PART IV DETAILS
KEEPING US IN THE FLESH
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Please join me in loving, praising and thanking our Heavenly Father for always departing unto us His knowledge, wisdom, holiness and righteousness that continues to encourage, grow, strengthen and empower us.
As always, my hope abounds that this given message will be planted, take root, grow and thrive within the hearts of others. Let us all continue to pray that our minds remain open to learning and hearing God’s voice and that we may shed the Light of Truth upon others to open their hearts and minds. I pray that this message will be shared, drawing others to be humbled, repentant, to seek God’s face and have a loving relationship with Him.
God is with us, protecting us from the enemy. The enemy is placing lies upon the tongues of men. God is helping us dispel lies so that we let NO man try to disarm us of God’s Armor. He would have NO man try to make us believe our weapons are powerless, or have us believe that the Word of God is contrary or without clarity.
God would not have us walking with one foot of the world and one foot in the Kingdom, because we have been misled. We know that we cannot serve two masters. Neither do we live under the law and in the fulfillment of the law, within Christ Jesus.
Those who straddle the fence, cannot live within the fullness of God’s glory nor rightly divide the Word of God, for it is hidden from them! Do not take the word of man my children, which will lead you into darkness, over the Word of God, which is The Truth, The Way and The Life.
Now, let us walk in the LIGHT!
In part three, The Heart of a Child chapter nine, Papa, we were given to much thought, as to the process of managing in our lives, as a way of coping with our past and present circumstances, tasks, pain and trials.
Managing (coping) puts us in a somewhat catatonic state of simply existing. It can take up a great deal of our time, consume our energy and even our lives. As a result, we are separated from God; kept from hearing and listening to His voice; unable to obey His Will and Way, grow and mature.
Managing keeps us in the flesh (self). It is a direct attack from the enemy in an effort to distract us and prevent us from bearing good fruit, which is crucial in helping to change others. Remember, separated from the Vine, no one can produce good fruit.
The enemy and the world have infinite ways to keep us in the flesh (that is, if we allow them the satisfaction) all dealing with our five senses that connect to our spirit being (heart). Managing or coping becomes difficult to overcome for this very reason– it becomes connected to our heart–our spirit being.
Coping, becomes part of us and we learn to treasure it and hold on to it to help us escape or rather, give us a false sense of escaping, along with false identity, power, reward and control. This bond or bondage leads us to continually seek, maintain or recapture these sensual or fleshly feelings.
Even heightened senses during moments of sexual intimacy are related to the chemical and spiritual bonds that can become a vice in men and women, in that it can become an addiction; a natural high created from the release of hormones, endorphins, oxytocin and dopamine to keep us in lust, attached to the world and our flesh. So, how do we disconnect it? I asked our Father. He answered, “By keeping your eyes on Jesus.”
Many may laugh or scoff and say how can Jesus keep me from thinking about the desire, reward and natural high produced from sex? Until you have been spiritually disconnected from the flesh and spiritually connected to Jesus, you don’t really understand desire, reward and natural high.
Until you are connected to the Vine, life’s purpose is self-serving, even shallow and hollow, without a compass and true direction. Fleeting moments of ecstasy, become just that–fleeting, because they are without true, everlasting joy. The body is weak, compared to the power of being in the Spirit. Self-gratification and immediate gratification cannot compare to abundant and eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Satan would have us believe that nothing can overcome sexual desire. We want to believe sex is an unquenchable thirst, because, that makes it even more desirable.
To unravel the lie, that we cannot overcome sexual desire through Jesus, should we start at the end or try to find the beginning?
Remember, pride–self-idolatry and feelings of entitlement, is the beginning of sin. Here, we have the sense of entitlement to pleasure and reward, and the vanity and idolization of the flesh, along with its appeal to self and others, over the Will and Way of God.
Along with giving pleasure, sex is an earthly (carnal) function that aids in human reproduction. However, we are also Spiritual Beings, in a temporary body, in a temporary home. The question is, what and who are we living for and will our living be in vain? Also, what is the value of sex to our soul’s salvation and eternal life?
