Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

TheWritStuff.com How to Be a Christian Richard Writ
TheWritStuff.comHow to Be a Christian Richard Writ

Above and Beyond the call of Duty
Always remember justice-being fair and being and doing good-and always factoring in being willing to harm yourself for the good of others. Even if what the other person or persons want is not especially good. Be willing to do it even if it harms you. Have mercy on those who harm you. Have faith in Jesus and in people-fearlessly doing the work of Jesus.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith-Matthew 23-nkjv.
Of course I am not saying that if any stranger comes to your door do whatever he says. Remember-discretion is the better part of valor. And valor is what you are seeking. And what is valor? Valor is having the ability and using the ability to be a hero. And a hero is having knowledge and courage when facing difficulty and danger that demands action above and beyond the call of duty.
Do whatever is asked of you. But if someone asked you to kill yourself would you do this? Use reasonable discretion. That which is reasonable discretion in the eyes of Jesus.
So be a hero-and use discretion. Discretion is making free choices unconstrained by external forces-free to act and judge on your own. So be a hero with refined taste, with tact, knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress-for the other person: not for yourself.
For there is an internal force by which we make choices. This force is The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit: when you learn to communicate with Him. Understand what The Holy Spirit is telling you and telling you to do-The Holy Spirit will guide you into righteous choices.
So then-what is reasonable discretion? It is very simple-whatever will make you a hero. For if you are not a hero you are not Being Jesus and you are not doing your work for Jesus. So you are choosing that which will make you the best hero.
So then again-being a hero is what you do above and beyond the call of duty. What is above and beyond the call of duty? As an example-you go to work and provide for your family-this is good to do but counts for nothing-you have only done your duty. You have only done that which a non-Christian would do. You have only done that which a servant of satan would do. We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do-Luke 17-nkjv.
So to be profitable in the eyes of Jesus you must be a hero. So you go to work-provide for your family-and give an acceptable amount of your money to a true teaching ministry. Now that makes you a hero. It is above and beyond the call of duty. It is what a non-Christian would not do.
So what is loving, caring, and being a hero. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2-nkjv. Do not deceive yourself into think that you can overemphasize certain things Jesus taught-while under emphasizing or ignoring other things Jesus taught.
So again, what is loving, caring, and being a hero. I knew a woman who was incapable of caring about anyone else but herself. She was incapable of feeling guilt or remorse. And although she genuinely cared about no one-if you had a problem she would break her back for you. She would give you her last money. She would do absolutely anything for you. For although she was full of selfishness, she was also full of love. She was making Christians look as though they care not at all for anyone. So therefore love without action is meaningless. Caring without action is meaningless.
There was a man that lived in a neighborhood. He cared for no one. Nobody liked him or wanted him. A house caught on fire with a family trapped inside. Those they love and who love them were outside watching the blaze and crying in sorrow for the family. But no one lifted a finger to help. The man who cared for no one, and was so greatly disapproved of, rushed in, and rescued the family. Love, caring and faith without action, works, fruit is dead.
But make certain that your decisions are not based on selfishness-what you want-what you desire. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. 1 Corinthians 10-nkjv.
You must Be Jesus which means doing what Jesus did, being like Jesus, talking like Jesus, acting like Jesus. Which means sacrificing yourself for the good or pleasure of others. Did I say pleasure? Yes-indeed. Sometimes being helpful means simply doing what pleases another. Someone asks you to do something and you do not see what is helpful or good about it-it may even have the appearance of evil-but The Holy Spirit may guide you to do it just the same. For as Jesus said-Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment-John 7-nkjv
And at the same time-if you find that you were used to do something evil or have been abused in someone doing evil to you: forgive the person for harming you or abusing you. Jesus said:But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you-Matthew 5-nkjv.
Jesus said:To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He(God) is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6-nkjv.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good-Romans 12-nkjv.
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away-Matthew 5-nkjv.
Now in all practicality there are limits to your faith and obedience to the commands of Jesus. If someone asks for your jacket you might give it to them-but if someone asks for your car or house your faith and obedience to Jesus may not be that strong. But once again discretion is the better part of being a hero. Giving your car, house or jacket to someone may not make you a hero or be what Jesus wants you to do at all. Knowing what is most helpful and what is not is what you need to learn.
For it is a good thing to want and know New Testament verses. New Testament verses are most good for learning. But remember that the New Testament must be understood as a whole. Individual verses will not give a complete picture of the meaning and likely would be misunderstood. So in addition to individual verses learn to understand exactly what Christianity really is-Understanding the whole of the New Testament and walking in The Holy Spirit-then you will truly understand the meaning of individual verses.
For walking in The Holy Spirit is not a matter of jumping every time someone calls but is a matter of doing what is helpful. Making you decisions while listening to The Holy Spirit. Seeking what is most helpful for others and not for yourself.
If someone broke into your home you might harm that person or call the police on them to protect yourself or family. What else might you do? You might have the faith to call angels to defend you and your family. You might not have such faith. In any case do what is the most helpful.
But faith is a matter of these 5 things: 1�do you know that God can do it? 2-do you know that God will do it? 3-do you really-truly know that you want God to do it? 4-have you done all which is your part to do to make it happen? 5-do you now know that God will do it? Not by positive thinking or delusion but because God has told you Himself through The Holy Spirit-if indeed The Holy Spirit is inside of you and you Walk In The Holy Spirit.
Look at the word believe-what does it mean? People casually use this word-like I believe in Jesus-but even the devil believes in Jesus. So obviously when the word believe is used in the New Testament it is talking about doing something greater than just believing that Jesus exists, existed, or belief in the general idea of His teachings or that Jesus was a good man or a prophet. You believe that there is a president-but that does not mean that you will obey the president or seek his commands. Or that you have faith in the president or trust him.
In the New Testament the word believe means all this and more: have faith in-trust in-seek the commands of-obey the commands of and acknowledge the current existence of: not just historical. To have faith in means following-obeying-imitating-trusting.
Successful faith comes from knowing that something you have not seen is there-perhaps even with no evidence at all. Knowing that something that has not happened will happen-perhaps with no evidence to back the belief up. You just know. Knowing is a confidence that comes over you so that you know as a fact that God will do it, is doing it, or has done it. Knowing involves a peace of mind if what has, is, or will happen is good and exciting-and Knowing a horror if what has, is, or will happen is evil.
You know it as a fact as if it had already happened. You already know it as a fact when you should not. You already know it as a fact at a time when people say you cannot. They say you cannot because they do not believe in The Holy Spirit. You know it because your faith is functioning properly: 1�you know that God can do it. 2-you know that God will do it. 3-you really-truly know that you want God to do it. 4-you must do all which is your part to do to make it happen. 5-you now know God will do it through The Holy Spirit inside of you. And after all five are done-now you know that it will happen. Such confidence is of enormous value. You know it.
