EXCELLENCE

Recently an event occurred which had me questioning what I do and even my value. After doing all involved in creating a restaurant from scratch: creating the standard recipes, writing the training manuals, bar manual, employee orientation, bar recipe manual, food costing program, photography for and the creation of the build sheets and hiring and training employees, the client decided they simply did not want to pay the contract and simply gave a third of the agreed amount with a thank you and now go away. This was similar to the Branson, Missouri group who used my name and my Chef K trade mark without seeking permission or paying for the use of it to open another restaurant which I never consulted with (a theft.) Both groups, upstanding business leaders in their community but far less in the integrity area, to steal, lie, and cheat does not a success make.

The actions of both these dishonest companies had me double checking myself and questioning as to whether or not I preformed in excellence. So the following is as much for me as it is a sharing with you.

We can (and must) examine what it takes to have a life of excellence. This is not just in one area, but in all areas of life. 1 John 4:17 says that as Jesus “is”so are we in this world. So then how is He? He is the most excellent being alive in the universe, and His desire is that we be exactly the same as He. What is He? His entire purpose is to disciple us in His ways, causing us to become leaders, leading others into the same life of excellence. It is being magnanimous

“Magnanimity” generous in forgiving an insult; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness. High minded, noble. Proceeding from or revealing nobility of mind, character, or spirit. Synonyms: big, liberal, un-spiteful, elevated, lofty.

To become such a person, there is something that we must realize in our lives, that something is the fact that excellence can be learned.. Philippians 4:8-9, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you Here we find that the life of a Christian being one displaying magnanimity, being magnanimous. Verse 8 gives what the life should be like, verse 9 however, reveals to us exactly what we need to know.

The life of excellence can be;

  1. A) Learned, Christian practice.

 James 4:7-17 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will,  we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

B) Received, Christian blessing.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28;

 26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

 Psalm 1:1-3; Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

 Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

C) Heard, Christian doctrines.

 1 Timothy 4:5-6

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

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

D) Seen, Christian miracles, mighty power, or mighty works. Galatians 3:1-14 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.                     

 We must always keep in mind that although the life of a Christian be uneven and rocky (it is rarely smooth, when it is challenged, this how you grow) that when trials , testing, and temptations come, it is through the life of excellence that they are defeated. This four elements found within these scriptures show us that excellence is not something far off, but as near as our learning will take us. It is through these elements that those around us will notice a difference and seek out whatever you may have. What you should have is excellence in life, being ready to lead and disciple.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18.

13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is not a question as to whether or not you have a choice as to living in a life of excellence, it is the simple fact of the spiritual life that you have been called to live this life.

You are of a royal blood line, 1 Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: This is not something you should take lightly, nor is it something that you should ever be allowed to be stolen from you. Every attack that Satan brings against you is such an attack. Giving in reduces your quality of life and the excellency of it.

Satan desires that he pull you down and then flaunt you in front of all to declare “see how noble, royal and regal this so called Christian is”. Don’t ever give him the pleasure of doing it to you.

You must come to realize that it is the quality of your spirit that brings this nobility into your life. That which first takes place within the spirit realm will eventually find it’s way into the other realms of your life. Anything that Satan can use to degrade the spirit he will. Ephesians 3:9-21. And to make all men see what is the fellowship (THE STEWARDSHIP) of the mystery( the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly), which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places (angels and demons) might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches (abundance of external possessions) of his glory, to be strengthened with might (dunamis, explosive working of the power contained within)  by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Now it is only through a lifestyle of excellence in the faith that those things that we desire can be found.

We must never compromise our stand of nobility, our integrity must be of the highest order.

Proverbs 11:3-13. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.  6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. 7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 

To be of a faithful spirit is to be full of excellency. Why is it that a person of the highest orders are called “your excellency” because they stand for their word regardless of circumstances.

Psalms 15:1-4. 1 A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

What is it that reduces the Christian to just another religion? Many differing things will, unbelief will, following after the things of the flesh will. Things like lying , stealing, cheating, living in strife, be full of resentment, etc. etc. etc.Ephesians 2:3-5. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 

2 Corinthians 10:4,  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Here is where the true test of the life excellency comes in, in what fashion will you respond in your present situation, through the flesh or through the spirit. The magnanimous person will always respond within the spirit.

Webster defines magnanimous as “that elevation of dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence”.

All this can only be completely done within the spirit and through the action of the Holy Spirit. You too can have the life of excellence when you discover that “as He is, so are you in this world”.

Many people today are miserable because they know not what kind of seed they are and they will not know until they plant themselves and begin to grow John 12:24-26, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:  if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Jesus compares his own life to a seed. It had an eight fold purpose. Just as he did, so too do we. It becomes the reason that we live in this life. Verse 24 shows us the eight elements.

A) Necessity; here we see that the life of Jesus was essential, for without it we could not be born again nor have any future. So too are our lives essential, for without us, God can do nothing here on the earth for others. Jesus said “I am the way, truth and the life” and so He is. However, he uses us to bring others to him. We are essential for we bring destruction to the enemy. We are essential to the lives of others, for if we are the body, then they are part of us and we part of them.

B) Cause; The action placed behind us once we find the necessity of living. Another word we could use here is requirement. What are the requirements that we place on Jesus. These same requirements are what we must place upon ourselves in order that we know our cause. Our cause is simply to provide for all who come our way the message of the good news of the gospel.

C) Place; There is a place for every seed. Certain seeds grow only in certain soil, under certain conditions, in selected places. What is your place? It should be exactly where God would have you. When we get out of that place then we fail to bring forth the ideal crop. In some they bring forth no crop at all.

D) Present state; Know that your present state is not relevant to the final outcome, a small ugly seed once it has died brings forth a beautiful flower. Knowing that as a seed that you are going to die is very exciting for once you’ve died only then can you bring forth a crop.

Galatians 2:20,21

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 E) Unselfishness; When you sow your life in Christ in excellence it becomes the greatest act of unselfishness. Jesus sowed His life into you, you into Him. The seed begins to grow and realizes that in order to live I must continue to draw nourishment from the others around me so I also must put something back into them. Then I will live and be successful.

F) Resurrection; Here we find the reason that we desire to become a seed, which we sow into Jesus, for the seed is resurrected as a thing of beauty, a change took place in you. Now you are new fresh and clean. But that’s not all, in the resurrection you’ve multiplied. Just as Jesus did, so that now more than 1 billion Christians live on earth. We in Jesus multiply as well.

G) Purpose; The very result of our sowing ourselves is that we bring forth much fruit. If our lives are as Christs, then the fruit will be good. If our lives are as our old man then fruit will be rotten.

H) Faith; Without faith none of this would be possible. We must believe that through faith all things are possible. So that when the dying process begins, we believe that we’ll be back only stronger, richer, and with beauty.

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

The process of sowing is best summed up here, it is abiding in Christ Jesus. In other words, to have a constant, enduring, eternal, immutable and permanent relationship with Him. To take residence in Him and to never leave home. We do this through many and varied methods, Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (take his stand in Christ) daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

 Here we see that one way is self denial. That does not mean we deny those things that we do. It does mean that we do not allow the things of the flesh to take charge of our lives. It also says here that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. Have ever wondered what that really means. Well, I believe it to mean that we are to live the life of excellence. We are not to live a life of compromise, its God way or no way.

Every day we pick up our cross by sowing our lives into him. Romans 8:29, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. We conform to his image and away from ours.

 Faithfulness

Faithfulness, the key to maintaining all that is given over to us. One cannot prove faithful to one’s goals and the life of excellence unless one proves themselves faithful. When we examine the faithful, we must conclude that they posses Serval elements in their character the faithful will be found to be; Allegiant, constant, dedicated, devoted, loyal, steadfast, trustworthy and secure. Without these elements no faithfulness can be found within a person.

Many are the examples of the faithful person in scripture, one that I like is the one of David King of Israel. Regardless of who and what he faced, he stayed faithful to God.

 Psalms 31:14-24,  But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. 17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.  18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. 19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.  22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

David would commit the events of his life over to God and God in turn would lift and encourage David therein. In this passage of scripture, David brings to light why to serve a God such as our Lord.

Verse 14) He trusts in God, why because He is his Lord. This is a statement of the faithful, in it he is saying that all of the elements needful to be found faithful.

Verse 15) My times are in your hands, the events, circumstances, situations of my life are in your hands. Therefore deliver me from those that are contrary to your desires, for it is they that become my enemies. It is their involvement in my life from which my persecution comes.

Verse 16) Make your face to shine upon me, give me your favor. For in your favor I have deliverance, comfort, healing, provision, preservation, protection, assistance and holiness.

Psalms 28:6-9, Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. 

The favor of God v 6) He hears my prayers, v 7) He is my shield, v 7) He is my help, v 8) He is my strength, v 9) He is my salvation, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my food, v 9) He is my support.

Verse 16) Save me for your mercy’s sake, show me all this favor because of the kindness you show to me in all that I am faithful in.

Verse 17) Let me not be ashamed. Do not allow me to be embarrassed, humiliated, guilty of not be faithful to you. If not, then I will not grief stricken or remorseful.

Verse 18) Have those who are found to be unfaithful be put to silence.

Verse 19) Your goodness is far beyond measure, but although it cannot be measured it has been all laid up for me so I receive it. For you have promised it to the faithful.

Verse 20) Psalms 91, Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.

Verse 20) Strife of tongues, contentious plots.

Verse 21) The trials of the tongue come yet I am blessed for my tongue sings nothing but the praise of the Lord. His favor I have as I dwell within the secret place.

Verse 22) Sure, I said the wrong thing at the wrong time, yet I confessed these before you and you still listen to my prayers.

Verse 23) For those who are faithful and take pride in doing the Word, God preserves them and rewards them.

Verse 24) So be of good courage, and go all out for God, those who are faithful to Him.

1 Timothy 1:11-13

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

The Gospel can only be given over to those who show themselves to be faithful.

So why don’t we take a moment to examine the word faithful. To be strict or thorough in the performance of a duty, true to one’s word or promises, reliable, trusted.

Psalm 15:1-5 A Psalm of David.

 1  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

How is that one shows themselves faithful?

2 Peter 1:1-10

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:   2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

V 1) Like faith, what the Lord is, we too are the same.

V 2) Grace, peace, and knowledge all help us to maintain faithfulness.

V 3) His divine power (the gospel, Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ) Working through us, without this power, faithfulness is hard to maintain. All things that pertain shows us God’s faithfulness to us.

V 4) It is these exceeding great promises that develop with us the capability of a servant and it is the servant of love which remains faithful to God. When are partakers of God, the divine nature, we become the faithful, for we are ever changing our nature to conform to His, in the process as our nature changes, so too will our character. Those things to which we could not be faithful in the changing of our nature our character allows us to do so.

V 5-8) The elements of the faithful. Proverbs 28:20, A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. 

Excellence in Christ Jesus\Integrity

Integrity: soundness of & adherence to moral principles and character; uprightness; honesty. The state of being whole, entire or undiminished or of prefect condition.

Proverbs 11:3, The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. The integrity of the upright shall guide them.

The just man walks in integrity. Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. We must be conformed into God’s image, to conform is to accommodate, adapt, adjust tailor, agree, harmonize, follow, observe, obey and comply with God. In what? Not so much as in what but rather into what. That’s what is His character. One of the greatest character traits of God is His integrity to us and to His Word. What He says He will preform. Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? God said it, that settles it.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Jesus is ever unchanging, His word will preform for us just as it did for Him. One can place complete and utter trust into the Word of God.

Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.  Psalm 119:89-93 Lamsa.

It should be our desire to walk in integrity, then it is our desire to be like Christ. We must then walk after the manner that He walked.

14 ways to be like Jesus (Dakes Annotated Bible).

A) Follow after righteousness as He did. 1 John 3:7, John 15:10-14.

B) Walk free from the world by being in the Word. John 17:14-16.

C) Self crucifixion. Galatians 2:20. Setting aside our desires and seeking after His.

D) Walking in newness of this life. Galatians 5:16-26.

E) Enduring persecutions. John 15:18-20.

F) Being diligent to do the work of God. John 14:12-14.

G) Operating in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:21-23.

H) Being totally set apart unto God. John 10:36.

I) Walking in the light. 1 John 1:7.

J) Having unity with God. John 17:11.

K) Suffering on the behalf of others. 1 Peter 2:17-24. Lamas

L) Our life and conduct should be in line with His. 1 John 2:6.

M) Enduring temptations. Hebrews 6:18.

N) Manifesting the fullness of God. John 3:34-36.

Psalms 7:8, You are judged according to your integrity.

Proverbs 11:3, Your integrity will be your guide.

Proverbs 19:1, Integrity make’s you a better person.

Proverbs 20:7 Your integrity blesses your children.

Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 18:21; 19:9, Your integrity is seen through the keeping of your words.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Put a guard around your words and your actions.

Quitters never win, Winners never quit.

The life that most Christians lead is not always one of ease. In fact, more often than not we face situations and circumstances that many in the world never have to.  Why, because we do not belong to this world, it belongs to Satan and therefore our presence here is a tremendous threat to him.

Since that threat is constant our need for knowledge to overcome the ever changing threats is also constant. For us to image that we have arrived at the knowledge or in victory can be a fatal mistake.  It is usually this kind of arrogance that leads to the defeat of a person and the backslidden results in their lives.

The simple fact in life is that although most never feel that they are winners just having Jesus Christ in their lives as Lord and Savior makes them such.To possess Christ is to possess His knowledge, strength, abilities, compassions and most importantly His love.

So why then do we not feel like the winners at times when the Word declares us to be. The answer is a very simple one, most winners know they are winners.  They rely on that fact and not on their feelings.  Usually when they win is when they’ve pressed themselves to a point where their feelings are not good but poor. When you rely on your feeling they will speak lies to you and cause your defeat. Feelings or emotions are not a good guide to use when evaluating your situation.

So let’s examine the life cycle of a winner.

Joshua 1:6-9,

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.  8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Here God is giving Joshua the keys to being a winner in Christ. First He tells Joshua to be strong.  But where was he to gather strength from.  Well verse 7 gives us the answer “the book of the law”.  To be strong requires one to exercise the muscles that they have, or to develop what they already have been born with.

When you were born again, you were given the strength of Christ, but to never use that strength is tantamount to living weakly.  To be strong is to be powerful, healthy, more than competent, abundantly supplied with something, solid, easy to defend, capable of exerting influence, tenacious, convincing, moving with a great force,  it is to see the complete work of God protruding from you.

However, there has never been a strong Christian who has never spent a great deal of time in the Word of God and in prayer.  For this is where the power comes from. This is the strength of the winner.

The next thing God says to Joshua is the very courageous.  That is not the same as being strong.  To be courageous is to disregard what we may fear and to follow through on the direction given to us.  Some time what may be required of us is not what we like or want to do.  But the courageous person knows regardless of how they feel it is the right thing to do.  It is the quality of mind and spirit that enables one to meet danger or opposition with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness.  To be steadfastly minded, established and fortified in a direction of life.

Winners must be strong, yet they also must be constant that is why God says to be “very courageous”.  We must set our course and head only in that direction.  The courageous are the ones who know that in the end they will win.  Therefore, they think, talk and act as if they already have won.

“Be not afraid”.  Fear will steal all ground gained and place the possessor in a position of lost instead of winning.  Fear is a Satan, death trap, his strongest desire is to see you dead.  If he can’t then he wants to see you sick, defeated and fearful.  Fear steals faith, paralyses courage and destroys strength.

For all these reasons Gods say “be not afraid”.  The Lord gives us great assurances.

 A) He is with us wherever we go.

 B) His Word is a suit of armor protecting from all the wiles of the devil.

 C) His Holy Spirit lives within and causes all fear to flee in terror from us.

 Next God says to be not dismayed.  To be dismayed is to; live in alarm, have anxiety, to have apprehension, to live in dread and trepidation. To disappoint, have discouragement, disillusionment, to dishearten, to dispirit, to intimidate. There can be no victory in such a life.  In order to live upon this we must take comfort in the fact that everything that God says is so.

The key to prevent any form of dismay coming upon us is that we must be obedient to God, His leadings, and His Word.  Never has God brought disappointment to any of His children who truly followed after Him.

The next key to the life of victory or being a winner is to know that you cannot do it alone.  Those who are loners can not see what surrounds them in all directions.  You need the support of like minded persons.  Not those who will tell you it can’t be done, you already know that.  God only uses those who know they are limited.  So if the victory is going to come it will have to be through the power of God.  When we surround ourselves with others who do not agree with us, their constant negative chiding will place us in a position of weakness.  Weaknesses is what Satan looks for to capitalize upon so that his weapons of destruction may work they’re worse.  Judges 20:22. And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

 Winners must always exercise patience, without patience, no victory will ever will be possible. Psalms 27:14, 38:15.

 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.  

 The victor knows that winning comes only through hope, not hope in the desired result but hope in God. Psalms 39:7

7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

The victor knows to win, he or she must get familiar with the name of God, for it is through His name that all power and authority is given.  Psalms 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

 Know that once you are on the side of God that you are not your own any longer, you’re God’s and if you’re His he’ll look after His own.  Psalms 100:3  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 Finally believe.  Every person who has ever won anything believed that they could do it. Mark 9:23-24. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

How To Have The Winning Attitude

Before one could have a winning attitude one, one has to understand what is an attitude. An attitude is: an opinion, an outlook, your perspective, any stance taken, a viewpoint.  So it is what you think based on the available facts, senses, emotions, and imaginations.  In order to have a winning attitude, it would be necessary to control these attributes.