If we live to glorify God, then our labor and life are not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ). We must know who we are in Christ–our value and purpose and that in Christ we have abundant and everlasting reward. If we choose the world, then we have our reward. Yet,remember…
1 Corinthians 2:9King James Version (KJV)
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.
Do we value our soul more than the world? Can one be satisfied with what the world alone has to offer?
1 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
My Brothers and Sisters,
“IT IS FINISHED! ” We must know and believe Christ’s Word! The Word of God cannot, will not and does not contradict itself! Let not vain men try to convince you otherwise because of their misunderstanding, weakness and inability to overcome the world!
Jesus’ sacrifice is not in vain! Nothing is impossible with God and FOR God! Let us dispel a lie that has been keeping men and women in bondage believing that the temptation of the flesh has more power than God!
We are SPIRITUAL BEINGS. When we become born again, we walk IN the Spirit and by FAITH!
Yes, God tells us to flee fornication (defiling our bodies sexually). But, would God tell us to resist the devil and he will flee and then tell us that except for this one thing, because He made our minds and flesh so weak that we cannot overcome? This is a misconception and an engrained lie to keep us weak and in bondage. It is accepted by men and women still attached to the flesh, unable to overcome their own fleshly desires.
Does God tell us to flee because there is no other way? Yes, the flesh is weak, but FAITH in God and Christ is strong and even stronger is the POWER of God within us. God told the fleshly, carnal man to flee the temptation of the flesh, but those who live in the spirit and walk by faith have the power to resist the devil and he will flee. The question is, “Have you died to self, flesh and that which keeps you yielding to temptation and clinging to carnal things or is your heart and mind still filled with lusts?
If you run, when do you stop running? Where are you running? Is there a designated safety zone? When you run, have you left your sexual desires way back there, behind you? Is your mind free of lusts because you have run?
Why is God telling us to flee fornication? What does He really want us to do?
My Brothers and Sisters, this is why you must read and study the Bible to show yourself approved as a Believer, a Soldier and Worthy Vessel. Let us read and divide the Word through the Holy Spirit! Read 1 Corinthians 6 (KJV) in its entirety and you will see that you have been deceived, the wool has been pulled over your eyes to keep you WEAK!
IT IS FINISHED!
We are SPIRITUAL BEINGS, living and walking in the Spirit! IF we flee, yes, IF we forget our Armour or Satan catches us, with our eyes off of Jesus and in a moment of hesitation the flesh rises up and we forget who we are in Christ, IF in that moment Satan confounds our mind and we become too confused to regain our Heavenly course following the Master, THEN, our automatic weapon is activated, He who KEEPS us from sin. We feel a stirring in our Spirit, oh yes we do and THEN, if we flee it is in the SPIRIT! –And we flee TO the SPIRIT who protects us and KEEPS us from sin. Hallelujah!
Do you Believe my Brothers and Sisters? This is what Believing is all about! The POWER of GOD ALMIGHTY over Heaven, Earth and the enemy of Darkness!
If I have died to my flesh, I am able to conquer the things of this world even UNTO the flesh; for I hide within Christ Jesus, who keeps me from ALL sin, not some sin.
Jesus did not die just for some sins, but for ALL sins, that we would not suffer the bondage of this world and the flesh.
When we run from temptation, WHATEVER it may be, where do we run but to the LORD, who is inside of us. Therefore, we have the ability to STAND, resist the devil and he WILL flee!
My Brothers and Sisters, read closely, God is telling us, meat for the belly and the belly for meat. God doesn’t want us to fornicate because, unlike other sins, it is a sin against our body. He wants us not to defile our body because it is HIS Temple. Would God choose to dwell in a place that cannot be defended and kept clean from sin? If God be in us, will He not defend us and keep us clean from sin, if we surrender all, keep our eyes on Jesus and follow?