But can you win? You can win. Remember all 5 of these things must be in tune so that you know that God is going to do it or is doing it or has done it. By knowing I do not mean psyching yourself up-trying to convince your-self or positive thinking. By knowing I mean The Holy Spirit inside of you is telling you it is a fact and then there is none to little doubt-because you know. In fact you know it so well that anyone who thinks differently will look like a silly child in regard to this issue. And why such supreme confidence? It is because you know it so well that it is as if you yourself have the power and control to make it happen. And who doubts when you have the power and control to make it happen? The only doubt would be whether or not you do it or will choose to make it happen.
But people will ridicule for saying you know-they will look at you as a fool. Think about touching the top of your head. You tell the people around you that your touching the top of your head is going to happen. They all laugh at you saying that you could not possibly know that. How would you feel? You would know for sure that you can make it happen and it will happen but everyone doubts you to the point of mocking you. How would you feel? You would smugly know that they are ignorant to think that you will not or cannot touch the top of your head. This is how powerful knowing what God is going to do is.
Or you tell people that you are going to the store-but you have no car and no one there will bring you and it is too far to walk. So therefore they ridicule you. But you know something that they do not-that someone is coming to pick you up to bring you. You will think to yourself-silly children-you do not see that there are other ways to make this happen.
You know they are silly because you know for a fact that you have the power and control to do it if you want to. And if it will take the power and control of God to make it happen you know it will happen because God told you that He will make it happen. For who can stop God if He has decided to do it? What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8-nkjv. Meaning that satan can be against you, people can be against you, but they cannot stop you in what God has decided to do. And remember it is also true that if God is against us, who can be for us? Oh yes, satan can be for you, people can be for you, but all you will accomplish is evil, misery and hell.
So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you-Luke 17-nkjv. So then you would throw the tree into the sea as if you yourself had the power and control over the tree in order to do it magically. So if you know that is what you want and God will do it, and God can do it, then you know it will be done. And it will happen, for God will do it-and you knew it before there was any hope or possibility of it happening.
But as I said: do not psych yourself up or positive thinking. The only reason you know it will happen is because God himself told you it will happen-you just know. Through The Holy Spirit inside of you God has told you. So then you have assurance and confidence. If a trusted friend or parent tells you they will do something you are certain they will-though they may not. But if God tells you He is the almighty power of the universe-so unlike a trusted friend-God cannot be stopped from doing it.
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He(Jesus) was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He(Jesus) came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive-Matthew 21-nkjv.
It is as if the power and control came from you yourself. And it does-if God is in you. And god is in you if you share your body and spirit with The Holy Spirit so that the 2 of you are one. And if you are one with God your are then doing it because you are part of God.
And what is prayer? Prayer is a constant communication with God. Prayer is God being with you 24 hours a day-ALL the time, constantly with you-and you and God talking to each other continually every moment of the day. pray without ceasing-1 Thessalonians 5-nkjv. And-in addition-there is also fervent prayer-this is when you get on your knees before God-who is right beside you-and beg God to do something which God appears to not want to do. And He(Jesus) said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’ I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him-Luke 11-nkjv. So then if God has not done what you wish, do not assume that God will not do it. The difference is in knowing that God will indeed do this for you-against all odds-against the opinion and desires of all.
Nearly every single Christian-no matter how much they believe they are or talk about being a Born Again Christian-when the rubber hits the road they do not really believe God even exists-except as a symbolic being-as if God were a mere fantasy. Where is their faith? They do not truly believe that God can or will do miracles: do things for them on a constant basis or even once. When you show genuine faith-when you actually expect God to do something-everyone ridicules you-even Christians. All you hear from them is that God would not do that-or cannot do that-they are trying to tell God what to do-which is nothing. Yes-you ASK-SEEK-KNOCK. You must believe God will do it, then do the works which God has assigned you to do-which is part of God doing what you asked. YES-you do your part-what you know to do-then God will take care of the rest. And what God has for you to do is no small thing, it will be an integral part of God doing it for you.
And when God does do it, the reason you do not believe that God did it is because you do not believe that God would do that. You don�t really believe that God would do anything. Do you really believe that God would do anything for you-that God will do everything for you? You think that all God is good for is bringing you to heaven after you die and therefore God is dead to you and your salvation is nullified-worthless-meaningless. Or do you think God is just a dead bible full of rules? That you should live properly according to the rules? Be a model citizen? You don�t believe in Jesus at all!!!!! To you Jesus died for nothing. You see Jesus as having no miracles for you, your life and your mission for Jesus. You see it as being all or mostly up to you and others-not up to you and mostly God. You see Christianity as people fighting alone. As if Jesus was just a part of the american way. But the american way is not Gods way.
Are you a Christian or an american? Wake up and smell the urine!!!!! You have a serious problem in your faith-as in you have no faith at all. Faith as a mustard seed moves mountains. Come on people-you need to live with Jesus,-you need to Walk In The Holy Spirit,-you need to live through God. Live through God as if you were inside of God now. Gods power is your power to move things-do things, change peoples thoughts and actions-change the course of history. Nothing-no thing will be impossible for you girly man!!!!! Then the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why could we not? So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you-Matthew 17-nkjv. Have you not read and understood the writings about Jesus at all? The gospels?
Are you going to relax and enjoy life? Relaxing is a good thing. It is good to do this often. Jesus relaxed. But it is essential that you spend nearly all your time Fighting to Be Jesus, Doing The Work of Jesus. You must go after it. You must be a go getter. You cannot win if you do not play. You must play to win. So Come Out and Play.
Nothing will be impossible for you. Look at those words: nothing, impossible, you. You know who you are-this means you-if indeed you are Walking in The Holy Spirit, being Jesus, and doing the work of Jesus. What does impossible mean? Impossible means it cannot be done or will not be done. And nothing means no thing-nothing at all will be impossible.
And do something completely-totally-absolutely unacceptable to almost all people: actually expect God to do it-actually expect God to come through for you. Bet your life on it-stick your neck out so that if God does not do a miracle for you then you will fail or lose or be destroyed. Christians are always talking about how they believe in Jesus-how they have faith-but when the rubber hits the road suddenly they have the faith of an atheist. They do not really believe God will do anything. These Christians-which are almost all Christians-are all bark and no bite: They are clouds without water(rain), carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead-Jude 1-nkjv.