Let us look at these closer, remember we said they are facts, senses, emotions and imaginations or fiction.  Fiction or imaginations are just what they say they are, an untruth or lie. To these there is nothing that we can settle upon.  They are ever changing according to the whims and wishes of the holder and his thoughts.  Believable fiction is a lie so attractive that anyone would have faith in it.  Yet it does not change, it is still a lie.

Should one base their attitude upon their imagination or what is fiction?  No, for if they do, they will develop a wrong or poor or even bad attitude toward our own opinion.

Emotions, can our emotions be depended upon so that we could develop a right and true attitude?  Again the answer would have to be an unchallengeable, no.  Why not, because your emotions cannot be trusted themselves.  They are situational and therefore subject to change according to the circumstance that one would find themselves in.  Emotions such as anger, envy, hate and sorrow will warp our viewpoint and cause us to think only upon them.  All emotions will blind us to what is beyond them and restrict us to only what they want us to see.

Therefore most if not all emotions are lies from the point of view that they are restrictive to only their way.  If the emotion is temporal and consequently subject to change, could not an attitude developed by it also  be subject to fluctuations.  Should our attitude fluctuate it becomes evident that it cannot be depended upon.

Senses, we can readily accept that our senses are not view to assist us in our opinion formation.  When is a rose not a rose, when it is in a can of deodorizer.  We smell roses yet they do not exist.  We may only see a limited amount of persons in a room, therefore our senses say that the world is limited to what we can see, yet we know that to be completely erroneous.  We may hear music from a compact disc, but that does not mean that the band is near by.  We may taste a peach in the center of a dessert, however, in reading the packaging we find it say artificial flavoring.  Our senses cannot be relied upon to help us develop our attitudes.

This leaves us with only one area that requires examination in developing the winning attitude.  That area is a fact.  But what is a fact, it is an actuality, certainty, reality, or truth.  It is exactly this that we need to use to develop our attitude from.  It is these that will cause us to ever have the winning attitude.  We need but ask ourselves such questions as;

Is the situation I find myself in actuality what is happening or is there something beyond this that i cannot yet see?

A certainty is an absolute, is this circumstance absolutely without change?

What is the reality of what I am about to say, do, or think?

Is what I see, feel, think and hear the truth, and should I be examining something beyond this to know what the truth truly is?

Once we get clear and definite answers then and only then can be develop an opinion on that situation and then we will have a winning attitude toward the circumstance.  James 1:2-22 God always works from the inside out, Satan always works from the outside in.

James 1:2-22

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted,  I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Therefore our attitude is dependent upon the forces used to change your inside.  Use the forces of Satan and your inside will be corrupt and twisted, so too will be your attitude.  Use the forces of the Word of God and your inside will be right and true, so too will your attitude.  You are able to say “I can afford to have a closed mind, I’m right.

James 1:2, Count it all joy.  Joy then cannot be an emotion, it must be something greater. It is a force called, blessedness which is “God’s divine favor on us”.  We must then know that if God’s favor is upon us then our attitude toward our situation will be as God would declare it to be.

Temptations, testings and trials all will come to attack our attitude.  When we lose our attitude or the truth of the outcome, then it is at this time we either stand or fall into them.  Notice that the verse says  “when” you fall, so there is a possibility that we may not fall.  And if we do then there is a way out.

“The trying of your faith”,  not the destruction or downfall of your faith, just the trying of it.  It may burdensome, demanding, exacting, arduous, difficult, strenuous, taxing or an uphill climb, but to try something is not to defeat and destroy it.  The trying of your faith is the keeping of your attitude.

This why the verse says works patience, the word comes from the Greek word “hupomonê” which means to abide under.  Under what, under the joy of the Lord.  In English patience means composure, forbearance, tolerance, diligence, persistence and stamina.  They simply do not get the meaning, for to abide in something is to live in it.  If we are to live in God’s divine favor then the trial, test or temptation cannot live there as well.

Notice to that is not you that is on trial it is your faith.  Your faith in what, in what you are abiding in.  If you are abiding in God then your life in God in on trial.  God cannot fail so therefore neither can your faith. Your attitude is protected by your life in Christ and His Word.

Verse 4, To paraphrase “Let what you are abiding in have complete and full control of your life  so that you may become fully mature and grown into a life of prosperity, health, deliverance and you become preserved for the work of the kingdom of God”.

Psalms 51:12, With joy and salvation restored in our hearts, the gifts of salvation would only naturally lead us to the right attitude. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

The next area to examine in obtaining the winning attitude we find in verse 5 of James 1.  Here it simply says that if any lack wisdom “comes from the Greek word sophia” which means the insight into the true nature of things.  When we can’t see the full intent of the circumstance we are in, we lack wisdom.  Then all we do is go to God and ask for the full picture and we will be able to comprehend what is about to take place.  But we must “ask”, if we don’t how then is the answer to come.

After we have asked we must receive the instruction and we must be obedient to the instruction.  Many people do not obtain winning attitudes because they disobey the instructions they are given to carry out, or they simply do not act upon those instructions.  To be obedient is to stay focused on the instructions given.  To be of one mind, heart and action. Romans 8:5&6  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  

We readily see that the disobedient are in no position to receive from God.  In verse 8 it says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. What is a double-minded man? A man has two minds, the conscious mind and the subconscious.

The conscious mind is what makes us aware of what is happening around us.  It makes use of the five senses and then derives an attitude and an action based on what it assimilates.  As we have already seen this may not be the correct action.

The subconscious mind is the mind of the spirit.  It is what causes us to act without thought for has been proven to be factual and therefore something that is trustworthy.  Being called by your name causes you to respond without thought.  You don’t check to see if you are really you when someone speaks your name, you know it as fact.  It’s within your spirit, it is correct and that is just the way it is.  It is unchangeable.

The double minded person is the person who attempts to place the things the senses show him are fact.  They are not proven, nor will they work, yet he depends completely upon them for the results that he needs.  He wishes for the provision of both the world of the senses and the world of the spirit, when only one will bring the desired result.

 1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

He is the man of “plan B”.  He looks for what God says and if that does not work, then there is always another way to do it.  When it comes to the things of God, there is only “plan A”.  God never has a plan B  because he never requires one.  His plans are prefect a person with the winning attitude gets the prefect plan the first time.

 Romans 13:14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 Lusts, anything the flesh desires that counters the word of God.  Formulating a plan B when God gave plan A just in case it doesn’t work.  If it doesn’t work, then God didn’t give it in the first place.  Jeremiah 1:12   Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. God will watch over His Word to perform it.

Say, the next area we examine in the winning attitude is the area of our mouth.  What is that we are saying, verse 13.  Be sure that we examine our mouths before we go about saying that is God or even that God said it. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  Instead of blaming God learn to submit to Him.  That will keep your attitude in check.

The next area to see is that we must “receive the Word”, verse 14&15.  To receive the word is to believe it in the heart and to speak it with our mouth.  For until it is flowing from our mouths we cannot really say that we received it. To receive something is to obtain it and make it your own.

The final area in having a winning attitude is simply to just “do it”, verse 22.  Failure to act on the word is failure to do the things of God.  To not perform the things of God is to perform the things of Satan and with him no one wins.  Only in Christ and His Word is there any victory, and that’s where the winning attitude can be found.

Harden Not Your Hearts

In this life many of the faith people live lives in much victory.  Each has testimony after testimony as to the powerful works that God has performed within their lives.

Yet seemingly for every testimony that comes forth top bring praise to God, there are 20 others sitting in the same church that have nothing to praise God in or for.  Why?  The answer is one main reason, that reason is the hardening of their hearts toward God.

Now not many would readily admit that they have a harden heart, but then not many understand just what exactly is it that has become hardened. The word simply means to make dry.  So then it is to make our heart dry to the things of God.  Okay, we understand that, it’s easy to see, but what is the method of drying up.

Let’s turn to Hebrews 3:7-19 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Here the nation of Israel lived in the very presence of God, Jehovah Himself, yet they disbelieved Him, doubted Him, and this is called a provocation.  They provoked God into taking an action that He had no desire to take.  They died and the plan of God was put on hold for more than forty years.

The hurting of the heart comes through the failure to believe and trust God.  To trust and rely on anything other than the Lord is to fail God and He views it as a great injustice done to Him.

There are those who claim to be standing in faith for many years, yet they are actually provoking God because of their unbelief.  They claim to confess His word, but their tongues do not speak the word of truth.  Their actions are contrary to what scripture says, and are in line with what their flesh dictates to them.

Paul brings a stern warning to the church in this passage.

A) v7, Today hear the voice of God.

B) v8, Harden not your hearts through refusal of the Word of God.

C) v12, Entering into unbelief.

 D) v12, Departing from the living God.

 E) v16, Open rebellion against God.

 F) v17, Open sin, habitual provocation.

 G) v19, Death caused through unbelief, spiritual death.

 Hebrews 10:35-39  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Confidence: trusting reliance, an assurance of the mind or firm belief in the integrity or stability of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.  Belief in ones owns competency. He or that which supports, safety or assurance: security. Boldness, courage.

We must learn the lesson given in Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

A) We must have faith.

  1. B) We must please God.
  2. C) We must come to God.
  3. D) We must believe that He is.
  4. E) We must believe in His reward system.
  5. F) We must diligently seek Him, (this means after the answer comes just as much as before).

We also harden our hearts by not taking up our residence in Him. John 15:1-16 Phillips version.  500 people saw Jesus ascend into heaven, only 120 were left to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  What happened, they cast away their confidence, they left from fellowshipping with the Lord.

 1 Corinthians 15:1-6. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.   3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

The Ten Most Common Causes of Failure

1) Blaming Others

A) Who did this to me.

  1. B) What caused this in my life.
  2. C) It’s the other guy’s fault.
  3. D) The other person doesn’t appreciate me.
  4. E) Each of us will answer before God for His own life. 1:4, Matt.7:1-2, 12:37

2) Blame yourself (in private).

A) Why was I so dumb. Job 5:1-4 To consider oneself dumb is tantamount to calling yourself a fool. A fool is; one who is dull or stupid, a heedless one, a blockhead, an idiot.

B) Why do I always do the wrong thing. Romans 14:1-8

C) Self-blame is the cause of self pity which leads to self-condemnation and eventually to self-destruction.

D) Blaming yourself opens the door to feelings of guilt. Romans 8:1

E) Blaming yourself closes the door to self-development.

3) No goals.

A) Habakkuk 2:2, Amplified version

  1. B) Proverbs 29:18, no vision, no life
  2. C) People without goals float through life waiting for the big one to happen.
  3. D) Many peoples only goal in life is to have fun.
  4. E) Remember DEAD FISH DON’T SWIM THEY FLOAT.

4) Choosing wrong goals

A) You must choose your own goals, don’t allow family, friends or circumstances choose them for you.

  1. B) Study your desires, set your path, then don’t waver from it. 2 Tim. 2:15

5) The short cut

A) Taking the path of least resistance is not always the best course to take.

  1. B) There are no short cuts in a life of excellence. Psalms 16:11, Proverb 2:6-15

6) Taking the long road

A) Israel took so long in getting to the promised land that they never did arrive.

B) People die and never enjoy what they worked all their lives to gain. Joshua 1:15

C) Be sure to “stop and smell the roses”. 2:24, 3:13, 5:18-19, 1 Timothy 6:17

7) Neglecting the little things

A) There is no substitute for diligence in our lives. Proverbs 4:23, 2 Corinthians 8:7

B) Proverbs 27:23-24

C) Proverbs 24:3, Living Bible version

D) A misplaced decimal point on a patent application once cost Thomas Jefferson a patent and subsequently millions of dollars.

8) Quitting too soon

A) Men do not fail, they give up. Psalms 126:5

B) Galatians 6:9

9) The burden of the past

A) 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

B) It is easier to lie on a bed digging into the past than to sit in a chair and face the future. Psalms 55:22, Jer.17:24

10) The illusion of success

A) Don’t make the mistake of aiming for what others will approve of. Philippians 1:10

B) There is more to success than what Hollywood and infomercials tell us. Mark 7:21-23,

1 John 2:16

C) Matthew 16:26

Synergism

“The sum total of the whole is greater the sum total of all the parts”.

“Human effort in cooperation with divine grace in the production of salvation”.

Psalms 90:16-17, Colossians 1:10-12, Hebrews 6:9-12

 Psalms 133:1 Living Bible, How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony.

Unity is a key principal to living a life free from frustration, strife and loneliness.  Ephesians 4:3&13

Even Jesus did not attempt to do the work that the Father had given to him alone. The bible records 12 apostles, 70 disciples and up 500 followers. He had many widows and rich support Him so that work could be accomplished. John 5:17,9:4. The results of no unity or harmony is disarray, Luke 11:17, divided means separated into parts, groups or sections, separate in opinion or feelings, to cause to disagree.

To fail means; to be completely overthrown.

Matthew 18:18-19, Agreement, an expression of the love and compassion of God.

Deuteronomy 32:30, Power in agreement.

Isaiah 59:19; the standard is the agreement with the word in our lives proceeding forth from our mouths and by our actions.

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Theocratic Warfare, The Hurt, The Healing

According to Watchtower statistics over 275,000 people “faded” from the religion or were disfellowshipped, this effect would have had over a million people affected by the disparaging forces found in this religion of destruction, and that’s just last year, in the five years previous, those faded or disfellowshipped is well over 1 million, affecting or perhaps “infecting” untold millions with a spirit of destruction. A simple web search will reveal to any the wickedness of this, the pile of broken hearts left in the wake of their cultish lifestyle demands will be hard to answer for when the “so-called” elders come face to face with the real Jehovah at their judgement, while denying the Holy Spirit they are commanded by Him to take good care of the people they have watch over. Watching over them is not to place unbearable harsh rules and regulations upon them. Acts 20:28 “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.” New International Version (NIV)

Forgotten to the Theocratic warrior leader is the act of pointing peoples lives to Christ, and away from themselves, they desire that their “organization” grows and not that Christ increases, their way is not Christs way, it is He who must increase, John the Bapitist should be our example, John 3:28-30 “Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.King James Version (KJV) Destroying people that they fade into darkness is by no means an act of love or increasing the life of Christ in another. John invited people to meet with Christ, to follow after Him, John cared little for his status, he sought to raise Christ above all others, every “good” elder will give the same invitation to all who may listen, come to Christ, he is the one who has your best interest at heart.  The Theocratic warrior advances “the organization” not Christ, not an example of John, nor, one of Christ, He too always pointed to the Father, for in Him is the love of God completed.

Leaders are to watch over the heart of those who are in their charge, protecting that heart from works of destruction not being the cause of that heart breaking. The heat is the residence of all things pertaining to life, break it, then life will not flow to God and then back as it should. A leader operates at the highest level of forgiveness so that the heart remains intact. The destruction of millions of lives per year is an example of a group incapable of walking in forgiveness. The three guiding principals of every Christian (and especially the leaders) are Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness, with these the wellsprings of life do flow. Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Amplified Bible (AMP) You must find what you believe, not allow others to give you “your” beliefs and doctrine, what you believe will keep you, test you, help you, save you, heal you, another’s faith and beliefs will not. Your heart will tell you that it is right, that is why we stand guard over our hearts, placing within only that which will lead us from faith to faith. 1 Timothy 4:16 “Be ·careful [conscientious] ·in your life [L about yourself] and in your teaching. If you ·continue to live and teach rightly [L persevere in these things], you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.” Expanded Bible (EXB) Your heart is secure only in Chrtist, you must never lease it out to some religion who cares little for you or what may happen to you. If you do not follow their rules, they will literally sacrifice you to the demons of destruction, destroy your relationship with family, friends and all you may have come to love and know, somehow this is supposed to draw you closer to God? What a ridiculous notion, only a relationship with a Loving, Forgiving, Accepting God can keep you in faith, so that you can guard your heart. Philippians 4:7 “And God’s peace, which ·is so great we cannot understand it [transcends/surpasses all comprehension], will ·keep [guard] your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Expanded Bible (EXB)

So a mistake is made, a sin is committed, a question is asked, that is enough for some earthly ruler king to destroy a life, sinful mean judging the sinner, forgiveness is not forthcoming, harsh judgement is pronounced and a heart is broken. What then? We must eliminate the expectation of others, others expect you to live according to what their standards and beliefs are, this is impossible, your faith and belief, should be your expectation, what does Christ expect from you, find that out and then live accordingly. Your heart was broken by not living to others expectations, why would any want to do all over again, the result will only be the same, or, worse. Don’t worry about the future or obsess over the past, scripture tells us “Now faith is” so live in Christ, live in the now, you cannot change the future, the past is over, do not allow either to control your life now.

Luke 4:18-19;18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

It is the brokenhearted that are the ones who give in and lose in life (which is supposed to be very victorious.) There are many ways that one may become the brokenhearted, such as strife, rejection, sin, abandonment, betrayal, calamity and others. Depression moves in and our hearts cry, without Christ the enemy sees, and heaps on more, oppressing the heart even more, straining to breaking.

Isaiah 38:14-19 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. 15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul. 16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. 17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

OPPRESSION: Greek translation: to burden or keep in subjugation by harsh and (or) unjust use of force or authority; tyrannize. To lie heavy upon physically or mentally; weighted down, depress, dispute. To crush or trample, overwhelm, abuse.

Hebrew translation: to distress, affliction, crush, force, hold fast, affliction, unjust gain, cruelty, extortion, something gotten through deceit, slaughter, to drive, tax or tyrannize. To tax is to; burden, encumber, overload, overwork, strain and tire

Oppressor: one who drives for taxes or a taskmaster.

