Archive | June 2017

Redeemed To Be Transformed

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“There is one all-comprehending, all-embracing, all-governing purpose to which God has committed Himself, by creation, by redemption, and by union. That purpose is the conformity of a race to the image of His Son.” From T. Austin Sparks http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/002930.html

“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified. Romans 8:18-30.

Why has this been marginalized and thrown under the bus in most of what we call Christendom – the idea of a manifesting and increasing Christ likeness, wrought in us by grace in the power of the Holy Spirit? A careful and thoughtful reading of the Scripture reveals that this is the very reason for the Gospel, the reason Christ shed His blood to ransom us from the power of the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh.

Here are a few more passages along these lines. There are many more?

“No, we speak of the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began.” 1 Corinthians 2:7

“And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man.” 1 Corinthians 15:49

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

“He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:5

“In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will.” Ephesians 1:11

“Who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body.” Philippians 3:21

“But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.” John 1:12,13

It seems that we don’t necessarily have issues with the idea of a state of eventual glory in the sweet by and by, even of the physical bodily resurrection. The issue seems to be that we may not have a big enough comprehension of God’s power to transform us into His likeness in spiritual ways, in spiritual fruits, and spiritual gifts, and characteristics like unto Him – in the here and now. The process goes on throughout the life of the faithful in Christ, and will see perfection in the hereafter.

King David asks the question, Psalm 8:3-5, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!” Some translations translate this as “lower than angels” or “lower than heavenly beings.” However, the word is ‘ĕlôhîym  אלהים meaning “gods” in the ordinary sense, and it is specifically used of the supreme God. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! “Our Father, Who art in heaven…”

In other words, our great Heavenly Father has great big plans for this fallen human race, ransomed by the blood of Jesus THE Christ, our elder brother – not only its redemption but its full renovation and restoration through the work of the Holy Spirit! As the song, “Only A Shadow” says, “The dream I have today, my Lord, is only a shadow of Your dreams for me, only a shadow of all that will be, if I but follow You.” … “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

( Song / Only A Shadow here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbfT9a0WYI )

This doesn’t sound like “anything goes grace” to me. Does it to you? He will perfect us according to His promise: “… He who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6.

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The Adversary

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There is no question that there are adversarial forces in place – against all good. The question is, especially as adversities unfold, who is “the” real adversary? Who or what is the prime source of the bad news these days? And how might that lead us to the Good News of our having been redeemed out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into Christ’s heavenly kingdom of light?

Let’s take a deeper look than the spin the news broadcasting outlets try to draw our attention to, whether they are mainstream or alternative. They all need to go to a higher level.

So does the Body of Christ for the most part – in its ideas, awareness, and understandings really need to grasp what makes things tick. To find that out can mean going down some pretty deep rabbit holes. Yet we need to become far better informed and bolder in sharing what we discover, as bizarre as it may seem to our sense of “normalcy” – because we have been too busy playing church rather than understanding our purpose and doing our spiritual warfare.

Here’s an example of what I mean by that: opening the Pandora’s Box of human trafficking, and organ trafficking – especially where children are concerned – can apparently have dire consequences. I know, it’s difficult for most of us to accept that there are people who do horrendous things to kids that most of us do not even want to think about. We push it away; we say, no it cannot be; no human would do that.

How utterly naive and sheltered we are in our little religious niches! Because there are some human beings, yes, who actually do that. What’s even more surprising is who some of those people are.

Unfortunately what went on in the ancient past has never quite died out (Satanic ritual abuse, human sacrifice, general blood letting that appeases demons – fallen angels – passing themselves off as “gods” ), and those who are devotees of these practices are looking for “tolerance” and “inclusivity” and “normalization”, in the culture at large and even in the churches! I think not! It’s time for America to understand this: we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. The quiet decency of Mayberry and the 1950s is no longer.

Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and that the beginning of wisdom is to hate evil. Time to reckon with the reality that there is a time to love and a time to hate (Ecclesiastes 3:8) – not hating other human beings, but the psychopathic depravity some are ensnared in and capable of, and the fact that it needs to stop once and for all.

When humans are spiritually imprisoned in that space, they are seduced, enthralled, and overcome with the intoxication of evil (spiritual venom) and willingly take up some of the most heinous practices known anywhere. And they are rewarded for it with great wealth and especially power over others. They have given themselves over to evil.

There are things being done to counteract this on a law enforcement level, more than many people realize and at some higher echelons of government. It is being “quietly” addressed. This is hushed in mainstream media. Some of the alternative media has a handle on it; however, they are often censored and /or completely silenced, or made to look like fools for exposing it.

And there have been casualties of late. Everything from censorship to assassination attempts to murder, to keep the truth from coming forward. Need I say more?

The times are “apocalyptic”. What that word means is that we are experiencing “a time of revealing” on a massive, global scale. Might it be time to lay the ax to the root?

Scripture directs, as it always has, that we are not only to have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but to even expose them, since it is shameful to even speak of what the disobedient do in secret (Ephesians 5:10-12). This is being done to a degree. Timing could not be better, as it may be that this is the great and terrible day of the Lord, especially for those involved. What’s becoming clear is that exposure to the light of truth makes these workers of darkness scatter like roaches. They know their time is at hand. They either go into stealth mode, or like cornered animals lunge forward aggressively, baring fang and claw.

Yet the strategy against this present darkness is multi faceted and layered.

What this is pointing to is that mankind’s true adversary’s “directing activities” are metaphysical, beyond the physical comprehension, in other words. Human devotees of these dark entities become the channels, the representatives of grotesque agendas of darkness, for which they are rewarded and empowered (on a temporary and temporal basis) on earth, to accomplish the Adversary’s assault on mankind, and further their rebellion against the Lord and His people.

Consequently what we Christians need to realize is – per Ephesians 6 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…”

We do well to contemplate and commence with what this implies for us who name the name of Christ, and see to it that we will not have taken that name in vain! We must honor Him, and be of one mind with Him, no matter what happens, realizing the powerful spiritual nature of what we are called to be and to do, in His strength, in such a time as this. It needs to begin with some “truth in the inward parts” on our own behalf – a sincere, deep, Holy Spirit led self assessment followed up with some genuine repentance and turning away from evil and toward the Almighty!

We can begin by praying according to Psalm 60:11,12 – “O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.”

So be it.

Alert Status

This is just a short one.

What’s beginning to erupt in the USA, and on a global basis, will make the 1960s look like a Sunday school picnic. Some of you are too young to remember that, but it was the initial rollout of this nation being compromised. Stay close to those you love. Make sure you’re checking on one another often. And get close to God through surrendering your heart and life to His Son Jesus Christ, THE only Way, Truth, and Life. Some of you may not like hearing that, but I’m going to say it anyway. Ask Him to to reveal Himself to you. And may His Holy Spirit grant this nation repentance and the protection of the holy angels. We are going to need wisdom that does not come from any humanistic source to get through the times ahead. Keep on asking, seeking, knocking.