A DICTIONARY FOR NAVIGATORS ON SPIRITUAL ROUGH WATERS chapter 5: writing the end where the end is not the end

Everyone fears the word. After the end what happens? Even with a story. When I came to the alphabet E with the word “end” I could not continue. Then I realize that the end is not really the end. Lewis wrote: “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

CS Lewis was careful and thoughtful when he penned the end story. He opened another door for the reader who wants to know what next and whether there will ever be a sequel. That was why I stopped for five years after writing the second last chapter of a series of four out of five children’s books. It sounds somewhat incredible for any serious writer. What happened? Someone asked. Nothing. The truth is nothing happened after the second last chapter of each book. But surely not many will take such a long pause? You asked. Then you heard silence. A long pause. That was what I heard too in the spirit. Some books can become prophetic. If we are not serious of the accuracy of what end they are created and meant to be in their final choices, we better not write the end.

A DICTIONARY FOR NAVIGATORS ON SPIRITUAL ROUGH WATERS chapter 5: E is for the END word

I read up the meaning of the word “end” by some scholars. Strong’s concordance shows two words, ‘telos’ 5056, and ‘sunteleia’ 4930. I have pondered on both and will quote a few verses to illustrate each of these two words.

telos 5056 end, i. e. a. termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be, the end of all things (i. e. of the present order of things), as in

1 Peter 4:7 NKJV But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

Some scholars have pointed out that Peter could have repeated what the Lord Jesus had warned, and referred to the impending destruction of Jerusalem or Peter’s own and other Christians’ trials and likely death. On the other hand it should be noted that Jesus was referring to the greater events about His own return and the scale of impact that would be be global and far greater than limited locational Jerusalem and the Jews.

The same word ‘end’ is also used in 1 Corinthians 1:8 NLT “He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.” This is very clear that there will be an end of all things when the Lord Jesus returns. This is a fact that the apostles believed and had taught all believers. About the return of the Son of man, everywhere in the Scriptures it is represented that it will come at an unexpected hour, as a thief in the night, and when the mass of people shall be slumbering in false security, Matthew 24:37-39 as sudden as the time of Noah, Matthew 24:42-43 no one knows the hour; 1 Thessalonians 5:2 the Thessalonians believers knew the suddenness of that day when it comes; Luke 21:34 lest that day comes on you unexpectedly.

‘sunteleia’ 4930, entire completion, i.e. Consummation (of a dispensation) — end. The word is used in Daniel 12:4, denoting a time at the end when people seek knowledge fervently and vastly, and 12:13 which denotes the end of Daniel’s earth time, and another end which will come when he will arise to receive his inheritance.

“The word sunteleia signifies a bringing to completion together, marking the consummation or completion of the various parts of a scheme. The word does not denote a termination but the heading up of events to the appointed climax. ” (VIne’s Complete Expository Dictionary)

Jesus spoke of the end of age when He will send His angels to separate the wicked from among the just, remove from His kingdom all things that offend and those who practice lawlessness. (Matthew 13:39, 40, 49,50) In Matthew chapter 13 He used parables to illustrate what will happen at the end of the age, that there would be a separation between the wicked and the righteous. (Read the parables of the wheat and the weeds, and the parable of the fishing net).

The word ‘end’ is also used to denote the consummation of the ages in Hebrews 9:26. “but now, once at the end of the ages, He (Christ) has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” 1 Peter 1:20 “God chose Him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days He has been revealed for your sake.” The history of all preceding ages was a preparation for the manifestation of the Christ. All subsequent history develops the results of that manifestation.

We can see that the word ‘end’ does not necessarily mean THE END. Indeed there is a demarcation line drawn, which shall end the age before that line. After that line there is another beginning of another age. This is the Christian hope and assurance of our belief.

There are many unknowns that are real and existing after crossing the demarcation line for each of us. Reading the Bible we know enough to give us the hope and the faith to walk by the Spirit towards finish line on this side of the line. The line has two sides. On the other side it is a beginning line.

Aptly declared by Lewis, all our life and adventures in this world had only been a cover and title page.

kainotes, 2021-12-19

beloved, this day you shall not fly alone (updated)

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this day I shall not fly alone
with new hope and not forlorn

living
dreaming
planning
parting

leaving behind
my depressed mind

stepping ahead
as my spirit heard you said

do not fear
for I have wiped away your every tear
go forth
as I have come forth

behold
here is My heart
as always of old
ever
never
leave

beloved
you are loved
so deep

so Sweet
this day you will not fly alone

Note added: a famous Christian man who lived for 99 years and is known to perhaps millions in this world died on 21st February 2018 . This poem was written and posted on the 16th five days before that day while fasting for Lent.

A DICTIONARY FOR NAVIGATORS ON SPIRITUAL ROUGH WATERS 45: Promises (and Shield)

psalm 18:30
Today’s words are PROMISES (and SHIELD).
The wise poets in ancient days declared:
About God: He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. (Psalm 91:4)
To God: You are my refuge and my shield, and your promises are my only source of hope. (Psalm 119:114)
I have thoroughly tested your promises, and that is why I love them so much. (Psalm 119:140)
I stay awake through the night to think about your promises. (Psalm 119:148)

The wise prophets looked into the future and proclaimed:
About What God has promised: “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land sparkling with happiness. These are the promises of the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:12)
Prophet Daniel’s prayer: “O Lord,” I prayed, “you are a great and awesome God; you always fulfill your promises of mercy to those who love you and keep your laws.” (9:4)
God likes those who keep their promises: Proverbs 12:22
God delights in those who keep their promises and abhors those who don’t.
Prophet Isaiah knows all about how God’s promises can come true:
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. (30:18)

Here are some Bible verses from the New Testament on “Promises” for meditation and receiving by faith!
Romans 5:1
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
2 Corinthians 1:20
He carries out and fulfills all of God’s promises, no matter how many of them there are; and we have told everyone how faithful he is, giving glory to his name.
Galatians 3:29
And now that we are Christ’s we are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God’s promises to him belong to us.
2 Timothy 2:13
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.
Romans 11:29
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn; he will never go back on his promises.

The Power of the Holy Spirit is our shield today!
Galatians 3:5-7Living Bible (TLB)
5 I ask you again, does God give you the power of the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you as a result of your trying to obey the Jewish laws? No, of course not. It is when you believe in Christ and fully trust him.
6 Abraham had the same experience—God declared him fit for heaven only because he believed God’s promises. 7 You can see from this that the real children of Abraham are all the men of faith who truly trust in God.

sound mind quotes 1: power in me

smith-wigglesworth-quotes“In me is working a power stronger than every other power. The life that is in me is a thousand times bigger than I am outside.”
― Smith Wigglesworth

“The Bible is the Word of God: supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in valor, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through, write it down, pray it in, work it out, and then pass it on. Truly it is the Word of God. It brings into man the personality of God; it changes the man until he becomes the epistle of God. It transforms his mind, changes his character, takes him on from grace to grace, and gives him an inheritance in the Spirit. God comes in, dwells in, walks in, talks through, and sups with him.”
― Smith Wigglesworth

“The secret of spiritual success is a hunger that persists…It is an awful condition to be satisfied with one’s spiritual attainments…God was and is looking for hungry, thirsty people.”
― Smith Wigglesworth

“It is better to live ready than to get ready!”
― Smith Wigglesworth

“God has privileged us in Christ Jesus to live above the ordinary human plane of life. Those who want to be ordinary and live on a lower plane can do so, but as for me, I will not.”
– Smith Wigglesworth

“There is nothing impossible with God. All the impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations of our unbelief.”
― Smith Wigglesworth, Ever Increasing Faith

“The Lord would so cleanse the motive and desires of our hearts that we will seek but one thing only, and that is, His glory.”
― Smith Wigglesworth, Ever Increasing Faith

the eyes of your heart: a haiku

angel on horse2behind a cool glass

flying horse passed by in haste

tree friends waved in silence

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When he is just riding in a car, minding his own business, things are happening in another realm right before his eyes. The trees bend and wave. The cloud moves into position. A clear sign appears in the clear blue sky, which has been unruffled until the moment. From afar he sees a speck of shape come rushing at a good speed and it becomes clearer and larger as he focuses. Here is a clear picture of the flying horse. On other pictures he sees the rider too with a sword. This appearance takes place just after he has visited a most oppressed place of history. He has prayed when others complain of heaviness and unease. Then the celestial rider comes on a horse and the oppression lifts immediately. An amazing experience. He believes in the power of prayers.

And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),

(revised 2-25-16) a door opens: a haiku

 

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a door opens wide
while he is just walking by
pink and gold and light

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Yet he gave a command to the skies above
    and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,
    he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.

(psalm 78:23-25)

Christian Philosophy? Pure Philosophy?

Has anyone heard of Christians having philosophy? what is Christian Philosophy? Is it the same as psychology? Or Greek philosophy? Chinese philosophy? Western philosophy? Eastern philosophy? Here is a good teaching. I quote in full an article from Andrew Wommack.

Every person views their life through a filter. For example, optimists see opportunity in every situation they face, while pessimists can only see defeat and failure. Both could be facing the same circumstances, but their filter determines how they respond. That filter could also be called their philosophy.

A philosophy is simply a way of thinking. And whether you know it or not, the direction that your life is going has been influenced and controlled by your personal philosophy or your dominant way of thinking. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” If that is true—and it is—then it makes sense to be sure that you are viewing your life through the right filter.

Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

In this scripture, Paul was giving the believers in Colosse a warning. The word “beware” is being used in the sense of a sentry on guard duty. It’s a military term talking about being on guard, being on the lookout. And the word “spoil” is not talking about food; it’s talking about the spoils of war that go to the victor—the gold and silver and land.

Paul was saying to be on guard lest you be overcome by an Enemy that will strip you of your treasure, which is the truth that God has placed in your heart. That Enemy, the devil, wants to steal what God has given to you, using the world’s philosophies and the religious traditions of man.

Jesus referred to this in Matthew 15:8-9, which say, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

The people believed the commandments of men more than the Word of God. They maintained a form of godliness but denied the power of the Gospel of Jesus (2 Tim. 3:5). Jewish leaders were saying that Jesus was not enough, that the people still needed to observe rituals and ceremony, and those requirements were making the Word of God of no effect in their lives: “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matt. 15:6).

They were operating according to a philosophy, but the wrong one. Many Christians are doing the same thing today. They have bits and pieces of the Word of God filed away in their brains, but they have not meditated on them enough to change their core beliefs. When the pressures of life come, they are able to quote dozens of scriptures claiming God’s promises, but they act according to their heart values.

A good example of this can be seen in the life of one of our recent Bible college students. She’s in her sixties and a really great woman of God. She had listened to my teachings on prosperity and could quote all the related verses. Intellectually, she understood everything I taught. But at the heart level, she still had a poverty mentality, or you could say a poverty philosophy. She had been raised by parents who went through the Depression and had successfully indoctrinated her with the fear of lack. She was so fearful that she stored and hoarded everything, even keeping her money at home, not trusting banks. Although she had accumulated some money with her philosophy, she still saw herself as poor, and it affected all of her decision making. Her philosophy, or way of thinking, was actually holding her captive and limiting what God could do through her life.

If at your core, you have a philosophy—a way of thinking—that is negative, it will manifest in your life. If you see yourself as broke, sick, or a failure, it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand, if at your core you see yourself as prosperous, healthy, and successful, that will be what manifests in your life. So, it’s important that your philosophy is based on the truth of God’s Word.

It’s through the subtle deception of human philosophy that Satan tries to deceive us. The first example of that can be found in Genesis 3:1-5.

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Now think about this: It says that the serpent was more subtle. The word subtle means crafty, sly, cunning, and deceptive. He wasn’t using a frontal attack to overpower Adam and Eve; he was attempting to change their way of thinking, their philosophy.

Adam and Eve began with a pure philosophy. They were completely dependent upon God and never questioned His wisdom and goodness. Satan first caused them to question God’s word, and then he caused them to question God’s goodness. He beguiled them, which is what Paul was writing about in 2 Corinthians 11:3 – “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Satan has never changed his tactics. He is at work through our society and culture trying to create a philosophy that is contrary to God’s Word. He is always trying to devalue the finished work of Jesus and His Word. Sad to say, it’s working. Even most Christians today do not have their belief systems firmly in place. They are influenced more by culture, motion pictures, their upbringing, or the opinions of others than by the Word of God.

Many of you reading this letter know what the Scripture says. You have read that God wants you to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. You have read that by His stripes, you were healed and that Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly. Yet when you look in the mirror, you see a failure, a loser, or a sick and defeated person. Why is that?

It’s because of your core philosophy. Maybe your parents told you that you would never amount to anything, or a previous mate convinced you that you were worthless. Or perhaps a religious leader told you that you were cursed because of your behavior, and you believed him or her. Whatever the root cause for your belief (philosophy), you are being spoiled, and your treasure is being stolen.

If that is you, then begin changing the way you think. Study and meditate in the Word of God, and change your basic core beliefs. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

In my own life, as I began to change the way I thought, it opened the door to the blessings that God had for me all along. I was actually limiting God by my small thinking; i.e., my philosophy. You may be doing the same thing. If you are, don’t waste any more time—change your mind.

Every believer needs to have a clear biblical philosophy, and it must be based solely on the Word of God. Without it, you will be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.

(the above is quoted from Andrew Wommack at this link: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/christian_philosophy)

Have you ever asked yourself what changed when you were “born again”? You look in the mirror and see the same reflection – your body hasn’t changed. You find yourself acting the same and yielding to those same old temptations – that didn’t seem to change either. So you wonder, Has anything really changed?

The correct answer to that question is foundational for receiving from God. If you lack this basic understanding, you’ll forever ask yourself doubt-filled questions like: “How could God love somebody like me?” and “How can I possibly expect to receive anything from the Lord? I don’t deserve it, I’m not good enough!”

Spirit, Soul & Body will help you to eliminate those and other doubt-filled questions that destroy your faith. If you have trouble receiving from God, this is a must-read!

You can purchase from this link: https://store.awmi.net/p-196-christian-philosophy.aspx 

Passion

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Isaiah 53:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 32: the pattern of ‘pattern’

When a word comes in the spirit, it comes with impact. Like this word, ‘pattern’. For a layman it may seem an ordinary word. For a professional it is not. If someone says, I don’t have a pattern, I just do free flow, the really creative artist will laugh. An artist is known by his or her pattern (Pablo Picasso had his picture drawing pattern. Robert Frost had his poetry writing pattern). Writers, doctors, lawyers, sportsmen, musicians, preachers, politicians, leaders, teachers, everyone with a profession too. Every man has a pattern in life. The world is made up of patterns. The ocean has pattern. Every navigator knows this. No one would dare venture into an unknown zone not knowing its pattern.

In daily life, you need pattern to love, to work, to study, to relax, to socialize, to relate, to connect, to communicate…

In making a dress you need pattern too. The pattern may not be written or drawn. You can have in your heart, memory, or vision. When you boil rice you need to know a cup of rice needs how many cups of water. The really good cooks have a rich storage of secret recipes in their mind,

The travelers like to look at patterns. The photographers like to capture of moments of patterns they see on their cameras. The writers take note of patterns and put them in words. The journalists report patterns. Patterns do not confine to hardware. Software too has patterns. Even moods and feelings and attitudes and perspectives have patterns.

every blogger has chosen a pattern for himself or herself. Whilst reading this blog, you read a pattern. What am I getting at? What is my point? My point (as a spiritual mindman) is as follow:

The spiritual realm has a pattern too. In fact the spiritual pattern governs the physical pattern we see with our physical eyes or detect with our five senses. What we see is often a copy or reflection of the unseen.

Here are some verses for meditation and prayers. Note the link between heaven (unseen) and earth (seen). Both exist and are real. But human need faith to see the unseen.

So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

2 Corinthians 4:18 [Full Chapter]  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Romans 12:2 [Full Chapter]  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Matthew 18:18 [Full Chapter]  “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
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“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 29: the meaning of “meaning”

Today we come to one word, “mean”, and learn to appreciate its depth and width. when we say “I mean” we are telling others to understand what we mean. The word ‘mean’ has no value of its own. The person who uses it can intend one of the following: he really means what he says; or he doesn’t really mean it and he is trying to deceive the audience; or he means it but it is not the truth and he is also under deception; or he just says it to fill the space without meaning to say anything and/or deceive anyone.

To be true, the word ‘mean’ must be used together with the word ‘know’. If you do not know you cannot say anything and mean what you say. The problem is often we just say without really knowing. But there is One who knows what He says and means what He says. Not only that, He wants us to be like Him and know before we say. Here are some examples of Jesus, who always means what He says:

Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).

And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:

The field is the world, and the good seed means the children of the kingdom; the darnel is the children of the evil one,
 
On the other hand, here is an example of Peter who did not mean what he said on the occasion when faced with possible danger of his own life:
Matthew 26:69-71Amplified Bible (AMP)

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and [a]one maid came up to him and said, You were also with Jesus the Galilean!

70 But he denied it [b]falsely before them all, saying, I do not know what you mean.

71 And when he had gone out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, This fellow was with Jesus the Nazarene!

It was sad and shameful for Peter whom other apostles looked to as their leader at that time. He did not know that he needed not to fear even when his physical world seemed crushing. However, he was transformed by the renewal of his mind after receiving the Holy Spirit who gave him the inner strength to tell the truth and mean what he said. He became the first apostle who witnessed for Jesus, preached openly and boldly after Jesus was raised to heaven and brought thousands to give their lives to Jesus. Peter eventually died for Jesus.peter denying Jesus

Spiritual traveler’s notes 14: ‘tongue’ (reposted 2021-07-09)

I decided to repost a further episode from this 2014 series of my story and took this one out at random. Enjoy.

Traveler Ying and 25 teens and children discovered that they were walking downward into the depth of the earth. The gentle slope soon became steep and slippery with the sound of dripping water. They could feel the dampness. Some children slipped and fell and scratched themselves. Some fell into mud puddles. The older children had to carry the little ones and their pace became slow. There were twelve boys and thirteen girls. Each regiment had a balanced mix of older and younger children so each was able to take care of its own.

The underground tunnel seemed to lead to a river as they could hear the sound of flowing water, which became louder and louder as they approached it. At last they stood next to a dark green river. They could not cross it. The water was dark and appeared formidable.

A boy from Xin’s team came forward, knelt by the river bank and started talking in a tongue which sounded like squeaking hinges. He seemed to be talking to the water. It was an unknown language as he was actually speaking clearly and in order, sound by sound.