2 Timothy 2:22-2622 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Satan as the oppressor causes his captives to tire, to drain, exhaust, wear down, exasperate, irk and cause to become weary. Although Satan is the Oppressor, he makes use of willing vessels dubbed into doing his will, they carry out his evil plan under the guise of doing God’s will, even though God has nothing to do with the plan.

Oppression has always been taught as an attack on the mind. Oppression first’s place of attack however is not the mind, but first, it is on the heart. Oppression will find its way into the mind and thought life of its victim, but it does not begin there. Oppression first and foremost attack is the heart of man. If oppression can burden down the heart, then the person will not be capable of rational decision making. To understand this principle, we need to examine the scriptures and view them from what they say, not what we think they say. Let’s first look at the word heart, it appears some 830 times in 762 verses as compared to the word mind which appears 95 times in 93 verses. It’s generally understood as the “center of man,” not just a circulatory muscle. Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In the New Testament the Greek word for heart is “kardia” (kar- dee’-ah) which means the thoughts and feelings. The Hebrew word is “lab”, and also carries the meaning of the feelings, the will, and even the intellect. It is known as the conscious of man. The heart of man is best defined as the center of man.

Where man’s soul and spirit border, is impossible to define, however, the Word says that it can divide the soul and the spirit. Therefore, it is important for you to be in the Word, since the heart (not the mind) is the principal place of the thoughts, feeling, will and intellect then we must put a guard around it to prevent the enemy from oppressing it. Proverbs 4:20-23: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

So then, oppression will put unjust force upon a person, it will burden down its victim, oppression will tyrannize its victim until they become weak in the heart. When they do, oppression will lay heavily on its victim in order to crush, trample and overwhelm the victim and lead that one in self abuse as in the case of all who are dependent on anything other than God Himself. This is when the spirit of possession moves in.

There can be no doubt, that both oppression and possession are spirits that make use of all other spirits of Satan, performing their evil work. There can also be no doubt that both work within a person, as much as they do without. Most ministers teach that oppression comes against the person from the outside, yet if it is to attack the heart then it must do its work from the inside as well. It does most of its damage once it is within the person.

The spirit of oppression works very much in the following pattern. First the oppressive spirit, working in conjunction with other spirits causes some type of hurt to take place in their victim’s life. This is usually caused through a person giving the spirits license to perform through careless speaking, words that allow the enemy to act. Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” King James Version. Words must fulfill their mission, it is why we guard what we say. If we do not watch over our words we allow every evil work to come upon us, if it so chooses, it will certainly attempt to do so, making use of every willing person or instrument. James 3:1-16 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” King James Version

Once the hurt is established within the heart, the victim begins to repress the feelings of that hurt instead of dealing with it when it takes place. This repression is in fact the next spirit to move in. It is a lesser spirit performing its job. Repression cause’s a small crack to appear in the victims heart through which,   other spirits may enter.

The third spirit working with oppression and repression is, regression. Regression is; a medical term meaning “the subsidence of a disease.” The victim slowly gives way to the disease that they are experiencing, first in the heart, then in the mind and finally in the body. Through this regression the crack in the heart is now much larger. If the victim will return to the Word, to the things of God, healing  usually is quite easily come by at this stage. If they do not act on the things of God, another harsher spirit is usually called into action, forming a stronghold even harsher. Forcing the crack in the heart wider yet.

The  next spirit stronghold is; suppression, the term means; “the deliberate exclusion from the consciousness of any action, emotion, or desire.” So then, this spirit drives the person to just annul any  thought of the hurt, but to annul something, is not to heal it, or, even forget it, it is to vacate or make empty, that is exactly what this suppression spirit wants. For if it can make a vacant place in the heart,  then all other spirits can move in. Matthew 12:45: Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. 

Often the next spirit in line, after oppression, is bitterness. Once suppression has made a vacant place bitterness moves right in. Through bitterness, a poison comes into the person’s life, which all who come in contact with will choke at, except the bitter person themselves. Acts 8:20-24:20 “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.” King James Varsion. “The gall of bitterness” this means poison in your temperament which is sharp and cutting. c\f Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Hebrews 12:15 “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” King James Version

The bitter person becomes unwilling to be close to any, using a sharp and cutting tongue to be sure no one and nothing ever gets close to them again. The crack in the heart is now weakening to the point where the strain has the person almost ready to break and become one of  the brokenhearted.

Now the next spirit to come on the scene is called, depression.

The depressed person becomes a lonely person,  they seek only the company of themselves and their depression, and yes, they do become very possessive of their own ugly spirit of depression. This spirit keeps them from associating with other so that he will not be discovered. So they become reclusive,  withdrawn, making their associations with others as brief as possible not wishing discovery.

The depressed person always has themselves in mind and is easily offended when any other seek to go any other way but theirs. They concentrate totally on self. They choose not to share in others lives, feeling that others should be inputting into them, while, of course, they reject any outside input. They soon lose the values that life had for them, considering others values as worthless, not fulfilling. Their mind becomes weak, passive, they exercise the reasoning process as little as possible. In other words, they become unreasonable. Once the depressed person succumbs to depression, the victim is ready for Satan’s next onslaught, that being distress.

As the Hebrew word for oppression bears out, oppression purpose is to place the victim in a place of distress. This is; acute or extreme suffering, it is agony, worry, extreme pain, trouble and harassment. The distressed person loses quickly all hope, slips into the grip of the enemy even harder. They suffer so much inward pain that they convince themselves that no cure or help will ease them out.

This is the group of people who are most likely to commit crimes against themselves and others. Death, murder and suicide often follow after distress. As its description says this is acute or extreme suffering, the reason for the suffering being so acute is that this is the final stage before the heart breaks. We see this staging in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” English Standard Version (ESV)

Before we examine the final stage turn to Psalms 55. The distressed person is a complainer and his complaining is baseless. He complains of:

Psalm 55:1-23

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. 15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. King James Version

  1. A) The voices he hears believing it to be the enemy.
  2. B) He complains of his oppression’s, but does not take any action to defeat the oppressor.
  3. C) He complains about the accusations and the accuser, but does not use the Word to defeat them.
  4. D) He complains about the anger and hatred, but it’s locked in him.
  5. E) He complains about the condition of his heart feeling helpless to change it.
  6. F) He complains about the terrors of death for his heart is breaking and he knows a broken heart will lead to death.
  7. G) He complains about horror, knowing that it is extreme fear and dread and it overwhelms him to non-action.
  8. H) The storms (trials) and strong winds (circumstances) of the enemy blow hard against him and he complains.
  9. I) He knows that others speak against him and wag their tongues in gossip because he is so pitiful. He is powerless to defeat the words, for he is in the center of violence and strife.
  10. J) Wickedness, deceit, guile, and treachery are working against him all spirits of oppression and destruction.

As distress places it’s horrible lock on its victim’s life, the final attack is about to take hold, if  left to do its evil work, as distress occurs, the crack become a tear, the tear become a break.

As one examines this, one can readily see that a person does not become possessed by Satan easily, but the fact remains, one can become possessed. This procession works, the fact that the person is a Christian or not has no bearing on Satan. He will do his utmost to take possession of the person in the heart. This is what becomes known as a brokenhearted person.

For one to become possessed by Satan, he first oppress’ the person giving way in the heart to the oppression, giving way until the heart breaks. It is now necessary for us to look at the meaning of the word possession: which is to occupy by driving out the previous tenants, and possessing their place. It also means to seize, to rob, to expel, to inherit, to ruin, cast out, consume, destroy, disinherit, to be or made poor, to come to poverty. The brokenhearted are truly a satanically ruled people. That’s the bad news.

The good news is Christ Jesus himself, look at Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified,” and compare to Luke 4:18.”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” King James Version

It is taught that Jesus quoted Isaiah when speaking, however, he changed it slightly, that slight change makes all the difference in the world, in Isaiah the verse says “to bind up the brokenhearted,” the word bind here means to wrap firmly or compress, to hold together until healing takes place. If you break a leg you place a splint or cast around the leg to bind it up and keep the bones together. Yet even after the bone mends there is always a weak point. The break will always have a hairline crack in it, it will still show itself in a x-ray years later.

In Luke however Jesus changes the word from bind to heal, meaning; to cure or make whole. If something is whole there are no cracks or faults, the item is entire. Christ is saying “I make you entire.” The brokenhearted before my coming could at best be held together, now with my coming, I make the brokenhearted entire, whole again. Therefore the heart is whole, for the enemy has been driven out. You are delivered, whole, free. Possessed only by love.

The brokenhearted must make that love real in their lives, Christ has already healed you from your broken heart by His love and by the blood He shed for you. Your trust, your hope must be in Christ. Look to Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” King James Version

All these heart breaking things cannot separate us from the love that is Christ Jesus, He loves so much that our hearts will never become overwhelmed, it will never break.

Be sure of this, however, Satan is out there, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8,8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: He cannot devour any who remain in the Word. Turn to 2 Timothy 4:17, Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. In Christ Jesus we have deliverance from the mouth of the lion (Satan).” King James Version

Job 4:8-11 “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. 10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.” King James Version

Doesn’t this sum it up best,  praise God, the lion, young or old is defeated, a loins roar never hurt anyone, the devil is a toothless beast without power any longer to harm..

You with a broken heart, there is healing in the Word, there is healing in the name of Jesus, there is healing in the blood of Jesus, just come to Jesus for it.

Isaiah 53:1-5 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” King James Version. He carried our griefs, our sorrows. In the Hebrew the word here for griefs is, “choliy”, it means; malady, anxiety, calamity and disease. Sorrow comes from the word, “makob”, it means; afflictions, pain and sorrow. Through the love that Jesus showed to us, we are healed from both grief and sorrow.

Look to the final verses in this study, Acts 10:38,  “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Jesus healed ALL who were oppressed by the devil.” King James Version.  You are one of the ALL.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” English Standard Version (ESV)

Knowing that the Oppressor has been defeated, Jesus is on your side, healing all the attacks that the enemy brings, what next. Because you have victory, you now can go through it, not around it. But how, once again we use the Word as our example, 2 Corinthians 13:14 ”The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” English Standard Version (ESV) Three simple keys, just as love, acceptance and forgiveness keeps us walking in victory, defeating the enemy is complete by, living in grace, walking in love, and fellowshipping with God via the Holy Spirit.

You’ll remember our acronym for grace, God’s Riches, At Christs, Expense. As we have been extended this great grace, we must extend to others as well, yes, even those who have bruised and battered us so badly. It does not mean we allow their abuse to continue, we fight back by walking the love walk, a walk we can accomplish through that fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Paul showed us this, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.” English Standard Version (ESV)

Some believe that love must take everything that is weaponized against us, this of course is utter nonsense and not what verse seven is instructing, it is instructing that no matter what comes up to defeat us love gives us the victory over. It is not love to remain in an abusive situation, it is love to stand against, everything Christ did, he did for and in love, yet some looked very harsh. He remained in love. Look at James he gives us some insight to the love walk. James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” English Standard Version (ESV)

Perhaps while you’re healing is coming you are feeling weak and down, but don’t, for in your weakness you have the victory, you have Christs love, grace is poured out upon you and you press forward,not with a broken heart, but with a whole, healed heart.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” English Standard Version (ESV)

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Theocratic Warfare, Walking In Peace After Their Destruction of Your Life

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” King James Version (KJV)

When one is disfellowshipped from the Jehovahs Witnesses life seems to stop, many wish they were dead (some actually kill themselves) most will experience the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargining, Depression and Acceptance. It is these stages that The Watchtower places their strong emphasis on their attempts to woo back the person into the religion. So allow me to ask this one question, Can you go from life to back into death? What are you to do?

If you will follow Christ as we quote above the healing process begins, the Way is the turn you require, it brings you from that disheartened feeling to an upward turn of hope, once hope has been given we can reconstruct ourselves with the truth, the truth of Christ like living, not the Theocratic Warfare deception of living according to the commands of a select group of men who deny the Holy Spirit and His power but claim some how they have heard from God. As hope and truth do their work in our hearts we take the right step into Life, life in Christ, life with love, life with power to overcome anything that any man or demon (fallen angel) will bring against.  You and God are the majority, Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” King James Version (KJV)

At no time in my entire history with Jehovahs Witnesses and The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society have they ever can a formal meeting with me for either the disfellowshipping they pronounce upon or the condemnation found in their label of an apostate.  Yet every year the stand before Canadian congregation and pronounce their libelous title upon me. Yet God is on my side, miracle after miracle within my ministry shows me that I follow the Way, walk in the Truth and have a Life that pleasing to God,  there is where I draw my comfort from. Those who have chosen to follow the pagan mandates of the Theocratic warriors within my family are the ones who have lost, they no longer know one of their own blood, that is sad, but I have a new Father, a new family found in Christ.

Here is a prime example of Theocratic Warfare in the battle regarding the destruction of the family and an individual through the “pagan” practice of disfellowshipping or excommunication.

“Taken from https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102008083

What if a relative is disfellowshipped? In such a case, the close bond between family members can pose a real test of loyalty. How should we treat a disfellowshipped relative? We cannot here cover every situation that may arise, but let us focus on two basic ones.

In some instances, the disfellowshipped family member may still be living in the same home as part of the immediate household. Since his being disfellowshipped does not sever the family ties, normal day-to-day family activities and dealings may continue. Yet, by his course, the individual has chosen to break the spiritual bond between him and his believing family. So loyal family members can no longer have spiritual fellowship with him. For example, if the disfellowshipped one is present, he would not participate when the family gets together for family worship. However, if the disfellowshipped one is a minor child, the parents are still responsible to instruct and discipline him. Hence, loving parents may arrange to conduct a Bible study with the child.*​—Proverbs 6:20-22; 29:17.

In other cases, the disfellowshipped relative may be living outside the immediate family circle and home. Although there might be a need for limited contact on some rare occasion to care for a necessary family matter, any such contact should be kept to a minimum. Loyal Christian family members do not look for excuses to have dealings with a disfellowshipped relative not living at home. Rather, loyalty to Jehovah and his organization moves them to uphold the Scriptural arrangement of disfellowshipping. Their loyal course has the best interests of the wrongdoer at heart and may help him to benefit from the discipline received.*​—Hebrews 12:11.”

excommunication-pagan-weapon-jan-8-1947-awake-page_27An actual page from the Awake, January 8, 1947, they called it a “pagan” action, if it is a pagan action for one religion, then, it is a pagan action for the Theocratic Warriors as well. Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot have it both ways, we need not live lives in the turmoil created, but the Jehovah’s Witness pagan doctrines, in Christ, we live and have the peace of God in, on, and coming through us. Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Philippians 4:7 “ And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 “ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” King James Version (KJV)

Theocratic warriors will argue this of course with a “holy than thou” attitude, they in fact deny the theory of the Theocratic Warfare concept, without knowing their very leaders are the ones who coined the term.  If you will experience the love of Christ, you win, the experience always beats argument.

We know that peace is a servant given over to man to help him establish himself in the Son, therefore we should seek a life in Christ Jesus first and foremost, as we already quoted  John 14:27, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.  A life in Jesus enables Him, to not only live peacefully, but, also we receive His power of reconcilation, we are justified, no matter waht we were or are, in Christ we are made brand new,  it is perfect. However if we have no understanding of what exactly peace is, we will have no way to live within it, so let’s examine peace to know exactly what Jesus gave us.

The word peace comes from several different words in the Bible. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which means; to be safe, well, happy, to have health, prosperity, and to farewell.  Therefore, we may conclude that in Old Testament, God’s desire was that His people live lives which were a blessing, consisting of safety, deliverance, health and prosperity.  Psalm 29:11, “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” Has God changed His desire? Let see what the Greek words say.

The Greek words for peace are; phimoo (fee-mo-o) which means to muzzle, Mark 1:25, “And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” In modern day English, Jesus would have said; “Shut-up, and come out”, in other words put a muzzle on your mouth. So we see that peace is, an ability to stand against what is wrong without fear of reprisal, trepidation or apprehension.

Another Greek word for peace is; Siapao (see-o-pah-o) which means a involuntary stillness, a hush. Mark 4:39, He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” So we may expect to have calmness in the midst of tribulation, we walk in peace which flows from God. These two meanings are not the ones we desire to place our attention upon, there is one more word we must look to for the complete revelation of the peace of God within us.

The word used here is conveying what Jesus does, transferring His peace to us is; Eirene (i-ray-nay) which means; A) a harmonious relationship, B) friendliness, C) freedom from molestation, D) to have rest and contentment, E) to be prosperous.” So then, when Jesus said that His peace He was leaving us, He was leaving us all these attributes to us, so to live in less, is to live outside of the goodness of God Himself.

As we have stated, to have peace, we must live in Christ Jesus. His actual words, are we must abide in Him, by which He means, we dwell or have our residence in Him. John 15:4-7, Amplified version, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. -Live in Me and I will live in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me-cut off from the vital union with me-you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out as a [broken-off] branch and withers. Such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire and are burned. If you live in Me-abide vitally united to Me-and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” Therefore, this kind of  peace will be formed into that harmonious relationship in Him, (this is a command not just a good idea), our lives become charged with Him, as we take up our residence within Him.

To understand peace as our residence or home, we must have first hand knowledge of our place of residence, first hand knowledge of Jesus Christ, what is it we have “In Him”.

Romans 3:24, In Him we have redemption.

Romans 8:1,  In Him there is no condemnation.

Romans 8:2,  In Him is freedom from sin and death.

Romans 8:39, In Him is love perfected.

Romans 12:5, In Him is oneness.

