1Peter 4:11, "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the Oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
2Peter 1:4, "... that through these you may be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world ..."
A serious Christian is a medium/oracle.
Witches and wizards are mediums/oracles.
In John 6:63, Jesus said: "... the flesh profits nothing. The Words I speak to you are SPIRIT and they are Life." Clear/sharp understanding of the TEACHINGS of the New Testament that equips a Christian with the ability to make righteous judgment regarding spirits and teachings is paramount, otherwise a "Christian" would be relating with deceitful spirits instead of the Holy Spirit. In John 7:24, Jesus said: "Do not judge according to appearance, but Judge With Righteous Judgment.” The lottery (cleromancy) that the Apostles used in Acts 1:21-26 to determine who should become the twelfth Apostle is not the "divination" which God condemns in the Torah, it's different just as the Apostles were mediums/oracles of the Holy Spirit.
Yesterday (4 Sep 2017), i further learned more about something i really didn't have knowledge of, although prior to yesterday, if someone tells me they use objects and signs to determine as confirmation from God, i would rightfully tell the person it's not the path God wants for Christians (and my conviction on that remains the same). Yesterday, i did a small research on "What is Divination?", and i got a better understanding on it. First, i discovered that "divination", is a synonym for witchcraft. I never knew, and that it is the use of objects (anything physical) to spiritually get unknown knowledge or power. In some of my articles (e.g., "Meditation, Prayer and Fasting", "No Images", and "Beware of Christian Occultism"), i wrote according to the knowledge i had at that time without knowing definition of divination but warning Christians never to use images, or mental imagery or objects (e.g., candles, holy water, etc) for spiritual purpose because the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament) wants us to only depend on understanding the Scriptures of God and simply trust in the Almighty Creator to lead, guide and orchestrate for us when we are dealing with issues for which we don't see clear answers for in Scripture and from God by convictions in the mind and spirit.
Furthermore, i discovered that in some ways the following in Scripture is "divination", which shows the imperfections of God's people and how they had to grow-up and forsake such imperfections: Judges 6:17, 6:36-40, Gideon seeking confirmation from God by observing signs and objects. The Apostles once used lots to show them who is to join them to fill the twelfth position: Acts 1:21-26, "... And they cast their Lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Proverbs 16:33, "The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the Lord." Pagans are the ones guilty of real divination: Jonah 1:5-7, Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried out to his god ... So the captain came to Jonah, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God, perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Pagans, and so-called "Christians", without understanding of the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament), are the ones guilty of real divination which God condemns in the Torah, such persons are without the true-God and His revealed mind. In John 6:63, Jesus said: "... the flesh [the physical] profits nothing. The Words I speak to you are Spirit, and they are Life."
Galatians 3:21 to the end of ch.4 talks of God's people and Torah as God using baby talk, a lower mode of communicating and relating (as with Children) but now in the New Testament, God is communicating and relating via better mode having trained-up ISRAEL and the Jewish Apostles through the Old, for the next level in which Gentiles are now fully accepted and grafted into the blessings of the Jews.
FUTURE - Zechariah 14:16-21 presents another Era (God's Era) in which the mode of relating will be further superior, and God's People (Jew and Gentile) will once again use animal sacrifices in YeruShalem as God physically reigns over all this earth from YeruShalem. Maybe i could be wrong in my understanding of how the Feasts of YAH (e.g., Sukkot) will be observed in that future reign of the King, but in the Torah, animal sacrifices are intrinsic to those feasts which speak of our Loving Creator who gave His Life for us and to us before anything was created, just as physical communion speak of this precious Lamb.
I sent that to my friend who has been asking questions. I also sent him the following:
This issue we're dealing with is simply answered and solved in these words: Era, Dispensation in which God chooses His mode of communication. There's nothing intrinsically wrong or right with objects and signs but what we see of the early Apostles (e.g., in Acts 1 casting of lots) is an imperfection because God was already moving into the New Testament dispensation. Another example of such imperfection that the Apostles had to allow God to remove from them was their attitude towards the Gentiles (e.g., Acts 10, vision of unclean meats/animals).
Another friend (Josh) challenged me by saying that a Christian isn't a "medium" because God condemns such in the Torah but then he agreed with me that Christians should be vessels for the Holy Spirit. He also disagreed with me for saying that, serious Christians are "oracles of God"; he showed me other translations of 1Peter 4:11 different from NKJV which i usually use. Josh pointed me to a Bible Dictionary that helped me see that "oracles of God" is used to mean "Word of God" [ also ], therefore i replied him with this SMS: Okay, i see that "oracles of God", is also used to mean the Word of God which we certainly are not. I agree with you in that sense. I hope you realize that we are VESSELS that need to be filled with our Loving Creator. ... Josh, one of the main point of this present meditations of mine is this: "Christians" who are not paying serious attention to the Teachings of New Testament can unknowingly be a medium for Deceitful Spirits rather than being a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
I also sent this to Josh: Acts 22:17, "Now it happened, when i [Paul] returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that i was in A Trance", 10:9-10, "... Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat, but while they made ready, he fell into A Trance". Josh, do you know that Pagan-mediums fall into trance too?
