Why Do People Love The Nursing Home


Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man (palaios) is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Palaios “an old man according to age,” is defined as a toothless, 150 year old, cane walking, IV sucking, decrepit, dying, nursing home man.

He is also the cruelest of beings. He is a slave trader, and a slave master.

His slaves are all the men and women of this world, no matter what religion, color or age.

This old man is a sin producing engine. He keeps humans captured and blinded by releasing continual sin into them.

He knows that the only one who can kill him is Christ and His cross. Thus he deceives people into hating Christ.

One day, it will be too late, and along with this toothless man, many will go to where there is ironically the gnashing of teeth.

He has deceived humanity so that it spends trillions of dollars to keep him alive, beautify, exalt, cosmeticized and protect him. His only purpose was to be killed by the cross. Yet people would rather reject Christ and continue to keep this dude alive.

The old man is the sinful nature which every human being has. Only Christ inside the human can destroy him.

Yet mankind will do anything to keep him alive and well, before coming to Christ.

Ah, the price of keeping sin is in the trillions, and yet people will pay it forward until Christ comes back and promotes good politics.

The cost of sin is the crux of our national debt.

The way out of this financial mess is repentance.

But for those who want to get rid of this decrepit and evil man, Christ is always available.

But for many others the love of this decrepit and evil dude will take them to the wrong side of the grave and in not so nice of a place the humans’ eye will finally be opened and they will wonder why they loved the nursing home and the nursing home man.

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Tofu


What is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost? It’s kind of like tofu. I will explain.

When John the Baptist baptized the Lord Jesus River for the repentance of sins, the Lord was submerged underneath the water. This act of submergence and His emerging out of the water had much more significance than the simple physical act of plunging into the waters of the Jordan.

Symbolically speaking, when the Lord was immersed in the water He portrayed the burying of humanity’s old life without God.

His coming up out of the water was symbolic of humanity coming forth out into a new life free from sin, to serve the living God.

In my case, days after being baptized into the Atlantic Ocean, I started to experience a freedom from sinful habits that I had not been able to until then. The simple act of submersion and emergence from those cold February waters had an influence or effect back on me.  The immersion and emergence from the waters had in a way set me free.

The baptism of in the Holy Spirit has the very same effect on us, just in a different dimension.

Mark 1:8  I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you (Immerse, and submerge you) with ( Greek grammar case of location. Not “with” but “in”; residing within a location, or a domain, world and its sovereignty) the Holy Ghost.

While John baptized INTO the water for the forgiveness of sins, the Lord Jesus baptizes INTO the Holy Ghost.  Why is the baptism in the Holy Spirit so important?

Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing,  (Greek: a “ready mind”)  but the flesh is weak.

The world of the Spirit is as that of a “continual ready mind” or a mind that is in perpetual state of readiness, while the world of the flesh is weak and infirm.

Biblical baptism entails the imbuement or submersion of one object into a second object. The submergence or immersion of the first item into a second item places the first item into the location or inside the world or domain where the second item resides.

Once within the sphere of the second item’s world, this latter one can now exercise its influence back upon the first one, even to the point of changing the first item to resemble it, by permeating it with its qualities and characteristics.

The effect of the second item working its effect and influence back through to the first item as it permeates it and changes it is called the instrumentality of the second object.

Galatians 3:27 tells us that we are located in the sphere of the world of Christ, so that Christ can work instrumentally back through us, by affecting us, to conform us to His image.

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.)

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.

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Bahamian coffee with Nassau Royale

 

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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Nothing


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

Jesus is discussing about His soon to come confrontation with Satan through the hands of Judah, and his subsequent arrest and crucifixion.

In all certainty, the words of Jesus are more emphatic in the Greek.

In His own words He says, “The prince of the cosmos comes, and it is impossible for him to have even have the tiniest connection with me.”

Christianity is not about our asking for things or blessings.  We have been deceived to think that our lives must be spent in asking God for a ton of things!

Col 2:3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

All of our victories are resident, and treasured up, in the Person of Christ living within us.  The more that this person within us is revealed, through our  Holy Spirit obedience, and the work of the cross, the more that we enter into all of the victories and blessings deposited in His very being, and attainable to us through His revelation within our spirits.

In other words, the more that Christ is revealed, the more that all the treasures inside His person are revealed alongside with Him, in and to you.

The church has neglected this principle. Her relevancy in the world is waning and will continue to, until she comes back her to main function, which is to reveal the Person of Christ.

God has no other human instrument than the church to reveal Him.

Getting back to the scripture.

Are you moving towards renewal with Christ and losing all connections with the demonic, and sin? .

This is essential if you will be effective for Christ.

