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The Nature of Prophecy – Jim Mellard

A Deeper Look into The Prophetic Ministry

All True Ministries Come Out of “Intimacy” With God

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Jim Mellard

(Jimmellard@aol.com)

You are being called into your destiny—And your age has nothing to do with this call: Job 12:12:

” With the ancient is wisdom and in length of days understanding.”

Caleb stated in Joshua 14:11 ‘I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” He was 85. I AM 82, what is your excuse?

The Spirit is releasing a New Anointing on the Older Stars. I see a Spirit of Worship being released. (Worship is fruit of the heart, whereas praise is the fruit of the mouth) This will be a deeper Anointing than we have ever walked in and will cause us to walk in “Crazy Faith.” We will speak, and it shall become.

Many of us have dreamed the impossible, BUT I tell you, the time is here and now, when we can and shall walk in the dreams we have dreamed…make it so, Lord!! The Joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10:

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

What are our weapons?

The Word

The Baptism in (of ) the Holy Spirit

 

There are 9 Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12—1

EXHORTATION GIFTS—(TIP) Tongues, Interpretation and Prophecy

POWER GIFTS – (FHM) Faith, Healing and Miracles

REVELATION GIFTS – (WWD) Word of Wisdom is dealing with the future, Word of Knowledge is dealing with the present, Discernment of Spirits.

THE CALL

JOHN 15:16—You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you (that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting that it may remain, abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name (as presenting all that I AM, HE MAY GIVE TO YOU).
The gifts and callings are based on His sovereignty not on your own ability or desires.

THE FIVE -FOLD MINISTRY

The Apostle
The Prophets – Two types – Nabi and Seers
The Evangelist
The Pastor
The Teacher

Romans 11:29: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Ephesians 2:20 We (the church) are built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets

 

LEVELS OF PROPHECY

There are many different levels of Prophecy — For Example:

1) THUS, SAITH THE LORD…

Many agree that this is the highest form of prophecy—This is given when a believer is claiming to speak for God Himself. This type of prophecy is either 100 correct or 100 percent wrong. The Lord said it and that settles it —The Word is a good example.

2) IT SEEMED GOOD TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TO US–

Acts 15:28: For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.

This type of prophecy reflects a consensus about the will of God. It may or may not be 100 percent accurate, but by saying this, a group is saying that to the best of their ability (knowledge) they believe this is the will of God for a situation.

3) SO, DOES THIS MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?
What do you think about this? An example of this type of prophecy would be as we pray for people, a word or thought comes to mind, we can inquire of them what God is doing in their lives?

Sometimes the Lord leads us into prophetic intercession. This is a Word of Knowledge.

1 Cor 12:8: For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.

4) THIS TYPE OF PROPHECY CLAIMS NO AUTHORITY.

Example –I do this a lot. Excuse me, as you were sitting there, I kept hearing/thinking (scripture) comes to mind…The Lord Wants you to know He has heard your prayer…

DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF REVELATION

1) IMPRESSIONS: This is defined as the lowest level of prophetic revelation. It is like we have an impression for the Lord about something or someone.

2) VISIONS: This level of prophetic revelation can come on different levels, ranging from the ones that you see with your own eyes and the ones that you see with your heart. I do not usually see with a picture because I am not a SEER but a NABIA

3) OPEN VISIONS: These visions are a higher form of revelation than the vision we see with our mind or eyes. They would be classified as a vision like Cornelius had in Acts 10:3. These types of visions are less frequent than the others and they are usually given when God want to communicate something especially important.

4) DREAMS: These are the most common form of revelation and like visions; dreams can have different levels of clarity and revelation. Most of our dreams are cause by food, stress, and desires. You probably have heard the term, “Pizza dreams. Too much of a good thing will do it every time.

I have found God does give me some dreams: however, I am asking for the open visions… (Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions) come visions. Acts 2:17.

5) TRANCES: The next highest form of revelations is “he fell into a trance” (Acts 10:10)—I guess we can describe it as having a dream, while you are awake. Another name given to this experience is an “Open Vision”

I experienced this type of “Open Vision” only once. —I was about 11 years old and I saw my Grandfather depart this earth and go to Heaven. I was awakened at 3 AM and looked out the window. I saw a chariot pulled by horses and surrounded by Angels. My grandfather came out through the roof of the house and got in the chariot and went Heaven. It shook me up.

I believe we can also classify Angels, visitations and hearing the audible voice of God additional Prophetic experiences.

Other than the event with my grandfather, I have never seen an Angel, that I am aware of, but I know we entertain Angels unaware, because of Hebrews 13:2: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Most of the time, I hear the voice of God in my mind, but I have heard His audible voice on several occasions and when it is audible and let me tell you — You Will Know It!

VARIATIONS IN THE PROPHETIC

Many are called as Prophets and few choose to accept and the ones that do—well—there are different levels of “call”—A lot depends on “what price you are willing to pay—for me, I am all in. Smile

The Prophetic Presbytery:

The Gathering of 2 or three well-seasoned prophets (men and women), accepting appointments from people and seeking the Lord for them and then, ministering to them.

1 Tim 4:14: Do not neglect the gift that is in you,which was given to you with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church that was at Antioch there. were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of. Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

 

The Gift of Prophecy

This is one of the nine spiritual gifts that is given TO THE CHURCH. The Gift of Prophecy is considered a revelation gift as is Tongues and Interpretations of Tongues.

The Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. It is not a gift, as much as an Anointing arising from Christ within the believer.

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10

A strong prophetic presence of the Lord can bring on this anointing. 1 Samuel 10:10 is a good example.