Concerning "divination", use of objects and signs to know God's will or to get confirmation on what we don't have definite guidance for in Scripture, we shouldn't set our hearts on this or follow this way for determination, but God can certainly use signs and wonders to confirm to us which way to go when we don't have clear guidance from Scripture.
Some how, new Christians must find ways to access the source (especially New Testament) for themselves and make sure what they are being taught is true to Scripture.
Ephesians 2:19-20, "... fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone"
Revelation 21:14, "Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
From my phone-texts, 19 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
Unlike me, God is too lenient and Loving. Too many persons are wasting His gifts/resources (e.g., time, Grace, patience, embrace, bible knowledge, truth, health, etc) but this won't last forever if they are not entering into the purpose/goal of this Wonderful Lover, which is: union with Him in all of His ways, not just the things we like about Himor the things social-pressure doesn't challenge about His ways. Romans 5:6-11
It's important to realize and acknowledge how the Deceitful Spirit works in us (humans), otherwise we remain in deception. If we don't see how the Snake works in us (humans), it may stifle our spiritual progress with God (unless we simply trust and follow God). The Snake's mode of operation in humans is this: Unbelief Concerning God's Character or How God Is. Also whenever we allow Doubts Concerning Anything God Has Said or Revealed, then we are allowing the Snake to be successful in separating us from the One who should be dwelling in us (through His Words, which Jesus said is Spirit and Life) to have dominion over the animals (the earthly spirits) which include the Snake.
One of the keys to Romans 12:2 transformation by receiving a new mind, is that we need to become believers. The good news is the power of God unto Salvation to those who believe (Romans 1:16). We need to believe that God is for us and has nothing against us because He created us and gave His Life as payment for our sins including future imperfections (Gen 3:21). We need to believe that God gave that sacrificial peace offering so we (spirit-beings) can be reconciled to Him (The Spirit) because we are a dwelling place for Him, that's what He created us for, companionship with Him. Just as any normal parent would go and search for the child that gets missing, God came and has done everything by which we should now reconcile with Him. He passionately seeks this because we are His most treasured possession, the crown of all creation: spirit-beings created in His likeness (a dwelling place for Him). We need to start believing these spiritual realities, in so doing, we are developing the new mind of Romans 12:2 which will make transformation easier, delightful and to the praise of God’s glorious grace. "... fear not, see, i bring you good news of great joy ..." (Luke 2:10).
When we proclaim this wonderful Good News of Amazing LOVE, we must also communicate that people need to begin studying the ways of the Lord and SURRENDER to Him in all of His ways through this Amazing Love. God's goal/purpose is union with Him in all of His ways, not only the things we like about Him or the things social-pressure doesn't challenge about His ways; otherwise we are deceiving ourselves as most Pastors and churches are. When preachers say "God accepts us as we are", or that His love is "unconditional", that's not the whole truth. Jeremiah 8:11-12, "They have healed the wounds of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace!' when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall in the time of their punishment, they shall be cast down” says the LORD. 2Cor 6:1, "... (we) plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain."
16-Nov-2017 . Here's something i find strange about the Lord but i'm now totally accepting. In His design of souls and His magnanimous giving of Himself to them, He allows those who are interested in Him to be blessed as they drink of His water (Scriptural Truths) to the extent they want, and experience some intimate satisfaction and life with Him, yet many of these won't be in Heaven with Him forever. See 2Cor 6:1 . You see this picture in David who had various wives, yet only few such as Abigail and Bathsheba truly entered into union with him. Abraham had various wives yet only Sarah was his true-wife. 2Cor 6-7, “... (we) plead with you not to receive the Grace of God in vain. ... Therefore: Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” He must have total control of me since He created me as a dwelling place for Himself. Paul wrote to one of his assistants: 1Tim 4:15-16, "Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Watch yourself and the teaching. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you."
29-Nov-2017 . Recently, via internet, i came-across the messages of a radio host for Cool FM (daddy freeze) who i commended for his passion of trying to free many in Nigeria who are in bondage of Nigerian-Christianity and its Lying Pastors. After commending him, i also sent an email in which i communicated the importance of knowing the relationship between the Law (Torah) and the New Testament; i did so because in his interview with SaharaReporters, he said: Did Jesus teach the Law? Nope.
