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
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.
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. 2 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. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 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.
7 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. 8 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. 9 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
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.
In God’s dictionary, the words spirit and mind are not friends. They can be enemies instead.
For example: God looks at the mind and the thoughts of the mind to evaluate a man’s worth. In Genesis, there is a record of what God thinks. God is Spirit. He views things from a spiritual viewpoint.
6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
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. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth.
Jesus has stated clearly how God wants worship to be. The only condition is worship must be done in spirit and truth. Why? Because God is Spirit. (John 4:23-24) How do men normally worship? In flesh (using mind, emotion and physical activities) which God does not want. He says His Spirit will not put up with mortal flesh!
Where God is, there is the Kingdom of God. How does one enter? Jesus has stated that flesh (body and mind) gives birth to flesh and cannot enter. Only those born of water and the Spirit can enter. (John 3:5)
Jesus declared, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John6:63)
In Romans 8, the Holy Spirit inspired apostle Paul to write and explain further about the fact that only those born of the Holy Spirit, thus having the Spirit of Christ, being spiritually mined, led by the Spirit, can please God. It is a life and death matter.
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.8So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Sound and mind are two separate words, each having its own unique meaning. But sound does influence our thoughts. However, interestingly in English the two together “sound mind” means your mind is functional in the natural human society. The word sound takes on another meaning: rational; able to make reasonably acceptable decision; functional. All are relative to the human society as a functional entity for this world to continue its increasingly precarious existence on planet earth.
But there are deeper meaning on the spiritual realm. here are two references from the Bible. The Biblical sound mind is a spiritual mind, which functions perfectly.
In the following first case, Apostle Paul specified that Biblical sound mind means not regarding the things of God, including God’s people, according to our natural mind, but according to our spiritual mind. He also assured that we are not the mere physical natural man anymore. We have become a new creation (in the spiritual realm). So we can have a spiritual mind, and do function more superior using this new mind.
2 Corinthians 5:12-14, 16-17 (NKJV) Be Reconciled to God : 12., …that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you…then all died;…16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
In the following second case, Apostle Paul elaborated further this sound mind. Take note that he associated sound mind with a number of crucial words and phrases: gift of God, spirit, power and love, not be ashamed of Jesus Christ, hold fast the pattern of sound words, in faith and love in Christ Jesus, and being kept by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
2 Timothy 1:6-9; 13-14 (NKJV): 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,…13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
The best mind ever is the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:15-16 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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 6:5The 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 20:11Abraham 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 26:7When 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 38:15Judah 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 13:33We 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 16:20Then 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 1:13Seeing 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 16:6When 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 5:11But 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!)
[ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things arepure, 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.
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.
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 thatGod 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.
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.
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?
Look at all the present tenses in the Bible. The statements with verbs of present tense. Verbs are to be acted upon.
‘Today‘ is synonymous with ‘now’. Hebrews 3:7-8, 15; 4:7 “Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
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)
Take heed of the crucial timing of ‘now’ and its contents for the time, spoken by Jesus.
“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).
Love and faith go hand in hand. Without faith one cannot appropriate the love of God.
Faith: Like love, God initiated this word in us so that we may receive His good gifts. Faith is spiritual, concerning the unseen (in contrast to physical or anything that can be detected by the senses) realm and counting it as real.
Faith is either there or not there. Mind and emotion cannot generate faith. Faith is a supernatural thing. Faith demands 100% allegiance. Either you believe or you do not. Otherwise you produce or receive nothing.
How to have faith? Ask God to give you faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to work the faith in you. Apply faith in action. For example, when you see a symptom of a sickness appearing, just command it to leave in the name of Jesus.
Have faith in God. Only God. When you have faith in God for divine healing, you forego all other forms of healing (described in the Bible as Egyptian way).
Faith is not taking a calculated action. The risk of faith cannot be calculated.
But faith has a source. The source is supernatural. The only source is God.