My Brothers and Sisters, if you run, there is no hiding place, BUT in GOD! If we run it is not out of FEAR! God will not tell us to be afraid! If we run it is to become FORTIFIED within Christ; for He is our Fortress.
It is NOT the only sin we find within the Bible telling us to flee!
1 Corinthians 10:14
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
Do we run from idolatry because our flesh is to weak to resist it? NO! We run from it spiritually because our God is a jealous God and shall have no other gods before Him. We flee to the One and only true God who can save us from corruption, sin and death.
1 Timothy 6:11 tells us:
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
If the mind is willing but the flesh is weak, then we must take on the Mind of Christ! Glory to God! Again, do not be fooled my Brothers and Sisters. If ye be Born Again, then you follow the Mind of Christ. You are not weak and vulnerable. You will not live in fear nor tire of running, for the Master of Winds and Waves will calm the storms and the angry sea. You will not sink, if you keep your eyes on Jesus.
Read carefully, my Brothers and Sisters, but, also LISTEN! Listen to God’s Holy Spirit inside of you. He will not lead you astray. God is not a man that He should lie. Satan has no power over Him. His Word, the Truth cannot be bent or broken. God is faithful and will not let you suffer temptation beyond what you can bear and will make a way for you to escape. He has made that way within Christ Jesus.
Put on the Whole Armor of God, my Brothers and Sisters. It is failsafe. Able to protect you, even against the flesh. Read again: James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Satan would have us make our Lord’s suffering and dying in vain. Yet, it is there before our eyes, my Brothers and Sisters. God has not sent us running naked without our clothes, like Joseph, but instead, clothed us in Holiness and Righteousness; our bodies to be HIS Temple, “Pure and Holy, Tried and True.” Glory be to God for it IS finished. It is complete and we are complete within Him.
Saints, know the Word and LIVE the LIVING Word of GOD!
Psalms 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalms 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept your word.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
My Brothers and Sisters, this is a time when we MUST read between the lines of what we have heard, consider the source and pay attention to DETAILS. 1 Corinthians 10:13 puts to rest ALL of our doubts and fears.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There has 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 you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Our spirit, which God placed within these earthly bodies, will always want more than what this world alone can offer. For this world is not our home.
We look to the world to teach us how to live within our body and interact with the world, when we should look to God. We look to the world to teach us how to free ourselves from bondage, when it is beneficial to the world to keep us enslaved. God has the answer. He sent our deliverer long ago, not just to free the Jews, but to free mankind from the bondage of sin and darkness within the world.
Jesus is the answer for the world today. The answer sounds so simple. Then, why is it so very difficult for people to disconnect from coping and managing and from love of the world and self? Because, we don’t make Jesus the center of our Joy. Forgive us, Lord.
Just think, all the violence in the world could stop. No one need be hungry, naked, homeless or without medicine and medical care. Everyone could be educated, employed and productive and having love for one another because they are connected to the Vine, producing GOOD fruit!
Well, that would be wonderful and blessed, indeed. I am tempted to say, God speak it and make it so, but then I would be like Peter, who told Jesus not to speak of his death. God has a plan and being the perfect God that He is, it is without flaw or error.
On this journey of unraveling lies that keep us from Truth and Transformation, we’ve talked about making Jesus the center of our joy. Please don’t think that you are on this journey alone. When God gives us a message, it is not only for others. He brings things to our attention that we may examine ourselves, first and foremost, in order to be cleansed and purged to be used to help others.
I find great pleasure in looking at things that are aesthetically appealing. Fine Arts, such as drawing, painting, singing, playing piano, creating fashion and design are a great part of my being, which is good. God gave me these talents, along with my spiritual gifts. Nonetheless, if I allow my talents to become the center of my joy, then, it attaches me to the world and not to God.
