—Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.—George Eliot. Love and faith are not mutually exclusive entities locked in separate chambers like cats and dogs; but derive meaning form each other….in the case of faith and love critical meaning. The two quantities are often at odds in Christian circles. On one side you have those who point fingers of derisive scorn at others labeling them odiously as “those word of faith” people. So doing they define themselves as being the other side: …the “word without faith” people…they put all their eggs in the basket of “love” as if faith and love are two separate things. Jesus defined love as only seen when we act in obedience to God who defines himself as “love” saying (GOD IS LOVE), so when we obey God we are showing love; and it is impossible to please God except but by faith, because the things that God asks of us are not humanly possible except where it involves God doing what man by faith speaks the work of faith, calling for the mighty works of Jesus which are only done when God gets involved in performing the words of his servant.
The river that is God is full of water, the very life and power of God flowing from the source at the very throne of God eternal in heaven. It visits the earth, and waters it: God greatly enriching it with the river of God, which is full of water: he prepares them corn, when he has so provided for it. He waters the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settles the furrows thereof: thou makes it soft with showers: he blesses the springing thereof. God crowns the year with thy goodness; and his ways enrich the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing. He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them, (and give it all to the least in his kingdom).The River Amazon is second in length only to the Nile, but in all other statistics for sheer volume, width, and force of water, it tops the list of world’s mightiest river. Pulling water from both hemispheres north and south out of six different countries: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia it flows 1/5 of all river waters on the planet through a mouth bridging the Atlantic for 200 miles, and draining a basin of 2 1/2 million square miles with such force the yellowish silt can be seen from satelite spreading one hundred miles out into the Atlantic. Having it’s source a silvery mountain stream 17,000 feet high up in the snowbound peaks of the Peruvian Andes, it receives more tributaries, and streams than any other river in the world.
If our strengths are our weaknesses; then when we are most strong, then we are weakest. Who knew that our strengths could be our weaknesses. If man does not live by bread, or other natural means alone, then he cannot be strong by himself alone, but by supernatural means which God supplies to him where his strength is so weakened to receive this strength of God. At the points where man’s strength is weakened to receive the strength of God, it is there at that point that the strength of God is to be expected. The ultimate weakening of our strength is in death and even at that point God’s resurrection strength is sufficient to revive the dead back to life so nothing is impossible unto man through Christ who is the strength of God for us to do all things.
Jesus is the most precious thing in heaven and on earth where he is revealed. God can be present but not make his presence known, and that becomes a problem for man who wants to know him. By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation who are our confidence and the confidence of them also who are afar off upon the isles of the sea. Barely seven years old the scripture said that he did not yet know the Lord, Samuel was introduced to the priesthood. Sleeping in his dorm the Lord came calling; but he didn’t know it was Jesus calling him. I can’t tell you how many times I missed Jesus when he was calling me; cause I didn’t know his calling, or my heart was just plum out of tune….his sheep are supposed to know his voice distinctively. If you tell people today that the lord talks to you, they want to measure you for a proper fitting net or just get a net—any net for you. The Western church culture is more interested in religious chit-chat that you find on the shore or in shallow water than what you find when you launch our in the deep beyond the city limits of man. They look at you all cross-eyed when you start taking Jesus seriously.
BY FAITH IN CHRIST…Old things are passed away, and all things are become a new creation in you. Whoever now lives in you therefore, is not you anymore, but it is God…God is God and he is in you; because you being old are passed away. Having passed away, you are dead, yet now you are living as Christ, and Christ is God, but you are not supposed to say that...
The river that is God is full of water, the very life and power of God flowing from the source at the very throne of God eternal in heaven. It visits the earth, and waters it: God greatly enriching it with the river of God, which is full of water: he prepares them corn, when he has so provided for it. He waters the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settles the furrows thereof: thou makes it soft with showers: he blesses the springing thereof. God crowns the year with thy goodness; and his ways enrich the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing. He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them, (and give all to the least in his kingdom).
