in one moment of time, what the Father speaks in us (without understanding what He is saying, and without having to get the message of what the Father wants to say first) is what we need to begin to open up our mouths and speak prophetically.

John 3:11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however can only bear testimony as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.

·Simple prophecy does not need our understanding, but an instinctive knowing in our spirits of what the Father is doing.

However, to bear witness, as in seeing and explaining a detailed prophetic vision (in a sequence of pictures or details), we need to see in the Spirit with discernment and not just as a simple glancing.

Hearing the voice of the Spirit allows us to administer the kingdom step by step along the “continuum in time” of what we are hearing.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father, which hath sent me.

“Judging”, in the verse above is the administration of God’s kingdom in the Spirit.

Judging in the Spirit is also called discernment. Many times people erroneously say that we must not judge. We are called to judge or decide whether something lines up with the voice of the Spirit and discriminate whether it comes from the Spirit or not.

The judging which is wrong is to pass a condemnatory sentence upon somebody else, not on the discernment to what the voice of the Spirit is telling us but according to our opinions or biasness’s.

 Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion (Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)

Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the word belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.

Faith, which produces a rhema word, is the FAITH OF GOD working in us.  The rhema word, or voice of the Spirit, is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand.

When we minister the rhema word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.

Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rhema word.  Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.

Prophecy therefore does not require our understanding, but a simple instinctive or intuitive knowing of the “corresponding word” (proportion of faith), which God by His faith, or God’s faith, produced in us.

To the proportion that we hear or see the word is to the proportion that we prophesy.

Degrees of ministry in the Spirit

1 John 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

Heard,

Seen with discernment,

Looked upon, as watching a movie in a theater,

Felt, touched, and handled of the “Word of The Life” or the word which when ministered contains God’s “kind of life” and the operations of that life within it, to make the ministry operational.

 Eph 6:12  For we wrestle (arm to arm to arm encounters at close quarters) not against flesh and blood, but against ( Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) principalities, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature)  powers, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature)  the rulers of the darkness of this world, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature)  spiritual (must be handled in the Spirit)  wickedness in high places.( In spiritual places or must be handled by the Spirit of God in us)

Here we find that spiritual warfare must be always done at close quarters with the enemy, because it is a wrestling match. Because the wickedness is spiritual, it can only be combated in the Spirit. Likewise, because the spiritual wickedness dwells in heavenly places, it must be likewise executed in the Spirit.

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Is The Devil Behind Door Number One, Two, or Three?


Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

·Greek: That they may return to soberness or awake out of the snare of the devil, after having being hunted down, taken captive, and caught alive by the devil, to do his will.

The devil is actively hunting to “catch alive” by trapping our free will and make it to become passive, so that his will in us can then become active.  This is His work with believers and the unchurched.

Passivity, is the great tool of the devil. The life of faith is not always busy, but always active. So much of the church is passive in their faith, in the studying of God’s word and in prayer. You better be sure that the devil is behind all of this  by breeding passivity.

Fear is another lie of the enemy to generate passivity in us, through paralyzing fear.  We cannot remain passive through fear. We are living in a lie, if we do so.

The lure to social media, if it distracts us from spending daily time with God, is a ploy of the devil.

The Bible is our map to life. Without the map, what can we do?

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Be temperate, dispassionate and serious in your life, be awake and watchful, because your opponent in a suit of law, the devil, as a roaring lion, conducts himself around, arduously and earnestly seeking, whom he may drink down, swallow, consume, and destroy.

Yep. How much of this do we see around us?

2 Cor 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed (metaschematizo)  into an angel of light.

Metaschematizo: To alter the outward appearance without a significant inward change of the heart.  The tense is in the present/ middle, which means this deceptive transformation is a continuous spiritual tactic of the enemy.  It is closely illustrated to an architectural schematic, and shows us how the enemy can change the schematic of things, and make them pleasant to the eye.

Sounds like political correctness, where the enemy wipes out the very foundations and principles of a nation under the guise of not offending others, by making us “sugar coated pleasant” to others. Yuk!

Or how many of our politicians offer external changes while their hearts have not changed for the better?

The work of Jesus is to change the inside first, and then the outside. The work of the devil is to change the outside while leaving the inside just the wicked same.

Eph 4:27  Neither give place ( topon) to the devil.