The enemy knows our talents and spiritual gifts and wants to use them to destroy us in any shape or form that he can manage to cause destruction. Yes, he also, is interested in the little, tiny, minute, miniscule, molecular details of our lives. He may not know every hair on our head, but he is willing to wait, until each has fallen out, even until we are in our grave, as he did Moses (Jude 1), to try and claim us. What am I saying? I am saying, not to allow your talents to become your first love, keeping you attached to this world and taking your eyes off of Jesus. I am saying that you must be very sure, yes, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock. –And know, without doubt, that this Rock is Jesus.
If we’re going to help others to change, we’ve got to get their eyes on Jesus. We can’t do that if we argue and bicker back and forth with them. We can’t do that if they see us committing the same sin that they commit. We can’t do that if we are in bondage to pride and self.
We have to live the life that we sing about; preach about; talk about; dance and shout about; and even pray about. God knows the details of our lives and so does the adversary. Someone is watching you and they are paying attention to the details, also, thinking, “How can you tell me how to manage my life when you can’t manage your own?”
My answer to them would be, I don’t want to tell you how to manage your life and no, I cannot manage mine. I want to show you how to surrender all to Jesus, so that He can take you beyond managing to conquering yourself and the world.
My life? I know what it may look like to some, from the outside but, because I’ve learned to abide in Jesus on the inside, I am VICTORIOUS, more than a CONQUEROR! I am victorious because I rest in the Lord; neither shall I EVER be left alone.
There is no need for me to manage or cope, when I know and believe where my help comes from. I have no desire to look down on others when I KNOW that but for the GRACE and MERCY of God, I could still be a wretch or worse yet, dead and sleeping in my grave, awaiting the Day of Judgment and damnation.
Still, I need a chance to tell them that. This is a test of my faith and obedience. I can’t let pride get in the way and come between us. Therefore, I must humble myself; keep my eyes on Jesus; repent of my pride; and seek God’s face to give me guidance and keep me in obedience; to make me perfect in love; and make me an instrument of His Holy Peace. Praise be to God!
Come WITH me to rest and abide in His Holy Power and Will. There is enough for everybody. No one can buy it and no one has a monopoly on it. It is “free to all, a healing stream, that flows from Calvary’s fountain.”
God has given us His Spirit and His Son, Jesus. If we abide in them, they are enough to perfect us. Yet, many Believers are stuck hiding behind a facade, because, appearance is more important than adherence. They have been working on the same problem for years saying, “I’m a work in progress,” because their pride prevents them from surrendering all to become One with God and Jesus; to allow them to work on the inside toward the outside.
Did Jesus die in vain? Then, why are we still expecting progress within us to happen from the outside? Looking for answers in the world and in others, who can’t or won’t help us?
Is it taking so long for us to change because we want to determine what progress is made within, instead of Jesus? Surrender my Brothers and Sisters. Let Jesus rule.
How can we expect others to become Believers and surrender all, when we as believers expect everyone around us to be patient with us, because, God is not through with us, yet? If we were in God’s place, our patience would have been worn down long ago. How long is it supposed to take to decide who you will serve?
We EXPECT God to be patient because He is good and kind and merciful. That’s just God being God, we think. He’s supposed to be patient and wait on me to change. Yet, everyday, we hear of people going to an early grave, because they refused to change their ways. Can we see that THAT is just GOD being God? He’s supposed to do that!
Wake up, Children and rebuke the one who keeps you deaf, dumb, blind, mentally crippled and spiritually in bondage! Dispel the lies in your life so that you can wake up the others sleeping around you.
Tomorrow is not PROMISED to you! We cannot depend on patience, when we’re not putting in the work to improve our lives; when we have no intention on keeping our eyes on Jesus, because the things of this world look better to us.
Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a byproduct of Perfect Love. Patience is what we give to those who are not yet ready, able or incapable of accomplishing or meeting an expectation. Patience is given to us to aid us in long-suffering; for those things that are beyond our control, that must take time; and for which we must wait upon God to deliver.
Patience is indeed a virtue. Yet, we have been given freewill. We have been given a mind to make fruitful decisions and choices. Self-control–forbearance, is a Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit, also. We are capable of bearing good fruit, when attached to the Vine.