People are always giving God a bad rap for all the evil that goes on in the world. If we are going to blame God we sould be willing to share in the blame as well because he says that whatever he could do he has made it possible for we who believe in him to do it as well. Job 22:30 says, if you acquaint yourself with the Lord you shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands. You shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass. We have Jesus who in the beginning was the word, and was made flesh. Herod thought he was John Baptist come back to life and others thought he was Elijah because of the mighty works that showed forth themselves in him and according to Jesus those works are to show forth themselves in us as well. Today however instead of showing forth those works, Christians do works of altruistic humanism that atheists can do by simple human efforts. Nothing of the works Jesus did could be accomplished in that way, which is a damning revelation on the stater of Christian faith in the Western church culture. Is it an exaggeration where Jesus asks: will I find faith on earth when I return, and he is soon to return so the question is answered in the negative today.
Mark 6:5— And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them… Matthew 13:58—And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. We are Jesus’ new hometown. He thought he made a new creation but it is full of the same old unbelief as Nazareth because he can do no mighty works through we who believe in him and are to do those same works he did. Jesus was stopped cold in his tracks of mighty works by the people who were most familiar with him, in his hometown. The place where we live is called home. Jesus lives in us that’s where he desires to dwell—in Zion….in us. We are his hometown; not some dusty desert town called Nazareth; we are called Zion the city of perfection—that precludes sin, disease, sickness, and death. We are the occupation force to keep them at bay in measure till Jesus comes back bringing with him that kingdom that banishes them forever. So all the generations from the promise of Christ to Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations: at total of 42 generations approximating 2000 years. Now since Jesus Christ unto our present generation there have passed 42 generations (2000 years) and throughout those generations the spirit of Nazareth Hometown unbelief has crept into Zion the city of perfection, the present hometown of Jesus, and have prevented any mighty works form showing forth itself because of our unbelief….no mighty works have been no yet are done.
GOT SKILLS…..GET FAITH! Impressive though our human skills may be in helping us to accomplish what humans are known to do, none of our unbelievable human skills great as they are, can help you walk on water? Peter walked on water raised the dead and the skills that were on the résumé of the disciples and Jesus their master included many such things. This is the manner of life that God offers to us in Christ Jesus. They are not to be seen as cheap magicians trick but engage the powers of darkness to set the foundations of the world to right again. The faith of the sons of God is what is required to do this; by this faith we can be in this world as Jesus is not just in name but in power; for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power demonstrated to deliver from things that confound physicians.
After you have done the perfect will of God and everything goes to pot; you have to judge God. After you’ve lined up all the ducks and they all fly away; you have to judge God. After you followed his leading and did just what he told you to do, and disaster shows up; you have to judge God. When all manner, form, and shape of temptation rides up into your port; you are not going to make until you judge God; and you are going to have to judge him sooner or later. Abraham did what God asked of him and finally received Isaac, the beloved son of his ooooooooooold age; then out of nowhere God asks him to kill Isaac as a sacrifice. After you follow through on God’s leading the outcome might seem underwhelming in light of what you might have expected; and you are going to have to judge God. This is how Jesus judged God. Isaiah 49: The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, ……. in whom I will be glorified…… 4 Then I said, I HAVE LABOURED IN VAIN, I HAVE SPENT MY STRENGTH FOR NOUGHT, AND IN VAIN: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God
Where we are instructed to go and heal those we encounter in the way and tell them that the kingdom of God is near; Jesus is having us pass out samples of the power of the world to come. Today however except for salvation, we put off everything of the kingdom God that is given to the world of the future to come, and only offer words.
If broken structures are not restored, they loose the original context of their intended use and take on meanings in an entirely different context. In such a case one man’s junk or displeasure becomes another man’s treasure or delight. God says where his heritage in the earth is broken, and not restored, it takes on an entirely different contextual meaning and used for other purposes.
