John The Apostle, chapter 33

To: 11,534 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “Churches of God.”

6/21/18, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 8, 5778 until sunset.

      Political and religious pundents trust their intellect and think “opposite God’s Word.” (Jesus’ apostle Paul shares Godly wisdom: “God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise. 1Cor 1:30-31; He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) Had God our Father not called and fathered us we’d have no sanctification and redemption in Jesus. He predestined, set us aside so we could boast in the Lord. (The proverbs writer shares the same wisdom.

      Prov 3::1-7; My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for they will provide a long and full life, and they will add well-being to you. Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and good understanding, in the sight of God and people. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”) All who believe IN these two scriptural text look to God for what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

      In our last study we shared Peter’s revelation about creation, re-creation and God’s planned end result of things. It isn’t for us to know the age of planet earth. We know Satan, angelic beings and the universe was God’s creation long before the re-creation by Jesus: “Moses shares in the book of Genesis.” (At a point before re-creation Satan rebelled, there was war and Satan was removed.) When seventy two of Jesus’ disciples returned from a witnessing mission and shared how “even demons submitted in Your name; Jesus responded, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.” (See Luke 10:17)

     Jesus revealed and Isaiah wrote; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El, I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High! (Isa 14:12-14)

      It was revealed to Paul that Satan is the prince of the power of the air. (See Eph 2:2) Paul also wrote: (2Cor 4:3-6; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. (5) For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

      Righteous Creator God: please give us spiritual discerning minds to judge ourselves in Your Light. Make us mindful that Jesus is the Light, the Way and Life. We ask in the holy name of Jesus. AMEN

      People gifted to believe IN Jesus, don’t makes themselves judges. (Jesus’ command is that we love fellow Christians as He loved us!) We practice mercy, kindness, patience and love toward one another: Even others whose practices indicate they don’t seem to know Jesus’ Way. (As with a child’s maturing; “followers of Jesus grow spiritually as God shapes, trains and disciplines.”) We have a duty to shun people who claim to be Christian but blatantly disobey Jesus’ Ways. Fleshly minded people will debate Jesus’ Ways, “to their own shame.” Jesus’ apostle Paul taught on this subject.

      (1Corinthians 6:1-5; “When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the Saints? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians?”)

      We aren’t judges regarding whether or not God is in the process of leading one to repentance. BUT, we should never condone “unrighteous living that’s an abominable to God.” (The fleshly minded would argue that, saying, “not condoning certain ways of living is setting one’s self up as a judge.”) It’s how Satan wants unbelievers to think and live. Believing IN God is demonstrated by practicing His righteousness, “which is spelled out in His inspired Word.” Paul complimented and instructed a young preacher named Timothy in this regard.

      (2Tim 1:5-11; “I recall your sincere faith that was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am sure is in you. (6) Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. God is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He “Jesus” has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! For this gospel I was appointed a preacher, apostle and teacher.”)

      The miracles Jesus did and those through His apostles, “demonstrated their credentials.” Jesus did even greater miracles through His Apostles after His ascension. All Jesus’ miracles were through His chosen, “gifted to understand His message.” We shouldn’t need signs, it’s enough that we are gifted to believe IN Jesus. When we ask in Jesus’ name; “we should be asking from an ambassador of Jesus’ point of view.” In other word, “we should be asking from within the gifted nature of Jesus.” Believer IN, always ask in the spirit of Jesus’ love; “never desiring things that aren’t within His will.” (Be mindful that we belong to Jesus as a bride and that He does allow things to happen for our good and learning.) Sometimes our answer to prayer request is, “NOT NOW.” “Hope” & “knowing faith” are gifts! (Knowing faith is when God’s will is revealed before we ask.) Allow Jesus’ apostle Paul’s input.

      (1Corinthians 12:1-3; “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. So I want you to understand that no one speaking by the spirit of God says; “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy spirit.”)

       Most Believers IN, were living pagans life styles, “prior to conversion, prior to God’s revealing Himself.” (Before conversion, we were led by this world’s system of things; “this world’s evolving and condoning practices.”) Our gods were imaginary, learned from other’s words and examples. Influenced by this world’s god, “Satan.” Through Paul, Jesus says; “NO ONE can believe IN and say “Jesus is Lord,” until God reveals Himself by His spirit!”

      (1Cor 12:4-7; “Now there are different gifts, but the same spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.(7) To each person the manifestation of the spirit is given for the benefit of all.”) Whatever our gift; it isn’t for our private use; only!

      (1 Cor 12:8-11; “For one person is given through the spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same spirit, to another faith by the same spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one spirit, to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. (11) It is one and the same spirit, distributing as God decides to each person, who produces all these things.”)

      Spiritual gifts aren’t something a person can learn or conjure up!

Unbelievers handle their fleshly learned talents and gifts from their inherited nature’s point of view. That is; NOT realizing their intellectual, talents are God gifted to benefit all. Believers IN, are gifted to compare spiritual to spiritual, discern and practice God’s revealed truths.

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