The Carnal Church. . .and the Spiritual
We were all born with a sinful, selfish, carnal nature, thanks to Adam's
Our interests included love of money (for self), lust for sexual pleasures
(for self), love of strife, fightings, wielding of power over others less
fortunate than our(selves), etc.
In God's terms this is called the natural man.
Our Holy and Righteous Creator knows our bodily and spiritual state at
all times and we are rewarded according to that state:
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward
parts of the belly.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth
the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the
LORD than sacrifice. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing
of the wicked, is sin.
The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in
his eyes. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when
the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. The righteous man
wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth
the wicked for their wickedness.
When we become reborn of the Spirit of God all this changes because we
have very happily given our everlasting persons over to our Creator to
look after, knowing that He shall do this exceedingly well, encouraging
us to do the right thing, manifesting His presence as we go about trying
to live a life in obedience to Him our King.
And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined:
but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to
enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted
the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of
the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority
upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so:
but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that
is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that
sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat?
but I am among you as he that serveth.
Because our minds and wills, that part of us which is separate from our
flesh; that everlasting part that we have given to God, still control our
bodies, we learn to use these souls of ours to the pleasing of our Creator,
and to use our bodies in submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
For example, we two old people sometimes drive 300 kilometres to a church
on a Sunday. Our bodies are obedient to our wills even though the bodies
Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when
he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he
shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth
adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth
his own soul.
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law
one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather
suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud,
and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,
shall inherit the kingdom of God. And
such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye
are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things
are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both
it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord;
and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will
also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the
members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them
the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is
joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every
sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication
sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye
are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
(1 Corinthians 6:6-20)
Bearing in mind that these present bodies are merely temporary receptacles
for use in this present world, surely then we must use the time allowed
to the best advantage before we move on to our ultimate destination.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But
who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to
offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee,
and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before
thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth
are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
(1 Chronicles 29:13-15)
*To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.* I said,
I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep
my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. I was dumb with
silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then
spake I with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure
of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold,
thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is
as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether
vanity. Selah. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are
disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall
gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the
foolish. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty
to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at
my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner,
as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I may recover strength,
before I go hence, and be no more.
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth
away, and cometh not again.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they
that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly,
if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a
better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed
to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according
to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(1 Peter 1:17)
When born again of the Loving Holy Spirit, realise, accept, that the heavenly
Power of Almighty God is inside our bodies, ready to help direct our souls,
our hearts, on the Way to the presence of God.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath
ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time
in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:1-2)
Please realise how this Scripture implies the relative unimportance of
our lives as we know them in the scheme of God's almighty purpose.
Also, that our Creator made it so that we have to choose the path to follow;
that of obedience to His righteousness and holiness, or rejection to the
lusts of the world, which is under the control of Satan.
We must understand the reality of the choice we have, of either being with
Him one day, or being with the devil - for eternity.
Here is proof of the reality of our temporary lives. If we choose to be
with our God we shall each need to know the laws of His Kingdom before
the time of departure and follow them:
GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep
thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of
thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments
from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy
judgments at all times. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed,
which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt;
for I have kept thy testimonies.
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the
Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to
please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments
we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For
this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should
abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how
to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of
concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man
go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the
Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you
and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
(1 Thessalonians 4:1-7)
Some Pastors and teachers maintain that once we accept the Lordship of
Jesus and give our souls to Him, He forgives all sin, past, present and
future. They do not take into account the proviso that this is in fact
so if we attempt to live holy lives. As we shall see, our works
shall be tested as by fire, on that day and we shall suffer loss.
The person of the Holy Spirit is actually inside every born again believer
and His loving guidance is available to everyone of us.
Every born again believer can have a person to person relationship with
God, and furthermore, God has left the option open to each of us as
to whether we want such a relationship or not.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in
deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater
than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us
not, then have we confidence toward God. And
whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments,
and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
(1 John 3:18-22)
If we want to use it, Jesus Christ has provided us with all Spiritual
power to overcome anything that the spiritual enemy can lay in our
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world:
therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of
God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not
us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1 John 4:4-6)
God is perfect and that perfectness shines through in all our dealings
There is only one God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Some of God's creation aspire to be as powerful as Him, and as a result
are at war with Him.