When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

Acts 2:17: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

1 Cor 12:10-14: to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink [g]into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

1 Thess 5:20: Do not despise prophecies.

Romans 12:6: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

EPHESIANS LESSON 6 (CHAPTER 5) 04/25/20

LESSON 6-Ephesians

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Eph.5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, (cautiously) not as fools but as wise,16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5:15 Take accurate stock of your life, cut out foolishness, walk in wisdom. Mirror Translation

5:16 Wisdom converts time into opportunity, and frees your day from slog. Mirror Translation

Related Scripture:

Col.1:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Circum-around Spect- look (look around)
Redeeming the time is capitalizing on every appropriate opportunity. Redeem-exagorazo-to buy up, to save from loss.

Redeeming the Time

Translating the phrase as “making the most of your (the) time.” Other versions of Scripture, such as the New International Version and the New Living Translation, use the phrase “making the most of every opportunity.”

The Greek word exagorazo (Strong’s Concordance #G1805), translated as “redeeming” in Ephesians and Colossians, means to rescue something from loss or redeem it. It can also mean to pay a price to recover (reclaim) something from another (Thayer’s Greek Definitions). For example, let us say you want to borrow money from a bank and have to offer some land as collateral (meaning if you do not repay the bank loan, they can take legal possession of the property). At the time you repay the loan you remove any claim the lender has over the land and redeem the property.

This is what Jesus did for us (DBR) Hebrew- to combine in order. He was nailed to a tree- Gal. 3:13, Col 2:14

Jesus didn’t carry an enormous big and heavy upright tree in His back, because it was impossible, because its place was to be as ready at execution place, because Jesus carried batibulum in other words crossbar of the cross, and then this was nailed to an upright tree.

In the Hebrew culture debts when paid were nailed to a tree!

The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines exagorazo as “. . . by prudent and blameless conduct, gaining as much time and opportunity as possible in view of persecution and death. The word generally means to buy up, to buy all that is anywhere to be bought, and not to allow the suitable moment to pass by unheeded but to make it one’s own.”

Here’s the really good news! Even if we mess up the opportune time, God can redeem that time and give you another chance, and another chance etc.

Eph.5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

5:17 Make His master plan your meditation. Mirror Translation

Understanding of the Will of God
a. In order to redeem the time and walk wise, we need to know what God’s will is

b. Here is where we see Paul’s counsel lining up with James in James

c. For both of them, successful living meant know and doing the will of God

James 4:15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
How can we know the will of God? What is the will of God?

a. the Word Ps. 119:6-9,105 (His Word is His will.)

b. Counsel -Wise counselors-Prov.19:20;20:18;24:6

c. Prayer John 15:4

d. Circumstance (beware, not all circumstances are from God)

e. Dreams, visions Is 1:1; Acts :17

f. Still small, inner voice of the Spirit of God
WILL

Wishing, desiring, or choosing especially in reference to the will of God. In the gospels, primarily in John, Jesus is said to be acting not according to His own will, but according to the will of the heavenly Father (John 5:30; 6:38). Indeed, doing the will of the Father is Jesus’ nourishment (John 4:34), and Jesus does nothing apart from the Father’s will (John 5:19). Luke confirms this when he quotes Jesus’ statement in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).

The will of God is His plan for you, the book that was written all the days of your life.

How do you find that plan?

God’s plan for our lives is rooted in the gifts and talents He’s given us. Daily time in prayer/praise, everyday thanksgiving and in God’s Word direct us. Paul wrote to his mentee, Timothy, – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a _________ fill in the blank)to the nations.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepard of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, though Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS WEEKLY TEACHING LESSON 6 (CHAPTER 5)

LESSON 6-Ephesians

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Eph.5: 9 for the fruit of the [a]Spirit (Light) is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth,

5:9 The harvest of light is evident in all that is excellent, innocent and of impeccable integrity. Mirror Translation

Other translations say: Fruit of Light

Related Scripture:

Galatians 5:19-22 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Eph.5:10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

5:10 This certainly pleases God. Mirror Translation

Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

5:11 Do not tolerate anything in your life that associates you with darkness, there is no profit in it for you. Rather expose it for what it really is. Mirror Translation

Paul calls the works of darkness unfruitful
1) while sin holds forth the promise of life and pleasure.

2) in fact, darkness is sterile and produces death.

3) truly, the wages of sin is death.

4) like sterile fruit flies; they mate, but they produce sterile offspring which cannot reproduce.

5) they will enjoy one harvest of fruit and a wild time with another fruit fly, but then they will die!

6) so it is with sin.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is more than physical or spiritual death but death in a relationship, death in your finances, death in physical body, diseases, etc.

Rather than partaking of sin, Paul says we should expose it:

1) the word expose is best understood as bringing something to light and correcting it.

2) we shouldn’t merely be critics (in the passage them is in italics meaning the word is not there) who point out the flaws of others, but provide help and answers. (always done in love)

The Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ, is the Light who will convict/convince people of their sin. He will also convict/convince people of their righteousness.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16:8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment/justice: AMP

Convict- Greek-1651 elegchó: — convince, tell a fault or a truth, reprove, admonish- to caution, advise, or counsel against something. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

The difference between convict and convince is that convict is to find guilty while convince is to make someone believe, or feel sure about something,

Most people have been led to believe that self-doubt, self-condemnation, feelings of unworthiness, and conviction for individual sins are the work of the Holy Spirit. But it’s just not true!

The truth is, it’s your heart or, more specifically, your conscience that is condemning you, not God. That is not the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is never the source of any of your guilt or condemnation. He is not the One that makes you feel bad when you sin.

Your conscience is the part of you that condemns you. And if you are feeling unworthy it’s almost impossible to receive from God.
Jesus said, “ Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more.” John 8:11

1st John 3:19-21 says,
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

This verse makes it very clear: Your heart can condemn you even though God is not. What a radical truth, which comes as a complete shock to most Christians. We’ve just assumed that it is always the Holy Spirit who is condemning us.