1 Corinthians 1:2, In Him is sanctification.

1 Corinthians 1:30, In Him is wisdom, righteousness and sanctification.

2 Corinthians 2:14, In Him is triumphing over the enemy.

2 Corinthians 5;17, In Him old things die away.

Ephesians 1:3, In Him are all spiritual blessings.

Ephesians 2:6, In Him we are seated in heavenly places.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In Him is Gods will for you.

To abide outside of Christ is to choose confusion over peace, foolishness over wisdom, poverty over prosperity, sickness over health and death over life.

Psalms 37:11, Amplified version, “But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in an abundance of peace.” The “meek” refer to those who have a good or positive attitude toward the things of God, and perform from within that attitude, without disputing or resisting. They have developed this peacefulness through continually spending their time in the presence of the Lord. Not in the work of a religion.

Walking in an abundant peace, is to never be found lacking in any area of life. Just think, you never have to be concerned over any circumstance that may arise in your life again. The power of the peace of God will see to it that you walk in that harmonious relationship free from the molestation of the devil. Never again have anxiety, having rest and contentment, as you know that your walk with God, is the assurance of His peace, leading you into a prosperous life, prosperous in every area, mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.

We saw that freedom from sin equals righteousness by faith, equals works of faith, equals revelation of God, however we may add to this equation. Peace along side of righteousness causes the revelation of God, to be settled forever within one’s heart. Therefore, we press forward knowing that the outcome will be that of victory within Jesus Christ. For when righteousness embrace’s peace, we become enraptured in the victorious result, life everlasting. Psalms 85:10, “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Mercy allows forgiveness in man from all sin and disobedience, giving man the ability to accept the truth. Truth is sent forth to man so that he might know the will of God. Righteousness demands obedience to the truth, granting the results of peace with God, so that He is able to kiss (embrace) those who have been made righteous because of their obedience to His Word.

The quickest way for one to lose his peace is for that one to enter into a life of compromise. Never allow anything to cheat you back into that place of compromise and strife, stealing from you a life of great peace. Fight the fight to win, run the race to win, leave the devil knowing he is the one who finishes last, not you.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26; “Know ye not that they which run in race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air”.

We are to run the race to win.

There are no second best’s.

You must prepare to run.

You must prepare to finish.

You must prepare to win.

Colossians 2:9-10, & 15, “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.     

There is no compromise with God toward Jesus. There is no compromise in Jesus toward you. There is no compromise in the attitude and actions that Jesus took against the devil. c/f Colossians 1:9-19.

If Satan wants a fight, give it to him. Don’t settle for less than the best. Be single minded about the quality of life that you expect to live in Jesus Christ, take His peace and go and achieve that life. Meet every challenge that the devil places before you with the Word that God has placed in you.

To live without compromise is to live by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith not by sight.” Peace maintains faith, God is pleased with your placing faith in all that you do, His peace gives you the strength to do so continuously.

Hebrews 10:35-39, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” To compromise is to cast away your confidence (your beliefs, trust, faith or reliance), compromise means; discredit, endanger, jeopardize, risk, concede, or yield, what is that you are putting at risk “your faith”. Notice verse 38 says that if any man draws back, God’s soul is given displeasure. There can be no peace in the soul of the compromising person. It is such a person ,who will draw back, never, never, never compromise your stand of faith for anyone or anything. The Theocratic warrior is a compromising person, they will state one thing while believing another, that is to compromise, that is a faith destroying doctrine.

Some may ask, where does one carry his burdens, that they may retain their peace? To God, of course, you were never equipped to worry, it is only since sin came along did Satan have the ability to place pressure upon man, it is one of his tools of destruction. God, however, desires us to be worry free, by taking all our concerns and yielding to Him, it is His way of handling all stress and worry, throw it on Him. 1 Peter 5:7, Amplified version, “Casting the whole of your care-all anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all-on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.” Peace of God can only come as one decides that there can be no compromise in His life. Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is [a]coming soon].6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([b]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [c]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [d]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of [e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Psalms 37:1-40. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PASSAGE FROM YOUR BIBLE Here is one of the greatest list of promises ever given to any man who will live within the Word of God. It is through the Word that you will be able to operate the peace of God.  Before we examine the promises, lets look very diligently at verses 3-8, which gives us the ways to peace. These are not rules that one must follow, but rather they are steps to the peaceful life.

3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

Trust; lean on, rely on, and be confident in, take custody, have guardianship over. Become liable for your actions, in other words you become justly or legally responsible for your actions and the results that go along with them. You are officially obligated to that trust. You are in a covenant of trust, to break it would result in your downfall. You carried the trust, you’re responsible for it.

Delight; have enjoyment, happiness, joy, pleasure, and triumph in the Lord. In another word be glad (encouraging, cheering, inspiring, pleasing) in God.

Commit; The Amplified version says “roll and repose each care of your load on Him”  Make your pledge and promises in Him, dedicate your ways, assign to Him your worries and frustrations, then lock them up with His Word and see your way come to pass.

According to Dake, David gives to us twenty five guarantees or promise peace from God in Psalms 37:

1) (vs 3)You abide in a good land.

2) (vs 3)You shall never go without, you will always have the necessities of life.

3) (vs 4) God gives you the desires of your heart.

4) (vs 5) He brings His promises to pass.

5) (vs 6)He brings the righteous to light.

6) (vs 6)He brings judgement as noonday. No darkness.

7) (vs 9)The evil doer will be cut off, a promise of Satan’s defeat.

8)(vs 9)You receive the earth as an inheritance.

9) (vs 11) There is an abundance of peace.

10) (vs 17) You are upheld by God.

11) (vs 18) You receive an eternal inheritance.

12) (vs 19)You are not ashamed in evil times, God protects.

13) (vs 19) You are satisfied in times of famine.

14) (vs 24) You are not brought to ruin (cast down) when you fall.

15) (vs 28) You are not forsaken by God.

16) (vs 28) You are preserved (maintained, perpetuated, sustained, and upheld) by God forever.

17) (vs 28) The seed of the wicked shall be cut off from harassing you.

18) (vs 31) All your decisions (steps) will be sound.

19) (vs 33) The Lord gets involved in defending you when the wicked attack.

20) (vs 33) The Lord will not condemn you.

21) (vs 37) The result will be peace.

22) (vs 39-40) Salvation will come.

23) (vs 39) Strength from God will be yours in a time of trouble.

24)(vs 40) Help from God whenever you require it.

25)(vs 40) Deliverance from Satan.

When we have so great assurances from God, is there little wonder that the peace of God can be settled forever in our hearts? There is nothing that can steal that peace away from us.

This peace was once and for all sealed in Christ Jesus when He gave His life and His blood for us. Sealed forever by the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”

1 Corinthians 11:24-30, as one studies the communion of Christ, we find that it is representative and  the fulfillment our covenant with Him. This covenant of peace can be seen closer as you examine for yourself the following:

Psalms 119:165, “Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.” Great peace to those who love the law (Word) of God, not just a little, tiny, small peace but great peace.

Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” When a man’s way pleases the Lord then he is at peace, no enemy, no false religions commendation can take that peace from you. How do we please God, Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Want to please God, believe Him, your reward for faith in Him, peace.

Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” Jesus is the Prince of peace, peace is found only within Him, not through religion, but through relationship.  If you have been disfellowshipped, celebrate, for now you can have a meaningful relationship, you move from death into life, from turmoil into peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. 4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]”. It is faith in God that you obtain prefect peace, He prepares your life for you, why would you need a religion of falsehoods, of Theocratic warfare, you don’t, you need only God.

Isaiah 52:7, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns! This is the ministry of peace, if the Theocratic warrior is not bringing to you a life of peace in Christ, not in the Watchtower, then they are not of those who bring good tidings. What are those “good” tidings, it is the message of salvation in Christ, look at everything you are “in Christ”, it doesn’t get any better. He was the one who bought and paid for it with His life, for you. Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

Isaiah 54:10, “For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” Peace is an everlasting covenant, remember what the name of Jehovah means, how it is defined, “The God who keeps covenant and fulfills promises,” that’s how you win by following Him, not a religion, look also at how God sees you, with compassion, why is this important, we have said compassion is” to experience what another goes through, and have to power to change it” this Jehovah, and why would anyone subject themselves to the possible repercussions of not being service to Him, but instead serving a religion that has exporreated His name.

Your service of Him has the great rewards, family, friends, children, all will flock to you because of the peace that is upon you and surrounds you. Isaiah 54:13, And all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children.

Seek Him, forgive the Theocratic warriors, they can do nothing to you, steal nothing from you, they operate in satanic methods, but you can operate in God’s methods, destroy all the warfare, all the weapons of any enemy, we fear nothing, for in God, fear cannot exist. 2 Corinthians 10:4 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,  John 1:11-13) 11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—13 Who owe their birth neither to [a]bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!] Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

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The Theocratic Warrior and The Cross.

old rugged cross

Art by Mike Lingard, a kitchen helper of mine in 1985.

Warning Long Blog.

Grade two, do you remember yours, I certainly remember mine, in fact, it was so interesting I decided to stay there for a second year. Life during those two years of grade two was hard, harsh, lonely, wounding and full of hurt. Yet I believe that one of the greatest events of my life happen in grade two.  As a Jehovah’s Witness we were required to remain out in the hallway of our classroom while the morning exercises were taking place, the Lord’s Prayer, the singing of the national anthem, God Save The Queen, a scripture reading, daily announcements and then the singing of a hymn.

One day before school had begun once again, I had been beaten, actually this day tied to a fence near the school and whipped until I bled with weeping willow branches, (both the tree and I cried that day.) It is very hard for a young seven year to understand why he is hated for his religion but even more difficult for that little one to be brutally beaten day after day. We hear today very much about bullying in the media, being bullied would have been far better than what I endured during my years at C.R. Judd in Capreol . But as horrible as these years were (and still they would become worse), something would occur that not only would give me the power to endure, but would be the seed for something of far greater and be the most important event in my life. So this day began like so many others (not well) as soon as the teacher dismissed me out to the hallway, I began to cry for I knew that soon recess would be here and that meant a time of hiding and avoiding others are suffering another beating. The principal came on the PA system and began the morning exercises, “Let’s all stand for the Lords Prayer, now all sing God save the Queen. Now open your Gideon bibles Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Now finally please turn in your hymn books and let us sing George Bernards The Old Rugged Cross, so the school sang, and out in the lonely, dreaded hall came a gloirous chours:

“So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary.”

When this song ended, I shook, something very deep within me had occurred and I knew that I knew, I was changed. All the hurt and hateful emotions I had for my tortures seemed healed, I knew that God had something very important for me to do. I was only eight, but I knew I was changed. That Cross had something to do with it, I would spend many years seeking what. A difficult task to say the least for a person who was being raised in a faith that does not believe in the cross or the power of it.

The Cross is not just a Christian symbol, that has become “as the song says” so despised by the world, it is in fact, the very essence of Christianity. For without the deeds of that occurred upon the cross, Christianity would not be.  The Cross was the very plan of God, a secret held only to the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 (NKJV) 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The Devil and all his hordes could not, would not be able to cease the plan that God had placed in motion on the Cross, providing life eternal to those who would choose Him as their Lord and Savior, becoming born again into a brand new life in Him.

Theocratic Warriors in their deceptions, remove the cross, replace it with Christ dying on a pole, or stake.  This is again, another one of their doctrines that they change according to their “clearer understanding” philosophy, yet, it brings confusion while removing from Christ much of what occurred upon the cross. In their book  The Harp of God © 1921 on page 114 they show a picture of the crucified Christ, yet just a few years later they come to deny the event took place upon a cross.

The English word ‘crucifixion’ comes from the Latin, the language spoken by the Romans. The Latin word ‘crucifixio’ means ‘to fix to a cross’ and it is formed from the prefix ‘cruci’ from the Latin word ‘crux’ (‘cross’) and the verb ‘figere’ (‘to fix or attach’). To the Romans crucifixion meant the death penalty.  Although Greek was a common language of the time, it was not for the Romans, the Greeks had no such word for crucifixion, to describe the act they would take a word which was common and attempt to redefine it with a new definition, as what was done with the Greek word, ‘σταυρος’, which is stow-ross, which meant pole was taken and redefined as  ‘σταυροω’  meaning ‘crucifixio’ or, crucifixion. The word in modern Greek for ‘cross’ is ‘σταυρóς’ not a pole.  Can we not ask why some 3000 translations use the word “cross,” yet the Watchtower uses “torture steak”, 3000 are wrong?

Perhaps, it is best seen if we consider these word changes as ancient homonyms, a word that is spelled the same, yet with very different meanings. We must catch the mouse while we left click the mouse. How do you know when to “duck” when a “duck” is flying by.  The heavens are simply the sky above, the heavens are the home of God and His angels, could it be both.  Is a “pole” today, a stick, log, fishing rod, telescope or even a gun? If a stick, how do you crucify a person upon it? To cleave is to hold onto tightly, or, is it to chop something in half. Grave, is that where one is buried, or, the seriousness of a situation. The Lord does “reign” and He does “rain” down His love upon all of mankind.  After meeting with Thomas and the other disciples, He “rose” into the heavens, while the Holy Spirit filled the room with a sweet smell like that of the “rose” of Sharon. The English language is filled with such contradictions, as is the Greek, Latin, Roman and so many more languages. So when the bible states a cross is used in the 28 verses within the New Testament, it refers to a “cross” and not a “stake”, or was it a “steak.”

To cover the Theocratic Warfare meaning, they add the torture before stake, yet that word is found no where preceding the word cross, and is wholly an addition by the Watchtower translators, in an attempt to give credibility to something that has none, but, that is the entire idea of Theocratic Warfare. They attempt to use an artistic portrayal of the Christ on a stake as evidence of what took place in the time period, Justus Lipsius created an engraving of this. The problem lies in that Lipsius lived 1547-1606 AD, fifteen hundred years later does not a first hand account make, again a Theocratic Warfare deception, his picture came from his own “mind’s eye”, if in fact art is evidence, we must ask ourselves, doesn’t all the artist depicting Christ on the Cross, (thousands upon thousands) give us conclusive proof for the Cross?

Theocratic Warfare depicts Christ on the stake with hands nailed above His head, one nail through His hands and one through His feet, a depiction that contradicts the scripture, John 20:25 “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” King James Version (KJV) “his hands the print of the nails”  both hands had scarring from “nails” plural not singular, Thomas would have said the print of the nail, he watched, he knew,  both hands were nailed to the cross piece of the cross. It wasn’t His hands over His head as Theocratic Warriors state, but rather a small sign place there by Pilate, Matthew 27:37 “And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.” King James Version (KJV)

Writer after writer confirms the “Cross,” history shows the use of the cross as a method of capital punishment, Spartacus writes on how the Romans killed 6,000 slaves who were taken prisoner and were crucified along the Appian Way (the main road into Rome). Their bodies were left to hang on the “crosses” for several months as a warning to other slaves, he wrote this in 71AD, well before the appearance of Christ Jesus.

As a ‘a phallic symbol’ Theocratic Warriors believe that the Christian religions’ use of the cross in literature, as symbols for use in and on churches, jewelry and elsewhere is a form of idolatry, thus a need to redefine the symbol.

So why do we make such a fuss over the cross, does it really matter whether it was a “torture stake” or a “cross”?  Before the Cross, during the scourging Christ took upon Himself every sickness and disease, (as we have seen in a past writing) you “are” the healed, a study of the entire 53rd chapter of Isaiah provides the power that occurred during this event, 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” New International Version (NIV) Yet upon the cross freedom from sin was paid for and granted, ll the heaviness of guilt, depression, anxiety, every wicked and evil thing Satan may place upon you has been paid for, and you have become free from, because of the Cross. The Devil and all his hordes could not, would not, be able to cease the plan that God had placed in motion on the Cross to provide life eternal to those who would choose Him as their Lord and Savior.

Colossi ans 1:15-17

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

“By Him all things consist” nothing exists except through Jesus, He is not only the one who has redeemed us but He is God. From this one scripture we see that nothing can be except through Him.  Here Paul tells of many realms and that fact that all realms are created realms, none can be without the power of Christ holding them together. As we see in John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Take special note of the words “In Him was life” In Him the life that Jesus wanted to give was one of victory over the works of Satan, one of health and healing, prosperity so He placed that “In Him” then via the cross He placed that life “in us”.  John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

This life could come to us, but by only one way, that of the cross. The cross that Jesus gave His life for foiled  the plans of the devil and brought to us the plan of redemption in our very beings. 1 Corinthians 2:8-12,  8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. The Cross becomes the symbol that the enemy hates the very most, it is the reason so much opposition is made against.

The cross contains some very powerful freedoms for us. Beyond marking time BC (before the cross) and AD (after death upon the cross)

Upon the cross, Jesus, gave His life as ransom for many – Matthew 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mk 10:45; For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  I Tim. 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. This word “ransom” is used twice in the New Testament and carries with it the following meanings, 1) the price for redeeming, ransom, a) paid for slaves, captives, b) for the ransom of life, 2) to liberate many from the misery and the penalty of their sins. So we find liberty, freedom, from the enemies of God and ourselves, but freedom too from that which torments us inside. How great was the price that Jesus paid upon the Cross for this freedom, the ransom paid, no longer are we slaves to the whims of hose who desire only death and destruction for our lives. John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The ransom paid, the life abundant now ours, take hold of it and enjoy.

This redemption from death, hell and grave was hid from Satan and he could not see what was about to walk into his realm and bring utter destruction to him and his hordes. Hosea 13:14   I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. The Cross was the tool from which Jesus would bring such destruction.