Will God always then come through for you? No. God will not. WATCH YOURSELF!!!!! You may not be doing or have done all which is your part to do. And/or you may not really-truly want it done. And/or you may not really-truly believe God will or can do it. Ask yourself: has God told you that He is going to do it? Do you know God is doing it-going to do it? And do not forget providence. Do not forget that God is in control of all-everything that happens. God may not do it for there is something more important which must happen-and also must happen to you. It may be painful-it may be very, very painful. It may be short-it may be long. It may be very long. It may be years. It may be excruciating to the point where you cannot take it anymore. But remember: you are either the slave of God-or the slave of satan-you ARE one or the other or trying to be both. he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men(which is being the slave of satan)-1 Corinthians 7-nkjv.
God will do with you as He wants. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! Who has resisted His will? But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay-Romans 9-nkjv. But God knows what God is doing-you may know-you may not know. You only know what God chooses to tell you in order to accomplish Gods will and your will. God talks to you on a need to know basis.
And your will is important to God-do not forget this. Trust in the Lord, and do good; feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him-Psalms 37-nkjv. If you are Walking in The Holy Spirit, being Jesus, and doing the work of Jesus then your will is Gods will and Gods will is your will. You and God are one together, with the goal of being one together in perfection. The two of you are a team, and you are one. Just as Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit are all separate individuals, and yet are making up one person, one entity, one team-perfect in filling each others desires. And such is how a team of people should be-in the work of Jesus and in other things such as marriage. Jesus said: �I and My Father are one.� Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘? He called them gods, to whom the word of God came-John 10-nkjv. So then If you are Walking in The Holy Spirit, being Jesus, and doing the work of Jesus you then are also God-being one with Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit and other Christians who are Walking in The Holy Spirit, being Jesus, and doing the work of Jesus.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you(not following rules as in the now dead religion of Judaism but doing good and not doing evil by Walking in The Holy Spirit, being Jesus, and doing the work of Jesus). No longer do I (Jesus) call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you-John 15-nkjv. So regard yourself as both a slave of God and as an intensely close personal friend of Jesus.
But remember: it takes faith to use that-all five faith principles must be working together. 1-you know for a fact that God can do it. 2-you know for a fact that God will do it. 3-you absolutely want God to do it-you truly want it to be done. 4-you must do all which is your part to do to make it happen. 5-God has now told you that it will happen. But what if the first two are a fact but you only thought you wanted God to do it but you really weren�t sure enough you wanted it? Then it will not happen unless it is something God will do against your will-despite yourself and your desires-but don�t count on that.
So search yourself. If deep down inside you really don�t want God to do it or you are really not sure you want God to do it then God probably won�t do it. To be certain it will happen then there must be a complete confident knowing in all 5 faith principles and then God will do it. But if all 5 areas are not working together in harmony then your faith in God doing it has been compromised-your faith is not great enough.
And how is it that it will not happen? You did not know God will do it-instead you hoped God will do it. And hope is usually not good enough. Instead you must know because God Himself told you personally that He will do it. Hoping means that God did not personally tell you that He will do it. Instead you just simply hoped that God will do it.
If you are dying of thirst the difference is then in hoping that it will rain tomorrow and knowing that it will rain tomorrow. Remember that hope is a good thing and has it�s position-but hope is like a wishing well or rolling the dice-or playing the lottery. The odds of hope succeeding are far, far, far, far, far less than knowing because God personally told you that He will do it.
If you seek to be married which would you prefer to do? Hope that the right man or woman comes along or would you rather know that the right man or woman is coming along? Would you rather hope it will be soon or know that it will be soon? If you are in a lifeboat would you rather hope you will be rescued or know you will be rescued?
Look at it from Gods viewpoint. This person hopes-thinks there is a chance-that God will do it. Or this person knows that there is no chance that God will not do it. Which is the greater faith? Or your child is at school. Does your child hope-think there is a chance that you will come get them and bring them home so therefore the child is very worried? Or does your child know for a fact that you will come and get them and bring them home so they are therefore not worried about it at all. Which child has the greater faith? So then-you can hope that it will happen or you can know whether or not it is going to happen.
Of course it takes faith to make it happen and to know it is going to happen. How much faith? Enough faith for this particular thing to happen. While at the same time you may not have enough faith to make something else happen or for anything else to happen.
And so I have spoken of the faith wreck which occurs if you have doubts about truly wanting something. What if you have doubts about God truly wanting something? Then your faith is wrecked again. So you must-without rationalizing, positive thinking, or psyching yourself up-know that God wants it and that you want it. God just simply told you. People say-how do you know what God wants? Or that a person cannot know what God wants. Do you not have The Holy Spirit inside of you so that the two of you are one? If you are one how can you not know what part of you wants?
If you leave your home today with only one shoe on-part of you-the foot that has no shoe-is telling you what it wants-a shoe. You do not have to doubt or guess what part of you wants-that you know and can know all too well. To you who do not have The Holy Spirit you laugh and say this is impossible. And that anyone who says that they can communicate with God is delusional, living in a fantasy world, or just plain lying.
Well of course you think that-you do not have The Holy Spirit living inside of you. But you have arrogant pride-which is evil-in thinking that since it has not happened to you or your friends, family, acquaintances, and since you have seen no scientific proof, you then say it cannot happen. It is amazing that you and the world believe that you know all and have the wisdom to see all. That if something has not been proven(which means generally accepted, for you cannot prove anything) then it is a lie and does not exist.
Such arrogance will damn you. Do you really think there is no great thing for you and the world to learn? I say to you that you are dead already though you breath. You are completely failing to be good and to please God for you are closed minded. You are ruled by your pride and the pride of the world and you are damning yourself.
As Jesus said He who has ears to hear, let him hear-Matthew 11-nkjv. You can only have ears to hear through the influence of The Holy Spirit, and you can only have The Holy Spirit if you truly seek to be a truly good person. And only through the influence of The Holy Spirit in your heart and mind is there a chance you will be saved. And there is only a chance if you want a chance. And you can only want a chance if you know you need a chance.
So then you can know what God is going to do through God Himself if God is inside of you and you are inside of God. Because God being inside of you and you inside of God-God can tell you because you are part of Him. And you can know what God wants you to do and what God is going to do because God told you so. And you can know that God is not going to do something and that God does not want you to do something.
So then if you know what God is going to do and what God wants you to do-what should you then do? Take action of course. Perhaps you know something is there-but you do not know where. Well then you must look for it. One does not look for something that they know is not there. But you look for something you so know is there.
When they hid the eggs did you not look for them knowing that they are there? You trusted that you were not deceived about their hidden existence. That is how it is with having been told by God there is something there. You may not know exactly precisely where it is or what is there but you know in general because God told you and now you must search for it and you will know it is what you are looking for when you find it.