We must make the correct and righteous decision to truly repent, surrender all and allow Jesus to attach us to become One with the Vine–not an independent part. If we say we are Believers, followers of Christ and produce ill-fruit, then, the Truth is not in us.
There is no need to wait on God to deliver us and finish the job. What other work by God needs to be done? Jesus said, “It is Finished!” God has already delivered and kept His Promise! There is no more work He needs to do! God delivered the Messiah to us! Jesus anticipated our cry, My Brothers and Sisters and gave His life for you and me. What greater love?
God is way ahead of us, we are behind and need to catch up. God has put the ball (responsibility) in our hands, now. Your Savior has heard your humble cry, if it has indeed been humble. God is waiting on you to embrace Him and truly believe in Him! Salvation is complete! Making us whole and uniting us with our Father is complete! WE have to come into the REALIZATION of what that completion is and what it means for us; and what is expected from US to receive it! Our FAITH is what is needed! Our faith in Jesus will make us whole.
God sent a Helper and we’re still looking for help? Why? What are we still holding on to? What are we looking back at? Jesus said that those who set their hand to the plow and look back are not worthy to follow Him.
SURRENDER and repent! Press in toward the Mark of your high calling. Press…Press toward the front of the crowd and touch the hem of His garment. However, that requires FAITH in Jesus.
Jesus told the woman, who was healed from an issue of blood, “Your FAITH has made you whole.” Faith in what? Faith in Christ Jesus.
That’s all it took–FAITH! Her flesh had kept her depending on the world to make her whole. She had been coping with this issue of blood, kept in the flesh; made aware of it everyday ; shunned by others because she was unclean; unable to connect with God because of being unclean, until she heard about Jesus and took a leap of faith in the right direction.
Faith…we are able to conquer the world through our faith in Christ Jesus. Where is your faith, today? –Or are you still waiting for the Messiah and deliverance? Will you be a lifelong ‘work-in-progress’ that will never be completed? What is keeping you in the flesh?
If we are to help free others we need to know how long it’s going to take. THEY are going to want to know, how long will this take? When will I be whole? We need to know what to tell them and if need be ask them, “What is keeping you in the flesh?”
Spoonfeeding and sugar-coating everything will not teach us and others accountability. We need to know that it is FINISHED! Jeremiah showed us that it is easy enough for a child. Just keep your eyes on God and your heart trusting Him.
“How long?” Jesus asked. Have you crippled yourself in asking everyone to continue to be patient with you? Will it be your crutch to lean on throughout your life? Will you ever be able to “Stand” on the Rock?
Jesus is tenderly calling, today…THROW DOWN YOUR CRUTCH AND WALK!!! JUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME! Yes, it is a WAKE-UP call! When Jesus asked His Father, “How long?” I’m sure His heart ached for the sin and suffering He saw around Him.
We must know and believe that Jesus is enough, if you have true faith attached to accountability. If you’re still looking to be made whole, then you don’t know the man called, Jesus, because you have not surrendered all. You are clinging to the world and your flesh. The answer to your problems, if they are indeed problems (sometimes it’s a matter of our needing to be changed), still, the answer is a man who died on the cross for you thousands of years ago.
Does accepting Jesus mean that your bills will go away? No, not if you keep living the way that you’re living! What it does mean is that God can change YOU so that you abide in Him to no longer live in fear, frustration, pride and sin. God can empower you to change things around you and improve your financial situation and relationships with others, thereby, helping them to change, also.
We look for an easy solution, when God has provided for us in every way to do the work that needs to be done in our lives and to help change others. Jesus sent the Five-fold Ministry to mature the Saints, equipping them for what comes next, not for the purpose of making them whole.
God created the One way to complete the work that He began. He sent us Jesus, The Waymaker, providing the right tool to complete the job. Still, man continues to try everything else to fix himself in order to keep living in the flesh (self). Some even believe that the more they go to church the holier and more whole they become, instead of becoming the church, a part of Christ’s Body.