Lo and behold, the dark green water parted like drawn curtains and revealed crystal clear water below! The dark green veil was only a layer of water plants which camouflaged the river water and life below. Fishes swam toward them and a huge fish which looked like a piece of floating wood if it stayed still, came to the bank where the boy knelt. The fish opened its mouth and spoke in the same unknown language. A fish language. The boy asked and it answered. They were in a conversation. wood like fishes

The boy who was aptly named Yu (fish) explained to Ying and the others, “Our host, Yu Wang (fish king) said he is pleased that he has met a human who can talk to him in his language. Their kind had been waiting for this day. Indeed they expect the day of redemption coming soon! And he could give us the information we need as he can send out his command and his subjects will report instant up to the minute news by water techno communication.”

fish techno communication“Wow!” All the land children exclaimed at this unheard of communication.

Traveler Ying requested the boy to tell Yu Wang their need to get out of the city that night and meet with the messenger sent by their king to help them. Yu Wang listened with a serious frown on his forehead. Then he said, “Yes, it sounds urgent. I will help you cross this river tonight. My subjects will also find out the right route for you to take once you are on land.”

It was an amazing sight. At the command of Yu Wang, swarms of drift wood-like fishes from all over the river gathered side by side, and in layers one on top another for numerous layers, and soon formed a solid underwater fish bridge. “Ready? Cross now!” Yu Wang declared. Boy Yu interpreted and Ying took the lead and the crossing started. From the oldest to the youngest, everyone crossed over without mishap. One elderly adult and 25 young ones.

Once on land, indeed Yu Wang was waiting at the arrival river bank. He told them the route to take was the middle one. “It may look narrow and difficult, but it is the real way. The others are fakes. Good bye and boy, I really enjoy talking to you.” He dived and instantly the dark green water canopy closed up.

There was an opening and they had to climb the rocky walls upward to reach it. The older children tied the little ones to their backs as they climbed. Ying thanked God he had trained and stayed fit as the youngsters were swift and tireless. They had been well trained. They reached the opening and found that they were in a jungle outside the city. There were three paths. They prayed and had peace to take the middle one just as their fish friend had advised.

The children walked in fives. The oldest looking out for the youngest in each regiment. They liked to be called regiments. Traveler Ying realized by now they were actually well trained ‘soldiers’. The middle path was winding and seemed least traveled, overgrown with stubborn creepers with thistles and thorns. Ying led the four boys (Wang the new boy, and the three adventurous ‘trail-blazers’: Ping, Pong, Pang who went away and returned) and one huge girl (August) regiment swung their knives and cut a path through the obstacles. The stars were out and the children walked under their dim lights through the dark jungle.

No one asked “how long shall we walk?” or “how soon can we get out of here?” despite the hurting wounds from scratches, itchiness from mosquitos’ bites, the eerie and threatening sounds made by the night creatures, the mud caked on their clothes, and the hunger and thirst some already felt. They were trained not to take the food ration until the set time. This was the time of urgency and they could not pause and rest. They had to escape under the cover of the night.

However, everyone (including traveler Ying) asked in his heart, “Where is the messenger?”

Facts: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He also brought me out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:1-2)

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today’s answer to how to deal with grief

How To Deal With Grief ? (Click this and visit the original site of audio teaching series by Andrew Wommack)

Quote: “Grief is something that each one of us encounters sooner or later. It cannot be avoided, but it can be dealt with in a positive way. Some of the most influential people in history became better and more compassionate because of the way they dealt with grief; others were thrown into a destructive spiral. This series will help you to come out of grief on the victory side.”

The series covers the following topic:

Your Situation Isn’t Unique

It Came To Pass

God Is Not The Cause Of Our Grief

The Source Of All Grief

Here is an excerpt of the article by the same author, Andrew Wommack.

quote: “The dictionary defines “grief” as, “deep sadness, as over a loss; sorrow” (NAHD). This is not limited to, but certainly includes, the loss of a loved one. It includes the sense of loss that many feel for those who died in the terrorist attacks. People grieve over the loss of relationships, careers, youth, innocence, and many other things.

Those who have lived any length of time are well acquainted with grief and know that it is an inescapable part of life. We cannot avoid all grief, but we can avoid all the destruction that grief can cause.

One of the first things I always minister to those experiencing grief is that their situation isn’t unique. I think this is very important. One of the devil’s most deceptive ploys is to make you think that no one else knows what you are going through. There have even been songs written about, “Nobody knows the trouble I feel, nobody knows my sorrow.” That just isn’t true.

The Scripture says very plainly, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” (1 Cor. 10:13). Any situation you find yourself in is not only experienced by others, but it is a common experience to us all. This is very important to understand. If Satan can make you believe your situation is unique, then you automatically exempt yourself from all help that is available. Regardless of how others attempt to help, you remain beyond their reach because, in your mind, they haven’t experienced your loss and therefore can’t understand or help you. That isn’t true….

In the early days of our ministry, people stayed away from our meetings by the droves. I was having a hard time coping with that. It was causing me grief. Then I went to some of Kenneth Copeland’s first public meetings.

He rented the Will Roger’s Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth for a three-day meeting. That auditorium seated 3,500, but he only had one or two hundred there at the most. When I saw that Kenneth was experiencing the same numbers problem I was, it really encouraged me. It didn’t bless me that people weren’t coming to his meetings, but I took courage that someone whom I knew was anointed was experiencing the same problems that I was. 
 Those experiencing grief need to see that others have experienced similar things and have lived through it. In fact, people go on to thrive, not just survive. ..
Another very comforting thing to remember in a time of grief is that the situation is only temporary. One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is, “It came to pass.” That’s why it came: to pass. No tragedy is permanent. Even death is only a temporary separation.

This is exactly the logic the Apostle Paul used to comfort those who had lost someone they loved. ..
Death is not a permanent split for believers. It is just a long separation. We will be united with those who have died. Remembering this will bring comfort (1 Thess. 4:18) and can even provide a lot of positive motivation.

Putting all our tragedies into the perspective of eternity also minimizes their impact on us. .. Romans 8:18 says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Paul suffered more persecution than any of us ever have…
His affliction wasn’t light because it was less than ours, but because he put it into a different perspective. He said his afflictions were light because they were “but for a moment” (2 Cor. 4:17). After a million years in the presence of the Lord, all the hardships of his life would seem like nothing. That’s true for all of us.

I once had a woman tell me about her terrible situation and ask for prayer for her marriage… I said, “Now, let me get this straight. You aren’t a Christian, and you know you are headed for hell; yet you want me to pray for your marriage and not your salvation?” She said, “Yes.” I said, “After you’ve been burning in hell for a thousand years, you won’t even care whether you were ever married or not. Your marriage isn’t the important thing. We need to pray for your salvation!” She agreed and I had the privilege of leading her to the Lord! We then prayed for her marriage…

 Probably the most important thing I minister to those experiencing grief is that God is not the source of their grief. I believe this is absolutely essential. Anyone who believes that God directly causes their grief, or indirectly allows it to happen, is headed for trouble.

Many people are totally shocked at that last statement…

Look at 2 Peter 3:9. It says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” You can’t get it any clearer than that. It is not God’s will for any to perish, but they do…

 The Lord does everything possible to stop people from going to hell. He sent His only begotten Son to earth to bear our sins. He sent His Holy Spirit to convict us and draw us to Him. He sends laborers across our paths. Any person who goes to hell will have to climb over all these roadblocks that the Lord has put in their way. It’s not God allowing them to go to hell. It’s people’s own free will that God gave them which causes their destruction, not God… 

The Lord is not insensitively standing by and allowing us to suffer. He is touched with our feelings (Heb. 4:15) and has sent His Holy Spirit to comfort us in whatever trial may come (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

This article covers only a very small portion of the material included on my four-part album entitled, How To: Deal With Grief. This is not just for those who have lost loved ones. It will reveal principles that will work to overcome all of life’s disappointments.”

(read the full article at this link: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/deal_grief)

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how to deal with grief

random thoughts on spiritual cost

The Cost of Discipleship (Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.”

“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘Ye were bought at a price’, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

“Not hero worship, but intimacy with Christ.”

“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

“It is only because He became like us that we can become like Him.”

“Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it …know only the power of Him on whom their life depends”

“[Jesus] stands between us and God, and for that very reason he stands between us and all other men and things. He is the Mediator, not only between God and man, but between man and man, between man and reality. Since the whole world was created through him and unto him (John 1:3; 1st Cor. 8:6; Heb. 1:2), he is the sole Mediator in the world.”

“There is no way from one person to another. However loving and sympathetic we try to be…we cannot penetrate the incognito of the other man…Christ stands between us, and we can only get into touch with our neighbors through him. That is why intercession is the most promising way to reach our neighbors, and corporate prayer, offered in the name of Christ, the purest form of fellowship.”

“The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the division which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides…The disciples will be sorely tempted to desert their Lord. But the end is also near, and they must hold on and persevere until it comes. Only he will be blessed who remains loyal to Jesus and his word until the end.”

“To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. ..it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, we shall not go astray.”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ These men without possessions or power, these strangers on Earth, these sinners, these followers of Jesus, have in their life with him renounced their own dignity, for they are merciful.”

“So many people come to church with a genuine desire to hear what we have to say, yet they are always going back home with the uncomfortable feeling that we are making it too difficult for them to come to Jesus.”

“[God says] Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend.”