If it were a train to catch, they’d never make it. Christians plan to go meet the Lord after they die. Well you don’ t have to die to be dead. When you come to the end of your earthly means and ways; you are as good as dead. Jesus begins where your human strength, wisdom, resource, love, patience, friends and family come to an end. If a man does not hate his life….if he loves his life more than me; he is not worthy of me. When you come to a place where there’s just no way; you are looking at Jesus, but don’t know it, like the travelers on the Emmaus Road who walked with him, but didn’t know it was him. When confronted with the impossibility, you’ve just been handed an invitation to meet with the Lord like Joshua on the eve of the great battle where Joshua had to ask: are you against me or against my enemies. Sometimes where God is perfecting his workmanship in us he looks like the unjust Judge; at that time he is saying I have judged you worthy to advance on the kingdom…..vehement pressing is required to enter.
If broken structures are not restored, they loose the original context of their intended use and take on meanings in an entirely different context. In such a case one man’s junk or displeasure becomes another man’s treasure or delight. God says where his heritage in the earth is broken, and not restored, it takes on an entirely different contextual meaning and used for other purposes. Jesus warned us saying:
Things that are the chief of the ways of God are the things of exquisite irresistible delight, beauty, glory, and splendor in this world. They hold people captive to the world because those things are only parts of the ways of God, but the people who are captivated by them, have made them the whole of the ways of God to them, so those things wind up becoming a as a god to them. In and of themselves these things are not evil, but when removed from the context of the fullness of God where they derive meaning, they become evil. Like an exquisite gem that some adventurer goes and pulls out of it’s setting in an exotic temple and removing it the whole building begins to crumble around them.
If you’ve never been Jesus Christ before, it’s not like an amnesia patient whose memories are going to slowly come back. You’ve never been there nor done that; so it’s not going to be something remembered like riding a bike after many years out of practice. You are going to look in the word and see who Jesus is and aspire to be all of what he is in word and works, minus all of what you were. We are called to obtain the glory of Jesus and grow up into him in all things. You look in the word, compare what you see with what you are and seek our Father’s intervention to get you to become in the flesh what you see in the word as Jesus. For thousands we’ve been seeing the ghastly disparity between the Jesus that’s in the word and the one we call ourselves and have come to accept that as the de facto status our state of reality. No one questions it. It’s as bizarre as seeing a cadaver that’s part dead and part alive. Maybe that’s why nobody does the works of Jesus anymore…..we are all zombies!
If you believe what you hear in the secular press and in the various reports from the halls academia, God is actually not in league with his own creation, but science is always dropping the scoop on God—surprising him at every turn. The fact is that long before man stumbled upon the phenomenon of atoms, they were there, electricity was there for him to discover long before man came around to it. Whether in expressions of exousia, or dunamis: all power is of God, and without him is nothing at all period.
Everything we do is based on how we see ourselves; when it should be based on how we do not see ourselves, because if you are in Christ it is no longer you who are there living, and if it is no longer you, then you should not be able to see yourself, but Christ who lives in you; and not your abilities, but his abilities should be the measure of what is possible with you. That’s why you can do all things according to how you see Christ in you strengthening you for all things to be possible with you.
and set the world in his heart that men by searching can find nothing of this world that is the perfection of beauty.
What Christians do with the power of God that is abounding to them for the reconciliation of
In the body of Christ there are two different camps sheep and goats, and they have different skill sets: one in the spirit and the other in the flesh. Doing the works of our flesh, instead of doing the works of Jesus in the flesh are two very different things. Christians are called Christians…not Paulinthians. We are called to be Jesus, not Paul. Paul himself said he had not yet attained that for which I had been called; I am a work in progress in other words, but let the one that is perfect have this mind: let him press toward perfection....let him lean toward perfection; thorns are not perfect. The circumstances of Paul’s thorn does not damn the rest of Christianity to thorns.
With currency, change is bad when you come up short on the count. A cashier may wind up taking a loss, or another unhappy customer back to the establishment for justice. Once in a while the winds of fortune blows and you come up with a surplus, but being only change, it’s not something you’re going to likely write home about. In the other context of change, it is bad when there is a new pattern in the way things are done, and that new pattern has a net negative effect when overall results are considered.
