To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Sivan 8, 5,780 until sunset. 5/31/2020
On this Holy Pentecost Sabbath it’s difficult for followers of Jesus to say what’s in minds spiritually and address what’s happening around the world demonically. We’re compelled to encourage those being called to follow Jesus and mindful that others may consider our efforts. The god of this age, ‘Satan’ has disrupted worldwide commerce, inspiring fake science to present likely models of possible ‘virus 19’ outcomes to the nations, causing chaos, then bad policemen in the U.S. to cause rioting in major cities.
God is allowing Satan a set time to dominate fleshly thinking people’s minds while calling out a few to be His own. Since the Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension followers of Jesus have become ‘last becoming first’ while those ‘first are last’ in His world saving plan. (Matt 19:28-30; Jesus said to His apostles, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)
On that Sabbath Pentecost Jesus’ apostles and many scattered Israelites were gathered to celebrate as commanded when that which was promised came in view and with noise likened to wind. Made recipients “born from above” children of God.
(Acts 2:1-11; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. (5) Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (6) Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”) (These Galileans were speaking in ten or more languages not previously known to them, “great deeds God has done.) Normally “being born from above” occurs individually and different in this time.
Speaking to Nicodemus Jesus said; (John 3:8’“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”) God does it all.
Seeking and callings of God are His to give, Paul taught it: (Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”)
Who has the mind to seek God’s will apart from organized religion? Basically Jesus commands called individual to do just that. The holy scriptures teach that this world’s religions have everything upside down, thinking it incumbent on them to bring peace. Example: (the so called, Holy Roman Empire grew faster than any empire ever, “by coercion.” Many still use fear tactics and coerce. Today radical Muslims think to bring their version of peace through coercion.) But followers of Jesus know; “peace on earth is prophesied to be “after Jesus’ return as King of Kings and is NOT for this age and time.” The Holy Scripture teach; “Satan is this age’s god.” Review Jesus’ words as recorded by His apostle Matthew again.
(Matthew 10:34-39; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.” (see also Luke 12:49-53)
Believers IN God teach “balance is the key!” But the self righteous push for debate and division! A self-righteous spirit causes some to force their will on others. The spirit of truth leads people to prove all things, by the God of truth, “then individually apply that truth.” We inherited a self serving argumentative spirit from Adam “that must be changed – must be overcome.”
Jesus used “light” as an example. Light is silent but visible, “so should our living practices be, EXCEPT when asked about the hope God has put within us. Jesus’ apostle Peter puts this attitude we need to strive for in perspective.
(1Peter 3:13-17; “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet, do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.”)
Mankind’s problem is in the nature inherited from the first man, “Adam” with Satan’s influence. God’s spirit reveals “that fleshly nature, how to recognize, despise and overcome it.”
(1Corinthians 15:45-46; “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam “Jesus” became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual.”) All are born with a sin nature; “the rich, powerful, prideful are naturally tempted to practice the pleasures of sin more so.”) Our Lord’s brother addresses this human problem.”
(James 5:1-6; “Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. “It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure!” Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. (5) You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person, although he does not resist you.”)
Pray for those tempted, the rich, poor and all who inherited the fleshly nature of Adam that must ultimately be turned from. God desires, “we seek and put on the gifted nature of the second man “Jesus” that’s from heaven.”
(1Corinthians 15:47-49; “The first man “Adam” is from the earth, made of dust; the second man “Jesus” is from heaven. Like the one ‘Adam’ made of dust, ‘so too are those made of dust’ and “like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly.” And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.’)
The spirit mental outlook leads to our “overcome to the end,” waiting patiently for Jesus’ revelations and return.
(James 5:7-12; “So, be patient brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. (8) You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near. Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! (10) As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (12) And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.”)
Why did the dispersed Israelites and why do we followers of Jesus need this kind of coaching from James? We were each born with Adam’s nature that must be continually in a state of conversion to Jesus’ nature. Each called person is commanded to seek spiritual growth, “seek the nature of Jesus” yield to the knowledge and admonition of the Lord to the end. Strive NOT to lose hope and recognize our perishable, mortal bodies must put on Jesus’ imperishable nature.”
(1Corinthians 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we “Christians” will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”)
Believers IN Jesus are heirs with Abraham “who believed IN the Lord’s Word.” Every person is born totally mortal and “immortality is gifted only through believing IN Jesus.” Consider the characteristics of Jesus’ miracles.
(Dead were given back physical life, “instantly.”) (Lepers were made well and whole, “instantly.”) (Aged wine was made from water, “instantly.”) (5,000 plus were fed, when Jesus re-created fish and bread, “instantly.”) (At the last trump, the dead in Christ will be given spiritual life like Jesus’ “instantly.”) (After that and “in God’s timing” millions will be resurrected to a physical life, as was Lazarus, “instantly.”) People refusing to believe IN, “will die a second death.” How awesome our God. Jesus revealed a “second death” to John four times in His revelations to John. (See Rev 2:11, 20:5-6, 20:14-15 and 21:7-8.)