JOSEPH!

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JOSEPH, GOD’S MAN FOR THE TIME. A MAN WHO HAD A COAT MADE OF MANY DIFFERENT COLORS! FOLLOW HIS LIFE AND SEE HOW GOD USED HIM FOR GOD’S OWN GLORY AND THE FUTURE ‘SEED’ PROMISED EVEN JESUS OUR LORD THE MESSIAH! – WRITTEN BY: BOBBIE J. CARNES –

Week 4 (February 1st)
Cultivate Your Character: The Example of Joseph

Introduction

Our study is on cultivating a character like Joseph’s. To cultivate means to develop by education or training or to foster. So, if we want our character developed like Joseph’s we must be willing to be educated and trained as he was – by God.

That’s the kicker! He didn’t develop himself. He didn’t go to self-help seminars. He didn’t read Christian books and follow the latest popular Christian teacher. God was his teacher. And how does God develop people?

Psalms 119:67, Job 36:15, Ps. 119:124

God’s classroom is life. Joseph was an excellent student. He viewed his situations as full of providential blessings (Gen.39:8-9; 45:5, 7-8; 50:19).

Let me give you the first and greatest single characteristic of Joseph. It was his absolute faithfulness to God under all circumstances, and it is through this that God worked to exalt him so highly. And it was through this that all his other godly character traits developed.

We will see as we go through Scripture a pattern in Joseph’s life (39:21-23, 39: 2, 3, 5)

The Lord is with Joseph

Gives him favor with the authority over him

He prospers Joseph and causes him to succeed in whatever he does.

Joseph did faithfully and to his best ability whatever God gave him to do and God prospered him. That is the pattern we will see in his dealings with Potiphar, the Jailor and Pharaoh.
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Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 10:31 that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Joseph did all for the glory of God.

The authorities over Joseph saw the visible, tangible occurrences of God’s blessings on all that Joseph did and praised God because of him. Because God favored Joseph, they favored him and trusted him.

Whatever Joseph did, he didn’t neglect the interests of his masters and he worked hard to be sure those interests were furthered. He understood authority. He respected authority. He worked hard on behalf of others. There was nothing lackadaisical about Joseph.

There are two steps to success that can be seen in Joseph’s life:

Please God and seek His blessing. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Do it over a long period of time.( Forget instant gratification)

Joseph was 17 when he was sold into slavery. He was 30 when Pharaoh promoted him to Prime Minister (41:46). Thus it took 13 years for the full measure of God’s blessings to Joseph to be recognized. Advancement doesn’t always come quickly. Normally success takes time. Joseph was patient (Hint: another characteristic.)

Joseph’s story is covered in 13 chapters in Genesis. We are going to look at as many of Joseph’s character traits as we can in our time together.

In our study we have divided Joseph’s life into four sections
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Betrayal –The Relationship between Joseph and His Brothers

Joseph’s Temptation

Joseph is Forgotten

Joseph is Reunited With His Family

Here is a preview of what Joseph is going to demonstrate for us:

  • the value of self-control in the temptation
  • patience and perseverance in times of trouble
  • honesty, strong work ethics
  • fear of God and faithfulness to God

Opening Question

You have all heard the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Faulty question. There are no good people.

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone (Mark 10:18).

As Christians we may ask, “Why do bad things happen to God’s people?Why did Joseph’s life contain so much harassment, temptation, affliction, and heartache? Why does mine? Lord what are you doing?

The Big Idea

Joseph acknowledges God’s sovereignty over the events in his life. God’s presence and steadfast love enabled Joseph to overcome all the difficulties he faced. He wasn’t overcome by his circumstances in life. His character grew and strengthened through his afflictions and setbacks.

Scripture Passage

1. Betrayal –The Relationship between Joseph and His Brothers

Gen. 37: 2-5, 8, 11

One day after his disclosures to his brothers about his dreams, they were tending their flocks out in the country and Jacob sent Joseph to check on them.

Gen. 37:14

When he got to Shechem, they weren’t there. Instead of going home, he wandered
around the countryside trying to find them. He wasn’t going home without a report for his father that his brothers were okay. But, when he found them they plotted his death, but Judah talked them into selling him to Ishmaelite traders.

Gen. 37:23-24 .

Later in 42:21 we are told how Joseph was feeling and how he reacted while his brothers were betraying him. Later, when Joseph, the Prime Minster, was giving his brothers a hard time about being spies, they decided God was punishing them for what they did to Joseph.

Gen.42:21.

But at the time, the brothers didn’t care how much Joseph begged.

Gen. 42:28, 36: 39:1

Discovery

What character traits did Joseph demonstrate in his response to his brother’s envy and hatred?

(Possible answers: concern for others – he searched for them, kindness – because he must have ignored a lot of unkind words and deeds, love – he loved his enemies, resisted the temptation to repay evil with evil)

Application

Jesus said in John 15:18: “”If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” This is the same situation that Joseph was in. If the world sees you as different: sees your good deeds, it shows up their ungodliness. They will hate you as Joseph’s brothers hated him. If you have not already, when you do run into this situation, how will you respond?

  1. The story continues: Joseph’s Temptation

Gen. 39: 2-12.

Because of her accusations, Potiphar unjustly threw Joseph in prison.

Discovery

What characteristics that you had identified in the previous section do you see developing in Joseph during this time of his life?

(Possible answers: work ethic, resisting temptation, loving his enemies, faithful)

What other characteristics do you see in this passage?

(Possible answers: Honesty, integrity, faithfulness, excellent work ethic)

What was Joseph’s response to temptation?

(Possible answers: flees, fear of sinning against God, doesn’t try to reason, doesn’t try to witness)

Joseph was able to fight off temptation because he had fixed one main truth in his mind? What was that truth?

(Possible answers: He knew God was omnipresent and omniscient. God knows everything Joseph did. He wouldn’t knowingly sin against God.)

Application

In your life, what work habits do you have that line up with Joseph’s?

What evidence do you find in your life that God is with you?

Joseph’s temptation came after his promotion. That’s when Satan knows we are most vulnerable. Have you experienced temptation after victory? How did you avoid it? What have you learned from Joseph’s life that will help you in the future?

Joseph was aware that God knew exactly what he was doing. We call that God’s omnipresent and omniscient. How can you insure that you are always aware that God’s eyes are upon you?

What do we learn from Joseph about how to resist temptation in our lives?

  1. Joseph is Forgotten

Gen.39: 21-23

Then God intervenes and turns the heart of Pharaoh (Proverbs 21:1) to be angry with the chief cupbearer and the chief baker and they are thrown into prison with Joseph. They each have a dream and Joseph interprets the dreams for them. The cup bearer will be restored to his former job in three days, but the poor baker will be dead. Pharaoh will execute him.

In verse 14 Joseph does a very human thing and asks the cupbearer:

Gen. 40:14.

He proclaims his innocence and asks the chief cup bearer for help, because Joseph knows he will live. Then on the third day as Joseph had said Pharaoh restored the chief cupbearer and killed the baker.

Sadly,

Gen. 40:23. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Then after two years God was ready for Joseph to be Prime Minister of Egypt, so he gave Pharaoh two dreams. None of the wise men of Egypt were able to interpret the dreams.

Finally, the chief cupbearer remembers.

Gen. 41:9-13

So, Pharaoh sent for Joseph and said he had been told Joseph could interpret his dreams.

Gen. 41:16. Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Joseph does not take credit for what God does. Pharaoh tells Joseph his dreams. Joseph tells him the meaning: 7 years of plenty, 7 years of famine. Then Joseph continues:

Gen. 41:32. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.

Joseph then goes on to give Pharaoh the plan to fix the problem and his proposal pleases Pharaoh and he makes Joseph Prime Minister, second in command of Egypt, so he can implement his plan.

Pharaoh recognizes Joseph enjoys God’s favor.

Gen.41:38 – 39

Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name and wife. He had two sons. The first born he named Manasseh.

Gen. 41:51 52

There were seven years of plenty and then the famine came.

Discovery

Describe how God worked in the circumstances of Joseph’s time in prison.

(Possible answers: See the pattern, The Lord was with Joseph, gave him favor with jailor, prosper Joseph and makes him succeed, makes Pharaoh jail the cup bearer and baker)

How did God use this time to further develop Joseph’s character and prepare him for the positon of Prime Minister?

(Possible answers: developed work ethic (even in jail), patience, reliance and trust in God, how to get along with various people)

What indications do you find in the above passage that Joseph gave up on God?
(Answer: None, of course.)