From the cross Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished” – John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. In the Greek translated here these three words are actually only the one “finished” the work of redemption now complete, freedom for all who would choose to partake therein. The fight for man now complete and completely won. Justice served, the price paid, no longer could any charge God or any of His followers with the cost of anything that was lost at man’s fall.

All that was lost at the fall of Adam was regained in one word uttered by Jesus, finished, now the plan of restoration could begin and man could be bold to enter into the place that they could not go before the Cross, the very throne room of God. Prayer now became what God had lost with Adams fall, fellowship.

The heart of God for man is fellowship, His desire is just to meet with and walk and talk with you and I. Given that Jesus is everything and that He created all things (that means you and I) and in Him all exists then this fellowship is utterly important to us as to Him. John 1:1-6 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [a] it. (NKJV) Colossians 1:16-18 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (NKJV)

The answer to everything is within the fellowship you have with Him and if it had not been for the death of Him upon the Cross then that fellowship would never, could never have happened. You have a father who freely gave up that which He loved most so that you may be brought into that same level as Jesus on the throne, that you may have the most intimate fellowship with God, far beyond that which you may have had with any other. 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NKJV) truly finished was the plan to bring you back to God and great was the cost that Jesus paid for the completion of that plan upon the cross.

Paul uses the word “cross” to refer to “finished work” of God in Christ. What is it that is finished but the extracting of the power that flowed from the cross to us. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God And what power it is this, it is the Greek word Dunamis which carries the following meaning:

1) Strength power, ability

2) Inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth

3) Power for performing miracles

4) Moral power and excellence of soul

5) The power and influence which belong to riches and wealth

6) Power and resources arising from numbers

7) Power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

The power of the Cross brings to us the victory over the enemy, it brings strength to us when we are weak, it infuses the Love of God upon our hearts and raises us up to the highest places both on earth and in heaven. Ephesians 3:14-20  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The power of the Cross is your freedom, the conclusion of our newer more abundant life. Look at this verse in context from the Message Bible (MSG) Isaiah 53:2-6 “The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,  a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, though the was scum. But the fact is, it was our pain she carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself,  that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him,  that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.” This power touched the heart of a grade two student banned from partaking in a song, yet the song and the message of it still reached in and tugged on a small heart, which would lead to a redemption of a soul, a life, 12 years later. I could not escape that experience many times I would think of this experience and wonder, yet no one would explain the cross to me in discussions.

The crucifixion of Jesus upon the cross draws us into a life that frees us from all sin, sickness, disease, we are held together in spirit to Jesus. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Think about all that is unholy, unworthy, and unwanted, that which brings you into a state without joy, hope or what may be good and healthy for you. Then think that all this destruction was nailed to the Cross in the body of Jesus and there he destroyed it all, crying aloud “FINISHED”. Notice Paul lets us know when this life is to be lived, now, in the flesh, not when we get to heaven, or in some sweet by and by, but right now. Your faith in God is what ignites the power to perform what is required when it is required.

Many believe that God is the one who causes things to go wrong. Others believe that although God did not make the problem, He certainly knew about it and He should have put a stop to it, but because He did not, it had to be okay by Him.

Psalms 46:1-3,   To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

How is it that a God who is a help in a time of trouble could possibly be the same one that causes the trouble. Wouldn’t that mean He would be of two minds. Which of course is impossible with God.

The verse says that He is our refuge, this means that He is our escape, haven, resort, retreat, sanctuary and shelter. Which is exactly what one would seek in the midst of trouble, not the source of the trouble.

Notice too, the word “Selah” this word means, stop, wait a moment and contemplate, view the trouble from all points of view. Get a clear picture on the situation before making any kind of decision.

Back in verse 1 the next word we need to examine is the word strength, He is our energy, courage, fortitude, effectiveness, concentration, foundation, and our ability.

“A very present help” always near, why? To enforce His word against the trouble that you are in. But from where will His word proceed, from your mouth of course. If you speak that, God has caused this trouble to you, then how is He going to solve it for you. For then you will be taking sides with the one responsible for your problem, Satan.

“Therefore, we will not fear”, we are not alone in this problem. God is with us leading and guiding us, what can cause us to fear in the very presence of God? Nothing, Romans 8:37-39 sums it up in another way. We win.

Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So then if it is not God who is responsible for all the problems that we face on the earth today, and if is not God who allows them, then who? The word of God declares the troublemaker to be Satan, the god of this world system. We must understand that there is a difference between an instrument and a culprit.

Mark 8:31-33 Peter was the instrument, Satan the culprit.

Luke 13:10-17, Satan had bound this daughter of Abraham 18 years.

John 6:70, Judas was an apostle with all the power and abilities of the apostle (Matthew 10:1) yet Satan could take him.

Acts 5:1-11 Ananias & Sapphira spirit filled members of the first church, yet lost their lives because they became instruments of the devil. In some cases it is not enough to just blame the devil, we need to own up to our own involvement with him so that we might get free.

2 Corinthians 12:7 A messenger of Satan sent to cause Paul trouble.

1 Timothy 5:9-15 Women who turned aside after Satan, called silly.

1 John 3:8, If you commit sin it is of the devil.

When you begin to blame Satan for your problems, then you are on the road to recovery. It is Satan’s plan to make these works of the Cross to no avail, if Theocratic warriors can convince you that there was no cross, then you will begin to doubt the power of the cross, there can be no faith where there is doubt.

But why all the problems, the answer is simply, jealousy, Satan is jealous of man, jealous of all God has given to man, all of what was once Satan’s.

Ezekiel 28:11-19: (Lamas Translation ) Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: You were the seal of wisdom and the crown of beauty. You have been in Eden, the Garden of God; you were decked with every precious stone, the sardius, the topaz, and the emerald, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire and pearls; and have filled your treasuries with gold and your chests with precious stones; you had all these things from the day you were created. You were with the anointed cherub that shelters; and I have set you on the holy mountain of God; ad you were safe in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created till iniquity was found in you. By the multitude of your merchandise you have filled your land with iniquity and you have sinned therefore I will cast you from the mountain of God; and I will destroy you, O sheltering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Since your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, now your wisdom and your beauty are corrupted; I will cast you to the ground before kings, that you may be a spectacle before them. By the multitude of your frauds, and by the iniquity of your traffic, you have defiled your sanctuary; therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of you, and it shall devour you, and I will reduce you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who see you. All who know you among the people shall be astonished at you; you shall be brought to destruction and you never shall be any more.

The entire battle continue’s to blaze for the anointing, for as the verse describes the purpose of the anointing is to shelter, shelter you from all the problems and troublesome situations in life. As Satan twisted his purpose, he also twists the reason he was created, from sheltering to bringing destruction. That was the reason for Jesus to come, endure the cross and bring back the anointing to man.

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The anointing releases you from all your troubles and come to bring you into life, not just the get by kind of life, but the ZOE life of God. The God kind of Life. All burdens and yoke are destroyed and you walk in victory.  Isaiah 10:27

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. ”

John 8:30-32,  “As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

It is not the truth that makes you free, it is the truth that you know that will make you free. So go to the light of the world and use His words and come to know them then you truly will be free.

You have the power to render nil the trouble that Satan brings in your life and to do so powerfully.

Luke 10:19 

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Speak the word and Satan must obey.

It is the speaking and living in the Word that God use to bring you into victory.

Mark 16:15-20

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

We have read it before, but read once again, showing us the power of the Grace, the power of the Cross.

Romans 8:37-39. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Cross is the pathway to heaven for any who desire to journey there, without the Cross and the sacrifice that Jesus made thereon, no one could ever or could ever find their way into the realm of heaven.

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Theocratic Warfare \ Righteousness

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The Theocratic War is about deception, that deception is to lead a person into religion which takes them from God and what He is all about. Simply, twisting words to validate the theocracy leads to the goal, someone given to accepting what is written may easily fall for this method of deception. Theocratic warriors must quickly learn the “art” of twisting and manipulating words, for they know the power of words and how one’s life is enhanced, empowered or corrupted by those words, therefore when a corrupt word is infused into one’s soul, strongly with conviction,  that person will give their very life to be faithful to that word, even though is is false and leads to destruction. Theocratic Warriors have been taught that the Watchtower has changed scripture verses for “clear meaning and clarification” yet in reality the words have been changed to validate false and life destroying doctrine. Look at how they’re replacing the word grace with “undeserved kindness” actually take from Christ His deity, which of course follows after their doctrine that Christ is not God but “a god.”

“Undeserved Kindness. The Greek word kha’- ris occurs more than 150 times in the Greek Scriptures and is rendered in a variety of ways, depending on the context. In all instances the central idea of kha’ris is preserved-that which is agreeable ( lPe 2: 19, 20) and winsome. (Lu 4:22) By extension, in some instances it refers to a kind gift ( lCo 16:3; 2Co 8: 19) or the kind manner of the giving. ( 2Co 8:4, 6) At other times it has reference to the credit, gratitude, or thankfulness that an especially kind act calls forth.-Lu 6:32-34; Ro 6:17; lCo 10: 30; 15:57; 2Co 2: 14; 8: 16; 9: 15; lTi 1: 12; 2Ti 1 : 3. On the other hand, in the great majority of occurrences, kha’ris is rendered “grace” by most English Bible translators. The word “grace,” however, with some 14 different meanings does not convey to most readers the ideas contained in the Greek word. To illustrate: In John 1:14, where the King James Version says “the Word was made flesh … full of grace and truth,” what is meant? Does it mean “gracefulness,” or “favor,” or what?”  Insigths on the Scriptures, Jehovah – Zuzim and Index , Volume 2, page 155, © 1988 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA, INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (this is a type of expository dictionary, by the Watchtower for the followers of the Watchtower, providing a way for the students to study scripture from  their point of view. )

Kindness from Strong’s reads as follows: chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness. In today’s English: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, usefulness.  So what of the word “Grace” something the verse states Jesus The Word, was full of, whereas, kindness is a part of grace, it certainly does encompass all that grace is, the fullness of the Word is that very grace. It was the motivation of the Father to send His Son, it was the motivation of the Son, to gift us with the Holy Spirit, and it is the motivation of the Holy Spirit to pour out upon all the power that is encompassed within the “fullness of grace.”

An acronym defines grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense — G-R-A-C-E. We see that power of Grace in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” King James Version (KJV) This was a kindness, yet far more than a kindly act, it was the very heart of God poured out upon man so that He may have His long sought after fellowship again with man, you and I, this took the very power of God, grace to forgive, grace to give, grace to shed blood, grace to pour of His spirit, grace to be Jehovah the God who makes covenant and fulfills promises. Grace to come to Him by faith, grace to walk a life in faith, grace to stand on His Word regardless of the circumstances, grace to hope when there seems to be no more hope and all is lost, grace to see beyond the circumstance. Romans 4:16-20 “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”  King James Version (KJV)

Grace empowers us to go beyond kindness and into the realm of being the servant of God, kindness, at times, may leave us powerless, grace gives us the power. Think of seeing a need and through kindness you have a desire to answer it, but you have no wherewithal to completely answer the need. However, by grace you find you rise above kindness and it infuses faith within, faith then gifts you the answer to the need, and compassion (to experiencing what another undergoes, and having the power to change it) with grace meets it.  2 Corinthians 9:8-11 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” King James Version (KJV)

We saw this in the ministry of Jesus. He was moved with compassion, and from that He answered the need, giving the grace of a miracle to the needy. Mark 1:41 “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” King James Version (KJV) Here we see another great example of grace as well, the willingness of the Lord to heal, for all those who question is it God’s “will” to heal, this put an end to that debate.  As a matter of course, those who have their eyes set upon the Lord will experience His grace, within that is the power to heal. It wasn’t kindness that brought healing, it was compassion, and compassion that was empowered by Grace.

When we approach God, we approach a kind and benevolent Lord, yet we do not approach the throne of kindness, (although the Lord is kind) we approach the throne of Grace. We come boldly, why, because God has the answer which we require, Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” King James Version (KJV)

“Full of Grace and Truth” The Almighty is the only one to have this as a personality quality, we have read in Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” King James Version (KJV) All of God, God of All, in Him there is all fullness,  overflowing power, never has anyone come to God to find Him empty of power to meet their needs, He is full, filled with the very power of the Godhead. Perhaps you could come to Him with a problem He has never faced, He would simply create for you the solution, for He is God, and in Him resides all that God is.  Every Grace you need is within Him, then when you have your answer He pours out even more Grace as only God can do, heaping upon you grace upon grace. John 1:16 “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” King James Version (KJV) Grace is best define as love giving of itself.

The Truth verses “The Truth”

In our last chapter we look at the nickname of the theocratic warrior, “The Truth” and found that there may be none, in our verse here, John 1:14, it states Jesus was full of Grace and Truth, as Grace is love giving itself, truth is its manifestation, the manifestation of reality. What we see may not be true, the “I won’t believe it unless I see it” just what we do not see may be true. Very few people have ever seen a blue whale, most believe them to exist, they are true. Truth is the presentation of what is hidden, revealing what may be secret, the stripping away of all that is false.  Jesus presented as the only way, therefore the only truth.

Men bound by evil, demon possessed, sick, dying, full of various diseases, all these were the truth they knew, yet Jesus showed they were all lies, He is truth, with His Word all those evils departed. Before Him all that any man knew was darkness, He became their light, in darkness, Satan works by placing heavy weights upon the hearts of man, until they believe that is the truth of their life. In Christ light came revealing what joyful lives man can really live, verse 4 of chapter 1 of John, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” There can be no greater truth. A loveless religion cannot embrace truth, even if they brand themselves as such. Men brand they’re truth as the only way to God,  yet the one full of Grace and Truth states something much different, something more profound, something so much simpler than all that doctrine. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” King James Version (KJV) If you seek Truth, if you seek Life, if seek God the Father, then seek no further than Christ Himself.

Kindness may comfort you, Grace will lead you and empower you.  In the Old Testament we see, Grace, leads Noah into salvation for his family and the world. Grace, blesses Abraham with a son even though Sarah laughed in doubt. Grace, uplifts and fortifies Joesph for what lay before Him, saving an entire nation. Grace, guided Moses through 40 years of testing and trials. Grace, freedom three from fiery furnaces. Grace, kept David as the chosen one of God. Grace, saved Rahab, gave childless children, gave sight to the blind, kept, saved and gave abundance to Job. In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 we learn by grace the blessing of God comes upon us, overtakes us, we cannot make any move in our life without these blessings being poured out upon us, why? But for Grace.

Our sins stop us from getting into His grace, the theocratic warriors kicks those who fall out into the grasp of death, if they die or should take their life as a disfellowshipped person or their brand of apostasy, “it is too bad, so sad, move along, nothing to see here.” But Grace says no, it says Come, truth say I see you forgiven, Jesus said, Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” King James Version (KJV) How lofty is the unrighteous who declare another a sinner, the power of forgiveness lies not in their power to allow you to enter into the kingdom of darkness, but rather forgiveness lies in the hand of He who sees the sinner as righteous. GRACE SEES YOU AS RIGTHEOUS, this is not kindness, this is the power of God fusing the soul and the heart of the righteous.Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” King James Version (KJV)

“Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of the Father without a sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority–as though sin had never existed”.

Righteousness is the view God has of you, through Christ Jesus. How is the person born again in Jesus Christ as seen by God, He does not see that person is light of past errors, no, He sees them as clean, whole and pure, because He sees they are covered by the shed blood of Jesus, the light of Life, the one full of Grace and Truth. As our reading of Romans 5 shows us in verse 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) It is that abundance of Grace, and the gift of  righteousness, we stand side by side with Christ, life giving righteousness by Jesus. Verse 21 “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:30, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. King James Version. Therefore the ability to receive revelation from, and, by God, must come through righteousness. If one lives a life of condemnation or is critical of oneself, there is very little opportunity for God to speak to that person’s heart. They must see themselves as pure and clean, respecting the blood that Jesus shed on their behalf. This, of course, gives no license to sin, but rather it is the ability within to resist sin, to see Satan overthrown in their life.

Through His blood sacrifice Christ has been made unto us:

The power of God, 1 Corinthians 1:24

The wisdom of God, 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30

The holiness of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30

The redemption of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30

The righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians 1:30

It is through the righteousness of God that the other four areas are infused into us, how is it possible for one to believe that he\she has the power of God to defeat the enemy, if that one does not believe they are righteous? They cannot, so the understanding of righteousness is absolutely vital to the well being of the successful Christian life.

The word righteousness is an old English word for “right-wiseness”, it is then more than just doing what is right, it is right thinking, right walking, right living. None of which can be accomplished by living a life outside of Christ Jesus. All the achievement that comes through right-wiseness comes, from the dedicated, sold out living one does, to, for and in Jesus Christ.

Righteousness not only requires a lifestyle of right living, but it also demands one of justice, one that is of reality in such areas as being, equitable, fair, faithful and truthful. It is therefore the setting of the standards by which ones moral lifestyle is placed into judgement only to be found without reproach. Righteousness is the living a life of such high standards that even our worst enemies can find no accusing faults within us. This would mean embodying the entire law of God in every area of our life.

Justification, is exoneration and vindication of living the right lifestyle, which has been instilled in us by; God, Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit, the blood of Jesus, grace, truth, faith, prayer, and obedience. In other words, by a commitment to living a life in these areas.

A lifestyle of righteousness can be likened very much to the examples of King Solomon found in Proverbs, that he encourages all to live within. One needs but chose to live what he has written in order to obtain righteousness. A study of one Proverb each day will cause a lifestyle of high integrity and morality to abound from one in all areas of living.