“True prayer is done in secret, but this does not rule out the fellowship of prayer altogether, ..True prayer does not depend either on the individual or the whole body of the faithful, but solely upon the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows our needs.”

“The community of the saints is not an “ideal” community consisting of perfect and sinless men and women, ..No, it is a community which proves that it is worthy of the gospel of forgiveness by constantly and sincerely proclaiming God’s forgiveness…Sanctification means driving out the world from the Church as well as separating the Church from the world. But the purpose of such discipline is not to establish a community of the perfect, but a community consisting of men who really live under the forgiving mercy of You.”

“Anything I cannot thank God for the sake of Christ, I may not thank God for at all; to do so would be sin. … We cannot rightly acknowledge the gifts of God unless we acknowledge the Mediator for whose sake alone they are given to us.”

“The earthly form of Christ is the form that died on the cross. The image of God is the image of Christ crucified. It is to this image that the life of the disciples must be conformed; in other words, they must be conformed to his death (Phil 3.10, Rom 6.4) The Christian life is a life of crucifixion (Gal 2.19) In baptism the form of Christ’s death is impressed upon his own. They are dead to the flesh and to sin, they are dead to the world, and the world is dead to them (Gal 6.14). Anybody living in the strength of Christ’s baptism lives in the strength of Christ’s death.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Singing in the Spirit on higher ground

1 I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand By faith on Canaan’s tableland; A higher plane than I have found, Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

2 My heart has no desire to stay Where doubts arise and fears dismay; Though some may dwell where these abound, My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

3 I want to live above the world, Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled; For faith has caught the joyful sound, The song of saints on higher ground.

4 I want to scale the utmost height And catch a gleam of glory bright; But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found, “Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”

http://hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/396

– power of “confess”

Today we come to the powerful positive word: “confess”. Take note that this is a verb and not a noun. The word has often been associated with fear. No one wants to make public his or her deepest secret. The word “confess” intrudes. However, today we look at the positive side of this word which is in truth a key to opening the door to victory in life!

Here are some powerful and real life and death matters on positive confessions in the Bible:

Jesus ‘confesses’ good reports about believers to God in heaven, for recording purposes! (Praise God for such a system of positive record – the Book of life !)

Matthew 10:32[ Confess Christ Before Men ] “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:31-33 (in Context)

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:4-6 (in Context)

Apostle Peter ‘confesses’ correctly (as led by the Holy Spirit) and is commended instantly by Jesus:

Matthew 16:15-17

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Confessing rightly with our mouths bring us to salvation!

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:8-10 (in Context)

When one confesses, God is listening. Each individual confesses to the Almighty God.

Romans 14:10-12

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.[a] 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”[b]

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

When one confesses, one is giving glory to God. The name of Jesus is exalted. it has to come from the heart and not mere lip service. God knows. 

Philippians 2:10-12

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

One confesses to God for sins. Why? Because God wants to forgive you.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-10 (in Context)

I confesses who Jesus is, to me. Why? Because God wants to live in me.

1 John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:14-16 (in Context)

What shall I do, after confessing Who Jesus is to me? Hold fast to my confession.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-13 (in Context)

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Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-24 (in Context)

what ‘return’ really means: “Come back to God!”

Further thoughts on the word ‘return’. it is all about God. God’s definition on ‘return’. Let us look deeper and allow the current of the Holy Spirit teach us to swim in this vast ocean of uncharted waters. ‘Return’ is all about “Come back to God!”

(Bible verses from 2 Corinthians 5 (in parts) in NLT version.)

Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.

If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view… This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

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“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 22 –word logic

It is not strictly appropriate to use the word logic to explain spiritual words  But we use it for just this one Due to keyboard malfunctioning a lot of substitute words are used here in lieu of the original better words You find out the alphabets not used The enter function and a lot of  typing keys are lost too  But it does not deter today’s determination of this spiritual work Why do I talk about word logic? Here is a present day reason I often heard parent asking for prayers and complaining their children no longer obey parents unlike the olden days They also use one Bible phrase -self control as a prayer need for their children “please pray for self -control for ____” they urged But we know that self-control is the last fruit in the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit The truth is: you need to manifest the nine fruits in sequence and in all and not just an isolated one! The Holy Spirit is one and not divided into separate parts  You do not show one last fruit suddenly without the Holy Spirit or if you are already born again by the Holy Spirit then you let the Holy Spirit work in you and override your own flesh nature before you show the nine fruits So first thing get your kids to be born again Then be baptized and be filled by the Holy Spirit and then be led by the Holy Spirit and then the fruits will appear and the last of the fruits will be your longed-for self -control! For information asking kids to obey parents will not get you anywhere Only the Holy Spirit helps your kids read and follow the Bible You and your kids need God the Holy Spirit (for past ten years you kept quarreling with your kids as they refused to obey you what make you think they will suddenly respond positively to this phrase “obey your parents” without the power of the Holy Spirit?) Start building today afresh with the Holy Spirit Jesus said your Father is pleased to give you the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26

New Living Translation (NLT)

Living by the Spirit’s Power

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. broken society

a more lasting love: today’s love letter

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life[a] is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers[b] does not belong to God.

Love One Another

love each other
love each other

11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters,[c] if the world hates you.

14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters,[d] it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister[e] is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.

16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[f] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

(1 John 3 New Living Translation)

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 19 – the paradox: to think or not to think?

This blog was started because this blogger has always wanted to understand the mind or thoughts. The word “mind” has a lot of meanings. In practice, one can never exhaust the list. Why? Can you ever stop your mind from thinking of stuff? variety of stuff? All sorts of imaginations? Real and unreal? Good or bad thoughts? Who can decide what to think and what not to think?

In this blog we limit our mind to reading some Biblical passages to see what God says. It is interesting to also note how one’s thoughts affect one’s actions, whether real or unreal, rational or ridiculous. The thoughts which came from within show what one truly is. How transparent! Actions are the tell-tale signs.

Summary: It matters what we think as God observes our thoughts. When we align our thoughts with God’s purpose and promise, we cannot go wrong. Otherwise, our own thoughts can be deceptive and even cause our lives.

Genesis 6:5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

Genesis 20:11 Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’ (Even Abraham did not walk by faith when he allowed his carnal man thoughts to be acted on. They almost became as he thought and acted, had God not intervened. Surely Abraham felt shame if he had truly loved Sarah).

Genesis 26:7 When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.” (Isaac followed his father’s carnal man thought pattern. Like father like son.)

Genesis 38:15 Judah noticed her and thought she was a prostitute, since she had covered her face. (How his thoughts had deceived him when he walked in flesh and not in Spirit. She turned out to be his own daughter in law! )

Numbers 13:33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” (Ten important leaders of the tribles allowed themselves to be deceived by their thoughts and chose to forget God’s promises. In truth the enemy never thought so. The enemy heard of the greatness of God and their hearts melted as revealed later by a prostitue named Rahab, when she was consulted).

Judges 16:20 Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. (Samson presumed God was always with him, unaware that only when he had his hair on! Presumptious wistful thinking about matters of God cost him his life).

1 Samuel 1:13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. (This high priest Eli no longer heard God. He could not even discern spiritually. His carnal mind was totally wrong in conclusion).

1 Samuel 15:32 [ Samuel Executes King Agag ] Then Samuel said, “Bring King Agag to me.” Agag arrived full of hope, for he thought, “Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!” (again, mere presumption and wistful thinking resulted in wrong conclusion. Samuel killed him!)

1 Samuel 16:6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” (looking at and being impressed by the physical and not the spiritual resulted in wrong conclusion even by a prophet!)

1 Samuel 18:17 [ David Marries Saul’s Daughter ] One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself.” (Saul did not believe what God told Samuel to tell him, that God had rejected him as king. His continuous unbelief and disobedience opened doors to further evils. How he underestimated God. He and his son were killed by the enemy instead and David, as chosen by God, was made king after him.)

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! (This patient expected the doctor to use a particular method of healing and was disappointed indeed. But God’s man walked by the Spirit and not by fixed rules, and was entirely effective.)

1 Chronicles 28:9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. (King David has the mind key: know God, align your mind-heart and plan and thought with His!)

the mind is not an independent being
the mind is not an independent being

The Poet’s 24 reasons to cry “Joy” to the world!

this is my Christmas gift to those who are still celebrating this day. Rejoice. For a real good reason. from the poet of all ages.

rejoice!
rejoice!

 

Mind battle: beware of empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense

clock face semi transparentColossians 2:6-10

New Living Translation (NLT)

 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

Colossians 2:6-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

Colossians 2:6-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 16 – blessings and curses choices

I am led to read ancient history and ponder further on the meanings of names and the destiny of a man changes with the choices he makes. The choices one makes in the physical realm impact the spiritual and open spiritual doors to life and death. Blessings turn to curses. Honor turns to shame. But God is merciful and allows repentance.

In the case of Aaron: he was duly inaugurated as the prestigious first high priest for the nation of Israel by Moses according to very detailed instructions (commands) given by God. It was a whole life appointment with hereditary continuation for his descendants to all generations after him. But on the very day of this inauguration his two elder sons took the matters lightly, did not know the importance to strictly follow the words of God, which are spiritual and not carnal. They used their own flesh (human ways and desires) to serve the holy God. Of course they were  instantly killed by a consuming fire.

God’s words have spiritual implications and are not to be taken as man’s words. Jesus has declared, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) Jesus also warned, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I speak to you are spirit and they are life.”  