The relationship between Torah and NT has its complexities. Many Christians misunderstand and misuse Paul's: "we are no more under the law but under grace". Since 2003 when i left Calvary Chapel (here in Southern California), i have not been able to find the type of Christian Community (with true-Leaders) that i should be part of, and one of the problems is this misunderstanding of what the New Testament means by "we are not under law but under grace". What does it mean? The sense in which the word "Law" is used in the NT varies, it doesn't always have the same sense, and any honest person would know by the reading, if their hearts are really into these things. I will come back to this later; also there are various aspects in this issue of the relationship between the Torah and NT. 2Peter 3:15, "consider that the patience of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures". Romans 3:31 "Do we then make void the law through faith [and Grace]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law". Matt 5:17, Jesus said: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
If the Spirit of Christ lives in you, He will be fulfilling the moral laws (God's written instructions) through you (His vessel). Matt 7:21-23, Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS!"
This Issue Is Complex With Its Nuances, Therefore It's Better Dealt With Based On Each Specific Issue At-hand. Here are some examples among other complexities that could arise. Thankfully, we have examples that have gone ahead of us and how the Jewish Apostles handled them. In Acts 15 there was controversy and the Apostles deliberated and began circulating A DECREE on the issue of Symbolic Aspects of Torah and circumcision as a sign, that: God doesn't expect Gentile Christians to observe such, or Sabbath or Kosher (Col 2:16-17) but the Moral Law stands forever and the Peace/Rest we have through the Passover Lamb still stands forever too. How about NT instructions of physical-Baptism, physical-Communion (Lord's Supper), and the clear instructions of 1Cor 11 that when Christians gather, men shouldn't have head-covering but that women should be covered with the veil. Most Church Leaders today don't really LOVE the Bridegroom as they dishonor Him, otherwise they would teach the Bride to observe the things He told us to observe. Today, Church Leaders don't really care about the instructions of the Bridegroom but only want the crowd (the woman).
What Does New Testament Mean By "we are not under law but under grace"? The instruction that we should love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength, and love neighbor as our-self is from the Torah (the Law), and many other instructions that shows us the Spirit we need to embrace (e.g., no covetousness, no lust) are all from the Torah (the Law), and they all transfer into the New. Hebrews 10:16-17, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them, then He adds, 'Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
Earlier, i wrote the following and said i will come back to it later: The sense in which the word "Law" is used in the NT varies, it doesn't always have the same sense, and any honest person would know by the reading, if their hearts are really into these things. ... also there are various aspects in this issue of the relationship between the Torah and NT. Here are some examples that show that the word "Law" in NT has various sense/meaning: Romans 8:2-4, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through SELF, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to SELF but according to the Spirit." 8:15, "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of ADOPTION by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.” 6:14, "Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." Does this mean Christians can carry-on with Lies and Idolatries such as Christmas, etc? The DECREE which the Jewish Apostles wrote to the Gentiles in Acts 15 forbids us from idolatries which church leaders today are allowing in various ways. 1Cor 10 and other Scriptures repeats this decree. The other point in that DECREE in Acts 15 is a rejection of the Jewish Christians who contrary to the Jewish Apostles were teaching that Gentiles had to keep the symbolic aspects of Torah but the Jewish Apostles said: NO. Romans 14-15, Gal 4 and other Scriptures repeats this side of the decree.
The New Testament is a clearer/stronger communication of God's message which was communicated in the Old too. Hebrews 4:2, "indeed the good news was preached to us as well as to them [in the Torah] but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it." The same thing is happening to many in this New Testament, therefore the Apostle warns against the SELF Life: Hebrews 4:11, "Let us therefore be diligent to enter that Rest [Shabat], lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience". One of the aspects in this issue of how the Law (SELF trying to be good with God) relates with God's Love/Provision and Enablement is this: Gal 3:24, "the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith". In the Old, those who were paying attention to God's Instructions realized that they fall short of God's standard and could only find perfect rest/peace with God in The Sacrifice of the Lamb provided by God in the Law and the message in the feasts such as Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Romans 4:6-7, "just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 'Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered [taken care of]". That then becomes your power to live as a child of God who now loves Him because of His Covering and Loving Provision. Romans 10:4, "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." In other words, you shouldn't be striving to be righteous anymore. Quit from the SELF Life, He never made us to live by our own resource, as if we created ourselves. Receive His gift of righteousness by trusting in His finished work on your behalf. Rest in His finished work which He accomplished for you. This is very joyful news for us who are not perfect. It results into ecstatic praise of our LOVING Creator as this new spirit comes into us that now loves to learn His instructions and obey God.
Hebrews 8:6-13, "But now Jesus (YahShua) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. ... For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."