And most likely there is work and preparations to make concerning what God has told you is coming and you are looking for. All you have to do is do what God has told you to do. Perhaps you will have to stick you neck out-even way out. Perhaps exposing yourself to pain-even misery-is necessary. You might even have to put all your eggs in one basket. You might even fail. But you will have to work-work hard. It will be-if perhaps only eventually-it will be wonderful.
Often while you work on-seek something you must also take time to work on-seek-other things. Sometimes single mindedness is good-but most often it will be multi-tasking. But you must do what is necessary according to what God has told you that you must do. For there are things which you must do in accordance with what is going to happen-for you know it will happen or is happening.
Why did Noah build the ark? Was it common knowledge that God was going to flood the world to destroy it? No-they laughed at him, scorned him, and ridiculed him. So why then did Noah build the ark? Was he guessing about the flood? Or did Noah just hope that God would flood the world-destroy all-and then he would not look like a fool for building the ark far from water?
No to all. Noah built the ark because God told Noah personally that He would flood the world and destroy all. And after Noah knew that God himself had told him this then Noah then believed God and knew-had faith that it would happen and then took action and built the ark and have his family and the animals inside. Yes-he had work to do which proves his faith. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2-nkjv.
So therefore Noah knew it would flood. And Noah knew what actions he must take and took those actions. He knew all this because God told him personally. Noah did not have to guess, he did not have to hope. Noah was told. Noah knew it for a fact just as if he himself had all the power and control to do it by his own magic.
The people around you should trust that you hear from God but they probably will not. The idea that God can talk to you and not to them is completely unacceptable. No one wants to know that you can do this. It is very disturbing to them. So they have to know that you cannot hear from God and or talk to God or their world will be turned upside down.
So then God will tell you what will happen and what will not happen. But perhaps God is telling you what will happen, but will not happen, unless you do this and do this and do that. Or perhaps God is telling you what will not happen, but will happen unless you do this and do this and do that. So when God tells you something that is of the present or future-do the work you must do for it to happen or to prevent it from happening. For EVIL THINGS DO HAPPEN WHEN YOU DO NOT DO YOUR WORK!!!!! Do not ever think to yourself that you have prayed and that is all you need do-or God has told you what will happen and therefore you need do little or nothing. By being so lazy you will destroy the work of God and you will prevent the good from happening or allow the evil to happen. If God tells you what will happen or is happening then find out what you must do and then do it and with proper timing. Find out through God, people, and thinking what it is you must do.
Of course there are many things God will do despite you or regardless of you. But to depend on this is to try and take advantage of God, it is to say you can do whatever you want-God will take care of it without you-despite what you do. For you are one with God-you two are a team. You and God do things together. God is not your boy friday-your slave. Do you want it to happen? Then you and God must be working on it together. Remember: you and God are one. As Jesus said: �I and My Father are one�. The Jews took up stones to stone Him(Jesus) saying, �we(the Jews) stone You(Jesus), for blasphemy, because You(Jesus), being a Man, make Yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘? He called them gods, to whom the word of God came-John 10-nkjv. So then: if you are Being Jesus-Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking In The Holy Spirit-then you and God are then one.
So do not look at God as separate from you-working on His own projects from you or for you. To do so puts God to the test-to do so you try to make a mockery of God-trying to make God look like a fool. And God is not your fool or a fool for you. You shall not tempt(test) the Lord your God-Matthew 4-nkjv. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith-Galatians 6-nkjv.
So then first you must have The Holy Spirit living inside of you. Second God must tell you something. Third you must determine whether or not it is you yourself telling yourself something or just some human. If it is not you or just some human then who is it? So then next you must determine if it is satan talking to you.
So then how do you determine if it is satan talking to you, you talking to you, others talking to you, or God talking to you? The main thing here is to learn so you will know the difference between good and evil. It is satan constantly trying to manipulate you to do evil, and God constantly trying to manipulate you to do good. You will know the difference if you know good and evil. If you put out of your mind what people teach to be good and evil-the rules-for people say there is no good or evil-that there is only what you like and don�t like-what you approve of and don�t approve of-making right and wrong a matter of vote-a popularity contest-or a personal opinion.
Jesus said: The sheep hear his(Jesus)voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he(Jesus)brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep(true Christians) follow him(Jesus), for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger(satan-and people who do not Walk In The Holy Spirit but then work for satan), but will flee from him(satan-and people who do not Walk In The Holy Spirit but then work for satan), for they do not know the voice of strangers(satan-and people who do not Walk In The Holy Spirit but then work for satan). I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand-John 10-nkjv.
And what God tells you through The Holy Spirit is always good, and what satan tells you always evil: Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh-James 3-nkjv. But to the untrained heart and mind it will seem exactly the opposite. Being untrained you will truly believe that satans voice is Gods voice, and that Gods voice is satans voice. Because to the untrained good always seems evil and evil always seems good. So then if you ask the opinion of people they will always give the advice to do the evil truly believing that it is the good-for they are untrained to be able to have a clue what they are talking about. And usually they have also evil in their hearts and are motivated by greed and personal wants and mans viewpoint of good and evil-which is satans viewpoint of good and evil. Always remember: satan truly believes that everything he does and has people to do for him is good. Satan truly believes that he is good and on the side of good-just like those who ignorantly do his will. And satan believes that God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, are on the side of evil. So dismiss the opinions of people: they are sincere but only see good as evil and evil as good-for they have been trained by people to think, believe and teach in this manner.
For greed is the way of people. Greed is whenever you are unwilling to hurt yourself in order to help, do good for, or meet the desires of another. Greed is having more than you need: and whatever you have is more than you need. But this does not mean to haphazardly give to all. Learn to give following the desires of The Holy Spirit.
And satan will also manipulate the minds, emotions and weaknesses of people to stop you-even to destroy you-if you are Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit. But if instead you work for satan then satan will manipulate your mind and the mind of others to help you feel good and to help you succeed. And satan will work his miracles. Yes-satan will do miracles to lead you into success and-or into a meaningless for God life. Yes-it will be wonderful-until the end. And at the end it will be horrible. It is painful beyond imagining to regret your life for all eternity. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already-John 3-nkjv. So not Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit will not condemn you-for you were condemned when you were born. Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit is just the only way to not be condemned to hell.
So then when God tells you what will happen so long as you do your part: how do you know what to do now? You will either know or have to figure out what to do so you will know with the help of The Holy Spirit. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit-John 3-nkjv. The Holy Spirit-like the wind-will guide you into the work you must do. If you are Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit then The Holy Spirit will be talking to you: putting thoughts, facts, and ideas in your head(knowledge) like learning what good and evil truly is, and learning The New Testament. And The Holy Spirit uses knowledge in conjunction with common sense, insight, understanding, sound thinking, prudent and sensible enlightenment through erudition (Profound knowledge) which is wisdom largely through experience of Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit.