Topon : opportunity, power, occasion for acting

Another version renders “giving place”, as the construction of a landing strip, or an airport runway on our very being, for the devil to land upon!

Only our sin and disobedience can do that.  Any time that we are in willful disobedience to the Lord, we automatically open up an airport on our very backs, where the enemy can land and take off at his fancy.

How many in the church are doing that by disregarding God and His Word?

The devil only respects the Word of God. If we compromise the Word to accommodate a social or cultural view we have created a topon in our lives.

Everything has to go back to the Word of God.

Eph4:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

This verb tense is in the past.  We are expected once and for all, for us to have had the shield of faith lifted up at all times, and never ever put it down again!  We must walk by faith and not by external appearance. Faith must be our default live.

1 John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The word for overcome pertains to a victor or conqueror.  This verse is in the past tense.  It is an accomplished fact that our obedience to God will always cause us to conquer and come off victorious over the world system, the flesh and Satan. If we walk closely with God, our default will be that we always get the victory.

Unbelief has a power of its own, and will cause us to be defeated if we are not careful.

 Matthew 13:58  And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

The Greek translation here is in the absolute negative.  This tells us that it was a virtual impossibility for Jesus to do miracles through people’s lack of faith or disobedience.

Because America has rejected God, a spirit of unbelief has hit our land. Our idol has become self-protection, instead of the risk taking which faith generates.

Political correctness is founded on fear. The fear that if we offend, we will be hurt back.

Unbelief is also closely joined together with disobedience.  Obedience to God always requires faith.   A nation that has become arrogantly disobedient to God is one which lives in unbelief and fear.

2Thess 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

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:

Out of our Greek New Testament this verse tells us, that at the manifestation of the presence of God, the wicked one is destroyed.

The word for “destroy” means to make useless, idle, or ineffective, the works of the Evil One.  If  the manifest presence of the Lord renders ineffective and useless the schemes of the enemy, why are we bent not to allow the gifts of the Spirit to be in use?

The manifest presence of God is evident in prayer, worship and spending time in God’s presence. Is it not like the devil to make us so distracted so that we don’t spend time in God’s presence and remain in his chains? We need to see what the devil is doing behind the scenes.

Mat 8:16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

Note the sequence of events in Mathew eight.  First Jesus cast out the evil spirit, and then He healed their physical sicknesses. Do you see the order?  The evil spirit had to be cast out first, before Jesus was able to heal the sick.

Am I saying then that all of physical sicknesses are caused by demonic oppression?

Absolutely not, but many are. Yet to the delight of the devil, the church has almost forgotten about him, attributing all maladies to the food we eat,  and even Al Gore’s global warming.

Exodus 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Yeap!

Deuteronomy 7:15  And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

Is “Attention Deficit Disorder” or many of these so-called “syndromes and disorders” a real thing?  I believe so.

I think that in part we are dealing with dysfunctions that have always been always there but are now being identified.

However, I believe that behind everything that we are now calling a disorder or a syndrome, the devil and his minions have stuck their hands into the pot.

The church has been duped in part, by the enemy, to treat these modern day “disorders” and “syndromes’ from a purely physical/ emotional fashion.

As long as he deceives us so that we leave him out of the picture, he is quite content and laughs at us.

We must get back to the discerning of evil spirits in many of these situations, and distinguish the physical from the spiritual.

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 the unchurched.  I  disagree.

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

This particular verse is in the present participle.  The sons of disobedience energize the schemes of the devil on a continuous basis.

The word for disobedience is being non-compliant.  If a Christian is continually incompliant 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.

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.

Ephesians 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

The word for wiles is methoedeia.  The word is self-descriptive.  It talks about methodology, or methods. It is obvious that the devil’s methodology has to do with scheming, trickery, deceit and so forth.

How many methods is the devil using in America? One of the greatest is distraction through social media and technology.

Secondly,  is  the temptation for us to hate to read and never grow in the Word of God, and resort to reading Face book status messages instead.

If we become lazy in the reading of God’s word we will stay in the devil’s chains.

Ephesians 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

It is important to realize that the enemy only has methodologies and schemes available to him. These are lies and deception, which he wages at very close quarters.

The battle is in our minds. This is why we need a brain washing by the Word of God.

We can see him working in political circles and the media, using the tools of lies and deception. People fall for the lies because their spirits are dead and are unable to distinguish between truth and lies. Only the Holy Spirit can us a spirit of discernment.

