THE PROMISE OF GOD ALSO INCLUDED A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH! THE CITY OF GOD!
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 after salvation they are no longer 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 every day about 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. 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 from 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. 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!
As pilgrims here we need to guard our hearts and minds. We don’t want to be inflicted with a mental destination syndrome! When we have a mental destination syndrome ourfocus and attention is always geared toward the ‘here and now’ and ‘what can I get out of it all, including relationships, our marriage, our children, our job, our Church and its members and leadership, etc.!
If we keep a ‘down here’ mental destination attitude we will NEVER be satisfied, never be happy, always discouraged.
People will disappoint us. Job, fun, houses, and cars will disappoint us. Name it, all will eventually disappoint us.
Only Christ will never disappoint us. He always keep His promises. He provides, through the Spirit, the proper heart and mind set. Through the Spirit, we will keep our spirit, soul and heart set upon the heavenly city of God and the presence of God in our life daily.
So, as we wake up each morning, let us seriously remember and contemplate the New Jerusalem. 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, we have a place prepared for us with Jesus and He will keep His promise to us.
Pray for His Kingdom to come and also pray for the welfare of our City, our State, and our Nation where we live in exile today, for in its welfare we will have welfare.
David is prominent in the Old Testament, especially the book of Psalms. I love David and God’s teachings to him! He said in Psalm 32 the following:
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty”.
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat! Finally, I confessed all my sins to you, and stopped trying to HIDE my guilt. I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord, and you forgave me! ALL my guilt is gone! Therefore, let the godly pray to you while there is STILL TIME, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are My Hiding Place; You protect me from trouble, You surround me with songs of victory!”
Hallelujah what a Savior! Amen!”
Was David a sinner? No, he wasn”t. David was a Saint! Does David sin after being saved by God’s grace, Yes! Why? He still lives in a body that has sin dwelling in it called the Flesh! David had a new heart, a new soul and a new spirit. God saved Him by His grace.
Yet, David had many personal sins during his lifetime. The fact is, salvation is FROM the penalty of sin, but sin still dwells in our flesh. That part of us is not born again! We struggle with sin. We do not wish to sin!
In the Garden of Eden when God called Adam and Eve to account for their sin, what took place? GOD came and found them. God came and called them. God killed a Lamb and shed its blood and took its skin and put it over their bodies to cover their nakedness.
One of the lessons for us in this is God is the one who grants mercy and grace. He did so through the shed blood of an animal which pointed to the Lamb of God (Jesus) who was to come and shed His blood for His peoples’ sin. Adam and Eve did not even blink an eye. They didn’t do anything. They were worked ON by God alone for His glory alone!!
The same today. God calls. God grants us faith and repentance. God grants us mercy, grace, and a new birth, covering us in Christ’s blood. He puts us into Christ and into eternal life never remembering or holding us accountable any longer for any sin whether it is past, present or future.
David was saved, redeemed, justified by faith, regenerated (made alive unto God), had God in his daily life, had the Holy Spirit, for no one can be saved and not have the Holy Spirit abiding within them!
In other words, we get a new identity. Sinners are turned into Saints.
In no way am I advocating sinless perfection. Our flesh or our fallen or old man, which ever phrase you prefer, still produces sin. When we do, we bring those sins to the light and confess them, but not in the sense that they have NOT already been forgiven. Jesus died ONCE for those sins (past, present, and future). No re-crucifying Jesus again, and again and again by acting like you haven’t been forgiven. You have. The O.T. High Priests had to sacrifice the lambs daily, but Jesus sacrifice was once. It is finished. We have been born again. We are new creations.
Paul called us Saints. Peter called us Saints.
Even though we are new creations, we still live in unregenerate, fallen bodies and sin dwells in them.
We confess those sins to the Lord and to each other when need be, but those sins are forgiven. David confessed his sins to the Lord, but David also knew he was forgiven.