And then you will be in a world of action. You will be in a state, a condition, free from damage or decay-though you may be damaged along they way. Your life will not be your own and will be your own both at the same time for you and God will be one together-working together-may it also be so with the people you are with. You and God will be working on things which are of deep importance to both you and God. It is exciting beyond words. You will be inside of joy. But always remember to shower the people you love with love-unless you want all to fall apart-but yes, you must put Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit ahead of yourself and your loved ones-so it might result in a horrible loss anyway-perhaps a terrible-horrific-catastrophic loss. But you must measure what you, others and your loved ones have to gain by what you all have to lose. Yes-it is gambling. You are a gambler-and the stakes are intensely high. It has been said: what the winner doesn�t know the gambler understands. But when you are Being Jesus, Doing the Work of Jesus, and Walking IN The Holy Spirit you can gamble-low to medium to high stakes-or intensely high stakes-and win. Though you may lose.
It most often takes proper timing to make sure you do what you must at the proper time. Anytime is not always the right time. Anytime is rarely the right time. The Holy Spirit will guide you as to timing. For God knows already everything. Of course this includes everything that will happen. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. The Helper(The Holy Spirit) will come to you; I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: the ruler of this world(satan) is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you-John 16-nkjv. So God knows when to do something and what to do. For God knows all that is happening, and will happen. God knows all that people think and will think. God knows all that people do and will do. So then therefore you have an all knowing, all powerful being working with you on what you are doing. God knows what to do and when to do it-just follow orders. God tells you through The Holy Spirit about the past, the present and the future-so if you want to know-God knows-and you will know-if God so pleases to tell you.
Do you always know? No. God does not always choose to tell you. Don�t be a girly man-deal with it! Why will God not tell you? God knows and you do not. It is Gods business-you are not God. Learn and understand-you are small-God is big. God owes you nothing-you owe God everything you can possibly give. Without God you could not possibly exist. God was kind enough to create you. Are you foolish enough to think that now that you have been created you are on your own? Now that you have been created you are on your own to do whatever you want? That God will not take care of you for all eternity? Yes-God can do to you and with you whatever God wants. Through you into hell if you divorce God or fail to marry God. Or through you into heaven as someone proficient at doing good.
When I say that God will tell you things personally what do I mean? Do you hear an audible voice? Do you see Jesus or an angel? Although it is certainly possible to hear an audible voice or to see Jesus or an angel I am not referring to any of this. What I�m talking about is why I use the word know-you just know.
If The Holy Spirit is inside of you then The Holy Spirit is also inside your head-your mind-so that you and The Holy Spirit are thinking along side each other inside the same mind. So it will be like your own thought-be like your own idea. But you will know that this knowledge did not come from you-your thoughts-your mind.
And you will know it is also not satans idea or a demons idea. You must learn to recognize Gods thoughts-Gods ideas that God put into your mind-told you. But make sure that it is not your own thought or idea that is in your head.
The thought or idea will come with the peace of God and grim confidence-you now have inside information. But make sure it is reality-not yourself, others, satan, demons, or schizophrenia. Make sure it is not you psyching yourself up or someone else psyching you up. It is not positive thinking.
Often God surprises you telling you something out of the blue that you have not thought of. But it also is often with forethought on your part-prayer-desire-need-from the depths of your heart. So often you know what is coming-you know what you are looking for from God. Or you know what you asked God for.
Hey-listen!-this can take practice-learning-working at it till you get it-until you learn to have God talk to you and know it is He. Working at it until you truly understand-comprehend. Like a fisherman that catches no fish-do not give up-get learning and practice and trying and tools till you understand-get it-then you catch fish. It is a sixth sense-a conversation with another dimension.
I�ve know many people who said they prayed to God for salvation-but nothing happened-so they gave up-deciding it was bogus-untrue or that God did not want them. Why did they give up? They did not want it badly enough and were not willing to destroy themselves and their lives to obtain it. Destroy their lives? Yes: Then He(Jesus) said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself(contradict your desires, contradict your life as separate from the work of Jesus), and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me(Jesus). FOR WHOEVER DESIRES TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE WILL SAVE IT. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me (Jesus) and My words, of him the Son of Man(Jesus) will be ashamed when He comes-Luke 9-nkjv. You must crucify yourself: For I through the law(rules and ten commandments) died to the law(rules and ten commandments) that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law(rules and ten commandments), then Christ died in vain-Galatians 2-nkjv.
You must be willing to humiliate yourself, humble yourself, embarrass yourself. You must be willing to look like a fool to all. What would stop you from doing this? Pride. And pride is the root of all evil. So your pride damns you to eternal torture. So stop being a girly man and be willing to look ridiculous.
You do not have a future without Jesus Christ. Having no future-which you may not have experienced-is a horror beyond what I can express. Whatever you are doing-it will end. Whatever you have-you will lose. You will end up having nothing and having nothing to do. And it will not be replaced by something and something to do. God wanted a man to do something for Him. The man did not want to do it. So the man asked God what would happen to him if he did not do it-and God said: nothing-absolutely nothing-EVER.
So then you must be tough to be saved. You must have the faith to continue on to salvation. So if you search for salvation or for God to do something else-keep working and learning it can indeed happen. And do not forget the power and might of God. If you know God is going to do it who can stop Him? It is a fool who tries to stop God. So then how could you then look for a greater confidence that it will be done?
But still you might fail. It might not be done. It might not happen. If so it is because God did not decide to do it-and why would God decide not to do it? You might not have done what was required of you-your part. Or maybe you lost faith. Perhaps in the depths of your heart you did not really want it. If so you then did not have enough faith.
But remember that perhaps you had good reason to doubt whether you truly wanted it or whether God would truly do it. If it is something God is not going to do God himself will put doubts in your heart and mind. But once again learn to distinguish between doubts God gives you, your own doubts, and the doubts other people and satan give you. How can you tell the difference? It might be obvious or you might simply know. Again I say: if this was easy everyone would do it. It is the strong that are saved. Not the strong in the worlds eyes, but strong in the eyes of Jesus. For where those of the world see strength-Jesus sees pathetic weakness. And where those of the world see pathetic weakness-Jesus sees powerful strength.
The reason for this difference is that those of the world call good evil and evil good-that is why the people of the world are blind and cannot be saved. And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains-John 9-nkjv.
And if you agree with the common views of the world(rules, attitudes, decisions, feelings, beliefs, what they call knowledge) then you ARE the blind and allowing yourself to be led by the blind. The entire world view of non-Christians is only that which satan has given to them and they have accepted because it appeals to their inborn desire to hurt Jesus, people, and themselves.
