To: 28,333 In Home churches of God, God’s 6th month Ab 22, 8/10/2020
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People’s beliefs’ comes through parent, teachers and the culture reared in. Many Catholic and Protestant children are taught to believe in a Santa Clause, ghost and gobbling. One such child said to a friend, ‘after learning about Santa, now I have to look into this Jesus Christ business. Truth is precious and God’s more so, ‘a pearl of great price.’ God’s truths, particularly those regarding His kingdom, aren’t shared with populations at large, because of the hardness in mankind’s heart; hardness inherited through Adam’s nature. Our inherited nature loves the pleasures of sinful living.
Earlier in our studies, we read about Moses and how, when he was called out, chose to follow God rather than the sinful pleasures of sin, for a season. Chosen individuals in each age are led to consider like choices, as did Moses.
Jesus had Matthew explain to His disciples that they were blessed because they could see and understand things not given to the world at large, saying, ‘it’s the reason I speak to them in parables.’ To His apostles only, Jesus explained.
Read and consider again, (Matt 13:11-16; Jesus answered and said unto them, Because it is GIVEN unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever has, to him shall be GIVEN, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore I speak to them in parables: BECAUSE they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said, By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.)
Followers of Jesus are GIFTED with understanding that leads to eternal life. It’s gifted desire to turn from the way that seems right to human logic, to the WAY that is right in HIS VIEW.
The New Covenant is a mystery, particularly to people involved with this world’s system of things. They can’t understand God’s plan for this age, through Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world. This inherited nature in mankind has not changed since God instructed Jeremiah to point out Israel’s sins. Jeremiah was led to express his own remorse for his people’s sinful nature and reveal God’s word. It’s always been the way of people looking to other people for guidance.
(Jeremiah 9:2-5; Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave My people and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not Me, says the LORD. Take HEED every one of his neighbor, and trust YOU NOT in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders. And they will deceive everyone his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.) This describes worldly churches,
People have a natural tendency to sell their beliefs to others. Some might say, aren’t you asking folks to look to you? NO. Through Jesus, we insist that people prove all things.
We find God’s same principles in His New Covenant with, Jesus‘ followers. (Let God be true, though EVERY person a liar.) See Romans 3:4. NOW, in this latter age, EVEN with proofs of Jesus’ life, teaching, His resurrection and ascension, ‘people of this world’s system of things still prefers sinful entertainment and the pagan ways of Baal, as did the people of Jeremiah’s day.’
(Jeremiah 9:13- 16; The LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their OWN heart, and after Baal, which their fathers taught them:” Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; “Behold, I will feed them, even this people with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.”)
This demonically divided denominationalism age isn’t taught, it’s a sin to walk after the imagination of one’s own heart. or Following the Canaanites who worshiped Baal, the Semitic god of fertility or nature is sin. People aren’t taught to consider traditional trappings inherited from Baal worshipers, such as, Easter, Halloween and Christmas traditions from this false way. Our so called intellectual age, isn’t taught to prove all things. Religious leaders boast many things, but they do not know our Creator or His ways.
(Jeremiah 9:23-24; Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands, and KNOWS ME, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment, righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.) So, WHO are these people God says, are privileged to knowing Him? Why parables to unbelievers?
From a human perspective we who know can’t boast. We can only boast from the point of view, “God loves us, chose, and showed His loving kindness toward us, granted His gift of understanding and loved us before we loved Him. This should give clear understanding to the called, regarding, why so many religions are in the world. Why and How Satan still has the whole world confused and still worshiping the many imaginary gods he put forth to our ancestors. May our Creator give each a yearning for His Kingdom and a love for His Way. Remember, individuals can choose to be religious and follow an appealing brand. Can choose to be good citizens, and ask for spiritual understanding. But to know God the Father and God the Son, -Jesus- is only by gifted revelation. Eternal life is only inherited through Jesus. DOES this fact get in the way of, seek and you will find? Knock and the door will open. NO. If we have a genuine desire and gifted effort, God gave it. See Philippians 2:13.
A God gifted desire to seek, study, meditate and be obedient to His Way is His prerogative. Seeking God honestly isn’t attempting to be religious, NOR is it joining a congregation fitting one’s particular view. Seeking God honestly is, (to let God be true, though all others be liars.) See Romans 3:4. Even, attempting to obey God’s Ten Commandments, isn’t honestly seeking to obey and practice His Way. Individually, people must be spirit led, given to understand the flaws in our inherited nature, and desire to overcome each. Why? Because in our inherited nature, there’s a way that seems right that leads to death. See Proverbs 12:15; 14:12; 16:25 & 21:2. The Holy Scriptures also teach us not to depend on fleshly intellect for understand spiritual truths!
David was led to understand the way of truth was to genuinely love GOD’S WAY.
(Psalms 119:127-128; Therefore I love YOUR commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all YOUR precepts concerning ALL THINGS to be right, and I HATE every FALSE way.) SO consider, what’s every false way? Its worldly divided religions, devised from mankind’s fleshly imaginations. Through inherited fleshly imaginations, people crave, worshiping images, looking to the sun, planets and revering certain person’s, their attributes etc. Such unbelieving people aren’t able to believe David’s words as recorded in the Psalms, seriously.
The holy scriptures clearly teach that Satan is the god of this age, this world, and is, Prince of the Power of the Air. That being so and it is: people must conclude that Satan has the world’s system upside down, from God’s Way, with tradition and things worshiped!
Jesus’ apostle Paul taught, (Rom 3:3-6; For what if some did not believe, shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be TRUE, but every man a liar; as it is written, that you might be justified in your sayings, and might OVERCOME when you are judged. But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who takes vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?”)
Paul also shares, there’s a Godly attitude, void of fleshly pride, we should be asking for, if we’re genuinely seeking God’s Way.
(Romans 3:4-8; Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 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, took upon Him the form of a servant, 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.)
Religious denominations are about the business of building constituents, organizations and selling their way, the way that seems right. Few understand and teach that God knows each of us better than we can possibly know ourselves; that He looks at our inner being and does the leading. Consider how God shapes His chosen? Consider the depth of His knowledge about each of us. Review Isaiah.
(Isaiah 29:14-16; Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations. Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing? Your thinking is perverse! Should the Potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its Maker, He didn’t make me? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand?)
Our Creator, Jesus, knows His people and His people are led to know Him.
The New Covenant is a contract between our Creator and those He calls to covenant with. When God calls an individual, He does the work of changing that individual’s outlook, to understand that He is truth. God gives individuals a zeal for study, and the desire to please Him, thus making Himself our God. He takes the worldly, get way desires away, and replaces with spiritual thinking that comes from above.
Called out people are led to ponder, why me? Why am I, understanding things so precious? Jesus’ parable about finding treasure fits this subject. Review Matthew 13:44-46 again.