Some, though the knowledge of Him is included in their being, resist His
call to holy and righteous living and spurn His offer of salvation.
Some recognise Him as being there to serve them. The Holy Spirit is their
Some want to be blessed, but want to do it "My Way".
Some recognise who He is and aspire to be blessed by being in His perfect
Some who profess to be reborn spend much of their leisure time in front
of a TV set and are thereby entertained. If you are one such, ask yourself
what is being entertained, my body or my soul?
According to the answer, will Jesus be happy with what you are doing?
Is it important anyway?
Is your body the temple of the Living God?
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God.
The Carnal Church
Here is that passage of Scripture once again that the whole of the Christian
faith pivots around; The words of Jesus:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
The other side of the coin will read:
"He that does not have my commandments and does not keep them, he it is
who does not love me, and he that does not love me will not be loved of
my Father, and I will not love him and will not manifest myself to him."
If you do not agree with this, sit down and contemplate on why not - and
the implications if you are wrong.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
Many of us, when we see the word commandment, think of the ten in the Old
Covenant. Thou shalt not. .....
That they still apply we cannot doubt:
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify
yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly
esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the
prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is
preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and
earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away
his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth
her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
However, there is a great difference between how they are applied; in the
Old Covenant by today's Jews, and the New Covenant by today's reborn Christians.
Jesus Himself shows us the difference:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is
of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from
heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth;
and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony
hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh
the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
Without going into this in detail, let's look at the example of sexual
In the Old Covenant, if two persons were caught in adultery or fornication
they were stoned to death - to stop impurity in the nation of the Children
of Israel. A worldly body was destroyed in a worldly nation and the reason
was the fear of what God could do to that nation (see Exodus 19 and 20).
A Commandment of condemnation.
In the New Covenant Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God, which is a Spiritual
We see that a person must be reborn of the Spirit of God before he or she
can enter into that Spiritual Kingdom:
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter
into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto
thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou
hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither
it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Does this not therefore imply that the judgement of sexual sin (against
the worldly body) shall take place in the Kingdom of God?
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works.
We see also that the way of punishing adulterers or fornicators in the
New Covenant churches were different:
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and
such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one
should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather
mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among
you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged
already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done
this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together,
and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such
an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may
be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
(1 Corinthians 5:1-5)
They were of a Spiritual nature so that the eternal soul could be saved.
So we understand that the obeying of the commandments in the New Covenant
is a matter of conviction, of conscience; doing so out of love, respect
and awe towards the Perfect God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Also, resisting the disobeying of God's will is easier because of the power
of the Spiritual Kingdom, of which we are a citizen, and which we can call
Further on the subject of keeping commandments, here is the other Scripture
of what Jesus says:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto
you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise
pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break
one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called
the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them,
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
We see in the New Covenant, which only became valid after Jesus was killed
on our behalf and rose from the dead, thereby destroying Satan's power
over mankind, that the words of Jesus are more fully understood:
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder,
I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every
man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon
this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every
man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's
work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile
the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God
is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any
man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool,
that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again,
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore
let no man glory in men. For
all things are yours;
(1 Corinthians 3:10-21)
We see here that Paul is describing works - things that we do for our King
while in Satan's kingdom, for the purpose of bringing in the harvest of
souls. Yes, you and I are called upon to do so! A Commandment.
Works - what does this mean?