The world continues to fill us with the idea of self and individuality, independence and self-actualization, and freedom to be who and what we want to be in the world.
We search for our identity, purpose and happiness, in the world, only to become confused and frustrated, resorting to coping. We find out that we don’t even know who we are in the world and the world has no idea of who we are either and doesn’t care. The world is just doing what the world does, trying to keep what is in the world, for the world, and of the world.
If you are of the world, then you will have a false image of yourself. That is all the world can offer you; expect no more. The world can only distract us to keep us from discovering our true identity in Christ. If you’re trying to find yourself by looking in the world, you’re looking in the wrong place for answers. You need to go right to the source–your Creator.
Most people, searching in the world, avoid this option because it involves accountability for their actions. They believe they can run from God and if they don’t look back, He’ll never catch up with them. God has no need to chase you. He is everywhere–omnipresent. He will let you run because there is nowhere for you to hide. Rest assured, He won’t give up on you and will continue to call to you.
The Master has no need to chase you. He is everywhere. He can speak to your heart or send His servants to give you a message. Stop running, our Father says, It is time to be accountable and move past the mother’s milk, the milk toast and being spoon fed. Jesus stands with open arms, beckoning, come unto me all who are burdened and heavy laden.
My Brothers and Sisters, it is time to Stand! We cannot serve two masters. Darkness has encroached around us and those who are not equipped, will be devoured. Yet, those who are on the Lord’s side shall rise and mount up on eagle’s wings
Which is it–the world or the Kingdom of God? If you call yourself a Believer, are you truly a Believer? Do the Father and Son dwell in you empowering you to bear GOOD fruit? –Or are you a Believer by mouth only and your heart does not belong to God? Does your god have All Power in His hands or does He leave you on your own to run from temptation?
We have been trying to sell Jesus and God to others as a new way of coping. We have been allowing people to come worship God any old or new kind of way that they wish to without being accountable to God or one another. God and His Son are not coping methods and the church is not a place to unload all of your problems and pinned up stress. The church is God’s reborn Believers (Saints) empowered by the Almighty God and Son inside of them to conquer the world and increase the Kingdom of God.
Will we begin to disciple Empowered, Accountable, True Believers and Worshippers–worshipping in Spirit and in Truth? Let us pray, in Spirit, that it shall be.
The time for hypocrisy and pretending is over. God knows and sees the details in our lives. What we say and do proves where our faith lies. The lies that we have bought in to mock us for believing in them and allowing them to keep us in the flesh.
We must read deeper into God’s Word. It is not patience that we need; it is Truth and Accountability that goes along with being a Believer and a Child of God. Are we being accountable to The Truth, The Way and The Life?
Are we keeping our eyes on Jesus and staying on the path? Do we wander now and then, only to find ourselves back in the flesh–managing–trying to cope; believing that it’s up to God to finish His work in us, if we’re going to be fixed and made whole?
Do we really believe that God is just taking His time, so others must please us and be patient? –Or, is that just another way of saying, I’m not ready to change, or, I don’t really want or think I have to change?
It is so much easier to tell people to accept me as I am, rather than change for the better. We even try to make others feel guilty by saying, “If you love me, you’ll accept me as I am.” We love to give ultimatums to remain stubborn and feel we are in control (i.e., love me or leave, my way or the highway). Then, we wonder why our life doesn’t change for the better.
We can no longer hide behind false humility! God is calling us out! What are we telling the Lost and enemies of God about our God, when we claim to be saved or born again, but we are still a fragile, age-old work-in-progress, who needs constant patience and delicate handling, because the God Who created the Earth and Heavens in six days, needs years and decades to get us right?
God is calling us out! If He were like us, He might throw His hands up, shaking His head in denial… calling for a press conference, if need be, to offer a rebuttal and proclaim His innocence. It’s NOT ME! He could say. I’m not responsible!