Aaron’s response: Aaron has learned from the tragedy. He accepted it and continued to submit to God and align with God’s words. His two younger sons followed his godly example and succeeded this prestigious hereditary appointment by God. The curse turned to blessing. Shame turned to honor, just as his name meant to him, exalted.

In the case of Balaam: he was given a chance to repent too. God allowed the donkey to see the angel with the drawn sword against Balaam and thus saved him from death. But Balaam did not repent. he continued to the way of self-destruction, just as his name meant to him, destroyer. He caused destruction to himself.

What the two events meant to us: the two names were interspersed with mountain and valley. Aaron started at the highest lofty mountain top, then he fell to the lowest valley spot (in the eyes of the Jewish congregation), but he soon recovered through obedience to God, and was restored to the originally exalted position again.

Balaam started on high position too. He could see the superficial spiritual realm and seemed to understand the matters of God’s plan for Israel. He also seemed to know God’s unchangeability, unlike man. But he fell to the bottom when he decided to follow the dictate of his heart which was filled with greed for wealth and power. He was nearly killed by the angel of death during the first incidence of his attempt to go and curse Israel because Israel’s enemy was willing to pay him a large sum. But because of his faithful donkey which could see the angel and saved his life twice, the mercy of God spared Balaam. God gave him a chance to  repent and turn to the true God. But he preferred to worship  mammon, worked for the enemy of Israel to kill many Israelites, until he himself perished at war.

We too experience high and low in our Christian walk. Our individual choices (regardless of names) make the key difference between honor and shame, life and death.

“The children of Israel also killed with the sword Balaam the son of Beor, the soothsayer, among those who were killed by them.” (Joshua 13:22)

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Balaam’s wrong choice of God caused him eternal damnation

 

Sound mind means: pure mind

  1. Matthew 5:8
    Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

    Matthew 5:7-9 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Romans 14:20
    Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense.

    Romans 14:19-21 (in Context) Romans 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Philippians 4:8
    [ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

    Philippians 4:7-9 (in Context) Philippians 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. 1 Timothy 1:5
    Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

    1 Timothy 1:4-6 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. 1 Timothy 3:9
    holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

    1 Timothy 3:8-10 (in Context) 1 Timothy 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. 1 Timothy 5:22
    Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.

    1 Timothy 5:21-23 (in Context) 1 Timothy 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. 2 Timothy 1:3
    [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

    2 Timothy 1:2-4 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  8. 2 Timothy 2:22
    Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

    2 Timothy 2:21-23 (in Context) 2 Timothy 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  9. Titus 1:15
    To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

    Titus 1:14-16 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  10. Hebrews 10:22
    let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

    Hebrews 10:21-23 (in Context) Hebrews 10 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  11. James 1:27
    Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

    James 1:26-27 (in Context) James 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  12. James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

    James 3:16-18 (in Context) James 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  13. 1 Peter 1:22
    [ The Enduring Word ] Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

    1 Peter 1:21-23 (in Context) 1 Peter 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  14. 1 Peter 2:2
    as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

    1 Peter 2:1-3 (in Context) 1 Peter 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  15. 2 Peter 3:1
    [ God’s Promise Is Not Slack ] Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

    2 Peter 3:1-3 (in Context) 2 Peter 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  16. 1 John 3:3
    And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

    1 John 3:2-4 (in Context) 1 John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  17. Revelation 15:6
    And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

    Revelation 15:5-7 (in Context) Revelation 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  18. Revelation 21:18
    The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

    Revelation 21:17-19 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  19. Revelation 21:21
    The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

    Revelation 21:20-22 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  20. Revelation 22:1
    [ The River of Life ] And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    Revelation 22:1-3 (in Context) Revelation 22 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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sound mind means: Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks

The spiritual enemies attack the human mind with threatening words and external appearances. The truth of God’s words protects us. Like Ezekiel, just be focused on God’s words and the victory already given to you through Jesus, no matter how tough your adversaries appear or sound like.

“The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God”. This was the testimony of a righteous priest who was also called as a prophet, Ezekiel. The whole book of Ezekiel consists of 48 chapters, starting with seeing God’s throne and the heavenly realm, ending with the new temple of God. Ezekiel not only saw visions about the future, including end days, he was sent to speak messages from God to a nation of stubborn and hard hearted people, Israel then. What he was asked to do was a tremendous job. What was the survival key given to him? Keeping a sound mind: “Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks.” Ezekiel continued to focus looking up and seeing God, hearing the Holy Spirit and receiving God’s words. He refused to be intimidated by people who were perishing. He saw beyond the surface.

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And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

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Notes: All about Christian Spiritual songs

Another intercessor remarked recently that only when one has experienced pain, hurt and suffering in life, can one sing spiritual songs in such depth and beauty.

I agree. I have felt that too when I sing spiritual songs. Although I do not know what I sing my spirit can feel the pain or hurt or grief of the songs. I know whether it is a happy song, a worship song, a petition song, a marching song, an urgent song, or a slow moving gentle song.

My spirit man knows and I can feel the emotion, mood and even movement in the songs.

The songs are sometimes like fire. Sometimes they are like rain. Often they are like wind: strong wind, gentle breeze, refreshing wind, wind of sweeping and cleansing power and so on.

I like the songs like love. Such compassion and kindness from the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) telling me the Father’s love from heaven.

I also enjoy the songs like cooling waters, living and bubbly.

From the languages and musical tunes of the songs I know whether I am singing a western song or an eastern song. Sometimes they sound like Japanese or Chinese. Sometimes Indian or some tribal languages from Africa or south America.

Often they are like Portuguese or Spanish. A very common one sounds like Indonesian.

O yes, I do sing like the children of Israel. One day I was interested about what I was singing as it sounded like middle-eastern language. So I did a search and found that the way of singing and music between Israel and other middle-eastern people are actually quite close!

My regular songs sound like Irish songs. I did not know until one day I recorded some and a child visitor asked me why I was singing Irish songs!

When do they come? I have no fixed time or pattern. They come at any time my spirit is aligned with the Lord Jesus. We all have the Spirit of Christ. Otherwise we do not belong to Him. When my spirit is joined to the Lord’s Spirit, the songs come. Then I sing them naturally and effortlessly.

Sometimes I am led to exercise on the indoor bike as I sing.

When I drive a car and travel far I sing too. The songs just flow as I pray that the Lord brings me and my journey into a spiritual highway, apart from the physical traffic. It is a privilege for all sons of God, being led by the Spirit of God.

Sometimes I sing as I type, like I am doing now. What does the now song sound like? I ask myself.

What was I thinking just now before I started typing this blog? I was actually sort of lamenting over a separation from the past, from what I still love and treasure. Then I started typing this little article to talk about my songs. So the now song is a comforting song.

The song talks about feelings and a sense of loss and grief. Yet it rises and lifts up. My spirit does not end at a sad note. Even when tears were stuck at my throat for a fleeting moment the power of the Comforter reaches my soul and lifts me up.

When one sings in the spirit one is baring one’s soul to the Father in heaven. Not that He needs our baring our souls in order to see into our hearts, it’s just that as we know we are baring our souls to Him, we are assured of His closeness (as in James 4:8, “Come close to God and God will come close to you”). Singing spirit songs is like a therapy for our souls. Our spirit rejoices when we receive the same closeness as our spirit receives when joined to the Lord and be one spirit with Him. ( 1Corinthians 6:17)

Rejoice! I say again, give thanks, rejoice, o watchman!

Ephesians 5:18-20

“…Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

On Higher Ground
On Higher Ground

Know your real spiritual authority and power – use them!

Ephesians 6:13I was woken today in the early hours by someone who had a bad dream. Christians may not realize it, we do have spiritual authority to handle all situations even over matters in the spiritual realms. So I recommend the following article and series of MP3 talks. Please read and listen to them as many times as the Spirit of the Lord leads you, until you receive the message in your own spirit!. You will live the more than conqueror life that Jesus has already given to you!

2 Corinthians 1:22 “who (God) also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

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 Following is an article on Spiritual Authority By Andrew Wommack

Please take a minute to read this letter I recently received from a 19-year-old girl.

Dear Mr. Wommack, I realize that you must receive frequent letters regarding your ministry. But even with that knowledge, I feel compelled to write. I’ve just finished listening to your audio series entitled “Spiritual Authority,” and it has changed my life.

When I was in junior high, I became involved in Wicca, or Paganism. For two- and-a-half years I toyed with the powers of Satan, calling on numerous demons to do my bidding. Not only was I demon possessed, but I was heavily into drugs and alcohol. A few months before I became a Christian, I began to realize that I was no longer in control. In fact, I was the one being controlled. My free will was so entangled with Satan’s deception that I lost the ability to think for myself.

On August 29, 1996, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. At the moment I confessed my sin and gave my life to God, He delivered me from the demons, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sexual relationships I was involved in. I thought I was rid of Satan’s power for good.

It wasn’t long before fear started to overcome me. The demons I once fellowshipped with tormented me day and night. I could see them in the corner of my room while I was trying to sleep. When I was outside at night, I could feel their presence. After a while, I began to cope with it, and it became an everyday part of my life. I knew they couldn’t touch me, but I was terrified nonetheless.

Almost four years after my conversion, I was still dealing with these demonic forces. It was only when I listened to your series that I understood the power and authority I have over them. Instead of literally hiding under my blankets at night for fear of the demon in the corner of my room, I smile, say a quick prayer of praise to God, and fall asleep.