The Word teaches us not to hide our sins, but to bring them to the Lord, to the light, and confess them. As a Saint, hiding such sin brings guilt, shame, and difficulties in our lives, until we confess openly we have failed the Lord.
But, remember always, those sins are already forgiven. When we confess them we are agreeing with God that we need to seek to slay sin, stop sin, and walk in the Spirit with Him!
We don’t we start begging God to forgive us of our wretchedness. We confess and thank Him that He has hidden them under His blood and never to be remembered again. The idea of being laden down with sin and failures, and thinking we are wretched, terrible, awful sinful wicked people is to “smear” God and His message and Jesus’ finished work done for us on the cross. We are not under wrath, not under condemnation, not under shame and disgrace, not under sin’s power, not under Satan’s control. We are not to be depressed, or shamed, or feel lostbecause we sinned.
Let us agree with God that we are His righteous saints. His righteousness had been IMPUTED to our account. He lives within us and we are in Him and He in us.
The Scriptures tell us God’s heavy hand of discipline was on David until he confessed his sins.God didn’t leave him when he sinned. God didn’t leave him when he did not confess. Instead He made sure David did confess. God was always with David, as He is with us. If we try to hide our sins and not confess them, He will make a way for us to do so.
David could have been perfectly obedient for a 1000 years, but that would have not made him a bit better in the site of God than He was after confessing, for he already had ALL of his sins forgiven, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.
Yes, David was disciplined by the Lord. Yes, he grieved the Holy Spirit. Yes, there were consequences for his sins, especially within his own family.
But, knowing we are not under condemnation and all our sins have already been forgiven at the Cross spurs us on to serve Jesus even more and love Him even more. This is AMAZING GRACE.
Christ is in us, and we are in Him. We Abide in Christ and He abides in us! He always LOVES us, with never a lapse in that LOVE!He never leaves us and He in fact, keeps us in the faith. We can’t go in and out of fellowship with God, for He is always there.
Do you believe the word of God on this?
Lamar Carnes – A fellow believer in the journey of life on planet earth! Praise be unto God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost)! Amen! Selah! Maranatha!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Where will we find an anchor and a hiding place as we go through life’s journey?
Life is filled with many mysteries!
There are things we just can’t figure out!
In fact, we simply aren’t able to understand and make sense of our life here on planet earth! Working to figure things out will only frustrate us and we will never find inner peace and rest. We can work day and night to figure it all out and end up exhausted.
Peace and rest is only found in the wisdom and grace of the ONE who has it all figured out and rules it all for His glory and our good.
We must trust God our Father, our Creator, and our Lord! And we can only come to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, the God/Man. God the Father chose him to be the Mediator between us and himself.
Jesus Christ paid the debt we owed God for being a sinner and rebel against Him!
Christ came in the flesh and lived a perfect life of absolute righteousness among men.
He was ordained by God to go to the cross and be crucified, a method of punishment which would require the shedding of His blood. Atonement could only be made by the shedding of blood, in order to make those whom God chose and called (those who believe and trust in Jesus), spiritually perfect in Christ.
Jesus died in our place and imputed his penal substitutionary death to us. To prove this was an acceptable sacrifice, Jesus rose from the grave and ascended back to heaven from where he had come, to be His people’s High Priest, making intercession for us every moment of every day.
He is where we find rest, peace, purpose, value, contentment, joy, satisfaction and assurance that all is well.
Nothing in this world will ever provide this for us. It will absolutely fail us every time we go seeking for peace and purpose in our created world.
May He grant all who read this everlasting life as they come to Him as He calls, confessing and repenting of their sin, and in humility crying out to God for forgiveness. God then gives us salvation and peace, creating a new heart in us and making us part of His forever family!
Salvation comes by faith alone, in Christ alone, by Grace alone, for the Glory of God alone. It is not by works of righteousness we do, but by God alone do we find salvation and the reason and purpose for life.
The world today is out of order. It is under a curse. Mankind is a fallen creature in sin, except for those redeemed by Jesus Christ the Lord from Glory!
