Of What Spirit Are You?

“Jesus turned and rebuked the disciples, and said, ‘You know not what manner of spirit you are of'” (Luke 9:55).

We are all subject to strong emotions. It is a daily battle to have self-control. Emotions pour forth from fear, frustration, prejudices, biased opinions, long-standing disagreements and many other triggers, and “hot buttons” that produce expressions of anger, hate, heated arguments, etc.

The Disciples, James and John, were very upset with certain Samaritans, who did not receive Jesus into their village. They said to Jesus, “Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did”? Then forthwith came the rebuke: “You know not what manner of spirit you are of”.

“Of what spirit are you?In the name of the Lord do you act out of your emotions? It happens all the time. We quote Scripture and express it with the wrong spirit. Whether in marital relations, politics, in the market place, or with the church elders. Have you ever come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit for your bad attitude, your expression that was an offence to Christ? Believe me, it is a painful conviction, and upon receiving requires immediate confession and repentance.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. The nature of the Holy Spirit is Divine. The power of the Holy Spirit is prophetic, discerning, healing, wise, full of knowledge, miraculous.

Being of the Holy Spirit means we live full of grace, speak the truth in love, and are divinely enabled to forgive. We fully trust in God as our Defender, Vindicator, and Victory. Our actions are Spirit led, directed and controlled. Our words are wholesome, edifying and redemptive. In all things we are holy, pure, righteous, and godly. We know of what Spirit we are. We know we are of God.

“We know that whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness. We know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding that we may know Him that is True, and we are in Him that is True, even in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and Eternal Life” (I John 5:18-20).

In the Holy Spirit there is nothing foul, unclean, demeaning, impure, filthy, dirty, sensual or sinful. The spirit that produces these things is demonic, satanic and devilish, and of the sinful flesh.

The Apostle James declares, “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

The Apostle John exhorts us, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1).

“Of what spirit are you?”

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Fait Accompli

Fait Accompli (French): A thing or fact accomplished;

Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:3-5).

In the realm of the Kingdom of God there are things that are completed before they exist in time and space. There are mysteries that are very real; yet, have not been disclosed (cf. Matthew 13:35). There are predestined things, predetermined things that are a Fait Accompli based upon the very Word of God spoken into existence and ordered by the will of God.

It was a Fait Accompli that before the foundations of the world were laid the Saints of God were chosen in Christ, the Lamb of God, to be the holy Ecclesia, the holy ones called out of the world, to be without blame before God; to be adopted children of God; all in accordance with that which was pleasing in the sight of God: His will, His plans and His eternal purposes set forth before us and declared to us by His Holy Word.

It was a Fait Accompli that the salvation of the world was accomplished by the Son of God on the Cross of Calvary before the worlds were framed, or ‘ere man was created and placed in the Garden of Eden (cf. 1 Peter 1:20). As the Apostle also declared on the day of Pentecost, “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by wicked hands and crucified” the Messiah, the Son of God (Acts 2:23b).

In contemplating the mystery of Christ, the Son of God, it is helpful to understand the nature of the One Who came into time and space from outside time and space, from eternity. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the LORD; Who is, Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). “Before the foundation of the world” speaks of eternity. Speaking from eternity a Fait Accompli is an accomplished fact before it occurs in Time and Space. It is a thing settled in heaven. It is a finished work, a done deal. When we are dwelling in eternity in the spirit, we see things, and know things and can speak of things with certainty, with confidence, with clarity, with authority, with boldness without fear of contradiction.

Today I can speak with complete confidence by the authority of the Word of God and say that Jesus Christ, the Son of God is coming back to this earth to establish His Kingdom. It is a Fait Accompli. It has been proclaimed by prophets, angels and by the Son of God, Himself. There is nothing that will prevent His Return. It has already been settled in eternity.

There is one question remaining. Are you ready for the Return of Christ to happen in Time and Space? By the signs of the Time it is going to happen very soon. Are you aware of the Times in which you live? Do you know the Scriptures? For the sake of your own soul, please take heed to this writing. Do not ignore it; do not put it off, or rebel against it. To do so will be a Fait Accompli you will regret for eternity.