Righteousness is Grace by Faith and not by Works

Romans 9:30-33, “What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone: As it is written, Behold I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and a rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed”. King James Version

No matter how much we work to be good, we will never acquire the righteousness that can only come through Jesus Christ. We all come up short, there would always be something within our lives that hold us back from succeeding in doing what is right, until the time when Jesus comes into our hearts. Then it is no longer what we do that wins us favor and makes us pure with God, it becomes all that Christ has done for us.

While the theocratic warriors are quick to kick anyone out of the their “kingdom”, while the Watchtower will not reveal the “truth” on this topic, an estimate of 70,000 (plus) people, are disfellowshipped each year, there is no display of undeserved kindness, simply a group of sinful men, judging another’s sin. They place their laws after laws for each congregate to adhere to, those who do not, out they go for “conduct unbecoming a Christian,” yet if one denies Christ with His power of Grace and Truth, how are any Christian? Theocratic warriors attempt to perform good works for God, believing, that if these are good enough. Then they will gain favor from God, thus receiving that which is necessary to enter into the heavenly realms or, to live forever on earth in a perfect paradise. Their faith is not in Christ Jesus, but rather in a false hope that if the works are good enough, and, there are enough of them, then this will win them that favor they so desperately seek. However, Isaiah says in chapter 64 verse 6, that this is just not so, one who is unclean cannot bring righteousness forth. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” It is for that reason we must accept the redemption of Jesus’ blood, which gives us the ability to stand before God, full of faith, clean and pure. The ultimate goal of every Christian should be providing God with pleasure, Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” God gets His pleasure from those who do all things by faith. Therefore, we must by faith reach forth, and receive our righteousness, our salvation, our freedom any sin, it is the shed blood of Jesus made us clean, by faith we receive it, then walk in the purity of it in our soul and spirit. This something no man can judge or take from you. Know that heaven will be filled with those who are considered “unworthy” of the theocratic kingdom for performing the action, the only one that will matter to a Christian, faith in God.

The acquiesce to faith brings one into the heavenly realm, instead of working to obtain righteousness, they are righteous, therefore because they are, they then go forth and perform works of righteousness. We work, not because we have to, we work because we know what faith and righteousness has done within us, desiring others to come to the same knowledge. Therefore, although our works will not bring us into righteousness, faith, will, we work because we have faith, righteousness is shown in our works. There is no advancement in Christ Jesus when all one does are works, advancement comes through works that are faith motivated and not soulishly motivated. Therefore the equation is, Righteousness by Faith equals works of faith. James 2:14-18, & 26, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother and sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things needful to the body; what doth it profit. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.

However, although we work not to achieve righteousness, and, it is a free gift, we must ever be on our guard to maintain a righteous lifestyle. Satan will ever be attempting to deceive us, trying to cause us to fail, thus falling into a lifestyle of unrighteousness.

Righteousness is Living Sin Free

Righteousness is first and foremost being obedient to the life of faith in the Word of God. Learn the four great principals of conquest over disobedience or any area that would steal from us our righteousness. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled”.

The four principals found here then are:

  1. A) Destruction of strongholds, vs 4.
  2. B) Casting down imaginations, vs 5.
  3. C) Bringing into captivity every thought, vs 5.
  4. D) Having a readiness to avenge all disobedience, vs 6.

Satan will try to establish certain strongholds in our lives so that we may not obtain the life of victory that God would have us obtain. So what are these strongholds, many of them are the feeble arguments put forth by the flesh, as to why one should do, or, continue doing that which against the righteous way of living. For example strife, it is one of the best strongholds of Satan, for he knows that when he gets one into an argumentative mode they will progress in only one direction, hell, which is really to regress. As long as he can keep others in strife as to who is right and who is wrong, no one will be right. Once an argument has broken out, then there is no longer a right one, both are now wrong. God’s way is that of peace, Satan’s way is that of strife, no-one can be right, preforming ways of unrighteousness, the ways of sin, the way of disobedience.

Next we learn that we are to “cast down imaginations”, the word imaginations come from the Greek word, “logismos”, its root word is “logos”, which means the thoughts, reasoning’s, computations of the heart.

We are cautioned that once a stronghold has taken hold of us, we may be able to break free from it by casting the thought down. Or, rejecting the very essence of the thought, we are not to reason it out in our minds, how are we able to walk in the righteousness of the Lord, and, hold onto whatever the thought is seeded in the heart? It simply will not work, James says, “a double minded person is unstable in all his ways”. He becomes unstable, for he has calculated what his risk may be to compromise the Word in his life, and is he willing to take the risk. Instead, he should literally speak (aloud) to the thought, to be removed, and go from his mind, guarding his heart from any root the stronghold may be attempt to place therein.

We must heed the same advice that David gave to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a prefect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, He will found of thee, but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever”. God knows what we are thinking, His desire is that we spend our time with thoughts of Him, on His Word. When thoughts contrary to His Word plague our minds, we need to run to His Word and drive them out, putting the Word to our lips and speaking it forth, this is the process of casting down imaginations and wicked thoughts.

Paul encouraged the Philippian church to think only on those things which would prevent any imaginations of discouragement, grief, frustration, loneliness or anxiety. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. What greater way could any have than to put that which is of the highest standards in one’s life. These standards can only flow from the Highest One, Jesus Christ and by His Word. When the theocratic warriors appear at your door, you may qualify what they are saying by the standard above. Is it true, is it honest, is it just, is it pure, is it lovely, does it comfort you, heal you, free you, if not then cast it off, throw it down.

The third recommendation given to us, is to free us from preforming any disobedience, we are to bring every thought into captivity. This shows that we are in a battle, a war, over who will rule our minds, will the Word rule, or, will the thoughts of the flesh fueled by Satan take control? Certainly the warning is, that if we do not take our thoughts captive, then we will be the ones held prisoner. What is implied is that we will be the ones lead away and incarcerated in a prison made of bars of negative and dysfunctional thoughts. Thoughts designed to bring us into death grip, bringing our lives to the brink of extinction, simply because of thoughts gone wild.

We may win the battle of the mind by turning all our thoughts to and upon Jesus. We must remember the worst kind of thoughts one may have are those of worry, distress and care. Jesus showed us in Mark 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  One of the greatest hindrances to walk in faith, and, therefore righteousness was the influence of the daily “cares” of this world. The dictionary defines care as: worry, concern, anxiety, solicitude, distress, over charged attention to a certain matter, concern, trouble, and pains.

Is it any wonder that we must take such things captive? What do we do with such thoughts once we have gained superiority over them? Peter gives us the solution, 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you”. No worries, as the Aussie saying goes, you place all your worries upon Jesus Christ, He is the righteous one, well able to take all care upon Himself. He goes on to say in verse 8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour”. Peter didn’t say he was a lion he said “as” a lion, therefore the devil once again is using deception to appear like what he is not. In the hope that you will give in and surrender your thought life over to him, DON”T DO IT. Take all his dirty thoughts captive and cast them up Jesus who is the Loin of Judah, well able to devour the devil and his minions. If you don’t cast them on Christ, look what happens just because of care, you get devoured,  we see the same desire of the devil, and the same victory in Chrtist in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The final principle of the four principals was that we are to have a readiness to avenge all disobedience. Our righteousness is dependant upon our willingness to follow after the paths of life that Jesus has set out in His Word. Disobedience will lead us far from that course and the resultant factor will be destruction by Satan as we move into a realm of strife, contention and constant conflict.

Disobedience is translated from two Greek words: apeitheia, to be obstinate, rebellious, in unbelief: and parakoe, inattention, heedlessness, negligent. To operate in disobedience to the Lord, His Word, or even his servants who minister from the Word is to be in rebellious unbelief. Hebrews 2:1-3, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him”. How do you escape when you’re in rebellion, or unbelief? You can’t.

We cannot continue to place blame on God for our unanswered prayers, when the key reason is that we will not listen and obey. Too many are whining to their leaders and the leaders are saying “don’t come to me any longer until you are ready to do what you’ve been instructed to do already”. If one insists on being negligent to the Word, and will not pay attention or give heed to what they have been instructed to do, they cannot except that desire to come to pass through God’s intervention. Disobedience is the scourge that steals the hearts of its victims, carrying them off into eternal captivity. We must come to our Lord with a willingness to listen and to act upon the knowledge of the Word.  Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch over for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you”. We must know that the leaders who are guide, us must have our very best in heart and mind, this cannot be accomplished by disfellowshipping and branding people as “apostates” we must ask, are the leaders following the precepts of Christ, if not, we are to obey Christ Himself. In a leader you must see Jesus, that leader must be doing what Jesus did, if they deny the works of Christ then they are not qualified to be your leader. Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” King James Version (KJV) Every Christian should be teaching others what Christ can do in their life to bring love, joy and peace, this you want to follow. Burden a person with what Christ died to free them from can only lead to trouble, then one should run from such a leader. We are all part of that priesthood, all share the duty of leading and guiding, so all should take it very seriously.

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” King James Version (KJV) The word “peculiar” here means “Gods own special treasure,” he will not cast His treasure off, so too, our leaders should not be casting they’re treasure off as well.

In Exodus 19:5, we find that it is obedience that brings us into the realm of being Gods own special chosen treasure. “Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all the people, for all the earth is mine”. The Hebrew word for peculiar treasure is “cegullah”, it is more accurately translated as “shut up wealth”. God see’s those of obedience as His wealth, wealth that He has shut up or put away for just His enjoyment. God’s conviction is to always do that which will protect His valuables, the obedient are such.

As we now see that disobedience results in defeat, death and destruction, but what reward is there for obedience. The Word gives us many promises when we obey, some of the blessing may be found in Deuteronomy 4, you should study these out then make them your goal for living. For it is in obedience that righteousness are sealed.

Dake defines the blessings from this chapter as:

1)         Long life. vs 1,4,10,40

2)         Success. vs 1,5, 40

3)         Mercy & Judgement. Vs 3

4)         Wisdom & Understanding. Vs 6

5)         Known the world over for wisdom and knowledge. vs 6,7

6)         Closer walk with God. vs 7

7)         Answers to prayer.

8)         Prefect code of life. vs 8

9)         Good and lasting memories. vs 9

10)    Given the truth to teach your children. vs 9,10

11)       Learning the fear of God, the beginning of wisdom. vs 10, (Pr.1:7)

12)       Preservation from corruption. vs 16-19

13)       Being a special people unto God. vs 20

14)       Share in the inheritance. vs 20,38

15)       An unbreakable covenant with Jehovah. vs 23

16)       Faithfulness of God. vs 31

17)       Manifestation of God. vs 32-34

18)       Proof that Jehovah is God. vs 35,39

19)       Victory over our enemies. vs 38

20)      Prosperity. vs 40

21)       Blessing upon our children. vs 40

We must give special, continuing consideration to the advice of the Apostle Paul gave in Romans 6:12-16, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those alive from the dead, and your instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”.

The Revelation of God, therefore comes through living a lifestyle free of sin, being righteous because of Christ Jesus within us. Remember, righteousness by faith equals works of faith, the equation now becomes, freedom from sin equals righteousness by faith equals works of faith equals revelation of God.

Next will delve deeper into The Theocratic warrior and The Cross.

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Theocratic Warfare &The Law – Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus

As we have previously stated, The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (AKA, Jehovah’s Witnesses) have a doctrine that justifies, and allows them to deliberately “lie” in court, at the doors, and to the people they meet in their so called “ministry”. They term this sanctioned lying as “Theocratic Warfare”, they become the theocratic warrior, we have shown this from their own writing and printed material, as well as actual court cases.

Of course scripture gives us a clear warning of groups and people like this and that we certainly should stay clear of such. Romans 3:10-13 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: King James Version (KJV) Those of who have suffered under their heavy hand, and dangerous doctrine and who have been blessed by their act of disfellowshipping have come to learn what the Latin term: Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus, False in one thing, false in all. Religion and Faith is the true place we must go to, to build ourselves up and strengthen our belief in God.  However, if the leaders of that faith are liars, not only liars but advocate the practice of lying, how can it be trusted to lead one to redemption?

If one doctrine is false, then all must be viewed as false. If one cannot be trusted, then none can be trusted.  Exodus 20:16 “You shall not testify falsely [that is, lie, withhold, or manipulate the truth] against your neighbor (any person).” Amplified Bible (AMP) There is no codicil, that states “its okay to lie when you believe it will prove a belief, or defend your faith. The moment the lie is spoken is the moment the faith is nullified and of no value. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible, all 66 books of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (the Old and New Testaments), is the inspired, infallible word of God. The Bible contains “the truth”—everything humans need to know to please God and gain eternal life. In fact, this is why they state that they belong to “The Truth”, yet that nick name is of no significance as they also practice the Theocratic Warfare doctrine. False in one thing, false in all.

As subjects of God’s government, or Kingdom, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe they should “witness” about it to others. They should give its laws priority, so with this in mind let us look to the “law” so we may be faithful to it and not be found false. Look at their own words, the opening paragraph of their “Let God Be True” book, (long consider the book that established their doctrine)

“MORE and more the eyes of honest-hearted men and women are getting open to see the world’s religious confusion and the inconsistency of the religious leaders who say one thing and do  another. Thinking that those religionists represent and speak for God, many sincere persons begin to wonder if any truth at all exists on earth. They come to the frame of mind of a man of old who wrote in his disappointment: “I indeed said in my despondency, Every man is a liar.”* They are discouraged and sigh within themselves. Doubtless, though, when they hear the pure ring of the truth sounding forth from the right source, despite earth’s religious jangling, they will recognize it and will gladly accept and hold it.” pg 7, par 1, * Quoted from the Bible, at Psalm 116 : 11, Leeser’s translation

So under the Theocratic Warfare system, there can be no ring of truth, they discourage, and produce “religious jangling”. On the next pages of the same book, “To arrive at truth we must dismiss religious prejudices from heart and mind. We must let God speak for himself. Any other course would lead only to further confusion. What if men, religious and non-religious, have discredited and belittled the Bible and have placed their own or other men’s opinions and traditions above the Bible? What if religious leaders have rejected the Bible’s straight testimony? What if the highly esteemed clergy of “Christendom” have been found false and misleading? Do these shocking and disappointing facts change the Bible itself or its message of truth? Sound thinking assures us that the true and living God must have given searching mankind some inspired written revelation about Himself. That being so, then let our stand be that of one of the writers of the Bible who said: “What if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God? God forbid: yea, LET GOD BE FOUND TRUE, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, and mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.”* Let God Be True, ©1946, pages 8-9 *Quoted from Romans 3 :3,4, American Standard Version.

Here we see, in their own words, the fact that their Theocratic Warfare doctrine is one that is truly foul. They have forgotten the name by which they operate, Jehovah, but with Him and within Him there cannot be found a lie, no, not even the thought of lying. Hebrews 6:18-19 “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” King James Version (KJV) Why can God not lie, it is because every word that proceeds from His mouth happens, the very reason we cling to and speak forth His promises, His Word. What are the two immutable things? The first is His Word, He gives it, He will not change what He has spoken, God won’t change His mind, His promise is not capable of or susceptible to change. He cannot change His mind. The other is what is has spoken or promised “will” take place. Every promise of God has a fulfillment, He swore by Himself, since there is no one greater than Himself, he will not allow His name to become of no worth, by it, all is complete. The Theocratic Warrior must begin to heed their namesakes example, no lie must ever pass their lips, even if the spoken truth tears down one their many false doctrines.

The Theocratic Warrior believes the law was abolished, that under grace, one has a new less restrictive life, they state;

“ONE of the foremost students of Theocratic law the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome: “Ye are not under the law but under grace.” (Romans 6 : 14) To the Hebrew Christians in general he wrote “A previous command is set aside on account of its weakness and uselessness (for the Law made nothing perfect) and there is introduced a better Hope by means of which we can draw near to God.” Hebrews 7 : 18 19 Moffatt.

To make certain whose law it was that was set aside or abolished Paul wrote to the uncircumcised Gentile Christians at Ephesus saying : “So remember that you were once physically heathen and called uncircumcised by those who called themselves circumcised though only physically by human hands. At that time you had no connection with Christ you were aliens to the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the agreements about God s promise; with no hope and no God in all the world. But now through your union with Christ Jesus you who were once far away have through the blood of Christ been brought near. For he is himself our peace. He has united the two divisions, and broken down the barrier that kept us apart, and through his human nature put an end to the feud between us [Jews and Gentiles], and ABOLISHED THE LAW with its rules and regulations, in order to make peace and create out of the two parties one new man by uniting them with himself, and to kill the feud [or the enmity] between them with his cross and in one body reconcile them both to God with it .” (Ephesians 2 : 11-16, Goodspeed) This proves it was Jehovah’s law that was annulled or abolished.- See also Colossians 2 : 13-17, to show further that no mere man blotted out the law of God here concerned .