The gig is up. The time for excuses is over. Take off the mask and reveal yourself, humbled and submissive to His Will. Realize that you have bought into another lie and it’s time to come clean. It’s time to be accountable to live in the fullness of God’s Glory!
There is no way to whitewash (cover-up, conceal) the details of your life. You can neither: invent yourself; nor reinvent yourself, nor put the blame on someone else or God; nor hide the truth from God. You are nothing without God. Surrender your will to Him. Let Him rest, rule and abide in you.
Accountability is a privilege, not a burden. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Still, we return to the weight of the flesh and expect Him to carry us, when things become hard to bear, even though we’re perfectly capable of walking, if we would surrender to walk in His Light.
My Brothers and Sisters, dispel the lies keeping you in the flesh. We have work to do and it won’t be long, before the Night is coming. Let us prepare the way of the Lord.
Jesus showed us that there is no patience for a tree that cannot bear fruit. Having met corruption, it will not bear good fruit. It must be hewn down and tossed into the fire, used for kindle. We can be just like an unfruitful tree, if we allow the details in our lives to lead us into sin and corruption; keep us in bondage; separate us from the Vine; cause us to whither; and prevent us from bearing good fruit.
A NEW RELATIONSHIP
God is waiting for us to have a RELATIONSHIP with Him! It’s not all about search and rescue. You’re no longer supposed to be lost if you’ve got Jesus. You are not supposed to be continuously on the run or dodging everything that can lead you into sin.
If you truly want to follow Jesus, then allow Him to mature you, surrender your will, follow His Mind and allow Him to rest RULE and abide. All we have to do to be made whole and complete is to abide in the Father and His Son. No matter what our weakness is–He is strong and will strengthen, teach and guide us. Jesus will perfect our faith and give us the mind to follow and obey our Father.
All this time you’ve been ducking and dodging God and He wants to love and strengthen you.
Like the Israelites at the foot of Mt. Sinai, you’d rather talk to Moses, but not the scary Big Guy on the mountaintop. Jesus is okay to talk to, also. He’s portrayed by most to be meek and mild, but you’re afraid to surrender your will and be accountable to God, because He expects more than you’re willing to give.
Jesus was perfect, but you’re not perfect, so you can’t be expected to be like Jesus all the time. You’ve got to be you and part of you is still attached to the world. Is this fear of God or fear of losing the world and dying to self? Knowing the difference means all the difference to be able to change your ways.
It is time to catch up. God covered our imperfections when He covered us with Jesus’ blood. We are justified to come into the presence of God, whereby abiding in Him, we are made perfect in love. The world will tell you that no one is perfect, but the Word of God says that we are required to be Holy, Righteous, Perfect in Love and that Jesus perfects us. Jesus changed everything, in Him, through Him, we are perfected.
God wants to take all the fear away and have a relationship with you. You’ve heard it before, but do you believe it? Do you really want to experience it?
Then, now, it’s time to have a healthy relationship with Him, so He can teach you how to have other healthy relationships.
My Brothers and Sisters,
At this point in our relationship, we must examine details; for God is a God of Details.
Details are not always visible to the naked eye, which is why we must be clothed in holiness and righteousness, seeing with the eyes of God and discerning with His Spirit. Can we see past someone’s flesh into their heart without turning away and turning them away? Do we want to see past their flesh? The enemy is counting on us not caring enough about our brother to see the details hidden within their heart. But, Jesus commanded us to love one another as He loved us; that means caring about the details in the hearts of others and loving them in Perfect, Agape Love.
In the chapters to come, I am looking forward to sharing some of the details of my heart. I am praying that they will: touch someone; enlighten someone; and perhaps, even encourage and help to lighten the heaviness that weighs upon someone’s heart.
Children of God, the world cannot keep you in the flesh. Neither can temptation of the flesh defeat you.
Remember…God would not ask us to DIE to the flesh–upon the cross with our Savior, if He could not raise us up, as He did His Son, having CONQUERED the world.