As John 3 says in verse 21,
“Beloved if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

If you can reach the point where your conscience is not condemning you, judging you, and causing you to feel unworthy to receive, then you will have confidence toward God, which has great recompense of reward (Heb. 10:35).

In Hebrews 10:22, the Bible says,
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.”

Also in Hebrews 4:16, we read,
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

The ministry of Holy Spirit is just the opposite of what many Christians think. In John 14:16 read how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”

Notice that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Comforter/Helper,” not the afflicter. It also says that He will send “another” Comforter. “Another” means one of the same caliber, the same kind. Jesus was and still is a comforter; He didn’t condemn people during His earthly ministry. except, of course the religious Pharisees who put burden on people.

Case in point: The woman caught in adultery, John 8:1-11

John 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go [k]and sin no more.”

John 3:17-19 reads, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deed were evil.”

John 14:26 says,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name…”

In John 15:26, Jesus said,
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father…”

The Holy Spirit doesn’t convict us of lying, stealing, adultery, murder, etc. He convicts/convinces us that we aren’t trusting in Jesus. That’s the root of every sin. (doubt, unbelief)

Examples:

If I steal, I really don’t believe The Lord is my Provider.
If I lie, I really don’t believe The Lord is the Truth.
If I cheat, I really don’t believe The Lord is True Justice.

Most Christians have not truly understood this positive ministry of the Holy Spirit. We have made Him the source of our feelings of guilt, condemnation, and unworthiness. Because of that, we haven’t really let Him do His job, and we are missing the benefits and power of a relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ, should be your best friend. He was sent here to encourage you and constantly assure you of God’s love. He is here to convince you of your righteousness. To help you to become more righteous conscience than sin conscience.

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

Palm Sunday Reminds US, Christ Is King

Palm Sunday Reminds US, Christ Is King

Hello Firestorm:

As I look at Palm Sunday, I remember…..This was the first day I officially lead a worship service at Pastor Arthur Lewis’ church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I had visited his church for a one day visit with our members and Pastor Purser from Cornerstone Church, Smyrna, Tennessee. A few months later, I heard an audible voice in the back of my car driving back from Alabama and the message was, “Go see Pastor Lewis.”

Pastor Lewis is a very tall black man who resembles Morgan Freeman and he is famous in my book for a great big smile and giving the most hugs I have ever received, no disrespect to our Victory Christian member, Randall (smile).

I walked in and he looked at me and said, “What are you doing here?” I admit I was a bit out of place as his church congregation had only 2-3 other white members. I responded, I am not sure, but I know the LORD sent me, so what do you need?

He said, well my worship leader is on vacation for a couple weeks. Interesting don’t you think? You just gotta love Yahweh God when He sets you up and also brings in some much needed on the job training. I agreed to help.

I had been working on some worship songs and got excited about going to Walmart and buying up all the artificial ferns they had. I remember placing them on the floor where everyone had to come in and to my surprise everyone pretty much picked them all up and waved them during the service. They also took them home. (smile)

I ended up being with Pastor Lewis for a couple years until God move me and in my stead brought in another prophet, Grace to help him. On our last meeting we cried together. I have a lot of respect for Pastor Lewis and his family.

So for me Palm Sunday has a wonderful memory of friendship and a remembrance of how God spoke to me and directed me to another step on the ladder of preparation for what was coming next.

For those who do not know the heart of the reason for Palm Sunday, here is an article I pray will give you a solid foundation for our Palm Sunday Celebration.

5 Things about Palm Sunday That Remind Us

Christ Is King

https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/5-things-about-palm-sunday-that-remind-us-christ-is-king.html

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Palm Sunday -April 5, 2020.

“Many churches celebrate Palm Sunday, which is always the Sunday before Easter. Maybe your church has children waving palm branches to help them connect to the story. But while this is a triumphal entry, it is Jesus’ first step toward His death.

Many of us will be celebrating Palm Sunday at home this year due to the coronavirus quarantine that has swept our nation and the globe. To help you focus on the meaning and symbolism of the holiday even in the midst of change and uncertainty, we have written 5 Ways to Celebrate Palm Sunday at Home.

Matthew 21:4 tells us: ‘This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, ‘Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ *The prophecy is cited from Zechariah 9:9 and Isaiah 62:11.

Jesus had become somewhat of a celebrity among people who had heard of the miraculous raising of Lazarus from the dead, and they wanted to see Him and treat Him like a king. But Jesus wasn’t arriving to be their king on account of Lazarus; the story of Lazarus would have had the religious leaders in even more of an uproar and determined to put an end to His life, which He knew . . . Jesus’ glory would be greater than that of a local king.”

Palm Sunday Bible Story

Bethphage

Matthew 21:1-11 – Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

On the heels of Palm Sunday, as we begin this Holy Week, may we constantly be reminded of its significance and value for our lives today. That very important day in history, when Jesus began His journey towards the cross.

Yet maybe in the midst of busy lives, on the heels of Spring Break, or in all of the upcoming thoughts about Easter, the real meaning of it may, even unintentionally, get missed. His Word reveals such great truths in every part of this story. Truths that draw us closer towards Christ, reminding us that He alone is King…

5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us
Christ is King

1. God’s Word tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor. 15:55

2. Jesus chose to ride in on a donkey, which directly fulfilled Old Testament prophecy of Zech. 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zech. 9:9

3. When the people shouted “Hosanna!” they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means “save now,” and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!” Ps. 118:26
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom. 10:9

4. The Bible says that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the midst of the praise of the moment, He knew in His heart that it wouldn’t be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Savior.

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

5. Palm Sunday reminds us that the reign of Christ is far greater than any the mind of man could ever conceive or plan. Man looked for someone to fight their battles in the present day world. Yet God had the ultimate plan of sending His Son to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death.

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,'”John 11:25

We have so much to be grateful for this week. The enemy knows that, and you can bet, he’s going to do everything he can to try and distract us away from the true meaning of what this Holy Week means. Don’t let him win.