What indications do you find that Joseph stayed faithful?

(Possible answers: No whining, no despair, he worked hard, used his gifts for other’s good and God’s glory)

Application

The chief cupbearer forgot Joseph and so Joseph spent another 2 years in prison. If this happened to you how would you react?

What can you do now to prepare for times of waiting?

  1. Joseph is Reunited with His Family.

Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to get food. They didn’t recognize him, but Joseph recognized his brothers. After much testing, many trials, and a few trips between Canaan and Egypt, Joseph is convinced his brothers have repented of the evil they did to him.

Gen. 45: 1-3

So, Joseph tells them:

Gen. 45:5-8.

The brothers went back and got their father and all the clan and brought them to live in Egypt. After some years Jacob, Joseph’s father, dies and once again he must reassure his brothers of his forgiveness and God’s good purposes in all that happened.

Gen.50: 19 – 21

Discovery

What two things had to happen between Joseph and his brothers for this beautiful family reunion to happen?

(Possible Answers: The repentance of his brothers and Joseph’s forgiveness of them.)

What has Joseph learned through the last 13 years that allows him to so easily forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery?

(Possible answers: He saw the circumstances of his life as part of God’s plan, faith and trust in God)

How do you see God working in Joseph’s life to develop the character that made Pharaoh so impressed with him?

(Possible answers: Trails, afflictions, opportunities to prove himself, reliable and trustworthy, how to be patient)

Application

Forgiveness of someone who has wronged us can be a struggle, especially if they haven’t acknowledged their wrong. What can we learn from Joseph to help us with this struggle?

What is something you will do to develop a forgiving heart?

If you have wronged someone and have not repented, what is keeping you from it?

DISCOURAGEMENT CAN BE AND USUALLY IS, A FALSE GOSPEL AND MESSAGE!

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SPOTLIGHT:

Paul David Tripp said:

It is discouraging to face:

  • your struggle with sin;
  • the disloyalty of a friend;
  • the rebellion of your children;
  • the souring of your marriage;
  • the division of your church;
  • the temptations that seem to be all around you;
  • the injustice that lives in this fallen world;
  • the pain and worry of physical sickness;
  • the loss of your job;
  • the hardship of old age; or
  • the death of your dreams.

Psalm 139: 16 reads; “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

God said in Psalm 135: 6-7; “Whatever the Lord pleases, HE does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all the deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.”

The point also is this; whatever discourages us doesn’t surprise God at all. He has ordained every things, yes everything – the every detail in your life from its beginning to the ends. He controls every twist and turn of the narrative of your life. He has a purpose designed for THE “ALL THINGS THAT HAPPEN” IN AND THROUGH US.

For the Lord has chosen His body of believers and those He gave faith and repentance to, for His own possession. He loves them, He chose them, He watches over them day and night, He LOVES them, so much so, that HE died for them and suffered the wrath, condemnation and justice from God the Father having ALL of our sin laid upon Him as He shed His blood for our atonement and died for us!

Then HE rose from the dead, to complete the final Glorification of His people! They are HIS bride, His own possession, they ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, SONS OF GOD FOREVER! That means that I am secure, and nothing happens to me that is NOT for the Glory of God, and for my Best interests!! Nothing whether it be pain, discouragement that may come, or whether it is even death. He is there! He never forsakes me and or you If you know HIM!

You are Loved! And because of that, should not we LOVE HIM supremely, and worship Him and seek to obey Him? Yes, we should!

Go in peace – Shalom! Selah! Maranatha! Amen!

WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE?

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TODAY IN THE USA THE PAGANS ARE RESTLESS AND MAD!

Angry, mad, violent, insane, uncivilized, rioting, cursing, protesting in the streets, physically attacking others and destroying property, denying law and order, seeking revenge, hating and murdering, and every other known display of disorder a mind of a human can think of is taking place today in the USA!!

Participating in such will NOT be any Christ follower that is for sure. Participating in such will NOT be those who love their country, their Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Freedom and Civilized Law and Order Government. Only the insane driven mob mentality individuals will be doing such! They are radical, radical because of what I am going to reveal to you from the Bible, as God evaluates such people!!

GOD’S EVALUATION ABOUT THE SO CALLED PROTESTORS IN THE USA!!

PSALM 2:1-12:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain (empty) thing? The kings (Presidents and Political leaders) of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against HIS anointed (JESUS CHRIST HIS SON & THOSE IN HIS BODY THE REAL CHURCH), SAYING,

LET US BREAK THEIR BANDS ASUNDER, AND CAST AWAY THEIR CORDS FROM US.

FOCUS: What we are observing day after day in the United States is the actual workings of what God stated in the verses above. They purposefully do not wish to be under any guidance and wisdom and discernment from God and His word. They are purposefully ignoring God in the equation of their plans, for if they had been thinking about God in their Governmental plans, they would never be allowing the total chaos and hate and slander and lies and violence to be taking place at all.

They have cast God and His word out!!

He (God) that sits in the heavens shall laugh!!! the Lord shall have them in derision! Then shall HE speak unto them in HIS WRATH, and VEX them in His sore displeasure.

SPOTLIGHT:

Here at this very moment in time (today) God is laughing at the pagan wicked forces that are assembling and seeking to carry out their wicked activities. Such groups as: The Democratic party leadership; the BLM movement; the Nation of Islam Farrakhan movement; the Antifa movement; the Socialists and Fascists of the day, etc.! GOD LAUGHS AT THEM! Not only that, HE (GOD) speaks out loud today in HIS wrath, and VEXES them in His sore displeasure! How so, one may ask? By sending upon us the Covid-19 Plague, and by sending upon us the insane, violent hate filled protestors and chaotic war soldiers of the demon possessed ones in the USA! Jesus Christ states their father is the Devil. Only if they turn away from such things, and cry out to the Lord God and Jesus Christ to forgiven them and save them will they be acceptable by God!!! God is a God of love, mercy and kindness, but He is also a God of Wrath, Justice and Punishment upon all of those who reject Him and His Son Jesus.

THE LIGHT SHINES HOWEVER IN THE MIDST OF THE DARKNESS!

Yet I have set my KING (Jesus) upon my holy hill ZION (In Heaven). I will declare the decree – the Lord has said unto me, YOU (Jesus) are my SON; this DAY have I begotten You. ASK of me, and I shall give you the Heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. YOU shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Here you find the prophecy spelled out of what Christ Jesus will carry out in the end times, and that is found out in the book of Revelation. Christ will comes down and judge the wicked who forgot God and turned away from Him.

We at a minimum are now – right now – experiencing the fortaste of what that is going to be like when Jesus brings a climax to all of this. IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ANYONE NOW? CAN THIS BE CHANGED? I AM NOT SURE IF THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FINAL END OR NOT, BUT THERE CAN BE HOPE AND THERE CAN BE A POSSIBILITY OF GOD’S BLESSINGS IF PEOPLE WOULD TURN TO HIM!

NOTE GOD’S WORDS: “BE WISE NO THEREFORE, O YOU KINGS (GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS AND POLITICAL LEADERS AND OTHER PAGAN GROUPS); BE INSTRUCTED, YOU JUDGES OF THE EARTH. SERVE THE LORD WITH FEAR, AND REJOICE WITH TREMBLING. KISS THE SON (JESUS) LEST HE BE ANGRY, AND YOU PERISH FROM THE WAY, WHEN HIS WRATH IS KINDLED BUT A LITTLE. BLESSED ARE ALL THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM!”

I call upon the Democrats, the Republicans, the Independents, the violent gangs and groups such as BLM, ANTIFA, NATION OF ISLAM, ISLAMISTS, SOCIALISTS, COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS, ETC., AS WELL AS ANY AND ALL RELIGIOUS TYPE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD, TO REPENT AND TURN TO CHRIST AND BE SAVED FROM THE WRATH OF THE SON AND GOD THE FATHER, BEFORE IT IS TO LATE!! THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR! COME TO HIM NOW AND PERHAPS YOU WILL FIND HELP AND SALVATION FROM SUCH PUNISHMENT. OTHERWISE ALL WILL PERISH!

THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR OF HEAVEN PREPARING TO COME DOWN AND EXECUTE JUDGMENT UPON THE WICKED UNBELIEVERS AND SELF CENTERED INDIVIDUALS WHO PRACTICE EVIL!

