Reading?
Remnant Principle
Satan, Get Lost!

Search for Significance
Seen or Unseen
Stay in The Spirit
Superfluous
Spiritual Maturity
 

The Remnant Principle

There is a call to those who would be counted among the Remnant. Hear the heart and voice of this company. Out of the abundance of their heart, their mouth speaks:

"I will behave myself wisely and in a blameless way and I will walk within my house with integrity and with a blameless heart. I will set no base, wicked or worthless thing before my eyes. I hate the work of those who turn aside and fall away - It will not take hold of me. A perverse heart will depart from me - I refuse to know those kind of people. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor I will silence and have nothing to do with. No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. My eyes will be on the faithful of the land and those who walk in a blameless way will be a minister to me. He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house and he who speaks falsehood will not maintain his position before me. I am an enemy of evil doers and I will put them out of the house and city of God." - Psalm 101

Are You Reading?

    Christians have the privilege and the responsibility to read the Bible, the Word of God. “Why should I read it?,” You may ask. Because it is alive and full of power to change your life eternally.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

God spoke to men who recorded His words which are alive and powerful so that you could hear what He has to say about the issues of life. The Word of God carries the power to give Divine knowledge that change your life (2 Peter 1:21).

    According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

    God spoke to Noah (Gen. 8:15) and his sons (Gen. 9:8). God spoke to Jacob (Gen. 31:11; 35:15; 46:2) and Moses (Exo. 6:2). He spoke volumes of words (Exo. 20:1) in Horeb (Deut. 1:6) and at other times to guide His people.
    Not one thing that God spoke has failed to come to pass (Josh. 23:14). Our God is a living God and a God of the living (Mk. 12:26).
    The Son of God, Jesus, is raised from the dead, eternally alive and praying for you and me.
    But God raised him from the dead: Acts 13:30 (KJV)

. . . It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Romans 8:34 (KJV)    

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephes. 2:20 (KJV)
. . . upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (KJV)


What Are You Reading?

    It is a good thing if you are reading this article but this article only holds a glimpse of the Word of Life. It contains portions of the Word of Life but it is not the Word of Life, the Word of God, the Bible.
    This article is only written to stimulate your interest in the things of God and the Word of God, without which, you will never develop into a strong victorious Christian.
    Without you reading the Word of God for yourself, in addition to hearing the preaching of the Word, by which faith comes, you will not have the ingrafted word that will save your soul.

. . . faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (KJV)
. . . receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21 (KJV)

    You will never have victory over the sin that so easily clings to you without being a student of the word that has learned to handle it properly.

. . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 (KJV)

    Beloved, the difference between someone who lives a victorious, blessed by God, life and someone who is continually falling in defeat and depression is that of reading the Bible. The Christian that can say,
    “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psa. 119:11 KJV), is the Christian that is walking in the Kingdom blessing of the prosperity and health of God (3 Joh. 1:2):

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17 (KJV)

Spiritual Maturity  . . .

 The depth of a person’s spiritual maturity is revealed by his greatest desire. In John 21:15-19, we can see that a mature person desires to be a parent, and only a mature believer desires to be a spiritual parent.
 What are your spiritual desires? Do you desire to care for Christ’s flock? Are you self-focused in your faith or are you other-focused.
 The other-focused individual has “nailed” themselves to the Cross of Christ in order to possess the heart of Christ and grow to spiritual maturity.
 The spiritually mature person is a person that is moved with compassion. Matthew 9:35-38 gives us a picture of compassion towards the crowd. Here we can look into the mirror of God’s word and see how we see the crowd. Are they a nuisance, an inconvenience, or an opportunity to show the love of God.
 God wants to clarify and redirect our view of the crowd so that you and I will see and feel what He does.
 You will never be great in God until God is great in you! John the Baptist said, “He must increase, and I must decrease” (John 3:30).
 There is simply no way that you or I can say that we are spiritual people until we are willing to die to ourselves. We will only become great in God to the degree that we become less in ourselves.
 The daily challenge of every Christian is that he will somehow put to death some part of himself that has retained “life in the flesh.”
 This is how an individual Christian can come to “walk in the spirit” and achieve the greatness that God in Christ has provided for him.
 There is no short cut.