In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King…

Let’s choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone. Grace. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Cor. 9:15

Palm Sunday Bible Verses

Zechariah 9:9 – Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

John 12:12-19 – The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Luke 19:11-44 – “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Lord God, I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless. Here I stand, at the start of this holy week, this week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death, and I am distracted by many things. Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name, the one who opens the gates of righteousness, the one who answers when we call.

I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me, and for sending your son to us, in human frailty. To walk the road we walk. Open my eyes that I may see him coming, and may praise him with a pure heart. And may walk in the way of his suffering, and share also in his resurrection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

-Excerpted from: 8 Prayers to Pray Each Week of Holy Week
by Rachel Marie Stone

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Who/What Caused the Pandemic – Part 2

“Who/What CAUSED the Pandemic?

Part Two

Bonnie Nelson

 

In the first Post, “Who is the Pandemic,” there is information about the root of demonic power lying behind the Coronavirus. Here I would like to address the recent New York Times article, “The Religious Right’s Hostility To Science Is Crippling Our Response to the Coronavirus,” suggesting we caused it and they are not the only media voice claiming we are idiots and rejecting Science.

I hear what they are saying. Because we believe in the protection of Yahweh God and are not in fear over this virus, we are denying the fact it could kill us, which is obviously wrong. Most all of us realize we could die at any moment from whatever. However, we are given a hope in this life knowing it is not the only life we have. Those who have received Christ, as our Savior and Master are holding on to His promises of another life to come, a glorified and changed body, liken to His when He came out of that tomb fully alive. We believe His resurrection power is in us, because of what is written in the Word (I Thessalonians 4).

I am also led to read through Romans, Chapter 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”[e]

Evangelicals are not denying the Science or the Power of this virus. Most all Evangelicals and quite a few who don’t yet know Jesus, are praying against this virus. If you are praying to God against this virus, you are certainly not denying it. Those who “know Christ” on a deeper level are also praying, but adding declarations, rebuking and releasing words (spiritual weapons) into the spiritual realm proclaiming, commanding and warring against the source of demonic power empowering this Coronavirus – to be taken down.

We are praying for those who are in the medical and science fields to receive divine guidance and wisdom to bring forth the vaccines needed to stop this virus attacking our natural bodies. We recognize the two realms of this battle, the natural and the spiritual. None of us believe panic, pandemonium, anger, hoarding, rebellion, depression, suicide and such are natural phenomenons. We stand on the fact and spiritual understanding, they are all connected to a spirit called FEAR. There is no Science or Medicine, which can heal you of fear, it is a spiritual issue.

The New York times did bring up a question we Evangelicals should address. Who/What caused this Pandemic?

Don’t be shocked, but I believe, we as Evangelicals, did have a part in causing this virus or plague! Before you throw the stone, stop and give me a moment to bring forth why I believe this is Biblically grounded. Has this happened before? Yahweh God says He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If we look back in time to Israel (whom we are linked vine-branch) we can see many times when Israel fell into sin and perversion and Yahweh sends Prophets to warn them to repent, which means not just to say your sorry, but to CHANGE your ways. Can anyone of us say we are any different today from what Israel was doing back then?

This Nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, that is who we are. Not many understand the definition of Judeo-Christian. Do you see the dash between Judeo and Christian, that stands for a “link.” According to the dictionary:

Judeo-Christian is a term, which is used to group Christianity and Judaism together, either in reference to Christianity’s derivation from Judaism, both religions’ common use of the Bible, or due to perceived parallels or commonalities and shared values between the two religions.

It is the values of the God of Israel and the God of America (His Name is Yahweh), which the men and women who migrated here put into place, which are at the heart of our Nation. They set forth guidelines from Him into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Every thing we have, every right, every blessing has come from that relationship with our Creator God. We are the branch off the vine of Israel under the LORDSHIP of Yahweh and His Manifested Presence as Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man.
The Power of the Gospel Romans 1
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”[e]  
So what happened to Israel’s people when they went off into LaLa Land and began to do everything we are doing today, which was and is still an abomination to God?  Start in Romans 1 around verse 18, check it out.
The Word says in claiming to be wise they became fools, they gave into the lusts and degradation of their bodies, homosexual lusts men with men and women with women and some even with animals.  The Bible continues saying they were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice and full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 
Now they knew God’s decree, saying those who practice such things deserve to die, yet they not only did/do them, but even applaud others who practice them. I see this everyday in America, on the streets, on my TV, Internet, News Media’s, commercials and in movies. I have seen the most degrading uses of the human body possible in murdering babies to witchcraft, spells, incantations, false gods and occult scenes happening here on USA soil. That is what they were doing and it is what we are doing here too. 
Will Yahweh bless this Nation or any Nation who is promoting every kind of evil imaginable? That’s not a hard question to answer – NO!
 
I was led to look to the Prophet Haggai and the message Yahweh gave him for the people when they had gone astray. Only 2 chapters in Haggai, so you might want to go there and read the full story. The Word of the LORD came to Haggai and he gave it to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak (Josedech), the high priest.
Watch this: The Prophet went to the authorities with the Word, the government and the priest. Haggai’s first message is a challenge to the political and spiritual leaders, Zerubbabel and Joshua. There is no separation of Church and State here, they are the leaders over the Nation, The Natural and the Spiritual leaders.
Haggai verses 2-5: “Thus says the LORD of hosts (this literally means, “The LORD of ARMIES”). God says to Haggai: “This people says, The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.”
 

4) And Yahweh challenges them. “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies desolate and in waste? Verse 5) Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways.”

So, the House of the Lord is desolate, while they are building their houses, their ministries, their kingdoms, their corporations, their buildings of whatever, but His House, they don’t think it is time for them to raise His House. Are we so busy building our own paneled/fancy/expensive/mansions, we have lost the desire or understanding of how important it is to build Yahweh’s Houses of Saved Souls?