1 John 2: 15-17 reads; “Do not love the world or the things in the world….” and the rest of the verses speak of how it is diseased and in spiritual darkness.
The world tomorrow will be different. All things will be made “new” and the “old” will pass away and be burned up!
The Bible is the meta-narrative all about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Commander in Chief of Heaven’s Armies and the Savior of His people whom He planned before creation to save from destruction and hell and punishment.
Throughout the articles written in our site, you can find a hiding place of rest, peace, assurance, contentment, and joy in Christ Jesus.
One of the most clear and important verses in the word of God on the matter of sin and the new birth results is found in the book of Hebrews 10: 1-7, 12-14. As you read these verses notice how the new birth in contrast to the Old Covenant works produces in each Christian a absolute all time new result which did not exist under the Old Covenant. Careful ponder and think of this as you read.
“The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were NEVER able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshippers would have been perfected ONCE FOR ALL TIME, AND THEIR FEELINGS OF GUILT WOULD HAVE DISAPPEARED. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins!! That is why when Christ came into the world, he said to God,
“YOU did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I SAID, “Look, I have come to do your will O God! – as it is written about me in the Scriptures.”……..
But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for ALL TIME. ……..For by that ONE OFFERING HE FOREVER MADE PERFECT THOSE WHO ARE BEING MADE HOLY.”
I contend that this ONE TIME sacrifice cleared the ACCOUNT of Sinners who trust in Jesus for the REST of their life on earth and also into Eternity with God and Christ. I contend that this ONE TIME offering of Jesus’ body and blood shedding, and Resurrection, REMOVED OUR GUILT AS THESE VERSES SAY FROM THE MOMENT OF REGENERATION THROUGHOUT ETERNITY.
I contend if we don’t recognize this we are not maturing correct in the faith, and do not have a proper understanding of the Gospel of GRACE. We must see, that when sin is allowed to function in our Fallen Natural body of flesh and the SARX (Flesh) where it resides is the thing that sins and our Redeemed Regenerated (Always Alive in Christ and full of the Spirit of God person for we are IN HIM also) is pure, holy, sanctified, and free from Guilt. The New Covenant shows this whereas in the Old Covenant days we do find those facts shown in various New Covenant words of prophecy, but the Old Covenant works did not produce such. That is why we have to be careful of our interpretation a lot of times as we bring them over into our teachings and preachings.
Again, remember we are recognizing from experience and from scripture that our old nature and body has NOT been regenerated and purified and made holy in the sense of the new person and new heart, soul and spirit of man has been by Christ. That is where the struggle exists, and the fight goes on, as the Holy Spirit, and the New Man or Saved person together are to be seen as Mortifying Sin that seeks to rise up and express itself in our faculties. Faculties that have not been regenerated yet! We still have a natural fallen posture in the body where sin dwells, but in the NEW Man that sin is not existing for it has been Born Again and is IN CHRIST THE SEED AS BOTH PAUL AND JOHN THE APOSTLES SO STATED.
Is this statement true? Is it Biblical? Did God really teach this: The statement I speak of is this: “You are sometimes in the Spirit and sometimes in the flesh”!
Let’s examine this statement and see what God has to say about it all! Notice this scripture verse:
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU! But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Should just end it there for that is the total answer period! The Statement that is currently being taught all over the kingdom of God today is wrong! It is amazing how folks can’t understand clear words and very easy to read words from scripture. But, spiritual truths are not understand by the lost that is for sure, and weaker brothers and sisters in the faith have to learn to undo a lot of the things they get today from all sources except the very word of God in scriptures.
I. DO WE SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE IN THE FLESH AND SOMETIMES IN THE SPIRIT?
What is taking place in the scripture is that God is showing us the difference between a lost person and a saved person. A lost person is always in the FLESH dead to God and spiritual matters, but alive to sin totally. All that a lost person does is sin! No holy acts, no righteousness, no real good deeds valued by God as good, for all he or she does is for self and sin.
