Flesh and Blood

“Now this I say, Brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption” (I Corinthians 15:50).

The life of all flesh is in the blood (cf. Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11). This is the reason for the prohibition of eating flesh with the blood therein (Leviticus 17:14). Flesh and blood are the natural life of all Mankind. Flesh and blood are subject to mortality because of sin (cf. Romans 8:10). Flesh and blood have been subject to corruption from the time of Adam even as God spoke to him in the day of his sin, “In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

God has ordained an inheritance for His saints, but this inheritance can only be obtained in fullness by the immortal and incorruptible body of Man in the Resurrection or in the instantaneous change we who are alive and remain will experience at the coming of Christ at the last trump.

Inherit: (Gr. Kleronomeo): To get by partitioning, a possessor, a sharer by law in a possession

The Kingdom of God is an eternal Kingdom ordained by God for His People, a Kingdom in which we may be a possessor and sharer of eternal life in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (cf. Romans 14:17). To experience, possess and share in the fullness of the eternal Kingdom of God we corruptible mortals must of necessity go through the transforming process of the Resurrection. Until then, we can only enjoy the down payment of that promised Life by receiving the Holy Spirit, even as the Apostle wrote to the Ephesians: “In Whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the Redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13b-14).

As long as we are flesh and blood, we must live and walk by faith (cf. Galatians 3:11). We must live in hope (cf. Romans 5:2), even as we rejoice with the joy of the Lord.

Flesh and Blood: The Incarnation: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The Incarnation of Christ was the glorious plan of the Father and the Son for the Redemption of Mankind. As the Apostle John more fully describes this in his First Epistle: “That which was from the Beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life; (for the Life was manifested and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal Life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I John 1:1-4).

The testimony of the writer to the Hebrews also sets forth the purpose of the Incarnation “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also, Himself, likewise took part of the same; that through death, He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Hebrews 2:14).

Indeed, as the Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Ephesians: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). And as the Apostle wrote in his second Epistle to the Corinthians: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (II Corinthians 10:3-4).

Flesh and blood, the mortal and the corruptible are, indeed, our current lot in life. Jesus spoke it to Nicodemus, “That which is born of flesh is flesh” (John 3:6). However, there is also a new life we can live in the present that transcends the flesh, life in the Spirit, life in the New Creation, the life of those who are Born Again. “Marvel not that I said unto you, you must be born again” (John 3:7). As you live in flesh and blood, mortal and corruptible, live also in the Spirit and begin to “taste the heavenly gift, partake of the Holy Spirit, taste the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come” (Hebrews 6:4-5). After all, it is the down payment to all the fullness of your inheritance, an inheritance that is “incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:4-5).

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The Bond of Peace

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

There is a unifying power at work in the Body of Christ and it is the power of the prayer of Jesus, “that they may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may know that You have sent Me” (John 17:21).

The John 17 oneness or the “unity of the Spirit” in the words of the Apostle is held together in the “bond of peace” because of the strong bonding of the Body of Christ as individual members of the Prince of Peace. The Bond of Peace is the inherent order in the Spirit by which God has “gathered together in One all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him” (Ephesians 1:10b). Any disruption of this Order is a disruption by the failures and weaknesses of mortals which will in the end be overcome in accordance with the appearance of Christ.

In the words of the Apostle, we are to “endeavor” to be in unity in the Spirit which means we will have to make every effort and be forever diligent to guard and watch over our relationships with others in our life in the Spirit “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

The Bond of Peace: There is a unity by bonding that are “ties that bind” our hearts in One, just as there is a natural unity of the body by the union of ligaments, tendons, and joints that unite the body and form the body as one unitary being. The unity by bonding in the Body of Christ is a bonding of Peace.

Peace (Gr. Eirene from Eiro): Agreement, to join together, Prosperity

The joining together in the Body in agreement and harmony where all things are reconciled in Christ produces the prosperity and peace of God in each member, as we lay down our lives for one another in the very nature of the Lamb of God.

As members of the Body of Christ, we come into the Unity of the Spirit by the means of sacrifice. This has been the means of God’s grace in the saints from the beginning. We sacrifice in accordance with our knowledge of the will of God. We sacrifice in obedience to that known will. Christ Jesus knew the will of the Father. He sacrificed, He willingly laid down His life in obedience to the will of God. Philippians 2:8 tells us, “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.”