And why do you put down someone with a speck in their eye when there is a whole tree in your own eye. Then you ARE the blind and cannot see the woods because there are too many trees in the way. For This is self-righteous hypocrisy. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider or perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye-Matthew 7-nkjv.
We live in a world where people will harm you just because they can: even Christians. And people will destroy you just to make their lives a little bit better: even Christians. But would Christians harm you and destroy you? Yes-because they are listening to satan and calling evil good and good evil so then they truly believe they are doing God a service. Jesus said: These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues(Churches); yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me-John 16-nkjv.
But would a genuine Christian do evil? Yes-they are uneducated in the difference between good and evil. They do not truly understand Jesus and the New Testament. Christian teachers have failed to teach them-they themselves are ignorant or they compromise with the world and how things are in order to make a lot of money or to just have a job-because nearly every Christian despises true Christian teaching-because they were taught wrong to begin with. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. These people are those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority(Jesus, The Holy Spirit , The New Testament). They are presumptuous, self-willed, and speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, having eyes full of adultery(cheating on Jesus) and that cannot cease from sin(doing evil), enticing unstable souls. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, who love the wages of unrighteousness. These are wells without water, for when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, (returns) to her wallowing in the mire-2 Peter 2-nkjv.
If you divorce and destroy someone-your husband, wife, children-or anyone else-in order to make your life better, to make yourself happier, do you not know that you will pay for this? Do you not know that escape from hell is unlikely?
If you do evil and your life continues to be good then God is not concerned with you because you are damned. And you are damned because your heart is too hard. But satan rewards you for your hard heart. If you do evil and your life becomes bad then God is giving you the opportunity to repent. But if you do not say in your heart and mind that what you did was evil-satanic-and then truly repent, then it does not matter if your life continues good or bad you are under the curse of God. But you will have to know that what you did, think, or believe is evil-satanic.
And what is repentance? Saying your sorry? Feeling your sorry? Being sorry? Are you sorry for the evil you did or the consequences you received? And remember: your going to have call what you did evil-think of it as evil-feel it as evil-know it is evil in your heart.
If you had the opportunity to go back in time would you do it differently? Do a good thing instead of the evil thing? And if you could do it again in the future would you do it differently-do a good thing instead of the evil thing? Have you with all your heart done your best to repair the evil you�ve done?
Do not think that true repentance is to make up for the evil you�ve done to someone by being good to someone else. No. True repentance does not work that way. To do so you are trying to avoid facing the evil you did. Perhaps do not really want to make it up to that person and therefore you do not truly repent. You do not truly want to make up for the evil because you are evil.
There was a man who was in a company and in a position where he could steal the money of other employees. He stole their money and when he was found out he cried tears and begged forgiveness saying that he was now Born Again that he repents of the evil he did and that God has forgiven him. Christians accepted him into the fold as a fellow Christian. He seemed so sincere-perhaps he truly was sincere-but even if he truly was sincere he is still damned. And how do we know this? After begging forgiveness he went back to his rich bank account-he did not return the money to those he stole it from. He decided that God had forgiven him for stealing it so then now he can therefore keep it. Besides-he believes that he is making up for what he did by being good to his family and giving his family a good life and being a model citizen.
He did not truly repent. If he had he would have given back all to those he stole from. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap-Galatians 6-nkjv. And this man is trying to mock God. Even though he is sincere he is still evil and deceived and still going to hell.
If you truly repent there is a driving desperation to makeup for what you did to those you harmed. If someone stole money from you then came to you and said they repent and want your forgiveness and told you that they had made up for stealing from you by giving the money to someone else what would you think? How would you feel? Have they truly repented? Would you think their repentance was true? They refuse to give back to you what they stole from you.
Deciding what is good and what is evil is easy: use the common sense that God gave you instead of worldly wisdom and your own needs and desires. We have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil-Hebrews 5-nkjv. You know good from evil but you do not care. Instead you decide good is always what you like and evil is always what you don�t like.
The world is full of people-including Christians who will sell the truth to satan in exchange for lies in order to be liked-to be loved-be respected and to have what they want. These are Pharisees: they want the praise of people instead of the praise of Jesus. They want the rewards of man(satan) instead of the rewards of Jesus. While all the while they believe they have the praise of God and the rewards of God and that they are a good person.
But they are very wrong. They are committing adultery against Jesus-cheating on Jesus. You cannot serve Jesus and something or someone else. But if in serving Jesus-you also serve your family and loved ones-whom you do not serve-then you do well.
Will God allow horrible things to happen to true Christians? Yes-absolutely. You need only look at the New Testament to see this. Look at what happened to Paul and his fellow workers for Jesus. Paul said: For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. (the Christians that are not persecuted say to Paul that Paul and his fellow workers are fools to stick their necks out) We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor(being forced to work at regular jobs for money due to lack of donations�taking enormous time away from their work for Jesus) working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world-1 Corinthians 4-nkjv. Are they(the Christians that are not persecuted) ministers of Christ?–I speak as a fool–I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes(being whipped) above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often(facing death and seeing death). From the Jews five times I received forty stripes(whippings) minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness– besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity-2 Corinthians 11-nkjv.
What do you say? You are not Paul? What do you say? Times have changed? You are a worker for Jesus just like Paul and times have not changed-satan has just become sneakier as to how he persecutes. (But the days will come were satan will more commonly persecute openly). Yes-if you are truly being Jesus, truly working for Jesus and truly Walking IN The Holy Spirit you will be persecuted. Or do you think you are greater than Jesus? Or do you think you are greater than Paul? Do you think that you are not persecuted because you are more special to God or less special? Do you think you do not deserve to be persecuted? Does satan think you deserve to be persecuted? You should be thought of as a great danger to satan.
Jesus said: If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause-John 15-nkjv.
Jesus said: they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues(churches) and prisons. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by ALL for My name’s sake-Luke 21-nkjv.
Jesus said: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you-Matthew 5-nkjv.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator-1 Peter 4-nkjv.
But remember: no one has ever succeeded by being afraid to the point of not taking action. So do not fear. For God has not given us A Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God-2 Timothy 1-nkjv.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love-1 John 4-nkjv.
The heaven on earth group is not interested in being Jesus or working for Jesus. Because to be Jesus and to work for Jesus brings with it persecution. They want their happiness and joy now. But Jesus warned everyone-including Christians: But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets-Luke 6-nkjv.
And what is persecution? Persecution is anything or anyone that harms or hurts a true Christian. Anyone who says there is no Christian persecution in any particular country-and in every country there is persecution-does not have a clue about what true Christianity really is. They have never been Jesus or worked for Jesus.