EXILES ON PLANET EARTH WITH EXPECTATIONS FOR THE PROMISED LAND-NEW JERUSALEM THE CITY OF GOD!

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THE PROMISE OF GOD ALSO INCLUDED A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH! THE CITY OF GOD!

SPOTLIGHT:

1 PETER 1:1; 1 Peter 2:9;

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside AS ALIENS, …….”But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Notice that Peter reveals to the saints that they are no longer after salvation, to be considered citizens of this world, but rather, aliens, residing in a country that they no longer can consider their home. In another place, Paul the Apostle I believe stated we are as saints to be “looking for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is God.” A reflection on what Abraham a friend of God was doing throughout his lifetime!

I fear to many of us have become acclimated to this world system so much we do not feel like aliens at all. Do we long for and become excited about every day our new home in glory which is to come? Do we long for that place? Paul surely did, and so should we!

OLD TESTAMENT PROMISE TO GOD’S PEOPLE ALSO RELATES TO THE GOSPEL AND OUR POSITION IN CHRIST JESUS!

JEREMIAH 28: 7-14

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

This promise was to Israel specifically and only at that time. However, the Gospel brings each saint of God into God’s promises to all of His children living as aliens on this planet today and tomorrow and always! He continues:

Verse 11; “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon ME and come and pray to Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortune and from all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place fro where I sent you into exile.”

God has great plans for us, our welfare, our protection during our stay here on earth, even though we go through trials and tribulations, and difficulties HE promised to be WITH US all the way. Right there in the middle of the dark pot of evil if so be. We will and we do pray and we are promised He will hear our prayers, and eventually remove us from this cursed planet to our heavenly home, or He will come back and translate us into His glory and we will dwell with HIM on planet earth totally restored to perfection in the New city of God New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21: 1-3; 10-11;

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is No longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.”

John goes on through Chapter 21 of Revelation to describe that city in more detail. This is where we are ultimately going to be one day and very soon really!

So, as we awaken each morning, let us remember seriously and contemplate much about it all, in spite of the troublesome times we are in with plagues, riots, war, terrorism, hate, chaos, confusion, crime, murder, robberies, destruction of property, and the outworking of immorality and evil of all types going on, we HAVE a place prepared for us with Jesus and HE will keep His promise to us. Pray for it to come and also pray for the Welfare of our City, our State, and our Nation where we live in Exile today so we too will have good welfare even as they could have when God so designs it to be.

SONG: NEW JERUSALEM – THE HOPPERS

GOD LOVES THE SAINTS BODIES!

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FOCUS: GOD made our bodies, God loves our bodies, and God said He considers the body of the ones whom He saves as His Temple! He resides in our bodies!

Spotlight: GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR BODIES AND OFFER THEM AS A SACRIFICE TO HIM IN WORSHIP DAILY!

THE TABERNACLE OF GOD ON EARTH!

Romans 11:33 – 12:2:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

ALL THINGS ARE MADE FOR CHRIST, BY CHRIST AND THROUGH CHRIST! ALL MADE FOR HIS GLORY AND MAJESTY AND TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER HIS DIRECT CONTROL AND POWER!

The bodies we live in then are His and He purchased them through His blood on the Cross being shed so, bringing us back from Sin and Evil and Satan, that which was lost! The scriptures speak of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us, was the down payment of the purchased possession, which not only is the soul, the spirit, but also, the body of those whom He redeems and saves!

This body we are in now is the Tabernacle or Temple of God. He dwells there, and we are IN HIM now! We are NOT in the FLESH (that part of our body which houses the entity called Sin! We are truly New Born changed totally people. We have become priests of God, sons of God, children of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus to all that the Father has is given to us in His Son!

Paul just spoke through the Spirit in Romans as shown, that this body then should be considered a “holy” “sacred” place when we live out our daily lives on this planet. I mean every moment of every day!

This body is NOT evil nor is it sin! The elements of the body are flesh, blood, bone, and all of its intricate nerve and tendons etc., network. MATTER is NOT sin! But SIN dwells in this body and has its abode there! Fearfully and wonderfully made by God!

One of the most destructive teachings developed in the early Church days called GNOSTICISM! They taught a sharp contrast between matter and spirit, the realm of darkness and the realm of light. All that was natural, human, and material was considered to be evil; the spirit was the only thing that matters!

So, because of that, they denied the incarnation. That is, the God/man, Jesus was both God and man. 100% God, and 100% man without sin. They said he only appeared to have a physical body, sort of like the Theophany appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. Also, because of their errors and heresy, they denied the Resurrection which is so clearly taught in the word of God. Jesus even spoke much about the Resurrection of our bodies, as well as Paul the Apostle in the Epistles. The Gnostics consider our bodies a “Prison House” of the spirit. They wanted to be free of this prison house.

It is due to sin, a malady and a sad and disruptive thing to leave our bodies. We do not just “have” a body, we are bodily. It is our humanity, and it will be restored to a perfect body at the resurrection and we will be complete, perfect, a total spiritual being consisting of a body, soul and spirit! Three in ONE which is a spiritual state then!

Job 19:26 reads, “Though……worms destroy this body, yet IN MY FLESH I shall see God.”

Sadly today we see some of these Gnostic tendencies in the local Churches about our bodies. Sexual organs which God created and included in his statement after created us, was GOOD. We call them now “naughty parts” or at least many do. Pleasure and enjoyment is suspect in some circles. Many of us also will remember funerals where something like this was stated, “So and so is finally free of her body, and her spirit is able to worship God without any hindrance.” When really it was NOT her body or his body that was the hindrance, but rather “sin” that dwelled in that body. A usurper, a foreign virus which is evil dwelled there, not the body itself. The body was affected by sin and a curse came and we began to die the moment we were conceived, that is physically die.

Thomas Watson, a Puritan believer and preacher, said this:
“Not in another flesh, but in my flesh shall I be resurrected. Some hold that the soul and spirit shall be clothed with a new body; but then it would be improper to call it a resurrection. Rather, it would be a creation. If the body did not rise again, a believer would not be completely happy, for, though the soul and spirit can subsist without the body, yet it has a desire of reunion with the body. If the soul and spirit should got to heaven, and not the body, then a believer would be only half saved.”

I think I would go along with the word “new” in the sense of our real resurrected same body is made into a spiritual body which has no sin and weakness anymore. So I would disagree with this thought on that part, but his idea is certainly Biblical it is NOT a new thing outside of the old made new.

In other words, not some body prepared that was not connected with the old one made new is the point!. Also, we must remember our bodies are set apart as holy by God NOW!!! So, God surely will keep His promises to make the Body of his people totally perfected in all aspects, and one that will be “our former bodies” but changed to meet the qualities which the Spirit World requires in which we will be.

In other words, parts of the body which were essential and no longer essential will be done away with for there is absolutely NO need for them any longer in the heavenly sphere and the new earth. One no longer needs oxygen, no lungs needed, no longer need sexual organs for there is no usefulness in the spirit world for such, no procreation and no urinary requirements.

On and on we could go. But what is left is what is our body parts and the whole that is identifiable as our body. Much mystery is here but God does give us clues which we can certainly project into our over all considerations about the new spiritual aspects of our bodies.

SPOTLIGHT: GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. HE DIED FOR OUR BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM TOTALLY PERFECT AND COMPLETELY MADE FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD WHICH IS SPIRITUAL!

SPIRITUAL IN THE SENSE, THAT NO CURSE, NO SIN, NO PAIN NO SUFFERING, NO WEAKNESS, NO CORRUPTION, NO DECAY, NO IMPERFECTIONS AND NO MORE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN SINCE ONE EXISTS.

THE WORLD TODAY – NEWS FROM A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW! DATE: YEAR – JUNE -2020

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THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE GOING UP IN FLAMES! WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING? COVID-19 VIRUS; STREET RIOTS AND TERRORISM; COLLAPSE OF OUR MAINLINE MEDIA OUTLETS IN TERMS OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY; BUILDINGS, BUSINESSES, CHURCH BUILDINGS; SYNAGOGUES; RESTAURANTS; FAST FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; RETAIL STORES, POLICE CARS; — GOING UP IN FLAMES!!! STAY TUNED FOR THE ‘REST OF THE STORY’ FED THROUGH THE LENS OF BIBLICAL METANARRATIVE UNDERSTANDING.