May it always be that the prayer of Jesus is fulfilled in each of our lives together as members of His Body. May each of us prayerfully endeavor to keep, watch over and guard the unity of the Spirit. May each of us commit our hearts to live in obedience to the known will of God and to sacrifice our own will to His will and become completely reconciled to the Lord and to each other in patient endurance and in the love of Christ. May the Bond of Peace seal us in Oneness that the testimony of Christ may be given in all the world and may all come to the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace.

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The Wonder of Nothing

“As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (II Corinthians 6:10).

Isn’t it amazing how completely opposite living in the Kingdom of God is compared to the thinking of most living within this present economy? It proves that which Jesus spoke to Pontius Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36a).

How on earth is it possible to be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing? To be poor, yet make many rich? To have nothing, yet possess all things? Well, in the earth realm this is impossible; but, in the Kingdom of God all things are possible.

The spiritually wise and discerning know exactly that which the Apostle was saying. It is no mystery to them. This is the beautiful wonder of Life in the Spirit. In that marvelous realm you see, experience and enjoy a life of constant contradictions that absolutely confound the counsel of this world. “Where is the wise? Where is the Scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this cosmos?” (I Corinthians 1:20).

The Wonder of Nothing: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). Ex Nihilo: from or out of nothing. Oh, the wonder of God and the power of our Creator. The songwriters Byrd and Hindalong gave us the lyrics to this familiar hymn of worship: “God of wonders beyond our Galaxy. You are holy, holy. The universe declares your Majesty. Lord of heaven and earth”.

Of course, we are writing of the things concerning faith, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). That intangible little word, faith, is a substance, a foundation, a support, an assurance, a confidence that destroys doubt and unbelief and incredulity. What a wonderfully powerful word faith is. Yet, it is also the evidence of things not seen. It is the proof, conviction and convincing invisible testimony to the truth.

The Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans wrote: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For the invisible things of Him from the Creation of the World are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).

There is a wonder in apparent nothingness; indeed, a splendor. Yet, there is a world of invisible activities and actions that go unnoticed, except to the discerning. One said to another, “What are you doing?” To which the reply came, “Nothing”. Yet, within that “nothing” was a whole world of action and activity: a heart was beating, lungs were breathing, a body was sitting, standing or walking around; a mind was thinking, emotions were feeling sadness, joy, anxiety, fear or numbness. The wonder of it all. As you live out your days, do not miss out on the wonder of nothing. If you do, you will miss out on a whole world of creative activities where God dwells.

“He stretches out the North over the empty place, and hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).

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Teach Your Children Well

“And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 3:15).

Wise Unto Salvation: The Lord is saying to us today, why is it you ask your why’s and wherefores in vain? The wise know where to go for their answers. The wise and aware come to Me, the Fountain of Living Waters, for answers that satisfy their souls.

It is the wisdom imparted to us from our teachers in our childhood years that keeps us as we grow older from the wiles and deceptions from the enemy of our souls. Our enemy is working hard in this generation to overthrow the wisdom of our forefathers, but this can be prevented if we will continue to teach our children well, and resist the new doctrines of those who oppose.

Teaching well is the teaching of the Faith of our Fathers grounded in the Word of God, the Scriptures, the Faith which is in Christ Jesus.

In his Epistle the Apostle wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, who had been taught by his mother, Eunice and his grandmother, Lois (cf. II Timothy 1:5). Timothy’s father was a Gentile married to Timothy’s Jewish mother, Eunice. It was Timothy’s mother and grandmother who instilled in young Timothy the Holy Scriptures. When he heard the word of the Gospel from the Apostle Paul, his spiritual father, Timothy embraced it and became a disciple of Christ and faithful servant of the Lord under the tutelage of the Apostle.

The importance of believing mothers who instill the Word of God into their children cannot be overstated. The words of the mother to a child leave lasting impressions upon their young minds and hearts. When those words are words of faith, trust and hope in God, those words will make them wise unto salvation; and will teach them well the lessons of life and faith that are critical in later years to withstand the buffeting and bruising of the soul from the storms of life that arise upon all.

The Apostle encouraged his young disciple with these words: “Hold fast the form of sound words which you heard from me, in faith, and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing, which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).

If we will teach our children well, the Gospel will flourish, the Kingdom will advance, Christ will be glorified, the Church will grow up to maturity and be the witness to the Truth God the Father intended and the Great Commission will be fulfilled:

“Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Teach your children well. Their future and yours depend on it.