We must move to the point in which we can say, “for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

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Five Fold Ministry


Eph 4:12  For(INTO THE FELLOWSHIP) the perfecting of the saints( mended, repaired, furnished and equipped) for(INTO) the work of the ministry,(INTO THE MINISTRY AS PERTAINING TO GIFTINGS, MINISTRIES AND CALLINGS) for the edifying of the body of Christ:

He gave the five-fold ministry as gifts. To bring all of the members of the church to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ so that we may come into the unity of the faith.

Through them all of the members should be made capable of performing their several parts in order that the whole church may be built up in its completeness.

This is for the purpose of furnishing every believer for their particular service and their particular contribution in building up Christ’s body.

It is the view to the full equipping of the saints.

Only then can the fullness of the glory of God be brought.

Perfecting:   to mend as mending the holes in a fisherman’s net.

Matthew 4:21  And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending  their nets; and he called them.

To outfit, equip, repair.

The equipping is to put every believer into the particular work of his or her office or ministry.

It is the endowment of believers in any local assembly with all that they spiritually require to become fully equipped and successfully carry out their ministries and callings.

Believers must be mended, repaired, furnished and equipped, and then be raised up so that they can bring forth the glory of the Lord through their ministries, whether in their local assembly, or in the mission field. This is the function of any local body.

This is why I say that the church should operate much more as a school, and much less as a place where pew sitters come to hear a sermon.

This believer now, who has been equipped for his or her particular ministry can now in turn supply their specific contribution to the building up of the body of Christ.

Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

In verse thirteen the Greek word “unity” is defined as unanimity. This refers to harmony that has been created through agreement on spiritual issues.

For us to achieve practical unity as believers upon on earth, we must reach a point of spiritual unanimity.  This is an issue of the spirit.  We must become one in spirit.  I believe that unanimity of the faith can be only achieved through believers that have allowed the cross of Christ to touch and transform every part of their lives.  As the cross of Christ kills off what is of the old nature, the Lord Jesus is revealed and created in the believer.

Unanimity or unity comes about because there is the “One and Same Man Christ Jesus” created in all of us.  Unity among believers is really unity into the revelation of the same Person Jesus Christ dwelling in each of us.

“unto ( or into) a perfect man.”  This is why is says that the church is man. Who is this perfect man?  This man is no one else than Christ Jesus Himself.  The word perfect describes a fully-grown man.  Unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ is the description of what makes this man perfect.

The measure of the height or stature of the perfections of Christ is this perfect man. The church, made up of believers must represent this perfect man.  Until we arrive at, or attain to.  All members must come to their proper unity and maturity.

Participation and peak efficiency in ministry brings us into a mutual vision and understanding of our faith in Christ or the particulars of our walk with Christ.   Our comprehension and oneness in the particulars of our walk with Christ brings us into an oneness of revelation of the Christ.

The glory of God is displayed through the efficiency and activity of each members, obedience and ministry before God.

The person of Christ is revealed in the local body and this brings us into a and accurate knowledge of the son of God

The fullness of the knowledge of the Son fills that body with all of His fullness.

As the fullness of Christ is revealed and we come to know and understand, we all grow up into the maturity of God.  A perfect man is a full-grown man. The church as a full-grown man can fully bring forth the glory of God and subsequent revival.

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Five fold ministry in action. Praying for a very sick girl in the bush in Simba Kenya

 

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The Immediacy of Faith (The Non Existence of the Dimension of Time in Faith)
Mat 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word ( Greek: a word)) only, and my servant shall be healed.
9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go (aorist), and he goeth; ( present ) and to another, Come,( present) and he cometh;( present) and to my servant, Do this (aorist), and he doeth it(present)
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you,

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The House at Bonnie Brae, where the Azusa Street Revival began

1.     The “aorist tense” in the Greek, can be compared to our “past tense” in the English. Simply speaking, it describes a past occurrence.  However, the Greek aorist tense is stronger than our English past tense.
2.     This verb tense has the element of “punctiliar action.” This word is defined as a “punctuation” or “punctuation mark” in the succession of time.  Can you see the similarity between punctiliar and punctuation? Whenever we place a question mark, a period, and a comma as we write, we insert one mark with our pens in the sequence of time and go on with our writing. This one single event jotted down in one moment of time, is called punctiliar action.  I call the use of the aorist tense, “punctuation in time.” At the moment that we asked in accordance to the rhema word it was jotted down in history’ progressive timeline as something forevermore marked completed and accomplished.
3.     The aorist tense is also called the “timeless aorist” or the “aorist of immediate consequences.’  The aorist tense has the element of timelessness.  The dimension of time does not exist.  Therefore, in faith, what is believed for in accordance to God’s rhema word simultaneously coincides with, and occurs upon the very exact moment that God gave it to us.  Our asking and the giving by God is one in the same,
4.     This is the timelessness and immediate consequence of the aorist tense.