Where the rubber meets the road people don’t want to take their chances on God, so they wind up trusting in themselves. God invites us to walk in his works…to do the kind of works that he does on the credit of Jesus which requires him to get involved in carrying out such works, but the kind of works that we have come to get used to walking in is altruistic humanism that Atheists easily can do by human efforts alone without the power of God. When we leave the power of God out of the works that we do, we leave Jesus out of those works; he doesn’t have get involved. God’s work actually requires the power of God, and the power of God is Jesus.
The word of God is a mirror for us. Jesus is seen in the beginning as the word of God who later became flesh. When we look in the word we are supposed to see Jesus and then make necessary adjustment through the grace of God supplied to us so that we are the word of God in the flesh…Jesus in the flesh. If any man looks in the word, sees Jesus as himself; the way that man ought to be, then walks away and forgets what manner of man he is: that man has deceived himself. Whenever we forget that we are Jesus, we have deceived ourselves.
Herod thought that Jesus was John Baptist come back from the dead and that’s why mighty works were done by the hand of Jesus. When the world sees us they should get the impression that we are Jesus Christ come back from the dead accounting for the mighty works done by our hands according the exceeding greatness of the mighty power of God that is with us when we raise the dead and do all the other works of Jesus that he told us to do.
All the dead that are to be raised back to life in the great resurrection, are distinctly different from the dead that God has ordered to be raised back to life at our hands by Jesus walking with us as our life and the power of God to do these things as a clear beacon signal of his approaching kingdom which is hinted of by such works that are done by our hands through Christ who strengthens us to do it. Justice delayed is justice denied; so is delaying the power of God to be demonstrated for this generation, and putting it off for some after life world to come a denial of the power of God.
The terribleness of the law was set in place to waken us to the majesty of what God is calling us to, and the terror and unworthiness that it awakens in us can only be overcome by the spirit of boldness that comes with the spirit of sons that we receive so we can actually relate to God affectionately as ABBA Father….free of that fear raised by the terribleness of the law. It is such an instrument that God did set in place to guard against fallen man’s way back into the garden of Eden. The word is spirit/angel, and is a sword and often compared to fire, a flaming sword. This is why the scripture urges us to do what the word of God says: because of the "angels" showing to us by message the mind of God. This is how God has hidden his glory, kept by the schoolmaster of the law till the spirit of Sons is received by those who are sons and daughters...God created the male and female image of himself, but is the same God.
The “works of God” that Jesus told us to do are the works of God because they are accomplished by the demonstration of the spirit and power of God; works of altruistic humanism that Atheists do are accomplished under man’s steam, and are different. For clarity simply reference the mighty works of Jesus in his 3 years of ministry, which is what God is asking us to continue forasmuch as Jesus’ life is continued in us. Saul lost his kingdom when he received clear instructions about what to do about the Amalekite who tried to ambush Israel as they left Egyptian bondage to find refuge in a new home. In spite of the fact that Saul knew what the clear instructions given him were, he modified it to be more consistent with what was obviously more reasonable. Today Pastors knew exactly what Jesus did in ministry, and know also that Jesus told us to duplicate those work of God, but we have changed it to be more consistent with what is obviously more reasonably altruistic humanism that atheists can do as well without the power of God displayed as a witness for men to see. Regardless if the world believes or not, they should have the benefit of that witness of God's works to consider. These signs are to follow us as the credentials of our faith, and as a sampling of the powers of the world to come in the kingdom of God that is near to them.....at the very threshold of breaking forth upon this world. That kingdom is in power not word.
When Jesus’ disciples saw him in action they looked at each other and asked: what manner of man is this? Well he’s the manner of man that God had in mind for us when he thought of the concept of “man”. The trinity then looked to each other and said, let us make man after our kind, and in our likeness, in our image and let them have dominion over all of the works of God. So God made Adam and told him to have dominion over all the works of his hands. Adam failed, so God became man and passed the torch along to his disciples whom he told to go into all the world and make disciples of men that are as their master or (just like you disciples whom I’ve trained to be just like I am).