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Groanings That Cannot Be Uttered

“Likewise, the Spirit helps our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

In many trials and overwhelming situations words fail us in our prayers and petitions to the Almighty. Sometimes we are confounded with feelings of helplessness, and we are unable to cope with the pain of loss. In such times of stress and pressure we must rely entirely upon the only source God has given us for expressions which are made not with words, but with the groanings of the Holy Spirit.

Groanings (Gr. Stenagmos from Stenazo): To be in straits, to sigh, inaudible prayer

The groanings of the Spirit, however, do not only have to do with our feelings and our stresses and pressures; rather, they are the groanings from the heart of the Father for His people as He Who knows all things sees the coming disasters and groans through His intercessors with groans that cannot be spoken in words.

There are also the groanings of the entire Creation as expressed by the Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans: “For we know that the whole Creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but we ourselves also which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption, to wit, the Redemption of our body” (Romans 8:22-23).

Therefore, on these three levels: The Creation; We Ourselves in our mortal bodies; and God, the Father, by the Holy Spirit groan in intercessions with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Why does the Creation groan? The Creation groans because it “was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who subjected the same in hope. Because the Creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the Children of God” (Romans 8:20-21). When sin entered the world through the fall of Man, the entire Creation was brought under the bondage of corruption. Likewise, when the Redemption of Man was accomplished through the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creation was also given hope of deliverance from the judgment of sin into the Liberty of the Redeemed, into an “expectation that is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God” (Romans 8:19).

The groanings of the Holy Spirit have been evident throughout the history of man; and most evident through the Prophets, Jeremiah in particular declared “My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war” (Jeremiah 4:19). The Prophets, the Seers, were moved by the Holy Spirit to make intercessions for the People to save them from the calamities that were about to come upon them be they war, famine, pestilence, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Apostle Paul was in deep groanings in the Spirit for the Church of Galatia and expressed himself by writing, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). Travailing prayer is a very intense experience of intercessions with cries and groans in the Spirit for people, events and moves of God in the world. Many great revivals have come as a result of travailing prayer with groanings that cannot be uttered.

We are living in such an hour in our world today. This is a time for Prayer. This is a time for Travailing Prayer. This is a time for Intercessions by the Spirit of God through the Saints with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Seek the Lord with all your heart, cry unto Him for His salvation to be revealed in the earth. Give yourself to the Holy Spirit to be a vessel of interceding prayer and let His Spirit have His way. Let us wait upon Him. Let us experience the Heart of the Father by the Holy Spirit and see what marvelous things He will do through us when we pray, whether with words, or groanings that cannot be uttered.

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Listening to the Divine

“And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall listen” (Isaiah 32:3).

There is a discipline to listening to which few take time to attend. We practice our speeches, our orations, our prayers. We flood heaven with our petitions, praise, supplications and intercessions; but we spend precious little time listening for the voice of the Lord.

The Lord does speak in multiple ways to the discerning soul. He speaks in visions, dreams, parables and riddles and dark sayings, those mysteries that are waiting to be revealed. He speaks through the Scriptures. He speaks by prophetic utterance, by tongues and interpretation, through signs and wonders, by angelic visitations and sundry other ways. Are we listening? Are we discerning? Are we dialed in to the right frequency? Or are we preoccupied with other things?

Listening to the Divine takes time. Can we give time? Can we devote time to the discipline of listening, or are we full of excuses? Are we giving time to watching and praying, or are we just watching other things? Are we just too busy, with our routines, our schedules, our daily tasks and obligations?

Sometimes things are clear and easily understood; at other times we will need to diligently search out a matter to find the answer. The Prophet speaks thusly, “You shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). That is the diligence required in listening to the Divine.

Listen (Heb. Shama): To hear intelligently with careful attention, obedience. Hear, discern, perceive

Listening to the Divine requires intelligent, careful attention. The hearing thereof requires disciplined discernment and perception by the spirit. The intuitive spirit knows the voice of the Divine and conveys the message to the understanding mind. Why build the body and neglect the spirit? (cf. I Timothy 4:8). Listening to the Divine is a spiritual exercise.

Are you ready to start hearing from God? Are you open to the Divine visitation? Are you willing to begin the process of giving more time to listening? Are you willing to sacrifice a few things to clear time for the devotion and discipline required for listening to the Divine? The Lord is patiently waiting. He hears your prayers. He receives your praise. Now give Him time to answer you in ways that will astound you. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (Psalms 29:4ff). Open your heart to Him and let Him speak. Experience the joy of listening to the Divine.

The Prophet, Isaiah, was witness to the Majesty of the Most High with the Seraphim around His Throne. “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here am I, send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8).