Gal 4:3, "... when we were children, we were in bondage under the elements of the world." 4:9, "... how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years." 4:21, "... you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?"
10-Dec-2017 All Glory To You, Our Blessed Fountain. 2Cor 12:7-10 . God craves for our weakness, dependency on Him and acknowledgment of the truth that all we are and have are from Him who sustains us. Also, there is somehow a link between each soul and God from whence each soul came, including satanic/deceived souls. God craves for our dependency on His unmerited favour (kindness to our souls) regularly. It results into true praise of Him and change of heart. We see this same design in Eden (Delightful Abundance) which He created us into without us doing good works to deserve being created. God craves for us to acknowledge continuously that He is the One sustaining us in everyway physically, mentally and in every-way, and that, all that we enjoy of natural life even sinfully are all because He gives it and these pleasures are from His original design which began decaying from Eden when we began partaking of the Tree of Independence. This is so immense that if you take time to think of it, it's mind-blowing, from the varieties of foods we enjoy, to the taste-buds and sensory nerves He designed for us to enjoy various pleasures, to the water that satisfies our thirst, to every single thing we have, including cognitive ability and intelligence.
God craves for us to acknowledge that He is the One giving us every single thing and that we are dependent on Him. In Hebrews 3:12-13, the phrases "an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God" and "deceitfulness of sin" are very deep, go beyond superficial understanding of these things, let God reveal the mysteries to you, it will help you spiritually. In the Torah, God says that He is a Jealous God and that His very Name is Jealous. YOUR MAKER IS JEALOUS OVER YOU. Any normal spouse doesn't want the other to go romancing with others. Any normal parent expects their little children to acknowledge their dependency on them and not do this to strangers. Exodus 34:12-15, "Take heed to yourself, lest you make an agreement with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is JEALOUS, is a jealous God), lest you make an agreement with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot [the unfaithful] with their gods ..."
Majority of people and majority of "Christians" will end-up in torment forever separated from God because they don't know how to acknowledge the truth of our weakness and total dependence on this Loving Creator who gives us all things richly to enjoy (1Tim 6:17), and who gave His Life for us and to us. We have deceived ourselves strongly in our very being and subconscious with mental lies deep within, thinking and acting as if we created ourselves or that anything comes from us or that we sustain anything. NO, we must continously acknowledge this Loving Fountain from whence we came and who sustains us and all life with His magnanimous abundance (Isaiah 55:1-2). God's Enemy is the one who began this Deceit of SELF-Charge which we bought from that walking-snake as we sold our souls to that Liar.
Daniel 5:23-30, "...you have praised the gods of silver and gold ... which do not see or hear or know, but the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. ... God has numbered your kingdom and finished it ... That very night, Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain". As New Testament believers, we are not required to follow the exact of Deut 14:22-29 and such symbols from the Torah, however the truth in such Scriptures clearly transfer into the New Testament which agree with that principle of coming together to rejoice in God's presence and acknowledging Him from whom all blessings flow, our Sustainer and Joy.
From My Phone-Text, 10-Dec-2017 Also, if we are to enjoy our relationship with God, we must learn to surrender to His own understanding of Love when He doesn't "bless" us with things we are asking for. He is wiser than us; He knows what He is doing as He works in us to transform us. In the symbol of bridegroom and bride, this can be difficult because the husband is imperfect, and the wife may be more intelligent, and she may have a different view/expectation on what Love looks like. That's why the New Testament says we shouldn't be unequally yoked. Husband and wife must work together for equal yoking of mind by having New Testament as their center-focus. The instruction of equal yoking is actually for our good, so the marriage can be enjoyable, and God is glorified when the marriage-union and physical union are enjoyable to wife and husband.
9-Dec-2017 . ... (Concerning Isaiah 55:1-2) There's an EXCHANGE as we confess/acknowledge our faults, mistakes, sins and emptiness/nakedness to Him who (before we began partaking of the Tree of INDEPENDENCE in Eden) designed us to be dependent on Him as the only one who truly satisfies this empty vessel. You're right that trusting Him (be living in Him) is part of this mysterious wonderful thing, and it takes place in true confession. This is the presenting of our souls to Him so His Love can massage us, come upon our souls gently, satisfy us with His communication and gradually until His Love fully comes into us. Passionate romance of bridegroom and bride is a very good picture God designed to preach this Awesome Love relationship. We need to reclaim all these things from the world and the Deceiver who has perverted the joys that God created to the praise of His Glorious Grace. Just as a woman cannot bear fruit by herself, we cannot bear fruit of righteousness to God except by continually presenting our souls to Him to satisfy us with His Love, and just as a woman's body cannot really soften-up and open-up, life with God doesn't work or satisfy unless we truly see and hear HIS LOVE. That's the magic that softens us up and makes our union with Him enjoyable to us and to Him as we bear fruits of righteousness to God.