Your illustration of how we sometimes picture demons was of particular interest to me. You say that we picture them as towering beasts with claws and such, when in reality they are sniveling, little things. That is so true! The only power they have is the power we give them. What a blessing to finally realize that! My outlook on life has totally changed, thanks to your willingness to be used of God. If it were not for the godly truths of your ministry, I would still be enslaved by my fear.

I am now actively pursuing the calling God placed on my life, a calling to ministry. I am excited and anxious for the future and the things that God will be able to accomplish through my obedience. My Christian walk is stronger than ever before, and my friends constantly ask what’s different about me. They don’t seem to grasp that a nineteen-year-old can be so in love with God that it’s physically evident.

Again I thank you for your willingness to step out in faith and be used of God. God, through you, has touched my life and, I’m sure, the lives of countless others. I’m looking forward to listening to your other teachings.

Tori from PA

Isn’t that awesome! Praise the Lord for the power of the truth and how it sets us free (John 8:32). The only power that Satan has is the power of deception, and the worst thing about deception is that you don’t know you’re being deceived. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be deception. Once the truth is received, deception loses all its power. Therefore, Satan loses all his power when we know the truth.

Many people don’t know the truth about Satan’s defeat. In fact, many Christians are the very instrument the devil is using to foster the deception that he is still a powerful foe. “Spiritual warfare” is one of the hottest topics in the church today. People are expending great amounts of energy constantly battling the devil in ways contrary to Scripture, but in reality, Satan has already been defeated. We don’t need to defeat him again.

We need to believe that Satan has already been completely destroyed (Heb. 2:14) and simply enforce his defeat. The only power he has is the power to deceive. Our battle should be against the wiles (trickery) of the devil (Eph. 6:11), not the devil himself. Any other approach is actually giving the devil authority and power which he doesn’t have, and he uses that to intimidate us. The only weapon Satan has is the power we give him when we believe his lies.

Warfare only takes place between two undefeated foes. Once an enemy has been conquered, the war is over. Satan is a defeated foe.

Colossians 2:15 says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” The archaic meaning of the word “spoiled” here is “to plunder; despoil” (American Heritage Dictionary). This means that after Jesus defeated Satan, He stripped him of everything he had, specifically the keys of death and hell (Rev. 1:18). Satan has no power to imprison anyone.

The Greek word that was translated “shew” in this verse (Col 2:15) is “deigmatizo” which means “to exhibit” (Strong). This comes from the root word “deigma” which means “a specimen (as shown)” (ibid.). Satan is like one of those bugs we had to capture for biology class. We caught it and then impaled it on a board with a little pin to exhibit it. You need to picture the devil nailed to the cross of Jesus like a bug on display. Hallelujah! Take that, Mr. Devil!

The Greek word that was translated “triumphing over” in Colossians 2:15 is especially significant. It means “to make an acclamatory procession” (ibid.). This is specifically referring to the way the Romans had a “triumphant procession” after they had defeated their enemies.

Upon conquering an enemy, the Romans would hold a parade. They would take the conquered king, strip him naked, and drag him through the crowd behind the conquering king or commander for all their subjects to see. He would be humiliated and insulted, but that’s not all. They would also cut off the thumbs of his hands and the big toes of both feet. This was to assure the subjects this enemy would never be a threat to any of them again. He could not hold a sword and he would never be able to run again. There was no need to fear him any more. Any rumor about him ever challenging Rome again would be scoffed at because the citizens had seen him in the parade.

The same thing happened to the devil. That’s what this verse is referring to. Jesus not only beat the devil, but He had a triumphant procession to display the devil to the universe as a totally conquered foe. Satan should never terrify us again. Unfortunately, many Christians have missed the parade. They haven’t seen God’s triumphant procession that was pictured in God’s Word where Satan was displayed as a totally defeated foe. They are circulating rumors that Satan is a powerful foe to be reckoned with. That’s not so.

Satan is still alive, and we do have to reckon with him but only because he has so many lies circulating about his power against us. These are all lies, and therein lies Satan’s power. If we believe his lies, he then uses our own authority, which our fear grants him, to work his destruction in our lives. He has no power of his own. He’s using the power and authority that our misdirected faith gives him.

When I was just beginning my walk with the Lord, I came into the knowledge that demons do exist, and they are not all in Africa. We encounter demons often, and they are the workers of much of the evil we see every day. At first, this caused a fear in me that actually gave these demons in-roads into my life. On one hand, I was resisting them, but through fear I was also empowering them.

An example of this happened to me in Arlington, Texas, where I grew up. I was in love with the Lord and wanting to minister to people. I decided to open up what I called “Arlington Christian Center.” It was going to be a home where people who were being controlled by things like alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. could come and stay while we broke the power of the devil over them and helped set them free. I rented a two-story house, right on the edge of the University of Texas at Arlington campus, and started fixing it up.

This house had been a fraternity house, and there had been a lot of demonic activity in the house prior to our occupancy. The people were gone, but not all the demons were. There were some strange things about that place. One night I was working up there at 1 am., and some demons attacked me. There was no one in that house except me, but I was being hit and choked, and I was fighting for my life.

I ran out of that house and got in my car and backed out of the driveway. I was ready to “burn rubber” and get as far away from there as possible. Just before I got the car into drive, I heard the Lord say to me, “What are you doing?” I told Him I was getting away from that place as fast as I could. He then reminded me of the Christian’s armor that was described in Ephesians 6:10-18, and He said, “There isn’t any armor to cover your back.”

I knew what He meant. He was saying that the armor He had given me only worked when I faced the devil, not if I turned and ran. I thought, Lord, You couldn’t want me to go back into that place and face those devils. He never said anything else to me. I pulled back into the driveway and thought about that for what seemed to be an eternity. Finally, I got out of the car and walked back into that house. I spent the rest of the night fighting off fear and those physical attacks of the devil. When I left in the morning, the demons were gone, and there was a supernatural peace in that place.

During that time, I had a lot of demonic attacks against me. I had dreams where demons would attack me, and I would wake up bleeding from those encounters. They weren’t just in my mind. I was being physically attacked. That also happened one night in Louisiana at a Bible conference. It felt like I was being choked to death. I won, but these demonic encounters were not fun.

Then one day as I was praying and binding every demon on every continent, it dawned on my lightning-fast mind that I was actually spending more time in my prayers talking to the devil and rebuking him than I was talking to the Lord. I knew that wasn’t right. The Lord began to reveal to me that all my attention on the devil was actually giving him these in-roads into my life, which caused all these attacks.

I repented and changed my thinking and focus and guess what? It’s now been at least thirty years, and I have never had another demonic manifestation in my life. I have seen demons manifest around me in other people, and I’ve cast them out, but those personal attacks stopped nearly instantly. There has never been another one because the only reason Satan’s imps were able to manifest like that to me in the first place was because of the fear I released toward them. The fear is gone, and therefore, so is their power.

This is an awesome revelation and one that is not the dominant theological position on Satan and demons today. This truth desperately needs to be communicated throughout the body of Christ.

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You can download the free audio teaching from below:

Spiritual Authority (by Andrew Wommack)
Understanding spiritual authority is vital. Many of us are confused and defeated because of a lack of understanding in this area. We passively wait on God to do what He has already told us to do. Or unknowingly, we take upon ourselves the responsibility of doing things that belong to God alone. This leads us to blame God for things that aren’t His fault, which pleases Satan. If he can make us think that everything is controlled by God, we’ll become passive and allow Satan free access to sow destruction in our lives. This series takes the cover off Satan’s deception and shows us the power that God has committed to us. Watch your faith soar and your situations improve as you receive the truths of your spiritual authority in Christ.

Spiritual authority mp3  

  1. Who’s The Enemy?
  2. What Authority Does Satan Have?
  3. How Does Satan Fight Us?
  4. Authority Comes From The Law
  5. The Battle Is In Your Mind
  6. Aggressive Authority

A testimony: You’ve Already Got It!

I have encountered a number of cases in which even Christian believers felt helpless and had no means to overcome their physical and mental illness. On the other hand I have seen many testimonies of victorious Christian living! I have been personally helped by listening to the following Bible teacher’s audio teachings. Here is an article which I pray will encourage readers to visit the website and listen to his audio on the subject. His teaching of the Bible is clear enough for even listeners who speak English as a second language. There are many testimonies of healed witnesses. Find out more yourself.

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You’ve Already Got It!
By Andrew Wommack

On March 23, 1968, I had a miraculous encounter with the Lord that changed my life forever. Instantly, I received “revelation knowledge” that I’m still trying to understand and communicate today. This knowledge didn’t come through the normal channels of study and education; the Spirit of God supernaturally imparted it to me.

When I came heart to heart with the Lord, I just knew things about Him intuitively. One of those revelations has become a mainstay for what the Lord has accomplished in my life, and it’s one of the most important and foundational truths of the Gospel.

It’s the knowledge that God has already done His part. When Jesus cried “It is finished” (John 19:30), He meant just that. His work on earth was done. The Atonement was complete. He provided everything we could ever need. We aren’t waiting on Him to give; He is waiting on us to receive.

The book of Ephesians is written from the perspective of everything already being ours in Christ. It starts in Ephesians 1:3 by saying,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (emphasis mine).

Any blessing you could ever need or desire from the Lord is not something to strive for but something you already have. God made the provision before you had the need. It is just a simple matter of receiving what He has already done.