Satan will try to manipulate people and things everywhere you go. Manipulate people and things in order to persecute you. Manipulate them in order to get them to persecute you. Whether they know it is Christian persecution or not it is still Christian persecution. Because satan knows who you are and satan is the persecutor-not the people-not the things. Mostly persecution comes from things which do not directly involve your Christianity
So then you will be persecuted by people who do not even know they are being manipulated by satan to persecute Christians. Look past what is seen and look behind the scenes in order to know what is really happening-the real reason for the trouble. And I will say again-can you not see the woods because too many trees are in the way?
Of course it will happen-and more and more frequently-that people will deliberately attack you just because you are a Christian. But mostly satan will want Christian persecution to appear as though it is not Christian persecution at all. It matters not what people know or want-satan knows you and you know what satan wants of you-to harm you or for you to harm others.
So why does satan persecute true Christians? In order to stop or hinder you from being Jesus and doing the work of Jesus and Walking IN The Holy Spirit. For true Christians are Jesus on earth. And satans methods include trying to get you to give up altogether-or to get you to give up a particular thing-or to abandon Jesus-or to harm someone, or to just make your work for Jesus and or life harder for you. Satan is trying to get you to do evil-to become evil-or to just not do good work for Jesus. But if you are upset that God did not protect you then you should have an attitude to persecution like that of the disciples: Jesus said: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe. Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God-John 6-nkjv.
No. the Christian life is not peaches and cream. But do not allow paranoia into your heart and mind despite the conspiracy of satan using people and things against you: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus-Philippians 4-nkjv.
If you are a true Christian and go have your car repaired and they charge you a lot of money and yet do not fix the problem-this is persecution. It is persecution because people are manipulated by satan and do not know it. The person does not even need know you or anything about you at all to persecute you because satan does know you and can manipulate them. Is it deliberate persecution on their part? Does it matter? Satan is after you not them. They are just being used to do evil. Of course they still bear the responsibility. But satan can also persecute through his own power-to make your car break etc.
Christians view of the mystical world-the supernatural world-the world in the other dimension is too small-very small. When Christians are being taught about a Jesus with magical powers and a satan with magical powers and Christians with magical powers through God, then even Christians say it is ridiculous and impossible.
Christians have been inundated from birth-both physical birth and spiritual birth-with humanist thought and even upon being Born Again are still entrapped in humanist thought. And what is humanist thought? Humanist thought is the doctrine emphasizing a person’s capacity for self-realization-actualization through reason-rejecting Christianity and the supernatural. Humanism is a philosophy asserting human dignity and man’s capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and rejecting Christianity. This is the thinking we all have been taught from natural birth. It is what we always see on the news-television show-movies-books-schools and even in all the Churches. It is all anyone is allowed to accept without embarrassment and being ridiculed.
So are you ashamed of Jesus and True Christian thinking? Does it embarrass you and make you feel like a fool in front of worldly people and Christians? Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous(cheating on Jesus) and sinful(living and teaching evil) generation, of him the Son of Man(Jesus) also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels-Mark 8-Luke 9-nkjv.
But I say to you: are you a Christian or not? If you are then why does the supernatural and the magic of the supernatural upset you? Magic is possessing and using supernatural powers. Do you not think that Jesus has magic? If you have The Holy Spirit you have had a magical supernatural happening so do you afterward then despise other magical supernatural happenings? If you have The Holy Spirit you have opened your heart. But if you have been truly Born Again you must now learn to open your mind.
You cannot be Jesus, work for Jesus, and Walk IN The Holy Spirit if your mind remains closed and you continue to think and see things the way the world does-which is humanism and evil. Or do you think you can be half Christian and half as the world? If you do so you commit adultery against Jesus and are destroying yourself for you have become divided against yourself: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand-Matthew 12-nkjv. No-you cannot have the best of both worlds for the two worlds are at viscous war with one another and you have become a traitor-a saboteur-a betrayer: No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other-Matthew 6-nkjv. For if you have been truly Born Again you have entered into the kingdom of Jesus. Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God-John 3-nkjv. And the world and its kingdom and people are against Jesus. If you think, and do, and be part of the other kingdom how is it you think you are also on the side of the kingdom of Jesus? You are then spending a small to large percentage of your time aiding and abetting the enemy. You are then spending a percentage of your time aiding and abetting satan.
I once heard a famous politician that claims to be a Christian say that he does not wear his Christianity on his shirt sleeves. How is it that he could say such a thing? He could say it because he is a part time Christian. And a part time Christian is a no time Christian. Jesus is really not that important to him-after all he�s doing something more important than Jesus-he�s running for president! Too bad Jesus didn�t do something that important! I speak as a fool of course!
So what I recommend is to wear Jesus on your shirt sleeves. Wear a t-shirt all the time that advertises a proper Christian teaching ministry. Yes-advertise! Put stickers everywhere. Use products that advertise. If you don�t advertise how are people going to know where to look? How will people know that proper teaching ministries exist if they are not made aware? Are you so selfish that you will not help people learn where to go and what to do? Is it too embarrassing? Is Jesus embarrassing for you? Are you a Christian or not? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous(cheating on Jesus) and sinful(doing evil) generation, of him the Son of Man(Jesus) also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels-Mark 8-Luke 9-nkjv.
Guts-guts are what Jesus is looking for. But the cowardly,�..shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone(hell), which is the second death(hell)-Revelation 21-nkjv. Guts to be Jesus and do the work of Jesus and to Walk IN The Holy Spirit. As it is said: no guts no glory: and the glory of Jesus is what you live for. And as I have said: if it was easy everyone would do it. But it�s not easy. It�s so hard hardly a person does it. It takes guts. Far more guts than to go to the moon. Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it-Matthew 7-nkjv.
And concerning blame, fault and guilt. People are obsessed with the evil of blaming the one who did no evil-even for things like they having broken a rule. You must look and make certain that a person did ACTUAL EVIL-not just because of breaking a rule-not just because of being rude or impolite or embarrassing-you must be certain a person did ACTUAL EVIL.
And people are obsessed with the evil of not taking blame themselves. First determine if any person actually did evil-maybe it was you-and if an evil thing even actually occurred-or if you just did not like it. When an evil thing occurs learn to figure out in your mind who TRULY did the evil-if anyone did evil at all. And determine if what the person did was evil, or was just unwise, or just an accident-a true mistake. Maybe no one is to blame at all-it just happened in other words the devil did it by himself.
Yes-even mistakes are the devils doing. But if it is a mistake-and a mistake not by negligence-because negligence IS your evil-then there is not a person to blame but only the devil. It was a mistake if the devil uses a person against their will and/or knowledge. But it is the persons fault if they have failed to learn what good and evil truly is and thereby caused the mistake by allowing themselves to be used by the devil. And you must know the true difference between good and evil in order to determine who-including you-did evil and if evil was done.