From My Phone-Text, 20-Aug-2017 In Matt 5:44-48, Jesus said we should care for those who hate us (and have pity towards them). Then He proceeded to show the means by which this can be made possible in us: God's Kindness and Love Towards All of Us whether evil or "good". In Ezekiel 33:11, God says that He has no pleasure in the death (spiritual state) of those who don't know Him, but He continually longs and craves for them to come to understand Him. If we feel oppressed by the ways of evil people, we must find our comfort in God's Loving Presence in us (a dwelling place for our Loving Creator). Although God's Wrath is coming, He has no pleasure in it because of the many who are perishing because they don't trust Him. The good thing about His coming wrath is that: all these liars will be put out of business because God is trustworthy. Also in God's Era, all things will be made well again, back to Eden, forever.
Jesus didn't turn the other cheek when He was slapped. John 18:22-23, ... one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil, but if well, why do you strike Me?” Although in Matt 5 Jesus said we shouldn't resist evil persons and that we should turn the other cheek, we need UNDERSTANDING on this because of other Scriptures that seem to contradict. Jesus exposed the evil of people and spoke against the irrationality of His Elders of Israel because He wanted all to come to repentance and turn from the Coming Judgment they were heading into. John 7:7, Jesus said to those who were not His real followers: "The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil". In the following, i don't think Paul was wrong in declaring the fact of God's Coming Judgment against the Leaders of the land, Jesus our Master did the same in Matt 23 (even heavier and lengthier). Acts 23:3-4, Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command them to strike me contrary to the law?” And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” Luke 22:36, Then Jesus said to them (disciples), “But now, whoever has a money bag, let him take it ... and whoever has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy a sword."
From My Post On Someone's Facebook, 24-Dec-2017 Although i agree with Daddy Freeze on his exposé of so many deceived Pastors, i don't agree with this particular response of his on masturbation and fornication. Instead of Trying To Rationalize Our Sins, We Should Acknowledge Our Dependence On God's Forgiveness and Love. 1John 2:1-2 "... these things i write to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins ..." . Clearly the Scriptures teach that even if someone doesn't gratify their fornication-desire via masturbation or other means, That Doesn't Qualify The Person For Heaven, no matter how "clean" the person maybe, the Standards of Heaven are beyond the most "clean" humans because WE ARE FALLEN from Eden beyond our wildest imagination, and we can't even begin to imagine the Holy Standard of our Holy Creator. Colossians 1:12, "giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light". All of us fall short but we deceive ourselves with all kinds of SELF-Effort, SELF-Charge, and SELF-Legislature. However, the only thing that can give anyone the assurance of Heaven with Holy God is His Gift of Love to us, the Gift of Righteousness in His Love which He gave to us in giving Himself for us as a substitute and to us, just as none of us worked to deserve being created and being sustained in this natural life, It's All A Gift of God's Grace To The Praise of His Glorious Grace. We all fall short including your deceived Pastors such as E.A. Adeboye who are actually on their way to an eternity of torment, anguish and separation from God forever, if they find no true-repentance . To: ... and everyone . Your Loving Creator wants to be the One that excites you. Not many Christians know the awesome experience of total peace and joy in realizing that God Himself is the one that has given Himself to cover us and be our righteousness and excitement. I encourage you to checkout my article "Oral and Anal Sex Are Condemned By God" at my website (GraceTruth7), that article of mine will lead you to another article of mine "Inexpressible Joy" which i encourage you to read as well. The victory over this SELF-Prison (including gratification of sexual desire outside of marriage whether by masturbation or any other means), the victory isn't found in SELF-Effort but in a greater pleasure: The LOVE of Your Maker Towards You. 1John 2:1-2, "... these things i write to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world". Clearly, forgiveness is readily available for The Repentant. But most people including so-called "Christians" are actually heading to an eternity of torment, anguish and separation from this Loving Creator forever because they don't know how to acknowledge their total dependence on Him but would rather stay in SELF and continue deceiving themselves with SELF-Charge, SELF-Effort, SELF-Legislature, SELF based righteousness in which God cannot really truly get all the glory. Romans 6:14, "Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law (self-effort) but under Grace". We Need To Focus On The Dynamics That Powers The Christian Life From Within, Which Will Then Produce The Fruits of Righteousness Naturally, Not By Self. In the New Testament, God's people (ekklesia) is known as the Bride of Messiah, but a bride or woman cannot bear fruit by herself. She has to allow a love to come upon her and love her. Even her body won't soften-up and open-up until her mind is convinced by love as she sees and hears love. In the same way, we (the Bride of Messiah) cannot really bear fruits of righteousness to God unless we truly hear and see His Love towards us and then He gradually comes in with His Seeds of Grace and Truth, His View on Life and His Perspective on everything as we spend quiet-time in His Scriptures especially the New Testament and receive Him more and more. We cannot really bear fruits of righteousness to God by our-self.