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You Shall Have Tribulation

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Tribulation: (Gr. Thlipsis): Pressure, affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, trouble

There is a doorway into the Kingdom of God. That doorway is a narrow, constricted opening into Eternal Life. It is a self-less, sacrificial, and consecrated path that is full of pressure, affliction, anguish, burdens, persecutions and trouble. For two millennia Saints of God have passed through that gate into the Kingdom. The Apostles taught the people the reality of hardship, the reality of difficulties, the reality of tribulation.

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

For the Saint of God there is peace, the “peace that passes all understanding” (cf. Philippians 4:7). The peace that “keeps our hearts and minds” as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Who is our peace, and very life.

Not only do we have peace, but also “good cheer(Gr. Tharseo): Courage, Comfort, Boldness, Confidence. What is the source of this Cheer? It is the knowledge that Christ has overcome the world as He said; and we have overcome the world in Him and He in us. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; for greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).

For the Believer, tribulation is a way of life. It is our expectation, and experience. The Apostles wrote of tribulation, not as something to fear, rather as something in which to glory (cf. Romans 5:3). Tribulation is not something destructive of our faith; rather for the Believer tribulation “works patience”. In turn patience works experience and experience works hope. Our hope is not disappointed, because the love of God overflows in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (cf. Romans 5:4-5).

We also know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, as the Apostle wrote to the Church at Rome: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword? As it is written, for Thy sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loves us” (Romans 8:35-37).

The reality of Tribulation is matched by the reality of the God of all Comfort, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort others who are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we are being comforted of God” (II Corinthians 1:4). This is the great wonder of the Presence of God in the Faithful. We become the vessel of Grace, Mercy, Peace, Love, Joy of the LORD, and the Comfort of the Holy Spirit. What a privilege it is to bear this in our mortal bodies as a sweet fragrance of Christ.

The Apostle was almost ecstatic in his boasting in the LORD as he lived out his faith and ministry in the Gospel. He says, “Great is my boldness toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation” (II Corinthians 7:4). Good cheer, exceeding joy, glorying in tribulation; that is extraordinary, but it is to be the new norm for the Believer in these Last Days, just as it was the old norm for the Apostles in the beginning of the Church after Pentecost.

Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica: “For verily when we were with you, we told you that we should suffer tribulation, even as it has come to pass, as you are well aware” (I Thessalonians 3:4).

Finally, it was the Apostle John in his Revelation of Jesus Christ, who wrote so poignantly, “I, John, who also am your Brother and Companion in Tribulation, and in the Kingdom and Patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the Testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:9).

As a Believer living in our world today, living for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, living as a Witness (cf. Acts 1:8), living in Christ, and in whom Christ dwells–Christ, the Crucified–let it be said very plainly: You shall have Tribulation. Yes, to the Church in China, to the Church in Iran, in Cuba, in North Korea, in Afghanistan, and in the United States of America, be of good cheer, Jesus has Overcome the World!

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The Dew of Heaven

“Therefore God give thee the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” (Genesis 27:28).

The blessing of Isaac to both his sons, Jacob and Esau, was a true blessing in the truest meaning of the word. The “dew of heaven” was more than natural. It conveyed an eternal promise of the holy Presence to dwell with us continually.

Dew: (Heb. Tal), To strew over, to cover, especially vegetation

So precious was this blessing; it was passed down, even to Moses who imparted it to Joseph’s seed, when Moses blessed the Tribes at the end of his days: “Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and the deep that couches beneath” (Deuteronomy 33:13).

As the dew refreshes all vegetation: the green grass and herbs of the ground, so there is a refreshing, renewing and sustaining moisture of the water of life to the soul, from “the dew of heaven.”

The heavenly dew is a holy presence that covers us with life giving water, especially in the morning and evening vespers in the offering of our prayers to the LORD.

In a Song of Moses sung to the great congregation of Israel, we hear these words:

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. (Deuteronomy 32:1-2).

There is a danger in departing from our sweet fellowship with the LORD, from attending to our prayers in the house of the LORD. We dare not take the precious presence for granted as Israel did in the days of Haggai, the Prophet. They dwelt in their houses and left building the house of the LORD for a later day. The LORD said to them, “Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:7). “The heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit” (Haggai 1:10).