Sinners set their minds and hearts on fleshly carnal things all the time. It is 24/7! All self centered. Not God centered ever! All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God.
Believers however are those who set their minds upon things of the Spirit. Notice Romans 8:5:
“For those who ARE according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who ARE according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
These words describe our identity and our position right now this very minute. We are one or the other. Notice what walking and being in the Spirit looks like in Romans 8: 8-9;
“…and those who are in the flesh CANNOT PLEASE GOD. However, YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if ANYONE does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does NOT BELONG TO HIM.”
There is no “in and out” deal going on here. We are one or the other! No middle ground! Our LOCATION is in the Spirit, and I might say also, in the Lord Jesus and in the Father also.
LET’S NOTE HOW THIS DESCRIPTION IS REVEALED TO US IN THE BIBLE:
BEFORE SALVATION: AFTER SALVATION: SCRIPTURES:
In the flesh In the Spirit Romans 8:9
In Adam In Christ 1 Cor. 15:22
A slave to sin A slave to righteousness Rom. 6:17-18
In dark kingdom In His kingdom of light Col. 1:13
Dead to God Alive to God Eph. 2:1,5
Romans 8:6 reads, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is LIFE and PEACE.”
The reality about this we are aliens in this world and on this planet now. The fleshly lusts war against us, not with us – 1 Peter 2:11. Our old man the flesh is still there in the flesh and bones, and it is called the flesh and is carnal. Sin dwells there but NOT in the NEW BORN creation for it is now in Christ Jesus and is imputed with Christ holiness and is pure and holy and sanctified now! IN CHRIST and IN GOD the Father and IN the HOLY SPIRIT.
II. NO GOING IN THE DOOR AND OUT OF THE DOOR! OUR REDEEMED SOUL/SPIRIT AND HEART ARE NOW REDEEMED AND HOLY, BUT THE FLESH IS STILL DEAD IN SIN UNTIL IT GOES BACK TO THE DUST AND IS RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED IF CHRIST COMES WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
This is how we are now in our bodies here on planet earth. We have conflict and struggles because of that diametrically different state or identity we have. The flesh struggles against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. That is why Paul could say in Romans 8 when he desires to do right sin is always present and he doesn’t always conduct right and holy things, but he said it was SIN doing it and not him because He was a lover of God and a redeemed soul and spirit living in that Eternal Life posture right then at those moments in time. God was in him and he was in God. God cannot sin and will not allow His new creature be tainted with sin either in that sense. But we are allowed to see and in our mind allow sin to operate from time to time in the flesh which is still unregenerated. Our new man is regenerated and that means has Eternal Everlasting HOLY life forever.
A prayer: Father, thank you for saving me, changing me, making me a new creature or creation and thank you for my new identity and new spiritual location in your Spirit. Thank you that you will NEVER leave me, nor I leave you for you KEEP me from falling and will present me faultless before your throne and even now our Lord Jesus you are my advocate before the Father regarding your atonement for all of my past, present and future sins committed in my body. Remind me to set my MIND on YOUR Spirit, because I have new life and a totally new identity now in Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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
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. . 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 . Betrayal –The Relationship between Joseph and His Brothers
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
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.
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.
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.
But at the time, the brothers didn’t care how much Joseph begged.
Gen. 42:28, 36: 39:1
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)
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?
The story continues: Joseph’s Temptation
Gen. 39: 2-12.
Because of her accusations, Potiphar unjustly threw Joseph in prison.
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.)
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?
Joseph is Forgotten
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:
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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:
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
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)
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?
Yes! All those things are discouraging. But, remember who God is and how He cares for us.
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 is this, whatever discourages us doesn’t surprise God. He has ordained every thing — yes everything — all the details of your life from it’s beginning to the end. He controls every twist and turn of the narrative of your life. He has a purpose designed for the “DAYS THAT WERE FORMED FOR ME.”