Grill the Will . . .

 As we have been studying the “Tabernacle Prayer,” developed by David Yonggi Cho, we learned that after we have entered the gate with thanksgiving and His court with praise, that we first come to the Brazen (Brass) Altar.
 We have come to understand that brass is a symbol of judgement and that here, at the Brazen Altar, we grill our will over it’s fire. This Altar is a type of the Cross of Christ and we Christians offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. Where, before, a substitutionary animal bled, died and was sacrificed, now it is the grilling of our willingness to accept the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son and the blood He shed once for all. It is here that repentance for sin is brought, forgiveness sought, and pardon bought.
 After seeking, finding, and receiving, forgiveness by the blood of Christ, we move to the next station in the tabernacle; that of the Laver where we can see “as in a glass,” or mirror:
     And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18 (Amp)
 Here, washed in the water of the word (Eph. 5:26) we become like Jesus. As He was moved with compassion, so we are moved with compassion. As he gave His life and served others, we give our life and serve others. As He walked in the Spirit, so we walk after the Spirit.   As He is so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17).

Superfluous  . . .

  Jesus came that you and I might have life, and more than that, a superfluous life.

John 10:10 (Amp)
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). 
  The Greek word perissos (Strong's 4053), which is translated abundance [abundantly in the KJV] is full of powerful promise. It tells us that Jesus came to give us life (zoe = God life) excessively beyond our human understanding of life. A life that is more "superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality)" than anything we could experience in the natural realm of human existence without the indwelling presence of Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing.
  Scripture teaches us that this life is exceeding abundantly above what we could know naturally and that it is, in fact, superfluous.
  For something to be superfluous, it must be such that it cannot be added to because there is already more than enough. There is just too much to even consider wanting more.
  Our God is not enough; He is more than enough. So much so that the true believer is unwilling to accept any attempt by anything, or anyone, to add on to Him (As though one could). As the song says, "He's all I need, He's all I need. Jesus is all I need."
  Faith is the only thing that can sound the depths of this place of provision, power, and peace. For faith, and faith alone, can lay hold of what is not seen and enjoy the substance of its reality before it is revealed to the senses:
Hebrews 11:1 (Amp)
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
Zoe . . .

  Zoe, What and interesting word. It speaks of the eternal life that lights men:

John 1:1 5 (KJV)
   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. . . .
  In this one Divine Person, Jesus the Christ, God revealed eternal life to humanity. In fact, He revealed His Eternal Person [nature] to all who accept the Son of God:
1 John 5:20 (KJV)
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
  Satan will do anything to steal the revelation of a  superfluous life; kill our desire to press toward the mark of the high calling which will lead us to the superabundant, far over and above, and destroy every remembrance of the omnipotence and all-sufficiency of our God.
Ephes. 3:20 (Amp)
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]
  Our inheritance is the superfluous life that was purchased by Jesus the Anointed One on Calvary's Tree. "eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) . . ."  (1 Cor. 2:9 Amp).

The Search for Significance . . .

 I want to share with you, a teaching that I received from Larry Stockstill of the Bethany World Prayer Center.
 Every person born into this world winds up searching for significance and wondering what the real purpose of life really is.
 Unfortunately, many people get caught up in nothing more than surviving. They think that their highest goal in life is that of making it through the day. A person with this mind set is unable to see beyond to a greater reason for existence.
 Others get caught up in striving to be successful. They have moved past just surviving to living to be a success. Their success may be defined as having lots of money, accumulating a great many possessions, finding a husband or wife, etc. The problem is that, if you are living to be successful, it will not bring ultimate fulfillment because it is basically self-centered.
 The highest level of living is only found when you know that you are not on the earth to survive, nor are you here to succeed. Life, life more abundantly, is only found when you realize that there is a purpose to your life and that purpose causes you to commit to making your life count for eternal purposes.
 In order for you to come to your destined place of significance you must come to realize that, “It’s not about you!” at all. Despite popular opinion, life is not centered on you, your wants, and your goals. The beginning and end of all things is God! He is the one who calls the shots, and He is the one that life centers on.
 You must come to realize that, contrary to those who perpetrate the theory of evolution, you are not an accident. In fact, the circumstances of your birth are irrelevant. God knew from the beginning of time that you would exist, and He has loved you from before you were even born. He has a plan for your life and a destiny for you to fulfill.