Wrestle: It is an arm to arm combat in which the enemy endeavors to throw us down and we must exert through our obedience to God, to throw him  down.

The word for wrestle in the Greek is pale and it describes a conflict which is decided, when the winner is able to grasp his opponent and hold him down with his hand upon his neck.

Is the devil succeeding in grasping the church by the neck and trying to pull her down?

Mt 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The kingdom of God suffers from violence, and only the spiritually violent take it by force.

The American church has sunk down into complacency and passivity, the opposite to a life of spiritual violence in taking God’s goods back from the hands of the enemy. We must repent.

Mt 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Repentance, is usually not a feeling of remorse. It comes from two words defined as, having a change of mind.

Repentance is the transformation or renewal of our minds, by the Word of God.

Jesus commands us to repent because the kingdom of God is here. Repentance allows us to do the works of the kingdom.

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.

Paul commands us to work out, carry out, and carry out absolutely everything to completion that pertains to our salvation, and that with utmost serious cautiousness.  No stone can be left unturned.

The verb tense is in the present middle, which means that the work must be our own.  Salvation never comes out from passivity, laziness, pew sitting, and disobedience.

We must hear and find out what the Holy Spirit tells us to do, but the activity must be ours, and it must be constant and in perfect agreement with the voice of the Spirit.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The true Greek interpretation; we have overcome Satan by means of the blood of the lamb and by means of the word of our martyrdom.

The word for testimony in our New Testament is our English word, “martyrdom.”

Indeed, Christians throughout the ages have suffered physical death on account of their faith.  For most of us living in modern day year 2000, our occasions for martyrdom are a spiritual/ emotional one.  The cross of Christ, is activated to put or sinful self-life to death.

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 three verses, we see that the word sincerity contains 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.  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 has 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.

Roman 16:19  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Simple concerning evil, is our being harmless, and being matured into a Christian life that eventually becomes unmixed with evil.  It is as the purity of a wine that has no sediment in it, and of a fine metal that has no admixture of alloys.

The simple person concerning evil is one whom is free from guile, deceit and lives in innocence before the Lord.

What is the promise of God for this type of a believer?  God Himself will bruise Satan underneath such a person’s feet.

The promise of God is greater in the Greek than in our English.  To bruise Satan, is to shatter and crush him to pieces underneath our feet.  What an encouragement for us to continue to purify ourselves before our God!

2 Corinthians 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Notwithstanding, it is the Lord who purifies out.  However, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

The “let us cleanse ourselves” is in the subjunctive mood.  This grammatical word structure tells us this.  Our failure, or success, in purifying ourselves through obedience, and the work of the Holy Spirit, is strictly tied up to the action of our will.  The subjunctive always warns us that the action is not automatic, but conditional upon something else.

God will not automatically purify us.  Through our own volition and will, we shall obey God and become free, or disobey Him and continue in bondage for the rest of our lives.

Blessings on this Friday!

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Universalism Is Not So Universal For It Excludes The World of The Blood of Jesus


Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Testament   In the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, the word for testament is more correctly translated as covenant.

The idea of a covenant as defined by W.E. Vine in “An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words” is a “mutual undertaking between two parties or more, each binding himself to fulfill obligation.”

Many saints fail to realize that we are in covenant with the Lord Jesus and our ability to experience all that He has already accomplished for us is conditional to our obedience.

We live in a time in which obedience to the voice of the Spirit. Yet because a covenant between two, must be fulfilled by both, if we do not obey God, He is not required to carry out His promises to us.

The cheap grace message, that because God is love, and will forgive us, whatever we do, short-circuits this process and sends us to hell.  Beware of this message!

The Lord took it upon Himself to carry out most of the responsibilities of this New Covenant. Our responsibility lies in serving the Lord by the voice of His Spirit, with full obedience.

Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

New :  This is a most interesting word.  It is defined as the freshness of something brand new, as is the case of a new car.  The New Covenant has the ability to convert all things and make them brand new in quality, if we fulfill our obligations in keeping covenant with the Lord through obedience to voice of the Spirit.

  2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old (archaic) things are passed away ; behold, all things are become new

This verse uses this same word new.

At the event of our becoming born again, everything that was within us of the old creation passed away.  At that same moment, the Lord made all things fresh and brand new.  We all become old and die, but everything that pertains to our spiritual life has become as a brand new car.