On to verse 6) Ye have “sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough: ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to “put it into a bag with holes. Again He says, consider your ways……..Can you hear the warning siren? The wealth is leaking out, but do you see a plague anywhere here?

Note: Right now the most powerful economy in the world (the USA) is shut down and all the money is falling through a bag with holes. Can you see the comparison happening? Going on in Verses 7 -11 Yahweh tells them to go up to the mountain and bring wood and build His House and He will take pleasure in it and be glorified. He continues, “You looked for much and lo, it came to little and when ye brought it. home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of ARMIES. Because My House that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

10) Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. 11) And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains and upon the corn and upon the new wine and upon the oil and upon that which the ground bringeth forth and upon men and upon cattle and upon all the. labor of the hands.

Be encouraged……..The government and the priest came together at the Word of the LORD! Watch this!

It was then Zerubbabel and Joshua, the government and the priest with ALL the REMNANT of the people and “obeyed” the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet as the LORD their God had sent him and the people did fear before the LORD. 13) Then spake Haggai the LORD’S Messenger, in the LORD’S message unto the people saying, “I AM with you saith the LORD.

Do you see it? Yahweh says you have not built my house because of all the desires and lusts in your heart. Do you believe Yahweh is speaking about a physical house today? I submit to you He is not, for we are under a new covenant and we are the temples, the buildings, the House of Yahweh, where He lives. He lives in us through the power of Christ in us.

We the Evangelicals have forgotten about being sent out to make disciples, to come out of the buildings and go into the nations and the areas of our culture. We have forgotten to hold the line and beware of compromise and condoning of things, which are an abomination to our God and not to touch the evil things. We have hidden ourselves behind closed doors and now those doors are closed and we have been evicted. One friend said, “The church (thats us) has left the building. Ponder on these things. It might be a good thing.

We have areas in our culture where we are needed. Government, Religion, Media, Arts/Entertainment, Family, Education and Business, all of these areas hold the future of our Nation. Believers have to come out and go into all these areas and begin to shine and show our standards of excellence and supernatural gifting’s of ingenuity and wisdom in our work areas. We raise the standards where people will be led to follow our lead. Many in our schools don’t even realize there is a God who created Science and only know of Evolution, their rights and sex education.

We are not Tyrants, we are servants Yahweh is refining and watching to see if we will go out into the nations to tell them He is a Healer and Lover of our Souls. One of the neatest quotes I read this week reveals a lot of who we are and the calling we have. (Invading Babylon, Lance Wallnau and Others)

Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source. So, before God, I’m an intimate. Before people, I’m a servant.
Before the powers of hell, I’m a ruler, with no tolerance for their influence.
Wisdom knows which role we are to fulfill at the proper time.

The Coronavirus is a time out, a wakeup by a gracious God who sees all His kids slipping away from Him, the evil invading our Nation, the fighting and bickering. not working together and now, we are quarantined in our room. Yahweh didn’t send the Coronavirus and He didn’t allow it. It was called up and out from the Pit of Hell, because of all the people calling it forth by indulging into the things, which belong to the kingdom of darkness. Remember, Sin separates us from a Holy, Righteous God and “His Blessings and Protection.”

The call is and has always been to be like our God, “made in His Image”. He said I AM Holy so you be holy. If we are made in His image and follow His Ways, He is with us, if not, He is not with us. The call is to repent, turn away from evil, pray for our government and spiritual leaders and to watch over the words we release, for it is said, what you sow you will reap.

We can rebuild the foundations of our Nation and raise up the houses (temples) of Yahweh, one person at a time. Be encouraged Yahweh is not done with America, you or me. We are called and in the place He needs us to be during this time. I am repenting and on my knees, crying out to Yahweh for Him to keep His Hand on our World, but I am also taking the authority He has given me to war against this enemy of our Nation with the spiritual weapons He has given me. The enemy of our souls and our Nation is called the Coronavirus, alias Satan. Let us take authority over our flesh, come together and bring praise, thanksgiving and worship into the courts of Heaven celebrating and honoring our God, Yahweh, in and through the Name of Yahshua/Jesus.

May you and your whole house prosper in this time of awakening, in the Name of Yahshua.

EPHESIANS LESSON 6 (CHAPTER 5) 03/21/20

LESSON 6

Ephesians 5

Walking in Love, Light, Wisdom, and Worship

Ephesians Chapter 5:1-20

Paul’s style in many of his letters was to begin by climbing the heights of theology, then descending to level of everyday life/application. Nowhere do we see that more eloquently portrayed than in Ephesians:

a. He has taken us to be seated in heavenly places in Christ in chapters 1-3

b. And now in chapters 4-6 He is going take us into the street, the job, and the home.

Ephesians 5:1 – Therefore (used 15 times in Ephesians, 141 times in Paul’s writings) be imitators (a mimic) of God as dear (beloved) children.

5:1 Mimic God; you are His offspring. Mirror Translation

Eph. 5:2a – And walk in love,

5:2 This is how, let love be your life; equal to the love of Christ in the way He abandoned Himself to us. His love is contagious, not reluctant but extravagant. Sacrificial love pleases God like the sweet aroma of worship. (Resembling the holy anointing oil and the pure fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer, to be burnt on the golden altar of incense in the inner court of the tent of meeting. Ex.37:25-29.) Mirror Translation

NIV – LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE, literally means to receive the benefits of God’s love, bask in its blessings, and then to express the same kind of love ourselves to others.
Now he says, “Walk in love.”

a. The worthy walk is a walk of love
b. Love is the fulfillment of the law
c. Love is the fruit of the Spirit
d. If we are walking in the Spirit, we are walking in love, &
e. If we are walking in love, we are walking in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

3 kinds of love: (Gk)

• Eros- erotic, romantic love
• Phileo-brotherly love
• Agape’- unconditional, God’s kind of love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

LOVE OF – Love of Christ for men- attributes

Unchangeable

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Divine John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. Self-sacrificing John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Inseparable Rom. 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Constraining

2 Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

Sacrificial

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.