Clearly, Scripture identifies the entertaining of sexual fantasy as sin (Matt 5:27-29). As i have said elsewhere, the recording of Song of Songs by Solomon isn't of God because it is clearly pornographic and idolatrous and doesn't align with Scripture as a whole. See 1Kings 11:1-11 . Scripture gives a lot of details on what is sexual-sin (e.g., Lev 18 and Lev 20), however, self-masturbation by itself without sexual fantasy may not be sin because Scripture doesn't pinpoint this, however if someone has doubts, abstention is the way to go, but if the person falls, forgiveness is readily available for the repentant (1John 2:1-2), our dependence on God's Love is the most important aspect in all these issues, our dependence on God's Magnanimous Forgiveness due to His great desire for harmony and union with us contains the power to deliver from sin's dominance and SELF-Prison (distance and isolation from God). Romans 1:16, Luke 2:10-11
29-Dec-2017 Is God against pleasures which He created humans with? The problem is in how pleasure-mania and social pressure has swayed the teachings of many American Pastors who continue to teach a grace that accommodates and excuses many forms of pleasure-mania which they don't even see any problem with. Jeremiah 2:12-13, "Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be very desolate,” says the LORD. "Because My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and made for themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water". God isn't against pleasures because the ability to enjoy these things comes from Him but society and education/media pervert THE POINT OF OUR EXISTENCE and these pleasures which are from our Loving Maker. 1Tim 6:17, "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be arrogant, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy". What God is against is the deception that hearts receive, by which they disregard Him and His instructions on life and these pleasures; that deception won't help anyone.
From What I Sent Via Phone-Texts, Facebook and WhatsApp, 26-Dec. to 29-Dec 2017
When it comes to pleasures which often times have been perverted or are being abused by the world, it's important to realize that our Maker is the one who gives humans these pleasures because He created humans with the ability to enjoy these things by giving us the sensory nerves, taste-buds and all. Yet, depending on culture and un-scriptural teachings, the Deceiver and Enemy of our souls can rob certain Christians of the peace and joy that should be theirs concerning pleasures as he simultaneously robs God of the glory that suppose to go to Him from Christians' peace of mind and joy. Think of our taste-buds and all the various kinds of foods we enjoy. All these things should make us praise our wonderful Maker who has also given us what we are in most dire need of: His Loving Embrace and sacrifice to clear our guilt even of our future imperfections too, so we can always have peace with Him and have union with His Spirit by receiving His understanding from Scripture.
Surely, anyone who wants to come to a place where self-masturbation doesn't have strong appeal anymore, cannot come to such a place by focusing on it. One must focus on God's Love, the greater pleasure. When such a person falls into what they don't want to do, too much focus on that failure cannot help. See Numbers 21:7-9, and John 3:14-15 and instead of much self-focus, set your gaze on your Maker's provision of cleansen for you.
1Cor 10:30-31, "But if i partake with thanks, why am i evil spoken of for the food over which i give thanks? Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God". Concerning Jesus' first public miracle (John 2, turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana after the guests had finished the available wine), today, certain cultures would condemn Him for doing that because they think that God forbids drinking of strong-drinks. Other cultures today would condemn Him for supplying wine to "minors" because in those days marriage was usually in teenage years. That first public miracle of the Lord challenges me too because i think He should have said: "the wine you finished is good enough, you don't need more". But that's not what He said, rather He supplied those "minors" with more wine. Surely, there are some lessons in that first miracle for all of us.
Although i don't drink strong-drinks, a 17 yr. old that drinks strong-drinks and receives pleasure in it may be condemned by human cultures with its flawed social constructs and norms, however Scripture doesn't condemn that seventeen yr. old. Drunkenness is what Scripture condemns, not drinking. Recently, i sent the following to someone: Due to my naiveté, i never knew how useless and harmful marijuana is until i read about it this afternoon. Even medical-marijuana isn't really established scientifically. The following is from an article i just read: "It is unhelpful to make direct correlations between cannabis and alcohol, as if the Bible’s teaching on alcohol applies to cannabis. Not only are cannabis and alcohol vastly different chemical compounds, with vastly different effects, but the Bible gives us clear ... permission for the moderate use of alcohol while never directly referencing other psychoactive compounds such as marijuana." - DesiringGod
27-July-2017 1Peter 1:13 "... rest your hope fully upon the Grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ" 1Cor 15:52, "... we shall be changed ..." Let us rest in this fact: the Day is coming when our Creator will heal us (repentant-Christians) totally in every way we can't even begin to imagine. Unmerited Favour is waiting for repentant-Christians at the end-glorification when we see Him as He truly is, at which time we shall be changed and He will re-create us just as in the initial creation when He created us without our involvement at all. Presently, the knowledge of this great Love results into the Praise of His Glorious Grace and it definitely changes us even now although we are still imperfect.