Chosen by the Lord and given repentance and faith, we, His body of believers, are for His possession and purposes. He loves us and He chose us and He watches over us day and night. He loves us so much that Jesus died for us. He suffered the wrath, condemnation and justice that we deserved. God the Father laid all our sin upon Jesus as He shed His blood making atonement for us. Jesus died for His believers.
Then HE rose from the dead, to complete the final glorification of His people! We are His bride. His own possession. We 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, or even death.
He is there!
He never forsakes us,
You are loved! And becauseof that, should not we LOVE HIM supremely, and worship Him and seek to obey Him? Yes, we should!
UPDATE ON LATEST STATE OF THE UNION (USA) AND OUR REPUBLIC!
Today is August 30, 2020! We can now honestly and openly say, based on the actual facts regarding the policies expressed by the political parties existing, that the nation is divided between the PARTY OF ANTI GOD PEOPLE, VS THE PARTY OF GOD HONORING PEOPLE! This is objective and factual and truthful simply because the parties leaders state such things by their words, deeds, and actions. It is very easy to see. Also, this means then, our Christian leaders, and other faith people of different views should speak openly about such now. To be silent and think this matter is just slight differences of operations between two major political parties will not fly well anymore. For it is NOT any longer such as it was in times past. One major party has defected to the promotion of evil and wicked ways of life and government which we can no longer entertain and allow in the Republic!!!
The article below was written sometime back during this year, so I wanted to share with you more about issues of importance for the Christian and others who value our nation’s security and survival by God’s grace. Much has developed over the last 6 months or so, about how wrong messages and ideas were place before the public by certain Medical Science? organizations and certainly by the Mass Media Network talking heads! Much of it relating to the Covid-19 China Virus was wrong, and certainly the Lockdowns put in place and especially promoted by the Democratic party turned out to be the worse thing that could have been done to our nation.
Various cities in the U.S. are under siege by radical political motivated people called Democrats, Antifa, BLM (Black Lives Matter Small organization), and other radical people from Entertainment, Educational institutions, foreign countries, large Corporations, and even within all governmental agencies etc.! Although they are in the minority they have large monetary sources to keep up their terrorism, mayhem, hate, and hate crimes, murder, burning of businesses and cars, and trying to discredit and stop the Police departments from even existing. In doing all of this the poor, the minority racial groups, are hurt the worse even though they are using their skin color to cover up their wicked activities as if they are for the minorities when they are absolutely NOT!
Many buy into their deceptive ways and thoughts because they do not think, do not study the issues and just act emotionally on racial issues rather than facts and truth!
But one good note. Their ways are being exposed and they are losing out because of their devotion to take down Law and Order and promote civil unrest and criminal activities along with actual terrorism and warfare activities. President Trump the Law and Order and best person to lead the majority of people, is proving he and our cause will win by God’s grace in the Presidential campaign and hopefully eventually, put this civil unrest down and make arrest with fines and punishment to fit the wrong doings.
So continue to pray for our nation!
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 EVALUATIONABOUT THE SO CALLED PROTESTORS IN THE USA!!
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. Individual people are not following God at all during these so called protests which are really riots and terrorism.
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.
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!
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 anotherflesh, 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 ONEEXISTS.
When we read the scriptures we find many times that those teachings from God are not either understood or they are just ignored, or just plain rejected by some. Even by some in the local visible Churches of the world. The following is a testimony from a person who follows the word of God concerning the teachings we have in our blog! The person states: “……..I have completely stopped trying to be a good Christian. I’ve stopped OBSESSING OVER SINS, I’VE STOPPED READING MY BIBLE BECAUSE IT IS WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO DO. aND BECAUSE OF THESE TEACHINGS I NOW EXPERIENCE FREEDOM MORE THAN I HAVE EVER FELT IN MY LIFE. AS A RESULT I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SINNING LESS, READING MY BIBLE MORE, AND FINDING NEW REASONS TO PRAISE GOD EACH DAY. IT’S AMAZING HOW A SHIFT IN FOCUS FROM MYSELF TO CHRIST CAN RESULT IN SUCH A REMARKABLE CHANGE. JESUS PLUS NOTHING!”