In the days of Elijah, the Tishbite, the Prophet said to the King of Israel, during the time when Israel worshipped the Baals and Ashtoreth, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew, nor rain these years, but according to my word” (I Kings 17:1).

Oh, may we seek Him daily, continually; may we hunger and thirst to be in His Presence. “As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God” (Psalms 42:1); so says the Psalmist.

In his great distress, Job cried out:

Oh, that I were as months past, as in the days when God preserved me. . .as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle. . .my root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand” (Job 29:2,4,19,20).

We long for the “dew of heaven” to lay upon our branches, to heal, restore, refresh, renew, repair our spirits, souls and bodies.

The “dew of heaven” means favor from the LORD. It is the symbol of the manifested grace of God. It is His smile, His touch, His gentle zephyr upon our heart. Oh, how gracious, how loving, how tender is the “dew of heaven” as it lays gently upon us, and covers us in His embrace.

The “dew of heaven” brings life, eternal life . With the dew of heaven “the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things” (Zechariah 8:12).

The “dew of heaven” brings unity, and a bond of peace: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even Life Forevermore.” (Psalms 133).

Unity, peace, the precious anointing oil and the “dew that descends upon Zion.” In His covering Presence; yes, that is where the commandment is fulfilled: Life Forevermore!

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A Time To Be Born

“For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born. . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a).

For all who may be reading these words, congratulations, you made it through your “time to be born.” You are a survivor. You made it through your season of springing forth from the womb and greeting the world with your unique personhood, and being.

For many the womb was not a glorious place of life, but an ignoble place of dying. Those who did not break forth to life, but suffered the pains of death. Those who did not survive the cruelties of man. To them there was no announcement, “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (cf. Isaiah 9:6a). There was no welcoming greeting. There was no day or night of labor; no mother’s travail to bring forth life; only the pains of agonizing darkness.

There is an irony of ironies in the painful death of the unborn. The un-born, that is a term on which to contemplate. Is the unborn the one who is yet to be born in his time; or is the unborn more the never born whose “time to be born” never arrives–whose “time to die” comes instead. Oh, the irony of the womb.

The womb–that warm, protected, secure place of sustaining nourishment in the care of another, the mother, the giver of life. The womb, the safe space, the peaceful place, of solitude and rest. The womb, the blessed place (cf. Genesis 49:25). The womb, the cocoon of glorious development and change, the pre-natal care-giving place of hope. Please do not change the “w” to a “t”, for heaven’s sake.

There was one glorious womb, the womb of the Blessed Virgin, who brought forth in “a time to be born” and with the announcement of Angels: “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, Who is Christ, the LORD” (Luke 2:11). This One survived the womb, though Herod sought to have Him killed (cf. Matthew 2:16). This One grew and was manifested and declared to be the Son of God (cf. Romans 1:4). This One said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

“Born again.” Yes, born of the Spirit, the giver of Life. Out from the “Life giving Spirit” (cf. I Corinthians 15:45), are born from the “Last Adam” the “sons of God” (cf. Romans 8:21).

There is a “time to be born.” There is a time to be born again. It is your time to come to life, again. It is your time to break forth and break the curse and cruelty of death that held you bound. It is your time to break forth from the matrix of the Spirit and be born, again! Let there be no pre-natal death, no cutting off before the time; let there be life, life, life by the Spirit of our God!

The Apostle John in his Gospel wrote, “Who were born, not of blood, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Born of God, born by Him of Whom no man can interfere or deny.

The Apostle Peter writes: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever” (I Peter 1:23).

The Apostle Paul declared: “When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” (Galatians 1:15-16).

This is your season. This is your time. This is your moment. Receive the promise of God; believe in hope given by the promise. Live. You are being called. You are being chosen. It is your time to be found faithful. Trust, obey, there is no other way. Can you hear the Master calling? Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling; this is your time to come home.

“I am come that you might have Life, and that you might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b)

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Behold, All Things Are New

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

New (Gr. Kainos): Denotes a different form, quality, nature or character as contrasted with the old.

We humans are a contradiction. We like the new. We like the old. We like new things; we like old ways. We like new songs; we like old songs; new cars, old cars. What do we want, anyway?