Faith enables us to see the awesome work of God. “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.” (Hebrews 11:3)
God is pleased with faith and rewards faith. For example: healing, salvation, every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, every good gifts, eternal life, victorious life, abundant life!(Hebrews 11:6)
Hope: Like love and faith, there is only one source of hope. God.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;” Paul declared in his letter to the Corinthian Christians. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Hope comes in between faith and love.
Faith gives assurance to hope. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith, hope, and love appear together in Romans 5:1-5.
“1 therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Christians are commended for manifesting these three characteristics in their ministry, which evidence they are elected by God:
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, Beloved brethren, your election by God.” (1 Thessalonians 1-4)
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.
The mindfield which is in the unseen realm is much much more perilous and deadly than the minefield in human physical realm. The mindman has discovered.
Why? In the physical realm everything physical however tightly concealed will be uncovered. Nothing hidden will not be revealed. There is nowhere to hide, really. How can you hide darkness? You cannot. How can you hide death? You cannot. Foul rotten smell of death will soon seep through the layers of covers and permeate the air that you breathe.
How can you hide light? You cannot. Light seeps through every crevice and swallows up everything dark. But the mind can stop light and hide darkness for a time. It has become the ‘nurture bed’ for spiritual attack (in the forms of mental/emotional/mood illnesses or dysfunctions).
As long as the mindfield is filled with dark thoughts, lies and deceptions from the spiritual enemy, human (flesh and blood) is no match to them. No human ways in healing can heal the mind and restore it to complete wellness as it has been originally designed by the supernatural Creator God.
How to become more than conquerors in the mindfield battle?
The mindman has discovered the truth from the Word of God, which is the Power of God. The winning factor in the mindfield battle is ‘POWER’. Whose power? God’s power.
Belief in God and the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God gives us the power to overcome even the mind battle. How did Jesus Himself cast out demons and heal the sick (including those tormented in their minds)? By speaking God’s words as the Son of God. Today we are called to be sons of God. We have the authority to speak His words and do exactly as He did.
Firstly we must know the good gifts that God has given freely to all: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” James 1:17. “Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3.
Who qualifies to receive the good and perfect gifts (including the power to overcome)? Those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:2 “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justifiedin the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
What are the power giftsfor the mindfield battle? “that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge” 1 Corinthians 1:5. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-” 1 Corinthians1:30. “But we have the mind of Christ” 2:16.
Why does God want to give you such good gifts? God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. “so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1:7
Secondly we must know and believe how this great power of God in us work and how may we know.
“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1Corinthians 4:20
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:17-20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20
“Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him“1 Corinthians 6:17.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” Romans 8:14.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil” 1 John 3:8b.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5
In practice, the battle is won through reading the whole Bible, meditating on the words of God, speaking and praying the words, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, just as Jesus has commanded and promised. One caution word: read whole Bible and not be deceived by evil spirit using verses out of context.
The Holy Spirit is always ahead and has warned the watchman many times without fail beforehand to be alert and discerning in the spiritual realm where the real battle is. (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3)
Indeed, Jesus’ advice that we watch and pray means we watch our mind and pray in the Spirit (one spirit with the Lord) and in His words.
Action today for those who believe:
Pray through the Bible. For example, take the first chapter of 1 Corinthians and pray, asking for those good and prefect gifts from God to manifest in you.
The word of God is powerful. “But only speak a word and my servant will be healed.”
The Roman centurion spoke to Jesus in such great faith that Jesus marveled, “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:5-13) What did the centurion do that made him one cut above the others who sought help (healing and deliverance) from Jesus? The centurion’s understanding and acknowledgment of the power in Jesus’ words.
How did he know the word of Jesus had power? He had paid attention to what Jesus had spoken and done. Many others noticed and witnessed the same. The difference was that the centurion chose to believe and not doubt the power of Jesus’ word.
Even Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus told the others that “I will not believe.” He was a typical natural (not spiritual) man. He could not believe unless he saw, and touched. He ‘willed’ not to believe that Jesus would be raised from death. Jesus had spoken this prophecy and told them beforehand that He would resurrect after death. Thomas chose to put his own senses above the word of Jesus.