Our day to day living, whether at work or play or merely relaxing. It is
what we think and how we react to temptations, stresses, other peoples
problems and joy. God's commandments (what brings Him joy) are hidden in
the way we each choose to live. In the test of time, the worldly deeds
will be Spiritually burned away and His commandments shall remain. These
are likened to the gold, silver and precious stones mentioned in verse
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both
will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest
the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
(1 Corinthians 4:5)
James explains it further:
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift
and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of
lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his
own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every
man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man
worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted
word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of
the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face
in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect
law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,
but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion
and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord
of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly
a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor
man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing,
and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand
thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in
yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved
brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and
heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But
ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before
the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which
ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect
to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,
he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also,
Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art
become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that
shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without
mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked,
and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace,
be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those
things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even
so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say,
Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is
one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt
thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham
our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the
altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith
made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not
by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,
when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another
way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works
is dead also.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly
poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we
men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth
proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so
to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water
and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a
vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew
out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye
have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against
the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is
confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first
pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of
mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the
fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Do you want eleven rewards one day; or perhaps five, or will you be happy
without any? (Luke 19:11-27)
If you are now convinced that living a holy life is the only way to go,
have a look around you in your church and look into the lives of the most
"important" people there, including the Pastor or "Predikant", bearing
in mind that a spring cannot deliver both clean and unclean water:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by
their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even
so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth
forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can
a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits
ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in
thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a
wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and
the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell
not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which
built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was
the fall of it.
For example, if one of the persons in your church, who might even be a
deacon, or who "speaks in tongues", has a foul mouth or can discuss the
doings of the latest TV "Soapie", he has unknowingly been placed in the
church by his boss who is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:1-4).
You see, the commandments of Jesus are not according to the law, but according
to the heart of every believer. We don't obey the commandments of God because
of the punishment for disobedience, but we obey from the heart, from our
souls, in thankfulness because we each realise our weaknesses and God's
strength and lovingkindness:
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then
made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
This is part of a letter of guidance from the apostle Paul to one of his
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those
that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses,
and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(2 Timothy 3:1-7)
If this seems way-out to you, please don't give up, carry on reading to
find the Truth that can make you free:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free.
I'm sure that this will be familiar happenings among the members of your
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither
yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is
among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk
as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of
Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos,
but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither
is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth
the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every
man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are
labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's
building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise
masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man
build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's
work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive
himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him
become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness
with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul,
or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present,
or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is
(1 Corinthians 3:1-23)
The Spiritual Church
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Here comes the crunch, the way out of being a member of the carnal church.
I must not put I first, I must put Jesus first.
Yea, yea, what does that mean?
Read on and be happy.
Let it be stated that the Spiritual church do not necessarily regularly
meet together. We are scattered over the whole earth and may well be separated
by worldly circumstances such as geographical isolation. But we recognise
one another and are led by the same Spirit.
Firstly, you, your body, is that church. It is the receptacle of your soul.
Because you have put Jesus first, He is manifesting himself and His power
to you. You go to the Spiritual assembly of believers to share with
other believers the power of God working through your lives, using
the Gifts that God gives you from time to time, for His glory:
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,)be
ye also enlarged. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or
what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath
the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I
will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch
not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father
unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2 Corinthians 6:11-18)
Secondly, work out your own salvation, don't expect the "leaders" to do
so for you.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in
the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made
himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more
in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may
be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst
of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of
Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
An extract from a Bible commentary:
"Work out your own salvation" means that the entire church was to work
together to rid themselves of divisions and discord. The Philippian Christians
needed to be especially careful to obey Christ, now that Paul wasn't there
to continually remind them about what was right. We too must be careful
about how we believe and live, especially when we are on our own. In the
absence of cherished Christian leaders, we must focus our attention and
devotion even more on Christ so that we won't be side-tracked.
God has not left us alone in our struggles to do His will. He wants
to come alongside us and within us to help. He helps us want to obey Him
and then gives us the power to do it. The secret to a changed life is
to submit to His control and let Him work. (We rest in Him)
To be like Christ, we must condition ourselves to think like Christ.
To change our desires to be more like Christ's, we need the power of the
indwelling Spirit (1:19), the influence of faithful Christians, obedience
to God's word (not just exposure to it), and sacrificial service. Often
it is in doing of God's will that we gain the desire for
it (see 4:8-9).
Very briefly, because it isn't really part of this teaching, we believe
that God is love. See Hebrews 13:5-6 and 1John 4:4-17. This is part of
the Covenant that our King made with us when we became reborn of the Spirit.
Our souls and our bodies.
The Keys of the Kingdom
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias;
and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But
whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art
the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto
him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and
blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou
shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he
his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
If we look carefully at the passage (which is in the Authorised version),
we see that when speaking to Simon He used the word "thee". All other versions
use the word "you". Thee is a singular word meaning "you only". You is
a general word and can mean one person or many.