Paul uses the perfect verb tense to describe all things as becoming new.  The perfect tense defines an event that has occurred in time but its results and impact go on forevermore.

 Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Shed: to pour out lavishly and abundantly. The blood of Christ is poured out for us in this way.

I say, is poured out, rather than saying was poured out, because the verb tense is in the present.

What was going through the mind of Jesus when He described a future event in the present?    The New Covenant can only support its eternal “newness” through the blood, which is eternally poured out from moment to moment to keep it new.

The question is what happens when we disobey and fail to keep covenant with the Lord?  The blood of Christ is found only in the New Covenant.

If we willfully move out from the confines of the New Covenant in disobedience, the blood is not available and we will stay in the archaic condition of bondages and sins. This is the problem with Rob Bell’s teaching or universalism.

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

Greek (my paraphrase): But if we should conduct our life in the light, in the same way as He (conducts Himself) in the light, we associate one with the other.  This association allows for the Lord and us to participate with one another.

This sharing in common allows us to get the things of God, as the blood of Jesus Christ His Son continuously cleanses us, (so that we can obtain).

In the measure that we order our lives in loving obedience to the Lord is to the same extent that we will have fellowship with the Lord.  Fellowship, or the sharing in common, allows us to participate in the things of God so that we can obtain from Him. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us in proportion to our loving obedience and we get proportionally to the cleansing by the blood.

The great danger with the teaching of universalism or that because God is love, He forgives us and we can do as we please, is that it takes us outside of our covenant commitment with Jesus and outside of the Blood of the Covenant. We stay in bondage and fail to obtain, because the blood is no longer ours.

 Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Remission – Remission is defined as the sending away of something. The blood belonging to the New Covenant constantly sends away sins as we fulfill our obligations with the covenant through obedience.  Wherever we step out of covenant, “the blood that sends away,” will not be present.

The teachings of universalism or ultimate reconciliation take us out of covenant and removes us from the blood which sends away sin. So very dangerous!

2 Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Greek: That they may return to soberness out of the snare of the devil, having being hunted down and caught alive by him, to do his will.

Watchman Nee, talked on the issue of passivity, the devil, and the Christian.

Though the Word of God never uses the term “passivity”,  in reality this is Satan’s most effective method of lying against the body of Christ.

The Lord always seeks to bring our will in conformity to His will.  Our will, however, still remains free. True freedom, is the freedom to obey God.

The devil likewise wants to conform us to obeying his will.   The Lord allows our will to be free, as He lovingly compels us to obey Him.

Satan, as “the one who hunts down and catches alive,” wants to take us captive through our passivity to his will.

Any time that we give ground to the enemy through willful disobedience, Satan immediately tempts us with feelings of guilt, condemnation, oppression, passivity, and complacency, until we are captured alive by him.

Much of the body of Christ is generally passive.  We are passive in our study of the Word of God.  We are passive in our prayer life.  We are passive in our commitment to the Lord.  I can guarantee you that the devil’s methods of passivity are at work upon us.  Passivity to the Word keeps us in ignorance to the will and the ways of God that is our only avenue to obtain the blessings of God.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted (charming and lovely) in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption (the ransom payment of slaves that has freed us) through his blood, the forgiveness (sending away) of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Greek (my paraphrase).In whom we have the liberation of slaves brought about by the Lord Jesus’ satisfactory ransom payment.  This ransom payment is His blood.  The blood serves as God’s ransom payment because it has the ability to send our sins away.

Because the blood of the Lord has sent away our sins away, we are now (“accepted”) charming, and lovely, in the eyes of the Father.

8  Wherein(Greek: which) he hath abounded (caused us to abound) toward  (into) us in all wisdom and prudence;

The importance of verse eight is that the abundance of the Lord’s blessings to us is limited by wisdom and prudence.  Wisdom is our understanding of the will and the ways of God, and our loving submission of every part of our lives to that will.

Prudence is our step-by-step, daily implementation of this will, as we are guided by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The abundance of God’s riches and blessings are released in proportion to how much we conform our daily conduct to God’s wisdom and prudence.

8  Wherein(Greek: which) he hath abounded (caused us to abound) toward  (into) us in all wisdom and prudence;

Toward is a wonderful word.  In reality it is the word “into.” The saints who have become charming and lovely to God are now the receptacles “into” which God desires to funnel all that He is, and all that He has.