But Jesus was right. He was raised from death just as He had spoken. His spoken word was life and spirit. When His words are spoken, the spiritual realm changes. The physical will follow.
For those spiritual navigators who want to differ from others in sailing through this span of vast and uncharted waters, it pays to pay attention, understand and believe the word of God. The word is our only sure compass.
So here are more today from the riches of the heavenly treasury._____________
‘SIMPLE’ – this is a ‘neutral’ word with two practically opposite meanings. The word can mean ‘stupid’ which is unacceptable. The word can also mean ‘innocent’. Being simple concerning evil is acceptable. On the other hand, you need ‘wisdom’ in what is good. (Romans 16:19) The deciding factor is the object of one’s action: evil or good.
How does one transform from being simple to wise in what is good? The words of God transform.
Psalm 19:7 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
Psalm 119: 130 “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
‘SPEAK’ – this is the most powerful action word. God speaks. Jesus speaks. The Holy Spirit speaks. The prophets speak. The apostles speak. When God’s words are being spoken they come into physical existence. God spoke light and there was light. God spoke and framed the world by His word, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Words cannot be seen. But they are real. ‘Speak’ is the action word that brings forth physical reality of spiritual truth. Speak faith. Faith in the unseen. But speak anyway.
Here are some powerful Biblical applications:
Jesus: John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
Believers: Romans 10:9 “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.” 10 “for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Apostle Paul: Acts 9:20 “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”
Perfect man: James 3:2 “For we all stumble in many things, if anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.”
Positive words spoken by faith by Apostle Paul:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 18 “Indeed I have all and abound.” 19 “And my God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:3 “God…has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” 5:30 “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”
Galatians 3:26-27 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” 2:20 “…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our heartsby the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” 8:1 “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” 26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses…makes intercession for us…” 34 “It is Christ…who also makes intercession for us.” 37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” 31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
March 2013 notes: This post has turned out prophetic. Indeed the world today is now deeply and clearly divided into three groups: the social-economic-political-religious power group, the elite liberal hidden in the above power group (holding key posts of influence), and the remnant (tiny and loose groupings scattered globally) hidden and preserved by God according to His eternal plan at the right time in the right places.
_________________________Original post in 2010:
The watchman knew this day would come. He was reminded twice within two consecutive nights. “You just have to deny yourself. Yourself is blocking your advance in your quest for eternal life.”
He has been reading up on the frightening but seemingly inevitable impact of a very disciplined and fast growing wild fire kind of belief. The world seems to have gone one full circle.
Liberalism has given a false security to many in history that the golden days on earth will be when everyone can be free to do what he wants and thinks for himself what is best for him. Every one can choose what lifestyle he wants and what definition he means by living a good life. After all, are not more and more men are being educated and civilized? Is not the world being more and sophisticated in science and technology?
Alas, this ‘ideal’ is not to be. Just look around and one cannot deny the fact that many more in this world are being deceived, pulverized, oppressed, suppressed, terrorized, coerced, bullied, enslaved, even dehumanized. Many have not been able to rise above the mire they are subjected to for generations and the slime and grime have no end. The advance in external material realm have not brought advancement in the higher quality of human hearts, such as, kindness, generosity, neighborly love, charity, mutual respect and honor, sharing attitude, gentleness and tender mercy.
Unlike the liberal elite who might survive as one man anywhere on earth (until now) perhaps, the majority of masses have opted to adhere to some form of totalitarian rule and order as a survival strategy. As one individual, they cannot access any power base. As a mass of people adhering to one faith, one ruler, they can. Indeed. they become formidable power group.
Do not be surprised, to many, it is preferable to live on basic physiological needs than to die for conceptual ideals such as individual human rights or liberty. Many do not have the word, ‘concept’ in their mental dictionary.
Can liberals live on individually without the use of other groups for long in this world? Not very long. The days for the individuals seem numbered. Liberals by nature and lifestyle are not cohesive enough and cannot form any sustainable power group to rule effectively. Reproduction is one big weakness. Liberals are not able to reproduce and multiply their followers (even by birth) as fast as others can.