Manifested by His Death 1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Eph. 5:2 b & c as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

5:2 b-c Sacrificial love pleases God like the sweet aroma of worship. (Resembling the holy anointing oil and the pure fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer, to be burnt on the golden altar of incense in the inner court of the tent of meeting. Ex.37:25-29.) Mirror Translation

Related Scriptures:

Leviticus 2:9 ‘Then the priest shall take from the grain offering a memorial portion and burn it on the altar. It is an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Exodus 29:18 “And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Hebrews 13:15-16 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, I am Love, you are Love! WHAT???”

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

One thing that really helped me realize the truth of who I am was by comparing and contrasting what I understood about the concept I was taught of a God and what I knew and had experienced about Love. From the perspective of a human being God is always something outside, separate, and above you. This God is always connected with judgment and causes the one who believes in him to tremble in fear. Love on the other hand, which can be compared to the Father’s love, is completely different. This Love is a life-giving Spirit. It is the very life within you.
This Love understands it brought you into being by giving you its very life within. Love knows you as itself. He is in you. He is Love and you are Love.

And to answer, “how are we love”? We are love by knowing who God is and who I am. He is Love; that is all and all. We are ALREADY enough. We know as we are known and the more you get to know someone by the Spirit of Love, the more you bear witness to the truth.

Since we have the love of God inside and are love, act accordingly.

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 03/14/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

4:29 Instead of cheap talk, your mouth is now a fountain of grace, giving encouragement and inspiration to everyone
within earshot. Mirror Translation

Related Scriptures:

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Col.4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Eph. 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

4:30 The Holy Spirit is your signet ring from God to confirm that you are redeemed to live your life in the light of day, any conduct that belongs to the night grieves Him. Mirror Translation

All sin is a cause of personal sorrow to God. Yet, He knows the sin problem is taken care of. We are still called to “walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called”, to walk in fellowship with the Lord. And the Holy Spirit occupies the Christian and is the source, the bond, of the spiritual fellowship with have with God. He is our teacher and our comforter. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit and is the cause for the loss of fellowship, the loss of filling, the loss of the controlling ministry of the Spirit. The Spirit’s presence is also a seal of assurance of the life and inheritance that we possess now and will possess fully in the end. The very thought of this should encourage us to keep ourselves pure.

1 John 3:2-6, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

Eph.4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

4:31 Take up the strongest possible position against every form of distorted behavior in your own life, do not allow yourself to be spiteful; outbursts of violent emotion and rage do not become you. You don’t have to shout in order to make your point. People must feel safe in your conversation, therefore slander and hurtful words (blasphemy) are out! Mirror

Here is even more reference to sins of the tongue and of mental attitude, so that they can be set over against the way that we have learned in Christ. Six things are named here that are decisively to be put away.

1. “Bitterness” is PIKRIA (cf. the English “picric acid”).

2 – 3. The “wrath” and “anger” here are those which spring up from passion and temper because of personal resentment or provocation. The only Christian rule about these is total abstinence!

· Then follows “clamor”, KRAUGEI, which is “the loud self-assertion of the angry man, who will make everyone else hear his grievance.”

· “Evil speaking” is BLASPHEMIA, “slander; blasphemy”. This word is commonly used for speaking against God, but it is also commonly used for slanderous or abusive speaking against one’s fellow men. Since all men re made in the image and likeness of God, you blaspheme man you are blaspheming God

· Finally, Paul adds “all malice”, or “bad feeling of every kind”, thus demanding the complete exclusion from the Christian’s life of every thought that leads a person to speak or do evil against some else.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

4:32 Be inspired by kindness and compassion; your forgiving one another when you might feel irritated and frustrated, demonstrates the way God graciously treated us in Christ. Mirror Translation

A forgiving spirit is one of the most obvious and telling character traits in a growing Christian. The lack of a forgiving spirit is the mark of the novice Christian. The word “forgive” is a Grace word, in the English as well as in the Greek. An early meaning in English was “to give or to grant”. Then, “forgive” came to mean “to remit a debt; to give up resentment or claim for requital; to pardon an offense.”

(John 20:23) Of whomever sins you remit, (cancel) they are remitted to them. Of whomever sins you retain, (not abolish) they are retained.

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 03/07/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

4:25 Faking it and lying to one another was part of the old life; now speak always only that which truth inspires to your fellowman. We are related to one another like different parts in the same body, (cheating him would be cheating yourself!) Mirror Translation

When Christians try to deceive one another, they break the bonds of royal family, love, and fellowship. We belong together as members of one body, so we must be completely honest and open with one another. “Lying is a great hindrance to the proper functioning of the body. When members are open and truthful, the body will work in harmony and therefore efficiently. Without openness and truth, there can only be disunity, disorder, and trouble.”

Eph.4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,27 nor give place to the devil.28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:26 Even if you think you have a valid excuse, do not let anger dominate your day! If you don’t deal with it immediately (in the light of the likeness of Christ in you) the sun sets for you and your day becomes one of lost opportunity where darkness employs anger to snare you into sin. Mirror Translation

Characteristics of Sinful Anger

1. Anger is sin from the soulish nature. Gal. 5:19-21, “Now the deeds of the flesh [soul/sense nature] are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…”

2. Anger is related to foolishness. Eccl. 7:9, “Do not be quick to be angry in your heart, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.” The Bible defines a fool as a person without wisdom. He may be a genius, but his thinking is from human viewpoint. He thinks and acts apart from God’s standards and controls. The paramount fool (and the beginning of foolishness) is the person who has “said in his heart, There is no God.” Look at Romans 1:18-31 for a detailed description of the results of deliberately turning away from God. A fool is on a rapid downward slide towards destruction, both in this life and the one to come. In the list of terrible sins which characterize the ungodly are several which are either causes or results of anger.