The more obedience, the more funneling!

The devil knows that the more passive and complacent that he can keep us in our study of the Word, the less that we will know of God’s wisdom and prudence, and we will suffer decrease will be in the abundance of the blessings of the Lord to us.

Remember, it is not what we think that we are performing of the word of God but in reality are not, that releases the riches of God.  The Lord’s blessings are only funneled into us in what we do in accordance to correct reality of the Word in His wisdom and prudence.

This is why we witness so many ministries and churches that work and sow much and reap little.

Finally, a successful Christian life that is a threat to the devil is one of spiritual athletic agony and spiritual labor.   Such a life is accomplished by violent spiritual believers who take the kingdom of God by spiritual violence; never passivity!

Luke 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

In my blood is in the Greek “dative case of location.”

Where do you and I live?  We live on the earth or are located in the earth.

Because we are located in the earthly world we are affected by, and are part of everything that belongs to the world.  The New Covenant is located in the blood, or more accurately, in the world of the blood of Jesus.  All that the blood of Jesus accomplishes affects everything in the New Covenant.  As long as we maintain ourselves in covenant with the Lord, we automatically live inside of the world of the blood of Jesus Christ.  But if we step out of the covenant, we step out of the world of the blood of Jesus. The passive and un submitted life to Jesus will keep us out of the world of His blood.

Our loving obedience to the Lord is our safety and protection from the devil, and our cleansing from all sin and bondage.  There is no cheap grace message, to do as we feel, with God. This message comes from the throne of Satan.

For those of you who deny that Jesus Christ is God, the next scripture is for you.

Does it not say that God purchased the church with His own blood?

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 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;

Propitiation-   The Greek tells us that God has placed before the public eye “CHRIST AS A PROPITIATION.”

To propitiate, is for God to become favorably inclined towards us.

This is because Jesus paid the blood ransom money that sent our sins away, making us charming and lovely to His eyes.

God now has the legal ability to shower all of His blessings upon us.  The fullness of His blessings is His inheritance, which will take an eternity for us to receive.

Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

  1 Corinthians 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion  (“a” communion, not “the” communion)of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

Marvin Vincent, the Greek scholar translates the first part of First Corinthians ten and sixteen in the following way. “The cup over which the familiar formula of blessing is pronounced.”

The communion of the blood:

Communion is the word for fellowship. As we have discussed fellowship is defined as an association, participation, and a sharing in common.

In this case, the cup represents our spiritual participation and sharing in all the benefits that the blood of Christ has in store for us.

1 Corinthians 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

We are told that that the cup is likewise the New Covenant of the Lord.  Let us see why.

26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Greek: For at any time that you choose to eat this bread and drink this cup, you publicly proclaim and declare with all thoroughness what the death of the Lord Jesus signifies, until the time that He chooses to come.

The New Covenant located in the blood of Jesus is inaugurated with the death of the Lord Jesus by the shedding of the same.  Our partaking of the cup becomes a spiritual display of the New Covenant and the death of Christ, which it fully declares.

Ephesians 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Greek paraphrase; you were once far off, not only in distance, but alienated from God and without access to the things that belong to Him.   Now by His blood, you have become close to Him and enjoy full access to Him and His things.

This scripture is a good example of how we must commune with the blood of Jesus to receive by faith its benefits.

 Colossians 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Greek (paraphrase): He brought about the state of freshness and newness to the universe through the blood of His cross.  He is able to harmonize all things back to Himself whether upon the earth or in heaven through the blood of His cross.

Harmony pertains to the universe because it’s subjected to Christ, under His headship, and can now be restored to its original condition and purpose, which God had for it prior to the fall.

Christ shed His blood for the universe, partly in preparation for the eternal ages to come.  We can therefore confess before Satan, that Jesus has harmonized everything in us to His original plan and state.  Satan, therefore, cannot touch us, if we maintain ourselves in the covenant of the blood of Christ.

 Hebrews 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained ( to find, discover, or to meet upon) eternal redemption( loosening) for us.

Greek:  By His own blood He entered once and for all, and remains in the holiest place.  He has obtained for us an everlasting loosening or deliverance not only of our sins but also from the penalties associated with them.

In the Old Testament, once a year, on one day, that being the Day of Atonement, the high priest would go into the holiest place with the blood of animals and purge the sins of the nation of Israel.