So, Jesus is speaking directly to Simon only in both cases.
Firstly, because Simon was the only one who had answered.
Secondly, and here is the heart of the whole passage; because Simon had
been open to the Father in heaven. This is how the keys of the Kingdom
are received, by believing that Jesus is the Christ. This
is the Rock which shall withstand Satan's kingdom.
Because Simon was the only one who had answered correctly, Jesus pointed
him out as an example of who would receive the keys. All who believe
that Jesus is the Christ shall receive the keys. All those people individually
who believe are the church of Christ.
Not the congregation of a denomination or of a church building.
The church is entirely Spiritual and is made up of the souls of
Jesus confirms this:
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth.
According to the dictionary:
Must: Used to express compulsion, necessity or obligation, conviction.
So, we see that this is a necessity, driven by conviction. In other words
a key of the Kingdom.
This is actually a key to the strait gate at the beginning of the Way to
heaven. Without this master key we cannot even get started.
As a side issue let's deal with binding and loosing and get it out of the
Here's another passage concerning the subject:
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee,
go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear
thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then
take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses
every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell
it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him
be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if
two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two
or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The charismatics use these words of Jesus to "bind" unclean spirits who
hold people in bondage.
The Pastors of churches, whose followers, "the congregation" meet in a
church building believe that these words concern church discipline of unruly
or disobedient members. This second passage seems to confirm this but as
we shall see, Jesus used this as one example only of what He meant.
Note also that Jesus is in the midst of two or three church goers who are
together (are these reborn?). Bear in mind that the disciples were not
reborn at this time, they were like many who attend "church" today. See
But it goes further than this as confirmed by Jesus:
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the
Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace
be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them
his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they
saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace
be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit,
they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain,
they are retained.
We see here that this binding and loosing only applied after they had received
the Holy Spirit, and this because Jesus had consummated the New Covenant
on behalf of mankind.
Do you perceive the incredible power that we can be entrusted with? And
the privilege and responsibility thereof?
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Here is an extract from a previous teaching1 on this web site2
which explains to a certain extent what Jesus meant when He spoke to Simon:
If you receive the keys of the Kingdom of heaven it is only because
you are spiritually ready to be entrusted with them, which means that anything
that you spiritually bind or loose on earth will be found to have already
been empowered from heaven. In other words you will not have been found
to have stepped out of line of God's commandments. In other words you have
sufficient spiritual knowledge and the faith that goes therewith to accomplish
the wishes of your heavenly Father.
Actually, in your obedience, you are following God's Spiritual promptings.
This is what Jesus meant:
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should
come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God
cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Okay, so we more or less understand that the keys of the Kingdom are Spiritual
powers that overcome the powers of the god of this world who is Satan,
who in his own self has great spiritual power in the world.
Let's try and understand what the word "keys" (plural) means.
Obviously the first and biggest one is believe; to have faith that
Jesus Christ is who He says He is, and can do through us what He says He
Now, this is where the Bible clearly states that the more we believe, the
more obedient to the Commandments we are and the more God can use our willing
souls in Satan's kingdom. We become lights in the darkness because we are
powered from on high. We are merely the globes; God is the power that turns
We are resting in the power of God, dependent on Him to do a pure work
for His glory and Kingdom.
We don't have to do anything for God but serve Him, He does the work!
The glory belongs to God and none of it sticks to us.
The more we rest in Him, the more He can do and the quicker
will the harvest come in, which means that the end of this age will come
and we will be with Jesus Christ!
Once we understand this wonderful Truth and are willing to be used, God
the Holy Spirit starts prompting us as to what to do for Him so that His
Kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven.
Watch my lips: What the Holy Spirit asks us to do will always
be in line with God's word.
And the rewards will always be according to His word.
Okay, so the Holy Spirit is connected to each of our spirits and from time
to time tells our souls what we must do, and we tell our bodies to go there
and lay hands on someone, or pray for someone, and what that person
requested of God comes to pass because the power of God flows directly
through us into that person. Supernatural happenings become commonplace
because we are willingly controlled by our Wonderful Creator.