What on Earth are You here for?

 Something is driving everyone’s life. You are motivated by something. Whether you realize it or not, you are living according to some basic assumption. You might be living for money, for your children, for your job, or for God. Many things can be your driving force in life.
 But, this life is not all there is. This earthly life is but a brief moment in time. It is not your true home. You were made to enjoy eternity in heaven with your Father.
 This life is a test and a trust. God has entrusted you with the preciousness of this earthly life. All that you are and all that you have come from Him. You will answer to Him for what you do with the gifts that He has given you. God continually tests your heart to see how you will respond and to build character in you. Nothing that happens to you is insignificant, because God is using this life to test and shape you.
 Life is a temporary assignment. If you understand that your earthly life is but a prelude to the life to come, you will live with an eternal perspective rather than an earthly perspective. If you live with an eternal perspective you will evaluate everything you do in light of it’s eternal value.
 You will come to realize that it’s all for Him. Your sole purpose for existing is simply to bring glory to God. There is no other true purpose for life. He is the reason for everything, and only when you focus your life on Him and His eternal purposes will you find your purpose for life.
 How can you bring Him glory? There are several ways that are pleasing to Him. Worship Him. This, after all, is your ultimate purpose in life. Love other believers. You will not find your purpose in isolation because you are called to connect yourself with others. Become like Christ. God desires to shape your character to be like that of His Son. Serve others with your gifts and, last but not least, tell others about Him. This is your life’s mission.

Satan, Get Lost!

by Florence Shaw
Satan, You are wasting your time on me.
I want you to know Jesus set me free.
Whom He sets free is free indeed
I want you to know He’s all I need.
Satan, You try to fill my heart with fear.
I want you to know you’re not welcome here.
I will no longer listen to the lies you sow.
I gave my life to Jesus many years ago.
Oft times I get discouraged and I’d start to cry.
That’s why you again decided to give it a try.
There was a slight chance you might win.
Listening to you is truly a sin.
I’ll say it again loud and clear.
Get your deceiving spirit out of here.
I’m sold out to Jesus - told you that before.
I’m warning you, stay away from my door.
I am on to your many lies.
Count this a failure for your many tries.
I ask myself why did I ever listen to you?
I am on to your conniving ways - Stay away from me!
I’m following Jesus of Galilee.
Things are different than they were before.
I’ve put you out Satan and I’ve shut the door.
I’ve got your number - don’t mess with me.
For you’ll be sorry as sorry can be.
A lesson learned is a thing to treasure.
To sing your praise Lord is always a pleasure.
For things to improve God let me know.
No “if’s” or “may be’s” - Satan had to go!
So I’m putting my foot down and at His command.
I’ve put on God’s armor - and I’ll take a stand.
The good news I proclaim.
Bringing love and honor to His blessed name.
I feel more confident this time.
Listening to Satan was a terrible crime.
Lord it was nice spending time with you.
It’s now time for me to follow through.
The victory is ours - it can be won.
As long as we keep Satan on the run.
Thank you Lord for letting me know.
Satan was the problem and he had to go.

The Word Works!

He is Jehovah-shalom of Judges 6:24, Who is my cure, wholeness, and peace. He is Jehovah El Elyon of Psalm 83:18, Who is the Most High God Who is over all the earth. He is Jehovah-Sabaoth,, the Lord of armies. He is El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One and the great I Am, that I Am. He is with me!

How then can I fear? My rendition of Psalm 23:4 reads this way: “Yes, though I walk through the apparently inescapable valley of calamity even the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of, nor will I dread any adversity,
affliction, calamity, distress or grievous situation or circumstance sent by the evil one: for Thou, the LORD, are always with me; Your rod [Branch, scepter, tribe], as is Your staff [support and sustenance], they comfort [ease] me.”

Whether we are on the mountain top or we are in the valley; God is the same. He changes not. What we must learn to do is speak mountain top words. Speak to the things that are not as though they were. Dead dreams, slaughtered hopes, devastated plans, all will come alive if our words are words we received and spoke on the mountain tops.