I. CALLING WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED CANNOT BE CURSED!
The Old Testament carriers a story of a man named Balaam and a King named Balak! It is found in Genesis 22-24! King Balak wanted this so-called prophet to Curse Israel so he could conquer them. But God would have none of it. No matter what Balak thought about them or any one else, they were blessed by God and protected from such cursings.
God literally stated to Balaam, you can’t curse those whom I have blessed. (Paraphrased but exactly what God meant and said). With all of their warts, bad habits, sins, etc., they were blessed. And what God blesses no man can curse, no not even a preacher or a Church or another Christian can curse a saint of God!
Balaam was in all of this for money. He had an encounter with the Lord God as he road his Donkey traveling to be with Balak the King. The Donkey was stubborn, and would not travel as Balaam wanted the Donkey to do. So Balaam beat the Donkey, and God finally opened Balaam eyes to see the Angel of the Lord standing in front of the Donkey forbidding the Donkey to travel. God meant business and serious business when someone wishes to Curse His Chosen people and cast a spell upon them.
II. PETER THE APOSTLE LEARNED THE LESSON THAT THOSE WHO WERE CONSIDERED EVIL AND SINNERS, GOD CAN BLESS AND SAVE AND THE JEWS NEEDED TO LEARN THAT GOD IS THE ONE WHO SAVES BY GRACE, NOT BY WORKS AND NOT BY RACIAL BACKGROUND!
ACTS 10 REVEALS THE STORY. Peter was in a trance and saw a net come down out of heaven full of all types of insects and creatures which were considered unclean by the Jews.
The objective of this vision was to show Peter that God is the ONE who chooses and calls and saves those whom He desires to show mercy to! These ‘sinners’ called Gentiles, were shunned by Jews and they would have nothing to do with them. They were considered unclean because God had chosen Israel to be His people and they considered it so only because of Abraham and they were of the physical seed of Abraham.
They did not follow God, but rather the Law, and not Grace, and not Faith. The work God was now going to do was related to a Gentile and his family. A man named Cornelius was the one whom Peter was going to be sent to and have the Gospel preached to him and his family for God was going to actually save them and place them into the Body of Christ Jesus. A Gentile being placed within the same body of Christ that Jews were in.
One of the major points here is this; NO CHRISTIAN SHALL EVER CALL A PERSON UNHOLY AND UNCLEAN WHOM GOD HAS BLESSED AND MADE PURE AND HOLY AND SANCTIFIED BY HIS GRACE, VIA THE NEW BIRTH! IN FACT, THE ENTIRE BOOK OF GALATIANS SPEAKS ON THIS ALSO, BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT IS THE GOSPEL. NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND NOT BY PHYSICAL BIRTH OR ETHIC POSITION. BEING A SEED OF ABRAHAM PHYSICALLY DID NOT MAKE ONE A BLESSED SAVED PERSON EVER!
III. THE CHURCH MANY TIMES USES LANGUAGE WHICH IS MISTAKEN BY CALLING THE SAINTS OF GOD SINNERS, VILE, THEIR HEARTS A IDOL FACTORY, UNPURE, UNHOLY, WICKED, CORRUPT AND NOT RIGHTEOUS!
Our identity in Christ makes us Saints and the following terms reflects that identity: Holy; Sanctified; Pure; Righteous; Body of Christ; Bridge of Christ; Undefiled; Saints; Alive; Born Again; New Creation; New Creature; Child of God; Sons of God; Blessed and not cursed, etc.!
Yet, we hear a constant drumbeat through the halls of the buildings where the local body of Christ meets that we are: Sinners; defiled, carnal, wicked, idol factory hearts people; corrupt; out of fellowship with God; Not abiding or dwelling in Christ; perverted; etc., etc.!