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JUNE 29, 2020:

Winds are blowing and the chaff is being driven away and exposing the lies, corruption, and outright unlawful and traitor like activities being endorsed and practiced by the leaders of the Democratic party. Thanking God for HIS exposure of evil in our midst. Poison is in the POT! The problem with our nation is SIN, and it is Human beings that are the problem, NOT COVID-19! That VIRUS comes from God in judgment upon the human beings who deny and strike out at God and His creation which includes other humans! Denial of God is meaningless when HE ACTUALLY EXISTS and is involved in every detail of human life, all the way from death, evil and good and righteousness.

He uses evil to work for HIS good purposes and plans. He allows evil to be in order to show its ugly face as to what it is, and how HE will destroy it and show forth HOW good and Holy and Right HE always is. He is GOD! Satan is not and nor are his children in whom he lives and conducts his affairs in this world.

June 28, 2020:

God has a word to this generation of people on planet earth! Are they listening, and if they listen, what do they do with it? God is calling every human being alive on earth today, to turn from their wicked ways, (repent), and confess their sins to Him for all sin is directed toward God whether a person acknowledges it or doesn’t even realize it. IT IS!!! But the sin comes down on God’s creatures especially the human beings, one’s own kind. Then after repenting and confessing, a person must trust and have faith in Jesus Christ as HIS Lord and God and worship Him forever.

Is this happening? Perhaps on a individual small scale some are doing this during this judgmental period from God, but it is not large enough to make the headlines or change the culture here in the USA!

People will not allow their own minds to embrace the fact THIS IS FROM GOD TO US!! THIS IS NOT JUST CHANCE HAPPENINGS, NOT JUST AN ACCIDENT, NOT JUST SOME FLUKE OF NATURE. IT IS DIRECT JUDGMENT FROM GOD!! PERIOD! Over and over again through out the Old Testament days, God warned people about impending judgment and if they would not turn from their sins and worship Him He would bring the judgment. Totally destroying the nations.

For instance in Jeremiah 36, God warned the tribes of Judah to turn from their wickedness and if they would HE would not judge them and destroy them. The prophet wrote down on a scroll the message from God to the King of Judah, and he heard it read and took the scroll on which it was written and burned it in the fire and would not LISTEN to God’s call and demand!! So, they were destroyed.

God uses all types of ways to implement upon people His judgement. He may bring plagues like the Covid-19 China Virus, a Earthquake, a Tornado, a Hurricane, a local Flood on a nation, War upon a nation from another nation, Terrorism, Famine, etc.! These are sent because of SIN AND REBELLION. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE, THIS SIN THAT WOULD CAUSE SUCH ACTIONS FROM THE GOD OF ALL CREATION?

It is things expressed like this: Hate, Slander, Lies, Constant hate expressed by verbal damage to another’s character, lust for power, control, and money; pride, arrogance, deceit, lips that spread rumors, murder, violence, mayhem, terrorism, physical abuse, mental abuse, rape, sexual aberrations of all types, robbery, Greed, False narratives, racial hate by any person or group of a certain racial characteristic toward others not in their tribe, misrepresentations, false reports, placing heavy burdens on others they cannot bear, abuse, laziness, gossip, drunkenness, drug usage, abuse of body, and any other like things that people do and engage in that bring harm to others or to their own self.

This is going on 24/7 today by all people to some degree in the USA! The mass media outlets (news, programs etc.) and the Press, along with the Political parties which NONE or exempt from the above, but the Democrats and Socialists are some of the worse offenders and fully blown expressors of the sins mentioned. Along with them are the BLM, Antifa and various other radical groups which have arisen that are full of SIN and wickedness activities.

So, God sends JUDGEMENT. We see HIS wrath displayed as HE sends and allows such things as we notice as the China Covid-19; the harm to our social civilized unity which brings divisions, strife, hate, murder, rape and destruction of property. This is the JUDGEMENT OF GOD! Also, He sends the collapse of civility and Governmental wisdom and a lack of control of the masses of people which have gone absolutely MAD and INSANE with their sins flowing from their souls as if it were water from a faucet!! This is taking place today in the USA!

A nation which embraced Christ and God and worshipped him in days past, has left God and worshipped SELF and CREATION and have become absolute Idol worshippers of such! So we are under a dark cloud of Judgment and it will NOT get better but worse until man bows their KNEES to GOD rather than to other people!!! HE will bring a total destructive blow to the nation of ours if our people do not turn to HIM! That is it period! History has proven such and HE always works this way.

HE IS HOWEVER A GOD OF GRACE, MERCY, KINDNESS, LOVE, AND BENEVOLENCE, BUT HE WILL NOT BE SNUBBED BY HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR REBELLION AGAINST HIM WILL BRING HIS OTHER ATTRIBUTES OF JUSTICE AND WRATH AND CONDEMNATION UPON HUMANS. IT IS THEIR CHOICE. GOD OR JUDGMENT! GOD OR CONDEMNATION! GOD OR REBELLION! GOD OR LUST! GOD OR CRIME! GOD OR SELFISHNESS! GOD OR HATE!

God sent His Son Jesus Christ (the God man), into the world to save those who would repent and trust Him as Lord and God and Savior. He shed His blood and died for Sins atoning for those sins making a person able to find pardon and forgiveness if they will trust in HIM alone for salvation from God’s wrath!! So, if YOU hear HIM call come to Him now and be saved. Then peace, joy, healing, civility will come back to our nation and hope and a great future for all who do so!!

Having said all of that, I want to make a note of this; the local body of Christ called the Church, is to realize than any of that message about the world needing to repent and confess and trust in faith Christ, is also directed FIRST to the body of Christ, which may be moving away into a mode of thinking which believes that the “cultural status” means we are to be “WOKE” and make changes in our own home and people in order to placate or bend the knee to the world system. Not so! We need to bend our knees to the eternal word of God and live and obey Him not the mores and systems of this world and their ideas about race, culture, or sex or anything else.

They HAVE NO WORD for us at all. Our WORD comes directly in scripture FROM GOD ALONE! To Him we answer and seek to obey not the Government, not the people of any racial group, not any militant movement etc.! All we say to them all is repent and get right with God and our Christ Jesus who has is the ONLY Almighty God and Sovereign Lord of all things to whom we answer and no one else!!!

Today I received news that Chic-fil-A’s owner Cathy, rejected the word of God and His teachings about BLM, and the violence and riots and hate going on by those radical groups. The man is a fake person who seeks attention and plays a role which NO Christian would ever do and is actually commanded not to do. Loving one another doesn’t consist of displaying pious self righteousness to the public like he did shining the shoes of a person. That is so egotistical self love of one I have ever seen displayed other that the Pharisial Romanism of today. To voice support for violence and terrorism is absolutely ungodly and Anti Christ talk! Pray for this dark deep demonic influenced soul. I cannot in good conscience do business with this facility anymore!

Another bad news story today! Fox News has set up a lengthy program for Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam who is one of the biggest bigots, racist, and Jew haters that lives today. His desires to slay all of the Jews and engage in many violent acts, is unacceptable behavior by anyone who values any moral issue. Louis is a very disturbed and demon possessed man! He does not represent America, Christianity, and also he doesn’t represent the Black Community of people in the USA!! Now Fox supports the evil of this man by giving him a voice and microphone to spread his hate and racism and bigotry and anti semitism.

JUNE 27, 2020:

Texas, and of course, New Braunfels, Texas, is now back under more strict Covid-19 Virus (China Virus) restrictions. This is due to the upcoming Holiday and also the spikes taking place now especially among the younger generation. As usual, however, the mandatory rule of using the Mask has some allowances for those who cannot wear one, but over all the objective is to try and get more people using the mask to help prevent “some” cases from taking place especially among the more vulnerable. In my opinion after reading about this for all of the days this has been spoken about, I think the basic two elements which MUST be observed BY ALL (Mask or no mask), is Social Distancing (6 feet minimum), not touching each other, and also, washing and sanitizing your hands a lot every day. Keeping the fingers off the facial area until such washing takes place. Doing this is the most important!!!

Hiding behind his mask, Joe Biden, won’t debate, won’t go public, and keeps making serious errors in his speeches. I mean just normal every day words so far removed from reality one wonders why this embarrassing thing is being allowed to take place. Isn’t his family and the leaders of the sociopath democrat’s having any sort of conscience and love for their own??? I mean this is really sad stuff. The man is sick and I mean really ill mentally. Now every one of us can see and hear it. But since when does the party care if they they can use the “empty suit” guy to get into office and then he resign and another moves in just so they get power, control, and tyrannical leadership going for their objectives. God deliver us from all of us comic book stuff!

