YOU CAN’T CHANGE ME: Unraveling the Lie, CH.3
Chapter 3: MAKING JESUS THE CENTER OF YOUR JOY
THE SOLID ROCK
In order to define, demonstrate and initiate change, we must show others that “Jesus IS the center of our joy”; for by HIS sacrifice we are justified to be worthy of returning to our Father, to commune with Him and bask in His love.
Jesus showed us that His very presence affected those around Him; even those who didn’t believe in Him. We can be confident that when we exude His presence, taking on His character, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we bring about change in others and change the atmosphere.
Regardless of their condition, status, race, nationality or religion, we must earnestly desire true change for others–meaning–transformation of the soul, to have a renewed mind. Regardless of their beliefs, we cannot yield to be politically correct. We cannot leave out the Son–Jesus–because He cannot be separated from His Father.
For many, this becomes a problem because, they do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, yet, they do believe in God. They worship and pray to the Father and try to live by His statutes. In the eyes of many, they may seem to be good and godly people, but within their hearts, they remain unchanged and unable to affect others holy and righteously to be transformed to walk in Perfect Love.
Ishmael and Isaac were raised to know the God of their father, Abraham, but God would give them different paths to take. The descendants of each would fall prey to idols and false doctrine in other lands. They were often swayed by the direction of the wind; perhaps leaning into gossip; succumbing to bitterness; or turned by jealousy, fear and pride. This is the difference between those who have truly been born again and those of the world. Those who are reborn have an anchor that grips The Solid Rock and this Rock is JESUS!
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
Those without Jesus are unable to withstand the storms of life and the changing winds that can lead us astray, harden our hearts and fill us with pride. They are blinded to the fact that they have boarded a sinking ship. When they are tossed and driven in life, as if they are upon the raging seas; when they have been swallowed up by the angry deep, they look for others to blame. They are chained in bondage to repetitive rituals and addictions because they walk by sight and not by faith.
We are witness to this weakness today, as we see many people, claiming to be Believers and people of faith, living in fear, under the law and false doctrine. They latch on to people who feed their fear and pride. Fear causes them to harden their heart and put blame on others.
Like Cain, the son of Adam, the scapegoat or victim must be someone different from themselves, whom they feel they are forced to compete with; be it for land, resources, status, position, favor, etc. They must find some way to disqualify or remove their unwanted competitor.
Satan strives to remove that which lies before him…anything in his path reminding him of his inadequacies. He removes any comparisons or competitors to invalidate his perceived birthright, supremacy, perfection, authority and claims to territory. What better way to destroy man than to mimic God and use man to destroy himself?
Living under the law gives man a false sense of redemption, holiness and righteousness, but he is unable to have perfect love–and give perfect love to his neighbors, because he has not accepted Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit into his heart to be cleansed and remade.
This is why it is easy for some to slaughter their brother, like Cain, who through a hardened heart, murdered his brother, Abel. Wrapped in self-righteousness, in a fit of jealous rage, blaming his brother for denying him God’s blessings, Cain thought it just to slay his own flesh and blood–his father’s son and the child whom his mother bore. And even when God asked him where his brother was, Cain appeared to be void of guilt and shame.
Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun within the character of man. Oh, how history repeats itself and the blind continue to lead the blind! Blinded by false doctrine, chained to laws and fear, the world is full of lost children, living in bondage under a sense of false righteousness, unable to grasp the promise of abundant and eternal life.
They are bereft of God’s Will because they are prisoners of darkness, shut out from the Light, having chose darkness over Light. And just as Cain slew Abel, it is within the hearts of men today to demean, oppress or kill by tongue or weapon, under the premises of justice and righteousness, to claim the favor of God.
We see waves of these people wash across the land, attracting attention and scooping up growing numbers of followers, swelling larger and larger like a tsunami, threatening to overtake the land. But, like waves in the ocean, they rise to a crest and fall, sinking back into the abyss, because God controls the rise and fall of the tide; and fall they will.
Yes, God has provided a way to truly live life as He would have us, and effect the lives of others. We MUST be born again and become One with Him and His Son in perfect love; for Perfect Love (Agape Love) casts out fear.