‘The law that was nailed to the tree of  Christ’s death was the Mosaic law. It is called “the law of Moses”, not because he originated it ; for Moses did not do so . But it was because he was the go-between in handing over the law from God to the nation of Israel . (Exodus 34 : 27,28 ; John 1 : 17) The “law” being Theocratic and being given under glorious, aweinspiring conditions at Mount Horeb, it would seem to be perpetual, everlasting, beyond recall, as eternal as its Lawgiver . So it causes many to be amazed when informed that such law was abolished and brought to an end by Jehovah, and that no creatures on earth, not even the Jews, are any longer under it . Some religionists, fearing that such abolition of all the law covenant must produce bad moral effects, put up a strange argument . They claim two laws were given to the Jews, (1) God’s law, written by Him, and (2) Moses’ law, written by him . They claim the one was the moral law and the other was the ceremonial law ; and that the ceremonial law was abolished, but not the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments . They claim that in saying to Christians, “Ye are not under the law, but under grace,” Paul meant the ceremonial law, not the Ten Commandments including the sabbath law.” Let God Be True, ©1946, pages 170-172

The first thing that grips our hearts is the reality of the law. Its purpose is not to bring us into bondage, but to release from Satanic servitude. The law does not confine us, it does just the opposite, it frees us. We must never forget Jesus’ words regarding His mission that centered on the law. Matthew 5:17-18, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am come not to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”. King James Version

There can never be any doubt, that the Word of God is not forever settled in heaven, it is, therefore it should be forever settled in our hearts, as well. Everything on earth, everything in heaven, operates according to the divine law that God has established for it. Why then do we rebel against a plan that is pure perfection, could it be we are just foolish, choosing not to allow the Word of God to have its rightful place in our hearts? Psalm 119:89-93, “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this according to thine ordinances: for they all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou has quickened me”. King James Version (KJV)

The Theocratic Warrior today is condemning the law of God, they are more than just misunderstood, they are wrong. As Jesus Christ fulfills the law of the Lord, every covenant,  every promise made therein becomes our way to freedom, deliverance, health and prosperity. These come into our lives by the words we speak, God acts, as does His angels on His Word spoken from your mouth, Daniel 10:12 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” King James Version (KJV) Your words are heard, where they count, speak those words and see the hand of God move greatly, on your behalf.

What has been considered by some as restrictions on their way of life, is actually the way to liberty, certainly when received through the knowledge within the law. It is the most ignorant (unlearned) who reject the law, after all, if it is the way, the instructions and teachings of God, why would any reject it? Only those deluded by Satan could possibly do so, only those who have given their lives over to the way of the flesh find little value in living a life of uncompromising integrity that comes from the Word of God.

Many have forgotten that the law of the Lord is exactly that, His way of directing and instructing, therefore it is Him performing His covenant and fulfilling His promises in our lives, causing us to become completely dependent upon Him. Psalm 19:7-11, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them is great reward”. King James Version (KJV)

The law is described here in various words causing differing blessing to come as they are accompanied by a specific promise.

Vs.7,The law,Perfection, Conversion of the soul

Vs.7, The testimony,Surety, Wisdom

Vs.8,The statutes, Rightstanding, Exultation of the heart

Vs.8, The commandments, Purity, Enlightenment of the mind

Vs.9, The fear, (request), Cleanliness, Patience for eternity

Vs.9, The judgement, Truth, Righteousness

From these, we quickly learn that the intent of God is that those who will be dedicated to the Law of the Lord, will live in blessing and the fulfillment of His promise. Notice that none is given to cause affliction, rather, all are given for your benefit. The resulting factor is that when they are taken in the manner in which they are given, they become sweet, tasty, a tool of protection, the way to the rewards of God. The outpouring of God grace.

Anyone who would make the false claim that God is doing nothing for them on their behalf is certainly not following the law of the Lord. We can be certain of this one thing, those who are faithful to the Law of the Lord, or who live according to it, are sure to see their lives come into complete harmony, and enjoy rich heavenly ordained blessings.

We must not allow the statement from the above verse to slip by us, for within it is the key to receiving revelation, the revelation of the law of the Lord. The statement is “More are they to be desired”, What is that you are desiring, if it is not the law of the Lord then perhaps it is time to re-evaluated your priorities. All of what the Lord offers you is in His Word, all of your desire should be placed upon it. Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily shalt thou be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of your heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass”. All desire must be formulated in God, and then, finalized, according to His Word and then success is sure to have its way in your life as it is fueled from the Word itself, becoming pure, holy, true and righteous.

The revelation of the law may be experienced best by a personal study of the Book of Psalms and especially the 119 Psalms. While you study it, be sure to keep your spiritual eyes open for lessons regarding the word of God from the following verses.

Vs.1, The law of the Lord.

Vs.3, Revelation of His ways.           Vs.4, The code of His precepts.

Vs.5, A list of His statutes.                 Vs.9, The source of cleansing.

Vs.24, A ready counselor.                  Vs.25, The source of life.

Vs.28, A tower of strength.                Vs.30, The way of truth.

Vs.40, The way of righteousness.      Vs.41, The way of salvation.

Vs.49, The source of hope.                 Vs.52, The source of comfort.

Vs.70, A source of delight.                  Vs.72, Better than wealth.

Vs.76, The promise of mercies.          Vs.98, The source of wisdom.

Vs.99, The source of knowledge.       Vs.101, Obedience to the Word.

Vs.103, The pathway of life.               Vs.111, The source of joy.

Vs.116, A help in a time of trouble.   Vs.130, The source of light.

So cling to the word and know that through it you will be established, in all the gifts and calling of God, including revelation knowledge.

All too often we are negligent of not walking in the ways of the Lord, this basically is because we are not informed enough to know such ways, which are found is the Law of the Lord. The lack of information comes through choice, simply not wanting to know, through lethargy, simply not doing what we know, or, a combination of both. In order to receive revelation of God, we not only must know God as the Way, know the Law (Word of God), we must do that which we know. By having both the Way and Law settled forever within our hearts we will automatically walk in the ways of God.

3 John 2-4, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth”. King James Version. The first key we learn from this verse is that we are to walk in truth. Not a temporal truth, that is subject to change according to the whims and wishes of the one projecting what they call truth. All truth will withstand one test, does it come in line with what scripture has to say. If it does not then reject it entirely since it is not truth. Although the Watchtower has given itself the nickname “The Truth” it is quickly seen that it is not, nor can it be, while they advocate a doctrine of Theocratic Warfare, there is no truth in a lie.

Knowing truth, is the reason that we should learn not to trust our senses, for they will surely bring us to ruin. You see the senses will show you only that which you desire to see. The eyes may say to you that all you can see is all the world is made up of. We of course know that such a statement is false, yet we insist on saying “I’ll believe it when I see”, most of us have never seen the North or South poles yet we know that they exist, simply because they have been proven to do so. Truth is much deeper than the senses, the truth always shows the senses that there is a greater, much deeper way, the way of the Word. Should we not therefore walk in it, of course we should.

Isaiah has reminded us that God’s way is the better way to go. Isaiah 55:8-9,”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts”. King James version. God way is the way of truth, then we must learn God’s way, through our own study of His Word. John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” King James Version (KJV) It is the truth that you know, that makes you free. Truth is always there, but if you do not know it, if you are ignorant to it, it can do you no good.The very reason you must allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide into all truth, and not some man made doctrine. Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” King James Version (KJV)  However, many have twisted this scripture and to form the opinion that “the truth will make you free”. Not so, it is the truth that you know is the truth makes you free. Many have died from what Jesus as Soterion freed them from, not because of His redeeming power did not work, rather because they lacked knowledge that it does work. To say “Jesus saves”, but not believe that Jesus heals is rejecting His work, and therefore it is rejecting the truth openly, causing the way to death by sickness and disease. It is the truth you know that makes you free.

Truth is the reality of every matter, or any situation. It takes the Word of God within our hearts to bring us into such a reality. We must develop the attitude that when all else is false, only God is truth, therefore we walk in the way of truth, as given to us by God through His Word and granted by the Soterion Jesus Christ, for He is the embodiment of truth.

Remember that as Soterion Jesus has declared,” I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me”. John 14:6. Therefore the truth that we know, what we must continue in, is that our life in Jesus Christ is one of victory, making Him Lord over all our ways. We must walk daily in His ways, following His steps, so that truth flows from us like a river of life.

We must choose to make the words of our mouth to be only that which is truth. We cannot establish any part of our lives upon that which may not be true. By speaking forth the Word of God, we cause ourselves to ever be in the covenant of God, we say like Solomon said in Proverbs 12:19a, “The lip of truth shall be established forever”. Choose the way of truth then speak it as if your entire life was dependent upon it, because it is.

We will find that truth will work its way of life, within our hearts. We need not, however, concern ourselves as some do, that just speaking the truth at all times will cause us to appear harsh, or unkind, cacophonous in nature, dictatorial in personality, deceived by the very truth we seek to walk in. Jesus had never been any of these, we are to emulate His life, we live like He lives. He has coupled truth with several other important ingredients, so that in truth we are free.

The Companions of Truth

Psalm 85:10, “Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other”. King James Version. If we are to walk in the way of truth, we must do so through the power and ability of the Word of God, where the Word is, the truth will always be, accompanied by her three companions, mercy, righteousness and peace.

We must never forget that God showed us great mercy by sending Jesus as Soterion to us, giving us life, victory and success. This same mercy was then infused into our hearts by the Holy Spirit at the very moment we chose to live our lives in Christ Jesus. This same mercy should therefore be granted to all who may require it of us. Mercy coupled with truth becomes a power that any weapon Satan may have can overcome it. The Theocratic Warriors use of lies instead of truth, showing  a merciless condition, harsh disfellowshipping, and its destruction of a person’s life is never done in Christ style truth, or with love, but simply to protect a standard of life that is clearly one that is not truthful.

Mercy is: compassion, forgiveness and kindness. Compassion is: the ability to experience what another is going through and have the power to change it. Forgiveness is: the wiping away of all wrong, the remission or pardon of all debt, to give up all claims on an account. Kindness is: showing one’s self as useful in any situation. Combining these, we formulate mercy.

Coupled, mercy and truth become an unstoppable force, designed to bring greater freedom to the heart of all who may walk in the their pathways. Psalm 25:10, “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies”. Mercy and truth become unstoppable because God is unstoppable, His truth is marching on.

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The Theocratic Warrior & The Truth Regarding Blood

There may come a time in each of our lives, we come face to face with a medical emergency that may require the receiving of a blood transfusion. Scripture tells us that “Life is in the blood” Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. King James Version (KJV)

Why do theocratic warriors confuse the issue of living, by stating you must not have a blood transfusion? I have lost a brother, seen the tragic results in a sister, because of a refusal of receiving a blood transfusion. Here are just a couple examples of the deception found deep with the theocratic warrior; “But suppose one’s wife or child were near death. Giving blood, no matter who the loved one might be, would still constitute a violation of God’s law. Just because one is near death, this does not give one liberty to break God’s commands. When one is near death is no time to tamper with or violate the law of God, but a time to draw as near as possible to God by remaining faithful. Everlasting life is the reward for faithfulness. How foolish it would be to gamble away the prospect of life eternal for the very uncertain promise of a cure by blood transfusion!” Watchtower 1970 Apr 15 p.249

“What if a Christian is badly injured or is in need of major surgery? Suppose doctors say that he must have a blood transfusion or he will die. Or course, the Christian would not want to die… Would a Christian break God’s law just to stay alive a little longer in this system of things? Jesus said: “Whoever wants to save his soul [or, life] will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25) We do not want to die. But if we tried to save our present life by breaking God’s law, we would be in danger of losing everlasting life.” What Does The Bible Really Teach (2005) pp.130-131

So what does the Word actually say, can you accept a blood transfusion without violating the Word and the law of God? Would God really want you to die instead of living as a source of victory for Him here? The theocratic warrior will always tell you it is the “Law” that requires you to follow that mandate, “not to consume blood.” Whether you inject via a needle or actually eat it, it is the same thing and we “must never” violate the law. Life is secondary to the law.

So we look deeper into the truth of the matter, first, regarding this law Jewish law states, “a person must do everything in their power to save the life of another, even donate bodily organs.” Does this not override a policy that stops the life saving operation of transfusing blood?

Time after time we see Jesus using the gift of life to override policies of the law, we see Him override the law, but healing an unclean woman, witch incidentally had a blood problem.  Luke 8:43-48 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. King James Version (KJV) The law requires that no one could even touch her, Jesus healed her, life was more important than the law.

The theocratic warrior focuses on the eating of the blood of the animal that gave its life for the sacrifice (witch there are many) yet, they neglect to mention that this scripture is specific to animals that are being sacrificed at the moment. Acts 15:29  That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. King James Version (KJV)

The theocratic warrior defends this stance as faith in their belief, it may bring death, but leads to a better, more prefect life under theocratic rule by God. Yet, like most of the trickery the theocratic warrior performs, this the most serious of events, it proves their double standard and is a very deadly deception. Look at what they say about suicide, and yes, choosing to die by the refusal of blood is a form of suicide.c/f  https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002447, “As Christians, we are interested in how Jehovah views suicide. To Jehovah human life is precious and sacred. (Genesis 9:5; Psalm 36:9) The intentional killing of oneself is self-murder, and it is therefore displeasing in God’s eyes. (Exodus 20:13; 1 John 3:15)”

The refusal of blood, knowing it will lead to your death, is suicide, and if it is a parent refusing on behalf of a child, could that not be considered murder? No one has the right take the life of another. I have had one brother who took his life because of his disfellowshiping and the horrendous results of that action. A few short weeks later, another brother lost his life for refusing a blood transfusion, which one committed suicide? I say, both. One from a broken heart and the other from a heart that was broken, the theocratic warrior deception lead to the two lives being lost.

In a religion, where neither heaven or hell exists, where is the downside of dying either by your hand, or, your decision to refuse the blood? Theocratic warriors will give list after list of what could possibly be wrong with the blood being transfused, should we not fairly ask, what could be worse than losing your life from refusing the transfusion? While they “now” permit use of “blood fractions” which are made from whole blood, they at one time forbade such a use, yet they have and do permit inoculations for various diseases, I received mine for tetanus, hepatitis, measles, mumps, and whooping cough as a child, providing evidence of their deception in their decision making, one cannot accept the same whole blood before it is processed into the fractions, yet they can receive that same blood broken down into fractions and into inoculations?  They can transfuse blood from their kidney dialysis machine, as it is not stored blood, yet it is still a type of transfusion, they waver in too many areas when it comes to their “blood doctrine”.They may argue that “no-one has ever died from refusing a transfusion, but, rather, from a disease or other emergency that simply required blood,”the lack of blood will kill,” any doctor will tell you this, so the argument is without merit, drain the blood from any living creature and it dies.

Theocratic warriors will tell you that there is a greater risk of receiving some other disease via the transfusion, again this is a deception, while the possibilities do exist, the odds are greater that you will be struck by lightning than contracting a disease via a blood transfusion. However, when a doctor declares that death is going to take place without a transfusion, then the risk has just become a fact, don’t take the risk.

What do we consider the greatest law given in scripture, Jesus states:  Mark 12:30-31 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” King James Version (KJV) The lover of God, keeps His instructions, He did not offer Christ as a “Living” sacrifice so that we would reject it by giving up our life for what is truly against His word, look at: Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: King James Version (KJV) Choose life, choose life, why, so you can live, live for your family, live for your ministry, live for God. This is love walk, this is the covenant that Jehovah would have you live by, that which pleases Him, choosing life that you may serve Him. No one is served well by choosing death, Isaiah 56:4-7 For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. King James Version (KJV)

The greatest blood transfusion of course was the very one that Jesus gave to us. So let us take a look at that, for there is where Life in Christ flows.

Isaiah 53

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” King James Version (KJV)

We all know who that this is a foretelling of, it is referring to Jesus and the horrendous sacrifice He would endure on our behalf.

Knowing what He was about to face, He went to the Garden of Gethesame for solitude and prayer. Here He began His transfusion, pouring out His blood for us that we may live for Him. Experiencing, hemorrhagia percutem (sweat that contains blood) due to intense emotion that affects the autonomic nervous system, He knew the tremendous events that were about to take place, His emotions were at their highest levels of anxiety. Here He deals with every mental problem man would ever experience, here all Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, and every other disease or disorder, all Substance Abuse or Addiction is defeated, He, sweating great drops of blood to do it. Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” King James Version (KJV)

He is arrested here in the garden, and brought before the courts, the Jews and the Romans.

John 19:1-6 “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. 4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! 6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.”   King James Version (KJV)

What Jesus did for us, we could not repay, the scourging of Jesus, left Him unrecognizable.  The striking of Jesus was not just a slap on the face,  no, they use a closed fist when they hit Him using all their strength, over and over again and again. This beating was done for us.  All too often, we view the beating of Christs’ body far too lightly. The striking Him with the fist was just the beginning of what He would endure.

After beating Him with their fists, they placed a crown of thorns upon His head, This crown had two inch thorns that they forced down into His skull, cutting into the two main nerves in the head. He would experience brutal facial pain, problems swallowing, talking, body temperature changes. Piercing pain around the eyes, the forehead, the upper lip, nose, cheeks, the side of the tongue and the lower lip. It is said to be the worst pain that anyone could have experience, compare it to having 10 abscess teeth along with a Hemiplegic Migraine and multiple those by one thousand, if you can, you would still have no idea of the pain.