From An E.mail I Sent In March-2014 Compared to Noah's time, what we consider the best of health, beauty and nature today, is rubbish in comparison. Noah lived 950 years on this earth. Physically, the healthiest and wealthiest Christian today is rubbish compared to the type of physical health and paradise they had in those days.Since the inauguration of the New Testament, show me one original Apostle that lived 200 years on this earth with the type of health Adam and Eve had after the Fall. As clear as the evidence is, Pentecostals (most Nigerian Christians) will never acknowledge the fact that the New Testament is primarily for our spiritual benefit, not physical yet, but later when God's Era arrives when we will be re-created physically back to Eden.
28-Dec-2017 The Eden (Delightful Abundance) we fell from is beyond our wildest imagination. We have become so accustomed to A State of Mind and Spirit that God is trying to wean us away from and back to the unimaginable (Isaiah 55:1-2). There's much in human culture's social constructs and norms that are prisons designed by the Deceiver and Enemy of our souls to keep us locked in our Fall from Eden. The only way out is by BELIEVING every understanding God is lovingly communicating to us. Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind".
9-Jan-2018 I'm accustomed to being meticulous in trying to please God according to His instructions on all things, however, i also became accustomed to emotionally beating myself up in unnecessary self-condemnation from the Deceiver too. However, God is teaching me that, for Him to really get the glory, i need to relax and rejoice more as little children who are always care-free and rejoicing since responsibility isn't laid upon them but upon parents who delight in taking care of them and their mess. Gal 3:1-5, "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? [bearing responsibility for you] This only i want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"
These days, God is opening my eyes in new ways making His Love come alive to me anew. For example, the lost and found stories in Luke 15 are now more touching to me. It's helping me see that our Loving Creator is very interested in us (humans, lost or found) because we are all actually His and there's a tender and passionate yearning in His Spirit unto each soul including the lost, since He made us all in His own likeness and we came from Him (Acts 17:27-29 message to pagans). The stories in Luke 15 is same as a parent whose child got missing and how that parent would search diligently to find his child, how much more our Loving Creator.
7-Jan-2018 The reason why little children are always rejoicing is because they are rightfully not responsible for anything; others are responsible for them. In Matt 18:3, Jesus said to His disciples "unless you be converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven". Based on that perspective found in many passages of Scripture, i now prefer to see 1Cor 11:31 as: "if we would allow God's Word to govern us, we would not be judged by God", compared to: "if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged [by God]". I desire to enter more into this glorious perspective which is also found in 1Cor 4:2-4 which highlights the fact that God does not want us to be responsible for our Christian life; it says: "... it is a very small thing that i should be judged by you or by a human court. In-fact, i do not even judge myself. For i know of nothing against myself, yet i am not justified by this ...". True-Christians are justified by the Lord, not by their performance, imperfect. This perspective which i'm seeking to be immersed into, is found in many Scriptures such as the following, showing that God calls us to be living/functioning as an overflow of Him as we enjoy His abundance and become enraptured in His goodness, while He instructs us to shun Self-Responsibility: Matt 18:3, Acts 17:27-29 message to pagans. Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace". Genesis 3:11, And God said: "Who told you that you were naked? ..."
In Gen 3, prior to the fall (or departure into Self), Adam and Eve were naked, deficient in of themselves by design but were not into Self-Consciousness or independence therefore were never aware of their nakedness because their mind and spirit was caught-up with God's Loving Presence and Care until they departed into responsibility, SELF-Legislature and began partaking of the Tree of Independence, then they saw that, in of themselves they are naked/deficient. That departure and treason of ours is beyond imagination but thank God that His Love remains the same and He calls us to return to Eden (Delightful Abundance for our souls). Praise our Loving Creator that His Love is greater than our foolishness, to the praise of His glorious grace. God is Love (1John 4:16).