By first accepting Jesus, we are worthy to become One with the Father; receiving His Holy Spirit to be made whole; taking on the mind of Christ to live life abundantly; to STAND; to bear the Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit; to become joint heirs with Jesus to reign in the Kingdom; and receive the promise of eternal life.
Even so, this does not mean that God does not bless and provide for those who have not accepted Jesus, nor does it mean that He doesn’t hear or answer their prayers: for God is ALL knowing and merciful. God will bless whom He chooses to bless and harden who He chooses to harden. (See Romans 9:18 below)
What it does mean is that they will not have the same promise and relationship with God as someone who has accepted Jesus and abides in Him and the Father.
Moreover, they are unable to be One with their neighbor, or see past the flesh and have relationships in God’s Perfect Love. In other words, how CAN they love their neighbors, as they love themselves, if they lack Perfect Love? How can they be friends of God, if they do not love their brother in Perfect Love, or if they choose to be lovers of the world? Without Jesus, how can they live in the fullness of God’s Glory?
WHO IS WORTHY?
Most people can only see themselves in the flesh and believe that, since there are many races, religions, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs, God most assuredly has provided many avenues to Him and the Kingdom.
So many think that believing Jesus is the only way to the Father is wrong and that God has provided many ways, religions, and even deities, idols and prophets to give us the right to enter the Kingdom and the presence of God. But, God is Holy and nothing unclean can come into His presence.
Even the prophets were not a worthy sacrifice for our sins, for they too were not without sin, being only men of the flesh. God did not choose Elijah, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel or another. He chose Jesus, because Jesus was much more. He was His Son in whom He chose to dwell. The Holy Word of God transformed into flesh, and the Word was God! What GREATER love has a man than to give his life for another and Jesus gave His life for All.
In the Book of Revelation, where God’s Book of Seven Seals must be opened by someone who is worthy, we find that no one is worthy, except The Lamb of God–Jesus! (See Revelation 5 below)
My Brothers and Sisters, why would we, in good conscience, sound mind, and common sense, follow and bow to anyone else, except He who has been found worthy by the Almighty Jehovah God?
The prophets died and were gathered to their people. Jesus died and ROSE again! He LIVES and sits upon the throne at the right hand of God! There is no one worthy, but Jesus!
He alone was worthy to atone for man’s sin and bring us back into the presence of God. NO other man born upon this earth is or was without sin and blemish, except JESUS! God required a perfect, spotless, sacrificial offering for every sacrifice, so that we would be mindful of His perfection and how we should strive to be! (See below: Matthew 5:43-48)
There was no man to pay the ultimate price for man’s sin, until God begat Jesus! Therefore, we must be washed and covered in the precious and cleansing blood of God’s Son to enter the Kingdom into God’s Holy and Righteous presence.
THE ONLY WAY TO TRUE CHANGE
OUR FATHER, in His infinite wisdom, knowing His children, has provided one perfect, spotless Lamb, who is without sin, for the atonement of our sins and one path and gate to the Truth, the Way and the Life.
He has eliminated the choices and practices in the Old Testament for our benefit and narrowed the path to the Kingdom, so that there is no margin for error and none but the righteous shall see God.
As parents, we know that if we allow our children to have too many choices and too much freedom, they will most assuredly make a wrong choice, but through Jesus–The Vine–we are kept free from sin and making the wrong choices. We need only to abide in Him.
God has provided an opportunity for the children of different parents to see that we are our brothers’ keeper. As Isaac and Ishmael did, at the time of Abraham’s death, we must continue to come together to honor our father–our Heavenly Father. (See below: Genesis 25:7-10)
FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW
The terror we see inflicted upon the earth today is committed by disobedient children who dishonor their earthly father, Abraham; dishonor their heavenly Father; and who have no honor of their own. Their forefathers came together, not in war, but in peace, reverence, respect and obedience, but they have forgotten who they are and adopted the ways of idolators. Can we have an affect on these people? Yes, if it be the will of God, they will be blessed or hardened.
God has given them a way to repent–to turn from their ways, and follow the path to the Truth, the Way and the Light. We must never believe there is no hope. We must never think that the words of Darkness are more powerful and compelling than the Word of God. The growing numbers in Darkness will never surmount the magnitude of God’s Power and Authority! God will ALWAYS be in control!