We have a better sacrifice than the nation of Israel.  Through His spotless blood, the Lord Jesus entered permanently into the holiest place of the heavenly temple securing for us a permanent and everlasting purging of sins.  We are free from sin forever!

 Hebrews 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

Greek: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling what is common (what is in the world at large) and profane is able to separate unto God (from the world at large and towards His purposes) in regards to the purity of the flesh

Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot (to be without moral stain or blemish.)  to God, purge your conscience from dead works ( corpse like works) to serve the living God?

The blood of bulls and calves could only give the house of Israel with purity of the flesh.  On the other hand, the blood of Jesus not only purifies our flesh but also cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Our conscience is a simple barometer of what lies within us whether good or evil.  A dead work is anything that we do outside of the voice of the Holy Spirit whether by performance, guilt, religious agendas and fleshly strivings.  The blood of bulls and goats could never purify the spirit and soul of man or woman from these fleshly efforts to serve the living God.  Serving the living God, is serving God as an adopted son or daughter.  Our service as sons and daughters is a simple obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit apart from the performance, guilt and compulsion brought about the dead works of fleshly efforts.

Hebrews 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Greek: And almost all things with blood are cleansed according to the law.  Apart from the blood shedding (through the giving up of a life) can there be the sending away of sins.

 Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Greek: It is necessary that the earthly copy of the things which are in the heavens themselves be purified with the blood of bulls and goats, but the heavenly original with more excellent sacrifices than these.

 24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Greek: Christ did not enter into the holies made with human hands which is merely a copy resembling the authentic.  He entered into heaven itself to make Him visible before the face of the God on our behalf.

For one, Christ has done exceedingly above what the earthly high priest could do. The high priest could only enter into an imperfect earthly copy of the tabernacle that dwells in heaven. There, he could present the blood before the glory of God, which dwelt on the mercy seat above the Ark of the Covenant.  Jesus, however, when into heavens itself, into the authentic tabernacle, and presented Himself before the very face of God, not just His earthly glory.

This has insured us with an absolute purging of our sins and an assurance of a completely thorough salvation.  As we live in this imperfect world, we can still believe for total freedom in every part of our lives, or at least our continual progress towards it.

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, utterly) that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them

 Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

In verse twenty-three we see that the earthly tabernacle was cleansed with the blood of bulls and goats so that priestly ministry could take place.  How much more effective can our ministries be if the authentic heavenly tabernacle has been cleansed with the blood of Jesus?  There is no excuse for each of us to be powerfully used by the Lord if we serve the living God and not dead works.

Galatians 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk ( military steps in rank and order) in the Spirit.

Greek: If we are living in the Spirit, let us march in the steps of a soldier with the Spirit’s wishes.

 Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Greek: We have at all times therefore a fearless confidence before God that gives us an entrance into the holies by the blood of Jesus.

Boldness is one of my favorite New Testament words.  It simply means, “to tell it like it is.”  Because the blood of Christ has made us charming and lovely before the eyes of God we now have boldness with Him.

Boldness urges us to come before God, having nothing to hide from Him, without shame or guilt, fully confident and assured, and with the ability to speak intimately, frankly, and with reverential bluntness.

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Greek: Let us continuously approach God with a heart that is genuine and real (not religious) because we are fully confident.  This confidence comes through our faith in all that Christ has done for us.  We base this faith on the fact that our hearts were once in the past sprinkled from an evil conscience, but the impact of this event has a lasting and eternal impact.

Likewise, our bodies were once in the past washed with pure water (the blood of Christ and the Word of God), but the impact of this event has a lasting and eternal impact.

We see the perfect tense used in Hebrews ten and twenty two. The salvation of the Lord accomplished for us two thousand years ago continues effective now and forevermore.

Hebrews 11:28  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Greek: By faith he Moses performed the Passover and the pouring of the blood lest the destroyer of the firstborn might do them violence and cause them injury.

This is a very important scripture in spiritual warfare. Our claiming of the blood of Jesus towards Satan will stop the violence and injury that he would cause to our loved ones and us.

However we must not forget to do the Passover in conjunction with claiming the blood of Jesus so that our protection will be complete.

For us to day, the Passover signifies our complete exiting from the land of sin; our eating of the unleavened bread, which is a holy life before God; our not fearing man or Satan, but stepping out instead into a life of faith and obedience, which will take us into the promised land of freedom and our spiritual vocation.