In God’s new, in God’s Kainos, there is freedom, righteousness, holiness and goodness. Who wouldn’t love God’s new? Well, for one, the devil. The devil wants bondage, wickedness, sin and hate. Quite the contrast, don’t you think?

God’s new is a new nature, a new character, a new life. The Apostle writes: We are buried with Christ by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Think of that, a new life!

In our world we are experiencing change. It seems every day there is some new challenge to our old ways of thinking, our old lifestyles, our way of living with our traditions, customs and mores. How to cope? How to keep our bearings? our sanity in all this that is new? The only way I know is to stay in God’s new, in the Kainos of the Spirit. We need to stay in the “newness of life” in Christ Jesus. It is the best counter to all the challenges we face every day.

Staying in the newness of life in Christ Jesus takes a change in nature. The Apostle Peter writes: we have been given exceeding great and precious promises; that by these we might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (II Peter 1:4). God’s new brings us into a new nature, the divine nature of Christ Jesus. In the divine nature there is peace, there is contentment even in our discontent. There is an authority even to the point of laying down our lives in sacrifice. Jesus said, “No man takes my life from Me; I lay it down of Myself. I have authority (exousia) to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father” (John 10:18). Living in the divine nature is living in the newness of life in the authority of Christ.

What a wonderful thing it is to walk in authority; to have control over our own bodies, our minds, our emotions, our soul by the authority of the Spirit of Christ. The new life, the Kainos of God, the divine nature brings this to us to govern our hearts and keep us in the freedom of the Spirit.

The tyrants of this world desire to keep us under control. They want authority over every area of our being. The enemies of God seek to destroy the works of God and His creation. There is a great battle going on in the unseen world of the heavenlies, the spiritual world of angels and demons, darkness and light, God and Satan; all of which effect us in the seen, the visible, the natural realm on planet Earth. So here we are living out our lives in all the chaos.

Be encouraged, saints of God. We have an answer. We have an understanding of the battlefield. We have a counter for every move of the enemy. We have been given the Spirit of Christ, dwelling in our hearts by faith to walk in the newness of Life; His Life, His Kainos, His new.

In this new, in this Kainos there is a new Form of Being. Christ is formed in us (cf. Galatians 4:19). In His Life there is a new quality of living that is the Life of Another. This is the new creation, “created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (cf. Ephesians 2:10). This is what God ordained for you before the foundation of the world. Behold, the new! Embrace it. Welcome it. Walk in it. When we do, then in all things Christ will be glorified!

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Infirmities, The Door to Glory

“He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Corinthians 12:9).

The Apostle knew by experience the grace and power of Christ. His weakness in himself was his door to the Glory of God. The LORD spoke such a marvelous truth to Paul when He said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” In that hallowed state there is no boasting in the strength of man, no boasting in the wisdom of man, nor the excellence of man; the only boasting and glory is in the LORD.

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (II Corinthians 4:7). These earthen vessels, our mortal bodies, are the doorways to the “grace that is sufficient”, to the glory that excels in all things, that excellent glory of the Father and the Son (cf. II Peter 1:17).

Infirmities: (Gr. Asthenes), Weakness of mind or body; without moral or physical strength; sickness, disease, impotent

There must be no competition between the strength of man and the power of God. There must be a complete surrender of our confidence, competence and self-sufficiency to the all surpassing power, glory and sufficiency of the LORD. Again we hear the words and wisdom of the Apostle: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but out sufficiency is of God” (II Corinthians 3:5). “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that, you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).

What a wonderful knowing it is to have the understanding that we really can “do all things through Christ Who strengthens” us (Philippians 4:13). Strengthens us in our infirmities, in our weakness, in our earthen vessels.

In whatever we do the Holy Spirit is our Helper; even when we pray. “The Spirit helps us in our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

Our weakness, our infirmities is our door to Glory. When we call on God out of our infirmities, the door to the Glory of God opens before us.

To the Church at Philadelphia [Philadelphia! 01/11/21] the LORD spoke these words to the Apostle John in his vision “And to the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write: These things says He that is Holy, He that is True, He that has the Key of David, He that opens and no man shuts; and shuts and no man opens. I know your works; behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it; for you have a little strength, and has kept My Word, and has not denied My Name” (Revelation 3:7-8).

