Sunday, October 31, 2021

What's to be Spiritually Seen: Part 4 - Taking Life Differently

What's to be Spiritually Seen: Part 4 - Taking Life Differently 

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9 NASB

Would you even recognize it when you are being deceived?
Would you know at all if the Scriptures were to be coming true before your very eyes?

We are told in Romans 12:2 NASB "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Do you seek to prove what the will of God is, or are you more interested in your will being done on Earth as it is in Heaven?  

But what does that passage say?  Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you."

Do you read anything in the Bible about walking with Jesus as optional? That if it fits your schedule or way of life then you can or would?

It is an amazement to me that this has entered into a 4th part.  But look at the progression.  Look at how willful people are and can be in their purported Christian life!

If you have the ability to read the Scriptures in the original language, can see the truths of God’s Word and obey them, you are blessed indeed.  Many twist the Scriptures to say and to mean things that God never intended. 

There's only 1 type of inclusion in the Bible. It's towards concerning sinners who've repented and have turned to the truth of God in His Word.  You are either invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb of God or you are cast into the outer darkness where there's weeping and gnashing of teeth.  You are either a worker in the Harvest Jesus spoke of or you are standing idle in the highways of life. 

Would you recognize the attributes of idolatry in your life?

Would you even know what to look for?  I have been saved since the early 70's, but I can confess to you all that I have been quite deceived throughout my life.  I have often ran off half-cocked not considering the ramifications of my actions. 

I have wanted my will to be done here on Earth. We want Jesus to save us but want Him to be an all powerful Genie and not God. 

I have cried out to God, in very much my stupidity, to plead for things to be different than I was experiencing.  You can find me in between the lines in the book of Job. You can find me in the book of Jonah.  You'll find some parts of my life in the book of Esther, of Genesis, of Samuel. 

The only way to recognize or to know is to be IN God's Word. 

As it's written of in the latest issue of Prophecy Today, WWW.PTNEWS.ORG, we are witnesses to the ending of the Church age. It's happening and yet the so-called professing Church refuses to acknowledge or believe it. They want the Church to go on into the future grand and strong!  Yet these same people do not recognize the hands of God on human history. Do not recognize the deception. Do not recognize that the attitude of the so-called mainstream church is really no less cocky than the nation of Israel was when Jesus arrived 2,000 plus years ago. The nation of Israel was expected a Savior who would be a conqueror who would establish His Kingdom.  

Scriptures tell us this:  

Romans 11:11-31 NASB "I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? Far from it! But by their wrongdoing salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their wrongdoing proves to be riches for the world, and their failure, riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Therefore insofar as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry if somehow I may move my own people to jealousy and save some of them. For if their rejection proves to be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are as well.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. See then the kindness and severity of God: to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; for otherwise you too will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written:

The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

In relation to the gospel they are enemies on your account, but in relation to God’s choice they are beloved on account of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy."

The Church age has an ending. 

Romans 11:25 NASB "For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;"

Would you ever know if you've given ground in your life to Satan?

Would you ever recognize when the Spirit is trying to teach you something? 

Would you know what the Bible means and says about a hardened heart?

Would you know?

Prayer's can be incredibly selfish. Again of this I am eminently guilty. We do want this to happen but not that. We tell God what is His business rather than joining Him in His.

We are about to move soon. I would be lying if the last several weeks haven't been mind boggling to me. Seeing God do incredible things right away and other things at a snail's pace. 

To see mountains blown away and see some that He refused to move, but rather are making us go around them. 

I have had joy and great distress in the last few weeks. Have experienced betrayal of supposed friends, have seen much that has caused me to cry out to Jesus all the more. 

But in everything I have been forced to look to see God’s hands doing what is going to happen in His time, His way, and not necessarily my own. 

Indeed many prayers have been prayed and people write books on the times in which we live, not having a clue as to the revelations of Scripture right before their eyes. 

The Church has a definite beginning and a definite ending here on Earth. Scripture says this. 

It's been an eye opening experience to see what things in this world that I have held on to over the years. Possessions are not necessarily our friends in this world. Scripture says that by pursuing such things as money, and by extension things, many have been hit with much grief. 

I, like you my Dear Reader, need to determine what thoughts that I, we, allow ourselves to think.  

We must divest ourselves of the things of this world that so easily entangle us.  

It was an amazing thing to understand that the types of a so-called pastors who gathered in recent days who want to do away with evangelism were represented in Judas Iscariot. 

He lived with the other Disciples for years with Jesus. Had the same power and ability to do all that the other Disciples could say and do, yet was found in the end to be an imposter. He never saw his self-deception. 

You must choose to actively pursue God's business in this world. 

You must choose to live as the Bible says you ought to live. 

You must live life differently, not the exact same, as the rest of the world. 

We are to let the light of Christ shine in the darkness of this world, not dim it so much that the world doesn't see it and has no reason to believe us.

You want to start somewhere? Ask God to show you where you have deceived yourself. 

You must choose to obey Jesus. You cannot live two lives.  

Those with hardened hearts, those who refuse to live in obedience, have shorter lifespans than those who obey. You have a purpose in God's redemptive work in this world. If you won't do your part He WILL find someone who will. You may find yourself taken out of this world because of disobedience. You can be stubborn in Christ or stubborn outside of Christ. 

I have this assurance that Jesus is coming soon. 

I know that the last hours of the Church are at hand.  The Scriptures are and will be fulfilled. 

You must choose to live for Christ or not. You.

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