1 Peter 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Greek: Knowing that with things which perish such as silver and gold (which cannot pay the sufficient ransom payment to liberate slaves) you were bought, from your empty manner of life handed down to you from your ancestors.

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish (internal purity) and without spot (external staining by sin)

Greek: But by the precious and highly honored blood as of a lamb void of internal blemishes and thus unspotted externally by the world and Satan.

This is the costly price of our deliverance that is ever before God and allows us to have boldness with Him.  Likewise this must be our confession before the devil.

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The Dividing Asunder Between Soul and Spirit: Understanding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.


John 1:33  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with (Greek case of location: into the domain, world, and sphere of) the Holy Ghost.

I once read an excellent example of Biblical baptism.  In the days of Christ there was a recipe to create a “pickled” vegetable.  It was said that a vegetable was BAPTISED into THE LOCATION or SPHERE of a vinegar solution.  After a while, the vinegar WORKED INSTRUMENTALLY BACK through the vegetable and “pickled” it.

Tofu, likewise, acquires the taste and texture of any food that it is baptized into.  We can say that with whatever food the tofu is BAPTISED INTO, it is INSTRUMENTALLY influenced back by that food to make the tofu like it.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ( submerged into the domain, sphere, or world of Christ’s influence and sovereignty ) have put on Christ (now wear Christ, whom as clothes which totally cover us, influences and affects back through us to conform us into His image.)

John 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, ( Jesus lives continually in the domain of the Father’s world  and ye in me( We must be therefore located in the domain of Christ’s world), and I in you.(So that Christ can instrumentality work back through us, by pervading, influencing, and affecting.)

 Gal 5:25  If we live in ( Instrumental (By)) in the Spirit, let us also walk (Greek word which is defined as “marching in the footsteps of a soldier”) in (Instrumental (By)) the Spirit.

Greek paraphrase) (It is a given that we should be living our lives not in the present day world system, but in the domain, influence, and sovereignty of the world of the Holy Spirit. Because we are being continually affected and influenced by the Spirit, in that influence and effect we must march in step as soldiers so that the Spirit’s influence can go on, deepen, intensify, and continue interrupted.

In the gospel of John we find several instances where the Lord Jesus tells us that we are not of this world system.

In Galatians five and twenty-five, we then see the apostle Paul telling us that it is a given that we should be living in the world of the Spirit.  In Galatians five and twenty-five we find a wonderful example of location and instrumentality.  We live in the world of the Holy Spirit, and must march as a soldier in step to the Spirit’s workings back through us as He instrumentally influences and affect us.

Paul exhorts us to live continually in the world of the Holy Spirit, so that every action of our lives becomes permeated, influenced, affected, and controlled by the work, power, strength, and liberty of the Holy Spirit.

Victory and liberty in the Lord is found in proportion to how much the Spirit can control and take over our every action.  Victory is not found in our trying to overcome. It is found in our being submerged deep enough into the world of the Holy Spirit so that He can influence and affect us at ever point.  We are filled with the Spirit, in proportion to how much the Spirit is working back through us to influence, affect, control, and overtake our every action of ours.

Paul tells us in Galatians five and twenty-five that our lives must be lived BY THE INSTRUMENTALITY of the Spirit’s actions.

 Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk( The totality of our daily activities and the way that we conduct ourselves in them) in the Spirit) (Instrumental (BY), and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Greek double negative: and it will be impossible for you to fulfill the flesh’s strong desire through act of your will

Let us now look at Galatians five and sixteen. The Greek word for “walk” is the total of our daily affairs, and the ways in which conduct ourselves in them.

Paul commands us TO BAPTISE every affair in our daily life into the world of the Holy Spirit so that the Spirit through His instrumentality can affect, influence, reconcile, control, and overtake every one of those affairs.

THEN, AND ONLY THEN, shall we not fulfill the lusts of the flesh!!

 2 Cor 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,(Location: sphere or domain)  there is liberty.

Greek: There, where the Spirit is, and ONLY within the domain and influence of the Spirit, EXCLUSIVE OF ANYTHING OTHER LOCATIONS, DOMAINS, OR SOVEREIGNTIES, is there liberty.

Two Corinthians three and seventeen tells us that only inside the world of the Spirit will we find liberty, which is the result of the availability of all things now in the state reconciliation.

