Friday, February 21, 2014
Israel has been choosen to be a light unto the nations. (Matt.5:16) "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (1 Pet.2:12) "Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." (2 Tim.2:1-4) "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." vs.24-25 "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;"
Instruments of G-d come not in their own names. We must die of self. One that is an instrument of the Holys Spirit always points to the Almighty Father. Throughout the Word of G-d we have seen that the people of G-d face tribulation (Job, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Yeshua,...). When we face such tribulation in faith (keeping G-D first) it pleases our heavenly Father (Rev.2:14) to give him honor throughout! (Is.54:17) "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." We already have the victory in the covenant!
In the field (of ministry) you will face accusers and possibly even physical harm. (Lk.12:4) " And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do." (Col.4:6) "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." In Lk.6:27-38 (Matt.5) we see how the disciples and sent forth ones of Christ are to conduct themselves according to the ministry. If You offend someone and they lash out at you take their rage rather than instinctively lashing back at them. This will cause them to consider their hearts and your message! (Before someone cares how much you know they see how much you care.)
1 Cor.13 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not *charity (LOVE), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not *charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not *charity, it profiteth me nothing. *Charity suffereth long, and is kind; *charity envieth not; *charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.* Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.And now abideth faith, hope, *charity, these three; but the greatest of these is *charity."
All spirits can recognise the light that is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Daniel when casted into the lions Den didnt have peace with the lions out of being bigger and badder than them. When his friends were cast in to the fiery furnace they didn't overcome by being hotter than the fire. Job didnt overcome the works of HaSatan with a carnal defense. Yoseph didn't seek revenge upon those that had wronged him. Yeshua spoke not before those that allowed him to pleade for mercy.
With the gift of discernment we know how and when to sow seed. In sowing seed we must remind our selves that it is G-D who gives the increase. Those that think they are sent forth of that are seeking to put notches on their belt in their own name are not sent of G-d. G-D has no need of self centered people. The sinners that Messiah had company all had one thing in common! They had Interest in the Word of G-d! It vainity to go into a group in rebels (among athiests, muslims, polythiests,...) that show they only want to mock the Word and have no love of the truth and think that you so how have enough knowledge or authority that you are gonna somehow convince them of the truth. They are not at a place where they are open to recieveing the light. (Jn.1:5) "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
Rebuke / Discernment / Showing Love / Fruitless Debate / Patience / Spirit of slumber
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"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance"
No need to have a war of the minds. when a student is ready a teacher will appear. G-d is in control. those who are intruments of the Holy Spirit are like the wind (Jn.3:8). They come not in their own name. As they are led of G-d so they shall go forth.
Religion is a set of beliefs (faith) put into action (and we all know faith without works is dead). Biblical faith consists of evidence Heb.11:1 (its a Spiritual reality). Man Made religion is fraud like hipocritical beliefs are vain. Is it fraud to show love to others? Jas.1:27 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Jas,1:26 "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain." The faith is more than a theology!