Even if God should wish that mountain to be cast into the sea!
This is what Jesus meant by binding and loosing.
There are certain daily, mundane, worldly things that occupy us as we go
about earning our daily bread while we remain on this present earth waiting,
and these are handled in Matthew 22:37-40 and 1 Corinthians 13.
Up to now we have touched on the Truth of what to expect in the Spiritual
Church, but how do we go about it, Just waiting for God to Act?
No, we have to initiate it.
Let's see how strong our faith is.
We see that the following passages of Scripture (of God's word!) is at
the end of the epistle to the church at Thessalonica and is like a postscript
of any letter, in this case an urgent cry to the church (the people who
make up the assembly), who like us, have daily mundane worldly things to
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of
faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath
not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together
with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another,
even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour
among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem
them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace
among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly,
comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow
that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
(1 Thessalonians 5:8-15)
Here are some keys to the Kingdom that Paul urges them to use:
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the
Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which
is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. 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. Faithful
is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)
Rejoice, pray, give thanks
The word of God says Rejoice always.
Even when things seem to go wrong? Yes.
Even when I am in depression? Yes.
Even when I have lost a loved one? Yes.
Even when I learn that I have an incurable disease?? Yes,Yes!!
This is a command of God, not a request. Why? We'll come to that.
Pray without ceasing. This does not mean that it is all we do, we have
to eat, but it must become like a habit. It is how we talk with our God,
He knows already, but it empowers our Lord to legally enter Satan's kingdom
in His righteousness.
Give thanks in everything.
When? In everything.
When I have had a motor accident, have lost a limb and the car is a write-off?
This sounds crazy not so?
Yes, in worldly terms, but as we see from the passage, it is the will of
God in Christ Jesus, so please believe. You are a citizen of heaven
(you is your soul!), your King has you under His wing of protection, He
allows Satan certain freedom to act against His servants, but this is to
strengthen you and I and build patience for real things to come.
God wants the best for us, and for Him. Not for our bodies but our
These three things make up a key of the Kingdom; it's called Praise.
Use this key and God is able to use His supernatural, heavenly power legally
in Satan's kingdom.
Satan's world shall be powerless against you when you are obedient to a
Greater, to Almighty God, who is real and hears all you say and think.
Satan's demons also hear you praising your God while they are working you
over, and they tremble. They have cause to fear.
Please understand and believe: all you and I are doing is praising our
King. He is doing the rest.
Hallelujah, time is short.
You will experience miracles, healings and other supernatural happenings
and your faith will grow in leaps and bounds.
We also see in the passage certain commandments of mundane things that
must become second nature to us.
If you want encouragement that this idea is nothing new, this is what God
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them.
We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Look with new eyes while
studying your Bible and many preconceived ideas will change.
Do you need reassurance that you will not be going overboard without a
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God
is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye
are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
To have some further questions answered please go back and reread "The
Life of Fulfilment"
Even the Old Covenant confirms the above:
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:
therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing,
yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry
with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst,
Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread
to the poor. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife
and reproach shall cease. He that loveth pureness of heart, for
the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart
unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them
within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may
be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have
not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That
I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest
answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
The following came this morning while I was praising the Lord for His goodness
for this new day and for His provision.
Take time out and meditate on this over a few days:
All of us, when this teaching of always praising God first came
to the fore, experienced shock, disbelief and unwillingness to pursue the
matter in times of adversity. We sincerely believed that we were reborn
of the Spirit of God and that we would take part in the rapture of the
church. That may be so.
Take another look here:
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God.
We notice that Paul is telling us something here that we never saw before.
Your affection is part of your soul, not your body. You are dead (to the
importance of worldly things) and your (everlasting) life is hid with Christ
in God (in heaven).
This passage confirms that there are keys to the Kingdom.
Here's that passage again:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Do you see it through new eyes?
An example is a bottle of tomato sauce. If we turn the lid round and round
without holding fast to the bottle, nothing can come out. We need to work
to get the bottle open. If we don't twist the lid in the way directed,
we also won't get anything out. We may as well throw the bottle away, it's
no good just looking at it.