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The Perils of the Undisciplined Mind

“Finally, Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

The undisciplined mind is a minefield of opportunities for all kinds of terrible things to happen to oneself and to others when acted out. It is a plague of our time and in this generation with all the gadgets, networks, and media at our disposal continually without interruption.

Figments: Beware of figments, those imagined realities that exist only in the mind and in no other reality. Figments exist in the undisciplined mind and are the cause of many disastrous things in our world. Depression, unfounded fears, anxieties, anger, hostility, and even fits of rage are only the beginning of the devastation that may occur. Self-destructive figments of imagined realities with no redeeming qualities of which to lay hold, only delusional images that drown in sorrow and shame.

Figments are also the cause of overconfidence in one’s own prowess leading to taking daredevil chances with life and limb, leading to tragic loss of life or limb when things turn for the worse. Figments lead to pride, arrogance, and visions of grandeur, that may cost the lives of those to whom such a one commands or leads. Leaders beware the figments that inhabit your thoughts in idle times and produce a harvest of regret.

Sadly, you can imagine there’s no heaven, no hell below, no countries, no religion, no possessions. You can believe in strawberry fields forever where nothing is real, but that is a figment that has deceived many in our generation. The perils of the undisciplined mind can be perilous to many generations who follow the imagined reality to the final conclusion.

The disciplined mind is thoughtful, with a footing in reality and on a solid foundation. The disciplined mind thinks truth, acts out truth and speaks truth. The disciplined mind is pure, lovely and virtuous and the fruit of such a mind is a bountiful harvest of purity, loveliness and virtue in thought, word and deed.

The disciplined mind leaves no room for figments, rather casts them down, and takes them captive to the obedience of Christ (cf. II Corinthians 10:5). The disciplined mind thinks honest things that are of a good report; things that are praiseworthy and true. There is no dishonor in avoiding the perils that ensnare the undisciplined mind.

The Apostle exhorts us, and we would be wise to take heed to “exercise the mind and be mentally disposed to things above, not to things on the earth; for you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ Who is your life shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-3). That is the fruitful reward for the disciplined and healthy mind. And the perils of the undisciplined mind shall not be known.

Then it shall be as the Prophet declared: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Perfect peace, rest and assurance to those who seek the mind of Christ and know His will. Shalom.

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The Only Wise God

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (I Timothy 1:17).

Wise (Gr) Sophos: Thoughtful, sagacious, discreet, intelligent

There is something very exclusive to our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That exclusivity relates to the personhood of our God, Who, beyond being all-powerful, omni-present and even omniscient, is all wise, and as the Apostle wrote to Timothy, the only wise God.

What qualifies God as, the only wise, is the essence of His Being (Gr. Ousia). The Apostle describes the only wise God as the “King eternal, immortal, invisible” which makes Him worthy of “honor and glory forever and ever”. Indeed, Amen. Our God is the Thoughtful, the Sagacious, the Discreet and the Intelligent One, Who by His intelligent design created the heavens, the earth and all that is therein, and sits as Ruler over all His creation.

The General Epistle of Jude closes with the words: “To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:25). Again, as with the Apostle Paul, we see the “only wise God” worthy of glory, majesty, dominion and power” which are attributes of Kingship with a seat of authority over all. These accolades are not mere flattery, but genuine declarations of fundamental aspects of our founding Church Fathers’ belief in and understanding of the Divine. Indeed, the Personhood of God is clearly evident by the witness and testimony of our Fathers in their writings which show forth the wisdom, revelation and spiritual understanding they were given by the Spirit of God.

There are so-called gods who have powers, and there are forces of nature that can command the elements to act and stir up destruction. There are gods of mythology that can procreate and act in powerful ways, but the “only wise God” is reserved for and exclusive to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The prayer of the Apostle was “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto [us] the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17). Indeed, it is only by revelation knowledge that we can comprehend such a One as the only wise God. May it be so that we can obtain to this understanding and knowledge of God our Father and Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The Apostle closes his Epistle to the Romans with the words, “To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27). Why this description? Clearly the Apostle was given the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”.

In speaking of the Messiah, the Prophet Isaiah wrote: “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

Now, in our time the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon us to reveal to us the mystery of the “only wise God” and to come to the knowledge of Him, who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God. What a glorious privilege and blessing we have been given by the glory of His grace to enter into relationship with Him and to know Him in the Person of His Spirit and to have revealed to us all that has been declared and promised in the Scriptures by the Holy Apostles and Prophets. May it be an ever-increasing revelation until that glorious day when we behold Him face to face.