13-Jan-2017 Truly, our Maker uses children-parent relationship and husband-wife relationship as pictures to speak of how we can begin allowing Him to bear responsibility for us and lead us and protect us from deceitful-enticements. Although these pictures are flawed, God uses them to also speak of the real Love and sweet intimacy you can begin experiencing with Your Maker. However, don't let the earthly or erotic/sensual (created by God) distract you from the real Love with God which the physical is pointing to (by His design). Matt 7:11, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
The Books of Ruth, Hosea, and Romans are better than Song of Solomon whom God condemned in 1Kings 11:1-11 concerning his idolatry which included the worship of the goddess Ishtar (Ashtoreth, Sensuality) and other gods of this pagan world. I'm sure Song of Solomon isn't God-breathed but rather Solomon's sensuality on display regarding one of his concubines among the 700 wives and 300 concubines he had. If the Shulamite was truly queen in Israel as Solomon's wife, no watchman would dare touch her, in-fact they would be guarding her from any attempt of the battery she narrates in Song 5:7, "The watchmen who went about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me" . Throughout the Tanakh, God spoke of how He is the Lover and Husband of the Jewish nation (and God's people, wife of God), however the message and feel is different; for example, Solomon continually communicated that the reason he has been captured by the Shulamite is her physical beauty and he goes into detail about her physical body, breasts, thighs, belly-button, etc. However, all the other prophets in the Tanakh communicate how God, not man, loves the Jewish nation in-spite of their ugliness, not for their beauty but in-spite of their ugliness. Even in Psalm 45:10-11, the beauty here comes after the preceding instruction to forsake the earthly/natural first: "... forget your own people also, and your father’s house, so the King will greatly desire your beauty ...". It's a beauty of trusting and obeying the preceding instructions of the King.
What i'm sharing here is difficult and it relates to canonization, the issue of what books or statements are God-breathed? Concerning a prophet who displays some credibility of being from God but has said something which is contrary to the spirit of the Torah and Tanakh, Deut 13:3 says: "you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is TESTING you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul" . Isaiah 8:20 says: "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" . The Evangelicals i learned from really emphasize their view that every word/statement in the Bible is flawless. They use Scriptures such as Prov 30:5, "Every Word of God is pure (flawless)..." . 2Tim 3:16, "All Scripture is God-breathed ..." . Therefore, what i'm about to say here is taboo if i reverence men more than Truth, but God said in Job 42:1-8 that the Book of Job has flaws in it by Job and his friends, and we see the REPENTANCE of Job and his friends in those verses too in which we have a clear Truth from God that: even His true-prophets can say things that are not really from Him.
Solomon's thinking in Eccl 3:18-22 are definitely not of God. Please read it and see. The whole book of Song of Solomon is totally different from the spirit you see in all the Tanakh and New Testament. Based on God's condemnation of Solomon in 1Kings 11:1-11, the erotic Song of Solomon should be in secret. Earthly musicians are always portraying that natural stuff, but Jesus condemns sexual fantasy in Matt 5:28 . What God says to us in Deut 13 about TESTING our loyalty to Him is very key in this issue because He said He will use a seemingly credible prophet to bring the test. That's clearly the case with Song of Solomon which confused men fell for by including in what they call "the Bible" maybe because those are the writings of the king, which king, a mere sinful man?
The reason why i'm expressing this evangelical "taboo" and difficulty is because we must always be people of TRUTH but many Pastors act, play and are deceitful as they simply follow their seminaries and their unrepentant and deceitful teachers saying that every word in their Bible is infallible. That's A Lie and they are contradicting God Himself by saying so. See Job 42:1-8 . Thank God that He is faithful to expose His true-prophets when they make statements that are not from Him. John 7:17 is important, if our hearts are truly toward God, He will let us know Truth versus the Lies. Jesus relied on Scripture by saying: IT IS WRITTEN, and like Him, it must be our food/sustenance, we must understand it and it must be part of our being so we can know which one to use and how to use it. Thank God for those Scriptures. God is a faithful Father that deeply cares for us. We are greatly loved; praise His Name forever and ever. Concerning John 7:17, the will of God is that we be as little children under His care, listening to Him and also Allowing Him To Bear Responsibility For Us. This results to the praise of His glorious grace. Also, the will of God is that we recognize that: all that we have, every single thing is a gift to us from His goodness and Love, to His praise. That's what we departed from in Eden by partaking of the Tree of Independence and SELF-Legislature, but truly we are not in charge.
Please start enjoying your Loving Creator. Isaiah 55:1-2, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and Let Your Soul Delight Itself In Abundance" . God delights in those who embrace His words seriously and trust in His Love. As you do, you are embracing His Spirit. This is more sweet than any romance because He created you as a dwelling place for Him to dwell in. 1Cor 6:16-20, "Do you not know that whoever is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For 'the two,' He says, 'shall become one flesh.' But whoever is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. ... whoever commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price [He gave His Life to adopt you and pay for your sins including future imperfections], therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are His."