Really all of this sounds like Gotham city and the Joker comics!!

June 25, 2020:

This week has been a turbulent week both in the nation (USA), and within the Christian Church. Examination of our motives and actions is a good thing for the body of Christ to do and the current mayhem and terrorism in the streets has been used of God to draw us to such a moment of inspection and thought within our own soul and spirit about many matters relating to the walk of faith we are in!

I personally, along with many others I am sure, are praying for a great awakening in our land, a movement of God to come and show Himself great among the people of this nation, but turning hearts to Him and saving many and reviving His own people so they will increase in their faith and service for Him!

I have been praying God will expose the enemies of our God, and His body of Christ, and expose the enemies of the United States of America also who may be citizens as well as foreigners creating much chaos and hate here in our land. We see very clearly without any speculation and doubt, that the Mass Media outlets (Press and all cable and television networks) are solidly on the side of Evil and Satan.

Along with them various groups such as BLM (The actual leaders and their group in contrast to the black community) and the Antifa movement and the Democratic party leadership are all in the pocket of Satan and being used of him to destroy, hate, produce all manner of sinful fruit being expressed openly now to all in this nation. And alongside of all of that the China Covid-19 Virus is still being sent by God to take out many people and make many ill!

I read the Book of Revelation this morning and see that this is not to be a surprise. For in that revelation of the end times, we see God coming down with HIS Armies upon the Earth and doing great and powerful signs such as fire, plagues, destruction and even slaying of human beings who are followers of Satan.

They STILL do not repent and trust in Christ and our God, but still get angry and full of hate and raise up their fists in defiance toward the Almighty God of all creation. So, it is not surprising that what we are seeing today is happening here in the USA!

As the parties or groups I mentioned who are involved in the warfare against the USA Government, and against all Law and Order, God exposes their wickedness openly to the world, but the Media outlets keep silent as it comes out and will not report this at all. They keep focused on slander, hate, lying about the President and staying centered upon everything they can think of making it wrong! They Turn everything Upside down and think it is real cute and wonderful and even seem to think it is right! They take a word and make it mean something it never means or could ever mean.

That is, they are inventing a new vocabulary so when I say for instance, it is a red bottle, they would say it is a golden plate! That is how bad it is!! So racism now is anything that is against their left wing ideologies. If you are not on their side of the violence and evil then you are a racist!!! How sad they live in darkness and can’t see the LIGHT!! The LIGHT is Jesus Christ and our God and they do not walk with Him at all. But rather, walk with their father who is Satan!

June 21, 2020:

Last night, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Trump began his official rallies relating to his run for another term in office. It was a great meeting, a great speech (except for a few expletives which was unnecessary), and reflective of how great a leader this man rally is in spite of all of the hate, trash, and downgrading of all he is and does. It is interesting that the Democratic Socialist terrorist party of today (Yes, they support terrorist domestic and foreign), and that is so easy to see and know that one would have to be supernaturally blinded by God or Satan to not see it, treats the President JUST LIKE THEY ARE ACCUSING ALL OF US DOING TOWARD OTHER RACIAL GROUPS!! Isn’t that reflective of a confused mind and purpose and plan?

I mean, if those same actions by the Media and the Democrats, all of their lies, words of hate, etc., were directed by Trump toward say the black people he would be impeached and removed from office. And rightly so! But they can do that to him and feel smug and great and think they are not racists and doing a great job!! How confused is that? HATE, and LIES are SINS of the same order as Racism. In fact, there is NO systemic racism existing in the USA, because there are so many laws protecting the races in America you can’t keep up with them. So there is NO official systemic racism existing in the USA that is a false narrative. NOTICE I say a systemic system of racism, because there are individuals who are racists but compare to those who are not it would be a very low percentage.

The rally was great. It looks like he will defeat Joe Biden so much in numbers and in States support that it will be the greatest loss every in the history of this nation.

June 19, 2020:

COVID-19

This is Friday the 19th of June. All quiet in my territory. However, news is that our little town has a huge spike in Covid-19 Virus cases. San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas apparently are having the hospitals filled up again with this Virus type cases. Why? Supposedly a combination of two things; Memorial Day and Vacation time folks coming to our poplar little Texas town as they normally do each year. They brought with them the Virus and did not practice Social Distancing. Also, a lot of our own citizens do not practice such either. Of course, some wear masks, but a lot do not! NOW< due to this we are having high levels of cases showing up! Oh, when will folks just learn to keep certain practical and easy rules of hygiene! Yes, it is a nuisance, and yet it keeps one safer by far and helps stamp out the virus in our area!

FACEBOOK AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

Today, I read about how Facebook blocked our Presidents ad which is a promotion for his upcoming campaign for President in November. But the reason was Facebook sides with the ANTIFA movement of violence, hate and rioting and mayhem, since they consider President Trump should not expose the movements Symbol they use, and the symbol they use was a Old Nazi type Symbol or close to it.

They said the symbol reflected hate and policies they do not approve of, YET, Antifa is the one conducting such stuff in our streets today and are listed now as a Domestic Terror Group. Trump was speaking about how we all need to stand up against this terrorist organization. But FaceBook will have none of that!! I only hope and pray that the Attorney General will close down this operation call Facebook and put them out of business so that a responsible social network that values free speech and our rule of law and our Constitution would be available . Pray it be so!

June18, 2020:

Today our nation continues to be in much turmoil, both politically, and spiritually. Confusion, anxiety, fear, chaos, mayhem, murder, hate, slander, lack of faith in God and Christ, racial hatred by all groups exist, treason, traitors, liars, promoting of all types of sin and evil by people from the top echelons of our Government down to the homeless in the streets exist! Yet, within all of this GOD is here, He sees, He is involved, He has not forsaken His people, He is in charge of the minutest details of all that takes place, either in judgment upon the wicked, either in teaching and training His people in their spiritual walk and journey of life with Him! Until HE is through with these works at present which are on a larger scale of operation visually,specifically Covid-19 and the Rebellion in the streets it will continue. Hopefully, His people will cry out to Him for mercy and grace extended toward the nation of peoples who basically know not what they are doing! Clouded in the darkness of evil and sin, their minds and abilities to reason have left them mad!! May God have mercy!

In the midst of this storm, I have noticed there are pockets of change taking place for good. I have noticed even the minds and thoughts of those who are involved or were involved in the works of darkness within the political parties and various agencies are learning that their former way was wrong and they are changing their minds about various things, such as defunding of the Police and hating the Police! Why? They have had their own homes destroyed or their very life put in danger by thugs on the street and from the BLM and Antifa type people!! Nothing like getting hit with the ones you supported to change your mind right? So pray for them all!

JUNE 16, – 2020:

Tucker Carlson on Fox News, is a very patriotic, Conservative host and one who challenges false or misguided issues we face today in our nation. However, the Left wing radicals (BLM, Antifa, Democrats, Network industry, the Press, etc., are seeking to deny his challenges and want to shut him up totally. It seems the left wingers and terrorist types want to have their freedom of speech and expression but NO ONE else can speak! God gave us this natural right! Their position is not tenable and should be outlawed because it violates basic human rights. If we lose ours, then they must lose theirs!! You can’t have it any other way without being a tyrant and absolute dictator over human beings!

Today, turn to this address and listen to “Candace Owens” one of the most remarkable women of the hour holding up truth and facts. Search for her internet sites in Google. You will be delighted to hear her stand up for truth!

JUNE 15 – 2020:

Thomas Sowell, a black intellectual writer on current events and history, said this: “Racism is not dead. But it is on Life support — Kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racist.” I say Amen to Thomas! Thank you sir!

Today the fake and false news media outlets sent out that Joe Biden was polling ahead of Trump and receiving millions of dollars from all sources. Yet, President Trump had some 800,000 tickets secured for one of his next mid western state meetings and Joe Biden sits in his basement trying to figure out how to speak an intelligent word about anything. Remember the POLLS in 2016 were ALL wrong. They still are and they are stacked for the most party by the Democrats who use them and and make them up!

THE PLAGUE – COVID-19

Various States in the Republic of the United States of America are experiencing a spike in the new Covid-19 Virus plague going on around the world. States like Florida, Texas and others are experiencing this today.

THE TERROR IN THE STREETS!

Many States are experiencing uprisings and riots, terror, and even murder over the last two or three weeks due to Incitement promoted by radical groups and the Media outlets along with one major political party (Democratic)! A false narrative is being pushed and many buy into it without checking out all of the facts and statistics and history of our last fifty years. Racial tensions are high simply because of the false narrative. It is good to see certain individuals springing up and speaking out against the false narrative, individuals who are from the black communities around the States.