3. Anger is associated with grieving the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ. Eph. 4:30-31, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Notice the contrast here between conditions of anger and the results of impersonal love.

4. Anger is a violation of the Christian’s code of conduct as a member of the Body of Christ. Col. 3:8,9, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, {and} abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its {evil} practices”

5. Anger hinders effective prayer. 1 Tim. 2:8, “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”

6. Anger is always accompanied by other sins. Prov. 29:22, “An angry person stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered person abounds in transgression.” Anger promotes the sins of gossip, self-righteous judging, maligning, revenge, complaining, bitterness, and many others. Heb. 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”

7. Anger makes a person his own worst enemy; he brings misery upon himself. Prov. 22:8, “He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.”

Unhappiness comes from many sources: failure to be occupied with Christ, failure to maintain a relaxed mental attitude, failure to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, thus, failure to grow in Christ. Lack of growth means lack of joy, lack of love, lack of divine viewpoint.

8. Anger promotes jealousy and cruelty. Prov. 27:4. 9. Anger causes misery for loved ones, friends, and community. Anger destroys a nation. Prov. 21:19; 22:24; 24:25; 29:22. Amos 1:11, “Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its {punishment}, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever.”

How does anger start?

Ephesians 4:27 nor give [a]place to the devil.

4:27 Any sin that you tolerate is an open invitation to the devil. Do not give him a platform to operate from. Mirror Translation

In Ephesians 4:27, the apostle Paul writes, “Neither give place to the devil.” The word “place” is the Greek word topos. It refers to a specific, marked-off, geographical location. It carries the idea of a territory, province, region, zone, or geographical position. It is from this word that we get the word for a topographical map. Because the word topos depicts a geographical location, this lets us know that the devil is after every region and zone of our lives — money, health, marriage, relationships, employment, business, and ministry. He is so territorial that he wants it all. But to start his campaign to conquer all those areas of our lives, he must first find an entry point from which he can begin his campaign of unleashing his devilish destruction in our lives.

How does it all start? It starts through giving place to the enemy through our mind, our thoughts, then words, then deeds.
We often throw open the door to the devil when we:

• Refuse to let go of old hurts and wounds.
• Refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong.
• Refuse to forgive others for what they did.
• Refuse to stop judging others for their grievances.
• Refuse to admit we were wrong too.
• Refuse to say, “I’m sorry” when we’re wrong.
• Refuse to lay down our “rights” for others.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:28 If you were a thief before, you are one no more. Find an honest job where the fruit of your labor can be a blessing to others! Mirror Translation

Let him steal no longer and work to help others:

Paul in Eph. 4:28 then gives two positive changes to the Ephesians in this area. First, the practical answer for the thief is fairly straightforward: work and earn, don’t steal. Second, Paul specifies that “theft” involves more than just taking physical objects from others. Work done ought to be “honest.” Those who were dishonest swindlers were just as much “thieves” as those who swiped fruit from open baskets. The former thief was to no longer lie or manipulate others, but personally work to provide for his own needs and the needs of others.

We never talk about the negative unless we present the positive.

Opposites:

Lie – Truth
Anger – Love
Stealing – Faith

All sin is mistaken identity. We think we are still living in the soulish/sense realm. All sin’s root is doubt and unbelief.

Examples:

If we lie, we really don’t believe the truth. If we are angry then we really don’t believe God is Love and We are Love. If we steal, then we really don’t believe God can supply all our needs.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT VS FRUIT OF THE CARNAL/SENSE/SOULISH NATURE

Love – Lust
Joy- Grief/Sorrow
Peace- Strife
Long suffering- Impatience
Kindness- Cruelty
Goodness – Evil
Faithfulness- Unfaithfulness/Deceitful
Gentleness- Rash/ Rage
Self-Control- Anger

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

 

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02-29-20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32
Eph. 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

4:23 (Pondering the incarnation, the truth about you displayed in Christ) will cause you to be completely reprogrammed in the way you think about yourself! (This happens in the spirit of your mind, on a much deeper level than a mere intellectual and academic consent.) Mirror Translation 

Spirit of the mind
The heart is the center or mind of the spirit. (Eph 4:22-23) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; mind of the spirit (heart)

Greek- Strong’s # 2588 { kar-dee’-ah} GK – 2840 { kardiva } the heart
1)denotes the center of all spiritual life
2) the center and seat of spiritual life
3)of the middle or central or inmost part of anything
4)the center for understanding. (see diagram from lesson 1)

So the heart is the mind of the spirit

Eph. 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

4:24 Immerse yourself fully into this God-shaped new man from above! You are created in the image and likeness of God. This is what righteousness and true holiness are all about. Mirror Translation

What To Put On: Put off old man, put on new man.

OLD MAN LED BY SENSE REALM; NEW MAN LED BY SPIRIT
Old man ~double minded; New man ~ Christ minded:
Old man~ Good and evil; New man ~ only good :
Old man~ light and dark; New man ~ LIGHT:
Old man ~ judgment by appearances ; New man ~ Love
Old man ~sense, natural senses; New man ~ spiritual senses;
Old man ~ religion/ thought you were separated from God; New man ~ no separation/ONENESS:

Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.

Old man ~sense realm, reasoning; New man ~ Faith:
Old man ~ sin conscious; New man ~ Son conscious/ righteousness conscious
Old man ~ self conscious; New man ~ Christ conscious:
Old man ~ Law; New man ~ Grace and Truth.