The Darkness has caused some people to produce ill-fruit; some to produce fruit out of season; while others bear no fruit at all. They remain unattached to the Vine and instead of mending the breech, they have chosen to widen the gap. They choose not to acknowledge that God has overlooked and bypassed the biological genealogy that separated us long ago and grafted us into one Vine.
We can only produce good fruit if we are attached to The Vine. The fruit of God’s Holy Spirit is powerful and life-changing. Is it no wonder that the enemy strives to keep us from bearing fruit?
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Against such there is no law! God is looking for bearers of His Fruit, Spiritual Warriors of Light to believe in and usher in change; for Darkness surrounds, threatening to overtake us.
As those in Darkness try to take control, they deny others their freedom and freewill, believing all should live under the law and false doctrine. They live and believe contrary to the Will of God; for God will not take away our freedom or freewill; for it is the beauty and strength in His love for us. He has simply made a better way for us to choose the right path. We have only to choose to abide in Jesus; for He has ful-filled the law, giving us access to God’s Holy Spirit to keep from sin and be fruitful.
Those who put chains and shackles and religious restrictions upon their brother or engage in murder or genocide, have no Light and true love within them. They prove their weakness by having to kill and force themselves upon others; for without God’s Perfect Love, they lack strength and God’s authority. Instead, they are led by their fleshly desires, their circumstances and hardened hearts.
The very presence of Jesus and His disciples changed the hearts of people and in turn changed their minds. This is the power given to every disciple, in the battle of Spiritual Warfare, who will stand in the gap to bring in those stripped of their identity and separated from the Father.
MOVERS, SHAKERS AND CONQUERORS
Upon His return from Heaven, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” Meaning, do you have Agape love for me; not just brotherly (philia) love for me; for brotherly love is attached to the conditions and limitations of the world.
“Feed my sheep,” Jesus continued to say to Simon. If our heart is filled with unconditional, Agape love, it follows the mind of Christ, dwelling on the things of the Kingdom, having no limitations. We are prepared to MOVE, as Jesus compelled Peter to do! (See below: John 21:15-17)
Jesus did not spend time teaching His disciples so that they would go back to doing what they use to do! Jesus wanted Peter to MOVE and make a difference, if he loved Him! Neither did He die for US and deliver US to be sedentary Believers! MOVE and make a difference, if you love Him! Led by faith in Christ and love of Christ, we are void of the fear of man and able to conquer the world!
After having made a first covenant with Abraham, which man was unable to keep, God so loved the world, that He sent Jesus, His Son, to set the captives free from sin and death; to conquer the world; and defeat Satan once again. There within is God’s second covenant with man, given through the second and new Adam—Jesus– whereby, whosoever believes on the Son of God, shall have abundant and eternal life within His Kingdom. (See below: Jeremiah 31:31-34, 1st John 5: 1-13 KJV)
THROUGH THIS COVENANT, this same Jesus, in whom God is well-pleased, is given to abide in us, when we are born again, into a new man. As we move in the Spirit, we have power over Satan and power to SHAKE this world of sin, open the eyes of the blind and asleep and defeat death!
By tempting our flesh or self-will, Satan has the power to plant seeds of lust, greed and worldly treasures in our heart, that influence our behavior and place us in bondage to sin. But, mind you, Satan is a defeated foe. He was cast out of Heaven into utter darkness to roam the earth.
When God placed man upon earth to flourish and expand His Kingdom, Satan set out to destroy mankind by making man a slave to sin, knowing death would claim him.
But, remember, Satan is a DEFEATED foe! “Resist the devil and he will flee.” Our foe lies within our own hearts; treasures and idols that make us men and women who fall prey to the lies of the evil one; lies that make us lovers of the flesh (self); lovers of the world; and the things therein, causing us to sin.
As lovers of the world, we are our own worst enemy and enemies of God. Our God is a jealous God and will not tolerate man making an idol of himself, the flesh, and things of the world, by overcoming these carnal things, by faith in Christ Jesus, we conquer the world. Therefore, we must die to the flesh (self), surrendering all to live in Christ Jesus.