This crown was used more degrade and mock Him. The low ranking soldiers wanted to express their disdain for Him, having heard Him referred to as the “King of the Jews” they wanted to give Him a suitable crown for those they had hatred for. This title infuriated the Jews, they sought to have it removed from the cross, Pilate refused, in doing so he showed the world the Messiah. It is important to note, that part of the curse that was placed upon Adam was that the ground would produce thorns and thistles, here Jesus takes that curse, removing the hardship of providing for your family. Before His whipping, before the cross, he took care of your financial needs, what you sow (your job) will grow, when it is turned over to Him. He is King, over your need, so there can be no lack in Him, He wore the crown to release the curse. Soon His crown of thorns would be turned into a crown of Glory, the glory that He shines down upon us. Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” King James Version (KJV)

Then the scourging took place, this was not just a whipping of 39 lashes, but consider the flagrum, a precise instrument with a purpose to reduce a person to as close to death as possible, but not to kill. Each strand of the whip (3-9 strands) had bits of sharp metal balls or bone attached to it, So with each stroke it would tear the flesh, removing portions of skin and muscle, damage nerves and breakdown muscle, the blood letting would be unspeakable. One writer claims that Jesus was reduced to “human rubble”. Each strike, “stripe” was pre-planned, each one represented healing for you, what sickness or disease do you need freedom from? The cost of the healing has already been paid by these, the bloodshed and its healing power transferred to you. Jewish law forbade more than 40 strikes of the whip, however the Romans had no such law, so we have no idea how many times the Roman let that whip fly, nor how many strands were attached to the whip, many believe there were nine, so if we go by Jewish law and the nine strands, they would have beat Him 351 times. Of the 7,000 rare diseases known to man, they are categorized into 350 groups, Christ taking those diseases and offering the healing for each and every one, before the cross. This was not done that we may reject life, but that we may live our life in Him, He transfused us with His blood, our acceptance of Him as Savior finishes that transfusion.

After the flagellation, completely exhausted and dehydrated, his flesh mangled and ripped,  internal organs certainly damaged, fighting off hypovolemic shock, in hematidrosis, hemorrhaging from His wounds, vomiting, and suffering diaphoresis, this man is now made to carry His Cross. A man of 85 kg (187 lbs) made to carry at 150 kg (330 lb.) instrument of torture may have been able to do so down the 1/3 of a mile Golgotha, but in the Lord’s condition, in His suffering, this was a great challenged, so a man of Cyrene, Simon, was conscripted to assist, together they carried that cross. Here is an example of how we should share in the deepest, darkest needs of others, something for another lesson at another time.

The cross used in Roman crucifixions consisted of two parts: “the upright or mortise, referred to as the stipes, or staticulum, and the tenon or crosspiece, which is called the patibulum or antenna.” Historic information shows that the stipes were already in position at Calvary. Jesus carried the crosspiece. At Calvary, He was nailed to the crosspiece, which was then placed into a rectangular notch carved into the tip of the stipes. Then drop with great force into a hole to hold it upright, jarring the weakened body and causing a rush of pain throughout the whole body. (This also shows the theocratic warriors deception that Christ died on a stake and not the Cross, to be untrue.)

After all this, they would nail Him to this cross, nails would have been made of heavy, square shaped iron, 7-9 inches long, driven into His wrists and feet, they offered Him a drink of wine mixed with myrrh to act as a mild pain killer, but this He refused. The excruciating pain from the nails being driven through the flesh, nerves, and sinew, causing much blood to flow, how many die from cutting their wrists? His, pushing of His body, up and down on the cross, just to breath would cause Him to lose more blood by aggravating the flogging wounds, creating more pain.

Now they offer Him wine and vinegar attached to a Hyssop branch, this He takes, for He is Lamb offered as a way to salvation. When the death angel came to free the Israelite’s they were commanded to paint the doorway arches with blood of a lamb using a hyssop branch, representing their salvation as this angel passed over. The hyssop was used to cleanse a leper, the most fear of diseases, or, to cleanse anyone who handled a dead body. At death, Christ knew all this was happening and He received the wine and vinegar, stating, “I have brought salvation, I have cleansed my people from the dread of illness, I have defeated death”. Compelling us to receive His blood bought victory, now, He dies.

John 19:28-30 “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” King James Version (KJV)

Theories about the cause of His death are asphyxiation, heart attack or rupture, or shock, while any one or all of these are a possibility we never forget that none are why He died, just a symptom, He died because He chose to, He freely gave His life so we could have ours. John 10:17-18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” King James Version (KJV)

Yet there was just one more event that happened while He was upon the Cross, the soldier who drove a spear up into His side, why? The heart chamber would have been filled with blood at the time of death, as well Jesus would have fluid around the lungs, (pleural effusion) because of the flogging He suffered. To be sure He was dead, the spear was driven into His side and the blood and other fluids poured forth. Why was this horrendous transfusion required, look at these verses, All King James Version (KJV):

Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Atonement: the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ. A transfusion of the God kind of life in man, via the blood shed by Christ.

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

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

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.”

In Gethesame, He suffered with hemorrhagia percutem, it manifests in sweat that contains blood or blood pigments. Then the beating of fists, drew blood, as did the crown of thorns, certainly the flagging of His entire body. The nailing to the cross, through hands, feet and puncturing His side all drew blood, more blood, this He freely did that we may have life, His life, the God kind of life, are we to allow the theocratic warriors to steal that life from us by a few select scriptures that actually contradict the great plan of God? The deception worked, many have given their lives up for such a deception.

This transfusion is something we take part in, we call it Comunoin, usually not often enough, but we should, the theocratic warrior system also forbids this too, it keeps them locked away from life,

1 Corinthians 11:23-30 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

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.

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

27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” King James Version (KJV)

He is a personal God, which means He is mine and yours.  Do you take Him personally or does He just serve everyone else?  To have the victory in your life, you need to take Him personally. The Blood and the Body of Jesus is a personal transfer of Life to you. Christ is no longer dead! He is risen and is alive.  Therefore, He can accomplish His Word in you when you partake in this transfusion.  John 6:55-58 “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. King James Version (KJV)

THE CUP OF BLOOD

The cup represents the broken body of Christ for our healing.  If you require healing, partaking in the cup is the time to receive that healing.  Remember, healing is not just physical. It’s mental, soulish and spiritual; where ever you require it in your body, healing can be yours.

We pray,  “Father, we thank you, Your Word declares that by the stripes of Jesus, we were healed.  Lord, that is past tense, that it is a completed contract.  Father, when Christ  said it is finished, this is what He meant, there was  nothing more that needed to be done.  All we need do Lord, is  trust.  So we trust and thank you, that the broken body of Christ will set us free and will bring us healing. So Lord, we thank you for it, we  receive this in the Name of Jesus. Amen”

Praise God and thank Jesus for what He has done, what He will continue to do in your life.  Communion, when taken properly, will set you free.

What did the shed Blood of Jesus do?  Blood began to flow as they forced the crown of thorns down upon His head. As the spikes were driven through His hands and feet, His blood flowed out and dripped on the ground.  They drove a spear into His side.  Every drop of Blood and water flowed from Him.  Christ is not in heaven with flesh and blood.  He said, look flesh and bone, handle  me, His blood was left here on earth so that we may make use of it. (Luke 24:39).  The blessing of the blood;

  1. Atonement, The word in Hebrew means to cover, to appease the anger of another, to cancel, to cleanse, to annul, to forgive, to  pacify, to pardon and to reconcile.  The word in the Greek means to exchange, to restore to divine favor.  Reconciliation.  Atonement, found only once in the New Testament, but found 80 times in the Bible.

Romans 5:6-11 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” King James Version (KJV)

  1. Remittance of our sins. Interesting also, the word remission only appears in the New Testament ten times, it means to pardon, deliverance, forgiveness, liberty and tolerance.

Matthew 26:26-28 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” King James Version (KJV)

The Blood of Jesus brought remission of sins. He took them away, gave us forgiveness, setting us at liberty. Remember when you take part in the transfusion, communion, sin no longer has  control over your life.  Victory is yours.  Deliverance is  yours. Acts 2:38-39 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. King James Version (KJV)

This scripture answers the question of whether or not, we  are to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.         We were one of the ones who were afar at that time.  The same healing, atoning, sin remitting of His blood is ours. Take part in it and hold onto it as required. Make use of it, put it in your remembrance.

  1. Brings life and brings peace. Colossians 1:20-21 “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. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.” King James Version (KJV)

Listen to your heart, quit making excuses or ideas in your head, the blood transfused into your heart provides the God kind of peace, so your decisions follow after His plan for you, a perfect plan.  The blood actually lets you have faith in you too, if you condemn yourself, then you cannot accomplish that great plan of God for you.”There is therefore now no condemnation to those  who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1.

The Blood of Jesus Christ gives you life and peace if you stay in the Word, it is the redemptive power of peace. The redemptive power of the Word and the Name can only come by the Blood of Jesus.  Without the blood of Christ in your heart, you do not understand redemption, with it you are free. 1 Peter 1:18-19 “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; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” King James Version (KJV) We are the redeemed!  Redeemed means  purchased, bought   back, caught away from the works of the enemy.  The Blood redeems us.  It atones, remits sin, gives peace and life, brings redemption and brings justification to us.

That is to be shown as innocent and righteous. Jesus bought back our innocence.  We stand innocent before God.  No longer does He view our sins. Washed in the Blood of Jesus, He cannot pronounce us guilty.  Jesus is our advocate with the Father.  We are innocent by the Blood of Christ.  Don’t let anyone deceive you into believing that you face judgement for your sins.  Under the atoning Blood of Christ, He sees you as innocent.  The  judgement you will face is for the works you perform for Christ. Surely refusing a transfusion to save and therefore limiting your life will cause you to lesser works, therefore a lesser effect in others lives as well.

  1. Justification, Galatians 3:6-7 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” King James Version (KJV) You are Abraham’s child. Know that you are one of they which are of faith, that qualifies you as that child of Abraham.  The Blood of Jesus qualified you not Abraham. Galatians 3:8 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” King James Version (KJV)

God preached the gospel to Abraham. “Abraham, you are going to be responsible for all these children of faith.” He told him. Abraham chose to live by faith, when it was good, when it wasn’t, faith still was the way he lived, so too it should be the way we live. His blood, makes that possible for us to do. Galatians 3:9-14 “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” King James Version (KJV)

We are Justified by faith and the Blood of Jesus, you do not need to walk under the curse any longer. Walk in the redeeming power of it.  Romans 5:16-18 “And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” King James Version (KJV)

  1. The blood brings us closer (nigh.) Nigh means that the Blood of Jesus brought you near and  brought you into the very presence of Him. Ephesians 2:13-14 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” King James Version (KJV)

There was once a barrier, a wall between you and God, when Christ died on the cross, when He shed His Blood, the wall came down. The barrier was broken, allowing you to walk directly into the throne room of grace. Ephesians 2:15-18 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” King James Version (KJV) We are brought nigh, the Blood gave us atonement, remittance of sins, life and peace, redemption, justification and closer to God.  It doesn’t send us off drifting away.

  1. A pure conscience. Hebrews 9:12-14 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 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: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” King James Version (KJV) The Blood purged your conscience. To purge something means to clean it and take it out, that is what the Blood of Christ does, it purges out all the filth brought by Satan, cleaning up your conscience.

Paul said. “I have wronged no man.”  Have you  ever wondered how could he really say that.  Paul held the coats of the men who stoned and killed Stephen.  He was on the road heading for Damascus to find Christians to jail or worse.  How could he say, “I have wronged no man.”  Receiving Jesus and by accepting His Blood, Paul became a new  man.  The Blood of Jesus purged his conscience.

Your past life has no bearing on you whatsoever.  The Blood of Jesus will clean your conscience.  It matters not what you are , or, were like, what does matter is, in whom you are.  You only get to be in Him by His transfused Blood.   Isaiah 1:18-20 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” King James Version (KJV)

Then in verse 20 “But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Don’t be like the theocratic warrior, don’t rebel against the Blood of Jesus.

“Come let us reason together.”  What is God’s reasoning? He knows all you have done, and, will do. Is your conscience is clear, it can be, by taking part in the shed blood of Christ, through communion, a transfusion of His blood into your life. The Blood of Jesus washes away your sin so you have a pure clean conscience.”

  1. Sanctification, sanctification means purification and Holiness. The Blood of Christ is our purifying force. When disease, sickness, mental stress, anxiety and grief, come at you, remember Christ sanctified you through His Blood. That happens not by anything you did, but by everything that He did. 1 Corinthians 1:17-31 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 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 things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” King James Version (KJV)

Jesus perfected, sanctified and made pure us forever by His blood.

  1. A new covenant. The shed blood brought us the new covenant with Christ. Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. says, For this is my blood of the new testament (covenant).” King James Version (KJV)

We are no longer under a covenant of works (the old law), but under a covenant of righteousness, bought by the Blood. Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” King James Version (KJV)

The Blood is a new covenant of faith and of grace. We do not have to work for it, yet we should want to work.  Unlike theocratic warriors, we need not knock on doors, or some others who sell flowers in airports to work our way into heaven. Knowing you are heaven bound already, you should want to please God by winning others into His kingdom.  If it is good enough for Paul and the apostles, it  is good enough for you and I too.  If God can save a guy like Paul, or me, how much easier can He save a person like you.  That is a covenant on which we can stand.

Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” King James Version (KJV)

  1. A new birth, Christ redeemed us, bought us back, recreated, we were reborn because of His precious Blood. 1 Peter 1:18-19 “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; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” King James Version (KJV)

The power of Love sent Christ to the Cross, the power of His blood shed, because He loves us allows us to accept Him as ours, a redeemer in and for everything and anything we may face or need. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever shall     believe on him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16  The whosoever is me and its you.  God loved us so much that He gave Christ.  That’s a new birth.

  1. The Blood brings overcoming power, through the Blood, we overcome the enemy, applying His Blood brings protection, brings us victory in every battle we face. Revelation 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.”  King James Version (KJV)  Giving testimonies of your victories, declares the power of the blood washed redemption, without realizing it, you overcome the enemy in other people’s lives. Every time you speak of the Love of God (testify) you crush the head of the enemy, every time you tell someone God loves you, He will take good care of you, you testify, crushing the works of the enemy.

My favorite song is, Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY so. Many of us are saying nothing, declare even the smallest thing, it is a victory that will build your and others faith, it will assist in defeating the enemy. If satan can withhold even five dollars from you when you need it, he wins, don’t let him win..Believe God, claim the redeeming power of the Blood get the victory for the 5.00, even the smallest victory is a victory. Do you think God laughs at you when you received that $5.OO that you needed. “It’s only $5.00, I don’t want to testify that” you say. Why!  That $5.00 may lead to the $500.00 when you need it. It takes the Blood of Jesus to give the power to defeat the enemy. Start where you’re at, build on each victory, rise up, testify and beat Satan in the head again.

  1. The Blood establishes the church, and is the only basis for church membership. Jesus bought and redeemed you, then you became a member of the body of Christ, (that is the church) you are already a member. The choice is not yours.   When one of you hurts, everyone hurts.  Again, we go back to the reason to testify because it brings healing to the body, the members. One member is not any more important than any other member. We are all part of the body and Christ is the head.  His word has done all the thinking for us.  Follow it. Acts 20:28-32 “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. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”  King James Version (KJV)

It’s the Blood which sanctifies.  We are not looking for disciples, or looking for building up those who need encouragement and victory, to stop blaming God and start praising Him. We are looking to see people set free, as God’s people, you are responsible for what you learn from this book, my responsibility is to teach it to you, truth, not my opinion, but the Word says, nothing more.  You act on it, the Blood establishes it, the church is brought into victory by God confirming His Word. Mark 16:15-20 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” King James Version (KJV)

Finally,

  1. The blood brings salvation, the only way into the presence of God and to salvation is through the shed Blood of Jesus. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, You do it because you take part in the Blood of Jesus. Romans 8:8-17 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” King James Version (KJV)

Take part in the cup transfusing the Blood of Jesus into your heart and life, says this prayer then rejoice, “Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you for Jesus Christ who came down from heaven and was born of human flesh, who offered  Himself a sacrifice for our sins.  His shed Blood was for the  remission of my sin and I will remember that this day. Not  remembering our sin, but remembering the atonement for that sin. Jesus washed my sins and made them whiter than snow.  We worship and praise you this day for the Blood  of Jesus who cleansed me and made me whiter than snow.  He  made me acceptable in the your love.  I thank you. As I take  this emblem of the blood, I remember your death and will remember it until You come and I am looking forward to your coming in Jesus name.”

Nest week we wrap with a deep look at the “Law”.

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9/11

I have many and mixed feelings today, but I couldn’t let it pass without some comment, so i give this if you like the poem, please share it:

9-11 The Path To Make America Great Again

A day of infamy, a day of tears,
No other day like this, not in a thousand years,
A day of terror, a day of great pain,
The day America stood, to become great again.
Thousands have died, a country that mourns,
At the hand of hate, for the King, who wore thorns,
Yet the people did rise, for the country, they could not deign,
For it is great, yes, greater again.
The heart of America, for a short time would ache,
By the sword of America, the enemies back they would break,
The foe did hope, Americas strength they could drain,
But America showed, her greatness again.
Many have hurt, even more have cried,
America has crushed, those who have lied,
The tears they have cried are love’s great stain,
Covering a country on the path to greatness again.
Loss always comes, with an immense cost,
But over the country, “mission accomplished”, we see embossed,
Two towers did fall, like fire upon the cane,
Out of the ashes, America did shine, in greatness again.
Over the years, the memory is sore,
But excitement is there, for the goodness in store.
The people of this great country, untangle the skein,
In building America into greatness again.
They come from the world over, to America, to make her their home,
In freedom they live, in her justice they roam,
She welcomes with caution, this, she makes plain,
It is the love of her that, makes America great again.
America is her people, a country where the hero lives next door,
They stand for each other, they are freedom’s best corps,
Every hero knows, through strife and through sprain,
America will rise, they will take her into greatness again.
There has never been a greater country, nor shall there ever be,
The nine eleven attack showed the glory of the land of the free,
Her people are her glory which all see in her domain,
In strength, in wonder, they make America great again.
Ron Kalenuik
September 11, 2018

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