*However, totalitarians need only a few liberal elites manipulating a large group of masses who follow them blindly or under coercion. How can the elites not be detected? Easy, just hide in the powerful, long established and well organized systems of various religious beliefs (mainly the only two mega ones in the current world). *
NB: * This above revelation was received by the watchman just now (22nd September 2010) This ties in with what Jesus and the Apostles have warned the Christians. Daniel 9:26-27 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 specified their characteristics. 1 John 4:3 declared that the spirit of the Antichrist indeed is already here.
Fundamental Christians have woken to the truth that unless they turn back to the old path of a theocratic society they too will perish as a physical entity.In the beginning when God first formed a power group He decreed that they lived a God-centric life style. Being God-centric means submitting all values and aspects of living to your God (and His Word). Otherwise, you will will just like the liberals. Soon you will become no more as a power group. You will be assimilated into the one dominant totalitarian belief power system which will govern all aspects of your life anyway. Unless you are part of the elitist Antichrist system you will be just an oppressed and powerless pawn within that system.
For Christians who opt out of the above mentioned totalitarian system, they will become a small remnant as few will be willing to follow this very narrow gate and difficult path, living by faith and by the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus has predicted. Remnants will not become a big power group in this world. They are pocket size. they do not have a permanent base. There may come a time they do not have a place a rest their heads. Remnants will not be threats to any mega power groups. They will not be noticed. They are more like the third class passengers on an ocean liner, being clustered in some lowly and humble corners out of sight and out of mind of the system of the world.
Many remnants will be outside the ‘camp’ of the world’s system. They will not have access to the world’s social and economic system. On the other hand, they will live supernaturally. They follow exactly the Word of God and live the supernatural life style as demonstrated by Jesus and His disciples, and as witnessed by many before them (all the men and women of faith as recorded in the Bible). Can others join such a free life if they do not want to be in the world totalitarian system? Yes, you may, only if you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus Christ.
Ponder on the verses for today as below: Luke 9
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
18 And it happened, as He (Yeshua Christ) was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, 20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
23Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Jesus Transfigured on the Mount
27But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.” 28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 34 … a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. 35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”
The word of God is light. The Lord Jesus is light. God is light.
When the word of God is read with faith and in the Spirit, it gives light. God is light and in whom there is no darkness. All dark things (including illness, physical and mental) must flee. Let God arise in us, and let God’s enemies be scattered!
Let all believers of Jesus as Savior and Lord enjoy the victorious life in which we can be totally free of the tormentor which came to steal, kill and destroy our peace, joy, and rest as promised by Jesus in the abundant life He has brought.
Today we only read one word ‘form’. A very powerful and crucial word for every Christian.
FORM: this is God’s special word. Only God formed. He created man in His image. He formed people for Himself, that they will declare His praise. (Isaiah 43:21)
Human do form physical building and organization structure. But in the spiritual realm they are of no permanent value. The only permanent structure is God’s creation. He created/formed human for eternity (having the image of God). There was no need for hell or death. However, man fell into the snare of the devil and lost the original design. The original heavenly form was corrupted and man encountered sins, sickness, and decays due to the power of death which entered since the spiritual fall.
When we read the word ‘form’, think of the majesty, the beauty, the awesome creation of God’s original design which bears His divine nature, His divine mark, His divine power.
I have taken the verses from Isaiah 43 to illustrate how God really cares for His people, those He had formed:
1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”
7 Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.”
The following verses is a beautiful illustration of how much God, the Creator loves and cares for those whom He has formed (do sing them and meditate on them).
43:18 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.”
Jesus told us how we may become God’s new creation:
John 3:3,5-6 “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
The Apostles taught us how to receive this re-birth
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remissions of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
What happens when we receive this new birth?
1 Corinthians 2:12 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
2 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (in v18, we read that the Spirit of the Lord transforms us into the same image of the Lord from glory to glory).
16 Therefore from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”
17 “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
How did God create/form us? How do we know?
Hebrews 11:3 “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.”
11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”