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The Angelic Charge

“For He shall give His Angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee in all Thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).

Charge (Heb) Tsavah: To enjoin, or appoint over, command as a messenger, put in order

Charge (Gr) Entellomai: To order, command, enjoin

There is a divine order in the Kingdom of God with Angels serving to fulfill the will and purpose of God in the earth and in the lives of all His people. This was also true during Christ’s time on earth as the Immanuel. It was the Angels who ministered to Him and continually watched over Him in fulfillment of their charge (cf. Matthew 4:11).

The Angelic charge is an assignment from our Heavenly Father to watch over, protect, minister to and strengthen the saints in our mission and calling during our time here on earth. We must know we walk in the company of Angels as they are faithful to their charge to us from the Master.

Pertaining to these heavenly hosts, it is as the writer to the Hebrews testifies, “are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Indeed, we are the heirs of God in Christ and God has sent forth His servants, His Angels, as His divine messengers to “keep us in all our ways.”

Do you know that God has enjoined, commanded and appointed Angels to keep you in all your ways? Do you know that you walk in their company continually? This is not new. It has been the way with God and man from the beginning. Search the Scriptures and you will find the interactions of God and man, through the mediation of Angels, whether Patriarch, Judge, Prophet, Priest or King. Whether Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher, the New Testament is replete with story after story of these encounters with the “ministering spirits and flames of fire” sent to us from our Sovereign God, on assignment with their Angelic charge.

When the Apostle Paul was in the midst of the storm in the Roman ship headed to Rome, it was God who sent His Angel to rescue him from the sea and to speak to the people “there stood by me this night the Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying ‘Fear not, Paul, you must be brought before Caesar, and lo, God has given you all them that sail with you'” (Acts 27:23-24). With whom are you sailing? They are yours and you are God’s. The Angelic charge is over you and yours.

Do you doubt the intervention of God in your life? The just shall live by faith and part of that faith is the reality of the Angelic charge. God really does care for you. He really does love you and has given you all you need for this life and the life to come. Part of that provision is the sending of His divine messengers whom He sends directly to you for your aid and comfort. He gives His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone. That is not just nice poetry. That is the reality of His Angelic charge, and that reality is yours.

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In the Absence of Guile

“Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalms 32:2).

Guile (Heb): Remiyah from Ramah: Treachery, deceit, to betray, delude, remiss with falsehood

In the absence of guile there is honor, honesty, integrity and truth. Sorrowfully, in our world today there is too little of the virtuous and too much of the treacherous. Just as Judas Iscariot there are too many who are ready to betray, who align with the Evil One, the master deceiver and father of lies.

In the absence of guile there is trust, faithfulness, loyalty and true friendship. Today there are lovers of self, who are untrustworthy, faithless and disloyal to family, friends and country. They are groomed to play a part whose actions are only deceptions and snares for the gullible and innocent.

The Psalmist wrote: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Psalms 34:13). In the absence of guile there are good intensions, there are words spoken to promote goodwill, love, peace, encouragement and all that edifies and uplifts. The evil heart brings forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, thefts, false witness and blasphemies (cf. Matthew 15:19).

Imagine a world with the absence of guile in the marketplace, in the world of finance, in the making of contracts, and the taking of vows of faithfulness. How wonderful that world would be. But those full of guile produce fine print that contains snares and traps for the man of honor and the unsuspecting. The “generation of vipers” are plotting their way to take captive the man of integrity and crucify him. These consult together how they might take by guile (Gr. Dolos) and kill the Righteous One (cf. Matthew 26:4). In the world full of guile there is always a Judas to do the bidding of the wicked.

The Apostle Peter exhorts us in his First Epistle: “Wherefore lay aside all malice, and all guile, hypocrisies, envies and all evil speaking” (I Peter 2:1). Then concerning Christ, he wrote:

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him Who judges righteously. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the Tree, that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:22-24).

The Apostle speaks further in his Epistle thusly quoting the Psalmist: “For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (I Peter 3:10).

It was the testimony of Jesus concerning the disciple, Nathaniel: “A true Israelite, indeed, in whom there is no guile” (John 1:47).

In the absence of guile there is godliness, holiness, purity and love. The Apostle John speaks to us richly when he wrote concerning those “who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, the Redeemed from among men, the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the Throne of God” (Revelation 14:4b-5).

Oh, to live in that world in the absence of guile.

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