May the Love of Christ shower upon you and lift you to higher heights in Perfect Love.
Father, once again, I thank You for the Peace and Understanding you have allowed me to share. I pray for my Brothers and Sisters, that they may receive your Word with Gladness and Thanksgiving. I pray that their hearts may find new strength and courage to press on in Jesus’ name.
In Jesus’ name, I ask You to impart to them Your Spirit now and fill them with Your Wisdom and Peace. Baptize them by water and fire and purge them with hyssop. Amen
Let no bitterness come between us and those who have erred in their misunderstanding and knowledge of your Word. Do not let their hearts harden that Satan may have his way. Help them to embrace Your Truth in Perfect Love and bless their humbleness, surrender and submission to Thy Will and Way. Amen
We love You, Father, and seek to obey, following our Brother, Shepherd and King, Christ Jesus. Amen
We Rejoice in Your presence, bow to your Magnificence and bask in Your Love. Grateful, forever grateful for Who You are and who we have become through You. Amen
Father, I have heard your voice and listened intently, as you wrote upon my heart. No sweeter voice I know. I will continue to watch and wait for the sound of Truth to awaken me as I slumber, to knock upon my door, and to call my name out loud.
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.
1. Do you believe that God gives us power over the flesh and the ability to die to the flesh (self)? Why or why not?
2. If you believe we can conquer the flesh, how does knowing this affect your life?
3. The adversary is successful in keeping us in the flesh when we fail to see ourselves as Spiritual Beings and walk in the Spirit by Faith. Do you know what it means to walk in the Spirit by Faith? Do you?
4. How important is sex in your life?
5. Do your sexual desires cause you to have unclean thoughts and thoughts of fornication? Why or why not?
6. Are you alone able to control your sexual desires?
7. Do you find yourself looking at pornography, erotic movies, or listening to provocative music to arouse or fulfill your sexual desires? Has it become a habit or addiction?
8. How does it effect your life?
9. What kind of people does it draw into your life?
10. Do your sexual desires cause you to dress provocatively? What kind of people do you attract?
11. If you are attracting the wrong kind of people, can you expect your life to be without complications?
12. Can you expect to have true, Perfect Love or will your life be filled with meaningless relationships?
13.Have you ever tried to serve two masters? What effect did this have on your life? — On your relationship with God?
14. Rumors get started and are passed down. The original message often changes and becomes very distorted. This is often how people gain incorrect knowledge of God’s Word. Do you verify what you have heard by reading your Bible? Why or why not?
15. We cannot serve two masters. There are things and people who are of the world that we may find difficult to give up. Have you tried or are you trying to serve God and still remain in and of the world? How did it or does it affect your life?
16. Do you find yourself filled with guilt, shame and confusion?
17. God is a god of details. Leaving out the details often makes it easier for Satan to fool us and easier for us to lie and sin. Have you been in a relationship or situation, where you did not know the details about the situation or the person and it resulted in your being deceived, hurt or making a mistake?
18. Often, we find ourselves coping with life and so deeply entangled in bondage, we are unable to unravel our rope or chains. Yet, if we start at the end and trace the details back to the beginning, we will find the source of our bondage. Examine the details in your life which have placed you into bondage to a lie, habit or addiction. Write them down from the ending result of bondage to the beginning. Track your chains to their source. Where did you end up? Did the trail lead back to you, no matter what and how you tried to look at it?
19. Even if you were a victim of abuse? Have the details in your life made you buy into (accept) a lie, which put you into bondage, such as: you’re damaged, tainted, unworthy, no good, useless, stupid, unloved, ugly, hopeless, unemployable, unforgivable, a failure, etc.?
20. Are you turned off (deterred) or apprehensive about being a Believer because you believe you have to try and be perfect?
21. How does God perfect us?
22. Are you ready to take responsibility for believing the lie and turn the details in your life around into victories and freedom?
23. Where within does pride lie?
1 Corinthians 6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 15:58(KJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.