The benefit of understanding and being assured of this is enormous. It kills legalism and the performance mentality, and that takes a huge load off of you. How could you doubt that God will give you something if He’s already given it to you?

When Jamie and I first pastored our little church in Seagoville, Texas, in 1973, I didn’t even have a complete Bible. The one I had taken with me to Vietnam was all mildewed, and entire books were missing. I decided that believing for a new Bible wasn’t an option—it was a necessity.

I had to start seeing results somewhere and it was here. I would get a new Bible or die trying. If I couldn’t trust God for $20 to get a Bible, how could I trust Him to minister to people about eternal things?

The devil knew how important this was to me, and he fought me “tooth and toenail.” It took me months to get enough extra money to buy that Bible. During that time, not ten minutes would pass that I didn’t have to deal with some thought of unbelief. The devil was telling me, “You’ll never get it. Some man of God you are! You don’t even have a whole Bible! How can you pray for people to be saved or healed when you can’t even pray and get a new Bible?” The battle was intense.

The day came when I had the money. I bought a brand-new Bible, had my name engraved on it, and walked out of the store with it under arm. I had won! And you know what? Instantly, my doubts ceased. I had been fighting negative thoughts constantly for months. But once I had the Bible, I never doubted that I would get it.

You are probably thinking, Of course you didn’t doubt once you had it. That would be crazy! That’s my point. Have you ever prayed to be healed and then in your next thought wondered if you would ever really get healed? That’s because you don’t view healing as something that has already been done but as something that has yet to be accomplished.

First Peter 2:24b says,

By whose stripes ye were healed” (emphasis mine).

It’s already a done deal. It is actually incorrect to pray for healing. Instead, we should just receive the healing that the Lord has already provided. There is a difference between fighting to get healed and fighting because we have been healed. That difference is the difference between success and failure.

In Ephesians 2:8, Paul said, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves.”

We aren’t saved by grace alone or by faith alone;we are saved by a combination of the two. Actually, faith isn’t true biblical faith unless its used in receiving what God has already provided by grace.

Grace is what God has already done for us, independent of any worth or value on our part. If it’s tied to some goodness of ours, then it’s not true grace. God, by grace, has already provided everything we will ever need.

Our faith doesn’t move God. If God hasn’t already moved by His grace, then your faith can’t make Him. Faith simply appropriates what God has already provided by grace. If He’s already provided your needs by His grace, then faith is just your positive response to what He has already done—not something you do to get God to respond to you.

It takes a revelation from the Holy Spirit to make these truths become alive on the inside. Many people just can’t grasp them, because they are trapped in their five senses. If they can’t see it, taste it, smell it, touch it, or hear it, they don’t think it exists. Therefore, when you say they have already been healed, they check their physical bodies with their five senses, and if they don’t look or feel healed, they say they aren’t.

Many things exist that we can’t perceive by our physical senses. For instance, there are television signals wherever you are right now. You can’t see or hear them, but they are there. All you have to do is turn on a television set and tune it in to the signal, and then you will see and hear that they do exist.

The signal doesn’t begin broadcasting when you turn on your set; it was already being broadcast before you tuned in. That’s just when you began to receive. Likewise, the Lord has already blessed you with ALL things. Your life may not reflect that, but it’s not because the Lord hasn’t given; it’s because you haven’t received.

If your television set was to suddenly go blank, what would you do? Would you immediately contact the station and urge them to fix their transmitter? I don’t think so. You would check your set first. Yet in the spiritual realm, Christians are constantly going to the Lord and asking Him to fix His transmitter instead of asking Him to work on their receivers.

If they don’t see an instant manifestation of their healing, they just automatically suppose that God hasn’t healed them. They seldom take into account that maybe it’s their reception that’s the problem.

Daniel prayed two prayers in Daniel 9 and 10. He saw an answer to his first prayer while he was still praying, within about three minutes. But in the tenth chapter, it was three weeks before he saw his prayer answered. Some people would think, Why did God answer the first prayer in three minutes and the second prayer in three weeks?

The answer to that question is that God didn’t answer one prayer in three minutes and the other one in three weeks; He answered both prayers instantly. In Daniel 9:23, the angel Gabriel told Daniel that at the beginning of his prayer, the Lord gave him a commandment to go explain the answer to Daniel. Yet it took Gabriel approximately three minutes to get there.

Then in the tenth chapter, the messenger who came to Daniel told him that on the first day of Daniel’s prayer, the Lord sent him, but he had been hindered by a demonic power for three weeks.

God wasn’t the variable in these instances! He answered both prayers instantly, but what the Lord had commanded in the spiritual realm was hindered from manifesting in the physical realm. Still, the answer had been given. The truth is that the Lord has already provided everything we will ever need, but His provision is in the spiritual realm.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

God moves in the spiritual realm. Whether or not we see manifest in the physical realm what He has done in the spiritual realm is not dependent on His giving but on our receiving.

One of the variables is the devil’s opposition. However, people give the devil way too much credit. Some think that the devil never misses a trick. They aren’t sure about the Lord’s faithfulness, but they are absolutely convinced that the devil is always there to wreak havoc.

However, the devil blows it all the time. Sometimes the physical manifestation of what God has already done comes with little effort. Other times it can be delayed, not because God changes, but because the devil just misses it sometimes. Other times, there is major demonic opposition that hinders the manifestation of what God has commanded.

We have to know that God has already done His part and that any delay in our manifestation is not His fault. That will keep us in faith. Remember that faith is our positive response to what God has already done by grace.

This leads us to spiritual warfare. It’s a hot topic in the body of Christ, but in my opinion, spiritual warfare is the most abused teaching in the church today.It’s true that every one of us is involved in spiritual warfare. Denying the battle doesn’t stop it—it just guarantees that you will lose. But Satan’s only power is deception.

Satan doesn’t have any physical power or authority except what we give him when we yield to his lies. That’s a radical statement that is completely contrary to popular spiritual warfare teachings. Many proclaim that demonic powers are holding people in bondage and that the way to break through is to intercede, bind those powers, and set the people free. That’s not what God’s Word teaches.

The Bible says,

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Knowing the truth, not binding the devil in prayer, is what sets people free. There isn’t one scriptural model for spiritual warfare the way that it is being taught today. Neither Jesus nor His disciples ever sent teams of prayer warriors into cities to prepare the spiritual climate. They never motivated the body of believers to spend their lives binding demonic powers. This is a very controversial subject and one that I don’t have time to deal with properly in this letter. But I have gone in depth about this in my teaching entitled You’ve Already Got It!

If you aren’t experiencing the abundance that you know the Lord wants you to have, then I can guarantee you that the revelation you need is in this message. This is the type of teaching that you will want and need to read or listen to again and again until it becomes true revelation knowledge to you.

This message will forever change the way you think about receiving the blessings of God. It’s the knowledge of this truth that will set you free to receive from God.

http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/already_got

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Ephesians 2:8
Ephesians 2:8-9

My real life (9): the mind is not a store for old variables

paradigm shift: new mind
paradigm shift: new mind

In the previous post I talked about the mind not being a fix condition. You can come out of any condition if you know the truth about it.

Then I mentioned my personal experience, that is, I have departed from the conditions set in my life. Not that they no longer exist. The change is that I do not allow my mind be bound to them, mainly a lot of ‘must-haves’. I also stated that I have lived well without the conditions. The obsessed mind is not me or anyone when the mind is bound to a ‘must-have’.

Why such a drastic action? The action is not really drastic in the physical sense. I continue to enjoy using some of the amenities and daily necessities. The reason is drastic in the spiritual and soul realm. The mind is set free. You no longer are held in bondage by stuff. You can live on even a minimum of physical stuff if need be,

When the missionary goes to a relatively undeveloped place he cannot afford any modern amenities or they just do not exist. What does he do? He makes do with whatever he has. Life is well and comfortable when he is led by the Spirit of God. Of course I am not referring to those who continue to be bound by the physical elements of this modern world.

Having been engaged in an international corporate world for the major part of his working life, the mindman had been conditioned to live in modern cities, sleep and eat in international hotels, travel by air, work in air-conditioned offices, frequent company’s corporate doctors, associate (even socialize) with corporate clients, suppliers and competitors and so on. He reached a point when he could not differentiate what was mere conditioning and what was real in his life.

However, when he encountered the truth of spiritual reality he marveled how little he valued those amenities. They had left no permanent marks. He could pack an overnight bag at any time and walked away.

How do you apply this wonderful freedom? Well, for a start, appreciate the local food and living environment. Of course you need to train and unwind all your mind’s habits. One good way of ridding old habits is to learn and practice new ones -build a foundation of your new way of life, fit to accommodate new variables in life.

For example, start sleeping and even working in non-airconditioned rooms. Where weather permits go outdoor and adapt to the outdoor air when working or resting. Be a traveler. Like a perpetual travel. That means you are not bound to any form of transport, any language groups, any food, any drink, any bed, any room, any sofa, any washroom/toilet, any TV program, any cafe, any bar, any smell, any taste…etc. O, yes, you need to be exposed to insects and their bites at times. Be prepared in your mind. Be used to sticky heat too, in humid weather that makes you sweat and feel sticky a lot. Be really prepared (through practical weaning) for internet-lessness and mobile-phone-lessness and the effect thereof…

There were many new things for Abraham, the Father of faith, to learn as he walked on according to God’s direction. The mind is a battlefield and he won the battle from the very moment he listened and obeyed the Spirit of the Lord. For the mindman this same key applies. Really, when he thinks about life serioiusly he realizes that there are many old variables in his mind that merely need cleaning up.