Through our infirmities we can still be true; we can still be faithful; we can keep the Word of God securely in our hearts by faith, and never deny His matchless Name. Oh, the Glory to be revealed to us and to follow through us by His marvelous Grace.

The Apostle Peter wrote concerning the Prophets of old, who went about “Searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the Glory that should follow” (I Peter 1:11). Indeed, Christ came in the form of man, suffered for us and took upon Himself all our infirmities (cf. Isaiah 53); then gloriously rose from the dead and ascended into the Glory of the Father (cf. John 17).

The very One Who is the Door showed us by His example the Truth of that which the Spirit is speaking to us today. Infirmity is the Door to Glory. Out of weakness, we are made strong. Out of death, we rise. Out of the earthen we are made heavenly. We pass through the Door from mortal to immortality into the Glory of God.

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Wisdom, Righteousness and Goodness of Heart

Walking with God is an exhilarating walk as it elates, animates and thrills the soul. To think we mere mortals can walk in the Light of the Lamb in His Wisdom, Righteousness and Goodness of Heart. Simply amazing.

When we walk in the Wisdom, Righteousness and Goodness of Heart, we walk with the keen insight into the Nature of the Divine. When we walk in the Righteousness of God, we walk in His right ways and His order. These keen insights, right ways and Divine order, all flow from the Goodness of our Father’s Heart.

When we walk in the Wisdom, Righteousness and Goodness of Heart, we walk in Love, Mercy, Peace, and Kindness, as the ripe fruit of the Holy Spirit springs forth from our inner being. We walk in the way of holiness and live by the regimen and discipline of the Master’s Lordship. This abounding Goodness of the Father flows from the Throne of the Lamb.

Wisdom (Gr. Sofia), insight into the nature of things

Righteousness (Gr. Dikaiosune), equitable, innocent, holy, just, meet and right

Goodness (Gr. Agathosune), virtue, beneficence, wellness

We would all do well to listen to the Words of Wisdom written by Solomon, son of David:

HEAR, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight;

For I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

He taught me, and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words, keep my commandments, and live;

Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth, Get wisdom; get insight.

Do not forsake Sofia, and she will keep you; love Sofia, and she will guard you.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom and with all your getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote you; she shall bring you honor, when you embrace her.

She shall give to your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in paths of righteousness.

When you go, your steps will not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.” (Proverbs 4:1-13) RSV

King David, the Psalmist, the Beloved, wrote the beautiful 23rd Psalm, from which we get that well loved line: He leads me in the paths of Righteousness for His Name’s sake (Psalm 23:3b).

Our loving Father, our Shepherd, leads us out from the fold and into the fields by the Goodness of His Heart. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and out from the Goodness of His loving Heart He makes His true Nature known. When our eyes are opened, we see Him, we know Him, and we embrace Him by the keen insight of Wisdom; we know Him as we walk with Him in the path of His Righteousness, His Holiness, and His Redeeming Love.

Wisdom, Righteousness and Goodness of Heart. O, the wonder of it all.

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The Perfect Law of Liberty

“But whoso looks into the Perfect Law of Liberty and continues therein. . .shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25).

The laws of God are immutable. They are fixed by the wonderful design and ingenuity of our Creator. Whether Natural Law or Spiritual Law we are governed by the laws of God.

We live in this natural world and are governed by the laws of gravity, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, and other laws of physics and aeronautics. Violate these laws and you will bear with the consequences.

We live in the spiritual world under the laws governing spiritual things, such as life and death. There is the Law of Sin and Death (Romans 8:2). “The soul that sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4b,20a). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). “The body is dead because of sin” (Romans 8:10). The Law of Sin and Death has been in effect since the days of Adam.

There is another spiritual law, the Law of Liberty. James calls it a perfect law for it is an eternal law established by God in Christ.

Liberty: (Gr. eleutheria); freedom, free from constraint, moral independence.

