I Won’t Go Back; or, “Walk in the Spirit !!!”

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.  19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made… 16 which is Christ. (Genesis 2:16; Romans 7:24-25; Galatians 3:19,16)

In the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents an everlasting spiritual principle that is of the most vital importance. That tree represents “the law” — both what Paul later refers to as “the law of God” AND “the law of sin” (Romans 7:25). The law is one entity, regardless. It equally exposes in people both good and evil. We were never-never, ever-ever meant to serve the law.

Even the law as “the law of God” was just a spiritual test, a slick enducement, a subtle seduction, and a sweet temptation to step out in life on our own, to try life as noble agents who were separate, independent, and apart from God. Sometimes we refer to that as being a “free moral agent.” That was only a masked invitation to share the pride and downfall of Lucifer the devil. But, God had strictly forbidden that. He said it would lead to certain death. That should have been our first clue that even the idea was evil.

To this very day, we generally fail to apprehend the nature of that seduction. I see and hear all day everyday Christians trying to live, and measure themselves, and perform behavior control by the law, when the New Testament explicitly says, “This I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16). To “walk in the Spirit” means to conduct our lives wholly through the agency and resource of the Spirit of God. And, “the Spirit” is God’s very presence.  This is God’s command. This is the way He wanted us to relate to him from the Garden until now. This is the way to have both victory and liberty. So, why serve the law? We are invited to know and serve God directly, in an intimate personal relation that Christ makes possible. And, I pray sincerely and fervently that all of you attain to that joyful and unburdened relationship and lifestyle with Him. 

But Not Consumed; or, “Wonders Never Cease !!!”

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.” Exodus 3:1-4

Beloved, do you need a miracle? Has God promised you anything that is going to require Him to move supernaturally? The Lord is a deity of “Eternal power and Godhead” (Rom 1:20). He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8). His might never diminishes. Our ability to believe wanes, but His power to do signs and wonders does not. It’s time to “get your faith on.” In this new day and dispensation that is coming, God will do unprecedented miracles, and do strange and incredible wonders. As the word says, 

“For the Lord shall rise up… that He may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his acthis strange act.” Isaiah 28:21

Watch the following video of a modern day version of Moses’ burning bush. (Video may take a few seconds to load).

ABC, 1-2-3; or, “When I Survey…”

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”  1Timothy 4:16,15

The gospel wherewith we were saved is a mighty, marvelous, and mysterious thing. Mighty, because it very powerfully resolves every single problem we have with the world, the flesh, and the devil. It’s marvelous, because if you think about it’s claims and accomplishments, it will captivate your heart, intrigue your mind, and enraptured your soul for a lifetime. 

And, the gospel is indeed mysterious. It seems to defy all logic, common sense, and natural observation. It’s as simple as “God is one” (Mark 12:29). But, it is as complex as “Ye are gods” (John 10:34). It is so thoroughly difficult to comprehend, that one apostle, Peter, exclaimed this about the writings of another apostle, Paul:

“In [Paul’s] writings are some things hard to understand, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist… to their own destruction” (2Peter 3:16).

Beloved, one day we will understand all. But for right now, it will fill all our days with glory just contemplating what God has said and done for us in Christ Jesus. And, as we continue to meditate on it, we will become “…no longer children, tossed to and fro… but, grow up into Him in all things, who is our head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Trial by Fire; or, “Bless Your Heart !!!”

“God, tries our hearts.”  1Thessalonians 2:4

God is omniscient. He knows everything. He does not try our hearts just to gain information. He tries our hearts to improve their CONDITION. And, that’s what our God is doing in our lives from the first day unto our last — seeking to improve the condition of our hearts. For therein lies the whole story of our lives. The attitudes and actions proceeding from our hearts determine our entire destiny, for either good or for bad. A heart without any evil in it describes the pure and holy nature of the heart of Jesus Christ, and that’s what you and I and every Christian are being steadily patterned after. As it is written,

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…”  (Romans 8:29).

When we get the Devil out of our hearts, then we will have gotten him out of all our business. After that, whatever trouble arises, we will be certain that it is there only as a result of our God’s sovereign working for our benefit. And we can patiently endure with joy, knowing that afterwards we will enjoy the good rewards of our faith. Otherwise, we will afterwards be filled with regret, remorse, and the knowledge of our need for repentance. So beloved, always relinquish control to the Lord, as did Jesus when he prayed, “Father, not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). Keep a tender heart, and always be willing to obey His word. As it is written,

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Prayers Requested

Our mother, Bea Price (far left on photo; 93 years of age), has been very suddenly and very dramatically stricken with a case of some kind of debilitating dementia. This imposes great changes upon her, who up until a very few, short weeks ago, was a very dynamic, and active, and independent woman still. The doctors are still running tests to determine the exact diagnosis. Meanwhile, we thank God that she is still with us, at least, and we are now all working together to get her the best care possible. Please keep her in your prayers.
“The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16).  

God bless you, and thank you.