John 6:28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God (The Father works His works back through the disciples, as He affects and influences them in proportion to how much he or she submerges into the world of the Spirit.), that ye believe on him (Greek “INTO”; location, domain, submerging into) whom he hath sent.

 1 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.(prophetical speech must be done in the domain or sphere of the Spirit.)

 Acts 2:4 And they were all filled (by being baptized into the world of the Holy Ghost) with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak( not just the content of what is being said, but mainly the utterances or the expressions used) with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them(The instrumentality of the Spirit now working back through them as they were “located and filled inside the domain of the Spirit”, to give them prophetic utterance) utterance. (The language of prophets, ecstatic speech, miraculous verbal impulses, the oracles of seers)

The Holy Spirit not only gives to us, the content of our speech, but the expressions and utterances used to manifest it.  The deeper our lives are in the realm of the Spirit, the clearer will the content of what we must speak prophetically, and the stronger will be the verbal expressions and utterances through which it is manifested.

The prophetic flow of speech, or what the Old Testament calls prophesying the oracles of the Lord, is a flow of God’s speech, which bubbles up in our spirits. As we are filled with the Spirit of God, the bubbling of God’s speech, which rides on the surface of the waters of the Spirit, as He progressively fills us up with them, arises higher and higher upon these rising waters until it reaches the level of our mouths and flows out.

John 12:49  For I have not spoken of myself ( LOCATION: (Jesus is located within, or submerged into the Father) I absolutely have not uttered anything from my independent and exclusive self); but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment (The instrumentality of the Father working back through Jesus), what I should say, and what I should speak. (So permeated Jesus the Father, as to give to Him both the utterances and expressions of speech, and the content of the speech carried by them)

John 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he ( I am) , and that I do nothing of myself (and that from my independent and exclusive self I do nothing); but as my Father hath taught me( but as the Father has instrumentally penetrated, affected, and influenced me) I speak these things (these things I utter and express prophetically, by that divine influence which has permeated me.)

 1 Cor 12:8  For to one is given through the Spirit ( Agency)  the (A)  word of wisdom; and to another the ( A)  word of knowledge, according( reference, respect to, or in relationship) to the same Spirit:

A word of knowledge, or wisdom, is a mode of prophecy. The King James is incorrect in calling it “the” word of wisdom or knowledge.  It should be “a” word of wisdom or knowledge.  In other words, the word (of wisdom and knowledge), which is given to us by the Spirit of God, is a type of word, which has a “wisdom or knowledge content”, exclusively of being made up of any other contents. Because it is one specific logos word, with a specific content, it is in fact a rhema word.

Mat 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only  By a word, or by the instrumentality of a word.  The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.

Herein we see the power of the world of the Spirit.  The Greek tells us, “speak by a logos word,” not the logos word, but “a” logos word, making it into a specific word with a content of healing, or a rhema word.

“By” a logos word” tells us that it is the word itself influencing and affecting the situation, causes the healing.  Jesus did not heal the servant.  The rhema word of God working through Jesus is the one, which healed.  Jesus’ life was so submerged in the Spirit of God, that He lived in the domain of supernatural faith found within this world.  Secondly, He lived in the world in which all is new and reconciled to God, and all is available.  The faith released through Him inside the word that He spoke, caused the word itself to heal the servant.

Let us look at a few more examples the rhema word, tempered or beat in every instance with an equal measure of faith as found in the domain of the Spirit, to create a “word” itself which heals, or casts out a demon.

Matthew 8:16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word (By the instrumentality of the word; Jesus did not cast out the devils, but the word of God operating in Him), and healed all that were sick:

 Luke 4:32  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with (Instrumental)  power.(His word had the “instrumentality of authority”; The word itself, in the domain of the Spirit, exercises God’s jurisdiction over the works of the enemy in the same way that a state trooper exercises jurisdiction over the interstate highways.

 Luke 7:7  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word( By a word or by the instrumentality of a word. The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.

 Luke 11:20  But if I with the finger of God(By the instrumentality of the Spirit; Jesus did not cast out the devils. The rhema word originated in the Spirit and operating through Jesus, cast out the devil) cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

 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 ( My Father never ceases working in the Spirit) and I work.(and I work externally, using exactly the same procedures and in exactly the same manner in which I see instinctively the Father working within me.)

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 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.  Remember that every work of the Father is translated into a rhema word that we can understand.

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