Yes it is true that even though a thing done might not be evil the persons intentions for doing it may be. Take your true blame for the evil that occurred. It was most likely either all your evil or at least part of the blame for the evil that occurred was your evil.
So then a person can be used by satan-either knowingly or unknowingly-or satan can do it directly. If you are driving down the road with your family-you have money-you pass gas stations-but you run out of gas in the middle of nowhere anyway. Of what guilt is the driver? Did they do something evil? Or something unwise? Or did they just make a mistake? Did they do it on purpose? A devious plan to make all suffer? If so they did evil and are to blame. Or perhaps the driver considered this to be a joke. Perhaps the driver was unconscious and did not notice the fuel gage-then what they did was unwise-but they did no evil. Do not attack someone who did something unwise as if they did evil. Just ignore the unwise act-and if they did evil-forgive them. A person left the door to their home unlocked. Someone came in and killed their family and stole their goods. Leaving the house unlocked was unwise-not evil. The person who came in and killed the family and stole the goods was the one who did the evil. You cannot be a righteous person if you do not learn the difference between doing something unwise, doing something evil, and doing something meaningless-unimportant.
Your spouse continues to not wipe the table after eating. Was this action evil, unwise or meaningless? To answer the question view yourself a hundred years from now thinking about this act. Would you even remember it? Are you thinking your spouse did evil in not cleaning the table? What evil is this? Being inconsiderate? Not caring? Forgetful? Perhaps Jesus has something for them to do instead. Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.� And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her-Luke 10-nkjv. Regardless of which-evil, inconsiderate, not caring, forgetful, or Jesus has something for them to do instead. Then how horrible was it? And if you call it evil then just how evil was it? Always say-compared to what? If you call it evil then to what are you comparing it? A rape? A murder? A theft? There are levels of evil-so don�t treat it like a horrible crime.
You must learn to use righteous judgment. Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment-John 7-nkjv. As you must learn to be righteous. Look to see if what happened is truly evil or is truly meaningless. Evil is causing genuine harm and something meaningless is just annoying. Now it could be that satan is trying to annoy you-to be sure-but learn to be tougher than that. Make it so that if satan wants to bother you-he�ll have to do better than that-and then better than that.
Do not give satan the pleasure of hurting you by his using small meaningless things. Look at what has happened. Was there any actual, genuine harm done or did it just interfere with a desire to have a perfect world around you-as you see perfect-as you foolishly try to make it as perfect as you can get it.
You�ve got to stay cool-relaxed. Don�t let satan get to you. Yes-it is absolutely true that satan will try using people and things around you to interfere with your being Jesus and doing the work of Jesus and Walking IN The Holy Spirit. But if it is small-ignore it. Never let the devil see you sweat.
And forgive the people doing it: they are not aware of satans deeds. Treat them like it never happened. But of course the person may have intended evil, and is in aware or unaware league with satan. If it is small: still ignore it and forgive them. If it is genuinely harmful then also forgive them. And in either case pray for them.
The point of what I am saying is that our time here in this life is short. And we all have very critical things to do for Jesus. The purpose of the devil is to deceive, confuse, hinder, hurt, destroy. And if you worry about small things that don�t really matter then satan has succeeded in deceiving you.
And if the devil has succeeded in causing genuine harm-something that is not small-then once again I say: Never let the devil see you sweat. Remember: satan is there with you-and or one or more of his demons. So what? Always remember: if you are genuinely being Jesus then satan is far more afraid of you than you should be of him.
Flee from the devil and he will resist you. Your job is to fight satan not to run from him. So do not let the devil resist you. Instead: Resist(fight) the devil and he will flee from you-James 4-nkjv. And why will satan flee from You? He is afraid of you. And why is he afraid? Because you have the power to resist(fight) him and to harm him-which is what you want to do-harm satan. Yes-a Christian lives to give the devil his due.
Resist means to fight. And if you fail to fight then satan wins. But if you have The Holy Spirit and walk in The Holy Spirit-if your being Jesus and doing the work of Jesus-then you have the power to fight satan.
Will you win every time? No! Our job is to put forth every effort to win-but we do not win every time. Sometimes we even go through periods-even very long periods-where satan wins more often than we do. And sometimes i suffer staggering-horrible defeats from satan.
We are soldiers for Jesus. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ-2 Timothy 2-nkjv. When soldiers go to battle they hope not to be injured or killed-but they know it is likely. But they do not shrink away in fear. A soldier knows they must defend themselves, their fellow soldiers, and those they went to war for. The soldier defends them by attacking and destroying the enemy. The soldier wins by not being overly concerned of what will happen to them personally. A soldier is only moderately cautious and takes great risks in order to do harm to the enemy and his plans.
As soldiers for Jesus we defend by attacking. We are defending Jesus and attacking satan. my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication-Ephesians 6-nkjv.
For we are not warring against people. For who are people except those who are knowingly or unknowingly working for satan. Always remember: no matter how evil or what horror of evil a person does they cannot do it without satan. I will say again: without satan and his demons whispering in their ears to tell them what to do people are nothing in the doing of evil. People are allowing themselves to be pawns in satans evil game. But in a chess game you are not playing against the opponents pieces. You are playing against the person sitting on the other side of the chess board-so remember that.
Satan and his demons have a job. Their job is to stop you and everyone else from being Jesus and doing the work of Jesus and Walking IN The Holy Spirit. That is all satan is doing in yours and everyones life. That is satans only interest in you and everyone else. Over 90% of the people of the world do not notice this because they have no genuine interest in being good. And remember: only good people genuinely are saved. If the true desire of your heart and mind is to do good and be good 24 hours a day all your life then Jesus will chose you and you will be saved. JESUS SAID: YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another-John 15-nkjv.
But you must sacrifice yourself to be good-you must be a hero. You must Sacrifice your wants-desires-needs and hurt yourself to help others. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me-Matthew 27-nkjv. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple-Luke 14-nkjv. He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me-Matthew 10-nkjv.
You must die to yourself. And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Corinthians 15-nkjv. Once again I say: die to yourself as an individual. If you have The Holy Spirit inside of you, then you are now a part of a team. You are an individual on the team, but all your wants-desires and needs are for the team to win. The head of the team is Jesus-the perfect player. So you set your mind and heart on being Jesus and doing what He has assigned you to do through Walking IN The Holy Spirit.
Do your own personal desires matter? No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier-2 Timothy 2-nkjv. And we are at war. So does this mean that you can have nothing-own nothing-enjoy nothing? Yes-of course. Have something-but not much of something.

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