DIVINE PROVIDENCE: PRINCIPLE 3 – EVERYONE WORKS FOR GOD!

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POINT:

Everyone works for God, but not all work for the glory and honor of God!

Our third principle found in scripture is when working out HIS (GOD’s) own plans, God uses Everyone, even the devil himself. That may be shocking to you if you have never heard this or thought about it. But even the Devil serves God’s purposes!! Of course, the devil has never done one thing out of love or obedience to God willingly. He works to undermine God and God’s people all the time. He has never done one thing to bring Glory to God! He hates God, He hates God’s creation and human beings and he seeks to frustrate the purposes of God. But in the end, all he does will further the purposes of God!

Notice: ISAIAH 10: 7-11

But this is not what he (the Assyrian) intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. Are not my commanders all kings! he says. ……As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria; shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols.”

We see here the Assyrian kingdom did not have God in mind at all. All they thought about was gaining power and control and destroying other nations. But behind the scenes, God is the ONE directing the entire situation.

The sovereign and Almighty God directs the Assyrians MIND in order to accomplish HIS own purpose of judgment upon Israel. So much for the false idea that God never forces himself on anyone!! you have to be kidding!! All throughout scripture God is always interfering with people’s minds and acts!

He is the ONE who does the very FIRST work in our heart to bring us to Christ!! WE don’t! He is the FIRST CAUSE OF ALL THINGS EXCEPT HE DID NOT PRODUCE SIN, SATAN DID THAT AND IT WAS FOR GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE AND PLAN TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO HIS NAME!

MAN’S WRATH GLORIFIES GOD!

PSALMS 76:10 – ‘…SURELY THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE YOU(GOD)!”……”AND YOU RESTRAINETH THE RESIDUE THEREOF.”

GOD IS SAYING MAN IS FILLED WITH WRATH AGAINST GOD AND HIS AUTHORITY AND GOD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WRATH OR ACTIONS EXPRESSED IN THEIR WRATH. The point about the “residue thereof, is that God does not see fit to use all of man’s wrath all of the time for His purposes, but HE chooses when to do so in every situation He so desires.” Having said that, all the Devil will do will ultimately show forth God’s glory and sovereignty and power. Nothing the Devil does will ever be acceptable or of value in the strictist since it was sin and rebellion motivated.

Man’s ‘free will’ is 100 percent responsible for both every ounce of wrath and sin in man’s heart and for every act produced by that wrath and sin. Nevertheless, God totally controls and directs the man’s heart. All of man’s wrath that will further God’s purposes is allowed to surface and is used and controlled by God towards His own ends.” (Quote from John Reisinger)

Remember: Joseph’s brothers did their deeds out of hatred, but God meant it for Good. God had ordained it to happen for Good ultimately. The Assyrian and the Chaldean nations were motivated by lust for power and control and property, but God in in charge of their every work and endeavor to bring about God’s purpose!

Also, the Cross of Christ and His suffering was carried out by evil and wicked men, but the fact is God wanted Christ on the Cross as HIS Lamb to pay the penalty for our Sins and atone for them, and set us from so we could have eternal everlasting Life and be in the Body of Christ as His bride and a member of the Forever family of God.

FURTHER STUDY ON PROVIDENCE:

Some further study on this subject one could consider are things such as:

God punishes the very people He uses to accomplish His purposes! Or, how God uses men like David and his pride and Satan’s hatred to accomplish God’s own purposes. Satan’s hand as the agent who brings the evil, but we must also see God’s hand as the Sovereign MOVER and CONTROLLER. God can and will use Satan often to bring things upon mankind, but it is God who sent them! In closing one should also study how that All affliction is not chastisement from God due to a person personally sinning! Job is a case in point.

So lots of things need to be studied rather than just thinking evil and trouble is ONLY from Satan alone, it isn’t! However, there would be no evil and trouble if Satan had not sinned and left his first estate of being and dragging with him 1/3 of the Angels in heaven. But, having said that, God was not taken by surprise, and HE purposed that it be as it was, yet God was without sin, and did not sin, and will never sin, but always Uses Sin for His purposes and turns things around for His glory and honor! He is in control of all things or they would NEVER happen and have any power to function for Christ controls our very abilities to live and breath and function but not only us, but also all of His creation, Satan included and the fallen angels. Big study but one worth while!

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

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SPOTLIGHT:

If we hook our hope into the people in our lives, we will always come short of our desires and wants. The reason is that no one is able to be our personal Savior or Messiah!

We should be thankful for others that God has placed in our lives!

Love them! Honor and respect them! Be at peace with them! Serve them! Live in community with them!

But we can’t think that they can provide for us what only God can provide!

NOTE SOME THINGS THAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE A PROPER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIPS!

*No person can be the source of our identity!

*No one can be the basis of your happiness!

*No individual can give you a reason to get up in the morning and continue!

*No loved one can be the carrier of your hope!

*No one is able to change you from the inside out!

*No human being can alter your past!

*No person is able to atone for your wrongs!

*No one can give your heart peace and rest!

(Written by Paul David Tripp in his Meditations)

Tripp expressed this also, that no human being can become the 4th Member of the Trinity! How true! We try to find those deep needs we have to be met by someone else we admire, love, or have a relationship with. That is impossible, and it is also wrong to make someone else think they can be such!

Our focus has to be VERTICAL! We are to find our hope, our peace, our joy, our satisfactions in life NOT in the Created, but in the Creator, even Jesus Christ our Lord! He alone can provide all of this for us! It is by and through Faith Alone and for His glory alone through Grace alone in Christ!

Could it be that we have put people (persons) in God’s place? Could it be that our disappointments are due to our relationships experiences are unrealistic and unattainable expectations? Do you and I actually think that individual person really could do what only God can do?

POINT: THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOR! HE IS YOUR SAVIOR FOREVER. WE DON’T NEED TO EVEN TRY TO PUT THESE BURDENS UPON SOMEONE ELSE! THE LORD SAID HE WOULD BE WITH US AND WOULD NEVER LEAVE US. IN FACT, HE IS RIGHT THERE IN YOU AND WITH YOU DURING THE ‘DARK MOMENTS’ OR THE VERY ‘TRIALS’ YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. HE NEVER LEAVES! ARE YOU AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE? IF NOT, WHY NOT?

DIVINE PROVIDENCE! FOUR BASIC PRINCIPLES RELATING TO HUMAN DESTINY! PRINCIPLE 1

Who is in Control? God or man? Nature or God? Satan or God?

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ROMANS 11:36

For OF Him, and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are ALL things to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Scriptures give us at least six principles which teach us that the Sovereignty of God in Providence runs throughout the word of God as the undergirding of all things and the salvation of His people!

It is impossible to have a hopeful sense of security, peace, stability, and assurance while living our lives in our present day, crazy, insane world without a knowledge and understanding and appreciation of the Sovereignty of God in providence!

Do we have trouble during these days of Covid-19 and the Riots and Terrorism expressed during the Protests , putting it all together into one coherent system? Do we understand God’s message of hope and grace that is in the Gospel (Good News)? Point: God controls all things!

I. GOD HAS A DEFINITE PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR THIS WORLD!

Job 23:13

He is of ONE MIND, and who can turn HIM? And what HIS soul desireth, even that HE does.”

Catch this: God HAS a plan! He is of ONE MIND. His plan is unchangeable. God’s plan will Succeed and His Plan INCLUDES ALL THINGS! Nothing escapes His plan.

EPHESIANS 1:11 – “…..BEING PREDESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE (OR PLAN) OF HIM WHO WORKS ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL.”

ROMANS 8:28 – “And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”

The Pelagian (people who deny the above scriptures), denies that God has a plan. The Arminian (most of the evangelical community today) denies the plan is specific and inclusive of ALL THINGS.

Notice some other scriptures for your study;

  1. God does things DELIBERATELY – PSALM 115:3
  2. God does as HE PLEASES – Psalm 135:6
  3. God does ALL THINGS according to His own Eternal knowledge, power and desire – Isaiah 46:10; and Acts 15:18

OTHER VERSES: Deut. 2:30; 1 Samuel 16:14 – These will not fit the modern systamatic theology and statements of faith today.