MAY I HUMBLY SAY TO THOSE WHOM I LOVE IN THE LORD, WHO ARE DOING THESE THINGS, THAT IS A MISREPRESENTATION OF WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. WE ARE NOT HALF-BREEDS; WE ARE NOT MONGRELS; WE ARE NOT A FREAK OF SPIRITUAL NATURE STUFF; WE ARE NOT IN AND OUT OF CHRIST; WE ARE NOT WICKED SINNERS; WE ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS SUCH! EITHER WE ARE SAVED, FORGIVEN (ALL SINS), IN CHRIST, IN GOD, IN THE HOLY SPIRIT OR WE ARE NOT!
THERE IS NO CO-MINGLING OF DEITY WITH A WICKED FOUL LOST IN DARKNESS SINNER, OR A SPIRITUALLY DEAD PERSON. MAKING US BE IN DARKNESS AND THEN WITH A PRAYER QUICKLY TURN BACK INTO A SAINT AND IN LIGHT – IS ABSOLUTE INCORRECT DOCTRINE. I DON’T CARE IF IT HAS BEEN PREACHED FOREVER, IT IS WRONG PREACHING AND TEACHING. THE WORD IS CLEAR. WE ARE SAINTS, WE ARE BORN AGAIN, AND WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS AND SIN AND THE DEVIL CAN’T REACH US OR CORRUPT US.
IV. DO WE SIN HOWEVER?
I direct you to major articles in this blog which deals with this more in depth. But the answer is yes, sin does take place within our body. The skin and bone and blood body and its members are NOT regenerated yet. This body we live in however, at the new birth and reception of the Holy Spirit was Purchased By God to be His, and He dwells in it now and it is HIS Temple. One day He will allow it to go back to dust, and then one day He will raise it up into a perfect resurrected body or if He comes back to earth before we pass away, He will translate this body in a new spiritual body immediately and we will be with Him!
But again, sin dwells still in our physical body and it is called FLESH. The area SIN dwells in, and it seeks to express itself all the time. We find that Sin is influenced by the world, the Devil and we find that Sin seeks to tempt us to do wrong and even uses the Law of God to increase that scenario!
However, NOW that we are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if we have the Holy Spirit and we have Christ, we Walk in the Holy Spirit and NOT in the flesh! So what then is it, for sin takes place with its fruits expressed? Yes, but remember Paul stated in Romans 7, that when this takes place, he Paul does not want to sin, wants to do right, live right and obey God and loves God and His law, but this thing called sin is ever present with him and he doesn’t do what he wants to do but what he doesn’t want to do he does.
What? Wow! What is that? It is this, Paul says, so clearly; It no longer is my doing the sin, but SIN doing the Sin in his body. Not a cop out, but a reality of the spiritual status we are in after being saved and PLACED INto GOD and into Christ. You can’t have God and Christ and the HOLY Spirit whom we are in sinning and they would be if we are IN THEM!! Sin can’t get to Christ and ME the Redeemed sanctified Me! It can only affect the body it dwells within. Even John the Apostle stated in John 1:9 etc., that if we are in THE SEED (CHRIST) WE DO NOT SIN. The point is WE CAN’T SIN BECAUSE OF THAT. BUT OUR BODY WHERE SIN IS STILL DWELLING CAN SIN. THIS IS A MYSTERY I KNOW BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS DESCRIBED AND WE RUN WITH IT.
SO, WE ARE NOT TO CLASSIFY OURSELVES AS THOSE WHO CAN BE CURSED AND BECOME SINNERS AGAIN AND WICKED LIKE BALAAM AND BALAK WANTED TO DO. PEOPLE WANT TO PUT A BALAAM DEAL ON US ALL THE TIME. WE ARE ALWAYS HAVE IT PREACHED WE ARE LIKE WHAT BALAK WANTS TO HAPPEN, CURSED, WHEN WE ARE NOT CURSED.