Jesus spoke to the hearts of men and women, challenging the things which they treasured. God wants us to know that the treasures that lie at the center of each heart will affect decision-making and cause us to sin. Therefore, we must change hearts to desire and treasure Jesus, thereby, changing the minds of people.
Darkness fights hard to discourage us and block our progress. The enemy is busy: putting fear into people; destroying families and defiling marriage; robbing people of their identity; killing followers of Christ; terrorizing the world; increasing civil violence; increasing racism; bringing hatemongers and whoremongers into political power; dividing Believers; speading false doctrine; spreading drugs; and increasing all manner of physical and mental addictions and bondage. The enemy can only be successful if we allow him to be–if we believe the lies and refuse to MOVE, SHAKE and CONQUER.
We ARE OVERCOMERS and we have been commissioned to go out into the world, wherever we are to make disciples. Disciples are men and women, young and old who have been TRANSFORMED!
I have a charge to keep! You have a charge to keep! –To carry the cross of Jesus and shine His Light upon the world! And, through the Living Word of God we shall change hearts and minds. No, not everyone will drink from the Fountain of Life; for God chooses, but we must not become feint or discouraged.
It is time to rejoice for God’s Goodness, Grace and Mercy; for what a wonderful change has come over us and can come over others; knowing that God can use us to change an individual and even the world! We and others are not hopeless because of those He uses to dispel lies, STAND, and help to bring forth transformation in the lives of others.
Yes, The Truth SHALL set you free, indeed. Jesus has shown us, that because our heart has been freed to love, as He loves us, we can bring others to our Father’s feet to be forgiven, blessed and transformed, that His name may be glorified forevermore, upon the earth.
GREATER is He that is in us, than he that is in the world! If we truly believe this, then, our very presence is a threat to the darkness around us. Like Jesus and His disciples, even our shadow casts out sickness and darkness; the demons and principalities know our name and at our presence, tremble and flee. We walk circumspect, clothed in God’s Armor–Sword in hand; not only ready to thwart the enemy on every side, but to change the hearts of men and women, that they may take on the Mind of Christ and walk in the Light of Perfect Love!
Behold! Our Saviour sends us out boldly to bring forth change. Whom shall we fear; knowing The Creator, The Counselor and The Comforter are with us?! Our Father has made our Brother, Yeshuah, our Saviour, Ruler, King and Intercessor. Indeed, He is so much more and God is our All-in-All!
We serve a risen Savior and He LIVES within our hearts! Covered by His sacrificial blood, we are found worthy of God’s Kingdom, His Love, Peace, Joy, Abundant and Eternal Life! This is the treasure and joy at the center of my heart that has changed my mind and my life–Jesus–Who keeps me from sin, as I keep my eyes upon Him, following in His footsteps, abiding in God’s Holy Spirit, to love, honor and obey.
By the Precious Blood of our Saviour,
SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror *
Once again, when we look at Jesus’ parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions below.
*DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.
QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.
- Is Jesus the center of my joy? Why?
- Do my actions show that I love Jesus and God? In what ways do they and/or don’t they?
- Am I surrendering all and abiding in God’s Holy Spirit? What am I still holding on to?
- Am I allowing Jesus to increase my Faith, by not giving in to fear?
- Am I learning from Him, how to listen to and obey our Father?
- Am I learning how to carry and bear the cross?
- Am I prepared to fight the good fight?
- Am I bearing good fruit? Write down each fruit and how you have used it to initiate change in someone’ s life.
- Which of the fruit do I have trouble in bearing? Have I earnestly asked God for help?
- What is my role in the Body of Christ? Do I feel connected with the whole Body?
- Am I affecting change? If not, do I know why? If yes, how?
- Do I have accountability? To whom?
- Do others see Jesus in me?
- Do I thirst for holiness and righteousness?
- Have I learned to wear The Armor of God?
- Am I able to Stand for holiness and righteousness?
- Have I been made perfect in love? If not, what are my fears? Am I misled by pride, prejudice, bitterness, jealousy, selfishness, lust, unhealed scars and pain? What am I allowing to come between me and God?
Romans 9:18 (NIV)
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
7And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
9And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
10The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17He saith unto him the third time, Simon,son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.
33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
1st John 5: 1-13 (KJV)
1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
REVELATION 5 (KJV)
 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.