Apostle Paul gave very good advice on this subject of adaptation of your mind:

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content; I know how to be abased, and I know how to be abound….I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13). “Now godliness and contentment is great gain…and having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

Jesus Himself declared this state of divine freedom: “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20b)

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter twelve: the word today is ‘Now’

the word today: NOW
the word today: NOW

The word today is ‘Now’

When the spiritual mindman looks through his list of spiritual words, he has found these four alphabets missing: N, X, Y, Z.

Today he is determined to navigate through the first word “N” of these uncharted territories as led by the Lord’s Spirit.

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NOW: This is the Spirit’s immediate choice. Now is really the most important word at this point or any point of one’s existence on earth. Woe is one who cannot live his ‘NOW’. What is life if one waits for the next moment in order to live (or breathe)? Life on earth is the moment that each man lives presently. From the moment God breathed life into you, you are a now person. The moment God withdraws His breath, your ‘now’ is over. Now is a repetitive word. It is the same word but it changes its content with time (from ‘now’ now to ‘now’ in the next moment).

No man can demand that his ‘now’ now be retained as time is not in his hand.

What does God say about ‘now’ does matter, in fact alone matters. Where do we locate all the ‘now’s (particularly their contents) spoken by God so that we may act accordingly?

  1. Look at all the present tenses in the Bible. The statements with verbs of present tense. Verbs are to be acted upon.
  2. Today‘ is synonymous with ‘now’. Hebrews 3:7-8, 15; 4:7 “Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
  3. Take heed of the ‘afterward‘ warnings. It warns that when the ‘now’ has passed, there will be a consequence for your action or inaction. (note the tragic case of the ‘fornicator or profane person like Esau, Hebrews 12:16-17)
  4. Take heed of the crucial timing of ‘now’ and its contents for the time, spoken by Jesus.

John 4:23

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 5:17

But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

John 5:16-18 (in Context) John 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 5:25

Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

John 5:24-26 (in Context) John 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 12:31

Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

John 12:30-32 (in Context) John 12 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 14:7

[ The Father Revealed ] “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

John 14:6-8 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 16:31

Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?

John 16:30-32 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

My Real Life: Today the Spirit man hears, and speaks

Today the Spirit man speaks, as he hears.

In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.” Isaiah 27

What does he do when he hears the voice? He writes. This is how stories and journals are born. Often he writes without fore-thoughts. They are words spoken, sounds that came to him spontaneously.

They are picture words. A picture comes to his spirit and he can see it clearly like a vision. The picture is real. It exists. Can he not do anything? He can choose to ignore such words, sounds, or pictures. But he likes them. He believes they mean something to someone somewhere.

He is a recorder. He records what he hears, sees, and believes.

Often one or two, sometimes more, travel pass, and sight his writings. The words and pictures draw them. They linger. Some visit again. Some decide to keep track.

Yesterday he discovered that seven readers from Namibia and seven from Nigeria came to one of his blog sites. Two from Namibia stayed and subscribed to follow his blog.

He had had readers from other parts of Africa, the more heard of cities. But this was the first time from Namibia. A real pleasant surprise! He felt the same elation one day when he saw a ‘huge’ (a few hundreds) group of south Koreans came to visit his blog too! They came to read all about Yom Kippur!

He had had visitors, viewers rather, from different nations, many are names to him. He has never known the existence of them. But the national flags come on, representing the existence of a special people, with its own words and sounds.

It humbles him to know how people of different sounds exist and survive. They all share one mode of communication, that is, using sound. Sounds are made into words, each of which denotes a meaning to a group of people. That group can then share with one another their individual thoughts, intents, wants and needs.

Lately he started singing Spirit songs. One night he was working on his new mobile phone testing its recording function. He felt in his spirit to sing so he sang sounds and words he could not understand. The next day he looked up the meanings of those sounds and found that a sentence consisted of words each with a meaning from five different nations! Together they formed one complete sentence asking him to download the lyrics of a very old hymn and post in his blog about a group of 26 Christians including 3 young boys, who were forced to march 600 miles (966 kilometers) from Kyoto to Nagasaki where they were martyred; all the while singing the Te Deum. He did publish that post the night before (on the anniversary date of the original martyrdom date, even though he did not know the meaning of what he sang) as his spirit had received the message.

Why are sounds given to man so he can hear and act? What is the purpose of narrating the above episode? The voice of certain origins cannot be silenced. They are crying out for remembrance. For whom? I believe there is a specific audience each specific voice calls. When they cannot hear, someone hears for them and get those voices published. The target audience will be led to the published voices and then hear, as they see (read the words and see the pictures in the words).

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A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter ten -how to define love?

the most difficult word: love
the most difficult word: love

Today we read the most difficult word in the whole Bible, ‘Love’.

Love: This is not a shallow, superficial common word as the mindman had thought in his reckless days. There is richness, depth, breadth, width, height here. But, how to define love? This is the toughest question and many have failed through out human history. When he looks at simpler creatures he admits that they define ‘love’ better than he does.

If he attempts to define this word with his human mind, emotion and senses, he knows he would be insulting the word.

The only way to give love justice is to define this word in the Spirit.

The next question is who is qualified to define love?

Not this mindman, however spiritual he has turned into. The only thing he can do is to find his definition in the word of God, and let each reader find his own.

__________Here the definition goes:

The plumb-line of love: sacrificial. For example: God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God should be receiving man’s sacrifices, but He gave His own Son as a sacrifice! (John 3:16) This is how God views love and has demonstrated love to us.

What does man do? Nothing in this case of supreme love. What were the conditions for man? Nothing. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Based on the plumb-line, here is one verse that has persuaded the mindman:

Love does not demand its own way.” This is what the mindman received from the Lord (1 Corinthians 13:5) when he was on the verge of making a real big decision to deny himself, take up his cross and follow the Lord Jesus.

What more can he do but to let go? Anything else will be demanding his own way and not God’s way. Take heed that denying one’s own human way means one chooses God’s way. Not another human way. No other human way could have made the mindman change his mind or heart for that matter. Indeed, the heart has its reason that reason cannot comprehend. But, God’s way can convince and convict one’s heart.

This is what it means by ‘love’ according to the plumb-line of God.

In the human mind this is impossible. Love is painful. Love is surgical. Something has to be cut away.

Can one become whole again when one chooses to love in God’s way? The answer is definitely ‘yes’! Example: Abraham’s cutting away his human love when he obeyed God and sent off Ismael and when he offered Isaac as a sacrifice to God. David’s letting go of his life long ambition to build the temple of God, the apostles and disciples of Jesus giving up everything including loved ones and careers to follow Jesus. Jesus’ giving Himself was the supreme example.

What motivated them? The mindman could not think of better reason than ‘love’. Love of God. Love of the life that only God could give. O yes, love of your loved ones too!

‘Love’ indeed is the most difficult word in this spiritual dictionary, and it is also the best word anyone can lay hold of.

Connect to God in Spirit, Truth and Word

Connect to God in Spirit, Word and Truth
Connect to God in Spirit, Word and Truth

There are three essential words about matters of God that are joined together in the heavenly realm, the mindman discovered. They are: Spirit, Word and Truth. Humans are created to worship God. God is Spirit. God is Truth. God is the Word. Therefore, any human who wants to approach Him, to know Him, to seek His will, and to ask anything of Him, must come with these three things: His Spirit, His Word, His Truth. There is none of the human body, mind, or emotion that qualify here in the matters of God. Unless human is willing to come with these three requirements, human cannot connect to God. (Those who cannot connect to God, connect to something else. There is really no option.)

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:5-7 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 Corinthians. 6:17 “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.”

Ephesians 5:30 “Because we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”

John 4:23
But the hour is coming,
and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 4:24
God is
spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-25 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

2 Thessalonians 2:13
[
Stand Firm ] But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first-fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:12-14 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 14:1
[
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life ] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:1-3 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 14:17
even the
Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:16-18 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 17:8
For I have given them the
words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
John 17:7-9 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 17:17
Sanctify them
in the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:16-18 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 17:19
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified
in truth.
John 17:18-20 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 1:6
If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk
in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
1 John 1:5-7 (in Context) 1 John 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us.
1 John 1:7-9 (in Context) 1 John 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 2:4
Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the
truth is not in him,
1 John 2:3-5 (in Context) 1 John 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love
in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:17-19 (in Context) 1 John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 3:5
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
John 3:4-6 (in Context) John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 3:6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.
John 3:5-7 (in Context) John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 3:8
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the
Spirit.”

John 3:7-9 (in Context) John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 3:34
For he whom God has sent utters the
words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.
John 3:33-35 (in Context) John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 6:63
It is the
Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
John 6:62-64 (in Context) John 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 14:17
even the
Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:16-18 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 15:26
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the
Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
John 15:25-27 (in Context) John 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 16:13
When the
Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
John 16:12-14 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Ephesians 1:13
In him you also, when you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 1:12-14 (in Context) Ephesians 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 4:6
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the
Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1 John 4:5-7 (in Context) 1 John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

1 John 5:6
[
Testimony Concerning the Son of God ] This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
1 John 5:5-7 (in Context) 1 John 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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