A BIG PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN WE DON’T SEE ALL OF THIS AND THAT IS: WE WALLOW AROUND ALL THE TIME IN THE POT OF SIN, THE CORRUPTION, THE EVIL OF SIN AND STAY FOCUSED ON SIN SEEKING TO ALWAYS BE FIGHTING IT AND STAYING IN TOUCH WITH IT ALL DAY LONG, RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON CHRIST AND OUR TRUE IDENTITY. NO WONDER FOLKS ARE DEPRESSED, DISCOURAGED, FULL OF A LACK OF HOPE AND FAITH.
One has to see they are really delivered, really saved, really born again, really have Christ, really have the Holy Spirit, really are sanctified, really have the power of Christ and the Spirit upon us, really do know our sins are all forgiven and cast away so far God doesn’t even see them anymore, really have the atonement, really have vital everlasting Life and really are NOT in the FLESH but in the Spirit if one wants to have peace, joy, satisfaction, stability, contentment, deliverance from temptations and sinful allurements, etc.!
We are forgiven, saved, redeemed, born again, saints, a new creation and a new creature and pure and holy and justified and sanctified in Christ Jesus. That is our identity. The sin Flesh is wicked and sinful but not us!!!
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CARNAL CHRISTIAN. A CHRIST FOLLOWER MAY FAIL AND BEEN SEEN DOING CARNAL THINGS DUE TO THE SIN WHICH BREAKS OUT IN AND FROM THE FLESH (WHERE SIN ABIDES), BUT THAT IS NOT THE BORN AGAIN HOLY SANCTIFIED PERSON WHO IS IN CHRIST ACTING CARNAL, BUT THE FLESH ACTING CARNAL. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. A BIG DIFFERENCE.
KEY SPOTLIGHT AND POINT:
GOD HAS STATED WE ARE TO STRUGGLE, FIGHT, AND STAND AGAINST THIS MONSTER THAT STILL ABIDES IN OUR BODIES, BUT IT IS A SEPARATE ENTITY AND NOT PART OF THE NEW BORN CHILD OF GOD’S DIVINE NATURE WHICH WE HAVE.
BY LAMAR CARNES – ADVOCATE FOR TRUTH AND FACTS! WHETHER RELATED TO BIBLICAL ISSUES OR POLITICAL OR GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS OR EVEN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.
THE USA 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 META-NARRATIVE UNDERSTANDING.
VARIOUS NEWS CLIPS DURING THE YEAR!!
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.
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 repenting and confessing, person’s trust and have faith in Jesus Christ as their 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 yet!
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 throughout 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 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,internal traitors within its own government, people in the communities who are full of hate and others who are paid to act out their anger and hate in the streets and upon other people as we see this very moment, 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.
Although some of these sins exist in many people to some extent, but doesn’t become outwardly active, we find the outward acting out of most of them mentioned before is highly involved in the people who are called the Democratic party leaders and many of its average members in our societies around the USA.For instance, nothing that the Republican party, the current President of the USA, or anyone outside of their own petty political does, is right. They consider everything even their breathing is wrong!! Now, any mentally sound and healthy mind and ability to reason and think knows this just can’t be correct. In fact, it is impossible. To consider your own party and your leaders 100% correct and accurate on all they say and do is absolutely nonsense and reflects a very serious disease or illness exists in your own soul and mind. No on is that perfect. So, why want they help this nation be unified? Some of the reasons are; they want control, power and money no matter what they have to do to get it! They will even murder, cause riots, create discord, lie, cheat, steal, burn down businesses, march and burn police cars and attack the police or try to get rid of them etc.! That is how debased these people have become. They are like rabid animals with rabies running around the streets of this nation with their corrupted and hated filled minds and hearts! Destroying and being destroyed they don’t care!!!
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. The major titles of organized groups or people who follow ideologies which are full of these type of sinful activities are as follows; BLM, Antifa, other various socialistic and anarchistic people groups both from within our nation and those who come here from other nations.
So, God sends JUDGEMENT. We see HIS wrath displayed as HE sends and allows such things as we notice as the China Covid-19; also, 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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.