A classic illustration of the sovereignty of God in accomplishing HIS purposes is found in 11 Samuel 17: 1-14.

vs. 1 – 3 – Good counsel is given.

vs. 4 Absalom is ready to act.

vs. 5-13 – Bad council is given deliberately.

vs. 14 – God purposed Absalom to believe a lie.

MORE TO COME UNDER PRINCIPLE 2!

BY LAMAR

THE SOUL! WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

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INTRODUCTION:

In case you have not read the first article on the “body, soul and spirit”, I would encouage you to do so prior to reading this particular one on the soul of a redeemed saved person. But a few reminders, if you have, concerning the tripartate being called man (mankind both sexes male and female)!

The following information is not a total compilation and in debth exposition of the matter before us. These matters are a mystery, but we certainly have a lot of truths that stand out in contrast to what is popular today concerning the matters at hand. Hopefully these words will entice you to go further into the study of the body, soul and spirit and help us all discover through the Spirit more about His wonderful work which we NOW HAVE which is VITAL and ALIVE at this very moment.

Also, God loves all of Us, and to HIM all of US is pure, holy, sacred, sanctified, and new. Even though SIN dwells in our Old Man which we died to and dwells in our FLESH (where Sin dwells), the make up of our body consisting of flesh, bones and skin and blood is NOT sinful, but now owned by God and considered His Holy Temple, but sin dwells still in the unregenerate body seeking to do wrong, for it is a power and entity allowed to remain by God until we are either put back to dust and then resurrected or translated into the air with HIM if He comes back. REMEMBER AND I SAY ALWAYS REMEMBER: Paul the Apostle states categoricially that we are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT NOW!!

IT IS NOT THE WORDING, ‘THE NOW, AND THE NOT YET” BUT NO, THE RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY NOT YET, IS THAT OUR BODIES NEED TO BE GLORIFIED AND RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED, AND OUR PRESENCE INTO THE VERY HEAVEN OF HEAVENS LITERALLY BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT.

YES, IT IS FORENSIC, BUT TO USE THAT TERM, AS IF THE MATTER IS NOT RIGHT NOW, IS ERROR OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. BECAUSE THE WORD SAYS, WE ARE WITH HIM RIGHT NOW IN THE HEAVENLIES, WHETHER WE SENSE IT OR NOT, IS NOT THE ISSUE, ALTHOUGH YOU AND I SHOULD, BUT THE DISBELIEF THAT EXISTS IN THE WORD SPOKEN IS THE PROBLEM. A LACK OF FAITH IS EXISTING AND IS A PROBLEM, IN THAT NOT ENOUGH FAITH IS BEING EXERCISED IN HIS WORD.

The body we inhabit is actually one unified part of the whole. We are not seperate, but intertwined, a complete unit. It is not like we are floating around inside of a skin, bone and blood vessel, but all of our being is integrated as one being. However, each of the three parts, even though united, do have seperate functions and activities they are engaged in bringing about the complete unified work it was designed to do, and to be as a person.

God created our total being for His own purposes and glory. The body belongs to HIM now, as we are through the new birth, sons of God, born again new creatures or a new creation. God LOVES our bodies, and makes our bodies now His Temple. See: 1 Corinthians 6:15.

1 Corinthians states “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Catch that! Our bodies are now Holy, Living, and Alive because of HIM! They are now acceptable unto Him! God loves your body. It is NOT sinful, it is NOT wicked, it is NOT filthy, it is NOT depraved. What GOD has made HOLY and UNDEFILED let not man do otherwise! The body I live in is Sanctified!!! Nothing wrong with me now because Jesus made me whole! I am NOT in the Flesh so states Paul in his epistle. LISTEN QUICKLY TO THIS: WE ARE NOT TO SEEK TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OUR BODIES AND MAKE THEM SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT!!

We can try and hijack what God has purchased and taken control of and say it is terrible, wicked, sinful and all of that, but God say’s otherwise. IT IS HIS TEMPLE AND IF WE SAY THAT, WE ARE DEFILING AND MAKING BAD REMARKS ABOUT GOD’S HOUSE!!! DO YOU RECOGNIZE YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD???

Yes, we are presented by sin temptations, and we have struggles but that is ‘sin’ an entity which is separate from our bodies, seperate from our very new creature which we are for we are IN CHRIST JESUS! We do have the struggles from such sinful temptations and sometimes we do sin and fail. But that DOES NOT CHANGE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT GOD HAS MADE YOU! OUR IDENITY IS NOW BEING IN CHRIST JESUS.

NOTE: ROMANS 6: 12-13 -“LET NOT SIN THEREFORE REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY, THAT YOU SHOULD OBEY IT IN THE LUSTS THEREOF. Neither yield you members as instruments of unrigheousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are ALIVE from the Dead, and your members as instruments of righeousness unto God.”

Are you now ALIVE or DEAD? Are you now the TEMPLE of GOD or is that later? God says in both cases you are alive NOW! Are you righteous NOW are later? God says you are NOW! No jumping back and forth. No falling out of grace into condemnation and sin, but staying right where God put you, SAVED, Holy, Sanctified and ALIVE!

Remember our bodies are “bought with a price” and God owns our bodies, and uses them as His Temple NOW. Yes, it is a body of skin and bones and will decay and return back to dust. But that doesn’t mean it is Sinful, for SIN is a ENTITY in and of itself which dwells in the body and makes it home there to lure the body and our soul and spirit to fail God and sin through various tempations and trials. But our identity is always Holy, Righteous, Sanctified, Without Sin in the NEW MAN who has been MADE ALIVE in CHRIST! THINK ABOUT IT!!! IF YOU THINK LIKE A LOT OF FOLKS DO THAT YOU ARE A FILTHY, WICKED SINNER, THEN YOU ARE MAKING GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE A SINFUL POT OF WICKEDNESS IN WHICH HE IS ALSO LIVING IN, BUT TO THE CONTRARY, HE KEEPS US FROM THE DEATH IN THE POT, AND SURROUNDS US WITH HIS ETERNAL PRESENCE RIGHT NOW IN OUR BODIES.

Back when Paul wrote his epistles and John also, the Gnostics were popular and spreading their heresies and false teachings into the very churches. They majored on the spirit of man and considered all of our bodies, that is every particle of our bodies evil and sinful. Not so! The church rejected that heresy long ago. Matter, our composition of skin, and bones and blood is NOT sinful. SIN IS SINFUL! SIN IS A SEPERATE ENTITY WHICH WORKS TO CREATE SINFUL FRUIT AND USES THE LAW TO DO IT, BUT THE BODY DOES NOT DO THAT, SIN DOES THAT. IT IS SIN THAT IS THE PROBLEM NOT OUR BODY! EVEN THOUGH IT IS WEAK AND DECAYING AS IT IS. SIN SEEKS TO TAKE OUR NORMAL HUMAN DESIRES AND APPETITES, AND OUR NATURAL HUMAN NEEDS, SUCH AS SLEEP, HUNGER, REST, ETC., AND CREATE A SINFUL FRUIT REACTION.

THE SOUL!

1 Thessalonians 5:23

And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Verse 24 reads, “Faithful is HE that calls you, who also will do it!”

THE SOUL IS LIKE A MIRROR. IT REFLECTS THINGS. IT REFLECTS EXPERIENCES – SIN – GOOD – CELEBRATIONS – ANGER – JOY – ETC. IT IS ALSO PART OF THE NEW PERSON IN CHRIST. BUT IT FUNCTIONS WITHIN THE BODY AND OPERATES LIKE THAT. THE SOUL IS NOT EVIL EITHER. IT IS ALIVE IN CHRIST. WE GROW SPIRITUALLY STRONGER AS THE SOUL IS NURTURED AND CARED FOR THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Even in Jesus as He lived in that body which was perfect GREW in wisdom and even Grieved in His spirit, was disturbed in his spirit just like the Apostles did. So, those things are NOT sinful. Having to sleep, and eat and rest were normal things in perfect body which HE had. NO sin within His body like there is in ours! THE FIVE SENSES ARE INVOLVED AS THE SOUL FUNCTIONS.

SOME SCRIPTURES TO STUDY CONCERNING THE SOUL:

Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 6:19 – Which HOPE we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the Veil.”