The dream of God seemed hopelessly lost. But, take a look at what God had Ezekiel do: “ And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy ...
hear the word of the Lord. ... ye shall know that I am the Lord ... I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise ... Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say ... So I prophesied as he commanded me ...” Eze. 37:3-10 

Speak, Prophesy, Say and see the valleys :

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; Luke 3:5 (KJV)

Seen, or Unseen ...

      1 Kings 18:41 (KJV)  And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

After a long drought there was proclaimed in the ear of the prophet of God that there was an abundance of rain. He couldn’t see it, but he could hear the proclamation that it was coming in abundance. The Hebrew word for sound is proclamation or thundering declaration. In this day and age, too many Christians want to see something before they will believe it. The Lord teaches us that we must believe it before we see it:

      Mark 11:24 (KJV)  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye  receive them, and ye shall have them.

First, we believe, then we receive (have). In fact, we are taught by our Savior to say what we believe before we receive, because the word spoken gives release to the thing believed for.

     Mark 11:23 (KJV)  For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. It is what is held as truth in the heart that will come out of our mouths and what is held in the heart will draw to itself for evil or good, curse or blessing:

     Matthew 12:34 (KJV)... out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
     Luke 6:45 (KJV)  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

We bring forth, give birth to, in our lives, the treasure that is in our hearts and spoken with our mouths.

Rain Cometh ...

    1 Kings 18:44-45 (KJV)  And it came to pass ... Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. ... And it came to pass ..., that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain...

The unseen must be looked for with the expectation of a man who has heard the proclamation of God, and although it may only begin as a small cloud the size of a man’s hand, the declaration of God must be held sure enough to act upon. Don’t settle for a small cloud or a drizzle instead of a downpour.

   2 Kings 3:14-17 (KJV)  And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, ... Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

We must do what we would do if we really believed that what we heard proclaimed was speedily coming to pass. Action is the result of mature faith. “Make this valley full of ditches” was the requirement to have them  filled with the provision of God.

The normal evidence of the provision (wind and rain, or  whatever you or I might be looking for) will not always be seen, but He Who is the Provision will cause the provision to appear in the place, and at the time, promised.

    Hebrews 10:23 (KJV)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) We must ever remind ourselves that our faithful God watches over His Word until He brings it to pass:

   Jeremiah 1:12 (KJV)  Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten [be alert, sleepless, on the lookout, ever watching] my word to perform it.

Stay inThe Spirit

   Galatians 3:1-7  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of  faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.Hetherefore that ministereth to you the Spirit,and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearingof faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

You started in the Spirit - Walk in the Spirit - Finish in the Spirit.

  Faith came by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. This was, and is, a work of the Spirit of Grace. You cannot add a thing to it. Just respond in faith with simple obedience. Remember, Love is spelled Obey.

Any attempt to add your fleshtoyour life in the spirit will only bring death to the thing added to.
  John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak  unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Let the Spirit quicken you! Walk after the Spirit.

We Have the Treasure

  2 Cor. 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Having received Christ Jesus as Lord and  Savior, we now have all the treasure of God within. His wisdom, knowledge, understanding; the mind of Christ (the mind of the Anointed One and His Anointing); available just by asking (and listening).
   James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
[1 Corinthians 1:30]

Why bother trying to live life without letting the Spirit of God help us walk in the perfect plan and purpose of God? What ever we do according to His will is empowered by the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. When we lean upon Him our life is filled with power, resurrection power, and fear has no place in anything we do. [Romans 8:10-16; 2 Timothy 1:7]

Walking in the Spirit is walking in the power of  the love of God. Walking in the love of God is walking in the treasure realm where you cannot fail; because love never fails! Walking in the realm of the Spirit will not allow the flesh to satisfy itself and therefore sin has no place to work. [Galatians 5:16]

The result of the Spirit filled, Spirit led life is to draw upon all the treasure laid up in store for you since the foundation of the world.
[Matthew 13:35; 25:34]

Live in the fullness of your inheritance kept secret and hidden from the foundation of the world until it could be revealed in you now.

Live in the fulness of your inheritance kept secret and hidden from the foundation of the world until it could be revealed in you now.
 
 
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