Atheism is Christianity with a bad case of indigestion. They (the clergy) cross land and sea to make one convert twice the child of hell as they are. This warning that Jesus gave to the leaders of the church saying that when they do not enter into the kingdom of God, or (when they fail to live up to type of ministry that he an his 12 trained disciples demonstrated and then passed along to them to continue doing), is that they would instead produce disciples that would be twice the child of hell as they for not obeying him. Today you look across the globe and what you see is a stunning fulfillment of that warning. For the better part of the last 1000 years the church has been producing some of fiercest most outspoken Atheists in history. Like Darwin, they all come from within the chruch, and are twice as smart, know the bible better than most of the clergy, and are exceeding vexed and bitter because of what they see as gross incompetence in them.
BY FAITH IN CHRIST…Old things are passed away, and all things are become a new creation in you. Whoever now lives in you therefore, is not you anymore, but it is God…God is God and he is in you; because you being old are passed away. Having passed away, you are dead, yet now you are living as Christ, and Christ is God.
Psalm 39:4-9—LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. 7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. 9 I was dumb , I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
It isn’t possible for the eye to see what the mind isn’t prepared to conceive. Without the mind to see; the eye may very well look, but not recognize it. Ever drive right through a red light before, and then thought….OMG! Well you did see the red light, you just did not recognize it at the time; your mind was otherwise occupied. God says eye has not seen, not ears heard, not heart understood the things that he has prepared for the ways and the thoughts of the new man that we are supposed to be in Christ, because the mind of Christ had not yet given to men.
Ever blew through a traffic light without seeing it? We've been doing something similar in ministry for almost 2000 years.
Though God’s glory faded in Adam, it is returned unto us in Christ Jesus. Man has no glory to begin with, but he is supposed to wind up obtaining the glory of God in Christ Jesus, for man is the visible image and glory of the invisible God. It’s like getting someone’s credit card to go and do stuff with it…..do stuff or buy stuff with it. Well the glory of God goes where God is. If God comes to man well guess where the glory goes. Somehow we seem to think it is possible that God is going to come to man but not his glory; that glory is going to stay somewhere else cause the glory of God is more important than God himself. It’s the one thing from a kid I’ve heard preachers harp on. God will never give his glory to man.
Impressive though our human skills may be in helping us to accomplish what humans are known to do, none of our unbelievable human skills great as they are, can help you walk on water? Peter walked on water raised the dead and the skills that were on the résumé of the disciples and Jesus their master included many such things. This is the manner of life that God offers to us in Christ Jesus. They are not to be seen as cheap magicians trick but engage the powers of darkness to set the foundations of the world to right again. The faith of the sons of God is what is required to do this; by this faith we can be in this world as Jesus not just in name but in power; for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power demonstrated to deliver from things that confound physicians.
THERE NO HUMAN FEATS IN THE KINGDOM. No human feats of accomplishments are recognized in the kingdom of God. That is why Jesus instructed his disciples to bring no script…. no human script to the ministry. Jesus said the clergy who trust only in human efforts to get things done in the church cannot enter the kingdom of God. Going to heaven, and entering into the kingdom of heaven are two different things; in the same way that raising the dead which Jesus asked us to do and the coming day when everyone that is dead shall be raised back to life are tow different things. You can enter heaven as an infant of days, but you cannot do the works of God as a child in understanding. Children drink milk, but strong meat is for the mature believer, and no one is asking for strong meat; no one seem to have the stomach for it.
MONEY MOUTH ...You can tell what a person values most because he is always talking about it. Paul says about the old saints, they believed and talked often one to another about what they believed; we, (meaning Paul and his generation) also believe and do speak often abut the works of God that Jesus let us to continue doing till he returns to earth bringing that kingdom with him. Our generation however says it believes well enough, but do not even speak of any of things Jesus told us to do: raise the dead heal the sick as well as tell of the coming kingdom in which these things are the constant state of things. If it is ever spoken of these works of God are consigned to the number of things only Jesus did and can do, but cannot be done today be the clergy. Where a mans treasure is there will his heart be also. The kingdom of God is a treasure in a field which a man sells all he has to purchase that field to own the treasure.