For the freeborn believer in Christ Jesus, we have been birthed into the “liberty of the sons of God” (cf. Romans 8:21). This liberty governs us by the Law of Liberty. James says this law is perfect. It is perfect (Gr. Teleios), i.e. complete. We have the complete, or perfected freedom to serve, worship, submit to, and obey, the will of God without constraint. Jesus lived His earthly life governed by this perfect Law of Liberty and lived in complete obedience to the will of His Father, never sinning once. Meditate on that for awhile. Truly amazing.

The Apostle Paul uses a different term for the Law of Liberty and calls it “the Law of the Spirit of Life” in Christ (Romans 8:2). This Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the Law of Sin and Death. This is the difference between those who are born again of the Spirit of Life and those who are still “dead in sin” (Ephesians 2:5).

There is a problem in the Ekklesia, the Church of the Firstborn, the Body of Christ. That problem is we really do not believe the Gospel we have been given. We profess to faith in Christ as our Savior, but we live, or let ourselves be governed by the Law of Sin and Death. Rather, the spiritual reality is we are governed by the Perfect Law of Liberty, or the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ. The writer to the Hebrews addressed this issue in Chapter 6:1a: “Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection. . .” The writer is exhorting us to go on to completion. He is encouraging us to live under the Law of the Spirit of Life, the Law of Liberty and leave behind the Law of Sin and Death.

How do we progress to our true Life in the Spirit. It is a process of growth. It is a process of growing in our faith, of growing in the grace and knowledge of God. Indeed, the Apostle Paul prayed earnestly for us and expressed his deep desire in his Epistle to the Ephesians:

“I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the Saints; and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:16-19).

James challenges us: Look into these things. Look into the Perfect Law of Liberty. Continue in it. Do not forget it. We have been given the very Life of Christ: His Nature, His power, His will, His mind. Continue in Him and you truly shall be blessed in all your deeds.

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The Splendor of His Majesty

“Get you into the rocks and hide yourselves in the ground from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty” (Isaiah 2:10) NEB

There is a Majestic Splendor of God that brings mere mortals to their knees with chins dropped, mouths open in awe and wonder. This Splendor breaks the pride of man, and brings contrition and a sense of complete unworthiness. The Prophet, Isaiah, had this experience in his day:

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the LORD seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the skirt of His robe filled the Temple. About Him were attendant Seraphim, and each had six wings; one pair covered his face and one pair his feet, and one pair was spread in flight. They were calling ceaselessly to one another,

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His Glory.

As each one called, the threshold shook to its foundations, while the house was filled with smoke. Then I cried,

Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell among a people of unclean lips; yet with these eyes I have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:1-5) NEB.

Yes, this is what it is like to experience the Splendor of His Majesty. When we share in this glory, Isaiah writes: “Then man’s pride shall be brought low, and the loftiness of man shall be humbled, and the LORD alone shall be exalted on that day, while the idols shall pass away utterly. Get you into caves in the rocks and crevices in the ground from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty, when He rises to inspire the earth with fear” (Isaiah 2:17-19) NEB.

Not once, not twice, but three times the Prophet declares his mighty words of exaltation to the LORD:

“On that day a man shall fling away his idols of silver and his idols of gold which he has made for himself to worship; he shall fling them to the dung-beetles and the bats, and creep into clefts in the rocks and crannies in the cliffs from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty, when He rises to inspire the earth with fear” (Isaiah 2:20-21) NEB.

And finally, “Have no more to do with man, for what is he worth? He is no more than the breath of his nostrils” (Isaiah 2:22) NEB. (cf. James 4:14).

The Apostle John was shown this same Splendor in his Revelation of Christ Jesus. He was shown the Lamb seated on His Throne and upon the opening of the Sixth Seal “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us! and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the Throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath is come and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17) KJV.

The Apostle Paul was shown by revelation the coming of the LORD and wrote to the Thessalonians: “For the mystery of iniquity [Mystery of Iniquity 01/13/21] is already at work; only he who now lets will let until he be taken out of the way. Then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the Brightness (Splendor) of His coming (Majestic Appearance)” (II Thessalonians 2:7-8).

Oh, the Splendor of His Majesty! The Brightness of His Coming. The Glory of His awesome Presence! Glory, Honor, Majesty, Dominion and Power be unto our God and to the Lamb.

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