Related Scripture:

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Synonyms for Edification· Light. Eph. 5 “…walk as children of light. “Christ formed in you” Gal. 4:19, connotes edification. “The new man,” Eph. 4; Col. 3, refers to edification· “The perfect/mature man,” James 1:4. “Imitators of God,” Eph. 5
1 Cor 14:26, “When you assemble, let all things be done for edification.”(building up)
Acts 9:31, “All the church were having prosperity, having been edified, (built up) and advancing in occupation with Christ.

The Root of a Prosperous Life

The Word calls the devil the enemy of all righteousness (Acts 13:10). Why is this? Because the enemy knows that righteousness is the key to all victory in our lives. And that’s why the enemy spends all his time attacking the gift of righteousness in your life—trying to put inferiority back on you and trying to keep you thinking lower of yourself than what God says about you.

The enemy only works in your mind if you allow it. Researchers have found that depression starts with a thought. You cannot experience all that God has for you until you are established in righteousness.

Righteous means you have “right standing.” It means you have the right to stand in the presence of God—without a sense of guilt or shame or condemnation, without a sense of inferiority, without a sense of fear. In other words, it means that God is pleased with you! It’s a gift, of course—made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

But when you receive the gift of righteousness by faith, you’ll understand that you’re not in the process of being made the righteousness of God—but you’re in the process of learning about that righteousness in you and in the process of living out that righteousness.

2 Cor. 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us. ISV

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!!

Righteousness is the taproot to all other blessings—
• the taproot to favor (Psalm 5:12).
• the taproot to prosperity (Proverbs 13:22).
• the taproot to healing (Malachi 4:2).
• the taproot to victory over sin (1 Corinthians
15:34) in soulish realm. Christ already paid for
and has the victory!!
• the taproot to wisdom (Proverbs 2:7).
• the taproot to spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:14-
15).

Righteousness is a gift that will protect you and provide you with favor, wisdom, insight, power, authority and the anointing! The Bible says we can be established in righteousness (Isaiah 54:14). The gift of righteousness will provide an unshakable foundation for our lives—a rock to stand on in the midst of every storm.

Jesus never said that the wise man wasn’t going to have storms. He just said that the wise man built his house upon the rock—this man was established in righteousness because he built his life upon the Rock of God’s Word ( hearing, understanding and doing the Word of God)

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Keys:
• Recognize that you need to get understanding. You need a revelation of who you are and what God has done for you now and from the beginning. We will not reign in life without the gift of righteousness, and we will not reign in life without understanding the gift of righteousness.
• God wants our minds filled with a consciousness of righteousness because He knows that the enemy gains access into our minds when we lack confidence in who we are in Christ. (ignorance)
• Sow into righteousness. Plant your best seed toward a harvest of righteousness in your life.

Isaiah 32 says, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever…When it shall hail, coming down on the forest, and the city shall be low in a low place, you’ll be blessed because you sowed beside the waters”—

Isaiah 32:1-2 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice.2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a [a]cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place,

Is. 32:16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.19 Though hail flattens the forestand the city is leveled completely,20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

You’ll be blessed because you sowed the seeds of righteousness!

(2 Co 5:21) For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Righteous Conscious vs. Sin Conscious

We are the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God IN CHRIST! Because HE has made us RIGHTEOUS, we can be no more righteous tomorrow than we are today! We can be no more {HIS} Righteousness a year from now than we are today! The problem with people is that they speak to the dirt {Adam} & not the Seed {Christ}, thus, you have a works mentality which is rooted in a sin consciousness! You can preach all day to the dirt {Dirty messages}, but give me the substance of that Seed planted and full grown! Give me the Christ and His Finished Work!

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02-22-20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles 9unbelievers)walk, in the futility of their mind,18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (living completely in the sense/soulish realm)

4:17 My most urgent appeal to you in the Lord is this: you have nothing in common with the folly of the empty minded masses; the days of conducting your life and affairs in a meaningless way are over! Mirror Translation

4:18 Their understanding is veiled by an interception of light (an image cast by an object, representing the form of that object) Therefore the life of God remains obscure and foreign to them because ignorance blindfolds their hearts. Mirror Translation

4:19 Having become conditioned to a life distanced from God, calloused in spirit, lust and greed driven, they have totally abandoned themselves to outrageous shameless living. Mirror Translation

Related Scripture:

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Points:

1.Darkness causes a Christian to fail to orient to the plan of God. He does not know God’s plan or how it works, and he does not know how he fits into God’s plan.

2.Darkness brings about a failure to orient to the grace of God. The result is arrogance and legalism, lack of forgiveness, lack of graciousness.

3.Darkness causes inner misery, unhappiness, anxiety, lack of peace. These things cannot be compensated for by anything in life, but the negative Christian spends his life in a frantic but futile pursuit of happiness through the details of life.

4.Darkness can bring about neuroses and psychoses – anxiety. Phil. 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard [STABILIZE] your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

5. Darkness results in a frantic search for happiness through details of life, or through some form of sublimation.

6. Darkness leads to slavery to the details of life. Sins may grow out of 12 things in life money, success, pleasure, sex, social life, family, loved ones, career, hobbies, health (too much emphasis on the body), status symbols.

7. Darkness leads to apostasy, erroneous thinking, false doctrine in the soul.

8. Darkness is accompanied by a lack of capacity to love, leading to pseudo-love towards God, family, the community.

We teach that our little spirits became darkened by the fall of Adam into the sense realm. He plunged mankind into living by the soulish/sense realism, what we think, see, hear, touch etc.

Scripture is clear about living solely in the sense realm.

1 Corinthians 2:14–15 But the natural [soulish/sensual] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

Jude 16-19 These (soulish/sense/carnal persons) are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are [a]sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

I Tim. 6:4-5 he (soulish/sensual person) is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Emphasis on Light:

You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. (Psalm 36:9)

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

For anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, “Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining. If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. (1 John 2:8-10)