A chameleon is called a trapsoetjies in Afrikaans - a soft (careful) walker.
If you have ever seen one trying to cross a busy road you will know what
That is what we must be in our day to day walk with God in this world.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt
you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto
his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be
glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(1 Peter 5:6-11)
Living in the bushveld with the bush thirty metres from our cottage, we
see many of the denizens of the wild, literally on our doorstep. Ten minutes
ago, while writing the above few lines, I heard a commotion outside, and
going to the back (stable) door, saw a bush squirrel on top of our low
washing area wall, facing the other way, hanging down and scolding something
in alarm. More than likely a night adder looking for frogs for breakfast.
We are inclined to forget how close we are to the wild, walking and working
in the garden with sandals on, or when in the environs of the house, even
bare feet. This is a reminder to walk softly and carefully.
Do you think it pure chance that this happened now, at this particular
time? Is it not rather a spiritual message to me and you?
You see, Jesus made a promise that He would manifest Himself to me.
I praised Him for His loving faithfulness.
Do you experience a bone density problem, or a bone deformity problem?
Can you believe that honeycomb is good for the bones?
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health
to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
Another key, not so.
The Bible is full of them - because Jesus loves US.
That was yesterday.
Last night and during the hours of darkness I felt oppressed and could
not sleep well, knowing that this teaching was not finished, that an example
was needed to complete it.
This morning, my eldest son, who is unconverted and does not go to a church
phoned to say that his younger daughter, at School, had lost feeling in
her limbs, could not communicate and had been rushed to hospital. Would
we please pray for her.
At this time, a visitor was with us, but while in converse with my son,
the visitor's cell phone rang and he got up and walked outside. We two
old people were able to talk to our God without any distractions.
We two held hands and praised God for His goodness and lovingkindness to
us and to her and asked Him to heal her.
I know that my heavenly Father heard me.
A copy of this teaching shall be given to my son for him to do with as
As you can undoubtedly see, there have been an immediate series of progressive
spiritual manifestations as a result of a key or two of the Kingdom being
Should we go to the example of Daniel the prophet we shall see that it
was not always so.
I think it correct to say that Daniel was as great a servant of God as
the apostle Paul. He also got spiritual things done that affected the worldly.
Let's read about Daniel:
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house;
and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled
upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his
God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying
and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake
before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree,
that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within
thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?
The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the
law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Then answered they and
said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the
captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou
hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king,
when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and
set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the
going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the
king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and
Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth
may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast
him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto
Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And
a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed
it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose
might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace,
and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought
before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early
in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came
to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the
king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is
thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent
his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me:
forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee,
O king, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceeding glad for him,
and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel
was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
because he believed in his God.
In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant
bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself
at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth
day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which
is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold
a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine
gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as
the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms
and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words
like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the
men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon
them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone,
and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my
comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words,
then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And,
behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon
the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved,
understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto
thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou
didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy
God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince
of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael,
one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the
kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall
thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many
We notice that there were certain circumstances similar to Saul's meeting
with Jesus on the road to Damascus, except that Jesus came directly to
Saul (Paul), whereas the angel was delayed 21 days in getting to Daniel
by spiritual powers of the air (Satan's kingdom).
Today, as we who are reborn praise and worship our loving God as He has
directed, receive immediate response. This is done through the Holy Spirit
of God who is in direct contact with our souls because He lives in us.
This has to mean that we can be empowered by God to use His incredible
Spiritual Power to overcome Satan and his demons - if we only learn
to use it properly.
In faith, we must find more and more keys with the help of the Holy Spirit,
so that God can confound and defeat the works of darkness through our presence
in the enemy's camp.
Try this for size:
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed
be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye
that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep
now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when
they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in
that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in
heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
See where our reward is?
Do you also leap for joy?
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a
man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as
we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what
is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the
saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
His purpose, not ours.
By the way, don't expect the enemy to be slow to react.
May the Living Loving God bless you as you willingly and joyfully come
before Him in humility, seeking His Truth.
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even
mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto
death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold,
we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it?
and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall
not he render to every man according to his works? My son,
eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which
is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be
unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward,
and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
1 The Life of Fulfilment