This is important matters: Notice that the SOUL is “sure and steadfast” and it “enters” into the very Holy Place behind the veil.” This is the REAL setting in heaven as we are there with Christ right NOW, but the O.T. picture or portrayed this. SIN could not enter into the very Holy of Holies! Special spiritual work on the High Priest at that time was granted to him to go into that place once per year. Outside in the other portions of the Temple others could be – but NO ONE allowed in there or they would be burned to a crisp! Judged! NOW, note the SOUL which is regenerated and living in the Body (our flesh and bone body) is “inside of Christ” inside of the Veil! THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE – WOW!!

THIS HOLY SOUL OF OURS IS AT WAR WITH SIN ALONG WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS IN US. NOTICE: 1 PETER 2:11;

……..ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” SO, THE SOUL IS AGAINST THE SIN, AGAINST THE DEVIL, AGAINST THE DEMONS EVEN AS JESUS CHRIST IS! WE DO BATTLE.

OUR PERSONAL FAITH HAS BROUGHT TO SALVATION OF THE SOUL. NOTICE: 1 PETER 1:9, “Receiving the END of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Catch this: 1 Peter 1: 22: SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY: “BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. “

As saints we can express flesh but that is NOT our idenity in Christ!! Here is our new identity as it is functioning: “Romans 8:5; “For they that are after the flesh (lost people) do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit (saved people) the things of the Spirit.”

Check out these verses also: Romans 7:25; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Romans 12:2 – Decisions and choices come into play.

BOTTOM LINE POINT:

THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR GOING ON BETWEEN OUR NEW BORN BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT WHICH ARE THE POSSESSIONS OF GOD. THE STRUGGLE IS WITH SIN AND THE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN, ALSO THE DEVIL AND THE WORLD, SEND TO US SIGNALS TO DO WRONG. IT IS NOT THAT OUR BODIES ARE EVIL, OUR SOULS ARE EVIL, OUR SPIRIT IS EVIL AND OUR HEART IS EVIL. NO, FOR THOSE ARE BORN AGAIN AND HAVE BEEN PLACED INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS, WHERE THE FATHER IS, WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS! THAT IS RIGHT NOW!!

  1. THE BODY IS NOT SINFUL, WICKED, AND EVIL! GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. THEY ARE HIS TEMPLE. THE BODY IS SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURCHASED BY GOD FOR HIS USE.
  2. THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE NOT EVIL AND BAD. THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE BORN AGAIN AND ARE IN CHRIST JESUS! THEY ARE NEW CREATIONS, THEY ARE IN CHRIST, THEY ARE SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURE.
  3. THE MIND IS NOT EVIL, WICKED, LOST, OR POLLUTED, BUT RATHER WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. IT IS A REFLECTIVE PART OF THE SOUL WHICH REALIZES AND WORKS WITHIN US DURING ALL OF LIFE’S EVENTS. BUT IT TOO IS OWNED BY US, AND OWNED BY OUR VERY NEW PERSON WHICH IS BORN AGAIN.
  4. SIN IS THE PROBLEM. WE DON’T WANT TO SIN, WE ARE ON CHRIST’S SIDE, WE ARE HIS OWN PROPERTY, WE ARE NOT IN THE DEVIL OR IN BONDAGE TO SIN, WE ARE FREE FROM SIN! BUT WE HAVE SIN (SARX) CONSIDERED THE ‘FLESH’ WHICH PAUL STATES IS WHAT WE ‘ARE NOT IN’, BUT RATHER WE ARE IN THE SPIRIT. WE ARE NOT SATAN’S ANYMORE. SIN IS SATAN’S BUT NOT US OR OUR IDENTITY!!

CONCLUSION:

THE BODY IS NOT BORN AGAIN YET, BUT IS SET APART FOR GOD’S TEMPLE. IT IS NOT UNHOLY. IT IS HOLY, A SACRED TEMPLE FOR CHRIST’S USE! BUT WITHIN THAT BODY, AND CLOSE AT HAND IS OUR REDEEMED AND PURE, CONSECRATED, BORN AGAIN, SPIRIT FILLED, HOLY, SANCTIFIED SOUL (MIND) AND SPIRIT. YES, WE ACKNOWLEDGE ‘SIN’ THAT IS LEFT WITHIN US, AND HOW IT OPERATES, HOW IT WORKS AGAINST GOD AND US ALSO WHO ARE IN CHRIST.

AND IT DOES ACT OUT ITS SINFUL PURPOSES IN OUR BODIES AS IT REMAINS THERE. GOD CHOSE TO ALLOW SIN TO REMAIN IN OUR BODIES UNTIL WE EITHER PASS ON TO GLORY BY WAY OF THE RESURRECTION OR TRANSLATION, OR PHYSICAL DEATH (BODY GOING BACK TO DUST TO REMAIN UNTIL THE RESURRECTION, BUT OUR SOUL/SPIRIT GO TO CHRIST AND WE ARE GIVEN A SPIRITUAL TEMPORARY BODY UNTIL THE RESURRECTION.

As Paul the Apostle stated about the struggle going on in His born again status as a new person in Christ, this sin dwelling in his body gave him problems. He didn’t want to do evil, because he now was a child of God, a Spirit filled man, a born again man, with a “set apart body of skin and bones” sanctified for holy use by the Spirit, and a soul and spirit which is pure and holy and righteous.

But he said it was NO longer him sinning now, (that is His new identity in Christ, the born again soul and spirit) but rather Sin that dwelled in his physical body and it is called the Flesh! So this complex being called ME and YOU being saved by grace, are considered totally absolutely NEW and not a mixed breed of sin and holiness together (God forbid such a foul thought), which would make God unable to complete His new birth, but some terrible monster of a person with sin and foul rebellion and evil lurking all the time in the “new born sons of God” a totally wrong evaluation and interpretation of scripture!

Saved people would NEVER have any assurance. Saved people would never be at peace with God, Saved people would never be joyful and happy and satisfied with Jesus! Mixed mongrol status is absolutely almost blasphemy of our entire status before God if we think such! No wonder Saints are always depressed, down in the dumps, always unsure, always wondering why they are so bad, and so evil and always thinking how foul they are!!!

If you don’t understand the simplicity of the Gospel work which made you totally free, totally holy, totally redeemed, totally unshackled, totally born again, and the non born again body of skin, bones and blood, has been purchased and is now owned by the Holy Spirit, as His Temple, you will always be defeated, feeling let down, have a lot of confusion, and trouble!

For no one is able to say, SIN did not operate its works against the new man and the Holy Spirit every day of our life. It always works! But if we allow it to work, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that all of those SINS have been forgiven and are removed from us and from the sight of God forever!

He holds them NOT against us at all. Yes, we let Him know we struggle with the sin in the body, but we know He has forgiven us and that we are ON HIS side and Love Him and are sorry for the problems we have with it. But our identity now as sons of God is not the ONE who sides with Satan and Sin, but rather the Sin itself which works with and for Satan is to blame and be held as evil and wicked which it is!

Much is lost when we do not see all of this. Many of our brethren throughout the centuries just never could get a understanding of all of this. They knew the Bible said we are new creations, pure, holy, sanctified, just, beyond reproach, forgiven of ALL sins past, present and future, but yet they also knew sin was there and it fleshed out all the time in professing Christians.

So, they invented a lot of things to make it more comfortable for them because they didn’t know what to do with it all. They taught some aspects of the truth such as “we are justified by faith alone” and say but that is Forensic terms (which it certainly is), but they leave it there as a item of some thought like all is well even though my soul spirit and body engage in sin personally as if the Redeemed One isn’t really redeemed enough, and the sins are not forgiven enough, we still have it “not yet” but someday in the future. The ONLY NOT YET, is that our bodies of flesh and blood are not changed, but only ‘set apart’ by God for His Temple NOW in this state we are in waiting for the Glorification day.

So we can see that is NOT what the words actually state like many think. It is NOW that we have eternal everlasting life and NOW we are in the presence of God seated with Christ in the heavenlies. It is NOW that we are IN Christ, and In God and IN the Holy Spirit. It is NOW that we abide in Him and He in us. WE don’t drop in and out of Christ Jesus ever! He keeps us from falling and will present us Faultless before His Throne in Christ Jesus. Yes, sin abides and works at fulfilling its lusts in our bodies and it does, but it is NOT OUR IDENTITY AT ALL.

We the new man and pure holy people of God do not wish to even allow and entertain it like it is. We reject it. We despise it. We stand against it with God! So, until the glorification our three part personhood which is totally redeemed and forgiven will not get out of this troublesome problem of temptations and struggles and sometimes failures as we live in this body. And that will be deliverance from this wretched body called the flesh where sin abides, and it is by Christ Jesus this happens.